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4-H News ~ October 2013

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Volume 8, Issue 10

 

Dates to Remember

October 14 – Columbus Day – Office Closed

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

November 2- 4-H Maps and Apps Day at University of Maine at Machias

November 27- Re-enrollment Forms Due

November 28 – Thanksgiving Day – Extension Office Closed

November 29 – Extension Office Closed

 

Hope C. Wins Herdsmen Award

Submitted by Tammy C. and Lisa R.

Congratulations to Hope of Princeton Pioneers for receiving the first place Herdsman award at the Litchfield Fair for her 4-H goat display there. In order to qualify for consideration for this award, Hope had to show at least three of her 4-H goats, give a live demonstration based on her 4-H project, and have her animals displayed at the fair for the public to view and visit. She also did quite well in the 4-H show winning her showmanship class with her original goat, Cookie Doe, and placing well in other breed classes, too. Hope has been in the 4-H goat project for four years and has built a very nice herd of fourteen goats from her original doe. Hope really enjoys this project, having made some great friends due to her participation in this fair and others. She shows no signs of stopping! Her plans with her 4-H project this coming year include continuing to show and breed with a focus on improving the quality of her herd — to “Make the Best Better”! That’s the 4-H way to go. Great job, Hope. We will look for more updates on your project over this 4-H year.

 

Hope wins Herdsmen Award at the Litchfield Fair.

Hope wins Herdsmen Award at the Litchfield Fair.

 

 

4-H Maps & Apps Science Day!

Photo Credit: www.4-h.org

Photo Credit: www.4-h.org

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

University of Maine at Machias

Science Building, Room 207

Grade Level: 6th – 8th grade

Maximum number of participants: 20

Registration Cost: $5

Local area youth, grades 6th -8th, will explore how mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) work in their own community! Their challenge as a GIS team will be to design a local park! The youth and instructors will explore Global Positioning System (GPS) units, marking data points and taking pictures. We will examine and record the geographic landscape of a park, the available natural resources, any man-made structures, and more while in the field. The youth will then return to the classroom, where we will discuss what was discovered about the park site, and we will map our data and ideas in two different ways. First, we will work together to create maps on paper, allowing youth to learn the mapping process and brainstorm real-life applications and ideas for their park. The youth will then be able to put their knowledge to use with a real-life application! We will use a GIS computer program to create maps on the computer, just like real GIS Specialists! Youth will actively be able to participate in creating both the “paper” map and the computer maps (with 1 computer per 2 students). This project will allow local youth to explore geospatial technology through hands-on activities and learn the how the processes of inquiry, investigation, brainstorming, and development can be used to solve problems in their own communities. Please have youth bring a snack and drink for the morning break.

Schedule

9:00 – 9:25 AM – Learn about our challenge!

9:35 – 10:15 AM – In the field using GPS to take pictures & gather geographical information

10:15 – 10:30 AM – Return to classroom and break

10:30 – 11:15 AM – Hands-on mapping project

11:20 – Noon – Mapping on the computer

To register, please contact Tara Wood at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension office in Machias at 255.3345 or by email at tara.a.wood@maine.edu. Deadline to register is Friday, October 25th. There is a limit of 20 youth.

 

4-H Member Senior Photo

Amanda, a member of the Dennys River Manure Movers 4-H club, is a senior at Shead High School. For her senior pictures, she posed with the much beloved, Babe the Horse. Thank-you, Amanda, for sharing the beautiful picture!

Photo Credit: Susan Ward

Photo Credit: Susan Ward

 

Dennys River Manure Movers Last Meeting of the Year

Volunteer Jane Bell reported that the Dennys River Manure Movers met for the last time this year. Club members did ground work and rode “Babe” and “Cassie”. Jane expressed her thanks to Nancy Curtis for a great summer!

4-H Members and Horse

Photo Credit: 4-H member Maddie Submitted by Jane Bell Photo Credit: 4-H member Maddie
Submitted by Jane Bell

 

Lisa’s Corner

4-H National Youth Science Day Experiment 2013 –Maps & Apps

Each year in our county, we have the opportunity to participate in the 4-H 
National Youth Science Day (NYSD) Experiment. For our 4-H Schools, this means that
 I try to come in to the classroom and Afterschool programs to work with
 students on the experiment. Over the past years our 4-H’ers have had the
 chance to make their own wind turbines and generate electricity from them in
 our “Wired for Wind” experiment. And last year we introduced “Eco-bots” where we were challenged to make a model robot out of a tooth brush, to solve the complex problem of containing and cleaning up toxic waste.

This year there is a new experiment – Maps & Apps – where youth have the opportunity to develop geospatial skills and explore Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). You can read more about this experiment in our 4-H State News in this newsletter and find many resources for this experiment online at www.4-H.org/NYSD.

Due to generous state 4-H grant funds, we have been gifted several 4-H NYSD “Maps & Apps” kits which are available to borrow from the office. I will also be visiting our 4-H schools wherever possible to help facilitate “Maps & Apps” and connect teachers and volunteers with additional University GPS and GIS resources to build on the learning from the experiment.

Remember also that while October is the official 4-H NYSD Experiment month, you can take the “Maps & Apps” challenge any time and any year that you like. We also continue to keep our “Wired for Wind” and “Eco-bot” NYSD kits in the office to loan. Please contact me at lisa.reilich@maine.edu or Joyce Fortier at joyce.fortier@maine.edu for more information or to schedule program support for any of these fabulous experiments.

Ella Lewis School students enjoyed the “Eco-bot” Science project.

Ella Lewis School students enjoyed the “Eco-bot” Science project.

Mount Desert Elementary School students participated in “Wired for Wind.”

Mount Desert Elementary School students participated in “Wired for Wind.”

 

Lisa’s 4-H Activity Challenge of the Month October 2013

This very fun and easy pumpkin activity appeared in our newsletter three years ago as a great idea for Thanksgiving; but with the fall weather here at last, all the pumpkins turning orange in the gardens and fields, and all of us thinking about what our Halloween pumpkin will look like this year, I thought this would be a great time to have something to do with all those pumpkins, and a yummy treat, too. I’d like to challenge our youth and leaders to try this activity with their 4-H clubs or Afterschool groups. The more friends and 4-H’ers you have to do this activity, the more fun it will be! I will also be featuring this activity at our Pumpkin Daze 4-H Awareness Days.

PUMPKIN PIE IN A BAG

American settlers made pumpkin pie inside of the pumpkin shell. They sliced off the pumpkin’s top, removed the seeds, and filled the insides with milk, spices and honey. It was baked in the hot ashes of a fireplace. Today you can make a modern version of pumpkin pie in a bag. The recipe below will serve six.

Gather your materials.

The ingredients you will need are:

Milk (very cold!), one package (four serving size) instant vanilla pudding, canned or cooked pumpkin, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, graham cracker crumbs, whipped topping

The other supplies you will need are:

Quart size zipper-type freezer bags, measuring cups, measuring spoons, six small 3-ounce cups, scissors, eating spoons

Step 1: In the zipper-type bag, collect 2/3 cup cold milk and a 1⁄2 package instant vanilla pudding mix. Remove the air and zip it shut. Squeeze and knead with hands for 1 minute until blended.

Step 2: Add to the bag 1⁄2 cup canned pumpkin, 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger. Remove the air and zip it shut. Squeeze and knead with hands for 2 minutes until blended.

Step 3: Put one tablespoon of graham cracker crumbs into each of the six cups. Cut a corner of the freezer bag and squeeze the pie filling into the cups, dividing it equally.

Step 4: Add whipped cream to the top and enjoy. Yum!
I can’t wait to hear how it turns out. Maybe you will be able to make this at home for your next holiday dinner. But, if you do, be sure to save some for me!

You can find this activity and more in the 4-H Afterschool Agriculture: Acres of Adventures curriculum. This activity – with instructions on how to set it up in stations for a larger group – can be found in Book 2 of that series (Frontier Living, pages 54-55) and is available to borrow from our lending library.

 

Pumpkins

 

4-H News from the State

1. Robotics Expo - You’re invited to join us for a day of fun with robotics and science on Saturday, October 19, 2013, at the University of Southern Maine, Gorham campus. The event is open to any youth, ages 5-18, participating in or interested in 4-H robotics program. Prior robotics experience is not needed to attend. In the morning, individuals and teams will have the opportunity to share their ideas and creations with judges and other participants in a non-competitive ‘science fair’ format. During the day, youth participate in a workshop and in an on-site challenge event. Pre-registration is required.

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

 

2. Get Ready for 4-H Maps & Apps – 4-H National Headquarters and National 4-H Council are pleased to reveal the National Science Experiment for the 2013 4-H National Youth Science Day. 4-H Maps & Apps will introduce youth to the power of geospatial technologies and their unique ability to help us understand and improve our communities.

Developed by Colorado State University Extension, this exciting activity will engage young people in ways to improve our environment with the help of geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS).
The experiment will test the ability of young people to:

- Use geospatial skills to create the ideal neighborhood park,

- Become a community planner by using maps and layers to investigate and solve real-world problems, and

- Contribute data about their community to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), The National Map through The National Map Corps project.

Save the Date!
 This annual youth science event will be held on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, and will bring 4-H’ers together from all around the nation to complete this single, innovative activity. Participation in 4-H National Youth Science Day is meant to help spark an early passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and to encourage young people to consider these paths of study and future careers.

To download the 2013 National Science Experiment Youth and Facilitator Guides as well as other key resources, visit the 4-H National Youth Science Day website.

 

3. Celebrating 100 Years of 4-H in Maine – 2013 marks the 100th birthday of 4-H in Maine, and we want YOU to celebrate with us! Check with your local county office to find activities in your neck of the woods. Please check out our special Celebrating 100 Years website  – we are also encouraging all of you to consider giving financially to the 4-H Foundation as we work to raise $100,000 in 2013 to support the 4-H program. Happy 100 years Maine 4-H, and here’s to many more!

 

4. Celebrating 100 Years in Maine with 100 4-H Geocaches! -

WHAT: Several 4-H clubs around the state are already preparing for 4-H National Youth Science Day and getting 4-H families excited about the world of Geospatial technology.

HOW: Clubs in Washington and Penobscot counties have launched geocaches at the club and/or county level. They have already hidden more than 10 geocaches! There is even a 4-H geocache hidden at the University of Maine. This is a fun way for our youth to explore Geospatial science and technology, as well as experience being part of a statewide collaborative! We do have resources available to help in our 4-H Science Geospatial Toolkits.

WHY: It would be great for Maine 4-H to create 100 geocaches to celebrate 100 years of 4-H in Maine! These could be for one time use with a club or designed for more frequent use. Would you like your family or 4-H club to be involved?

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Check with your county office to see what is happening at the local level or connect with Sarah Sparks at sarah.sparks@maine.edu, 353.5550 or 1.800.287.1458.

 

5. Beef Heifer Project – The New England Galloway Group is announcing their annual Heifer Project, which places a Belted Galloway heifer calf with a deserving youth recipient to allow for a hands-on education in beef cattle rearing and showmanship and to develop a love of the breed. The youth selected to receive a heifer is expected to return the first heifer calf back to the program so it will continue each year. If you are interested in applying for this program, you can download the application at our website.  The application deadline is December 31, 2013.

 

6. 4-H Rabbit Show – There will be a 4-H Rabbit Showmanship class at the Eastern Maine Rabbit Breeders open and youth show on Saturday, November 9, 2013 in Newport, Maine. 4-H’ers and potential 4-H members are welcome to show. Rabbits will be scored according to the 4-H showmanship standards in What’s Hoppening?

To learn more about the show, directions, and how to prepare your rabbit, check the 4-H Rabbit Show page on our website.

 

7. Beef Conference – University of Maine Cooperative Extension is co-sponsoring the 24th Annual Maine Beef Conference on Saturday, December 7, 2013 in Bangor. The topics will be on “Keeping Your Herd Healthy.” For more information and to register go to the Cooperative Extension Livestock page.

 

Cooking with the Kids

Carrot –Apple Salad Supreme

Ingredients:

1 (6 ounce) can concentrated orange juice, defrosted; 1 (6 ounce) can cold water
; 2 pounds carrots, scraped and shredded
; 3 apples, cored and shredded; 1 cup raisins
; and 1/2 cup coarsely chopped peanuts (optional)

Directions:

Place the juice and water in a mixing bowl.
 Add all the other ingredients except the peanuts. Mix well. At serving time mix in the peanuts.

