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Beware of the Skunk

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!

November 11, 2012 | | Local Life


RSVP Column

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 ...

November 04, 2012 | | Local Life


Blake Family Four Generations

November 04, 2012 | Nick Grubbe | Local Life


Long-distance family ties subject of programs

The holidays are just around the corner which means it is the perfect time to tell you about the Extension educational program titled, "Loving Long-Distance: Families Separated by Distance." Our world has certainly changed since I was a youngster. Growing up on a farm in Washington County, all of my grandparents were within 10 miles of our home so we spent lots of time together on weekends and holidays. Nowadays, families may be separated because of military obligations, job responsibilities, or broken family relationships. Whatever the reason is for separation, there are lots of ways to make the holidays and ...

November 02, 2012 | BY DONNA KRUG | Local Life


Extension Elections

Each fall, the Barton County Extension Council holds an election to fill positions on our various program development committees. Mark Monday, Oct. 29th on your calendar and stop by the Barton County Extension Office at 1800 12th Street to cast your ballot. Election time is 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Any Barton County resident who is at least 18 years of age may vote in this election.

October 28, 2012 | | Local Life


Trip provided great learning and scenery

Narrowing down a highlight or two from our (my husband John, and me) recent trip east is difficult. The first leg of the trip was to participate in my national association meeting in Columbus, Ohio. I would say the highlight of those four days was the opportunity to share my educational fact sheet and leaders guide with forty-four agents from sixteen different states. The response was positive; they were especially glad to receive the entire program on a CD. Other sessions and speakers I listened to during the week provided resources and new ideas to try here in Barton County ...

October 21, 2012 | | Local Life


The Wetland Explorer

One of the best parts about working at Cheyenne Bottoms is talking with visitors that stop here. One thing staff at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center have noticed is that almost everyone has a story about Cheyenne Bottoms. If you follow the news items posted in the Great Bend Tribune, you know that most stories about Cheyenne Bottoms logically include information about birds, bird-watching, hunting, and wildlife; that is what Cheyenne Bottoms is famous for. However, some of the most interesting stories and memories we get to hear from visitors to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center concerning Cheyenne Bottoms have ...

October 21, 2012 | By Curtis Wolf KWEC site manager | Local Life


Celebrate Family and Community Education Week October 14 - 20

Happy 76th 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 long history; 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.

October 14, 2012 | | Local Life


A college partnership for the ages

In the universe of partnerships, you find outliers in all fields. Bill Gates and Paul Allen changed the world of technology, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis entertainment, and Harry and Marv reminded us of the brilliance of stupidity. But none could rival the collaborative genius of what began two years ago in Lawrence with Big Red and Tommy Keenan.

October 12, 2012 | BY MATT KEENAN | Local Life


Reflections on the 35th class reunion, GB 1977

Last weekend I attended my thirty-fifth high school reunion. Joining me was my high school classmate and one of my friends, John Holt. Just as we did for our 30th, the itinerary included a visit with a mentor who remains a spiritual influence in our lives – Sister Mary Rose Engle, our Principal at St. Patrick's in 1965 and a Dominican sister for 75 years. Her residence at the Dominican Convent is across the street from the home where I grew up.

September 28, 2012 | BY MATT KEENAN | Local Life


Local 4-Hers do well at Kansas State Fair

Today is the last day of the Kansas State Fair! If you haven't had a chance to travel to this showcase of Kansas talent, put it on your bucket list for next year. If you are heading that direction, your first stop should be 4-H Centennial Hall located in the northwest corner of the state fairgrounds.

September 15, 2012 | | Local Life


HEAD OF THE CLASS

Unified School District 428 proudly welcomes 27 new educators to the district.

August 09, 2012 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | Local Life


Stitches in time

eedlework has long been a past time of women of the prairie. It provided a creative outlet and beauty during the harsh life in the Great Plains and still today, is the hobby of choice for many.

June 18, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Local Life


Top ten list of summer food safety tips presented

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.

May 25, 2012 | BY DONNA KRUG | Local Life


Get out and ride to work

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 ...

May 11, 2012 | BY DONNA KRUG | Local Life


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