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September 2012 4-H News

Help Needed at the 4-H Kitchen, Cumberland Fair
Dear Fellow 4H Leaders,

I have taken on the task of filling the work schedule for the 4H Kitchen and Pig Raffle for the week of Cumberland Fair (September 23 – September 29). As you probably know, the 4H Kitchen and Pig Raffle at the fair is the only Cumberland County 4H Leaders Association fundraiser we do each year. The money raised is used each year to fund special events (Mini-Forum, June Jamboree, Winterfest), CWF, scholarships and more.

All regular and independent 4H members in Cumberland County benefit from this fundraiser. Each club has a responsibility to help make this fundraiser successful. We need every club and all independent members to volunteer in order to fill all the slots. Clubs with large membership may want to consider filling two slots.

Please help make my job easier by checking with club members, parents and friends to come up with a time your club can work. It is necessary to have at least two adults for each shift. 4H members are not allowed to use the grill, but can be helpful in other ways. Three to four 4H members can take orders, serve drinks, give change and help sell raffle tickets. We can combine clubs if you feel you don’t have enough people for one shift.

Do not worry if you and your club have never volunteered. There are plenty of helpful signs and helpful people around to help you learn the ropes.  The shift times are as follows: Sunday through Saturday: 6:00-8:00 a.m., 8:00-11:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and 4:30-9:00 p.m

I will be contacting all leaders and independent members before the fair if I don’t hear from you. Please help by e-mailing Nicole at ( or calling Nicole at (615-7558) and letting me know when your club will be able to help.

Flipping burgers with club members, parents and friends can be fun! And…you’ll know that you’ve helped fund the great variety of events sponsored by the Cumberland County 4-H Leaders Association.

Thanks, in advance, for your help.


Nicole Foster

Cumberland Fair 2012
Cumberland Fair is fast approaching! The fair will be held September 23 through September 29. The 2012 Cumberland Fair information is now online and a link to the Cumberland Fair 4-H packet has been e-mailed to each of you. If you did not receive an e-mail, please call the office and I can send you the link to the fair packet.  Hard copies of the fair packet were mailed to 4-H leaders and a hard copy packet was also mailed to members and volunteers without e-mail. Please be sure to look over the packet. Livestock entry forms will be due to Mark Cooper by September 1st. Here are some helpful suggestions for you while you are getting ready for the fair:

1. Club Exhibits - be sure to bring everything for your display, including a table no larger then 4ft. by 4ft., if it will be needed!  Please e-mail or call Lisa Waters at 781-6099 or to let me know if your club plans on having a club exhibit.

2. Projects - pay close attention to details on your projects and allow time to complete them and not leave things to the last minute.

3. Exhibit Forms -  Exhibit forms are now included as an electronic link in the fair packet.  Your leaders were also mailed a paper copy of this form. Sign up your 4-H exhibits by September 3rd, so that we can arrange for judges and space in the exhibit hall.

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

Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors (Proof of Insurance)
Maine fair season is 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:

Important Fair Pass Information
If you are age 13 through 18 as of January 1, and are entering exhibits at the fair, you will be using your 4-H enrollment card as your fair pass to get into the fair this year. The cards were mailed to your leaders in the Spring. If you did not receive an enrollment card or if your leader did not receive one, please contact Lisa Waters at 781-6099 or e-mail The deadline to request an enrollment card will be Wednesday, September 19th. The Farmers Club has requested that we keep a detailed record of who we give passes to. Those 12 years and under are admitted free and will not need to show their enrollment cards to get into the fair.

Robotics Expo
You’re invited to join us for a day of fun with robotics and science on Saturday, October 27, 2012, at the University of Southern Maine, Gorham campus. The event is open to any youth, ages 5-18, participating in or interested in 4-H robotics program. Prior robotics experience is not needed to attend. In the morning, individuals and teams will have the opportunity to share their ideas and creations with judges and other participants in a non-competitive ‘science fair’ format. During the day, youth participate in a workshop and in an on-site challenge event. Pre-registration is required.

To learn more information, please visit: or contact Sarah Sparks, 1-800-287-1458 or if you have any questions.

Donations of Creative Items needed for Robotics Expo
We are looking for creative items that can be used for building recycled robots on October 27th. These might be things like wrapping paper tubes, paper towel tubes, toilet paper rolls, empty tissue boxes or other recycled items. If you have any of these to donate, we would greatly appreciate them! Items can be brought to the UMaine Regional Learning Center in Falmouth.

