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Page Twelve N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, November 22, 2012 Cathy Simon New Iowa State Extension Horticulture Position to Facilitate Master Gardener Program in Three Counties A new position has been created through the collabo- ration of the Iowa State University Extension and Out- reach Councils of Madison, Warren and Dallas coun- ties. Cathy Simon, the new Horticulture Education Co- ordinator explains, "There was a need for someone to oversee the Master Gardener. program, so the respec- tive governing councils worked together to hire a part- time coordinator." This is one example of how coun- ties have joined together to fill program needs after ISU statewide restructuring in 2009. Simon's background includes an Agricultural Busi- ness degree from ISU as well as many years of garden- ing. "I gardened alongside my Grandma Meyer as a small child then, as a youth, chose gardening for a 4-H project and took vegetables to the county fair." Simon is still passionate about gardening, although her inter- ests have expanded to include small livestock. She and her husband, Randy, raise sheep, chickens and honey- bees on their small farm west of Winterset. One of Simon's first tasks is to coordinate the next Master Gardener Training in Januar 2013. The Master Gardener program is an educational program for indi- viduals interested in learning more about horticulture. After 40-hours of research-based education, Master Gardeners are able to teach others hands-on gardening skills and create horticulture projects involving the com- munity. "What really sets them apart from other home gardeners is their commitment to learning and sharing what they learn with others," said Simon. Trainees attend 40 hours of classes taught by Exten- sion and Outreach specialists in topics ranging from lawn care; flower and vegetable gardening; ornamental trees and shrubs; fruit crops and houseplants; insect, disease and weed control; soil; plant nutrition and pes- ticide safety. After training, the interns volunteer 40 hours of ser- vice the first year. "The service opportunities are wide- ranging," said Simon. Among them are conducting workshops for both youth and adults, writing newspa- per articles, speaking to local organizations, answering telephone or email questions about gardening and de- signing and maintaining educational garden plots at schools, parks, nursing homes and community centers. Once interns have fulfilled their education and ser- vice hours, they become Master Gardeners. There is a strong core of Master Gardeners in Warren County. A sample of past Master Gardener sponsored programs include a 4-H/Walmart/Day Care garden, the Extension office garden, a gardening club, the annual "Think Spring!" conference held on the Simpson College cam- pus, as well as planning and maintaining various pub- lic gardens. They keep current on the latest gardening developments by completing 12 volunteer and six hours of education each tear to maintain their Master Gar- dener designation. To sign up for the next Master Gardener class in this area, contact the Warren County Extension and outreach Office at 515-961-6237. Or visit www.extension .iastate.edu/warren. :6:6 In every marriage more than a week old, there are grounds for divorce. The trick is to find, and continue to find, the grounds for marriage. -Robert Anderson BUSINESS Re-show Ornamental and Turfgrass Applicators Continuing Instruction Warren County Exten- sion will offer a re-show of the Ornamental and Turf- grass Applicators Continu- ing Instructional Course (CIC) for commercial pes- ticide applicators Tuesda3 Nov. 27. The program can be seen through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pest Man- agement and the Environ- ment (PME) program. Registration begins at 1 p.m. and the course runs from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The registration fee is $45. To register or to obtain addi- tional information about the CIC, contact Kathryn Pierson at the ISU Exten- sion and outreach office in Warren County by phon- ing 515-961-6237. This course provides continuing instructional credit for commercial pes- ticide app!icators certified in categories 2, 30, 3T, 3OT and 10. Topics to be cov- ered include equipment calibration and safe appli- cation techniques, pesti- cide labels, pesticide stew- ardship and Iowa insect, disease and turfgrass up- dates. REVIEW ] Private and Commercial Applicators Course Warren County Extension will offer the Greenhouse and Ornamental Continuing Instructional Course (CIC) for private and commercial applicators Tuesday, Dec. 11. Registration begins at I p.m. and the course runs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The registration fee is $35. To pre-reg- ister or to obtain additional information about the CIC, contact Kathryn Pierson at the ISU Extension and Out- reach office in Warren County by phoning 515-961-6237. If the private applicator does not want to attend the Greenhouse (3G) & Ornamental (30) CIC, they can re- new their certification by attending a traditional Private Pesticide Applicator recertification training. Private Pes- ticide Applicator Training material is geared towards corn and soybeans and not 3G or 30 issues. Commercial applicators in categories 3G, 30 and 10 will be able to re-certify as in past years by viewing the program on December 11, or