Tips for Avoiding Homesickness

The following 4-H Youth Development article originally printed in the 2018 Summer edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

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Handling Homesickness

Going away for a night or even away at camp for a few nights can be a lot of fun. But for some kids, it can be really hard to be away from home. Here are some things you can do that will help you stay and enjoy all the fun.

  • Bring a little part of home with you: For an overnight stay, it may be helpful to bring something from home. Think about your favorite toy or wear your favorite pajamas. You may also want to take a picture of your family that you can look at from time to time.
  • Stay busy: when you are busy having fun, you have less time to think about being home. If you are at an overnight sleepover, play games, dance, and enjoy the time with your friends. If you are at an overnight camp, think about all of the activities that you have to choose from and perhaps even try something new!
  • Talk to someone: For some kids, just letting someone else know that you are feeling a little homesick can help you feel better. Whether it is a friend or a counselor, he or she may have some other ideas to help you have fun and not think about being away from home.
  • Practice: It may seem silly, but it may be helpful to practice being away from home. This may mean staying at a friend’s house for a few hours before trying to stay for an overnight visit. Maybe try checking out a day camp before going to an overnight camp.

If you sometimes feel a little homesick, remember that it is okay and that there are ways to lesson that feeling. A lot of kids feel homesick, and even some adults!

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Source: Nicole Peritore, Extension Specialist for Family Health, University of Kentucky. Edited by Lauren Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

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Oldham County 4-H Summer Clubs

The following 4-H Youth Development articles originally printed in the 2018 Summer edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

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Kids Cooking Camp

June 26 and 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., is the All American Kids Cooking Camp! Boys and girls between the ages of nine and twelve will learn beginning cooking skills in his fun, hands-on program.

Registration is limited, taken on a first-come first-served basis, and cannot be completed without payment. The $20 supply fee includes lunch. Go online to oldham.ca.uky.edu/Kids-Cooking-Camp for further information.

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Summer Gardening Club

Boys and girls ages nine through thirteen, get in the garden with 4-H! We have four club gardening days planned for this summer:

  • Vegetable Gardens on June 19
  • Butterfly Gardens on June 26
  • Pizza Gardens on July 10 (For this project, you will also need to bring a container at least 24 inches in diameter and 10 inches deep)
  • Butterfly Houses on July 24

To signup for 4-H Summer Gardening Club, send the flyer, 4-H participation form, and $25 supply fee to Oldham County Extension, 1815 North Highway 393, La Grange, KY 40031. Registration materials available online at oldham.ca.uky.edu/4h-horticulture-club.

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Love Chickens?

Oldham County 4-H is currently organizing a Poultry Club! The club will focus on learning about chickens, although you do not need to own one yourself in order to participate. Would your child like to join? Are you interesting in volunteering with the club?

For more information, please contact 4-H Agent Kelly Woods via (502) 222-9453 or kwoods@uky.edu.

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

Oldham County 4-H Champions

The following 4-H Youth Development articles originally printed in the 2018 Summer edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

Gold Award Winners

Congrats to Hannah Anderson, Beth Huffman, and Olivia Minor on receiving the 2018 4-H Gold Achievement Award!

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This competitive program involves an application as well as a panel interview portion. These Oldham County members are 3 of the 30 that were selected from across the state to represent Kentucky 4-H. Gold Competitive Achievement winners receive a full scholarship to 4-H Teen Conference at the University of Kentucky in June and an $800 scholarship towards attending National 4-H Congress Conference.

In addition, Beth placed in the top 10 and will interview for the Emerald Award College Scholarship at the University of Kentucky in June.

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4-H Communications Champions

At the Oldham County Communications night in March, the following 4-H’ers earned champion ribbons:

*Olivia Baker
Age 9 Speech
“Amazing Abigail Adams”
*Brady Rutledge
Age 10 Speech
“Healthy Body, Healthy Mind”
*Ava Breeding
Age 11 Speech
“Grit is the Way to Go”
Carrie Olds
Age 12 Speech
“Concussion”
*Ella Olds
Age 14 Speech
“Scuba Diving”
Chanrahaas Kona
Age 16 Speech
“The Development of UBI”
Hannah Anderson
Age 17 Speech
“Tweeting the Classics”
*Kendall Kennedy
Age 10 Arts Demonstration
“How to Make Slime”
*Hunter Fackler
Junior Mock Job Interviews

The 4-H’ers denoted with asterisks (*) were champions in the District Communications Event, hosted by Shelby County in April. They are eligible to participate in the State 4-H Communications competition at the University of Kentucky on July 14.

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Congratulations to all our fantastic 4-H’ers on their spectacular performances at this year’s Communications events, and best of luck to the participants that will be moving on to the state event this summer!

