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MaryJane
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Posted - Feb 21 2023 :  10:45:21 AM  Show Profile
Carmen Touchette (#8514) has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning an Intermediate Level Shopping Green Merit Badge!

“I've always avoided plastic or non-recyclable packaging when and wherever I can.

I have used green cleaners for years.

I've committed to make 80% of my cleaning products from green cleaners. Go Green!!”

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Posted - Feb 21 2023 :  10:46:10 AM  Show Profile
Carmen Touchette (#8514) has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an Intermediate Level Little Squirts Merit Badge!

“All of my doors are in good working order and swing freely as well. We have child safety locks that were needed!!!”

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Moscow Idaho
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Posted - Feb 21 2023 :  10:47:57 AM  Show Profile
Carmen Touchette (#8514) has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a Beginner Level Water Conservation Merit Badge!

“All taps in my house or good, no leaks that I can see.

Ways to conserve water: Check for toilet leaks, Take baths, turn off the water while brushing your teeth, and save water from rain for plant water. According to research, if we turn the water off while brushing our teeth we can save up to 10 gallons a day of water.”

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Posted - Feb 21 2023 :  10:48:39 AM  Show Profile
Carmen Touchette (#8514) has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a Beginner Level My Fair Farmgirl Merit Badge!

“Cruelty-free means the product was not tested on animals at any point in development. Commercially made means it could be tested on animals.

I've pretty much replaced my products with cruelty-free over the years.

We made lip balm for Christmas to give out to family, it was made with coconut oil and the peppermint leaves we grew in our garden this past summer. Cruelty-free is the best.”

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Posted - Feb 21 2023 :  10:49:43 AM  Show Profile
Carmen Touchette (#8514) has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching & Crafting for earning a Beginner Level Nellie Make-do Merit Badge!

“I made a new sewing bag out of my dad's old blue jeans. It was fun, I really needed the bag.”



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Posted - Feb 21 2023 :  11:01:22 AM  Show Profile
Hannah Frankowski (GinnyBelle, #6994) has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching & Crafting for earning a Beginner Level Cross-Stitch Merit Badge!

“I used to cross-stitch when I was younger but haven't done any for years. To earn my beginner level badge, I chose a simple pattern to refresh myself on how to do it.

I'm very pleased with how it turned out! It took me a minute to get the hang of counting the squares and the writing had a lot of quarter stitches that are slightly harder for me, but over all, I enjoyed getting back into it!”



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Posted - Feb 21 2023 :  11:02:28 AM  Show Profile
Hannah Frankowski (GinnyBelle, #6994) has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a Beginner Level Carpe Cocoa Merit Badge!

“I couldn't find the recommended book, but I did find a book called [I]A Dark History of Chocolate[I] by Emma Kay and read that instead.

My husband and I went downtown to McCord's, our local chocolate shop, and bought milk Chocolate cherry cordials, dark chocolate buckeyes, and white chocolate key lime truffles. We enjoyed them later that afternoon with tea and a jigsaw puzzle.

I also refreshed my knowledge on the difference between milk, dark, and white chocolate.

I really enjoyed earning this badge. The book was actually highly entertaining in an extremely bizarre way. It gave an overview history of chocolate and its evolution to what it is now, but mixed in was all the grim and macabre aspects of its actually quite questionable past (and not so past). It actually has a rather sordid history, but I confess my new knowledge has done nothing to temper my love of chocolate. :)

The trip to McCords was delightful. I wish I had taken a picture of the inside with its old-fashioned lunch counter along one wall and it's turn of the century glass candy counter along the other, but all I got was the outside. The treats were delicious, and my husband has been VERY supportive of my earning this particular badge. Haha!

I already knew the difference between the different chocolates, but I looked them up anyway just to check my memory.”



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Posted - Feb 21 2023 :  11:34:14 AM  Show Profile
Julia Motts (Fluffybat, #8523) has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a Beginner Level Herbs Merit Badge!

