Village Soup Advances Cooperative Extension’s Vegetable Gardening Class for Beginners

February 7th, 2014 1:33 PM

The Village Soup reported Liz Stanley, Home Horticulture Program coordinator with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, will lead a workshop for beginning vegetable gardeners in Camden on February 22, 2014. The hands-on, interactive workshop will take place from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Merryspring Nature Center.

Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter-February 2014

February 4th, 2014 3:57 PM

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

February 7  Snow Tubing in South China, 6-8:30pm (sign up is closed for this event)

February 15  Last day to file E-postcard with IRS (clubs with EIN in place)

February 19  Winter Fun Day in Warren, 10-2 pm (sign up by Feb. 14)

February 24  KLLA Meeting and Science Night, 5:30 pm (rsvp for Science Night by Feb. 21)

March 9  KL 4-H Public Speaking and Demonstration Tournament, Jefferson Village School, 1-4pm, (sign up by Feb. 24) (snow date 3/16)

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

March 31  KLLA Meeting, 6pm

February Birthdays

Hannah B., Isabella G., Lauren G., Tyler M., Miranda N., Austin R., Zachariah S., Isabella U.

Public Speaking Workshop a Success

The Public Speaking Workshop held on Saturday, January 25 was attended by few, but those who did attend reported that it was very helpful and enjoyable. 4-H volunteer Linda Bonin and Community Education Assistant Cindy Rogers lead this workshop to help 4-H members of all ages hone their skills and prepare them for any public speaking opportunity that may arise, including the upcoming KL 4-H Public Speaking Tournament on March 9. Examples of posters were displayed and discussed, video clips from past tournaments were shown, and lots of hand-on activities were tried. At the end of the day participants paired up to create and present a quick demonstration…and did very well! We got great feedback from participating youth and parents. We hope to offer this to a larger audience next year. Plan to come!

Public Speaking Tournament March 9

Hold the date for the Knox-Lincoln Public Speaking and Demonstration Tournament on Sunday, March 9, 1-4pm (snow date March 16). This year’s event will be held at Jefferson Village School. This will allow us space to split the presentations between two rooms, making the event shorter and more comfortable for everyone.

Sign up to participate by February 24. The registration form, helpful tips and judging criteria are online at http://umaine.edu/knox-lincoln/blog/2014/02/04/2014-kl-4-h-public-speaking-tournament-registration-and-info/. Be thinking about a subject that you would like to present at the tournament. Pick something that you know a lot about that you would like to share with others. Maybe you know how to make something that could easily be demonstrated in a few minutes. It is easy to do a presentation when you know your subject well! Call Cindy Rogers for more information 832-0343 or email cynthia.rogers@maine.edu.

Sign up for Winter Fun Day!

Plan to attend Winter Fun Day on February 19 at Barley Joe Farm and Greenhouse on Route 90 in Warren. Bring your cross country skis or snow shoes to go on a snow hike. (We have a limited number of youth snow shoes available to borrow; reserve these when you pre-register.) Inside the greenhouse, try out some cool science experiments! Learn about GIS and mapping with Maps & Apps, do some fruit science, make a boomerang or an airfoil! Bring your lunch and taste some grilled veggies too. Pre-register by February 14, call 832-0343, email pamela.doherty@maine.edu.

Early Sign-ups 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 an wonderful exhibit, we are asking clubs and groups of 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 or 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 Now for National Trips

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/.

Citizenship Washington Focus is a leadership program conducted by the National 4-H Council for high school youth ages 15 to 19. Delegations of 4-Hers from across the country spend six days touring the city and attending leadership skill-building workshops. This summer, the Maine delegation will travel on June 28 to July 5, 2014. To learn more: http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-events/citizenship-washington-focus/

Applicants must be current Maine 4-H members both at the time of application and the time of the actual trip. Application packets for any of these trips are due in early March. Visit the links above for details. If you have any questions, please contact this office 207.832.0343.

