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  • Youth and adults participate in leadership development programs
  • Herbst shares a twist on a holiday classic story

    On this Christmas Eve, I imagine many families will gather tonight for that annual tradition of reading “The Night Before Christmas.”  It’s one of my favorite traditions from my childhood.  Here is a rendition of the timeless classic called, “The Farmer’s Night Before Christmas.”  Enjoy!

     

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas when down on the farm
    The animals were resting in the warm, cozy barn.

  • Proper amaryllis care helps lengthen life of the plant

    Few plants can liven up a winter day like the amaryllis.  The large pink, white, red, orange, and variegated flowers are truly spectacular.

    A member of the lily family, the amaryllis rises from a large bulb.  The growth habit makes it well suited for blooming during the colder months of the year.

  • Encounters with the kissing bug are extremely rare

    That special someone you are looking to meet up with under the mistletoe this holiday season apparently is not the only thing out there waiting for a “kiss.”

    An insect called a “kissing bug” has made local news stories over the past couple of weeks that may have made the thought of kissing a little unsettling.  Thank you to those who have shared the stories with me.  Let us take a moment to learn a little more about kissing bugs.

  • Support Carroll County 4-H by donating $10 when renewing ag tags

    Kentucky 4-H is one of the most important and influential youth programs in our state and our county. Across Kentucky over 238,000 youth ages 9 to 19 learn about leadership, citizenship and life skills in “learn-by-doing” experiences such as communications and public speaking,through agriculture projects like livestock judging, science projects with robotics, 4-H camp, Teen Conference, and many other 4-H programs and activities.

  • Use certificates for sharing gifts of joy with others

    Developing ideas for creative holiday gifts or making them is an enjoyable, economical way to remember friends and family members during the upcoming season.

    A babysitting gift certificate may be one of the best gifts a young mother receives, especially if she has infants and very young children.  Several hours of babysitting will enable her to enjoy some free time.

    If there’s a handyman or gardener in your household, give elderly friends and relatives certificates for home repairs and yard work they may be unable to do.

  • Meaningful holidays for your children

    Holidays can bring joy and fun especially to children. Children always look forward to receiving presents, often times costly and unnecessary ones.  Sometimes our children are more concerned about the presents they want to get and forget the true meaning of the holidays — shared time and enriching experiences.

    Here are a few tips for parents to help their children look beyond all of the seasonal product-driven marketing:

  • CAIP application deadline Dec. 18

    Applications are now available for the 2015 Carroll County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP) at the Carroll County Conservation District Office, 1804 Highland Avenue, Carrollton or the Carroll County Extension Office.

    All applications must be into the Conservation District Office by Dec. 18 at 4:30 p.m.

    Office hours for the Conservation District are as follows:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday– 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Wednesday – 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Extension homemaker holiday craft ideas
  • Leftover turkey talk

    The holidays are quickly approaching, and with them, the season of great eating. Soon, you’ll have more turkey and dressing than you’ll know what to do with.

    It’s a great idea to save your Thanksgiving leftovers, as it stretches your holiday food dollars and provides quick meals for your family. Leftovers must be stored and reheated safely to prevent foodborne illnesses. Follow these tips to ensure your leftovers are safe to eat: