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                                         August 17 - August 21, 2009

Encouraging a Well Behaved Child- Sometimes parents need some help to raise a well behaved child. Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk has tips to help instill discipline and how your child can keep a positive attitude.

Ridding Your Pool of Insect Invaders-
Swimming pools seem to becon a variety of insects. Bugs believe a pool is just another water source. Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, expands on how to manage these invaders and prevent them from getting in your pool.

Preventing Fleas and Ticks- A common but unwelcome experience when outdoors are fleas and ticks. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin elaborates on how these pests get onto you and how to reduce bites by taking precautions.

Controlling GreenHouse Gasses- Greenhouse gasses trap heat in the atmosphere and could become hazardous to our planet. Ashley Osborne, Extension Associate for Environmental Issues, details what you can do to help reduce greenhouse gasses.

Canning Home-Grown Food- Many people can their own food because of the many advantages it brings, but you should know the proper way to can or you could risk some health hazards.  Extension Food Technologist Joe O'Leary outlines the canning process, how to do it properly and what the consequences are if it is not done correctly.


August 10 - August 14, 2009

Supporting Youth Programs in the Community  - Many young people fall through the cracks and are not provided effective youth programs. Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen suggests the need to provide further support for programs in the community. 

Going Green at School  -   Swapping and recycling are two ways to improve the environment as the new school year begins.  Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne explains how you can embrace the "going green" initiative.

Planning No-Cost Family Activities - Brainstorming for ideas for no-cost activities is a fun way to plan a constructive and educational family event. Carole Gnatuk, Extension Child Development Specialist, believes the effort will be worthwhile while encouraging the family to spend more together time.

Removing Paper Wasp Colonies  Wasps, hornets and bees can cause irritating problems around the outside of your home.  Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend provides tips to removing these insect colonies from your landscape.

Using Pourous Pavement to Filter Runoff Water -    Rainwater can take with it all forms of polluting materials.  Extension Water Quality Liaison Amanda Gumbert describes a new kind of pavement that can help filter polluted water before it enters the storm drains.


August 3 - August 7, 2009

Understanding a Riparian Zone- A riparian zone is a buffer zone of trees between water and other land.   Extension Water Quality Liaison Amanda Gumbert explains healthy riparian zones and how they can help your own landscape if you have water in it.

Canning Foods at Home-  Canning is an excellent way to prolong the life of excess food. Canning needs to be done correctly.  Joe O'Leary, Extension Food Technologist, details how to can to USDA guidelines and how canning can save you money.

Cleaning Your Home Made Easier- With summer activities and everything else going on, its sometimes hard to keep your home as clean as you would like.  Extension Home Furnishings Specialist Linda Adler discusses how to help make cleaning your home a little easier.

Coping with Camel Crickets in Your Home-  Camel crickets are an unusual insect that can be found in many peoples homes.  Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist, elaborates on camel crickets and what their presence could mean.

Maintaining landscape in the Summer- Good gardeners know that plants that are healthy in the summer are more likely to be cold tolerant.  Extension Horticulturist Bill Fountain explains how to take care of your garden now to extend the life of plants.


July 27 - July 31, 2009

Encouraging Effective Communications-  Experts suggest children should be taught effective communication skills at a young age.  Extension Specialist Kenneth Jones discusses strategies to help teach children how to communicate with each other.

Teaching Children to Protect their Skin-  It is important to have children of all ages playing outdoors during the warm months, but it is also important to take care of their skin.  Carole Gnatuk, Extension Child Development Specialist, outlines how your children can take care of their skin and learn valuable habits for the future.

Eating Red Meat is Consuming Healthy Food- Red meat has been accused of causing some health concerns, but in moderation red meat can be a healthy food.  Gregg Rentfrow, Extension Meat Specialist, explains how red meat can be beneficial in providing certain nutrients to your body.

Traveling and Vacationing Safely-  There are a few things to help out with the environment that should be considered when traveling and vacationing this summer. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne details how to be green by saving energy in your home when gone. Osborne recommends staying at green friendly hotels.

Making Decisions About Do-It-Yourself Projects- Do-it-yourself projects are now easier for the average person. Always evaluate the work before starting a project. Linda Adler, Extension Home Furnishings Specialist, emphasizes how to get ready before starting and not to take on tasks that are too daunting when doing things yourself.


July 20 - July 24, 2009

Keeping Children Active During the Summer-  Recent research has shown that children's body mass index more than doubles over the summer compared to the school year.  Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk explains how it is important to have children active.

Installing a Rain Barrel-  Rain barrels can help you save water for periods of drought and also save you money.  Rick Durham, Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture, details how easy it is to install a rain barrel and using the barrel to save money.

Stimulating the Economy with the Meat & Poultry Industry- A study recently has shown just how important the meat & poultry industries are to the economy. Extension Meat Specialist Gregg Rentfrow emphasizes the meat & poultry industries importance with supplying jobs, food and money to our nation.

Using Pesticides Safely- When insects become a problem pesticides are sometimes needed to take care of them.   Pesticides are not always the best solution. Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, details tips to follow if you do have to use pesticides to keep you and others safe.

Finding Time for Family Meals-  Sometimes it is hard to get a busy family together for a meal time. Extension Nutrition Specialist Ingrid Adams explains the importance of having a family mealtime.


July 13 - July 17, 2009

Planning a Childs Day-  Are your children or grandchildren bored and you do not know what to do?  Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk outlines ways to help get those children active and sharpening their minds for the coming school year.

Recognizing Cicada-Killing Wasps-  Cicada-Killing Wasps are a common site throughout the summer, and usually do not harm people if left alone. Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist, describes the insect, how it operates and how to get rid of them if they become a pest.

Using Dialog to Have an Effective Group-  All of us are members of various groups.  Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen details how dialog is one of the most important things in having an effective group and how it helps to build other skills.

Harvesting Cucumbers & Summer Squash-  Cucumbers and Summer Squash are both fairly common in home gardens.  John Strang, Extension Horticulturist, describes various aspects of both vegetables and how to get more from each.

Investing in Your Family's Future with a Mealtime-   With the busy schedules of everyone in a family today, its hard to get everyone together.  Extension Nutrition Specialist Ingrid Adams explains the importance of having some family time and that even one meal a day together can help family ties. 


July 6 - July 10, 2009

Controlling Chiggers in the Summer-  Chiggers are one of the most irritating pests.  Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist, explains how chiggers get on you, what their bites do to you and reducing the chances of getting bit.

Diagnosing Tomato Disease-  Sometimes the leaves on your tomato plants turn yellow and drop off.  Extension Horticulture Specialist John Strang elaborates on how early blight and other diseases can effect tomato plants.

Getting Your Kids to Eat Vegetables-  Sometimes you need to use some tricks to get children to eat vegetables.  Ingrid Adams, Extension Nutrition Specialist, highlights ideas to get your children to eat more vegetables.

Checking Home Heating and Cooling Systems-  Some home maintenance chores should be done monthly.  Extension Home Furnishings Specialist Linda Adler outlines what areas in your home require inspection each month for your safety.

Avoiding Black Widows-   Black widows are one of the more feared spiders in Kentucky.  Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist, describes what Black Widows look like and how Black Widows act around humans.


June 29 - July 3, 2009

Promoting Home Safety-  It's important to check all safety systems around the home frequently.  Extension Home Furnishings Specialist Linda Adler outlines what to look for and what to check around the home to keep you safe.

Consuming Pork is Safe-  The World Health Organization raised the world wide pandemic alert level to phase six in response to the H1N1 Virus also known as Swine flu.  Gregg Rentfrow, Extension Meat Specialist, explains how even though the level has been raised its still safe to eat pork.

Eating Enough Vegetables Each Day-   It is recommended that you eat two and half cups of vegetables each day. Extension Nutrition Specialist Ingrid Adams discusses eating vegetables and how much of each variety.

Recognizing Black Widow Spiders-  Black Widows are present throughout Kentucky and are one of the most feared spiders.  Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist, explains the tendencies of Black Widow spiders and how to distinguish them from other insects.

Borrowing from a Retirement Plan-   Many employers allow employees to borrow from your retirement plan.  Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop expands on how the program works and how it might not be advantageous.


June 22 - June 26, 2009

Protecting Yourself From Mosquitoes- Mosquitoes are out in full force and have become a nuisance with the recent wet weather.  Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend examines some of the best ways to keep mosquitoes away.

Updating Your Home at Moderate Cost-  A few key changes to your home could give your house a major makeover.  Linda Adler, Extension Home Furnishings Specialist,  outlines low cost ideas to help make your home look updated.

Developing a Strong Community-    With the current economic crisis, it is important to keep the community strong. Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen emphasizes key aspects of a strong community and how this strength helps everyone.

Controlling Biting Mosquitoes-  Many outdoor activities can be ruined by mosquitoes.  Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist, discusses how to eliminate the source of mosquitoes.

Benefiting from Vegetables-   Ever since childhood  parents have encouraged us to eat vegetables, and it's still a recurring theme today.  Extension Nutrition Specialist Ingrid Adams explains how important it is to eat  healthy amounts of vegetables everyday.


June 15 - June 19, 2009

Painting the Outside of Your Home- Choosing an exterior paint color for your house can be frustrating. Linda Adler, Extension Home Furnishings Specialist, provides suggestions on what color to paint your home.

Renovating Strawberries-  After harvesting strawberries you need to evaluate the patch for the next growing year.  Extension Horticulturist John Strang explains how to care for strawberries and how to get the most from the garden each year.

Identifying the Emerald Ash Borer-  The Emerald Ash Borer is a serious pest that has established itself in Kentucky.  Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist,  outlines how to avoid transmitting the Emerald Ash Borer and keeping the problem to a minimum. 

Encouraging Deadhead Pruning-  Annual flowers give color to your landscape but some of these stop flowering early when they look there best.  Extension Consumer Horticulture Specialist Rick Durham details how to keep your flowers flowering by deadhead pruning and looking good longer.

Reducing the Threat of Yellow Jackets-   Yellow Jackets can be a huge pest during the summer. Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist. emphasizes the importance of minimizing the things that attract yellow jackets to keep this insect from harming you.


June 8  - June 12, 2009

Ensuring Adequate Sleep to Prevent Childhood Obesity-  Recent research has found that children not getting enough sleep at night effects their weight.  Carole Gnatuk, Extension Child Development Specialist, expands on facts about childhood sleeping habits and obesity.

Thinning Apples, Pears & Peaches-  If you don't want to harvest a lot of smaller fruit this year you may want to think about thinning. Extension Horticulturist John Strang outlines why you would want to and how to thin apple, pear and peach trees.

Leaving Money for your Heirs-  If one of your estate goals is to leave money to your heirs, some recent laws have been established that you should know about.  Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist, outlines the new laws and how they might affect you.

Using Mulch on Plants-  Mulch in the landscape has many beneficial effects.  Extension Consumer Horticulturist Rick Durham elaborates on helpful tips when applying mulch to your landscape.

Staring Low Carb Diets-  Low carbohydrate diets have been all the rage lately even without solid scientific evidence.  Sandra Bastin, Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist, details the pro's and cons of starting yourself on a low carb diet.


June 1  - June 5, 2009

Closing the Recycling Gap-  Just recycling trash is only part of the effort to recycle.  Ashley Osborne, Extension Associate for Environmental Issues, explains how buying products made of recycled waste completes the cycle.

Refreshing a Room-  If a room isn't perfect it can be renovated to make it better.  Extension Home Furnishings Specialist Linda Adler discusses tips and tricks to remaking a refreshed room.

Developing a Successful Patio Garden-  Vegetable gardens can be very enjoyable, even in pots on your patio.  Rick Durham, Extension Consumer Horticulture Speciallist, explains how to take care of a patio vegetable garden that can benefit you.

Buying Locally Grown Products-  Buying local good helps local farmers but also helps the environment.  Extension Water Quality Liaison Amanda Gumbert elaborates on the benefits of buying locally.

Enjoying an American Icon:  The Hamburger-  The Hamburger can be found at almost any American event. and has become an food icon.  Gregg Rentfrow, Extension Meat Specialist, outlines the history and statistics of the classic hamburger.


May 25 - May 29, 2009

Turning Trash to Treasure- There are many things you can reuse to keep them from being put in a landfill.  Ashley Osborne, Extension Associate for Environmental Issues, discusses certain items that are reusable by you or others to help the environment.

Preparing First-Time Campers-  With the summer approaching and camp right around the corner, its important to know if your children are ready to stay on their own.  Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen outlines activities designed to prepare first-time campers.

Recognizing Gardening as an Exercise-  Gardening is a healthy activity but also is a great exercise even for those with limited mobility.  Rick Durham, Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture, explains just how much exercise you can get from light gardening.

Selecting Paint Colors for your Home-  Color is usually the first thing you notice when entering a room.  Extension Home Furnishing Specialist Linda Adler elaborates on some tips and tricks to use when painting a room.

Using Household Pesticides Safely-  Using non-chemical control measures is the safest way to control pests when possible.  Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, outlines ways to use pesticides safely around the house.


May 18 - May 22, 2009

Managing Fungus Gnats- Fungus gnats are found throughout the house year round.  Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin explains how they get in the house, where they breed, and how to take care of this annoying problem.

Understanding June-Drop Conditions-  If you have fruit that's  falling prematurely, you shouldn't be worried.  Rick Durham, Extension Specialist for Horticulture, elaborates on the natural phenomenon known as June-drop.

Choosing Green Cleaning Products-  Green living is a hot topic, and now you should be aware of cleaning products that aren't harmful to the environment.  Extension Home Furnishings Specialist Linda Adler  details green cleaning and how to save the environment by using the right products.

Developing Trust in Groups-  A lot of our time is spent in groups, and trust is important within these groups.  Gary Hansen, Extension Sociologist, outlines how to gain trust in your groups.

Disposing of Pharmaceuticals-  Recent research has shown that  our sewage systems are not equipped to remove chemicals in medicines.  Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne discusses the proper way to get rid of excess pharmaceuticals rather than flushing them down the toilet.


May 11 - May 15, 2009

Reducing Carpenter Bee Problems- Carpenter bees are so named because they excavate galleries in wood to create nest sites. Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist, discusses some simple and easy tips you can use to prevent carpenter bees from taking over your home.

Thinking Green Around Your House-  Everywhere we look we see signs  for the "GREEN" movement. Linda Adler, Extension Home Furnishings Specialist, discusses how you can tell if a product or practice saves on water and energy.

Understanding the Importance of Water in the Landscape-  Water is the most essential element for humans as well as your landscape.  Bill Fountain, Extension Horticulture Specialist, elaborates on ways that you can restore your landscape using water.

Using Hardwood Smoking Chips-  Americans are barbecuing more than they were a year ago and that number will soon rise with warm weather here. Extension Meats Specialist Gregg Rentfrow discusses using hardwoods for your next barbequing event.

Keeping Your Vacation Pleasurable-  Many Americans work all year just to go on vacation. Doug Burnham, Extension Specialist in Health, outlines important tips you should consider when planning your next vacation.


May 4 - May 8, 2009

Reaping the Benefits from Integrated Pest Management- Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. Amanda Gumbert, Extension Liaison for Water Quality, elaborates on the benefits from using a IPM plan.

