by Julia Wilson, Edmonson County Extension Agent:
Canning season is in full swing. Safety is of utmost importance for those of us preserving food because improperly home canned food can lead to food-borne illness.
Bacteria, yeasts, and molds can grow quickly on fresh fruits and vegetables. Oxygen and enzymes that can cause food to spoil are found all over and inside produce. Safe home canning methods help prevent the growth of these harmful bacteria, yeast and molds; remove excess oxygen from the food; destroy spoilage enzymes; and allow for year-round enjoyment of the foods from your garden.
Despite what you may find on the Internet or social media, there are only two acceptable methods for home canning safe, quality products--the boiling water canner method and the pressure canner method. The type of food you are preserving will dictate which method to use. Boiling water canners can be used on foods that are naturally high in acid, like most fruits. Pressure canners must be used for all fresh vegetables, meat and poultry. Both methods, when used properly, can prevent botulism, a deadly form of food poisoning associated with canned food.
You can safely process foods that are naturally high in acid or foods that have been acidified with lemon juice or vinegar (like pickles, salsa and relishes) in a boiling water bath canner. The acid prevents the growth of harmful bacteria in these foods. However, vegetables, meats and poultry do not contain enough acid to prevent bacterial growth. For these foods temperatures between 240 and 250 degrees Fahrenheit are necessary to prevent the growth of bacteria. Temperatures this high can only be reached using a pressure canner. Therefore, you must process all vegetables and other low acid foods in a pressure canner.
Be sure to use up-to-date equipment that’s in proper working condition. It’s never a good idea to purchase a pressure canner at a yard sale or flea market as replacement parts and manufacturer’s instructions may not be available. Pressure canners made after 1997 are designed with more safety features and weigh much less than older canners. You should test the gauge on dial-gauge pressure canners each year. Your local extension office can do this for you. It is also important to use only Mason-type canning jars and self-sealing, two-piece lids. Never reuse jars that once contained mayonnaise or other food products as they will crack and break during processing.
The Edmonson County Extension Office has pressure canners, boiling water canners, and Jam & Jelly makers available for check out. Click here for all the info.
Always use research-based recipes to preserve foods. These recipes are available in UK Cooperative Extension Service home canning publications, the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving, or the National Center for Home Food Preservation’s website https://nchfp.uga.edu/. Follow each recipe exactly as written. Do not make additions or changes unless options are provided in the recipe. Not following the recipe precisely or using a recipe that is not research-based, may result in sickness.
For more information on safe food canning and research-based recipes, contact the Edmonson County Cooperative Extension Service.
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Information for preschool registration at Edmonson County Schools is now available. Please see all the info below, as provided by Edmonson County Schools:
Edmonson Co. Preschool Registration
Registration for 20-21 Preschool is still open.
Please visit school webpage for online registration instructions.
https://see.edmonson.kyschools.us/preschool-and-kindergarten-registration South Edmonson
You may also call Kyrock Elementary 270-286-4013 or South Edmonson Elementary 270-597-2379
Preschool begins with virtual instruction on September 21st
In person sessions begin on October 5th.
Parents may choose virtual instruction or in person instruction.
Preschool will operate in person instruction on a 2 full days a week schedule. Students will attend from 8am-2pm Monday and Wednesday or 8 am-2pm Tuesday and Thursday.
In person class sizes will be limited to no more than 12 students.
Final bus routes will be determined by September 8th.
All students will receive a tablet in order to access preschool curriculum and instruction. This tablet will be available for those who choose in person or virtual instruction.
Individual screening sessions will be scheduled by preschool staff and all screenings will follow CDC and local school board guidelines.
Any further questions please contact Wyn Caudill Preschool Coordinator at 270-597-2101.
Easy Online Donations Available
As the beginning of the new school year approaches among uncertain times, it's also time for the local "Adopt-A-Backpacker Program" to begin.
Local coordinator Michelle McCoy said the program will once again be partnering with Feeding America and the Family Resource Center/Youth Service Center, in order to help improve the lives of many children in Edmonson County. Now more ever, donations are necessary to ensure Edmonson County students can take home a backpack full of food and other needed items for the weekend.
"For each $120 donation, you can adopt one child to receive a bag food every Friday for the entire school year," she said." There will be greater need this year, due to COVID, and the numbers increased quite a bit at the end of the last school year. The number of students in need went from about 135 to about 156 during the last couple of months of school.
