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4-H News in Washington County ~ December 2013

Volume 8, Issue 12


Dates to Remember

December 25- Office Closed

December 31- State 4-H Reenrollment Form Deadline

January 1- Office Closed

January 11- Public Speaking Clinic 1-3 p.m., Cobscook Community Learning Center

January 25- 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – UMaine 4-H Science Saturday – University of Maine

February 19- Public Speaking club delegates due to the Extension Office, no exceptions

March 8- Washington County Public Speaking Tournament

March 29- Regional Public Speaking Tournament, University of Maine


Tractor Supply Company Grand Opening

On October 26th, 2013, the Dennys River Manure Movers, the Quoddy Kids, Hope Carle and family, and 4-H Community Education Assistant, Nicole Willey, joined the new Tractor Supply Company in celebrating its Grand Opening. TSC stores nationwide greatly support 4-H in their communities, and this new Calais store is no exception. In addition to welcoming our clubs to attend and fund-raise, the county program was awarded with a $250 check. THANK-YOU TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY!

Be watching future editions of this newsletter and your email for opportunities to collaborate with this new store. We will be inviting you to visit and share your displays with patrons again in the near future, possibly during their national 4-H Clover promotion. To learn more, visit the website:


Scenes from TSC Grand Opening

Scenes from TSC Grand Opening


Scenes from TSC Grand Opening

Scenes from TSC Grand Opening


4-H Demonstrations and Illustrated Talks – What are they anyway?

4-H Public Speaking Clinic – Saturday, January 11th, 1pm to 3pm

Cobscook Community Learning Center, Trescott

For ANYONE! — 4-H Youth, Volunteers & Supporters
Come to learn new skills or to brush up on old ones!

Presented by Lisa Reilich, 4-H Youth Development Professional for Hancock & Washington Counties

With the ringing of the New Year, it will soon be time to get up in front of your family, friends, club, class and/or community and give your 4-H demonstration or illustrated talk! For some of us, that can sound a little scary – even for me, and I have been getting up in front of people and talking or presenting for quite a long time.

Did you know that the average person spends up to 50% of their waking time either speaking or listening? 70% of American adults say they fear public speaking. These adults also report fearing public speaking (41%) more than death (18%). 4-H alumni who participated in 4-H Public Speaking when they were younger, come back to tell us that this was their most important 4-H life skill. Don’t worry; YOU can learn public speaking skills very easily. Just like any other skill, the more you work at it, the better you will become – and it’s never too early to get started!

I will be holding a fun and interactive 4-H Public Speaking Clinic at the Cobscook Community Learning Center in Trescott on Saturday, January 11th, from 1pm to 3pm. We will go over what makes a 4-H Public Speaking presentation, how demonstrations and illustrated talks differ from one another – with some live and video examples, try our hand at creating a presentation together, and have you leave with valuable suggestions for helping you, your 4-H youth, or your school group decide on a topic, prepare a presentation and have the courage to get up there and do it!

Please register by Wednesday, January 8th, by calling Tara at the office, 255-3345, or e-mailing her at I hope to see many of you there!


Demonstrations are simply showing and telling how to do something. You explain what you are doing while you work on something you like to do. You’ve seen lots of demonstrations without realizing it. When your mom or dad shows you how to pound a nail, make your bed, or set a table, that’s a demonstration. When your 4-H leader shows you how to transplant a houseplant, that’s a demonstration, too. Many television shows also feature demonstrations.

Illustrated Talks are like demonstrations but instead of working on something while you talk, you just talk and use a variety of visual aids to help you. When your 4-H leader explains the horse breeds and colors by using horse models, that’s an illustrated talk. When your friend explains a family vacation trip and shows you pictures, maps, and souvenirs, that’s an illustrated talk, too.

All of our 4-H youth are invited to prepare a demonstration or illustrated talk for their club or class, and for this year’s Washington County 4-H Public Speaking Tournament, which will be held on Saturday, March 8th. Youth 9 to 18 years of age who participate in the County Tournament and may be eligible to participate in the 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament, which will be to held on Saturday, March 29th, at the University of Maine at Orono.

adapted from Knox-Lincoln County & UNH Cooperative Extension materials


DRMM Volunteering for the Historical Society

On November 8th, the Dennys River Manure Movers 4-H Club assisted the Dennys River Historical Society with the mailing of their Special Edition newsletter. As community service is an important component of youth development, these 4-Her’s are certainly fortunate to have such a great opportunity. Thank-you for your great work, Dennys River Manure Movers!

