A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center at 1025 Main Street from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday Aug. 13, to assist veterans and their families in applying for VA benefits. The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs is a state agency that provides free assistance to veterans and their families with veterans' benefits. Call 785-625-8532 for more information.
The fall migration is here. There are more shore birds right now than I have ever seen this time of year. It is usually a bit later when they migrate in numbers by my recollection. Karl and Charlie and KWEC will have the exact dates of arrivals if you want to check. Whooping Cranes will be later in the fall (I think their goal is to shut down duck hunting at Quivira NWR as completely as possible. Ha!) and I think we will get some great pictures of those birds. I will try to get more pictures on Facebook this ...
School bells will be ringing in a few days and that means pre-schoolers through college aged kids will be adapting to their new schedules. What about the rest of you; those of you reading this column who may not be formally enrolled in a school but who consider yourself a life-long learner? I love adult learners. That is probably what has kept me excited and energized to continue in my Extension career. No matter what your age there are opportunities everywhere to learn something new and apply it in your daily life.
Long before Hollywood screenwriters ever crafted the personality of Clark Griswold there was another father with a penchant for long family vacations with attendant misadventures. His name was Larry Keenan. And so when Worlds of Fun opened for business in May, 1973, it was just four months later when dad piled mother Ramona, and me and my siblings Kathy, Tim, Marty, and Beth in the Chrysler station-wagon and hit the gas pedal to see what Disney World- East had to offer.
The 50th annual reunion of family and friends of Conrad and Rosa Matal Scheuerman was held Aug. 1 and 2, at the Claflin Community Center. The family gathered Saturday for a barbecue. Sunday activities included a church service conducted by Paul Scheuerman, dinner and swimming. The reunion ended Monday with breakfast at Perkins Restaurant.
The Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation has designated Hospital District No. 1 of Rice County for successfully put in to place new policies to provide healthier food options in the hospital cafeteria and throughout the facility. Hospital District No. 1 of Rice County adopted recommendations made by KHERF's Healthy Kansas Hospitals initiative.
This time of year brings plenty of challenges for those who pack the youngsters off to a new school year, not the least of which is the challenge to family budgets. The National Retail Federation says the average household will spend $630 as they do their back-to-school shopping. But of course, even spending half that amount can be a burden for some.
The following well-balanced and nutritious Friendship Meals will be served for lunch at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Meals are served with milk; donations for coffee and tea are accepted.