Do you want to learn more about Christian County and/or your community?
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 16, 2008 and conclude with graduation ceremonies on May 7, 2008. Highlights of the course include a one-day retreat to Allerton House, near Monticello, Illinois and a government study tour in Springfield, Illinois. Additionally, the class will meet each Wednesday afternoon from 1:00–5:00 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 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 http://www.extension.uiuc.edu/christian/. The deadline for submitting applications is January 8, 2008.
Tuition for the program is $199 and includes the one-day retreat to Allerton Park near Monticello, IL, class materials and supplies, weekly refreshments, and the opportunity to hear some nationally known guest speakers. Checks should be made payable to the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce.
Civic groups or organizations interested in hearing a presentation on the LEAD program are invited to call Linda Smith at 217-287-7246, or another member of the steering committee planning the program: Rob Amling, Nancy Briggs, Jim Brubaker, Sue Davis, Gregg Fuerstenau, Lori Funderburk, Alta Himstedt, Gary Letterly, Julie Lilly, Paul Mizeur, Fred Ronnow, Melissa Rybolt, Linda Smith, and Gary Spurling.
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 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 4, and will conclude near noon, prior to the examination. Allow approximately one hour for the exam. Advance registration is required (no later than Nov. 30) along with a $30 fee for training. Seating is limited.
For more information call 287-7246.
The date for the PSEP "Test Only" session is Monday, March 3, 2008, at 10:00 a.m., at the UI Extension Christian County office. Advance registration is required no later than February 29, 2008. You may register online at https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=1147. There is no fee to attend the "Test Only" session.
The stress we experience in our everyday lives has an impact on our emotional, physical, and mental well-being.
In this workshop, you will learn how our lifestyle habits impact our stress levels. Participants will learn how to spot stress inducers in their own lives, as well as how to better cope with stressful situations that are unavoidable. Also, included will be tips for improving overall health through better stress management. This workshop will be hands-on and highly interactive.
Becky Hohenstein Hale, Director of Adult/Teen GED Programs for Macon/Piatt Regional Office of Education, will present the lesson on Thursday, January 17 at 9:30 a.m. at the University of Illinois Extension Christian County office.
Register for this workshop by Tuesday, January 15 by calling 287-7246.
The 2008 winter/spring sessions of "4 Seasons Gardening" will be held at the U of I Extension office at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville. Programs will be geared to the interests of homeowner's and seasonal gardening. Topics will be presented promptly at the designated start time by Extension Staff via the University teleconferencing system.
*Soils and Plant Nutrition January 29, 1:00 p.m. & January 31, 7:00 p.m.
*Carnivorous Plants February 12, 1:00 p.m.
*Ornamental Vines Feb. 26, 1:00 p.m. & Feb. 28, 7:00 p.m.
*Orchids 101 April 8, 1:00 p.m.
*Containers April 22, 1:00 p.m. & April 24, 7:00 p.m.
*TBA May 6, 1:00 p.m.
Please call 287-7246 a few days in advance of the specific presentation you would like to attend .
A registration fee of $1 will be assessed for printed handout materials.
If you are interested in expanding your knowledge of gardening while helping others learn more about home horticulture, then becoming a Master Gardener may be the program for you!
The Christian County Unit office is now accepting written applications from prospective candidates. Forms may be picked up at the Taylorville office.
Classes rotate between Springfield and Decatur from January through May. Cost for face-to-face training and materials for 2008 will be $130. On-line training has been an option in the past for $250.
For more information, please call Gary Letterly at 287-7246.
Want to improve the quality of images captured with your digital camera? Extension will provide a workshop for beginners on Saturday, February 23rd from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. to help you learn some of the basic manipulation tools available in imaging software.
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 just need help understanding basic digital imagery altering functions, then plan on attending. This class will be held at U of I Extension Christian County Building, 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville. Call 287-7246 to register or go online at web.extension.uiuc.edu/christian.
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 Thursday, February 21. Program will start promptly at 9:00 a.m.
Plan on attending the March 1st program on "Lawn and garden soil testing and what should the results mean to me?".
University of Illinois Extension Natural Resource Educator, Gary Letterly, recommends that homeowners soil test their lawn and gardens prior to the application of soil amendments. Due to the cost of lawn care products, concerns about the environment, and the chance that soil test results may be a bit confusing, Christian County Extension will offer a short-course for the homeowner on soil testing and what the results really mean.
The program will be held at our office, located at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville on Saturday, March 1, 2008 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Advance registration is requested. To register or for more information call 287-7246 .
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The University of Illinois Extension Christian County websiteis 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.
If you're starting to plan the family Christmas meal, a good place to begin is the UI Extension "Turkey for the Holidays" http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/turkey/website.
This website includes information on everything from selecting a turkey to cooking techniques to leftovers. One especially important feature deals with safety, covering proper thawing, cooking, and stuffing guidelines, as well as use of a meat thermometer and storage of leftovers.
Another portion of the site deals with side dishes to complement the main course bird. The site also has a listing of turkey farms.
For the youngster (and adults who want some fun facts) there are sections dealing with the history of Thanksgiving and facts about turkeys. The "turkey fun" section includes links to live turkey gobbles and information on turkey crafts and even turkey games.
During the past three years, the Dudley Smith Initiative has offered grants of up to $1,500 to middle school and high school teachers in the Christian County area to fund innovative projects that create knowledge about agriculture and its impact on the community.
Teachers are encouraged to creatively link what they teach to the agriculture and community system. Teachers are enabled to take advantage of the physical resources of the Dudley Smith Farm and the knowledge resources from the ongoing research under the Dudley Smith Initiative to provide their students with a deeper understanding of the agriculture and community system. In doing this, the Dudley Smith Initiative itself benefits from the interaction and feedback from the teachers and students.
If you can encourage a teacher or teachers in your district to prepare a grant application, have them visit the Dudley Smith website or contact the University of Illinois Extension at 287-7246 for more information. (Start planning now for the 2008 grant cycle).
Web address: http://dsi.aces.uiuc.edu/grants/