4-H in Washington County – October 2018

Volume 13- Issue 10

Print version- October 2018 (Word)

Table of Contents

Dates to Remember

Washington County 4-H Members Attend the Big E

Requirement for Clubs

Project Records Reminder

Reenrollment 2018

Reminder about Fundraising

4-H Photo Contest in Washington County

North Woods 4-H Club went to Windsor Fair

4-H Tech Changemakers Visit Open House

Cooking with Kids

4-H News from the State


Dates to Remember

October 26- 4-H Project Record Focus Groups

November 26- Preferred County 4-H Reenrollment Deadline

November 12- Office Closed- Veteran’s Day Holiday

November 22-23- Office Closed- Thanksgiving Holiday

December 25- Office Closed- Christmas Holiday

December 28- Statewide Final 4-H Reenrollment Deadline


Washington County 4-H Members Attend the Big E

“The Big E”, also known as The Eastern States Exposition (ESE), is billed as “New England’s Great State Fair”. It is the largest agricultural event on the eastern seaboard and the seventh-largest fair in the nation! 4-H’ers from each of the six New England states are invited to participate in the fair through livestock shows, public speaking demonstrations, hands-on activities, and more.

Hope of North Woods 4-H Club wrote this about her experience attending the event.

“Friday, we arrived and set up our kennel area. Aslan got to walk around get settled in. They checked in our photos and medical kits. That evening we had to take our 100-question quiz. Saturday we had opening ceremony. Cali Berry carried in the Maine state flag. Then we had obedience and Aslan participated in it. He just didn’t place top as he just wasn’t feeling it that day. That afternoon we had quiz bowl. My team placed 2nd. We had agility that evening which Aslan loved. He got a chance to let out his zoomies. Sunday we had showmanship. We won our class and went on to overall. We didn’t take overall but we had fun competing for it. We ended with closing ceremony.  Aslan and I got an award for promoting the dog team in our state. Then, we drove the 8 hour ride home. Aslan and I slept the whole ride.”


Hope and Aslan at ESE
Hope and Aslan at ESE


More members from North Woods 4-H Club spoke about their experience at the Big E.

4-H members with llama.

4-H members and dog at ESE.

Phoebe: “My favorite part of going to the Big E was seeing Azzy do such a good job.
It was also fun seeing the sheep show. I liked watching them prance around all pretty.
I very much want to go again.”

Ruth: “My favorite part was watching Azzy win the blue ribbon. I liked the rides too! Of course I want to go again!”

A warm thank you to the Harmon Foundation for giving partial funding for travel to this event.


Requirement for Clubs – The 4-H year officially ended on September 28th. Please, finalize your club treasurer’s report and send or bring it to the office. We will make a photocopy of it and give it to the auditors. Thank you for complying with this mandate from the University of Maine.


Project Record Reminder: Project Records were due in the Machias office on Friday, September 28th. Please turn them in if you have completed them. Thank you.


Reenrollment 2018 – Another 4-H year will begin soon! Reenrollment packets have been mailed. Please let me know if you did not receive your forms. Please be sure to follow the instructions. Reminder: There will be a $1 Accident Insurance Fee per member and leader, $2 for horse members and leaders. Clubs may vote to use money from their treasury or to individually contribute the fees. This applies to new and returning members and leaders. Note- members pay the fee only once regardless of how many clubs they are in. Please submit fees with your enrollment forms. The cost of receiving the newsletter by mail is $8. We would like to have your re-enrollment paperwork returned by Monday, November 26. The absolute deadline is Friday, December 28th. No exceptions will be allowed after that date.


Reminder about Fundraising – If your club is planning fundraising events this year, please remember to post a UMaine fundraising sign at your location (such as on a table, etc). You can request signs from the Extension Office, or download a PDF at this link:

4-H Fundraising Signs

Thank you for complying with this mandate from UMaine.


4-H Photo Contest in Washington County

This year we received photo submissions from Cloverbud Ruth B of North Woods 4-H Club. These are the wonderful photos she submitted. Great job Ruth!

4-h selfie of two girls winter scene dog


North Woods 4-H Club went to Windsor Fair

Three North Woods 4-H Club members went to Windsor fair and showed in the American Boer Goat Association and youth goat show. All three girls did very well coming home with smiles, memories and even a few blue ribbons.

goat and girl goat show girl and goat

Member quote: “Probably one of the best days of my life!”


4-H Tech Changemakers Visit Open House

4-H Tech Changemakers attended Washington Academy’s Open House on September 12th.

Youth were able to sign-up to participate in various aspects of the project.

4-H Tech Changemakers Table at WA


Cooking with the Kids

Baked Apple Crisp

Makes 12 servings


8 cups unpeeled, cored and thinly sliced apples (about 8 medium apples)

2 Tablespoons sugar

1 1/2 Tablespoons lemon juice

4 teaspoons ground cinnamon (use 1/2 at a time)

1 1/2 cups applesauce, unsweetened

1 cup uncooked rolled oats

1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/3 cup evaporated skim milk


1 cup vanilla yogurt, nonfat


Preheat oven to 350F.

Prepare a two-quart casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, toss apples with sugar, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, and lemon juice. Place apples into casserole dish and spread the applesauce over the apples. Combine rolled oats, brown sugar, flour, evaporated milk, dry milk powder, and the other 2 teaspoons cinnamon.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until lightly brown and bubbly. Cool slightly, but serve while warm with the topping of vanilla yogurt.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Eat Well


4-H News from the State

  1. 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 videoconference 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.

Register for Maine 4-H Project Records Focus Group