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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


Celebrate Bike to Work Week

Since May 11-15, is designated as "Bike to Work Week" it seems fitting that I share my passion for this fun activity in my column space today. Although research shows around 1 percent of adult Americans commute to work by bicycle, roughly 41 percent of work commutes are shorter than 5 miles. If I ride to work in the morning, home for lunch and home again at the end of the day I will log a total of 7 miles. Unless it is below 20 degrees or icy underfoot, you are likely to see me in my hi-vis green jacket ...

May 10, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Cinco de Mayo committee

May 10, 2015 | | Local Life


Ode to Ramona Jean and her baby grand piano

There was a time in this country when every home included three things: green shag carpet, an RCA record player and an ashtray. In the late '60s you could add something else to that list: an upright piano.

May 10, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


Breastfeeding is best, but what if breast milk is limited or unavailable?

There may be no greater joy than welcoming a baby into the world, and many moms want to give their babies the best start possible by breastfeeding. For some, however, the amount of milk they produce is limited. For others, the baby may be unable to nurse. And for many adoptive mothers, using one's own breast milk is not an option.

May 03, 2015 | | Local Life


Radon test kits available for one dollar

Earlier this year I completed a grant application through the Kansas Radon Program. The grant was approved so I have radon test kits available at the Barton County Extension Office for $1 for a limited time. The kits will be sold one per family on a first come/first served basis.

May 01, 2015 | BY DONNA KRUG Family And Consumer Science Agent With K-State Research A | Local Life


Does a Reverse Mortgage Make Sense for You?

The recent economic challenges have affected many retired individuals' ability to pay for everyday living expenses as well as major unexpected expenses. Because many Americans have put such a high emphasis on home ownership, the majority of their wealth may be tied up in home equity, limiting their ability to access money to pay expenses. For many individuals in this circumstance, reverse mortgages are attractive because of their ability to provide access to home equity, while retaining the borrower's right to live in their home. However, reverse mortgages are complex financial products that carry significant impacts on the long ...

April 26, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


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Home Canning Gaining in Popularity Again

Just as fashions repeat themselves every 20 – 30 years and home décor makes us think "déjà vu" home canning is currently enjoying resurgence ...

August 02, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Beat the Heat with Plenty of Fluids

We made it through the Barton County Fair with just a couple of really hot days. Some of the surrounding counties have not been that ...

July 26, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


It’s time to divide Bearded Iris

Showy, elegant, and easy are terms that describe bearded iris flowers, and because they grow so well in the heartland, it's a good idea ...

July 26, 2015 | | Local Life


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