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Jefferson County 4H News September 27 2018

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4-H Enrollment – for year 2018-2019 Open began September 1

September 1 began the 4-H enrollment year 2018-2019. Families are encouraged to enroll online.  Go to ok.4honline.com to update your family profile page.  If you are re-enrolling from last year, DO NOT CREATE A NEW PROFILE.  If you have not been previously enrolled online, you will need to create your family profile page.  If you need assistance, call us at 580-228-2332. If you wish, you may use one of our computers here in the office. 

 4-H members must be active a minimum of 90 days before they can show in the spring Livestock Show.

Volunteers also need to re-enroll and check the box for volunteer verification to have a background check conducted.  This will not cost you.  If you have difficulties contact our office for assistance.

CLOVER BOWL TRIVIA QUESTION:  What year was the four-leave clover chosen as the symbol for 4-H?

Answer:  1911

The 2018 National 4-H Week is nearly a month away. National 4-H week is set for Oct. 7-13. This year’s theme is “Inspire Kids to Do” which focuses on how 4-H grows youth into true leaders. We want to highlight Oklahoma 4-H doers during the month of October. If you have a 4-H member who is doing something awesome to benefit others/their communities, in their project work, to make a difference, feel free to share their story with me and we would love to feature them on our social media outlets to celebrate National 4-H Week!

Jeffco COOP News September 27 2018

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Centenarians encouraged to participate in special registry project

The Oklahoma Centenarian and Family Life Registry offers an important opportunity to honor the lives and legacies of Oklahoma’s centenarians and translate their experiences into better health and longevity for the state. 

“Centenarians have amassed a lifetime of personal adversities, transitions, and triumphs,” associate professor Dr. Alex Bishop said. “Despite their societal contributions and the overall benefit to community public health initiatives that collecting information about their life experiences offers, these individuals are rarely recognized.” 

The Oklahoma Centenarian and Family Registry hopes to change that. A collaboration of the Oklahoma State University’s Gerontology Project, Centenarians of Oklahoma and the OSU Center for Family Resilience, the Oklahoma Centenarian and Family Life Registry project was developed both to honor centenarians, to preserve their family memories and individual legacies and to understand their continued survival. 

Any centenarian living in Oklahoma is eligible and encouraged to participate in an online survey accessible at https://okla.st/centenarian.

Questions can be directed to Dr. Alex Bishop by email alex.bishop@okstate.edu, or phone (405) 744-3898. 

Online 4-H Enrollment 2018-2019 began September 1, 2018.  If you know of a student age 8 and in the 3rd grade or older who is interested in joining 4-H, contact our office for instructions how to enroll online.  All students who are planning to show livestock in the Spring Livestock show must be actively enrolled in 4-H or FFA a minimum of 90 days prior to the Spring Jr. County Livestock Show (By the way, a member may enroll in 4-H and also be a FFA member).

Co-Parenting for Resilience:  Divorce or separation is not an easy or favorable decision, especially when minor children are in the home.  A class is available for divorcing or separating parents with minor children living in the home.  My next class is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Pre-registration is required. Call Jefferson County OSU Extension Office at 580-228-2332 for registration information.  This class is mandatory by law in Oklahoma and is also valuable for Grandparents and other relatives of minor children going through a divorce or separation.

Jefferson County OHCE met Tuesday, September 18 at the Waurika Sr. Citizens Center.  Those present reviewed the recent County Fair and Quilt Turning and discussed how we could change to make our event even more exciting and inviting.  OHCE is open to any person interested in learning a variety of educational lessons as well as a good opportunity to get out of the home for a short period of time.  Upcoming events will include a Holiday Tea on December 18.  Programs for next year are in the works – if you are interested in joining us, Deborah Farrar is our Treasurer.

Cozy up to cold weather by preparing your home for fall and winter

It should not be too long until Oklahomans feel that distinct crispness in the air, which points to the arrival of college football season, otherwise known as fall. As conscientious consumers, homeowners can help ensure their homes are snug and warm this winter.

In Oklahoma, consumers spend about half of their energy dollars on heating and cooling. Concentrating efforts on increasing efficiency will go a long way toward saving big energy dollars.

A drafty home wastes energy, said Gina Peek, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension housing and consumer specialist.

“Things to consider include controlling the thermostat, sealing air leaks, having adequate insulation, having the HVAC system serviced and making certain that ductwork is not leaking,” Peek said.

The easiest thing to do is control the temperature with the thermostat. Set it up a little higher in the morning while you are getting ready for work or school, then have it automatically reset to a cooler temperature while everyone is gone for the day. Consumers can switch it manually, or you can consider getting a programmable thermostat, which is a tool homeowners can use to regulate energy use in their homes.

“A programmable thermostat can be a little bit of an investment initially but can save you money each year on your heating and cooling bills,” she said. “Whether you control the temperature manually or with a programmable unit, set the thermostat at a comfortable temperature when you’re awake at home, then set it to turn back 10 to 15 degrees when you go to work or to bed.”

