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Easy, Breezy New Year’s Resolution By Johanna Hicks

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Easy, Breezy New Year’s Resolution By Johanna Hicks

             While eating more fruits and vegetables and parking as far away from the supermarket as possible will help improve your health in 2019, here’s a resolution that can impact the lives of others — as well as your own life.  Make a resolution in 2019 to focus on your driving and drive like you would want the person in front of you, behind you, and beside you to drive.                  On many occasions, I have found myself behind or beside a driver who is either talking on their cell phone or looking at the phone at eye level with their wrist resting on the steering wheel.  Needless to say, they often cross the striped or solid line, or dangerously weave back and forth. Put down the phone when you are driving and do not drive distracted! Cell phones are a major distraction, but not the only distraction to drivers. Adjusting radios and GPS devices, loose pets, eating, and applying makeup while driving are just some of the other distractions when behind the wheel.  However, research shows that texting is among the most dangerous forms of distracted driving. Sending or reading an average text message takes drivers’ eyes off the road for 4 to 5 seconds, which means at 55 miles per hour, a texting driver would travel the length of a football field without looking at the road — as if being blindfolded.  Any time you take your hands off the wheel, your eyes off the road, and especially your mind off of your driving, you put yourself, your passengers and others on the road at risk. Resolve to not use your phone this year while driving.  If you must use your phone, find a safe place to pull over. Here are a few more driving resolutions for 2019:  Drive the posted speed limit, slow down for construction and emergency vehicles, and always drive slower and more cautiously when weather conditions are bad. Keep the proper distance between your car and the vehicle in front of you, leaving enough room to stop in an emergency.  Tailgating on narrow roads, or on major interstates only causes stress to both the front and back cars.  Be courteous and only pass in passing zones when there is plenty of room to safely do so. Take the few seconds to put on your seatbelt and make sure that all passengers are also buckled up.  Take time to be sure that all children are riding in the correct car seat for their age, weight, and developmental stage.  Also, get a car seat inspection by a certified child passenger safety technician to make sure the car seats are being used and installed correctly.  Side note:  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Texas Department of Transportation are partnering to bring a Child Safety Seat event to Sulphur Springs on Wednesday, April 3, at the Lowe’s Parking Lot, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  We will inspect child safety seats and replace any that are not safe for the specified child, due to condition of the car seat, weight and developmental stage of the child.  There is no charge, so write the date on your calendar and help us share the word.  A previous event provided 33 new car seats for families. And last but not least, be a role model for the teen drivers in your family and for their friends.  Show them what it means to focus on your driving.  Making a resolution to improve your driving habits in all of these driving areas may very well save your life and the lives of others on the road. 4-H Sewing Fun Day and Mystery Tour                Every January, 4-H members in the Fashion and Interior Design project have the opportunity to expand their skills.  A fun day has been planned for Hopkins County 4-H members and guests.  The day will include a mystery tour, make-and-take projects sewn on sewing machines, and much more.  Here are the details: When:  Saturday, January 26Where:  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, Hopkins County, 1200 W. Houston, Sulphur SpringsTime:  meet at the Extension Office at 9:45 a.m.  We will carpool to our mystery destination and return to the Extension Office for the remainder of the workshop  We will dismiss around 2:00 p.m.Bring:  $5, sewing supplies such as pins, sewing scissors, tape measure.  Several sewing machines will be available.Lunch will be provided.RSVP:  903-885-3443.  We need to know how many are coming so we can adequately prepare. Closing Thought One in five children reported that they don’t spend enough meaningful time with their parents.  Find special times to share with your youngster – Boys & Girls Club survey, 2012 Recipe of the Week Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice Ingredients: 1 head cauliflower, rinsed 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic 2 scallions, diced ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped Juice of 1 lime Directions: Remove core and wash cauliflower, then let dry completely.  Chop into florets, place in batches into a food processor, and pulse until cauliflower is the size and texture of rice.Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.  Add garlic and scallions and stir until soft, 3-4 minutes.  Raise the heat to medium high and add cauliflower.Cook 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently, until cauliflower is slightly crispy on the outside but tender on the inside.  Add salt and pepper.Remove from heat and place in a bowl.  Toss with cilantro and lime juice. Serves 6. Nutrition information per serving: 45 calories, 2.5 g total fat, 0 saturated fat, 0 cholesterol, 210 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber Source:  Dinner Tonight – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Johanna Hicks Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Family & Consumer Sciences 1200-B W. Houston P.O.Box 518 Sulphur springs, TX 75483 903-885-3443 – phone 903-439-4909 – Fax...

