York County 4-H News, November 2018

4-H Club News

Kidding Around 4-H Club

At our October meeting, the Kidding Around members worked with Nate’s Sanaan buck trimming his hooves and learning about how he is fed.  We also dusted chickens for lice.

Goat at the Kidding Around 4-H Club meeting.

Homesteaders 4-H Club

4-H members made halloween decorations at their last meeting.

Club members at with their halloween decorations.

York County Beef 4-H Club

The Clock sisters represented the club showing their Ayrshire and Guernsey dairy cows at Fryeburg Fair.

Abby Clock showing her heifer at Fryeburg Fair.

York County Shepherds 4-H Club

Members Chloe Lamontagne, Annalise Flint, Amelia Duca, Aiden Eastman, and Kaysia Carroll  exhibited their sheep at the Fryeburg Fair.

Club members from York County Shepherds and Lucky Charms hanging out together at Fryeburg Fair.

Boots and Buckles 4-H Club

Members Hailey Ryan and Mareea Decker had a great time showing their sheep at Fryeburg Fair.  Hailey also was a member of the Maine 4-H Sheep Team and went to the Big E to show her lamb.  


Lucky Charms 4-H Club

Members Nick and Kaitlin Maling showed their sheep at Fryeburg Fair.  Their little sister Karli helped them out, as she was too young to show sheep herself.

Kaitlin and Nick with their lambs at Fryeburg Fair.

Applications Open for Agri-Science and Healthy Living Summits

Summit Information:
Agri-Science: Jan 10-13, 2019
Healthy Living: Feb 15-18, 2019
Eligibility: Youth ages 14-18
Enrolled in 4-H by December 31, 2018.
Applications and Recommendations due by December 15.
Cost: $150.00
Application and more Summit information: https://goo.gl/forms/uOsPytnzFA5OLfY53

Year 2018 – 2019
York County 4-H Program “Dates and Facts to Remember”

4-H is age 5-18. 4-H Age is determined by December 31st. On December 31st your age is what you will be in the new year. In most cases you must be 9 years old to show a large animal project. For 4-H trips you must be 4-H age of 14. Cloverbuds are aged 5-8/Junior members are age 9-11/Intermediate members are age 12-14/Senior members are age 15-18.

The 4-H program year is October 1 to September 30. This was traditionally set up years ago to follow the agricultural fair schedule. Our two County Fairs are: Ossipee Valley Fair in July and the Acton Fair in August

November 13, Executive Committee Annual Meeting 6:30 pm, York County Office.  All York County residents are invited.

November 17, Fall Fest, 1:30-2 pm registration, Acton School

December 3, 4-H Leaders Meeting, 7:00 pm, York County Office

December 31, 4-H Re-enrollments due

State 4-H News

November, 2018

  1. Please provide feedback on Project Records!
    Click the following link to take the survey.
    https://umaine.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bP1iUM659wuRVrLYou are invited to participate in a statewide research project being conducted by Kristy Ouellette and Jennifer Lobley, Extension Educators at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.  4-H volunteers and staff from all over Maine will participate in this study.Purpose of this research project:  We recognize the value of our 4-H volunteers.  As a state we have rolled out new 4-H Project Records. We want to have a better understanding of your beliefs and understandings of the function of these records. What will you be asked to do? If you decide to participate, you will be asked to complete an on-line survey with questions pertaining to your attitudes and beliefs regarding 4-H project records in Maine.  The survey will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete. Risks:Except for your time and inconvenience, there are no foreseeable risks to you in participating in this study.  Benefits:You will be eligible to enter into a raffle for a $25.00 gift card to Hannaford.  Confidentiality:  As a participant you will be anonymous. Investigators or a student will enter data into a computer.  Data will be kept on a secured computer with only the investigators or a student having access. Data will be kept for a period of  5 years.  Voluntary:  Participation is voluntary.  If you choose to take part in this study, you may stop at any time during the study.  You may skip any questions you do not wish to answer.   Participation in the on-line survey implies consent to participate.Contact Information: If you have any questions about this study, please contact Kristy Ouellette at 207.353.5550 or ouellette@maine.eduIf you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, please contact Gayle Jones, Assistant to the University of Maine’s Protection of Human Subjects Review Board, at 581.1498 (or e-mail gayle.jones@maine.edu).
  2. 2019 Maine State Science Fair
    It’s time to announce the 2019 Maine State Science Fair, to be held Saturday, March 23at Bowdoin Collegein Brunswick. Prizes and awards include 12 four-year, full-tuition scholarshipsto The University of Maine (including admission to the UMaine Honors College), and major scholarships from University of New England, College of the Atlantic, and Husson University. In 2018, MSSF awarded over $1 million in scholarships and awards. Other scholarships may be announced in the coming weeks.

