U of I Extension in Christian County will host a Dudley Smith Day on Friday, November 10. This will be an opportunity for researchers to share reports and progress on various Dudley Smith research and outreach initiatives. Projects, including grazing management and modeling, bio-fuels and alternative energy crops, water quality, community development and educational grant reporting will be shared.
To make a reservation, or for more information, contact the U of I Extension office at 217/287-7246.
Registration is free, and can be completed the morning of the event.
However, advance registration before Tuesday, November 7 is required to reserve a lunch.
Now is your chance to attend a new series of workshops designed to let you taste test food cooked with diabetics in mind.
Four classes have been scheduled again for this year:
¨Thursday, November 16, 2006
¨Thursday, February 22, 2007
¨Wednesday, May 30, 2007
¨Wednesday, August 22, 2007
These classes will run from 6:00–8:30 p.m. each evening and are not a repetition of last year's programs.
All classes will be held at the University of Illinois Extension Christian County office, located at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville.
Each evening will feature a variety of recipes, and class size is limited to the first 40 people who register. Sign up today by calling Linda Smith at 287-7246. The cost to attend each workshop this year will be $2, and if you came last year, you are not automatically registered to attend these next four classes.
This program is co-sponsored by St. Vincent Memorial Hospital and University of Illinois Extension Christian County.
An array of holiday tabletop ideas will welcome guests at "Puttin' on the Ritz," the 10th annual British-style high tea to be presented Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2.
The $20 admission includes the menu, style show, commemorative cookbook of event recipes and fabulous door prizes. Tickets are available at Cottage Rose Gifts & Crafts, east side of the Taylorville Square. For tickets and information, call 824-9447.
This weekend will also feature the 17th annual Holiday Home Tour. Festooned for the holidays, homes will open for the event for touring from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are available at Cottage Rose Gifts & Crafts, east side of the square, and other locations for $8 in advance and $9 starting November 27 and on tour days. As always, children 12 and under are free.
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, December 6 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 we'll work through the noon hour.
Every family wants to have the perfect vacation, but to be successful it takes planning. Think about the trips you've been on. Have you ever forgotten an important travel item? Do you know all you need to about insurance when traveling?
"Planning the Perfect Getaway", will beoffered on Friday, December 8 at 9:30 a.m. in the U of I Extension Christian County office. Jennifer Hunt, Consumer and Family Economics Educator from University of Illinois Extension East Peoria Center, will present the program.
She will share information on how to help individuals plan their perfect getaway. This program will highlight ten fact sheets to make the process easier, help you become aware of security and safety issues as well as concerns to be aware of when traveling by air inside and outside the United States, and what has changed since 9/11/01.
This lesson will also recommend what to pack to assure you have planned the perfect getaway.
A new newsletter is available for our home gardening clientele–Gardener's Corner. This quarterly newsletter is written by U of I Extension Horticulture Educators Jim Schuster, Maurice Ogutu, Greg Stack, Susan Grupp, Ron Wolford, Sharon Yiesla, and Barbara Bates.
You can see the latest issue as well as back issues at: http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/gardenerscorner, or you can subscribe to have a copy mailed to you your home by calling the U of I Extension office at 287-7246.
The reason we keep food in the refrigerator or freezer is to preserve its freshness, inhibit the growth of most bacteria, and keep it safe for use at a later time.
For safety reasons, it is important to verify the temperature of refrigerators and freezers. Keeping a refrigerator thermometer inside your units will help assure that they are maintaining a refrigerator temperature no higher than 40°F. Frozen food will hold its top quality for the longest possible time when the freezer maintains 0 °F.
An appliance thermometer, kept in the refrigerator and freezer to monitor the temperature, can be critical in the event of a power outage. When the power goes back on, if the refrigerator is 40 °F or colder, and the freezer is still colder than 40 °F, the food is safe. (Source: FSIS/USDA)
To help assure safe food in your refrigerator or freezer, the University of Illinois Extension Christian County office has a supply of refrigerator/freezer thermometers available for $2.00 each. These thermometers may be picked up any time during regular office hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville.
