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OSU Extension News January 30, 2020

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Healthy Habits to Help Prevent Flu

The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent flu. The tips and resources below will help you learn about steps you can take to protect yourself and others from flu and help stop the spread of germs.

1. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. There are several flu vaccine options this flu season.

Avoid close contact.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

2. Stay home when you are sick.

If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.

3. Cover your mouth and nose.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Flu and other serious respiratory illnesses, like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), are spread by cough, sneezing, or unclean hands.

4. Clean your hands.

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

• Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives

Tips on hand washing and using alcohol-based hand sanitizers

• It’s a SNAP Toolkit: Handwashingexternal icon

Hand washing resources from the It’s A SNAP program, aimed at preventing school absenteeism by promoting clean hands. From the School Network for Absenteeism Prevention, a collaborative project of the CDC, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American Cleaning Institute.

5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

6. Practice other good health habits.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

Co-Parenting for Resilience    Divorce or Separation is not an easy time in a married couple’s life.  Can you imagine what minor children in the home are feeling? 

The Co-Parenting for Resilience program is a four-hour class that is based on current research.  It uses a combination of lecture, discussion, video, activities, and examples to help parents discover effective strategies that promote their children’s healthy adjustment to their parent’s separation. Co-Parenting for Resilience, meets the requirements of Oklahoma law and is based on the latest research on marriage, divorce and children.  Tara Brown will present class at 1 p.m. Tuesday, February 18, 2020; pre-registration is required.  Call Jefferson County OSU Extension Office at 580-228-2332 for registration information.

Oklahoma State University, in compliance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246 as amended, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Higher Education Act), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, genetic information, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, or status as a veteran, in any of its policies, practices or procedures.  This provision includes, but is not limited to admissions, employment, financial aid, and educational services. The Director of Equal Opportunity, 408 Whitehurst, OSU, Stillwater, OK 74078-1035; Phone 405-744-5371; email: eeo@okstate.edu has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies.  Any person who believes that discriminatory practices have been engaged in based on gender may discuss his or her concerns and file informal or formal complaints of possible violations of Title IX with OSU’s Title IX Coordinator 405-744-9154. Jefferson County Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE)

Jefferson County OHCE met Tuesday, January 21 at the OSU Extension office.  Tara Brown, Extension Educator, Family & Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development provided the program on “Simple Home Repairs”.  After the program, each member prepared their own Chicken Quesadilla for lunch.  Genevieve Hogstad provided homemade Pecan Pralines for dessert while we had an enjoyable time of fellowship.  Our next meeting will be 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at Jefferson County OSU Extension office located at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.  Brenda Gandy-Jones, Stephens County OSU Extension Educator will provide a lesson on “Healthy Hearts and Your Health Numbers”.  Our meetings are open to any person interested in fun educational programs.  We invite you to come join us!

Jefferson County 4H Nov 7 2019

Clover Trivia:  What is the 4-H slogan?

Answer:  Learning by doing

Jefferson County 4-H enjoys Fall Fest members, siblings and parents enjoyed Jefferson County 4-H Fall Fest Monday, October 28 at the Jefferson County Fair Building.  Homemade chili, BBQ meatballs and sausages, chips and dip, fresh fruit were available to eat while playing games.  Making smoothies using a 4-H Blender Bike was a big hit! Un-iced cupcakes were available to ice and decorate – several got pretty creative!  

Upcoming Jefferson County 4-H Events:

• Cupcake Wars:  11 a.m. Saturday, November 9 at Jefferson County OSU Extension office.  Contact Tara Brown for details.

• 4-H Kids Cooking in the Kitchen: 4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.  Tuesday, November 26 at Jefferson County OSU Extension office.

• Jefferson County 4-H Teen Leaders: 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 26 also at Jefferson County OSU Extension office.

• Jefferson County Communications Contest: 1 p.m. Saturday, December 18 at Jefferson County OSU Extension Office.

4-H Enrollment is open to youth ages 8 and in the 3rd grade and older; youth between the ages of 5 and 7 may enter as Clover buds.  Enrollment is completed on-line at ok.4honline.com

Call OSU Extension (580-228-2332) if you are interested and need assistance enrolling.

