Now is your chance to attend the November 28 Tasty Diabetic Cooking Class designed to let you taste-test food prepared with diabetics in mind.
This class will be held on Wednesday, November 28, 2007, from 6:00–8:30 p.m. at the University of Illinois Extension Christian County office, located at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville.
Several soup recipes will be featured and prepared by Russell Beard, a chef from the Virden area who has been cooking for his wife, Vickie, a diabetic herself.
So, if you are a diabetic, or are cooking for a diabetic, this class will offer you the opportunity to refresh your cooking techniques, gain some great tasting recipes for your files and taste-test recipes that have been evaluation by registered dieticians–Janelle Cornell from Taylorville Memorial Hospital and Jananne Finck, U of I Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator.
To register or for more information, please call 287-7246. The cost to attend the class will be $2. There is a limit of 20 participants, so register today to reserve yourself a spot.
This program is co-sponsored by Taylorville Memorial Hospital and University of Illinois Extension Christian County.
The Local Government program entitled Alternative Energy will be held on Thursday, November 15, from 3:00–5:00 p.m. at the U of I Extension Christian County office at 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville, IL.
This tele-institute will explore the impact and implications of emerging alternative energy sources for Illinois communities.
The program qualifies for 2 hours of Certified County Officials (CCO) credit.
The public is invited to attend and there is no charge. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 287-7246.
We've all had the feeling–there is much to do, but you just can't get motivated to do the tasks. Does your enthusiasm need a boost?
Putting things off due to a lack of time or skills, wanting to do them perfectly or generally talking yourself out of doing them can give you an excuse to delay getting started. Yet, the rewards of completing a "round-to-it" list produce much satisfaction.
Explore the "3-Ps" Procrastination, Perfectionism and Pessimism and ways to regenerate motivation at the workshop to be held on Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 9:30 a.m. at the University of Illinois Extension office in Taylorville, Illinois.
Patti Faughn, Family Life Educator, from University of Illinois Extension Springfield Center will present the program.
Register for this opportunity by Tuesday, December 11 by calling 287-7246 or online at https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/default.cfm?RegistrationID=1150&preview=yes
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 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.
The University of Illinois Extension Christian County website located at www.extension.uiuc.edu/christian is a quick pathway to research-based facts and other information available from the University of Illinois. Click on the "Local Links" tab on the "home page" for new information.
University of Illinois Market Maker--This is a new interactive website, complete with a mapping system that locates businesses and markets of agricultural products in Illinois, provides an important link between producers and consumers. The food chain winds its way from field to fork across America, but connecting the product with the customer can be difficult, particularly for smaller operations that may not have the resources to do extensive marketing. The website is located at http://www.marketmaker.uiuc.edu From there, visitors can search for restaurants, grocery stores, farms and other production facilities across several states.
Plan Well, Retire Well–Designed for 20--30 year olds, this website is designed to help you feel more confident in your financial future! Explore how your savings can grow between now and retirement. Learn the basics of investing and how to get the most out of your tax-deferred retirement plans. Calculate where you are now, and how much you will need to save for the retirement you want. This website is located at www.RetireWell.uiuc.edu.
Another winter, another energy price hike. It seems like an unstoppable pattern, made worse this year by the devastation wrought in the energy-producing Gulf states hit by Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. According to Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), natural gas prices have shot up over 23% during the last year, and that's after adjusting for an 31% downturn last month.
Luckily, there are things you can do to cut back on your energy bills. For example, did you know that new lighting technologies can reduce your lighting energy expense by 50-75%?
Try some of the simple, inexpensive changes listed below. They can put you on the path toward lower energy bills, as well as helping the environment.
Light Bulbs: Use compact fluorescent bulbs in place of incandescent bulbs whenever possible. They consume 2/3 less energy than incandescent lights, last 10 times longer, and generate 70 percent less heat. And most fit in standard-size sockets, making replacement a breeze.
Dimmers: Install dimmer switches and you'll save money and create atmosphere at the same time. For example, dim a room by 50% and you'll use 40% less electricity, plus extend the life of the bulb around 20 times. Try setting different light levels in the same room to create your own custom lighting scene. Get "in the mood" to listen to music, watch a movie in your home theater, or sit down to a festive meal in your dining room, with custom-tailored lighting to perfectly fit each occasion.
Occupancy Sensors: Replace old light switches with occupancy sensors whenever possible. These turn the lights on when someone enters the area, and then off again after a set time when they leave. Install them in hallways, laundry rooms, basements, garages, or any place where a light may be left on accidentally while the room is unoccupied or when hands-free operation is a factor. They are especially useful in homes with seniors or disabled people who might get disoriented or have trouble seeing at night.
Motion Detectors: Install motion detectors on walkways and near buildings outdoors. They sense when someone walks near them and automatically turn on floodlights to light the way safely at night. They also help protect against burglars, who usually prefer working without a spotlight.
Timers: Install wall-mounted digital timers in place of regular switches in rooms with heat lamps, exhaust fans, and other items that may get left on accidentally. They can also be set to automatically turn on lights or a pool filter.
Nightlights: With the price of electricity as high as it is, you don't want to keep your lights on any longer than you have to. Night lights are a great way to add convenience lighting to your home for just pennies a day. Available in a multitude of different styles, they're inexpensive to purchase and operate and can be used anywhere in your home. They radiate a comforting glow in bedrooms, bathrooms, and hallways or any other area of your home where convenience lighting is needed after dark.
Turn Lights Off: Last but not least, switch off lights when you're leaving a room. A very effective technique, this requires no installation other than a string around your finger to remember!
Source: Spring Safety Issues, Helpful Hints on Home Electricity from the Leviton Institute, Vol. 13
The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home. Most telemarketers should not call your number once it has been on the registry for 31 days. If they do, you can file a complaint at www.donotcall.gov. You can register your home or mobile phone for free. Your registration will be effective for five years from the date you register (unless you choose to take it off the registry or your phone number is disconnected). If you register online, you may want to print the Web page for your records when your registration is accepted.
Your registration will expire five years from your registration date, and you can click on the "Verify a Registration" button any time to check your expiration date.
What About Cell Phones?
Federal law prohibits telemarketers from using automated dialers to call cell phones. You may place your personal cell phone number on the National Do Not Call Registry, but there is generally no reason to do so.
If you still receive calls from solicitors even though you have signed up for the National Do Not Call Registry, here are a few easy steps to avoid unwanted solicitation.