Time to File E-postcard

NEW FILING DATE: FEB. 15. If your club raises funds and has an EIN (Employer ID Number) on file with the IRS, it is time to file the E-990 e-postcard online. It is very important that all clubs with EINs file by February 15, 2014. Once you have filed successfully, please print and send a copy of your confirmation to our office. If you have further questions regarding this filing requirement, feel free to contact Cindy Rogers: 832.0343, cynthia.rogers@maine.edu.

Leaders: RSVP for 4-H Science Night!

4-H Leaders and Junior Leaders: join us for Science Night on February 24 at 5:30-pm at the KL Extension office. This will be a ½ hour, hands-on science training 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. The regular meeting of KLLA will follow the training at 6:00pm. Please RSVP cynthia.rogers@maine.edu for this training by February 21.

Start Your Project Records Now

It is winter. What better time than now to start thinking about 4-H projects for the coming year? You will have a much neater, more accurate record if you start now, not at the last minute! Does your club want help getting started with Project Records? If you would like to have Cindy visit one of your club meetings to help, or if you just want to ask a question, contact her at 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 here in coming months for more details!

Do You Have News? Send It Here!

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

State 4-H Office Core Newsletter Posts

  1. Save the Date for 2014 Maine 4-H Dayshttp://umaine.edu/4h/2013/10/28/save-the-date-for-2014-maine-4-h-days/
  2. 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/11/21/4-h-regional-public-speaking-tournament-2/
  3. Help Wanted! Regional Public Speaking Contest 3/29/14 - http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/01/27/help-wanted-regional-public-speaking-contest-3292014/
  4. National 4-H Trips Applications Duehttp://umaine.edu/4h/2014/01/22/national-4-h-trips-applications-due/
  5. 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/
  6. 2014 Eastern States Horse Tryoutshttp://umaine.edu/4h/2014/01/22/2014-eastern-states-horse-tryouts/
  7. Upcoming Dairy Eventshttp://umaine.edu/4h/2013/12/30/upcoming-4-h-dairy-events/
  8. 2014 New England 4-H Horse Judges Schoolhttp://umaine.edu/4h/2014/01/22/2014-new-england-4-h-horse-judges-school/
  9. New Hampshire Dairy Goat Seminarhttp://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/goat/new-hampshire-dairy-goat-seminar-milk-sanitation/
  10. Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/01/22/citizenship-washington-focus-cwf/
  11. Intent Forms for Eastern States Expositionhttp://umaine.edu/4h/2014/01/22/intent-forms-for-eastern-states-exposition/
  12. Sheep Team Encouraged to Send Intents Earlyhttp://umaine.edu/4h/2014/01/24/sheep-team-encouraged-to-send-intents-early/ ).

2014 KL 4-H Public Speaking Tournament Registration and Info

February 4th, 2014 3:10 PM

The Knox-Lincoln 4-H Public Speaking and Demonstration Tournament will be held on Sunday, March 9, 1-4pm (snow date March 16). This year’s event will be held at Jefferson Village School, 48 Washington Road in Jefferson.

Sign up to participate by completing the Registration Form  and returning it to the Knox-Lincoln UMaine Extension office by February 24.

Registration Form (Word/PDF)

4-H Judges Work Sheet (Word/PDF)

Cloverbud Judges Work Sheet (Word/PDF)

Tips for Public Speaking (PDF)

Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter-January 2014

January 8th, 2014 4:22 PM

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

January 20  Martin Luther King Day of Service

January 25  Public Speaking Workshop 10-1 (sign up by Jan. 20)

January 27  KLLA Meeting and Science Night, 5:30 pm

February 7  Tentative date for Snow Tubing in South China, 6-8:30pm (sign up by Feb. 3)
More details to come!

