You can feel it in the air. The days are getting longer. The ice is gone. The mink at the Bottoms are back in the thick brush and cover. I found this little fellow last week on the last bit of ice. I am always happy and surprised to see them out and about. I casually wonder if Karl and Charlie have ever done a mink count at the Bottoms. You would be amazed at the info and statistics they do keep on our marsh. They can tell you when the first of most species are seen each year. I ...
Food is a great way to bring people together, and selling food is often a key way for nonprofit groups to raise funds for their activities. However, cooking the large quantities of food required for events such as fundraiser dinners, concession stands, community meals, family reunions, or funeral dinners is different than cooking for a family.
Three of my friends kill BIG deer almost every year. They are all bow hunters. It is amazing to me that they consistently kill deer 170 inches or better. Sometimes LOTS better-- and do it every year. Modest and quiet-- they seldom discuss or reveal what they do and how they do it. I know some of the places they hunt, and they are always in good spots. I know other skilled hunters in similar spots that haven't killed a big deer in 20 years. I personally am somewhere in between. I have tried to find the common denominator ...
Eleven women will compete in the International Pancake Day Race in Liberal this year, facing off against 25 runners in Olney, England. Last year's winner, Hannah Belton of Liberal, is hanging up her apron after claiming the 2015 title with a time of 1:09. The Olney winner from last year, Emma Maitland, is also sitting this year out.
Where did the first three weeks of 2016 go? If you are like me, you are just now getting used to writing 2016 on letters and checks. Since it is still early in the year it seems like the perfect time to encourage putting some money away. A less than robust economy and daily news from the stock exchange makes everyone a bit cautious with their spending. When the family budget tightens savings may take a back seat. We often hear of people who are living pay check to pay check.
I was driving to the grocery store last Wednesday and passed the high school football field about 4:00 in the afternoon. There were several kids playing ball with a skiff of snow on the ground. It occurred to me that some of the athletic success in Kansas might be predicated on the innate drive of our kids to get out and joyfully play in less than perfect weather conditions. I then thought that possibly the majority of all our outdoor activities happen in adverse conditions. My conclusion is that Kansas really does have some of the best people living ...
The AARP Tax Preparation volunteers will start their tax season in February. They are currently taking update and renewal classes. These volunteers are offering free tax preparation to seniors in Barton and Pawnee counties on Thursdays. Tax appointments are available from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. each Thursday. Appointments fill quickly, so you can call into the office to get on the waiting list. It is first come first serve for appointment times and it is filling up fast. To reserve an appointment, call the RSVP office at 620-792-1614.
If you or a family member received a recreational drone - a small unmanned aircraft - as a holiday present, Ken Selzer, CPA, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance, has words of caution for you: Check your insurance policy and register the drone with the Federal Aviation Administration(FAA).
A food guide system, known as "MyPlate" was introduced more than 5 years ago. It is easy to relate to the plates of food we enjoy throughout our day. When we pay close attention to the food groups we are reminded that half the plate should be filled with vegetables and fruits. Another large portion of grains, (preferably whole) and a small portion of food containing protein complete our plate. A serving of calcium rich food should also be included several times per day.
I learned gun safety from my father. He loved to hunt quail and took me with him at every opportunity. At age 5 or 6, it was a BIG DEAL to get to go with him and watch the dogs and take quail home for my mother and grandmother to prepare for dinner or breakfast. I have never dined any better.
The National 4-H Conference to be held in Washington DC in April is the annual premiere national civic engagement opportunity for 4-H members across the country. The conference is held at the National 4-H Center and there will be teens in attendance from every state in the nation.
As 2015 comes to an end and we greet a new year it is a good time to reflect on the things you have accomplished as well as the challenges. Did you have goals or expectations that were not met? If so what barriers prevented you from accomplishing these goals?
Hunting waterfowl is expensive, hard-work and frequently a miserable endeavor. I have been addicted to this "sport" for most of my life. I totally forget about the process when I am sitting in the blind or laying in the field with the sky full of motion and sound.