· Sept. 17—2756 N. 1900 East Rd. south of Osbernville, Malcolm & Susan Head Residence
· Sept. 25—4000 Lincoln Trail, Taylorville, Jerry & Regina Bunning Residence
A "backyard walk" is a casual learning activity available to all neighborhood residents with interest in what's been happening this past year in their back, side and front yard landscapes.
Christian County Master Gardeners and Gary Letterly, U of I Extension Natural Resources Educator will be on hand to help answer questions related to lawn and garden problems.
Topics will include:
· Lawn pests, diseases, establishment and maintenance
· Tree selection, diseases, pruning and trimming
· Garden challenges – limited space, soil fertility, nagging plant disease problems and insect pests
· Seasonal problems – learn some easy solutions to what you thought were complex landscape problems!!!
This program is free and open to the general public.
Call 287-7246 for more information.
There are three topics for the fall "4 Seasons Gardening" sessions:
Tree Identification and Maintenance - Tuesday, Sept. 16, 1:00 p.m. & Thursday, Sept. 18, 7:00 p.m.
Going Green with Evergreens - Tuesday, Sept. 30, 1:00 p.m. & Thursday, Oct. 2, 7:00 p.m.
Backyard Composting - Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1:00 p.m. & Thursday, Oct. 16, 7:00 p.m.
Please call 287-7246 by the Friday before the session you would like to attend.
A pre-paid registration fee of $2 will be assessed for printed handout materials and all classes meet at the U of I Extension office, 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville.
We all know that eating the right foods in the right amounts can help us keep healthy throughout our lives. People young and old need to include foods from all of the food groups to make sure their body's nutrient needs are met. However, research indicates that Americans tend to fall short in the fruit, vegetable and milk groups. As a result, University of Illinois Extension in Christian County will be offering the program, Eating Healthy: Fruits and Vegetables, on Monday, September 22 at 9:30 a.m., in the UI Extension Christian County office.
Jananne Finck, Nutrition and Wellness Educator with University of Illinois Extension, Springfield Center, will guide participants through MyPyramind, discuss the benefits of including fruits and vegetables in our diet and explain why nutrients in these foods are beneficial. This program was developed by using the 2005 MyPyramid, a guide for healthy eating for all Americans age 2 and over.
There is no registration fee, but pre-registration is required by Friday, Sept. 19. To pre-register, get more information or request a disability accommodation to participate in this program, please contact University of Illinois Extension in Christian County at (217)287-7246.
University of Illinois Extension provides out-of-the-classroom educational opportunities to help you deal with the critical issues impacting your daily lives.
On Saturday, September 13, 2008 from 10:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. HCEA is offering a two-hour workshop on Table Manners and Etiquette in the Extension auditorium.
You will learn how to use a knife, fork, and spoon, what to do with a napkin, how to eat tricky foods, and more.
Cost is $3. Please call 287-7246 to make a reservation by Tuesday, September 9, 2008.
If you have any questions, call Darlene Wilson 824-8950 or Debi Kiefer 824-4822.
"5 Wishes" is the first living will that talks about your personal, emotional and spiritual needs as well as your medical wishes. HCEA has 6 copies of the "5 Wishes" document still on hand. They are designed by the Commission on Aging with Dignity and recognized in Illinois as a legal document. They are available for purchase at the Christian County Extension office for $2 each until the supply is depleted.
Individuals representing agencies serving Christian County will be able to share upcoming programs, discuss issues critical to their needs and network with other agency representatives on Wednesday, October 1 at 11:45 a.m. at the U of I Extension office at 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville.
This meeting is open to the public, and agency representatives should bring their lunch and 25 copies of any handouts they would like to share. This meeting is scheduled to wrap up at 1:00 p.m.
Copies of the most recent Christian County Plat books (2005) are still available now at the University of Illinois Extension office. These plat books, published by the Rockford Map Company, are of an excellent quality and are for sale at a cost of $35 per copy. Checks should be made payable to the Christian County 4-H Federation.
The Christian County Ag Literacy Program is collecting household items for use in school kits for the 2008-09 school year. We are collecting cardboard toilet tissue and paper towel tubes, film canisters, detergent lids, ears of field corn, old CD's, and empty corn-based cereal boxes. If you can help, please drop your donations by the Extension Office by September 30, 2008.
Do you know anyone who has a disability and loves to fish? The fee for a fishing license is no longer a problem for some individuals who have disabilities!