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Greenville Entertainment Series Giveaway

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Greenville Entertainment Series Giveaway

Greenville Entertainment Series and KSST are giving away 2 passes to the 2018-2019 season. Events include: A Visit from Mark Twain, Ilya Yakushev, and Kendalls Rekindled. More information is available here. To enter, just like this post on Facebook, and like our Facebook page as well. The winner will be announced on Facebook. We will contact the winner via Facebook. Passes must be picked up at the KSST Studios during business hours. Good luck!

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The MLK Social Justice Awards Event on Jan. 21 Will Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Dr. King

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The MLK Social Justice Awards Event on Jan. 21   Will Celebrate the Life      and Legacy of Dr. King

Organizer Dr. Lavelle Hendricks (left) and Dr. Mark Rudin, President of Texas A and M University, Commerce The 28th annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Ceremony will be held in Sulphur Springs, Texas on MLK Day, Monday January 21, 2019 at 7pm. The location is Morning Chapel Missionary Baptist Church at 208 Fuller Street, where Dr. H.B. Nash is pastor. Dr. Lavelle Hendricks, Pastor at East Caney Missionary Baptist Church, is organizer of the annual public event. He invites and encourages everyone to attend free of charge. Over 50 citizens of Hopkins County who have demonstrated compassion, perseverance, courage and leadership in their community will honored. According to Dr. Hendricks, “these persons have engaged in the difficult work of fostering human dignity and our common humanity through their projects, programs and visions. Each of the persons named will be recognized as a recipient of the 2019 Social Change Award”. Emceeing the ceremony will be Dr. Mark Rudin, President of Texas A and M University, Commerce. Guest speaker will be Sister Della Cleveland, and music will be provided by the Morning Chapel Choir. SSISD’s Douglas Intermediate Principal Holly Folmar and students will present an MLK Emphasis. The event is sponsored annually by the Hopkins County African American Leadership Conference, “a positive voice in an all-too-often negative world for bringing change for the better”. Dr. Hendricks is a Professor of Counseling at Texas A and M Commerce, and an alumnus of the college. Dr. Mark Rudin came to the Commerce position five months ago with his wife and children. Previously, he spent 12 years at UNLV teaching in the Health Physics field and at the Idaho National Laboratory. Earlier in his career, he was Vice President of Research and Development at Boise State University.

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Dinner Bell Menu For January 16, 2019

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Dinner Bell Menu For January 16, 2019

Dinner Bell January 16, 2019 Community Partner:   CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Hospital  Menu: Spaghetti and Meat Sauce Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheese—AKA Piggly Wiggly Salad Garlic Buttered French Bread  Pecan Pie Cake Orange Gelatin Dessert (the no sugar added dessert) Same time (11:45 a.m.). Same place (Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church).Comfort food is the fare of the day. Come join us for food and wonderful fellowship.

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New Ms. Hopkins County Senior to be Chosen June 1, Registration Now Open

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New Ms. Hopkins County Senior to be Chosen June 1, Registration Now Open

Crowning of current Ms. Hopkins County Senior Mary Ivey in 2018 Since 2009, the Ms. Hopkins County Senior Pageant has brought a delightful annual contest in celebration of the Senior woman and her contribution to the community. The 2019 Pageant is set for Saturday June 1 at 6pm at the Regional Civic Center in Sulphur Springs. Ladies age 60 and older are invited to enter the fun competition. Their presence will present a cross-section of the many fascinating, beneficial interests pursued by senior-age women of Hopkins County. There is no fee to register as a contestant. Please contact Karon Weatherman at the Sulphur Springs Senior Citizens Center for an application and full details, or phone 903-885-1661.

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Gary Pinkerton to Speak

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Gary Pinkerton to Speak

We are pretty excited about this speaker as we have waited a long time to be able to book him because he is in such high demand. 

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Dinner Bell Menu For January 9, 2019

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Dinner Bell Menu For January 9, 2019

Dinner Bell January 9, 2019 Community Partner:   JHH Investments (Johnny Heilman) Menu: New Year’s Day Stew Super, Super Salad Chili Cheese Cornbread Muffins  Lemon Cake To Die For Cottage Pudding (the no added sugar dessert) Same time (11:45 a.m.). Same place (Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church). Join us and enjoy a hearty stew to warm you from your head to your toes. See you on January 9th.

