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May 2012 4-H News

Paul E. Merrill 4-H Memorial Funds Are Available to large animal projects & members
The Paul E. Merrill 4-H Memorial fund was established as a memorial to Paul E. Merrill who died in April 1982. Mr. Merrill firmly believed in the merits of the 4-H program and in the character-building qualities of learning to care for and raise livestock. This fund is a splendid way to carry on the beliefs of Mr. Merrill and in doing so, encourage youth to grow in character and ability, as Mr. Merrill had done. It is designed to provide financial aid for projects to 4-H livestock clubs or 4-H members with livestock projects.

Directions for applying: Any 4-H livestock club or 4-H member taking a large livestock project is eligible to apply for money from the Paul E. Merrill Trust Fund. A steering committee reviews the applications and distributes the funds. Grants are generally given twice a year, in spring and late fall. In the case of a large request, it is recommended that the project be cost shared with the 4-H Club or member and other sources of funding. DEADLINE is May 11th 2012. Please call Lisa Waters at 781-6099 for more information or a hard copy of the application.

Directions for applying

2012 Paul Merrill Application

Save the date: 4-H@UMaine 2012
The annual 4-H@UMaine conference will be held May 18-20, 2012. This event is for Maine youth ages 12-17. This popular conference takes place at the University of Maine-Orono, where youth participate in workshops and activities that familiarize them with campus life. For more information on 4-H@UMaine please go to the website: or contact Mitch Mason,, 781-6099. If you have ideas or would like to volunteer, do not hesitate to contact us!

Volunteers needed for 4-H @ UMaine: May 18-20
The 4-H@UMaine Action Team is looking for volunteers to help make 4-H @ UMaine a great success. Volunteers will help chaperone youth, move youth groups around campus, set for meals and interact with the teen participants. It is a great opportunity to spend time at the University of Maine-Orono, learn about the 21st Century college experience and gain insight into how your child might get into college. Volunteers for 4-H@UMaine must be 21 years of age, VOLT trained and enrolled 4-H volunteers. For more information contact Mitch Mason at or 800-287-1471.

2012 Southern Maine 4-H Horse Camp
We’re pleased to announce the 2012 Southern Maine 4-H Horse Camp.  4-H Horse Camp is a 4-day, Overnight event at Fryeburg Fairgrounds. 4-H Horse Camp will be from July 27-30 2012.  It is open to 4-H members from York, Cumberland, Androscoggin, Sagadahoc and Oxford Counties. Intent to participate forms are due by May 16, 2012. Enrollment is limited to 25 4-H members with horses. Youth participants must have a horse in order to attend. For more information please contact Carrie Steidler at 727-5377 or Heidi Thuotte at 324-2814

Horse Camp Intent Form

Happy Hoofbeats
OPEN Benefit 2-Day Horse Show, All Breeds Welcome!

Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. until Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.

Pleasure and Fun Show
Rain or Shine
Cumberland Fairgrounds
Judge: TBA
Stalls available: $25
Class list and entry forms will be posted on FB.
Raffle, Food and Fun!
Ask About Class Sponsorship!

Ossipee Valley Fair 2012
It’s time to start thinking about summer and the Ossipee Valley Fair! Ossipee Valley Fair will be held  July 12-15, 2012. Entries in the 4-H Exhibit hall will be accepted from 4-H Youth in York, Cumberland and Oxford counties. All exhibits are due in the 4-H building on Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 pm or Wednesday from 9:00 am to noon.

Ossipee Valley Fair exhibit requirements

Ossipee fair

Save The Date!
June Jamboree-June 2, 2012
Information will be sent out beginning of May.

4-H Science Roadshow-Back by Popular Demand
For those 4-H volunteers who may have missed the 4-H Roadshow workshop that visited many of our counties in the last year, you are invited to attend an additional session on Tuesday, May 23rd from 6:00-8:00PM. Volunteers can participate in the workshop at either of the following sites: Androscoggin/Sagadahoc Counties’ Extension office or the Hancock County Extension office. Participants will be introduced to 4-H Science, engage in a hands-on science activity, explore the importance of asking questions during science activities and learn about available science curriculum, kits and resources. There is no cost for the workshop, but pre-registration is required by Friday, May 18th. To register contact the Androscoggin/Sagadahoc Extension office at 353-5550 or 1-800-287-1458.

