The Kingston Daily Freeman from Kingston, New York on May 23, 1976 · Page 5
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The Kingston Daily Freeman from Kingston, New York · Page 5

Kingston, New York
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Sunday, May 23, 1976
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State Sewing Finalist Has Varied Interests Ulster County Cooperative Extension Yearbook Shows Farm Successes STONE RIDGE - Eight years of 4-H sewing instruction have paid off for Linda Crisman. The 18-year-old Rondout Valley High School senior has been chosen as one of 15 state finalists for the 4-H National Clothing Review, Slender, blonde Linda has already cleared two hurdles along the way to an $800 scholarship that goes to the national winner. In April she submitted three ensembles she made to a panel of 4-H The 1975 Yearbook of Agriculture, “That We May Eat," marks the centennial of the state agricultural experiment stations by reporting successes that have brought us a better life. It is an excellent reference book for anyone wanting to know more about research in areas affecting our everyday life and in areas that can well shape our food supply for the future. William H. Palmer of the Ulster County Cooperative Extension calls attention to a few excerpts of reports in the yearbook. —“A billion dollar saving through just one piece of agricultural research is the estimate of the worldwide economic value of a vaccine to protect poultry against Newcastle Disease The vaccine was developed at the Virginia Agricultural Station.” —"Potatoes are a productive miracle. Connecticut, where the first agricultural experimental station started 100 years ago, grows as many bushels of potatoes now as in 1875, but it takes only a fourth as much land." —"Today's dairy cow is a fantastic producer as a result of breeding and feeding research. Like ail mammals, a cow gives milk because <*he has offspring and must feed them. Since milk is a nutritious food, she haR been developed as a milk producer. “Today, the average cow not only feeds her calf but also provides milk and dairy products for 19 people. Our nation's II million milk cows produce over 115 billion pounds of milk annually, providing 253 quarts for every person in the United States.” —‘‘Apples came to America during the earliest colonial days and already were the Extension Calendar MAY 26 — Lunch and Learn—pomander balls. 74 John Street, Kingston, noon and again at 12:30 p.m. JUNE 1-8-15-22 — Second Chance for Figure Control, New Paltz, 10 a.m. to noon. JUNE 3-10-17-24 - Second Chance for Figure Control, 74 John Street, Kingston, 10 a.m to noon or 7 to 9 p.m. JUNE 5 — Five District 4- H Fashion Revue, Poughkeepsie Mall, “4-H Comes to Town " JUNE 9 — Teen Ambassadors, Heritage Savings Bank, Kingston, 7:30 p.m. Speaker, Marianne Darrow, ‘‘Presenting Yourself With Words,” Teens welcome. JUNE 16 — "Laundry, Laundry Products and Water,” Louise Breitung, 74 John Street, Kingston, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 7 to 1C p.m. Pre-registration required. JUNE 22 or 23 — “Making and Preserving Pickles," 74 John Street, Kingston. Pre- registration required. NOTE: All classes at 74 John Street, Kingston, unless otherwise noted. All Extension offices will be closed on Memorial Day. U-Pick the Best The popularity of home gardening, roadside stands, and U-Pick farms and orchards has rekindled interest m home freezing to preserve food. Among the many benefits cited: • Fruits and vegetables can be kept near peak quality and nutritive value. • Seasonal foods can be bought in quantity at a savings. • Cooking time can be saved throughout the year by doubling recipes and freezing a portion. Unfortunately, some householders have experienced freezer “burns" on meats, judges and was selected from 425 participants as the Ulster County representative. Then a panel of judges at Cornell University selected her as one of the 15 finalists who will compete there in late June for the New York State crown. The winner, who will be announced at the New York State Fair in September, goes to the National 4-H Club congress in Chicago later that month, where the winner of the scholarship will national fruit when the American colonies became a nation. Today we enjoy high quality apples 365 days a year, due in part to the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station research on controlled atmosphere storage techniques. The U. S. now has 30 million bushels of apples stored by this method for benefit of the consumer.” Palmer noted that one of the chapters in the yearbook sums up other things the experimental stations have done. They created hybrid corn which increased yields tremendously. They controlled hog cholera which used to destroy millions of pounds of pork each year, They curbed the wheat rust epidemics that threatened to wipe out wheat and bread. They devised new ways to irrigate dry parts of the country so we could have larger, more economical supplies of food and fiber. Agricultural scientists also discovered dicumaral to control blood clot in humans, streptomycin to treat tuberculosis and other diseases, and they also discovered the significance of anino acids in our diets. Early chapters of the yearbook tell about research from Jamestown, Virginia, in the early 17th century to work