East Wichita News - April 2014
Feature stories include a conversation with the new Admiral Windwagon Smith, a volunteer who heals hearts one stitch at a time, and part 2 of Dagie's Story: The Candy Bomber Connection.
PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAID WICHITA, KS PERMIT NO. 366 April 2014 - 2 Faces wanted. At East Wichita News, weâ€™re already working on feature stories for upcoming editions. If you know of someone whose face (and story) should appear on these page, please let us know! firstname.lastname@example.org 316-540-0500 w w w . e a s t w i c h i t a n e w s . c o m www.facebook.com/EastWichitaNews ON THE COVER A conversation with the Admiral | 16 East Wichita resident Ron Ryan has been named as this year’s Admiral Windwagon Smith, the ceremonial head of the Wichita River Festival. His involvement with the festival began with the Wichitennial Celebration, which later became the River Festival. Healing hearts one stitch at a time | 4 Features People and Places ........ 5 Dateline............................. 8 EastSide Homes...........11 Annual English Tea to be held at St. James Episcopal Church | 15 Dagie’s Story, Part 2: The Candy Bomber Connection | 28 Performing Arts Calendar..........................12 3 - A p r i l 2 0 1 4 I INSIDE Volume 31 • Issue 3 Focus On Business.......19 From the Publisher’s Files...................................23 Movie Review................26 Cinema Scene...............27 East Wichita News Editorial Publisher Paul Rhodes Managing Editor Travis Mounts Production Tiffany Struthers Reporters/Contributors Jen Bookhout, Jim Erickson, Philip Holmes Sales Valorie Castor, Sherry Machek Billing/Circulation Tori Vinciguerra A Division of Times-Sentinel Newspapers 125 N. Main • P.O. Box 544 Cheney, KS 67025 Phone: (316) 540-0500 Fax: (316) 540-3283 The East Wichita News is a monthly newspaper focused on the people and places on Wichita’s East Side. It is delivered free to most homes within our coverage area, although distribution is not guaranteed. Guaranteed home delivery by mail is available for $10 per year. Single copies are available in a variety of east side locations. Visit our website for more - www. eastwichitanews.com. Email story ideas and photographs to email@example.com. Visit us on Facebook. © 2014 Times-Sentinel Newspapers LLC WestSide Story Sales & Billing Now in our 31st year! April 2014 - 4 w w w . e a s t w i c h i t a n e w s . c o m Healing hearts one stitch at a time Story and photos by Jen Bookhout Eastsider Gerry Steiner stands barely five feet tall, but the size of her heart is immeasurable. She has been a constant fixture at the Via Christi St. Joseph hospital for more than 60 years, and she recently received a lifetime commitment award for her service. At 87 years old, Steiner has witnessed every change that has passed at Via Christi St. Joseph, as well as facilitated a few of them herself, as an employee and later as a volunteer. Steiner began her career with St. Joseph as a nursing student in September 1944, the same month the hospital opened. In January 1947, when the nurses’ home was completed, she moved in and completed her education. “The nurses lived in some sections of the hospital until the nurses’ home was built,” Steiner explained. Little did she know, as she watched the buildings go up, that she would one day write the history of the nursing school for displays along the hospital’s corridors. After graduating from the St. Joseph School of Nursing in September 1947, Steiner began working as a staff nurse in the operating room at St. Joseph. Three years later, she was promoted to head nurse of the operating room. “At that time, head nurses were doing a lot of teaching of the student nurses,” she said. Steiner honed her teaching skills during her seven years as the OR head nurse. As the hospital sought its national accreditation, she was offered a position in the school teaching surgical nursing. Accepting the position required Steiner to complete her bachelor’s in nursing, and later her master’s degree, teaching while she went back to school. “I taught nursing students for 31 years over there,” Steiner said. “We took our students into the hospital; we worked with the students. What you taught them in the classroom is what you worked with them on in the hospital.” In 1988, after 41 years of service to St. Joseph hospital, Steiner retired and moved into the circle of Via Christi volunteers. “I was happy to have been a nurse for 41 years; I retired by choice,” she said. “I was 62, and I felt like I had given a lot to the students in the 31 years that I taught.” As Steiner regularly makes her way through the hallways of St. Joseph, she Gerry Steiner began her nursing career as a student at St. Joseph Hospital in Wichita. She continues to help patients through volunteer work, more than 25 years after retiring. ABOVE: Retired nurse and volunteer Gerry Steiner holds a stuffed dog that will be given to a young patient at one of the Via Christi campuses. Behind her is a bevy of sewn items for patients. LEFT AND BELOW: Stuffed animals and pillows provide comfort for patients