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Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter-April 2014

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter-April 2014

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

April 12  KL 4-H Photography Workshop, Aldermere Farm, Rockport, 10am-2pm (registration closed)

April 22  Earth Day

April 23-May 4  4-H Paper Clover Campaign at Tractor Supply stores

April 28  KLLA  Meeting, 6pm

May 1  ESE Dairy, Sheep and Working Steer Intent to Participate forms due

May 16-18  Northeast Livestock Exposition, Windsor Fairgrounds

May 16-17  4-H@UMaine: Connecting Kids to Campus, University of Maine, Orono

May 19  KLLA Meeting, 6pm

May 31 (rain day June 1)  Community Service Day and Cookout at Union Fairgrounds-More information to come!

May 31-June 1  Maine Fiber Frolic, Windsor Fairgrounds

April Birthdays

Happy birthday to Madeleine Archer, Lyla Corbett, Jeremy Dube, Julia Gallace, Isabelle Gilbert, Lucy Heal, Sean Krejsa, Lillian McCormick, Evie McKenzie, Samuel Newcombe, Andrea Richardson, Nicholle Risch, and Alessandro Smith!

Knox-Lincoln Members Participate in Regional Public Speaking

Four Knox-Lincoln 4-H members competed in the Maine Regional Public Speaking Tournament at the University of Maine in Orono on March 29. Sean Krejsa of the Jolly Farmers presented his illustrated talk “Genetically Modified Organisms”, Kennedy Scheimreif, independent member, spoke about “Dancing on Point Shoes”, and the team of Baylee Flynn and Ariel Stillman, both of the Jolly Farmers, showed everyone “How to Make a Popsicle.”

In all, eleven 4-H youth representing Aroostook, Hancock, Knox-Lincoln, and Washington Counties participated. There were 5 junior demonstrations, 3 junior team demonstrations, 1 senior demonstration, 2 junior illustrated talks, and 1 senior illustrated talk.  For the entire tournament, three blue ribbons were awarded — they went to Mikaila Loughlin, Washington County, who also took Overall Demonstration, Courtney MacDonald, Aroostook County, top Senior Demonstration, and Baylee and Ariel with their Team Demonstration! All other youth received red ribbons and sincere kudos from event organizers. Sean, Kennedy, Baylee and Ariel have all done Knox and Lincoln Counties 4-H proud!

Your Club Can Help with the 4-H Paper Clover Campaign

National 4-H Council announced the launch of the spring 2014 4-H Paper Clover Campaign in partnership with Tractor Supply Company (TSC), April 23-May 4, 2014.  Shoppers at the Thomaston Tractor Supply store will have the opportunity to support 4-H in Knox and Lincoln Counties by choosing to purchase paper clovers for a $1 or more at checkout. All funds raised will be donated to 4-H, and will support 4-H youth development program activities on the county, state and national levels, with 70% of the Maine-raised funds staying in Maine. There is even a Sweepstakes run by Tractor Supply Stores for participants to enter!

We encourage clubs and independents to participate in this event at the Thomaston TSC store. It’s been proven that in-store participation with 4-Hers increases the amount of donations! Here are some ways you can participate:

  • Give demonstrations about animal health focused on the spring/summer months.
  • Perform a carryout service for TSC customers if possible. When customers check out at the register or purchase a Paper Clover, 4-H’ers can bag their items and carry them to their car as a thank you for their support.
  • Contact a local animal shelter about having an adoption drive at the store location. 4-H’ers involved in pet projects could do demonstrations about pet care, nutrition, or grooming. If the shelter does not do adoption drives, create posters with pictures and information about the animals up for adoption. Another option would be to have an animal food drive and customers shopping in TSC can buy food to put in a receptacle to be donated to the shelter.

Let this office know of your plans so we can contact local radio stations/newspapers and ask them to announce the promotion and make them aware. We can also supply you with informational materials about 4-H to have available to anyone interested in joining 4-H.

Learn how to connect with your local TSC store to participate in this event on the Fundraising Connections page so you can enter the 2014 Paper Clover Participation Sweepstakes.

Funds donated during the national campaign will be tracked online and recorded by state and by store.  Visit www.tractorsupply.com/4-H, for more information on the spring 2014 4-H Paper Clover Campaign and to view the donation tracker.

Can Your Club Adopt a Barn for 4-H Farm-to-Fair?

Believe it or not, planning for Union Fair has begun! The 4-H Farm-to-Fair barns were packed with their display materials for the winter and it is time to make sure that each of them is ready for Union Fair 2014.We are once again asking clubs to consider “adopting” one of the barns to make sure it is clean, in good repair and stocked with everything needed for fair time. This will require checking the barn in spring or early summer to inventory its contents, allowing time to make repairs or order supplies needed before the fair. (the cost of supplies can be covered by KLLA). Then on 4-H Fair Prep Day on August 11, your club will set up the display as it will be for fair week. You can even check on the barn once or twice during fair week to make sure everything is in order.

