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November 2012 4-H News


VOLT Training for 4-H Volunteers
To become a certified volunteer in 4-H, an adult must complete 4-H VOLT.

We will be holding 4-H VOLT trainings on the following dates and times:
Saturday, November 10 in Falmouth, 9-11:30 am (need a minimum # of participants)
Tuesday, November 20 in Falmouth, 7-9:00 pm
Tuesday, November 27 in Baldwin, 7-9:00 pm

Please call Lisa Waters at 781-6099 or e-mail to register if you are interested in any of these trainings. We will send you pre-training paperwork to fill out For more information

4-H Volunteer Information

Robotics Expo Update
University of Maine Cooperative Extension hosted a Robotics Expo on Saturday, Oct. 27, to help youth ages 5-18 develop life skills and build math and engineering skills. More than eighty youth participated in the event. In the morning, individuals and teams had the opportunity to share their ideas and creations with judges and other participants in a noncompetitive science fair-type format. During the day, youngsters participated in a workshops where they practiced and built robots of all sizes.  The day ended with an on-site challenge event, where teams built  trebuchets designed to launch for height, distance and strength. Volunteers included 4-H volunteers, parents and engineering professionals from the community, such as University of Maine Black Bear Robotics, American Society of Civil Engineers, University of Southern Maine Computer Science Department, Portland Police Department and Maine Energy Education Program. Volunteers contributing more than 280 hours towards the success of the event.

Activity Corner Encouraging Science for K-2
FYI – Here is an article about encouraging Cloverbuds to think like scientists.  There will even be experiments posted here monthly.  Children are natural scientists!

Bullying Prevention and Awareness presentation at November 4-H Leaders Association Meeting
The 4-H Leaders Association invites all 4-H volunteers and members to hear a special presentation about bullying by Kristy Ouellette, 4-H Youth Educator from Androscoggin-Sagadahoc Counties.  The presentation will be at 7:00 pm, November 15, Gorham Public Works Building, 80 Huston Road, Gorham. Call 781-6099 for more information.

Club Start-Up Meeting
All 4-H Club Leaders are encouraged to attend a one hour meeting for new (or newer) 4-H club leaders. The meeting is scheduled for November 15, 6-7:00 pm, Gorham Public Works Building, 80 Huston Road, Gorham. This one time meeting will be followed by the 4-H Leaders Association meeting and a presentation on preventing bullying. At the Club Start-Up Meeting, 4-H volunteers will learn about basic 4-H club procedures, 4-H records, upcoming events and can ask burning questions about their 4-H club.  To RSVP, contact Lisa Waters, 781-6099 or e-mail her at

2012 4-H Club Officer Training
All youth who play a leadership role in their club are invited to attend this leadership training on December 13, 6:30 -8:00 pm at the Cumberland County Extension office in Falmouth. Youth will learn about their responsibilities as a youth leader, how to carry out those responsibilities and how to work with other club members and volunteers. The workshop is fun and hands-on. Volunteer leaders are invited to participate and/or observe as well! To register, contact Lisa Waters at or 781-6099 on or before December 10.

Chickens Need a Good 4-H Home
Free Bantam Cockerels! We have 2 purebred cockerels who need new homes. One white cochin who is very fluffy & soft, fairly tame, blue ribbon winner at the fair, and a Belgian d’Uccle Porcelain color (gray, white, buff with feathered feet). Both hatched 6/15/12, from McMurray Hatchery. Pickup in Gray, or may deliver depending on location. Photos available.

Contact Tracy Ross, email

Robotica To Hold Their 3rd Annual Fund Raising Event    
Tractor Supply Company in Windham Maine When:   December 1st from 9 am- 2:00 pm. The past 2 years our club has raised money to purchase Legos to donate to the Caring Community of Gray and New Gloucester.   The first year our donations were from within our club only and we raised over $60.  Last year we raised over $130 with the help of many other 4-H members at Winterfest, thanks to all who helped out there. This year our hope is that we would raise even more to help out more families that are in need.  If you would like to support our fundraising event, swing by Tractor Supply and give your donation or you can mail it to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth, ME  04105 to Attention: Lisa Waters, please make check payable to  Nicole Foster or Alice McGrath, Robotics Club leaders and  mark it as a donation for Robotica’s fundraiser.  Please join us in giving to those in need.

