Hospital establishes visitor guidelines

Stricter visitor guidelines to help prevent the spread of influenza virus are now in place at St. Catherine Hospital. All visitors are asked to stop first at the Collaboration Station before going to any patient's room to be instructed on proper hand hygiene and other necessary precautions. Visitors with any flu symptoms including fever, body aches, cough, sore throat, runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea are asked to remain home. No visitors under 12 will be allowed. As an alternative to visiting, emails may be sent to loved ones to let them know you are thinking of them. Send those to

These guidelines have been recommended by the Centers for Disease Conrol (CDC), hospital officials say, and many other hospitals are implementing them. Flu activity will be monitored using information from the CDC and the Kansas Department of Health. The guidelines will remain in effect until flu activity has decreased to a low level.

Friends of Sandsage to have banquet

Join the Friends of the Sandsage Bison Range for their annual membership drive banquet and meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 8 at Lee Richardson Zoo's Finnup Center for Conservation, 312 E. Finnup Drive.

You must either be a member or attend as the guest of a member. Contact Tom Norman at 474-3645 to become a member. Enjoy a catered meal of barbecue brisket and the fixin's by Webbs Food Crew and BBQ and find out what activities the Friends have planned for this year during a short business meeting.

Following the business meeting, Daryl Fisher, area biologist with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, will present a 20-minute program on the biology and status of the Lesser Prairie Chicken.

A $10 registration is required to cover the cost of dinner. For additional information or to register, contact Tom Norman at 620-474-3645 no later than Saturday.

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Time for some fingerpainting fun

Garden City Recreation is offering a fingerpainting class for youth age 2 to 5, with all the paper, paint and cleanup supplied. The kids are encouraged to wear old clothes, and parents must stay for the session, but everything else is provided.

The program will be from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. each Wednesday, Feb. 5 through 26, at 310 N. Sixth St. Cost is $12 per artist to cover supplies. Registration must be made by 5 p.m. Feb. 4. Call 276-1200 to register with a credit card or register in person at the activity center.

Fleagle Gang featured at Brown Bag

"The Fleagle Gang" is the topic for the Brown Bag Series at the Finney County Historical Museum, 403 S. Fourth St., from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 4 in the museum's meeting room (use the museum's north door).

Museum Education Coordinator Johnetta Hebrlee's program will focus on the notorious band of Dust Bowl-era robbers who operated across southwest Kansas. Everyone is welcome to bring their own lunch, with beverages and dessert provided.

For more information, call 272-3664.