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Lone Star 4-H Club Assists wtih Cleanup After Chapelles' Barn Fire

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Members of the Lone Star 4-H Club pose for a photo with Gordon and Ellen Chapelle (far right in first and second rows) after helping the Chapelles clean up after their barn fire.
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Last August, lightning hit Gordon and Ellen Chapelles’ barn and started a fire which burned the building down. (Luckily, the Chapelles herefords made it out of the barn safely.)

The Chapelles have been involved with Lancaster County 4-H for more than 35 years. They are former club leaders and hosted the Pioneer Livestock Show each spring to give 4-H’ers experience showing their animals in public. Ellen was named the Heart of 4-H Award winner in July 2004. The Chapelles have long sponsored livestock trophies at the Lancaster County Fair.
After the fire, several Lonestar 4-H Club members and their families who live near the Chapelles helped Gordon and Ellen clean up debris.

“My wife and I would like to express our most sincere ‘Thank You’ to everyone for all the great help you gave in the cleanup effort after our big barn fire,” says Gordon. “All the hard work was greatly appreciated and was a much needed high point after the devastation of the fire loss.

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