OSU Extension News Nov 7 2019

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Why is it important to eat vegetables?

Eating vegetables provides health benefits – people who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Vegetables provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body.

Nutrients

• Most vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories. None have cholesterol. (Sauces or seasonings may add fat, calories, and/or cholesterol.)

• Vegetables are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate (folic acid), vitamin A, and vitamin C.

• Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure. Vegetable sources of potassium include sweet potatoes, white potatoes, white beans, tomato products (paste, sauce, and juice), beet greens, soybeans, lima beans, spinach, lentils, and kidney beans.

• Dietary fiber from vegetables, as part of an overall healthy diet, helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease. Fiber is important for proper bowel function. It helps reduce constipation and diverticulosis. Fiber-containing foods such as vegetables help provide a feeling of fullness with fewer calories.

• Folate (folic acid) helps the body form red blood cells. Women of childbearing age who may become pregnant should consume adequate folate from foods, and in addition 400 mcg of synthetic folic acid from fortified foods or supplements. This reduces the risk of neural tube defects, spina bifida, and anencephaly during fetal development.

• Vitamin A keeps eyes and skin healthy and helps to protect against infections.

• Vitamin C helps heal cuts and wounds and keeps teeth and gums healthy. Vitamin C aids in iron absorption.

 Health benefits

• As part of an overall healthy diet, eating foods such as vegetables that are lower in calories per cup instead of some other higher-calorie food may be useful in helping to lower calorie intake.

• Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke.

• Eating a diet rich in some vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may protect against certain types of cancers.

• Adding vegetables can help increase intake of fiber and potassium, which are important nutrients that many Americans do not get enough of in their diet.

• Co-Parenting for Resilience Divorce or Separation is not an easy time in a married couple’s life.  Can you imagine what minor children in the home are feeling?  Co-Parenting for Resilience is a class for divorcing or separating parents with minor children living in the home. It is mandatory by law in Oklahoma and is also valuable for Grandparents and other relatives of minor children going through divorce or separation.  My next class is 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 12, 2019; pre-registration is required.  Call Jefferson County OSU Extension Office at 580-228-2332 for registration information

Check out our Facebook pages for informative topic and messagess:  www.facebook.com/JeffersonCounty Fourh and JeffersonCounty Osu Extension

Orange Honeyed Acorn Squash

Ingredients

• 3 acorn squash (small) 

• 2 cup orange juice 

• 1/4 cup honey 

• 2 tablespoon butter or margarine 

• 1/8 nutmeg (1/8 teaspoon, optional) 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Cut squash in half. Remove seeds and place halves in shallow baking pan.

3. Combine orange juice and honey. Mix well. Put some of the orange juice/honey mixture in each squash cavity.

4. Add 1 Tablespoon of the margarine to each squash half. Sprinkle with nutmeg, if desired.

5. Cover pan with aluminum foil to keep steam in and speed cooking.

6. Bake 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking 30 minutes more, or until squash is tender.

Jefferson County 4H October 31 2019

Clover Trivia:  What is Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom?

Answer:  Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom (OAITC) is the popular school enrichment program whose purpose is to help familiarize school children and teachers with the food and fiber industry.   

Ringling 4-H Thursday, October 24, an informative meeting was held for parents interested in enrolling their children in 4-H.  Volunteer leader, Parilyn Hairod, reported that a tentative schedule for meeting will be:   Cloverbuds (ages 5-7) will meet the 1st and 3rd Mondays and 4-H members (ages 8 and in the 3rd grade and older) will meet the 2nd and 4th Mondays.  This will continue until the groups have been better established and ready for upcoming 4-H events.  4-H is a wonderful program to help teach our youth leadership and other responsibilities – it is more than showing livestock.  What are the interests of our youth?  There is a program for their interest 

• Photography, Cooking, Sewing, Arts, Shooting Sports, Recycle/Refurbish, Wildlife, and more!  Look for the 4-H Float at the Ringling Christmas Parade.  Waurika’s Christmas Parade will be Saturday, December 14. Thank you, Parilyn Hairod for becoming a 4-H Adult Volunteer!