Paws ‘N’ Pals 4-H Dog Club is Seeking New Members
Are you between the ages of 11 & 18 and looking for something fun to do with your dog? Have you always wanted to participate and learn more about dog sports like conformation, Rally-O, obedience and more? Do you want to be part of a group where everyone enjoys learning about, and having fun with their dogs? If you answered yes to any of these questions than the Paws ‘N’ Pals 4-H Dog Club from Cumberland County could be the right fit for you! On Sunday November 11th at 2:00 pm  (Rain date Sunday November 18th 2:00 pm) we will be having a meeting in Windham for anyone interested to come meet the members and leaders, learn more about what we do, and see some demonstrations in Agility, Rally-O, and more! Please contact Sara at for more details:) Paws ‘N’ Pals would also like to congratulate their members Kay Littlefield and her Tibbie-Pom Mix, RyLee and Jordyn Merrill and her Beagle Mix,  Jewel on their successful participation in the 3rd annual Cumberland Fair 4-H Dog Show!

Cumberland County 4-H presents Winterfest!
Sunday December 2, 2012
Saint Joseph’s College,  Standish Maine
1-4:00 pm

Winterfest is a fun filled celebration and an opportunity to recognize the youth who will receive county awards. 4-H has reserved the pool, rock climbing wall, and the gymnasium for use from 2:00 pm. There will be a brief program at 1:00 pm to recognize county award recipients and volunteer leaders, from 2-4:00 pm we will have play time.  Interclub 4-H will have some snacks in the community room, so there should be plenty of activities for everyone.

There are some important rules we need to follow as a group using the Saint Joseph’s facilities:
Please remember that if you would like to swim at Winterfest, you cannot wear cut-off shorts or T-shirts. Athletic footwear (or socks) must be worn on the gymnasium courts.  (We recommend that you bring a pair of sneakers with you.)  There are space limitations in the pool and using the Rock Wall, so we recommend that people plan on doing different things throughout the afternoon so everyone gets a chance to swim and climb the rock wall,  if they want to.  We will help organize this on the day of the event.

We have full use of the gymnasium and we will have the volleyball net set up and are hoping to have some clubs challenge each other to a volleyball game. You will need to have a change of sneakers to play in the gym.  Also, feel free to bring your own basketball but make sure you put your name on it somewhere. We will also have some basketballs available in case anybody would like to play some B-Ball and will not be bringing their own.

Please call the office if the weather is bad, since we do not have a snow date or if you need directions call  781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471.

Lost and Found
Hello everyone, one of our 4-Hers lost their i-Pod Touch at Cumberland Fair. We believe it was lost on Thursday night of the fair when they helped in the food booth. It had a black case on it.  If you found this i-Pod touch, please contact Lisa Waters at 781-6099 or e-mail Thank you for all your help.

Also, a red plaid cloth lunch box was left at the Robotics Expo, if this belongs to you please call Lisa Waters at 781-6099.

Envirothon: An environmental science competition for high school aged students
Envirothon is a state and nation-wide environmental competition where high school students test their knowledge of natural resources and current environmental issues. Teams consisting of 3-5 students compete first at a regional level, answering questions and solving hands-on problems at five stations: Wildlife, Water/Aquatics, Forestry, Soils, and a Current Natural Resource Issue. This year’s current issue is SUSTAINABLE FORESTLAND MANAGEMENT:  ACHIEVING BALANCE WITH FOREST PRODUCTS, ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS, TRADITIONAL RECREATION, TOURISM, AND INCREASED DEVELOPMENTAL PRESSURE. The top four teams from each Regional Envirothon then compete at the State Finals. Teams can be formed from schools, home school organizations, and other civic organizations, ie. 4-H. Envirothon is an academic program that is aligned with the Maine Learning Results. Maine participants are eligible for scholarships from the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture at the University of Maine-Orono. Winners of the National Envirothon receive individual college scholarships valued at over $1000. Through this program, students have an opportunity to meet and learn from state soil scientists, biologists, foresters, and other natural resource professionals. Registration Packet: The official website address is

