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Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter-November 2013

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

November 18 KLLA Meeting, 6pm

November 30 Enrollment forms due at UMaine Extension

December 16  Science Activity for Leaders at 5:30pm

December 16  KLLA Meeting, 6pm

November Birthdays

Nicholas A., Alexis B., Abigail B., Natalie F., Paige G., Clara G., Lily G., Madyx K., Katherine N., Olive P., Caitlyn S., Lily T.

4-H Enrollment Forms Due November 30

4-H Enrollment packets for the 2013-2014 4-H year have been sent to leaders. These forms are to be completed by all returning and new 4-H members and volunteers by November 30, 2013.

Darlene Newcombe Named Volunteer or the Year

Darlene Newcombe, Leader of the Jolly Farmers and Jolly Juniors 4-H clubs, and president of KLLA, was honored on Monday, November 4, at the Knox and Lincoln Counties Extension Association annual meeting as the group’s 2013 Volunteer of the Year. Darlene’s continued enthusiasm and willingness to help at Leaders’ Association events has not gone unnoticed. 4-H Community Education Assistant, Cindy Rogers, presented the award, and cited Darlene’s practical approach to achieving goals for the group, as well as her reliability as a volunteer. Congratulations, Darlene. This award is well-deserved!

Do You Have News? Send It Here!

We have noticed that clubs and members no longer send us news about what they or their clubs are doing in 4-H. We really want to hear from you! A great way to do this is to choose a club reporter who regularly writes a short paragraph; just a sentence or two is fine, about what the club did at their meeting. We welcome your photos, artwork and creative writing as well. We can publish those here or on our Facebook page. Send news items to Cindy:

Leaders: Join Us for Science Night!

KL Leaders and Junior Leaders, plan to attend a hands-on science training at 5:30pm on December 16, just before our regular KLLA meeting. This will take place at the KL UMaine Extension office and will be lead via teleconference by Jennifer Lobley, UMaine Extension Educator for Volunteer Development. You will receive a kit to take with you and try the activity with your club! Plan to arrive a few minutes before 5:30 so we can start on time. See you there!

4-H Achievement Celebration 2013 001KL Achievement Awards Celebration a Success!

Thanks to all who attended the 2013 4-H Achievement Awards Celebration on October 19. Special thanks to those who helped with preparations, decorations and food donations. The food was wonderful, complete with a 100 Years of 4-H birthday cake! Thank you to St. Denis and the Knights of Columbus for once again allowing us to use the parish center for our event.

We received 16 Cloverbud Activity Records, 30 Project Records and 4 Portfolios this year. The top awards by Project Area went to: Lauren G. and Tyler L. (tie for Beef), Zack S. (Community Service), Hugo S. (Computer Technology), Caitlyn S. (Dairy), Arianna C. (Gardening and Horticulture), Jordan F. and Olivia R. (tie for Horse), Sam. N. (Poultry), Samantha L (Rabbit), and Alessandro S. (Sheep). Special awards included: Jordan F. (Secretary), Sam N. (Team Player) Zack S. (Community Service and Katherine Watier Green Award), Caitlyn S. (Leadership), Saoirse B. (Citizenship), Hugo S. (Outstanding Project Record-Junior), Frances P. (Outstanding Project Record-Intermediate), and Lauren G. (Outstanding Project Record-Senior and Outstanding Portfolio).

Congratulations to all! Check out the Knox Lincoln 4-H Facebook page for photos!

Winners of the KL Penny Challenge

The winning club in the KL Penny Challenge was Muddy Mustangs! They collected a large jar of pennies, which will be added to the treasury of the Knox-Lincoln 4-H Leaders’ Association for counties-wide events for all. They will be thanked for their efforts with an ice cream party at a future meeting. Thank you!

Photography Contest Winners

There was a wonderful selection of photographs entered in the 2013 KL 4-H Photography Contest this year. The judges, who are a photography professor and a photography and art lecturer at University of Maine in Augusta, enjoyed seeing the work of our talented 4-H members! There were no entries received at the senior level (age 15-18), so the top six scoring photos from each of the junior and intermediate levels will have their photos displayed for the coming year in the 4-H Photo Gallery at the KL UMaine Extension office. Come see them! You will also see these photos in rotation at the top of the KL 4-H Facebook page starting in January.

Junior Division:
Nathan D., age 10    Camo Frog
Hermes the Rooster
Aspen D., age 11      Golden Polish Chicken
Day of the Daylily
Who? Me?
Messy Boy

Intermediate Division:
Emma A., age 12       Horse Tail
Bantam Chick
Jordan F., age 13       Honey Bee & Flower
Daisy Garden
Savannah D., age 12  Mossy Achorn

Hunting Season Alert

Please keep in mind that during hunting season, clubs should not plan hikes or other outdoor activities away from their regular meeting place. Wearing blaze orange is a must when you are outside this time of year, but it is not enough to protect you in wooded areas. It is best to put off such activities until the season has passed. For a complete list of hunting season dates in Maine, go to

State 4-H Office Core Newsletter

  1. 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.
  2. 4-H Rabbit Show
    There will be a 4-H Rabbit Showmanship class at the Eastern Maine Rabbit Breeders open and youth show on Saturday, November 9, 2013 in Newport, ME. 4-Hers and potential 4-H members are welcome to show. Rabbits will be scored according to the 4-H showmanship standards in the 4-H rabbit curriculum book “What’s Hoppening?” Info:
  3. Beef Conference
    University of Maine Cooperative Extension is co-sponsoring the 24th Annual Maine Beef Conference on Saturday, December 7, 2013 in Bangor. The topics will be on Keeping Your Herd Healthy. For more information and to register go to the Cooperative Extension Livestock page at
  4. Save the Date for 2014 Maine 4-H Days
    Maine 4-H Days will take place June 20 – 22, 2014 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. If you are interested in helping to plan next year’s event, please contact Jessy Brainerd at or 207.581.3877.
  5. Market Steers for Windsor and Fryeburg
    4-Hers raising a steer for the 2014 market steer shows at Windsor or Fryeburg Fairs need to send in an Intent to Participate Form (Word) by January 3, 2014. We appreciate you completing your paperwork early. Please enroll or re-enroll as a 4-H member early, and send your Intent to Participate form to your county office. The earlier we receive your paperwork, the earlier we can begin tagging animals, and avoiding tagging during the winter months.

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