Upcoming Jefferson County 4-H Events:

• Cupcake Wars:  11 a.m. Saturday, November 9 at Jefferson County OSU Extension office.  Contact Tara Brown for details.

• 4-H Kids Cooking in the Kitchen: 4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.  Tuesday, November 26 at Jefferson County OSU Extension office.

• Jefferson County 4-H Teen Leaders: 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 26 also at Jefferson County OSU Extension office.

• Jefferson County Communications Contest: 1 p.m. Saturday, December 18 at Jefferson County OSU Extension Office.

Bug Juice: Serves 8 (½ cup servings)

2 cups Plain, Vanilla Low Fat Yogurt

1 cup Strawberries (we used frozen)

1 cup Orange Juice

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Healthy Homes

 Everyone needs a healthy home. However, did you know that some of the most serious health and safety problems may start at home? Did you know that your chances of getting hurt at home are much higher than they are at work or school? Very young children and older adults are the people most likely to get hurt at home. In the U.S., most people spend over 90% of their time indoors. We need to be aware of the health and safety of our indoor environments. There are steps and resources that can help us keep our homes safe. 

Fire Prevention Week (Second week of October) Download the tools to promote home fire safety: http://www.nsc.org/safety_home/SafetyObservances/Pages/FirePreventionWeek.aspx?wa& 

Steps to prevent fires:

• Have properly working smoke alarms 

• Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors monthly and change the batteries at least once a year

• Place smoke alarms on each floor of your home and in each bedroom 

• Plan a family escape route and practice it once a month 

• Install a home sprinkler system 

• Place fire extinguishers throughout your home and make sure everyone in the house knows how to use them

As cooler weather comes, please help make certain your homes are Safe by using the following Home-Fire-Safety Checklist. If you use natural gas to fuel your heaters, make certain you have working Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Smoke Detectors.

Co-Parenting for Resilience Divorce or Separation is not an easy time in a married couple’s life.  Can you imagine what minor children in the home are feeling?  Co-Parenting for Resilience is a class for divorcing or separating parents with minor children living in the home. It is mandatory by law in Oklahoma and is also valuable for Grandparents and other relatives of minor children going through divorce or separation.  My next class is 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 12, 2019; pre-registration is required.  Call Jefferson County OSU Extension Office at 580-228-2332 for registration information

Line Dance:   Fridays at 6 p.m. at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Fair Building.  It is another way to exercise as a group.  Come join us!

Check out our Facebook pages for informative topics:  www.facebook.com/JeffersonCounty Fourh and JeffersonCounty Osu Extension

Pumpkin Chill

• 1 tbsp. olive oil 

• 1 cup yellow onion chopped 

• 1 cup green bell pepper chopped 

• 1/2 cup jalapeno seeded & chopped 

• 1 tbsp. garlic minced 

• 1 lb. extra lean ground beef 

• 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes with the liquid 

• 1 cup water 

• 1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree 

• 1 tbsp. chili powder 

• 1 tsp ground cumin 

• 1 15 oz. can kidney beans rinsed and drained 

Instructions 

1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. 

2. Add onion, bell pepper, jalapeños and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until tender. 

3. Add lean beef and cook until browned. 

4. Add tomatoes, pumpkin, water, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. 

5. Reduce heat to medium low and add beans. 

6. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes more. Ladle chili into bowls and serve. 

Jefferson County 4H October 17 2019

Clover Trivia:  What entity guides the 4-H Program in the United States?

 Answer: (Cooperative Extension System or Cooperative Extension Service)

Waurika and Ryan Cloverbuds Red River Rangers Club met Monday, October 7 at Ryan Sr. Citizens Center.  Leader Lori Lovett had a fun activity planned and Snacks were served to members and their parents.

The next cloverbud meeting will be 6 p.m. Monday, October 21 here at the Jefferson County Fair building located at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.  We will make smoothies using a 4-H Blender Bike. Cloverbuds are youth ages 5-7 and enrolled in 4-H.  Come join us!

2 Youth painting
flower pots to plant pansies
during Ringling’s
Western Days

4-H members who are ages 13 and older (or in the 7th grade and older) and actively enrolled in Jefferson County 4-H:  We are excited to include a Teen Leadership Group to our county programs!  Opportunities will be included to assist developing leadership include planning county 4-H fun events, help plan end of the year banquet, assist with county 4-H contests and more!  Contact Tara Brown at 580-228-2332.

