4-H Animal Science Research Project

April 23rd, 2014 4:18 PM
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Karen Hatch Gagne and Kristy Ouellette are doing a research project to learn about Animal Science projects within Maine 4-H.  We will be requesting parental permission to send out a survey to 4-H youth ages 13-18 who have been in Animal Science commodities for the past three years.  The parental permission packet will explain the purpose of the study (using a tool-Common Measures) to assess 4-H youths’ outcomes related to Positive Youth Development, 4-H Science, Citizenship and Healthy Living.  When a parent gives parental permission, and Karen receives the parental signature form, then the Common Measures survey will be electronically sent to that child.  If you do not have easy access to the Internet, you may request a paper copy to complete.  Participation in this research project is voluntary.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact Karen Hatch Gagne karen.h.gagne@maine.edu or Kristy Ouellette kristy.ouellette@maine.edu.

Annual 4-H Robotics Expo Draws 22 Teams

April 3rd, 2014 3:19 PM
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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/.

Mason Quoted in Press Herald Article about Fire Victim, 4-H Volunteer

March 31st, 2014 2:14 PM
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Mitch Mason, the 4-H youth development educator for the University of Maine’s Cumberland County Cooperative Extension, was quoted in a Portland Press Herald article about Gorham resident David Smith, a well-known member of the area’s farming community whose cabinet shop was heavily damaged in a fire. Mason said Smith is very active in the 4-H program. He teaches children how to take care of their animals, hauls animals to fairs and clinics, makes house calls if children have questions, and teaches a woodworking class at an annual 4-H forum. “David’s one of those folks who’s always around, willing to volunteer,” Mason said.

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

March 26th, 2014 11:35 AM
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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.

Tanglewood 4-H Camp Offers April Vacation Adventure

March 25th, 2014 3:09 PM
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Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center in Lincolnville will host an April vacation day camp for children ages 5–10 that celebrates the outdoors. The camp will be held Tuesday, April 22 through Friday, April 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Games, art and exploration will encourage personal growth in harmony with nature. Cost is $150 per child. Register online by April 11, 2014. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Patti Chapman at 207.789.5868 or patricia.chapman@maine.edu

Volunteers Needed for 2014 Maine 4-H Days

March 24th, 2014 4:18 PM
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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.

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.pydi.net (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.