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4-H in Washington County – May 2014

Volume 9, Issue 5

Dates to Remember

May 13- Exhibit Card Explanation for Volunteers- Hancock County 6:30 p.m.

May 16 & 17- 4-H@UMaine-Orono

May 18- Handworks Hancock County Extension Office 4:30-6:30 p.m.

June 6, 7, 8- June Jamboree at Blue Hill Fairgrounds

June 20, 21 & 22- Maine 4-H Days at Windsor Fairgrounds

June 28 – July 5- Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)


Washington County Youth Win 4-H Public Speaking Tournament

Youth display awards from the 4-H Public Speaking Tournament.

Youth display awards from the 4-H Public Speaking Tournament.

Mikaila L. and Hope C. won Overall Speaker awards Saturday, March 29 at the 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament at the University of Maine.

Mikaila, of Horse Power 4-H Club, won in the demonstration division for her talk titled “Fab Frames.” Hope, an independent member, won in the illustration category for her presentation titled “Military Dogs.”

Kate and Libby B. of the 4-H Club Quoddy Kids, also presented at the annual regional competition. The girls teamed up for a “How to Make String Art” presentation. Youth from Aroostook, Hancock, Knox, Lincoln, Piscataquis and Waldo counties also took part.

Congratulations to all who participated!


4-H Shooting Sports Club Off to a Great Start

Please welcome our first Washington County 4-H Shooting Sports club! Focusing on safety and “Learning by Doing,” this group of ten youth are using the indoor range provided by the Friends of the NRA and air rifles purchased by Maine 4-H Shooting Sports with funds from IF&W.

A huge thank-you to the Pleasant River Fish and Game Conservation for use of your clubhouse. Without the volunteers, 4-H Shooting Sports would not have made it’s way to Washington County. Thank-you Jasmine and Darin Hammond, Travis Willey, Charlie Robbins, Mike Warnock, and Bob Jones. This was a year and a half in the making; thank-you for seeing it through!

The youth have narrowed the name of their club down to three options: Master Blasters, Down East Lock & Load, and the A-Team. We look forward to hearing about the final vote. Welcome!

4-H Shooting Sports 4-H Shooting Sports


Successful 4-H Paper Clover Campaign

Thank-you all for a successful Tractor Supply Company Spring 2014 Paper Clover campaign! Our Calais store had three 4-H clubs visit to greet customers and bag items at checkout. Thank-you to the members of Dennys River Manure Movers, Columbia 4-H Shooting Sports, and Quoddy Kids!

Totals will be published in a future edition of newsletter, however, it has been determined that the Calais TSC store came in 1st in their district and 3rd in the state (for clovers sold, based on % of transactions)! Thank you Karen Smith and the employees of Tractor Supply Company for all you do for Washington County 4-H!

Tractor Supply Group Photo


Save the Date! Exhibit Hall Informational Session

Ever wanted to know how to help youth fill out their exhibit hall cards? What you can and can’t enter? What categories of exhibits there are and how to find information on them? What forms you need to have when you come down to the Exhibit Hall that Tuesday afternoon before the start of the fair? How the exhibits are judged and by whom? Or maybe even what is the Blue Hill Fair 4-H Exhibit Hall in the first place? Join us on May 13th at the Hancock County Extension office just at 6:30pm for a half-hour workshop on everything you need to know about what can be entered and how to enter 4-H exhibits in the Blue Hill Fair. Led by Methel Wilbur, Blue Hill Fair 4-H Exhibit Hall Coordinator and 4-H Volunteer, this promises to be informative and interesting. Hancock County Leaders’ & Volunteers’ Meeting will be held directly after at 7pm. If you would like to come, but the travel is too far, how about joining us by video? If you have a computer with a camera, we can get you set up! With our new video technology at the Extension office, up to 20 different folks can “beam in”. Call the office at 667-8212 ahead of time if you would like to participate from home. Please come and help make this discussion a lively one.