Next, seal the air leaks in your home. Making sure there are not any air leaks in the home is so important for energy savings.

“Use caulk and foaming insulation to seal cracks and openings in your home. Weather stripping can be used around windows and doors,” Peek said. “While drafty windows and doors often come to mind, did you know you can lose valuable energy via cut-throughs for pipes, gaps around chimneys and recessed lighting, as well as unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets? Expansion foam can be used in holes where pipes go through walls to cut down on lost air.”

One potential air leak area is the fireplace. Many people enjoy curling up to a blazing fire in the fireplace, but homeowners may be losing energy. Keep the fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning to avoid warm air escaping up the chimney. Also, using tempered glass doors and a heat-air exchange system that blows warmed air back into the room can help cut energy costs.

Make certain your home has adequate insulation. Start in the attic. If you can see the rafters, you need to add more insulation. Insulation can shift and settle over time, so it is important to make certain you have enough.

Consider having your HVAC system serviced before it turns cold. It will help maintain the system’s efficiency and help prolong the lifespan.

Once your heating system has been checked out, it will be time to get your ducts in a row.

“Most people probably don’t think twice about the ductwork to their heating and cooling systems. It’s tucked away in the attic or under the floor, forgotten,” Peek said. “Homeowners don’t realize they can easily lose the conditioned air that moves through the duct system. Make sure the ducts are properly sealed and insulated to help conserve energy.”

Homeowners and renters can enjoy another energy saving tip: open the curtains on south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home. Be sure to close the curtains at night.

 Finally, even though it is still a bit early to talk about Christmas lights – for some people anyway – use LED holiday light strings because they are more energy efficient.  “Many people will appreciate being able to save a little money on the utility bill during the holidays,” Peek said. “Just look for manufacturers and brands of ENERGY STAR-certified light strings.”

Jeffco Coop News September 13 2018

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Co-Parenting for Resilience:  Divorce or separation is not an easy or favorable decision, especially when minor children are in the home.  A class is available for divorcing or separating parents with minor children living in the home.  My next class is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, September 17, 2018. Pre-registration is required. Call Jefferson County OSU Extension Office at 580-228-2332 for registration information.  This class is mandatory by law in Oklahoma and is also valuable for Grandparents and other relatives of minor children going through a divorce or separation.

Jefferson County Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service through Oklahoma State University offers researched-based programs and information.  We assist with mailing and interpreting Soil Samples, Forage Samples, and some Water Samples.  If you have questions about plant diseases or why are your trees’ foliage falling off, or any other Agriculture, 4-H or Family and Consumer Sciences questions, call 580-228-2332 or come to 802 East D’ Street (Jefferson County Fairgrounds) and visit with Leland McDaniel, Extension Educator, Agriculture/ 4/H Youth Development and Tara Brown, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development. 

Online 4-H Enrollment 2018-2019 began September 1, 2018.  If you know of a student age 8 and in the 3rd grade or older who is interested in joining 4-H, contact our office for instructions how to enroll online.  All students who are planning to show livestock in the Spring Livestock show must be actively enrolled in 4-H or FFA (By the way, a member may enroll in 4-H and also be a FFA member).

Tackle tailgates with Food Safety

Football season is here, and many fans are holding tailgates to cheer on their favorite teams. Oklahoma State University’s Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center wants to keep your food safe and recommends food safety tips for those participating in tailgating activities. 

“Roughly one out of six people get sick from foodborne illness,” said Ravi Jadeja, FAPC food safety specialist. “Following simple food safety procedures and reducing foodborne illness can keep many people from getting sick. With tailgating season upon us, it is important to remember proper food handling and cooking techniques so your tailgate does not sideline your guests.” 

Follow these tailgating food safety tips to ensure you have a fun and safe football season. 

Storing Perishable Foods

• Pack cooler with ice or frozen gel packs.

• Raw meats, pre-made dishes and leftovers need to go in the cooler.

• Store meats near the bottom of the cooler.

• Separate and securely wrap all cooler items.

Food Preparation 

• Use separate plates and cutting boards for raw and cooked proteins.

• Prevent cross-contamination by using separate utensils for each item.

• Use color-coded knives to help keep you organized.

• Wash utensils between uses.

Preparing the Grill

• Pre-heat gas or electric grills for 10-15 minutes before cooking.

• Pre-heat charcoals for 20-30 minutes before cooking.

• Pre-heating allows food to cook evenly.

• Never partially grill foods and then finish later.

Grilling Safety

• A food thermometer is the only reliable way to ensure food is safe to eat.

• Hamburgers and brats need to be at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

• Steaks and chops need to be at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

• If re-heating an item, such as pre-cooked hot dogs, cook to 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

• Chicken breasts need to be cooked to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Safety During and After Tailgating

• Keep hot foods hot, at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

• Keep cold foods cold, at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

• Throw away or put perishable foods in the cooler before heading to the game.