of any age. encounters familiar faces around every corner, including many of the young nursing students she taught years ago. “What makes me feel really good is when I meet some of my former students and they recognize me and come up and give me a hug,” Steiner said. “I appreciate seeing them. I see them around the hospital frequently; some of them are visiting there or are still work- ing there, and they make me feel like they enjoyed their time with us.” In her 25 years of volunteering, Steiner has served on numerous volunteer boards, worked in the gift shop and clocked more than 17,000 hours of volunteer time. “She’s just one of those people everybody wants for a grandma, and everybody wants for a friend,” director of volunteer services Cyndi Martin said. In an effort to make the best use of Steiner’s personable nature and stitching skills, the volunteer service placed her in charge of the large sewing group that supplies patients with various gifts. The group receives requests for items such as receiving blankets, crib blankets, baby clothes, head coverings for chemotherapy patients, stuffed animals and pillows for children, and activity mats for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Overall, there are 35 different types of gifts the group regularly produce. “Everything we make is useful for some patient, some place,” Steiner said. The group of about 40 women sews most of the items at home, and then meets once a month to put the finishing touches on the gifts and socialize with one another. Steiner is in charge of keeping the group’s supplies stocked. “I do have a budget that adequately supplies the equipment and the things that we need, but we are very blessed we have a lot of fabric given to us, and it’s wonderful,” Steiner said. To help supplement the budget, the group makes and sells sets of embroidered tea towels in the lobby of the hospital, as well as hosting other fundraisers. But it’s primarily the volunteers who keep the projects flowing. Steiner always has plenty of helping hands to help produce the gifts for the patients, who are the focus for every project. “My favorite thing is that we’re making things that are useful to the patients, and what’s useful to the patient is also useful to the nursing personnel,” Steiner said. Steiner’s hard work and caring nature are appreciated by the patients, her fellow volunteers and the volunteer services department that she has served for so long. “She’s just been a real leader,” Martin said. “And she continues to be a leader and a great support to all those around her; she’s always uplifting and encouraging. We’re just so proud of her.” For more information about volunteer services at Via Christi St. Joseph in Wichita, call 316-689-6075 or visit www. via-christi.org/volunteers. Kansas Department of Transportation, Division of Aviation, has gained a new employee. Nate Hinkel will be managing the marketing and outreach efforts for the Division of Aviation. He will be based in Wichita. A private pilot with single and multiengine ratings, he holds a bachelor’s degree in aviation management from Kansas State University. He served in the Kansas Air National Guard as a Crew Chief on the KC-135 Stratotanker, and most recently as an aviation insurance underwriter with USAIG. The Kansas Humane Society has announced that Mark Eby has accepted the position of president and chief executive officer. Eby previously served as chief operations officer of Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters. With more than 10 years of supervisory and management experience, he has worked extensively with both non-profits and educational organizations in the area including Wichita State University and Wichita Area Technical College. Eby earned his bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University and a master’s of education from the University of Oklahoma. He will begin at the Kansas Humane Society on March 10. Karla Hartlep, who has served as interim president/CEO since October, remains with KHS as chief operations officer. Karl Ulrich, M.D., regional chief physician executive for Dignity Health in California and former president and chief executive officer of the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin, has joined Via Christi Health as chief clinical officer. Ulrich, whose medical specialty is psychiatry, previously was a member of Via Christi Health’s board of directors – a role he relinquished when he joined Via Christi’s senior leadership team. Army 2nd Lt. Tyler R. 