Feel like you want to pull out your hair when it comes to disciplining your child? Do you have trouble getting your children to take responsibility for chores, homework, or their possessions? Are your teenagers rebelling against your curfews, rules and values?
Four parenting classes will be offered this fall to help raise your children, grandchildren or young people under your care.
These classes will be held the 1st four Tuesday's in October and cover a different topic each week:
¨October 2– Dealing With Discipline
¨October 9– Homework & School Behavior
¨October 16– R.I.S.K.–Real Issues of the Sexual Kind
¨October 23–How Peers Influence Teens
A light supper will be served at 6:00 p.m. in the University of Illinois Extension Office, located at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville. The programs will run from 6:30–7:30 p.m. each evening, and certified Christian County Safe Sitters will provide childcare at no cost for all parents needing assistance.
Added incentives will be provided by the Christian County Head Start program–5 "Parent Bucks" for each session attended and an extra 20 for attending all 4 sessions; and Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center will offer 3 "Mommy or Daddy Dollars" for each session attended.
There will be time for questions and discussion at the end of each program.
To make a reservation, or for more information, please contact Linda Smith at the University of Illinois Extension Christian County office at 287-7246. The deadline to call in reservation is the Thursday before each session.
Reservations are required to insure enough food and childcare each evening.
The final program for the fall Four-Season Gardening Series will be "Growing Backyard Grapes," and will be offered twice on:
·Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at 1:00 pm. or
·Thursday, October 18 at 7:00 pm.
Whether you already grow grapes or are thinking of getting started, join Elizabeth Wahle, Horticulture Specialist with University of Illinois Extension, as she presents tips on growing grapes in a backyard setting. Included will be a discussion of variety selection, site selection, planting guidelines, pruning, and pest control
All programs offered in the Fall Series will be held at the University of Illinois Extension Christian County, 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville, IL.
The cost for each session is $1 and advance registration is required by the Friday before each session.
Phone the U of I Extension Christian County office at 287-7246 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and to reserve a seat and packet of information.
Have you ever wanted to buy something on-line, but just aren't sure if you should? The Christian County office of University of Illinois Extension is offering a unique workshop that may help you find the answer.
On-line Shopping: What You Need to Know will make you aware of the advantages and disadvantages of shopping on-line. You'll learn how to safeguard your personal information when purchasing on-line and understand electronic payment options.
Jennifer Hunt, Consumer and Family Economics Educator, from University of Illinois Extension East Peoria Center will give you tips and answer questions about purchasing on-line.
The workshop will be held on Thursday, October 18, 2007 at 7:00 PM at the University of Illinois Extension office in Taylorville, Illinois.
Register for this opportunity by Tuesday, October 18 by calling 287-7246.
The Local Government program will be held on October 25, from 3:00–5:00 p.m. at the U of I Extension Christian County office at 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville, IL.
This program will provide all local government officials (township, municipal, county officials, etc.) with a review of current State and Federal legislative issues. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss new legislation with professionals who specialize in State and Federal legislative issues. The program qualifies for 2 hours of Certified County Officials (CCO) credit.
The public is invited to attend and there is no charge. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 287-7246.
The Christian County Extension office is now able to process soil samples you bring in for analysis. This service will provide a convenient way to obtain test data that can be used to help answer agronomic and horticultural soil-related problems. There will be a $10 fee for each Standard Analysis Test #1 sample performed. Sample bags, provided by a reputable local lab, can be picked up at the Extension office, and samples should consist of soil that represents equal portions of the top 6 to 7 inches of the soil profile. The total volume of an individual sample should be no greater than 1½ cups of soil. Extension office staff will assist you in completing a "soil sample information sheet." The results will be sent back to the Extension Office where a trained agronomist will provide assistance in interpreting the results. Soil sample turn-around time will be approximately two weeks. Payment must accompany each sample at the time of processing. For more information, contact Gary Letterly at 287-7246.
University of Illinois Extension Christian County utilizes the help of Extension Unit council members as it develops policies, programs and direction to better serve the residents of Christian County.
The council is made up of people from all walks of life, ages and each corner of Christian County. This group of dedicated volunteers meets six times each year to review fiscal reports, hear program updates and discuss issues brought to them by Extension staff.
Members of the 2007-2008 Christian County Extension Unit Council are: Kandy Andruch, Rebecca Arkebauer, Ivaloue Ashbrook, Andria Bass, Bill Beck, Gale Bell, Penny Bliler, Ann Bruenderman, Shelly Butcher, Diana Cloyd, Mark Dozier, Doug Garwood, Roberta Harker, David Hixenbaugh, Marvin Hughes, Loretta Kahle, Terree May, Carla Mickey, Aaron Schafer, Elaine Vangeison, and Chad Waterman.
