Happy June Birthdays!
- Veronica T. 6/2
- Wyatt L. 6/5
- Jordyn M. 6/10
- Isabella J. 6/12
- Paige C. 6/13
- Charli V. 6/14
- Toni V. 6/14
- Emily W. 6/15
- Ridley L. 6/15
- Zach H. 6/15
- Alyssa K. 6/18
- Savannah P. 6/22
Dates to Remember
- June 5 – Androscoggin-Sagadahoc 4-H Leader’s Meeting, 7:00 p.m., UMaine Extension office, Lisbon Falls. Topic: CPR Certification.
- June 8 – Poultry Seminar, 2:00 p.m. Aubuchon Hardware, Buxton
- June 14-16 – UMaine Extension 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training, Bryant Pond 4-H Camp & Learning Center
- June 15 – Knox-Lincoln 4-H Leaders Association Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Union Fairgrounds
Are you interested in learning more about showing your 4-H rabbit this year? You can explore some great resources, learn more about the 4-H rabbit project, and prepare for this year’s show season online courtesy of 4-H at Michigan State University Cooperative Extension.
Androscoggin-Sagadahoc Counties 4-H News
Topsham Fair Committee
There is still a need for volunteers to serve on the Topsham Fair Committee. This group will be in charge of coordinating activities and outreach during the Topsham Fair. The group will meet every other month. If you are interested please contact Kristy Ouellette or call 207-353-5550.
4-H Leaders’ Association Fundraiser June 14
We have been given an opportunity for another easy fundraiser! The MTM Center in Lisbon Falls hosts monthly Family Movie Nights during the summer. We have been asked to sell concessions during their movie night on Friday, June 14, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Do we have volunteers willing to help out with this event? We are welcome to stay for the movie (Racing Stripes).
Volunteers can help out either at the event or by donating baked goods and other concessions to sell. Please contact Kristy Ouellette for more information or to volunteer!
The Triple J Farm in Bowdoin is looking for 4-H Youth to volunteer from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. during the summer to help with their riding programs. Triple J Farm is the home of Healing Horses, an Equine Facilitated Therapy program owned and operated by Jim and Jan Marconi. Jan is a Certified Horsemanship Safety Instructor, and experienced Special Olympics coach. For more information contact Jan Marconi or call 207-666-3097.
Compost Sale a Success!
On May 11th, the Androscoggin-Sagadahoc Counties 4-H Leaders’ Association held a “Doo-Doo Drive Thru” compost sale! They sold 4-H raised, free range, grass-fed, and aged, manure. Many 4-H youth and leaders participated, helping to load compost into customers’ vehicles. 100% of all the proceeds will directly benefit Androscoggin-Sagadahoc Counties 4-H scholarships, for county 4-H programs and national educational trips and camps.
4-H @ UMaine Weekend! May 17-19, 2013
During the 4-H @ UMaine weekend, 4-H youth ages 12-17 joined in the fun of becoming familiar with the UMaine campus and what it has to offer. The youth stayed in dorm rooms overnight, ate at the dining halls, and attended workshops presented by UMaine professors to get a real feel for college.
4-H State News
Register Now for Maine 4-H Days!
Maine 4-H Days will take place July 18-21, 2013, at the Windsor Fairgrounds. Registration materials are available online and, since workshops are assigned on a first-come first-served basis, be sure to register early. Please contact your local county office for paper forms if needed.
We are in need of volunteers willing to help with all aspects of the event. Last year, Maine 4-H Days brought almost 500 individuals to the Windsor Fairgrounds, and we are preparing for even greater numbers for 2013. 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, ATV Certification, Modular Origami, Shades of Creativity, and Blacksmithing – there are plenty of awesome new workshops this year. You can choose from Decorating a 4-H Birthday Cake, Milk Science, Duct Tape Projects, Exploration of an Owl’s Diet, and so many more! The State 4-H Dairy Show will also be held during 4-H Days. All of the workshops, and their descriptions, are posted on the Maine 4-H Days website.
If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact Jessy Brainerd or call 207-581-3877.
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 plan on coming to the party at Maine 4-H Days this year. There will be cake, ice cream, a chance to look back on all that we’ve accomplished, as well as a chance to look forward and see what’s in the works!
Please check out our special Celebrating 100 Years website and consider giving financially to the Maine 4-H Foundation as we work to raise $100,000 in 2013 to support the 4-H program here in Maine.
Happy 100 years Maine 4-H, and here’s to many more!
