• Berea Christmas Country Dance School evening programs open to public with $20 admission. For details, visit www.berea.edu/ccds.
• Richmond City Commissioners swearing-in ceremony, 5 p.m., City Hall, 239 W. Main St.
Through Jan. 1
• Madison County Extension Office closed from Monday, Dec. 24, through Tuesday, Jan. 1, reopening Wednesday, Jan. 2.
Dec. 31, Jan. 1
• Richmond City Hall and all city departments close 3 p.m. Monday and all day Tuesday.
• Madison County Courthouse and all offices are closed all day Monday and Tuesday.
• Berea City Hall and all offices are closed all day Monday and Tuesday
• Madison County Public Library branches closed.
• Richmond Area Arts Council’s “Fun With the Arts” after-school spring semester classes begin. For details, visit www.artsinrichmond.org or call 624-4242.
• Richmond Board of Adjustments, 5:30 p.m., City Hall, 239 W. Main St.
• Sister’s Choice Quilt Square class, 5-7 p.m., Richmond Area Arts Center, 399 W. Water Street. The $15 tuition includes materials. Patrons should bring own portable sewing machine, thread and scissors. For details, visit www.artsinrichmond.org or call 624-4242.
Starting Jan. 7
• The Treble Clef Chorus (formerly Madison Youth Chorus) resumes weekly rehearsals, 5:30 p.m., Richmond Area Arts Center, 399 W. Water St.
• Fitness classes, cardio at 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays; Jazzercise at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Russel Acton Folk Center, Jefferson Street, Berea. For class fees and other details, call Berea Parks & Recreation, 986-9402.
• Madison Fiscal Court, 9:30 a.m., Berea Police and Municipal Building, 304 Chestnut St.
• Richmond City Commission, 4:30 work session, 6 p.m. regular session, City Hall, 239 W. Main St.
Sarah • Madison Middle and Madison Central High schools Youth Services Center Advisory Council meeting, 3:30 p.m., Phillips Building Center, 704 N. Second St.
• Madison Singers (RAAC community choir) resume weekly rehearsals, 7 p.m., Richmond Area Arts Center, 399 W. Water St.
• Grandparents as Parents, 10 a.m., Madison County Extension Center, 230 Duncannon Lane, Richmond.
• Richmond City Commission work session, 1 p.m., City Hall, 239 W. Main St.
• Berea City Council, 6:30 p.m., Berea Police and Municipal Building, 304 Chestnut St.
• Richmond Architecture Review Board, 3:30 pm., City Hall, 239 W. Main St.
• Richmond Planning and Zoning Commission work session, 5:30 p.m., City Hall, 239 W. Main St.
- Lifestyles & Community
The Clover Games were a success
Almost 300 youth and volunteers from Madison County attended the 2014 Madison County 4-H Camp last week, June 30 through July 3. The campers who attended had a great time.
On Monday night, there was a carnival, complete with inflatables, cotton candy and snow cones.
EKU, Berea to co-host apiculture society
From July 28 through Aug. 1, the Eastern Apiculture Society will be buzzing around Madison County as Berea College and EKU co-host this international event (www.easternapiculture.com).
This year’s theme, “Esprit de Bee,” pays tribute to the Kentucky National Guard’s Agriculture Development Teams, specifically their leadership in apiculture.
Trace minerals for beef cattle
Grazing livestock require many different nutrients to support growth, milk production and body-tissue maintenance.
Often, minerals are separated into two categories. The minerals that are required in relatively large amounts are called major or macro minerals. These usually are listed on feed tags with a percentage sign after the name.
Those needed in lesser amounts are called micro, minor or trace minerals and are generally listed in parts per million (ppm).
A lot is going on with Extension this month
The Meet Your Farmers Tour was a huge success.
Despite the rainy weather, we had over 120 people visit farms and farmers markets around the county. I just want to thank the farms that opened their gates, as well as the producers at our farmers markets: Baldwin Farms, Turpin Cattle Farm, Berea Garden and Greenhouse, Hunt Acres, Meadowbrook Farm at EKU, Madison County Farmers Market, Berea Farmers Market and Downtown Richmond Farmers Market.
Fresh-grown herbs making their way to the shelves
The July 4 holiday is fast approaching, and the Berea College Farm Store will have a limited schedule this week:
It will be open for regular hours Wednesday and Thursday, 2 to 6:30 p.m., but closed Friday through Monday.
We will re-open Tuesday on our normal schedule. To celebrate Independence Day and to make up for our shortened schedule, we will extend our 10-percent off sale for all Berea College raised beef and pork products (excluding ground beef) through the end of this week.
Barklice not a threat to trees
Have you noticed a mass of small gray insects on your trees, all moving together as a group? Then you may have barklice!
This has been the summer of barklice in Kentucky. I have received an unprecedented amount of phone calls about this insect. At the UK insect lab in Lexington, specimens, descriptio
Clean water is essential for livestock health
Water is the most important nutrient for animals, and it is essential to ensure that animals have ample access to clean water.
Having water available for livestock allows for optimal animal performance and health. Dry matter intake is directly related to water intake, and the less an animal drinks, the less feed it will consume.
High-fat diets not risky for endurance athletes
Athletes are always looking for a competitive edge in their diet but have to contend with potential negative health consequences, including increased fat storage and increased risk of coronary artery disease.
Higher fat and carbohydrate diets in particular are front and center in the athletic marketplace, but one wonders whether these diets pose additional risk to endurance athletes.
Medical homes matter for kids
“The lion ate him!” the two-year-old boy exclaimed to his father.
The father smiled and said, “Yes, that’s what happened in the story we read last night.”
Young children often say things that are out of context which leaves most adults befuddled as to what a child is talking about. The only adults that will understand are those who have spent time with the child and can fill in the context.
Pets of the Week
This week’s cat is China, a 5-year-old spayed female. This week’s dog is Shilo, a 2-year-old female Labrador mix.
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