Posts Tagged ‘4-H’

4-H Club art and sewing to be displayed at Community Gallery in Lewiston

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Kristy Ouelette teaches sewing to 4-HersL/A Arts Community Gallery
Opening Reception
4:00 p.m., June 24

Lewiston Housing Authority
Youth Enrichment Opportunity Program
221 Lisbon Street, Lewiston

A display of art and sewing from our 4-H Club at Hillview will be on display at L/A Arts Community Gallery from June 24 to July 15. L/A Arts is located at 221 Lisbon Street in downtown Lewiston. Kristy L. Ouellette, Extension 4H Youth and Family Development Educator, and several of the youth whose work is being displayed will be there for the opening reception on Friday, June 24, from 4:00-6:00. Come meet the artists!

4-H National Youth Science Day!

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Youth holding a live starfish; photo by Edwin Remsberg, USDAMaine 4-H Youth Learn and Lead on Climate Change

During the month of October, youth in Maine will join hundreds of thousands of young people across the nation as part of 4-H National Youth Science Day, and conduct one simultaneous experiment: 4-H2O, the 2010 National Science Experiment.

4-H2O will:

  • teach youth how carbon dioxide can affect aquatic animals, plants, and other living organisms in lakes, streams, rivers, and oceans;
  • feature a series of interactive activities and discussions to demonstrate the importance of water quality and its relevance to climate change; and
  • show how youth can help reduce their carbon footprint in their own communities.

To combat a national shortage of young people pursuing science college majors and careers, 4-H National Youth Science Day will spark an early youth interest in science education. Currently, more than five million youth across the nation take part in 4-H science, engineering, and technology year-long programming. Through the One Million New Scientists, One Million New Ideas campaign, 4-H has undertaken a bold goal to engage one million new young people in science, engineering, and technology programs by the year 2013.

Come join us at one of these events!

  • October 7, 2010, 3:30 pm, Patten Free Library, Bath
  • October 18, 2010, 3:30 pm, Lisbon Falls Public Library
  • October 26, 2010, 3:30 pm, South Portland Public Library
  • October 26, 2010, 5:30 pm, Baxter Memorial Library, Gorham
  • October 27, 2010, 6:30 pm, New Gloucester Public Library
  • November 3, 2010, 3:00 pm, Auburn Public Library

To request more information, or to RSVP, please contact: Sarah Sparks, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, 24 Main St, Lisbon, ME 04252 1-800-287-1458 or

UMaine’s Cooperative Extension Awarded $1,900 for 4-H Program

Monday, August 30th, 2010

The UMaine Cooperative Extension in Lisbon Falls was awarded $1,900 from the Lisbon Community Federal Credit Union, according to the Lewiston Sun Journal. The contribution will be used to help fund the Extension’s 4-H Program.

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.

Become a fan of Maine 4-H in Androscoggin & Sagadahoc Counties on Facebook

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.

Teen Leaders Meeting ReScheduled!!

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Hi Teens!
Welcome back to those of you who served on this Teen Leaders Committee in the past and welcome to our newest teens. The Teen Leaders group is open to youth in our county who are teenagers. We meet once a month and take on some leadership roles throughout 4-H.

Our first meeting of the 2010 4-H Year will be Monday 3/1 at 6:30. Please let me know if you can make it.

If you have questions shoot me an email or give me a call.

Kristy L. Ouellette, MS

Extension Educator, 4H Youth and Family Development
Androscoggin & Sagadahoc Counties
24 Main Street
Lisbon Falls, Maine 04252
1-800-287-1458 (in Maine)
fax: 1-866-500-9088

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