Celebrate KY Homemakers Week

The following Family & Consumer Sciences article printed in the October 12, 2017 edition of the Oldham Era.

2017 KEHA Week

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Celebrate Extension Homemakers during KEHA Week

Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association Week is October 8 through 14, and the state’s more than 850 clubs are celebrating their accomplishments from the past year.

Extension Homemakers are firmly rooted in community service with more than 14,000 members contributing more than 300,000 volunteer hours for Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service-sponsored activities.

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KEHA members are huge supporters of higher education and youth. During the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the organization awarded more than $58,000 in college scholarships to deserving students and gave more than $14,000 in 4-H Camp scholarships. Extension Homemakers also volunteered more than 90,000 hours to support youth development activities across the state.

The organization supports several international causes including the Kentucky Academy in Ghana. During the past nine years, Extension Homemakers have helped the academy, which is a kindergarten based in Adjeikrom, Ghana, with various projects. These efforts include building upgrades, new furniture, and a new water well. Most recently, the group has raised money to fund the construction of a library in the village of Adjeikrom.

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Outreach efforts extend to local communities too. In the 2015-2016 fiscal year, Oldham County Extension Homemakers volunteered 20,866 hours to our community. Charitable projects included making lap blankets for the VA Hospital, sewing hats for cancer patients and premature babies, donating time and money to local food banks, and making and delivering holiday cards to nursing home residents. Oldham County Extension Homemakers also raise money for ovarian cancer research, Oldham County Community Scholarships, Oldham County 4-H Camp, Coins for Change, and WaterStep.

Joining Extension Homemakers is a great way to get involved with and give back to your community. If you are interested in learning more, contact the Oldham County Extension office via (502) 222-9453.

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Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, age, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.

Written by Kim Henken, Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships for the School of Human Environmental Sciences, and Lauren State Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

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Kentucky Burgoo Recipe

Jonathan’s Kentucky Burgoo

Servings: 8-12

This modern burgoo recipe comes from Lexington chef Jonathan Lundy and is very much in the spirit of the original dish, while taking into account modern tastes.

1 tablespoon olive oil • 2 cups diced onion • 1 cup diced celery • 1 cup peeled, diced carrots • 1/2 cup diced green peppers • 2 cups sliced shiitake mushrooms • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic • 1/4 cup teaspoon dried sage • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme • 12-ounce bottle of Kentucky ale or dark ale • 1/2 gallon brown beef stock • 2 cups braised bison brisket, diced • 2 cups roasted pork loin, diced • 2 cups roasted beef tenderloin, diced • 1/2 cup fresh roasted corn, cut off the cob • 1/2 cup frozen soybeans or lima beans • 1/4 cup chopped canned tomatoes • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

In a large soup pot, preheat the oil on high heat and sauté the onions, celery, carrots, and peppers for 3-4 minutes. Add the mushrooms, garlic and dried herbs. Sauté for 3-4 minutes more. Add Kentucky ale. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for about 5 minutes to allow alcohol to cook off. Add remainder of ingredients and simmer for about 20 minutes before serving.

Can be made 2–3 days ahead of time and reheated.

Recipe from “Burgoo, Barbecue, and Bourbon.”

Heart Disease in Men

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Heart Disease in Men

Adult Health Bulletin

Cardiovascular disease, or heart disease, is a term used to describe a wide variety of heart conditions, the most common being coronary heart disease. Coronary heart disease can cause a heart attack. Other heart diseases affect the valves in the heart or the ability of the heart to pump blood effectively. Men and women alike are at risk for heart disease, and in fact, it is the leading cause of death for both Kentucky men and women.

Heart Disease Facts About Men

  • The leading cause of death for men in the United States is heart disease. It is the cause for almost one out of four male deaths.
  • Half of men who die from heart disease did not have any previous symptoms.
  • Of all sudden cardiac events, 70 to 89 percent occur in men.

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Key Risk Factors for Heart Disease

  • High blood pressure (also known as hypertension)
  • High LDL cholesterol
  • Smoking

Other risk factors include:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Poor diet
  • Inactivity
  • Excessive alcohol

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According to the American Heart Association:

  • Among men age 20 and older, 33.4 percent of white males and 42.6 perfect of African American males have high blood pressure.
  • 41.3 percent of U.S. males over the age of 20 have a total cholesterol level over 200mg/dL.
  • 21.3 percent of males smoke cigarettes.
  • Approximately 72.9 percent of men age 20 and older are overweight or obese.
  • Of approximately 19.7 million Americans with diabetes, about 9.6 million are men (almost 49 percent).

