Day: January 4, 2018

New Burford Theatre operations director Hollon plans ‘right-sizing’

The new director of the V.J. Wilkins Family Center for the Arts is beginning the new year with new plans for the future. Director of Operations Jamie Hollon has plans to “right-size” the offerings that can be found at the Burford Theatre. “Right now, we’re in a reinvention stage,” she said. “We’re looking back over what we’ve done to determine how to move forward.” By looking back on what has been done before, Hollon can see what was successful and what was not. “I’m making sure we’re doing what the community needs,” she said. To that end, Hollon said surveys will be available this month. The surveys aren’t just available online — she also will have paper copies available in the Burford business office. Hollon said she hopes the feedback will help to shape arts programming moving forward. “If we don’t have the audience, we don’t have a theater,” she said. Hollon settling in “I became interested (in this position) because it was something I could do to give back to the community,” Hollon said. To create, inspire and encourage others are among the goals she has set for herself in her new position. Some of her efforts will include offering more scholarships to the community for programs that are offered at the Burford. In previous years, some scholarships have been built into the grants that paid for educational...

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Shutterbug 2.0: ISO — What it stands for, how it works and why it matters

Once upon a time, back before the words “digital” and “photography” went together, photographers had to really think through what they wanted to do before buying a roll of film. Back then, you had to know what ISO you needed for a given photo shoot because the film was rated for different “film speeds,” a.k.a. ISOs. With the advent of digital photography, it has become easy to change camera settings to different ISOs. So now there no longer is a need to worry about film sensitivity. But it still can be helpful to photographers to know more about this setting and how it works. What is ISO? What does ISO mean in the world of digital photography? Well, let’s first take a look at what ISO means in general. ISO stands for the International Organization for Standardization, which is an international governing body that standardizes sensitivity ratings for camera sensors — along with many, many other things. You might be wondering why the acronym isn’t IOS… Well, to quote directly from the International Organization for Standardization website: Because “International Organization for Standardization” would have different acronyms in different languages (IOS in English, OIN in French for Organisation internationale de normalisation), our founders decided to give it the short form ISO. ISO is derived from the Greek “isos,” meaning equal. Whatever the country, whatever the language, we are always ISO....

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Enjoy a little taste of Hungary with this recipe for walnut kiefles

Like many people in America, my husband’s ancestors hail from a variety of countries. His maternal grandmother has some Hungarian forebears and her family has cooking traditions that spring from that. One such tradition is kiefles. When Andrew and I were celebrating our first holiday together, he became very excited when his mother said there would be kiefles at a family gathering. Now, I had never heard of kiefles before, so while my reaction obviously was found underwhelming, I blame the fact that I had no idea what they were talking about. I soon was set straight on the amazing-ness that is this Hungarian nut cookie recipe. Kiefle dough ingredients 2 cups butter 2 cups cottage cheese 4 cups flour Eggs Kiefle filling ingredients 1 cup ground walnuts 1/4 cup sugar Instructions for kiefles Mix walnuts and sugar together, then separate out 1/3 of the mixture for topping. Add hot water — a little at time — to the remaining filling mixture, until the paste is not too thick or too watery. Mix together dough ingredients. Divide the dough into quarters. Keep the unused portion covered and refrigerated. Roll out a quarter of the dough at a time into thin sheets. Cut the sheets into small rectangles. Spoon 1/4 teaspoon of wet filling into the center of each rectangle. Wrap dough in thirds over the filling, pinching the ends...

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Pair of upcoming blood drives highlight Blood Donation Awareness Month

January has been designated Blood Donation Awareness Month because it is the month when blood donations are at their yearly lows. The blood shortages happen every year during cold and flu season. But donations remain vitally important for several reasons. “Those who are involved in motor vehicle crashes or have sickle cell disease, anemia, blood disorders, cancer, or newborn babies, and some surgery patients, are just a few that benefit from those that donate blood,” said Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department EMS Director Jeri Smith. “There are many more patients that benefit from donated blood. The ones I listed are just a few. That’s why it’s referred to as the ‘Gift of Life,’” she said. There are two more opportunities to give blood in Arkansas City this month. The first is from noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 5 at Central Christian Church, located at 206 W. Central Ave. The second will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Wright Room at Cowley College’s Brown Center, located at 215 S. Second St. Reasons to give blood There are added medical benefits for those who give blood regularly. Donating blood can help to maintain a healthy heart and liver. It also stimulates blood cell production. Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S., according to the American Red Cross. The actual blood...

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Reid: Hot soup is ready? Here’s how to keep it safe to eat

Some may consider soup to be the ultimate comfort food. The aroma of simmering soup tempts us with the promise of warmth and satisfaction. Whether soup starts an elegant meal or is served as a meal by itself, it is very versatile with countless combinations. Incorporating vegetables in soup is an easy way to consume more vegetables, especially if you don’t get enough vegetables in your diet. The 2015-20 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend consuming a variety of vegetables from all of the subgroups — dark green, red and orange, legumes (beans and peas), starches, and others. Barley, brown rice and other whole grains also are great in soups, adding fiber and nutrients. I enjoy making a large batch of soup so I can enjoy some for another meal. Many soups, with the possible exception of seafood soups, may taste better the next day! For safety and quality, plan to eat refrigerated soup within two days. Freeze soup in individual containers for an easy meal option. To speed cooling, transfer soup to shallow containers, making sure the soup is no more than 2 inches deep. Adding ice might be an option, but use your best judgement so as not to water down the taste. Another method to cool hot soup is by putting the soup pot into a sink full of cold water. Stir every 10 minutes to help...

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