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Pre-recorded radio programs offered to commercial radio stations and to county Extension agents via audio CDs.

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April 9 - April 13, 2012

Growing Salvia Jewel Pink Extension Consumer Horticulture Specialist Rick Durham talks about a new flower winner recognized by All America Selections. Length :59

Protecting Kentucky Streams and Rivers Extension Water Quality Specialist Amanda Gumbert talks about the importance of protecting Kentucky's waterways from pollution. Length 1:00

Managing Slugs in the Landscape Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend talks about how damaging slugs can be in your vegetable and flower gardens and your landscape. Length 1:00

Avoid Fertilizing Trees and Shrubs in the Spring Extension Horticulture Specialist Bill Fountain says fertilizing trees and shrubs in the spring can lead to unwanted growth. Length :55

Children's Oral Health Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk says it is important to make sure children get regular dental checkups for good oral health. Length 1:01

April 2 - April 6, 2012

Dividing Perennials Extension Consumer Horticulture Specialist Rick Durham says it is important to divide perennials if they are not producing like they should. Length 1:00

Documenting Your Loss Extension Family Finance Specialist Jennifer Hunter talks about the importance of documenting your property losses following a disaster. Length :54

Combating Slugs In the Garden Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin says your garden can become a battleground as you combat pesky slugs. Length 1:00

Spring is a Great Time for Planting Trees and Shrubs Extension Horticulture Specialist Bill Fountain says if you want to plant trees and shrubs in your landscape or anywhere around the home, spring is the time to do it. Length 1:00

Young Teenage Girls And Reality TV Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk says watching too much reality tv for teenage girls isn't good. Length 1:01

March 26 - March 30, 2012

Tilling The Vegetable Garden Extension Consumer Horticulture Specialist Rick Durham discusses whether it is important to till your vegetable garden every year. Length 1:02

Be Aware of Scams Extension Family Finance Specialist Jennifer Hunter talks about how important it is be aware of scams following a disaster. Length 1:01

Recognizing Termite Swarms Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend says now that spring is here, be on the lookout for swarming insects around you home which could be termites. Length :59

Go Green As You Clean Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne says go green as you clean this spring by using household items to clean your home. Length 1:00

Using TV As A Family Togetherness Tool Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk says programs seen on tv can be a way of bringing the family together to do an activity. Length 1:00

March 12 - March 16, 2012

Helping People Cope With Natural Disaster Extension Family Life Specialist Amy Hosier discusses ways to help family and friends cope in the aftermath of natural disasters. Length 1:0o

Documenting Information Following A Disaster Extension Family Finance Specialist Jennifer Hunter explains how to document important information following a disaster. Length :57

Building a Healthy Meal Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist Ingrid Adams explains how to build a healthy meal for your family. Length 1:00.

Knowing About Thousand Cankers Disease Extension Plant Pathologist Nicole Ward warns of a disease that is spreading into Kentucky that could damage some of our favorite trees. Length 1:00

TV Watching Habits of Young Girls Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk says young girls today are spending too much time in front of the television. Length 1:00

March 5 - March 9, 2012

Ground Water Awareness Weeks Extension Associate for Environmental and Natural Resources Ashley Osborne says March 11 - 17 is ground water awareness week. Length 1:00

Recognizing Different Stages of Carpet Beetles Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains the different stages of carpet beetles and how to recognize them. Length 1:01

Be A Healthy Role Model for Children Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist Ingrid Adams explains how you can be a healthy role model for children. Length 1:00.

Raspberries for the Home Garden Extension Horticulture Specialist John Strange explains how you can have raspberries in the home garden. Length 1:00

Feb. 27 - March 2, 2012

Celebrating Kentucky Forests Extension Associate for Environmental and Natural Resources Ashley Osborne says Earth Day is a chance to celebrate Kentucky forests. Length :58

New Fruit Fly Coming to Kentucky Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin says to prepare for a new fruit fly coming to Kentucky. Length 1:01

Liven Up Meals You can liven up meals by adding a few vegetables to your plate. Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist Ingrid Adams explains. Length 1:01.

Adjusting Your W-4 Extension Finance Specialist Jennifer Hunter says you might want to change your W-4 withholdings this year so you can have more money during the year rather than getting a refund or owing money at tax time. Length :59

Feb. 20 - Feb. 24, 2012

Disposing of Animal Mortalities Extension Water Quality Specialist Amanda Gumbert discusses approved ways to dispose of dead animals on the farm. Length 1:01

Pruning Apple Trees Extension Horticulture Specialist John Strang explains when to prune apple trees before spring. Length 1:00

Smart Shopping for Fruits and Vegetables Buying fruits and vegetables for good nutrition doesn't have to be expensive. Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist Ingrid Adams explains. Length 1:00.

Avoiding Tax Refund Anticipation Loans Extension Finance Specialist Jennifer Hunter warns to avoid tax refund anticipation loans. Length :59

Parenting Tips For Online Video Games Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk offers some tips for parents when considering online video games for children. Length 1:00

Feb. 13 - Feb. 17, 2012

Recognizing the Asian Longhorned Beetle Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin explains how to recognize the Asian Longhormed Beetle which is a threat to hardwood trees. Length 1:00

Forcing Woody Plant Branches to Flower Extension Horticulturist Rick Durham explains how to prune some of your woody flowering plants to bring indoors for some color this winter. Length 1:01

Making Vegetables Kid Friendly Getting your kids to eat vegetables isn't always easy but Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist Ingrid Adams explains some ways to make vegetables kid-friendly. Length 1:00.

Planning Before Your Tax Refund Extension Finance Specialist Jennifer Hunter talks about ways to put your tax refund to good use by paying off some of your debts. Length 1:00

Monitoring On-line Media for Children Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk says parents should keep the three C's in mind when evaluating on-line media for children. Length 1:02

Feb. 6 - Feb. 10, 2012

Knowing Your Gnats Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend says it is important to know the gnats flying around in your home. Length :59

Planning for Garden Diversity Extension Horticulturist Rick Durham explains how to have diversity among the plants in your garden. Length 1:00

Benefits of Being Social There are many benefits to being active socially,that includes your mental and physical health. Extension Family Life Specialist Amy Hosier explains. Length 1:02.

Splitting Your Tax Refund Extension Finance Specialist Jennifer Hunter talks about how to split your tax refund to maximize your savings. Length 1:01

Jan. 30 - Feb. 3, 2012

The Buzz About Cluster Flies in the Home Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin has the buzz on cluster flies. Length :58

Mulching Plants in the Landscape Extension Horticulturist Bill Fountain explains the importance of mulching around plants in the home landscape. Length 1:02

Budding Flowers and Cold Temperatures How is this winter's mild weather going to effect those early-budding flowers? Extension Horticulture Specialist Rick Durham has some thoughts. Length :59.

Winter Blues Extension Family Life Specialist Amy Hosier talks about the winter blues and how to combat them. Length 1:03

Building A Savings Account Extension Family Finance Specialist Jennifer Hunter talks about how to build a savings account. Length 1:01

Jan. 23 - Jan. 27, 2012

Going Green on Valentine's Day Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne explains how you can go green for Valentine's Day. Length 1:02

Using Wood Ash In Your Landscape Extension Horticulturist Bill Fountain explains the advantages and disadvantages putting wood ash from your fireplace on vegetable gardens and landscapes. Length 1:02

Raspberries for the Home Garden Extension Horticulture Specialist John Strang talks about growing raspberries in the home garden. Length :59.

Keeping Up with Family Medical Care Extension Family Life Specialist Amy Hosier says you should be familiar with your aging parents medical conditions. Length 1:03

Saving Strategies Extension Family Finance Specialist Jennifer says you should watch your spending in the new year as holiday bills begin to come in. Length 1:01

Jan. 16 - Jan. 20, 2012

Taking the 40 Gallon Challenge Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne explains why you should take the 40 Gallon Challenge. Length 1:00

New Watermelon Variety Extension Horticulturist Ric Durham says there is a new watermelon variety on the market for 2012. Length 1:01

Reducing Spiders in Your Home Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin explains how you can reduce the number of spiders in your home. Length 1:01.

Long Distance Care Giving Extension Family Life Specialist Amy Hosier talks about the difficulty in long-distance care giving and says you are not alone. Length 1:01

Make Savings a Priority Extension Family Finance Specialist Jennifer says one should make saving money a priority. Length 1:01

Jan. 9 - Jan. 13, 2012

Testing Your Home for Radon Gas Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne explains why you should test your home for radon gas. Length 1:04

Growing Orchids Indoors Extension Horticulturist Ric Durham says you can grow beautiful flowering orchids indoors. Length 1:00

Cluster Files Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains how cluser flies can overwinter in your home and be a nuisance. Length 1:01

Aging in Place Extension Family Life Specialist Amy Hosier explains how elderly people can age in place. Length 1:02

Dealing With Holiday Financial Hangover Extension Family Finance Specialist Jennifer says once the holidays are over you must deal with the expense of charging all the gifts you bought. Length 1:01

Dec. 26 - Dec. 30, 2011

Getting Your Dose of Green in the New Year Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne explains how you can get your green on in 2012. Length 1:00

Reusing Christmas Trees in Your Landscape Extension Horticulturist Ric Durham says you can reuse your Christmas tree in the home landscape. Length 1:02

Successful Strategies for Weight Management Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist Ingrid Adams offers strategies for managing your weight. Length 1:01

Taking Time for You Extension Family Life Specialist Amy Hosier says it is important for you to take some time for you. Length 1:03

Dec. 19 - Dec. 22, 2011

Conserving Water In The Home Extension Water Quality Specialist Amanda Gumbert talks about water conservation in the home. Length :58

Finding Insects On Evergreens Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend discusses insects that become active when trees are brought inside. Length :58

Choosing Healthy Beverages For Children Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist Ingrid Adams offers advice on selecting healthy drinks for kids. Length 1:02

Maintaining Social Relationships Extension Family Life Specialist Amy Hosier describes the importance of staying connected to people. Length 1:02

Save Money And Go Green Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne talks about ways to help the environment while saving money. Length 1:02



Dec. 12 - Dec. 16, 2011

Preventing Pests in House Plants Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend talks about ways to keep indoor plants insect free. Length 1:00

Handling Holiday Stress Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen offers advice on how to relieve stress during the holiday season. Length 1:01

Preparing Healthy Snacks For Children Extension Nutrition and Food Science Specialist Ingrid Adams offers suggestions on healthier snack time options. Length :55

Tune In To The Times Extension Family Life Specialist Amy Hosier explains how new technologies help keep the mind sharp. Length 1:02

Nov. 28 - Dec. 2, 2011

Battling Fleas in Your Home Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin talks about ways to control fleas in your home. Length 1:02

Make a Shopping List and Compare Extension Family Finance Specialist Jennifer Hunter expains how consumers should create a shopping list and read product labels. Length :58

Keeping Poinsettias in the Home Extension Consumer Horticulturist Rick Durham gives helpful advice on this holiday plant favorite. Length 1:01

Food Allergies in Children Extension Nutrition and Food Science Specialist Ingrid Adams covers basic food allergies in kids. Length 1:05

Letting Go of Your High School Senior Extension Child Development Specialist Carol Gnatuk talks about the emotions involved in separating from high schoolers. Length 1:04



Dec. 5 - Dec. 9, 2011

Recognizing Black Widow Spiders Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin reveals facts about this spider. Length :59

Reducing Health Care Costs Extension Family Finance Specialist Jennifer Hunter offers advice on how to save money on health care. Length 1:01

Healthy Snacks For Kids Extension Nutrition and Food Science Specialist Ingrid Adams talks about healthier snack options for children. Length 1:04

Adolescents Taking Unnecessary Risks Extension Child Development Specialist Carol Gnatuk talks about how to cope with this stage of development. Length 1:02

Nov. 28 - Dec. 2, 2011

Battling Fleas in Your Home Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin talks about ways to control fleas in your home. Length 1:02

Make a Shopping List and Compare Extension Family Finance Specialist Jennifer Hunter expains how consumers should create a shopping list and read product labels. Length :58

Keeping Poinsettias in the Home Extension Consumer Horticulturist Rick Durham gives helpful advice on this holiday plant favorite. Length 1:01

Food Allergies in Children Extension Nutrition and Food Science Specialist Ingrid Adams covers basic food allergies in kids. Length 1:05

Letting Go of Your High School Senior Extension Child Development Specialist Carol Gnatuk talks about the emotions involved in separating from high schoolers. Length 1:04



Nov. 21 - Nov. 25, 2011

Ash Borer Insect is Threatening Trees Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend discusses the problem of Ash Borers in Kentucky landscapes. Length 1:03

Media Messaging and Your Teen Extension Family Finance Specialist Jennifer Hunter talks about how messages from media can influence teen decisions. Length :59

Growing Amaryllis Extension Consumer Horticulturist Rick Durham offers tips on growing this flower indoors. Length 1:04

Eating for Health Extension Nutrition and Food Science Specialist Ingrid Adams offers tips in eating for health. Length 1:01



Nov. 14 - Nov. 18, 2011

Controlling Odorous House Ants Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin talks about ways to control odorous ants. Length 1:00

Being a Defiant Parent Extension Family Finance Specialist Jennifer Hunter expains how parents should be firm with children about managing their finances. Length 1:00

Playing Outside is Healthy for Children Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk talks about the advantages of encouraging outdoor play for kids. Length :56

Gift Giving Ideas to Reduce Waste Extension Environmental Associate Ashley Osborne offers alternative gift giving suggestions that are easy on the environment and pocketbook. Length :59

Gardening Economically Extension Consumer Horticulturist Rick Durham offers advice on how you can garden while saving money. Length 1:05



