January is National Blood Donor Month, a time when the American Red Cross recognizes and thanks the millions of dedicated blood donors across the country for helping ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need.
ELLINWOOD - Penny A. Martin-Mulligan, 53, died Dec. 26, at her home in Ellinwood. Born April 10, 1959, in Hutchinson, she was the daughter of Billy and Sharon (Stout) Martin. Penny enjoyed crafts, art, and crocheting.
Eric and Janet Dowson, of Great Bend, announce the engagement of their daughter Amber Lynne Dowson to Matthew Kurtis Koch, son of Kurtis and Debra Koch, of Great Bend. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Charles and Eleanor Rindt of Salina and Dean Dowson of Hershey, Neb. The prospective groom is the grandson of Lewis and Norma Klausmeyer of Goddard.
Great Bend City Slickers met on Dec. 13th. Eight members, two leaders, seven parents and one guest were present. Roll call was taken by naming one of Santa's reindeer. A project talk was given on archery. A health talk was given on teeth and a safety talk was given on hunting safety. Flowers were given to the Senior Center. After a chili supper the club went caroling at Cherry Village. Members brought gifts for the nuns. Members raising livestock must attend showmanship and assurance training and attend five regular 4-H club meetings to sell market projects.
The following meals will be served Jan. 3 and Jan. 4. The secondary schools also have available daily: Main dish second choices, chef's salad, combo lunches and choice of vegetables and dessert. The breakfast menu is offered only to students in USD 428. Menus are subject to change without notice. Milk served with all meals. All meals as offered meet USDA nutritional guidelines.
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.
C&V Home Improvement, Great Bend/Hays, announced that four of its employees recently completed Lead Safe Work Practices certification through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Cody Tutak, Deanna Vannoster, Chad Rea and Martin Delgadillo earned their certification by completing the 9 hour course taught by the Kansas Building Institute Workers Compensation Fund.
Tomorrow is New Year's Eve, a time for looking back, making resolutions, and looking ahead. Most farmers have probably reviewed 2012 enough and are ready to look forward. As of today, no one can predict the 2013 growing season. This column certainly doesn't pretend to predict the future. However, there are certainly some actions producers can take regardless of what the growing season brings.