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Simple seasonal

The calendar says the first day of summer is just a week away. With warmer temperatures here for awhile you may be looking for some recipes that are healthy but won't heat up the kitchen. My "go to" cookbook to utilize summer produce is the Rolling Prairie Cookbook authored by Nancy O'Connor. The book, divided into three categories: fruits, herbs and vegetables includes over 130 recipes celebrating fresh produce. I visited with the author earlier this year and received permission to include several recipes in a new fact sheet I have written. The fact sheet titled, "Simple Seasonal ...

June 14, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Watkins military promotion

Adam Watkins and his wife Caitlyn Watkins were recently honored by Major General Scott Miller, the commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, Ga. General Miller promoted Adam from the rank of Sergeant to Staff Sergeant and also officiated a swearing-in ceremony on Adam for an additional four years of service. Caitlyn was presented a Certificate of Appreciation.

June 14, 2015 | | Local Life


Bird graduates basic training

U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Samuel T. Bird graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.

June 07, 2015 | | Local Life


National American Miss Kansas pageant

June 07, 2015 | | Local Life


USS Long Beach CGN-9 Association reunion

The 2015 reunion of the USS Long Beach CGN-9 Association will be held from Sept. 14 to Sept. 20 at the Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk in Jacksonville, Fla. For more information call Don Shade at 866-352-2469 or 716-569-2314 or email lbcgn9@aol.com.

June 07, 2015 | | Local Life


Working Women of WWII

American Rosie the Riveter Association is trying to locate women who worked on the home front during World War II. Thousands of women worked to support the war effort as riveters, welders, electricians, inspectors in plants, sewing clothing and parachutes for the military, ordnance workers, rolling bandages, clerical, farming, and many other jobs such as volunteer workers collecting scrap metals and other critical materials. These women have stories of their WWII experiences that are of historical value and perhaps have never been told. American Rosie the Riveter Association would like to acknowledge these women with a certificate and have their ...

June 07, 2015 | | Local Life


The Fair is Coming

In less than a month pre-fair activities will be history and the opening day of the 2015 version of the Barton County Fair will be here. I hope many of you reading this column will consider making an exhibit of your own this year. Whether it is a jar of jelly or freshly baked pie, a crocheted afghan, quilt, or other handiwork, there is a class for just about everything. I am always amazed at the talent shown by exhibitors in the arts and crafts, woodworking, and photography division. Garden produce and flowers may also be entered and they really ...

June 07, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Here is an idea: save a selfie for a real accomplishment!

There are signs that the hottest fad of pop culture is having a bad year: The selfie. And I'm ecstatic.

June 07, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


Focus on Healthy Snacking this Summer

Kids are enjoying the first few days of summer vacation but that does not mean that learning has to take a vacation; especially in the area of nutrition education. I remember when John and I were raising our three kids that our summer grocery bill jumped considerably. It would have been easy to fall into the trap of stocking up on the many processed foods on the market and offering those to our busy family. Instead I tried to make sure we had the refrigerator and pantry stocked with healthy choices for meals and snacks.

May 31, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


New autism support group plans meeting

The statistics are frightening and seem to get worse all the time. Science is still at a loss as to how and why the incidences are increasing. And there is no cure. That is the stark reality of autism. And receiving a diagnosis for someone you love is life changing. For many families in Great Bend and the surrounding area, autism is something they must deal with every day. It can be isolating, lonely, and scary and resources in this area of the state are very limited. Fortunately, three area agencies are working together to form Connecting the Pieces-a ...

May 31, 2015 | | Local Life


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


Plan for a safe canning season

One ritual of spring is planting a garden. And for many home gardeners, this includes plans for preserving and canning the year's bounteous produce.

May 10, 2015 | | Local Life


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Who Knows What????

Harvest is here. Combines, trucks, chaff and grain. Kansas big heart is beating in the hot sun and wind. The heritage of history to support our families and validate the wisdom of our forefathers who risked everything to come here is palpable and visible in the faces of our farmers. It is religious to watch this process draw families, neighbors, custom-cutting visitors and friends together to process the harvest. It was nail-biting to get the rain and risk not getting into the fields in time. Kansas seems to grin at that possibility and solved the problem with 100 degrees and ...

June 28, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Barton County Fair

Next week marks the beginning of my 26th year as your Barton County Family and Consumer Science Agent. The old adage "Time flies when you are having fun" is definitely true. It does not seem like a year has passed since I was ordering bread for the 4-H barbecue or lining up roasters for preparing the baked beans. Hopefully you have connected with a 4-H member to purchase your barbecue ticket. Prices do increase after July 1st.

June 28, 2015 | | Local Life


Celebrating Dads on Father’s Day

I hope that your family takes time to celebrate with dad on his special day. Not a day goes by that I don't think of my own father. Even though he's been gone nearly 10 years I appreciate the role model he was to our family. A hard working farmer, he was totally outnumbered with a wife and three daughters. He taught us a lot of things and provided opportunities for us to attend college. He even took the time to be a 4-H community club leader for many years. He was a wonderful caregiver to my mother ...

June 21, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


There’s nothing like a vole-filled yard to put a DIY guy up on a ladder

A long time ago, I was a "do it yourself" guy. All that changed in roughly December 1991. I remember it well.

June 21, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


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