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Extension

  • New regulations gift cards will protect consumers

    Did you receive a “gift card” for Christmas this year? If so, your card is one of around $100 billion gift cards given yearly.

    Gift cards have increased yearly since they were first introduced, but many are never used. As one study showed, “27 percent of people receiving gift cards had not used them nearly a year later.” In 2006, $8 billion worth of gift cards were never used.

  • Firewood selections explained

    Every winter we look forward to the pleasures of warming our hands and feet by a blazing fire, mesmerized by the dancing flames.

    When buying firewood two factors will determine just how hot your fire is—seasoning and the kind of wood.

    Wood is made up of air and cellulose (wood fiber). The more air space that wood has, the less there is to burn. Buying wood with the heaviest/densest per unit volume will keep you toasty.

    Osage orange, hickory, black locust, all of the oaks, sugar maple and ash produce hot fires; plus they are easy to split.

  • Social activities offer benefits

    Happy New Year!

    I hope that you have had a happy and prosperous 2010 and here’s to a very Happy New Year 2011!

    The Carroll County Extension Service will be offering many special programs and activities this coming year. Make it a habit to read my column here in The News-Democrat weekly to keep abreast of these programs and other activities. Also check out the News-Democrat for information from me or Tim Hendrick, our Ag Agent about activities at the Extension office. I hope you are having a blessed and enjoyable holiday with your loved ones and friends.

  • Bond Information for producers

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain, Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration is informing cattle producers who have done business with Eastern Livestock Company, LLC, of their rights under the bond provisions of the Packers and Stock-yards Act.

  • Watch out for kitchen fires

    During the holidays and family gatherings, kitchens are used more than normal. Since the kitchen is a common place for fires to start, now is the time to review safety measures to prevent kitchen fires and know what to do if a fire does start.
    Here are some tips to prevent fires and burns:
    • Do not leave food cooking on the burners unattended. “Unattended cooking” is the “number one” cause of cooking fires.
    • Keep flammable materials away from burners and other heat sources.

  • Extension office to close Dec. 21 to Jan. 3 for holidays

    The University of Kentucky has made a decision to shut down non-essential units Dec. 21-23 as a cost-saving measure.

  • Tips can help prevent toy injuries this holiday season

    With the holiday season upon us, many of us are shopping for presents for children.

  • Candy class cancelled; holiday season time to ‘think green’

    I am sorry that I had to cancel our pulled cream candy class. But, our instructor had a sudden serious illness so we could do nothing else. I am planning on re-scheduling after the holidays. This will be a nice and fun wintertime indoor activity. Watch my column and the Extension Homemakers newsletter for the new date.  

  • Holiday candy workshop set

    We are offering a holiday treat! On Tuesday evening, Dec. 7 from 6 – 8 p.m. I have asked Myrna Holloway to teach a special workshop on making Pulled Cream at our office. If you remember the puffy pillows of delightful sweetness that we associate with Christmas, and would like to learn to make it, please sign up at the Carroll County Extension office by Friday, Dec. 3. Bring an apron and your holiday spirit!

  • Bedbug problem discussed

    There will be a program about dealing with the bedbug problem that is sweeping the world on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. at the Carroll County Extension Office. The meeting is free and open to the general public but due to invited audience we ask all that might attend to RSVP to the Extension Office at 732-7030 so we make sure we have enough handouts and seats.

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