Archive for the ‘4-H Updates’ Category

4-H Families Learn The ABC’S Of Bees

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

4-H youth of all ages celebrated Earth Day with Gold Star Honeybees of Bath.  Christy Hemenway of Gold Star Honeybees brought the love of bees to the classroom by bringing the hives to kids and kids to the hives. Youth learned about the benefits of honeybees and their care. Learn more about Gold Star Honeybees.

4-H is the youth development program of the University of Maine. To learn more about 4-H, contact your local University of Maine Cooperative Extension office.

4-H member examining wax mold for bee hive

Youth gets first hand look at honeycomb

Maine 4-H Attends National 4-H Conference

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Maine 4-H Ambassadors attended the National 4-H Conference March 22nd-25th in Washington DC.  Youth selected to represent Maine 4-H learned civic engagement and leadership skills in training workshops with other delegates from across the nation.  Delegates were stimulated to think about local needs and issues in a way that promotes youth-adult partnerships.  4-Her’s also met with our state senators and legislators, and visited different government offices, during a day on Capitol Hill.

The Maine delegation at National 4-H Conference. Photo provided by Edwin Remsberg. Back Row (left to right): Adult advisor is Kristy Ouellette from Androscoggin/Sagadahoc Counties. Youth are Amberosity (Hancock County), Kate (Kennebec County). Front Row (left to right): Aryn (Cumberland County) and Ashlie (Franklin County)

The conference is administered by the National 4-H Council and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.   Maine 4-H youth are supported by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, the Pine Tree State 4-H Foundation and local county programs.  4-H is a community of six million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills.

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Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

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Tractor Supply Clover Fundraiser

Monday, March 29th, 2010

4-H and all Tractor Supply Company stores kicked off the TSC Paper Clover Campaign, a national in-store fundraising effort to benefit your local, state, and national 4-H programming. Following is everything you need to know about this incredible opportunity to raise funds for your state and county 4-H programs:

WHO: Shoppers at TSC stores will have the opportunity to support your county 4-H program as well as state and national 4-H programs by purchasing paper clovers for just $1 or more at checkout.

WHEN: Friday, March 26, through Sunday, April 18

WHERE: 1619 Lisbon Street, Lewiston, Maine 04240

Please make sure to spread the word!

4-H members serve as honorary pages at the State House!

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Taylor W., Bronwyn G., Lauren C., Ashley W. and Simeon G. served as honorary pages at the State House.

4-H members served as honorary pages during UMaine Day at the Legislature on March 11, 2010. When the Maine House of Representatives is convened, the Honorary Page program gives youth an opportunity to participate in the process and to interact with Legislators. Under the supervision of the Sergeant-At-Arms and Chamber Staff, 4-H members had the opportunity to see what it was like to work on the floor of the House and Senate and be part of a Legislative Session. They performed such duties as delivering messages to Legislators and distributing Amendments and Supplements in the Chamber.

Youth in Governance is one of the mission mandates of the 4-H youth development program. For more information about 4-H opportunities in Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties please contact Extension Educator Kristy Ouellette, at 353-5550.

Hockey For Haiti- Results

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Youth members of 4-H clubs in Androscoggin, Sagadahoc and Cumberland counties raised more than $250 to benefit American Red Cross work in Haiti with their Hockey For Haiti event at the Lewiston MAINEiacs home game February 10.

Several local businesses including the MAINEiacs, Tractor Supply and Fast Breaks donated items to a raffle the 4-Hers ran during the game. The youth also managed the Chuck-A-Puck competition and sold discounted tickets in advance of the game to raise money.

“We would love to have raised thousands of dollars,” Matthew Fornoff, AmeriCorps VISTA with UMaine Extension and organizer of the program, said. “But Red Cross makes every single dollar benefit people who really need it. These 4-Hers know their hard work and our donation will make a big difference.”

4-H, a national youth development organization, has grown into a community of more than six million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. It includes more than half a million volunteers and 60 million alumni. The American Red Cross has spent or committed nearly $78 million to meet the most urgent needs of earthquake survivors. American Red Cross has focused on food, clean drinking water, shelter and relief items as well as helping Haitians meet health needs, providing family linking services and Creole-speaking interpreters.

4-H Haiti relief project update

Monday, January 25th, 2010

4-Hers and families,

Thanks to those of you who have responded with interest in helping us raise funds to donate to the Red Cross for Haiti earthquake relief. We appreciate your desire to give of your time for this meaningful cause.

As I mentioned in the last message, we are working to partner with local sports teams. We are still waiting to finalize plans with the Pirates and Red Claws and will be in touch with you when we set those details.

