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July 2012 4-H News

4-H Hall at the Cumberland Fair Grounds- Cleanup!
The Cumberland County Leaders Association is having the annual clean up of the 4-H Hall at the Cumberland Fairgrounds on August 16th, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. All leaders are encouraged to come out and help. There will be pizza and desserts after all our hard work is completed.  Please stay and join the Leaders Association at their August Leaders meeting to get ready for the fair. We look forward to seeing you there!

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

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:

Pig Raffle Tickets
Jenn Grant has the Pig raffle tickets for the Cumberland fair if you would like to purchase or sell these please contact Jenn at 318-9166.

 4-H Activity Corner
Summer is a great time to be outdoors. Learn more about Maine wildlife and being a scientist. One way to do this would be to develop a problem to solve or question and see if you can discover the answer by observing birds at your feeder. Learn more about 4-H wildlife projects in the Purdue University “4-H Wildlife Project Leader’s Guide,” available at:

Cumberland Fair 4-H Dog Show
Cumberland Fair 4-H Dog Show, will be held Friday, September 28, 2012 at 3:30 P.M. at the Livestock Arena, Cumberland fairgrounds, 197 Blanchard Road, Cumberland ME.
The 4-H Dog show will include showmanship, obedience, and a fun obstacle course.  This show is open to 4-H youth in any county.

Dog show entry forms are due by September 21, 2012

Dog show entry form and information

Directions to fairgrounds

Please send entry forms to Sara Conant
For questions please contact:
4-H Representative: Sara Conant
6 Village Road
Windham, ME 04062
Phone: 892–5855

2012 Scholarship Winners!
Congratulation’s to the 2012 Scholarship winners:

Tricia Grover
Susan P. Grover $200.00

Chelsea Burnham
Leaders Association $100.00 and Linda Clark/Margy Justice $100.00

Andrea Haley
Leaders Association $200.00

Samantha Grant
Leaders Association $200.00 and Extension Group Scholarship $100.00

Ben Pride
Leaders Association $200.00 & Extension Group Scholarship $100.00

Brittany Moon
Susan P. Grover $200.00

Aryn Martin
Leaders Association $200.00

Engineering, Families and Fun  equals Family Engineering!
Learn how to bring fun and engaging engineering experiences to elementary age (K-5) children and their families in your community by attending one of two Family Engineering workshops being offered this summer.

This event is open to classroom teachers and other educational professionals interested in introducing engineering to the public through informal learning experiences. You will leave the workshop ready to host your own Family Engineering event!

Same workshop, two great locations!
9 am – 3 pm Thursday, August 16, 2012. University of Maine Hutchinson Center
80 Belmont Ave, Belfast, ME

9 am - 3 pm Tuesday, August 21, 2012. University of Southern Maine, Abromson Center, 88 Bedford Street, Portland, ME. Registration with Curriculum Guide $75, Registration without Curriculum Guide $50.

Workshops supported in part with funding from the SCITEC and TIES MSP projects.

State 4-H News

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.

Dates for the 3 Sessions – All sessions will take place 7:00 – 8:30 PM

- Monday, October 29

- Monday, November 5

- Monday, November 12

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.

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

4-H National Horse Communications Team Tryouts
Interested in a horse related 4-H national public speaking competition in Louisville, Kentucky November 2-4, 2012? You can try out for this team. Participants must be at least 14 years of age but did not reach their 19th birthday by December 31, 2011. For more information on this event go to Please contact Lee Sargent at or call 207-479-6014 for tryout opportunities and competition details.

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.

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 W. Springfield, MA. 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.

Summer Camp – Scholarships available
Summer Camp programs at Bryant Pond still have openings. Enroll now. Scholarships are available for many programs: $250 towards Conservation Camp, Natural Explorer, Fishing Camp; $200 towards 4-H Shooting Sports Camps. Call 665-2068 for current information, or visit us online at

Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove Summer Camps still have openings!
Join us for a fun-filled time at Tanglewood in Lincolnville or at Blueberry Cove in Tenants Harbor! There are many camps to choose from, including day camp, one- and two-week residential camps, and trip programs. Hiking, sailing, canoeing, swimming, theater, farming, and much, much more await you. Check it out at our website or call 207-789-5868 or 877-944-2267 (toll-free in Maine) or email us at We can’t wait to see you at camp!

