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4-H in Washington County ~ March 2014

Volume 9, Issue 3

Dates to Remember

March 8- Washington County Public Speaking Tournament

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

March 29- Regional Public Speaking Tournament, University of Maine

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

April 12- 4-H Volunteer Training in Machias

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

April 27- Handworks Night – Hancock Extension Office

May 10-Super Sitter Course, Machias

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

Please visit our Facebook page at the following link.

 

Invitation to “Handworks Night” in Hancock County

March 16 will be our next Handworks Night, from 4:30 – 6:30 pm, at the Hancock County Extension Office. This is your opportunity to get extra help with your project, i.e. sewing/knitting project or maybe someone could help you make another kind of craft. Maybe you just want to hang out and watch others do their handworks. There will be a project to join in on if you don’t have some- thing you are working on right now. Please bring a snack or beverage. Mark your calendar – Handworks Night will continue on the third Sunday of each month through May. Come join the fun!

 

Lisa’s 4-H Activity Challenge of the Month

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

Mysterious Mud

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

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

• Cornstarch

• Water

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

• Wooden Spoon

• 1 cup and 1⁄4 cup measuring cup

• Food Coloring

The Activity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More 4-H Challenges…

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

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

 

 Who Took the Challenge written by Lisa Reilich

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

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

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

 

School News

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

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

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

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

Lisa’s Corner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 4-H News from the State

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

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

The following scholarships are available:

- Maine 4-H Foundation General Post Secondary Education Scholarships

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

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

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

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

 

2. Save the Date for 2014 Maine 4-H Days – Maine 4-H Days will take place June 20 – 22, 2014 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. If you are interested in helping to plan next year’s event, please contact Jessy Brainerd at jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or 581-3877.

 

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

 

4. 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament – For: Aroostook, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Somerset, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo and Washington Counties The 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament will be held Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the University of Maine at Orono. 4-H Youth ages 9 to 18 who have participated in their county 4-H public speaking tournament and received the required score are invited to participate. For youth in counties which do not hold public speaking tournaments, arrangements may be made through their county’s Extension office to present their presentation to their county’s 4-H staff in order to be eligible. Registration for the regional tournament must be handled through the youth’s county Extension office. To register youth, county offices should contact Joyce in the Hancock County Extension Office no later than March 19th at 207.667.8212 or at joyce.fortier@maine.edu. For more information on 4-H public speaking, including guidelines and judging sheets, please visit the website or contact Lisa Reilich at 207.598.6621 or lisa.reilich@maine.edu.

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

8. 2014 Eastern States Horse Tryouts – Tryouts for the 2014 Maine State Horse team will be held July 11 – 13, 2014 at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds. Applications for tryouts will be available online starting February 1. Riders and Drivers must be 14 years of age (4-H age). Please contact Extension Educator, Kristy Ouellette kristy.ouellette@maine.edu if you have any questions.

 

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

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

Topics covered include: conformation, movement, ideal breed characteristics, comparing and contrasting, developing oral reasons, as well as learning conformation for performance. For more information contact Sarah Chadbourne at jchadbour@aol.com or 207.408.1309.

 

10. Upcoming Dairy Events – Dairy Quiz Bowl Tryouts
Dairy Quiz Bowl Tryouts will be held Sunday, February 16, 2014 at the Farm Bureau in Augusta at 1:00 pm. Snow date will be Monday, February 17. Quiz Bowl Tryouts is open to all 4-H youth in the state. Attendance at QB Tryouts will fulfill one of the requirements to try out for the Eastern States Dairy Team.

For more information please contact coach Connie Wood at cfelchwood@gmail.com or call 207.625.4644.

4-H Dairy Judging – Tryouts for the Dairy Cattle Judging Team will be Saturday, April 12, 2014 and the snow date is Sunday, April 13. Dairy Cattle Judging Tryouts is open to all 4-H youth in the state. Attendance at Judging Tryouts will fulfill one of the requirements to try out for the Eastern States Dairy Team. Times and locations will be announced in early March.
For more information contact Dave Marcinkowski at davidmar@maine.edu or call at 207.581.2740.

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

While the State Dairy Show is open to all 4-H youth in the dairy project, 4-Hers who would also like to try out for the Eastern States Dairy Team also need to participate in one of these three events: Quiz Bowl Tryouts in February, Dairy Judging in April, Clipping Contest the day before the show. For more information contact Angela Hussey at ahussey@newenglandtechair.com or at 207-400-2588 or 207-347-7577.

 

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

 

 Cooking with the Kids

Go Green Smoothies

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

2. Puree until smooth.

Makes 4 servings Serving size: 6 ounces

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Eat Well Program

 

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4-H Volunteer Training to be Offered in Machias

Ever wanted to learn more about 4-H? 4-H is a positive youth development program for youth ages 5 to 18. Projects focus on developing citizenship, leadership and life skills through hands-on learning activities. Whether your passion is crocheting or bee-keeping, fishing or gardening, we are looking for adult volunteers to work with youth. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension will be offering a training for people who are interested in becoming 4-H volunteers. The training will take place on Saturday, April 12th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Extension office in Machias. Pre-registration is required by April 7th. Please call 255-3345 or email tara.a.wood@maine.edu to register for the training. If you need a disability accommodation, please contact Jen Lobley at 207.255.3345 or e-mail jennifer.lobley@maine.edu as soon as possible.

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Majka Receives Grant to Provide Diabetes Education, Support Down East

Alan Majka, associate Extension professor at the University of Maine, received a $3,500 grant from the Healthy Acadia Coalition to fund “Dining with Diabetes Down East.” Majka will work in Washington County, providing diabetes self-management support through diet-related education at several sites. The program will address basic diabetes and diet concepts, and practical skill development regarding planning and preparing meals through hands-on cooking. In Washington County diabetes prevalence is at 10.4 percent. It is estimated that 3.1 percent of Maine adults are unaware that they have diabetes.

