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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
By Curtis Wolf
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.
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.
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.
The past 50 or more years have brought a multitude of ways to teach and reinforce the concepts of healthy eating. When I was in the elementary grades the 'carrot lady' would come and visit our school lunchroom in Washington, at least once a year. Her message was one that stuck in my memory; "eat first what you don't like and then what you do like, and your plate will be clean." The 4-H foods and nutrition project introduced us to the "4-4-3-2" concept which corresponded with the number of servings of the four major food groups. A horizontal ...
The final day of the Barton County Fair last Sunday proved to be a hot one. 4-H families worked together to serve the beef barbecue to more than 1,400 folks either in Expo I or the handy drive through. Ice tea was a popular choice; more than 60 gallons were prepared and consumed. Water cooler fans inside the building took the edge off of the triple digit heat. The hard working clean up crew busily loaded extra supplies and equipment into the back of the pickup after the event. As my husband, John, and I were unloading heavy metal ...
Looking at the griddle-flat sandy farmland with its golden stubble fields surrounding the former Wheatland School, it is easy to see how the school got its name.
Television these days is featuring programming about tough jobs. You have the Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs with Mike Row," a huge hit. Then came oil workers in "Black Gold." Tough guys all over the country sit on their couch, holding the remote, eating their chili cheese dogs and declare, "I can do that." But none of these shows depict what is, in fact, the toughest job on the planet-playing Santa Claus to hundreds of toddlers. I know. Ten years ago I did just that, and I've been in therapy ever since.
Many fruits are out of season during the winter months, but pears are available nearly year-round, which makes them a great addition to any meal. I just bought some wonderful fresh pears locally last week so when I saw that December is National Pear Month I thought it would be a good time to share some information on buying, storing and adding pears to a healthful eating plan. Pears come in a variety of shapes, sizes and skin colors, including green, golden, yellow and red. Pears can be eaten raw or cooked. They are great as a quick snack, to ...
Hostesses often worry about what to feed guests with special dietary needs at holiday time. This is especially true for a guest with a strong allergy against wheat, for example, or someone with insulin-dependent diabetes. Providing several simple whole food choices and staying away from so many highly processed foods is the best plan I can offer.
About 50 percent of dogs and 33 percent of cats age 10 years and older will develop cancer. Although it is very prevalent in these animals, a Kansas State University veterinarian says depending upon the type of cancer, it may be very treatable and doesn't have to be a life-limiting disease.
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