The June Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

The NEBLINE Newsletter

The June issue of The NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. You can read it free! Here are some of the articles featured in this issue – – – – Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the June 2015 NEBLINE!

  • After-Harvest Care of Asparagus
  • 12 Tasty Salad Toppings
  • The Importance of Play in Early Childhood Development
  • Why is mold growing in my home? How should I remove it?
  • Severe Weather Impacts on Crops
  • Control of Perennial Weedy Grasses
  • Fragrance in the Perennial Garden
  • Tick Check!
  • The Migratory Bird Treaty Act Protects All Native Birds
  • 4-H News, Resources
  • …. and much 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 http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

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Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere –

Helping Children Deal with Severe Storms: What Do Parents Need to Know?

With storm season here it is important that children are aware of what happens during storms and what to do in case one is in the area.

The more parents encourage their children to talk about severe weather, the better children will feel. Start talking to them right away: When a storm is on the way, after the storm has passed, and time and time again afterwards. Children need to keep talking about their experiences. It is how all of us make sense out of things as human beings.

Children sometimes become the lost souls of a family in crisis. Adults can get so caught up in their own feelings that they don’t realize how emotional and difficult the experience is for children. Also, sometimes adults think it’s better to keep quiet and avoid stirring things up with the kids. But kids are aware that the adults in their lives are dealing with powerful emotions. They know something is happening and it’s important. They may not always get the facts straight, but they’re aware of the tension adults are experiencing. If adults don’t address difficult issues, the children will have to carry this burden all alone. They may feel it’s their fault. Adults need to be aware of what children feel and think, to listen to them, and talk openly and honestly with them. Continue reading

Storm Season: Be Prepared

During this time of year we never know what kinds of weather we will see.  If it important to know terms associated with severe weather.  Post in your home and share with family members.  Families should have a plan of where to go and practice the plan.  Review these terms with your family:

A WATCH  indicates that conditions are favorable for the particular weather event in and near the Watch area, and which may pose a risk to life and property. Watches are issued up to 48 hours in advance with forecaster confidence around 50%.

a WARNING indicates that a particular weather event is imminent or occurring.

Advisories are issued if the weather event will lead to nuisance conditions, while Warnings are issued for significant weather events which will pose a risk to life and property. Warnings and Advisories are issued up to 48 hours in advance with forecaster confidence of at least 80%.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning
Issued when there is evidence based on radar or a reliable spotter report that a thunderstorm is producing, or about to produce, wind gusts of 58 mph or greater, structural wind damage, and/or hail 1 inch in diameter or greater.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch
Is issued by the Storm Prediction Center when conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms over a larger-scale region. Tornadoes are not expected in such situations, but isolated tornado development cannot be ruled out. Continue reading

“Bites” – Itching – Skin Irritations: Keep an Open Mind

Some people encounter “bites,” itching, or skin irritations thought to be caused by insects but no insects can be identified. These are tough situations and I have a great deal of empathy for people desperately trying to identify the causes.

Illusory parasitosis is one name used to describe bite-like symptoms caused by non-animal environmental factors. There is a long list of potential causes for “biting” sensations or skin irritation not caused by insects. The cause may be physical, physiological, psychological or combinations of these factors.

Physical factors may include dry air; static electricity; household or personal products like disinfectants, detergents, cosmetics, or jewelry. Environmental pollutants also may cause skin irritation. These pollutants include microscopic fibers like fiberglass or paper splinters. In addition, indoor air pollution can cause “sick or tight-building syndrome.” Other factors, like allergies and changes in our skin and general health as we age can cause bite-like symptoms. Continue reading

Hot off the press! – Free NEBLINE Newsletter

The NEBLINE Newsletter

The March issue of The NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. Here are some of the articles featured in this issue – – – – Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the March 2015 NEBLINE!

  • 4-H Ag Literacy Teaches Youth Where Their Food and Fiber Comes From
  • Food Safety Questions About Commercially-Canned Food
  • 4-Ingredient Guacamole Recipe
  • Children Act Fast, So Do Accidents
  • Should I Test My Home for Radon?
  • FREE Community Tax Preparation for Low- and Moderate-Income Individuals and Families
  • AARP Driver Safety Program, March 13
  • DriftWatch Specialty Crop Site Registry
  • Soil Temperature Trends for Planting
  • 2015 Vegetable All America Selections
  • Outwitting Wildlife at Bird Feeders – Part II
  • 4-H & Youth News, Events and more
  • …. and much 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 http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere –

Lincoln is a Great Place For Children Because of Mentors

Foster Grandparent Program – I received an inspirational call from Elisa Stutheit, Aging Partners, Foster Grandparent Program Project Director. She thanked us for highlighting mentorships in a recent NEBLINE, Who Mentors Your Children & Grandchildren?

She shared another great mentor opportunity. “Foster Grandparent Program”FosterGranparents478121_335825069788591_1035885146_o. There is also a great article about two current volunteers in the January edition of Living Well, found here, scroll to the bottom of the home page & click on the Living Well icon, choose Winter 2015, and go to pages 6-7. You can learn more about the Foster Grandparent Program in Nebraska on this Facebook page

“Back in the day, in Otoe County, my mom was an extension member & I was a 4-H’er, so I have long appreciated Extension. At work, extension presenters have come to our FGP in-services to speak on a variety of topics from food to bed bugs. This January, I created an FGP journal from the “Happy Healthy New Year” article. I also use NEBLINE information at home & someday will actually use the instructions on how to reseed my yard.” Elisa Stutheit.

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Maureen Burson, Extension Educator
Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County