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Read, White, & Blue
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When I was in 4th or 5th grade, I checked out “Johnny Tremain” by Esther Forbes from the school library and loved it. I don’t know if that’s what piqued my interest in history or … more
Gas & electricity & scissors, oh my!
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This excerpt from “Frogdancer,” Arma native Frank Jeler Jr’s memoir, continues the story of his return to college in Pittsburg in 1962. — J.T.K. I was at the college at 8 a.m. And when … more
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With the 4th of July just around the corner and since this would be published after the 4th if I didn’t send it this week, I am writing my column this week on “America.” I think many … more
Is nostalgia dangerous?
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Recently, I finally decided to unpack several boxes of pictures from my childhood in the 1970s and 80s. Stacks and stacks of Polaroids that my grandma Bonnie had meticulously taken and written … more
Formatted to read
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We all have our favorite way to read. I’m not talking about sitting in a favorite deck chair or seated next to the dog on a comfy couch or propped up in bed. I’m taking about the format you … more
Jam out at Sketchjam!
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Yam packed with goodies
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Pittsburg Area Farmers’ Market hosted its once-monthly “Kid’s Days” event on Saturday. more
Traveling as Empowerment
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Twenty-six years ago this summer, I traveled over 6,000 miles away from Pittsburg to my first teaching job in Ulsan, South Korea. I had never been on a plane before. The farthest I had been in my … more
Reading for the health of it
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Do you ever feel guilty about spending an afternoon with your nose in a book? (For the record, I sure don’t). But if anyone tries to shame you for reading — and they shouldn’t; what you do is … more
CHEROKEE, Kan. — Tucked away in the countryside outside of Cherokee, The Cake Shed is a real treat for dessert fans offering up cookies, handheld pies, delicious desserts, and fun filled events for … more
PITTSBURG, Kan. — Pittsburg Beautiful recently announced its June award winners. The homes are Tom and Angela Swartz, 712 S. Catalpa; and Brenda Hawkins and Steve Sigler, 418-420 W. Jefferson. The … more
College classes and creative bartending
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This excerpt from the autobiography of former Arma native Frank Jeler Jr., tells of his return to college at KSTC and some creative bartending at the Country Club. —  J.T.K . In … more
Center stage
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What’s your special talent? Perhaps it’s playing the harmonica or ukulele or both. Maybe it’s a knack for telling humorous stories, or you spend your weekends practicing Renaissance madrigals on your recorder. I have no doubt many of you have special gifts that you tend to hide under a bushel or else share with only a few friends. more
Brass rubbings
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Back in the mid 1980s, I was secretary of the National Association of Extension Home Economists. Our president, June Taylor was from North Carolina. When her presidential term was up, she … more
Social media detox
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Last night, I decided to deactivate my Facebook for one week. I have already had messages wondering where I went as friends were trying to tag me on posts. My brain has just been overloaded lately. I … more
Seeking black pepper and cottage cheese
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My wife and I have been seeking black pepper, pimienta negra in Spanish. It’s been a hard thing. We’ve been able to find the pepper corn easily enough, but pre-ground black pepper is rather elusive. Fear not, we have found it, but it has been a challenge. more
It's officially grill season. While you're brushing off the grill grates and prepping your proteins and vegetables, don't forget to make a bright and zesty sauce for serving. Herbaceous, citrusy … more
Carla's Country Gardens cultivate joy
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PITTSBURG, Kan. — During the pandemic era, many people turned to gardening and greenhouses to help with the stress and anxiety of that turbulent time. For many, greenhouses were the only … more
Find inner peas
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Jesse Gilmore, a horticulture agent with the K-State Extension Office, visited with area residents at the Pittsburg Public Library on Tuesday to discuss the benefits of community gardens, a piece of land gardened or cultivated by a group of people individually or collectively. more
It all started with Bobo
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Former Frontenac resident and KSC graduate, Ben George, is back with an intriguing story about hard work, college, and how a neighbor’s dog named Bobo serendipitously impacted his fate. — … more
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