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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Indiana Attorney General Consumer Protection

Sara Fleishhacker of the Indiana Attorney General’s office spoke to Kiwanis about the protection services provided by the Consumer Protection Services Division.  She spoke about the Do Not Call List, Identity Theft, Scams, Fraud and Unclaimed Property. 
One of the most common complaints about the Do Not Call List was the credit card services who call regardless of your status on the list.   Many of these calls originate outside the United States and the purpose is to identify active phone numbers.  The best advice is not to answer the call or hang up quickly if you receive a call.  Once the company identifies that your phone number is active they will resell it on a list to other organizations. 
Identity Theft and Scams come in various forms but all have the objective of making money from you or your identity.  One of the worst scams is called the family scam.  Someone calls and pretends to be a relative who is in trouble and needs money wired to them quickly.  Do not ever respond to this type of call without checking it out with another family member.   
The Attorney General’s website, contains detailed information on all of the topics and forms to lodge complaints with their office.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Roy Ballard and the Drought of 2012

Roy Ballard, Purdue Extension Educator spoke to Kiwanis about what to expect after the drought of 2012.  Ballard spoke about how to spot damage, what to do if damage occurred, and how to prevent future damage. 
Ballard said young plants are most affected by drought due to the lack of a mature root system. 
To minimize additional stress delay pruning and fertilizing .  Cracks, dieback of the plant, insect infestation and disease may appear to drought stressed plantings. 
During a drought it is recommended that you avoid light frequent watering and do deep watering less frequently.  Mulching is important but mulch should not touch the trunk of any tree.  Too much mulch can be a problem as well.
The topic will be discussed at the April 19, Lunch and Learn meeting from  12 to 1:00 p.m. at the Hancock County Extension Office, 802 North Apple, Greenfield (just north of the fairgrounds).  For more information contact Ballard at 317 462-1113.
Pictured: Roy Ballard, Purdue Extension Educator

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