As I sit at my computer tying up loose ends of the programs for 2010 and listening to my favorite Christmas CD's, I am reminded at how special this time of year is. The months click by so quickly; I can hardly believe that 2011 is just a couple weeks away. A couple of short articles in the newsletter I subscribe to that is written in both English and Spanish caught my eye.
Santa, it's that time again - my annual Christmas list. Let's get right to it.
"Say, did I ever tell you the story about…?" And so would begin another exciting story as told by Bill VanSkike. At times there may have been a group of 10 or 12 people gathered around but it seemed Bill was just as content to have even one person listening to his story.
The end of the year is a time for everyone to assemble their "best of" lists.
We hear it on the news every year at this time; many people add five to ten pounds to their body weight between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. As we learned in the program "Holiday Traditions Around the World" many of the celebrations at holiday time are centered around food. Some of the best holiday recipes that people pass on to their younger family members are full of rich ingredients. So what can you do to prove the weight gain statistic wrong and still enjoy the holidays? Read on for some suggestions.
I hope your Thanksgiving celebration was special and that you were able to spend some unhurried time with your family. Now that we are in to the holiday season, it makes squeezing in work and routine tasks an even greater challenge. Here are some strategies to help you manage your time and energy:
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The 76th annual 4-H Achievement Celebration was held on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2010. The theme was "4-H A Winning Hand". Julie Bitter, 4-H Council secretary, and Ashley Lockwood, 4-H Council Treasurer, served as the emcees. The Kansas 4-H Key Award is the most prestigious award that a 4-H member can earn. Candidates must have exhibited outstanding contributions in leadership, citizenship, community service. They also must participate in county, area and state events including demonstration contests, judging contest and must hold club and county offices. In simple terms, it recognizes 4-H members who have lived up to the high ideals expressed ...
Editors note – Matts counterpart as a freelance columnist, Denise Snodell, have decided to engage in a point-counterpoint discussion on a timely topic."
Nutrition facts labels are intended to guide consumers in choosing and using food products wisely. Many times, the label is overlooked until after unnecessary calories, cholesterol, fat, sodium or sugar has been consumed. It's a good idea to take the time to read labels first, checking serving size and calorie content.
For most of my teenager years, Mondays evenings were synonymous with one thing - Boy Scouts - which remains partial to that weekday.
This may shock you, but Halloween these days is completely out of control. It generates nine billion in retail sales and begins promotions at the first hint of fall – late August. Who doesn't love that? Well, me, apparently. Used to be, it was simple, modest and kid friendly. And in Barton County in the early 70's, there were a couple sure things about every Halloween. The first was that if you wanted to collect the biggest stash of Snickers, Butterfinger and Peanut M&M's, you went to the doctors – a sugar high golden rectangle – the Degner, Polson ...
Tomorrow we turn the calendar to November and that means the holidays are just around the corner. Every year I plan a program that celebrates the diverse cultures we have in our community. So a joint venture is planned for this year to learn how people from around the world celebrate the holidays. Mark Wednesday, November 10th on your calendar and come to the Burnside room at the Great Bend Recreation Center at noon. You will not be disappointed.
Halloween's excitement often causes children to forget to be careful. There is no single trick to making the fall holiday a treat, but paying attention to safety details can prevent harm. Trick-or-treaters who rush from house to house may increase their risk of slipping or falling or being involved in a motor vehicle pedestrian accident. Parents can overestimate children's street-crossing skills. Likewise, children sometimes fail to evaluate potential traffic threats, have slower sensory perception and are unable to predict driver behavior.
Are you or someone you are close to affected by arthritis, cancer, diabetes, fibromyalgia, heart disease, high blood pressure, lung disease, obesity or the effects of a stroke? You do not have to look far to find someone affected by one or more of these conditions. Today in my column space I want to extend an invitation to participate in a chronic disease self-management program titled Kansans Optimizing Health Program (KOHP). This program was developed at Stanford University. Research studies have shown that the program is effective in helping people manage their health and control chronic disease symptoms.
The past 20 years September has been designated as National Food Safety Month. Often times I devote a column or two and offer training related to this important subject during September and this year is no exception. The web site is full of great information that focuses on five main areas of concern when it comes to food handlers. Those areas include:
Army Pfc. Curry Thomas has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
Just because it seals, does not mean it is safe! There is a common misconception in home canning. That is, if the lid seals, it is a safe product. The question is, what procedures were done before the lid was put on the jar?
If our dog Bernie has flaws, I have yet to find them. The rest of the family, on the other hand, is quick to judge. Admittedly, from time to time, in moments of understandable weakness, she has become a victim to temptations. I've summarized a few of her transgressions below, with additional context, as appropriate.
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