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  • Program will teach 10 signs of Alzheimer’s

    What is typical of aging and what might be a sign of problems with memory? The University of Kentucky is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to present “Know the 10 Signs” across Kentucky. Anderson County Extension will sponsor two programs next month on Nov. 12 at 5:30 p.m. and again on Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. Please call the Extension Office at 502-839-7271 to reserve a spot for this free educational program.

  • Put pumpkins to other good uses

    Pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins. It’s that time of year when we see them everywhere. Take advantage of the leftovers after this weekend and you’ll find a whole host of things to do with them. Since I’m all about learning interesting, though sometimes useless, facts let’s start with a little history.

  • Beef producers call for Nov. 20 referendum

    Kentucky beef producers have called for a referendum to support the advancement of beef promotion in Kentucky by collecting an additional $1 per head sold.

    The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association, as the certified entity, made an application to the Kentucky Board of Agriculture requesting a referendum to further beef promotion in Kentucky. The Kentucky Board of Agriculture approved the request and a referendum date of Nov. 20 has been set.

  • Venison is tasty fresh, canned or dried

    Venison adds variety to meals. When properly handled in the field and at home, it’s tasty and less expensive than other meats.

    It can be eaten fresh or preserved for use throughout the year. It can be frozen as steaks, roasts or sausage or preserved by canning or drying.

  • Keep pesticides safely stored this winter

    Generally, manufacturers recommend a two-year storage period for pesticides. However, storage times vary with active ingredient, formulation, type of container, and storage conditions.

    Get the most out of carry-over products by carefully reading the storage and disposal section of each label for pesticides that you store over the winter.

    Proper pesticide storage

    Proper pesticide storage keeps people safe and preserves your investment. Buy carefully to avoid having large volumes of products to store from one season to another.

  • A lesson learned in being prepared

    Tiller saved the farm. It started out as a typical evening. I came home, fed the dogs, loaded and started the dishwasher and then went out and dug sweet potatoes. I came in about dusk, changed into my lounge pajamas, loaded a DVD and ate a bowl of chili. That’s when Tiller started talking.

  • Teen’s friends can have positive, negative impact

    The teenage years can be rough on teens and parents, as young people strive for independence and parents learn how and when to let go.

    One of the most common stresses teens feel is influence from their friends. While teens want to be independent, they also seek acceptance and advice from their friends.

    As children move from middle elementary into pre-teen years, they begin to devote more time to their friends than their family members.

  • Proud of my wife and teachers just like her

    I probably don’t tell her enough, but I am beyond-words proud of the lady that looked me in the eye on that July afternoon and said, “I do.”

    She’s a teacher.

    She’s a public school teacher at that. And she is part of the most under-appreciated, misunderstood and wrongly maligned profession in the world today.

    Obviously, there are some people working in classrooms who probably should be doing something else. That’s true with any profession. But don’t lump the vast majority in the basket with the bad apples.

  • Beware prussic acid poisoning as frost nears

    Although prussic acid poisoning can occur anytime during the growing season, the greatest risk is usually associated with the first frost in Kentucky.

    The primary cause of hydrocyanic (prussic) acid poisoning in domestic animals is the ingestion of plants containing this potent toxin. Cyanide-producing compounds (cyanogenic glucosides) occurring in living plant cells are converted to prussic acid when cells are crushed or otherwise ruptured.

  • Don’t dismiss potatoes as a healthy meal choice

    Potatoes are not fattening. They are an inexpensive source of carbohydrates and fiber plus they are fat free. Potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium and vitamin B6.

    Potatoes have gotten a bad name from the company they keep. If you fry potatoes and add lots of butter and sour cream, then they aren’t a healthy choice. There are many healthy ways to prepare the ordinary potato.