4-H News in Washington County – June 2018

June 14th, 2018 2:32 PM

Dates to Remember

June 22- 23– 4-H DownEast Dog Show, Princeton

June 30– Animal Approval Forms Due

June 30- July 7– CWF

July 4– Office Closed due to Independence Day Holiday

July 20-22– Maine 4-H Days at the Windsor Fair

September 1– Maine 4-H Foundation Photo Contest Deadline

September 14– Washington County 4-H Photo Contest Deadline

 

4-H Summer of Science

Will it Work?

A summer of solving Maine challenges using Engineer Design Process.

In five Washington County communities-

Calais, Jonesport, Lubec, Machias, Princeton

What is 4-H Summer of Science? It is a series of weekly STEM activities for kids in grades 3-7. In the 2018 activities, kids will be tasked with building a virtual structure on a Maine island. The kids will have to use the Engineer Design Process to confront real world challenges for residents on an island.

Lessons are delivered once a week, for six weeks. 4-H staff or volunteers conduct the activity with groups of 5-10 kids. Supplies and instructors are provided by UMaine 4-H.

What are the 4-H Summer of Science activities for 2018?

WEEK 1          Will it Fly?     Aerospace engineering

WEEK 2          Will it Float? Marine engineering

WEEK 3          Will it Lift?    Mechanical Engineering

WEEK 4          Will it Stand?   Civil Engineering

WEEK 5          Will it Light? Electrical engineering

WEEK 6          Will it Flow?  Environmental engineering

For more information or to enroll in a session for 4-H Summer of Science, contact Tara Wood: tara.a.wood@maine.edu or call 255.3345.

 

2018 4-H Photo Contest: You should have received an email about the 2018 4-H Photo Contest in Washington County! Deadline to submit photos to the Extension Office is Friday, September 14, 2018. There are five photo categories – you may enter one photo in each category. Full details can be found on our website at or call the office if you have any questions.

Maine 4-H Foundation is also offering a photo contest with prizes (see state news on page 7)!

Get out there and start snapping photos!

2017 Photo Submission JuneN1

 

Going to Summer Camp? – Scholarships Available 

With the help of scholarships, summer camp can become a reality for our youth. Be sure to check out all the great opportunities available to our 4-H youth at our UMaine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Tanglewood & Blueberry Cove as well as our Bryant Pond 4-H Camp by visiting the website.

Youth have the opportunity to receive multiple scholarships. The Maine 4-H Foundation offers scholarships, as do the camps themselves. There are also active duty military-family scholarships, camp financial-need based scholarships. We are also offering five $200 scholarships to Washington County youth thanks to the generosity of the Harmon Foundation. These will be given on a first come, first served basis. Please visit the website for the application. Don’t wait until its too late…apply today!

For more information about the summer camps, check out these videos: https://youtu.be/31F09R8bLw4 and https://youtu.be/xqYdRsGvwLU.

 

Follow a Researcher

What do green crabs, ducks, and parasites have in common? How do scientists make sure the data they collect is accurate? What is an invasive species, and how can they be identified? Maine 4-H invites youth to explore the science of tracking invasive species with its Follow a Researcher® program. Follow UMaine graduate student Tyler Van Kirk and his research on green crabs, an invasive species found along the coast of Maine. Students and educators can follow his data collection trips in real-time with an online map and try an experiential learning activity that shows why data collection methods matter. Live updates will happen weekly via Twitter. You can follow along and sign up for updates/announcements online.

 

Animal Approval Forms

If you plan to show an animal in any 4-H classes this year, including at the Blue Hill Fair, you must submit an animal approval form by June 30, 2018. Small pets and Poultry are the only exception; all other animals (Horse, Beef, Sheep, Goat, Swine, etc) are required to have an animal approval form.

 

Perry Harvest Fair

The Perry Harvest Fair is generally held the first Saturday in October. This is a great time to be thinking ahead about the types of projects you would like to enter this year!

 

Jonesboro Elementary STEM SPIN Club

Sending out a big thank you to the Jonesboro Elementary School for inviting STEM Guides, Kyle Winslow and Sandy Copel-Parsons from 4-H to lead STEM after school activities with the students.  Constructing a worm habitat while learning about Vermiculture, exploring owl pellets, studying rocks and minerals were some of the topics explored.  STEM 4-H Spin Clubs rock!

Participant at Jonesboro STEM SPIN Club explores an owl pellet.

 

Washington County Program Honored in National Showcase about Science Education

High school and elementary students as well as afterschool educators from Harrington to Machiasport are all featured in a Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance’s [MMSA] video recognized as a “Facilitator’s Choice” winner in the national “STEM for All Video Showcase”.

Now in its fourth year, this annual online video showcase features over 200 innovative projects aimed at improving STEM learning and teaching. Well-known researchers, policy-makers and practitioners in education recognize a handful of these videos with the “Facilitator’s Choice” honor.

MMSA’s 2018 entry, entitled “STEM Guides: Connecting Rural Youth to Informal STEM,” describes efforts downeast to better connect middle and high school youth to fun and engaging out-of-school experiences in science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics.  Funded by the National Science Foundation, this Washington County video can be viewed online.

“Over five Maine regions in five years, we’ve learned a lot about connecting kids to really fun and interesting programs that engage them in science, tech, engineering and math” says Jan Mokros, Senior Research Scientist at MMSA and a co-principal investigator on this project. “Sharing it all with our downeast partners on this national stage really is a wonderful way to give others a taste of what we all are doing and learning every day.”

Students participate in the science education.

 

Cooking with the Kids

 Easy Rhubarb Pineapple Jam

Ingredients:

5 cups chopped fresh rhubarb
2 1/2 cups sugar
8 oz crushed pineapple – drained
1 (3oz) pkg strawberry flavor gelatin

In Dutch oven or large saucepan, combine rhubarb, sugar, pineapple; mix well. Bring to a boil and boil 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add package of gelatin and mix well.

Pour into clean, hot sterilized 1/2 pint jars and add lids and covers leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Can be frozen, stored in refrigerator for 1 month, or processed in hot water bath for 10 minutes and kept for several months in a dark, cool place.

Taken from Somerset County Cooperative Extension 4-H Footnotes

 

PRE-FAIR NEWS

By Christy Fitzpatrick, Former Aroostook County Extension Educator

Fair time will be here before we know it. It’s time to start getting ourselves and our animals ready to go!

Am I ready for Fair?

Have I thought about how I will use my Fair experience in the future? Am I responsible, respectful, trustworthy, fair, caring, and a good citizen?

  • How will I make sure that my animals are well taken care of during fair?
  • How will I support other 4-H members?
  • How can I show respect to 4-H volunteers, judges, fair staff and the public?
  • What can I do to make the fair the best experience possible for everyone attending?

Are my Exhibits ready for Fair?

  • Is my project going to represent my best effort and my ongoing project work?
  • Have I read the requirements for the exhibit carefully?
  • Have I prepared a life skills wheel and an Exhibit Judging card ready for each exhibit?
  • How is my project record for my exhibits coming along?

Are my animals ready for Fair?

  • Am I doing everything necessary to make sure my animals will have a safe and stress free fair?
  • Have all my animals that need an approved rabies vaccine, received it?
  • Have I checked with my vet to see what other vaccinations my animals might need?
  • Am I working with my animal EVERY day to make sure it is ready to be shown?
  • Are my forms all collected in a notebook including my animal approval and lease forms, vaccination and other immunization forms and registration papers?

Here are some more tips to help get your animals ready for fair….

  • Start preparing animals 30-60 days before fair. Get them used to as many fair conditions as possible including noise, being tied or confined, being with other animals, being around strangers. Start them on the same feeding schedule they will be on at the fair.
  • To make sure animals drink enough during fair, add a little molasses or a few drops of lemon juice to their drinking water to cover up the taste about 2 weeks before fair. Then add it to the water at the fair.
  • If hooves need to be trimmed, do this 2-3 weeks before fair so they will have time to toughen.
  • If you are raising a market animal, make sure that you are aware of withdrawal times for anything you put into or on your animal. Make sure you have accurate records. Remember that your animal will be processed either during or after fair and that you are responsible for insuring that your buyer has a safe product!
  • Make sure the trailer you are using is clean and disinfected.

 

4-H News from the State

  1. Maine 4-H Days – Maine 4-H Days will take place July 20 – 22, 2018 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. If you do not have online access, please contact your local county office for paper copies of the forms. Find information and registration materials online. Registration opens on June 1st. For more information or with any questions, please contact Sarah Sparks at sarah.sparks@maine.edu or 207.353.5550.

 

  1. 4-H Summer Camp Programs – Register Now! – Registration is open for summer programs at the UMaine 4-H Centers at Blueberry Cove, Bryant Pond, and Tanglewood for youth ages 8-17. Camps start up June 24 and run through August 18 with week-long, two-week, and mini-camp sessions to fit your needs. Campers shape their experience through activity choice (STEM, swimming, archery, gardening, watershed and marine ecology, creative arts, boating, drama, group challenge and primitive skills), on adventures and trips, eating delicious home-cooked meals, and in wicked evening programs. Teen Leadership Programs build conscious young adults, through teamwork and community stewardship, and teach canoeing/backpacking skills while exploring Maine’s beautiful woods and waterways. Special scholarships for 4-H youth from the Maine 4-H Foundation and some scholarships for Conservation Education camps through Inland Fisheries and Wildlife at Tanglewood and Bryant Pond. To learn more visit the website or contact your local office. WASHINGTON COUNTY SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

 

  1. 2018 American Goat Federation Youth Scholarship Program – To encourage education and development of youth involved in the goat industry, AGF will accept scholarship applications from qualifying youth who enter and complete all requirements of the program. Projects must be received at the AGF office by August 20, 2018 and the Scholarship Application accompanied by a short biography must be received at the office No Later than 30 days prior to August 20, 2018. Entries will be judged by an independent panel and winners will be announced September, 2018.