• Foods should not be left out for more than 1 hour if it is above 90 degrees Fahrenheit outside. 

• Place leftovers in shallow containers to prevent bacteria growth.

For more information about food safety, text FAPC to 80802 to download the free FAPC Connect app or visit www.fapcconnect.com.

FAPC, a part of OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, helps to discover, develop, and deliver technical and business information that stimulates and supports the growth of value-added food and agricultural products and processing in Oklahoma. 

Story by Mandy Gross

Jefferson County Free Fair was a success thanks to those who volunteered to help make it a success!  Lots of work is needed for County Free Fairs and it is worth it when citizens come up to you and say “this fair is the best I’ve seen in a long time!”  Go ahead, plan and prepare items to enter into next year’s fair!  

This year, 14 Jefferson County 4-H members will have a total of 22 items selected to be entered into the Oklahoma City State Fair held September 13-23.

If you have a chance to go to the State fair, make sure you visit the  Oklahoma Expo Hall and look at all the 4-H exhibits; in the same building will be the FFA exhibits.  Show your support by congratulating these members!

4-H Members having state-bound Indoor exhibits:

Abby Davis, Waurika

Alicen Williams, Ryan

Allie Thomas, Waurika

Caitlyn Ramsey, Waurika

Haley Poage, Ryan

Hannah Williams, Ryan

Heather Poage, Ryan

Kane Rapier, Ringling

Karleigh Ficklin, Ringling

Kaylee Morris, Waurika

Koble Lewis, Ryan

Kylee Charmasson, Ryan

Riley Ross, Ryan

Sarah Tyus, Ryan

Next week I will have the results for these exhibitors’ entries!  

September 1 began the 4-H enrollment year 2018-2019.  Go to ok.4honline.com to update your family profile page.  If you have not been previously enrolled online, you will need to create your family profile page.  If you need assistance, call us at 580-228-2332.  4-H members must be active before they can show in the spring Livestock Show.

Here’s a question about 4-H:  On the 4-H Clover, what do the 4 “H”s represent?

Answer: “They represent the equal training of the head, heart, hands and health of every member”.

There are several reasons why joining 4-H is a good choice; there are events which help development leadership, self-confidence and there are scholarship opportunities.

Contact our OSU Extension office at 580-228-2332 if you have questions!

Jeffco COOP News August 23 2018

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JEFFERSON COUNTY FREE FAIR

Has been scheduled for Thursday, August 23 – noon Saturday, August 25.  Indoor entries are due by 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 22.  Baked items needing refrigeration may be brought in by 8 a.m. Thursday, August 23 morning – judging will take place Thursday, August 23.  Bring your creativity in crafts, arts, baked items, canned items, dehydrated foods, refurbished clothing or furniture, photography, Vintage items, Quilts, home grown fruits and vegetables, etc.  A fair book will be available prior to August.  There will be a Pet Show, Tractor Driving Contest (contact your local Ag Teacher); Best Pie Maker and Best Cookie Jar contests AND a Homemade Ice Cream Contest are also scheduled!  A Silent Auction will be held until 11:30 a.m. Saturday, August 25.  Come see and bid on items.  Proceeds will go towards assisting with Fairground buildings’ repairs.  Jefferson County OHCE Annual Quilt Turning will be 10 a.m. Saturday, August 25 – come see beautiful quilts and quilted items.

Come to the Fair and join the fun!

Co-Parenting for Resilience: Divorce or separation is not an easy or favorable decision, especially when minor children are in the home.  A class for divorcing or separating parents with minor children living in the home.  My next class is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, September 17, 2018 (there will be no class in July). Pre-registration is required. Call Jefferson County OSU Extension Office at 580-228-2332 for registration information.  This class is mandatory by law in Oklahoma and is also valuable for Grandparents and other relatives of minor children going through a divorce or separation.

Jefferson County Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service through Oklahoma State University offers researched-based programs and information.  We assist with mailing and interpreting Soil Samples, Forage Samples, and some Water Samples.  If you have questions about plant diseases or why are your trees’ foliage falling off, or any other Agriculture, 4-H or Family and Consumer Sciences questions, call 580-228-2332 or come to 802 East D’ Street (Jefferson County Fairgrounds) and visit with Leland McDaniel, Extension Educator, Agriculture/ 4/H Youth Development and Tara Brown, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development.

Jefferson County 4-H

4-H Slogan

“Learn by Doing”

Online Enrollment for 2018-2019 begins September 1, 2019 call our office if you need assistance completing online enrollment.  

Jefferson County 4-H Talent Show is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, September 29, 2019 at the Ryan High School. This is open to all enrolled and active Jefferson County 4-H members.  Let our office know by 3:30 p.m. Monday, September 10, 2018.

Come support our talented 4-H members and have fun with us!

