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4-H Flash Newsletter-October 2012

Volume 7, Issue 10



 Oct. 29, Nov. 5, & Nov. 12—Northeast Regional 4-H Volunteer E-Forum

Perry Harvest Fair

The 4-H Exhibit at the 2012 Perry Harvest Fair was a great success!  Thank-you to all of the youth and leaders who worked so hard to display their accomplishments of the 2011-2012 program year.  Here is a list of the participants, their project area & project exhibited:

Quoddy Kids, leaders Anne Bitar and Denise Harris – club exhibit runner-up
Kaitlyn Smith – sewing – pillow
Kristen Smith – photography – framed photos
Riley Fraser & Wren Fraser – butterflies – poster and handouts
Jodie Harris – gardening and food preservation – fresh vegetables & canned foods
Alex Harris – gardening and woodworking – fresh vegetables & birdhouse
Mason Dickey – pets – nutrition for rabbits and guinea pigs
Catherine Bitar – sewing – doll dress
Libby Bitar – knitting – doll hat
Roy Duffy – recycling – woven mat from recycled materials
Siobhan Duffy – hatching chickens – posterboard and journal

Princeton Pioneers, leaders Bobbi Mather & Tammy Carle
Nicole Howland – knitting – purse & slippers
Jaiden McPhee – knitting – headband & purse

4-H Machines, leader Bonnie Pineo
Madelyn Willey – stage presence – mask & shirt- Best in Show winner!

Dennys River Manure Movers, leaders Nancy Curtis & Jane Bell - club exhibit winners!

Horse Power, leaders Patty Wilbur, Jaine Wilbur & Josh Wilbur – club exhibit runner-up
Mikaila Loughlin – dog – dog art and poem – Best in Project winner!
Makayla Chase – horse – boot floral arrangement
Summer Dinsmore – horse – horse happy trails drawing
Randi Bolen – photography – flower bed photo art and computer enhancement – Best in Project winner!
Emily Bosley – photography – butterfly and flower


Best in Project awarded to Randi Bolen!

Best in Project awarded to Randi Bolen!


Best in Project awarded to Mikaila Loughlin!

Best in Project awarded to Mikaila Loughlin!

Best in Show awarded to Madelyn Willey!

Best in Show awarded to Madelyn Willey!

Members of Dennys River Manure Movers setting up their club exhibit.

Members of Dennys River Manure Movers setting up their club exhibit.

Best club exhibit awarded to Dennys River Manure Movers.

Best club exhibit awarded to Dennys River Manure Movers.

Washington County Bulletin Board Items

Northeast Regional 4-H Volunteer e-Forum! You can still
register! Be a part of a first time
Technology experience. Join Jen Lobley and Nicole Willey, the facilitators for the Northeast Regional 4-H Volunteer Forum being held at the Washington County Cooperative Extension Office. There are three sessions, Oct. 29, Nov. 5, and Nov. 12.

Re-enrollment 2012- Packets were handed out at the Perry Harvest Fair or will be sent to each club during the week of October 22nd.  Please return all paperwork listed in these packets no later than Nov 30, 2012.  There are new member and new volunteer enrollment forms available at :
If you have any questions or need forms sent to you, please contact Tara or Nicole.


National Youth Science Day-  Each year National 4-H celebrates science by sponsoring a National Youth Science Day in the month of October.  Last year, as some of you may remember, there were Wired for Wind kits.  This year, the focus is on engineering and robotics.  Here in Washington County, we have 3 re-useable kits featuring the “Eco-bots.”  The kits are designed to be explored by up to ten youth each.  On October 6th at the Perry Harvest Fair, 24 youth ages 5 to 18 used these kits to learn to “program” their Eco-bots to clean a fictitious environmental spill.  As you can see in the photo, it was a really fun and rewarding activity.  If you would like to borrow this kit for use in your club setting, or with a group of youth including independent members, please contact Nicole.

A youth participates in the National Youth Science Day activity using Eco-bots.

A youth participates in the National Youth Science Day activity using Eco-bots.


Project Records:  Thank-you to all of the youth who completed their project records and to the leaders and parents who lead the youth through this great accomplishment!  We have a small panel of volunteers this year who will be reviewing them mid-month.  Nicole will be planning club visits to return the records and award recognition ribbons and prizes for all of this great work!
Thank-you all for your dedication to Project Records this year!


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, by the 20th of each month so we can be sure to share your news with all our Washington County 4-Hers.

Maine State News

1. Important News about 2013 Maine 4-H Days Dates-  Please note: If you are planning to attend Maine 4-H Days in 2013, the date has changed. Next year’s event will take place July 18 – 21 at the Windsor Fairgrounds, and the State Dairy Show will be on the 20th & 21st. If you are interested in helping to plan next year’s event, please contact Jessy Brainerd at or 581-3877.


2. Jolly 4-H Market – The Jolly Farmers and Jolly Juniors of Coopers Mills would like to
invite all 4-Hers and/or 4-H groups throughout the state of Maine to join us in our first Jolly 4-H Market. Bring crafts and market items of all kinds to sell; jewelry, ornaments, flowers,
pumpkins, etc. No raffles or bake/food sales allowed. All exhibitors must be active members of 4-H.