Ringling 4-H now has a volunteer Adult leader!  Parilyn Hairod is excited to rejuvenate Ringling 4-H.  She and her husband, Kent, with the assistance of Amanda Ridenour, set up a booth at Ringling Western Days Saturday, October 5.  We had tables set to show a few items Ringling 4-H members had made during the summer as well as information on how to enroll in 4-H.  There were also tables set up for youth and parents to come and paint a flower pot then, after it dried, planted a pansy flower in their flower pot.  57 youth participated and we are excited and hope to regain an active 4-H group in Ringling!  

If you are an adult and interested in volunteering with 4-H, contact Jefferson County OSU Extension office at 580-228-2332.

OSU Extension News October 17 2019

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Managing Money means making choices.  There is never enough money for all the things we want.  What you must do is decide what is most important to you.  For example:  Housing – do you choose to: 

a.  live with family

b. share housing with friends

c. rent place of your own

d. buy home

Whichever your choice, there are other choices you will need to decide such as how much is your monthly income? How much will you be required to pay monthly? how much is housing insurance? How much are utility costs? What type of furnishings will you need?   It begins with a financial plan such as a Budget.  If you are interested in attending a class for additional information, contact Tara Brown, Jefferson County OSU Extension Educator for Family & Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development.

Line Dance:   Fridays at 6 p.m. at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Fair Building.  It is another way to exercise as a group.  Come join us as many of us are still in the “Learning phase”!

Co-Parenting for Resilience Divorce or Separation is not an easy time in a married couple’s life.  Can you imagine what minor children in the home are feeling?  Co-Parenting for Resilience is a class for divorcing or separating parents with minor children living in the home. It is mandatory by law in Oklahoma and is also valuable for Grandparents and other relatives of minor children going through divorce or separation.  My next class is 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 12, 2019; pre-registration is required.  Call Jefferson County OSU Extension Office at 580-228-2332 for registration information

Jefferson County OSU Extension Services office is open 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday, excluding holidays recognized by our county offices.  Leland McDaniel, AG/4-H Youth Development and CED, Tara Brown, Family & Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development and Linda Whitsett, Administrative Support Specialist are staff members ready to assist you at 580-228-2332.

Check out our Facebook pages for informative topics:  www.facebook.com/JeffersonCounty Fourh and JeffersonCounty Osu Extension

Recipe

Turtle Cake   by Gloria England

1 (1 lb. 2 oz.) box German chocolate cake mix

1 (14 oz.) pkg. caramels

½ cup butter 

1 (5.33 oz.) can evaporated milk

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mix cake according to directions on box. Pour half of batter into prepared 13 x 9-inch pan. Bake 15 minutes.  Melt caramels with butter and milk.  Pour over cake. Sprinkle pecans and chocolate chips over caramel layer.  Cove with rest of batter and bake 15-20 minutes longer.  Temperature:  350°. Times:  15 minutes; 15 to 20 minutes.  Yield:  13 x 9-inch cake pan.

HINT:  Delightful served warm with whipped cream.

OSU Extension News October 10 2019

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Here is another portion from OSU Financial Curriculum Pathways to Success, A Basic Living Skills Curriculum:

Setting Goals:  A goal is an aim or it is what we want to do. Goals are plans for the future. Each of us has many things we want to do. Some goals take a short time to get done, maybe less than 6 months. These are called short-term goals. For example, find a job, find a place to live, or buy clothes for work. You may have many short-term goals. 

Some goals take longer to get done. You need to put in more time, money and work than for short-term goals. These are called long-term goals because the goal may take 1, 3 or 5 years to reach.

Many people want things NOW and are not willing to wait until later. The use of credit causes many people to buy everything NOW. This attitude can lead to serious money problems. Sometimes two people may have very different values. One person wants many things NOW. The other person may wish to save money for a long-term goal.

Tara Brown, Jefferson County OSU Extension Educator has programs available and is ready to teach Financial Programs which include Setting Goals.  

