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Frost Takes on New FCS Position

BY MELANIE BUCK – The Polk County Extension Service has announced that current 4-H Coordinator Lauren Frost will now fill the role left behind by recently retired Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, Kim Hughes. Frost joined the Extension Office in July 2015 and looks forward to challenges brought about by her new position. Frost will now be the 4-H/FCS Agent, ...

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Thanks for the Retirement Party!

BY KIM HUGHES – Last Friday, March 11 was my retirement party.  I won’t officially retire until March 31, but this was the only date everyone from the Extension office could make it.  I want to thank everyone that came out – I was really surprised and pleased to see so many people.  We had cake, punch, and all kinds of ...

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Hughes Honored with Retirement Ceremony

BY MELANIE BUCK – Kim Hughes was honored and gifted into her retirement by a large crowd of friends, family, and coworkers on Friday, March 11th, for her tireless work for Polk County. Hughes has been a volunteer of organizations like 4-H, in both Polk and Montgomery Counties, Master Gardeners, and Homemakers Extension. And as Extension Agent Carla Vaught told ...

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Saucer Magnolia

BY KIM HUGHES – As I drive around Mena, I see that one of my favorite spring-blooming trees is showing off its beautiful white and purple flowers.  Some people call it a tulip tree, but it is really a Saucer Magnolia. Every gardener is a bit of a gambler or they would never plant saucer magnolias. This beautiful tree blooms ...

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House Cleaning 101

BY KIM HUGHES – Are you ready to clean your house but can’t figure out what area to tackle first?  Does it really matter?  The answer to this question is maybe yes, maybe no.  If you haven’t tackled house cleaning for a while, just making any kind of dent will probably be just fine.  Don’t get too bogged down on ...

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Gluten-Free Grain Quinoa Gaining in Popularity

BY KIM HUGHES – There is a gluten-free grain gaining popularity, called Quinoa, pronounced KEEN-wah. Quinoa contains more protein than any other grain. It’s a complete protein, containing all essential amino acids necessary for good health. Quinoa was first harvested in Bolivia thousands of years ago. It has a mild flavor and light crunch, which makes this gluten-free grain a ...

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Walk Across Polk County

BY KIM HUGHES – If folks can come from all over the world to walk across our beautiful county and enjoy its scenery, couldn’t you and a group of friends walk across Polk County for better health? Through a modest increase in daily activity, most Americans can improve their health.  “Walk Across Polk County” is a program that persuades and ...

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Care & Maintenance of Ornamental Grasses

BY KIM HUGHES – Ornamental grasses are valued as low maintenance plants and have become increasingly popular in home landscape use. The two maintenance requirements that ornamental grasses have are annual cutting back of spent foliage and the division of large grass clumps. Fertilizer – Ornamental grasses require relatively low levels of fertility. By keeping the level of nitrogen low, lodging ...

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EHC Apron Workshop Coming Up Soon

BY KIM HUGHES – The Extension Homemakers Council (EHC) is planning a workshop to teach people how to make an apron from a pillow sham, quilted fabric, or just regular fabric.  This event is planned for Saturday, February 13 from 10:00 am until noon at the Extension Education Center at 211 DeQueen Street in Mena. Extension Homemakers started in Arkansas 104 years ago.  Since 1912, members ...

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The MIND Diet

BY KIM HUGHES – Newly published research suggests that a specific diet called the MIND diet may reduce the incidence of brain disease that increases a person’s risk in developing Alzheimer’s disease. The recent study shows that the MIND diet lowered the risk of Alzheimer’s by as much as 53 percent in participants who adhered to the diet rigorously, and by ...

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