April 15- Extension Office Closed
April 27- VOLT Training at Hancock Extension Office, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
April 28- Registration Deadline for 4-H@UMaine
May 10- Deadline for 4-H June Jamboree- Must be postmarked by this date-no exceptions
May 17-18- 4-H@UMaine
June 7-9- 4-H June Jamboree at Blue Hill Fairgrounds
June 8- Club and School Exhibit Contest at Blue Hill Fairgrounds
Everyone wins when it comes to 4-H Public Speaking. This year we had a wide and wonderful variety of presentations including single and team Demonstrations and Illustrated Talks. It was so nice to see some new faces presenting. What more could you ask for – certificates, beautiful ribbons, gifts, snacks, fantastic judges and an appreciative audience. Our Overall Demonstration Top Honors recipients were Paige Bell and McKenna Robinson with their Junior Team Demonstration “Cake Pops”. Our Overall Illustrated Talk Top Honors recipient, as well as Overall Public Speaker Top Honors recipient, Mikaila Loughlin with her Junior Illustrated Talk “Finding Your Perfect Match”. Those that went on to the Regional Tournament were Hope Carle and Mikaila Loughlin.
Behind the scenes, were committee members Jane Bell, Regina Grabovac and Patty Wallace. Special thanks to our extra youth helpers. Thanks to all of you, we had a very smooth and well-run event.
The 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament, held on March 23rd at the University of Maine at Orono, was a huge success and learning opportunity well enjoyed by all. Of the fourteen youth presenting, five were from Hancock County, two from Washington County, and two from Lincoln County and five were from Penobscot County. There was a wide array of interesting topics shared, and the audience of over 60 people all left with something new that they did not know before they came.
We were especially fortunate to have a great group of volunteers to help make this event go smoothly. We had an especially large contingent of volunteers and audience members from the Fine Pines in Waldo County who promise to be presenters next year! We also had a wonderful core of volunteers from the Regional Public Speaking Committee on hand to do everything from set-up to timing to tabulating to answering questions from presenters, judges and attending guests. They put in many hours before and during the event making sure all the materials that help youth prepare and judges do their judging were just perfect. Thank you to our volunteers. Without them, events like these just would not be possible. We look forward to Hope and Jewel Carle of Princeton Pioneers joining Jane Bell, Regina Grabovac and Patty Wallace on the committee to share their valuable experience and help plan our 2014 event!
The awards were as follows for Washington County – Blues were awarded to:
Hope Carle – Washington County, Junior Single Illustrated Talk
Mikaila Loughlin – Washington County, Junior Single Illustrated Talk – also Overall Junior Single Illustrated Talk Top Honors, Overall Illustrated Talk Top Honors & Overall
Come join us for 4-H@UMaine, May 17-18!
Youth ages 12-17 can join the fun of becoming familiar with campus and what it has to offer. The youth will stay in dorm rooms overnight, eat at the dining halls, and attend workshops presented by UMaine professors to get a real feel of what college is like. We hope to see you all there!
4-H@UMaine takes place on the University of Maine, Orono campus from Friday, May 17 at 3:00 PM until Saturday, May 18 at 5:30 PM.
Cost: $50 for 4-H members ($40 for each additional sibling), $70 for non-4-H youth
Registration now open. Deadline to register: April 28th
The 7th Annual 4-H Robotics Expo was held at University of Maine at Machias on Saturday, March 16th. Over 80 youth from nine schools from Washington County, Penobscot County and New Brunswick gathered to spend the day learning about and sharing their knowledge of robotics. Over twenty teams visited with judges and people from the general public during the morning session, demonstrating their robotic projects. “Maine 4-H is working to put more emphasis on the STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Math) skills than ever before to better prepare our youth for the future. Yet, life skills such as public speaking, problem solving, communication and team work are critical as well,” says Jen Lobley, UMaine Cooperative Extension Educator. “This event combines it all.”
The event is held on the University of Maine at Machias in an effort to connect youth to the campus. The afternoon offers science-based workshops led by faculty and staff members from UMM, UMaine Cooperative Extension, Maine Robotics and even by Quinn Sluzenski, a current Calais High School student and former Expo participant. From learning how to program robots to learning about a science summer camp offering at UMM, youth attend two hands-on sessions in the afternoon. “We want youth to see a variety of sciences, think about areas of study and possible careers that might be related to science,” said Lobley. “The workshop presenters are awesome! The kids love the topics and activities!”
The afternoon offers a challenge activity to interested teams. The activity challenged teams to program a robot that would “put out a fire”. The teams’ mission was to use the robot to cover the fire (flashlight) with a fire box. The team with the fastest score won. Programming the robots along with a lot of patience, critical thinking and problem solving was required.
Winners at this year’s Expo were as follows:
Special thanks to our volunteer judges from the community: Jane Bell, Tom Bickford, Danielle Bragg, Katherine Cassidy, Gretchen Cherry, George Crawford, Betsy Fitzgerald, Ben Goff, Mike Henry, Malcolm Holmes, Michelle Jaques, Catherine Kropp, Emily Lobley, Joan Miller, Reece Miller, Andrew Muholland, and Candy O’Brien.
