I learned gun safety from my father. He loved to hunt quail and took me with him at every opportunity. At age 5 or 6, it was a BIG DEAL to get to go with him and watch the dogs and take quail home for my mother and grandmother to prepare for dinner or breakfast. I have never dined any better.
The National 4-H Conference to be held in Washington DC in April is the annual premiere national civic engagement opportunity for 4-H members across the country. The conference is held at the National 4-H Center and there will be teens in attendance from every state in the nation.
As 2015 comes to an end and we greet a new year it is a good time to reflect on the things you have accomplished as well as the challenges. Did you have goals or expectations that were not met? If so what barriers prevented you from accomplishing these goals?
Hunting waterfowl is expensive, hard-work and frequently a miserable endeavor. I have been addicted to this "sport" for most of my life. I totally forget about the process when I am sitting in the blind or laying in the field with the sky full of motion and sound.
While I was preparing information to share at my recent holiday program I came across an article in the December issue of the "You Asked It" newsletter from K-State Research and Extension. The baking substitutions below can be handy to remember for any holiday. They are from the MD Anderson Cancer Center, 15 Healthy Holiday Baking Substitutes.
Barton County 4-H members are asked to nominate members of the community who have given their time and talent to the 4-H program without any expectation of a reward. The clubs present their nominations at a 4-H Council meeting and all clubs have an equal vote. The 2015 Friends of 4-H are Eddie and Cindy Jurgensen and Loren and Cindy Phillips.
I hope your Thanksgiving celebration was special and that you were able to spend some unhurried time with your family. We returned home from a trip just before the temperatures dropped and the moisture started. The icy weather conditions made it a bit challenging but we were happy to have our kids and grandkids home at various times throughout the weekend.
The Barton County Extension Council Appreciation award is presented to an individual or a couple who have given additional support and time to the Extension Council Educational programs. In many cases their hard work and dedication has lightened the load for the Extension Service personnel, in addition to making the Extension Council efforts more effective. The success of Extension programs depends on the unselfish energy of such people who have spent considerable time supporting our endeavors for no monetary rewards.
Clarinetist Sarunas Jankauskas will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Sandzén Gallery in Lindsborg. He will be accompanied by locally raised pianist, Nick Carlson. The concert continues a tradition of area musicians performing at the Gallery during the holiday season. This year's event is a special benefit for the A. Jay Steinberg Music Scholarship, with freewill donations accepted.
Poinsettias are a popular gift to give and receive this time of year, and a little tender, loving care will keep them looking good for months to come, according to Kansas State University horticulturist Ward Upham.