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4-H in Washington County ~ May 2013

4-H in Washington County May 2013
Volume 8, Issue 5

Dates to Remember

May 15- 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

July 18-21- Maine 4-H Days at Windsor Fairgrounds

August 29-September 2- Blue Hill Fair


4-H Shooting Sports Training Held in Columbia

A group shot of the volunteers who have successfully completed the 16-hour 4-H Shooting Sports training.

A group shot of the volunteers who have successfully completed the 16-hour 4-H Shooting Sports training.

On April 6th and 7th, 13 volunteers gathered to train in the 4-H Shooting Sports at the Pleasant River Fish and Game Conservation Association in Columbia.  The disciplines of rifle and shotgun were taught by Philip Catanese and Ryan LeShane from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension from Bryant Pond.  Thank-you to both organizations for making this training a great experience!

Volunteers were trained in the 4-H Shooting Sports curriculum, learning how the program can be shared with youth in a club setting.  Safety and positive youth development were focal points of the event.  After volunteering 16+ hours of their weekend, I’d like to extend a HUGE THANK-YOU to the following Washington County 4-H volunteers: Charlie Robbins, Travis Willey, Nancy Curtis, Bob Jones, Ron Gallant Jr., Todd Smith, Darin Hammond, Josh Wilbur, Jasmine Hammond, Jane Bell, Mike Warnock, Brian Carlton, and Amanda Hardaswick.
These volunteers are working diligently towards starting a 4-H Shooting Sports program here in Washington County.  Be watching for updates on their ongoing success.

Scene from the Shooting Sports Training Scene from the Shooting Sports Training

Scene from the Shooting Sports Training


June Jamboree – Register Now!

The Hancock County 4-H June Jamboree will be held once again at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds, June 7th through 9th. Registration materials have been sent to all enrolled 4-H members here in Washington County.  Please contact the office if you haven’t received the information! The registration deadline will be May 15th – all registrations must be postmarked or received electronically by this date – NO EXCEPTIONS! Keep in mind that work- shops will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. There will be a small registration fee per day to help cover expenses of $3 per person or $8 per family (immediate family only). Hope to see you there!


4-H Wedding Bells

Evan and Jewel Hawkins

Evan and Jewel Hawkins

It is with great excitement that we share that Jewel Carle from the Princeton Pioneers 4-H club was married to Evan Hawkins on April 6th!

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Hawkins!!!


4-Hers Visit the University of Maine’s College of Engineering

On April 17th, independent members, Blaine Grant and Cole Willey, visited the University of Maine’s College of Engineering.  At request, the college will offer activities to groups interested in learning more about Chemical and Biological Engineering, Computer and Electrical Engineering, Engineering Technology, and Engineering Physics.  If any Washington County members (typically ages 12-17) would like to work together to plan such an event, please contact Nicole Willey in the Machias office.

4-Hers vising the University of Maine College of Engineering.

4-Hers vising the University of Maine College of Engineering.


Maine’s Harvest for Hunger Program

Here is a great service opportunity for 4-Hers that can be done right in their backyard!  The Maine Harvest for Hunger Program gives seeds to those who would like to grow them for donation to a local food pantry.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Tara Wood at the office- 255-3345 or by email at


Cooking With the Kids

Quick Kabobs

• 1/2 ounce cubed roasted deli turkey
• 1/2 ounce cubed Cheddar cheese
• 1/4 cup grapes
• 6 dried apricots

• Thread turkey, cheese, grapes and apricots onto a wooden skewer.

From EatingWell: October/November 2005


Downeast School Reports

Trenton Elementary School
Trenton Elementary School has done an amazing job this year with their worm bins. With 4-H Leader, Bob Ellis, taking charge of the afterschool program’s vermiculture project, the worms are multiplying so much that they need to start a second bin! We harvested castings before April break, which was fun and very dirty. With all that good new soil, we will be starting a seed germination series of activities in May. Stay tuned for what will come next!

Ella Lewis Elementary School
The Ella Lewis School students have some very innovative ideas about how to get their gardening efforts underway. Combining community service, recycling and fund raising all together is just one idea. The challenge for the students’ new school garden is to have funds to build beds and renovate their existing greenhouse. A challenge for the school is how to get all their paper recycling to the town recycling center. A challenge for the town of Steuben and their Recycling Committee is how to get all the overflowing redeemables to the redemption center. Combine all these together, and they have come up with one great plan.

The students have agreed to be responsible, with the help of their science teacher, 4-H leader Danielle Wells, to get all the school paper recycling to the recycling center weekly. While they are there, they will bag up all the redeemables to go to the local redemption center. Parents will rotate taking the bagged redeemables to be redeemed. The bottle deposit money gets returned to Ms. Wells, who then turns it into the town office. The Town has agreed to give half the proceeds back to the students to help fund their school garden. Their first redeemable delivery gave them $20! That is definitely a win-win for everyone, and a great way to recycle those bottle deposits right into wholesome food to be grown at the school. Congratulations on your great problem solving and what you are doing for your school, your community and the earth.


4-H News from the State

1. 2013 Maine 4-H Days – Registration Begins in May – Maine 4-H Days will take place July 18 – 21, 2013 at the Windsor Fairgrounds, and the registration materials will be available online in May. As always, workshops are assigned on a first come, first serve basis, so be sure to register early. If you do not have online access, please contact your local county office for paper copies of the forms.

