June 2019

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Cumberland County 4-H News

Important Dates

June 1: June Jamboree

June 3: Summer of Science Teen Teacher Applications due

June 20: CC 4-H Board of Directors meeting, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Gorham Public Works, 80 Huston Road, Gorham

June 30: Animal Approval Forms due

June Jamboree on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at the Cumberland Fairgrounds

June Jamboree is a time for 4-H members to see what others are doing in their 4-H projects, a chance to learn new things, to see old friends and to make new ones. June Jamboree will also assist 4-H members in preparing for the Cumberland County Fair in September. 4-H club members have the opportunity to participate in many animal clinics, shows, and workshops.  There will be workshops about Beef, Dairy, Sheep, Swine, and Working Steer. Lunch is available for purchase to support the Hooves ‘N Stuff 4-H Club. The Cloverbud Pet SPIN Club will also be presenting about their pets. Information can be found on the June Jamboree page.

Lunch will be available for purchase including hot dogs and bake sale items. All proceeds will support the Hooves ‘N Stuff 4-H Club.

Summer Special Interest Clubs

Open to 4-H & non-4-H youth. Registration ends June 17th or when full.

Kids Can Can – Food Preservation
Ages: 9-14
Date & Time: Wednesdays, July 10 – August 7, 2019, 9:00- 11:00 a.m.
Location: UMaine Extension Regional Learning Center 75 Clearwater Dr. Falmouth, Maine 04105 and at UMaine Gardens at Tidewater Farm
Cost: $5.00 for all 5 weeks

The Sky’s the Limit – Solar Energy

Ages: 11-15
Date & Time: Thursdays, July 11 – August 8, 2019, 10:30- 12:00 PM
Location: Raymond Village Library, 3 Meadow Road, Raymond, Maine 04071
Cost: Free for all 5 weeks
Cloverbud Summer Sampler Series
Ages: 5-8 (Topics below)
 Paper Plate Roller Coasters
Date & Time: Thursday, July 11th, 9:30 – 10:30 AM
Location: Raymond Village Library, 3 Meadow Road, Raymond
Pickle Making
Date &Time: Tuesday, July 23rd, 3:00 – 4:00PM
Location: UMaine Extension Office, 75 Clearwater Dr. Falmouth
Horse Meet & Greet
Date & Time: Thursday, August 1, 4:00 – 5:00PM
Location: Riding To The Top, 14 Lilac Drive, Windham
Fun With Fondant
Date & Time: Wednesday, August 7th, 2:30 – 3:30PM

Location: UMaine Extension Office, 75 Clearwater Dr. Falmouth

Summer of Science Seeking Teen Teachers 

4-H Teen Teaching is a paid summer internship for teens ages 14-19 which will give you 21st Century Skills for your future. The internship is only a few hours per week during July and August so you can combine this awesome opportunity with another summer job or internship if you choose. If you take this challenge you will learn communication, leadership, perseverance, teamwork, science, teaching skills, and meet a lot of new friends.

If you are selected, you will teach a science lesson to kids in 3rd-6th grade at least once a week. We will train you (you must be available for the training June 25-27) how to teach others and the subject matter. The theme for this year is Ocean Literacy and Engineering. There will be teaching sites in Portland, Westbrook, Gray, and possibly other communities. You must find transportation to your assigned teaching sites. The place where you teach depends on where you live and what transportation you have available; 4-H will assign you the closest site possible at the training in June.

To apply to be a Teen Teacher please complete the 4-H Teen Teacher Cumberland County Application 2019. If you need a paper version contact sara.conant@maine.edu, 207-781-6099. Questions? Please contact Mitch Mason 4-H Educator, mitchell.mason@maine.edu, 207.781.6099.

Applications are due June 3, 2019.

4-H Teen Leader Camp at Tanglewood June 23rd – 28th, Only $75!

Staff members Sara Conant & Alisha Targonski, in partnership with Jess Decke at Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center are excited to offer 4-H Teen Week again this year!
We will be offering programming specific to being teen leaders to help improve cooperation, teamwork, and leadership skills in the mornings and regular camp programming each afternoon. Participants can attend all or just some of camp but please let us know your plans. You will need to find transportation to and from camp, if that is an issue please let Sara know and we may be able to work something out. This is open to only 12 teens, ages 13-18, so please register early to save a spot!
What: 4-H Teen Week
Where: Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center, Lincolnville
When: Sunday, June 23- Friday, June 28
Cost: $75 (if funding is an issue please email or call Sara!)
Ages: 13-18
Registration Deadline: June 19, 2019
Code when you register is: SUMMIT (case sensitive)
Once you have registered you will receive a packing list and a welcome letter. If you have questions about registration please call Patti at Tanglewood at 207.789.5868. If you have questions about programming for the week please email or call Sara, sara.conant@maine.edu, 207-781-6099.