Applicants must be between the ages of 12 and 20, and under the age of 21 as of September 30, 2017. Applicants must be a member of the American Goat Federation, the child, grandchild, great grandchild or step child, step grandchild or step great grandchild of a member of the American Goat Federation, or of any of the following member organizations of the American Goat Federation:

  • The American Boer Goat Association (including Jr Association)
  • The American Dairy Goat Association
  • Alabama Meat Goat and Sheep Producers Association
  • Cashmere Goat Association
  • Texas Sheep and Goat Breeders Association

For more information visit the internet.

 

  1.  Oxford County 4-H June Jamboree Livestock Clinic, Working Steer and Horse Clinic – Oxford County 4-H June Jamboree Livestock Clinic, Working Steer and Horse Clinic is being held June 8th through June 10th at the Fryeburg Fair Grounds, 1154 Main Street, Fryeburg Maine. Workshops are designed for youth completing project work in the areas of sheep, swine, working steer and horse. Horseless riders are also welcome. Rabies vaccines will be available. A Big E Try Out for Working Steer is being held Sunday Morning.

Workshops will include washing, clipping, showmanship, animal handling and learning activities around zoonotic diseases. There is a $20.00 registration fee for everyone attending. Camper space is available and meals will be provided starting with breakfast Saturday morning through lunch on Sunday. Check in begins Friday evening after 5:00 P.M.

For more information about Oxford County June Jamboree please email maisy.cyr@maine.edu or rebecca.mosley@maine.edu. This event is open to 4-H Families from all counties. Adults and youth must pre-register online due to insurance regulations and to help with meal and activity planning.

Register online.  Registration deadline is May 25th.

  1. Photo Contest! From Susan Jennings, Maine 4-H Foundation: – We know we make a huge difference in the lives of Maine youth through 4-H. I appreciate all of the hard work and dedication our 4-H staff make across Maine. The Maine 4-H Foundation had a great year in 2017 raising over $748,000 in donations and investment income! A great deal of this funding was restricted to your programs! Good job! Our goal for 2018 is to continue to increase our support to 4-H programs across Maine. To make this happen the Maine 4-H Foundation needs to hear about your great programs and see youth in action! Becky Mosley suggested a statewide photo contest and the Foundation Board agreed! Photos make all of the difference! The Maine 4-H Foundation is pleased to announce a new youth, volunteer and staff photo contest. To win, submit as many photos (with photo releases) as you like to Susan Jennings by September 1, 2018. Photos need to be originals, have a photo release (for people in the photo) and include the copyright release from the photographer. They need to be digitally submitted to susan.jennings@maine.edu. Please add your name, email contact, age and photo release information.

Youth and volunteer Prize(s):

  • Grand prize for the best overall photo: Something 4-H Awesome!
  • Prizes given in all divisions (Youth age up to 8, 9-12, 13 and up, volunteers)
  • 1st Prize $100 gift card
  • 2nd Prize $75 gift card
  • 3rd Prize $50 gift card
  • Staff Prize: $500 on account at the Maine 4-H Foundation that you can use for a special

4-H program, event, workshop, conference or donor challenge.

Questions?? Call Susan Jennings at 207-615-7300

Maine 4-Hers team up with Microsoft to create ‘Tech Changemakers’

May 15th, 2018 10:17 AM
Machias, Maine —Five teen leaders from University of Maine Cooperative Extension Washington County 4-H are gearing up to have a big impact in the greater Machias area.

With support from the National 4-H Council and Microsoft Philanthropies, 4-H Tech Changemakers are committed to bringing about positive change in their local communities by leveraging the power of technology to tackle the issue of food insecurity.

The team members are interviewing Washington County community organizations and surveying individuals to learn about efforts to address food insecurity in the region. They are building a website where community members can learn more about local farms and food pantries, as well as countywide efforts addressing issues related to food insecurity.

​”Young people have incredible creativity, energy and passion when it comes to improving the communities they love,” said Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO of National 4-H Council. “What makes this new program unique is that 4-H and Microsoft are teaming up to give young people in Washington County the training, resources and support they need to make real and lasting positive community change.”

The project is part of a new national partnership that equips young people with the digital skills and resources they need to make a positive impact in their communities. 4-H Tech Changemakers places young people at the center of community improvement.

Microsoft’s TechSpark program, launched in 2017 and focused on accelerating economic growth through regional internet connectivity, digital and career skills development, nonprofit support, and digital business transformation.

“We want community members to better understand their local food system, and learn about ways they can help address the issue of food insecurity,” said 4-H Tech Changemakers teen leader Paige. “We hope to use technology to help tell the story of how farmers, local organizations and community members are working to help solve this problem and get even more people involved.”

The 4-H team is now recruiting peers and volunteers to participate in the project. In coming months, the teen leaders will work with local organizations, community members and elected officials in their commitment to making a lasting positive impact.

Machias area residents interested in getting involved or learning more are encouraged to contact the UMaine Extension office in Machias, 207.255.3345, or email Jen Lobley, jennifer.lobley@maine.edu.

About University of Maine Cooperative Extension: As a trusted resource for over 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaineExtension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated.  UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H.

 The 4-H Tech Changemakers, left to right, Inez, Mikaila, Paige, Sam and Forrest show off the Surface Pros donated by Microsoft to assist them with their local project focused on addressing food insecurity.

Share Tastes of Summer wit​h Maine Harvest for Hunger

May 11th, 2018 9:48 AM

Share the taste of sweet corn, crisp green beans and ​squash by participating in the Maine Harvest for Hunger Program, sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension.Participants receive free seeds to plant and, when the fruits and vegetables ripen, the produce is donated to local food pantries and neighbors in need. More information, including how to volunteer, is online umaine.edu/harvest-for-hunger, or available by stopping by the Washington County Cooperative Extension office, 28 Center St., Machias, 207.255.3345tara.a.wood@maine.edu.

About University of Maine Cooperative Extension:  As a trusted resource for over 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaine Extension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated. UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H.

4-H in Washington County – May 2018

May 10th, 2018 1:25 PM

Dates to Remember

May 18-19– 4-H@UMaine

June 1– Teen Science Café – Pleasant River Ambulance

June 8-10– June Jamboree at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds

June 10– Dog Fun Day, Princeton

June 22- 23– 4-H DownEast Dog Show, Princeton

June 30– Animal Approval Forms Due

June 30- July 7– CWF

July 20-22– Maine 4-H Days at the Windsor Fair

 

State 4-H Public Speaking Tournament

The 4-H State Public Speaking Tournament was held on April 7th at the University of Maine Orono. This years event was highly attended with more participating youth then ever before! Youth who qualified at the county level were invited to compete at the state level.

Presentations took place simultaneously in four different rooms, followed by social time, while attendees awaited the completion of judging. We closed the afternoon with an awards ceremony to recognize our talented presenters, dedicated leaders, parents and volunteers.

Of the 55 youth presenting from around the state one was from Washington County. Congratulations to Mikailia L. for her participation in this event and representing Washington County and receiving a blue ribbon!

Mikaila L. (second from left) is seen with Hancock County 4-H Public Speaking Tournament participants.

Mikaila L. (second from left) is seen with Hancock County 4-H Public Speaking Tournament participants.

 

Search and Rescue Dogs Go High-Tech in DownEast Maine

Alexandria Brasili

On April 6, 2018 students at Narraguagus Jr./Sr. High School in Harrington, Maine got to experience a Teen Science Café with local celebrity, Alan Curtis, of the popular TV show “North Woods Law.” This Café was organized by students in the Youth Leadership Team, and 4-H Community Education Assistant, Sandy Copel-Parsons. It’s part of a series of Cafes, supported by the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance and funded by the National Science Foundation, which focus on the STEM in First Response and Emergency Management.

Alan is a Maine Game Warden who works with his black lab, Sig, to monitor and protect Maine’s natural resources by enforcing inland fisheries and wildlife laws, investigating poaching and other crimes, and conducting search and rescue operations for people lost in the woods. While Alan is a dynamic personality himself, this TSC was focused on his canine partner, Sig, who uses a combination of natural talent and technology to locate everything from people to shotgun shells.

Alan has an intimate connection to the DownEast Maine area, being born and raised in Machias. Students hung onto his every word as he described the trajectory he took to become a Game Warden, first volunteering with the fire department while he was in high school, then fighting big forest fires out west after he graduated, before applying to be a Game Warden.

Alan described his job as having a lot of technology that improves his ability to do his job, but also noting that he has to rely on it failing. A Game Warden always needs to be prepared when entering the woods and tried-and-true methods like using a map and compass are important to know. However, Alan also uses GPS technology and mapping equipment in search and rescue operations to grid out and mark areas that have already been searched to pinpoint where someone might be located. Alan’s dog, Sig, also has a collar with a GPS tracker on it that relays the data to mapping software. Alan’s GPS tracks and Sig’s GPS tracks can be overlaid on each other to plot out which areas haven’t yet been covered.

Because Sig is constantly riding along with Alan on patrols, Alan has a high-tech truck to ensure Sig’s comfort from the heat of summer to the cold of winter. By using an app on his phone, Alan can tell what temperature the truck is, the battery capacity, and whether it is running or not. The truck also has canine heat alarm sensors that will alert Alan by text if the temperature starts to become too hot. If the temperature continues to rise, the truck will turn itself on, turn on the AC, roll down the windows, and the siren and lights will come on.

The students got to experience just how Sig works with a demonstration in the school field. Alan took a used shotgun shell and threw it out into the middle of the field. While waiting for the scent to wear off it, Alan showed the students his truck (complete with a dead deer in the back) and turned the siren and lights on to get Sig excited to “go to work.” Alan let Sig out of the truck, and after enthusiastically greeting all the students, he went to work finding the shotgun shell. Nose to the ground and zigzagging across the field, Sig eventually homed in on the shotgun shell, laid down next to it, and barked to indicate to Alan that he had found it. His reward for a job well done was playing fetch and running around with the teens.

The final in the First Responder: Teen Science Cafe series will be held June 1st at Narraguagus Jr from 2:40-4:30 pm. Pleasant River Ambulance will be presenting:  High Tech Responders- Save Lives. FREE Pizza and Refreshments will be served!