Tractor Supply Paper Clover promotion
TSC is sending your Extension office a mailer with free material to help promote Paper Clover in your community. This mailer will fold out to a poster that you can use to promote Paper Clover in your community. This year it will also include 50 save-the-date bookmarks that you can hand out. Look for the mailer at your Extension office in mid-April.

4-H Photo Contest
“Win Your 4-H Program More Funds by Visiting Your TSC During Spring 2012 Paper Clover!” Entering is easy. Just submit a photo of your club or county participating in the Paper Clover fundraiser at your local TSC, and you’ll be entered to win $1,250 for your club or county 4-H program — five winners will be chosen!

Complete rules and guidelines for the 4-H Photo Contest can be found in the Paper Clover Toolkit. See box below for Toolkit login details.
This is your login for the Paper Clover Toolkit. Please save this information.
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password: paperclover

Clover Secret Shopper
Sign up today! The first 100 people to submit name, club affiliation, county and state, and local TSC/Del’s store to before May 2nd, 2012 will be selected to be Clover Secret Shoppers and will receive $10 off at the 4-H Mall! There will be one Clover Secret Shopper selected for each TSC/Del’s store on a first come/first serve basis.

Complete rules and instructions to sign up for the Clover Secret Shopper can be found in the Paper Clover toolkit. See box below for Toolkit login details.
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password: paperclover

State 4-H News

2012 Maine 4-H Days
Thanks to everyone who has sent in their 4-H Days paperwork, 2012 is definitely shaping up to be a great year for Maine 4-H Days! Some of the enrichment programs are starting to fill up, and the registration forms on the website will be kept up to date with information about which sessions are full. If you would like to sign up for Maine 4-H Days, but would prefer paper copies of the form – please just send an email at, or call the office at 800-287-0274, or 581-3877, and we will send the forms right out to you. You can also fax your forms in to 581-1387.

Some of the great activities at Maine 4-H Days:

• New for 2012: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night, there will be organized activities for youth of all ages, including a Contra Dance, and a movie night!

• There are a lot of great things to make and eat – from Regional Italian Cooking, to Spring Rolls & Smoothies – you can even learn how to make ice cream in a Ziploc bag!

• One-Day animal tracks include Dog Camp and Poultry, the Horse track will be running all three days, and there are workshops being offered for Beef, Sheep, Goat, and Working Steers.

• You can get active in Karate, or learn first aid for yourself or your animal; you could even learn to speak Italian or Sign Language!

• There is so much more – check out all of our Enrichment Programs!

Volunteers – don’t feel left out! You can participate in a number of different activities too – from VOLT training for those who need it – to Team Building Fun and Shelter Building!

More information and all of the registration materials are available online at: Get your registrations in by June 4th to be eligible for the reduced registration fee! We look forward to seeing you all at the Windsor Fairgrounds June 21 – 24!

4-H Dairy Project members—Hold the Dates in 2012
Please hold the following dates for your participation in the State 4-H Dairy Programs:

- Intent to Participate Form- due May 1, 2012 for 4-H Dairy Team to Eastern States:

- Fitting Competition – July 21, 5:00 pm at the Windsor Fairgrounds

- Maine State 4-H Dairy Show – July 22, 9:00 am at the Windsor Fairgrounds. The 2012 dairy packet is now on-line on the dairy page, same link as above.

Save the Dates! 2012 Northeast Region 4-H Volunteer E-Forum
Join with other 4-H Volunteers in your community to learn cutting edge information that will help you work with your 4-H members. Session topics include Dealing with Difficult People/Conflict Resolution, Behavior Management in Positive Youth Development Settings, and Working with Multi-Aged Youth in Club Settings. More information about the location and additional details will be announced soon! Stay current by liking the Facebook page – 2012 Northeast Region 4-H Volunteer Forum.

