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Mother's Day gadgets for your special someone

Mother's Day gadgets for your special someone

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Believe it or not, Mother's Day is right around the corner, and for some, it will the first of many. That means new tips and gadgets.

Ginger Daril with Verizon stopped by THV11 This Morning to share some high tech ways to help moms take care of their little ones.

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AgDiscovery application deadline extended to April 7

AgDiscovery application deadline extended to April 7

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The application deadline for the AgDiscovery summer program has been extended to April 7. The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will again serve as a host campus for the two-week residential program. AgDiscovery allows students to learn about careers in animal science, veterinary medicine, agribusiness, regulatory science and plant pathology. The program is sponsored by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

AgDiscovery participants, ages 14-17, live on UAPB’s campus and learn about agriculture and related careers from university professors, practicing veterinarians and professionals working for the U.S. government. Students chosen for the program participate in hands-on labs, workshops, field trips and other activities.

Vegetable production meeting set for March 13

Vegetable production meeting set for March 13

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – A vegetable production meeting aimed at commercial vegetable growers is scheduled for 9 a.m., Thursday, March 13, at the Cooperative Extension Service Jefferson County office, 500 South Idaho Street, in Pine Bluff.

Although the targeted audiences are commercial growers, those selling at farmers markets, local gardeners and Master Gardeners, the meeting is open to anyone interested in gardening, says Dr. Henry English, director of the Small Farm Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB).

Feb. 8 is 26th Annual Home and Garden seminar and show in Pine Bluff

Feb. 8 is 26th Annual Home and Garden seminar and show in Pine Bluff

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (H&G) - Media personality Chris Olsen and Garvan Woodland Gardens’ Bob Byers will be the keynote speakers Feb. 8 at the 26th annual Home & Garden Show & Seminar at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

“This year’s show features a theme of ‘Hearty, Healthy Gardening’,” said XXXX. “Whether your gardening interests are learning, shopping or playing, we’ll have something for you at this year’s show.”

Attendance is free, and registration is requested.

This year’s show features more than 130 booths and fun for the entire family, including a kids/teens corner, “Art in the Garden” contest for local school students, food samples, Tablescape drawings, and many, many door prizes, including a quilt valued at $600. How-to sessions include building rain barrels, home security and terrarium making.

Raised bed gardening offers many advantages

Raised bed gardening offers many advantages

Gardening is an enjoyable hobby and a healthy activity for all ages and community groups, according to Dr. Obadiah Njue, horticulture specialist and chair of the Agriculture Department at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Gardening provides fresh and healthy food to the family and community.

Raised bed gardening is growing in popularity, Dr. Njue says. “If lack of space is the reason for not having a garden, you no longer have an excuse. Any space with ample light and access to water is ideal for gardening.” Examples of such spaces include, raised beds (square foot gardens), containers (plastic, clay, wood, etc.), patios, doorsteps, window sills and hanging baskets.

By far, raised beds are the most commonly used method of small space gardening. And there are several cool season crops that would do well in raised beds such as collards, cabbage, mustard greens, turnip greens, kale, lettuce, radishes and Swiss chard, Dr.

Change your clock, change your batteries in your smoke detector

Change your clock, change your batteries in your smoke detector

Daylight saving time starts Sunday March 11, 2012. Pine Bluff Fire & Emergency Services (PBF&ES) would like to remind you that when you change your clock, change the batteries in your smoke alarms.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, a working smoke alarm increases your family’s chances of a safe escape from a fire by more than 50 percent. PBF&ES suggests you install at least one smoke alarm inside every sleeping area and on every level of your home. But installation is just the first step in protecting your family from fires. Smoke alarms also need to be tested and maintained if they are to continue to be your family’s nose at night.

PBF&ES would like to offer these simple maintenance tips to ensure your smoke alarms are in good working order:

Mild winter means busy spring for pests

Mild winter means busy spring for pests

According to Punxsutawney Phil, there are six more weeks of winter, but for much of the country this has been one of the mildest winters on record.  With several bouts of 50 and 60-degree days, people are delighted and Mother Nature is becoming confused. Being able to take afternoon walks in winter is a welcome surprise, but an early influx of pesky insects much less so.

Many insects hibernate during the cold winter months, but as this winter has been anything but typical, they may be emerging from their hiding places much earlier than we expect,² noted Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). Several states have even reported tick sightings, which is especially worrisome as people head outdoors to enjoy the weather and are unprepared for tick encounters.