Alan Curtis presents at Teen Science Cafe. Alan Curtis presents at Teen Science Cafe.

 

Paper Clover Campaign – Tractor Supply Co. and 4-H just completed another successful spring Paper Clover Campaign! There was just under $1 million raised nationwide, and just over $7 thousand raised in Maine.

Thank you to members from Northwoods 4-H Club who came out to support Tractor Supply Paper Clover Days in Calais. A big thank you goes out to TSC manager Steve for his continued support of Washington County 4-H Clubs! Great job everyone!

North Wood 4-H Club participates in the Paper Clover Campaign at Tractor Supply Company.

 

Library Spin Club- Gardening Fun

The Porter Memorial Library Vacation 4-H SPIN Club was a huge success with many old and new friends present. The club featured the following programs:

  • SEEDs, SEEDs ,SEEDs,
  • re-purposed Coffee Carafe Moss Terrariums (A huge thank you to Bags of Rags for the carafe donations.)
  • Indoor Red Wriggler Worm Habitats were welcome spring school vacation activities.

Thank you to The Porter Memorial Library for welcoming the youth and making room for the activities!

Coffee Carafe Moss Terrariums

 

STEM Activity at Milbridge Days

4-H member Armando demonstrates a STEM activity using Google VR Glasses with youth at the Milbridge Kids Day event April 14th at the Milbridge Public Library.

Armando demonstrates a STEM activity using Google VR Glasses

 

4-H Tech Changemakers Happenings

The 4-H Tech Changemakers want to address the issue of food insecurity. This week they surveyed parents from the Fort O’Brien School to learn about their attitudes toward volunteering and the issue of food insecurity. The are also getting ready to launch their web page that will feature stories about local community efforts that are happening to address the issue and will share ideas for more people to get involved!

4-H Tech Changemakers

Inez, a 4-H Tech Changemaker team member took some time out from collecting survey data at the Fort O’Brien School Family STEM Night to check out the “Google Goggles”.

Inez, a 4-H Tech Changemaker team member took some time out from collecting survey data at the Fort O'Brien School Family STEM Night to check out the "Google Goggles".

 

Going to Summer Camp? – Scholarships Available 

With the help of scholarships, summer camp can become a reality for our youth. Be sure to check out all the great opportunities available to our 4-H youth at our UMaine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Tanglewood & Blueberry Cove as well as our Bryant Pond 4-H Camp by visiting the website.

Youth have the opportunity to receive multiple scholarships. The Maine 4-H Foundation offers scholarships, as do the camps themselves. There are also active duty military-family scholarships, camp financial-need based scholarships. We are also offering five $200 scholarships to Washington County youth thanks to the generosity of the Harmon Foundation. These will be given on a first come, first served basis. Please visit the website for the application. Don’t wait until its too late…apply today!

For more information about the summer camps, check out these videos: https://youtu.be/31F09R8bLw4 and https://youtu.be/xqYdRsGvwLU.

 

Follow a Researcher

What do green crabs, ducks, and parasites have in common? How do scientists make sure the data they collect is accurate? What is an invasive species, and how can they be identified? Maine 4-H invites youth to explore the science of tracking invasive species with its Follow a Researcher® program. Follow UMaine graduate student Tyler Van Kirk and his research on green crabs, an invasive species found along the coast of Maine. Students and educators can follow his data collection trips in real-time with an online map and try an experiential learning activity that shows why data collection methods matter. Live updates will happen weekly via Twitter. You can follow along and sign up for updates/announcements on the website.

 

Animal Approval Forms

If you plan to show an animal in any 4-H classes this year, including at the Blue Hill Fair, you must submit an animal approval form by June 30, 2018. Small pets and Poultry are the only exception; all other animals (Horse, Beef, Sheep, Goat, Swine, etc) are required to have an animal approval form.

  

Perry Harvest Fair

The Perry Harvest Fair is generally held the first Saturday in October. This is a great time to be thinking ahead about the types of projects you would like to enter this year!

 

4-H Photo Contest

Washington County 4-H Program will offer a photo contest again this year! Those thinking of entering should be out taking photos now and throughout the spring and summer. Participants may enter in five photo categories: (You may enter one photo in each category and/or only one storyboard. Possible total of six entries per person).

*Nature/Landscape
*People
*Animals
*4-H Activity
* Architecture

Be creative and get snapping those photos!

 

Registration for 2018 JUNE JAMBOREE is now open! – 2018 June Jamboree will be held on June 8, 9, and 10 at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds!

Start planning for a fun filled weekend full of exciting workshops and livestock activities. We have something for everyone! Some of the new and exciting workshops this year include Aquaculture: Farming Fish, Felted Animal Toys, Knots for Land and Sea, Pebble Art, Printmaking Fun, String Art, Summer Olympics, VermiCondos and more!

For a complete list of workshops visit the website. Throughout the weekend animal project clinics include 4-H Beef, Dog, Goat, Horse and Sheep! Be sure to drop by this “Anytime Science” or “Anytime Craft” table at any point throughout the day, between workshops or during your downtime. You can explore the science behind animal germs with staff from Maine CDC, check out seaweed samples collected from Penobscot Bay. Come and explore your creative side and make origami, decoupage bottles, painted oven mitts and more!

 You must Resister by May 16th!

 

 

Dog Fun Day in Princeton, Maine – June 10th

It will be a fabulous event! A day of fun and learning for all youth and leaders interested in a dog project will be held on June 10th in the Princeton area. Attendees will learn about showmanship, obedience, and agility, as well as activities related to our focus dog group, herding dogs. If you know you are planning to attend, please contact Tara Wood for more specific details at tara.a.wood@maine.edu or 207-255-3345 to RSVP – proof of vaccinations are required.

 4-H Dog

DownEast Dog Show in Princeton, Maine – June 22 and 23rd

Attend both days at the Old School Restaurant in Princeton (or Saturday). Friday, June 22nd at 5:00 pm: Agility, Knowledge Test, Quiz Bowl, Medical Kit, Pizza and Cookies at the Old School for contests and family.

 Saturday, June 23rd at 9:00 am: Registration. Event held next to Old School Restaurant in Princeton: Record books, Posters and Photos will be due at this time.10:00 a.m. SHARP-Show starts: Showmanship followed by Obedience; Posters, record books and pictures will be judged throughout the day. Cloverbuds, Junior, and Senior classes. Awards and dismissal.

If you know you are planning to attend, please contact Tara Wood at tara.a.wood@maine.edu or 207-255-3345 to RSVP Entry forms with proof of vaccinations are required. Please check your email for more information and registration forms.

 

Online Project Records

4-H Community Education Assistant, Sandy Copel-Parsons is available to discuss the new online project records and give instructions on how to use them. Please contact the office at 255-3345 to set up a time to meet with her.

4-H Project Record

 

Cooking with the Kids

 Yogurt Ice Pops

Ingredients:

16 ounces of non or low fat yogurt – 2 cups

16-ounce package of frozen fruit – flavor of your choice

1 tablespoon of unflavored gelatin

Sticks or plastic silverware

Directions: Drain liquid from defrosted frozen fruit. Put the fruit in a saucepan. Add gelatin. Heat slowly, stirring until the gelatin dissolves. Place this in a blender with the yogurt. Blend together.

Pour into paper cups. Insert plastic spoons as handles. Cover with foil to keep handles in place. Freeze – Enjoy

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Eat Well Program

 

4-H News from the State

Register Starting June 1st for 2018 Maine 4-H Days – Maine 4-H Days will take place July 20 – 22, 2018 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. If you do not have online access, please contact your local county office for paper copies of the forms. Find information and registration materials online.

Registration opens on June 1st. If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact

Sarah Sparks at sarah.sparks@maine.edu or 207.353.5550.

 

Oxford County 4-H June Jamboree – Oxford County 4-H June Jamboree Livestock Clinic, Working Steer and Horse Clinic is being held June 8th through June 10th at the Fryeburg Fair Grounds, 1154 Main Street, Fryeburg Maine. Workshops are designed for youth completing project work in the areas of sheep, swine, working steer and horse. Horseless riders are also welcome. Rabies vaccines will be available. A Big E Try Out for Working Steer is being held Sunday Morning.

Workshops will include washing, clipping, showmanship, animal handling and learning activities around zoonotic disease.

There is a $20.00 registration fee for everyone attending. Camper space is available and meals will be provided starting with breakfast Saturday morning through lunch on Sunday. Check in begins Friday evening after 5:00P.M. For more information about Oxford County June Jamboree please email maisy.cyr@maine.edu or rebecca.mosley@maine.edu. This event is open to 4-H Families from all counties. Adults and youth must preregister online due to insurance regulations and to help with meal and activity planning.

Check with your county office for the online registration link which will be available soon. Registration deadline is May 25th.

 

4-H Summer Camp Programs – Register Now! – Registration is open for summer programs at the UMaine 4-H Centers at Blueberry Cove, Bryant Pond, and Tanglewood for youth ages 8-17. Camps start up June 24 and run through August 18 with week-long, two-week, and mini-camp sessions to fit your needs. Campers shape their experience through activity choice (STEM, swimming, archery, gardening, watershed and marine ecology, creative arts, boating, drama, group challenge and primitive skills), on adventures and trips, eating delicious home-cooked meals, and in wicked evening programs. Teen Leadership Programs build conscious young adults, through teamwork and ommunity stewardship, and teach canoeing/backpacking skills while exploring Maine’s beautiful woods and waterways. Special scholarships for 4-H youth from the Maine 4-H Foundation and some scholarships for Conservation Education camps through Inland Fisheries and Wildlife at Tanglewood and Bryant Pond. To learn more visit the website or contact your local office.

 

Agricultural Labor Field Day – In collaboration, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, in collaboration with the Maine Department of Labor (DOL) and Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) invites you to participate in the Agricultural Labor Field Day, Thursday, May 3rd, 2018, from 9:30 AM until 12:30 PM at KVCC’s Alfond Recreational Center located on KVCC’s Hinckley Campus in Hinckley, Maine.

