April 28- VOLT Training- Hancock Extension Office- 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
May 18-20- 4-H @ UMaine- Orono Campus
June 1-3- Jamboree- Blue Hill Fairgrounds
June 22-24- Maine 4-H Days- Windsor Fairgrounds
June 30- Animal Approval Forms are due in the Extension Office
July 1-7- Citizen Washington Focus
Please visit the Events page on the Maine 4-H website for more information- http://umaine.edu/4h/calendar-of-events/.
Washington County Public Speaking Tournament Results
No one is a loser when it comes to Public Speaking. This year participants had a choice between doing a Demonstration or an Illustrated Talk. What a nice variety of topics and happy smiles. There were certificates, beautiful ribbons, gifts, snacks, and an appreciative audience. What more could you ask for?
Those that went on to the Regional Tournament were Paige Bell, Hope & Jewel Carle.
Behind the scenes were committee members Jane Bell, Regina Grabrovac, and Lisa Reilich. Special thanks to our judges Lisa Bartlett, Nancy LeClair, and Sharon Kiley Mack.
Specials thanks to all our helpers including Oona and Asher Molyneaux who, in addition to presenting were on hand two hours early to help with set-up, and Ginny Esford who took all the great photos.
East Coast Equestrians Club Attend Everything Equine Event
Marcia Westrack reported the following, “Five girls from our club and I went to the Everything Equine. We had a good day other than being really cold. We learned about horse conformation/judging, giving a horse an examination and checking health, and saw an ultrasound on a mare in foal. The girls also watched a demonstration on retraining Standardbred horses for riding.” The Maine 4-H Equine Science Committee presented EVERYTHING EQUINE, a day of learning and fun at Witter Farm at the University of Maine on Sunday, March 11.
Working Steer 101
On Tuesday, March 27, 2012, Tide Mill Farm hosted an informal yet well attended introduction to Working Steers. Cindy Kilgore, Livestock Specialist from the Department of Agriculture, shared much knowledge and education about raising working steer. Finn Furth, a new 4-H member of the Dennys River Manure Movers, shared his two new calves (Jake and Stacker) for the purpose of measuring, matching composition and tattooing. Although the wind blew bitterly cold, much warmth was shared over this exciting new endeavor on the part of the Furths and Bells. Currently, there are only two clubs in the State of Maine that meet with the purpose of raising working steer. It is unknown how long it has been since a pair of steer were raised in Washington County as part of a 4-H project. Welcome Finn, Stacker and Jake!
Also present were: Elizabeth McEvoy, DVM, State Veterinarian from the Department of Agriculture; Renee Blais, Veterinary Technician student; Jonah Furth; Rachel Bell; Nathan Horton; Carey Crosby; Nicole Willey, 4-H Program Aide for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension; many additional family and community members; and Jane Bell, family member, 4-H Volunteer, and coordinator of the day’s events. Thank you, Jane!
Save the Date- The Hancock County 4-H June Jamboree will beheld once again at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds, June 1st – 3rd. This is a great event for an overnight or daylong school group fieldtrip, as well as a fantastic chance to have a whole-club event. 4-Hers, guests and families from Hancock, Waldo & Washington counties are welcome to participate. They may arrive Friday afternoon, June 1st, beginning at 3 pm and stay over for fun activities and games as well as a camp fire. Youth may also arrive Saturday, June 2nd to participate in livestock and enrichment workshops beginning at 8:30 am and concluding at 4 pm. Our keynote speaker this year will be Brett Thompson, the Worm Wiz, to share with us a fun talk on worms and vermiculture. We will also have our usual cookout lunch.
New this year will be the opportunity to present club and school exhibits for judging with the theme “Why 4-H?” Club gardening exhibits may also be submitted. What a great way to end your 4-H group’s school year or to get a jump on the club exhibit for the Blue Hill Fair!
Especially exciting will be the return of mentoring for youth involved in livestock projects. Youth enrolled or interested in livestock projects are invited to stay over Saturday night and participate Sunday morning in the following livestock project tracks: Beef, Dog, Goat, Horse, Sheep.
Full schedules, information and registration forms will be in a separate mailing or in the May newsletter. Registration deadline will be May 18th and workshops will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. There will be a small registration fee this year to help cover expenses of $1 for 4-H youth, $2 for guests, with a maximum of $5 for a 4-H family. Hope to see you there!
Regional Public Speaking Tournament
The 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament, held on March 24th at the University of Maine at Orono, was a huge success and learning opportunity well enjoyed by all. Of the eleven youth presenting, five were from Hancock County, three from Washington County, and three from Knox-Lincoln Counties. There was a wide array of interesting topics shared, and the audience of just under 50 people all left with something new that they did not know before they came. For youth from Waldo County, who came to observe the tournament in the hopes of participating next year, they learned that public speaking and demonstrating can be fun!
