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4-H Notes – Monthly Newsletters

July 2014

Happy July Birthdays!

Ethan G.                7/4

Shakeema B.         7/5

Hope C.                 7/5

Mikala D.              7/7

Sage T.                  7/8

Gabe S.                 7/14

Bryar S.                 7/20

Moira M.               7/21

Liam M.                7/22

 

July Dates to Remember

July 23, 2014 – 2:00-7:00 p.m. – Clean up day at the Topsham Fair Work Day

Scrape, paint and clean up the horse arena (horse show ring and booth).

All clubs should be represented.

 

Club News

Equine Etc.

Some of the members of Equine Etc. went to 4-H Days. At our last meeting in June, we started planning what we will be doing for the Topsham Fair in August.

 

4-H State News July 2014

2014 Maine 4-H Days – Our Best Year Yet!
We would like to say a huge “Thank You” to all of the absolutely amazing volunteers who made this year’s Maine 4-H Days one of our best!!! Thanks, also, to the 4-Hers and their parents who showed us exactly why we love working for such an incredible program! As always, we would like to heartily thank the Maine 4-H Foundation for their continued support of Maine 4-H Days, and the other great 4-H programs and events that happen through the year.

If you really did enjoy the program, please take a moment to either email Susan Jennings, or mail a card/message (Susan Jennings, Executive Director, Maine 4-H Foundation, 9 Olson Road, South Paris, ME  04281) to the Maine 4-H Foundation to express your appreciation for their financial support.

In early 2015, planning will start for next year’s event.  If you are interested in joining the Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee, or have general questions/comments/recommendations about the event, please email Jessy Brainerd, or call 207.581.3877.

 

State 4-H Dairy Show   
The State 4-H Dairy Show will be held at the Windsor Fairgrounds July 19 and 20, 2014. The State Show is open to all 4-H youth enrolled in the dairy project and is also the tryout event for the selection of the Dairy Team for Eastern States.  A clipping contest will be held on Saturday evening before the show.  Enter your animals on the day of the show. The State Dairy Show Packet can be found on the 4-H dairy page.

For more information contact Angela Hussey or at 207.400.2588 or 207.347.7577.

 

Save the Date: TSC’s Fall Paper Clover Event Oct 8-19, 2014
The Fall 2014 Tractor Supply Company Paper Clover Fundraiser is scheduled for October 8-19, 2014. Invite friends and family to support 4-H by donating $1 at check out when they are done shopping. 100% of each dollar goes to the 4-H. 70% of all funds collected support local and state 4-H programs right where you live.

Learn how to connect with your local TSC store on the Fundraising Connections page so you can enter the 2014 Paper Clover Participation Sweepstakes during the semi-annual events.

 

Come to Camp this Summer!
Looking for a fun adventure this summer? Come to Tanglewood 4-H Camp in Lincolnville, or Blueberry Cove 4-H Camp in Tenants Harbor! All Maine 4-H members are eligible for $100 off any residential or adventure trip program, or $50 off any day‑camp program. There are many options to choose from – go backpacking on the AT, canoe the Ducktrap River, learn to sail, camp on an island, swim, create, make new friends. Check out the Tanglewood website. Camp is in session from June 23 to August 29. If you have questions, or need more information, contact Patti Chapman or call 207.789.5868. We’ll be watching for you!

 

Maine Fair Season Insurance
Maine fair season is here. Most Maine fairs now require proof of insurance in order to exhibit livestock at their fairs.  Proof of insurance usually is requested for individuals including the exhibitor (4-H member), owner of the animal, and anyone who may be responsible for maintaining the animal at the event (e.g. parents or volunteers).

Some fairs no longer allow homeowner insurance policies.  Please check your specific fair to see what they accept.  Most fairs do accept the MALE Insurance. 
 
Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors (MALE) annual membership renewal is in June. Last year’s membership ends on June 30.  A benefit of being a member of this association includes liability insurance at specific events, including Maine fairs.  Please refer to the events that it does cover for the state.  Also, as a clarification, as of 7/1/2011, this insurance is a display and exhibitors policy; therefore the following activities are not covered:  equine racing, trotting, barrel racing, steeplechase, rodeos, and team penning. Any and all ox, steer, pony and horse rides, wagon, sleigh, and hay rides and dog and sheep dog activities.  More information is available at the MALE page.

 

June 2014

Happy June Birthdays!

Mark H.          6/1

Sawyer C.         6/9

Taylor C.          6/10

Jordyn M.        6/10

Alyssa K.          6/18

Emily C.            6/23

 

June Dates to Remember

June 20 – 22, 2014
Maine 4-H Days

June 28 – July 5, 2014
Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)

 

4-H@UMaine

4-H@UMaine took place on the University of Maine, Orono campus from Friday, May 16 at 3:00 p.m. until Saturday, May 17 at 5:30 p.m.

Teens from all over the State of Maine came together at The University of Maine to learn about careers and college opportunities. Towns represented include
(but are not limited to): Lewiston, Auburn, Brunswick, Lisbon Falls, and Topsham. 100 4-H youth were on campus to experience campus life and explore career opportunities through experiential workshops in science and other fields.  Each adolescent attended three workshops taught by UMaine faculty and graduate students. Choices included; composite materials, embryology, fundamentals of acting, aquaculture, high altitude ballooning, dance, stress, field skills for the forest,
ecology, waves in the ocean, veterinary medicine, permaculture, assistive technology, chemical engineering, CSI-geology, nanotechnology, and nutrition & health.   

This experience also included eating in the cafeteria, staying overnight in the dorms and meeting a number of University Faculty. Several 4-H teens judged the Invention Convention, an event where youth share their invention with judges and the public. Youth also had an opportunity to see a number of campus classrooms and spend time at the recreation center.  Teens made new friends and renewed friendships developed in past years.

 

Club News 

Pink Spurs News

BrieAnna called the May 7th meeting of the Pink Spurs to order at 5:46 p.m. at the UMaine Extension Office. 6 members, 1 leader, and 2 visitors were present. We got our forms for Cumberland County Riding Club and also got our forms for live stock cards. We also made rope halters!

BrieAnna also called the May 21st meeting of the Pink Spurs to order at 5:42 p.m. at the MTM Center in Lisbon Falls, with 7 members and 2 leaders. Members finished up lease forms and Animal approval forms to hand in to Lisa. Livestock forms and checks HAVE to be in by next meeting. They also bagged dog food to be donated to the pet food bank.

The next meeting will be held on June 4, 2014 at 5:30 and will be located at the UMaine Extension Office.

 

Busy Bees of Bowdoin News

Members of the Busy Bees of Bowdoin recently participated in the Northeast Livestock Expo, where members learned how to show a rabbit, and sheep. They also participated in the cook off!

 

4-H State News June 2014

Early Registration for Maine 4-H Days Ends June 2nd

Maine 4-H Days will take place June 20 – 22, 2014 at the Windsor Fairgrounds, and the registration materials are available online. As always, workshops are assigned on a first come, first serve basis, so be sure to register early. If you do not have online access, please contact your local county office for paper copies of the forms. If you register prior to the June 2nd early registration deadline, the cost is $5 per person, with a maximum of $15 per family.  If you register after the deadline, the price increases to $7 per person, with a maximum of $20 per family.

We are in need of volunteers willing to help with all aspects of the event.  Last year, Maine 4-H Days brought almost 400 individuals to the Windsor Fairgrounds, and we are preparing for even greater numbers for 2014. Volunteers are needed for: presenter assistance, office/registration help, being crafty in the Creativity Area, set-up, cleanup, and more.  We request that one member of each group sign up for a minimum of one volunteer shift.

Along with many of your favorite returning workshops (Archery, Dog Camp, Field Skills for the Forest, Cheese Making, Lego® Robotics, etc.), there are a ton of awesome new workshops this year: Make Your Own Hula Hoop, Line Dancing, and so much more! All of the workshops, and their descriptions, are posted at the 4-H Days website.  As workshops fill up, the forms available online will note any workshops that are “full” on the registration forms.

If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact Jessy Brainerd or 207.581.3877.

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

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 is open through June 15, 2014 $125 early price (includes lunch both days),  also of interest is the Summer Training Academy on July 23 – $199 plus materials) CEU Eligible.

Come to Camp this Summer!

Looking for a fun adventure this summer? Come to Tanglewood 4-H Camp in Lincolnville, or Blueberry Cove 4-H Camp in Tenants Harbor! All Maine 4-H members are eligible for $100 off any residential or adventure trip program, or $50 off any day‑camp program. There are many options to choose from – go backpacking on the AT, canoe the Ducktrap River, learn to sail, camp on an island, swim, create, make new friends. Check out the Tanglewood website. Camp is in session from June 23 to August 29. If you have questions, or need more information, contact Patti Chapman or call 207.789.5868. We’ll be watching for you!

Maine 4-H Horse Team Communications Tryouts

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.

2014 Eastern States Horse Tryouts

Tryouts for the 2014 Maine State Horse team will be held July 11 – 13, 2014 at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds.  Applications for tryouts are available online. Riders and Drivers must be 14 years of age (4-H age). Please contact Extension Educator, Kristy Ouellette if you have any questions. Applications must be postmarked by June 6, 2014.

State 4-H Dairy Show 

The State 4-H Dairy Show will be held at the Windsor Fairgrounds July 19 and 20, 2014. The State Show is open to all 4-H youth enrolled in the dairy project and is also the tryout event for the selection of the Dairy Team for Eastern States.  A clipping contest will be held on Saturday evening before the show.

While the State Dairy Show is open to all 4-H youth in the dairy project, 4-Hers who would also like to try out for the Eastern States Dairy Team also need to participate in one of these three events:

Quiz Bowl Tryouts in February
Dairy Judging in April
Clipping Contest the day before the show

For more information contact Angela Hussey or at 207.400.2588 or 207.347.7577.

4-H National Trips and CWF Trip Winners

We recently held interviews for National Trips in Lisbon and Orono.  Please join us in congratulating the following winners for this year’s National trips, and also the delegates selected for the Citizenship Washington Focus trip.  We are proud to have you represent Maine 4-H!

Winners for National 4-H Congress will be headed to Atlanta, Georgia in November of this year. Natalie H., and Nicole S., will be traveling from Waldo County, and Kristen B. and Lucia A. will be representing Cumberland County.

Winners for National 4-H Conference will travel to Washington, D.C. in April 2015.  Representing Cumberland County will be Reed B. and Desiree W., and from Franklin County, Sadie F. and Kristen D. will be attending the Conference.

Delegates to Citizenship Washington Focus will be traveling to Washington, D.C. in July of this year.  Delegates include:  From Cumberland County: Catherine F., Desiree W., Corey W., and Morgan A.; from Franklin: Denae G.; from Kennebec: Jimmy S.; from Oxford: Ben A.; from Penobscot: Michael H., and Colin J.; from Somerset: Michaela M., and Hallie M.; from Waldo: Tyler C., Cassandra L., and Shaynen S.; from Washington: Blaine G., and Cole W.; and from York: Kaysia C., Carolyn H., and Katelynn S.