“I did research and learned about additional benefits of some of the herbs I knew already from using in cooking—rosemary, sage, and dill. I also researched two additional medicinal herbs—yarrow and chamomile. I tried rosemary in a chicken recipe. The recipe turned out well and I didn’t realize that rosemary had additional benefits.”

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Posted - Feb 21 2023 :  11:35:39 AM  Show Profile
Sherry Buck (Sweettea59, #2215) has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a Beginner Level Lost Art of Letter Writing Merit Badge!

“I have a place in several rooms in my home that I like to write letters. At my office desk, in my craft room, and at my desk in my bed room by the window where the light is perfect.

I always have cards and envelopes handy, I'm a stamp collector so I always have a stamp, good pens, stickers, rubber stamps to help pretty up the envelope.

When I saw the new Merit Badges for this year and the Lost Art of Letter Writing, I just knew I had to do this one. Joined the Lost Art of Letter Writing swap. Made my partner a box full of everything she would need or hopefully like to have to write a letter.

We had a wonderful swap. Received everything a girl could want. Lots of pretty paper and note cards, pens, stickers, a beautiful homemade letter supply tote. That will travel with me.”

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MaryJane
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Posted - Feb 21 2023 :  11:37:26 AM  Show Profile
Heather Neeper (nndairy, #4701) has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a Beginner Level Going Green Merit Badge!

“As I used up cleaners in my house, I did not replace them. I made a note book with ideas and recipes for safer alternatives.

It felt great to know that I was taking a step towards getting rid of harmful substances in my house!”

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Posted - Feb 21 2023 :  11:38:21 AM  Show Profile
Heather Neeper (nndairy, #4701) has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning an Intermediate Level Going Green Merit Badge!

“For this badge, I made my own laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaner, window cleaner, and soap.

They turned out fantastic! As a dairy farmer, I was skeptical of the ability of homemade laundry soap to clean my barn clothes. Turns out, my homemade laundry soap does a better job than the detergent I was buying! I also love my homemade soap made from the tallow of the steer we butchered. It's great to know that there are no longer toxins in my laundry and shower!”



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Posted - Feb 21 2023 :  11:39:06 AM  Show Profile
Heather Neeper (nndairy, #4701) has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a Beginner Level Shopping Green Merit Badge!

“I've collected reusable bags and placed them in the truck so that I don't forget to take them to the store with me.

Right now it's a challenge to remember the bags since I don't go shopping very often. I'm hoping by having them in the truck I'll use them regularly!”

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Posted - Feb 21 2023 :  11:40:15 AM  Show Profile
Heather Neeper (nndairy, #4701) has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning an Intermediate Level Shopping Green Merit Badge!

“I don't go shopping very often, but when I do I try to look for recyclable or biodegradable packaging. I also made some non-toxic cleaners, laundry soap, and soap.

I love using my home made cleaners, and soaps. It's incredibly easy to commit to using them, not to mention cheaper!”

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Posted - Feb 21 2023 :  11:41:12 AM  Show Profile
Heather Neeper (nndairy, #4701) has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning an Intermediate Level Get It Together Merit Badge!

“I made a list of everything I want for my kitchen. I also went through my kitchen and got rid of extra items I don't use.

I have all the things I "need" for my kitchen, but my list still has many "wants" on it. Most of them are expensive and are not necessary just would be nice—like a freeze dryer and a Bosch mixer with a lid for making my butter. My nephew is getting married soon and benefited from my extra items.”

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Posted - Feb 21 2023 :  12:10:02 PM  Show Profile
Candy Hogan (Tigger9777, #8283) has received a certificate of achievement in Outpost for earning a Beginner Level Outstepping Merit Badge!

“I started working on this badge over a year ago in 2022.
For my three (4) hikes, I went to Big Break, Round Valley, Black Diamond and Iron Horse Trails.
Here is what took me so long to do a beginner badge: The state bird I could never find in the wild. My friends see them in their neighborhoods and they have posted pictures online, but I could never get a picture in the wild myself. I used a stock image photo for the California Quail.

