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4-H Flash — February 2013

Volume 8, Issue 2


February 27- Registration Deadline for Washington County Public Speaking Tournament (PST)
March 9- Washington County PST
March 6- Shooting Sports Registration Deadline
March 16- Robotics Expo
March 23- Regional PST-UMaine Orono
April 6 & 7- 4-H Shooting Sports Training-Columbia

Public Speaking Tournament

4-H Public Speaking is off to a great start this year. With five schools and one county Public Speaking Clinic held in January (led by Lisa Reilich, our 4-H youth development professional), we have reached over 75 4-Hers (not to mention all parents, volunteer leaders and school staff) in Washington county clubs and schools this year through these alone.  It’s clear that the enthusiasm for learning this important skill is catching on!

Our county 4-H Public Speaking Clinic, held at the Extension office on January 13th, was attended by five 4-H youth and three adults, who came to learn all about how to do Public Speaking the 4-H way, and how to prepare a demonstration or illustrated talk for the Washington County 4-H Public Speaking Tournament this year. We had some experienced 4-H youth attend, who came to brush up on their skills, along with those quite new to 4-H public speaking.

Jane Bell, our 4-H volunteer leader and member of the 4-H Public Speaking Committee, and Nicole Wiley our 4-H program aide were both on hand to help everyone do their best and keep the learning fun!  After the clinic, all the youth who attended said they planned to prepare a demonstration or illustrated talk in their club and county tournaments.  That’s the 4-H spirit!

Clinics were also held at the Ella Lewis Grammar School and the Jonesboro Elementary School – both are 4-H School Groups.  All our school groups will be holding School 4-H Public Speaking Tournaments to show off their newly gained skills.  Look in the March newsletter for more news on how it all went.

We look forward to seeing many of our 4-Hers at the Washington County 4-H Public Speaking Tournament.  The tournament will be held at the Kay Parker Building in Machias on March 9th at 1pm (snow date of March 16th).  Please be sure to register with Tara by February 27th.

Washington County Bulletin Board Items

4-H Shooting Sports Training Coming to Washington County – 4-H Shooting Sports instructors, Ryan LeShane and Phil Catanese, 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 in the disciplines of rifle and shotgun.  Interested volunteers must have a volunteer application and cleared SBI (background) check on file at the county office, and be 21 years of age or older.  If you are a VOLT certified, enrolled volunteer in Washington County, this paperwork is already on file.  New volunteers should contact Nicole or Tara in the county office to obtain a volunteer application packet as soon as possible.  Registration deadline is March 6th.
More information and online registration can be found at:

4-H Robotics Expo – March 16, 2013- University of Maine at Machias-  4-H Clubs that are involved in a Robotics project are welcome to participate in the 4-H Robotics Expo.  Registration materials can be obtained through the Extension office by dialing 255-3345.  Registration deadline is Friday, March 1.

Spectators are welcome to attend the exhibit session between 9:30 and 11:15 a.m.  Come see local robotic displays and demonstrations as teams show off their work to the judges.  You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the “Crowd Pleaser’s” Award by voting for your favorite exhibit!  Admission is free.

4-H Public Speaking – Reminder – Club and
Independent delegate names must be given to the Extension Office by February 27th, 2013 in order to participate in the County Tournament. Include each youth’s name, 4-H age, club name, title of demonstration or illustrated talk, and whether it will be an individual or team presentation. County tournament will be held on Saturday, March 9, at 1:00 pm, at the Kay Parker Building in Machias. Regional tournament will be held on Sat., March 23, at the UMaine Orono campus.

“Grow It Right!”- Master Gardener Volunteers Plant Sale-  The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and its Master Gardener Volunteers are offering a special “Grow It Right!” plant sale to raise funds for its statewide Master Gardener Volunteers program.

Money raised will assist Master Gardener Volunteer projects and also will provide scholarships to those who cannot afford the Master Gardener course fee. Since its inception more than 30 years ago, the UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers program has assisted in dozens of community horticultural projects across the state, including Maine Harvest for Hunger, youth gardening and other community-based volunteer efforts.

You can support the project by ordering a high-bush blueberry plant pack, consisting of three young plants, two varieties per pack, for $35.95 or a pack of 10 asparagus crowns ready for planting in the spring for $15.00. Plants will be available for pickup at the Washington County Extension office on Saturday, May 18, 2013. You will receive expert advice on growing blueberries and growing asparagus at every stage and a take-home package of instructions from Extension staff and Master Gardener Volunteers.

