Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Tornado Safety

With the pending weather it never hurts to review procedures on Tornado Safety!!!


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Keep your Heating Unit in Top Shape

Keep Your Heating Unit in Top Shape

Your heating unit is working hard to keep you warm this winter, why not return the favor? Properly maintaining your unit is important for making sure it is at peak condition and that you get a long lifespan out of it.

Whether you have a heat pump, furnace, or other type of unit, there are some actions you can take to ensure that your system is working well:
  • Change your air filters monthly
  • Make certain that all duct work is properly sealed
  • Keep all supply and return vents open and free from obstructions such as furniture or rugs
  • Have your unit inspected on an annual basis to ensure optimal performance
To help keep you comfortable while the heat is on, think about the following:
  • Keep heat producing appliances (such as the TV) away from the thermostat
  • Use a programmable thermostat
  • Caulk and seal air leaks
For more information, check out the Home Energy Management website.  You may also want to visit for resources on home heating, including the following infographic on Home Heating Systems.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Family & Consumer Sciences Newsletter

The February/March 2016 edition of the Alleghany Family & Consumer Sciences Newsletter is now available online.  Click here to view.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Extension & Community Association Scholarships

Alleghany County Extension & Community Association (ECA) members are proud to announce they are accepting applications for the 2016 North Central District Extension and Community Association Scholarships.  The $800.00 scholarships are given to a youth and an adult who are continuing their education beyond the high school level in any field of study, but with priority given to a degree in family and consumer sciences.

A youth applicant is defined as a high school senior or a student currently enrolled in college having completed high school without a break in his /her formal education.  An adult is an individual who has completed high school and has had a break in his/her formal education and now wishes to further his/her education.  All applicants must be North Carolina residents and planning to attend a North Carolina accredited college, community college or technical institute the fall of 2015. Scholarships are awarded based on the following criteria:

  • Financial Need ~ 25%
  • Scholarship Potential ~ 25%
  • Activities and Honors ~ 25%
  • ECA Connection ~ 25%

The deadline for applications is February 12, 2016.  To obtain an application or for more information, call the Alleghany County Center of NC Cooperative Extension at 372-5597. 

Alleghany County Extension and Community Association (ECA) has three clubs and  more than 50 members located throughout the county.  The organization’s mission is to Strengthen Families through
·         Leadership Development
·         Volunteer Work
·         Educational Support
·         Researched-based education from North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University