Having a healthy heart is very important. How well are you taking care of yours?

Written by Nicole Peritore, Kentucky Extension Specialist for Family Health. Edited by Connee Wheeler, Senior Extension Specialist, and Lauren State, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant. Reference material from the American Heart Association.

OC 4-H Excels at 2017 KY State Shoot

Oldham County 4-H’ers Excel at State Shoot

The Kentucky 4-H State Shooting Sports Competition was held in Wilmore, KY on September 9 and 10. Fifty-three Oldham County 4-H’ers between the ages of nine and eighteen competed in .22 Pistol, .22 Rifle, Air Pistol, Archery, and Trap/Shotgun. Oldham County 4-H members won a total of forty-four trophies, four jackets, and three top scores.

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.22 PISTOL

3rd Place Individual (Age 12-14)
Kaitlyn Snyder

1st Place Team (Age 12-14)
Noah Anderson
Kaitlyn Snyder
Audra Spellman
Sydney Wells

1st Place Individual (Age 15-18)
John Clore

3rd Place Individual (Age 15-18)
Shane Bickett

1st Place Team (Age 15-18)
Shane Bickett
John Clore
Dain MacDonald
John Wells

AIR PISTOL

1st Place Individual (Age 15-18)
Cameron Rice

3rd Place Individual (Age 15-18)
John Clore

1st Place Team (Age 15-18)
Shane Bickett
John Clore
Dain MacDonald
Cameron Rice

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ARCHERY

1st Place Barebow Individual (Age 9-11)
Izzy Perez

2nd Place Barebow Individual (Age 9-11)
Tyler Zahradnicek

3rd Place Barebow Team (Age 9-11)
Sawyer McLean
John Morales
Izzy Perez
Tyler Zahradnicek

3rd Place Barebow Team (Age 15-18)
Sarah Griffin
Brandon Howard
Max Renner
Spencer Wieland

RIFLE .22 Sport

3rd Place Team (Age 9-11)
Sam Magsig
John Morales
Neil Simonson
Laura Worth

3rd Place Individual (Age 12-14)
Cole Powell

1st Place Team (Age 12-14)
Sarah Grace Jackson
Cole Powell
Audra Spellman
Sophia Worth

1st Place Individual (Age 15-18)
Cameron Rice

2nd Place Individual (Age 15-18)
John Clore

3rd Place Individual (Age 15-18)
Dalton Harjes

1st Place Team (Age 15-18)
John Clore
Dalton Harjes
Dain MacDonald
Cameron Rice

Congratulations to all State Shoot participants!

Educational programs of KY Cooperative Extension serve all people regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, age, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.

Written by Lauren State, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant. Reviewed by Kelly Woods, Oldham County 4-H Youth Development Agent.

Staying Positive Provides Health Benefits

Importance of Staying Positive

Adult Health Bulletin

Did you know there are actually health benefits to positive thinking? According to research, people have fewer physical complaints if they think positively and reflect on things they are grateful for at least once a week. Staying positive is an important part of mental health.

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Staying Positive

When you are positive, it does not mean that you should ignore challenges or tough times, rather positive thinking is trying to see the bright side as much as possible. It may take some time and practice to start thinking more positively. Try these tips for living a more positive life:

  • Write down dreams and goals. One way to stay positive is to write down your goals and dreams for the future. By writing them down, you are actually setting the groundwork for reaching your goal. Be detailed about what you want and how you think you can reach that dream or goal.
  • Say thank you. Being thankful and expressing gratitude is an important part of staying positive. You can do this in many ways, such as keeping a journal of things you are grateful for, writing a letter to someone who made a difference in your life, and making an effort to say “thank you” to all people who helped you throughout the week.
  • Avoid worrying. For some people, worrying is part of everyday life. Instead of worrying, try to find a way to solve the problem you are facing. You may also try to distract yourself from worrying if it is something beyond your control.

