March 2019

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

March 1-April 30 Clovers for Kids Campaign, JOANN Fabric Stores

March 16 Winter Fun Day Hike, Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson

March 19 KLLA Meeting 6pm, KL UMaine Extension

March 27-April 7 4-H Paper Clover Campaign, Tractor Supply Co. Stores

April 1 ESE Horse Animal Approval form due

April 1 KLLA Camp Scholarship applications due

April 3-May 4 Tractor Safety Course, Union Farm Equipment, Union

April 5-12 National 4-H Conference, Washington, D.C. (ages 14-18)

April 6 State 4-H Public Speaking Tournament, University of Maine, Orono (snow date 4/7)

April 10  4-H Farm-to-Fair setup for IAFE tour, 3-6pm, Union Fairgrounds

April 13  4-H Farm-to-Fair Exhibit open for IAFE tour, 2-4pm Union Fairgrounds

April 16  KLLA Meeting 6pm, KL UMaine Extension

May 1  4-H Working Steer Animal Approval forms due

May 1  ESE Dairy Animal Approval forms due

May 2  Fryeburg Market Lamb Intent to Sell forms due

March Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Faith Mack, Krista Sanchez, Sarita Roopchand, Kelsie Huard, Luke Baker, Noora Hardy, Zoey Smith, Savannah Dube, and Crystal Miller!

4-H Public Speaking Tournament

photo of 4-H member at public speaking tournament   4-H member at public speaking tournament

At this year’s event at the Jefferson Village School on March 3, one cloverbud, six juniors, and eight seniors presented illustrated talks or demonstrations. The judges were very impressed with the quality and wide range of subject matter exhibited by our 4-H youth. Congratulations to everyone who participated! See more photos from the event on the 4-H of Knox-Lincoln Counties Facebook page.

Krista Sanchez, 4-H Garden Club, D-Slime

Isabelle Baker, Aldermere Achievers, IT-Stoplight Foods, BLUE
Kyra Belcher, Jolly Farmers, IT-Minecraft, RED
Anthony Dube, Jolly Farmers, D-Antonio the Great Returns, BLUE, TOP JUNIOR D
Sabrinnah Dube, Jolly Juniors, D-Sign Language, RED
Adam Eaton, Aldermere Achievers, IT-My Sheep, BLUE
Sadie Olmsted, Jolly Farmers, IT-Basic Dog Obedience, BLUE, TOP JUNIOR IT

Anthony Benson, Aldermere Achievers, IT-The Overton Window, RED
Julia Benson, Aldermere Achievers, IT-The Fibonacci Sequence, RED
Jeremy Dube, Jolly Farmers, IT-The Wreck of LZ-129, RED
Nathan Dube, Jolly Farmers, Senior, IT-Stuck in Time, RED
Savannah Dube, Jolly Farmers, Senior, IT-The Monkeys, RED
Elizabeth Eaton, Aldermere Achievers, Senior, IT-My Trip to NAILE 2018, BLUE, TOP SENIOR IT
Britney Jackson, Aldermere Achievers, IT-Picture Frame Making & Decorating, RED, TOP SENIOR D
Jordan Overlock, Aldermere Achievers, IT-How to Public Speak, RED

Ten members age 9 and older who participated at the County tournament qualified to go on to the 4-H State Public Speaking Tournament in Orono on April 6! Plan to support our county youth at this statewide tournament!

Winter Fun Day at HVNC

A 4-H Winter Fun Day Hike is scheduled for Saturday, March 16, 10am-12pm at Hidden Valley Nature Center, 131 Egypt Road in Jefferson. Enjoy the center’s wooded trails on snowshoes or cross-country skis (or boots if the snow has melted!). Families are welcome to bring a lunch and stay to eat at the lodge after the hike if they wish. Contact Pamela Doherty to see if there is still room to register, 207.832.0343.

