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A candlelit tradition
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If you celebrate Christmas, when do you get your tree? We wait until the week before Christmas to get ours. It's important that our tree is fresh and not dry for the holiday, because we celebrate Christmas Danish-style: by lighting live candles on the branches. more
Weir native makes a new life in Japan
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Born and raised in southeast Kansas, Jim Rion found a new life in Japan as a freelance writer and translator for the local tourism industry in Yamaguchi, writing about the local sake industry, Japanese culture, and travel. more
The wonder of Wheeler's on Broadway
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This week’s story by Ben George tapped directly into memories of cars, airplanes, ships, etc. as well as balsa wood for crafting your own imaginative constructions — Wheeler’s Arts & Hobbycrafts at 604 N. Broadway in Pittsburg.  more
A sweet baking tradition
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The holiday season is full of traditions. Traditions bring pleasure and reassurance. They give us something to look forward to, and in times of difficulty or uncertainty, traditions root and comfort us. more
The gift of health
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Is your health and fitness on your mind this time of year? If your answer was “no,” you are not alone! November and December are some of the busiest months of the whole year for many! more
A native of Hawaii, Johnathan De Soto enrolled as a graduate music student at Pittsburg State University in 2021 without having ever stepped foot on campus.   more
A perfectly imperfect tarte
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When it comes to a dessert, a baked upside-down anything is a winner — even when it's a mistake. A tarte Tatin is a classic French upside-down fruit tart, traditionally made with apples. more
Nativity Festival
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This Friday and Saturday, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of Pittsburg will hold its sixth annual Nativity Festival, which will feature almost 300 nativities.   more
A river runs through it 
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My favorite reference librarian sent me a marvelous poem by Alberto Rios on Thanksgiving, saying it speaks directly to her feelings about the holiday.   I found it so profound that I forwarded it to friends and family and read it aloud at the O’Nelio family gathering on the farm in Dunkirk.  more
Turkey Trot triumph 
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Despite less than a month of planning, Pittsburg’s Thanksgiving 5K Turkey Trot was a huge success, exceeding all expectations.  Renato Pinto, organizer of the event, said they only expected about 20 to 30 participants. Instead, over 100 people braved the light rain Thursday morning. Pinto said he lost count after 110.  more
French cookie demo at CCHM 
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The French cookie is a tradition around the holidays in southeast Kansas and memories of French cookie traditions and recipes were shared at the Crawford County Historical Museums event on Monday. more
This is not a leftover turkey recipe, but do not fret. While this recipe focuses on pork, the beauty of a chile verde is that you can use the recipe as a template and substitute in your favorite meat for the pork. more
A cranberry conundrum
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Tradition has it that a Thanksgiving turkey dinner is not complete without cranberry sauce. Tradition also has it that every November, I find myself scratching my head, trying to reimagine cranberry sauce.  more
Julia Robertson always thought her future career would involve working with children.  A class that meets every Friday morning at the Pittsburg Family YMCA has changed her thinking: now she’s planning to work with older adults.   more
Rice inspiration
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This dish is inspired by two rice dishes: pilaf and maqluba. In a pilaf, the rice is sauteed to lightly toast the grains and then steamed in a flavorful broth, along with aromatics such as onion, garlic and spices such as cumin and coriander. more
Turkey Trot planned for Thanksgiving Day 
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A new Pittsburg tradition is in the making with a 5K Turkey Trot through downtown that begins at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24.  more
Good fat for the holidays
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The holidays are approaching, and cheese and charcuterie boards are a great way to entertain. Look to France for inspiration and add duck rillettes to your charcuterie board.  more
Bland, rubbery cheese need not apply
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As the saying goes, if it's not broken, don't fix it. I agree with this philosophy, but with one caveat: You can always add more cheese — especially when making a potato gratin. more
The Indian Student Association at PSU will once again share their culture with the campus and community with Diwali Night, an annual festival that will be held starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. more
Game warden’s job completed by new partner
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According to him, Kansas Game Warden Austin Sievert has the perfect job. After all, he gets to hang out outdoors all day long and play with his dog.  more
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