Suzann Tighe, Executive Director for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Cattaraugus County is thrilled to announce that our 4-H Program was recently awarded a grant in the amount of $1,260 from the Topeka based, Justin Corbet Memorial Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc. We are extremely grateful to them for assisting us with the funds to purchase Archery equipment for our local program.  The Cattaraugus County 4-H Shooting Sports Program is designed to help our 4-H youth develop leadership skills, discipline, safety and knowledge of archery and shotgun. The funds will also support the engineering and science materials needed to make and maintain our shooting sports equipment.

Justin Corbet was a young man, whose life was tragically cut short, who truly loved the great outdoors and shooting sports. The Justin Corbet Memorial Shooting Sports Foundation, a 501 (c )(3) corporation, is dedicated to his memory and is committed to providing leadership, support and financial assistance to qualified programs and individuals dedicated to providing family oriented hunting, shooting and educational activities to youth, women and persons with disabilities.

The Justin Corbet Memorial Shooting Sports Foundation was established in late 2005 by family friends and associates who share Justin’s love of the out-of-doors and a willingness to help others with the experience. To date, the Foundation has awarded close to $175,000 to qualified organizations. To learn more about the Justin Corbet Memorial Shooting Sports Foundation, please visit our website at http://www.justincorbetfoundation.com

The Cattaraugus County 4-H Shooting Sports Program just completed two well-attended field trips to Auge Archery. You must be a 4-H member to participate in future field trips. All Shooting Sports activities have a minimum age of 8 for Archery and 12 for Shotgun. In addition, children must be accompanied by an adult.  This is a wonderful way for children to spend some quality time with an adult in their family.  Cooperative Extension sent four local adults to training to become certified 4-H Shooting Sports Instructors. They include Katie Benatovich our 4-H Educator, Herb Buffum our Shooting Sports Program Chair, James Snider and Matt Lee, 2 of our 4-H volunteers.  For more information or to register for future trips, call Katie Benatovich at the 4-H office 716-699-2377.  In addition to new 4-H members, Cooperative Extension is always looking for adult volunteers to share their time and talents with the young people in our community.