Nov. 7 - Nov. 11, 2011

End of Season Sprayer Cleaning Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend talks about the importance of cleaning sprayers at the end of the season. Length :58

Learning to Plan and Budget Extension Family Finance Specialist Jennifer Hunter emphasizes the importance learning how to plan and budget. Length 1:01

Helping Kids Use Social Media Responsibly Carole Gnatuk, Extension Child Development Specialist, says as kids start to use social media they need to learn to interact responsibly. Length 1:00

Avoiding Bed Bugs As problems with bed bugs remain in the national spotlight, Extension Entomologist Specialist Ric Bessin explains how to avoid this household pest. Length 1:00

Storing Pumpkins and Winter Squash Extension Horticulturist John Strang gives helpful tips on storing pumpkins and winter squash. Length :58



Oct. 31 - Nov. 4, 2011

Asian Lady Bettle Moving to Winter Storage Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend says to keep an eye out for the Asian Lady Beetle invading your home with the arrival of cold weather. Length 1:00

Spending Money at School Vending Machines Extension Family Finance Specialist Jennifer Hunter emphasizes the importance of not letting your children overspend at school vending machines. It not only becomes costly but leads to unhealthy eating habits. Length 1:00

Practicing Bathtub Safety with Children Children should never be left alone in the bathtub when parents are bathing them. Carole Gnatuk, Extension Child Development Specialist, talks about ways to keep your child safe. Length 1:00

Cleaning Up the Landscape in the Fall Extension Horticulture Specialist Rick Durham explains why it is important to clean up the landscape in the fall in order to prepare for next season. Length 1:00

Learning is Best for Teenagers When Social Media is Not Involved Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen says it is best when teenagers learn from other experiences and not from just social media. Length 1:00



Oct. 24 - Oct. 28, 2011

Implementing a Water Quality Plan Extension Specialist for Water Quality Amanda Gumbert emphasizes the importance of Implementing a Water Quality Plan on your Kentucky farm which has been a law in the Bluegrass state since 1994 for landowners with 10 acres or more. Length :57

Teaching Kids About Money Extension Family Finance Specialist Jennifer Hunter talks about the Teaching Kids About Money Survey and why it is important. Length 1:00

Remaking Family Recipes Everyone loves old family favorite recipes, but they might not be made with the healthiest ingredients. Ingrid Adams, Extension Nutrition Specialist, talks about ways to alter those recipes to make them healthier for you and your family. Length 1:00

Fertlizing Perennials Not Recommended for Flowers in the Fall Extension Horticulture Specialist Ric Durham explains what perennials can be fertilized in the fall, but flowers aren't one of them. Length 1:00

Packing a Waste-Free Lunch Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne says there are ways you can pack a waste-free lunch for work or school. Length 1:00



Oct. 17 - Oct. 21, 2011

Annoying Fungus Gnats Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin talks about how to keep annoying fungus gnats out of your home before the winter months arrive. Length 1:00

Understanding Money Management Skills Extension Family Finance Specialist Jennifer Hunter explains why it is important for everyone to have some understanding of money management. Length 1:00

Eating Healthy During the Holiday Season They will be here before you know it, the holidays and the parties and the high fat foods. Ingrid Adams, Extension Nutrition Specialist, says you can eat healthy during the holidays with a little planning. Length 1:00

Managing Soil-Born Diseases With Crop Rotation Extension Horticulture Specialist Ric Durham says crop rotation is key to avoiding soil-born diseases. Length 1:00

Planning for an Environmentally-Friendly Halloween Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne says there is no reason why you can't celebrate Halloween while keeping it environmentally-friendly and not so scary. Length 1:00



Oct. 10 - Oct. 14, 2011

Guarding Your Home From Insect Invaders Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin talks about how to keep insects out of your home that may be looking for a place to vacation over the winter. Length 1:00

Identifying Role Models for Older Children Extension Family Finance Specialist Jennifer Hunter says it is important to give older children in the family someone they should look up too as a role model. Length 1:00

Eating Healthy TO Prevent Chronic Diseases Ingrid Adams, Extension Nutrition Specialist, says eating healthy with fruits, vegetables and other foods can curb a lot of chronic diseases. Length 1:00

Dispelling Urban Legends About the Meat Industry Extension Meat Science Specialist Gregg Rentfrow says there are a lot of urban myths about the meat industry which he dispells. Length 1:00

Helping Children Have Success in School Extension Sociologist Kenneth Jones says children are halfway through the fall semester and interest may be waining. He explains ways to recapture their focus. Length 1:00



Oct. 3 - Oct. 7, 2011

Keeping Accidental Invaders Out of Buildings in the Fall Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend talks about ways to safe guard your home and buildings to keep insects out. Length 1:00

Giving Older Children Financial Responsibilities Extension Family Finance Specialist Jennifer Hunter says it is important to give older children in the family a chance to learn the importance of money by assigning them jobs like preparing a meal from grocery to table. Length 1:00

Promoting Mental Healthiness Amy Hosier, Family Life Specialist, explains why it is important to keep ourselves mentally healthy as well as physically. Length 1:00

Growing Holiday Cactus Extension Horticulturist Rick Durham says the holiday cactus is an interesting plant to be enjoyed around the holidays in the winter. Length 1:00

Cleaning Up Landscapes in the Fall Extension Horticulturst Win Dunwell says the fall provides the opportunity to cleanup your landscapes and flower beds before winter. Length 1:00



Sept. 26 - Sept 30, 2011

Keeping Pests Out of Your Home Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend talks about ways to keep pests of your home by doing some simple home improvements. Length 1:00

Reviewing Your Medicare Benefits Plan Extension Family Finance Specialist Jennifer Hunter explains how Medicare benefits are changing and it may effect you. Length 1:00

Caregiving Relationships. Amy Hosier, Family Life Specialist, explains why it is important to have a strong relationship with those who may be caregiving your family members. Length 1:00

Pruning Woody Fall Plants. Extension Horticulturist Rick Durham says fall is not necessarily the time to prune woody ornamentals in your landscape. Length 1:00

How the Changing Climate Effects Kentucky's Weather. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne says climate change has an effect on Kentucky's in more ways than you realize. Length 1:00



Sept. 19 - Sept 23, 2011

Preparing for the Invasion of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin says some parts of Kentucky may see the brown marmorated stink bug this fall. He explains ways to protect your home and keep them out. Length 1:00

The Changing U.S. Economy Extension Family Finance Specialist Jennifer Hunter explains how the U.S. economy has been changing recently and how it effects your money. Length 1:00

Leaving a Legacy Through Life Story. Amy Hosier, Family Life Specialist, says you can pass along important family information by telling your life story. Length 1:00

Planting Fall Bulbs. Extension Horticulturist Rick Durhan says fall is the time to get those bulbs in the ground for a display of color next spring. Length 1:00

Involving Your Children in Your Neighborhood. Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen says it's important for you and your children to get out and meet your neighbors for a variety of reasons. Length 1:00



Sept. 12 - Sept 16, 2011

Protecting Your Home From Fall Invaders Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend says it is easy for insects, mice, and other invaders to get into your home when cooler weather arrives. He explains ways to protect your home. Length 1:00

Breaking Poor Spending Habits Extension Family Finance Specialist Jennifer Hunter explains ways for you to break poor spending habits that you have gotten yourself into. Length 1:00

Making Your Brain Stronger. Amy Hosier, Family Life Specialist, says it is important to strengthen your brain, just like muscles. She explains ways to do so. Length 1:00

Riping Tomatoes Indoors. Extension Horticulturist Rick Durhan explains how to ripen those green tomatoes that were left on the vine at the end of the growing season. Length 1:00

Leading A Meeting Can Be Challenging. Tricia Dyk, Director of the Center for Leadership Development talks about some of the hurdles to conducting an effective meeting. Length 1:00



Sept. 5 - Sept 9, 2011

Preparing for Ticks in the Fall Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend says ticks can be a problem in the fall. He explains ways to protect yourself from ticks. Length 1:00

Breaking Bad Spending Habits Extension Family Finance Specialist Jennifer Hunter explains ways for you to save money by asking yourself if your expenditures are really something you need. Length 1:00

Teaching Values You Believe In. Carole Gnatuk, Child Development Specialist, says it is important to teach your child values that you believe in too. Length 1:00

Selecting and Storing Broccoli. Extension Horticulturist John Strang explains what to look for when you buy and store broccoli. Length 1:00

Revealing Multiple Dimensions of Intelligence. Tricia Dyk, Director of the Center for Leadership Development talks about the importance of learning more about multiple dimensions of intelligence. Length 1:00


August 29 - Sept 2, 2011

Understanding Spiders Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend says spiders get a bad reputation for being dangerous and wanting to hurt you. He explains they are way more afraid of you, than you are of them. Length 1:00

Stretching Your Money Each Month Extension Family Finance Specialist Jennifer Hunter explains ways for you to get more out of your pay check each month. Length 1:00

Exercising Your Brain. Amy Hosier, Family Life Specialist, says it is important to exercise your brain as it is the rest of your body. Length 1:00

Understanding Karst Topography in Kentucky. There is a lot of limestone underground in Kentucky which is known as karst topography. Extension Water Quality Liason Amanda Gumbert has more information. Length 1:00

Signing Up for Military Adventure Camps. Military parents with teenage children can attend a Military-Extension Adventure Camp, Sept. 16-18. Camp Project Coordinator Lauren Smith has the details. Length 1:00



August 22 - August 26, 2011

Keeping Crickets Out of Your Home Late summer is when crickets can get into your home through small cracks and openings. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains ways to control and keep them out.

Learning More About Your Credit Score Extension Family Finance Specialist Jennifer Hunter explains ways for you to keep check on your credit score.

Making Sleep a Priority For Your Child. Ingrid Adams, Food and Nutrition Specialist, says it is important to set a regular bed time for your child so they can get to sleep at night.

Planning an Environmentally-Friendly Meeting. If your are planning a meeting be sure to make it environmentally friendly and buy locally produced products. Extension Associate for Environmental and Natural Resources Ashley Osborne has more information.

Making Good Choices With Media Tools. Much of what we experience is filtered through media. Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen explains its important to make good choices when dealing with media.



August 15 - August 19, 2011

Battling Flea Problems Late summer means flea season. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains ways to control them.

Building Your Credit History Extension Family Finance Specialist Jennifer Hunter explains ways for you to build your credit history.

Making Healthy Nutrional Choices. Ingrid Adams, Food and Nutrition Specialist, says it is important to make nutrional healthy food choices.

Improving Physical Activity and Eye Sight to Prevent Falls. Staying physically active and getting regular eye checkups can prevent falls in the home. Family Life Specialist Amy Hosier explains.

Bland-Tasting Vegetable this Year. Bland tasting vegetables could be a problem for vegetable growers and gardeners alike in Kentucky this year. Extension Vegetable Crop Specialist Timothy Coolong explains why.


August 8 - August 12, 2011

Controlling Wasps and Hornets Wasps and hornets can be a problem around the home this time of year. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains ways to control them.

Managing Your Personal Finances Extension Family Finance Specialist Jennifer Hunter explains how to get control of your personal spending and budget your money.

Making Nutrient-Dense Food Choices. Ingrid Adams, Food and Nutrition Specialist, says it is important to consume nutrient-dense foods.

Preventing Falls In Your Home. Falls in your home isn't always because of age. Family Life Specialist Amy Hosier explains what to look for to keep your home safe from falls.

Growing the Mars Table Grape. Some people like to grow grapes in their backyard and Extension Viticulture Specialist Patsy Wilson suggests an excellent variety for that purpose.

August 1 - August 5, 2011

Using Indoor Foggers or Bug BombsUsing foggers and bug bombs indoors to eliminate insect pests should be used with caution. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains.

Going Back to School Shopping Extension Family Finance Specialist Jennifer Hunter tells how to shop for bargains when going back to school shopping for your children.

Making Family Meal Time a Priority. Ingrid Adams, Food and Nutrition Specialist, says it is important for families to carve out time each day for a family meal together.

Helping Your Child Develop a Sense of Identity Young people who feel worthy ad capable of contributing to a group are more likely to be optimistic on life so says Extension Sociologist Kenneth Jones.

Reading To Learn Children who are read too before they are ready to read, usually learn to read sooner. Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk explains.

July 25 - July 29, 2011

Selecting Pumpkin VarietiesA pumpkin variety is the 2011 selection by by the All America Selections Program. Extension Specialist for Consumer Horticulture Ric Durham has the winner.

Taking Inventory of Your Children's School Clothes Do your children need new clothing for back to school? Jennifer Hunter, Family Finance Specialist, has some tips on how to save money when buying clothing for school.

A healthy sack lunch for your child takes a little planning. Ingrid Adams, Food and Nutrition Specialist, tells us how.

Greening Your Lawns and Gardens Not taking care of your lawn and gardens can lead to environmental problems. Amanda Gumbert, Extension Speciailist for Water Quality discusses what can happen.

The Changing Body As We Age Nutritionally Our bodies go through many changes as we age and that includes our digestive system. Chelsea Caito, Dietic Intern, explains what those changes are.


July 18 - July 22, 2011

Harvesting Cucumbers and Summer SquashKeep picking those cucumbers and squash if you want them to continue to produce.John Strang, Extension Horticulturist explains.

Buying Back to School Supplies It's almost that time of year again and Jennifer Hunter, Family Finance Specialist, has some tips on how to save money on back to school supplies.

Diagnosing Landscape Plant Problems What is wrong with plants, trees or schrubs in your landscape? Extension Horticulturist Bill Fountain has some solutions.

Battling Mosquito Problems This year's wet weather has helped promote mosquito problems in Kentucky. Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, explains how to eliminate mosquito problems.

