Kansas Profile - Super Bowl edition
The Super Bowl ring is large, hefty, and shiny – and it proudly displays the words “World Champions.” Today we’ll meet a man from rural Kansas who earned that ring as an assistant coach in the National Football League. Special thanks to Norton County Life Magazine whose article told this remarkable story. This is a Super Bowl edition of Kansas Profile.
Larry Zierlein is the proud owner of a Super Bowl ring, which he earned as an assistant c...
New funding policy good news for NCCC
Prada Shoes – the sequel!¬† Last year I wrote a column about how state funding for community colleges works in Kansas.¬† I likened state funding for credit hours to selling shoes in a strange way.¬† If you recall I pointed out that no matter how much it costs to offer a particular class – from inexpensive classes like U.S. History, to expensive classes such as nursing courses – the college received the same dollar per credit hour.¬†
It was li...
Start small, think big for America Saves Week
Many of you may be like me and are ‘trying something new’ with your finances and personal budget in the New Year. America and Kansas Saves have some useful resources and incentives in February to keep us going!
Kansas Saves is a national social marketing Campaign to “Save and Reduce Debt”; and encourage the average person that “You Can Build Wealth if you Start Small and Think Big.”
February 19-26, is America Saves Week – a great time to take...
Starting plants from seed
January is a dreaded cold month for many gardeners. One way to combat the gardening blues that January brings is to start vegetable and flower plants from seed. The following are steps needed to be successful in seed starting.
Purchase recommended, quality seed: Start by checking out the list of K-State recommended varieties.
Those can be found at www.ksre.ksu.edu and follow the lawn and garden link. The plants on this list have proven themse...
Year at college provided early presents
The Inbody family is gearing up for another great Christmas together. I honestly love the holidays. We added a new feature to our Christmas display at the house – Virtual Santa! If you drive by our place at 8th and Evergreen through one of the windows you can see Santa walking around the house, delivering gifts, eating cookies, checking his list, and waving to you. It’s a lot of fun! Come by and take a look.
We have a tradition in our house o...
Tips for traveling with food
Holiday meals just wouldn’t be the same without those favorite dishes made by aunts, grandmas, and other family and friends. It’s a time-honored tradition for people to bring food to gatherings. How do you decide who brings what or how to travel with food if you’re asked to bring something?
When assigning foods or deciding what to take, consider the type of food and the distance to travel. Remember the two-hour rule – avoid leaving perishable...
Christmas programs at library wrapping up
Merry Christmas to one and all from the Chanute Public Library! I am happy to report that because so many of you chose to pay your late fees with food, the library was able to donate nearly 500 items to the local food pantry in November. This program turned out to be a winning situation for everyone and I thank the library board for moving forward with this project.
Children’s holiday programs are in full swing at the library. We have one re...
‘A Grand Experiment’
The “Grand Experiment” in social services continues. This past Tuesday, Governor Brownback announced sweeping reforms to the state’s Medicaid system that according to Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, will save the state $367 million over the next five years without cutting rates or services, this while at the same time improving the quality of services provided. Their plan involves reshuffling departments, implementing a global waiver, expanding managed...
Less sitting and more movement important for good health
Modern lifestyles and technology have taken much physical activity and movement out of our lives. We sit for breakfast, sit in a car to drive to work, and sit at a desk. There’s little need to get up to go to the file cabinet, because the files are all right in front of us on the screen. We push a few buttons to cook the evening meal – or sit in a car and select a meal at the drive-through. At home, a few more b...
‘Trick or Treat at the Depot’ Friday
What is the museum’s busiest day? People are often surprised to learn that our “Halloween” open house brings in the most visitors. It’s a chance for costumed girls and boys to tour the museum with their parents free of charge. Understandably masks and other exotic items in our West African exhibit cases are especially popular. Young museum visitors can also sign up for prizes.
This year’s “Trick or Treat at the Depot” open house is Friday, Oc...
Wash hands well and often to keep from getting sick
Washing hands seems like such a simple act, yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says handwashing is the single most important thing we can do to keep from getting sick and spreading illness to others.
And in developing countries, handwashing with soap is the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent diarrheal and acute respiratory infections, which take the lives of millions of children every year. Yet, despite its li...
“Is anyone in all the world safe from unhappiness?” — Sophocles
Last month my column was entitled “Happiness is,” which I thoroughly enjoyed writing, so I decided to provide the opposite perspective and discuss “Happiness isn’t” in the field of intellectual disabilities. I am not a big fan of discussing unhappiness or negatives and I consider myself a very positive person, but there are times when they need to be brought out into the open for...
Train trip to Chicago good experience
Wanting to take a trip but don’t want to necessarily drive? Perhaps you would rather not fly either. Well, there is still a great experience waiting for you. How about taking a trip by AMTRAK?
Although I had traveled via train when I was younger, and we have taken many historic steam engine train rides, my husband and I took our first trip on Amtrak the end of May of this year.
Result! We highly recommend it.
We found the security screening...
Join the 4-H Revolution
Join the 4-H Revolution
Oct. 2-8 is National 4-H Week, and the Southwind Extension District in Allen, Bourbon and Neosho Counties are celebrating the 4-H youth who have made an impact on the community, and are stepping up to the challenges of a complex and changing world.
Recent findings from Tufts University’s 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that young people in 4-H are three times more likely to contribute to their communit...
Artist Alley benefits from volunteers
It may be a simple thing, but it’s worthy of recognition and a thank you.
The NCCC wrestlers and track team members assisted at Saturday’s Artist Alley downtown by emptying trash barrels. That may not be appreciated so much until you see trash containers heaping full and spilling over onto the ground. That mess gets harder to clean up.
But the point is the college is great about getting student athletes involved with the community. The cross...
Protecting your eyes as time goes by
You may barely notice the changes at first. Maybe you’ve found yourself reaching more often for your glasses to see up close. You might have trouble adjusting to glaring lights or reading when the light is dim. You may even have put on blue socks thinking they were black. These are some of the normal changes to eyes and vision as we age.
As more Americans head toward retirement and beyond, scientists expect the number of people with age-relat...
Education of child begins at birth
The education of a child begins at birth. As parents, we are our child’s first teacher and we play a vital role in preparing the child for school during these formative years. No other age group of children experience “windows of opportunity for wiring” at such a fast pace as the parents of a young child. In fact, Schiller (2011) writes, “by age three, the child’s brain is two and one-half times more active than it will ever be in his or her ...
The Federal Reserve and interest rates in your life
We regularly hear news reports about a decision by the Federal Reserve (the Fed) to raise or lower interest rates or to leave them unchanged. Recently, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced that the Fed would hold the line on interest rates it controls until the middle of 2013. The announcement of the Fed’s interest rate policy over an extended period of time was unprecedented. So does that mean the rates that have the most impact i...
“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust
The other day I was speaking with someone at a meeting and they asked me “how do you know you are providing quality services to someone with a disability?” I stood there for a moment thinking about all of the services we provided and how I would answer that question. A simple response would have been, if the person is ...
Happy autumn from the library
Happy autumn from all of us at the Chanute Public Library! After the summer of extreme heat which we have all suffered through, I know everyone is ready for cool, crisp days. Hopefully they will inspire you to try something new. Remember, the library can help if you suddenly have the urge learn anything – from trying to a new craft to learning a new language.
For those interested in learning about saving money through couponing, join us on W...