The ABCs of Hand Washing

University of  Maine Cooperative Extension’s publication, The ABCs of Hand Washing, has some helpful hints on washing your hands to prevent the spread of illness during the cold and flu season.

4-H in Washington County ~ February 2014

Volume 9, Issue 2

Dates to Remember

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

February 17- Office Closed to Observe President’s Day

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

February 28- Washington County Deadline to register for CWF

March 8- Washington County Public Speaking Tournament

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

March 29- Regional Public Speaking Tournament, University of Maine

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

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

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

 

4-H Robotics Expo

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

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

 

Congrats Libby Bitar

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

 

4-H Public Speaking Reminder

Leaders, be sure to call or e-mail Tara at the office at 255-3345 or tara.a.wood@maine.edu by February 19th with the name of the participating youth delegates. Be sure to include their 4-H age, title of their 4-H demonstration or illustrated talk, and whether it will be an individual or team presentation. The Washington County 4-H Public Speaking Tournament will be held on Saturday, March 8th. Be sure to visit our website for helpful information and videos on 4-H public speaking to help you get going.

 

Congrats Blaine Grant and Cole Willey

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

Cooking with the Kids

Hot or Cold Chocolate Milk Mix (low fat)

Ingredients:

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

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

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

Directions:

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

2. Store in a covered container.

To make Hot Chocolate:

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

To make Cold Chocolate Drink:

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

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Eat Well Program

 

Lisa’s Challenge Activity of the Month

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

Make a “Soil Sam”

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

Materials Needed:

- Knee-high nylon stocking

- Grass seeds — wheat or oat grass seeds work well

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

- Water

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

The Activity

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

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

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

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

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

Talk it Over the 4-H Way!

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

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

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

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

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

 

Who Took the Challenge

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

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

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

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

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

School News

Ella Lewis Grammar School

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

 

Jonesboro Elementary School

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

 4-H News from the State

1. Save the Date for 2014 Maine 4-H Days – Maine 4-H Days will take place June 20 – 22, 2014 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. If you are interested in helping to plan next year’s event, please contact Jessy Brainerd at jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or 581-3877.

2. 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament – For: Aroostook, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Somerset, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo and Washington Counties The 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament will be held Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the University of Maine at Orono. 4-H Youth ages 9 to 18 who have participated in their county 4-H public speaking tournament and received the required score are invited to participate. For youth in counties which do not hold public speaking tournaments, arrangements may be made through their county’s Extension office to present their presentation to their county’s 4-H staff in order to be eligible. Registration for the regional tournament must be handled through the youth’s county Extension office. To register youth, county offices should contact Joyce Fortier in the Hancock County Extension Office no later than March 19th at 207.667.8212 or at joyce.fortier@maine.edu. For more information on 4-H public speaking, including guidelines and judging sheets, please visit the website or contact Lisa Reilich at 207.598.6621 or lisa.reilich@maine.edu.

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

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

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

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

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

5. 2014 Eastern States Horse Tryouts – Tryouts for the 2014 Maine State Horse team will be held July 11 – 13, 2014 at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds. Applications for tryouts will be available online starting February 1. Riders and Drivers must be 14 years of age (4-H age). Please contact Extension Educator, Kristy Ouellette kristy.ouellette@maine.edu if you have any questions.

6. Upcoming Dairy Events – Dairy Quiz Bowl Tryouts
Dairy Quiz Bowl Tryouts will be held Sunday, February 16, 2014 at the Farm Bureau in Augusta at 1:00 pm. Snow date will be Monday, February 17. Quiz Bowl Tryouts is open to all 4-H youth in the state. Attendance at QB Tryouts will fulfill one of the requirements to try out for the Eastern States Dairy Team.

For more information please contact coach Connie Wood at cfelchwood@gmail.com or call 207.625.4644.

4-H Dairy Judging – Tryouts for the Dairy Cattle Judging Team will be Saturday, April 12, 2014 and the snow date is Sunday, April 13. Dairy Cattle Judging Tryouts is open to all 4-H youth in the state. Attendance at Judging Tryouts will fulfill one of the requirements to try out for the Eastern States Dairy Team. Times and locations will be announced in early March.

For more information contact Dave Marcinkowski at davidmar@maine.edu or call at 207.581.2740.

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

While the State Dairy Show is open to all 4-H youth in the dairy project, 4-Hers who would also like to try out for the Eastern States Dairy Team also need to participate in one of these three events: Quiz Bowl Tryouts in February, Dairy Judging in April, Clipping Contest the day before the show. For more information contact Angela Hussey at ahussey@newenglandtechair.com or at 207-400-2588 or 207-347-7577.

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

8. New Hampshire Dairy Goat Seminar – Milk Sanitation – Farm & Forest Exposition – Saturday, February 8, 2014, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, at the Center of New Hampshire – Radisson Hotel, Webster Room, 700 Elm Street, Manchester, NH.

Milk is a food product, and it will never be any better than the sanitary conditions under which it is produced and bottled. This session will cover food safety and handling steps that need to be followed both in the barn and in the kitchen to ensure a quality product. There will be some discussion about transitioning from a hobby to a commercial dairy.

A schedule and additional information are available online.

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

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

Beef
 Goat
 Dairy
 Sheep May 1
Dog May 15
Horse See deadline on Horse Packet for Tryouts

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

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

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

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

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

 

 UMaine 4-H Science News – January/February 2014

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

- In your County – Toolkits!

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

- “Ice Worlds” and other Planetarium Star Shows

- 2014 Engineering Expo

- Save the Date for 4-H@UMaine!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nominations Sought for Norman W. Duzen Community Service Award

2014 Norman W. Duzen Community Service Award Nomination Form

Each year, the Washington County Extension Association (WCEA) honors an individual from Washington County who has contributed as a volunteer to the lives of people in Washington County. WCEA is seeking nominations for the 2014 Recipient of the Norman W. Duzen Volunteer Award.