Helping Teens With Stress The teenage years can be stressful for your children for a lot of different reasons. Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen explains what to look for if your teen is under a lot of stress.


July 11 - July 15, 2011

Reducing Risks for Heart Attack and Stroke Amy Hosier, Extension Family Life Specialist

Saving Money at Fast Food Drive-Thrus Jennifer Hunter, Family Finance Specialist

Keeping Your Lanscape Plants Watered Bill Fountain, Extension Horticulture Specialist

Controlling Fruit Flies Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist

Eliminating Hornets and Wasps in Your Yard Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist


July 4 - July 8, 2011

Cleaning Up Illegal Dumps On Your Farm Amanda Gumbert, Extension Specialist for Water Quality

Preventing Your Child From Choking Carole Gnatuk, Extension Child Development Specialist

Taking Your Refrigerator For Granted Joe O'Leary, Extension Food Technologist

Using Pesticides Around Your Home Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist

Invading Fruit Flies In Your Home Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist


June 27- July 1, 2011

Watching TV Isn't Recommended for Two-Year-Olds and Younger Ingrid Adams, Asst. Professor for Nutrition and Food Science

Having Fun, Healthy Activities with Your Child Carole Gnatuk, Extension Child Development Specialist

Keeping Your Children Engaged During The Summer Ken Jones, Extension Sociologist

Identifying Insects Around Your Home Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist

Getting A Late Start On Retirement Savings Jennifer Hunter, Extension Family Finance Specialist


June 20- June 24, 2011

Planting Trees and ShrubsBill Fountain, Extension Horticulturist

Working in Retirement Jennifer Hunter, Extension Specialist for Family Finance

Battling Childhood Obesity Gary Hansen, Extension Sociologist

Reviewing the Major Steps for Pest Control Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist

Touring the Barbeque Regions of the Country Greg Rentfrow, Extension Meat Specialist


June 13 - June 17, 2011

Sleeping Enough is Important. Family Life Specialist Amy Hosier discusses sleep deprovation and offers suggestions for effective sleep hygiene.

Simple Act of Planting a Tree. Trees and shrubs add a silent beauty to our home landscapes and increase property values. Extension Horticulture Specialist Bill Fountain.

Planning for Retirement.. Are you ready to retire? Family Finance Extension Specialist Jennifer Hunter.

Harvesting Berries That Are Now in Season. Blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries are being harvested across Kentucky. John Strang, Extension Horticulturist for Fruits and Vegetables.

Using Pesticides Before using pesticides, make sure that your problem is identified correctly and is serious enough to warrant using a pesticide treatment. Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist.


June 6- June 10, 2011

Planning for Summer on a Budget.- People want to spend more during the summer. Extension Family Financial specialist Jennifer Hunter provides suggestions for taking the family out for a great time without overspending.

Protecting Children from Environmental Risks- Children are more vulnurable to environmental problems thant are adults. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne explains how children can take in contaminants very easily.

Preplanning Your Meat Purchases-. Smart meat purchasing can help with counteracting increases in current costs. Extension Meat Specialist Gregg Rentfrow indicates proper packaging of meat from larger quantities can save significant money on our food bill each month.

Caring for Older Family Members -Balancing work and home is not always easy to do. Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen states that honesty to both your employer and your family can make it easier to care for older family members.

Preparing Children for a Newborn in the Family- The entire family is proud of a new baby. Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk has information to help a parent work with other children in the family to make the integration process easier for everyone.


May 30- June 3, 2011

Growing Salvia Summer Jewel Red.- This variety attracts hummingbirds to the garden. Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham describes how to care of these plants.

Disappearing Bees- this has been called colony colapse disorder. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin reviews the various theories regarding the loss of these bees in the garden.

Helping Youth Cope with Difficult Decisions-. Youth are social beings and require understanding in their environment. Extension Specialist Kenneth Jones suggests understanding their problems and frustrations before helping them to make constructive decisions.

Benefiting from a Reduction in Salt - Processed foods are a major souce of salt in our diet. Extension Food Technology Specialist Joe O'Leary suggests reducing your salt input to improve your health and lifestyle.

Eating Red Meat is Eating Healthy Food- Red meat is a health food! Extension Meat Specialist Gregg Rentfrow indicates that meat is a good source of many nutrients and minerals that we all need for energy and vigor.


May 23- May 27, 2011

Approaching Gardening as an Exercise.- Gardening is a healthy activity. Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham explains the physical activity associated with gardening can also help to stay in shape while growing plants.

Greening Cleaning with a Swap Meet- Is spring cleaning at the top of your to-do list? Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne suggests arranging for a swap meet to help clean up your home.

Recognizing the Brown Marmarated Stink Bug-. This is an invasive insect pest now invading Kentucky. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin descibes this insect as a household invader, especially during the winter months.

Sharing Stories with Children - If you have time, sharing stories is a fun thing to do. Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk provides examples of sharing with children and how important storytelling is within a relationship.

Handling Tropical Ferns in the Landscape- Boston Ferns seem to make the air cooler in the summer. Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham has suggestions that will keep your plant healthy and vibrant.


May 16- May 20, 2011

Protecting the Environment While Traveling.- Travel is a fun thing to do, especially in the summer. Extension Liaison for Water Quality Amanda Gumbert explains how to travel while protecting the environment.

Recognizing Traps for Emerald Ash Borer- Purple pyramid traps are trying to collect the Emerald Ash Borer. Extension entomologist Lee Townsend has an explanation of the trap and why we continue to follow this insect in the field.

Benefiting from Physical Activity-. Physical activity can improve your life in many ways. Extension Nutrition and Food Science Specialist Ingrid Adams outlines the many pluses for being physically active on a daily basis.

Writing Down Your Life Story - How interesting is your story. Extension Family Life Specialist Amy Hosier elaborates on the importance of building a legacy by documenting your life story.

Eliminating Carpenter Bees- These insects find a home in soft wood. Extension entomologist Lee Townsend suggests treatment options for carpenter bees around the home.


May 9- May 13, 2011

Tackling Tuff Financial Times for Couples.- Prepare for the unexpected regarding finance. Extension Family Financial Specialist Jennifer hunter helps couples think about establishing a practical budget and discussing financial matters with your spouse.

Preparing for a Public Speaking Experience- Preparation is very important before speaking in public. Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen outlines important considerations for a public speaking engagement.

Saving Money While on Vacation-. Rising prices have caused everyone to look for ways to save money, especially on vacation. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne provides suggestions for money savings during your vacation.

Starting Plants Indoors vs Buying Transplants - The decision to buy transplants makes a lot of sense. Extension Specialist for Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham reports on the pros and cons of using transplants over starting the plants from seed.

Selecting and Storing Broccoli- What does a good stalk of broccoli look like? Extension Horticulture Specialist John Strang describes what to look for in harvested broccoli in the grocery store or farm stand.


May 2- May 6, 2011

Communicating about Money for Couples.- Most couples avoid talking about money. Extension Family Financial speciallist Jennifer Hunter explains important financial considerations that should be discussed by a married couple.

Pruning Trees and Shrubs- Pruning may not be required for your plant. Extension Specialist for Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham suggests removing damaged branches when the need arises.

Understanding Pollinators in the Environment-. Flowers greatly benefit from insect pollinators. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin outlines the importance of insects that pollinate plants and flowers.

Developing a Written Life Story - This is a plan including a bucket list of dreams. Extension Family Life Specialist Amy Hosier describes major concepts that usually make up a life story package of information about your past, present, and future.

Going Green at the Barbeque- Having a barbeque need not be expensive. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley osborne lists ideas to save money and the environment while having fun cooking outdoors.


April 25- April 29, 2011

Boosting Houseplants During the Springtime.- Many houseplants require a pick-me-up after the winter. Extension Specialist for Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham describes the situation that exists this time of year and how to give those plants what they need to flourish.

Becoming Physically Active- Do not delay physically activity,. Extension Nutrition and Food Science Specialist Ingrid Adams explains why we all need to stay physically active each day.

Understanding the Importance of Water in the Landscape-. Recovery care for plants often includes being sure enough water is placed on your plants. Extension Horticulture Specialist Bill Fountain emphasizes the need for watering plants.

Conserving Water - The supply of water is limited! Extension Water Quality Liaison Amanda Gumbert suggests ideas that will save water and money around your house.

Using Hardwood Smoking Chips- Turn your grill into a smoker with chips. Extension Meat Specialist Gregg Rentfrow provides a step-by-step way to enhance your grilling experience with wood chips.


April 18- April 22, 2011

Selecting Child Care for Special Needs Children.- It is important to evaluate child care options for special needs children. Extension Child development Specialist Carole Gnetuk emphasizes the importance of comparing child care options.

Recognizing Spring Invaders around the Home- These are mostly annoying insects. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin believes preventative treatments can help to keep these bugs from bothering you during the spring.

Strengthening Democracy Through Study Circles-. These circles create good citizenship and organization. Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen elaborates on the postiive aspects of creating and supporting a study circle.

Understanding Physical Activity - Walking and biking are two ways to be physically active. Extension Nutrition and Food Science Specialist Ingrid Adams suggests the amount of activitiy we should all accomplish each week.

Dealing with Firewood Insects- Insects like to infest firewood. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains the manner that insects enter the house on firewood and what to do about it.


April 11- April 15, 2011

Spending Quality Time with Your Children.- It is hard to find quality time for your children. Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnetuk lists things a parent can do to find time to spend with their children.

Controlling Carpenter Ants in the Home- These ants are active during the warmer weather. Extension entomologist Lee Townsend describes where to find these insects and what their presence means. They usually congregate around water.

Reducing Expenses can Add Up to Big Savings-. Reviewing your spending can be very helpful. Extension Family Financial Specialist Jennifer Hunter suggests that small changes in your habits of using money can pay off in an overall big change in your available income.

Planting Fruit Trees- Believe it or not there is a right and a wrong way to plant fledgling fruit trees. Extension Horticulture Specialist John Strang takes you through the correct procedure to insure your tree has the best chance for survival over time.

Celebrating Screen-Free Week- Can you eliminate watching television for a week. Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist Ingrid Adams asks you to plan to read a book or doing anytihng constructive but not watch television during the week of April 18 through April 24. (TIME DATED)


April 4- April 8, 2011

Saving at the Pump.- Planning ahead can help in an attempt to save gas. Extension Family Financial specialist Jennifer Hunter reviews how to drive fewer miles and accomplish all of your driving tasks.

Managing Household Insects- Fleas are irritating pests especially for small animals. Extension entomologist Lee Townsend explains the best control measures to eliminate these nasty insects.

Going Green with Spring Cleanup-. Time for spring cleaning around the house. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne has specific ideas to make your spring cleaning easier and more successful.

Assisting Children who Become OverCommited- Is everything a rush for your children? Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen believes there are ways to help your children evaluate requests before committing to acitivites and time-consuming responsibilities.

Establishing a Healthy Eating Pattern- A good consumer knows what they are eating. Extension Nutrition and Food Science Specialist Ingrid Adams has suggestions on limiting sodium and refined grain intake in your diet.


March 28- April 1, 2011

Reducing Gasoline Usage.- Gas prices are increasing during the warmer months. Extension Family Finance Specialist Jennifer Hunder has a list of suggestions to save gas and save money while helping the environment.

Reccommending Nutrition Guidelines- Choosing nutritious foods can assist in your health. Extension Food and nutrition Specialist Ingrid Adams reviews the latest guidelines released in 2011.

Focusing on Tasks Through Physical Activities-. Fittness helps young people focus on the task-at-hand. Extension Specialist Kenneth Jones suggests we plan for activities that will allow youth to interact with their peers.

Controlling and Removing Fungus Gnats- These flies usually collect near wet organic material in the home. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin believes these insects can be irritating but cause no damage in the house.

Mulching for the Landscape- Mulching has many beneficial effects when applied properly. Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham explains how mulching a plant or tree can also be a problem if not accomplished in the proper manner.


March 21- March 25, 2011

Tilling the Vegetable Garden.- Do you need to till soil in the garden. Extension Specialist for Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham suggests tilling may not be helpful for your garden and should be considered when certain criteria are present.

Using the Dietary Guidelines to Promote Good Health- Make good food choices with the dietary guidelines. Extension Food Science Specialist Ingrid Adams provides a foundation of information to work with when choosiing nutrituious foods from the guidelines.

Recognizing itching Sensations on the Skin-. If you have had itching skin it might not be a bug bite. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend believes this irritation could be from a number of other problems. Townsend offers a list of alternatives creating this feeling.

Documenting a Life Story- Your life story is valuable. Extension Family Life Specialist Amy Hosier suggests reasons why developing a life story can be valuable for yourself and your family.

Helping Children Through Increased Physical Activity- Fittness can influence childrens activities. Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk explains how children can be much more productive when they feel physically fit.


March 14- March 18, 2011

Learning to Manage Finances.- People are thinking more about their finances. Extension Family Financial Specialist Jennifer Hunter suggests how to plan for purchases and keep good records of all financial transactions.

Growing Lettuce- Springtime is gardening time. Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham has the information on how to grow lettuce in your garden.

Being Mentally Healthy-. Enjoy life and have a healthy balance with all you do. Extension Family Health Specialist Amy Hosier suggests Mental Health is a key to stabilizing your overall health throughout life.

Dealing with Stored Product Pests- These pests can contaminate unsealled food products. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend provides tips on prevention and control of insects like flower beatles and Indian meal moths.

Understanding the Basics of a Healthy Breakfast- Breakfast is a very important meal. Extension Food Science Specialist Ingrid Adams describes nutrients contained in a good breakfast that will add strength and vitality thtroughout the morning hours.