Join the 4-H Techno Revolution!
Dates for the 3 Sessions – All sessions will take place 7:00 – 8:30 PM

- Monday, October 29
- Monday, November 5
- Monday, November 12

Maine Eastern States Dairy Goat Team Tryout Information
ESE Goat Team Tryout information: This year a one-day tryout will be held for any youth interested in being on Maine ESE Goat Team. If you would like to try out for the team, the tryout will be held during Maine 4-H Days on June 24, 2012 at Windsor Fairground. The complete registration packet will be available soon on the Maine 4-H Days webpage at If you have questions about the process please contact Tami Hussey at 207-282-3201 or You must have submitted your ESE Intent form by April 15th to participate in the Tryout.

ESE 4-H Beef Program Scholarship
The Eastern States 4-H Beef Program Scholarship is available. Two $1,000 scholarships are given each year. This opportunity is open to high school seniors and current college students who have participated in the Eastern States Exposition 4-H Beef Program. Check the website at:

Market Lamb Tagging Sites for Windsor & Fryeburg Fairs
If you have already submitted your intent form, you must bring your lamb to be tagged at one of the following sites:

The following tagging sites have been scheduled:

May 20, 2012, 10:00 am, at the Northeast Livestock Expo (NELE) at Windsor Fairgrounds
June 2, 2012, all day Saturday, at the Fiber Frolic at Windsor Fairgrounds
June 16, 2012, 10:00 am, at the Oxford County June Jamboree, at the Oxford Fairgrounds
June 23, 2012, Saturday, at Maine 4-H Days, at Windsor Fairgrounds

Donna Flint will be doing the tagging, and will provide the approval forms. If you have any questions, you can call her at 324-2814, or (800) 287-1535, or contact her via email at:

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, Georgia by Colleen S., Kristin L., Taylor B. and Cassie C. We are also excited to have Maine delegates Gaetana A., Mallory B., Maddy G., and Grace B. at National 4-H Conference, held in Washington DC. Congratulations delegates for a job well done!

Military Teen Adventure Camps 2012-2013
Nearly 1600 military teens (14-18 years old) will have an opportunity to participate (at little to no cost) in adventure camps scheduled April 2012 through March 2013. These high energy, high adventure, and high experience camps are planned across the United States from Alaska to Maine and from Colorado to Georgia as well as states in between.

Each camp offers a unique outdoor experience that will allow a teen to build leadership, self-confidence, and teamwork skills while participating in activities like backpacking, river rafting, canoeing, wilderness survival, rocketry, rock climbing, GPS use, mountain biking, first aid, winter camping, dog sledding, ropes courses, camp cooking, archery, and other camp activities. Camps for youth with special needs (mental, physical, and emotional) are also planned in California, Ohio, and New Hampshire. For military youth already in the Pacific Rim, two camp dates are available in Hawaii. Information may be found at the following URL:

Citizen Science Opportunity for 4-H Youth and Families!
Do you notice the seasonal changes in plants and animals? If you do, you can become a citizen scientist, observing and recording these changes as part of the science of phenology (the study of seasonal changes). Signs of the Seasons is a statewide volunteer phenology monitoring program coordinated by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant in partnership with other organizations throughout the state. The information Signs of the Seasons volunteers collect helps scientists who are trying to understand how our natural environment is changing in response to climate change. Training is being offered for interested 4-H Youth Leaders and Youth Educators throughout Maine (dates below). The training is free and open to interested volunteers, though registration is required. Participants will learn about the history and science of phenology, and about ways this information is helping scientists, resource managers, and others working to understand, predict, and adapt to ecological changes related to climate change. You’ll gain practical experience for observing and recording plant and animal life cycles in your own backyard, schoolyard or other community location while contributing valuable data. You’ll also learn how to add your data to the national online database hosted by the USA-National Phenology Network. Signs of the Seasons staff will also introduce a series of educational activities that can be used to support and enrich 4-H Youth participation in the program.