February 15  Last day to file E-postcard with IRS (clubs with EIN in place)

February 19  Winter Fun Day in Warren, 10-2 pm (sign up by Feb. 14)

February 24  KLLA Meeting, 6 pm

January Birthdays

Braelynn A., Isabella B., Eve C., Nathaniel D., Brianna F., Emma G., Nicole J., Evelyn R., Marissa Y.

Get Ready for Public Speaking Workshop

There will be a Public Speaking Workshop and potluck lunch on Saturday, January 25 from 10am-1pm at Knox-Lincoln UMaine Extension. Come try some fun activities that will get you ready to participate in the Knox-Lincoln Public Speaking and Demonstration Tournament on March 9 (details and registration materials will be available in February). This workshop is open to all ages and levels of public speaking experience. If you have competed in the tournament before and want to hone you skills, or if this will be the first time you have tried public speaking, this workshop is for you! Bring a dish to share for a potluck lunch following the workshop. Register for this workshop by January 20. For information, call 832-0343 or email cynthia.rogers@maine.edu.

Leaders: Join Us for Science Night!

Due to low attendance, the December, 2013 meeting of KLLA was cancelled. Science Night has been rescheduled for January. KL Leaders and Junior Leaders, plan to attend a hands-on science training at 5:30pm on January 27, just before our regular KLLA meeting. This will take place at the KL UMaine Extension office and will be lead via teleconference by Jennifer Lobley, UMaine Extension Educator for Volunteer Development. You will receive a kit to take with you and try the activity with your club! Plan to arrive a few minutes before 5:30 so we can start on time. See you there!

Snow Tubing at a New Location

The KL Leaders Association has decided to try a different park for our annual Snow Tubing event. Go Maine (Gotubingmaine.com) in South China is a much larger park than we have used in the past, and features a tow line to get back to the top. We will have a 2 1/2-hour sliding time and cost will be $7 per person. A parent or leader must accompany children for this event, and any child under 42 inches in height or 5 years of age must ride with an adult. Tentatively, we are planning this event for February 7, 6-8:30pm. More details to come! Call 832-0343, email pamela.doherty@maine.edu to register by February 3.

Winter Fun Day Planned for February 19

Plan to attend this fun event on February 19 at Barley Joe Farm and Greenhouse on Route 90 in Warren. Bring your cross country skis or snow shoes to go on a snow hike. (We have a limited number of youth snow shoes available to borrow; reserve these when you pre-register.) Inside the greenhouse, try out some cool science experiments! Bring your lunch and taste some grilled veggies too. Pre-register by February 14, call 832-0343, email pamela.doherty@maine.edu.

Tractor Supply in Knox County

There is a new Tractor Supply store in Thomaston. What does that mean to Knox-Lincoln 4-H? It means fundraising opportunities for our clubs. Tractor Supply Company helps raise money for county 4-H programs with the Paper Clover Campaign, a national in-store fundraiser that benefits state and local 4-H programming. For the first time, Knox and Lincoln counties can participate in the Paper Clover Campaign at Tractor Supply. Also, Ed Marisnick, manager of the Thomaston store, is open to fundraising events clubs may want to hold at that store.

Here are some ideas from the Tractor Supply website on getting involved with your local store:

  • Hold fundraisers at your local TSC during holidays!
    • Valentine’s Day: Sell Valentine’s Day cards made by 4-H members
    • July 4th: Sell hot dogs and hamburgers
    • Fall: Carve pumpkins to sell
    • Winter Holidays: Set up a gift wrapping table
  • Set up educational livestock clinics in the parking lot of your local TSC store.
  • Ask your store about using your local TSC as a potential meeting site, field trip, or exhibition location.

Check with the store manager to begin planning your next fundraiser! You can use the form in the Fundraising section of the Tractor Supply website to initiate a relationship with your local TSC store. http://www.tractorsupply.com/content_landing-page_4H.html

Start Your Project Records Now

It is winter. What better time than now to start thinking about 4-H projects for the coming year? You will have a much neater, more accurate record if you start now, not at the last minute! Does your club want help getting started with Project Records? If you would like to have Cindy visit one of your club meetings to help, or if you just want to ask a question, contact her at cynthia.rogers@maine.edu, 207.832.0343.