However, we DO have a date with the Lewiston Maineiacs. The team has agreed to help us at their home game Wednesday, February 10 at 7 p.m. So, here’s what we are doing to raise money:

1. Raffle – We need 4-Hers to solicit a few good items from local businesses (or local families) that we can raffle. Ideally, we would have 4-6 items to raffle with a minimum value of $25 per item (but, as we are trying to raise money, the bigger the item a business can donate, the more money we would make, potentially). If you have ideas or connections, wonderful. If you need help with who to go to or how to approach them, feel free to contact us.

2. Selling tickets – The Maineiacs are selling us discounted tickets ($9) that we will sell to the public for $13, which is actually $1 below the normal price. We have agreed to start at 100 tickets, and can get more if we want to keep selling them. Right now, the tickets are at the UMaine Extension office in Lisbon Falls. For logistical purposes (collecting money), we think it would be easiest to use this as our home base for sales, but please be talking and taking orders from your friends, families, school teachers, employers, the pizza delivery guy and anyone else you come across.

3. Chuck-A-Puck – The Maineiacs also will let us run the Chuck-A-Puck contest at the game February 10. We will receive 50% of profits.

So, we need 4-Hers and families to get involved at any or all stages! This will be a great fundraiser to help the Red Cross and people of Haiti!

Matt and Al


Matthew Fornoff


University of Maine Cooperative Extension

24 Main Street

Lisbon Falls, ME 04240


Fundraiser for Haiti

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Dear 4-H Members and Leaders,

After an emotional discussion last week at our office, the UMaine Extension staff decided it is only fitting that our local 4-H get involved with Haiti relief efforts. While this is not a local issue, it is one that has affected many of us her in Maine. As an organization designed to teach our youth the value of service to others and to develop them into effective leaders, we hope you will all support this effort.

Our plan right now is to partner with the Lewiston Maineiacs, Portland Pirates and Maine Red Claws to hold a raffle at a home game. We would then donate the money to American Red Cross. We’d like to do this in the next 2-3 weeks if possible, and would like to have 4-Hers involved as much as possible (soliciting raffle prizes from local business, staffing raffle table at the game). Also, the Maineiacs suggested the possibility of participating with the Chuck-A-Puck and selling tickets, where 4-H would buy several at a discounted price, then sell for the normal price and the difference would be donated.

Please send an email or call if you are interested in helping out with this program. This is a great opportunity for our 4-Hers to get involved in a project that will make a REAL difference in the lives of REAL people. We welcome any thoughts or suggestions.

Thank you,

Matthew Fornoff AmeriCorps*VISTA UMaine Cooperative Extension
24 Main Street
Lisbon Falls, ME 04252
(207) 353-5550

Martin Luther King Day of Service- January 18, 2010

Monday, January 11th, 2010

To: Androscoggin and Sagadahoc County 4-Hers and families

From: Matt and Al, AmeriCorps VISTA

RE: MLK Day 2010 activity for 4-Hers

In an effort to provide a service opportunity for our local 4-Hers and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we are in the process of organizing a program for 4-H members. We have come up with an event that, we believe, will be beneficial to the youth development and community development ideals of 4-H and enjoyable for those whom we are serving.

We have scheduled two events, one for each county:

Androscoggin: 4-Hers are invited to Clover Manor in Auburn in the early afternoon. We will have about one hour to socialize with assisted living residents. Other groups are coming to County Manor this day also, and the staff member we contacted suggested 4-Hers offer some kind of educational presentation about the life of MLK. In discussing this possibility, we are wondering if we can perhaps provide a forum where this role can be reversed so the 4-Hers can hear stories about MLK and civil rights the residents and everyone can learn and share their views on the issues.

Sagadahoc: The Highlands in Topsham has agreed to welcome to local 4-H members for one to one-and-a-half hour in the morning prior to lunch. 4-Hers will have the opportunity to interact and socialize primarily with assisted living residents. We have not planned for a formal program or presentation, simply a time to talk, share and play games with the residents who are often thrilled to be visited by the communities’ youth.

At each location 8-10 4-Hers would be ideal and would provide a good show of support for the community, the clubs and the program. We also would like 2-3 adult chaperones for each program (at least one other besides Al and Matt).

Help us spread the word to our 4-H members. We want to make this an annual service event and hope our 4-Hers take advantage of this educational opportunity and support the community and the ideals of MLK through this volunteering.

Please RSVP to the UMaine Extension office 207-353-5550 or by email to Matt or Al.


Matthew Fornoff, Al Beseler,

Please visit our website after the event to see a recap and photos!