Quivira National Wildlife Refuge is holding a Bioblitz Friday evening, June 19, through Saturday, June 20. The Bioblitz is a scientific effort to find as many species of plants and animals as possible at Quivira over a 24-hour period. The event begins at 5 p.m. on Friday and ends at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Bioblitz is free and open to all ages. The main check-in and headquarters for the event will be located at the Refuge's Environmental Education Classroom, located 8 miles north of the Refuge Headquarters/Visitor Center.
A reunion of people who attended Barton County Country School District 71, south of Great Bend, is planned for 7 p.m. on Saturday June 20, at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 21st and Jackson in Great Bend. Contact Arleen Whittaker at 620-793-8544 if you can or can not attend as soon as possible.
The next time you take time out of the sun, dust off one of those old family photo albums. You know the ones that date back to the '30s, '40s, '50s and even early '60s. If your family farmed you'll see photos of your relatives attired in wide-brimmed hats.
June 14, 2015|
John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
The calendar says the first day of summer is just a week away. With warmer temperatures here for awhile you may be looking for some recipes that are healthy but won't heat up the kitchen. My "go to" cookbook to utilize summer produce is the Rolling Prairie Cookbook authored by Nancy O'Connor. The book, divided into three categories: fruits, herbs and vegetables includes over 130 recipes celebrating fresh produce. I visited with the author earlier this year and received permission to include several recipes in a new fact sheet I have written. The fact sheet titled, "Simple Seasonal ...
There are lots of things happening in Kansas and our area right now. I see babies of all kinds-- birds and critters scattered everywhere. Baby fox, badgers, Killdeer, Avocets, ducks, geese, mosquitoes, gnats, and shad in the lakes. The balance between what we cherish and what we kill is always a moving target. We spray for mosquitoes (do we kill some things that we like in the process?) that the small fish in the lakes eat on their way to bigger things and eventually end up on our dinner plates.
Over the past few weeks, many of the phone calls and house visits have concerned one thing, Sycamore trees looking sick. Many of the Sycamore tree leaves in the area are turning brown in spots, and are dropping off the tree leaving it looking stressed early in the growing season. I have went and checked out several of the trees that are having this issue, and it seems to be Sycamore Anthracnose.
Adam Watkins and his wife Caitlyn Watkins were recently honored by Major General Scott Miller, the commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, Ga. General Miller promoted Adam from the rank of Sergeant to Staff Sergeant and also officiated a swearing-in ceremony on Adam for an additional four years of service. Caitlyn was presented a Certificate of Appreciation.
The first part of this series described how the growth of crops like corn is driven by heat accumulation. For corn the accumulation of heat determines the growth stage of the plant. Naturally light, water, and nutrients are important but heat accumulation determines the rate of growth. For crops such as soybeans heat is certainly important and the proper temperature range enhances growth but day length, or more precisely night length determine the onset of flowering and therefore bean production. So how is soybean production in Kansas determined by light?
Ever since the timeshare phenomenon began in this country, back in the early 70s, the industry has been plagued with accounts of dissatisfied customers, on both the buying and selling sides of the equation. Dubious marketing tactics like pushy, gimmicky sales pitches have contributed to the problem. Add outright fraud to the mix and you have plenty of incentive for consumers to take a dim view of timeshare vacations.
Sunflower Bank has awarded three scholarships to local students that participated in the bank's Community Ambassadors Program. Rachel Doll from Ellinwood High School earned a $1,500 scholarship. Catherine Barrington and Kacee Kasselman from Great Bend High School each earned a $500 scholarship.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation invites proposals for its upcoming competitive grant cycle. Applications now are being accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and public institutions, including schools, government entities, and clubs and civic/community organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties. Funds are available primarily for the health and well-being of youth; however, limited funds are available in many other categories. Detailed grant guidelines can be found online.
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is the world's largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. On Friday evening, the Barton County Relay for Life event took place at Jack Kilby Square in Great Bend. 20 teams and 229 participants raised $68,758.80.
It seems like only yesterday when I raced my buddies down the red-carpeted ramp of the Pix Theater in Hoxie trying to nail down those good seats. You know the ones I'm talking about – those in the front row where tennis shoes could be heard latching into congealed soda from the earlier matinee.
June 21, 2015|
John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
Advancements in technology have arguably caused life to move at a much faster pace than it did even a decade ago. The speed at which change takes place today is phenomenal. While these advancements have brought about marvelous positive changes and benefits, they can inadvertently have equally dramatic and damaging negative effects.
June 21, 2015|
Steve Nelson, NRCS Soil Conservation Technician
Rayna Karst, an Emporia State University English major from Rush Center has been named to the dean's list for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Nearly 500 students were named to dean's lists for the spring 2015 semester.
Hutchinson Community College has announced the honor rolls for the Spring 2015 semester, including grades through the end of the interterm session. 1,330 students have been honored with selection to the two honor roll listings, with 721 achieving the President's Honor Roll with a 4.0 grade point average for the semester.
Taylor Ann Latham of Great Bend has accepted membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars for her commitment to the ideals of scholarship, leadership, and service. NSCS is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. Membership is by invitation only, based on grade point average and class standing. Taylor recently completed her freshman year on the Dean's Honor Roll with a 4.0 GPA at Kansas State University. She was elected as Vice President of College Republicans for her sophomore year and attended C-PAC in Washington, D.C. this spring. She is also organizing her second ...