For over a month, the Be Well Barton County team I have been working with brought flyers promoting the Bike or Walk to School day event on May 7. In order to get the word out, it seemed fitting that I should include a bicycle safety message and do it in person. Contacts were made with each elementary school principal and the dates were set. John and I arrived at each school on our tandem bike that we literally ride everywhere.
What would 4-H be without our 4-H moms? I love to listen to the stories that are specific to only 4-H moms. The stories I love are about a first project talk, the cake that flipped upside down right before the fair, the tears that can't be held back when the first 4-H steer is loaded on the trailer.
About a year ago my kids were encouraging me to take the plunge and invest in a smart phone. It would certainly make keeping up with growing grandchildren easier. One year later I am finding many positive uses in my day to day work activities as well. Being able to keep up with e-mail or texts when I am away from the office attending a conference helps me stay connected. I really have tried to keep up with technology over the years, but things change so rapidly it can be a bit overwhelming for this middle aged educator.
The beautiful spring weather we have had lately has been great for the bicycling. Several years ago we decided to bike to work and run our close-to-home errands by bike. It only takes 5 minutes longer to ride to work and there are several benefits. The health benefits of exercise and saving at the pump are the main ones that come to mind.
Bryce Alan Divis, son of Steve and Dixie Divis of Great Bend, has received an appointment to the Class of 2018 at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
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 friendship and comraderie of others while sanding away on a special treasure.
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 friendship and camaraderie of others while sanding away on a special treasure.
Gordon Hibbard, president and chief executive officer of the Kansas 4-H Foundation, announced plans to retire from his position with the statewide non-profit organization.
I just noticed that the past week was designated as National Volunteer Week. What better time of year than this to say a big "Thank You" to the many volunteers who support our Extension programming efforts? I don't have to look far to see the volunteers who give freely of their time to help others. Just this week Joyce Esfeld, known for her bread making expertise, shared secrets to making that perfect pie crust with an enthusiastic audience. Last week, my husband, John, completed teaching the Kansans Optimizing Health workshop with me to residents in Hoisington. And twice this ...
An invitation to visit with a group of GBHS seniors enrolled in the nutrition and wellness class prompted me to revisit some good resources in my files. After my hour long presentation was completed I thought the information would be perfect to share in my weekly column space. No doubt you are noticing that food prices are gradually creeping up higher and higher each time you visit the store. The challenge continues to be, "How can I feed my family healthy food choices for less?"
When I opened the e-mail about an online course related to food marketing to youth, I thought it looked interesting. My schedule was full but at least with this on-line course I could work on it when I had the time. Having put the finishing touches on a new fact sheet addressing the obesity issue I hoped this course would reinforce my thinking about healthy food choices and give me some additional ideas of ways to impact healthy eating habits in others. Well, I was not disappointed.
The smoke swirls around the grill, and fills the crisp morning air with the welcoming aroma of breakfast sausage. This was the first thing to greet the 16 youth hunters, and their parents or sponsors. They showed up just as the sun was rising on the farm yard at Crosby's Wild Game Adventures west of Great Bend for the annual Pheasants Forever Rooster Booster Chapter #504 Youth Pheasant Hunt.
The Hutchinson Community Based VA Outpatient Clinic in Hutchinson is offering a new service for disabled and medically fragile Veterans in need of a caregiver. The Medical Foster Home Program started in Hutchinson several months ago but has been active at the Wichita VA since 2010.
It's been a very good 4-H year! Barton County 4-H members did well in several areas at the Kansas State Fair.
A sewing class for adults will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 29, at the Extension office meeting room, 1800 12th Street. The project will be a simple table runner. Sewing machines and equipment will be provided. Donna Krug, Barton County Extension Agent, and volunteers from the Central Kansas Thread Benders quilt guild will be on hand to teach the class. There is a $10 fee for the class. For more information or to register contact Joyce Burnham at 620-793-7094.
This fall our college senior decided it was time to move off campus. As decidedly older parents, we knew this drill well. Robert's brothers had rental options subjected to a billion questions/inquiries/inspections from their CSO - chief safety officer - Lori.
This is the time of year when the Kansas State University entomology department receives a lot of calls. The question most asked: Why am I getting so many spiders in my house?
Visits to six classrooms during the past week to share the importance of proper hand washing were fun and educational. Kids as young as three were learning about the importance of washing their hands so that they can stay healthy. I have access to a Glo-Germ TM, complete with a black light. After tossing a balloon around that had the "magic potion" on it we could see exactly where the germs were hiding.
The Walnut Valley Senior Center of Rush Center is again planning to serve a "Potato Bar" the third Sunday of each month from September thru May with the exception of March, due to the community St. Patrick celebration and in December.
The Rice County Council on Aging in Lyons is hosting a seminar on grant writing geared toward non-profit agencies, municipalities, schools, libraries, museums and faith-based organizations. "Researching and Writing Winning Grants - Level I" will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9th at the organization's facility, located at 117 West Avenue South in Lyons.
I can truly say that within my first three months as the volunteer coordinator with Volunteers In Action I have been so enlightened and rejuvenated. It's as if my eyes have truly been opened for the first time in the 15 years I've lived in Great Bend. I'm honestly a little embarrassed to admit this, but I also feel fairly confident in knowing I'm not the only 30-something working mom whose life has taken place inside the bubble of her immediate surroundings.
The Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery is exceedingly fortunate to be receiving the last painting completed by its namesake for the permanent collection. The Hale family is donating the 1953 oil painting to the Gallery and the public is invited to attend a reception scheduled to celebrate the event at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 20th.
Hectic work schedule? Busy with after-school activities? Do outside influences interfere with your family's dinnertime? Mark Monday, September 22, on your calendar and get ready to celebrate Family Day. For the past twelve years the fourth Monday of September has been noted as Family Day, a national effort to promote family dinners as an effective way to reduce youth substance abuse and other risky behaviors. Research by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University consistently finds that the more often children eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or ...
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