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March 2013 4-H News

2013 Farm Tractor Safety Course
Tuesdays, beginning April 30, 2013, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Maine Forest Service, Gray, ME Cost/student: $20.00

Tractor farm work can be dangerous, but a University of Maine Cooperative Extension Tractor Safety course will help reduce risks to Maine farmers and farm workers. The Farm Tractor Safety course will be held on 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings starting April 30, 2013 at the Maine Forest Service Building on Route 26 (356 Shaker Road) in Gray.

“Many of the accidents on farms involve tractors and farm machinery,” says Richard Brzozowski of the UMaine Extension Cumberland County office.”If you are going to operate a tractor, this course is a must,” says Extension Educator Richard Brzozowski, who serves as the lead instructor for the Farm Tractor Safety Course. “Over the last 20 years, 100 percent of the course participants have improved their attitude toward safety as a result of their participation in this course.”

Individuals will receive practical training in the classroom, in the shop, and on tractors. Participants should be at least 13 years of age to participate in this certified course. Adults are welcome to participate in the practical course.

The course is co-sponsored by Cooperative Extension, Hall Implement Co., Wescott & Sons, Hammond Tractor Co., Chad Little Outdoor Power Equipment, Anderson Equipment Co., Beauregard Equipment Inc., Tractor Supply Co., and Maine Farm Bureau — Cumberland County Chapter.

For more information go to Farm Tractor Safety Course.

 4-H Leaders’ Association Meeting
Join us for an educational program at the March 4-H Leaders’ Association meeting, for a 30 minute update on Maine 4-H Science. Teen Leaders and volunteers will get to engage in a hands on 4-H science activity and are provided with a take-home activity about Static Electricity. We will actually do a science experiment that you can take back to your club or use in county events.

March 21st, 7:00 pm at Gorham Public Works, 80 Huston Rd.

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 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.

At the first few meetings participants will select a name for the new club, get to know one another and determine the goals for the year e.g. what they specifically want to learn about, and the roles they 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 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. It is responsible for planning major 4-H events such as Winterfest and Mini-Forum. The teens in Interclub focus on developing  leadership skills, social networking and making a difference in younger members lives. For more information, contact Heidi Thuotte at or 892-7904.

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 for our to Chincoteague and hopefully this is the year our group will go!!!

Please contact or visit us online at for more information.

2013 4-H Mini-Forum
Registration information for the 2013 4-H Mini Forum has gone out. If you have already registered online  and you did not receive a confirmation to print please call Lisa Waters at 781-6099 or to verify that you are registered for workshops and lunch.

6th Annual Climate Change Science Day
Announcing the 6th Annual Climate Change Science Day at the University of Maine on May 2, 2013. This open house will include tours and demonstrations aimed at high school students and will feature visits to the following laboratories:

*** NEW *** Why I Became a Climate Scientist? — Learn why Climate Change Institute graduate students are pursing careers in the sciences.

Space is limited. Book your participation early!

Registration and logistical information contact: Rebecca Addessi at 581-2190

Let me know if you have a group that is interested in attending!


2013 Science Day poster (PDF)

Raffle at Mini Forum to support CWF trip
There will be a raffle to support the Citizenship Washington D.C. 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.

March Activity Corner
Want to learn more about electricity? Build a flashlight with materials you already have around the house. All you need is this simple guide, tinfoil, a battery and a light bulb! See Electricity: Bright Lights.

Robotics Expo 2013
Who: Any youth participating in or interested in 4-H robotics program.
What: Robotics Expo
When: Saturday, October 19, 2013
Where: TBD
Workshops: TBD

More information coming soon!

100 Years of 4-H Celebration Centerpieces
The Extension Homemakers are looking for 4-H Clubs to make two centerpieces for their State Spring meeting to be held in April. The Centerpieces must have the theme 100 years of 4-H and be 24″ wide (or less) in honor of this years 100 Years of 4-H celebration. There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place cash prices for the centerpieces. Each centerpiece will need to fit a round table and have the name of the maker on the bottom. The centerpieces must be submitted by April 21 to the UMaine Extension office in Falmouth. Please call or e-mail Lisa (780.6099 or to let us know if you would like to submit a centerpiece.