Makes 8 – 10 servings

UMaine Extension

 

4-H News for Washington County ~ September 2013

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Volume 8, Issue 9

 

Dates to Remember

September 20 – Deadline to register entries for Perry Harvest Fair

September 30 – Project Records due at the county office

September 30 – Treasurer Report due at the office

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

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

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

October 14 – Columbus Day – office closed

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

 

Pembroke Farm and Horse Fair

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

4-Hers at the Pembroke Farm and Horse Fair

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

Horse Jumping at the Pembroke Farm and Horse Fair

Horse Jumping at the Pembroke Farm and Horse Fair

 

Perry Harvest Fair

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

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

Perry Harvest Fair

Community Building, Route 1, Perry, Maine

October 5, 2013

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

4-H Exhibit Information

Exhibit Rules:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*****

Point System for Judging Club Displays:

Club displays will be judged on the following qualities:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tie breaker:

*4-H Experience 10 points

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

 

Guidelines Upon Which Individual Exhibits Will Be Judged:

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Blue Ribbon/First Place — $5

Red Ribbon/Second Place — $3

White Ribbon/Third Place — $1

 

Project Areas/Categories for Individual Exhibits:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Project Records Reminder:

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

 

Requirement for Clubs

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

Thank you for complying with this mandate from the University.

 

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

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

 

A message from the University of Maine…

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

Some example offerings include:

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

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

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

Keep in touch,

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

 

 4-H News from the State

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

Beef Heifer Project
The New England Galloway Group is announcing their annual Heifer Project, which places a Belted Galloway heifer calf with a deserving youth recipient to allow for a hands-on education in beef cattle rearing and showmanship and to develop a love of the breed. The youth selected to receive a heifer is expected to return the first heifer calf back to the program so it will continue each year. If you are interested in applying for this program, you can download the application at the website; the application deadline is December 31, 2013.

 

Robotics Expo
You’re invited to join us for a day of fun with robotics and science on Saturday, October 19, 2013, at the University of Southern Maine, Gorham campus. The event is open to any youth, ages 5-18, participating in or interested in 4-H robotics program. Prior robotics experience is not needed to attend. In the morning, individuals and teams will have the opportunity to share their ideas and creations with judges and other participants in a non-competitive ‘science fair’ format. During the day, youth participate in a workshop and in an on-site challenge event. Pre-registration is required.

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

 

Get Ready for 4-H Maps & Apps
4-H National Headquarters and National 4-H Council are pleased to reveal the National Science Experiment for the 2013 4-H National Youth Science Day. 4-H Maps & Apps will introduce youth to the power of geospatial technologies and their unique ability to help us understand and improve our communities.

Developed by Colorado State University Extension, this exciting activity will engage young people in ways to improve our environment with the help of geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS).

The experiment will test the ability of young people to:

- Use geospatial skills to create the ideal neighborhood park

- Become a community planner by using maps and layers to investigate and solve real-world problems

- Contribute data about their community to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) The National Map, through The National Map Corps project.

 

Save the Date!
This annual youth science event will be held on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, and will bring 4-H’ers together from all around the nation to complete this single, innovative activity. Participation in 4-H National Youth Science Day is meant to help spark an early passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and to encourage young people to consider these paths of study and future careers.

To download the 2013 National Science Experiment Youth and Facilitator Guides as well as other key resources, visit the 4-H National Youth Science Day website.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Celebrating 100 Years of 4-H in Maine
2013 marks the 100th birthday of 4-H in Maine, and we want YOU to celebrate with us!

Check with your local county office to find activities in your neck of the wood, and plan on coming to the party at Maine 4-H Days this year; there will be cake, ice cream, a chance to look back on all that we’ve accomplished, as well as a chance to look forward and see what’s in the works! Please check out our special Celebrating 100 Years in Maine website – we are also encouraging all of you to consider giving financially to the 4-H Foundation as we work to raise $100,000 in 2013 to support the 4-H program.

Happy 100 years Maine 4-H, and here’s to many more!

 

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

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

 

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

 

Maine Fair Season Insurance
Maine fair season will soon be upon us! Most Maine fairs now require proof of insurance in order to exhibit livestock at their fairs. Proof of insurance usually is requested for individuals including the exhibitor (4-H member), owner of the animal, and anyone who may be responsible for maintaining the animal at the event (e.g. parents or volunteers). Some fairs no longer allow homeowner insurance policies. Please check your specific fair to see what they accept. Most fairs do accept the Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors (MALE) Insurance. Below is the information for the MALE insurance.

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

 

Celebrating 100 Years in Maine with 100 4-H Geocaches!
WHAT: Several 4-H clubs around the state are already preparing for 4-H National Youth Science Day and getting 4-H families excited about the world of Geospatial technology.

HOW: Clubs in Washington and Penboscot counties have launched geocaches at the club and/or county level. They have already hidden more than 10 geocaches! There is even a 4-H geocache hidden at the University of Maine. This is a fun way for our youth to explore Geospatial science and technology, as well as experience being part of a statewide collaborative! We do have resources available to help in our 4-H Science Geospatial Toolkits at the website.

WHY: It would be great for Maine 4-H to create 100 geocaches to celebrate 100 years of 4-H in Maine! These could be for one time use with a club or designed for more frequent use. Would you like your family or 4-H club to be involved?

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Check with your county office to see what is happen at the local level or connect with Sarah Sparks at sarah.sparks@maine.edu or 207.353.5550 or 1.800.287.1458.

 

Cooking with the Kids

Fruit Pizza

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

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

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

UMaine Extension

4-H News for Washington County ~ August 2013

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Volume 8, Issue 8

Dates to Remember

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

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

August 27- Exhibit Check In at Blue Hill Fair

August 29 – September 2 – Blue Hill Fair

September 2 – Labor Day – office closed

September 30 – Project Records due at the county office

October 5 – Perry Harvest Fair

 

Dennys River Manure Movers go to the Bangor Race Track!

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

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

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

 

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

 

Activity Center Schedule At The Blue Hill Fair


Saturday August 31

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday – September 1

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

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

2:00 – Music Fun – Carl Karush

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

 

Project Records

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

 

A warm welcome to newly enrolled volunteer, Jennifer Prout

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

4-H Super Sitter Course

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Healthy Kids Out of School

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

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

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

 

4-H News from the State

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

We would like to say a huge “Thank You” to all of the absolutely amazing volunteers who made this year’s Maine 4-H Days one of our best!!! Thanks, also, to the 4-Hers and their parents who braved the heat to come out and have a wonderful time! As always, we would like to heartily thank the Maine 4-H Foundation for their continued support of Maine 4-H Days, and the other great 4-H programs and events that happen through the year.

In early 2014, planning will start for next year’s event. If you are interested in joining the Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee, or have general questions/comments/ recommendations about the event, please email jessica.brainerd@maine.edu, or call 207- 581-3877.

2. Celebrating 100 Years of 4-H in Maine – 2013 marks the 100th birthday of 4-H in Maine, and we want YOU to celebrate with us!

Check with your local county office to find activities in your neck of the wood, and plan on coming to the party at Maine 4-H Days this year; there will be cake, ice cream, a chance to look back on all that we’ve accomplished, as well as a chance to look forward and see what’s in the works!

Please check out our special Celebrating 100 Years website- we are also encouraging all of you to consider giving financially to the 4-H Foundation as we work to raise $100,000 in 2013 to support the 4-H program.

Happy 100 years Maine 4-H, and here’s to many more!

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

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

 4. Beef Heifer Project – The New England Galloway Group is announcing their annual Heifer Project, which places a Belted Galloway heifer calf with a deserving youth recipient to allow for a hands-on education in beef cattle rearing and showmanship and to develop a love of the breed. The youth selected to receive a heifer is expected to return the first heifer calf back to the program so it will continue each year. If you are interested in applying for this program, you can download the application; the application deadline is December 31, 2013.

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

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

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

6. Celebrating 100 Years in Maine with 100 4-H Geocaches!


WHAT: Several 4-H clubs around the state are already preparing for 4-H National Youth Science Day and getting 4-H families excited about the world of Geospatial technology.

HOW: Clubs in Washington and Penboscot counties have launched geocaches at the club and/or county level. They have already hidden more than 10 geocaches! There is even a 4-H geocache hidden at the University of Maine. This is a fun way for our youth to explore Geospatial science and technology, as well as experience being part of a statewide collaborative! We do have resources available to help in our 4-H Science Geospatial Toolkits.

WHY: It would be great for Maine 4-H to create 100 geocaches to celebrate 100 years of 4-H in Maine! These could be for one time use with a club or designed for more frequent use. Would you like your family or 4-H club to be involved?

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Check with your county office to see what is happen at the local level or connect with Sarah Sparks at sarah.sparks@maine.edu or 353-5550 or 800-287-1458.

7. Get Ready for 4-H Maps & Apps – 4-H National Headquarters and National 4-H Council are pleased to reveal the National Science Experiment for the 2013 4-H National Youth Science Day. 4-H Maps & Apps will introduce youth to the power of geospatial technologies and their unique ability to help us understand and improve our communities.

Developed by Colorado State University Extension, this exciting activity will engage young people in ways to improve our environment with the help of geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS).

The experiment will test the ability of young people to:
- Use geospatial skills to create the ideal neighborhood park
- Become a community planner by using maps and layers to investigate and solve real-world problems, and
- Contribute data and their community to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) The National Map through The National Map Corps project.
Save the Date!

This annual youth science event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, and will bring 4-H’ers together from all around the nation to complete this single, innovative activity.

Participation in 4-H National Youth Science Day is meant to help spark an early passion for STEM education and to encourage young people to consider these paths of study and future careers.

To download the 2013 National Science Experiment Youth and Facilitator Guides as well as other key resources, visit the 4-H National Youth Science Day website.

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

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

 

Cooking With the Kids

Go Green Smoothies

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

2. Puree until smooth.

4-H News for Washington County – July 2013

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Volume 8, Issue 7

 

Dates to Remember

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

July 22- 4-H Super Sitter Course- Machias

July 26-August 4- Bangor State Fair

August 27- Exhibit Check In at Blue Hill Fair

August 29-September 2- Blue Hill Fair

October 5- Perry Harvest Fair

 

Geospatial Science

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

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

Scenes from creating geocaches for the 100th year celebration.

Scenes from creating geocaches for the 100th year celebration.

Scenes from creating geocaches for the 100th year celebration.

Scenes from creating geocaches for the 100th year celebration.

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Happy 100th Birthday, Maine 4-H!

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

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

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

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

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

*Must not exceed 4 feet tall by 4 feet wide

*Must be able to stand alone

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

*Does the exhibit express one idea?

*Is it creative and imaginative?

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

*Is the lettering neat and of an appropriate size?

*Has the use of color and placement been considered?

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

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

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

 

Downeast School News

ELLA LEWIS SCHOOL

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

 

MORNING SONG SCHOOL COOPERATIVE

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

 

Scenes from the Morning School play

Scenes from the Morning School play

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

 

TRENTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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

 

PRE-FAIR NEWS

By Christy Fitzpatrick, Aroostook County Extension Educator

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

Am I ready for Fair?

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

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

Are my Exhibits ready for Fair?

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

Are my animals ready for Fair?

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

State 4-H News

1. Registration Now for Maine 4-H Days! – Maine 4-H Days will take place July 18 – 21, 2013 at the Windsor Fairgrounds, and the registration materials will be available online in May. As always, workshops are assigned on a first come, first serve basis, so be sure to register early. If you do not have online access, please contact your local county office for paper copies of the forms.

We are in need of volunteers willing to help with all aspects of the event. Last year, Maine 4-H Days brought almost 500 individuals to the Windsor Fairgrounds, and we are preparing for even greater numbers for 2013. Volunteers are needed for: presenter assistance, office/ registration help, being crafty in the Creativity Area, set-up, cleanup, and more. We request that one member of each group sign up for a minimum of one volunteer shift.