Understanding Childhood Allergies to Foods- With a food allergy, the body reacts as though that particular food product is harmful. Extension Food Technologist Joe O'Leary discusses the importance of understanding food allergies in children.

Managing Home Pest Problems-  Almost everyone at some point encounters a pest problem in their home. Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, elaborates on ways that you can manage common pests in your home this spring.

Preparing Children for a Newborn in the Family-  Preparing for your new baby includes helping other family members adjust, especially other children. Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk examines how you should go about preparing your children for the experience of bringing a new baby home.

Evaluating Retirement and Roth IRA Plans-  Many Americans are growing concerned with their retirement plans. Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist, elaborates on the new revisions of Pension Protection Act of 2008.


April 20 - April 24, 2009

Using Pesticides Around the Home- Knowing how to use pesticides correctly can help keep you safe.  Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend highlights some important tips to use when applying pesticide around the house.

Disposing of Cigarette Butts- Cigarettes are one of the most littered items in our country and they are hurting our environment. Ashley Osborne, Extension Associate for Environment Issues, explains what we can do to help reduce cigarette butts being littered.

Recognizing Award-Winning Eggplant Varieties-  Recently there have been some new winners in the varieties of eggplants.  Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Ric Durham discusses the new winners and other aspects of the eggplant.

Caring for Older Family Members-  Caring for the elderly can be a hard thing to do.  Gary Hansen, Extension Sociologist, details how to cope and deal with stress that can sometimes be felt by caregivers.

Installing New Plants in the Landscape-  When planting new flowers in your landscape you need to take care to insure that the variety thrives.   Extension Horticulturist Bill Fountain outlines what needs to be done when improving your landscape and transplanting new plants into it.


April 13 - April 17, 2009

Keeping Picnic Food Safe-    Picnic season is right around the corner. Gregg Rentfrow, Extension Meat Specialist, discusses some important tips to consider when having your spring picnics to ensure that you and your loved ones do not become ill.

Preventing Gum Disease-  More and more Americans each year are being diagnosed with gum diseases such as gingivitis. Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist, Janet Kurzynske, highlights some healthy eating habits you can choose in order to prevent gum disease.

Planting Fruit Trees-   Many home owners enjoying being able to enjoy both the aesthetic and nutritional values of having fruit trees in their yard. John Strang, Extension Horticulturist, discusses how to properly prepare and plant your new tree to ensure a healthy transplant.

Using Your Credit Wisely-  Each day hundreds and thousands of American families are facing financial issues during this economic downturn. Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop explains how you can ensure that you are using your credit wisely.

Protecting Your Home with Smoke Detectors-   Each year in the state of Kentucky they are on average 22.8 deaths related to home fires. Linda Adler, Extension Home Furnishings Specialist,  emphasizes the importance of fire detectors in your home.


April 6 - April 10, 2009

Organizing a Community Green-Up Day-    Reducing our pollution and greening up the Earth is very important.  Ashley Osborne, Extension Associate for Environmental Issues, discusses the steps you can take to plan a community wide green-up day.

Living Green Tips-  The Go Green Campaign is very predominant in the media.  Linda Adler, Extension Home Furnishings Specialist, explains several tips that you can apply to your daily life in order to go green and reduce your impact on the environment.

Protecting Children From Pesticides-   Each year many children become ill and even die from drinking pesticides.  Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains how you can protect your child from pesticides in your home.

Planting Warm Season Crops Spring has finally arrived and many people are looking forward to the warm weather. John Strang, Extension Horticulturist, explains the warm season crops that you should be planting now in your garden.

Reducing the Risk of Macular Degeneration-   Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in Americans aged 65 and older. Extension Food Nutrition Specialist Sandra Bastin emphasizes the importance of a healthy, well balanced diet in the prevention of the disease.


March 30 - April 3, 2009

Celebrating Earth Day-    Earth Day is an important holiday in the stride to save the planet from pollution.  Ashley Osborne, Extension Associate for Environmental Issues, discusses how you can take part in Earth Day 2009.

Identifying Pests Around the Home-  With spring here, more people are going to be seeing insects in their home.  Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, explains how you can properly identify and learn how to manage pest problems with help from the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.

Recognizing the Difference between Ground Beef and Hamburger   Most consumers do not know what is different about  ground beef and hamburger.  Extension Meat Specialist Gregg Rentfrow explains the difference between the two meats.

Exploring Windy Days With Your Kids Many people never think of using windy days as a way to educate your child. Carole Gnatuk, Extension Child Development Specialist, discusses how you can increase you and your  child's sensory awareness on a windy day.

Resurging Study Circles-   Study circles were a common event many years ago.  Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen emphasizes the importance and benefits of study circles.


March 23 - March 27, 2009

Overcoming Financial Issues-    With the tightening economy many people are facing financial issues.  Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop outlines tips to overcome problems that develop concerning finances.

Understanding Kentucky's Karst Topography-  Kentucky is known for its extensive cave system and diverse topography.  Amanda Gumbert, Extension Liaison for Water Quality, explains how the cave systems are formed.

Using Home Pesticides Safely-   Pesticides are labeled with proper use and application recommendations.  Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend highlights the importance of using pesticides safely around the home.

Parenting the Online Child Every day more and more teens are using the Internet. Carole Gnatuk, Extension Child Development Specialist, gives details on how to guide your teen on the appropriate use of the Internet and social networking.

Analyzing Grandma's Household Tips-   Most people use household tips that has been in the family for generations.  Extension Home Furnishings Specialist Linda Adler explains the importance of analyzing the information before you apply it.


March 16 - March 20, 2009

Maintaining a Healthy Credit Score-    Everyone needs a good credit score in order to get a low interest rate.  Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop discusses how to maintain a high credit score.

Managing Pests Without Chemicals-  As more people turn to going green they are deciding to use less chemicals.  Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, gives details on how to control pests without the use of chemicals.

Applying Oil to Trees-   Early Spring is the perfect time to apply dormant oil to your fruit trees.  Extension Horticulturist John Strang highlights the importance of spraying your trees in order to control insects that harm fruit trees.

Preventing Sink-Hole Pollution Kentucky's land has many sink holes that can be found all across the state. Amanda Gumbert, Extension Liaison for Water Quality, highlights some steps that you can take to prevent sink-hole pollution on your land.

Handling Conflict Within the Family-   Every family encounters conflict with one another at some point..  Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk expands on how you can deal with conflict between family members.


March 9 - March 13, 2009

Using Filter Strips to Manage Water Run-Off-    A lot of sediments can be released from plowed fields and pollute our water.  Extension Liaison for Water Quality Amanda Gumbert explains how to use, how they work, and  how to maintain filter strips on your property.

Understanding the Rule of 72-  Everyone should be aware of the rule of 72. It's a rule of how long it will take an investment to double.  Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist, outlines how to use the rule and has examples of the rule of 72 as applied to real life situations.

Caring for Silverware-   Silverware can be placed in the dishwasher contrary to popular belief.  Extension Specialist for Home furnishings Linda Adler expands how you can enjoy your silverware and take care of it at the same time.

Building Strong Families with Quality Time No matter who you are, you can help to strengthen family ties.  Carole Gnatuk, Extension Child Development Specialist, emphasizes the importance of having a strong family and suggests how to accomplish it.

Recognizing the Brown Recluse Spider-   Many different kind of spiders live around our homes, some that can be dangerous.  Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin details how to recognize a Brown recluse from other spiders and how they act around humans.


March 2 - March 6, 2009

Developing Media Literacy Skills-    Media is all around us and we experience it without even knowing it.  Gary Hansen, Extension Sociologist, examines the media and why it is important to be media literate.

Conserving Water to Save Money-  The economy is always on our mind and the more ways we can save money the better.  Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne shares tips on how to conserve water and save money.

Resurging Bed Bugs-   Bed Bugs are usually very rare but recently have made a comeback.  Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist, explains why bed bugs are back and how they infest.

Building an Emergency Fund-  Having a fund  to cover three to six month's of expenses could become very important.  Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop outlines how to start your very own emergency fund so it will be there when you need it.

Helping Kids Cope With the Economy-   Confusion from adults about the economy can be transferred to children.  Kenneth Jones, Extension Leadership Development Specialist, emphasizes how to help children cope with the economy and signs that they need your help.


February 23 - February 27, 2009

Using a Rain barrel to Capture Storm water-    Benefiting  you and the environment, installing a rain barrel is an important way to inhibit pollution.   Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne suggests a rain barrel will decrease storm water run off that picks up pollutants and ends up in a stream or creek.

Growing Rasberries-  The Rasberry is a relatively easy small fruit crop to grow in Kentucky.  Extension Horticulturist John Strang provides a step-by-step procedure to get plants in the ground and see fruits of your labor in the first year.

Averaging Dollar Costs for Investments-   A simple yet sequential way to save money, there are substantial benefits to average dollar cost investing.   Extension Family Resource management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop has a break-down of how this investment philosophy works.

Fighting High Blood Pressure with Calcium-  High blood pressure is a serious problem in Kentucky.  According to Extension Food Specialist Joe O'Leary increasing your calcium input may lower your blood pressure.

Using Pesticides Safely-   Always read the label of pesticide containers before applying the chemicals and follow directions.    Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend suggests following an integrated approach toward the control of insects and disease is the best way to keep your plants healthy and growing.


February 9 - February 13, 2009

Recovering Nest-Egg from Financial Downturn-    There are new tax laws that anyone with a Nest-Egg should know about.  Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop outlines how retirees can skip the required minimum withdrawal from your retirement accounts.

Storing Water for Emergencies-  You never know when a emergency can strike.  Kim Henken, Extension Associate for Environmental Issues, details how much and how to store water in the case of an emergency.

Starting Low Carb Diets-   Low Carb diets have become very popular in  recent years.  Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist Sandra Bastin highlights how low carb diets work and the pro's and con's of them

Surviving Tough Economic Times- Everyone knows that we are in tough economic times. Gary Hansen, Extension Sociologist, outlines how this tough economy is effecting everyone.

Using Glass Blocks to Update Home-   Glass blocks were popular in homes in the 1920's and 30's and now they are popular again.  Extension Specialist for Home Furnishings Linda Adler elaborates on how to use Glass Blocks in your home today.


February 2 - February 6, 2009

Tracking your Money Spending-    How do you keep track of how you spend money?  It all adds up.  Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop explains the importance of documenting large and small amounts of money being spent to get a handle on your overall expenses and how to save money.

Controlling Head Lice-  Head lice outbreaks are common on youngsters during the winter.  Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin outlines how to prevent and detect head lice problems in children.

Preventing Storm Water Pollution from Storm drains-   What are storm drains? Water contaminated with pollutants can cause contamination of our streams and lakes via drains. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne describes how to minimize pollution by careful handling of chemicals and refuse.

Planning for Productive Gardening- Which vegetable do I like to eat? Selecting vegetable varieties for a small garden can be a difficult task.   Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham suggests how to decide on vegetables to grow.

Understanding the Rinse and Return Program-   How do you dispose of pesticide containers?  Extension Liaison for Water Quality Issues Amanda Gumbert  has a step-by-step procedure for readying your containers for return.


January 26 - January 30, 2009

Cleaning up a Dump-    Finding a place to dispose trash in rural Kentucky can be hard. It is illegal to dump trash in many places.  Amanda Gumbert, Extension Liaison for Water Quality Issues, explains the proper way to dispose of your trash and  protect the environment at the same time.

Understanding Integrity and Character-  Do your children know the difference between Character and Integrity?  Extension Behavioral Specialist Kenneth Jones outlines how to analyze what your children know about character and integrity and how to teach it to them.

Eating Healthy-   Consuming foods together can help your body via added nutrition.  Joe O'Leary, Extension Food Technologist, tells of foods that go together and how to eat healthier.

Checking for Firewood Pests-  Firewood inhabitants can show up after you bring in a stack for the fireplace or stove. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend suggests how to prevent insects from coming inside with the wood.

Eliminating Clutter in the Home-   Forming positive organizational habits can go a long way toward reducing clutter in your home. Extension Home Furnishings Specialist Linda Adler provides tips on keeping the home tidy.


January 19 - January 23, 2009

Resisting Children's Television Cravings-    Many people believe that television has a negative effect on children.  Gary Hansen, Extension Sociologist, emphasizes the importance of limiting and monitoring your children's television intake.

Facilitating a Healthy Good-Bye-  Separation anxiety is common among children. Carole Gnatuk, Extension Child Development Specialist, discusses several strategies to help parents and children cope with this common problem.

Avoiding Damage to Glass Cook Tops-   Stoves with glass cook tops are very popular now. Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist, has details on how to properly clean and maintain your glass cook top so that it will last for many years to come.

Selecting Organic Foods-  Organic foods are popular among Americans. Extension Food Scientist Joe O'Leary outlines things that you should look for when selecting organic foods in the supermarket.

Discovering Grain Moths in the Pantry-   Everyone hates finding pesky moths in and around their food.  Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist, examines how moths have found their way into your food storage area and prevention techniques.


January 12 - January 16, 2009

Buying "Green" products-    We are all asked to buy "green" products when possible.   Extension Home Furnishing Specialist Linda Adler details how to recognize environmentally safe products that are also effective.

Discovering Cloths Moths-  What about bugs infesting stored clothing.    Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist, suggests thoroughly inspecting and cleaning your fabrics after you pull them out for the season.  Certain fabrics are especially prone to contain moths over the warmer months.

Transitioning After High School-   Successful transition after high school is a key to independence as an adult. Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen has the data for 2007 indicating the overwhelming success of transitioning in Kentucky.

Buying Firewood Without Insects-  Wood fires can provide a convenient gathering place for the family and friends.  Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend suggests always buy firewood locally. Always inspect the wood for insects before bringing the bundle in.  Insects traveling with the wood get a free trip into your home and may cause damage inside.

Deciding on a Healthy Environment-   Understanding how daily choices effect our environment is a key to going "green ".  Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne provides ideas to make this happen.


January 5 - January 9, 2009

Testing Your Investment I.Q.-    Basic knowledge of investments is essential to a financially-sound future.  Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop poses important questions on investing.

Controlling Carpet Beetles-  Carpet beetles can attack many fabrics.  Controlling these insects is best done through inspection and prevention.  Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist, suggests how to keep these beetles away from your property.

Recycling Your Old Refrigerator-   You are encouraged to recycle your old, energy-hogging refrigerator.  Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne suggests a review of your present appliance's energy use and research into the new energy-saving refrigerator models.

Converting to Compact Florescent Lamps-  The new variation of CFL lamps have corrected some of the early problems.  Extension Home Furnishing Specialist Linda Adler believes it is time to make the change to these energy-saving alternatives.

Limiting Animal Access to Streams-   To improve water quality it is important to find ways to limit animal access to bodies of water.  Extension Water Quality Liaison Amanda Gumbert suggests this best management practice will usually make the water better for the livestock to drink.


December 22- December 26, 2008

Making Your New Year's Resolution a Green One-  The New Year is the perfect time to start new things.  Ashley Osborne, Extension Associate for Environmental Issues, discusses the benefits of taking part in the green hour campaign.

Evaluating Choices Regarding Your Retirement Plan-  Everyone is concerned about having money when they retire. Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist, elaborates on the importance of looking at different options available for retirement plans.

Selecting Vegetables: Heirloom vs. Hybrids-   Tomatoes are very popular fruits. Extension Horticulturist Rick Durham examines the taste difference between heirloom and hybrid tomatoes.

