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North River Notebook: Truro North River 4-H Club lending a helping hand to the community

"I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart of greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, my health to better living, for my club, my community and my country."

The Truro North River 4-H Club never misses an opportunity to help the community. Members recently served food to North River firefighters at the annual firemen's banquet. Servers were, from left, Ashley Maynard, Sidney Patton, Ashley Higgins, Camryn Patton, Alyssa Millar, Danielle Williams, Sam Mills and Alyssa Mills.

This is the 4-H pledge and members of Truro North River 4-H Club have been working hard to live up to their word. Eight members and two leaders recently helped by serving food at the North River fire hall for the firemen's annual banquet on Saturday, Feb. 7. The firemen were so impressed with the professionalism and kindness the 4-H members displayed, they presented the club with a $200 donation. Colchester North MLA Karen Casey also attended the banquet and sent a note of appreciation to the club for a job well done.

Truro North River's annual club rally was held on March 5. Friends and family enjoyed presentations on a wide variety of topics ranging from how to make a lava lamp, to stories about favourite pets and the origins of Lego. About 40 members between the ages of four and 18 years participated. Each member was given the option of presenting a speech or a demonstration.

The evening rally was chaired by club president Alyssa Millar and vice-president, Sidney Patton. Winners who will be go to the county rally include Jason O'Brien-Fisher, Rebecca MacLaughlin, Olivia Pugsley, Anna Fullerton, Alyssa Millar, Madilyn Mills, Sarah and Abigael Brownell, Daniel Brownell, Jenna Mattatall and Camryn Patton.

Farm Credit Canada has given Truro North River's beef project a much-needed boost with a $500 donation. Basil Hoare, the TNR beef leader, and his six beef members will put this donation toward a clipping chute required for the project.

The first year woodsmen junior skills team has been working hard toward learning the necessary skills to compete at the county 4-H rally in Brookfield on April 11. Led by Don Conrod and his assistants, Glen Higgins, Edison Patton and Mike Crosby, this team of young members are both enthusiastic and excited to be able to participate in any form of woodsmen fun.

Three of Truro North River's senior 4-H members have been chosen to represent Colchester County and Nova Scotia at the National 4-H Citizenship Congress. On April 29, Alyssa Millar, Sidney Patton and Ashley Higgins will head to Ottawa for the five-day congress, featuring a tour of Parliament Hill. Developed in 1972 as a way to unite 4-H members from across the country, this program provides knowledge and insight about Canada, its history and its systems.

The Truro North River 4-H club has many other exciting activities planned in the coming months. It will continue to help the community, exemplifying the 4-H motto, "Learn to do by doing."

Julie Johnstone is a married mother of two school-aged children, fiddle and stepdance teacher, and a community volunteer. She lives in North River. If you have any community news to report, send it to her

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