March 7- March 11, 2011

Pre-planning Can Save Money.- Never purchase expensive items on impulse. Extension Family Financial Specialist Jennifer Hunter has tips on how to plan before you buy.

Controlling Scale Insects- These insects can adversely effect plants. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin suggests how to control scale insects using oils and insecticidal soaps..

Avoiding Over-Indulgence in Children-. Giving children too much is not good. Extension Child Development Specialist Carol Gnatuk provides ideas that will help parents communicate with children regarding over-indulgence.

Eliminating Cluster Flies- An annoyance but not a problem on plants, these flies are found around the home. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend discusses how to limit cluster fly irritaton.

Establishing Breakfast as Your First Meal of the Day- Always have a healthy breakfast to start-off the day. Extension Food Science Specialist Ingrid Adams reinforces how important the breakfast meal is to start the day.


February 28 - March 4, 2011

Understanding What a Watershed is.- We all live in a watershed. Extension Liaison for Water Quality Amanda Gumbert explains the term and how important it is to our lives.

Controlling Clothes Moths in the Home- These insects are seldom seen but we often see the results of their damage on our natural fabric clothes.Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend suggests how to remove the insects and eliminate infestation.

Fighting High Blood Pressure with Calcium-. It appears that calcium intake plays an important part in reducing high blood pressure. Extension Dairy Technologist Joe O'leary believes this may be more important than the amount of salt we consume.

Celebrating Earth Day- Celebrate Earth Day 2011! Extension Associate for Natural Resource Issues Ashley Osborne has background on what Earth Day means and how you can participate in "Pick Five" activities.

Growing Rasberries- This is an relatively easy crop to grow in your garden. Extension Horticulturist John Strang suggests how to prepare your soil for planting and beyond.


February 21 - February 25, 2011

Checking Chemical Labels for Indoor use-It is important to use chemicals prepared for indoor use when controlling pests in your home. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains why.

Protecting the Environment With an Animal Nutrient Management Program- We all must try to protect our environment. Extension Liaison for Water Quality Amanda Gumbert explains how the plan works and how to develop a plan.

Managing Childrens Emotions- Children can benefit from handling their emotions. Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen suggests emotional coaching can help children take charge and grow in many ways.

Using a Pest Control Professional- No matter what your pest control need, it is important to select the right professional for the job. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin has the facts on what to look for in a pest control professional.

Dishwashing Tips-If you wash dishes in the sink or in the dishwasher, there are ways you can save money and energy. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne reviews how to protect the environment and still get your dishes clean.


January 31- February 4, 2011

Serving Your Children Breakfast- It is amazing how important breakfast is for children.Extension Food Science Specialist Ingrid Adams explains the reasons why the first meal of the day is key to a good day for your kids.

Understanding Sibling Rivalries- How do you handle sibling rivary? Extension Sociologist Gary Hamson provides an overview of how to handle situations when two or more children have a disagreement.

Selecting a New Cherry Tomato Variety- A new all-America tomato selection has arrived! Extension Consumer Horticulture Specialist Rick Durham touts the characteristics of this new variety.

Exercising Your Brain-.Keep your brain active. Extension Family Life Specialist Amy Hosier elaborates on how important it is to be brain-active throughout your lifetime.

Getting Started with Physical Activity-. Physical activity is not a short-term solution. Extension Food Science Specialist Ingrid Adams emphasizes the need to start a program of exercise slowly and build up as you feel stronger.


January 24- January 28, 2011

Handling Firewood Safely- When you bring in firewood it may have hitchhikers. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin has information on keeping pests out of the house.

Making the Most of Your Tax Refund- Getting a tax refund this year? Extension Family Financial Mamagment Specialist Jennifer Hunter outlines the need to plan what will be done with the refund.

Preventing Home Pest Problems- It is always important to be proactive when it comes to pest problems. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains what pests need to live.

Participating in Your Childs Education-Parents need to know their childs teachers. Extension Sociologist Gary Hanson talks about the importance of parent participation at school.

Pruning Spring Flowering Shrubs-. Springtime blooms will be here soon.Extension Consumer Horticulture Specialist Rick Durham suggests pruning in the spring is ideal.


January 17- January 21, 2011

Removing Cluster Flies- These flies accumulate in corners and cracks inside your house. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains how to remove cluster flies in the home.

Protecting Against Auto Pollution.- Cars often pollute the environment with water. Extension Liason for Water Quality issues Amanda Gumbert has information on this problem.

Understanding Carpet Beetles- These insects may cause damage on clothing and other fabrics. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin indicates prevention is the best protection agaist carpet beetles..

Using Tax Refunds Wisely-.Be tax wise this year.Extension Family Financial Specialist Jennifer Hunter suggests how to make the most of your refund.

Controlling Bug Bombs- Safety first with bug bombs. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend warns that bug bombs are seldom a good choice for insect control.

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January 10- January 14, 2011

Establishing a Family Spending Plan- Stick to a family spending plan. Extension Family Finance Specialist Jennifer hunter explains there is a definite way to establish your plan in a logical manner.

Protecting Against head Lice.- Lice are more active in the colder months. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin provides suggestions to help protect your kids from these insects.

Using an Energy -Efficient Appliance- Operate your appliance properly. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne lists tips that will help you along the way.

Reducing Infestatiion in House Plants- House plants can be very satisfying. ExtTension Entomologist Lee Townsend outlines ways to keep your plants bug-free.

Understanding Indoor Composting- This can be a project for a child. Extension Liaison for Water Quality Amanda Gumbert explains the use of worm composting indoors.


January 3- January 7, 2011

How is a Holiday Ham Made?- Our holiday ham is the country ham. Extension Meat Specialist Gregg Rentfrow outlines the procedure for preparing a holiday ham.

Using Spray Bombs- Aerosol defoggers are convenient, but are they effective? Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend provides the pros and cons for spray bombs.

Using Energy-Saving Appliances- None of us wants to waste money. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne explains how to keep a refrigerator economical to operate.

Improving Success with Indoor Plants- the weather inside the house can be harsh for plants. Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham suggests tips that can help plants survive indoors.

Purchasing Green products- Keep the environment green and clean. Extension Home furnishings Specialist Linda Adler helps with a description of the labeling on so-called green products.


December 20- December 24, 2010

Reducing Holiday Stress- Preparation is important for shopping. Extension Family Finance Specialist Jennifer Hunter explains how to reduce stress while holiday shopping.

Keeping Insects Out of your Home- The cold weather also means uninvited guests will be looking for a way to get inside. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin has tips to protect your house from an invasion of bugs during the winter.

Recognizing and Controlling Gnats Around the House- Gnats are a common household insect. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend suggests Gnats is a term for a certain catagory of insect. Recognition goes a long way to controlling these pests.

Giving the Gift of Love- The gift of love is priceless. Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnetuk suggests asking your child to provide some loving service to another as a gracious selfless gift.

Changing Seasons leads to Spending Temptations- Spending temptations can be expensive. Extension family Finance Specialist Jennifer Hunter has recommendations on activities designed to resist spending for a new wardrobe.


December 13- December 17, 2010

Recognizing Where Your Money Goes- Sensitivity to money spending is important. Extension Family Finance Specialist Jennifer Hunter explains the recognition factor and how you can better control your spending.

Storing Pesticides Away from Harm- Always follow storing instructions printed on the pesticide label. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend reminds us of basic careful handling techniques when storing chemicals.

Going to Work Green- You can save money at the workplace! Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne lists things that can be done to save money and the environment at the same time.

Helping Ciblings Get Along- Competition is natural among ciblings but can create problems. Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk provides suggestions designed to relieve any situation that might cause a rivalry.

Preventing Fall Insect Invaders- Many insects would like to spend the winter in your home. Extension entomologist Ric Bessin believes prevention is the key to keep these critters out of the house.


December 6- December 10, 2010

Valuing Time During the Holidays- Environment has an influence on youth. Extension Specialist Kenneth Jones believes awareness and sensitivity also play an important role while communicating with youth over the holidays.

Protecting Against Rabbits and Vols- Protect your fruit trees from these animals. Extension Horticulturist John Strang explains what to do to limit or eliminate rabbits and vols from damaging your landscape.

Making a Meal of Spiders- There are insects that protect us from spiders. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin describes a wasp that has a preference for eating these multi-legged creatures.

Handling Times of Transition- This can be a traumatic time for parents and youth alike. Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnetuk provides suggestions for parents to apply during a situation of transition.

Traveling Green During the Holidays- Long distance tranvel increases during the holiday season. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne lists ways to save energy and money while traveling.



November 29 - December 3, 2010

Putting Your Tax Refund to Work- How much will you owe at taxtime? Extension Family Financial Management Specialist Jennifer Hunter explains the tax process and how to file.

Understanding Paper Wasps- These insects would love to spend time inside your home. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin elaborates on the helpful aspects of paper wasps.

Teaching Children by Example- Establish a trusting relationship with your child. Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnetuk provides a schenario for teaching your children positive character traits.

Maintaining a Healthy Stream- We have a shared responsibility to protect and preserve our streams. Extension Liaison for Water Quality Amanda Gumbert believes it is up to all of us to keep our streams healthy.

Sealing Pests Out of the Home- Keep warmth inside and insects and pests outdoors can be a challenge. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend suggests some ideas that will keep accidental invaders outdoors.


November 22 - November 26, 2010

Reporting on Water Quality- The EPA requires community water companies to issue an annual report to customers. Extension Water Quality Liaison Amanda Gumbert explains the content in the report.

Bringing Plants Inside- always consider houseplants from outdoors infested. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend suggests you inspect each plant for pests and diseases before it is brought indoors.

Encouraging Cold-Weather Outdoor Play- Children and event adults enjoy playing oudoors during the winter. Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnetuk has encouraging information regarding childs play outdoors during the colder months.

Raising Children to Resist Violence- Violence is often learned early in life. Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen believes parents can play an important role in developing resistance to violence at an early age.

Preventing Bed Bugs in the Home- Bed Bugs can be a significant problem Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin provides the facts on bed bug infestation.


November 15 - November 19, 2010

Protecting from the Emerald Ash Borer- This insect is a devastating invader of ash trees. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains the things to do to limit or eliminate this borer from attacking your trees.

Playing Outside is Healthy for Children- The nature of childhood has changed. Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnetuk suggests encouraging children to be active and play outside. This will result in a healthier lifestyle throughout their life.

Using Raised Beds in the Garden- This has become a popular way to develop a garden. Extension Vegetable Specialist Timothy Coolong provides both advantages and disadvantages of using the raised bed growing system.

Teaching the Importance of Compassion- Nurture the spirit of giving in children. According to Extension Specialist Kenneth Jones this can lead to individuals becoming caring adults.

Watching for Brown Marmaraded Stink Bug- Since 1996 this insect has been found attacking vegetables in the states. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin suggests growers look for this bug to potentially create havoc on plants in Kentucky.


November 8 - November 12, 2010

Disposing of Pesticides- Pesticides can create a big storage problem. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend suggests taking special care when storing or removing these chemicals from the environment.

Encouraging Children Not to Cyber-Bully- This is a serious problem. Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnetuk explains what cyber-bullying is and how to combat it.

Storing Pumpkins and Winter Squash- Harvesting pumpkins is complete. Storing may be difficult if care is not taken to keep the temperature moderate. Extension Horticulturist John Strang provides the details.

Selecting an Electronic Tax Refund- How fast is your refund returned? Extension Family Finance Specialist Jennifer Hunter compares electronic refunds with tranditional tax preparation.

Combating Household Spiders- Many people believe spiders are scary. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin has the real truth concerning the helpful spider.


November 1 - November 5, 2010

Planning a Environmentally Friendly Thanksgiving- Use natural items to decorate for the holidays. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne has suggestions to help us celebtrate a green thanksgiving.

Helping Youth Stay Safe in all Environments- Numerous threats cause young people to feel at-risk each day. Extension Specialist Kenneth Jones explains what to look for in the environment and safety tips for youth.

Storing Pesticide Chemicals Over the Winter- Bug, weed and disease control chemicals for your landscape should be stored safely over the winter. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend lists storage safety actions that can protect the family from chemicals.

Fighting Childrdens Allergies- Long-term allergies can affect children. Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnetuk suggests parents protect their children from allergic weeds and flowers.

Growing Broccoli and Cauliflower- Broccoli and cauliflower are good cool season crops. Extension Horticulturist John Strang says these fall produced vegetables provide excellent cool weather when other crops are done for the season.


October 25 - October 29, 2010

Celebrating America Recycles Day- November 15th is America Recycles Day. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne explains how we can celebrate!

Harvesting Pears- Pears should not be allowed to ripen on the tree. Extension Horticulturist John Strang describes what to do with your pears after picking to allow for ripening before consuption.

Keeping Insects Outdoors and Warmth Inside- What can you do to keep insects outdoors during the cold weather? Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend provides tips to seal your home away from these intruders and save energy.

Controlling Cyber-Bullying among Adolenscents- Socializing online can have both positive and negative attributes. Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen points out how to protect your adolescents from cyber-bullying.

Cleaning Up Our Roadside- We have beautiful countryside in Kentucky. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne reminds everyone to take action to eliminate litering and dumping.


October 18 - October 22, 2010

Understanding GoldenRod- Goldenrod is not one of the main causes of hayfever. Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham suggests cultivars that will grow well in your lanscape.

Preventing Accidental Invaders in the Home- The arrival of fall means the invasion of insects into your home. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend tells how to rid your home of these uninvited guests.

Recognizing Teenage Boys Lack of Dairy Consumption- Teenage boys are drinking less milk and more soft drinks. Extension Dairy Technologist Joe O'Leary explains the trend that can result in health problems in adult life from deficient calcium for both boys and girls.

