Skip Navigation
Return to Layout View | Home | A-Z Directory | my UMaine | MaineStreet | Campus Map | Calendar
Follow UMaine on Twitter | Join UMaine on Facebook | Watch UMaine on YouTube | Admissions | Parents & Family | Apply | Give Now | Emergency

Cooperative Extension in Washington County


Site Navigation:


4-H in Washington County ~ August 2014

Volume 9, Issue 8

 

Dates to Remember

August 4-August 20 (Mondays and Wednesdays)- 9-11 a.m.- 4-H Entomology SPIN Club for ages 8-10 in Machias $10 per youth / space limit of 10- Youth will enjoy the great outdoors and learn about many types of insects. Please call the office at 255-3345 for more information.

August 12, 19 & 26- Videography 4-H Club for ages 9 to 18, 4-6 p.m. $5 per youth- Youth will learn how to film, edit and broadcast a video.

August 26 – 3:00 – 7:00 pm – Exhibits are to be checked into the Exhibit Hall at the BHF

August 28 – September 1 – Blue Hill Fair – Blue Hill Fairgrounds

September 1 – Labor Day – Extension Office Closed

September 1 – 6:00 pm – Exhibits are to be picked up at Exhibit Hall at the Blue Hill Fair

 

Dennys River Manure Movers Commence the 2014 Program Year

The Dennys River Manure Movers meet in the summertime, thus their program year began in June. They are off to a busy start learning horse care at meetings, attending the horse races in Bangor, and their youth winning at the state championship show in Pembroke.

 

 

 

 

Downeast Lock & Load at the Calais Rod & Gun Club

Five youth from the Downeast Lock & Load 4-H Shooting Sports club traveled to Calais to participate in their first .22 rifle shooting competition. Jordan Lobley was recognized for his marksmanship, and Nicolas Willey came in first in the youth division of the .22 shoot. Congratulations to all of the 4-H members, their parents and the volunteers who represented us well!

 

Horse Power Participates in Cherryfield Days

Members of the Horse Power 4-H Club participate in the parade held during Cherryfield Days.

 

 

Videography 4-H Club

Please welcome our newest enrolled volunteer, Ken Varian! Ken will be leading a 4-H videography club for youth ages 9-18, on Tuesdays, Aug. 12, 19, and 26, 4-6 p.m. at the UMaine Extension office, in Machias. 4-Hers will learn videography tips and techniques, practice filming at the Ark Animal Shelter in Cherryfield, and learn how to edit and broadcast a video. Pre-registration is required with a $5 fee. For more information, to register, or to request a disability accommodation, contact 207.255.3345, nicole.h.willey@maine.edu.

 

MALE Application

Don’t forget, now is the time to get your application in to the Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors. Membership in this organization covers families with liability insurance. This insurance is a requirement at all fairs in the state of Maine. You can now renew or join on line at: http://www.mainelivestockexhibitors.org/ membership.html Doing it on-line means getting your membership cards quicker, but don’t delay. You must show proof of this membership before you will be able to show.

 

Fair Time

We hope you are getting your projects ready for the Exhibit Hall. The theme this year is “WOW! 4-H Does That?” The exhibit cards are in the office now. Blue Hill Fair books will not be at the Extension Office. The fair book is on-line including entry blanks at: www.bluehillfair.com. If you do not have internet and need assistance, please call the office.

 

Blue Hill Fair & Perry Harvest Fair Reminder to all clubs and individual members

The theme of this year’s 4-H exhibits for both fairs is “WOW! 4-H does that!” Please get all exhibits to the county office before August 15th for the Blue Hill Fair. Exhibit cards need to be filled out by the youth before submitting, so please request yours today from the county office. Mark your calendars for the Perry Harvest Fair, October 4, 2014! Exhibits may be submitted to both fairs.

 

Showmanship Tips!

Good showmanship improves the look of your animal while letting you exhibit your skills in front of a crowd. Many things can make you stand out in a showmanship class. Whether you are showing beef, sheep, Alpacas, or other livestock, here are some good tips:

• Wear a nice button down shirt with khaki pants in a show ring (unless otherwise instructed).

• Upon entering the ring, walk forward in a clockwise direction on the left side of the animal.

• When turning your animal, always try to turn to your right (into the animal). If you go left, your animal might step on you.

• Keep adequate space (3-4 feet) between your animal and others. • Always keep your eye on the judge. You don’t want to miss his or her instructions.

• Once you are stopped and have the halter or lead in the correct hand, you need to make sure the animal is set up properly to show the animal’s best qualities. The legs need to be square under the animal’s body, and the back line is straight. Train your animal to stand still like this for at least five minutes at a time.

• When an animal is set, you can both relax a bit. A slow pace is desired to keep the animal calm.

• Always be courteous to others in the show ring. Never block other exhibitors from the judge’s view.

• When a problem arises in the ring, calmly wait for a ring helper.

 

Club and Independent Members News

We want to hear from you! We want to let everyone know what is going on with your 4-H projects and 4-Hers. Send photos and reports to Nicole at nicole.h.willey@maine.edu by the 20th of each month so we can be sure to share your news with all our Washington County 4-Hers. If there is not space enough, it will be in the following newsletter.

 

Cooking with the Kids

Dilly Beans

A pickling delight

Ingredients:

1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons canning or pickling salt
2 teaspoons dill seed
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
1 pound green beans, washed and ends trimmed
2 cloves of garlic, peeled

Directions
1. Combine vinegar, water, salt, dill seeds and crushed red pepper flakes in a pot. Bring to a boil.
2. Add green beans and garlic to quart jar or large container with a lid. Pour hot vinegar mixture over beans. Cover and refrigerate.
3. Keep refrigerated and use within two weeks Makes 8 servings
Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Quick and Easy Eat Well Recipe

 

4-H News from the State

1. Save the Date: TSC’s Fall Paper Clover Event Oct 8-19, 2014
The Fall 2014 Tractor Supply Company Paper Clover Fundraiser is scheduled for October 8-19, 2014. Invite friends and family to support 4-H by donating $1 at check out when they are done shopping. 100% of each dollar goes to the 4-H. 70% of all funds collected support local and state 4-H programs right where you live. Learn how to connect with your local TSC store on the Fundraising Connections: (http://www.tscand4h.com/4h_site/fund.php) page so you can enter the 2014 Paper Clover Participation Sweepstakes (http://www.tscand4h.com/4h_site/participation.php) during the semi-annual events.