Pictured: DRMM 4-H members, Colin Windhorst and Ron Windhorst

Pictured: DRMM 4-H members, Colin Windhorst and Ron Windhorst


Project Records 2012-2013

Six Washington County 4-Hers submitted project records this year. Congratulations to all who participated:

Callie Chase

Makayla Chase

Roy Duffy

Siobhan Duffy

Alex Harris

Mikaila Loughlin

Helpful Hints for success with Project Records…

1. Start your 2013-2014 project records now! To print a copy use the online version.

2. Write your full name wherever asked.

3. Enter the day, month & year when filling in the date.

4. Leave nothing blank. If you don’t know how to fill something in, ask for help.

5. Give your work value! Income can be the item(s) you create, regardless of if you sell them. Income can also be the premiums you earned from the Perry Harvest Fair.

See the judging rubric (attached to your 2012-2013 project records, or available from your club leader or the county office) for scoring components and examples.


Lisa’s Corner

This fall, Jen Lobley, Extension Educator for Volunteer Development, led an enthusiastic group of daycare and school enrichment providers from both Hancock & Washington Counties through the interactive, hands-on 4-H Afterschool Academy at the Step by Step Childcare Care Center in Milbridge. Having taken this course two years ago myself, I was lucky enough to able to join Jen and her group for some of my favorite activities, with some of the fabulous results captured on film for you here.

The training takes 10 hours and is a combination of in-person and online training. Participants have the opportunity to earn CEUs or contact hours, get a spiffy 4-H Afterschool Academy t-shirt, and – through working with University research-based information and curriculum – gain valuable understanding of youth development along with new skills and strategies to add to their toolbox and bring back to their work with youth.

For more information on the 4-H Afterschool Academy, please visit the website.

Jen is looking for more opportunities to do the Afterschool Academy and can come right to you as long as there is a minimum of 10 participants. This training is so valuable for our work with youth, and not just for those volunteers in the schools and child-care centers. This is also a great opportunity for professional development for ed-tech & special ed teachers, or maybe for your whole staff if you operate a child-care or afterschool program. Please help get the word out. Let Tara or me know if you or someone you know would be interested in a future Afterschool Academy here in Washington County or elsewhere in the state, and take your 4-H volunteer training to the next level!


4-H Afterschool Academy Training

4-H Afterschool Academy Training

Individual groups of students worked together to explore an engineering challenge of building the tallest tower with just newspaper and masking tape as materials, and then take on technology to create innovative sun shades.

Individual groups of students worked together to explore an engineering challenge of building the tallest tower with just newspaper and masking tape as materials, and then take on technology to create innovative sun shades.


Lisa’s Challenge Activity of the Month

With extra time for holiday crafts, why not try this fun basket-weaving project that, when finished, you can keep or give away. This project takes about 45 minutes not including drying time, so set aside an hour, gather some friends, and have fun! Why not do this as a whole class or club and then fill your finished baskets with holiday goodies to give to a nearby homeless shelter, pet shelter or nursing home? It is a great time of year to share what you make with others, and even more special when you can do something special for others as a group.

Bread Basket Weaving

Every culture in the world has made baskets. The oldest known baskets were found in Egypt and thought to be 10,000 to 12,000 years old. Baskets have been made from every available material in many different ways, but always by hand until recently.

Pioneer children often made baskets to pass the time using tall grasses from the prairie, making basket weaving a craft with a useful purpose. With careful use, these baskets lasted a long time. Using salt dough, you can make a basket that carefully used will last a long time, too.

Materials Needed for Two Baskets

2 cups flour / 1 cup salt / 1 cup water / 1 Zipper-type plastic bags for storage (up to 5 days) / Measuring cups / Mixing bowls / Bread pans or other ovenproof pans or bowls to frame the basket / Cooking oil /

Rolling pins / 
Ruler / 
Knife / Varnish & Brushes (optional)

The Activity – You can work in pairs to mix and divide the dough….

