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4-H Flash Newsletter- January 2013

Volume 8, Issue 1


January 13- Public Speaking Clinic

February 27- Registration Deadline for Washington County Public Speaking Tournament (PST)

March 9- Washington County PST

March 16- Robotics Expo

March 23- Regional PST-UMaine Orono

April 6 & 7- 4-H Shooting Sports Training-Columbia

Welcome Susan Storey!

 We welcome Susan Storey, a newly enrolled 4-H Volunteer, assisting with the Princeton Pioneers club.

Dennys River Manure Movers Lend a Helping Hand

Members of the Dennys River Manure Movers 4-H Club assist Dennys River Historical Society with the mailing of their quarterly newsletter.  Photo by Jane Bell

Members of the Dennys River Manure Movers 4-H Club assist Dennys River Historical Society with the mailing of their quarterly newsletter.
Photo by Jane Bell


Washington County Bulletin Board Items

4-H Shooting Sports Training Coming to Washington County – Know of any youth who like to hunt or target shoot, or who would like to learn these skills?  Wish we had some 4-H Shooting Sports clubs here in Washington County?  On April 6th and 7th, 2013, 4-H Shooting Sports instructors in the areas of rifle and shotgun are coming to the Pleasant River Fish & Game Conservation Association in Columbia to provide a two-day training for 4-H Volunteers!  This is a LEADER TRAINING, designed to prepare adult leaders to run 4-H Shooting Sports clubs.  Participation does not commit volunteers to lead a club, but rather provides the required training if they choose to start (or assist with) a club.  Interested adults should contact Nicole or Tara in the county office to obtain a volunteer application packet which is required prior to the training (if you are already a volunteer you do not need to apply again).  Registration for this event is required, and the cost of the event is $25 (to cover material such as curriculum and ammunition).   Feel free to call or email Nicole with any questions.  Please spread the word… and mark your calendars!

Hancock County Winter Sewing Workshop – Hancock County construction judges for Style Revue,
Judy Bragg and Ann Durgin, have
agreed to teach a basic sewing workshop at the Hancock County Extension office. This would include pattern selection, sizing, fitting, layout, cutting, marking, seams, finishes, darts, hems, buttons, pressing, following instructions, etc. Mark you calendar for Wednesday, February 20th, 9:00 am to 2:30 pm – snow day, Thursday, February 21st. Please bring a brown-bag lunch. Call Joyce at the Hancock Extension Office at 667-8212 or 1-800-287-1479 by February 13 to register. We need a minimum of 10 people committed to this to make it worthwhile.

4-H Public Speaking – Below please find 4-H Public
Speaking Guidelines and
Judging Sheets for 2013. It’s not too late to make your New Year’s resolution to prepare an illustrated talk or demonstration for this year’s County Public Speaking Tournament.  Be sure to visit county-4-h/ for helpful information and videos on 4-H public speaking to help you get going.

2013 WASHINGTON COUNTY 4H Regional Public Speaking Guidelines

2013 Regional PST Judging Worksheet

Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program – Join other Maine high school sophomores and juniors on the backpacking adventure of a lifetime through the finest wild country in Maine. As you explore the area on and around the state’s highest peak, Katahdin, you will hear from experts in a variety of fields, including geology, biology, writing, photography, and more. You will see why preserving wilderness is essential to so many people as well as for all the other species that rely upon this land. In April, the ten selected participants receive required reading materials and other assignments, and submit a project proposal in May. The field experience in Baxter State Park is August 3 through August 11, 2013. Thanks to the support of generous donors, Friends of Baxter State Park is able to offer this program at no direct cost to the student.
Applications are due February 8, 2013. Participants will be notified in March.

To apply: Contact Friends of Baxter State Park at: Download a form at:
Write to: Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program, Friends of Baxter State Park, PO Box 609, Union, ME 04862.

Downeast Region School News

Trenton Elementary School – At Trenton Elementary School, the afterschool program has started a wonderful 4-H project that should keep them busy for the rest of the year! Building on the vermiculture project they started last year with Mr. Rayner and Ms. Stephanie, we started worm journals where we examined what our worms look like and drew pictures of them; we explored how long they get when they stretch out and how short they can be as well, recording that data; and then we did more experiments on the kinds of environments worms prefer. They plan to continue to work together to build up their worm bins, and even hope to harvest castings in the spring for planting seedlings. Keep up the good work!

4-H at Trenton Elemetary School

Ella Lewis School – On November 19th as part of a professional development day, fourteen Ella Lewis teachers and staff took part in a school 4-H volunteer training session. For two hours, they got a chance to learn all about 4-H programming and how it fits with the great teaching already happening at their school. We had great fun with interactive activities to explore experiential learning and positive youth development, and also had a chance to explore some of the resources available through the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Thank you to all those at Ella Lewis School for being such wonderful teachers and mentors to all you your youth – and thank you for helping to make 4-H part of their learning and growing process!

