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Lincoln Park plays vital role in health of Kenosha

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Community Development Educator, Amy Greil Public parks and open spaces have long been seen as assets in a local community. Lincoln Park is one such Kenosha-specific asset to me as a 42-acre green space with expanses of sports fields and flower gardens, nestled within a residential neighborhood on Kenosha’s […]

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Wet spring has farmers looking for options

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Agriculture Educator, Leigh Presley As I was jolted awake by rain pelting the windows early Wednesday morning, my heart sank. When will it let up and dry out? That’s one question much of the Midwest is asking right now. As bad as this spring has been in Wisconsin, the […]

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A focus on literacy

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Vickie Leflore, Youth Development Extension Educator Weekends for many families may consist of spending time at the local laundromat. The average family can spend about two hours per week at the laundromat. Oftentimes for young children, boredom can set in pretty fast from the time it takes to wash […]

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Dames rocket

Garden column

By Vijai Pandian, Horticulture Extension Educator for Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Racine Counties What’s the phlox-like plant with its purple bloom along the roadsides? With its attractive purple- pinkish to white fragrant flowers, dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis) is a highly invasive plant that can quickly displaces the native vegetation along the roadside ditches, wooded and open […]

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Invasive Plant Management Workshop

Kenosha County will be hosting a FREE workshop on Wednesday, July 17th from 9 AM – 3 PM at the Kenosha County Center (19600 – 75th Street, Bristol, WI) focused on managing invasive plants on roadsides.  The workshop will include classroom and field activities that demonstrate effective approaches to management and resources available to support […]

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Handling credit as a couple

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Health and Well-Being Educator, Mary Metten Tracking your own finances is a chore often left off the fun list. Taking on another person’s financial history and habits can be out-and-out daunting. All that being said, knowing your spouse or partner’s credit history is as important as knowing your own. […]

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Census of Agriculture gives voice to farmers

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Agriculture Educator, Leigh Presley For people who like agriculture and statistics, April 11 was a much-anticipated day: the release of the 2017 Census of Agriculture. To mark the occasion, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue even presented the massive final document wrapped in a bow! The census is indeed deserving […]

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Empowering youth through leadership development

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Vickie Leflore, Youth Development Extension Educator This week I had the great pleasure of graduating from Leadership Kenosha (Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce and UW-Parkside Partnership). Leadership Kenosha is a nine-month professional leadership program. The main aspects of the program focus on development in the areas of personal and […]

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Seven steps to defining and realizing goals

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Community Development Educator, Amy Greil Last week I co-facilitated a strategy retreat for a small group of neighborhood leaders. Uptown Brass Village Neighborhood Association represents the geographic area located between 14th Avenue and 26th Avenue, and 60th Street and 65th Street (including blocks along Roosevelt Road.) Preparing for the […]

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Plant health updates – May 2019

Report by Vijai Pandian, Horticulture Extension Educator for Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Racine Counties May 2019 Horticulture Extension Educator, Vijai Pandian, describes what’s happening to Green Boxwood Hedge, offers alternatives to Austrian Pines, provides an overview of the 2019 winter injuries to landscape, and suggests the do’s and don’t during the wet season. In addition, readers […]

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