April 2019

Cumberland County 4-H News

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Cumberland County 4-H News

Important Dates

April 1:

  • Enrollments due for new 4-H members
  • Animal Approval Forms Due for Horse members trying out for ESE
  • Continuation of Joann Fabric and Craft Stores Clovers for Kids Campaign

March 27 – April 7: Tractor Supply Paper Clover Campaign , 100% of every $1 in clover sales benefits 4-H

April 6: Statewide Public Speaking Tournament

April 17: Cumberland County Scholarships and Camperships due

April 18: CC 4-H Board of Directors meeting, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Gorham Public Works, 80 Huston Road, Gorham

 The 4-H Kitchen has three cases of frozen beef patties left to sell. Each case is $80.15 and has 60, 4oz patties. Please contact Nicole Foster, nicolefoster@myfairpoint.net to purchase.

Save the Date for June Jamboree: Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Cumberland Fairgrounds

Special Interest Pet Club for Cloverbuds Starting in May!

In this club members will learn to appreciate their pets, foster relationships with their pets, and outline the care needed to help their pets thrive. Members will create oral and poster presentations about their own special pets and present these at the Cumberland County 4-H June Jamboree and the Cumberland Fair in September. The 4-H SPIN Pet Club will meet 5:00 – 5:45 PM in Cumberland on the following dates; May 9th, May 23rd, June 13th, September 9th, and October 3rd. Membership is open to any youth, 4-H or non 4-H, ages 5 – 8. FMI or to register please contact club leader Katy Crooker, katy.d.sullivan@gmail.com or contact our office at 207-781-6099.

Campership Applications Now Available

Campership applications will be due on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 4:30PM. Camperships are scholarships for youth to attend a summer camp of their choice. Applications are now available on the 4-H Camperships page. Please mail completed application to UMaine Extension, Attn: 4-H Camperships, 75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104, Falmouth, Maine 04105.

4-H Scholarship Applications Now Available

Cumberland County 4-H Scholarship applications are due Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 4:30PM. If you need help applying for any of these scholarships or have questions please call or email Sara at 781.6099, sara.conant@maine.edu. Please note that the application for the 4-H Leaders Association, Linda Clark/Margy Justice Memorial, and Susan P. Grover Memorial Scholarships are all the same. The Extension Homemaker’s Scholarship has a different application form. Applications should be mailed to UMaine Extension, Cumberland County, Attn: 4-H Scholarships, 75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104, Falmouth, Maine 04105. Past 4-H members who are applying please note last year’s change in requirements for past member applications. For more information and applications please visit the 4-H Scholarships page.

A packet with scholarship applications and information was mailed in late February to all seniors currently enrolled in Cumberland County 4-H.

Paul Merrill Memorial Fund 

The Paul E. Merrill 4-H Memorial Fund was established as a memorial to Paul E. Merrill who died in April 1982. Mr. Merrill firmly believed in the merits of the 4-H program and in the character-building qualities of learning to care for and raise livestock. This fund is a splendid way to carry on the beliefs of Mr. Merrill and in doing so, encourage youth to grow in character and ability as Mr. Merrill had done. It is designed to provide financial aid for projects from the interest of the account to 4-H livestock clubs or 4-H members with livestock projects. The application deadline is May 1, 2019.

For more information and an application, please visit the Paul Merrill Memorial Fund page.

CWF Scholarship Recipients
Congratulations to Alyvia C., Aidan E., and Emma H., for earning a Cumberland County 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus Scholarship for this year’s CWF!

Tractor Supply Company’s Spring Paper Clover Event, March 27 – April 7

The Tractor Supply Company Paper Clover Fundraiser is scheduled for March 27 – April 7. Invite friends and family to support 4-H by donating $1 at check out when they are done shopping. 100% of each dollar goes to 4-H. 70% of all funds collected go to support local and state 4-H programs right where you live.

There are three stores in Cumberland County:

  • Windham Store, call 892.8379
  • Scarborough Store, call 396.5100
  • Brunswick Store, call 721.8335

 4-H Partners with JOANN for ‘Clovers for Kids’ Campaign

JOANN stores are helping 4-H bring more hands-on programs to local communities across the nation to inspire kids to lead lives with their head, hands, and hearts.

