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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


Marsh Musings

I like to read books. There is an order to books that excludes the repulsive advertisements that have made television so distasteful recently. I wonder if they will ever produce a television that will block advertisements. I think it would sell, but I've never seen an advertisement for such a device.....

February 18, 2017 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Wetland Explorer

Feasting and drinking, mobs of robins and cedar waxwings have found our backyard watering station and cedar trees. Watching them interact right outside the window is much more entertaining than television.

February 18, 2017 | Pam Martin, KDWPT Education Specialist | Local Life


Get Out and Exercise

I hope you have made time in your schedule to get out and exercise during the milder days we have had this week. I know I am thrilled to be back riding on the back of our tandem bike as much as the schedule will allow. It was a long four months since our bicycling accident but my arm has healed enough to enjoy short rides and work to get back in shape.

February 18, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Marsh Musings

The weather and Kansas are starting to change. My personal barometer is focused on the migration of birds through the Bottoms. Even though we are barely into February, some things are happening.

February 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


February is Kansas Saves Month

I remember as a kid growing up in a conservative Kansas farm family we always paid for our purchases with cash or a check. My first experience with establishing credit was to make three equal payments to the company I bought my new Singer sewing machine from. No interest was added; it was just a way to show my responsibility to pay a bill in full. I still like to wait until I have the money in hand before making a sizable purchase. It just feels right.

February 04, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Cook’s Library with Patsy

At the Tallgrass Writing Workshop last year in Emporia, author Max McCoy said, "Write from the inside out," during his presentation about mystery writing. When I reread my notes later, the first thing that came to me was that we should live from the inside out.

January 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Adopting a Positive Attitude

The connection between the mind and body is strong, so an overall positive attitude – including an upbeat outlook on life – can affect overall happiness, health, and well-being. Similar to good health practices such as eating well and getting plenty of exercise, a positive attitude should be a habit that starts early in life.

January 28, 2017 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Berry good results: Research looks at growing more nutritional, flavorful strawberries in Kansas

Sweet news for strawberry lovers: Research from Kansas State University Olathe may help Kansas growers increase strawberry production in the state, extend the growing season and grow berries that are more nutritional and flavorful.

January 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


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Overpayment notice due to ex-spouse benefits

Dear Rusty: My husband got an overpayment notice from Social Security telling us that his former wife had collected $32,640.34 in benefits she ...

June 16, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


The soil is alive! (Part II)

Sometimes we think that bacteria, fungi, nematodes, and other soil microbes are pests to be illuminated, like the fungus infecting your tomatoes for example. But ...

June 16, 2018 | Rip Winkel | Local Life


Check it Out

ELLINWOOD - The latest additions to Ellinwood School/Community Library include:

June 16, 2018 | Sheri Holmes, Director of Library/Media Services | Local Life


Celebrating dads on Father’s Day

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 ...

June 16, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Special gift for a special man

Its takes a special kind of someone to help pay tribute to someone's hard work of taking care of a family over the years ...

June 09, 2018 | Russ Edem | Local Life


Wheat market show coming to fair

This year has seen many challenges for about anyone with a wheat crop. It is said that wheat has to die at least nine times ...

June 09, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Local Life


Search underway to find former USS Intrepid crew, and for anniversary weekend

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Aug. 16, 2018 will mark the 75th anniversary of the commissioning of the USS Intrepid (CVS-11), the World War II-era Essex ...

June 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


KDA photo contest now accepting entries

MANHATTAN - Kansas farmers and ranchers know there is great beauty in agriculture, and photographers are encouraged to capture that beauty and share it with others ...

June 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


Summer youth activities are in full swing

My job as an Extension Educator switches gear during the summer months and I have the opportunity to spend time supporting youth activities. This past ...

June 09, 2018 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Social Security for Retired Trooper in second career

Dear Rusty: I am a retired Indiana State Trooper but I'm working at a second career at the present time. What information would you ...

June 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


The soil is alive!

Soil, the substance that makes up the ground in which we walk, is often thought of and referred to as dirt. Actually, "dirt" is the ...

June 09, 2018 | Rip Winkel | Local Life


A Woman’s View

What has happened to the service industry in this country? Where did it go?

June 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local Life


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