Protecting the Backyard Wildlife Habitat-  Wildlife habitat loss surrounds suburbia.   Ashley Osbourne, Extension Associate for Environmental Issues, explains how you can do your part to protect the wildlife habitat in your own backyard.

Recognizing the Importance of Disability Insurance-   Most people are not prepared for sudden disabilities.  Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist, elaborates on the importance of having disability insurance.


December 15- December 19, 2008

Opening a Health Savings Account-  Many people do not have health insurance.  Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist, explains how you can afford health insurance by opening a health savings account.

Making Life Difficult for Pests-  If you can eliminate the life essentials of water, food, and shelter for pests, then you can eliminate their presence.  Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend discusses how you can make it difficult for pests to survive in your home.

Spending a Green Hour Daily with Family-   Make your New Year's Resolutions green ones. Ashley Osbourne, Extension Associate for Environmental Issues, expands on how you can take part in the green movement through participating in the green hour campaign.

Saving Water and Money by Going Green-  Going green is not just a way to save the planet, but it also can save you money.  Extension Water Quality Liaison Amanda Gumbert explains how you can save water and energy at the same time.

Understanding Social Security Benefits and Taxes-   Each year the IRS changes the tax laws that affect social security.  Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist, elaborates on the 2009 social security benefits and taxes.


December 8- December 12, 2008

Saving Money Through Your Insurance Policy-  Most people do not think about being able to save money through their insurance policy.  Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist, explains how you can lower your insurance premiums and have more money in your pocket.

Experiencing Shyness-  Everyone knows someone that is shy.  Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen discusses how you can help someone you know their their personality.

Combining Families With Nature-   Enjoying nature is one of life's great pleasures and it benefits your health. Carole Gnatuk, Extension Child Development Specialist, expands on how you can find out more about the health benefits that result from spending time in nature with your family.

Protecting Fruit Trees from Rabbits and Voles-  With winter here, home owners should be protecting their fruit trees.  Extension Horticulturist John Strang explains what you need to do in order to protect your fruit trees from animal damage.

Making a Plan to Become Debt Free-   Interest rates are continually rising.  Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist, elaborates on how to lower your debts and eventually become debt free.


December 1- December 5, 2008

Scouting Hitchhikers on Winter Sensitive Plants-  Gardeners may start bringing their plants inside to protect them from frost.  Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist,  discusses the importance of checking your plants for insects before you bring them in.

Using Eco-Friendly Travel-  Have you ever thought about how your traveling affects the environment?. Extension Water Quality Liaison Amanda Gumbert discusses how you can make your travels more environmentally friendly.

Handling Frozen Food Safely-   Most consumers buy frozen turkeys to cook for the Holidays. Gregg Rentfrow, Extension Meat Specialist, discusses the proper way to thaw your turkey before you cook it.

Making Smart Money Investments-  Many people make mistakes when it comes to finances.  Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop discusses how you can save money each year.

Thawing Frozen Meat-   Meats are ideal places for salmonella and other pathogens to grow.  Joe O'Leary, Extension Food Technologist, elaborates on how to safely thaw and handle meat.


November 24- November 28, 2008

Giving Gifts to Gardeners-  Do you know a gardener  you will be buying for this holiday season?  Rick Durham, Extension Horticulturalist,  discusses great gift ideas for the gardener in your life.

Recycling E-Scrap-  Each year there are new models of electronic products that become available. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osbourne discusses how you can recycle your electronics.

Preparing Food Safely This Holiday Season-   With the holiday season quickly approaching there are going to be lots of family home for dinner. Joe O'Leary, Extension Food Technologist, elaborates on how to prepare your holiday meals safely.

Creating a Good Youth Development Program-  Youth development programs are great ways to ensure the future of our society.  Extension Youth Development Specialist Kenneth Jones discusses what it takes to develop a good youth development program in your community.

Experiencing Invisible Itches-   Ever annoyed by a nagging itch?  Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist, discusses the causes of invisible itches on the skin.


November 17- November 21, 2008

Filling Under Chapter 13 Bankruptcy-  Did you know that in the last few years bankruptcy laws have been changed?  Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop discusses filing chapter 13 bankruptcy.

Controlling Lingering Home Pests-  Pests invade homes especially in the winter months.  Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend examines how to eliminate pests in your home.

Reducing Your Waste Impact-   The landfills across the U.S. are beginning to overflow.  Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osbourne elaborates on how to reduce your waste and impact on the environment.

Updating Your Home on a Budget- Money is tight and many people are on budgets.  Linda Adler, Extension Home Furnishings Specialist, gives details on how to keep your home fashionable while spending less.

Parenting Calmly During the Teen Years- Every parent dreads when their child becomes a teenager.  Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk explains things you should consider when parenting a teenager.


November 10 - November 14, 2008

Rolling Over a 401K to an IRA-  When preparing to leave a job, look at all your options to save money.  Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop details the options other than just rolling over a 401K to an IRA.

Reading to Children has Many Benefits-  Reading Readiness skills can be gained by reading to your children. Extension Sociologist, Gary Hansen, explains just what reading to your children can do for them.

Helping Children to have a Healthy Weight-   Are you worried about your children's health and time spent in front of the television? Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk outlines how much television is good for children and how it correlates to their weight.

Striking Winter Characteristics from Evergreens-  Beauty in your landscape is possible all year round, but sometimes Winter is forgotten.  Rick Durham, Extension Horticulturist, examines plants and trees to add to your landscape for winter beauty.

Preparing Your Home for Cold Weather-   The cold months are coming. Is your house winterproofed?  Linda Adler, Extension Home Furnishings Specialist, explains what to look for when preparing your house for the Winter.


November 3- November 7 2008

Preparing Your Home for Colder Weather- The winter months are quickly approaching . Linda Adler, Extension Home Furnishings Specialist, emphasizes the importance of making sure your home is ready for the cold weather ahead.

Watching for Food Hazards-  There are numerous food hazards in the food service industry.  Extension Food Technologist Joe O'Leary explains the importance of food handling safety.

Contributing to Charities and the IRS-   Many people attend fund-raising events and use the cost to attend as a tax deduction. Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist, outlines the rules for using charitable donations as a tax deduction.

Recycling Waste From School Lunches-   The  fast paced, convenient lifestyle that we live in has negative effects on the environment. Extension Water Quality Liaison Amanda Gumbert  explains the importance of recycling the waste from your child's school lunch.

Managing Drugstore Beetles-   Drugstore beetles are common in many homes in Kentucky. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend discusses how to prevent drugstore beetles from becoming a guest in your home.


October 27- October 31 2008

Watching for Halloween Food Hazards- Halloween is a fun holiday for children but it can also be a hazard. Extension Food Technologist Joe O'Leary emphasizes the importance or supervising our children on this holiday.

Understanding a Watershed-  We all live, work and play in a watershed everyday. Amanda Gumbert, Extension Water Quality Liaison, explains exactly what a watershed is and how it works.

Making Apple Juice or Cider-   If you have some extra apples from your orchard this year a great idea is to make them into apple juice or cider. John Strang, Extension Horticulturist, explains the proper way to make these homemade drinks.

Giving Charitable Donations and Getting Tax Reductions-   Giving to charity has many advantages but also has many rules. Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop outlines the procedure to record your charitable donations so you can benefit from them.

Controlling Nuisance Ants-   Ants are one of the most common pests around the house that can actually cause damage and are hard to exterminate. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin discusses removing an ant infestation in the home.


October 20- October 24 2008

Leaving Your IRA With Your Employer-  Many people leave their IRA with their employer when they retire. Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist, discusses the importance of knowing the regulations regarding your IRA.

Changing Weather in Kentucky-  The weather on a daily basis varies in Kentucky Ashley Osbourne, Extension Associate for Environmental Issues, discusses how our actions affect the local climate.

Finding Pests in Firewood-   Many Kentuckians are turning to burning wood as an alternative to generate heat. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin discusses how to prevent bugs from entering your home on your firewood.

Playing With Young Children Outdoors-   Fall provides optimal weather for children to play outside.  Carole Gnatuk, Extension Child Development Specialist, expands on ideas for outdoor play with your child.

Teaching Children to Save-   Everyone is struggling in the current economic market. Kenneth Jones, Extension Specialist, discusses the importance of teaching your child proper money management and savings habits.


October 13- October 17 2008

Caring or Patio Furniture-  Patio furniture can be an expensive investment and one that you would like to protect and maintain.  Linda Adler, Extension Home Furnishing Specialist, suggests ways to take care of your investment and make it last.

Protecting Your Home From Pests-  No one wants pests living in their house.  Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, discusses how to locate and then eliminate unwanted insects in your home.

Getting Children Started Doing Chores-   Responsibility is important for children to learn from you. Carole Gnatuk, Extension Child Development Specialist, elaborates on teaching your children responsibility through daily household chores.

Inheriting an IRA: Ideas for Beneficiaries-   Being aware of how to deal with your inheritance will help out in the long run.  Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist, expands on what you can do to get more from inheriting an IRA.

Creating a New Climate for Action-   October is Children's Health Month. You'll hear unique ideas for educating children and parents during this celebration.  Ashley Osbourne, Extension Associate for Environmental Issues, emphasizes the importance of this month.


October 6- October 10 2008

Borrowing From Your Retirement Fund-  With a struggling economy many people are looking for ways to come up with money.  Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist, discusses the idea of borrowing money from your retirement fund.

Understanding Social Assets in a Community-  There are three types of social assets that are found in a community. Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen explains the effects these have on positive change .

Selecting Safe Home Repairs-   Everyone wants to save money by doing their home repairs  themselves.  Linda Adler, Extension Home Furnishings Specialist, explains the importance of doing the work safely.

Establishing Any-Time Resolutions for Kids-   Every New Year most people set resolutions.  Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk discusses how to set resolutions for your child any time.

Disposing of Used Motor Oil-   Millions of gallons of motor oil are dumped inappropriately each year. Amanda Gumbert, Extension Water Quality Liaison, discusses the importance of properly disposing of your used motor oil.


September 29- October 3 2008

Preventing Pests From Entering the Home-  Bugs and beetles are unwanted house guests.  Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains how to make sure that your home is not invaded by pests.

Storing Chemicals Safely- In the fall months many people spray and fertilize their lawns for the spring.  Amanda Gumbert, Extension Water Quality Liaison, discusses the importance of properly storing chemicals and fertilizers.

Selecting Children's Holiday Gifts-   Everyone wants to save money when doing their holiday shopping.  Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnetuk discusses how to select the correct holiday gift for the child in your life.

Following Safety Rules With Home Projects-   Safety is the number one concern around the house.  Linda Adler, Extension Home Furnishings Specialist,  emphasizes tips on staying safe while performing home projects this season.

Controlling the Camel Cricket-    No one wants to hear the call of a cricket in their home. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin suggests how to make your home cricketless.


September 22- September 26 2008

Planning Your Last letter of Instruction-  It is important that everyone has made sure that their family and friends know what their final wishes are.  Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop explains how to make sure that your final wishes are carried out.

Avoiding Chiggers Outdoors- Everyone hates those itchy chigger bites.  Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin provides tips about how to avoid or reduce future chigger bites.

Evaluating Natural Versus Organic Foods-   When shopping for groceries there are many foods that we find labeled organic.  Extension Food Technologist Joe O'Leary explains the nutritional value and safety of organic versus natural foods.

Developing Literacy Through Parenting-   Creative play is an important way for children to learn.  Extension Child Development Specialist  Carole Gnetuk explains the importance of children's play time.

Planting Bulbs in the Fall-    Early spring color in your garden is easy to achieve. Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham suggests how to make your garden bloom brilliantly in the spring.


September 15 - September 19 2008

Teaching Your Children Money Saving Skills-  Teaching your children at an early age money skills will help for their successful future.  Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop explains how to teach your children by example.

Caring for Evergreens in Colder Months- Evergreens continue to strive during colder months but still need care.  Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham suggests how to take care of them properly.

Playing Indoors in Colder Weather-   With cool weather coming and children moving indoors to play more often many parents wonder how to keep them active.  Extension Child Development Specialist  Carole Gnetuk suggests some fun indoor activities.

Involving Parents in Children's Education-   Homework is a great way for parents to be able to interact and help their children learn.  Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen outlines the importance of involvement with your child's education.

Paying off your Mortgage Early-   Most homeowners have a mortgage, but some do not know how to pay it off.  Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop explains the advantages of paying your mortgage off as soon as possible.


September 8 - September 12 2008

Planning for Improving Agriculture Water Quality-  If you own and farm 10 or more acres you are required by law to develop a agriculture water quality plan. Amanda Gumbert, Extension Water Quality Liaison,  explains how why such a plan is important to you and the environment.

Addressing Concerns of School A sense of anxiety is often in play when children move to another school.   Extension Specialist Kenneth Jones suggests it is important to address any concern a student has when entering a new school year.

Creating Through Playing-   All year long children need to play.  This develops problem-solving techniques and brings the family together. Carole Gnetuk, Extension Child Development Specialist, recommends parents support and participate in their children's play activities.  

Comparing Conventional vs Organic Products  The quality and price of dairy food products are important attributes to any consumer.    Extension Food Technologist Joe O'leary examines a the value of buying organic.

Solving or Preventing Pest Problems at Home-   Recognize the locations pests will congregate inside the home.   Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend describes the most logical places to look for and dispose of pests in the house.


September 1 - September 5 2008

Pre-Planning for Retirement-  Retirement comes very faster than we think.  Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist,  explains how to begin retirement savings at an early age .

Walking for Family Fun and Fitness The whole family benefits when walking together.  Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk  suggests how walking can support family health in more than one way.

Harvesting and Storing Winter Squash-   It is important to harvest winter squash only when you have identified them as ripe.  Extension Horticulture Specialist John Strang suggests you inspect the squash and after harvesting prepare them properly for storage.

Living a Green Lifestyle Make a deliberate choice to reduce your impact on the environment.  Extension Water Quality Liaison Amanda Gumbert examines a green lifestyle.

Keeping Cool During the Warmer Months-   Saving money and staying cool add up to important attributes of a smart consumer during the warmer months.   Extension Specialist for Home Furnishings Linda Adler provides suggestions for energy conservation when its hot outside.


August 25 - August 29 2008

Teaching Children to Become Money Savvy-  Learning money skills at an early age can pay off.  Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist,  explains how children can become more responsible money managers.

Dealing with Fruit Flies in the Kitchen Sap Beetles and Fruit Flies are a pest during the summer months.  Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin provides the know-how for controlling these pests in the home.

Enjoying the Outdoors with Young Children-  There are many things parents and children can do together to enjoy the summer weather.  Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk outlines a few of the many activities available to participate in with youngsters.

Selecting Ripe Watermelons Examining a watermelon for ripeness is a simple task. John Strang, Extension Horticulture Specialist describes the three ways to inspect the fruit for ripeness.

Keeping Cool on Hot Days-   During the hot days of summer, lets try to stay cool and comfortable.   Extension Home Furnishing Specialist Linda Adler emphasizes the importance of making sure you control your thermostat and fams to stay cool yet be energy conscious.


August 18 - August 24 2008

Understanding the Stock Market -  Many people think they know how the stock market works. Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist,  explains how to really understand what the stock market reports mean to you.

