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4-H News for Washington County ~ August 2013

Volume 8, Issue 8

Dates to Remember

August 13 – Deadline to contact Jane Bell for table at Pembroke Fair

August 24 – Pembroke Farm and Horse Fair, Old County Road, 9am to 4pm

August 27- Exhibit Check In at Blue Hill Fair

August 29 – September 2 – Blue Hill Fair

September 2 – Labor Day – office closed

September 30 – Project Records due at the county office

October 5 – Perry Harvest Fair


Dennys River Manure Movers go to the Bangor Race Track!

On July 15th, the Dennys River Manure Movers went to the Bangor Race Track to see harness racing firsthand. Tammy Ramsdell, of Pembroke, joined the group to teach about racing and the track. Tammy’s husband races there often, thus they are very familiar with the grounds and people. The employees at the track were also very accommodating to the group, providing free programs, a free fountain drink and a free picture. The club was invited to be in the winners circle for photos twice, what a spectacular opportunity! They were able to meet the top trainer of Maine 2012, and she showed them the barn and some post race procedures. This trip was surely a memorable experience!

Members of the Dennys River Manure Movers watch the end of a harness race at the Bangor Race Track.

Members of the Dennys River Manure Movers watch the end of a harness race at the Bangor Race Track.


Fair Time – Reminder that fair time will be upon us soon. We hope you are getting your projects ready for the Exhibit Hall. Has your club discussed a club exhibit? The theme this year is Celebrating 4-H – 100 Years of 4-H in Maine. The exhibit cards are now available in the Machias office. The Blue Hill fair book is on line including entry blanks at: The Perry Harvest Fair exhibit information will be coming in the September newsletter. Special for the 100th Birthday: All Washington County 4-H members who enter an individual exhibit this year will receive a 4-H t-shirt!


Activity Center Schedule At The Blue Hill Fair

Saturday August 31

11:00 – Origami Newspaper Pots – 
Cooperative Extension – Lisa Reilich

12:00 – Clothes Pin Critters – Extension Homemakers – Betty Robshaw

1:00 – All About Rabbits – Rails N’ Trails – Shaylene Hennigan -

2:00 – Jewelry Making – Horse & Rider – Heather Linnehan

3:00 – Goat Care and Milking – Free 2 Be – Maiah and Ella Reilich-Godino

Sunday – September 1

12:00 – Science Fun – Beech Hill 4-H Explorers – Staci Easler

1:00 – Where’s the Beef? – Hoof & Paws – Deb Lancaster

2:00 – Music Fun – Carl Karush

3:00 – Entomology – Downeast Home School 
Cooperative – Jen Brennan


Project Records

Hopefully everyone’s projects have been fulfilling this year. What did you learn new? What life skills did you enhance? We cannot wait to hear about your projects! Please plan to turn your project records in to the office by September 30th, 2013.


A warm welcome to newly enrolled volunteer, Jennifer Prout

Jennifer was one of the 2012 Project Records judges, has completed volunteer training, and is now enrolled as a VOLT certified volunteer. Welcome, Jennifer!


4-H Youth have opportunity to ask question of Arctic Researchers

Maine 4-H has been in contact with some researchers who are doing a research expedition in the Arctic this fall to study plankton in the ocean and the effects of climate change. For more about this research expedition, you can visit the website.

Emmanuel Boss will be on the research trip in September and early October. Lee Karp-Boss is aboard now, but will be back in September. They have offered us a unique opportunity – to have 4-H youth ask questions of the researchers while they are on this expedition (Sept/Oct 2013).

We don’t have details of how this will work yet, but it would be great to know if you have any groups/youth who would be interested in participating. Please contact Nicole or Tara in the Machias office if you are interested.


4-H Super Sitter Course

On July 22, 2013, Kathy Stanwood led nine youth through the 4-H Super Sitter program. Participants reported learning first aid, diaper changing, and how to feed a baby. They even learned what not to do when babysitting, like advertising with public flyers or giving small children toys that could fit into an empty toilet paper tube because the toy could become a choking hazard. Down East Ambulance staff, Isaac Stephenson and Benjamin Verburgt, taught basic first aid, when and how to call 911, and even gave a tour of the ambulance. A HUGE Thank-you to all of the volunteers who made this course a success!

4-H Super Sitters get a tour of the ambulance.

4-H Super Sitters get a tour of the ambulance.

Participants of the 4-H Super Sitter Couse display their certificates and Super Sitter bags.