Developing a Young Person- There are recognizeable activities that toddlers exhibit as they grow older. Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk recommends observing young children to identify activities accomplished by youngsters at a certain age.

Controlling the Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle- This insect needs sun inside your home. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin tells how to keep this visitor outside the home as the weather cools.


October 11 - October 15, 2010

Preparing to Tailgate- Fans get together to tailgate each year. Extension Meat Specialist Gregg Rentfrow suggests food safety and cleanliness are key ingredients to a successful tailgating season.

Recognizing Velvet Ants- These insects are actually wasps. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin describes both the male and female of the species. Best thing to do is steer clear of these bugs.

Bringing Houseplants Indoors- It is now time to move your houseplants back indoors. Extension Specialist in Consumer horticulture Rick Durham says to move your plants into a shady area first before moving them inside.

Saving Money via Lighting choices- Take advantage of the suns light. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne provides tips on how artificial lighting can be supplemented by natural light sources

Helping Teens with Little Things- Help your teen control what they can. Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen recommends helping teens with little problems so they do not become big ones.


October 4 - October 8, 2010

Choosing Pansies for a Color Spectacular- Even during the winter pansies can make a show of color. Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham explains when the pansy is has their best show of color and where to plant them in the landscape.

Reducing Your Waste Impact- Practice the three R's of waste reduction. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues states the do's and don'ts of reducing waste to save time and money.

Preventing Pests from Entering the Home- There are always cracks for insects to enter your home. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend shows how colder days mean more pests entering your home.

Preparing Home for Colder Weather- You can save money via maintenance of your home and lanscape before the cold weather arrives. Extension Home furnishing Specialist Linda Adler suggests that home maintenance can save in many ways.

Recognizing Powder Post Beetles- A common household pest is a PowderPost Beetle. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin believes early detection is the best way to control these beetle insects.


September 27 - October 1, 2010

Controlling Odorous House Ants- Treatment of these house ants is possible but difficult. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin explains sthat these ants can be persistent and difficult to manage. He provides suggestions as to how to get rid of odorous house ants in your home.

Watching for Haloween Food Hazards- The food collected by children during the trick or treat celebration must be inspected. Extension Food Technologist Joe O'Leary suggests checking with an area hospital to see if they will xray the food collected for safety.

Recognizing a Holiday Cactus- This is a houseplant that can put on a show of color during the coolay. According to Extension Specialist for Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham the holiday cactus requires care to initiate flowers.

Changing Weather in Kentucky- We can reduce the amount of greenhouse gas in our environment by following a few important practices.Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne has a list of does and don'ts regarding the generation of greenhouse gas.

Reading to Children has Many Benefits- Developing reading readyness skills and a love for reading lead to improvements in many educational areas. Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen provides support for reading to and by children in their early years.


September 20 - September 24, 2010

Protecting the Groundwater Supply- Inspect your well periodically. Extension Water Quality Liaison Amanda Gumbert suggests proper well care can pay off with long-term savings and protection of the environment.

Recognizing Paper Wasps and Hornets- Wasps and Hornets raise some concerns. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend provides a series of tips on dealing with these insects aroud the house.

Developing Literacy Through Parenting- Children need to play. Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnutek outlines proper activites to conduct with your children go further the development of literacy.

Addressing Concerns of School- Back to the school routine might take some incentive for children going back to school. Extension Specialist Kenneth Jones suggests taking a sensitive track when children begin a new school year.

Living a Green Lifestyle- Which milk type has less bacteria? That all depends. Extension Food Technologist Joe O'Leary suggests the labeling on the bottle or carton can be a guide to what is inside.


September 13 - September 17, 2010

Recognizing Dog Day Cicadas- These are also call annual cicadas because we have these every year. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend compares these insects to the ones we experience every seven years.

Providing Significant Time out-of-School- School is not enough. Support systems at home continue to provide a significant training ground for our youth, even during the school year. Extension Specialist Kenneth Jones provides the details.

Making a Rain Garden- A rain garden is an important addition to your landscape. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne explains the reasons a rain garden can enhance the property surrounding your home.

Providing Wildlife Habitat and Wetlands- There are many reasons landowners should protect their wetlands. Extension Water Quality Liaison Amanda Gumbert details the major factors influencing the importance of wetlands for the environment..

Selecting tasty and Ripe Watermelons- When is a watermelon ready for harvesting? Extension Horticulturist John Strang suggests the best procedures for judging the condition of a melon.


September 6 - September 10, 2010

Teaching Values You Believe In- How long do your kids watch TV each day? Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk explains the value of using valuable time with your children to teach values.

Controlling White Grubs in the Turf-. White grubs are the larvae stage of beetles. According to Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend, a grub-damaged lawn typically has a dminished ability to take up water.

Composting Dead Animals- Disposing of dead animals can be difficult. Extension Water Quality Liaison Amanda Gumbert outlines the Kentucky regulations pertaining to animal disposal.

Planting pansies for Color-. It's time to plant pansies. Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham suggests the heat of summer is not condusive to growth of this colorful plant.

Celebrating National Childrens Health Month- Are your children breathing clean air? Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne offers ideas for parents to ponder on childrens health.


August 30 - September 3, 2010

Controlling the Colorado Potato beetle- These insects begin infestation in the late spring. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin provides practical reccomendations for the control and elimination of the colorado potato beetle.

Helping Children to Cooperative- Cooperation is a skill that we need throughout our lives. Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk describes what to do to encourage cooperative activities.

Considering a Riparian Zone- It is important to protect the land around a body of water with a buffer zone. Known as a Riparian Zone, Amanda Gumbert, Extension Water Quality Liaison suggests the varied ways a Riparian zone can be helpful in the lanscape.

Treating Your Pet and Environment for Fleas- Late summer is flea season. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains the problems associated with control of fleas on and around our animals.

Controlling Greenhouse Gases- Comsumers should understand what greenhouse gas consists of and how it is generated. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne outlines the five R's of greenhouse gases.


August 23 - August 27, 2010

Evaluating Insect Foggers- Foggers can be helpful and dangerous. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains it is difficult to focus the spray on the affected area; On top of this the spray may be flammable.

Building a Streamside Buffer for Animal Owners- If you have a stream in your yard a buffer may be helpful in protecting your home from water damage. Extension Intern laura Leavell outlines what a buffer is and how it helps.

Spotting the Tomato Hornworm Caterpillar- Nothing is like the taste of a homegrown tomato. According to Extension entomologist Ric Bessin the tomato hornworm can invade your tomato plants and cause serious damage to your fruit.

Controlling the Paper Wasp- Often times it is better to leave insects alone. Such may be the case with paper wasps nests during the season. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend lists control measures for paper wasps.

Supporting Youth programs in the Community-Building a system of support is a key to helping youth in the community. Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen suggests how to proceed.


August 16 - August 20, 2010

Learning About Silver Fish- A troublesome pest in the home, Silver Fish are long lived. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin believes moist locations often harbour these insects.

Building a Streamside Buffer Zone- Protection of water quality is everyones concern. Extension Intern Laura Leavell provides tips on building a streamside buffer zone.

Finding Out How Clean Restrooms Really Are- Restrooms in public areas can harbour contamination. Extension Food Technologist Joe O'Leary provides food for thought regarding clean restrooms.

Recognizing Insect Survey Traps-You might recognize insect traps hanging on trees and bushes throughout the ommonwealth. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains what the traps are used for and their importance.

Encouraging Effective Communication- The ability to communicate is important for children. Extension Specialist Ken Jones suggests how to work with kids to develop communication skills.


August 9 - August 13, 2010

Wasting Fuel Costs Money- Have you ever left your car running when you went into the house or got the mail? Do you know how much gas you are wasting? Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne explains the costs of fuel and some simple rules to follow to save more.

Taking Your Refrigerator for Granted- Most people take their refrigerators for granted and do not follow safety factors. Joe O'Leary, Extension Food Technologist, outlines some tips to stay safe and make your food last longer.

Evaluating Lifestyles to Determine Health- You may not know it, but your lifestyle determines how healthy you are. Extension Nutrition and Food Science Specialist Ingrid Adams examines lifestyle risks and how what you are doing now can effect your health later and how to improve the situation.

Keeping Fruit Flies out of the Home- Home produce that is harvested from the garden can be the source of a fruit fly infestation. Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist, details how you can eliminate fruit flies from you home by following a few simple tips.

Managing Important Health Factors- To stay healthy into old age it is important to manage your weightt by paying attention to your BMI. Extension Family Life Specialist Amy Hosier examines different health issues and how to improve your lifestyle to improve your health.


August 2 - August 6, 2010

Practicing the 3 R's- It's that time of year again when parents are preparing their children to go back to school. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne outlines some easy ways to use the 3 R's to your advantage when sending your children back to school to save time, money and the environment.

Controlling the House Centipede- Few, if anyone, like insects running around their home, ecpecially the house centipede. Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist, describes the looks, characteristics and how to get rid of the house centipede if it is in your home.

Eating Food Varieties Improves Diet- Eating a variety of foods will ensure an adequate diet and can help make you more healthy. Extension Nutrition and Food Science Specialist Ingrid Adams exaplins the advantages of eating a variety of foods.

Advancing Resilence Among Youth- A resilence youth is oen that can adapt and over come adversity. Kenneth Jones, Extension Specialist, highlights some ways to understand a childs resilence and how it is gained.

Growing Vegetables in the Heat of Summer- Is your garden slowing down? Many types of vegetables will slow down when it is to hot. Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham examines heat and its effects on vegetables.


July 26 - July 30, 2010

Sleeping is Important to Health- Sleep is important throughout your lifespan and lack of sleep can cause many health problems. Extension Family Life Specialist Amy Hosier explains some of the detrimental effects to your health from sleep deprivation.

Practicing Pesticide Safety- Pesticides are chemicals that are used to control pest problems. Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, describes how to choose and use pesticides safely and wisely.

Parenting with Tweens is Important- As the startup of school appoarches, tweens, ages 8-12, are expressing their needs, wants and concerns to parents. Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk outlines key behavioral patterns of tweens.

Protecting Plants with Pesticides- Pesticides can be important tools for protecting plants from certain problems and pests. Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, details how to treat your plants with pesticides properly for the best results.

Keeping Cool on Hot Days- Keeping cool is imporant for hot summer days, but can also be costly if proper precautions are not taken. Extension Home Furnishings Specialist Linda Adler highlights how to keep cool and save money and energy at the same time.


July 19 - July 23, 2010

Identifying Ants in Kentucky- Ants outnumber any other creature in the world, and might not be as big of a pests as you think. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains some characteristics of local Kentucky ants and how those that do not nest near your home can actually be beneficial.

Developing Play Projects with Children- Are the children in your life acting bored during the summer and you do not know what to do? Carole Gnatuk, Extension Child Development Specialist, oultines some great ways to keep your children involved by developing play projects for your children.

Controlling Nuisance Mosquitoes- Mosquitoes, no matter where they are, can make life miserable and can also transmit diseases. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin dissusses the most efficeint ways to deal with mosquitoes so they do not become such a nuisance.

Reducing the Amount of Tv Children Watch- It is important that children engage in a range of activities, not just watching television. Ingrid Adams, Extension Proffesor in Nutrition and Food Science emphasizes the importantce of limiting television to children and how best to do it.

Reviewing Kentucky Kids Demographics- The Commonwealth ranks 41st in overall child well being, down from 39th in past years. Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen explains why the drop has occured and the statistics that follow.


July 12 - July 16, 2010

Choosing the Least-Toxic Pesticide- When you need to use pesticide, you should use the one that is the least toxic. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend details what to look for on pesticides labels so you can use the least toxic chemicals and still get the job done.

Pollinating Pumpkin and Squash- You may have noticed tha the first flowers of pumpkin and squash do not produce fruit. John Strang, Extension Horticulturist, explains how pumpkin and squash pollinate and the cycle you can expect to have when growing them.

Viewing Television for Children- Children two years or older should watch no more than one or two hours of television a day. Extension Nutrition Specialist Ingrid Adams outlines problems that can come from children who watch more than the recommended amount of television.

Controlling Camel Crickets in the Home- A common summer invader of homes is the Camel Cricket. Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist, examines camel circkets and details what they look like, where they hide, and how to rid your home of them.

Maintaining a Healthy Lawn and Garden- Maintaining our lawns and gardens is a part of life in the warmer months of the year. Extension Water Quality Liaison Amanda Abney Gumbert emphasizes how important it is to be considerate of the environment when working in your lawn and garden this summer.


July 5- July 9, 2010

Learning About Paper Wasps- Paper wasps build open nests in protected spaces around the home. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend details these pests and how to take care of a paper wasp infestation if you find one in your home.

Engaging Children During the Summer- It is Summer again and a break for students, but that does not mean the learning has to stop. Kenneth Jones, Extension Specialist, highlights some great ways to keep children engaged in learning.

Moderating Infants' Television Viewing- Have you ever wondered if their should be a limit to how much televeision your child should watch? Extension Professor in Nutrition and Food Science Ingrid Adams disscusses television viewing effects on children and provides suggestions for healthier activities for children.

Removing Millipedes From the Home- We like to think that our home is always safe from outsiders, but unfortunately most homes have unwanted pests. Ric Bessin, Extension Entomogist, explains how pests like millipedes can get into your home and how to prevent it from happening in the future.

Recognizing Over-Scheduling in Teens- According to popular belief, American teens are overscheduled, but recent research has proved this a myth. Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen highlights recent research on teenagers time management and how to recognize a young person that might actually be overscheduled.


June 28 - July 2, 2010

Combatting Landscape Insect Pests- There are a number of landscape pests that can cause stress and harm to plants in your landscape. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains how you can use some soft insecticides to fight pest problems.

