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4-H in Washington County ~ April 2014

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Volume 9, Issue 4

Calendar of Events

April 12- 4-H Volunteer Training in Machias

April 21- Extension Office Closed to Observe Holiday

April 23-May 4- Spring Paper Clovers at Tractor Supply Company

May 7- Deadline for June Jamboree Registration Due to Hancock County Office

May 10-Super Sitter Course, Machias

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

 

Washington County 4-H Public Speaking Tournament

What a success our 2014 Washington County 4-H Public Speaking Tournament was this year! Though small with just three presentations, what fantastic presentations they were. Hope Carle, Independent, did an extremely informative Senior Illustrated Talk on “Military Dogs”, Kate & Libby Bitar, Quoddy Kids, did a very intriguing Junior Team Demonstration on “How to Make String Art”, and Mikaila Loughlin, Horse Power did a fabulous job showing us in her Junior Demonstration “Fab Frames”. Everyone was a winner and all three presentations earned blue ribbons with Mikaila taking top honors for the day. Even better, all four youth went on to the 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament. Way to go girls! Stay tuned for news on how the Regionals went in next month’s newsletter.

Behind the scenes, were 4-H Washington County Public Speaking committee members Jane Bell, and Patty Wallace – both who graciously served as judges along with Lisa Reilich. Scott Carle was on hand to take photographs and committee member Tammy Carle helped with set-up – what a treat! Olivia & Lauren Wallace did the important jobs of timing the presentations and tabulating the judges scores. Thanks to all of you for a very smooth, fun and well-run event.

Participants and volunteers of the Washington County 4-H Public Speaking Tournament.

Participants and volunteers of the Washington County 4-H Public Speaking Tournament.

 

National Rifle Association Foundation- Donation of Portable Air Gun Ranges

Washington County 4-H has been awarded a grant from the NRAF for three Portable Air Gun Ranges, a value of $4,900. These safety backdrops compliment the air rifles Maine 4-H Shooting Sports has gifted to the county in order to launch three new 4-H Shooting Sports clubs. Thank-you, National Rifle Association Foundation for this generous grant!

 

Paper Clover – April 23rd to May 4th

Twice a year, Tractor Supply Company supports 4-H by hosting a “Paper Clover” campaign at it’s stores nationwide. During this time, patrons may choose to make a $1 donation at checkout, thus buying a Paper Cover to have posted in the store (much like the Children’s Miracle Network balloons). During last fall’s Paper Clover campaign, over $600,000 was raised across the states. $38 of these funds were earmarked for Washington County, as the newly opened Calais TSC store participated in the campaign for one weekend. This spring, the Calais Tractor Supply Company will be participating from April 23rd until May 4th. Please consider attending the store to display your individual or club work, or to greet patrons. It is reported that stores with an in-person 4-H presence sell 40% more Clovers! National 4-H and TSC are also offering a drawing for fifty $100 gift certificates for clubs who attend or display at the TSC stores during this promotion. Please contact Nicole Willey to schedule your club’s time slot at the event and for the form to enter the drawing.

To learn more, please visit the Tractor Supply and 4-H website.

 

4-H @ UMaine

$25 scholarships are available for the first 10 Washington County 4-H members this year who register to attend 4-H@UMaine [member must have enrolled or re-enrolled prior to 12/31/13 to be eligible]. The event will be held on May 16 & 17 – more details and a web link to information and registration is found in this newsletter, under “4-H News from the State.” Registration opens on April 1st. Please email or call Nicole Willey after registering, to confirm you were one of the first 10 to register and so that she can send your $25 award in for you. [Club reminder: Harmon Foundation money can also be used for this travel.]

 

4-H Super Sitter Course

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H Program will offer a Super Sitter Babysitting Course on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension office in Machias. The course will take place from 9:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m. Cost for the program is $15 for 4-H members, $20 for non-members. Participants are asked to bring a bagged lunch and drink. The course is open for boys and girls ages 12 and up.

The emphasis of the course is on the physical safety and security of the child but points out equally important needs such as friendship, companionship, understanding and patience. Students will learn about children of different ages, how to relate to them, and how to avoid some of the pitfalls that often accompany childcare. Participants will receive training in basic first aid and how to respond in an emergency situation.

Registration is required. Please register by calling the University of Maine Cooperative Extension at 1-800-287-1542 or by emailing nicole.h.willey@maine.edu.

 

June Jamboree

Save the date! The Hancock County 4-H June Jamboree will be held once again at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds, June 6th through 8th. This is a great event for an overnight, weekend or day-long school group fieldtrip, as well as a fantastic chance to have a whole-club event.

4-Hers, guests and families from Hancock, Penobscot, Waldo & Washington counties are welcome to participate. They may arrive Friday afternoon, June 6th, beginning at 3 pm, and stay over for fun activities and games as well as a camp fire and smores. Youth may also arrive Saturday, June 7th to participate in livestock and enrichment workshops beginning at 8:30 am and concluding at 4:30 pm. We have some wonderful offerings lined up – “Puppet Pizzazz”, Human Obstacle Course, Draft Horse Program, Whale on Wheels, Letterboxing, Electric Dough Creatures, Archery, Gardening, Braided Rugs, “Improv Live!”, “Fly Your Tie”, and so much more — along with great hands-on animal activities as well for youth interested in exploring the different 4-H animal projects. We will also have our usual cookout potluck lunch on Saturday with hot dogs and hamburgers provided by the Leaders’ Association. Anytime Science table and an Anytime Craft table for between workshops.

Once again, 4-H school groups and clubs are invited to present club and school exhibits for judging with the theme “WOW! 4-H Does That?”, as well as club gardening exhibits. What a great way to end your 4-H group’s school year or to get a jump on the club exhibit for the Blue Hill Fair and Perry Harvest Fair! For more details, see Lisa’s Corner.

Especially exciting will be two days dedicated to mentoring youth involved in livestock projects, especially focused on getting ready for this year’s fair season. Youth enrolled or interested in livestock projects are invited to stay over Friday and Saturday night and participate in the following livestock projects: Rabbit and Chicken just on Saturday; Beef, Dog, Draft Horse and Horse will have programming on both Saturday and Sunday; and Sheep and Goat will be on Sunday only. You do not need your own animal to participate, just enthusiasm and interest in the animal project. We will have a potluck lunch Sunday as well with sandwich fixings provided by the Leaders’ Association.

Full schedules, information and registration forms will be in
a separate e-mail later this month. The registration deadline will be May 7th – all registrations must be postmarked, hand delivered, or received electronically
by this date — no exceptions! Keep in
mind that workshops will be filled on
a first come, first serve basis. There
will be a small registration fee per day
this year to help cover expenses of
$5 per person or $12 per family
(immediate family only).

Hope to see you there!

 

Workshop for Volunteers on 4-H Exhibits

Save the Date! 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?

Washington County youth are encouraged to enter exhibits at the Blue Hill Fair and Perry Harvest Fair.

Join us at the Hancock County Extension office on May 13th 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. 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”. Please come and help make this discussion a lively one.

 

Invitation to “Handworks Night”

Since our Handworks Night for April would fall on Easter, our next Handworks Night will be held May 18th. This is held from 4:30 – 6:30 pm at the Hancock County Extension Office. 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!

 

 Lisa’s Corner

Club Exhibits for June Jamboree

In just a few weeks, we will hopefully see many of you at the Hancock County 4-H June Jamboree at the Blue Hill Fair Grounds, which this year will be held on June 6th through 8th (details coming soon).

I want to challenge every club and school group to find time this month to put together their 4-H Club Exhibit with the theme “WOW! 4-H Does That?”. We are really hoping for full participation from our clubs to really show the public how diverse and wonderful 4-H is in Washington County and beyond. This is also a great chance for your group to share about your experience of 4-H, so bring your imagination and teamwork to the table and go for it!

For those of us new to the idea of club exhibits, these exhibits will follow the exact same format as that for club exhibits for the Blue Hill Fair and Perry Harvest Fair – in fact, they can be submitted for judging again just as they are, or with improvements, to the Blue Hill Fair in September and Perry Harvest in October. Often these are made using tri-fold poster board with or without additional props, photo books, and other elements, and even can be 3-D, but as long as your group follows the parameters for creating your display — must not exceed 4 feet tall by 4 feet wide and must be able to stand alone – the sky is the limit. Exhibits for the Jamboree judging must be received by 8am on Saturday, June 7th (but may arrive on Friday as well any time after 3pm). Your club does not have to attend Jamboree to enter a club exhibit – but we certainly hope you do!

As you start your planning and brainstorming for your exhibit, think about the following:

Does the exhibit express one idea?

Is it creative and imaginative?

Is the title creative and catchy?

Is it prominently placed?

Is the lettering neat and of an appropriate size?

Has the use of color and placement been considered?

When planning the exhibit, can it be recognized at a distance of 6 feet?

Have you included a neatly printed 3” x 5” card which includes: club name, town and county?

So have fun and create – we can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

 

 

 Lisa’s Challenge Activity for the Month

There is no doubt that this has been quite a winter – a “good old-fashioned winter” some would say – but one that I will not be sorry to see go. Now that we are into April, and there is still a pile of snow everywhere I look, it’s time to think with more determination about spring and hope all our good thoughts will usher it in a little more quickly.

When thinking of spring, I often think of the arriving songbirds, which leads me to
think of eggs and new chicks. Wishing away winter, and wishing spring would get
here in more of a hurry, is what made me think of this fun 30-minute activity from our Afterschool Agriculture Curriculum. This exploration shows a great way to see how science is in everything we do and that science can be fun, too!

Eggs

Eggs on the Move

Use physics to solve a farm problem! The farmer had a lot of eggs and decided to keep some instead of selling them all. So he boiled some and left some fresh to use in cakes, cookies, and for breakfast. But the eggs got mixed up! Now how can you figure out which ones are fresh and which ones are hard-boiled? Try some test and use physics to help the farmer solve this problem.

Gather your materials

You will need two eggs per team, a large bowl, salt, water, and enough flashlights for teams to share.

The Activity

STEP 1: Break your group into teams of two. Each team gets a fresh egg and a hard-boiled egg not knowing which is which.

STEP 2: Each team should try to come up with three ideas to test the eggs without breaking them.

STEP 3: When each team is ready, they will share their test ideas. Each team may then choose which three tests they would like to try.

STEP 4: Once all teams have made their prediction about which egg is fresh and which is hard boiled, test by breaking eggs over a bowl. Now the fun really begins!

Talk it Over the 4-H Way!

Share… Which tests did you use to decide which egg was fresh and which egg was hard-boiled? Process… What differences in the hard-boiled egg vs. the fresh egg gave you the different results of the tests?

Generalize… In what situations would it be important to test eggs to find out if they were fresh or hard-boiled?

Apply… How could you use inertia (or other tests) to test whether the water in a container is frozen or liquid?

More 4-H Challenges…

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 egg challenges, information and trivia around this activity (plus some test design hints!), check out the 4-H Afterschool Agriculture: Acres of Adventures curriculum. This activity can be found in Book 2 of that series (Farm Physics, pages 32-33) and is available to borrow from our lending library.

 

Who Took the Challenge

Dakota from Ella Lewis School makes great use of a snow day with her little brother experimenting with “Mystery Mud!”, the March 4-H Activity Challenge. Mom, Danielle Wells, 4-H volunteer and Ella Lewis Science teacher, knows how to keep the learning happening and how to keep it fun even when the weather stands in the way of getting to school.

Youth participates in making Mystery Mud.

 

1st grade Ella Lewis School teacher and 4-H volunteer, Joanne Beal, also knows how to make things fun — how about “Mysterious Mud” exploration for indoor recess due to cold and snow — maybe these students could make “oobleck” instead of snow? It might be a nice change.

Mysterious Mud Mysterious Mud

 

Trenton Afterschool Program literally had a ball making their “Soil Sams”, the February 4-H Activity Challenge. What fantastic and creative grass heads these will be! Look for updated pictures in next month’s newsletter of what hairdos these “Soil Sams” and “Samanthas” ended up sporting once the grass seeds got sprouting.

Soil Sams Soil SamsSoil Sams

 

 

School News

Mount Desert Elementary School – When 4-H Coordinator, Julie Taylor, and Science teacher, Brian Cote, for Mount Desert Elementary School, wanted to have their students learn more about wind power and off-shore wind, they knew right where to look – 4-H & the University of Maine! With just one e-mail to the Hancock Cooperative Extension Office, they were soon put in touch with Josh Plourde, Creative Strategist for the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center. It turns out that Josh had recently put together a 4-H Off-Shore Wind Kit for schools and clubs to sign out and use, and he was more than happy to make the trek down from Orono to MDES and spend an adventure–filled afternoon with the 6th grade science class.

Students were challenged to create bases for their wind turbines (pinwheels) that could withstand both wind and large tides (simulated in a fish tank) without capsizing or moving away from their target location. The students were also asked to work within the constraints of the materials given to them, encouraging them to think about wise and creative use of resources. It was an excellent experience for all. Thank you Josh for sharing your expertise!

If you would like more information about the 4-H Off-Shore Wind Toolkit or other 4-H Science Toolkits, please contact our office or visit the website for a complete listing of what is available.

4-H Wind Power Project

4-H Wind Power Project

4-H Wind Power Project

 

4-H News from the State

1. Volunteers Needed 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 volunteering, or offering a workshop, please contact Jessy Brainerd at jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or 207-581-3877. Registration materials will be available online, register by May 1.

2. It’s here! Register Today for 4-H@UMaine:Connecting Kids to Campus- Ever wondered how to get a job creating landscapes to save the planet? Or what it feels like to swim with sharks? Or how a geologist solves crimes? Or what it takes to be the opposite of a rocket scientist (nano scientist)? For answers to these questions and more, 4-H@UMaine invites youth ages 12-17 to participate in our fun interactive overnight on UMaine campus with career role models and kids from across the state on May 16-17!

