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February 2013 4-H News

New 4-H Club with a focus on raising and showing Dairy Goats is starting in North Yarmouth
If you are interested in all things and everything related to goats, as well as participating in fun, hands-on life skills and leadership training, then join youth and adult volunteers as they start a 4-H Goat Club for Cumberland County.

Meetings will be the second Monday of each month beginning on January 14, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Skyline Farm Visitor’s Center, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth, Maine. (For directions, see In June, meetings may be weekly as 4-Hers prepare their projects for demonstration and/or the Cumberland County Fair.

Youth ages 9 to 18 are welcome. (This club also will have goat-related programming for children younger than 9, who are called 4-H Cloverbuds.) Size is limited only by the number of Extension-trained adult volunteers. At this time, the club has 10 openings. (With potential for more as more adults become trained volunteers.) For more information please contact Kristi Wright, 207-522-2607 or

Participants will learn about the care, raising and showing of dairy goats, in addition to exploring the role of goats and their agricultural products in society. Those who own goats ultimately hope to show them at the Cumberland County Fair. Those who do not own goats also are invited to participate, with the goal of demonstrating what they have learned at the Fair. The club is an excellent way to have fun, serve the community and make new friends while learning valuable life and leadership skills.

The first few meetings participants will select a name for the new club, get to know one another, determine the goals for the year e.g. what we specifically want to learn about, and roles we can play within the 4-H system.

The 4-H program, whose motto is “To Make the Best Better” emphasizes a learning by doing educational model and adult volunteer leaders act as facilitators and partners in working with youth. Learn more about the 4-H program in Cumberland County.

4-H Public Presentation Day

Saturday, February 2, 2013, 1:30pm
Inn at Village Square, Route 114, Gorham

Presentation Day registration (PDF)


4-H Teens – Be part of the action: Interclub Teen Leadership Group
Now is the time to join Interclub – a special 4-H group just for older youth. You can help plan the fantastic Mini-Forum event in March. The 4-H Interclub includes 4-H’ers ages 13 and older. They are responsible for planning major 4-H events such as Winterfest and Mini-Forum. The teens in Interclub focus on developing important leadership skills, social networking and making a difference in younger members. For more information, contact Heidi Thuotte at or 892-7904.

Student Essay Contest for Portland Flower Show
University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the organizers of the Portland Flower Show are asking kids to describe ways to make a garden “time-less”, by this we mean ways to keep a garden productive and yet save time, for the Portland Flower Show’s seventh annual student essay contest. For a contest application and rules, contact the UMaine Extension office in Cumberland County by phone at 800-287-1471 or by e-mail at Applications can also be downloaded from the Portland Flower Show website or the UMaine Extension Cumberland County website. The deadline for submitting entries is Friday, February 8.

Entry form (Word)

Maine residents aged 6–18 are invited to participate in this contest. Three prizes ($50, $30 and $20) will be awarded in each of the three age categories (6–9, 10–13 and 14–18). Essays will be judged on criteria such as creativity, focus, and passion for the topic. The winning essays will be announced at the show’s opening night preview on Wednesday, March 6, and selected essays will be posted for public viewing for the duration of the show. The Portland Flower Show runs from March 7 to 10, 2013 at the Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore Street, Portland.

OPEN pleasure Horse show to benefit the Happy Hoofbeats 4-H Club
Join us May 5, 2012 for an OPEN pleasure show to benefit the Happy Hoofbeats 4-H Club at the Cumberland Fair grounds. We have been busy fundraising for 3 years to go to Chincoteague and hopefully this is the year our group will go!!!

Please contact or visit us online at for more information.

February Activity Corner
Visit the online 4-H Filmmaking studio! Here you can learn the basics of creating your own film, telling your story, using your camera, as well as other tips and tricks for filmmaking.

Mini Forum: Save the Date
Don’t forget that March 9 is the big date for Mini-Forum 2013! There will be dozens of great workshops for all ages of 4-H’ers. Registrations will be sent out in a few weeks and your family will be able to register either via the internet or on paper.

Raffle at Mini Forum to support CWF trip
There will be a raffle to support the Citizenship Washington. DC Focus (CWF) trip, so please bring money to Mini Forum to support the cause.

We are also looking for about 10 items to put in the raffle at Mini-forum that raises money for CWF. Items ought to have a value of at least $10.00 and can be anything from gift certificates, to homemade items or any new item you think someone else would want. Variety is great, if you are willing to donate something, please call Connie at 625-4644 and then just bring the item to Mini-forum for the raffle. Thanks for your support.