Learning About Karst Topography- Most of us know about the many caves, springs and sinkholes that make up Kentucky's landscape. Amanda Gumbert, Extension Water Quality Liaison, disscusses the importance of karst topography to Kentucky's landscape and how it effects our water resources.

Controlling Chiggers- Chiggers are very irratating, but steps can be taken to prevent bites. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin details what you can do to minimize and avoid chigger bites.

Grilling Tips to Stay Safe- Summer is here and its time to start cooking outdoors again. Gregg Rentfrow, Extension Meat Specialist, outlines some important tips to use when grilling this summer to stay safe and healthy.

Recognizing Two New Eggplant Varieties- Eggplants can be used for ornamental or eating purposes, especially some new varieties. Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham expands on two new eggplant varieties that have recently become available.


June 21 - June 25, 2010

Recognizing Hornet Wasps- Wasps are notorious in their defense of the nest. Extension entomologist Ric Bessin suggests the best time to eliminate the nest is early in the season.

Preparing Food for Outdoors- Outdoor cooking is a pleasant alternative in the summertime. Extension Food Technologist Joe O'Leary provides tips to help anyone cooking outdoors with food safety.

Cleaning Up a Dump on Your Farm- We create a lot of trash. Extension Water Quality Liaison Amanda Gumbert has the scoop on how important it is to keep your farm free of waste.

Developing Adults to Help Understand Youth- How can adults help support youth development? Extension Specialist Kenneth Jones believes the development process works best for when adults learn and understand youth and their problems.

Using Meat Marinades- Marinade helps to increase the tenderness of meats and adds flavor. Extension Meat Specialist Gregg Rentfrow explains how marinades works.


June 14 - June 18, 2010

Maintaining Strong Social Connections- Social activity helps maintain a healthy brain and heart. Extension Family Life Specialist Amy Hosier explains how to promote social activity in our life.

Reusing, An Important Part of Recycling- When you reuse a product you are helping our environment. According to Extension Assistant for Environmental Issues Tyler Hennington, it may take more effort but it will be worth it in the long run.

Recognizing Carpenter Ants- Colors may vary but these ants are the biggest ants you will see. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend has suggestions on how to discoursage these ants from setting-up house in your home.

Feeding Babies Through the Breast- Breastfeeding is an important lifestyle choice for mothers. Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist Ingrid Adams has important facts about breastfeeding your infant.

Controlling Carpenter Bees- These bees resemble bumble bees. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin outlines how to discourage carpenter bees from damaging your home.


June 7 - June 11, 2010

Searching for Ant Nests- Dormant oil can be a deterent to insects in your landscape plants. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin suggests applying oil early in the growing season when plants are still in the bud stage.

Handling Stress in Your life- Sometimes the sources of stress are not obvious. Extension Family Life Specialist Amy Hosier explains the importance of stress management to a healthy lifestyle.

Disposing of Household Hazardous Waste Properly- Hazardous waste can pose a health threat to us all.. According to Tyler Henningsen, Extension Assistant for Environmental Issues, everyone should understand how to dispose of potentially harmful materials used in our daily lives.

Following Canning Guidelines- Canning should be done safely to assure our health. Extension Food Technologist Joe O'Leary warns of the threat of botulism if proper canning procedures are not followed.

Cleaning the Home to Eliminate Spiders- Locations left unclean around the home can harbor spiders. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend provides tips on keeping spiders out of the house.


May 31 - June 4, 2010

Recognizing a Termite Invasion- Most termite infestations are discovered this time of year. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains what to look for in winged termite swarmers occuring in your home.

Adding Vegetables to Your Diet- Vegetables provide variety in your diet. Suggestions from Extension Specialist in Nutrition and Food Science Ingrid Adams include including vegetables in your salad or soup.

Watching for the Brown Marmerated Stink Bug- The alert is out for the Brown Marmerated Stink Bug! Attacking several crops, Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin describes what to look for when this bug invades.

Recognizing Gardening as an Exercise- Gardening is a really healthy activity and an exercise. Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham shows how gardening can provide physical exercise while enjoying working in the land.

Choosing Green Cleaning Products- Substituting alternatives can save our environment and still be effective. According to Extension Home Furnishings Specialist Linda Adler using "Green" products is the only proper way to go.


May 24 - May 28, 2010

Swarming Carpenter Bees- Holes in soft wood outside the house is usually a sign of carpenter bees. According to Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend, Carpenter Bees can be controlled but it takes persistence.

Teaching via an Environmental Quest- A quest is a scanvenger hunt with clues along the way. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne suggests an environmental quest is an active teaching experience for young and old.

Developing a Positive Attitude on Aging- The power of our mind over our body is amazing. Extension Family Life Specialist Amy Hosier provides a description of how a positive attitude influences our life.

Announcing 'Shinny Boy' Watermelon- Another all-American variety has been announced. Extension Specialist for Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham has tips on growing watermelon that are large and juicy.

Dissapearing Bees- Beekeepers have experienced the dissapearance of bees. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin explains what might be happening to missing bees.


May 17 - May 21, 2010

Sharing Stories with Children- If you are cooped up in a small space it is fun to share stories with your children. According to Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk each person in the group can continue the story from where the last part of the story ends.

Lacking Calcium as a Teen- Calcium intake plays an important part in controlling high blood pressure. Extension Food Technologist Joe O'Leary outlines recent studies providing information regarding eating habits and blood pressure.

Minimizing a Child's Online Risks- First-hand knowledge is important to understanding your childs' online activities. Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen explains the risks associated with the Internet.

Using Hardwood Smoking Chips- Time to add more flavor to your barbeque by using smoking chips. To use your grill like a smoker, Extension Meat Specialist Gregg Rentfrow provides some tips on including smoking chips when you cook outdoors.

Borrowing Money from a Retirement Account- Tempted to borrow money from your retirement account? Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop has the facts on how borrowing can effect your investments.


May 10 - May 14, 2010

Helping to Raise Children-Interaction with your children create important opportunities. Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk suggests trying to focus on these opportunities to build a lasting relationship.

Understanding Fireflies, Lightning Bugs and Glowworms- Will this be a big year for fireflies? Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham explains the appearance of these members of the beelte family and why they glow.

Helping Youth Cope with Difficult Problems- Talking with youth is a first step toward understanding and helping with problems. According to Kenneth Jone, Extension Specialist, before a problem can be addressed, an understanding of the environment must be realized.

Recognizing Carpenter Bees- These bees are found in holes made into soft wood. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend provides ideas to control the spread of carpenter bees.

Managing Your Retirement Account- The Baby Boom wave is retiring. Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop discusses how to handle your retirement account in lieu of the present financial situation.


May 3 - May 7, 2010

Contributing to a Healthy Aging Diet- Food intake plays an important part in our health. Extension Family Life Specialist Amy Hosier explains what to look for in food products that provide a healthy boost to our diet.

Eliminating the Tent Caterpillar- This is an insect that camps on the limbs of trees in the landscape. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin has the background and control measures for eliminating this unsightly pest.

Adding Whole Wheat to Your Diet- The addition of whole grains in the diet can thwart-off disease. Extension Specialist in Nutrition and Food Science Ingrid Adams expounds on how you can add whole wheat to your food.

Controlling Boxelder Bugs, Carpet Beetles, and Cluster Flies- With the warmer weather, these bugs want to move from indoors to outdoors. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend indicates the importance of identification before you attempt to eliminate these insects.

Eating Red Meat is Eating Healthy Food- Our bodies require many nutrients provided by meats. Extension Meat Specialist Gregg Rentfrow suggests that meat is an important and necessary part of our diet.


April 26 - April 30, 2010

Pollinating with HoneyBees- Many flowering plants are dependent on insect polination. According to Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin, plants greatly benefit from these polinators. Insectisides can cause problems with these pollinating insects.

Select Paint Chemistry- Priming your area first will assist in protecting the painted surface. Extension Home Furnishing Specialist Li nda Adler provides tips to make the selection process manageable.

Winning with kentucky Marketmakers- Marketmaker is an online computer program for restaurants, food sellers and other individuals interested in linking buyers with potential products. Extension Vegetable Specialist Timothy Coolong provides details on this important search software.

Choosing milk and Milk Products- A low bone mass may increase the risk of osteoperosis. Extension Specialist in Nutrition and Food Science Igrid Adams provides guidelines for using milk and milk products.

Improving Rural out-of-school Programs- Rural out-of-school programs face unique challenges. Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen outlines how these programs can help young people in rural Kentucky.


April 19 - April 23, 2010

Understanding Punishment vs Discipline- Discipline and punishment are two different forms of treatment. According to Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk each of us must take care when handling a situation with a child.

Minimizing Slug Problems- Cool and wet conditions encourage slug problems in our landscape. Extension entomologist Lee Townsend suggests slug management is usually a long-term activity.

Eating Your View- Lets get our hands dirty and grow a garden. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne explains what the first lady accomplished with her demonstration garden.

Recognizing Teen date Violence-Awareness is the first step in prevention of violence on teen dates. Extension sociologist Gary Hansen has examples of what this violence is and how to control this crime.

Comparing Natural vs Processed Foods- Nearly everything we eat today was originally a natural food. Extension Food Technologist Joe O'Leary compares natural and processed foods and why we consume processed food.


April 12 - April 16, 2010

Managing Slugs- Slugs can damage many types of plants in the garden. Extension entomologist Ric Bessin believes cleaning up your garden is a main way to manage slugs, Cool wet weaher is the kind of weather slugs like.

Eating Foods in Variety- Adding vegetables to other dishes is a ideal way to have more variety in your meals. Extension Specialist in Nutrition and food Science Ingrid Adams has suggestions to include vegetables in everyday meals.

Understanding Product Recalls- Using personal experience, Extension Meat Specialist Gregg Rentfrow describes the three types of product recalls. Food is a common commodity that is subject to frequent recall. What do you do when you have something that has been recalled?

Searching for Child Care-.Parents are often searching for child care for the summer and fall school season. Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk explains what to look for in safe and effective child care.

Thinning Fruit Trees- Thinning improves fruit size and taste. According to Extension Horticulturist John Strang it is important to thin fruit on the tree early in the growing seasion.


April 5 - April 9, 2010

Disposing of old Pesticides-.Stored pesticides can be a problem in storage. Always use the older products first. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend indicates that careful storage is a key to safety and quality for pesticides.

Improving our Environment- Lets all promote public land restoration, especially our water quality. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne provides ways to participate in this nationwide initiative.

Benefiting from a Reduction in Salt- Many food products are coming to the consumers with reduced salt content. According to Extension Food Technologist Joe O'Leary reducing our salt intake is a healthy move for everyone, and especially for individuals with heart problems.

Developing Warm-Weather Activities-. Let your child show you how they like to play. Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gmatuk lists some ideas for parent/child activities that can be fun and educational.

Controlling Grain Moths- Insect infestation in your home can be troublesome. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin suggests how to minimize grain moth infestation inside the house.


March 29 - April 2, 2010

Taking a Soil Sample-.A soil test is the most important thing to do before planting anything around your home. Extension Water Quality Liaison Amanda Gumbert suggests finding out what nutrients are in the soil and adding fertilizer as needed to get the best results.

Developing the Principles of Leadership and People Skills- Gaining confidence is an important principle of leadership. Allowing youth to work on teamwork and focus are among the primary skills Extension Professor Kenneth Jones counts as leadership development.

Protecting against Crime in the Home- Older adults are fearful of crime in the home. Amy Hosier, Extension Family Life Specialist, has suggestions to protect from criminal acts at home or in the neighborhood.

Controlling Pests on Home Fruit Plants-. Many problem pests spend the winter on or near the plants they effect. Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham talks about dormant oil on your plants.

Recognizing Millipieds, Sowbugs & Slugs- A little housekeeping now can eliminate the homes of many pests around the home and landscape. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin lists activities to keep these bugs from invading your property.


March 22 - March 26, 2010

Planning a Landscape with Native Plants- With Spring comes time to plan your home landscape. Extension Water Quality Liaison Amanda Gumbert suggests bringing native plants into your land.

Beginning Dormant Oil Application- Proper pruning practices and an application of dormant oil are both practiceses that will improve your farm entereprise. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin believes an application of dormant oil now is an important step to healthy plants.

Living Longer with Healthy Lifestyle Habits- There are many things that can effect aging. According to Extension Family Life Specialist Amy Hosier a mental boost can prolong your life and you will feel and look younger.

Managing Household Pest Problems- Using a fly swatter is probably the least effective way to manage a pest problem in the home. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend discusses other techniques to rid your home of pests.

Recognizing All-American Zinnias- Each year All-American selections are recognized as the best of show. Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Bessin announces the three new Zinnia varieities receiving this award.


March 15 - March 19, 2010

Getting Daily Exercise- Getting exercise on a frequent basis can boost your health. According to Amy Hosier, Extension Family Life Specialist there are four major types of helpful exercise.

Developing Supermarket Smarts- Planning before shopping can be both more economical and healthy. Extension Nutrition and Food Science Specialist Ingrid Adamas has tips for the concerned food shopper.

Understanding Cluster Flies- These flies spend the winter in protected place around your home. When it warms outside, they will leave their hibernation. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend provides information on how to remove them from a dwelling.

Storing Pesticides at Home- Unused pesticides should be stored safely away from harm until needed. Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist, suggests reading labels carefully before storage and when the time comes, dispose of them properly.

Allocating Your Investment Assets- Every six months it is important to review your schedule of assets and investments. Extension Family Resource management Specialist Suzann Badenhop outlines what to look for when evaluating your investments.


March 8 - March 12, 2010

Protecting Chemicals from Children- How are your stored pesticides doing this year? Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend details how to properly store pesticides and how important it is to everyone around the home.

