It was what the residents of Foremost and surrounding areas have been waiting a long time to hear and finally, on Sept. 22, the train for the Forty Mile Rail Line rolled into town, much to the excitement of the 300 people who turned out to help celebrate the milestone.
Southern Alberta 4-H turns 100 next year, and to celebrate, Lethbridge Exhibition Park is hosting an event marking the importance of the organization to generations of southern Albertans.
The Southern 4-H Region kick-off event will take place Jan. 7 in the North Pavilion at Exhibition Park.
The region comprises an area from south of Calgary to the U.S. border, and both provincial borders east and west. There are 56 clubs with more than 950 members, and more than 250 volunteer leaders.
4-H Clubs and the projects they provide for young people can include traditional animal-based projects, but in the years since, 4-H began have expanded to include other activities such as photography, woodworking, snowmobiling, and more.
“If you can dream it, you can do it,” said Andy Pittman, committee chair for Southern Alberta 4-H.
4-H ambassador Christine Suominen said the organization has encouraged her to develop citizenship, life skills, leadership, and responsibility through opportunities and positive role models in a tight-knit community.
“To me, 4-H is a big community equipping their children with skills necessary to enter society. This is achieved by compassionate, warm-hearted people who believe in the program.
Agriculture is much more than raising a few animals or growing some crops to feed the family. It is one of Alberta’s largest renewable resource-based industries, bringing millions into the province. However, like any business, agricultural businesses come with risk.
From the TransCanada Highway turning right at Eagle Butte Crossing’s corner and a block down from the busy gas station, a building with a bright green roof is quite visible. The only thing more visible are the silver trucks with yellow and black bumble-bee-like striping parked amidst the parking lot full of vehicles.
Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP), along with a strong contingent of 27 officials representing 16 exporting members and seven industry associations, are winding down on a Saskatchewan Provincial Trade Mission to South Korea and China. It went from Sept. 19-23.