Keep in mind, too, that the controls may need to be adjusted seasonally. For example, a refrigerator set for 40°F in the summer may be too cold for the winter, resulting in frozen lettuce or milk. Also, don't overload the refrigerator. Air must circulate freely to cool all foods evenly.
In addition, freezing to 0 degrees Fahrenheit inactivates, but does not destroy microbes -- bacteria, yeasts and molds -- present in food. Once thawed, these microbes can become active, multiplying under the right conditions to levels that can lead to foodborne illness. Never defrost foods outdoors, in a cold room in the house such as the basement, or on the kitchen counter. These methods encourage growth of harmful bacteria that may be present.
There are three safe ways to defrost food: in the refrigerator, in cold running water and in the microwave. Food thawed in the refrigerator may be refrozen if the food is still good, but there may be a loss of quality. It is important to plan ahead because food takes longer to thaw in the refrigerator.
A new "Local Links" to the University of Illinois Extension Christian County website this month is a site entitled, "Dudley Smith Farm". This website highlights all research activities currently being funded on the Dudley Smith Farm near Pana, IL. Go to "Events" for a complete schedule of upcoming activities.
An additional link added this month is a new Illinois Forestry website which contains information on tree planting, forest management, Illinois forest facts, and much more. An interesting section on this site is the Illinois Big Tree register.
For those who cannot afford computers, Retro-Tech Electronics can help!
There is no reason a child needs to struggle through school without a computer! Seniors can communicate with family members!
People with disabilities, low income households, students and seniors are eligible to receive a monitor, keyboard, mouse and CPU. (Adaptive equipment is also available.)
There is a $35 application fee and a $25 fee for a printer, which is an appropriate use of gap filling funds.
Although Retro-tech is based in Peoria, they will accept applications from anywhere in Illinois and ship computers to the home.
For more information visit their web site at www.retro-tech.org or call 309-682-0675.
Submitted by IL Dept. on Aging
Nutrition Fast Fact
If you are feeling sluggish, it just might be a sign that you are dehydrated. Don't grab a soda–your body needs water! Drinking water helps transport nutrients to your cells that need them the most. Soda and other sugar-laden drinks can provide a big sugar-shock that can leave you feeling even more sluggish.
If you are slumping in energy at 3:00 p.m., most likely it's because you ate a high-carbohydrate lunch. Refined grains such as white rice, white bread and potatoes are metabolized quickly, leaving you without energy mid-afternoon. Instead, chow down on whole grains, lean meats and fish for a steady and prolonged blood glucose response.
Fitness Fast Fact
Your Mom is right. Sitting up straight is good for you! Bad posture not only causes a lot of muscle aches and pains but also makes you feel more tired. When you sit up straight, you'll feel taller and more energized and alert.
What is carbon monoxide? Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that claims unsuspecting lives each year. Carbon monoxide poisonings are on the rise, and consumers should take steps to protect their families from falling victim to this silent killer. Carbon monoxide kills quickly and silently. Over 500 residential deaths in the United States are attributed to CO per year.
Where is carbon monoxide found? CO doesn't discriminate. Anyone with fuel burning appliances such as gas furnaces, ovens, ranges, and portable heaters is a potential victim. Fumes from auto exhausts and improperly vented fireplaces, the use of cooking appliances for heat, and the use of charcoal inside the home are other sources of this poison. CO poisoning can also occur after the use of varnish remover in a poorly ventilated setting.
How does carbon monoxide affect the human body? Basically, CO suffocates its victims by reducing the amount of oxygen in the blood stream. If a person continues to inhale CO, he/she faces the risk of breathing difficulty, cardiac trauma, brain damage, coma, and even death.
