October 2017 Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

Enjoy this issue of the October 2017 NEBLINE Newsletter! This month’s feature is “Floodwater and Stormwater Can Contaminate Water Wells”.

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

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

  • Floodwater and Stormwater Can Contaminate Water Wells
  • Where’s the Beef? Frozen Make-Ahead Crumbled Beef
  • Chili with Beef and Beans Recipe
  • Cover Crop Grazing Partnerships
  • New Hazardous Materials Collection Center Open (local)
  • About Flood Insurance
  • Brown Recluse Spiders: Misidentified, Misdiagnosed and Misunderstood
  • Harness the Insect-Eating Goodness of Bats With a Bat House
  • White-Nosed Syndrome in Bats: Where to report in Nebraska
  • Why So Many Weeds?
  • Disaster Preparedness for Families
  • Heart of 4-H Award Winner Kate Rawlinson
  • 4-H: Household Pets Fest Sept 30, Rabbit Clinic Oct 21, Paper Basket Workshop Nov 4, Horse Awards Night Oct 5, Leader Training Oct 26, Thank you 4-H Sponsors and Volunteers!, Nebraska State Fair 4-H Results, 4-H…

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The January 2017 Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

Please take note of the 2016 Extension Highlights feature article to learn more about Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County! Happy New Year! Karen

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4-h-clover-college-2016-wired-for-wind-06-crop-2The first issue of 2017 is now posted on-line! Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the January 2017 NEBLINE- it is free!

Here are some of the articles featured in this issue:

  • 2016 Extension Highlights
  • Makeover Your Leftovers, Part 2
  • Private & Commercial Pesticide Applicator Certification Training
  • Successful Farmer Series Workshops
  • Upcoming Green Industry Conferences (Great Plains Growers Conference January 12-14 | Nebraska Turfgrass Conference January 10-12 | Nebraska Great Plains Conference January 23-25)
  • Extension’s 2017 Master Gardener Trainings, Two Sites Available
  • January Garden Guide: Things to do this month
  • Those Pesky Fruit Flies (Homemade Trap Directions)
  • Helping Backyard Wildlife Survive Winter
  • Heart of 4-H Award Winner: Diane Ossenkop
  • It’s Time to Re-Enroll in 4-H!
  • Watch Chicks Hatch on 4-H EGG Cam!
  • Meet 2016-2017 4-H Teen Council
  • Overnight Lock-In for 4th & 5th Graders Friday, January 20 – Saturday, January 21
  • 4-H Horse Incentive Program Begins January 1

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Meet Meghan!

Meghan Sitter, Extension Educator presenting at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Water Symposium.

Meghan Sittler, Extension Educator presenting at the UNL Water Symposium.

I’m excited to introduce you to Meghan Sittler. Meghan joined our team as the domestic water and wastewater management extension educator. This position is new to Lancaster County.

Meghan’s primary focus will be developing and implementing programs related to both water quality and quantity issues surrounding domestic water and wastewater use. She will work with individual homeowners, service providers, small community systems and large municipalities.

Meghan grew up on a farm in southwest Lancaster County where her parents instilled a strong conservation ethic — and her appreciation and concern for natural resources began. She attended University of Nebraska–Lincoln, earning a Bachelor’s dual degree in Environmental Studies and Anthropology, a master’s degree in Natural Resources with minors in political science and environmental planning, and a graduate certification in Public Policy Analysis.

Prior to coming to Extension, Meghan served as coordinator of the Lower Platte River Corridor Alliance from December 2008 to September 2016. Additional work experiences include serving at:

  • National Park Service as an archaeological technician,
  • Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department as an environmental educator,
  • UNL Environmental Studies Program and School of Natural Resources as an advisor and instructor, and
  • National Drought Mitigation Center as a research and outreach specialist.

Meghan is extremely excited about the opportunity to join Extension and focus on critical water resource issues both locally in Lancaster County and across the state.

Welcome to Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County!

Karen Wobig
Nebraska Extension Educator & Unit Leader

NEBRASKA EXTENSION is your local connection to university research-based information. We extend knowledge, provide solutions and change lives. Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County is a partnership between the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lancaster County and the United States Department of Agriculture.

CONNECT WITH US Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County 444 Cherrycreek Road, Suite A Lincoln, NE 68528 402-441-7180 http://lancaster.unl.edu

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November/December 2016 Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

The November/December 2016 issue of the free NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line! You are invited to check it out!

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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 2016 NEBLINE!

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

  • Look Who’s Hatching! Preschoolers Explore Egg-Laying Animals
  • Makeover Your Leftovers
  • Old Fashioned Bread Pudding Recipe
  • Makeover Your Leftovers – Nov 10 at Bryan Health East Campus (Local program)
  • Cornhusker Economics and Market Journal Roadshow in Lincoln, Dec. 2 (Local program)
  • Landowner/Tenant Cash and Flexible Lease Workshops, Dec. 9 (Local program)
  • Successful Farmer Series Starts Dec. 16 (Local program)
  • Essential Oils Around Children — What You Need to Know
  • Upcoming Learning Child Trainings (Documenting Children’s Learning Online/In-Person Workshop | Pediatric CPR and First Aid Through the American Red Cross | Supervision of Children Training)
  • Are Pantry Pests Bugging You?
  • Do You Feed Birds? Here are Tips to Help You Save Money
  • Feeding Birds: Suet Recipe
  • What’s in Your…

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Walking to Costa Rica?

