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“Celebrate Wheat” Quilt Block Challenge announced

The theme for the 2013 Barton County Fair quilt block challenge is "Celebrate Wheat." Coordinated by members of the Central Kansas Thread Benders quilt guild, the contest is open to anyone who sews. Kits are available for pick up for $3 at the Barton County Extension Office, 1800 12th Street in Great Bend. Each kit contains two fat eighths of fabric. Each of these fabrics must be used in the final block as well as other fabrics. A total of 34 kits will be available on a first come first served basis. Finished blocks must be entered by noon on ...

May 12, 2013 | | Local Life


Volunteers in Action News

The "Check Out Hunger" food drive for the Community Food Bank of Barton County was a huge success. RSVP volunteers partnered with 6th grade students from Holy Family School, a local Brownie troop, and Barton County Youth Care manned tables at Dillon's on 10th Street and Walmart on Saturday, April 6th. Persons entering the stores received a handout about the Community Food Bank with a grocery list of needed items. The volunteers collected 1,749 lbs of food and $487 in cash donations that day because of the generosity of our community.

May 05, 2013 | | Local Life


Wisconsin cheese in another form ... where have you been?

When our son Connor moved to Madison two years ago I was prepared for an introduction to all things Wisconsin. This was not entirely a blank slate - I was schooled on Fez and Red Forman from "That '70s Show," heard a little bit about their governor and some yelling that went on up there. But I didn't appreciate a food delicacy that has awakened taste buds left for dead long ago.

May 05, 2013 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


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


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Who Knows What????

Harvest is here. Combines, trucks, chaff and grain. Kansas big heart is beating in the hot sun and wind. The heritage of history to support our families and validate the wisdom of our forefathers who risked everything to come here is palpable and visible in the faces of our farmers. It is religious to watch this process draw families, neighbors, custom-cutting visitors and friends together to process the harvest. It was nail-biting to get the rain and risk not getting into the fields in time. Kansas seems to grin at that possibility and solved the problem with 100 degrees and ...

June 28, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Barton County Fair

Next week marks the beginning of my 26th year as your Barton County Family and Consumer Science Agent. The old adage "Time flies when you are having fun" is definitely true. It does not seem like a year has passed since I was ordering bread for the 4-H barbecue or lining up roasters for preparing the baked beans. Hopefully you have connected with a 4-H member to purchase your barbecue ticket. Prices do increase after July 1st.

June 28, 2015 | | Local Life


Celebrating Dads on Father’s Day

I hope that your family takes time to celebrate with dad on his special day. Not a day goes by that I don't think of my own father. Even though he's been gone nearly 10 years I appreciate the role model he was to our family. A hard working farmer, he was totally outnumbered with a wife and three daughters. He taught us a lot of things and provided opportunities for us to attend college. He even took the time to be a 4-H community club leader for many years. He was a wonderful caregiver to my mother ...

June 21, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


There’s nothing like a vole-filled yard to put a DIY guy up on a ladder

A long time ago, I was a "do it yourself" guy. All that changed in roughly December 1991. I remember it well.

June 21, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


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