Happy May Day! I hope you are able to enjoy the sights and sounds of spring in the days ahead. Even though I did not inherit the green thumb both my grandmothers and my mother had, I have a love of beautiful flowers and foliage plants. I try not to get too anxious to get my plants before it has warmed up to stay. The trick in central Kansas seems to be the placement of plants so they can withstand dry and windy conditions!
USS Columbus CA-74/CG-12/SSN-762 reunion will be held Sept. 21 through Sept. 24, at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington, Va. Contact Allen R. Hope, President, at 3828 Hobson Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46815-4505; phone (260) 486-2221 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastern time; Fax: 260-492-9771; or email: Hope4391@ frontier.com
The Tractor Safety Course for Barton County youth age 13-18 will be held Saturday, April 30, from 8 am to 5 pm at Barton Community College CNH Training Facility. Pre-registration is required, so please stop by the Barton County Extension Office, 1800 12th Street (on the corner of 12th and Baker Streets) to enroll, pay the fee and pickup your notebook. The cost of the class is $15 and registration is requested by April 26.
Navy and Marine Corps shipmates who served on the USS COLUMBUS CA-74/CG-12 from 1944 through 1976 and the USS COLUMBUS (SSN-762) past and present, that would like to share memories and camaraderie with old friends and make new ones, can contact Allen R. Hope, President, 3828 Hobson Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46815-4505; phone (260) 486-2221 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastern time; fax: 260-492-9771; or email: Hope4391@ frontieLcom
The Heartland Cancer Center Cancer Support Group meeting will be held 2 p.m. onTuesday at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland. The meeting is open to all cancer survivors and their families. Anyone wanting to know more about the disease, treatment, caring for or living with cancer are invited. New comers are always welcome. The summer schedule and activities for the group will be set at the April meeting. Any questions, please contact Dana Foss at 620-793-5811.
In Great Bend, Kan., in the mid '60s, there was no such thing as separation of church and state. Not that I could tell, at least.
Army National Guard Spec. Graham D. Neeland has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
Army National Guard Pvt. Tyler J. Brough has graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The training consists of Basic Infantry Training and Advanced Individual Training.
Barton County 4-H will be host to the State 4-H Shooting Sports competition Saturday, April 16, at the Expo grounds west of Great Bend. The disciplines included in this competition are Air Rifle, Air Pistol and BB gun. There are over 250 4-H members age 9 -18 years old registered for the event.
Many times ethnic foods are popular choices because of their spiciness. Our "south of the border friends" have a knack for incorporating chili peppers and turmeric in their dishes. Indian cuisine includes the use of curry and Asian dishes are often sprinkled with ginger juice or soy sauce. Herbs and spices have been used for centuries to season and flavor foods. In prehistoric times, people discovered that certain parts of plants made food taste better. Herbs were the flavoring of the common people, often grown in kitchen gardens or gathered in the woods. Modern consumers use both herbs and spices ...
Nothing gives me more pleasure than spending time with my three year old granddaughter, Calyn. Since she accompanied her parents to Washington D.C. over spring break I made sure we got some quality time together before she left. When she comes to spend the night I'm reminded about how curious she can be. Children should be curious, but curiosity can turn dangerous if kids are getting under the kitchen sink or into the medicine cabinet where hazardous chemicals and adult medicines are kept. In recognition of National Poison Prevention Week, I want to use my column space today ...
By Curtis Wolf
eal management for an active family can be challenging at best. Busy households may sacrifice eating a healthy diet when dashing through the drive through or preparing processed foods at home. Even couples or single folks tell me that it is easy to get into a rut when it comes to meal planning. With the cost of food taking a sizable portion of our spendable income, what can we do to make meal planning fun again and get organized to save some food dollars? Look no further than a class that we are co-sponsoring with the Great Bend recreation center.
This is a nationwide effort to recognize the efforts of those who serve Friendship Meals to seniors. This program is offered in the month of March and public officials are invited to participate. The Great Bend-based Eldercare is the local sponsoring, agency for the meals, covering 28 southwest Kansas counties. "They encourage us to invite mayors in to help serve."
The Kansans Optimizing Health Program (KOHP for short) is set to begin again soon. A total of twenty-five individuals who are either dealing with a chronic illness or providing care for someone have participated in the first two 6-week workshops. The program, developed by Stanford University, has helped participants across the U.S. and many foreign countries learn strategies to improve their health – one step at a time.
A recent change to bedbug fumigation will make it more cost-effective to get rid of the pests, thanks to research from Kansas State University.
How long do cats live?
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