December 2018

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

December 15 Re-enrollment paperwork due at KL Extension

January 4 ESE Beef Intent to Participate form due

January 12 Indoor Winter Field Day-watch your email!

January 15 KLLA Meeting, 6pm, Extension office

January 30 *NEW SCHEDULE* Oxton Trust Applications due

November Birthdays

Happy Belated Birthday to Acacia Hartley, Jaxon Day, Aiden McLeod, and Paige Gammon!

December Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Isabelle Baker, Lyla Christopherson, Annie Burke, Eric Richmond, John Burchett, Abigail Cordts, and Lily DeRaps!

Did You File Your Club’s E-postcard?

4-H Club Leaders, this is a reminder that your club is required to file an annual e-Postcard (form 990N) with the IRS by November 15 of each year. This office has received very few confirmations of club filings. This filing is required to maintain your club’s not-for-profit status. Please remember to print your confirmation and send a copy to this office. Thanks!

Enrollment Forms Due December 15

All enrollment, health and photo release forms are due at the Extension office by December 15. Check with your club leader if you have not received your re-enrollment packet yet. If you need help completing your forms or need another copy of the packet, contact your leader or Pamela Doherty at this office.

NEW Oxton Trust Applications Due January 30 for All of 2019

Through the generosity and foresight of Robert Oxton, the Oxton Trust Fund was established to support 4-H youth development programs and activities in Knox and Lincoln Counties. The funds are available annually. In an effort to streamline the grant process and better track funds awarded, the Oxton Trust Committee has voted to change from a bi-annual application schedule to a once-a-year application process. This means that clubs, volunteers and members must anticipate what funds they expect to request for the entire 2019 calendar year, and submit an application for funds to the Oxton Trust Committee by January 30, 2019.

Since this is the time of year that clubs are creating their club plan for the year, it seems like a logical time to have these applications due. If, however, a club, volunteer or member discovers a need for funds at a later date in 2019, a special meeting of the committee can be called and an application considered at any time. Funds available for mid-year requests, however, will be more limited.

Grants may be awarded for 4-H youth development programs and projects falling into one of the following areas: leadership, youth development and special programs. Applications can be submitted by 4-H staff, volunteers or members enrolled in the Knox and Lincoln Counties 4-H program. The application form is available at and at the Extension office in Waldoboro.

Indoor Field Day January 12!

KLLA would like to offer an active indoor Field Day on January 12 at The Pitch multisport complex, 2606 Camden Road (Route 90) in Warren. This would include mini soccer lessons, hula hoop fun and other active play for all ages! Watch your email for a survey of interest before details are announced. Thanks for your input!

2018 4-H Achievement Celebration

Thanks to all who attended the 2018 Knox-Lincoln 4-H Achievement Celebration on November 3. Special thanks to those who helped with preparations, decorations and more. A potluck dinner provided lots of excellent food choices! Thank you to the St. George Masonic Lodge in Warren for the use of their building for our event, and for providing two buffet organizers.

Four Cloverbuds submitted Records:
Izzy Baker
Zoe Baker
Kyra Belcher
Jack Brodis

We received nineteen Project Records and six Portfolios this year.

Top Project Records by Area:

Arts & Crafts Kayley Magruder
Justin Bailey
Elizabeth Eaton
Computer Technology
John Strout
Engines, Tractors, Field Equip.
Jeremy Dube
Anna Possee
Goat Sabrinnah Dube
Arianna Cloutier
Savannah Dube
Anthony Dube
Sheep (tie)
Audrey Bowman, Elizabeth Eaton
Veterinary Science
Aspen Dyer

Outstanding Project Records:
Julia Benson
Intermediate Anthony Dube
Advanced (3-way tie) Audrey Bowman (Sheep)
Elizabeth Eaton (Beef and Sheep)

Outstanding Portfolios:
Jeremy Dube
Senior Aspen Dyer

Leader-nominated awards:
Team Player: Nathan Dube
Citizenship: Anna Possee
Community Service: Jolly Farmers

Blue Ribbon Club Award earned by the Jolly Farmers and Aldermere Achievers 4-H Clubs

Photography Contest Winners

58 photographs were entered into the 2018 KL 4-H Photography Contest! The judges, Kathleen Gross and Lorraine Francis were impressed with the work of our talented 4-H members! The following members will have their photos displayed for the coming year in the 2019 4-H Photo Gallery at the KL UMaine Extension office. Come see them! You will also see these photos in rotation at the top of the KL 4-H Facebook page starting in January. Congratulations to all!

