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

Home Wise! Family Smart!

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

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

Karen Wobig

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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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Let the Good Times Grow!

My friend Gianna's first project for the fair. She is 8 years old and can't wait for the fair to get here!

I’m holding my friend Gianna’s entry for the Lancaster County Super Fair. She is 8 years old and excited to enter her first project in the fair.

The Lancaster County Super Fair located at the Lancaster Event Center is soon upon us! Please join us from August 4th through the 7th, when the Lancaster County 4-H program will be showcasing thousands of exhibits and contests. You will see horses, cattle, goats, chickens, bunnies, pies, cupcakes, cookies, clothing, rockets, robots, photos, wall art, and much, much more!

4-H’ers and FFA members have worked hard and spent countless hours on their projects. You can support them by coming out to see what they have accomplished during the past year and how incredibly talented and creative they have been.

You will even see our littlest 4-H’ers, the Clover Kids, sharing their first efforts at 4-H projects at the “Show and Tell” event. What a positive, youth development opportunity for 5, 6 and 7 year olds. Look what my friend Gianna, age 8, made! She is so excited to bring her very first project to the fair!

You, too, can become a member of the 4-H family and be a part of this amazing opportunity. Just visit the websites below for all the details on the Super Fair and/or how to become a 4-H member!

If you see me at the fair, please say hello. I look forward to visiting with you!

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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A Year of Change & Growth

Karen Wobig, Nebraska Extension Educator, Unit Leader

Karen Wobig, Nebraska Extension Educator, Unit Leader

2015 has been a year of change in the Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County office. In February, I began my role as Unit Leader and County Department Head. I quickly realized the depth of staff talent and dedication, and the impact they make in our community. We celebrated with retiring staff and said goodbye to a combined 90 years of Extension experience.

Growth occurred as Nebraska Extension administration identified areas of focus. These areas will enable staff to more quickly and effectively help Nebraskans use research-based information to make informed decisions: 4-H Youth Development | Beef Systems | Community Environment | Community Vitality Initiative | Cropping and Water Systems | Food, Nutrition and Health | The Learning Child

Extension administration also announced the formation of issue-based programming. This new structuring brings current and emerging issues to inter-disciplinary teams ready to ensure communities, businesses and people continue to thrive.

In March, our office collaborated with the Lincoln/Lancaster County Planning Department, Board of Commissioners and the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design to host “My Town Lancaster County.” As part of this three-day workshop, leaders from area towns spent a day at the Lancaster Extension Education Center for learning and sharing ideas. Extension Educators facilitated a session in which groups brainstormed improvement plans. The workshop culminated with a showcase of the towns’ planned projects. What an amazing event!

We upgraded the audiovisual system and furnishings in our conference facilities which are used by Extension and nonprofit organizations. In 2015, approximately 4,700 hours of workshops and
meetings were held.

We look forward to 2016 as we welcome new staff and continue to serve Nebraskans!

Karen Wobig
Nebraska Extension Educator & Unit Leader

source: January 2016. 2015 Extension Highlights Page 1 | Page 2

 

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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