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4-H project brings food to feathered friends in Berkeley Springs

December 10, 2007|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Christmas came early for the wild birds in town.

On Sunday afternoon, three trees on the Fairfax Green were decorated for the birds by the Settler's 4-H Club of Morgan County.

Member Andrew Brock, 15, said he got the idea from his mom and wanted to do it as a community service project toward a 4-H scholarship.

"It's a gift for the birds," he said.

About 30 members met at the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall and made suet balls, cranberry and popcorn garlands, pine cones covered in peanut butter, bird feeders fashioned out of plastic soda bottles and orange rind birdseed holders.

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Rebecca Stotler, Andrew's mother, is the 4-H Club parent leader. Stotler said making and giving treats for the birds had not been done by the group for a long time.

Berkeley Springs High School art teacher Pam Didawick is a parent volunteer. The last time trees were decorated for the birds, Didawick said she was a 4-H Club member.

"I was about 11 years old," she said, and Stotler was just beginning as parent leader.

Didawick said all three of her children are 4-H'ers.

"It's a generational thing," she said.

Alicia Clark, 15, is the president of the 4-H Club. She said she likes the community service projects best. This one is special because it's for the birds, she said.

Town of Bath Mayor Susan J. Webster said the town is a bird sanctuary, but it's not promoted other than with the planting of trees.

"This is a treat for our wild birds and I hope the 4-H'ers do more, and hope we can work together on other community projects," she said.

Two other community projects were in the works on Sunday.

In addition to creating the treats for the birds, the Settler's made ornaments for the extended-care-facility residents at War Memorial Hospital and sang Christmas carols to them, Stotler said.

Stotler said the 4-H'ers are participating in helping a family at Christmas. Each member and parent donates $5 to go toward food and Christmas presents for the Adopting an Angel for Christmas program, she said.

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