Saving for Later

My birthday is coming up soon! I realize I’m getting older and am supposed to start hating my birthday – but I don’t, at least not yet. And thinking about my birthday starts me thinking about presents! ( I know – I’m just like a kid.) And while thinking about presents, it made me think of that other time of the year when everyone is buying gifts. Christmas is less than 6 months away, and it’s never too soon to start planning ahead.

One of my favorite Bank Accounts is the Christmas Club account. Most banks and credit unions offer some sort of account similar to this. It’s usually a savings account you transfer money into weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or whatever works for you. These accounts typically don’t allow you to withdraw money, or might penalize you if you do withdraw money, before a certain day (typically sometime in late October.) Talk about a good incentive to put some money away, and leave it there! You then receive all those savings, either by check or transferring into your checking account, so you’re ready to spend it.

I have an idea of how much money I spend every holiday season, I divided that by about 40 or 45, and transferred that amount out of my checking account and into this Special Occasion Account weekly. And yes, I know there’s 52 weeks in a year, but this gives me a little leeway. If you start an account like this now, you’ll need to figure the amount you want to have saved up, the number of weeks you have until you’ll need the money, and how often you want to transfer money (maybe every payday or maybe every Monday.) And some people will just deposit money whenever they can. Maybe once a month you gather up all the coins from everyone’s pockets and deposit that money, or maybe you have a little side project and so all the money from that goes into this account.

Being able to save ahead of time, especially for a time of year when you know you’ll spend a large amount of money, is very important. By using these savings, you won’t have to put everything on a credit card and end up paying those Finance Fees. So call your bank today, ask them about your options, and start saving!


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A Sea Munster Lives!

For those who have been following the Sea Monkey saga. This morning I came in to find one of our new pets; swimming like crazy. I think we have to name the first one ‘Herman Munster’. I hope the rest of his family comes to life soon.

Again; I will really try not to tell Chelsie “I told you so…”

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Auction for Brenda Nelson

Auction Items for Brenda Nelson Auction at 1:00pm June 22, 2012

1. Keystone Neon Light – Donated by Lisa Noel plus a Green Marble Sculpture Base – Pyramid Shape 6′ across the top x 9′ across the bottom x 8′ tall – Made & donated by Jim & Donna Klein







2. Walnut China Hutch – 7ft tall x 4 ft. wide – 2 Wood framed glass doors on top with 2 shelves – 2 solid wood doors on bottom, with 2 shelves, one pulls out- nice condition – Donated by Jean Francis

3. Beautiful water resistant lady’s pulsar silver & gold watch – donated by Hoover Jewelers – $125 value plus a Timex collectible mini clock – original package & a Waterbury Clock Co. collectible clock – original package – Donated by Jim & Donna Klein

4. 1/2 hog – Donated by Henry’s LTD & processed by Clay Center Locker – ready in 2 to 3 weeks. Packaged however you want it – processing sponsored by Hutchinson Mayrath Mfg.

5. A day at the spa – $50 gift certificate for Nail Services donated by Certified Nail Technician, Christie Hartner from House of Style by Jamie plus a 1 hour massage from the Mane Effect – $60 value – Doanted by the Mane Effect; plus a pedicure from Laura Michael’s Salon – $35 value – Donated by Laura Michael’s Salon

6. a $10 meal a month for a year from Brady’s Smokehouse – Sponsored by Union State Bank & United Bank & Trust plus Rock Island Westward Memories of the High Line – Written, Autographed & Donated by Thomas R. Lee

7. 4 burner Grill Mate gas grill from Wall’s True Value – $240 value – sponsored by Citizen’s National Bank, Hileman & Lips Enterprises & Wall’s True Value – complete with propane bottle, donated by Propane Central LLC and 10lb Hamburger patties & 10lb brats from Clay Center Locker – Sponsored by Hess & Sons Salvage in Junction City

8. 1/2 hog – Donated by Henry’s LTD & Processed by Clay Center Locker – Ready in 2 to 3 weeks. Packaged however you want it.

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The Ewings

As someone who never watched the original Dallas (my wife finds this unbelievable); I have to say thru two episodes; I’m liking it.
First; I think it’s cool they got the original cast to sign on. They didn’t recreate it. Second; I know Larry Hagman as the likeable astronaut in I Dream of Jeannie. But; he’s pretty badass as J.R.
I also know Patrick Duffy (Bobby)as the Man from Atlantis (anybody remember that short lived show…he had ‘webbed fingers’!). So; I guess I’ll see you at Southfork next week.

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Benifit Auction Today

Bidders get ready! This afternoon at 1; KCLY will host an on air benifit auction for Brenda Nelson. Tune in to help out one of your KCLY Community Neighbors. Auction items will be listed on here later this morning.

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The Beginning of Summer

Although summer has been in full swing for most since school let you or for others since Memorial Day, according to the calendar, today marks the official beginning of summer. It has been fun to see how you’ve been enjoying yours or what images come to mind when we mention the word summer. We hope you continue to enjoy yours.

Taken by Art Kohls, Ellsworth, KS

“In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day.  No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.”  ~Aldo Leopold

Taken by Phil Frigon, Clay Center

This one and the one following were submitted by Brandon Lee. He writes:  “Here is a picture of one of the novelties of Kansas, wheat harvest.  Even though it came so early this year, it is still a staple of what defines ‘Summer.’  Picture is of Bill Lee Harvest 7 miles west of Clay Center.  Pictures taken by Phil Frigon, June 6, 2012. ”

Taken by Phil Frigon, Clay Center

“Love is to the heart what the summer is to the farmer’s year – it brings to harvest all the loveliest flowers of the soul.”  ~Author Unknown

Taken by Lyle Longenecker, Buckeye, KS

“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. ” ~Henry James

Taken by Phil Kasper

“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.”  ~Anton Chekhov

Clyde Watermelon Festival - taken by Rhys Baker

“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.”  ~James Dent

Taken by Rhys Baker

“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”  ~Henry James

Taken by Rhys Baker

“In summer, the song sings itself.”  – William Carlos Williams

Taken by Drew Kratzer, Sylvan Grove, KS


Taken by Tara Rosenow


Taken by Jim Hornbostel, Palmer, KS


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Sea Munsters

The Sea Munsters are finally here…finally! It took a little work. The company we originally ordered the Monkeys from never delivered, so Rocky took matters into his own hands and found a store that sold them.

































Here they are in their new home at the KCLY Studios








































Rocky and the aquarium, complete with T-Rex background.

















Pouring in the sand

















Pouring in the Munsters. And now we wait. Check back for updates!

















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Sea Monkeys

The quest has finally paid off! Now what I found are ‘Sea Monsters’. But they appear to be much the same as Sea Monkeys…so stay tuned to meet our new pets.
And I will really try to ‘not’ tell Chelsie “I told you so”…;)

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Celebrate Summer

Summer is in full swing and we want to know how you’ve been enjoying yours so far.

Submit photos of yourself or family doing what you love during the summer months. Is it ballgames? Swimming? Grilling? Whatever it is you love to do, we want to hear about it.

Email your photo along with your name, brief description of the photo and where it was taken to and we will post them to the KCLY website on the official first day of summer, Wednesday, June 20.

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Fishing Tourney June 9th.

KCLY/KFRM’s Mike Temaat had the chance to be part of a big day at the Blue Herron; bass and catfish was the catch of the day.

Fish Tourney Hosted Saturday June 9th in Clay Center.

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