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Fruit and vegetable conference set for Jan. 4-5

By Tommy Yankey

The 2016 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference will have something of interest for all fruit and vegetable producers.

The event runs from 8 a.m. Jan. 4 until 5 p.m. Jan. 5 at Lexington’s Embassy Suites Hotel.

Preconference activities on Jan. 3 will include tree fruit, small fruit, and vegetable roundtable discussions.


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When grandchildren become caregivers

My daughter helps my mother frequently.

She enjoys taking her grocery shopping, to get her hair cut, and other errands. They’ve made cookies together this holiday season. My daughter isn’t considered a caregiver, just a loving granddaughter. She lives about 15 minutes from my mother and I live about 15 hours away.


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Apples, sweet potatoes make perfect pair

By Joan Martin

Try something different this year when planning your holiday meals. Add more fruits and vegetables, which also adds more nutrition. Your family may love them and start a new tradition.

Apples and sweet potatoes make a tasty combination. They are two of nature’s great nutritional gifts, and even the wrapping is edible. They are low in calories, fat, and sodium. They are cholesterol free and are an excellent source of fiber.

They also contain many of the phyto-chemicals that research shows may play an important role in preventing disease.


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Tips to keep children safe in the kitchen during holidays

By Joan Martin

Holidays are a busy time in the kitchen for many families. Gifts are made, special foods are prepared and unfamiliar foods may be within reach of children. Parents need to be careful about the foods available to the children.

Keep small, chopped foods - choking hazards – away from children under two. This may include chopped vegetables such as raw carrots, broccoli and cauliflower. Cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes should also be out of reach for children under two.


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Can lawn be eco friendly and attract bees?

Researchers in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are looking for ways for home lawns to give Mother Nature a helping hand.

Gregg Munshaw, UK turf extension specialist, and Dan Potter, UK entomology professor, are studying the benefits of white clover as a habitat for pollinators and as a way to reduce nitrogen fertilizer applications.


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Rubbing alcohol great defense against ice

By Cheryl Steenerson

I am such a creature of habit. Not watching TV makes that real easy, because I never see commercials for new products.

The funny part of it is that when I do go shopping I am amazed at new stuff, and people with me have a laughing fit. Diapers with built in pee tabs that turn colors like the old mood rings. There’s a shocker.


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Pensions, budget key issues in next session

By James A. Tipton, State Representative

The 2016 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly is fast approaching. The legislature will convene on Jan. 5, 2016 and the 60-day session must be completed by April 15. The primary responsibility during this session is adopting a two-year general and road fund budget going into effect on July 1, 2016. During the 2016 session, along with my fellow legislators we will also consider approximately 1,000 pieces of proposed legislation. In a typical session, only 10-15 percent of proposed bills are actually signed into law.


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Christmas gifts that show you care

By Cheryl Steenerson

Welcome to December. I’d guess this is the busiest shopping month of the year and lots of folks love to do it. I’m just not one of them.

Oh, sure, I don’t mind shopping for plants and seeds at farms and greenhouses. I also have a fondness for new boots. Barring those things, I have to almost be dragged into shopping.

You’d think that would make me an ideal candidate for online shopping, right? Nope. Though I could be classified as a novice techie, I have shopped online. I do research items, but rarely buy online.


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Many deserve thanks for contributions to smooth-running election process

By Jason Denny

Anderson County Clerk

Another election has come and gone.

Even though we experienced a larger voter turnout than originally thought, we had very few issues. As usual, the Attorney General’s Office visited several of the voting locations looking for voter fraud and election officer compliance. To our knowledge, no fraud was found.

I want to thank several for helping make Election Day go so well. I will start with my staff.


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Make a list or have a hug: De-stress for holidays

By Cheryl Steenerson

Well, it’s that time of year again. We’re just days away from everything, and lists are appearing everywhere.

A list for the grocery, a list for getting things out of closets and cupboards, a list for the order of cooking, and that’s just for Thanksgiving!

Planning ahead by making a list does more than just ensure a well cooked dinner for family and friends; it helps you sleep and saves you money.


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