 

2. Maine Fair Season Insurance
Maine fair season is almost here. Most Maine fairs now require proof of insurance in order to exhibit livestock at their fairs. Proof of insurance usually is requested for individuals including the exhibitor (4-H member), owner of the animal, and anyone who may be responsible for maintaining the animal at the event (e.g. parents or volunteers). Some fairs no longer allow homeowner insurance policies. Please check your specific fair to see what they accept. Most fairs do accept the MALE Insurance. Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors (MALE) annual membership renewal is in June. Last year’s membership ends on June 30. A benefit of being a member of this association includes liability insurance at specific events, including Maine fairs. Please refer to the events that it does cover for the state. Also, as a clarification, as of 7/1/2011, this insurance is a display and exhibitors policy; therefore the following activities are not covered: equine racing, trotting, barrel racing, steeplechase, rodeos, and team penning. Any and all ox, steer, pony and horse rides, wagon, sleigh, and hay rides and dog and sheep dog activities. More information is available at: http://www.mainelivestockexhibitors.org/index.html.

 

3. Eastern States Bus Trip, September 27, 2014
It’s time to reserve seats for the buses traveling to Eastern States Exposition (ESE or also called the “Big E”) in West Springfield, Massachusetts for Maine Day on Saturday, September 27, 2014. This one-day trip is sponsored by the Maine Trustees of the Eastern States Exposition to encourage Maine 4-Hers who don’t presently participate in events at ESE to see the activities that go on for 4-H youth in hopes to bolster their enthusiasm to participate in the future. Two buses are reserved for us and the northernmost bus will originate in Bangor and they will stop at several points on I-95. Seats fill up quickly, and we will begin taking registrations immediately. All youth must go with a chaperone, but because this event is primarily for youth; seats are limited to no more than two adults per child. The bus ride and admission to the “Big E” are free, but all individuals on this trip are expected to march in the parade at 5 pm. It works well if you wear a 4-H t-shirt if you have one, and for clubs to bring their club banner to display during the parade. Items you might want to bring along with you are: light snacks, water, a good book, Rated G movies (there is a DVD player on the bus), a pillow, and a blanket. There will be rest stops along the way. Other items to consider bringing: clothing to identify your club, a comfortable pair of walking shoes, a hat with a visor, sun glasses, sun screen, a back pack, personal spending money, a camera, and a watch. If you have a cell phone, it will be helpful for logistics. Please include your cell phone number when you register. Please leave valuable items at home. We will not be responsible for lost or stolen items. Bus stops will be determined based on location of riders. Reservations must be made in writing or by e-mail to:
Jessy Brainerd, 103B Libby Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5741 or jessica.brainerd@maine.edu When you register, please give the name, age (for adults, just state “adult”), address, home phone and cell phone number of each person in your group. Reservations are due by Friday, September 5, 2014 (call after this date to check on seat availability). A confirmation letter will be sent to you two weeks before the trip giving you the time and pick up location. Pick up will be bright and early in the morning, but the return trip will be staggered. One bus will leave right af- ter the parade; the second bus will leave after the evening events. So when you register, let us know if you’d like to return on the early or late bus (we will try to assign you to your preferred bus, however, there are a limited number of seats on each). Volunteers are needed to serve as Bus Monitors. Bus Monitors will serve as the contact person for other passengers on their bus, and will make sure everyone gets back on the bus at the rest stop. If you’d be willing to serve in this capacity, please let us know when you sign up. If you have questions, please contact Jessy Brainerd at 800-287-0274 or 581-3877.

 

Image Description: DRMM Members participates in horse show.

Image Description: DRMM volunteer and club member with their horses.

Image Description: DRMM 4-H Club learns how to wash a horse.

Image Description: Downeast Lock & Load 4-H Club participates in shooting competition.

Image Description: Horse Power 4-H Club members participate in parade at Cherryfield Days.

Image Description: Horse Power 4-H Club member and dog participate in Cherryfield Days.

4-H News in Washington County ~ July 2014

Volume 9, Issue 7

Dates to Remember

August 4-August 20 (Mondays and Wednesdays)- 9-11 a.m.- 4-H Entomology SPIN Club for ages 8-10 in Machias  $10 per youth / space limit of 10-  Youth will enjoy the great outdoors and learn about many types of insects.
Please call the office at 255-3345 for more information.

August 28 – September 1 – Blue Hill Fair

 

Schylar D. of Downeast Lock & Load 4-H visits Narraguagus Bay Health Care

by Kirsten Simas, Administrator of Narraguagus Bay Health Care

Narraguagus Bay Health Care Facility was honored to have Schylar D. visit the veterans on June 10th. Schylar made thank you cards for the veterans thanking them for their service and brought gift seeds for each of them. The seeds were donated from Burpee Company. Schylar is with the 4-H Youth Development Program through the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

 

Washington County’s first 4-H Shooting Sports club has chosen a name: Downeast Lock & Load!

Here is what one of the members has to say about his experience…

My name is Jordan, I recently joined the 4-H Shooting Sports program when it started in April. At shooting sports we have instructors that teach and help us in our shooting, we have all improved thanks to our helpful instructors and volunteers. What I like best about this club is that the 4-H instructors and the volunteers are very nice, caring, and have set up this and other programs in a safe but fun way.

