Attention current and emerging leaders of Christian County! The Christian County LEADership program is now accepting applications. The 2008 class will begin in January, and is designed to enhance the social and economic well being of Christian County by developing an active group of effective leaders.
The goals of the program are to enhance the leadership skills of participants to improve Christian County's future; familiarize participants with the community's opportunities, needs, problems, and resources; identify and analyze current economic, political and social forces affecting the county's future; establish effective peer relationships among participants; provide a common ground for communications between participants and community leaders; and to educate participants on how to move people and ideas to action.
Sessions will be held each week beginning on January 16 and ending on May 7, 2008 from 1:00–5:00 p.m. with the exceptions of January 16 and March 26, 2008 which will be all day sessions.
Topics to be covered include team building and personal leadership dynamics; history and economic development; government and education; social service and health care resources; and effective meeting management and communication skills.
Class size will be limited to 20 participants and is open to anyone interested in the future of Christian County. Tuition for the program is $199 and includes a one day orientation meeting at Allerton Park near Monticello, IL, class materials and supplies, weekly refreshments and guest speakers.
LEAD program applications are available at the University of Illinois Extension Christian County located at 1120 N Webster St., Taylorville, IL, 217-287-7246, and the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce, 108 W. Market, Taylorville, IL 62568, at 217-824-4919, or you can go online to http://www.extension.uiuc.edu/christian. Checks should be made payable to the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce.
The deadline for submitting applications is January 8, 2008.
Now is your chance to attend the January 9, 2008 Tasty Diabetic Cooking Class designed to let you taste-test food prepared with diabetics in mind.
This class will be held on Wednesday, January 9, from 6:00–8:30 p.m. at the University of Illinois Extension Christian County office, located at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville.
Several soup recipes will be featured and prepared by Russell Beard, a chef from the Virden area who has been cooking for his wife, Vickie, a diabetic herself.
So, if you are a diabetic, or are cooking for a diabetic, this class will offer you the opportunity to refresh your cooking techniques, gain some great tasting recipes for your files and taste-test recipes that have been evaluation by registered dieticians–Janelle Cornell from Taylorville Memorial Hospital and Jananne Finck, U of I Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator.
To register or for more information, please call 287-7246. The cost to attend the class will be $2. There is a limit of 20 participants, so register today to reserve yourself a spot.
This program is co-sponsored by Taylorville Memorial Hospital and University of Illinois Extension Christian County.
The stress we experience in our everyday lives has an impact on our emotional, physical, and mental well-being.
In this workshop, you will learn how our lifestyle habits impact our stress levels. Participants will learn how to spot stress inducers in their own lives, as well as how to better cope with stressful situations that are unavoidable. Also, included will be tips for improving overall health through better stress management. This workshop will be hands-on and highly interactive.
Becky Hohenstein Hale, Director of Adult/Teen GED Programs for Macon/Piatt Regional Office of Education, will present the lesson on Thursday, January 17 at 9:30 a.m. at the University of Illinois Extension Christian County office.
Register for this workshop by Tuesday, January 15 by calling
These are the dates and meeting locations for the 2008 Corn & Soybean Classics:
·January 15: Springfield (Crowne Plaza)
·January 18: Bloomington (Interstate Center)
For more information or to register visit the 2008 Corn & Soybean Classics web site at
Each year, University of Illinois Extension offers a five-part in-service training series on current nutrition topics for dietitians, home economists, and healthcare providers.
These sessions are conducted via a telephone conferencing system to selected Extension offices throughout the state, and portions of some sessions will be augmented with streaming video.
Topics for 2008 include:
January 17, 2008–Sweet Teens: What You Need to Know about Diabetes and Adolescents
February 21, 2008–Broccoli & Tomatoes–Eat Them Together, Life Will Be Better...
March 20, 2008–Who is Influencing our Children's Behavior? Media Messages and Disordered Eating
April 17, 2008–Hot Topics in Food Safety–from Peanut Butter, to Chili, to Raw Spinach
May 15, 2008– Metabolic Syndrome and Risk of Some Chronic Diseases
All sessions run from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on these dates, and two CPE hours of credit for each session for dietitians have been applied for from the American Dietetic Association.
Participants can register for individual sessions or for the entire series. Registration is $10 per session or $45 for the five-part series. To register or to obtain information on site locations, contact Robert J. Reber at (217) 244-2851 or email@example.com. Or contact the Extension Center office at 287-7246.
The Local Government program entitled "Are You Online with E-government?" will be held on Thursday, January 24, from 3:00–5:00 p.m. at the U of I Extension Christian County office at 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville, IL.
Many businesses use the Internet to reach their customers so why should local governments be any different? More and more local governments are exploring new opportunities to communicate with their citizens. This program will explore the resources available to local governments to bring their communities into the age of online communications.
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 2008 winter/spring sessions of "4 Seasons Gardening" will be held at the U of I Extension office at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville. Programs are geared to the interests of homeowner's and seasonal gardening. Topics will be presented promptly at the designated start time by Extension Staff via the University teleconferencing system.
Dates & copies of these sessions are:
*Soils and Plant Nutrition January 29, 1:00 p.m. & January 31, 7:00 p.m.
*Carnivorous Plants February 12, 1:00 p.m.
*Ornamental Vines Feb. 26, 1:00 p.m. & Feb. 28, 7:00 p.m.