Save the Date: TSC’s Fall Paper Clover Event Oct 8-19, 2014

The Fall 2014 Tractor Supply Company Paper Clover Fundraiser is scheduled for October 8-19, 2014. Invite friends and family to support 4-H by donating $1 at check out when they are done shopping. 100% of each dollar goes to the 4-H. 70% of all funds collected support local and state 4-H programs right where you live.

Learn how to connect with your local TSC store on the Fundraising Connections page so you can enter the 2014 Paper Clover Participation Sweepstakes during the semi-annual events.

Maine Fair Season Insurance

Maine fair season will soon be upon us! Most Maine fairs now require proof of insurance in order to exhibit livestock at their fairs. Proof of insurance usually is requested for individuals including the exhibitor (4-H member), owner of the animal, and anyone who may be responsible for maintaining the animal at the event (ex. parents or volunteers).

The MALE annual membership renewal is in June. The year’s membership ends on June 30. A benefit of being a member of this association includes liability insurance at specific events, including Maine fairs. Please refer to the events that it does cover for the state. More information is available online.

 

Androscoggin-Sagadahoc Counties 4-H Dates and Deadlines!

June 20-22 – Maine 4-H Days (confirmed)

June 30 – Final Deadline for Animal Approval Forms

July 25-28 – 4-H Horse Camp held at Fryeburg Fairgrounds (details TBD)

August 1 & 2 – Topsham Fair Exhibit Hall Set Up

August 2 – Topsham Fair Exhibit Hall Judging

August 5-10 – Topsham Fair

August 9 – 4-H Day at Topsham Fair


May 2014

Happy May Birthdays!

Margaret P.        May 5

Caleb LaM.         May 9

Hunter L.             May 10

Raelyn S.              May 16

Alexandra H.      May 23

 

May Dates to Remember!

 May 1, 2014 – ESE Dairy & Sheep Intents Due

Androscoggin-Sagadahoc Counties Upcoming Meetings – 4-H Leaders (and Teen Leaders) meetings are scheduled for May 7 and June 4. No meetings in July.

 May 15, 2014 – ESE Dog Intent Due

4-H@UMaine: Connecting Kids to College – May 16-17

 

Club News

Busy Bees of Bowdoin News

Androscoggin-Sagadahoc counties have another new 4-H club! Introducing the Busy Bees of Bowdoin, and they have been busy! On April 21, they toured the Bowdoinham Recycling Barn, and gathered recycled items to make an egg drop vessel. They dropped the vessels from 12 and 20 feet to see which eggs would survive the fall.  

At their next meeting they met at the Mini Mt. Estate Farm in Bowdoin, where they learned about preparing livestock, (lambs, goats and dairy calves) for a show. 

 

Loose Shoe News

Loose shoe 4-H did their community service project April 21st at Smithfield plantation in Litchfield. Members picked up trash in the parking lot then carried necessary supplies ¼ mile into the woods to paint the outhouse. In the picture below, from right to left are Ashley Weeks, Raelyn Spencer, Emma Cushman, Gavin and Victoria Inglis. After lunch they hiked the trail and painted the trail markers. The next meeting will be on horseback at Maine Trail Riders ring in Litchfield on May 8th at 6:30.

 

Locke, Stock and Arrow News

This month Locke, Stock and Arrow club learned about poultry, focusing on the eggs that the poultry produce. This included visiting the Androscoggin Valley Poultry Club on the 19th to learn about eggs and their history. This month the club also participated in the Doo-Doo Drive Thru and had a lot of fun!

 

Muck-N-Me News

Muck-N-Me 4-H had their Bunnies and Bake Sale fundraiser April 19, where they also hosted a fill the trailer bottle drive.  They also took a field trip on April 23rd to Augusta and visited the Blaine House, the State House, and toured the Department of Agriculture (left).

 

Pink Spurs News

Pink Spurs 4-H Club held a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Saturday, April 26 to benefit the Club, with a 50/50 going towards the local Lisbon pet food bank! Their next meeting will  be on May 7 at 5:30 at the Extension Office.

 

4-H State News May 2014

Maine 4-H Days Registration May 1st.
Maine 4-H Days will take place June 20 – 22, 2014 at the Windsor Fairgrounds, and the registration materials are available online. As always, workshops are assigned on a first come, first serve basis, so be sure to register early. If you do not have online access, please contact your local county office for paper copies of the forms.

We are in need of volunteers willing to help with all aspects of the event.  Last year, Maine 4-H Days brought almost 400 individuals to the Windsor Fairgrounds, and we are preparing for even greater numbers for 2014. Volunteers are needed for: presenter assistance, office and registration help, being crafty in the Creativity Area, set-up, cleanup, and more. We request that one member of each group sign up for a minimum of one volunteer shift.

Along with many of your favorite returning workshops (Archery, Dog Camp, Field Skills for the Forest, Cheese Making, Lego® Robotics, etc.), there are a ton of awesome new workshops this year: Make Your Own Hula Hoop, Line Dancing, and so much more! All of the workshops, and their descriptions, will be posted on the Maine 4-H Days web page by May 1.

If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact Jessy Brainerd or 207.581.3877.

 

VOLT Trained Volunteers Needed for 4-H@UMaine: Connecting Kids with College
4-H@UMaine is happening on May 16 & 17 at the University of Maine, Orono.  Come spend this fun, exciting event with some great youth.  See and learn about the great things happening at our University.  Meals and lodging are provided on-site.  Contact Sheila Norman at 207.564.3301 for more information and/or to request a registration form.

More information can be found here 4-H@UMaine: Connecting Kids with College.

 

Positive Youth Development Conference (Presentations Needed)
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), also of interest is the Summer Training Academy on July 23 – $199 plus materials. CEUs Eligible.

 

2014 Horse Judging Clinic
May 31, 2014, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at Hemphills, Inc, 577 Oak Grove Road, North Vassalboro, ME  04989.  Presented by the Kennebec County 4-H.

This clinic is open to all Maine 4-H members, leaders and volunteers looking to enhance horse judging skills needed to judge, purchase and determine horse’s ability.

Topics covered include: conformation, movement, ideal breed characteristics, comparing and contrasting, developing oral reasons, as well as learning conformation for performance.  Pre-registration is required, postmarked by 5/26/2014. Download registration here. For more information contact Sarah Chadbourne or 207.408.1309.

 

Come to Camp this Summer!
Looking for a fun adventure this summer? Come to Tanglewood 4-H Camp in Lincolnville, or Blueberry Cove 4-H Camp in Tenants Harbor! All Maine 4-H members are eligible for $100 off any residential or adventure trip program, or $50 off any day‑camp program. There are many options to choose from – check out the Tanglewood website. Camp is in session from June 23 to August 29. If you have questions, or need more information, contact Patti Chapman or call 207.789.5868.

 

Intent Forms for Eastern States Exposition
ESE Intent to Participate Forms for 2014 are available on the 4-H website. Please visit the 4-H website and look under “forms” or under the name of your animal group. Your county 4-H staff person must sign intent forms before you send them to Donna Flint. Deadlines to postmark the intent forms are different for each commodity.
Beef     January 3
Goat    April 15
Dairy   May 1
Sheep  May 1
Dog     May 15
Horse  See deadline on Horse Packet for Tryouts

If you have any questions you can contact Donna Flint or at 207.324.2814.

 

Maine 4-H Horse Team Communications Tryouts
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.

 

2014 Eastern States Horse Tryouts
Tryouts for the 2014 Maine State Horse team will be held July 11 – 13, 2014 at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds.  Applications for tryouts are available online on the 4-H website. Riders and Drivers must be 14 years of age (4-H age). Please contact Extension Educator, Kristy Ouellette if you have any questions.

 

4-H Dairy Judging Results
The 4-H Dairy Judging event took place on April 12, 2014 at the Hardy Ayrshire Farm in Farmington and at Silver Shade Holstein Farm in New Sharon. Seventeen 4-Hers participated in the event which was open to 4-Hers in the dairy program statewide. High scoring senior was Sadie Farrand of Franklin County. High Scoring Junior was Mason Rowe also of Franklin County. 4-Hers who participated in the judging event are eligible to tryout for the Eastern States Dairy Team at the State 4-H Dairy Show at Windsor Fairgrounds, July 19-20 2014.

 

State 4-H Dairy Show       
The State 4-H Dairy Show will be held at the Windsor Fairgrounds July 19 and 20, 2014. The State Show is open to all 4-H youth enrolled in the dairy project and is also the tryout event for the selection of the Dairy Team for Eastern States. A clipping contest will be held on Saturday evening before the show.

While the State Dairy Show is open to all 4-H youth in the dairy project, 4-Hers who would also like to try out for the Eastern States Dairy Team also need to participate in one of these three events:

Quiz Bowl Tryouts in February
Dairy Judging in April
Clipping Contest the day before the show

For more information contact Angela Hussey or at 207.400.2588 or 207.347.7577.

 

4-H Animal Science Research Project
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 or Kristy Ouellette.

 

Androscoggin-Sagadahoc 4-H Dates and Deadlines!

April 1 Enrollments Due for New 4-H Members

April 25 4-H Fun Day (tentative date)

May 16-17 4-H@UMaine (confirmed)

June 20-22 Maine 4-H Days (confirmed)

June 30 Final Deadline for Animal Approval Forms

July 25-28 4-H Horse Camp held at Fryeburg Fairgrounds (details TBD)

August 1 & 2 Topsham Fair Exhibit Hall Set Up

August 2 Topsham Fair Exhibit Hall Judging

August 5-10 Topsham Fair (tentative dates)

August 9 4-H Day at Topsham Fair (tentative date) 

 


April 2014

Happy April Birthdays!

Kaylee LaM.     4/6

Gabriel W.        4/11

Bailey C.            4/13

Talazen S.        4/17

 

April Dates to Remember!

April 19, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  – Muck-n-Me Club is having a Bunnies and Bake Sale in Turner Get your picture taken with bunnies and take away crafts $10/family.

April 26, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  – Doo Doo Drive Thru – County Fundraiser at Just a Little Farm – All clubs should have a presence to help at this event. Each club should bring a roll of duct tape.  Prep begins at 8:00 a.m. for
4-Hers. Bring shovels and dress appropriately.

April 26, 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Pink Spurs Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser – Pink Spurs 4-H Club is holding a spaghetti dinner fundraiser to benefit the Club. There will also be a 50/50 to go towards the local Lisbon pet food bank! I hope you all can come enjoy this event with your friends and family! The dinner will be held at the Lisbon Recreation MTM Center, 18 School Street, Lisbon Falls. Cost will be Adults: $7 and Kids (12 and under): $4

Upcoming Meetings – 4-H Leaders (and Teen Leaders) meetings are scheduled for May and June. No meetings in July.

 

Club News

Muck-n-Me

On Maine Maple Sunday Muck-n-Me, a newly formed 4-H club, was invited to set up an informational table at Ricker Hill Orchards in Turner. The kids helped boil down sap, sold their raffle calendars, collected donations, and got the word out about their new 4-H club.

 

Loose Shoe News

At the Feb 27th meeting the members learned their height in horse hands as well as how to measure the height of a horse.

Loose Shoe 4H met March 13th at K&K stables. Mary Heald did an excellent presentation on the dos & don’ts for horse showing. The field trip for March will be at a Maine Cowboy Mounted Shooters clinic in West Gardiner.