Spaghetti Dinner & Fundraiser Celebrates 100 Years of 4-H in Maine
The Knox-Lincoln 4-H Leaders’ Association is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner & Fundraiser at Union Fairgrounds in Union, Maine on Saturday, June 15, 6:00-8:00 pm. This dinner will celebrate 100 Years of 4-H in Maine, and raise funds for 4-H in Knox and Lincoln Counties. 4-H alumni members and leaders are encouraged to attend and possibly share memories of their time with 4-H. Cost is donation of your choice. For more information contact Cindy Rogers or call 207.832.0343.
UMaine 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training Weekend
The annual 4-H Shooting Sports Workshop will be held June 14-16, 2013, at the Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center in Oxford County. This weekend training will certify you as a State of Maine 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor in the Rifle, Shotgun, Archery or the Hunting/Wildlife discipline. (One discipline of your choice) Weekend includes meals and lodging at Bryant Pond’s beautiful Lakeside Lodge. More information is available on the website, or contact Scott Olsen or call 207.665.2068.
State 4-H Dairy Program Dates
Please hold the following dates for participation in the State 4-H Dairy Programs:
- Fitting Competition – July 20, 5:00 p.m. at the Windsor Fairgrounds
- Maine State 4-H Dairy Show – July 21, 9:00 a.m. at the Windsor Fairgrounds
The Dairy Packet with necessary forms is available on the 4-H Dairy web page.
Eastern States Exposition – New England Center Program
Calling all 4-H youth, ages 11 and up, along with volunteers who have an interest in showcasing the many interests and talents of Maine 4-H… we want you! Join a group of dedicated performers and demonstrators as we share our love for 4-H with the fairgoers at The Big E’s New England Center in West Springfield, MA, the 3rd weekend in September.
Youth will work in teams of two to demonstrate 4-H projects that, this year, will be focused on Robotics and Engineering. Youth also have the opportunity to participate in planned presentations using costumes and other props, as needed, again centered on a science theme.
Please call the UMaine Extension Office in Oxford County at 743.6329 or 800.287.1482 (in Maine) for more details and for the team application. Space is limited, and will be filled on a first-come, first served basis. Students will stay in the dorm, and meals and transportation will be provided. 4-Hers participating in the New England Center Program are eligible to apply for the Morris Scholarship.
2013 Morris Scholarship for Eastern States Participants
This year Maine has the opportunity to select an Eastern States Exposition participant to receive a $500 scholarship towards continuing his or her education beyond high school. Application deadline is August 5. Check the website to find if you qualify and for information on how to apply for this scholarship, or inquire at your local County Extension Office.
4-H Market Lamb Tagging for Windsor & Fryeburg Fairs
Two tagging sites have been scheduled.
- June 1 – 10 a.m. at Treworgy Family Orchards, 3876 Union Street, Levant, Maine
- June 15 – 10:00 a.m. at the Oxford County Fairgrounds
Complete information is posted on the 4-H Sheep Project web page. The required Intent to Participate Forms for the 4-H Market Lamb classes at Windsor and Fryeburg Fairs were due May 1. If you have any questions, contact Donna Flint or call her at 324.2814, or 800.287.1535 (in Maine).
Congratulations to National 4-H Trip Delegates!
4-H members from around the state have been selected to represent Maine at upcoming national 4-H trips. Maine 4-H is proud to be represented at National 4-H Congress, held in Atlanta, GA. this November, by Grace B., Ellie P., Charlene L., and Samantha S. We are also excited to have Maine delegates Kristin B., Cassidy L., Nicole S., and Natalie H. at National 4-H Conference, to be held in Washington DC in April of 2014. Congratulations delegates for a job well done!
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 is usually 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 accept homeowner insurance policies, so please check your specific fair to see what they require. Most fairs do accept the Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors (MALE) Insurance which has a June annual renewal. Details on what is covered and how to apply are available on their website.
Beef Heifer Project
The New England Galloway Group is announcing their annual Heifer Project, which places a Belted Galloway heifer calf with a deserving 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, more information and the application is available online. The application deadline is December 31, 2013.
Save the Date!
- July 12-14 – Maine ESE Horse Tryouts
- July 18-21 – 2013 Maine 4-H Days
- July 20 – Dairy Fitting Competition
- July 21 – Maine State 4-H Dairy Show
- July 31 – July Leaders’ Association Meeting (changed from July 3)
- August 5 – 2013 Morris Scholarship Deadline
- August 6-11 – Topsham Fair