AP Quotes Bolton in Article on Lobster Processing Plant Violations

August 28th, 2014 3:01 PM

Jason Bolton, a food safety specialist with the University of Maine School of Food and Agriculture, spoke to the Associated Press for an article about Rockland-based Linda Bean’s lobster processing plant stating it has addressed violations cited by the Food and Drug Administration in February. The FDA says it has not yet cleared the firm of violations, according to the article. Bolton told the AP that Bean contacted him for help addressing some of the FDA’s concerns. “In every conversation I had with their plant manager and their chief financial officer, they were very willing to work with me,” Bolton said. Portland Press Herald, Boston Herald and The Boston Globe carried the AP report.

Morse Mentioned in Forecaster Article on Green Crabs

August 27th, 2014 8:50 AM

Dana Morse, a Maine Sea Grant researcher who works at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center, was quoted in The Forecaster’s article, “Even in retreat, green crabs confound Maine shellfish industry.” Morse said there is a small, but motivated group in the state looking for ways to market the crabs. He added one idea — that hasn’t yet panned out — is to use the crabs as bait for the conch fishing industry in Massachusetts.

UMaine Extension to Offer 4-H National Youth Science Day Training, Penobscot Bay Pilot Reports

August 21st, 2014 7:53 AM

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.

UMaine Mentioned in Press Herald, BDN Articles on Tick Increase

August 20th, 2014 2:56 PM

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.

UMaine Cooperative Extension Lab Bond Selected as Question 2, WABI Reports

July 24th, 2014 1:56 PM

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?”

Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter-July/August 2014

July 15th, 2014 3:56 PM

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

July 1   Apply for Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors (MALE) membership/insurance

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 Individual Exhibition Yurt entry forms due

August 5    Union Fair Cloverbud Demonstration sign-up deadline

August 11    Union Fair 4-H Prep Party and Potluck, 4-7pm

August 16-23    Union Fair!

September 8   KLLA Meeting, 6pm

September 12-28   Eastern States Exposition, Springfield , MA

September 30   Project/Activity Records due

September 30   KL 4-H Photography Contest entries due

July Birthdays

Happy birthday to Ellie Pendleton, Quinn Bunting, Emma Allen, Madison Allen, Olivia Barnes, Kennedy Scheimreif, Hazel Clark, Braxton Farrin, Elizabeth Souza, Amariah Glaude, Rylee Instasi, Alexis Rancourt, Kaleb Bishop, Slayde Crocker and Sabrinnah Dube!

August Birthdays

Happy birthday to Tyler Leighton, Naomi Kihn, Grant Bodine, Isabel Flynn, Ariel Stillman, DJ McKenzie, Kyle Simmons, Emily Laweryson, Gloria Seaman, Cailey Elliot and Ava Sprowl!

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

We still need to hear from clubs about raffle basket themes! 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. The deadline to notify Cindy Rogers (207.832.0343, cynthia.rogers@maine.edu) of a theme for their basket has been extended to July 15!

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. Bring items to the KL office by August 13.

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!

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?

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.

Come to the Union Fair 4-H Prep Party

Help get the 4-H areas of Union Fairgrounds ready for Union Fair 2014! If you can, bring rakes, shovels and cleaning supplies, although some will be available. Bring a food item to share for a potluck dinner. Learn up-to-date Union Fair information. Monday, August 11 from 4-7pm.

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. 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 16. If you can help, contact Cindy Rogers 832-0343, cynthia.rogers@maine.edu.

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 cynthia.rogers@maine.edu.

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, 2014.

Do You Have News? Send It Here!

What is your club up to? 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. 2014 Maine 4-H Days – Our Best Year Yet! - http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/06/27/2014-maine-4-h-days-our-best-year-yet/

2. State 4-H Dairy Show http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/06/27/state-4-h-dairy-show/

3. 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/

4. Come to Camp this Summer - http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/04/23/come-to-camp-this-summer/

5. Maine Fair Season Insurance – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/06/27/maine-fair-season-insurance-2/

SeacoastOnline Interviews Kaczor About Health of Maine’s Beaches

July 14th, 2014 12:47 PM

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

Maine Sea Grant Updates Guide to Managing Hurricane Hazards

June 30th, 2014 9:21 AM

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.

SSI Research on Climate Change in Coastal Communities Featured in BDN

June 24th, 2014 9:17 AM

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.

Bolton Quoted in BDN Article on Food Safety at Lobster Processing Plant

June 11th, 2014 11:43 AM

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.