North­side 4-H club show­ing growth, for first time has Clover Buds pro­gram


meet­ing which is run by the mem­bers. Par­ents are wel­come to at­tend, but leaders and par­ents sit at the back,” MacNeil said. “ This gives the mem­bers valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence in run­ning a meet­ing prop­erly.”

North­side 4-H has about 14 projects, some with two or three par­tic­i­pants and oth­ers with up­wards of 12 par­tic­i­pants. Firstyear mem­bers, re­gard­less of age, are only al­lowed to take on one project.

When they’ve suc­cess­fully com­pleted the first year, then they can con­sider tak­ing on more projects.

“ We found that of­ten the kids signed up for projects and were all gung-ho, but fell be­hind be­cause they didn’t have the time and their par­ents weren’t able to keep them that in­volved. 4-H is quite a com­mit­ment on the part of the whole fam­ily.”

There are na­tional pro­grams where 4-H mem­bers can be se­lected to at­tend events such as the na­tional 4-H con­fer­ence or cit­i­zen­ship con­fer­ence, but the projects stop at the pro­vin­cial level.

“For chil­dren who stay in the pro­gram and are ac­tive, there are nu­mer­ous ben­e­fits. Our pri­or­ity is teach­ing them skills re­lated to their projects, but there are also pub­lic speak­ing skills, re­spon­si­bil­ity and com­mit­ment not only to them­selves, but to the whole group.”

Most 4-H clubs have a ser­vice com­po­nent, which is of­ten re­lated to project work.

“For ex­am­ple, in the past our wood­work­ing kids and sewing groups have com­pleted ser­vice work projects or quilts to groups that need them whether it is a hospi­tal or se­niors home,” she said. “ We en­cour­age ser­vice to oth­ers and stress to the mem­bers that it is im­por­tant to give back to the com­mu­nity.”

The Nova Sco­tia Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Mar­ket­ing is the spon­sor of 4-H. The name 4H comes from the first let­ter of the words head, heart, hands and health and are rec­og­nized in the pledge.

June 19, 2009, well-known farmer, en­ter­tainer and tire­less com­mu­nity vol­un­teer Ge­orge MacNeil died as the re­sult of a tragic traf­fic ac­ci­dent. Among his many vol­un­teer pur­suits was the 4-H pro­gram where he was a 4-H dad, grand-dad and a leader who held ex­ec­u­tive offices at club, county and pro­vin­cial lev­els.

The Cape Bre­ton County 4-H Leaders’ Coun­cil has em­barked upon an am­bi­tious cam­paign to raise $50,000 for the es­tab­lish­ment of a per­pet­ual, en­dowed schol­ar­ship that will bear his name. Con­tri­bu­tions are in­cometax de­ductible and re­ceipts will be is­sued for each gift of $20 or more. CAPE NORTH — There is good ski­ing at North High­lands Nordic with all trails open and groomed with 85 per cent cov­er­age on most trails.

“Happy Trails on Tues­days” takes place to­day at 10 a.m. Come out and en­joy a group ski or snow­shoe fol­lowed by tea or hot chocolate in the heated ski room.

The ski room is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion, please call 383-2479. SYD­NEY — A war­rant was is­sued and held Mon­day for a 25-year-old Syd­ney Mines man fac­ing a count of pos­ses­sion of co­caine for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing.

Steven MacLean was due in in pro­vin­cial court in Syd­ney, Mon­day, for a sta­tus up­date, when the war­rant was is­sued. It was held un­til his next sched­uled ap­pear­ance in court Feb. 9.

MacLean was pulled over ear­lier in Novem­ber 2008 on King Street, Syd­ney Mines, by the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice drug squad and they say they seized 26 pack­ets of co­caine and a quan­tity of cash.

Sub­mit­ted by Debbie Cantwell

As part of its on­go­ing com­mu­nity in­volve­ment, Nova Sco­tia Power pre­sented a lap­top to the North­side 4-H club to help with the club’s var­i­ous projects. Paul Thom­son from the Point Aconi Gen­er­at­ing Plant de­liv­ered the com­puter to 4H mem­bers William Marsh-King and Emma MacLean.

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