To place an order, go to the following website A soil test is recommended prior to planting to help gardeners get the most out of their garden site.

For more information about Grow It Right!, contact Marjorie Peronto, 207.667.8212 (toll-free in Maine, 800.287.1479), or email

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.

Downeast Region School News

Welcome to 4-H Jonesboro Elementary School!

Jonesboro Elementary School officially became a 4-H School Group in January – what a great way to ring in the New Year!  We are so excited to have the students and staff of Jonesboro Elementary as part of our 4-H family.  The school has already been working weekly with our Cooperative Extension Food Corp Service member, Taylor Weiss via Farm to School garden-based enrichment learning in the classroom.  Can you guess what the first big project the school decided to do as part of officially enrolling in 4-H?  If you said “4-H Public Speaking” you would be right!  Principal Day and her staff have bravely taken on introducing 4-H public speaking as part of their daily lesson for the entire school, with students developing their own demonstration or illustrated talk to be presented as part of a school-wide 4-H Public Speaking Tournament to be held in mid-February.  Their hard work is showing already.  The tournaments themselves should be very exciting!

Maine State News

1.  4-H @ UMaine: Connecting Kids to Campus - If you know of a youth between the ages of 12 – 18, make sure they save the date! 4-H @ UMaine will take place May 17 & 18, 2013 at the University of Maine in Orono. Details will be available online in February at:

2. 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

3. 2013 Morris Scholarship for Eastern States Participants – This is the year
that Maine has the opportunity to select an Eastern States Exposition participant to receive a
$500 scholarship towards continuing his or her education beyond high school. To find
information on how to apply for this scholarship, look online at:

4. 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

5. Celebrating 100 Years of 4-H in Maine – A Message from Lisa Phelps, 4-H Program Administrator- Did you know the first 4-H club in Maine was started in 1913, and it was a Potato Club in Scarborough Maine? Yes, indeed, it’s true! In 2013, 4-H is celebrating 100 years in
Maine. I hope you will join me in celebrating the 100th birthday of 4-H in Maine and look
for ways you can celebrate locally and statewide. We have a lot to be proud of in our 4-H program in Maine! Since the beginning, the youth development program of University of Maine Cooperative Extension has emphasized the importance of building the life skills needed to be successful adults.

We would not have had the strong program we have had for the past 100 years if it were not for the extremely dedicated volunteers and staff. On behalf of the thousands of youth all of you have impacted over the years, thank you for all you have done.

Please check out our special Celebrating 100 Years website at - I would also encourage 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!

6. Maine 4-H Foundation Post-Secondary Education Scholarships-  Information and applications for Maine 4-H Foundation’s post-secondary education
scholarships are now available online at their web site These scholarships are available to all current 4-H
youth in Maine, high school seniors or recent graduates, who are pursuing higher education. The deadline for applications to be received at the local county Extension office is March 4, 2013. The Maine 4-H Foundation must receive completed applications from County offices by March 11, 2013. If you have any questions please email Dana Rickman or call 207-353- 5550.

7. Maine ESE Horse Tryouts – This year ESE Horse tryouts will take place on July
12, 13, and 14 at Skowhegan Fairgrounds. Reminder that riders/drivers must be 14 years
old as of December 31, 2012. Information and tryout forms will be posted to the 4-H
website the first week of February. If you have questions about ESE tryouts please connect with Tina Hogan, ESE Horse Committee Coordinator, or Kristy Ouellette, Extension Educator,

8. State 4-H Dairy Program Dates- Please hold the following dates for your participation in the State 4-H Dairy Programs:- Quiz Bowl Tryout– Tryouts for the Dairy Quiz Bowl Team is Sunday, February 17, at the
Farm Bureau office in Augusta. Quiz Bowl will start at 1:00 pm and finish up before 4:00 pm.
Open to all 4-H Dairy project members. Snow date is the following day, Monday, February 18. Snow cancellation will be determined the evening before. Call 581-3872 for a message announcing the cancellation of Quiz Bowl if there is a storm.
- Dairy Judging – April 13, Sat., time / location to be announced. Open to all 4-H Dairy project mem- bers.
- Intent to Participate Form due May 1, 2013 for 4-H Dairy Team to Eastern States.
- Fitting Competition – July 20, 5:00 pm at the Windsor Fairgrounds.
- Maine State 4-H Dairy Show – July 21, 9:00 am at the Windsor Fairgrounds. The new dairy packet will be posted in March.