State Dog Bowl Results

In March, the Leaders of the Pack, Oldham County 4-H Dog Club, participated in the 2018 State 4-H Dog Bowl and Skillathon. Congratulations to the following 4-H’ers for their achievements.

Carrie Olds, Chloe Hardesty, Caecilia Isenhart, and Freya Isenhart were the Grand Champion Junior Dog Bowl Team.

Beth Huffman earned 2nd in the Individual Senior Skillathon competition.

Carrie Olds placed 3rd in Individual Junior.

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

A Twist on the Classic Easter Basket

The following Family & Consumer Sciences article originally printed in the 2018 Spring edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

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Easter Basket Twist

This year, why not try non-candy gifts in your child’s Easter basket? I’m not saying not to give any candy at all — just cut back quite a bit. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Kentucky has the seventh highest obesity rate in the nation. An estimated 17 percent of children and adolescents ages 2-19 are obese. It begs the question, “Do we really need all those candy filled eggs on Easter?” Some children still have candy leftover from Valentine’s Day, Christmas, and even Halloween. Health officials and dietitians assert that moderation is the key, and this applies to candy too.

Easter baskets can be filled with special treats that are not sugar filled or coated with chocolate. Parents can choose gifts that promote the spirit of the holiday or follow a theme. How about a basket centered on cooking, painting, game night, or physical activity? Both boys and girls will enjoy side walk chalk, play dough, stickers, bubbles, keychains, books, and bath toys. Girls may prefer lip balm, pretty paper and pencils, jeweled pens, hair accessories, and scented lotion. Boys might like toy cars, trading cards, Pokémon, Legos, and action figures. In the end, you know your child’s interests. Fill their baskets with less candy and little more imagination this year.

Written by Annhall Norris, Extension Associate for Food Safety and Preservation, with the University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

4-H Rewards Hard Work

The following 4-H Youth Development articles originally printed in the 2018 Spring edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

Bronze and Silver Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to the following Oldham County 4-H members who received the State Bronze and Silver Awards. These individuals will be recognized at Teen Conference in June at the University of Kentucky.

Bronze Award
Rebekah Anderson
Peyton Ash
Hunter Fackler
Ella Olds

Silver Award
Maggie Anderson
Keirstin Kennedy
Ruby Mason
Shelby Shackelford

Hannah Anderson, Sarah Griffin, Beth Huffman, and Olivia Minor moved on to the interview portion for the Gold Award which will take place on March 3rd. Molly Logsdon is applying for the Emerald Award, the top 4-H award in the state. Congratulations to each of you! We are very proud of our 4-H’ers.

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Oldham County 4-H Volunteers Honored

In February, two Oldham County 4-H club leaders were honored at the 2018 Kentucky 4-H Volunteer Forum. Paul Harjes received the State 4-H Certified Shooting Sports Achievement Award. This award was developed to recognize individuals who make an important, positive, measurable impact upon clubs, communities, the Kentucky 4-H Program, and the lives of 4-H members and/or volunteers. Jean Jenkins received the State 4-H Conrad Feltner Leadership Award in recognition of her exemplary 4-H leadership.

Oldham County 4-H’ers also received awards for their achievements. Molly Logsdon, Karmen Woods, Brandon Howard, and Sarah Griffin received the State 4-H Ten Year Member Award. Hannah Anderson received the 4-H Community Service Youth Award.

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Written by Kelly Woods, Oldham County 4-H Agent, and Lauren Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

Get Ready for 4-H Competitions

The following 4-H Youth Development articles originally printed in the 2018 Spring edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

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Qualifying for 4-H Competitive Events

Attention: All 4-H members must be registered with Oldham County 4-H by April 15th, 2018 in order to qualify to compete in any 4-H events. This requirement applies to all 4-H competitions including Horse Show, Horse Contest, Dog Shows, and Oldham County 4-H Fair.

4-H’ers who would like to participate in any competitive 4-H horse event (this includes 4-H horse shows) must complete six hours of instructional training taught or approved by their 4-H certified horse club leader. Please meet with your leader now to ensure you will have your completed and documented hours of instruction prior to April 15th. Documentation must accompany your registration or show paperwork.

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Oldham County Fair

The 2018 Oldham County Fair is scheduled for July 31 through August 4. 4-H projects will be entered on July 26 at the Oldham County Extension office and available for pickup on August 4th at the Oldham County Fairgrounds. Don’t forget: to be eligible to exhibit projects in the 4-H categories during the county fair, youth must be a registered 4-H member by April 15th. Watch for an e-mail notification about the fair catalog and the NEW online fair registration instructions.