The Agricultural Labor Field Day aims to connect young adults interested in professional and academic agricultural careers with local jobs in a variety of agriculture fields and/or undergraduate programming in Sustainable Agriculture, Culinary Arts, and Business Administration at KVCC.

Agricultural Labor Field Day Continued- This is also an opportunity to meet with workforce training and professional development staff from KVCC and DOL to review your resumes and get job search advice. In addition, KVCC will also provide tours of their farm during the event.

Schedule of events:

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Doors open to the public. Open fair format for participants to visit exhibits and for exhibitors to host interviews

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM – First KVCC Farm Tour leaving the Alfond Rec Center

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM – Last KVCC Farm Tour leaving the Alfond Rec Center

The event is free and open to the public. For more information about this event and other agricultural opportunities please visit the Farm Labor Link Network page. We look forward to seeing you at our Agricultural Labor Field Day 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Yvette Meunier at 207.592.0640 or yvette.meunier@maine.gov.

 

2018 American Goat Federation Youth Scholarship Program – To encourage education and development of youth involved in the goat industry, AGF will accept scholarship applications from qualifying youth who enter and complete all requirements of the program. Projects must be received at the AGF office by August 20, 2018 and the Scholarship Application accompanied by a short biography must be received at the office No Later than 30 days prior to August 20, 2018. Entries will be judged by an independent panel and winners will be announced September, 2018.

Applicants must be between the ages of 12 and 20, and under the age of 21 as of September 30, 2017. Applicants must be a member of the American Goat Federation, the child, grandchild, great grandchild or step child, step grandchild or step great grandchild of a member of the American Goat Federation, or of any of the following member organizations of the American Goat Federation.

The American Boer Goat Association (including Jr Association)

The American Dairy Goat Association

Alabama Meat Goat and Sheep Producers Association

Cashmere Goat Association

Texas Sheep and Goat Breeders Association

For more information visit the website.

 

Maine 4-H Project Records, Reflection Tools and Digital Badges!

Maine 4-H is excited to roll out new 4-H project records, reflection tools and opportunities for digital badges. A team has been working to design the new records aligned with research and connections to Maine’s commitment to proficiency based education in mind. We know that these won’t be perfect and are anxious to have YOU help us try them out and be part of the process. The new records are now posted online and can be found on the state 4-H website. We are also planning a few ways for you to be part of the team to ask questions and give feedback.

Join our Google classroom community. This will be a place where volunteers and youth members are able to share real time feedback about these tools. To join: Sign in at Classroom classroom.google.com. On the homepage, click Add – Join class. Enter the code d9jmty and click Join. Participate in our live feedback sessions. Please save the date for feedback sessions. These will be conducted using Zoom. Register for these sessions with KymNoelle Hopson at 207.353.5550 or kymnoelle.hopson@maine.edu. 9/11/18 from 6:0pm-8:00pm We are looking forward to having YOU as part of our team. If you have any questions please contact Kristy Ouellette, kristy.ouellette@maine.edu or 207.353.5550, extension 12.

4-H in Washington County – April 2018

April 11th, 2018 10:21 AM

Dates to Remember

April 11-22- Paper Clover Campaign at Tractor Supply Company in Calais

Week of April 16– Vacation Week SPIN Club at Porter Memorial Library-Gardening Focus

April 28– National 4-H Day of Service

May 18-19– 4-H@UMaine

June 8-10– June Jamboree at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds- Save the Date

June 30- July 7– CWF

July 20-22– Maine 4-H Days at the Windsor Fair

 

2018 4-H Public Speaking Tournament

The annual Washington County 4-H Public Speaking Tournament took place on Saturday, March 17 in Machias. All 4-Hers participating did a wonderful job. Mikaila from Horse Power will participate in the state 4-H Public Speaking Tournament on Saturday, April 7 in Orono.

Hope from North Woods 4-H had these words to say about her experience, “ Today was a bitter sweet day. I gave my farewell speech at my local county public speaking competition which was filled with a whole lot of tears from myself and my fellow 4-h leaders and parents. I was handed the torch and was able to judge some amazing speakers as well today. 4-H made my best life even better.”

4-H Public Speaking Participants 2018

 

Scholarships Available to Attend 4-H@UMaine

Are you in middle or high school?  Do you ever wonder what it’s like to spend a weekend on a college campus? On May 18-19, come check out what the University of Maine has to offer! By participating, you will:

  • spend the night in a college dorm room,
  • interact with UMaine students, staff, and faculty in cool workshops,
  • eat at the student dining hall, and
  • get active at the New Balance Student Recreation Center.

The Washington County office is offering 10 scholarships for youth to attend 4-H@UMaine free of cost. Recipients must be enrolled Washington County 4-H members to receive a scholarship. Please call the office at 255-3345 for more information and to get your coupon code to attend free. The registration deadline is April 16, 2018. Please visit the website for more information and online registration for 4-H@UMaine.

 

Going to Summer Camp? – Scholarships Available 

With the help of scholarships, summer camp can become a reality for our youth. Be sure to check out all the great opportunities available to our 4-H youth at our UMaine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Tanglewood & Blueberry Cove as well as our Bryant Pond 4-H Camp by visiting the website.

Youth have the opportunity to receive multiple scholarships. The Maine 4-H Foundation offers scholarships, as do the camps themselves. There are also active duty military-family scholarships, camp financial-need based scholarships. We are also offering five $200 scholarships to Washington County youth thanks to the generosity of the Harmon Foundation. These will be given on a first come, first served basis. Please visit this website for the application.  Don’t wait until its too late…apply today!

For more information about the summer camps, check out these videos: https://youtu.be/31F09R8bLw4 and https://youtu.be/xqYdRsGvwLU.

 

High School Solar Car Sprint Challenge

The first high school solar car challenge will be happening this spring in Washington County on May 19, location to be announced.

This groundbreaking Competition is sponsored by STEM Guides Downeast Maine.  High school students will create a small solar-powered vehicle.  The goal is to create the fastest, most interesting, or best crafted vehicle.

Entries will be judged on: speed, technical merit, innovation in design, craftsmanship and best use of recycled materials.

Please contact Tara Wood at 207-255-3345 or tara.a.wood@maine.edu if you would like more information about the event.

 

Vacation Week Gardening SPIN Club

There will be a gardening themed SPIN Club the week of April vacation at the Porter Memorial Library in Machias. Sessions include terrariums, worms, and a mystery gardening session. Dates will be Tuesday, April 17, Thursday, April 19 and Friday, April 20 from 11:00 a.m. to Noon. Please call the office at 255-3345 for questions or to register.

 

True Leaders in Service

4-H’ers are passionate about service. Research shows that youth who participate in 4-H programs are significantly more likely to make a positive contribution to their communities. In April, 4-H’ers across the nation will participate as True Leaders in Service in multiple community service projects, culminating in a National 4-H Day of Service on Saturday, April 28, 2018. We encourage you to plan your own community service project and register online:

4-h.org/get-involved/true-leaders-in-service/#!event-registration.

 

Tractor Supply Paper Clover Days April 11- 22nd!

Seeking 4-H members to volunteer a few hours during a weekend to spend a few hours at the store in Calais during the Paper Clover campaign. Members act as store greeters and be visible in the store. Members learn customer service skills while having fun!

Each Spring and Fall, Tractor Supply helps raise money for 4-H programs.  90% of funds raised from the program go back to the state 4-H programs to be used on scholarships for camps and leadership events.

Any club that participates in-store during the fundraiser is eligible to enter a sweepstakes to win a $100 TSC gift card for club projects! The club leader must be the one that enters. Club leaders are eligible to enter( www.tractorsupply.com ) as many times as they participate in-store.

Sandy will be setting up the display so just let Tara know at 207-255-3345 when you would like to be at the store so we can arrange with the Steve the TSC store manager.

Tractor Supply 4-H Display

 

4-H Robotics Expo in its 12th Year

The 12th Annual 4-H Robotics Expo welcomed 63 youth in grades 4-8 from seven area schools and Ellsworth area 4-H club. Youth demonstrated their knowledge of robotics programming as well as their public speaking skills for community judges and their peers. Having youth provide feedback to their peers helps them to see projects through the lens of a judge and can help them gain insight they can use to improve their own presentations,” explained Jen Lobley, UMaine Extension Professor who has organized the event for the past 12 years. “Our judging component has evolved over the years. In addition to peer judges, we also invite teens who participated in the event when they were younger, to join adult judges from the community.” The University of Maine Black Bear Robotics Team provided interactive demonstrations and discussions and STEM-related workshops were offered by University of Maine at Machias faculty, a teacher from Washington Academy and 4-H staff and volunteers.

4-H has expanded its reach beyond the traditional club model that focus on agriculture by offering over 100 topic areas to meet the needs and interests of today’s youth.  Partnerships with local school and afterschool programs staff as well as University departments and community volunteers is critical to the success of the program. If you are interested in learning more about the 4-H program and how to be a volunteer, contact the Washington County UMaine Cooperative Extension office at 255-3345 or 1-800-287-1542 or visit us on-line at http://umaine.edu/4h/.

The Kings of Nothing Team, members Izzy, Rowen and Alex, won first place in two categories- best robot design and best overall presentation and public speaking!

The Kings of Nothing Team, members Izzy, Rowen and Alex, won first place in two categories- best robot design and best overall presentation and public speaking!

Team Green shows judge Steven Roy their robotic project.

Team Green shows judge Steven Roy their robotic project.

 

 

4-H Tech Changemakers

Last fall, National 4-H Council and Microsoft launched 4-H Tech Changemakers, a project to help equip young people with the digital skills and resources they need to make a positive impact in their communities. 4-H teens will serve as leaders in their own communities, helping the community see what’s possible when you learn to create with, not just consume, technology.
Youth from the greater Machias area in Washington County are exploring the idea of developing mapping tools to help reduce food insecurity by connecting people with local farms, gardens and food banks. They not only want to provide a digital picture of the food insecurity issue in their community, but find ways to engage more community members as volunteers.