Between March 1 – April 30, 2019 visit your local JOANN store and purchase a clover tear away at the register for either $1 or $4.  $4 purchases come with a $4 off coupon for a later purchase.  100% of the funds donated go back to 4-H with 70% going back to the local states’ 4-H program.

In addition, JOANN wants to support individual 4-H’ers involvement by providing a rewards card for 4-H members, leaders, staff, and parents.  The rewards card gives holders 15% off their purchase every day.  To sign up go to https://www.joann.com/4-h/

Cumberland Fair Schedule Changes

The 2019 4-H Livestock Auction has been moved by the Cumberland Farmers Club to 4:30PM Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

The 2019 4-H Rabbit Show has been moved to Saturday, September 28, 2019, at 9:00AM.

The 2019 4-H Horse Show has been cancelled. An Open Horse Show will be held the same day (Saturday). This is not a 4-H affiliated show but 4-H members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

State 4-H News April 2019

Save the Date for 2019 Maine 4-H Days
Maine 4-H Days will take place July 19 – 21 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.

Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee
July will be here before you know it, and we are looking for a few good volunteers to join the fantastic current Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee.  Joining this committee gives you the chance to help come up with ideas and plans for one of our biggest statewide events!  If you are interested in joining the Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee, or have general questions/comments/recommendations about the event, please email jessica.brainerd@maine.edu, or call 207.581.3877.

Come to Orono for the 2019 4H@UMaine May 31 – June 1!
Planning has started and the wheels are in motion thanks to the efforts of a tremendous team! We are always looking for individuals interested in helping with pre-event planning or attending the event itself! Stay tuned for details. For more information about 4-H@UMaine, contact Greg Kranich at gregory.kranich@maine.edu or 207.581.3292.

Club Happenings

White Pine Equines & Caprines
Reporter: Bridge F.

2 girls with 2 baby goatsWe held our meeting on 3/13/19 and discussed old business, a record book and portfolio clinic that Kristi has offered to do, and having a baby goat fundraiser. There are lots of new goat kids on Nora and Don’s farm. We also were considering making Easter baskets over spring break and donating them to charity. We brought in our completed worksheets and Kristi brought in little prizes for us. We then split into groups and moved on to Education. In the Equine group Natalie brought in big model horses and we had fun naming the parts of the horse and for the Caprine group Nora brought in two baby goats! We also discussed the Mini Forum, which was awesome by the way.
    The Mini Forum was held on 3/16/19 at USM in Gorham. It was a super fun day where we got to pick two activities to do from a big list. I chose clover crafts and making clay charms, there also was fudge, smoothie, and ice cream making, wildlife and agricultural science, sign language for beginners, pollinator paradise, and fun with music. There were lots of people from our club there but I also got to meet people from a bunch of different clubs. We had a Subway lunch, played People Bingo, and had a raffle. There were also more baby goats for one of the activities. It was an awesome day full of fun and crafts.


Join the 4-H Rabbiteers of Maine on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Blue Seal Windham from 10am-2pm for a BUNNY SNUGGLE. Come get your bunny snuggle fix and take a selfie Easter photo with a bunny of your choice. General education on indoor and outdoor rabbit care will be offered. Rabbits will be available for purchase. Club will also be hosting a steamed hot dog lunch special and baked goods fundraiser. Hope to see you there!

Other UMaine Extension Cumberland County News

2019 Tractor Safety Course April 29 – May 25

April 29 and May 6, 13, and 20, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM; Final on May 25 from 9:00 AM till end. Gorham Public Works, 80 Huston Road, Gorham, Maine. Registration coming soon; visit the UMaine Extension Cumberland County events and workshops page for updates. For more information, contact Lynne Hazelton at lynne.b.hazelton@maine.edu or 207.781.6099.

2019 Master Food Preserver Applications are Now Available!

For an application please visit (survey on surveymonkey.com currently closed). More information can be found on the Master Food Preserver Program page. If you have any questions please feel free to email marvin.tala@maine.edu.


UMaine Extension Cumberland County offers many different workshops throughout the year. To learn more about our workshop offerings please visit, Cumberland County Upcoming Events.