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  • Watch out for all-or-nothing thinking. Remember that if something does not go the way you think it should go, it does not mean that it will always be that way. That one time was that one time. Take steps to have a different outcome if it is something that you can control.
  • Slow down. Sometimes, when things are moving too fast, we get stressed. Lots of stress can lead to negative thinking. If you are feeling stressed — whether that is happening while talking, eating, or even rushing around to get something done — take the time slow down. Slowing down will allow you to think clearly about what you need to do.
  • Eat well and stay active. Did you know that eating unhealthy food and not being active can actually make you feel worse? On the other hand, eating healthy foods and staying active on a regular basis helps improve your mood and general health.

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It can be hard to develop healthy habits like staying positive. Try some of these different ways to stay positive and see how much better you will feel!

Written by Nicole Peritore, Kentucky Extension Specialist for Family Health. Edited by Connee Wheeler, Senior Extension Specialist, and Lauren State, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant. Source material from Mental Health America.

Adult Health Screenings

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Health Screenings

Adult Health Bulletin

Every adult should get screened for illnesses when they visit their healthcare provider. Some screenings can be done right in the provider’s office. There are some screenings that need special equipment and may need to be done at a separate appointment.

General Screenings

  • Diabetes: This illness can cause many problems with your body including, but not limited to: heart, eyes, kidneys, and nerves. You should get screened if you have high blood pressure or take medicine for high blood pressure.
  • Hepatitis C Virus (Hep C): Hep C is an infection of the liver. You should get screened one time for Hep C if you were born between 1945 and 1965 or if you received a blood transfusion before 1992.

High Blood Cholesterol Screening

High blood cholesterol can lead to dangerous disease like heart disease or stroke. Have your blood cholesterol checked regularly with a blood if:

  • You use tobacco.
  • You are overweight or obese.
  • You have a history of heart disease or blocked arteries.
  • Your family has a history of heart disease.

High Blood Pressure Screening

High blood pressure can cause strokes, heart attacks, kidney and eye problems, and heart failure. Your blood pressure should be checked at least every two years.

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Lung Cancer Screening

You should talk to your healthcare provider about a lung cancer screening if you are between the ages of 55 and 80, smoke now, or have quit within the past 15 years.

Colon Cancer Screening

A person between the ages of 50 and 75 should get a colon cancer screening. This screening can be done in several ways, so talk to your healthcare provider about your options. If your family has a history, you may want to talk to your healthcare provider about getting screened before the age of 50.

Women Specific Screenings

  • Osteoporosis: This test is used to make sure you have strong bones. This screening can also be done in several different ways. Talk to your healthcare provider about getting this screening done.
  • Breast Cancer: A mammogram is the screening test used to detect breast cancer. Talk to your healthcare provider about scheduling a mammogram and how often it is needed.
  • Cervical Cancer: This screening is one that typically starts around the age of 21 and is continued until around the age of 65. Talk to your healthcare provider about the screening called a Pap smear. Your provider may also encourage you to be tested for human papillomavirus, also known as HPV.

health screenings

Screenings are important ways to make sure that you do not have an illness or disease without symptoms. It is important to talk with your healthcare provider to determine which screenings are needed for you.

Written by Nicole Peritore, Kentucky Extension Specialist for Family Health. Edited by Connee Wheeler, Senior Extension Specialist, and Lauren State, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant. Reference material from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Fall 2017 4-H Events

The following 4-H Youth Development calendar printed in the Fall 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

oldham county 4-h calendar

All activities are held at Oldham County Extension unless otherwise noted.

September 4-H Calendar

4 Office closed for Labor Day
5 4-H Club Leader Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
11 Teen Club, 6:00 p.m.
14 Busy 4-H’ers, 6:30 p.m.
16 Challenge Walk, Wendell Moore Park, 9:30 a.m.
16 District 3 Teen Council, Carroll County Extension, 10:00 a.m.
18 Delicious Delights, 6:30 p.m.
19 Extension Foundation, 9:00 a.m.

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October 4-H Calendar

5 Leaders of the Pack, 6:30 p.m.
7 Oldham County Dog Show
12 Extension Council, 9:00 a.m.
12 District Board, 10:00 a.m.
12 4-H Council, 7:00 p.m.
13 4-H Reality Store, North Oldham High School
14 Teen Club, haunted house outing
16 Delicious Delights, 6:30 p.m.
30 Busy 4-H’ers, 6:30 p.m.

