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Make Safety High Priority for Halloween Trick-or-Treaters

Halloween's excitement often causes children to forget to be careful. There is no single trick to making the fall holiday a treat, but paying attention to safety details can prevent harm. Trick-or-treaters who rush from house to house may increase their risk of slipping or falling or being involved in a motor vehicle pedestrian accident. Parents can overestimate children's street-crossing skills. Likewise, children sometimes fail to evaluate potential traffic threats, have slower sensory perception and are unable to predict driver behavior.

October 29, 2016 | Donna Krug, Family & Consumer Science Agent – K-State Research & Extension – Barton County | Local Life


Marsh Musings

Since I was about five years old, the fall has absolutely kept me in a state of excitement. My father started taking me with him on his weekly quail hunts at that age. I would walk as far as my skinny legs could go, and he would carry me for as far as he could, and then he would leave me in a dry wash or creek bed (there is no more water in the Texas Panhandle than there is in central Kansas…) and he would make a 30 minute hunt and come back to get me. I always remember ...

October 29, 2016 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Cook’s Library with Patsy

A Facebook friend recently posted, "I need friends. In person, real time, call me to do things, actually like me, and want to spend time with me, friends. Anyone else?"

October 22, 2016 | Patsy Terrell | Local Life


Shooting sports

Barton County 4-H members in the archery and small bore rifle participated in shooting sports events at the state level to finish up the 4-H year. For the second year in a row, Sam McGinnis placed first overall in the Bowhunter archery class in the senior division and will get an invitation to shoot at National. Colton McPherson placed first as a junior in Barebow in FITA and second in 3D with a second place overall finish.

October 22, 2016 | Bernie Unruh | Local Life


Air Quality

Before we turn the calendar to November, I am reminded that October is recognized as Indoor Air Quality Awareness month. Back in August I attended an update about mold and mildew in the home and I came back quite excited. I know you are thinking I must be crazy to get excited about mold and mildew. However, the information presented that day has prompted me to spend some time this month reminding families just how important it is to breathe clean air.

October 22, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Wetland Explorer

When it comes to spooky Halloween tales, sometimes the real life ones can be scarier than any fiction! In the spirit of the season, let's take a look at some of the real life monsters creeping into our state – invasive species!

October 22, 2016 | Jean Aycock, KWEC Educator | Local Life


A Change of Clothes!

The migration is ramping up. There are new birds showing up every day. It seems to me that it is later than usual, but the new travelers are pretty magnificent!

October 15, 2016 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


First Impression Makes Lasting Impression

Nearly every day a first impression is made by someone we come in contact with. The past couple of weeks have provided several of those experiences with me. After participating in a professional development conference in Big Sky, Mont., my husband John, and I, began a tour of the great Northwest. Of course, we took our tandem bike along with a goal of riding it in every state we would pass through. The river trail in Lewiston, Idaho, provided breathtaking scenery. Other beautiful spots gave me photo ops as we followed a western route down the coast, and into the ...

October 15, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Nature Conservancy acquires iconic land formation

In October 2016, the iconic land formation known as Little Jerusalem became part of The Nature Conservancy's Smoky Valley Ranch in Logan County.

October 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Wetland Explorer

Fall is a busy time of year at the wetlands of Central Kansas. Waves of birds migrate through the area, being pushed in by each weather front that comes through. Regular users of Cheyenne Bottoms wait in anticipation of each new wave of birds coming to the area. In particular, hunters are eager to see large flocks of ducks and geese careening through the wetlands as temperatures begin to drop.

October 01, 2016 | Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager | Local Life


Wetland Explorer

The fall migration is upon us! Teal season was a bit sparse since not very many showed up. It was still warm up north, and the migration hadn't really started. It is cooling down now, so the birds will be coming through with enthusiasm in short order.

October 01, 2016 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Celebrate Family Day September 26

Hectic work schedule? Busy with after-school activities? Do outside influences interfere with your family's dinnertime? Mark Monday, Sept. 26, on your calendar and get ready to celebrate Family Day. For the past twelve years the fourth Monday of September has been noted as Family Day, a national effort to promote family dinners as an effective way to reduce youth substance abuse and other risky behaviors. Research by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University consistently finds that the more often children eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or ...

September 24, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Cook’s Library with Patsy

Our family recently lost my sister-in-law Mattie. Because I was born so late in my parents' lives, my brothers were married with children before I came along, so Mattie has always been part of my life. She was in the family before I was.

September 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


4-H Results from the Kansas State Fair

Barton County 4-H members placed with high ratings at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. In order to advance to the state fair, 4-H members must qualify at the county fair or in some cases in a district contest. In some contests only one member is allowed to represent Barton County and in some divisions all qualifying exhibits are allowed to enter.

September 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Barton County Young Professionsals proud

When I moved back to the Great Bend area (I'm a Claflin kid) in 2011 after living in metro areas for six years, I experienced a bit of culture shock. The rural area pace was enjoyable and the people were friendly, but much was left to be desired in terms of pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, avenues for social engagement with other young people and young families, and it was hard to know how to get involved and plugged in from a civic engagement standpoint, even having grown up in the area. Barton County Young Professionals changed that in what ...

September 24, 2016 | Brandon Steinert | Local Life


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Cooking under pressure is a popular topic

If you received an electric pressure cooker for Christmas or are thinking about getting one, read on for information about an upcoming program. There is ...

January 22, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life


K-State Extension estate planning workshops scheduled

Most of us work our entire lives providing for our families - food, shelter, values, tradition, and if we are lucky, possibly a family business or ...

January 22, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


A Woman’s View

I cannot help it! It is driving me crazy. It's not going to go away. In fact, I don't want "it" to go ...

January 13, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


Extension program on Small Steps To Health And Wealth offered

Every New Year, millions of Americans resolve to become healthier (exercise more, lose weight, etc.) and wealthier (increase savings, reduce debt, etc.) Many of us ...

January 13, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life


Workshops on farmers markets planned

As I am writing this column, temperatures are dropping again and snow is predicted. While we need the moisture desperately, it seems a little early ...

January 13, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Kansas Native Sons and Daughters celebrate 100th anniversary with annual awards banquet

Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas is an organization, for all Kansans, formed to preserve Kansas history, show loyalty to Kansas traditions, encourage the ideals ...

January 13, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Marsh Musings

There are lots of white birds in our marsh. Whooping Cranes and pelicans have big white wings with black tips. Gulls and terns are mostly ...

January 13, 2018 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


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