This event is on October 6, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Windsor Fairgrounds in the Commercial Building. Crafters may set up at 8:00 a.m. Cost: $10.00 for 8’ space (you provide your own tables and chairs) or $15.00 for 8’ space including 1 table and 2 chairs. The Jolly Farmers and The Jolly Juniors 4-H clubs will have a concession stand with hotdogs, popcorn, drinks and other delectable goodies. For more information contact: Darlene Newcombe, 207-549-4532,


3. Military Teen Adventure Camps 2012-2013 – Nearly 1600 military
teens (14-18 years old) will have an opportunity to participate (at little to no cost) in
adventure camps scheduled April 2012 through March 2013. These high energy,
high adventure, and high experience camps are planned across the United States from Alaska to Maine and from Colorado to Georgia as well as states in between.

Each camp offers a unique outdoor experience that will allow a teen to build leadership, self- confidence, and teamwork skills while participating in activities like backpacking, river rafting, canoeing, wilderness survival, rocketry, rock climbing, GPS use, mountain biking, first aid, winter camping, dog sledding, ropes courses, camp cooking, archery, and other camp activities. Camps for youth with special needs (mental, physical, and emotional) are also planned in California, Ohio, and New Hampshire. For military youth already in the Pacific Rim, two camp dates are available in Hawaii. Information may be found at the following URL:


4. Robotics Expo – You’re invited to join us for a day of fun with robotics and science
on Saturday, October 27, 2012, at the University of Southern Maine, Gorham campus.
The event is open to any youth, ages 5-18, participating in or interested in 4-H robotics
program. Prior robotics experience is not needed to attend. 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. Pre-registration is required.

To learn more information, please visit: or contact Sarah Sparks, 1-800-287-1458 or if you have any questions.


5. Market Steers for Windsor and Fryeburg – 4-Hers raising a steer for the
2013 market steer shows at Windsor or Fryeburg Fairs need to send in an Intent to
Participate Form by January 3,
2013. 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. 4-H National Youth Science Day Experiment – The 2012 National Science Experiment, the 4-H Eco-Bot Challenge, explores how robots can be used to preserve and protect the environment, while offering a glimpse into the future of science, technology, engineering and math. Youth will assemble their own Eco-Bot, then discover how the robot functions. Youth will design a set of control surfaces to program the Eco-Bot to perform a simulated environmental clean up project.

Join in the experiment at one of these sites, or host your own 4-H National Youth Science Day site! October 2nd, 4:00 pm, at the Patten Free Library in Bath, Maine
October 6th, Multiple sessions: 10:00 am, 11:00 am, and 1:00 pm, at the Windham Public Library in Windham, Maine
October 16th, 6:30 pm, at the Ricker Public Library in Poland, Maine
October 18th, 4:30 pm, at the Searsport Elementary School Cafeteria in Searsport, Maine October 18th, 7:00 pm, at the Windsor Fairgrounds in Windsor, Maine
November 6th, 6:00 pm, at the Topsham Public Library in Topsham, Maine

These activities are open to youth ages 5 – 18, youth ages 5 – 10 must be accompanied by an adult to participate. No prior experience is needed. Registration is free, and includes materials for the experiments.

Pre-registration is requested. Register at the hosting library. For more information about the experiment, contact Sarah Sparks at (207) 353-5550, or (800) 287-1458 (in Maine), TDD: 1-800-287- 8957 or email


7. The University of Maine 4-H Shooting Sports Program Update – The
University of Maine 4-H Shooting Sports Program has established an account in the
MIdwayUSA Scholastic Shooting Trust. Donations to this fund are currently being matched
3:1 by the owners of MidwayUSA. We can draw up to 5% annually from this account for
program support. Currently, our account balance is over $50,000.00. Additionally, UMaine 4HSS has received donations of equipment from the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance of over $3000.00, and from the NRA Foundation of over $3500.00. For more information contact Scott Olsen or visit our webpage:


8. Maine Innovation Convention Invites 4-H Participants! The Maine Innovation Convention, hosted by the Foster Center for Student Innovation at the University of Maine,
announces an informational meeting for educators/volunteers on October 27, 2012, 8 AM -
4 PM at the Foster Center for Student Innovation, University of Maine, Orono. The goal of
the Convention is to provide an opportunity for Maine middle school students to think creatively
and practically as they explore, create, and promote innovative solutions to everyday challenges in their world and beyond. Throughout the school year, middle school participants work with their peers to identify and solve problems by using the Innovation Engineering process, developed and taught at the University of Maine. For more information on the Maine Innovation Convention please go to the website or contact Angela Marcolini at or by phone at (207) 581-1429.


Cooking with the Kids

Crisp and Spicy Snack Mix

2 cups crisscross of corn and rice cereal (such as Crispix)
1 cup tiny pretzel twists
1/2 cup reduced-fat wheat crackers (such as Wheat Thins)
1/2 cup reduced-fat cheddar crackers (such as Cheez-It)
1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon ginger stir-fry sauce (such as Lawry’s)
1 teaspoon chili powder                            1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin                         Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Combine the first 4 ingredients in a bowl. Combine butter, stir-fry sauce, powder, cumin, and salt; drizzle over cereal mixture, tossing to coat. Spread mixture into a jelly roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 250 degrees for 30 minutes or until crisp, stirring twice.




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