by re-testing. The cost for commercial applicators is also $35. If you have any questions, call Kathryn Pierson at 515-961-6237. Re-show For Aquatic, Forest and Roadside Continuing Instructional Course Warren County Extension office will host a re-show of the Aquatic, Forest and Roadside, Continuing Instruc- tional Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applica- tors Tuesda3 Nov. 27. The program is sponsored by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pest Management and the Environment (PME) Program. Registration begins at 9 a.m. followed by sessions from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The registration fee is $45. To register or to obtain additional information about the CIC, contact Kathryn Pierson at the Warren County Ex- tension office by phoning 515-961-6237. This re-show will provide continuing instructional credits for commercial and public pesticide applicators certified in categories 2 (Forest Pest Control), 5 (Aquatic Pest Control), 6 (Right-of-Way Pest Control) and 10 (Demonstration and Research). Topics to be covered are equipment calibration and safe application techniques, and pesticide labels, pesticide stewardship, aquatic weeds, poison hemlock/wild parsnip and invasive for- est pest update and waterfowl management. MidAmerican Warns of Scam Artists MidAmerican Energy Company wants its customers to be aware of a phone scam occurring in the Des Moines area. Recently, MidAmerican Energy has responded to several scams involving individuals who are calling customers, specifically businesses, and posing as MidAmerican Energy employees. The scam artists state immediate payment is needed to avoid disconnection of utility services. A number of customers have reported that the suspi- cious calls show up on caller ID as 317-493-5507. This is not a MidAmerican Energy phone number. Any calls from this number should be reported immediately to local law enforcement. Credit card numbers and personal information should not be provided to suspicious callers. If a cus- tomer receives a suspicious call, mailing, email or other type of unusual contact or offer from a person or com- pany claiming to be from or working on behalf of MidAmerican Energy, the customer should end the call immediately and contact local law enforcement. Cus- tomers also should call MidAmerican Energy at 888- 427-5632 to report the incident and seek assistance. Customer service associates can confirm a bill payment, service work, or an appointment at a customer's home or business. MidAmerican Energy Company, Iowa's largest en- ergy company, provides electric service to 732,000 cus- tomers and nathral gas service to 714,000 customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is head- quartered in Des Moines. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company's website and its Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via www.midamerican energy.com. If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is com- fort or money that it values more, it will lose that, too. -W. Somerset Maugham Go With The Grain ForYour Good Health (NAP S)--Here's food for thought: According to the USDA MyPlate healthy eat- ing recommendations, it's a good idea to "Make at Least Half Your Grains Whole," and a great way to do so is with 100 percent whole-grain, U.S.-grown brown and wild rice. Consider these facts: A half cup of brown or wild rice equals one of three recommended daily whole- grain servings. Wild rico provides many nutrients, protein and fiber, it's fat free, low in sodium and has a delicious nutty fla- vor and chewy texture. Both brown and wild rice add texture, crunch and color to any dish. Recent research suggests that eating rice helps improve diet and manage weight and other risk factors for disease. Rice eaters con- sume a lower percentage of calories from fat and satu- rated fat compared to those who do not eat rice. One way to enjoy brown and wild rice is in a hearty, gluten-free s'tuffing. Apple-Sage Rice Stuflffmg Makes 6 cups total Serves 12; 1/ cup per serving 4 ounces chopped pecans 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon canola oil, divided use 1 cups diced celery 1 cups diced onions 1 medium red apple, such as Jonathan or Gala, halved, cored and diced (about 1 cups total) 2 cups hot cooked brown rice 1 cup hot cooked wild rice Nutritionists say it's smart to enjoy wild and brown rice in dishes such as this apple-sage stuffing. cup dried cranberries 1 mediumjalapefio  : pepper, seeded (if desired) and finely chopped OR tsp. dried pepper flakes 1 tablespoons chopped fresh sage or 1 teaspoons dried rubbed sage teaspoon salt Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the pecans and cook 2-3 minutes or until begin- ning to brown, stirring frequently. Set aside on separate plate. Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil over medium heat. Cook the celery and onions 8 min- utes or until beginning to lightly brown on edges, stirring occasion: ally. Add the apples and cook 4 minutes or until tender crisp. Stir in the pecans and the remain- ing ingredients and cook 3-4 minutes or until the rice mixture is heated, stirring occasionally. For more rice recipes and information, visit the USA Rice Federation at www.usa rico.c0m and the California Wild Rico Advisory Board at www.cawildrice.com. Baseball player Roger Maris, who hit 61 home runs in 1961, won only one home run title.