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4-H Newsletters - June 4-H News 2013

Register Now for Maine 4-H Days!
Maine 4-H Days will take place July 18 – 21, 2013 at the Windsor Fairgrounds, and the registration materials are available online. As always, workshops are assigned on a first come, first serve basis, so be sure to register early. If you do not have online access, please contact your local county office for paper copies of the forms.

We are in need of volunteers willing to help with all aspects of the event. Last year, Maine 4-H Days brought almost 500 individuals to the Windsor Fairgrounds, and we are preparing for even greater numbers for 2013. Volunteers are needed for: presenter assistance, office/registration help, being crafty in the Creativity Area, set-up, cleanup, and more. We request that one member of each group sign up for a minimum of one volunteer shift.

Along with many of your favorite returning workshops (Archery, ATV Certification, Modular Origami, Shades of Creativity, Blacksmithing, etc.), there are a ton of awesome new workshops this year: Decorating a 4-H Birthday Cake, Milk Science, Duct Tape Projects, Exploration of an Owl’s Diet, and so much more! The State 4-H Dairy Show will also be held during 4-H Days. All of the workshops, and their descriptions, are posted on the Maine 4-H Days web page at:

If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact Jessy Brainerd at or 207.581.3877.

4-H Clubs are invited to Pet Adoption Day at Tractor Supply on June 8th !
We would like to have 4-H clubs participate. They could do a bake sale, craft sale, dog treats sale, demonstrations and displays. The time is 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., but we are flexible.

Please keep in mind that any time a club wants to do something, Tractor Supply Company would like to have them.

Please contact the Windham store manager, Dave Smith at 892-8379 for June 8 or to schedule something on another date. Email

Pet Adoption Day will be taking place at other Tractor Supply Company store locations on June 8. Please plan to participate at the location that is more convenient for you .

4-H Robotics Expo 2013- Hold the Date

Who: Any youth participating in or interested in 4-H robotics program.
What: Robotics Expo
When: Saturday, October 19, 2013
More information coming soon!

 Volunteer Orientation and Leadership Training (VOLT)
If you know anyone in your club or community who would like to become a 4-H Volunteer, there will be a 4-H VOLT training on June 25 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth, Maine.

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

Please call Lisa Waters at 781.6099 or e-mail by June 21 to register if you are interested in signing up for the training. We will send you pre-training paperwork to complete.

For more information or to print the pre-training paperwork go to:

Ossipee Valley Fair
JULY 11 – 14

Since 1980, Ossipee Valley Fair has been “THE place to be” for summer family fun in southern Maine!  We’re a true country fair with oodles of livestock events, competitions, demonstrations and exhibits.

Ossipee Valley Fair also offers:

Put “The Friendliest of Fairs” on your “must see” list this summer! Visit their website for more details on 4-H events

June Activity Corner

Are you interested in learning more about showing your 4-H rabbit this year? Check out some great resources, learn more about the 4-H rabbit project and prepare for this year’s show season.

4-H Adventures in Health Science
An exciting new program, 4-H Adventures in Health Science, will provide students ages 12 to 18 the opportunity to learn about careers in the field of health care through direct interaction with medical professionals in two area hospitals this summer.

Each program begins with a three-day summer immersion experience. The first will be at Mayo Regional Hospital’s Resource Center, Dover Foxcroft, on June 25, 26, and 27. The second group will meet at C.A. Dean Memorial Hospital in Greenville, on July 16, 17, and 18. Both groups will meet from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each day.

This summer’s area of exploration will be the cardiovascular system. Students will meet the experts in the areas of heart-healthy nutrition, what to do in a cardiac emergency and cardiovascular anatomy. The hands-on activities will be fun as well as educational.

Following the initial event, the groups will meet monthly to continue learning about other health career topics that they choose, do service-learning projects, and participate in field trips. They will be eligible to participate in all 4-H activities at the local, state, and national levels.

