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Turkey questions and answers

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.

November 17, 2013 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Maintain Don’t Gain Challenge is Underway

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!

November 10, 2013 | | Local Life


Diabetes is a Family Affair

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.

November 03, 2013 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Four generations of the Cook family

October 27, 2013 | Nick Grubbe | Local Life


Flick four generations

October 27, 2013 | | Local Life


Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Jonathan N. Piland graduates

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Jonathan N. Piland, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.

October 27, 2013 | | Local Life


Volunteers in Action/RSVP news

To all Medicare beneficiaries: I know you are aware that open enrollment for Medicare Part D has begun. Beginning 10/15/13 through 12/07/13, you have the opportunity to examine options available with the private insurance companies that offer prescription drug coverage through Medicare Part D for 2014. I can tell you that there are significant changes in the plans from 2013 based on the people I have assisted already, so it is really important that you review your coverage for 2014. Everyone should have received a packet from the current insurance company with projected changes for 2014 ...

October 20, 2013 | | Local Life


Informational meeting set to help understand health care reform

Do you know how the new health care law will affect you? The Affordable Care Act (also known as health care reform or Obamacare) was passed into law in March 2010 and upheld by the Supreme Court in July 2012. Some provisions, like children staying on their parents´ insurance up to age 26 and prescription drug discounts to help close the "donut hole" for Medicare seniors, started immediately. However, the biggest changes under the Affordable Care Act are set to begin on Jan. 1, 2014.

October 20, 2013 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Four generations of Reiser/Converse family

October 20, 2013 | | Local Life


Local resident participates in Kansas Silver Haired Legislature session in Topeka

Shirley Endlsey of Great Bend recently returned from Topeka where she participated in the 30th Annual Kansas Silver Haired Legislature as a Delegate from Barton County. The organization, established by the Kansas Legislature, consists of individuals, aged 60 and older, elected by their peers to develop bills and resolutions that are of interest to Kansas Seniors and their families.

October 13, 2013 | | Local Life


There’s No Place Like Home

By the time you read this I will be heading back to the office after a most memorable trip that combined business and pleasure. In mid-September, my husband, John, and I loaded up the van, (complete with tandem bike) and headed east. Our first stop was at the K-State campus where I picked up the poster that I would share during a session at the Galaxy Conference for Extension Professionals in Pittsburgh, PA. The conference had nearly 3,000 registered from all of the different areas of Extension programming. It was fun sharing my "Action Plan for Healthy Living" with ...

October 13, 2013 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Tajchman attends international conferences

Kristina Tajchman, daughter of Lloyd and Gerry Boger of Great Bend, recently returned from a two-month trip to Munich, Germany, and Prague, Czech Republic, where she took part in several international energy conferences. She was accompanied on the trip by her sister, Renee, and nephew, Justin Owen, of Great Bend.

October 11, 2013 | | Local Life


October is Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month

Living in the wide open spaces of Kansas helps a person appreciate the relatively clean air quality outdoors. But since many people spend a significant amount of time indoors, October is the perfect time to be reminded of indoor air quality.

October 06, 2013 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Kansas State Fair 4-H Results

Did you have a chance to visit the showcase of 4-H talent in 4-H Centennial Hall at the Kansas State Fair? If not, put that on your bucket list and plan to visit the Fair next year. You will be impressed with the exhibits on display.

September 22, 2013 | Berny Unruh | Local Life


Food Safety is Serious Business

Since September is designated as Food Safety Awareness Month it provides the perfect time to share reminders about this serious topic. Who out there hasn't experienced flu like symptoms and blamed it on something they ate? The truth is that most of the food borne illnesses begin with symptoms like nausea, diarrhea, and even fever. Taking a few minutes to reinforce some of the most important food safety rules will hopefully help you beat the odds of ever experiencing a foodborne illness.

September 22, 2013 | Donna Krug | Local Life


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Wetland Explorer

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 ...

October 01, 2016 | Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager | Local Life


Wetland Explorer

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 ...

October 01, 2016 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

September 17, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


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