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Marsh Musings

The birding community and the Wetlands Center are buzzing with big news about a strange bird at the Bottoms. A White Ibis has appeared for the first time in our memory. It is a shore bird found mostly in the Carolinas down to the south and also in the Caribbean. It does not migrate with the White-faced Ibis which is a purple/brown bird that looks the same except for color and is very plentiful at the Bottoms right now. The White Ibis is hanging with his brothers and sisters in groups along 156 east/north of KWEC. No, I ...

May 07, 2016 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


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 for more information and to register.

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 county and other parts of the state. I also like to point out that we may not have a lot of hills but we have lots of wind! This spring has been full of windy days so we plan our rides to head in to the wind first and then enjoy a tailwind on the way home.

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-go to the Cheyenne Bottoms during the next month or so. It is absolutely breath-taking. It should be illegal to live close to this wonder of nature and not be there as much as possible. If you want to see Prairie Chickens, call KWEC and they will take you to a lek for another show you can hardly believe. You bird hunters need to drive a few roads and watch the pheasants in their tuxedos ...

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 spending your free time playing, reading, daydreaming, creating, exploring, and connecting with family and friends a whole new world can open up for you.

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 be held in the gallery of the Sterling College Art and Media Center. Working over the last semester to complete their degrees in art and design, Erica Best, Brandon Givens, Josiah Gunn, Renee Lanham and Nathan Terry will display 60 works that will be exhibited through May 13.

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 don't know where to start, keep reading to find your answer. I have hosted refinishing workshops in the past and have enjoyed the friendships and comradery of others while sanding away on a special treasure.

April 17, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Celebrate participation in Walk Kansas with Wise Bucks Luncheon

The first week of the 2016 Campaign of Walk Kansas is in the books. The temperatures were great for walking or other outdoor exercise but the wind made you work a little bit extra. I rode my bike as much as I could to work and local meetings. It was especially fun when I had a tailwind!

April 10, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Marsh Musings

Spring turkey season is a very special time at our house. My Canadian friends come with their traditional archery gear to hunt turkeys. Turkeys do get hunted-- but it is a very special time in lots of different ways. Duane, from Saskatchewan, has a pair of Labradors named Blitz and Queen Smoochie. They are brother and sister. Smooch used to live with me, but would get really depressed when Duane and Blitz returned to Canada-- so I just let the temperamental hound move north with her brother and she is completely happy. They are aging well, and get a bit ...

April 10, 2016 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Gardening

The discussion led by two enthusiastic Barton County Master Gardeners, Monica Bowers and Karen Morton, energized the classroom at Barton County Academy alternative school earlier this week. Back in January when I was presenting information from my fact sheet titled, "Simple Seasonal Meals" one of the class members asked if I could show/teach them how to plant a garden. Well, that one question made me start thinking. It has been a long time since I planted a real garden and I certainly do not feel like an expert on the subject. But with the help of trained Master Gardeners ...

April 01, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Gluten and Your Gut’s Good Health

What is gluten? Gluten is the protein in wheat, rye, barley, and some related grains that provides the elastic, chewy properties in breads and other baked products. The word gluten comes from Latin gluten, meaning "glue." This glue-like characteristic allows bread dough to stretch, but not break, as it proofs or rises. Bakers and producers select flours for the amount of gluten they contain. Though gluten's elastic properties are essential in baking and cooking, some people must avoid gluten to prevent gastrointestinal tract symptoms and even intestinal damage.

March 27, 2016 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Certain food labeling and marketing claims can be misleading

With the amount of food that is currently processed in the United States, many consumers believe it is important to know the ingredients in the foods they eat. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, working with relevant state and local agencies, are responsible for holding food producers accountable for food products sold in stores. However, regulating farmers' market vendors and individual sellers can be difficult for regulators, which makes it important for consumers to ask for information.

March 20, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Marsh Musings

Our marsh is very quiet right now. A few Sandpipers, lots of ducks and the Pelicans have arrived. Sandhill Cranes have mostly moved north, and the Whoopers have not yet arrived. There are no egrets, herons (except Great Blues that wintered over), Avocets, or Rails. It seems like everything is just getting ready to break into the fever of the migration.

March 20, 2016 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

April 15, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


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