Register Online, download the registration form or ask your county 4-H office to mail you a copy between April 1 and April 25. Check it out – it’s open TODAY! Please share this message with your friends!

For more information contact Barb Baker barbara.baker@maine.edu or Jared Ouellette jared.ouellette@maine.edu

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: barbara.baker@maine.edu 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. 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 #5 in the next item.

If you have any questions you can contact Donna Flint at donna.flint@maine.edu or at 207-324- 2814.

5. 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 kristy.ouellette@maine.edu if you have any questions.

6. 2014 Horse Judging Clinic- May 31, 2014, 9:00am–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 here. For more information contact Sarah Chadbourne at jchadbour@aol.com or 207-408-1309.

7. 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 slattery@megalink.net.

8. Horse Study Sessions- This is an opportunity to learn more about horses for those who do or do not own a horse. There will be a Horse Study Session on Saturday, April 5, at noon, in Orono. However, 4-Hers can also attend via Skype.

Please call Edie Kershner at 207.322.4601 if you would like to attend, either in person or via Skype, or for more information.

9. 4-H Dog Fun Day- Saturday, April 26,12:00–4:00 pm at Renaissance Dogs,127 Main Street, Holden, ME 04429. Come have a fun filled day learning about dogs! Learn agility with Rebecca Henderson from Renaissance Dogs. Meet licensed veterinarian technician and Purina Certified Weight Coach, Marisa Gleason, from Veazie Veterinary Clinic to discuss nutrition and your dog. Challenge your dog in Trivia! (Hint: know your working dogs, grooming tools, and basic first aid!)

Call Lori Swenson at 207-654-2110 to pre-register, or email at lswenson67@gmail.com.

Limited to 10 4-H members and their dogs. Members must be ages 9 – 18 to attend. Your dog should be up-to-date on its shots including distemper, parvo and rabies. Bordatella and lyme are optional. Please bring a copy or photocopy of your vaccination certificates. If your dog is crate trained, please bring it for the down times for the dogs.

10. 4-H Dairy Judging and Upcoming Dairy Events -

4-H Dairy Judging – Dairy Judging is a daylong educational and competitive event for 4-Hers in the dairy project. High scoring members will be eligible for competing in the 4-H Dairy Judging Competition at Eastern States. Attendance at this event is one prerequisite to trying out for the dairy team for Eastern States. The event will take place on Saturday, April 12, starting at 9:00 am. Snow date is the following day, Sunday, April 13, same time, same place. To find out if we decide to cancel the event due to snow, please call 207-581-3872 after 6:30 pm on Friday evening. We will decide after the evening news and put a message on the voice mail then.

The dairy judging will start at Hardy Farm (Ayrshires) located at 360 Weeks Mills Road in Farmington. Registration will be at 9:00 am with Judging to start at 9:30 am, and morning snacks will be provided.

At 11:00 am we will proceed to Silver Shade Holsteins in New Sharon. Lunch and Oral reasons will begin at 12:30 pm. Results and awards will be at 2:30 pm.

We ask that people bring their lunch to the event. Contestants may want to bring a clipboard and pencil to take notes. Official judge for the event will be Jay Nutting.

Directions to Hardy Farm from Farmington:
- From the intersection of Routes 2, 27, 43 and 4 near the Rite Aid Pharmacy. Head northeast (Toward McDonalds) on Main St toward Front St for 0.6 miles. – Turn right onto Broadway for 0.1 miles
- Continue onto ME-43 E/Perham St for 1.7 miles
- Slight right onto Perham Hill Rd/Weeks Mills Rd for 1.2 miles
- Arrive at Hardy Farm.

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 ahussey@newenglandtechair.com or at 207-400- 2588 or 207-347-7577.

11. 4-H Rabbit Show- There will be a 4-H Rabbit Showmanship class and Breed ID event at the Eastern Maine Rabbit Breeders open and youth show on Saturday, April 26, in Newport, ME. 4-Hers and potential 4-H members are welcome to show. Rabbits handlers will be scored according to the 4-H showman- ship standards in the 4-H rabbit curriculum book “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.

12. Fryeburg Fair 4-H Market Hog Show and Sale- This year Fryeburg Fair will have a 4-H market Hog and Sale. This will be open to only youth living in the society towns of Fryeburg Fair, Fryeburg, Lovell, Stow Waterford, Stoneham, Hiram, Sweden, Porter, Bridgton, Otisfield, Cornish, Baldwin, Standish, Harrison, Denmark, and Brownfield in Maine. Freedom, Eaton, Bartlett, Chatham, Conway, and Jackson, in New Hampshire.

Youth must be the 4-H age of 9 – 18 and be enrolled in 4-H prior to January 1, 2014. Youth will have to provide daily care and have the animal housed at their place of residence. Animals must be farrowed after April 1st of this year and in the child’s possession by June 1st.

Only gilts and barrows will be considered. All hogs must be fed 100% grain. An intent form must be filed with the Fryeburg Fair office by May 1st. Once your intent form is received, Donna Flint will contact you in regards to tagging your hog. Submitting an “Intent Form” does not mean you will be entered into the show or sale. There will only be 12 hogs allowed to show and sell. The complete rules will be in the Fryeburg Fair book when it is available. Intent form will be available on the Fryeburg Fair website (www.fryeburgfair.com). Once in the website go to Livestock, then 4-H. You can also contact the office for a form at 207.935.3268 or e-mail them at: Info@fryeburgfair.com.

13. Save the date: Only One Year until the Maine Science Festival- Maine Science Festival will be on March 20-22, 2015 - We want you to participate in the Maine 4-H Showcase there…What is it? …watch this space!

For more information contact: Barb Baker 207-942-7396 Office barbara.baker@maine.edu

14. Scratch Day 2014-Following on the popularity of Hour of Code, we’re getting ready for Scratch Day, which is May 17, 2014. It’s only slightly more involved than Hour of Code, and the Reach Center is offering help with those things–registration, posting the event on the Scratch Day site, connecting with information and others who are interested, etc. We even have a simple agenda and everything in tutorial form for a true-beginners Scratch Day. Locations in Bangor and Limestone are set, and several others are interested, and I’d like to reach out to more clubs, libraries, schools, and others who may want to host a Scratch Day event. Here are the basics listed online.

To get more information or host an event, contact Jo Gates at the Reach Center at jo.gates@reachcenter.me

15. Save 25% on 4-H Curriculum in April - Starting April 1 and ending April 30, all 4-H Curriculum will receive a 25% discount when purchased from the 4-H Mall, either online or over the phone.

4-H Curriculum focuses on science, animal science, healthy living, art, citizenship, and career readiness. Curriculum is designed for afterschool programs, school enrichment programs, 4-H clubs, summer camps, and more. Created for grades 3-12, 4-H curriculum includes professional development resources and training guides.

In addition to browsing the curriculum offerings online, they have also created a 4-H Curriculum Catalog, which contains a full listing of all available curriculum and detailed information on each book available.

You can order online, or if you have questions or would like to order over the phone, give them a call between 8:30am and 5pm, EST at 301-961-2934.

 

 Cooking with the Kids

White Bean Hummus

Ingredients:

2 cans (15.8 oz. each) of rinsed & drained Great Northern or cannellini beans
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tbsp salt
2 tbsp peeled & sliced garlic cloves
1/4 fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tsp white pepper
Optional: 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

Directions:

1. In a saucepan, combine oil and garlic over medium heat until garlic is lightly browned.

2. Let cool slightly.

3. Place rinsed and drained great Northern or cannellini beans in food processor and add oil, garlic, lemon juice, cumin, parsley, salt, white pepper and cayenne optional).

4. Blend in blender or food process or until smooth.

5. Serve with raw vegetables, pita bread, bagel chips or tortilla chips.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Eat Well Program

4-H in Washington County ~ March 2014

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Volume 9, Issue 3

Dates to Remember

March 8- Washington County Public Speaking Tournament

March 16- 4:30-6:30 p.m. – Handworks Night – Hancock Extension Office

March 29- Regional Public Speaking Tournament, University of Maine

March 29- 4-H Robotics Expo, University of Maine at Machias 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

April 12- 4-H Volunteer Training in Machias

April 23-May 4- Spring Paper Clovers at Tractor Supply Company

April 27- Handworks Night – Hancock Extension Office

May 10-Super Sitter Course, Machias

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

June 6, 7, 8- June Jamboree- Hancock County

June 20, 21 & 22- Maine 4-H Days

 

4-H Volunteer Training  (please share, open to the public)

Ever wanted to learn more about 4-H? 4-H is a positive youth development program for youth ages 5 to 18. Projects focus on developing citizenship, leadership and life skills through hands-on learning activities. Whether your passion is crocheting or bee-keeping, fishing or gardening, we are looking for adult volunteers to work with youth. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension will be offering a training for people who are interested in becoming 4-H volunteers. The training will take place on Saturday, April 12th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Extension office in Machias. Pre-registration is required by April 7th. Please call 255-3345 or email tara.a.wood@maine.edu to register.

 

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

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Invitation to “Handworks Night” in Hancock County

March 16 will be our next Handworks Night, from 4:30 – 6:30 pm, at the Hancock County Extension Office. 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 some- thing you are working on right now. Please bring a snack or beverage. Mark your calendar – Handworks Night will continue on the third Sunday of each month through May. Come join the fun!

Handworks Night at Hancock County

 

Lisa’s 4-H Activity Challenge of the Month

I know everything is still frozen outside, and spring seems far out of sight, so let’s take matters into our own hands and bring the most sure sign of spring indoors if we can’t find it outdoors – let’s make MUD!

Mysterious Mud

In this experiment, by mixing cornstarch and water together, we will get to explore the properties of solids and liquids, and the difference between a solution and a suspension, while having fun pretending it’s spring and we are outside playing in mud puddles instead of waiting and wishing for the snow and ice to disappear. If you have ever read Dr. Suess’ classic Bartholomew and the Oobleck, you have some idea of the fun we have in store with this activity. Be prepared to be laughing and messy by the end – just as you would expect when playing with mud!

Materials Needed (per group – 2 to 4 youth per group):

• Cornstarch

• Water

• Bowl or tin (glass loaf dishes and pie plates work well)

• Wooden Spoon

• 1 cup and 1⁄4 cup measuring cup

• Food Coloring

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The Activity

Cornstarch is used to make foods thicker. When water and corn- starch are mixed together, they form a mixture that acts like both a liquid and a solid. This mixture is called a suspension.

Step 1: Put one cup of cornstarch into your bowl. Take some time to feel the cornstarch. Does it feel: Coarse? Smooth? Slippery? Gritty?

Step 2: Slowly add up to 1⁄2 cup of water to the cornstarch. Take your time. It will be hard to stir, but it will mix. Add enough water so that the mixture slowly flows on its own when mixed. The best test is to reach in and grab a handful of the mixture and see if you can roll it into a ball between your hands – if you stop rolling it and it “melts” between your fingers – success!

Step 3: Stir in a few drops of food coloring. See how long it takes to mix. What do you notice about how it mixes into your “mud”?

Step 4: PLAY! Have fun with your “mud”! Touch, squeeze, roll, drip – what can you do with what you have made? Squeeze it hard and see what happens. How long can you get the strands of goo to drip? What happens if you let the goo sit on the table for a minute and then try to pick it up? How does it feel? How does it move? Try bouncing a ball on the surface of the cornstarch. You get the idea – explore! 
IMPORTANT! Make sure you do not dump your “mud” down the drain when you clean up – it can get caught in the drain trap and make a whole new experiment, not so much fun as the first. Dump it in the trash or compost instead. 
Talk it Over the 4-H Way! 
Share… How does your mixture feel? What happens when you try to stir the mysterious mud mixture? What happens when you stop stirring or pressing the spoon against the mixture? What did you find happened when you tried to squeeze, roll, drip the mixture?

• Process… What happens when you squeeze the mixture in your hand? Why do you think that happens? What happens when you stop squeezing and just hold the mixture in your hands? Why do you think this happens?

• Generalize… What other things form a suspension when mixed together? What other things can cornstarch be used for?

• Apply… What can you do know or do you know now that you could not do or did not know be- fore?

More 4-H Challenges…

• Send us a picture and a quick note of how your own “Mysterious Mud” turned out and we will include it in our newsletter next time. It will be fun to see how many different ways this “mud” can be made to move!

• You can find this activity and more in the Exploring the Treasures of 4-H Helper’s Guide for Group Activities curriculum (Science and Technology, pages 102-103). It is available to borrow from our lending library.

 

 Who Took the Challenge written by Lisa Reilich

Have you taken any of the 4-H Activity Challenges on your own or with a group? Let us know about it! Send your “4-H Activity Challenge” pictures in to Joyce or Tara so we can share with the rest of our 4-H family!

Margaret Mae, of Free 2 Be 4-H Club & Ella Lewis School, took the “Finger Weaving” Challenge featured in our January newsletter. Her sister Ella is away at school until the summer, and she wanted to make Ella a present to keep her warm while she is away. What could be better than a scarf? With help from mom, she finger knit one whole ball of yarn using the technique in the challenge to create one very long thick chain. She then looped the chains and threaded the looped ends together to create a continuous wrap-around “infinity” scarf. When she loops the finished scarf times around her neck three times, it fits her great. Right after taking this picture, off it went in the mail to Ella who has received it and says, “It’s really great! Thank you, Margaret, for thinking of me!”

Who Took the Challenge

Want to make your own “Finger Weaving” Activity Challenge scarf? Come to Handworks night on Sunday, March 16th, from 4:30 to 6:30pm at the Hancock County Cooperative Extension Office. We will have supplies right at the Extension Office – all you need to bring are your hands! We will get you set up and show you how to do it and send you home with the supplies to finish it yourself.