by Thomas Jefferson, which shaped our present experiment stations. Cooperative state and federal research in agriculture and forestry have constantly discovered new knowledge enabling agriculture and the nation to move forward. Copies of the 1975 yearbook, "That We May Eat,” may be obtained from the Superintendent of Documents, U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C. 20402. The price is $7.30. Linda has interests other than clothing and horsemanship. She has played flute for three years with the Rondout Valley High School Rand and is a member of the Select Ensemble, a group-within-a-group that does concert performances. Our Bodies Get Second Chance Yes, there can be a second chance for you to control your figure, have good health, a longer life and more fun. The Home Economics Division of Ulster County Cooperative Extension will hold Second Chance classes on Nutrition (Beauty Inside Out), the Importance of Proper Exercise, Good Grooming Aids, and Low Calorie Cooking in Kingston and New Paltz. The Kingston classes are scheduled for June 3-10-17-24, with New Paltz classes scheduled for June 1-8-15-22. Registration for the four two-hour classes is only $2, and both men and women are welcome in the classes. Registration deadline is May 25. The problem facing millions of Americans is that they carry around anywhere from five to 100 pounds of excess fat. This is not a problem for just a few, for just women, or just the poor. It affects us all—if not each individual, someone in his family of circle of friends. Phyllis W. Barlow, head of the Home Economics Division, notes that Americans spend millions each year trying to get thin in an easy way. "They buy books, special formulas, special vitamins, minerals, or eat special combinations of foods or take drugs," she «aid. "It’s all in vain, because once they stop the special treatment they gain back what fat they have lost, if any. Most of these special treatments are health hazards. "The body is a magnificent machine and should be cared for in a proper way every day. Therefore, learn to set up a way of living for the rest of your life that will work for you. There will be no magic in this new pattern for life, but it will make a new you. We promise no miracles, but we do promise a safe way to better health.” be chosen. Clearing hurdles is nothing new for Linda, an avid horsewoman who has won numerous prizes for her equestrian feats. Horsemanship is only one of theivacious Linda excels. Her selection as the Ulster County representative was not based on her clothing work alone, but included an evaluation of her overall 4-H record Linda, in addition to her clothing work, has participated in 4-H programs in horsemanship, gardening, crafts, foods, handyman, junior leadership and veterinary science. She began sewing eight years ago with the Lomontville Lamplighters 4- H Club under the direction of Mrs. James Dunbar, beginning with simple projects such as aprons, progressing through more complicated projects as her abilities increased, and culminating in her thoroughly professional entry in the national competition. Her three ensembles consist of a smoke blue quiana evening dress with a capelet, a three-piece riding habit with a top-stitched, lined navy blue coat and jodhpurs and a distivest. and a pure wool tailored Bill Blass-designed coat over a go-everywhere blue print quiana dress which is her oring the New York State 4-H Club Congress at Cornell University in late June Linda and the other contestants will model their outfits for a final evaluation by a panel of 4-H judges. Announcement of the winner of the trip to Chicago will be made at the State Fair National Clothing Revue Correct Canning Needs Fast Start snap beans of an unappetizing olive color, and other disappointments. Worse are the instances where a household has lost all of its frozen food because of an unplugged electric cord. To avoid such disasters and to give the home cook confidence in freezing, the N.Y. State College of Human Ecology, Cornell University, has reprinted its popular “Handbook for Freezing Foods,” by Mabel Doremus, professor emeritus, and Ruth Klippstein, professor of nutritional sciences. For information contact the Ulster County Cooperative Extension, 74 John Street, Kingston. For best results with home freezing or canning, harvest the vegetables at prime eating stages, sort out defective or inferior products, and process as soon as possible, says P. A. Minges of Cornell University. Sometimes the variety can make a difference, though usually the better ones for eating fresh are also the most suitable for processing. A few suggestions follow. Tendercrop and closely related varieties like Early Gallatin and the Blue Lake group, either bush or pole, are preferred snap bean varieties. White-seeded varieties within these groups may be better for canning. Fordhook 242 and Thorogreen lima beans are excellent for freezing. Nantes and Spartan Bonus likely will be quite satisfactory carrot varieties. Self Blanche cauliflower is one of the more tender varieties. White-spined cucumber varieties like Premier hold their green color better than black- spined ones. Frosty and Perfected Freezer 60 are good freezing varieties though most of the wrinkle-seeded pea varieties are good. Dwarf Grey sugar is a suitable edible podded pea. Savoyed