Invitation to “Handworks Night”

Our last of the season Handworks Night will be held May 18th. This is held from 4:30 – 6:30 pm at the Hancock Extension Office. They will begin again November. This is your opportunity to get extra help with your project, i.e. sewing/knitting project or maybe someone could help you make another kind of craft. Maybe you just want to hang out and watch others do their handworks. There will be a project to join in on if you don’t have something you are working on right now. Please bring a snack or beverage. This will be the last one until next November. Come join the fun!


Come and check out our Facebook page: Washington County Maine 4-H

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Cooking with the Kids

Banana Crunch Loaf


2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 eggs
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup light-brown sugar
2 large ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup low-fat granola (without raisins), lightly crushed

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat 3, 5-3/4 x 3 x 2-1/8-inch loaf pans with non-stick cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients; set aside. In a medium-size bowl, combine the eggs, light-brown sugar and melted butter. Whisk until smooth. Add mashed banana and vanilla. Pour banana mixture into well in dry ingredients; stir just until moist. Stir in chopped walnuts.

3. Divide batter evenly among the prepared pans. Sprinkle crushed granola over all pans, dividing evenly.

4. Bake the loaves at 350 degrees F for 30 to 33 minutes or until set, and golden around the edges. Let the loaves cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Transfer directly to rack; serve warm, if desired.

Family Circle


Lisa’s 4-H Activity Challenge of the Month

Now that we are finally feeling more spring weather in the air, we also have seen a lot of rain instead of snow. This time of year, summer fields become spring ponds that even ducks consider worth taking a turn in!

All these seasonal puddles and ponds get me to thinking about water and where it goes when it does magically disappear. This surface water often goes under the ground to become ground water. And the ground water may become water we drink if it is part of an aquifer – ground water that has settled in an underground reservoir of loose gravel or sand. If you have a hand-dug well, it is an aquifer of ground water. Drilled wells are also tapping into aquifers of water – water that seeps through the ground until it cannot go any further because it has come to an impermeable layer of rock – those are aquifers! Aquifers recharge when the rain and melted snow seep through the soil to refill the underground reservoir.

Let’s learn more about the journey of the spring rains in this 4-H Activity Challenge – Edible Aquifer.

Edible Aquifer

Water is an essential resource that is used by every person, community and industry in the world, but there is a limited supply of water on earth. It is very important to know the source of drinking water, so as many water pollutants as possible can be identified and eliminated from the local environment. Let’s find out together in this activity how this pollution can happen.

Water moves through the soil by the processes of infiltration and percolation. Infiltration happens when water fills up the spaces (pores) between the soil particles. Percolation is the process of water movement from pore to pore through the soil. The speed of water movement through the soil is affected by the size of the spaces (pores) between the particles. The size of the spaces is determined by the size of the soil particles – the larger the particle, the larger the spaces and the faster the water can move.

Water that is percolating through soil often dissolves soil minerals, nutrients and/or pollution on its journey to the water table. Even though soil, sand and rocks naturally purify water, some pollut- ants cannot easily be removed this way. This can mean that the aquifer becomes polluted, which can be very serious indeed if it makes it into our drinking water.

Let’s make an Edible Aquifer to understand how the surface water moves through the ground to the aquifer, and what it takes with it when it goes down.

Gather your materials

1) Vanilla pudding, already prepared

2) Milk

3) Liquid food coloring

4) At least three toppings from this list: cereal (different sizes and shapes), raisins, peanuts, or 
chocolate chips – each in its own dish with spoon

5) Clear plastic cups and spoons

The Activity

STEP 1: Each person should take a clear plastic cup and fill it 1/3 of the way with vanilla pudding. This represents the confining layer, or impermeable rock, that the water cannot penetrate. We will call this our bedrock.

STEP 2: The toppings represent different types of rock and gravel that make up the aquifer. Working in pairs, make some predictions on which of the layers (toppings) you think will hold the most water and why.

STEP 3: Each person should spoon at least three different topping layers over their pudding bedrock. Be sure to fill the cup almost to the top.

STEP 4: Carefully tap the bottom of the cup on a counter or table to settle the particles (toppings) in the layers.

STEP 5: Now we will observe how water moves through the different sized pores in an aquifer using milk. Each person should pour 1/3 cup of milk over the layers of their aquifers.