 

Equine Etc. News

This month Equine Etc. had Nancy Weeks from Mounted Search and Rescue come and talk to our club about their program and what do if you ever get lost! After that we made horse treats for our horses! ~Lauren Charron

 

Come join us for 4-H@UMaine May 16-17, 2014!

Youth ages 12-17 can join the fun of becoming familiar with campus and what it has to offer: stay in dorm rooms overnight, eat at the dining halls, and attend workshops presented by UMaine professors to get a real feel of what college. We hope to see you all there!

“4-H is your first class at the University of Maine.”

Cost: 4-H Members: $50 per participant; $40 per subsequent 4-H youth from the same family. Non-4-H Members: $70 per participant

Schedule and Workshops and Registration Information all found online.

For more information about 4-H@UMaine, contact Barbara Baker at 942.7396, or Jared Ouellette.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Wendy Robertson or 207.942.7396 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.

 

4-H State News April 2014

Volunteers Needed for 2014 Maine 4-H Days
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 email Jessy Brainerd or   call 207.581.3877. Registration materials will be available by May 1.

 

2014 Positive Youth Development Conference (Presentations Needed)
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), (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 or call 207.942.7396 for more information and ideas about presenting by April 11.

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.

 

Intent Forms for Eastern States Exposition
ESE Intent to Participate Forms for 2014 are available on the 4-H website. Please visit the 4-H website and look under “forms” or under the name of your animal group. Your county 4-H staff person must sign intent forms before you send them to Donna Flint. Deadlines to postmark the intent forms are different for each commodity.

Beef           January 3
Goat           April 15
Dairy          May 1
Sheep         May 1
Dog            May 15
Horse         See deadline on Horse Packet for Tryouts.

If you have any questions you can contact Donna Flint or at 207.324.2814.

 

2014 Eastern States Horse Tryouts
Tryouts for the 2014 Maine State Horse team will be held July 11 – 13, 2014 at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds.  Applications for tryouts are available online at http://umaine.edu/4-hhorse. Riders and Drivers must be 14 years of age (4-H age). Please contact Extension Educator, Kristy Ouellette if you have any questions.

 

2014 Horse Judging Clinic
May 31, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Hemphills, Inc., 577 Oak Grove Rd., North Vassalboro, ME.  Presented by the Kennebec County 4-H.

This clinic is open to all Maine 4-H members, leaders and volunteers looking to enhance horse judging skills needed to judge, purchase and determine horse’s ability.  Whether participating in judging competitions, selecting a horse for your needs, learning more about conformation or interested in brushing up on your assessment skills, this clinic will fulfill your needs!

Topics covered include: conformation, movement, ideal breed characteristics, comparing and contrasting, developing oral reasons, as well as learning conformation for performance.  Pre-registration is required, postmarked by 5/26/2014. Download registration forms, or for more information contact Sarah Chadbourne or 207.408.1309.

 

Maine 4-H Horse Team Communications Tryouts
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.

 

Horse Study Sessions
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. 

 

4-H Dog Fun Day
Saturday, April 26, 12:00 p.m. – 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!)

Contact Lori Swenson or call 207.654.2110 to pre-register..

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.

 

4-H Dairy Judging and Upcoming Dairy Events

4-H Dairy Judging
Dairy Judging is a daylong educational and competitive event for 4-Hers in the dairy project. High scoring members will be eligible for competing in the 4-H Dairy Judging Competition at Eastern States. Attendance at this event is one prerequisite to trying out for the dairy team for Eastern States.  The event will take place on Saturday, April 12 starting at 9:00 am. Snow date is the following day, Sunday, April 13, same time, same place. To find out if we decide to cancel the event due to snow, please call 207.581.3872 after 6:30 pm on Friday evening. We will decide after the evening news and put a message on the voice mail then.

The dairy judging will start at Hardy Farm (Ayrshires) located at 360 Weeks Mills Road in Farmington. Registration will be at 9:00 am with Judging to start at 9:30 am, and morning snacks will be provided.

At 11:00 am we will proceed to Silver Shade Holsteins in New Sharon. Lunch and Oral reasons will begin at 12:30 pm. Results and awards will be at 2:30 pm.

We ask that people bring their lunch to the event. Contestants may want to bring a clipboard and pencil to take notes. Official judge for the event will be Jay Nutting.

Directions to Hardy Farm from Farmington:

 

State 4-H Dairy Show
The State 4-H Dairy Show will be held at the Windsor Fairgrounds July 19 and 20, 2014. The State Show is open to all 4-H youth enrolled in the dairy project and is also the tryout event for the selection of the Dairy Team for Eastern States.  A clipping contest will be held on Saturday evening before the show.

While the State Dairy Show is open to all 4-H youth in the dairy project, 4-Hers who would also like to try out for the Eastern States Dairy Team also need to participate in one of these three events:

• Quiz Bowl Tryouts in February
• Dairy Judging in April
• Clipping Contest the day before the show

For more information contact Angela Hussey or at 207.400.2588 or 207.347.7577.

 

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

To learn more about the show, directions, and how to prepare your rabbit, check the 4-H Rabbit Show page on our website.

 

Fryeburg Fair 4-H Market Hog Show and Sale
This year Fryeburg Fair will have a 4-H market Hog 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 1 of this year and in the child’s possession by June 1.

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 1. 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 and intent form will soon be available on the Fryeburg Fair website. 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 at Info@fryeburgfair.com.

 

Save the date: Only One Year until the Maine Science Festival. March 20-22, 2015.
We want you to participate in the Maine 4-H Showcase there…What is it? …watch this space!

 

Androscoggin-Sagadahoc 4-H Dates and Deadlines!

April 1 Enrollments Due for New 4-H Members

April 25 4-H Fun Day (tentative date)

May 16-17 4-H@UMaine (confirmed)

June 20-22 Maine 4-H Days (confirmed)

June 30 Final Deadline for Animal Approval Forms

July 25-28 4-H Horse Camp held at Fryeburg Fairgrounds (details TBD)

August 1 & 2 Topsham Fair Exhibit Hall Set Up

August 2 Topsham Fair Exhibit Hall Judging

August 5-10 Topsham Fair (tentative dates)

August 9 4-H Day at Topsham Fair (tentative date)


March 2014

Happy March Birthdays!

Simeon G.            3/8

Courtney H.          3/14

Hannah L.            3/22

Sarah B.               3/23

Hannah H.            3/28

 

March Dates to Remember!

March 8 – 4-H Science Saturday at UMaine – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Additional information and registration available online.

March 14 – KidWind Challenge at SMCC Brunswick
Info and resources are available online.

March 14 – 4-H National Trips
Application packets and information found online.

 

4-H Science Activity Set for March 5th Leaders’ Meeting

We’ve heard that volunteers and staff have questions about the roles of graduate students and what might they do with 4-H? 

Charles Rodda, our 4-H PRE-VUE grad student, will join in our spring 2014 sessions with the Leaders’ Association, to talk about what he does and how he (and other students) could work with 4-Hers.

This is a 30-minute 4-H Science Activity that will engage volunteers in a science activity based on current University of Maine research, from one of our 4-H science toolkits.

All parents and volunteers are welcome, and all materials will be provided.  Charles and Sarah Sparks will lead the session.

Please email KymNoelle or call 207.353.5550 to R.S.V.P.

Training Agenda

 

Club News

Locke, Stock and Arrow News

This February, Locke, Stock, and Arrow did a short study on Dog Project.  Phoebe Hansen brought her Black Lab Bruce to the meeting to show us how to train dogs to do tricks and show in an arena.  We also made special dog treats, led by the Monks family, to donate to the Coastal Humane Society. 

Our monthly field trip brought us to The Vet Clinic in Brunswick for a tour and a demonstration on underwater treadmill therapy for dogs recovering from surgery or in need of physical training.  Our kids learned that some of the same treatments used on humans were the same for dogs and other small animals.

 

Loose Shoe News

Loose shoe had to cancel their monthly meeting due to a snowstorm but it had to be rescheduled for Feb 27th. This month’s field trip was to a barn in Monmouth to watch Lea Hanley Farrell perform a horse massage. In no time, the horse was licking, chewing and yawning.

 

Equine Etc. News

At the February Equine Etc. 4-H club meeting, members discussed the Topsham Fair Exhibit Hall booth decorations.  The theme was planned, and it was suggested that all members bring poster ideas, for the booth, to the March meeting. We also talked about fundraising at the farmer’s market, it was noted that there are fundraising booths available for non-profit groups.

Equine Etc. is excited for Nancy Weeks of the Maine Association of Search and Rescue, and leader of the Loose Shoe 4-H club to speak at the next meeting. After our guest speaker, we’ll make horse treats.

~Submitted by Taylor Crocker

 

4-H Life Skills Corner

Hi 4-H members. Each month I continue highlighting a life skill from the life skills wheel.  The goal of this section is to help you understand each life skill.  This will help you as you prepare project records, attend fairs or interview for college, a job or national trips.

We are going to continue with the HEAD quadrant. But are moving into the MANAGING section of the life skills wheel.  First lets define what MANAGING really means – use of resources to accomplish a purpose.

Now let’s explore: Goal Setting – deciding on the purpose or desired result, something to work toward.

There are six steps you can follow to help with achieving a goal:

  1. Identify an appropriate goal.

  2. Identify tasks or steps necessary to achieve the goal.

  3. Make an action plan.

  4. Follow the plan.

  5. Evaluate the results.

  6. Revise the plan if the intended goal was not met.

I challenge you to think about ways you use goal setting in your everyday lives.  I bet you use this life skill often.  If you have a really great example please share it with us, we’d love to include it in our next newsletter.

 

4-H State News March 2014

Maine 4-H Foundation Scholarships

Many scholarships are available to participants in the 4-H program pursuing higher education. High school seniors are encouraged to learn about and apply for scholarships.

Please review descriptions of the following funding opportunities provided by the Maine 4-H Foundation. Apply for the one(s) most relevant to your project / aspirations. If you have any questions, please contact us before applying. Application forms and more information on the various scholarships offered by the Maine 4-H Foundation.

The following scholarships are available:

 

Save the Date for 2014 Maine 4-H Days

Maine 4-H Days will take place June 20 – 22, 2014 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. If you are interested in helping to plan next year’s event, please contact Jessy Brainerd or 207.581.3877.

 

4-H Dog Fun Day
Saturday, April 26, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. 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 207.654.2110 , or email Lori Swenson to pre-register.

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.

 

4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament
For: Aroostook, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Somerset, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo, and Washington Counties
The 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament will be held Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the University of Maine at Orono. 4-H Youth ages 9 to 18 who have participated in their county 4-H public speaking tournament and received the required score are invited to participate.  For youth in counties which do not hold public speaking tournaments, arrangements may be made through their county’s Extension office to present their presentation to their county’s 
4-H staff in order to be eligible.  Registration for the regional tournament must be handled through the youth’s county Extension office. 

To register youth, county offices should contact Joyce Fortier in the Hancock County Extension Office no later than March 19th at 207.667.8212.

