The Penobscot Bay Pilot reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension is taking orders for highbush blueberry plants, asparagus crowns and strawberry plants until May 1, 2014. Plants will be available for pickup on May 17 at various locations throughout the state, including the Knox-Lincoln Extension office in Waldoboro and the Waldo Extension office in Waldo. Proceeds from the “Grow it Right!” sale go toward scholarships for UMaine Extension’s statewide Master Gardener Volunteer Program and fund statewide community-based horticulture projects.
The Free Press reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant will offer free training sessions for Signs of the Seasons, a program for volunteers to contribute local plant and animal life-cycle data for climate change research. Sessions are open to all interested volunteers, and registration is required. Sessions in the midcoast area will be held March 22 in Newcastle, March 25 in Belfast and April 5 in Boothbay.
Penobscot Bay Pilot reported that University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine will a conduct a free citizen science training session 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. March 25, 2014 at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. The program, “Signs of the Seasons,” focuses on the history and science of phenology (study of seasonal changes in plants and animals).
Spring meetings and training offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension were mentioned in the Bangor Daily News article “Maine wild blueberry industry may benefit from farm bill pilot program.” Blueberry growers will gather in March, 2014 for meetings planned by the UMaine Cooperative Extension in Waldoboro, Ellsworth and Machias. The meetings will include briefings on pollination, weeds, fertilizers, regulations, diseases and pests. The article also stated the Cooperative Extension and Maine Board of Pesticides Control will conduct training in Machias to prepare growers for the private pesticide applicator core exam and the blueberry commodity exam. Both exams will be administered after the training sessions.
The Village Soup reported Liz Stanley, Home Horticulture Program coordinator with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, will lead a workshop for beginning vegetable gardeners in Camden on February 22, 2014. The hands-on, interactive workshop will take place from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Merryspring Nature Center.
The Knox-Lincoln 4-H Public Speaking and Demonstration Tournament will be held on Sunday, March 9, 1-4pm (snow date March 16). This year’s event will be held at Jefferson Village School, 48 Washington Road in Jefferson.
Sign up to participate by completing the Registration Form and returning it to the Knox-Lincoln UMaine Extension office by February 24.
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Upcoming Events and Important Dates
January 20 Martin Luther King Day of Service
January 25 Public Speaking Workshop 10-1 (sign up by Jan. 20)
January 27 KLLA Meeting and Science Night, 5:30 pm
February 7 Tentative date for Snow Tubing in South China, 6-8:30pm (sign up by Feb. 3)
More details to come!
February 15 Last day to file E-postcard with IRS (clubs with EIN in place)
February 19 Winter Fun Day in Warren, 10-2 pm (sign up by Feb. 14)
February 24 KLLA Meeting, 6 pm
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Get Ready for Public Speaking Workshop
There will be a Public Speaking Workshop and potluck lunch on Saturday, January 25 from 10am-1pm at Knox-Lincoln UMaine Extension. Come try some fun activities that will get you ready to participate in the Knox-Lincoln Public Speaking and Demonstration Tournament on March 9 (details and registration materials will be available in February). This workshop is open to all ages and levels of public speaking experience. If you have competed in the tournament before and want to hone you skills, or if this will be the first time you have tried public speaking, this workshop is for you! Bring a dish to share for a potluck lunch following the workshop. Register for this workshop by January 20. For information, call 832-0343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leaders: Join Us for Science Night!
Due to low attendance, the December, 2013 meeting of KLLA was cancelled. Science Night has been rescheduled for January. KL Leaders and Junior Leaders, plan to attend a hands-on science training at 5:30pm on January 27, just before our regular KLLA meeting. This will take place at the KL UMaine Extension office and will be lead via teleconference by Jennifer Lobley, UMaine Extension Educator for Volunteer Development. You will receive a kit to take with you and try the activity with your club! Plan to arrive a few minutes before 5:30 so we can start on time. See you there!