varieties of spinach may be preferred for daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Crisman has taken a varied part in school affairs too, appearing in the senior play and participating in girls' track and field for two years. In addition, she has played flute with the Ron dout Valley Senior Band for three years and is a member of the Select F.nsemhle. a group-within-a-group of student musicians who do spe cial performances. Her interest in horses began after an older brother, Mark, left for college. Her parents own two purebred Arabian mares which they keep on their 10 acre place just south of Schoonmaker Lane on Route 209. "The horses were there so I just started riding them,” Linda explains. Her introduction to the sport may have been that casual, but she has gone far beyond the “just riding" stage. Her training with the Valley Ridge Riders 4-H Club has enabled her to represent Ulster County at the state fair in 1974 and 1975, winning a first place rosette for equitation in 1974 and a second place in dressage riding the following year. During the warm weather months Linda k*e|w busy competing in local horse shows. She recently com peted at the Lowlands Ririch Club and brought home an impressive list of trophies, including a third place in fitting and showmanship, a second place in bareback and in English equitation, and first place trophies in English pleasure and versatility (combined English and western) categories Does dressmaking or horsemanship or music figure in her future0 As avocations, j>erhaps. hut she plans to enter Ulster County Community College in the fall to train as a dental hygienist. Linda models her official entry in the National Clothing Review, a pure wool tailored coat designed to be worn over a go-evervwhere blue print quiana dress. in September. Linda is the first Ulster County representative to reach the state final level in 12 years, when Mrs. Dunbar’s daughter Genevieve won the trip to Chicago, Horsemanship and clothing are only two of the interests in Linda’s young life. The Linda, shown riding one of the thoroughbred Arabian mares on which she has won numerous prizes for horsemanship, is wearing a three-piece riding habit she designed as part of her entry in the National Clothing Review. A navy blue top-stitched coat and jodhpurs are set off by a distinctive red vest. Stanley Bike Is Chipmunks Pitch In The Cherry Hill Chipmunks 4-H Club of Sawkill recently presented Cooperative Extension Agent Paul Strombeck with a contribution for the Ulster County 4-H Camp Cabin Building Fund Pictured (L to R) with Strombeck are Sherry Port, Lisa Brink, Judy Kuhns, Karen Wolff, and 8andy Kuhns. The Chipmunks are among the several 4-H clubs and friends of 4-H who have contributed to the fund, making possible the start of construction on a cabin for overnight campers. The 4-H camp is owned by Cooperative Extension Association of Ulster County and operated by the 4-H division. freezing. Jubilee, Seneca Chief, Golden Cross, NK 199 and Silver Queen are among the good sweet corn hybrids. For freezing on the cob, choose varieties with a small cob like Seneca Chief. Many round tomato varieties are quite satisfactory for canning if the fruits are relatively free of blotchy ripening. A couple of exceptions may be the Heinz 1350 and Campbell 1327 variteies which often are flavorless when canned as whole or stewed tomatoes. The pear-shaped types like Roma VF or Chico III are very good for making products like chili sauce or paste but are rather flavorless when canned whole. The pH (acid) readings of tomato varieties seem to vary so much that it is difficult to identify any of the newer ones that are consistently low. In limited observations, the yellow varieties appear to be in the same pH range as the currently popular reds. Tent Bugs The eggs of the eastern tent caterpillar are hatching out and the young larvae (immature insects) are beginning to build conspicuous silken tents in branch crotches. Black cherry, chokecherry and apple trees are favored food plants, but they can attack several other ornamentals. The tents are quite small at first, but in six to seven weeks they will be greatly enlarged and hard to miss. The caterpillars are aggressive and can cause severe defoliation. Each day the caterpillars return to the silken nest to await the cooler periods of evening to wander out in search of food. If only one or two trees are infested, hand removing and destroying the nests and larvae while they are still small may be effective in controlling them. In severe infestations, either the insecticide carbaryl (Sevin), malathion or methoxychlor may be used. If using carbaryl (Sevin) do not apply to fruit trees during bloom. KINGSTON-A novel talking bicycle that can move its rear wheel, light its stop, directional and front lights, and toot its horn is making bike safety an attractive measure for thousands of elementary school pupils in Ulster County. Stanley, the Talking Bike, is the heart of the interesting, educational and unique program that draws so much interest from elementary school administrators, youth advisors and the youngsters themselves. It takes a lot of work to put Stanley on stage for his usual 45-minute show. First, there’s Officer Richard Scherer of the Kingston Police Department, an excellent public relations type who has