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“Notorious Virus” is Theme for National Food Safety Month

September is designated as Food Safety month, so it is a perfect time to share information about a new campaign. National Food Safety Month was created in 1994 to heighten the awareness of food safety education. Each year, new materials are created to help reinforce proper food safety practices and procedures. This year's theme for National Food Safety Month is "Notorious Virus!" This play on words makes us think about a leading cause of foodborne illness – Norovirus. Norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis. It spreads easily and is often called the stomach flu. It transmits easily ...

September 03, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Cook’s Library with Patsy

"On Your Marks, Get Set, Bake!" Those words from co-hosts Sue and Mel start every timed contest on the Great British Baking Show. Cooking shows are nothing new – not since Julia Child, anyway. But this one has home cooks as contestants, and they are all incredibly talented but unbelievably humble. They start with 12 contenders and one goes home each week until the three finalists battle it out.

September 03, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Become a Life-Long Learner

School has started just about everywhere, so kids from pre-school to graduate school are getting used to a new routine. But what about you? Are you a life-long learner? Moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas are never too old to learn something new. I don't mean you have to enroll in a formal class, complete with a syllabus and a final exam. I'm talking about the many classes offered in our community through our Extension offices, 4-H and Youth programs, or recreation centers.

August 27, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Marsh Musings

I have been out of the marsh for 19 days getting a new wheel on my right leg. All is well-thanks for asking!

August 27, 2016 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Include Healthy Breakfast in Back to School Routine

As families strive to get the school year off to a good start, the morning rush can create a huge obstacle. Whether your kids catch an early morning bus or if you provide the ride, make sure time is set aside to eat a healthy breakfast. It has long been reported that breakfast eating is a good thing – first by moms, and then backed up by numerous research studies. Scientists have shown that eating breakfast is important to weight control. It also helps youngsters perform better in school.

August 20, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


James A. Depperschmidt, United States Navy, retires

Retirement ceremony for James A. Depperschmidt, United States Navy, was held on Aug. 5. In 1988 he graduated from Great Bend High School and in September 1990, he joined the United States Navy.

August 20, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


After School Care Decision Time

You have probably all watched the Home Alone movies and thought "there is no way that could happen to our family!" However, there are so many things that could happen when children are left to fend for themselves that we do need to take a closer look. What is the 'magical' age when children can be left safely at home alone? There is no easy answer. In fact, it is different for different children. Some children may be comfortable and responsible when left for short periods of time when they are ten or eleven years of age. Others may not ...

August 13, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


U.S. Air Force Airman Alexander A. Davis graduates basic military training

U.S. Air Force Airman Alexander A. Davis graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

August 06, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Food Safety Training for employees is August 17

Five main reasons people become ill from eating some foods include:

August 06, 2016 | Donna Krug, Family & Consumer Science Agent – K-State Research & Extension – Barton County | Local Life


Back to School Tips

Every year I find myself saying the same four words, "Where did summer go?" Families with kids adapted to a summer schedule filled with t-ball, camp, swimming lessons, and 4-H activities and now the schedule is about to change again! With the start of school just a few short weeks away it is the perfect time to call a family meeting and get everyone on board with the new routine.

July 30, 2016 | Donna Krug, Family & Consumer Science Agent – K-State Research & Extension – Barton County | Local Life


Fluids Important to Manage Heat, Humidity Safely

I guess you could say "The Heat is on!" But after all it is July and County Fairs are in full swing, so what else could we expect? As we complete another week of triple digit heat it seems like the perfect time to remind everyone about the importance of staying hydrated. Drinking at least eight cups of fluid a day is recommended under normal circumstances and more is needed as summer temperatures and humidity rise. Sometimes we forget that 55-75 percent of our body's weight is water; the brain is 70 percent water; blood is 82 percent water ...

July 23, 2016 | Donna Krug, Family & Consumer Science Agent – K-State Research & Extension – Barton County | Local Life


Preserving the Harvest

Wheat harvest has come to an end but home gardens are nearing their peak production. When that happens, I notice an increase in the calls I receive related to safe food preservation practices. I have invited Karen Blakeslee, our Rapid Response Coordinator, at K-State Research & Extension, to bring a hands-on food preservation workshop to Great Bend. The workshop is set for Friday, July 22, from 9 a.m. – 4:30 pm. and it will be held at the Great Bend High School Family & Consumer Science classroom. There is a $15 charge payable to Barton County Extension by Wednesday, the 20th ...

July 16, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Cook's Corner

The poet Lemm Sissay says, "We are our story." It's so simple and yet so true. Each of us is walking around with a story of who we are and how we fit into the world. Although we may not realize it, this story is affecting every decision we make, how we interact with others, what we expect from the world, and what we give to those around us.

July 09, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Marsh Musings

Harvest is in full tilt going great guns! The yield has been good and the price of wheat is dropping as expected. Hopefully, nobody has used their hail insurance. This is one of the best times to live in Kansas! I cut wheat up here when I was in high school and still remember the cucumbers in cream, the bierocks, the pies and the weather. It has not changed very much.

July 09, 2016 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


#BCYPproud

Barton County Young Professionals is a dynamic group. The opportunities to network, to learn from one another, to socialize with one another, and to promote the community are important to the individual and to Barton County. These opportunities are important because those who are willing to dedicate their time now are likely the leaders of tomorrow.

July 09, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


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Celebrate Family Day September 26

Hectic work schedule? Busy with after-school activities? Do outside influences interfere with your family's dinnertime? Mark Monday, Sept. 26, on your calendar and get ...

September 24, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Cook’s Library with Patsy

Our family recently lost my sister-in-law Mattie. Because I was born so late in my parents' lives, my brothers were married with children before I ...

September 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


4-H Results from the Kansas State Fair

Barton County 4-H members placed with high ratings at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. In order to advance to the state fair, 4-H members ...

September 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Barton County Young Professionsals proud

When I moved back to the Great Bend area (I'm a Claflin kid) in 2011 after living in metro areas for six years, I ...

September 24, 2016 | Brandon Steinert | Local Life


Don’t Let Medicare Fraud Happen to You

Almost daily the news shares accounts of fraud being committed. From identity theft to scams that target our older population there are some very convincing ...

September 17, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Quilting/trunk show

A quilting/trunk show by Pat Knoechel will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at the at First Presbyterian Church, 24th ...

September 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Marsh Musings

Lake Wilson has been so low for a few years that it was almost impossible to launch a boat. Fishing was difficult due to shallow ...

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


When the Power Goes Out, Can Food Be Saved?

Continuing the Food Safety theme I started in last weeks' column I want to address a question I receive when the power goes off. "Can ...

September 10, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


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