New 4-H Year Start up packets
The new 4-H year begins on October 1st 2012.  We will have all club start up packets available at the Cumberland Fair in the 4-H Exhibit Hall.  Please be sure to check there the week of the fair.  All enrollment forms for Members and Leaders/Volunteers are due into the office by December 31st.  If you have new members joining after December 31st the deadline is April 1st.  See you at the fair!

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

Cumberland Fair Recycling Project
The 4-H program will be collecting recycled cans and bottles at the fair again this year to help raise funds for 4-H activities and to help out the environment. Volunteers are needed to help collect the recyclables during the week day mornings. If your group would like to help (it will take about an hour), you will need at least two adults. Youth are heavily encouraged to help as well. There is a real need for volunteers at 3:00 pm to pick up recycling bins the last day of the fair, Saturday, September 29th. To volunteer or for more information, contact Jen Grant at 839-4334 or

Interclub needs new members
Would you like to be a junior leader? Interclub Junior Leaders are looking for 4-Her’s ages 12-18, to join Interclub and have a blast! We are a very active club, with both boys and girls, and do many leadership activities as well as carry out Mini forum and Winterfest. We meet one night a month and have been meeting in the Gorham area. We will decide on a meeting night, that works for most, when the new year starts. We are an actual club and do all the things that clubs do (election of officers, etc). If you are ages between 12-18 and enjoy “hanging out” with members of your own age…..then come join us. Please call Leader, Heidi Thuotte at 892-7904 or e-mail or Asst. Leader, Michaela Davis at 650-6395 for more information.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Cumberland County Holds Annual Meeting
The public is invited to the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Cumberland County Extension Association to be held on Wednesday, September 19th starting at 6:00 PM at the Windham Veterans Center, 35 Veterans Memorial Drive, Windham, ME 04062. The theme for this year’s meeting is “Engaging the Community in Farm Viability.”

Penny Jordan of Wm H. Jordan’s Farm in Cape Elizabeth will give the keynote address. Penny has been active statewide in the farm to table movement. Penny was an active part of establishing the Cape Farm Alliance in Cape Elizabeth. The Cape Farm Alliance seeks to ensure that farming will be part of future of the town by engaging the community and creating visibility for agriculture in the town.

Michial Russell of Pearson’s Town Farm at St. Joseph’s College will also speak. He supplies the college with fresh produce, operates a CSA, donates summer harvests to the local food pantry and integrates the farm into academic and service learning programming at the College.

Especially important in Maine with a very short growing season, is “Preserving the Harvest”, so Extension Educator, Kathy Savoie will follow with a short overview of food preservation programming.

We will recognize specific UMaine Extension Master Gardener, Master Food Preserver, 4-H, Extension Homemakers and Eat Well volunteers at this event. This year’s Friend of Extension honoree is Master Gardener Volunteer, Elissa Gifford. While Elissa has been a tireless champion for all of UMaine Extension’s programs, she has been especially dedicated to the home horticulture programs.  The 4-H Award will be presented to Linc Merrill for his continued support of the 4-H program.

Prior to the meeting we will have a light meal of either lamb stew or vegetable soup, so no need to have supper. Again this year, we will enjoy a very unique dessert – the results of the Pie Bake-Off (complete with cash prizes)! Do you have a favorite pie recipe? We invite you to enter the bake-off and share your scrumptious dessert! All recipes will become part of our UMaine Extension Cookbook. Thank you!

Whether you choose to enter the pie bake-off or not, we look forward to seeing you there!

To RSVP, register your pie bake-off entry by September 18, 2012 or for more information contact us at 781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 or email

4-H Activity Corner
As the new 4-H year approaches and we begin to gather our clubs and plan for the coming year, think about including a team building activity during your club meetings. Check out this website for some ideas –, or feel free to share some of your own!

Changes in Association By-Laws
The Cumberland County 4-H Leaders Association is recommending the following changes to the by-laws of the organization. The full Leaders Association will vote on these recommended changes at the October 18 (7:00pm) meeting. Any comments or feedback should be directed to a Board member. Recommended changes:

add to Article V, Section V: The duties of the Board of Directors shall be:

9. To address grievances of committee members.

10. To remove committee members if necessary.

add to Article VII, Section I:

Election of Chairperson: – Each standing committee will select a chairperson at their first meeting of the 4-H year and inform the Leaders Association.

Grievances of a Committee Member: If a grievance cannot be solved among the committee members, then the grievance will be brought to an officer of the Leaders Association or the Extension Educator, Professional or Aide to be brought before the board.