Thank-you, Jordan for taking the time to share your experience with the Downeast Lock & Load 4-H club. Like many other 4-H projects (such as horse and goat), 4-H Shooting Sports requires much discipline. Looking on the Life Skills Chart created by Iowa State University for 4-H, I hear that Jordan’s club is using some of these great life skills: personal safety, nurturing relationships, teamwork and self-discipline.

What Life Skills are YOU learning in 4-H? Email Nicole Willey your response and you, too, can have your article published in the Washington County 4-H newsletter!

 

TSC Spring Paper Clover Totals

Congratulations, Washington County 4-H! Thanks to Tractor Supply Company, and our dedicated 4-H clubs and supporters, $635 was raised at the Spring 2014 Paper Clover promotion! WOW! Great job!

 

Tractor Supply Company – July 12th Swap Event

Tractor Supply Company invites all 4-H and community members to participate in an animal/seedling/plant/tack/gear swap on Saturday, July 12th at the TSC store in Calais. For more details, contact Karen Smith [207-454-0671] or Ronda Cobb [207-214-5552].

 

Blue Hill Fair Time – We hope you are getting your projects ready for the Exhibit Hall. The theme this year is “WOW! 4-H does that?” The exhibit cards are in the office now. Blue Hill Fair books should arrive soon. The fair book is on line including entry blanks at the Blue Hill Fair website.

 

June Jamboree at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds

We were lucky with the good weather. There were over twenty-five activities planned for this year and it sure appeared that everyone was having fun. The committee tried hard to have something that might interest everyone. The Any Time Science Table and Art proved to be helpful as a way for something to do if you had any down time. Planning for the next Jamboree will begin in July. If you have any suggestions, please, give the office a call. There are some great ideas out there and your help will be appreciated.

Special thanks to Mark Lipski and Terry Swazey
for so many great photos. More photos can be found on the Hancock County 4-H Facebook page!

 

Cooking with the Kids

Oatmeal, Strawberry, Banana Smoothie

Makes 3 servings Serving size 8 fl. Oz.

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana

1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1 container (6-ounce) nonfat vanilla yogurt

1 cup skim milk

12 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

1. To freeze banana: peel banana, cut into chunks and freeze over- night or at least four to five hours.

2. Blend the old-fashioned rolled oats in a dry blender until it becomes a powder.

3. Add the yogurt, milk, and cinnamon to the oatmeal powder and blend together.

4. Add the frozen strawberries and the frozen banana to the blender.

5. Blend until smooth.

6. Enjoy!

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Eat Well Nutrition Program

 

 School News

Beatrice Rafferty – Beatrice Rafferty 4th grade teacher April Noel is very ingenious and enthusiastic in her approach to teaching science and the life cycle to her students. From growing tadpoles into frogs to hatching chickens to explore embryology it has been quite a year. When April decided hands-on embryology was an ideal way for her students to learn, she came to 4-H for help locating an incubator and putting together lesson plans. These students
also started their embryology unit by taking the “Eggs on the Move” 4-H Activity Challenge. The hatch was very successful, but did end with a tragedy. The happy and thriving chicks unexpectedly had a heat light fall on them, with many of the chicks dying. But, even this turned into an important lesson for the kids in the different challenges and safety issues farmers must face every day and the resiliency that is needed to succeed. Thank you, April, for your wonderful work with these students and the important life skill you helped them to learn. While Beatrice Rafferty is not yet a 4-H School Group, we look forward to them joining our family soon and look forward to helping facilitate more experiential learning opportunities in the school year to come.

 

Morning Song School Cooperative – Morning Song ended their year with a beautiful graduation ceremony for the 7th grade class attended by friends, family and community, a celebration of 15 years of the intentional school community that over the years has touched the lives of many. We say good bye to Morning
Song as a 4-H school group,
but look forward to seeing this graduating class in 4-H happenings in the future and continuing to help shape and make a positive difference in the world around them. Look for their art and handwork exhibits at the Blue Hill Fair Exhibit Hall in September!

 

Ella Lewis School – This year saw lots of great 4-H activities for Ella Lewis School, from gardening and vermiculture to gardening to bees to teen leadership training to Maine Ag in the classroom including visits to
Painted Pepper Farm from grades K through 3rd. Happily, 4-H Public
Speaking was a major 4-H focus again this year and expanded from just
2nd and 3rd grades to include 2nd through 8th. The hard work the teachers
and students have done with this over the years has really proven to
carry through, evidenced by the enthusiasm the kids continue to have for
demonstrations and sharing what they know in groups even as they grow older. We say a fond farewell this year to 4-H leaders at Ella Lewis School — Principal Darlene Falabella, who has been an incredible champion of 4-H in this school, and Special Education Teacher Pearl Barto, who using the 4-H Teen Leadership curriculum helped students in 6th through 8th grade found their own Student Council shaped according to their work in this program. Also, we say goodbye to 2nd grade teacher Jackie Boothby, who was our first teacher ever in Hancock or Washington County to give 4-H public speaking in her classroom a four years ago and helped create a model that continues to work well in all our 4-H schools. You all will be very missed at Ella Lewis, but we look forward to having you in our 4-H family as mentors and leaders for years to come.

 

Mount Desert Elementary School – submitted by 4-H Leader Julie Taylor
We had the opportunity this spring at our school to do a 4-H hatching/embryology project with duck eggs, like the one we did a couple years back with the 4th grade class. We had two ducklings hatch out of the six eggs we received from Coastal Creek Farm on Great Cranberry Island. The 3rd grade class learned about the different parts of the egg, candling
techniques to determine if they were fertile, as well as took
turns recording incubator and room temperature and rotate
the eggs.

The ducklings stayed in our classroom for a week and a half. Students learned animal husbandry through cleaning their brooder, food, and water. A farm maintained by the College of the Atlantic, Peggy Rockefeller Farm, adopted the ducklings and will now be a 4-H project for a young girl in Bar Harbor.

