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Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter-May 2014

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

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

May 31-June 1  Maine Fiber Frolic, Windsor Fairgrounds

June 20-22  Maine 4-H Days at Windsor Fairgrounds…REGISTER NOW!

June 23  KLLA Meeting, 6pm

June 30  Animal Approval Forms due…NO EXCEPTIONS

May Birthdays

Happy birthday to Elly Baubonis, Arianna Cloutier, Anthony Dube, Aspen Dyer, Paytyn Dyer, Kaleb Flynn, Margaret Gleasner, Gabriel Seaman, Giacomo Smith, Emma Soule, John Strout!

All Hands on Deck for Community Service Day!

Did you know that the Union Fair is not the only event that happens at Union Fairgrounds? At this time of year, Union Fair volunteers are getting the grounds ready for the wide variety of events and activities that occur there throughout the summer and fall. After a long winter, there are many projects, big and small, that need to be done to keep the grounds looking their best. This is an opportunity for Knox-Lincoln 4-H to show our appreciation to The Union Fair for their support of our program.

On May 31 (rain date June 1), 9:00 am to noon (followed by lunch), we hope to get as many 4-H members and adults as we can at the Union Fairgrounds for a Community Service Day. Tasks that need to be done include fence painting, sweeping of barn areas, removing staples from barn walls and other age-appropriate jobs. Barbecue lunch will be provided by Union Fair Board members and there will be a scavenger hunt for cash prizes!

Please sign up by calling or emailing this office by May 23 if you can come and participate. As always, your help is greatly appreciated!

Club Posters Requested

Several years ago clubs and independents from Knox-Lincoln 4-H created photo posters representing their club activities or independent projects. These were hung in the restaurant dining hall at Union Fair and were greatly admired by restaurant staff and patrons. We would like to revive this practice with new posters from our clubs and independents! Show everyone what your clubs is about! Attach photos securely as you would for a yurt entry and make your lettering large and clear. Just a standard poster board is easiest to hang on the latticework in the restaurant, no tri-folds or foam board please. You can bring your poster to the office any time before the fair or to the yurt when you bring your project entries. Thanks!

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 . The event organizers are hoping to have intent forms in by May 1st, but are flexible as this is a new program. 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.

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. Register Starting May 1st for Maine 4-H Dayshttp://umaine.edu/4h/2014/04/23/register-starting-may-1st-for-maine-4-h-days/
  2. VOLT Trained Volunteers Needed for 4-H@UMaine: Connecting Kids with Collegehttp://umaine.edu/4h/2014/04/23/volt-trained-volunteers-needed-for-4-humaine-connecting-kids-with-college/
  3. Save the Date for Positive Youth Development Conferencehttp://umaine.edu/4h/2014/03/24/save-the-date-for-positive-youth-development-conference-presentations-needed/
  4. Come to Camp this Summerhttp://umaine.edu/4h/2014/04/23/come-to-camp-this-summer/
  5. Intent Forms for Eastern States Expositionhttp://umaine.edu/4h/2014/01/22/intent-forms-for-eastern-states-exposition/
  6. 2014 Eastern States Horse Tryoutshttp://umaine.edu/4h/2014/01/22/2014-eastern-states-horse-tryouts/
  7. 2014 Horse Judging Clinichttp://umaine.edu/4h/2014/02/25/2014-horse-judging-clinic/
  8. Maine 4-H Horse Team Communications Tryoutshttp://umaine.edu/4h/2014/03/24/maine-4-h-horse-team-communications-tryouts/
  9. 4-H Dairy Judging Resultshttp://umaine.edu/4h/2014/04/23/4-h-dairy-judging-results/
  10. State 4-H Dairy Showhttp://umaine.edu/4h/2013/12/30/upcoming-4-h-dairy-events/
  11. 4-H Animal Science Research Projecthttp://umaine.edu/4h/2014/04/23/4-h-animal-science-research-project/

 

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/

 

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/

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/ ).

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.

Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter-November 2013

Wednesday, November 6th, 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: cynthia.rogers@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!

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
Butterfly
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 http://www.maine.gov/ifw/hunting_trapping/pdfs/2013HuntingSeasonsChart.pdf.

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 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.
  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: http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/09/24/4-h-rabbit-show/.
  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 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.

Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter-September 2013

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Notify Pam Doherty or Cindy Rogers if you or your club has an event or 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 Events and Important Dates

September 13-29  Eastern States Exposition, Springfield, Massachusetts

September 25  Newsletter articles due

September 30  Knox-Lincoln Leaders’ Association (KLLA) Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

September 30  Project Records due at Cooperative Extension office

September 30  Photography Contest entries due

October 1       Start of 4-H year 2014

October 19     2013 4-H Achievement Awards Celebration, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., St. Denis Parish Hall, Whitefield

October 25     Newsletter articles due

October 28     KLLA Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

September Birthdays

Chloe B., Jordan F., Zoe G., Skye H., Ethan M., Hugo S., Katie W., Paige W.

