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Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter – April 2012

Notify Cindy Rogers or Pam Doherty if you or your club has an event or announcement that you wish to post, or just tell us what your club has been doing! We welcome your photos, artwork and creative writing as well.

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Upcoming Knox-Lincoln Events and Important Dates

April 14           Photography Workshop, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

April 15           Deadline to file your E-postcard (for clubs with EINs)

April 20           Newsletter articles due

April 22           Global Youth Service Day

April 30           Knox-Lincoln Leaders’ Association Meeting, 6:00 p.m., Morris Farm, Wiscasset

May 1               Eastern States Exposition (ESE) Dairy, Sheep and Working Steer Intent to Participate forms due

May 18-20       Northeast Livestock Exposition (NELE), Windsor Fairgrounds

May 18-20       4-H@UMaine: Connecting Kids to Campus, University of Maine, Orono

May 20            Newsletter articles due

May 21            Knox-Lincoln Leaders’ Association Meeting, 6:00 p.m., Union Fairgrounds at the 4-H yurt

April Birthdays

Lyla C., Dennis E., Keyanna F., Thomas F., Samantha G., Lucy H., Samuel N., Julia P., Abigail P., Andrea R., Alessandro S., Remington S., Thatcher S., Mason W.

Time to File E-postcard

If your club raises money and has an Employer Identification Number (EIN), you are required to file an E-postcard with the IRS by April 15.  Please print off and save proof that you have filed (or an error message if your EIN is not accepted).  One change from last year: you can log in using the digits of your EIN number after the slash and add 01 to the end (example: EIN # 00-333333, login using 3333301). Go to Once on this page you need to select the link under “How to File” and then follow the instructions.

Public Speaking and Demonstration Tournament

Twenty-one 4-H members presented at the 2012 Knox-Lincoln Public Speaking and Demonstration Tournament on March 11 at the Knox-Lincoln Cooperative Extension office…an impressive showing! Following are the participants and results of the tournament. Great job everyone!

Cloverbuds (age 5-8)

Elijah F., Gallop Gang — Karate

Arianna C., Independent — Ice Fishing

Katelynn C., Independent — Dogs

John S., Jolly Juniors — Life Cycle of a Butterfly

Cailey E., Jolly Juniors — How to Wash a Dog

Reanna H., Jolly Juniors — Grooming a Horse

Caleigh C., Jolly Juniors — My Bunnies

Jacob R., Jolly Juniors — Being a Brick Master

Hugo S., Jolly Juniors — Yankee Doodle

Evelyn R., Jolly Juniors — Maple Syrup

Juniors (age 9-13)

Hannah B., Jolly Workers — Good Shepherd Food Bank — Blue-Top Illustrated Talk

Faith K., Jolly Farmers — Oobleck, Solid or Liquid —Blue-Top Demonstration

Alessandro S., Jolly Farmers — Benjamin Franklin — Blue-Top Novice

Zach S., Jolly Farmers —Lego Building —Blue-Top Junior Under 10

Jack W., 4 Season Farmers — Making Kale Chips —Red

Alison W., 4 Season Farmers —Biofuels —Red

Cecile B., Gallop Gang  — The Hidden Wonders of Turkey — Blue

Kennedy S., Gallop Gang — Keeping a Nature Journal —Red

Seniors (age 14 and over)

Nathan B., Jolly Workers — Technology in Education — Blue-Top Illustrated Talk

Sam N., Jolly Farmers — Karate-Do — Blue-Top Demonstration

Kat N., Jolly Farmers — Basics of Movie Maker — Blue

­­­Three Knox-Lincoln 4-H members also went on to compete in the 2012 Regional Public Speaking and Demonstration Tournament on March 24 at the University of Maine in Orono: Cecile B., Sam N. and Kat N. Thank you to you and your parents for taking the day to travel to Orono to participate!

4-H Member Receives Principal’s Award

Madeleine B. of the Lucky Shepherds, a senior at Medomak Valley High School (MVHS), was recently selected to receive the 2012 Principal’s Award. The award, sponsored by the Maine Principals Association, is given in recognition of a senior’s academic achievement and citizenship. Madeleine, along with MVHS Principal Harold Wilson, will attend an honors luncheon in Bangor on April 7. She and other recipients will be awarded a plaque and lapel pin in recognition of his/her achievement. Five students, chosen by lottery from a pool of names of those students present at the luncheon, will be awarded $1,000 scholarships. Madeleine, expected to graduate magna cum laude in June, served as president of the National Honor Society at MVHS. She is also co-founder of the school’s recycling club, a member of the math and cross-country teams, as well as an officer in the Lucky Shepherds 4-H Club. Congratulations Madeleine!

