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SPIRIT of JEFFERSON FAUf, and FARMER'S ADVOCNI'E LIFE Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Dolly Madison's Harry Puster marks 4 decades in 4-H By PArT WELSH Later, he continued to support the Special to the Spirit 4-H program by providing transpor- tation to meetings and to camp for younger county residents, includ- KEARNEYSVILLE-Han'y Puster, hag his sisters and later his nieces and the longtime leader of the Dolly Madi- nephews and his own three children. son 4-H Club based here, recently ac- He became a 4-H camp counselor, cepted a top honor - the 40-year di- scheduling his vacation from work to amond award for four decades at the spend a week at Camp Frame. He's club's helm. also a regular at the 4-H Hot Dog Stand Puster, who lives on his family's during the Jefferson County Fair. third-generation farm just outside of In 1977, took over leadership of the Charles Town, accepted the gold clo- Dolly Madison club, assisted by his ver pin from 4-H agent Jada Bennett at wife, Linda Puster, who works with the county's 4-H Achievement Awards the Cloverbuds. The club is known for ceremony, its commitment to community service, Puster, 66, spent 10 years as a mem- including for holding book and food ber of the Dolly Madison club, one of drives, and for collecting aluminum the county's earliest 4-H club. He ex- cans and pop-top rings for the Ronald celled, serving in various club offices, McDonald House to aid a young 4-H as a teen leader, on committees and member battling cancer. This year's through the club's community service club project involves making cards for projects, sailors serving ha the military. Why does he devote so much time over so many years to work with 4-H? Puster's answer is simple, he's "try- hag to make a difference ha children's lives?' The 40-year pin isn't Puster's first honor. In 1983 he received the pres- tigious West V'uginia All-Star Pin at West V'n'ginia Leaders Weekend and his lifetime bar a year later. In addition to his 4-H work, he and Linda are raising their three children - Robert, Ben and Eleanor - and tend- hag to their farm, where they grow and cut hay; raise sheep, goats and Harry Puster is ,:* being celebrated :-- for his 40-year career as a ~." volunteer with the Doily Madison 4-H Club in Keameysville. The 66-year-old began his affiliation with 4-H In the late 1960s as a Dolly,~ Madison club member. "~ '- chickens; and grow their own food on a quarter, acre garden plot. Four years ago he tic-; cepted a full-time joblas a custodian at Jefferson High. "' r - In recognition of his i work, Puster recently, i; was named the school's', Service Personnel of ' Year nominee for 2018; " He's interviewed With: the selection committee to take the, countywide honor and will be her ff-'" ed along with other school winners a't a special banquet on April 17. ' SHEPHERDSTOWN g rianna Maguire has been honored with a scholarship for her work as one of the editors of Shepherd Universi- ty's "Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Wiley Cash Volume X Maguire, a senior English ma- jor from Paw Paw minoring ha marketing, won a $1,000 schol- arship from Shepherd's Appala- chian Studies Program. Maguire, who said she hopes to become a professional edi- tor, wrote "Insiders and Out- siders: Reclaiming Our Story," one of the anthology's essays - a work that Sylvia Bailey Shur- butt, coordinator of the Appala- chian Studies Program, believes will be particularly interesting to readers given the popularity of JD. Vance's bestseller, "Hillbil- ly Elegy." "Brianna's work as an editor is really outstanding," said Shur- butt, who also is an English pro- fessor at Shepherd and a state Professor of the Year winner. "She is perceptive, immensely knowledgeable and is one of the best writers ha the English department. She also un- derstands the power of language and its impor- tance ha creating the stereotypes and images that can help or harm." For last week's spring break, Maguire traveled to economically distressed Southern West Vir- Shepherd University's Brianna Maguire, an English major from Morgan County, has won a $1,000 scholarship from the school's Appalachian Studies Program for her work as an editor of the "Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Wiley Cash Volume X." ginia to work with the Coalfield Development roles including organizing a literary conference, Corp.'s Brandon Dennison, a Shepherd grad serving as president of the English honor society working on economic and educational revital- and working as a tutor in the Academic Support ization ha the state. Center. She's set to finish her degree ha May at The Appalachian Studies Program scholarship the age of 19. isn't Maguire's first honor. She was nominated Other editors of the "Anthology of Appala- for the Shepherd University Phenomenal Wom- chian Writers" are David O. Hoffman, Appala- an Award ha 20 17 for her work editing the cam- chian scholar and educator, and Natalie Sypolt, pus literary magazine "Sans Merci" and other Appalachian fiction writer and teacher. J SHEPHERD UNIVEFISrr~"" ,;." Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt, the, , coordinator of the Appalachian' Studies Program at Shepherd "' University, describes Brianna, Maguire as a perceptive and .' ; immensely knowledgeable writer who "understands the power of language and its importance in creating the :;, . '"1 stereotypes and images that - - can help or harm." i t GET INVOLVED www.readaloudwestvirginia.org For more information about Read Aloud-Jeff. Co. contact: Laurie Saunders 703-727-2518 lauriepdx@ outlook.corn A weekly visit from YOU can make a lifetime of difference to a child! Home & Auto Boat Farms Motorcycle ; Businessowners Life : Contractors : Health Insurance :~ Horse Risk Disability Income Umbrella Liability Annuities 11tl ." l"} I ,~ 118 N. 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