Space is limited. Applications will be accepted on a first come-first served basis.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call Sheila Norman at 564.3301 or

State 4-H News

Celebrating 100 Years of 4-H in Maine
2013 marks the 100th birthday of 4-H in Maine, and we want YOU to celebrate with us!

Check with your local county office to find activities in your neck of the wood, and plan on coming to the party at Maine 4-H Days this year; there will be cake, ice cream, a chance to look back on all that we’ve accomplished, as well as a chance to look forward and see what’s in the works!

Please check out our special Celebrating 100 Years website at - we are also encouraging 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:

- Fitting Competition – July 20, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. at the Windsor Fairgrounds.

- Maine State 4-H Dairy Show – July 21, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at the Windsor Fairgrounds. The Dairy Packet is available on the 4-H Dairy web page.

Forms are on the 4-H Dairy web page at:

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, Massachusetts, 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 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 will stay in the dorm; meals and transportation will be provided. 4-H’ers 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. Application deadline is August 5, 2013. To find if you qualify and for information on how to apply for this scholarship, look online at: or inquire at your local County Extension Office.

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 beef 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, you can download the application at; the application deadline is December 31, 2013.

UMaine 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training Weekend
The annual 4-H Shooting Sports Workshop will be held June 14-16, 2013 at the Bryant Pond 4-H Camp in Oxford County. This weekend training will certify you as a State of Maine 4H Shooting Sports Instructor in the Rifle, Shotgun, Archery or the Hunting/Wildlife discipline. (One discipline of your choice) Weekend includes meals and lodging at Bryant Pond’s beautiful Lakeside Lodge. For more information please go to the website: or contact Scott Olsen at or 665.2068.

4-H Market Lamb Tagging for Windsor & Fryeburg Fairs
Intent to Participate Forms for the 4-H Market Lamb classes at Windsor and Fryeburg Fairs must have been submitted by May 1, 2013. June tagging sites will be posted on the 4-H Sheep Project web page:

Donna Flint will be doing the tagging, and will provide the approval forms. If you have any questions, you can call her at 324.2814 or 800.287.1535 or contact her via email at:

Congratulations to National 4-H Trip Delegates!
4-H members from around the state have been selected to represent Maine at upcoming national 4-H trips. Maine 4-H is proud to be represented at National 4-H Congress, held in Atlanta, Georgia in November, by Grace B., Ellie P., Charlene L., and Samantha S. We are also excited to have Maine delegates Kristin B., Cassidy L., Nicole S., and Natalie H. at National 4-H Conference, held in Washington, DC in April of 2014. Congratulations delegates for a job well done!

Poultry Seminar in Buxton
Aubuchon Hardware, 400 Narragansett Trail, Buxton, ME in conjunction with Purina Animal Nutrition is holding a Poultry seminar at their store on June 8, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. This will be an educational seminar for 4-Hers and adults. Learn more about nutrition and care of poultry with Diane Salge from Purina Animal Nutrition.

Maine Fair Season Insurance
Maine fair season will soon be upon us! Most Maine fairs now require proof of insurance in order to exhibit livestock at their fairs. Proof of insurance usually is 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).

Some fairs no longer allow homeowner insurance policies. Please check your specific fair to see what they accept. Most fairs do accept the Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors (MALE) insurance. Below is the information for the MALE insurance.

The MALE annual membership renewal is in June. The year’s membership ends on June 30. A benefit of being a member of this association includes liability insurance at specific events, including Maine fairs. Please refer to the events that it does cover for the state. Also, as a clarification, as of July 1,2011, this insurance is a display and exhibitors policy; therefore the following activities are not covered: equine racing, trotting, barrel racing, steeple chase, rodeos, and team penning; and any and all ox, steer, pony and horse rides, wagon, sleigh, and hay rides and dog and sheep dog activities. More information is available at:

Spaghetti Dinner & Fundraiser Celebrates 100 Years of 4-H in Maine
The Knox-Lincoln 4-H Leaders’ Association is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner & Fundraiser at Union Fairgrounds in Union, Maine on Saturday, June 15, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 pm. This dinner will celebrate 100 Years of 4-H in Maine, as well as raise funds for 4-H in Knox and Lincoln Counties. 4-H alumni members and leaders are encouraged to attend and possibly share memories of their time with 4-H. Cost is donation of your choice. For more information contact Cindy Rogers at 207.832.0343,

4-H 2013 Calendar


4-H Club News

Happy Hoofbeats
Gorham Memorial Day Parade
The Happy Hoofbeats 4-H Club participated in the Gorham Memorial Day parade with five horses, two miniature horses and two dogs. Club members carried a banner, created by its members from horse show ribbons they earned by participating in local shows. Chili, a Dachshund and team mascot, sported a custom 4-H shirt to represent the club. A great time was had by all!

About Happy Hoofbeats:
Happy Hoofbeats 4-H Club is an active 4-H horse program based in Cumberland County. The club was established in 1985. Organization activities include volunteerism, fundraising, making crafts, experiential learning, and showing and pleasure riding. For more information about Happy Hoofbeats, contact us as or visit us on Facebook.
























Merry Makers
Reporter: Noah Anderson
This month the Merry Makers had a car wash to raise money for our club. We washed trucks, cars and a school bus and raised $153.00 in 2 hours! We had a lot of fun!










Helpful Huskies
Report by: Ashley and Grady
The Helpful Huskies is a new 4-H Club in Denmark that started last fall. The members are Grady, Ashley, Timmy, Billy, Carter and Sydney. Our club’s project is gardening. We are starting to grow pumpkins at the local elementary school. Some children are planting vegetables at their homes. Master gardener, Lanie Buskin, is helping us plan the gardens and teaching us how to grow vegetables.  We have all done a demonstration at our monthly meetings. Sydney showed how to use a garlic press, Grady showed how to drive a nail, Ashley showed how to peel an orange with an orange peeler. Carter showed how to draw an Easter egg, Billy showed how to peel a banana and Timmy showed how to clean and polish rocks. We took a field trip to Connie Wood’s farm to learn about lambs that were just born. We are going to visit a greenhouse in May.

4 Paws 4-H Dog Agility Club
Leader & Reporter: Sherry Dietrich

Meeting April 27, 2013
Due to a number of conflicts, weather being number one, 4 Paws 4-H cancelled its April 20 meeting. However, April 27 we were back on schedule. Kate called the meeting to order. Taylor and Parker led us all with the pledges. Lexi read the minutes of the April 13 meeting and they were accepted as corrected. Mrs. Dietrich read the treasurer’s report for Reed.

Old Business: A.) Lexi showed her canine cancer research poster. It was very well done. B.) Mrs. D. reminded the Game Day committee to keep working on their assignments. C.) This week’s trick Demo was by Kate who had her Jack Russell, Lucy, push a tiny toy car and also hit an easy button with her paws.

New Business: A.) Lexi and Shoshanna agreed to be tunnel washers. B.) Kelly asked everyone to help with donations for the silent auction. C.) Mrs. Rolfe briefed members about the May 4 records workshop. Also Nick, Taylor and Sophie will have their posters ready. Committee meetings will also be held briefly that day. D.) Kelly agreed to run off copies of a tick removal handout.

The meeting adjourned for training. The beginner dogs group did tunnel, table, jump. Intermediates and advanced dogs worked on gambling skills which require the dog to work away from its handler. We shortened the training sessions just a bit to present Leader Sandy Schumann with a cake and congratulating her and her dog Nellie for getting their 5th C-ATCH at a Canine Performance Events (CPE) agility trial April 20 in Portland. She has also achieved 5,000 points for a title. Nellie also passed her nose work test the same day. Nellie is truly a versatile dog! Congratulations, Sandy and Nellie.

