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Frederick couple honored for support of Extension

April 24, 2007

The husband-and-wife team Dr. Raymond and Louise Ediger have been honored for supporting the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension for decades.

Maryland's Tau Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, the national Extension honorary society, has presented the Frederick couple with its Friend of Extension Award.

"Ray and Louise Ediger have made amazing contributions to University of Maryland Cooperative Extension outreach efforts and to building leadership in youth and adults," said Dr. Cheng-i Wei, dean of the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

"They have been tireless in their support and have always been willing to help in any manner asked. 'No' is not in their vocabulary when it comes to Cooperative Extension."

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A former state veterinarian for Maryland, Ray Ediger has been involved in more than 100 county fairs, 25 state fairs, 25 eastern national shows, 325 breed shows, 500 horse shows, 810 cattle sales, 1350 horse sales and 3900 weekly auction market sales.

According to a press release from the university, he has also coached more than 500 4-H'ers to blue ribbons in public speaking; presented 120 workshops for 4-H'ers carrying animal projects; and offered his veterinary medical services for the completion of health papers required to show animals at shows and fairs at no cost to 4-H'ers, saving them and the 4-H program more $100,000; shared his skill and time during at least 350 animal weigh-ins, field days, specialty shows and poultry testing events.

Like her husband, Louise Ediger has served Frederick County 4-H "with great devotion - as a leader, countywide organizer and spokesperson," according to the release. She has judged 4-H public speaking contests on the county and district levels; taught more than 100 sewing project participants; and served the Frederick County 4-H Camp Center for more than a decade.

Louise Ediger also has shared her leadership abilities with the Family and Community Education program - formerly known as Homemakers Clubs.

In 25 years of membership, she has served on many committees and as a director and president of her local club, county president and state president. She is state treasurer now.

The Edigers both serve on the Frederick County Extension Advisory Committee.

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