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4-H in Washington County ~ June 2013

Volume 8, Issue 6


Dates to Remember

June 30 – Animal Approval Forms are Due in the Extension Office

July 4 – Independence Day – Extension Office Closed

July 9-11- 4-H Making Sense of Science Camp-Pleasant Point

July 16-18- 4-H Making Sense of Science Camp- Jonesport

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

August 29-September 2- Blue Hill Fair

October 5- Perry Harvest Fair


Washington County 4-Hers Attend 4-H@UMaine

Several youth from Washington County attended 4-H @ UMaine on May 17th and 18th.  Here is what 12 year old Schylar Dempsey, a first timer, had to say:

“I liked going to 4-H @UMaine.  I liked the forestry activity because I learned a lot about different types of trees that grow in Maine.  It was interesting.

I liked the GIS wildfire behavior because we got to track animals, which was really cool.    I also liked the physics road show because it was fun to watch and learn the different things we could do in that class, and how it all worked.  I think this one was my best workshops.

Even the Rec. Center was fun.  I would like to go again next year.”


Welcome New Volunteers

Welcome to our newly enrolled volunteers:

Welcome to Amanda Hardaswick, leader of a newly forming 4-H Shooting Sports club!
Welcome to Todd Smith, leader of a newly forming 4-H Shooting Sports club!
Welcome to Jasmine Hammond, leader of a newly forming 4-H Shooting Sports club!
Welcome to Brian Carlton, project leader in our 4-H Shooting Sports program!


Coming Soon – Super Sitter Course

A 4-H Super Sitter Course is in the works!  Please be watching your emails for updates, or feel free to call the office to get on a notification list.


4-H Making Sense of Science Summer Day Camp

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is pleased to announce openings in 4-H Summer Day Camp Programs that will be held in July.  We presently have openings in the Making Sense of Science Camp scheduled for July 9-11 in Pleasant Point and July 16-18 in Jonesport.  These camps are for youth ages 6-9.  The camps cost $20 for the three-day program.  For more information or to register, please contact the University of Maine Cooperative Extension office at 255-3345 or toll free at 1-800-287-1542.


Maine 4-H Days

Reminder – Maine 4-H Days is July 19, 20, and 21.  The deadline to register and pay the early fee is July 1st!
For more information please visit the website.


Downeast School Reports

Ella Lewis School – Grades 4th through 8th took their vermiculture learning a step further this month and all made “vermicondos” – worm homes that fit into a tennis ball can! The students are keeping track of this experiment in their gardening journals. They are recording their observations and tweaking their worm habitat based on what they see. Next month, three 4th grade students will be taking all they
have learned about vermiculture and sharing it with the
first grade class with some hands on activities using their
class worm bin and vermicondos, a great service-learning
project for them! And check out this great May Basket
the upper grades made for Mother’s Day gifts – made
with chicken wire and moss, a beautiful strawberry plant
to hang promises a sweet treat for mom later this

Trenton Elementary School – Trenton Elementary School finished their afterschool program year on May 23rd – and what a great 4-H year they had! With lots of great learning in composting, recycling and gardening, and – of course – lots of time to just have fun and play – they are ready for a relaxing summer! Here are some pictures of the origami newspaper pots they made using the worm castings they harvested from their vermiculture bins to plant pumpkins. Also, Ms.
Vicki did a great project on
making bird feeders out of
recycled soda bottles. I hope to
see the pumpkins and the bird
feeders at the Blue Hill Fair this

Morning Song School Cooperative – Morning Song 6th graders closed out their year of Science Class by participating in the National Youth Science Day “Wired for Wind” experiment. Over three classes, the class teams developed wind turbine prototypes, experimented with blade pitch and design refinement to maximize electricity produced, and also worked to locate ideal wind farm locations in Maine, taking in to account factors of wind speed, transmission lines, population density and endangered species. The two sites finally chosen were near Fort Kent and Eastport. Great scientists at work!


