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NC Cooperative Extension Service_Conference Listening Session_11-6-13

NC Cooperative
Extension Service Announces Strategic Plan

The Cooperative Extension Service at NC State outlines its vision for restructuring over the next 22 months by targeting its strengths and improving access to services across the state.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service_Conference Listening Session_11-6-13

NC Cooperative
Extension Service Announces Strategic Plan

The Cooperative Extension Service at NC State outlines its vision for restructuring over the next 22 months by targeting its strengths and improving access to services across the state.

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What Is Medicare?

Starting this year, one boomer will become eligible for Medicare every eight seconds. Yes, Medicare — the health insurance program administered by the federal government for people 65 and older. If you are approaching, or have just recently passed that milestone, remember that knowledge is power. Medicare can be a welcome birthday present, especially if you take time to understand the different parts of the program and the wealth of health care resources it provides. What is Medicare? Medicare is the federal health insurance program for those 65 and older. It was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson in July 1965 as a way to help older adults pay their medical expenses. Over the years, Medicare has been expanded to provide coverage for some younger people with disabilities and people with end-stage kidney disease. In 1986 the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) was founded by the Department of Insurance. Counseling sites are located in all 100 counties in North Carolina. At these sites trained volunteers can help you answer most any question related to Medicare and types of Medicare coverage. To find a counseling site near you visit http://www.ncdoi.com/SHIIP/SHIIP_County_Sites.aspx. In 2003, President George W. Bush established Medicare Part D, a program designed to help people with Medicare pay for their prescription drugs. All these programs are still available for those who are eligible. Medicare consists of several plans or "parts": • Parts A and B are often referred to as Original, or Traditional, Medicare. Part A helps pay your hospital bills, and most people have paid for their Part A premiums through payroll taxes while working. Part B helps pay for doctor visits and other medical services, including screenings for heart disease, diabetes and some types of cancer. • Part C plans, also known as Medicare Advantage plans, are Medicare-approved plans offered by private insurance companies. Part C plans are an alternative to Original Medicare. Along with covering doctors and hospitals, they often also cover prescription drugs. • Part D plans are Medicare-approved private plans that help people who have Parts A and B to pay for prescription drugs. Keep in mind that Medicare does not cover all of your health care costs. Services such as routine dental and vision care are not covered by Medicare. Unless you have additional insurance or qualify for low-income assistance, even with Medicare, you will be paying some premiums, deductibles and co-pays. How do you enroll? The best time to enroll in Medicare is during the Initial Enrollment Period which is the three months before, the month of, and three months following your 65th birthday. Not enrolling during this period could cost you a premium penalty. This is also a good time to enroll in a Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug) Plan. You can also receive a premium penalty for not having credible drug coverage. You can look into Medicare advantage or supplemental plans at this time as well. You should contact your local SHIIP Volunteer for advice on any of these plans and for any type of Medicare advice. Once you have enrolled in Medicare you can make changes to your coverage during the Annual Election Period which takes place between October 15th and December 7th each year. You should review your drug plan annually to make sure that your prescriptions are fully covered at the lowest price. You can do that by: • Visit www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan to compare your current coverage with all of the options that are available in your area, and enroll in a new plan if you decide to make a change. • You can also call your local SHIIP counseling site. In Currituck County, this is through the Cooperative Extension Center. To arrange a face to face appointment with one of our trained counselors call 252-232-2262.

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Currituck Extension
1990-1999