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November 4-H Calendar

9 Leaders of the Pack, 6:30 p.m.
14 Busy 4-H’ers, 6:30 p.m.
20 Delicious Delights, 6:30 p.m.
20 Teen Club, volunteering opportunity
21 4-H Awards Banquet, John Black Center
23-24 Office closed for Thanksgiving

Fall 2017 FCS Events

The following Family & Consumer Science calendar printed in the Fall 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

oldham county fcs calendar

All activities are held at Oldham County Extension unless otherwise noted.

September FCS Calendar

4 Office closed for Labor Day
16 Challenge Walk, Wendell Moore Park, 9:30 a.m.
20 Dare to Care Cooking & Nutrition Class, LaGrange Community Center, 1:15 p.m.
25 Come Sew with Us, “Pillow Cases and More,” 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.
26 Senior Health Fair, Oldham County Health Department, 9:00 a.m. – noon
28 Homemaker Lesson, “Dealing Creatively with Conflict,” 10:00 a.m.
30 Autumn Colors Craft Show, LaGrange Community Center, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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October FCS Calendar

2 Paid reservations for Louisville Area Annual Meeting due
8-14 Celebrate Homemaker Week
10 Perfecting Your Pies, 1:00 p.m.
12 Extension Council, 9:00 a.m.; District Board 10:00 a.m.
17 Homemaker Annual Meeting, Henry County Extension Office, 9:30 a.m.
18 Dare to Care Cooking & Nutrition Class, LaGrange Community Center, 1:15 p.m.
23 Come Sew with Us, “Just Stuff It,” 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.
26 Homemaker Lesson, “Toaster Ovens,” 10:00 a.m.

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November FCS Calendar

2 Homemaker Holiday Showcase: An Old Fashioned Holiday, 10:00 a.m. – noon
13 Come Sew with Us, “Holiday Ideas,” 3:00 p.m.
15 Dare to Care Cooking & Nutrition Class, LaGrange Community Center, 1:15 p.m.
17 Louisville Area Diabetes Awareness Day, Shelby County Extension Office, 10:00 a.m.
23-24 Office closed for Thanksgiving
30 Homemaker dues and enrollment due to extension office

Fall 2017 Ag Events

The following Agriculture & Natural Resources calendar printed in the Fall 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

oldham county agriculture calendar

All activities are held at the Oldham County Extension office unless otherwise noted. Please call to RSVP for classes held at extension offices.

September Ag Calendar

1 Master Gardener classes begin
4 Office closed for Labor Day
7 Growing Daylilies, sponsored by the Oldham County Master Gardener Association, 6:30 p.m.
8 Oldham County Beekeepers Association, 7:30 p.m.
11 Green Thumbs Garden Club, carpool leaves extension office at 8:30 a.m.
16 Oldham County Master Gardener Association meeting, 9:00 a.m.
16 Indoor Tilapia, Shrimp, & Aquaponics, Kentucky State University, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., details/RSVP via kathryn.mitchell@kysu.edu
19 Extension Foundation, 9:00 a.m.
25 Regional Beef Field Day, Todd Rand Farm, Bedford
27-28 Kentucky Grazing School, Versailles, Kentucky

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October Ag Calendar

5 Landscaping for All Seasons, Oldham County Arts Center, sponsored by Oldham County Community Education, 6:00 p.m.
9 Green Thumbs Garden Club, contact office for details
12 Extension Council, 9:00 a.m.
12 Extension District Board, 10:00 a.m.
13 Oldham County Beekeepers Association, 7:30 p.m.
17 Kentucky Grazing Conference, Lexington
19 Beef Quality Assurance Training/Certification, 6:00 p.m.
23 Monarchs in Mexico, Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, sponsored by the Oldham County Master Gardener Association, 6:30 p.m.

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November Ag Calendar

9 Beef Quality Assurance Training/Certification, 9:00 a.m.
10 Oldham County Beekeepers Association, 7:30 p.m.
13 Green Thumbs Garden Club, contact office for details
17 Master Gardener Graduation Celebration, 9:00 a.m.
23-24 Office closed for Thanksgiving

Oldham County 4-H Competes in Summer Events

The following Oldham County 4-H articles printed in the Fall 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

Oldham County 4-H’ers Compete

State 4-H Communications Event

The State Communications Event was held on July 9 on the University of Kentucky’s campus in Lexington. Oldham County was well represented by the following 4-H members:

Maggie Anderson’s Junior Foods Demonstration “How to Make Tater Tot Chicken Pie” won a blue ribbon.