Hold the Date: October 19

Plan to attend the Knox-Lincoln 4-H Achievement Awards Celebration on Saturday, October 19, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at St. Denis Parish Hall in Whitefield. This will be a gala evening with dinner and recognition of the hard work and accomplishments of our 4-H members. You won’t want to miss it!

Nominations Sought for 4-H Awards

During the Union Fair, a few outstanding 4-H’ers may be chosen to receive the 4-H Character Award. This honor may be awarded to a 4-H’er who carries out his or her project and who treats other 4-H members, fair colleagues, spectators and their animals (when applicable) according to the six pillars of character:
Responsibility, Trustworthiness, Respect, Caring, Fairness and Citizenship.

Nominations for the 4-H Character Award, may be submitted to Knox-Lincoln Extension Office, 377 Manktown Road, Waldoboro, Maine 04572 or via email cynthia.rogers@maine.edu by September 30, 2013.

Also due September 30 are nominations by leaders for the following individual member and club awards: Team Player, Treasurer, Secretary, Community Service, Leadership, Citizenship, Katherine Watier Green Award. The nomination form for these awards will be mailed to leaders and posted here: http://umaine.edu/knox-lincoln/blog/tag/4-h-award-nomination/

Project and Activity Records Due September 30

Don’t forget to complete and turn in your Project Records and Cloverbud Activity Records for judging by September 30th so that you can be recognized for your year of project work. Judged records will be returned and awards announced at the 4-H Achievement Awards Celebration on October 19.

Enter the Knox-Lincoln 4-H Photo Contest

Get your entries ready for the Knox-Lincoln 4-H Photography Contest 2013! In addition to being recognized at the 2013 4-H Achievement Awards Celebration, the top scoring twelve photos will be displayed in the 4-H Photo Gallery at the Knox-Lincoln (KL) UMaine Cooperative Extension office for a year. Each photo will also be featured for a month as the cover photo of the KL 4-H Facebook page.

Any Knox-Lincoln 4-H member 4-H age 9 and up is eligible to enter up to 6 single photographs (not photo stories/collages). Entries will be accepted at the KL UMaine Extension office in Waldoboro until September 30, 2013. For more information contact Cindy Rogers at 207.832.0342 or cynthia.rogers@maine.edu. Entry forms and contest judging guidelines can be found at http://umaine.edu/knox-lincoln/news-events/.

Club Exhibits

Three clubs from Knox and Lincoln Counties submitted Club Exhibits for judging this year at Union Fair: Jolly Juniors, Jolly Farmers and Aldermere Achievers. All of the clubs scored high in the judging and all three were awarded the special “100 Years of 4-H” ribbon! Each of the clubs will receive a $35 premium from KLLA. Congratulations to all and thank you for participating. We would love to see more clubs enter in 2014!

Raffle Results

Thank you to KL clubs and independent members who put together nine beautiful prize baskets for the 2013 Knox-Lincoln Leader’s Association Raffle at Union Fair. Anyone who took a shift tending the yurt this year knows that the quality and beauty of these baskets sold the tickets with little effort! The raffle brought in about $750 for 4-H in Knox and Lincoln Counties…a very successful effort indeed! Thank you to everyone who contributed to the baskets and/or sold and bought raffle tickets. Perhaps we should do this again next year!

State 4-H Office Core Newsletter Web Posts

  1. Robotics Expo
    http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/robotics-expo/
  2. National 4-H Science Experiment: Get Ready for 4-H Maps & Apps
    http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/07/25/get-ready-for-4-h-maps-apps/
  3. 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 http://umaine.edu/4h/volunteers/resources/4-h-animal-science-committee-resources/ Contact Michaele Bailey at michaele.bailey@maine.edu, 207.581.3872 or Donna Flint at donna.flint@maine.edu, 207.324.2814.
  4. The Big E Bus
    There will be two busses going to the Big E on Maine Day, 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. Contact Jessy Brainerd: jessica.brainerd@maine.edu, 207.581.3877. This trip is sponsored by the Maine Trustees to Eastern States.
  5. 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 or recommendations about the event, please email jessica.brainerd@maine.edu, or call 207.581.3877.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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. To apply go to 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.
  9. Celebrating 100 Years in Maine with 100 4-H Geocaches!
    http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/07/25/celebrating-100-years-in-maine-with-100-4-h-geocaches/
  10. 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: http://www.thebige.com/fair/agriculture/documents/13ag4hdogpacket.pdf. Contact Donna Flint at 207.324.2814, donna.flint@maine.edu.
  11. 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: http://www.thebige.com/fair/agriculture/documents/134hbeefpacket2.pdf.  Look for pages 14 and 15 for complete information. Contact Donna Flint at 207.324.2814, donna.flint@maine.edu.
  12. 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 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 information and registration, visit http://umaine.edu/cumberland/files/2012/08/Cumberland-Fair-4-H-Dog-Show-2013.pdf.
  13. UMaine Scholarships Available
    The Associated Faculty of the University of Maine 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 September 13th. Applications available by emailing karen.h.gagne@maine.edu or diana.hartley@maine.edu.

Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter – July/August 2013

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Notify Pam or Cindy if you or your club has an event or 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.

Click here to follow Knox-Lincoln 4-H on Facebook!

Upcoming Events and Important Dates

July 29  KLLA meeting, 6pm at Union Fairgrounds

August 2  Union Fair Animal entry forms due

August 2  Union Fair 4-H Club and Individual Exhibit entry forms due

August 2  Union Fair 4-H Club Exhibit sign-up deadline

August 6  Union Fair Cloverbud Demonstration sign-up deadline

August 9  Raffle Baskets due to Cooperative Extension office

August 12  Union Fair Clean-up & Informational Meeting

August 15  Exhibition yurt entries accepted at the yurt, 5-8pm

August 16  Exhibition yurt entries accepted at the yurt, 3-7pm

August 17-24  UNION FAIR

August 26  KLLA Meeting, 6pm at Union Fairgrounds

August 30  Newsletter articles due

September 13-29  Eastern States Exposition, Springfield, MA

September 25  Newsletter articles due

September 30  KLLA Meeting, 6pm

September 30  Project Records due at Cooperative Extension office

September 30  Photography Contest entries due

July Birthdays

Emma A., Madison A., Quinn B., Hazel C., Danika D., Braxton F., Amariah G., Rylee I., Morgaine K., Karli L., Elliott P., Alexis R., Kennedy S., Elizabeth S.

August Birthdays

David A., Linnea A., Rylee B., Grant B., Taylor B., Garrett C., Damon C., Taryn C., Cailey E., Tyler L., Makenzie N., Kyle S.

Union Fair Information/Forms Are Online!

The Union Fair Information Booklet with entry forms has posted on the Knox-Lincoln Extension website: http://umaine.edu/knox-lincoln/news-events/. Be aware that you will have to scroll down the page to find the article among other KL Extension news. If you are having trouble viewing or printing this booklet, contact the Knox-Lincoln UMaine Cooperative Extension office and we will mail you what you need. 207.832.0343, (in Maine) 1.800.244.2104, pamela.doherty@maine.edu

Come to the Union Fairgrounds Clean-up Party

Help get the Fairgrounds ready for Union Fair 2013! If you can, bring rakes, shovels and cleaning supplies, although some will be available. A picnic dinner will be provided! Learn up-to-date Union Fair information. Monday, August 12 from 4-7pm.

Union Fair Passes

Each Knox-Lincoln 4-H member who is participating (showing or volunteering) at Union Fair is entitled to free entry to the fair on the days they are participating. In addition, one parent in each participating 4-H family may also receive a free pass so that they can accompany their child on those days. So that you receive the pass that you need, call or email this office by August 12 to let us know what days you will be showing and/or volunteering at the fair (pamela.doherty@maine.edu, 207.832.0343). Fair passes will be distributed at the Fairgrounds Clean-up Party on August 12. After that date, you may pick up passes at the KL Extension office, or at the yurt when you bring in your project entries on Thursday, August 15, 5-8pm, or Friday, August 16, 3-7pm.

Union Fair Volunteers Needed

In order to provide secure coverage of the Exhibition Yurt, volunteers are needed to take 2-hour shifts. Also needed are volunteers to take a 4-hour shift at 4-H Farm-to-Fair. You will receive a fair pass for the days that you volunteer. Help us show the public how great our 4-H members and volunteers are! To put your name on the schedule, please call Pam Doherty at the KL Extension office at 207.832.0342, email pamela.doherty@maine.edu.

Breakfast Foods Requested for Yurt Judges

We are requesting donations of muffins, fruit and other breakfast foods to offer to our volunteer Exhibition Yurt judges on Saturday morning, August 17. If you can help, contact Cindy Rogers 207.832.0343, cynthia.rogers@maine.edu.

