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Celebrate Family Day September 26

Hectic work schedule? Busy with after-school activities? Do outside influences interfere with your family's dinnertime? Mark Monday, Sept. 26, on your calendar and get ready to celebrate Family Day. For the past twelve years the fourth Monday of September has been noted as Family Day, a national effort to promote family dinners as an effective way to reduce youth substance abuse and other risky behaviors. Research by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University consistently finds that the more often children eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or ...

September 24, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Cook’s Library with Patsy

Our family recently lost my sister-in-law Mattie. Because I was born so late in my parents' lives, my brothers were married with children before I came along, so Mattie has always been part of my life. She was in the family before I was.

September 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


4-H Results from the Kansas State Fair

Barton County 4-H members placed with high ratings at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. In order to advance to the state fair, 4-H members must qualify at the county fair or in some cases in a district contest. In some contests only one member is allowed to represent Barton County and in some divisions all qualifying exhibits are allowed to enter.

September 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Barton County Young Professionsals proud

When I moved back to the Great Bend area (I'm a Claflin kid) in 2011 after living in metro areas for six years, I experienced a bit of culture shock. The rural area pace was enjoyable and the people were friendly, but much was left to be desired in terms of pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, avenues for social engagement with other young people and young families, and it was hard to know how to get involved and plugged in from a civic engagement standpoint, even having grown up in the area. Barton County Young Professionals changed that in what ...

September 24, 2016 | Brandon Steinert | Local Life


Don’t Let Medicare Fraud Happen to You

Almost daily the news shares accounts of fraud being committed. From identity theft to scams that target our older population there are some very convincing con artists out there. Don't let your guard down or you may be the next victim.

September 17, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


When the Power Goes Out, Can Food Be Saved?

Continuing the Food Safety theme I started in last weeks' column I want to address a question I receive when the power goes off. "Can the food in my refrigerator and freezer be saved?" Here are some great tips to tuck in a drawer if you need them someday.

September 10, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Quilting/trunk show

A quilting/trunk show by Pat Knoechel will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at the at First Presbyterian Church, 24th & Washington, Great Bend. This program is free and open to the public.

September 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Marsh Musings

Lake Wilson has been so low for a few years that it was almost impossible to launch a boat. Fishing was difficult due to shallow water and a very irregular bottom. We couldn't access Horse Shoe Bend or any of our favorite spots in the west end. That has now changed! The recent and on-going big rains have dumped LOTS of water into the Saline River and Lake Wilson. We can launch a boat at Elm Creek now-and that hasn't happened for years.

September 10, 2016 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


“Notorious Virus” is Theme for National Food Safety Month

September is designated as Food Safety month, so it is a perfect time to share information about a new campaign. National Food Safety Month was created in 1994 to heighten the awareness of food safety education. Each year, new materials are created to help reinforce proper food safety practices and procedures. This year's theme for National Food Safety Month is "Notorious Virus!" This play on words makes us think about a leading cause of foodborne illness – Norovirus. Norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis. It spreads easily and is often called the stomach flu. It transmits easily ...

September 03, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Cook’s Library with Patsy

"On Your Marks, Get Set, Bake!" Those words from co-hosts Sue and Mel start every timed contest on the Great British Baking Show. Cooking shows are nothing new – not since Julia Child, anyway. But this one has home cooks as contestants, and they are all incredibly talented but unbelievably humble. They start with 12 contenders and one goes home each week until the three finalists battle it out.

September 03, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


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 you a life-long learner? Moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas are never too old to learn something new. I don't mean you have to enroll in a formal class, complete with a syllabus and a final exam. I'm talking about the many classes offered in our community through our Extension offices, 4-H and Youth programs, or recreation centers.

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 an early morning bus or if you provide the ride, make sure time is set aside to eat a healthy breakfast. It has long been reported that breakfast eating is a good thing – first by moms, and then backed up by numerous research studies. Scientists have shown that eating breakfast is important to weight control. It also helps youngsters perform better in school.

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 September 1990, he joined the United States Navy.

August 20, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


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


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Keep Tabs on Holiday Spending

This time of year can get a bit challenging for those who have many names on the gift list but a limited amount of money ...

December 10, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Friends of 4-H Named for 2016

There are many individuals who share their time, talent and resources with the Barton County 4-H program without any expectations of payment. The 2016 Friend ...

December 10, 2016 | Berny Unruh | Local Life


Cook’s Library with Patsy

The Christmas season is a time when people are often a little extra kind and I love that. I hope we can ease into a ...

December 03, 2016 | Patsy Terrell | Local Life


Schridde completes basic training

December 03, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Slow Cooker Season is Here to Stay

Busy families often fall into the trap of preparing convenience foods or going through the drive thru after a hectic day. Especially during the winter ...

November 26, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Wetland Explorer

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism program specialist

November 26, 2016 | Pam Martin | Local Life


Marsh Musings

Thanksgiving this year was very special for us. We had friends of many years appear in Hoisington for the holiday. We have watched the kids ...

November 26, 2016 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


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