Planting Pansies for Color -  Your garden may be flourishing but it also may be lacking in color. Rick Durham, Extension Specialist In Consumer Horticulture, outlines how you can add pansies to your garden to give it a splash of color.

Storing Home Pesticides Safely  -  Chemicals around the home can be dangerous if not keep away from prying hands.  Lee Townsend,  Extension Entomologist, discusses how to safely store chemicals safely.

Providing Wildlife Habitat and Wetlands   The wetland communities in our area provide more than just another landscape. Amanda Abnee Gumbert,  Extension Water Quality Liaison, elaborates on how valuable wetlands are to wildlife in the area.

Inspecting Property for Unauthorized Use-  Your property is your responsibility.  Extension Coordinator For Health Holly Hopper emphasizes the importance of making sure you keep tabs on what takes place on your property.


August 4 - August 8 2008

Making the Most Out of August Rain -  This has been a very dry summer.  Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham explains how you can make these August showers work for your benefit.

Keeping Your Kitchen Garbage Disposal Clean -  Your kitchen garbage disposal handles a large amount of waste.  Extension Family Resource Management Specialist suggests how to keep your disposal from emitting a foul odor over time. 

Managing Auto Pollution -  Your car has the potential to be one of the biggest pollutants to our environment.  Amanda Gumber, discusses how to keep your car from harming our environment.

Keeping Cool on Hot Days   The summer months are far from over, so that means the summer heat is still around. Linda Adler,  Extension Specialist for Home Furnishings, elaborates on how you can stay cool and safe on these warm summer days.

Managing E-Scrap -  Electronic waste has become one of the newest challenges to our environment. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne emphasizes the importance making sure you handle your E-Scrap the right way.


July 28- August 1 2008

Purchasing To Reduce Waste -  There are many ways that you can do your part to save our environment.  Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne explains how you can help before you leave the store.

Saving Money At the Grocery Store -  With rising costs the rule,  our pocket book is hit hard by the price of groceries.  Extension Meat Specialist Gregg Rentfrow suggests how to save your hard earned money when shopping.

Using Pesticides Safely Around Your Home-  Pests are a problem that many people face on a daily basis.  Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, discusses how to use pesticides effectively and safely around the home.

Maintaining Trees and Shrubs in Summer   Your trees and shrubs need your help during the summer. Bill Fountain,  Extension Horticulture Specialist, elaborates on how you can make sure that these plants are kept in prime condition.

Fighting Substance Abuse Among Teens -  The number of teens that have tried drugs and or alcohol has risen. Kenneth Jones, Extension Community Development Specialist, emphasizes the importance making sure your teen remains drug-free.


July 21- July 25 2008

Growing Vegetables in The Heat of Summer -  There is nothing like fresh vegetables from your own garden on a summer day.  Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham explains the best way to grow your vegetables this summer.

Traveling and Vacation Safety -  With the summer months in full swing, its time for the family vacation.  Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne outlines how to make sure your vacation is as safe and memorable as possible.

Reviewing Kentucky Kids Demographics-  Do you know how Kentucky Kids are measuring up with the rest of the nation?  Gary Hansen, Extension Sociologist discusses how Kentucky children rank among the nation.

Eating Fast Food Can Be Dangerous to Your Health   Every thing that is fast isn't always the best for you, food included. Sandra Ostermeir,  Extension Dietetic Intern, elaborates on the dangers of this fast food nation.

Parenting Requires Diligence -  Parenting isn't the easiest task on earth, it is one of the toughest tasks people will have to face. Carole Gnatuk, Extension Child Development Specialist, emphasizes the importance of good parenting in children.


July 14 - July 18 2008

Keeping Track of Investments -  Investing is one thing that can pay off in the long run. Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist, discusses how you should keep up with all of your finances.

Protecting Children From Sun Burn -  Summertime is here, and kids want to play in the sun all day.  Extension Child Development Specialist  Carole Gnatuk outlines how to make sure your children are safe in the sun.

Marbling of Beef-  There are many things that you can do with meat.  Gregg Rentfrow, Extension Meat Specialist, explains how to identify the marbling of beef.

Keeping the Balance of Nature   Insects are a part of nature even though we think they are pests. Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, elaborates on how to keep the balance of nature around your property.

Caring for Family Keepsakes -  Memories are made daily. Linda Adler, Extension Specialist in Home Furnishings, details how you can keep your family memories safe for years to come.


July 7 - July 11 2008

Making Decisions About Do-It-Yourself Projects -  There are many small projects that you can take on yourself in the home.    Linda Adler, Extension Specialist in Home Furnishings, discusses how you can improve your home.

Maintaining a Healthy Lawn and Garden -  Everyone likes to keep their lawns looking as nice as they can.  Extension Water Quality Liaison Amanda Gumbert  outlines how to maintain a healthy lawn and garden.

Canning Foods At Home-  A way to save money on food purchases is to can your own produce.  Joe O'Leary, Extension Food Technologist, explains how to preserve your own canned foods and why they are so beneficial.

Caring for Flowers in Late Summer   Flowers can brighten up anyone's day.  Rick Durham, Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture, elaborates on how to care for flowers in the later summer months

Reducing Liquid Calorie Intake -  Many people when counting calories miss out on some of the biggest suppliers.  Janet Kurzynske, Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist, details how you can reduce your liquid calorie intake to lose pounds.


June 30 - July 4, 2008

Coping with Exaggerated Mosquito Control Claims -  Many tools claim to control pests during these summer months.    Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, discusses the effectiveness of different mosquito control efforts.

Controlling Swearing In Children -  Swearing is something that can be a problem as children are growing up.  Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk outlines how you can control the swearing by your child .

Cooking Safely Outdoors-  With summer heat comes summer cookouts.  Joe O'Leary, Extension Food Technologist, explains how to make sure that your cookouts are safe and how to make sure your food is prepared correctly.

Improving Rural Out-Of-School Programs   Many programs are available for students when school is not in session.  Gary Hansen, Extension Sociologist, elaborates on how to improve the out-of-school programs in rural communities.

Coping With Japanese Beetles -  Japanese beetles have recently become a pest again.  Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist, details how to deal with these pests in and around your home.


June 23 - June 27, 2008

Controlling Ticks -  Pest can put a damper on any outdoor activity.    Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist, discusses how to control ticks in your yard to keep them from spoiling your summer.

Borrowing Money From a Retirement Plan -  Retirement plans are set up for the future.  Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop outlines how you can borrow from this plan and still have financial support in your later years.

Identifying Ants-  The summer heat brings about more and different pest problems. Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, explains how to identify the ants around your home and elimination techniques.

Evaluating Your Home For Ease of Living   How accessible is your home for those with handicaps and illnesses. Linda Adler, Extension Specialist for Home Furnishings, explains techniques to make your home more accessible.

Controlling Ant Nests in Your Home -  Pests have been a problem in many homes the past few weeks, especially ants.   Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist, details how to deal with these  pests in your home.


June 16 - June 20, 2008

Buying Locally Grown Products -  Buying local products can help local producers.  Amanda Gumbert, Extension Water Quality Liaison discusses how buying locally can actually help the environment.

Keeping Safe When Using Milk -  Milk can come in two different forms, pasteurized and raw milk .  Joe O'Leary, Extension Food Technologist, outlines their differences and how to stay safe when using milk.

Dealing With a Bad Credit History-   Your credit history can do many things. It can be a benefit to you in the future if its good.  Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop explains how to deal with you credit history if it is less than perfect.

Using Pesticides Safely   Pesticides are important tools to manage bugs on your landscape.  Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist,  explains techniques to safely use pesticides around your home.

Thinning Apples, Peaches and Pears -  If you have an apple, peach, or pear tree in your yard it may be time to do some work on them.   Extension Horticulture Specialist John Strang details how to thin your trees branches.


June 9 - June 13, 2008

Selecting Paint Chemistry -  A new coat of paint can make a major difference in your home.  Linda Adler, Extension Specialist for Home Furnishings, discusses how selecting the right paint can provide a major improvement in your home decor.

Understanding Over-Scheduling in Teenagers -  Teenagers claim to be the busiest people around.  Gary Hansen, Extension Sociologist, outlines how to help your teenager manage their schedule.

Understanding Home Owner Expenses-   Home ownership gives people stability in an unstable economy.  Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop explains the importance of owning a home and the expenses that come along with it.

Managing Your Farm Water Quality   Living on a farm doesn't exempt you from working on water quality.  Amanda Gumbert, Extension Water Quality Liason,  explains techniques designed to improve water quality on your farm.

Recognizing Two New Eggplant Varieties -  There are two new varieties of eggplants that have been established.   Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture  Doug Durham elaborates on these new varieties and why they are so special.


June 2 - June 6, 2008

Managing Your Retirement  Account -  The time to make plans for retirement start now.  Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop discusses how to manage your money for retirement.

Using Hardwood Smoking Chips-  The summer time is the time for grilling in the back yard.  Gregg Rentfrow, Extension Meat Specialist, outlines other ways to smoke your meat during the summer.

Understanding Food Allergies-   There are many people in the world that have food allergies.  Joe O'Leary, Extension Food Technologist, explains the truth behind many food allergies that many Americans have.

Thinking Green  Many people are learning to "Think Green" as a change of lifestyle.  Linda Adler, Extension Specialist for Home Furnishings,  explains techniques that you can use to start to Think Green yourself.

Borrowing Money From a Retirement Account -  Retirement accounts are made to sustain people in their later years .  Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop elaborates on how you can borrow money from your retirement account in time of need.


May 26 - May 30, 2008

Managing a Childs Financial Account -  Children have a hard time managing money.  Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop discusses how to help your young child with money matters. 

Protecting Your Home from Carpenter Bees-  Carpenter bees are looking to become a problem.  Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist, outlines how to keep these pests out of your home.

Benefiting From Physical Activity-   Physical activity is a must to live a long and healthy life.  Ingrid Adams, Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist,  emphasizes the importance of having some form of daily physical activity in your life.

Installing New Plants in the Landscape  During the spring  people often add new plants to their landscape.  Extension Horticulturist Bill Fountain explains techniques to make the new plants flourish in your garden and landscape.

Disposing of Dead Animals -  Animal mortalities are a part of animal management.  Amanda Gumbert, Extension Water Quality Liaison, elaborates on the importance of disposing of dead animals correctly to balance your environment.


May 19 - May 23, 2008

Preparing for Cicadas -  The time has come for the emergence of the periodical cicada.  Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin discusses the signs, and the damage that this insect can do this year.

Paying College Debt-  Many students rack up on debt as they gain their degrees through college.  Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Specialist, outlines ways to make this debt diminish as soon as possible.

Understanding the Importance of Water in the Landscape-   Spring brings a welcome change to our lives.  Bill Fountain, Extension Horticulture Specialist, emphasizes the importance of providing adequate amounts of water to your landscape this season

Keeping Your Vacation Pleasurable  With the summer quickly approaching vacation plans should be on the way.  Extension Specialist in Health Doug Burnham explains ways to make sure your vacation is all that you want it to be.

Enjoying An American Icon: The Hamburger -  With warm weather comes barbeques and cookouts and with those comes the hamburger.  Gregg Rentfrow, Extension Meat Specialist, elaborates on the history of the hamburger and ways to enjoy this great food.


May 12 - May 16, 2008

Watching for Termites -  The Kentucky termite season has started.  Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend discusses where termites begin infestation and how you can recognize the variety.

Stressing Healthy Tips for Life-  Many simple tasks can be done to increase a healthy lifestyle.  Carol Whipple, Extension Health Specialist, outlines a few of these tips.

Analyzing Media Literacy-   Media is all around us.  Gary Hansen, Extension Sociologist, emphasizes the importance of providing media literacy training for our youth.

Evaluating Fresh Asparagus  Peak supplies of asparagus are found during this time of year.  Extension Horticulture Specialist John Strang examines what consumers need to look for when buying asparagus.

Starting a Low Carb Diet -   Low carbohydrate diets may not be the most healthy way to lose weight.  Sandra Bastin, Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist, explains other alternatives for losing weight.


May 5 - May 9, 2008

Using Glass Blocks to Update Home -  Glass blocks have made a comeback in popularity for homes.  Linda Adler, Extension Specialist for Home Furnishings, highlights details and benefits for utilizing glass blocks in areas of the home.

Developing a Compost Bin-  Composting turns natural wastes into a land conditioner.  Extension Associate for Environment and Natural Resources Ashley Osborne explains how you can start a compost in your own backyard.

Conserving Water-   Water conservation is healthy for our environment.  Amanda Gumbert, Extension Water Quality Liaison, outlines what can be done in the home to save water.

Identifying Pests in the Home  As an example, termites become active in the springtime.  Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend discusses how to identify what type of pests are in your home and what should be done.

Using Native Plants in the Landscape -   Native plants are a good option to consider using when landscaping and gardening.  Extension Water Quality Liaison Amanda Gumbert elaborates on the benefits of using native plants.


April 28- May 2, 2008

Testing For Cancer -  Cancer is one of the leading causes of death among Americans.  Extension Health Specialist Peggy Riley highlights what tests should be taken to screen for cancer in the early stages.

Getting Used to a New Sibling-  How does your older child feel about a new sibling?  Carole Gnatuk, Extension Child Development Specialist, emphasizes what can be done to help older siblings feel important during the time when a new member of the family is born.

Knowing the Importance of Calcium-   Meeting our required calcium intake has many benefits for our bodies.  Joe O'Leary, Extension Dairy Technologist, details how much calcium we need and what foods are good sources of this mineral.

Understanding Retirement Plan Roll-Overs  Retirement plans have received a lot of attention recently.  Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist, discusses how roll-over retirement plans are created.

Meeting the Recommendations for Physical Activity -   Having an active lifestyle is important for human health.  Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist Ingrid Adams expands on setting a schedule that requires daily physical activity and gives some suggestions on how to become active.


April 21- April 25, 2008

Storing Medicines Safely -  Child poisoning is a common occurrence.  Extension Health Specialist Peggy Riley elaborates on how to safely store products that would be toxic to children.

Selecting a Consumer-Directed Health Plan-  Health care expenses are high.  Suzanne Badenhop, Family Resource Management Specialist, explains how a consumer-directed health plan works.

Using Recycled Water in Landscape-   Ideally, only high quality water should be applied to plants when recycling water.  Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham discusses why certain elements in used water should not be poured on plants.

Planning Nutrient Management for Crops  It is important that nutrients be kept to a minimum in drinking water.  Amanda Gumbert, Extension Water Quality Liaison Specialist, examines nutrient management plans for crop producers.

Getting Enough Physical Activity -   Physical activity should be incorporated into our daily lives.  Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist Ingrid Adams details just how much activity we should strive to perform.


April 14- April 18, 2008

Celebrating Child Abuse Prevention Month -  Child abuse and neglect happens far too often.  Extension Health Specialist Carol Whipple elaborates on disturbing statistics concerning child abuse.

Managing Consumer Debt-  Consumer debt affects many people.  Suzanne Badenhop, Family Resource Management Specialist, emphasizes why families go into debt.

Dividing Perennials-   When perennials become crowded, they don't bloom to their full potential and should be divided.  Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham discusses how to increase flower productivity.

Balancing Work and Family  In today's society, it is hard to get everything done on our to-do-list.  Carole Gnatuk, Extension Child Development Specialist, expands on how to spend more time with your children.

