by S.L. Standifird
There are still appointments available with trained volunteers to review your Medicare Part D options for 2012. Even if you are satisfied with your current plan, it's a good idea to make certain that it's still the best plan for you in 2012. The only way to be sure is to enter your prescription drugs into a program on the Medicare website designed to sort through all the plans to find the most cost-effective plan for your particular drugs. If you need help, please call 792-1614 for an appointment.
Instead of the purple that is usually associated with K-State Research and Extension, we have decided to "Go Green with Extension." Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Nov. 8, and drop by the Barton County Extension Office, 1800 12th Street, to vote and to learn something new.
The past week has been a busy one. Fall Extension programs are in full swing. In between those busy days I have found some time to get acquainted with the newest member of the family. Camdyn Mae Baker, was born Thursday, Oct. 20, and weighed a healthy 8 lbs. 9 oz. Her parents, Art and Kristen, plus all of her aunts, uncles, grandparents and great grandma have gotten to bond with her. Big sister, Calyn, is totally excited about her new role, and at 3 ½, can really be a big helper.
Our family has a cat. She's been living with us for 11 years but we don't know each other. She's more than anti-social. She's anti-people, anti-dog, cat, life.
Many people agree that the hardest part of home decorating is knowing where to start. The starting point for selecting a color scheme can be a special painting, an Oriental rug, or the fabric you want to use for the draperies or sofa. Whether you are redecorating the entire living room, or simply sprucing up an existing decorating scheme, develop a working plan for the project. The inspiration can come from many sources. Notice what you like as you browse through magazines and as you visit decorating studios or homes.
Happy 75th birthday FCE! A visit to the web site of National Association for Family and Community Education shows such a positive organization; one that cares about families and communities. The organization has gone through several name changes in its seventy-five years; some of you remember the Home Demonstration Units and Extension Homemaker Units of the past. Through all of this the mission to strengthen individuals, families and communities through continuing education, developing leadership and community action has remained the same.
It's high school football season once again.
Medicare Part D is a public/private partnership. Medicare contracts with private insurance companies to provide this coverage. These contracts can be amended yearly and this is why everyone who has a Part D insurance policy should plan to review their coverage during the open enrollment period each year. The coverage that you have in 2011 could be subject to change in 2012. Now I want to be perfectly clear. Your plan may not change at all but if it does, your premium could be higher or some of your drugs might not be included on the formulary of covered ...
"Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children" is a national movement launched in 2001 by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University to encourage more parent-to-child communication as a means of substance abuse prevention. It is celebrated the 4th Monday of each September, which is tomorrow.
Barton County 4-H was well represented at the Kansas State Fair.
Annual square dance lessons will start at 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the Great Bend Recreation Center, Burnside Room, 1214 Stone Street. The eight week class end on Nov. 18. Cost is $22 per person.
I would like to invite you to "be a kid" again and/or bring your kids, and attend the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's "Mad About Monarchs" event from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 24.
September is designated as Food Safety month, so it is a perfect time to share information about a new campaign. The "Cook It Safe" campaign encourages consumers to read and follow all cooking instructions printed on food packages before preparation. Consumers of all ages need to improve their safe food handling practices. With only 61 percent of Americans following all package cooking instructions, and even less using a food thermometer (19 percent), this is a unique opportunity to help educate and inform consumers to "Cook It Safe."
A long time ago, "do it yourself" wasn't a marketing mantra for big box hardware stores. It was a way of life. People were adept at fixing things, making things, doing things.
The Walnut Valley Senior Center of Rush Center is again planning to serve a "Potato Bar" the third Sunday of each month from September thru May with the exception of March, due to the community St. Patrick celebration and in December.
The Rice County Council on Aging in Lyons is hosting a seminar on grant writing geared toward non-profit agencies, municipalities, schools, libraries, museums and faith-based organizations. "Researching and Writing Winning Grants - Level I" will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9th at the organization's facility, located at 117 West Avenue South in Lyons.
I can truly say that within my first three months as the volunteer coordinator with Volunteers In Action I have been so enlightened and rejuvenated. It's as if my eyes have truly been opened for the first time in the 15 years I've lived in Great Bend. I'm honestly a little embarrassed to admit this, but I also feel fairly confident in knowing I'm not the only 30-something working mom whose life has taken place inside the bubble of her immediate surroundings.
The Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery is exceedingly fortunate to be receiving the last painting completed by its namesake for the permanent collection. The Hale family is donating the 1953 oil painting to the Gallery and the public is invited to attend a reception scheduled to celebrate the event at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 20th.
Hectic work schedule? Busy with after-school activities? Do outside influences interfere with your family's dinnertime? Mark Monday, September 22, 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 ...
At age 12, I earned a rather unusual distinction: I was the most experienced funeral altar boy at St. Patrick's parish. And with my kid brother Marty as my wingman, we became a pretty reliable one-two tag team for many funerals in the early '70s. If there were a teen version of funeral crashers, I was Owen Wilson.
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