Penobscot Bay Pilot reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a train-the-trainer workshop for those interested in leading 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) experiments at their work sites. Designed for 4-H volunteers, teachers, library staff and after-school or childcare providers, the workshop will be available via distance learning at sites throughout the state in September and October. NYSD is held annually to promote programming that sparks interest and leadership in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.
The University of Maine was mentioned in articles by the Portland Press Herald and Bangor Daily News on climate change and the increase of ticks and Lyme disease. Both reports referenced a question on the November ballot that will ask voters to approve an $8 million bond that would support a laboratory administered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension for monitoring Lyme disease and other health threats related to mosquitoes, bed bugs and ticks. Research from UMaine’s Climate Change Institute also was referenced in the BDN article. A clinical research associate at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute, which tracks tick populations in the state, said CCI research shows the state will grow significantly warmer by 2050.
WABI (Channel 5) reported the order of bond questions for the November ballot was determined by a drawing in Augusta. A bond referring to funds for an animal and plant disease and insect control lab administered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension was selected as Question 2. The question reads, “Do you favor an $8,000,000 bond issue to support Maine agriculture, facilitate economic growth in natural resources-based industries and monitor human health threats related to ticks, mosquitoes and bedbugs through the creation of an animal and plant disease and insect control laboratory administered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service?”
Keri Kaczor, of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and coordinator of Maine Healthy Beaches, spoke with SeacoastOnline about the health of Maine’s beaches following the release of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s annual report on the water quality at beaches throughout the nation. Maine Healthy Beaches is a partnership between the UMaine Extension/Sea Grant, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, and local municipalities. The statewide organization is dedicated to monitoring and keeping beaches clean. Kaczor said despite Maine’s low rank in the NRDC report, there are plenty of beaches in the state with nearly spotless records, and most of those beaches are in state or national parks where there is little to no developmen
Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, flooding, high winds and rip currents. All of these can affect people who live on shorefront land. To help property owners take steps now to make their homes more resilient and less damage-prone over the long run, Maine Sea Grant has updated the Maine Property Owner’s Guide to Managing Flooding, Erosion & Other Coastal Hazards.
The online resource contains detailed information on navigating state and federal regulatory and permitting processes associated with actions such as elevating a house, moving a house back away from the water, restoring dunes, creating buffers and stabilizing coastal bluffs. Normandeau Associates Environmental Consultants worked in partnership with Sea Grant and University of Maine Cooperative Extension to make this new information available. Now, not only can coastal property owners learn more about the hazards they face and what can be done to protect their property, they also can access step-by-step recommendations and permitting guidance.
Examples of property owners who have taken some of these steps are highlighted in case studies from across southern Maine. Information about a tour of resilient properties to be offered in September will be online.
Property owners in Maine’s coastal communities are encouraged to review this updated guidance document as soon as possible. By taking action now to prevent hurricane damage, public and private property owners can greatly reduce their risk of damage and avoid significant costs and delays associated with repairs and restoration.
The Bangor Daily News article, “UMaine researchers helping coastal communities weather the storms,” focused on a study being conducted by a team of UMaine researchers who are seeking to figure out the effects of climate change on coastal communities. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative. According to the article, the team worked with people from Lincolnville and Ellsworth over 18 months to develop plans to deal with overtapped culverts. The communities were selected as models to generate information that hopefully will have broader applications around the coast. “Culverts are the backbone of infrastructure. They’re super important to communities. When they fail, it can be very expensive and disastrous for homeowners or for businesses, or for people traveling on that road. People have lost their lives,” said team member Esperanza Stancioff, an associate extension professor at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant.
Jason Bolton, a statewide food safety specialist and assistant professor with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was interviewed for a Bangor Daily News article about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finding federal seafood safety violations at Linda Bean’s lobster processing plant in Rockland. The plant’s manager told the BDN the company contacted UMaine to have a food safety expert visit the plant and evaluate practices. Bolton said he is scheduled to visit the plant soon and plans to educate and help the company. Bolton said he and another food specialist with UMaine Extension assist 400 to 500 companies a year, ranging from seafood processors to slaughterhouses and jam producers.
Upcoming Events and Important Dates
June 20-22 Maine 4-H Days at Windsor Fairgrounds
June 23 KLLA Meeting, 6pm
June 30 Animal Approval Forms due…NO EXCEPTIONS
July 1 Apply for Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors (MALE) membership/insurance
July 11-13 ESE Horse Tryouts, Skowhegan Fairgrounds
July 14 KLLA Meeting, 6pm
July 28 KLLA Meeting, 6pm
August 1 Union Fair Livestock Entry Forms due at the Extension office
August 1 Union Fair 4-H Club and Individual Exhibition Yurt entry forms due
Happy birthday to Hannah Basham, Katelynn Colbry, Lauren Fougner, Isaiah Havey, Samantha Leighton, Maya Martz, Olivia Richmond, Emily Sabattis, Kane Scheimreif!
Thank You for Community Service Day!
