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Program opportunities abound in Cottonwood District

Last week we heard the "State of the Union" address. While I do not intend to ever talk politics in my column space I do want to share some of the positive things that are happening in the Cottonwood Extension District. Perhaps you will see something that piques your interest and gives you a reason to call our office to sign up as a participant.

February 10, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life


A goal to de-clutter

I have been on a cleaning binge. It's not a dust and scrub binge. It's a "get rid of clutter" attempt. This is the time of year to do it, when we are trapped inside.

February 10, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


Extension estate planning workshops for families

Planning for the future is vital for families who want to preserve assets for the next generation. Learning about the estate planning process and taking steps now can help to keep those hard-earned assets in the family that worked so hard to attain them.

February 10, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life


Be waist and wallet wise

"It costs too much to eat healthy food!"

January 27, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life


Life in the trenches

Well, everyone. Here we are in the middle of a tough time. We at our house are walking through a valley.

January 27, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


Wetland Explorer: World Wetlands Day

When it comes to worldwide celebrations, there's one coming up that you might not be familiar with. Every year on Feb. 2, nature lovers around the planet take time to appreciate an amazing natural resource: wetlands! The Ramsar Convention organizes World Wetlands Day, and local groups work to promote understanding and appreciation of this very special natural resource.

January 27, 2018 | Jean Aycock, KWEC Educator | Local Life


Lilly’s predicament

Lilly has a problem. She lives in Lake Quivira (in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area) with my friends Mike and Giovanna. That is the good news. She is a well-bred English Setter with all the heart and eager enthusiasm you would expect from a lady with her pedigree. She wants to hunt. She wants to hunt a lot more than she wants to retrieve, but that is another story. She can run like the wind, stop on a dime, and point the birds. She is absolutely beautiful when she does all of this. Her problem is access to birds. She ...

January 27, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Cooking under pressure is a popular topic

If you received an electric pressure cooker for Christmas or are thinking about getting one, read on for information about an upcoming program. There is certainly a lot of hype about these appliances that come in a variety of sizes and can be programmed to complete many different functions. The standard size is a 6-quart capacity that can be programmed to be a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, egg cooker, saute', steamer, warmer and even sterilizer.

January 22, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life


K-State Extension estate planning workshops scheduled

Most of us work our entire lives providing for our families - food, shelter, values, tradition, and if we are lucky, possibly a family business or farm. While we hope we will be able to pass that heritage on, those very things we treasure - that family business or that land that has been in the family for generations - may not be guaranteed for the next generation unless we do things now to preserve it.

January 22, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


A Woman’s View

I cannot help it! It is driving me crazy. It's not going to go away. In fact, I don't want "it" to go away, ever. But, it is such a nuisance.

January 13, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


Extension program on Small Steps To Health And Wealth offered

Every New Year, millions of Americans resolve to become healthier (exercise more, lose weight, etc.) and wealthier (increase savings, reduce debt, etc.) Many of us are looking for a way to do BOTH – live healthy lives and also achieve financial security. Almost everyone can do something to improve their health and finances, and both can be improved by small, intentional steps.

January 13, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life


Workshops on farmers markets planned

As I am writing this column, temperatures are dropping again and snow is predicted. While we need the moisture desperately, it seems a little early to talk about fresh garden produce and farmers' markets. Yet that is exactly what I want to do today. I am happy to share information about a Regional Workshop for Farmers' Market vendors that is just around the corner.

January 13, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Kansas Native Sons and Daughters celebrate 100th anniversary with annual awards banquet

Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas is an organization, for all Kansans, formed to preserve Kansas history, show loyalty to Kansas traditions, encourage the ideals of patriotism in youth, and honor outstanding citizens. Annual Dinner and Awards will be presented on Friday, Jan. 26 and will celebrate the 2018 honorees.

January 13, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Marsh Musings

There are lots of white birds in our marsh. Whooping Cranes and pelicans have big white wings with black tips. Gulls and terns are mostly white birds. Great egrets, snowy egrets, and cattle egrets are white birds. Goldeneye, bufflehead, and common merganser ducks have mostly a white appearance. Snow geese are white birds. Hunters and birders identify and know these birds. The uncommon mistake of killing a Whooping Crane is not usually a failed identification but a bird in the sun or in a group of sandhill cranes that was unexpected. Young, over-eager hunters are prone to occasional errors in ...

January 13, 2018 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Prepare for severe winter weather

The frigid temperatures last weekend were the first glimpse of winter in northwest Kansas. Should we fool ourselves that the worst is past and we're ready for spring? No! There are still a couple of months of winter yet to come.

January 06, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life


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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 ...

April 21, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Emergent Literacy: helping children’s development through reading

HAYS - The Cottonwood Extension District, in partnership with the Hays Public Library, will host a free educational program on Emergent Literacy from 1:30-2:30 ...

April 21, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life


Starting up a vegetable garden for the first time?

Kansans that are new to vegetable gardening often have a hard time knowing how much of each variety to plant. Kansas State Research and Extension ...

April 21, 2018 | Rip Winkel | Local Life


A Woman’s View

Life can sometimes be summed up in one sentence. "Well, that didn't go as planned."

April 21, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


Wetland Explorer

As everyone is aware, our "spring" weather has been come-and-go, at best, so far. As we sit in our climate-controlled houses and complain about both ...

April 21, 2018 | Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager | Local Life


Marsh Musings

My Canadian buddies are here to continue the wild turkey saga that began several years ago. It is one of my favorite times of the ...

April 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


New Medicare cards coming your way

As the need to ward off scams and identity theft ever increases, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is now required to remove Social Security ...

April 14, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life


A Woman’s View

I recently attended a Farm and Ranch Expo. It was a big show.

April 14, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


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