Crawford County HEA Newsletter
In This Issue
- Upcoming Events
- Clever Ideas:
- HCE September Lesson — Eggs!
- June HCE Board Meeting
- Mark Your Calendars - Tuesday, September 5th
- Attention Morning Glories Unit
- Did You Pay Your HCE Dues?
- RIDES Mass Transit — Bus Trips
- HCE Annual Picnic — June 15, 2017
- 2017 Scholarship Winners announced
- IN THE GARDEN
- June Newsletter Assemblers
- Crawford County Senior Centers
- Eat Tuna to Meet Your Seafood Recommendation
- SUMMER HOOTENANNY
- Here are some jokes... to “stump” the kids in your life!
- Summer Eating
- August Lesson
NO HCE Board Meeting!
4 4th of July
18 Eggs — September lesson, 10 a.m. Extension office
1 HCE Board Meeting 9 a.m. in the Extension office
6 Friendship Day!
29 Morning Glories will be assembling the September newsletter at 10 a.m. in the Extension Office.
*Please call 546-1549, if that time doesn't work for you!
When using plastic wrap & foil, fold in the tabs at the ends of the boxes — to keep the roll from
falling out when you pull on the end.
The hole in the end of a saucepan handle is for "resting" your spoon. This keeps your work space clean.
Place vanilla scented tea lights in a bowl of coffee beans. The warmth of the candles will heat up the coffee beans and make your house smell like french vanilla coffee.
HCE September Lesson — Eggs!
Our September lesson on "Eggs" (which is a new HCE lesson) will be given on Tuesday, July 18 from 10 - 11 a.m.
Once upon a time shelves in the grocery store were filled with different sized eggs, but not a lot of variety otherwise.
Shopping for eggs is not that simple anymore! Today eggs can also be purchased at farmers markets or straight from the farm and are available in many varieties.
This lesson will review organic, free range, lower cholesterol, and other varieties of eggs to provide consumers with the knowledge to make well informed decisions when purchasing eggs and keeping eggs safe from farm to fork.
If you want to hear this interesting lesson on EGGS, please call the U of I Extension office to reserve your seat!
June HCE Board Meeting
HCE Board Meeting — June 6, 2017
The Crawford County H.C.E. board met on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. President, Susan Allison called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m.
There were 7 members present: Susan Allison, Phyllis Adams, Sandy Bryans, Bonnie Finn, Helen Brackett, Barb Miller and Hope Dennis.
Thought for the day: Raising your hand shows that you are present, giving an answer shows that you are listening, asking "why?" shows that you are thinking. Marie Cole
Roll call: Share a memory involving a US flag.
Hope read the minutes of the last meeting. Sandy made the motion to approve the minutes, Bonnie seconded the motion.
Treasurer, Sandy Bryans read the treasury's report:
Checking - $1,248.42 and Money Market - $3,907.40.
Hope made the motion to approve the treasurer's report, Barb seconded the motion.
The two scholarship winners (Clara Russell and Lauren Frichtl) came in to receive their checks and get their pictures taken. Clara gave a "thank you note" to the board.
HCE Fall District Workshop is August 8 in Effingham. Susan will be attending IF anyone wants to carpool.
Crawford County's HCE Week will once again be the first week in October (2nd-6th).
Hope made a motion for the Annual Meeting/Luncheon to be in Palestine on Thursday, October 5. Phyllis seconded the motion.
There will be NO July Board Meeting.
Next meeting: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
After September's board meeting, there will be a speaker and refreshments. Try Hard Unit will be doing a community service project
in November for the Hutsonville Veterans. Be collecting items for our veterans!
Sandy made the motion to adjourn at 9:50 a.m., Bonnie seconded the motion.
Sandy gave everyone chocolate covered pretzels! Yum!!!
Mark Your Calendars - Tuesday, September 5th
What's Happening in September, you ask??
We have a BIG day planned:
9 a.m. Board meeting
10 a.m. Special guest with program
11 a.m. Refreshments
More details in next month's newsletter!
