UMaine Extension 4-H Offers Bug Club

July 3rd, 2014 8:45 AM

Machias, Maine — University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a youth 4-H club focusing on entomology, 9-11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Aug. 4-20, at the UMaine Extension office, 28 Center St., Machias.

Activities are designed to get children ages 8-10 outside to learn about the environment through bugs. Cost is $10 per child; registration is limited to 10. For more information, to register or to request a disability accommodation, contact 207.255.3345, nicole.h.willey@maine.edu.

About University of Maine Cooperative Extension:  As a trusted resource for almost 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaine Extension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated. UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H.

Haskell Facilitates Facilitation

July 1st, 2014 11:39 AM

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Professor Jane Haskell specializes in strengthening skills of group facilitators so meetings can be conducted effectively and efficiently. Fishermen and graduate students are among her more than 400 clients.

This summer, Haskell, who has authored a national facilitation-training curriculum, is working with members of Wabanaki Nations.

She’s also researching how to buoy skills of facilitators who assist refugees. Specifically, she’s studying how American-born, English-speaking facilitators and group leaders ask for feedback from refugees who have recently arrived in the United States.

Refugees, she says, may not have positive experience with regard to giving comments in a formal group setting and may not understand the concept from a Western perspective or framework.

Haskell and a colleague who specializes in immigration and refugees issues are exploring how to best partner with refugees so that their perspectives are heard and understood in Maine.

Maine Sea Grant Updates Guide to Managing Hurricane Hazards

June 30th, 2014 9:16 AM

Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, flooding, high winds and rip currents. All of these can affect people who live on shorefront land. To help property owners take steps now to make their homes more resilient and less damage-prone over the long run, Maine Sea Grant has updated the Maine Property Owner’s Guide to Managing Flooding, Erosion & Other Coastal Hazards.

The online resource contains detailed information on navigating state and federal regulatory and permitting processes associated with actions such as elevating a house, moving a house back away from the water, restoring dunes, creating buffers and stabilizing coastal bluffs. Normandeau Associates Environmental Consultants worked in partnership with Sea Grant and University of Maine Cooperative Extension to make this new information available. Now, not only can coastal property owners learn more about the hazards they face and what can be done to protect their property, they also can access step-by-step recommendations and permitting guidance.

Examples of property owners who have taken some of these steps are highlighted in case studies from across southern Maine. Information about a tour of resilient properties to be offered in September will be online.

Property owners in Maine’s coastal communities are encouraged to review this updated guidance document as soon as possible. By taking action now to prevent hurricane damage, public and private property owners can greatly reduce their risk of damage and avoid significant costs and delays associated with repairs and restoration.

4-H News in Washington County ~ June 2014

June 12th, 2014 9:50 AM

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Dates to Remember

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

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

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

July 4 – Independence Day – Extension Office Closed

August 28 – September 1 – Blue Hill Fair

 

Quoddy Kids Explore Whales

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

Quoddy Kids standing under the skeleton of a humpback whale.

Quoddy Kids standing under the skeleton of a humpback whale.

 

4-H Super Sitter Course Held in Machias

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

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

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

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

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

 

4-H@UMaine

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

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Fair Time - Reminder that fair time will be upon us soon. We hope you are getting your projects ready for the Exhibit Hall. Has your club discussed a club exhibit? The theme this year is “Wow! 4-H Does That?” The exhibit cards are in the office now. Blue Hill Fair books should arrive soon. The fair book is on line including entry blanks at: www.bluehillfair.com. If you are unable to pick up your copy or download the forms, please give us a call and we’ll mail you a book.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Pre-Fair News

By Christy Fitzpatrick, Former Aroostook County Extension Educator

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

Am I ready for Fair?

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

• How will I make sure that my animals are well taken care of during fair?

• How will I support other 4-H members?

• How can I show respect to 4-H volunteers, judges, fair staff and the public?

• What can I do to make the fair the best experience possible for everyone attending?

Are my Exhibits ready for Fair?

• Is my project going to represent my best effort and my ongoing project work?

• Have I read the requirements for the exhibit carefully?

• Have I prepared a life skills wheel and an Exhibit Judging card ready for each exhibit?

• How is my project record for my exhibits coming along? Are my animals ready for Fair?

• Am I doing everything necessary to make sure my animals will have a safe and stress free fair?

• Have all my animals that need an approved rabies vaccine, received it?

• Have I checked with my vet to see what other vaccinations my animals might need?

• Am I working with my animal EVERY day to make sure it is ready to be shown?

• Are my forms all collected in a notebook including my animal approval and lease forms, vaccination and other immunization forms and registration papers?

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

• Start preparing animals 30-60 days before fair. Get them used to as many fair con- ditions as possible including noise, being tied or confined, being with other animals, being around strangers. Start them on the same feeding schedule they will be on at the fair.

• To make sure animals drink enough during fair, add a little molasses or a few drops of lemon juice to their drinking water to cover up the taste about 2 weeks before fair. Then add it to the water at the fair.

• If hooves need to be trimmed, do this 2-3 weeks before fair so they will have time to toughen.

• If you are raising a market animal, make sure that you are aware of withdrawal times for anything you put into or on your animal. Make sure you have accurate records. Remember that your animal will be processed either during or after fair and that you are responsible for insuring that your buyer has a safe product!

• Make sure the trailer you are using is clean and disinfected.

 

4-H, Good Character, and Showing at the Fair this Summer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Cooking with the Kids

Zucchini Coins

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

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

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

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

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

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Lisa’s 4-H Activity Challenge of the Month

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

Bubble Mania – Basic Bubbling

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

Gather your materials

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

The Activity

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

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

Talk it Over the 4-H Way!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

School News

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

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

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

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

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

School news photos for June 2014. School news photos for June 2014. School news photos for June 2014.