Downeast Home School Cooperative – This month the K – 2nd graders took the “Incredible Journey” of a water droplet. We explored the different ways that water travels through our world from solid to liquid to gas, learned how precious a resource drinkable wa- ter really is, and made some great bracelets that tracked our water journey as well.

4-H News from the State

1. Registration Now for Maine 4-H Days! – 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.

Forms are on the 4-H Dairy web page.


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 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.


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. 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.


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 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 at; the application deadline is December 31, 2013.


7. 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 4-H 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 or 665.2068.


8. 4-H Market Lamb Tagging for Windsor & Fryeburg Fairs – Intent to Participate Forms for the 4-H Market Lamb classes at Windsor and Fryeburg Fairs must have been submitted by May 1. June tagging sites will be posted on the 4-H Sheep Project web page.

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:


9. Congratulations to National 4-H Trip Delegates! – 4-H members from around the state have been selected to represent Maine at upcoming national 4-H trips. Maine 4-H is proud to be represented at National 4-H Congress, held in Atlanta, Georgia in November, by Grace B., Ellie P., Charlene L., and Samantha S. We are also excited to have Maine delegates Kristin B., Cassidy L., Nicole S., and Natalie H. at National 4-H Conference, held in Washington DC in April of 2014. Congratulations delegates for a job well done!


10. Poultry Seminar in Buxton – Aubuchon Hardware 400 Narragansett Trail, Buxton, ME in conjunction with Purina Animal Nutrition is holding a Poultry seminar at their store on June 8, 2013 at 2:00pm. This will be an educational seminar for 4-Hers and adults. Learn more about Nutrition and care of poultry with Diane Salge from Purina Animal Nutrition.


11. Maine Fair Season Insurance – Maine fair season will soon be upon us! Most Maine fairs now require proof of insurance in order to exhibit livestock at their fairs. Proof of insurance usually is requested for individuals including the exhibitor (4-H member), owner of the animal, and anyone who may be responsible for maintaining the animal at the event (ex. parents or volunteers).

Some fairs no longer allow homeowner insurance policies. Please check your specific fair to see what they accept. Most fairs do accept the MALE Insurance. Below is the information for the MALE insurance.

Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors (MALE) annual membership renewal is in June. Last year’s membership ends on June 30. A benefit of being a member of this association includes liability insurance at specific events, including Maine fairs. Please refer to the events that it does cover for the state. Also, as a clarification, as of 7/1/2011, this insurance is a display and exhibitors policy; therefore the following activities are not covered: equine racing, trotting, barrel racing, steeple chase, rodeos, and team penning. Any and all ox, steer, pony and horse rides, wagon, sleigh, and hay rides and dog and sheep dog activities. More information is available at the following website.


12. Spaghetti Dinner & Fundraiser Celebrates 100 Years of 4-H in Maine- The Knox-Lincoln 4-H Leaders’ Association is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner & Fundraiser at Union Fairgrounds in Union, Maine on Saturday, June 15, 6:00-8:00 pm. This dinner will celebrate 100 Years of 4-H in Maine, as well as raise funds for 4-H in Knox and Lincoln Counties. 4-H alumni members and leaders are encouraged to attend and possibly share memories of their time with 4-H. Cost is donation of your choice. For more information contact Cindy Rogers at 207.832.0343,


Cooking With the Kids

Fruited Slaw

4 firm ripe pears-diced
2 apples-diced
2 tablespoons fruit juice
1/2 cup raisins
3 cups cabbage-shredded

1 cup low fat yogurt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon juice-any kind

Directions:  In a large bowl, toss the pears and apples with the fruit juice. Add the cabbage and raisins and mix well. In a small bowl, mix together all the dressing ingredients and add the dressing to the salad. Toss the salad and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

Image Description: 4-Hers from Washington County who attended 4-H@UMaine.

Image Description: Ella Lewis student

Image Description: Ella Lewis student

Image Description: Trenton 4-H Afterschool Program

Image Description: Trenton 4-H Afterschool Program

Image Description: Downeast Home School Cooperative


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University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Contact Information

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
A Member of the University of Maine System