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  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015 11:43 PM

    One of the most recent stunning changes in the child welfare system has been the major growth in the number of children in state custody who are living with their relatives. Kinship care refers to the full time care and protection of children by relatives, extended family members or any person that has a family-like relationship with a child. Kin is defined as “one’s family and relations.”

    The practice of kinship care has become an important part of the child welfare system in the U.S. Kinship care arrangements fall into three categories: informal, voluntary or formal. Informal kinship care does not involve the child welfare or juvenile system. Voluntary kinship care is a situation in which children live with relatives and the child welfare system is involved. Formal kinship care involves being placed in the legal custody of the State and places by the child welfare systems with grandparents or other kin.

  • Friday, July 24, 2015 9:18 PM

    Rosie Lerner, an Extension Consumer Horticulturist at Purdue University, has given the following home, yard, and garden tips to keep in mind!

    HOME (Indoor plants and activities)

    Take cuttings from plants such as impatiens, coleus, geraniums and wax begonias to overwinter indoors. Root the cuttings in media such as moist vermiculite, perlite, peat moss or potting soil, rather than water.

    Order spring-flowering bulbs for fall planting.

    Cut flowers from the garden to bring a little color indoors or dry for everlasting arrangements.

  • Wednesday, July 15, 2015 9:11 PM

    It is 4-H time in Montgomery County!  The 4-H Fair is going strong now through Thursday, July 23, at the Fairgrounds.  There are many new and exciting activities and special events this year, but the highlight of the fair is still the 4-H members.  The members in Montgomery County, one of the largest 4-H traditional 4-H programs in the state, have on display some of the best quality projects the judges’ have seen this year.

    Come on out to the fair to enjoy the bands, the food (elephant ears are back!), the sense of community and even the fun of tractor and frog jumping contests.  But also make sure you meander through the project buildings and barns to marvel at the projects and animals the 4-Hers have brought to the fair.  Feel free to stop a 4-H member and ask about their projects.  They will quickly fill you in on all of the things they did to complete that project, as well as all they learned.  The learning, the life lessons.  That’s what 4-H is about and that is what the 4-H Fair showcases.

  • Thursday, July 09, 2015 7:24 PM

    It is that time of year again when the garden is putting out plenty of produce. We want to make sure we can eat that produce year-round. So, we dust off the canners and pull them out for a summer full of food preservation. But I have to stop and ask myself, “What methods are safe for which foods?” 

    If you’re looking to can produce from your garden, there are only two safe methods: boiling water bath canning and pressure canning. Boiling water bath canning is safe to use when canning high–acid foods, which are the majority of your fruits and pickled foods. Pressure canning is required when canning low-acid foods, which includes most vegetables and meats. 

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 7:28 PM

    Will this rain ever stop falling? This has been a common question being raised around the community and around the state in the past month. From roads getting washed out to basements getting flooded, many people have been directly impacted by recent flooding; but what does it mean for agriculture and gardens in the state and county? 

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015 8:49 PM

    The 4-H program is well underway for 2015 and the July 17-23 4-H Fair is drawing close. This is the time of year that everyone starts to panic because they don’t have their projects completed – or started – yet. Ethel Sayler, retired Extension Office manager, heard many versions of this panic through the years and wrote a story that rings true to so many 4-H families. I was reminded of this story today when I was bringing 4-Hers home from 4-H Round Up and they were talking about their 4-H projects. As you read it, realize that you are not alone and that sometimes a little humor goes a long way.

  • Wednesday, June 17, 2015 7:35 PM

    All year long, all I can think about is the summer garden and all the fresh produce it will supply; and every year I get too excited and plant way more plants than I know what to do with. Our garden is doing well and there definitely hasn’t been a shortage of rainfall to help the produce . . . and weeds grow.  As I begin to harvest the colder weather produce like beets, I worry about being able to eat them all before they go bad. So I turn to my “So Easy to Preserve” book for safe canning recipes. Besides, the only way to eat beets is pickled. Canning can be a fun and economical way to make fresh food available year-round. 

  • Tuesday, June 09, 2015 7:28 PM

    So, what is the Purdue Master Gardener Program? The Purdue Master Gardener Program is an integral part of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service and provides the citizens of Indiana a chance to grow. The program provides a learning framework for participants to increase their knowledge on a wide variety of horticultural subjects. In turn, participants volunteer and help others grow by sharing knowledge while providing leadership and service in educational gardening activities within their communities. 

  • Thursday, June 04, 2015 8:06 PM

    All Montgomery County Mini 4-Hers are invited to attend Mini 4-H Day Camp. Mini 4-H Day Camp will be held on June 18 in the 4-H Building from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are requested by June 11.

    The day will be special because it is a day devoted to the Mini 4-Hers. Junior Leaders will be conducting the workshop. Each Mini 4-Her will meet new friends from throughout the county and learn from the Junior Leaders why it is so important to get and stay involved in 4-H.

    There will be many activities for the Mini 4-Hers to participate in at the Day Camp. The activities will include hands-on experience related to 4-H projects the Mini 4-Hers may be taking this year or may take next year as a 4-Her.

  • Thursday, May 28, 2015 9:01 PM

    Memorial Day Weekend has passed and kids are out of school. This means your house may soon be a mess. Cleaning up after the kids and all their friends can be an expensive and never-ending chore. Many cleaners that can help you clean up those messes can be made in your home with products you already have. When you make these products at home, you need to know what the ingredients do and the type of base you need for the job. 


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