November 2020

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

November 19 KLLA Meeting, 6pm

December 10 KLLA Meeting, 6pm

December 11 4-H National Youth Summits applications due (see State News)

December 15 Re-enrollment paperwork due at KL Extension

November Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Graci B. and Paige G.!

2020 4-H Achievement Celebration

Screen shot from 4-H Achivement Celebration on Zoom

Thanks to all who attended the 2020 Knox-Lincoln 4-H Virtual Achievement Celebration on November 14. Special thanks to volunteer, Joelle Albury, who helped with planning and provided technical assistance for the event!

The program highlighted the accomplishments of Knox-Lincoln 4-H members, both before and during the quarantine brought on by Covid-19. A presentation was given by members of the 4-H Communication Science Team about how they have stayed connected and active through virtual meetings. Their talk offered inspiration for all of us about how to stay engaged and stay positive in this challenging time.

We received one Portfolio and nine Project Records this year. Thank you to our judges, Valerie Jackson, Linda Bonin and Joelle Albury.

6 Years

Isabelle B.       Aldermere Achievers        Animal Science         BLUE

                                                               Outstanding Beginner Record 

Adam E.          Aldermere Achievers        Beef                           BLUE

                                                             Outstanding Advanced Record

Adam E.          Aldermere Achievers        Sheep                         BLUE

Elizabeth E.     Aldermere Achievers        Beef                           BLUE

Elizabeth E.     Aldermere Achievers        Portfolio                    BLUE

                                                                             Outstanding Portfolio

Anna P.           Jolly Farmers                    Dog                           BLUE

7 Years

Sabrinnah D.   Jolly Farmers                    Goat                           BLUE

8 Years

Jeremy D.        Jolly Farmers                    Mechanical Science  BLUE

Anthony D.     Jolly Farmers                    Rabbit                        BLUE

                                                      Outstanding Intermediate Record

11 Years

Arianna C.      Independent                       Music                        BLUE

The Pearl Clover Award was presented to Katherine Newcombe in recognition of her 15 years of service as a 4-H volunteer. Kat started as a Junior Leader and has continued to support the Jolly Farmers, as well as provide support in many ways for our program. She has taken on critical roles for 4-H at Union Fair and both the county and state Public Speaking Tournaments.

The Ruby Clover Award was awarded to Maurice Miller to honor his 30 years of service to 4-H in Knox and Lincoln Counties. Maurice has served as judge in various capacities, was treasurer of KLLA for several years, and served on the Executive Board of Knox-Lincoln Extension. Thank you both for your service!

Photography Contest Winners

12 photographs were entered into the 2020 KL 4-H Photography Contest, so everyone will have their turn as cover pic on the KL 4-H Facebook page in 2021! All twelve photos will be printed and hung in the 4-H Gallery in the lobby of the Knox-Lincoln Extension office! Thank you to our judges: Gretchen Gee of Extension’s Maine Families program, and Kristina Catomeris, 4-H STEM Ambassador based at USM. Congratulations to all!

Daisy Harbor peony

dog and well pump dog in field Weel pump cat on fence rooster cat on horse's backdark landscape with clouds old truck old truck emblem

Junior Division:
Sabrinnah D.
, age 11
Intermediate Division:
Anthony D., age 13
Rustic Farm Dog
Well Done
Anna P., age 13
Ethel on Ty
Stormy Skies
Senior Division:

Jeremy D., age 15
Ford Truck
Ford Truck Emblem

Enrollment Forms Due December 15

Re-enrollment packets were mailed directly to families this year. All enrollment, health and photo release forms are due at the Extension office by December 15. Please remember to ADD POSTAGE to the envelope provided. To drop off your paperwork in person, please call the office first so a contact-free exchange can be made. If you need help completing your forms or need another copy of the packet, contact your leader or Pamela Doherty at this office 207.832.0343.

Oxton Trust Applications Due January 30 for All of 2021

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 2021 calendar year, and submit an application for funds to the Oxton Trust Committee by January 30, 2021.

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 2021, 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 or request a paper form by calling the Extension office at 207.832.0343.

Guidance for In-Person 4-H Programming

The University of Maine has approved the following changes to in-person programs for youth led by Volunteers:

  • The total number of people has increased from 10 to 20.
  • Programs can occur indoors, but not in people’s homes. There must be adequate space for 20 people to socially distance.

Be sure to familiarize yourself with the rules and guidelines. If you have any questions, please reach out to Knox-Lincoln Counties 4-H Community Education Associate, Cindy Rogers

Office Protocol

The Knox & Lincoln Counties Office is now staffed, but our door will remain locked. Many staff continue to work remotely. Our new hours are Monday-Friday 8 am-12 noon and 1 pm-4 pm. Please call 207.832.0343 before arriving so we may assess your needs and provide you with pick-up, drop-off, or curbside options. If you need to access the building, please call once you have arrived as we have a one customer limit in our lobby, per University of Maine policies and procedures regarding social distancing. A properly worn cloth face mask is required. If you do not have a mask we will have one available for you in our entryway. Thank you for your patience.

State 4-H Office Core News

4-H Virtual Teen Science Cafes for Fall 2020

This fall, join us on Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 pm, as we meet with cool presenters and learn about their research and pathway to UMaine! This November, we have a great assortment of topics including Fish Behavior on November 5th, Electrical Engineering on November 12th, and Engineers Without Borders on November 19th—future topics will be listed on the website, if you have a suggestion for a topic—please email Register today.

Every Wednesday, you have the opportunity to participate in The University of Vermont’s VTeen Science Exploration— these are a similar format and run from 3:30-4:45 pm. On the announcements page, scroll down to VTeen Science Exploration for details about the different offerings, and registration links.

2021 Youth Agri-Science and Healthy Living Summit Applications Available Now!

The National Youth Summits on Agri-Science and Healthy Living will be held virtually this year allowing us to add more youth to our teams. Attendees will learn more about their area of interest by attending interactive workshops, and pitching their own action plan ideas. The Summits were created to empower youth to be well-informed citizens, expand engineering and agriculture experience, and increase connections to living a healthy lifestyle, all while being actively engaged in their communities.

Healthy Living: February 11-14, 2021
Agri-Science: March 4-7, 2021
Eligibility: Youth ages 14-18, enrolled in 4-H by December 31, 2020— this year youth may enroll in Maine 4-H solely in order to attend the Summits and participate on the team.
Cost: $75.00—we are currently working on funding sources and expect the participant cost to be closer to $25.00 per youth.
Application: This is a combined application for both the Agri-Science and Healthy Living Summits. Please note that references are not required this year.

Visit National Youth Summits or check out the application for more details. Email or call Sara,, 207-781-6099, with any questions. Applications due by December 11.

4-H Lego Club

Calling all creators, builders, and Lego fans! You are invited to join the 4-H virtual Lego Club, a place to show off your creations, challenge your skills, and perhaps meet a new friend or two!  Each week you will be challenged to create a build based on a theme. We will share our creations, provide feedback, and connect with other kids across the state.

This is open to youth ages 8-15, space is limited to 12 youth.  Mondays from 2:00-3:00 pm—November 9, 16, 23, 30. Register

4-H Gratitude Challenge

4-H wants you to take our 2020 Gratitude Challenge! 2020 has not been an easy year, but we still have plenty of reasons to give thanks. Download and print this calendar and complete each daily task to help show gratitude to your Club, Community, Country, and World.