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The Wetland Explorer

I would like to invite you to "be a kid" again and/or bring your kids, and attend the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's "Mad About Monarchs" event from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 24.

September 18, 2011 | | Local Life


Cook It Safe when preparing convenience foods

September is designated as Food Safety month, so it is a perfect time to share information about a new campaign. The "Cook It Safe" campaign encourages consumers to read and follow all cooking instructions printed on food packages before preparation. Consumers of all ages need to improve their safe food handling practices. With only 61 percent of Americans following all package cooking instructions, and even less using a food thermometer (19 percent), this is a unique opportunity to help educate and inform consumers to "Cook It Safe."

September 18, 2011 | | Local Life


The world is falling apart: one theory why

A long time ago, "do it yourself" wasn't a marketing mantra for big box hardware stores. It was a way of life. People were adept at fixing things, making things, doing things.

September 17, 2011 | BY MATT KEENAN | Local Life


Brening 50th

Mr. and Mrs. Don Brening will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Sept. 4. The couple celebrated their anniversary recently with their children in Kansas City for a weekend and an anniversary dinner. Attending were Kim Solomon and fiancée Ken Wilson, of Kansas City, Kevin and Pat Brening, of Hutchinson, Kelli and Brent Hirneisen, of Goodyear, Ariz.; and six of their nine grandchildren.

September 04, 2011 | | Local Life


RSVP Column

The Community Food Bank of Barton County located in Great Bend is one of RSVP's 65 partners in Barton County. While the Community Food Bank of Barton County operates as a ministry of the Barton County Association of Churches, it was organized as a separate entity in 1984 with its own board of directors and tax-exempt status from the IRS; it is designed to distribute food in a temporary emergency or crisis situation to persons in need. Currently, there are 14 members on the board of directors with Evelyn and Bob Essmiller as Co-Presidents.

September 04, 2011 | | Local Life


FOCB hold Wetlands Day

In our last edition, Kansas Wetlands Education Center Manager Curtis Wolf discussed "Nature Deficit Disorder" and the importance of getting children outside. I am lucky enough to get the opportunity to interact with an eclectic array of people through our outreach events and school programs. I have an activity in one of my programs where I ask participants to reflect on their favorite childhood memories and draw a setting or activity that comes to mind. Unfortunately, I have found a definitive trend. 99% of the time, adults age twenty and up draw themselves outdoors either throwing a baseball, watching the ...

August 22, 2011 | | Local Life


Learning Opportunities for People of All Ages

Three year old granddaughter, Calyn, starts next week as a peer model at Helping Hands Pre-school. It does not feel like sixteen years have passed since our son Matt was a peer model in the same program. I would say the "Helping Hands" program has stood the test of time and shown how successful learning can occur when matching children with special needs along side a few peer models.

August 14, 2011 | | Local Life


AN END OF AN ERA

When the Unified School District 428 School Board Monday voted to sell Shady Grove School, there was one nay vote. Casting that vote was Kevin Mauler.

August 13, 2011 | Dale Hogg | Local Life


Jump Start Your Day with Breakfast

As I begin my twenty-third year in adult education through my job as an Extension Agent I feel blessed to enjoy the variety of each day. While most of my programming is directed toward adults, I also enjoy contact with children of all ages. Nothing pleases me more than sharing nutrition information with a young person and then meeting up with them again and have them say, "Hey, I remember you; you told us to eat more vegetables, or less pop, or whole grains….." Encouraging people of all ages to make healthy food choices is becoming a huge part of ...

August 07, 2011 | | Local Life


RSVP Column

Barton County has a valuable asset that may not be immediately apparent. I'm referring, of course, to the 415 dedicated volunteers with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. RSVP has served Barton County since 1977, almost 35 years. In 2010 alone, 401 volunteers donated 59,000 hours of service to the residents of Barton County. Using the minimum wage of $7.25, those hours translate into almost $4.3 million contributed to non-profits, community agencies and programs, schools, and health care providers.

August 07, 2011 | | Local Life


Funeral for a friend

Matt Keenan

August 07, 2011 | | Local Life


The Wetland Explorer - Nature Deficit Disorder

By Curtis Wolf

July 24, 2011 | | Local Life


A white knuckled cab ride: tips and tricks for survival

Distracted driving and the attendant risks is all the buzz these days. But separately consider the hazards sometimes presented by cab drivers whose driving habits prompt fibrillations. Combine these two and you have a column.

July 24, 2011 | | Local Life


Saint Francis offering free training course for individuals interested in becoming foster parents, b

Saint Francis Community Services (a provider of foster care, adoption, and family preservation services) will offer a free, 10 week course, Partnering for Safety and Permanence - Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (PS-MAPP), for individuals interested in becoming foster parents. The course begins Aug. 4 and will be held every Thursday for 10 weeks from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Saint Francis Community Service office, 1508 Main Street, Great Bend.

July 24, 2011 | | Local Life


Extension intern shares with seniors

Rena Berrett, summer extension intern, will share information about the agricultural exchange she has participated in during a program at 1 p.m. on Monday, at the Great Bend Senior Center. Berrett, who grew up in eastern Oregon, has spent the past school year as a Kansas State Wildcat, pursuing a degree in Agriculture. The similarities and differences between the two states will be highlighted by Rena. She will also share highlights from the Ag trip to France she participated in with other K-State students. Monday's program is free and open to everyone.

July 24, 2011 | | Local Life


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Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle

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.

March 01, 2015 | | Local Life


Simple Steps to Seed Starting Success

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.

March 01, 2015 | Melinda Myers | Local Life


Moms who worry and husbands who don’t

Moms tend to worry a lot.

March 01, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


Mathews donates rifle

February 22, 2015 | | Local Life


February is Heart Health Month

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.

February 22, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


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