Along with many of your favorite returning workshops (Archery, ATV Certification, Modular Origami, Shades of Creativity, Blacksmithing, etc.), there are a ton of awesome new workshops this year: Decorating a 4-H Birthday Cake, Milk Science, Duct Tape Projects, Exploration of an Owl’s Diet, and so much more! The State 4-H Dairy Show will also be held during 4-H Days. All of the workshops, and their descriptions, will be posted on the Maine 4-H Days web page.

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

 

2. Celebrating 100 Years of 4-H in Maine - 2013 marks the 100th birthday of 4-H in Maine, and we want YOU to celebrate with us!

Check with your local county office to find activities in your neck of the wood, and plan on coming to the party at Maine 4-H Days this year; there will be cake, ice cream, a chance to look back on all that we’ve accomplished, as well as a chance to look forward and see what’s in the works!

Please check out our special Celebrating 100 Years website .  We are also encouraging all of you to consider giving financially to the 4-H Foundation as we work to raise $100,000 in 2013 to support the 4-H program.

Happy 100 years Maine 4-H, and here’s to many more!

 

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

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

 

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

 

5. Beef Heifer Project – The New England Galloway Group is announcing their annual Heifer Project, which places a Belted Galloway heifer calf with a deserving youth recipient to allow for a hands-on education in beef cattle rearing and showmanship and to develop a love of the breed. The youth selected to receive a heifer is expected to return the first heifer calf back to the program so it will continue each year. If you are interested in applying for this program, you can download the application; the application deadline is December 31, 2013.

 

 6. Maine Fair Season Insurance – Maine fair season will soon be upon us! Most Maine fairs now require proof of insurance in order to exhibit livestock at their fairs. Proof of insurance usually is requested for individuals including the exhibitor (4-H member), owner of the animal, and anyone who may be responsible for maintaining the animal at the event
(ex. parents or volunteers).

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Forms are on the 4-H Dairy web page.

 

Cooking With the Kids

Berry White Ice Pops

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

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

 

4-H in Washington County ~ June 2013

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Volume 8, Issue 6

 

Dates to Remember

June 30 – Animal Approval Forms are Due in the Extension Office

July 4 – Independence Day – Extension Office Closed

July 9-11- 4-H Making Sense of Science Camp-Pleasant Point

July 16-18- 4-H Making Sense of Science Camp- Jonesport

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

August 29-September 2- Blue Hill Fair

October 5- Perry Harvest Fair

 

Washington County 4-Hers Attend 4-H@UMaine

4-Hers from Washington County who attended 4-H@UMaine.

4-Hers from Washington County who attended 4-H@UMaine.

Several youth from Washington County attended 4-H @ UMaine on May 17th and 18th.  Here is what 12 year old Schylar Dempsey, a first timer, had to say:

“I liked going to 4-H @UMaine.  I liked the forestry activity because I learned a lot about different types of trees that grow in Maine.  It was interesting.

I liked the GIS wildfire behavior because we got to track animals, which was really cool.    I also liked the physics road show because it was fun to watch and learn the different things we could do in that class, and how it all worked.  I think this one was my best workshops.

Even the Rec. Center was fun.  I would like to go again next year.”

 

Welcome New Volunteers

Welcome to our newly enrolled volunteers:

Welcome to Amanda Hardaswick, leader of a newly forming 4-H Shooting Sports club!
Welcome to Todd Smith, leader of a newly forming 4-H Shooting Sports club!
Welcome to Jasmine Hammond, leader of a newly forming 4-H Shooting Sports club!
Welcome to Brian Carlton, project leader in our 4-H Shooting Sports program!

 

Coming Soon – Super Sitter Course

A 4-H Super Sitter Course is in the works!  Please be watching your emails for updates, or feel free to call the office to get on a notification list.

 

4-H Making Sense of Science Summer Day Camp

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is pleased to announce openings in 4-H Summer Day Camp Programs that will be held in July.  We presently have openings in the Making Sense of Science Camp scheduled for July 9-11 in Pleasant Point and July 16-18 in Jonesport.  These camps are for youth ages 6-9.  The camps cost $20 for the three-day program.  For more information or to register, please contact the University of Maine Cooperative Extension office at 255-3345 or toll free at 1-800-287-1542.

 

Maine 4-H Days

Reminder – Maine 4-H Days is July 19, 20, and 21.  The deadline to register and pay the early fee is July 1st!
For more information please visit the website.

 

Downeast School Reports

Ella Lewis School – Grades 4th through 8th took their vermiculture learning a step further this month and all made “vermicondos” – worm homes that fit into a tennis ball can! The students are keeping track of this experiment in their gardening journals. They are recording their observations and tweaking their worm habitat based on what they see. Next month, three 4th grade students will be taking all they
have learned about vermiculture and sharing it with the
first grade class with some hands on activities using their
class worm bin and vermicondos, a great service-learning
project for them! And check out this great May Basket
the upper grades made for Mother’s Day gifts – made
with chicken wire and moss, a beautiful strawberry plant
to hang promises a sweet treat for mom later this
 summer.

Ella Lewis student Ella Lewis student

Trenton Elementary School – Trenton Elementary School finished their afterschool program year on May 23rd – and what a great 4-H year they had! With lots of great learning in composting, recycling and gardening, and – of course – lots of time to just have fun and play – they are ready for a relaxing summer! Here are some pictures of the origami newspaper pots they made using the worm castings they harvested from their vermiculture bins to plant pumpkins. Also, Ms.
Vicki did a great project on
making bird feeders out of
recycled soda bottles. I hope to
see the pumpkins and the bird
feeders at the Blue Hill Fair this
 year!

Trenton 4-H Afterschool Program Trenton 4-H Afterschool Program

Morning Song School Cooperative – Morning Song 6th graders closed out their year of Science Class by participating in the National Youth Science Day “Wired for Wind” experiment. Over three classes, the class teams developed wind turbine prototypes, experimented with blade pitch and design refinement to maximize electricity produced, and also worked to locate ideal wind farm locations in Maine, taking in to account factors of wind speed, transmission lines, population density and endangered species. The two sites finally chosen were near Fort Kent and Eastport. Great scientists at work!

 

Downeast Home School Cooperative

Downeast Home School Cooperative – This month the K – 2nd graders took the “Incredible Journey” of a water droplet. We explored the different ways that water travels through our world from solid to liquid to gas, learned how precious a resource drinkable wa- ter really is, and made some great bracelets that tracked our water journey as well.

4-H News from the State

1. Registration Now for Maine 4-H Days! – Maine 4-H Days will take place July 18 – 21, 2013 at the Windsor Fairgrounds, and the registration materials will be available online in May. As always, workshops are assigned on a first come, first serve basis, so be sure to register early. If you do not have online access, please contact your local county office for paper copies of the forms.

We are in need of volunteers willing to help with all aspects of the event. Last year, Maine 4-H Days brought almost 500 individuals to the Windsor Fairgrounds, and we are preparing for even greater numbers for 2013. Volunteers are needed for: presenter assistance, office/ registration help, being crafty in the Creativity Area, set-up, cleanup, and more. We request that one member of each group sign up for a minimum of one volunteer shift.

Along with many of your favorite returning workshops (Archery, ATV Certification, Modular Origami, Shades of Creativity, Blacksmithing, etc.), there are a ton of awesome new workshops this year: Decorating a 4-H Birthday Cake, Milk Science, Duct Tape Projects, Exploration of an Owl’s Diet, and so much more! The State 4-H Dairy Show will also be held during 4-H Days. All of the workshops, and their descriptions, will be posted on the Maine 4-H Days web page.

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

 

2. Celebrating 100 Years of 4-H in Maine – 2013 marks the 100th birthday of 4-H in Maine, and we want YOU to celebrate with us!

Check with your local county office to find activities in your neck of the wood, and plan on coming to the party at Maine 4-H Days this year; there will be cake, ice cream, a chance to look back on all that we’ve accomplished, as well as a chance to look forward and see what’s in the works!

Please check out our special Celebrating 100 Years website.  We are also encouraging all of you to consider giving financially to the 4-H Foundation as we work to raise $100,000 in 2013 to support the 4-H program.

Happy 100 years Maine 4-H, and here’s to many more!

 

3. State 4-H Dairy Program Dates – Please hold the following dates for your participation in the State 4-H Dairy Programs:

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

Forms are on the 4-H Dairy web page.

 

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

Maine 4-H participates with displays and demonstrations in the New England Center, which also houses creative arts competitions, and daily stage performances. Working in teams of two at stations called “pods”, youth demonstrate 4-H projects this year will be focused on Robotics and Engineering. Youth also have the opportunity to participate in stage performances, which consist of planned presentations using costumes and other props, as needed. All projects and demonstrations will be centered on a science theme. Please call the UMaine Cooperative Extension Office in Oxford County at 743.6329 or 800.287.1482 (in Maine) for specific details and for the team application. Space is limited, and will be filled on a first- come, first served basis. Sign up now as a small group with other teens. Students will stay in the dorm; meals and transportation will be provided. 4-Hers participating in the New England Center Program are eligible to apply for the Morris Scholarship.

 

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

 

6. Beef Heifer Project – The New England Galloway Group is announcing their annual Heifer Project, which places a Belted Galloway heifer calf with a deserving youth recipient to allow for a hands-on education in beef cattle rearing and showmanship and to develop a love of the breed. The youth selected to receive a heifer is expected to return the first heifer calf back to the program so it will continue each year. If you are interested in applying for this program, you can download the application at; the application deadline is December 31, 2013.

 

7. UMaine 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training Weekend – The annual 4-H Shooting Sports Workshop will be held June 14-16, 2013 at the Bryant Pond 4-H Camp in Oxford County. This weekend training will certify you as a State of Maine 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor in the Rifle, Shotgun, Archery or the Hunting/Wildlife discipline. (One discipline of your choice) Weekend includes meals and lodging at Bryant Pond’s beautiful Lakeside Lodge. For more information please go to the website: , or contact Scott Olsen at scott.olsen@maine.edu or 665.2068.

 

8. 4-H Market Lamb Tagging for Windsor & Fryeburg Fairs – Intent to Participate Forms for the 4-H Market Lamb classes at Windsor and Fryeburg Fairs must have been submitted by May 1. June tagging sites will be posted on the 4-H Sheep Project web page.

Donna Flint will be doing the tagging, and will provide the approval forms. If you have any questions, you can call her at 324-2814, or 800-287-1535, or contact her via email at: donna.flint@maine.edu.

 

9. Congratulations to National 4-H Trip Delegates! – 4-H members from around the state have been selected to represent Maine at upcoming national 4-H trips. Maine 4-H is proud to be represented at National 4-H Congress, held in Atlanta, Georgia in November, by Grace B., Ellie P., Charlene L., and Samantha S. We are also excited to have Maine delegates Kristin B., Cassidy L., Nicole S., and Natalie H. at National 4-H Conference, held in Washington DC in April of 2014. Congratulations delegates for a job well done!

 

10. Poultry Seminar in Buxton – Aubuchon Hardware 400 Narragansett Trail, Buxton, ME in conjunction with Purina Animal Nutrition is holding a Poultry seminar at their store on June 8, 2013 at 2:00pm. This will be an educational seminar for 4-Hers and adults. Learn more about Nutrition and care of poultry with Diane Salge from Purina Animal Nutrition.

 

11. Maine Fair Season Insurance – Maine fair season will soon be upon us! Most Maine fairs now require proof of insurance in order to exhibit livestock at their fairs. Proof of insurance usually is requested for individuals including the exhibitor (4-H member), owner of the animal, and anyone who may be responsible for maintaining the animal at the event (ex. parents or volunteers).

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

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

 

12. Spaghetti Dinner & Fundraiser Celebrates 100 Years of 4-H in Maine- The Knox-Lincoln 4-H Leaders’ Association is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner & Fundraiser at Union Fairgrounds in Union, Maine on Saturday, June 15, 6:00-8:00 pm. This dinner will celebrate 100 Years of 4-H in Maine, as well as raise funds for 4-H in Knox and Lincoln Counties. 4-H alumni members and leaders are encouraged to attend and possibly share memories of their time with 4-H. Cost is donation of your choice. For more information contact Cindy Rogers at 207.832.0343, cynthia.rogers@maine.edu.

