Our family recently lost my sister-in-law Mattie. Because I was born so late in my parents' lives, my brothers were married with children before I came along, so Mattie has always been part of my life. She was in the family before I was.
Barton County 4-H members placed with high ratings at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. 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. In some contests only one member is allowed to represent Barton County and in some divisions all qualifying exhibits are allowed to enter.
When I moved back to the Great Bend area (I'm a Claflin kid) in 2011 after living in metro areas for six years, I experienced a bit of culture shock. The rural area pace was enjoyable and the people were friendly, but much was left to be desired in terms of pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, avenues for social engagement with other young people and young families, and it was hard to know how to get involved and plugged in from a civic engagement standpoint, even having grown up in the area. Barton County Young Professionals changed that in what ...
Almost daily the news shares accounts of fraud being committed. From identity theft to scams that target our older population there are some very convincing con artists out there. Don't let your guard down or you may be the next victim.
Continuing the Food Safety theme I started in last weeks' column I want to address a question I receive when the power goes off. "Can the food in my refrigerator and freezer be saved?" Here are some great tips to tuck in a drawer if you need them someday.
Lake Wilson has been so low for a few years that it was almost impossible to launch a boat. Fishing was difficult due to shallow water and a very irregular bottom. We couldn't access Horse Shoe Bend or any of our favorite spots in the west end. That has now changed! The recent and on-going big rains have dumped LOTS of water into the Saline River and Lake Wilson. We can launch a boat at Elm Creek now-and that hasn't happened for years.
September is designated as Food Safety month, so it is a perfect time to share information about a new campaign. National Food Safety Month was created in 1994 to heighten the awareness of food safety education. Each year, new materials are created to help reinforce proper food safety practices and procedures. This year's theme for National Food Safety Month is "Notorious Virus!" This play on words makes us think about a leading cause of foodborne illness – Norovirus. Norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis. It spreads easily and is often called the stomach flu. It transmits easily ...
"On Your Marks, Get Set, Bake!" Those words from co-hosts Sue and Mel start every timed contest on the Great British Baking Show. Cooking shows are nothing new – not since Julia Child, anyway. But this one has home cooks as contestants, and they are all incredibly talented but unbelievably humble. They start with 12 contenders and one goes home each week until the three finalists battle it out.
School has started just about everywhere, so kids from pre-school to graduate school are getting used to a new routine. But what about you? Are you a life-long learner? Moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas are never too old to learn something new. I don't mean you have to enroll in a formal class, complete with a syllabus and a final exam. I'm talking about the many classes offered in our community through our Extension offices, 4-H and Youth programs, or recreation centers.
As families strive to get the school year off to a good start, the morning rush can create a huge obstacle. Whether your kids catch an early morning bus or if you provide the ride, make sure time is set aside to eat a healthy breakfast. It has long been reported that breakfast eating is a good thing – first by moms, and then backed up by numerous research studies. Scientists have shown that eating breakfast is important to weight control. It also helps youngsters perform better in school.
You have probably all watched the Home Alone movies and thought "there is no way that could happen to our family!" However, there are so many things that could happen when children are left to fend for themselves that we do need to take a closer look. What is the 'magical' age when children can be left safely at home alone? There is no easy answer. In fact, it is different for different children. Some children may be comfortable and responsible when left for short periods of time when they are ten or eleven years of age. Others may not ...