Step 1: Prepare the salt dough- Mix the 2 cups flour and 1 cup salt in a bowl. Slowly add 1 cup water, mixing it thoroughly. Knead the dough with fingers for 5 to 7 minutes. Store dough in the zipper-style plastic bag for up to 5 days – or use right away for weaving.

Step 2: Prepare to weave- Turn your chosen mold upside down. This could be a bread pan, pie dish, bowl, or something else that is ovenproof and a similar size. Rub cooking oil on the outside of the mold. Using a rolling pin, roll the salt dough to about 1⁄4 inch thick. Sprinkle a little flour on work surface if it is sliding. Cut the rolled dough into 3⁄4 inch strips using a ruler and knife.

Step 3: Weave- Lay five or six strips across the mold horizontally.

Weave diagram

• Next lay two or three strips lengthwise, weaving them over and under the cross pieces.

• Weave two strips around the sides of the pan. Hold the strips in place by wetting the dough with a very small amount of water where the two strips meet.

• Press the dough together firmly, but gently. If a strip is not long enough to go all the way around, splice two strips together. Join the new strip right next to the old, preferably under a cross strip for added stability.

Step 4: Finish the basket- Cut the excess off all the strips at the lip of the mold. Roll some dough into a long rope and wind it around the pan right at the lip. Moisten the ends of the strips to help them stick to the dough rope.

Step 5: Dry the basket- Let the basket dry at room temperature (this takes three days) or bake it at 325 degrees for one hour. Let it cool completely before carefully lifting the dough basket off the mold.

Step 6: Preserve the basket- Seal with a coat of varnish to strengthen and protect from moisture. Brush on acrylic varnish or spray with artist’s fixate.

Talk it Over the 4-H Way!

Share… What challenges did you experience working with this material? Process… Why is weaving an important process?

Generalize… What do you use or wear or see in your everyday life that uses weaving techniques? What uses for baskets do you recognize now?

Apply… What other fiber techniques would you like to learn? How can simple weaving techniques be applied to other situations?

More 4-H Challenges…

• Learn to weave other basket types using pine needles, raffia or other materials.

• Research Native American basket weaving patterns, shapes, and uses.

• Make up your own 4-H basket-making challenge and share what you discover with us all 
Send us a picture of how your basket turned out or your own “4-H Basket-Making Challenge”, and we will include it in our newsletter next time. Be sure to let us know a bit about how the project went and for what you ended up using your basket – we can’t wait to hear all about it and your discoveries! 
You can find this activity and more in the 4-H Afterschool Agriculture: Acres of Adventures curriculum. This activity – with more interesting facts about basket making – can be found in Book 2 of that series (Frontier Living, pages 66 -67) and is available to borrow from our lending library.


School News

Ella Lewis School – Kindergarten ended the study of pumpkins by making pumpkin pie in a bag with Ms. Lisa. We learned that Math, Science and Social
Studies are everywhere. Our time together started with
Ms. Lisa explaining to us how the pilgrims made
pumpkin pie when there were no pie pans. They used
the pumpkin shell for a pie pan to bake their pumpkin
pie over fire. So, this 4-H activity was a great way to
transition from our unit of study on pumpkins to our unit of study on Thanksgiving.

-Submitted by Wanda Stanley, 4-H volunteer and Kindergarten teacher

Ella Lewis Programming Ella Lewis Programming Ella Lewis Programming


Jonesboro Elementary School – The 6th, 7th and 8th graders of Jonesboro Elementary School have taken the “Maps & Apps” 4-H National Youth Science Day Experiment challenge! Three teams are well underway designing their dream park using GIS strategies. What amazing parks they have dreamed up, too! They will present their final designs to the full group this month. Stay tuned for pictures of their process and final designs in next January’s newsletter.


VOLT Training

When you see VOLT (Volunteer On-going Leader Training), does it scare you off from getting involved with 4-H. Not to worry! This truly is a fun, hands on kind of experience, and what a chance to meet others. You learn more of what 4-H is all about. You learn about the many opportunities 4-H has to offer, the resources available, and the connection between 4-H and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. As a VOLTed volunteer, you are covered by the University’s liability policy and you are qualified to serve as a chaperone. Most important of all is too feel comfortable with the amount of time that you might want to put into 4-H or maybe you just wanted to be better informed and will chose to not doing anything and that is alright. So come to a training and see where it leads you if any where.