If your club would like to adopt a 4-H Farm-to-Fair barn, contact Cindy Rogers 207.832.0343, cynthia.rogers@maine.edu.

Youth Steer and Lamb Auction at Union Fair

A new youth show and auction for market steer and lamb projects is coming to the Union Fair! The show will be on August 17th at 4pm. Prior to the sale there will be a Buyer’s Reception, August 19th at 6pm and the actual auction will be August 19th at 7pm. If you are interested in participating you can contact Heidi Baker at 207-975-4415 or email at unionmarketshow@gmail.com . We are hoping to have intent forms in by May 1st, but are flexible as this is a new program for us all! Some exciting pieces that are coming together include; restaurant sponsorships and a buyer program, marketing and show clinic at Aldermere Farm for all participants, summer long marketing at all the local Farmers’ Markets, logo contest, and direct youth support from Aldermere Interns throughout the summer!  This auction is not affiliated with the 4-H program.

Calf Unveiling Day Celebrates Farms

Calf Unveiling Day (CUD) Saturday May 10th, from 10am to 3pm. Aldermere Farm not only holds this event to show off the baby Belties to the community, but also works to highlight other local farms and agricultural programs in the area to help keep farming and local foods in the forefront of people’s minds. Many local farms will be on site with their goods and animals as will other farm related programs. Also, the Uproot Pie Company will be making homemade pizzas with local ingredients, the 4-H club will cook up some good burgers, and there will be music by the Rusty Hinges. For more information call 236-2739 or email spost@mcht.org.

KL Member Attends National 4-H Congress in Georgia

This past November, Ellie Pendleton of the Aldermere Achievers 4-H Club attended the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia as one of four 4-H representatives of Maine. After an application process and a four member interview panel, Ellie was selected for this opportunity. The National 4-H Congress program is a way to engage youth with others around the United States in understanding the needs of other young people, how to be a caring citizen, and issues and trends in agriculture and cultural diversity. “I met a lot of kids from all across America,” Ellie said when asked about her experience.

Many speakers presented at the weekend long program including Miss America and a number of comedians who worked at children’s hospitals. Participants learned from these speakers and others about different ways to affect change and how to be leaders in their communities. Ellie also assisted in a few community service projects while in Atlanta as part of the program, which included assisting a school prepare for more students and by making holiday cards for U.S. troops overseas. “There were at least 3000 cards shipped out that day. This was my absolute favorite. To be able to send cards out for troops that might have needed a warm thought during the holidays.”

Register Now for 4-H@UMaine

Registration is open for 4-H@UMaine, to be held May 16 & 17, 2014. Ask someone who has attended; this is a FUN weekend and a fantastic opportunity to experience a little bit of college life. For 4-H and non-4-H youth ages of 12 and 18. Adult VOLT-certified chaperones are also needed. Info and registration materials at http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-events/4humaine/.

Start Your Project Records Now

You will have a much neater, more accurate record if you start now, not at the last minute! Does your club want help getting started with Project Records? If you would like to have Cindy visit one of your club meetings to help, or if you just want to ask a question, contact her at cynthia.rogers@maine.edu, 207.832.0343.

4-H Accident Insurance Payments Requested

The Knox-Lincoln Leaders’ Association has voted to pay the cost of accident insurance in 2014 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 or leader, $2 for each horse project member or leader) back to KLLA. We thank you for your assistance.

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: cynthia.rogers@maine.edu.

State 4-H Office Core Newsletter Posts

  1. Volunteers Needed for Maine 4-H Days – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/03/24/volunteers-needed-for-2014-maine-4-h-days/
  2. Save the Date! Come join us for 4-H@UMaine! – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/01/22/save-the-date-join-us-for-4-humaine/
  3. Save the Date for Positive Youth Development Conference – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/03/24/save-the-date-for-positive-youth-development-conference-presentations-needed/
  4. Intent Forms for Eastern States Exposition – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/01/22/intent-forms-for-eastern-states-exposition/
  5. 2014 Eastern States Horse Tryouts – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/01/22/2014-eastern-states-horse-tryouts/
  6. 2014 Horse Judging Clinic – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/02/25/2014-horse-judging-clinic/
  7. Maine 4-H Horse Team Communications Tryouts – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/03/24/maine-4-h-horse-team-communications-tryouts/
  8. Horse Study Sessions – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/03/24/horse-study-sessions/
  9. 4-H Dog Fun Day – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/02/26/2014-4-h-dog-fun-day/
  10. 4-H Dairy Judging and Upcoming Dairy Events – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/12/30/upcoming-4-h-dairy-events/
  11. 4-H Rabbit Show – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/03/24/4-h-rabbit-show-3/
  12. Fryeburg Fair 4-H Market Hog Show & Sale -  http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/03/24/fryeburg-fair-4-h-market-hog-show-and-sale/

 

Free Press Advances Training Sessions to Help with Climate Research

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

The Free Press reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant will offer free training sessions for Signs of the Seasons, a program for volunteers to contribute local plant and animal life-cycle data for climate change research. Sessions are open to all interested volunteers, and registration is required. Sessions in the midcoast area will be held March 22 in Newcastle, March 25 in Belfast and April 5 in Boothbay.

