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The past week has been a busy one. Fall Extension programs are in full swing. In between those busy days I have found some time to get acquainted with the newest member of the family. Camdyn Mae Baker, was born Thursday, Oct. 20, and weighed a healthy 8 lbs. 9 oz. Her parents, Art and Kristen, plus all of her aunts, uncles, grandparents and great grandma have gotten to bond with her. Big sister, Calyn, is totally excited about her new role, and at 3 ½, can really be a big helper.

October 30, 2011 | | Local Life


Our cat gives anti-social new meaning

Our family has a cat. She's been living with us for 11 years but we don't know each other. She's more than anti-social. She's anti-people, anti-dog, cat, life.

October 29, 2011 | BY MATT KEENAN | Local Life


Floor décor program offers decorating tips

Many people agree that the hardest part of home decorating is knowing where to start. The starting point for selecting a color scheme can be a special painting, an Oriental rug, or the fabric you want to use for the draperies or sofa. Whether you are redecorating the entire living room, or simply sprucing up an existing decorating scheme, develop a working plan for the project. The inspiration can come from many sources. Notice what you like as you browse through magazines and as you visit decorating studios or homes.

October 15, 2011 | BY DONNA KRUG | Local Life


Celebrate Family and Community Education Week October 9 - 15

Happy 75th birthday FCE! A visit to the web site of National Association for Family and Community Education shows such a positive organization; one that cares about families and communities. The organization has gone through several name changes in its seventy-five years; some of you remember the Home Demonstration Units and Extension Homemaker Units of the past. Through all of this the mission to strengthen individuals, families and communities through continuing education, developing leadership and community action has remained the same.

October 09, 2011 | | Local Life


The fragile beauty of homecoming

It's high school football season once again.

October 08, 2011 | BY MATT KEENAN | Local Life


RSVP Reflections

Medicare Part D is a public/private partnership. Medicare contracts with private insurance companies to provide this coverage. These contracts can be amended yearly and this is why everyone who has a Part D insurance policy should plan to review their coverage during the open enrollment period each year. The coverage that you have in 2011 could be subject to change in 2012. Now I want to be perfectly clear. Your plan may not change at all but if it does, your premium could be higher or some of your drugs might not be included on the formulary of covered ...

October 02, 2011 | | Local Life


Celebrate Family Day Tomorrow

"Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children" is a national movement launched in 2001 by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University to encourage more parent-to-child communication as a means of substance abuse prevention. It is celebrated the 4th Monday of each September, which is tomorrow.

September 25, 2011 | | Local Life


Kansas State Fair news

Barton County 4-H was well represented at the Kansas State Fair.

September 25, 2011 | | Local Life


Annual square dance lessons

Annual square dance lessons will start at 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the Great Bend Recreation Center, Burnside Room, 1214 Stone Street. The eight week class end on Nov. 18. Cost is $22 per person.

September 25, 2011 | | Local Life


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


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Slow cooker meals

If some fresh ideas for freezer ready slow cooker meals are what you are looking for then the upcoming program at the Great Bend Activity Center is one you won't want to miss. Especially during the winter months it is so nice to come home from a busy day at work and be greeted with the smell of supper ready to serve. The educational program "Freezer Ready Slow Cooker Meals" is designed to give you the tools to put together ingredients and freeze them properly; then cook them in your crockpot for a hearty and healthy meal. Jamie Rathbun ...

January 25, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Think your life is complicated? Not until you buy your daughter a horse

This column was originally published in 2006

January 25, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


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