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November 11, 2017 | Judi Tabler | Local Life

Marsh Musings

They are migrating as we speak. They appear in bunches and groups of varying numbers. They glide in on huge white wings with black tips. They have been confused with pelicans which also have huge white wings with black tips. Snow geese also have white wings with black tips. The long neck of the cranes separates it from the small snow goose and the pelican with the big mouth. Their legs stream out behind them in flight. Sandhill Cranes are similar in size and shape and flight - but they are gray birds. The Whoopers are moving from summer quarters in ...

November 06, 2017 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life

Ho, ho, ho! Let the holidays begin

The holiday season has begun. You may not be ready. Doesn't matter. We are marching like lemmings to the slaughter. The ship is sailing and we are on it.

November 06, 2017 | Judi Tabler | Local Life

Ho ho ho! Let the holidays begin

The holiday season has begun. You may not be ready. Doesn't matter. We are marching like lemmings to the slaughter. The ship is sailing and we are on it.

November 04, 2017 | Judi Tabler | Local Life

Cottonwood Extension District welcomes new horticulture agent

Four months after forming the Cottonwood Extension District which includes Ellis and Barton Counties, we are happy to announce that Thomas "Rip" Winkel will be joining our team. Rip's bachelor's degree in horticulture is from Texas A & M and his masters' degree is through Colorado State University. He has had some unique experiences studying abroad as he pursued his masters' degree while serving in the Peace Corps in Equador.

November 04, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life

There are new guys in town!

There is always something happening when you deal with dogs. I have previously introduced you to Queen Smoochy, her brother Blitz, and sister Bliss. They have had the best lives that Keith and Duane and I could provide. They have slept in our vehicles and homes. They have retrieved hundreds of birds. They have eaten a few birds and deer poop (I've never understood that fascination) and chased a few rabbits and pack rats. They have patiently sat on ice or in cold water quivering with anticipation of retrieving another duck or goose and giving us "the eye" when ...

October 21, 2017 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life

Wetland Explorer

I almost missed it – as the Kansas Wetlands Education Center enjoyed our usual busy start to fall, we hosted USD 428's sixth graders for a series of field trips. I stood under a mulberry tree on our nature trail, passing around the discarded husk of an immature cicada. As I described the incredible process these creatures go through to transform into adults (some species spends 17 years underground!), a student pointed towards the tree and asked, "Like that?" The whole class followed the gesture, and there it was at the base of the tree - a young cicada struggling to ...

October 14, 2017 | BY JEAN AYCOCK KWEC Educator | Local Life

Marsh Musings

Snipe season is open. Very few people hunt snipe. When we were kids, we tricked our friends (and others) into night-time snipe hunts with rituals, lights, and a fantastic opportunity to abandon gullible newbies in strange places. It only worked once per individual. Our fun ended when a city kid stepped off a steep edge of the creek in the dark and broke his collar bone. He happened to be my cousin and my father failed to see the humor in that situation. It is still a bit funny to me today and whatever punishment I received is no longer ...

October 07, 2017 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life

Sample some fun, funky foods

Each year more than 20,000 new foods arrive on grocery store and convenience store shelves, according to the USDA Economic Research Service. Of these foods, one quarter are candies, gum and snack foods. Beverages make up another 20 percent. That leaves more than 10,000 new foods or varieties of existing foods added to market. Next time you are in the grocery store, take a few minutes to look around at all the new foods on the shelves.

October 07, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life

Be more aware of your indoor air!

What are you breathing? It is a good question to ask ourselves. All of us face a variety of risks to our health as we go about our day-to-day lives. Driving in cars, engaging in recreational activities, and being exposed to environmental pollutants all pose varying degrees of risk. Some risks are simply unavoidable. The good news is indoor air pollution is one risk that you can do something about.

September 30, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life

Cottonwood Extension Youth to celebrate National 4-H Week

For the 75th consecutive year, millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will be celebrating National 4-H Week during the first full week of October. Cottonwood Extension 4-H will celebrate National 4-H Week this year by showcasing the incredible experiences that 4-H offers young people, and will highlight the 4-H youth in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them.

September 30, 2017 | Bernie Unruh | Local Life

RSVP news

Open enrollment for Medicare Part D is just around the corner. Seniors' mailboxes as well as their voicemails can be come flooded with information from companies wanting them to switch.

September 29, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local Life

Local Kansas State Fair 4-H results announced

Several Cottonwood Extension District (Barton County) 4-H members placed with high ratings at the Kansas State Fair. In order to advance to the state fair, 4-H members must qualify at the county fair or in some cases in a district contest. Some competitions allow only one member to represent the county and in some divisions all exhibits that qualified with a purple ribbon are allowed to enter.

September 22, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local Life

Canners Corner

Tomatoes top the list of popular garden produce and commonly canned foods. But, some people still have not heard that when canning tomatoes of any variety, adding an acid is a vital, non-optional safety step, even though this safety protocol has been recommended for nearly 30 years.

September 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life

Take steps ahead of disaster

Disasters such as the tornadoes that have hit our area have been significant news stories in the past few years. Now, the devastation from Hurricane Harvey in SE Texas and the predicted path of Hurricane Irma in Florida has our attention. Since our youngest son, Matt, made the move to Florida earlier this year to begin his career as a food scientist, we are paying close attention to the affected areas. Earlier this week Matt texted me a picture of an empty grocery store shelf and asked his family members to "please send bread."

September 09, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life

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Extension Family and Consumer Sciences helps residents to ‘Live Well’

Raising kids, eating right, spending smart, living well - that's the theme of national Living Well Month being promoted in March by the Extension Association ...

March 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life

Celebrate National Nutrition Month

March is one of my favorite months for a couple of reasons. I love Spring's warmer temperatures and the chance to get out and ...

March 17, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life

A Woman’s View

So far, I have not witnessed a production that is any better than this.

March 17, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life

A Woman’s View

I'm going to say it. Some of you won't agree.

March 12, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life

Time for the parent report card

If you have kids, you are probably aware that it is the end of another nine weeks and time for report cards. I remember many ...

March 12, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life


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