Something for Everyone! Nov/Dec 2018 Issue of the NEBLINE

The NEBLINE Newsletter

The November/December issue of the free NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the November/December 2018 NEBLINE!

We now have a web-friendly and mobile-friendly edition – Easy to Read & Browse!!

Here are some of the articles featured in this issue – – – – https://newsroom.unl.edu/announce/lancasterextension

Fitness Photo

Finding time for fitness (photo by Pixabay)

  • “Youth voice” benefits youth, communities: 4-H provides multiple opportunities for Youth Voice
  • Finding time for fitness over the holidays
  • Pumpkin pudding recipe
  • Successful Farmer Series starts January 4
  • Plan now for pesticide applicator training
  • Tree seedlings available for spring planting
  • Cockroaches: Unwanted home invaders
  • Fresh water for wildlife important in winter
  • Ice suncatcher activity
  • Garden guide: Things to do in November and December
  • Stay connected with the family during the holidays – and all year round
  • Upcoming early childhood trainings
  • Upcoming Green Industry Conferences (Nebraska Turfgrass Conference, Great Plains Growers Conference, Nebraska Great Plains Conference)
  • Be a Master Gardener
  • Heart of 4-H Award Winners (November: Erica Peterson) (December: Kristyn Jones)
  • AKSARBEN 4-H Results, 4-H Awards & Scholarships, Re-enrollment Time, 2018 Horse Awards, Upcoming Workshops for 4-H Members
  • Meet new nutrition staff member Tala Farouki, Extension Assistant
  • 2018 UNL Service Awards: Soni Cochran (25 yrs) & Alyssa Havlovic (5 yrs)

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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Make an Ice Suncatcher

This article appears in the November/December 2018 Newsletter:

Make an ice suncatcher

by Mary Jane Frogge, Extension Associate – Horticulture

This winter-themed ice suncatcher (left) has raspberries and spruce branches. This fall-themed ice suncatcher (right) has orange slices, vinca stems and yellow food coloring. (Photo by Mary Jane Frogge, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County)

This winter-themed ice suncatcher (left) has raspberries and spruce branches. This fall-themed ice suncatcher (right) has orange slices, vinca stems and yellow food coloring. (Photo by Mary Jane Frogge)

Making an ice suncatcher with natural materials is a fun winter activity for all ages. Using water, natural materials, freezing temperatures and a little time, you can create an outdoor decoration to place in the yard during the cold winter months.

1. Collect twigs, leaves, pinecones, cranberries, seeds, orange and apple slices, or other small natural materials to use as decoration for your suncatcher. The suncatcher needs a hanger, use a small loop of twine or ribbon.

2. Fill a pie or cake pan half full with water. Add a bit of food coloring to add color to your suncatcher. Arrange your decorations in the water. By adding fruit or bird seed you can make your suncatcher a bird feeder too. Position the hanger in the water leaving the loop out for hanging later. Place the pan outside if you have freezing temperatures or in the freezer to freeze overnight. After you have the pan in place to freeze, add more water to fill the pan. If you are doing this activity with kids, it can be a bit messy. It might be a good idea to make them outside.

3. When frozen, pop it out of the mold or run the underside of the cake pan through warm water for a few seconds until it loosens. Hang your ice suncatcher on a fence or a tree in the yard. Remove the ribbon or twine once the ice suncatcher has melted.

Check out the entire November/December issue of the free NEBLINE newsletter for much more from Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County. Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the March 2018 NEBLINE!

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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News for you! September 2018 Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

The NEBLINE Newsletter

The September 2018 issue of the free NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the September 2018 NEBLINE!

The NEBLINE is now available in a web-friendly and mobile-friendly format – Check it out HERE!

Here are some of the articles featured in this issue – – – –

  • Feature: Septic systems need regular maintenance to function properly
  • Food and wellness festival promoted healthier lifestyles
  • Vegetable Pasta Salad Recipe (Recipe of the month featuring a 4-H Food Smart Families recipe)
  • Transitions with young children in early childhood classrooms
  • Corn residue impact: Feed or fallow?
  • Ag land workshop, Sept. 7 (Local program)
  • Iron and manganese in water
  • Wastewater professional development trainings (Local program)
  • Cow killer ant: Wrongfully accused
  • Who pooped? The scoop on scat
  • Upcoming early childhood trainings (Local programs)
  • Storing vegetables and fruit
  • Garden guide: Things to do this month
  • Are you interested in gardening and enjoy helping others? Become a Master Gardener volunteer! (Local program)
  • Composting demonstrations (Local programs)
  • Heart of 4-H Volunteer Award: Nichole Jelinek
  • 4-H youth showcase their projects at Super Fair
  • Super Fair 4-H/FFA top results
  • Livestock Booster Club scholarships
  • State 4-H Horse Expo results, 4-H Teen Council invites new members, Rabbit Clinic, Oct. 13, 4-H Information Night, Oct. 16, 4-H Council Golf Tournament Fundraiser, Sept. 16, 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 http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

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Early Spring Care for Fruit Trees

Peach tree in May - photo by Vicki Jedlicka

Peach tree in May – photo by Vicki Jedlicka

This feature article appears in the March 2018 NEBLINE Newsletter:

Early Spring Care for Fruit Trees

by Sarah Browning, Extension Educator – Horticulture

When the apple and cherry trees start to bloom, we know spring has finally arrived. Fruit trees are wonderful additions to the home landscape, both as fruit producers and ornamental blooming trees.

To maximize the health of your fruit trees, begin with proper pruning, then provide good care through fertilization, watering and mulching throughout the summer. Next, develop an integrated pest management plan tailored to the specific insect and disease problems affecting your trees.

