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09/13/10 - Epizootic Rabbit Enteropathy

Throughout these summer months of 2010, many rabbit breeders throughout the United States have experienced high numbers of unexplained rabbits deaths. The disease is very similar to what you would experience with an enteritis outbreak, except with varying symptoms and ages. This disease is thought to be called 'Epizootic Rabbit Enteropathy.'

The following two PDF files address this condition. The first is an email between Dr. Jay Hreiz, District 9 Director, and Roger Hassenpflug, District 1 Director. The second file is a published article referenced in the email. I hope this information helps, and even more so, I hope your barn has not been hit by this.

Epizootic Rabbit Enteropathy - Email

Epizootic Rabbit Enteropathy - Published Article

Stephanie Myers, Secretary/Treasurer & Webmaster

07/15/10 - Silver Marten Member Passes

01/13/10 - Silver Marten Website

Welcome to 2010!

Hopefully everyone has recovered from San Diego and is surviving the weather. I've had one litter of Martens since I moved in November, and none of them made it, so I'm wishing better luck on everyone.

I apologize for not keeping everyone updated and wanted to let you know that this is a thing of the past. Please let me know if you have information or concerns based on the website or club information. Thanks for your patience.

Stephanie Coon, Secretary/Tresurer & Webmaster

06/11/09 - Brian Hartzell Memorial Scholarship Fund

Courtesy of Linda Sturdevant:

In lieu of flowers, the National Jersey Wooley Rabbit Club has set up the "Brian Hartzell Memorial Scholarship Fund" at Fifth Third Bank. This will be a YOUTH scholarship. This is one of the top 10 banks and covers most of the Midwest/Eastern US. You can make deposits directly to it at ANY 5/3 bank, but you need to tell them the parent account is the Michigan Jersey Wooly Fanciers. The Scholarship is set up as a separate account, but under that club because of timing. The Bank will have it on their list of memorials throughout the Midwest and east coast locations. Donations can also be sent to the NJWRC, Linda Baker or Laura Sturdevant.

Checks should be made out to "Brain Hartzell Memorial Fund" and sent to one of the following:


Linda Baker, NJWRC Treasurer
PO Box 428
Fredrick, PA 19435
Laura Sturdevant, NJWRC Vice-President
Great Lakes Jersey Wooly Fanciers
6609 Smiths Creek Road
Smiths Creek, MI 48047

This is for our youth, and something Brian would be pleased with as we all know how great he was with the youth and how much they love him! He is loved and missed by so many.

Stephanie Coon, Webmaster


06/11/09 - Bob Whitman

Bob Whitman, most commonly known as the author of the rabbit history column in the Domestic Rabbits, lost his battle to cancer early on June 10th. Bob has raised rabbits for 40 years and was a Director of the American Rabbit Breeder's Association. He was also the author of Domestic Rabbits & Their Histories: Breeds of the World. His dedication to the history of the organization was immense and will be missed.

Stephanie Coon, Webmaster

2006 ARBA Convention - Fort Worth, TX
Photo courtesy of Northern California Angora Guild


06/09/09 - Brian Hartzell

Unfortunately, the ARBA has lost a well respected judge and breeder: Brian Hartzell. The following is a message from Eric Stewart.

Stephanie Coon, Webmaster

Dear ARBA Members:

It is with a very heavy heart that I report that the news of Brian Hartzell (OH)'s passing as true. I have known Brian since we were both kids. No one could be as shocked as I am that such a bright, dynamic young man has passed at such a tender age. Brian was driving this morning (June 8) and a motorist behind him noticed him swerving on the road. As he pulled off of the road, she stopped to see what was wrong. She felt no pulse when she checked him, and EMT's noted that Brian had passed at the scene. This is a tremendous loss for us all, as Brian Hartzell was not only a great judge, but also one of the best rabbit breeders I have ever had the distinguished honor of meeting. Brian has been a premiere breeder of American Fuzzy Lops and Jersey Woolys for as long as I have known him. Brian was also an outstanding judge. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family as they work to cope with the unexpected loss of such a vibrant young man. Brian was a very health conscience young man, with a strong commitment to fitness.This is a mere reminder of our short time here on this earth, and the importance of living each day to it's fullest.



Brian & BOB American Fuzzy Lop
2006 ARBA Convention - Fort Worth, TX
Photo courtesy of Northern California Angora Guild


05/11/2009 - National & Specialty Show Results Posted

On May 4, 2009, I received the results from the 2009 Silver Marten National and Specialty Shows held in conjunction with the 2009 Ohio Mini Convention. Those results are now posted under the "SM Nationals" tab.

Any photos you wish to post in regards to this show can be directed towards the Webmaster.





03/23/09 - Irvin Frederick Hill

Irvin passed away suddenly on February 22, 2009. Born November 27, 1926, in Fort Fairfield, ME, to Earle and Elva DeMerchant Hill. Raised and educated in Fort Fairfield schools, he received his GED in 1984 from Bonny Eagle High School in Buxton, ME. He was married August 20, 1978, to June Seaward.

Irvin was an over-the-road truck driver, farmer, and owned Irvin Hill Paving in Fort Fairfield. He was last employed by Carl Subler Trucking based in Saco, ME, and MSSPA in So. Windham, ME.

Irvin served in the US Navy during WWII on the USS Texas. He received the WWII Victory Medal, American Theater Medal, EAMET Medal with two stars, Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal with two stars, and the Philippine Liberation Medal.

Irvin was predeceased by his parents, sister Joan Hill, and son Earle G. Hill.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, June (Seaward) Hill of Hollis, ME, two sons, Larry Hill of Seattle, WA, and James Hill and his companion Evie Slaven of Brewer, ME, daughter Frances of KY, three sisters - Sherry Carter of CA, Norma Freeborn of CA, and Gwendolyn Harper of NY.

Burial will be in the spring at the convenience of the family.

Donations may be made in his memory:


Maine Cocker Spaniel Rescue
c/o Kim Tees
PO Box 388
Raymond, ME 04071-0388
Animal Refugee League
PO Box 336
Westbrook, ME 04098
Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals
PO Box 10
South Windham, ME 04082-9989



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