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Students in that college must earn a 3.75 minimum grade point average to be on the dean’s list. Rimmington, a senior in the College of Fine and Performing Arts, is an art history and criticism major. Students must earn a 3.7 GPA to be honored. West, a sophomore in the College of Education and Human Sciences, is pre-speech-language pathology major. Students must have a 3.75 GPA to be honored. Three local students have been named to the dean’s list at Arizona State University. They include Nicole Fox and Reiley Pankratz of Wichita, and Matthew Martin of Andover. Students must earn 12 or more graded semester hours with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Kelsey Eklund of Wichita was one of 320 students named to Denison University’s 2013 fall semester dean’s list by Provost Kim Coplin. Students who achieve dean’s list status have maintained a grade point average of 3.7 or better (out of 4.0) for the semester. Eklund is a member of the Denison class of 2015. Samuel Horner, a resident of Wich- ita and a first-year student at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, is listed on the honor roll. To be listed on the SMU honor roll, students must be in the top 15 percent of their school of record. Benjamin Mosley of Wichita has been awarded a departmental scholarship based on grade point average, ACT/SAT test scores, and major. Oklahoma City University awards departmental scholarships to freshmen who are admitted and enrolled in the Petree College of Arts and Science, Meinders School of Business, or Kramer School of Nursing. Departmental scholarship amounts range from $2,000 to $10,000. Departmental scholarships are awarded to students during the admission process and renewed annually up to seven consecutive semesters if satisfactory academic performance is maintained. The following individuals have been awarded a merit scholarship based on grade point average and ACT/SAT test scores. Oklahoma City University awards merit-based scholarships to freshmen who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and potential, regardless of financial circumstances. Local scholarship winners include Benjamin Mosley, Micaeala Heinrich, Stephanie Mack and Zeina-Christina Zayat of Wichita and Kathryn Shelly of Bel Aire. Merit scholarship amounts range from $1,500 to $7,500. All admitted undergraduate applicants are considered for merit scholarships. Merit scholarships are awarded to students during the admission process and renewed annually up to seven consecutive semesters if satisfactory academic performance is maintained. Continued from Page 5 tactical doctrine and operations, air assault operations, military operations on urban terrain, and field training exercises. Officers also learn artillery, engineer, and nuclear, biological, and chemical operations. Beck is the son of Meg and Daniel Beck of Andover. He is a 2009 graduate of Andover High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 2013 from the University of Kansas. Helena Dieckhoff from Wichita is a member of the premier large vocal ensemble at Concordia University, Nebraska. The University A Cappella Choir is celebrating its 75th anniversary by touring the Southwest U.S. and concluded with two special local concerts on Sunday, March 23. The A Cappella Choir tours a region of the U.S. each year. The choir also has toured internationally since 1961, performing in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Mexico. It also has competed in choral competitions in Australia and Austria. The 73-voice choir is chosen by audition each year. Rainbows United has announced that Dawn Wooten has joined the agency as Human Resource Coordinator. Wooten comes to Rainbows from Lodgeworks where she worked for 7 years. Wooten has a B.B.A. in Human Resource Management Dawn Wooten from Friends Univer- Goodwill Industries of Kansas, Inc. has announced that Molly Fox recently joined the organization to lead marketing and development efforts. Fox comes to Goodwill with a wealth of experience within the nonprofit community, having spent the past decade raising funds, creating partnerships and growing awareness for organizations including KPTS Public Television, Newman University and Kidzcope, Inc. She is currently board vice president for the Association of Fundraising Professionals and an active member of the Wichita community. Fox joins Goodwill Industries as vice president of marketing and development to further the mission of providing education, job training, employment and personal growth opportunities for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Do you have an item for People and Places? Email Travis Mounts at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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Froese is a graduate from Friends University and has a master’s degree in healthcare leadership. Froese has served in the community on the board of directors for Ronald McDonald Charities and a youth wrestling club. She also is a volunteer Sunday school teacher and an avid sports fan. She began her new position with Wesley on March 6. Army Pvt. Bryan N. Grissom Jr. has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman. Grissom is the son of Mahogany and Derrick Hicks of Wichita. He is the grandson of Alfred Hicks of Wichita. He is a 2013 graduate of Wichita Heights High School. Discover Hi-Efficiency Firestyles 7 - A p r i l 2 0 1 4 People sity and is a current board member of Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). Angela Kessler has been selected for the position of Vice President of Development at Rainbows United. Kessler comes to Rainbows from a not-for-profit background that includes Muscular Dystrophy Association, ComAngela Kessler munities in Schools, AmeriCorps VISTA and most recently in sales. Kessler has a B.A. in Psychology from Wichita State University. 