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Correct Hand Washing Keeps Germs from Spreading

It is "Food Safety Awareness Month" and so I want to remind you of the most important way to prevent foodborne illness; WASH YOUR HANDS. At all stages of food preparation and clean-up it is important to keep those hands clean. Next week I will be making my annual visit to Helping Hands pre-school to share the importance of proper hand washing with over 100 three and four year olds. I have access to a Glo-Germ, complete with a black light. After tossing a ball around that has the "magic potion" on it we should be able to see exactly ...

September 06, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life

Jumping Jiminy Crickets! Rainy conditions may have boosted Kansas cricket population

First it's the racket of 17-year cicadas. Now Kansans in some areas may be facing an influx of chirping crickets, aided by this year's moisture that favors the insect's survival and development, according to a Kansas State University specialist.

August 30, 2015 | | Local Life

From the Land of Kansas to host tailgate contest

Kansas' agricultural trademark program, From the Land of Kansas, invites tailgaters to participate in the second annual From the Land of Kansas Tailgate Contest. The contest, presented by Manhattan Hy-Vee, will be held September 5, 2015 prior to the Kansas State University vs. South Dakota football game.

August 23, 2015 | | Local Life

Shari Kennedy promoted to Captain

On Aug. 7, Shari D. Kennedy was promoted to the rank of captain in the U.S. Navy.

August 23, 2015 | | Local Life

Jump Start Your Day with Breakfast

While much of the programming I develop is directed toward adults, I also enjoy sharing information with children of all ages. Nothing pleases me more than sharing nutrition information with a young person and then meeting up with them again and have them say, "Hey, I remember you; you told us to eat more vegetables, or less pop, or whole grains..." Encouraging people of all ages to make healthy food choices is becoming a huge part of my job and I love it!

August 23, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life

New Perspectives on life arrive at the Atlanta airport

A long time ago, when I was a student at KU I had a friend who, at the moment something peculiar happened to us while we were together, remarked to me, "I believe God sends us signs."

August 23, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life

I have many regrets

It's popular for retiring politicians and athletes to hold press conferences and declare they have "no regrets" or say, "I wouldn't change a thing."

August 16, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life

Radon Awareness Programs are Set

What gas is odorless, colorless, and tasteless, but is cited as the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers? If you guessed radon you are absolutely right. A grant program has provided me with a supply of radon test kits that I am selling for $1, making this the perfect time to test your home.

August 16, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life

Hawks graduates from basic military training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Trenton M. Hawks graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

August 09, 2015 | | Local Life

Become a Life Long Learner

School bells will be ringing in a few days and that means pre-schoolers through college aged kids will be adapting to their new schedules. What about the rest of you; those of you reading this column who may not be formally enrolled in a school but who consider yourself a life-long learner? I love adult learners. That is probably what has kept me excited and energized to continue in my Extension career. No matter what your age there are opportunities everywhere to learn something new and apply it in your daily life.

August 09, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life

Worlds of Fun, August 1973

Long before Hollywood screenwriters ever crafted the personality of Clark Griswold there was another father with a penchant for long family vacations with attendant misadventures. His name was Larry Keenan. And so when Worlds of Fun opened for business in May, 1973, it was just four months later when dad piled mother Ramona, and me and my siblings Kathy, Tim, Marty, and Beth in the Chrysler station-wagon and hit the gas pedal to see what Disney World- East had to offer.

August 09, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life

Home Canning Gaining in Popularity Again

Just as fashions repeat themselves every 20 – 30 years and home décor makes us think "déjà vu" home canning is currently enjoying resurgence. Noticeably, food preservation questions have increased the past couple of years at the Extension Office. Statistics point to more people gardening to help stretch the food dollar. When those gardens produce more than a family can enjoy eating fresh, then canning, freezing or drying food is explored.

August 02, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life

Beat the Heat with Plenty of Fluids

We made it through the Barton County Fair with just a couple of really hot days. Some of the surrounding counties have not been that lucky. Our unused supplies have been returned to the storage area and we are back to our summer programming. Looking at my calendar I have an educational program titled, "Beat the Heat" which will be presented on Tuesday, July 28th at 1 p.m. at the Great Bend Senior Center.

July 26, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life

It’s time to divide Bearded Iris

Showy, elegant, and easy are terms that describe bearded iris flowers, and because they grow so well in the heartland, it's a good idea to divide them every few years, according to Kansas State University horticulturist, Ward Upham.

July 26, 2015 | | Local Life

Fashion Revue Champs

July 19, 2015 | | Local Life

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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 ...

November 15, 2015 | | Local Life


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