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Emergent Literacy: helping children’s development through reading

HAYS - The Cottonwood Extension District, in partnership with the Hays Public Library, will host a free educational program on Emergent Literacy from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, in the Schmidt Gallery at the Hays Public Library, 1205 Main Street, Hays.

April 21, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life


Starting up a vegetable garden for the first time?

Kansans that are new to vegetable gardening often have a hard time knowing how much of each variety to plant. Kansas State Research and Extension has a publication that might help you out with this problem. The "Vegetable Garden Planting Guide" gives information on how much to plant of each veggie per person along with the average crop-yield expected per 100 feet. Also included is a garden calendar highlighting recommended planting dates and expected harvest dates based on the average of seasonal temperatures. Information on specific crops is detailed including; days to germinate, plants or seeds needed per 10 feet ...

April 21, 2018 | Rip Winkel | Local Life


A Woman’s View

Life can sometimes be summed up in one sentence. "Well, that didn't go as planned."

April 21, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


Wetland Explorer

As everyone is aware, our "spring" weather has been come-and-go, at best, so far. As we sit in our climate-controlled houses and complain about both the 80 degree day followed by the 20 degree day, we can only wonder what wildlife must be experiencing out in the elements.

April 21, 2018 | Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager | Local Life


New Medicare cards coming your way

As the need to ward off scams and identity theft ever increases, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is now required to remove Social Security numbers from all Medicare cards by April 2019. The new cards will use a unique, randomly-assigned number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI), to replace the Social Security-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) currently used on the Medicare card.

April 14, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life


A Woman’s View

I recently attended a Farm and Ranch Expo. It was a big show.

April 14, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


Marsh Musings

My Canadian buddies are here to continue the wild turkey saga that began several years ago. It is one of my favorite times of the year.

April 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Ten things you can do with your tax refund

According to the IRS, the average tax refund in the United States in 2017 was $2,763. But remember, a tax refund is not a gift or a windfall – it's your own hard-earned money that Uncle Sam has used interest-free for a year. Before you go on a spending spree, think about ways you can use your tax refund to improve your financial situation.

April 07, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life


The power of purple

Those of you who know my family are not surprised that we are avid K-State fans, showing our purple pride every chance we get. Besides cheering the sports teams on, I appreciate the connection I have had for nearly 30 years working for K-State Research & Extension. It is exciting to be able to bring research based information to help improve your family's quality of life.

April 07, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Woman's View

I have a nickname at our house. It's the "Burn Queen."

April 07, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


Pet costs in the family budget

We gained Pinky the cat back in the summer of 2005 when we visited a family's farm on the 4-H tour. My son and daughter begged me to let them adopt the little white barn kitten with the pale pink ears. Although she technically belonged to my children, she continued to live with me after both kids graduated from high school and left for college. We lost her last year to illness after 12 years as our furry companion.

March 31, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Making over your leftovers

Let's face it, families are busy. When you factor in the number of kids times the number of activities and add in some other unplanned event, preparing a balanced/nutritious meal can feel like a tough assignment. You've heard me say many times that the healthiest place to eat is at home, where the person who is cooking can modify the ingredients in a recipe for the family's taste, and nutrients. One way to ease the hectic schedule is to prepare a double recipe of your family's favorite and then get creative with the leftovers.

March 31, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Marsh Musings

We are springing forward with our clocks. Easter is around the corner. Robins are here and the special ducks- Mergansers, Redheads, Buffleheads and other divers are showing their colors.

March 31, 2018 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Sr. Chief Petty Officer Bill J. Hembree retirement ceremony

A retirement ceremony in honor of Senior Chief Petty Officer Bill J. Hembree was held on March 23 at the American Legion in Del City, Okla.

March 31, 2018 | Special to the Tribune | Local Life


Turfgrasses

Turfgrasses differ in their capacity to grow in shade. Among Kansas turfgrasses, tall fescue is the best adapted to shade though it isn't all that good. Although the fine fescues (i.e., creeping red, chewings, hard and sheep fescues) have better shade tolerance, they lack heat tolerance and typically decline during hot Kansas summers. The warm-season grasses have the poorest shade tolerance, although zoysia does better than Bermuda or buffalo. Where shade is too heavy for fescue, there are other courses of action. The most obvious is to either remove trees, or to prune limbs and thin the tree ...

March 31, 2018 | Rip Winkel | Local Life


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Overpayment notice due to ex-spouse benefits

Dear Rusty: My husband got an overpayment notice from Social Security telling us that his former wife had collected $32,640.34 in benefits she ...

June 16, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


The soil is alive! (Part II)

Sometimes we think that bacteria, fungi, nematodes, and other soil microbes are pests to be illuminated, like the fungus infecting your tomatoes for example. But ...

June 16, 2018 | Rip Winkel | Local Life


Check it Out

ELLINWOOD - The latest additions to Ellinwood School/Community Library include:

June 16, 2018 | Sheri Holmes, Director of Library/Media Services | Local Life


Celebrating dads on Father’s Day

I hope that your family takes time to celebrate with dad on his special day. Not a day goes by that I don't think ...

June 16, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Special gift for a special man

Its takes a special kind of someone to help pay tribute to someone's hard work of taking care of a family over the years ...

June 09, 2018 | Russ Edem | Local Life


Wheat market show coming to fair

This year has seen many challenges for about anyone with a wheat crop. It is said that wheat has to die at least nine times ...

June 09, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Local Life


Search underway to find former USS Intrepid crew, and for anniversary weekend

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Aug. 16, 2018 will mark the 75th anniversary of the commissioning of the USS Intrepid (CVS-11), the World War II-era Essex ...

June 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


KDA photo contest now accepting entries

MANHATTAN - Kansas farmers and ranchers know there is great beauty in agriculture, and photographers are encouraged to capture that beauty and share it with others ...

June 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Summer youth activities are in full swing

My job as an Extension Educator switches gear during the summer months and I have the opportunity to spend time supporting youth activities. This past ...

June 09, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Social Security for Retired Trooper in second career

Dear Rusty: I am a retired Indiana State Trooper but I'm working at a second career at the present time. What information would you ...

June 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


The soil is alive!

Soil, the substance that makes up the ground in which we walk, is often thought of and referred to as dirt. Actually, "dirt" is the ...

June 09, 2018 | Rip Winkel | Local Life


A Woman’s View

What has happened to the service industry in this country? Where did it go?

June 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


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