 

School News

Ella Lewis Grammar School – Ella Lewis School 3rd & 4th grade students completed their 4-H public speaking tournaments right before February break, squeezing it in before the Valentine’s Day snowstorm! All did a fantastic job. The fourth graders, who have now been preparing their 4-H demonstrations for three years, were able to prepare their entire demonstration at home with only one in-school class period to work on visuals – way to go! Of the 25 students completing the class tournaments, five qualifying youth decided to go on to compete at the Hancock County 4-H Public Speaking Tournament. ELS Principal and 4-H Volunteer, Darlene Falabella, really believes in and supports 4-H… when she heard these students wanted to go to the County Tournament, she arranged after-school time for them to practice with buses to take them home after- school and also to take them to the Tournament. Thank you Ms. Falabella and Ella Lewis School for your support of your 4-H youth program!

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Grassy Toes School Cooperative – I had the opportunity to visit Grassy Toes School Cooperative in Steuben and share one of my favorite programs from my W.E.T curriculum (Water

Education for Teachers) – “The Incredible Journey!” program. This time I took the “Incredible Journey” of a droplet of water with nine wonderfully active and engaged youngsters and their parents, including one of our newest 4-Hers – Ruth Lassen of Cherryfield. By rolling big picture dice, we were able to travel to the clouds, the ocean, the glaciers, to lakes, rivers, plants, animals, down into the soil, the ground water, and many trips betwixt and
between, to discover how a tiny water droplet can
journey from one place to another and from one
physical state to another – from solid to liquid to
gas. The best part, even for me, is the great
bracelets we make while taking our journey to
document where we have been – one bead for
each place we travel to goes on our fuzzy stick for
a colorful bracelet to keep and remember where we
have been. Thank you to Grassy Toes for taking
this adventure. We hope to see more of you in and
around our 4-H family! By Lisa Reilich

“The Incredible Journey!” project kit and the W.E.T. curriculum are available to borrow from the Hancock County Cooperative Extension Office.  If you would like to use this activity with your club or school, please contact Lisa at lisa.reilich@maine.edu for more information.

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Lisa’s Corner

Did You Know 4-H Did That? – It is amazing to me all the different resources that are available to us in 4-H. Every time I think I’ve heard it all – one of our volunteers will ask me, “Do you have any resources to help us explore this interest?” … then off I go to find out the answer, not always sure where the journey will lead me. With our County Cooperative Extension Office connection to, not only all the other County Cooperative Extension offices in Maine and the whole University of Maine System, but also to all the other land-grant Universities in the country and their resources, I’m finding it hard to think of something that 4-H can’t do!

Here is an article by Pearl Barto, 4-H Volunteer and Ella Lewis School Special Education Teacher, about a project that the 6th through 8th graders recently took on as part of their civics class. Pearl came to me in the fall and asked if 4-H had any resources on teen leadership as she had this extra class in the afternoons and wanted to find resources to help organize the students into creating their own student council. I sent out the question to all our 4-H Cooperative Extension Staff and soon heard back that right in our Washington County Office we had a teen-leadership curriculum called Unlock Your Leadership Potential from the University of Florida Cooperative Extension. I brought this and a few other 4-H resources over to Pearl to review and see if they might suit what she was trying to do with the students. When I next checked back to see how she liked them, she told me that – not only did she like them – they were already using the resources and having great fun and success!

Where can you go with 4-H? Let us help you find out!

Below Article Submitted by Pearl Barto, 4-H Volunteer and Ella Lewis School Special Education Teacher

Ella Lewis School sixth, seventh and eighth graders have participated in a multi-grade class using the University of Florida 4-H leadership curriculum. The students used the activity-based model to compare leadership styles of well-known political figures from Governor LePage to Nelson Mandela. They completed a self-assessment of their own beliefs around leadership and found that most were orientated to the social aspects of groups.

The curriculum was valuable in clarifying the need for a goal focus for any work group and assisted these middle-level students in systematically surveying the classes to identify projects for the school. Students used the information they gained from the curriculum to nominate student council representatives for their classes, who could provide leadership for project completion and be inclusive of multiple ideas and perspectives.

The representatives of the classes wrote bylaws for a student council, honoring the authority of our principal and creating a format for committees to be assigned work projects and be accountable to the student council. The council representatives were thoughtful in their selection of officers, who demonstrate leadership skills. They have just completed a successful week of activities designed to have the whole school show support for our basketball team in their tournament.

For more information on the University Of Florida Cooperative Extension “Unlock Your Leadership Potential” teen-leadership curriculum, contact me at lisa.reilich@maine.edu, or visit this link  to view a sample of the materials. You may also order your own CD copy of this curriculum at: http://ifasbooks.ifas.ufl.edu/p-430-unlock-your-leadership-potential-cd.aspx

 

 4-H News from the State

1. Maine 4-H Foundation Scholarships – Many scholarships are available to participants in the 4-H program pursuing higher education. High school seniors are encouraged to learn about and apply for scholarships.

Please review descriptions of the following funding opportunities provided by the Maine 4-H Foundation. Apply for the one(s) most relevant to your project / aspirations. If you have any questions, please contact us before applying. Application forms and more information on the various scholarships offered by the Maine 4-H Foundation are located at this link.

The following scholarships are available:

- Maine 4-H Foundation General Post Secondary Education Scholarships

- Wayne S. Rich Scholarship — Maine in odd numbered years

- Azure Dillon 4-H Memorial Scholarship — Maine 4-Her

- Gladys E. Conant Memorial Farm Credit of Maine Scholarship ($1,000) — Students 
currently enrolled at University of Maine in the College of Natural Sciences Forestry and Agriculture (NSFA). Maine 4-Her planning to continue their post-secondary education at a Maine institution whose objective is to major in a field related to commercial farming, fishing, or forest products or in another field with the intent to work in businesses related to these industries.

- Doris Roberts, H. Lawrence, and George Lawrence Humphrey 4-H Scholarship.

 

2. 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 jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or 581-3877.

 

3. 4-H Dog Fun Day-Saturday, April 26,12:00–4:00 pm at Renaissance Dogs, 127 Main Street, Holden, ME 04429. 
Come have a fun filled day learning about dogs! Learn agility with Rebecca Henderson from Renaissance Dogs. Meet licensed veterinarian technician and Purina Certified Weight Coach, Marisa Gleason, from Veazie Veterinary Clinic to discuss nutrition and your dog. Challenge your dog in Trivia! (Hint: know your working dogs, grooming tools, and basic first aid!) 
Call Lori Swenson at 207.654.2110 to pre-register, or email at lswenson67@gmail.com. 
Limited to 10 4-H members and their dogs. Members must be ages 9 – 18 to attend. Your dog should be up-to-date on its shots including distemper, parvo and rabies. Bordatella and lyme are optional. Please bring a copy or photocopy of your vaccination certificates. If your dog is crate trained, please bring it for the down times for the dogs.

 

4. 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 in the Hancock County Extension Office no later than March 19th at 207.667.8212 or at joyce.fortier@maine.edu. 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 lisa.reilich@maine.edu.

 

5. Help Wanted! Regional Public Speaking Contest 3/29/14 – Help is needed from 4-H clubs or 4-H families to help with the Regional Public Speaking Contest on March 29, 2014 at the University of Maine, Orono, in Jenness Hall, (snow date April 5). Help with set up and serving snacks from 9:00 to 1:00 or 1:00 to 5:00 for serving snacks and clean up. Support members of your club who are presenting or learn about public speaking this year so you can try it next year. This is a great community service project for 4-H clubs, individuals, or families.

To sign up to help or for more information contact Sheila Norman at 207.564.3301 or email sheila.norman@maine.edu as soon as possible, no later than March 21.

 

6. National 4-H Trips Applications Due -National 4-H Trips are excellent opportunities to meet 4-H members from across the nation. Participants learn about many career options, and learn through educational workshops at Congress or become a part of a team making recommendations to National 4-H Council at Conference. To learn more about these trips, visit the website.

Any Maine 4-H Youth, ages 14 to 18, is eligible to apply. Applicants must be current Maine 4-H members both at the time of application and the time of the actual trip. Application packets must be sent to your county office and postmarked by March 14, 2014. If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Thuotte at 800.287.1535 or heidi.thuotte@maine.edu.

 

7. Save the Date! Come join us for 4-H@UMaine! – Registration will be open on April 1 for the 4-H@UMaine: Connecting Kids with College which will be held on May 16 & 17, 2014 at University of Maine in Orono. “4-H is your first class at the University of Maine.” Youth ages 12-17 will stay in dorm rooms overnight, eat at the dining halls, and attend workshops presented by UMaine professors to get a real taste of the college experience.

For more information on the 4-H@UMaine: Connecting Kids with College, please go to the website, or contact Barb
Baker at barbara.baker@maine.edu or 207.942.7396 or Karen Hatch Gagne at karen.g.gagne@maine.edu or 207.622.7546.

 

8. 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 will be available online starting February 1. Riders and Drivers must be 14 years of age (4-H age). Please contact Extension Educator, Kristy Ouellette kristy.ouellette@maine.edu if you have any questions.

 

9. 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 County 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. For more information contact Sarah Chadbourne at jchadbour@aol.com or 207.408.1309.

 

10. 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 cfelchwood@gmail.com 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 davidmar@maine.edu 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 ahussey@newenglandtechair.com or at 207-400-2588 or 207-347-7577.

 

11. Dairy Quiz Bowl Results- The Dairy Quiz Bowl Tryouts were held February 17 at the Farm Bureau in Augusta. Fourteen 4-Hers in the dairy program participated all together. The highest scoring youth who qualify for the Eastern States Quiz Bowl team are Alyvia Stanley, overall junior winner, Kelton Tanguay, and Megan Caruso of Cumberland County, Sadie Farrnad from Franklin County, overall senior winner, and Samantha Simpson of Penobscot County. Dairy Quiz Bowl members will practice throughout the year for a team competition at the Eastern States Exposition in Massachusetts in September.

 

 Cooking with the Kids

Go Green Smoothies

Ingredients:

1 banana, cut into slices
1 cup green grapes
1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
1 cup baby spinach (rinsed and patted dry)
1 cup nonfat plain yogurt (or key lime yogurt)
1⁄4 cup apple juice or lime juice
4-5 ice cubes

Directions:

1. Place banana grapes, kiwi and spinach in the blender. Add yogurt, juice and ice.

2. Puree until smooth.

Makes 4 servings Serving size: 6 ounces

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Eat Well Program

 

4-H in Washington County ~ February 2014

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Volume 9, Issue 2

Dates to Remember

February 16 – 4:30 – 6:30 pm – Handworks Night – Hancock Extension Office

February 17- Office Closed to Observe President’s Day

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

February 28- Washington County Deadline to register for CWF

March 8- Washington County Public Speaking Tournament

March 16- 4:30-6:30 p.m. – Handworks Night – Hancock Extension Office

March 29- Regional Public Speaking Tournament, University of Maine

March 29- 4-H Robotics Expo, University of Maine at Machias 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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

June 6, 7, 8- June Jamboree- Hancock County

 

4-H Robotics Expo

The eighth annual Robotics Expo will take place on Saturday, March 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University of Maine at Machias. 4-H robotic clubs are invited to participate this year with a discounted registration fee of $15 per team! Participants in grades 5 through 8 will have a fun filled day of robotics and science. In the morning, teams will have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of robotics to judges, peers and the general public. In the afternoon, youth will choose science workshops or an on-site challenge. For more information including how to register, please contact Jen Lobley, at jennifer.lobley@maine.edu or by calling the office at 255-3345.

If you haven’t started your robotics club yet, please come visit the Expo to learn more about the exciting world of robotic!

 

Congrats Libby Bitar

Libby Bitar, member of the Quoddy Kids 4-H club, was recently awarded a Maine College Circle Cobscook Bay scholarship for an essay she wrote about wanting to become a marine biologist when she grows up. Her essay was published in the January 10th edition of the Quoddy Tides. Way to go, Libby!

 

4-H Public Speaking Reminder

Leaders, be sure to call or e-mail Tara at the office at 255-3345 or tara.a.wood@maine.edu 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. Be sure to visit our website for helpful information and videos on 4-H public speaking to help you get going.

 

Congrats Blaine Grant and Cole Willey

Independent members, Blaine Grant and Cole Willey, were recognized this month by Dane Kane, the coordinator of Intramural Athletics, for their dedication to volunteering. On a weekly basis throughout the Intramural Athletics sessions, Blaine and Cole provide this community service by working with youth in western Washington County in the areas of basketball and soccer. Great job, guys!

Youth receive community service recognition.

Cooking with the Kids

Hot or Cold Chocolate Milk Mix (low fat)

Ingredients:

• 10-11 cups nonfat dry milk (this equals one 8 quart package)

• 4 1/2 to 5 cups powdered chocolate drink mix(the kind you add to milk)

• 1 to 1 1/2 cups powdered non-dairy creamer

Directions:

1. Combine ingredients in a large bowl until all white streaks have disappeared and mix is an even, light chocolate color.

2. Store in a covered container.

To make Hot Chocolate:

Pour 2/3 cup hot water in drinking cup, add 1/3 cup chocolate mix, stir well.

To make Cold Chocolate Drink:

Mix 1/3 cup mix with 1 cup very cold water. Stir or shake until smooth.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Eat Well Program

 

Lisa’s Challenge Activity of the Month

February is here and there is one sure way to make spring come a little bit sooner – plant some seeds! Here is a fun way to get some green growing in your windowsill even before the spring thaw arrives. This is also a fun way to discover exactly what plants need to make food.

4-H Challenge-Soil Sams

Make a “Soil Sam”

Plants need sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide to grow. The soil anchors the plants and provides nutrients. Soil does not provide food to plants. Food is defined as energy and nutrients do not provide energy. Plants make their own food using sunlight, water, nutrients and carbon dioxide in a process known as photosynthesis. Plants use carbon dioxide to live and produce oxygen.