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The official kickoff to the fourth annual powwow series. Beaded feather earring class. 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, April 12. $10 members, $20 general public. Call 316-350-3345. Learn to create your own modern feather earrings using beads and wire from local youth artist Catherine Sutton. Share Our Culture: Drums – Powwow Series Part 2. 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, April 23. The event will feature speakers from the local American Indian community who will be discussing the different aspects of the powwow drum songs. Dateline Upcoming events in and around Wichita Old Cowtown Museum Empire House Live! presents “Think Again – An Evening of Uncertainty.” 8 p.m. Saturday, April 12. $10. Demonstrations of mind control, thought-reading, psychological influence, extraordinary problem-solving and more. Empire House Live! presents “But We Digress.” 8 p.m. Friday, April 19. $10. Family-friendly improvisation show. Empire House Live! presents “Say What?! Comedy Improve.” 8 p.m. Saturday, April 19. $10. Comedy improv troupe. Civil War Day, Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Price $7.75 adults, $6.50 seniors, $6 youth, $5.50 children 4-11, 3 and under free. See Civil War battles re-enacted and meet with historical interpreters. 650 N. Seneca. 316-350-3345. Digital illustration art. 7-9 p.m., April 21-May 12. $60. Students will use Adobe Photoshop and Wacom digital stylus to design and develop paintings or drawings. Youth shadow puppets and puppetry, 5:30-7 p.m., April 22-May 13. $60. Children will experiment with their own shadows, everyday objects and create an original shadow puppet play. Age 6 and up. Editorial photography, 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 24-May 15. $60. Develop a conceptual understanding of using a photograph to communicate a story. New class. Comedy workshop, 6:15-7:15 p.m., April 24-May 15. $35. Embrace spontaneity and learn to turn improv games into comedy sketches. What camera should I buy? 6-7 p.m. Friday, April 25. Free. Final Friday, 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 25. Featured artists: Mystery in stone (main gallery), Scott Garrelts glass blowing (boardroom) and Lisa Graham (balcony). Print layout, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., April 26-May 17. $60. Become familiar with InDesign. Beginners polymer clay sculpting, 12:30-2:30 p.m., April 26-May 17. $60. Discover the many uses of polymer clay. Many youth classes available. Call 316-350-3245. City Arts “Leonardo Da Vina” painting, 7-9 p.m. Friday, April 4, 18, . “You bring the wine and we’ll have the cheese…and the art project.” $25. “Adult & Me” workshop. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12. Free. A morning of art for children and adults. The project will focus on April showers. Finishing techniques and fixing mistakes. 1-4 p.m. Friday, April 18. $25. Art for the homeschooler. 2:30-3:30 p.m. April 21-May 12. Home-school students will experience the elements and principles of art through one-onone instruction in a multimedia class. $40. Ages 6 and up. Blood drives April 3, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at NetApp, 3718 N. Rock Road. April 6, 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., GracePoint Church, 9035 W. Central; 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 1321 Stratford Lane. April 9-10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., WSU Rhatigan Student Center, 1845 Fairmount. April 11, 2:30-6:30 p.m., St. Francis of Assisi, 861 N. Socora. April 14, 2:30-6:30 p.m., St. Jude Catholic Church, 3130 N. Amidon. Call 1-800-733-2776 or visit www. redcrossblood.org to make an appointment. Watermark Books & Café, in partnership with Wichita State University, will present a lecture and book signing by Robert Gates at Miller Concert Hall in the Duerksen Fine Arts Building on the WSU campus at 6 p.m. March 31. Watermark Books is proud to sponsor an event to celebrate the bestselling publication of Dr. Gates’ book: Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War. The native Wichitan and former Secretary of Defense will speak and take questions 6-7 p.m. After the lecture Dr. Gates will sign copies of his book “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War” from 7 to 8 p.m. The event is free and doors will open at 5:15 p.m. Parking on the WSU campus can be found in the parking lot west of Duerksen Fine Arts Building. Books are now available at Watermark Books & Café and will also be for sale at the event. Gates served as secretary of defense from 2006-2011. He served as an officer in the USAF and was director of the CIA. He worked under four administrations and served eight presidents of both political parties. Gates has a distinguished record in the private sector and holds a PhD in Russian and Soviet history from Georgetown University. “Dr. Gates is a very