October 2018

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

October 1 Start of 4-H year 2019

October 15 Oxton Trust applications due

October 16 KLLA Meeting, 6pm, Extension office

November 3 2018 4-H Achievement Celebration, 4:30-6:30pm, Masonic Lodge, Warren

November 15 Leaders: File Your Club’s e-postcard with the IRS

November 20 KLLA Meeting, 6pm, Extension office

October Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Alexandria Moody, Mira Hartmann, Justin Bailey, Orianna Barton, and Pearl Benjamin!

2018 4-H Achievement Celebration November 3

Plan to attend the 2018 Knox-Lincoln 4-H Achievement Celebration on Saturday, November 3, 4:30-6:30pm at the Masonic Lodge on Route 90 in Warren. This will be a gala evening with dinner and recognition of the hard work and accomplishments of our 4-H members.

Dinner will be potluck. Please bring a dish to share, type of dish based on your family’s last name:
Last names A-D bring a Salad/Vegetable Side or Appetizer
Last names E-N bring a Main Dish
Last names O-Z bring a Dessert

Invitations have been mailed. Be sure to RSVP by October 26!

Enter the Veggie Centerpiece Contest!

4-H members are invited to create their best table centerpiece featuring fall vegetables and fruits and bring it with you to the 2018 4-H Achievement Celebration at the Masonic Lodge in Warren on Saturday, November 3. Everyone attending will be able to vote for their favorite veggie design in four categories: cutest, spookiest, most fall themed, and most creative. The creators of arrangements receiving the most votes in each category will be awarded a bird feeder from KLLA!

For 4-H youth members currently enrolled in Knox or Lincoln Counties. One entry per 4-H member. We hope to see you there with your veggie creation!

File Your Club’s E-postcard by November 15

If you are a 4-H Club Leader, please remember to file your annual e-Postcard (form 990N) with the IRS by November 15. The process has been streamlined in recent years and should result in fewer error messages. Even if you have had trouble filing the e-Postcard in the past, please file with this new, easier system. The filing period is July 1-Nov. 15. Please remember to print your confirmation and send a copy to this office. Thanks!

State 4-H Office Core Newsletter

New Earlier Intent Form Date for Market Steers for Fryeburg Fair 2019: 4-Hers raising a steer for the 2019 market steer show at Fryeburg Fair need to send in an Intent to Participate Form available at: https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/beef/ by November 1, 2018. The intent form will advise the State 4-H Office which steers need to be tagged. Once we receive your intent form you will be contacted by a staff person from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to make an appointment for someone to come to your barn and tag your project animal. As always Fryeburg Market Steers must be owned and in possession by the 4-Her by January 1. But we understand that many of you will have your market steers before January 1 so we are hoping to tag more of the project animals before the winter travel becomes more difficult. We are grateful for the staff from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry for helping us with the tagging and we are hoping the earlier intent form date will allow for safer travel during the winter months. You can also enroll or re-enroll as a 4-H member when you send your Intent to Participate form to your county office. We appreciate you completing this form as early as possible and are encouraging everyone to help spread the word about the new earlier date for the intent form. If you have specific questions please contact your local county Cooperative Extension Office.

4-H Volunteers! We’d love your feedback on Project Records! 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. You must be 18 years old or older to participate in this focus group.

Purpose of this research project: We recognize the value of our 4-H volunteers. As a state we are rolling 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? There will be two focus groups held on October 22, 2018. These focus groups will occur using Zoom, a video conference software so you can join the session from your personal computer or by phone. Up to 12 volunteers can participate in each session. If you decide to participate, you will be asked to participate in an online focus group with questions pertaining to your attitudes and beliefs regarding 4-H project records in Maine. The focus group will take you approximately 45-60 minutes.

Compensation: By participating in the focus group you will be eligible to enter a drawing for a Hannaford Gift Card.  Upon completion, focus group participants will be given access to a link to a form where you will enter the drawing.

To Register: https://extension.umaine.edu/register/product/4-h-volunteer-focus-group-zoom/

Farm Service Agency Youth Loans: The Farm Service Agency makes loans to youth to establish and operate agricultural income-producing projects in connection with 4-H clubs, FFA and other agricultural groups. Projects must be planned and operated with the help of the organization advisor, produce sufficient income to repay the loan and provide the youth with practical business and educational experience. The maximum loan amount is $5000.

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be 10 years to 20 years of age
  • Comply with FSA’s general eligibility requirements
  • Be unable to get a loan from other sources
  • Conduct a modest income-producing project in a supervised program of work as outlined above
  • Demonstrate capability of planning, managing and operating the project under guidance and assistance from a project advisor.

For more information stop by your Local FSA County Office or call Mary Anne Coffin at 207.990.9140.