We were especially fortunate to have a great group of volunteers to help make this event go smoothly. From Washington County, 4-H Leaders Jane Bell and Regina Grabrovac put in countless hours as part of the Regional Public Speaking Planning Committee making sure all the materials that help youth prepare and judges do their judging were just perfect. Thank you to our volunteers. Without our volunteers, events like these just would not be possible.
The awards were as follows: Blues were awarded to: Elexis Dubose – Hancock Cty, Junior Illustrated Talk — also Overall Public Speaking Tournament Top Honors & Junior Illustrated Talk Top Honors Paige Bell – Washington Cty, Junior Demonstration — also Junior Demonstration Top Honors Jewel Carle – Washington Cty, Senior Illustrated Talk Katlyn Sargent – Hancock Cty, Senior Illustrated Talk Katlyn & Jewel tied for Senior Illustrated Talk Top Honors
VOLT Training – There will be a VOLT (Volunteer Ongoing Learning and Training) at the Hancock Cooperative Extension office on Saturday, April 28th, 9 am – 2 pm.
Please encourage anyone interested in 4-H to call the office for an application. This will give a volunteer the opportunity to start a club, assist a club, be a school volunteer, chaperone, or just gain more knowledge of 4-H.
Clubs and Schools please let us know what is going on with your 4-H projects and with the 4-Hers. We want to hear from you! Send photos and reports to Tara at email@example.com, by the 20th of each month so we can be sure to share your news with all our Washington County 4-Hers.
Welcome to Mount Desert Elementary School – our newest 4-H School Group!
Mount Desert Elementary, with around 160 students in grades K through 8th, is off to a fantastic start with 4-H! Thanks to all the great efforts of 4-H site leader and volunteer Julianne Kearney, Mount Desert Elementary School students have already had the opportunity to participate in the 4-H National Youth Science Day Experiment “Wired for Wind” (7th & 8th graders under the mentoring of science teacher Brian Cote), have taken on 4-H community service by participating in the Hancock County Food Drive, and will soon be doing a 4-H Embryology project by incubating and hatching duck eggs in the 4th grade. More 4-H science enrichment programming will be coming to K to 2 grade MDES students in the spring.
For the 7th & 8th grades, their foray into wind power with the “Wired for Wind” experiment in the fall inspired them to take their investigation of this alternative energy to a higher level. They are now hard at work on their own “Wind Challenge” Science Fair projects, creating and testing different wind turbine blade designs and materials to see which team can harness the most energy from wind.
Downeast Region School News
Ella Lewis Grammar School – In March, the 2nd Grade class wrapped up their 4-H public speaking projects. What a fantastic job all did! With topics from “How to Tie a Shoe” to “How to Read a Thermometer” to “How to Read Fluently”, the students demonstrated their expertise on their chosen subjects and kept their audience of 3rd graders very engaged.
The 3rd Grade class completed their public speaking presentations in late February and had the 2nd graders as their audience. They also did a fine job. Their hard work and good examples were well evidenced in the learning the 2nd graders did to help create their fine presentations.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade had fun with 4-H volunteer Carl Karush learning about seeds and the different parts of the vegetables we eat through song, story and hands-on exploration. This was part of the Maine Agriculture in the Classroom READ ME program.
Trenton Elementary School – In the Trenton Elementary School’s afterschool program, we had great fun learning about vermiculture and setting up two different kinds of worm bins. Investigating the worms first, students had a chance to hold the worms, find their parts, and observe their movements for awhile. Then we set up a tray style vermiculture bin with the help of 4-H leader Steffanie Roguski. We also set up a worm bin using inexpensive plastic tubs by drilling holes in them for ventilation and using window screening to keep the worms in their new house. Would your school like to try vermiculture, too? Trenton Elementary School received their worms and supplies as part of funds donated to 4-H Afterschool Programming by The First Bank in 2011. The students are excited to give back to 4-H by donating worms they grow to other 4-H schools and/or clubs who might like to get started in vermiculture as well. It’s a great way to create new soil for pot- ting plants, to make compost tea for fertilizing plants, and to see how composting works. Get in touch with Lisa at the UMaine Extension Office if you would like to see about starting this exciting project for your group.
Morning Song School Cooperative – Members of the Morning Song Orchestra performed two benefit concerts this month – one to help raise funds for science programming for youth at the Humboldt Research Institute and the other to help raise funds for the H.D. Moore Parish House and Library in Steuben where many of the school’s classes are held. From penny whistles, to ukeleles, to accordians, saxaphones and electric guitars, the orchestra is one-of-a-kind in both its range of instruments and musical selections – and always well received!