 

Step by Step Childcare – Step by Step became our third 4-H school group to take on an embryology project this year, using this project in their pre-school program which includes many new 4-H youth who will be heading on to kindergarten next year. Their first try, while resulting in only one hatched chick out of 24 eggs, was a great learning experience. The kids were able to learn how to candle the eggs, help with the twice a day turning and help monitor the temperature of the incubator. They also were able to enjoy their chick who was adopted by one of the families. With some trouble shooting, they determined that the incubator temperature was too high and that this was the reason for the low hatch rate. Not to be discouraged, Cissy Jellison sourced out a different incubator from a community member with an automatic turner and gave it another try. Stay tuned for a report on the experiment went in next month’s newsletter.

 

Trenton Elementary – Trenton Elementary school finished their afterschool program in May with an outrageously fun pizza party and slide show. With over 50 students in this program through the year, it was quite a big event! 4-H played a large role in the program this year, with Trenton Elementary taking on almost every 4-H Activity Challenge throughout the year as part of their Science Thursdays. Thanks to 4-H leader Nicole Holdsworth for her fantastic and innovative leadership which allowed 4-H to stay a strong presence in the lives of these youth.

 

A Special Thank You to our 4-H School Art Teachers! – Our hats go off to our 4-H School Art Teachers – 4-H Leader Emily Hutchinson at Ella Lewis School; 4-H Leader Jana Prosser at Morning Song School Cooperative; Carol Shutt at Mount Desert Elementary School; Connie Barnes at Trenton Elementary School. All of these excellent teachers agreed to trial a program to pilot a program incorporating 4-H in their classrooms this year by giving their students the opportunity to choose a piece of art from their year’s portfolio to enter in the Blue Hill Fair Exhibit Hall. For those of you who have ever prepared an exhibit for the fair, you know there is more to it then just sending it over in August. Each student was given a choice whether to submit their piece and then spent an art class learning about the 4-H Life Skill Wheel and reflecting in writing on their exhibit card on what practical skills they had gained and how their project helped then to learn and use life skills and why. As a result of the hard work of these teachers and students, we will have over 80 pieces of 2-D and 3- D art from our 4-H Schools on display at the Blue Hill Fair this year. Thank you to all for giving this a try. We look forward to having this strong showing and more for many years to come.

 

4-H News from the State

1. 2014 Maine 4-H Days – Our Best Year Yet!- We would like to say a huge “Thank You” to all of the absolutely amazing volunteers who made this year’s Maine 4-H Days one of our best!!! Thanks, also, to the 4-Hers and their parents who showed us exactly why we love working for such an incredible program! As always, we would like to heartily thank the Maine 4-H Foundation for their continued support of Maine 4-H Days, and the other great 4-H programs and events that happen through the year.

If you really did enjoy the program, please take a moment to either email (susan.jennings@maine.edu) or mail a card/message (Susan Jennings, Executive Director, Maine 4-H Foundation, 9 Olson Road, South Paris, ME 04281) to the Maine 4-H Foundation to express your appreciation for their financial support.

In early 2015, planning will start for next year’s event. If you are interested in joining the Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee, or have general questions/comments/recommendations about the event, please email jessica.brainerd@maine.edu, or call 207-581-3877.

2. State 4-H Dairy Show – The State 4-H Dairy Show will be held at the Windsor Fairgrounds July 19 and 20, 2014. The State Show is open to all 4-H youth enrolled in the dairy project and is also the tryout event for the selection of the Dairy Team for Eastern States. A clipping contest will be held on Saturday evening before the show. Enter your animals on the day of the show. The State Dairy Show Packet can be found on the dairy webpage. 

For more information contact Angela Hussey at ahussey@newenglandtechair.com or at 207-400-2588 or 207-347-7577.

3. Save the Date: TSC’s Fall Paper Clover Event Oct 8-19, 2014- The Fall 2014 Tractor Supply Company Paper Clover Fundraiser is scheduled for October 8-19, 2014. Invite friends and family to support 4-H by donating $1 at check out when they are done shopping. 100% of each dollar goes to the 4-H. 70% of all funds collected support local and state 4-H programs right where you live.

Learn how to connect with your local TSC store on the Fundraising Connections page so you can enter the 2014 Paper Clover Participation Sweepstakes during the semi-annual events.

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

5. Maine Fair Season Insurance- Maine fair season is almost here. Most Maine fairs now require proof of insurance in order to exhibit livestock at their fairs. Proof of insurance usually is requested for individuals including the exhibitor (4-H member), owner of the animal, and anyone who may be responsible for maintaining the animal at the event (e.g. parents or volunteers).

Some fairs no longer allow homeowner insurance policies. Please check your specific fair to see what they accept. Most fairs do accept the MALE Insurance.

Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors (MALE) annual membership renewal is in June. Last year’s membership ends on June 30. A benefit of being a member of this association includes liability insurance at specific events, including Maine fairs. Please refer to the events that it does cover for the state. Also, as a clarification, as of 7/1/2011, this insurance is a display and exhibitors policy; therefore the following activities are not covered: equine racing, trotting, barrel racing, steeplechase, rodeos, and team penning. Any and all ox, steer, pony and horse rides, wagon, sleigh, and hay rides and dog and sheep dog activities. More information is available at the website.

Image Description: 4-H UMaine Extension Logo

Image Description: Schylar D. visits senior residents at a local nursing home.

Image Description: Schylar D. visits senior residents at a local nursing home.

Image Description: Participants at the 4-H Jamboree at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds.

Image Description: Chick from Beatrice Rafferty

Image Description: Graduation for Morning Song School Cooperative

Image Description: Ella Lewis Gardening Project

Image Description: Ella Lewis Gardening Project

Image Description: Ella Lewis 4-H Afterschool Programming

Image Description: MDI 4-H Project

Image Description: Chick from Step by Step Daycare

Image Description: Trenton Elementary 4-H Programming

4-H News in Washington County ~ June 2014

 

Dates to Remember

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

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

June 30 – Deadline – Animal Approval Forms and Lease Forms are Due in the 
Extension Office – No Exceptions!

