MADISON COUNTY —
Eastern Kentucky University students are back, Madison County schools are in session and the Madison County Extension Homemakers are gearing up for another busy year.
These are all signs that fall is almost here.
Get out your phone and calendar as you read this article, because you won’t want to miss any of the great programming going on at the Extension Center starting in September.
This year the Happy Hands quilters will be sponsoring a “block of the month” class.
Starting Sept. 5 and happening every first Thursday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the quilters will do a block from the America is Beautiful Quilt.
To see a picture of the quilt visit our website, madison.ca.uky.edu/FamilyConsumerSciences.
For those who cannot attend the class during the day, it also will be taught on the fourth Monday of each month from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The first evening session will be Sept. 23. Call the extension office, 623-4072, for a supply list and pattern.
American Indians have lived in Kentucky for over 11,000 years. When Euro-Americans settled here, Shawnee, Cherokee and Chickasaw, among others, already lived here.
Today, Kentucky’s residents still hold misconceptions about our state’s American Indians. Join us Sept. 9 from 7 to 8 p.m. to briefly review the long history, dispel some of the enduring myths, and answer questions about this misunderstood part of Kentucky’s heritage.
This program is just one of many Kentucky Archaeology Month activities going on state wide during September.
The Gardeners of Madison County invite you to attend their meeting on Monday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m. Beate Popkin will be talking about “Incorporating Native Plants into the Design of the Home Garden.” Beate, an expert in the field, works with the Kentucky Botanical Garden in Lexington. Visitors are welcome.
What is a Jicama? How do I pick out a cantaloupe?
Have you ever asked yourself these questions?
Learn about shopping for fruits and vegetable to help you add more to your eating plan.
Discover how to select and store fresh fruits and vegetables, find out more about exotic produce items, and gain more tips from the Kroger Registered dietitian to help you “UP” your daily fruit/veggie quota!
Plus, you’ll learn about new features and services inside the newly expanded Kroger Marketplace!
Sign up for the “Shopping for More Fruits and Vegetables Tour” today by calling 623-4072. This program will be held at Kroger in Richmond on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 10 to 11 a.m.
Participation is limited so call soon.
As you can see, Madison County Extension Homemakers are a busy group, and provide lots of opportunities for education to the residents of Madison County. If you would like to find out more about Extension Homemakers visit our website, madison.ca.uky.edu/FamilyConsumerSciences, or call 623-4072.
Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.
MADISON COUNTY —
- Lifestyles & Community
Moving to Richmond was the right decision
I was just thinking the other day about a decision I made 30 years ago that was definitely right.
I answered the call of First Baptist Church in Richmond to serve as its minister of music. My first Sunday in that position was Nov. 27, 1983.
The shopping frenzy cuts into Thanksgiving
Anyone who was out this weekend, whether to join in the bargain hunt or out of necessity, met with heavy traffic and people on a mission. Some in a great holiday mood and some frustrated with it all.
I heard a lot of talk about the days when the “blue law” that kept businesses closed on Sunday was in effect. This law came about in colonial times to keep a “rigid religious standard.” But as time progressed, it was shown that those not necessarily religious liked the idea, too, as a family day and day of rest from a busy world.
Does first Thanksgiving compare our observance?
I have done some research on what our forefathers actually ate on the first Thanksgiving in America. This is probably what happened.
Prepare your home for the holiday
Reading “The Night Before Christmas” has always been one of my favorite holiday traditions. In the poem the family has prepared for a visit from St. Nicholas with stockings hung by the chimney with care. The chimney must have been clean because Santa came down it with no trouble, just a little ashes and soot on his fur.
Difficult ordeal made easier by caring friends
I was just thinking the other day about a number of things related to my broken hip and that were happy experiences rather than difficult ones.
Resistance to change prevents opportunities
“I heard we may be getting a new computer system installed” a co-worker shares with you. “I heard the changes to the system may be pretty big. I don’t know if I can learn a whole new system again. It seems like it wasn’t that long ago that we had to upgrade to this one.”
St. Mark Christmas Bazaar Dec. 7
St. Mark's Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. One of the favorite items, the Cookie Trays, a glass plate filled with delicious homemade cookies and decorated with holiday flair will again be available as will tables of other baked goods including pies, cakes, coffeecakes, fruitbreads, candy, and homemade bread. Jams, jellies and pickles will add to the goodies that will tempt your palate. There will also be craft items and a silent auction of two wooden angels, nearly life-size and handcrafted by parishioner Don Fourre, that will be a bargain. What would be a better time than now to purchase them to decorate the front of your home.
Lower cancer risk with these steps
Cancer is second only to heart disease among the leading causes of death. In as much as cancer is the result of errors in the DNA code that occur by chance, the interesting realization is that we have enormous power over whether or not we will develop cancer in our lifetime. Based on the evidence, roughly 60 percent of all cancers could be prevented through diet and healthy lifestyles. Here are some of the most effective ways to lower your cancer risk.
Avoid tobacco exposure. Tobacco use and exposure (second hand and sidestream smoke) represent the single greatest cause of preventable cancer.
The power of routines for children
Most adults have general routines that they follow which give their day a bit of structure and predictability. For example, a morning routine can consist of turning off the alarm clock, going to the bathroom, taking a shower, getting dressed, and then eating breakfast.
The wonderful part of a well-practiced routine is that you don’t have to devote much mental energy to get it completed. These types of routines are particularly well suited for the beginning and ending of a day.
Time to graze dormant alfalfa
With the temperatures dipping into the mid 20s, now is the time to graze off alfalfa fields.
In general, we recommend allowing alfalfa growth to accumulate for about six weeks before the first killing frost is anticipated (no grazing or cutting after Sept. 15).
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