Pen Bay Pilot Previews Citizen Science Training

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Penobscot Bay Pilot reported that University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine will a conduct a free citizen science training session 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. March 25, 2014 at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. The program, “Signs of the Seasons,” focuses on the history and science of phenology (study of seasonal changes in plants and animals).

Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter-March 2014

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter-March 2014

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

March 28  Deadline to sign up for Club Exhibit space at Union Fair.

March 31  KLLA Meeting, 6pm

April 1  ESE Horse Animal Approval form due

April 12  KL 4-H Photography Workshop, Aldermere Farm, Rockport, 10am-2pm (register by April 7)

April 22  Earth Day

April 28  KLLA Meeting, 6pm

March Birthdays

Laurel Brooks, Savannah Dube, Owen Dyer, Baylee Flynn, Nathaniel Jewett, Samantha Lamoreau, Michelle Main, Crystal Miller, Frances Pendleton

Public Speaking Tournament Went Well

The Knox-Lincoln Public Speaking and Demonstration Tournament was held on Sunday, March 9 at Jefferson Village School. With this space, we were able to split the presentations between two rooms, making the event shorter and more comfortable for everyone. This year Cloverbuds were awarded trophies. The top scores in Junior, Senior and Team classes were awarded cash prizes: first place $25, second place $20, third place $15, and fourth place $10.

Cloverbuds
Making Bread     Anthony Dube, Jolly Juniors
Butterflies     Sabrinnah Dube, Jolly Juniors
Neil Armstrong, American Hero     John Strout, Jolly Juniors
How to Decorate a Cake     Cailey Elliot, Jolly Juniors
Stonehenge     Giacomo Smith, Jolly Juniors
Tae Kwon Do     Evelyn Rousseau, Jolly Juniors

Juniors
Dancing on Point Shoes     Kennedy Scheimreif , Independent     First
Jamestown    Alessandro Smith, Jolly Farmers    Second
Genetically Modified Organisms    Sean Krejsa, Jolly Farmers    Third
Making Brownies    Arianna Cloutier, Independent    Tie Fourth
Riding a Donkey    Jeremy Dube, Jolly Farmers    Tie Fourth
How to Hatch a Chicken Egg    Kaleb Flynn, Jolly Farmers
Surviving in the Wilderness    Isabel Flynn, Jolly Farmers
Titanic    Skye Havey, Jolly Farmers
Humanoids    Hugo Smith, Jolly Farmers

Seniors
Basics of Swimming    Kat Newcombe, Jolly Farmers    First
Basketball    Faith Kraus, Jolly Farmers    Second

Teams
How to Make a Popsicle    Baylee Flynn & Ariel Stillman, Jolly Farmers    First
Maine Owls    Nathan Dube & Savannah Dube, Jolly Farmers    Second

Register for the 4-H Photography Workshop

We are offering a Photography Workshop for KL 4-H members of all ages on Saturday, April 12, 10am-2pm at the Aldermere Farm in Rockport. Come learn more about your camera and how to take better pictures. The farm offers great opportunities for a variety of scenic subjects! This workshop is limited to 20 participants, so pre-register by Monday, April 7. Bring a lunch, snacks provided. Parents and volunteers are welcome to stay and participate, too. Call or email 832-0343, pamela.doherty@maine.edu.

Sign-up Now for Union Fair Club Exhibits

Although Union Fair is months away, it is time to plan your Club Exhibit! KL 4-H has been offered space in the Beattie Exhibition Hall (Craft Barn), near the poultry barn at Union Fair. We think this is an excellent location for our club exhibits! In order to make this work well for the hall, as well as give clubs time to plan and create a wonderful exhibit, we are asking clubs and groups of at least two independents to sign up now for their spot. The sign-up deadline is March 28. Call or email 207.832.0343, pamela.doherty@maine.edu.

Club Exhibit theme for 2014 is History. Remember to make your exhibit interactive with the public, display your club name and town prominently, and have a club scrapbook of your activities for the year in display. New this year: Independents can exhibit too! A group of 2 or more independent members can create a club exhibit together. Guidelines for Club Exhibits and Independent Exhibits will be posted in early March. In the meantime, reserve your space!

Apply for National Trips-Deadline March 14

National 4-H Trips are excellent opportunities for 4-H youth age 14-18 to meet 4-H members from across the nation. Participants learn about many career options, and learn through educational workshops at 4-H National Congress or become a part of a team making recommendations to National 4-H Council at 4-H National Conference. To learn more: http://umaine.edu/4h/home/national-4-h-trips/.

Start Your Project Records Now

You will have a much neater, more accurate record if you start now, not at the last minute! Does your club want help getting started with Project Records? If you would like to have Cindy visit one of your club meetings to help, or if you just want to ask a question, contact her at cynthia.rogers@maine.edu, 207.832.0343.

