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Free tax help will be starting soon

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.

January 17, 2016 | Linn Hogg | Local Life


Krug receives national award

January 10, 2016 | | Local Life


A drone gift means considering insurance

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).

January 10, 2016 | | Local Life


Simple Seasonal Meals

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.

January 10, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Gun Safety Then and Now

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.

January 10, 2016 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


National 4-H Conference Delegates selected

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.

January 10, 2016 | Berny Unruh | Local Life


Start New Year Off Right with an Action Plan

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?

January 03, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Setting The Blocks!

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.

December 27, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Baking Substitutions for any Holiday

While I was preparing information to share at my recent holiday program I came across an article in the December issue of the "You Asked It" newsletter from K-State Research and Extension. The baking substitutions below can be handy to remember for any holiday. They are from the MD Anderson Cancer Center, 15 Healthy Holiday Baking Substitutes.

December 20, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Birds of a Feather

This time of year, many of us find ourselves spending time with family and friends. In a sense, humans tend to flock together during the holidays.

December 20, 2015 | Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager | Local Life


Friend of 4-H Award

Barton County 4-H members are asked to nominate members of the community who have given their time and talent to the 4-H program without any expectation of a reward. The clubs present their nominations at a 4-H Council meeting and all clubs have an equal vote. The 2015 Friends of 4-H are Eddie and Cindy Jurgensen and Loren and Cindy Phillips.

December 13, 2015 | Berny Unruh | Local Life


From gifts to food: Shop for the holidays without blowing your budget

Make that holiday shopping list, and check, check, check it again.

December 13, 2015 | | Local Life


Family time

I hope your Thanksgiving celebration was special and that you were able to spend some unhurried time with your family. We returned home from a trip just before the temperatures dropped and the moisture started. The icy weather conditions made it a bit challenging but we were happy to have our kids and grandkids home at various times throughout the weekend.

December 06, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Pearl Harbor saga

I miss a man I never met. Howard Keniston. He had two sons. He lost two sons. On the USS Arizona on Dec. 7, 1941, a day that shall indeed "forever live in infamy."

December 06, 2015 | James F. Burns | Local Life


2015 Extension Appreciation Award

The Barton County Extension Council Appreciation award is presented to an individual or a couple who have given additional support and time to the Extension Council Educational programs. In many cases their hard work and dedication has lightened the load for the Extension Service personnel, in addition to making the Extension Council efforts more effective. The success of Extension programs depends on the unselfish energy of such people who have spent considerable time supporting our endeavors for no monetary rewards.

December 06, 2015 | Berny Unruh | Local Life


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Articles by Section - Local Life


The Book Nook

Hello from the Great Bend Public Library!

February 17, 2018 | Haylee Huddleston | Local Life


Easy as pie, revisited

I have once again been asked to make a pie for a popular Larned event.

February 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Walk Kansas starts soon

With snow predicted and wind chills in the single digits as I write this column it sounds a bit crazy to talk about going for ...

February 17, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Wetland Explorer

If I told you there was a bird that was an insect-eating machine, saving farmers billions of dollars yearly, you'd probably ask how to ...

February 17, 2018 | Pam Martin, KDWPT Education Specialist | Local Life


Follow your dream

By the time you read this, I will be in Costa Rica working on one more dream. Jimmy New from Russell has a winter home ...

February 12, 2018 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Prevent static electricity fires at gas pumps

What common activity exposes a person to the explosive power of 26 sticks of dynamite?

February 10, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life


Program opportunities abound in Cottonwood District

Last week we heard the "State of the Union" address. While I do not intend to ever talk politics in my column space I do ...

February 10, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life


A goal to de-clutter

I have been on a cleaning binge. It's not a dust and scrub binge. It's a "get rid of clutter" attempt. This is ...

February 10, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


Extension estate planning workshops for families

Planning for the future is vital for families who want to preserve assets for the next generation. Learning about the estate planning process and taking ...

February 10, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life


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