Great Bend Public Library's Summer Reading Program kicks off Wednesday, June 1, at the library, 1409 Williams. This summer children, teens and adults will be encouraged to engage is healthy activity in addition to taking time to read.
The Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program is providing low-income seniors who meet age and income requirements with $30 in checks to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey from authorized farmers at local participating farmers markets June 1 through Nov. 1. Checks are available in $5 increments.
Ready to taste that first mouth-watering tomato freshly picked from the vine? Or those early sweet peas, squash and green beans? Then the Summer Street Stroll Farmers Market will be the place to be, starting on Friday, June 3. The kickoff will happen at the June Jaunt events at Jack Kilby Square. After that, it will continue on Thursday evenings in conjunction with the Great Bend City Band Summer Concert series.
It was a pleasant 75 degrees when the Wetlands water park in Great Bend opened for the season on Saturday, but it was a bit cooler when lifeguards arrived at 8 a.m. to test the 300 gallon tipping pool.
American Legion Auxilary had 3,000 crepe paper poppies to distribute for Memorial Day weekend. If there are any left, volunteers will be out at noon Sunday. Look for them outside Walmart, Orscheln Farm & Home Supply, Waters True Value Hardware, Sutherlands and both Dillons stores. Poppies are available for a donation.
The Kansas Wetlands Education Center and Mother Nature will supply the materials for guests to create nature silhouettes, a piece of artwork made out of leaves, plants and paint, during a free craft workshop at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 5, at KWEC, 592 NE K-156 Highway on the southeast side of Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area.
Millions of us enjoy warm weather every year by swimming in our backyard pools and relaxing in hot tubs. Tragically though, over 200 young children drown in backyard swimming pools each year. The American Red Cross suggests owners make pool safety their priority by following these guidelines:
Summer is here and people will be itching to start cooking outside. But, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano warns what normally is a relaxing meal on the deck could be dangerous if caution is not taken.
"Every since Barton County has existed, we have been represented in every war foreign war this country has fought in," said Beverly Komarek. director at the Barton County Historical Society museum. Visitors to the museum this Memorial Day weekend can view military uniforms from all past wars, from The Spanish American in 1898 to the Mid-East conflicts of today.
Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) welcomed many Veterans from Kansas who arrived in Washington on their Honor Flight. Huelskamp had nice conversations with Les Stewart, Ned Brack, Roy Titsworth and Jim Gordee, all from Great Bend, and he thanked them for their service to our nation.
Local and state election officials are reminding eligible voters and candidates for public office across the state that the deadline to switch party affiliation is noon June 1. It is also the deadline to officially file a candidacy for public office.
It wasn't the news Great Bend officials wanted to hear Thursday morning. They were notified by the United States Department of Transportation that their appeal to retain essential air service at the Municipal Airport had been denied.