Extension Connection Newsletter
Pesticide Safety Program (PSEP) Testing and Training—
The University of Illinois Extension Christian County will be conducting one
Pesticide Safety Education training and testing program this winter at the
Extension office located at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville.
This program will train private pesticide
applicators needing re-certification. The
certification exam is based on information
found in the training manual available from
the Christian County Extension Unit Office.
The training program will start promptly at
9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 1.
Advance registration is required along with a
$30 fee for training. Seating is limited.
Register online at
www.extension.uiuc.edu/christian or call 287-7246.
(Note: A letter was sent by the Dept. of Ag to the people whose current private
applicator license will soon expire.)
The date for the PSEP "Test
Only" session is Monday,
February 22, 2010, at 10:00
a.m., at the U of I Extension
Christian County office.
Advance registration is
required no later than
Thursday, January 18, 2010.
There is no fee to attend the
"Test Only" session.
Apply Now to Attend 2010 Christian
County LEADership Academy
Do you want to learn more about Christian County and/or your
Do you have a vision of what Christian County could be like in ten years?
Do you want to develop your leadership skills and work with other
interested people to improve Christian County or your local community?
The LEAD program will kick off on January 12, and conclude with graduation
ceremonies on March 30. Highlights of the course include Colors® training and
a government study tour in Springfield, Illinois. Additionally, the class will meet
each Tuesday afternoons from 1:00—4:00 p.m. to share information about local
history, government operations, social services, economic development,
community resources, and local issues.
Participants will have opportunities to develop their communication skills, learn
about various leadership styles, how to be a good board member, and other
aspects of leadership. Both local and outside presenters will involve
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The U of I Extension office will be closed for the
Christmas and New Year holiday's on December 24, 25,
31, and January 1, 2010.
participants in a variety of learning experiences and several exciting and eye opening tours to
Christian County businesses are included in the itinerary.
LEAD program applications are available at the University of Illinois Extension Christian County
located at 1120 N Webster St., Taylorville, Illinois, 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 www.extension.uiuc.edu/christian. The deadline for submitting applications is January 8, 2010.
Tuition for the program is $199 and includes class materials and supplies, weekly refreshments, and the
opportunity to hear nationally known guest speakers. Checks should be made payable to the Greater
Taylorville Chamber of Commerce.
Tidbits of Argentina: Its People Workshop—December 10
pastries, rice pudding, and dulce
de leche- a mixture of sugar and
milk. Customary beverages are
coffee, yerba mate`, beer, and
domestic wines. Remember to
view the 60 minute DVD, Globe
Trekker ARGENTINA, from the
extension office for an
enlightening trip through this very
diverse country. It will play on a
computer that plays CDs or in a
DVD player attached to a TV.
Submitted by Bonnie Lawson,
HCEA International Director
Learn more about
culture and cuisine
December 10, 2009
at 9:30 a.m. in the
U of I Extension
Several recipes will be prepared
for sampling, so come and try
them out. We would appreciate it if
you would call 287-7246 and let us
know if your coming so enough
food can be prepared.
Food tidbits of Argentina
Beef is the basis of the Argentine
diet. The most popular dish is
perhaps asado - a beef roast or
barbeque. Another beef dish is
punchero, a hearty chicken stew
with vegetables. The Italians
introduced pasta dishes and tea
time was a custom introduced by
the British. As Argentine meal
might begin with empanadas (little
pastries that are filled with meat or
fish) which are also served as
snacks. The most common
desserts consist of fresh fruits and
cheese. Prepared desserts include
Overcoming the barriers of using a
new technology begins by looking
at practical examples of putting new
knowledge to work. If you are using
a digital camera and image
software, or jut need help
understanding basic digital imagery
altering functions, then plan on
This class will be held at the U of I
Extension Christian County office,
1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville.
Want to improve
the quality of
with your digital
provide a workshop for beginners
on Saturday, January 9, from
8:30—10:00 a.m. to help you
learn some of the basic
manipulation tools available in
Call 287-7246 to register or
register online at
Registration fee of $5. Class size
will be limited to the first 20
people. Registration must be
made and paid for in advance.
The last day to register will be
Monday, January 4. Program will
start promptly at 8:30 a.m.
