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Columns

  • We truly live in the 'Garden Spot of the Universe

    The other morning, I delivered a vase of freshly cut wildflowers from Groundhog Hill to my sister’s café. A wise-acre sitting at the community table chimed in with a “been weedin’ your garden, have ya?” comment which received genial laughter all around.

    Har Har, Woe-Jayne Skaggs (name changed to protect Woe-Jayne’s identity). Har Dee Har Har.

  • Try to keep an open mind

    The secret to not offending people: Keep an open mind.

    You’ve probably heard people say that you should keep an open mind, and obviously when they say that they don’t actually mean you should cut your head open.

    In my opinion it doesn’t necessarily mean you should be easily swayed.

  • Fresh produce available at farmers market

    You can get fresh local produce to freeze or can at home at the LaRue County Farmers Market. Local producers will be set up from noon to about 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 26 and July 3 at a new location. They will be off U.S. 31-E next to the Lincoln Jamboree in the parking lot of the old Wrolen Pin restaurant. They will also have food to sell such as grilled burgers, corn and potatoes. So come out and support local food producers.

    Extension celebrates 100 years of food preservation

  • Be safe, have fun this summer

    With summer underway and temperatures rising, everyone is heading outdoors for some fun in the sun. However, it is important to remember some basic safety guidelines to protect our families. Extra attention should be paid to those who are especially susceptible to heat, including young children, the elderly, and those with health conditions such as asthma or high blood pressure. With common sense and the following precautions, families can remain safe and comfortable all summer long.

  • Green hay can combust

    Several hay fires have already occurred this year, and growers should be aware of the potential for additional ones. When hay is baled too wet, hay or barn fires can occur.

    However, hay fires can generally be prevented if hay is baled at appropriate moisture and the temperature of recently baled hay monitored.

    Hay usually will go through a heating phase within one to two weeks after baling. During this time, hay should be monitored to ensure it does not reach temperatures that can damage the hay or lead to spontaneous combustion (fire).

  • Opportunity and economic growth rely on a skilled workforce

    The column, Work Matters, is a project of the Lincoln Trail Workforce Investment Board. It is devoted to exploring workforce quality and economic development issues in the region.

    As a small business owner, I learned many years ago that my success is dependent on a team of loyal, skilled employees. Ask any large employer, and they’ll tell you the same. A business can’t exist, a profit can’t be made and an economy can’t thrive without skilled employees.

  • Have a happy, safe summer

    It’s seems like summer is jam-packed with activity – kids’ sporting events, family cookouts, swimming, and vacations. How do you fit in all the yard work that comes with owning a home? Is it OK to take shortcuts? Think about this: More than 100,000 people seek medical treatment each year for injuries caused by lawnmowers, trimmers, fertilizers and pesticides. Instead of rushing through your summertime chores, keep the following tips in mind to ensure safety all summer long.

    • Never start the mower indoors.

  • Tips can improve home canning techniques

     The LaRue County Extension office has a variety of free publications on home canning and freezing. Stop by at 807 Old Elizabethtown Road in Hodgenville or call our office (270-358-3401) for a copy of any of our titles such as home canning basics; jams and jellies; vegetables; tomato products and salsa; and pickled and fermented foods.

    Q. What causes lids not to seal?

    A. Failure of lids to seal may be caused by one or more of the following:

  • COLUMN: When cultures collide, point and grunt

    My husband Bud and I were working in the back yard last week, when a minivan pulled into the driveway.
    A dark-skinned man got out and started talking – in broken English – to Bud. The only word I could understand was “Gord.”
    More men got out of the van and walked around the house until finally, five of them were chattering at us.

  • Facebook: A lovely place to hang out and hate

    Ah... Facebook! The place we all go to keep tabs on our friends, enjoy seeing pictures of family, crush candy and, of course, threaten each other. Whether you’re a liberal, a conservative or just someone who doesn’t quite have grammar mastered, you’ve probably had an angry tirade against you show up on your newsfeed sometime this week or, let’s face it, you might have posted some yourself.