The SW District counties have been divided among the NE, NW/W and SE Districts.

Jefferson County will now be a county in West District.

A great opportunity for leadership for our 4-H members who are in the 7th grade or older as of September 1 2018, is the West District Action Conference. 

The goal of the Conference is to share ideas and information that youth can take home and share in their county or community, as well as to improve themselves. 

This year the conference will be held October 17-19, 2018 at the Reed Conference Center, Midwest City, OK.

Registration is due to our office by 3:30 p.m., September 10, 2018.   Call Tara Brown for additional information.

Jefferson County OHCE (Oklahoma Home and Community Education) Group will meet at noon Tuesday, August 21 in the Waurika Sr. Citizens Center with a paint craft following the Business meeting.   Our September meeting will be Tuesday, September 18.  Come eat lunch with us at 11:30 a.m. prior to our meeting.

Helping Oklahomans live their best lives through education and service. That’s what Oklahoma Home and Community Education, Inc. is all about.

OHCE has been around for the better part of a century – it was established in 1935.

Though residents may not be well acquainted with the organization, it’s highly likely they’ve benefitted in some way from OHCE’s local, national and even international outreach.

“OHCE is an extremely giving organization that collectively does many outstanding things both here in the state of Oklahoma and around the world,” said Kathy Fentress, OHCE state vice president.

In fact, seven years ago when Fentress was looking for volunteer opportunities and a way to meet other women in her local community in McCurtain County, OHCE’s giving nature was a huge attraction.

“Such a generous and hard-working organization makes a huge difference in everything it touches!” she said.

Even with data from only a third of OHCE groups reporting their outreach activities in 2017, the eye-popping numbers spotlight just how busy the organization’s 3,600-plus members have been: more than 72,000 pounds of materials recycled; over $47,000 worth of clothing donated; more than $48,000 in plants, trees and shrubs planted; and over 73,000 volunteer hours logged in nursing home visits, reading and tutoring, equaling an economic value of more than $1,734,862.

According to its website, OHCE’s ultimate mission is to “educate its members to be well-informed and able to handle changes in their homes and communities.”

Through its close relationship with the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, which is headquartered at Oklahoma State University, OHCE members translate that vision into reality by learning then sharing research-based information on a wide variety of topics.

More specifically, county based OHCE groups work with family and consumer sciences Extension educators in each of Oklahoma’s 77 counties, as well as district and state Extension specialists, to identify local issues, develop educational programming and launch service projects to help families and communities address their concerns.

There also are 83 OHCE members serving as Master FCS volunteers and another 15 operating as Master Wellness Volunteers in Oklahoma and Tulsa counties. In these roles, OHCE members receive extensive training and help expand Extension’s efforts across the state to help enhance people’s quality of life.

Additionally, OHCE contributes to charitable organizations in local communities, statewide and worldwide.

Shelia Burnett, OHCE state secretary and an active member of an OHCE group based in Rogers County, said the organization is vitally interested in educating Oklahomans so everyone can live better, safer and happier lives.

“We are interested in helping to provide this education through any way possible,” said Burnett, who joined OHCE a few years after retirement then spent time searching for ways to keep busy, including “snowbirding” in South Texas and working at various U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes and parks as well as substitute teaching in the summer.

“None of the items I tried seemed to be what I needed. I wanted to be with a group of people my age that was doing something for the community and, most of all, that I enjoyed doing,” she said. “I continue to be a member because I found most of the things that I felt were requirements for my joining in the first place.”

With the group’s heavy emphasis on education, it’s not surprising there’s an especially strong push to support young people.

“We help with the young people of our community through 4-H and other projects,” Burnett said. “Scholarships are a way for us to help with the youth of our community.”

In fact, OHCE awards tens of thousands of dollars annually to Oklahoma students and for various individual and community projects. In the past six years, the total amount the group has poured into the state far eclipses $200,000.

OHCE programming and outreach isn’t only limited to youth, though.

The organization offers a robust slate of educational offerings including, but certainly not limited to, health and well-being, nutrition, voting rights, financial issues and budgeting, disaster planning, generational differences, recycling, reading improvement and women’s issues.

“These programs are open all across the state to everyone, not just members. OHCE members often take many programs directly to their communities in various ways,” Fentress said. “The more we learn, the better people we become. OHCE, with groups all across the state, is a vehicle for adding knowledge and improving the well-being for all Oklahomans.”

Although OHCE primarily focuses its good works on Oklahoma, it’s affiliated nationally with the Country Women’s Council of USA and internationally with The Associated Country Women of the World.

OHCE groups have sewn uniforms for young girls in Fiji, who otherwise would be unable to attend school without the required attire.

As part of an international initiative launched by the state board, OHCE funded transportation costs for nine students from an impoverished village in Mexico with an aim of helping them finish high school and continue on to university. Eight of the students have graduated from high school and are attending university and one is completing the final year of high school.