Norman W. Duzen had a very special place in his heart for the people of Washington County and contributed hours of volunteer time to help its residents. The Washington County Extension Association Executive Committee and the Washington County staff of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension felt that one way that they could continue to honor Norm and carry on some of his work was to establish the Norman W. Duzen Community Service Award. This award is presented on an annual basis to a person who lives in Washington County that has enhanced the lives of the county’s residents through their volunteer work. The recipient will receive a wooden keepsake box with their name engraved on it at the Washington County Extension Association’s Annual Meeting. Their name will also be added to a plaque that hangs in the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s office.

If you would like to nominate a deserving volunteer, please visit our website at http://umaine.edu/washington/ to obtain the nomination form. You may also contact our office at 1-800-287-1542 or 255-3345, visit us at our office at 28 Center Street in Machias or email tara.a.wood@maine.edu for the nomination form.

Deadline for applications is Tuesday, February 18, 2014.

4-H News in Washington County ~ January 2014

January 2014

Volume 9, Issue 1

 

Dates to Remember

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

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

March 8- Washington County Public Speaking Tournament

March 29- Regional Public Speaking Tournament, University of Maine

 

Newly Enrolled Volunteers

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

 

Geocache Reminder

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

 

 Public Speaking Guidelines and Judging Sheets

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

 

 Lisa’s Corner

Lisa’s 4-H Public Speaking Reminder!! Each 4-H group (club or school) should be holding their own demonstration tournament during the month of February. Leaders, be sure to call or e-mail Tara at the office at 255-3345 or tara.a.wood@maine.edu by February 19th with the name of the participating youth delegates. Be sure to include their 4-H age, title of their 4-H demonstration or illustrated talk, and whether it will be an individual or team presentation. The Washington County 4-H Public Speaking Tournament will be held on Saturday, March 8th. We will announce the time and place as soon as it is confirmed.

Judging sheets, guidelines and other helpful public speaking information are now available on the Washington County 4-H website.

Please read the 4-H County & Regional Public Speaking Guidelines very carefully. It is included as an insert to this month’s newsletter, at our office, or on our website at the address above. If you have any other questions, feel free to call or e-mail me at lisa.reilich@maine.edu or 598-6621. You may also call the Extension Office at 255-3345 or 1-800-287-1542.

Good Luck to all!

Tips for Preparing a Great Public Speaking Presentation –

1. Pick a topic by asking yourself these questions:

• Am I interested in this topic?

• Will others find it useful or interesting?

• Does it have a simple main idea and logical steps and/or points that can be shown or talked about in within the time limit given? Please see the guidelines insert for time limits for each age group.

• Can I find enough information?

• Is this a demonstration or an illustrated talk? A demonstration is a “show how” and “tell how” presentation. The work is performed before your eyes, and there is a finished project at the end. In an illustrated talk, the work is not performed before your eyes, and there is not a finished project at the end. Visit our website for helpful information on both types of presentations.

• Can I easily find props and materials?

2. Pick a title that will arouse the interest of your audience.

3. Your introduction should catch the interest of your audience in the first 15 seconds. Start with a question or a short snappy sentence. “Help, my bunny is a giant fur ball!”

4. The body of your talk should explain the points or demonstrate the steps you wish to show clearly and in logical order.

5. Select materials that are familiar to you and easy to use and see. Be sure your presentation can be seen from a distance of 15 feet! People need to see, as well as hear, what you are sharing.

6. Prepare a great conclusion. Neglecting to have a well-defined end to their talk is the most common mistake speakers make! Show the finished product if doing a demonstration. Summarize the main thing you wanted the talk about or teach in whatever presentation you do. Show your visual aids again. End by asking for questions and thanking the audience for their attention!

 

 Lisa’s Challenge Activity

This winter has gotten off to quite a start. With back-to-back snowstorms, ice storms, power outages, and freezing cold temperatures, many of us have been keeping inside with not much to do. Continuing with our learning of weaving skills from out last month’s challenge, here is a fun activity that gets you set to learn to knit or crochet. Once you learn the basics, it is a great do-anytime activity that you can do whenever you have a few minutes or more of down time, or feel bored and just don’t know what to do.

No special materials are needed, just yarn or even
string. You can even walk and talk with your
friends while you weave! Be creative with your
finished product to make your own scarves, belts, necklaces and even seat cushions – these cushions are great in school classrooms and community centers. Just ask the 1st grade class at Ella Lewis School with 4-H volunteer Joanne Beal at the helm. Her students have been finger weaving and turning the resulting chains into coveted rug cushions for the last six years! Perfect for anyone from young to old (my girls learned how to do this when they were just 4 years old), take this month’s activity challenge and be sure to let us know where it leads you.

Finger Weaving

Finger Weaving is an old, traditional, off-loom weaving technique of French Canadian, Native American, and Scandinavian heritage. Some form of off-loom or hand/finger weaving is native to many cultures. Native Americans of the eastern forests are well known for their finger-woven yarn belts and sashes. Sometimes these were known as “arrow sashes” because of the great number made in Canada for the fur-trade companies. In the Scandinavian tradition, the finger-woven sashes were part of the traditional costume.

The Activity

Step 1: To start finger weaving, find the end of the yarn and tie it loosely around the thumb of the hand you don’t write with.

Step 2: Weave the yarn around your fingers: behind your pointer finger, in front of your middle finger, behind your ring finger, in front and then around your pinky finger.

Step 3: Weave the yarn back across your hand, going in and out of your fingers the opposite way.

Step 4: Bring the yarn around the back side of your thumb and lay it across your fingers near the tips.

Step 5: Starting from your thumb and repeating each finger, lift yarn A (the initial strand) up and over your fingertip, leaving yarn B (the yarn laying on the fingertips) on the finger. Push yarn B down to the base of the finger to take the place of yarn A. Do this one finger as a time all the way over to the pinky finger. Then lay the yarn over the fingers from pinky to thumb and do the same thing – but going in the other direction (the pinky finger and the thumb will be done twice in a row – once from either direction).

