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Yule: An Ancient Holiday

December 22, 2011

By Tracy Steffenson
*note from the writer: all facts, dates and information found in this article are from historic documents, textbooks and*

The middle of winter has long been a time of celebration around the world. Centuries before the arrival of the man called Jesus, early Europeans celebrated light and birth in the darkest days of winter. Many peoples rejoiced during the winter solstice, when the worst of the winter was behind them and they could look forward to longer days and extended hours of sunlight.

Hunting pheasant won’t hurt long-term population numbers

December 22, 2011

By OSU Extension Service

Hunters in Oklahoma are in the middle of their first month of the two-month pheasant season, and some may have noticed a decline in population numbers.
Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension wildlife specialist, Dwayne Elmore, said the numbers are down this year due to the drought and excessive heat that much of the state experienced throughout the summer.
“There was little chick production, but we do have some carry over adult birds available for hunting,” he said.

Superintendent’s Corner

December 15, 2011

By Cary Ammons, Antlers Public School Superintendent

Antlers Public School Calendar Committee is currently exploring a couple of different options for the 2012-2013 School Year. Administration will be sending home surveys to gather input from our parents, students and community. The survey will be placed with their Report Cards and will be mailed January 11, 2012. We are asking for the completed surveys back at school on January 17, 2012.

Take steps to ensure pets stay safe during cold winter months

December 15, 2011

By OSU Extension Service

As the temperature begins to dip below the freezing mark across the state, many Oklahomans are finding themselves turning up the heat in their homes so they can be more comfortable.
As you make changes to keep yourself warmer, pet owners should be doing the same for their pets, said Dr. Carolynn MacAllister, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension veterinarian.

Christmas tree facts spark interest of OSU researchers

December 8, 2011

By OSU Extension Service

We have all heard the warnings and seen the clips of Christmas trees bursting into flames and ruining someone’s holiday season.
Oklahoma State University foresters have come together to shed some light on the difference between fact and fiction.
“Christmas trees are safe,” said Craig McKinley, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension forestry expert. “A Christmas tree cannot cause a fire any more than your sofa, or your couch, or your waste basket can.”

Winter landscape does not have to be dreary

December 8, 2011

By OSU Extension Services
Just because the sky can be drab and dreary in the fall and winter months does not mean the landscaping around your home must be, too.
David Hillock, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension consumer horticulturist, said planting pansies along with your spring flower bulbs not only adds to the spring display, but can provide some bright, vibrant color to what otherwise would be a gray landscape during those cold winter months.

Superintendent’s Corner

December 1, 2011

By Cary Ammons

Antlers Public Schools, along with many other school districts, are preparing for the last few weeks of the first semester. With Thanksgiving Break over, students are being prepared for holiday festivities, practicing Christmas musicals and songs, playing basketball, and studying for semester tests.

Picking out the right family Christmas tree

December 1, 2011

By OSU Extension Services

The Griswold’s understood the significance of picking out the family Christmas tree, as do many Oklahomans about this time of year. Visiting one of Oklahoma’s “choose-and-cut” tree farms is a good way to jumpstart the Christmas spirit.
“Choose-and-cut is a family experience,” said Craig McKinley, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension forestry specialist. “The choose-and-cut operation is selling an experience as much as they are selling a Christmas tree. It’s fun.”

3 Tips for the perfect holiday buffet

November 22, 2011

The countdown to the holidays is on, bringing with it the challenge of how to serve a large gathering fast and easy. Fear not! There's a simple solution. Forego the traditional, full-service, sit-down meal and opt instead for a buffet-style serving. Follow these three steps and yours will be a gathering remembered with fondness by both your guests and you.

Best Paint Offers The Best Return On Investment

November 17, 2011

Economics Favor The Highest Quality Paint

n times of economic stress, we all look for ways to cut back on expenses. But if you’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, it’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: “Most of the cost
of exterior painting goes for labor, not for paint. Paying somewhat more for top quality

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