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December 07th, 2021

====Southwest Living: Oct. 4, 2021====


armywormSpecial to the Leader & Times 


The destructive – though rarely seen – armyworm has taken its voracious appetite to many Kansas farm fields this fall.

Kansas State University crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth said many Kansas farmers are reporting sightings of the small worm, which feeds on turf grasses, vegetables and other plants when other food sources become scarce.

“It has been 14 or 15 years since we’ve gotten this many reports and seen this much worm infestation in the state of Kansas,” Whitworth said.

He said there have been reports of armyworms, true armyworms, fall armyworms and beet armyworms.

“It started last February and March with army cutworms,” he said. The armyworms started mostly in eastern Kansas, affecting brome and wheat, before heading west in June and July.

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====Southwest Living: Sep. 27, 2021====


pink anthuriumSpecial to the Leader & Times 


Although September has been unseasonably warm, Kansas State University horticulture expert Ward Upham advises moving houseplants indoors to protect them from dropping temperatures.

“Many people with houseplants move some of them outside for the summer to give them better growing conditions and help them recover from the stress of an indoor environment,” Upham said.

When night temperatures begin to consistently dip into the 40s, it is a sign to start transitioning houseplants to the indoors. The indoor conditions will ensure they survive the harsh weather of winter.

Before bringing plants into the house, Upham advises inspecting them for insects and disease. If you find evidence of insects on your plants, there are two methods of removal: spray or soak.

“A sharp spray from a garden hose can removed insects or mites from houseplant foliage,” he said. “Insects in the potting soil can be forced out by soaking the pot in a tub of lukewarm water for about 15 minutes.”

The biggest challenge for plants moving indoors is the adjustment to less sunlight. Start plants out in an area that receives the most light, then gradually start moving the plant to its more shaded, final location.

=====Southwest Living: Sept. 20, 2021=====


elderly couple holding handsSpecial to the Leader & Times


 For the first time in the United States, there are more older adults than young children.

“The first of the Baby Boomers turned 65 in 2011,” said Kansas State University specialist in aging Erin Yelland. “So, the oldest of the Baby Boomers are just now turning 75, which means that this population is going to continue to rapidly grow.”

Older Americans – those age 65 and up – have topped 54 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, experiencing rapid growth over the past 10 years. The youngest age group – those age 5 and younger – has remained mostly flat in the U.S. and is estimated at just under 20 million.

Further, current projections from the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that America’s older population will surpass those 18 and younger (currently at about 73 million) by the year 2035.

“There are a lot of good things that happen as a result of having an older population,” said Yelland, who recently spoke about aging well on K-State’s weekly radio show, Sound Living. “For example, the majority of wealth is held by older adults, so they have a strong influence on our economy. Older adults bring wisdom, historical perspectives and value to society. Because we are living longer, older adults are able to act as the glue to some inter-generational families. Some are even raising or providing regular care for their grandchildren. Older adults play a lot of roles in society, all of which are valued.”

“In Kansas,” she added, “we have the highest percentage in the country of older adults who volunteer. For older adults – even if they’re working part- or full-time – it’s a lot easier to find time to give back because they’re not necessarily dealing with the number of obligations they had when they were younger.”

====Southwest Living: Sept. 13, 2021====


9-11 Special Edition 2021


shelter insurance 2021 house article=====FROM SEPT. 11 & 12, 2001=====

Officials beef up local, area air security

 By: NANCY KLETECKA,  Southwest Daily Times 

Law enforcement across the country, including local officals, are taking steps to ensure safety following this morning's terrorist attacks.

Liberal airport manager Debbie Giskie said it is her understanding that all flights have been grounded. At least three rerouted flights have landed at the Garden City Airport, but none have been sent here yet.

"They have discontinued or grounded all flights," Giske said. We have more than 19 passenger planes and have security measures in place now -- we will continue to follow that. I understand they do have planes landing in Garden City, (but) since we don't have the tower like Garden City ... unless they can't take any more planes there, I doubt that we will get anything here. We do have a long enough runway to take them and we would be willing to take them if that's what they want." People needed to house displaced passengers.

The Garden City Airport is dealing with around 900 extra people, and the Red Cross in Liberal is taking names and numbers of people here who are willing to house people who need a place to go. Call 624-8411 if you can help.

The Red Cross is also sponsoring a blood drive in Garden City. One is not going on in Liberal at this time, as there are inadequate personnel to man all areas, but organizers hope to set up one here soon.

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