Learning How to Make Healthy Decisions- They key to raising healthy children is teaching them how to make healthy decisions. Extension Specialist Kenneth Jones outlines some great tips to help you teach your children how to make the best choices.

Recognizing Cluster Flies in the Home- One sign of the impending end of winter is the appearance of sluggish flies buzzing around the house. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin explains how cluster flies aren't a threat but are a nusiance that should be taken care of.

Getting the Recommended Amount of Exersice- Adults should strive for a minimum of at least 150 minutues of exercise per week. Extension Family Life Specialist Amy Hosier elborates on how easy it can be to start getting the proper amount of exercising but splitting up the time you work out throughout the week.

Feeding Birds Without Feeding Insects- If you feed birds during the winter months, be sure to store the feeds in the proper container. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend expands on how to store your bird feed so it does not also become an insect feed.


March 1 - March 5, 2010

Going Green as you Clean- Spring cleaning is getting closer. Decluttering and removing unused items from your house are two key ways to clean your house. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne elaborates.

Recognizing the Types of Beef- American eat more beef than people from any other country! Extension Meat Specialist Gregg Rentfrow explains there are more different cuts of beef to choose from. Gregg has the inside story.

Reducing the Risk of High Blood Preasure Through Calcium.- Weight-loss plans must be fitted for the individual. According to Extension Nutrition and Food Science Specialist Ingrid Adams losing weight must be done gradually and not simply though diet alone.

Supporting Community Agriculture- Soon it will be time to order seed for your spring garden. Extension Vegetable Specialist Timothy Coolong suggests you check with your county agent to obtain planting times and care.

Selecting A Pest Control Professional- Comparing costs and experience are important factors in selecting a pest control professional. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin suggests a homeowner get two or three estimates before deciding on who to hire.


February 22 - February 26, 2010

Encouraging Volunteer Programs in Water Quality- Promoting public land restoration and water quality are major concerns of a national effort to encourage volunteer programs. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne explains how to get involved in the event.

Understanding Media Literacy- Media help us define our place in the world and help to determine how we communicate with each other. Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen suggests questions to ask when trying to gain an understanding of the value of media in our lives.

Reducing the Risk of High Blood Preasure Through Calcium.- Recent studies have indicated that calcium intake can play a part in high blood pressure readings. Extension Food Technologist Joe O'Leary suggests the reports recently released indicate our salt intake may have less to do with blood pressure than originally thought.

Using Insect Foggers- Fogging devices can be dangerous and often are not very effective on insects. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend believes these bug bombs provide little exposure of the chemicals to the plants. There is often a threat of the chemicals being flammable.

Planting Strawberries in the Garden- Early season strawberries need to be planted by early March. Extension Horticulturist John Strang outlines what you need to do to have a successful patch of berries this summer.


February 15 - February 19, 2010

Supporting Local Community Agriculture- Community supported agriculture is a popular way of receiving locally grown, fresh food products each week of the season. Extension Vegetable Production Specialist Timothy Coolong explains the cooperative nature of this arrangement.

Using Medications Properly- Improper use of medications is a common problem among senior citizens. According to Extension Family Life Specialist Amy Hosier individuals must follow directions provided by their physician. Any questions regarding a medication should be promptly communicated to the prescribing doctor.

Quarentining the Emerald Ash Borer.- A species of Ash tree are suseptable to a desctructive pest known as the Emerald Ash Borer. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin provides a brief overview of the protective measures being made against this insect.

Polluting the Sanitary Sewer System- Our water system can carry contaminates throughout the community. In fact, according to Extension Liaison for Water Quality Amanda Gumbert suggests there are two systems that work together to form the sanitary sewer system.

Recognizing Color in Food Groups for Health- The color of food identifies nutrients that when the foods are eaten together can help insure a healthy nutritious meal. Extension Food Technologist Joe O'Leary provides the details.


February 8 - February 12, 2010

Controlling Emerald Ash Borer through Firewood- Labels on firewood indentify stock unaffected with Emerald Ash Borer. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend describes how to protect firewood from EAB contamination.

Managing the Winter Blues- Everyone is somewhat effected by the change in the weather and the loss of sunshine in the winter. Extension Family Life Specialist Amy Hosier explains how to manage the winter blues.

Maintaining Your Household Wastewater System.- Take precautions to prevent wastewater system problems on your property. Extension Liaison for Water Quality Issues Amanda Gumbert provides a step-by-step process to keep your system at peak condition.

Making Activity a Reality for Children-Physical activity is very important, especially for children. According to Ingrid Adams, Extension Nutrition and Food Science Specialist, explains the bonding that takes place while the family is active.

Controlling Scale on Healthy Plants- Woody plants are often attacked by scale insects. In Kentucky controlling these insects on plants often requires application of oils and soaps. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin has the details.


February 1 - February 5, 2010

Growing Phalaenopsis Orchids- Orchids are becoming popular as houseplants. Extension Consumer Horticulture Specialist Rick Durham provides suggestions on caring for this colorful flowered plant.

Recognizing a Brown Recluse Spider- Many spiders that live around our homes are helpful. A potentially dangerous spider that might be seen is the Brown Recluse. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin explains the habitat where this spider might be found where we live.

Preserving Our Natural Resources- Understanding how daily choices can impact our environment can conserve world resources. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne lists how we can make this happen.

Identifying SAC Spiders- SAC spiders are nocturnal hunters within your home. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend describes this spider and how to control infestations.

Helping Adolescent Boys- Taking simple steps can help support males during adolenscence. Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen provides the details.


January 25 - January 29, 2010

Controlling Accidental Invaders- During the winter months insect creatures may enter your home from the outside cold. Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, suggests homeowners recognize the presence of these unwelcome bugs and get a handle on controlling the problem.

Valuing our Groundwater- Groundwater is an important source of drinking water. Extension Associate for Environmental and natural Resource Issues Ashley Osborne explains how groundwater is used for so many of our daily activities. Let us celebrate the value of this resource.

Removing Bugs in Clothing- Any item made of animal fibers is a potential source of damage from insects. Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist describes insect habits and how to control or eradicate this problem on clothing.

Examining the new Echinacea- Pow Wow Wild Berry- One of the new 2010 all-american flower species is Pow Wow Wild Berry. Extension Specialist in Horticulture Rick Durham has the attributes of this perennial plant.

Establishing a Last letter of Instruction- While not a legal document, writing a last letter is important to tell your decendants how you wish funeral arrangements to be conducted. Suzanne Badenhop, Extension Family Resource Management Specialist, provides steps in writing this valued document.


January 18 - January 22, 2010

Preventing Household Insects- Food, water and shelter are fundamental needs for invasive pests. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend outlines tips to follow to keep pests out of your home by eliminating their access to food, water and shelter.

Saving Water and Money by Going Green- Everyday there is an increase in demand in going green. Extension Water Quality Liaison Amanda Gumbert describes how saving water can save energy for everyone and save you money.

Selecting Organic Foods- Grocery store shelves are increasingly crowded with organic substitues that might not be what you expect. Extension Food Specialist Joe O'Leary expands on organic foods and how some might not be worth the higher pricetag.

Sleeping Habits for Children Could Cause Poor Diet- Does getting enough rest affect childrens weight? Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk outlines a study that shows a trend in children who do not get enough sleep have a higher weight then those who get the reccommended amount of sleep.

Spreading Word About Agriculture- Each year farmers, agricultural associations, businesses and countless others recognize agriculture on National Agricultural day. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne emphasizes the importance of celebrating National Ag Day and how you can participate.


January 11 - January 15, 2010

Quarantining the Emerald Ash Borer- This pest is a devastating pest of Ash Trees . It is important not to move firewood out of the area. According to Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend there are things we can do to limit the spread of this disease.

Keeping up with Safe Home Maintenance- When protecting your home investment and upgrading your facility, we must always think safety. Extension Home Furnishing Specialist Linda Adler suggests planning any home project to include protection from accidents and injury.

Understanding Social Assets in a Community- Social assets are often overlooked within a community. Encouraging support for working together, Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen believes an understanding of assets can lead to a more vibrant community.

Supporting Children with Household Tasks- Children need to share responsibility for the care of their home. With proper direction and encouragement Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnetuk believes young people must begin sharing the work at an early age.

Hitchhiking into a House- Getting into a home via firewood is a common way pests get inside, especially during the winter. Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist, suggests there are ways to limit the unwelcome visitors in your home.


January 4 - January 8, 2010

Staying Warm Outside in the Cold-It is extremely important to stay warm when in the cold. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne describes how to be comfortable outside in the winter.

Bringing Firewood inside- Things can be done to minimize the presence of bugs in firewood when you bring it indoors. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend provides a series of tips to assist you.

Helping a Co-worker Who is Grieving- Reaching out to a co-worker may be the best way to assist when they lose a loved one. Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen believes the workplace social network is a good place to offer grieving help.

Building Strong Families with Quality Time- Everyone would like to be part of a strong family. Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk suggests appreciation is just one of many concepts that support the family.

Using Glass Blocks in the Home- Using glass blocks is nothing new. Blocks are again a popular building material for inside the home. Extension Home Furnishings Specialist Linda Adler Lists a few ways to creatively use glass blocks in the home.


December 21 - December 25, 2009

Handling Food Gifts- Gifts of food are common especially during the holidays. Extension Food Technologist Joe O'Leary explains freshness concerns for food sent as a present.

Staying Warm for Valentines Day- Think green when celebrating this Valentine's day. Ashley Osborne, Extension Associate for Environmental Issues, provides suggestions that will not be harmful to the environment but still warm the heart.

Livening Up the Winter with Amaryllis- This member of the lily family is well suited for blooming during the winter. Extension Specialist for Consumer Agriculture Rick Durham has tips on caring for your Amaryllis plant.

Paying Escrow on Mortgage- There is a unique way of controlling escrow money to pay bills. Extension Family Resource management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop has the details.

Addressing Violence in Youth- Make plans to be proactive in regard to youth violence. Extension Specialist kenneth Jones describes how to recognize this problem and get involved in a solution.


December 14 - December 18, 2009

Keeping Chemicals Safe During the Off-Season- Insects, plant diseases, and some weeds take a break for the winter. The chemicals controlling plant problems need to be stored properly. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend outlines how to store chemicals safely over the winter when not in use.

Encouraging a Well-Behaved Child- There are many ways to instill good behavior in your child. Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk disscusses tips to teach your child good behavior.

Controlling Bed Bugs- Untill recently, bed bugs were pretty rare in the United states. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin explains how bed bugs have made a comeback and the best way to erradicate them.

Handling and Storing Chemicals During Colder Months- As we transition into cooler temperatures, we may find ourselves treating lawns in preparation of winter. Extension Water Quality Liaison Amanda Gumbert explains how to store these chemicals used on lawns untill they are needed again.

Recognizing Powder Post Beetles- Powder post beetles are common insects that are often misunderstood. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin details the powder post beetle and how to tell if they are effecting wood around your house.


December 7 - December 11, 2009

Conserving Natural Resources at New Years- This New Years eve, consider resolutions to preserve our natural resources. Extension Associate for Natural Resource Issues Ashley Osborne outlines ideas to save our natural resources this coming year.

Finding Carpet Beetles- As we pull out woolens for the winter, you might notice some damage from insects. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin explains how carpet beeltes could be the culprit and how to prevent damage to any of your belongings.

Understanding a Boil Water Advisory- It is important to know what to do if there is a boil water advisory for your area. Extension Associate for Natural Resource Issues Amanda Gumbert explains what do if there is a boil water advisory and even what to do for a more serious boil water notice.

Controlling Accidental Invaders- It's the time of year for accidental invaders. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend eloborates on the insects that are looking to wander in doors and find a safe place for the winter. Lee also provides tips on how to prevent this from happening.

Harvesting Jerusalem Artichokes- Jerusalem artichokes are often called sunchokes. Extension Horticulture Specialist John Strang expands on everything about Jerusalem artichokes, from harvesting to feeding them to your livestock.


November 30 - December 4, 2009

Saving Energy with Holiday Lighting- As the holidays approach many of us picture warm glowing lights to bring holiday cheer, but no one really thinks about how much energy and money this costs. Extension Liaison for Environmental Issues Amanda Gumbert outlines how to save money with holiday lights.

Preventing an Invasion by the Asian Lady Beetle- A common but unwanted insect that sneaks into houses during the winter is the asian lady beetle, and she brings thousands of her friends. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin explains how this beetle operates and how to prevent the bugs from entering your home.

Decreasing Household Waste Around the Holidays- Each year from Thanksgiving to New Years day household waste increases by 25%. Extension Associate for Natural Resource Issues Ashley Osborne emphasizes recycling and other tips to reduce waste this holiday season.

Fostering Resilence in Youth- Todays youth continue to find themseleves in situations of stress and conflict. Extension Youth Development Specialist Kenneth Jones explains how youth are having a harder time finding resilence and how you can help to instill it in them.

Giving Gifts to Gardeners- Do you have people interested in gardening on your holiday gift list? Extension Specialist for Consumer Gardening Rick Durham highlights ideas for gifts to give to anyone who loves to work in the garden.


November 23 - November 27, 2009

Hitchhiking on Houseplants- With the change of seasons, gardeners may need to bring some winter-sensitive plants indoors. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin explains how bringing winter-sensitive plants indoors might cause them to develop insect or mite problems and how to deal with or prevent problems.

Concerning Water Quality on the Farm- If you live or work on a farm there are many things you can do to protect your water quality. Extension Liaison for Environmental Issues Amanda Gumbert outlines some of the many things to do to keep the water on your farm of high quality.

