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June 2012 4-H News

Cumberland County 4-H’ers attend 4-H @ UMaine
There were twenty-one youth, four adult chaperones and two staff who attended the 5th annual 4-H @ UMaine Conference in Orono in May. Participants swam at the Rec Center, took workshops from UMaine faculty and did the Oompah-Loompah dance. A big thanks to Robin Beck, Leni Grant, Cheri Sackville and Misty Sulloway as adult chaperones this year.

4-H@UMaine Cumberland County Group

4-H@UMaine Cumberland County Group

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

2012 Campership Winners!
Congratulation to the 2012 Campership winners:


Paul Merrill Fund
There will be no Paul Merrill meeting as no one applied for the Paul Merrill Fund.

Congratulations to our Maine 4-H Foundation scholarship winners!
Aryn Martin
Brittany Moon
Sarrah Simpson.

Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors (Proof of Insurance)
Maine fair season will soon be upon us! Many Maine fairs now require proof of insurance in order to exhibit livestock at their fairs. Proof of insurance may be 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).

This is a reminder that it is time for the Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors annual membership renewal. A benefit of being a member of this association includes liability insurance at specific events, including Maine fairs. More information is available at:

4-H Activity Corner
Watch this video about Engineering Technology –

How are you an Engineer in your every day life?
How do Engineers affect the world we live in?

Submit your answers and/or questions to Sarah Sparks at or
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
24 Main St
Lisbon Falls, ME 04252

Anyone who submits an answer before June 30th will receive a token prize.

Food Safety Tips
General Food Safety Tips for Preparing Food
Here is a link to a food safety fact sheet that is intended to help prevent foodborne illness when preparing and serving food at home.

 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 Living with Goats – 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 Events
Please hold the following dates for your participation in the State 4-H Dairy Programs:

- 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 at

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. The tryout for the team 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.

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:

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:

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 allowing 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

Trip and Travel Camps with Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove 4-H Camps
This summer, Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove 4-H Camps are offering 11 different and exciting week-long Outdoor Discovery Trips. Maine’s woods, mountains and waters are perfect settings to learn wilderness skills, teamwork, and observe wildlife while living lightly on the land. Discovery Trips are for campers aged 9-17 who want a more physically and mentally challenging experience. Rain or shine, we are on the trail, on the water, and on the go! Trips run July 1-August 17 and offer something for everyone: sailing, canoeing, camping, rock climbing, deep-sea fishing, rafting, hiking the Appalachian Trail or coastal island hopping! All equipment is provided. If you are looking for an adventure this summer, look no further! For more information please contact Patti Chapman at 207-789-5668.

Maine 4-H Shooting Sports Training
The ME 4HSS Training Weekend Workshop will be held June 8-10, 2012 at the University of Maine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond, Oxford County. The training starts Friday evening and runs through Sunday, meals and lodging are included, financial assistance is available. For more information on the workshop please go to our website: or contact Scott Olsen at or 665-2068.

New England 4-H Dog and Beef Poster Contests
There are great opportunities for youth in the 4-H Dog Care Project, and the 4-H Beef Project to participate in The Big E, even without going to Springfield. There are two different contests available:

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

- The New England 4-H Dog Program Poster Contest:

4-Hers of all ages can give their entries to a team member or chaperone headed to The Big E for submission.

4-H National Horse Communications Team Tryouts
Interested in a horse related 4H national public speaking competition in Louisville, Kentucky Nov. 2-4? Participants must be at least 14 yrs. old but not have reached their 19th birthday by Jan. 1st, 2012. For more information on this event go to Please contact Lee Sargent at or call 207-479-6014 for tryout opportunities and competition details.

4-H 2012 Calendar

Club Happenings

Robotica LEGO Robotics Club
Reporter: Lucia
May Meeting
At the Robotica Club on May 11, we each went into a group to work on a project. Some of the kids were working on an Art Bot so it could make letters or shapes and such using a program and a marker for the robot to draw with. Some kids were working on making a big plane and parachutes. Others were making a dump truck and a catapult. And then there was an egg drop to make something for the eggs so when it was dropped the eggs wouldn’t break. The next meeting will be in June and that will be our last meeting of the year.