Time to File E-postcard

NEW FILING DATE: FEB. 15. If your club raises funds and has an EIN (Employer ID Number) on file with the IRS, it is time to file the E-990 e-postcard online. It is very important that all clubs with EINs file by February 15, 2014. Once you have filed successfully, please print and send a copy of your confirmation to our office. If you have further questions regarding this filing requirement, feel free to contact Cindy Rogers: 832.0343, cynthia.rogers@maine.edu.

Dates Announced for 4-H@UMaine

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

Do You Have News? Send It Here!

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

State 4-H Office Core Newsletter Posts

  1. Save the Date for 2014 Maine 4-H Days – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/10/28/save-the-date-for-2014-maine-4-h-days/
  2. 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/11/21/4-h-regional-public-speaking-tournament-2/
  3. One Maine Potato, Two Maine Potato – http://umaine.edu/4h/home/science-saturday/
  4. Change in Market Animal Shows at Windsor Fair – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/11/21/change-in-market-animal-shows-at-windsor-fair/
  5. Upcoming Dairy Events – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/12/30/upcoming-4-h-dairy-events/
  6. 4-H Animal Science Committees – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/12/30/4-h-animal-science-committees/
  7. New Hampshire Dairy Goat Seminar – http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/goat/new-hampshire-dairy-goat-seminar-milk-sanitation/

Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter-December 2013

December 3rd, 2013 2:09 PM

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

December 16  Science Activity for Leaders at 5:30pm

December 16  KLLA Meeting, 6pm (after Science Activity at 5:30)

December 30  Deadline to register for Ice Skating (Jan. 4)

January 3  Fryeburg Market Steer Intent form due

NOTE: Important changes to Young Beef and Lamb shows at Windsor Fair. See item # 6 in the State News below.

January 4  ESE Beef Intent to Participate Form Due

January 4  Ice Skating at Midcoast Recreation Center – Noon-2 pm

January 20  Martin Luther King Day of Service

January 27  KLLA Meeting, 6 pm

December Birthdays

Kaylee A., Chancellor B., Hamish B., Caleigh C., Gavin L., Anna P., Eric R., Lorna W., Ambrosia Y.

ALERT! 4-H Enrollment Forms are Overdue!

4-H Enrollment packets for the 2013-2014 4-H year were to be completed by all returning 4-H members and volunteers by November 30, 2013. If you have not already given your completed packet to your club leader, or sent it in yourself, you are late! Please get them in!

Sign Up by Dec. 30 for KL 4-H Ice Skating Event

Be sure to join your fellow Knox-Lincoln 4-H members and leaders at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport for our annual Ice Skating event. We will join the public skate at the center from noon to 2:00pm on Saturday, January 5. Cost is $5 per person, $20 family max), plus at least one non-perishable food item to be donated to an area food pantry. Cost includes skate rental. Please pre-register for this event by Monday, December 30. Call 207.832.0343 or email pamela.doherty@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!

Club Visits

In the coming year, 4-H Community Education Assistant Cindy Rogers plans to visit clubs in Knox and Lincoln Counties to get to know the members and see what clubs are doing! Does your club want help preparing for Public Speaking, Project Record assistance? She can help with that too. If you would like to have Cindy visit one of your club meetings or events, contact her at cynthia.rogers@maine.edu, 207.832.0343.

2014 KLLA Officers Elected

The membership of the Knox-Lincoln 4-H Leaders’ Association has elected officers for the 2013-2014 4-H year: President-Darlene Newcombe, Vice President-Deirdre Jewett, Secretary-Cindy Rogers, Treasurer-Heidi Baker.