I took the photos for the trees and flowers which are the California Redwood tree and the Poppy.

I've been involved in scouting for over 30 years, so I know how to build a safe campfire. It starts with picking a safe area, clearing any brush, depending on low impact you may or may not build a fire pit. You gather your kindling, tinder and fuel wood.

Make sure not to get any poison oak sticks especially in the winter when there are no identifying leaves to warn you. Nothing worse than inhaling the campfire smoke that has poison oak burning in it.

Layer your kindle wood then your tinder and fuel wood on top. You can also build different configurations such as a log cabin or teepee style fire. Before you light your fire have some safety items near by such as a water bucket, shovel, and sand bucket. You can use some paper or pine needles to help start the fire quicker. Check wind direction—you might need to create a wind block to light the fire. You can use matches, a lighter, flint and steel to ignite your kindling or starter materials.

Once you light the fire you will need yo never leave it alone. Designate a fire watch person who will also maintain the fire by adding more wood as needed. Make sure when you are done to extinguish the fire safely, stir the embers, use water Make sure it is fully out. Disassemble any fire pit or stone ring if you made one. Try to leave no trace of a fire being in that place.”



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Posted - Feb 21 2023 :  12:11:26 PM  Show Profile
Candy Hogan (Tigger9777, #8283) has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching & Crafting for earning a Beginner Level Safe Toys Merit Badge!

“I made my five bean bags out of chicken fabric and felt. There is stuffing in the head and rice filler. I'm letting my grandkids play with them. It was fun.”



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Posted - Feb 21 2023 :  12:12:15 PM  Show Profile
Candy Hogan (Tigger9777, #8283) has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching & Crafting for earning an Intermediate Level Safe Toys Merit Badge!

“I chose to make a sock doll. I looked it up on YouTube and watched a tutorial. I was able to make it in one evening. I am saving it for my youngest granddaughter who is 7 months old. It was fun.”



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Posted - Feb 21 2023 :  12:13:43 PM  Show Profile
Candy Hogan (Tigger9777, #8283) has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a Beginner Level Community Service Merit Badge!

“I'm trying to finish up some of my older badges that I started a while ago.

On 9/1/22 I started my community service journal.
I researched 3 organizations which were 4-H, Boy Scouts and Grange.
I chose to work with 4H.
Next I had to write in my journal the dates I volunteered and what I did to complete 10 hours.
I completed 15 hours between 9/1/22-10/22/22.

I gave my report to my chapter group on our Facebook page.
I chose to work with 4-H on this badge because we volunteer not only each day once the market animals arrive, but also volunteering for Executive board meetings, committees, monthly club meetings and during events. The hours accumulate very quickly.

4-H is an organization for boys and girls ages 5-19. They sign up to be in projects that range from cooking, sewing, baking, photography, art to livestock animals such as pigs, sheep, cattle, poultry, goats, dog etc. The youth can also attend camp and conferences. They can serve on committees and boards to build leadership and lifelong skills and friendships. This is my 31st year volunteering in 4-H.”



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Posted - Feb 21 2023 :  12:14:38 PM  Show Profile
Candy Hogan (Tigger9777, #8283) has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an Intermediate Level Community Service Merit Badge!

“I continued to work with 4-H from Oct 2023 through Jan 2023. I completed another 20 hours. I speak with our County 4-H office staff all the time and at the monthly County Council meetings. Nationwide, more than half the funds donated make it back to state and county levels to be used in local programs. The time donated is usually directly working with youth and educational events.

The process to register into 4-H in California is as follows:
Go online to 4honline.com
Create a password if you are new. Returning members do not create a new account or password, they use it each year. Online you can do your medical health forms, code of conduct and adult trainings.