Snow Tubing at a New Location
The KL Leaders Association has decided to try a different park for our annual Snow Tubing event. Go Maine (Gotubingmaine.com) in South China is a much larger park than we have used in the past, and features a tow line to get back to the top. We will have a 2 1/2-hour sliding time and cost will be $7 per person. A parent or leader must accompany children for this event, and any child under 42 inches in height or 5 years of age must ride with an adult. Tentatively, we are planning this event for February 7, 6-8:30pm. More details to come! Call 832-0343, email email@example.com to register by February 3.
Winter Fun Day Planned for February 19
Plan to attend this fun event on February 19 at Barley Joe Farm and Greenhouse on Route 90 in Warren. Bring your cross country skis or snow shoes to go on a snow hike. (We have a limited number of youth snow shoes available to borrow; reserve these when you pre-register.) Inside the greenhouse, try out some cool science experiments! Bring your lunch and taste some grilled veggies too. Pre-register by February 14, call 832-0343, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tractor Supply in Knox County
There is a new Tractor Supply store in Thomaston. What does that mean to Knox-Lincoln 4-H? It means fundraising opportunities for our clubs. Tractor Supply Company helps raise money for county 4-H programs with the Paper Clover Campaign, a national in-store fundraiser that benefits state and local 4-H programming. For the first time, Knox and Lincoln counties can participate in the Paper Clover Campaign at Tractor Supply. Also, Ed Marisnick, manager of the Thomaston store, is open to fundraising events clubs may want to hold at that store.
Here are some ideas from the Tractor Supply website on getting involved with your local store:
- Hold fundraisers at your local TSC during holidays!
- Valentine’s Day: Sell Valentine’s Day cards made by 4-H members
- July 4th: Sell hot dogs and hamburgers
- Fall: Carve pumpkins to sell
- Winter Holidays: Set up a gift wrapping table
- Set up educational livestock clinics in the parking lot of your local TSC store.
- Ask your store about using your local TSC as a potential meeting site, field trip, or exhibition location.
Check with the store manager to begin planning your next fundraiser! You can use the form in the Fundraising section of the Tractor Supply website to initiate a relationship with your local TSC store. http://www.tractorsupply.com/content_landing-page_4H.html
Start Your Project Records Now
It is winter. What better time than now to start thinking about 4-H projects for the coming year? You will have a much neater, more accurate record if you start now, not at the last minute! Does your club want help getting started with Project Records? If you would like to have Cindy visit one of your club meetings to help, or if you just want to ask a question, contact her at email@example.com, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates Announced for 4-H@UMaine
Hold the date: 4-H@UMaine will be held May 16 & 17, 2014. Ask someone who has been, this is a FUN weekend and a fantastic opportunity to experience a little bit of college life. If you or your child are between the ages of 12 and 18, save the date and check here in coming months for more details!
Do You Have News? Send It Here!
We have noticed that clubs and members no longer send us news about what they or their clubs are doing in 4-H. We really want to hear from you! A great way to do this is to choose a club reporter who regularly writes a short paragraph; just a sentence or two is fine, about what the club did at their meeting. We welcome your photos, artwork and creative writing as well. We can publish those here or on our Facebook page. Send news items to Cindy: email@example.com.
State 4-H Office Core Newsletter Posts
- Save the Date for 2014 Maine 4-H Days – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/10/28/save-the-date-for-2014-maine-4-h-days/
- 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/11/21/4-h-regional-public-speaking-tournament-2/
- One Maine Potato, Two Maine Potato – http://umaine.edu/4h/home/science-saturday/
- Change in Market Animal Shows at Windsor Fair – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/11/21/change-in-market-animal-shows-at-windsor-fair/
- Upcoming Dairy Events – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/12/30/upcoming-4-h-dairy-events/
- 4-H Animal Science Committees – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/12/30/4-h-animal-science-committees/
- New Hampshire Dairy Goat Seminar – http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/goat/new-hampshire-dairy-goat-seminar-milk-sanitation/