Horse Health Education Conference
Horse owners, care takers and pre-veterinary students will learn about the most serious infectious diseases that can affect their animals and what can be done to improve biosecurity and prevent disease outbreaks on the farm at the Horse Health Education Conference on Saturday, November 17th at the Pineland Equestrian Center in New Gloucester.  This program is for horse owners, prospective pre-veterinary students, 4-H & Pony Club leaders & older youth, boarding farm owners & operators, horse business owners, horse trainers, farriers, auction houses, fair superintendents and others from New England who are interested in learning more about infectious diseases of horses. The featured speaker is Dr. Mary Rose Paradis, Large Animal Medicine, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, New Grafton, MA. This conference is hosted by the University of Maine School of Food & Agriculture, Animal & Veterinary Sciences; University of Maine Cooperative Extension; Pineland Farms; Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University; and Laboratory for the Expansion of Animal Disease Surveillance (LEADS). The program includes a review of infectious diseases in Maine, vaccinations and diagnostic tests. Respiratory bacterial infections such as strangles, Rhodococcus equi and also respiratory viral infections such as equine herpes virus & influenza will be discussed.  An important emphasis will focus on preventing infectious disease by using biosecurity measures on the farm. Following the presentations a panel of local veterinarians will be available for an “Ask the Vet” panel discussion. An exciting addition will be a dressage demonstration, offered by Pineland Farms. Cost is $15 for adult & $10 for students for early registrations received by November 9th  (a limited number of scholarships are available, please contact us.) Late and walk-in registrations are $25 for adults and $20 for students. To register send check for registration (made out to UMaine Extension) and your name, address, phone, and email to Melissa Libby, 134 Hitchner Hall, UMaine Extension, Orono, ME  04469-5735, 207-581-2788 in Maine 1-800-287-7170 or  Or register online at Bring your own lunch or purchase lunch ticket at registration desk. Vendors from the horse industry are invited to apply for a vendor space ($100 for approximately a 10′ X 10′ space) at the Trade Show. Space is limited. Vendor applications to Melissa Libby, 134 Hitchner Hall, UMaine Extension, Orono, ME  04469-5735, 207-581-2788 in Maine 1-800-287-7170 or You can also visit the events calendar at UMaine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. To provide adequate time to respond to your request please provide as much notice as possible.

State 4-H News

Important News about 2013 Maine 4-H Days Dates
Please note: If you are planning to attend Maine 4-H Days in 2013, the date has changed.  Next year’s event will take place July 18 – 21 at the Windsor Fairgrounds, and the State Dairy Show will be on the 20th & 21st. If you are interested in helping to plan next year’s event, please contact Jessy Brainerd at or 581-3877.

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:

Market Steers for Windsor and Fryeburg
4-Hers raising a steer for the 2013 market steer shows at Windsor or Fryeburg Fairs need to send in an Intent to Participate Form by January 3, 2013. We appreciate you completing your paperwork early. Please enroll or re-enroll as a 4-H member early, and send your Intent to Participate form to your county office. The earlier we receive your paperwork, the earlier we can begin tagging animals and avoiding tagging during the winter months