We are in need of volunteers willing to help with all aspects of the event. Last year, Maine 4-H Days brought almost 500 individuals to the Windsor Fairgrounds, and we are preparing for even greater numbers for 2013. Volunteers are needed for: presenter assistance, office/ registration help, being crafty in the Creativity Area, set-up, cleanup, and more. We request that one member of each group sign up for a minimum of one volunteer shift.

Along with many of your favorite returning workshops (Archery, ATV Certification, Modular Origami, Shades of Creativity, Blacksmithing, etc.), there are a ton of awesome new workshops this year: Decorating a 4-H Birthday Cake, Milk Science, Duct Tape Projects, Exploration of an Owl’s Diet, and so much more! The State 4-H Dairy Show will also be held during 4-H Days. All of the workshops, and their descriptions, will be posted on the Maine 4-H Days web page.

If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact Jessy Brainerd at or 581-3877.

2. Celebrating 100 Years of 4-H in Maine – 2013 marks the 100th birthday of 4-H in Maine, and we want YOU to celebrate with us!

Check with your local county office to find activities in your neck of the wood, and plan on coming to the party at Maine 4-H Days this year; there will be cake, ice cream, a chance to look back on all that we’ve accomplished, as well as a chance to look forward and see what’s in the works!

Please check out our special Celebrating 100 Years website.  We are also encouraging 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!

3. State 4-H Dairy Program Dates – Please hold the following dates for your participation in the State 4-H Dairy Programs:

- 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 Dairy Packet is available on the 4-H Dairy web page.

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 Cattle – May 1st
- Sheep – May 1st
- Dog – May 15th-  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. Great News for 4-H Shooting Sports! – University of Maine Cooperative Extension is one of seven state 4-H programs to receive $100,000 for its youth firearm safety programming from the MidwayUSA Foundation, Inc., and Scholastic Shooting Trust. The funding is part of a $3 million donation from Larry and Brenda Potterfield, founders of MidwayUSA. In addition to supporting 4-H Shooting Sports programs, the donation provided 192 shooting sports teams nationwide endowments of $10,000 each. Last November, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife also administered $23,600 from the U.S. Department of the Interior/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support a three-year 4-H Shooting Sports partnership. Additionally, in June of last year, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation donated $10,000 to the endowment fund, which was matched by the Potterfields. In the 4-H Shooting Sports programs, youth learn marksmanship, safe and responsible use of firearms, as well as principles of hunting and archery. The activities of the program and the support of caring adult leaders provide young people with opportunities to develop life skills, self-worth, and conservation ethics. Click to learn more about University of Maine 4-H Shooting Sports program.

5. Eastern States Exposition, New England Center Program – 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, MA, 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 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 on a science theme. Please call the UMaine Cooperative Extension Office in Oxford County 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 will stay in the dorm; meals and transportation will be provided. 4-Hers participating in the New England Center Program are eligible to apply for the Morris Scholarship.

6.  4-H @ UMaine: Connecting Kids to Campus – This program will take place May 17th & 18th at the University of Maine in Orono. 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. Details are available on the 4-H events webpage. Please contact Debra Kantor at or 474-9622 with any questions, or if you’re interested in volunteering.

7. 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. Application deadline is August 5. To find if you qualify and for information on how to apply for this scholarship, look online or inquire at your local County Extension Office.

8. Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove Open Houses – We are having Open Houses at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove this spring. Come visit and get a feel for camp before the summer season starts. Take a tour and learn more about the site-specific programming centered in the lush woods around the Ducktrap River at Tanglewood on May 18th, and the beautiful Atlantic coast in Tenants Harbor at Blueberry Cove, on May
4th. These open house events will run from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. each day.

To celebrate 100 years of 4-H in Maine, Tanglewood will host special activities at their open house including: pond scooping, garden games, crafts, fire building, and more. All materials and snacks will be provided.

Staff will be on hand to answer any questions your family may have as well. If you can’t make it to the open house, you are still welcome to visit either of our sites any time. Please call Patti Chapman at 207-789-5868 to set up a tour. All 4-H families qualify to receive $100 off any overnight camp or adventure trip, and $50 off any day program. Visit our Tanglewood website for more information. We hope to see you at camp.

9. 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 beef 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.

10. 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 Bryant Pond website or contact Scott Olsen at or 665-2068.

11. Northeast Livestock Exposition (NELE) – The Northeast Livestock Exposition will be held May 17, 18, and 19 at the Windsor Fairgrounds, with many
past favorites and new events for youth. Register for these events by visiting the Northeast Livestock Exposition webpage  and clicking on Youth for registration information.

New this year will be a market lamb sale with a jackpot show at Skowhegan Fair! Local breeders are offering great market lambs for youth to purchase for Maine market lamb shows and sales. For the latest and most up to date information, check out their Facebook page: NELE Youth Events.

12. 4-H Market Lamb Tagging for Windsor & Fryeburg Fairs-  Please submit your Intent to Participate Forms for the 4-H Market Lamb classes at Windsor and Fryeburg Fairs by May 1. You can find the form on the 4-H Sheep Project web page.

The first Market Lamb tagging site for 4-H lambs will be at NELE on Sunday, May 19 at noon at the Windsor Fairgrounds. Tagging sites in June will be announced in the next CORE, on the 4-H Sheep Project web page, and will be emailed to every one who sends their Intent to Participate Form.

Donna Flint will be doing the tagging, and will provide the approval forms. If you have any questions, you can call her at 324-2814, or (800) 287-1535, or contact her via email at:


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