Farm living notes, Sept. 17, 2015

4-H science fair entry deadline Dec. 15

4-H Canada will choose up to35 finalists to participate in its national science fair March 3-6in Truro, N.S.

Participants must enter their science projects online by Dec. 15.

4-H will then send a delegation of up to five finalists to the Canada-Wide Science Festival scheduled for May 14-21 in Montreal. 4-H delegates will compete with nearly 500 other youth for prizes and more than $1 million in scholarships.

4-H Canada will award junior, intermediate and senior prizes to the top projects focused on sustainable agriculture and food security at the science festival.

The objective is to create opportunities for youth to explore science, technology and society.

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Motorists reminded of School bus safety

Following too closely is the most common error involving collisions with school buses, reports Alberta Transportation.

Every day during the school year, more than 6,000 school buses in Alberta transport almost 300,000 children to and from school, travelling an estimated 450,000 kilometres a day.

Motorists play an important role in back to school safety. They need to be alert and use extra caution in school zones and near school buses and playgrounds. Students also should know basic traffic safety rules.

More than 70 percent of casualty collisions and nearly 90 percent of property damage collisions involving a school bus occur in urban areas.

The penalty for failing to stop for a school bus with its alternating flashing red lights is $543 and six demerit points.

Coach writes Baseball book

Brent Loehr, a Saskatchewan educator, shares his travel stories in The Global Baseball Classroom: Reflections Beyond Home.

It includes tales of a boating excursion after leading a baseball clinic for the Inuit, a European ball player with one arm and baseball writer W.P. Kinsella.

A former college catcher and clinician, Loehr has coached at every age and ability level and helped spread the game overseas as a summer envoy coach for Major League Baseball International.

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