Pre-sell Basket Raffle Tickets

This year’s fundraiser raffle at Union Fair to benefit Knox-Lincoln 4-H will feature themed baskets filled with quality items donated or made by KL 4-H clubs. We have had a wonderful response from clubs and are looking forward to seeing those baskets come in! We ask that these items be new and high-quality or handmade by 4-H club members, with a total basket value of at least $50. Please bring your filled basket to the Cooperative Extension office by August 9.

Pre-sell raffle tickets! 4-H members and leaders are encouraged to sell raffle tickets before the fair. Tickets will be available at the KL Extension Office after July 30. Let’s raise some funds for KL 4-H!

Independent members: please contribute to a Gardening Basket, which will be located at the Knox-Lincoln UMaine Extension office by August 9.

Enter the Knox-Lincoln 4-H Photo Contest

Get your entries ready for the Knox-Lincoln 4-H Photography Contest 2013! Be sure to look back at photos you took in the winter and fall so that we have a variety of seasons and subjects represented.

Any Knox-Lincoln 4-H member 4-H age 9 and up who brings one or more single photographs (not photo stories/collages) to be entered into the Exhibition Yurt at Union Fair will be asked if they wish to also be entered into the photography contest. Entries (whether entered in Union Fair or not) will be accepted at the KL Extension office in Waldoboro until September 30, 2013. For more information contact Cindy Rogers at 207.832.0342 or cynthia.rogers@maine.edu.

Plan a Union Fair Club Exhibit

Plan a club exhibit at Union Fair to show the public and other clubs what you have been doing this year! Following are some tips and guidelines to get you started. Reserve your club’s exhibit space by calling the Extension office by August 2. Judging will be on the Danish System, based on the following criteria:

1. Club/group name with town displayed prominently.

2. Exhibit theme (theme is chosen by the club): Does exhibit express a central idea and carry it out?

3. Exhibit title: creative, prominently placed with large lettering.

4. Lettering (quality and size), color and arrangement

5. 4-H scrapbook: may include photos of 4-H activities, club, goals, community service projects, 4-H family outings and each member should write/draw a life skill that they have learned in 4-H.

6. Size of articles on display: Are they large enough to be recognizable at a distance of six feet?

7. Degree to which the group exhibit involves the public (hands–on). Examples might be: small-scale maze, a game, a mystery box, a card game.

8. NEW this year: Earn a special ribbon at Union Fair 2013 for your club exhibit or individual exhibit following a “Theme of 100”. This can be specifically 100 years of 4-H or 100 of anything!

The top three clubs will receive $35 premiums. Other participating clubs will receive $10 premiums. There will also be a People’s Choice ribbon awarded, as elected by the public.

Contact this office for information (including size restrictions) and to reserve your club exhibit space, 207.832.0343, pamela.doherty@maine.edu. Spaces will be available for Knox-Lincoln 4-H clubs on a first-come first-serve basis. Call early if electrical outlet is needed.

Cloverbud Demonstrations at Union Fair

Cloverbud members (4-H members aged 5-8 years) may participate in a non-competitive demonstration show during Union Fair. Cloverbuds may demonstrate one small animal (rabbit, dog, poultry, kid goat or non-market, lamb, piglet, or small calf) in this show with one-on-one supervision by an adult or older teen with at least three years experience maintaining primary control of the animal. Older 4-H members or adults will interview the younger children while they are demonstrating. Maybe you have a non-animal demonstration you would like to present. These are encouraged as well. All animal and non-animal demonstrations must be approved by 4-H staff prior to the fair. Sign up to participate by August 6. Animal demonstration participants must follow the same rules as apply to competitive livestock shows. Members who participate in a Cloverbud demonstration will receive a participant ribbon along with a $5.00 honorarium.

Celebrating 100 Years of 4-H in Maine at Union Fair 2013

Remember that 2013 marks 100 Years of 4-H in Maine. Earn a special ribbon at Union Fair 2013 for your club exhibit or individual exhibit following a “Theme of 100”. This can be specifically 100 years of 4-H or 100 of anything! Use your imaginations and make plans! Fair information books and entry forms for club and individual exhibits will be available soon.

Nominations Sought for 4-H Character Awards

During the Union Fair, a few outstanding 4-Hers may be chosen to receive the 4-H Character Award. This honor may be awarded to a 4-Her who carries out his or her project and who treats other 4-H members, fair colleagues, spectators and their animals (when applicable) according to the six pillars of character:
Responsibility, Trustworthiness, Respect, Caring, Fairness and Citizenship.

Nominations for the 4-H Character Award, may be submitted to Knox-Lincoln Extension Office, 377 Manktown Road, Waldoboro, ME 04572 or cynthia.rogers@maine.edu. Nomination cards will also be available at the Union Fair. Look for the 4-H Character Award Display in the 4-H Exhibition Yurt. All 2012-13 nominations must be received by September 30, 2013.