For more information on 4-H public speaking, including guidelines and judging sheets, please visit the Hancock County Extension page, or contact Lisa Reilich at 207.598.6621.

 

Help Wanted!  Regional Public Speaking Contest – March 29, 2014
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 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 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 as soon as possible, no later than March 21.

 

National 4-H Trips Applications Due
National 4-H Trips are excellent opportunities to meet 4-H members from across the nation. Participants learn about many career options, and learn through educational workshops at Congress or become a part of a team making recommendations to National 4-H Council at Conference. To learn more about these trips, visit the National 4-H Trips page.

Any Maine 4-H Youth, ages 14 to 18, is eligible to apply. Applicants must be current Maine 4-H members both at the time of application and the time of the actual trip. Application packets must be sent to your county office and postmarked by March 14, 2014.  If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Thuotte at 800.287.1535.

 

Save the Date! Come join us for 4-H@UMaine!
Registration will be open on April 1 for the 4-H@UMaine: Connecting Kids with College which will be held on May 16 & 17, 2014 at University of Maine in Orono. “4-H is your first class at the University of Maine.” Youth ages 12-17 will stay in dorm rooms overnight, eat at the dining halls, and attend workshops presented by UMaine professors to get a real taste of the college experience.

For more information on the 4-H@UMaine: Connecting Kids with College please go to the website or contact Barb Baker at 207.942.7396 or Karen Hatch Gagne at 207.622.7546.

 

2014 Eastern States Horse Tryouts
Tryouts for the 2014 Maine State Horse team will be held July 11 – 13, 2014 at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds.  Applications for tryouts are available online. Riders and Drivers must be 14 years of age (4-H age). Please contact Extension Educator, Kristy Ouellette if you have any questions.

 

2014 Horse Judging Clinic
May 31, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Hemphills, Inc., 577 Oak Grove Road, North Vassalboro, ME  04989.  Presented by the Kennebec County 4-H.

This clinic is open to all Maine 4-H members, leaders and volunteers looking to enhance horse judging skills needed to judge, purchase and determine horse’s ability.  Whether participating in judging competitions, selecting a horse for your needs, learning more about conformation or interested in brushing up on your assessment skills, this clinic will fulfill your needs!

Topics covered include: conformation, movement, ideal breed characteristics, comparing and contrasting, developing oral reasons, as well as learning conformation for performance.  Pre-registration is required, postmarked by 5/26/2014. Download the registration forms. For more information contact Sarah Chadbourne or 207.408.1309.

 

Upcoming Dairy Events

4-H Dairy Judging
Tryouts for the Dairy Cattle Judging Team will be Saturday, April 12, 2014 and the snow date is Sunday, April 13. Dairy Cattle Judging Tryouts is open to all 4-H youth in the state. Attendance at Judging Tryouts will fulfill one of the requirements to try out for the Eastern States Dairy Team.

Times and locations will be announced in early March.

State 4-H Dairy Show
The State 4-H Dairy Show will be held at the Windsor Fairgrounds July 19 and 20, 2014. The State Show is open to all 4-H youth enrolled in the dairy project and is also the tryout event for the selection of the Dairy Team for Eastern States.  A clipping contest will be held on Saturday evening before the show.

While the State Dairy Show is open to all 4-H youth in the dairy project, 4-Hers who would also like to try out for the Eastern States Dairy Team also need to participate in one of these three events:

Quiz Bowl Tryouts in February
Dairy Judging in April 
Clipping Contest the day before the show

For more information contact Angela Hussey at 207.400.2588 or 207.347.7577.

 

Dairy Quiz Bowl Results
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.

 

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)
Start making plans now to visit our Nation’s Capitol during the week of June 28 to July 5, 2014. CWF is a leadership program conducted by the National 4-H Council for high school youth ages 15 to 18. Delegations of 4-Hers from across the country spend six days touring the city and attending leadership skill-building workshops. This summer, the Maine delegation will travel on June 28 to July 5, 2014. You will stay at the National 4-H Conference Center just outside Washington, DC. Visiting the most popular sites in Washington will be a part of the trip, including spending the 4th of July in our nation’s capitol. There is a mandatory orientation for Maine delegates on April 26th.  For more information visit the 4-H Citizen Washington Focus page. Contact your county 4-H office for details about how to be a part of this experience.

 

2014 Northeast Youth Show Calf Summit
Friday & Saturday, April 4th & 5th at Cowtown Holsteins, Derby Line, Vermont

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.

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.

 

2014 Massachusetts Blue Ribbon Calf Sale and Clinics
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 10 a.m. 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.

More information at the Blue Ribbon Calf website and find us on Facebook – Massachusetts Blue Ribbon Calf Sale.

 

Intent Forms for Eastern States Exposition
ESE Intent to Participate Forms for 2014 are available on the 4-H website. Please visit the 4-H website and look under “forms” or under the name of your animal group. Your county 4-H staff person must sign intent forms before you send them to Donna Flint.

Deadlines to postmark the intent forms are different for each commodity.
Beef           January 3
Goat          April 15
Dairy         May 1
Sheep        May 1
Dog            May 15
Horse         See deadline on Horse Packet for Tryouts

If you have any questions you can contact Donna Flint at 207.324.2814.

 

2014 New England 4-H Horse Judges School
April 12-13, 2014 at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.  Registration is due by March 10, and a Rulebook test will be emailed to you prior to the school.  Registration forms and information can be found on the New England 4-H Horse Judges School website.  

 

Androscoggin-Sagadahoc 4-H Dates and Deadlines!

March 1 National 4-H Trip Application Deadlines Begin

April 1 Enrollments Due for New 4-H Members

April 25 4-H Fun Day (tentative date)

May 16-17 4-H@UMaine (confirmed)

June 20-22 Maine 4-H Days (confirmed)

June 30 Final Deadline for Animal Approval Forms

July 25-28 4-H Horse Camp held at Fryeburg Fairgrounds (details TBD)

August 1 & 2 Topsham Fair Exhibit Hall Set Up

August 2 Topsham Fair Exhibit Hall Judging

August 5-10 Topsham Fair (tentative dates)

August 9 4-H Day at Topsham Fair (tentative date)


February 2014

Happy February Birthdays!

Caleb H.               2/2

Elizabeth R.        2/4

Sarah C.               2/14

Tara C.                 2/23

Reid A.                 2/25

 

February Dates to Remember

February 8, 2014 – First Ever Maine Regional Brain Bee 
This is a neuroscience competition for students in 8th through 12th grades. FMI or to register, go to the Maine Regional Brain Bee website.

February 16, 2014 – Dairy Quiz Bowl Tryouts – 
Dairy Quiz Bowl info. Snow date is February 17th

 

4-H Science Activity Set for March 5th Leaders’ Meeting

We’ve heard that volunteers and staff have questions about the roles of graduate students and what might they do with 4-H? 

Charles Rodda, our 4-H PRE-VUE grad student, will join in our spring 2014 sessions with the Leaders’ Association, to talk about what he does and how he (and other students) could work with 4-Hers.

This is a 30-minute 4-H Science Activity that will engage volunteers in a science activity based on current University of Maine research, from one of our 4-H science toolkits.

All parents and volunteers are welcome, and all materials will be provided.  Charles and Sarah Sparks will lead the session.

Please email KymNoelle or call 207.353.5550 to R.S.V.P.

Training Agenda

  • 6:15-6:30 Arrival and Network
  • 6:30 Begin Session
  • Update on what is happening with Maine 4-H Science.
  • What is a graduate student and how can they help 4-H?
  • Introduce activity from current toolkit.
  • Complete 4-H Science Activity
  • Short Q and A

 

Club News

Loose Shoe News

On Jan 4th, 2014 Loose Shoe 4H took a fieldtrip to Freeport Harness and Saddlery in Durham where owner Kate LeRoyer demonstrated the many tools necessary to build and repair saddles and other leather tack. Each member stamped out a heart shaped piece of leather than used various tools to trim the edges, mark the stitch location and punch a hole so it could be used as a Christmas ornament.

Back row is Raelyn, Emma, Ashley, and owner Kate LaRoyer. Front row is Gavin and Victoria.  Gavin was so cute, he wasn’t heavy enough to pull down the handle to cut out his leather; he hung in mid air while someone pulled down on the handle for him. The trip continued to Freeport for lunch then to a second hand tack store in Yarmouth.

 

Student Essay Contest for Portland Flower Show

University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the organizers of the Portland Flower Show are asking kids to create a fairy tale set in a garden or forest, for the Portland Flower Show’s eighth   annual student essay contest. For a contest application and rules, contact the UMaine Extension office in Cumberland County by phone at 800.287.1471 or by e-mail at amy.witt@maine.edu.  Applications can also be downloaded from the Portland Flower Show website or the Cumberland County Extension website. The deadline for submitting entries is Wednesday, February 12.

Maine residents aged 6–18 are invited to participate in this contest. Three prizes ($50, $30 and $20) will be awarded in each of the three age categories (6–9, 10–13 and 14–18). Essays will be judged on criteria such as creativity, focus, and passion for the topic. The winning essays will be announced at the show’s opening night preview on Wednesday, March 5, and selected essays will be posted for public viewing for the duration of the show. The Portland Flower Show runs from March 6 to 9, 2014 at the Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore Street, Portland.

 

A Message from Robin Beck 

Hello 4-Hers, Leaders and Volunteers!

Happy Valentine’s Day, Ground Hogs Day, and seeing the light at the end of the winter tunnel.

Lot’s of great news and events coming up around the counties. Be sure to check out the poultry clinic in April. I sure hope to be there. I know the teens are busy planning the spring break event, too.

Most adults should have received a survey from Dr. Dick Brzozowski on sheep and poultry in 4-H. Please fill that out, it shouldn’t take long.

I want to take this last time in the newsletter to thank you all. I need to step down as president of the board as I’ve taken a job that will not enable me to do the work I’ve done in the past for 4-H. My hope is that someone with energy will step in and helps us grow in the counties and at the fair. Thank you all so much for your hard work and what you have taught me. I hope to see you around at Maine 4-H Days and the fair.

Take care,
Robin Beck, President
Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties
4-H Leaders Association

 

4-H Life Skills Corner

Hi 4-H members. Each month I continue highlighting a life skill from the life skills wheel.  The goal of this section is to help you understand each life skill.  This will help you as you prepare project records, attend fairs or interview for college, a job or national trips.

We are going to continue with the HEAD quadrant. First lets define what THINKING really means—using one’s mind to form ideas and make decisions; to imagine, to examine carefully in the mind, to consider.

Now let’s explore:  Service Learning—gaining skill and experience through active participation in organized service experiences that meet actual community needs and that are coordinated with the school and community; learning linked with real life.

Qualities learned through service learning may include:

  • Empathy,
  • Tolerance,
  • Perspective,
  • Accountability,
  • Responsibility,
  • Self-esteem, and
  • Leadership.

Like many of the other life skills we have highlighted, there is a process for service learning.

  • Identify opportunities to meet actual community needs.
  • Plan a service opportunity with school and community representatives.
  • Interact with an interested adult to implement the project.
  • Keep records of problem or needs; research completed; services rendered; names, addresses, and phone numbers of people involved; other documentation, such as letters, speeches, news articles, journal entries, photographs, etc.
  • Learn to apply information to problem solving and to helping others.
  • Demonstrate evidence of learning.

