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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


Any divorced guy will tell you -- never ever insult the tulips

Any divorced guy will tell you -- never ever insult the tulips.

March 22, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


4-H Day is annual event

4-H Day is an annual event in each county in Kansas. It gives 4-H members an opportunity to share their talents in public speaking, music and talent. Barton County 4-H Day is an event equally as important as the county fair!

March 15, 2015 | | Local Life


Children Act Fast; So Do Poisons

In a few short months our youngest grandson will be mobile and that means we will need to child proof certain areas of our home. Children should be curious, but curiosity can turn dangerous if kids are getting under the kitchen sink or into the medicine cabinet where hazardous chemicals and adult medicines are kept. In recognition of National Poison Prevention Week, I want to use my column space today to remind you about storing hazardous materials out of a child's reach.

March 15, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


John Keenan – reflections on a life well lived

When I learned on Thursday that John Keenan had passed away, Uncle John to me – though we were actually first cousins – there were many thoughts that came to mind. Foremost was the trip in August 1971, I took with John, Ersa, and their son Mike to the American Legion National baseball championships in Billings, Montana. I was 12. John was a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and if there was young talent playing somewhere, someplace, John was usually in the stands, stop watch, pencil and program in hand.

March 08, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle

National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The theme for 2015 is "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle" which encourages everyone to adopt eating and physical activity plans that are focused on consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices and getting daily exercise in order to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of chronic disease and promote overall health.

March 01, 2015 | | Local Life


Simple Steps to Seed Starting Success

Get a jump on the growing season by starting your favorite or hard to find plants indoors from seeds. Starting hard to find plants, like many of the heirloom or newly introduced varieties, from seed may be the only way you will be able to add these to your garden. Plus, you'll be extending the growing season and bringing the fun of gardening indoors.

March 01, 2015 | Melinda Myers | Local Life


Moms who worry and husbands who don’t

Moms tend to worry a lot.

March 01, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


Mathews donates rifle

February 22, 2015 | | Local Life


February is Heart Health Month

February may be the shortest month of the year but it is an especially good time to recognize the importance of making lifestyle changes related to heart health. Is it true that you are what you eat? When it comes to heart health, the answer is a resounding "Yes!" Eating the right way is not about dieting, which is really a temporary change in your eating habits to lose a few pounds; it is about making better choices every day so that they become second nature.

February 22, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Shoveling snow? Uh no thanks.

From time to time, my wife tells me I'm not like most other husbands. Some men, she points out, know how to do things like use a hammer, work a saw and build things around the house. I've explained that I've built stuff. In fourth grade I built a birdhouse in Cub Scouts.

February 15, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


Extension Programs Focus on Health and Wellness

It is fairly common that my educational programs and workshops emphasize a common theme of health and wellness. The annual Walk Kansas program is just around the corner, so it is time to start rounding up your team members for that successful program. Packets are ready for team captains to pick up at our office and the Great Bend Recreation Commission. I also plan to deliver some packets to the recreation commissions in Hoisington and Ellinwood.

February 15, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Toddler birthdays: a short history

Maybe you heard about the parents in Britain who billed another family for not attending their son's birthday party after they said they would come. The bill was equal to $24 - described as a "no-show fee" after their son skipped the party held at a local ski resort.

February 08, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


Walk Tall, Walk Strong, Walk Kansas

Anticipating spring at the Extension office means getting Walk Kansas packets ready for teams to pick up, plus a chance to dust off those walking shoes. This roller coaster weather we have had lately gives us a taste of warmer temps and makes us anxious for the 2015 Walk Kansas campaign. I returned home from our agent update in Manhattan with sample tee shirts for this years' health challenge. Color choices for 2015 include coral or gray with a slightly different logo than previous years, including the words "Walk Tall" and "Walk Strong."

February 08, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Moms who worry and husbands who don’t

(a reprint from April, 2005)

February 01, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


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Summer Picnic Season Begins Now

The celebrations surrounding the Memorial Day weekend oftentimes include a picnic or barbecue. With warmer weather here, it is important that you consider food safety tips so none of your guests take home an unwanted foodborne illness.

May 24, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Grow Your Best Tomato Yet

Nothing beats the flavor of fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes. Make this your biggest and tastiest tomato harvest yet with proper planting and care.

May 17, 2015 | Melinda Myers | Local Life


Responding to Invitations is Common Courtesy

With graduations, weddings and other special occasions upon us I am guessing you have received a few invitations in your mailbox asking for your RSVP. The term RSVP comes from a French expression, meaning "please respond". If RSVP is written on an invitation it means the invited guest must tell the host whether or not they plan to attend the party. It does not mean to respond only if you're coming, and it does not mean respond only if you're not coming (the expression "regrets only" is reserved for that instance). It means the host needs a definite ...

May 17, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


College: the years of living dangerously

Today our son Robert is graduating from KU. We are celebrating. Not his graduation with a job, but something else: He's still living.

May 17, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


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