Digital Image Software for Beginners—January 9
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UI Extension Christian County Website—www.extension.uiuc.edu/christian
Check out the "Today's Features," section on the U of I Extension Christian
County website at www.extension.uiuc.edu/christian and get the latest
information on news affecting Christian County residents.
Click the "Local Links" tab and scroll to the "Nutrition & Wellness" section to find
the newly updated Turkey for the Holidays website. This site is loaded with information about
cooking techniques, selection, nutrition, food safety issues, how to use leftovers and tasty side dishes to
The site also provides links to turkey farms and several sites about the history and lore of Thanksgiving.
Intermediate Sewing Classes to Start February 3
1120 N. Webster St., in
Taylorville. The cost of the class
is $35 per person, (make check
and payment is
due by Friday,
economics teacher, will be
teaching an intermediate sewing
class starting on Wednesday,
February 3 from 6:00—9:00 p.m.
and continuing for the next 5
Participants will learn how to
install a zipper, use interfacing and
sleeves, and much more.
Classes will be held at the
University of Illinois Extension
office in Taylorville, located at
training from University of Illinois
Extension educators and
specialists. A Master Gardener
Intern is expected to return 60
hours of volunteer service in the
year following their graduation.
Classes will be offered on
Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00
p.m., starting January 21 and
ending April 1, 2010 alternating
between the Springfield (IL State
Fairgrounds) and Decatur (Macon
County Extension Unit office at
Richland Community College)
locations. There is a fee of $200
to cover the cost of training
materials, speakers and facilities.
Class size is limited and is open
to any adult over the age of 18.
If you have a desire
to learn more about
gardening and then
others, then the
University of Illinois
Gardener volunteer program may
be for you.
Master Gardeners are adult
members of the community who
are interested in learning more
about lawns, trees, shrubs,
flowers, vegetables, the
environment and much more.
Master Gardener trainees receive
60 hours of in-depth unbiased,
Projects may include: a local
demonstration garden, Master
Gardener's speaker's bureau,
answering requests for gardening
information at the Christian
County Extension office or
working with children or the
If you are
considered as a
trainee, please call Gary at
287-7246. Candidates are
encouraged to apply immediately
due to class size limitations.
Master Gardener Classes Will Run From
January 21 to April 1, 2010
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Soil & Water Management Workshops—February 10
2010 Horticulture—Telenet Series
The 2010 winter sessions of "4 Seasons Gardening" will be offered starting in
February at the U of I Extension office at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville.
Programs will be geared to the interests of homeowners and gardeners.
Topics will be presented by Extension Staff via telenet starting promptly at 1:00
p.m. for all afternoon sessions and 7:00 p.m. for evening sessions.
∗ Ferns in the Landscape February 23 (1:00) / February 25 (7:00)
∗ The Elusive Morel—Tips For Safe & Successful Hunting March 9 (1:00) / March 11 (7:00)
∗ Plant Propagation—Gardeners Guide March 23 (1:00) / March 25 (7:00)
∗ Vegetable Gardening—Small Spaces April 13 (1:00) / April 15 (7:00)
∗ Don't Fear the Shade Garden April 27 (1:00) / April 29 (7:00)
∗ The Bountiful Flower Garden May 11 (1:00) / May 13 (7:00)
∗ Tree Fruit Diseases in the Home Garden June 29 (1:00) / July 1 (7:00)
∗ Urban Soils July 13 (1:00) / July 15 (7:00)
∗ Native Prairie Wildflowers July 27 (1:00) / July 29 (7:00)
∗ Fall dates TBA
Please call 287-7246 one week prior of the specific presentation you would like to attend.
A registration fee of $5 will be assessed for color copies of handout materials.
University of Illinois Extension will host a Soil and Water Management
Workshop for Certified Crop Advisors on February 10, 2010. The
workshop is planned to provide 4.5 hours of CEU's in Soil and Water
This workshop will be "live" and distance presentation, using Telenet and
Registration for Certified Crop Advisors and others interested in the workshop will be $45 per person.
Lunch will be provided to pre-registered participants. Pre-paid registration is required no later than
Monday, February 1. The workshop is scheduled to run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Presentations
♦ Gulf Hypoxia
♦ Biochar - What is it?