appeared in front of the public in such unlikely places as Shea Stadium, where he sang between games of a New York Met doubleheader. Then there’s the cooperation of the Kingston Lions Club, which helped pay for building Stanley, and the Ulster County 4-H, which supplies the handout materials for follow-up bike safety programs and does the scheduling and transporting of the bike. And last but not least there’s Tom Atkins, the Ulster County 4-H division leader who is the voice and control of Stanley the Talk ing Bike. Atkins, who is also used to appearing in front of Talking J. Sa feti Officer Richard Scherer of the Kingston Police Department introduces Stanley, the Talking Bike, to (L to R) George Schryver, Paula Mangtagli and Albertha Lewis of the Immaculate Conception School in Kingston. The police department. Lions Clubs and the Ulster County 4-H cooperate in bringing this unique and amusing bike safety program to Ulster County schools. groups, remains hidden at all times for his Stanley performances. Other service groups such as the Rondout Valley Lions Club and the New Paltz Lions Club have coooperated by making sure the 4-H handout educational materials are used in the schools, and by conducting bike inspections and bike rodeos. The program has provided leader training for another county, won a first prize for a local Boy Scout troop, made a successful presentation a few years ago at a conference of the Driver and Safety Educators Association of New York, resulted in a record number of phone calls to a local TV show and has been requested by groups in Albany, Long Island and Connecticut. In a unique blend of education, humor and audience participation, Scherer is on stage with Stanley for about 45 minutes discussing bicycle safety rules. There is much verbal exchange between Scherer, Stanley and the audience, resulting in a feeling of togetherness. A set of lessons, quizzes, rules and regulations and bike inspection sheets is then given to the school principal with the notation that these materials are available in quantity from the 4-H Department. Each school or youth group is encouraged to carry on the program to its ultimate conclusion which consists of a bike safety inspection and bike rodeo. Thanks to the Kingston Lions Club, the Ulster County 4-H can now make a 16- mm film and set of slides available for loan to any school requesting it. Tips Offered for Home Gardeners People become gardeners for many reasons. For some, gardening is simply a recreational (and re-creational) hobby with no particular aim. For others it may be the desire to grow a plant to its greatest ornamental beauty. Still others find maximum pleasure in raising and savoring garden-fresh tomatoes or sweet corn and crisp, juicy carrots. For you there may be other personal reasons. There are also many kinds of gardens and they can be in the city, suburbs or country. If you live in a condominium or an apartment the gardenc site must be a patio, a balcony or a window ledge, or perhaps a shelf under artificial light, and confined to flower pot«, boxes or other types of containers which can give a surprisingly bountiful crop of a favorite flower or vegetable. If you are fortunate enough to have space outdoors, more enjoyment will be realized by placing the garden close to the house—even adjacent to the patio or terrace. This makes it more convenient to give the garden some care each day and to watch it grow., admiring the wonders of nature as the first tomato blossom gradually becomes the first garden-ripened tomato. However, the location for the garden depends most of all on exposure. Select a place that provides all the sunshine possible. This is particularly important for vegetables. Don’t plan a garden near large trees or in continuous shade, and try to avoid areas that are flooded during rain storms. If gardening is a new undertaking, for the first year think KISS — Keep it Small and Simple. The role of organic matter in the soil has received much attention lately, and it is time to set the record straight on what it can and cannot do. Organic matter derived from leaves, grass clippings, sawdust or similar once-living material, after being composted and incorporated in the soil, becomes humus The proper amount of humus in the soil helps provide a desirable en vironment for seed germination and root growth. But organic materials alone may neither contain nor provide the essential plant nutrients, such as nitrogen or phosphoric acid, in the amounts necessary for good growth and the crop of vegetables that will reward your efforts. Similarly, the various plants in the vegetable garden will remain healthy and vigorous only when protected from insects, diseases and weeds. Weeds compete with the garden plants for moisture, sunlight and nutrients in the home garden and can be satisfactorily controlled by hoeing and mulching. , JSBgri <: -rVi , s. j / . * W j G , Growing House Plants Phyllis W. Barlow, home economist, and Daryl David, horticultural agent, recently combined forces to present three demonstrations on the how to of house plant propagation. David (L) is shown explaining a fine point to (L to R) Garry Peone, Mildred Stickles and Judy Owens. Classes were held in Kingston and New Paltz for the convenience of Ulster County residents.

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