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Is Planting a Garden in Your Future?

With temperatures dipping down into the 20's and snow and sleet falling from the sky less than two weeks ago, it is hard to believe the date on the calendar. For those who like to play in the dirt and plant a garden, you know that it is time to be planting certain vegetables or the heat of the summer will create another problem. Many peoples' past includes spending time working in the family garden. Whether it was a few rows or an acre in size, the goal was to provide fresh produce at the family dinner table and ...

May 05, 2013 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Dancers step their way to honors

Dancers from Euphoria Dance Centre in Great Bend were awarded 11 Elite Top First Awards and 19 Top First Awards in the Talent on Parade dance competition on April 11–April 14 in Overland Park. In addition, four dancers, Jewelia Depperschmidt, Daehlyn Ellis, Shaylee Patterson and Kaitlyn Pohlman received Top Starz invitations to compete at the Talent on Parade National Competition, June 25 – 30 in Overland Park.

April 28, 2013 | | Local Life


Winter Weather Adds Challenge to Walk Kansas Program

Every spring during the past 11 years I look forward to participating in the Walk KS program. This year we have had many challenges, like the weekly bouts of winter weather, forcing us to exercise indoors. It is so much more fun to enjoy a walk or bike ride outdoors, taking in the sights and sounds around you. We ended up with 49 Walk KS teams in Barton County this year. The last time I checked the web site several teams have already met or exceeded their goal. That is amazing considering there are three weeks left to log minutes ...

April 28, 2013 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Parental memories — the good, the bad and the ugly

"It goes so fast," the lady said to me, smiling with squinted eyes. She was every bit in her 70s, and she glanced at the boys as they grabbed at the candy near the checkout line. That was 19 years ago. Four kids under 6, I nodded back and couldn't imagine a time when they would be adults. Later, others repeated those words to me. "Before you know it, they are in college!" And then that day arrived for our oldest, six years ago.

April 21, 2013 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


Members participate in 4-H Day

4-H Day gives members an opportunity to share their talents in public speaking, music and talent. Barton County 4-H Day is as important as the county fair for members exhibiting what they have learned.

April 21, 2013 | | Local Life


Simple Home Modification for Aging in Place

The icy weather during the Farm and Ranch Expo prevented one of our speakers from driving to Great Bend to share the fact sheet she authored titled, "Simple Home Modification for Aging in Place." Carol Ann Crouch, the Scott County Family and Consumer Science Agent did a great job putting this fact sheet together and it is available to anyone who may be reading this column.

April 21, 2013 | Donna R. Krug | Local Life


Parental memories — the good, the bad and the ugly

"It goes so fast," the lady said to me, smiling with squinted eyes. She was every bit in her 70s, and she glanced at the boys as they grabbed at the candy near the checkout line. That was 19 years ago. Four kids under 6, I nodded back and couldn't imagine a time when they would be adults. Later, others repeated those words to me. "Before you know it, they are in college!" And then that day arrived for our oldest, six years ago.

April 19, 2013 | | Local Life


Simple home modification for aging in place

The icy weather during the Farm and Ranch Expo prevented one of our speakers from driving to Great Bend to share the fact sheet she authored titled, "Simple Home Modification for Aging in Place." Carol Ann Crouch, the Scott County Family and Consumer Science Agent did a great job putting this fact sheet together and it is available to anyone who may be reading this column.

April 19, 2013 | | Local Life


Volunteers in Action News

Linn Hogg joined the Volunteers in Action team on March 1 and has really hit the ground running. She has developed several projects utilizing young people for April, beginning with the food drive "Check Out Hunger" held on April 6 with RSVP volunteers, 6th graders from Holy Family School in Great Bend, Brownies and Girl Scouts. This inter-generational project benefits the Community Food Bank of Barton County which has already served 1,700 Barton County residents since January 2013; 44% of those served are children. 6,705 Barton County residents were served in all of 2012.

April 07, 2013 | | Local Life


An crisis about my eyebrows (yes, you read that correctly)

I had gone 54 years and 39 days before anyone had uttered to me what my barber said to me last month.

April 05, 2013 | | Local Life


National Nutrition Month comes to an end

As National Nutrition Month comes to an end for another year I hope you and your family have found ways to add more color to your meals. The new MyPlate recommendations for healthy eating stress that half your plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables; seven or more servings scattered throughout the day. Now that may sound a bit overwhelming, but I can't emphasize enough the wonderful benefits in eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Besides all of the great vitamins and minerals you get from these colorful plants your body also benefits from the generous ...

March 31, 2013 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Boring insects

Well, my first week at Barton County Research and Extension has definitely has not been boring to say the least! I have hit the ground running and am learning something new every day. I have had several subjects brought to me, but one that has been talked about several times is boring insects in trees. This made me curious on why I would hear about this problem so much in a week's time, so I set out to do some research to see what I could dig up.

March 31, 2013 | | Local Life


Dance Centre dances in regionals

Euphoria Dance Centre participated at the Elite Dance Cup regional competition in Wichita, Kansas on March 9. The following honors were awarded to the junior and teen soloists:

March 29, 2013 | | Local Life


RSVP benefits from Midwest Energy grant

Volunteers in Action has received a grant from Midwest Energy for $500 for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program's annual lap robe project, said Donna Baugh, Volunteers in Action Director.

March 28, 2013 | | Local Life


Every airman has a story

On a base of nearly 6,000 active-duty members, an Airman's story can get lost in the mix or doesn't usually make it past the walls of their own shop or unit. However, an inspiring story can be found in one of Dyess' smallest shops, about one of its newest Airmen.

March 10, 2013 | | Local Life


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Articles by Section - Local Life


Grow Your Best Tomato Yet

Nothing beats the flavor of fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes. Make this your biggest and tastiest tomato harvest yet with proper planting and care.

May 17, 2015 | Melinda Myers | Local Life


Responding to Invitations is Common Courtesy

With graduations, weddings and other special occasions upon us I am guessing you have received a few invitations in your mailbox asking for your RSVP. The term RSVP comes from a French expression, meaning "please respond". If RSVP is written on an invitation it means the invited guest must tell the host whether or not they plan to attend the party. It does not mean to respond only if you're coming, and it does not mean respond only if you're not coming (the expression "regrets only" is reserved for that instance). It means the host needs a definite ...

May 17, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


College: the years of living dangerously

Today our son Robert is graduating from KU. We are celebrating. Not his graduation with a job, but something else: He's still living.

May 17, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


Plan for a safe canning season

One ritual of spring is planting a garden. And for many home gardeners, this includes plans for preserving and canning the year's bounteous produce.

May 10, 2015 | | Local Life


Celebrate Bike to Work Week

Since May 11-15, is designated as "Bike to Work Week" it seems fitting that I share my passion for this fun activity in my column space today. Although research shows around 1 percent of adult Americans commute to work by bicycle, roughly 41 percent of work commutes are shorter than 5 miles. If I ride to work in the morning, home for lunch and home again at the end of the day I will log a total of 7 miles. Unless it is below 20 degrees or icy underfoot, you are likely to see me in my hi-vis green jacket ...

May 10, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Cinco de Mayo committee

May 10, 2015 | | Local Life


Ode to Ramona Jean and her baby grand piano

There was a time in this country when every home included three things: green shag carpet, an RCA record player and an ashtray. In the late '60s you could add something else to that list: an upright piano.

May 10, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


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