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.
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.