NEWS BRIEFS




BLOUNT COUNTY 4-H TECHNOLOGY CLUB will hold its first meeting Thursday, Sept. 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Frank J. Green Building auditorium. The club is open to youth 9 to 18 who have an interest in computers, photography, and videography. The first meeting will be held to enroll members and set a schedule for the year’s meetings. Young people in Blount County are urged to join the club; there is no charge to join. For more information, contact Nancy Graves at 274-2129 or foxwong @aces.edu.

FIX PETS BEFORE THEY ARE MAMAS For a limited time, Fix Your
Mama!
will fix your female dog or cat before she becomes a mama. Call 681-0920 or 967-8016 to schedule your female dog or cat for a free spay. There is no charge, but donations are needed to continue the program. Last year, 2932 animals were destroyed in Blount County. Those numbers can be reduced or even eliminated by spaying and neutering to prevent unwanted litters.

BLOUNT COUNTY RAPP will hold a back-to-basics meeting Thursday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m. at the Frank J. Green Building in Oneonta. Members of the Relatives As Parents Program invite anyone who is a grandparent or a relative serving as a guardian for family members to attend the September meeting, which focuses on connections and self-care. In addition to resource sharing, the topics of understanding and strengthening connections with youth and nurturing of the caregiver will be discussed. RAPP members are encouraged to bring items for the potluck lunch and may contact Valra for item ideas at 274-9246.

For more information on this program, contact Synithia Williams, regional extension agent/RAPP advisor, at 329-1148 or willisl@aces.edu,
or call the Blount County Extension office at 274-2129.