Along with all OHCE accomplishes Burnett pointed to an additional perk of working with the organization.

“This group – OHCE – is fun. You make friendships that are life lasting,” she said. “I am truly blessed with this group.”

Looking ahead, she expects OHCE to keep learning and sharing.

“I see continuation of what we do best – learning ourselves and teaching others – as our main and best focus to be helpful to the people of Oklahoma,” she said. “We must remember that our future is our young people. Recruiting younger members to our groups is vital to this.”

For more information about the organization, visit ohce.okstate.edu.

Jeffco Coop News

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JEFFERSON COUNTY FREE FAIR Has been scheduled for Thursday, August 23 – noon Saturday, August 25.  Indoor entries are due by 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 22.  Baked items needing refrigeration may be brought in by 8 a.m. Thursday, August 23 morning – judging will take place Thursday, August 23.  Bring your creativity in crafts, arts, baked items, canned items, dehydrated foods, refurbished clothing or furniture, photography, Vintage items, Quilts, home grown fruits and vegetables, etc.  A fair book will be available prior to August.  There will be a Pet Show, Best Pie Maker and Best Cookie Jar contests!  Come join the fun! Co-Parenting for Resilence: Divorce or separation is not an easy or favorable decision, especially when minor children are in the home.  A class for divorcing or separating parents with minor children living in the home.  My next class is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 14, 2018 (there will be no class in July). Pre-registration is required. Call Jefferson County OSU Extension Office at 580-228-2332 for registration information.  This class is mandatory by law in Oklahoma and is also valuable for Grandparents and other relatives of minor children going through a divorce or separation. Jefferson County Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service through Oklahoma State University offers researched-based programs and information.  Call 580-228-2332 or come to 802 East D’ Street (Jefferson County Fairgrounds and visit with Leland McDaniel, Extension Educator, Agriculture/ 4/H Youth Development and Tara Brown, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development for questions you may have relating to Agriculture and/or Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H. A Tai Chi class has been scheduled for 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Monday, July 30 and Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at Jefferson County Fairgrounds.  There is no cost but please register on the Oklahoma State Health Department website http://falls.health.ok.gov and fill out and submit the enrollment form located on the right side of the page under related topics.  Upon completion of the 2-day class, participants will be qualified to lead Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance classes and teach classes in their communities. 

Jeffco COOP News July 5 2018

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JEFFERSON COUNTY FREE FAIR

Has been scheduled for Thursday, August 26 – noon Saturday, August 28.  Indoor entries are due by 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 25.  Baked items needing refrigeration may be brought in by 8 a.m. Thursday, August 26 morning – judging will take place Thursday, August 26.  Bring your creativity in crafts, arts, baked items, canned items, dehydrated foods, refurbished clothing or furniture, photography, Vintage items, Quilts, home grown fruits and vegetables, etc.  A fair book will be available prior to August.  There will be a Pet Show, Best Pie Maker and Best Cookie Jar contests!  Come join the fun!

Co-Parenting for Resilence: Divorce or separation is not an easy or favorable decision, especially when minor children are in the home.  A class for divorcing or separating parents with minor children living in the home.  My next class is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 14, 2018 (there will be no class in July). Pre-registration is required. Call Jefferson County OSU Extension Office at 580-228-2332 for registration information.  This class is mandatory by law in Oklahoma and is also valuable for Grandparents and other relatives of minor children going through a divorce or separation.

Jefferson County OHCE:   The 83rd Annual OHCE State Meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites/Downtown, Oklahoma City, Sunday evening July 8 through Tuesday, July 10.  Tara Brown, Jefferson County OHCE Advisor and others are planning to attend and will bring back educational materials and other information to share later.

Jefferson County Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service through Oklahoma State University offers researched-based programs and information.  Call 580-228-2332 or come to 802 East D’ Street (Jefferson County Fairgrounds and visit with Leland McDaniel, Extension Educator, Agriculture/ 4/H Youth Development and Tara Brown, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development for questions you may have relating to Agriculture and/or Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H.

Ten Safety Tips for this 4th of July

Release date:    June 30, 2016

Release Number:   RV-NR-2016-05

CHICAGO –Ensure your Independence Day weekend is filled with celebration and not regret with these 10 fire safety tips, from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region V office in Chicago:

1. Be sure fireworks are legal in your area before using or buying them.

2. Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities and never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks. Sparklers alone account for one quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries.

3. If you set off fireworks, keep a bucket of water handy in case of malfunction or fire.

4. If fireworks malfunction, don’t relight them! Douse and soak them with water then throw them away.

5. Never ignite fireworks in a container, especially one that is glass or metal.

6. Use your grill well away from your home and deck railings, and out from under branches or overhangs.

7. Open your gas grill before lighting.

8. Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below your gas or propane grill so it cannot be ignited.