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4-H State Dog Camp

Take your dog to camp. 4-H Dog Camp is the perfect opportunity for 4-H members to work with their dogs one-on-one and in group instruction situations. Dog Camp will be held at J.M. Feltner 4-H Camp on May 18 through 20. Contact the Extension Office at (502) 222-9453 if you would like to receive registration information when available.

Opportunites for 4-H’ers and Volunteers

The following 4-H Youth Development articles originally printed in the 2018 Spring edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

4-H Speech Program Builds Confidence

Public speaking is one of Americans’ biggest fears. 4-H presents the opportunity for youth to conquer this fear at a young age by participating in the public speaking program. By learning public speaking skills, youth will have the confidence, organizational skills and composure to become the influential leaders of tomorrow.

The important thing is for young people to give 4-H public speaking a try. The earlier they begin the program and the longer they stick with it, the stronger their public speaking skills will be. Youth can deliver speeches on any topic they find interesting. As they look for more information on the topic, they develop valuable research skills. They also learn organizational skills by composing the speech and giving it the proper structure. Finally, they must use creative techniques to get the audience’s attention.

Competition begins at the club level qualifying for the county competition on March 26th. County winners advance to a district tournament on April 14th, and district winners advance to a state tournament, held in July at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Judges evaluate the presentation and the speaker’s ability to clearly deliver a message. It’s not too late to get involved in a 4-H speech program! Call (502) 222-9453 for details.

HELP! We need judges for the Communication Competitions on March 26 and April 14. If you are interested in volunteering to judge a speech or demonstration contest, please contact Kelly Woods at (502) 222-9453. We need your help to make this a rewarding experience for our 4-H’ers!

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Got Chickens?

If your family is interested in keeping chickens, your first step should be attending the “Chickens 101” workshop. The first session on March 1 focuses on Breed Selection, Chick Care, Housing and Predator Control. Get the rundown on Health and Nutrition at the second session on March 8. Please call (502) 222-9453 or email traci.missun@uky.edu to register.

Oldham County Extension would like to organize a 4-H Poultry Club. If your child wants to join or you are interested in leading the club, please contact Kelly Woods via (502) 222-9453 or kwoods@uky.edu.

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Volunteer at the 4-H Reality Store

South Oldham High School 4-H Reality Store will be held on Friday, April 20th. We need volunteers to make this event possible. Contact the Oldham County Cooperative Extension Office via (502) 222-9453 or kwoods@uky.edu if you can help out!

Written by Kelly Woods, Oldham County 4-H Agent.

Oldham County 4-H Summer Fun

The following 4-H Youth Development articles originally printed in the 2018 Spring edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

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Join Us on Planet 4-H

Oldham County 4-H Camp signups are underway! Join us from July 16 through 20 at Lake Cumberland, as we make history by filling the camp with Oldham County campers. Check out our camp promotion featuring our campers online at oldham.ca.uky.edu/4H-camp. Applications for campers and adult volunteers are also available on our website.

See you at camp!

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Teen Conference is Around the Corner – Mark Your Calendar!

Oldham County 4-H teens, if you haven’t attended Teen Conference, you’re missing out! 4-H Teen Conference is for those who have graduated from the eighth grade through the age of 19. Participants select tracks, college visits, tours, workshops, and issues seminars. The conference will be held at the University of Kentucky from June 11 through 14. Financial assistance requests must be submitted to the 4-H Council by April 1 and the complete registration is due April 15th. Contact the Oldham County Cooperative Extension Service for registration materials and additional information.

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Important Summer Dates to Note

District Horse Show June 1 – 3
State Horse Judging June 7
State Horse Contest June 7 & 8
Teen Conference June 11 – 14
State Horse Show June 30 – July 7
Kids Cooking Camp June 26 & 27
4-H Camp July 16 – 20

Written by Kelly Woods, Oldham County 4-H Agent, and edited by Lauren Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

Extension Builds Healthy Kentuckians

The following Family & Consumer Sciences article printed in the November 9, 2017 edition of the Oldham Era.

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FCS Extension Builds Strong, Healthy Kentuckians

In Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Extension, we help individuals develop the skills they need to improve quality of life for themselves and their families. We offer a variety of educational programs throughout the year, including cooking and nutrition classes, sewing workshops, financial stability talks, and much more. In the past programming year, we reached more than 1.6 million Kentuckians.

These programs have made a meaningful impact across the state. Our Truth and Consequences Program, which focuses on the realities of substance abuse, has changed the lives of young Kentuckians. In a recent survey, more than 400 of them reported that they know of peers who no longer engage in substance abuse because of the program.

