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Bidding farewell to you all after 40 years

Hello Readers! I am submitting my final article for publication due to the fact that I am retiring from Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) in Escambia County. It has been my pleasure to write these articles for more than 35 years, and I...

 

Tips to celebrate Nat'l Food Safety Month

The following article by Bobbie Randall, a certified diabetes educator and registered certified dietician is very timely and informative as we celebrate Sep­tem­ber as National Food Safety Month.  She states - Schools are in full ses­sion. County...

 

Tips for healthy and creative snacks for kids

With childhood obesity rates increasing in the United States, it is important for children to eat snacks that will support healthy development. While it may seem more appetizing and convenient to grab a candy bar or a bag of chips, parents can bring...

 

Tips on food safety for this season's tailgating

Are you ready for some FO-OOT-BA-A-LL? College football season has begun and that means thousands of Alabamians will be tailgating before, after and even in their own back yard as they watch the game from TV screens at home. Although tailgating...

 

Tips to protect data, devices, ahead of storms

When disasters strike, individuals and businesses all too often lose important computer files.  Jonathan Davis, director of information technology for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, said equipment can be replaced, but data may be lost...

 

Keep this Labor Day weekend safe with food tips

Labor Day is commonly celebrated as the last hurrah to summer! It’s lots of fun activities and a chance to spend time with family and friends during the last long 3-day weekend of summer.  Friends, families and grilling make for a memorable...

 

Tips to help pack safe school and work lunches

Make sure your child's lunch passes from your kitchen to the school lunch room in A+ condition! These tips are ideal for everyone that takes their lunch to school, work or on a staycation (day-trip) too. Start Off Each Day Fresh If you prepare your...

 

Tips for safe after school snacking at home alone

As children go back to school to feed their hungry minds, parents will be turning their attention to feeding those hungry bodies with healthy and nutritious snacks at home. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection...

 

School's back in, follow these tips for breakfast

Caution: School Beginning! ABC, as easy as 1-2-3! School will start soon for you and me kid! This little “ditty” is dancing through my mind now as children prepare to start the new school year this week. Can you believe it? Where did the summer...

 

Tips to planning a last minute summer vacation

It’s count down time to the beginning of school and the end of summer and you haven’t had a vacation yet! What to do? Perhaps, you are saving up for that dream trip next summer but you’d still like to take a break and have some fun this year....

 

Tips and recipes on how to get the best of figs

Got Figs? Both Mrs. Frances Rallings and Johnny Hall of Brewton do! They have an abundance of figs on their trees this year. Johnny plans to have his first canning experience making Strawberry Fig Preserves and Mrs. Rallings will continue treating he...

 

Tips and recipes to get the benefits of blueberries

The 2019 Blueberry Festival is a long, gone, happy memory; however, many of you are still finding fresh blueberries. My neighbor Marcia White recently surprised me with delicious and healthy blueberry muffins. The muffins were plump full of...

 

Tips to avoid the dangerous heat of summer

WHOA! It is so-oo-ooo HOT! Every time I have stepped outside the last few days, I imagined that I stepped into a room in which someone was pouring water on hot rocks. It's hot, steamy, and hard to breathe. But I'm not really in a sauna—I'm...

 

Tips for picnic safety this National Picnic Month

“Summertime and the livin’ is easy. Fish are jumpin’…and we want to handle all foods safely before we cook, grill or fry”! (A play on words from one of my favorite songs by George Gershwin) Summer holidays provide a break from school and...

 

Tips to help you make healthier dairy choices

Are You Drinking or Eating Enough Dairy Foods for the Health Benefits? Did you know June is National Dairy Month? It is a great time to learn more about dairy foods and how they fit into a healthy-eating pattern.  All age groups except for young...

 

Tips on pickling food and the perfect pickle

When people hear the word “pickle”, many automatically think of cucumber pickles. However, there are many foods that can be pickled. Pickling foods at home may sound difficult or time consuming, but there are both quick and traditional options fo...

 

Brewton Blueberry Festival is this Saturday

It’s time to paint the town BLUE! This coming weekend all roads lead to Jenning’s Park in Brewton, AL for the 39th Annual Alabama Blueberry Festival. We are inviting you to come and join us for this BIG EVENT! The Festival will be held Saturday,...

 

Tips to avoid dehydration these summer months

“Whee, it’s Hot!” “Oh, Boy it’s HOT out here and it’s not even summer yet!” These are a few of the sentiments I have heard lately about the weather. Amy Mullins, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent in the Panhandle has the perfect tips...

 

Tips to stay healthy while traveling this summer

Staying Healthy While Traveling – 15 Brilliant Ideas Hooray! The last school bell has rung. School is finally out and it’s time for vacation. Do you have vacation or travel plans? Getting sick while traveling can be such a drag.   Trust me… I...

 

Tips to help prepare for hurricane season

Congratulations 2019 Graduates! Just saying Congratulation seems hardly enough, For the hours you spent studying and all that stuff. But, hey, it’s a word nevertheless. Graduates, we are proud of you for doing your best! So all the long hours have...

 

Lessen your chances of a stroke with these tips

"I will not have a stroke."  That small sentence is a powerful declaration. A promise of change. A focus on prevention. I will make changes to my daily life that help prevent stroke. I will help my family make changes that prevent stroke.  Whether...

 

Tips to keep women healthy for Mother's Day

Mother’s day is this Sunday, May 12th. We would like to extend Best Wishes and a Happy Mother’s Day to all the “Special Women” in your life that have shown you some “Motherly Love” through the years. It could be your Aunt, Auntie,...

 

Asthma Awareness Month brings helpful tips

May is Asthma Awareness Month, and it’s time to bring awareness of a chronic incurable, inflammatory disorder of the airways.  Did you know that Asthma is one of our nation’s most common and costly diseases? There is no known cause and over 20...

 

Don't panic over bed bugs-tips to respond well

A man stopped by the office the office the other day to get some “bugs” identified. He discovered the pests crawling out of his recliner. The County Agent quickly identified the bugs as “Bed Bugs” Yikes! He was the third person to bring this...

 

Tips for Easter egg safety this Easter season

“Here comes Peter Cottontail Hoppin' down the bunny trail Hippity hoppin', Easter's on its way”. That little “song” is running through my mind now, as I remember that most “children” young and old, are looking forward to the traditional E...

 

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