Materials Needed:

- Knee-high nylon stocking

- Grass seeds — wheat or oat grass seeds work well

- Recycled jar, can or cup – should not be tippy –peanut butter, 
jam and pasta sauce jars all work well

- Water

- Decorations (optional) — Jiggle Eyes, glue, glitter paint, markers, felt, ribbons – use your imagination!

The Activity

Step 1: Make Soil Sams! Using knee-high hose, place some grass seeds in the toe where you want the grass to grow. The toe of the hose will be the top of the head of the Soil Sam and the grass will look like hair when it grows.

Step 2: Pack a handful of soil in the end of the hose on top of the seeds. Use enough soil so the quantity of the soil is slightly bigger than the opening of the jar or cup you are using.

Step 3: Tie a knot in the hose under the ball of soil. Place the to of the hose (which is the bottom of Soil Sam) in your cup or jar which should be filled half way with water. The hose will absorb the water and saturate the head of Soil Sam.

Step 4: The grass seed should germinate through the hose. You may have to cut a few small holes to aid in this step. To decorate, cut a round piece of fabric to fit over the mouth of the jar. You can decorate the fabric with lace or ribbons.

Step 5: Glue jiggle eyes on the face, or decorate in any way you can imagine! Once your Soil Sam’s grass begins to grow, cut the grass “hair” in any style you desire.

Talk it Over the 4-H Way!

Share… How did you make Soil Sam to get what it needs to grow?

Process… Where do plants outside get water? Sunlight? Carbon Dioxide? Where do plants get food?

Generalize… What will happen if you forget to water your plants at home?

Apply… How can predicting outcomes help you better take care of your plants, pets and yourself?

More 4-H Challenges… 
Send us a picture and a quick note of how your own “Soil Sam” turned out and we will include it in our newsletter next time. It will be fun to see how many different ways “Soil Sam” can look and what hairstyles you can come up with! 
You can find this activity and more in the 4-H Afterschool Agriculture: Acres of Adventures curriculum. This activity and more challenges in container garden designs can be found in Book 1 of that series (Plant Detectives, pages 90-91) and is available to borrow from our lending library.

 

Who Took the Challenge

I have been hearing in my 4-H travels that many of you are taking my “Lisa’s 4-H Activity Challenge.” That’s great news! I have been lucky enough to gather a few photos of the process and results from different corners and am sharing them here.

Have you taken any of the 4-H Activity Challenges on your own or with a group? Let us know about it! Send your 4-H Activity Challenge” pictures in to Joyce so we can
share with the rest of our 4-H family!

Margaret Mae, of Free 2 Be 4-H Club & Ella Lewis School, looks like she is having a ball making the salt dough for the “Bread Basket Weaving” Challenge.

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Students from Trenton Elementary School took two of the 4-H Activity Challenges as part of their afterschool “Science Thurs- day” program. Before the holidays, they took the “Pumpkin Pie in a Bag” challenge.

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Then, just a couple of weeks ago, they took the “Bread Basket Weaving” Challenge to a new level. 4-H Leader Nicole Holdsworth even figured out that by microwaving the finished creations, they would be done before the kids went home – in just a few minutes! There was some great problem solving, too. The weaving proved a bit difficult on the greased surfaces of the molds. So why not just mold the dough onto a bowl that has a very decorative outside – look at these great results!

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School News

Ella Lewis Grammar School

Ella Lewis school 3rd & 4th grade students are old pros when it comes to 4-H public speaking. In fact, the 4th graders, now in their 3rd year of preparing 4-H demonstrations, had a few public speaking tricks of their own to share when showing off their clinic presentations. It just goes to show that all that practice really pays off at the end.

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Jonesboro Elementary School

Jonesboro Elementary School students, now in their 2nd year of 4-H public speaking, are rising to the challenge nicely. The entire student body, grades K through 8, participated in 4-H public speaking clinics, and grades 2nd through 8th will be preparing presentations of their own to share with their class in mid-February. Stay tuned for the results!

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 4-H 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 jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or 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 joyce.fortier@maine.edu. 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 lisa.reilich@maine.edu.

Help Wanted! Regional Public Speaking Contest 3/29/14 – Help is needed from 4-H clubs or 4-H families to help with the Regional Public Speaking Contest on March 29, 2014 at the University of Maine, Orono, in Jenness Hall, (snow date April 5). Help with set up and serving snacks from 9:00 to 1:00 or 1:00 to 5:00 for serving snacks and clean up. Support members of your club who are presenting or learn about public speaking this year so you can try it next year. This is a great community service project for 4-H clubs, individuals, or families.

To sign up to help or for more information contact Sheila Norman at 207.564.3301 or email sheila.norman@maine.edu as soon as possible, no later than March 21.

3. National 4-H Trips Applications Due – National 4-H Trips are excellent opportunities to meet 4-H members from across the nation. Participants learn about many career options, and learn through educational workshops at Congress or become a part of a team making recommendations to National 4-H Council at Conference. To learn more about these trips, visit the website.

Any Maine 4-H Youth, ages 14 to 18, is eligible to apply. Applicants must be current Maine 4-H members both at the time of application and the time of the actual trip. Application packets must be sent to your county office and postmarked by March 14, 2014. If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Thuotte at 800-287-1535 or heidi.thuotte@maine.edu.

4. Save the Date! Come join us for 4-H@UMaine! – Registration will be open on April 1 for the 4-H@UMaine: Connecting Kids with College will be held on May 16 & 17, 2014 at University of Maine in Orono. “4-H is your first class at the University of
Maine.” Youth ages 12-17 will stay in dorm rooms overnight, eat at the dining halls, and attend workshops presented by UMaine professors to get a real feel of what college. For more information on the 4-H@UMaine: Connecting Kids with College please go to the 
website, or contact Barb
Baker at barbara.baker@maine.edu or 207.942.7396 or Karen Hatch Gagne at karen.g.gagne@maine.edu or 207.622.7546.

5. 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 will be available online starting February 1. Riders and Drivers must be 14 years of age (4-H age). Please contact Extension Educator, Kristy Ouellette kristy.ouellette@maine.edu if you have any questions.

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 cfelchwood@gmail.com 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 davidmar@maine.edu 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 ahussey@newenglandtechair.com or at 207-400-2588 or 207-347-7577.

7. 2014 New England 4-H Horse Judges School – April 12-13, 2014 at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. Registration is due by March 10, and a Rulebook test will be emailed to you prior to the school. Registration forms and information can be found on the website.

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.

9. Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)-Start making plans now to visit our Nation’s Capitol during the week of June 28 to July 5, 2014. CWF is a leadership program conducted by the National 4-H Council for high school youth ages 15 to 18. Delegations of 4-Hers from across the country spend six days touring the city and attending leadership skill-building workshops. This summer, the Maine delegation will travel on June 28 to July 5, 2014. You will stay at the National 4-H Conference Center just outside Washington, DC. Visiting the most popular sites in Washington will be a part of the trip, including spending the 4th of July in our nation’s capitol. There is a mandatory orientation for Maine delegates on April 26th. For more information can be found on the website. Contact your county 4-H office for details about how to be a part of this experience.

10. 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 at http://extension.umaine.edu/4h 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
 Goat
 Dairy
 Sheep May 1
Dog May 15
Horse See deadline on Horse Packet for Tryouts

If you have any questions you can contact Donna Flint at donna.flint@maine.edu or at 207-324- 2814.

Sheep Team Encouraged to Send Intents Early – 4-H youth with sheep projects and aspiring to go to Eastern States with the Sheep Team are encouraged to send their Intent to Participate Form in early. Here are some great reasons why from the 4-H Sheep Committee:

• You’ll get on the sheep team email list to find out about educational opportunities to learn about sheep (we don’t have a lot of meetings of just sitting around – we do stuff)

• We meet during the winter, spring and summer to learn about sheep and plan for the ESE experience before the event in the fall.

• Youth have a chance to learn online through quizzes that can help members with the sheep skill-a-thons at Maine fairs this summer as well as Eastern States. 
If you’ve been involved with a 4-H sheep project for at least a year, you are 12 years of age or older in 4-H years, and you re-enrolled as a 4-Her by December 31, then let us know now so we can get you connected to the other state sheep team kids. Youth who do not want to attend Eastern States, but who still want to learn about sheep are welcome to attend these educational events. 
For more information, you can contact Michaele Bailey, 207.581.3872, michaele.bailey@maine.edu or Wendy Almeida at wendyrichalmeida@gmail.com. Intent to participate forms can be found at: http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/sheep/.

 

 UMaine 4-H Science News – January/February 2014

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is committed to letting you know about exciting opportunities for 4-H youth on the University of Maine campus, and throughout Maine. Unless otherwise specified, if you wish to take advantage of any of these opportunities, please contact your University of Maine Cooperative Extension County Office and they will help make the arrangements.

- In your County – Toolkits!

- UMaine 4-H Science Saturday – with the Foster Center for Student Innovation!

- “Ice Worlds” and other Planetarium Star Shows

- 2014 Engineering Expo

- Save the Date for 4-H@UMaine!

- Just for fun – Science of the Olympic Winter Games!

In your county – Toolkits! 4-H has a number of science toolkits ideal for youth in grades 3 – 12.
These toolkits have easy to use activities designed to get youth excited about science! The activities are hands-on, and connected to academic majors offered at the University of Maine whenever possible. You do not need a science back- ground to lead youth in these activities – most of the materials and supplies are provided, and step-by-step instructions come with each kit. Check out the ever expanding variety of 4-H Science Toolkits on our website!

At the University of Maine, Orono:
 Plans are underway for the next UMaine 4-H Science Saturday – with the Foster Center for Student Innovation (for youth in grades 6 – 8)
Saturday, March 8, 2014, 10 AM, University of Maine, Orono, Maine.
Come explore Innovation Engineering! Details of this hands-on program will be available soon! For more information, or to be alerted when more information about this event is available, contact Jessy Brainerd at 800.287.0274 (toll free in Maine) or 207.581.3877 or e-mail jessica.brainerd@maine.edu.
Let us know if there is a particular topic you would like to see included in upcoming Science Saturdays – we will begin to plan our fall 2014 lineup soon.

Ice Worlds (for ages 8 and up) Planetarium Show at the Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium.
Cost: $3 per person. Dates: March 7th and 14th, 2014. Two hour show. Seating is limited – please call to reserve seats or for more information: (207) 581-1341
“Ice Worlds” examines the close ties of life and water on Earth and the changing climate that will affect us all. It is a spectacular exploration of icebergs, massive glaciers, and their importance to Earth using satellite data, photography and computer animation. Other distant worlds where ice and water abound, and the winter constellations above Maine’s snow covered fields are included in this adventure.
Additional planetarium shows are held every weekend. For more information about this and all the Public Star Shows including a printable schedule, visit GalaxyMaine.com or email info@GalaxyMaine.com

Come to the 2014 Engineering Expo! (for all ages)
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Saturday, March 22, 2014
Field House, University of Maine
This event provides young people with a first-rate event that shows them all the exciting places that their math and science skills can take them. Maine’s top engineering firms, engineering schools, educators, government agencies, industry, and engineering societies will provide hands-on activities and exhibits throughout the University of Maine Field House. The fun, dynamic, and positive environment will help encourage youth to pursue careers in engineering, and provide a diverse and vigorous workforce for the future. The EXPO is brought to you by the Maine Engineering Promotional Council to celebrate Maine Engineers Week. For more information visit www.engineeringME.com.
Bus grants may be available for groups – visit http://engineeringme.com/bus-grant/ to learn more. Application deadline for bus grants is 2/21/14

4-H@UMaine 2014 – For ages 12 – 17. May 16 – 17, 2014
Save the date for 4-H@UMaine 2014 – a weekend when youth get to visit the great campus of the University of Maine. Planning for this event is underway, and registration will open soon. Youth ages 12-17 can join the fun of becoming familiar with campus and what it has to offer. The youth will stay in dorm rooms overnight, eat at the dining halls, and at- tend workshops presented by UMaine professors to get a real feel of what college is all about. Watch for updates soon with registration links and a full schedule of weekend events.

Just for fun – Science of the Olympic Winter Games!
NBC Learn has free resources online relating to the Science of the Olympic Winter Games. Check it out by visiting www.nbclearn.com/olympics Laura Wilson, UMaine 4-H Science News, January/February 2014

4-H News in Washington County ~ January 2014

Thursday, January 16th, 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 tara.a.wood@maine.edu 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 lisa.reilich@maine.edu 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

Ingredients

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

Directions
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.

Enjoy!

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 jessica.brainerd@maine.edu 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 joyce.fortier@maine.edu. 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 lisa.reilich@maine.edu.

 

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 jessica.brainerd@maine.edu.

 

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 dianergushee@gmail.com, Dana Prime – 207.446.3570, Carol Davis – 207.491.7893 or carol.davis@careandcomfort.com, 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 cfelchwood@gmail.com 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 davidmar@maine.edu 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 ahussey@newenglandtechair.com 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 michaele.bailey@maine.edu, 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.

4-H News in Washington County ~ December 2013

Friday, December 6th, 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 tara.a.wood@maine.edu. I hope to see many of you there!

WHAT ARE DEMONSTRATIONS AND ILLUSTRATED TALKS?

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 
here. 
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 jessica.brainerd@maine.edu 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 dianergushee@gmail.com, Dana Prime – 446.3570, Carol Davis – 491.7893 or carol.davis@careandcomfort.com, 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 joyce.fortier@maine.edu. 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 lisa.reilich@maine.edu.

 

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 jessica.brainerd@maine.edu.

 

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

Ingredients:
• 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.

