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Rhizosphaera needlecast on spruce trees

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Horticulture Educator, Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen Question: Several of the spruce trees in my yard seem to be dying. The inner needles on the lower branches turned brown, and many have dropped from the trees. The trees are growing in a row, and it appears that the problem is spreading from […]

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A+ for teachers leading us to a healthier community

Article by Terri Ward, FoodWIse Educator, Kenosha/Racine CountiesOriginally published in the Kenosha News As I wrap up year-end reporting for the FoodWIse program, I’ve noticed an awesome trend from last school year I just have to share. Our program teaches nutrition and evaluates the results in many schools in Kenosha County, and we have seen exceptional […]

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Recognizing the real value of local farmland

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Agriculture Educator, Leigh Presley Talking shop with my UW-Extension colleagues throughout the state usually involves discussion of upcoming programs, the weather, and how crops are looking in our respective counties. But lately one question is posed to me again and again: “How ’bout all that development down there?” So […]

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The Middle Years of High School: Sophomore and Junior Year

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Vickie Leflore, Youth Development Extension Educator You’re not a new freshman and this is not your senior year of high school, preparing to move on with your life … you are in the middle of your high school career. Sophomore and junior year are extremely important years, just […]

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Social Media and Online Engagement (A Life of #Hashtags)

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Vickie Leflore, Youth Development Extension Educator Today, we are engulfed with a variety of social media platforms and online activities. There are #hashtags for almost anything one can think of. Social media and online engagement among youth has grown tremendously with the advancement of cellphone technology. According to the […]

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Kenosha County Display Garden wins national award

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Horticulture Educator, Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen The results are in, and judges have awarded the Kenosha County Center Display Garden second place in the Category 1 division of the All-America Selections 2018 Landscape Design Challenge. This makes the fifth consecutive year the Kenosha County Center Display Garden has received a national […]

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Is soil too wet to plant bulbs?

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Horticulture Educator, Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen Question: A bag of tulip bulbs is sitting on a shelf in my garage waiting to be planted. With all the rain lately, I’m not sure when I can plant them. How long can I wait to plant them? — C.H. Answer: Due to the […]

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UW-Extension program to focus on affordable housing

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Community Development Educator, Amy Greil In two weeks, Kenosha is playing host to a nationally recognized affordable housing developer and founder of Buffalove Development, based in Buffalo, N.Y. Here is what you need to know about the issues to be discussed: What is affordable housing? In general, housing for […]

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Conference to help residents ‘build wealth, not debt’

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Health and Well-Being Educator, Mary Metten It is not difficult to find stories in the news about Americans currently facing staggering amounts of debt or general issues surrounding money management. From the oft-ridiculed millennials and avocado toast standing in the way of a mortgage to the baby boomer generation […]

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Employment options important part of post-prison re-entry

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Community Development Educator, Amy Greil Yesterday, in collaboration with Gateway Technical College, Ellsworth Computer Numerical Control operator training completion ceremony featured 11 students whom are now poised to put their specialized skills to work upon re-entry to civil society — after incarceration, that is. Post-prison re-entry is a period […]

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