State 4-H Office Core Newsletter Web Posts

Maine 4-H Days – Another Great Year! – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/07/25/2013-maine-4-h-days-another-great-year/

Celebrating 100 Years of 4-H in Maine – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/04/22/celebrating-100-years-of-4-h-in-maine-2/

Eastern States Exposition, New England Center Program – http://umaine.edu/4h/2012/12/20/eastern-states-exposition/

2013 Morris Scholarship for Eastern States Participants – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/01/23/2013-morris-scholarship-for-eastern-states-participants/

Beef Heifer Project – http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/beef/new-england-galloway-group-heifer-project/

Maine Fair Season Insurance – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/05/22/maine-fair-season-insurance/

Celebrating 100 Years in Maine with 100 4-H Geocaches! – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/07/25/celebrating-100-years-in-maine-with-100-4-h-geocaches/

Get Ready for 4-H Maps & Apps – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/07/25/get-ready-for-4-h-maps-apps/

The New England 4-H Dog Program Poster Contest – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/07/25/the-new-england-4-h-dog-program-poster-contest/

The New England 4-H Beef Poster, Ad or Logo Contest – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/07/25/the-new-england-4-h-beef-poster-ad-or-logo-contest/

Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter-June 2013

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Notify Pam or Cindy if you or your club has an event or   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.

Click here to follow Knox-Lincoln 4-H on Facebook!

Upcoming Events and Important Dates

June 21-23 ESE Horse try-outs, Skowhegan Fairgrounds

June 24 KLLA meeting, 6pm, Union Fairgrounds at the 4-H yurt

June 25 Newsletter articles due

July 1 Union Fair Animal Approval forms due at this office BY NOON – NO EXCEPTIONS!

July 1  Membership applications for Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors (MALE) due

July 5  Deadline to notify Cindy of your club’s raffle basket theme (see article)

July 15  KLLA Meeting, 6pm at Union Fairgrounds

July 18-21  Maine 4-H Days at Windsor Fairgrounds

July 25  Newsletter articles due

July 29  KLLA meeting, 6pm at Union Fairgrounds

July 30  Union Fair Livestock entry forms due

July 30  Union Fair 4-H Club and Individual Exhibit entry forms due

August 6  Union Fair Cloverbud Demonstration sign-up deadline

June Birthdays

Hannah B., Kayleigh B., Katelynn C., Ella F., Lauren F., Isaiah H., Josey H., True L., Samantha L., Emmitt L., Sydney M., Olivia R., Kane S.

Barnyard Bash Was a Blast!

Barnyard Bash was held at Union Fairgrounds June 14-16. Thank you to all who attended, presented workshops and helped make it all happen! The weather was perfect on Saturday and Friday night was pretty good too. KL 4-H members got to participate in great workshops, including Beekeeping Basics, Dog Care, Horse Riding, Sheep Care, Eco-bots, Quilling, Soap Carving, Fabric Bracelets, and much more! The food was wonderfully prepared by Cindy Allen and members of Muddy Mustangs. Visit the Knox Lincoln 4-H Facebook page to view photo highlights.

Continue your summer 4-H fun and register for Maine 4-H Days, a statewide event at Windsor Fairgrounds July 18-21. Those classes are filling fast!

100 Years of 4-H Spaghetti Dinner a Success

After Barnyard Bash workshops ended on June 15, Knox-Lincoln 4-H leaders, parents and youth prepared and served a spaghetti dinner at the restaurant building of Union Fairgrounds. In Celebration of 100 Years of 4-H in Maine, 4-H alumni members and leaders, as well as community supporters of the 4-H program, shared a dinner and their own 4-H stories. It was a fun evening with over 100 guests attending and several sharing their 4-H stories with us.

Over $600 was donated to KLLA at the dinner. Thank you to all members and leaders who helped make this fundraiser a success!

Congratulations to KL 4-H High School Grads!

Shawna S., Katheryn N. and Alice F., best of luck in your future endeavors. We look forward to welcoming you as 4-H Leaders some day!

Aldermere Achiever Selected for 4-H National Congress

Ellie P. of the Aldermere Achievers 4-H Club, has been selected to attend the 2013 National 4-H Congress in Atlanta. The National 4-H Congress is an annual educational conference that brings together 4-H delegates between the ages of 14 and 19 from across America to share cultural experiences and discuss important issues facing youth. This five-day event is typically held during the weekend of Thanksgiving and has been hosted in Atlanta, Georgia since 1998. Throughout the conference, 4-H delegates attend numerous workshops, participate in community service activities, and listen to speakers in an effort to develop compassion and increase social awareness. Congratulations, Ellie!

