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Circles of Stafford seeks donations for garage sale

STAFFORD - Circles of Stafford Kansas will hold a fundraising garage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 19, at the Stafford County Fair Grounds. The group is replenishing its benevolent fund that provides stabilizing resources for area families participating in Stafford Circles.

May 05, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Barton Foundation Sporting Clay Shoot reaches nearly 200 participants

The annual Barton Community College Foundation Sporting Clay Shoot continues to grow every year with a record 197 shooters who turned out to support the cause and test their aim and reflexes with a shotgun on April 22 at Camp Aldrich. The Barton Foundation exceeded its fundraising goal for mini-grants that faculty can use to purchase equipment or enhance their classrooms.

May 05, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Prepare now for spring storm season

It was 11 years ago this week that the devastating tornado demolished 95 percent of Greensburg, on May 4, 2007. At least 60 people were injured and 11 were killed in the EF5 storm.

May 05, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Spraying your fruit trees

The most common fungicide used in fruit tree sprays is Captan. Unfortunately, this product is subject to alkaline hydrolysis. This is a process whereby certain pesticides will break down when mixed with high pH water (the pH of the water used to spray various pesticides affects the stability of the solution and how long the pesticide will remain effective while in solution). So let's say you mix up your spray mixture by adding Captan to 5 gallons of water. If that water has a pH of 7.0, the Captan will break down so that only half of it ...

May 05, 2018 | Rip Winkel | Local Life


Waiting for nice weather

Our friends who live in Northern Wisconsin just returned to their lake home after spending the winter in Florida.

May 05, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


Cranky birds!

There is a new show in town! The Snowy Egrets are here. The first group appeared a couple of weeks ago. The population in our marsh is increasing with the migration. They live year round in Mexico and Florida and the Caribbean. They appear to wander around over the USA. I wonder if the slaughter of these birds for their plumage adorning women's hats in the late 1800s imprinted and scattered the species. They have made a spectacular recovery from that massive hunting pressure. The feathers were sold by the ounce and were more expensive than gold.

April 28, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Extension food handler course provides vital information

It is a treat to eat out at a favorite restaurant or community event. Consumers expect the food to be safe. It is up to the food handlers to provide the safest meal possible.

April 28, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life


A Woman’s View

I get mail. I appreciate every comment.

April 28, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


Tis the season for the Ash-lilac Borer

Sometime in the next couple of weeks, if not already, the adult ash-lilac borer will be laying eggs on ash trees, lilac bushes and occasionally even privet bushes. The ash-lilac borer (Podosesia syringae) can be a very destructive pest. So much so, that if you have an ash tree on your property, it is recommended to treat it even though the damage may not be noticeable at this time.

April 28, 2018 | Rip Winkel | Local Life


Bridging the Cultural Gap

Growing up in the small town of Washington, Kan., I was unaware of what the word diversity meant. I was always interested in learning about the culture of people from all around our world. Our family hosted an International exchange student from Switzerland and I developed pen-pal relationships with four people from other states and countries. Fast forward 37 years ago when my husband and I, along with our baby girl, moved to Great Bend. I wish I had pictures of the downtown area and 10th street businesses at that time. It would be a huge reminder of how our ...

April 21, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Emergent Literacy: helping children’s development through reading

HAYS - The Cottonwood Extension District, in partnership with the Hays Public Library, will host a free educational program on Emergent Literacy from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, in the Schmidt Gallery at the Hays Public Library, 1205 Main Street, Hays.

April 21, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life


Starting up a vegetable garden for the first time?

Kansans that are new to vegetable gardening often have a hard time knowing how much of each variety to plant. Kansas State Research and Extension has a publication that might help you out with this problem. The "Vegetable Garden Planting Guide" gives information on how much to plant of each veggie per person along with the average crop-yield expected per 100 feet. Also included is a garden calendar highlighting recommended planting dates and expected harvest dates based on the average of seasonal temperatures. Information on specific crops is detailed including; days to germinate, plants or seeds needed per 10 feet ...

April 21, 2018 | Rip Winkel | Local Life


A Woman’s View

Life can sometimes be summed up in one sentence. "Well, that didn't go as planned."

April 21, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


Wetland Explorer

As everyone is aware, our "spring" weather has been come-and-go, at best, so far. As we sit in our climate-controlled houses and complain about both the 80 degree day followed by the 20 degree day, we can only wonder what wildlife must be experiencing out in the elements.

April 21, 2018 | Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager | Local Life


New Medicare cards coming your way

As the need to ward off scams and identity theft ever increases, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is now required to remove Social Security numbers from all Medicare cards by April 2019. The new cards will use a unique, randomly-assigned number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI), to replace the Social Security-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) currently used on the Medicare card.

April 14, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life


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Model T killed Kansas German dialects

It was Henry Ford, not Kaiser Bill, who was responsible for the decline of the distinctive German dialects spoken by immigrants and their descendants in ...

May 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Promotion announced

U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman 1st Class Madison K. Peterson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

May 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Your summer adventures await at Kansas State Parks

PRATT – Whatever your outdoor interests, you'll find something you enjoy at a Kansas state park this summer. Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism ...

May 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


The etiquette of thank you notes

The month of May is an especially busy season for gift-giving: graduations, Mother's Day, baby showers, bridal showers, weddings, and other special occasions. When ...

May 21, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life


Warm weather makes me 'think about salad'

When the temperature warms up outside our meal planning may include dishes that are lighter and don't heat up the kitchen. Often that means ...

May 14, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Donate Safe and Nutritious Food for National Food Drive

Editor's note: Although Linda Beech is writing here about an event that has already occurred, Great Bend Postmaster Travis Trendel said people who were ...

May 12, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life


Linda Beech honored at retirement reception

The Cottonwood Extension District invites the public to a retirement reception in honor of Linda Beech as she retires after 39 years of dedicated service ...

May 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Marsh Musings

Not THAT Donald - Donald Duck has vacated the premises! As we watch the processes of the great migration, this is the time when ducks leave ...

May 12, 2018 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Take Measures To Keep Ticks Off

PRATT - No one likes ticks. They crawl on us, bury their mouth parts in our skin and they suck our blood. What's to like ...

May 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Diplodia Tip Blight on Pines

The last couple of weeks I have received a number of calls about pine trees having dead branches and/or an unusual amount of brown ...

May 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Help for our children

School is almost out for the year.

May 12, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


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