When 16 Chatham County 4-H’ers noticed an outbreak of E. coli cases in their community, they immediately sprung into action. Their 4-H club partnered with the Chatham County Metropolitan Planning Commission, Savannah’s Environmental Planning Department, the Department of Community Affairs and local elected officials to organize and implement a program addressing E. coli in the county’s waterways.The youths spent two years perfecting an outreach program called “E. coli Stinks!” The project was the brainchild of Chatham County 4-H’ers whom attended the Georgia Youth Summit. The summit is a statewide program sponsored by Georgia 4-H and the Department of Community Affairs as part of the Georgia Rural Development Council’s Youth Leadership Initiative. It encourages teams of 4-H’ers to recognize an issue in their community and address it. The county teams are eligible for competitive mini-grants to fund their programs.The Chatham County 4-H’ers interviewed and surveyed 207 families with septic tanks in preparation for “E. coli Stinks!””We have problem areas that have septic tanks. People think that you can move into houses with septic tanks and not have to maintain them,” said Chatham County 4-H Agent Trish West.The 4-H’ers also developed post follow-up surveys for the families, attended three Savannah City Council meetings to raise awareness for their project and developed seven educational models that were viewed by more than 14,000 residents at local events. They created a public service announcement that currently airs on local television stations. The post survey revealed approximately 85 percent of the families were more aware of septic tank safety and the dangers of E. coli, and 75 percent pledged to do more septic tank maintenance. Based on this data and the youths’ project, the Metropolitan Planning Commission is seeking official regulations and compliances for septic tank owners.To view the “E. coli Stinks!” PSA visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzHn8cibjVk.
Press Association In previous seasons Everton might already have been talked about as potential Champions League gatecrashers but, with the field seemingly more crowded than ever, the Spaniard was content to play down talk of a top-four challenge. “We’re in October. It would be stupid of me to say that,” the former Wigan boss said. “I don’t think this was us at our best. If we were our best and the league finished tomorrow we’d have a great chance, but there are many things we need to do better, many things to improve. “All we want now is to get as many points as we can while we’re developing and we can use the competition for places here to become as good as we can. “The nature of the competition is to get as many points as we can then in March or April we can reassess the situation and see where we can fit in to the league at the end of the season.” On-loan Chelsea striker Lukaku was the understandable centre of attention on Saturday, having outperformed his fellow Belgian Christian Benteke and registered his fifth Premier League goal in as many matches for Everton. But Martinez was also effusive in his praise for Howard. Had he not made a stunning penalty save from Benteke in the seventh minute and followed up with at least two more crucial interventions, Villa may have been home and dry by half-time. “I thought it was a very important clean sheet and nobody deserved it more than Tim Howard,” Martinez said. “For the first 25 minutes we have him to thank for being in the game. “Without Tim it would have been a very difficult second half and it was a great example of how lucky and how privileged we are to have a player like Tim Howard. “When the team most needed him he kept us in the game and gave us a kick up our backsides.” Villa boss Paul Lambert was forced to reflect on the match from the opposite side of the fence – an opportunity lost after a blistering start failed to yield a goal. His side have now taken just three points from five games at Villa Park, while collecting seven on the road. “We seem to be doing it the other way around… going away from home and winning and finding it hard here,” he said. “It’s something you’ve got to overturn. You have to. “But I can’t fault them for giving it a go. They should have won. They’ve delivered for me more times than not so I can’t be critical of them. “I’m not going to sit here and criticise because they’ve given everything they’ve got.” Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who made a fine save of his own to deny Lukaku with the game goalless, added: “On another day it could have been 3-0 at half-time; done and dusted. “That’s football. You have to be able to take your chances and, unfortunately for us, we came up a bit short.” Everton manager Roberto Martinez is not getting carried away by his side’s strong start to the season and insists they are still not at the peak of their powers. Second-half goals from the ever-impressive Romelu Lukaku and substitute Leon Osman handed the travelling Toffees a 2-0 win at Aston Villa on Saturday, with Tim Howard’s excellence between the posts also a decisive factor. The result left Martinez’s men with 15 points from the last 18 available to them and kept them in touching distance of the Barclays Premier League front-runners.