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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


It’s a Long Ride to Clyde

Many of you who know my husband John and me have heard the news that our daughter, son-in-law, and three of our precious grandkids are moving to Clyde, Kansas. An opportunity for Art to advance his career and for our daughter, Kristen, to be a stay-at-home mom, factored into their difficult decision. The move is just about complete, so once our Fair activities are over, they will have time to get settled in before school starts.

July 02, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


The Wetland Explorer

Each year scientists capture and place bands on over a million birds across North America. Several types of bands are used, but the most common ones are small aluminum leg bands which are stamped with a unique number and other information for reporting a band that is found.

June 25, 2016 | Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager | Local Life


Barton County Young Professionals literacy kits

United Way of Central Kansas is involved with the Barton County Young Professionals to ensure that the community, its agencies and its programs will continue with the next generation of young leaders.

June 25, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Cook’s Library with Patsy

My friend Debbie participated in a community sing-along during a trip to Colorado and fell in love with the idea. She thought it would be a really cool event to replicate.

June 25, 2016 | Patsy Terrell | Local Life


Drink Plenty of Water in this Heat What is the substance that contains zero calories, makes up 60 p

What is the substance that contains zero calories, makes up 60 percent of our body weight and is practically free? The answer is water. Two thirds of our bodies are composed of water, making it the body's most vital nutrient.

June 18, 2016 | Donna Krug, Family & Consumer Science Agent – K-State Research & Extension – Barton County | Local Life


Marsh Musings

The Mississippi Kites are here! These beautiful birds get a lot of bad press and pressure because they are one of the most territorial birds in our area. Their big mistake is that they assume humans are a threat to their nests or kids. They dive bomb people with a lot of energy and actually will touch a hat or someone's hair or scalp when they ride by on a bike or walk in the area. They have a penetrating call when they attack and scare us to death. The game wardens and I get lots of these calls ...

June 11, 2016 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

August 20, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


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