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4-H News in Washington County ~ January 2014

January 2014

Volume 9, Issue 1


Dates to Remember

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


Newly Enrolled Volunteers

A warm welcome to our newly enrolled volunteers: Darin Hammond, Mike Warnock & Bob Jones! Thanks for your commitment to 4-H and 4-H Shooting Sports!


Geocache Reminder

Thank-you to all the 4-H clubs and members who placed a geocache or sought one out to celebrate 100 years of 4-H in Maine! If your club placed a geocache, please be sure to collect it now, or as soon as possible so that we don’t forget and accidentally litter our Earth. Please have your members contact the county office with the number of visitors at your site. Thank-you!


 Public Speaking Guidelines and Judging Sheets

Please find your 4-H Public Speaking Guidelines and Judging Sheets for 2014 on our website. It’s not too late to make your New Year’s resolution to prepare an Illustrated Talk or Demonstration for this year’s County Public Speaking Tournament. Be sure to visit the website for helpful information and videos on 4-H public speaking to help you get going. See the Lisa’s Corner in this month’s newsletter for helpful information to get your presentation off to a good start.


 Lisa’s Corner

Lisa’s 4-H Public Speaking Reminder!! Each 4-H group (club or school) should be holding their own demonstration tournament during the month of February. Leaders, be sure to call or e-mail Tara at the office at 255-3345 or by February 19th with the name of the participating youth delegates. Be sure to include their 4-H age, title of their 4-H demonstration or illustrated talk, and whether it will be an individual or team presentation. The Washington County 4-H Public Speaking Tournament will be held on Saturday, March 8th. We will announce the time and place as soon as it is confirmed.

Judging sheets, guidelines and other helpful public speaking information are now available on the Washington County 4-H website.

Please read the 4-H County & Regional Public Speaking Guidelines very carefully. It is included as an insert to this month’s newsletter, at our office, or on our website at the address above. If you have any other questions, feel free to call or e-mail me at or 598-6621. You may also call the Extension Office at 255-3345 or 1-800-287-1542.

Good Luck to all!

Tips for Preparing a Great Public Speaking Presentation –

1. Pick a topic by asking yourself these questions:

• Am I interested in this topic?

• Will others find it useful or interesting?

• Does it have a simple main idea and logical steps and/or points that can be shown or talked about in within the time limit given? Please see the guidelines insert for time limits for each age group.

• Can I find enough information?

• Is this a demonstration or an illustrated talk? A demonstration is a “show how” and “tell how” presentation. The work is performed before your eyes, and there is a finished project at the end. In an illustrated talk, the work is not performed before your eyes, and there is not a finished project at the end. Visit our website for helpful information on both types of presentations.

• Can I easily find props and materials?

2. Pick a title that will arouse the interest of your audience.

3. Your introduction should catch the interest of your audience in the first 15 seconds. Start with a question or a short snappy sentence. “Help, my bunny is a giant fur ball!”

4. The body of your talk should explain the points or demonstrate the steps you wish to show clearly and in logical order.

5. Select materials that are familiar to you and easy to use and see. Be sure your presentation can be seen from a distance of 15 feet! People need to see, as well as hear, what you are sharing.

6. Prepare a great conclusion. Neglecting to have a well-defined end to their talk is the most common mistake speakers make! Show the finished product if doing a demonstration. Summarize the main thing you wanted the talk about or teach in whatever presentation you do. Show your visual aids again. End by asking for questions and thanking the audience for their attention!


 Lisa’s Challenge Activity

Lisa Challenge Activity

This winter has gotten off to quite a start. With back-to-back snowstorms, ice storms, power outages, and freezing cold temperatures, many of us have been keeping inside with not much to do. Continuing with our learning of weaving skills from out last month’s challenge, here is a fun activity that gets you set to learn to knit or crochet. Once you learn the basics, it is a great do-anytime activity that you can do whenever you have a few minutes or more of down time, or feel bored and just don’t know what to do.

No special materials are needed, just yarn or even
string. You can even walk and talk with your
friends while you weave! Be creative with your
finished product to make your own scarves, belts, necklaces and even seat cushions – these cushions are great in school classrooms and community centers. Just ask the 1st grade class at Ella Lewis School with 4-H volunteer Joanne Beal at the helm. Her students have been finger weaving and turning the resulting chains into coveted rug cushions for the last six years! Perfect for anyone from young to old (my girls learned how to do this when they were just 4 years old), take this month’s activity challenge and be sure to let us know where it leads you.

Finger Weaving

Finger Weaving is an old, traditional, off-loom weaving technique of French Canadian, Native American, and Scandinavian heritage. Some form of off-loom or hand/finger weaving is native to many cultures. Native Americans of the eastern forests are well known for their finger-woven yarn belts and sashes. Sometimes these were known as “arrow sashes” because of the great number made in Canada for the fur-trade companies. In the Scandinavian tradition, the finger-woven sashes were part of the traditional costume.

