UMaine Extension 4-H Offers Bug Club

July 14th, 2014 11:49 AM

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a youth 4-H club focusing on entomology from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Aug. 4–20, at the UMaine Extension office, 28 Center St., Machias. Activities are designed to teach youth ages 8–10 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, call 207.255.3345 or email nicole.h.willey@maine.edu.

4-H News in Washington County ~ July 2014

July 10th, 2014 2:53 PM

4-H UMaine Extension Logo

Volume 9, Issue 7

Dates to Remember

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

August 28 – September 1 – Blue Hill Fair

 

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

by Kirsten Simas, Administrator of Narraguagus Bay Health Care

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

Schylar D. visits senior residents at a local nursing home.

Schylar D. visits senior residents at a local nursing home.

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

TSC Spring Paper Clover Totals

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

 

Tractor Supply Company – July 12th Swap Event

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

 

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

 

June Jamboree at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds

Participants at the 4-H Jamboree at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds.

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

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

 

Cooking with the Kids

Oatmeal, Strawberry, Banana Smoothie

Makes 3 servings Serving size 8 fl. Oz.

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana

1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1 container (6-ounce) nonfat vanilla yogurt

1 cup skim milk

12 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

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

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

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

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

5. Blend until smooth.

6. Enjoy!

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Eat Well Nutrition Program

 

 School News

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

Chick from Beatrice Rafferty

 

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

Graduation for Morning Song School Cooperative

 

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

Ella Lewis Gardening Project Ella Lewis Gardening Project Ella Lewis 4-H Afterschool Programming

 

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

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

MDI 4-H Project

 

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

Chick from Step by Step Daycare

 

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

Trenton Elementary 4-H Programming

 

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

 

4-H News from the State

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 UMaine4H

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.

4-H@Umaine 4-H@Umaine

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Pre-Fair News

By Christy Fitzpatrick, Former Aroostook County Extension Educator

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

Am I ready for Fair?

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

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

• How will I support other 4-H members?

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

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

Are my Exhibits ready for Fair?

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

• Have I read the requirements for the exhibit carefully?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Cooking with the Kids

Zucchini Coins

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

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

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

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

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

Parents.com

 

Lisa’s 4-H Activity Challenge of the Month

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

Bubble Mania – Basic Bubbling

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

Gather your materials

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

The Activity

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

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

Talk it Over the 4-H Way!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

School News

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

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

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

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

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

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.