By the time you read this most likely the packages that were under your tree will have been opened and you will be preparing for the start of 2014. As you reflect back on the happenings of 2013 I hope you have some happy memories.
The gift giving season does not need to end with the Christmas season. There are gifts that we can give our children every day of their lives. These are gifts that cannot be bought, but come from the heart.
Those flu bugs are nasty this year, and with so many families spending time together over the holidays, it is likely that you or someone close to you will catch it. The information that crosses my desk about avoiding contagious illnesses is consistent. WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN. Washing your hands at every step in the food preparation process will certainly help from spreading those germs. Whenever you touch your face or hair, or after sneezing or coughing into your hand you will want to wash. Reminding children to wash up after they have been playing outside, or with the family ...
Army National Guard Pvt. Lane F. Jacobs has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.
Caitlin Schilowsky of Great Bend has been selected to participate in the 2014 Miss Kansas USA/Teen USA Pageant on Dec. 21 and 22 in Wichita. She is the daughter of Paul Schilowsky of Hoisington and Sheila Schilowsky of Great Bend. She will be competing as Miss Sunflower State and will compete in swimsuit, evening gown and personal interview competitions. The pageant has two age divisions and the winners will go on to represent our state in the 2014 Miss USA and Miss Teen USA Pageant. The Miss USA Pageant system stress good morals, physical fitness, communication skills, social awareness ...
The USS Tarawa CV-40 & LHA-1 will hold its 25th reunion on April 24-27 in Branson, Mo. For membership and reunion information contact Ken Underdown, President, at 31 Islet Road, Levittown, Pa. 19057, 215-547-0245; or Walter Tothero, Membership/Treasurer, at 106 N. Tranquil Trail, Crawfordsville, In. 47933, 765-362-6937.
Christmas did not begin as a commercialized holiday, but you would probably agree that it has become one. We can emphasize the spirit of Christmas to our children by giving gifts that we make, and encourage them to make gifts for others. The planning that goes into the gifts is half the fun. It's fun to see my five year old granddaughter, Calyn, enjoying the bright pink scarf I knitted for her last year. Now I am busily working on a turquoise colored one for little sister, Camdyn. I also decided last month to use fabrics from my stash ...
Christmas, lamentation, October air and memory will express themselves musically at Fort Hays State University's first concert in December.
Combat Systems Officers Graduate, United States Air Force, Pensacola, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fl.
An offer to host a holiday meal need not add unnecessary stress to your life. From purchasing the turkey to handling the leftovers, there are some good rules to follow. If you have additional questions that I may not have included please call me at the Extension Office.
The next few weeks undoubtedly are challenging in many ways. Staying focused on health and wellness during the busy holiday season may seem impossible. Maintaining your body weight can be difficult and studies show that the average person gains between 1-5 pounds during the winter holidays. The "Maintain Don't Gain Challenge" will encourage you to practice habits that are supportive of maintaining your weight while you celebrate a healthy holiday season!
National Diabetes month is observed in November. The theme this year is "Diabetes is a Family Affair." Diabetes is a challenging disease that affects the entire family in many ways. If you are living with diabetes or have a loved one with the disease, family support is very important when it comes to managing diabetes and preventing serious health problems. It is also important to know that if you have a family history of diabetes – such as a mother, father, brother, or sister – you are at a greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
The Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE) announced Thursday the recipients of the 2014 Excellence in Conservation and Environmental Education Awards. Among the winners was Pam Martin of the Kansas Wetland Education Center, Great Bend.
The definition of "Spring Fever" is: the lazy or restless feeling often associated with the onset of spring. I don't know about you, but I have a serious case of it. As I get older I find myself enjoying cold weather and icy conditions less and less. I used to say that I didn't mind a snow storm as long as the power stays on. I am rethinking that statement too. I know the crops need plenty of snow and temperatures that keep things dormant until the proper time. Even so, I look forward to the sunny and ...
Air Force Airman Christopher S. Collicott Jr. graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
February may be the shortest month of the year but it is an especially good time to recognize the importance of making lifestyle changes related to heart health. Is it true that you are what you eat? When it comes to heart health, the answer is a resounding "Yes!" Eating the right way is not about dieting, which is really a temporary change in your eating habits to lose a few pounds; it is about making better choices every day so that they become second nature.
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