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Cook’s Library

I've been on a quest for the perfect pie crust for a very long time. The one I grew up with was lard, flour and water – as little water as possible. When lard fell out of favor we started using vegetable shortening. As we all know, pie crust has never been the same.

April 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Shopping tips to stretch your food dollar

Well, our youngest son, Matt, has officially left the nest. With a masters' degree in food science from Kansas State University, he landed a job working for the Florida Extension Service directing a food science lab. Food science is a popular major and it makes sense since EVERYONE has to eat. With his move to the Ft. Myers area he is just getting to know his way around. During a recent phone call I asked him about food prices and availability. Grocery stores have abundant produce and he's looking forward to checking out the year-round Farmer's Market available ...

April 22, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Go see the egrets!

The egrets are arriving at the Bottoms and Quivira as we speak. Snowy egrets were the first that I saw. Great egrets have now been spotted. Cattle egrets have not appeared as far as I know.

April 22, 2017 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Visit to Washington DC was educational and memorable

By the time you are reading this column I should have recovered from the jet lag on my recent trip to the Nation's Capitol. We flew to D.C. a few days before the conference started so that my husband John, and I, could catch up with friends. It was great having a tour guide and driver who was familiar with the area.

April 15, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


They Are Here!!!

Grab your hat, jacket and binoculars and get out the door as quick as you can! The spring migration is upon us!

April 08, 2017 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


‘Freezer Meals’ class answers daily question

"What's for supper?" is the question asked nearly every day. Busy families may want to take note and get registered for a class led by a couple of my Extension colleagues on April 20th. The workshop, "Freezer Meals from the Meat Case" will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at the Great Bend Recreation Burnside room located at 1214 Stone St.

April 01, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


KDOC staff train to help offenders transition by offering a helping hand to the needy

KDOC staff who work to help offenders transition back to life outside of prison gathered for two days of training in Wichita on March 30 and 31. As part of the training event, the staff assembled prosthetic hands to donate to residents of developing countries who do not have access to prosthetic devices.

April 01, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Capt. Ian J. Watkins deployed

Capt Ian J. Watkins, United States Air Force, a Weapons Systems Officer in the B-1 Bomber, and assigned to the 9th Bomb Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas, recently deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam, in support of U.S. Pacific Command's Continuous Bomber Presence mission. The 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron is taking over U.S. Pacific Command's operations from the 34th EBS, assigned to Ellsworth AFB, S.D. The B-1s will continue to support USPACOM in conducting routine, strategic deterrence and regional training missions. The B-1 units bring a unique perspective and years of repeated combat and operational experience from ...

April 01, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Cook’s Library with Patsy

"It might have been otherwise" is a line from a poem that reminds me how important it is to appreciate the ordinary. What a miracle it is that we are able to walk and talk and think, much less see and hear. When Jane Kenyon wrote those words she doubtless felt their truth. She died of leukemia shortly after writing "Otherwise." She was 47.

March 25, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Protect children by storing poisons safely

Is your house childproofed? We have a 2-year old grandson who is quick and curious so that means we need to childproof certain areas of our home. Children should be curious, but curiosity can turn dangerous if kids are getting under the kitchen sink or into the medicine cabinet where hazardous chemicals and adult medicines are kept. In recognition of National Poison Prevention Week, observed each year during the third full week of March, I want to use my column space today to remind you about storing hazardous materials out of a child's reach.

March 18, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Gray for a Day Programs Set

Think for a moment about what it might be like to have age-related sensory and functional challenges. Many adults in our community face these challenges in their daily routines as they complete simple tasks or participate in leisure or social activities. The program "Gray for a Day" aims to educate participants on what to expect as a person's senses become less sensitive. Participants may experience an "Aha" moment as they think about family members experiencing losses or they may better understand their own changes as they age.

March 11, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Army Spc, Schad deployed overseas

Army Spc. Shastian A. Schad has deployed overseas in support of Atlantic Resolve.

March 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Put Your Best Fork Forward During National Nutrition Month

March is one of my favorite months for a couple of reasons. I love springs' warmer temperatures and the chance to get out and enjoy a walk or bike ride. I also look forward to sharing my passion about healthy eating during March because it is noted as National Nutrition Month. This year's campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. In addition, National Nutrition Month, created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, puts valuable and credible nutrition information at our fingertips.

March 04, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Marsh Musings

We get some odd birds coming through the Bottoms at times. The variations of nature are always interesting and make for some huge discussions in the hunting and birding world.

March 04, 2017 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Cook’s Library with Patsy

Some meals leave an impression on us. It may be because of the food, the company or the circumstances.

February 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


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Bridging the Cultural Gap

Growing up in the small town of Washington, Kan., I was unaware of what the word diversity meant. I was always interested in learning about ...

April 21, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Emergent Literacy: helping children’s development through reading

HAYS - The Cottonwood Extension District, in partnership with the Hays Public Library, will host a free educational program on Emergent Literacy from 1:30-2:30 ...

April 21, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life


Starting up a vegetable garden for the first time?

Kansans that are new to vegetable gardening often have a hard time knowing how much of each variety to plant. Kansas State Research and Extension ...

April 21, 2018 | Rip Winkel | Local Life


A Woman’s View

Life can sometimes be summed up in one sentence. "Well, that didn't go as planned."

April 21, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


Wetland Explorer

As everyone is aware, our "spring" weather has been come-and-go, at best, so far. As we sit in our climate-controlled houses and complain about both ...

April 21, 2018 | Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager | Local Life


Marsh Musings

My Canadian buddies are here to continue the wild turkey saga that began several years ago. It is one of my favorite times of the ...

April 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


New Medicare cards coming your way

As the need to ward off scams and identity theft ever increases, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is now required to remove Social Security ...

April 14, 2018 | Linda K. Beech | Local Life


A Woman’s View

I recently attended a Farm and Ranch Expo. It was a big show.

April 14, 2018 | Judi Tabler | Local Life


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