Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter-November 2013

November 6th, 2013 10:42 AM

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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.

2014 Knox-Lincoln 4-H Calendar

October 30th, 2013 11:22 AM

2013:

October

19       2013 Achievement Awards Celebration, 6-8 pm

November

3         4-H Science Day “Maps & Apps”, 2-4pm

18       KLLA Meeting, 6 pm

1         Club enrollment forms due at Extension office

December

16          KLLA Meeting, 6 pm; Science Training, 5:30pm

2014:

January

3         Windsor-Fryeburg Market Steer Intent form due

4         ESE Beef Intent to Participate Form due

4         Ice Skating at Midcoast Recreation Center, noon-2 pm

20       Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

27       KLLA Meeting, 6 pm

February

TBD     Snow Tubing, 4:30-6:30 pm

24       KLLA Meeting, 6 pm

March

9         Public Speaking and Demonstration Tournament, 1-4 pm (snow date 3/16)

31       KLLA Meeting, 6 pm

April

1         ESE Horse Animal Approval Form due

22       Earth Day

11-13  Global Youth Service Day

TBD    KL Photography Workshop, 10 am –2 pm

28       KLLA Meeting, 6 pm

May

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

16-18  Northeast Livestock Exposition, Windsor Fairgrounds

TBD    4-H@UMaine: Connecting Kids to Campus, University of Maine, Orono

19       KLLA Meeting, 6 pm

5/31-6/1 Maine Fiber Frolic at Windsor Fairgrounds

June

5/31-6/1 Maine Fiber Frolic at Windsor Fairgrounds

20-22  Maine 4-H Days at the Windsor Fairgrounds

23       KLLA Meeting, 6 pm

30       Union Fair Animal Approval forms due

***NO EXCEPTIONS***

July

1         Apply for Maine Assoc. of Livestock Exhibitors (MALE) membership/insurance

11-13 ESE Horse Try-Outs at Skowhegan Fairgrounds

14       KLLA Meeting, 6 pm

28       KLLA Meeting, 6 pm

30       Union Fair Livestock entry forms due at the Extension office

30       Union Fair 4-H Club and Individual Exhibition Hall entry forms due

August

11       4-H Fair Prep, Union Fairgrounds

16-23  UNION FAIR

September

8         KLLA Meeting, 6 pm

12- 28 Eastern States Exposition. Springfield, MA

30       Project Records due in the extension office

30       Photography Contest entries due

October

13       KLLA Meeting, 6 pm

18       2013 Achievement Awards Celebration, 6-8 pm

Village Soup Advances 4-H National Youth Science Day

October 23rd, 2013 1:36 PM

Village Soup reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Knox and Lincoln counties will take part in 4-H National Youth Science Day on November 3, 2013. The event will include a “Maps and Apps” experiment for children ages 9-18.

Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter-October 2013

October 10th, 2013 2:10 PM

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.

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

October 1        Start of 4-H year 2014

October 11      Last day to RSVP for 4-H Achievement Awards Celebration

October 19      2013 4-H Achievement Awards Celebration, 6-8pm, St. Denis Parish Hall, Whitefield

October 28      KLLA Meeting, 6pm; Science Activity for Leaders at 5:30pm!

November 3    4-H Science Day, KL UMaine Cooperative Extension office, 2-4pm

November 25  KLLA Meeting, 6pm

November 30  Club enrollment forms due at UMaine Extension

October Birthdays

Pearl B., Sydney C., Piper E., Alice F., Aidan F., Colby R.

KL 4-H Achievement Awards Celebration October 19

Plan to attend the Knox-Lincoln 4-H Achievement Awards Celebration on Saturday, October 19, 6-8pm 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! RSVP by October 11.

Penny Challenge for an Ice Cream Party!

Back in the spring, KLLA 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.”

It is almost time to complete the challenge! The club that collects the most pennies will 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. Bring your pennies on October 19!

Join Us for 4-H Youth Science Day on November 3

University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Knox and Lincoln counties will take part in 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) on Nov. 3, with a Maps & Apps experiment for youth ages 9-18.

From 2-4 p.m. at 377 Manktown Road in Waldoboro, participants will design and map an ideal park, as well as use GIS mapping to solve community problems and contribute data about participants’ communities to the United States Geological Survey.

Pre-registration is required. Youth do not have to be 4-H members to participate. To preregister, for more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.832.0343 or 800.244.2104 (in Maine). NYSD is held annually to promote programming that sparks interest and leadership in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.

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 Web Posts

  1. Robotics Expohttp://umaine.edu/4h/2013/09/24/robotics-expo-2/
  2. Get Ready for 4-H Maps & Apps –  http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/07/25/get-ready-for-4-h-maps-apps/
  3. Celebrating 100 Years of 4-H in Maine –  http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/04/22/celebrating-100-years-of-4-h-in-maine-2/
  4. 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/
  5. Beef Heifer Projecthttp://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/beef/new-england-galloway-group-heifer-project/
  6. 4-H Rabbit Show - http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/09/24/4-h-rabbit-show-2/
  7. Beef Conferencehttp://umaine.edu/4h/2013/09/24/beef-conference/

Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter-September 2013

September 10th, 2013 4:11 PM

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.

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

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.

Leader Nominations for 2013 4-H Awards

September 10th, 2013 3:15 PM

Nominations by club leaders for the following individual member and club awards are due at the Knox-Lincoln UMaine Extension office by September 30, 2013: Team Player, Treasurer, Secretary, Community Service, Leadership, Citizenship, Katherine Watier Green Award. The nomination form for these awards will be mailed to leaders and is posted here: PDF/Word

Knox-Lincoln 4-H Photo Contest 2013

September 10th, 2013 10:46 AM

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.

In addition to being recognized at the 2013 4-H Achievement Awards Banquet, the top scoring twelve photos will be displayed in the 4-H Photo Gallery at the Knox-Lincoln 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 are 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.

Click here for Entry Forms and Contest Judging Guidelines (PDF/Word).

Series: Understanding and Managing Soils for Healthy Productive Crops

August 30th, 2013 12:52 PM

When: Tuesday evenings, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 20, 2013

Where: Conference Room, UMaine Extension Knox and Lincoln County Office, 377 Manktown Road, Waldoboro, Maine 04572

Cost:  $40 per person for the series, or $10 per session. Preregistration is required.

This five-part series is designed for both experienced and new farmers to gain a solid understanding of farm soils and how to best manage them for long-term healthy and productive soils. Please visit the posting on the UMaine Agricultural Programs website for more information.

Enrollment for the 2013 Master Gardener Volunteer Training is open in Knox, Lincoln & Waldo Counties!

August 8th, 2013 1:40 PM

Master Gardener Volunteers at the Morris FarmUniversity of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers program in Knox, Lincoln, and Waldo Counties provides participants with at least 40 hours of in-depth training in the art and science of horticulture. Trainees receive current, research-based information from UMaine Extension educators and industry experts. In return, trained Master Gardeners volunteer their time and expertise in many ways for community programs and activities.

Learn more about the Master Gardener Volunteers program.

Learn how to apply to become a Master Gardener Volunteer!

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

July 30th, 2013 10:28 AM

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/