busy man and we are delighted he could take time from his schedule to visit his hometown of Wichita to discuss his book,” said Sarah Bagby, owner of Watermark Books & Café. For more information visit www.watermarkbooks.com. Prairie Fire spring race series to include fun run The 2014 Prairie Fire Spring race series will include a one-mile run or stroll along the Arkansas River sponsored by Via Christi Health and the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. Participants in this non-competitive event are asked to wear an old shirt and be ready to get “red” along the way. This event is one in which the entire family can take part,” said Nancy Duling, executive director of the American Heart Association Midwest Affiliate. “Our volunteers are looking forward to joining Via Christi and helping spread the red and, in doing so, raise awareness about heart disease.” The race will start at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, May 4, in front of the Wichita Boathouse. Pre-registration is required and may be done online or at KidFest, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Century II Exhibition Hall. Registration is $15 until May 3, or $20 at KidFest, which is where race packets must be picked up. Registered participants will get to take part in the red balloon launch at the starting line and receive a finisher’s medal when they complete the walk. To register or get more information about the “My Heart. My Life.” Fun Run and Walk or other races and activities being held in conjunction with the Prairie Fire Half Marathon, go to prairiefiremarathon.com. At East Wichita News, we’re already working on feature stories for upcoming editions. If you know of someone whose face (and story) should appear on these page, please let us know! email@example.com 316-540-0500 www.facebook.com/EastWichitaNews www.eastwichitanews.com Faces wanted. 9 - A p r i l 2 0 1 4 Gates to speak at WSU Once again, dozens of area fifth graders compiled essays on what health means to them in hopes to be awarded one of three monetary prizes in Riordan Clinic’s fourth annual “Health Is…” essay contest. Judging is complete; the winners have been announced, and this year there were four top essays awarded prize money. The 2013-2014 “Health Is…” essay contest was open to any fifth grade student in the Wichita area. Essays were judged on originality, clarity, motivational impact and emphasis on health (verses focus on disease). Monetary prizes totaling $1,900 are being awarded to the top four entries and their supervising teachers during classroom ceremonies. First place was awarded to Sahvanna Bryson, whose teacher is Lynda Murhy at Woodland Health and Wellness Elementary. Second place went to Bostic Traditional Elementary student Abir Haque, whose teacher is Brandi Rayl. Two third place prizes were awarded. The first went to Jennifer Sinsel’s Hyde Elementary student Allison Tee; the second went to Khloe Kuckelman at Isely Traditional Elelmentary. Her teachers were Paula Stanley and Jennifer Meek. The first place entry will be published in Riordan Clinic’s April 2014 issue of the Health Hunters Newsletter with readership of 7,500. The newsletter can be viewed on the company’s website at www.riordanclinic.org. All four winning essays can be viewed on the website, as well, at http://www.riordanclinic.org/education/health-is-contest. Riordan Clinic is a nutrition-based medical clinic located in Wichita. For more information, call Tiffany Hurley at 316-682-3100 or email her at thurley@ riodanclinic.org. Cowtown exhibit building tells story of single women in 1880s General Dentistry All digital x-rays Mercury-free fillings Child-friendly Crowns & Veneers Dentures, Partials, Repairs Nitrous Oxide & IV Sedation Zoom! Advance Power Whitening Over-the-chair flat screens Implants & Extractions POLO CENTRAL 1230 N. Broadmoor Suite 300 ROCK ROAD Broadmoor Professional Building 316-630-0002 www.BhargavaDDS.com HOURS: M/W/Th 8am-5pm Tues 10am-7pm Fri 7am-Noon Neil Bhargava, DDS and Shannon Bhargava, DDS 13TH STREET BROADMOOR • • • • • • • • • • WOODLAWN w w w . e a s t w i c h i t a n e w s . c o m April 2014 - 10 Students awarded prizes for “Health Is…” essays March is Women’s History Month. To celebrate, Cowtown is proud to announce the opening of a new exhibit building, the McKenzie House. It represents the type of house a single woman would own or rent after immigrating to Wichita in the 1880s. The McKenzie House is located in Cowtown’s residential section, behind the One Room School House and across the street from the Murdock House that was owned by Wichita Eagle founder Col. Marshall M. Murdock. After the arrival of railroads, not just families and farmers came to Wichita, but single men, ethnic minorities and single women. The McKenzie House tells the story of the only schoolteacher listed in the 1878 city of Wichita directory, Rebecca L. Duff, who arrived from Illinois with only a few items to start a life in Wichita. “Our goal at Cowtown is to give a complete look at life in Wichita during the latter part of the 19th century,” said Cowtown Director David Flask. “The