Archive for the ‘Youth’ Category

Annual 4-H Robotics Expo Draws 22 Teams

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
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4-Her with robotTwenty-two teams and 76 youth demonstrated their knowledge of robotics and public speaking at the 8th Annual 4-H Robotics Expo on March 29, at the University of Maine at Machias.

Youth also took part in a challenge activity and attended workshops presented by faculty and staff from the UMM and University of Maine.

Jen Lobley, Extension educator in Washington County for 14 years, said 4-H provides learning opportunities that teach leadership, citizenship and life skills. “Today’s event did all of that,” she said. “Our youth participants collected over 550 items of food to be donated to the Machias Area Food Pantry and they demonstrated a number of life skills, including leadership, teamwork, decision-making, problem-solving, and communication.

“Each year the projects grow in complexity, as does the confidence of the youth,” Lobley said. “When we started this event eight years ago, only a handful of kids tried the challenge activity. This year, we had over half our participants sign up for the activity. It builds resiliency, that’s for sure.”

For more information about 4-H and volunteering, contact the Washington County UMaine Extension office, 207.255.3345, 800.287.1542 (in Maine), http://umaine.edu/4h/.

Maine 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl & Hippology Tryouts & Study Sessions

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
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Quiz Bowl is a questions game similar to Jeopardy. Two teams with four players each, use electric buzzers to answer questions and gain points. The questions are all horse related and can range from diseases and anatomy to tack and riding disciplines.

Hippology consists of several components including a written test, visual slides, identification of diagrams, horse judging, and a team problem.

Every year, a quiz bowl/ hippology tryouts is held for the Maine State Quiz Bowl team. Four 4-Hers and one alternate are chosen to be on each team. 4-Hers selected to be on the teams are expected to attend practice sessions, and compete both regionally in New Hampshire and nationally in Kentucky.

In order to try-out for the Quiz Bowl/Hippology team, you must be enrolled in 4-H and be 14-18 as of Jan. 1st. However, ALL 4-Hers and volunteers are welcome and encouraged to come to quiz bowl/hippology study sessions. Meetings will be held once a month on Friday evening. You can participate in the study sessions by coming to Libby Hall at the University of Maine in Orono, or by arranging a skype or poly-com connection to Orono from a place convenient for you. Please contact the Quiz Bowl/hippology coordinator to proceed on the latter.

To try-out for the Quiz Bowl or Hippology teams, 4-Hers must take the written tryout test which will be offered at your local county extension office from Feb. 16th-March 14th. The first Quiz Bowl/ Hippology study session, will be held March 28th at 6pm.

If you are interested in trying out for the team, or just want information please contact the quiz bowl/hippology coordinator:         Edie Kershner ediekershner@yahoo.com or (207)322-4601.

Volunteers Needed for 2014 Maine 4-H Days

Monday, March 24th, 2014
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Maine 4-H Days will take place June 20 – 22, 2014 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. If you are interested in volunteering, or offering a workshop, please contact Jessy Brainerd at jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or   207.581.3877. Registration materials will be available at: http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-events/maine-4-h-days/ by May 1.

Maine 4-H Horse Team Communications Tryouts

Monday, March 24th, 2014
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Would you like to participate in a Regional and National 4-H Horse team? No horse required! Tryout for the Communications team! There are two categories for individual 4-Hers: individual demonstration and public speaking.  Two 4-Hers will work together on the team demonstration. Check out the Maine 4-H website under horse for more details.  Tryouts will be at Maine 4-H Days, you do not need to be attending Maine 4-H Days to try out. Saturday, June 21 at 11:00 am. Contact Kate Slattery for more information at 207.836.3217 or slattery@megalink.net.

Horse Study Sessions

Monday, March 24th, 2014
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This is an opportunity to learn more about horses for those who do or do not own a horse. There will be a Horse Study Session on Saturday, April 5 at noon in Orono, however, 4-Hers can also attend via Skype.

Please call Edie Kershner at 207.322.4601 if you would like to attend, either in person or via Skype, or for more information.

Fryeburg Fair 4-H Market Hog Show and Sale

Monday, March 24th, 2014
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This year Fryeburg Fair will have a 4-H Market Hog Show and Sale.  This will be open to only youth living in the society towns of Fryeburg Fair, Fryeburg, Lovell, Stow Waterford, Stoneham, Hiram, Sweden, Porter, Bridgton, Otisfield, Cornish, Baldwin, Standish, Harrison, Denmark, and Brownfield in Maine. Freedom, Eaton, Bartlett, Chatham, Conway, and Jackson, in New Hampshire.

Youth must be the 4-H age of 9 – 18 and be enrolled in 4-H prior to January 1, 2014.  Youth will have to provide daily care and have the animal housed at their place of residence.  Animals must be farrowed after April 1st of this year and in the child’s possession by June 1st.

Only gilts and barrows will be considered.  All hogs must be fed 100% grain.  An intent form must be filed with the Fryeburg Fair office by May 1st. Once your intent form is received, Donna Flint will contact you in regards to tagging your hog.  Submitting an “Intent Form” does not mean you will be entered into the show or sale.  There will only be 12 hogs allowed to show and sell.  The complete rules will be in the Fryeburg Fair book when it is available.  Intent form will be available on the Fryeburg Fair website (www.fryeburgfair.com). Once in the website go to Livestock, then 4-H.  You can also contact the office for a form at 207.935.3268 or e-mail them at:  Info@fryeburgfair.com.

