Now that cooler weather is settling in, the slow cooker comes out of the cabinets often at our house. It is so nice to come home from a busy day at work and be greeted with the smell of supper ready to serve. It just takes a bit of planning and a few extra minutes in the morning to chop vegetables for a favorite recipe.
48 hours of 4-H was designed for 4-H members to choose a project that would make an impact on their community. Over 75 4-H members rallied on Sunday, October 11, to serve a meal and make some money but most importantly they came to help honor the Kansas veterans.
Each fall we begin to plan for next year's extension programs. An important part of that planning is the election of new people to serve on our various Program Development Committees. The Extension Executive Board set Wednesday, October 28, from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. as the time to vote for the 2016 Extension Council candidates. Come by the Extension Office meeting room at 1800 12th Street to vote.
Many people hope to pass on or transfer some of their special non-titled personal property to family and friends. Non-titled personal property includes items that do not have a title or a legal document indicating ownership, such as furniture, family photographs, fishing gear, tools, and yellow pie plates. All too often, family members involved in transfer decisions fail to learn about each other's perceptions of what would make the transfer process and end result fair. Assumptions can be made that are inaccurate. Misunderstandings and hurt feelings can result.
In addition to the major productions from the theatre and Hays Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Hays State University Music and Theatre Department has a busy 2015-2016 season that will feature everything from recitals to band concerts.
Medicare beneficiaries should be aware that open enrollment for Medicare Part D is coming up. Beginning Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, you have the opportunity to examine options available with the private insurance companies that offer prescription drug coverage through Medicare Part D for 2016. If you have a computer, there is a great tool on the Medicare website to help. All you do is click on "Drug Coverage (Part D)" then click on "Find health & drug plans" and follow the instructions. You need to have all your prescriptions to enter as your drugs do make a difference. You will ...
The more often kids eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs. That is a powerful statement supported by more than a decade of research by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. It sounds simple enough. Make time each day to eat dinner with your children. As families with growing school agers soon find out, activities and other demands on time make sitting around the dining room table together a bit difficult.
Today I want to share information about a couple of educational programs I will be hosting during the month ahead. As more folks are nearing the magical age of 65 I find that questions related to Medicare are directed my way. We had a great response to a Medicare Basics program last month and I have a similar program set for Wednesday, Sept. 30, at noon at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th Street. Jamie Rathbun, who is the Family & Consumer Science Agent in the Midway Extension District, will share information for those who will be applying for Medicare ...
President Obama, with the support of the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation to include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, announced today the start of a new initiative to give every child in the United States the chance to explore and learn about America's great outdoors. The Every Kid in a Park initiative will provide all fourth grade students and their families with free admission for a full year to more than 2,000 federally-managed sites nationwide.
Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, improved bacon could soon be on its way. Bacon is one of the most popular cuts of pork, and finding a way to deliver restaurants and consumers an even better product is the focus of research at Kansas State University.
It is "Food Safety Awareness Month" and so I want to remind you of the most important way to prevent foodborne illness; WASH YOUR HANDS. At all stages of food preparation and clean-up it is important to keep those hands clean. Next week I will be making my annual visit to Helping Hands pre-school to share the importance of proper hand washing with over 100 three and four year olds. I have access to a Glo-Germ, complete with a black light. After tossing a ball around that has the "magic potion" on it we should be able to see exactly ...