Step 6: After you have done this back and forth quite a few times, the yarn will lay on the back of your hand. Pull the yarn from the end gently and it will form a woven rope. This can be used for all of the great projects listed above, or come up with your own creation!

If you need to stop for a while, carefully place the loops from your fingers onto a pencil. When you are ready to start again – just place the loops back on your fingers.

Talk it Over the 4-H Way!

Share… What was the hardest part of learning to weave? How did you feel learning, doing, and completing this project?

Process… What would have made this project easier?
Generalize… What other things do you do that have these three elements of learning, doing, and completing a project?

Apply… What other new things would you like to try?

More 4-H Challenges…

Explore other finger weaving techniques or weaving patterns. There are simpler ones that use only one finger – good for younger hands, and more complex ones as well.

Try weaving on a loom.

Learn to knit or crochet. There are great step-by-step kits that include the materials and 
teach you how. Try your local craft store to find them.

Send us a picture and a quick note of how your own “4-H Finger-Weaving Challenge” turned out, and we will include it in our newsletter next time. Or come to our Handworks Night at the Hancock County Extension Office, this month on Sunday, January 19th, from 4:30 to 6:30. Materials will be on hand for you to give it a try. Be sure to let us know a bit about how the project went and for what you ended up using your chain. We can’t wait to hear all about it and your discoveries!

You can find this activity and more in the 4-H Afterschool Agriculture: Acres of Adventures curriculum. This activity can be found in Book 2 of that series (Frontier Living, pages 68-69) and is available to borrow from our lending library.

 

Cooking with the Kids

Apple Confetti Coleslaw

Ingredients

1 cup chopped or shredded red cabbage
1 cup chopped or shredded green cabbage
1⁄2 cup chopped or shredded carrot
1 diced apple
2 tablespoons raisins
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons unsweetened apple juice concentrate
1⁄2 cup low-fat mayonnaise Pepper to taste

Directions
1.Remove outer leaves, wash cabbage and cut out core.
2.Chop cabbage, carrots, and dice apple.
3.In large bowl, combine the two types of cabbage
with the carrots, apples, and raisins.
4.In a separate bowl mix apple cider vinegar, apple
juice concentrate, and mayonnaise.
5.Pour liquid mixture over cabbage mixture and toss well.
6.Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

Makes 6 servings Serving size: 1⁄2 cup

Source: Adapted from Bulletin #4262, Vegetables and Fruits for Health: Apples, University of Maine

 

School News

Ella Lewis Grammar School – The Ella Lewis teaching staff got the chance to participate in a training in November on Inquiry Based Learning. This 4-H hands-on professional development training, presented by Lisa Reilich, was a fantastic opportunity for the teachers to reinforce many skills they already use, plus help them reflect on new ways to incorporate the inquiry-based
approach in their teaching of the core
curriculum. Kudos to Ella Lewis for
taking the time to hone and improve their toolbox of ways to help their youth engage and find context in their learning. Are you a volunteer leader or school that would like to learn more about how you can bring this knowledge to your group? Get in touch with Lisa to set up a training!

Jonesboro Elementary School - And here are the final results of the Jonesboro Elementary School’s exploration of GIS through the 2014 4-H National Youth Science Day Experiment. The three teams of 6th, 7th and 8th
graders presented their final designs and had valuable reflections to share on
their experience and what they did, and didn’t, learn. All three teams designed
amusement parks of some kind – from a winter sports park featuring a 20’ x 20’
chocolate fountain, to an imaginative amusement park with a thrilling adventure
over a live crocodile pit, all three designs took into account, that here in
Downeast Maine, we have the natural parks pretty well covered. What could be
better than an outright amusement park in Washington County! Thanks to the
students for bringing their creativity and teamwork to this activity. Would your group like to take the “Maps & Apps” NYSD challenge? We have kits available for you to borrow. Call the office to reserve yours today!

Morning Song School Cooperative – Seven of the Morning Song Players participated in a Schoodic Arts For All Meetinghouse Theatre Lab staged reading production of “A Christmas Carol” on December 21st. Adapting on the spot due to the coming ice storm that night, they got to work with vigor and focus at the shortened one day rehearsal, took over the role of the missing chorus who couldn’t come because of the weather, and beat the storm with an earlier than scheduled performance at 4pm for friends and family. The audience was small, but appreciative, and they got to work with experienced adult actors in the area to get a perspective on how fast and furious readers theatre shows are put together. Congratulations on your tenacity, resiliency and determination in the face of challenging circumstances!

 

News from the State

1. Save the Date for 2014 Maine 4-H Days – Maine 4-H Days will take place June 20 – 22, 2014 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. If you are interested in helping to plan next year’s event, please contact Jessy Brainerd at jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or 207.581.3877.

 

2. 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament- For: Aroostook, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Somerset, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo and Washington Counties

The 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament will be held Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the University of Maine at Orono. 4-H Youth ages 9 to 18 who have participated in their county 4-H public speaking tournament and received the required score are invited to participate. For youth in counties which do not hold public speaking tournaments, arrangements may be made through their county’s Extension office to present their presentation to their county’s 4-H staff in order to be eligible. Registration for the regional tournament must be handled through the youth’s county Extension office. To register youth, county offices should contact Joyce Fortier in the Hancock County Extension Office no later than March 19th at 207.667.8212 or at joyce.fortier@maine.edu. For more information on 4-H public speaking, including guidelines and judging sheets, please visit the website or contact Lisa Reilich at 207.598.6621 or lisa.reilich@maine.edu.

