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4-step plan for waking teenagers

I'm not a doctor, but I play one at home. I'm a sleep specialist. And for most of the summer I've been conducting a clinical trial of sleep disorders. My patients: two of my teenage sons. The ones not yet old enough for a summer job.

February 03, 2013 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


Tracking and prioritizing spending

It's hard to believe that the first month of 2013 is almost over. If you are like me, you are just now getting used to writing 2013 on letters and checks. Since it is still early in the year it is a great time to talk about the money management resources we have available at the Barton County Extension Office.

January 27, 2013 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Among family treasures, it’s the ties that bind

Your children eventually reach the age when you can entrust them with family heirlooms. For daughters, that is around 22. For sons, it's 45. When it arrives, daughters get jewelry, place settings and quilts. Boys? Cigar boxes, pocket knives and money clips. But last week I went out on a limb and decided it was time to give son Tommy something I truly valued. And while I deliver the punch line, refrain from that sip of coffee. Because I gave him some of my neckties.

January 20, 2013 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


It’s time to take action against radon

What gas is odorless, colorless, and tasteless, but is cited as the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers? If you guessed radon you are absolutely right. Since January is Radon Action Awareness Month it is the perfect time to bring you up to date on this important topic.

January 18, 2013 | | Local Life


Start 2013 with an action plan for healthy living

A long and healthy life doesn't just happen. Everyday choices influence your quality of life. From healthy food choices, becoming more physically active, to working to improve a bad habit or behavior, there are many strategies to try. I will be presenting "Action Plan for Healthy Living" twice next week, sharing 15 lifestyle strategies for you to try.

January 13, 2013 | Donna Krug | Local Life


RSVP Column

Thanks to all the people that donated their time and efforts to making lap robes and caps for the Fort Dodge Christmas Project. The Ladies Auxiliary for American Legion Argonne Post 180 collected donations and presents that were delivered to the residents of the facility all of whom served in some branch of the military. Among the presents delivered were 75 lap robes and 50 adult winter caps made by RSVP volunteers and other volunteers from our community. According to Carol Danielson who helped with the delivery, the veterans were so surprised and pleased to receive the handmade items. The ...

January 06, 2013 | | Local Life


Me, organized? Let me think about it...

In two weeks, the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) will hold their annual meeting in New Orleans. I am not invited. Neither will I be participating in their 9th annual Get Organized Month, which is designed to "focus national attention on how getting organized empowers people to take back control over their time, inboxes, paperwork and possessions."

December 30, 2012 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


Despite winter, its time to think gardening

With temperatures hovering into the teens it is hard to envision the subject I want to talk about today; that is gardening. Yes, you heard me right. There are actually two applications I want to share information with you about so that we can put our sights on warmer weather activities.

December 28, 2012 | BY DONNA KRUG | Local Life


Holiday spirit

There is nothing like watching the Sunday School children's Christmas program to get you in the spirit of the season. Our four year old granddaughter, Calyn, took her part seriously as Mary in the manger scene. The message and songs of the evening reminded us that it is not the expensive gifts, but rather time spent together that makes the holidays special. Make sure that your holiday traditions exemplify your values. Time spent playing board or card games together, viewing your communities' Christmas lights, or enjoying a sing-a-long can help define the holidays in a way that is meaningful ...

December 23, 2012 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Wetland Explorer

People who feed birds often curse them, but for viewing fun, you can't beat a fox squirrel. With tree branches stripped of leaves, these furry aerialists' antics are easily viewed from the comfort of your home during the winter season.

December 16, 2012 | By Pam Martin Kansas Department Wildlife, Parks and Tourism educator | Local Life


Let’s have peace on earth for Christmas

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December 15, 2012 | BY MATT KEENAN | Local Life


Children stepping up to help others

Heartwarming stories about people thinking of others at holiday time are surfacing in the news. Today I want to share a story about some thoughtful youngsters who are at work right in our own community. Earlier this fall I met with Cindy Warner, with the Great Bend Recreation Commission, to plan some basic sewing skills classes. The first project was to teach class participants how to construct a pillow or quilt from T-shirts. Our project in October was to make a quilt from Relay for Life shirts donated in memory of Sister Lorena who was killed in a tragic accident ...

December 15, 2012 | | Local Life


Five Steps to Extend the Life of Your Holiday Trees and Plants, Enhance Your Indoor Décor and Reduc

The holidays can be a wonderful, yet stressful time. Reduce stress and enhance your families' enjoyment this season by increasing the benefits of holiday décor and gifts and by taking a few shortcuts to properly care for holiday trees and plants.

December 09, 2012 | Melinda Myers | Local Life


The Christmas Tree: the year fake beat out real

Someone famously said that Christmas comes in four phases. First you believe in Santa, then you don't, next you become Santa, and then you look like Santa. But enough about me.

December 09, 2012 | | Local Life


2012 Extension Appreciation Award

Each year the Executive Board selects someone who has dedicated a significant amount of time to Extension educational programs in Barton County to receive the Extension Appreciation Award. This year the honoree named was Karen Kramp from Ellinwood.

December 09, 2012 | Berny Unruh Barton County 4-H and Youth Development | Local Life


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Summer Picnic Season Begins Now

The celebrations surrounding the Memorial Day weekend oftentimes include a picnic or barbecue. With warmer weather here, it is important that you consider food safety tips so none of your guests take home an unwanted foodborne illness.

May 24, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Grow Your Best Tomato Yet

Nothing beats the flavor of fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes. Make this your biggest and tastiest tomato harvest yet with proper planting and care.

May 17, 2015 | Melinda Myers | Local Life


Responding to Invitations is Common Courtesy

With graduations, weddings and other special occasions upon us I am guessing you have received a few invitations in your mailbox asking for your RSVP. The term RSVP comes from a French expression, meaning "please respond". If RSVP is written on an invitation it means the invited guest must tell the host whether or not they plan to attend the party. It does not mean to respond only if you're coming, and it does not mean respond only if you're not coming (the expression "regrets only" is reserved for that instance). It means the host needs a definite ...

May 17, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


College: the years of living dangerously

Today our son Robert is graduating from KU. We are celebrating. Not his graduation with a job, but something else: He's still living.

May 17, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


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