Food spoils faster in the summer. Why? Bacteria grow fastest in the heat and humidity. Also, more people cook outside at picnics, barbecues and on camping trips, where refrigeration and washing facilities can be hard to find. Fortunately, you can take steps to make sure your food is safe to eat even during the heat of summer.
ince May 14-20 is designated as "Bicycle to Work Week" it seems fitting that I share my passion for this fun activity in my column space. Although it is estimated that less than 1 percent of adult Americans commute to work by bicycle, roughly 41 percent of work commutes are shorter than 5 miles. In my case, my husband John and I log seven miles a day which includes two round trips to our respective offices. Unless it is below 20 degrees or icy underfoot, you are likely to see us in our hi-vis green jackets pedaling along on our ...
Each year, thousands of volunteers in Barton County donate their time and energy to make our community a better place to live. National Volunteer Week was celebrated in April but I would still like to recognize our Extension and 4-H volunteers.
I am proud to announce that Carol Danielson is the new Administrative Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator for the RSVP program. Carol was born in Ellis County and grew up in Antonino near Hays. She married a Navy man from Hays and travelled all over before settling in San Diego. After his death in 1984, she stayed on in San Diego with her son and eventually married John Murphy. Carol worked for General Atomics in San Diego as manager of Energy Publications, Exhibits and Science Outreach for 30 years. After retiring in 2008, Carol and John moved back to Kansas to ...
Mark your calendars for a cultural experience you will not want to miss. Join me and my friends from the Barton County Academy as they share "South of the Border Traditions." The program is set for noon on Thursday, March 29th at the Great Bend Recreation Center, Burnside room, located at 12th and Stone.
By Pam Martin - Kansas Department Wildlife, Parks and Tourism educator
Orley "Chip" Taylor, University of Kansas Monarch Watch director, accepts a $612 check from Friends of Cheyenne Board members Karen LaPierre, Kristy Rupe, Marcia Westhoff and Wanda Peters (left to right) on Feb. 26 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. The Friends of Cheyenne Bottoms raised funds for monarch butterfly habitat restoration by raffling a butterfly quilt made and donated by the Central Kansas Thread Benders Quilt Guild. Quilt Guild member Eloise Winkelman made a wall hanging of one of the butterfly quilt blocks, which was also presented to Taylor.
If you were in high school between 1953-1963, you no doubt experienced The Highlander Drive-in, formerly located on the northwest corner of Central and Edgemoor. The public is invited to participate in the 9th reunion to be held at the Marriott Hotel, 9100 Corporate Hills Drive jJust north on Webb Rd and Kellogg). The car show will be from l to 4 p.m. in the Marriott Hotel parking lot, with a display of classic cars. Admission and entry are free with a dash plaque for each entry. Dinner and a short program will be from 6:30 to 10 ...
The matchmaking business has introduced us to the notion of 29 dimensions of compatibility. It's hardly a novel concept that men need to get in tune with their sensitive side. Years ago, they claimed that men are from Mars, women are from Venus and finding a suitable partner required a space module. Still, most men don't have time to fill out a 40-page questionnaire to find out why they live alone in a van down by the Arkansas River.
In a few short months our youngest granddaughter will be mobile and that means we will need to child proof certain areas of our home. Children should be curious, but curiosity can turn dangerous if kids are getting under the kitchen sink or into the medicine cabinet where hazardous chemicals and adult medicines are kept. In recognition of National Poison Prevention Week, I want to use my column space today to remind you about storing hazardous materials out of a child's reach.
On Dec. 11, 2011 Katie Taylor, Miss Southern Johnson County Teen, was crowned Miss Kansas Teen USA 2012 in Wichita at the Historic Scottish Rite Temple. Katie was born in Shawnee Mission, and has been raised in Olathe by her parents Daniel and Stacey (Brown) Taylor. She is a Senior at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park. Her grandparents are Charles and Jan Brown of Great Bend and Marvin Taylor of Hoxie and the late Kathleen Taylor.
ElderCare has entered the first phase of Kansas Medicaid reform by implementing the KS AuthentiCare program.
March is National Nutrition Month and this year's theme is "Shape up your plate." What a great time for you and your family to focus on a few healthy eating habits! The new healthy eating icon, a plate and cup with the food groups shown by colors, is starting to look familiar. MyPlate replaced the pyramid last June and so far the audiences I have shared it with consider it a positive change.
I would like to personally thank the Barton County Commission for their invaluable support of the RSVP Medical Transportation Program. This program provides transportation to necessary medical appointments both within Barton County and out of our area for any Barton County resident with no other way to go. The transportation is provided by volunteers who use personal vehicles to provide this important service; RSVP reimburses the volunteers for the fuel used to provide the trip. Volunteers have transported passengers to Wichita, Hutchinson, Salina, Hays, Dodge City, and Garden City; in fact, any location in Kansas is considered if a volunteer ...
Gordon Hibbard, president and chief executive officer of the Kansas 4-H Foundation, announced plans to retire from his position with the statewide non-profit organization.
I just noticed that the past week was designated as National Volunteer Week. What better time of year than this to say a big "Thank You" to the many volunteers who support our Extension programming efforts? I don't have to look far to see the volunteers who give freely of their time to help others. Just this week Joyce Esfeld, known for her bread making expertise, shared secrets to making that perfect pie crust with an enthusiastic audience. Last week, my husband, John, completed teaching the Kansans Optimizing Health workshop with me to residents in Hoisington. And twice this ...
An invitation to visit with a group of GBHS seniors enrolled in the nutrition and wellness class prompted me to revisit some good resources in my files. After my hour long presentation was completed I thought the information would be perfect to share in my weekly column space. No doubt you are noticing that food prices are gradually creeping up higher and higher each time you visit the store. The challenge continues to be, "How can I feed my family healthy food choices for less?"
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