Connie Neal, University of Missouri Extension

Connie was born in Missouri and raised on a farm in Iowa. She has lived in Missouri for the past 40 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Northwest Missouri State University in Family and Consumer Science Education with an emphasis in interior design and a master’s degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City.  She taught at both the high school and college level mostly in the area of housing.  While teaching at the high school level, she combined

Keep the Happy in Your Winter Holidays: Stay Warm and Safe

Wintery home.

Most of us look forward to the fall and winter holidays as times for celebrating, feasting, homecoming, and gathering, connecting with our deepest spiritual roots, saying goodbye to the old year and ringing in the new.

Yet the record shows a season of Menorahs and other celebratory candles igniting the drapes, Butterballs flaming up from their fryers, improperly installed woodstoves and combusting Christmas trees destroying homes.

We’re dizzy with busyness, easily distracted, preoccupied with changes to our normal routines and …

Mike Vogel, Montana State University Extension Service

 

 

Mike is Professor and Housing and Environmental Health Specialist with Montana State University (MSU) Extension Service since 1982. Since 1997, Mike has also served as MSU Extension Family & Consumer Sciences Program Leader.

Mike’s primary responsibility is directing and developing housing education programs and resources for Montana consumers and tribes.  Since 1977, he has been involved with energy-efficient construction and training with the U. S. Department of Energy.  In 1977 he authored one of the first consumer-targeted books dealing with …

Cary Weiner, Colorado State University Extension

 

Cary Weiner is Clean Energy Specialist for Colorado State University Extension.  He holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of New Mexico.  His previous experience includes being Renewable Energy Planner for the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico and both a budget analyst and environmental educator for the State of New Mexico.  In his current position with CSU Extension, Cary develops and delivers statewide energy programming to consumers, volunteers, teachers, and agricultural producers.  He has published and peer