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Learning Opportunities for People of All Ages

Three year old granddaughter, Calyn, starts next week as a peer model at Helping Hands Pre-school. It does not feel like sixteen years have passed since our son Matt was a peer model in the same program. I would say the "Helping Hands" program has stood the test of time and shown how successful learning can occur when matching children with special needs along side a few peer models.

August 14, 2011 | | Local Life


AN END OF AN ERA

When the Unified School District 428 School Board Monday voted to sell Shady Grove School, there was one nay vote. Casting that vote was Kevin Mauler.

August 13, 2011 | Dale Hogg | Local Life


Jump Start Your Day with Breakfast

As I begin my twenty-third year in adult education through my job as an Extension Agent I feel blessed to enjoy the variety of each day. While most of my programming is directed toward adults, I also enjoy contact with children of all ages. Nothing pleases me more than sharing nutrition information with a young person and then meeting up with them again and have them say, "Hey, I remember you; you told us to eat more vegetables, or less pop, or whole grains….." Encouraging people of all ages to make healthy food choices is becoming a huge part of ...

August 07, 2011 | | Local Life


RSVP Column

Barton County has a valuable asset that may not be immediately apparent. I'm referring, of course, to the 415 dedicated volunteers with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. RSVP has served Barton County since 1977, almost 35 years. In 2010 alone, 401 volunteers donated 59,000 hours of service to the residents of Barton County. Using the minimum wage of $7.25, those hours translate into almost $4.3 million contributed to non-profits, community agencies and programs, schools, and health care providers.

August 07, 2011 | | Local Life


Funeral for a friend

Matt Keenan

August 07, 2011 | | Local Life


The Wetland Explorer - Nature Deficit Disorder

By Curtis Wolf

July 24, 2011 | | Local Life


A white knuckled cab ride: tips and tricks for survival

Distracted driving and the attendant risks is all the buzz these days. But separately consider the hazards sometimes presented by cab drivers whose driving habits prompt fibrillations. Combine these two and you have a column.

July 24, 2011 | | Local Life


Saint Francis offering free training course for individuals interested in becoming foster parents, b

Saint Francis Community Services (a provider of foster care, adoption, and family preservation services) will offer a free, 10 week course, Partnering for Safety and Permanence - Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (PS-MAPP), for individuals interested in becoming foster parents. The course begins Aug. 4 and will be held every Thursday for 10 weeks from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Saint Francis Community Service office, 1508 Main Street, Great Bend.

July 24, 2011 | | Local Life


Extension intern shares with seniors

Rena Berrett, summer extension intern, will share information about the agricultural exchange she has participated in during a program at 1 p.m. on Monday, at the Great Bend Senior Center. Berrett, who grew up in eastern Oregon, has spent the past school year as a Kansas State Wildcat, pursuing a degree in Agriculture. The similarities and differences between the two states will be highlighted by Rena. She will also share highlights from the Ag trip to France she participated in with other K-State students. Monday's program is free and open to everyone.

July 24, 2011 | | Local Life


New Icon for Healthy Eating

The past 50 or more years have brought a multitude of ways to teach and reinforce the concepts of healthy eating. When I was in the elementary grades the 'carrot lady' would come and visit our school lunchroom in Washington, at least once a year. Her message was one that stuck in my memory; "eat first what you don't like and then what you do like, and your plate will be clean." The 4-H foods and nutrition project introduced us to the "4-4-3-2" concept which corresponded with the number of servings of the four major food groups. A horizontal ...

July 24, 2011 | | Local Life


Fluids important to manage heat, humidity safely

The final day of the Barton County Fair last Sunday proved to be a hot one. 4-H families worked together to serve the beef barbecue to more than 1,400 folks either in Expo I or the handy drive through. Ice tea was a popular choice; more than 60 gallons were prepared and consumed. Water cooler fans inside the building took the edge off of the triple digit heat. The hard working clean up crew busily loaded extra supplies and equipment into the back of the pickup after the event. As my husband, John, and I were unloading heavy metal ...

July 17, 2011 | | Local Life


A COUNTRY EDUCATION

Looking at the griddle-flat sandy farmland with its golden stubble fields surrounding the former Wheatland School, it is easy to see how the school got its name.

July 09, 2011 | Dale Hogg | Local Life


Five Generations

July 03, 2011 | | Local Life


Derrick R. Wheeldon promoted

Recently promoted from Major to Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force, Lt. Col. Derrick R. Wheeldon is Chief, Strategy and Policy Branch, in the Plans Division of the Intelligence Directorate,

July 03, 2011 | | Local Life


College Orientation for your freshman: separating fact from fiction.

Our third son Robert had KU orientation last week. He brought back a notebook "New Student Orientation Guide." The inside page said "Welcome to KU." Glossy with a big Jayhawk on the front, he dropped it on the dining room table where it didn't move. Untouched by human hands. Until last Friday, that is. I grabbed it between innings while watching the Royals play the Cubs. Aided by an adult beverage, cooler climes, and Bernie at my side, I struck pure gold.

July 02, 2011 | BY MATT KEENAN | Local Life


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Slow cooker meals

If some fresh ideas for freezer ready slow cooker meals are what you are looking for then the upcoming program at the Great Bend Activity Center is one you won't want to miss. Especially during the winter months it is so nice to come home from a busy day at work and be greeted with the smell of supper ready to serve. The educational program "Freezer Ready Slow Cooker Meals" is designed to give you the tools to put together ingredients and freeze them properly; then cook them in your crockpot for a hearty and healthy meal. Jamie Rathbun ...

January 25, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Think your life is complicated? Not until you buy your daughter a horse

This column was originally published in 2006

January 25, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


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