    The Maine State Science Fair is open, without cost, to all Maine high school students who complete their own research or engineering project individually or in teams of 2-3. The purpose of MSSF is to present, learn, and discuss science with peers and STEM professionals from across Maine.  Projects are invited from across all STEM disciplines: life sciences, agriculture, mathematics, computer sciences, psychology, energy, physics, marine science, environmental sciences, ecology, chemistry. All STEM projects are considered!Important dates for this year’s MSSF:
    – January 18- student registration
    – February 1- research plan deadline.
    – March 1- preliminary research results deadline.
    – March 23- Maine State Science Fair.More information can be found online at: https://www.jax.org/education-and-learning/high-school-students-and-undergraduates/maine-state-science-fair
  3. 4-H Page Day in Augusta – January 29, 2019
    UMaine Day at the Legislature, Tuesday, January 29, is approaching.  It’s a day where Cooperative Extension gets to highlight our awesome programs, and 4-H is one of the best! Since legislators like to see 4-H members from their districts, 4-Hers (age 13 or older) are encouraged to serve as Honorary Pages. The Maine 4-H program has up to 30 slots for Honorary Pages.What does a page do? Legislators are constantly communicating and making decisions while in session and pages make that communication possible. Pages hand out information packets or place the paper information on their desks. Pages will also run communication and documents directly from legislator to legislator.If you are interested in serving as a page, please contact  Diana at 207-622-7546 or hartley@maine.edu.We would love to pages from all over the state represented. Slots, representing different state senators and representatives, will be filled in the order they are received, but the final deadline is January 20th.  If the slot for your legislative district has been filled, your name will be added to a wait list in the order it is received.  If you are leaving a message, please be sure to say “I am interested in serving as a 4-H Page at the Legislature on January 29”.  Your slot will be reserved if you leave this complete information:
    – Full Name
    – Age
    – Mailing Address
    – County
    – Phone Number
    – Email Address (this is how we will confirm you)
    – Name of your School
    – Name of your 4-H Club
    – Name of your Maine State Representative
    – Name of your Maine State Senator
    – Name of your Adult Chaperone
    – Adult Chaperone’s cell phone number4-H Honorary Pages will be in the Capitol from 8:30am– 3:00pm.  A parent or 4-H volunteer must provide transportation and chaperoning.  If you have questions, please let Alisha know at alisha.r.targonski@maine.edu.
  4. Farm Service Agency Youth Loans
    The Farm Service Agency makes loans to youth to establish and operate agricultural income-producing projects in connection with 4-H clubs, FFA and other agricultural groups. Projects must be planned and operated with the help of the organization advisor, produce sufficient income to repay the loan and provide the youth with practical business and educational experience. The maximum loan amount is $5000.
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be 10 years to 20 years of age
  • Comply with FSA’s general eligibility requirements
  • Be unable to get a loan from other sources
  • Conduct a modest income-producing project in a supervised program of work as outlined above
  • Demonstrate capability of planning, managing and operating the project under guidance and assistance from a project advisor.

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