eal management for an active family can be challenging at best. Busy households may sacrifice eating a healthy diet when dashing through the drive through or preparing processed foods at home. Even couples or single folks tell me that it is easy to get into a rut when it comes to meal planning. With the cost of food taking a sizable portion of our spendable income, what can we do to make meal planning fun again and get organized to save some food dollars? Look no further than a class that we are co-sponsoring with the Great Bend recreation center.
This is a nationwide effort to recognize the efforts of those who serve Friendship Meals to seniors. This program is offered in the month of March and public officials are invited to participate. The Great Bend-based Eldercare is the local sponsoring, agency for the meals, covering 28 southwest Kansas counties. "They encourage us to invite mayors in to help serve."
The Kansans Optimizing Health Program (KOHP for short) is set to begin again soon. A total of twenty-five individuals who are either dealing with a chronic illness or providing care for someone have participated in the first two 6-week workshops. The program, developed by Stanford University, has helped participants across the U.S. and many foreign countries learn strategies to improve their health – one step at a time.
These days no one goes anywhere without a driver's license.
For years, Social Security has stressed the convenience, security, and safety of getting benefit payments electronically. Soon, direct deposit (or Direct Express) will not only be the best way to receive Federal benefit payments - it will be the only way.
The 82d Airborne Division has returned from Afghanistan after completing their missions over a two year period. This division has been America's No.1 fighting division since World War II, also highly decorated.
Barton County 4-H Day was held Saturday, Feb. 19 at Hoisington High School. 4-H Club members participated in public presentations, talent and the music division.
Christian-based recovery programs
In the 70s, politicians coined the term "misery index" - used to describe the combination of inflation with unemployment. Teenagers have their own misery index, but theirs has nothing to do with the Consumer Price Index. Instead, it has everything to do with parents who ruin their lives - or at least a couple minutes of them, which in their world is an eternity. These days it seems that's my specialty - bringing parental reality to their world. So here is my top 10 teenage misery index:
The day after Christmas is one of my favorite days of the year. No, it is not because of the highly touted after Christmas sales. It is because 33 years ago today I was married to John Krug. We had a simple wedding; I made my dress and we bought John a new suit. My sister, Delma, and John's brother, Phil, completed our wedding party. My cousin played the organ and the pastor's wife sang "Color My World." Our fifty guests included family who extended their holiday visit and close friends who made a road trip to Hanover ...
As I sit at my computer tying up loose ends of the programs for 2010 and listening to my favorite Christmas CD's, I am reminded at how special this time of year is. The months click by so quickly; I can hardly believe that 2011 is just a couple weeks away. A couple of short articles in the newsletter I subscribe to that is written in both English and Spanish caught my eye.
Santa, it's that time again - my annual Christmas list. Let's get right to it.
"Say, did I ever tell you the story about…?" And so would begin another exciting story as told by Bill VanSkike. At times there may have been a group of 10 or 12 people gathered around but it seemed Bill was just as content to have even one person listening to his story.
The end of the year is a time for everyone to assemble their "best of" lists.
We hear it on the news every year at this time; many people add five to ten pounds to their body weight between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. As we learned in the program "Holiday Traditions Around the World" many of the celebrations at holiday time are centered around food. Some of the best holiday recipes that people pass on to their younger family members are full of rich ingredients. So what can you do to prove the weight gain statistic wrong and still enjoy the holidays? Read on for some suggestions.
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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