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  • Monday, February 27, 2017 10:05 PM
    Parenting can be challenging. Parents want to protect their children but still equip youth with the skills that they need to help resist the peer pressure that leads to risky behaviors. Research shows that protective parenting improves family relationships and decreases the level of family conflict, contributing to lower levels of substance use.
    Purdue Extension is partnering with the Youth Service Bureau to offering the Strengthening Families Program. This program is for parents and youth 10 to 14 years old. Strengthening Families is an evidence-based parent, youth, and family skills building workshop. Families will learn how to show love while setting limits, how to listen to their child and how to help family members show appreciation to each other. Evidence shows that this program helps prevent teen substance abuse and other behavior problems. This program also helps strengthen and improve parents/youth communication skills, increase academic success in youth and prevents violence and aggressive behavior at home and at school. If you are a family who would like to better your family communication, please join us for the “Strengthening Families 10-14” Program.
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  • Friday, February 03, 2017 4:00 AM
    Are you an early education childcare provider and looking for new and creative ways to help your students learn? Join Purdue Extension on Sept. 30 for a one-day event, Growing Health Active Children: Childcare Provider Seminar. Teachers will earn certificates for Department of Education license renewal or Paths to Quality. Registration and lunch is $25 and is being funded by the Montgomery County Community Foundation for Montgomery County Early Education providers. The seminar will be held at the Wright Center in West Lafayette, Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the seminar is from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
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  • Monday, January 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    Last fall and winter, Montgomery County fourth- and fifth-graders participated in an after-school STEM club called “How It Works.” Participants at Hoover Elementary met for an hour after school nine times throughout September to December. They explored with activities to explore how things worked. 
    Some of the topics and activities that youth learned about were what makes a bouncy ball bounce, engineering and design principles to build a free-standing structure, centripetal force making a balloon “scream”, Oobleck that had Non-Newtonian properties making it both a liquid and solid, and much more!
    After-school STEM programs are a great way to increase student’s curiosity and motivation to STEM learning. After-school STEM programs impact youth by cultivating “students’ interest in STEM and build STEM skills and proficiencies among diverse groups of young people.” (Krishnamurthi, Ballard, and Noam, 2014). Each week youth were excited to learn what hands-on activity we would be doing and eagerly looked forward to the next club meeting. Participants were enthusiastic about learning STEM-related concepts in a fun, hands-on environment and were interested in another offering of this club in the future.
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  • Thursday, January 05, 2017 4:00 AM
    Purdue University Extension and University of Illinois Extension are collaborating to offer the annual Bi-State Gardening Conference, being held at The Beef House Restaurant at 16501 Indiana State Road 63, Covington, Indiana, on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. EST (4:30 p.m. CST), and the presenters will begin promptly at 6 p.m. EST.
    This year’s conference will consist of two presentations:
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  • Thursday, December 22, 2016 4:00 AM
    The time has arrived. It’s the holiday season otherwise known as the National Feeding Season. This typically runs form Thanksgiving to Super Bowl Sunday. Research tells us that the average American gains approximately one pound during the National Feeding Season. Sounds a lot less than what you have maybe heard. The problem isn’t the weight gain during this holiday season, it’s the weight gain during every holiday season. The National Institutes of Health reports that most people never lose that pound of weight, leading us to continuously pack on more pounds each holiday season.
    Instead of stressing yourself trying to lose weight during the holidays just strive to maintain your weight. Balance out the weight gain with regular physical activity. Gaining weight will happen if you eat more calories than you burn. When your body is stressed, chemical reactions take place causing you to crave food and gives you the desire to eat. Research shows that both sugar and fat release endorphins giving people the felling of joy and wanting more. Sugar we consume affects our blood sugar levels, encouraging us to crave more sugar-rich foods. 
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  • Wednesday, December 21, 2016 4:00 AM
    How should you organize your farm to ensure you make enough to cover your cost of living throughout all stages of life? Purdue Extension and University of Illinois Extension Bi-State Group will host “Planning for the Future” on Jan. 12. Topics of this conference will include “How Much Do I Need to Live?” developing functional farm meetings and land leasing. 
    Thinking about retiring, but not sure what your financial needs will be after changing roles within your farming operation? The first section of the seminar, “How Much Do I Need to Live?” will help you start the process of determining what funds you will need to enjoy your retirement.
    Next, a panel will help you learn how to make the most of your land by leasing it out. The conference will then conclude with “Taking the Dys out of Dysfunctional: Developing Functional Farm Meetings.” Through this topic, you will learn ways to adjust to different communication methods and generational differences while focusing on the ultimate goal of avoiding a dysfunctional farm meeting.
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  • Wednesday, December 07, 2016 4:00 AM
    Indiana 4-H enrollment is now open in Montgomery County through Jan 15, 2017. 4-H is a premier source of enjoyable, educational programs to help young people reach their full potential. Enrollment is easier than ever with the 4-H Online system, https://in.4honline.com.
    Indiana 4-H is the state’s largest youth development program for grades 3-12, reaching more than 200,000 youth in all 92 counties. 4-H is open to all youth in grades 3-12 and Mini 4-H is offered to grades K-2. So don’t wait and miss the opportunity to join the Club. 4-H prepares young people to be leaders in their community and around the world through hands-on experiences alongside their peers and caring adults.
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  • Friday, December 02, 2016 4:00 AM
    Did you know that 700 million pounds of turkey is purchased for the Thanksgiving holiday and 235 million pounds of that turkey will end up in the trash? Yearly this equates to 1.3 billion tons of food being thrown in our landfills, about a third of the food produced for consumption, costing about $1 trillion. To bring this down to a household level, a family of four throws away an average of $1600 of food annually. That is two months’ worth of grocery bills in my house. So what can we do about the food waste?
    Plan meals before shopping. If you know what and how much you are going to eat for the week, that prevents food from rotting in the fridge. Also take inventory of what you already have. Lots of times you don’t need to buy every ingredient for a dish because you already have it on hand or you can adjust the recipe to accommodate for ingredients you’ve already bought.
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  •   Local youth get hands on with STEM challenge
    Saturday, November 19, 2016 4:00 AM
    Youth in Montgomery County joined approximately a hundred thousand youth across the world in leading the ninth annual 4-H National Youth Science Day (4-H NYSD) challenge. The 4-H National Youth Science Day was created to combat a shortage of American young people pursuing science college majors and careers. In this year’s challenge, called Drone Discovery, youth were introduced to the burgeoning field of drones in a hands-on, interactive design challenge. 
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  • Thursday, November 10, 2016 4:00 AM
    An increasing number of American citizens and legal residents are expected to enroll or re-enroll in health insurance plans this fall during open enrollment. Research shows the vast majority of people in the U.S. are uncomfortable, overwhelmed and intimidated when it comes to making decisions about health insurance coverage. Yet, those who have health insurance get access to care leading to better heath than those who do not.
    A Smart Choice workshop is being offered on Nov. 22 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the Crawfordsville Public Library. Please call 765-364-6363 by Nov. 18 to make your reservation so we will have handouts for you.
    With health insurance in the public spotlight, Smart Choice Health Insurance© seeks to capitalize on this teachable moment by helping Americans take control of their personal and family financial health needs.
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  • Thursday, November 03, 2016 4:00 AM
    The home lawn is sometimes a mysterious beast – understanding the water and light requirements for your grass species, identifying and killing turfgrass weeds, and hunting down the ever-elusive mole can be a very time consuming job throughout the year. Fertilizing your lawn is another task that may seem daunting. One of the biggest questions: when is the best time to fertilize your lawn?
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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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