Robotica participants


Robotica participants


Merry Makers 4H Club
May Meeting
Reporter: Anna
This month for our Merry Makers meeting we did a special Mother’s Day meeting, we served all of the mothers scones and made them tea. They picked their flavor tea and their topping for their scones. We also did paper beads and made tissue paper flowers for all of the mothers. It was also a rule that all of the mothers would have to stay seated for the entire meeting. I thought that this was one of my favorite Merry Makers because all of the mothers usually serve us and this meeting we got to serve them.

Merry Makers Mothers Day

Merry Makers Mothers Day

4-Paws 4-H Dog Agility
Leader: Sherry Dietrich
Town:  Pownal
Meeting April 28, 2012

4-Paws 4-H Dog Agility Club ended the month of April with a meeting April 28th called to order by Reed.  The two Abby’s led us in the pledges.  Secretary Owen read the minutes of the previous meeting and they were approved as read.  Treasurer Shoshanna

Reported our balance of money has not changed from the previous week.

Under Old Business: Mrs. Dietrich noted the following: 1. The Records Workshop under the direction of Mrs. Rolfe and Mrs. Welch will be May 5 at Mallett Hall at 10:00 AM.  2. Poster talks will be due from Ashley, Parker, Abby, Anna. 3. Thank you’s were expressed to Lexi and Shoshanna for cleaning the remaining three tunnels.  Ted Bridge-Koenigsberg agreed to refurbish a weave pole base.

Under New business: 1. The following members, Lexi, Owen, Reed, Shoshanna and Kate will be a committee to help design Game Day, May 26th. 2. Kelly reported that she will be holding a Tricks Competition for all the members and their dogs on Game Day.  Each member will have 45 seconds to present a trick he or she has taught his or her dog. 3. Everyone was asked to contribute a few inexpensive prizes for Game Day. 4. June Jamboree will be June 2 with a Rally Workshop. 4. Mrs. Dietrich announced that Agility Central Maine Club (AC-Me) is interested in sponsoring a junior handler event in August and wants to know how many members would be interested in attending.  Mrs. Rolfe took names of those who were.

The meeting adjourned for training.  Advanced dogs were treated to tunnel-jump handling maneuvers by Kelly; Intermediates’ focus was learning to handle their dogs off leash and being introduced to the dog walk.  Novice dogs under the direction of Sandy learned see-saw, 6 weave poles and the sequencing with a small course of already learned obstacles.

Education:  Illustrated talks were given by Kristen on Border collies; Abby on herding dogs and Theo on Sato dogs.

Meeting May 5, 2012
Our May 5th meeting was devoted to our annual records workshop under the direction of leaders Joan Rolfe and Kelly Welch.  Kelly also demonstrated teaching tricks to your dogs with her Labrador retriever.  Ashley gave an illustrated talk on: “The Five Best Agility Dogs.” After the meeting the members of the Games Day planning committee met to begin plans for May 26th.

Meeting May 12, 2012
4-Paws 4-H Dog Agility met May 12, 2012 for its 9th meeting and dog training.  A short business meeting was held first chaired by Reed.  Abby and Theo led us all with the pledges. Owen read the minutes of the previous meeting and they were approved with additions. Our treasury has not changed from $51.39 per Shoshanna.

Old Business: We touched on the following; 1. Game Day is May 26th. 2. June Jamboree with a Rally Workshop will be June 2nd at the Cumberland Fairgrounds. 3. All Dogs Gym in Manchester, New Hampshire is having a Jr. Handler Agility Show on June 2nd if anyone is interested. 4. Prizes are still needed for Game Day. 5. Ted will bring the painted weave pole base next week.

Under New Business:  Game Day Committee members Lexi and Shoshanna reported their committee’s plans for that day to the group and passed out sheets of information for all members and parents.  They reminded all to have crates for their dogs that day.  The meeting adjourned.

For training Mrs. Dietrich worked with the Novice Group first introducing having the dogs walk a board on egg crates, reviewing all the other obstacles, then handlers and dogs ran a short Snooker course.  All did very Well.  Thanks go to parent Ted for timing and score keeping.  Kelly worked with the Intermediate Group on a short sequencing course and was pleased with how well all did.  Sandy had the Advanced Group do a 15 obstacle course for handling work.  Handlers were then asked to run their dogs in a “Silent Sam” exercise which means no voice commands only body language.  Some 4-Hers commented their dogs ran better without “sound.”

Meeting May 19, 2012
May 19th 2012 was the last regular meeting and dog training sessions for 4-Paws 4-H Dog Agility Club. The short business meeting was called to order by Lexi. Owen read the minutes of the previous meeting and they were accepted as read. Shoshanna, treasurer, said our treasury remains the same.

Old Business: 1. A count was taken of how many planned to attend June Jamboree for the Rally workshop. Tentatively around 8 or 9 raised there hands. 2. Lexi reported the Games Committee has the day fairly well planned. Games will start at 9:30 AM and end around 11:30 AM when a cook out will follow.

New Business: 1. Mrs. Dietrich mentioned there would be an exhibit at Mallett Hall, May 27, where there will be several exhibits from our 4-H Club, with some pictures of our members will be on display. For our Education section of the meeting Parker gave an illustrated talk on Assistance Dogs and Abby’s talk dealt with Ski Patrol and Avalanche Rescue Dogs. Both members did an excellent job of presentation. The meeting then adjourned for training.

Kelly’s exercises for the Novice and Intermediates featured jumps, chute, tire and dog walk doing each obstacle singly before sequencing. Mrs. Dietrich and Sandy had set up the games of Fullhouse and Snooker which were designed to emphasize the Life Skills of Team Work (dog and handler) and Planning and Organizing (charting the best way to run the course).

Woolly Mainers
Leader Kelli Keliehor
We continued to dye our fleece and work on our finished projects to include spinning, wet felting & needle felting.

Iron Giants
Leader Kelli Keliehor
We met twice in April. The cloverbuds worked on lego catapults while the older kids worked on a robotic dinner & a show project that will be displayed at a homeschool talent show in May.

Future Phenologists
Leader Kelli Keliehor
We did a community service project at Ferry Beach State Park. We examined hemlocks & red maples looking for invasive bug species. The red maples were clean but we did find woolly adelgid on the hemlocks. The Forestry department took note of the infestation and our results were logged with the Vital Signs community in an effort to keep the infestation from spreading.

Long Island 4-H Activity
May 6, 2012 at the Community Garden
1 – 3PM
Leaders Alanna Rich and Master Gardener Penny Murley
5 4-H kids attended and Alanna’s 4 year old son and 1 year old daughter were guests. We said the pledge around the picnic table and talked about what it means when you pledge your head to greater thinking. Penny and Alanna informed the 4-H youth that Penny had applied for a grant from the University Extension Master Gardeners and had received a check for $113 to put toward our Garden Project. The garden area which is fenced in at the east side of the community garden is to be the 4-H Garden and the 4-H club youth will decide what to grow there. We spent 45 minutes pulling weeds in the garden and brainstorming ideas. Some kids want to grow flowers for cut bouquets and others want to plant vegetables. We had a snack of fresh baked cookies delivered to the garden by Debra Johnson. After our break we did a trash pick up around the “down front” of Long Island. We wore gloves and used trash bags which were available from the Civic Association’s Kathleen Floyed. We closed the activity having made a list of some supplies and seeds to purchase with our grant money.

Long Island 4-H Club

Long Island 4-H Club

Long Island clean up

Long Island clean up

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