 

3. One Maine Potato, Two Maine Potato:  The Science Behind Cooking & Eating Spuds (for youth in grades 6 – 8)

Saturday, January 25, 2014, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Hitchner Hall, University of Maine, Orono

Come explore the science related to the storage conditions, processing, and healthy consumption of Maine potatoes. This class will include baking potatoes, and preparing a “potato bar” with healthy toppings for lunch! We will discuss MyPlate recommendations, and where potatoes and toppings fit as part of a healthy diet. Participants will also have an introduction to kitchen basics and kitchen safety (knife skills, hand washing, equipment overview, etc.). Hosted by Jason Bolton, Assistant Extension Professor and Food Safety Specialist, and Kate Yerxa, MS, RD, Extension Educator. Cost: $12 per person (includes lunch).

Optional activity: For an additional $3 per person, participating youth and their parents may swim at the New Balance Student Recreation Center pool at the conclusion of UMaine 4-H Science Saturday. Youth must be accompanied by a parent. Complete a General Use Liability Waiver and submit it with your required forms.

Additional Science Saturdays are being planned for the year! Let us know if there is a particular topic you would like to see included. Save Saturday, March 8, 2014 for an Innovation Engineering Science Saturday – details coming in January

Register online or for more information contact Jessy Brainerd at 800.287.0274 (toll free in Maine) or 207.581.3877 or e-mail jessica.brainerd@maine.edu.

 

4. Market Steers for Fryeburg Fair- 4-Hers raising a steer for the 2014 market steer show at Fryeburg Fair need to send in an Intent to Participate Form  by January 3, 2014. We appreciate you completing your paperwork early. Please enroll or re-enroll as a 4-H member early, and send your Intent to Participate form to your county office. The earlier we receive your paperwork, the earlier we can begin tagging animals, and avoiding tagging during the winter months.

 

5. Change in Market Animal Shows at Windsor Fair- Windsor Fair has changed their baby beef and market lamb show and sale from 4-H to a youth show and sale. The 2014 Show and Sale will be open to all youth between the ages of 9 and 18 as of December 31st of the current year. In lieu of an Intent to sell form, youth must CALL the committee to let them know they want to raise a steer or lamb for the show and auction; committee members are: Diane Gushee – 256.7798 or dianergushee@gmail.com, Dana Prime – 207.446.3570, Carol Davis – 207.491.7893 or carol.davis@careandcomfort.com, Curtis Prime – Livestock Superintendent, Windsor Fair – 207.242.3341, and Tom Foster, President, Windsor Fair. To participate in the 2014 Youth Show and Sale, notification must be communicated to a committee member by January 3, 2014 for market steers ad June 6, 2014 for market lambs. View a complete list of rules online.

 

6. Upcoming Dairy Events

Dairy Quiz Bowl Tryouts

Dairy Quiz Bowl Tryouts will be held Sunday, February 16, 2014 at the Farm Bureau in Augusta at 1:00 pm. Snow date will be Monday, February 17. Quiz Bowl Tryouts is open to all 4-H youth in the state. Attendance at QB Tryouts will fulfill one of the requirements to try out for the Eastern States Dairy Team.

For more information please contact coach Connie Wood at cfelchwood@gmail.com or call 207.625.4644.

 

4-H Dairy Judging

Tryouts for the Dairy Cattle Judging Team will be Saturday, April 12, 2014 and the snow date is Sunday, April 13. Dairy Cattle Judging Tryouts is open to all 4-H youth in the state. Attendance at Judging Tryouts will fulfill one of the requirements to try out for the Eastern States Dairy Team.

Times and locations will be announced in early March.

For more information contact Dave Marcinkowski at davidmar@maine.edu or call at 207.581.2740.

 

State 4-H Dairy Show

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

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

Quiz Bowl Tryouts in February

Dairy Judging in April

Clipping Contest the day before the show

For more information contact Angela Hussey at ahussey@newenglandtechair.com or at 207.400.2588 or 207.347.7577.

 

7. 4-H Animal Science Committees- The 4-H Animal Science Committee is a group of volunteers who work to plan state-wide educational activities for youth in the different commodities. These committees also plan the activities for the teams that attend Eastern Sates. Current 4-H volunteers are encouraged to apply for membership on one of these committees for horse, dairy, beef, sheep, dairy goat, dog, and working steer.

Applications can be found on the 4-H website. Applications will be reviewed twice a year before the Spring and Fall meetings. Applications can be submitted to the State 4-H Office anytime during the year, but the deadline for consideration for the fall meeting is September 15. The deadline for consideration for the spring meeting is January 15. The next ASC meeting will be Saturday, March 1 in a central location.

For more information you can contact Michaele Bailey at michaele.bailey@maine.edu, 207-581-3872.

 

8. New Hampshire Dairy Goat Seminar – Milk Sanitation- Farm & Forest Exposition – Saturday, February 8, 2014, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, at the Center of New Hampshire – Radisson Hotel, Webster Room, 700 Elm Street, Manchester, NH.

Milk is a food product, and it will never be any better than the sanitary conditions under which it is produced and bottled. This session will cover food safety and handling steps that need to be followed both in the barn and in the kitchen to ensure a quality product. There will be some discussion about transitioning from a hobby to a commercial dairy.

A schedule and additional information are available online.

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Introduction to Beekeeping Course to be offered in Machias beginning in February

Would you like to learn how to produce your own local honey, and help provide pollinators to your yard and neighborhood? Don’t miss this opportunity to take beekeeping classes in Machias from a member of the Maine State Beekeepers Association, through the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

Introduction to Beekeeping, a five-week introductory beekeeping course, starts February 25th and continues on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 pm through March 25th. The course will cover such topics as the honey bee colony, constructing hives, seasonal management, pests and diseases, and honey production. Students will also have the opportunity to visit a local hive for observation and hands-on experience during a field lab. Instructing this course will be Andrew Dewey of the Maine State Beekeepers Association. The course fee is $50 per person/couple to help cover the cost of materials. The course is limited to 25 people. Class participants will become members of the Washington County Beekeepers, a chapter of the Maine State Beekeepers Association.

