Carbon County officials recognize people who, through their talents and efforts, make the county a good place.

During the county commissioners' meeting Thursday, the board proclaimed the week of March 16 as 4-H week in Carbon County. Representatives from the organization were present at the event and gave each of the commissioners a gift for the proclamation.

The proclamation states "The youth of Carbon County is one of the county's most valuable resources ... 4-H members contribute to environmental improvement, community service, food production and participate in programs that aid in youth development, health, nutrition, home improvement and family relationships ...

"4-H youth apply leadership skills, acquire a positive self-concept and learn to respect and get along with people ... Therefore, the Carbon County Board of Commissioners proclaim the week of March 16-22, 2014, as '4-H Week in Carbon County' and urge all citizens to give recognition to the people involved in the 4-H program."

Nothstein, thanked the group for all of its efforts.

Georgia Farrow, the Carbon County 4-H agent in the Penn State extension office, thanked the commissioners.

She added that 4-H is a great asset for the county because it helps teach children not only about fun activities, but also important life skills.

Nothstein also thanked the4-H leaders, volunteers and families who make the program possible.

He urged the members to cherish their time in the program.

The 4-H programs are designed to help young people develop their potential to become the best adults they can be through hands-on experiences thatcultivate self-confidence,leadership skills and working together.

To date over 100,000 Pennsylvania youth are 4-H members.

For more information on the Carbon County 4-H programs, call the Penn State Extension office at 570-325-2788 or email Farrow at gaf4@psu.edu.