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4-H News ~ October 2013

Volume 8, Issue 10


Dates to Remember

October 14 – Columbus Day – Office Closed

October 26 – 4-H at Tractor Supply Company (TSC) Grand Opening in Calais

November 2- 4-H Maps and Apps Day at University of Maine at Machias

November 27- Re-enrollment Forms Due

November 28 – Thanksgiving Day – Extension Office Closed

November 29 – Extension Office Closed


Hope C. Wins Herdsmen Award

Submitted by Tammy C. and Lisa R.

Congratulations to Hope of Princeton Pioneers for receiving the first place Herdsman award at the Litchfield Fair for her 4-H goat display there. In order to qualify for consideration for this award, Hope had to show at least three of her 4-H goats, give a live demonstration based on her 4-H project, and have her animals displayed at the fair for the public to view and visit. She also did quite well in the 4-H show winning her showmanship class with her original goat, Cookie Doe, and placing well in other breed classes, too. Hope has been in the 4-H goat project for four years and has built a very nice herd of fourteen goats from her original doe. Hope really enjoys this project, having made some great friends due to her participation in this fair and others. She shows no signs of stopping! Her plans with her 4-H project this coming year include continuing to show and breed with a focus on improving the quality of her herd — to “Make the Best Better”! That’s the 4-H way to go. Great job, Hope. We will look for more updates on your project over this 4-H year.


Hope wins Herdsmen Award at the Litchfield Fair.

Hope wins Herdsmen Award at the Litchfield Fair.



4-H Maps & Apps Science Day!

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Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

University of Maine at Machias

Science Building, Room 207

Grade Level: 6th – 8th grade

Maximum number of participants: 20

Registration Cost: $5

Local area youth, grades 6th -8th, will explore how mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) work in their own community! Their challenge as a GIS team will be to design a local park! The youth and instructors will explore Global Positioning System (GPS) units, marking data points and taking pictures. We will examine and record the geographic landscape of a park, the available natural resources, any man-made structures, and more while in the field. The youth will then return to the classroom, where we will discuss what was discovered about the park site, and we will map our data and ideas in two different ways. First, we will work together to create maps on paper, allowing youth to learn the mapping process and brainstorm real-life applications and ideas for their park. The youth will then be able to put their knowledge to use with a real-life application! We will use a GIS computer program to create maps on the computer, just like real GIS Specialists! Youth will actively be able to participate in creating both the “paper” map and the computer maps (with 1 computer per 2 students). This project will allow local youth to explore geospatial technology through hands-on activities and learn the how the processes of inquiry, investigation, brainstorming, and development can be used to solve problems in their own communities. Please have youth bring a snack and drink for the morning break.


9:00 – 9:25 AM – Learn about our challenge!

9:35 – 10:15 AM – In the field using GPS to take pictures & gather geographical information

10:15 – 10:30 AM – Return to classroom and break

10:30 – 11:15 AM – Hands-on mapping project

11:20 – Noon – Mapping on the computer

To register, please contact Tara Wood at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension office in Machias at 255.3345 or by email at Deadline to register is Friday, October 25th. There is a limit of 20 youth.


4-H Member Senior Photo

Amanda, a member of the Dennys River Manure Movers 4-H club, is a senior at Shead High School. For her senior pictures, she posed with the much beloved, Babe the Horse. Thank-you, Amanda, for sharing the beautiful picture!

Photo Credit: Susan Ward

Photo Credit: Susan Ward


Dennys River Manure Movers Last Meeting of the Year

Volunteer Jane Bell reported that the Dennys River Manure Movers met for the last time this year. Club members did ground work and rode “Babe” and “Cassie”. Jane expressed her thanks to Nancy Curtis for a great summer!

4-H Members and Horse

Photo Credit: 4-H member Maddie Submitted by Jane Bell Photo Credit: 4-H member Maddie
Submitted by Jane Bell


Lisa’s Corner

4-H National Youth Science Day Experiment 2013 –Maps & Apps

Each year in our county, we have the opportunity to participate in the 4-H 
National Youth Science Day (NYSD) Experiment. For our 4-H Schools, this means that
 I try to come in to the classroom and Afterschool programs to work with
 students on the experiment. Over the past years our 4-H’ers have had the
 chance to make their own wind turbines and generate electricity from them in
 our “Wired for Wind” experiment. And last year we introduced “Eco-bots” where we were challenged to make a model robot out of a tooth brush, to solve the complex problem of containing and cleaning up toxic waste.

This year there is a new experiment – Maps & Apps – where youth have the opportunity to develop geospatial skills and explore Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). You can read more about this experiment in our 4-H State News in this newsletter and find many resources for this experiment online at

Due to generous state 4-H grant funds, we have been gifted several 4-H NYSD “Maps & Apps” kits which are available to borrow from the office. I will also be visiting our 4-H schools wherever possible to help facilitate “Maps & Apps” and connect teachers and volunteers with additional University GPS and GIS resources to build on the learning from the experiment.

