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  • Free webinar series focuses on woodlands

    University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will offer a series of free webinars, Getting to Know Your Woodlands: A Primer for Beginners, on five successive Thursday evenings in February and March. The goal of the web-based series is to empower woodland owners to promote environmental and forest health through increased awareness, experience and access to resources.

    All sessions will be held at the Carroll County Extension Office.

  • Tips for using a slow cooker

    Few things are better than coming home at the end of the day to a freshly prepared meal. Slow cookers can help us achieve that dream.

    While slow cookers may be synonymous with winter, you can use them any time of the year to safely prepare foods. In fact, using a slow cooker during the summer will help keep your home a little cooler as it keeps you from using a hot oven to prepare dinner.

  • February is Children’s Dental Health Month

    February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Having healthy teeth will help children chew food, speak clearly and be confident. Many parents do not know what type of dental care their child needs. You might know that preventing cavities is important, but not the best way to do so.

    Tips for a healthy mouth

    Here are some guidelines for starting good oral health habits: • Teach your child to brush his or her teeth at least two times a day and floss. Flossing gets out the food bits that get stuck between the teeth.

  • Tips for choosing veggies in your garden

    The weather has been a crazy roller coaster over the past two weeks, but one thing remains constant—the first day of spring is just a handful of weeks away. Planning for our gardens begins now, when seeds are ordered.

    Looking through a seed catalog, store rack, or online product offering can be overwhelming, since there are so many varieties available for each crop. So, how do we choose from the plethora of options?

    Aside from tradition, another reason to select a particular variety is disease tolerance or resistance.

  • New club teaches 4-H students about wood science

    Thanks to Marvin Scott Conti, Carroll County 4-H has added a new club called wood science. Through this program Mr. Conti has had a power point presentation at every session, which is a history lesson as well a forestry lesson. Our first project was preparing their wood to make a walking stick. To date, accomplishments include:

    • Identifying wood by bark, wood color, and aroma

    • Classifying wood as soft or hard in order to make decisions about end use.

    • Selecting wood for their walking cane project

  • Physical activity during cold weather is achievable

    Old man winter has finally made his appearance in the Bluegrass. And while his return may have you spending more time indoors, it does not mean you have to give up physical activity until warmer weather returns.

    Exercising outdoors during the winter can have benefits in addition to the burned calories. It exposes you to sunlight, which will give you some vitamin D and can help improve your mood.  It can boost your immune system, which is important during flu and cold season. Plus, there is no heat and humidity.

  • Caring for livestock in cold temps

    With the very cold temperatures this week, it is natural to think about the care of our livestock in these conditions.

    The major livestock species we have in the county is beef cattle. Cattle feel the most comfortable when the temperature is between 25 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. They can function normally at lower temperatures because of their dense winter coat, working rumen, and an average temperature of 101 degrees.

  • Students season hams for state
  • 4H’ers to compete at state Teen Conference

    Last week I received word that all of our achievement winners not only were selected as winners in District 3 but will continue on to the state level and all Carroll County youth will receive district and state awards at Teen Conference in June. Since Andrea Searcy already had her gold award, she will be returning to interview for Emerald.

    Receiving their gold award and continuing on to interview for the Emerald achievement award are Madeline Watts and Kinley Huesman.

  • Ways to save on winter heating costs

    With the winter we have had thus far, chances are you’ve seen at least one or two high heating bills. While home heating costs can put a strain on your wallet during the winter, you can do certain things to save money on these expenses while still keeping your home warm.

    Sunlight, even in the winter, is a great way to add natural, free warmth to your home. Open your blinds and curtains during the day, particularly on south-facing walls as they get the most exposure to the sun. As the sun sets, close them to help trap in the warmth.