4-H Volunteers Needed in Warren

The Nature Club at Warren Community School is a group of kids that goes on hikes, plants and harvests gardens, does nature crafts and other fun stuff! This group is in need of a few Volunteer Orientation and Leadership Training (VOLT) certified volunteers to help their club. Specifically needed are meeting helpers (the club meets each Monday during the school year, 3:10 p.m. – 4:40 p.m.) volunteers willing to transport children on field trips (about once a month), and someone willing to manage the club bank account (VERY light accounting-balancing statements, tracking fundraising, etc.). If you can help or know someone who can, contact Cindy Rogers at 832.0343, or

Space Limited at Photography Workshop

We are once again offering a Photography Workshop for 4-H members on Saturday, April 14, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Knox-Lincoln Cooperative Extension office. Come learn more about your camera and how to take better pictures. In the session “Mystery Subject,” 4-H leader and art teacher Laura Freeman will help us explore the elements of an interesting image without getting hung up on the subject. Professional Photographer Kim Miller will help us take better portraits in several light conditions in “Photographing People.” One session on “Stop Motion Animation” will be lead by members of the PhotoGraphic Chickens 4-H club. This workshop is limited to 20 participants, so pre-register by Monday, April 9. Bring a lunch, snacks provided. Parents are welcome to stay too. Call or email 832.0343,

Barnyard Bash Presenters/Volunteers Wanted

The Knox-Lincoln Leaders’ Association (KLLA) will once again present Barnyard Bash at Union Fairgrounds June 8-9, 2012. We already have some great workshops and activities lined up for this overnight event! If you would like to lead an activity, craft or other workshop, or if you would just like to help out, contact Cindy Rogers at 832.0343,, or Sandie Foster at 845.2615, All workshops must be confirmed by April 27, so contact us now!

4-H Accident Insurance Payments Requested

The KLLA has voted to pay the cost of accident insurance in 2012 for all enrolled Knox-Lincoln 4-H members and leaders, covering them at 4-H events and meeting activities for the year. We are asking clubs and individual members who are able to reimburse the cost of this insurance (which is $1 per member, $2 for each horse project member or leader) back to KLLA. We thank you for your assistance.

Consider Participating in Global Youth Service Day

Knox-Lincoln 4-H wants to encourage youth in our counties to participate in Global Youth Service Day by volunteering to clean up garden beds or perform other needed tasks at nearby community gardens and school gardens. Then tell us about it!

Earth Day, April 22, 2012, marks the 24th year of Global Youth Service Day. This event (April 20-22, 2012) is celebrated in more than 100 countries, and recognizes the positive impact that young people have on their communities 365 days a year. Organized by Youth Service America (YSA), a leader in the international youth service movement, Global Youth Service Day offers youth, ages 5 to 25, the resources and support to plan meaningful projects that improve their communities. Learn more at

KLLA Meeting to Be Held at Morris Farm

The April 30 meeting of the Knox-Lincoln 4-H Leaders’ Association will be hosted by the Morris Farm 4-H Club leaders at the Morris Farm in Wiscasset at 6:00 p.m. Watch your email or contact this office for directions and information.

Can I Visit Your Club?

If you would like to have Cindy visit one of your club meetings or events, contact her at, 832.0343.

State 4-H Office Core Newsletter Web Posts

  1. 2012 Maine 4-H Days –
  2. 4-H Science Toolkits –
  3. 4-H Dairy Project members – Hold the Dates in 2012 –
  4. Save the Date: 4-H @ UMaine 2012 –
  5. Fryeburg Youth Show – April 26-29, 2012 –
  6. April Vacation Day Camp at Tanglewood 4-H –
  7. Save the Dates! 2012 Northeast Region 4-H Volunteer E-Forum –
  8. Maine Eastern States Dairy Goat Team – Intent to Sell & Tryout Information –
  9. Hands on Sheep Health Class –
  10. ESE 4-H Beef Program Scholarship –
  11. Market Lamb Forms for Windsor & Fryeburg Fairs –
  12. Dog Project Members –
  13. Important 2012 Dates/Deadlines for Eastern States Forms –
  14. Robotics Expo –


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