4-H Club Happenings

4 Paws 4-H Dog Agility Club
Meeting number 1 14 Members present 12 visitors present Pownal Leader & Reporter: Sherry Dietrich Next Meeting: March 2013 4-Paws 4-H Dog Agility Club held its annual Sign Up and Awards Night October 8.  Members welcomed two new members:  Sophie and her mixed breed dog and Taylor and her Golden Retriever mix. Reed then called the meeting to order, Rylan and Parker led us all in the pledges.  Owen read the minutes of the May 26 Game Day and they were approved as read.  Shoshanna updated us on our treasury which she said was $61.39.  Mrs. Dietrich mentioned that Mrs. Rolfe had performed her annual duty as auditor and there may be $3 more dollars to add to our treasury. There was no Old business.  Under New Business: (1) Mrs. Dietrich notes we are celebrating our 20th anniversary as a club this year and she is working on some ideas for special events or commemorative items. (2) During our awards ceremony the following members received Certificates of Recognition:  Perfect Attendance: Shoshanna; Community Service: Nora, Eamon, Rylan, Ashley, Shoshanna, Kate, Parker, Lexi, Reed; Leadership: Lexi, Shoshanna, Kate, Owen, Reed; Achievement: Abby C., Theo, Ashley, Parker, Kristen, Abby W.; Citizenship: Hunter for CWF, other awards presented were- First Year 4-H Patches: Theo, Ashley, Parker, Anna, Kristen, Abby C. and Abby W.; Rally Work Shop: Abby C., Lexi, Reed, Shoshanna, Ashley, Ruth, Hunter, Kristen and Abby W. The most coveted of awards every year are the Cumberland County Fair checks for those first year members who submit posters in the 4-H Hall.  Blue Ribbons and ten dollars: Parker, Abby C., Abby W., Ashley; Red Ribbons and eight dollars: Theo, Kristen. Special Blue Rosettes from the Hall exhibits went to Parker, Abby W. and Abby C. Remarks from other leaders: (1) Mrs. Rolfe told members those wanting to be considered for County Awards need to get their records to her ASAP.  She then added that records were important and everyone should be keeping notes on all they do while in the Club and adding this information to their Portfolios (2) Sandra Schumann has made a poster to support her talk about the seriousness of dogs who may have a mutant gene that interferes with their being able to tolerate certain drugs or inoculations. The meeting ended and assistant leader, Kelly Welch and her Black Lab, Pruli, demonstrated how she has taught her dog many tricks, a couple quite amazing.  She challenged all members that over the winter she would like each one to concentrate on the Four H’s of 4-H when thinking and working with their dogs. That is, for Head teach the dog something where it must think: Heart which can go along with Health in keeping the dog in good shape by walking and exercise.  Of course, dogs don’t have Hands but they do have Paws and many tricks can be taught to have them use both front and/or back paws.  This is where Kelly showed that Pruli could do by having her place her back paws on the seat of a chair with front paws on the floor!  Other simple tricks: shaking hands 0r touching a target of some sort.  So kids, when March comes we expect all of you and your dogs to show us what they have been taught.

Science Maine-iacs
Meeting 1, Scarborough, Leader Lisa Card
The Science Maine-iacs went over the 4-H History, pledge, motto, slogan & mission, intorduced club set norms and asked members to start considering, Field trip ideas both educational and recreational, a club name, officerships, service project ideas, presentation ideas and subsequent science project ideas.  Also went over e-mail procedures and schedules and 4-H events for the year.

Merry Makers
10-14-2012 14
Members present 1 visitor, Gorham, Reporter: Noah Leaders: Sarah Sparks Submitted: Noah We started off the meeting talking about the Cumberland Fair and our favorite parts about the fair. Then the group did elections and we picked out our new officers. Afterwards, we carved pumpkins, baked pumpkin seeds, ate pumpkin bread and drank apple cider.

Robotics Newsletter Submission for November 2012
Reported by Isaac We started our year off with our first meeting on October 11th in our new space at the Gray Congregational Church.  In order to learn more about each other and our new member, Thomas, we played a game called, 2 truths and a tale.  We showed each other the projects we planned to bring to the Robotics Expo and discussed the Expo. At our second meeting on Oct. 24th we opened our First Lego League kit and started building some of the obstacles for the mat.  Some of the kids inventoried the VEX kit that we have borrowed to see what was included.  Finally we discussed the Expo and any last minute questions.  We have all been working at home to complete our Expo projects.


4-H 2012-2013 Calendar

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