The holidays can be a wonderful, yet stressful time. Reduce stress and enhance your families' enjoyment this season by increasing the benefits of holiday décor and gifts and by taking a few shortcuts to properly care for holiday trees and plants.
Someone famously said that Christmas comes in four phases. First you believe in Santa, then you don't, next you become Santa, and then you look like Santa. But enough about me.
Each year the Executive Board selects someone who has dedicated a significant amount of time to Extension educational programs in Barton County to receive the Extension Appreciation Award. This year the honoree named was Karen Kramp from Ellinwood.
It's that time again. My wish list for the coming year. I want just a couple of things, Santa.
Ian J. Watkins was recently commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force after completing officer training school at Montgomery Air Force Base, Alabama. He has been assigned as a Combat Systems Officer and is now stationed at Pensacola Naval Air Station where he is undergoing flight, weapons and aircraft system specific training. Ian is the son of Chief Master Sergeant, USAF, Kemper S. and Melissa Watkins of Denver, Colo., and the former Renalda J. Hoberecht of Yorktown, Va. He is the grandson of Gretchen and Julius Scheck of Great Bend. His brother Tyler is also in ...
What does it take to be named a "Friend of 4-H". There are many, many people who share their time and talent with the 4-H program.
Brenna Martin, St. John, will present a piano recital at 3 p.m. on Nov. 24, at the First United Methodist Church, 807 E. 1st Ave., St. John. The program, her junior recital, will consist of pieces from Beethoven, Bach and DeBussy. Light refreshments will be served following the recital.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Melissa K. Demel graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
Has Cheyenne Bottoms dried up before? How much rain will it take to fill Cheyenne Bottoms again? Did the two inch rain we received last weekend fill up Cheyenne Bottoms? Why can't we drill water wells and fill Cheyenne Bottoms?
Barton County 4-H members were honored for their accomplishments at the 78th-annual 4-H Achievement Celebration. The theme was "Rock and Roll with 4-H". Sarah Niederee, 4-H Council President and Bonny Boultinghouse, 4-H Council Vice-President served as the emcees. Morgan Kaiser, 4-H Council Secretary led the members in the Flag Salute and 4-H Pledge.
Things always seem to happen to me. Bad things. Like what happened a week ago Sunday while I was doing something very important in the garage of our rental house. A rental that has a few mechanical issues, like a door to the garage that doesn't shut properly. A solution squarely within the wheelhouse of some husband's. "Door latch problem! Let me get my door jam tools!" That dad has things I don't have, like, well, everything. Including and a wife who looks at him adoringly with his tool belt and thinks she is married to that ...
Last month we joined many other parents in our demographic by moving to a smaller home. This was our fourth move in 25 years. It was different from the others, however. You see, there are moves in the early years, when your kids are toddlers and all your possessions can fit in a pickup. Where the furniture is particle board and weighs 30 pounds. It's not really moving; it's a fun adventure when people pitch in and everyone grabs something like a Big Wheel. Laughter and joy are plentiful.
If you are out walking near Vets Lake at dusk or beyond, you may want to be wary of a skunk in the neighborhood. Last week my husband, John, and I were on our bike running errands and noticed something dark moving down the street ahead of us. At first John thought it was a raccoon, but when it turned around, we noticed a definite white stripe down its' back. It was a skunk and it was too close for comfort!
It is not too late to make an appointment to have RSVP volunteers assist you with Medicare Part D during the open enrollment period that lasts to Dec. 7th. So far we have been able to identify plans that were less expensive for most of the Medicare beneficiaries that we have helped. The savings have varied from $200 to $2,100 annually depending on individual circumstances. Even if you have been satisfied with your current plan, you owe it to yourself to check out the options. Your plan may still be the best one for you but you could also ...
National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The theme for 2015 is "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle" which encourages everyone to adopt eating and physical activity plans that are focused on consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices and getting daily exercise in order to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of chronic disease and promote overall health.
Get a jump on the growing season by starting your favorite or hard to find plants indoors from seeds. Starting hard to find plants, like many of the heirloom or newly introduced varieties, from seed may be the only way you will be able to add these to your garden. Plus, you'll be extending the growing season and bringing the fun of gardening indoors.
Moms tend to worry a lot.
February may be the shortest month of the year but it is an especially good time to recognize the importance of making lifestyle changes related to heart health. Is it true that you are what you eat? When it comes to heart health, the answer is a resounding "Yes!" Eating the right way is not about dieting, which is really a temporary change in your eating habits to lose a few pounds; it is about making better choices every day so that they become second nature.
From time to time, my wife tells me I'm not like most other husbands. Some men, she points out, know how to do things like use a hammer, work a saw and build things around the house. I've explained that I've built stuff. In fourth grade I built a birdhouse in Cub Scouts.
It is fairly common that my educational programs and workshops emphasize a common theme of health and wellness. The annual Walk Kansas program is just around the corner, so it is time to start rounding up your team members for that successful program. Packets are ready for team captains to pick up at our office and the Great Bend Recreation Commission. I also plan to deliver some packets to the recreation commissions in Hoisington and Ellinwood.
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