When it comes to pollinators, Kansas farmers and ranchers are creating habitat to boost their populations and harness these critters' value. With National Pollinator Week beginning today, U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is using the opportunity to promote pollinators, like bees and butterflies. Pollinators provide crucial assistance to fruit, vegetable, and seed crops, but many species are seeing their numbers fall. Agricultural producers across the nation work with NRCS to create ideal habitat for pollinators and increase populations in simple and significant ways.
One of the hats I wear at Barton County Extension is to work with the Community Development committee to bring ideas to the table that help make our communities a great place to be. As my husband, John, and I returned home from the 2013 Biking Across Kansas event we reflected on the wonderful spirit and friendliness of each of the communities we passed through. From Johnson City to Galena, we enjoyed touring the southern part of Kansas at bicycle speed.
Richard Bollig of Great Bend celebrated is 94th birthday on June 20. In 1949, he married Edith Herrman. He has two children, Sylvia Billinger and husband Pete of Great Bend and Dale Bollig and wife Connie of Moore, Okla.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
June E. Buczinski Billinger of Great Bend will celebrate her 88th birthday with a reception at 7 p.m. on June 25 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation, 1650 K-96. Hosts for the event will be her children, Larry Buczinski and wife Marilyn, of Great Bend, Christina Gonzalez and husband Sam of Houston, Texas, Dan Buczinski and wife Diana, of Goddard, and Diana Rightmire and husband Warren of Kansas City, Mo.
Pauline Schartz (Strobel) will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house and card party from 2 to 4 p.m. on June 29 at the Elk's Lodge (south door), 1120 Kansas in Great bend. Friends and family are invited to attend.
Betty Schneider will celebrate her 90th birthday with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on June 23 at the Masonic Lodge, 351 W. 2nd in Hoisington. Hosts for the event will be her children, Wally and LeAnn Nuss and Pat and Jim Aylward.
Jessica Ann Schenk and Cody Dillon Kelly were united in marriage on April 27 at the St. Rose of Lima Church in Great Bend in a double ring ceremony officiated by the Father Reginald Urban. The bride was given in marriage by her father.
USD 428 Great Bend School Food Service will offer the summer lunch program at Riley, Park, Eisenhower and Lincoln schools. The program will run from June 3 through June 27 (Monday through Thursday). Breakfast is served at Park and Riley only. There is no charge for anyone age 1 through 18. Sites are open to all children regardless of where they attend school. Parents may eat with their children for $3.50 for lunch or $2 for breakfast. All food must be consumed on site.