Upcoming Training Opportunities:
Blue Hill, ME – May 5, 10 am – 12:30 pm

To register, please contact the Knox-Lincoln County Cooperative Extension Office: Pamela Doherty or Esperanza Stancioff 832-0343 or 1-800-244-2104.

For more information, please check out our website: or to request special accommodations, contact Esperanza Stancioff at (207) 832-0343 or (800) 244-2104 (in Maine), or e-mail UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals. To provide adequate time to respond to your request, please provide as much notice as possible.

Spring Open House and Volunteer Day at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove 4-H Camps
Join us on May 12th for family open house events at Tanglewood in Lincolnville and Blueberry Cove in Tenants Harbor. From 9:00 am – Noon, volunteers are welcome to help spruce up the campgrounds or planting gardens–getting all ready for spring. From 1-4PM both camps will host an open house for anyone who wants to learn more about our programs. We’ll have tours, activities, snacks and the opportunity to meet the staff. If you’ve ever wondered what other 4-H programs go on in the state of Maine, this is your chance! For more information please visit or contact Patti Chapman at 207-789-5668. We hope to see you there!

Important 2012 Dates/Deadlines for Eastern States Forms
These dates are for animals going to Eastern States. June 30 is the Approval Form deadline for all other projects.

Animal Approval Forms with special dates are:
for ESE Horse – April 1st – Deadline Passed
for ESE Dairy – May 1st
Working Steer forms are due May 1st

Intent to Participate at ESE Forms are due on the following dates:
Dairy Goat – April 15th – Deadline Passed
Dairy, and Sheep – May 1st
Dog – May 15th

Eastern State Beef HEIFER entries and registration (and lease forms) are due May 1st to:

Donna Flint
21 Bradeen St, Suite 302
Springvale, ME 04083

The due date is the date that the form is due at the address listed on the form. Forms for different animals are posted on the commodity page. Links to each commodity page can be found at:

4-H 2012 Calendar

Club Happenings

Reported by Isaac and the Bennett family

This past month the Robotica 4-H group built a laser communicator using a portable radio, a mini solar panel and an amplifier. We used a volt meter to test different types of fruit to see which ones produced the most charge. We were surprised by some of the results. The younger kids in the group used Snap Circuits to make different electronic projects.

At our last meeting, we used Crazy Action Contraptions to build various contraptions that moved without requiring a motor. Some of the older kids made their contraptions without directions, while others followed the instructions from the manual.

Merry Makers April meeting
Reporter Sebastin
In Attendance : Evan, Tyler, Toby, Ezra, Noah, Reid, Luke, Chloe ,Chloe, Brianna, Sebastian
Visitors : Jeffery, Ferris, Henry, Lola

This month’s Merry Makers 4-H meeting our club went to the Maine Art Glass Studio. It is also a bug museum. So the the guy Jim Nutting showed us his stuffed and mounted butterflies and beetles. He also had many live bugs like giant hissing cockroaches, walking sticks and many more. I liked it because you see bugs that you would never see in North America. Find out more at











Future Phenologists
The Future Phenologists went to Mini-Forum as a club.

Woolly Mainers
The Woolly Mainers met twice this month. We continued to wash fleece and dyed it with various kool-aid and food colorings. The kids tried their hand at drop spindles as well as starting their final projects using both needle and wet felting.

Iron Giants
The Iron Giants met twice this month. There were two different challenges of knocking cups off the table. There was a timed challenge and then a specific challenge of arms only being allowed to be a max of 3 inches long. We also discussed attending the Southern Maine 4-H robotics exhibit.

4 Paws 4-H Dog Agility
Meetings 3, 4 & 5
Town: Pownal
Leader: Sherry Dietrich
Meeting 3
Thank our lucky stars for wonderful weather March 31, 2012 for it gave 4 Paws 4-H Dog agility the chance to be outside for dog training. A short business meeting was held first. President Reed called the meeting to order. Rylan and Ashley led us all with the pledges. The secretary’s report read by Mrs. Dietrich was accepted as read. Treasurer, Shoshanna reported March ended with a balance of $59.16.

