PARIS – Area 4-H clubs are beginning the year with meetings and activities.

Grand Kids 4-H Club, Bryant Pond, Doreen Kelly, leader, will hold its first meeting by the end of January with 12 members enrolled. Members have a busy schedule planned with lots of projects. Mick, Allison and Jessica Kelly have been busy with their working steers. Mick Kelly was named Outstanding 4-H Member in 2005.

Tally-Ho Horse Club, Gilead, Kate Slattery, leader, started with 15 members this year, nine of which are new. On Saturday, Feb. 11, those interested will take a field trip to Pineland for a clinic, and in March those interested in judging horses will attend a judging clinic with a quarter horse judge in Scarborough.

At the last meeting, Colleen Slattery led the program on what to expect when participating in the Quiz Bowl. Some members went to Sparrowhawk Ranch in West Bethel to see the Budweiser Clydesdales. This summer three members plan to try out for the Maine team to go to Eastern States Expo in West Springfield, Mass.

Canton Busy Workers, Canton, Jane Lueders, leader, held the first meeting of 2006 on Jan. 11 under the leadership of Jane Lueders and Elaine Benedict. The club has signed up 20 members, who were split into two groups: one of older members (age 8 and up) and one under age 8.

The older group is led by Elaine Benedict and the meeting this month was on feeding wild birds. Bird feeders were made. The younger group, led by Jane Lueders, held a meeting on “seasons,” featuring snow. Snow was melted, strained and filtered to find out what was in it.

Next spring a time capsule has been planned and members are thinking of items to include, how to decorate it and how long to leave it buried. Meetings for the Canton Busy Workers are held every other Wednesday.

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