4-H Accident Insurance Payments Requested

The Knox-Lincoln Leaders’ Association has voted to pay the cost of accident insurance in 2014 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 or leader, $2 for each horse project member or leader) back to KLLA. We thank you for your assistance.

Dates Announced for 4-H@UMaine

Hold the date: 4-H@UMaine will be held May 16 & 17, 2014. Ask someone who has attended; this is a FUN weekend and a fantastic opportunity to experience a little bit of college life. If you are between the ages of 12 and 18, save the date and check the 4-H State News in coming months for more details!

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: cynthia.rogers@maine.edu.

State 4-H Office Core Newsletter Posts

  1. Maine 4-H Foundation Scholarships  - http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/02/26/maine-4-h-foundation-scholarships/
  2. Save the Date for 2014 Maine 4-H Dayshttp://umaine.edu/4h/2013/10/28/save-the-date-for-2014-maine-4-h-days/
  3. 4-H Dog Fun Day – Saturday, April 26, 12:00 – 4:00 pm at Renaissance Dogs, 127 Main Street, Holden, ME  04429. Come have a fun-filled day learning about dogs!  Learn agility with Rebecca Henderson from Renaissance Dogs.  Meet licensed veterinarian technician and Purina Certified Weight Coach, Marisa Gleason, from Veazie Veterinary Clinic to discuss nutrition and your dog. Challenge your dog in Trivia! (Hint: know your working dogs, grooming tools, and basic first aid!) Call Lori Swenson at 207.654.2110 to pre-register, or email at lswenson67@gmail.com.
  4. 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournamenthttp://umaine.edu/4h/2013/11/21/4-h-regional-public-speaking-tournament-2/
  5. Help Wanted! Regional Public Speaking Contest 3/29/14http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/02/26/help-wanted-regional-public-speaking-contest-3292014-2/
  6. National 4-H Trips Applications Duehttp://umaine.edu/4h/2014/01/22/national-4-h-trips-applications-due/
  7. Save the Date! Come join us for 4-H@UMaine! - http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/01/22/save-the-date-join-us-for-4-humaine/
  8. 2014 Eastern States Horse Tryoutshttp://umaine.edu/4h/2014/01/22/2014-eastern-states-horse-tryouts/
  9. 2014 Horse Judging Clinichttp://umaine.edu/4h/2014/02/25/2014-horse-judging-clinic/
  10. Upcoming Dairy Eventshttp://umaine.edu/4h/2013/12/30/upcoming-4-h-dairy-events/
  11. Dairy Quiz Bowl Resultshttp://umaine.edu/4h/2014/02/26/dairy-quiz-bowl-results-2/
  12. Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/01/22/citizenship-washington-focus-cwf/
  13. 2014 Northeast Youth Show Calf Summithttp://umaine.edu/4h/2014/02/26/2014-northeast-youth-show-calf-summit/
  14. 2014 Massachusetts Blue Ribbon Calf Sale and Clinicshttp://umaine.edu/4h/2014/02/26/2014-massachusetts-blue-ribbon-calf-sale-and-clinics/
  15. Intent Forms for Eastern States Expositionhttp://umaine.edu/4h/2014/01/22/intent-forms-for-eastern-states-exposition/
  16. 2014 New England 4-H Horse Judges Schoolhttp://umaine.edu/4h/2014/01/22/2014-new-england-4-h-horse-judges-school/

BDN Advances Cooperative Extension Blueberry Growers Meetings

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Spring meetings and training offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension were mentioned in the Bangor Daily News article “Maine wild blueberry industry may benefit from farm bill pilot program.” Blueberry growers will gather in March, 2014 for meetings planned by the UMaine Cooperative Extension in Waldoboro, Ellsworth and Machias. The meetings will include briefings on pollination, weeds, fertilizers, regulations, diseases and pests. The article also stated the Cooperative Extension and Maine Board of Pesticides Control will conduct training in Machias to prepare growers for the private pesticide applicator core exam and the blueberry commodity exam. Both exams will be administered after the training sessions.

Village Soup Advances Cooperative Extension’s Vegetable Gardening Class for Beginners

Friday, February 7th, 2014

The Village Soup reported Liz Stanley, Home Horticulture Program coordinator with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, will lead a workshop for beginning vegetable gardeners in Camden on February 22, 2014. The hands-on, interactive workshop will take place from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Merryspring Nature Center.

Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter-February 2014

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

February 7  Snow Tubing in South China, 6-8:30pm (sign up is closed for this event)

February 15  Last day to file E-postcard with IRS (clubs with EIN in place)

February 19  Winter Fun Day in Warren, 10-2 pm (sign up by Feb. 14)

February 24  KLLA Meeting and Science Night, 5:30 pm (rsvp for Science Night by Feb. 21)

March 9  KL 4-H Public Speaking and Demonstration Tournament, Jefferson Village School, 1-4pm, (sign up by Feb. 24) (snow date 3/16)

March 28  Deadline to sign up for Club Exhibit space at Union Fair

March 31  KLLA Meeting, 6pm

February Birthdays

Hannah B., Isabella G., Lauren G., Tyler M., Miranda N., Austin R., Zachariah S., Isabella U.