addition McKenzie House allows us to introduce visitors to the single women who worked as laundresses, domestic workers, teachers and business owners. This group made significant contri- butions to Wichita’s development as a city.” The McKenzie House was donated to Cowtown in 1961 by Leo McKenzie, whose family owned Wichita Carriage Works. The home is believed to have been built in the 1880s and located at Third and Water Streets. The McKenzie family also donated the story-and-ahalf house to Cowtown. Previously, McKenzie House served as a caretaker’s residence, volunteer headquarters and interpreter’s lounge. It was most recently occupied by the Girl Scouts, who referred to it as the Kirby House. The McKenzie House is one of 54 original and re-created buildings on Cowtown’s grounds that can be toured anytime between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Guided tours can be arranged by calling 316-350-3323. Cowtown is located at 1865 W. Museum Blvd. Admission to Cowtown is $7.75 for adults, $6.50 for senior citizens, $6 for youth (ages 12-17) and $5.50 for children (ages 4-11). There is no charge for children under 4 and Museum members. For more information, call 316-350-3323 or go to OldCowtown.org. Spring is on the way. It’s the perfect time to start on those home improvement projects that you have been contemplating all winter long. But unless you have the skill, the equipment, and the time, chances are that you will need to hire a contractor for the really substantial projects. So where do you start? To find the best contractor for your project, you need to invest real quality time researching potential contractors. That is unless you are lucky enough to have had a long term contractor or your friend or neighbor has someone they can highly recommend. Referrals can be golden. Otherwise, you should really narrow your search to local companies. You are going to have more success in seeing some of their previous work and talking to some of their previous clients. And, if there is ever a problem, local contractors will prove to be your best option. For best results, you should get at least three bids. It is time consuming but it enhances your chances of getting what you expect for your money. Eastside Homes Philip Holmes | Interior Designer work with. At some point though, the process comes down to a bid and an interview. Nothing beats face-to-face communication. For best results, you should get at least three bids. It is time consuming but it enhances your chances of getting what you expect for your money. Do your homework in advance; define your project in writing as detailed as possible. While you may not be an architect or an engineer, the more specific you can get with measurements, materials and your vision of the final project, the better off you will be in the end. This specific description also will allow you to better compare bids. This detailed description will likely be the basis for the final contract. And, by all means, do have a written contract. Besides the bids submitted, there are both objective and subjective criteria in which to evaluate the prospective contractors. A reputable contractor will have the appropriate licenses and insurance. He also will build to code and pull the required building permits. The contract should also specify how change orders are dealt with as well as warranties for the work performed. You should ask about the contractor’s experience as well as determine who will actually be in your home doing the work. There are several subjective criteria that should be considered before hiring a contractor. First of all, there should be a personality match. This potentially will be a person who will be in your home. You should feel comfortable about this or else you have the wrong person. A good contractor will have the ability to listen, which includes being able to guide clients through decisions without being pushy. This should be evident in your first meeting. A contractor should display good project management skills. That is, being able to balance activities with the right people in the right place at the right time, doing the right thing. Unforgettable Experiences For Kids Entering Grades 1 - 12 Starting June 2 • Flip into skateboarding physics. • Strengthen your science superhero powers. • Cook up kitchen chemistry. • And more! NEW! Pixel Time Computer Camps Sign up by April 30 And Get Early Bird Prices!