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Opinion

  •  Here are some reminders about preparing and cooking your Thanksgiving turkey. If a frozen turkey is your choice, you can safely defrost it in the refrigerator, allowing 24 hours for every 5 pounds in weight. Check that the original bag is not broken, to prevent raw juices from coming into contact with other foods.

  • Autumn has always been my favorite season; for me, the best part of fall in Kentucky is that it’s not summer. Nothing against sunshine, but I really love wearing sweaters and all the things this season brings like football and hot tea, glowing pumpkins and long runs through crunchy leaves.

    Another great part of autumn is the onset of the holidays and after Halloween here, I’m excited for more. Louisville had the most amazing Jack O’ Lanterns and Hodgenville had some fantastic costumes. (Check out the winners and pictures on page 22A and 23A, by the way.)

  • Just as we need food and water to survive, we also need meaningful social relationships and connections.

    While it is okay to feel lonely and to be alone at times, chronic loneliness can cause serious health concerns. Loneliness, if not addressed, can lead to social isolation, physical and mental decline and depression.

  • It’s no secret that Kentucky’s pension systems have been on a crash course for quite some time. Last November, we made a promise to Kentuckians to change the course of the Commonwealth, and with the collaboration of the Kentucky House, Governor Bevin, and the Kentucky Senate, that promise is fulfilled for current retirees and employees, and generations to come with the release of a plan to fix public pensions and ensure benefit obligations in the future.

  • How do you know when your body has had enough rest?  According to the sleep guidelines from the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) the average adult, from the ages of 24–64, should get about 7–9 hours of sleep every night. 

    Although there is no perfect amount of sleep for everyone, it would be wise to pay attention to how much sleep you get and how you feel.  If after only 7 hours of sleep you feel refreshed, it may be enough.  If after 7 hours you feel groggy or your body is sluggish, you may need more than just 7 hours. 

  • Lincoln Days has come and gone, and whew— what a weekend! Quilt show, art show, all the contests and entertainment— for a “small town festival” there’s so much to see. As a first timer, I attempted to see it all and didn’t even come close.

    Walking down Lincoln Boulevard, past the booths and open mic area, I looked around at the hundreds of people and wondered “What would Abraham Lincoln think about all this?”

    So I decided to ask him—although it took a few tries.

  • I went to my ten year high school class reunion on Friday, September 29.

    We had almost 200 people in our graduating class and around 25 of us attended our ten year reunion. With our spouses included, we had almost 40 people there.

    I found myself reminiscing before the reunion about all the memories of high school. We had a lot of fun and we talked about a lot of those memories while we were at the reunion.

  • How many of you, while your children were young, had a short bedtime story to help the kiddos wind down at the end of the day? If you were fortunate, it worked well enough to cause your children to develop an appreciation for reading.

  • With frozen foods, sometimes it’s more a question of quality than safety.  Food and Health Communications reminds us, when it comes to freezer burn, the problem is more of a quality issue.  While safe to eat, the quality of freezer burned food may be poor.

    The safety of food in a freezer is always based on if the freezer has been kept at zero degrees or below. If there has been a power outage and/or the food has reached a temperature over 40 degrees at any time while in the freezer, the safety of the food may be in question.

  • A lot of people shared their thoughts on social media on Monday, September 11 as they remembered the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

    Events were held in our region and throughout the country to remember the 2,996 people that were killed during the attacks and the over 6,000 other people that were injured. A high percentage of the number that lost their lives or suffered injuries were first responders.

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    If you are interested in learning something new or giving back to your community, you may consider joining the Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association (KEHA). Currently we have four active clubs in the LaRue County Homemakers organization. They usually meet once a month, mainly in the fall and spring. Two of the clubs meet during the day and two meet in the evenings. Or if you have a group of interested friends, you can start your own Extension Homemakers club.

  • So many young adults have sincere interests in developing the skills they need to start a career in one of our region’s thriving industries. Too often, though, these job seekers are discouraged because they don’t think they can afford the training needed to qualify for high paying, in-demand jobs.

  • The Kentucky State Fair is one of the highlights of the agricultural year in Kentucky. As a farm kid from Scott County, I have many fond memories of past state fairs. It’s a chance to rub elbows with our neighbors, reunite with friends from across the Commonwealth, and show off the best that Kentucky agriculture has to offer. The 113th edition of this great tradition is Aug. 17-27, and, as always, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) is pleased to be a part of it.

  • Got debt? You’re not alone. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York released a report recently that U.S. household debt—which includes home mortgages and home equity loans, credit card debt, auto loans and student debt—stood at $12.73 trillion in the first quarter of 2017. That’s a staggering amount, and surpasses the previous record set during the 2008 recession. The Fed also reported that 44 million Americans share a piece of over 1.34 trillion dollars’ worth of student loan debt. The majority of student debt holders are now over 30 years old.

  • There has been a lot of buzz this past month about the total solar eclipse that is supposed to occur on August 21.

    I am not going to regurgitate all the information about it since our correspondent Ron Benningfield wrote a well written and informational article about it.

  • If you want to make and can your own tomato juice, an average of 23 pounds of tomatoes is needed per canner load of 7 quarts, or an average of 14 pounds per canner load of 9 pints. A bushel weighs 53 pounds and yields 15 to 18 quarts of juice – an average of three and one fourth pounds per quart. Wash, remove stems, and trim off bruised or discolored portions.

  • Did you know by 2020 millennials will make-up 50 percent or more of the workforce? It is an alarming statistic if you buy into the negative stereotypes that exist around this generation, born between 1977 and 1995.

  • Corn grows all over LaRue County. It’s hard to drive anywhere and not see corn growing. So I think you’ll understand when I tell you there’s a song, sung by Travis Tritt, called “Where Corn Don’t Grow” (I know here I go again with my musical references).

  • Imagine yourself out in the middle of the water in a boat, nothing but the scenery around you, a paddle in your hand, gliding along the water smooth as glass as a chorus of cicadas dies down giving way to the evening music of frogs and crickets.

    This is my happy place. It’s been a while since the last time we went on a canoe trip. It’s been long enough that the youngest two boys don’t really remember it.

  • Since I have been married, my life has become more booked as I now travel with “The Sextons” to southern gospel singings on most weekends.

    I love it. I get to see a lot of different places and meet all kinds of different people. Most importantly, we are all serving God.

    My wife Danielle sings harmony in the group. The rest of the group is made up of her parents, brother, uncle and cousins.