On May 31, 4-H members, families and leaders, alongside Union Fair Board members, turned up and pitched in at the Union Fairgrounds Community Service Day. Fences were painted, built-up sod was removed in the lower barn areas, staples, nails and screws were removed from upper barn walls, the restaurant and Race Steward’s office windows were washed, and more! Union Fair Board members provided a barbecue lunch. At the end of the morning, hard-working 4-Hers turned in stars that they found at their jobsites for cash prizes! Cash donated by Barley Joe Farms Greenhouse and the Jackson family farm. Thank you to all who participated and contributed to this very successful collaboration!
Congratulations to KL 4-H High School Grads!
Best of luck to KL 4-Hers and graduating high school seniors Elly Baubonis, Lauren Guptill, Ellie Pendleton and Ambrosia Yankowski. We look forward to welcoming you as 4-H Leaders some day!
Two Knox-Lincoln 4-H Scholarship Recipients Honored
Lauren Guptill, Independent KL 4-H member, Waldoboro, has been awarded a 2014 Maine 4-H Foundation Post-Secondary Education Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to several Maine 4-H youth based on a combination of demonstrated academic and 4-H excellence. Ellie Pendleton, member of Aldermere Achievers 4-H Club in Rockport, has been awarded the 2014 Oxton Trust Post-Secondary Scholarship from the Knox-Lincoln 4-H Leaders’ Association.
Lauren and Ellie were both officially presented their scholarships at the Maine 4-H Foundation Annual Meeting on May 15 at the University of Maine in Orono. Congratulations, Lauren and Ellie!
Paper Clover at Tractor Supply Company
Tractor Supply Store in Thomaston participated in the 4-H Paper Clover Fundraising Campaign April 23-May 4. Twice a year, the campaign raises funds for 4-H youth development program activities statewide and in communities where stores are located. We would like to thank 4-H volunteers and parents Trina Havey, Billie Joe Flynn, Kim Krejsa and Michelle Seaman, and 4-H members Skye Havey, Isaiah Havey, Baylee Flynn, Isabel Flynn, Kaleb Flynn, Sean Krejsa, Gloria Seaman and Gabriel Seaman of the Jolly Farmers and Jolly Juniors 4-H clubs for representing 4-H at the Tractor Supply store in Thomaston on Saturday, May 3. The group showed their rabbits to the public and offered face painting and a bake sale. With the money they raised, they purchased paper clovers to help the campaign. Results from this spring’s campaign will be published when they become available.
During the prior three years, the TSC 4-H Paper Clover Campaign has provided more than $2 million to 4-H nationwide; 70 percent of funds are returned to state and local 4-H programs for camps, after-school programs and scholarships that afford youth opportunities to explore interests in topics ranging from animal science to robotics. This is the first time that 4-H in Knox and Lincoln Counties has been able to participate locally.
Union Fair Information Booklet and Entry Forms Online
The general information booklet, including livestock and exhibition yurt entry forms, for Union Fair 2014 are available on the University of Maine Cooperative Extension website at http://umaine.edu/knox-lincoln/blog/2014/06/10/2014-union-fair-4-h-information-booklet-entry-forms/. Entry forms are due at this office by August 1.
Basket Fundraiser for KLLA at Union Fair
This year’s fundraiser raffle at Union Fair to benefit Knox-Lincoln 4-H will once again 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, firstname.lastname@example.org) of a theme for their basket by July 11. 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 craft basket, a scrapbooking basket, a spa basket…the list goes on and on!
Independent members: please contribute to a Cooking Basket, which will be located at the Knox-Lincoln UMaine Extension office. Look for an email containing details.
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, email@example.com.
Animal Approval & Rental/Lease Forms Due June 30
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 2014! 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, 2014. For more information contact Cindy Rogers at 832-0342 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com.
State 4-H Office Core Newsletter Posts
1. Maine 4-H Days - http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/05/27/early-registration-for-maine-4-h-days-ends-june-2nd/
2. 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/
3. Come to Camp this Summer – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/04/23/come-to-camp-this-summer/
4. Maine 4-H Horse Team Communications Tryouts – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/03/24/maine-4-h-horse-team-communications-tryouts/
5. 2014 Eastern States Horse Tryouts – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/01/22/2014-eastern-states-horse-tryouts/
6. State 4-H Dairy Show – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/12/30/upcoming-4-h-dairy-events/
7. 4-H National Trips and CWF Trip Winners – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/05/27/4-h-national-trips-cwf-trip-winners/
8. Save the Date: TSC’s Fall Paper Clover Event Oct 8-19, 2014 – umaine.edu/4h/2014/05/27/save-the-date-tscs-fall-paper-clover-event-oct-8-19-2014/
This information booklet contains everything you need to know about 4-H activities, 4-H shows and 4-H exhibition yurt hall entries at Union Fair. The animal shows are open to all 4-H members, ages 9-18, in the State of Maine. The exhibition hall is open to enrolled 4-H members in Knox, Lincoln and Waldo Counties only. If you have questions please contact the Knox-Lincoln office at 832.0343 or 800.244.2104 (in Maine), or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.