Blog Archives

Igniting a Movement of Making in OUR Community!

Over 425 people attended Make-Explore-Share this past Saturday.  Discover all of the cool and unique "making" opportunities that were available to participants.  Thank you to our community partners including The Decatur Arts Council, Millkin University Center for Entrepreneurship, City of Monticello and the Mt. Zion Chamber of Commerce.  Check out the full story in the Herald & Review entitled People ... Read More


Red Cabbage, Beets, Curry Powder – What Are We Making?

Who would have ever thought that you could color eggs with red cabbage, beets, curry powder and grape juice. Check out what Theresa Churchill from the Herald & Review found out about creating naturally dyed eggs in a class offered by University of Illinois Extension.  Thanks to Jim Bowling for the photos and Theresa Churchill for Natural Colors Unleash Egg ... Read More


Harvest Heroes

  The Harvest Heroes Program was showcased in the Herald & Review.  The picture shows Stevenson School students learning about enzyme experiments with slices of apples. ... Read More


Changes in Food Service Sanitation Certificates

Are you interested in the changes that have taken place with the Food Service Sanitation Manager Certificate.  Caitlin Huth, Nutrition and Wellness Educator, will be teaching a few classes for Food Service Sanitation Certificates.  See what it is all about in this article written by Emily Steele entitled New Certification Aims to Reduce Risk of Illness. ... Read More


Macon County HCE Featured at 2015 IAHCE Conference

We are excited to say that Karen Cahill, is one of our Macon County HCE members. Her program at the IAHCE State Conference on cleaning products was a big hit.  See what Theresa Churchill from the Herald & Review had to say about it in her article entitled Conference Brings Best Household Ideas Together. ... Read More


Macon County 4-H at County Board

Macon County 4-H took care of business with the help of Macon County Board Members at their recent meeting.  Twenty-one members of Macon County 4-H took part in the event with youth from different clubs.  Those clubs who participated were Old King's Orchard, Long Creek Critters, Homesteaders, SNAP, and Crossfire Shooting Sports.  Check out the story, Macon County Board Approves ... Read More


The 18th Annual Gardening Insights

Gardeners from throughout Central Illinois took part in the 18th Annual Gardening Insights Day on February 14, 2015.  Over 168 individuals took part in the day-long event showcasing new trends and topics in horticulture.  Thanks so much to Danny Damiana for the photos and Theresa Churchill from the Herald & Review for Beautiful Yards Made Easy. ... Read More


Garden Fresh: Vegetable Garden Planning

Vegetable Garden Planning, a DIY series class, was a big hit within the community. Participants learned how to plan and plant a garden which would allow them to get the most product out of their garden. Find out more by taking a look at the article featured in the Herald & Review entitled Experts Offer Advice for Successful Vegetable Gardening ... Read More



First Lego League World Class Challenge

See what the buzz was all about at the First Lego League World Class Challenge at Hope Academy. Over 16 teams took part in this fun and challenging event.  Thanks to Valerie Wells from the Herald and Review for the article First Lego League encourages solutions, teamwork and to Lisa Morrison for the pictures.   ... Read More