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Teach your kids to be honest

A child in school taking a test and trying to look on someone else’s paper for an answer that he does not know is not being honest….and it is called cheating. If you copy someone else’s homework or let someone else do it for you, this is also not being honest and cheating. It is also ...

Communication hacks for parents

Throughout my years of working with couples, there is one thing that has helped improve relationships no matter what the problem is that they came in with. That thing is learning a script for addressing a conflict. I’ve developed a script that want to share with you, and I encourage you to ...

Seed saving and fall garden plans

Fall is a beautiful time of year, and one of my favorite seasons. While a lot of people may see it as the end of the gardening season, there are plenty of fun things to start. Here are a few on my list: SEED SAVING Saving seeds is not a difficult thing to do, and can be done with any ...

Viewpoint: ARC making a difference

Since 1965, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has collaborated with local and state partners to transform communities, create jobs, and strengthen the regional economy. Since becoming the ARC Federal Co-Chair in May, I take seriously my responsibility to work collaboratively with ...

Before You Grow: Educator gives first-hand account of Lyme disease

By Marcus McCartney OSU Extension Educator Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the United States. Lyme disease is caused by a specific bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi. It is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks, commonly known in our area ...

How do you define victory? 2021 Victory Gardens

By Marcus McCartney OSU Extension Educator How do you define “Victory” as a gardener? Whether you are new or an experience gardener, how do you personally define success as it relates to your garden? New gardeners may define success as simply starting a garden for the very first ...