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Cook’s Library with Patsy

Cookbooks are more than just recipes. They are time capsules as well. Looking through old cookbooks tells you that our tastes certainly change over time.

April 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Marsh Musings

The migration is really exploding at the Bottoms right now! New birds are appearing every day. If you want to see real magic in action-go to the Cheyenne Bottoms during the next month or so. It is absolutely breath-taking. It should be illegal to live close to this wonder of nature and not be there as much as possible. If you want to see Prairie Chickens, call KWEC and they will take you to a lek for another show you can hardly believe. You bird hunters need to drive a few roads and watch the pheasants in their tuxedos ...

April 24, 2016 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Celebrate Screen-Free Week!

On May 2-8, children, families, and communities around the world can re-discover the joys of life beyond the screen. By unplugging from digital entertainment and spending your free time playing, reading, daydreaming, creating, exploring, and connecting with family and friends a whole new world can open up for you.

April 24, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Sterling College’s senior art students open final show April 27

Five Sterling College seniors will exhibit their final body work, Rendered, from 5-7:30 p.m. beginning on Wednesday, April 27. An opening reception will be held in the gallery of the Sterling College Art and Media Center. Working over the last semester to complete their degrees in art and design, Erica Best, Brandon Givens, Josiah Gunn, Renee Lanham and Nathan Terry will display 60 works that will be exhibited through May 13.

April 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Refinish and Restore Family Treasures

Have you uncovered an old trunk or piece of furniture that has been in the family forever that is in need of refinishing? If you don't know where to start, keep reading to find your answer. I have hosted refinishing workshops in the past and have enjoyed the friendships and comradery of others while sanding away on a special treasure.

April 17, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Celebrate participation in Walk Kansas with Wise Bucks Luncheon

The first week of the 2016 Campaign of Walk Kansas is in the books. The temperatures were great for walking or other outdoor exercise but the wind made you work a little bit extra. I rode my bike as much as I could to work and local meetings. It was especially fun when I had a tailwind!

April 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Marsh Musings

Spring turkey season is a very special time at our house. My Canadian friends come with their traditional archery gear to hunt turkeys. Turkeys do get hunted-- but it is a very special time in lots of different ways. Duane, from Saskatchewan, has a pair of Labradors named Blitz and Queen Smoochie. They are brother and sister. Smooch used to live with me, but would get really depressed when Duane and Blitz returned to Canada-- so I just let the temperamental hound move north with her brother and she is completely happy. They are aging well, and get a bit ...

April 10, 2016 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Gardening

The discussion led by two enthusiastic Barton County Master Gardeners, Monica Bowers and Karen Morton, energized the classroom at Barton County Academy alternative school earlier this week. Back in January when I was presenting information from my fact sheet titled, "Simple Seasonal Meals" one of the class members asked if I could show/teach them how to plant a garden. Well, that one question made me start thinking. It has been a long time since I planted a real garden and I certainly do not feel like an expert on the subject. But with the help of trained Master Gardeners ...

April 01, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Gluten and Your Gut’s Good Health

What is gluten? Gluten is the protein in wheat, rye, barley, and some related grains that provides the elastic, chewy properties in breads and other baked products. The word gluten comes from Latin gluten, meaning "glue." This glue-like characteristic allows bread dough to stretch, but not break, as it proofs or rises. Bakers and producers select flours for the amount of gluten they contain. Though gluten's elastic properties are essential in baking and cooking, some people must avoid gluten to prevent gastrointestinal tract symptoms and even intestinal damage.

March 27, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Certain food labeling and marketing claims can be misleading

With the amount of food that is currently processed in the United States, many consumers believe it is important to know the ingredients in the foods they eat. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, working with relevant state and local agencies, are responsible for holding food producers accountable for food products sold in stores. However, regulating farmers' market vendors and individual sellers can be difficult for regulators, which makes it important for consumers to ask for information.

March 20, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Marsh Musings

Our marsh is very quiet right now. A few Sandpipers, lots of ducks and the Pelicans have arrived. Sandhill Cranes have mostly moved north, and the Whoopers have not yet arrived. There are no egrets, herons (except Great Blues that wintered over), Avocets, or Rails. It seems like everything is just getting ready to break into the fever of the migration.

March 20, 2016 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Easter Egg Safety Discussed

With Easter just one week away, it is time to share the best food safety practices when handling those ever popular Easter Eggs. It seems no matter how old we are, there is something special about preparing hard cooked eggs and dying/decorating them for the family Easter Egg hunt. Read on for some great food safety reminders.

March 20, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Prevent Poisoning at Home

A poisoning is when someone swallows, breathes, touches or gets splashed in the eye with a substance that can cause sickness or death. Many times the substances in and of itself is not poisonous. An adult may take an aspirin to ease some pain, but when a two-year-old ingests a handful of pills, thinking they are candy, it can result in much more than a headache.

March 13, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Marsh Musings

They are here!!! Ducks are relatively easy to identify. They display a pure and pristine beauty. "Daffy" and "Donald" entertain us as examples of Walt Disney's genius. Did you know that he lived in Kansas City during his early years? Elmer Fudd had lots of angst trying to put rabbit and duck on his table. I honestly think his inept hunting escapades form some of the structure of "Duck Dynasty" as well as countless true and imagined successes and tragedies that make their way into the current literature and publications. "Ducks Unlimited" and the "Audubon Society" reflect the huge ...

March 06, 2016 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Walk Kansas Starts Later This Year

Usually by March 1, our office is busy getting the paperwork turned in as teams form for the Signature Extension program known as "Walk Kansas." This year the start date has been pushed back a bit so the popular program will run from April 3 through May 28. Changes at the state level, complete with new web site design, are dictating the later start date. Most folks I have talked to think a later start date will help to ensure warmer temps as we get back in the habit of regular exercise.

March 06, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


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The Wetland Explorer

Each year scientists capture and place bands on over a million birds across North America. Several types of bands are used, but the most common ...

June 25, 2016 | Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager | Local Life


Barton County Young Professionals literacy kits

United Way of Central Kansas is involved with the Barton County Young Professionals to ensure that the community, its agencies and its programs will continue ...

June 25, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Cook’s Library with Patsy

My friend Debbie participated in a community sing-along during a trip to Colorado and fell in love with the idea. She thought it would be ...

June 25, 2016 | Patsy Terrell | Local Life


Drink Plenty of Water in this Heat What is the substance that contains zero calories, makes up 60 p

What is the substance that contains zero calories, makes up 60 percent of our body weight and is practically free? The answer is water. Two ...

June 18, 2016 | Donna Krug, Family & Consumer Science Agent – K-State Research & Extension – Barton County | Local Life


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