 

Cooking With the Kids


Fruited Slaw

Salad
4 firm ripe pears-diced
2 apples-diced
2 tablespoons fruit juice
1/2 cup raisins
3 cups cabbage-shredded

Dressing
1 cup low fat yogurt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon juice-any kind

Directions:  In a large bowl, toss the pears and apples with the fruit juice. Add the cabbage and raisins and mix well. In a small bowl, mix together all the dressing ingredients and add the dressing to the salad. Toss the salad and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

4-H in Washington County ~ May 2013

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

4-H in Washington County May 2013
Volume 8, Issue 5

Dates to Remember

May 15- Deadline for 4-H June Jamboree- Must be postmarked by this date-no exceptions

May 17-18- 4-H@UMaine

June 7-9- 4-H June Jamboree at Blue Hill Fairgrounds

June 8- Club and School Exhibit Contest at Blue Hill Fairgrounds

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

August 29-September 2- Blue Hill Fair

 

4-H Shooting Sports Training Held in Columbia

A group shot of the volunteers who have successfully completed the 16-hour 4-H Shooting Sports training.

A group shot of the volunteers who have successfully completed the 16-hour 4-H Shooting Sports training.

On April 6th and 7th, 13 volunteers gathered to train in the 4-H Shooting Sports at the Pleasant River Fish and Game Conservation Association in Columbia.  The disciplines of rifle and shotgun were taught by Philip Catanese and Ryan LeShane from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension from Bryant Pond.  Thank-you to both organizations for making this training a great experience!

Volunteers were trained in the 4-H Shooting Sports curriculum, learning how the program can be shared with youth in a club setting.  Safety and positive youth development were focal points of the event.  After volunteering 16+ hours of their weekend, I’d like to extend a HUGE THANK-YOU to the following Washington County 4-H volunteers: Charlie Robbins, Travis Willey, Nancy Curtis, Bob Jones, Ron Gallant Jr., Todd Smith, Darin Hammond, Josh Wilbur, Jasmine Hammond, Jane Bell, Mike Warnock, Brian Carlton, and Amanda Hardaswick.
These volunteers are working diligently towards starting a 4-H Shooting Sports program here in Washington County.  Be watching for updates on their ongoing success.

Scene from the Shooting Sports Training Scene from the Shooting Sports Training

Scene from the Shooting Sports Training

 

June Jamboree – Register Now!

The Hancock County 4-H June Jamboree will be held once again at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds, June 7th through 9th. Registration materials have been sent to all enrolled 4-H members here in Washington County.  Please contact the office if you haven’t received the information! The registration deadline will be May 15th – all registrations must be postmarked or received electronically by this date – NO EXCEPTIONS! Keep in mind that work- shops will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. There will be a small registration fee per day to help cover expenses of $3 per person or $8 per family (immediate family only). Hope to see you there!

 

4-H Wedding Bells

Evan and Jewel Hawkins

Evan and Jewel Hawkins

It is with great excitement that we share that Jewel Carle from the Princeton Pioneers 4-H club was married to Evan Hawkins on April 6th!

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Hawkins!!!

 

4-Hers Visit the University of Maine’s College of Engineering

On April 17th, independent members, Blaine Grant and Cole Willey, visited the University of Maine’s College of Engineering.  At request, the college will offer activities to groups interested in learning more about Chemical and Biological Engineering, Computer and Electrical Engineering, Engineering Technology, and Engineering Physics.  If any Washington County members (typically ages 12-17) would like to work together to plan such an event, please contact Nicole Willey in the Machias office.

4-Hers vising the University of Maine College of Engineering.

4-Hers vising the University of Maine College of Engineering.

 

Maine’s Harvest for Hunger Program

Here is a great service opportunity for 4-Hers that can be done right in their backyard!  The Maine Harvest for Hunger Program gives seeds to those who would like to grow them for donation to a local food pantry.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Tara Wood at the office- 255-3345 or by email at tara.a.wood@maine.edu.

 

Cooking With the Kids

Quick Kabobs

Ingredients
• 1/2 ounce cubed roasted deli turkey
• 1/2 ounce cubed Cheddar cheese
• 1/4 cup grapes
• 6 dried apricots

Preparation
• Thread turkey, cheese, grapes and apricots onto a wooden skewer.

From EatingWell: October/November 2005

 

Downeast School Reports

Trenton Elementary School
Trenton Elementary School has done an amazing job this year with their worm bins. With 4-H Leader, Bob Ellis, taking charge of the afterschool program’s vermiculture project, the worms are multiplying so much that they need to start a second bin! We harvested castings before April break, which was fun and very dirty. With all that good new soil, we will be starting a seed germination series of activities in May. Stay tuned for what will come next!

Ella Lewis Elementary School
The Ella Lewis School students have some very innovative ideas about how to get their gardening efforts underway. Combining community service, recycling and fund raising all together is just one idea. The challenge for the students’ new school garden is to have funds to build beds and renovate their existing greenhouse. A challenge for the school is how to get all their paper recycling to the town recycling center. A challenge for the town of Steuben and their Recycling Committee is how to get all the overflowing redeemables to the redemption center. Combine all these together, and they have come up with one great plan.

The students have agreed to be responsible, with the help of their science teacher, 4-H leader Danielle Wells, to get all the school paper recycling to the recycling center weekly. While they are there, they will bag up all the redeemables to go to the local redemption center. Parents will rotate taking the bagged redeemables to be redeemed. The bottle deposit money gets returned to Ms. Wells, who then turns it into the town office. The Town has agreed to give half the proceeds back to the students to help fund their school garden. Their first redeemable delivery gave them $20! That is definitely a win-win for everyone, and a great way to recycle those bottle deposits right into wholesome food to be grown at the school. Congratulations on your great problem solving and what you are doing for your school, your community and the earth.

 

4-H News from the State

1. 2013 Maine 4-H Days – Registration Begins in May – Maine 4-H Days will take place July 18 – 21, 2013 at the Windsor Fairgrounds, and the registration materials will be available online in May. As always, workshops are assigned on a first come, first serve basis, so be sure to register early. If you do not have online access, please contact your local county office for paper copies of the forms.

We are in need of volunteers willing to help with all aspects of the event. Last year, Maine 4-H Days brought almost 500 individuals to the Windsor Fairgrounds, and we are preparing for even greater numbers for 2013. Volunteers are needed for: presenter assistance, office/ registration help, being crafty in the Creativity Area, set-up, cleanup, and more. We request that one member of each group sign up for a minimum of one volunteer shift.

Along with many of your favorite returning workshops (Archery, ATV Certification, Modular Origami, Shades of Creativity, Blacksmithing, etc.), there are a ton of awesome new workshops this year: Decorating a 4-H Birthday Cake, Milk Science, Duct Tape Projects, Exploration of an Owl’s Diet, and so much more! The State 4-H Dairy Show will also be held during 4-H Days. All of the workshops, and their descriptions, will be posted on the Maine 4-H Days web page.

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

2. Celebrating 100 Years of 4-H in Maine – 2013 marks the 100th birthday of 4-H in Maine, and we want YOU to celebrate with us!

Check with your local county office to find activities in your neck of the wood, and plan on coming to the party at Maine 4-H Days this year; there will be cake, ice cream, a chance to look back on all that we’ve accomplished, as well as a chance to look forward and see what’s in the works!

Please check out our special Celebrating 100 Years website.  We are also encouraging all of you to consider giving financially to the 4-H Foundation as we work to raise $100,000 in 2013 to support the 4-H program.

Happy 100 years Maine 4-H, and here’s to many more!

3. State 4-H Dairy Program Dates – Please hold the following dates for your participation in the State 4-H Dairy Programs:

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

Eastern States Exposition – form Deadlines – Please checkout the 4-H website for additional information: look for “animal forms” towards the bottom of the page, click on that and the list of animal commodities will appear. – Dairy Cattle – May 1st
- Sheep – May 1st
- Dog – May 15th-  Horse PACKETS are due June 7th

These dates are when forms are due to the Activity Coordinator! All forms must first go to the county in which you are 4-H enrolled for confirmation of eligibility. Do not wait until they are due as they will be late!

4. Great News for 4-H Shooting Sports! – University of Maine Cooperative Extension is one of seven state 4-H programs to receive $100,000 for its youth firearm safety programming from the MidwayUSA Foundation, Inc., and Scholastic Shooting Trust. The funding is part of a $3 million donation from Larry and Brenda Potterfield, founders of MidwayUSA. In addition to supporting 4-H Shooting Sports programs, the donation provided 192 shooting sports teams nationwide endowments of $10,000 each. Last November, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife also administered $23,600 from the U.S. Department of the Interior/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support a three-year 4-H Shooting Sports partnership. Additionally, in June of last year, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation donated $10,000 to the endowment fund, which was matched by the Potterfields. In the 4-H Shooting Sports programs, youth learn marksmanship, safe and responsible use of firearms, as well as principles of hunting and archery. The activities of the program and the support of caring adult leaders provide young people with opportunities to develop life skills, self-worth, and conservation ethics. Click to learn more about University of Maine 4-H Shooting Sports program.

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

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

6.  4-H @ UMaine: Connecting Kids to Campus – This program will take place May 17th & 18th at the University of Maine in Orono. 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 attend workshops presented by UMaine professors to get a real feel of what college is like. We hope to see you all there. Details are available on the 4-H events webpage. Please contact Debra Kantor at debra.kantor@maine.edu or 474-9622 with any questions, or if you’re interested in volunteering.

7. 2013 Morris Scholarship for Eastern States Participants – This is the year that Maine has the opportunity to select an Eastern States Exposition participant to receive a $500 scholarship towards continuing his or her education beyond high school. Application deadline is August 5. To find if you qualify and for information on how to apply for this scholarship, look online or inquire at your local County Extension Office.

8. Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove Open Houses – We are having Open Houses at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove this spring. Come visit and get a feel for camp before the summer season starts. Take a tour and learn more about the site-specific programming centered in the lush woods around the Ducktrap River at Tanglewood on May 18th, and the beautiful Atlantic coast in Tenants Harbor at Blueberry Cove, on May
4th. These open house events will run from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. each day.

To celebrate 100 years of 4-H in Maine, Tanglewood will host special activities at their open house including: pond scooping, garden games, crafts, fire building, and more. All materials and snacks will be provided.

Staff will be on hand to answer any questions your family may have as well. If you can’t make it to the open house, you are still welcome to visit either of our sites any time. Please call Patti Chapman at 207-789-5868 to set up a tour. All 4-H families qualify to receive $100 off any overnight camp or adventure trip, and $50 off any day program. Visit our Tanglewood website for more information. We hope to see you at camp.

9. 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.

10. UMaine 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training Weekend – The annual 4-H Shooting Sports Workshop will be held June 14-16, 2013 at the Bryant Pond 4-H Camp in Oxford County. This weekend training will certify you as a State of Maine 4H Shooting Sports Instructor in the Rifle, Shotgun, Archery or the Hunting/Wildlife discipline. (One discipline of your choice) Weekend includes meals and lodging at Bryant Pond’s beautiful Lakeside Lodge. For more information please go to the Bryant Pond website or contact Scott Olsen at scott.olsen@maine.edu or 665-2068.

11. Northeast Livestock Exposition (NELE) – The Northeast Livestock Exposition will be held May 17, 18, and 19 at the Windsor Fairgrounds, with many
past favorites and new events for youth. Register for these events by visiting the Northeast Livestock Exposition webpage  and clicking on Youth for registration information.

New this year will be a market lamb sale with a jackpot show at Skowhegan Fair! Local breeders are offering great market lambs for youth to purchase for Maine market lamb shows and sales. For the latest and most up to date information, check out their Facebook page: NELE Youth Events.

12. 4-H Market Lamb Tagging for Windsor & Fryeburg Fairs-  Please submit your Intent to Participate Forms for the 4-H Market Lamb classes at Windsor and Fryeburg Fairs by May 1. You can find the form on the 4-H Sheep Project web page.

The first Market Lamb tagging site for 4-H lambs will be at NELE on Sunday, May 19 at noon at the Windsor Fairgrounds. Tagging sites in June will be announced in the next CORE, on the 4-H Sheep Project web page, and will be emailed to every one who sends their Intent to Participate Form.

Donna Flint will be doing the tagging, and will provide the approval forms. If you have any questions, you can call her at 324-2814, or (800) 287-1535, or contact her via email at: donna.flint@maine.edu.