Beekeeping classes will take place at the University of Maine at Machias. Registration deadline is February 10th. For more information about the course, please contact Andrew Dewey at 266-7294 or by email at andrew@beeberrywoods.com. For registration including online registration, please see the University of Maine Cooperative Extension website or contact the Washington County office of UMaine Extension at 1-800-287-1542 (in state) or 207-255-3345 or tara.a.wood@maine.edu.

Any person with a disability who needs accommodations for the program should contact Jen Lobley at 1-800-287-1542 to discuss their needs at least 7 days in advance. UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals.

4-H News in Washington County ~ December 2013

Volume 8, Issue 12

 

Dates to Remember

December 25- Office Closed

December 31- State 4-H Reenrollment Form Deadline

January 1- Office Closed

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

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

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

March 8- Washington County Public Speaking Tournament

March 29- Regional Public Speaking Tournament, University of Maine

 

Tractor Supply Company Grand Opening

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

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

 

 

Scenes from TSC Grand Opening

 

4-H Demonstrations and Illustrated Talks – What are they anyway?

4-H Public Speaking Clinic – Saturday, January 11th, 1pm to 3pm

Cobscook Community Learning Center, Trescott

For ANYONE! — 4-H Youth, Volunteers & Supporters
Come to learn new skills or to brush up on old ones!

Presented by Lisa Reilich, 4-H Youth Development Professional for Hancock & Washington Counties

With the ringing of the New Year, it will soon be time to get up in front of your family, friends, club, class and/or community and give your 4-H demonstration or illustrated talk! For some of us, that can sound a little scary – even for me, and I have been getting up in front of people and talking or presenting for quite a long time.

Did you know that the average person spends up to 50% of their waking time either speaking or listening? 70% of American adults say they fear public speaking. These adults also report fearing public speaking (41%) more than death (18%). 4-H alumni who participated in 4-H Public Speaking when they were younger, come back to tell us that this was their most important 4-H life skill. Don’t worry; YOU can learn public speaking skills very easily. Just like any other skill, the more you work at it, the better you will become – and it’s never too early to get started!

I will be holding a fun and interactive 4-H Public Speaking Clinic at the Cobscook Community Learning Center in Trescott on Saturday, January 11th, from 1pm to 3pm. We will go over what makes a 4-H Public Speaking presentation, how demonstrations and illustrated talks differ from one another – with some live and video examples, try our hand at creating a presentation together, and have you leave with valuable suggestions for helping you, your 4-H youth, or your school group decide on a topic, prepare a presentation and have the courage to get up there and do it!

Please register by Wednesday, January 8th, by calling Tara at the office, 255-3345, or e-mailing her at tara.a.wood@maine.edu. I hope to see many of you there!

WHAT ARE DEMONSTRATIONS AND ILLUSTRATED TALKS?

Demonstrations are simply showing and telling how to do something. You explain what you are doing while you work on something you like to do. You’ve seen lots of demonstrations without realizing it. When your mom or dad shows you how to pound a nail, make your bed, or set a table, that’s a demonstration. When your 4-H leader shows you how to transplant a houseplant, that’s a demonstration, too. Many television shows also feature demonstrations.

Illustrated Talks are like demonstrations but instead of working on something while you talk, you just talk and use a variety of visual aids to help you. When your 4-H leader explains the horse breeds and colors by using horse models, that’s an illustrated talk. When your friend explains a family vacation trip and shows you pictures, maps, and souvenirs, that’s an illustrated talk, too.

All of our 4-H youth are invited to prepare a demonstration or illustrated talk for their club or class, and for this year’s Washington County 4-H Public Speaking Tournament, which will be held on Saturday, March 8th. Youth 9 to 18 years of age who participate in the County Tournament and may be eligible to participate in the 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament, which will be to held on Saturday, March 29th, at the University of Maine at Orono.

adapted from Knox-Lincoln County & UNH Cooperative Extension materials

 

DRMM Volunteering for the Historical Society

On November 8th, the Dennys River Manure Movers 4-H Club assisted the Dennys River Historical Society with the mailing of their Special Edition newsletter. As community service is an important component of youth development, these 4-Her’s are certainly fortunate to have such a great opportunity. Thank-you for your great work, Dennys River Manure Movers!

 

Project Records 2012-2013

Six Washington County 4-Hers submitted project records this year. Congratulations to all who participated:

Callie Chase

Makayla Chase

Roy Duffy

Siobhan Duffy

Alex Harris

Mikaila Loughlin

Helpful Hints for success with Project Records…

1. Start your 2013-2014 project records now! To print a copy use the online version.

2. Write your full name wherever asked.

3. Enter the day, month & year when filling in the date.

4. Leave nothing blank. If you don’t know how to fill something in, ask for help.

5. Give your work value! Income can be the item(s) you create, regardless of if you sell them. Income can also be the premiums you earned from the Perry Harvest Fair.

See the judging rubric (attached to your 2012-2013 project records, or available from your club leader or the county office) for scoring components and examples.

 

Lisa’s Corner

This fall, Jen Lobley, Extension Educator for Volunteer Development, led an enthusiastic group of daycare and school enrichment providers from both Hancock & Washington Counties through the interactive, hands-on 4-H Afterschool Academy at the Step by Step Childcare Care Center in Milbridge. Having taken this course two years ago myself, I was lucky enough to able to join Jen and her group for some of my favorite activities, with some of the fabulous results captured on film for you here.

The training takes 10 hours and is a combination of in-person and online training. Participants have the opportunity to earn CEUs or contact hours, get a spiffy 4-H Afterschool Academy t-shirt, and – through working with University research-based information and curriculum – gain valuable understanding of youth development along with new skills and strategies to add to their toolbox and bring back to their work with youth.

For more information on the 4-H Afterschool Academy, please visit the website.