Public Speaking Workshop a Success

The Public Speaking Workshop held on Saturday, January 25 was attended by few, but those who did attend reported that it was very helpful and enjoyable. 4-H volunteer Linda Bonin and Community Education Assistant Cindy Rogers lead this workshop to help 4-H members of all ages hone their skills and prepare them for any public speaking opportunity that may arise, including the upcoming KL 4-H Public Speaking Tournament on March 9. Examples of posters were displayed and discussed, video clips from past tournaments were shown, and lots of hand-on activities were tried. At the end of the day participants paired up to create and present a quick demonstration…and did very well! We got great feedback from participating youth and parents. We hope to offer this to a larger audience next year. Plan to come!

Public Speaking Tournament March 9

Hold the date for the Knox-Lincoln Public Speaking and Demonstration Tournament on Sunday, March 9, 1-4pm (snow date March 16). This year’s event will be held at Jefferson Village School. This will allow us space to split the presentations between two rooms, making the event shorter and more comfortable for everyone.

Sign up to participate by February 24. The registration form, helpful tips and judging criteria are online at http://umaine.edu/knox-lincoln/blog/2014/02/04/2014-kl-4-h-public-speaking-tournament-registration-and-info/. Be thinking about a subject that you would like to present at the tournament. Pick something that you know a lot about that you would like to share with others. Maybe you know how to make something that could easily be demonstrated in a few minutes. It is easy to do a presentation when you know your subject well! Call Cindy Rogers for more information 832-0343 or email cynthia.rogers@maine.edu.

Sign up for Winter Fun Day!

Plan to attend Winter Fun Day on February 19 at Barley Joe Farm and Greenhouse on Route 90 in Warren. Bring your cross country skis or snow shoes to go on a snow hike. (We have a limited number of youth snow shoes available to borrow; reserve these when you pre-register.) Inside the greenhouse, try out some cool science experiments! Learn about GIS and mapping with Maps & Apps, do some fruit science, make a boomerang or an airfoil! Bring your lunch and taste some grilled veggies too. Pre-register by February 14, call 832-0343, email pamela.doherty@maine.edu.

Early Sign-ups for Union Fair Club Exhibits

Although Union Fair is months away, it is time to plan your Club Exhibit! KL 4-H has been offered space in the Beattie Exhibition Hall (Craft Barn), near the poultry barn at Union Fair. We think this is an excellent location for our club exhibits! In order to make this work well for the hall, as well as give clubs time to plan and create an wonderful exhibit, we are asking clubs and groups of independents to sign up now for their spot. The sign-up deadline is March 28. Call or email 207.832.0343, pamela.doherty@maine.edu.

Club Exhibit theme for 2014 is History. Remember to make your exhibit interactive with the public, display your club name and town prominently, and have a club scrapbook of your activities for the year in display. New this year: Independents can exhibit too! A group or 2 or more independent members can create a club exhibit together. Guidelines for Club Exhibits and Independent Exhibits will be posted in early March. In the meantime, reserve your space!

Apply Now for National Trips

National 4-H Trips are excellent opportunities for 4-H youth age 14-18 to meet 4-H members from across the nation. Participants learn about many career options, and learn through educational workshops at 4-H National Congress or become a part of a team making recommendations to National 4-H Council at 4-H National Conference. To learn more: http://umaine.edu/4h/home/national-4-h-trips/.

Citizenship Washington Focus is a leadership program conducted by the National 4-H Council for high school youth ages 15 to 19. Delegations of 4-Hers from across the country spend six days touring the city and attending leadership skill-building workshops. This summer, the Maine delegation will travel on June 28 to July 5, 2014. To learn more: http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-events/citizenship-washington-focus/

Applicants must be current Maine 4-H members both at the time of application and the time of the actual trip. Application packets for any of these trips are due in early March. Visit the links above for details. If you have any questions, please contact this office 207.832.0343.

Time to File E-postcard

NEW FILING DATE: FEB. 15. If your club raises funds and has an EIN (Employer ID Number) on file with the IRS, it is time to file the E-990 e-postcard online. It is very important that all clubs with EINs file by February 15, 2014. Once you have filed successfully, please print and send a copy of your confirmation to our office. If you have further questions regarding this filing requirement, feel free to contact Cindy Rogers: 832.0343, cynthia.rogers@maine.edu.

Leaders: RSVP for 4-H Science Night!

4-H Leaders and Junior Leaders: join us for Science Night on February 24 at 5:30-pm at the KL Extension office. This will be a ½ hour, hands-on science training 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. The regular meeting of KLLA will follow the training at 6:00pm. Please RSVP cynthia.rogers@maine.edu for this training by February 21.