♦ Cover crops research and farm conservation programs update
♦ New Tillage tools
♦ Using the Web Soil Survey
♦ Cap and trade (Carbon Credits) Where do things stand?
2:15 p.m. Adjournment
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Public Access Computer Available at U of I Extension Office
The University of Illinois Extension office has a public use computer site on a high-speed internet line. It
is available during regular working hours—between 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.
Horticulture for the Homeowner—Christmas Tree Notes for 2009
Additives to the water you use
to keep a tree fresh? I think I
have tried them all… not sure
any of them really work. The
key is to keep a constant
supply of water and don't run
Do adhere to all safety tips as
far as keeping the tree away
from any open fire. Even a
green tree can "catch" a flame
and blaze before you can
Don't overload the lighting
circuits. Any strand of lights
you place on the tree should
come with instructions on how
many can be wired in series.
This article was
written by Gary
Letterly, U of I
the real tree
"thing" for the
past 31 years
is). I think
the end of the artificial tree came
in our wedding vows and each
Christmas season serves as a
renewal of those vows. Before
then, growing up with an artificial
tree was just fine for a household
of five rambunctious boys, a
working mother and a farming
father. Yes, some of the artificial
trees are nice to look at, but they
don't allow you the full noel
experience. You don't get the
bugs (at least one hatch of
something), the sap, the needles,
the bird nest, the fight with the
watering can or the stained
carpet with an artificial tree. But
you also don't get the good
smells, the occasional unique
"Charlie Brown" shape or other
family experiences of just going
after a tree at a local Christmas
tree farm. If you've converted to a
real tree, don't go back!
Some tree tips to consider:
Go for the green, the real
green… if the color looks
artificial; ask if they have been
tinted. In some years we have
weather conducive to some tip
browning and a little off-color is
expected. This year should not
be one of those years. Hold out
for a really true green selection.
Bend a few needles. If they fall
off with the slightest touch,
move on the next tree.
If the tree is "pre-cut", check for
some significant sap at the
base. Re-cut about two inches
off the bottom before setting the
tree in the tree stand.
If the tree needs to set outside
the house for a day or so, make
sure it is in water…not frozen
2009 Rockford Map Plat Book Make Great Christmas Gifts
The Christian County 4-H Foundation is now selling copies of the brand new 2009
Christian County Plat Book published by Rockford Map Co. Copies are available at the U
of I Extension Office and the Christian County Soil and Water Conservation District office
for a cost of $35.
If you wish to have a plat book mailed and billed directly to a residence of your choice,
please include an additional $5 for postage and handling, and send it to the U of I
Extension Christian County, 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville, IL 62568. You may also
access the order form on the homepage at www.extension.uiuc.edu/christian under the
"Program Registration" section.
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More than 150 of your old
favorites from 4-H foods project
books such as: You Learn to
Bake; ABC's of Food;
Adventures in Cooking; It's Fun
to Cook; Milk and Eggs; Meat
in Your Meals; Pastry in Your
Meals; and Yeast Breads in
Your Meals are included in this
8 ½" x 11" spiral bound
cookbook. Recipes are listed
by 4-H project book,
Remember making funny cake,
blond brownies or chocolate
crinkles? Do you remember
these goodies from your 4-H
experience? These and many
more recipes from 14
University of Illinois Extension
4-H foods project books can be
found in a new "favorites"
cookbook available from the
Illinois 4-H Foundation.
alphabetically, and by food
category for easy reference.
A limited supply of these
cookbooks are for sale at the
U of I Extension Christian
County office for $15 each.
Proceeds from cookbook sales
will support current 4-H foods
project resources and 4-H
Favorite 4-H Recipe Cookbooks Make Great Gifts
Recipes for Your Eating Enjoyment
I have finally accepted the fact that I will always have to watch what I
eat and make a conscious effort to pick healthy foods. In my opinion,
life is short, so eat dessert first. My favorite dessert starts off using the
many parfait glasses my mother -in-law, Helen Louise, left to me.
Parfaits are popular at our house, and my family has learned to get excited when they
see a long-handled parfait spoon placed horizontally