Make plans now to attend the St. Clair County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale which will be held on Friday, April 20th from 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. AND Saturday, April 21st from 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. at Pell City’s Recreation Hall located at 414 19th Street South.
Come join other gardeners for this 12-week volunteer training program to become a certified Master Gardener. The St. Clair County Extension Office will hold their bi-annual Master Gardener Program every Wednesday, August 29th–November 14th from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Topics to be covered include botany, vegetable gardening, plant propagation, disease and insect identification and much more!
After completion of the classroom requirement and 50 hours of Extension-approved volunteer service, you will become a certified Alabama Master Gardener!
Cost is $125 and covers materials and all classes.
You must complete and submit the Master Gardener application. No need to send any money now. Click here to access Master Gardener page that contain link to application.
Check it out! Alabama Extension’s St. Clair County Office featured in Discover St. Clair magazine this month!
If you haven’t seen the latest edition of Discover St. Clair—The Essence of St. Clair County magazine yet, be sure to pick up a copy and read the feature article about our office on pages 8-14. It is also available online at www.discoverstclair.com. We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to editor and publisher Carol Pappas, journalist Elaine Hobson Miller, and photographer Mike Callahan, who all made this wonderful article possible. Y’all did a great job putting it all together! Click here to see our story: Discover St Clair Feb 2018 web friendly
The St. Clair County Extension Office is a Scale Back Alabama Weigh-In Site once again.The Scale Back Alabama program officially kicks off on January 9th and the St. Clair County Extension office is an official weigh-in site again this year. Participants are welcome to stop by the Extension Office during weigh-in week, January 22nd-28th, anytime during business hours (8 a.m.—12 p.m. & 12:30—4:30 p.m.) for an official weigh-in. Weigh-out week is April 2nd—8th and the final event and cash prize drawings is on April 17th.
To be eligible for team prizes, each team member must lose at least 10 pounds during the 9-week competition, as recorded by a coordinator at an official Scale Back Alabama weigh-in site. Winning teams are determined by a random drawing from all eligible teams. The first 3 teams drawn win $1,000 per team member, or a total of $2,000 for the entire team. The second 3 teams drawn win $500 per team member, or a total of $1,000 for the entire team. The final 3 teams drawn win $250 per team member, or a total of $500 for the entire team.
All individuals who lose at least 10 pounds, as recorded by a coordinator at an official Scale Back Alabama weigh-in site, are eligible for an individual prize, regardless of their team’s achievement. However, individuals that are drawn for a team prize are not eligible to win the individual prizes.
From the pool of eligible participants, 40 individuals drawn win one of 40 achievement prizes of $100 per person.
For more information about the Scale Back Alabama program, please visit the website, www.scalebackalabama.com or contact Lee Ann Clark, County Extension Coordinator, at the St. Clair County Extension Office, at 205-338-9416 or email email@example.com.
The Extension Newsletter is published bi-monthly. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please email Lee Ann Clark, County Extension Coordinator, or call our the St. Clair County Extension Office at (205) 338-9416.
Lee Ann Clark, St. Clair County Extension coordinator, says the funding, which was secured through the St. Clair County Commission, has enabled her office to continue providing outreach support to the veteran community.
“For more than a century, Cooperative Extension has been about providing effective, face-to-face outreach to people where they live and work,” Clark says. “And for this reason, we think we are especially well-suited to serve our county’s veterans, especially those in critical need of assistance.”
“The partnership between St. Clair County, the state of Alabama, and Alabama Extension, which is directed to assisting active military, National Guard and veteran families, reflects our combined commitment to those who provided our nation’s defense,” Lemme said. “Helping the families of these heroes access Veterans Affairs benefits that they have earned and providing resources to help them cope with the unique stresses of deployment and returning to home life will benefit not only those directly involved but also the entire community.
Veterans Outreach for St. Clair County will be the duties of Wayne Johnson, newly hired to lead these efforts.
“There is a critical need to connect veterans within communities, especially in small communities, to resources that can improve their financial well-being and their employment prospects. In many cases, it can be as simple as putting money in their pockets to tie them over as they make their transition back to civilian life,” Johnson said.
The challenges of transitioning to civilian life often prove even more daunting, if not insurmountable, for those veterans suffering from serious combat-related conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Among those veterans, timely effective outreach can mean the difference between successful transition to civilian life and one plagued by chronic unemployment, debt and, in many cases, substance abuse.
One of the main goals of the St. Clair Extension outreach effort is to reach these veterans with critical assistance before these patterns of behavior become self-destructive.
“My vision is to get out into the community and find veterans and widows of veterans that we don’t know about. I want to make them aware of the benefits that are available to them and hopes to make all veterans more aware of the numerous services and benefits available to them,” Johnson said.
“I plan to visit all the nursing homes,” he said. “Also, I not only want to talk to the elderly and middle-age veterans, but I also want to reach out to younger veterans.”
Considering the number of veterans in St. Clair County alone — some 7300 — an outreach program that presents veterans with viable treatment options potentially could save hundreds of thousands of dollars.
This unclaimed assistance not only would benefit the returning veterans but also the local economies where they live and work.
Any questions concerning this program or if you are a Veteran in need of assistance, please contact Wayne Johnson, Veterans Outreach Agent Assistant. He can be reached at the St. Clair County Extension Office by calling (205) 338-9416 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
With Christmas right around the corner, it is the perfect time to begin thinking about that perfect tree. Come learn more about them, from their trunk to the tinsel at a workshop being conducted by Regional Extension Agents, Bethany O’Rear and Sallie Lee at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. (see page 9) And, if developing an estate plan has been on your to-do list for quite some time, we can help. Ruth Brock, Regional Extension Agent, has planned a workshop to help you do just that…continue reading?
I am thrilled to share that the Nutrition Education Program (NEP) has returned to St. Clair County and is now very high tech! Many of you may remember that I served as the NEP Agent here in St. Clair County for 5 years. I thoroughly enjoyed working with and teaching lots of students during that time about good nutrition using puppets, games and other activities. Well, the program now utilizes technology to teach nutrition. Aisha Martin, our new NEP Agent Assistant, will conduct these classes with 3rd grade students across the county utilizing a mobile iPad laboratory. How cool is that? Be sure to check out the article about this new program on page 4…continue reading?