Jen is looking for more opportunities to do the Afterschool Academy and can come right to you as long as there is a minimum of 10 participants. This training is so valuable for our work with youth, and not just for those volunteers in the schools and child-care centers. This is also a great opportunity for professional development for ed-tech & special ed teachers, or maybe for your whole staff if you operate a child-care or afterschool program. Please help get the word out. Let Tara or me know if you or someone you know would be interested in a future Afterschool Academy here in Washington County or elsewhere in the state, and take your 4-H volunteer training to the next level!

 

Individual groups of students worked together to explore an engineering challenge of building the tallest tower with just newspaper and masking tape as materials, and then take on technology to create innovative sun shades.

 

Lisa’s Challenge Activity of the Month

With extra time for holiday crafts, why not try this fun basket-weaving project that, when finished, you can keep or give away. This project takes about 45 minutes not including drying time, so set aside an hour, gather some friends, and have fun! Why not do this as a whole class or club and then fill your finished baskets with holiday goodies to give to a nearby homeless shelter, pet shelter or nursing home? It is a great time of year to share what you make with others, and even more special when you can do something special for others as a group.

Bread Basket Weaving

Every culture in the world has made baskets. The oldest known baskets were found in Egypt and thought to be 10,000 to 12,000 years old. Baskets have been made from every available material in many different ways, but always by hand until recently.

Pioneer children often made baskets to pass the time using tall grasses from the prairie, making basket weaving a craft with a useful purpose. With careful use, these baskets lasted a long time. Using salt dough, you can make a basket that carefully used will last a long time, too.

Materials Needed for Two Baskets

2 cups flour / 1 cup salt / 1 cup water / 1 Zipper-type plastic bags for storage (up to 5 days) / Measuring cups / Mixing bowls / Bread pans or other ovenproof pans or bowls to frame the basket / Cooking oil /

Rolling pins / 
Ruler / 
Knife / Varnish & Brushes (optional)

The Activity – You can work in pairs to mix and divide the dough….

Step 1: Prepare the salt dough- Mix the 2 cups flour and 1 cup salt in a bowl. Slowly add 1 cup water, mixing it thoroughly. Knead the dough with fingers for 5 to 7 minutes. Store dough in the zipper-style plastic bag for up to 5 days – or use right away for weaving.

Step 2: Prepare to weave- Turn your chosen mold upside down. This could be a bread pan, pie dish, bowl, or something else that is ovenproof and a similar size. Rub cooking oil on the outside of the mold. Using a rolling pin, roll the salt dough to about 1⁄4 inch thick. Sprinkle a little flour on work surface if it is sliding. Cut the rolled dough into 3⁄4 inch strips using a ruler and knife.

Step 3: Weave- Lay five or six strips across the mold horizontally.

• Next lay two or three strips lengthwise, weaving them over and under the cross pieces.

• Weave two strips around the sides of the pan. Hold the strips in place by wetting the dough with a very small amount of water where the two strips meet.

• Press the dough together firmly, but gently. If a strip is not long enough to go all the way around, splice two strips together. Join the new strip right next to the old, preferably under a cross strip for added stability.

Step 4: Finish the basket- Cut the excess off all the strips at the lip of the mold. Roll some dough into a long rope and wind it around the pan right at the lip. Moisten the ends of the strips to help them stick to the dough rope.

Step 5: Dry the basket- Let the basket dry at room temperature (this takes three days) or bake it at 325 degrees for one hour. Let it cool completely before carefully lifting the dough basket off the mold.

Step 6: Preserve the basket- Seal with a coat of varnish to strengthen and protect from moisture. Brush on acrylic varnish or spray with artist’s fixate.

Talk it Over the 4-H Way!

Share… What challenges did you experience working with this material? Process… Why is weaving an important process?

Generalize… What do you use or wear or see in your everyday life that uses weaving techniques? What uses for baskets do you recognize now?

Apply… What other fiber techniques would you like to learn? How can simple weaving techniques be applied to other situations?

More 4-H Challenges…

• Learn to weave other basket types using pine needles, raffia or other materials.

• Research Native American basket weaving patterns, shapes, and uses.

• Make up your own 4-H basket-making challenge and share what you discover with us all 
here. 
Send us a picture of how your basket turned out or your own “4-H Basket-Making Challenge”, and we will include it in our newsletter next time. Be sure to let us know a bit about how the project went and for what you ended up using your basket – we can’t wait to hear all about it and your discoveries! 
You can find this activity and more in the 4-H Afterschool Agriculture: Acres of Adventures curriculum. This activity – with more interesting facts about basket making – can be found in Book 2 of that series (Frontier Living, pages 66 -67) and is available to borrow from our lending library.

 

School News

Ella Lewis School – Kindergarten ended the study of pumpkins by making pumpkin pie in a bag with Ms. Lisa. We learned that Math, Science and Social
Studies are everywhere. Our time together started with
Ms. Lisa explaining to us how the pilgrims made
pumpkin pie when there were no pie pans. They used
the pumpkin shell for a pie pan to bake their pumpkin
pie over fire. So, this 4-H activity was a great way to
transition from our unit of study on pumpkins to our unit of study on Thanksgiving.

-Submitted by Wanda Stanley, 4-H volunteer and Kindergarten teacher

 

Jonesboro Elementary School – The 6th, 7th and 8th graders of Jonesboro Elementary School have taken the “Maps & Apps” 4-H National Youth Science Day Experiment challenge! Three teams are well underway designing their dream park using GIS strategies. What amazing parks they have dreamed up, too! They will present their final designs to the full group this month. Stay tuned for pictures of their process and final designs in next January’s newsletter.

 

VOLT Training

When you see VOLT (Volunteer On-going Leader Training), does it scare you off from getting involved with 4-H. Not to worry! This truly is a fun, hands on kind of experience, and what a chance to meet others. You learn more of what 4-H is all about. You learn about the many opportunities 4-H has to offer, the resources available, and the connection between 4-H and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. As a VOLTed volunteer, you are covered by the University’s liability policy and you are qualified to serve as a chaperone. Most important of all is too feel comfortable with the amount of time that you might want to put into 4-H or maybe you just wanted to be better informed and will chose to not doing anything and that is alright. So come to a training and see where it leads you if any where.