July 4 – Independence Day – Extension Office Closed

August 28 – September 1 – Blue Hill Fair

 

Quoddy Kids Explore Whales

On April 22, the Quoddy Kids traveled to the University of Maine at Machias and met with Professor M. Gayle Kraus to learn more about whales. They enjoyed a swim at the fitness center on campus afterwards. Thank-you to the Harmon Foundation for the funds to support this trip.

 

4-H Super Sitter Course Held in Machias

4-H Super Sitters are on the loose! Seven new babysitters completed the course on May 10th and are ready to watch over and take care of their siblings, cousins, and neighborhood youth! They learned how to work with different ages and stages of children, when and how to call 911, how to change and feed and baby, and even how to make some easy and healthy snacks for older children! Way to go!

 

4-H@UMaine

4-H@UMaine, held May 16 & 17 this year, was attended by four Washington County youth and 100 youth statewide. Each participant spent the night at a dorm on the University of Maine (Orono) campus, enjoyed meals in the dining halls, and chose three workshops to attend. Topics included composite materials, embryology, fundamentals of acting, aquaculture, high-altitude ballooning, dance, field skills for the forest, ecology, ocean waves, veterinary medicine, permaculture, chemical engineering, nanotechnology and nutrition and health.

 

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 “Wow! 4-H Does That?” The exhibit cards are in the office now. Blue Hill Fair books should arrive soon. The fair book is on line including entry blanks at: www.bluehillfair.com. If you are unable to pick up your copy or download the forms, please give us a call and we’ll mail you a book.

 

Blue Hill Fair Books – Methel Wilbur, Blue Hill Fair Exhibit Hall Superintendent, gave a talk before the last Hancock leader’s meeting about the fair book. She offered the following helpful hints.

• Leather will be separate this year (it has been judged with crafts before).

• Rule #6 will say that there will be no more than ten (10) Best Project and from those ten, one Best of Show will be chosen.

• Please fill out the bottom part of the exhibit card for the Cloverbuds. Sometimes it is very hard for the judges to read their printing.

• Remember to put the name of the club on a 3×5 card for the club exhibit. Do not attach it to the exhibit – place it upside down on the exhibit. The judges are not to know the name of the 
club while judging. Methel will display the club name after it as been judged.

• On the Hall Exhibit Entry form, please list all items for each youth at once. Do not skip a space. Enter the next youth and all the items in the following space. Continue the same way 
for all club members. Please, do not list by items such as all woodworking, all cooking, etc.

• By keeping the names in order, it will be easier to do the premium more accurately.

• The club exhibit is allowed a 4×4 foot space. Bring your own table.

• Follow the rules as shown in the Blue Hill Fair book to help the check in go smoothly. Methel has a lot to do, so let’s do our part to make life easier for her!

 

Pre-Fair News

By Christy Fitzpatrick, Former 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 con- ditions 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!

 

Club and Individual Member Reports – We want to hear from you! We want to let everyone know what is going on with your 4-H projects and 4-Hers. Send photos and reports to Nicole at nicole.h.willey@maine.edu by the 20th of each month so we can be sure to share your news with all our Washington County 4-Hers. If there is not space enough, it will be in the following newsletter.

 

Cooking with the Kids

Zucchini Coins

Ingredients
1/2 cup whole-wheat panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 large egg
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch circles
Olive- or canola-oil spray
Marinara sauce for dipping, optional

Make It
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

2. Combine bread crumbs, Parmesan, salt, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Whisk the egg in a second bowl and place the flour in a third bowl.

3. Make an assembly line with the bowls. Dip the zucchini circles first into the flour, then the egg, and finally the bread-crumb mixture, coating them evenly.

4. Place on a baking rack set over a baking sheet and spray with oil. Pop into the oven for 20 minutes, or until bread crumbs are golden. Serve with marinara sauce if desired.

Parents.com

 

Lisa’s 4-H Activity Challenge of the Month

Finally! Sunshine and warm days are here! This month features an activity challenge that is just right to get outside and enjoy it all. You can do it inside, but why not get outdoors and soak up the good weather instead?

Bubble Mania – Basic Bubbling

In this 4-H activity, from the YES Science Series from Penn State University, you get to blow bubbles in your cup, just like we have always been told NOT to do! We will experiment with different liquids and cups and straws to see which blows the best bubbles. There is no need to worry about your table manners today – just be prepared to get messy and have lots of fun.

Gather your materials

You will need two cups and two straws for each person as well as water and liquid dish soap.

The Activity

Water, like all substances, is made of molecules (H2O) that are too small to see.
These water molecules are attracted to each other. The effect of this attraction is called surface tension. Surface tension makes the water act as if it has an elastic skin. In this activity, we will get to experiment with what happens to surface tension when you add other substances to the water.

1) Take your two cups and label one SOAP and one WATER.
2) To each cup, measure and add 1/3 cup water.
3) To the cup labeled SOAP, add 10 drops liquid detergent.
4) Now put one straw in each, blow through them one at a time, and see what happens. It’s okay to let the bubbles overflow. This is what makes science fun!

Talk it Over the 4-H Way!

Share… What shape are the bubbles? Can you see any colors in the bubbles? Does it make a difference if you blow gently or hard?

Process… Do you think you can make a bubble without air or wind? Which liquid made the best bubbles? Why do you think this is so? What happens? What makes the best bubble? How do you think surface tension was affected by the soap?

Generalize… What other times do you see that something added to water changes how it looks or moves? List some of these substances and think together about why that is.

Apply… Try your experiment again. What happens if you use more or less soap in your cup? What happens if you use something other than a straw to blow bubbles? What do you think you have in your kitchen that might work?

