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CCHM explores antique coverlets
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The Crawford County Historical Museum (CCHM) in Pittsburg is going back to the 19th Century to learn how coverlets told a story of craftsmanship and artistry from the past. more
It's Me. Hi. I'm the Problem It's Me.
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*This week's column discusses mental health, self-harm, eating disorders and other sensitive topics.*  The last two months, I have felt like the character in Taylor Swift's Grammy winning … more
Lowe’s Grocery & Mercantile, part 2
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The following is the second excerpt from a memoir by Norma Lee (Lowe) Bird about Lowe's Grocery & Mercantile in Hepler beginning in 1946. It continues her look at small town life centered around a small grocery store and other businesses. Poignant scenes that were duplicated all through rural Kansas. Last week I mistakenly wrote that Norma Lee now lives in Oswego. It’s Ottawa. — J.T.K. more
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Guests can once again go around the world in a few hours when the International Student Association at Pittsburg State University hosts the annual International Food and Culture Fair from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4.   more
Lowe’s Grocery & Mercantile, part 1
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The following is the first excerpt from a memoir by Norma Lee (Lowe) Bird about Lowe's Grocery & Mercantile in Hepler in 1946. It’s a classic look at small town life centered around a grocery store (and pool hall) that was duplicated all through rural Kansas. Norma Lee now lives in Oswego. — J.T.K.  more
Club Notes
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Friday, February 16   Dinner at the Arma American Legion   The Arma American Legion, located at 512 E. Main, is open Friday nights serving good food and drinks. The kitchen opens … more
Check out these books
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We’re six weeks into 2023 and the list of books I want to read grows longer with each shipment that arrives at the library. Here’s a partial listing of new titles available so you can see what you want to read next. Come on in and pick out your new favorite.   more
An exhibit titled “Real Abstraction” by artist Nick Gadbois will open at the Harry Krug Gallery in Porter Hall, home to the Pittsburg State University Department of Art, on Feb. 15.   more
Beaver trapping in S.E. Kansas
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Last week’s excerpt from Frank Jeler Jr.’s memoir described trapping muskrat hereabouts in 1951 –’52. This week he continues his description of the art of trapping near Arma — sharing the benefits (and dangers) of trapping beaver. — J.T.K.  more
Flip the sheet pan dinner
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When it comes to flavor, say yes to bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts. Chicken breasts often get a bad rap for their dryness and lack of flavor. Leaving the bones and skin on the breast helps to solve this problem. more
Hearts & Books
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Last week I observed children picking out boxes of Valentines to exchange with their schoolmates and it took me back to grade school. Remember the excitement of those days before Feb. 14 — decorating your “mailbox” at school that sat on your desk, just waiting to be filled with a flurry of small white envelopes? more
Memories of the Gay Parita
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Isn’t it interesting how a single event can “trigger” your memory? That happened to me this past week when I learned that there was to be an auction at the Gay Parita in Carona, Kansas, last Sunday.  more
I probably shouldn’t admit this in print, especially knowing the director will read it, but there are days I feel like I could do my job in my sleep. more
Special Olympics of Kansas (SOKS) will be hosting its Southeast Kansas Regional Basketball Competition next Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 7 and 8, at the Weede Gymnasium on the Pittsburg State University Campus. more
It’s a bowl-food time of year
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When the weather is gray and cold, it's time to pull out the big bowls. Winter soups and stews are hefty and can lean rich, meant to encourage slurping with big spoons and passing napkins to catch … more
January is for slow-cooking
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It's a slow-cooking time of year, which calls for a meal like this: an aromatic pot of braised short ribs, blanketed in a richly fortified sauce, exuding warmth and comfort. more
Beat the weather with these spicy tacos
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The bleaker the weather, the brighter the food, I say. It's the new year, and January can be a cold, wet and dark second act following the holiday festivities. A perfect antidote is to create light and vibrant food to ward off the seasonal blues and balance out any celebratory excesses.  more
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