After learning that kindergarten teachers in Kansas reported that as many as half of their students enter school without the literacy skills needed to learn to read, the Kansas Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (KAAP) developed Turn a Page. Touch a Mind. (TAP-TAM) in 2004. TAP-TAM is an early literacv program that takes advantage of the trusted and consistent relationship between a child's physician and parents. In just seven years participating physicians have distributed over 200,000 new, developmentally appropriate books to Kansas kids 6 months through 5 years old.
LARNED - The Pawnee County Commission met Oct. 10 at the Pawnee County Courthouse. The following are approved minutes submitted by Pawnee Commission clerk Ruth Searight.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Rocking M Radio, 5501 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Jim Vopat with greeters Randy Bahe and Erin Powers. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
LARNED - Mix in a bit of matchmaking, an abundance of suitors, chaos in the kitchen, a lady visitor with conviction and a cause (civilizing the male of the species), stir in an officer and a gentleman, then top it off with a play within a play ("Trial and Treachery") and you have an evening full of fun, entertainment and laughter.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
News of the Weird has reported on life-sized, anatomically correct dolls manufactured in fine detail with human features (e.g., the "Real Doll," as one brand is called), which are as different from the plastic inflatable dolls sold in adult stores as fine whiskey is to $2-a-bottle rotgut.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - For a team in turmoil, this was one therapeutic win.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - When Detroit coach Jim Schwartz talks during the week, he's like many NFL coaches - choosing his words carefully, avoiding controversy and saying little that might motivate an opponent.
WEST PLAINS, Mo. - The Barton Community College volleyball team went 1-3 over the weekend at the Missouri State-West Plains tournament.
It's a World Series straight out of Central casting.
The recent Music for Mission Concert held at the Presbyterian Church featured musicians from six different Great Bend Churches: Central Baptist Church, First United Methodist Church, Trinity Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, Trinity Lutheran Church and First Presbyterian Church. The offering from this cooperative effort raised over $757. Ninety percent was donated to Barton County Emergency Aid, with 10 percent going to the Presbyterian Church Crisis Management program, which works along side Barton County Emergency Aid in providing Crisis Aid to those in need in Barton County.
The artist behind the Jack Kilby tribute will talk about his statutes during two free programs sponsored by the Great Bend Recreation Commission. Chet Cale, creator of "The Gift," will speak at noon Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St., and again at 1 p.m. Friday at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. These GBRC Stop 'N Learn programs last about an hour.
MUNJOR - Mary Ann Gross, 74, died Feb. 22, at Via Christi-St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Born Aug. 21, 1939, in Hays, she was the daughter of Ignatius and Irene (Werth) Koerner. On April 18, 1959, she married Wilbert Gross in Hays. She was a former licensed hairdresser and spent many years as a homemaker. She loved family gatherings with her children and grandchildren and the special trips she took with the love of her life, Wilbert.
Ellen Nadine Bittner, 81, died Feb. 23, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Funeral arrangements are pending with Morell Funeral Home in Larned.