Conserve water by taking the “40 Gallon Challenge”

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Many may consider Kentucky a “water-rich” state with over 90,000 miles of streams and rivers, thousands of ponds, lakes, reservoirs, and wetlands and approximately 50 inches of precipitation per year. So, it’s not surprising that water, one of our most valuable natural resources, is often taken for granted. For many Kentuckians, fresh water is no more than a turn of the faucet, the push of a button or the twist of a cap away. However, as consumers and users of water, it is our responsibility to manage our water resources efficiently.

Residents across the southern United States are being encouraged to take the “40 Gallon Challenge,” a regional campaign that challenges residents to conserve at least 40 gallons of water per day. Taking the “40 Gallon Challenge” is as simple as filling out the pledge card, either online or at your local Extension office. The pledge card includes simple no-cost suggestions, such as shortening your shower by two minutes, to tips which require more effort and money, such as replacing an old, non-efficient toilet with a new low-flush toilet. The “40 Gallon Challenge” pledge card suggests practical tips to conserve water. For more information visit http://40gallonchallenge.org or contact the Carroll County Extension office for a pledge card. 

Learn to Quilt

Have you always wanted to learn to quilt? Now is your chance!

Quilting professional, Kay Wilson of Ghent is working with the Carroll County Extension Service to offer a series of beginning quilting classes for adults and youth over 12 years of age. We are offering this through a special program, “Quilts for Kids” whereby you will learn to quilt as you make quilts for less fortunate children in our local area of Kentucky. There is no cost for the classes as all fabrics are donated. Participants may bring their own sewing machine or use one at the Extension office.

Classes will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month starting this Saturday, March 3. Several local quilters will help Wilson teach the classes. 

Please call the Carroll County Extension office at 732-7030 to sign up. 

Future Class - Diabetes Self Management

Is diabetes taking control of your life? Find out how to regain control by participating in a new 4-week series that I’m offering in partnership with 3-Rivers District Health Department starting on Monday, March 12.  The class will be held from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Carroll County Extension office. Becky Wilson, RN and I will provide information and support to help you better manage your diabetes. We will provide a healthy food to sample. I will have more information in my column next week. Call the Extension office to sign up.

Sewing Expo in April

Do you love to sew? Would you like to get away for a few days and just sew? Would you like to learn more about sewing – quilts, home décor or just sewing for your own personal wear? If so, we have just the opportunity for you!

The University of Kentucky, Kentucky State University and Purdue University are offering their 6th Annual “It’s Sew Fine” Sewing Expo on April 17 – 18 at General Butler State Resort Park.

The Expo contains many classes taught by sewing professionals from seven different states, an evening banquet with keynote speaker, Gail Yellen of Glastonbury, Connecticut and a chance to enjoy comradery with other sewing enthusiasts.

Request your copy of the registration packet with descriptions of the classes at the Carroll County Extension office. If you have questions, please call me at 732-7030. Registration deadline is March 15 so do it soon.

Dates of Interest

March 3 – Beginning Quilting  10 a.m. –  4 p.m. Carroll County Extension Office

March 12 – Diabetes Self Management 6 p.m. Carroll County Extension Office