Just because it seals, does not mean it is safe! There is a common misconception in home canning. That is, if the lid seals, it is a safe product. The question is, what procedures were done before the lid was put on the jar?
Descendants of William and Fern Schuster met on Aug. 9 and 10, at the Best Western Courtyard in Great Bend for a family reunion. Hosts were Nancy and Mark Thul, Stan and Diana Schuster, Diana Pekarek and Wilma Schuster.
Descendents of August A. and Pruella (Hager) Christiansen held the annual Christiansen on Aug. 9, at the Larned Community. A pot luck dinner was served at noon. Barbara Adams is the Patriarch of the family now.
Ron and Tammy Mason of Great Bend announce the engagement of their daughter, Erica Whitney Mason of Neodesha, to Devin Tyler Johnson of Neodesha, son of Ralph Johnson of Neodesha and the late Connie Jo Johnson. Grandparents of the bride-elect are the late Earl T. and Peggy Daphne Mason and the late Emory C. and Irene Witt. Grandparents of the prospective groom are the late Leonard E. and Ruth E. Johnson and the late George and Evelyn P. Goodmon.
Dianna Burns and Devin Brew were united in marriage on Aug. 9, in Macksville in a ceremony officiated by Tonja Bisnette. Parents of the bride are David and Janie Burns of Macksville. Parents of the groom are Diana Brew, Chris Trent and step-mom Heidi Trent.
Joe and Helen Haberman of Larned will celebrate their 60th anniversary with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 31, at the Knights of Columbus in Larned. No gifts are requested.
Lisa Christine Penka and Colby Max Shepherd were united in marriage on April 12, at the First United Methodist Church in Great Bend in a double ring ceremony officiated by Pastor Julie Shields. Parents of the bride are Kenneth and Rhonda Penka of Great Bend. Parents of the groom are Carla Shepherd of Wichita and the late Mark Shepherd. Grandparents of the bride are Darrell and Colleen Rexwinkle and Evelyn Penka, all of Great Bend and the late Edward Penka. Grandparents of the groom are Gene and Carol Schrock of Partridge and Donald and Odema Shepherd of Pharr, Texas.
Donald and Beverly Komarek will celebrate their 60th anniversary on Aug. 22. The couple will celebrate with their family at a later date this year.
Leida J. Messick celebrated her 85th birthday. Her husband is Jack Messick.
David and Marlene Panning announce the engagement of their daughter Sarah Ann Panning to Nelson Dale Adams Jr., son of Greg and Stephanie Nuss and Nebon and Mabel Adams.
Lonnie D. Wright celebrated his 95th birthday on Aug. 30 with a card shower.
Jim and Ruth Steitz of Great Bend celebrated their 50th anniversary on Aug. 21st. A family dinner is planned for this fall.
Lavern and Ruby Brown will celebrate their 60th anniversary on Aug. 25, with family.
Dolly, Vanya, Sonia, Masha, Spike and Figaro will be on hand to help Fort Hays State University celebrate Felten-Start Theatre's 50 years of performances.
Nine Rosewood Ranch horse riders competed in the National Snaffle Bit Association World Championship Show Aug. 14-15 at Ford Truck Arena in Tulsa, Okla. For the second time in three years, Rosewood Ranch brought home a World Championship Trophy from that event to central Kansas.
When the topic is "personal independence," children are not usually the first people that come to mind.
Each member of Linda Feist's family has favorite recollections of the event but two highlights were the Memory Box and the burning of a letter.
Jennifer Gilmore, executive director of the Feeding America San Diego food bank, recently drove through a neighborhood of three-bedroom homes with manicured lawns and clean sidewalks in a military housing development. When she arrived at her destination - the neighborhood school - she was stunned to see 300 people waiting for food.
Too often my life feels out of control. My 4 children are involved in several activities, and we are on the move a lot of the time. When I feel stress, I am frazzled and impatient with people around me. Stress makes life feel overwhelming. Since my life isn't going to slow down for at least the next decade, I have to learn how to reduce stress and remove stressors from my life. I'm trying to adhere to these 5 simple stress-reducing principles.
Debating who deserves the arbitrary title of "The Greatest Living Band in the World" is futile, principally because tying down such a subjective distinction on a group that all music fans agree with is impossible. There is, however, a canon of contenders. Whether judged by influence, record sales, concert revenue or critical acclaim, certain bands routinely appear atop examinations of "The Best Ever."
As more parents and grandparents embrace Facebook, teens seem to gravitate towards newer forms of social media. They are weary of mom posting old photos of them and telling family stories, no matter how cute and adorable their parents think they are.
MIDDLE SCHOOL CROSS-COUNTRY
LAWRENCE - Kansas coach Charlie Weis may not know exactly how long it's been since the Jayhawks last won on the road, but he has a decent grasp of the drought.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood High School volleyball team hosted the former members of the Mid-Central Activities Association on Thursday evening.
DODGE CITY - The Great Bend High School girls' golf team competed at the Dodge City Invitational on Thursday afternoon.
Trinity Lutheran Church in Otis will have a special celebration honoring Pastor Bruce Adamson on the 35th anniversary of his ordination. The service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, with special music provided by Prairie Timbre +1. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Susan Candea, the Bishop's Associate with the ELCA Synod. A catered dinner will be served at 12:30 p.m. in the church basement. Those planning to attend the meal should contact Trinity Lutheran Church by Friday, Sept. 12.
The Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School is placing its fall order for fruit from the Bithell Farms in Oregon. Place orders by Sept. 30 and the fruit will arrive in late October or early November.
One of the first things I learned when I began youth ministry: Complicated doesn't work in ministry. It's far better to simplify.
• Aglow Lighthouse meets at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Perkins Restaurant, 2920 10th St., Great Bend. Coffee and social time will be followed by a program at 9:30 a.m. with featured speaker Mary Bieberle.