The Activity

Step 1: To start finger weaving, find the end of the yarn and tie it loosely around the thumb of the hand you don’t write with.

Step 2: Weave the yarn around your fingers: behind your pointer finger, in front of your middle finger, behind your ring finger, in front and then around your pinky finger.

Step 3: Weave the yarn back across your hand, going in and out of your fingers the opposite way.

Step 4: Bring the yarn around the back side of your thumb and lay it across your fingers near the tips.

Step 5: Starting from your thumb and repeating each finger, lift yarn A (the initial strand) up and over your fingertip, leaving yarn B (the yarn laying on the fingertips) on the finger. Push yarn B down to the base of the finger to take the place of yarn A. Do this one finger as a time all the way over to the pinky finger. Then lay the yarn over the fingers from pinky to thumb and do the same thing – but going in the other direction (the pinky finger and the thumb will be done twice in a row – once from either direction).

Step 6: After you have done this back and forth quite a few times, the yarn will lay on the back of your hand. Pull the yarn from the end gently and it will form a woven rope. This can be used for all of the great projects listed above, or come up with your own creation!

If you need to stop for a while, carefully place the loops from your fingers onto a pencil. When you are ready to start again – just place the loops back on your fingers.

Talk it Over the 4-H Way!

Share… What was the hardest part of learning to weave? How did you feel learning, doing, and completing this project?

Process… What would have made this project easier?
Generalize… What other things do you do that have these three elements of learning, doing, and completing a project?

Apply… What other new things would you like to try?

More 4-H Challenges…

Explore other finger weaving techniques or weaving patterns. There are simpler ones that use only one finger – good for younger hands, and more complex ones as well.

Try weaving on a loom.

Learn to knit or crochet. There are great step-by-step kits that include the materials and 
teach you how. Try your local craft store to find them.

Send us a picture and a quick note of how your own “4-H Finger-Weaving Challenge” turned out, and we will include it in our newsletter next time. Or come to our Handworks Night at the Hancock County Extension Office, this month on Sunday, January 19th, from 4:30 to 6:30. Materials will be on hand for you to give it a try. Be sure to let us know a bit about how the project went and for what you ended up using your chain. 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 can be found in Book 2 of that series (Frontier Living, pages 68-69) and is available to borrow from our lending library.


Cooking with the Kids

Apple Confetti Coleslaw


1 cup chopped or shredded red cabbage
1 cup chopped or shredded green cabbage
1⁄2 cup chopped or shredded carrot
1 diced apple
2 tablespoons raisins
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons unsweetened apple juice concentrate
1⁄2 cup low-fat mayonnaise Pepper to taste

1.Remove outer leaves, wash cabbage and cut out core.
2.Chop cabbage, carrots, and dice apple.
3.In large bowl, combine the two types of cabbage
with the carrots, apples, and raisins.
4.In a separate bowl mix apple cider vinegar, apple
juice concentrate, and mayonnaise.
5.Pour liquid mixture over cabbage mixture and toss well.
6.Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.


Makes 6 servings Serving size: 1⁄2 cup

Source: Adapted from Bulletin #4262, Vegetables and Fruits for Health: Apples, University of Maine


School News

Ella Lewis Grammar School – The Ella Lewis teaching staff got the chance to participate in a training in November on Inquiry Based Learning. This 4-H hands-on professional development training, presented by Lisa Reilich, was a fantastic opportunity for the teachers to reinforce many skills they already use, plus help them reflect on new ways to incorporate the inquiry-based
approach in their teaching of the core
curriculum. Kudos to Ella Lewis for
taking the time to hone and improve their toolbox of ways to help their youth engage and find context in their learning. Are you a volunteer leader or school that would like to learn more about how you can bring this knowledge to your group? Get in touch with Lisa to set up a training!

Ella Lewis School Photo 2 Ella Lewis School Photo 1

Jonesboro Elementary School - And here are the final results of the Jonesboro Elementary School’s exploration of GIS through the 2014 4-H National Youth Science Day Experiment. The three teams of 6th, 7th and 8th
graders presented their final designs and had valuable reflections to share on
their experience and what they did, and didn’t, learn. All three teams designed
amusement parks of some kind – from a winter sports park featuring a 20’ x 20’
chocolate fountain, to an imaginative amusement park with a thrilling adventure
over a live crocodile pit, all three designs took into account, that here in
Downeast Maine, we have the natural parks pretty well covered. What could be
better than an outright amusement park in Washington County! Thanks to the
students for bringing their creativity and teamwork to this activity. Would your group like to take the “Maps & Apps” NYSD challenge? We have kits available for you to borrow. Call the office to reserve yours today!