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Hopkins County 4-H & Youth Program By Johanna Hicks

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Hopkins County 4-H & Youth Program By Johanna Hicks

           Several of my previous columns featured major programs that are offered through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in Hopkins County.  One of the major branches under the large umbrella of Extension is the 4-H & Youth program, so I wanted to focus on some of the accomplishments of our youth.                Hopkins County boasts nearly 150 4-H members.  The top 15 projects in Hopkins County are: Horticulture, Dairy, Foods & Nutrition, Shooting Sports, Poultry, Beef, STEM, Photography, Goats, Swine, Robotics, Fashion & Interior Design, Community Service, Veterinary Science, Public Speaking.  Many people mistakenly think 4-H is just for showing animals.  As you can see from the list of popular projects, animal projects are popular, but youth do NOT have to own an animal.                 Our Extension staff encourages youth to explore many projects.  I assist youth who want to focus on foods & nutrition, clothing & textiles, public speaking, educational presentations, and other similar projects.  My co-worker assists youth with animal projects, shooting sports, and vet science.                 We offer many county-wide 4-H events.  These include: Sewing Fun Day; Foods Fun Day; Junior Market Show; Dairy Show; Christmas Party; community service projects; National 4-H Week; One Day 4-H; record book training; scholarship training; 4-H Project Tour Day; and 4-H Achievement Banquet.                 4-H also offers Competitive events.  Hopkins County  4-H’ers participated in County, District and State 4-H Roundup (educational presentations, public speaking, food show, fashion show, photography, Share-the-Fun); Houston Livestock Show/Rodeo Public Speaking Contest; Fort Worth Livestock Show Public Speaking Contest; Livestock judging; District and State Record Book competitions.                 A highlight of the year is the Multi-County 4-H Camp.  Our staff serves on the steering committee that helps plan, implement, and evaluate the camp.  This 3-day, 2 night camp is held in Lone Star, TX, and features workshops, group activities, swimming pool, canoeing, paddle boats, the “Blob”, gift shop, snack shop, ping pong, tetherball, and much more.  4-H’ers have the opportunity to meet kids from other counties, while developing leadership and teamwork.  Hopkins County typically takes the largest group.                The County 4-H Council meets 6 times each year to help set dates and plan major county events.  The Council is made up of youth representatives from each of the 4-H clubs in Hopkins County.                 Texas 4-H Opportunities Scholarships are awarded each year to deserving seniors who are members of 4-H.  Hopkins County has had four recipients in recent years:  Travis Hicks, Sara Forsman, Aleigh Bessonett, and Cade Goldsmith.  Their combined scholarships equaled over $40,000.  Our local 4-H program also provides the Janie Crump Memorial 4-H Scholarship to high school seniors who are members of 4-H.                Our recent Extension Leadership Banquet featured eight of our 4-H members as guest speakers, each covering a different topic: Zia Miller, Infinity4-H Club, “4-H Family Legacy”;   Geoffrey Stewart, Dike 4-H Club, Leadership, Shooting Sports; Jorja Bessonett, Miller Grove 4-H Club, Gold Star, Family Life Project, 4-H Record Books; Diego Childs, Infinity 4-H Club, Community Service and National 4-H Week; Rylie Carroll, Infinity 4-H Club, Public Speaking, 4-H Project Show; Christian Ebel, Infinity and Dike 4-H, Video production and public speaking;  Braden Lennon, Infinity 4-H, Dairy project and judging; Savannah Allen, Infinity 4-H, Ambassador program, District Office, State 4-H Roundup contests. As you can see, 4-H provides a vast range of opportunities.                 The 4-H year is September 1 thru August 31.  For more information about this and other Extension programs, please call 903-885-3443. A New Year, A New Start                Happy New Year!  When we contemplate a new year, many thoughts cross our minds.  Health, finances, family, work, friendships, household issues – they are all there, mingled together in our minds.  A new year means a fresh start, so use the opportunity to make a difference!                A new training for interested Master Wellness Volunteers will begin on Tuesday, January 22.  We will be hosting the first and last sessions in person at the Extension Office, 1200 W. Houston, Sulphur Springs, from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 4:00.  Other sessions can be completed on-line at your own leisure.  Please contact my office at 903-885-3443 for more information, or go to: https://agrilife.org/mwv.  Closing Thought The little things in life help make the big things succeed – my personal reflections Recipe of the week: Shoo Fly Pie Ingredients: ½ teaspoon baking soda¾ cup boiling water1 egg yolk, beaten½ cup molasses¾ cup flour1/8 teaspoon ginger½ teaspoon cinnamon½ cup brown sugar1/8 teaspoon ground cloves¼ teaspoon salt2 tablespoons butter1 pie crust Directions: Dissolve soda in boiling water.  Add egg and molasses. Set aside.Stir dry ingredients together, mix well.  Cut in butter until mixture looks like coarse crumbs.Pour molasses mixture into pie shell.Springs crumbs evenly over the top – don’t stir.Bake at 425ᵒF for 15 minutes.  Reduce heat to 350ᵒ and bake 20 minutes longer.Cool and serve. Johanna Hicks Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Family & Consumer Sciences 1200-B W. Houston P.O.Box 518 Sulphur springs, TX 75483 903-885-3443 – phone 903-439-4909 – Fax...