Flowers Need a Summer Home

4-H Volunteer Valerie Jackson has planted up many pots of petunias and needs 4-H members and leaders to care for them at their homes this summer. These flower pots will be used to decorate Union Fair in August. If you can take some pots to care for this summer, contact Valerie at 207.975.2508, val_gym@yahoo.com.

Basket Fundraiser for KLLA at Union Fair

This year’s fundraiser raffle at Union Fair to benefit Knox-Lincoln 4-H will feature themed baskets filled with quality items donated or made by KL 4-H clubs. Each club is asked to come up with and notify Cindy Rogers (207.832.0343, cynthia.rogers@maine.edu) of a theme for their basket by July 5. Then the club should fill a large basket or other container with items relating to the theme as a prize for the raffle. We ask that these items be new and high-quality or handmade by 4-H club members, with a total basket value of at least $50. Ideas for a theme basket might be a dog, rabbit or horse care basket, a cooking basket, craft supplies, a scrapbooking basket…the list goes on and on!

Independent members: please contribute to a Gardening Basket, which will be located at the Knox-Lincoln UMaine Extension office. Look for an email containing details.

Animal Approval & Rental/Lease Forms Due NOON on July 1

Due to the annual deadline of June 30th falling on a Sunday, we will accept the animal approval forms in the office by NOON on July 1st. Please don’t hesitate to get them to us sooner. These forms are available at the Knox-Lincoln Cooperative Extension office and on the Maine 4-H website: http://umaine.edu/4h/volunteers/resources/forms/

Rabbits, poultry and small pets (with the exception of dogs) do NOT need to be listed on animal approval forms. Members must follow all fair rules concerning the number of animals permitted in shows and will be required to present to fair officials any licenses, registration papers, or certificates of health required by fairs or the state of Maine.

Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors Membership Requirement

Nobody may show livestock without this important document of protection. Find the 2013-2014 MALE membership form at http://www.mainelivestockexhibitors.org/membership.html. A hardship scholarship may be available upon request for enrolled Knox-Lincoln 4Hers. Please contact the Knox-Lincoln Cooperative Extension to request an application. Be sure to apply for membership by July 1 so you will receive your membership card in time for Union Fair.

Enter the Knox-Lincoln 4-H Photo Contest

It’s almost time to get your entries ready for the Knox-Lincoln 4-H Photography Contest 2013! Be sure to look back at photos you took in the winter and fall so that we have a variety of seasons and subjects represented.

Any Knox-Lincoln 4-H member age 9 and up who brings one or more single photographs (not photo stories/collages) to be entered into the Exhibition Yurt at Union Fair will be asked if they wish to also be entered into the photography contest. Entries (whether entered in Union Fair or not) will be accepted at the KL Extension office in Waldoboro until September 30, 2013. For more information contact Cindy Rogers at 832-0342 or cynthia.rogers@maine.edu.

Plan a Union Fair Club Exhibit

Plan a club exhibit at Union Fair to show the public and other clubs what you have been doing this year! Following are some tips and guidelines to get you started. Reserve your club’s exhibit space by calling the Extension office by July 30. Judging will be on the Danish System, based on the following criteria:

1. Club/group name with town displayed prominently.

2. Exhibit theme (theme is chosen by the club): Does exhibit express a central idea and carry it out?

3. Exhibit title: creative, prominently placed with large lettering.

4. Lettering (quality and size), color and arrangement

5. 4-H scrapbook: may include photos of 4-H activities, club, goals, community service projects, 4-H family outings and each member should write/draw a life skill that they have learned in 4-H.

6. Size of articles on display: Are they large enough to be recognizable at a distance of six feet?

7. Degree to which the group exhibit involves the public (hands–on). Examples might be: small-scale maze, a game, a mystery box, a card game.

8. NEW this year: Earn a special ribbon at Union Fair 2013 for your club exhibit or individual exhibit following a “Theme of 100”. This can be specifically 100 years of 4-H or 100 of anything!

The top three clubs will receive $35 premiums. Other participating clubs will receive $10 premiums. There will also be a People’s Choice ribbon awarded, as elected by the public.

Contact this office for information (including size restrictions) and to reserve your club exhibit space, 207.832.0343, pamela.doherty@maine.edu. Spaces will be available for Knox-Lincoln 4-H clubs on a first-come first-serve basis. Call early if electrical outlet is needed.