Save the date! The Hancock County 4-H June Jamboree will be held once again at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds, June 7th through 9th. This is a great event for an overnight, weekend or day-long school group fieldtrip, as well as a fantastic chance to have a whole-club event.
4-Hers, guests and families from Hancock, Penobscot, Waldo & Washington counties are welcome to participate. They may arrive Friday afternoon, June 7th, beginning at 3 pm, and stay over for fun activities and games as well as a camp fire and smores. Youth may also arrive Saturday, June 2nd to participate in livestock and enrichment workshops beginning at 8:30 am and concluding at 4:30 pm with circle dancing led by 4-H volunteer Carl Karush. We have some wonderful offerings lined up – “Puppet Pizzazz”, “Pet Rock Garden Buddies”, ATV Safety, Archery, Quill Cards, Quiz Bowl, Gardening, “Rockin’ Round Rug Weaving”, “Improv!”, “Tie your Fly”, “Chicken Spa”, “Art of Paper Filigree”, and so much more — along with great hands-on animal activities as well for youth interested in exploring the different 4-H animal projects. We will also have our usual cookout potluck lunch on Saturday with hot dogs and hamburgers provided by the Leaders’ Association.
Once again, 4-H school groups and clubs are invited to present club and school exhibits for judging with the theme “Celebrating 4-H – 100 Years of 4-H in Maine!”, as well as club gardening exhibits. 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! For more details, see Lisa’s Corner.
Especially exciting will be two days dedicated to mentoring youth involved in livestock projects, especially focused on getting ready for this year’s fair season. Youth enrolled or interested in livestock projects are invited to stay over Friday and Saturday night and participate in the following livestock projects: Beef, Dog, Goat, Horse will have programming on both Saturday and Sunday, and Sheep will be on Sunday only. You do not need your own animal to participate, just enthusiasm and interest in the animal project. We will have a potluck lunch Sunday as well with sandwich fixings provided by the Leaders’ Association. Also, all youth with Dogs, Sheep and Goats are also invited to join in the Small Animal Obstacle Course on Saturday afternoon – great fun for participants and spectators alike!
Full schedules, information and registration forms will be in a separate e-mail later this month. The registration deadline will be May 10th – all registrations must be postmarked or received electronically by this date — no exceptions! Keep in mind that workshops will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. There will be a small registration fee per day this year to help cover expenses of $3 per person or $8 per family (immediate family only). Hope to see you there!
In just a few weeks, we will hopefully see many of you at the Hancock County 4- H June Jamboree at the Blue Hill Fair Grounds, which this year will be held on June 7th through 9th (details coming soon).
I want to challenge every club and school group to find time this month to put together their 4-H Club Exhibit with the theme “Celebrating 4-H – 100 Years of 4-H in Maine”. This year marks the 100th anniversary of 4-H in Maine, so we are really hoping for full participation from our clubs to really show the public how diverse and wonderful 4-H is in Hancock County and beyond. This is also a great chance for your group to share about your experience of 4-H, so bring your imagination and teamwork to the table and go for it!
For those of us new to the idea of club exhibits, these exhibits will follow the exact same format as that for club exhibits for the Blue Hill Fair – in fact, they can be submitted for judging again just as they are or with improvements to the Fair in September. Often these are made using tri-fold poster board with or without additional props, photo books, and other elements, and even can be 3-D, but as long as your group follows the parameters for creating your display — must not exceed 4 feet tall by 4 feet wide and must be able to stand alone – the sky is the limit. Exhibits for the Jamboree judging must be received by 8am on Saturday, June 8th (but may arrive on Friday as well any time after 3pm). Your club does not have to attend Jamboree to enter a club exhibit – but we certainly hope you do!
As you start your planning and brainstorming for your exhibit, think about the following:
Does the exhibit express one idea?
Is it creative and imaginative?
Is the title creative and catchy?
Is it prominently placed?
Is the lettering neat and of an appropriate size?
Has the use of color and placement been considered?
When planning the exhibit, can it be recognized at a distance of 6 feet?
Have you included a neatly printed
3” x 5” card which includes: club name, town and county?
So have fun and create – we can’t wait to see what you all come up with!
On March 8th, Jonesboro Elementary School had its final 4-H Public Speaking Tournament. The first graders presented their very well done demonstrations to the kindergarten students, with wonderful presentations on drawing snowmen, lady bugs, butterflies and more. Congratulations to Jonesboro Elementary for their having all their students in K-8 participate in 4-H public speaking. Next year, we look forward to their students presenting at the Washington County Tournament!
