Volume 9, Issue 7
Dates to Remember
August 4-August 20 (Mondays and Wednesdays)- 9-11 a.m.- 4-H Entomology SPIN Club for ages 8-10 in Machias $10 per youth / space limit of 10- Youth will enjoy the great outdoors and learn about many types of insects.
Please call the office at 255-3345 for more information.
August 28 – September 1 – Blue Hill Fair
Schylar D. of Downeast Lock & Load 4-H visits Narraguagus Bay Health Care
by Kirsten Simas, Administrator of Narraguagus Bay Health Care
Narraguagus Bay Health Care Facility was honored to have Schylar D. visit the veterans on June 10th. Schylar made thank you cards for the veterans thanking them for their service and brought gift seeds for each of them. The seeds were donated from Burpee Company. Schylar is with the 4-H Youth Development Program through the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
Washington County’s first 4-H Shooting Sports club has chosen a name: Downeast Lock & Load!
Here is what one of the members has to say about his experience…
My name is Jordan, I recently joined the 4-H Shooting Sports program when it started in April. At shooting sports we have instructors that teach and help us in our shooting, we have all improved thanks to our helpful instructors and volunteers. What I like best about this club is that the 4-H instructors and the volunteers are very nice, caring, and have set up this and other programs in a safe but fun way.
Thank-you, Jordan for taking the time to share your experience with the Downeast Lock & Load 4-H club. Like many other 4-H projects (such as horse and goat), 4-H Shooting Sports requires much discipline. Looking on the Life Skills Chart created by Iowa State University for 4-H, I hear that Jordan’s club is using some of these great life skills: personal safety, nurturing relationships, teamwork and self-discipline.
What Life Skills are YOU learning in 4-H? Email Nicole Willey your response and you, too, can have your article published in the Washington County 4-H newsletter!
TSC Spring Paper Clover Totals
Congratulations, Washington County 4-H! Thanks to Tractor Supply Company, and our dedicated 4-H clubs and supporters, $635 was raised at the Spring 2014 Paper Clover promotion! WOW! Great job!
Tractor Supply Company – July 12th Swap Event
Tractor Supply Company invites all 4-H and community members to participate in an animal/seedling/plant/tack/gear swap on Saturday, July 12th at the TSC store in Calais. For more details, contact Karen Smith [207-454-0671] or Ronda Cobb [207-214-5552].
Blue Hill Fair Time – We hope you are getting your projects ready for the Exhibit Hall. The theme this year is “WOW! 4-H does that?” The exhibit cards are in the office now. Blue Hill Fair books should arrive soon. The fair book is on line including entry blanks at the Blue Hill Fair website.
June Jamboree at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds
We were lucky with the good weather. There were over twenty-five activities planned for this year and it sure appeared that everyone was having fun. The committee tried hard to have something that might interest everyone. The Any Time Science Table and Art proved to be helpful as a way for something to do if you had any down time. Planning for the next Jamboree will begin in July. If you have any suggestions, please, give the office a call. There are some great ideas out there and your help will be appreciated.
Special thanks to Mark Lipski and Terry Swazey for so many great photos. More photos can be found on the Hancock County 4-H Facebook page!
Cooking with the Kids
Oatmeal, Strawberry, Banana Smoothie
Makes 3 servings Serving size 8 fl. Oz.
1 frozen banana
1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 container (6-ounce) nonfat vanilla yogurt
1 cup skim milk
12 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1. To freeze banana: peel banana, cut into chunks and freeze over- night or at least four to five hours.
2. Blend the old-fashioned rolled oats in a dry blender until it becomes a powder.
3. Add the yogurt, milk, and cinnamon to the oatmeal powder and blend together.
4. Add the frozen strawberries and the frozen banana to the blender.
5. Blend until smooth.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension Eat Well Nutrition Program
Beatrice Rafferty – Beatrice Rafferty 4th grade teacher April Noel is very ingenious and enthusiastic in her approach to teaching science and the life cycle to her students. From growing tadpoles into frogs to hatching chickens to explore embryology it has been quite a year. When April decided hands-on embryology was an ideal way for her students to learn, she came to 4-H for help locating an incubator and putting together lesson plans. These students also started their embryology unit by taking the “Eggs on the Move” 4-H Activity Challenge. The hatch was very successful, but did end with a tragedy. The happy and thriving chicks unexpectedly had a heat light fall on them, with many of the chicks dying. But, even this turned into an important lesson for the kids in the different challenges and safety issues farmers must face every day and the resiliency that is needed to succeed. Thank you, April, for your wonderful work with these students and the important life skill you helped them to learn. While Beatrice Rafferty is not yet a 4-H School Group, we look forward to them joining our family soon and look forward to helping facilitate more experiential learning opportunities in the school year to come.
Morning Song School Cooperative – Morning Song ended their year with a beautiful graduation ceremony for the 7th grade class attended by friends, family and community, a celebration of 15 years of the intentional school community that over the years has touched the lives of many. We say good bye to Morning Song as a 4-H school group, but look forward to seeing this graduating class in 4-H happenings in the future and continuing to help shape and make a positive difference in the world around them. Look for their art and handwork exhibits at the Blue Hill Fair Exhibit Hall in September!