I challenge you to think about ways you use service learning in your everyday lives.  I bet you use this life skill often.  If you have a really great example please share it with us, we’d love to include it in our next newsletter.

 

4-H State News February 2014     

Save the Date for 2014 Maine 4-H Days 
Maine 4-H Days will take place June 20 – 22, 2014 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. If you are interested in helping to plan next year’s event, please contact Jessy Brainerd at jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or 207.581.3877.

 

New Hampshire Dairy Goat Seminar – Milk Sanitation 
Farm & Forest Exposition 
Saturday, February 8, 2014, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, at the Center of New Hampshire – Radisson Hotel, Webster Room, 700 Elm Street, Manchester, NH.

Milk is a food product, and it will never be any better than the sanitary conditions under which it is produced and bottled. This session will cover food safety and handling steps that need to be followed both in the barn and in the kitchen to ensure a quality product. There will be some discussion about transitioning from a hobby to a commercial dairy.

A schedule and additional information are available online at the UMaine Dairy Goat Seminar page.

 

National 4-H Trips Applications Due
National 4-H Trips are excellent opportunities to meet 4-H members from across the nation. Participants learn about many career options, and learn through educational workshops at Congress or become a part of a team making recommendations to National 4-H Council at Conference. To learn more about these trips, visit the National 4-H Trips website.

Any Maine 4-H Youth, ages 14 to 18, is eligible to apply. Applicants must be current Maine 4-H members both at the time of application and the time of the actual trip. Application packets must be sent to your county office and postmarked by March 14, 2014.  If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Thuotte at 800.287.1535 or heidi.thuotte@maine.edu.

 

Save the Date! Come join us for 4-H@UMaine!
Registration will be open on April 1 for 4-H@UMaine: Connecting Kids with College. This year, 4-H@UMaine will be held on May 16 & 17, 2014 at University of Maine in Orono. “4-H is your first class at the University of Maine.” Youth ages 12-17 will stay in dorm rooms overnight, eat at the dining halls, and attend workshops presented by UMaine professors to get a real feel of what college. For more information on 4-H@UMaine: Connecting Kids with College please go to the 4-H@UMaine website or contact Barb Baker or 207.942.7396 or Karen Hatch Gagne or 207.622.7546.

 

2014 Eastern States Horse Tryouts
Tryouts for the 2014 Maine State Horse team will be held July 11 – 13, 2014 at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds.  Applications for tryouts will be available online starting February 1 at the 4-H ESE Horse Tryouts page. Riders and Drivers must be 14 years of age (4-H age). Please contact Extension Educator, Kristy Ouellette if you have any questions.

 

Upcoming Dairy Events
Dairy Quiz Bowl Tryouts
Dairy Quiz Bowl Tryouts will be held Sunday, February 16, 2014 at the Farm Bureau in Augusta at 1:00 pm. Snow date will be Monday, February 17. Quiz Bowl Tryouts is open to all 4-H youth in the state. Attendance at Quiz Bowl Tryouts will fulfill one of the requirements to try out for the Eastern States Dairy Team.

For more information please contact coach Connie Wood at cfelchwood@gmail.com or call 207.625.4644.

4-H Dairy Judging
Tryouts for the Dairy Cattle Judging Team will be Saturday, April 12, 2014 and the snow date is Sunday, April 13. Dairy Cattle Judging Tryouts is open to all 4-H youth in the state. Attendance at Judging Tryouts will fulfill one of the requirements to try out for the Eastern States Dairy Team. Times and locations will be announced in early March.  For more information contact Dave Marcinkowski at davidmar@maine.edu or call at 207.581.2740.

State 4-H Dairy Show
The State 4-H Dairy Show will be held at the Windsor Fairgrounds July 19 and 20, 2014. The State Show is open to all 4-H youth enrolled in the dairy project and is also the try out event for the selection of the Dairy Team for Eastern States.  A clipping contest will be held on Saturday evening before the show.

While the State Dairy Show is open to all 4-H youth in the dairy project, 4-Hers who would also like to try out for the Eastern States Dairy Team also need to participate in one of these three events:

• Quiz Bowl Tryouts in February
• Dairy Judging in April 
• Clipping Contest the day before the show

For more information contact Angela Hussey at ahussey@newenglandtechair.com or at 207.400.2588 or 207.347.7577.

 

2014 New England 4-H Horse Judges School
April 12-13, 2014 at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.  Registration is due by March 10, and a Rulebook test will be emailed to you prior to the school.  Registration forms and information can be found at the 4-H Horse Judges School website. 

 

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)
Start making plans now to visit our Nation’s Capitol during the week of June 28 to July 5, 2014. CWF is a leadership program conducted by the National 4-H Council for high school youth ages 15 to 18. Delegations of 4-Hers from across the country spend six days touring the city and attending leadership skill-building workshops. This summer, the Maine delegation will travel on June 28 to July 5, 2014. You will stay at the National 4-H Conference Center just outside Washington, DC. Visiting the most popular sites in Washington will be a part of the trip, including spending the 4th of July in our nation’s capitol. There is a mandatory orientation for Maine delegates on April 26th.  For more information visit Citizenship Washington Focus. Contact your county 4-H office for details about how to be a part of this experience.

 

Intent Forms for Eastern States Exposition
ESE Intent to Participate Forms for 2014 are available on the 4-H website. Please visit the 4-H website and look under “forms” or under the name of your animal group. Your county 4-H staff person must sign intent forms before you send it to Donna Flint. Deadlines to postmark the intent forms are different for each commodity.

Beef           January 3 
Goat          April 15
Dairy         May 1
Sheep         May 1
Dog           May 15
Horse         See deadline on Horse Packet for Tryouts.

If you have any questions you can contact Donna Flint at donna.flint@maine.edu or at 207.324.2814.

 

Androscoggin-Sagadahoc 4-H Dates and Deadlines!

March 1 Eastern States Intent to Participate Deadlines Begin

March 1 National 4-H Trip Application Deadlines Begin

April 1 Enrollments Due for New 4-H Members

April 25 4-H Fun Day (tentative date)

May 16-17 4-H@UMaine (confirmed)

June 20-22 Maine 4-H Days (confirmed)

June 30 Final Deadline for Animal Approval Forms

July 25-28 4-H Horse Camp held at Fryeburg Fairgrounds (details TBD)

August 1 & 2 Topsham Fair Exhibit Hall Set Up

August 2 Topsham Fair Exhibit Hall Judging

August 5-10 Topsham Fair (tentative dates)

August 9 4-H Day at Topsham Fair (tentative date)


January 2014

Happy January Birthdays!

Sophia B.                 1/7
David T.                  1/11
Bridget S.                1/14
Alexandria C.K.    1/17
Noah A.                   1/18

January Dates to Remember

January 15, 2014 – VOLT
Volunteer Ongoing Learning and Training (VOLT) – Wednesday, January 15th, at 6:30 in the Lisbon Falls Extension office (24 Main St., Lisbon Falls) call for more info. 207.353.5550

Club News

Loose Shoe News

On December 7th, the Loose Shoe 4-H Club took a trip to the Maine State Society for Protection of Animals and presented them with a donation at their annual open house. 4-H Club members; Torrie, Ashley, Victoria, Raelyn, Gavin and Nancy, all attended the open house.

Prior to the December meeting on December 12th, members made and decorated wreaths with boughs gathered from the Roseberry Farm.

At the meeting officers were elected, and the club plan of work was discussed to help keep members up to date with project records.

Next month Loose Shoe will take a trip to Freeport Tack and Saddlery in Durham.

 

A Message from Robin Beck

Happy New Year!!

Wow, what a way to start the New Year, record low temperatures, lots of snow and lots of rain. Crazy!! But here is where it is good we are 4-H. We tend to be resourceful but we are connected to one of the best resources there is! The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is there to answer questions about livestock management in this wonderful weather, about how those poor fruit trees are going to fair this spring after all the ice, and on how we can cook bunches of stuff at home with what is in our pantry and NOT have to run out in the storm during a blizzard! Use our resources; they are there for all of us. Of course, if it’s an emergency, call the vet.

Please, please, please!! Any parent or volunteer that has not been VOLT certified needs to attend a wonder VOLT training on Wednesday, January 15th, at 6:30 in the Lisbon Falls Extension office (24 Main St. Lisbon Falls). VOLT training will allow a volunteer to do sooooo much in helping out the clubs

Stay warm, stay safe and keep on smiling!!!

Sincerely,
Robin Beck
President, Androscoggin and Sagadahoc 4-H Leaders Association

 

4-H Life Skills Corner

Hi 4-H members. Each month I continue highlighting a life skill from the targeting life skills wheel.  The goal of this section is to help you understand each life skill. This will help you as you prepare project records, attend fairs or interview for college, a job or national trips.

We are going to continue with the HEAD quadrant. First lets define what THINKING really means—using one’s mind to form ideas and make decisions; to imagine, to examine carefully in the mind, to consider.

Now let’s explore: Critical thinking—strategies for analyzing, comparing, reasoning, and reflecting focused on deciding what to believe or do; discovering meaning; building connections with past learning.

Critical thinking can be thought of as talking things over with oneself in one’s mind, deciding what to think or do, improving the quality of decision making.

Like many of the other life skills we have highlighted, there is a process for critical thinking. This process can be stated as a set of questions one asks and answers oneself.

Decide among the alternatives—What implications does this decision have for my future and me? Am I willing to use this information in making decisions?

I challenge you to think about ways you use problem solving in your everyday lives.  I bet you use this life skill often.  If you have a really great example please share it with us, we’d love to include it in our next newsletter.

 

4-H State News January 2014

Save the Date for 2014 Maine 4-H Days
Maine 4-H Days will take place June 20 – 22, 2014 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. If you are interested in helping to plan next year’s event, please contact Jessy Brainerd at jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or 207.581.3877.

One Maine Potato, Two Maine Potato:
The Science Behind Cooking & Eating Spuds (for youth in grades 6 – 8)
Saturday, January 25, 2014, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM 
Hitchner Hall, University of Maine, Orono

Come explore the science related to the storage conditions, processing, and healthy consumption of Maine potatoes. This class will include baking potatoes, and preparing a “potato bar” with healthy toppings for lunch! We will discuss MyPlate recommendations, and where potatoes and toppings fit as part of a healthy diet. Participants will also have an introduction to kitchen basics and kitchen safety (knife skills, hand washing, equipment overview, etc.).  Hosted by Jason Bolton, Assistant Extension Professor and Food Safety Specialist, and Kate Yerxa, MS, RD, Extension Educator. Cost: $12 per person (includes lunch).

Optional activity: For an additional $3 per person, participating youth and their parents may swim at the New Balance Student Recreation Center pool at the conclusion of UMaine 4-H Science Saturday. A parent must accompany youth. Complete a General Use Liability Waiver and submit it with your required forms.