9. Declare a three-foot “kid and pet-free zone” around the grill to keep them safe.

10. Avoid loose clothing that can catch fire when cooking on the grill.

You can find more information and tips on being fire safe this Fourth of July, by visiting www.usfa.fema.gov and be sure to download the FEMA app, available for Apple, Android and Blackberry mobile devices. The app includes home fire safety tips and reminders users can set to test smoke alarms (monthly), change smoke alarm batteries (yearly), and practice fire escape plans (every six months).

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Media Contact: Cassie Ringsdorf, 312-408-4455

Jefferson County Day Camp was held on Friday, June 29, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Jefferson County OSU Extension office.  Abby Davis, Ally Thomas, Heather Poage and Hannah Williams each painted and decoupage two flower pots; they each took one of their flower pots home and left the other to be entered into Jefferson County Free Fair.

Jeffco COOP News June 28 2018

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JEFFERSON COUNTY FREE FAIR

Corrected Dates!  Thursday, August 23– noon Saturday, August 25. Indoor entries are due by 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 22.   Baked items needing refrigeration may be brought in by 8 a.m. Thursday, August 23 morning – judging will take place Thursday, August 23.  Bring your creativity in crafts, arts, baked items, canned items, dehydrated foods, refurbished clothing or furniture, photography, Vintage items, Quilts, home grown fruits and vegetables, etc.  A fair book will be available prior to August.  There will be a Pet Show, Best Pie Maker and Best Cookie Jar contests!  Come join the fun!

Co-Parenting for Resilence: Divorce or separation is not an easy or favorable decision, especially when minor children are in the home.  A class for divorcing or separating parents with minor children living in the home.  My next class is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 14, 2018 (there will be no class in July). Pre-registration is required. Call Jefferson County OSU Extension Office at 580-228-2332 for registration information.  This class is mandatory by law in Oklahoma and is also valuable for Grandparents and other relatives of minor children going through a divorce or separation.

Jefferson County OHCE:   The 83rd Annual OHCE State Meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites/Downtown, Oklahoma City, Sunday evening July 8 through Tuesday, July 10.  Tara Brown, Jefferson County OHCE Advisor and others are planning to attend and will bring back educational materials and other information to share later.

Jefferson County Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service through Oklahoma State University offers researched-based programs and information.  Call 580-228-2332 or come to 802 East D’ Street (Jefferson County Fairgrounds and visit with Leland McDaniel, Extension Educator, Agriculture/ 4/H Youth Development and Tara Brown, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development for questions you may have relating to Agriculture and/or Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H.

Hot Weather Safety     Whew! It’s Getting Hot!

Whether the activity is sports related like running or cycling, or work related such as lawn care or facility maintenance, considering the increasing temperatures outside is important for overall health.  Exercising or working in the heat puts a stress on the body greater than what may be experienced due to the increased activity alone.  When we are active in hot environments the body naturally protects itself through the sweating process. If you are exposed to high temperatures for too long, and your body becomes dehydrated, it could lead to heat related health conditions.  Such conditions include heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and the most severe, heatstroke.  It is important to be aware of the warning signs and symptom of heat related illnesses.  According to the Mayo Clinic the following signs are indicative of a heat related illness:

·  Muscle cramps

·  Nausea/vomiting

·  Weakness

·  Fatigue

·  Headache

·  Dizziness

·  Low blood pressure

·  Increased heart rate

·  Vision problems

·  Sweating extensively or not at all

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is important to stop exercising or working and get out of the heat immediately.  You will also want to remove any extra clothing, place cool cloths or ice packs on skin, and drink plenty of fluids.  If you are in a location you can use a hose or shower, spray yourself with water, or sit in a tub with cold water.

As with many health issues the best defense against health related illness is prevention.  The following general precautions that may be taken to minimize the risk of heat related illnesses:

·  Limit outdoor activity to the morning and evening hours.

·  Get acclimated.

·  Drink plenty of fluids.

·  Wear clothing that is light color, and made with breathable fabrics.

·  Cut down on exercise intensity.

·  Understand your medical risks 

    Don’t forget the sunscreen!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed a comprehensive website focused on extreme heat and your health at http://www.cdc.gov/extremeheat/. And if you are working to educate others, a media toolkit at http://www.cdc.gov/extremeheat/materials.html. Please continue to enjoy your outside activities during the summer months.  Now you are prepared to identify if you are experiencing symptoms of a heat related illness, as well as work prevent it from ever occurring.

Thursday, June 21, Tara Brown, Jefferson County OSU Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H Youth Development presented a nutrition program on Trail Mix to the Ringling School Summer program.  She explained that there are a variety of Trail Mixes available in the market.  After a discussion of what food items may be put into a Trail Mix and why it is good for hiking and other outdoor (as well as indoor) activities and simple snacks, the group made their Trail Mix snacks.  Later during the afternoon, Tara Brown presented a program on rocks for the Library Rocks! Program for Gleason Memorial Library at the Ringling Community Building.  After a brief discussion on the three main types of rocks, each participant creatively painted at least one river rock. There was a lot of creativity done!