Jonesboro Elementary Photo1 Jonesboro Elementary Photo2 Jonesboro Elementary Photo 3 Jonesboro Elementary Photo 4

Morning Song School Cooperative – Seven of the Morning Song Players participated in a Schoodic Arts For All Meetinghouse Theatre Lab staged reading production of “A Christmas Carol” on December 21st. Adapting on the spot due to the coming ice storm that night, they got to work with vigor and focus at the shortened one day rehearsal, took over the role of the missing chorus who couldn’t come because of the weather, and beat the storm with an earlier than scheduled performance at 4pm for friends and family. The audience was small, but appreciative, and they got to work with experienced adult actors in the area to get a perspective on how fast and furious readers theatre shows are put together. Congratulations on your tenacity, resiliency and determination in the face of challenging circumstances!


News from the State

1. 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 207.581.3877.


2. 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament- For: Aroostook, 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


3. One Maine Potato, Two Maine Potato:  The Science Behind Cooking & Eating Spuds (for youth in grades 6 – 8)

Saturday, January 25, 2014, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Hitchner Hall, University of Maine, Orono

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.). Hosted by Jason Bolton, Assistant Extension Professor and Food Safety Specialist, and Kate Yerxa, MS, RD, Extension Educator. Cost: $12 per person (includes lunch).

Optional activity: For an additional $3 per person, participating youth and their parents may swim at the New Balance Student Recreation Center pool at the conclusion of UMaine 4-H Science Saturday. Youth must be accompanied by a parent. Complete a General Use Liability Waiver and submit it with your required forms.

Additional Science Saturdays are being planned for the year! Let us know if there is a particular topic you would like to see included. Save Saturday, March 8, 2014 for an Innovation Engineering Science Saturday – details coming in January

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


4. 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.


5. 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 – 207.446.3570, Carol Davis – 207.491.7893 or, Curtis Prime – Livestock Superintendent, Windsor Fair – 207.242.3341, 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 online.


6. Upcoming Dairy Events

Dairy Quiz Bowl Tryouts

Dairy Quiz Bowl Tryouts will be held Sunday, February 16, 2014 at the Farm Bureau in Augusta at 1:00 pm. Snow date will be Monday, February 17. Quiz Bowl Tryouts is open to all 4-H youth in the state. Attendance at QB Tryouts will fulfill one of the requirements to try out for the Eastern States Dairy Team.

For more information please contact coach Connie Wood at or call 207.625.4644.


4-H Dairy Judging

Tryouts for the Dairy Cattle Judging Team will be Saturday, April 12, 2014 and the snow date is Sunday, April 13. Dairy Cattle Judging Tryouts is open to all 4-H youth in the state. Attendance at Judging Tryouts will fulfill one of the requirements to try out for the Eastern States Dairy Team.

Times and locations will be announced in early March.

For more information contact Dave Marcinkowski at or call at 207.581.2740.


State 4-H Dairy Show

The State 4-H Dairy Show will be held at the Windsor Fairgrounds July 19 and 20, 2014. The State Show is open to all 4-H youth enrolled in the dairy project and is also the try out event for the selection of the Dairy Team for Eastern States. A clipping contest will be held on Saturday evening before the show.

While the State Dairy Show is open to all 4-H youth in the dairy project, 4-Hers who would also like to try out for the Eastern States Dairy Team also need to participate in one of these three events:

Quiz Bowl Tryouts in February

Dairy Judging in April

Clipping Contest the day before the show

For more information contact Angela Hussey at or at 207.400.2588 or 207.347.7577.


7. 4-H Animal Science Committees- The 4-H Animal Science Committee is a group of volunteers who work to plan state-wide educational activities for youth in the different commodities. These committees also plan the activities for the teams that attend Eastern Sates. Current 4-H volunteers are encouraged to apply for membership on one of these committees for horse, dairy, beef, sheep, dairy goat, dog, and working steer.

Applications can be found on the 4-H website. Applications will be reviewed twice a year before the Spring and Fall meetings. Applications can be submitted to the State 4-H Office anytime during the year, but the deadline for consideration for the fall meeting is September 15. The deadline for consideration for the spring meeting is January 15. The next ASC meeting will be Saturday, March 1 in a central location.

For more information you can contact Michaele Bailey at, 207-581-3872.


8. New Hampshire Dairy Goat Seminar – Milk Sanitation- Farm & Forest Exposition – Saturday, February 8, 2014, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, at the Center of New Hampshire – Radisson Hotel, Webster Room, 700 Elm Street, Manchester, NH.

Milk is a food product, and it will never be any better than the sanitary conditions under which it is produced and bottled. This session will cover food safety and handling steps that need to be followed both in the barn and in the kitchen to ensure a quality product. There will be some discussion about transitioning from a hobby to a commercial dairy.

A schedule and additional information are available online.


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