Meeting May 4, 2013
Leaders Joan Rolfe, Kelly Welch and Sandra Schumann held a records workshop for members.  Hunter showed his portfolio, put together last year for Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF).  Reed also presented his and he will be going to Washington this summer.  These two boys are good examples of how to put together records to take advantage of the many opportunities in 4-H.  Also during the morning Nick gave an illustrated talk which described the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Beagle and the Curly Coated Retriever.  For this week’s tricks demonstration Anne showed her German Shepherd who has learned to hit an “easy” button and ride a skateboard.

Meeting May 11, 2013
4 Paws 4-H’s meeting May 11 was called to order by Kate.  Parker and Ashley led the Club in the pledges.  The minutes of the April 27 meeting were accepted as read.  The minutes of the May 4 meeting were tabled until May 18, Reed reported there is now $130.50 in the treasury.

Old business: A.) All present were reminded to get donations to Kelly for the Silent Auction. Mrs. D. noted that the Pownal Scenic and Historical Society have donated 12 pots of heritage lilies and they now can be purchased for $5.00 per pot. The money will go to the National Canine Cancer Research Fund. All donations to the silent auction need to be recorded and thank you’s sent. B.) Mrs. Rolfe updated the club on what the Food Committee still needs to do.

New business: Mrs. Dietrich reminded members that June Jamboree is on June 1.  Even though our Club will not be participating, members were encouraged to attend the festivities that day and see what other 4-H Clubs are doing.  Nick, Sophie and Taylor will be representing our Club with their posters in the 4-H Hall.

Educational Program: A.) Sophie gave an illustrated talk on Dog Actors, one of the most famous being Lassie. B.) This week’s tricks and demos were done first by Reed who taught his dog to balance all 4 feet on a small wooden box.  Which “H” of the 4-H’s did his dog represent? Why hands (paws) of course. C.) Kristen also had her dog perform a “hands”-on demo by having the dog learn to say its prayers – very cute.

The meeting adjourned for training.  The Beginners continued their exercises with Kelly while the other two groups did a Fullhouse game and ran a Standard Course.

Meeting May 18, 2013
4 Paws 4-H Dog Agility’s last training session for this year’s season was held on May 18.  Before the meeting, a correspondent for the Tri-Town Weekly newspaper came and took some pictures and talked with Kate and Hunter.  After this, President Kate called the meeting to order; Sophie and Owen led us all in the pledges; and the minutes of the May 11 meeting were accepted as read.  Mrs. Dietrich noted the monies that have come in for the cancer research fund.

Old Business:
Committee chairs for Game Day gave their reports as follows: A.) Kate, Course Designers – The courses have been designed. Members will do Colors and Standard courses.  Nora will put together to-do sheets for all.  Mrs. D. said we will need parents, etc. to help us out with timing, scribing and ring stewarding the day of the games. B.) Lexi for silent auction – She will meet with leader Kelly Welch this week to finalize the plans.  The committee is still looking for donations.  Sandy Schumann showed the group the platform trainers she is donating and demonstrated how they can be used to train dogs.  Kristen will make a poster listing all those who have contributed to the auction. C.) Shoshanna, chair for Tunnelers game fundraiser – Her committee will be meeting after today’s 4-H training session to make decisions on how to design the game. D.) Sophie, Food Committee – She made a chart for people to sign up for various food items.  To add to the list of items still needing to be addressed: (1.) E-Z up tents. (2.) Shoshanna and Lexi will take the tunnels today to wash. (3.) Mrs. Dransfield will register all on May 25.

New Business: A.) Lexi announced that Kate this past week had her hair cut to donate to Locks of Love.  What a wonderful program to have participated in. B.) Kate asked if anyone would be interested in doing demos at a Falmouth nursing home this summer.  Contact her if interested. C.) Lexi announced she and Shoshanna would be doing Rally and Agility shows coming up.  They are willing to let others, if interested, know when these trials come up.

Education Program: This week it was Owen and Fenway’s turn for trick demonstrations.  Fenway showed his stuff by rolling over, shaking “hands”, twirling and settling.

The meeting adjourned for training.  Beginners continued with their intro program, Group A and B did a short Standard Course and a Wildcard game.  Game Day will be May 25 at Pownal.

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