As the year draws to a close, many charities reach out for donations to make ends meet, However, scammers and con artists are also wanting your money and and use fake charities to get into your pockets. Fortunately, there is a way to find out if the cash you are shelling out is truly going to people in need.
As many of us prepare to visit family and friends over the Christmas holiday, they will be joining throngs of Americans going over the river and through the woods. The American Automobile Association reports that travel by car remains the most popular mode of transportation.
Anyone who has ever been involved with change, and that's everyone, can agree that its not easy. After all, most change is required because something isn't working anymore, and it got that way because it was easier to maintain the status quo for long enough that problems arose.
Last week, Mike Courson reported in The Ellinwood Leader that Ellinwood students can look forward to hearing from speaker Marion Blumenthal Lazan next fall when she visits Ellinwood. She will talk about her family's experience at Bergen Belsen, a Nazi concentration camp. Blumenthal's book, "Four Perfect Pebbles," is required reading in Connie Mitchum's English classes at Ellinwood Middle/High School.
Winter has yet to arrive and the flu season is already starting to heat up, local and state health officials say. So, the Barton County Health Department and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment urge all Kansans to get a flu vaccine.
If one wants to experience the impact of Great Bend's now-famous Trail of Lights Christmas display, they need only to take a shift as a greeter at Brit Spaugh Park. This past Thursday evening, over 100 spectators made the glowing circuit to "ooooh" and "awwwww" over the decorations, including a chartered bus load from Montezuma.
Finally, the FBI is going to start taking animal cruelty seriously. An Associated Press story Wednesday reported the law enforcement organization will begin tracking cases of animal cruelty all over the country starting in 2016. For years, mental health professionals have known there is a link between animal abuse and other violent crimes, so its high time the problem gets the attention it deserves.
Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday was Small Business Saturday, a national celebration encouraging shoppers to spend their money locally as they finish off their Christmas shopping lists.
On Tuesday, the Golden Belt Community Foundation and numerous local organizations will join #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving. Occurring this year on Dec. 1, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in ways to the charities and causes they support.
Thursday is Thanksgiving, that uniquely American holiday that falls between Memorial Day and Christmas. It is a celebration of the arrival of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock in 1642 and, with the help of the Native Americans, survived a perilous and deadly winter.