Pruning, research, trouble for fruit trees, integrated pest management, and early season pest control are covered in the feature article in the March issue of the NEBLINE Newsletter. View Page 1 and Page 3 for rest of this article (near the bottom of the page).

Check out the entire March issue of the free NEBLINE newsletter for much more from Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County. Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the March 2018 NEBLINE!

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 –

February 2018 Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

The NEBLINE Newsletter
The February issue of the free NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the February 2018 NEBLINE!

Extension Educator Alice Henneman shares some tips for making your own trail mix in this issue:

• Limit the serving size to about 1/4 cup to keep calories at a reasonable amount.
• Use unsalted versions of nuts.
• Choose cereals and crackers that are whole grain, and lower in sugar and salt.
• Limit the amount of added candy. Consider using “mini” versions of candy, such as mini chocolate
chips, to distribute a smaller amount of candy throughout the mix.
Check out the trail mix recipe on page 2 of the NEBLINE to get you started!

Here are some of the articles featured in this issue – – – –

  • Feature: The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program Teaches Limited-Resource  Families Through Peer Education
  • A Piece of Dark Chocolate Candy for Dessert
  • Trail Mix with Dark Chocolate Recipe
  • Pesticide Applicator Training
  • Weekly “Successful Farmer Series” Runs Through Feb. 9
  • How Does Winter Weather Affect Private Wastewater and Water Systems?
  • Carpet Beetles: Pull the Rug Out From Under Them
  • Tracking Wildlife Tracks
  • 2018 Flower All-America Selections
  • Upcoming Learning Child Trainings
  • The Importance of Physical Activity in Young Children
  • Lincoln Early Childhood Conference March 24
  • 4-H and Youth Announcements
  • February Garden Guide
  • 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 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 –

January 2018 Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

The NEBLINE Newsletter

The January 2018 issue of the free NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the January 2018 NEBLINE!

Here are some of the articles featured in this issue – – – –

  • Feature Article: 2017 Extension Highlights
  • What’s on a Food Label
  • UNL Helps Small Food Business Start-ups
  • Pesticide Applicator 2018 Training Dates
  • Crop Production Clinic in Lincoln, Jan. 18
  • “Successful Farmer Series” Weekly, Jan. 5–Feb. 9
  • Upcoming Green Industry Conferences
  • Extension’s 2018 Master Gardener Trainings, Two Sites Available
  • Gnats In Winter? Check Potted Plants!
  • Wildlife Need Tree Snags
  • January Garden Guide
  • Heart of 4-H Volunteer Award – Troy Bernadt
  • It’s Time to Re-enroll in 4-H
  • Meet 2017–2018 4-H Council
  • Earth Wellness Festival Needs Volunteers
  • Overnight Lock-In for 4th & 5th Graders
  • Horse Bits: 4-H Horse Incentive Program and 4-H Horse Stampede Entries Due
  • Upcoming Meetings, Events and Workshops for 4-H: Livestock Judging, Companion Animal Challenge, Crocheting, Pillow Sewing
  • 2018 4-H Calendar
  • New Nutrition Staff Member – Mindy Vyhnalek
  • Pam Branson Retires After 44 Years
  • Outgoing Extension Board Members
  • Sarah Browning Receives Educator Award from Statewide Arboretum
  • Alice Henneman Earns National Awards
  • Upcoming Learning Child Trainings: Cultivating Healthy Intentional Mindful Educators (CHIME) Program for Childcare Providers | Management Training Program (MTP) for Childcare Directors | Workshops for Before and After School Providers (Basic Engineering, Magic of Electricity, Environmental Awareness) | Lincoln Early Childhood Conference

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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November/December 2017 Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

The NEBLINE Newsletter

The November/December issue of the free NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the November/December 2017 NEBLINE!

Here are some of the articles featured in this issue – – – –

  • 4-H’ers Grow Into True Leaders Through Service (feature)
  • Holiday Food Safety Bloopers (page 2)
  • Spice Pumpkin Shake Recipe with Additional Tips (page 2)
  • “Successful Farmer Series” Starts Jan. 5 (page 3)
  • Deciding if Cost Outweighs Benefit of Applying Nitrogen in Fall (page 3)
  • Plan Now for Pesticide Applicator Training (page 3)
  • Upcoming Green Industry Conferences (page 3)
  • Pests Associated With Moisture and Mildew (page 4)
  • Creating a Wildlife-Friendly Habitat (page 4)
  • Recycle Your Live Cut Christmas Tree for Wildlife (page 4)
  • Make a Cornucopia From the Garden (page 5)
  • 2018 Training for New Master Gardener Volunteers in Lancaster County Begins in February. Please Join Us! (page 5)
  • November/December Garden Guide (page 5)
  • Teaching Children Gratitude & Kindness (page 5)
  • IT’S TIME TO RE-ENROLL IN 4-H! (page 6)
  • Heart of 4-H Award Winners (November: Bridget Bogle) (December: Kaiya Green) (page 6)
  • AKSARBEN 4-H Results, All Lancaster County 4-H Volunteers
    Must be Rescreened in 2017, 4-H Awards and Scholarships (page 6)
  • 4-H Horse Awards, Upcoming 4-H Workshops, 4-H Specialty Clubs
    Invite New Members) (page 7)
  • Meet Kristen Houska, SNAP-Ed Educator; Extension Educator Jody Green wins Communication Award; UNL Service Awards (page 8)
  • Extension Calendar; Outgoing 4-H Council Members; Extension Board Applications (page 8)

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 –