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4-H Flash Newsletter — March 2013

March 2013
Volume 8, Issue 3


April 6 & 7- 4-H Shooting Sports Training-Columbia
April 15- Extension Office Closed
April 27- VOLT Training-Hancock Extension Office- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

UMaine Day at the Legislature – 4-H Honorary Page Program

Article by: Emily Bosley, Horse Power 4-H member

I’m 16, and on February 26th, I was able to serve as an Honorary Page at the Maine State Capitol, through the 4-H program. I served in the Senate. During the session that day, I was able to sit and listen, except when I was needed for my page duties. I delivered papers, handed out pamphlets, and passed back and forth messages; along with the other girls that were serving as pages through the 4-H that day also. It was a very fun and interesting experience! I was able to meet, talk with, and have a ‘formal’ photo taken with both my Senator and Representative. I really enjoyed being a page, and I am planning to hopefully attend again next year! The page duties definitely didn’t seem like ‘work’ at all. Plus, I was able to learn a lot about what the Senate does, through hands-on experience and being right there. I’m so glad I was able to go!
~Emily B.

Washington County Bulletin Board Items

Welcome New Volunteers: 
Malinda Worcester
Mike Warnock
Bob Jones
Stim Wilcox
Travis Willey

Congratulations and THANK-YOU to the following new volunteers who have recently become VOLT certified:
Jennifer Prout
Charlie Robbins
Larry Balchen
Brian Carlton
Michael Todd Smith

WELCOME to our newly enrolled volunteers:
Welcome to Malinda Worcester, new leader of the 4-H Machines!
Welcome to Travis Willey, leader of a newly forming 4-H Shooting Sports club!
Welcome to Charlie Robbins, leader of a newly forming 4-H Shooting Sports club!

Downeast Region School News

Speaking Tournaments are winding down now with tournaments completed now at Jonesboro Elementary School
2nd – 8th, Ella Lewis Grammar School 2nd & 3rd and
Downeast Homeschool Cooperative. Even with County
Tournaments already under way and Regionals looming
on March 23rd, there are still more school tournaments to
come for Trenton Elementary, Jonesboro Elementary
and Morning Song School Cooperative this month. This
just goes to show that it is never NOT a good time to learn
and polish our public speaking skills — and those skills that
we learn in 4-H for public speaking can be put to good use for projects outside the normal schedule of tournaments — like is happening for Morning Song students, where the 6th grade students are using their training in 4-H public speaking to create and present illustrated talks to go along with their written biography projects OR the second graders at Trenton Elementary who were able to use the great skills they gained as first graders doing 4-H demonstrations and bring those along with some new ideas on connecting with the audience to their presidential speeches — amazing!

 Maine State News

1. State 4-H Dairy Program Dates- Please hold the following dates for your participation in the State 4-H Dairy Programs: Dairy Judging – April 13, Sat., time / location to be announced. Open to all 4-H Dairy project members.
 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.

2. 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.

Volunteers are needed to help with all aspects of the event – from planning to presenting workshops, if you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jessy Brainerd at or 581-3877.

3.  Eastern States Exposition, New England Center Program — Calling all 4-H youth, ages 11 and up, along with volunteers who have an interest in showcas
ing 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.

4.  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. Information on how to apply for this scholarship is available online.

5.  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.

6.  Beef Heifer Project – The New England Galloway Group is announcing their annual Heifer Project, which places
a Belted Galloway heifer calf with a deserving youth recipient to allow for a hands-on education in cattle rearing and showmanship and to develop a love of the breed. The youth selected to receive a heifer is expected to return the first heifer calf back to the program so it will continue each year. If you are interested in applying for this program, you can download the application; the application deadline is December 31, 2013.

7.  ESE Dairy Goat Intent to Participate — Maine Eastern States Dairy Goat Team
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, 2012 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, 2013. The form is available online.

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. No late forms will be accepted. If you have questions about the process please contact Tami Hussey at 207-282-3201 or

Cooking with the Kids

3-Can Chili

Makes: 6 (1 cup) servings
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes

1 (15-ounce) can beans (pinto, kidney, red, or black), undrained
1 (15-ounce) can corn, drained or 10-ounce package frozen corn
1 (15-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, undrained
Chili powder to taste


  1. Place the contents of all 3 cans into a pan.
  2. Add chili powder to taste.
  3. Stir to mix.
  4. Continue to stir over medium heat until heated thoroughly.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers.

Image Description: Emily pictured with Representative David Burns taken while being an Honorary Page at the Maine State Capitol.


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Cooperative Extension in Washington County
28 Center Street
Machias, Maine 04654
Phone: 207.255.3345 or 1.800.287.1542 (in Maine)E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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