Junior Division:
Anthony Dube, age 11 Dragonfly
Sabrinnah Dube, age 9 Tiger Lily
Kimberly Walker, age 9 Sister & Summer Bloom

Intermediate Division:
Justin Bailey, age 13 Blue Rust
Adam Eaton, age 12 Blueberries
Sadie Olmsted, age 12 S’more Time!
Katie Walker, age 14 Blue Frog Found in Maine

Senior Division:
Emma Allen, age 17 Horse Eye & Horse Portrait
Nathan Dube, age 15 Mason Jars
Aspen Dyer, age 17 Reflections

4-H Public Speaking Workshop

There will be a 4-H Public Speaking Workshop on Saturday, February 9 from 10am-1pm at Knox-Lincoln UMaine Extension (snow date February 16). Come try some fun activities that will get you ready to participate in the Knox-Lincoln 4-H Public Speaking and Demonstration Tournament on March 3, and the State 4-H Public Speaking Tournament on April 7. This workshop is open to all ages and levels of public speaking experience. If you have competed in the tournament before and want to hone your skills, or if this will be the first time you have tried public speaking, this workshop is for you! Bring a bag lunch. Register for this workshop by February 4 by contacting Pamela Doherty at 832-0343,

State 4-H Office Core Newsletter

Please provide feedback on Project Records! Click the following link to take the survey. Survey has closed.

You are invited to participate in a statewide research project being conducted by Kristy Ouellette and Jennifer Lobley, Extension Educators at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. 4-H volunteers and staff from all over Maine will participate in this study.

Purpose of this research project: We recognize the value of our 4-H volunteers. As a state we have rolled out new 4-H Project Records. We want to have a better understanding of your beliefs and understandings of the function of these records. What will you be asked to do?  If you decide to participate, you will be asked to complete an on-line survey with questions pertaining to your attitudes and beliefs regarding 4-H project records in Maine. The survey will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete. Risks: Except for your time and inconvenience, there are no foreseeable risks to you in participating in this study. Benefits: You will be eligible to enter into a raffle for a $25.00 gift card to Hannaford. Confidentiality: As a participant you will be anonymous. Investigators or a student will enter data into a computer. Data will be kept on a secured computer with only the investigators or a student having access. Data will be kept for a period of  5 years. Voluntary: Participation is voluntary. If you choose to take part in this study, you may stop at any time during the study. You may skip any questions you do not wish to answer. Participation in the on-line survey implies consent to participate.

If you have any questions about this study, please contact Kristy Ouellette at 207-353-5550 or If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, please contact Gayle Jones, Assistant to the University of Maine’s Protection of Human Subjects Review Board, at 581-1498 (or e-mail

2019 Maine State Science Fair: It’s time to announce the 2019 Maine State Science Fair, to be held Saturday, March 23 at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. Prizes and awards include 12 four-year, full-tuition scholarships to The University of Maine (including admission to the UMaine Honors College), and major scholarships from University of New England, College of the Atlantic, and Husson University. In 2018, MSSF awarded over $1 million in scholarships and awards. Other scholarships may be announced in the coming weeks.

The Maine State Science Fair is open, without cost, to all Maine high school students who complete their own research or engineering project individually or in teams of 2-3. The purpose of MSSF is to present, learn, and discuss science with peers and STEM professionals from across Maine.  Projects are invited from across all STEM disciplines: life sciences, agriculture, mathematics, computer sciences, psychology, energy, physics, marine science, environmental sciences, ecology, chemistry. All STEM projects are considered!

Important dates for this year’s MSSF:
January 18 – student registration deadline.
February 1 – research plan deadline.
March 1 – preliminary research results deadline.
March 23 – Maine State Science Fair.

