May 9, 2016

Piscataquis County Extension Association

Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

May 9, 2016

Present:  Walter Boomsma, Donna Coffin, Janet Yelch-Weatherbee, Sheila Norman, Trisha Smith, Beth McAvoy, Dotty Hadler, Tish Dutson, Georgia Underwood, Richard Neal, Barb Baker (online)

Called to order by Walter at 3:05 p.m.


Jodi Waterhouse, Coordinator Creative Options – Looking for ways that her clients would be able to volunteer in community.

Secretary’s Report

Janet moved and Tish seconded to accept March Minutes as read. Passed unanimously.

Budget Report

See attached reports. Accepted by consensus.

Program Reports

See attached reports.

Unfinished Business

School Garden–Richard has met with Superintendent and Head Custodian on location of water supply: Richard was given a verbal Okay to proceed with water project.

One Tomato—Master calendar available in office. Volunteers will be needed, especially for Black Fly Festival on June 4 in Milo.

Executive Committee Membership—nothing to report.

New Business-

School Garden/ Summer Meals Program: See Trisha’s report. Trisha will meet with the Milo Kiwanis June 21st and will speak with them about the Maine Harvest Bucks

Booth at Dover Cove Farmers Market

  • Janet – May 21
  • Barb & Sheila- June 14 Seed bombs
  • Donna – August 9

Rural Living Day (PCSWCD) Donna will get information on what other counties are doing for RLD. This will be discussed at next meeting.

Summer Meeting Schedule:

  • June 13
  • July 11
  • Aug 8

Handwashing Stations at Piscataquis Fair Beth attended a day-long workshop for agricultural fair organizers and officials that provided a strategy for ensuring a safe experience for all visitors and exhibitors, in reducing the risk that anyone would contract harmful E. coli from animals at the fair.  Strategic placement of hand sanitizers and hand washing stations, as well as effective signage encouraging hand washing after contact with animals and/or manure were key messages. A summary was presented to Piscataquis Valley Fair directors, and hand washing stations are on their agenda.

Adjourned 4:45pm.