Category: July 2017

See You at the County Fair!

We look forward to seeing you at your local county fair! Individuals of all ages are encouraged to exhibit a prized item, creation, and/or skill in Open Class. The fair is a great place to see local talent on display and to enjoy entertainment with your friends and family. Contact your local Post Rock District Office for the complete fair schedules and exhibiting guidelines. You can also visit

Post Rock District Fair Dates
Jewell County (Mankato): July 16—19th
Smith County (Smith Center): July 20—24th
Lincoln County (Sylvan Grove): July 19—22nd
Osborne County (Osborne): July 26—31st
Mitchell County (Beloit): July 27—29th

By:  Nora Rhoades

Food Preservation Workshop August 9th

Join us for a full day of hands on food preservation!  This workshop is for beginners and experienced canners who are wanting to brush up on current methods.  Participants will gain experience water bath & pressure canning, preserving their own salsa, vegetables, jams &jellies, and drying herbs!  Lunch will be provided and door prizes will be awarded throughout the day, you won’t want to miss this.

The workshop will be held at the Cawker City United Methodist.  Registration is due August 2nd along with $25 registration fee.  A minimum of 10 participants required to hold the workshop.  Please call (785) 524-4432 for more information.

Food Preservation Workshop flier is available here

By:  Ashley Svaty

Thinking About a Child’s Thinking

Adults are commonly faced with the task of meeting a child’s needs (feeding, clothing, bathing, and other basic duties of raising children). Often one becomes consumed by these tasks and it becomes easy to forget that children are developing their own minds, ways of thinking and understanding of the world. The next time you engage with a child, encourage their development by trying to experience the world from his or her point-of-view…

  • Bend down to their height
  • Follow their lead
  • Use all 5 senses
  • Encourage curiosity and imagination
  • Model patience by not rushing while new information is processed

By:  Nora Rhoades

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy Coming to Lincoln

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy is an evidence-based program to help individuals learn basic balance and strength-training exercises.  All equipment is provided.  This is a great opportunity to take better care of your health and join others in our community for this fun program!

Two classes will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:00-3:00 or 3:30-4:30 at the Lincoln Senior Center. The program will run from August 14th-October 11th.  Registration for this program is $20 and is due August 9th to reserve your spot.  Please contact the Lincoln office at (785) 524-4432 for program details and to register.

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy flier is available here

By:  Ashley Svaty

Personal, Identity and Online Security

Your personal information is a valuable commodity. It’s not only the key to your financial identity, but also to your online identity. Knowing how to protect your information — and your identity — is a must in the 21st century. The Federal Trade Commission provides resources and things to consider related to the following topics and more.

Visit for resources.

  • Limiting Unwanted Calls & Emails
  • Protecting Kids Online
  • Online Security
  • Identity Theft

By:  Nora Rhoades

July You Asked It!

You Asked It! is a monthly newsletter published each month by the K-State Research and Extension Rapid Response Center. News articles are based on questions received, current food safety issues, or information based on the time of year. Topics featured in the July newsletter include:

  • Salmonella Linked to Backyard Poultry Flocks
  • Food Judge’s Training Tools
  • Most Efficient Appliances for 2017
  • Food Safety Kansas
  • New Recipe Cards from Ball®
  • Fire Up the Grill for Vegetables!
  • Making Pickled Eggs at Home
  • The Story Behind the Fruit Cobbler
  • Making Jam & Jelly with Frozen Fruit
  • How Old are Your Spices?

Enjoy the July newsletter here

By:  Ashley Svaty