Participants of the 4-H Super Sitter Couse display their certificates and Super Sitter bags.


Dennys River Manure Movers do “ground work” at Almost Traded Farm

Here are some photos from the “ground work” accomplished by the DRMM’s at a recent club meeting:

4-Hers working with horse during a club meeting. 4-Her lunging horse during club meeting.

Healthy Kids Out of School

Adopt three simple principles for healthy habits in out-of-school time:
Drink Right: Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages.
Move More: Boost movement and physical activity in all programs.
Snack Smart: Fuel up on fruits and vegetables.

Visit the website for hundreds of free educational materials, including ideas for tasty and healthy snacks and fun physical activity breaks!

Healthy Kids Out of School is an initiative of Child Obesity 180 in collaboration with Tufts University, with core funding from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation.


4-H News from the State

1. 2013 Maine 4-H Days – Another Great Year!

We would like to say a huge “Thank You” to all of the absolutely amazing volunteers who made this year’s Maine 4-H Days one of our best!!! Thanks, also, to the 4-Hers and their parents who braved the heat to come out and have a wonderful time! As always, we would like to heartily thank the Maine 4-H Foundation for their continued support of Maine 4-H Days, and the other great 4-H programs and events that happen through the year.

In early 2014, planning will start for next year’s event. If you are interested in joining the Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee, or have general questions/comments/ recommendations about the event, please email, or call 207- 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. 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 demonstrating 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.

 4. 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.

5. 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 website.

6. Celebrating 100 Years in Maine with 100 4-H Geocaches!

WHAT: Several 4-H clubs around the state are already preparing for 4-H National Youth Science Day and getting 4-H families excited about the world of Geospatial technology.

HOW: Clubs in Washington and Penboscot counties have launched geocaches at the club and/or county level. They have already hidden more than 10 geocaches! There is even a 4-H geocache hidden at the University of Maine. This is a fun way for our youth to explore Geospatial science and technology, as well as experience being part of a statewide collaborative! We do have resources available to help in our 4-H Science Geospatial Toolkits.

WHY: It would be great for Maine 4-H to create 100 geocaches to celebrate 100 years of 4-H in Maine! These could be for one time use with a club or designed for more frequent use. Would you like your family or 4-H club to be involved?

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Check with your county office to see what is happen at the local level or connect with Sarah Sparks at or 353-5550 or 800-287-1458.

7. Get Ready for 4-H Maps & Apps – 4-H National Headquarters and National 4-H Council are pleased to reveal the National Science Experiment for the 2013 4-H National Youth Science Day. 4-H Maps & Apps will introduce youth to the power of geospatial technologies and their unique ability to help us understand and improve our communities.

Developed by Colorado State University Extension, this exciting activity will engage young people in ways to improve our environment with the help of geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS).

The experiment will test the ability of young people to:
- Use geospatial skills to create the ideal neighborhood park
- Become a community planner by using maps and layers to investigate and solve real-world problems, and
- Contribute data and their community to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) The National Map through The National Map Corps project.
Save the Date!

This annual youth science event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, and will bring 4-H’ers together from all around the nation to complete this single, innovative activity.

Participation in 4-H National Youth Science Day is meant to help spark an early passion for STEM education and to encourage young people to consider these paths of study and future careers.

To download the 2013 National Science Experiment Youth and Facilitator Guides as well as other key resources, visit the 4-H National Youth Science Day website.

8. The New England 4-H Dog Program Poster Contest – Open to all 4-H members 5 through 18 years of age, as of January 1 of the current year, who are enrolled in the 4-H Dog Care and Training project. Visit the website for information. Page 12 has the contest rules. If unable to open this page; contact Donna Flint at 207-324-2814 or by email at:

9. The New England 4-H Beef Poster, Ad or Logo Contest – Are you too young or otherwise unable to attend the Big E? This is your chance to promote your beef project. For rules and registration information, go to the following website. Look for pages 14 and 15 for complete information. If unable to open this page; contact Donna Flint at 207-324-2814 or by email at:


Cooking With the Kids

Go Green Smoothies


1 banana, peeled and cut into slices; 1 cup green grapes; 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced;
1 cup baby spinach (washed and patted dry); 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt (or key lime yogurt); 1/4 cup apple juice or lime juice; 4-5 ice cubes


1. Place banana, grapes, kiwi and spinach in the blender. Add yogurt, juice and ice.

2. Puree until smooth.


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