4-H Tech Changemakers 4-H Tech Changemakers

 

Teen Science Café Leadership Team

Teen Science Cafe Leadership Team

The Teen Science Cafe Youth Leadership Team, models their new Teen Science Cafe t-shirts, in preparation of the Teen Science Cafes being held at Narraguagus Jr./Sr. High School.

 

Save the date!

The Hancock County 4-H June Jamboree will be held at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds, June 8th through June 10th. This is a great event for an overnight, weekend or day-long trip for all our 4-H’ers.

4-H’ers, Guests and families from Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo & Washington counties are welcome to participate. Participants are welcome to begin arriving Friday afternoon, June 8th at 3 pm.

Friday evening will consist of games, social time around the campfire and s’mores. Participants are also welcome to arrive Saturday, June 9th to participate in livestock and enrichment activities, beginning at 8:30 am and coming to an end around 4:30 pm.

Some of the enrichment programs being offered include: Amateur Radio, Knots for Land and Sea, Printmaking, String Art, Crafting with Nature, Kids in the Kitchen and more along with the “Anytime Craft and Science” tables.

Stay tuned and be sure to check your e-mail for more information. Full schedules, more information and registration can be found online, starting April 25th. “Contact us if you are interested in volunteering to lead a workshop or staff the “Anytime Craft & Science” tables.

4-H June Jamboree

 

 

Cooking with the Kids

Garlic White Bean Dip

Ingredients:

1 (15 ounce) can of drained and rinsed cannellini beans

2 cloves garlic, minced (2-3 tsp bottled minced garlic)

2 tbsp bottled lemon juice

1 tbsp olive oil

Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions: Place beans, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil in a blender.

Blend 1 to 1 ó minutes until the mixture is smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with pita or tortilla chips.

Dip may be stored in the refrigerator for 3 – 4 days

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Eat Well Program

 

4-H News from the State

Register now for 2018 4-H@UMaine May 18 – 19!
Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a nurse? Or to Mod your Minecraft? Or to learn a hip-hop dance with the UMaine Dance Team? For answers to these questions and more, 4-H@UMaine invites you (6th-10th graders) to participate in our fun interactive overnight on UMaine campus with career role models and kids from across the state onMay 18-19! For more information about 4-H@UMaine, contact Greg Kranich at kranich@maine.edu or 207.949.3878. Register online  – it’s open until April 16th, and space is limited.

Save the Date for 2018 Maine 4-H Days
Maine 4-H Days will take place July 20 – 22 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. If you are interested in helping to plan next year’s event, please contact Jessy Brainerd at brainerd@maine.edu or 207.581.3877.

Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee
July will be here before you know it, and we are looking for a few good volunteers to join the fantastic current Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee. Joining this committee gives you the chance to help come up with ideas and plans for one of our biggest statewide events! If you are interested in joining the Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee, or have general questions/comments/recommendations about the event, please email brainerd@maine.edu, or call 207.581.3877.

2018 American Goat Federation Youth Scholarship Program
To encourage education and development of youth involved in the goat industry, AGF will accept scholarship applications from qualifying youth who enter and complete all requirements of the program. Projects must be received at the AGF office by August 20, 2018 and the Scholarship Application accompanied by a short biography must be received at the office No Later than 30 days prior to August 20, 2018.   Entries will be judged by an independent panel and winners will be announced September, 2018.

Applicants must be between the ages of 12 and 20, and under the age of 21 as of September 30, 2017. Applicants must be a member of the American Goat Federation, the child, grandchild, great grandchild or step child, step grandchild or step great grandchild of a member of the American Goat Federation, or of any of the following member organizations of the American Goat Federation.

The American Boer Goat Association (including Jr Association)

The American Dairy Goat Association

Alabama Meat Goat and Sheep Producers Association

Cashmere Goat Association

Texas Sheep and Goat Breeders Association

For more information visit visit the website. 

4-H Market Lamb Intent for Fryeburg Fair
Please submit your Intent to Participate Forms for the 4-H Market Lamb classes at Fryeburg Fair by May 2. You can find the form on the 4-H Sheep Project web page.

4-H Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) Wildlife Education Training Event April 19-20th Please hold the date!
Maine will host the National Wildlife Habitat Education Program this July at the Schoodic Institute at Acadia. In preparation, Maine 4-H will have a training event to prepare and select a team to compete in the national event. On April 19th and 20th the Maine 4-H program will host an overnight educational training program and team selection. Plans include an ongoing WHEP event and participation in the national program each year. More information will follow. Cost will be $25 per member all meals and materials included. The training will be held at the University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond. Training is open to all youth ages 8-19. Studying a science-based manual, participants:

  • Learn wildlife terms and concepts
  • Learn about wildlife habitat
  • Learn how to judge the quality of wildlife habitat
  • Learn about wildlife habitat management practices
  • Learn about wildlife damage management

To learn more, go to the website or www.facebook.com/mainewhep or contact Sally Farrell, sarah.s.farrell@maine.edu or 207.324.2814.

Registration Now Open for 2018 Kleinschmidt Windstorm Challenge
UMaine-led STEM Competition for Maine Middle School and High School Youth Focused on Renewable Energy, Innovation, and Economic Development Slated for May 18, 2018.

The Kleinschmidt Windstorm Challenge, hosted by the University of Maine, asks teams of students to design and construct a floating platform for a scale model wind turbine, and then delivers a presentation to a panel of expert judges. The event is designed for student teams with a diverse range of experience. We encourage all middle and high school students to participate.

UMaine staff work with teachers or advisors throughout the design and build process. Teams are presented with a guidebook and a simulated test turbine to test their platform prior to competition day.

Participation is free, and a limited number of travel stipends are available to schools with demonstrated need.

We recently published this ~2 minute video highlighting the design, build, and test process with youth from King Middle School in Portland.

High School Teams are teams of 4 or less high school students. Members of the top qualifying team will be offered an internship at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center, contingent upon their enrollment at UMaine, valued more than $20,000.

Middle School Teams are teams of up to 10 middle school students. These groups will test their platform and provide a presentation, just like high school teams, but they will not be considered for the internship award. An alternative award will be granted to the members of a winning middle school team.

For more information, contact Marcy Smith at marcys@maine.edu, or 207.581.2125.

Agricultural Labor Field Day
In collaboration, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, in collaboration with the Maine Department of Labor (DOL) and Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) invites you to participate in the Agricultural Labor Field Day, Thursday, May 3rd, 2018, from 9:30 AM until 12:30 PMat KVCC’s Alfond Recreational Center located on KVCC’s Hinckley Campus in Hinckley, Maine.

The Agricultural Labor Field Day aims to connect young adults interested in professional and academic agricultural careers with local jobs in a variety of agriculture fields and/or undergraduate programming in Sustainable Agriculture, Culinary Arts, and Business Administration at KVCC.  This is also an opportunity to meet with workforce training and professional development staff from KVCC and DOL to review your resumes and get job search advice.  In addition, KVCC will also provide tours of their farm during the event.
Schedule of events:

  • 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM– Doors open to the public. Open fair format for participants to visit exhibits and for exhibitors to host interviews
  • 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM– First KVCC Farm Tour leaving the Alfond Rec Center
  • 12:00 PM –  12:30 PM– Last KVCC Farm Tour leaving the Alfond Rec Center

The event is free and open to the public. For more information about this event and other agricultural opportunities please visit the Farm Labor Link Network page. We look forward to seeing you at our Agricultural Labor Field Day 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Yvette Meunier at 207.592.0640 or yvette.meunier@maine.gov.

Business planning workshop series starts May 1

March 30th, 2018 3:06 PM
Machias, Maine — University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a free 4-session business planning workshop with an optional consultation session starting May 1 from 9 a.m.-12 noon at UMaine Extension, 28 Center Street, Machias.  The remaining dates are May 25, 31, and June 1. Consultations will be scheduled June 27.
 
‘Starting your business: Planning for success’ begins the series with participants reviewing key questions to consider in business planning. Additional workshop topics are cybersecurity, pricing goods and services, and descision-making with market research. Scheduled presenters are Extension business and economics    specialist and UMaine economics professor Jim McConnon, Extension Professor Louis Bassano, UMaine business reference librarian Grace Yan Liu, and Bangor Savings Bank chief information security officer Russell Patton.
 
The series is free; registration is requested. Register at https://extension.umaine.edu/register/product/business-workshops-machias/.  For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact 800.287.1542 (in Maine), 207.255.3345, or email tara.a.wood@maine.edu
 
About University of Maine Cooperative Extension: As a trusted resource for over 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaineExtension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated.  UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H.

Dining with Diabetes Down East in Machias

March 30th, 2018 2:07 PM
Machias, Maine — University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a free, four-week Dining with Diabetes Down East series beginning Thursday,
​May ​3, 3-5 p.m., at ​Ridgeview Apartments, 45 Ridgeview Circle, Machias. Remaining dates are ​May 10​, ​17 and ​24.

The program complements medical care by teaching people with Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, along with their family members and caregivers, what they can do to help control blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. UMaine Extension registered dietitian and nutritionist Alan Majka will provide presentations, lead discussions and demonstrate preparation of nutritious recipes that participants can sample.

Register ​at ​https://extension.umaine.edu/register/product/dining-with-diabetes-down-east-machias/. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Tara Wood, ​ ​
tara.a.wood@maine.edu207.255.3345800.287.1542 (Maine only). Classes are limited to 20 participants. 

Food and supplies for this program are provided with support from Hannaford Supermarkets.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension:  As a trusted resource for over 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaine Extension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated. UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H.

