Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter–December 2022

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

December 13 KLLA Meeting, 6pm, Extension office, Waldoboro, and Zoom

December 15 Re-enrollment paperwork due at KL Extension

December 15 4-H National Youth Summits applications due

December 31 Fryeburg Fair Beef Intent to Sell form due

January 10 KLLA Meeting, 6pm, Extension office, Waldoboro, and Zoom

January 31 Oxton Trust Applications due

December Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Izzy B. and Eddie B.!

Re-enrollments Due December 15

ZSuite is a new 4-H enrollment option available for families for the new 4-H Year. Current families can now log into their ZSuite account and complete their re-enrollment, as well as all required forms, online. If you were enrolled for the 2021-2022 year, you can simply visit the ZSuite website click “Forgot Password?” and complete the prompts using the email address where you receive your 4-H communications.

Once you are logged into ZSuite, there is a help menu that offers step-by-step instructions in the system, as well as live chat for questions. You are also welcome to reach out to your county staff or to the State Office at

If you would prefer to use paper forms, reach out to this office. Re-enrollments are due December 15.

County Events 4-H Survey 4-H clover emblem

A survey will soon be arriving in your email inbox. 4-H staff and leaders would like your input! What counties-wide events and activities would you and your family like to see in 2023? We are looking forward to offering some in-person events this winter and spring…we have a few ideas. Please take a few minutes to tell us what you think. Look for the survey in your inbox in the next week or two. Thank you!

Oxton Trust Applications Due January 31 for All of 2023

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. Clubs, volunteers, and members should anticipate what funds they expect to request for the entire 2023 calendar year and apply for funds to the Oxton Trust Committee by January 31, 2023.

If a club, volunteer, or member discovers a need for funds later in 2023, 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. Oxton Trust applications can be submitted by 4-H staff, volunteers or members enrolled in the Knox and Lincoln Counties 4-H program. A paper application form can be requested by contacting the Knox-Lincoln Extension office.

2022/2023 4-H Volunteer Training Opportunities

As we get ready for the new 4-H year, we are looking forward to offering a variety of learning experiences (both in person and virtual) for our 4-H volunteers. Sessions are free of charge but require registration. Some sessions have limited space. Visit the 4-H Volunteer Calendar of Training Opportunities to learn more and register!

Public Speaking In-Person Workshop

The Maine 4-H Communication Science Team invites all enrolled 4-H members to an in-person workshop on January 21 from 2-4 pm. The meeting will be held at the Penobscot County Extension Office in Bangor. Participants will learn how to prepare for county/regional public speaking contests for both Demonstrations and Illustrated Talks. Contact for more information or to register.

4-H Youth Summit Applications are Now Open!

Youth sitting at a table with posters discussing a group project at the 2021 4-H Youth Ag Summit..2023 4-H Youth Summit application (Maine) is now open. The link is here! Applications are due by December 18. This year there is ONLY ONE LARGE 4-H Summit. It will combine tracks in Agri-Science, Healthy Living, and STEM. The Maine 4-H Foundation has once again helped us to fund teams of youth for both Agri-Science and Healthy Living by providing scholarship funds for youth who are selected.

Ignite by 4-H – the 2023 National 4-H Youth Summit to be held in the Washington, DC area, March 9-12, 2023. High school-aged youth are immersed in an agenda focused on agriscience, healthy living, or STEM. Sessions will be offered within these respective tracks to demonstrate why and how these topics are important and how young people can become changemakers. For information contact Tara Marble at, 207.778.4650.

Androscoggin-Sagadahoc 4-H Monthly Workshops Open to All Maine 4-Hers!

Come join the Androscoggin and Sagadahoc counties 4-H program at their monthly workshops—the Third Friday of every month (unless otherwise noted) from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Lisbon Extension Office at 24 Main Street. Anyone interested can contact to find out more information.

Currently Scheduled Topics:
– December 16, 2022 – Game Night
– January 20, 2023 – “Getting the Word Out” Digital Marketing
– February 17, 2023 – Short Film Making
– March 10, 2023 – Spa & Relaxation Science
– April 21, 2023 – Movie Premier Night
– May 19, 2023 – Wool Spinning Workshop

EFNEP Recipe of the Month: Welcome to Winter

By Debbie Barnett, EFNEP CEA in Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, and Waldo counties—

December is here and winter has begun! With it, there are plenty of celebrations and festivities as we say goodbye to another year. Sharing food with family and friends is a big part of this time of year, and many of us have traditions that include special recipes and treats. While many often think of special holiday foods, how many of us think of special holiday drinks? Our friends at Michigan State Extension have shared these great Healthy Hot Drink Recipes, and curling up with a nice warm drink and a cookie (try our Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, Gingerbread Cookie, and Carrot Cookie recipes!) is a great way to spend part of a December day. We wish you all the happiness of the season!

For more delicious recipes, check out our UMaine EFNEP Mainely Dish Video Series. Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) offers FREE nutrition education classes to income-eligible adults with children, or young adults 19-25 years old, and if you are eligible for programs such as SNAP, WIC, or Head Start.


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