Ella Lewis School – This year saw lots of great 4-H activities for Ella Lewis School, from gardening and vermiculture to gardening to bees to teen leadership training to Maine Ag in the classroom including visits to Painted Pepper Farm from grades K through 3rd. Happily, 4-H Public Speaking was a major 4-H focus again this year and expanded from just 2nd and 3rd grades to include 2nd through 8th. The hard work the teachers and students have done with this over the years has really proven to carry through, evidenced by the enthusiasm the kids continue to have for demonstrations and sharing what they know in groups even as they grow older. We say a fond farewell this year to 4-H leaders at Ella Lewis School — Principal Darlene Falabella, who has been an incredible champion of 4-H in this school, and Special Education Teacher Pearl Barto, who using the 4-H Teen Leadership curriculum helped students in 6th through 8th grade found their own Student Council shaped according to their work in this program. Also, we say goodbye to 2nd grade teacher Jackie Boothby, who was our first teacher ever in Hancock or Washington County to give 4-H public speaking in her classroom a four years ago and helped create a model that continues to work well in all our 4-H schools. You all will be very missed at Ella Lewis, but we look forward to having you in our 4-H family as mentors and leaders for years to come.
Mount Desert Elementary School – submitted by 4-H Leader Julie Taylor We had the opportunity this spring at our school to do a 4-H hatching/embryology project with duck eggs, like the one we did a couple years back with the 4th grade class. We had two ducklings hatch out of the six eggs we received from Coastal Creek Farm on Great Cranberry Island. The 3rd grade class learned about the different parts of the egg, candling techniques to determine if they were fertile, as well as took turns recording incubator and room temperature and rotate the eggs.
The ducklings stayed in our classroom for a week and a half. Students learned animal husbandry through cleaning their brooder, food, and water. A farm maintained by the College of the Atlantic, Peggy Rockefeller Farm, adopted the ducklings and will now be a 4-H project for a young girl in Bar Harbor.
Step by Step Childcare – Step by Step became our third 4-H school group to take on an embryology project this year, using this project in their pre-school program which includes many new 4-H youth who will be heading on to kindergarten next year. Their first try, while resulting in only one hatched chick out of 24 eggs, was a great learning experience. The kids were able to learn how to candle the eggs, help with the twice a day turning and help monitor the temperature of the incubator. They also were able to enjoy their chick who was adopted by one of the families. With some trouble shooting, they determined that the incubator temperature was too high and that this was the reason for the low hatch rate. Not to be discouraged, Cissy Jellison sourced out a different incubator from a community member with an automatic turner and gave it another try. Stay tuned for a report on the experiment went in next month’s newsletter.
Trenton Elementary – Trenton Elementary school finished their afterschool program in May with an outrageously fun pizza party and slide show. With over 50 students in this program through the year, it was quite a big event! 4-H played a large role in the program this year, with Trenton Elementary taking on almost every 4-H Activity Challenge throughout the year as part of their Science Thursdays. Thanks to 4-H leader Nicole Holdsworth for her fantastic and innovative leadership which allowed 4-H to stay a strong presence in the lives of these youth.
A Special Thank You to our 4-H School Art Teachers! – Our hats go off to our 4-H School Art Teachers – 4-H Leader Emily Hutchinson at Ella Lewis School; 4-H Leader Jana Prosser at Morning Song School Cooperative; Carol Shutt at Mount Desert Elementary School; Connie Barnes at Trenton Elementary School. All of these excellent teachers agreed to trial a program to pilot a program incorporating 4-H in their classrooms this year by giving their students the opportunity to choose a piece of art from their year’s portfolio to enter in the Blue Hill Fair Exhibit Hall. For those of you who have ever prepared an exhibit for the fair, you know there is more to it then just sending it over in August. Each student was given a choice whether to submit their piece and then spent an art class learning about the 4-H Life Skill Wheel and reflecting in writing on their exhibit card on what practical skills they had gained and how their project helped then to learn and use life skills and why. As a result of the hard work of these teachers and students, we will have over 80 pieces of 2-D and 3- D art from our 4-H Schools on display at the Blue Hill Fair this year. Thank you to all for giving this a try. We look forward to having this strong showing and more for many years to come.
4-H News from the State
1. 2014 Maine 4-H Days – Our Best Year Yet!- 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 showed us exactly why we love working for such an incredible program! 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.
If you really did enjoy the program, please take a moment to either email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or mail a card/message (Susan Jennings, Executive Director, Maine 4-H Foundation, 9 Olson Road, South Paris, ME 04281) to the Maine 4-H Foundation to express your appreciation for their financial support.
In early 2015, 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 email@example.com, or call 207-581-3877.
2. 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. Enter your animals on the day of the show. The State Dairy Show Packet can be found on the dairy webpage.
For more information contact Angela Hussey at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 207-400-2588 or 207-347-7577.
3. Save the Date: TSC’s Fall Paper Clover Event Oct 8-19, 2014- The Fall 2014 Tractor Supply Company Paper Clover Fundraiser is scheduled for October 8-19, 2014. Invite friends and family to support 4-H by donating $1 at check out when they are done shopping. 100% of each dollar goes to the 4-H. 70% of all funds collected support local and state 4-H programs right where you live.
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 email@example.com or call 207-789-5868. We’ll be watching for you!
5. Maine Fair Season Insurance- Maine fair season is almost here. 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 (e.g. 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.
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, steeplechase, 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.