 4-H News from the State

1. 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!


2. 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.


3. 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.


4. Save the Date for 2014 Maine 4-H Days- Maine 4-H Days will take place June 20 – 22, 2014 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. If you are interested in helping to plan next year’s event, please contact Jessy Brainerd at or 581.3877.


5. Market Steers for Fryeburg Fair- 4-Hers raising a steer for the 2014 market steer show at Fryeburg Fair need to send in an Intent to Participate Form  by January 3, 2014. We appreciate you completing your paperwork early. Please enroll or re-enroll as a 4-H member early, and send your Intent to Participate form to your county office. The earlier we receive your paperwork, the earlier we can begin tagging animals, and avoiding tagging during the winter months.


6. Change in Market Animal Shows at Windsor Fair- Windsor Fair has changed their baby beef and market lamb show and sale from 4-H to a youth show and sale. The 2014 Show and Sale will be open to all youth between the ages of 9 and 18 as of December 31st of the current year. In lieu of an Intent to sell form, youth must CALL the committee to let them know they want to raise a steer or lamb for the show and auction; committee members are: Diane Gushee – 256.7798 or, Dana Prime – 446.3570, Carol Davis – 491.7893 or, Curtis Prime – Livestock Superintendent, Windsor Fair – 242.3341, and Tom Foster, President, Windsor Fair. To participate in the 2014 Youth Show and Sale, notification must be communicated to a committee member by January 3, 2014 for market steers ad June 6, 2014 for market lambs. View a complete list of rules at the website.


7. 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament-

For: Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Somerset, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo and Washington Counties

The 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament will be held Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the University of Maine at Orono. 4-H Youth ages 9 to 18 who have participated in their county 4-H public speaking tournament and received the required score are invited to participate. For youth in counties which do not hold public speaking tournaments, arrangements may be made through their county’s Extension office to present their presentation to their county’s 4-H staff in order to be eligible. Registration for the regional tournament must be handled through the youth’s county Extension office. To register youth, county offices should contact Joyce Fortier in the Hancock County Extension Office no later than March 19th at 207.667.8212 or at For more information on 4-H public speaking, including guidelines and judging sheets, please visit the website or contact Lisa Reilich at 207.598.6621 or


8. One Maine Potato, Two Maine Potato, more….-

The science behind cooking and eating spuds.

Come explore the science related to the storage conditions, processing and healthy consumption of Maine potatoes. This class will include baking potatoes, and preparing a “potato bar” with healthy toppings for lunch! We will discuss MyPlate recommendations, and where potatoes and toppings fit as part of a healthy diet. Participants will also have an introduction to kitchen basics and kitchen safety (knife skills, hand washing, equipment overview, etc).

This 4-H Science Saturday will take place on January 25, 2014 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, at Hitchner Hall, at the University of Maine in Orono (with a snow date of February 8, 2014); there is room for a maximum of 25 participants in grades 6 – 8. Jason Bolton, Assistant Extension Professor and Food Safety Specialist, and Kate Yerxa, MS, RD, Extension Educator will host this event.

Register online or for more information contact Jessy Brainerd at 800.287.0274 (toll free in Maine) or 207.581.3877 or e-mail


9. 4-H Geocaches!- If you participated in the hiding 100 geocaches to celebrate 100 years of 4-H, cold weather is upon us. We hope everyone enjoyed participating in this celebration of 4-H. If you didn’t register with a public site for your geocache, a friendly reminder that you may want to remove any hidden geocaches for the upcoming season. Be sure to let your county office know how many 4-Hers visited your geocache.


Cooking with the Kids

Holiday Granola with Cranberries and Pistachios

• 3 cups rolled oats
• 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
• 1 Teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg • 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 cup brown sugar
• 1/4 cup maple syrup
• 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
• 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
In a large bowl toss oats with pistachios, nutmeg, salt and brown sugar. Stir in maple and oil to combine. Spread on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour, stirring half-way through. Cool completely on baking sheet. Stir in cranberries.



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