STEP 6: Observe the size of the particles and how this relates to the size of the pores noting which layer of the aquifer had the most room for the water. Did this match the predictions your team made?

STEP 7: Using the food coloring to represent polluted water on the ground’s surface, drop a few drops on your aquifer and observe what happens as the coloring percolates through the soil and rock.

STEP 8: Discuss as a group your findings – did the layers of soil and rock filter out the pollution before it got to the water in the aquifer? What happened to the water?

STEP 9: Eat your aquifer!!! Talk it Over the 4-H Way!

Share… Did your model aquifer store a lot of “water” or a little? Why do you think this is so? How could polluted water in an aquifer affect your drinking water? From what you observed, do you think all the pollutants are filtered out before the water gets to the aquifer?

Process… What does it mean when we say that water is contaminated? How did the pollution in your aquifer model get from the land to the water?

Generalize… Make a list of some things in your house, school or community that could contaminate an aquifer. How could these things get into an aquifer that is far below Earth’s surface?

Apply… Does polluted water in an aquifer concern you? Why or why not? What could you do to help reduce water and soil pollution around you?

More 4-H Challenges…

What would happen if we used more water from an aquifer than rain and melted snow could recharge? Can you think if any way that people can recharge aquifers? How might it work?

Send us a picture and a quick note about how your experiment went – what did you discover that surprised you? What would you share with groups that are planning to do this activity based on your experience?

For more edible aquifer challenges, information and trivia around this activity, check out the Exploring the Treasures of 4-H curriculum. This activity can be found in the Helper’s Guide of that series (pages 48-49) and is available to borrow from our lending library.


 4-H News from the State

1. Register Starting May 1st for Maine 4-H Days – Maine 4-H Days will take place June 20 – 22, 2014 at the Windsor Fairgrounds, and the registration materials are available online. 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 400 individuals to the Windsor Fairgrounds, and we are preparing for even greater numbers for 2014. 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, Dog Camp, Field Skills for the Forest, Cheese Making, Lego® Robotics, etc.), there are a ton of awesome new workshops this year: Make Your Own Hula Hoop, Line Dancing, and so much more! All of the workshops, and their descriptions, will be posted on the Maine 4-H Days web page by May 1:

If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact Jessy Brainerd at or 207.581.3877.


2. VOLT Trained Volunteers Needed for 4-H@UMaine: Connecting Kids with College – 4-H@UMaine is happening on May 16 & 17 at the University of Maine, Orono. Come spend this fun, exciting event with some great youth. See and learn about the great things happening at our University. Meals and lodging are provided on-site. Contact Sheila Norman at 207.564.3301 or for more information and/or to request a registration form.

For more information on the 4-H@UMaine: Connecting Kids with College please go to the website.


3. Save the Date for Positive Youth Development Conference (Presentations Needed) -Save the date for the 2014 Positive Youth Development Conference July 21-22 “Charting the Course: Connect. Inspire. Empower!” University of New England, Biddeford, ME. PYDI Early registration open April 1 through June 15, 2014. $125.00 early price (includes lunch both days), www.regonline/pydi2014 (also of interest is the Summer Training Academy on July 23 – $199 plus materials) CEU Eligible.

Every year, teachers, afterschool providers, youth workers and others come to this conference for fresh new ideas of hands-on projects/programs that work to raise the level of engagement of youth in learning – 4-H is good at this – volunteer leaders and youth are doing fabulous things others need to know! Youth and adults are co-presenters in 90 minute workshops on using 4-H Science Kits; Starting 4-H Clubs in Afterschool Programs; Importance of Service Learning (Community Service) to Youth & How To Do It; How 4-H Clubs Care for School Gardens in the Summer; 4-H Animals in the School Setting, etc…. Contact Barb Baker for more information & ideas about presenting by April 11: 207-942-7396. No charge for one adult and any youth presenters to attend the conference! Some youth also have an option to be part of a special youth program – ask Barb about this special opportunity.


