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Extension

  • Conference to benefit Kentucky sheep, goat producers

    By MIKE PYLES
    Trimble County Extension agent

  • Shop with a plan to save time, money at grocery

    By JANE PROCTOR
    Trimble County Extension agent

  • Meaningful gifts for elderly, infirm on your list

    Coming up with thoughtful and creative holiday gift ideas for ill or elderly friends and relatives can be difficult, but with a little imagination and time, there are many clever and useful items out there for those folks  on your gift list.  
    People who are ill and those who are elderly sometimes have trouble getting to stores to buy cards, and often though don’t want to bother others with their shopping needs.

  • Rethinking what the holidays mean to you can reduce stress

    Look around you -- what do you see? People are rushing around getting ready for the holidays.
    It’s all too easy to get yourself stuck in the same old stressful cycle year after year. Many of us, it seems, fail to recognize this self-destructive pattern and come to dread the holidays.
    Perhaps this feeling is, in part, due to a lack of conscious thought about what the holiday season really means to us. If we can take this into consideration, then we might be better able to spend time doing what we really think is important.

  • Dense, seasoned wood best for fireplace/woodstove

    Every winter, we look forward to the pleasure of warming our hands and feet by a blazing fire, mesmerized by the dancing flames.
    While I don’t have a fireplace or wood stove myself, several of my neighbors do, and the aroma of their wood stoves brings back many childhood memories. There is just something about the aroma of a good fireplace.

  • Indoor humidity adds comfort in winter

    Winter weather in Kentucky tends to present challenges in the form of snow, ice and freezing temperatures.  
    What isn’t talked about, though, is the discomfort caused by weather inside the home. The itch that plagues many people during winter can be the result of inside air that does not contain adequate moisture.
    Low humidity levels can cause high levels of discomfort including dry skin and stuffy sinuses.

  • Holidays are best time to teach kids to give back

    The holiday season is a perfect time of year to teach children the importance of community service.
    Start them out by choosing a charity in your own community; talk to your children about the charities they would like to support.
    If you decide to donate to a food bank, give your children the money you decide to spend on donations and let them choose the food items at the grocery store.
    Thoughtful selections give them a chance to think about what some who are less fortunate might need.

  • Traveling? Check for bed-bug infestations

    Reports of bed bugs again are on the rise in the United States; once nearly eliminated, they now are commonly found in homes, apartments, hotels and theaters.
    While mostly prominent in the Upper Midwest and the Northeast corridor, the pests have established themselves in Trimble County, and can be found in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region and Louisville.
    If you or your family are traveling for Thanksgiving or Christmas, there are some precautions to take to prevent bringing bed bugs home with you.

  • Set budget to reduce holiday stress

    By JANE PROCTOR
    Trimble County Extension agent

    The holiday season – with all the work, stress, expense and fun – seems to start earlier every year.
    Experts say you can reduce that stress, though, by preparing early and planning your holiday shopping within a solid, affordable budget.
    According to the National Retail Federation, the average shopper spends $832 on holiday gifts, food and decorations.

  • Fall is the best time to fight dandelion invasions

    By MICHAEL PYLES
    Trimble County Extension agent

    Common chickweed, henbit, and purple deadnettle are cool-season weeds we usually see in crop fields during the fall and winter.
    How-ever, other weeds, such as dandelions, have become more prevalent in recent years, according to J. D. Green, an Extension weed specialist at the University of Kentucky.
    Dandelions are generally considered a major lawn or pasture weed, but increasingly have been found in grain-crop fields.