Jefferson County COOP News June 22 2018

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efferson County OHCE:   The 83rd Annual OHCE State Meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites/Downtown, Oklahoma City, Sunday evening July 8 through Tuesday, July 10.  Tara Brown, Jefferson County OHCE Advisor and others are planning to attend and will bring back educational materials and other information to share later.

JEFFERSON COUNTY FREE FAIR

Has been scheduled for Thursday, August 26 – noon Saturday, August 28.  Indoor entries are due by 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 25.  Baked items needing refrigeration may be brought in by 8 a.m. Thursday, August 26 morning – judging will take place Thursday, August 26.  Bring your creativity in crafts, arts, baked items, canned items, dehydrated foods, refurbished clothing or furniture, photography, Vintage items, Quilts, home grown fruits and vegetables, etc.  A fair book will be available prior to August.  There will be a Pet Show, Best Pie Maker and Best Cookie Jar contests!  Come join the fun!

Co-Parenting for Resilence: Divorce or separation is not an easy or favorable decision, especially when minor children are in the home.  A class for divorcing or separating parents with minor children living in the home.  My next class is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 14, 2018 (there will be no class in July). Pre-registration is required. Call Jefferson County OSU Extension Office at 580-228-2332 for registration information.  This class is mandatory by law in Oklahoma and is also valuable for Grandparents and other relatives of minor children going through a divorce or separation.

Jefferson County Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service through Oklahoma State University offers researched-based programs and information.  Call 580-228-2332 or come to 802 East D’ Street (Jefferson County Fairgrounds and visit with Leland McDaniel, Extension Educator, Agriculture/ 4/H Youth Development and Tara Brown, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development for questions you may have relating to Agriculture and/or Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H.

Hydration is essential, especially during summer months

Everyone looks forward to summer vacation and spending more time outdoors. However, Oklahoma’s extreme temperatures can easily put you at risk for dehydration.

It is very easy to underestimate how much water you need to drink to stay properly hydrated, especially when you are on the go on vacation, said Janice Hermann, Oklahoma State University nutrition specialist.

“When you’re on vacation, it’s easy to get caught up in sightseeing and other fun activities. For most people, thirst is typically the first indication of a need for water. Unfortunately, thirst lags behind the body’s need for water,” Hermann said. “It’s important to drink more water than what you think you need to avoid becoming dehydrated.”

Obviously, one sign of dehydration is a dry mouth, but there are other symptoms, too, and they need to be taken seriously. Other symptoms can include headache, flushed skin, weakness, dizziness, confusion, sluggishness, fainting and muscle cramps.

Although your main goal while on vacation is to have fun, it is important to drink plenty of water. Hermann has a few tips that will help make it easier to stay hydrated while on vacation.

“Carry a reusable water bottle that you can easily refill as you go about the day. If plain water is not your favorite, use unsweetened flavoring packets or natural flavorings, such as lemon or orange slices, to liven up the water,” she said. “Bottled water can be expensive, so carrying a reusable water bottle can save you a few dollars that can be spent on other fun things.”

For those traveling by plane, pack an empty reusable water bottle in your carry-on bag. Why take up space with an empty water bottle? Because airport regulations do not allow more than 3.4 ounces of liquid through security. Once you’ve cleared security, passengers can fill the water bottle before boarding the plane.

If you are traveling by car, pack a cooler with bottled water and some hydrating snacks such as cucumbers, celery, baby carrots, grapes, oranges or apples.

For those of you with a vacation destination that will be hot, and you will be spending a lot of time outdoors, staying hydrated is important. Hermann said you will need to drink more fluids to replace those lost through perspiration.

“The key is to consume fluids all throughout the day. Don’t wait until the end of the day,” she said. “Remember, thirst lags behind the body’s need for hydration.”

A hydration guide if you are going to participate in strenuous activity outdoors is 2 to 3 cups of fluid about two to three hours before the activity, plus an additional 1 cup of fluid about 10 to 20 minutes before the activity. Drinking small amounts of fluid, about one-half cup to a cup every 10 to 20 minutes during strenuous outdoor activity is also recommended. 

After strenuous outside activity, fluid should be consumed to replace weight lost. A rule of thumb is 2 to 3 cups of fluid to replace one pound lost through perspiration.

“For activities lasting less than one hour, plain cool water is best for replacing body water because it can be quickly absorbed,” Hermann said. “For outdoor activities lasting more than one hour where perspiration occurs, water by itself may not be enough. Sports beverages containing electrolytes and 6 to 8 percent carbohydrate can replace electrolytes lost through perspiration and are rapidly absorbed. Beverages containing more than 8 percent carbohydrate, such as juices and soda, can slow down fluid absorption.” 

