For many, Memorial Day signals the unofficial start of Summer. Kids are out of school, swimming pools are open and grills across America are sizzling with burgers and hot dogs. Area lakes are choked with boaters and the shorelines are packed with folks ready to usher in the season and work on their tans.
Being older means being able to remember the interesting things in life- John and Yoko, "Pet Sounds", and "Stairway to Heaven" along with sit ins, Kent State and life-size David Cassidy posters. It means remembering being able to drive a 1970 Impala with a small block engine that could single handedly take a out telephone pole with a barely visible dent and that 13 people could actually fit in one. (It was okay, I was the driver). The speedometer went up to 140 mph.
When the Great Bend High School class of 2012 walks across the stage at GBHS's Memorial Stadium this afternoon and members of School Board hand them their diplomas, they will join and estimated 3.2 million other American high school seniors graduating this spring.
When Gov. Sam Brownback spoke to those gathered for a tourism conference recently at the Wetlands Education Center, he said Kansans are bad a promoting themselves and what the Sunflower State has to offer.
For years now, economic development and convention and visitors bureau officials in Barton County have worked tirelessly to promote the Wildlife National Scenic Byway which winds for 77 miles from Cheyenne Bottoms in Barton County to Quivira Wildlife Refuge in Stafford County.