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4-H Newsletters - September 4-H News 2013

It is time to register for the 4-H Pig Raffle and Food Booth Fundraiser
This is the annual fundraiser held by the Cumberland County 4-H Leader’s Association supporting all of the scholarships, camperships, activities, events and trips for the year.

Clubs and individuals enrolled in the 4-H program are expected to register for a time to volunteer in either the kitchen or pig raffle booth. Our kitchen opens daily at 6:00 a.m. and closes at 9:00 p.m. serving breakfast, lunch & dinner offering an affordable & basic menu.

Shift times:  5:30 AM – 8:00 AM / 8:00 AM -11:30 AM / 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM / 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM

We encourage 4-H members to provide age appropriate support but rely upon adults to cook and oversee pig raffle money. Ages 10+ may volunteer at the cash window of the food booth with adult supervision. Each shift requires at least two individuals in the pig raffle (not opening shift) and four individuals in the kitchen (two for opening shift).

You do not need to be enrolled in 4-H to volunteer so please consider asking friends & neighbors who might be able or willing to help out during the week. It really is a lot of fun and guaranteed laughs ~memories of volunteering at the fair are fond ones to make.

Please contact Nicole Foster at 207.615.7558 or

Pig Raffle Tickets
Jenn Grant has the pig raffle tickets for the Cumberland fair. If you would like to purchase or sell tickets, please contact Jenn at 207.318.9166.

Cumberland Fair 2013

Cumberland Fair Packets have been e-mailed to all 4-H’ers and leaders should have gotten hard copy packets in the mail. Go to the link below to see fair information.

Click here to register exhibits for the fair:
Cumberland Fair 4-H Packets

Cumberland Fair 4-H Dog Show
The Cumberland Fair 4-H Dog Show, will be held Friday, September 27, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. at the Livestock Arena, Cumberland Fairgrounds, 197 Blanchard Road, Cumberland Maine.

The 4-H Dog show will include Showmanship (Novice – Advanced), Obedience (Pre-Novice – Advanced Graduate Novice), and a fun obstacle course. This show is open to 4-H youth ages 9 – 18 enrolled in the 4-H Dog Project in any Maine county. Dog show entry forms are due to the 4-H Show Representative Sara Conant by Monday, September 9, 2013. For more information and registration form please visit

4-H Activity Corner
Get back into routine of the new school year, with the 4-H year right around the corner. Try this 4-H activity around friendship:

Volunteer Orientation and Leadership Training (VOLT)
There will be a VOLT training held September 9th on Long Island in Casco Bay.  Call Mitch Mason at 207.781.6099 for details.

The Big E

September 13-29, 2013

Maine Agricultural Fairs 2013
For a list of Maine Agricultural Fairs please visit the following website.

Equine Affaire
Equine Affaire will be held, November 7-10, 2013
Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, Massachusetts

For more information or to attend please visit:

Robotics Train-the-Trainer Workshop 2013
Hosted by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Robotics
Funded by the Maine Girls Collaborative Project

Where:  University of Maine Regional Learning Center in Falmouth

When:  Monday, September 9th, 9:00 a.m – 3:30 p.m.

Cost:  Free

Bring your own lunch.

Introduction to LEGO® Robotics and MindStorms® Software

This workshop is for parents or teachers interested in using LEGO® robotics in their classroom or in starting a robotics club or FIRST® LEGO® League team.
First come first enrolled. High School Youth Mentors are also invited but must be accompanied by an adult.

We will be working with the NXT robot and the MindStorms® software. We realize some schools are still using the RCX LEGO® Robots and these are fine robots for use in both the classroom and the FIRST® LEGO® League, but it is too difficult to run both options at one workshop. It is possible to hire us to run a workshop at your school using whatever equipment and software that you use, contact us for more information.

We will spend about 70% of the time working on the robots and programming and as much as 30% reviewing information and coaching strategies for the FIRST® LEGO® League.

 To sign up for this workshop please call 207.781.6099 or e-mail Lisa Waters at

UMaine Extension Sponsors Tree Tour of Rines Forest in Cumberland
University of Maine Cooperative Extension will be offering a tree identification tour of Rines Forest in Cumberland with Shane Duigan, District Forester of the Maine Forest Service, on Sunday, September 29 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Rines Forest is part of a 900 acre contiguous block of un-fragmented forest habitat. The property is comprised of flat terrain and steep rolling hills interspersed with cascading streams. The diverse plant life includes hemlock, pine, red oak, birch, poplar and maple. All of which serve as a perfect canopy for the forest’s wildlife population of deer, coyote, fox, ruffed grouse, turkey, snowshoe hare, fisher, porcupine, hawks and owls.

This event is free and open to the public, but preregistration is requested. Please call the UMaine Extension office in Cumberland County at 800.287.1471 (in Maine) or 207.781.6099 before Wednesday, September 25.

This tour is an organized outing of the Maine Tree Club, an educational outreach program established by UMaine Extension, the Maine Forest Service and Viles Arboretum. The club is designed to teach people, young and old, how to identify 50 trees of Maine over a two-year period; to teach participants how to best care for trees on their property and in their community; and to help people to better understand the importance of trees to Maine, their ecosystems and their economy.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.781.6099.

State 4-H News

Robotics Expo
You’re invited to join us for a day of fun with robotics and science on Saturday, October 19, 2013, 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.

For more information, please visit: or contact Sarah Sparks, 1.800.287.1458 or if you have any questions.

Get Ready for 4-H Maps & Apps
4-H National Headquarters and National 4-H Council are pleased to reveal the National Science Experiment for the 2013 4-H National Youth Science Day. 4-H Maps and Apps will introduce youth to the power of geospatial technologies and their unique ability to help us understand and improve our communities.

Developed by Colorado State University Extension, this exciting activity will engage young people in ways to improve our environment with the help of geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS).

The experiment will test the ability of young people to:

Save the Date!

This annual youth science event will be held on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, and will bring 4-H’ers together from all around the nation to complete this single, innovative activity. Participation in 4-H National Youth Science Day is meant to help spark an early passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and to encourage young people to consider these paths of study and future careers.

To download the 2013 National Science Experiment Youth and Facilitator Guides as well as other key resources, visit the 4-H National Youth Science Day website:

4-H Animal Science Committees
Maine’s Animal Science Committees are comprised of 4-H volunteers who work with Extension staff to develop an educational plan for youth in animal programs statewide. Committees plan various educational programs and events available to youth in animal projects throughout the year. One program that volunteers coordinate is the Eastern States program. Volunteers coordinate the teams that represent Maine at the Big E each year in September. There are seven Animal Science Committees, dairy, beef, horse, sheep, dairy goat, dog, and working steer that are looking for volunteers to join their committees. You can learn more about the committees and the application process to join at For more information please contact Michaele Bailey at, 207.581.3872 or Donna Flint at, 207.324.2814.

The Big E Bus
Two busses are going down to the Big E on Maine Day this year, Saturday September 28. You and your family can spend the day at the Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts, taking in the fair and cheering on our Eastern States Animal Science teams. Please contact Jessy Brainerd for more information and to reserve a seat on the bus, or 207.581.3877. This trip is sponsored by the Maine Trustees to Eastern States.

Maine 4-H Days – Another Great Year
In early 2014, planning will start for next year’s Maine 4-H Days. If you are interested in joining the Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee, or have general questions/comments/recommendations about the event, please email, or call 207.581.3877.

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!

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 207.743.6329 or 1.800.287.1482 (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
Congratulations to Maddy Gears, winner of the 2013 Morris Scholarship. Maddy is a member of the Eastern States Dairy Team and the All Star Dairy Club in Cumberland County. The Morris Scholarship is awarded every other year to a member of one of the Eastern States Animal Science teams. All the best, Maddy.

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.

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 (e.g. 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.

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 covers 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, steeplechase, rodeos, and team penning. Any and all ox, steer, pony and horse rides, wagon, sleigh, and hay rides as well as dog and sheep dog activities. More information is available at:

Celebrating 100 Years in Maine with 100 4-H Geocaches!
Several 4-H clubs around the state are already preparing for 4-H National Youth Science Day and getting 4-H families excited about the world of geospatial technology.

HOW: Clubs in Washington and Penboscot counties have launched geocaches at the club and/or county level. They have already hidden more than 10 geocaches! There is even a 4-H geocache hidden at the University of Maine. This is a fun way for our youth to explore Geospatial science and technology, as well as experience being part of a statewide collaborative! We do have resources available to help in our 4-H Science Geospatial Toolkits at:

WHY: It would be great for Maine 4-H to create 100 geocaches to celebrate 100 years of 4-H in Maine! These could be for one time use with a club or designed for more frequent use. Would you like your family or 4-H club to be involved?

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Check with your county office to see what is happen at the local level or connect with Sarah Sparks at or 207.353.5550 or 1.800.287.1458

The New England 4-H Dog Program Poster Contest
Open to all 4-H member 5 through 18 years of age, as of January 1 of the current year, who are enrolled in the 4-H Dog Care and Training project. Visit the website for information. Page 12 has the contest rules: If unable to open this page; contact Donna Flint at 207.324.2814 or by email at:

The New England 4-H Beef Poster, Ad or Logo Contest
Are you too young or otherwise unable to attend the Big E? This is your chance to promote your beef project. For rules and registration information, go to the following website: Look for pages 14 and 15 for complete information. If unable to open this page; contact Donna Flint at 207.324.2814 or by email at:

AFUM Scholarship Application 2013
The Associated Faculty of the University of Maine (AFUM) offers three $300 scholarships. These scholarships are available to both volunteers or youth who are students attending a University of Maine System campus. Deadline for applications is Sept 13th. Applications available by emailing or or going to the link below:


4-H Club Happenings

White Pines Caprine Goat Club
July Meetings
On July 1 the White Pine Caprine Goat Club visited Sunflower Farm to learn how to make farmers cheese. The club members also got to season some chevre cheese with herbs and spices. We also got to try some different types of cheeses and see that each one tasted different from one another. The club also got to milk some of the goats at the farm and then see all the baby goats and play with them in their pen.

At the July 22nd club meeting we had a demonstration on how to clicker train your goat and teach it some simple commands and tricks. We also had a hoof trimming demonstration so everyone learned how to clip their goat’s hooves.






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Image Description: Goat Club-hoove trimming

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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:
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