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2015 Extension Appreciation Award

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.

December 06, 2015 | Berny Unruh | Local Life


Sandzén Gallery Christmas Concert on December 13

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.

December 06, 2015 | | Local Life


Keep the holiday spirit alive with poinsettias

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.

December 06, 2015 | | Local Life


Holiday foods: Homemade and mail order gifts are welcome

Candy, jellies, cookies and more-some of the best holiday gifts come from our own kitchens, or from the kitchens of local specialty food companies.

November 22, 2015 | | Local Life


New campus garden on Big Creek’s flood plain yields 150 pounds of produce

The totals are in from the new Fort Hays State University campus garden; more than 150 pounds from 17 different crops.

November 15, 2015 | | Local Life


Cooler temperatures mean rodents seeking shelter

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.

November 15, 2015 | | Local Life


Are all yogurts created equal? Not exactly, a nutritionist says

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.

November 01, 2015 | | Local Life


Crockpot meals

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.

November 01, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Hosting Honor Flights was an honor

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.

October 25, 2015 | | Local Life


Ground meat safety from pasture to plate

Safety protocols in place during processing and tips for ground meat safety in the home

October 25, 2015 | | Local Life


2016 election

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.

October 18, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?

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.

October 11, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Bridge – the game, gives us respite from the empty nest blues

When our last child packed up and drove away to college, Lori and I needed to find something new to occupy us.

October 11, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


Air quality

October is noted as Indoor Air Quality Awareness month. This is such an important topic so today seems like the perfect time to share some updated information on this subject.

October 04, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


FHSU Music and Theatre Department offers broad range of events

In addition to the major productions from the theatre and Hays Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Hays State University Music and Theatre Department has a busy 2015-2016 season that will feature everything from recitals to band concerts.

October 04, 2015 | | Local Life


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The Mighty Mysterious White-tailed Buck

Three of my friends kill BIG deer almost every year. They are all bow hunters. It is amazing to me that they consistently kill deer ...

February 07, 2016 | | Local Life


Title up for grabs in 67th International Pancake Day Race Tuesday

Eleven women will compete in the International Pancake Day Race in Liberal this year, facing off against 25 runners in Olney, England. Last year's ...

February 07, 2016 | | Local Life


Saving money

Where did the first three weeks of 2016 go? If you are like me, you are just now getting used to writing 2016 on letters ...

January 31, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


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