Waldo County 4-H Newsletter – August 2022

Upcoming Dates:

8/4: Registration Deadline for Topsham Fair Horse Show

8/7: Topsham Fair Horse Show

9/5: Labor Day; Extension Office Closed

10/22 &11/11: 4-H Unconference

Waldo County 4-H News:

Little Beavers 4-H Club Update:  

The Little Beavers 4-H Club sent two members to the Maine State 4-H Dairy Show at the end of July. Club members Kelsy S. and Lydia S. attended the dairy show to patriciate in the tryouts for the Maine 4-H ESE Dairy Team. Both Kelsy and Lydia will represent Maine 4-H at The Big E this September. Good luck Kelsy and Lydia!

2022 Maine 4-H ESE Dairy Team
2022 Maine 4-H ESE Dairy Team



For more information on the Maine 4-H Dairy Team or to see how you can be involved in future years visit extension.umaine.edu/4h/dairy/. 




State 4-H News:

2022 Topsham Fair Summer Horse Show

Join us on August 7, 2022 for the Topsham Fair Summer Horse Show. Registration deadline is August 4, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. Warm up starts at 7:00 a.m. and the show starts at 8:15 a.m. Premiums will be paid. There are open events that anyone can register for. Register online at docs.google.com/forms/d/10tAoyljGmWU73AdoyOtoawHc5XhUX_yo3JVgZ4rFX5w/viewform?edit_requested=true.

Save the Date for the 4-H Unconference

UMaine 4-H Unconference will be an organized forum for 4-H volunteers, club leaders, afterschool providers, teachers, parents and teen leaders to gather. UMaine 4-H Unconference is intentionally designed to have YOU teach and learn from each other. There is no agenda; you come with 4-H ideas and topics you want to talk about or learn more about, and we’ll guide the process to get folks into groups where YOU are the experts.  Save the dates: Saturday, October 22nd and Friday, November 11th.  Come to one or both. Check out the Unconference webpage at extension.umaine.edu/4h/volunteers/unconference/ for more information as it becomes available.

Maine 4-H Survey Request

From: Andrew Hudacs, the new member of the Maine 4-H team, whose work supports 4-H teen leadership and career exploration statewide:

If you are 11 years old or older, please help me learn more about your interests in 4-H activities by completing the following  SHORT survey (about 30 questions/7 minutes). The survey results will be used to improve statewide 4-H program planning.  If you are a parent of a 4-H child receiving this message, please have each child 11+ years old complete one survey.

If you have any questions, I can be contacted at andrew.hudacs@maine.edu, (207) 581-8204, 24 Main Street Lisbon Falls, ME 04252. Thank you in advance for your support!

Looking for 4-H Alumni & Members Attending UMaine! 

If you are a current or former 4-H member planning to attend UMaine this fall, know of a 4-H member currently attending UMaine, or know of a recent 4-H alumni attending UMaine, read this! Collegiate 4-H is an opportunity for 4-H alumni and college students interested in supporting the mission of 4-H to be involved in 4-H after high school. We are currently exploring starting a Collegiate 4-H Club at UMaine with an anticipated start date for the 2022 fall semester. Simply fill out this short form to let us know if you think you might be interested!

University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Expanded Food Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) combined logos

flavored waterEFNEP Recipe of the Month: Flavored Water

After the long cold winters here in Maine, the summer sun is a welcome sight and feeling. Many of us are out enjoying the beaches, lakes, mountains, and sports camps. With the hot weather comes the need to stay hydrated, and drinking plenty of fluids is important all year long, but so much more so in the heat. General guidelines state that it is important to drink eight glasses of water a day, as this will keep the average person doing average activity adequately hydrated throughout the day. Remember, if it is hot or if you are staying active, you may need to drink more water throughout the day. Here is a great recipe for Flavored Water that is very refreshing and enjoyable on hot summer days.

6 cups Water
2 cups Fresh Fruit: strawberries, raspberries, pineapple, watermelon, pomegranate seeds, grapefruit, lemons, limes, etc.10 Mint Leaves (optional)

Large Pitcher

1. Cut washed fruit into halves, slices, or chunks depending on the fruit you chose.
2. If using, cut or tear washed mint leaves in half.
3. Place cut fruit and mint leaves in a large pitcher.
4. Optional: lightly mash fresh fruit to get the most flavor.
5. Fill the container with water. If desired, substitute 1 cup of water for unflavored tonic or seltzer water.
6. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes up to 4 hours to allow the ingredients to infuse.
7. Strain and serve over ice if desired.

To avoid bitterness, drain fruit within 24 hours and refrigerate for up to three days.

For more delicious recipes, check out our UMaine EFNEP Mainely Dish Video SeriesBy Debbie Barnett (EFNEP CEA in Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, and Waldo counties – deborah.barnett@maine.edu)

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. Find out more online.