Our favorite things: Three creative toys to keep kids occupied in these last weeks of summer

Color blanks

Disney FamilyFun magazine Creative Fun: A Figure of a Different Color Here’s a unique blank slate for kids’ creativity: 4-inch-tall, posable, funky white plastic figurines. The Color Blanks sets come with permanent markers and stickers so that kids can jump right into the personalization. Ages 6 and up. RoseArt, $5 to $10. Creative Coloring: This […]

Gift cards ease Christmas panic

Karl Terry Did you get a little piece of plastic in your stocking this Christmas? Business experts say Americans gave a record amount of gift cards this Christmas. According to the National Retail Foundation the average person in the U.S. gave $145.61 in gift cards this year. Nearly $25 billion was likely spent this year […]

Area schools supplies list — Aug. 11

House Schools Pre-K/Kindergarten – Mrs. Fury Please label all supplies before sending them to school 6 pencils (#2 yellow) 2 large boxes of Kleenex Fiskars scissors for kids 2 spiral notebooks (70 sheets, no perforated edges) (Pre-K only I spiral notebook) Backpack (large enough to hold plastic folder) 1 pillow (child size) 1 blanket (child […]

If gas tanks, will there be enough plastics to go around?

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun You see those plastics, out of which so many things are built today, come from a part of oil … not the part that becomes gasoline, another part. That’s right, most plastics are largely petrochemicals. And while gasoline (from petroleum) makes our crowded highways possible, plastics make possible just […]

Winter memories dog former New Yorker

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Managing Editor The hazards of winter have already hit our humble abode. Sure, they are not like New York winter hazards — slushy subways, frozen taxi seats, yellow snow — but they are hazardous all the same. Actually, I was lucky enough to avoid the foremost hazard which would have occurred […]