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Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?

Many people hope to pass on or transfer some of their special non-titled personal property to family and friends. Non-titled personal property includes items that do not have a title or a legal document indicating ownership, such as furniture, family photographs, fishing gear, tools, and yellow pie plates. All too often, family members involved in transfer decisions fail to learn about each other's perceptions of what would make the transfer process and end result fair. Assumptions can be made that are inaccurate. Misunderstandings and hurt feelings can result.

October 11, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Bridge – the game, gives us respite from the empty nest blues

When our last child packed up and drove away to college, Lori and I needed to find something new to occupy us.

October 11, 2015 | Matt Keenan | 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 04, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


FHSU Music and Theatre Department offers broad range of events

In addition to the major productions from the theatre and Hays Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Hays State University Music and Theatre Department has a busy 2015-2016 season that will feature everything from recitals to band concerts.

October 04, 2015 | | Local Life


Volunteers in Action/RSVP news

Medicare beneficiaries should be aware that open enrollment for Medicare Part D is coming up. Beginning Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, you have the opportunity to examine options available with the private insurance companies that offer prescription drug coverage through Medicare Part D for 2016. If you have a computer, there is a great tool on the Medicare website to help. All you do is click on "Drug Coverage (Part D)" then click on "Find health & drug plans" and follow the instructions. You need to have all your prescriptions to enter as your drugs do make a difference. You will ...

September 27, 2015 | | Local Life


4-H to host fundraiser for Honor Flights

When members recite the 4-H pledge, they vow to use their hands for larger service to better their club, their community, their country and their world.

September 27, 2015 | | Local Life


Celebrate Family Day September 28th

The more often kids eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs. That is a powerful statement supported by more than a decade of research by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. It sounds simple enough. Make time each day to eat dinner with your children. As families with growing school agers soon find out, activities and other demands on time make sitting around the dining room table together a bit difficult.

September 20, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Fall Programs Offer Something for Everyone

Today I want to share information about a couple of educational programs I will be hosting during the month ahead. As more folks are nearing the magical age of 65 I find that questions related to Medicare are directed my way. We had a great response to a Medicare Basics program last month and I have a similar program set for Wednesday, Sept. 30, at noon at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th Street. Jamie Rathbun, who is the Family & Consumer Science Agent in the Midway Extension District, will share information for those who will be applying for Medicare ...

September 13, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Army Corps of Engineers supports new “Every Kid in a Park” recreation initiative

President Obama, with the support of the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation to include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, announced today the start of a new initiative to give every child in the United States the chance to explore and learn about America's great outdoors. The Every Kid in a Park initiative will provide all fourth grade students and their families with free admission for a full year to more than 2,000 federally-managed sites nationwide.

September 06, 2015 | | Local Life


Making better bacon—Yes, it’s possible

Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, improved bacon could soon be on its way. Bacon is one of the most popular cuts of pork, and finding a way to deliver restaurants and consumers an even better product is the focus of research at Kansas State University.

September 06, 2015 | | Local Life


Correct Hand Washing Keeps Germs from Spreading

It is "Food Safety Awareness Month" and so I want to remind you of the most important way to prevent foodborne illness; WASH YOUR HANDS. At all stages of food preparation and clean-up it is important to keep those hands clean. Next week I will be making my annual visit to Helping Hands pre-school to share the importance of proper hand washing with over 100 three and four year olds. I have access to a Glo-Germ, complete with a black light. After tossing a ball around that has the "magic potion" on it we should be able to see exactly ...

September 06, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Jumping Jiminy Crickets! Rainy conditions may have boosted Kansas cricket population

First it's the racket of 17-year cicadas. Now Kansans in some areas may be facing an influx of chirping crickets, aided by this year's moisture that favors the insect's survival and development, according to a Kansas State University specialist.

August 30, 2015 | | Local Life


From the Land of Kansas to host tailgate contest

Kansas' agricultural trademark program, From the Land of Kansas, invites tailgaters to participate in the second annual From the Land of Kansas Tailgate Contest. The contest, presented by Manhattan Hy-Vee, will be held September 5, 2015 prior to the Kansas State University vs. South Dakota football game.

August 23, 2015 | | Local Life


Shari Kennedy promoted to Captain

On Aug. 7, Shari D. Kennedy was promoted to the rank of captain in the U.S. Navy.

August 23, 2015 | | Local Life


Jump Start Your Day with Breakfast

While much of the programming I develop is directed toward adults, I also enjoy sharing information with children of all ages. Nothing pleases me more than sharing nutrition information with a young person and then meeting up with them again and have them say, "Hey, I remember you; you told us to eat more vegetables, or less pop, or whole grains..." Encouraging people of all ages to make healthy food choices is becoming a huge part of my job and I love it!

August 23, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


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Make way for spring cleaning

Warmer temperatures and greener lawns signal the arrival of spring, which means it's also time for spring cleaning.

May 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Furniture refinishing workshop has room for more participants

Furniture Refinishing Workshop set for May 2 through May 4, has room for a few more participants. Call the Barton County Extension Office at 793-1910 ...

May 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Dust Off Those Helmets and Start Pedaling

Our friends from other states tease us "flatlanders" about riding our bike in Kansas. Obviously they have never traveled to the northwest part of Barton ...

May 01, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Cook’s Library with Patsy

Cookbooks are more than just recipes. They are time capsules as well. Looking through old cookbooks tells you that our tastes certainly change over time.

April 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Marsh Musings

The migration is really exploding at the Bottoms right now! New birds are appearing every day. If you want to see real magic in action ...

April 24, 2016 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Celebrate Screen-Free Week!

On May 2-8, children, families, and communities around the world can re-discover the joys of life beyond the screen. By unplugging from digital entertainment and ...

April 24, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Sterling College’s senior art students open final show April 27

Five Sterling College seniors will exhibit their final body work, Rendered, from 5-7:30 p.m. beginning on Wednesday, April 27. An opening reception will ...

April 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Refinish and Restore Family Treasures

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 ...

April 17, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


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