Another school year has come to an end but that does not mean that learning has to take a vacation; especially in the area of nutrition education. With kids home for the summer no doubt your grocery bill will see a noticeable increase. It would be easy to fall into the trap of stocking up on the many processed foods on the market and feeding these to your busy family. But summer is a great time to focus on the "Why, When, Where, and How" as it relates to nutrition education.
Jenna Hertel of Great Bend has been chosen to attend the 72st annual session of Sunflower Girls State on the Washburn University, Topeka campus. Sunflower Girls State is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, June 1st through 6th. Miss Hertel is the daughter of Dan and Dort Hertel.
Juanita Lumpkins of Great Bend was honored for ten years of service as a Senior Companion at the in-service meeting on May 21, in Great Bend. Lumpkins provides daily assistance and friendship to adults needing support to enable them to remain living in their homes as independently as possible.
The great part about living in a community like Great Bend is the friendliness of neighbors. Virgil Kober, Great Bend, stopped in to the Tribune office Tuesday afternoon to share some homegrown strawberries with us and show off this unusual looking specimen. This is the second year he's been growing this particular strawberry patch at 126 Kiowa Road, he said. We can state for a fact the berries had good flavor and were juicy. Virgil planned to share the odd one with his wife.
For 25 years the month of May has been designated as National Stroke Awareness Month. It seems fitting that I take a few minutes of your time and bring you up to date on the statistics and ways to lower your risks. Strokes can affect people of all ages and backgrounds. Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. In 2008 alone, more than 133,000 Americans dies from stroke – or about one person every four minutes. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.
If you're spending the holiday weekend outdoors, be extra cautious of ticks. A Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine tick expert says in some areas, you can be exposed to one a minute.
Airman Spencer Keil graduated from the Aviation Structural Mechanic School on board Naval Air Technical training Center in Pensacola, Fla. with honors on February 26th. The Navy's Honor Student program is designed to recognize only those students who excel professionally, academically and physically with consistent distinction. Airman Keil is currently stationed with the Navy's Strategic Communications Wing ONE unit at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Okla. as a structural mechanic where he works on the Navy's E-6 Mercury airplanes, which provide secure communication links to the United State Navy's submerged fleet of ballistic missile ...
There was a lot to celebrate at the conclusion of the 2014 Barton County Walk Kansas campaign. The eight week fitness challenge has become a signature program of K-State Research and Extension with nearly 20,000 participants state wide. Locally, 50 teams of six (300 participants) met or exceeded the goal of walking 423 miles, the distance across Kansas. An additional 75 people put their time in as well.
Over a month ago the Be Well Barton County team I have been working with brought flyers promoting the Bike or Walk to School day event on May 7th. In order to get the word out it seemed fitting that I should include a bicycle safety message and do it in person. Contacts were made with each elementary school principal and the dates were set. John and I arrived at each school on our tandem bike that we literally ride everywhere.
For over a month, the Be Well Barton County team I have been working with brought flyers promoting the Bike or Walk to School day event on May 7. In order to get the word out, it seemed fitting that I should include a bicycle safety message and do it in person. Contacts were made with each elementary school principal and the dates were set. John and I arrived at each school on our tandem bike that we literally ride everywhere.
What would 4-H be without our 4-H moms? I love to listen to the stories that are specific to only 4-H moms. The stories I love are about a first project talk, the cake that flipped upside down right before the fair, the tears that can't be held back when the first 4-H steer is loaded on the trailer.
About a year ago my kids were encouraging me to take the plunge and invest in a smart phone. It would certainly make keeping up with growing grandchildren easier. One year later I am finding many positive uses in my day to day work activities as well. Being able to keep up with e-mail or texts when I am away from the office attending a conference helps me stay connected. I really have tried to keep up with technology over the years, but things change so rapidly it can be a bit overwhelming for this middle aged educator.
The beautiful spring weather we have had lately has been great for the bicycling. Several years ago we decided to bike to work and run our close-to-home errands by bike. It only takes 5 minutes longer to ride to work and there are several benefits. The health benefits of exercise and saving at the pump are the main ones that come to mind.
Harvest is here. Combines, trucks, chaff and grain. Kansas big heart is beating in the hot sun and wind. The heritage of history to support our families and validate the wisdom of our forefathers who risked everything to come here is palpable and visible in the faces of our farmers. It is religious to watch this process draw families, neighbors, custom-cutting visitors and friends together to process the harvest. It was nail-biting to get the rain and risk not getting into the fields in time. Kansas seems to grin at that possibility and solved the problem with 100 degrees and ...
Next week marks the beginning of my 26th year as your Barton County Family and Consumer Science Agent. The old adage "Time flies when you are having fun" is definitely true. It does not seem like a year has passed since I was ordering bread for the 4-H barbecue or lining up roasters for preparing the baked beans. Hopefully you have connected with a 4-H member to purchase your barbecue ticket. Prices do increase after July 1st.
I hope that your family takes time to celebrate with dad on his special day. Not a day goes by that I don't think of my own father. Even though he's been gone nearly 10 years I appreciate the role model he was to our family. A hard working farmer, he was totally outnumbered with a wife and three daughters. He taught us a lot of things and provided opportunities for us to attend college. He even took the time to be a 4-H community club leader for many years. He was a wonderful caregiver to my mother ...