If you’re looking for a seaside break or a hiking vacation, you have to consider where and when the weather will most likely favor your activity of choice. But if what you hunger for is mainly theatre and classical music (like me), you can count on the larger metropolitan areas where they oc…

Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable grown by gardeners. They are dependable in producing fruit. Many can be grown in containers so that people with limited space can still enjoy a fresh tomato.

One of my favorite toys growing up was a stuffed horse named Diamond, cleverly named by 5-year-old me after the diamond-shaped patch of fur on her forehead.

The Riley County Police Department has stopped listing the names of crime victims in the information it routinely releases to the public.

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There are three things I remember about Marvin Marsh: His smile, his bearing, and his handshake. I’d rank it as the best handshake ever, and that’s saying something, since Ernie Barrett is in the same town.Mr. Marsh, who died last Thursday, was the longtime principal of Manhattan Junior High…

Country Stampede decided to relocate its event to Topeka due to flooding at Tuttle Creek Lake. This was a wise decision as it centered on public safety and investments. Manhattan stood in support and proved eager to assist in the transition to the new, temporary venue. In fact, that same sup…

We were most appreciative of, and in great agreement with, the editorial applauding Dave Colburn’s efforts as a member of the Manhattan–Ogden Schools USD 383 Board of Education ("We'll miss Colburn's even-keel approach to school board"—June 6).

Tip of the editorial cap to Gary Woodland, the Kansan who won the U.S. Open golf tournament over the weekend. It’s one of the biggest events in golf, and his win makes Mr. Woodland an immediate Kansas sports hall-of-famer.

I hope you will add important information to the recent “questions@themercury” answer regarding USD 383 nurses providing services at Manhattan Catholic Schools and Flint Hills Christian School. My three children are graduates of USD 383 and I found the nursing services to be necessary and ou…

The excess rain challenges plants in a few ways. Less oxygen in the soil is one issue. Aerating the soil and time are the remedies. Disease pressure is greater during these wet periods.

Yak, yak, yak. That might be a teenager’s description of the sound of some long-winded grownup – such as me. But yaks are actually a type of cattle. These animals originated in the Himalayas thousands of years ago. Now they are being raised and marketed by an innovative couple in rural Kansa…

As the state’s only land-grant institution, Kansas State University has a unique role in providing access to education, research and outreach to the communities and citizens of Kansas. This mission is woven throughout the fabric of the university and the state, counties and communities we se…

David Bellavia this week was announced as the first living Iraq War veteran to receive the Medal of Honor, given to him for his bravery while he was a squad leader for the 1st Infantry Division.

I have been a client of Pawnee Mental Health since long before it was Pawnee. I started going to the "North Central Kansas Guidance Center" after trying to kill myself in the seventh grade.

In the 1850s, who would have been considered America’s greatest explorer? Lewis and Clark? Daniel Boone? Davy Crockett? According to author David Roberts, in the mid-19th century, America’s greatest explorer would have been considered to be John C. Fremont.

As the growing season progresses, the gardener needs to monitor their plants’ growth. The goal is to provide the basic items the plant needs to remain healthy, and nitrogen may be lacking with the extra rain fall.

All of the recent and upcoming Disney live-action remakes have left me with mixed feelings.

Maggie and I spent a morning last week in a place we go about twice a year — the darkest corner of our basement. It’s not entirely dark — darkish is more accurate because we haven’t updated the lighting. In fact we go there only to haul out all the boxes of Christmas stuff and later to put t…

Another successful Mother's Day. Americans deify motherhood. We spent $26 billion this year on Mom. Perhaps we should spend some of those dollars to really support mothers and dads and women in general. We need comprehensive sex education, access to birth control and good family-planning ass…

This is the 31st year that Riley County, K-State Research and Extension Master Gardeners have organized a community garden tour. The first class of Extension Master Gardeners set in motion the opportunity for our neighbors to show case their gardening interest. Participants on the tour can g…

When the spillway gates were opened in 1993 at the Tuttle Creek Reservoir it took only days for millions of years of rock formation to be washed away and form a "Grand Canyon."

It now appears nearly inevitable that parts of Manhattan will flood this summer due to water released from Tuttle Creek Reservoir. The lake is almost entirely full, and the rainiest part of a typical year is still to come.

Last spring was hot and dry. You know what it has been like recently. Plants and most people would do better with something in between. The goal of an inch of moisture per week for plants has been quadrupled.

One of the better movie quotes of all-time comes from a high-school student.