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Accommodating Special Diets during the Holidays

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.

December 07, 2014 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Cancer prevalent in pets but treatable, says Kansas State University veterinarian

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.

December 07, 2014 | | Local Life


A Season of Giving

Dec. 2, is a planned day of giving for many organizations and Barton County 4-H is a part of the Golden Belt Community Foundation's Match Day. Barton County 4-H would like to invite you to "Pancakes for Partners" on Tuesday, December 2nd from 7 - 9 a.m. at the Barton County Extension Office, 1800 12th Street here in Great Bend. We will provide pancakes and fruit for our friends of 4-H who would like to donate to our Barton County 4-H Council Endowment Fund through the Golden Belt Community Foundation. All donations received at Pancakes for Partners will be ...

November 30, 2014 | Berny Unruh | Local Life


It’s About the Leftovers

For some people, the best meal of the holiday season is the leftovers. So here are some ideas to savor the meal again.

November 30, 2014 | Donna Krug | Local Life


It’s Great to be a Grandparent

Besides the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, today marks the start of "Family Life Week." At the Krug household we certainly have a lot to celebrate. The newest addition to our family, Boland Garet Baker, arrived mid-day on the 18th. He weighed in at just over 9 pounds and is 21 and ½ inches long. To say that his big sisters are thrilled with his arrival would be an understatement. His mom and dad, all the grandparents, aunts, and uncles are equally happy to welcome him into the family.

November 23, 2014 | Donna Krug | Local Life


4-H members honored

Barton County 4-H members were honored for their accomplishments at the 80th annual 4-H Achievement Celebration. The theme was "Jazz it up with 4-H". Mikey Hughes, 4-H Council President and Morgan Kaiser, 4-H Council Vice-President served as the emcees. Heather Schneider, Council Treasurer led the members in the Flag Salute and 4-H Pledge.

November 23, 2014 | | Local Life


My idea for a Nobel Prize ... trophy please?

This fall the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded jointly to a couple scientists "for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources." The press release from the Nobel Committee hailed their invention of the blue-light emitting diode - LED lights.

November 23, 2014 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


Disease could cost black walnut industry millions, forest specialist warns

Several states, including Kansas, are trying to protect their borders from a little beetle that could cost the black walnut industry millions of dollars. Kansas Forest Service specialists at Kansas State University say you could be spreading the disease without knowing it.

November 16, 2014 | | Local Life


Turkey Day

Whether it is your first time to host a holiday meal or you are a seasoned veteran, it never hurts to review the basics of cooking a turkey keeping food safety in mind. Many hostesses are busy getting a head count so that they can purchase the correct sized turkey. A rule of thumb is to purchase at least one pound of uncooked turkey per person. This should allow enough for the feast and for leftovers too. Read on for answers to a few more of your turkey day questions.

November 09, 2014 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Next year's programs

When the calendar turns to November, I start thinking about next years' programs. That's right; 2015 is just around the corner. Our program development committees will welcome new members at our upcoming annual meeting and we will have a meeting with all 24 council members after the first of the year. This group helps give direction to the programming we do in Barton County. At our recent annual conference a lot of attention is being focused on the five grand challenges. They include: water, health, global food systems, community vitality, and developing tomorrow's leaders. You don't have ...

November 02, 2014 | | Local Life


Extension elections coming

Each fall, the Barton County Extension Council holds an election to fill positions on our various program development committees. Mark Wednesday, Oct. 29 on your calendar and stop by the Barton County Extension Office at 1800 12th St. to cast your ballot. Election time is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Any Barton County resident who is at least 18 years of age may vote in this election.

October 24, 2014 | | Local Life


Lost shoes

Editor's note: this week we go back to 2003 ... another Keenan classic ...

October 19, 2014 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


Parenting

I still remember the nurses and staff lining the hallways of the Houston hospital as my husband and I were leaving with our two day old daughter. Now, years later, the words they chided, "Your lives will never be the same," still come to mind. Babies don't come with instructions, but wonderful support of family and friends helped us through those first months.

October 19, 2014 | | Local Life


Music theatre aficionados invited to audition to sing with Broadway stars

Aspiring performers will have a chance to sing on stage with five Broadway stars and an all-star New York band during the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts (HBPA) production of "Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway" at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7, at Bethel College's Memorial Hall (North Newton).

October 19, 2014 | | Local Life


Air Quality

October is noted as Indoor Air Quality Awareness month. This is such an important topic so today seems like the perfect time to share some updated information on this subject.

October 12, 2014 | Donna Krug | Local Life


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Check It Out!

Every Hero Has a Story is the theme for the Summer Reading Program at Ellinwood School/Community Library. Students are enjoying hero-based activities as they continue to read to meet their goals. Our participants are beginning to earn prizes; our 4th, 5th, and 6th graders made blankets for the Humane Society to use for the pets that are waiting for a good home; and all are being led by Shatlyn Thomas with the assistance of Michele Martin and Julie Blakeslee.

July 05, 2015 | | Local Life


When I was young

When I was young ... a long time ago ... when I liked fireworks.

July 05, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


Who Knows What????

Harvest is here. Combines, trucks, chaff and grain. Kansas big heart is beating in the hot sun and wind. The heritage of history to support our families and validate the wisdom of our forefathers who risked everything to come here is palpable and visible in the faces of our farmers. It is religious to watch this process draw families, neighbors, custom-cutting visitors and friends together to process the harvest. It was nail-biting to get the rain and risk not getting into the fields in time. Kansas seems to grin at that possibility and solved the problem with 100 degrees and ...

June 28, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Barton County Fair

Next week marks the beginning of my 26th year as your Barton County Family and Consumer Science Agent. The old adage "Time flies when you are having fun" is definitely true. It does not seem like a year has passed since I was ordering bread for the 4-H barbecue or lining up roasters for preparing the baked beans. Hopefully you have connected with a 4-H member to purchase your barbecue ticket. Prices do increase after July 1st.

June 28, 2015 | | Local Life


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