Outgoing members recognized for their many years of service on the Christian County Extension Council at the August 27 full council meeting were Laverne Crull and Wilbur Mills.
Members coming on the council for the first time September 1 areDiana Cloyd, Roberta Harker,Ivaloue Ashbrook,Douglas Garwood, Mark Dozier and Gale Bell.
Current officers include: Marvin Hughes, Incoming Chairman; Penny Bliler, Vice-chairman; Secretary, Andria Bass; and Treasurer, Bill Beck.
Your how-to guide to retirement planning is located at www.RetireWell.uiuc.edu.
Is your money going down the drain? In a typical home, water leaks account for nearly 13% of indoor water use. Fix those leaks, and save money in the long run. If your water bill typically costs $35 a month, you could save over $100 in two years.
Keeping your financial papers organized can help you save money. Every day as you receive bills 1) open them, 2) check their accuracy, 3) throw out fillers, and 4) file bills in a To Be Paid file. Then, set aside time once or twice a month to pay all bills in the file.
Let your money work for you! Saving just $20/month for two years adds up fast. At 5% interest you'll be over $500 richer!
Money decisions affect everyone in your household. Plans to save money or cut debt will be accepted better when everyone has input. Try to have regular family meetings to discuss money issues. Encourage everyone to speak freely at the meetings, and be prepared to compromise.
Save money on your insurance costs. Pay your premium annually or allow automatic deduction from your checking account to save finance charges. Usually the less bookkeeping a company has to do, the lower your premium will be.
By now, you may have realized that you can access all Extension program areas on our website. So whether you're interested in the 4-H program, what's going on the Dudley Smith Farm, upcoming horticulture programs, monthly newsletters, and so on, you should be able to find the most current information on any given day.
One of the most important parts of the Christian County Extension website is the "Upcoming Events" section, where you can find up to the minute information about all of our programming efforts. If you forget what time, what date and where a meeting is to be held, simply click on this section and you'll find what you need immediately.
This month, for instance, our six new council members, as well as our two outgoing council members are featured under the Unit Council section. We hope to have more information in this section in the future.
Don't forget to check out the Christian County Social Service Directory, located at http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/christian and scrool down to"Christian County Social Services Directory" and then click on"Community Directory".It's a brand new site, so if you need to locate services available in Christian County, simply navigate to this site and find what you need at the click of a button. Also, if you'd like to add social services to the directory, the procedure for doing so is on this site as well.
The reason we keep food in the refrigerator or freezer is to preserve its freshness, inhibit the growth of most bacteria, and keep it safe for use at a later time.
For safety reasons, it is important to verify the temperature of refrigerators and freezers. Keeping a refrigerator thermometer inside your units will help assure that they are maintaining a refrigerator temperature no higher than 40°F. Frozen food will hold its top quality for the longest possible time when the freezer maintains 0°F.
An appliance thermometer, kept in the refrigerator and freezer to monitor the temperature, can be critical in the event of a power outage. When the power goes back on, if the refrigerator is 40°F or colder, and the freezer is still colder than 40°F, the food is safe. (Source: FSIS/USDA)
To help assure safe food in your refrigerator or freezer, the University of Illinois Extension Christian County office has a supply of refrigerator/freezer thermometers available for $2.00 each. These thermometers may be picked up any time during regular office hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville.
Keep in mind, too, that the controls may need to be adjusted seasonally. For example, a refrigerator set for 40°F in the summer may be too cold for the winter, resulting in frozen lettuce or milk. Also, don't overload the refrigerator. Air must circulate freely to cool all foods evenly.
In addition, freezing to 0 degrees Fahrenheit inactivates, but does not destroy microbes--bacteria, yeasts and molds --present in food. Once thawed, these microbes can become active, multiplying under the right conditions to levels that can lead to foodborne illness. Never defrost foods outdoors, in a cold room in the house such as the basement, or on the kitchen counter. These methods encourage growth of harmful bacteria that may be present.
There are three safe ways to defrost food: in the refrigerator, in cold running water and in the microwave. Food thawed in the refrigerator may be refrozen if the food is still good, but there may be a loss of quality. It is important to plan ahead because food takes longer to thaw in the refrigerator.
Did you know that the Christian County Health Department has a program that will pay for eligible women to have a free mammogram and pap test?
It is called the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program. If you are 35-64 years of age, have no health insurance coverage to pay for these screening tests and are within the income ranges listed below for your household size, please call Gerry Grigsby, Christian County Department of Public Health, at 824-4113, Ext. 112 for more information and to see if you qualify. Or if you don't qualify but know someone who might, please tell them about this program.
Household Size- - - - - -- -Annual Income
1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$24,500
2 . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . .$33,000
3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $41,500
4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50,000
5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $58,500