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Celebrate Bike to Work Week

Since May 11-15, is designated as "Bike to Work Week" it seems fitting that I share my passion for this fun activity in my column space today. Although research shows around 1 percent of adult Americans commute to work by bicycle, roughly 41 percent of work commutes are shorter than 5 miles. If I ride to work in the morning, home for lunch and home again at the end of the day I will log a total of 7 miles. Unless it is below 20 degrees or icy underfoot, you are likely to see me in my hi-vis green jacket ...

May 10, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Cinco de Mayo committee

May 10, 2015 | | Local Life


Ode to Ramona Jean and her baby grand piano

There was a time in this country when every home included three things: green shag carpet, an RCA record player and an ashtray. In the late '60s you could add something else to that list: an upright piano.

May 10, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


Breastfeeding is best, but what if breast milk is limited or unavailable?

There may be no greater joy than welcoming a baby into the world, and many moms want to give their babies the best start possible by breastfeeding. For some, however, the amount of milk they produce is limited. For others, the baby may be unable to nurse. And for many adoptive mothers, using one's own breast milk is not an option.

May 03, 2015 | | Local Life


Radon test kits available for one dollar

Earlier this year I completed a grant application through the Kansas Radon Program. The grant was approved so I have radon test kits available at the Barton County Extension Office for $1 for a limited time. The kits will be sold one per family on a first come/first served basis.

May 01, 2015 | BY DONNA KRUG Family And Consumer Science Agent With K-State Research A | Local Life


Does a Reverse Mortgage Make Sense for You?

The recent economic challenges have affected many retired individuals' ability to pay for everyday living expenses as well as major unexpected expenses. Because many Americans have put such a high emphasis on home ownership, the majority of their wealth may be tied up in home equity, limiting their ability to access money to pay expenses. For many individuals in this circumstance, reverse mortgages are attractive because of their ability to provide access to home equity, while retaining the borrower's right to live in their home. However, reverse mortgages are complex financial products that carry significant impacts on the long ...

April 26, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


100 year-old mill to run again May 2nd and 3rd

Experience the sights and sounds of Kansas milling, at the Old Mill Museum's Millfest, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 2 and from 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday May 3, in Lindsborg when the region's oldest flour mill springs to life once again. Millers direct operations, as visitors ages 13 and up tour the 100 year old mill in action. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for ages 6-12, and under 6 are free. Admission includes a mill tour for those ages 13 and up. Tours are limited to this group as ...

April 26, 2015 | | Local Life


FOR THE LOVE OF ART

ELLINWOOD – The winners of the Ellinwood High School Juried Art Show have been selected and represent a wide variety of quality work, said Sheri Holmes, director of Ellinwood School/Community Library library/media services.

April 25, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | 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 comraderie of others while sanding away on a special treasure.

April 12, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Keep Easter Egg Hunt Safe

Happy Easter! An annual tradition for many families is an Easter egg hunt. But I take eggs-tra care if using real eggs. Read on for seven rules to follow for a safe hunt.

April 05, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Ready, Set, Grill: K-State will host Barbecue 101 Workshop May 2 in Olathe

Kansas State University is presenting Barbecue 101, a one-day workshop for novice grillers and seasoned (pardon the pun) veterans alike, on Saturday, May 2, in Olathe. K-State specialists will cover the basics of grilling, smoking, and food safety, plus a unique perspective on the science of barbecuing.

April 05, 2015 | | Local Life


Regional 4-H day

Barton County was host to Regional 4-H Day at Great Bend High School on March 13th. Regional 4-H Day participants are the top presentations selected at their local county 4-H Day. The counties represented in the Heart of Kansas 4-H Day Regional are Ellsworth, Pawnee, Rice, Russell, Stafford and Barton.

April 05, 2015 | | Local Life


Build a healthy meal

As the final days of National Nutrition Month pass us by I want to give you some good reasons to choose to eat healthier. Whenever I present educational materials that promote health and wellness I start by asking participants if they think what they choose to eat affects their overall health? Nearly everyone thinks it matters, yet the reasons they give for not eating healthy abound. The USDA developed thirty-seven one page fact sheets as part of the 10 tips nutrition education series. Titles range from: "Kid-Friendly Veggies and Fruits," "Make better beverage choices," "Salt and Sodium," to "Eating Better ...

March 29, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


When a phone rings at a funeral

Funerals, happily, remain very much as they have through the years.

March 29, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


Walking School Bus is Getting Kids Excited

Over the weekend, my seven year old granddaughter, Calyn, excitedly told me, "Grandma, I'm going to join the Walking School Bus when it starts April 1st." "That's wonderful," I replied. It truly is wonderful to see two communities in Barton County, (both Great Bend and Hoisington) adopting this successful program and modeling it to other communities.

March 22, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


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Who Knows What????

Harvest is here. Combines, trucks, chaff and grain. Kansas big heart is beating in the hot sun and wind. The heritage of history to support our families and validate the wisdom of our forefathers who risked everything to come here is palpable and visible in the faces of our farmers. It is religious to watch this process draw families, neighbors, custom-cutting visitors and friends together to process the harvest. It was nail-biting to get the rain and risk not getting into the fields in time. Kansas seems to grin at that possibility and solved the problem with 100 degrees and ...

June 28, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Barton County Fair

Next week marks the beginning of my 26th year as your Barton County Family and Consumer Science Agent. The old adage "Time flies when you are having fun" is definitely true. It does not seem like a year has passed since I was ordering bread for the 4-H barbecue or lining up roasters for preparing the baked beans. Hopefully you have connected with a 4-H member to purchase your barbecue ticket. Prices do increase after July 1st.

June 28, 2015 | | 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 of my own father. Even though he's been gone nearly 10 years I appreciate the role model he was to our family. A hard working farmer, he was totally outnumbered with a wife and three daughters. He taught us a lot of things and provided opportunities for us to attend college. He even took the time to be a 4-H community club leader for many years. He was a wonderful caregiver to my mother ...

June 21, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


There’s nothing like a vole-filled yard to put a DIY guy up on a ladder

A long time ago, I was a "do it yourself" guy. All that changed in roughly December 1991. I remember it well.

June 21, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


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