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Extension

  • Extension Homemakers hold fall kickoff on Thursday

    All Carroll County Extension Homemakers and anyone interested in learning more about becoming an Extension Homemaker member are invited to attend the annual kick-off from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thurs-day, Aug. 22 at the Exten-sion office.

  • Preparation makes for best family history research

    So, you have some research you need to do at an archives, library or a county courthouse?

    Before you go, it’s crucial to plan ahead.

    One of the biggest problems family historians and genealogists have is that we can easily get carried away on tangents. I’ve spent hours online digging for records, particularly if I’ve come across a lead that brings me to find census and other information on an elusive or previously unknown family line.

  • Wood cockroaches can be a season problem in homes

    Cockroaches are a typical household pest that we see every year.  There are several different species of cockroaches, and today’s information focusing on the wood cockroach.

    Wood cockroaches live under loose bark, in cavities of fallen or dying trees, or in stumps. They are natives of moist woodland habitats where they feed on decaying organic matter.

    These cockroaches are accidental invaders in homes and buildings in and around wooded areas.  They are especially active during their summer mating season.

  • Tour to highlight elements of universal home design

    On Friday, Aug. 23 Cooperative Extension is sponsoring a special tour of the Ohio State Univer-sity Universal DesignFacility in New London, Ohio.

    The tour is coordinated by the Environment, Housing and Energy program of the Northern Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association. Pat Perkins of Carrollton is program co-chair.

    During the tour, information will be provided to assist interested participants in ways to build or remodel their own homes using “Universal Design/ Homes for All Ages” design principles.

  • Missed out on Watermelon Mania? Recipes are still available

    Last Friday, I had an opportunity to participate in the annual Watermelon Mania at First Friday sponsored by the Carroll-ton Main Street program.

    We demonstrated and gave out samples of a variety of recipes — including a fresh watermelon cooler beverage, watermelon salsa, watermelon feta salad, Asian watermelon salad, watermelon chunks enhanced with lime honey syrup and even fresh slices of watermelon.

    Hats off to our local producers and the RiverView Farmers Market – all watermelon used was locally grown right here in Carroll County.

  • With new school year, 4-H enrollment set to begin

    School begins today and enrollment for 4-H will soon be taking place. Watch for the information to come home with your child. 

    Chances are if your young person has an interest, 4-H has a program that explores it. Not only does 4-H provide an opportunity for its members to try something they think they might enjoy, but 4-H’s programs are designed in a way that 4-H’ers will learn many valuable life skills in the process.

  • Grazing school offers hands-on learning experiences

    The 2013 Kentucky Grazing School is being held this month, Aug. 21-22, in Woodford County.

    This grazing school is an excellent educational opportunity for producers.

    Last year, I attended the school and was very impres-sed by the hands-on activities we worked through. In addition, I was able to meet and talk with producers from around the state, learning about their grazing operations.

  • Use caution when grilling to prevent foodborne illness

    It’s been a wonderful summer, and there will still be many days when we are outdoors at a picnic, grilling or eating outdoors. But, don’t ruin that time by getting sick from foodborne illness.

    Keeping bacteria at bay
    on your grilling day

    Thunderstorms, insects and annoying relatives are not the only thing that could ruin a cookout. Many beloved summertime foods are susceptible to contamination by several foodborne bacteria.

  • Farmers market provides fresh, locally grown items

    This week is full of neat agriculture-related events in and around the county.  Here’s a preview of what is to come:

    A taste of the RiverView Farmer’s Market

    The RiverView Farmers Market is open two days a week during the growing season. Times are on Wednesdays, 2-5 p.m., at Point Park and Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon at the Hometown Pizza parking lot.

    This week, I will be out at the Farmer’s Market on both days, providing information about a staple in the summer garden:  tomatoes.

  • Fun times at 4-H camp