2012 Maine 4-H Days – Our Best Year Yet!
This year’s Maine 4-H Days was attended by almost 500 people (more than ever before!), and was judged to be an “awesome” experience by youth and adults alike. Maine 4-H Days was made possible by financial support from the Maine 4-H Foundation, and by the tireless efforts of the volunteers, who worked through the days and into the nights to keep things running smoothly. This event truly gave Maine 4-H’s volunteers a chance to shine.

Planning will be soon be underway for the 2013 Maine 4-H Days; if you have any feedback or suggestions, or would be interested in being a part of the planning committee, please contact Jessy Brainerd,, or Sarah Sparks,, or call 207-581-3877.

4-H 2012 Calendar

Club Happenings

4-Paws 4-H Dog Agility
Town: Pownal
Leader and reporter: Sherry Dietrich

Course it rained. It seems as if June Jamboree can be counted on to have a few drops sprinkle over its festivities. For 4-Paws 4-H it was not a deterrent. After moving a number of picnic tables (thank you, Carri Kivela) and sweeping the floor, leaders cleared a space in the Exhibition Hall for noted dog trainer, Megan Huber, to conduct a Rally Obedience workshop. Nine Club members, Abby C., Lexi, Reed, Shoshanna, Ashley, Ruth, Hunter, Kristen and Abby W. guided twelve dogs through 3 rally stations and a full-fledged course. Everyone did such a great job all got blue ribbons. Thank you, Megan, for making the day very enjoyable despite the rain.

Six members, Theo, Ashley, Parker, Kristen, Abby W. and Abby C. entered posters in the 4-H hall and they too all received blue ribbons.

Our club is now finished for its 2011-2012 agility season. The next meeting will be October 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm at Mallett Hall, Pownal for sign up and annual awards night. Have a nice summer everyone.

4-Paws 4-H Game Day

4-Paws 4-H Game Day

4 Paws 4-H Dog Agility
Town: Pownal
Leader/Reporter: Sherry Dietrich

4-Paws 4-H Dog Agility Club held its annual Game Day May 26, 2012.  What a great time everyone had.  Thanks go to the Club’s Day Committee Lexi, Shoshanna, Kate, Hunter, Reed and Owen for planning and organizing the day’s events.  The Opening Ceremony was our usual running of the “Eternal Flame of our Olympic Torch”. Doing honors this year were Parker and Mason who circled the Games Field.

Starting off was a Tricks Contest under the direction of leader, Kelly Welch.  When awards were given, Novice handlers Ashley and Theo got Blue ribbons, Abby W., Parker and Abby C got Red ribbons.  Advanced handlers: Blue, Kate, Red Nora and Lexi. White: Anne, Eamon and Shoshanna.

Agility courses were then set up to run a Standard 1 for Novice dogs and a Standard 2 for Advanced dogs and Wildcard 1 and 2.  Judging was done be Kelly Welch and Sandy Schumann; Timing by Craig Webster and Scribing by Sandy Schumann and Sherry Dietrich. Awards for Standard 1 were as follows: Blue: Abby W. and Buddy, Ashley and Maya; Red: Abby C. and Lilley, Anna and KC; White: Parker and Gordon, Theo and Ginny. For Standard 2: Blue, Kate, Lucy and Dan; Red Nora and Trill, Lexi and Spice; White: Eamon and Rudy, Anne and Chance, Shoshanna and Peeper, Hunter and Dixie.

The fun game of Wildcard had the following Wildcard 1 dogs getting Blue: Buddy and Lilley; Red KC, Ginny and Gordon; White: Maya. Wildcard 2 dogs zipped around the course and were awarded ribbons as follows;: Blue Dan and Lucy; Red: Chance, Peeper, Maya and Spice; White: Trill and Rudy.  Olympic style “medals” were given to all handlers as well as green 4-H participation ribbons.  Special ribbons were given to Rylan, Mason and Gavin for being score runners and Justin for helping on the field.  Everyone chose something from the prize table, too.  Thanks are needed here to all parents, relatives and friends who helped us in many ways with course building, holding dogs, timing events, running score sheets, leash running, taking pictures, contributing food, grilling hot dogs and hamburgers, donating prizes, you name it.  Without them all we could not have done this.

Additionally, our Club had support from several others for prize donations and we express our sincere thanks and appreciation to Sue Gervais of K-9 Krumpets, Pet Pantry, Tractor Supply, Pownal Veterinary Clinic, Blue Seal Feeds and Mr. and Mrs. Richter for a generous cash donation.

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