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Make Life Is Good Your Motto

Each year at this time I like to reflect on the positive things that are happening at Barton County Extension. Everywhere we turn the media bombards us with negative news about the economic downturn, an increase in chronic health issues, or threats of terrorism. What can be done to change the negative news into positive thoughts? Take on a Life is Good attitude. To do what you like and like what you do really is the best way to have an attitude adjustment.

December 17, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Wetland Explorer

A startling statistic came across my computer screen this week. "The average American child can recognize 1,000 corporate logos, but can't identify 10 plants or animals native to his or her region." While I do not know the exact accuracy of this statement, it probably is true and probably should not surprise me.

December 17, 2016 | Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager | Local Life


Keep Tabs on Holiday Spending

This time of year can get a bit challenging for those who have many names on the gift list but a limited amount of money to spend. I came across a quote the other day that said: "I think as you grow older your Christmas list gets shorter, because the things you want can't be bought." I can certainly relate to that quote and I want to make that the theme of my column today.

December 10, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Friends of 4-H Named for 2016

There are many individuals who share their time, talent and resources with the Barton County 4-H program without any expectations of payment. The 2016 Friend of 4-H awards were given to dedicated individuals who went above and beyond to assist the 4-H youth. The 4-H clubs have an opportunity to nominate a person they believe is deserving of this prestigious award and then 4-H Council members each have a vote. The two couples honored this year were Bruce and Carrie Bitter and Jeff and Sally Mauler.

December 10, 2016 | Berny Unruh | Local Life


Cook’s Library with Patsy

The Christmas season is a time when people are often a little extra kind and I love that. I hope we can ease into a season of gentleness as 2016 comes to a close.

December 03, 2016 | Patsy Terrell | Local Life


Schridde completes basic training

December 03, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Slow Cooker Season is Here to Stay

Busy families often fall into the trap of preparing convenience foods or going through the drive thru after a hectic day. Especially during the winter months it is nice to come home from a busy day at work and be greeted with the smell of supper ready to serve. If some fresh ideas for freezer ready slow cooker meals are what you are looking for then the upcoming program at the Great Bend Public Library is one you will not want to miss.

November 26, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Wetland Explorer

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism program specialist

November 26, 2016 | Pam Martin | Local Life


Marsh Musings

Thanksgiving this year was very special for us. We had friends of many years appear in Hoisington for the holiday. We have watched the kids grow and go to college and have seen gray appear in our hair. It seems like time flies, but the quality moments are so good as we renew the relationships that they slow the pace. The new babies and the rapid evolution of the older kids still take our breath. New people appear as kids start looking for mates. These offspring are learning so many new things with new technology-it is terrific to see ...

November 26, 2016 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Celebrate Your Family

The saying, "A picture is worth 1,000 words" is so true. In the case of our four grandchildren the texts and FaceTime minutes help us manage in between visits. Still nothing compares to actually seeing, hugging and interacting with the kids. As we enter the holiday season, families across the country hardly need a reminder that Nov. 20 through the 26th, is designated as National Family Week.

November 19, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Medicare recipients can review Drug Plan Benefits now

More and more baby boomers are reaching age 65 each year and have an opportunity to apply for Medicare benefits. People under 65 with certain disabilities, and people of any age with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) are also eligible for Medicare. As a SHICK (Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas) counselor, I can help Medicare recipients take a look at their Part D (Prescription Drug Plan) and hopefully find them a more affordable plan.

November 12, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Marsh Musings

If my memory is correct, that was/is the logo for the state of New Mexico. I remember thinking that "Land of Enchantment" would be appropriate for lots of places all over the world. I have been very fortunate to have been able to travel to a lot of them-and have some more on my bucket list. I never thought in my younger days that a wet spot in Kansas would be the poster child of my ideas about enchanted places.

November 12, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Veterans honored

Recently, Frank Peirano and Larry Elsasser have worked to repair or replace over 800 Veteran and VFW Auxillary grave markers within the Russell City and Lutheran Cemeteries.

November 05, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Make Safety High Priority for Halloween Trick-or-Treaters

Halloween's excitement often causes children to forget to be careful. There is no single trick to making the fall holiday a treat, but paying attention to safety details can prevent harm. Trick-or-treaters who rush from house to house may increase their risk of slipping or falling or being involved in a motor vehicle pedestrian accident. Parents can overestimate children's street-crossing skills. Likewise, children sometimes fail to evaluate potential traffic threats, have slower sensory perception and are unable to predict driver behavior.

October 29, 2016 | Donna Krug, Family & Consumer Science Agent – K-State Research & Extension – Barton County | Local Life


Marsh Musings

Since I was about five years old, the fall has absolutely kept me in a state of excitement. My father started taking me with him on his weekly quail hunts at that age. I would walk as far as my skinny legs could go, and he would carry me for as far as he could, and then he would leave me in a dry wash or creek bed (there is no more water in the Texas Panhandle than there is in central Kansas…) and he would make a 30 minute hunt and come back to get me. I always remember ...

October 29, 2016 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


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Take time for family

Holidays are a great time of yea r to connect with family. It's easy to let schedules get too hectic so make sure you ...

December 09, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Things we miss from the past

Songs are at it in my head again. The past seems to be surfacing from my long-term memory brain cells.

December 09, 2017 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


Plan ahead for field care of deer meat

PRATT – Deer hunters have been anxiously awaiting the Kansas firearm deer season, that runs through Dec. 10, making travel plans, organizing gear, scouting hunting areas ...

December 02, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Everybody hates them!

That's not exactly true. I personally have been a coyote hunter and a coyote protector. In my high school days, I was a reasonably ...

December 02, 2017 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Deck the halls and flock the tree

I have my tree up and decorated. That is no less than a miracle.

December 02, 2017 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


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