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
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.
Besides the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, today marks the start of "Family Life Week." At the Krug household we certainly have a lot to celebrate. The newest addition to our family, Boland Garet Baker, arrived mid-day on the 18th. He weighed in at just over 9 pounds and is 21 and ½ inches long. To say that his big sisters are thrilled with his arrival would be an understatement. His mom and dad, all the grandparents, aunts, and uncles are equally happy to welcome him into the family.
Barton County 4-H members were honored for their accomplishments at the 80th annual 4-H Achievement Celebration. The theme was "Jazz it up with 4-H". Mikey Hughes, 4-H Council President and Morgan Kaiser, 4-H Council Vice-President served as the emcees. Heather Schneider, Council Treasurer led the members in the Flag Salute and 4-H Pledge.
This fall the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded jointly to a couple scientists "for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources." The press release from the Nobel Committee hailed their invention of the blue-light emitting diode - LED lights.
Several states, including Kansas, are trying to protect their borders from a little beetle that could cost the black walnut industry millions of dollars. Kansas Forest Service specialists at Kansas State University say you could be spreading the disease without knowing it.
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