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Pictou County, groups, businesses contribute to 4H barn project

County Warden Robert Parker, left, donates $75,000 to Pictou County 4H on behalf the Municipality of the County to Bonnie Allan of Pictou County 4H. The money goes towards the expansion of the 4H Life Skills barn.
County Warden Robert Parker, left, donates $75,000 to Pictou County 4H on behalf the Municipality of the County to Bonnie Allan of Pictou County 4H. The money goes towards the expansion of the 4H Life Skills barn.

Nothing makes the walls of a new barn go up faster than good labour and generous financial donations.  

Kings Mutual Insurance Company donated $20,000 to the Pictou County 4H for the expansion of its Life Skills barn. Cara Cameron, left, of Kings Mutual presents the cheque to Bonnie Allan of Pictou County 4H, right, with the assistance of Lynn MacLean, second left, and Ian MacCara, who are directors with Kings Mutual.

The Pictou County 4H says it has about two-thirds of the money collected as part of its fundraising efforts to build a new section onto its 4H Life Skills building on the exhibition grounds.

Pictou Mutual Community Fund donated $10,000 to Pictou County 4H for its barn expansion. From the left: Jack Ferguson, Lynn MacLean, both directors with Pictou Mutual, and Ian MacCara, chair of Pictou Mutual, present Bonnie Allan of Pictou County 4H.

In-kind donations of labour and equipment as well as financial contributions from local businesses, community groups and the Municipality of the County of Pictou have been collected as part of the 4H massive fundraising effort.

Pictou County 4H accepted a $10,000 from Proudfoot Motors Inc. which will be used for the expansion project of its life skills barn. From the left: Hazel Russell and her grandparents Jane and Brock Proudfoot present Ruby MacKenzie of Pictou County 4H with the cheque.

On Friday, the Municipality of the County of Pictou presented the 4H group with a cheque for $75,000 and $20,00 for Kings Mutual Insurance Company. Pictou Mutual Community Fund donated $10,000 and Proudfoot Motors presented a cheque to the group for $2,500. The 4H club also accepted a donation of $20,000 from Balodis Inc.

Bob Stewart of Balodis Inc., left, presents a $20,000 donation to the Pictou County 4H’s barn expansion project on behalf of the company. Accepting the cheque are Bonnie Allan, Ruby MacKenzie and Mark Firminger, all of Pictou County 4H.

Mark Firminger, co-chair of the 4H building committee, said the concrete floor for the new barn is poured and work is being done on the knee around outside perimeter. He said Alan Sutherland and team are expected to start the carpentry work on the walls and roof by the end of next week.

He said there is a chance, if the weather remains good, that the roof of the new building will be intact for exhibition on Sept. 6-10.

The design of the new section of the 4H Life Skills building, built in 1982, will increase the building in width and length.    

The new design will include a kitchen area that will allow the 4-H Council to comply with current food safety regulations, with two washrooms and a separate storage facility. Overall the project is expected to cost between $250,000 and $300,000.

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