 

Guidelines for 4-H Animal Shows at Agricultural Fairs

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

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

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

Guidelines for 4-H Animal Shows at Agricultural Fairs

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

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

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

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

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

Lease of Animals

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

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

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

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

 

 4-H News from the State

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 5. 2014 Eastern States Horse Tryouts – Tryouts for the 2014 Maine State Horse team will be held July 11 – 13, 2014 at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds. Applications for tryouts are available online. Riders and Drivers must be 14 years of age (4-H age). Please contact Extension Educator, Kristy Ouellette kristy.ouellette@maine.edu if you have any questions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Tick PSA

June 4th, 2014 3:55 PM

Please view our new video on How to Remove a Tick.  For more information on ticks, you can visit the online Tick ID Lab.

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Youth Benefit from 4-H@UMaine

May 30th, 2014 8:53 AM

About 100 Maine youth took part in 4-H@UMaine, an annual event that introduces boys and girls to campus life, career exploration and experiential learning at the University of Maine.

On May 16-17, youth ages 12-17 became familiar with university offerings by staying overnight in residence halls, eating in the dining halls and attending workshops presented by UMaine faculty and graduate students.

Students from the Washington County towns of Columbia, Milbridge and Addison attended. Each participant chose three workshops to attend. Topics included composite materials, embryology, fundamentals of acting, aquaculture, high-altitude ballooning, dance, field skills for the forest, ecology, ocean waves, veterinary medicine, permaculture, chemical engineering, nanotechnology and nutrition and health.

More than 20,000 Maine children participate in 4-H activities; 4-H is the youth development program of University of Maine Cooperative Extension. To learn more about UMaine Extension’s 4-H program, contact Nicole Willey at the Washington County Extension office at 207.255.3345, nicole.h.willey@maine.edu.

About University of Maine Cooperative Extension:  As a trusted resource for almost 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaine Extension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated. UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H.

Schylar D. works on a project.

Schylar D. works on a project.

Diabetes Program a Success in Calais

May 28th, 2014 9:06 AM

Calais, Maine — Twelve people from Calais, Baileyville and Princeton participated in the first four-week Dining with Diabetes Down East series, sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Participants learned how to select healthful foods, plan satisfying meals and prepare easy recipes that everyone can enjoy. The community-based program complements medical care by teaching people with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes, as well as their family members and caregivers, what they can do to help control blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. The series ran through May at Calais Methodist Home.

The free four-week series begins May 28 at Ridgeview Apartments in Machias and June 25 at Labor of Love Nutrition Center in Eastport. Due to local demand, plans are underway to offer the series in Lubec this fall. If there is enough interest, registered dietitian-nutritionist Alan Majka also will offer the program in the Milbridge, Harrington, Cherryfield area.

If you are interested in participating in this program and would like more information, or to request a disability accommodation, please call 207.255.3345 or 800.287.1542 (toll free in Maine), or complete our confidential online preregistration survey (umaine.edu/washington). This program is being offered with support from Healthy Acadia, the Downeast Community Transformation Collaborative and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

About University of Maine Cooperative Extension:  As a trusted resource for almost 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaine Extension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing,commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated.UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H.

 

Participants in the first in Dining with Diabetes Down East series in Calais included, from left to right, Marilyn Howard, Barbara Curtis, Carol Donovan, Glenda Wood, Cindy Comeau, James Lunn and Frances Walker. (Photo by Alan Majka)

Participants in the first in Dining with Diabetes Down East series in Calais included, from left to right, Marilyn Howard, Barbara Curtis, Carol Donovan, Glenda Wood, Cindy Comeau, James Lunn and Frances Walker. (Photo by Alan Majka)

Helpful University of Maine Cooperative Extension Publications

May 21st, 2014 1:03 PM
The first long weekend of the summer season is about to begin and that means people are spending more time outdoors. We’ve got publications about grilling safely, dealing with those pesky bugs and insects, gardening information, and much more! Below is just a sample of publications that UMaine Extension has to offer:

Maine Farm Family Series​:
#4801 Why “Thank You” Matters: Expressing Appreciation
#4802 Running Successful Farm-Family Meetings
#4803 Farm and Family—Finding Balance
#4804 Understanding Roles in the Farm Family
#4805​​ Recognizing the Signs of Farm Family Stress​

You can find many more when you visit Cooperative Extension’s online Publication Catalog​. A price list of publications is attached for your convenience.

Maine 4-H Science Video

May 16th, 2014 10:20 AM

Please see how 4-H science is beneficial for your child!

4-H Science Video- Three Reasons to Get Involved in 4-H Science

4-H in Washington County – May 2014

May 9th, 2014 2:51 PM

Volume 9, Issue 5

Dates to Remember

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Washington County Youth Win 4-H Public Speaking Tournament

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to all who participated!

 

4-H Shooting Sports Club Off to a Great Start

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

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

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

4-H Shooting Sports 4-H Shooting Sports

 

Successful 4-H Paper Clover Campaign

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

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

Tractor Supply Group Photo

 

Save the Date! Exhibit Hall Informational Session

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

 

Invitation to “Handworks Night”

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

 

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

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Cooking with the Kids

Banana Crunch Loaf

Ingredients:

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

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

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

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

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

Family Circle

 

Lisa’s 4-H Activity Challenge of the Month

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

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

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

Edible Aquifer

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

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

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

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

Gather your materials

1) Vanilla pudding, already prepared

2) Milk

3) Liquid food coloring

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

5) Clear plastic cups and spoons

The Activity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More 4-H Challenges…

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

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

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

 

 4-H News from the State

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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