More 4-H Challenges… Try to make your own bubble experiments based on your sharing. What substances did you come up with other than soap might make bubbles of some kind as well? Try it out!

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 Bubble Mania challenges, information and trivia around this activity (plus some test design hints!), check out the YES Science Series from Penn State University This activity can be found in the Bubble Mania section of that series (Farm Physics, pages 32-33) and is available online at http://berkeley.ext.wvu.edu/r/download/149623

 

School News

Welcome to Step by Step Daycare – our newest 4-H School Group!!!!

We are so excited to welcome Step by Step Daycare to our 4-H family! While this daycare serves kids from 2 months to 12 years, it has a good number of youth afterschool and on breaks coming regularly that are a perfect age for 4-H. In fact, since many kids from our Ella Lewis School, one of our 4-H School Groups, come to Step by Step, there are a whole bunch of 4-Hers already there, so what a great way to keep the 4-H hands-on learning going out of school, too! Step by Step Daycare serves youth from Cherryfield, Milbridge, Steuben and beyond.

It all started when Cissy Jellison, owner of Step by Step, and a group of other daycare providers participated in the 4-H Afterschool Training this past fall. From there, Cissy decided that having a connection with 4-H and the University to help get resources and ideas for the kids was a natural fit. Now Step by Step is partnering with 4-H, Food Corp and Farm to School to get hands-on science, gardening and healthy living activities going.

Already in this past month, the kids have learned about embryology while hatching chicks for a 4-H project – and how to make the best of things when things don’t go as you planned – only one chick hatched, but now they have one very well-loved chick and have done trouble shooting to make sure the next time they try in a week or two that they have a higher hatch rate. They also set up their own vermiculture bin (worm bin) over April vacation – so they can make great soil for their seedlings and gardens. They also had a training on daycare gardening and, from that, have now started sprouts for the kids to grow and harvest for their lunches and snacks. Yum!

There are many more plans in the works, including 4-H VOLT training for all the very talented staff, teachers and helpers & a vegetable garden for the summer, so watch for updates. We are sure there will be plenty!

 

Guidelines for 4-H Animal Shows at Agricultural Fairs

For anyone planning on showing their 4-H animal project at fairs this year, please be sure to fill out your animal approval and/or lease form by June 30th.

Are you new to 4-H? Is this your first 4-H animal project? Are you a new club leader and have youth who would like to show or work with animals? Nicole and Lisa are here to help you! Call us with any questions you may have. We are happy to meet with you and help you in any way we can. We hope to see you at the fair!

For more information on animal approval forms visit the website. For rules on leasing animals visit the 4-H state website.

Guidelines for 4-H Animal Shows at Agricultural Fairs

Maine 4-H members who wish to show animals at Maine Agricultural Shows must abide by the current Regulations for 4-H Shows at Maine Agricultural Fairs. These regulations include, among other things, allowing leased animals in 4-H Shows and requiring exhibitors to present the standard Approval Form for 4-H Animal Shows.

The Approval Form for 4-H Animal Shows certifies that the youth is an enrolled 4-H member in good standing and that the animals listed on the form are the ones being used in the project on the date the form was signed by the appropriate Extension staff member. The 4-H leader must sign the form on the line immediately below the last animal listed. A 4-H staff member in the county where the member is enrolled in that particular animal project must sign the form on the signature line at the bottom. An embossed photocopy of the Approval

Form for 4-H Animal Shows is then given to the 4-H member and the original is kept on file in the 4-H office in the county where the member is enrolled in that project.

4-H members must fit any animals they show. Safety rules and regulations are strictly enforced.

You may pick up an animal approval form at the Extension Office or can be found on the website.

Lease of Animals

If you are using another person’s animal, even if the animal is owned by a parent, the 4-H youth must complete a Lease Agreement. These forms can be found on the website.

For 4-H Leasing Rules, please see visit the website.

If you are a new leader, the Leader’s Guidelines for handling animal approval forms will be most helpful.

Remember, all forms are available at the Extension Office. Don’t hesitate to call. We are happy to help you!

 

 4-H News from the State

1. Register Starting May 1st for Maine 4-H Days -Maine 4-H Days will take place June 20 – 22, 2014 at the Windsor Fairgrounds, and the registration materials are available online. As always, workshops are assigned on a first come, first serve basis, so be sure to register early. If you do not have online access, please contact your local county office for paper copies of the forms.

We are in need of volunteers willing to help with all aspects of the event. Last year, Maine 4-H Days brought almost 400 individuals to the Windsor Fairgrounds, and we are preparing for even greater numbers for 2014. Volunteers are needed for: presenter assistance, office/ registration help, being crafty in the Creativity Area, set-up, cleanup, and more. We request that one member of each group sign up for a minimum of one volunteer shift.

Along with many of your favorite returning workshops (Archery, Dog Camp, Field Skills for the Forest, Cheese Making, Lego® Robotics, etc.), there are a ton of awesome new workshops this year: Make Your Own Hula Hoop, Line Dancing, and so much more! All of the workshops, and their descriptions, will be posted on the Maine 4-H Days web page by May 1.

If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact Jessy Brainerd at jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or 207.581.3877.

2. 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 is open through June 15, 2014 $125.00 early price (includes lunch both days), Register online (also of interest is the Summer Training Academy on July 23 – $199 plus materials) CEU Eligible.

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

4. 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.

 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. 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.

7. 4-H National Trips and CWF Trip Winners- We recently held interviews for National Trips in Lisbon and Orono. Please join us in congratulating the following winners for this year’s National trips, and also the delegates selected for the Citizenship Washington Focus trip. We are proud to have you represent Maine 4-H!

Winners for National 4-H Congress will be headed to Atlanta, Georgia in November of this year. Natalie H., and Nicole S., will be traveling from Waldo County, and Kristen B. and Lucia A. will be representing Cumberland County.

