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Today's News

  • Blitz project covers tri-county area

    Daniel Greenwell was covered in dust and sweat Saturday afternoon when he put down his hammer, picked up a cold drink and surveyed the progress he and other Habitat for Humanity volunteers had made on the two houses they’re building side by side on McGowan Avenue in Bardstown.

    The frames for both had been put up in less than 48 hours.

    “I don’t work this hard for a living,” he said.

    Curtis Greenwell laughed when he heard what his younger brother had said.

  • Scout's honor

    Troop 429, the Boy Scouts group based in Springfield, took a week-long trip to the woods recently and they came back with an abundance of knowledge that will help them with everything from surviving in the wild to working as a team.

    The eight-member group, ranging in age from 11 to 16 years old, visited Camp Crooked Creek near Bernheim Forest from June 22-28, and it proved to be a worthwhile experience for all involved.

  • Squash and cucumber problems?

    There a few problems that have been showing up in gardens lately, specifically cucurbits.  This includes cucumber, squash, and melons. 

    Bacterial wilt is showing up sporadically and I am sure it’s going to hit many of you who have cucurbits in the next few weeks.  Bacterial wilt causes plants to wilt slowly over a few days; they freshen up at night and then wilt during the day and eventually wilt and die.  The problem is a bacteria that enters the plant and blocks the flow of water and nutrients.

  • Pest facts

    I found a couple of interesting articles in the Kentucky Pest News that I thought I would share with you this week.

    Cicada Killer Wasps Active Across Kentucky
    Mild-mannered female cicada killer wasps are active across Kentucky. They are intent on their tasks of
    1. Digging underground burrows and
    2. Provisioning themselves with paralyzed cicadas that will be food for their grub-like larvae.
    3. The wasps will focus on these tasks over the next few weeks, generally oblivious to the stress and anxiety that they may be causing.

  • Fresh summer corn

    Let’s keep our summer garden series rolling with another popular veggie: fresh summer corn.

    The season for corn is July through August.  Corn is low in fat and full of fiber and B vitamins. Look for ears of corn with green shucks, moist stems, and silk ends that are free of decay.  Kernels should be small, tender, plump, and should fill all the spaces in the rows.  When storing fresh corn, keep it unshucked, wrapped in damp paper towels, inside a plastic bag in the refrigerator until ready to use.  The shelf life is usually four to six days.

  • 4-H brings home honors

    Good work ethics need to be instilled at an early age.  Parents go about helping their children learn responsibility and to finish a job in many different ways from home chores to holding a local job to working on the family farm.

    In 4-H and many other youth organizations, seeing youth reach a goal through hard work and perseverance, is rewarding not only for the youth, but for the parents and other adults who may have supported those youth in their endeavors.  

  • Stroop named to Patriots baseball staff

    Patriot mentor Luther Bramblett has named Stephanos Stroop as the new assistant coach. Stroop will be the Pats pitching coach and recruiting coordinator after working with pitchers and cathcers at George Washington University.

  • Time for late summer seedings

    Many of you are preparing to seed or re-seed various forage grasses and legumes. Successful establishment of a new pasture or hay field does not come about by accident, but by attention to details. One of the important details is what variety or varieties you will use. We have a lot of valuable Kentucky-tested results available on grasses and legumes important to Kentucky. For our complete list of species and varieties, see your county extension agent or go to our website at http://www.uky.edu/Ag/Forage/ForageVarietyTrials2.htm.

  • State fair time in Kentucky

    A great way to complete your summer is with a family trip to the Kentucky State Fair.

    This year’s state fair will run Aug. 14–24.  Registration for many of the events and activities are due in July or early August.  Washington County 4-H members have one final opportunity to qualify exhibits for the fair on Friday, Aug. 8.

  • How to: tasty tomatoes

    Cabrina Buckman

    Let’s continue the summer garden series with a new vegetable of the week: tasty tomatoes.