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Celebrate participation in Walk Kansas with Wise Bucks Luncheon

The first week of the 2016 Campaign of Walk Kansas is in the books. The temperatures were great for walking or other outdoor exercise but the wind made you work a little bit extra. I rode my bike as much as I could to work and local meetings. It was especially fun when I had a tailwind!

April 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Marsh Musings

Spring turkey season is a very special time at our house. My Canadian friends come with their traditional archery gear to hunt turkeys. Turkeys do get hunted-- but it is a very special time in lots of different ways. Duane, from Saskatchewan, has a pair of Labradors named Blitz and Queen Smoochie. They are brother and sister. Smooch used to live with me, but would get really depressed when Duane and Blitz returned to Canada-- so I just let the temperamental hound move north with her brother and she is completely happy. They are aging well, and get a bit ...

April 10, 2016 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Gardening

The discussion led by two enthusiastic Barton County Master Gardeners, Monica Bowers and Karen Morton, energized the classroom at Barton County Academy alternative school earlier this week. Back in January when I was presenting information from my fact sheet titled, "Simple Seasonal Meals" one of the class members asked if I could show/teach them how to plant a garden. Well, that one question made me start thinking. It has been a long time since I planted a real garden and I certainly do not feel like an expert on the subject. But with the help of trained Master Gardeners ...

April 01, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Gluten and Your Gut’s Good Health

What is gluten? Gluten is the protein in wheat, rye, barley, and some related grains that provides the elastic, chewy properties in breads and other baked products. The word gluten comes from Latin gluten, meaning "glue." This glue-like characteristic allows bread dough to stretch, but not break, as it proofs or rises. Bakers and producers select flours for the amount of gluten they contain. Though gluten's elastic properties are essential in baking and cooking, some people must avoid gluten to prevent gastrointestinal tract symptoms and even intestinal damage.

March 27, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Certain food labeling and marketing claims can be misleading

With the amount of food that is currently processed in the United States, many consumers believe it is important to know the ingredients in the foods they eat. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, working with relevant state and local agencies, are responsible for holding food producers accountable for food products sold in stores. However, regulating farmers' market vendors and individual sellers can be difficult for regulators, which makes it important for consumers to ask for information.

March 20, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Marsh Musings

Our marsh is very quiet right now. A few Sandpipers, lots of ducks and the Pelicans have arrived. Sandhill Cranes have mostly moved north, and the Whoopers have not yet arrived. There are no egrets, herons (except Great Blues that wintered over), Avocets, or Rails. It seems like everything is just getting ready to break into the fever of the migration.

March 20, 2016 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Easter Egg Safety Discussed

With Easter just one week away, it is time to share the best food safety practices when handling those ever popular Easter Eggs. It seems no matter how old we are, there is something special about preparing hard cooked eggs and dying/decorating them for the family Easter Egg hunt. Read on for some great food safety reminders.

March 20, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Prevent Poisoning at Home

A poisoning is when someone swallows, breathes, touches or gets splashed in the eye with a substance that can cause sickness or death. Many times the substances in and of itself is not poisonous. An adult may take an aspirin to ease some pain, but when a two-year-old ingests a handful of pills, thinking they are candy, it can result in much more than a headache.

March 13, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Marsh Musings

They are here!!! Ducks are relatively easy to identify. They display a pure and pristine beauty. "Daffy" and "Donald" entertain us as examples of Walt Disney's genius. Did you know that he lived in Kansas City during his early years? Elmer Fudd had lots of angst trying to put rabbit and duck on his table. I honestly think his inept hunting escapades form some of the structure of "Duck Dynasty" as well as countless true and imagined successes and tragedies that make their way into the current literature and publications. "Ducks Unlimited" and the "Audubon Society" reflect the huge ...

March 06, 2016 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Walk Kansas Starts Later This Year

Usually by March 1, our office is busy getting the paperwork turned in as teams form for the Signature Extension program known as "Walk Kansas." This year the start date has been pushed back a bit so the popular program will run from April 3 through May 28. Changes at the state level, complete with new web site design, are dictating the later start date. Most folks I have talked to think a later start date will help to ensure warmer temps as we get back in the habit of regular exercise.

March 06, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Heart health

February has an extra day this year, so that means one more day to focus on heart health. Is the saying "You are what you eat?" true? When it comes to heart health, the answer is a resounding "Yes!" Eating the right way is not about dieting, which is really a temporary change in your eating habits to lose a few pounds; it is about making better choices every day so that they become part of a healthier lifestyle. A healthful eating pattern and lifestyle from the start are your best approaches for staying healthy and preventing disease, or at ...

February 28, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Barton County 4-H hosts Winter Classic

Barton County 4-H shooting sports leaders hosted the 12th annual Barton County 4-H Winter Classic on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Expo Complex. There were six counties represented. Barton County placed second as a team. The four team members for Barton County were Parker Smith, Katelyn Reh, Ryan Kohman, and Lake Lyman.

February 28, 2016 | Berny Unruh | Local Life


Stay Strong Stay Healthy Program Offered by Extension

The natural aging process offers challenges to many people. While we know from listening to the news and our personal experiences, staying active is a key component in maintaining or regaining health. But if you have noticed that your strength, flexibility or balance isn't what it used to be you may want to consider signing up for a strength training program I will be offering this spring.

February 21, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Marsh Musings

You can feel it in the air. The days are getting longer. The ice is gone. The mink at the Bottoms are back in the thick brush and cover. I found this little fellow last week on the last bit of ice. I am always happy and surprised to see them out and about. I casually wonder if Karl and Charlie have ever done a mink count at the Bottoms. You would be amazed at the info and statistics they do keep on our marsh. They can tell you when the first of most species are seen each year. I ...

February 21, 2016 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Wetland Explorer: Spring Play

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center's prairie dogs, Indy and Sweet Pea, play wrestle, seemingly for sheer joy. Or is there a survival strategy in play?

February 21, 2016 | Pam Martin, KDWPT educator | Local Life


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Cook’s Library with Patsy

Cookbooks are more than just recipes. They are time capsules as well. Looking through old cookbooks tells you that our tastes certainly change over time.

April 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Marsh Musings

The migration is really exploding at the Bottoms right now! New birds are appearing every day. If you want to see real magic in action ...

April 24, 2016 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Celebrate Screen-Free Week!

On May 2-8, children, families, and communities around the world can re-discover the joys of life beyond the screen. By unplugging from digital entertainment and ...

April 24, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Sterling College’s senior art students open final show April 27

Five Sterling College seniors will exhibit their final body work, Rendered, from 5-7:30 p.m. beginning on Wednesday, April 27. An opening reception will ...

April 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | 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 ...

April 17, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


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