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UMaine Mentioned in Press Herald, BDN Articles on Tick Increase

The University of Maine was mentioned in articles by the Portland Press Herald and Bangor Daily News on climate change and the increase of ticks and Lyme disease. Both reports referenced a question on the November ballot that will ask voters to approve an $8 million bond that would support a laboratory administered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension for monitoring Lyme disease and other health threats related to mosquitoes, bed bugs and ticks. Research from UMaine’s Climate Change Institute also was referenced in the BDN article. A clinical research associate at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute, which tracks tick populations in the state, said CCI research shows the state will grow significantly warmer by 2050.

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

WABI (Channel 5) reported the order of bond questions for the November ballot was determined by a drawing in Augusta. A bond referring to funds for an animal and plant disease and insect control lab administered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension was selected as Question 2. The question reads, “Do you favor an $8,000,000 bond issue to support Maine agriculture, facilitate economic growth in natural resources-based industries and monitor human health threats related to ticks, mosquitoes and bedbugs through the creation of an animal and plant disease and insect control laboratory administered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service?”

Skowhegan State Fair News- looking for Hall Monitors



Are you 14 or over, a 4-H member, and like to spend time at the Skowhegan State Fair?

Apply for a job (paid) as a Hall Monitor,a representative of the 4-H for Somerset County.  Please see the rules in the application, and sign-up Quickly!

Hall Monitor Application in Word:2014_SSF_Hall_Monitor_Application

Hall Monitor Application in pdf form:4-H hall monitor application

Please call us if you have any questions, 474-9622, and ask for Debra or Gail.

4-H at the 2014 Skowhegan Fair

Skowhegan State Fair 2014 Somerset County 4-H would like to invite all 4-Her’s to participate in the 2014 Skowhegan State Fair. The Fair is open to the public from Thursday, August 7th, 2014 through Saturday, August 16th.

4-H  Livestock There are several different ways to participate. As a 4-H member you may enter any 4-H Livestock competition provided  you have a signed Animal Approval form from your county educator.

4-H Exhibit Hall 4-H Exhibit Hall Set Up Dates—Monday evening, August 4th and Tuesday, August 5th 4-H Judging Date—Wednesday, August 6th.

Any Maine 4-H club can request a booth in the 4-H Exhibit Hall for either a club display or for an educational booth (or for one of each). You as a club member or independent member may enter up to 10 different projects for ribbons and premiums in the club exhibit. Each booth is eligible to compete for the People’s Choice Award and the $80.00 prize that goes with it. All educational displays receive premiums for their displays.

Last year over 7500 people toured the 4-H Exhibit Hall and had the opportunity to vote for their choice of the best exhibit. Adults and children both vote. One year the People’s Choice Award was decided by just two votes and the winner overwhelmingly captured the votes of the children. This information is designed to help you make a plan as you help design your club and educational booths. Here is the form for your club to exhibit at the fair: intent to exhibit Skowhegan 2014     Please call if you have any questions about your setup, 474-9622.

You may also participate in the 4-H Day Parade on Sunday 10th. You can walk as a club, or make a float, parade your livestock, ride your horse, or anything else. This is a fun time and everyone enjoys taking part. There might be music; and a float is a possibility the parade this year. We also have great livestock demonstrations that take place after the parade in the Barn Show Ring and we encourage you and your family to come and watch.

More information is available by contacting Gail Watson at or 474-9622.  Or go to the Skowhegan State Fair website: Come join us for fun and camaraderie!

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UMaine Extension Offers Master Gardener Training

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers training will be held Mondays, Sept. 8 through Nov. 17, 2014, and Mondays, Jan. 19through Feb. 9, 2015. Classes will meet 6-9 p.m. at the UMaine Extension Somerset County Office, Norridgewock Avenue, Skowhegan.

UMaine and state specialists will present 15 three-hour gardening sessions focused on vegetables, fruit, and volunteerism. Participants are expected to attend all sessions and, following the course, work on educationally based, volunteer projects. Projects may include assisting people taking part in community vegetable gardens and/or school gardens, designing and creating displays for fairs and other public functions, and answering public calls and requests.

Cost is $220; scholarships are available. The course features an online manual and requires an Internet connection. For more information, to request an application or disability accommodation, or if interested and do not have reliable Internet access, call Pete Bastien, 207.474.9622 or 800.287.1495 (in Maine). Completed applications are due by Aug. 22, 2014.

Image Description: Man weeding garden; photo by Edwin Remsberg

Learn to Cook for Crowds


University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a Cooking for Crowds workshop 1–5 p.m. Monday, July 7, at the UMaine Extension Somerset County office, 7 County Drive, Skowhegan.

Learn up-to-date methods for safely preparing, handling and serving food for large groups, including at soup kitchens, church functions, food pantries and community fundraisers. The class meets the Good Shepherd Food Bank food safety training requirements. The workshop covers the following food safety guidelines: planning and purchasing; storing food supplies; preparing food; transporting, storing and serving cooked foods; and handling leftovers. Cost is $15 per person; scholarships are available.

For more information, to register or to request a disability accommodation, call Crystal Hamilton at 207.622.7546 or 800.287.1481 (in Maine). Details about future workshops are online.

Hopkins Mentioned in Sanford News Article on Southern Maine Maple Syrup Contest


Kathryn Hopkins, a maple syrup expert and University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator and professor, was mentioned in a Sanford News article about Hilltop Boilers of Newfield being named “top boilers” for the state at the Southern Maine Maple Sugar Makers Association’s annual maple syrup contest. About 60 participants from York, Cumberland and Oxford counties attended. Hopkins, who also is host of the Maple Grading School, has made the program and contest possible for Maine’s syrup producers, according to the article.

Master Gardener Volunteers Host Plant Sale

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will sponsor a plant sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 31, in the parking lot at Skowhegan Savings Bank, 13 Elm St. in Skowhegan.

Proceeds from the sale of assorted perennials, annuals and shrubs will fund UMaine Extension gardening-based education programs, including school gardens, walking trails, community vegetable gardens, community beautification projects, home gardening inquiries, youth and adult gardening education classes and Harvest for Hunger.

For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Pete Bastien, 207.474.9622,



Grow Food in Raised Beds, Containers with UMaine Extension

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a six-class workshop on building, planting, maintaining and harvesting square-foot gardens in raised beds and containers.

Classes meet monthly from May through October, 2014 at the UMaine Extension office, 7 County Drive, Skowhegan. The first class is 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. May 1; the final class is October 9. UMaine Extension Somerset County staff will teach the classes, and local Master Gardener Volunteers will work with participants in demonstration gardens throughout the growing season. Harvested produce will be shared with area schools and senior and food kitchen programs.

Course fee is $10 per person. Scholarships are available. To register, or to request a disability accommodation, call Pete Bastien at 207.474.9622 or 800.287.1495 (in Maine).

UMaine Cooperative Extension Gardening Workshop Previewed in Morning Sentinel

The Morning Sentinel reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a six-class workshop on building, planting, maintaining and harvesting square-foot gardens in raised beds and containers. The first class is scheduled for May 1, 2014 at the UMaine Extension office in Skowhegan.


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Cooperative Extension in Somerset County
7 County Drive
Skowhegan, Maine 04976-4209
Phone: 207.474.9622 or 1.800.287.1495 (in Maine)E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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