State 4-H News

Celebrating 100 Years of 4-H in Maine
A Message from Lisa Phelps, 4-H Program Administrator

Did you know the first 4-H club in Maine was started in 1913, and it was a Potato Club in Scarborough Maine? Yes, indeed, it’s true! In 2013, 4-H is celebrating 100 years in Maine. I hope you will join me in celebrating the 100th birthday of 4-H in Maine and look for ways you can celebrate locally and statewide. We have a lot to be proud of our 4-H program in Maine! Since the beginning, the youth development program of University of Maine Cooperative Extension has emphasized the importance of building the life skills needed to be successful adults.

We would not have had the strong program we have had for the past 100 years if it were not for the extremely dedicated volunteers and staff. On behalf of the thousands of youth all of you have impacted over the years, thank you for all you have done.

Please check out our special Celebrating 100 Years website. I would also encourage all of you to consider giving financially to the 4-H Foundation as we work to raise $100,000 in 2013 to support the 4-H program.

Happy 100 years Maine 4-H, and here’s to many more!

Maine 4-H Foundation Post-Secondary Education Scholarships
Information and applications for Maine 4-H Foundation’s post-secondary education scholarships are now available at the Maine 4-H Foundation website. These scholarships are available to all current 4-H youth in Maine, high school seniors or recent graduates, who are pursuing higher education. The deadline for applications to be received at the local county Extension office is March 4, 2013. The Maine 4-H Foundation must receive completed applications from County offices by March 11, 2013. If you have any questions, please email Dana Rickman at or call 207-353-5550.

State 4-H Dairy Program Dates
Please hold the following dates for your participation in the State 4-H Dairy Programs:

  • Quiz Bowl Tryout– Tryouts for the Dairy Quiz Bowl Team is Sunday, February 17, at the Farm Bureau office in Augusta. Quiz Bowl will start at 1:00 pm and finish up before 4:00 pm. Open to all 4-H Dairy project members. Snow date is the following day, Monday, February 18. Snow cancellation will be determined the evening before. Call 581-3872 for a message announcing the cancellation of Quiz Bowl if there is a storm.
  • Dairy judging – April 13, Saturday, time and location to be announced. Open to all 4-H Dairy project members.
  • Intent to Participate Form due May 1, 2013 for 4-H Dairy Team to Eastern States.
  • Fitting Competition – July 20, 5:00 pm at the Windsor Fairgrounds.
  • Maine State 4-H Dairy Show – July 21, 9:00 am at the Windsor Fairgrounds. The new dairy packet will be posted in March.

Forms are/will be posted on the 4-H Dairy web page.

UMaine Day at the Legislature – 4-H Honorary Page Program
UMaine Day at the Legislature, Tuesday, February 26th, is quickly approaching. Since legislators like to see 4-H members from their districts, 4-Hers (age 13 or older) are encouraged to serve as Honorary Pages. The Maine 4-H program has up to 30 slots for Honorary Pages.

What does a page do? Pages hand out information to Representatives or Senators, or place the paper information on their desks. They also hand phone and other messages to Representatives and Senators on the floor.

If you are interested in serving as a page, please contact Debra Kantor in Somerset County at 1-800-287-8957 or We will attempt to have pages from different parts of the state. Slots, representing different state senators and representatives, will be filled in the order they are received, but the final deadline is February 8th. If the slot for your legislative district has been filled, your name will be added to a wait list in the order it is received. If you are leaving a message, please be sure to say “I am interested in serving as a 4-H Page at the Legislature on February 26”. Your slot will be reserved if you leave this complete information:

- full name
- age
- mailing address
- county
- phone number
- email address
- name of your school
- name of your 4-H Club
- name of your Maine State Representative
- name of your Maine State Senator

4-H Honorary Pages will be in the Capitol from 8:30am– 3:00pm. A parent or 4-H volunteer provides transportation and chaperoning.

Maine ESE Horse Tryouts
This year ESE Horse tryouts will take place on July 12, 13, and 14 at Skowhegan Fairgrounds. Reminder that riders/drivers must be 14 years old as of December 31, 2012. Information and tryout forms will be posted to the 4-H website the first week of February. If you have questions about ESE tryouts, please connect with Tina Hogan, ESE Horse Committee Coordinator, or Kristy Ouellette, Extension Educator,

Save the Date for 2013 Maine 4-H Days
Maine 4-H Days 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.

February Vacation Day Camp at Tanglewood 4-H Camp
This outdoor day camp will be held at Tanglewood 4H Camp in Lincolnville, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day with aftercare available until 4 p.m. Feb. 19th- 20th is for 6-8 year olds, while children ages 9-13 come on Feb. 21st-22nd. It’s a fun-filled adventure packed with outdoor exploration, wildlife tracking and sledding, which encourages personal growth and harmony with nature. The cost is $65.00/child for the two-day program. For more information or to register visit or contact Patti at (207) 789- 5868 or

2013 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl and Hippology Meetings
Horse quiz bowl and hippology meetings will begin January 26th and be held once a month on Saturday or Sunday. 4-Hers interested in trying-out for the Maine teams which compete nationally in Kentucky at the Eastern 4-H Horse Round-Up exposition are required to attend these meetings. Although material is designed for 4-Hers ages 14-18, all ages are welcome to attend and material will be revised for younger 4-Hers.