In the 1990s the United States was entering the age of the internet and the pace of change grew ever quicker.  What had formerly been called the North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service changed its name to what is today known as the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.  Currituck continued to see growth in real estate, population and tourism throughout the 90s.    As with any growth, there were challenges as well.  Farms continued to decline in number while growing in size.  Teen pregnancy and risk behaviors among teens were on the rise.  Child care needs were increasing as single parent households and numbers of households with both parents working outside the home continued to grow.   Again, Cooperative Extension, armed with research and resources from NC State had the expertise and personnel to address many of these needs.  Agents and staff serving during this decade included: Rodney Sawyer, Jessica Tice, Georgia Kight, Alice Chatman, Al Wood, MarySue Wright-Baker, Kathy Pollock, Sandra Conner, Patricia Stokes, Tommy Grandy, Joy Davis, Brenda Macioce, Tiffany Riddick, Corey Tate, Steve Wentz, Michelle Brake, Ellen Owens, Danelle Barco, Mary Rogers, Phil Whalen, Deanna Crook, Donna Keene, Van Keane, Michelle Cabrera, Timothy Clune, Angela Coffey, Kristy Serrano and Ellen Payne.   Agricultural initiatives continued to include traditional methods like variety trials and field days but also expanded into home horticulture.  The Extension Master Gardener Program was introduced in the 90s and continues to thrive today.  Another agriculture program with its roots in the 90s that continues today is the pesticide container recycling program.  This helped farmers and agriculture workers be even better stewards of the environment they rely so heavily upon. Family and Consumer Sciences initiatives responded again to changing family dynamics and issues.  Cooperative Extension was instrumental in establishing the Albemarle Area Smart Start Partnership to enhance training and certification for child care centers.  Extension began offering low cost first aid and CPR certification for child care providers.  Health fairs were organized and elder programs were initiated.   The 4-H program began addressing youth issues through several grant-based programs.  The Currituck 4-H Support Our Students program was developed and decreased the incidence of disciplinary referrals while providing middle school youth a safe, supervised place to go after school.  The Currituck 4-H Friends of Youth program provided trained mentors for troubled youth to help get them back on the right path toward productive living.  The first state 4-H officer from Currituck County, Julie Roberts was elected and served.  Finally, 4-H moved back toward the schools offering research-based, free resources for teachers to use in their classrooms.   The 90s were again a meaningful decade of growth for Cooperative Extension.  In 2014, Currituck Extension still works with diverse program efforts to improve the quality of life for Currituck County citizens.  The challenges and the landscape have certainly changed over the last 100 years, but the vision remains the same.  Cooperative Extension in Currituck still aspires to empower people to improve their lives through quality, research based information and programs.  For more information on Cooperative Extension, contact the county office at 252-232-2261, visit the website at http://currituck.ces.ncsu.edu or email the County Extension Director at cameron_lowe@ncsu.edu. The Currituck County Center of NC Cooperative Extension extends to county residents the educational resources of NC State University and NC A&T State University.  Both universities commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability.  In addition, the two Universities welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation.

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Fall Vegetables

Fall Gardens and
Local Foods

Your spring and summer gardens may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean enjoying fresh, local produce has to.  Some tomato varieties and peppers may continue to produce until colder weather comes and early planted fall gardens will soon to begin to produce their bounty. The hot humid days of late summer sometimes make it very difficult to get seedlings started and growing.  Fortunately, here in eastern North Carolina, the weather will continue to be warm through the fall with the average killing frost usually occurring in early November.  Thus, there are still opportunities to grow vegetables that perform well with the on-set of cooler night time temperatures.  Vegetables that normally do well in the fall and early winter are mainly members of the leafy green crop, such as: leaf lettuces kale* collards* broccoli arugula* spinach* * Are winter hardy and can survive a hard frost and produce into the winter.  Leafy greens are very nutritious and can be a great addition to your meals.  With the exception arugula, which can be planted with seed, vegetative transplants should be used to plant the other leafy vegetables listed above.  Many of the leafy vegetable transplants should be available in garden centers at this time of year. If you are not inclined to fall garden, there are small farms and roadside stands throughout northeast North Carolina that grow and sell locally grown produce.  To find locally grown, fresh produce that is available in Currituck County go to:  http://currituck.ces.ncsu.edu/categories/agriculture-food/ then under “Links” click on ‘Small Farms and Roadside Markets’. North Carolina is recognized for its number of small farms across the state and its diversity of agricultural products that are available to consumers.  To determine the availability of local North Carolina agricultural products, visit:  http://www.ncfreshlink.com/achart.htm. To “Be Healthy,” “Eat Healthy”.  Take advantage of late summer and fall fresh produce.  “Make a Choice and Make It Local” by supporting Currituck County local growers and markets.

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Currituck Extension
1980-1989

