The saying, "A picture is worth 1,000 words" is so true. In the case of our four grandchildren the texts and FaceTime minutes help us manage in between visits. Still nothing compares to actually seeing, hugging and interacting with the kids. As we enter the holiday season, families across the country hardly need a reminder that Nov. 20 through the 26th, is designated as National Family Week.
More and more baby boomers are reaching age 65 each year and have an opportunity to apply for Medicare benefits. People under 65 with certain disabilities, and people of any age with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) are also eligible for Medicare. As a SHICK (Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas) counselor, I can help Medicare recipients take a look at their Part D (Prescription Drug Plan) and hopefully find them a more affordable plan.
If my memory is correct, that was/is the logo for the state of New Mexico. I remember thinking that "Land of Enchantment" would be appropriate for lots of places all over the world. I have been very fortunate to have been able to travel to a lot of them-and have some more on my bucket list. I never thought in my younger days that a wet spot in Kansas would be the poster child of my ideas about enchanted places.
Halloween's excitement often causes children to forget to be careful. There is no single trick to making the fall holiday a treat, but paying attention to safety details can prevent harm. Trick-or-treaters who rush from house to house may increase their risk of slipping or falling or being involved in a motor vehicle pedestrian accident. Parents can overestimate children's street-crossing skills. Likewise, children sometimes fail to evaluate potential traffic threats, have slower sensory perception and are unable to predict driver behavior.
October 29, 2016|
Donna Krug, Family & Consumer Science Agent – K-State Research & Extension – Barton County
Since I was about five years old, the fall has absolutely kept me in a state of excitement. My father started taking me with him on his weekly quail hunts at that age. I would walk as far as my skinny legs could go, and he would carry me for as far as he could, and then he would leave me in a dry wash or creek bed (there is no more water in the Texas Panhandle than there is in central Kansas…) and he would make a 30 minute hunt and come back to get me. I always remember ...
Barton County 4-H members in the archery and small bore rifle participated in shooting sports events at the state level to finish up the 4-H year. For the second year in a row, Sam McGinnis placed first overall in the Bowhunter archery class in the senior division and will get an invitation to shoot at National. Colton McPherson placed first as a junior in Barebow in FITA and second in 3D with a second place overall finish.
Before we turn the calendar to November, I am reminded that October is recognized as Indoor Air Quality Awareness month. Back in August I attended an update about mold and mildew in the home and I came back quite excited. I know you are thinking I must be crazy to get excited about mold and mildew. However, the information presented that day has prompted me to spend some time this month reminding families just how important it is to breathe clean air.
When it comes to spooky Halloween tales, sometimes the real life ones can be scarier than any fiction! In the spirit of the season, let's take a look at some of the real life monsters creeping into our state – invasive species!
October 22, 2016|
Jean Aycock, KWEC Educator
Nearly every day a first impression is made by someone we come in contact with. The past couple of weeks have provided several of those experiences with me. After participating in a professional development conference in Big Sky, Mont., my husband John, and I, began a tour of the great Northwest. Of course, we took our tandem bike along with a goal of riding it in every state we would pass through. The river trail in Lewiston, Idaho, provided breathtaking scenery. Other beautiful spots gave me photo ops as we followed a western route down the coast, and into the ...
Fall is a busy time of year at the wetlands of Central Kansas. Waves of birds migrate through the area, being pushed in by each weather front that comes through. Regular users of Cheyenne Bottoms wait in anticipation of each new wave of birds coming to the area. In particular, hunters are eager to see large flocks of ducks and geese careening through the wetlands as temperatures begin to drop.
October 01, 2016|
Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager
The fall migration is upon us! Teal season was a bit sparse since not very many showed up. It was still warm up north, and the migration hadn't really started. It is cooling down now, so the birds will be coming through with enthusiasm in short order.