Cloverbud Demonstrations at Union Fair

Cloverbud members (4-H members aged 5-8 years) may participate in a non-competitive demonstration show during Union Fair. Cloverbuds may demonstrate one small animal (rabbit, dog, poultry, kid goat or non-market, lamb, piglet, or small calf) in this show with one-on-one supervision by an adult or older teen with at least three years experience maintaining primary control of the animal. Older 4-H members or adults will interview the younger children while they are demonstrating. Maybe you have a non-animal demonstration you would like to present. These are encouraged as well. All animal and non-animal demonstrations must be approved by 4-H staff prior to the fair. Sign up to participate by August 6. Animal demonstration participants must follow the same rules as apply to competitive livestock shows. Members who participate in a Cloverbud demonstration will receive a participant ribbon along with a $5.00 honorarium.

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

Can your club adopt a Farm-to-Fair barn? Your club would be responsible for making sure one of the barns is clean, in good repair and stocked with everything needed for fair time. We already have some help, but still need club caretakers for the Beef and Fiber barns. This will require checking the barn in 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 Fair Clean-up Day on August 12, 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.

Celebrating 100 Years of 4-H in Maine at Union Fair 2013

Remember that 2013 marks 100 Years of 4-H in Maine. Earn a special ribbon at Union Fair 2013 for your club exhibit or individual exhibit following a “Theme of 100”. This can be specifically 100 years of 4-H or 100 of anything! Use your imaginations and make plans! Fair information books and entry forms for club and individual exhibits will be available soon.

State 4-H Office Core Newsletter Web Posts

  1. 2013 Maine 4-H Days – Registration Begins in May – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/04/22/2013-maine-4-h-days-registration-begins-in-may/
  2. State 4-H Dairy Program Dates – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/01/08/state-4-h-dairy-program-dates/
  3. Eastern States Exposition, New England Center Program – http://umaine.edu/4h/2012/12/20/eastern-states-exposition/
  4. 2013 Morris Scholarship for Eastern States Participants – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/01/23/2013-morris-scholarship-for-eastern-states-participants/
  5. Beef Heifer Project – http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/beef/new-england-galloway-group-heifer-project/
  6. 4-H Market Lamb Tagging for Windsor & Fryeburg Fairs – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/04/22/4-h-market-lamb-tagging-for-windsor-fryeburg-fairs/
  7. Congratulations to National 4-H Trip Delegates – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/05/22/congratulations-to-national-4-h-trip-delegates-2/
  8. Poultry Seminar in Buxton – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/05/22/poultry-seminar-in-buxton/
  9. Maine Fair Season Insurance – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/05/22/maine-fair-season-insurance/

Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter-April 2013

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Notify Pam or Cindy 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.

Click here to follow Knox-Lincoln 4-H on Facebook!

Upcoming Events and Important Dates

April 22  Last day to register for 4-H Photography Workshop

April 26-28  Global Youth Service Day

April 25  Newsletter articles due

April 27  KL 4-H Photography Workshop, 10am-2pm

April 29  KLLA Meeting, 6pm at KL UMaine Cooperative Extension

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

May 3  Last day to submit Presenter Forms for Barnyard Bash 2013

May 4  Maine School Garden Day, Troy Howard Middle School, Belfast

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

May 17-19  NELE, Windsor Fairgrounds

May 17-18  4-H@UMaine: Connecting Kids to Campus, University of Maine, Orono

May 25  Newsletter articles due

May 20  KLLA meeting, 6pm, Union Fairgrounds at the 4-H yurt

April Birthdays

Madeleine A., Lyla C., Jeremy D., Keyanna F., Thomas F., Isabelle G., Lucy H., Sean K., Samuel N., Abigail P., Andrea R., Alessandro S.

Last Chance to Sign Up for the 4-H Photography Workshop

We are offering a Photography Workshop for 4-H members on Saturday, April 27, 10am-2pm at the KL Cooperative Extension office. Come learn more about your camera and how to take better pictures. This workshop is limited to 20 participants, so pre-register by Monday, April 22. Bring a lunch, snacks provided. Parents are welcome to stay too. Call or email 832.0343, pamela.doherty@maine.edu.

Barnyard Bash Presenters/Volunteers Wanted

The Knox-Lincoln Leaders’ Association will once again present Barnyard Bash at Union Fairgrounds June 14-16, 2013. 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, cynthia.rogers@maine.edu, or Darlene Newcombe at 462.4532, dstnewcombe@gmail.com. All workshops must be confirmed by May 3, so contact us now!

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 2013. This year we are 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 Fair Clean-up Day on August 12, 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. Choose to adopt the Bluberry, Poultry, Beef or Fiber Barn.

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

Celebrating 100 Years of 4-H in Maine at Union Fair 2013

As you may have already heard, 2013 marks 100 Years of 4-H in Maine. To commemorate this milestone, special ribbons will be awarded at Union Fair 2013 to club exhibits and individual exhibits following a theme of 100. This can be specifically 100 years of 4-H or 100 of anything! Use your imaginations and make plans! Fair information books and entry forms for club and individual exhibits will be available soon. Keep an eye on future newsletter posts.

