In Barton County this weekend, it's all about giving back, and having a good time doing it. Three opportunities are on The Great Bend Tribune newsroom calendar, and the Great Bend Brit-Spaugh Zoo, families of Veterans and deployed servicemen, and a host of other charitable institutions stand to benefit.
Great Bend was hopping this past weekend with yet another Bikes, Bombers and Butterflies Weekend. The multitude of events drew scores of spectators and attendees for all over to commune with nature, feel an adrenalin rush or touch history.
Kansas's statewide Walking School Bus programs, funded through the Kansas Department of Transportation, proved successful for students and schools. KDOT contracted with PedNet, a nonprofit organization dedicated to active transportation based in Columbia, Mo., to create 15 WSB programs throughout the state, including Great Bend and Hoisington. However, in the end, 17 schools implemented a WSB.
The 10th Annual Fall Fun Festival for Kans for Kids, hosted by the Kyle Kasselman family, is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 20, from 1-5 p.m. at the Kasselman Farm. To get to the Kasselman Farm, drive 3 miles west of Claflin to the Camp Aldrich Blacktop, 1 mile south and 1/4 mile east.
Tonight's the night. The second debate for Republican presidential candidates will take place at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. Eleven men and women vying for the nomination will meet, and CNN, the host of the debate, has organized it to encourage as much interaction with the hopefuls as possible. If you can't be home between 5 and 6:45 p.m., set your recorders now.
The warm summer days are coming to an end, and within weeks it will be jacket weather. Coat, scarf and mitten weather. That is why Trinity United Methodist Church has begun its annual search for coats to give away.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, 6–8 million pets end up in shelters each year and half of those will probably not be adopted. Sadly, the society reports that about 2.4 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs-about one every 13 seconds - are put down in U.S. shelters each year. Often these animals are the offspring of cherished family pets.