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Kabatine tip blight

I have received many calls recently from individuals worried about their juniper trees. The trees appear to be turning brown at the tips of the branches, sometimes throughout the tree. This gives the tree an unhealthy look, and people are concerned about the overall health of their evergreens. The trees that I have looked at have all had the same disease in common, which is Kabatina tip blight.

June 02, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Local Life

Nutrition tips for your busy summer

Another school year has come to an end but that does not mean that learning has to take a vacation, especially in the area of nutrition education. With kids home for the summer, no doubt your grocery bill will see a noticeable increase. It would be easy to fall into the trap of stocking up on the many processed foods on the market and feeding these to your busy family. But summer is a great time to focus on the "Why, When, Where, and How" as it relates to nutrition education.

June 02, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life

Gonzalez graduates basic military training

U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman 1st Class Octavio Gonzalez graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

June 02, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life

Thanks and farewell

They say time flies when you're having fun. That certainly seems to be the case as I reflect on these past 6 ½ years as your Extension Agent for family and consumer sciences. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Ellis County and the Hays community – and for the past year as part of the Cottonwood Extension District - but the time has come to say farewell. I will be retiring on May 31 after 39 years as a K-State Research and Extension agent in four counties in northwest and southwest Kansas.

May 26, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life

Fertilize warm season grasses

For people who have warm season lawns such as buffalograss, zoysia or bermuda, there is less maintenance, especially at the first of the year. Warm season grasses have now come out of dormancy, and adding a little fertilizer now will help the turf have better growth and a deeper color. I found an article from Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension's horticulture expert to give you some tips on how to help your warm season lawn look its best this summer.

May 26, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Local Life

Handling food safely on the road

V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N! Oh, how we long for the eight letter word every summer, when millions of us eagerly get away from school and work. We take to the road in cars or recreational vehicles; live on boats; relax in beach or mountain vacation homes; and camp.

May 26, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life

When two worlds collide

My friend Pat Cale and I have been to Africa several times for bow hunting adventures. Those trips are so memorable - not only from the standpoint of hunting but also from our exposure to the African people and animals. The first couple of times were spent mostly learning the animals and acquainting ourselves with the land, customs, and critters. We concentrated more on hunting during the later trips. We came back wiser and always happy from those trips.

May 26, 2018 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life

Social Security Matters

Ask Rusty – Spousal and Survivor Benefits

May 26, 2018 | AMAC Cerified Social Security Advisor Russell Gloor Association of Mature American Citizens | Local Life

Bagworms have arrived

There has been word that bagworms, Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis, are emerging from eggs, and the young caterpillars are already out and about feeding on plants. Eventually bagworms will be present throughout our region feeding on both broadleaf and evergreen trees and shrubs. So, now is the time to take action against this insect pest.

May 26, 2018 | Rip Winkel | Local Life

Model T killed Kansas German dialects

It was Henry Ford, not Kaiser Bill, who was responsible for the decline of the distinctive German dialects spoken by immigrants and their descendants in five Kansas and Missouri settlements during the 20th century.

May 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life

Promotion announced

U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman 1st Class Madison K. Peterson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

May 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life

Your summer adventures await at Kansas State Parks

PRATT – Whatever your outdoor interests, you'll find something you enjoy at a Kansas state park this summer. Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism staff have our state parks groomed and ready for visitors, and many special events are scheduled. Your outdoor experience can be exactly what you want it to be: quiet and relaxing, exhilarating, educational or entertaining.

May 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life

The etiquette of thank you notes

The month of May is an especially busy season for gift-giving: graduations, Mother's Day, baby showers, bridal showers, weddings, and other special occasions. When we give someone a gift, we try to choose something we feel they will really like. We wrap it nicely and present it to them with great expectations. We can't wait to see their reaction and their "thank you" is music to our ears.

May 21, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life

Warm weather makes me 'think about salad'

When the temperature warms up outside our meal planning may include dishes that are lighter and don't heat up the kitchen. Often that means I "think salad." Salads are great ways to incorporate colorful fruits and vegetables. That, in turn, contributes to a healthier plate. Many whole grains can make the salad become more of a main dish that is both filling and nutritious.

May 14, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life

Donate Safe and Nutritious Food for National Food Drive

Editor's note: Although Linda Beech is writing here about an event that has already occurred, Great Bend Postmaster Travis Trendel said people who were unable to put food donation's by the mailboxes on Saturday may do so this week. Letter carriers will still pick up donations.

May 12, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life

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Overpayment notice due to ex-spouse benefits

Dear Rusty: My husband got an overpayment notice from Social Security telling us that his former wife had collected $32,640.34 in benefits she ...

June 16, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life

The soil is alive! (Part II)

Sometimes we think that bacteria, fungi, nematodes, and other soil microbes are pests to be illuminated, like the fungus infecting your tomatoes for example. But ...

June 16, 2018 | Rip Winkel | Local Life

Check it Out

ELLINWOOD - The latest additions to Ellinwood School/Community Library include:

June 16, 2018 | Sheri Holmes, Director of Library/Media Services | Local Life

Celebrating dads on Father’s Day

I hope that your family takes time to celebrate with dad on his special day. Not a day goes by that I don't think ...

June 16, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life

Special gift for a special man

Its takes a special kind of someone to help pay tribute to someone's hard work of taking care of a family over the years ...

June 09, 2018 | Russ Edem | Local Life

Wheat market show coming to fair

This year has seen many challenges for about anyone with a wheat crop. It is said that wheat has to die at least nine times ...

June 09, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Local Life

Search underway to find former USS Intrepid crew, and for anniversary weekend

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Aug. 16, 2018 will mark the 75th anniversary of the commissioning of the USS Intrepid (CVS-11), the World War II-era Essex ...

June 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life

KDA photo contest now accepting entries

MANHATTAN - Kansas farmers and ranchers know there is great beauty in agriculture, and photographers are encouraged to capture that beauty and share it with others ...

June 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life

Summer youth activities are in full swing

My job as an Extension Educator switches gear during the summer months and I have the opportunity to spend time supporting youth activities. This past ...

June 09, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life

Social Security for Retired Trooper in second career

Dear Rusty: I am a retired Indiana State Trooper but I'm working at a second career at the present time. What information would you ...

June 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life

The soil is alive!

Soil, the substance that makes up the ground in which we walk, is often thought of and referred to as dirt. Actually, "dirt" is the ...

June 09, 2018 | Rip Winkel | Local Life

A Woman’s View

What has happened to the service industry in this country? Where did it go?

June 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


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