Additional Science Saturdays are being planned for the year!  Let us know if there is a particular topic you would like to see included.  Save Saturday, March 8, 2014 for an Innovation Engineering Science Saturday – details coming in January

Register online at: http://umaine.edu/4h/home/science-saturday/, or, for more information contact Jessy Brainerd at 800.287.0274 (toll free in Maine) or 207.581.3877 or e-mail jessica.brainerd@maine.edu.

Market Steers for Fryeburg Fair

4-Hers raising a steer for the 2014 market steer show at Fryeburg Fair need to send in an Intent to Participate Form http://umaine.edu/4h/files/2013/11/2014-beef-intent.doc by January 3, 2014. We appreciate you completing your paperwork early. Please enroll or re-enroll as a 4-H member early, and send your Intent to Participate form to your county office. The earlier we receive your paperwork, the earlier we can begin tagging animals, and avoiding tagging during the winter months.

Change in Market Animal Shows at Windsor Fair
Windsor Fair has changed their baby beef and market lamb show and sale from 4-H to a youth show and sale. The 2014 Show and Sale will be open to all youth between the ages of 9 and 18 as of December 31st of the current year. In lieu of an Intent to sell form, youth must CALL the committee to let them know they want to raise a steer or lamb for the show and auction; committee members are: Diane Gushee – 256.7798 or dianergushee@gmail.com, Dana Prime – 207.446.3570, Carol Davis – 207.491.7893 or carol.davis@careandcomfort.com, Curtis Prime – Livestock Superintendent, Windsor Fair – 207.242.3341, and Tom Foster, President, Windsor Fair. To participate in the 2014 Youth Show and Sale, notification must be communicated to a committee member by January 3, 2014 for market steers ad June 6, 2014 for market lambs. View a complete list of rules at: http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/2014-windsor-fair-youth-baby-beef-and-market-lamb-show-and-sale/.

4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament
For: Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Somerset, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo and Washington Counties

The 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament will be held Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the University of Maine at Orono. 4-H Youth ages 9 to 18 who have participated in their county 4-H public speaking tournament and received the required score are invited to participate.  For youth in counties which do not hold public speaking tournaments, arrangements may be made through their county’s Extension office to present their presentation to their county’s 4-H staff in order to be eligible.  Registration for the regional tournament must be handled through the youth’s county Extension office.

To register youth, county offices should contact Joyce Fortier in the Hancock County Extension Office no later than March 19th at 207.667.8212 or at joyce.fortier@maine.edu. For more information on 4-H public speaking, including guidelines and judging sheets, please visit http://umaine.edu/hancock/programs/hancock-county-4-h/2012-public-speaking/ or contact Lisa Reilich at 207.598.6621 or lisa.reilich@maine.edu.

 

Upcoming Dairy Events

Dairy Quiz Bowl Tryouts
Dairy Quiz Bowl Tryouts will be held Sunday, February 16, 2014 at the Farm Bureau in Augusta at 1:00 pm. Snow date will be Monday, February 17. Quiz Bowl Tryouts is open to all 4-H youth in the state. Attendance at QB Tryouts will fulfill one of the requirements to try out for the Eastern States Dairy Team.

For more information please contact coach Connie Wood at cfelchwood@gmail.com or call 207.625.4644.

4-H Dairy Judging
Tryouts for the Dairy Cattle Judging Team will be Saturday, April 12, 2014 and the snow date is Sunday, April 13. Dairy Cattle Judging Tryouts is open to all 4-H youth in the state. Attendance at Judging Tryouts will fulfill one of the requirements to try out for the Eastern States Dairy Team.
Times and locations will be announced in early March.

For more information contact Dave Marcinkowski at davidmar@maine.edu or call at 207.581.2740.

State 4-H Dairy Show
The State 4-H Dairy Show will be held at the Windsor Fairgrounds July 19 and 20, 2014. The State Show is open to all 4-H youth enrolled in the dairy project and is also the try out event for the selection of the Dairy Team for Eastern States.  A clipping contest will be held on Saturday evening before the show.

While the State Dairy Show is open to all
4-H youth in the dairy project, 4-Hers who would also like to try out for the Eastern States Dairy Team also need to participate in one of these three events:

• Quiz Bowl Tryouts in February

• Dairy Judging in April

• Clipping Contest the day before the show

For more information contact Angela Hussey at ahussey@newenglandtechair.com or at 207.400.2588 or 207.347.7577.

4-H Animal Science Committees

The 4-H Animal Science Committee is a group of volunteers who work to plan state-wide educational activities for youth in the different commodities. These committees also plan the activities for the teams that attend Eastern Sates. Current 4-H volunteers are encouraged to apply for membership on one of these committees for horse, dairy, beef, sheep, dairy goat, dog, and working steer.

Applications can be found on the 4-H website at http://umaine.edu/4h/volunteers/resources/4-h-animal-science-committee-resources/.  Applications will be reviewed twice a year before the Spring and Fall meetings. Applications can be submitted to the State 4-H Office anytime during the year, but the deadline for consideration for the fall meeting is September 15. The deadline for consideration for the spring meeting is January 15. The next ASC meeting will be Saturday, March 1 in a central location.

For more information you can contact Michaele Bailey at michaele.bailey@maine.edu, 207.581.3872.

New Hampshire Dairy Goat Seminar – Milk Sanitation

Farm & Forest Exposition – Saturday, February 8, 2014, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, at the Center of New Hampshire – Radisson Hotel, Webster Room, 700 Elm Street, Manchester, NH.

Milk is a food product, and it will never be any better than the sanitary conditions under which it is produced and bottled. This session will cover food safety and handling steps that need to be followed both in the barn and in the kitchen to ensure a quality product. There will be some discussion about transitioning from a hobby to a commercial dairy.

A schedule and additional information are available online: http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/goat/new-hampshire-dairy-goat-seminar-milk-sanitation/.

 

Androscoggin-Sagadahoc 4-H Dates and Deadlines!

March 1 Eastern States Intent to Participate Deadlines Begin

March 1 National 4-H Trip Application Deadlines Begin

April 1 Enrollments Due for New 4-H Members

April 25 4-H Fun Day (tentative date)

May 16-17 4-H@UMaine (tentative dates)

June 20-22 Maine 4-H Days (confirmed)

June 30 Final Deadline for Animal Approval Forms

August 1 & 2 Topsham Fair Exhibit Hall Set Up

August 2 Topsham Fair Exhibit Hall Judging

August 5-10 Topsham Fair (tentative dates)

August 9 4-H Day at Topsham Fair (tentative date) 


December 2013 

Happy December Birthdays!

Shealeigh H.          12/13

Richard C.            12/14

Victoria I.             12/16

Olivia H.               12/30

December Dates to Remember

October 1 to December 31 –4-H Member Re-Enrollment

All clubs should have their pre-printed re-enrollment forms. Please return these forms, along with communication, non-discrimination, medical and photo release forms to the Cooperative Extension Office before Dec. 31!

Hour of Code Coming to Maine

Join thousands of students from around Maine to participate in the Hour of Code campaign. The event is designed to explore computer science and provide experience with coding. Participate on your own, or organize a group to join in this unique event, the week of December 9-15, 2013. Learn more about events in Maine and visit some of the online tutorials. Be sure to let your 4-H Extension staff know if you participate!

Activity Corner

Frosty Pictures

What you need:

What you do:

Source: University of Missouri 4-H “Clover Kids Corner Activities

 

Club News

Androscoggin Valley 4-H Poultry Club News

The November meeting was called to order by Robin B and included six club members, and one visitor, Black the Hen. The club received the 4-H poultry curriculum and went over chicken anatomy, which was quite fun. Officers were also elected at this meeting. Galina F was elected President, Moira M elected Vice President and Cora C elected Secretary. The next meeting is December 12 at 6:00 p.m.

Equine Etc. News

Equine Etc. completed our plan of work during the November meeting; we, also, planned our holiday celebration for our December meeting!

~Lauren C

Locke, Stock and Arrow News

At the November monthly meeting, Hannah L was elected Club Historian. The club voted to have a “president shadow” once a month. The club decided to call it the Vice President of the Month. The activity for November was going to Miss Betty L’s, and we helped her put hay up in her hayloft. The club decided that the December activity would be at the Montello manor. We will be bringing crafts and will be visiting with the residents while we are there. The next meeting will be held December 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Loose Shoe News

Prior to the November meeting, members made Thanksgiving centerpieces from welded horseshoe frames and silk flowers. The election of officers also took place at the November meeting. Ashley W was elected president, Emma C was elected vice president, Raelyn S was elected secretary and Torrie G was elected treasurer. Hospitality is Victoria I.

On November 16th, Loose Shoe 4H went to Triple J farm in Bowdoin to meet 12-year-old Meghan Murphy of Cape Elizabeth who rescued two horses from a Washington State kill pen. The horses are named Dream Catcher and Murphy. The club gave a donation to the farm for their board.

 

A Message from Robin Beck

Hello 4-H’ers!

Happy holidays to all of you! We’ve celebrated our harvest and the beginning of Hanukkah and now on to December for Christmas and Kwanzaa. I hope you all are enjoying time with your families.  Our End of the Year Celebration was a blast! There had to be 30 4-H’ers skating around. That was so cool! Great job to all of you especially those who worked really hard on your records.

We have a teen leaders meeting this Wednesday, December 4th at 6 p.m., and the leaders meeting at 7 p.m. We need to vote for officers.  Leaders, please get in your re-enrollment forms to KymNoelle. Don’t forget to remind your club secretaries to turn in the monthly reports, too.  Oh, and time to start thinking about New Year Resolutions! How about “I will work monthly on my project records!!”

See you soon,

Robin B, President
Androscoggin and Sagadahoc 4-H Leaders Association

 

4-H Life Skills Corner

Hi 4-H members. This is a new section of the newsletter called the 4-H Life Skills Corner. Each month we will be highlighting a life skill from the targeting life skills wheel. The goal of this section is to help 4-H’ers understand each life skill. This will help as you all prepare project records, attend fairs or interview for college, a job or national trips.

We are going to continue with the HEAD quadrant. First, let’s define what THINKING really means; that is, using one’s mind to form ideas and make decisions; to imagine; to examine carefully in the mind, to consider.

Now let’s explore: Problem Solving – clearly identifying a problem and a plan of action for resolution of the problem.

Like many of the other life skills we have highlighted, there is a process for problem solving. As you encounter problems in your own life, think about these seven steps. in the problem-solving process:

  1. Identify/clearly define the problem situation.
  2. Gather information; consider priorities, resources, needs, interests.
  3. Identify possible solutions.
  4. Compare and select the best alternative.
  5. Plan a strategy; set a goal, and determine ways to reach it.
  6. Carry out the plan—apply the solution to the problem.
  7. Evaluate the results: Is the problem solved?

Think about ways you use problem solving in your everyday lives. You probably use this life skill often. If you have a really great example please share it with us, because we’d love to include it in our next newsletter!

 

4-H News

Celebrating 100 Years of 4-H in Maine

2013 marks the 100th birthday of 4-H in Maine, and we want YOU to celebrate with us! Check with your local county office to find activities in your area, and take some time to enjoy our special Celebrating 100 Years website . We are also encouraging all of you to consider giving financially to the 4-H Foundation as we work to raise $100,000 in 2013 to support the 4-H program.

