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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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