Conserving Water -   Conserving water should be done on a daily basis.  Extension Water Quality Liaison Amanda Gumbert highlights simple water saving steps.


April 7 - April 11, 2008

Preventing a Heart Attack -  Heart disease and heart attacks are an all-too- common occurrence among women.  Peggy Riley, Extension Health Specialist for Nursing,  outlines what can be done to prevent heart problems. 

Teaching Children Household Responsibilities-  Balancing one's lifestyle can be quite a task for parents.  Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk emphasizes how to encourage children to help take part in simple, everyday tasks.

Becoming Debt Free-   Consumer debt is very common.  Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist, expands on  implementing a debt free plan.

Fertilizing Perennial Flowers  Spring is the recommended time to fertilize perennial flowers.  Rick Durham, Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture, highlights good flower fertilizing management tips.

Understanding Levels of Physical Activity -   Physical activity is very healthy for your body.  Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist Ingrid Adams discusses the difference between moderate and vigorous physical activity.


March 31 - April 4, 2008

Drinking Water Week -  May is the month in which drinking water is celebrated.  Ashley Osborne, Extension Associate for Environmental Issues, highlights some events that take place during this week-long recognition.

Controlling Cluster Flies-  Cluster flies are very common in households.  Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin explains how to control these annoying pests.

Making an Investment in Your Health-   Being healthy is on everyone's minds these days.  Ingrid Adams, Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist, emphasizes the importance of partaking in physical activity.

Handling Active Children  Fussing and Fighting is a common occurrence among siblings and families.  Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk outlines ways to keep this kind of behavior to a minimum. 

Teaching Children about Pesticide Safety -   It is important to handle pesticides safely.  Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend details things that can be done to ensure that children stay safe around pesticides.


March 24 - March 28, 2008

Predicting a Heart Attack -  Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women.  Peggy Riley, Extension Health Specialist for Nursing, outlines symptoms of a heart attack.

Choosing Beneficiaries-  It is important to know who your beneficiaries are.  Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop emphasizes the importance of keeping beneficiaries up-to-date.

Comparing Organic and Processed Foods-   Many believe that organic food is healthier than processed food.  Joe O'leary, Extension Food Technologist, discusses the similarity and differences in organic and processed foods.

Turning off the T.V.  April 21 - 27 is television turn-off week.  Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne highlights some healthy options to occupy your time during turn-off week.

Learning Good Sportsmanship -   Parents need to display being a good sport during their children's sporting events.  Carole Gnatuk, Extension Child Development Specialist, explains how parents' reactions can affect their children.


March 17- March 21, 2008

Pruning the Backyard Apple Tree -  It is best to prune apple trees in the spring.  Extension Plant Pathologist John Strang elaborates on good pruning management.

Revamping Your Retirement Plan-  Retirement plans have changed in the past few decades.  Robert Flashman, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist, emphasizes retirement statistics.

Allocating Your Assests-   It is important to routinely evaluate your investments.  Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist, discusses different ways of allocating assets.

Describing a Heart Attack  Heart attacks are an all too common occurrence.  Extension Health Specialist for Nursing Peggy Riley details the onset of a heart attack.

Tilling the Vegetable Garden -   It is time to start gardening.  Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham explains when tilling is needed for gardening.


March 10 - March 14, 2008

Planning for Retirement -  It is important to plan for your retirement.  Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop elaborates on things to consider for retirement.

Matching Insecticides with Pests-  Insecticides are great for eliminating pest populations.  Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, highlights important steps when using insecticides.

Strengthening Democracy through Study Circle-   Study circles used to be popular amongst groups of people.  Gary Hansen, Extension Sociologist, expands on what can be done through the re-emerging study circle.

Eliminating Head Lice  Head lice are common among many young people.  Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin outlines the four steps needed to eradicate lice.

Keeping Emergency Supplies in your Car -   Being prepared is one of the best things one can do when faced with an emergency.  Extension Associate For Environmental Issues Kim Henken details essential supplies that should be kept in vehicle emergency kits.


March 3 - March 7, 2008

Understanding Karst Topography -  Karst describes many landforms found in landscapes.  Extension Water Quality Liaison Amanda Gumbert describes the importance of karst topography.

Pruning Trees in Late Winter-  It is that time of year to start pruning trees.  Rick Durham, Extension Specialist in Consumer Agriculture, outlines steps in good pruning management.

Managing Anger in Marriage-   Anger is a normal feeling.  Gary Hansen, Extension Sociologist, expands on how to cope with anger in a marriage.

Consuming Smarter Meals but More Often  There's no question, many Americans are becoming more health conscious.  Maggie Murphy, Extension Food and Nutrition Intern, emphasizes consuming a larger number of meals to promote healthier habits.

Parking Your Money to Make Money -   Many people put majority of their money in their checking account.  Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop highlights other investment options that should yield a higher return.


February 25 - February 29, 2008

Celebrating Groundwater Awareness -  National Groundwater Awareness week is March 5th-9th.  Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne emphasizes the importance of groundwater in our lives. 

Understanding Children's Well-being-  Everyone can influence the well- being of children.  Doug Burnham, Extension Health Specialist, highlights  everyday things that can really make a difference in children.

Keeping Food Closer to Home-   Most everyone has to do some grocery shopping now and then.  Janet Tietyen, Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist, elaborates on purchasing food that was produced close to consumers.

Learning About eXtension  Many home gardeners visit websites to assist them in gardening ideas.  Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham details a new website for gardening at the web address www.eXtension.org.

Examining Over Consumption of Salt -   High blood pressure is a big concern among older people.  Joe O'Leary, Extension Food Technologist, discusses how to reduce high blood pressure.


February 18 - February 22, 2008

Eating Less and Moving More - Adults are more prone to disease than young people.  Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist Janet Tietyen elaborates on eating habits that young people should invest-in to prevent disease.

Understanding the Rule of 72-  Doubling investments should capture anyone's attention.  Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist, discusses how to apply the rule of 72 in determining how many years it would take for an investment to double.

Pricing Organic Foods for Value and Nutrition-  Organic foods may not be worth the extra price.  Extension Food Scientist Joe O'Leary explains how organic products may not have a nutritional advantage over non-organic foods.

Recycling Old Cell Phones  Recycling is becoming more of an issue in our nation.  Ashley Osborne, Extension Associate for Environmental Issues highlights steps in recycling old cell phones.

Limiting TV Viewing by Children -   Most parents blame children's bad habits on television.  Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen emphasizes how to monitor the amount and type of television children watch.


February 11 - February 15, 2008

Dishwashing Tips -  Many Americans waste water and energy when dishwashing.  Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne emphasizes water and energy conservation to clean dishes.

Examining the Obesity Epidemic-  A larger percent of the human population are becoming over weight.  Janet Kurzynske, Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist, expands on what's being done to fight obesity and what health problems are presented from this weight issue.

Controlling Childish Bullying-  Bullying is a serious issue for innocent children.  Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk explains how to determine if your child is being attacked and suggestions to stop bullying.

Laughing Yourself Healthy  Everyone enjoys a good laugh.  Extension Specialist in Health Carol Whipple elaborates on why laughing is good for your health.

Working with Children on Meals and Snacks -   Children need a balanced diet.  Sandra Bastin, Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist, outlines reasons why having children help parent's prepare their food is a good teaching tool.


February 4 - February 8, 2008

Enhancing Baby Development -  There are many tactics that parents can use to increase their baby's skills.  Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk discusses how to engage your baby in activities that will enhance their development.

Cleaning Mulch-  Cleaning mulch is good job to do on a warm day early in the year.  Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend highlights benefits in maintaining your mulch.

Pruning in Late Winter-  Pruning should be on top of our lawn care list early in the year.  Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham elaborates on proper pruning management.

Reducing Your Risk of Stroke  Stroke is the leading cause of death.  Extension Health Specialist for Nursing Peggy Riley outlines symptoms of an oncoming stroke.

Coping with Separation Anxiety -   Some children experience anxiety when separated from their parents.  Carole Gnatuk, Extension Child Development Specialist, explains how to eliminate your child's sadness from these situations.


January 28 - February 1, 2008

Decluttering Your Home -  It is worth the time to keep your home tidy.  Linda Adler, Extension Specialist for Home Furnishings, highlights how to get your home in shape and keep it that way.

Preparing for Public School-  Many times parents are more ready for their child's first day of school, than are the children.  Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk explains simple parenting steps that will get your child ready and excited about learning.

Controlling Spiders in the Home-  It is common to find spiders in your home.  Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend outlines suggestions to keep your home spider free.

Getting Money From IRA's  IRA's have certain stipulations.  Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop expands on the calculations used to determine the required minimum withdrawal one must take from their IRA.

Living with Depression -   Depression becomes a challenge for everyone.  Doug Burnham, Extension Health Specialist, emphasizes how beneficial effective treatment could be for a depressed person.


January 21 - January 25, 2008

Inspecting Furniture for Pests -  It is important to inspect old furniture before bringing it in to your household.  Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend elaborates on ways to prevent pests from entering your home on the furniture you bring in.

Limiting Access to Streams-  Limiting livestock from water streams improves the cleanliness of the water.  Amanda Gumbert, Extension Water Quality Liaison, expands on the benefits of fencing streams and provides information on cost effective ways farmers can still provide water to their livestock.

Displaying Collections-  Many people get enjoyment out of their collector items.  Extension Specialist for Home Furnishings Linda Adler outlines how to keep your collections appealing and worth being seen.

Following Guidelines for Eating Fish  Fish can be a very healthy part of our diet.  Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne discusses how we can consume seafood without consuming too much mercury.

Controlling Pantry Pests -   No one likes to find pests in or around their food.  Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, explains how to prevent pests in your food storage containers.


January 14- January 18, 2008

Handling Your Tax Return -  Taxes are dreaded by most citizens in America.  Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resources Management Specialist, explains the best way to handle your tax return.

Forcing Branches of Woody Plants to Flower-  Flowering branches can add color to your landscape.  Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham outlines how to force woody branches to bloom early.

Making Plans for Changes in Your Home-  A winter day is an ideal time to gather ideas for desired house changes.  Extension Specialist for Home Furnishings Linda Adler discusses steps that will help with planning and preparing for home redecoration. 

Maintaining Your Septic System  Poorly managed septic systems could lead to lower water quality.  Amanda Gumbert, Extension Water Quality Liaison, expands on good management practices that will keep septic systems working properly.

Evaluating Pesticide Problems -   Being able to identify pest problems is the best way to solve them.  Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains how elimination of the pest can be accomplished once the pest has been correctly identified.


January 7- January 11, 2008

Caring For Evergreens During Winter -  Plant growth and activity of evergreens do not cease through the winter season.  Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham details proper management of these plants during the cold months.

Smoking and its Effects on Children-  Second hand smoke is harmful to those exposed to it.  Vivian Lasley-Bibbs, Extension Health Specialist, emphasizes the potential health problems children exposed to smoking can acquire.

Keeping Pests Out-  Pests thrive in bug-desirable environments.  Extension entomologist Lee Townsend discusses how to discourage pests from living in your home.

Managing Credit Cards  Credit cards have many benefits as well as disadvantages.  Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop explains how your credit card could be costing you money.

Watching for Dangerous Look-alikes -   Some products can be mistaken for other similar appearing products.  Kim Henken, Extension Associate for Environmental Issues, outlines a few examples of home products that can easily be mistaken by children as food products, but are harmful if consumed.


December 31- January 4, 2007

Going green during The New Year -  Environmental resolutions are encouraged this year.  Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne highlights ways in which recycling can encourage a safer environment.

Storing Seasonal and Holiday decorations-  Many holiday decorations are family heirlooms.  Extension Specialist in Home Furnishings Linda Adler outlines how to properly clean and store items so that their use may be prolonged for many years.

Adding Mums for Color in the Landscape  Color is a fun-filled technique to add variety to the landscape. Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham emphasizes the addition of mums around your home.

Planning Menus  -   Our fast paced world affects preparing daily meals.  Sandra Bastin, Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist, discusses the importance of planning meals so that they are healthy and available.

Using a flex spending account - Using all flex money available in twelve months is important.  Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Bob Flashman suggests how to use the flex account.


December 17- December 21, 2007

Making your home a Learning Place -  Prove to your children that you love to learn.  Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen emphasizes learning in the home encourages children to learn outside of the home as well.

Understanding Nutrients in Water-  Excess nutrients in water can be harmful.  Extension Water Quality Liaison Amanda Gumbert details nutrient management for growth of crops assessing nutrients of plants.

Borrowing money from Cash Value Policy  Interest rates on loans can be very expensive.  Robert Flashman, Extension  Family Resource Management Specialist, discusses borrowing money from a Cash Value Policy.

Keeping safe while Field Dressing Game  -   Game can be dangerous to handle while processing for consumption.  Extension Meat Specialist Gregg Rentfrow outlines the safe steps to field dressing wild game.

Creating a backyard Wildlife - Habitat loss is a common problem across Kentucky.  Ashley Osborne, Extension Associate of Environmental Issues, encourages consumers to maintain natural habitats for plants, animals and insects.


December 10- December 14, 2007

Preventing Head Lice -  Lice is hard to control in school systems.  Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin discusses the increased likelihood of head lice for children that share clothes, combs, and simply being near other students at school that have lice.

Exploring Windy Days with your Kids-  Different sceneries provide separate atmospheres.  Carole Gnatuk,, Extension Child Development Specialist, encourages parents to ask their children to describe what they see on long walks to increase awareness.

Using L.E.D. Christmas Lights  Energy-efficient L.E.D. lights can use less energy.  Extension Water Quality Liaison Amanda Gumbert examines the cost of bulbs during the holiday season and decorating suggestions without using lights.

Frying Poultry safely this Season  -   Traditional baked turkeys are being replaced by fried turkey. Gregg Rentfrow, Extension Meat Specialist, highlights how to reduce house fires during the holiday season while frying poultry in hot, potentially dangerous oil.

Avoiding Infections this Season - Common colds can be eliminated in one simple act.  Extension Health Specialist for Nursing Peggy Riley elaborates on the importance of brushing your teeth and washing hands frequently to avoid sickness during the cold season.


December 3 - December 7, 2007

Decorating for the Holidays While Saving Energy Holiday Habits increase waste across the nation.  Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne elaborates on the importance of taking measures to decrease waste especially during the holiday season.

Avoiding Children's Exposure to Lead-  Children's toy recalls should be monitored closely by parents.  Carole Gnatuk, Extension Child Development Specialist, examines lead exposure to children and safety precautions that should be considered.

Giving the Best Gift this Season  The holiday season is quickly approaching.  Extension Home Furnishings Specialist Linda Adler expands on simple yet useful items that are practical and functional in the home or office.

Controlling Stored Product Pests  -   Expensive products in the home can be the target of indoor pests.  Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, highlights ways to minimize pests penetrating inside products such as flour and other cooking items.

Harvesting Jerusalem Artichokes - Artichoke tubers can be harvested throughout the winter.  Extension Horticulture Specialist John Strang discusses the harvesting processes for both human and livestock consumption.


November 26 - November 30, 2007

Investing in Environmentally friendly Companies Green Investing is used by companies that are concerned with the safety of the environment.  Extension Water Quality Liaison Amanda Abnee-Gumbert details how consumers can make an impact on the environment by investing money in green companies.

