Author Archives: chris.coon

Halloween Safety

Halloween Safety During the Pandemic Wear a Mask But Don’t Forget About Traffic Safety   Halloween is coming soon, and this year COVID-19 will surely make it different for many trick-or-treaters.  While protection from the virus will be on most parents’ minds, if they are allowing children to go out to trick or treat it is also important to protect them as they walk or ride bicycles on the sidewalks and roadways. Motorists and pedestrians can take steps to make this year’s Halloween a safe one.  Although Halloween… Read More →

Nominate a Volunteer for Recognition

Nominate a Volunteer Each year, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Bosque County and the Commissioner’s Court host a Volunteer Recognition Banquet to recognize outstanding volunteers who serve the residents of Bosque County.  These volunteers give their time and energy to serve in civic and community organizations and to improve our communities.  The Volunteer Recognition Banquet is a special time to honor these extraordinary volunteers. We reach out to all the county civic organizations to invite them to nominate volunteers, but we know this doesn’t cover everyone. … Read More →

Your Skin and Healthy Aging

Our skin is the largest and fasting growing organ in our body.  It is imperative that we focus on taking care of our skin just like we focus on our overall health.   As we age, our skin becomes drier and we lose elasticity in our skin, which may cause sagging and fine lines to appear.  The most helpful tips to keep in mind when preventing skin damage are: Limit direct sun exposure for longer periods of time and use at least a SPF30 sunscreen. Wash and moisturize your… Read More →

Water Conservation 2020

The 40 Gallon Challenge is a nationwide call for residents and business to reduce water use by 40 gallons per person, per day. Drought conditions, increased water demands, and water wasting habits put strains on our region’s water supply and this can have negative impacts on our energy consumption, the local environment, and our wallets. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, water delivery and treatment consumes a considerable amount of energy, about 56 billion kilowatt-hours per year or roughly enough energy to power 5 million homes for… Read More →

Youth Sports Week

During Youth Sports Week, July 20-24, thousands of youth sports coaches, and parents are showing their support with a focus on P.L.A.Y.S. ~ Physical activity, Living healthy, Access, Youth development, Safety. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service recommends starting this week off by listening to the needs and wants of the youth participants in order to strengthen the skills and bonds created by youth sports. Youth sports participation has positive impacts on health, fitness, character development and other traits that contribute to success in school and adulthood.  “Sports are… Read More →

Drive Sober this Independence Day

Drive Sober this Independence Day, and every day: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving This upcoming Independence Day, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Watch UR BAC and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) want to remind drivers that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. Unfortunately, summertime festivities can create dangerous road conditions, as some drivers hit the streets after drinking alcoholic beverages. Make sure to celebrate the birth of America safely. Drivers found under the influence of any substance, and still recklessly choose to get… Read More →

Marinade Me Tender

Marinades are a simple way to impart complex flavors into meat, fish, or vegetables with little effort. They also work to help tenderize food and to keep it moist! Marinades work to tenderize meat by acting on collagen, a protein that is a major component in connective tissue. Normally this protein is wound tightly and causes flesh to be tough. Fortunately, there are two ways to cause collagen breakdown: acidic marinating or enzymatic marinating. Acidic marinades use a weak acid like vinegar or citrus juice to break down… Read More →

Walk Through Texas History

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service invites you to join us for a 4 week challenge to Walk Through Texas History! Join District 8 Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in our Multi-County Walk Through Texas History COVID-19 Challenge beginning April 20th.  Walk Through Texas History is a four-week program designed to help Texans establish the habit of regular physical activity while learning the rich history of Texas. Each adult team may include up to 8 team members, all working together to reach designated goals while following along legendary historical paths… Read More →

Cabin Fever

The cabin fever, associated with the being confined due to onset of COVID-19, can have a pronounced effect on our health and on our mood. On Tuesday I was at wit’s end; beyond stir crazy and tired of seeing the walls of my house. So, I laced up my shoes and went for a run at the Clifton High School track and what I saw was incredibly encouraging. People of all ages were out walking, running, kicking soccer balls and practicing their volleyball skills. While observing social distancing,… Read More →

Preserve Foods by Freezing

From a historical point of view, food preservation methods have been means of keeping mouths fed in times of hard ship for millennia. Canning, smoking, drying and salting, and more recently, freezing of foods are all great ways of keeping food safe to use much later down the road. Freezing is the most accessible method of food preservation today. Not everyone has access to equipment needed or the knowledge necessary to pressure can, smoke, or desiccate foods, but most people have access to a freezer. Here are some… Read More →