Line Dance: will resume Friday, October 11 at 6 p.m. at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Fair Building.  It is another way to exercise as a group.  Come join us as many of us are still in the “Learning phase”!

Co-Parenting for Resilience is a class for divorcing or separating parents with minor children living in the home. It is mandatory by law in Oklahoma and is also valuable for Grandparents and other relatives of minor children going through divorce or separation.  My next class is 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 12, 2019; pre-registration is required.  Call Jefferson County OSU Extension Office at 580-228-2332 for registration information.

Jefferson County OSU Extension Services office is open 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday, excluding holidays recognized by our county offices.  Leland McDaniel, AG/4-H Youth Development and CED, Tara Brown, Family & Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development and Linda Whitsett, Administrative Support Specialist are staff members ready to assist you at 580-228-2332.

Check out our Facebook pages for informative topics:  www.facebook.com/JeffersonCounty Fourh and JeffersonCounty Osu Extension

Peach Oatmeal Bars

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1 cup old-fashioned oats

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

2 cups frozen unsweetened sliced peaches

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 350oF. Line an 8×8-inch pan with parchment.

2. Place butter, oats, flour, brown sugar, salt and pecans in a medium bowl. Use fingers to blend ingredients until the butter is not visible. Reserve one-fourth of the mixture, about 1 cup, in a small bowl.

3. Place remaining oatmeal mixture into the parchment lined pan. Use a metal measuring cup to press out an even layer.

4. In the medium bowl combine peaches, 1 tablespoon sugar, cornstarch, ginger and cinnamon. Pour peach mixture onto the pressed crust in the pan. Crumble reserved oatmeal mixture over the peaches.

5. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown.

6. Let cool at least 30 minutes in pan then, using the parchment to help, remove from pan and cut into bars.

OSU Extension News September 26 2019

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Jefferson County OHCE (Oklahoma Home and Community Education) 

After lunch at Waurika Sr. Citizens Center and our business meeting, our educational program and lesson for our September 17th meeting was on “Made in Oklahoma”.  Melicia McFadden, president, showed several items such as candles, Waurika Depot magnets, laser-cut wood items, lotions, soaps, Cards, and other wood items Made in Oklahoma, several made and sold here in Waurika. She encouraged the group to shop Local for nice gifts.  OHCE is open to anyone interested in meeting and receiving research-based educational information and enjoying fellowship!  

Line dance is a type of exercise.  We will meet Fridays from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.  Angie Nash and Nicole Overton lead our classes.  If you are interested but cannot attend Fridays, please let us know the days and times you would be able to attend and we will try to meet the day and time most can attend!  It’s important to your health to stay active and we have fun while exercising as a group!

Co-Parenting for Resilience is a class for divorcing or separating parents with minor children living in the home. It is mandatory by law in Oklahoma and is also valuable for Grandparents and other relatives of minor children going through divorce or separation.  My next class is 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 8, 2019; pre-registration is required.  Call Jefferson County OSU Extension Office at 580-228-2332 for registration information.

Jefferson County OSU Extension Services office is open 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday, excluding holidays recognized by our county offices.  Leland McDaniel, AG/4-H Youth Development and CED, Tara Brown, Family & Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development and Linda Whitsett, Administrative Support Specialist are staff members ready to assist you at 580-228-2332.

Check out our Facebook pages for informative topics:  www.facebook.com/JeffersonCounty Fourh and JeffersonCounty Osu Extension

Turnips – do turnips taste like potatoes?

The taste is a more subtle flavor compared to carrots. Medium aged turnips actually taste a lot like potato. As a matter of fact, turnips work great as a substitute to potatoes. Now, older turnips when eaten raw taste bitter unfortunately!

Can I substitute turnips for potatoes?

Instead of a potato, try a different root vegetable to lower total carbohydrate intake. A 1/2-cup serving of cooked turnips provides 17 calories, less than 4 grams of total carbohydrate and 1.6 grams of total fiber. You can substitute turnips for potatoes in soups, stews and really any way that you would use a potato.  Nov 27, 2018

Ladder safety

With chillier temperatures ahead, plenty of homeowners will be kept busy with light home maintenance projects such as clearing leaves and debris from the gutters and hanging holiday decorations, all tasks which will more than likely require a ladder.

Ladders are generally relatively simple to operate, but that does not make them less dangerous to use, said Gina Peek, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension housing and consumer specialist.

“If you’re careless in using a ladder, it could lead to serious injury or even death,” Peek said.

Since ladders come in a lot of different styles and sizes, it is important homeowners select the right one for the task.

“Knowing details such as how high you need to reach, the amount of weight on the ladder and whether you’ll be working inside or outside will help guide your choice of ladder for a particular task,” Peek said.

The base of the ladder should be placed on a solid, level surface. Never put a ladder on a box or other object to add more height.

When climbing, face the ladder, grip the rungs and not the sides, and do not climb on the top step or bucket shelf.

“Keep three points of contact on the ladder at all times, either both hands and one foot or two feet and one hand,” Peek said. “As an added precaution, have someone hold the bottom of the ladder steady and guard any nearby doors that could swing open and knock the ladder off balance while it’s occupied.”

Only one person should be on the ladder at one time.

Rather than lean or over reach, reposition the ladder as necessary.

“Keep an eye on the weather. If it turns bad, carefully climb off and wait for conditions to improve. Also, avoid using extension ladders when it’s windy,” Peek said.

For more information on safely using ladders, contact a county Extension office and visit the American Ladder Institute website at www.americanladderinstitute.org.

Recipe

Mashed Potatoes and Turnips
1 pound turnips, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1-pound russet potatoes

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1. Bring a large pan of cold water to a boil over high heat. Add 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and cubed turnips. Cook 15 minutes.

2.While turnips cook peel potatoes, rinse and cut into 1-inch cubes.   

3. When turnips have cooked 15 minutes add potatoes and cook an additional 10 to 15 minutes, until both vegetables are tender.

4. Drain well. Return to pan and place on hot burner briefly to dry further.

5. Add butter and mash. Add black pepper and additional salt if needed for flavor.

Serves 4.

Jeffco 4H News July 25, 2019

Workshops:

Youth Canning Workshop – make plum jelly on Thursday, August 1 from 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon.  at the Jefferson County OSU Extension office.  Class is limited to 8 – call to reserve your spot by 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 30.

Jefferson County Free Fair is scheduled for September 4-7 (Wednesday – Saturday), 2019. Indoor entries are due by 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 4.  Our county fair is open to all ages! Fun activities include – Ice Cream Contest, Jefferson County Best Pie Maker contest, Jefferson County OHCE Quilt Turning, Pet Show and Bill Baker Band and other activities are in planning stages.  Open classes offer opportunities to your variety of projects, hobbies, crafts and more.  It is ‘Time’ to get your entries completed and ready to enter into the fair!

All eligible 4-H entries will be given the opportunity to be entered and taken to the Oklahoma State Fair, Oklahoma City on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.  Jefferson County will follow the state fair information for 4-H classes. For 4-H entry projects ideas, go to 4h.okstate.edu/events-and –activities/state-events.   Contact Tara Brown at 580-228-2332 for additional information.

What is State 4-H Roundup?  Roundup provides lots of opportunities to improve youth’s leadership skills by meeting other 4-H members from across Oklahoma and participating in outstanding workshops and spirited contests!  Attendees must have completed the 7th grade.  Roundup takes place on OSU Campus in Stillwater with main meetings taking place in Gallagher –Iba Arena; workshops are provided in many of the campus classrooms.  Roundup up gives the attendees an opportunity to see OSU Campus where Roundup attendees are housed in The Commons units.  This year theme “Passport to the Past, Ticket to Tomorrow” promises great fun while learning!  Pictures and an article on 2019 State 4-H Roundup will be in next week’s newspaper edition.  Tara Brown, Extension Educator – Family & Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development will chaperone Jefferson County’s delegation Tuesday, July 23 -26. 

State Fair Cupcake Wars and Fruit and Vegetable Sculpting Contest Information this year the information has be posted to the Oklahoma 4-H Website.  http://4h.okstate.edu/events-and-activities/state-events-activities/oklahoma-state-fairs/oklahoma-state-fair  Registration is based on first come first serve.  Registration opens August 1st and will need to be sent to the State 4-H Office this year.