There is one remaining topics for the fall "4 Seasons Gardening" sessions:
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 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.
The University of Illinois Extension in Christian County will be offering the program, "Services For Free or at Little Cost to Christian County Residents," on Thursday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m., in the UI Extension Christian County office.
This workshop will be presented by Linda Smith, Christian County Extension Director. In addition to showcasing the on line version of the Christian County Social Service agencies, several agency representatives will be on hand to share a myriad of services provided locally at little to no cost for Christian County residents.
To register, please call the Extension Office at 217-287-7246 by Wednesday, October 15.
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 will wrap up by 1:00 p.m.
The next meeting of the University of Illinois Extension Christian County Council will be held on Tuesday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the University of Illinois Extension office conference room.
We want to thank the 2007-2008 Unit Extension Council members for their dedication to serving on the Council the past 2 years. The members are: Kandy Andruch, Rebecca Arkebauer, Ivaloue Ashbrook, Andria Bass, Bill Beck, Penny Bliler, Ann Bruenderman, Shelly Butcher, Diana Cloyd, Mark Dozier, Douglas Garwood, Bobbie Harker, Divid Hixenbaugh, Marvin Hughes, Loretta Kahle, Terree May, Carla Mickey, Aaron Schafer, Elaine Vangeison, and Chad Waterman.
Bill, Penny, Shelly, Loretta, Terree, and Aaron attended their last meeting on August 26.
We welcome new council members: Jim Adcock, Dale Baumgartner, Malcolm Head,
Eric Kahle, Amy Mann, and Ed Rees who began their duties on September 1, 2008.
Annie's Project, an educational program for farm women, will be offered Tuesday evenings on November 4, 11, 18, 25; December 2 & 9, 2008 from 6:00—9:00 p.m. in the Lincoln Land Community College Computer Lab, Room 107, located at 800 S. Spresser St., Taylorville, IL. This program is being sponsored locally by First National Bank on Spresser and University of Illinois Extension Christian County.
Annie's Project is a series of educational programs for farm women wanting to learn more about farm management and improve their skills as business partners, and will be taught by Ruth Hambleton, UI Extension Farm Business Management and Marketing Educator. Topics will include the basics of managing money, examining how property is titled, setting up farm leases, basic grain marketing, deciding on insurance products, and putting together a business plan which includes financial documents like balance sheets, income statements and cash flows.
The program is patterned after the life of a woman who grew up in northern Illinois and married a farmer. She learned everything about being a farm wife and business partner by trial and error, and sheer desire to be married to a farmer.
Annie was married to her farmer for five decades before she died in 1997. Program sponsors are University of Illinois Extension, Illinois Agri-Women, Illinois Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Services, and Illinois Risk Management Agency. Grant funding is supplied by the North Central Risk Management Education Center, Lincoln, NE. Visit Annie's Project on line at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/annie/
The registration fee for this program is $50, payable at the first meeting. For those who've participated in Annie's Project before, there is a $25 fee. To register or for further information, please call the Christian County Extension office in Taylorville at (217) 287-7246.
Mark your calendar for Tuesday, November 11th. Celebrations of any kind often center on food. Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays and Valentine's Day are a few of the opportunities we have to get together with friends and family and to serve our favorite foods.
Everyone wants to be included in the festivities and often that means eating foods that may not be healthy or a part of their healthy meal plan. For those with diabetes, finding foods that fit into their meal plan can be a challenge.
Favorite family foods are often high in fat, sugar, sodium or a combination of these. In addition, many snack-type foods as well as menu items are high in carbohydrates which can cause blood sugars to rise too high. To help individuals who want to prepare and serve healthy foods, the University of Illinois Extension in cooperation with Taylorville Memorial Hospital is presenting, "Heart Healthy Cooking for the Holiday's."
The program will be held 5:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m. at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital. Topics will include: staying on your meal plan, altering recipes to make them healthier without giving up flavor, demonstrations, and "tasting of foods" for the holiday season.
Jananne Finck, MS, RD, nutrition and wellness educator, University of Illinois Extension, Springfield Center, will be presenting the program. Finck is a registered dietitian and has been teaching with the Extension for over thirty years.
Advance registration and a $10 educational fee per family are required. Registration deadline is October 28. Send or stop by the Christian County Extension office at 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville, IL. Make checks payable to University of Illinois Extension.
