Finney County Extension agents

The Finney County Extension Office is presenting a program "Age Sense" at noon Wednesday at the Extension Office, 501 S. Ninth St.

"There are many ways to think about aging. Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough. Age Sense is used to refer to the willingness to examine personal beliefs about aging, to explore the dual ideas of loss and opportunity, and to discover a balanced perspective of what it means "to age."

Carol Ann Crouch, family and consumer sciences agent, Scott County, will present this public program.

Please RSVP by noon today by calling the Extension Office at 272-3670. Participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch.

Healthful breakfasts

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Breakfast eaters do better and stay more alert during the day. Facts can be remembered more quickly. Eating breakfast will give you a healthy start.

Nutritious foods power up the brain and the rest of the body. Look for options that are high in fiber and other nutrients, but are low in added sugars. People of all ages who skip breakfast are not likely to make up for the nutrients that they missed eating in the morning. On average, breakfast eaters get more calcium, dietary fiber and protein each day than people who do not eat breakfast. Do your best to provide healthy food choices at home each morning. Encourage all members of your family to eat breakfast.

Any questions or concerns, contact Léhisa de Fornoza, Finney County Extension agent, family and consumer sciences, 272-3670,

National 4-H Week

"Making a Lasting Impact" is this year's theme for National 4-H Week this week.

As the nation's largest youth development program that focuses on the four-fold development of the head, heart, hands and health of young people, 4-H is available for children ages 9 through 19. Food and nutrition, photography and livestock are a few of the wide variety of projects 4-H members participate in.

4-H teaches the value of helping your community and the importance of a being a leader. 4-H is a community where young people learn leadership, citizenship and life skills. Connecting youth and adults to work together through volunteer service can bridge the differences that separate people and help solve social problems.

4-H youth, volunteers and Cooperative Extension staff have joined to promote a week of national service and to recognize the fine achievements of Finney County 4-H members and their families, and to acknowledge the contributions of 4-H leaders who volunteer their time and skills to the program.

4-H, the largest youth development organization in the world, is a community of seven million young people across the globe. In the U.S., 4-H programs are implemented by the 109 land grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System through their 3,100 local Extension offices across the country. Overseas, 4-H programs operate throughout more than 50 countries. Learn more about 4-H, nationally at, locally at

4-H challenge

Life's little question? Aspire to be a fashionista? A fashionista is a passionate follower of fashion.

Love shopping and following the latest fashion trends? Join 4-H and become a fashionista in the clothing project. Open a new world of fashion options by designing clothes or buying them, selecting accessories and modeling.

The clothing construction project phrase will introduce you to the basics like sewing a shirt or putting a zipper in a pair of slacks.

Buymanship will give you that edge on planning a budget for an outfit, choosing between different shades of colors and analyzing clothing advertisements.

4-H members can participate in the Fashion Revue to model either their clothing construction or buymanship items.

Be a fashionista in the 4-H Clothing and Textiles project.

4-H Cloverbud Club

The Finney County Extension 4-H Cloverbud Club is organizing for the new 4-H year. 4-H Cloverbud Club is for children who are age 5, 6 and 7. 4-H Cloverbud Club's first meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Grandstand Meeting Room, Finney County Fairgrounds. Youth need to officially enroll or RSVP intent to the Finney County Extension Office by 10 a.m. Monday to necessitate setup and supplies. Youth interested in enrolling need to fill out a 4-H Cloverbud enrollment card and 4-H participation form. Parents are asked and encouraged to stay for the meetings.

In 4-H Cloverbud Club settings, adult and teen volunteers serve as leaders to help children do all kinds of learning activities. The children are provided an opportunity to learn to be together, share, have fun and gain some experience socializing all in a non-competitive, friendly atmosphere. The club meets to study fun topics of interest such as space, small animals, foods and nutrition, gardening, crafts, pets and much more.

To find out more about our programs, contact Barbara Addison, 4-H agent, at 272-3670, 501 S. Ninth St., email or visit

Household invaders

Fall is the time to watch out for household invaders. Crickets, boxelder bugs, Asian lady beetles, millipedes and many other insects invade homes this time of year seeking shelter for the winter. Many of these pests are more of a nuisance than a threat to health or property, but that is not much consolation for those whose homes are invaded by hundreds or thousands of unwanted, multi-legged guests.

The first line of defense against these pests is to limit access to the home by reducing the points of entry. Make sure screens are in place and free of holes. Check that the caulk is in good condition around windows, doors and foundation walls. Then remove as much harborage from around the foundation of the home as practical. While some foliage and mulch around the home is maybe needed for curb appeal, avoid overgrown shrubs and excessive amounts of clutter.

If you think you have wireworms crawling around inside or outside homes, check to see if they have numerous legs. If so, then they are probably millipedes. Millipedes normally live outdoors where they feed on damp and decaying wood and vegetable matter, as well as tender roots and green leaves. Their slow-crawling, rounded bodies have two pairs of legs on most body segments. They are generally brownish in color and about 1 to 1 1/2 inch in length.

Insecticides can sometimes be useful in reducing all of these migrating pests. Treating the foundation and some of the area around the home can often greatly reduce the numbers of pests that can enter the home. Once in the home, first decide if the problem can be controlled easily by hand-picking or vacuuming to remove individuals. This may be all that is needed, if populations are minimal. Another option that can sometimes be useful is to use glue boards to trap the insects as they wander about the home.

If populations are high or persistent, the use of an insecticide may be justified. Aerosol sprays may be used for quick knockdown, but their effects are short lived. For some pests, residual sprays can be used to treat baseboards, cracks, crevices and other hiding places. Because there are hundreds of products on the market, it is best to visit a local supplier of lawn or home insecticides and look for a product labeled for the pest and the location you want to treat.

If you have any questions about insect house invaders or other concerns, contact David Coltrain, Finney County Extension agent, at 272-3670 or