Month: August 2017

Sick? Stock up ahead of time for easy chicken noodle soup ingredients

Flu season always is the worst time of year, especially after moving away from home. My first illness experience outside of my parents’ home was spent in an apartment less than 15 minutes away. It was at the point when I no longer could leave my apartment that I realized not only did I not have any orange juice or chicken soup, but also a lack of proper medication had become an issue. Thankfully, this first time on my own, I was rescued by my brother. After that, I always made sure I had a few things in my apartment for when — not if — I came down with a cold. First, I always have a can of condensed orange juice in my kitchen. Second, I stocked up on the medicines my mother always kept on hand for us as children, just in case. I also keep ingredients on hand to create easy chicken noodle soup. This soup can be left in a crock pot and checked periodically. It’s especially good for when everyone in the house has caught “the bug.” Chicken noodle soup ingredients 3 cans low-sodium chicken noodle soup 2 cans low-sodium Campbell’s Chicken & Stars soup 1 can carrots, drained and rinsed 1 can peas, drained and rinsed 1 can cut green beans, drained and rinsed 1 can corn, drained and rinsed 1 can black...

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K&O Steam and Gas Engine Show coming to Winfield this weekend

WINFIELD — The 36th annual K&O Steam and Gas Engine Show is coming to Winfield on Aug. 18-20. This show features track tractors and stationary engines, with live entertainment and exhibitions during the weekend. The K&O Steam and Gas Engine Association, headed by President Billy Metzinger, is keeping the show at the Winfield Fairgrounds this year. Events will be kicked off with a tractor rodeo in the grandstand at 8 p.m. Aug. 18. The cost of admission is $5 for the weekend. There also are camping opportunities available. For more information, call (620) 446-1799 or (620) 506-8044. K&O memorial quilt Roland Schmidt, a charter member of the club, passed away in 2015, followed this year by his wife. The late Shirley Schmidt was a quilter. The late Shirley Schmidt was a quilter. Their children have donated a quilt she made to be used as a fundraiser for the club. The money will be used to purchase school supplies for area schools, according to the club’s Facebook page. The school supplies will be given out at the annual K&O kids day in October. The quilt is made from leftover denim from blue jeans and overalls. A “little something of everything” was used to make it. The quilt measures 76 inches by 50 inches and is decorated with yo-yos, which were a favorite of Shirley Schmidt. Raffle tickets are $1 each...

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Cowley College presents “Mary Poppins” open auditions on Aug. 21-22

Cowley College is seeking vibrant, energetic performers and musicians for its fall musical “Mary Poppins” and performers aged 4 or older are strongly encouraged to attend. Auditions for those aged 8 or older will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 21-22 in the Robert Brown Theatre, located at 215 S. Second St. in Arkansas City. Those auditioning are asked to prepare 30 seconds or 16 bars of a song — traditional musical theater is preferred — and a one-minute monologue or poem. An accompanist will be provided and is preferred. A capella and CD performances are welcomed. A head shot and résumé are desired, but not necessary. Auditions for those aged 4 to 7 will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 22. Those auditioning should prepare a short song of choice between “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” or “Happy Birthday.” Children will need to go on stage alone, but parents are welcomed into the theater. All musicians should contact “Mary Poppins” musical director David Smith at (620) 441-5288 or Anyone considered for roles will need to be available in the morning and early afternoon, as well as between 8 and 11 p.m., on Nov. 7, 8 and 11. Rehearsals will be from 6:30 to 9:30 or 10 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays from Sept. 11 through Nov. 8. The children’s chorus will rehearse twice a week, but times are to be determined. All ages will be taken into consideration for...

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Hypnotist entertains students on first day of Cowley College’s fall semester

Eric Mina, 2016 Hypnotist of the Year, brought his unique blend of comedy and hypnosis Aug. 15 to Cowley College’s Robert Brown Theatre, capping a busy first day of the fall semester. Mina, who has performed at more than 100 schools, currently is on the road as part of his Good vs. Evil Tour. “Eric had the crowd entertained and continuously laughing through his hypnosis of the students on stage,” said Landon West, director of student life. “It made for a truly enjoyable evening.” Student Senate President Kyrstyn Kinzie was among the hundreds of students in attendance. “Eric’s show was great!” Kinzie said. “It was really fun to see our peers show their true colors.” This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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Cowley College AEC undergoes name change to Collegiate Quiz Bowl

In May, Academic Excellence Challenge (AEC) coaches from nine Kansas community colleges met at the state tournament and agreed to change the name of the activity from Kansas Academic Excellence Challenge (KAEC) to Kansas Collegiate Quiz Bowl (KCQB). Cowley College Collegiate Quiz Bowl (CQB) sponsor Dianne Flickinger said Jeanie Ferguson and Will Friesen, from Garden City Community College, were the “masterminds” of this change. “We felt we would no longer have to explain what the AEC team does,” Flickinger said. “We thought it would help prospective students, as well as colleagues, to recognize what we do because ‘Academic Excellence Challenge’ always required explanation, whereas ‘Quiz Bowl’ is self-explanatory. “The addition of ‘Collegiate’ at the start of the name helps to distinguish us from any middle or high school teams. “Additionally, the name change should help with recruiting and make college reporting to the Higher Education Commission simpler.” As a sponsor of Cowley College’s CQB team, Flickinger wants people to be aware of the change. Cowley College AEC students had great success during the last three years. They have gone to nationals in each of the last three years, and have taken first place and finished second twice in the state of Kansas. “I don’t want the success of AEC to be lost in the name change,” Flickinger said. “We have three returning students and are looking for more students who work together —...

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