Economics Favor The Highest Quality Paint
n times of economic stress, we all look for ways to cut back on expenses. But if youâ€™re thinking about having a contractor apply a cheap paint to the exterior of your home, you may want to reconsider. A careful analysis shows that in the long run, itâ€™s actually less expensive to apply the very best quality paint, despite its higher initial cost.
Debbie Zimmer, spokesperson for the Paint Quality Institute, explains: â€śMost of the cost
of exterior painting goes for labor, not for paint. Paying somewhat more for top quality
Letâ€™s face it. Few of us are spending money the way we used to. But our homes are still
our castles, and we want them to be as attractive as possible. In fact, the lackluster economy is all the more reason to create a comfortable,welcoming cocoon where we can ride out the economic storm.
How to reconcile the desire to beautify a home with the need to economize? One possibility is to
add fresh color to the indoor environment with a new interior paint scheme.
The Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service recently kicked off the third year of OrganWise Guys, a highly interactive nutrition education program for elementary school kids, and announced the initiative has expanded by about 20 schools across the state for the 2011-12 school year.
The Oct. 19 kickoff and orientation at OSU-OKC drew a mix of teachers, 4-H educators and family and consumer sciences educators, including several who were getting their first taste of the educational program.
By Cary Ammons
November is here and what a treat. After such a hot and dry summer, the cooler temperatures and rainfall are a blessing. As for school, November marks the beginning for practicing for holiday plays, basketball season, deer gun season and Veteranâ€™s Day.
Antlers Public School wants to remind everyone of these upcoming events and to discuss with your child the importance of participating in holiday plays, playing on a team ad honoring our Veterans.
By OSU Extension Service
Costumes have filled the racks and bags of candy line the shelves. Children all over Oklahoma are trying to figure out what to dress up as for Halloween. In addition, children have visions of a trick-or-treat bag stuffed with sugary, sticky and sweet treats.
While the children are excited about trick-or-treating, many parents may be wondering how all of this candy will fit into a nutritious diet, said Deana Hildebrand, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension nutrition specialist.
By Cary Ammons
Fall Break is upon us at Antlers Public Schools. October 20 & 21, Antlers Public Schools will be closed for classes. During this time, faculty encourages parents to spend time with their child to talk about grades, activities and upcoming events. Antlers Public Schools will have many activities planned for fall festivities. Some of them include football games, start of elementary basketball games, Band districts, School Carnival and many fundraising events. Please pay close attention to flyers sent home with students as to when these events will take place.
By Tracy Steffenson
I have been called a feminist by many people over the years, and I am proud to say that I am one. Not the â€śburn our brasâ€ť type but more the â€śI donâ€™t have to have anyone to get things doneâ€ť type. I wish that more people would step into this mind set and realize that life is not a fairy tale, and this goes for the guys out there as well.
By Beth Pike, FCS Educator/4-H Youth Development, OSU Cooperative Extension Service
Even without the scalding hot summer temperatures, most people tend to spend the majority of their time indoors, where levels of common pollutants can be as much as five times greater compared to outside. Following some simple guidelines can lead to an improved indoor environment and cost savings while also lessening the impact on natural resources. Â
By Cary Ammons
Antlers Public Schools Superintendent
School is in full-swing at Antlers. Students are hustling back and forth between classes, ball games are being played and buses are traveling everywhere. With the change of weather starting to take place over the Labor Day weekend, I would like to remind parents to prepare their children for changes in the weather such as colder mornings and rainy days.
By Beth Pike, OSU Extension Office in Antlers
Oklahomans have seen some record-breaking heat this summer and it does not appear there is an end to the brutal temperatures anytime soon. I was certainly happy to have a heat break for the canning workshop at the Antlers Farmerâ€™s Market we had on the 11th! 95 degrees sure beats 105 any day! But for those who are opting to stay inside these days, read on to get a few tips on what you can do to beat the heat.