Start Your Project Records Now

It is winter. What better time than now to start thinking about 4-H projects for the coming year? You will have a much neater, more accurate record if you start now, not at the last minute! Does your club want help getting started with Project Records? If you would like to have Cindy visit one of your club meetings to help, or if you just want to ask a question, contact her at cynthia.rogers@maine.edu, 207.832.0343.

4-H Accident Insurance Payments Requested

The Knox-Lincoln Leaders’ Association has voted to pay the cost of accident insurance in 2014 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 or leader, $2 for each horse project member or leader) back to KLLA. We thank you for your assistance.

Dates Announced for 4-H@UMaine

Hold the date: 4-H@UMaine will be held May 16 & 17, 2014. Ask someone who has attended, this is a FUN weekend and a fantastic opportunity to experience a little bit of college life. If you are between the ages of 12 and 18, save the date and check here in coming months for more details!

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: cynthia.rogers@maine.edu.

State 4-H Office Core Newsletter Posts

  1. Save the Date for 2014 Maine 4-H Dayshttp://umaine.edu/4h/2013/10/28/save-the-date-for-2014-maine-4-h-days/
  2. 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/11/21/4-h-regional-public-speaking-tournament-2/
  3. Help Wanted! Regional Public Speaking Contest 3/29/14 - http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/01/27/help-wanted-regional-public-speaking-contest-3292014/
  4. National 4-H Trips Applications Duehttp://umaine.edu/4h/2014/01/22/national-4-h-trips-applications-due/
  5. Save the Date! Come join us for 4-H@UMaine! - http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/01/22/save-the-date-join-us-for-4-humaine/
  6. 2014 Eastern States Horse Tryoutshttp://umaine.edu/4h/2014/01/22/2014-eastern-states-horse-tryouts/
  7. Upcoming Dairy Eventshttp://umaine.edu/4h/2013/12/30/upcoming-4-h-dairy-events/
  8. 2014 New England 4-H Horse Judges Schoolhttp://umaine.edu/4h/2014/01/22/2014-new-england-4-h-horse-judges-school/
  9. New Hampshire Dairy Goat Seminarhttp://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/goat/new-hampshire-dairy-goat-seminar-milk-sanitation/
  10. Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/01/22/citizenship-washington-focus-cwf/
  11. Intent Forms for Eastern States Expositionhttp://umaine.edu/4h/2014/01/22/intent-forms-for-eastern-states-exposition/
  12. Sheep Team Encouraged to Send Intents Earlyhttp://umaine.edu/4h/2014/01/24/sheep-team-encouraged-to-send-intents-early/ ).

2014 KL 4-H Public Speaking Tournament Registration and Info

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

The Knox-Lincoln 4-H Public Speaking and Demonstration Tournament will be held on Sunday, March 9, 1-4pm (snow date March 16). This year’s event will be held at Jefferson Village School, 48 Washington Road in Jefferson.

Sign up to participate by completing the Registration Form  and returning it to the Knox-Lincoln UMaine Extension office by February 24.

Registration Form (Word/PDF)

4-H Judges Work Sheet (Word/PDF)

Cloverbud Judges Work Sheet (Word/PDF)

Tips for Public Speaking (PDF)

Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter-January 2014

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

January 20  Martin Luther King Day of Service

January 25  Public Speaking Workshop 10-1 (sign up by Jan. 20)

January 27  KLLA Meeting and Science Night, 5:30 pm

February 7  Tentative date for Snow Tubing in South China, 6-8:30pm (sign up by Feb. 3)
More details to come!

February 15  Last day to file E-postcard with IRS (clubs with EIN in place)

February 19  Winter Fun Day in Warren, 10-2 pm (sign up by Feb. 14)

February 24  KLLA Meeting, 6 pm

January Birthdays

Braelynn A., Isabella B., Eve C., Nathaniel D., Brianna F., Emma G., Nicole J., Evelyn R., Marissa Y.

Get Ready for Public Speaking Workshop

There will be a Public Speaking Workshop and potluck lunch on Saturday, January 25 from 10am-1pm at Knox-Lincoln UMaine Extension. Come try some fun activities that will get you ready to participate in the Knox-Lincoln Public Speaking and Demonstration Tournament on March 9 (details and registration materials will be available in February). This workshop is open to all ages and levels of public speaking experience. If you have competed in the tournament before and want to hone you skills, or if this will be the first time you have tried public speaking, this workshop is for you! Bring a dish to share for a potluck lunch following the workshop. Register for this workshop by January 20. For information, call 832-0343 or email cynthia.rogers@maine.edu.

Leaders: Join Us for Science Night!

Due to low attendance, the December, 2013 meeting of KLLA was cancelled. Science Night has been rescheduled for January. KL Leaders and Junior Leaders, plan to attend a hands-on science training at 5:30pm on January 27, 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!

