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  • Summer weddings mean tax changes for new couple

    This week I am sharing some tips from the IRS for those of you getting married this summer, or recently being or been married.

    Taxes may not be high on your summer wedding plan checklist. But you should be aware of the tax issues that come along with marriage. Here are some basic tips that can help keep those issues to a minimum:

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  • Communication is an important part of 4-H youth development

    If you ask many 4-H alumni to name one of the most valuable life skills they learned during their 4-H careers, many would list the confidence gained through participating in communications projects. 4-H youth development strives to equip young people with the knowledge and skills they need to become successful adults. Effective communication and public speaking skills are vital to tomorrow’s leaders.

  • Time nearing to address pastures

    The time is quickly approaching to consider renovation of pastures.
    The decision to reseed pastures can be based on multiple reasons, like renovating old stands that are dying out causing bare spots, reducing the number of undesirable weeds and forages, introducing a new forage species, and controlling forage-related disorders.

  • Use hot pack method to minimize separation when canning tomatoes

    This past week, 12 people interested in learning food preservation methods attended our very successful food preservation workshop at the Carroll County Extension office. Local extension volunteer and food processor Bobby Giles of Carrollton was a great help in helping me teach the workshop. Thank you so much, Bobby! We gave them hands-on experience in canning green beans, strawberry jam and freezing sweet corn and concentrated on the USDA-approved techniques and information.

  • Pickle time: Canning preserves tasty summer favorites

    There is nothing that sets off a summer sandwich, hot dog or burger better than the taste of a pickle. With so many varieties, you are bound to find one to suit your preference. Pickles are popular home food preservation items.

    To ensure safe, tasty home-canned pickles, always follow research-based recipes, such as those offered by the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service that have been tested for product safety.

  • Cooler weather trend can affect vegetables, plantings

    Summer gardens are in full swing right now. Sweet corn is coming in, tomatoes are ripening, and it makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

    As we enjoy our scrumptious bounty from the garden, it is time to start planning how you can continue to enjoy your garden and even add new plantings. Planting a variety of produce in the garden in the coming weeks allows fresh items to be available well into the fall.

  • Local 4-Hers return with honors from summer camp

    Preparing young people to be positive and contributing members of society is one of the most important tasks facing our society today. 

    The 4-H Youth Development does just that. We all know the four “H’s” stand for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. 

    Head: 4-H gets the youth thinking. They will learn how to think as team members and to work with others to accomplish goals. They will discover the world around them and build the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to be strong, self-directed and productive adults.  

  • Insecticides, DEET are best defense against mosquitoes

    Happy Fourth of July.As we move into the holiday weekend, it is looking to be the perfect kind of weather to spend outdoors with family and friends.

    While we are enjoying the outdoors, we may be having a little bug enjoying us—the mosquito.  Let us take a look at ways to combat these pests.

    Female mosquitoes are blood feeders and may live for more than a month.  They generally require a blood meal before laying eggs.

  • Use holiday to move toward financial independence

    Tomorrow is the Fourth of July — Independence Day — a time for our country to celebrate our independence. Many people will celebrate Independence Day with family picnics and gatherings, mini-vacations and fireworks. 

    This year, use the Fourth of July celebration to motivate yourself to take steps to become financially independent by next year.

    Imagine how much more enjoyable summertime fun could be if you have financial freedom.  Start by setting a financial independence goal. 

  • Prevention can help avoid rashes, itching from chiggers

    Summer is officially here, and with it comes some pesky bugs that like to make us itch. For this week’s column, we are going to take a closer look at one of these insects that can really make us itch: chiggers.

    Chiggers are actually the immature stage of certain mite species, and are found most often in overgrown bushy areas. They also congregate in shady, humid areas near stream banks, under or around shade trees or in berry thickets.