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Columns

  • Look to the garden for Christmas gift ideas

    Happy Halloween! I think October came in on a skateboard and went out on a jet pack! Time is just flying by and the next two months may well be the same way. That said, didn’t we have a beautiful St. Luke’s Little Summer! I so wanted to play hooky from work and be outside. Now it’s cold again! Don’t worry though, we should have one more warm spell, known as Indian Summer, before Thanksgiving.

  • Extension Homemakers celebrate rich Anderson County history

    The 75th Anniversary of the Anderson County Extension Homemakers was celebrated this week.  Usually this column is focused on research based education.  I’m not sure there can be any more evidence that community education is successful than looking at the accomplishments of the Extension Homemakers.  I’m very proud of their ability to sustain their intellectual interest and the practical application of so many lessons which they have had over the last 75 years.  

  • Think about garden wish list this winter

    I just love to learn things, and I learn a lot from listening to radio programs.  I just finished listening to a program called Fresh Air on NPR (on 10-18-12) on the road home tonight and I have to share!. It featured an author who’s book is titled Alone Together and it really made me think!   

  • Property tax facts for homeowners

    It is property tax time once again and I would like to take this opportunity to help the taxpayers better understand how the property tax system works.
    Property taxes follow a set calendar and procedures which we all, as taxpayers, should be aware.

  • Use app, common sense to determine food safety

    “4 Day Throw Away” is a great media program and app for protecting yourself from bad leftovers.
    This reliable program is sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
    I learned about it at a recent professional conference, The National Association of Extension Family and Consumer Science Agents.
    Three myths about food safety and leftovers need to be discarded. Food that looks, smells, and tastes OK is safe to eat. This is false. Bacteria may still be present.  

  • Give love to Mother Earth this fall

    You know it’s fall when your laundry pile doubles in a week!
    So far, the mercury has dropped to a low of 24 here at the farm. This being Kentucky, the next morning it was 42. I think Mother Nature gets dyslexic in the fall. The temperatures are going to waffle back and forth between mild to Brrrrr, until it’s all Brrrr. That means wearing layers of clothing to keep from shivering. Hence, the doubling of the pile. Thankfully, I just made eight gallons of laundry soap!

  • Learn the pros and cons of ATV safety

    ATV safety was the subject of my display at General Cable’s Health and Safety program a few weeks ago.
    I’m concerned about improper use and deaths associated with ATV’s. In 2004 one of my daughter’s friends was killed in an ATV accident in Grayson County. He was not riding safely and he was not wearing any protective equipment.

  • Fruit trees need winterizing to ensure future harvest

    As we fall through the days of October, I’m already thinking of warmer weather. Thankfully, St. Luke’s Little Summer is coming up next week and I’m hopeful for more sunshine than frost. The other Indian Summer will occur between Nov. 11 and the 20th. I’ll take all the warmth that I can get. I still have lots of outdoor chores to do.

  • Diabetic? Be ready in case of disaster

    There are some general health tips that you should remember during a disaster. These are very important in the proper care and management of your diabetes.
    Communication plan
    · Identify family meeting places within and outside the neighborhood. Include escape routes (two ways out of every room in your house).

  • Battle of Perryville steeped with historical importance

    Oct. 8 marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Perryville, which ultimately led to who would control Kentucky during the Civil War.
    Kentucky, a border state, was very important to both the Union and Confederate forces. The Union victory ultimately helped persuade President Abraham Lincoln to issue his Emancipation Proclamation.