NOTE: School Group 4-H youth, parents and staff – If you don’t see your picture here and your school was mentioned above, it means we don’t have the photo releases for your school that we need on file. Without your photo releases, we can’t share the great pictures we have of your students doing all those great 4-H activities. PLEASE help us to make sure we can feature pictures of you and your school in the next newsletter! If you need forms or want to check to see if yours is already on file, please contact Tara at 800-287-1542 or email@example.com, or Lisa at 207-598-6621 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks — can’t wait to “see” all of you in here next month.
The Morning Song Home School Cooperative’s 6th grade class held a 4-H public speaking event this month, using the 4-H illustrated talk format and judging rubric to create an oral presentation highlighting their biography reports. People featured included a very famous rap star, a television actor, an Olympic gymnast, a world-class soccer champion, an NBA basketball Hall of Fame player and the horse whisperer. Congratulations to these students for their very well done and enlightening presentations!
Ella Lewis School is having a wonderful year in 4-H. With their school 4-H Public Speaking Tournaments behind them, they are now working hard to get their school gardens up and running. Ella Lewis staff, 4-H volunteers, parents and students are working together to plan out how to get gardens funded and built that will help with a garden-based science curriculum along with eventually contributing to the school cafeteria. To start with, 4th through 8th grade have started working with vermiculture, creating their own worm bins with the help of our Washington County Food Corp service member, Taylor Weiss.
1. 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. 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!
2. 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.
3. Eastern States Exposition – form Deadlines- Please checkout the 4-H website for additional information: look for “animal forms” towards the bottom of the page, click on that and the list of animal commodities will appear.
- Dairy Goat – April 15th, Dairy Cattle – May 1st , Sheep – May 1st , Horse PACKETS are due June 7th
These dates are when forms are due to the Activity Coordinator! All forms must first go to the county in which you are 4-H enrolled for confirmation of eligibility. Do not wait until they are due as they will be late!
4. Eastern States Exposition, New England Center Program -Calling all 4-H youth, ages 11 and up, along with volunteers who have an interest in show- casing 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.
5. 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. Click on the link for more information on how to apply for this scholarship.
6. 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. More details about including registration, 4-H @ UMaine.
7. 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 pro- gram 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.
8. 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. This 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 email@example.com.
9. 2013 Maine 4-H Days – Presenters Needed- Maine 4-H Days will take place July 18 – 21 at the Windsor Fairgrounds, and volunteers are needed to present a variety of workshops. If you have a skill you could share with youth, anything from photography to cooking or botany, let us know! We also have 4-H Science toolkits available, and can provide materials for your workshop. Some workshops we have had in the past: Wood Working, Jewelry Making, Fun with Science, Theatre, Cheese Making, Nature Walk, Phenology, Jump Rope Fun, Make Your Own Hula Hoop, and much more – workshops can relate to any of the 4-H projects – from public speaking to dairy goats or robotics. We have many more ideas available if you are interested in volunteering, but aren’t sure what you’d like to offer. Youth volunteers are also needed to be presenter assistants, or to offer their own workshops.
If you are interested in volunteering, as a presenter or otherwise, please contact Jessy Brainerd at firstname.lastname@example.org or 581-3877.
10. Fryeburg Youth Show – April 25 – 28, 2013 – Join us for the 23rd Annual Fryeburg Youth Show held each year in conjunction with the National Belted Galloway Sale and The Maine Event – Elite Heifer Sale at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds in Fryeburg, Maine. Open to youth from USA and Canada. Stock Show University will be conducting educational clinics for all. Registration information is available online.
11. April Vacation Day Camp at Tanglewood 4-H – This outdoor day camp will be held at Tanglewood 4-H Camp in Lincolnville, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day on April 15th- 19th for 6-11 year olds. It’s a fun-filled week packed with games, art and exploration that encourages personal growth in harmony with nature. The cost is $140 for the week. For more information or to register visit the Tanglewood website or contact Patti at 789- 5868 or email@example.com.
12. Youth and Stress - This publication is available as a free download, and is a great resource for parents, and adults who work with children. This publication offers insights and ideas for adults who know a young person who gets stressed from time to time. It shares the symptoms of stress, and some strategies for how to talk about it. Available at: .
13. UMaine 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training Weekend - The annual 4-H Shooting Sports Workshop will be held June 14-16, 2013 at the Bryant Pond 4-H Camp in Oxford County. This weekend training will certify you as a State of Maine 4H Shooting Sports Instructor in the Rifle, Shotgun, Archery or the Hunting/Wildlife discipline. (One discipline of your choice) Weekend includes meals and lodging at Bryant Pond’s beautiful Lakeside Lodge. For more information please go to the website or contact Scott Olsen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 665-2068.
Image Description: Participants from the Washington County 4-H Public Speaking Tournament.
Image Description: Participants of the Regional 4-H Public Speaking Tournament held in Orono on March 23.
Image Description: Mikaila was very successful at both the Washington County and the Regional Public Speaking Tournaments this year. Congrats!
Image Description: 4-H Robotics Expo
Image Description: 4-H June Jamboree
Image Description: 4-H Club Exhibit
Image Description: Ella Lewis School
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