Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter-June 2014

June 10th, 2014 4:25 PM

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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

June Birthdays

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

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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, cynthia.rogers@maine.edu) 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, cynthia.rogers@maine.edu.

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 cynthia.rogers@maine.edu.

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. 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/

2014 Union Fair 4-H Information Booklet & Entry Forms

June 10th, 2014 3:55 PM

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 pamela.doherty@maine.edu.

2014 4-H Union Fair Information and Entry Forms PDF/Word

Murphy, Hutchinson Quoted in BDN Article on Slow Start to Gardening Season

June 2nd, 2014 2:25 PM

Barbara Murphy, a gardening expert and University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator in Oxford County, and Mark Hutchinson, a UMaine Extension professor in Knox and Lincoln counties, were quoted in the Bangor Daily News article, “Cold, wet spring means slow start for farmers, gardeners.” Murphy said it may be the most sluggish start to the growing season in almost a decade, but she advises gardeners to be patient and assume it’s going to be a good season. “There’s no reason to assume this year will be different from any other successful year,” she said. Hutchinson said he has heard from other experts that the slow spring is a lot like what has been normal in past years.

Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter-May 2014

May 14th, 2014 4:31 PM

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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/

 

Pen Bay Pilot Reports on UMaine Extension Plant Orders, Pickup Sites

April 23rd, 2014 10:38 AM

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.

Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter-April 2014

April 9th, 2014 2:26 PM

Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter-April 2014

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

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

April 22  Earth Day

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

April 28  KLLA  Meeting, 6pm

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

May 16-18  Northeast Livestock Exposition, Windsor Fairgrounds

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

May 19  KLLA Meeting, 6pm

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

May 31-June 1  Maine Fiber Frolic, Windsor Fairgrounds

April Birthdays

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

Knox-Lincoln Members Participate in Regional Public Speaking

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Youth Steer and Lamb Auction at Union Fair

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

Calf Unveiling Day Celebrates Farms

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

KL Member Attends National 4-H Congress in Georgia

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

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

Register Now for 4-H@UMaine

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

Start Your Project Records Now

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

4-H Accident Insurance Payments Requested

The Knox-Lincoln Leaders’ Association has voted to pay the cost of accident insurance in 2014 for all enrolled Knox-Lincoln 4-H members and leaders, covering them at 4-H events and meeting activities for the year. We are asking clubs and individual members who are able to reimburse the cost of this insurance (which is $1 per member or leader, $2 for each horse project member or leader) back to KLLA. We thank you for your assistance.

Do You Have News? Send It Here!

We have noticed that clubs and members no longer send us news about what they or their clubs are doing in 4-H. We really want to hear from you! A great way to do this is to choose a club reporter who regularly writes a short paragraph; just a sentence or two is fine, about what the club did at their meeting. We welcome your photos, artwork and creative writing as well. We can publish those here or on our Facebook page. Send news items to Cindy: cynthia.rogers@maine.edu.

State 4-H Office Core Newsletter Posts

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

 

Free Press Advances Training Sessions to Help with Climate Research

April 2nd, 2014 3:01 PM

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

Pen Bay Pilot Previews Citizen Science Training

March 25th, 2014 10:36 AM

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

Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter-March 2014

March 11th, 2014 3:50 PM

Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter-March 2014

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

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

March 31  KLLA Meeting, 6pm

April 1  ESE Horse Animal Approval form due

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

April 22  Earth Day

April 28  KLLA Meeting, 6pm

March Birthdays

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

Public Speaking Tournament Went Well

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

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

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

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

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

Register for the 4-H Photography Workshop

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

Sign-up Now for Union Fair Club Exhibits

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

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

Apply for National Trips-Deadline March 14

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

Start Your Project Records Now

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

4-H Accident Insurance Payments Requested

The Knox-Lincoln Leaders’ Association has voted to pay the cost of accident insurance in 2014 for all enrolled Knox-Lincoln 4-H members and leaders, covering them at 4-H events and meeting activities for the year. We are asking clubs and individual members who are able to reimburse the cost of this insurance (which is $1 per member or leader, $2 for each horse project member or leader) back to KLLA. We thank you for your assistance.

Dates Announced for 4-H@UMaine

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

Do You Have News? Send It Here!

We have noticed that clubs and members no longer send us news about what they or their clubs are doing in 4-H. We really want to hear from you! A great way to do this is to choose a club reporter who regularly writes a short paragraph; just a sentence or two is fine, about what the club did at their meeting. We welcome your photos, artwork and creative writing as well. We can publish those here or on our Facebook page. Send news items to Cindy: cynthia.rogers@maine.edu.

State 4-H Office Core Newsletter Posts

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

BDN Advances Cooperative Extension Blueberry Growers Meetings

February 25th, 2014 3:37 PM

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.