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends adults get at least 2 1/2 hours of moderate aerobic activity per week AND participate in muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days per week.

Lancaster County Extension Staff Fitness Challenge

Lancaster County Extension staff, family and friends celebrated reaching our goal in the office summer fitness challenge by enjoying a Sunday afternoon together.

 

Lancaster County Extension staff recently participated in a summer walking/running challenge designed to increase physical fitness! Healthy staff make for a more productive office!!

So, we embarked on a mission to “walk” to the sunny beaches of Costa Rica, or in real terms, reach the goal of walking nearly 6.8 million steps over a 6 week period. Well, we did it!!! Staff recorded steps taken, whether by wearable technologies like pedometers, Fitbit*, or using a step conversion chart to translate activities such as yoga, yard work, cleaning, weight lifting, etc. into steps. At the end of the 6 weeks, staff had recorded 6,719,136 steps!

Since we couldn’t actually walk to Costa Rica, we celebrated the tremendous effort by many staff with a Sunday afternoon family beach volleyball event at a local sand volleyball court (not Costa Rica, but close). Prizes were given to top walkers and the brave-at-heart participated in several games of sand volleyball!

Several staff indicated this challenge encouraged them to engage in more fitness activities than usual, which is turn, helped them feel increased energy levels and develop a more positive mindset. Thanks to our amazing wellness committee of Emily, Tyler and Kristen!! They did an awesome job of assisting with charting steps, reminders to keep “walking” and putting together a great ending celebration!

Karen Wobig
Nebraska Extension Educator & Unit Leader

NEBRASKA EXTENSION is your local connection to university research-based information. We extend knowledge, provide solutions and change lives. Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County is a partnership between the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lancaster County and the United States Department of Agriculture.

CONNECT WITH US Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County 444 Cherrycreek Road, Suite A Lincoln, NE 68528 402-441-7180 http://lancaster.unl.edu

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*Reference to commercial products or trade names is made with the understanding that no discrimination is intended and no endorsement by Nebraska Extension is implied. Use of commercial and trade names does not imply approval or constitute endorsement by Nebraska Extension. Nor does it imply discrimination against other similar products

Growing and Learning at the 2016 Lancaster County Super Fair

A first-time 4-H Clover Kid Show & Tell participant. She is proud of her project.

A first-time 4-H Clover Kid Show & Tell participant. She is proud of her project.

Wow! What a great time we had at the fair! The weather was good (except for getting drenched with rain along with Wayne Moore in the golf cart – sorry about that Dr. Moore!), the 4-Her’s were excited and the exhibits were amazing!

Watching youth participate in their contests and shows or seeing their excitement at the ribbon they received was worth millions. Even my little friend Gianna did an amazing job with her first Clover Kid’s “show and tell.”

I was also excited to see our wonderful County Commissioners out and about, attending the luncheon, “kissing” a pig, serving watermelon and even assisting in the “Fun at the Farm” exhibit! Several members of the Lancaster County Extension Board also helped with a variety of events. Marty Minchow and Pat Heather were judges for the static exhibits, Jim Bauman assisted with livestock shows, Cathy Plager and Shar Sieck were involved with the 4-H Clover Cafe and 4-H Council Chicken Dinner Fundraiser and Paula Peterson created and organized an amazing “Fun at the Farm” exhibit! Hats off to all for creating growth and learning experiences for the youth of Lancaster County!!

I want to especially thank and commend the 4-H staff and other Lancaster County Extension staff for your hard work and commitment to making the fair a huge success every year. The dedication I witness is like none other. Working from early morning until late in the evening  for days in a row to conduct shows and contests, take pictures, process ribbon placements and payouts, organize displays, and at the same time, making the fair a memorable and positive learning experience for the 4-Her’s and their families.

 

Karen Wobig
Nebraska Extension Educator & Unit Leader

NEBRASKA EXTENSION is your local connection to university research-based information. We extend knowledge, provide solutions and change lives. Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County is a partnership between the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lancaster County and the United States Department of Agriculture.

CONNECT WITH US Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County 444 Cherrycreek Road, Suite A Lincoln, NE 68528 402-441-7180 http://lancaster.unl.edu

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The August 2016 Issue of the NEBLINE is on-line!

Check out the August issue of our office newsletter, the NEBLINE!

Karen Wobig

Home Wise! Family Smart!

The NEBLINE Newsletter

The August issue of the free NEBLINE newsletter is now on-line. Visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/nebline and click on the link to the August 2016 NEBLINE!

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

  • 4-H Clover College 20th Anniversary
  • Cool Summer Salads – You can make salads in a jar & Two Ingredient Vinaigrette Recipe for Salads
  • Using La Niña to Forecast the Weather
  • Inheriting a Farm, Seminar Aug. 17 (Local program)
  • Don’t Banish the Booster Until Children Are 57″ Tall
  • All Ears for Earwigs
  • Diversity is the Key to Attracting Wildlife
  • Choosing a Birdbath
  • Helping Pollinators: Build a Solitary Bee Nest Using Recycled Materials
  • August Garden Guide
  • Grow Your Own Pest Control: Creating Habitat for Beneficial Insects
  • Lincoln Center Kiwanis Receives the August Heart of 4-H Award
  • 4-H’ers Test Family and Consumer Science, Entrepreneurship Skills at Life Challenge & Animal Science Skills at PASE
  • Emerald Ash Borer Seminars Offered…

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