4-H Rabbit Show

Monday, March 24th, 2014
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There will be a 4-H Rabbit Showmanship class, and a Rabbit Breed ID educational event at the Eastern Maine Rabbit Breeders open and youth show on Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Newport, ME. 4-Hers and potential 4-H members are welcome to show. Rabbits will be scored according to the 4-H showmanship standards in What’s Hoppening?, the 4-H rabbit curriculum.

Show Starts Promptly at 9:00am.

4-H Showmanship participants will show individually in the morning during the Youth Show when their breed is not on the table. 4-H members and potential 4-H members are welcome to show. For the Breed ID event, there will be 10 different breeds available to look at and study during the show.  There will be a quiz on Breed ID after lunch.  There will be an opportunity to become a 4-H member at the show. There is no cost to enter into 4-H portion of the show, but registration is required. Youth must be between the ages of 9 and 18 to show in 4-H.  If you have questions about the 4-H Showmanship class, contact Michaele Bailey at michaele.bailey@maine.edu or call 207.991.8065.

Registration
Send your entries for the 4-H Showmanship Class to Tena Ireland, 10 Bean Street Madison, ME 04950 .207.696.3783 Email Entries: easternmainerba@gmail.com
Entries must include this information:

Name of Exhibitor
Address
Phone
Age
Name of rabbit and ear tattoo number if the rabbit has one.
State you are registering for the 4-H Showmanship class.
Entry Deadlines

Mail entries must be postmarked no later than Monday, April 21, 2014. Phone and e-mail must be submitted no later than Wednesday, April 13, 2014 (No calls after 9 PM). All e-mail entries will be confirmed. If you do not receive a confirmation by Friday, April 25, 2014, please contact Tena Ireland by phone to verify that she has received your entry.

Directions to Newport Recreation Center, 81 North St., Newport, Maine

Take I-95 to Exit 157 in Newport –southbound go right at end of ramp or northbound go left at the end of the ramp. Go straight through lights at Routes 2 and 7. After 2/10th of a mile, turn right on High St. There is a credit union on your right. Then the very next left on North St, go across a small bridge and the Newport Recreation Center will be on your right (large yellow brick building). Proceed to the rear of the building to unload.

The 4-H Showmanship Class will be held during the Eastern Maine Rabbit Breeders Association’s annual spring show. There will be hundreds of rabbits at this show representing close to 20 different breeds. Both youth and adults will be showing in the open show and this will be a great time for 4-Hers to see and learn more about different breeds of rabbits and how to show in the open shows. We hope to see many new 4-Hers at the show and welcome the opportunity to help you learn more about your rabbit project.

UMaine Extension Offers Tractor and Farm Equipment Safety Class

Monday, March 17th, 2014
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Youth on tractorA University of Maine Cooperative Extension tractor and farm machinery safety course will be held 5-7 p.m. five consecutive Tuesdays beginning Tuesday, April 15, at Ingraham’s Equipment, 3 Knox Ridge South, Knox.

This class is designed for youth ages 14-16 to earn federal certification to operate farm machinery as part of their employment. It is also appropriate for adults who want to learn how to drive tractors and operate implements. Participants will be expected to operate machinery during class. A written and driving exam will be administered at the final session in May; it is required for those wishing to earn federal certification.

A $20 enrollment fee pays for a manual and safety equipment. Pre-registration is requested so course materials may be sent to enrollees prior to the first class. For more information, to register, or to request a disability accommodation, contact UMaine Extension in Waldo County at 1.800.287.1426.

Dairy Quiz Bowl Results

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
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The Dairy Quiz Bowl Tryouts were held February 17 at the Farm Bureau in Augusta. Fourteen 4-Hers in the dairy program participated all together. The highest scoring youth who qualify for the Eastern States Quiz Bowl team are Alyvia Stanley, overall junior winner, Kelton Tanguay, and Megan Caruso of Cumberland County, Sadie Farrnad from Franklin County, overall senior winner, and Samantha Simpson of Penobscot County. Dairy Quiz Bowl members will practice throughout the year for a team competition at the Eastern States Exposition in Massachusetts in September.

2014 4-H Dog Fun Day

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
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Saturday, April 26, 12:00 – 4:00 pm at Renaissance Dogs, 127 Main Street, Holden, ME  04429.

Come have a fun filled day learning about dogs!  Learn agility with Rebecca Henderson from Renaissance Dogs.  Meet licensed veterinarian technician and Purina Certified Weight Coach, Marisa Gleason, from Veazie Veterinary Clinic to discuss nutrition and your dog. Challenge your dog in Trivia! (Hint: know your working dogs, grooming tools, and basic first aid!)

Call Lori Swenson at 207.654.2110 to pre-register, or email at lswenson67@gmail.com.

Limited to 10 4-H members and their dogs.  Members must be ages 9 – 18 to attend.  Your dog should be up-to-date on its shots including distemper, parvo and rabies.  Bordatella and lyme are optional. Please bring a copy or photocopy of your vaccination certificates. If your dog is crate trained, please bring it for the down times for the dogs.