I hope your Thanksgiving celebration was special and that you were able to spend some unhurried time with your family. We returned home from a trip just before the temperatures dropped and the moisture started. The icy weather conditions made it a bit challenging but we were happy to have our kids and grandkids home at various times throughout the weekend.
The Barton County Extension Council Appreciation award is presented to an individual or a couple who have given additional support and time to the Extension Council Educational programs. In many cases their hard work and dedication has lightened the load for the Extension Service personnel, in addition to making the Extension Council efforts more effective. The success of Extension programs depends on the unselfish energy of such people who have spent considerable time supporting our endeavors for no monetary rewards.
Clarinetist Sarunas Jankauskas will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Sandzén Gallery in Lindsborg. He will be accompanied by locally raised pianist, Nick Carlson. The concert continues a tradition of area musicians performing at the Gallery during the holiday season. This year's event is a special benefit for the A. Jay Steinberg Music Scholarship, with freewill donations accepted.
Poinsettias are a popular gift to give and receive this time of year, and a little tender, loving care will keep them looking good for months to come, according to Kansas State University horticulturist Ward Upham.
When warmer days go away, rats and mice come out to play-inside our homes and other buildings. K-State Research and Extension wildlife specialist Charlie Lee said late fall is the time of year when home and farm owners should prepare for rodents seeking shelter in warmer places, and they should also understand the real damage these pests can do.
Greek. Probiotic. Live cultures. Heat-treated. The verbiage on yogurt containers can be dizzying. A Kansas State University nutritionist said that while there are differences in the array of yogurts available, most aid digestibility and have other nutritional benefits.
Now that cooler weather is settling in, the slow cooker comes out of the cabinets often at our house. It is so nice to come home from a busy day at work and be greeted with the smell of supper ready to serve. It just takes a bit of planning and a few extra minutes in the morning to chop vegetables for a favorite recipe.
48 hours of 4-H was designed for 4-H members to choose a project that would make an impact on their community. Over 75 4-H members rallied on Sunday, October 11, to serve a meal and make some money but most importantly they came to help honor the Kansas veterans.
Each fall we begin to plan for next year's extension programs. An important part of that planning is the election of new people to serve on our various Program Development Committees. The Extension Executive Board set Wednesday, October 28, from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. as the time to vote for the 2016 Extension Council candidates. Come by the Extension Office meeting room at 1800 12th Street to vote.
Many people hope to pass on or transfer some of their special non-titled personal property to family and friends. Non-titled personal property includes items that do not have a title or a legal document indicating ownership, such as furniture, family photographs, fishing gear, tools, and yellow pie plates. All too often, family members involved in transfer decisions fail to learn about each other's perceptions of what would make the transfer process and end result fair. Assumptions can be made that are inaccurate. Misunderstandings and hurt feelings can result.