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4 1 Page Four ° The Carlisle Citizen ° Thursday, November 28, 2013 up 18 Become Master Gardeners Under the tutelage of Cathy Simon, Regional Horticul- ture Education Coordinator with Warren County Exten- sion, 18 interns completed their three-month training and received their Master Gardener designation. The next Master Gardener class hosted in Warren County will be in the Spring of 2015. Back row, left to right: Julie Miller, Jessica Montana, Sue Robertson, Kristin Collinson, Judy Kirby, Carol Rich- mond, Kristin Anderson, Mary Beth Richards, Suzie Sibert. Middle row, left to right: Linda Croat, Judy Denniston, Michelle Beschen, Cathy Simon. -Seated: Linda Kromer, Gary Denniston, Heidi Folkestad, Paula Ross. Not Pictured: Susan Edge, Earlene Ginter Dollars For Scholars Offers Even More Donor Recognition! Dollars For Scholars has been deeply appreciative to the donors and volunteers that make the funds available for the scholarships we provide. To that end, Dollars For Scholars has purchased a '"oig check" and will pub- lish pictures of those businesses and individuals who help send our young people to college .This recognition is vol- untary and just another way for us to say thank you. The check is pictured along with members of Dollars For Scholars. Thanks to the CarIisle Citizen for publishing the pictures and thanks to those who have helped in the past. We look forward to working with everyone in the future as we are faced with a large graduating class that needs our help!! Live Nativity Middle River Friends Church is having a live nativity on December 7th from 5:00 P.M, to 7:00 P.M. Come join us for a quiet moment at the manger. We are located 2 miles east and I mile south of Carlisle on Highway $23. Free to all. Ca11989-3319 for more in- formation. Six Ways to Get More Out of Your Heating System Space heating is the largest single energy user in most homes, accounting for 42 percent of residential energy use, according to the U.S. Department of Energy• While upgrading to a new, energy-efficient heating system is the best way to lower your winter energy bills; the fol- lowing are six things you can do throughout your home to save money and improve the comfort of your family by increasing the efficiency of your current system. 1. Maintain your system• Have your heating system cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional before the start of each heating season• Make sure a clean filter is in place and replace it according to manufacturer's guidelines. 2. Increase insulation• Poorly insulated homes waste money and are less comfortable. Make sure your home is insulated according to recommended levels. Inspect the insulation in your attic and check the R-value. Evaluat- ing wall insulation is more difficult• Shut off power to an outlet and check behind it to measure the thickness of the insulation in the wall. An insulation contractor can conduct a thorough analysis. 3. Close the gaps. Openings around attic joists, electri- cal lines, and plumbing and gas pipes that enter from outdoors can result in significant air leakage• Seal these areas with a do-it-yourself spray foam insulation prod- uct. 4. Weatherize doors and windows• Check for gaps around exterior doors and install weatherstripping if needed• Inspect windows for cracked or missing caulk and re-caulk if necessary• Weatherstripping and caulk are available at your local hardware or home improve- ment store. 5. Seal air ducts• Over time, ducts can develop leaks, holes and poor connections. In areas you can reach, seal all ductwork with mastic or metal tape. Insulate ductwork in unheated areas, such as attics and crawlspaces. Con- tact a heating professional if you suspect more serious ductwork problems• 6. Use window treatments• During the day, open shades and curtains on south-facing walls to let in the warming sunlight• Close them at night to help keep in warm air. A home energy audit is a great way to identify oppor- tunities for improving the performance of your heating system and the energy efficiency of your entire home. An energy auditor will perform a blower door test, an infra- red inspection and other tests to locate areas in your home where energy is being wasted. This article previously appeared in the MidAmerican Energy - Residential newsletter, and is used with permis- sion. Preparing for a Winter Storm Extreme winter weather . If it becomes necessary to can immobilize an entire conserve fuel, keep your region. Even areas that residence cooler than nor- normally experience mild real. Temporarily close off winters can suddenly be hit heat to some rooms• with heavy snowfall or in- • Stay dry. Change wet tense cold. Winter stormsclothing frequently to pre- can result in closed streets vent the loss of body heat. and highways, power out- • Watch for signs of frost- ages and flooding• Take ac- bite. These include loss of tion new to ensure the feeling and white or pale safety and comfort of your appearance in extremities family in the event of ex- such as fingers, toes, ear treme winter weather• lobes and the tip of the Before a storm nose. If symptoms are de- "Have snow removal equip-tected, get medical help ment on hand, as well as immediately. rock salt to melt ice, and • Drive only if it is neces- sand to improve traction,sary. If you must drive, • Regular heating fuel travel in the daytime, do sources may be cut off, so not drive alone and keep make sure an alternative is others informed of your available• For example, whereabouts• Also, stay on store a good supply of dry, main roads. Avoid back- seasoned wood for your road shortcuts. fireplace or wood-burningAfter a storm stove. • Avoid overexertion when • Keep fire extinguishers on shoveling snow. Overexer- hand and make sure every-tion can bring on a heart one in your house knows attack--a major cause of how to use them. House death in the winter• If you t fires pose an additional must shovel snow, stretch risk as more people turn to before going outside. alternate heating sources• Help neighbors who may without taking the neces-require special assistance sary safety precautions, including infants, the eld- • Locate your main water erly and people with dis- supply and valves and abilities. make sure you know how • If the pipes freeze, remove• to shut them off in case a any insulation and open all freezing pipe bursts• faucets; pour hot water • Repair roof leaks and over the pipes, starting keep gutters clear• Trim where they were most ex- ,any tree branches that posed to the cold. Donottry could fall on your house to thaw them with a blow during a storm, torch or other open flame. • Winterize your home by • Follow forecasts and be caulking and prepared when venturing weatherstripping doors outside. Major winter and windows, sealing thestorms are often followed attic area and installing by extremely cold condi- storm windows. This willtions. help to keep your familyA little forethought and safe and comfortable dur- some attention to detail ing a storm, will help to ensure that you During a storm and your family stay warm, • Listen to your radio, tele- dry and safe in your home vision or NOAA Weather this winter, no matter what Radio for weather reports the weather is outside. and emergency informa- This article previously tion. appeared in the • Eat regularly and drink MidAmerican Energy - ample fluids, but avoid caf- Residential newsletter, and feine and alcohol• is used with permission• Internal Carlisle Veterinary Clinic % 550 S. 2nd St - Carlisle Peggy Baber, D VbJ ~ Kytie 5loan, D VM "Compassionate Care at Reasonable Prices" & Preventative Medicine, Surgery, Dentistry, Microchipping, Acupuncture, Emergencies & TLC 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday thru Friday 8 to 12 noon Saturday CLOSED Sunday Drop Offs Welcome 989--4075 uer your rea s... We're here for you 4/7 to help make your dreams come true. 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