1. 2012 Maine 4-H Days
The 2012 Maine 4-H Days will take place June 22 – 24, 2012 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. More information and registration packets will be available in mid-Spring of 2012.
2. 4-H Science Toolkits
Check out our 4-H Science toolkits, which include curriculum and materials to incorporate science into your 4-H project work. 4-H Science toolkits available include Entomology, Animal Science, Climate and more. A full summary of guidelines and toolkits is available at http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/science-engineering-technology/4-h-science-toolkits/.
3. 4-H Dairy Project members – Hold the Dates in 2012
Please hold the following dates for your participation in the State 4-H Dairy Programs: - Dairy judging – April 14, time and location to be announced. Open to all 4-H Dairy project members.
- Intent to Participate Form due May 1, 2012 for 4-H Dairy Team to Eastern States: http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/dairy/ - Fitting Competition – July 21, 5:00 pm at the Windsor Fairgrounds - Maine State 4-H Dairy Show – July 22, 9:00 am at the Windsor Fairgrounds.
The 2012 dairy packet is now on-line on the dairy page, same link as above.
4. Save the date: 4-H @ UMaine 2012
The annual 4-H @ UMaine conference will be held May 18-20, 2012 at the Orono campus. This event is for Maine youth ages 12-17. This popular conference takes place at the University of Maine-Orono, where youth participate in workshops and activities that familiarize them with campus life. Information regarding cost, registration forms, transportation and workshop options will be available in mid- March. For more information on 4-H @ UMaine, including a list of last years workshops, please go to the website http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-events/4humaine/ or contact Mitch Mason at firstname.lastname@example.org, 781-6099. If you have ideas or would like to volunteer, do not hesitate to contact us!
5. Fryeburg Youth Show – April 26 – 29, 2012
The Fryeburg Youth Show is a beef event open to youth ages 6 – 21 years of age. It is held in conjunction with the New England Galloway Group National Belted Galloway Sale and The Maine Elite Heifer Sale. There will be educational workshops and commercial exhibitors. Check out these websites to obtain further information and download the necessary forms.
6. April Vacation Day Camp at Tanglewood 4-H Camp
This outdoor day camp is on April 16th-20th at Tanglewood 4-H Camp in Lincolnville, from 9 am to 2 pm each day, with aftercare available until 4 pm. It’s a fun-filled week packed with games, art and exploration that encourages personal growth in harmony with nature. The program is for children ages 6-11 and the cost is $140.00 for the week. For more information or to register visit http://umaine.edu/tanglewood or contact Patti at 789- 5868 or email@example.com.
7. Save the Dates! 2012 Northeast Region 4-H Volunteer E-Forum
Join with other 4-H Volunteers in your community to learn cutting edge information that will help you work with your 4-H members. Session topics include Dealing with Difficult People/Conflict Resolution, Behavior Management in Positive Youth Development Settings, and Working with Multi-Aged Youth in Club Settings. More information about the location and additional details will be announced soon! Stay current by liking the Facebook page – 2012 Northeast Region 4-H Volunteer Forum.
Join the 4-H Techno Revolution! Dates for the 3 Sessions – All sessions will take place 7 – 8:30 pm - Monday, October 29 – Monday, November 5 – Monday, November 12
8. Maine Eastern States Dairy Goat Team – Intent to Sell & Tryout Information
The Dairy Goat Animal Science Committee wants to invite youth who were at least 12 years old but not 19 years old as of December 31, 2011 and in at least their second year of the Dairy Goat 4-H project to tryout to be a part of the Maine ESE Dairy Goat team. Youth who are interested in this opportunity must submit an Intent to Participate by April 15, 2012. This form is available at: http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/goat/.
Submitting an intent form does not guarantee a position on the team and does not commit a youth to participating. Those who are unsure are encouraged to submit the form as it is required as part of the tryout criteria. Late Intent Forms will not be accepted.
ESE Goat Team Tryout information: This year a one-day tryout will be held for any youth interested in being on Maine ESE Goat Team. If you would like to try out for the team, the tryout will be held during Maine 4-H Days on June 24, 2012 at Windsor Fairground. The complete registration packet will be available soon on the Maine 4-H Days webpage at http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-events/maine-4-h-days/. If you have questions about the process please contact Tami Hussey at 207-282-3201 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
9. Hands on Sheep Health Class
Join us on Saturday April 21 from 10am-2pm at North Star Farms 24 Stevens Rd, in Windham, ME for hands on sheep and lamb education. All youth involved in raising sheep are invited to participate in the youth education workshops.