Remember also that while October is the official 4-H NYSD Experiment month, you can take the “Maps & Apps” challenge any time and any year that you like. We also continue to keep our “Wired for Wind” and “Eco-bot” NYSD kits in the office to loan. Please contact me at or Joyce Fortier at for more information or to schedule program support for any of these fabulous experiments.

Ella Lewis School students enjoyed the “Eco-bot” Science project.

Ella Lewis School students enjoyed the “Eco-bot” Science project.

Mount Desert Elementary School students participated in “Wired for Wind.”

Mount Desert Elementary School students participated in “Wired for Wind.”


Lisa’s 4-H Activity Challenge of the Month October 2013

This very fun and easy pumpkin activity appeared in our newsletter three years ago as a great idea for Thanksgiving; but with the fall weather here at last, all the pumpkins turning orange in the gardens and fields, and all of us thinking about what our Halloween pumpkin will look like this year, I thought this would be a great time to have something to do with all those pumpkins, and a yummy treat, too. I’d like to challenge our youth and leaders to try this activity with their 4-H clubs or Afterschool groups. The more friends and 4-H’ers you have to do this activity, the more fun it will be! I will also be featuring this activity at our Pumpkin Daze 4-H Awareness Days.


American settlers made pumpkin pie inside of the pumpkin shell. They sliced off the pumpkin’s top, removed the seeds, and filled the insides with milk, spices and honey. It was baked in the hot ashes of a fireplace. Today you can make a modern version of pumpkin pie in a bag. The recipe below will serve six.

Gather your materials.

The ingredients you will need are:

Milk (very cold!), one package (four serving size) instant vanilla pudding, canned or cooked pumpkin, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, graham cracker crumbs, whipped topping

The other supplies you will need are:

Quart size zipper-type freezer bags, measuring cups, measuring spoons, six small 3-ounce cups, scissors, eating spoons

Step 1: In the zipper-type bag, collect 2/3 cup cold milk and a 1⁄2 package instant vanilla pudding mix. Remove the air and zip it shut. Squeeze and knead with hands for 1 minute until blended.

Step 2: Add to the bag 1⁄2 cup canned pumpkin, 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger. Remove the air and zip it shut. Squeeze and knead with hands for 2 minutes until blended.

Step 3: Put one tablespoon of graham cracker crumbs into each of the six cups. Cut a corner of the freezer bag and squeeze the pie filling into the cups, dividing it equally.

Step 4: Add whipped cream to the top and enjoy. Yum!
I can’t wait to hear how it turns out. Maybe you will be able to make this at home for your next holiday dinner. But, if you do, be sure to save some for me!

You can find this activity and more in the 4-H Afterschool Agriculture: Acres of Adventures curriculum. This activity – with instructions on how to set it up in stations for a larger group – can be found in Book 2 of that series (Frontier Living, pages 54-55) and is available to borrow from our lending library.




4-H News from the State

1. Robotics Expo - You’re invited to join us for a day of fun with robotics and science on Saturday, October 19, 2013, at the University of Southern Maine, Gorham campus. The event is open to any youth, ages 5-18, participating in or interested in 4-H robotics program. Prior robotics experience is not needed to attend. In the morning, individuals and teams will have the opportunity to share their ideas and creations with judges and other participants in a non-competitive ‘science fair’ format. During the day, youth participate in a workshop and in an on-site challenge event. Pre-registration is required.

To learn more information, please visit the website or contact Sarah Sparks, 1.800.287.1458 or if you have any questions.


2. 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 about 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, October 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 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (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.


3. 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 woods. 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!


4. 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 Penobscot 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 happening at the local level or connect with Sarah Sparks at, 353.5550 or 1.800.287.1458.


5. 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 our website.  The application deadline is December 31, 2013.


6. 4-H Rabbit Show – There will be a 4-H Rabbit Showmanship class at the Eastern Maine Rabbit Breeders open and youth show on Saturday, November 9, 2013 in Newport, Maine. 4-H’ers and potential 4-H members are welcome to show. Rabbits will be scored according to the 4-H showmanship standards in What’s Hoppening?

To learn more about the show, directions, and how to prepare your rabbit, check the 4-H Rabbit Show page on our website.


7. Beef Conference – University of Maine Cooperative Extension is co-sponsoring the 24th Annual Maine Beef Conference on Saturday, December 7, 2013 in Bangor. The topics will be on “Keeping Your Herd Healthy.” For more information and to register go to the Cooperative Extension Livestock page.


Cooking with the Kids

Carrot –Apple Salad Supreme


1 (6 ounce) can concentrated orange juice, defrosted; 1 (6 ounce) can cold water
; 2 pounds carrots, scraped and shredded
; 3 apples, cored and shredded; 1 cup raisins
; and 1/2 cup coarsely chopped peanuts (optional)


Place the juice and water in a mixing bowl.
 Add all the other ingredients except the peanuts. Mix well. At serving time mix in the peanuts.

Makes 8 – 10 servings

UMaine Extension



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