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Plan for a safe canning season

One ritual of spring is planting a garden. And for many home gardeners, this includes plans for preserving and canning the year's bounteous produce.

May 10, 2015 | | Local Life


Celebrate Bike to Work Week

Since May 11-15, is designated as "Bike to Work Week" it seems fitting that I share my passion for this fun activity in my column space today. Although research shows around 1 percent of adult Americans commute to work by bicycle, roughly 41 percent of work commutes are shorter than 5 miles. If I ride to work in the morning, home for lunch and home again at the end of the day I will log a total of 7 miles. Unless it is below 20 degrees or icy underfoot, you are likely to see me in my hi-vis green jacket ...

May 10, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Cinco de Mayo committee

May 10, 2015 | | Local Life


Ode to Ramona Jean and her baby grand piano

There was a time in this country when every home included three things: green shag carpet, an RCA record player and an ashtray. In the late '60s you could add something else to that list: an upright piano.

May 10, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


Breastfeeding is best, but what if breast milk is limited or unavailable?

There may be no greater joy than welcoming a baby into the world, and many moms want to give their babies the best start possible by breastfeeding. For some, however, the amount of milk they produce is limited. For others, the baby may be unable to nurse. And for many adoptive mothers, using one's own breast milk is not an option.

May 03, 2015 | | Local Life


Radon test kits available for one dollar

Earlier this year I completed a grant application through the Kansas Radon Program. The grant was approved so I have radon test kits available at the Barton County Extension Office for $1 for a limited time. The kits will be sold one per family on a first come/first served basis.

May 01, 2015 | BY DONNA KRUG Family And Consumer Science Agent With K-State Research A | Local Life


Does a Reverse Mortgage Make Sense for You?

The recent economic challenges have affected many retired individuals' ability to pay for everyday living expenses as well as major unexpected expenses. Because many Americans have put such a high emphasis on home ownership, the majority of their wealth may be tied up in home equity, limiting their ability to access money to pay expenses. For many individuals in this circumstance, reverse mortgages are attractive because of their ability to provide access to home equity, while retaining the borrower's right to live in their home. However, reverse mortgages are complex financial products that carry significant impacts on the long ...

April 26, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


100 year-old mill to run again May 2nd and 3rd

Experience the sights and sounds of Kansas milling, at the Old Mill Museum's Millfest, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 2 and from 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday May 3, in Lindsborg when the region's oldest flour mill springs to life once again. Millers direct operations, as visitors ages 13 and up tour the 100 year old mill in action. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for ages 6-12, and under 6 are free. Admission includes a mill tour for those ages 13 and up. Tours are limited to this group as ...

April 26, 2015 | | Local Life


FOR THE LOVE OF ART

ELLINWOOD – The winners of the Ellinwood High School Juried Art Show have been selected and represent a wide variety of quality work, said Sheri Holmes, director of Ellinwood School/Community Library library/media services.

April 25, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local Life


Refinish and Restore Family Treasures

Have you uncovered an old trunk or piece of furniture that has been in the family forever that is in need of refinishing? If you don't know where to start, keep reading to find your answer. I have hosted refinishing workshops in the past and have enjoyed the friendships and comraderie of others while sanding away on a special treasure.

April 12, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Keep Easter Egg Hunt Safe

Happy Easter! An annual tradition for many families is an Easter egg hunt. But I take eggs-tra care if using real eggs. Read on for seven rules to follow for a safe hunt.

April 05, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Ready, Set, Grill: K-State will host Barbecue 101 Workshop May 2 in Olathe

Kansas State University is presenting Barbecue 101, a one-day workshop for novice grillers and seasoned (pardon the pun) veterans alike, on Saturday, May 2, in Olathe. K-State specialists will cover the basics of grilling, smoking, and food safety, plus a unique perspective on the science of barbecuing.

April 05, 2015 | | Local Life


Regional 4-H day

Barton County was host to Regional 4-H Day at Great Bend High School on March 13th. Regional 4-H Day participants are the top presentations selected at their local county 4-H Day. The counties represented in the Heart of Kansas 4-H Day Regional are Ellsworth, Pawnee, Rice, Russell, Stafford and Barton.

April 05, 2015 | | Local Life


Build a healthy meal

As the final days of National Nutrition Month pass us by I want to give you some good reasons to choose to eat healthier. Whenever I present educational materials that promote health and wellness I start by asking participants if they think what they choose to eat affects their overall health? Nearly everyone thinks it matters, yet the reasons they give for not eating healthy abound. The USDA developed thirty-seven one page fact sheets as part of the 10 tips nutrition education series. Titles range from: "Kid-Friendly Veggies and Fruits," "Make better beverage choices," "Salt and Sodium," to "Eating Better ...

March 29, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


When a phone rings at a funeral

Funerals, happily, remain very much as they have through the years.

March 29, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


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Summer Picnic Season Begins Now

The celebrations surrounding the Memorial Day weekend oftentimes include a picnic or barbecue. With warmer weather here, it is important that you consider food safety tips so none of your guests take home an unwanted foodborne illness.

May 24, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Grow Your Best Tomato Yet

Nothing beats the flavor of fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes. Make this your biggest and tastiest tomato harvest yet with proper planting and care.

May 17, 2015 | Melinda Myers | Local Life


Responding to Invitations is Common Courtesy

With graduations, weddings and other special occasions upon us I am guessing you have received a few invitations in your mailbox asking for your RSVP. The term RSVP comes from a French expression, meaning "please respond". If RSVP is written on an invitation it means the invited guest must tell the host whether or not they plan to attend the party. It does not mean to respond only if you're coming, and it does not mean respond only if you're not coming (the expression "regrets only" is reserved for that instance). It means the host needs a definite ...

May 17, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


College: the years of living dangerously

Today our son Robert is graduating from KU. We are celebrating. Not his graduation with a job, but something else: He's still living.

May 17, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


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