Meetings will consist of working with quiz bowl buzzers, labeling horse diagrams, hands-on activities, review of workbook assignments, field trips to equine facilities, lectures/demonstrations by equine professionals, and educational games. Home assignments will consist of assigned readings, short research essays, and review quizzes. All materials will be provided free of charge.

Topics to be covered each month are as follows:

- January – History of the horse, breeds and breed associations, coat colors and markings.
- February – Physiological systems and anatomy; will include skeletal, muscular, respiratory, cardiovascular, nervous, and digestive systems.
- March – Foaling, yearling care, and dental aging and care
- April – Infectious diseases of the horse, common health conditions and problems, first aid, and vices
- May – Nutrition, feeds, the healthy horse, poisonous plants, and common parasites and flies
- June – Conformation, unsoundness’s, horse judging principles, shoeing, and farrier equipment
- July – Tack, riding disciplines and events, farm management, and pasture care
- August – Equine genetics, breeding and reproduction
- September – Review
- October – Regional Competition
- November – National Competition

For more information about time and place of meetings, call Edie Kershner (207) 322-4601 or email at

Celebrate Awesome! 2013 Engineering Expo
Saturday, March 2, 2013 – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at the University of Southern Maine, Gorham Campus, suggested $2 per person donation at the door. Over 1,500 children and adults are expected to experience first hand the many contributions that Maine Engineers make to our communities and way of life. Maine’s top engineering firms, engineering schools, educators, government agencies, industry, and engineering societies will provide hand on activities and exhibits throughout the field house. The fun, dynamic, and positive environment will help encourage our youth to pursue careers in engineering and provide a diverse and vigorous workforce for the future.

For more details visit — the Maine Engineering Promotional Council.

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)
Start making plans now to visit our Nation’s Capitol during the week of June 29 to July 6, 2013. CWF is a leadership program conducted by the National 4-H Council for high school youth ages 15 to 18. Delegations of 4-Hers from across the country spend six days touring the city and attending leadership skill-building workshops. This summer, the Maine delegation will travel on June 29 to July 6, 2013. You will stay at the National 4-H Conference Center just outside Washington, DC. Visiting the most popular sites in Washington will be a part of the trip, including spending the 4th of July in our nation’s capitol. There is a mandatory orientation for Maine delegates on April 27th. For more information visit Citizen Washington Focus. Contact your county 4-H office for details about how to be a part of this experience.

4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament – for Hancock, Knox, Lincoln, Somerset, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo and Washington Counties
The 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament will be held Saturday, March 23rd at the University of Maine at Orono in the Bangor Room. 4-H Youth ages 9 to 18 who have participated in their county 4-H public speaking tournament are invited to participate. For youth in counties which do not hold public speaking tournaments, arrangements may be made through their county’s Extension office to either participate in a neighboring county’s tournament or present in another format to be eligible. Registration for the regional tournament must be handled through the youth’s county Extension office. To register youth, county offices should contact Joyce Fortier in the Hancock County Extension Office no later than March 13th at 207-667-8212 or at For more information on 4-H public speaking, including guidelines and judging sheets, please visit Hancock County 4-H or contact Lisa Reilich at 207-598-6621 or

Invention Convention
The Invention Convention is a statewide competition that promotes important life and work skills for Maine middle school students. Throughout the school year, students work to identify and solve problems by using a systematic approach to innovation. After competing against their peers at a local level, top students will be invited to attend the state conference where they compete for the top invention awards. The competition is open to any school offering grades 6, 7, and/or 8, as well as children who are homeschooled. For more information, visit Maine Invention Convention or call Angela Marcolini at the UMaine Foster Center for Student Innovation at 207-581-1454 or email

Eastern States Exposition
Calling all 4-H youth, ages 11 and up, along with volunteers who have an interest in showcasing the many interests and talents of Maine 4-H… we want you! Join the group of dedicated performers and demonstrators as we share our love for 4-H with the fairgoers at The Big E in West Springfield, Mass, the 3rd weekend in September. It’s an experience you will not soon forget.

Maine 4-H participates with displays and demonstrations in the New England Center, which also houses creative arts competitions, and daily stage performances. Working in teams of two at stations called “pods”, youth demonstrate 4-H projects this year will be focused on Robotics and Engineering. Youth also have the opportunity to participate in stage performances, which consist of planned presentations using costumes and other props, as needed. All projects and demonstrations will be centered around a science theme. Please call the UMaine Cooperative Extension Office in Oxford at 743-6329 or 800-287-1482 (in Maine) for specific details and for the team application. Space is limited, and will be filled on a first-come, first served basis. Sign up now as a small group with other teens. Students stay in the dorm, meals and transportation are provided.