Thawing Frozen Meat-  Thawing meat is always dangerous because meat harbors pathogens.  Extension Food Technologist Joe O'Leary discusses safe thawing practices for the holiday season.

Discovering indoor activities for Children  The cooler fall and winter season keep children indoors.  Carole Gnatuk, Extension Child Development Specialist, examines various activities that can be administered inside the home that are not only entertaining, but educational as well.

Reporting on Bed Bugs  -   Bedding, Toys, and food preparation places can be contaminated with various pest problems.  Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend examines treatments for various bugs that can infest the home.

Helping Control Holiday Waste - The gift giving season increases the amount of trash to be disposed.   Ashley Osborne, Extension Associate for Environmental Sciences, encourages consumers to decrease waste during the holiday season.


November 19 - November 23, 2007

Cooking meats and sanitizing utensils Cooking and re-heating foods is very important for food safety.  Extension Food Technologist Joe O'Leary expands on mishandling of foods such as poultry during the holiday season.

Pruning Woody Plants in the Winter-  Overgrown plants in the landscape should not be pruned until growth is completely stopped.  Rick Durham, Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture, encourages consumers not to prune trees and shrubs in the fall.  Instead, wait until winter or early spring.

Invading crickets in the Fall  Nuisance pests such as crickets are not harmful as far as diseases.  Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin discusses cricket infestations that arise near old, overgrown buildings and houses.

Balancing your Childrens' Education  -   Science, math and technology are important academic subjects for students to master.  Kenneth Jones, Extension Youth Development Specialist, expands on other subjects such as art that are also important.

Keeping Foods Safe - Leftover food during the winter months increase food safety issues.   Extension Food Technologist Joe O'Leary examines properly thawed food such as holiday turkeys.


November 12- November 16, 2007

Celebrating America Recycle Day November 15 is recognized as Recycle Day.   Extension Water Quality Liaison  Amanda Abnee-Gumbert emphasizes recycling in Kentucky communities to reduce, reuse and recycle goods.

Preparing your outside living areas for colder Weather-  Fall weather means its time to start thinking about outdoor  repairs and protection.  Linda Adler, Extension Specialist in Home Furnishings, details the importance of cleaning patio furniture to increase usefulness.

Changing the images of a Father  Man's role in the family is changing due to the wide array of family situations.  Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen expands on the overall image of men as fathers in today's society.

Thawing your Turkey safely this Holiday Season  -   Thanksgiving is just around the corner and many will be cooking a traditional turkey for dinner.  Extension Food Technologist Joe O'Leary outlines safe thawing practices for frozen turkeys during the busy holiday season.

Keeping warm while Reducing Energy Costs - Staying warm this winter can be done in a variety of ways.  Extension Home Furnishings Specialist Linda Adler highlights how to stay warm this winter by checking areas in the home that may allow heated air to escape.


November 5- November 9, 2007

Paying escrow on a Mortgage Account  Mortgages Companies collect large percentages of Escrow accounts.  Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop discusses the importance of acquiring more interest  on a mortgage that has been established for many years.

Addressing Violence in Youth-   Depression and low self-esteem are negative traits resulting from violence at an early age.   Kenneth Jones, Extension Specialist, emphasizes proactive practices that should be used in children's lives.

Inspecting and Repairing your Home before Cold Weather  The shorter days are an obvious sign of winter.  Linda Adler, Extension Specialist for Hone Furnishings outlines several home repairs such as damaged paint, missing siding, cracks and holes and other problems that could increase during the cold weather approaching.

Using Aerosol Bombs  -   Diminishing indoor pest problems require more than indoor foggers.  Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend examines the inability of aerosol bombs to completely stop pest infestation over a long period of time.

Harvesting Broccoli and Cauliflower - Pest problems are not as likely in the cool autumn months.  John Strang, Extension Horticulturist, highlights the fall vegetable crops that can be grown and harvested through the fall seasons with a lower chance of discoloration, early premature flowering and the taste is much more desirable.

 


October 29- November 02, 2007

Protecting your Garden from Rodents  Various animals in the orchard can negatively affect fruit tree productivity.  Extension Horticulturist John Strang highlights easy steps in avoiding the attraction of rodents in the garden such as keeping grass cut and installing guards.

Getting your Heating System Checked-   Fall will quickly turn to winter which will bring cold weather.  Linda Adler, Extension Specialist for Home Furnishings, examines important aspects of the heating system that should be checked for preventative maintenance.

Controlling Clothes Moths The recent season change may find Clothes Moths in clothing. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains that there are several ways to avoid these problems by dry cleaning, storing in tight fitting containers, and in a safe area.

Budgeting your Paycheck  -   Many individuals spend their paycheck without realizing where their money is going.  Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop emphasizes the importance of a budget for all consumers so that they recognize what spending habits they can modify.

Introducing Kentucky Market Maker - Technology has continued to grow in the state of Kentucky for agriculture.  Timothy Coolong, Extension Vegetable Specialist expands on the  online computer program that connects farmers and the produce they grow to find markets across the state. 


October 22- October 26, 2007

Bringing Plants Indoors  The cool fall season will drive insects indoors.  Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist, discusses the issues of pests inside the home that become a huge problem since there are no predators there for control.

Fighting Allergies with Your Children-   Cigarette smoke, linens, and other products in the home can aggravate allergies.  Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk examines long-term allergies that affect children, especially in the home.

Harvesting Sweet Potatoes The fall season welcomes harvest of several crops.  Extension Horticulture Specialist John Strang emphasizes early harvest to avoid frost on the plants.

Preventing the Flu  -   All healthy or sick individuals over the age of 6 months are eligible for flu vaccinations.  Extension Health Specialist Peggy Riley highlights reasons to prevent the flu this season through the flu shots, hand washing, and staying home when sick.

Storing Perishable Foods Illnesses from food products can easily be eliminated.  Extension Food Specialist Joe O'Leary examines the importance of keeping food items clean and safe from potential risks.


October 15- October 19, 2007

Thinking about an Earth Friendly Halloween  The fall holidays will soon be underway for Kentuckians.  Extension Associate for Environmental Issues  Ashley Osborne details ways to recycle Halloween costumes by donating to local childcare services or creating costumes from clothing you already have.

Controlling Emerald Ash Bore-   Bore Infestations are a threat to Kentucky farmers.  Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, discusses the Emerald Ash Bore. This pest thrives within firewood in woodlots and forests.

Establishing a Special Needs Trust Fees, interest rates, and tax consequences are to be considered when establishing a trust.  Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop points out the consequences of establishing annuities.

Pruning Blackberries and Raspberries in the Fall  -   Fall is a great time to prune fruiting plants.  Rick Durham, Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture, expands on ways to properly prune blackberries and raspberries to ensure thriving growth for the next growing season.

Keeping Children away from Advertisements -  Young minds are exposed to negative advertisements on a daily basis.  Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen explains the influence of advertisements on media that encourage harmful messages to children.


October 8- October 12, 2007

Using Chemicals on your Farm  Storing chemicals reduces accidents on your farm.  Extension Water Quality Liaison  Amanda Abnee-Gumbert highlights storing techniques, proper use of labels, and disposal options for  chemicals.

Identifying Winter Insects in the Home-   Insects move toward the home when looking for a place to stay over the winter.  Extensional Entomologist Ric Bessin examines the proper way to prevent insects in the home by sealing cracks, shutting out attics, and spraying insecticide.

Storing Pesticides this Winter  The winter months are approaching and storing pesticides are important.  Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, examines proper storing practices for pesticides by referring to the labels concerning temperatures and lighting. 

Understanding Mortgage Payments -   Figuring  who to pay for a monthly mortgage payment can be tricky.   Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop discusses the banking process for a mortgage.

Understanding Poinsettias -  The holiday season will be here soon.  Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham emphasizes the fact that poinsettias are not harmful to children in the home, but remain inedible due to the white substance known as latex.


October 1 - October 5, 2007

Saving Water During Emergencies  This summer's lack of rainfall has caused problems for the water table.  Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne discusses ways to conserve water with the ecologically sound faucets and toilets.

Planting Mums this Fall-   Vivid colors can be seen in the crisp, fall weather.  Rick Durham, Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture, examines Mums as a great fall plant in the landscape  to include color and hardiness. 

Using Caution with Cleaning Products Aroma-sensitive family members may suffer from the various perfumes added to certain products.  Extension Specialist for Home Furnishings Linda Adler suggests caution when selecting cleaning products in the home.

Helping a Co-worker who is Grieving -   The grieving process after death can be long and uneasy.  Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen emphasizes the importance of reducing stress and discomfort in the workplace for colleagues that have lost a loved one.

Protecting a Riparian Buffer -   Pollutants including pesticides are filtered in the Riparian area of a body of water.  Amanda Gumbert, Extension liaison for water quality, details ways to protect this area. Examples include not mowing near the edge of the stream and planting greens and shrubs along the bank to support the Riparian area.


September 24 - September 28, 2007

Remembering Children's Environmental Health Month  October is recognized as Children's Environmental Health Month.  Ashley Osborne, Extension Associate for Environmental Issues, highlights ways in which adults can keep children safe in the home.

Cleaning Patio Furniture-   Outdoor furniture endures much wear and tear from the elements.  Extension Specialist for Home Furnishings Linda Adler examines how to properly prepare furniture for winter storage.

Keeping Pests Outside the Home -  Cool weather encourages pests to enter the home.  Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, discusses prevention techniques to pest invasion by sealing openings.

Buying local goods to Benefit the Environment -   Transportation methods can increase  environmental concerns such as pollution.  Extension Associate for Environmental and Natural Resource Issues Amanda Gumbert expands on keeping the environment safe by purchasing goods locally.

Using Good Judgment with Air Fresheners -   The use of air fresheners has recently increased dramatically.  Linda Adler, Extension Specialist for Home Furnishings, outlines studies that have reports of consumers complaining about the smells in household products


September 17- September 21, 2007

Choosing Annuities for Income  An annuity is considered a guaranteed income, but does not include inflation.  Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist,  discusses the pros and cons of annuities for retired individuals.

Ripening Tomatoes Indoors-   The dry weather has decreased the number of pests on tomatoes this year.  Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham expands on how to ripen tomatoes inside the home after the summer season.

Communicating with Adolescents at Meals -  A structured atmosphere encourages a healthy lifestyle for adolescents.  Gary Hansen, Extension Sociologist, emphasizes the need for parents to spend quality time with their children to create a healthy and happy relationship.

Watching for Fleas on the Move -   Pets in the home often lead to fleas in the home.  Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist, examines flea problems and how to control this issue for indoor pets with several treatments.

Preparing foods in a Safe Way -  The summer season increases food health problems.  Joe O'Leary, Extension Food Technologist, highlights ways to minimize sickness by keeping hands clean and properly storing food.


September 10- September 14, 2007

Writing out Financial Goals Budgeting an income is not always easy.  Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop examines the advantages of writing out income and  expenses on a list to ensure that your resources are greater than spending.

Removing Odor in the Home-   Problem odors in the home can easily be removed without using commercial products.  Linda Adler, Extension Specialist for Home Furnishings, details eight common products such as white vinegar, linen sheets, or baking soda to create a fresh smell in the home.

Trying Pansies this Fall -  The cool season is approaching and the hot summer has caused bedding plants to decline in number.  Rick Durham, Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture, expands on how pansies are the ideal flower for the fall season.

Talking to Teenagers -   Teenagers are likely to be scared of being lectured or talked down to by their parents.  Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnutuk discusses positive ways to talk with your teens for expected behaviors and attitudes.

Thawing and Storing Foods -   The danger zone ranges from 40-140 degrees fahrenheit.  Extension Meat Specialist Greg Rentfrow highlights the dangers of bacteria with perishable items such as meat when thawing takes place in the danger zone which may lead to food poisoning.


September 3- September 7,2007

Celebrating World Water Monitoring Day People across the nation depend on clean water every day.  Ashley Osborne, Extension Associate for Environmental and Natural Resources, highlights the importance of citizen awareness for the protection of water bodies in the community.

Harvesting, Storing, and Cooking Winter Squash-   Winter squash is harvested soon after autumn's first freeze and stored.  John Strang, Extension Horticulture Specialist, examines ways in which winter squash can be used in the home.

Acquiring Knowledge about Credit Cards -  Consumers rely on credit cards on a daily basis.  Extension Family Resource Management specialist Suzanne Badenhop discusses why we use credit cards and the long term affect of high interest rates on minimum payments each month.

Making a a Kitchen Safe and More Efficient -   Kitchen accidents can be avoided by properly placing and organizing materials.  Linda Adler, Extension Specialist for Home Furnishings, discusses hard-to-reach shelves, the hazards related to improper equipment and strategically placed appliances.

Providing Wildlife Habitat and Wetlands -   Wetlands in the landscape act as filters that collect nutrients and provide products for consumers.  Amanda Abnee-Gumbert, Extension Water Liaison, outlines the definition of wetlands.


August 27- August 31,2007

Planning for an Adult Disabled Child Parents need to consider the future of their disabled children as far as assets are concerned.  Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist, emphasizes the significance a special needs trust.

Protecting your Water Shed-   Water from various bodies such as lakes streams, and ponds all flow through a watershed.  Extension Associate for Environmental and Natural Recourses Issues Ashley Osborne discusses the quality of regional watersheds.

Inspecting Homes to Ensure Safety for Children -  Pesticides in the home are dangerous to children.  Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, highlights the statistics of unsafe pesticides within children's reach.

Testing your Water -   Drinking water provided in public places is required by law to be checked periodically.  Extension Water Quality Liaison Amanda  Abnee-Gumbert expands on how to test water for safety.

Using Ceiling fans Around the House -   Ceiling fans compared to an air conditioning unit provide different patterns of air circulation.  Linda Adler, Extension Home Furnishing Specialist has information on ceiling fans.


August 20- August 24,2007

Creating a Written Spending Plan -   Spending Plans help people become more successful money managers.  Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist emphasizes how planned expenses create a greater income.

Managing Pests in the Home Vegetable Garden-   Pesticides are great tools to use at home while managing a garden.  Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend discusses helpful tips while choosing proper pesticides for the correct plants.

Reducing the Risk of Alzheimer's -  Alzheimer's is a disease affecting many older individuals.  Carol Whipple, Extension Health Specialist, outlines ways in which Alzheimer's can be prevented.

Discovering a Watershed -   Watersheds provide an important natural resource in the landscape.  Amanda Abnee-Gumbert, Extension Water Quality Liaison explains  how to identify a watershed and the significance of protecting this resource.

Watching for Yellow Jackets - Yellow jackets increase in population as the summer draws towards an end.  Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin suggests ways to decrease yellow jacket problems around the home or farm.


August 13- August 17,2007

Traveling and Vacation Tips - Traveling anytime can come with it's many worries. Ashley Osborne, Extension Associate for Environmental Issues, details a few tips to follow while you're traveling this summer.

Practicing Proper Etiquette- Having good manors can really set a person apart from the crowd. Extension Health Specialist  Carol Whipple explains ways to exhibit proper etiquette.

Caring For Your Drinking-Water Well -   If you receive your water from a well there are some precautions you need to be aware of to ensure that the water remains potable. Amanda Abnee-Gumbert, Extension Water Quality Liaison, elaborates on  caring for your well.