Altitude can play a role in keeping yourself hydrated. For those planning a trip to the mountains, you will need to drink fluids more often. This is because humidity is lower at higher altitudes causing perspiration to evaporate quickly, so you may not realize how much water you are losing. In addition, oxygen levels are lower, which makes you breathe faster and deeper, so you lose more fluids through respiration at higher altitudes than you do at lower altitudes.

“Be sure to look at the Nutrition Facts label on the beverages you choose,” she said. “The food label and ingredients list provide information about calories, carbohydrate, sodium and potassium to help you make better choices. Enjoy your vacation, but make sure staying hydrated is at the top of your ‘must-do’ list.”

Not only is there concern of needs to rehydrate due to the heat and humidity, there are reports of vomiting and or diarrhea illnesses going around.  Be cautious to avoid dehydration.

Dehydration in Children

Be concerned if your child has an excessive loss of fluid by vomiting or diarrhea, or if the child refuses to eat or drink.

Signs of dehydration include:

•Sunken eyes

•Decreased frequency of urination or dry diapers

•Sunken soft spot on the front of the head in babies (called the fontanel)

•No tears when the child cries

•Dry or sticky mucous membranes (the lining of the mouth or tongue)

•Lethargy (less than normal activity)

•Irritability (more crying, fussiness with inconsolability)

Symptoms and Signs of Dehydration in Adults

The signs and symptoms of dehydration in adults range from minor to severe.

Mild to moderate dehydration may include the following:

•Increased thirst

•Dry mouth

•Tired or sleepy

•Decreased urine output

•Urine is low volume and more yellowish than normal

•Headache

•Dry skin

•Dizziness

•Few or no tears

The above symptoms may quickly worsen and indicate severe dehydration with signs and symptoms are developing; severe dehydration may include the following:

•Severely decreased urine output or no urine output. The urine, if any, produced is concentrated and a deep yellow or amber color.

•Dizziness or lightheadedness that does not allow the person to stand or walk normally.

•Blood pressure drops when the person tries to stand after lying down (low blood pressure or orthostatic hypotension)

•Rapid heart rate

•Fever

•Poor skin elasticity (skin slowly sinks back to its normal position when pinched)

•Lethargy, confusion, or coma

•Seizure

•Shock

Jeffco COOP News June 14 2018

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4-H Day Camps will be held during June and July.  They will be held at the OSU Extension office and times will vary according to the activity.

Thursday, June 14:  9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Sewing Projects: Microwave Pot Holders

Tuesday, June 19:  9 a.m. -11:00 a.m.   – Poster Art and Canvas Art

Friday, June 29:  9 a.m. -11:30 a.m.     Shabby Flower Pots (paint project) & Poster Art

• Registration is due at least two (2) days prior to the class to allow us time to make certain we have adequate amount of supplies available.

• Sewing project is limited to six students – you may bring your own sewing machine; we have 4 available here in our office.

4-H Culinary:  Wednesday, June 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.  Registration is due by 3 p.m. Monday, June 24 to allow time to purchase food.  We will be making Hot Ham and Cheese, Hot Ham and Turkey sandwiches and Rice Krispie Treats for our lunch!

Class size will be limited to 12 members.

Jefferson County OHCE group will meet Tuesday, June 19 at 12 noon at the Waurika Sr. Citizens Center.  The lesson will be on “Home Invasions/Self Defense”

Co-Parenting for Resilence: Divorce or separation is not an easy or favorable decision, especially when minor children are in the home.  A class for divorcing or separating parents with minor children living in the home is available monthly. Our next class is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Pre-registration is required. Call Jefferson County OSU Extension Office at 580-228-2332 for registration information.  This class is mandatory by law in Oklahoma and is also valuable for Grandparents and other relatives of minor children going through a divorce or separation.

4-H Has Talent Show will be Saturday, September 29 beginning at 2 p.m. at Ryan High School.  Our 4-H clubs are getting busy! Watch for upcoming events and come support Jefferson County 4-H.

Jeffco COOP News and Information June 7 2018

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 Jefferson County 4-H held their first Cupcake Wars on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Jefferson County OSU Extension office.

Three Beginners (grades 3-5) Hannah Williams, Heather Poage and Beau Combs competed for the 1st place award while Alicen Williams, Intermediate (grades 6-8) and Haley Poage, Senior (grades 9-12) had no competition in their levels.

Our judges complimented the creativeness of each competitor’s cupcakes.

Winners were:  Beginners: Hannah Williams, 1st; Heather Poage, 2nd and Beau Combs, 3rd. 

Hannah Williams
Heather Poage
Beau Combs

Intermediates:  Alicen Williams and Seniors: Haley Poage.

Alicen Williams
Haley Poage

A huge thank you to our judges: Shirley Cephur, Sharon Duncan and Gail Prentice and Jr. Judge Abby Davis who said the choices were difficult to decide the winners.  Also, a big thank you to those who participated.  Just wait and see what next year brings!!

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