New Hampshire Dairy Goat Seminar
New Hampshire Dairy Goat Seminar – Transitioning from a hobby to a Commercial Goat Dairy. This seminar is being held during the Farm and Forest Exposition on Saturday, February 9th, 2013 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. The schedule for the Dairy Goat Seminar starts with the ADGA District meeting at 10:00 followed by “Transitioning to a Commercial Goat Dairy” at 10:30. At 12:00 noon the topic will be “Safe Handling of Milk”, adjourning at 12:30.

This event will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester NH. Free for 4-H youth and $5.00 per Family. For a complete brochure, go to New Hampshire Farm and Forest Exposition.

4-H Farm-to-Fair Key Volunteers Needed
Did you get to visit the 4-H Farm-to-Fair interactive exhibit at the 2012 Union Fair? The Knox-Lincoln 4-H Leaders’ Association reports that the response from the public was resoundingly positive! Local families and folks visiting the area from other states (and countries) praised the exhibit for being fun and informative, a great way to teach kids about how the food they eat and products they use are produced.

In order to continue the success of this exhibit at Union Fair, two key volunteer roles will need to be filled as soon as possible. A Volunteer Coordinator is needed to seek out and organize the schedule of volunteers operating the exhibit for the 8 days that the fair is open (August 17-24, 2013). The person, or team of two, needs to commit to being available for all of these days. If there is a team of two, the times can be shared.

We also seek a Farm Store Coordinator, who will coordinate the products that kids will choose from to take home after they have been through the exhibit. This person will be responsible for procuring enough donations of locally-produced items to fill the store shelves every day the exhibit is open. This will be done prior to fair week, so your presence will not be needed during the fair.

If you can help or want to learn more, contact Cindy Rogers, 4-H Program Aide, Knox and Lincoln Counties, 832-0343,

4-H @ UMaine: Connecting Kids to Campus
If you know of a youth between the ages of 12 – 18, make sure they save the date! 4-H @ UMaine will take place May 17 & 18, 2013 at the University of Maine in Orono. Details will be available online in February on the UMaine Extension 4-H website.

Apply Now for National Trips
National 4-H Trips are excellent opportunities to meet 4-H members from across the nation. Participants learn about many career options, and learn through educational workshops at Congress or become a part of a team making recommendations to National 4-H Council at Conference. To learn more about the National 4-H Trips.

Any Maine 4-H Youth, ages 14 to 18, is eligible to apply. Applicants must be current Maine 4-H members both at the time of application and the time of the actual trip. Application packets must be sent to your county office and postmarked by March 15, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Thuotte at 1-800-287-1535 or

2013 Morris Scholarship for Eastern States Participants
This is the year that Maine has the opportunity to select an Eastern States Exposition participant to receive a $500 scholarship towards continuing his or her education beyond high school. Information on how to apply for this scholarship.

2013 4-H Calendar

Club Happenings

Robotica event


Reporter: Anna and Ezra
This month for Robotica we almost finished building all of the Mission Challenges from the Body Forward kit! Others worked on taking apart the robot that had been built with the VEX kit we’ve borrowed from Cape Elizabeth so another one can be built. We talked about the upcoming Maine Engineering Week Expo and what we’d like to bring this year for our display. Our club is excited to have a table again this year and is looking forward to one of our favorite events to be held on March 2nd at USM in Gorham. The group agreed to change our meeting time from 2pm to 2:30pm to make it easier for some members to make it to meetings on time. During snack at one meeting we watched a video that was played during Craft Day “Interview With My Twelve Year Old Self” and some of the kids played a little bit of LEGO Creationary during the end of the meeting.



Merry Makers

Cryptozoology Museum 2013

Cryptozoology Museum 2013

Reporter: Noah
This month the Merry Makers club went to the Cryptozoology Museum in Portland. We saw displays about mysterious animals like Bigfoot. We also saw hoaxes and how to tell the difference between a hoax and a real thing. They showed us things like a sea serpent, a monkey/fish, some kind of alien devil and much more. There were 11 club members present.

Warm Up Maine Club
Reporter: Lucia
The Warm Up Maine 4H club has been meeting every week to make afghans and make other community service projects to donate. The ARL had a fire at the shelter so we decided at the last minute to make some dog toys (24 of them!) and cat mats at our meeting. We have also been working on making knit hats, fleece blankets and knitting and crocheting squares for afghans.

We have donated 3 afghans and 3 knit hats made by our members to the Preble Street Resource Center in Portland in January. We also received more square donations from the Cumberland County Jail so we should be able to make 3 or 4 more afghans this year for the shelter.

Warm Up Maine Afghan Club

Warm Up Maine Afghan Club

Making Toys for the Animal Refuge League

Making Toys for the Animal Refuge League

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