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Linda Beech honored at retirement reception

The Cottonwood Extension District invites the public to a retirement reception in honor of Linda Beech as she retires after 39 years of dedicated service as an Extension educator for K-State Research and Extension.

May 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life

Marsh Musings

Not THAT Donald - Donald Duck has vacated the premises! As we watch the processes of the great migration, this is the time when ducks leave our Marsh. It is too hot in Kansas for them to be comfortable. To be clear- not ALL ducks are gone. Several species nest and raise their young here. We will see Mallard and Blue-winged teal mostly. There may be some Northern Shovelers that have babies here. Probably the most visible and prolific waterfowl breeders are the Canadian geese. There are a lot of land and pond owners that erect goose tubs and nesting sites ...

May 12, 2018 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life

Take Measures To Keep Ticks Off

PRATT - No one likes ticks. They crawl on us, bury their mouth parts in our skin and they suck our blood. What's to like? To make matters worse, they can also transmit blood-borne diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease, and neither of them should be taken lightly. The best way to prevent either disease is to stop ticks before they bite. Here are some tips on how you can do that:

May 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life

Diplodia Tip Blight on Pines

The last couple of weeks I have received a number of calls about pine trees having dead branches and/or an unusual amount of brown needles. Almost all of these calls were about Austrian pines (Pinus nigra). First, it is important to note that pines go through a healthy, normal process called natural needle drop. You will see this happen every year.

May 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life

Help for our children

School is almost out for the year.

May 12, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life

Circles of Stafford seeks donations for garage sale

STAFFORD - Circles of Stafford Kansas will hold a fundraising garage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 19, at the Stafford County Fair Grounds. The group is replenishing its benevolent fund that provides stabilizing resources for area families participating in Stafford Circles.

May 05, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life

Barton Foundation Sporting Clay Shoot reaches nearly 200 participants

The annual Barton Community College Foundation Sporting Clay Shoot continues to grow every year with a record 197 shooters who turned out to support the cause and test their aim and reflexes with a shotgun on April 22 at Camp Aldrich. The Barton Foundation exceeded its fundraising goal for mini-grants that faculty can use to purchase equipment or enhance their classrooms.

May 05, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life

Prepare now for spring storm season

It was 11 years ago this week that the devastating tornado demolished 95 percent of Greensburg, on May 4, 2007. At least 60 people were injured and 11 were killed in the EF5 storm.

May 05, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life

Spraying your fruit trees

The most common fungicide used in fruit tree sprays is Captan. Unfortunately, this product is subject to alkaline hydrolysis. This is a process whereby certain pesticides will break down when mixed with high pH water (the pH of the water used to spray various pesticides affects the stability of the solution and how long the pesticide will remain effective while in solution). So let's say you mix up your spray mixture by adding Captan to 5 gallons of water. If that water has a pH of 7.0, the Captan will break down so that only half of it ...

May 05, 2018 | Rip Winkel | Local Life

Waiting for nice weather

Our friends who live in Northern Wisconsin just returned to their lake home after spending the winter in Florida.

May 05, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life

Cranky birds!

There is a new show in town! The Snowy Egrets are here. The first group appeared a couple of weeks ago. The population in our marsh is increasing with the migration. They live year round in Mexico and Florida and the Caribbean. They appear to wander around over the USA. I wonder if the slaughter of these birds for their plumage adorning women's hats in the late 1800s imprinted and scattered the species. They have made a spectacular recovery from that massive hunting pressure. The feathers were sold by the ounce and were more expensive than gold.

April 28, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life

Extension food handler course provides vital information

It is a treat to eat out at a favorite restaurant or community event. Consumers expect the food to be safe. It is up to the food handlers to provide the safest meal possible.

April 28, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life

A Woman’s View

I get mail. I appreciate every comment.

April 28, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life

Tis the season for the Ash-lilac Borer

Sometime in the next couple of weeks, if not already, the adult ash-lilac borer will be laying eggs on ash trees, lilac bushes and occasionally even privet bushes. The ash-lilac borer (Podosesia syringae) can be a very destructive pest. So much so, that if you have an ash tree on your property, it is recommended to treat it even though the damage may not be noticeable at this time.

April 28, 2018 | Rip Winkel | Local Life

Bridging the Cultural Gap

Growing up in the small town of Washington, Kan., I was unaware of what the word diversity meant. I was always interested in learning about the culture of people from all around our world. Our family hosted an International exchange student from Switzerland and I developed pen-pal relationships with four people from other states and countries. Fast forward 37 years ago when my husband and I, along with our baby girl, moved to Great Bend. I wish I had pictures of the downtown area and 10th street businesses at that time. It would be a huge reminder of how our ...

April 21, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life

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Overpayment notice due to ex-spouse benefits

Dear Rusty: My husband got an overpayment notice from Social Security telling us that his former wife had collected $32,640.34 in benefits she ...

June 16, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life

The soil is alive! (Part II)

Sometimes we think that bacteria, fungi, nematodes, and other soil microbes are pests to be illuminated, like the fungus infecting your tomatoes for example. But ...

June 16, 2018 | Rip Winkel | Local Life

Check it Out

ELLINWOOD - The latest additions to Ellinwood School/Community Library include:

June 16, 2018 | Sheri Holmes, Director of Library/Media Services | 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 ...

June 16, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life

Special gift for a special man

Its takes a special kind of someone to help pay tribute to someone's hard work of taking care of a family over the years ...

June 09, 2018 | Russ Edem | Local Life

Wheat market show coming to fair

This year has seen many challenges for about anyone with a wheat crop. It is said that wheat has to die at least nine times ...

June 09, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Local Life

Search underway to find former USS Intrepid crew, and for anniversary weekend

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Aug. 16, 2018 will mark the 75th anniversary of the commissioning of the USS Intrepid (CVS-11), the World War II-era Essex ...

June 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life

KDA photo contest now accepting entries

MANHATTAN - Kansas farmers and ranchers know there is great beauty in agriculture, and photographers are encouraged to capture that beauty and share it with others ...

June 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life

Summer youth activities are in full swing

My job as an Extension Educator switches gear during the summer months and I have the opportunity to spend time supporting youth activities. This past ...

June 09, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life

Social Security for Retired Trooper in second career

Dear Rusty: I am a retired Indiana State Trooper but I'm working at a second career at the present time. What information would you ...

June 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life

The soil is alive!

Soil, the substance that makes up the ground in which we walk, is often thought of and referred to as dirt. Actually, "dirt" is the ...

June 09, 2018 | Rip Winkel | Local Life

A Woman’s View

What has happened to the service industry in this country? Where did it go?

June 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


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