*Orchids 101 April 8, 1:00 p.m.
*Containers April 22, 1:00 p.m. & April 24, 7:00 p.m.
*A Palette of Annuals: From A to Z May 6, 1:00 p.m.
Please call 287-7246 a few days in advance of the specific presentation you would like to attend .
A registration fee of $1 will be assessed for printed handout materials.
The 2008 UI Herb Day will be held on Saturday, January 19, from 8:00 am (when registration begins and the retail area opens) through 4:30 pm, at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, 1001 Killarney St., Urbana, IL 217-328-7900. The Holiday Inn is just south and west of exit #183 off I-74 (Lincoln Avenue), conveniently located and easy to find. The first educational session begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.
As has become traditional, herbal experts will present five educational sessions to inspire herb gardening and use in the coming year.
Session 1 Jeanne Rose of San Francisco, California, will speak about The Aromatic History of the Use of Essential Oils. She is a noted author and expert on this subject, who teaches a wide array of classes on the uses of essential oils during the year.
Session 2 Pat Burnell, of Burnell's Neat Wheat, in Varna, Illinois, will give a lecture-demonstration of this ancient art form, entitled Getting Started with Wheat Weaving. Pat is well known around the country for her work with this herb-related craft activity. She has just completed her 15th annual visit to Dollywood, where her presentations are greatly appreciated.
Session 3 Ben Lubchansky from Urbana, Illinois, recently completed his masters degree working on a project with pastured poultry and organic vegetable production. He is also an accomplished young chef who gave a wonderful presentation at the 2006 Organic Gardening Day. He will cook for us, using Herbs in the Twenty-First Century Kitchen.
Session 4 Jonathan Hoffman of Vicksburg, Michigan, is in the process of writing a book about the plants that Lewis and Clark encountered along their historic route. Jonathan has traveled much of the route himself and will share his knowledge and excellent photos of The Herbal Footprints of Lewis and Clark.
Session 5 Jeanne Rose will complete the day with a second talk about the production and use of essential oils in everyday life, entitled More Smelly Stories.
There will be a retail area selling a broad spectrum of herb, spice, and gardening products. Get a jump-start on the 2008 gardening season by shopping now. Morning coffee, tea, and rolls will be available near the exhibit area, and an herb-themed lunch buffet will be served in the Atrium.
Attendees may register through January 11, as long as space remains available. Registrations will be allotted on a first come, first served basis, so register now. Once the available 270 spaces are filled, any additional registrations will be returned. On-site registration (which does not include lunch) will only be available if all 270 seats are not filled by January 11. It has been several years since any on-site registration space has been available.
Cost of registration is only $49 per person. This includes seating in the lectures, coffee, tea, and rolls during morning registration, an herbal theme lunch buffet (including vegetarian options), and access to the retail area. A vegan plate is available, but only if specified on the registration form. Herb Day registrations are due by January 11, 2008. Those interested in attending should mail checks, payable to the University of Illinois, to: Herb Day 2008, Attn: Carol Preston, S-406 Turner Hall, 1102 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, Illinois 61801. For more information call 217-333-7738 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sorry, credit card orders cannot be accepted, and cancellations will not be refunded. Registrations may be transferred to another individual, as long as Carol Preston is notified of the name change by January 11.
No confirmation of registration will be sent. To confirm receipt of registration, please phone 217-333-7738 or email email@example.com.
You can't see or smell radon, but it may be in your home, posing a health risk to you and your family. The natural breakdown of uranium in the rocks and soil gives off a radioactive gas called radon that can enter homes, polluting the air. At elevated concentrations and prolonged exposure, radon can cause lung cancer, leading to approximately 22,000 deaths each year in the U.S. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer for smokers and the first leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers.
In recognition of November being Lung Cancer Awareness Month and during January's Radon Action Month, University of Illinois Extension encourages homeowners to test their homes for radon. High radon levels have been found in every county in Illinois. Testing is the only way to know how much radon is in your home. Homes can be tested for radon at any time of the year. The UI Extension office is offering a free radon test kit to the first 90 people requesting them.
Radon detectors are also available by going online to: www.radon.illinois.gov or call IEMA at 1-800-325- 1245 to request the free radon test kit directly from IEMA. Radon detectors may be purchased at many hardware stores and some county health departments. Radon detectors are easy to use and low-cost. Homes with high radon levels can be fixed.
For more information about how to test your home for radon, visit the radon web site:
Radon information is also available at the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Radon Program at 800-325-1245.
The University of Illinois Extension Christian County websiteis a quick pathway to research-based facts and other information available from the University of Illinois. Click on the "Local Links" tab on the "home page" for new information.
If you're starting to plan the family Christmas meal, a good place to begin is UI Extension's Turkey for the Holidays (http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/turkey/) website. This website includes information on everything from selecting a turkey to cooking techniques and using leftovers. One especially important feature deals with safety, as well as use of a meat thermometer and storage of leftovers.
The Certified Livestock Management Program website (http://www.clmt.uiuc.edu/) gives information about commercial haulers, state and federal rules, manure share program, and theIL Manure Management Plan.
An updated "Fabulous Foliage" website (http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/foliage/) includes a Spanish version of the site–Follaje Fabuloso. The "Fabulous Foliage" website contains information about guidelines for using plants with colored foliage, as well as a plant directory of 23 plants to consider.