 4. Come to Camp this Summer! Looking for a fun adventure this summer? Come to Tanglewood 4-H Camp in Lincolnville, or Blueberry Cove 4-H Camp in Tenants Harbor! All Maine 4-H members are eligible for $100 off any residential or adventure trip program, or $50 off any day-camp program. There are many options to choose from – go backpacking on the AT, canoe the Ducktrap River, learn to sail, camp on an island, swim, create, make new friends. Check out our website. Camp is in session from June 23 to August 29. If you have questions, or need more information, contact Patti Chapman at or call 207-789-5868. We’ll be watching for you!


5. Intent Forms for Eastern States Exposition- ESE Intent to Participate Forms for 2014 are available on the 4-H website. Please visit the 4-H website and look under “forms” or under the name of your animal group. Intent forms must be signed by your county 4-H staff person before you send it to Donna Flint. Deadlines to postmark the intent forms are different for each commodity.

Beef – January 3 Goat – April 15 Dairy – May 1 Sheep – May 1 Dog – May 15

Horse – See deadline on Horse Packet for Tryouts, the link to the packet is #6 in the next item.

If you have any questions you can contact Donna Flint at or at 207-324- 2814.


6. 2014 Eastern States Horse Tryouts – Tryouts for the 2014 Maine State Horse team will be held July 11 – 13, 2014 at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds. Applications for tryouts are available online. Riders and Drivers must be 14 years of age (4-H age). Please contact Extension Educator, Kristy Ouellette if you have any questions.


7. 2014 Horse Judging Clinic – May 31, 2014, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at Hemphills, Inc, 577 Oak Grove Road, North Vassalboro, ME 04989. Presented by the Kennebec Cty 4-H.

This clinic is open to all Maine 4-H members, leaders and volunteers looking to enhance horse judging skills needed to judge, purchase and determine horse’s ability. Whether participating in judging competitions, selecting a horse for your needs, learning more about conformation or interested in brushing up on your assessment skills, this clinic will fulfill your needs!

Topics covered include: conformation, movement, ideal breed characteristics, comparing and contrasting, developing oral reasons, as well as learning conformation for performance. Pre-registration is required, postmarked by May 26, 2014. Download registration from on the website. For more information contact Sarah Chadbourne at or 207-408-1309.


8. Maine 4-H Horse Team Communications Tryouts – Would you like to participate in a Regional and National 4-H Horse team? No horse required! Try out for the Communications team! There are two categories for individual 4-Hers: individual demonstration and public speaking. Two 4-Hers will work together on the team demonstration. Check out the Maine 4-H website under horse for more details. Tryouts will be at Maine 4-H Days. You do not need to be attending Maine 4-H Days to try out. Saturday, June 21 at 11:00 am. Contact Kate Slattery for more information at 207-836-3217 or


9. 4-H Dairy Judging Results- The 4-H Dairy Judging event took place on April 12, 2014 at the Hardy Ayrshire Farm in Farming- ton and at Silver Shade Holstein Farm in New Sharon. Jay Nutting was the official judge for the event. Seventeen 4-Hers participated in the event which was open to 4-Hers in the dairy program statewide. High scoring senior was Sadie Farrand of Franklin County. High Scoring Junior was Mason Rowe also of Franklin County. 4-Hers who participated in the judging event are eligible to tryout for the Eastern States Dairy Team at the State 4-H Dairy Show at Windsor Fairgrounds, July 19-20 2014.


10. 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 tryout 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.


11. 4-H Animal Science Research Project- Karen Hatch Gagne and Kristy Ouellette are doing a research project to learn about Animal Science projects within Maine 4-H. We will be requesting parental permission to send out a survey to 4-H youth ages 13-18 who have been in Animal Science commodities for the past three years. The parental permission packet will explain the purpose of the study (using a tool- Common Measures) to assess 4-H youths’ outcomes related to Positive Youth Development, 4-H Science, Citizenship and Healthy Living. When a parent gives parental permission, and Karen receives the parental signature form, then the Common Measures survey will be electronically sent to that child. If you do not have easy access to the Internet, you may request a paper copy to complete. Participation in this research project is voluntary. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Karen Hatch Gagne or Kristy Ouellette


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