About a year ago my kids were encouraging me to take the plunge and invest in a smart phone. It would certainly make keeping up with growing grandchildren easier. One year later I am finding many positive uses in my day to day work activities as well. Being able to keep up with e-mail or texts when I am away from the office attending a conference helps me stay connected. I really have tried to keep up with technology over the years, but things change so rapidly it can be a bit overwhelming for this middle aged educator.
The beautiful spring weather we have had lately has been great for the bicycling. Several years ago we decided to bike to work and run our close-to-home errands by bike. It only takes 5 minutes longer to ride to work and there are several benefits. The health benefits of exercise and saving at the pump are the main ones that come to mind.
Bryce Alan Divis, son of Steve and Dixie Divis of Great Bend, has received an appointment to the Class of 2018 at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Have you uncovered an old trunk or piece of furniture that has been in the family forever that is in need of refinishing? If you don't know where to start, keep reading to find your answer. I have hosted refinishing workshops in the past and have enjoyed the friendship and comraderie of others while sanding away on a special treasure.
Have you uncovered an old trunk or piece of furniture that has been in the family forever that is in need of refinishing? If you don't know where to start, keep reading to find your answer. I have hosted refinishing workshops in the past and have enjoyed the friendship and camaraderie of others while sanding away on a special treasure.
Gordon Hibbard, president and chief executive officer of the Kansas 4-H Foundation, announced plans to retire from his position with the statewide non-profit organization.
I just noticed that the past week was designated as National Volunteer Week. What better time of year than this to say a big "Thank You" to the many volunteers who support our Extension programming efforts? I don't have to look far to see the volunteers who give freely of their time to help others. Just this week Joyce Esfeld, known for her bread making expertise, shared secrets to making that perfect pie crust with an enthusiastic audience. Last week, my husband, John, completed teaching the Kansans Optimizing Health workshop with me to residents in Hoisington. And twice this ...
An invitation to visit with a group of GBHS seniors enrolled in the nutrition and wellness class prompted me to revisit some good resources in my files. After my hour long presentation was completed I thought the information would be perfect to share in my weekly column space. No doubt you are noticing that food prices are gradually creeping up higher and higher each time you visit the store. The challenge continues to be, "How can I feed my family healthy food choices for less?"
When I opened the e-mail about an online course related to food marketing to youth, I thought it looked interesting. My schedule was full but at least with this on-line course I could work on it when I had the time. Having put the finishing touches on a new fact sheet addressing the obesity issue I hoped this course would reinforce my thinking about healthy food choices and give me some additional ideas of ways to impact healthy eating habits in others. Well, I was not disappointed.
The smoke swirls around the grill, and fills the crisp morning air with the welcoming aroma of breakfast sausage. This was the first thing to greet the 16 youth hunters, and their parents or sponsors. They showed up just as the sun was rising on the farm yard at Crosby's Wild Game Adventures west of Great Bend for the annual Pheasants Forever Rooster Booster Chapter #504 Youth Pheasant Hunt.
The Hutchinson Community Based VA Outpatient Clinic in Hutchinson is offering a new service for disabled and medically fragile Veterans in need of a caregiver. The Medical Foster Home Program started in Hutchinson several months ago but has been active at the Wichita VA since 2010.
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 equally as important as the county fair for members exhibiting what they have learned.
Is your house child proofed? We have a curious two year old granddaughter and in a few short months our youngest grandchild will be mobile, so 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.
Television these days is featuring programming about tough jobs. You have the Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs with Mike Row," a huge hit. Then came oil workers in "Black Gold." Tough guys all over the country sit on their couch, holding the remote, eating their chili cheese dogs and declare, "I can do that." But none of these shows depict what is, in fact, the toughest job on the planet-playing Santa Claus to hundreds of toddlers. I know. Ten years ago I did just that, and I've been in therapy ever since.
Many fruits are out of season during the winter months, but pears are available nearly year-round, which makes them a great addition to any meal. I just bought some wonderful fresh pears locally last week so when I saw that December is National Pear Month I thought it would be a good time to share some information on buying, storing and adding pears to a healthful eating plan. Pears come in a variety of shapes, sizes and skin colors, including green, golden, yellow and red. Pears can be eaten raw or cooked. They are great as a quick snack, to ...
Hostesses often worry about what to feed guests with special dietary needs at holiday time. This is especially true for a guest with a strong allergy against wheat, for example, or someone with insulin-dependent diabetes. Providing several simple whole food choices and staying away from so many highly processed foods is the best plan I can offer.
About 50 percent of dogs and 33 percent of cats age 10 years and older will develop cancer. Although it is very prevalent in these animals, a Kansas State University veterinarian says depending upon the type of cancer, it may be very treatable and doesn't have to be a life-limiting disease.
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