Vote now for 2019 Extension Council

The University of Missouri Extension Council of St. Charles County annual council election runs January 15 through January 29, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.. The Extension Council provides guidance and leadership to the entire extension effort in St. Charles County. Members of the council devote time and effort in determining the educational needs of the county and developing programs to meet those needs.

It is important for the council to represent people of varying experiences, backgrounds, and interests. Therefore, please consider a variety of qualifications as you make your choices. Brief bios (PDF) submitted by the candidates can help you make your selections.

For the 2019 council election, there are six candidates for five positions. You may vote for up to five candidates. Those candidates that are elected will serve a term of office for two years.

To vote, simply click the link on the left hand side of this page “Council election – voting open.”

An additional option is to print and vote a paper ballot (PDF). Paper ballots may be mailed or delivered to the Extension Center within business hours, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Paper ballots that are mailed must be postmarked or hand delivered by Tuesday, January 29, 4:30 p.m. You must sign your paper ballot and include your address and telephone number in order for it to be valid. This information may be needed by Extension Council to authenticate ballot information. Paper ballots that are not completed or signed, and those not postmarked or delivered by Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 4:00 p.m. will not be counted.

If you have questions, please call the Extension Center at 636-970-3000.

Strength training for older adults

Here's an opportunity for older adults to make a healthy start to 2019! Emily Barbee, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, will teach Stay Strong, Stay Healthy-Level 2, a strength training program for older adults. Classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays February 4 through March 27, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at St. Charles Community College. Participants will increase strength and improve balance over the course of the eight-week program. At the close of the program you can continue with what you have learned in the comfort of your own home. Cost is $69. To register, call Wendy or Marybeth at 636-922-8233 or visit Learn for Life and see page 8. Participants DO NOT need to have completed Level 1 to register for this class. More details on the program flyer. Stay Strong Stay Health-Level 2 flyer (PDF)

Caring for ash trees

Emeraled ash borer insect resting on a penny to show sizeThe Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was initially found in St. Charles County in 2014. Due to the potential spread and destruction from this pest, you should take steps to protect ash trees while they are relatively healthy. Once canopy dieback or thinning begins, the tree's vascular system is considerably damaged. Treatment at that point may stop additional damage, but it cannot reverse the existing damage. Resources to learn more about this pest and how to manage it: Insecticide Options for Protecting Ash Trees from Emerald Ash Borer (PDF)Tree pests

You are important to Extension's future

If you have received help from  MU Extension of St. Charles County, please consider letting the County Executive or your county council member know about your experience. Our operation is funded by the county council. Your comments will verify the unique benefits from extension. Find your county council member

Support our funding — brick by brick

brick path through demonstration gardensBrick by brick we continue to extend the pathway that meanders through the on-site demonstration gardens. It has become a place for all to enjoy the peacefulness and awe-inspiring beauty of nature. A brick with your name or the name of someone to remember extends the path one brick at a time. Your generosity will support the funding of all programs at MU Extension in St. Charles County. Together we can make a difference. Brick order form (PDF) | Online ordering.

“Friends of mine and I visited this wonderful place today. We had a picnic lunch on the property. Surrounded by gorgeous flowers and plants. Will definitely return for a leisure, peaceful visit.” – Facebook post by garden visitor

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