 

4-H News in Washington County ~ November 2013

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Volume 8, Issue 11

Dates to Remember

November 11- Veteran’s Day – Extension Office Closed

November 27- Reenrollment Forms Due

November 28 – Thanksgiving Day – Extension Office Closed

November 29 – Extension Office Closed

January 11- Public Speaking Clinic 1-3 p.m.

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

Perry Harvest Fair Club Exhibits

The Dennys River Manure Movers entered a brilliant exhibit of “Celebrating 4-H – 100 Years of 4-H in Maine.” They tied in the history of the horse, displaying details of horse evolution with historic 4-H horse curricula and an heirloom 4-H ribbon. This won the club not only the first place ribbon for club exhibits, but also the Best in Show ribbon awarded at this year’s fair. The Horse Power 4-H club entered a festive exhibit of 4-H Birthday cheer that certainly set a happy tone at the Perry Harvest Fair 4-H hall.

Dennys River Manure Movers Club Exhibit for the Perry Harvest Fair

Dennys River Manure Movers Club Exhibit for the Perry Harvest Fair

Horse Power Club Exhibit for Perry Harvest Fair

Horse Power Club Exhibit for Perry Harvest Fair

Perry Harvest Fair Member Exhibits

Kudos to Schylar Dempsey, Katie Bitar and Libby Bitar for winning Best in Project ribbons! Schylar completed a three-page report on his several tested models of a wind turbine, exhibiting in 3-D what he found to be the most energy-producing design. The Bitars showed great imagination in the fairy house they designed from items found in nature. Some of the other spectacular exhibits included: homemade dog treats, a horseshoe picture frame, flower arranging, and a decorative glass decoration.

Schylar Dempsey’s Exhibit

Schylar Dempsey’s Exhibit

Katie and Libby Bitar’s Exhibit

Katie and Libby Bitar’s Exhibit

Perry Harvest Fair Cloverbud Exhibits

Our Cloverbuds (4-Her’s with 4-H ages 5-8) proved that they, too, know how to impress! From a detailed display about forestry to a handmade survival bracelet to a fun-loving horse toy, our Cloverbuds are certainly a talented group. Cloverbuds receive a green ribbon for participation and a $1 coin honorarium. We know these youth have many blue ribbons in their future!

Noodle Horse Project by Callie Chase

Noodle Horse Project by Callie Chase

Forestry Project by Alex Harris

Forestry Project by Alex Harris

Perry Harvest Fair Animal Demonstrations

John Johnson, a member of the Dennys River Manure Movers, set up a detailed showing of his chickens, facts about his birds, and even their eggs! For an hour he showed his chickens, answered questions from the public and made 4-H in Washington County proud! Way to go, John!

If you are reading this newsletter and are in an animal project or are just starting one, you might just be able to demonstrate your work with your animal at the next Perry Harvest Fair in 2014. Keep up the great work!

A 4-H member displays his animals during the fair.

A 4-H member displays his animals during the fair.

Reenrollment for 2014

All reenrollment packets have been sent out. Please contact the office if you do not have yours already. All forms are due to the office on Wednesday, November 27th.

Geocaching

There is still a month left to find the 4-H geocaches hidden here in Washington County! The Quoddy Kids and the 4-H Machines worked hard to place their geocaches this spring. Have you found them yet? Below is a picture from one 4-Her who has! Just let me know if you need me to email you the coordinates! Have fun!

Geocache

Geocache

Perry Harvest Fair Contributors

A HUGE thank-you to Ellen Brown and the Perry Recreation Committee. Every year they invite Washington County 4-H to their fair, provide display space and tables at no cost to the 4-H program, and even supply the funds for the premiums, honorariums and ribbons the youth are awarded. Another great thank-you to Caroline Maher, a dedicated 4-H volunteer and exhibit judge! Thank-you also to youth volunteer, Madelyn Willey, for spending her day assisting youth through the 4-H Sounds of Science experiment held at the fair this year. Thanks to all of the dedicated club volunteers and parents who came together to support the youth of our community. Your endless hours of commitment are very apparent in the quality of exhibits at the Perry Harvest Fair.

A 4-H youth volunteer shows her love and excitement of science.

A 4-H youth volunteer shows her love and excitement of science.

Horse Power 4-H club holds 100 Year Birthday Party and Awards Meeting

On Saturday, October 19, 2013, the Horse Power 4-H club had cake, ice cream and even presents to celebrate 100 Years of 4-H in Maine! One present was shared by the club in a fun, turn-taking activity. The remaining presents were those that the club members provided, donating gifts of pet food to the local animal shelter. Enrollment and re-enrollment forms were distributed and collected, and annual awards were given. Way to enjoy our Birthday, Horse Power 4-H!

Members and volunteers celebrate 100 years of 4-H!

Members and volunteers celebrate 100 years of 4-H!

A blue ribbon brings a bright smile to hard-working 4-H youth.

A blue ribbon brings a bright smile to hard-working 4-H youth.

Cooking With the Kids

Homemade Ice Cream in a Baggie adapted from “Always Look Up”

1 tbsp. sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/8 tsp. vanilla
6 tbsp. rock salt
2 sandwich sized Ziploc baggie
1 gallon sized Ziploc baggie
Ice cubes

Fill the gallon sized bag 1/2 full of ice and add the rock salt. Put milk, vanilla and sugar into 1 small bag. Seal. Put that bag into the other sandwich bag. Seal. I do this so it won’t rip open with the ice. Shake vigorously until the mixture is ice cream, which takes about 5 to 10 minutes, depending how much it is shaken. Wipe off the top of the ice cream bag, then open it carefully. Pour into a bowl, add your favorite toppings, and enjoy!

School News

Ella Lewis School - Lots of exciting 4-H happenings are up at Ella Lewis this fall. To start with, the 1st graders finished up their seed exploration and germination unit with the Maine Ag in the Classroom “Seed, Soil & Sun” program. In what is becoming an annual tradition to enrich their science lessons, 4-H volunteer Farmer Carl and Lisa led the class in exploring the parts of plants, the food we eat, and the importance of taking care of the earth to make sure we can be healthy, too.

Meanwhile, the upper grades are busy planning their
new school garden, led by 4-H volunteer and Science teacher Danielle Wells and a very active group of volunteers from the community. Having received a Farm to School Grant last summer for $2000 to construct a hoop house for indoor classroom space for their garden-based science projects, construction on this has started and should be ready for planting by the end of November.

Finally, thanks to Art Teacher and 4-H volunteer Emily Hutchinson, the students will be incorporating 4-H into their classroom this year by completing their 4-H project record cards as they finish a project with the hopes of entering these in the Blue Hill Fair 4-H Exhibit Hall. Emily is excited about the opportunity to have the students use these cards to further reflect on the skills they learn and the life skills they used while working on their pieces.

Morning Song School Cooperative – Morning Song 7th graders are now taking Art with soon-to-be 4-H volunteer Jana Prosser. They will be preparing their 4-H project cards as they go, just like Ella Lewis students. Look for their works of art at this years Blue Hill Fair!

In Theatre, the Morning Song Players, led by 4-H volunteer Lisa Reilich, are working on honing their acting skills through intensive scene work, monologues, and extra work in improvisation. They will perform their pieces at the end of December.

Trenton Elementary School – Trenton Elementary School is in their 4th year as a 4-H school group, being our first 4-H school group in Hancock
County. Their afterschool program, led by 4-H
volunteer Nicole Holdsworth, was able to explore the
parts of the seed and what plants need to grow and
thrive through experiments with seed germination
activity features in this month’s newsletter (see this
month’s “Lisa’s Activity” on page 10). After planting
their seeds in jars, they watched their seeds
germinate and grow into bean and corn plants over
the next three weeks, recording what they saw in their
seed journals. There was lots of learning to be had, and some students even took their plants home to plant them in soil and see if they would keep on growing. It will be interesting to find out what happens with this experiment!

Students expolore growing seeds.

Students expolore growing seeds.

Lisa’s 4-H Activity Challenge of the Month

A youth proudly displays the plant she grew.

A youth proudly displays the plant she grew.

Winter is just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun growing plants – in your class- room, club, or at home. Try this fun SEED GERMINATION experiment with your 4-H group or on your own and keep growing all year long!

Germinating Seeds

You Will Need:

  • Pint Mason Jars (wide mouth works best) or Clear Plastic Cups
  • Paper Towels or Construction Paper
  • Polyfill
  • Different types of seeds (bean, corn, pumpkin are good to work with)

Try It

1) Soak your seeds for 1 hour in a 10% bleach solution (1 tsp of bleach to one quart of water). Set aside once done soaking. This will help keep the seeds from growing mold.

2) In your glass jar or cup, line the sides with your paper towel or construction paper.

3) Fill the rest of the jar with tightly packed polyfill.

4) Add one inch of water to the bottom of the jar and allow the paper or towel to 
absorb the water.

5) Place four prepared seeds in between the paper and the jar or cup about a 
third of the way down. Use different kinds of seeds if possible.

6) Place the cups in a warm and sunny place and watch them grow! Be sure to 
keep about an inch of water in the bottom of your jar or cup.

7) Keep a log of how your seeds grow. Make a folding “book” for each seed in 
your jar to make it easy to write down what you see. Fold a long strip of 
paper so it looks like an accordion. Have 14 folded squares.

8) Label each folded square with a day number from 1 to 14. Each day, 
observe your seeds and draw a picture of what you see.

9) After the two weeks are up, unfold your “books” and look at the progress of 
your seeds.

Share & Process

What did you notice about how your seeds grew? Did one kind of seed grow faster than another or bigger? Where did the roots grow and from where did the stem and leaves grow? If some seeds grew and some did not, or some grew bigger than others, what conditions do you think affected how they grew? If you worked with a club or school group, how did each person’s jar differ from others? What environmental differences might have contributed – compare notes on location, warmth, light, water? Which factors do you think were the most important?

Generalize

What did you learn about how seeds respond to outside influences? How do you think people who live with- out sunlight for several months react to darkness? Why? How do people you know react to having less day- light here in Maine in the winter? How do plants and animals react when they have less water or the days are cold? Think about your garden or gardens you have. When do the plants seem to grow the fastest? What happens to them as we move into the colder nights in the fall?

Apply

If you were to teach another group to do this activity, how would you go about making sure they experienced success? How can you gather more information to better understand why there were differences in how the seeds grew? How could you apply what you learned to growing plants in a garden? What information was on your seed packets that may help when you plant these seeds in your garden?

For more seed germination experiments, challenges, information and trivia around this activity, check out our 4-H Gardening: See Them Sprout and Down-to-Earth: Enriching Learning Through Gardening curriculums. Variations of this activity can be found on pages 16 through 18 of the 4-H Gardening: See Them Sprout curriculum and pages 27 through 30 of that curriculum and Down-to-Earth: Enriching Learning Through Gardening curriculum. Both are available to borrow from our lending library.

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. 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, ME. 4-Hers and potential 4-H members are welcome to show. Rabbits will be scored according to the 4-H showmanship standards in the 4-H rabbit curriculum book “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.

4. 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.

5. 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 jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or 581.3877.

6. Market Steers for Windsor and Fryeburg- 4-Hers raising a steer for the 2014 market steer shows at Windsor or Fryeburg Fairs need to send in an Intent to Participate Form (Word) 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.

4-H News ~ October 2013

Friday, October 11th, 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!

Photo Credit: www.4-h.org

Photo Credit: www.4-h.org

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.

Schedule

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 tara.a.wood@maine.edu. 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 www.4-H.org/NYSD.

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 lisa.reilich@maine.edu or Joyce Fortier at joyce.fortier@maine.edu 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.

PUMPKIN PIE IN A BAG

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.

 

Pumpkins

 

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 sarah.sparks@maine.edu 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 sarah.sparks@maine.edu, 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

Ingredients:

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)

Directions:

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

 

4-H News for Washington County ~ September 2013

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Volume 8, Issue 9

 

Dates to Remember

September 20 – Deadline to register entries for Perry Harvest Fair

September 30 – Project Records due at the county office

September 30 – Treasurer Report due at the office

October 4 – Drop off Perry Harvest Fair entries at the fair between 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

October 5 – Perry Harvest Fair, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

October 5 – Pick-up fair exhibits, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

October 14 – Columbus Day – office closed

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

 

Pembroke Farm and Horse Fair

The Pembroke Farm and Horse Fair was held on August 24th. Volunteer Jane Bell shared that the DRMM 4-H Club’s display at the fair offered information on Eohippus, the first horse. Co-leader, Nancy Curtis, demonstrated pole bending and jumping on Cassie. “A good time was had by all.”

4-Hers at the Pembroke Farm and Horse Fair

4-H’ers at the Pembroke Farm and Horse Fair

Horse Jumping at the Pembroke Farm and Horse Fair

Horse Jumping at the Pembroke Farm and Horse Fair

 

Perry Harvest Fair

Saturday, October 5th is the date for this year’s Perry Harvest Fair. Premiums, honorariums, ribbons and t-shirts will be available for members who enter individual exhibits. Premiums in larger amounts will also be awarded to the club exhibits.

The Perry Harvest Fair 4-H Exhibit Information is below:

Perry Harvest Fair

Community Building, Route 1, Perry, Maine

October 5, 2013

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

4-H Exhibit Information

Exhibit Rules:

1. Individual 4-H member exhibit entries are open to all enrolled 4-H members ages 5 to 19. 4-H members ages 5 to 8 are considered Cloverbuds. 4-H Cloverbuds may submit entries for non-competitive display to the exhibition hall. 4-H members ages 9 to 19 may submit entries for Danish system judging.

2. Each Washington County 4-H Club is encouraged to have a club exhibit/display at the fair. This display, which should fit on a 4’ x 4’ table space, can feature projects from the 2012-2013 club year, or can be a general display about your club. All aspects of your club display should be new from this current 4-H year (October 2012 to September 2013). If your club chooses to do so, the theme from the 2013 Blue Hill Fair may be used in your display: “Celebrate 4-H, 100 Years of 4-H in Maine.” Please read and review the Point System for judging the club displays (page 2). Points have been lost on wonderful displays in the past because details were missed. First place will receive $15. All other clubs will receive $10. Only one club exhibit per club is allowed.