Maine School Garden Day May 4

Through a partnership with UMaine Cooperative Extension of Knox-Lincoln Counties and the Maine School Garden Network, Maine Ag in the Classroom is pleased to offer Maine School Garden Day for volunteers and educators interested in starting or growing a garden program. The program will be held on May 4 at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast, 8am-3:30pm There will be morning coffee service and a “local foods” lunch. The cost is $30 before April 22nd,$40 after that deadline. (Scholarships are available.)

Topics include How to start a School Garden, Heritage Seeds, Lessons and Activities, Cooking from the garden and MORE! Registration and information: http://www.agclassroom.org/me/programs/garden_day.htm or call Willie Sawyer Grenier 287.5522, maitca@maine.gov

Time to File E-postcard

If your club raises funds and has an EIN (Employer ID Number) on file with the IRS, it is time once again to file the E-990 e-postcard online. It is very important that all clubs with EINs file by May 15, 2013. 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.

News from The Muddy Mustangs

The Muddy Mustangs 4-H unmounted meeting was held on March 1st at the Jefferson School in Jefferson, Maine. Melanie Langmeyer, a representative from the Equine Welfare Alliance (MEWA) was our guest at our 4-H meeting. They had used school saddles donated to them which they brought to the meeting along with tack cleaning supplies. Our members cleaned the saddles so the MEWA can sell the saddles and raise money for their cause. We were teamed up in pairs by more advanced members and less advanced, each pair given a saddle to clean and get under flaps. We horse crazy kids were happy to know that we could do something to help horses in need. Also, our Jefferson members have been collecting scrap paper and taking it to the recycling center to help reduce pollution and waste, we have taken some huge bags to the transfer station. Our mounted lessons held every other week, have been very busy and full throughout the winter season. With the warmer spring weather we are reminded why we call our club the Muddy Mustangs. ­Lyla C., age 10

How Many Pennies Has Your Club Collected?

KLLA has issued a challenge to clubs: collect pennies throughout the year, deposit them in a designated jar at your club meetings. Bring the jar to the 2013 Achievement Celebration in October for counting. The club that collects the most pennies will get to enjoy an ice cream party at one of their club meetings! Your contributions will help fund county-wide events and programs that you enjoy all year. Keep us updated with your totals so we can post everyone’s progress!

4-H Accident Insurance Payments Requested

The Knox-Lincoln Leaders’ Association has voted to pay the cost of accident insurance in 2013 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.

Come Join Us for 4-H@UMaine, May 17-18!

Youth ages 12-17 can join the fun of becoming familiar with campus and what it has to offer. The youth will stay in dorm rooms overnight, eat at the dining halls, and attend workshops presented by UMaine professors to get a real feel of what college. We hope to see you all there! For more information: http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-events/4humaine/

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! If you would like to have Cindy visit one of your club meetings or events, contact her at cynthia.rogers@maine.edu, 832.0343.

State 4-H Office Core Newsletter Web Posts

  1. Celebrating 100 Years of 4-H in Maine – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/01/23/celebrating-100-years-of-4-h-in-maine/
  2. State 4-H Dairy Program Dates – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/01/08/state-4-h-dairy-program-dates/
  3. Eastern States Exposition – form deadlines – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/03/25/eastern-states-exposition-ese-form-deadlines/
  4. Eastern States Exposition – http://umaine.edu/4h/2012/12/20/eastern-states-exposition/
  5. 2013 Morris Scholarship for Eastern States Participants – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/01/23/2013-morris-scholarship-for-eastern-states-participants/
  6. 4-H @ UMaine: Connecting Kids to Campus – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/03/25/4-h-umaine-connecting-kids-to-campus-2/
  7. Beef Heifer Project – http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/beef/new-england-galloway-group-heifer-project/
  8. ESE Dairy Goat Intent to Participate – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/02/22/ese-dairy-goat-intent-to-participate-maine-eastern-states-dairy-goat-team/
  9. 2013 Maine 4-H Days Presenters Needed – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/03/25/2013-maine-4-h-days-presenters-needed/
  10. Fryeburg Youth Show – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/03/25/fryeburg-youth-show-april-25-28-2013/
  11. April Vacation Day Camp at Tanglewood 4-H – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/03/25/april-vacation-day-camp-at-tanglewood-4-h/
  12. Youth and Stress – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/03/25/youth-and-stress/
  13. UMaine 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training Weekend – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/03/25/umaine-4-h-shooting-sports-instructor-training-weekend/