By Pam Martin Kansas Department Wildlife, Parks and Tourism educator With butterfly weed's orange flowers now in full bloom and butterflies approaching their peak populations it's prime time for butterfly watching. Just watching butterflies brings back childhood memories. I've been chasing butterflies since I could hold a net and run. Over the years, I've learned to look for butterflies sipping nectar from flowers so I don't have to expend as much energy or risk a ...
It was an awesome ride! Of course I am talking about the 2011 version of Bike Across Kansas. Returning to work Monday, after a week of riding our tandem bike from border to border, my mind was filled with great memories of people and places. Hats off to the committee of volunteers who plan and support the ride for the 800+ participants. The communities that we lunched or stayed overnight at showered our group with ...
When you are 52, your dad is 30 years older and still works every day, Father's Day is already special. Still, if I had a dream day as a dad, it would go something like this:
Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Jordan R. Batman graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
This has been a tough week. The reality of damage and loss of life from storms hit too close to home. Last summer our Extension intern was Kristin Gleason. Tuesday, she lost her mother, Linda, and brother, Jeffrey, in the tragic storm related accident south of Great Bend. Kristin is healing from her injuries but our hearts go out to her and her dad, Jim, as they deal with their loss.
With warmer weather here to stay and the number of family gatherings increasing it seems appropriate to bring some food safety reminders to you today. Whether it is an impromptu picnic or a planned family outing, nothing can spoil the moment quicker than someone becoming ill from food that is not prepared carefully or held at a safe temperature.
Matt Keenan commentary As high school seniors across the county look forward to graduation, The Star brings you a reader favorite column from last spring. This is the time of year where 18-year-olds sit through long lectures delivered by school board presidents and the like. Officially, it's "high school graduation." Unofficially, it's "death by boredom." The speeches go like this: "Today you start off on a new journey, where you spread your wings, can be ...
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.
Happy May Day! I hope you are able to enjoy the sights and sounds of spring in the days ahead. Even though I did not inherit the green thumb both my grandmothers and my mother had, I have a love of beautiful flowers and foliage plants. I try not to get too anxious to get my plants before it has warmed up to stay. The trick in central Kansas seems to be the placement of plants so they can withstand dry and windy conditions!
USS Columbus CA-74/CG-12/SSN-762 reunion will be held Sept. 21 through Sept. 24, at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington, Va. Contact Allen R. Hope, President, at 3828 Hobson Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46815-4505; phone (260) 486-2221 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastern time; Fax: 260-492-9771; or email: Hope4391@ frontier.com
The Tractor Safety Course for Barton County youth age 13-18 will be held Saturday, April 30, from 8 am to 5 pm at Barton Community College CNH Training Facility. Pre-registration is required, so please stop by the Barton County Extension Office, 1800 12th Street (on the corner of 12th and Baker Streets) to enroll, pay the fee and pickup your notebook. The cost of the class is $15 and registration is requested by April 26.
Navy and Marine Corps shipmates who served on the USS COLUMBUS CA-74/CG-12 from 1944 through 1976 and the USS COLUMBUS (SSN-762) past and present, that would like to share memories and camaraderie with old friends and make new ones, can contact Allen R. Hope, President, 3828 Hobson Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46815-4505; phone (260) 486-2221 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastern time; fax: 260-492-9771; or email: Hope4391@ frontieLcom
The Heartland Cancer Center Cancer Support Group meeting will be held 2 p.m. onTuesday at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland. The meeting is open to all cancer survivors and their families. Anyone wanting to know more about the disease, treatment, caring for or living with cancer are invited. New comers are always welcome. The summer schedule and activities for the group will be set at the April meeting. Any questions, please contact Dana Foss at 620-793-5811.
In Great Bend, Kan., in the mid '60s, there was no such thing as separation of church and state. Not that I could tell, at least.
Army National Guard Spec. Graham D. Neeland has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
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 ...
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