Happy 100 years Maine 4-H, and here’s to many more!

Beef Conference

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is co-sponsoring the 24th Annual Maine Beef Conference on Saturday, December 7, 2013, in Bangor. The topics will be on Keeping Your Herd Healthy. Register and find more information on the UMaine Extension website.

Beef Heifer Project

The New England Galloway Group is announcing their annual Heifer Project, which places a Belted Galloway heifer calf with a  youth recipient to allow for a hands-on education in beef cattle rearing and showmanship, and to develop a love of the breed. The youth selected to receive a heifer is expected to return the first heifer calf back to the program so it will continue each year. If you are interested in applying for this program, the application and more information is available on the website. The application deadline is December 31, 2013.

Market Steers for Fryeburg Fair

4-H’ers raising a steer for the 2014 market steer show at Fryeburg Fair need to send in an Intent to Participate Form  by January 3, 2014. We appreciate you completing your paperwork early. Please enroll or re-enroll as a 4-H member early, and send your Intent to Participate form to your county office. The earlier we receive your paperwork, the earlier we can begin tagging animals, and avoiding tagging during the winter months.

Change in Market Animal Shows at Windsor Fair

Windsor Fair has changed their baby beef and market lamb show and sale from 4-H to a youth show and sale. The 2014 Show and Sale will be open to all youth between the ages of 9 and 18 as of December 31st of the current year. In lieu of an Intent to sell form, youth must CALL the committee to let them know of their intent to raise a steer or lamb for the show and auction. Committee members are: Diane Gushee - 256.7798; Dana Prime – 446.3570; Carol Davis - 491.7893; Curtis Prime – Livestock Superintendent, Windsor Fair – 242.3341; and Tom Foster, President, Windsor Fair. To participate in the 2014 Youth Show and Sale, notification must be communicated to a committee member by January 3, 2014, for market steers and June 6, 2014, for market lambs. View a complete list of rules online.

One Maine Potato, Two Maine Potato, more…. The science behind cooking and eating spuds

Come explore the science related to the storage conditions, processing and healthy consumption of Maine potatoes. This class will include baking potatoes, and preparing a “potato bar” with healthy toppings for lunch! We will discuss MyPlate recommendations, and where potatoes and toppings fit as part of a healthy diet. Participants will also have an introduction to kitchen basics and kitchen safety (knife skills, hand washing, equipment overview, etc.).

This 4-H Science Saturday is scheduled January 25, 2014, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, in Hitchner Hall at the University of Maine in Orono (with a snow date of February 8, 2014). There is room for a maximum of 25 participants in grades 6 – 8. Jason Bolton, Assistant Extension Professor and Food Safety Specialist, and Kate Yerxa, MS, RD, Extension Educator will host this event.

Register online , or contact Jessy Brainerd at 800.287.0274 (toll free in Maine) or 207.581.3877 for more information or to request a disability accommodation.

4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament

For: Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Somerset, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo and Washington Counties

The 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament will be held Saturday, March 29, 2014, at the University of Maine in Orono. 4-H youth ages 9 – 18 who have participated in their county 4-H public speaking tournament and received the required score are invited to participate. For youth in counties which do not hold public speaking tournaments, arrangements may be made through their county’s Extension office to give their presentation to their county’s 4-H staff in order to be eligible. Registration for the regional tournament must be made through the youth’s county Extension office. To register youth, county offices should contact Joyce Fortier in the Hancock County Extension Office no later than March 19 or call 207.667.8212. More information on 4-H public speaking, including guidelines and judging sheets, is available online or contact Lisa Reilich or call 207.598.6621.

Save the Date for 2014 Maine 4-H Days

Maine 4-H Days will take place June 20 – 22, 2014, at the Windsor Fairgrounds. If you are interested in helping to plan next year’s event, please contact Jessy Brainerd or call 207.581.3877.

4-H Geocaches!

If you participated in the hiding 100 geocaches to celebrate 100 years of 4-H, cold weather is upon us. We hope everyone enjoyed participating in this celebration of 4-H. If you didn’t register with a public site for your geocache, a friendly reminder that you may want to remove any hidden geocaches for the upcoming season. Be sure to let your county office know how many 4-H’ers visited your geocache.

Androscoggin-Sagadahoc 4-H Dates and Deadlines!

December 31 Enrollments Due for Returning 4-H Members

March 1 Eastern States Intent to Participate Deadlines Begin

March 1 National 4-H Trip Application Deadlines Begin

April 1 Enrollments Due for New 4-H Members

April 25 4-H Fun Day (tentative date)

May 16-17 4-H@UMaine (tentative dates)

June 20-22 Maine 4-H Days (confirmed)

June 30 Final Deadline for Animal Approval Forms

August 1 & 2 Topsham Fair Exhibit Hall Set Up

August 2 Topsham Fair Exhibit Hall Judging

August 5-10 Topsham Fair (tentative dates)

August 9 4-H Day at Topsham Fair (tentative date)


October 2013

Happy October Birthdays!

October Dates to Remember

October Activity Corner

Welcome to the New 4-H Year!

If you are looking for meeting ideas and activities, take a look at this publication Ideas for your 4-H Club Meeting from Louisiana State University Cooperative Extension 4-H. It is designed for members who lead their own meetings, or leaders who work with 4-H’ers to plan their own meetings and activities.

 

4-H Club News

Happy New Year 4-H!

Yes, October begins our new year. Clubs will be electing new officers and working on their Club Plans. New clubs are getting started, too. Now is the time to put the finishing touches on your project records and get them turned in. I hope to see lots of records at the leader’s special meeting to judge the records.

I hope you can make it to our Leader’s Training and Club Officer’s Training. Kristy and Sarah will hold the trainings. Any 4-Her who is interested in being an officer in their club should attend the Club Officer’s Training. At the same time, any leader, co-leader, or volunteer interested in starting a club should attend the 4-H Leader’s Training. Both will be held on Wednesday, October 2nd at 6:30pm. We will feed you, too! Let’s be sure we’re offering the best of 4-H for all of members.

Our Teen Club is planning a great end of the year celebration for our members in November so stay tuned. There are two new clubs looking for members. If you are in interested in raising and showing rabbits or poultry, contact the Extension office for more information.

See you all soon!

Robin Beck, President
Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties 4-H Leaders’ Association

 

Club News

Equine Etc. News

Recently, Equine Etc. had our club family day. We were planning on going apple picking but, because of weather, decided on an ice cream social instead.

This month we will be electing new club officers, so members can choose to have a different position in the club.

We are hoping that next year’s round of shows are as good as this year’s. Equine Etc. did very well, and tried to make a presence at all of the 4-H events this year…

~ Lauren C, Equine Etc.

 

4-H Life Skills Corner

Hi 4-H members. This is a new section of the newsletter called the 4-H Life Skills Corner. Each month we will be highlighting a life skill from the targeting life skills wheel. The goal of this section is to help you understand each life skill. This will help you as you prepare project records, attend fairs or interview for college, a job or national trips.

We are going to continue our exploration of the HEAD quadrant. First, lets define what THINKING really means: using one’s mind to form ideas and make decisions, to imagine, to examine carefully in the mind, to consider. Now let’s explore Decision-Making, choosing among several alternatives.

Some ways you may use the life skill decision-making:

When making sound decisions, you understand how your own personal values influence your decisions and those of others.

Decision-Making Process:

  1.  List goals and limitations
  2. Generate alternatives
  3. Consider risks and appraise alternatives
  4. Choose an alternative to implement.

Here’s a challenge: to think about ways you use decision-making in your everyday lives. You probably use this life skill often. If you have a really great example please share it with us, because we’d love to include it in our next newsletter.

 

4-H State News October 2013

Robotics Expo

You’re invited to join us for a day of fun with robotics and science on Saturday, October 19, 2013, at the University of Southern Maine, Gorham campus. The event is open to any youth, ages 5-18, participating in or interested in 4-H robotics program. Prior robotics experience is not needed to attend. In the morning, individuals and teams will have the opportunity to share their ideas and creations with judges and other participants in a non-competitive ‘science fair’ format. During the day, youth participate in a workshop and in an on-site challenge event. Pre-registration is required.

Learn more from the website or contact Sarah Sparks, or call 1.800.287.1458 if you have any questions.

Get Ready for 4-H Maps & Apps

4-H National Headquarters and National 4-H Council are pleased to announce the National Science Experiment for the 2013 4-H National Youth Science Day. 4-H Maps & Apps will introduce youth to the power of geospatial technologies and their unique ability to help us understand and improve our communities.

Developed by Colorado State University Extension, this exciting activity will engage young people in ways to improve our environment with the help of geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS).

The experiment will test the ability of young people to:

This annual youth science event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, and will bring 4-H’ers together from all around the nation to complete this single, innovative activity. Participation in 4-H National Youth Science Day is meant to help spark an early passion for STEM education and to encourage young people to consider these paths of study and future careers.

To download the 2013 National Science Experiment Youth and Facilitator Guides as well as other key resources, visit the 4-H National Youth Science Day website.

Celebrating 100 Years of 4-H in Maine

2013 marks the 100th birthday of 4-H in Maine, and we want YOU to celebrate with us! Check with your local county office to find activities in your area, and please check out our special Celebrating 100 Years website.  We are, also, encouraging all of you to consider giving financially to the 4-H Foundation as we work to raise $100,000 in 2013 to support the 4-H program.

Happy 100 years Maine 4-H, and here’s to many more!

Celebrating 100 Years in Maine with 100 4-H Geocaches!

What: Several 4-H clubs around the state are already preparing for 4-H National Youth Science Day and getting 4-H families excited about the world of Geospatial technology.

How: Clubs in Washington and Penobscot counties have launched geocaches at the club and/or county level. They have already hidden more than 10 geocaches! There is even a 4-H geocache hidden at the University of Maine. This is a fun way for our youth to explore Geospatial science and technology, as well as experience being part of a statewide collaborative! We do have resources available to help in our 4-H Science Geospatial Toolkits.

Why: It would be great for Maine 4-H to create 100 geocaches to celebrate 100 years of 4-H in Maine! These could be for one time use with a club or designed for more frequent use. Would you like your family or 4-H club to be involved?

For More Information: Check with your county office to see what is happening at the local level, or connect with Sarah Sparks or call 207.353.5550 or 1.800.287.1458.

Beef Heifer Project

The New England Galloway Group is announcing their annual Heifer Project, which places a Belted Galloway heifer calf with a youth recipient for hands-on education in beef cattle rearing and showmanship and to develop a love of the breed. The youth selected to receive a heifer is expected to return the first heifer calf back to the program so it will continue each year. If you are interested in applying for this program, download the application from the website. Application deadline is December 31, 2013.

4-H Rabbit Show

The 4-H Rabbit Showmanship class at the Eastern Maine Rabbit Breeders open and youth show is on Saturday, November 9, 2013 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. To learn more about the show, directions, and how to prepare your rabbit, check the 4-H Rabbit Show page on the website.

Beef Conference

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is co-sponsoring the 24th Annual Maine Beef Conference on Saturday, December 7, 2013 in Bangor ME. The theme is ‘Keeping Your Herd Healthy’. For more information and to register go to the UMaine Extension Livestock website.