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

  1. Celebrating 100 Years of 4-H in Maine
    2013 marks the 100th birthday of 4-H in Maine, and we want YOU to celebrate with us! Check with your local county office to find activities in your neck of the woods. Please check out our special Celebrating 100 Years website at http://umaine.edu/4h/celebrating-100-years-in-maine/  – we are also encouraging all of you to consider giving financially to the 4-H Foundation as we work to raise $100,000 in 2013 to support the 4-H program.
    Happy 100 years Maine 4-H, and here’s to many more!
  2. 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.
  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 Fryeburg Fair
    4-Hers raising a steer for the 2014 market steer show at Fryeburg Fair need to send in an Intent to Participate Form http://umaine.edu/4h/files/2013/11/2014-beef-intent.doc 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.
  6. Change in Market Animal Shows at Windsor Fair
    Windsor Fair has changed their baby beef and market lamb show and sale from 4-H to a youth show and sale. The 2014 Show and Sale will be open to all youth between the ages of 9 and 18 as of December 31st of the current year. In lieu of an Intent to sell form, youth must CALL the committee to let them know they want to raise a steer or lamb for the show and auction; committee members are: Diane Gushee – 207.256.7798 or dianergushee@gmail.com, Dana Prime – 207.446.3570, Carol Davis – 207.491.7893 or carol.davis@careandcomfort.com, Curtis Prime – Livestock Superintendent, Windsor Fair – 207.242.3341, and Tom Foster, President, Windsor Fair. To participate in the 2014 Youth Show and Sale, notification must be communicated to a committee member by January 3, 2014 for market steers ad June 6, 2014 for market lambs. View a complete list of rules at: http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/2014-windsor-fair-youth-baby-beef-and-market-lamb-show-and-sale/.
  7. 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament
    For: Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Somerset, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo and Washington Counties
    The 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament will be held Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the University of Maine at Orono. 4-H Youth ages 9 to 18 who have participated in their county 4-H public speaking tournament and received the required score are invited to participate. For youth in counties which do not hold public speaking tournaments, arrangements may be made through their county’s Extension office to present their presentation to their county’s 4-H staff in order to be eligible. Registration for the regional tournament must be handled through the youth’s county Extension office. To register youth, county offices should contact Joyce Fortier in the Hancock County Extension Office no later than March 19th at 207.667.8212 or at joyce.fortier@maine.edu. For more information on 4-H public speaking, including guidelines and judging sheets, please visit http://umaine.edu/hancock/programs/hancock-county-4-h/ or contact Lisa Reilich at 207.598.6621 or lisa.reilich@maine.edu.
  8. One Maine Potato, Two Maine Potato, more….
    The science behind cooking and eating spuds.
    Come explore the science related to the storage conditions, processing and healthy consumption of Maine potatoes. This class will include baking potatoes, and preparing a “potato bar” with healthy toppings for lunch!  We will discuss MyPlate recommendations, and where potatoes and toppings fit as part of a healthy diet. Participants will also have an introduction to kitchen basics and kitchen safety (knife skills, hand washing, equipment overview, etc).
    This 4-H Science Saturday will take place on January 25, 2014 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, at Hitchner Hall, at the University of Maine in Orono (with a snow date of February 8, 2014); there is room for a maximum of 25 participants in grades 6 – 8. Jason Bolton, Assistant Extension Professor and Food Safety Specialist, and Kate Yerxa, MS, RD, Extension Educator will host this event.
    Register online at: http://umaine.edu/4h/home/science-saturday/, or, for more information contact Jessy Brainerd at 800.287.0274 (toll free in Maine) or 207.581.3877 or e-mail jessica.brainerd@maine.edu.
  9. 4-H Geocaches!
    If you participated in the hiding 100 geocaches to celebrate 100 years of 4-H, cold weather is upon us. We hope everyone enjoyed participating in this celebration of 4-H. If you didn’t register with a public site for your geocache, a friendly reminder that you may want to remove any hidden geocaches for the upcoming season. Be sure to let your county office know how many 4-Hers visited your geocache.

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.

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

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.