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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


Thank you, volunteers

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.

May 04, 2012 | | Local Life


RSVP news

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 ...

April 01, 2012 | | Local Life


Enjoy a South of the Border experience

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.

March 25, 2012 | Linda Pringle | Local Life


Wetland Explorer

By Pam Martin - Kansas Department Wildlife, Parks and Tourism educator

March 25, 2012 | | Local Life


When Nature Comes Calling, Its Best To Be Prepared

Matt Keenan

March 25, 2012 | | Local Life


Friends of Cheyenne Bottoms check

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.

March 18, 2012 | | Local Life


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Summer Picnic Season Begins Now

The celebrations surrounding the Memorial Day weekend oftentimes include a picnic or barbecue. With warmer weather here, it is important that you consider food safety tips so none of your guests take home an unwanted foodborne illness.

May 24, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Grow Your Best Tomato Yet

Nothing beats the flavor of fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes. Make this your biggest and tastiest tomato harvest yet with proper planting and care.

May 17, 2015 | Melinda Myers | Local Life


Responding to Invitations is Common Courtesy

With graduations, weddings and other special occasions upon us I am guessing you have received a few invitations in your mailbox asking for your RSVP. The term RSVP comes from a French expression, meaning "please respond". If RSVP is written on an invitation it means the invited guest must tell the host whether or not they plan to attend the party. It does not mean to respond only if you're coming, and it does not mean respond only if you're not coming (the expression "regrets only" is reserved for that instance). It means the host needs a definite ...

May 17, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


College: the years of living dangerously

Today our son Robert is graduating from KU. We are celebrating. Not his graduation with a job, but something else: He's still living.

May 17, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


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