With warmer weather here to stay and the number of family gatherings increasing it seems appropriate to bring some food safety reminders to you today. Whether it is an impromptu picnic or a planned family outing, nothing can spoil the moment quicker than someone becoming ill from food that is not prepared carefully or held at a safe temperature.
Matt Keenan commentary
Our friends from other states tease us "flatlanders" about riding our bike in Kansas. Obviously they have never traveled to the northwest part of Barton county and other parts of the state. I also like to point out that we may not have a lot of hills but we have lots of wind! This spring has been full of windy days so we plan our rides to head in to the wind first and then enjoy a tailwind on the way home.
Happy May Day! I hope you are able to enjoy the sights and sounds of spring in the days ahead. Even though I did not inherit the green thumb both my grandmothers and my mother had, I have a love of beautiful flowers and foliage plants. I try not to get too anxious to get my plants before it has warmed up to stay. The trick in central Kansas seems to be the placement of plants so they can withstand dry and windy conditions!
USS Columbus CA-74/CG-12/SSN-762 reunion will be held Sept. 21 through Sept. 24, at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington, Va. Contact Allen R. Hope, President, at 3828 Hobson Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46815-4505; phone (260) 486-2221 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastern time; Fax: 260-492-9771; or email: Hope4391@ frontier.com
The Tractor Safety Course for Barton County youth age 13-18 will be held Saturday, April 30, from 8 am to 5 pm at Barton Community College CNH Training Facility. Pre-registration is required, so please stop by the Barton County Extension Office, 1800 12th Street (on the corner of 12th and Baker Streets) to enroll, pay the fee and pickup your notebook. The cost of the class is $15 and registration is requested by April 26.
Navy and Marine Corps shipmates who served on the USS COLUMBUS CA-74/CG-12 from 1944 through 1976 and the USS COLUMBUS (SSN-762) past and present, that would like to share memories and camaraderie with old friends and make new ones, can contact Allen R. Hope, President, 3828 Hobson Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46815-4505; phone (260) 486-2221 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastern time; fax: 260-492-9771; or email: Hope4391@ frontieLcom
The Heartland Cancer Center Cancer Support Group meeting will be held 2 p.m. onTuesday at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland. The meeting is open to all cancer survivors and their families. Anyone wanting to know more about the disease, treatment, caring for or living with cancer are invited. New comers are always welcome. The summer schedule and activities for the group will be set at the April meeting. Any questions, please contact Dana Foss at 620-793-5811.
In Great Bend, Kan., in the mid '60s, there was no such thing as separation of church and state. Not that I could tell, at least.
Army National Guard Spec. Graham D. Neeland has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
Army National Guard Pvt. Tyler J. Brough has graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The training consists of Basic Infantry Training and Advanced Individual Training.
Barton County 4-H will be host to the State 4-H Shooting Sports competition Saturday, April 16, at the Expo grounds west of Great Bend. The disciplines included in this competition are Air Rifle, Air Pistol and BB gun. There are over 250 4-H members age 9 -18 years old registered for the event.
Many times ethnic foods are popular choices because of their spiciness. Our "south of the border friends" have a knack for incorporating chili peppers and turmeric in their dishes. Indian cuisine includes the use of curry and Asian dishes are often sprinkled with ginger juice or soy sauce. Herbs and spices have been used for centuries to season and flavor foods. In prehistoric times, people discovered that certain parts of plants made food taste better. Herbs were the flavoring of the common people, often grown in kitchen gardens or gathered in the woods. Modern consumers use both herbs and spices ...
Nothing gives me more pleasure than spending time with my three year old granddaughter, Calyn. Since she accompanied her parents to Washington D.C. over spring break I made sure we got some quality time together before she left. When she comes to spend the night I'm reminded about how curious she can be. Children should be curious, but curiosity can turn dangerous if kids are getting under the kitchen sink or into the medicine cabinet where hazardous chemicals and adult medicines are kept. In recognition of National Poison Prevention Week, I want to use my column space today ...
By Curtis Wolf
As another month quickly comes to a close, I find myself looking ahead to the busy month of October. Fall programs are set and there may be a couple of interest to you. As we approach the open enrollment dates for Medicare beneficiaries to enroll in Part D, I have enlisted the help of Rick Schaffer, Assistant Director for the Southwest Kansas Aging and Disability Resource Center, to present some updated information. Ricks' program will focus on signing up for Part D prescription benefits. We will host Rick at noon on Wednesday, October 8, at the Barton County Extension office ...
It's been a very good 4-H year! Barton County 4-H members did well in several areas at the Kansas State Fair.
A sewing class for adults will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 29, at the Extension office meeting room, 1800 12th Street. The project will be a simple table runner. Sewing machines and equipment will be provided. Donna Krug, Barton County Extension Agent, and volunteers from the Central Kansas Thread Benders quilt guild will be on hand to teach the class. There is a $10 fee for the class. For more information or to register contact Joyce Burnham at 620-793-7094.
This fall our college senior decided it was time to move off campus. As decidedly older parents, we knew this drill well. Robert's brothers had rental options subjected to a billion questions/inquiries/inspections from their CSO - chief safety officer - Lori.
This is the time of year when the Kansas State University entomology department receives a lot of calls. The question most asked: Why am I getting so many spiders in my house?
Visits to six classrooms during the past week to share the importance of proper hand washing were fun and educational. Kids as young as three were learning about the importance of washing their hands so that they can stay healthy. I have access to a Glo-Germ TM, complete with a black light. After tossing a balloon around that had the "magic potion" on it we could see exactly where the germs were hiding.
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