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Extension

  • Local sewing team wins skillathon at state fair Saturday

    We are so very proud of our team of Carroll and Gallatin 4-Hers who took second place at the 4-H State Fair Sewing Skill-athon Satur-day, Aug. 24.

    Team members, Lorinda Bennett, Gabby Bowen, Hannah Welch of Carrollton and Kelli Deaton of Warsaw had to sew a garment from a pattern that they had never seen before and identify a variety of different fabrics, sewing notions, parts of the sewing machine, seam finishes and pattern markings.

  • 4-Hers take part in state fair, earning honors for the county

    What a busy two weeks at the Kentucky State Fair.  Carroll County has already entered our 4-H exhibits, participated in the 4-H talent show and will be showing beef and swine in the livestock shows and competing in the Sewing Skill-a-thon later this week.

  • Pubs aid in forage choices

    We are in that time of the year when we start renovating or establishing our pastures and hayfields. There are several useful Univer-sity of Ken-tucky publications that can help you with selecting forage species and varieties.

    Forage species, as well as varieties within a species, vary significantly in yield, quality and stand persistence, which combine to greatly impact performance and economic return to the operation.

  • 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.