3. Individual 4-H’ers may exhibit items produced and/or prepared by him/her during the current 4-H year. No kits will be accepted, except in the mechanical sciences/robotics category for projects involving models.

4. Members may enter 2 exhibits in any given project area, but they should be in different media or forms (examples: vegetable garden –- enter two types of vegetables; sewing –- one apron and one pillow; art – a watercolor and a drawing, but not two watercolors). Please keep in mind that quality is being judged, not quantity. A maximum of three individual exhibits per 4-H member will be accepted.

5. Please call in your entries to the office by Friday, September 20, 2013 so that we can reserve sufficient space at the fair. Call the Washington County Extension office at 1.800.287.1542 or 207.255.3345.

6. Each entry must have a completed 4-H Exhibit/Judging Card and Life Skills Card securely attached to it. Cards should be obtained from the Extension office before the fair. We are happy to send them out to you when you call or email us and let us know how many you need. Attach the card with string only (no tape please). The cards must be filled out neatly by the 4-H member *before entering the item for competition.

Notice to Leader or Parent: Any special circumstances should be noted with a sticky note explanation attached to the Exhibit Card.

7. The fair will afford the best protection possible for project exhibits. However, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Perry Harvest Fair distinctly disclaim any liability for loss or damage to exhibits. There is no security.

8. Hall Exhibits will be accepted on October 4th, between 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. ONLY. Entries will not be accepted for judging at any other time on October 4th or 5th. Items not submitted during this time period will not be considered for premiums or Cloverbud honorariums. If you are unable to deliver the exhibits at this time, but would like to bring them to the Extension office prior to October 3rd, all efforts will be made to get them to the fair for judging. This will be based on a first-come, first-served basis, so please contact the office ahead of time if you choose this option.

9. Judging will be done on the “modified Danish system.” (See below for more information.) Each worthy exhibit will be awarded a ribbon and premium based on how well it displays the appropriate skills for a member’s age and skill level, with the exception of Cloverbuds. Cloverbuds will receive a participation ribbon for every item they exhibit in the Exhibition Hall, and one honorarium for their overall participation (thus, if a Cloverbud enters 2 exhibits, he/she will receive 2 ribbons and one honorarium). Cloverbuds will not be included in the judging process, but will receive positive comments on their exhibit cards.

10. Exhibits must be taken from the 4-H Hall between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 5th. If you would like a 4-H staffer to bring your exhibits back to the Extension office in Machias, please let us know beforehand.

DON’T FORGET TO CALL THE EXTENSION OFFICE TO ORDER EXHIBIT/JUDGING AND LIFE SKILLS CARDS FOR YOUR HALL ENTRIES. THANKS!

*****

Point System for Judging Club Displays:

Club displays will be judged on the following qualities:

*Exhibit Theme – Does exhibit express ONE idea and carry it out? 20 points

*Exhibit Title – A good catchy title helps. It should be prominently placed with the largest lettering of the entire exhibit. 15 points

*Lettering – Quality and size of all lettering. 15 points

*Originality – Was imagination used? Appropriate color and/or motion used? Was it interactive, informative, and/or novel? 25 points

*Size of Articles on Display – Can objects be recognized at a distance of 6 feet? 15 points

*4-H Exhibit & Judging Card & Life Skills Wheel – Were the official cards attached and filled out? 10 points

Tie breaker:

*4-H Experience 10 points

Displays will also be judged on how well they exemplify the 4-H Experience (activities, actions and principles of the Life Skills Model such as: nurturing relationships, communication, keeping records, community service, problem solving, healthy lifestyle choices, self-responsibility, marketable skills, community service, etc.). The points earned from this category will only be used in the case of a tie.

 

Guidelines Upon Which Individual Exhibits Will Be Judged:

Judging is done on what we call the “modified Danish system,” which means we may award a blue ribbon, or red or white, to as many exhibits as seem worthy, based on the judges’ understanding of what may be expected from a member of a particular age and years of experience in the project, and on how well the exhibit follows the fair rules. The 4-H members are not competing against one another, but rather are judged on how well they achieve their potential for their age and experience, and on how well they follow the 4-H rules.

The judges’ goal is to be as positive, affirming and constructive as possible while holding exhibitors to the fair rules and the tradition of 4-H to “make the best better.” We make the best better by encouragement — by complimenting aspects of the exhibit that are well done and constructively suggesting ways it might be improved.

Judges’ comments will be written on the exhibit card. A blue ribbon deserves at least one specific, positive comment. A red ribbon deserves one constructive suggestion as well as at least one positive comment. A white ribbon deserves two constructive suggestions as well as one positive comment. We encourage judges to be specific: “Your stitching is very even,” “Your design is very creative,” and “Your printing is legible and clear” are more helpful than a simple “well done.” Judges must find something to comment positively on before writing suggestions such as, “This could be improved by tightening the stitches/wiping off the excess glue” or whatever it would need to receive a blue ribbon.

The judges may mark the award down one ribbon if the exhibit card is not complete. This action will be explained in a comment.

 

Recognition For Cloverbuds: There will be only specific, positive comments on their exhibit cards. At this young age, we want youth to receive positive feedback to encourage future participation and build self-esteem. Each Cloverbud will receive a dollar coin honorarium for their participation and a green ribbon for each entry.

 

Recognition For 9- to 19-year-old 4-H members: Ribbons and premiums will be as follows:

Blue Ribbon/First Place — $5

Red Ribbon/Second Place — $3

White Ribbon/Third Place — $1

 

Project Areas/Categories for Individual Exhibits:

Animal Care: Any item made about an animal (ex: photo, story); any item made for an animal (ex: tack box); or any animal product (ex: 6 clean eggs, a sheepskin vest).

Art: Any original drawing or painting, suitable for hanging. Any medium or mixed media may be used. Should be framed, matted, or mounted on posterboard and fitted with hangers.

Citizenship and Community Service: Display or 14 x 22 inch poster illustrating a member’s community service project; or the importance of voting (for example); or a collection of historic or related items; or four photos that tell a story, with individual labels.

Conservation and Natural Resources: Mounted drawings or photos that tell a story illustrating conservation issues; recycling – a labeled display or model illustrating the concept; or an item made from something found in nature (ex: log made into birdhouse or bench).

Crafts: Basketry; candle/soap making; ceramics and pottery; decorative/tole painting; fabric painting; felt crafts; glass etching; holiday crafts; jewelry; macramé; papier mache; or any other craft approved by your leader or adviser.

Fiber Arts: Crocheted item, felted item, knitted item, rug, spinning, or weaving.

Food and Nutrition: Specific food item – any nonperishable food item such as bread, bars, brownies or cookies made entirely from scratch by the 4-H member.

Food Preservation: Canned – Beginner: 1 jar of either vegetable, fruit, jam, jelly, pickles, or conserves. Intermediate: 3 jars, each different produce. Advanced: 5 jars, each different produce. Note: Low acid foods must be pressure-canned. Dried – Beginner: 1 sample of dried fruit, vegetable, or meat (can be smoked). Intermediate: 3 samples of dried food. Advanced: 5 samples of dried food.

Forestry and Forest Conservation: Six mounted photographs of forestry practices; a collection related to forestry or forest conservation (beginner: collection of leaves, needles, or twigs of at least 10 different species labeled with common names; intermediate: collection of 10 seeds of different species labeled with common names; advanced: collection of 4 disease-, insect-, or animal-damaged specimens); or display of some phase of industrial forestry.

Mechanical Sciences/Robotics: Rocketry, space, or airplane models made by the 4-H member; an electrical project, such as lamp-making or wiring; a welding project; or a robotics project.

Photography: A) Single photo, black and white or color, of high quality, illustrating techniques of photography (good lighting, “rule of thirds,” composition, contrast, special effects), enlarged to a 5×7-inch or 8×10-inch print. Panoramas are also acceptable. B) Photo story using 3 to 6 photos (at least 3×5-inch) showing a “how-to” sequence or “before and after” scenes. All photo exhibits should be mounted on mat or poster board to complement the photo and be ready for hanging. This work should be completed by the 4-H member.

Plant Science and Crops: Displays of specific vegetables, crops, fruits – berries or grains, 1 pint; small vine crops such as peas or beans, 10 specimens; large vine crops such as cucumbers, pumpkins, or squash, 1 specimen; root crops such as potatoes or carrots, 3 specimens; vegetables grown in heads such as cabbage and broccoli, 1 specimen; other vegetables such as corn, tomatoes, or peppers, 3 specimens; forage crops. Flower gardening and house plants – garden flowers; potted houseplants; or potted herbs. Note: Please write the variety on the display card.

Sewing and Needlecrafts: Any item of clothing sewn completely by the 4-H member; any household item sewn by same; any other item sewn by the member; any embroidered item made by the 4-H member; or any quilted item made by the 4-H member.

Veterinary Science: A poster displaying the parts of an animal, normal vital signs, diseases, plants that are poisonous to the animal, genetics, and/or nutrition for the animal.

Wildlife: A display of 6 labeled sketches or photos of wildlife that the 4-H member studied; casts of animal tracks that the member made; items the member made for wildlife use (birdhouses, feeding stations, etc.); or a labeled display of collected items.

Woodworking: A project built from wood (suggestions: beginner – bookends or rack, napkin-, key-, letter-, bag-, or broom-holder, birdhouse, cutting board, picture frame, bootjack, or stilts; intermediate – toolbox, footstool, bench, candleholder, game, spice rack, tie rack, or telephone shelf; advanced – gun rack, toys, garage creeper, shoeshine kit, knife rack, or equivalent); or a woodcarving project; or a detailed woodworking plan.

Writing: A collection of poems; a short story; a journal; or an illustrated story. Entries should be neatly presented, and if not typed, should be printed legibly.

* Creativity Unlimited *: Any exhibit made entirely by the 4-H’er during the current 4-H year that is not covered under another project category in these rules. The exhibit project must have the approval of the 4-H’er’s leader or project advisor.

 

Project Records Reminder:

Project Records are due by September 30th! You don’t have to wait until then to submit them, though. We will gladly accept them anytime in September. Also, remember to review your project records (or exchange records with a friend) to check for omissions or errors – many points are lost by members who forget to fill in all the fields! Good luck to you all!

 

Requirement for Clubs

The 4-H year officially ends on September 30th. Please, finalize your club treasurer’s report and send or bring to the office. We will make a photo copy of it and give to the auditors. A report will be sent to you as soon as possible.

Thank you for complying with this mandate from the University.

 

Tractor Supply Company comes to Calais… an opportunity to raise awareness and funds for 4-H!

We are pleased to announce that there is a new Tractor Supply Company store opening in Calais! As 4-H and TSC have had a longstanding national partnership, there have been many 4-H clubs and programs that have benefited from the fundraising TSC helps to promote such as the Paper Clover promotion. On Saturday, October 26th, TSC will be hosing their Grand Opening. We have been invited to be part of the celebration – and have been welcomed to have tables, displays, animal demonstrations, 4-H awareness materials and fundraising! If you and your club would like to show an animal or host a bake sale table or hotdog stand, or you have another idea to add to the celebration, please contact Nicole in the Machias office at 207.255.3345.

 

A message from the University of Maine…

Greetings! As you make plans for your 4-H clubs this coming school year, please take a moment to consider a visit to the University of Maine! I am working on compiling a list of experiences for 4-H youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math areas. In the meantime, remember you can get in touch with me to match a UMaine offering to the needs of your youth.

Some example offerings include:

  • Aquaculture
  • Advanced Structures and Composites/Wind Power
  • Engineering (all types)
  • Forestry
  • Innovation
  • Marine Science
  • Pest Management (insects!)
  • Physics

While many of these experiences are at the University of Maine campus in Orono, we also have faculty and graduate students willing to travel to YOUR location!

As always, if you have youth interested in a topic that is not on this short list, please let me know and I’ll see what I can arrange specially for you! In 2013/2014, we also will have some special offerings… including an opportunity to connect with a researcher on an Arctic climate change research trip, and opportunities to spend a Saturday exploring a science topic at UMaine. Details on these will be shared as soon as the programs are set.

Keep in touch,

Laura Wilson
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
4-H Science Professional – UMaine 4-H Science
103C Libby Hall, Orono, Maine
207.581.2971; mobile: 207.949.2167
laura.wilson@maine.edu
http://umaine.edu/4h/

 

 4-H News from the State

The New England 4-H Dog Program Poster Contest
Open to all 4-H member 5 through 18 years of age, as of January 1 of the current year, who are enrolled in the 4-H Dog Care and Training project. Visit the website for information. Page 12 has the contest rules.  If unable to open this page; contact Donna Flint at 207.324.2814 or by email at: donna.flint@maine.edu.

 

The New England 4-H Beef Poster, Ad or Logo Contest
Are you too young or otherwise unable to attend the Big E? This is your chance to promote your beef project. For rules and registration information, go to the website. Look for pages 14 and 15 for complete information. If unable to open this page; contact Donna Flint at 207.324.2814 or by email at: donna.flint@maine.edu.

 

Cumberland Fair 4-H Dog Show
The Cumberland Fair 4-H Dog Show, will be held Friday, September 27, 2013 at 3:30 P.M. at the Livestock Arena, Cumberland Fairgrounds, 197 Blanchard Road, Cumberland, Maine.

The 4-H Dog show will include Showmanship (Novice – Advanced), Obedience (Pre-Novice – Advanced Graduate Novice), and a fun obstacle course. This show is open to 4-H youth ages 9 – 18 enrolled in the 4-H Dog Project in any Maine county. Dog show entry forms are due to the 4-H Show Representative Sara Conant by Monday September 9, 2013. For more information and registration form please visit the website.