Sarah Griffin won a red ribbon for her Senior Arts and Crafts Demonstration “How to Make String Art.”

Kendall Kennedy received a red ribbon for her Junior Arts and Crafts Demonstration titled “How to Make a Fleece Tie Quilt.”

In the 11-year-old division, Sam Ray’s speech “Schools Should Not Require Uniforms” earned a blue ribbon.

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4-H Fashion Revue Results

On Wednesday, August 2, Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church hosted the 2017 4-H Fashion Revue. This year’s participants included Maggie Anderson, Sarah Griffin, Chris Harris, Emily Harris, and Rachel Harris. Sarah Griffin received the Senior Fashion Magic Champion Award and the Senior Sewing Champion Award. Rachel Harris earned the Junior Fashion Magic Champion Award and the Junior Sewing Champion Award. Great job, Oldham County 4-H’ers!

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Ballardsville High Riders Excel at Summer Events

Kentucky 4-H Horse Contest

The Kentucky 4-H Horse Contest was held in Lexington on June 15 and 16. Congratulations to the following members for their accomplishments:

Harper Ash, Peyton Ash, Sydney Cobb, Caroline Olds, and Ella Olds formed the Oldham County 4-H Junior Horse Bowl Team, placing 2nd in the Junior Horse Bowl.

The Junior Hippology Team — comprising Sydney Cobb, Caroline Olds, and Ella Olds — placed 2nd in the Junior Hippology Contest, 1st in the team written exam, 3rd in team stations, and 5th in team judging.

In Junior Original Art, Caroline Olds took 1st place, and Ella Olds placed 3rd.

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Kentucky 4-H State Horse Show

From July 2 through 8, the State Fairgrounds in Louisville hosted the Kentucky 4-H State Horse Show. Congratulations to the following Oldham County 4-H’ers for their accomplishments at the state show:

Harper Ash placed 5th in Walk-Trot Cross Rails; 5th in Hunter Under Saddle, Walk-Trot; 6th in Hunter Equitation, Walk-Trot; 6th in Walk-Trot Dressage; and 10th in Showmanship, Age Division I.

Peyton Ash earned 2nd place in Hunter Equitation, Walk-Trot; 4th in Walk-Trot Cross Rails; 4th in Hunter Under Saddle, Walk-Trot; and 5th in Walk-Trot Dressage.

Maya Bourke took 3rd place in 18-inch Cross Rails; 4th in Hunter Equitation, Walk-Trot; and 8th in Hunter Under Saddle, Walk-Trot.

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Hunter Fackler received 1st place in Open Invitation Miniature Halter; 1st in Miniature Pleasure Driving, Junior Division; and 2nd in Open Invitation Miniature Pleasure Driving.

Tori Winn won 2nd place in Dressage Training, Level 3; 2nd in Hunt Seat Equitation, Age Division III; 4th in Dressage Equitation, Senior; and 4th in Hunter Under Saddle, Age Division III.

Everyone who participated in the 2017 District and State Horse Shows deserves a big round of applause!

For more information regarding the 4-H horse program, contact the Oldham County Extension Office. To qualify for participation in horse related competitive events, 4-H members must complete equine educational requirements and be registered with the extension office by April 15, 2018.

State 4-H Dog Show

On August 12 and 13, the Kentucky State 4-H Dog Show was held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. Congratulations to the seven Oldham County 4-H participants:

Will Barber and Sassy placed 2nd in Novice Showmanship.

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Rebekah Degnan and Jasper earned 2nd place in Obedience (Sub Novice B), Agility II, and Gambler’s Choice. Rebekah also received 2nd in 4-H Dog Judging (Senior Division).

Beth Huffman and Swanky took 1st in Open Showmanship (Age 17-18).

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Anna Laverty and Oscar received 3rd in Obedience (Graduate Beginner).

Carrie Olds and Houdie were 1st in Open Showmanship (Age 11-12).

Ella Olds and Tess won 2nd place in Masters Showmanship (Age 13-14). Ella also placed 1st in 4-H Dog Judging (Junior Division).

Audrey Roberts and Glory took 1st place in Novice Showmanship (Age 11-12).

Oldham County 4-H also received the 2017 Michele Reilly Dedication Award. Excellent work, 4-H’ers!

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Written by Amy Logsdon, Oldham County 4-H Assistant; and Lauren State Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.