Edgar County HCE news
In This Issue
- SPECIAL NOTE
- Newsletter Articles
- Payment of membership dues
- WORDS FROM PRESIDENT MARGE HOUGHLAND........
- *REMINDER FROM REBECCA SCHIVER, EDGAR COUNTY EXTENSION:
- A SPECIAL THANK YOU
- Minor Lesson, March 2017
- ELECTION! ELECTION! ELECTION! ELECTION! ELECTION!
- American Chocolate Week--MARCH 19-25
- More Information from Rebecca Schiver
- PARIS CENTER OF FINE ARTS 2017 SCHEDULE
- HONEY LIME RAINBOW FRUIT SALAD
- ANNUAL MEETING
- Bee Well Community Garden Information Meeting
- Moth Orchids - Start an Orchid Odyssey Program
- Words from State IAHCE….
March 2 1:00 pm Redmon Nite Joan Mattingly
March 13 7:00 pm Happy Homemakers ?
March 13 2:00 pm Bell Ridge Polly Lucas
March 23 ? Chrisman Nite ??
March 28 1:30 pm Stratton Pat Brazelton
*April 11 5:30 pm Annual Meeting 4-H building*
July 17-20 6:30 pm NVON Conference Raleigh, NC
Please send list of members, officers and hostesses to Marilyn Daughhetee, 1205 Claytonia Terrace, St. Louis, MO 63117 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
***Edgar County H.C.E. Board Members***
President – Marge Houghland, 463-7610..................……….email@example.com
First Vice – Paula Coombes, 465-4057……………..……...
Second Vice – Please Volunteer……………………………………….
Secretary – Beth Sablotny 822-3883……………………… firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer – Dana Stites, 251-9297…………………………. email@example.com
Int'l/Family Issues-Martha Fox, 217-822-0115…………….
Public Information –Please Volunteer………………………………….
Cultural Enrichment/Community Outreach -- Peggy Cline.... 463-4685
Ways & Means – Please Volunteer…………………………………….
If you see an article you would like to share with the membership at large, please send to Marilyn Daughhetee, 1205 Claytonia Terrace St., St. Louis, MO 63117. Or firstname.lastname@example.org (P.S. Unit news should be sent to the same address.) Due date is still the 12th of each month. Thanks for your cooperation in making HCE the best it can be!
Payment of membership dues
All memberships of $12 should be sent to Dana Stites, 2038 E 900th Rd, Kansas IL 61933. Thank you for your help in keeping the membership and officers list correct. (For memberships running from January until May 1st, only $6 should be collected.
WORDS FROM PRESIDENT MARGE HOUGHLAND........
As I write this we are experiencing Spring- like weather which is wonderful; however previous predictions have said that we will have a very cold spell somewhere in the middle of February. I hope they are wrong
We will have 2 more board meetings before the annual meeting. So far no units have attended a board meeting. Last year it was announced that each unit must have at least one person attend a board meeting to receive the Blue Ribbon Club award. The meetings will be March 6 and April 3 at 6:00 pm at Pat Brazelton's house.
Next month we will make the assignments for the duties at the annual meeting. The nominating committee will also be looking for new officers for the board, If you have any suggestions, let any of the board member(except me) know. We would like to have a representative from each unit.
Marge Houghland, County President
"You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late." Ralph Waldo Emerson
*REMINDER FROM REBECCA SCHIVER, EDGAR COUNTY EXTENSION:
Dear HCE members,
Would you please provide me with an email address in order to keep you updated on the latest happenings in Edgar County HCE and University of Illinois Extension? I promise not to fill your inboxes but at times an email is all I need to let you know of changes with lessons, meetings dates or even upcoming events that might be of interest to you. Please send your address to: email@example.com As always, if there is anything I can do to help you or your HCE unit, please don't hesitate to contact me. Have a safe & healthy winter. Thank you.
Office Support Associate
University of Illinois Extension, Edgar County
A SPECIAL THANK YOU
Thanks to all HCE members plus extension staff for donating school supplies that were presented to the schools of Edgar County. The supplies were greatly appreciated by the superintendents.
Minor Lesson, March 2017
In honor of St. Patrick's Day, it seems appropriate to discuss what many associate with him, the shamrock. Many also wrongly assume that the shamrock is the official symbol of Ireland as well. In fact, the Celtic harp is the official symbol. But the shamrock does hold special meaning for Ireland, dating back to the days of the ancient Druids.
The Druids believed that the shamrock held special powers to combat evil spirits. They considered the shamrock sacred because of its three heart shaped leaves, representing the Triple Goddess of Celtic mythology, who in turn represented the Three Mothers, the origins of the three ancient Celtic tribes. Other cultures attach significance to the shamrock as well–ancient Iranians also revered the number three and considered the shamrock, or "shamrakh" a symbol for the "Sacred Threes".