4-H in Washington County ~ April 2013

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

4-H in Washington County
April 2013
Volume 8, Issue 4

 

Dates to Remember

April 15- Extension Office Closed
April 27- VOLT Training at Hancock Extension Office, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
April 28- Registration Deadline for 4-H@UMaine
May 10- Deadline for 4-H June Jamboree- Must be postmarked by this date-no exceptions
May 17-18- 4-H@UMaine
June 7-9- 4-H June Jamboree at Blue Hill Fairgrounds
June 8- Club and School Exhibit Contest at Blue Hill Fairgrounds

 

2013 Washington County 4-H Public Speaking Tournament

Everyone wins when it comes to 4-H Public Speaking.  This year we had a wide and wonderful variety of presentations including single and team Demonstrations and Illustrated Talks.  It was so nice to see some new faces presenting. What more could you ask for – certificates, beautiful ribbons, gifts, snacks, fantastic judges and an appreciative audience.  Our Overall Demonstration Top Honors recipients were Paige Bell and McKenna Robinson with their Junior Team Demonstration “Cake Pops”.  Our Overall Illustrated Talk Top Honors recipient, as well as Overall Public Speaker Top Honors recipient, Mikaila Loughlin with her Junior Illustrated Talk “Finding Your Perfect Match”.  Those that went on to the Regional Tournament were Hope Carle and Mikaila Loughlin.

Behind the scenes, were committee members Jane Bell, Regina Grabovac and Patty Wallace.  Special thanks to our extra youth helpers. Thanks to all of you, we had a very smooth and well-run event.

Participants from the Washington County 4-H Public Speaking Tournament.

Participants from the Washington County 4-H Public Speaking Tournament.

4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament

The 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament, held on March 23rd at the University of Maine at Orono, was a huge success and learning opportunity well enjoyed by all.  Of the fourteen youth presenting, five were from Hancock County, two from Washington County, and two from Lincoln County and five were from Penobscot County.  There was a wide array of interesting topics shared, and the audience of over 60 people all left with something new that they did not know before they came.

We were especially fortunate to have a great group of volunteers to help make this event go smoothly.  We had an especially large contingent of volunteers and audience members from the Fine Pines in Waldo County who promise to be presenters next year!  We also had a wonderful core of volunteers from the Regional Public Speaking Committee on hand to do everything from set-up to timing to tabulating to answering questions from presenters, judges and attending guests.  They put in many hours before and during the event making sure all the materials that help youth prepare and judges do their judging were just perfect.  Thank you to our volunteers.  Without them, events like these just would not be possible.  We look forward to Hope and Jewel Carle of Princeton Pioneers joining Jane Bell, Regina Grabovac and Patty Wallace on the committee to share their valuable experience and help plan our 2014 event!

The awards were as follows for Washington County  –  Blues were awarded to:

Hope Carle – Washington County, Junior Single Illustrated Talk

Mikaila Loughlin – Washington County, Junior Single Illustrated Talk – also Overall Junior Single Illustrated Talk Top Honors, Overall Illustrated Talk Top Honors & Overall

Participants of the Regional 4-H Public Speaking Tournament held in Orono on March 23.

Participants of the Regional 4-H Public Speaking Tournament held in Orono on March 23.

Mikaila was very successful at both the Washington County and the Regional Public Speaking Tournaments this year. Congrats!

Mikaila was very successful at both the Washington County and the Regional Public Speaking Tournaments this year. Congrats!

4-H @ UMaine

Come join us for 4-H@UMaine, May 17-18!

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 attend workshops presented by UMaine professors to get a real feel of what college is like. We hope to see you all there!

4-H@UMaine takes place on the University of Maine, Orono campus from Friday, May 17 at 3:00 PM until Saturday, May 18 at 5:30 PM.

Cost: $50 for 4-H members ($40 for each additional sibling), $70 for non-4-H youth

Registration now open.  Deadline to register: April 28th

 

4-H Robotics Expo

4-H Robotics Expo

The 7th Annual 4-H Robotics Expo was held at University of Maine at Machias on Saturday, March 16th. Over 80 youth from nine schools from Washington County, Penobscot County and New Brunswick gathered to spend the day learning about and sharing their knowledge of robotics. Over twenty teams visited with judges and people from the general public during the morning session, demonstrating their robotic projects. “Maine 4-H is working to put more emphasis on the STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Math) skills than ever before to better prepare our youth for the future. Yet, life skills such as public speaking, problem solving, communication and team work are critical as well,” says Jen Lobley, UMaine Cooperative Extension Educator. “This event combines it all.”

The event is held on the University of Maine at Machias in an effort to connect youth to the campus. The afternoon offers science-based workshops led by faculty and staff members from UMM, UMaine Cooperative Extension, Maine Robotics and even by Quinn Sluzenski, a current Calais High School student and former Expo participant. From learning how to program robots to learning about a science summer camp offering at UMM, youth attend two hands-on sessions in the afternoon. “We want youth to see a variety of sciences, think about areas of study and possible careers that might be related to science,” said Lobley. “The workshop presenters are awesome! The kids love the topics and activities!”

The afternoon offers a challenge activity to interested teams. The activity challenged teams to program a robot that would “put out a fire”. The teams’ mission was to use the robot to cover the fire (flashlight) with a fire box. The team with the fastest score won. Programming the robots along with a lot of patience, critical thinking and problem solving was required.

Winners at this year’s Expo were as follows:

  • Rookie All-Star Award: Lego Rookies of Princeton Elementary
  • Creativity Award: 2 Artists of Charlotte Elementary and Mean Green Geckos of Edmunds School
  • Best Robot Design: Mean Green Geckos from Edmunds School
  • Best Non-Robotic Design: 9797 Newbies of Edmunds School
  • Best Overall Presentation: Mean Green Geckos and Purple Pins from Edmunds School
  • Community Service Award: Charlotte Elementary School
  • Crowd Pleaser’s Award: Bay Ridge One from Bay Ridge Elementary School
  • Challenge Event: Indian Township of Indian Township School

Special thanks to our volunteer judges from the community: Jane Bell, Tom Bickford, Danielle Bragg, Katherine Cassidy, Gretchen Cherry, George Crawford, Betsy Fitzgerald, Ben Goff, Mike Henry, Malcolm Holmes, Michelle Jaques, Catherine Kropp, Emily Lobley, Joan Miller, Reece Miller, Andrew Muholland, and Candy O’Brien.

 

4-H June Jamboree

Save the date! The Hancock County 4-H June Jamboree will be held once again at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds, June 7th through 9th. 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 7th, 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 2nd to participate in livestock and enrichment workshops beginning at 8:30 am and concluding at 4:30 pm with circle dancing led by 4-H volunteer Carl Karush. We have some wonderful offerings lined up – “Puppet Pizzazz”, “Pet Rock Garden Buddies”, ATV Safety, Archery, Quill Cards, Quiz Bowl, Gardening, “Rockin’ Round Rug Weaving”, “Improv!”, “Tie your Fly”, “Chicken Spa”, “Art of Paper Filigree”, 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.

Once again, 4-H school groups and clubs are invited to present club and school exhibits for judging with the theme “Celebrating 4-H – 100 Years of 4-H in Maine!”, 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! 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: Beef, Dog, Goat, Horse will have programming on both Saturday and Sunday, and Sheep 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. Also, all youth with Dogs, Sheep and Goats are also invited to join in the Small Animal Obstacle Course on Saturday afternoon – great fun for
participants and spectators alike!

Full schedules, information and registration forms will be in
a separate e-mail later this month. The registration deadline will be May 10th – all registrations must be postmarked 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 $3 per person or $8 per family (immediate family only). Hope to see you there!

4-H June Jamboree

Lisa’s Corner

Club Exhibits for 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 7th through 9th (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 “Celebrating 4-H – 100 Years of 4-H in Maine”. This year marks the 100th anniversary of 4-H in Maine, so we are really hoping for full participation from our clubs to really show the public how diverse and wonderful 4-H is in Hancock 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 – in fact, they can be submitted for judging again just as they are or with improvements to the Fair in September. 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 8th (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!

4-H Club Exhibit

 Downeast School Reports

On March 8th, Jonesboro Elementary School had its final 4-H Public Speaking Tournament. The first graders presented their very well done demonstrations to the kindergarten students, with wonderful presentations on drawing snowmen, lady bugs, butterflies and more.  Congratulations to Jonesboro Elementary for their having all their students in K-8 participate in 4-H public speaking.  Next year, we look forward to their students presenting at the Washington County Tournament!

NOTE: School Group 4-H youth, parents and staff – If you don’t see your picture here and your school was mentioned above, it means we don’t have the photo releases for your school that we need on file. Without your photo releases, we can’t share the great pictures we have of your students doing all those great 4-H activities. PLEASE help us to make sure we can feature pictures of you and your school in the next newsletter! If you need forms or want to check to see if yours is already on file, please contact Tara at 800-287-1542 or tara.a.wood@maine.edu, or Lisa at 207-598-6621 or lisa.reilich@maine.edu. Thanks — can’t wait to “see” all of you in here next month.

The Morning Song Home School Cooperative’s 6th grade class held a 4-H public speaking event this month, using the 4-H illustrated talk format and judging rubric to create an oral presentation highlighting their biography reports. People featured included a very famous rap star, a television actor, an Olympic gymnast, a world-class soccer champion, an NBA basketball Hall
of Fame player and the horse whisperer. Congratulations to these students for their very well done and enlightening presentations!

Ella Lewis School is having a wonderful year in 4-H. With their school 4-H Public Speaking Tournaments behind them, they are now working hard to get their school gardens up and running. Ella Lewis staff, 4-H volunteers, parents and students are working together to plan out how to get gardens funded and built that will help with a garden-based science curriculum along with eventually contributing to the school cafeteria. To start with, 4th through 8th grade have started working with vermiculture, creating their own worm bins with the help of our Washington County Food Corp service member, Taylor Weiss.

Ella Lewis School Ella Lewis-4-13-1

4-H News from the State

1. Celebrating 100 Years of 4-H in Maine -A Message from Lisa Phelps, 4-H Program Administrator

Did you know the first 4-H club in Maine was started in 1913, and it was a Potato Club
in Scarborough Maine? Yes, indeed, it’s true! In 2013, 4-H is celebrating 100 years
in Maine. I hope you will join me in celebrating the 100th birthday of 4-H in Maine and
look for ways you can celebrate locally and statewide. We have a lot to be proud of in
our 4-H program in Maine! Since the beginning, the youth development program of University of Maine Cooperative Extension has emphasized the importance of building the life skills needed to be successful adults.

We would not have had the strong program we have had for the past 100 years if it were not for the extremely dedicated volunteers and staff. On behalf of the thousands of youth all of you have impacted over the years, thank you for all you have done.

Please check out our special Celebrating 100 Years website.  I would also encourage 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. State 4-H Dairy Program Dates-  Please hold the following dates for your participation in the State 4-H Dairy Programs:

- Dairy Judging – April 13, Sat., time / location to be announced. Open to all 4-H Dairy project members.
- Intent to Participate Form due May 1, 2013 for 4-H Dairy Team to Eastern States.
- Fitting Competition – July 20, 5:00 pm at the Windsor Fairgrounds.

- Maine State 4-H Dairy Show – July 21, 9:00 am at the Windsor Fairgrounds. The new dairy packet will be posted in March.

Forms are/will be posted on the 4-H Dairy web page.

 

3. Eastern States Exposition – form Deadlines- Please checkout the 4-H website for additional information: look for “animal forms” towards the bottom of the page, click on that and the list of animal commodities will appear.

- Dairy Goat – April 15th,  Dairy Cattle – May 1st
,  Sheep – May 1st
,  Horse PACKETS are due June 7th

These dates are when forms are due to the Activity Coordinator! All forms must first go to the county in which you are 4-H enrolled for confirmation of eligibility. Do not wait until they are due as they will be late!

 

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

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

 

5. 2013 Morris Scholarship for Eastern States Participants -This is the year that Maine has the opportunity to select an Eastern States Exposition
participant to receive a $500 scholarship towards continuing his or her education beyond high
school. Click on the link for more information on how to apply for this scholarship.

