Thirteen-year-old Honor Hansen is a member of the 4-H club that meets in the Springwater Grange. She is part of the odd stock (bunnies, guinea pigs, chickens, etc.) and crafts studies (arts, cooking, carpentry, etc.). This year, along with entering animals in the Clackamas County Fair, she entered the public speaking contest and earned a spot to compete at the Oregon State Fair on Saturday, Aug. 31.

The topic of her 10-minute talk is dragons. She said she likes myths, and her best friend is really into dragons. With all the hubbub of summer, she was down to one week to choose a topic and build the speech, so she went for it.

During her discourse, she explained the differences between Welsh, European and Japanese dragon stories and superstitions.

“European stories center around the beasts being fire-breathing, princess-eating dragons,” she said, “while the Japanese, Nihon no ryur, is associated with rainfall and bodies of water and is a symbol of peace.”

As part of the speech, she also told the stories of Saint George slaying the dragon, Merlin taming the red and white dragons and a Japanese tale.

“Luckily the head judge was a librarian, and I think she really like that I included the stories,” Hansen said.

About 4-H, she said they give you an opportunity to learn about animals, develop culinary and home crafting skills as well as art, photography and carpentry. There is a lot more in sciences, agriculture and engineering, too.

The Colton Middle School eighth-grader said her favorite class at school is band. “I play five instruments, if you include recorder,” she said with a big smile. She plays piano, flute, baritone ukulele and is learning to play the organ. Her goals include being a music teacher. “Playing concerts and being in band helped me in getting up in front of people to give the speech,” she said. “I think I am even more excited about State Fair than the first day of school.”

Colton Helping Hands

Colton’s Helping Hands Food Pantry is having their annual garage sale Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 12-13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be held in the Parish Hall of Colton Lutheran Church, at the corner of Highway 211 and Wall Street. The proceeds from the sale will be used to purchase food and staples for the weekly food bank that has been helping between 150-170 families a week stretch their food budget to help manage food insecurity in the community.

“We really want to thank all the gardeners who are dropping off produce, especially Matt Brown and Nathan McFall from Food Waves," pantry coordinator Donna Fix said. “They are so generous with our customers and everyone loves selecting their fresh and wonderful produce. Sally Smith always supports us, and Henry Schmidt brings down great vegetables from their gardens. Our shoppers are so lucky to get these healthy and fresh vegetables and fruits for their tables. I just want these people to know how much we appreciate what they do.”

Helping Hands is open on Tuesdays for shoppers from 12:30-3:30 p.m., but if those hours aren’t convenient, you can put your donated produce by the back door on Monday or Tuesday mornings, The pantry is located at 30138 S. Wall Street (Colton Community Center). For more information call 503- 829-5679.

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