Learn safe food handling techniques then prepare lunch for shearing school participants. learn how to do a health exam on sheep – learn to take a sheep’s temperature, listen to respirations, listen to the rumen, check the heart beat, and complete a health chart. Cost is $5.00. Please make your check out to Maine Sheep Breeders. Please RSVP for the event to Donna Flint. Deadline is April 17th. E-mail RSVP to: Donna.Flint@maine.edu Please mail check to Donna Flint, 16 Oak Ridge Rd, Sanford, ME 04073.
This is held in conjunction with the Maine Sheep Breeders Shearing School being held at North Star Farms on the same day. To register for the shearing school, please contact Cumberland County Cooperative Extension at (800) 287-1471 or 781-6099.
10. ESE 4-H Beef Program Scholarship
The Eastern States 4-H Beef Program Scholarship is available. Two $1,000 scholarships are given each year. This opportunity is open to high school seniors and current college students who have participated in the Eastern States Exposition 4-H Beef Program.
Check the website www.thebige.com/fair/agriculture/documents/12ag4hbscholarshipapp.pdf.
11. Market Lamb Forms for Windsor & Fryeburg Fairs
If you plan to raise a market lamb to show at Windsor or Fryeburg Fairs you need to file an Intent to Sell form at your County 4-H Office. Market Lamb Intent to Sell Forms are available online at: http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/sheep/. These forms are due to the county office, and must be postmarked by May 1, 2012.
The following tagging sites have been scheduled: May 20, 2012, 10 am, at the Northeast Livestock Expo (NELE) at Windsor Fairgrounds June 2, 2012, all day Saturday, at the Fiber Frolic at Windsor Fairgrounds June 16, 2012, 10 am, at the Oxford County June Jamboree, at the Oxford Fairgrounds June 23, 2012, Saturday, at Maine 4-H Days, at Windsor Fairgrounds
Donna Flint will be doing the tagging, and will provide the approval forms. If you have any questions, you can call her at 324-2814, or (800) 287-1535, or contact her via email at email@example.com.
12. Dog Project Members
Here is an opportunity for 4-H youth interested in dogs or learning more about showing dogs. An adult member of the Penobscot Valley Kennel Club has a year-old male Cairn Terrier she would like to co-own with a 4-H member interested in learning how to show dogs as an AKC junior handler. She would like the dog to live at the home of the 4-Her and she will meet with the 4-Her and dog every two weeks for training and grooming. She lives in Eddington. A Cairn Terrier is a very active dog that may not run loose. The dog will always need to go outside on a leash, on a dog trolley, or be kept in a dog-safe fenced-in area. To apply for this opportunity, write a short essay about why you would like to learn to show a purebred dog, and do some research on Cairn Terriers and write a paragraph about this particular breed. Send your essay to Nancy Daniels at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information you can call her at 843-6362.
13. Important 2012 Dates/Deadlines for Eastern States Forms
These dates are for animals going to Eastern States. June 30 is the Approval Form deadline for all other livestock projects.
Animal Approval Forms with special dates are:
for ESE Horse – April 1st for ESE Dairy – May 1st
Working Steer forms are due May 1st
Intent to Participate at ESE Forms are due on the following dates:
Dairy Goat – April 15th Dairy, and Sheep – May 1st Dog – May 15th
Eastern State Beef HEIFER entries and registration (and lease forms) are due May 1st to: Donna Flint, 21 Bradeen St, Suite 302, Springvale, ME 04083
The due date is the date that the form is due at the address listed on the form. Forms for different animals are posted on the commodity page. Links to each commodity page can be found at http://extension.umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/.
14. Robotics Expo
You’re invited to join us for a day of fun with robotics and science on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at USM in Gorham. Open to any youth, ages 5-18, participating in or interested in 4-H robotics program. In the morning, individuals and teams will have the opportunity to share their ideas and creations with judges and other participants in a non-competitive ‘science fair’ format. During the day, youth participate in a workshop and in an on-site challenge event. Register early, space is limited.
For more information, contact Sarah Sparks at email@example.com or (800)-287-1458.
Cooking with the Kids
These cool pops are a healthy frozen treat the whole family will enjoy. Freeze the night before for an easy Easter snack.
Blueberry or strawberry preserves
Spoon some vanilla yogurt into the bottoms of cone-shaped paper cups. Add a small dollop of blueberry or strawberry preserves to each. Using a toothpick, swirl preserves into the yogurt. Repeat layers to fill cones. Insert a popsicle stick into each, and place cones in cups to keep upright. Freeze.
From Family Magazine