Save the Date for Positive Youth Development Conference (Presentations Needed)

March 24th, 2014 4:18 PM
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Save the date for the 2014 Positive Youth Development Conference July 21-22 “Charting the Course: Connect. Inspire. Empower!” University of New England, Biddeford, ME. PYDI Early registration open April 1 through June 15, 2014 $125.00 early price (includes lunch both days), www.regonline/pydi2014 (also of interest is the Summer Training Academy on July 23 – $199 plus materials) CEU Eligible.

Every year, teachers, afterschool providers, youth workers and others come to this conference for fresh new ideas of hands-on projects/programs that work to raise the level of engagement of youth in learning – 4-H is good at this – volunteer leaders and youth are doing fabulous things others need to know! Youth and adults are co-presenters in 90 minute workshops on using 4-H Science Kits; Starting 4-H Clubs in Afterschool Programs; Importance of Service Learning (Community Service) to Youth & How To Do It; How 4-H Clubs Care for School Gardens in the Summer; 4-H Animals in the School Setting, etc…. Contact Barb Baker for more information & ideas about presenting by April 11: barbara.baker@maine.edu 207.942.7396. No charge for one adult and any youth presenters to attend the conference! Some youth also have an option to be part of a special youth program – ask Barb about this special opportunity.

Maine 4-H Horse Team Communications Tryouts

March 24th, 2014 4:16 PM
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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

March 24th, 2014 4:16 PM
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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

March 24th, 2014 4:13 PM
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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

March 24th, 2014 3:19 PM
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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

March 17th, 2014 11:25 AM
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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.

2014 Massachusetts Blue Ribbon Calf Sale and Clinics

February 26th, 2014 3:28 PM
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The 2014 Massachusetts Blue Ribbon Calf Sale and Clinics is scheduled for March 22, 2014 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. Youth ages 8-18 years old as of January 1st receive a 5% discount off the purchase price of one heifer. We also have a raffle, clinics, commercial area, and semen silent auction this year. Clinics begin at 10am and the sale at noontime. Many calves have gone on to develop into All Americans, state and national class winners plus develop into excellent scored cows. This is a good opportunity for youth to purchase their next foundation animal. All seven major dairy breeds are represented plus we have a breed info table with the junior programs offered by each.

Website www.blueribboncalfsale.com and Facebook – Massachusetts Blue Ribbon Calf Sale.

2014 Northeast Youth Show Calf Summit

February 26th, 2014 3:27 PM
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Friday & Saturday, April 4th & 5th at Cowtown Holsteins, Derby Line, VT.

The 2014 Northeast Youth Show Calf Summit will start with registration, lunch and orientation from 11:30 to 12:45. The formal program will then start at 12:45 and conclude with lunch on Saturday. Your registration fee of $30 will cover all of your meals plus some supplies. As in the past we will be limited to 150 participants so early registration is important. Required forms are a registration form with the Agreement for Attendees and Picture Permission on the back. Both of these documents must be completely filled out and returned with your registration and registration fee, and are available online at: www.nesholsteins.com.

Rooms at the Derby Four Seasons Motel (802-334-1775 or 800-339-1775), 44221 Rt. 5 & Newport City Motel (802-334-6558 or 800-338-6558), 444 E. Main St. (also Rt. 5) have been blocked for Friday night. Be sure to tell them you are with the Vermont Holstein Show Summit group. The rate is $89.99 plus taxes for two people two beds, more with extra people in the room. The Newport City Motel has a pool. To receive this rate, room reservations must be made by March 4th.

Dairy Quiz Bowl Results

February 26th, 2014 3:27 PM
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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.

Help Wanted! Regional Public Speaking Contest 3/29/2014

February 26th, 2014 3:24 PM
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Help is needed from 4-H clubs or 4-H families to help with the Regional Public Speaking Contest on March 29, 2014 at the University of Maine, Orono, in Jenness Hall, (snow date April 5).  Help with set up and serving snacks from 9:00 to 1:00 or 1:00 to 5:00 for serving snacks and clean up.  Support members of your club who are presenting or learn about public speaking this year so you can try it next year.  This is a great community service project for   4-H clubs, individuals, or families.

To sign up to help or for more information contact Sheila Norman at 207.564.3301 or email sheila.norman@maine.edu as soon as possible, no later than March 21.