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  • Make 2017 the ‘Explore the Great Outdoors’ year

    For many of us, our fondest childhood memories were made outdoors, swinging, running, fishing and exploring nature. That’s not the case for many children today. Many of them spend very little time outdoors and too much time in front of computers, tablets and other electronic devices. Let’s change these statistics by making getting outdoors a priority for our families in 2017.

  • Create a car winter emergency kit

    Wintertime can be dangerous for travelers. Not only do you sometimes have to contend with deteriorating road conditions caused by snow and ice, but life-threatening situations can arise if you find yourself stranded on the road for a significant amount of time. Here are some tips to help you prepare and make your wintertime travels safer.
    It is always helpful to have the following in your car in case of an emergency:
    lA cell phone, portable charger and extra batteries
    lJumper cables
    lBlankets and extra layers of clothing like hats, coats and mittens

  • Managing horses in winter

    When winter arrives, horses feel it. You can lessen the blow and help your animals thrive in cold weather.  Ultimately, the ideal time to prepare for winter is in the fall, but there are still things you can do now.

  • Keep your balance this winter

    Winter in Kentucky is often synonymous with inclement weather. Snow, ice and black ice not only make it hazardous for drivers, but such weather can also make it hazardous for pedestrians. Falls, slips or trips can result in injuries ranging from scrapes and bruises to broken limbs or serious head injuries. Here are some pointers to help you stay upright this winter.

  • Mistletoe: From tree thief to holiday tradition

    Once autumn leaves have fallen, mistletoe becomes highly visible on large trees throughout Kentucky. Phoradendron, the scientific name for Kentucky’s most common variety of this parasitic plant, means tree thief. These small leafy plants are commonly found on twigs and branches of many hardwood species in the southern United States. Mistletoe extracts—steals— water, mineral elements and food from tree hosts; hence the name.

  • Trimble County 4-H Teen Council service project

    This year in Trimble County, the 4-H Teen Council has decided on making rugs for the local animal shelter as their service project. The 4-H Teen Council is composed of local 4-H’ers in Trimble County Middle and High school.

  • Stop the spread of illnesses

    During the winter months, we tend to gather together, especially during the holidays.  This is a great time to be with family and friends, but is can also be a time when illnesses spread quickly.  Staying healthy is important, especially if you do not want to miss out on all of the fun.
    Below are some ways you can keep from spreading illnesses among your family and friends this holiday season:

  • How to cook a country ham

    Country ham is a regional delicacy that many of us enjoy but may not know how to properly prepare. Here are some tips and tricks to make country ham the star of your holiday dinner.
    l Country hams may contain mold, which is a result of the curing process. Mold is normal, but it could produce mycotoxins which could cause a food-borne illness. Remove mold by washing the ham with hot water and scrubbing it with a stiff vegetable brush.
    l Soak the ham for 4 to 12 hours in the refrigerator.
    l Cover with water and boil the ham for 20 to 25 minutes per pound.

  • Save landfill space by composting yard waste

    Are you surrounded by a yard full of leaves every fall? Whether they are yours or the ones that your neighbor’s tree has graciously donated to you, recycling leaves at home can be to your advantage. Composting is an environmentally beneficial process to dispose of leaves and other yard wastes this fall.

  • Let’s talk turkey safety

    It’s nearly Thanksgiving, and soon delicious, juicy turkeys will take center stage at many of our holiday meals. It’s so important that these birds are properly cooked and prepared, because we don’t want anyone to get sick from a food-borne illness.