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  • Books | September 22, 2013

    Former member of Congress tries to find common ground

    This important book was written by Olympia Snowe, former US Senator (1995-2013), representative (1979-95), and Maine state legislator (1973-79).  Snowe was for many years one of the dying breed of moderate Northeastern Republicans who regularly worked for compromise with Democrats.  She chose not to run

  • Books | September 22, 2013

    Exploring the growth of Earth Day

    The title seems at first exaggerated but the author quickly makes good on that premise and not just to my satisfaction. The New Yorker review by Nicholas Lehman ran three glowing pages (April 15,2013) and Michael Kazin is quoted on the book jacket: “Adam Rome has

  • Books | September 22, 2013

    Burglary and kidnapping in Bruges

    If you’re not familiar with Pieter Aspe, you’re not alone. He’s Belgian, lives in Bruges and writes in Flemish. Some of his novels, including “The Square of Revenge,” feature Pieter Van In, a divorced 40ish deputy police commissioner who also is a

  • Books | September 22, 2013

    Six simple skills can improve children’s early literacy


    Everyone knows that libraries have storytimes so young children can hear good stories read aloud.  People who have attended storytimes know that, in addition to stories, children will learn action rhymes, songs and even dance moves. It is all great fun and leads to

  • Books | September 22, 2013

    Author tells suspenseful tale of a man searching for lost love

    Several supporters of the Harlan Coben mystery fan club have been giving me demerits simply for my asking, “Who in the world is Harlan Coben?” Some remain speechless, while a few attack me with words that sting and chill, making me feel as if I

  • Tennis | September 22, 2013

    New facilities bring KSU tennis back home


    Those familiar with state history understand the meaning of “Ad astra per aspera,” which means “To the stars through difficulties.” If there is an athletic program at Kansas State that embodies that motto, it might be head coach Steve Bietau’s women’s tennis team.

  • Gardening | September 22, 2013

    Maintain rose bushes to keep their beauty until frost


    I’m a rose lover because most bloom up to the first frost. Their colors and fragrance draw my attention. Roses also vary in form and leaf for added interest. With approximately 3,000 varieties available, it would seem to me that everyone would have a rose

  • September 22, 2013

    Bonner Springs woman has not lost marbles

    Have you lost your marbles? If so, I know a place where you can replace them. You can also learn about how marbles are made, find some vintage toys and games, and have fun, right here in Kansas. Lynda Sproules and Bruce Breslow are the

  • Local |Education | September 22, 2013

    Inaugural RCPD scholarship awarded

    Kristina Gee, the daughter of Officer Darla King, was awarded the inaugural $500 Riley County Police Department scholarship in August. She is currently attending Fort Hays State University. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be the dependent son or daughter of an active, full-time RCPD

  • Local |Business | September 22, 2013

    JCPenney hires 2 stylists

    JCPenney Salon hired two stylists. Janette Mendez and Lori Rehmer are graduates from Bellus Academy   in Manhattan, and they are now taking appointments for all types of haircuts, color and highlights.  Appointments can be made by calling (785) 776-9772 or at 101 Manhattan Town Center.&

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