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  • Do your taxes for free!
  • Wayne County Impacts
  •  How to select or evaluate your financial services provider
  • Healthy Babies Research Project
  • Money Smart Key Partner Award      

    EAST LANSING, Mich. – At the Michigan State University (MSU) Fall Extension Conference, Nov. 5-6, 2014 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, MSU Extension recognized extraordinary efforts and achievements of individuals and groups at the awards banquet Nov. 5.

    This year, one Key Partner Award was presented to Kelley Masters and Murray Feldman of Graceful Communications and WJBK FOX 2 News, respectively, for their efforts related to the annual Money Smart Week. This award, granted by the Michigan State University Extension director, recognizes individuals, organizations, media, special MSU programs and government officials for outstanding contributions to establishing, bettering or stimulating Extension programs. The recipient of this award is determined by nominations from faculty and staff members, retirees and volunteers of MSU Extension.

    MSU Extension has had a partnership with Money Smart Week (MSW) since 2005, and throughout this period, Masters and Feldman have been key partners in these efforts.

    The goal of Money Smart Week is to enhance financial literacy among consumers by teaching them how to manage finances, as well as providing resources and free seminars and engaging activities. These seminars and activities cover a wide variety of subjects, from components of personal finance to estate planning.

    Kelly Masters is the MSW chairperson as well as the founder of Graceful Communications. She has helped MSU Extension reach new consumer audiences by recruiting MSU Extension financial and homeownership staff members to serve as instructors, presenters and hosts at many MSW events and efforts.

    Murray Feldman contributes as a reporter, news anchor and money editor at WJBK FOX 2 News in Detroit. MSU Extension partners with Feldman and the station to produce a live call-in show called “Ask the Expert,” which allows callers to ask questions about credit, debt and housing matters. The experts include MSU Extension staff members, and this program has helped MSU Extension broaden its audience and reach out to help Michigan consumers find sounder financial ground.

Natural Resources

Garden Resources

For more information, visit the Gardening in Michigan website.

Oil and Gas Resources

For more information, visit the Oil and Gas page.

Monday Smart Choice Health Insurance Webinars

To help people better understand the Affordable Care Act and its options, Michigan State University Extension is hosting a series of weekly unbiased educational webinars and launching a new website to explain changes in the insurance landscape. The session are free and open to the public. A current list of upcoming webinars can be found at aca.msue.msu.edu, a website developed by MSU Extension to guide people through complicated issues such as insurance mandates, tax penalties, available subsidies and  the new insurance marketplace. To participate, simply visit: connect.msu.edu/healthinsurance.

Food Safety

Cottage Food Law Certificate Available Online

The 2013 online cottage food law training and evaluation has been updated on the Cottage Food Law website. Those completing the program will receive a certificate for their farmers market booth. For more information contact Eileen Haraminac at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 313-567-9701 ext. 104.

Social and Emotional Health

New workshop module for RELAX Alternatives to Anger targets parents and caregivers

A one-time workshop for parents and caregivers of young children has been added to the MSU Extension RELAX: Alternatives to Anger program. The workshop explores the five RELAX concepts with adults who live and work with children who are in the process of developing the social emotional skills needed to deal with stress, anger and strong emotion. A strong literacy component assists participants in exploring unique ways they can address anger and strong emotion with children in their care. The workshop can range from 1½ - 3 hours depending on the audience. For more information or to schedule this workshop or other MSU Extension RELAX trainings, contact Lisa Tams at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 734-727-7236.

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