I wish I could say "fall is in the air" but with temperatures nearing the triple digits, we are definitely still in the summer mode. Garden produce this year has had its ups and downs; first a late spring and dry conditions kept gardens from growing and producing. The late July rains gave gardens the boost they needed. I'm pulling together resources for an educational program titled, "Seasonal and Simple" and I hope you will mark the date on your calendar and plan to join me.
As I begin my twenty-fifth year in adult education through my job as an Extension Educator 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, whole grains, or drink less soda..." Encouraging people of all ages to make healthy food choices is becoming a huge part of ...
With school bells ringing and family schedules filling up, it seems like some days we meet ourselves coming and going. It is those times when a quick and easy dinner menu is needed that will not get you off track from healthy eating. The rewards are two fold; besides eating healthier your family will save money by eating at home.
Master Sergeant John E. Vsetecka retired on Aug. 3 from the Kansas Air National Guard 184th Bomb Wing.
Move over, summer – a new school year is coming! With the start of school, families face new organization challenges. School bells ring- and so do early-morning alarm clocks. Paper piles swell as hand-outs and homework make their way into the house. If this sounds like your house, read on for some tips to ease the family back into a schedule.
Volunteers in Action is excited to bring a free professional training opportunity to Great Bend on Aug. 20th. The Kansas Volunteer Commission is one of our funders and has commissioned this training to be created especially for Kansas by Susan Ellis, Energize Inc, a nationally recognized leader in the area of volunteerism. The training will be from 9 a.m. -- 4 p.m. in room F30 at the Fine Arts Building on the Barton Community College campus and is open to anyone that is interested. The trainers from the Kansas Volunteer Commission will be discussing innovative ways to utilize volunteers ...
The next in the series of cancer-education presentations at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center will focus on the subject of "Guided Imagery." The event is scheduled for 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 in the St. Dominic Room at St. Rose. It is open to anyone who wants to learn about guided imagery, and how it can benefit people with cancer or other chronic illnesses.
It didn't take long for the recent rains to bring a number of mold and mildew related questions to the Extension office. The saying "Water always wins" is so true. Whether it is a crack in the foundation, or a leaky roof, water damage can take a toll on the health and well-being of family members.
Although November is proclaimed officially as Family Life Month, the summer months provide many opportunities for families to spend quality time together. Whether you load up the family for a week long family vacation or reconnect with aunts, uncles and cousins at a family reunion, the end result can be memorable and rewarding.
Summertime is notorious for many things including TV reruns. Since I do not watch much TV any time of the year I can say that when I do sit down to watch something I am shocked by either the violence or language that is present during prime time. Of course, television has been around for nearly 75 years with the first TV appearing at the 1939 World's Fair. Concern about the impact of television on children began when TV was in its infancy. By the early 1950's parents, teachers and social scientists started to ask their legislators to ...
Our family just returned from a family vacation. And I need a vacation. Alone. In a dark soundproof room, with my wallet locked in a safe.
The 4-H Fashion Revue was held on July 1st.
Now that summer is here, we all look forward to home-grown vegetables and fruit from local growers. These fresh produce items are available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings on the library parking lot and on Thursday evenings during the Summer Street Stroll. Everyone loves fresh vegetables but sometimes the cost added on to regular grocery bills can be prohibitive. The Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program can be a solution. This is a new project that has been brought to our area through collaboration between Janel Rose, CDRR Program, Barton County Health Department and Janet Splitter, Executive Director, ElderCare and ...
Army Reserve 2nd Lt. Tiffany J. Hekele has graduated from Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga., and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
As the final days of National Nutrition Month pass us by I want to give you some good reasons to choose to eat healthier. Whenever I present educational materials that promote health and wellness I start by asking participants if they think what they choose to eat affects their overall health? Nearly everyone thinks it matters, yet the reasons they give for not eating healthy abound. The USDA developed thirty-seven one page fact sheets as part of the 10 tips nutrition education series. Titles range from: "Kid-Friendly Veggies and Fruits," "Make better beverage choices," "Salt and Sodium," to "Eating Better ...
Funerals, happily, remain very much as they have through the years.
Over the weekend, my seven year old granddaughter, Calyn, excitedly told me, "Grandma, I'm going to join the Walking School Bus when it starts April 1st." "That's wonderful," I replied. It truly is wonderful to see two communities in Barton County, (both Great Bend and Hoisington) adopting this successful program and modeling it to other communities.
Any divorced guy will tell you -- never ever insult the tulips.
4-H Day is an annual event in each county in Kansas. It gives 4-H members an opportunity to share their talents in public speaking, music and talent. Barton County 4-H Day is an event equally as important as the county fair!
In a few short months our youngest grandson 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.
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