Scholarships Offered for Camps and Programs

KLLA is offering scholarships to Knox-Lincoln 4-H members to be used to attend educational camps and programs in the coming year, including, but not exclusive to: 4-H National Trips (CWF, 4-H National Congress and National Conference), summer camps (including Tanglewood, Blueberry Cove and Bryant Pond 4-H Camps), science camps, animal camps, exchange programs, and school programs. Preference will be given to applicants attending 4-H-sponsored programs and camps. Applications are due April 1, 2019. The amount of the scholarships will be determined by the funds available and the number of qualified applicants. The application is available for download at

Volunteers Needed for IAFE Tour of Union Fairgrounds, 4-H Farm-to-Fair

Zone 1 of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE), a voluntary, not-for-profit corporation, serving state, provincial, regional, and county agricultural fairs, shows, exhibitions, and expositions, will be holding its 2019 meeting April 11-13 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine. IAFE Zone 1 includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Pennsylvania, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

On April 13, the Union Fair trustees plan to open the fairgrounds to IAFE for a tour. 4-H has been asked to participate by opening the 4-H Farm-to-Fair exhibit to the group. This will be an excellent chance for 4-H to showcase the exhibit and to strengthen our relationship with Union Fair by supporting their efforts.

Youth and adult volunteers are needed to set up the four themed barns on Wednesday, April 10, 3-6pm. If you are available to help during that time, please contact Kathryn or Cindy, 207.832.0343. Thank you!

Jo-Ann Fabric’s Clovers for Kids Supports Maine 4-H Youth

University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H is partnering with JOANN fabric and craft stores March 1-April 30, 2019 as part of a nationwide fundraiser benefitting state and local 4‑H programming. In Maine, the first $100.00 raised in each county that has a store will be donated to that county. Any funds raised beyond that amount will support youth statewide to attend the various program summits offered by National 4-H.

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. Current & Lifetime members, parents of members, volunteers and 4-H staff can also save 15% off total in-store and online purchases every day with a 4-H Rewards card or app. JOANN will give a minimum of 2.5% of every eligible transaction to support the 4-H programming! To learn more about the national partnership, visit

Raise Funds for Your Club and County at Tractor Supply Event!

The Spring 4-H Paper Clover Campaign at Tractor Supply Co. Stores will take place March 27-April 7. During this time, TSC customers can purchase paper clovers at the register for $1 each to support 4-H nationally and in our counties. The clover funds are no longer store-specific, so you may participate at any Tractor Supply Co. store in Maine to benefit your state and county program! We encourage clubs and independents to participate in this event. It’s been proven that in-store participation with 4-Hers increases donations! Hold a bake sale, do an animal or science demonstration, or provide a carry-out service for customers any time during this campaign. Use your creativity! Learn how to connect with your local TSC store to participate in this event on the Fundraising Connections page. Contact Cindy Rogers if you are planning to participate.

Tractor Safety Course begins April 3 in Union

A tractor safety course will be held on Wednesdays, starting April 3, from 6-8 pm at Union Farm Equipment, 1893 Heald Highway/Route 17, Union. Classes will continue on successive Wednesdays through April 24. A written exam and tractor-driving test will be held Saturday, May 4 at 9 am. The classes are designed for adults and youth at least 14 years of age, and are required for 14- and 15-year-olds who plan to operate farm equipment for hire on farms other than their own. Those who successfully complete the written and road tests will be issued a Federal Certificate of Training. The fee is $20 per person; financial assistance available for students 18 and under according to need. Registration is closed. Contact Pamela Doherty, 800.244.2104; To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Mark Hutchinson, 800.244.2104;

The course is offered by University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Knox-Lincoln Farm Bureau, Union Farm Equipment and Farm Family Insurance.

State 4-H Office Core Newsletter

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 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, 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 or 207.581.3292.

2019 Maine 4-H Public Speaking Tournament: The 4-H State Public Speaking Tournament will be held Saturday, April 6, 2019 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. More information is available at:

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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.

Contact Information: 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.