Controlling Cicada Killers -   Cicada killer wasps can be very irritating pests. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin examines a technique to eliminate these wasps.

Handling CFL Light Bulbs - There is a wide variety of light bulbs available to purchase for a home. Linda Adler, Extension Specialist for Home Furnishings, discusses the best way to handle a Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb in your house.


August 6- August 10,2007

Caring For Family Keepsakes - Heirlooms need to be properly taken care of to preserve the value.   Extension Specialist for Home Furnishings Linda Adler  expands on how you care properly care for your precious family keepsakes.

Judging The Ripeness of a Watermelon- It can be difficult to determine the ripeness of a watermelon off the vine. John Strang, Extension Horticulturist, discusses the proper techniques to use when checking for ripeness in melons.

Maintaining Good Brain Health  -   Your brain is precious  and should be taken care of.  Carole Whipple, Extension Health Specialist, outlines the steps to take to ensure good brain health.

Controlling Chiggers -   Having chiggers can be annoying.   Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin examines how to get rid of the itch of chiggers and how to prevent yourself from getting them.

Developing An Emergency Fund - An emergency fund is something that everyone should have. Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop explains ways to develop your plan and highlights the prime reasons you should.


July 30- August 3,2007

Finding Money For Future Savings - Money can be gradually put away in a savings account  in case of an emergency or a big purchase. Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop details the best way to save money and ensure you have an effective  savings.

Protecting Surface Water Resources- Water resources must be taken care of to protect them from harmful pollutants. Ashley Osborne, Extension Associate for Environmental Issues, emphasizes the importance of protecting your water resources.

Developing a Vibrant Community Through the Arts  -   Communities around the state should make an effort to show the importance of the Arts. Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen discusses the benefits a community receives when giving extra attention to the arts.

Playing Safe in the Water -   Water though fun, can at times be a dangerous play area for adults and children alike. Extension Water Quality Liaison Amanda Abnee Gumbert examines the ways you can ensure you and your children play safe in the water this summer.

Marbling of Beef - Lots of Americans enjoy a big marbled juicy steak. Gregg Rentfrow, Extension Meat Specialist, explains what marbling in beef is and how if should affect your beef purchases.


July 23- July 27,2007

Caring For Flowers - The summer heat can sometimes take a toll on flowers being grown around your house. Extension Specialist for Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham elaborates on the importance of taking good care of your flowers during the hot weather.

Checking For Water Leaks- Wasting water cause problems not only financially but it can also damage your house or home furnishings. Extension Water Quality Liaison Amanda Abnee Gumbert discusses the importance of ensuring your home is safe from water leaks.

Rolling Money to an IRA  -   With the help of  a recent bill that the congress passed you can now invest your inheritance into an IRA. Extension Family Resource Management Specialist  Suzanne Badenhop helps to explain some of the legalities to this new bill.

Eliminating Mosquitoes -   Mosquitoes can be a danger to you during this hot and humid weather. Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, lists several ways to steer clear of mosquito bites.

Ensuring Adequate Sleep To Prevent Childhood Obesity - Childhood obesity can be linked to a number of things. One often overlooked reason is a lack of sleep. Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk emphasizes the importance of your children getting enough sleep to prevent being overweight.


July 16- July 20,2007

Calculating Social Security Benefits - Many people have a hard time figuring out what they will get when their social security benefits kick in. Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist, details how to calculate your social security benefits.

Recognizing Production Loss Due to Heat- It can be tough to determine if you have had any horticulture production loss due to the severe heat that this summer has brought. Rick Durham, Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture, discusses how to recognize losses due to the heat.

Entertaining Tips for Outside Living  -   The summer is a prime time for entertaining people outside. Extension Home Furnishings Specialist  Linda Adler elaborates on creative ways to entertain your guests outdoors.

Encouraging Teenagers to Manage Money Properly -   Managing money among many adults seems to be a tough thing to do. Extension Child Development Specialist  Carole Gnatuk discusses the best way to start your teen off right by managing their money properly.

Reducing Liquid Calorie Intake - Drinking calories may be a reason that many people have trouble loosing extra weight. Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist  Janet Kurzynske discusses the best way to reduce your liquid calorie intake.


July 9- July 13,2007

Protecting Children From Sunburn - Though many people realize that sun burns can be a serious risk to a child many don't take the proper precautions. Extension Child Development Specialist, Carole Gnatuk gives steps to take to ensure your child's protection against a sunburn.

Addressing Abuse Among Teenage Dating- Whether we want to admit it or not there is a slight chance that your teen is being abused in their current dating relationship or is the abuser. Gary Hansen, Extension Sociologist, emphasizes the importance of knowing what is going on in your teens life.

Securing Your Home While Away  -   While on vacation this summer, if your home is not properly secured, you may be a victim of a burglar. Linda Adler, Extension Home Furnishings Specialist, provides some helpful tips to keep your home safe if you do decide to leave it for an extended period of time.

Selecting Pesticides -   With the wide varieties of pesticides available it can sometimes be hard to find the one that fits your needs. Extension Entomologist, Lee Townsend outlines what to look for in pesticides when making your next purchase.

Preparing Home Grown Produce in a Healthy Way - Preparing your fresh vegetables might seem like a very simple task to complete. Extension Food Technologist, Joe O'Leary outlines what to do to ensure that you're produce are ripe for eating and prepared to perfection.


July 2- July 6,2007

Teaching Children To Entertain Themselves - A large complaint among young children is they are consistently bored, causing them to get into trouble more often. Carole Gnatuk, Extension Child Development Specialist, emphasizes the importance of teaching your children how to entertain themselves to prevent misbehavior and to develop a vivid mind.

Controlling Indoor Moisture During Hot Weather- The moisture in the air during the summer season caused by increased humidity can sometimes be difficult to deal with. Extension Home Furnishings Specialist  Linda Adler details how to control that moisture indoors to make it a more pleasant living environment.

Renovating Strawberry Beds  -   Strawberry beds need to be renovated every so often to ensure good soil for the next crop of berries. John Strang, Extension Horticulturist, examines ways to renovate your strawberry bed to  grow a more successful crop.

Conserving Water For Lawns and Greens -   With the lack of rainfall this summer it is extremely important to conserve water to keep lawns and greens flourishing. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues  Ashley Osborne expands on water conserving tips and why these tips are important.

Taking A Lump-Sum Pension Payment - Deciding on whether or not to take a lump-sum pension payment can be a difficult decision. Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop highlights the key factors in pension payments.


June 25- June 29,2007

Limiting Time For Children To Interact With TV - Children's playtime should be spent outdoors, doing challenging activities or spending quality time with family. Carole Gnatuk, Extension Child Development Specialist, discusses the importance of keeping children's time to interact solely with television at a minimum.

Enhancing The Relationship With Your Teens- The relationship you have with your teenager is one that should be strengthened as he/she grows older. Extension Youth Development Specialist  Kenneth Jones explains the best way to enhance the relationship with your teenager to ensure a healthy and stable situation.

Conserving Water This Summer  -   Water conservation is extremely important especially with limited amounts of rain and high temperatures. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues  Ashley Osborne outlines different techniques for conserving water.

Understanding Reverse Mortgages -   Reverse mortgages can be tricky to understand. Extension Family Resource Management Specialist  Sue Badenhop explains what a reverse mortgage is and how you can decipher yours.

Cooking Outdoors - During the spring and summertime a popular pastime is grilling or cooking outdoors.  There are some precautionary measures that need to be taken to ensure that your cooking safely. Joe O'Leary, Extension Food Technologist, highlights the importance of being safe while cooking outdoors.


June 18- June 22,2007

Updating Interior Design Trends - Interior design trends can come and go so rapidly. Extension Specialist for Home Furnishings, Linda Adler expands on the best time to update the trends in your home.

Understanding Fire Blight- Fire blight can greatly affect your corn crop this season. Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture, Ric Durham emphasizes the importance of understanding what fire blight is and how it can affect you.

Choosing an Executor for Your Estate  -   Choosing an executor for your estate may be a very tough decision to do especially when there is a lot of family involved in that decision. Suzanne Badenhop, Family Resource Management Specialist discusses ways you can make this decision with a little less stress.

Analyzing the Actions of Infants and Toddlers -   Infants an toddlers have their own way of communicating with adults, although when no communication is present with adults there can be a problem with the child or the child's development. Carole Gnatuk, Extension Child Development Specialist, highlights things to look for in your children to ensure they are right on track.

Watering Your Plants in the Summertime - Plants need lots of attention during the summer months and part of that attention is making sure they have plenty of water for growth. Ric Durham, Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture explains the importance of watering your plants during the hot summer months.


June 4- June 8,2007

Leaving Money For Your Heirs - Making a decision about the money being left to your heirs is a tough one. Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist, discusses the steps to take to ensure you make the best decision possible.

Providing Meaningful Playtime- Spending time with your children doing things they enjoy doing is important in a child's development. Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk examines how meaningful playtime can have a positive effect on a child.

Preparing For Standardized School Wellness Policy -   Ensuring students in schools stay healthy is another responsibility that educators have. Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist  Janet Tietyen explains how to have a  school wellness policy and keep students healthy.

Preventing Osteoporosis -   Osteoporosis is a problem that women need to take seriously before it gets too late to prevent it. Extension Health Specialist for Nursing  Peggy Riley emphasizes the importance of preventing this disease.

Selecting Environmentally Better School Supplies - Recycled paper isn't the only school supply that  you can purchase to be environmentally smart.  Extension Associate for Environmental and Natural Resource Issues Amanda Abnee Gumbert details many other supplies you can purchase to be environmentally friendly.


May 28- June 1,2007

Controlling Household Ants - Ant infestations in the average household are very common. Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist, outlines techniques you can use to get rid of ants in your home.

Understanding Risk Factors For Osteoporosis- Osteoporosis is a degenerative bone disease many women will face in their lifetime. Extension Health Specialist for Nursing Peggy Riley explains the risk factors associated with this disease and prevention habits.

Distinguishing Between a Credit Report and Score- -   Sometimes it can get confusing determining the difference in your credit report and your credit score. However, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop helps to examine the differences in the two.

Keeping Your Vacation Pleasurable -   Vacations are a time to relax and enjoy your time off. Doug Burnham, Extension Specialist in Health highlights ways to enjoy your vacation with little stress and worry.

Protecting Yourself From Telephone Solicitation - Phone calls from telemarketers are something that we all may experience at one time or another. State Extension Specialist in Family Resource Management  Robert Flashman discusses some tips for dealing with telephone solicitation.


May 21- May 25,2007

Maintaining A Healthy Lawn and Garden - The harsh temperatures this summer may do a number on your lawn and garden. Amanda Abnee Gumbert, Extension Water Quality Liaison, outlines the important factors in ensuring a healthy lawn and garden this summer.

Planting Later to Prevent Seed corn Maggots- Seed corn Maggots can sometimes be prevented by planting your crop later in the year. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin provides the appropriate time to plant those seeds.

Enjoying an American Icon; The Hamburger- -   Hamburgers are a well recognized part of the American Culture. Gregg Renfrow, Extension Meat Specialist, outlines how to enjoy your hamburgers while enjoying the grilling season this year.

Keeping Your Children Safe From Pesticides -   Exposure to pesticides is dangerous for anyone especially your children. Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, explains the importance of keeping your children safe and pesticides out of their reach.

Storing Water For Emergencies You may not think it at times, but water can be a limited resource. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues, Kim Henken emphasizes the importance of water and the reasons you should keep some stored for emergency situations.


May 14- May 18,2007

Starting Low Carb Diets - Low carbohydrate diets have been popular in  the past few years. Sandra Bastin, Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist, details what these diets involve and the best way to get one started.

Recognizing Proper Media Literacy- The media surrounds us in every direction, and at times it can be hard to recognize fact from fiction. Gary Hansen, Extension Sociologist, expands on the importance of sharpening your media literacy. 

Participating in a 5 K Event -   Running is good for both the mind and the body. Extension HEEL Program Coordinator, Lori Rice looks at what is in store for a person wanting to participate in a running event.

Updating Your Home Decor -   Over-time our home or apartment can become outdated. Linda Adler, Extension Specialist for Home Furnishings, examines simple things you can do to update your home decor.

Greening Spring Cleaning Spring cleaning is a chore that everyone should do each year. Extension Water Quality Liaison Amanda Abnee Gumbert explains what you can do to spring clean while keeping your environment safe.


May 7- May 11,2007

Using Glass Blocks to Update Your Home - Remodeling your home can be overwhelming. Linda Adler, Extension Specialist For Home Furnishings, discusses using a few simple tricks like glass blocks to update your home in a simple and inexpensive way.

Protecting The Environment From Polluted Water- Pollution in the water can cause a lot of environmental problems. Extension Associate For Environmental and Natural Resource Issues Ashley Osborne suggests the best way to to protect your water from becoming polluted.

Understanding Financial Annuity -   Finances can sometimes be tricky to understand. Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist, outlines how to read your financial annuity.

Exercising The Mind and Body -   Doing things to work not only your body but also your mind will help to benefit you in the long run. Lori Rice, HEEL Program Coordinator, gives examples of the best way to work both the mind and the body.

Spending Quality Time With Children One on one time with children will pay off in the end because you build strong healthy relationships. Carole Gnatuk, Extension Child Development Specialist, elaborates on the importance of quality time with children.


April 30 - May 4, 2007

Using Credit Cards Wisely - Sometimes controlling your credit card habits can be difficult to do. Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family, Resource Management Specialist discusses the best way to use your credit cards without causing problems.

Composting At Home- Composing can be a tricky thing to do on your own. Ashley Osborne, Extension Associate for Environmental and Natural Resource Issues highlights the best and most efficient techniques to compost at home.

Preventing Carpenter Bees -   Carpenter bee's can be a pest that destroys a large portion of your home from an infestation. Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist outlines the importance of preventing those bee's from even starting to invade your home.

Planning A Family Fire Plan -   It is extremely important to ensure your families safety in the occurrence of a fire. Linda Adler, Extension Specialist for Home Furnishings emphasizes this fact and how to make sure your family is out of harms way.

Purchasing and Storing Broccoli There is a lot to think about when purchasing and storing your broccoli even though you may not even realize it. Extension Horticulturist John Strang discusses how to store your broccoli after purchasing the type that is right for you.


April 23-  April 27, 2007

Previewing Your Employee Benefits - Before taking a job one should review what employee benefits you might be receiving. Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist discusses what to look for when previewing your benefits at a current or prospective job.

Understanding The Dangers of Radon- Radon exposure can be very dangerous. Extension Housing Associate Jerry Hash explains the dangers of radon.

Preventing Gum Disease -   Brushing your teeth often is one way to help prevent gum disease. Janet Kryzynske, Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist, discusses other ways to protect your gums from harmful diseases.

Supporting The Youth In Your Community -   Helping the youth in your community by showing support can positively affect the lives of children. Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen emphasizes the importance of making an impact in the lives of the youth in our community.

Swarming Termites Termites can take over your home. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend discusses how to get rid of those termites. Lee suggests prevention of termites before they enter the home.


April 16 -  April 20, 2007

Protecting Your Home With a Smoke Alarm - A smoke alarm is something everyone should have in their house to protect themselves and family members. Linda Adler, Extension Specialist for Home Furnishings, details  reasons smoke alarms are beneficial.