Volunteer screening is also online. They also offer in person trainings. If you are first year you will also complete the fingerprinting and Department of Justice background check.
Pay your member registration fees. Once everything is complete the office notifies your club when you can be confirmed in the system.

4-H positively impacts our community by instilling in our youth leadership skills, growth, and learning through projects, participating in service opportunities and raising our kids in a positive environment. I am posting my report on Chit Chat.”



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Posted - Feb 21 2023 :  12:15:50 PM  Show Profile
Candy Hogan (Tigger9777, #8283) has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an Intermediate Level Community Action Merit Badge!

“For my "get involved," my friend Claudia approached me at the Oakley Senior Center on 1/11/23, to share the center was in financial trouble and might have to close the doors in a few months. She invited me to their January 15, 2023 monthly meeting.

I attended, listened to the agenda. When fundraisers came up, the President blew right past it. At the end of the agenda when announcements came up, I raised my hand and asked about fundraisers. The President had no answer so I asked the room to raise their hands if they want to help, also to keep their hands up so the Secretary could take down names. Then I said to see me after the meeting. I met with four people, we picked a meeting for the next day. I asked the Secretary to email out an invite to all members for our next day meeting.

That is the bac ground on how I recently became the Oakley Senior Center Fundraiser Chairman. We had six people at the first planning meeting, made a 1.5 page list of ideas and narrowed it down to the fundraisers we wanted to start immediately, delegated chairmen for each fundraiser, snd set up our future meetings and deadlines.

Our fundraisers are: Spaghetti Feed, Car Show, Casino bus trip, sell extra items at the Senior Center, get political donations, grant writing, city cost reductions, monthly flea market. Future fundraisers are Bingo and a tri-tip dinner.

My meetings from 1/11-1/25 have been 6 hours of work plus the days I'm hitting up stores for donations of raffle items, silent auction baskets and service gift certificates.
Glad to be able to try and save the Senior Center. I'm posting my report on our Brentwood Farm Girl Chapter Facebook page.”


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Posted - Feb 21 2023 :  12:17:04 PM  Show Profile
Candy Hogan (Tigger9777, #8283) has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an Intermediate Level Lend a Hand to Families Merit Badge!

“I started this badge on 7/19/21. I took a week's worth of food in a food pantry box to a family of four in need. Then I delivered four pizza's that I purchased for a family of seven who were shut in due to the Covid pandemic. In January 2023, my sister had surgery and I cooked and cleaned at her home and organized her kitchen cabinets and drawers.”



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Posted - Feb 21 2023 :  1:06:57 PM  Show Profile
Carmen Touchette (#8541) has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching & Crafting for earning a Beginner Level Crochet Merit Badge!

“I learned how to crochet. I made this baby blanket. This took me well over 3 hours. The stitch was kind of like a hybrid granny stitch. Love learning new stitches.”





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Posted - Feb 21 2023 :  1:08:17 PM  Show Profile
Carmen Touchette (#8541) has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching & Crafting for earning a Beginner Level Homespun Christmas Merit Badge!

“I just got this done for next year's tree as well as for Christmas ornament exchanges. We make bread, pies, candy, and cookies for gifts every year. I don't like cluttering up people's homes with stuff they may or may not need. We tend to put off a menu and let our friends and family choose what items they want.”



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Posted - Feb 21 2023 :  1:09:23 PM  Show Profile
Carmen Touchette (#8541) has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching & Crafting for earning a Beginner Level Tatting Merit Badge!

“Learned tatting and how to make picot ring chain.

I don't have a chain at least three feet long because I don't currently have a use for that, but I made one at least two feet long, and I have multiple small items I made that make more than three feet of tatting.”



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Posted - Feb 21 2023 :  1:10:24 PM  Show Profile
Carmen Touchette (#8541) has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a Beginner Level Community Action Merit Badge!

“An issue in my community is bad roads! City level, our board is responsible for deciding if or when they need to be repaired as well as if a new tax for updated roads goes on the ballot for voting on it.

We really need new roads!!”

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