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  • Add foods rich in antioxidants to your springtime selections

    Foods containing antioxidants can boost a person’s immunity and go a long way in preventing disease.

    Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals and other compounds in food that protect cells in the body from damage by compounds called free radicals. Free radicals occur naturally when the body breaks down food or when it is exposed to tobacco smoke or radiation. Free radicals may play a role in heart disease, cancer, and other diseases.

  • Germinate seeds early, then transplant to garden

    Starting plants from seed early and transplanting them to the garden is a time-honored, economical and rewarding gardening tradition. Germinating seed at home increases the options for fall planting, when garden centers have stopped carrying a full array of plants, and it allows the home gardener to use saved seeds from unusual or favorite varieties that might be unavailable or hard to find.

  • “Got Cedar: Now What?” program set

    Eastern redcedar is the most widely distributed conifer in the eastern United States and many Trimble County landowners have an abundance of it. But what can you do with it?

    To find out, plan to attend the “Got Cedar: Now What” educational program this Thursday, March 24, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Franklin County Extension Office. The Franklin County Extension Office is located at 101Lakewood Court in Frankfort.  

  • 2011 food guidelines, health and 4-H

    The newly released food guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicate a major shift in the recommendations that the agency is making for Americans. An increasing percentage of the population suffers from overweight, poor diet, obesity, forms of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other serious illnesses. The USDA’s revised guidelines are meant to raise awareness of the inherent risks in prevalent American lifestyle choices, characterized by an over-consumption of non-nutrient-dense highly processed foods and a sedentary lifestyle.

  • Learning to live on a reduced income

    Many families are facing economic hardship from being laid off, suffering a job loss, shortened hours per week, and other reductions driven by a weak economy. With a high level of debt and low level of savings, families can find themselves in difficult financial situations.

  • Living well is the focus this March

    During March, family and consumer science professionals with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will make special efforts to educate citizens about ways to improve the quality of life for adults, youth, individuals and families.

    The emphasis is on eating right through nutrition and food safety, spending smart through financial management skills, enjoying home through safety, relationships and parenting skills, and sharing time through community and volunteerism.

  • Good samples provide best results

    The results of soil analyses are no better than the core samples you collect for your home lawn, garden, orchard or crop field. It’s like the adage, “garbage in, garbage out.”

  • Keep stretching your brain

  • 4-H Communications Contest set

    The Trimble County 4-H Communications Contest will be held on Thursday March 31, at 6 p.m. at the Trimble County Extension Office. This event is open to all Trimble youth ages 9 – 19. Partici-pants can phone 255-7188 by March 28. 

  • Tax refund advances: are they a good deal?

    This tax season, many tax preparers will advertise instant money through tax refund advance services.  In reality individuals who receive a tax refund advance are borrowing money at a very high price. A tax refund advance is a short-term money advance, similar to a payday loan. Both tax refund and payday loans are some of the most expensive ways to borrow money. The Consumer Action website, reports annual percentage rates as high as 774 percent for tax refund advance loans.