4-H at Ella Lewis School

Maine State News

1. 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament – for Hancock, Knox, Lincoln, Somerset, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo and Washington Counties – The 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament will be held Saturday, March 23rd at the University of Maine at Orono in the Bangor Room. 4-H Youth ages 9 to 18 who have participated in their county 4-H public speaking tournament 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 either participate in a neighboring county’s tournament or present in another format 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 13th at 667-8212 or at For more information on 4-H public speaking, including guidelines and judging sheets, please visit or contact Lisa Reilich at 207-598-6621 or

2. Save the Date for 2013 Maine 4-H Days – Maine 4-H Days 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 this year’s event, please contact Jessy Brainerd at or 581-3877.

3. Invention Convention – The Invention Convention is a statewide competition
that promotes important life and work skills for Maine middle school students.
Throughout the school year, students work to identify and solve problems by using a
systematic approach to innovation. After competing against their peers at a local
level, top students will be invited to attend the state conference where they compete
for the top invention awards. The competition is open to any school offering grades 6, 7, and/or 8, as well as children who are homeschooled. For more information about the Maine Invention Convention, visit or call Angela Marcolini at the UMaine Foster Center for Student Innovation at 207-581-1454, or email For more details please see our December 2012’s 4-H newsletter.

4. 4-H Farm-to-Fair Key Volunteers Needed – Did you get to visit the 4-H
Farm-to-Fair interactive exhibit at the 2012 Union Fair? The Knox-Lincoln 4-H Leaders’ Association reports that the response from the public was resoundingly positive! Local
families and folks visiting the area from other states (and countries) praised the exhibit
for being fun and informative, a great way to teach kids about how the food they eat and products they use are produced.

In order to continue the success of this exhibit at Union Fair, two key volunteer roles will need to be filled as soon as possible. A Volunteer Coordinator is needed to seek out and organize the schedule of volunteers operating the exhibit for the 8 days that the fair is open (August 17-24, 2013). The person, or team of two, needs to commit to being available for all of these days. If there is a team of two, the times can be shared.

We also seek a Farm Store Coordinator, who will coordinate the products that kids will choose from to take home after they have been through the exhibit. This person will be responsible for procuring enough donations of locally-produced items to fill the store shelves every day the exhibit is open. This will be done prior to fair week, so your presence will not be needed during the fair.

If you can help or want to learn more, contact Cindy Rogers, 4-H Program Aide, Knox and Lincoln Counties, 832-0343,

5. Eastern States Exposition – 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, Mass, 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, which 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 around a science theme. Please call the UMaine Cooperative Extension Office in Oxford at 743-6329 or 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 stay in the dorm, meals and transportation are provided.

6. New Hampshire Dairy Goat Seminar – New Hampshire Dairy Goat Seminar – Transitioning From a Hobby to a Commercial Goat Dairy. This seminar is being held
during the Farm and Forest Exposition on Saturday, February 9th, 2013 from 10:00 am to
12:30 pm. The schedule for the Dairy Goat Seminar starts with the ADGA District meeting
at 10:00 followed by “Transitioning to a Commercial Goat Dairy” at 10:30. At 12:00 noon, the topic will be “Safe Handling of Milk”, adjourning at 12:30.

This event will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester NH. Free for 4-H youth and $5.00 per family. For a complete brochure on the Farm and Forest Exposition go to:

7. Apply Now for National Trips – National 4-H Trips are excellent opportunities to meet 4-H members from across the nation. Participants learn about many career options, and learn through educational workshops at Congress or become a part of a team making recommendations to National 4-H Council at Conference. To learn more about these trips, visit:

Any Maine 4-H Youth, ages 14 to 18, is eligible to apply. Applicants must be current Maine 4-H members both at the time of application and the time of the actual trip. Application packets must be sent to your county office and postmarked by March 15, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Thuotte at 1-800-287-1535 or

8. Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) – Start making plans now to visit our
Nation’s Capitol during the week of June 29 to July 6, 2013. CWF is a leadership
program conducted by the National 4-H Council for high school youth ages 15 to 18.
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 29 to July 6, 2013. You will stay at the National 4-H Conference Center just outside Washington, DC. Visiting the most popular sites in Washington will be a part of the trip, including spending the 4th of July in our nation’s capitol. There is a mandatory orientation for Maine delegates on April 27th. For more information visit:

Contact your county 4-H office for details about how to be a part of this experience.

Cooking with the Kids

Banana Snowmen

Blend a few bananas with some milk. Add a few drops of vanilla extract to make it creamier and also to add that aromatic touch. Freeze it for sometime and then scoop out a few balls of different sizes from this. Stack three balls together with the help of a toothpick to make a snowman. Make eyes and nose using raisin bits. Use a dash of chocolate frosting for the mouth. To make the scarf, use red licorice string. Place two grapes for a top hat and pretzel sticks for arms. Enjoy.


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