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  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    Are there any financial aid resources you can recommend to baby boomers who are interested in going back to school? I’ve been thinking about taking some classes at a nearby college, and wanted to check into financial aid opportunities first.
    Looking For Aid

    Dear Looking,
    If you know where to look, there’s quite a bit of financial assistance out there that can help working baby boomers and retirees go back to school. Here are some steps to take that can help you find it.

  • Kindergarten registration is going on now for Spencer County and Taylorsville Elementary schools. Parents and guardians should register now to receive teacher placement letters and supply lists, resource packets for you and your child and invitations to school activities this year.

    Parents should bring the following items to register:

    • Proof of residence, such as a current lease or utility bill — required

    • Proof of age, such as a state issued birth certificate — required

  • Campbellsville University honored 177 teachers from 66 school districts throughout Kentucky by awarding them the Campbellsville University Excellence in Teaching Award recently at the Ransdell Chapel on the CU campus. Three Spencer County teachers were recognized.

    The Excellence in Teaching Award recipients include the following with their superintendent listed first:

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    Bellarmine University has named Taylorsville resident Cheyenne McKinley to the dean’s list for spring 2015. McKinley is a junior majoring in nursing, and previously attended Spencer County High School. Bellarmine’s dean’s list recognizes students who receive a grade point average of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale.

  • Everyone is talking about what a terrible season it has been for vegetable farming. My garden is growing weeds while the onions rot and the tomatoes languish on the vine. The rain has made for soggy ground that starves annual plants of oxygen. So what are we to do? First, and foremost, this is a reminder of how important it is to build soil year after year to ensure good drainage for plants that would otherwise be starved of oxygen if they are trapped in soggy, clayey soils. The rest lies in our cultural practices.

  • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that beginning Sept. 1, farmers and ranchers can apply for financial assistance to help conserve working grasslands, rangeland and pastureland while maintaining the areas as livestock grazing lands.

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    Forty-one members of the Spencer County FFA Chapter attended the Kentucky FFA leadership Training Center in Hardinsburg the week of June 6-10. While there, members participated in a variety of leadership development classes, special interest classes, and recreational activities.

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  • Beef cattle production is a year-round job. There are certain things you can do to make things more organized, whether you have a spring-calving or a fall-calving herd.

  • Beef cattle production is a year-round job. There are certain things you can do to make things more organized, whether you have a spring-calving or a fall-calving herd.

  • Green June beetle flight has begun across Kentucky. They are similar to, and at the same time different from, Japanese beetles.
    Both species are good fliers and congregate in large numbers when feeding. Also, each has one generation each year and their larval stages are white grubs that develop in soil.

  • The State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest was held on Tuesday, June 16 at the Madison County Fairgrounds in Richmond.  Connie Jeffiers, livestock leader and coach, did a great job at coaching and motivating all of the team members.  Thanks to the Connie Jeffiers and Emily Hume that helped transport and serve as chaperones for this trip.  Another big thank you to Emily and Matthew Jeffiers for working with the team.  

  • The wet summer so far has made for a great weed season and some soggy looking vegetable gardens!  Those that are part of the fungi family are having a real ball!  Gardeners are wondering about the toadstools popping up in their lawns; others are confounded by the stinky, phallic-looking things poking through their mulch, a mushroom commonly called the stinkhorn; and the slimy orange globs on cedar trees got many thinking aliens had landed in their landscape.  

  • Dear Savvy Senior,

    I plan to apply for my Social Security benefits in September. When can I expect my first check? And, is direct deposit my only option for receiving my monthly payment?

    Almost Eligible

    Dear Almost,

    Generally, Social Security retirement benefits (as well as disability and survivor benefits) are paid in the month after the month they are due. So, if you apply for your Social Security benefits in September, you will receive your September benefits in October.

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    About 40 years ago a fungus was discovered in pepper crops in New York and since it has spread as far as California and Florida. It’s in our midst, as well. The fungus in question causes phytophthora blight in peppers. Some refer to the sudden wilting of peppers as damping off, phytophthora root rot, crown rot or stem and fruit rot. Clearly the fungus impacts the entire plant. I had a problem with this blight in my pepper patch and it seems as though it is back!

  • Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden recently announced that dairy farmers can now enroll in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating dairy operations when the margin — the difference between the price of milk and feed costs — falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. Harden made the announcement while visiting Wolfe’s Neck Farm and dairy school in Freeport, Maine.

  • Farm transitions have been identified as one of the major upcoming structural changes in agriculture that concerns policy makers.

  • A couple of “members” of the pigweed family are causing problems for farmers locally and across the state.

    “The real problem issues are with soybeans,” said Jim Martin, a weed scientist with the University of Kentucky’s research and education center in Princeton. “It’s (pigweed) across the state. It started in western Kentucky along the river bottoms and found its way into central Kentucky as well as the rest of the state.”

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  • It’s been a hot and humid last few weeks! I was hopeful that this summer was not going to be idyllic…at least we got rain just in the nick of time! These ninety degree days, however, are putting us on track for some serious heat this summer. Some vegetables will surely respond to temperatures in the 90’s…some will be good and some will be sad. I know we can’t change the ambient air temperature on a ninety degree day but we can provide some shade for our plants on the hottest days of the summer with reasonable results.