Forms are/will be posted on the 4-H Dairy web page at:

9. UMaine Day at the Legislature – 4-H Honorary Page Program – UMaine Day at the Legislature, Tuesday, February 26th, is quickly approaching. Since legislators like to see 4- H members from their districts, 4-Hers (age 13 or older) are encouraged to serve as Honorary Pages. The Maine 4-H program has up to 30 slots for Honorary Pages.

What does a page do? Pages hand out information to Representatives or Senators, or place the paper information on their desks. They also hand phone and other messages to Representatives and Senators on the floor.

If you are interested in serving as a page, please contact Debra Kantor in Somerset County at 1-800- 287-8957 or We will attempt to have pages from different parts of the state. Slots, representing different state senators and representatives, will be filled in the order they are received, but the final deadline is February 8th. If the slot for your legislative district has been filled, your name will be added to a wait list in the order it is received. If you are leaving a message, please be sure to say “I am interested in serving as a 4-H Page at the Legislature on February 26”. Your slot will be reserved if you leave this complete information: full name, age, mailing address, county, phone number, email address, name of your school, name of your 4-H Club, name of your Maine State Representative, name of your Maine State Senator

4-H Honorary Pages will be in the Capitol from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm. A parent or 4-H volunteer provides transportation and chaperoning.

10. 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.

11. February Vacation Day Camp at Tanglewood 4-H Camp-  This outdoor day camp will be held at Tanglewood 4-H Camp in Lincolnville, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day with aftercare available until 4 p.m. Feb. 19th- 20th is for 6-8 year olds, while children ages 9-13 come on Feb. 21st-22nd. It’s a fun-filled adventure packed with outdoor exploration, wildlife tracking and sledding, which encourage personal growth in harmony with nature. The cost is $65.00/child for the two-day program. For more information or to register visit or contact Patti at (207) 789- 5868 or

12. 2013 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl and Hippology Meetings - Horse quiz bowl and hippology meetings will begin January 26th and be held once a month on
Saturday or Sunday. 4-Hers interested in trying-out for the Maine teams which compete
nationally in Kentucky at the Eastern 4-H Horse Round-Up exposition are required to attend these meetings. Although material is designed for 4-Hers ages 14-18, all ages are welcome to attend and material will be revised for younger 4-Hers.

Meetings will consist of working with quiz bowl buzzers, labeling horse diagrams, hands-on activities, review of workbook assignments, field trips to equine facilities, lectures/demonstrations by equine professionals, and educational games. Home assignments will consist of assigned readings, short research essays, and review quizzes. All materials will be provided free of charge.

Topics to be covered each month are as follows:
- January – History of the horse, breeds and breed associations, coat colors and markings;
- February – physiological systems and anatomy; will include skeletal, muscular, respiratory, cardiovascular, nervous, and digestive systems;
- March – foaling, yearling care, and dental aging and care;
- April – Infectious diseases of the horse, common health conditions and problems, first aid, and vices; – May – Nutrition, feeds, the healthy horse, poisonous plants, and common parasites and flies;
- June – Conformation, unsoundness’s, horse judging principles, shoeing, and farrier equipment;
- July – Tack, riding disciplines and events, farm management, and pasture care;
- August – Equine genetics, breeding and reproduction;
- September – Review
- October – Regional Competition
- November – National Competition

For more information about time and place of meetings, call Edie Kershner (207) 322-4601 or email at

13. Celebrate Awesome! 2013 Engineering Expo – Saturday, March 2, 2013 –
9:00 am – 2:00 pm at the University of Southern Maine, Gorham Campus, suggested $2 per
person donation at the door. Over 1,500 children and adults are expected to experience first
hand the many contributions that Maine Engineers make to our communities and way of life.
Maine’s top engineering firms, engineering schools, educators, government agencies, industry, and engineering societies will provide hand on activities and exhibits throughout the field house. The fun, dynamic, and positive environment will help encourage our youth to pursue careers in engineering and pro- vide a diverse and vigorous workforce for the future.

For more details visit: – the Maine Engineering Promotional Council.

14. 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 work- shops. 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 Washing- ton 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.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 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:

18. 4-H Farm-to-Fair Key Volunteers Needed – 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,

Cooking with the Kids

Fruity Breakfast Smoothie

A healthy way for kids to start the day, this berry smoothie is perfect for breakfast or a snack on Valentine’s Day and beyond


1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 banana
1 cup strawberries
1 1/2 Tbsp honey

Mix all ingredients in blender until smooth. Pour into glasses and garnish smoothie with a red licorice swirl, strawberry or make a red licorice straw from a licorice stick. Remove end of licorice so the ends are open.


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