Now that summer is here, we all look forward to home-grown vegetables and fruit from local growers. These fresh produce items are available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings on the library parking lot and on Thursday evenings during the Summer Street Stroll. Everyone loves fresh vegetables but sometimes the cost added on to regular grocery bills can be prohibitive. The Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program can be a solution. This is a new project that has been brought to our area through collaboration between Janel Rose, CDRR Program, Barton County Health Department and Janet Splitter, Executive Director, ElderCare and ...
Army Reserve 2nd Lt. Tiffany J. Hekele has graduated from Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga., and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
With the weather heating up and the calendar turning to July it can only mean one thing – the Barton County Fair is coming! As I begin my 25th year with Barton County Extension I am seeing second generation 4-H'ers growing and learning through one of the best youth programs around. Kids who were active 4-H'ers in the 1990's now want their own children to gain from similar experiences. Fair time activities give youngsters a chance to showcase what they have learned from the 4-H projects they enrolled in last fall.
One of the hats I wear at Barton County Extension is to work with the Community Development committee to bring ideas to the table that help make our communities a great place to be. As my husband, John, and I returned home from the 2013 Biking Across Kansas event we reflected on the wonderful spirit and friendliness of each of the communities we passed through. From Johnson City to Galena, we enjoyed touring the southern part of Kansas at bicycle speed.
Veterans and their families are a target for some dishonest advisers who are claiming to offer free help with paperwork for pension claims. The scheme involves attorneys, financial planners, and insurance agents trying to persuade veterans over 65 to make decisions about their pensions without giving them the whole truth about the long-term consequences
Volunteers in Action/RSVP wants to thank everyone that purchased recycled Memorial Flowers from our Great Bend and Hoisington locations this year. Because of your support, we made over $1,500 which means that we will be able to say a proper "THANK YOU" to our volunteers for everything they do to make our communities a better place to live. If the winds and rain don't beat them up too much before next Monday, we have volunteers scheduled to help us pick up the abandoned flowers at the cemetery again this year. Don't forget: if you want to ...
May is both National High Blood Pressure Education Month and Stroke Awareness Month. It only makes sense to acknowledge both of these disease processes at the same time because when you control your blood pressure you greatly reduce your risk of stroke---which is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.
Raising teenagers these days presents one new issue after another. But nothing compares to the stress of seeing your teenager start driving.
Summer is almost here and that means kids will be eating more meals and snacks at home. Keeping those meals and snacks healthy over the summer can be easy with a little planning. Following the MyPlate food guide system for healthy eating tells us that half of your plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables. Another generous portion of whole grains and a small portion of lean protein round out the healthy plate.
Last week's Wall Street Journal featured a story about over-sharing - asking, "What triggers people to reveal too much?"
Army Reserve Spec. Tiffany J. Hekele has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
The Barton County team of Ryan Kohman, Parker Smith, Katelyn Reh and Lake Lyman placed 2nd in the state at the recent State 4-H Air Rifle Competition. The 4-H Shooting Sports Program uses the skills and disciplines of shooting to assist young people and their leaders to attain knowledge and develop essential life skills.
Timothy and Amy Frieb recently presented the Hoisington Boy Scout/Cub Scout Troop 7130 with a $2,500 FOCUS grant through Fontanelle Hybrids.
Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms out there! The month of May has arrived and that means a frenzy of activity for families who are celebrating Mother's day today and graduations now or in the weeks ahead. I am truly blessed to have my mother-in-law, daughter, and granddaughters close by. It is a joy to spend time together at a moment's notice. Hopefully your weekend plans include some good family time with plenty of hugs.
The theme for the 2013 Barton County Fair quilt block challenge is "Celebrate Wheat." Coordinated by members of the Central Kansas Thread Benders quilt guild, the contest is open to anyone who sews. Kits are available for pick up for $3 at the Barton County Extension Office, 1800 12th Street in Great Bend. Each kit contains two fat eighths of fabric. Each of these fabrics must be used in the final block as well as other fabrics. A total of 34 kits will be available on a first come first served basis. Finished blocks must be entered by noon on ...
The past 20 years September has been designated as National Food Safety Month. Often times I devote a column or two and offer training related to this important subject during September and this year is no exception. The web site is full of great information that focuses on five main areas of concern when it comes to food handlers. Those areas include:
Army Pfc. Curry Thomas has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
Just because it seals, does not mean it is safe! There is a common misconception in home canning. That is, if the lid seals, it is a safe product. The question is, what procedures were done before the lid was put on the jar?
If our dog Bernie has flaws, I have yet to find them. The rest of the family, on the other hand, is quick to judge. Admittedly, from time to time, in moments of understandable weakness, she has become a victim to temptations. I've summarized a few of her transgressions below, with additional context, as appropriate.
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