For more information or reasonable accommodations to attend, contact the Extension Office at 287-7246 at least a week in advance. U of I Extension provides research based information to help Christian County residents improve the quality of their lives.
If you have diabetes, or live with someone who has diabetes, choosing and preparing foods can be a real challenge. Learn how to cook foods that are low in sugar, fat, and sodium at the "Dining With Diabetes" cooking classes sponsored by University of Illinois Extension.
"Those attending will learn how to cook with artificial sweeteners, low-fat products, herbs and spices," explains Jananne Finck, nutrition educator with the U of I Extension in Springfield. "We'll have cooking demonstrations and taste several different recipes."
Everyone will get recipes to help them plan healthy meals at home," adds Linda Smith, County Extension Director for Christian County.
"Dining With Diabetes" includes three sessions: February 4, 11, 18, 2009 from 6:30—8:30 p.m. at the University of Illinois Extension Christian County office, located at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville. (There is a date of February 25 in case of bad weather.)
The $30 registration fee includes class materials, recipe booklets and taste-testing. Checks should be made payable to University of Illinois Extension Christian County. Space is limited and advance registration is required.
For more details about this program or if you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this program, please contact the Christian County Extension office by calling 287-7246.
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 October 31, 2008.
TV as we know it will change significantly in the U.S. next year. Most stations now broadcast analog and digital signals, but a new law requires them to transmit only digitally as of February 17, 2009, shutting down the analog systems they've used since the dawn of television. The switch might seem disruptive, but there's an upside. Digital TV offers better picture and sound to viewers who get free TV via a traditional antenna. It also offers more channels, including high-definition channels and subchannels with programs that differ from those of the main station.
But there's a catch: A TV hooked up to an antenna won't be able to get over-the-air broadcasts if it doesn't have a digital tuner. You'll have to change your setup to keep receiving free TV on that set. That won't affect service for sets that have a digital tuner or are used with a for-pay TV service. An analog set hooked up to cable, satellite, and phone-company fiber-optic services should function as it does now. Here are the facts;
Which TVs will be affected?
TVs that have only a analog (NTSC) tuner will not be able to get broadcast programming via antenna without some additional gear. Those sets include:
· Older picture-tube TVs.
· HD-ready TVs bought several years ago.
· Video monitors, which have no built-in tuner of any kind.
If you're unsure about your TV, consult the manual or call the manufacturer's customer service.
How much does a converter box cost?
About $40 to $70. Because the government is requiring the transition, Uncle Sam is offering each household two $40 coupons to buy two converter boxes. You can't combine two coupons toward the purchase of one box, and you must buy a box that's government-approved. You must request coupons by March 31, 2009. Distribution was scheduled to begin Feb. 17, 2009. Coupons expire 90 days after they're distributed, and they're available first-come, first-served until funding runs out. Most stations broadcast digitally now, so you can start using the converter box with your TV right away.
How do I get a coupon?
Call toll-free 888-DTV-2009 and give your name and address. Every household in America is eligible, regardless of income.
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 Genealogical Society has Christian County plat maps from 1872, 1891, 1902, 1911, 1918, and 1924 for sale on 2 CDs. Included on the CDs are maps of towns and villages, scanned from the original plat books, as well as searchable land owner name lists, rural directories, lists of rural mail recipients and address, church locations, school locations and district areas, and much more.
The pertinent part of the 1918 Prairie Farmer Rural directory listing is the farmers names, his wife and her maiden name and children of the family, as well as the number of acres farmed and the year they came to the county.
CD-1 contains the first three maps and CD-2 the last three. They are available for $50 each, plus $5 postage or both for $80, plus $5 postage.
These would be of great interest to those who wish to follow the historic ownership of their farm or give as gifts to those who have that interest. You may order these CDs from the Christian County Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 28, Taylorville, IL 62568.
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.
Think about family traditions. In some families, certain holidays have traditions associated with them. Other families take vacations to the same place year after year—sometimes places their parents took them. Some families have traditional foods that they prepare for certain activities—holidays, birthdays or seasonal foods. Teaching children about family traditions can involve parents, grandparents and other family members. What can you think of that has been passed down in your family? Is it a name? Is it photographs? Is it possessions?