Free Bunnies to Love!!
Our adorable male, mixed-breed bunnies, Moonlight and Shadow need loving homes.
Born October 10, 2012 and Neutered 2/26/13. Their parents came from Farm Camp at Turkey Hill Farm in Cape Elizabeth.
Very well socialized by lots of kids and a yellow lab.
Mostly litter box trained and very snuggly!
Please call Sara Page for more information 207-415-5298

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 in our Maine 4-H program! Since the beginning, the youth development program of University of Maine Cooperative Extension has emphasized the importance of building the life skills youth need to become successful adults.

We could not have had the strong program we have had for the past 100 years if it were not for all of the extremely dedicated 4-H 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!

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

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

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

Eastern States Exposition, New England Center Program
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 will participate 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 will 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 on a science theme. Please call the UMaine Cooperative Extension Office in Oxford County 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. 4-Hers participating in the New England Center Program are eligible to apply for the Morris Scholarship.

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. Find out if you qualify and get information on how to apply for this scholarship.

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 about 4-H @ UMaine.

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. Learn more about 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

Beef Heifer Project
The New England Galloway Group is announcing their annual Heifer Project, which places a Belted Galloway heifer calf with a deserving youth recipient to allow for a hands-on education in cattle rearing and showmanship and to develop a love of the breed. The youth selected to receive a heifer is expected to return the first heifer calf back to the program so it will continue each year. If you are interested in applying for this program, download the application; the application deadline is December 31, 2013.

So You Want to Farm in Maine?
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Piscataquis County is putting on a free, internet-based course for farmers thinking about starting a new farm enterprise.

The purpose of this course is to equip participants with the business knowledge and skills to start, adapt, and maintain a profitable land-based business. It is designed for people who want to start a profitable farm or expand their farm hobby to a profitable business.

This multi-session course will be offered on Thursday evenings in March and April in webinar format. The webinars are free to those who register. If you are unable to attend the live session of the webinar, an archived session will be available shortly after the live session. It is recommended that you have a high-speed, reliable Internet connection. For more information or to register, go to So You Want to Farm in Maine or call 207-564-3301.

ESE Dairy Goat Intent to Participate – Maine Eastern States Dairy Goat Team
The Dairy Goat Animal Science Committee wants to invite youth who were at least 12 years old but not 19 years old as of December 31, 2012 and in at least their second year of the Dairy Goat 4-H project to tryout to be a part of the Maine ESE Dairy Goat team. Youth who are interested in this opportunity must submit an Intent to Participate by April 15, 2013. Get the form.

Submitting an intent form does not guarantee a position on the team and does not commit a youth to participating. Those who are unsure are encouraged to submit the form as it is required as part of the tryout criteria. No late forms will be accepted. If you have questions about the process please contact Tami Hussey at 207-282-3201 or

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.

Volunteers are needed to help with all aspects of the event – from planning to presenting workshops. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jessy Brainerd at or 581-3877.

2013 4-H Calendar

4-H Club Happenings

Reporter: Caleb
We’ve been getting ready for Engineering Day, which is on March 2nd at USM in Gorham. Our club will have a display there. Some club members have been bringing in the robots they made for the display. We think it will be fun.

We have been working on the robot for the Body Forward Challenge. This is an old FLL Challenge that we are doing just for fun. Some of us are still working with the VEX robot kit.

Merry Makers
Reporter: Noah
The Merry Makers club went to the Windham Middle School to go sledding. The hill we sled on was steep, but short. We made jumps and a lot of people got whitewashed. We had races, hot chocolate, cinnamon buns and cookies. It was awesome. There were 13 club members present.

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Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County
75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104
Falmouth, Maine 04105
Phone: 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine)E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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