Recognizing Diabetes- Diabetes can be hard to detect. Diabetes is a fairly common disease. Extension Health Specialist for Nursing  Peggy Riley discusses the importance of recognizing diabetes early.

Drinking Water Can Make You Sick -   Though most people would agree that water is very good for your body, there are certain situations where it can be harmful. Ashley Osborne, Extension Associate For Environmental and Natural Resource Issues, highlights key factors in determining if your water is healthy for you.

Using Optional Payment Mortgages -     Understanding differences in your mortgage payments can be confusing. Suzannne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist, examines how to determine what product is best for you.

Controlling Cluster Flies Cluster flies can be a problem in your home. Extension Entomologist  Ric Bessin discusses how to control these nasty pests.


April 9 -  April 13, 2007

Celebrating Earth Day - Earth day will be upon us in just a few weeks.  Extension Associate for Environmental and Natural Resource Issues Ashley Osborne discusses ways to celebrate this earth friendly holiday.  

Defining Phased Retirement- Phased retirement offers benefits to employees and  employers.   Extension Family Resource Management Suzanne Badenhop defines exactly what a phased retirement plan is and the benefits of using one. 

Peaking Termites Swarming Season -   Through April termites reach the peak of their swarming in Kentucky.  Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin outlines how to keep termites out of your home.

Considering Agriculture Water Quality Plans -     Agricultural producers must adopt an accepted water quality plan soon.  Extension Associate for Environmental and Natural Resource Issues Amanda Abney Gumbert explains the water quality plan that you must develop for your crop this year.

Understanding Diabetes Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disease that effects many people in the United States. Extension Specialist for Health Peggy Riley examines what this disease is and the factors that cause it.


April 2 -  April 6, 2007

Handling Pesticides Safely - Measures of safety are required when applying pesticides to your trees and plants this spring.  Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend  explains  important safety activities to think about when handling chemicals.

Valuing Your Smile- Teeth whitening has become a popular technique to improve your smile.  Extension Oral Health Specialist Sharlee Burch suggests you rely on your dentist or dental professional supervise any tooth whitening procedure.

Reviewing Consumer Complaints -   The Federal Trade Commission has issued their top ten list of consumer complaints for 2006. Extension Family Resource management Specialist Robert Flashman puts the spotlight on the most frequent complaints last year.  

Maintaining Your Septic System -  Protecting your septic system can pay dividends in decreased maintenance later on.  Extension Associate for Environmental and Natural Resource Issues Amanda Abney Gumbert expands on preventive maintenance for your system.

Planting Fruit TreesIf you invest in a prize fruit tree to plant on your landscape you want to follow a proven procedure to plant and fertilize that tree during the growth cycle. Extension Horticulture Specialist John Strang highlights the importance of soil testing and planting your tree for peak success on your land.


March 26 -  March 30, 2007

Dealing with 40 and 50 year Mortgages - Though having mortgage payments that extend over many years may lower your monthly bills it takes a lot of time to pay off a debt. Suzanne Badenhop, Family Resource Management Specialist, expands on the ways to deal with mortgages that take many years to pay off.

Handling Bullying in Our Schools- Bullying can be a problem that causes self-esteem problems among many school-age children. Gary Hansen, Extension Sociologist, expands on handling those bullies with your children.

Understanding The Benefits of Processed Foods - Many people don't like processed foods.  Joe O'Leary, Extension Food Technologist, elaborates on the benefits of processed foods.

Helping Children Develop Responsibility for Their Actions -  As parents your responsibility is to help children develop ownership of their own action. Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk outlines simple tasks that may help to do so.

Talking More About Hot DogsThe consumption of hot dogs in the U.S. continues to be growing. Extension meat specialist Gregg Rentfrow discusses  the appeal of hot dogs and why we continue to eat them.


March 19 -  March 23, 2007

Protecting the Environment From Vehicle Emissions - Have you ever left your car running for an extended period of time? Ashley Osborne, Extension Associate for Environmental and Natural Resources, expands on ways of cutting down emissions from your vehicle so you can help the environment.

Understanding Interest-Only Mortgages - Do you know what an interest-only mortgage is? Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Sue Badenhop, discusses the benefits of using this type of mortgage when buying a home.

Selecting a Dentist - Your dentist is someone that takes great care of some of your most valuable assets. Sharlee Burch, Extension Oral Health Specialist, outlines ways of picking a knowledgeable dentist with your best interest in mind.

Setting Rules For Internet Use - The internet has a wealth of knowledge, but all the information on the internet isn't good for all ages. Gary Hansen, Extension Sociologist discusses reasons why you should monitor your childrens' internet use.

Keeping Down Identity TheftMany people fall victim to identify theft. There are ways you can prevent it. Robert Flashman, Extension Specialist for Family Resource Management, details how to prevent keystroke logging and how to react from an occurrence.


March 12 -  March 16, 2007

Living Green
It might be difficult to understand the role that a consumer plays in the Green Living concept. Amanda Abnee Gumbert, Extension Associate for Environmental and Natural Resources, expands on that concept and what it  means to us all.

Eliminating Pollutants From Children
Protecting your children from invisible chemical pollutants is extremely important. Carole Gnatuk, Extension Child Development Specialist, discusses the reasons why children are in need of better protection.

Celebrating America's Hot Dogs
More than 764 million packages of hot dogs were sold last year in stores. Gregg Rentfrow, Extension Meat Specialist, outlines the history of the hot dog and its contribution to our American culture.

Drinking Bottled Water
Many people consider bottled water to be more beneficial than tap water. Ashley Osborne, Extension Associate for Environmental and Natural Resources, discusses the pro's and con's to drinking bottled water.

Targeting Identify Theft
Many people fall victim to identify theft. There are many ways you can prevent it. Robert Flashman, Extension Specialist for Family Resource Management, details how to prevent identity theft and how to react from an occurrence.


March 5 -  March 9, 2007

Selecting Mulch For Landscape
Selecting a mulch specific for your landscape can be difficult to find. Amanda Abney Gumbert, Extension Associate for Environment and Natural Resource Issues examines where to look for mulch for your landscaping endeavors.

Pruning Apple Tree Branches
Apple trees and other fruit producing plants are best pruned in the later part of February. Extension Horticulturist, John Strang, details how to prune fruit bearing trees and the best ways to do so.

Drinking Bottled Water
Many of us have had lots of exposure to bottled water. Ashley Osborne, Extension Associate For Environmental and Natural Resources, discusses the benefits to bottled water and what the hype is all about.

Adapting To An Absent Parent
A lot of young children and teenagers are left having to deal with a parent that is absent. Extension Child Development Specialist, Carole Gnatuk discusses the affects an absent parents can have on a child.

Preventing High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is common in many people and can be hereditary. Joe O'Leary, Extension Food Technologists, outlines ways to prevent high blood pressure with food choices.


February 26 -  March 3, 2007

Selecting Springtime Chores For the Family
Spring cleaning can be very stressful but with help from the entire family the job can be made easier. Carole Gnatuk, Extension Child Development Specialist, emphasizes the importance of giving your children chores especially during the spring.

Caring For Daffodils After a Mixed-Up Winter
This winter is hard on many flowers with the mild weather. Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham discusses how you can bring those flowers back to life and protect the blooms.

Understanding Kentucky Children's Health Ins. Program
The Kentucky Children's Health Insurance Program provides coverage at little cost for those without insurance. Sharlee Shirley Burch, Extension Oral Health Specialist, expands on how to take advantage of this program.

Bringing Houseplants Indoors Amplifies Bug Problems
Since it is winter time many of us are bringing temperature sensitive plants indoors.This may cause an increase in bug problems inside the house. Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist, highlights prevention techniques for these bug problems while taking care of your plants.

Investing Your Tax Refund
The easiest way to receive your tax refund is now through a direct deposit into your checking or savings account. Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Sue Badenhop details how to invest or spend your tax refund wisely.


February 19 - February  23, 2007

Affording a Debt
Not understanding your current financial situation can lead to an excess amount of debt. Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop outlines how to determine if you are financially ready for more debt.

Protecting Children From Pesticides
Keeping children away from pesticides is a responsibility we all encounter. Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, explains the importance of keeping pesticides out of the hands of children and the easiest way to do so.

Developing Self-Discipline In Children
Staying calm and firm in discipline is difficult to do when children complain about school or homework but it is essential in helping develop self-discipline. Carole Gnatuk, Extension Child Development Specialist, emphasizes the need for the parental role in disciplining children.

Understanding a Boil-Water Advisory Notice
Taking a boiled water advisory notice seriously is something that many of us seldom do. Extension Associate for Environmental and Natural Resource Issues Amanda Gumbert details the importance of taking a notice like this seriously.

Helping the Uninsured
Though uninsured individuals have more difficulties with health problems, there are ways to get health care if your uninsured. Extension State Specialist for Family Resource Management Robert Flashman examines how families can protect themselves though they are uninsured.


February 12 - February  16, 2007

Building a Good Marriage
A good marriage is the cornerstone for building a happy family.  Extension Specialist for Health Carol Whipple expands on the ways that you can build a excellent marriage that should be lasting.

Removing Bagworm Cases From Plants
Spring is a great time to inspect plants for bagworms. Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham explains how you can remove these pesky insects from your plants.

Coping with Separation Anxiety
Do you know a young child that cries when he or she leaves their parents in the morning? Carole Gnatuk, Extension Child Specialist, elaborates on building up a child's independence and removing separation anxiety.

Having Problems With Your Water
Testing your water source, and your water in general is very important.  
Extension Associate for Environmental and Natural Resource Issues Amanda Gumbert emphasizes testing and checking for water problems in your system.

Buying Organic Foods

Organic foods have become a staple in many grocery stores. Joe O'Leary, Extension Food Specialist, explains the benefits and the advantages in buying organic foods.


February 5 - February  9, 2007

Understanding the Rule of 72
Have you ever heard of Rule 72. Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop expands the rule and helps you to figure out how long it will take for your investments to multiply.

Pruning In Winter and Spring
The mild winter leads gardeners into a early start of spring. Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Bessin explains the right way to go about pruning.

Controlling Your Vehicle Emissions
Vehicle emissions causes various health problems in the environment. Extension Associate for Environmental and Natural Resource Issues Ashley Osborne outlines how you can keep the emissions from your car down.

Caring for the Heart
The heart is one of the most vital organs in your body. The physical and the emotional heart are both important to your life.
Extension Specialist for Health Carol Whipple emphasizes the importance of caring for both hearts.

Limiting Television Viewing By Children

Television is a major part of our daily lives. Gary Hansen, Extension Sociologist, describes how to cut down on the amount of television viewed each day and how it will improve children's lives.


January 26 - February  2, 2007

Preventing Child Abuse
Over 72,000 children were reported abused last year in Kentucky. Extension Specialist for Health Carol Whipple expands on how you can help to make this number decrease.

Buying Organic or Non-Organic Foods
Grocery store shelves are more crowded with organic foods. Extension Food Specialist Joe O'Leary explains if the extra price is really worth it.

Forcing Branches of Woody Plants to Flower
The winter season has just begun, but wouldn't you like to have a taste of spring?. Extension  Specialist for Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham outlines how you can force plants into flowering this season.

Controlling Insects With A Fogger
Do you have a pest problem in your home, have you considered a fogger Lee Townsend Extension Entomologist discusses fogging for pest control and details when it is the tool to use.

Reducing Your Risk of Stroke

Stroke is the leading cause of death in the nation and in Kentucky. Peggy Riley, Extension Health Specialist for Nursing outlines ways to recognize a stroke. 


January 22 - January 26, 2007

Keeping Medical Record Expenses
Keeping a record of your medical expenses might be more beneficial than you think. Extension Specialist in Family Resource Management Suzanne Badenhop elaborates on the benefits of keeping medical records as a way to get more money for travel expenses.

Recognizing Grain Moths
Grain moths are often a pest problem in the home. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin details the warning signs of grain moths in your home.

Preventing Stroke
Strokes are a leading cause of death in America. Extension Health Specialist for Nursing Peggy Riley, outlines how you can change your lifestyle to keep your risk of stroke down.

Conserving Energy
Energy conservation is something that everyone can take part in. Extension Associate for Environmental and Natural Resource Issues Ashley Osborne discusses suggests how to keep your energy costs down.

Borrowing Money from a Cash Value Policy

Insurance agents promote cash value policies for the borrowing feature. Robert Flashman, Extension State Family Resource Management Specialist, explains how these policies work.


January 15 - January 19, 2007

Identifying A Cold or the Flu
It can be hard to determine whether you've come down with the flu or the cold. Extension Health Specialist for Nursing Peggy Riley examines ways to tell the difference between the two illnesses so you know how to treat your symptoms.

Exposing the Uninsured
Over 45 million people are uninsured. Robert Flashman, Extension State Specialist with Family Resource Management emphasizes the importance of being insured.Dr. Flashman also explains the benefits of those monthly payments.                   

Building a Strong Community
Understanding your sense of community is essential in developing a strong community. Gary Hansen, Extension Sociologist, outlines why a strong community is important and how to bring your community together.

Using a Home Water Treatment System
A home water treatment system can be safer and make your water taste better. Extension Associate for Environmental and Natural Resource Issues, Ashley Osbourne, discusses tips to ensure you're getting quality water. 

Controlling Fabric Pests

A problem during the winter months may be holes in your stored clothes from fabric pests. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin explains how to monitor and eliminate fabric pests.                                                  

 


January 8 - January 12, 2007

Avoiding an Infection This Season
Determining what caused your runny nose can sometimes be hard to do. Extension Health Specialist for Nursing Peggy Riley outlines how to avoid getting sick during the cold and flu season.

Conserving Water
Wasting water is a common problem that can end up being very costly. Amanda Gumbert, Extension Associate for Environmental Issues,  suggests how to conserve water.                                      

Protecting Your Glass Stovetop
Special care needs to be given to ensure preservation of your glass cooktop. Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist, explains how to protect the quality of your stovetop.

Picking Up Your Emotions
Feeling unmotivated or sad can cause problems in your work, school or relationships. Extension Health Specialist Doug Burnham emphasizes the importance of being positive and get moving.

Mulching Your Strawberry Bed

Protecting your strawberry crop is important to their survival and future growth. John Strang, Extension Horticulturist, details the importance of mulching your strawberry bed to protect it over the winter.                                                 


January 1 - January 5, 2007

Monitoring Water Sheds
Water pollution is an issue that we may all encounter. Amanda Gumbert, Extension Associate for Environmental and Natural Resource Issues, discusses how to monitor your water source and to help fight pollution.

Storing Pumpkins and Winter Squash
Preserving your garden produce is essential for winter use. John Strang, Extension Fruit and Vegetable Crop Specialist, examines the best way to keep your produce fresh.                                      

Shopping For Whole Grain Foods
Reducing heart disease is just one of the many benefits you can get from eating whole grain foods. Janet Kurzynske, Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist, emphasizes this along with what to look for when shopping.

Storing Pesticides
Finding a safe place for pesticides is highly important and can reduce the risk of exposing people to poison
. Lee Townsend, Extension Entomology Specialist, outlines how to store pesticides that will limit exposure.

Having a Debt Problem
Many people struggle with being deep in debt. Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist, examines how consumers can manage their money.                                                          

 


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