Attention Morning Glories Unit
Members will be assembling the September newsletter in the Extension office on Tuesday, August 29, at 10 a.m.
Did You Pay Your HCE Dues?
If you have NOT paid your 2017 HCE $9 dues, then we made it easy for YOU!
If you address label is highlighted in YELLOW on the front of your HCE newsletter, then you will need to pay your dues!
Send in your $9 annual dues to:
HCE — U of I Extension
301 S. Cross St., #290
Robinson, IL 62454
RIDES Mass Transit — Bus Trips
Friday, July 7 - Ride with us to Sumner to eat at the Dairy Dee (they only accept cash, so bring cash with you!)
Saturday, July 15 -Shopping in Tuscola at the Outlet Mall Winterberry Store, Beachys, and more!
Saturday, July 22 – Red Skelton Museum and sightseeing in Vincennes, IN. Visit the Memorial and the Military
Museum. Small admission fees for both museums.
To schedule a ride call 618/544-8800 by 3 p.m. the Thursday before the trip.
To schedule a Ride or to get more information, pleasecontact RMTD at 618/544-8800.
** Senior Citizens show their ID card and ride for FREE! If you are a senior and want an ID card, please call the
Robinson Senior Center at 618/544-8811.
HCE Annual Picnic — June 15, 2017
A HUGE THANK YOU to the Sunbeam Unit for hosting!
The guest speaker was Amy Kemp.
29 Attended: Mary Stampini, Carolyn Chapman, Bonnie Finn, Phyllis Goodwin, Susan Allison, Phyllis Adams, Sandy Bryans, Mary Ellen York, Patsy Andrus, Eva Enlow, Virginia Hryniewicz, Norma Thompson, Caroline Coleman, Rhea Hayden, Dorothy Osborn, Martha Holt, Phyllis Neeley, Madeline Harris, Erma Fielder, Marilyn Michl, Marge Shipman, Velda Eubank, Mary Weaver, Jo Carter, Donna Newbold, Joan Midgett, LaDonna Harris, Marilyn Flenner, Hope Dennis and guest speaker:Amy Kemp
IN THE GARDEN
1. Plant sweet alyssum close to seating areas to enjoy its fragrance, and let it self-seed, so you can enjoy it again later. It is also a great companion plant for everbearing strawberries, helping to attract pollinators.
2. Keep pansies deadheaded to prolong bloom, and remember they are heavy feeders, so fertilize when you water. Move containers of pansies into partial afternoon shade when the days get hot.
3. Dead head daffodils and other spring bulbs, but allow the foliage to ripen and turn brown before removing it. Fertilize finished bulbs, so they have lots of nourishment to produce bigger bulbs and flowers next spring. Mark clumps that will need to be divided the end of August.
4. Feed emerging lilies with a bloom booster fertilizer (big middle number).
5. Prune spring flowering shrubs right after they bloom
6. The first feeding for the lawn needs to be done around Memorial Day
7. Plant some containers with annuals in your favorite colors to pop into the garden areas close to patios and decks, if nothing is blooming there. You can move them around as needed, or collect them into a grouping for parties.
8. Scissor mums and asters every three weeks, so they will get really bushy and sturdy. Clip off an inch or two each time. Stop trimming July 4th. You can also trim sedums, phlox, or monarda to promote more blooms and keep them from sprawling.
9. Check lilies, peonies, delphiniums and other tall perennials for staking needs — it seems to be a windy season
10. Keep an eye on hollyhocks for those nasty little worms that skeletonize their leaves. Spray with insecticidal soap, being sure to get the undersides of the leaves where the insect eggs will be hatching.
11. Those little beetles that make the brown spots on mint leaves are already here….trim off those leaves and spray with insecticidal soap. The mint will quickly grow fresh new leaves.
12. Watch carefully for cabbage loopers on brasscas. At first sign, hand pick or spray with organic Bt, a naturally occurring bacteria that will kill hatching worms as soon as they begin feeding. Spray after each rain, getting undersides of leaves, too.
