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  • Friday, December 02, 2016 4:00 AM
    Did you know that 700 million pounds of turkey is purchased for the Thanksgiving holiday and 235 million pounds of that turkey will end up in the trash? Yearly this equates to 1.3 billion tons of food being thrown in our landfills, about a third of the food produced for consumption, costing about $1 trillion. To bring this down to a household level, a family of four throws away an average of $1600 of food annually. That is two months’ worth of grocery bills in my house. So what can we do about the food waste?
    Plan meals before shopping. If you know what and how much you are going to eat for the week, that prevents food from rotting in the fridge. Also take inventory of what you already have. Lots of times you don’t need to buy every ingredient for a dish because you already have it on hand or you can adjust the recipe to accommodate for ingredients you’ve already bought.
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  •   Local youth get hands on with STEM challenge
    Saturday, November 19, 2016 4:00 AM
    Youth in Montgomery County joined approximately a hundred thousand youth across the world in leading the ninth annual 4-H National Youth Science Day (4-H NYSD) challenge. The 4-H National Youth Science Day was created to combat a shortage of American young people pursuing science college majors and careers. In this year’s challenge, called Drone Discovery, youth were introduced to the burgeoning field of drones in a hands-on, interactive design challenge. 
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  • Thursday, November 10, 2016 4:00 AM
    An increasing number of American citizens and legal residents are expected to enroll or re-enroll in health insurance plans this fall during open enrollment. Research shows the vast majority of people in the U.S. are uncomfortable, overwhelmed and intimidated when it comes to making decisions about health insurance coverage. Yet, those who have health insurance get access to care leading to better heath than those who do not.
    A Smart Choice workshop is being offered on Nov. 22 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the Crawfordsville Public Library. Please call 765-364-6363 by Nov. 18 to make your reservation so we will have handouts for you.
    With health insurance in the public spotlight, Smart Choice Health Insurance© seeks to capitalize on this teachable moment by helping Americans take control of their personal and family financial health needs.
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  • Thursday, November 03, 2016 4:00 AM
    The home lawn is sometimes a mysterious beast – understanding the water and light requirements for your grass species, identifying and killing turfgrass weeds, and hunting down the ever-elusive mole can be a very time consuming job throughout the year. Fertilizing your lawn is another task that may seem daunting. One of the biggest questions: when is the best time to fertilize your lawn?
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  • Thursday, October 27, 2016 4:00 AM
    Interested in gaining hands-on experience in SCUBA diving from certified SCUBA diving instructors? Learning more about aquatic environments? Then join us starting November 17th from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Crawfordsville Aquatic Center for the SCUBA Diving Club! This club is being held in partnership with Huber Dive Services and the Montgomery County 4-H program. The SCUBA Diving Club is open to ALL high schoolers in Montgomery County. Youth will also learn about marine environments, aquatic life, physics, career opportunities, and more!
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  • Saturday, October 22, 2016 4:00 AM
    The leaves are turning colors, the temperature is dropping and my favorite season is finally upon us. Fall is here and with fall comes pumpkins. The onslaught of pumpkins is not just a figment of your imagination, in fact, 80 percent of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available in October. And good news for those trying to eat local, 90 to 95 percent of our edible pumpkins are grown next door in Illinois. 
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  • Friday, October 14, 2016 4:00 AM
    Harvest is fully underway in Montgomery County. Combines are chugging along harvesting corn and soybeans, semis full of grain are lining up at the local grain elevators, and grain is traveling to places far and wide via our local highways and railways. In 2015, according to the Indiana Agriculture Report (March 2016), Montgomery County led the state in soybean production at 6.3 million bushels and was second only to Benton County in corn production at 20.3 million bushels. Our farmers are putting in long hours at this time of year and leading the state in crop production. So where does all of this grain end up?
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  • Saturday, September 17, 2016 4:00 AM
    As the leading cause of death for all Americans, heart disease claims 600,000 lives annually. It’s understandably frightening to be at risk for heart disease. But Purdue Extension’s Be Heart Smart program can help you fight this disease by better understanding it and gaining the necessary knowledge to make heart-smart choices.
    Purdue Extension’s Be Heart Smart program is a new community program including four heart-health classes. It’s intended to complement healthcare providers’ recommendations and help you, or your loved one, prevent or manage heart disease. 
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  • Friday, September 16, 2016 4:00 AM
    In this four-part series of articles, I am discussing a small portion of the life skills the 4-H program teaches youth through the 4-H pledge. In my previous article “I pledge my Heart to greater loyalty . . .” I discussed all of the opportunities 4-H presents to youth to enhance their social skills, conflict resolution, cooperation, sharing, concern for others, etc. Within the 4-H pledge, youth also pledge their hands to larger service. Youth in the 4-H program gain experience in enhancing their teamwork and leadership skills, but they also learn the importance of giving back to the community and how rewarding that can be.
    4-Hers learn and enhance their leadership skills through a variety of activities, camps, meetings, and more. Every year Montgomery County 4-H partners with other counties in the state for 4-H Camp at Shakamak State Park.
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  • Saturday, September 10, 2016 4:00 AM

    Lately, I have been reading through the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-20. It is an interesting read about the current nutrition recommendations for all American citizens in the United States. (You can access the entire document online at health.gov or choosemyplate.org.)
    What really caught my attention throughout the document was the research that compared the average intake, based off of age and gender, against the actual recommendations. Let’s start with the dairy food group.
    The recommendation is three cups each day for ages nine years and older. The recommendation was never met according to the research, I was shocked! Here’s a reminder to eat more yogurt and cheese, or drink more milk!
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  • Wednesday, June 08, 2016 9:15 PM
    Large, black bees hovering around and drilling holes into homes, out-buildings, wooden furniture and decks during May and June are carpenter bees or wood bees. They resemble, and are often mistaken for bumble bees but the most apparent differ¬ence is that the carpenter bee has a black, shiny abdomen, compared to the hairy and often yellowish abdomen of the bumble bee.
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  • Wednesday, May 25, 2016 11:43 PM

    Indoor plants will require more frequent watering and fertilization as they increase their summer growth.

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  • Wednesday, May 11, 2016 12:11 AM
    Do you find yourself ruining all that hard work of eating healthy, suddenly lost when you sit down to watch TV at night, and shortly you can’t stop thinking about ice cream, cookies, popcorn, chips or your favorite snack? For me it is always peanut butter. This late night hunger craving often causes us to eat calories that aren’t needed, especially when we are making choices based on our cravings. Are you ready for these cravings to end? Follow these easy steps to make that happen.
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  • Monday, April 25, 2016 11:42 PM
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    (Indoor plants and activities)
    Many indoor plants can be moved to shady locations outdoors but only after danger of frost is past. Plants will dry out more often outdoors, so keep a close eye on soil moisture. Sinking the pots in soil will help slow down moisture loss.
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  • Wednesday, April 06, 2016 11:32 PM
    Spring has sprung, whether or not Mother Nature is aware of it. The following updates will help your lawn look beautiful, your home plants healthy, and start your garden off right this year!
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