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Wed, Jul 26, 2017 07:46 AM
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue
Longtime extension secretary to retire
Forty-two and one-half years have come and gone since Ernestine VanHoose took the job as Johnson County Extension Secretary in 1960. A new graduate from Mayo State Vocational School with training in Business and Office Practice, she sustained the Extension Office through 13 Agriculture Agents, 12 Home Demonstration/Home Economics/Family and Consumer Sciences agents, and seven 4-H/Youth Development agents who have worked there. She, on an average day, fields 30 phone calls, 15 office visits, types five letters, three newsletters (per month) & numerous soil samples. In 42 years she has fielded 327,600 phone calls, 163,800 office visits (not including group meetings), 1260 newsletters, and over 54,600 letters (not including mass mailings). She has seen the development of Apple Days, helped dip approximately 210,000 apples in 42 years, seen 42 4-H camps, and assisted in the management of thousands of programs in 4-H, Agriculture, Homemakers, Home Economics/Family and Consumer Sciences, Community and Economic Development.

"The amount of work Mrs. VanHoose has done through the years has been phenomenal! Her organizational skills and dedication to the job have been incredible through the 15 years that I've watched her. If everyone dedicated themselves to their work like she has — this world would be a different place — one much better," said Brenda Cockerham, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent.

Mrs. VanHoose's retirement will be April 15, 1 6 p.m. at the County Extension Service Office, third floor of the courthouse.

Everyone is welcome to attend. You may enjoy light refreshments and visit with the woman who gave her best.

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