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Get out and ride to work

ince May 14-20 is designated as "Bicycle to Work Week" it seems fitting that I share my passion for this fun activity in my column space. Although it is estimated that less than 1 percent of adult Americans commute to work by bicycle, roughly 41 percent of work commutes are shorter than 5 miles. In my case, my husband John and I log seven miles a day which includes two round trips to our respective offices. Unless it is below 20 degrees or icy underfoot, you are likely to see us in our hi-vis green jackets pedaling along on our ...

May 11, 2012 | BY DONNA KRUG | Local Life

Thank you, volunteers

Each year, thousands of volunteers in Barton County donate their time and energy to make our community a better place to live. National Volunteer Week was celebrated in April but I would still like to recognize our Extension and 4-H volunteers.

May 04, 2012 | | Local Life

RSVP news

I am proud to announce that Carol Danielson is the new Administrative Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator for the RSVP program. Carol was born in Ellis County and grew up in Antonino near Hays. She married a Navy man from Hays and travelled all over before settling in San Diego. After his death in 1984, she stayed on in San Diego with her son and eventually married John Murphy. Carol worked for General Atomics in San Diego as manager of Energy Publications, Exhibits and Science Outreach for 30 years. After retiring in 2008, Carol and John moved back to Kansas to ...

April 01, 2012 | | Local Life

Enjoy a South of the Border experience

Mark your calendars for a cultural experience you will not want to miss. Join me and my friends from the Barton County Academy as they share "South of the Border Traditions." The program is set for noon on Thursday, March 29th at the Great Bend Recreation Center, Burnside room, located at 12th and Stone.

March 25, 2012 | Linda Pringle | Local Life

Wetland Explorer

By Pam Martin - Kansas Department Wildlife, Parks and Tourism educator

March 25, 2012 | | Local Life

When Nature Comes Calling, Its Best To Be Prepared

Matt Keenan

March 25, 2012 | | Local Life

Friends of Cheyenne Bottoms check

Orley "Chip" Taylor, University of Kansas Monarch Watch director, accepts a $612 check from Friends of Cheyenne Board members Karen LaPierre, Kristy Rupe, Marcia Westhoff and Wanda Peters (left to right) on Feb. 26 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. The Friends of Cheyenne Bottoms raised funds for monarch butterfly habitat restoration by raffling a butterfly quilt made and donated by the Central Kansas Thread Benders Quilt Guild. Quilt Guild member Eloise Winkelman made a wall hanging of one of the butterfly quilt blocks, which was also presented to Taylor.

March 18, 2012 | | Local Life

9th Highlander Reunion and Car Show

If you were in high school between 1953-1963, you no doubt experienced The Highlander Drive-in, formerly located on the northwest corner of Central and Edgemoor. The public is invited to participate in the 9th reunion to be held at the Marriott Hotel, 9100 Corporate Hills Drive jJust north on Webb Rd and Kellogg). The car show will be from l to 4 p.m. in the Marriott Hotel parking lot, with a display of classic cars. Admission and entry are free with a dash plaque for each entry. Dinner and a short program will be from 6:30 to 10 ...

March 18, 2012 | | Local Life

Pinterest: how the other half thinks!

The matchmaking business has introduced us to the notion of 29 dimensions of compatibility. It's hardly a novel concept that men need to get in tune with their sensitive side. Years ago, they claimed that men are from Mars, women are from Venus and finding a suitable partner required a space module. Still, most men don't have time to fill out a 40-page questionnaire to find out why they live alone in a van down by the Arkansas River.

March 18, 2012 | | Local Life

Protect children by storing poisons safely

In a few short months our youngest granddaughter will be mobile and that means we will need to child proof certain areas of our home. Children should be curious, but curiosity can turn dangerous if kids are getting under the kitchen sink or into the medicine cabinet where hazardous chemicals and adult medicines are kept. In recognition of National Poison Prevention Week, I want to use my column space today to remind you about storing hazardous materials out of a child's reach.

March 17, 2012 | BY DONNA KRUG | Local Life

Miss Kansas Teen USA 2012

On Dec. 11, 2011 Katie Taylor, Miss Southern Johnson County Teen, was crowned Miss Kansas Teen USA 2012 in Wichita at the Historic Scottish Rite Temple. Katie was born in Shawnee Mission, and has been raised in Olathe by her parents Daniel and Stacey (Brown) Taylor. She is a Senior at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park. Her grandparents are Charles and Jan Brown of Great Bend and Marvin Taylor of Hoxie and the late Kathleen Taylor.

March 11, 2012 | | Local Life

Medicaid changes for in-home care

ElderCare has entered the first phase of Kansas Medicaid reform by implementing the KS AuthentiCare program.

March 11, 2012 | | Local Life

Shape Up Your Plate

March is National Nutrition Month and this year's theme is "Shape up your plate." What a great time for you and your family to focus on a few healthy eating habits! The new healthy eating icon, a plate and cup with the food groups shown by colors, is starting to look familiar. MyPlate replaced the pyramid last June and so far the audiences I have shared it with consider it a positive change.

March 04, 2012 | | Local Life


I would like to personally thank the Barton County Commission for their invaluable support of the RSVP Medical Transportation Program. This program provides transportation to necessary medical appointments both within Barton County and out of our area for any Barton County resident with no other way to go. The transportation is provided by volunteers who use personal vehicles to provide this important service; RSVP reimburses the volunteers for the fuel used to provide the trip. Volunteers have transported passengers to Wichita, Hutchinson, Salina, Hays, Dodge City, and Garden City; in fact, any location in Kansas is considered if a volunteer ...

March 04, 2012 | | Local Life

The Wetlands Explorer

Green Money

February 19, 2012 | | Local Life

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Holiday foods: Homemade and mail order gifts are welcome

Candy, jellies, cookies and more-some of the best holiday gifts come from our own kitchens, or from the kitchens of local specialty food companies.

November 22, 2015 | | Local Life

New campus garden on Big Creek’s flood plain yields 150 pounds of produce

The totals are in from the new Fort Hays State University campus garden; more than 150 pounds from 17 different crops.

November 15, 2015 | | Local Life

Cooler temperatures mean rodents seeking shelter

When warmer days go away, rats and mice come out to play-inside our homes and other buildings. K-State Research and Extension wildlife specialist Charlie ...

November 15, 2015 | | Local Life


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