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9/29/2012

Knowledge at Noon focusing on insurance

Knowledge at Noon focusing on insurance

The Knowledge at Noon program Thursday will focus on insurance counseling, with the program "SHICK — Senior Health Insurance Counseling For Kansas."

The program will be presented by Barbara Jensen, executive director at the Senior Center of Finney County, 907 N. 10th St. SHICK is a free program offering older Kansans an opportunity to talk with trained, community volunteers and get answers to questions about Medicare and other insurance issues.

Jensen will discuss new guidelines for Medicare, how to sign up or switch Medicare Part D plans, and more.

The program is scheduled for 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. at the Finney County Public Library, 605 E. Walnut St. No advance registration is necessary. The public is invited to attend the free program. Bring a lunch if you wish; coffee and tea will be provided.

For more information, call the Finney County Extension Office at 272-3670.

Booths available at 'Dia de Los Muertos'

The Garden City Arts is taking applications for vendor and artist booths for its "Dia de Los Muertos" celebration to be held 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 27 at Stevens Park. Applications can be picked up at The Garden City Arts gallery, 318 N. Main St.

"Dia de Los Muertos" is Spanish for "Day of the Dead," and is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico for honoring family members and loved ones who have died.

Booths are $30 each, with art donor and nonprofit booths available for $15 each. Booth applications are due by Oct. 16. For more information, call the Garden City Arts or Laurie Chapman, executive director, at 277-6461.

USDA revises size of wheat harvest

WICHITA (AP) — A new government estimate reduces the size of this year's winter wheat harvest in Kansas.

Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service reported Friday the state harvested 382.2 million bushels of winter wheat. The new number is about 1 percent lower than last month's report. But it is up 38 percent compared with the drought-stricken harvest of last year.

Growers in Kansas this year hauled in the largest winter wheat crop since 2003.

Statehouse upper floors ready for visitors

TOPEKA (AP) — The Kansas Statehouse's above-ground floors are now ready for visitors who want to wander and gawk at 12 years' worth of renovation work.

Those floors were fully open Friday. The renovation wasn't quite complete, because workers still have polishing and cleaning to do, and furniture will be moved into empty offices in the coming weeks.

But elementary school students were able to stand in the center of the first-floor rotunda and bend their necks back to stare up at the dome. Both they and parents who accompanied them were impressed.

If the results are eye-popping, so is the cost. The entire renovation is expected to cost $332 million once work on the Statehouse grounds, the building's exterior and a new basement visitor center is done next year.

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