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  • Thursday, October 27, 2016 4:00 AM
    Interested in gaining hands-on experience in SCUBA diving from certified SCUBA diving instructors? Learning more about aquatic environments? Then join us starting November 17th from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Crawfordsville Aquatic Center for the SCUBA Diving Club! This club is being held in partnership with Huber Dive Services and the Montgomery County 4-H program. The SCUBA Diving Club is open to ALL high schoolers in Montgomery County. Youth will also learn about marine environments, aquatic life, physics, career opportunities, and more!
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  • Saturday, October 22, 2016 4:00 AM
    The leaves are turning colors, the temperature is dropping and my favorite season is finally upon us. Fall is here and with fall comes pumpkins. The onslaught of pumpkins is not just a figment of your imagination, in fact, 80 percent of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available in October. And good news for those trying to eat local, 90 to 95 percent of our edible pumpkins are grown next door in Illinois. 
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  • Friday, October 14, 2016 4:00 AM
    Harvest is fully underway in Montgomery County. Combines are chugging along harvesting corn and soybeans, semis full of grain are lining up at the local grain elevators, and grain is traveling to places far and wide via our local highways and railways. In 2015, according to the Indiana Agriculture Report (March 2016), Montgomery County led the state in soybean production at 6.3 million bushels and was second only to Benton County in corn production at 20.3 million bushels. Our farmers are putting in long hours at this time of year and leading the state in crop production. So where does all of this grain end up?
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  • Saturday, September 17, 2016 4:00 AM
    As the leading cause of death for all Americans, heart disease claims 600,000 lives annually. It’s understandably frightening to be at risk for heart disease. But Purdue Extension’s Be Heart Smart program can help you fight this disease by better understanding it and gaining the necessary knowledge to make heart-smart choices.
    Purdue Extension’s Be Heart Smart program is a new community program including four heart-health classes. It’s intended to complement healthcare providers’ recommendations and help you, or your loved one, prevent or manage heart disease. 
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  • Friday, September 16, 2016 4:00 AM
    In this four-part series of articles, I am discussing a small portion of the life skills the 4-H program teaches youth through the 4-H pledge. In my previous article “I pledge my Heart to greater loyalty . . .” I discussed all of the opportunities 4-H presents to youth to enhance their social skills, conflict resolution, cooperation, sharing, concern for others, etc. Within the 4-H pledge, youth also pledge their hands to larger service. Youth in the 4-H program gain experience in enhancing their teamwork and leadership skills, but they also learn the importance of giving back to the community and how rewarding that can be.
    4-Hers learn and enhance their leadership skills through a variety of activities, camps, meetings, and more. Every year Montgomery County 4-H partners with other counties in the state for 4-H Camp at Shakamak State Park.
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  • Saturday, September 10, 2016 4:00 AM

    Lately, I have been reading through the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-20. It is an interesting read about the current nutrition recommendations for all American citizens in the United States. (You can access the entire document online at or
    What really caught my attention throughout the document was the research that compared the average intake, based off of age and gender, against the actual recommendations. Let’s start with the dairy food group.
    The recommendation is three cups each day for ages nine years and older. The recommendation was never met according to the research, I was shocked! Here’s a reminder to eat more yogurt and cheese, or drink more milk!
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  • Wednesday, June 08, 2016 9:15 PM
    Large, black bees hovering around and drilling holes into homes, out-buildings, wooden furniture and decks during May and June are carpenter bees or wood bees. They resemble, and are often mistaken for bumble bees but the most apparent differ¬ence is that the carpenter bee has a black, shiny abdomen, compared to the hairy and often yellowish abdomen of the bumble bee.
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  • Wednesday, May 25, 2016 11:43 PM

    Indoor plants will require more frequent watering and fertilization as they increase their summer growth.

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  • Wednesday, May 11, 2016 12:11 AM
    Do you find yourself ruining all that hard work of eating healthy, suddenly lost when you sit down to watch TV at night, and shortly you can’t stop thinking about ice cream, cookies, popcorn, chips or your favorite snack? For me it is always peanut butter. This late night hunger craving often causes us to eat calories that aren’t needed, especially when we are making choices based on our cravings. Are you ready for these cravings to end? Follow these easy steps to make that happen.
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  • Monday, April 25, 2016 11:42 PM
    (Indoor plants and activities)
    Many indoor plants can be moved to shady locations outdoors but only after danger of frost is past. Plants will dry out more often outdoors, so keep a close eye on soil moisture. Sinking the pots in soil will help slow down moisture loss.
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  • Wednesday, April 06, 2016 11:32 PM
    Spring has sprung, whether or not Mother Nature is aware of it. The following updates will help your lawn look beautiful, your home plants healthy, and start your garden off right this year!
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  • Thursday, March 17, 2016 12:49 AM

    As I sat and listened to speakers at the Montgomery County Community Health Summit Tuesday evening, I reflected on the health of our community. The Community Health Needs Assessment identified eight priority areas. The top three were Substance Abuse, Mental Health and Youth Health. One on the top eight, which I felt was extremely relevant to National Nutrition Month was Chronic Disease.  Chronic diseases are obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Potentially all chronic diseases can be prevented or controlled by diet and exercise.

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  • Sunday, March 06, 2016 11:19 PM
    Daunting is an apt description for the multifaceted issues facing Montgomery County. Issues people don’t want to hear about like teen pregnancy, the rise of heroin usage and ongoing battle of drugs, physical abuse, and mental health to name a few. These problems are not unique to our community and responding to them are a group of people looking for solutions and who formed the Montgomery County Wellness Coalition.
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  • Monday, February 29, 2016 11:37 PM

    Every year, consumers make a New Year’s resolution to be healthier and lose weight. It is the first week of March; are you still following your New Year’s resolution? Each year we celebrate March as National Nutrition Month. This is a perfect time to focus on nutrition and see how we can live a healthier lifestyle. We are finishing our winter blues and getting ready to start our summer gardens. This can really get us in the mood to eat healthy.

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  • Monday, February 29, 2016 11:36 PM

    HOME (Indoor plants and activities)

    Begin fertilizing houseplants as new growth appears. Keep spent leaves and flowers removed to improve appearance and encourage more blooms.

    Start garden seeds indoors for transplanting outdoors later in spring.

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