13. Think about planting the Perennial Plant of the Year for 2017 is Asclepias tuberosa, Butterflyweed, the host plant for monarchs.
June Newsletter Assemblers
Thank you toMary Stampini, Phyllis Adams, and Joyce Krause.
Crawford County Senior Centers
All 3 area Senior Centers are serving lunch! You can eat your lunch at any one of these Centers — or pick it up and take it home!
Robinson Senior Center: 618/544-8811
Oblong Nutrition Center: 618/592-3111
Palestine Senior Center at 618/586-2128
Eat Tuna to Meet Your Seafood Recommendation
According to statics, currently only 1 in 10 Americans follow the Dietary Guidelines to eat seafood twice per week.
Tuna can be a low-cost option to help you meet these
recommendations. In 2014, canned tuna was the third most widely consumed seafood in America, behind shrimp and salmon. However, overall seafood consumption has slowly been decreasing each year.
Tuna is a saltwater fish with about 15 species recognized worldwide. Skipjack, also known as "light tuna," make up about 70% of canned tuna in America. Yellowfin may also
be labeled "light tuna," but it is a little less common and
has more mercury than Skipjack. Both skipjack and yellowfin are darker in color and robust in flavor. Albacore tuna, also known as "white meat tuna" make up about 20% of the canned tuna market. Albacore tuna is light pink in color and generally milder in flavor.
All tuna fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which can help protect against heart disease, but albacore has a little more fat, including the good omega-3's, than light tuna. However, albacore tuna also has more mercury, which can harm the nervous system, brain, heart, kidneys and lungs. According to the FDA, pregnant women and young children should limit their consumption of "light" tuna to 12 ounces per week, and yellowfin tuna and albacore or "white" tuna to no more than 6 ounces per week.
Some tuna species are heavily overfished and vulnerable.
If you're shopping for sustainable tuna, check the label
to find troll or pole-caught fish, which is the most
environmentally stable option. Check the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch website to confirm best
choices and ensure future generations of nutritious tuna!
— Jenna Smith, Extension Educator,
Tuna Patties (yield: 6 patties)
2 (6 oz.) cans tuna, packed in water, drained
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 cup whole grain bread, torn into small pieces
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 Tablespoons finely chopped onion
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon hot sauce
In a medium bowl, mix together all ingredients. Form into 6 balls and flatten into patties. Generously spray a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray and heat to medium-high. Gently place the patties on skillet and cook until slightly brown, about 3-4 minutes on each side. May serve with wedges of lemon and tarter sauce.
Nutrition Facts (per serving): 110 calories, 3 grams fat, 300 milligrams sodium, 4 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram fiber, 15 grams protein
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Join us for a day of fun at Oblong's first Summer Hootenanny. We are offering a little bit of everything And there will be something for all ages to enjoy.
Grab your lawn chair and come spend the day at the beautiful Oblong Park
Food and drinks will be available at 10:30 and will last until the evening hours.
Duck Race on the Lake
Sand Volleyball at the park
Cornhole Tournament at the Park
3 Bounce Houses for only $5 for the day
Car Cruise In
Scott Wattles and the Blue Suede Crew
Grilled Chicken Dinner will be available from 4-6 pm with advance tickets only.
Stop by any of the businesses listed to get your dinner tickets and also pick up a "Duck Race" ticket.
Henpeck Mercantile, The Village Stitchery, Village Market on Main, Oblong Public Works Office, Harmon's Healthmart and Country Financial Office (Oblong Commerce Center).
Buy chicken dinner tickets online! www/theonlyoblong.com To purchase online, you have to pay with PayPal.
Once paid you will receive your ticket number.
Here are some jokes... to “stump” the kids in your life!
You: When is the best time to go to the dentist?
You: Can I make you a sandwich?
Answer: Poof! You are now a sandwich!
You: How many apples grow on a tree?
Answer: All of them!
