When Great Bend merchants hold their annual Icy Sidewalk Sale in January, they always hope the sidewalks aren't really icy. We've had some days this month when a walk downtown would be pleasant enough, but Saturday isn't expected to be one of them.
The Barton County Commission's recent decision not to renew its membership in the League of Kansas Municipalities saved the county $1,200 in dues. Let's hope it doesn't cost more than that in lost information.
Each year, the Christmas season in Great Bend shines brightly with its Trail of Lights holiday display. A drive along the trail might start at the south entrance to Brit Spaugh Park, taking viewers past animated displays and a light show set to music in front of the zoo. Then proceed to Veterans Memorial Park for "The 12 Days of Christmas." See the Christmas Nativity at K-96 & 10th Street, then head south to the Historical Village lights.
When German settlers arrived in Barton County in the 1870s and 1880s, they brought European Christmas traditions that can be found in today's homes: Trees decorated with ornaments, holiday foods, and gifts from a mysterious visitor.