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Extension offers health-related programs for all age groups that focus on eating healthy and increasing physical activity. Due to these efforts, more than 12,000 Kentuckians made a lifestyle change to improve their health. FCS Extension agents also work closely with local farmers markets to promote fresh produce consumption. By conducting Plate It Up Kentucky Proud food demonstrations and offering recipe cards during the markets, agents increased Kentucky farmers market sales by more than $17,000. Oldham County FCS Agent Chris Duncan partnered with Oldham County Fiscal Court to bring food demonstrations and nutrition tips to Oldham County TV. “Cooking With Chris” can be found online by visiting www.oldhamcounty.net/oldham-county-tv.

Educating low-income families on the benefits of healthier eating and buying fresh foods resulted in redemption of more than $61,000 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; Women, Infants and Children; or senior benefits at the state’s farmers markets. To help support individuals and families in tough economic times, Oldham County Extension partners with the Dare To Care Food Bank to provide economic cooking and nutrition classes using the foods donated to the mobile pantry. Participants learn about preparing healthy recipes, meal planning, buying vegetables and fruit in season, and other ways to stretch a food budget.

Oldham County Extension also brings nutrition education to inmates in the substance abuse program at Roederer Correctional. Lessons focus on preparing the men for a healthier lifestyle upon returning to their families.

Through various career preparation programs, we spread knowledge that helps Kentuckians attain employment or find a more fulfilling job. In the past year, more than 43,000 people used practical living skills learned through FCS Extension to advance their education or employment.

We are home to a vibrant group of Extension Homemakers. These members engage in numerous outreach projects to better their communities and Kentucky. One such project is the ovarian cancer screening fundraising program. Each year, Extension Homemakers contribute to this UK Markey Cancer Center program, which provides free ovarian cancer screenings to Kentucky women. Since fundraising began 40 years ago, Extension Homemakers have given $1.4 million to that effort. Oldham County Extension Homemakers also contribute to Oldham County Community Scholarships, Oldham County 4-H Camp, Coins for Change, and WaterStep.

For more information on local Family and Consumer Sciences programs, contact the Oldham County Cooperative Extension Service via (502) 222-9453 or lauren.state@uky.edu. You can also visit us online at oldham.ca.uky.edu.

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Educational programs of the 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, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.

Written by Jennifer Hunter, Interim Assistant Director of Family and Consumer Sciences Extension, and Lauren State Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

Supporting Oldham County Agriculture

The following Agriculture & Natural Resources articles originally published in the 2017 Report to the People and reprinted in the 2017 Winter edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

“If it wasn’t for 4-H I do not think I would have developed the skills that have helped me take care of my own horse, and I would not have gained the knowledge that is helping me [study pre-veterinary science.]”
– Oldham County 4-H alumni

Supporting Oldham’s #1 Ag Commodity

The 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey reported a total value of Oldham County’s equine and equine-related assets of $163 million. Oldham County ranks 4th in Kentucky in value of equine sold, 5th in equine operation income, 6th in value of equine and equine acres, and 7th in equine population.

Oldham County Extension supports farm managers and horse owners through site visits to help troubleshoot problems and improve pastures and horse health. This includes improving pastures through reseeding, fertility management, weed control, and grazing management; improving horse diets; and hay testing.

The Extension Service also provides equine programs on worming, pasture management, vaccinations, showmanship, and tack care. Between July 2016 and June 2017, the county 4-H and agriculture agents, as well as numerous community equine professionals and veterinarians, taught seven educational sessions to 4-H members and horse owners. Thirty-six repeat attendees learned valuable horse care information that improved health and safety of both horse and rider.

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Oldham County 4-H’ers at the Kentucky State 4-H Horse Show.

Through monthly educational meetings, 4-H horse club members build social and emotional skills like accountability, empathy, leadership, and confidence.

Beef Field Day

In Oldham County, pasture makes up 32% of available farmland and provides grazing for livestock. Livestock are important to Oldham County’s economy, with cattle alone representing over 2.4 million dollars in sales in 2012, according to the Census of Agriculture.

Because of the importance and prevalence of cattle production in the area, agriculture extension agents in Oldham, Trimble, Henry, and Shelby Counties have organized and held annual Regional Beef Field Days for farmers since 2005. These field days offer farmers an opportunity to see how production practices work on other farms. Field days also promote implementation of new practices that improve production efficiency while protecting natural resources, which are goals outlined in the county plan of work.

In 2016, this event was held at an Oldham County Farm. During the field day, 250 Louisville area producers attended and learned about:

  • Heavy Use Feeding Areas and Other Conservation Practices that Protect Soil and Water
  • Proper Handling Facilities to Minimize Animal Stress
  • Good Herd Health Practices and Update on Antibiotics Use

Farms make up one-half of total land acreage in Oldham County.

“Looking at the handling facilities setup helped me decide on changes needed for my own system.”
– Oldham County farmer

Written by Lauren State, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant; Traci Missun, Oldham County Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent; and Kelly Woods, Oldham County 4-H Youth Development Agent.