4-H News in Washington County – March 2018

March 22nd, 2018 8:56 AM

Volume 13, Issue 3

Dates to Remember

April 6- Teen Science Café- Maine Warden Service-Search and Rescue

April 7- State 4-H Public Speaking Tournament, Orono

Week of April 16- Vacation Week SPIN Club at Porter Memorial Library-Gardening Focus

April 28- National 4-H Day of Service

May 18-19- 4-H@UMaine June 8-10- June Jamboree at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds- Save the Date

June 30- July 7- CWF

July 20-22- Maine 4-H Days at the Windsor Fair

 

First Responder-Teen Science Cafe First on the Scene: Responding to a Traffic Accidents Using 21st Century Technology

About 25 students met after school in the conference room at Narraguagus Jr/Sr High School for March’s First Responder Teen Science Cafe. Presenter, Tim Mace from the Washington County Sheriff’s office shared pizza and snacks with the students. The students asked tons of questions about what it was like working for the Sheriff’s Department as a career. Everyone went outside for a hands- on demonstration on how to re-create a traffic accident scene using 21st Century Technology. Tim highlighted some of the math skills that he learned when he was a student at the school. These cafes really demonstrate that STEM is everywhere!

Come check out the next cafe April 6th at Narraguagus Jr/Sr High School, 2:30-4:30pm. Warden, Alan Curtis will be presenting: First Responders- Search and Rescue- Dogs Go High Tech and Night Vision Technology. The Cafes are open to all, ages 14 and up!

Tim Mace works with participant to demonstrate accident reconstruction.  Tim Mace giving a presentation during the Teen Science Cafe.

 

North Woods 4-H Club Update

Members of the North Woods 4-H Club recently decorated t-shirts with handprints in the shape of the clover at a club meeting.

North Woods 4-H Club displaying decorated t-shirts.

 

Vacation Week SPIN Club

4-H in partnership with Porter Memorial Library hosted three daily vacation week morning activities during February vacation for ages 6-12. There was an instrument-making workshop, where youth used household items to crate percussion instruments. The second workshop explored the making of sock monster puppets again using materials found in the home such as old socks yarn and buttons. The last workshop focused on making “Molas” puppets, exploring Central American art forms. April vacation week the library will offer three more workshops with a gardening theme.

Participant displaying art made at Vacation Week SPIN Club.

 

4-H@UMaine Teen Leader

The deadline to submit your Teen Leader Application for 4-H @ UMaine is March 29th! After that date, we will inform applicants whether or not they have been selected for this year. To be eligible, you must have attended 4-H @ UMaine at least once before, and you must be either 14 years old or in 9th grade as of March 1st, 2018. Lastly, you must be an enrolled 4-H member.

Contact Tara Wood at tara.a.wood@maine.edu or by telephone at 255-3345 to request an application. Applications need to be submitted to 4HatUMaine@maine.edu. If you have any questions, please contact your county office or Maisy Cyr at maisy.cyr@maine.edu.

 

High School Solar Car Sprint Challenge

The first high school solar car challenge will be happening this spring in Washington County- date and location to be announced. This groundbreaking Competition is sponsored by STEM Guides Downeast Maine. High school students will create a small solar-powered vehicle. The goal is to create the fastest, most interesting, or best crafted vehicle. Entries will be judged on: speed, technical merit, innovation in design, craftsmanship and best use of recycled materials.

Please contact Tara Wood at 207-255-3345 or tara.a.wood@maine.edu if you would like more information about the event. We still have a few kits available if interested.

 

True Leaders in Service

4-H’ers are passionate about service. Research shows that youth who participate in 4-H programs are significantly more likely to make a positive contribution to their communities. In April, 4-H’ers across the nation will participate as True Leaders in Service in multiple community service projects, culminating in a National 4-H Day of Service on Saturday, April 28, 2018. We encourage you to plan your own community service project and register online.

True Leaders in Service Logo

 

Cooking with the Kids

Leprechaun’s Shake

Ingredients:

1 cup skim milk

2 scoops vanilla nonfat frozen yogurt

1 teaspoon peppermint extract

2-3 drops green food coloring.

Directions: Pour all ingredients into a blender and whirl until until smooth and green. Serve with a shamrock. Serves 1.

Taken from Healthy Treats and Super Snacks for Kids

 

4-H News from the State

1. Save the Date for 2018 Maine 4-H Days – Maine 4-H Days will take place July 20 – 22 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. If you are interested in helping to plan next year’s event, please contact Jessy Brainerd at jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or 207.581.3877.

2. Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee – July will be here before you know it, and we are looking for a few good volunteers to join the fantastic current Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee. Joining this committee gives you the chance to help come up with ideas and plans for one of our biggest statewide events! If you are interested in joining the Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee, or have general questions/comments/recommendations about the event, please email jessica.brainerd@maine.edu, or call 207.581.3877.

3. Come to Orono for the 2018 4H@UMaine May 18-19! – Planning has started and the wheels are in motion thanks to the efforts of a tremendous team! We are looking forward to another great event this year, and there are some exciting changes in the works! Stay tuned for details. For more information about 4-H@UMaine, contact Greg Kranich at gregory.kranich@maine.edu or 207.581.3292.

4. Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) – Start making plans now to visit our Nation’s Capital during the week of June 30 to July 7, 2018. CWF is a leadership program conducted by the National 4-H Council for high school youth ages 14 to 18. Delegations of 4-Hers from across the country spend six days touring the city and attending leadership skill-building workshops. This summer, the Maine delegation will travel down on June 30 and travel home July 7, 2018. You will stay at the National 4-H Conference Center just outside Washington, DC. Visiting the most popular sites in Washington, DC will be a part of the trip, including spending the 4th of July in our nation’s capital. There is a mandatory orientation for Maine delegates on April 28th, 2018. For more information visit the website. Contact your county 4-H office for details about how to be a part of this experience if you don’t hear from them very shortly. All county offices have different criteria/dates to apply, so please contact them ASAP.

5. National 4-H Trip Applications Are Due March 9th, 2018 (Conference and Congress) – National 4-H Trips are excellent opportunities to meet 4-H members from across the nation. Participants learn about many career options, and learn through educational workshops at Congress or become a part of a team making recommendations to National 4-H Council at Conference. To learn more about these trips, visit this link. Any Maine 4-H Youth, ages 14 to 18, is eligible to apply. Applicants must be current Maine 4-H members both at the time of application and the time of the actual trip. Application packets must be sent to your county office and postmarked by March 9, 2018. Interview dates are April 21 or 22, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Palmer at 207.310.4235 or heidi.thuotte@maine.edu 2018 National 4-H Congress is November 23-27, 2018 in Atlanta GA with an orientation for the trip on October 27th, 2018. 2019 National 4-H Conference is April 6th to 11th in Washington, DC, with an orientation for that on Feb 9, 2019. Leaders and office staff, if you have senior members in your clubs, please encourage them to participate. They are amazing trips!

6. 4-H Healthy Relationships Teen Council Meeting March 19th – In February, Maine 4-H sent 7 teens to the Healthy Living Summit in Washington D.C. As part of the trip the group created an action plan to bring back to Maine to implement. They chose to focus on helping other youth establish healthy relationships in all aspects of their lives including families, significant others, and friends, in part by helping them to understand their own self-worth. Their goal is to empower kids to connect and create an environment full of healthy relationships. The team will be meeting virtually via Zoom on Monday March 19th 5:00 – 6:30PM and welcome any other youth ages 14-18 who would like to participate in this action plan. For more information about the action plan you can visit our live video. If you are interested in participating please email Sara Conant, sara.conant@maine.edu or call the Cumberland County Extension office at 207.781.6099.

7. 2018 American Goat Federation Youth Scholarship Program – To encourage education and development of youth involved in the goat industry, AGF will accept scholarship applications from qualifying youth who enter and complete all requirements of the program. Projects must be received at the AGF office by August 20, 2018 and the Scholarship Application accompanied by a short biography must be received at the office No Later Than 30 days prior to August 20, 2018. Entries will be judged by an independent panel and winners will be announced September, 2018. Applicants must be between the ages of 12 and 20, and under the age of 21 as of September 30, 2017. Applicants must be a member of the American Goat Federation, the child, grandchild, great grandchild or step child, step grandchild or step great grandchild of a member of the American Goat Federation, or of any of the following member organizations of the American Goat Federation. • The American Boer Goat Association (including Jr Association) • The American Dairy Goat Association • Alabama Meat Goat and Sheep Producers Association • Cashmere Goat Association • Texas Sheep and Goat Breeders Association For more information visit the website.

8. 4-H Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) Wildlife Education Training Event April 19-20th Please hold the date! Maine will host the National Wildlife Habitat Education Program this July at the Schoodic Institute at Acadia. In preparation, Maine 4-H will have a training event to prepare and select a team to compete in the national event. On April 19th and 20th the Maine 4-H program will host an overnight educational training program and team selection. Plans include an ongoing WHEP event and participation in the national program each year. More information will follow. Cost will be $25 per member all meals and materials included. The training will be held at the University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond. Training is open to all youth ages 8-19. Studying a science-based manual, participants: • Learn wildlife terms and concepts • Learn about wildlife habitat • Learn how to judge the quality of wildlife habitat • Learn about wildlife habitat management practices • Learn about wildlife damage management To learn more, go to: https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/youth/whep/ or www.facebook.com/mainewhep or contact Sally Farrell, sarah.s.farrell@maine.edu or 207.324.2814.

