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====Health and Fitness: Nov. 17, 2020====

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sliced fruitSpecial to the Leader and Times 


A national nutrition educator and Kansas State University alumna told an online gathering July 15 that staying healthy during the pandemic includes having a little fun and being mindful about what you’re putting into your body.

Vickie James, a 1976 graduate of K-State’s College of Health and Human Sciences and former director of the Healthy Kids Challenge, said she’s often guided by a phrase she once saw spray-painted on a wall: Laugh, Fly and Eat Cake.

“When’s the last time through the COVID-19 pandemic that you laughed so hard that it made your ribs hurt?” James asked. “It’s important during these times to find laughter, or fun things about each day.”

====D-I-Y Corner: Nov. 12, 2020 - Simplify paving stone installation====

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family thanksgivingSpecial to the Leader and Times


A recent survey by United States-based company OnePoll indicates that 70% of Americans expect to celebrate Thanksgiving differently this year.

That includes the number of people eating dinner together, and where they eat it. OnePoll reports that 30% of Americans plan to host only their immediate family this year – up from 18% doing so in 2019 – while food giant Butterball notes that one-third of U.S. families are considering serving dinner outdoors.

Americans are not ready to give up traditional foods, but that may require some pre-Thanksgiving planning to adjust the size of the meal, according to Kansas State University nutrition specialist Sandy Procter.

shelter article new 2 sept====FROM NOV. 10, 2000

By: Nancy Kletecka, SWDT



It's quiet now ... The shooting which moments before was a frenzy of danger has stopped.

Through the smoky hazy remnants of the fierce battle, in what could have been a twisted Coca-Cola commercial, a child appears with a bottle of Coke in hand.

That was a scene which Al Patton witnessed more than once during his time in Vietnam.

"It's true that they -- children and women --would carry explosives," said Patton of Liberal. "When we would have a battle, by the time the smoke had cleared there would be a kid out there trying to sell us Cokes. We wouldn't buy them and stayed clear, because we never knew what they would do."

Patton said he thinks women and children were used because of a difference in culture between the two countries.

"Americans value human life, and that culture over there didn't value it the way we do. We always figured that the North Vietnamese had it figured two ways -- if they sent all those soldiers and others down south and got them killed, that would help their economy. They would have less to feed. If they got lucky, which they did, and took the south, they would have all the rich rice fields to feed their people with, and at the same time, Red China and Russia were supplying them with the weapons, so they didn't think they could lose."

Imagine going a month soaking wet from head to toe. Imagine going days without food or being constantly under siege by insects, rodents and an enemy that wanted to end your very existence.

Patton, who moved to the Liberal and Satanta area 31 years ago, is one of the thousands who does not need to imagine it, he lived it.

Patton was drafted into the United States Marine Corps in 1966, at age 19. It was the first time, he said, that the government had drafted men for the Marine Corps.

At the time that he learned his "number was up," Patton was working in a grocery store. He and a friend reported to an induction station in Oklahoma City.

"They wanted volunteers for the Marine Corps and nobody volunteers, so they started calling names. They called (my friend's) name and said Marine Corps. He wouldn't have weighed 120 pounds soaking wet with rocks in his pocket," Patton said with a laugh. "I was trying to picture him on the Marine Corp poster. I started laughing."

But the joke was on Patton also.

"Then it came down to me and they said, 'Patton -- Marine Corps.' At 4 o'clock that afternoon I was on a plane to San Diego. I was assuming I would go to the Army, but they changed my mind for me."

Patton said that at the time he and his friend were drafted, Vietnam was going pretty strong.

"So we pretty much knew we were going to Vietnam," Patton said. "And at the time I thought it was what I was supposed to do. I got the call, and I was to answer the call. In retrospect ... I probably would have done the same thing, it's just that I think the government wouldn't let us win it. There was a lot of politics involved." 

Six months after being drafted, Patton found himself on foreign soil.

"I left in July of 1966 (for Vietnam) and was there until August of 1967," Patton explained. "Echo Company, 2nd battalion, 26th Marines -- that is who I served with in Vietnam.

"The CO (commanding officer) we had was always volunteering us for the details that nobody else wanted. Our division office was still in California, so we were known as the Nomads Battalion. They would branch us off to the first Marine division, or then over to the third, just bouncing us around."

Raised on a farm in southwest Oklahoma in a little town called Hinton, Patton found the conditions in Vietnam nothing like those back home.

====Health and Fitness: Nov. 10, 2020====

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====Southwest Living Nov. 9, 2020 Pt.-2====

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====Southwest Living Nov. 9, 2020 Pt.-1====

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shelter article new 2 sept====FROM FEB. 18, 2013====


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Students, teachers and USD No. 480 administrators may have a lot to be thankful for following tonight’s school board meeting.

Among items on the consent agenda is a gift from an anonymous donor in the amount of $225,610 dollars to benefit several schools and programs. The generous gift has been designated for the following areas: $75,000 for AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), $50,000 for Capturing Kids’ Hearts, $30,000 for the Liberal High School scholarship fund, $17,250 for a whirlpool to be used for LHS athletic training, $4,500 for a recumbent bike, $18,360 for iPads and carts at MacArthur Elementary and $35,000 to install a sports court for the McDermott Elementary playground.

Board members will vote on the acceptance of the donation and proceed to vote on the purchase of iPads and the whirlpool for the LHS athletic training department if the gift is accepted.

Tonight’s meeting begins at 6:30 inside the Education Service Center located at 624 N. Grant.