According to popular legend, St. Patrick used the shamrock to describe the concept of the Holy Trinity to Druid high priests. Seeing as the shamrock was already a sacred plant to the Druids, it was probably no accident that St. Patrick chose this plant to illustrate the abstract Christian doctrine of the Holy Trinity.
The legend also says St. Patrick drove the snakes from Ireland and shamrocks grew over the land to prevent snakes from returning. Some argue that actual snakes never inhabited Ireland, but the presence of snakes in the legend actually represents pagan beliefs of the Druids, which St. Patrick did drive out of Ireland in favor of Christianity.
The shamrock gained strength as a symbol of the Irish people, particularly during the reign of Queen Victoria, and the Irish rebellion to her oppressive rule. She outlawed wearing the shamrock on military uniforms, punishable by death. The phrase "wearing o' the green" developed in reference to those brave enough to wear the shamrock despite the Queen's declaration. The shamrock grew as a symbol of national pride, identity and strength despite adversity.
Many plants have been referred to as "shamrocks", illustrating why common names can be a problem where identifying plants are concerned. What species is the "true" shamrock? The name shamrock comes from the Irish word "seamrog" meaning "little clover". This leaves a multitude of possibilities for the true identity of the shamrock. The fact is there is no one true shamrock. Traditional shamrocks may be one of at least four species, all in the pea family: lesser trefoil, or hop clover (Trifolium dubium), white clover (Trifolium repens), black medick (Medicago lupulina), or red clover (Trifolium pratense). Florists and other retailers will often sell members of the wood sorrel family (Oxalis) as "Irish Shamrocks", though they are no relation to the four species mentioned above.
The belief in a four-leaf clover bringing good luck appears to have originated with the Druids. For them, the four-leaf clover had particularly potent energy to combat evil spirits. This evolved over time into the modern belief of the four-leaf clover bestowing good luck on the person that finds one. Some say the four leaves stand for faith, hope, love and luck.
There is some debate on the biological origin of the four-leaf clover. Reasonable hypotheses have been proposed for both a recessive gene occurring at a low frequency in clover populations, and for environmental factors mutating leaf cells to produce the extra leaf. There have been more than four leaves reported on a single clover. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the record number is eighteen leaves on a single clover stem.
The frequency of four-leaf clovers has been estimated at one in ten thousand clovers. Most people are happy to have found one four-leaf clover given these odds. George Kaminski holds the Guinness world record for finding the most four-leaf clovers–as of St. Patrick's Day 2005, he had collected 72,927 four-leaf clovers since 1995 as an inmate in various Pennsylvania prisons. I guess when you have the time, even impossible odds become possible!
University of Illinois Extension Educator, Horticulture
ELECTION! ELECTION! ELECTION! ELECTION! ELECTION!
It is that time in the HCE year for election of officers for the Edgar County HCE Board. The following positions are available:
President--It is the duty of the president to preside at county meetings and HCE board meetings; to encourage the board to work together as a team to have activities, lessons and some fun to present to the members. It is a 2 year term.
Treasurer--It is the duty of the treasurer to keep accurate records of the monies of the County HCE and to pay any bills in a timely manner. The treasurer is to provide a monthly financial statement at County Board meetings and a financial statement and a proposed budget for the Annual Meeting. It is a 2 year term.
2nd Vice-President--It is the duty of the 2nd Vice-President to keep accurate records of the membership of the county. Also, to plan with approval of board any activities to encourage new membership and to keep current membership strong. It is a 1 year term.
Public Relations--It is the duty of the Public Relations Director to promote the programs and activities of the county by utilizing all forms of media. Also, to submit 3 news article for the State Newsletter. It is a 2 year term.
Ways & Means--It is the duty of the Ways & Means Director to promote county wide activities such as trips to visit interesting places, attending performances at the Paris Art Center, going out to lunch and shopping in the local Amish in Arthur, etc., with the board approval. It is a 2 yr term.
Please volunteer by contacting any current board member or say yes when called to accept a position. It is a great experience to work as a member of the Edgar County HCE Board.
American Chocolate Week--MARCH 19-25
Everyone has a sweet tooth of some sort. It really gets down to business in the fall, with the onset of Halloween goodies, followed by a couple of months full of holiday treats. Not long after that comes our Valentine's Day love affair with all things chocolate, which, of course the Chocolate Easter Bunny returns in April.
But what about March? Green beer on St. Patty's Day just won't soothe the sweet cravings.
Don't worry, there doesn't have to be a chocolate drought. That's right - the third week of March is "American Chocolate Week." All over the States, chocolate stores are having sales and giveaways; many factories that are usually closed to the public will open their doors during this week to give free tours and samples.
But don't get on that treadmill until you hear this: Eating chocolate every day can be ... healthy?!
We've long since known that chocolate contains those healthy things called antioxidants, but now, researchers have discovered a long list of other potential health benefits.
A recent study in the Netherlands showed that eating the equivalent of one-third of a chocolate bar every day could lower blood pressure and also reduce the risk of death by up to 50%.