You: Do you want ME to put the cat/dog out?
Answer: Well, I didn't know it was on fire!
What ways do you eat fruits and veggies in the summer?
1. Cold fruit or veggie salads
3. Pasta salads with veggies
4. Main dish salads (ie. tuna salad) with veggies
5. Snacks of fresh summer fruits - watermelon
1. Snacks of veggies and dip - ranch or hummus?
2. What is yours? _________________
1 can (15 ounces.) corn, drained
1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
1/4 cup onions, diced
1 cup tomato, chopped
1/4 cup low fat sour cream OR nonfat yogurt
2 Tbsp. low fat mayonnaise/salad dressing
1 Tbsp. vinegar
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. celery seed
In a large mixing bowl, combine corn, green peppers, onions, and tomatoes. In a separate bowl, combine dressing ingredients. Mix well. Pour dressing over vegetables and mix. Serve chilled.
Garden flowers for the "dog days" of August
Every summer, gardeners notice that certain plants are beautiful up until the heat arrives. Then they fade and
wither, leaving us with only the memories of what once was. To keep these plants looking good, watering becomes a
nightmare during high heat and periods of no rainfall.
Xeriscaping, or low-water-usage gardening, may be the answer. The term xeriscape often brings visions of parched desert landscapes. A xeriscape can be colorful, attractive, and inviting while requiring far less water than traditional landscapes.
By following a few basic tips, gardeners can use less water and still enjoy a colorful garden.
¨ Group plants according to water needs. Plant thirsty plants together to concentrate watering in specific areas, rather than "blanket" watering.
¨ Build soil lips or soil basins around plants to direct water to plant roots. Depending on plant size, this basin should be 3 to 18 inches from the base of the plant.
¨ Mulch gardens to retain soil moisture.
¨ Keep beds weed-free. Weeds take up water that could be used by desirable plant material.
¨ If your soil drains too quickly, amend it by adding moisture-holding organic matter.
¨ Pick the right plant for the right spot. Choose plants that thrive in hot, dry conditions.
Here are some popular blooming "dog day" plants:
· Celosia, or cockscomb, is unique for its unusual feathery or brain-like flowers of bright red, yellow, orange, and pink. Celosia is an annual that may grow from 6 inches to 4 feet tall, depending on the variety. Bring fresh cut celosia inside for an excellent cut flower, or hang it to dry.
· Spider flower can reach 4 to 5 feet tall in full sun. The unique spider-like flowers are rose, violet, or white. Cleome is an annual, meaning it grows from seed every year. It will re-seed freely in your garden.
· Gomphrena, or globe amaranth, blooms in a variety of bright colors including purple, orange, red, rose, and pink. Generally the plant grows 1 to 2 feet tall. This is an old-fashioned flower that is easy to grow. It makes an excellent dried flower that holds its color well. Pick just as the flowers open fully and hang upside down to dry.
· Madagascar periwinkle, also known as annual vinca is a plant that seems to thrive in hot areas. Its lush, dark green foliage is somewhat glossy and forms a 2-foot tall mound. Annual vinca is available in white, pink, purple, and bicolors. If you have a difficult southern exposure to work with, try this annual. It is slow to start if spring temperatures are cool and it does not tolerate wet areas.
· Threadleaf coreopsis is a perennial that will reach 18 to 24 inches in height. It has yellow, daisy-like flowers that last from late spring to late summer. This plant will grow best if planted in a dry, full-sun area.
· Orange coneflower is the perennial form of blackeyed Susan. Its cheery yellow or orange daisy flowers brighten up the August garden.
· Blanket flower is a perennial plant available in a variety of hot colors like golden yellow and mahogany red. Cultivars are available in a range of sizes with most growing in the 2-foot height range. Blanket flower tolerates dry soil and temperatures of 90° F or higher.
All of these plants will survive the hot days of August with very little attention and care, requiring only an occasional pruning off of old blossoms.
Try one or two next year and enjoy your garden all season long.