What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning? CO poisoning victims experience flu-like symptoms including nausea, fatigue, headaches, dizziness, confusion, and breathing difficulty. Due to increased blood pressure, a victim's skin may take on a pink or red cast.
The elderly, the fetus, and persons with cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases are particularly sensitive to elevated CO levels.
How do you know if there is a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in your home? Danger signs to look for include:
¨streaks of carbon or soot around the service door of gas-burning appliances
¨no draft in your chimney
¨excessive rusting on flue pipes or appliance jackets
¨moisture collecting on the windows and walls of furnace rooms
¨fallen soot from the fireplace~ small amounts of water leaking from the base of the chimney, vent, or flue pipe
¨damaged and discolored bricks at the top of the chimney
¨yellow or discolored pilot flames in fuel-burning appliances (normal appearance is blue)
Another source of CO is car exhaust. It is important that the door between the house and garage be closed when car engines are running. The same goes for small engines, such as mowers and tillers. Keep the garage door open to the outside air when the car or any gas-powered equipment is running. The safest precaution would be to let autos and gas-powered equipment idle outside of the garage so that carbon monoxide fumes cannot seep into homes with attached garages.
Why does there seem to be an increase in CO poisonings? Today's energy-efficient homes provide an excellent container for CO buildup. CO poisoning is more likely to occur when there is no place for the toxic gas to vent and dissipate.
What features should a CO detector have? Since CO is a silent killer, having a CO detector is important. Most people who are killed by carbon monoxide poisoning die in their sleep.
When buying a detector, look for the UL mark with the adjacent phrase, "Residential Carbon Monoxide Detector."
Do CO detectors need to be tested and cleaned? If the unit is a plug-in type, test it monthly, if there is a test button is on the detector. A battery-operated detector should have the batteries changed at least once a year.
All units should be cleaned regularly as recommended by the manufacturer.
SUMMARY: The best precaution against CO poisoning is to have a qualified service technician inspect your fuel-burning appliances once a year. The next step is to install UL listed CO detectors any place outside sleeping areas and near all fuel-burning appliances. Check the manufacturer's booklet for instructions for installation, use, and care.
Why not "Rededicate Yourself to Recycling?" Did you know that recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a computer for three hours? Or that if American citizens recycled 42 million tons of solid waste (about 30 percent of all solid waste generated) in a year, it would save our country 10 billion gallons of gasoline? That is enough gasoline to power nearly 15 million cars for one year (assuming 18 miles per gallon and 12,000 miles per year).
Recycling is also a very integral part of agriculture. Many of the inputs involved with farming have tremendous value in terms of recycling. Used tires, dirty motor oil, antifreeze, batteries, empty pesticide containers, cardboard and paper are just a few of the items which a farmer can and should recycle. Every little bit of recycling DOES make a difference.
Plan to celebrate America Recycles Day 2006, November 15th, in your school, home, and community. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has a selection of free, educational bookmarks about recycling and an excellent hands-on recycling activity kit for youth audiences, called Investigating the 4 R s, which is available at no charge, on a loan basis. To order, contact Rebecca Enrietto at Rebecca.Enrieto@illinois.gov. Check out their website for more information www.istep.org Mike Mitchell, Director of the Illinois Recycling Association, can also provide free posters and other materials to help promote America Recycles Day 2006 for your school or organization. He can be reached at ph. (708-358-0050) or this website www.illinoisrecycles.org Recycling of our natural resources is important for everyone: adults, youth, homeowners, and farmers.
The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has revised the nationally-known, popular book, So Easy to Preserve. This book contains over 185 tested recipes along with step by step instructions and in-dept information for both the new and experienced food preserver. New recipes have been added along with a section on recommended procedures for home-canned salsas. Chapters include Preserving Food, Canning, Pickled Products, Jellied Fruit Products, Freezing and Drying.
The cost of the book is $18 and can be ordered by calling the U of I Extension office at 287-7246.