Winners for National 4-H Conference will travel to Washington, D.C. in April, 2015. Representing Cumberland County will be Reed B. and Desiree W., and from Franklin County, Sadie F. and Kristen D. will be attending the Conference.

Delegates to Citizenship Washington Focus will be traveling to Washington, D.C. in July of this year. Delegates include: From Cumberland County: Catherine F., Desiree W., Corey W., and Morgan A.; from Franklin: Denae G.; from Kennebec: Jimmy S.; from Oxford: Ben A.; from Penobscot: Michael H., and Colin J.; from Somerset: Micahela M., and Hallie M.; from Waldo: Tyler C., Cassandra L., and Shaynen S.; from Washington: Blaine G., and Cole W.; and from York: Kaysia C., Carolyn H., and Katelynn S.

8. Save the Date: TSC’s Fall Paper Clover Event Oct 8-19, 2014- The Fall 2014 Tractor Supply Company Paper Clover Fundraiser is scheduled for October 8-19, 2014. Invite friends and family to support 4-H by donating $1 at check out when they are done shopping. 100% of each dollar goes to the 4-H. 70% of all funds collected support local and state 4-H programs right where you live.

Learn how to connect with your local TSC store on the Fundraising Connections page so you can enter the 2014 Paper Clover Participation Sweepstakes during the semi- annual events.

Image Description: UMaine4H

Image Description: Quoddy Kids standing under the skeleton of a humpback whale.

Image Description: Participants making a healthy snack during the 4-H Super Sitter Course.

Image Description: The 4-H Super Sitter Course participants display the bags they created during the course.

Image Description: 4-H@Umaine

Image Description: 4-H@Umaine

Image Description: School news photos for June 2014.

Image Description: School news photos for June 2014.

Image Description: School news photos for June 2014.

4-H in Washington County – May 2014

Volume 9, Issue 5

Dates to Remember

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Washington County Youth Win 4-H Public Speaking Tournament

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

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

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

Congratulations to all who participated!

 

4-H Shooting Sports Club Off to a Great Start

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

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

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

 

Successful 4-H Paper Clover Campaign

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

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

 

Save the Date! Exhibit Hall Informational Session

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

 

Invitation to “Handworks Night”

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

 

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

Please visit and like our Facebook page for current information about 4-H programming in our area.

 

Cooking with the Kids

Banana Crunch Loaf

Ingredients:

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

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

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

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

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

Family Circle

 

Lisa’s 4-H Activity Challenge of the Month

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

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

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

Edible Aquifer

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

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

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

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

Gather your materials

1) Vanilla pudding, already prepared

2) Milk

3) Liquid food coloring

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

5) Clear plastic cups and spoons

The Activity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More 4-H Challenges…

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

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

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

 

 4-H News from the State

1. Register Starting May 1st for Maine 4-H Days – Maine 4-H Days will take place June 20 – 22, 2014 at the Windsor Fairgrounds, and the registration materials are available online. As always, workshops are assigned on a first come, first serve basis, so be sure to register early. If you do not have online access, please contact your local county office for paper copies of the forms.

We are in need of volunteers willing to help with all aspects of the event. Last year, Maine 4-H Days brought almost 400 individuals to the Windsor Fairgrounds, and we are preparing for even greater numbers for 2014. Volunteers are needed for: presenter assistance, office/ registration help, being crafty in the Creativity Area, set-up, cleanup, and more. We request that one member of each group sign up for a minimum of one volunteer shift.

Along with many of your favorite returning workshops (Archery, Dog Camp, Field Skills for the Forest, Cheese Making, Lego® Robotics, etc.), there are a ton of awesome new workshops this year: Make Your Own Hula Hoop, Line Dancing, and so much more! All of the workshops, and their descriptions, will be posted on the Maine 4-H Days web page by May 1: http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-events/maine-4-h-days/.

If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact Jessy Brainerd at jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or 207.581.3877.

 

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

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

 

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

Every year, teachers, afterschool providers, youth workers and others come to this conference for fresh new ideas of hands-on projects/programs that work to raise the level of engagement of youth in learning – 4-H is good at this – volunteer leaders and youth are doing fabulous things others need to know! Youth and adults are co-presenters in 90 minute workshops on using 4-H Science Kits; Starting 4-H Clubs in Afterschool Programs; Importance of Service Learning (Community Service) to Youth & How To Do It; How 4-H Clubs Care for School Gardens in the Summer; 4-H Animals in the School Setting, etc…. Contact Barb Baker for more information & ideas about presenting by April 11: 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. Come to Camp this Summer! Looking for a fun adventure this summer? Come to Tanglewood 4-H Camp in Lincolnville, or Blueberry Cove 4-H Camp in Tenants Harbor! All Maine 4-H members are eligible for $100 off any residential or adventure trip program, or $50 off any day-camp program. There are many options to choose from – go backpacking on the AT, canoe the Ducktrap River, learn to sail, camp on an island, swim, create, make new friends. Check out our website. Camp is in session from June 23 to August 29. If you have questions, or need more information, contact Patti Chapman at patricia.chapman@maine.edu or call 207-789-5868. We’ll be watching for you!

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Dairy Judging in April
Clipping Contest the day before the show
For more information contact Angela Hussey at ahussey@newenglandtechair.com or at 207-400- 2588 or 207-347-7577.

 

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

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

Image Description: 4-H Shooting Sports

Image Description: 4-H Shooting Sports

Image Description: Tractor Supply Group Photo

4-H in Washington County ~ April 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, Independent, did an extremely informative Senior Illustrated Talk on “Military Dogs”, Kate & Libby, Quoddy Kids, did a very intriguing Junior Team Demonstration on “How to Make String Art”, and Mikaila, 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.