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Merry Christmas from the Extension Staff By Johanna Hicks

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Merry Christmas from the Extension Staff By Johanna Hicks

               Christmas is a joyous time for reflecting on the birth and life of Jesus, and how we are impacted by the ultimate gift He gave us.  One of my favorite family traditions is that of pulling out a collection of Christmas books, mostly children’s books.  I remember growing up in Cleburne, TX, sitting on my daddy’s lap as a child, listening as he read story books to my family.                My family has kept up that tradition.  When our kids were young, we would read a different Christmas book every day during the month of December, leading up to Christmas Day.  On Christmas morning, we would read Luke, Chapter 2 from the Bible.                 Times have changed.  Our children are all grown and gone – and some have children of their own, now.  However, I still pull out the Christmas books and I even read one to a group of adults at a Christmas party we hosted in our home.  I wanted to share a list of some of my favorite Christmas Books with you: The Candy Makers’ Gift, by David HeidleThe Crippled Lamb, by Max LucadoThe Legend of the Candy Cane, by Lori WalburgItsy Bitsy Christmas, by Max LucadoToo Many Tamales, by Gary SotoA Precious Moments Christmas, by Thomas Nelson And of course, The Night Before Christmas is a classic!  We have the book and a puzzle (after many years, a few pieces are missing.)  When our kids and their families are all home for Christmas this year, we’ll pull out a book or two and read it as a family.                Another family tradition that my grandmother started, was baking goodies and delivering them to neighbors and friends.  I remember helping my mom and grandmother in the kitchen, measuring, mixing, pouring, baking, cooling, and wrapping the goodies for delivery.  When my husband and I started our family, we continued this with our kids for a while.  We wanted to teach them that giving is a blessing!                For those who struggle during the Christmas holidays due to death of a family member, or being away from family, or perhaps not having the means to provide for your family in a way you would desire, focus on the blessings, the quiet reflections of your heart, and perhaps even reach out to others who are in the same situation.  A new year is just around the corner, which means new opportunities for a fresh start, renewed spirit, and healthy living.  From our Extension staff and my family to you, Merry Christmas! Upcoming Opportunities With 2019 quickly approaching, I want to announce some upcoming opportunities. Tuesday, January 22:  Training for new Master Wellness Volunteers, Extension Office, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Get more information and register on-line at: http://agrilife.org/mwv Saturday, January 26:  4-H Sewing Fun Day, Extension Office, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  – call the Extension Office for more details.Saturday, February 9:  Twogether in Texas Marriage Education workshop, Extension Office, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – engaged couples will receive a certificate to save $60 upon applying for a marriage license.  No charge for the workshop, but we do request that interested couples call to reserve seats so adequate meal preparations can be made.February 21-23: Junior Market Show, Civic Center Closing Thought Christmas, children, is not a date.  It is a state of mind – Mary Ellen Chase Recipe of the Week This recipe comes from “The Frugal Gourmet Celebrates Christmas.”  It makes 9 Latkes (small pancake-type dish).  Enjoy! Latkes Ingredients: 2 cups peeled, coarsely grated potatoes1 beaten egg1 teaspoon salt½ medium yellow onion, peeled and finely choppedOlive or peanut oil1 cup sour cream1 cup applesauce Directions: Squeeze as much water as possible out of the potatoes.In a bowl, mix with the remaining ingredients.Place a bit of the mixture spread out to 3 inches in a skillet containing a little olive or peanut oil.  Fry until golden brown on both sides.Continue with remaining mixture.Serve the pancakes with sour cream and applesauce. Johanna Hicks Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Family & Consumer Sciences 1200-B W. Houston P.O.Box 518 Sulphur springs, TX 75483 903-885-3443 – phone 903-439-4909 – Fax...

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Christmas Dinner Bell 2018

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Christmas Dinner Bell 2018

REMEMBER: The next Dinner Bell Meal will be January 9th, 2019 The Hamilton and Noack Families sponsored the annual Dinner Bell Christmas meal for 2018. The Hamiltons are retired, and spend most of the year in Dallas. The Holidays brought them back to Sulphur Springs for a few days.  They jumped at the chance to sponsor the meal, and catch up with friends. Judy Gilreath was honored for her efforts. Judy co-orientates all aspects of the weekly community meal. She will be celebrating at her favorite restaurant, glad to have a short break from kitchen duties. Gilreath receives a gift certificate, and dances with joy. The crowd was large, and spirits were high. Everyone received a hot meal and a candy cane. The kitchen crew was also recognized for their efforts. Kitchen Crew

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