On the Department of Natural Resources website http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/programs/camping/discounts.htm there is information about how to get a free fishing license for people with disabilities. Illinois residents with a class 2 or class 2A disability are not required to purchase a resident sport fishing license. Your doctor will need to fill out an application called "Application for Illinois Disabled Person Identification Card" and bring this application to your nearest Driver Services Facility.
There is no fee for the ID card. You can print out the application from the following address: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/drivers/idcards.html and click on Application for Disabled Person Identification Card. The application includes the definitions of a class 2 or 2A disability for the doctor to refer to. When you receive your ID, you carry this with you to replace your fishing license.
Christian County is one of 5 counties in the SCIL service area. Springfield Center for Independent Living (SCIL) is a non-residential service and advocacy organization that serves people of all ages with all types of disabilities. SCIL's mission is to increase opportunities for equality, integration, and independence for all persons with disabilities through advocacy, services and public education. All services are free of charge.
Please contact Karen DeLay at 217-523-2587 v/tty or 1-800-447-4221 if you would like additional information about this article or have questions about SCIL.
What is a water alarm detector?
The water alarm detector is a self-contained electronic device that sounds an alarm when its sensor is in contact with water. The alarm can give an early warning of water troubles. It can be used with water heaters, washing machines, sump pumps, bathtubs, toilets and dishwashers.
What can a water alarm detector do?
It is important to eliminate excess moisture that can promote mold growth in your home. When there is water standing, staining water or moist surfaces, it should be suspected there is the potential for mold. Prevent mold growth by keeping basements, bathrooms and other rooms clean and dry.
How does a water alarm detector work?
The water alarm detector detects water leaks or overflows in your home. The sensor works from 6 feet away and sounds an alarm that can be heard 50 feet away. It uses a 9-volt battery that will provide a year or more of service. When the battery runs low, the electronic horn will produce a short beep approximately every 30 seconds for about 20 days. At that time, replace the battery. Damp locations or high temperature may reduce the battery life.
Stick out your tongue at your dentist. It's good for your health! The oral cancer examination performed by your dentist during a routine dental check-up is a fast, easy, and painless way to detect oral cancer early and save your life.
Did you know?
Oral cancer strikes 35,000 Americans each year. Half of the people diagnosed today will not survive. This survival rate is worse than other major cancers, including melanoma and cancers of the breast, prostate, bladder, kidney, or testes. Men are affected twice as often as women. The key to beating oral cancer is to prevent it or to find it early.
What causes oral cancer?
· Tobacco or alcohol use are the most common reasons you get oral cancer
· Tobacco and alcohol are more dangerous together than if you do one without the other
· Too much sun causes lip cancer
· People of any age can get oral cancer, but those over 40 are more at risk
· Human Papillomavirus (HPV) has been identified as a cause of oral cancer
What can I do?
· Quit or cut back on tobacco and/or alcohol use
· Use a lip balm with sunscreen
· Eat five or more fruits and vegetables every day
· Check your own mouth for white or red spots that may not hurt
· Limit your number of sexual partners
· See your doctor or dentist if you have a sore throat, hoarseness, or any spot still there after 2 weeks
· Have a yearly oral cancer exam
What is an oral cancer exam?
Your dentist or doctor examines your mouth...
· Looks under your tongue
· Checks the sides of your tongue using gauze to pull your tongue out a little
· Checks your cheeks, gums, and the roof of your mouth
· Looks in your throat and checks your tonsils
· Feels your neck and around your mouth
· If an unusual area is found, you may be referred to a specialist for further evaluation
That's it! It doesn't hurt at all! All the dentist or doctor does is look and feel! Get an oral cancer screening. It could just save your life!
Information used in this article is provided by the Oral Cancer Foundation www.oralcancerfoundation.org .
The University of Illinois Extension office has a computer available for public use on a secure high-speed internet line during regular working hours: 8:00 a.m.—4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. The U of I Extension office is located at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville.
Identifying and preventing indoor air quality problems is the focus of a new UI Extension website available on the Christian County Extension website. "Healthy Indoor Air" (http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/healthyair/index.cfm) addresses a number of indoor air problems, such as how can the air inside our homes be so bad for us? Over the years, buildings have been made more airtight to conserve energy and when air is trapped inside the home, so are the pollutants.
US EPA studies have found that pollutant levels inside the home can be two to five times higher than outdoors.
After some activities, indoor air pollution levels can be 100 times higher than outdoors and many indoor pollutants cannot be detected by our senses and the symptoms they produce can be vague and sometimes similar to other illnesses, making it hard to attribute them to a specific cause.
This website offers information to help determine if the air in your home is healthy as well as several solutions to help you reduce your risks.