Snow Tubing at a New Location

The KL Leaders Association has decided to try a different park for our annual Snow Tubing event. Go Maine (Gotubingmaine.com) in South China is a much larger park than we have used in the past, and features a tow line to get back to the top. We will have a 2 1/2-hour sliding time and cost will be $7 per person. A parent or leader must accompany children for this event, and any child under 42 inches in height or 5 years of age must ride with an adult. Tentatively, we are planning this event for February 7, 6-8:30pm. More details to come! Call 832-0343, email pamela.doherty@maine.edu to register by February 3.

Winter Fun Day Planned for February 19

Plan to attend this fun event on February 19 at Barley Joe Farm and Greenhouse on Route 90 in Warren. Bring your cross country skis or snow shoes to go on a snow hike. (We have a limited number of youth snow shoes available to borrow; reserve these when you pre-register.) Inside the greenhouse, try out some cool science experiments! Bring your lunch and taste some grilled veggies too. Pre-register by February 14, call 832-0343, email pamela.doherty@maine.edu.

Tractor Supply in Knox County

There is a new Tractor Supply store in Thomaston. What does that mean to Knox-Lincoln 4-H? It means fundraising opportunities for our clubs. Tractor Supply Company helps raise money for county 4-H programs with the Paper Clover Campaign, a national in-store fundraiser that benefits state and local 4-H programming. For the first time, Knox and Lincoln counties can participate in the Paper Clover Campaign at Tractor Supply. Also, Ed Marisnick, manager of the Thomaston store, is open to fundraising events clubs may want to hold at that store.

Here are some ideas from the Tractor Supply website on getting involved with your local store:

  • Hold fundraisers at your local TSC during holidays!
    • Valentine’s Day: Sell Valentine’s Day cards made by 4-H members
    • July 4th: Sell hot dogs and hamburgers
    • Fall: Carve pumpkins to sell
    • Winter Holidays: Set up a gift wrapping table
  • Set up educational livestock clinics in the parking lot of your local TSC store.
  • Ask your store about using your local TSC as a potential meeting site, field trip, or exhibition location.

Check with the store manager to begin planning your next fundraiser! You can use the form in the Fundraising section of the Tractor Supply website to initiate a relationship with your local TSC store. http://www.tractorsupply.com/content_landing-page_4H.html

Start Your Project Records Now

It is winter. What better time than now to start thinking about 4-H projects for the coming year? You will have a much neater, more accurate record if you start now, not at the last minute! Does your club want help getting started with Project Records? If you would like to have Cindy visit one of your club meetings to help, or if you just want to ask a question, contact her at cynthia.rogers@maine.edu, 207.832.0343.

Time to File E-postcard

NEW FILING DATE: FEB. 15. If your club raises funds and has an EIN (Employer ID Number) on file with the IRS, it is time to file the E-990 e-postcard online. It is very important that all clubs with EINs file by February 15, 2014. Once you have filed successfully, please print and send a copy of your confirmation to our office. If you have further questions regarding this filing requirement, feel free to contact Cindy Rogers: 832.0343, cynthia.rogers@maine.edu.

Dates Announced for 4-H@UMaine

Hold the date: 4-H@UMaine will be held May 16 & 17, 2014. Ask someone who has been, this is a FUN weekend and a fantastic opportunity to experience a little bit of college life. If you or your child are between the ages of 12 and 18, save the date and check here in coming months for more details!

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: cynthia.rogers@maine.edu.

State 4-H Office Core Newsletter Posts

  1. Save the Date for 2014 Maine 4-H Days – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/10/28/save-the-date-for-2014-maine-4-h-days/
  2. 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/11/21/4-h-regional-public-speaking-tournament-2/
  3. One Maine Potato, Two Maine Potato – http://umaine.edu/4h/home/science-saturday/
  4. Change in Market Animal Shows at Windsor Fair – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/11/21/change-in-market-animal-shows-at-windsor-fair/
  5. Upcoming Dairy Events – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/12/30/upcoming-4-h-dairy-events/
  6. 4-H Animal Science Committees – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/12/30/4-h-animal-science-committees/
  7. New Hampshire Dairy Goat Seminar – http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/goat/new-hampshire-dairy-goat-seminar-milk-sanitation/

Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter-December 2013

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

December 16  Science Activity for Leaders at 5:30pm

December 16  KLLA Meeting, 6pm (after Science Activity at 5:30)

December 30  Deadline to register for Ice Skating (Jan. 4)

January 3  Fryeburg Market Steer Intent form due

NOTE: Important changes to Young Beef and Lamb shows at Windsor Fair. See item # 6 in the State News below.

January 4  ESE Beef Intent to Participate Form Due

January 4  Ice Skating at Midcoast Recreation Center – Noon-2 pm

January 20  Martin Luther King Day of Service

January 27  KLLA Meeting, 6 pm

December Birthdays

Kaylee A., Chancellor B., Hamish B., Caleigh C., Gavin L., Anna P., Eric R., Lorna W., Ambrosia Y.

ALERT! 4-H Enrollment Forms are Overdue!

4-H Enrollment packets for the 2013-2014 4-H year were to be completed by all returning 4-H members and volunteers by November 30, 2013. If you have not already given your completed packet to your club leader, or sent it in yourself, you are late! Please get them in!