9. Registration Now Open for 2018 Kleinschmidt Windstorm Challenge – UMaine-led STEM Competition for Maine Middle School and High School Youth Focused on Renewable Energy, Innovation, and Economic Development Slated for May 18, 2018. The Kleinschmidt Windstorm Challenge, hosted by the University of Maine, asks teams of students to design and construct a floating platform for a scale model wind turbine, and then delivers a presentation to a panel of expert judges. The event is designed for student teams with a diverse range of experience. We encourage all middle and high school students to participate. UMaine staff work with teachers or advisors throughout the design and build process. Teams are presented with a guidebook and a simulated test turbine to test their platform prior to competition day. Participation is free, and a limited number of travel stipends are available to schools with demonstrated need. We recently published this ~2 minute video highlighting the design, build, and test process with youth from King Middle School in Portland.  High School Teams are teams of 4 or less high school students. Members of the top qualifying team will be offered an internship at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center, contingent upon their enrollment at UMaine, valued more than $20,000. Middle School Teams are teams of up to 10 middle school students. These groups will test their platform and provide a presentation, just like high school teams, but they will not be considered for the internship award. An alternative award will be granted to the members of a winning middle school team. For more information, contact Marcy Smith at marcys@maine.edu, or 207.581.2125

10. 4-H Science Saturday Registration Open – Science of Cheesemaking! Have you ever wondered just how cheese is made? Join us to find out! Food Science Specialist, Dr. Robson Machado, will show us how to make two different kinds of cheese. While we will not be able to taste-test the ones we create, we will be testing a few different types of cheese and other dairy products as well as discussing the importance of sensory testing food products. You don’t want to miss this! Date: March 17, 2018 Location: Hitchner Hall, Commercial Kitchen, University of Maine, Orono, ME Time: 10:00am-1:00pm Cost: $10.00 (includes the price of lunch.) This program is open to youth grades 6-8. Registration is required and space is limited. Registration deadline is March 9, 2018. No late registrations will be accepted. To register, find more information or learn about upcoming Science Saturday offerings, please visit the website. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Jessica Brainerd at 800.287.0274, or jessica.brainerd@maine.edu to discuss needs.

11. Maine 4-H Project Records, Reflection Tools and Digital Badges! Maine 4-H is excited to roll out new 4-H project records, reflection tools and opportunities for digital badges. A team has been working to design the new records aligned with research and connections to Maine’s commitment to proficiency based education in mind. We know that these won’t be perfect and are anxious to have YOU help us try them out and be part of the process. The new records are now posted online and can be found on the state 4-H website. We are also planning a few ways for you to be part of the team to ask questions and give feedback.

• Join our Google classroom community. This will be a place where volunteers and youth members are able to share real time feedback about these tools. To join:

• Sign in to Classroom at classroom.google.com.

• On the homepage, click Add Join class.

• Enter the code d9jmty and click Join.

• Participate in our live feedback sessions. Please save the date for feedback sessions. These will be conducted using Zoom. Register for these sessions with KymNoelle Hopson at 207.353.5550 or kymnoelle.hopson@maine.edu.

• 3/24/18 from 6:00pm-8:00pm

• 9/11/18 from 6:0pm-8:00 pm

We are looking forward to having YOU as part of our team. If you have any questions please contact Kristy Ouellette, kristy.ouellette@maine.edu or 207.353.5550, extension 12.

12. Show + Tell = Public Speaking (Do It!) – What is your Spark? What do you like to do? Others want to know! Show or Tell it this year by Public Speaking! • Plan a short talk about something you like to do, or about something you find interesting. Ask a friend to take a video of it or practice in front of a mirror to get more comfortable. Make a poster with steps to show how to do something 1-2-3. Or tell about something interesting with a poster or PowerPoint to show or illustrate it.

• Show or Tell your club or after school program or family this Demonstration or Illustrated Talk. It is fun & good practice!

• Sign up & perform it at your County Public Speaking Tournament or in front of your CEA or County Educator if your county does not have a Tournament (before March 17).

• If you are older than a Cloverbud AND get a score of 78 or higher, ask you County Staff person to help you sign up to come to UMaine Orono for the April 7, 2018 Maine 4-H State Public Speaking Tournament (before March 31).

• If you place among the top scorers at State, are 12+, have participated at County level for 2 years and State level for 1 year, made sure you re-enrolled by Jan 1st or are a new enrolled member – 10 members can participate as the Maine 4-H State Communication Science Team at Eastern States Exposition in Massachusetts in September!

• Learn more; watch videos; see how the judges score, get inspired to Show and Tell (Do a Demonstration or Illustrated Talk); and browse all four pages: https://extension.umaine.edu/4H/youth/public-speaking

• Why? Did you know that the average person spends up to 50% of their waking time either speaking or listening? 4-H alumni who participated in 4-H Public Speaking when they were younger, come back to tell us that this was their most important 4-H life skill that they learned.

• 2018 is your year to participate!

Nominations sought for Norman W. Duzen Community Service Award

February 28th, 2018 11:52 AM

MACHIAS, Maine — The Washington County Extension Association (WECA) seeks nominations for the 201​8​ Norman W. Duzen Volunteer Award, which honors a Washington County resident whose volunteerism has enhanced the lives of community members.

Norman W. Duzen had a special place in his heart for the people of Washington County and donated many hours of his time to make their lives better. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Washington County staff and the WECA Executive Committee established the Norman W. Duzen Community Service Award in his honor. At the WECA annual meeting, the recipient will receive a wooden keepsake box with his or her name engraved on it. The winner’s name also will be added to a plaque at the Washington County UMaine Extension office.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 2​7​. Nominee forms are available online (umaine.edu/washington) or from the Extension office, 28 Center St., Machias. For more information call 1.800.287.1542207.255.3345, or email tara.a.wood@maine.edu.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension:As a trusted resource for over 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaine Extension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated. UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H.

4-H News in Washington County – February 2018

February 8th, 2018 3:34 PM

Volume 13, Issue 2

 

Dates to Remember

February 16- CWF Application Deadline

February 19- President’s Day, Extension Office Closed

February 28- Deadline for 4-H Public Speaking Tournament Registration

March 10– 4-H Robotics Expo, University of Maine at Machias

March 15-18- Maine Science Festival (gas card provided, see article on page 2)

March 17- Washington County 4-H Public Speaking Tournament

April 7– State 4-H Public Speaking Tournament, Orono

 

 

Knitting SPIN Club- Porter Memorial Library

4-H Volunteer Dawn Crocker and participants are having so much fun knitting at Porter Memorial Library on Saturday mornings. Please feel free to register by calling Tara at the office 255-3345 or drop in to sign up!

4-H Knitting SPIN Club Participant 4-H Knitting SPIN Club Participant 4-H Knitting SPIN Club Participant

 

Teen Science Cafe

Teen Science Cafe First Responder Series #2- Use of Drones for Emergency Management During Disasters, had an awesome turnout with over 25 students attending from Narraguagus Jr/ Sr High School on Friday, January 12.

Colonel Daniel Leclair shared his career paths leading up to being a member of the Civil Air Patrol. He demonstrated using the latest technology, how hundreds of thousands of photos taken with drones, are stitched together digitally to assess damage after hurricanes, floods or fires. Drones can go where people can’t!

The next Teen Science Café focusing on emergency medicine will be held on March 2nd.

Teen Science Cafe- Drones Teen Science Cafe- Drones

 

2018 Maine Science Festival is offering free $25 gas cards

Maine Science Festival Logo

The Maine Science Festival is offering $25 gas cards to the first 50 families that attend the event and are willing to complete a simple evaluation.  For more information or to reserve your gas card please contact Tara Woods at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Office: 207-255-3345. The evaluation and gas card can be picked up at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension office and will be given out upon the return of the completed evaluation.

The Maine Science Festival, the first of its kind in Maine, is coming to Bangor March 15-18, 2018. A science festival is a celebration of science and technology, with the same kind of excitement and energy found at art and film festivals.

The MSF will offer Maine residents and visitors of all ages a diverse slate of activities to pique your curiosity, delight your senses, and underscore the notion that science is everywhere. Science in all its forms will be all around us, via hands-on activities, panel discussions, presentations, workshops and performances. The Maine Science Festival will show you that science is accessible, interactive, and fun!

The MSF will have a full-day of events, exhibits, hands-on activities, lectures, and facilitated discussions on Saturday, at the Cross Insurance Center and events throughout downtown Bangor all four days. As with the inaugural event, all MSF events other than the headliner, will be available free or charge to the public. For more information, please visit the website at https://www.mainesciencefestival.org/.

 

CWF Scholarship Application Information

Youth ages 14 and older should have received an email recently from Tara with scholarship information for CWF. Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) is a 4-H leadership program for high school youth, ages 14-19, from across the country. Take your 4-H experience to another level through Citizenship Washington Focus, a six-day intensive summer citizenship program for youth.  CWF delegates learn about the democratic process and their role as citizens while they experience our nation’s capital. Get the inside scoop about how government really works from prominent guest speakers and interact with Maine’s state senators and representatives and/or their staffers. Program fellows lead bill writing workshops, as well as a national issues forum and mock elections. There are congressional sessions that prepare youth for leadership now and in the future. Please let Tara know if you did not receive the email and would like the information emailed to you. Deadline to submit application is Friday, February 16.

 

Public Speaking Tournament – The Washington County 4-H Public Speaking Tournament will be held on Saturday, March 17th at 10:00 am at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, 28 Center Street in Machias. Each 4-H group is encouraged to hold their own public speaking tournament during the month of February. Leaders, be sure to contact us by February 28th with the name of youth wishing to participate from your group. Be sure to include their 4-H age, title of their 4-H demonstration or illustrated talk, and whether it will be an individual or team presentation. The State Public Speaking Tournament will be held on Saturday, April 7, at Neville Hall, University of Maine.

 

4-H Insurance – Remember downhill skiing, snowboarding, sledding and other downhill winter sports are excluded (not covered) by the AIL year round accident policy used by 4-H clubs on a statewide, county wide, and individual club basis. The good news is coverage is available online at www.americanincomelife.com by choosing the “Submit 4-H Activity Report” button and requesting special activity insurance used for individual group events like ski trips. All three plan options provide full accident coverage for downhill skiing, snowboarding, sledding and other downhill winter sports.

 

4-H Scholarships and Grants – Did you know that the Maine 4-H Foundation offers scholarships and grants to 4-H members AND clubs? Opportunities include: College Scholarships; Pitch Your Ideas Grants; Service, Innovative Education, and Philanthropy Grants; and of course – Norma Hardison Creativity Grants to 4-H Clubs!!! Visit the link for more info – scholarship deadlines are approaching Friday, March 2. 