Animal Approvals

Anyone wishing to show animals at any 4-H shows/events at fairs this year must have a valid Animal Approval Form. All forms must be filled out, signed by the club leader (on the line directly after the last animal listed) and signed and embossed here in the county office. 4-H’ers will receive a signed and embossed copy in the mail within approximately two weeks of the form being received in our office. The sooner they arrive in, the sooner you will have them back. Please pay special attention to the second side of the form which lists the proper identification needed for each species of animal. It is very important that this information, along with a signed lease form for any animal that you lease, is sent with your animal approval form. Forms will not be signed if there are leased animals on the form and no lease form, or if there is no extra identification for species of animals that need it. Please also note that each animal may only be leased by one 4-Her and listed on only one 4-Her’s animal approval form. The only exception is that one horse may be leased by two 4-H members and listed on two 4-Her’s animal approval forms. A maximum of 20 animals per species that require an animal approval form may be leased by a member.

Please note if you would like your Animal Approvals back to you in order to participate in Ossipee Valley Fair, they must be to the office no later than June 14 to allow time for review, processing, and return mailing. Any approvals arriving after June 14th will be date stamped accordingly but cannot be guaranteed to be returned to you before Ossipee Valley Fair due to staff programming commitments & vacations. Please plan accordingly!

Forms can be found on the General Volunteer Resources – Forms page.

If you have any questions or would like blank forms sent to you please email or call Sara at sara.conant@maine.edu or 207.781.6099.

Scholarship and Campership Winners Announced

Congratulations to all recipients of this year’s scholarship and campership awards!

Maine 4-H Foundation Scholarship & Book Award Cumberland County Recipients: Nimo A., Diane, Matthew D., Samara Q.,

Leader’s Association Scholarship Recipients: Caleb MH., Samara Q, Madison S.

Susan Grover Memorial Scholarship Recipients: Samara Q, Madison S.

Linda Clark/Margy Justice Scholarship Recipient: Caleb MH.

Extension Homemaker’s Scholarship Recipient: Nimo A., Astrid M.

Leader’s Association Campership Recipients: Maxwell D., Lilliana D., Sheayla H., Elizabeth P., Jude P., Gretchen P., Julia S.

Extension Homemakers Campership Recipients: Abigail D., Maxwell D., Lilliana D., Sheayla H., Jude P., Gretchen P., Julia S.

Tractor Supply Company Paper Clover Campership Recipients: Kendall S., Julia S., Delia T.

Barbara and Bob Tibbetts Campership: Jack M., Demetria N.

Leaders Association Bylaw Review Committee Open to New Members

The Cumberland County 4-H Leaders Association Bylaws are currently under review. The last revision was approved in 2011. The Bylaws Committee is open to any interested 4-H volunteer in Cumberland County who would like to offer guidance and input. The committee will meet this Summer upon review of current Cumberland County and other County Leaders Association Bylaws, to review or propose any changes. The goal is for the committee to have proposed changes for review at the August, 15, 2019 Leaders Meeting. If you are interested in joining this short-term committee please contact Joan Rolfe, 207-688-4820.

4-H@UMaine Reimbursement for First Time Attendees Reminder

If you attended 4-H @UMaine for the first time this year and would like the Cumberland County 4-H Leader’s Association to reimburse you $25 of the cost, please email sara.conant@maine.edu with your name, who the check should be made out to, mailing address, and your favorite thing about attending 4-H @UMaine and why, by Friday, June 14th.

Maine Fair Season Insurance

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

Some fairs no longer allow homeowner insurance policies. Please check your specific fair to see what they accept. Most fairs do accept the Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors (MALE) insurance. Below is the information for the MALE insurance.

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

Ossipee Valley Fair, July 11-14, 2019

Please join us at Ossipee Valley Fair in the Exhibit Hall this year!  There are One Theme Exhibits and individual exhibits.  Their website is currently down so please visit their Facebook page for more information.  Exhibit Setup is Tuesday, July 09, 2019, 6:00-9:00 p.m. or Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Contact Ann Boucher at 207.793.2373 with questions and for exhibit cards.

4-H Project Records

It is time to start thinking about Project Awards in the fall… are you keeping up your 4-H project records? You should do one project record for each project you will complete. Why do 4-H Project Records and Portfolios?

  1. Opens doors to the wider 4-H program.
  2. Your project isn’t done until the records are in.
  3. The feeling you get when you are finally done!
  4. You should document all of your hard work this year.
  5. Your 4-H Leader will smile 🙂
  6. The nagging will go away!
  7. You will get your premiums for the fair.
  8. It is a start towards 4-H Scholarships and National Trips in high school.
  9. Chris Clover says so!

To access a copy of the records and portfolio, visit the 4-H Project Records Page. Reminder that everyone should be using the NEW 4-H Project Records/Reflection Tools. If this is your first time using these particular records we strongly encourage you to start with the Beginner Record regardless of your age or 4-H experience.

State 4-H News June 2019

Register Now for Maine 4-H Days
Maine 4-H Days will take place July 19 – 21 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. Get ready for a fun-filled weekend full of exciting Enrichment & Livestock activities! From Tie-Dye to Relay Races; Fairy Gardens to Composting; Meet an Alpaca or sign up for Poultry Camp – Registration is now open, and workshops are filling up fast!  Go to https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/maine-4h-days/.