Voting: In order to avoid an appearance of conflict of interest, any judge, committee member, 4-H volunteer, or other selector, must recuse his or herself, and not be physically present (in the same room) at, or otherwise involved with, any decision or selection process that could result in an award with monetary value for any 4-H participant who is a family member of such a judge, committee member, volunteer, or other selector.

For this purpose, “family members” mean spouses (or domestic partners), parents (or in-laws), grandparents (or great grandparents), legal guardians, siblings (or in-laws), children, grandchildren (or great grandchildren), aunts (or great aunts), uncles (or great uncles), and first or second cousins. Children include stepchildren or any minors residing with an adult, even if the adult is not a legal guardian.

If a potential award recipient is a family member, employee, or has any other significant, known relationship to any contributor to your organization, neither the contributor, nor any family member or other person connected with the contributor, may be physically present at, or otherwise involved with, any decision or selection process that could result in an award with monetary value for that potential recipient.

Maine Tree Club Outing
Oatnuts Park
Summit Street, Portland
Jeff Tarling, City Arborist

Friday, September 28, 2012
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Free and Open to the Public

We will meet at the trailhead to the park, located on Summit Street.

Join Jeff Tarling, Portland’s City Arborist, as he leads us on a tree identification tour through the park and down to the Presumpscot River Preserve. Oatnuts Park is the gateway to the Presumpscot River Preserve and part of the Forest City Trail, which runs from the Stroudwater Trail to the Presumpscot River and Presumpscot Falls.

Location & Directions: The trail begins at Summit Street (off Allen Avenue) between Olde Birch Lane and Juniper Street. Parking is available on Summit Street. We will meet at the trailhead.

From Falmouth, take Allen Avenue Extension towards Portland. Turn right onto Summit Street (located before you get to the intersection with Washington Avenue/Route 26), go approx. 4/10 of a mile and the trailhead will be on the right.

From Portland, take Washington Avenue/Route 26 towards Falmouth. Turn right at the intersection with Allen Avenue. Turn left onto Summit Street (located after the shopping plazas), go approx. 4/10 of a mile and the trailhead will be on the right.

If you are planning to attend this outing, RSVP before Monday, September 24, to Lisa Waters at 1-800-287-1471 or

State 4-H News

Eastern States Bus Trip, September 29, 2012
“It’s time to reserve seats for the buses traveling to Eastern States Exposition (ESE or also called the “Big E”) in West Springfield, Massachusetts for Maine Day on Saturday, September 29, 2012. This is the day that Maine Dairy Goat, Sheep, and Dog teams will be showing – so come and root for your fellow Maine 4-Hers!

This one-day trip is sponsored by the Maine Trustees of the Eastern States Exposition to encourage Maine 4-Hers who don’t presently participate in events at ESE to see the activities that go on for 4-H youth in hopes to bolster their enthusiasm to participate in the future. Two buses are reserved for us and the northernmost bus will originate in Bangor and they will stop at several points on I-95. Seats fill up quickly, and we will begin taking registrations immediately.

All youth must go with a chaperone, but because this event is primarily for youth; seats are limited to no more than two adults per child. The bus ride and admission to the “Big E” are free, but all individuals on this trip are expected to march in the parade at 5 pm. It works well if you wear a 4-H t-shirt if you have one, and for clubs to bring their club banner to display during the parade.

Items you might want to bring along with you are: light snacks, water, a good book, Rated G movies (there is a DVD/VCR on the bus), a pillow, and a blanket. There will be rest stops along the way. Other items to consider bringing: clothing to identify your club, a comfortable pair of walking shoes, a hat with a visor, sun glasses, sun screen, a back pack, personal spending money, a camera, and a watch. If you have a cell phone, it will be helpful for logistics. Please include your cell phone number when you register.

Please leave valuable items at home. We will not be responsible for lost or stolen items. Bus stops will be determined based on location of riders. Reservations must be made in writing or by e-mail to:

Jessy Brainerd, 103 Libby Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5741

When you register, please give the name, age (for adults, just state “adult”), address, home phone and cell phone number of each person in your group. Reservations are due by Friday, September 7, 2012 (call after this date to check on seat availability). A confirmation letter will be sent to you two weeks before the trip giving you the time and pick up location. Pick up will be bright and early in the morning, but the return trip will be staggered. One bus will leave right after the parade; the second bus will leave after the evening events. So when you register, let us know if you’d like to return on the early or late bus (we will try to assign you to your preferred bus, however, there are a limited number of seats on each).