 

AFUM Scholarship
The Associated Faculty of the University of Maine offers three $300 scholarships. These scholarships are available to both volunteers or youth who are students attending a University of Maine System campus. Deadline for applications is September 13th. Applications available by emailing karen.h.gagne@maine.edu or diana.hartley@maine.edu.

 

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 the website; the application deadline is December 31, 2013.

 

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.

For more information, please visit the website or contact Sarah Sparks, 1.800.287.1458 or sarah.sparks@maine.edu if you have any questions.

 

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

- 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.

 

4-H Animal Science Committees
Maine’s Animal Science Committees are comprised of 4-H volunteers who work with Extension staff to develop an educational plan for youth in animal programs statewide. Committees plan various educational programs and events available to youth in animal projects throughout the year. One program that volunteers coordinate is the Eastern States program. Volunteers coordinate the teams that represent Maine at the Big E each year in September. There are seven Animal Science Committees, dairy, beef, horse, sheep, dairy goat, dog, and working steer that are looking for volunteers to join their committees. You can learn more about the committees and the application process to join at the website. For more information please contact Michaele Bailey at Michaele.bailey@maine.edu, 207.581.3872 or Donna Flint at donna.flint@maine.edu, 207.324.2814.

 

The Big E Bus
There will be two busses are going down to the Big E on Maine Day again this year, Saturday September 28. You and your family can spend the day at the Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts taking in the fair and cheering on our Eastern States Animal Science teams. Please contact Jessy Brainerd for more information and to reserve a seat on the bus, at Jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or 207.581.3877. This trip is sponsored by the Maine Trustees to Eastern States.

 

Maine 4-H Days – Another Great Year
In early 2014, planning will start for next year’s Maine 4-H Days. If you are interested in joining the Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee, or have general questions/comments/recommendations about the event, please email jessica.brainerd@maine.edu, or call 207.581.3877.

 

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 wood, and plan on coming to the party at Maine 4-H Days this year; there will be cake, ice cream, a chance to look back on all that we’ve accomplished, as well as a chance to look forward and see what’s in the works! Please check out our special Celebrating 100 Years in Maine 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!

 

Eastern States Exposition, New England Center Program
Calling all 4-H youth, ages 11 and up, along with volunteers who have an interest in showcasing the many interests and talents of Maine 4-H… we want you! Join the group of dedicated performers and demonstrators as we share our love for 4-H with the fairgoers at The Big E in West Springfield, Mass, the 3rd weekend in September. It’s an experience you will not soon forget.

Maine 4-H participates with displays and demonstrations in the New England Center, which also houses creative arts competitions, and daily stage performances. Working in teams of two at stations called “pods”, youth demonstrate 4-H projects this year will be focused on Robotics and Engineering. Youth also have the opportunity to participate in stage performances, which consist of planned presentations using costumes and other props, as needed. All projects and demonstrations will be centered on a science theme. Please call the UMaine Cooperative Extension Office in Oxford County at 207.743.6329 or 1.800.287.1482 (in Maine) for specific details and for the team application. Space is limited, and will be filled on a first-come, first served basis. Sign up now as a small group with other teens. Students will stay in the dorm; meals and transportation will be provided. 4-Hers participating in the New England Center Program are eligible to apply for the Morris Scholarship.

 

2013 Morris Scholarship for Eastern States Participants
Congratulations to Maddy G., winner of the 2013 Morris Scholarship. Maddy is a member of the Eastern States Dairy Team and the All Star Dairy Club in Cumberland County. The Morris Scholarship is awarded every other year to a member of one of the Eastern States Animal Science teams. All the best Maddy.

 

Maine Fair Season Insurance
Maine fair season will soon be upon us! 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 Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors (MALE) Insurance. Below is the information for the MALE insurance.

MALE annual membership renewal is in June. Last year’s membership ended 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 July 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.

 

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 Penboscot 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 at the website.

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 happen at the local level or connect with Sarah Sparks at sarah.sparks@maine.edu or 207.353.5550 or 1.800.287.1458.

 

Cooking with the Kids

Fruit Pizza

Crust
3 cups biscuit mix
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg well beaten
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla

Stir together the mix and sugar. Combine the egg, water and vanilla. Stir the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients until well blended. Press dough onto lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 F for 10 to 15 minutes or until light brown on the edges. Cool.

Filling
Spread with vanilla pudding or 8 ounces softened cream cheese. Top with sliced fresh or drained canned fruit.

UMaine Extension

4-H News for Washington County ~ August 2013

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Volume 8, Issue 8

Dates to Remember

August 13 – Deadline to contact Jane Bell for table at Pembroke Fair

August 24 – Pembroke Farm and Horse Fair, Old County Road, 9am to 4pm

August 27- Exhibit Check In at Blue Hill Fair

August 29 – September 2 – Blue Hill Fair

September 2 – Labor Day – office closed

September 30 – Project Records due at the county office

October 5 – Perry Harvest Fair

 

Dennys River Manure Movers go to the Bangor Race Track!

On July 15th, the Dennys River Manure Movers went to the Bangor Race Track to see harness racing firsthand. Tammy Ramsdell, of Pembroke, joined the group to teach about racing and the track. Tammy’s husband races there often, thus they are very familiar with the grounds and people. The employees at the track were also very accommodating to the group, providing free programs, a free fountain drink and a free picture. The club was invited to be in the winners circle for photos twice, what a spectacular opportunity! They were able to meet the top trainer of Maine 2012, and she showed them the barn and some post race procedures. This trip was surely a memorable experience!

Members of the Dennys River Manure Movers watch the end of a harness race at the Bangor Race Track.

Members of the Dennys River Manure Movers watch the end of a harness race at the Bangor Race Track.

 

Fair Time – Reminder that fair time will be upon us soon. We hope you are getting your projects ready for the Exhibit Hall. Has your club discussed a club exhibit? The theme this year is Celebrating 4-H – 100 Years of 4-H in Maine. The exhibit cards are now available in the Machias office. The Blue Hill fair book is on line including entry blanks at: www.bluehillfair.com. The Perry Harvest Fair exhibit information will be coming in the September newsletter. Special for the 100th Birthday: All Washington County 4-H members who enter an individual exhibit this year will receive a 4-H t-shirt!

 

Activity Center Schedule At The Blue Hill Fair


Saturday August 31

11:00 – Origami Newspaper Pots – 
Cooperative Extension – Lisa Reilich

12:00 – Clothes Pin Critters – Extension Homemakers – Betty Robshaw

1:00 – All About Rabbits – Rails N’ Trails – Shaylene Hennigan -

2:00 – Jewelry Making – Horse & Rider – Heather Linnehan

3:00 – Goat Care and Milking – Free 2 Be – Maiah and Ella Reilich-Godino

Sunday – September 1

12:00 – Science Fun – Beech Hill 4-H Explorers – Staci Easler

1:00 – Where’s the Beef? – Hoof & Paws – Deb Lancaster

2:00 – Music Fun – Carl Karush

3:00 – Entomology – Downeast Home School 
Cooperative – Jen Brennan

 

Project Records

Hopefully everyone’s projects have been fulfilling this year. What did you learn new? What life skills did you enhance? We cannot wait to hear about your projects! Please plan to turn your project records in to the office by September 30th, 2013.

 

A warm welcome to newly enrolled volunteer, Jennifer Prout

Jennifer was one of the 2012 Project Records judges, has completed volunteer training, and is now enrolled as a VOLT certified volunteer. Welcome, Jennifer!

 

4-H Youth have opportunity to ask question of Arctic Researchers

Maine 4-H has been in contact with some researchers who are doing a research expedition in the Arctic this fall to study plankton in the ocean and the effects of climate change. For more about this research expedition, you can visit the website.

Emmanuel Boss will be on the research trip in September and early October. Lee Karp-Boss is aboard now, but will be back in September. They have offered us a unique opportunity – to have 4-H youth ask questions of the researchers while they are on this expedition (Sept/Oct 2013).

We don’t have details of how this will work yet, but it would be great to know if you have any groups/youth who would be interested in participating. Please contact Nicole or Tara in the Machias office if you are interested.

 

4-H Super Sitter Course

On July 22, 2013, Kathy Stanwood led nine youth through the 4-H Super Sitter program. Participants reported learning first aid, diaper changing, and how to feed a baby. They even learned what not to do when babysitting, like advertising with public flyers or giving small children toys that could fit into an empty toilet paper tube because the toy could become a choking hazard. Down East Ambulance staff, Isaac Stephenson and Benjamin Verburgt, taught basic first aid, when and how to call 911, and even gave a tour of the ambulance. A HUGE Thank-you to all of the volunteers who made this course a success!

4-H Super Sitters get a tour of the ambulance.

4-H Super Sitters get a tour of the ambulance.

Participants of the 4-H Super Sitter Couse display their certificates and Super Sitter bags.

Participants of the 4-H Super Sitter Couse display their certificates and Super Sitter bags.

 

Dennys River Manure Movers do “ground work” at Almost Traded Farm

Here are some photos from the “ground work” accomplished by the DRMM’s at a recent club meeting:

4-Hers working with horse during a club meeting. 4-Her lunging horse during club meeting.

Healthy Kids Out of School

Adopt three simple principles for healthy habits in out-of-school time:
Drink Right: Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages.
Move More: Boost movement and physical activity in all programs.
Snack Smart: Fuel up on fruits and vegetables.

Visit the website for hundreds of free educational materials, including ideas for tasty and healthy snacks and fun physical activity breaks!

Healthy Kids Out of School is an initiative of Child Obesity 180 in collaboration with Tufts University, with core funding from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation.

 

4-H News from the State

1. 2013 Maine 4-H Days – Another Great Year!

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 braved the heat to come out and have a wonderful time! 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.

In early 2014, 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 jessica.brainerd@maine.edu, or call 207- 581-3877.

2. 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 wood, and plan on coming to the party at Maine 4-H Days this year; there will be cake, ice cream, a chance to look back on all that we’ve accomplished, as well as a chance to look forward and see what’s in the works!

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!

3. Eastern States Exposition, New England Center Program – Calling all 4-H youth, ages 11 and up, along with volunteers who have an interest in showcasing the many interests and talents of Maine 4-H… we want you! Join the group of dedicated performers and demonstrators as we share our love for 4-H with the fairgoers at The Big E in West Springfield, MA, the 3rd weekend in September. It’s an experience you will not soon forget.

Maine 4-H participates with displays and demonstrations in the New England Center, which also houses creative arts competitions, and daily stage performances. Working in teams of two at stations called “pods”, youth demonstrating 4-H projects this year will be focused on Robotics and Engineering. Youth also have the opportunity to participate in stage performances, which consist of planned presentations using costumes and other props, as needed. All projects and demonstrations will be centered on a science theme. Please call the UMaine Cooperative Extension Office in Oxford County at 743-6329 or 800-287-1482 (in Maine) for specific details and for the team application. Space is limited, and will be filled on a first-come, first served basis. Sign up now as a small group with other teens. Students will stay in the dorm; meals and transportation will be provided. 4-Hers participating in the New England Center Program are eligible to apply for the Morris Scholarship.

 4. 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.

5. Maine Fair Season Insurance – Maine fair season will soon be upon us! 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
(ex. 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. Below is the information for 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, steeple chase, 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.

6. 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 Penboscot 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 happen at the local level or connect with Sarah Sparks at sarah.sparks@maine.edu or 353-5550 or 800-287-1458.

7. 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 and 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, Oct. 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 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.

8. The New England 4-H Dog Program Poster Contest – Open to all 4-H members 5 through 18 years of age, as of January 1 of the current year, who are enrolled in the 4-H Dog Care and Training project. Visit the website for information. Page 12 has the contest rules. If unable to open this page; contact Donna Flint at 207-324-2814 or by email at: donna.flint@maine.edu.

9. The New England 4-H Beef Poster, Ad or Logo Contest – Are you too young or otherwise unable to attend the Big E? This is your chance to promote your beef project. For rules and registration information, go to the following website. Look for pages 14 and 15 for complete information. If unable to open this page; contact Donna Flint at 207-324-2814 or by email at: donna.flint@maine.edu.

 

Cooking With the Kids

Go Green Smoothies

Ingredients:

1 banana, peeled and cut into slices; 1 cup green grapes; 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced;
1 cup baby spinach (washed and patted dry); 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt (or key lime yogurt); 1/4 cup apple juice or lime juice; 4-5 ice cubes

Directions:

1. Place banana, grapes, kiwi and spinach in the blender. Add yogurt, juice and ice.

2. Puree until smooth.

4-H News for Washington County – July 2013

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Volume 8, Issue 7

 

Dates to Remember

July 18-21- Maine 4-H Days at Windsor Fairgrounds

July 22- 4-H Super Sitter Course- Machias

July 26-August 4- Bangor State Fair

August 27- Exhibit Check In at Blue Hill Fair

August 29-September 2- Blue Hill Fair

October 5- Perry Harvest Fair

 

Geospatial Science

Thanks to the loan of the Geospatial Science kit from the State 4-H office, June was a superb month to get outside in Washington County.  With 27 youth and 9 adults participating, representing 4 clubs and 2 independent members, numerous geocaches were found using GPS units.  Well, I should say most were found.  The East Coast Equestrians can vouch that despite great efforts, sometimes a geocache just cannot be found.  The Dennys River Manure Movers can teach us all that sometimes geocaches are not quite where we expect them to be, and that often there are obstacles in our way to getting to the coordinates.  All in all, geospatial science was a fun endeavor!

As part of the 100th year of 4-H in Maine birthday celebration, 4-Hers from all over Maine are trying to create 100 temporary geocaches for fellow members to try to find.  In June, two temporary geocaches were created right here in Washington County!  The 4-H Machines’ geocache will lead you very close to a cemetery, and the Quoddy Kids’ geocache will allow for a lovely walk, just so long as we haven’t just received many inches of rain, right kids?  Be watching your email, or ask your club leader, for the coordinates of these 4-H-created geocaches.  Remember to take a trinket to put in the geocache so you can take one out!
If you would like to learn more about the State 4-H kits available for loan, please visit the website.

Scenes from creating geocaches for the 100th year celebration.

Scenes from creating geocaches for the 100th year celebration.

Scenes from creating geocaches for the 100th year celebration.

Scenes from creating geocaches for the 100th year celebration.

 

Super Sitter Course
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H Program will offer a Super Sitter Babysitting Course on Monday, July 22, 2013 at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension office in Machias.  The course will take place from 9:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m. Cost for the program is $15 for 4-H members.  The course is open for boys and girls ages 12 and up.

The emphasis of the course is on the physical safety and security of the child but points out equally important needs such as friendship, companionship, understanding and patience.  Students will learn about children of different ages, how to relate to them, and how to avoid some of the pitfalls that often accompany childcare. Participants will receive training in basic first aid and how to respond in an emergency situation.

Registration is required.  Please register by calling the University of Maine Cooperative Extension at 1-800-287-1542 or by emailing tara.a.wood@maine.edu.

 

4-H June Jamboree
A total of eighty-eight people attended Jamboree 2013 at the Blue Hill Fair grounds on June 7 through 9. Although rain dampened the sky the spirit of all there was beaming. Many new friendships were created and all agree it was a huge success. Please watch for photos in the August edition.

 

Maine 4-H Days
Looking for a fun family activity, join us for Maine 4-H Days at the Windsor Fairgrounds on July 19, 20 and 21. Workshops include Archery, Crime Scene, Make Ahead Cake Decorations, Needle a Felt Dryer Ball and Preparing Your Kid for the Show Ring to name a few. Please visit the website for more information.

 

Happy 100th Birthday, Maine 4-H!

2013 4-H Club & School Exhibits for the Blue Hill & Perry Harvest Fairs

We challenge every 4-H club and school group to find time this summer to put together their 4-H Club Exhibit with the theme:

“Celebrating 4-H – 100 Years of 4-H in Maine.”

This year marks the 100th year of 4-H in Maine, so we are hoping for full participation from our clubs to really show the public how diverse and wonderful 4-H is in Washington and Hancock Counties and beyond. This is also a great chance for your group to share about your experience of 4-H, or gather information from your community about its history of 4-H, so bring your imagination and teamwork to the table and go for it!

For those of us new to the idea of club exhibits, these exhibits will follow the exact same format as that for club exhibits for the Blue Hill and Perry Harvest Fairs – in fact, they can be submitted for judging for both fairs… just as they are, or with improvements from one to the next. Often these exhibits are made using tri-fold poster board with or without additional props (photo books, tools, projects) and even can be 3-D. Just be sure your group follows the parameters for creating your display:

*Must not exceed 4 feet tall by 4 feet wide

*Must be able to stand alone

As you start your planning and brainstorming for your exhibit, think about the following elements of judging:

*Does the exhibit express one idea?

*Is it creative and imaginative?

*Is the title creative and catchy? Is it prominently placed?

*Is the lettering neat and of an appropriate size?

*Has the use of color and placement been considered?

*Can it be recognized (clearly seen) at a distance of 6 feet?

Nearing the time of the fairs, please consult the guidelines in the premium book of the Blue Hill Fair and the newsletter for the Perry Harvest Fair, to check for all exhibit requirement and submission time frames. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Nicole Willey in the Machias office, 255-3345.

Have fun! This is a great opportunity to celebrate our 100th birthday, enjoy 4-H in your clubs and communities, and maybe even be awarded some fair premiums for your exhibits. We can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

 

Downeast School News

ELLA LEWIS SCHOOL

Grade 4 did it! Three students from 4th grade were the teachers for the morning — with 1st grade teacher Mrs. Beal, Ms. Lisa and Ms. Taylor from Food Corp as their trusty assistants — as they helped the 1st grade class learn about vermiculture and how worms, with the right care, can turn every day food scraps and newspaper into nutritious soil fro the garden. The 1st graders made their own garden journals to take home for the summer and started it off by recording al their observations from their “worm school” morning, including the parts of the worm and what they saw, felt and smelled while they did a hands-on exploration of the schools worm bins. Maybe next year these rising 2nd graders will be making a class worm bin of their own!

 

MORNING SONG SCHOOL COOPERATIVE

Another school year was closed out on the first weekend of June with a great display of all the classwork done over the year – from handworks projects, wood working projects, bibliography and public speaking work and much, much more. Along with the display, the Morning Song Players presented their school play for the year, “Wind in the Willows”. With 14 in the cast and crew from ages 7 to 16, featuring 4-H members from Morning Song and Ella Lewis School, families and community — about 140 in all over two nights – were treated to a very broad and comical rendition of this great classic — complete with the Wild Wood gangsters and bunny ears and campfire songs and the Dabbling Ducks. Thank you Morning Song Players for all your hard work. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next year!

 

Scenes from the Morning School play

Scenes from the Morning School play

Scenes from the Morning School play Scenes from the Morning School play

 

TRENTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

A big thank you goes out to Trenton Elementary School for their fabulous 4-H School Group exhibit. This exhibit was put together by the Trenton Afterschool program students and features some of the great work done with 4-H that you have been reading about all year long. The Trenton exhibit was judged at Jamboree and on display for all to see during lunch. Look for this display at the Blue Hill Fair Exhibit Hall – way to go!

 

PRE-FAIR NEWS

By Christy Fitzpatrick, Aroostook County Extension Educator

Fair time will be here before we know it It’s time to start getting ourselves and our animals ready to go!

Am I ready for Fair?

Have I thought about how I will use my Fair experience in the future? Am I responsible, respectful, trustworthy, fair, caring, and a good citizen?

  • How will I make sure that my animals are well taken care of during fair?
  • How will I support other 4-H members?
  • How can I show respect to 4-H volunteers, judges, fair staff and the public?
  • What can I do to make the fair the best experience possible for everyone 
attending?

Are my Exhibits ready for Fair?

  • Is my project going to represent my best effort and my ongoing project work?
  • Have I read the requirements for the exhibit carefully?
  • Have I prepared a life skills wheel and an Exhibit Judging card ready for each exhibit?
  • How is my project record for my exhibits coming along?

Are my animals ready for Fair?

  • Am I doing everything necessary to make sure my animals will have a safe and 
stress free fair?
  • Have all my animals that need an approved rabies vaccine, received it?
  • Have I checked with my vet to see what other vaccinations my animals might need?
  • Am I working with my animal EVERY day to make sure it is ready to be shown?
  • Are my forms all collected in a notebook including my animal approval and lease 
forms, vaccination and other immunization forms and registration papers?

Here are some more tips to help get your animals ready for fair….

  • Start preparing animals 30-60 days before fair. Get them used to as many fair conditions as possible including noise, being tied or confined, being with other animals, being around strangers. Start them on the same feeding schedule they will be on at the fair.
  • To make sure animals drink enough during fair, add a little molasses or a few drops of lemon juice to their drinking water to cover up the taste about 2 weeks before fair. Then add it to the water at the fair.
  • If hooves need to be trimmed, do this 2-3 weeks before fair so they will have time to toughen.
  • If you are raising a market animal, make sure that you are aware of withdrawal times for anything you put into or on your animal. Make sure you have accurate records. Remember that your animal will be processed either during or after fair and that you are responsible for insuring that your buyer has a safe product!
  • Make sure the trailer you are using is clean and disinfected.

 

4-H, GOOD CHARACTER,
AND SHOWING AT THE FAIR THIS SUMMER

Fair season is upon us and 4-H members are busy getting their projects, demonstrations and animals ready for exhibit. Making high quality exhibits or preparing a demonstration or an animal for showing takes a lot of time and patience. But also remember that you will be showing something else at the fair, your character.

One of the main reasons we go to fairs is to teach other people about the 4-H program. Learning about and using good character is one of the most important parts of the 4-H program, so all 4-H members are expected to “exhibit” the six pillars of character!

∗  Before you get to the fair, think about how you are going to prepare to exhibit yourself as a person of good character!

∗  A person who exhibits good character is trustworthy. Having your own animals for show, being where you say you’re going to be, returning what you borrow, and making sure that your market animals meet food safety standards are all ways you can show trustworthiness.

∗  A person of character is responsible. His or her animals have fresh water, food, and a clean space. Responsible 4-H members do not allow anyone to bother any animal for any reason, even as a joke. Responsible members make sure that their animals are under control and keep the public’s safety foremost in their minds.

∗  4-H members of good character are respectful. They treat all other 4-H members, volunteers and parents politely. They answer questions respectfully even when they have heard the question 100 times already. Respectful behavior means treating judges and other fair officials courteously, accepting judges’ decisions gracefully, congratulating members who win classes, and managing to stay calm and positive when things don’t go their way.

∗  Fairness and caring should also be shown by 4-H members. Fairness requires that members do their own work and never submit anything as theirs that was not done by them. Fairness means following the rules and treating all fellow competitors as you want them to treat you. 4-H members show caring by sharing their knowledge and equipment with younger members. They do not engage in rough behavior where someone could get hurt. They do not pull pranks on other members of their exhibits.

∗  Finally, 4-H exhibitors show that they are good citizens. They are in their area when they are supposed to be there and help keep it neat and attractive. They are on time for shows and events, and they follow the 4-H rules of the fair.

∗  Every member should make sure what you “show” of yourself is blue ribbon quality!

 

State 4-H News

1. Registration Now for Maine 4-H Days! – Maine 4-H Days will take place July 18 – 21, 2013 at the Windsor Fairgrounds, and the registration materials will be available online in May. 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 500 individuals to the Windsor Fairgrounds, and we are preparing for even greater numbers for 2013. 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, ATV Certification, Modular Origami, Shades of Creativity, Blacksmithing, etc.), there are a ton of awesome new workshops this year: Decorating a 4-H Birthday Cake, Milk Science, Duct Tape Projects, Exploration of an Owl’s Diet, and so much more! The State 4-H Dairy Show will also be held during 4-H Days. All of the workshops, and their descriptions, will be posted on the Maine 4-H Days web page.

If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact Jessy Brainerd at jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or 581-3877.

 

2. 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 wood, and plan on coming to the party at Maine 4-H Days this year; there will be cake, ice cream, a chance to look back on all that we’ve accomplished, as well as a chance to look forward and see what’s in the works!

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!

 

3. Eastern States Exposition, New England Center Program – Calling all 4-H youth, ages 11 and up, along with volunteers who have an interest in showcasing the many interests and talents of Maine 4-H… we want you! Join the group of dedicated performers and demonstrators as we share our love for 4-H with the fairgoers at The Big E in West Springfield, MA, the 3rd weekend in September. It’s an experience you will not soon forget.

Maine 4-H participates with displays and demonstrations in the New England Center, which also houses creative arts competitions, and daily stage performances. Working in teams of two at stations called “pods”, youth demonstrating 4-H projects this year will be focused on Robotics and Engineering. Youth also have the opportunity to participate in stage performances, which consist of planned presentations using costumes and other props, as needed. All projects and demonstrations will be centered on a science theme. Please call the UMaine Cooperative Extension Office in Oxford County at 743-6329 or 800-287-1482 (in Maine) for specific details and for the team application. Space is limited, and will be filled on a first- come, first served basis. Sign up now as a small group with other teens. Students will stay in the dorm; meals and transportation will be provided. 4-Hers participating in the New England Center Program are eligible to apply for the Morris Scholarship.

 

4. 2013 Morris Scholarship for Eastern States Participants – This is the year that Maine has the opportunity to select an Eastern States Exposition participant to receive a $500 scholarship towards continuing his or her education beyond high school. Application deadline is August 5. To find if you qualify and for information on how to apply for this scholarship, look online or inquire at your local County Extension Office.

 

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; the application deadline is December 31, 2013.

 

 6. Maine Fair Season Insurance – Maine fair season will soon be upon us! 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
(ex. 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. Below is the information for 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, steeple chase, 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.

 

7. Tanglewood & Blueberry Cove 4-H Camp and Learning Center Summer Camps - Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center in Lincolnville, and Blueberry Cove 4-H Camp and Learning Center in Tenants Harbor still have openings for summer camp programs at both sites. Maine 4-H members are eligible for a $100 discount on residential camp tuition. Come join us for fun and adventure in the woods, waters, and shores! For more information or call Patti Chapman at 207-789-5868. See you there!

 

8. Saanen Goat Kids Available – A community member would like to place 3 or 4 Saanen kids with a 4-Her in Maine. These Saanens all have the Sable gene, though they are white. Please contact Michaele Bailey at michaele.bailey@maine.edu or at 207-581-3872 if you would like more information.

 

9. State 4-H Dairy Program Dates – Please hold the following dates for your participation in the State 4-H Dairy Programs:- Intent to Participate Form due May 1, 2013 for 4-H Dairy Team to Eastern States. – Fitting Competition – July 20, 5:00 pm at the Windsor Fairgrounds.
- Maine State 4-H Dairy Show – July 21, 9:00 am at the Windsor Fairgrounds.
The Dairy Packet is available on the 4-H Dairy web page.

Forms are on the 4-H Dairy web page.

 

Cooking With the Kids

Berry White Ice Pops

Ingredients- 1-3/4 cups whole milk
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 package (12 ounces) frozen unsweetened mixed berries, thawed and drained
10 freezer pop molds or 10 paper cups (3 ounces each) and wooden pop sticks

Directions- In a small bowl, whisk the milk, honey and vanilla. Evenly divide berries among Popsicle molds or cups. Pour milk mixture over berries. Top molds with holders or insert wooden sticks into cups. Freeze. Yield: 10 pops.