When reminiscing about the 1980’s, most Americans recall big hair, MTV, sitcoms, electronics and overall materialism and the fight for the “American Dream.”   Currituck wasn’t much different.  The number of farms and farm workers began to decline.  Women were the fastest growing group entering the labor force.  Latch-key kids became a very popular occurrence in Currituck and nationwide.  Heart disease was recognized as a leading cause of death for Currituck residents.  Currituck began to see a major influx of population from southern Virginia, bringing with them expectations of additional services. Needs were as critical as ever and Cooperative Extension, armed with research and resources from NC State had the expertise and personnel to address many of these needs.  Agents and staff providing expertise during this decade included: Jerry Hardesty, Sharron Sanderson, Vernon Garrett, Alice Chatman, Lee Ferrell, Jessica Tice, Georgia Kight, Rodney Sawyer, Al Wood, MarySue Wright-Baker, Carla Chalk, Dwan Saunders (Craft), Faye Edge, Betty Mitchell, Sparkle Voliva, Sandra Conner, Kim Hines, and Kathy Pollock. Due in large part to the vital role Extension had played in the development and improvement of Currituck County, the 1980’s saw an increase and expansion of programmatic efforts as well as staff.  Through a vast system of advisors that represented every community and clientele group, needs were identified that Currituck Extension had the capacity to address.  Innovative programs were developed and implemented  to combat the needs identified and to continue to improve the quality of life in Currituck.  Extension was looked to as a leader in developing new county-wide initiatives such as establishing a centralized water system, an agribusiness council and leading legislative tours.  Extension also facilitated the establishment of the Currituck 4-H Foundation, a non profit organization to support 4-H programming efforts locally. Agricultural initiatives focused on encouraging soil sampling and use of soil reports for appropriate fertilizer use.  New alternative agriculture such as grapes, beach grass, ornamentals and aquaculture were promoted by Extension educators and began to emerge.  Scouting schools were organized to teach farmers to identify pest trends and more appropriately utilize insecticides. Family and Consumer Science initiatives responded to changing family dynamics and new health trend data.  Programs were developed for parenting education, child care provider training as well as senior adult and aging programs.  The Expanded Foods and Nutrition Education program continued to address low income families with nutrition education and strategies for stretching food dollars.  Babysitting certification was conducted to help address the lack of quality child care in Currituck (there were only 5 certified day cares in the 1980’s).  The Eat Right for Life and other nutrition programs were introduced to educate citizens on the importance of making informed nutrition decisions for long term health and wellness.  Stretching dollars and managing family finances was also a major focus. The 4-H program in Currituck rose to a position of prominence throughout the state in the 1980’s.  With the unfortunate loss of Camp Coleman, the 4-H Coastal Capers camp was developed and brought the camping experience to various communities during the summer.  In the first year, 395 campers participated.  After school programs were initiated to address the latch-key kid phenomenon.  Substance abuse, teen pregnancy prevention programs and self esteem programs were developed to give young people tools for addressing many of the pressures they faced.  An international exchange program with Costa Rica was initiated.  Programs promoting personal hygiene, personal appearance, clothing care and self esteem were conducted and culminated with the first county-wide fashion show conducted by program participants. The 80’s were no doubt a fantastic decade for Cooperative Extension.  In 2014, Currituck Extension still works with diverse program efforts to improve the quality of life for Currituck County citizens.  The challenges and the landscape have certainly changed over the last 100 years, but the vision remains the same.  Cooperative Extension in Currituck still aspires to empower people to improve their lives through quality, research based information and programs.  For more information on Cooperative Extension, contact the county office at 252-232-2261, visit the website at http://currituck.ces.ncsu.edu or email the County Extension Director at cameron_lowe@ncsu.edu. The Currituck County Center of NC Cooperative Extension extends to county residents the educational resources of NC State University and NC A&T State University.  Both universities commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability.  In addition, the two Universities welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation.

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Currituck 4-H Hosts Event for Youth “Top Chefs”

Twelve children participated in Currituck County 4-H’s Inaugural Cooking Show which was held on October 9 at the Currituck County Center of NC Cooperative Extension building. The children created a variety of delicious MORE »

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Currituck Heritage Festival a Down Home Success

It was windy and rainy all around, except for the literal “Spot” in Southern Currituck County. Over 1000 visitors braved the threat of bad weather to attend the Currituck Heritage Festival and celebrate MORE »

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Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting popular

Currituck Cooperative Extension in conjunction with Currituck County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #89 would like to invite you to participate in the 22nd Annual Christmas Parade at the Currituck County Center of MORE »

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4-H Project Book Workshop popular

Currituck County 4-H will hold a 4-H Project Book Workshop on October 23, 2014. This training will be held at the Currituck County Center of NC Cooperative Extension in Barco from 1:00pm until 6:30pm. Youth MORE »

Vet Science Horse Seminar Oct 27

Vet Science Horse Seminar popular

Dr. Tyler Sweeny from Coastal Equine Veterinary Service will be at NC Cooperative Extension, Currituck County Center, 120 Community Way, Barco on October 27 at 6:00pm to discuss Eye Problems and Diseases In Horses. This MORE »

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Fire Safety for Child Care ProvidersMon Oct 20, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension-Currituck County Center, 120 Community Way, Barco, NC 27917
— 7 hours ago
Medicare Counseling at Powells Point Senior CenterTue Oct 21, 2014 Today
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Where:
Powells Point Senior Center, 8011 Caratoke Hwy, Powells Point, NC, United States
— 9 hours away
ECA - County Council MeetingWed Oct 22, 2014
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM— Tomorrow
GIRLS Group After School Program - Art ClassWed Oct 22, 2014
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM— 2 days away
Medicare Counseling at Currituck Senior CenterThu Oct 23, 2014
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Where:
Currituck County Senior Center, 130 Community Way, Barco, NC, United States
— 2 days away
4-H Project Book WorkshopThu Oct 23, 2014
1:00 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension, 120 Community Way, Barco, NC 27917
— 2 days away
4-H Horse Bowl PracticeFri Oct 24, 2014
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension, 120 Community Way, Barco, NC 27917
— 4 days away
4-H Leaders Tack SwapSat Oct 25, 2014
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
Currituck Rural Center, 184 Milburn Sawyer Road, Powells Point, NC 27966
— 4 days away
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