This may shock you, but Halloween these days is completely out of control. It generates nine billion in retail sales and begins promotions at the first hint of fall – late August. Who doesn't love that? Well, me, apparently. Used to be, it was simple, modest and kid friendly. And in Barton County in the early 70's, there were a couple sure things about every Halloween. The first was that if you wanted to collect the biggest stash of Snickers, Butterfinger and Peanut M&M's, you went to the doctors – a sugar high golden rectangle – the Degner, Polson ...
Tomorrow we turn the calendar to November and that means the holidays are just around the corner. Every year I plan a program that celebrates the diverse cultures we have in our community. So a joint venture is planned for this year to learn how people from around the world celebrate the holidays. Mark Wednesday, November 10th on your calendar and come to the Burnside room at the Great Bend Recreation Center at noon. You will not be disappointed.
Halloween's excitement often causes children to forget to be careful. There is no single trick to making the fall holiday a treat, but paying attention to safety details can prevent harm. Trick-or-treaters who rush from house to house may increase their risk of slipping or falling or being involved in a motor vehicle pedestrian accident. Parents can overestimate children's street-crossing skills. Likewise, children sometimes fail to evaluate potential traffic threats, have slower sensory perception and are unable to predict driver behavior.
Are you or someone you are close to affected by arthritis, cancer, diabetes, fibromyalgia, heart disease, high blood pressure, lung disease, obesity or the effects of a stroke? You do not have to look far to find someone affected by one or more of these conditions. Today in my column space I want to extend an invitation to participate in a chronic disease self-management program titled Kansans Optimizing Health Program (KOHP). This program was developed at Stanford University. Research studies have shown that the program is effective in helping people manage their health and control chronic disease symptoms.
Every fall, our Barton County Extension Council holds an election to fill positions on our various program development committee. Mark Tuesday) October 12 on your calendar this week, and stop by the Great Bend Recreation Center Burnside Room, to cast your ballot. Election time is 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
"Mini Golf United" will be held at 1 p.m. on Oct. 10 at the Walnut Bowling Center. In case of inclement weather, the teams will bowl. The team entry fee will be $30 for three-member teams with 100% of the proceeds going to United Way of Barton County. Cash prizes will be awarded to top golfers and an award will go to the business entering the most teams.
Everyone, no matter your age or lot in life, should be pampered on occasion. Current events justify it more than ever. And so last month, I took a plunge. I got a pedicure. For those thirty minutes, the angels sang in harmony, the noise of life stopped, and feelings and sensations never previously known in 51 years came alive. They say the feet have a billion nerve endings. I think that's on the low end.
What are you breathing? It is a good question to ask ourselves. All of us face a variety of risks to our health as we go about our day-to-day lives. Driving in cars, engaging in recreational activities, and being exposed to environmental pollutants all pose varying degrees of risk. Some risks are simply unavoidable. The good news is indoor air pollution is one risk that you can do something about. As we celebrate Indoor Air Quality Awareness month during October, see if any red flags go up in your house.
There were over 9,000 exhibits in 4-H Centennial Hall at the Kansas State Fair and many 4-H members were also involved in judging events.
At a time when political commentators bemoan sharp divisions in our culture and the words of Rodney King resonate more than ever - "Can't we all just get along?" - I witnessed something last week that's worth sharing.
TOPEKA (AP) - After seven years on methamphetamine, and beset by paranoia and schizophrenia, David Parnell in 2003 decided it was time to end his nightmare of a life.
BRANTFORD (AP) - Audrey Kalivoda often takes back roads home to Washington County and instantly renews her love for Kansas.
School volunteers are needed to listen to students read, to eat lunch with students and to be mentors. EARS volunteers (Everyone Able to Read by Sharing) go into elementary schools and listen to school-age children read. YouthFriends is a school-based mentoring program where volunteers take 40 minutes a week to eat lunch and do an activity with their student. For more time flexibility, Big Brothers Big Sisters activities are often completed outside of school hours. Choose where you want to volunteer and start making a difference in a young person's life today.
This is a fish story, but unlike most you've heard, this one is different. It's true, attested to by four witnesses who can't forget what happened 39 years ago.
The Postal Service appears to be enjoying a resurgence.
The Walnut Valley Senior Center of Rush Center is again planning to serve a "Potato Bar" the third Sunday of each month from September thru May with the exception of March, due to the community St. Patrick celebration and in December.
The Rice County Council on Aging in Lyons is hosting a seminar on grant writing geared toward non-profit agencies, municipalities, schools, libraries, museums and faith-based organizations. "Researching and Writing Winning Grants - Level I" will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9th at the organization's facility, located at 117 West Avenue South in Lyons.
I can truly say that within my first three months as the volunteer coordinator with Volunteers In Action I have been so enlightened and rejuvenated. It's as if my eyes have truly been opened for the first time in the 15 years I've lived in Great Bend. I'm honestly a little embarrassed to admit this, but I also feel fairly confident in knowing I'm not the only 30-something working mom whose life has taken place inside the bubble of her immediate surroundings.
The Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery is exceedingly fortunate to be receiving the last painting completed by its namesake for the permanent collection. The Hale family is donating the 1953 oil painting to the Gallery and the public is invited to attend a reception scheduled to celebrate the event at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 20th.
Hectic work schedule? Busy with after-school activities? Do outside influences interfere with your family's dinnertime? Mark Monday, September 22, on your calendar and get ready to celebrate Family Day. For the past twelve years the fourth Monday of September has been noted as Family Day, a national effort to promote family dinners as an effective way to reduce youth substance abuse and other risky behaviors. Research by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University consistently finds that the more often children eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or ...
At age 12, I earned a rather unusual distinction: I was the most experienced funeral altar boy at St. Patrick's parish. And with my kid brother Marty as my wingman, we became a pretty reliable one-two tag team for many funerals in the early '70s. If there were a teen version of funeral crashers, I was Owen Wilson.
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