A Kansas State University Extension program called "Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate" will be offered twice in Ellis County to help families explore the opportunities and challenges of transferring heirlooms and personal belongings from one generation to another. The first presentation will be at noon Monday at the Extension office meeting room, 601 Main in Hays. Contact the Ellis County Extension office, (785) 628-9430 to pre-register.

The program will be repeated at 7 p.m. March 24 at the Ellis Public Library Community Room. Register for the session at the Ellis Recreation Commission, (785) 726-3718. Linda Beech, county Extension agent, will be the speaker for both sessions.

Almost everyone has personal belongings such as wedding photographs, a baseball glove, holiday ornaments, a beloved doll or a yellow pie plate that have special meaning for them and for other members of their family. Research done at the University of Minnesota with families and attorneys revealed it is often these personal possessions that create the greatest challenges when estates are divided -- not the real estate or the money -- because dividing one-of-a-kind items equally is sometimes impossible.