Friday, October 30, 2009

Pumpkins Galore

Did you know that pumpkins are really a squash and some can grow to over 1000 pounds? Check out this special edition NEWSLETTER devoted entirely to bright orange treats growing in the fields. Find out facts about their life cycle and anatomy as well as some fun facts you may not have known. For more information on pumpkins or how you can grow your own, contact the Extension Service at 336-372-5597.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Military Appreciation Day & Veteran's Day Opportunities

Here are a few Veteran's Day Opportunities sent by J. Scott Enroughty Project Manager Extension Assistant/Military Programs.

Golden Corral's Appreciation Dinner

Golden Corral's 9th annual Military Appreciation Monday dinner will be held on Monday, November 16, 2009, from 5 to 9 pm in all Golden Corral restaurants nationwide.

The free dinner meal is a special "thank you tribute" to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. If you are a veteran, retired, currently serving, in the National Guard or Reserves, you are invited to join us for Golden Corral's Military Appreciation Monday dinner.

To date, Golden Corral restaurants have provided over 2.2 million free meals and contributed over $3.3 million to the Disabled American Veterans organization.

To locate a Golden Corral near you, visit

Belk Discount

Belk is having a grassroots events, which allows Local/Federal Goverment employees and Military families to receive a special 20% discount on October 27, 2009. This would be on all regular & sale priced merchandise with very limited exclusions. All Belk stores will be participating. We too at Belk, appreciate the efforts of our military and the sacrifices their families endure to make us safe here at home. We have stores in AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV. For the discount coupon please click HERE.

Veterans Day offering at Applebees

On Wednesday Nov. 11 (Veterans Day), Applebee's will be offering all US
Veterans and active duty military personnel (including Reserves and
National Guard) a free entrée, including traditional sides, at all
domestic Applebee's restaurants. Military personnel can select from
one of six entrees:

7 Ounce Sirloin, Three Cheese Chicken Penne, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Fire
Pit Bacon Burger, Chicken Tenders Platter, and Oriental Chicken Salad.

For more information feel free to visit and click on
"Veterans Day".

Leaders' Fall Day Reminder

Just a reminder that the deadline to register for the upcoming Leaders' Fall day is quickly approaching. The event will be held on November 14th in Rowan County from 9 am - 1 pm. This is a great time to get some ideas for your club or networking with other 4-H Volunteers. It is also a good opportunity to talk to others if you are interested in starting your own club. You do not have to be a current volunteer or club leader to attend. Please note the registration deadline has been moved to Wednesday, November 4th by 5 pm. You can register by calling the Extension Office at 336-372-5597.

Lunch and limited transportation will be provided. For more information, contact Amy at or by calling the Extension Office.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

National 4-H Week (October 4-10)

Even though National 4-H week is almost over it's not too late to get involved with Alleghany 4-H
In Alleghany County there are more than 400 youth 4-H members and 50 volunteers involved in the 4-H program.

The fundamental 4-H ideal of practical, "learn by doing" experiences encourage youth to experiment, innovate and think independently. 4-H programs are offered through school-based, after-school and camp settings and within community clubs.

You can join the 4-H community today. To learn how to become a 4-H member or volunteer leader in Alleghany County, contact Amy Lucas, Extension Agent - 4-H Youth Development at the Alleghany Extension Office at (336) 372-5597 or

4-H is a community of six million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. National 4-H Council is the private sector, non-profit partner of National 4-H Headquarters (USDA). The 4-H programs are implemented by the 106 Land Grant Universities adn the Cooperative Extension System through their 3,100 local Extension offices across the country. Learn more about the 4-H adventure at