Under Old Business: A 5th year pin was given to Nora; 2 year pins went to Reed and Eamon.

Under New business: (1) Mrs. Dietrich passed out the listing for the two groups for the April 7 Tricks Workshop with Diana Logan. (2) Mrs. Dietrich announced to the new members they each would be responsible for making a poster in preparation for an illustrated talk. A listing of which dates members would be responsible for was given to each 4-Her. The meeting then adjourned.

For dog training members were divided into three groups and sent to specific stations. Leader Kelly Welch did Canine Good Citizen exercises at Station 1. Leaders Sandy Schumann and Joan Rolfe had everyone run through a Wag-It obstacle Course at Station 2, and Leader Sherry Dietrich used jumps and a tunnel to represent the letter A for Station 3. Everyone after ten minutes switched stations so that all members did all three stations. The leaders were so impressed with all the handlers and the dogs. All did a great job.

At the end of training everyone was asked to help pick up loose sticks in the agility field. Thank you, kids and parents, the field looks so much better.

Meeting 4
Great weather, wonderful workshop dog trainer, special surprises, happy dogs and 4-Hers all describe the 4th meeting of 4 Paws 4-H Dog agility Club on April 7. 2012.

Due to time constraints we did not have a formal business meeting. Instead, dog trainer, Diana Logan started right away with her tricks workshop. Because we could not accommodate all 19 members and dogs in one session, members were divided into two groups to come at different times. The training field had been set up with 9 X-pens where each 4-Her and dog were assigned to one of these. This allowed the dogs to learn to bow, stand on a box or bucket, and jump through a hoop as well as pay attention without bothering other dogs. Every single dog learned everything.

At the break Mrs. Dietrich announced that leader Sandy Schumann had won her C-ATCH 4 title at the dog agility show in Portland On April 1. She was presented with a cake which she shared with all. Also, each member received a plastic Easter egg filled with chocolate eggs. But most special of all were the yellow wooden eggs made by the company run by Alan “Bo” Chesney in Buckfield. Every year his company makes the eggs for the Easter egg roll on the White House Lawn. Mr. Chesney was kind enough to donate eggs enough for members to each have one as a souvenir even if they wouldn’t be participating in the White House egg hunt.

This indeed was a special, very fun day. So many thank you’s to extend: Most especially to Diana Logan and Mr. Chesney; also Drew Logan, Sandy Schumann, and Craig Dietrich for help setting up; Owen’s classmate from Chili, Alfredo, helped where needed; Two parents Paul Knoll and Jim Smith, graciously and humorously, volunteered their legs while Diana had her own dog demonstrate his trick of lifting his leg on their legs. No leakage was reported.

Meeting 5
April 14, 2012 4-Paws 4-H Dog Agility held it’s 5th meeting in perfect weather with no black flies. A brief business meeting was called to order by Reed, was held before training. The secretary’s report was tabled until the next meeting. Treasurer Shoshanna reported we still have $59.39. Pledges were led by Taylor and Parker. Under Old business Mrs. D. reminded the new members about their posters. Clickers were given to those who needed them. Under New Business Lexi was elected vice president to fill the vacancy created by former member, Anthony. The meeting was adjourned to begin training.

Members were divided into two groups, Novices under the direction of Mrs. D and Intermediates and advanced with Sandy S. Novices reviewed the Wag it exercises with a demonstration of how to sequence the obstacles by Anne. Novices were introduced to a pinwheel set of jumps, a longer pipe tunnel and a tire. They then moved to the second station to work the A-frame and chute.

Sandy’s group ran an Intermediate course followed by a more advanced course. Lexi and Shoshanna started the sessions with a “be the dog” exercise demonstrating one possible way to run the course. Several other 4-Hers demonstrated alternative ways to handle particularly difficult parts of the course. Members then collaborated on building and developing a new course. Work on the chute was helped by former club member, Caitlin.

The club was pleased to acknowledge a visitor, Joey and his dog, Otto, who joined with the Novice group to learn about agility.





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