Chocolate also contains three chemicals that are good for your brain, and can make you feel better.
- Anandamine: can extend your feelings of happiness and make you laugh more often.
- Phenylethylamine: raises blood pressure and blood sugar levels just enough to make you more alert, and gives you that "love" feeling.
- Theobromine: similar to caffeine. It causes relaxation, but also acts as a stimulant by increasing your brain activity.
All that in a piece of a chocolate bar? Yup - and eating dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate will give you an even stronger effect. Some companies, such as Mars Inc., are starting to take note of these new studies and market healthier products.
But don't let the hype completely fool you. Chocolate can be healthy - if kept in moderation. Eating too much of the good stuff (as with all good stuff) can lead to obesity, which causes more health problems than all the chocolate in the world could combat.
So when the Easter Bunny comes to town, maybe ask him to leave a carrot or two in amongst the chocolate? After all, there's still another six months until the Halloween sugar-rush starts again .
More Information from Rebecca Schiver
Be sure to register for the Fair Oaks Dairy Bus Trip on Saturday, March 11. Cost is $5 per 4-H'er and family members. Limited seating is available. Please call the Extension Office to register.
We have learned of a scholarship opportunity available to high school seniors planning to attend Eastern Illinois University. The Luke Bryan Scholarship is a one-time $2000 scholarship. Learn more and apply at www.eiu.edu/lukebryanscholarship/
For more information on any of these events, please contact University of Illinois Extension, Edgar County 217-465-8585 or see our website: web.extension.illinois.edu/cce
Rebecca D. Schiver
University of Illinois Extension, Edgar County
210 W. Washington St., Paris, IL 61944
PARIS CENTER OF FINE ARTS 2017 SCHEDULE
3rd & 4th Crestwood Jr. High Musical
11th Sound of Music Sing-A-Long --1:00
31st PHS Drama Spring Musical - Sound of Music--7:00
1st PHS Drama Spring Musical - Sound of Music--1:00 & 7:00
2nd PHS Drama Spring Musical - Sound of Music--4:00
21st PHS Jazz Band Concert
25th Mayo Band Concert 6:30
29th PCFA Cabaret*
4th Wenz Children's Choir Concert
9th PHS Band Spring Concert
HONEY LIME RAINBOW FRUIT SALAD
1 lb. fresh strawberries Diced (I sliced them)
1 lb. fresh pineapple—I used the pineapple tidbits(Easier) can 15 oz. drained
12 oz fresh blueberries
12 0z red grapes cut in half
4 kiwis peeled & sliced or diced
1 15 oz can mandarin oranges in juice, drained well & sliced into halves
2 ripe bananas, sliced
HONEY LIME DRESSING
1/4 CUP HONEY
2 TSP LIME ZEST(DID NOT USE)
1 TBSP FRESH LIME JUICE
ADD THE FRUIT IN A LARGE MIXING BOWL. WHISK TOGETHER THE DRESSING. POUR OVER FRUIT JUST BEFORE SERVING AND TOSS TO COAT EVENLY.
Date: Tuesday, April 11
Place: 4-H Building
TIME: 5:30 pm registration MEAL SERVED: 6:00 PM
Number of years in HCE: _________ Choice of entree: ___Beef __Chicken
NAME: ______________________________________ UNIT: ____________
Send registration and check payable to ECHCE by April 1, 2017 to: Marge Houghland, 221 Clark, Paris, IL 61944
Choice of Beef Tips and Mushrooms or stuffed chicken breast
Baby baker potatoes
Spinach salad w/strawberries
Program: Martha Fox presents "Behind the scene of the Rose Parade"
Bee Well Community Garden Information MeetingGardeners Wanted! No experience necessary!
Monday, February 27
University of Illinois Extension, Edgar County
210 W. Washington St., Paris
Any interested gardeners should plan to attend this informational meeting. Learn about the Bee Well Community Garden's mission and information about the ins and outs of the garden. Participation in the community garden is free. The only cost is the labor required to prepare and mange your plot and some volunteer time to help maintain the garden site.
Save money, eat better and improve our community!
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moth Orchids - Start an Orchid Odyssey ProgramAs the most highly evolved flowers on earth, orchids are an amazingly diverse plant family growing in deserts, mountains, marshes, northern woods, Illinois forests and even our homes. If you are looking for an easy-to-grow but elegant houseplant, moth orchids are a great option. In this webinar, state Master Gardener Coordinator, Sandy Mason, will help you learn how to grow, repot and even rebloom moth orchids.
Paris Public Library
Bring a friend to this free event.
Call the Edgar County Extension Office for more information - 217-465-8585.
Words from State IAHCE….
The State IAHCE newsletter can be read for free online at IAHCE.org. However, if you would like a copy mailed to you, please send a $9.00 check, payable to IAHCE. Newsletters are mailed in May – August – December. Mail to: Pat Hildebrand, 302 N. Hutton Drive, Newton, IL 62448
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