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

4-H Camp Opportunities for Children of Military Families
There are numerous wonderful programs being offered to children of military families through special grant programs. These Adventure Camps are sponsored by the Department of Defense to provide quality outdoor experiences for children of Service Members in the active, reserve, or guard components.  Specific questions about eligibility should be made to the Tanglewood office at 207.789.5868 or extension.tanglewood4h@maine.edu.

Programs are designed to build self-esteem, trust, teamwork, friendships, skill building, and appreciation of nature through outdoor adventures. Staff of UMaine 4-H Camp and Learning Centers and key outdoor education and adventure partners lead camps. Open sessions for ages 14 – 18 include: Ocean Adventure (6/25 – 6/28 and 6/30-7/5), Coastal STEM Challenge (6/23 – 6/28 and 6/30 – 7/5), and for ages 8 – 14, Make and Create STEM Challenge (7/28 – 8/2). Learn more about all sessions at: https://extension.umaine.edu/tanglewood/tanglewood-lincolnville/4-h-military-partnership-youth-programs/.

To register for these programs, go to: https://extension.umaine.edu/tanglewood/registration/.

June Jamboree Sheep, Swine, Working Steer and Horse Clinic
Oxford County 4-H June Jamboree is being held June 14th through June 16th at the Fryeburg Fair Grounds, 1154 Main Street, Fryeburg Maine. Workshops are designed for youth completing 4-H project work in the areas of sheep, swine, working steer, and horse. Horseless riders are welcome. Working Steer Try Outs for The Big E are being held Sunday morning at 10:00.

Anyone planning to attend any part of June Jamboree must pre-register and pay online due to insurance regulations. This includes participants, parents, and siblings, who will be present on the fair grounds. All youth must attend with a parent or guardian.

The registration fee for the first member of a household will be $20. Family members residing at the same address may register for an additional $10 per person. The registration fee includes tent/camper space, meals, starting with breakfast Saturday morning through lunch on Sunday, and helps offset the cost of additional insurance, presenter fees, and workshop supplies and materials. Check in begins Friday evening after 5:00 P.M.

Workshops will include washing, clipping, showmanship, animal handling, marketing, and learning activities around zoonotic diseases. Rabies vaccines and tagging for market animals will be available. It is mandatory for anyone planning to sell market lambs or market hogs at Fryeburg Fair to attend Saturday’s workshops in order to have their animals tagged.

This event is open to 4-H Families from all counties. Registration is not complete until all forms have been returned to the Oxford County Extension Office, 9 Olson Road, South Paris ME 04281. Anyone wanting to request a reasonable accommodation should contact Rebecca Mosley at rebecca.mosley@maine.edu or 1.800.287.1482.

If you are coming in only for Working Steer try outs on Sunday morning, you must still pre-register online. There is no registration fee if you are attending tryouts only. The registration fee for Working Steer participants who wish to eat in the dining hall for breakfast and lunch on Sunday only is $10.

For Forms & Registration CLICK HERE Registration will remain open through May 31st.

Club Happenings

White Pine Caprines & Equineswhite and brown minature horses in full harness
Bridge F.

The 11th annual Plow Day at Skyline was held on Saturday, May 11th. It was a day of fun activities like horse drawn plow demonstrations. It was open to the public so I even brought along my friend who is not involved in 4-H. My friend and I got a ride on a carriage pulled by two haflingers, and we painted Breyer Stablemates. The company Breyer also had a representative there with a trailer full of Breyer horses for sale. Miniature horses also gave carriage rides. There also was an Icelandic horse, named Brenna, who demonstrated for us some of the gates unique to the Icelandic horse. Other fun activities included watching a 6 women arounda table with horse brushes and paintdemonstration by a blacksmith and seeing some dog tricks.

    The equine club met Tuesday, the 21st and we reflected on service projects from spring break and talked about possibly doing a bake sale/lemonade stand at Tractor Supply  Co. We missed the goat club this month because we had to split meetings due to other events. Some members of our club had previously won a ton of horse brushes, so we were asked to bring paint and paintbrushes to paint the brushes. Clara D. showed some of us some drawing and painting tips, like a graphite transfer. Cool designs, clover leaves, horse names and tons of glitter were included in our masterpieces and you can check them out in a display at the Cumberland Fair this year. We’re all also really excited to get back to our mounted meetings this summer!

Your 4-H Club Happenings could be featured here! Just email sara.conant@maine.edu by the 25th of each month with information about your club meetings, events, or fundraisers. Pictures are always a plus!

Other UMaine Extension Cumberland County News

UMaine Extension in Cumberland County is Hiring!

Administrative Specialist CL2: This full-time position provides customer service to the public and administratively supports local Extension staff in Agriculture, Horticulture and other food system programs. The position will be located in the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Regional Learning Center, Cumberland County office in Falmouth. This is a full time, regular position, 40 hours per week. Starting pay for this position is $14.23/hr plus a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability, as well as retirement plan options. For a full job description and to apply, please visit the Job Details page.

UMaine Extension Cumberland County offers many different workshops throughout the year. To learn more about our workshop offerings please visit https://extension.umaine.edu/cumberland/upcoming-events/