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“Check Your Free Credit Report” Campaign Named Recipient Of Governor’s Financial Literacy Award 2017

The UW-Extension Family Living Program’s “Check Your Free Credit Report: 2/2, 6/6, 10/10” campaign was recently selected by the Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy to receive the 2017 Governor’s Financial Literacy Award. UW-Extension’s “Check Your Free Credit Report” campaign goal is to make the process of ordering a free credit report as easy as possible. […]

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Free Tax Assistance (Service provided by trained AARP volunteers)

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free tax-filing help to anyone, with special attention to older and low- to moderate-income taxpayers. IRS-certified AARP Foundation volunteers are available at multiple sites in and around Washington County from late January to mid-April. There’s no fee, and no sales pitch for other services. **Please note that reservations are required at […]

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Frozen Food Recalls: Ice Cream Bars and Biscuits

Two frozen food recalls have been announced this week. Check your freezers and stay safe! Buttermilk biscuits due to possible Listeria monocytogenes* contamination. Hom/Ade Foods Inc. has recalled all of its Mary B’s brand biscuits with dates through Sept 23 because of potential Listeria contamination. Hom/Ade Foods distributed its recalled Mary’s B’s biscuit products to retailers […]

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January’s Harvest of the Month: Spinach

Did You Know… Spinach was first cultivated over 2,000 years ago in Iran. By 1806, it had become a popular vegetable in America, and in the 1920’s the U.S. pushed spinach commercially, with the Popeye the Sailor Man cartoon becoming a great advocate for spinach consumption. (from the website Fruits & Veggies, More Matters) Look […]

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December’s Harvest of the Month: Cranberries

Did you know that Wisconsin produces more cranberries than any other state in the nation, and produces more than half of the entire world’s supply of these little red berries? “The cranberry is a tiny but amazing fruit that is unique in the variety of health benefits it may provide,” says Sherry A. Tanumihardjo, University […]

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November Harvest of the Month: Winter Squash

November’s Harvest of the Month: Winter Squash

WINTER SQUASH offers many health benefits: high in vitamins A & C, fiber, vitamin E, vitamin B6, manganese, and potassium. One cup of cubed winter squash contains about 80 calories, virtually no fat, and very little sodium. There are so many delicious ways to use winter squash!   Look for firm winter squash that have […]

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Food Safety

Large food recalls have recently forced consumers to throw away foods because of contamination with the potentially deadly bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. Additionally, spices and produce sold in local grocery stores have been recalled due to the potential presence of Salmonella and E. coli, which can cause illness. How can you help your family stay safe […]

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October is Health Literacy Month!

What is Health Literacy and why it is important? Health Literacy can be defined as the ability to obtain, understand, and act on health information and services. For some, health information is readily available. But deciding what data sources to trust can be difficult, particularly when presented with conflicting recommendations. For others, the challenge is […]

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Preserving Pumpkin or Winter Squash

With pumpkin-flavored products abundant in the grocery stores these days, it’s tempting to try your hand at your own pumpkin ‘creations’ at home. Check out the UW Extension website Safe & Healthy: Preparing and Preserving Food at Home for great tips on safely preserving pumpkin and winter squash.

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Join the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch!

Join the Great Lakes states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio in celebrating National Farm to School Month by crunching into locally and regionally grown apples at NOON on Thursday, October 12, 2017. Participants of all ages are invited to crunch! Crunching isn’t just for kids: anyone who loves apples and local farmers […]

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