Download the form below and either print, fill out, and mail in, or you can simply make a donation online by clicking here.
McCoy also noted that backpacks were delivered this past spring, even though school was out. Volunteers from Feeding America and local school Family Resource personnel helped to make it happen.
Darren Doyle, story:
The Cee Bee Food Store in Brownsville completed a remodeling effort this week after a lengthy process resulting from a car crash nearly two years ago.
Owners Jeff and Cindy Rich said the new look includes new signage, stone columns, and a new face at the top of the building, which had basically remained unchanged since the store was built in 1985.
Cindy Rich said although the car crash occurred in November of 2018, delays with insurance prolonged the process and the full scale work didn't begin until May of this year. The store was fully operational, but with temporary repairs.
"After repairing the damage we realized how great the need was to update the rest of the building," she said. The building is more than 30 years old. Even though it is structurally it is sound, we felt like it lacked curb appeal."
A driver crashed her car into the storefront on November 8, 2018. Miraculously, there were no injuries, but the front of the store was demolished. Emergency workers guessed that the driver had accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes. The store immediately cleaned up the mess, made a temporary fix, and business continued as usual; now, the remodel is complete with a whole new look.
One noticeable difference is that the Cee Bee "bee" is no longer part of the look.
"We wanted to incorporate the bee in there somewhere, but we just couldn't make it work," Rich said.
"We love our town, we love our customers, and we hope the work we've done is something that shows pride in our community."
Get ready to cruise in to the new school year at our new Drive-In Back to School Bash! We will have a bag of goodies for each family that drives in to see us! We will have FREE pizza slices (while supplies last) and the Pelican’s SnoBall truck will be there for a fundraiser for EC FRYSC!! As always we will be doing giveaways throughout the event!!
Packets Appear To Have Originated From China, Could Pose Danger
LEXINGTON, Ky., (July 28, 2020) — Recently, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture was notified of several Kentucky residents receiving unsolicited seed packets through the mail. The packets appear to have originated in China. The types of seeds are unknown and may pose a threat to Kentucky agriculture and the environment through the introduction of invasive plants or diseases.
Anyone who receives an unsolicited package of seeds should not plant them or throw them away. Instead, they should immediately contact the Kentucky Department of Agriculture for instructions.
“The purpose of these seed shipments is unclear at this time, but we need to get the message out that it’s important that people not plant them,” said Ric Bessin, extension entomologist in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “These packets could potentially contain invasive species or plant diseases, so do not throw them in the trash either. Instead, seal them tightly and send them to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s office in Northern Kentucky.”
Residents of other states have received the seed packets as well. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, APHIS, is working closely with the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection, other federal agencies and state departments of agriculture to investigate the situation.
“At this point in time, we don’t have enough information to know if this is a hoax, a prank, an internet scam, or an act of agricultural bio-terrorism,” Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said in a press release issued by his office. “I want to reiterate; do not plant the seeds. We don’t know what they are, and we cannot risk any harm whatsoever to agricultural production in the United States. We have the safest, most abundant food supply in the world, and we need to keep it that way.”
Individuals who have received the suspicious packages should put them in an airtight bag and ship them and the packaging in which they arrived to the USDA APHIS division of Plant Protection Quarantine at USDA-APHIS PPQ, P.O. Box 475, Hebron, Kentucky 41048. Include this form.
People can contact the Kentucky Department of Agriculture at 502-573-0282 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joe Collins, senior nursery inspector in the UK Department of Entomology, is available to answer questions. Contact him at 859-257-5838.
Edmonson Voice Report:
Ella Lindsey, a student at Kyrock Elementary, was named the Edmonson County winner in the Jim Claypool Conservation Art Contest, according to a statement from the Edmonson County Conservation District Office. The contest was produced as a partnership between Kentucky Farm Bureau and the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts, and themed: “Things That Fly.”
Students in grades K-12 from across the Commonwealth used the theme to create 18,249 art entries. Judges from local conservation districts, along with county officials and the UK Ag Extension office chose county winners, whose entries then moved on to the state level competition.
"A distinguished panel of judges with diverse environmental backgrounds selected statewide winners in both writing and art categories," a statement from the conservation office said.