 

Attention all 4-H sewers! – Enter to win the JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores Sewing Construction Contest! The contest is open to 14-19 year olds as of Sept 1, 2017 who are currently enrolled in 4-H. Entries (photos) can be submitted online from Feb. 3- Feb 23, 2018. Prize includes two tickets to the Kent State Fashion Show in Cleveland, OH!!! They aren’t anticipating a huge number of entries so this is a fantastic and very obtainable opportunity for sewers with an interest in a career in fashion. Please help us spread the word to all the sewers you know in Hancock County! For more details go online. 

 

2018 Washington County 4-H Robotics Expo

The 2018 Washington County 4-H Robotics Expo will be held on Saturday, March 10 at the University of Maine at Machias from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 4-H clubs who have participated in robotic projects are encouraged to attend and participate in the activities. Please find all information about the event and online registration at the website.

Spectators are also welcome to attend the morning session from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. to see local school and 4-H club teams exhibit their robotic displays and demonstrations to judges.

Washington County 4-H Robotics Expo participants

 

Cooking with the Kids

 Supreme Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Ingredients:

1 cup peppers (red, yellow, or green)
(1 medium) ½ onion, sliced thinly
4 slices whole wheat bread
2 tbsp butter
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1 cup spinach leaves, rinsed
4 slices mozzarella cheese
Nonstick cooking spray

Directions: Slice onion and pepper very thin. Lay out 4 slices of bread. Spread each slice with the butter. Sprinkle lightly with garlic powder. Add in layers the spinach leaves, peppers, onions. Add a slice of cheese. Heat a skillet to medium low. Spray with cooking spray. Lay sandwiches in skillet. Cover with plate, lid, or aluminum foil. Heat sandwiches until cheese melts (about 2-3 minutes) or until the bottom is golden brown. Serve.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Eat Well

 

News from the State

  1. Save the Date for 2018 Maine 4-H Days – Maine 4-H Days will take place July 20 – 22 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. If you are interested in helping to plan next year’s event, please contact Jessy Brainerd at jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or 207.581.3877.

 

  1. Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee – July will be here before you know it, and we are looking for a few good volunteers to join the fantastic current Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee. Joining this committee gives you the chance to help come up with ideas and plans for one of our biggest statewide events! If you are interested in joining the Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee, or have general questions/comments/recommendations about the event, please email jessica.brainerd@maine.edu, or call 207.581.3877.

 

  1. Come to Orono for the 2018 4H@UMaine May 18-19! – Planning has started and the wheels are in motion thanks to the efforts of a tremendous team! We are looking forward to another great event this year, and there are some exciting changes in the works! Stay tuned for details. For more information about 4-H@UMaine, contact Greg Kranich at gregory.kranich@maine.edu or 207.581.3292.

 

  1. State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl – Sunday, February 18, 2018 (snow date of Saturday, February 24), at 1:00 pm; University of Maine at Augusta Room 218, Randall Student Technology Center. Open to all currently enrolled 4-H Dairy project members ages 9 – 18. For those 4-H Dairy members who may be planning to attend the Eastern States Exposition in September, please keep the following information in mind. You must participate in at least one of the following three events: State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl, State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest, or Fitting Contest at the 2018 Maine 4-H Dairy Show. You must also complete and submit an ESE Intent to Participate Form which will be due on February 1st. These can be found on the State 4-H Website, or check with your county office. You completed 4-H Animal Approval and Lease Form (if applicable) will be due in your county office by May 1st. Participation in a showmanship class and your animal’s breed/age class at the State 4-H Dairy Show will also be required. If you have questions, please contact 4-H Dairy ASC Coordinator, Stephanie Smith at 207.860.0979 or by email at a_mfarm@yahoo.com, or staff Liaison Tara Marble at the Franklin County Extension Office at 800.287.1478 or by email at tara.marble@maine.edu, or staff liaison, Alisha Targonski at the Kennebec County Extension Office at 800.287.1481, or by email at alisha.r.targonski@maine.edu.

 

  1. Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) – Start making plans now to visit our Nation’s Capitol during the week of June 30 to July 7, 2018. CWF is a leadership program conducted by the National 4-H Council for high school youth ages 14 to 18. Delegations of 4-Hers from across the country spend six days touring the city and attending leadership skill-building workshops. This summer, the Maine delegation will travel down on June 30 and travel home July 7, 2018. You will stay at the National 4-H Conference Center just outside Washington, DC. Visiting the most popular sites in Washington, DC will be a part of the trip, including spending the 4th of July in our nation’s capitol. There is a mandatory orientation for Maine delegates on April 28th, 2018. For more information visit the website.  Contact your county 4-H office for details about how to be a part of this experience if you don’t hear from them very shortly. All county offices have different criteria/dates to apply, so please contact them ASAP.
  1. National 4-H Trip Applications Are Due March 9th, 2018 (Conference and Congress) National 4-H Trips are excellent opportunities to meet 4-H members from across the nation. Participants learn about many career options, and learn through educational workshops at Congress or become a part of a team making recommendations to National 4-H Council at Conference. To learn more about these trips, visit the website. Any Maine 4-H Youth, ages 14 to 18, is eligible to apply. Applicants must be current Maine 4-H members both at the time of application and the time of the actual trip. Application packets must be sent to your county office and postmarked by March 9, 2018. Interview dates are April 21 or 22, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Palmer at 207.310.4235 or heidi.thuotte@maine.edu 2018 National 4-H Congress is November 23-27, 2018 in Atlanta GA with an orientation for the trip on October 27th, 2018. 2019 National 4-H Conference is April 6th to 11th in Washington, DC., with an orientation for that on Feb 9, 2019. Leaders and office staff, if you have senior members in your clubs, please encourage them to participate. They are amazing trips!

 

  1. February Clover Campaign Supports Maine 4-H Youth – University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H will partner with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Feb. 1-28 as part of a nationwide in-store fundraiser benefitting state and local 4-H programming in communities and counties where a store is located. This is the first year the 4-H Paper Clover Campaign will be available at Jo-Ann stores. Shoppers will have the opportunity to support 4-H by choosing to purchase paper clovers for $1 and $4 at checkout. All funds raised will be donated to 4-H to support 4-H youth development activities. Each Paper Clover will include instructions for a special Valentine’s Day craft idea that customers can create to share with someone special. With the $4 Paper Clover, customers will also receive a coupon for $4 off their next purchase. To learn more about the national partnership, visit www.4-h.org/JOANN. More information about Maine 4-H is available online (extension.umaine.edu/4h).

 

  1. 4-H Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) Wildlife Education Training Event April 19-20th – Please hold the date! Maine will host the National Wildlife Habitat Education Program this July at the Schoodic Institute at Acadia. In preparation, Maine 4-H will have a training event to prepare and select a team to compete in the national event. On April 19th and 20th the Maine 4-H program will host an overnight educational training program and team selection. Plans include an ongoing WHEP event and participation in the national program each year. More information will follow. Cost will be $25 per member all meals and materials included. The training will be held at the University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond. Training is open to all youth ages 8-19. Studying a science-based manual, participants: • Learn wildlife terms and concepts • Learn about wildlife habitat • Learn how to judge the quality of wildlife habitat • Learn about wildlife habitat management practices • Learn about wildlife damage management To learn more, go to: https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/youth/whep/ or www.facebook.com/mainewhep or contact Sally Farrell, sarah.s.farrell@maine.edu or 207.324.2814.
  1. Maine 4-H Project Records, Reflection Tools and Digital Badges! Maine 4-H is excited to roll out new 4-H project records, reflection tools and opportunities for digital badges. A team has been working to design the new records aligned with research and connections to Maine’s commitment to proficiency based education in mind. We know that these won’t be perfect and are anxious to have YOU help us try them out and be part of the process. The new records are now posted online and can be found on the state 4-H website- https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/.

We are also planning a few ways for you to be part of the team to ask questions and give feedback. • Join our Google classroom community. This will be a place where volunteers and youth members are able to share real time feedback about these tools. To join: • Sign in to Classroom at classroom.google.com. • On the homepage, click Add Join class. • Enter the code d9jmty and click Join. • Participate in our live feedback sessions. Please save the date for feedback sessions. These will be conducted using Zoom. Register for these sessions with KymNoelle Hopson at 207.353.5550 or kymnoelle.hopson@maine.edu. • 3/24/18 from 6:00pm-8:00pm • 9/11/18 from 6:0pm-8:00 pm We are looking forward to having YOU as part of our team. If you have any questions please contact Kristy Ouellette, kristy.ouellette@maine.edu or 207.353.5550, extension 12.

 

  1. Show + Tell = Public Speaking (Do It!) – What is your Spark? What do you like to do? Others want to know! Show or Tell it this year by Public Speaking!
  • Plan a short talk about something you like to do, or about something you find interesting. Ask a friend to take a video of it or practice in front of a mirror to get more comfortable. Make a poster with steps to show how to do something 1-2-3. Or tell about something interesting with a poster or PowerPoint to show or illustrate it.
  • Show or Tell your club or after school program or family this Demonstration or Illustrated Talk. It is fun & good practice!
  • Sign up & perform it at your County Public Speaking Tournament or in front of your CEA or County Educator if your county does not have a Tournament (before March 17).
  • If you are older than a Cloverbud AND get a score of 78 or higher, ask you County Staff person to help you sign up to come to UMaine Orono for the April 7, 2018 Maine 4-H State Public Speaking Tournament (before March 31).
  • If you place among the top scorers at State, are 12+, have participated at County level for 2 years and State level for 1 year, made sure you re-enrolled by Jan 1st or are a new enrolled member – 10 members can participate as the Maine 4-H State Communication Science Team at Eastern States Exposition in Massachusetts in September!
  • Learn more; watch videos; see how the judges score, get inspired to Show and Tell (Do a Demonstration or Illustrated Talk); and browse all four pages: https://extension.umaine.edu4h/youth/public-speaking/4h/
  • Why? Did you know that the average person spends up to 50% of their waking time either speaking or listening? 4-H alumni who participated in 4-H Public Speaking when they were younger, come back to tell us that this was their most important 4-H life skill that they learned.
  • 2018 is your year to participate!