More information:

4-H Page Day in Augusta – January 29, 2019: UMaine Day at the Legislature is approaching. It’s a day where Cooperative Extension gets to highlight our awesome programs, and 4-H is one of the best! Since legislators like to see 4-H members from their districts, 4-Hers (age 13 or older) are encouraged to serve as Honorary Pages. The Maine 4-H program has up to 30 slots for Honorary Pages. What does a page do? Legislators are constantly communicating and making decisions while in session and pages make that communication possible. Pages hand out information packets or place the paper information on their desks. Pages will also run communication and documents directly from legislator to legislator. If you are interested in serving as a page, please contact Diana at 207.622.7546 or

NEW: Expanded Page Day: Explore American Civics even more in Augusta! Afternoon tour and activities with the newly opened First Amendment Museum. After lunch we invite participants of Page Day to explore this new museum experience located in the Gannett House, next door to the Blaine House, on State Street, in Augusta. From 1:30-2:30pm on January 29 the First Amendment Museum will showcase displays as well as have interactive experiences to explore the “Five Freedoms” guaranteed by the First Amendment. There may be limited space for this tour, please indicate when you RSVP for Page Day whether you and your chaperone plan to join. We would love to pages from all over the state represented. Slots, representing different state senators and representatives, will be filled in the order they are received, but the final deadline is January 20th. If the slot for your legislative district has been filled, your name will be added to a wait list in the order it is received.  If you are leaving a message, please be sure to say “I am interested in serving as a 4-H Page at the Legislature on January 29”. Your slot will be reserved if you leave this complete information:
– Full Name
– Age
– Mailing Address
– County
– Phone Number
– Email Address (this is how we will confirm you)
– Name of your School
– Name of your 4-H Club
– Name of your Maine State Representative
– Name of your Maine State Senator
– Name of your Adult Chaperone
– Adult Chaperone’s cell phone number

4-H Honorary Pages will be in the Capitol from 8:30am– 3:00pm. A parent or 4-H volunteer must provide transportation and chaperoning.  If you have questions, please let Alisha know at

UMaine 4-H Unconference – not your average volunteer forum! UMaine 4-H Unconference – a volunteer forum led by 4-H volunteers for 4-H volunteers. UMaine 4-H Unconference will be an organized forum for 4-H volunteers, club leaders, afterschool providers, teachers, parents and teens leaders to gather. UMaine 4-H Unconference is intentionally designed to have YOU teach and learn from each other. There is no agenda – you come with 4-H ideas and topics you want to talk about or learn more about, and we’ll guide the process to get folks into groups where YOU are the experts. All experience levels are welcome and no one person has all the answers. Door prizes will be given at the end of the day.

Join us for one or both of these dates! Registration at 8:30, door prizes will be drawn by 3:00.

Lewiston – Saturday, January 12, 2019 (snow date January 19, 2019)

Orono – Saturday, January 26, 2019 (snow date February 2, 2019)

To learn more and to register – visit Contact Sarah Sparks with any questions – or 353.5550.

Digital Ambassador (DA) Info Sessions: For volunteers, teens, and staff: Learn about the program goals in Maine and how youth can help increase the digital literacy in their communities by teaching older adults. Two teen ambassadors and two adults are needed in every county participating. The DAs will host 6-10 learning sessions in their county between April 2019 and June 2020. DAs and adult volunteers will need to be able to travel to Columbus, Ohio, for a training session in February 2019 as well as participate in statewide online and in person trainings throughout the year. Information will be shared on how to get involved in this project in your home county.
Topic: 4-H Digital Ambassadors Info Session 1
Time: Dec 11, 2018 5:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
Or Telephone: US: +1 646 876 9923  or +1 408 638 0968  or +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 990 284 312

Topic: 4-H Digital Ambassador Info Session 2
Time: Dec 17, 2018 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
Or Telephone: US: +1 646 876 9923  or +1 408 638 0968  or +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 595 426 226
For information contact Alisha Targonski at

Agri-Science and Healthy Living Summit Applications for 2019 Are Available Now! There are currently seven scholarships available through funding from the Maine 4-H Foundation to send youth to the National 4-H Conference Center, just outside Washington, D.C., for the Agri-Science and Healthy Living Summits in early 2019.
Agri-Science: January, 10-13, 2019
Healthy Living: February 15-18, 2019
Youth ages 14-18. Enrolled in 4-H by December 31, 2018.
Participant cost after scholarship is applied: $150.00 (Scholarship will cover remainder of registration & flight cost – approximately $700).
Application and more Summit information: This is a combined application for both the Agri-Science and Healthy Living Summits.
Applications and Recommendations due by December 15, 2018.

If a youth would like to attend, but does not receive the scholarship funding, they may self-fund and attend. Email or call Sara,, 207.781.6099, for more details on this option or with any questions.