Androscoggin Valley 4-H Poultry Club is looking for new members!

Interested in chickens? Ducks? Turkeys?

Join us for fun and learning with our feathered friends and much more! The very first meeting is October 10, starting at 6:00 p.m. at Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties UMaine Extension office, 24 Main Street, Lisbon Falls. See you there!


 

 September 2013

Happy September Birthdays!

 

 

September Dates to Remember

 

September 12 – SciGirls Professional Development Training
9:00am – 4:30pm @ University of Maine Cooperative Extension Office. Register online.

 

September 27 – Cumberland Fair 4-H Dog Show
For more information and registration form click here.

 

September 13-29 – Eastern States Expostion, “The Big E”
More information and registration forms are online.

 

September 30 – 4-H Year Ends
Re-Enrollment October 1 to December 31 – Forms will go out to Clubs in October.

 

September Activity Corner

 

Arts and Communication: Friendship

 

With the new school year starting up, and the next 4-H year right around the corner, why not explore this group 4-H activity focusing on friendship!

 

4-H Training and Development

 

October 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Club Officer Training

 

Any 4-H member who has been elected or is interested in being elected as a club officer is encouraged to attend this interactive training. We will learn what it takes to be a club officer, define the roles of what each club officer does and strengthen our skills to best serve our club and county.

 

October 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Club Leader Orientation

 

Whether you are a new leader, or have been a leader for years, this orientation is for you! This year we are starting a mentoring program for new leaders. Be paired up with someone who has experienced all the dates, deadlines and paperwork of being a 4-H leader. In this orientation we will have a leaders panel, review paperwork and deadlines, and start setting goals for the upcoming 4-H year.

 

October 22 5:30-8:00 p.m. Volunteer Ongoing Learning & Training (VOLT)

 

To sign up for any of these training opportunities, please email KymNoelle. We would love to have representation from each club!

 

4-H Life Skills Corner

 

This month we are starting a new section of the newsletter called the 4-H Life Skills Corner. Each month we will be highlighting a life skill from the targeting life skills wheel. The goal of this section is to help 4-H members understand each life skill. This will help with preparing project records, while attending fairs, or interviewing for college, a job or national trips.

 

We are going to start in the HEAD quadrant. First, lets define what THINKING really means – that is, using one’s mind to form ideas and make decisions; to imagine, to examine carefully in the mind, or to consider.

 

Now let’s explore!

 

What do we mean by the life skill, ‘Learning to Learn’? It can be acquiring, evaluating, and using information; understanding the how you learn and what skills you need for learning. Here are some ways you might use the life skill ‘Learning to Learn’:

 

 

Challenge yourself to think about ways you use learning to learn in your everyday life. You probably use this life skill often. If anyone has a favorite example to share with us, please do. We would love to include it in our next newsletter!

 

4-H Club News

 

A Message from Robin Beck

 

Welcome back to school!

 

I hope you’ve all had a great start to classes. Congratulations to all of our award fair demonstrators and exhibitors. I saw lots of blue, red, white, and green ribbons around. Everyone who spent the time to get a good project exhibit, showmanship, and demonstration did great!

 

Common Ground Fair is just around the corner and it’s not too late to sign up for poultry showmanship or to enter a project for judging. Email Robin Beck for more information.

 

It is now time to wrap up our 4-H year and hit those project records. Please remember that these records are proof that you spent time on what ever project you worked on. I hope to see stacks of them to help judge for your final points. Every member must do a project record, just as you had to do a demonstration, to be in good standing.

 

We are introducing a new section to the 4-H newsletter this month! It’s called the Life Skills Wheel Corner. We’ll be focusing on a section of our Life Skills Wheel and learning about the different skills. This way, everyone will know what these mean when it comes time for fair cards, project records, and portfolios.

 

Leaders and volunteers! During the September meeting on the 4th at 7pm, we’ll be nominating new officers for the upcoming year. In October, everyone who has a club or is thinking about having a club is invited to a training session. Stay tuned.

 

Club Officers! We’ll have training just for you! On October 2nd, at 6:30pm, join us for a great time leaning how to be a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and any other officer your club may have. Guaranteed fun and maybe food!

 

I can’t wait to see your project records! Have fun and enjoy the apples.

 

Yours in community service,
Robin Beck, President
Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties 4-H Leaders Association

 

Equine Etc. News

 

Hello fellow 4-Hers! Equine Etc. had a very busy month in August! Many of our members participated in the 4-H horse shows at fairs around our county and did very well! Several members also presented their demos at the Topsham Fair this month. For our meeting this month we ended up going bowling after our planned Funtown trip was rained out but we still had a lot of fun!

 

We’re also all looking forward to apple picking at Rocky Ridge Apple Orchard for our family day on Labor Day!

 

~ Courtney H, Equine Etc.

 

 

 Loose Shoe News

 

 

4-H State News

 

Scholarships offered by University of Maine Cooperative Extension Chapter of AFUM

 

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Chapter of AFUM is offering three (3) three hundred dollar ($300) scholarships to full- or part-time students having successfully completed at least 15 credit hours of undergraduate course work. Applicants must be a Maine resident attending one of the seven campuses of the University of Maine System, with a grade point average of 2.0 or better. Appearance and completeness of application will be considered. Applicants who have not received this scholarship before will be given priority. Deadline for application is September 13, 2013, and selection will be made by September 30, 2013. For more information, contact Diana Hartley in the Kennebec County Extension office or call 207.622.7546.

 

Cumberland Fair 4-H Dog Show

 

The Cumberland Fair 4-H Dog Show, will be held Friday, September 27, 2013, at 3:30 P.M. in the Livestock Arena, Cumberland Fairgrounds, 197 Blanchard Road, Cumberland ME.

 

The 4-H Dog show will include Showmanship (Novice – Advanced), Obedience (Pre-Novice – Advanced Graduate Novice), and a fun obstacle course. This show is open to 4-H youth ages 9 – 18 enrolled in the 4-H Dog Project in any Maine county. Dog show entry forms are due to the 4-H Show Representative Sara Conant by Monday September 9, 2013. More information and the registration form are available online.

 

The Big E Bus

 

Two buses going are down to the ‘Big E’ on Maine Day, Saturday, September 28, 2013. You and your family can spend the day at the Big E in W. Springfield, MA, taking in the fair and cheering on our Eastern States Animal Science teams. Please contact Jessy Brainerd or call 207.581.3877 for more information and to reserve a seat. This trip is sponsored by the Maine Trustees to Eastern States.

 

The ESE 4-H Dog Program Poster Contest

 

Open to all 4-H members 5 – 18 years of age, as of January 1 of the current year, who are enrolled in the 4-H Dog Care and Training project. Visit the website for more information (page 12 has the contest rules). If unable to open this page, contact Donna Flint or call 207.324.2814.

 

The New England 4-H Beef Poster, Ad or Logo Contest

 

Are you too young or otherwise unable to attend the Big E? This is your chance to promote your beef project. Rules and registration information are on the website. Look for pages 14 and 15 for complete information. If unable to open this page, contact Donna Flint or call 207.324.2814.

 

2013 Morris Scholarship Winner

 

Congratulations to Maddy G., winner of the 2013 Morris Scholarship. Maddy is a member of the Eastern States Dairy Team and the All Star Dairy Club in Cumberland County. The Morris Scholarship is awarded every other year to a member of one of the Eastern States Animal Science teams. All the best Maddy!

 

4-H Animal Science Committees

 

Maine’s Animal Science Committees are comprised of 4-H volunteers who work with UMaine Extension staff to develop an educational plan for youth in animal programs statewide. Committees plan various educational programs and events, and coordinate the teams that represent Maine at the Big E each year in September. There are seven Animal Science Committees – dairy, beef, horse, sheep, dairy goat, dog, and working steer – that are looking for volunteers to join their committees. Learn more on the website, or contact Michaele Bailey or call 207.581.3872.

 

Robotics Expo

 

You’re invited to join us for a day of fun with robotics and science on Saturday, October 19, 2013, on the University of Southern Maine’s Gorham campus. The event is open to any youth, ages 5-18, participating in or interested in 4-H robotics program. Prior robotics experience is not needed to attend. During the day, youth participate in a workshop and in an on-site challenge event. Pre-registration is required.

 

Learn more on the website, or contact Sarah Sparks, or call 1.800.287.1458 if you have any questions.

 

Get Ready for 4-H Maps & Apps – Save the Date!

 

4-H National Headquarters and National 4-H Council are pleased to reveal the National Science Experiment for the 2013 4-H National Youth Science Day. 4-H Maps & Apps will introduce youth to the power of geospatial technologies and their unique ability to help us understand and improve our communities.

 

Developed by Colorado State University Extension, this exciting activity will engage young people in ways to improve our environment with the help of geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS). The experiment will test the ability of young people to:

 

 

This annual youth science event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, and will bring 4-H’ers together from all around the nation to complete this single, innovative activity. Participation in 4-H National Youth Science Day is meant to help spark an early passion for STEM education and to encourage young people to consider these paths of study and future careers. To download the 2013 National Science Experiment Youth and Facilitator Guides, as well as other key resources, visit the 4-H National Youth Science Day website.

 

Celebrating 100 Years of 4-H in Maine

 

2013 marks the 100th birthday of 4-H in Maine, and we want YOU to celebrate with us!

 

Check with your local county office to find activities in your neck of the woods, and see our special Celebrating 100 Years website.  We are also encouraging all of you to consider giving financially to the 4-H Foundation as we work to raise $100,000 in 2013 to support the 4-H program.

 

Happy 100 years Maine 4-H, and here’s to many more!

 

Celebrating 100 Years in Maine with 100 4-H Geocaches!

 

WHAT: Several 4-H clubs around the state are already preparing for 4-H National Youth Science Day and getting 4-H families excited about the world of Geospatial technology.

 

HOW: Clubs in Washington and Penboscot counties have launched geocaches at the club and/or county level. They have already hidden more than 10 geocaches! There is even a 4-H geocache hidden at the University of Maine. This is a fun way for our youth to explore Geospatial science and technology, as well as experience being part of a statewide collaborative! We do have resources available to help in our 4-H Science Geospatial Toolkits.

 

WHY: It would be great for Maine 4-H to create 100 geocaches to celebrate 100 years of 4-H in Maine! These could be for one time use with a club or designed for more frequent use. Would you like your family or 4-H club to be involved?

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Check with your county office to see what is happening at the local level or connect with Sarah Sparks, or call 207.353.5550 or 1.800.287.1458.

 

Beef Heifer Project

 

The New England Galloway Group is announcing their annual Heifer Project, which places a Belted Galloway heifer calf with a  youth recipient to allow for a hands-on education in beef cattle rearing and showmanship and to develop a love of the breed. The youth selected to receive a heifer is expected to return the first heifer calf back to the program so it will continue each year. If you are interested in applying for this program, download the application from the website.  Application deadline is December 31, 2013.

 

Maine 4-H Days – Another Great Year!

 

In early 2014, planning will start for next year’s Maine 4-H Days. If you are interested in joining the Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee, or have general questions, comments, or recommendations about the event, please email Jessy or call 207.581.3877.

 

 

 

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