Wise and Well in West Carroll Oct 2014

Jennifer Moran, Seay, Brittney, Robinson, Carolyn  |  1/26/2015 9:41:12 PM

Start Getting Healthy Today

By: Monica Stewart, Extension Agent

It is never too late to start getting healthier and there is no time like the present. The New Year is quickly approaching so why not take some time to get started now on your path to wellness! Here are ten tips you can take to get started today. Write out your goals. Where do you see yourself in three to five years? What is your well-ness vision? Start now by setting weekly and monthly goals that support your overall mission. Make a list. Write down the barriers that keep you from getting healthier. Then determine which are true hurdles and which are simply excuses. Have a plan. Layout a plan for reaching your goals and identify solutions to overcome your hurdles. This is your game plan and it is time to play. Just remember to be flexible and have fun but stay dedicated. Write it down. Start of journal of your own experiences and document your journey to wellness. Use it to vent, let out your feelings, rejoice or celebrate. You will be amazed how freeing it is. Start from where you are right now. Accept where you are and where you need to be and begin to take steps to bridge that gap.

Take one step at a time. You might begin with baby steps but will be an avid sprinter before you know it. Learn from your set-backs. Making mistakes and experiencing failure is all part of living. Instead of letting it get you down, choose to learn from it and keep moving forward. Simplify your schedule. Identify how you spend your time during every day and write it down. Then clean house! Only continue with the activities that add value to your life and support our overall mission. Stop comparing yourself to others. There are many images of perfection when it comes to physical health; but contrary to the popular belief, one size does not fit all. Focus on being the best you that you can possibly be. Reward yourself. Take time to reward yourself along the way. Do things you wouldn’t normally do as long as it contributes to your over-all wellbeing.

Youth in West Carroll Parish can learn new things and have fun too! Join 4-H Today.
By: Jennifer Moran

Why should you become a 4-H member?

? 4-H is fun.

? 4-H is learning.

? It's making new friends and doing new things.

? Sometimes it's even going new places.

? 4-H is a club... a really big club!

? The 4-H Club is the largest youth organization in the United States!

? Louisiana has more than 220,000 4-H members in more than 1,700 clubs.

4-H is conducted in Louisiana by the LSU AgCenter and its Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service. What do 4-H members do? "Learn by doing" is the 4-H Club slogan. 4-H members don't just read about things; they do them. They make things. They take part in club meetings. They learn interesting new things. They learn to follow, and they learn to lead. They help their neighbors and their neighborhoods through club activities. What can parents and adults do?

There are hundreds of ways that an adult can help make 4-H stronger in West Carroll Parish. We can tailor your volunteer experience to your interests and time constraints. It takes a community to raise a child and our children need you! What activities can you do? 4-H members choose the activities they want to do. Would you like to...

? Attend camps for elementary, middle school and high school youth.

? Win awards

? Learn to babysit

? Learn photography

? Compete in shooting sports

? Learn about animals and plant science

? Participate in livestock and horse shows

? Prepare food

? Make better speeches

? Collect insects

? Learn to sew

4-H members can choose to do these activities and many more. In Morehouse parish you can do a demonstration, make exhibits, design posters and participate in animal shows. These are just a few of the ways 4-H'ers learn by doing. What can I do with what I learn in 4-H? 4-H is a great way to acquire lifelong skills such as self-esteem, communication skills, commitment to others, problem-solving, decision making and managing resources. Opportunities in West Carroll Parish for 4-H Participation

School 4-H Clubs – Youth may choose to join the 4-H Club at their respective elementary school.

Shooting Sports Club – The Shooting Sports club is a project club that focuses on developing youth by using firearms. The program is designed to teach responsibility, respect, and create an atmosphere of belonging.

Photography Club – This project club will meet once a month and will focus on photography.

Junior Leadership Club – This project club focuses on leadership skills. This club is open to youth in grades 7-12.

Members-at-Large – These 4-H members do not attend 4-H meetings, but they have the opportunity to participate in all parish wide activities.

Livestock- Youth learn animal sciences by taking care of the nutritional and heath need of their animals.

Delta Eagles Home-school Club – A club for homeschoolers in West Carroll Parish

Activities and Workshops – Many contests, such as cookery contests and demonstration contests are open to any child that is enrolled in 4-H. Workshops are also open to any child that is enrolled in 4-H. Adults are always needed to help coordinate and assist at workshops.

4-Hers that have been active participants in the 4-H program are eligible to apply for scholarships funded by Scott Truck and Tractor as well as the Louisiana 4-H Foundation. The Scott Truck and Tractor Scholarship can range between $250 and $1000 for member(s) of West Car-roll Parish 4-H.

If you have any questions about the West Carroll 4-H Program, please feel free to con-tact Jennifer Moran at 428-3571.


My Neighbors Tree
By Thomas Nyatta Legiandenyi

Trees are very beneficial to us. For example, by shading the house during the summer trees provide us with energy savings as the tree shade cools the house; however, from time to time conflicts may arise regarding the damage which could result from trees. It is therefore important to understand the rights associated with owing a tree.

The question coming to mind is how do we know whether it’s our tree or our neighbor’s? If you or the previous owner planted the tree with its main trunk completely within your property boundary, then it is your tree. On the other hand, naturally occurring trees are the responsibility of the owner of the land where they grow. More care will be required on a tree growing in an urban area than one in a more rural setting.

A tree growing on the boundary line adjoining two or more properties is called a boundary tree. It belongs to all adjoining landowners in whose property any part of the tree trunk falls. None of the owners are at liberty to remove any part of the tree without the consent of the others, because it is a common property.

If your neighbor’s tree branches extend beyond your property line, you have the right to trim the tree up to your side of the property line, whether the tree is causing damage or not. Talk to your neighbor before you cut the branches. Leaves from your neighbors tree falling into your yard is your responsibility to remove as this is considered a natural act and your neighbor is not responsible for removing the leaves. However, if a fruit tree in your neighbor’s yard drops fruit into your yard, your neighbor is liable to clean up after his tree because the fruit belongs to him. You cannot pick them without his consent, although they have dropped onto your property.

As property owner, you will not escape liability for damages caused by hazardous or defective trees located on your property. It is not an Act of God if it could have been prevented by exercising reasonable diligence or ordinary care.

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