Extension’s sewing camp proves successful

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By Grace Angotti

 Last week, Monday, July 16 through Friday, July 20 mornings, we held our first Youth Sewing Camp and taught 14 girls and one boy ages 8-12 years old the beginning steps in sewing. What a fun week. At 9 a.m. on Monday the children arrived bright and eagerly looking forward to the fun-filled week as they learned to sew.

Teachers Helen Cannon, Betty Lou Kemper, Martha Moorman, Sandy Hirn, Patty Kemper, June Sutherland and Staycee Castelein and I planned the camp to give the children a chance to learn to sew when they did not have the interferences of schoolwork and school activities. We packed the week full as our goal was for each child to sew a pillowcase and a pair of pajama bottoms for themselves. We also had parents, grandparents and family friends who sewed and volunteered to help us teach the children.

The 15 who signed up completed the camp. There was a snack break during the morning and then back on task learning to sew.

They made their pillowcases then started on the pajamas. By Friday morning most of the children had their pajamas nearly completed and they were ready for their noon picnic and time to proudly model their pajamas and show off their pillowcase.

The children were so proud and happy that they brought pillows for their pillowcases and their slippers to wear as they modeled what they had achieved. 

I greatly appreciate all of the work by the volunteers who spent the week at the Extension office helping teach. This is a great accomplishment. The volunteers and I are also very appreciative for how well-behaved and caring each of the children were who participated in our camp. You were a joy to work with and we are so very proud to have had the chance to work with you. Thank you for attending our first Youth Sewing Camp

Energy drinks linked to heart disease

Energy drinks are flying off the grocery shelves and are becoming increasing popular with teens. Medical experts are concerned with  the long-term consequences of these beverages, especially relating to the heart. Energy drinks contain large amounts of stimulants, such as caffeine, which has been shown to boost both blood pressure and heart rate. In some study participants, they caused heart palpitations. Young adults who drank two cans a day for one week saw their blood pressure and heart rate increase about 10 percent for several hours after drinking.

Energy drinks can provide anywhere from 120 to 500mg of caffeine. To put that in perspective, a can of cola contains 34mg and a cup of coffee contains 100mg. That’s not all. Many drinks contain other stimulants as well. Other stimulants typically include taurine (an amino acid) and guarana (an herb that contains even more caffeine). It can be difficult to know the total dose of stimulants you’re getting because amounts often aren’t listed on the label. Other risks associated with energy drinks include dehydration, insomnia and headaches.

This information was provided by Janet Mullins, Extension Specialist for Food and Nutrition, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. For more information on this contact me at the Extension office. 

Dates of interest

Thursdays, Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28 and Sept. 4, 11:  Beginning Dulcimer  6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Class fee. Registration required. Contact Extension office for information.


Grace Angotti is Carroll Co. Extension agent for family and consumer sciences. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to gangotti@uky.edu.