We have entered the period of the year when spreads of rich holiday foods seem to appear at every social gathering – frosted cookies at the office, eggnog at your neighbor's, or chocolates in your Christmas stocking. All these extras add up, and if you are like most Americans, you will put on a pound or two by New Year's Day.
The "Holiday Open House" on Nov. 17 was a big success. Close to 60 RSVP volunteers braved the windy weather to enjoy special refreshments and door prizes. I want to personally thank all of the following for the generous donations that made our event so special: Great Bend Regional Hospital-cookies; Angels Care Home Health-punch, nuts and paper goods; Yvonne Strecker-cream puffs; Esther Thul-cookies; Deon Lupton-home-made peanut clusters; Kansasland Tires-free oil change; Montana Mikes-$40 gift certificate; Pizza Hut-4 free lunch buffets; Jennifer's Hallmark-large gift basket of Christmas ornaments; Everything under the ...
The holidays are about Advent calendars and the count-down to Christmas eve. For parents with college students, here is a more relevant number – 12. That's how many days are left until college boy returns from the last day of finals. And for those who don't know this drill, prepare to be enlightened.
It's that time of year! Have you started your shopping? Does holiday gift giving really need to include "shopping"? When asked, family and friends often report that holiday foods or other activities, rather than purchased gifts, can make for a happy holiday.
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are spending time enjoying the family gatherings that surround the holidays. If you have not started your holiday shopping, remember that time, instead of expensive gifts, may be exactly what your family needs this year. Create your own traditions that exemplify your values. Time spent playing board or card games together; going to a movie or enjoying a sin-a-long can help define the holidays in a way that is meaningful to you.
Jack Willenberg, MSGT, retired from the Kansas Air National Guard on Nov. 5 after 20 years of service. The ceremony was held at McConnell Air Force base in Wichita. With family and friends with him, he was honored with several service awards.
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 ...
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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