Volunteers are needed to serve as Bus Monitors. Bus Monitors will serve as the contact person for other passengers on their bus, and will make sure everyone gets back on the bus at the rest stop. If you’d be willing to serve in this capacity, please let us know when you sign up.

If you have questions, please contact Jessy Brainerd or Michaele Bailey at 800-287-0274 or 581-3877

Jolly 4-H Market
The Jolly Farmers and Jolly Juniors of Coopers Mills would like to invite all 4-Hers and/or 4-H groups throughout the state of Maine to join us in our first Jolly 4-H Market. Bring crafts and market items of all kinds to sell: jewelry, ornaments, flowers, pumpkins, etc. No raffles or bake/food sales allowed. All exhibitors must be active members of 4-H.

This event is on October 6, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Windsor Fairgrounds in the Commercial Building. Crafters may set up at 8:00 a.m. Cost: $10.00 for 8’ space (you provide your own tables and chairs) or $15.00 for 8’ space including 1 table and 2 chairs. The Jolly Farmers and The Jolly Juniors 4-H clubs will have a concession stand with hotdogs, popcorn, drinks and other delectable goodies. For more information contact: Darlene Newcombe, 207-549-4532,

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:

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

National 4-H Notes Maine Project Success
The National 4-H Council has posted a report on its “Join the Revolution of Responsibility” website about a $4,000 grant from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H Engaging Youth, Serving Communities program that helped a fundraising effort by students at Sebasticook Valley Middle and Nokomis Regional High schools in Newport to raise $6,000 to build an off-road walkway between the two schools. Less than a half-mile apart, students from the two schools previously walked along the side of the road.

Registration for the 2012 Northeast Region Volunteer Forum is now open
For the first time, we are offering a virtual forum in hopes that more participants will take advantage of this fabulous opportunity. You will gather at sites within your state (though I’m sure you’re welcome to join other sites if you wish to travel) on 3 consecutive Monday evenings to hear from experts in the field, discuss with your colleagues and peers, and interact with those in other states via video technology. Webinar topics include: How to manage a club with youth of all ages and diverse needs, how to deal with difficult people as well as how to include teen leaders, and the last will focus in on parents, specifically how to handle challenging parents and how best to include them in 4-H programming.

To register, click on this link: Anyone requiring disability-related accommodations can note that in the box or contact Ellen Rowe (802-751-8307 or via email at ) no later than October 8. The first 100 volunteers and teen leaders to register will be placed into a drawing for a $100 Visa gift card!

And, for those interested in taking something home with them, we’re pleased to offer a virtual auction. Bidding opens October 29—all proceeds will benefit the Vermont Food Bank and American Red Cross.

Don’t delay; registration closes September 10th. More information can be found on our website at

4-H National Youth Science Day Experiment
The 2012 National Science Experiment, the 4-H Eco-Bot Challenge, explores how robots can be used to preserve and protect the environment, while offering a glimpse into the future of science, technology, engineering and math. Youth will assemble their own Eco-Bot, then discover how the robot functions. Youth will design a set of control surfaces to program the Eco-Bot to perform a simulated environmental clean-up project.

Join in the experiment at one of these sites, or host your own 4-H National Youth Science Day site!

- October 2nd, 4:00 pm, at the Patten Free Library in Bath, Maine

- October 16th, 6:30 pm, at the Ricker Public Library in Poland, Maine

- November 6th, 6:00 pm, at the Topsham Public Library in Topsham, Maine

Cumberland County will also be hosting events; look in the October newsletter for more info.

These activities are open to youth ages 5 – 18, youth ages 5 – 10 must be accompanied by an adult to participate. No prior experience is needed. Registration is free, and includes materials for the experiments.

Pre-registration is requested. Register at the hosting library. For more information about the experiment, contact Sarah Sparks at (207) 353-5550, or (800) 287-1458 (in Maine), TDD: 1-800-287-8957 or email

4-H Science Experiment Series
Come join with other youth and explore the exciting world of science! Tuesdays October 2 – November 2, at 4:00 pm at the Patten Free Library in Bath, Maine.

This series is open to youth ages 5 – 18; youth ages 5 – 10 must be accompanied by an adult. No prior experience is needed. Registration is free, and includes materials for the experiments.

For information on the projects being done each week, go to:

Register at the library with Carol. For more information about the experiment, contact Sarah Sparks at 353-5550, or 800-287-1458 (in Maine), TDD: 800-287-8957, or email

4-H 2012 Calendar

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