 

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 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 makes great use of a snow day with her little brother experimenting with “Mystery Mud!”, the March 4-H Activity Challenge. 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

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 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), https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1536313. (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 or 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, Maine 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. 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-H’ers 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-H’ers 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, Maine 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 preregister, 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 a.m. 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 p.m.

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 McDonald’s) on Main Street toward Front Street for 0.6 miles. Turn right onto Broadway for 0.1 miles
. Continue onto ME-43 E/Perham Street for 1.7 miles
. Take a slight right onto Perham Hill Road/Weeks Mills Road for 1.2 miles
.

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-H’ers 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 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, Maine. 4-H’ers and potential 4-H members are welcome to show. Rabbits handlers 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.

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; or 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 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 or 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. If you have questions or would like to order over the phone, give them a call between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., 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

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

Image Description: Eggs

Image Description: Youth participates in making Mystery Mud.

Image Description: Mysterious Mud

Image Description: Mysterious Mud

Image Description: Soil Sams

Image Description: Soil Sams

Image Description: Soil Sams

Image Description: 4-H Wind Power Project

Image Description: 4-H Wind Power Project

Image Description: 4-H Wind Power Project

4-H in Washington County ~ March 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 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Extension office in Machias. Preregistration is required by April 7th. Please call 207.255.3345 or email tara.a.wood@maine.edu to register.

 

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

Please visit our Facebook page at the following link.

 

Invitation to “Handworks Night” in Hancock County

March 16 will be our next Handworks Night, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., 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!

 

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

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!”

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!

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.

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-H’er

- 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-H’er 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 207.581.3877.

 

3. 4-H Dog Fun Day-Saturday, April 26, 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. at Renaissance Dogs, 127 Main Street, Holden, Maine 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 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 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 1.800.287.1535 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 and 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, Maine 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 will be held Sunday, February 16, 2014 at the Maine Farm Bureau building in Augusta at 1:00 pm. Snow date will be Monday, February 17. Quiz Bowl Tryouts are 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-H’ers 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, 2014 at the Maine Farm Bureau in Augusta. Fourteen 4-H’ers 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

 

Image Description: Handworks Night at Hancock County

Image Description: challenge

Image Description: Who Took the Challenge

Image Description: School Photo 1

Image Description: School Photo 2

Image Description: School Photo 3

4-H in Washington County ~ February 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

Libby, 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 and Cole

Independent members, Blaine and Cole, 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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

 

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!

 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

Image Description: Youth receive community service recognition.

Image Description: 4-H Challenge-Soil Sams

Image Description: Who Took the Challenge Photo 1

Image Description: Who Took the Challenge Photo 2

Image Description: Who Took the Challenge Photo 3

Image Description: Who Took the Challenge Photo 4

Image Description: School News Photo 3

Image Description: School News Photo 2

Image Description: School News Photo 1

Image Description: School News Photo 4

Image Description: School News Photo 7

Image Description: School News Photo 8

Image Description: School News Photo 7

Image Description: School News Photo 6

Image Description: School News Photo 5

4-H News in Washington County ~ January 2014

January 2014

Volume 9, Issue 1

 

Dates to Remember

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

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

March 8- Washington County Public Speaking Tournament

March 29- Regional Public Speaking Tournament, University of Maine

 

Newly Enrolled Volunteers

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

 

Geocache Reminder

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

 

 Public Speaking Guidelines and Judging Sheets

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

 

 Lisa’s Corner

Lisa’s 4-H Public Speaking Reminder!! Each 4-H group (club or school) should be holding their own demonstration tournament during the month of February. Leaders, be sure to call or e-mail Tara at the office at 255-3345 or 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

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!

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!

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.

Image Description: Lisa Challenge Activity

Image Description: Ella Lewis School Photo 2

Image Description: Ella Lewis School Photo 1

Image Description: Jonesboro Elementary Photo1

Image Description: Jonesboro Elementary Photo2

Image Description: Jonesboro Elementary Photo 3

Image Description: Jonesboro Elementary Photo 4

4-H News in Washington County ~ December 2013

Volume 8, Issue 12

 

Dates to Remember

December 25- Office Closed

December 31- State 4-H Reenrollment Form Deadline

January 1- Office Closed

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

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

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

March 8- Washington County Public Speaking Tournament

March 29- Regional Public Speaking Tournament, University of Maine

 

Tractor Supply Company Grand Opening

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

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

 

 

Scenes from TSC Grand Opening

 

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!

 

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!

 

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.

• 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

 

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.

 

Image Description: Scenes from TSC Grand Opening

Image Description: Scenes from TSC Grand Opening

Image Description: Scenes from TSC Grand Opening

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

Image Description: 4-H Afterschool Academy Training

Image Description: 4-H Afterschool Academy Training

Image Description: 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.

Image Description: Weave diagram

Image Description: Ella Lewis Programming

Image Description: Ella Lewis Programming

Image Description: Ella Lewis Programming

4-H News in Washington County ~ November 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.

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.

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!

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!

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!

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.

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!

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!

Lisa’s 4-H Activity Challenge of the Month

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:

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.

Image Description: Dennys River Manure Movers Club Exhibit for the Perry Harvest Fair

Image Description: Horse Power Club Exhibit for Perry Harvest Fair

Image Description: Schylar Dempsey’s Exhibit

Image Description: Katie and Libby Bitar’s Exhibit

Image Description: Noodle Horse Project by Callie Chase

Image Description: Forestry Project by Alex Harris

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

Image Description: Geocache

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

Image Description: Members and volunteers celebrate 100 years of 4-H!

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

Image Description: Students expolore growing seeds.

Image Description: A youth proudly displays the plant she grew.


Sidebar

Donate Now

University of Maine Cooperative Extension


Contact Information

Cooperative Extension in Washington County
28 Center Street
Machias, Maine 04654
Phone: 207.255.3345 or 1.800.287.1542 (in Maine)E-mail: cewsh@umext.maine.edu
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
A Member of the University of Maine System