 

6. 4-H @ UMaine: Connecting Kids to Campus -If you know of a youth between the ages of 12 – 18, make sure they save the date! 4-H @ UMaine will take place May 17 & 18, 2013 at the University of Maine in Orono.  More details about including registration, 4-H @ UMaine.

 

7. 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 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 pro-
gram 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.

 

8. ESE Dairy Goat Intent to Participate – Maine Eastern States Dairy Goat Team
The Dairy Goat Animal Science Committee wants to invite youth who were at least 12 years
old but not 19 years old as of December 31, 2012 and in at least their second year of the
Dairy Goat 4-H project to tryout to be a part of the Maine ESE Dairy Goat team. Youth who
are interested in this opportunity must submit an Intent to Participate by April 15, 2013. This form is available online.

Submitting an intent form does not guarantee a position on the team and does not commit a youth to participating. Those who are unsure are encouraged to submit the form as it is required as part of the tryout criteria. No late forms will be accepted. If you have questions about the process please contact Tami Hussey at 207-282-3201 or thussey2@maine.rr.com.

 

9. 2013 Maine 4-H Days – Presenters Needed-  Maine 4-H Days will take place July 18 – 21 at the Windsor Fairgrounds, and volunteers are needed to present a variety of workshops. If you have a skill you could share with youth, anything from photography to cooking or botany, let us know! We also have 4-H Science toolkits available, and can provide materials for your workshop. Some workshops we have had in the past: Wood Working, Jewelry Making, Fun with Science, Theatre, Cheese Making, Nature Walk, Phenology, Jump Rope Fun, Make Your Own Hula Hoop, and much more – workshops can relate to any of the 4-H projects – from public speaking to dairy goats or robotics. We have many more ideas available if you are interested in volunteering, but aren’t sure what you’d like to offer. Youth volunteers are also needed to be presenter assistants, or to offer their own workshops.

If you are interested in volunteering, as a presenter or otherwise, please contact Jessy Brainerd at jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or 581-3877.

 

10. Fryeburg Youth Show – April 25 – 28, 2013 – Join us for the 23rd Annual Fryeburg Youth Show held each year in conjunction with the National Belted Galloway Sale and The Maine Event – Elite Heifer Sale at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds in Fryeburg, Maine. Open to youth from USA and Canada. Stock Show University will be conducting educational clinics for all. Registration information is available online.

 

11. April Vacation Day Camp at Tanglewood 4-H – This outdoor day camp will be held at Tanglewood 4-H Camp in Lincolnville, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day on April 15th- 19th for 6-11 year olds. It’s a fun-filled week packed with games, art and exploration that encourages personal growth in harmony with nature. The cost is $140 for the week. For more information or to register visit the Tanglewood website or contact Patti at 789- 5868 or patricia.chapman@maine.edu.

 

12. Youth and Stress - This publication is available as a free download, and is a great resource for parents, and adults who work with children. This publication offers insights and ideas for adults who know a young person who gets stressed from time to time. It shares the symptoms of stress, and some strategies for how to talk about it. Available at: .

 

13. UMaine 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training Weekend - The annual
4-H Shooting Sports Workshop will be held June 14-16, 2013 at the Bryant Pond 4-H Camp
in Oxford County. This weekend training will certify you as a State of Maine 4H Shooting
Sports Instructor in the Rifle, Shotgun, Archery or the Hunting/Wildlife discipline. (One discipline of your choice) Weekend includes meals and lodging at Bryant Pond’s beautiful Lakeside Lodge. For more information please go to the website or contact Scott Olsen at scott.olsen@maine.edu or 665-2068.

4-H Flash Newsletter — March 2013

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

March 2013
Volume 8, Issue 3

Calendar

April 6 & 7- 4-H Shooting Sports Training-Columbia
April 15- Extension Office Closed
April 27- VOLT Training-Hancock Extension Office- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

UMaine Day at the Legislature – 4-H Honorary Page Program

Article by: Emily Bosley, Horse Power 4-H member

I’m 16, and on February 26th, I was able to serve as an Honorary Page at the Maine State Capitol, through the 4-H program. I served in the Senate. During the session that day, I was able to sit and listen, except when I was needed for my page duties. I delivered papers, handed out pamphlets, and passed back and forth messages; along with the other girls that were serving as pages through the 4-H that day also. It was a very fun and interesting experience! I was able to meet, talk with, and have a ‘formal’ photo taken with both my Senator and Representative. I really enjoyed being a page, and I am planning to hopefully attend again next year! The page duties definitely didn’t seem like ‘work’ at all. Plus, I was able to learn a lot about what the Senate does, through hands-on experience and being right there. I’m so glad I was able to go!
~Emily B.

Emily pictured with Representative David Burns taken while being an Honorary Page at the Maine State Capitol.

Emily pictured with Representative David Burns taken while being an Honorary Page at the Maine State Capitol.

Washington County Bulletin Board Items

Welcome New Volunteers: 
Malinda Worcester
Mike Warnock
Bob Jones
Stim Wilcox
Travis Willey

Congratulations and THANK-YOU to the following new volunteers who have recently become VOLT certified:
Jennifer Prout
Charlie Robbins
Larry Balchen
Brian Carlton
Michael Todd Smith

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WELCOME to our newly enrolled volunteers:
Welcome to Malinda Worcester, new leader of the 4-H Machines!
Welcome to Travis Willey, leader of a newly forming 4-H Shooting Sports club!
Welcome to Charlie Robbins, leader of a newly forming 4-H Shooting Sports club!

Downeast Region School News

SCHOOL PUBLIC SPEAKING – School Public
Speaking Tournaments are winding down now with tournaments completed now at Jonesboro Elementary School
2nd – 8th, Ella Lewis Grammar School 2nd & 3rd and
Downeast Homeschool Cooperative. Even with County
Tournaments already under way and Regionals looming
on March 23rd, there are still more school tournaments to
come for Trenton Elementary, Jonesboro Elementary
and Morning Song School Cooperative this month. This
just goes to show that it is never NOT a good time to learn
and polish our public speaking skills — and those skills that
we learn in 4-H for public speaking can be put to good use for projects outside the normal schedule of tournaments — like is happening for Morning Song students, where the 6th grade students are using their training in 4-H public speaking to create and present illustrated talks to go along with their written biography projects OR the second graders at Trenton Elementary who were able to use the great skills they gained as first graders doing 4-H demonstrations and bring those along with some new ideas on connecting with the audience to their presidential speeches — amazing!

 Maine State News

1. State 4-H Dairy Program Dates- Please hold the following dates for your participation in the State 4-H Dairy Programs: Dairy Judging – April 13, Sat., time / location to be announced. Open to all 4-H Dairy project members.
 Intent to Participate Form due May 1, 2013 for 4-H Dairy Team to Eastern States.
 Fitting Competition – July 20, 5:00 pm at the Windsor Fairgrounds. Maine State 4-H Dairy Show – July 21, 9:00 am at the Windsor Fairgrounds. The new dairy packet will be posted in March.

Forms are/will be posted on the 4-H Dairy web page.

2. 2013 Maine 4-H Days – Maine 4-H Days will take place July 18 – 21 at the Windsor Fairgrounds, and the State Dairy Show will be on the 20th & 21st.

Volunteers are needed to help with all aspects of the event – from planning to presenting workshops, if you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jessy Brainerd at jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or 581-3877.

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

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

4.  2013 Morris Scholarship for Eastern States Participants — This is the year that Maine has the opportunity to select an Eastern States Exposition participant
to receive a $500 scholarship towards continuing his or her education beyond high school. Information on how to apply for this scholarship is available online.

5.  4-H @ UMaine: Connecting Kids to Campus – If you know of a youth between the ages of 12 – 18, make sure they save the date! 4-H @ UMaine will take place May 17 & 18, 2013 at the University of Maine in Orono. Details will be available online in February.

6.  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 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.

7.  ESE Dairy Goat Intent to Participate — Maine Eastern States Dairy Goat Team
The Dairy Goat Animal Science Committee wants to invite youth who were at least 12 years
old but not 19 years old as of December 31, 2012 and in at least their second year of the
Dairy Goat 4-H project to tryout to be a part of the Maine ESE Dairy Goat team. Youth who are interested in this opportunity must submit an Intent to Participate by April 15, 2013. The form is available online.

Submitting an intent form does not guarantee a position on the team and does not commit a youth to participating. Those who are unsure are encouraged to submit the form as it is required as part of the tryout criteria. No late forms will be accepted. If you have questions about the process please contact Tami Hussey at 207-282-3201 or thussey2@maine.rr.com.

Cooking with the Kids

3-Can Chili

Makes: 6 (1 cup) servings
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients
1 (15-ounce) can beans (pinto, kidney, red, or black), undrained
1 (15-ounce) can corn, drained or 10-ounce package frozen corn
1 (15-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, undrained
Chili powder to taste

Directions

  1. Place the contents of all 3 cans into a pan.
  2. Add chili powder to taste.
  3. Stir to mix.
  4. Continue to stir over medium heat until heated thoroughly.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers.

4-H Flash — February 2013

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Volume 8, Issue 2

Calendar

February 27- Registration Deadline for Washington County Public Speaking Tournament (PST)
March 9- Washington County PST
March 6- Shooting Sports Registration Deadline
March 16- Robotics Expo
March 23- Regional PST-UMaine Orono
April 6 & 7- 4-H Shooting Sports Training-Columbia

Public Speaking Tournament

4-H Public Speaking is off to a great start this year. With five schools and one county Public Speaking Clinic held in January (led by Lisa Reilich, our 4-H youth development professional), we have reached over 75 4-Hers (not to mention all parents, volunteer leaders and school staff) in Washington county clubs and schools this year through these alone.  It’s clear that the enthusiasm for learning this important skill is catching on!

Our county 4-H Public Speaking Clinic, held at the Extension office on January 13th, was attended by five 4-H youth and three adults, who came to learn all about how to do Public Speaking the 4-H way, and how to prepare a demonstration or illustrated talk for the Washington County 4-H Public Speaking Tournament this year. We had some experienced 4-H youth attend, who came to brush up on their skills, along with those quite new to 4-H public speaking.

Jane Bell, our 4-H volunteer leader and member of the 4-H Public Speaking Committee, and Nicole Wiley our 4-H program aide were both on hand to help everyone do their best and keep the learning fun!  After the clinic, all the youth who attended said they planned to prepare a demonstration or illustrated talk in their club and county tournaments.  That’s the 4-H spirit!

Clinics were also held at the Ella Lewis Grammar School and the Jonesboro Elementary School – both are 4-H School Groups.  All our school groups will be holding School 4-H Public Speaking Tournaments to show off their newly gained skills.  Look in the March newsletter for more news on how it all went.

We look forward to seeing many of our 4-Hers at the Washington County 4-H Public Speaking Tournament.  The tournament will be held at the Kay Parker Building in Machias on March 9th at 1pm (snow date of March 16th).  Please be sure to register with Tara by February 27th.

Washington County Bulletin Board Items

4-H Shooting Sports Training Coming to Washington County – 4-H Shooting Sports instructors, Ryan LeShane and Phil Catanese, are coming to the Pleasant River Fish & Game Conservation Association in Columbia to provide a two-day training for 4-H Volunteers!  This is a LEADER TRAINING, designed to prepare adult leaders to run 4-H Shooting Sports clubs in the disciplines of rifle and shotgun.  Interested volunteers must have a volunteer application and cleared SBI (background) check on file at the county office, and be 21 years of age or older.  If you are a VOLT certified, enrolled volunteer in Washington County, this paperwork is already on file.  New volunteers should contact Nicole or Tara in the county office to obtain a volunteer application packet as soon as possible.  Registration deadline is March 6th.
More information and online registration can be found at: http://umaine.edu/washington/programs/washington-county-4-h-program/4-h-shooting-sports-volunteer-training-weekend-washington-county/.

4-H Robotics Expo – March 16, 2013- University of Maine at Machias-  4-H Clubs that are involved in a Robotics project are welcome to participate in the 4-H Robotics Expo.  Registration materials can be obtained through the Extension office by dialing 255-3345.  Registration deadline is Friday, March 1.