Thawing Frozen Food- If you buy frozen food for the holidays this year, it will need to be thawed before cooking. Extension Food Technologist Joe O'Leary examines every aspect of thawing and how to do it properly.

Roasting a Turducken for the Holidays- There are many ways to be unique this holiday season, and one of those ways is to serve a turducken. Extension Meat Specialist Gregg Rentfrow describes how to prepare a turducken for your holiday festivities.

Filing Under Chapter 13 Bankrupcy- Ferderal bankrupcy rules changed a few years ago. Extension Family Resource Management Specialist explains how the current chapter 13 bankrupcy laws have changed and how to go about filing for it.


November 16 - November 20, 2009

Working with Children on Homework- Some children dislike homework and have trouble doing it. Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen outlines helpful tips to help your children complete there homework and get better grades with your help.

Disposing of Household Fats and Oils- When poured down the drain, fats, oils, and greases get stuck to the sides of pipes and can cause clogs. Extension Assoicate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne disscusses how to properly dispose of fats and oils.

Understanding Very Small Insect Pests- The feeling of something unwanted, crawling over your skin is not pleasant but common in the Winter. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin explains how this could or could not be small insect pests, and how to rule out the potential sources of irratation.

Preventing Holiday Problems with Foods- Food safety is important year round, but during the holidays it is even more important with the amount of food around the house. Extension Food Technologist Joe O'Leary eloborates on food safety tips to follow this holiday season.

Understanding how to Fight the Flu- Young people can never have enough advice on using simple strategies to promote healthy behavior. Extension Specialist Kenneth Jones details how to talk to young people about raising there awareness of healthy behavior.


November 9 - November 13, 2009

Using Targeted Insecticide Products- Insecticides are important tools when managing some pest problems. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains the advantages and how to use targeted insecticide products.

Saving Energy and Money in the Winter- This winter keep warm and save energy and money by implementing a few simple tips. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne outlines important and valuable tips.

Applying Mulch in Fall- Fall is the time to apply mulch in the lanscape. Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham elaborates on the application of mulch and how to use it in your landscape.

Staying in School- It is critically important that teenagers stay in school and earn there degree. Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk emphasizes the importance for teenagers to graduate.

Using Tools to Remove Insects- There are many ways to prevent and remove pests from the home. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend explains some of the best and worst ways to take care of annoying pests who find there way inside.


November 2 - November 6, 2009

Limiting Intrusions by Insects- This season the number of insects trying to get inside jumps considerably. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend outlines some tips to use to keep unwanted invaders outside where they belong.

Recycling Waste From School Lunches- The typical American student produces 67 pounds of waste from lunches each year, more than 18,000 pounds for the average school. Extension Liaison for Energy Matters Amanda Gumbert discusses some great ideas to reduce the waste created by your childs school lunch.

Staying Home After School- Children stay home after school for various reasons. Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk suggests why your child might stay home and how to decide if they are mature enough to handle themselves alone.

Treating for the Flea- This has been the summer of the flea for many pet owners. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend describes the flea and how vaccuming could be the biggest help in the fight against fleas.

Planting Bulbs this Fall- Fall is the time to start thinking about the flowers you want in the Spring. Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham explains what to look for when selecting bulbs now and the best practices to follow for great flowers in the Spring.


October 26 - October 30, 2009

Cooking With Kids- When your children can't play outside, there's no better time to teach them how to cook. Extension Child Develompent Specialist Carole Gnatuk explains how cooking with your children is a good way to instill many different values in them.

Impending Fall Invasion of the Home- The change in seasons also changes pest problems. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin details how large numbers of unwanted invaders increases with the change from Summer to Fall and explains how to take care of the problem

Teaching Children to Save- These are tough economic times for everyone, so it is important to teach your children to save money now for the future. Extension Specialist Kenneth Jones elaborates on how benefitial it is to teach your children to save.


Giving to Charitable Donations and Getting Tax Redcutions- Charitable giving increases in the Fall and Winter as we think more about others in need. Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop explains how to properly donate to charities and get tax credit in return.

Rendering Positive On-line Activities- With the internet being so vast it is important to make sure that your children are gaining a positive experience. Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen details how to help your children protect themselves and have a great time while on-line.


October 19 - October 23, 2009

Fighting Childrens Allergies- Does your child seems to always be fighting alergy symptoms? Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk explains how to take care of things around that house that could be causing your childs allergies.

Involving Parents In Childrens Education- One way for parents to be involved in their childrens education is homework. Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen describes four areas for parents to concentrate on to help with their childs education.

Writing a Last Letter of Instruction- A last letter of intsruction is not a legal document but helps your family and others on several different aspects after you are gone. Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop details some things that are usually left in a last letter of instruction.

Stopping Accidental Invaders- As temperatures begin to drop and days get shorter, there are more and more insect invaders that try to get into homes. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend outlines some common pests that try to get in and how to prevent them from getting in.

Getting Your Heating System Checked- Cold weather is right around the corner and it is a good idea to get your heating system checked. Extension Home Furnishings Specialist Linda Adler highlights some tips to consider when getting your home ready for Winter.


October 12 - October 16, 2009

Warning about Wasps and Hornets- Wasps are beginning to run out of other insects for food this season. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend suggests extreme care concerning wasps and hornets this fall. Their sting can be painful.

Caring for Patio Furniture- Protect your financial investment in outdoor furniture by cleaning it when the summer is over. Extension Home Furnishing Specialist Linda Adler suggests you read the leaflet that came with your furniture before cleaning it. Most of this furniture should be stored indoors for the winter.

Recognizing Bugs Infesting Clothing- Cloths moths or carpet beetles can cause damage to your clothing, especially items stored in a closet. Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist provides suggestions on preventing these insects from damaging your cloths.

Understanding Critical Food-Handling Information- Stressing a few critical items, the USDA recently listed the major concerns of proper food handling. Extension Food Technologist Joe O'Leary explains the importance of proper food preparation.

Using Power Strips to Save Energy- Consumer electronics account for a large part of our electrical use in the home. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne lists ways to save money through thoughtful energy conservation techniques.


October 5 - October 9, 2009

Saving Money for Haloween- Haloween can be costly to us and our environment. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne states tips that will result in a greener, environmentally conscious Holiday this year.

Controlling Fruit Flies- Overripe fruit often attract fruit flies in our home. Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, has information on preventing and control fruit flies.

Understanding a Fathers Role in Child Development- Fathers us a lot of physical action when playing with children. As Carole Gnatuk, Extension Child Development Specialist, explains, fathers should play a significant role in a childs growth and development.

Recognizing Teenage Boys Lack of Dairy Consumption- Osteoperosis is fast becoming a major concern for adolencent boys. Extension Food Technologist Joe O'Leary indicates neither boys or girls have sufficient vitamin C intake to ward off this disease.

Identifying Velvet Ants in the Garden- If you have seen large, hairy insects running around open areas in the yard, they may be Velvet Ants. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin describes this insect and its painful sting.


September 28 - October 2, 2009

Caring For Houseplants in the Fall- With fall coming gardeners need to consider bringing plants inside for the Winter. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend describes what to look for before bringing a plant indoors so pests will not be transported inside.

Greenwashing is Not Suggested- Greenwashing is falsly using advertising for green products. Ashley Osborne, Extension Associate for Environmental Issues, explains how some companies are falsely advertising green products and how you can look for clues the product is environmentally safe.

Storing Fruit after Harvest- Apples are being harvested and are available in local markets. Extension Horticulturist John Strang outlines how to buy apples and store them for later use.

Developing a Young Person- The vast majority of children grow normally over time. There are steps available to monitor there development. Carole Gnatuk, Extension Child Development Specialist, explains encouraging activities of growth for a youngster.

Tailgating Safely- Tailgating is always fun and makes for great memories, but you also want to be safe. Extension Food Technologist Joe O'Leary highlights some important tips to remember when tailgating for an even better and safe time.


September 21 - September 25, 2009

Impacting Waste Management- The three R's, reduce, reuse, recycle, are the foundation of waste management. Extension Associate for Environmental Issues Ashley Osborne describes how the three R's each help to reduce waste.

Recognizing Powdery Mildew- You might have noticed some leaves in your landscape that are yellow, dropping early or have a powder on top of them. These indications are signs of powdery mildew. Rick Durham, Extension Specialist for Consumer Horticulture, explains how to prevent powdery mildew.

Keeping Food Hot for Tailgating- Keeping food hot when tailgating is one of the best ways to prevent food contamination. Extension Food Technologist Joe O'Leary outlines some tips to follow when tailgating to keep your food hot and safe.

Understanding Spiders- One of the most common fears that people have is the fear of spiders. Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist, expands on the fear of spiders but also just how beneficial they can be at taking care of pests around your home.

Controlling Bullying in Children- Bullying is damaging to not only the victim but also the child that is the bully. Carole Gnatuk, Extension Child Development Specialist, emphasizes the importance of stopping bullying on both ends.


September 14 - September 18, 2009

Planning Emerald Ash Borer Strategy- Developing a Strategy against the Ash Borer can help to prolong the life of ash trees in the landscape. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend suggests thinking of treatments to protect against this significant pest.

Caring for Houseplants in the Fall- If you move houseplants outside in the spring, it is important to begin the process of moving those plants back inside before the cold weather. Extension Specialist for Consumer Horticulture Rick Durham outlines the procedure for gradually moving the plants inside..

Managing Auto Pollution of Water- Did you know that your vehicle can cause water pollution? Extension Water Quality Liaison Amanda Gumbert provides a guide to cutting-down the pollution in our water, created by automobiles.

Developing a Vibrant Community Through the Arts- The arts and cultural development play an important part in community development. Extension Sociologist Gary Hansen believes there are important ways for a community to grow by supporting the arts.

Marbling of Beef- What is marbling in beef? According to Extension Meat Specialist Gregg Rentfrow, changes in the economy and in farm management have each played a part in the marbling of beef available to consumers.


 

September 7 - September 11, 2009

Managing Nutrients in the Water- Some agricultural practices have been designated as sources of pollution that contribute nutrients to our water resources. Extension Liaison for Water Quality Amanda Gumbert outlines ways to cut back on your pollution and experience cleaner water because of it.

Minimizing Sap Beetles and Fruit Flies- Sap Beetles and Fruit Flies is a problem year round in the home, but the Summer time can be the worst. Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist, explains how to keep these pests out of your house.

Caring for Evergreens in Colder Months- Most plants in the landscape enter dormancy in the Fall and Winter. Extension Specialist in Consumer Horticultre Rick Durham describes how Evergreens differ from trees with leaves and how they react in colder weather.

Evaluating Natural Versus Organic Milk- There's a trend in labeling lately that has food being called Natural or Organic, but what is the difference? Joe O'Leary, Extension Food Technologist, expands on the difference between these two labels and what it means for specifically for milk.

Using Pesticides Wisely- It is important to use pesticides wisely. Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend highlights safety tips to use with pesticides around your home.


August 31 - September 4, 2009

Controlling Stinging Wasps- The Summer and Fall months can be great to be outdoors, but some pests can make it difficult. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin explains how wasps increase their activity in late summer and how to minimize stings during this time while outside.

Fencing Water Bodies to Keep Livestock Out- The Kentucky Agricultural Water Quality Act limits livestock access to bodies of water for several reasons. Amanda Gumbert, Extension Water Quality Liaison, details the act and the many benefits of implementing this sytem into your property.

Inspecting Property for Unauthorized Use- Kentucky has experienced a 50% reduction in meth labs since 2006, but its still important to be on the lookout for meth labs on your land. Extension Coordinator of Health Holly Hopper outlines some tips to follow to keep your land safe.

Breeding Fruit Flies in Household Containers- Fruit flies can survive in some of the most unsual places, not just ripened fruit. Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, discusses how to keep fruit flies out of your home and how to eliminate sources of attraction.

Understanding the Stock Market- News of the rise and fall of the stockmarket can cause paranoia in the the average investor. Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Suzanne Badenhop highlights some important information about the stockmarket that could help you.


August 24 - August 28, 2009

Combating Fleas- Fleas can be difficult pests to control around the home, rather annoying and sometimes even very dangerous. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin explains how to keep your home flea-free and how to take care of fleas if they get on you or your pets.

Cooking Outdoors Safely- Outdoor cooking is a great alternative for meal preparation during the summer. Joe O'Leary, Extension Food Technologist, oultlines tips to follow to prepare food safely during the summer and keep everyone safe from food disease.

Developing Childrens Friendships- One of the most important things a child can do for themself while still young is develop freindships. Extension Child Development Specialist Carole Gnatuk emphasizes the importance of childhood friendships and how to help your child foster these relationships.

Carrying Insects into the Home on Produce- With the growing season here and bringing more produce inside, its easy to bring insects like fruit flies into the home. Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, examines how to keep insects off your produce and reduce the risk of having them enter the home.

Monitoring TV/Internet Time- With more and more media devices that children can get a hold of, its important to make sure they do not spend excessive passive time . Extension Specialist Kenneth Jones details the pitfalls of tv and the Internet and lists some alternate activities.


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 outlines some tips to help instill discipline and how to keep a positive attitude for your child.

Ridding Your Pool of Insect Invaders- Swimming pools atrract a variety of insects, to them it's just another watersource. Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, explains how to manage these invaders and how to prevent them from getting in your pool.

Preventing Fleas and Ticks- A common but unwelcome expierience when outdoors are fleas and ticks. Extension Entomologist Ric Bessin eloborates 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 if they get any warmer they could become more hazardous to our planet. Ashely Osborne, Extension Associate for Environmetal Issues, details what you can do to help reduce your own 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 ways to can or you could risk some helath hazards. Extension Food Technologist Joe O'Leary outlines the canning process, how to do it properly and what could go wrong 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 Activitie- 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.


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