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Note: This month’s Hands On History program will be an activity packet about Cowboys and Cowgirls. We normally aim to release our programs and activities the first Wednesday of the month, but due to unanticipated staff shortages, the packet will be released next Wednesday, March 10. In the m…

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In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well …

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Libraries are organizations that incorporate volunteers in a number of different ways to help deliver their body of service. This includes those volunteers that make up the boards and committees that serve to govern, support, advocate for and inform the current operation of the library as we…

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“Bring your best.” Perhaps you received that advice from a schoolteacher or coach. Today we’ll meet a rural Kansas farmer who has built a business by bringing the best of his family’s products to farmers markets.

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Abilene — The next virtual book club will meet March 9 at 7 p.m. central time. The program is free and open to the public — join us online or by phone.

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One thing we can that we all can agree on is that things are always changing. Change is a part of life. We have all witnessed in the last year how schools, businesses, and even libraries are coming up with more creative and efficient ways to provide services to their community. We all know t…

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It’s suddenly warm out and I don’t know about any of you, but I’m in the mood for spring. These steak tacos are about as spring-y a food as I can think of, with fresh fruit that’s readily available in grocery stores right now and homemade guacamole. Aside from cooking the steak itself, this …

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It’s that time of year again! I know what you are thinking, we know, we know, that groundhog has already told us it’s STILL winter (insert eye roll). But, no, I’m talking about Community Information Directory Time! No dance parties or snowball fights are required to obtain this AMAZING commu…

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In 1963, as the Civil Rights Movement pushed against a resistant public for racial equality, local civil rights leaders spoke about problems in Junction City’s communities on July 18, 1963. One of the greatest problems identified was equal opportunity and job availability for the city’s Blac…

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When Denzel Washington is in a movie, he either plays a character that’s likeable, or intimidating. Sometimes, both. Whatever Washington manages to do on screen, he strikes me as an actor who takes his craft seriously, and puts in a lot of effort even down to the small details. He can make a…

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It’s too cold out to do much anything but bake. Here is another brownie recipe. We can worry about our beach bodies when it’s not literally freezing outside. I feel like a little extra padding will keep us warm in the evenings, anyway. At least that’s what I tell myself.

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The scripture read during Sunday worship in The Episcopal Church is based on a three-year cycle in which Matthew, Mark, and Luke are read in successive years with some material from John read in each year. In 2021, most of our Sunday gospel readings are from the Gospel of Mark. This past Sun…

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It’s too cold outside to do anything but bake. Let’s make brownies. Yeah, brownies sound good right about now. Fortunately, this is a pretty basic recipe that gets a minimal number of dishes dirty in the process. The result is rich, warm and chocolatey — just right for a cold day in February.

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When many people hear the word wheat, they probably think of some food item in conjunction with that. What many people don’t realize though is that wheat isn’t just wheat. There are several different classes of wheat and they have very different uses. The United States Department of Agricult…

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“The nation has a debt that it must pay,” Martin Luther King Jr. told an audience of 7,000 students in Manhattan, Kansas, in January 1968. “The longer it refuses to pay that debt, the more problems there will be — the more we will see the crises in our cities, developing and developing.”

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Happy Valentine’s Day from the Young People’s Department at Dorothy Bramlage Public Library! Valentine’s Day is all about showing someone you care about them. We care about our patrons and our community and making sure we can do everything we can to better help our community, which includes …

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Even before we are born, we need key nutrients found in fish and seafood. That’s according to the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025 (DGA), which advises pregnant women to consume 8 to 12 ounces of a variety of seafood each week. Besides being an excellent source of baby-buil…

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MANHATTAN – Nearly 1 in 3 Americans have said that their eating habits became more healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study released recently by the International Food Information Council.

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Last week, the Episcopal Church of the Covenant celebrated the first anniversary of its Tuesday evening Community Dinner ministry. In the past year, volunteers from the parish have prepared and served 5,408 hot, homemade, and healthy meals for our community; in any given week we feed at leas…

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In one of his last public addresses, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to an audience of more than 7,000 at Kansas State University on Jan. 19, 1968, about “The Future of Integration.” This portion of his speech reviews three myths that he identified about American society: the myth of time, the …

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The Friends of the Dorothy Bramlage Public Library has launched the fourth quarter of its 2020/2021 membership year. Always looking for new and better ways to involve the membership while continuing to support the library, the friends group is offering a mix of the old and the new to close it out.

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The 2020 psychological thriller Unhinged, directed by Derrick Borte, was released back in July as some theaters were just starting to open their doors once again amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The movie was originally scheduled for release in August, and then moved to September. Solstice Studio…

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In January 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to an audience of more than 7,000 at Kansas State University about “The Future of Integration.” In this portion of his speech, he uttered his famous line, “A riot is the language of the unheard,” explaining that despite his deeply held commitment…

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Hello, from the circulation desk. We have certainly been busy since we re-opened a few weeks ago and we are so glad to be open and to see our patrons once again. This was a very special for many reasons. This month got to witness Kamala Harris, the first woman and person of color be sworn in…

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In last weeks column I alluded to the fact that you should be planting tall fescue or Kentucky bluegrass if you are planting a lawn in our region. But still I receive many questions about why not some other species of grass seed or maybe even buffalograss or something like that so we probabl…

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Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week in September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spot…

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Geary County Historical Society’s current project is digitizing photos from our Pioneer Wall, one of the oldest exhibits in the museum, and one of the first things visitors see. Large wooden frames filled with photos line the walls, with names like Koepke, McFarland, Muenzenmayer, Trott, and…

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It doesn’t matter if you call them carpenter bees, wood bees or whatever, if you have structures, including decks, around your property that have unpainted and untreated wood, you will have these bumblebee look alikes hanging around your property at least part of the summer. Even though they…

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