Individual School winners included 1st place Ella Lindsey, 2nd place Madison Duvall, and 3rd place Savanna Detweiler, all of Kyrock Elementary, and 1st place Taya Watt, 2nd place, Bryson Wheat, and 3rd place Jackson Roney, from South Edmonson Elementary. There were 277 entries in the Art Contest in Edmonson County.
While the winners were not able to be together in person, the EC Conservation District was able to scan their artwork so the art could still be shared.
"The District deeply appreciates the Art Teachers who take time in their busy schedules to teach the material and assist the students in entering the contest," the conservation office said. "Please join us in our appreciation of Ms. Nan Raymer and Ms. Jessica Doyle."
Edmonson County High School had made the following announcement regarding caps, gowns, and yearbooks for 2020 ECHS seniors:
Caps, Gowns, & Yearbooks
On the following days:
July 28 8:00am-12:00pm
July 29 2:00pm-6:00pm
We will be set up on the front porch of ECHS and will allow students to drive by and pick up their items.
We do ask that 1 person/representative for each student do the pickup.
Yearbooks can be picked up and/or purchased for $60.
Please make checks payable to: ECHS
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Meredith Hennion, an incoming Junior at Edmonson County High School, has been named a UK Rising Scholar.
Meredith is among an elite group of rising juniors from across the Commonwealth who have been selected for this recognition. Meredith was chosen to represent her school and receive this award based on her academic success and demonstration of leadership and service.
The University of Kentucky Rising Scholars Program is a way for the University to recognize the top student leaders from across the state, while showing them the opportunities that could lie ahead for them at UK.
Meredith is the daughter of Anthony and April Hennion of Park City.
The Edmonson County Youth Soccer League is now accepting sign ups for the 2020 season. Please see the forms below, available for download.
By: Katie Pratt
The Asian longhorned tick, which preys on a variety of hosts including humans and wild and domestic animals, has been found in Kentucky. This new tick is known to attack animals in large numbers and will be a concern to livestock producers, wildlife enthusiasts and pet owners.
“This tick is an aggressive biter and frequently builds intense infestations on domestic hosts that can cause stress, reduced growth and severe blood loss,” said Jonathan Larson, UK extension entomologist in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “One reason for their rapid buildup is that the female ticks can lay eggs without mating. It only takes a single fed female tick to create a population of ticks. Potentially, thousands can be found on an animal.”
The tick has been found in small numbers on elk in Martin County and black bear in Floyd County. It was found in large numbers on a bull in Metcalfe County in the south-central part of the state.
“The Metcalfe County ticks were submitted by a veterinarian who answered a call about a bull so infested that it was showing signs of severe fatigue,” said Anna Pasternak, UK entomology graduate student who manages the Kentucky Tick Surveillance Program. “The tick samples that the veterinarian submitted for identification to the UK Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory contained Asian longhorned ticks.”
Pasternak and Monica Cipriani, a student in the UK College of Public Health, sampled the Metcalfe County field and found more Asian longhorned ticks.
“With the first two findings being in Eastern Kentucky, the Metcalfe County finding is particularly troubling as it means the tick may have already spread farther across the state,” Pasternak said.
A native of Asia, the tick was first found in 2017 in the United States. In addition to Kentucky, it has been confirmed in Arkansas, Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. In addition to cattle, black bear and elk, it preys on deer, raccoons, opossums, cats, dogs, coyotes, foxes, sheep, goats, groundhogs, horses, Canada geese, chickens, cottontail rabbits, red-tailed hawks and skunks. As it gets further established in the state, the tick is expected to have adverse effects on the state’s deer and wildlife population. Humans also are a host.
The tick is small and reddish-brown with no distinctive markings to make it easy to identify. Making detection more difficult, unfed Asian longhorned adults are smaller than other common adult ticks found in Kentucky. It is also a known or suspected vector of several important livestock viral, bacterial and protozoan agents. Scientists are conducting tests on ticks collected in the United States, and it is likely that some ticks will contain germs that can be harmful to animals.
Individuals who find a usually large number of ticks on their pet or livestock should contact their local veterinarian. Those who find single ticks they think might be an Asian longhorned tick should work with their county extension agent for agriculture and natural resources to submit the sample to UK entomologists for positive identification.
Additional information on tick bite prevention and proper tick removal is available in UK entomology’s ENTFACT 618: Ticks and Disease in Kentucky. It is available online at https://entomology.ca.uky.edu/ef618 or by contacting a local extension office.
Local School Supply Drive To Help Edmonson County Students