Spectators are welcome to attend the exhibit session between 9:30 and 11:15 a.m.  Come see local robotic displays and demonstrations as teams show off their work to the judges.  You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the “Crowd Pleaser’s” Award by voting for your favorite exhibit!  Admission is free.

4-H Public Speaking – Reminder – Club and
Independent delegate names must be given to the Extension Office by February 27th, 2013 in order to participate in the County Tournament. Include each youth’s name, 4-H age, club name, title of demonstration or illustrated talk, and whether it will be an individual or team presentation. County tournament will be held on Saturday, March 9, at 1:00 pm, at the Kay Parker Building in Machias. Regional tournament will be held on Sat., March 23, at the UMaine Orono campus.

“Grow It Right!”- Master Gardener Volunteers Plant Sale-  The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and its Master Gardener Volunteers are offering a special “Grow It Right!” plant sale to raise funds for its statewide Master Gardener Volunteers program.

Money raised will assist Master Gardener Volunteer projects and also will provide scholarships to those who cannot afford the Master Gardener course fee. Since its inception more than 30 years ago, the UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers program has assisted in dozens of community horticultural projects across the state, including Maine Harvest for Hunger, youth gardening and other community-based volunteer efforts.

You can support the project by ordering a high-bush blueberry plant pack, consisting of three young plants, two varieties per pack, for $35.95 or a pack of 10 asparagus crowns ready for planting in the spring for $15.00. Plants will be available for pickup at the Washington County Extension office on Saturday, May 18, 2013. You will receive expert advice on growing blueberries and growing asparagus at every stage and a take-home package of instructions from Extension staff and Master Gardener Volunteers.

To place an order, go to the following website http://umaine.edu/gardening/master-gardeners/benefit/. A soil test is recommended prior to planting to help gardeners get the most out of their garden site.

For more information about Grow It Right!, contact Marjorie Peronto, 207.667.8212 (toll-free in Maine, 800.287.1479), or email marjorie.peronto@maine.edu.

Hancock County Winter Sewing Workshop – Hancock County construction judges for Style Revue,
Judy Bragg and Ann Durgin, have
agreed to teach a basic sewing workshop at the Hancock County Extension office. This would include pattern selection, sizing, fitting, layout, cutting, marking, seams, finishes, darts, hems, buttons, pressing, following instructions, etc. Mark you calendar for Wednesday, February 20th, 9:00 am to 2:30 pm – snow day, Thursday, February 21st. Please bring a brown-bag lunch. Call Joyce at the Hancock Extension Office at 667-8212 or 1-800-287-1479 by February 13 to register. We need a minimum of 10 people committed to this to make it worthwhile.

Downeast Region School News

Welcome to 4-H Jonesboro Elementary School!

Jonesboro Elementary School officially became a 4-H School Group in January – what a great way to ring in the New Year!  We are so excited to have the students and staff of Jonesboro Elementary as part of our 4-H family.  The school has already been working weekly with our Cooperative Extension Food Corp Service member, Taylor Weiss via Farm to School garden-based enrichment learning in the classroom.  Can you guess what the first big project the school decided to do as part of officially enrolling in 4-H?  If you said “4-H Public Speaking” you would be right!  Principal Day and her staff have bravely taken on introducing 4-H public speaking as part of their daily lesson for the entire school, with students developing their own demonstration or illustrated talk to be presented as part of a school-wide 4-H Public Speaking Tournament to be held in mid-February.  Their hard work is showing already.  The tournaments themselves should be very exciting!

Maine State News

1.  4-H @ UMaine: Connecting Kids to Campus - If you know of a youth between the ages of 12 – 18, make sure they save the date! 4-H @ UMaine will take place May 17 & 18, 2013 at the University of Maine in Orono. Details will be available online in February at: http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-events/4humaine/.

2. Apply Now for National Trips – 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: http://umaine.edu/4h/home/national-4-h-trips/.

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 15, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Thuotte at 1-800-287-1535 or heidi.thuotte@maine.edu.

3. 2013 Morris Scholarship for Eastern States Participants – This is the year
that Maine has the opportunity to select an Eastern States Exposition participant to receive a
$500 scholarship towards continuing his or her education beyond high school. To find
information on how to apply for this scholarship, look online at: http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-events/eastern-states-exposition-ese-or-the-big-e/morris-scholarship/.

4. 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament – for Hancock, Knox, Lincoln, Somerset, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo and Washington Counties – The 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament will be held Saturday, March 23rd at the University of Maine at Orono in the Bangor Room. 4-H Youth ages 9 to 18 who have participated in their county 4-H public speaking tournament 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 either participate in a neighboring county’s tournament or present in another format 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 13th at 667-8212 or at joyce.fortier@maine.edu. For more information on 4-H public speaking, including guidelines and judging sheets, please visit http://umaine.edu/hancock/programs/hancock-county-4-h/ or contact Lisa Reilich at 207-598-6621 or lisa.reilich@maine.edu.

5. Celebrating 100 Years of 4-H in Maine – A Message from Lisa Phelps, 4-H Program Administrator- Did you know the first 4-H club in Maine was started in 1913, and it was a Potato Club in Scarborough Maine? Yes, indeed, it’s true! In 2013, 4-H is celebrating 100 years in
Maine. I hope you will join me in celebrating the 100th birthday of 4-H in Maine and look
for ways you can celebrate locally and statewide. We have a lot to be proud of in our 4-H program in Maine! Since the beginning, the youth development program of University of Maine Cooperative Extension has emphasized the importance of building the life skills needed to be successful adults.

We would not have had the strong program we have had for the past 100 years if it were not for the extremely dedicated volunteers and staff. On behalf of the thousands of youth all of you have impacted over the years, thank you for all you have done.

Please check out our special Celebrating 100 Years website at http://umaine.edu/4h/celebrating-100-years-in-maine/ - I would also encourage 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!

6. Maine 4-H Foundation Post-Secondary Education Scholarships-  Information and applications for Maine 4-H Foundation’s post-secondary education
scholarships are now available online at their web sitehttp://umaine.edu/4hfoundation/funding/. These scholarships are available to all current 4-H
youth in Maine, high school seniors or recent graduates, who are pursuing higher education. The deadline for applications to be received at the local county Extension office is March 4, 2013. The Maine 4-H Foundation must receive completed applications from County offices by March 11, 2013. If you have any questions please email Dana Rickman dana.rickman@maine.edu or call 207-353- 5550.

7. Maine ESE Horse Tryouts – This year ESE Horse tryouts will take place on July
12, 13, and 14 at Skowhegan Fairgrounds. Reminder that riders/drivers must be 14 years
old as of December 31, 2012. Information and tryout forms will be posted to the 4-H
website the first week of February. If you have questions about ESE tryouts please connect with Tina Hogan, ESE Horse Committee Coordinator, maineesehorse@gmail.com or Kristy Ouellette, Extension Educator, kristy.ouellette@maine.edu.

8. State 4-H Dairy Program Dates- Please hold the following dates for your participation in the State 4-H Dairy Programs:- Quiz Bowl Tryout– Tryouts for the Dairy Quiz Bowl Team is Sunday, February 17, at the
Farm Bureau office in Augusta. Quiz Bowl will start at 1:00 pm and finish up before 4:00 pm.
Open to all 4-H Dairy project members. Snow date is the following day, Monday, February 18. Snow cancellation will be determined the evening before. Call 581-3872 for a message announcing the cancellation of Quiz Bowl if there is a storm.
- Dairy Judging – April 13, Sat., time / location to be announced. Open to all 4-H Dairy project mem- bers.
- Intent to Participate Form due May 1, 2013 for 4-H Dairy Team to Eastern States.
- Fitting Competition – July 20, 5:00 pm at the Windsor Fairgrounds.
- Maine State 4-H Dairy Show – July 21, 9:00 am at the Windsor Fairgrounds. The new dairy packet will be posted in March.

Forms are/will be posted on the 4-H Dairy web page at:  http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/dairy/

9. UMaine Day at the Legislature – 4-H Honorary Page Program – UMaine Day at the Legislature, Tuesday, February 26th, is quickly approaching. Since legislators like to see 4- H members from their districts, 4-Hers (age 13 or older) are encouraged to serve as Honorary Pages. The Maine 4-H program has up to 30 slots for Honorary Pages.

What does a page do? Pages hand out information to Representatives or Senators, or place the paper information on their desks. They also hand phone and other messages to Representatives and Senators on the floor.

If you are interested in serving as a page, please contact Debra Kantor in Somerset County at 1-800- 287-8957 or debra.kantor@maine.edu. We will attempt to have pages from different parts of the state. Slots, representing different state senators and representatives, will be filled in the order they are received, but the final deadline is February 8th. If the slot for your legislative district has been filled, your name will be added to a wait list in the order it is received. If you are leaving a message, please be sure to say “I am interested in serving as a 4-H Page at the Legislature on February 26”. Your slot will be reserved if you leave this complete information: full name, age, mailing address, county, phone number, email address, name of your school, name of your 4-H Club, name of your Maine State Representative, name of your Maine State Senator

4-H Honorary Pages will be in the Capitol from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm. A parent or 4-H volunteer provides transportation and chaperoning.

10. Save the Date for 2013 Maine 4-H Days – Maine 4-H Days will take place July 18 – 21 at the Windsor Fairgrounds, and the State Dairy Show will be on the 20th & 21st. If you are interested in helping to plan this year’s event, please contact Jessy Brainerd at jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or 581-3877.

11. February Vacation Day Camp at Tanglewood 4-H Camp-  This outdoor day camp will be held at Tanglewood 4-H Camp in Lincolnville, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day with aftercare available until 4 p.m. Feb. 19th- 20th is for 6-8 year olds, while children ages 9-13 come on Feb. 21st-22nd. It’s a fun-filled adventure packed with outdoor exploration, wildlife tracking and sledding, which encourage personal growth in harmony with nature. The cost is $65.00/child for the two-day program. For more information or to register visit http://umaine.edu/tanglewood or contact Patti at (207) 789- 5868 or patricia.chapman@maine.edu.

12. 2013 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl and Hippology Meetings - Horse quiz bowl and hippology meetings will begin January 26th and be held once a month on
Saturday or Sunday. 4-Hers interested in trying-out for the Maine teams which compete
nationally in Kentucky at the Eastern 4-H Horse Round-Up exposition are required to attend these meetings. Although material is designed for 4-Hers ages 14-18, all ages are welcome to attend and material will be revised for younger 4-Hers.

Meetings will consist of working with quiz bowl buzzers, labeling horse diagrams, hands-on activities, review of workbook assignments, field trips to equine facilities, lectures/demonstrations by equine professionals, and educational games. Home assignments will consist of assigned readings, short research essays, and review quizzes. All materials will be provided free of charge.

Topics to be covered each month are as follows:
- January – History of the horse, breeds and breed associations, coat colors and markings;
- February – physiological systems and anatomy; will include skeletal, muscular, respiratory, cardiovascular, nervous, and digestive systems;
- March – foaling, yearling care, and dental aging and care;
- April – Infectious diseases of the horse, common health conditions and problems, first aid, and vices; – May – Nutrition, feeds, the healthy horse, poisonous plants, and common parasites and flies;
- June – Conformation, unsoundness’s, horse judging principles, shoeing, and farrier equipment;
- July – Tack, riding disciplines and events, farm management, and pasture care;
- August – Equine genetics, breeding and reproduction;
- September – Review
- October – Regional Competition
- November – National Competition

For more information about time and place of meetings, call Edie Kershner (207) 322-4601 or email at ediekershner@yahoo.com

13. Celebrate Awesome! 2013 Engineering Expo – Saturday, March 2, 2013 –
9:00 am – 2:00 pm at the University of Southern Maine, Gorham Campus, suggested $2 per
person donation at the door. Over 1,500 children and adults are expected to experience first
hand the many contributions that Maine Engineers make to our communities and way of life.
Maine’s top engineering firms, engineering schools, educators, government agencies, industry, and engineering societies will provide hand on activities and exhibits throughout the field house. The fun, dynamic, and positive environment will help encourage our youth to pursue careers in engineering and pro- vide a diverse and vigorous workforce for the future.

For more details visit: www.EngineeringME.com – the Maine Engineering Promotional Council.

14. Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) – Start making plans now to visit our
Nation’s Capitol during the week of June 29 to July 6, 2013. 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 work- shops. This summer, the Maine delegation will travel on June 29 to July 6, 2013. You will stay at the National 4-H Conference Center just outside Washington, DC. Visiting the most popular sites in Washing- ton 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 27th. For more information visit: http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-events/citizenship-washington-focus/.

Contact your county 4-H office for details about how to be a part of this experience.

15. Invention Convention – The Invention Convention is a statewide competition that
promotes important life and work skills for Maine middle school students. Throughout the
school year, students work to identify and solve problems by using a systematic approach
to innovation. After competing against their peers at a local level, top students will be
invited to attend the state conference where they compete for the top invention awards. The competition is open to any school offering grades 6, 7, and/or 8, as well as children who are homeschooled. For more information about the Maine Invention Convention, visit http://www.maineinvents.org or call Angela Marcolini at the UMaine Foster Center for Student Innovation at 207-581-1454, or email angela.marcolini@maine.edu. For more details please see our December 2012’s 4-H newsletter.

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

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

17. New Hampshire Dairy Goat Seminar – New Hampshire Dairy Goat Seminar – Transitioning From a Hobby to a Commercial Goat Dairy. This seminar is being held
during the Farm and Forest Exposition on Saturday, February 9th, 2013 from 10:00 am to
12:30 pm. The schedule for the Dairy Goat Seminar starts with the ADGA District meeting
at 10:00 followed by “Transitioning to a Commercial Goat Dairy” at 10:30. At 12:00 noon, the topic will be “Safe Handling of Milk”, adjourning at 12:30.

This event will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester NH. Free for 4-H youth and $5.00 per family. For a complete brochure on the Farm and Forest Exposition go to: nhfarmandforestexpo.org.

18. 4-H Farm-to-Fair Key Volunteers Needed – In order to continue the
success of this exhibit at Union Fair, two key volunteer roles will need to be filled as soon
as possible. A Volunteer Coordinator is needed to seek out and organize the schedule of
volunteers operating the exhibit for the 8 days that the fair is open (August 17-24, 2013). The person, or team of two, needs to commit to being available for all of these days. If there is a team of two, the times can be shared.

We also seek a Farm Store Coordinator, who will coordinate the products that kids will choose from to take home after they have been through the exhibit. This person will be responsible for procuring enough donations of locally-produced items to fill the store shelves every day the exhibit is open. This will be done prior to fair week, so your presence will not be needed during the fair.

If you can help or want to learn more, contact Cindy Rogers, 4-H Program Aide, Knox and Lincoln Counties, 832-0343, cynthia.rogers@maine.edu.

Cooking with the Kids

Fruity Breakfast Smoothie

A healthy way for kids to start the day, this berry smoothie is perfect for breakfast or a snack on Valentine’s Day and beyond

Ingredients:

1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 banana
1 cup strawberries
1 1/2 Tbsp honey

Mix all ingredients in blender until smooth. Pour into glasses and garnish smoothie with a red licorice swirl, strawberry or make a red licorice straw from a licorice stick. Remove end of licorice so the ends are open.

http://www.parenting.com/article/fruity-breakfast-smoothie

4-H Flash Newsletter- January 2013

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Volume 8, Issue 1

Calendar

January 13- Public Speaking Clinic

February 27- Registration Deadline for Washington County Public Speaking Tournament (PST)

March 9- Washington County PST

March 16- Robotics Expo

March 23- Regional PST-UMaine Orono

April 6 & 7- 4-H Shooting Sports Training-Columbia

Welcome Susan Storey!

 We welcome Susan Storey, a newly enrolled 4-H Volunteer, assisting with the Princeton Pioneers club.

Dennys River Manure Movers Lend a Helping Hand

Members of the Dennys River Manure Movers 4-H Club assist Dennys River Historical Society with the mailing of their quarterly newsletter.  Photo by Jane Bell

Members of the Dennys River Manure Movers 4-H Club assist Dennys River Historical Society with the mailing of their quarterly newsletter.
Photo by Jane Bell

 

Washington County Bulletin Board Items

4-H Shooting Sports Training Coming to Washington County – Know of any youth who like to hunt or target shoot, or who would like to learn these skills?  Wish we had some 4-H Shooting Sports clubs here in Washington County?  On April 6th and 7th, 2013, 4-H Shooting Sports instructors in the areas of rifle and shotgun are coming to the Pleasant River Fish & Game Conservation Association in Columbia to provide a two-day training for 4-H Volunteers!  This is a LEADER TRAINING, designed to prepare adult leaders to run 4-H Shooting Sports clubs.  Participation does not commit volunteers to lead a club, but rather provides the required training if they choose to start (or assist with) a club.  Interested adults should contact Nicole or Tara in the county office to obtain a volunteer application packet which is required prior to the training (if you are already a volunteer you do not need to apply again).  Registration for this event is required, and the cost of the event is $25 (to cover material such as curriculum and ammunition).   Feel free to call or email Nicole with any questions.  Please spread the word… and mark your calendars!

Hancock County Winter Sewing Workshop – Hancock County construction judges for Style Revue,
Judy Bragg and Ann Durgin, have
agreed to teach a basic sewing workshop at the Hancock County Extension office. This would include pattern selection, sizing, fitting, layout, cutting, marking, seams, finishes, darts, hems, buttons, pressing, following instructions, etc. Mark you calendar for Wednesday, February 20th, 9:00 am to 2:30 pm – snow day, Thursday, February 21st. Please bring a brown-bag lunch. Call Joyce at the Hancock Extension Office at 667-8212 or 1-800-287-1479 by February 13 to register. We need a minimum of 10 people committed to this to make it worthwhile.

4-H Public Speaking – Below please find 4-H Public
Speaking Guidelines and
Judging Sheets for 2013. 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 http://umaine.edu/hancock/programs/hancock- county-4-h/ for helpful information and videos on 4-H public speaking to help you get going.

2013 WASHINGTON COUNTY 4H Regional Public Speaking Guidelines

2013 Regional PST Judging Worksheet

Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program – Join other Maine high school sophomores and juniors on the backpacking adventure of a lifetime through the finest wild country in Maine. As you explore the area on and around the state’s highest peak, Katahdin, you will hear from experts in a variety of fields, including geology, biology, writing, photography, and more. You will see why preserving wilderness is essential to so many people as well as for all the other species that rely upon this land. In April, the ten selected participants receive required reading materials and other assignments, and submit a project proposal in May. The field experience in Baxter State Park is August 3 through August 11, 2013. Thanks to the support of generous donors, Friends of Baxter State Park is able to offer this program at no direct cost to the student.
Applications are due February 8, 2013. Participants will be notified in March.

To apply: Contact Friends of Baxter State Park at: admin@friendsofbaxter.org Download a form at: www.friendsofbaxter.org
Write to: Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program, Friends of Baxter State Park, PO Box 609, Union, ME 04862.

Downeast Region School News

Trenton Elementary School – At Trenton Elementary School, the afterschool program has started a wonderful 4-H project that should keep them busy for the rest of the year! Building on the vermiculture project they started last year with Mr. Rayner and Ms. Stephanie, we started worm journals where we examined what our worms look like and drew pictures of them; we explored how long they get when they stretch out and how short they can be as well, recording that data; and then we did more experiments on the kinds of environments worms prefer. They plan to continue to work together to build up their worm bins, and even hope to harvest castings in the spring for planting seedlings. Keep up the good work!

4-H at Trenton Elemetary School

Ella Lewis School – On November 19th as part of a professional development day, fourteen Ella Lewis teachers and staff took part in a school 4-H volunteer training session. For two hours, they got a chance to learn all about 4-H programming and how it fits with the great teaching already happening at their school. We had great fun with interactive activities to explore experiential learning and positive youth development, and also had a chance to explore some of the resources available through the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Thank you to all those at Ella Lewis School for being such wonderful teachers and mentors to all you your youth – and thank you for helping to make 4-H part of their learning and growing process!

4-H at Ella Lewis School

Maine State News

1. 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament – for Hancock, Knox, Lincoln, Somerset, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo and Washington Counties – The 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament will be held Saturday, March 23rd at the University of Maine at Orono in the Bangor Room. 4-H Youth ages 9 to 18 who have participated in their county 4-H public speaking tournament 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 either participate in a neighboring county’s tournament or present in another format 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 13th at 667-8212 or at joyce.fortier@maine.edu. For more information on 4-H public speaking, including guidelines and judging sheets, please visit http://umaine.edu/hancock/programs/hancock-county-4-h/ or contact Lisa Reilich at 207-598-6621 or lisa.reilich@maine.edu.

2. Save the Date for 2013 Maine 4-H Days – Maine 4-H Days will take place July 18 – 21 at the Windsor Fairgrounds, and the State Dairy Show will be on the 20th & 21st. If you are interested in helping to plan this year’s event, please contact Jessy Brainerd at jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or 581-3877.

3. Invention Convention – The Invention Convention is a statewide competition
that promotes important life and work skills for Maine middle school students.
Throughout the school year, students work to identify and solve problems by using a
systematic approach to innovation. After competing against their peers at a local
level, top students will be invited to attend the state conference where they compete
for the top invention awards. The competition is open to any school offering grades 6, 7, and/or 8, as well as children who are homeschooled. For more information about the Maine Invention Convention, visit http://www.maineinvents.org or call Angela Marcolini at the UMaine Foster Center for Student Innovation at 207-581-1454, or email angela.marcolini@maine.edu. For more details please see our December 2012’s 4-H newsletter.

4. 4-H Farm-to-Fair Key Volunteers Needed – Did you get to visit the 4-H
Farm-to-Fair interactive exhibit at the 2012 Union Fair? The Knox-Lincoln 4-H Leaders’ Association reports that the response from the public was resoundingly positive! Local
families and folks visiting the area from other states (and countries) praised the exhibit
for being fun and informative, a great way to teach kids about how the food they eat and products they use are produced.

In order to continue the success of this exhibit at Union Fair, two key volunteer roles will need to be filled as soon as possible. A Volunteer Coordinator is needed to seek out and organize the schedule of volunteers operating the exhibit for the 8 days that the fair is open (August 17-24, 2013). The person, or team of two, needs to commit to being available for all of these days. If there is a team of two, the times can be shared.

We also seek a Farm Store Coordinator, who will coordinate the products that kids will choose from to take home after they have been through the exhibit. This person will be responsible for procuring enough donations of locally-produced items to fill the store shelves every day the exhibit is open. This will be done prior to fair week, so your presence will not be needed during the fair.

If you can help or want to learn more, contact Cindy Rogers, 4-H Program Aide, Knox and Lincoln Counties, 832-0343, cynthia.rogers@maine.edu.

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

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

6. New Hampshire Dairy Goat Seminar – New Hampshire Dairy Goat Seminar – Transitioning From a Hobby to a Commercial Goat Dairy. This seminar is being held
during the Farm and Forest Exposition on Saturday, February 9th, 2013 from 10:00 am to
12:30 pm. The schedule for the Dairy Goat Seminar starts with the ADGA District meeting
at 10:00 followed by “Transitioning to a Commercial Goat Dairy” at 10:30. At 12:00 noon, the topic will be “Safe Handling of Milk”, adjourning at 12:30.

This event will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester NH. Free for 4-H youth and $5.00 per family. For a complete brochure on the Farm and Forest Exposition go to: nhfarmandforestexpo.org.

7. Apply Now for National Trips – 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: http://umaine.edu/4h/home/national-4-h-trips/.

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 15, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Thuotte at 1-800-287-1535 or heidi.thuotte@maine.edu.

8. Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) – Start making plans now to visit our
Nation’s Capitol during the week of June 29 to July 6, 2013. 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 29 to July 6, 2013. 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 27th. For more information visit:

http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-events/citizenship-washington-focus/.

Contact your county 4-H office for details about how to be a part of this experience.

Cooking with the Kids

Banana Snowmen

Blend a few bananas with some milk. Add a few drops of vanilla extract to make it creamier and also to add that aromatic touch. Freeze it for sometime and then scoop out a few balls of different sizes from this. Stack three balls together with the help of a toothpick to make a snowman. Make eyes and nose using raisin bits. Use a dash of chocolate frosting for the mouth. To make the scarf, use red licorice string. Place two grapes for a top hat and pretzel sticks for arms. Enjoy.