It’s on-line! It’s free! It’s the August NEBLINE Newsletter

Nebline CatThe August issue of The NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line at! We cover a lot of topics and you’ll find resources for you and your family. Here are just a few of the articles you’ll find in this month’s issue:

  • Cherry Creek Habitat Provides Opportunities for Pollinator Education
  • Super, Simple Summer Salads (includes recipes for Mighty Quick Apple Cabbage Cole Slaw, Tomato-Cucumber Salad with Parsley & Mint, Corn Salad, Marinated 3-Bean Salad, Pasta Salad, Creamy Cauliflower Salad)
  • Time to Visit Nebraska’s County Fairs
  • Tips for Managing Time with School Starting and Schedules Changing
  • Info on a Reducing Falls Workshop this Fall
  • Preparing For & Entering Kindergarten
  • Summer Livestock Fly Control
  • Harvest & Storage of Apples & Pears
  • August Garden Guide
  • European Wool Carder Bee
  • 5 Ways to Protect Pollinators & Beneficial Insects
  • 4-H & Youth Programs & Upcoming Events
  • Recap of 4-H Clover College and Photos
  • 2014 Lancaster County Super Fair Schedule Map
    …. and more

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!


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Grab the bug spray…. or not?

“What all purpose bug sprays should we be routinely using around the house?”

My answer? “None.”

I was asked this question recently by a man who brought a spider into our office for identification. It isn’t the first time – we get asked about routine pesticide use quite often.

In our extension office, we recommend an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach. By following the principles of IPM, you don’t need to routinely spray pesticides around your home. By using an IPM approach, you’ll save time, money and reduce your exposure to unnecessary pesticides.

Caulking windows - photo by V. Jedlicka UNL Extension in Lancaster County

Caulking around windows helps save energy and keeps pests out

Honestly, this isn’t something I tell people just because it is a university recommendation. It’s something I believe in and practice around my own home because it works. I feel better not exposing myself, my family or the environment to the unnecessary use of pesticides. I’ve even saved money on heating/cooling bills because when you seal pests out of your home, you’re also sealing up cracks and gaps leaking energy. I will use pesticides if I have to, but it depends on the pest and the situation. There’s no need to use pesticides if it isn’t absolutely necessary.

This is where the basic principles of IPM come into play. What you can do…
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Look Before You Lock! Child Safety!

Where is Your Baby? Look Before You Lock

Have you ever left a child or pet in the car?  This is a serious problem and even more so in hot weather. It is our responsibility to protect our children. Just recently in the news, a child died after being left in a car.  It happens more often than we can even imagine. On average, every 10 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle ( These deaths are preventable, and everyone in the community, especially Head Start and child care providers, has a role to play in protecting our children.

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Happy 100th Birthday Extension!


For 100 years, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension has been elevating youth, families, farms and communities in Nebraska. It’s something to be proud of and we are! Dr. Lindsay gives a little background on the centennial. Enjoy!

Originally posted on Agri-Cultural with Dr. Lindsay:

On May 8, Land-Grant Universities will be celebrating the 100th Birthday of Extension — 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act!


Before I tell you  about the Smith-Lever Act, let me backtrack a minute and tell you about the Morrill Act. The Morrill Act (named after Vermont Congressman Justin Morrill) was signed into place on July 2, 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln. It was officially titled “An Act Donating Public Lands to the Several States and Territories which may provide Colleges for the Benefit of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts.” The Morrill Act provided each state with 30,000 acres of federal land for each member in their Congressional delegation. The land was then sold by the states and the proceeds were used to fund public colleges that focused on agriculture and mechanical arts. Sixty-nine colleges were funded by these land grants (aka Land-Grant Universities (great map at this…

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Head Lice No-Nit Policies

The last couple weeks, I have given several head lice presentations to childcare provider groups.  Two important organizations (American Academy of Pediatrics; National Association of School Nurses) are discouraging the use of no-nit policies to send students home, instead of keeping them in school where they can learn and keep up with their classmates.  This makes sense because nits (eggs) are hard to identify with certainty, nits can’t transfer from one child to another and lice don’t transmit diseases.  For more information, check out:


Family Journals – a Shared Legacy

Grandpa and Granddaughter working on a laptop

Creating a family journal can be a great project for the whole family.

My dad didn’t talk about his experiences during the Korean War until he went on the Nebraska Korean War Honor Flight this spring. It was an amazing experience and has given veterans like my dad, a long overdue opportunity to share their stories.

Every family has a story.  Everyone’s journey is unique and an important shared legacy for families.

Whether you write a journal about yourself or help an elderly family member, you don’t have to do it all at once. You can start small with important dates, events and then let the memories and stories begin. Involve the entire family if you want – make this a family project. Take your time and enjoy the process.

Think about your own life and the lives of your family and how you might want to record your family legacy. If you aren’t sure how to start, read the UNL Extension NebGuide, Family Journal. You’ll find resources and tips to make the process easier.


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Happy Arbor Day!

Couple posed in front of tree planted for Arbor Day

Plant your own tree and make memories! My daughter and her date for prom posed in front the tree we planted for Arbor Day so many years ago – No longer a little tree, no longer a little girl!

Happy Arbor Day! The last Friday in April is Nebraska’s annual Arbor Day. This is a legal holiday in Nebraska.

There are so many reasons to plant trees. Trees clean the air, provide oxygen, help prevent water pollution and soil erosion, reduce our energy costs, shield our children from harmful UV-Rays, and give us wood for shelter. Trees produce food for both humans and wildlife. Trees can increase our property values, beautify and cool our streets and businesses, and teach us the importance of nuturing nature.
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