Sign Up by Dec. 30 for KL 4-H Ice Skating Event

Be sure to join your fellow Knox-Lincoln 4-H members and leaders at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport for our annual Ice Skating event. We will join the public skate at the center from noon to 2:00pm on Saturday, January 5. Cost is $5 per person, $20 family max), plus at least one non-perishable food item to be donated to an area food pantry. Cost includes skate rental. Please pre-register for this event by Monday, December 30. Call 207.832.0343 or email pamela.doherty@maine.edu .

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!

Club Visits

In the coming year, 4-H Community Education Assistant Cindy Rogers plans to visit clubs in Knox and Lincoln Counties to get to know the members and see what clubs are doing! Does your club want help preparing for Public Speaking, Project Record assistance? She can help with that too. If you would like to have Cindy visit one of your club meetings or events, contact her at cynthia.rogers@maine.edu, 207.832.0343.

2014 KLLA Officers Elected

The membership of the Knox-Lincoln 4-H Leaders’ Association has elected officers for the 2013-2014 4-H year: President-Darlene Newcombe, Vice President-Deirdre Jewett, Secretary-Cindy Rogers, Treasurer-Heidi Baker.

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: cynthia.rogers@maine.edu.

State 4-H Office Core Newsletter

  1. 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 woods. Please check out our special Celebrating 100 Years website at http://umaine.edu/4h/celebrating-100-years-in-maine/  – 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!
  2. 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 http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/beef/new-england-galloway-group-heifer-project/; the application deadline is December 31, 2013.
  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 http://umaine.edu/livestock/beef/beef-conference/.
  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 jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or 207.581.3877.
  5. Market Steers for Fryeburg Fair
    4-Hers raising a steer for the 2014 market steer show at Fryeburg Fair need to send in an Intent to Participate Form http://umaine.edu/4h/files/2013/11/2014-beef-intent.doc 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.
  6. Change in Market Animal Shows at Windsor Fair
    Windsor Fair has changed their baby beef and market lamb show and sale from 4-H to a youth show and sale. The 2014 Show and Sale will be open to all youth between the ages of 9 and 18 as of December 31st of the current year. In lieu of an Intent to sell form, youth must CALL the committee to let them know they want to raise a steer or lamb for the show and auction; committee members are: Diane Gushee – 207.256.7798 or dianergushee@gmail.com, Dana Prime – 207.446.3570, Carol Davis – 207.491.7893 or carol.davis@careandcomfort.com, Curtis Prime – Livestock Superintendent, Windsor Fair – 207.242.3341, and Tom Foster, President, Windsor Fair. To participate in the 2014 Youth Show and Sale, notification must be communicated to a committee member by January 3, 2014 for market steers ad June 6, 2014 for market lambs. View a complete list of rules at: http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/2014-windsor-fair-youth-baby-beef-and-market-lamb-show-and-sale/.
  7. 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament
    For: Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Somerset, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo and Washington Counties
    The 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament will be held Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the University of Maine at Orono. 4-H Youth ages 9 to 18 who have participated in their county 4-H public speaking tournament and received the required score 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 present their presentation to their county’s 4-H staff in order 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 19th at 207.667.8212 or at joyce.fortier@maine.edu. For more information on 4-H public speaking, including guidelines and judging sheets, please visit http://umaine.edu/hancock/programs/hancock-county-4-h/ or contact Lisa Reilich at 207.598.6621 or lisa.reilich@maine.edu.
  8. One Maine Potato, Two Maine Potato, more….
    The science behind cooking and eating spuds.
    Come explore the science related to the storage conditions, processing and healthy consumption of Maine potatoes. This class will include baking potatoes, and preparing a “potato bar” with healthy toppings for lunch!  We will discuss MyPlate recommendations, and where potatoes and toppings fit as part of a healthy diet. Participants will also have an introduction to kitchen basics and kitchen safety (knife skills, hand washing, equipment overview, etc).
    This 4-H Science Saturday will take place on January 25, 2014 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, at Hitchner Hall, at the University of Maine in Orono (with a snow date of February 8, 2014); there is room for a maximum of 25 participants in grades 6 – 8. Jason Bolton, Assistant Extension Professor and Food Safety Specialist, and Kate Yerxa, MS, RD, Extension Educator will host this event.
    Register online at: http://umaine.edu/4h/home/science-saturday/, or, for more information contact Jessy Brainerd at 800.287.0274 (toll free in Maine) or 207.581.3877 or e-mail jessica.brainerd@maine.edu.
  9. 4-H Geocaches!
    If you participated in the hiding 100 geocaches to celebrate 100 years of 4-H, cold weather is upon us. We hope everyone enjoyed participating in this celebration of 4-H. If you didn’t register with a public site for your geocache, a friendly reminder that you may want to remove any hidden geocaches for the upcoming season. Be sure to let your county office know how many 4-Hers visited your geocache.