 

 4-H News from the State

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

4. Save the Date for 2014 Maine 4-H Days- Maine 4-H Days will take place June 20 – 22, 2014 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. If you are interested in helping to plan next year’s event, please contact Jessy Brainerd at jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or 581.3877.

 

5. Market Steers for Fryeburg Fair- 4-Hers raising a steer for the 2014 market steer show at Fryeburg Fair need to send in an Intent to Participate Form  by January 3, 2014. We appreciate you completing your paperwork early. Please enroll or re-enroll as a 4-H member early, and send your Intent to Participate form to your county office. The earlier we receive your paperwork, the earlier we can begin tagging animals, and avoiding tagging during the winter months.

 

6. Change in Market Animal Shows at Windsor Fair- Windsor Fair has changed their baby beef and market lamb show and sale from 4-H to a youth show and sale. The 2014 Show and Sale will be open to all youth between the ages of 9 and 18 as of December 31st of the current year. In lieu of an Intent to sell form, youth must CALL the committee to let them know they want to raise a steer or lamb for the show and auction; committee members are: Diane Gushee – 256.7798 or dianergushee@gmail.com, Dana Prime – 446.3570, Carol Davis – 491.7893 or carol.davis@careandcomfort.com, Curtis Prime – Livestock Superintendent, Windsor Fair – 242.3341, and Tom Foster, President, Windsor Fair. To participate in the 2014 Youth Show and Sale, notification must be communicated to a committee member by January 3, 2014 for market steers ad June 6, 2014 for market lambs. View a complete list of rules at the website.

 

7. 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament-

For: Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Somerset, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo and Washington Counties

The 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament will be held Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the University of Maine at Orono. 4-H Youth ages 9 to 18 who have participated in their county 4-H public speaking tournament and received the required score are invited to participate. For youth in counties which do not hold public speaking tournaments, arrangements may be made through their county’s Extension office to present their presentation to their county’s 4-H staff in order to be eligible. Registration for the regional tournament must be handled through the youth’s county Extension office. To register youth, county offices should contact Joyce Fortier in the Hancock County Extension Office no later than March 19th at 207.667.8212 or at joyce.fortier@maine.edu. For more information on 4-H public speaking, including guidelines and judging sheets, please visit the website or contact Lisa Reilich at 207.598.6621 or lisa.reilich@maine.edu.

 

8. One Maine Potato, Two Maine Potato, more….-

The science behind cooking and eating spuds.

Come explore the science related to the storage conditions, processing and healthy consumption of Maine potatoes. This class will include baking potatoes, and preparing a “potato bar” with healthy toppings for lunch! We will discuss MyPlate recommendations, and where potatoes and toppings fit as part of a healthy diet. Participants will also have an introduction to kitchen basics and kitchen safety (knife skills, hand washing, equipment overview, etc).

This 4-H Science Saturday will take place on January 25, 2014 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, at Hitchner Hall, at the University of Maine in Orono (with a snow date of February 8, 2014); there is room for a maximum of 25 participants in grades 6 – 8. Jason Bolton, Assistant Extension Professor and Food Safety Specialist, and Kate Yerxa, MS, RD, Extension Educator will host this event.

Register online or for more information contact Jessy Brainerd at 800.287.0274 (toll free in Maine) or 207.581.3877 or e-mail jessica.brainerd@maine.edu.

 

9. 4-H Geocaches!- If you participated in the hiding 100 geocaches to celebrate 100 years of 4-H, cold weather is upon us. We hope everyone enjoyed participating in this celebration of 4-H. If you didn’t register with a public site for your geocache, a friendly reminder that you may want to remove any hidden geocaches for the upcoming season. Be sure to let your county office know how many 4-Hers visited your geocache.

 

Cooking with the Kids

Holiday Granola with Cranberries and Pistachios

Ingredients:
• 3 cups rolled oats
• 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
• 1 Teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg • 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 cup brown sugar
• 1/4 cup maple syrup
• 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
• 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
In a large bowl toss oats with pistachios, nutmeg, salt and brown sugar. Stir in maple and oil to combine. Spread on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour, stirring half-way through. Cool completely on baking sheet. Stir in cranberries.

 

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

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Image Description: 4-H Afterschool Academy Training

Image Description: Individual groups of students worked together to explore an engineering challenge of building the tallest tower with just newspaper and masking tape as materials, and then take on technology to create innovative sun shades.

Image Description: Weave diagram

Image Description: Ella Lewis Programming

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Image Description: Ella Lewis Programming

Highbush Blueberry, Asparagus & Strawberry Plant Sale to Benefit UMaine Master Gardener Volunteers

“Grow it Right!” Plant Sale
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and its Master Gardener Volunteers are offering a “Grow it Right” plant sale to raise funds for its Master Gardener Volunteers program.
Blueberry Plant Pack: consisting of three young plants, two varieties per pack (Blueray, Patriot, Northland or Jersey*) $35.95 per pack.
Asparagus Crowns: 10 crowns (Jersey Supreme**) $15.00 per pack.
Strawberry plants: pack of 25 young dormant plants $15.00 per pack.
Plants will be available for pickup at the locations listed below on Saturday, May 17, 2014:
  • Cumberland County at the Barron Center in Portland
  • Hancock County in Ellsworth
  • Knox-Lincoln counties in Waldoboro
  • Highmoor Farm in Monmouth
  • Penobscot County in Bangor
  • Piscataquis County in Dover-Foxcroft
  • Oxford County in South Paris
  • Washington County in Machias
  • York County in Springvale

Order online at: http://umaine.edu/gardening/master-gardeners/benefit/


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