* For Kids Entering Grades 3 - 12 Starting June 7 Located in the new Butler Community College Technology Studio • Design video games. • Code apps. • Create animations. • And more! PLUS: Take off with new topics and activities at Air Capital Aviation Adventure: Design & Fly Register Today! www.exploration.org or 316.660.0620 300 N. McLean Blvd., Wichita, Kansas *Discounts do not apply to specialty camps. www.eastwichitanews.com Sorting through all of the advertising can be confusing. While you are looking for a contractor and not an advertising executive, you would hope for care to be taken in their advertising. The ad may indicate the quality of work you might expect. Personally, I am looking for attention to detail rather than flash. You may not want the guy with the biggest ad because you know who ends up paying for that. On the other hand, the guy that puts his flyer in a bag full of gravel and throws it on my driveway always fails to impress. You can always call the Better Business Bureau, the Wichita Area Builders Association, and other similar trade-related organizations to inquire about specific contractors. Another good choice is to contact vendors in the field. A paint store might be able to give you some recommendations for painters that they 1 1 - A p r i l 2 0 1 4 Finding the right contractor April 2014 - 12 Performing Arts Calendar w w w . e a s t w i c h i t a n e w s . c o m April 2014 The Orpheum April 3, 8 p.m., The Tontons, initial performance in the Emerging Artist Series. Other acts include Jared & The Mill on May 27 and Graham Colton on June 26. General admission tickets $15 at www.selectaseat.com, by phone at 855-755-7328, or in person at INTRUST Bank Arena, participating Dillons stores and plant employee clubs. April 4, 8 p.m., “Wichita” film premier. Set in 1882, a mysterious fugitive seeks out his reveng on the person who landed him in Wichita. His tracking skills lead him to the quiet, peaceful town of Wichita. The film is intended for mature audiences. $10 general admission. April 6, 3 and 7 p.m., “Ragamuffin: The True Story of Rich Mullins.” $10 general admission. April 17, 7 p.m., “Rear Window.” Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 suspense thriller. Shown on 35mm film. Tickets $5 at the door and plant employee clubs. Wichita Children’s Theatre and Dance Center April 9-12, “The Ugly Duckling,” part of the Once Upon A Time series. Shows at 11:30 a.m., April 9; 10 a.m. and 1:45 p.m., April 10; 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. April 11; 11:30 a.m. April 12. Pizza Hut pizza served at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. dinner shows (show only – 30 minutes later). Recommended for ages 2-10 and families. $6 for non-pizza shows or show only, $7.50 for pizza and shows. Advance reservations necessary, call 262-2282. April 23, 10:30 and 1:15 p.m., special performance of “The Ugly Duckling” at Little Lambs Preschool, 8000 W. 21st Street North. Tickets through WCT&DC, 262-2282. Crown Uptown Dinner Theater April 5-26, “I Love A Piano.” A celebration of the music and lyrics of legendary Irving Berlin. 612-7696, www. crownuptown.com. Children’s Theatre: “Rugrats Live,” April 11-May 3. Music Theatre for Young People May 3-4, “Shrek The Musical,” Century II Mary Jane Teall Theater. The Wichita stage premiere of the show based on the hit movie. Saturday, May 3, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4 at 2:30 p.m. No Friday night show because of the Jester Awards. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Students $10. Tickets at www.wichitatix. com. Wichita Symphony Orchestra “Ode To Joy,” Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 5, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6, Century II Concert Hall. Tickets $17-$55. Wichita Symphony Orchestra Chorus, with Friends University Singing Quakers April 5, and Bethel College Concert Choir April 6. The Forum Theatre “Man of La Mancha,” April 10-May 4. Shows 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $23 Thursday and Sunday, $25 Friday and Saturday. 6180444 or www.forumwichita.com. Theater League April 15-17, 7:30 p.m. New Broadway musical inspired by the underground dance clubs in 1950s Memphis. Century II Concert Hall, tickets start at $40. www.theaterleague.com or 303-8100. Cabaret Oldtown Now playing, “Sweet Southern Comfort and Rock ‘n’ Roll.” 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. $20. 265-4400. Mosley Street Melodrama April 3-May 24, “Reno County 911: The Adventures of Starsky & Hutchinson,” by Carol Hughes. $28 with dinner, $18 show only. 263-0222. Wichita Community Theatre “April 17-May, “Sabrina Fair.” 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. By Samuel A. Taylor. Sabrina Fairchild is the daughter of a chauffeur to a wealthy family. Returning from a stay in Paris, she presents herself as a young woman of beauty and charm, so different from the domestic’s daughter the family had ignored. $14, www.wichitact.org, click on the “RSVP on Facebook” link. Winners of Wichita Grand Opera’s 2014 season coloring book contest received ribbons and prizes on stage prior to the premiere of WGO’s historic new production of Rossini’s “William Tell” before a packed Century II Concert Hall audience. The coloring books, conceived by WGO artistic director Margaret Ann Pent and illustrated by French artist Jac Send, tell the stories of each of WGO’s five 2014 Season Productions: “The Sleeping Beauty”(ballet), “Willian Tell,” “Tosca,” “Don Quixote”(ballet), and “The Barber of Seville.” Awards were presented by WGO president and CEO Parvan Bakardiev and “William Tell” Assistant Director Shayna Leahy. Each winner artfully decorated one of 4,000 books distributed to area schools and youth groups by WGO. Wichita CityArts instructors enhanced the fun, hosting a day of “William Tell” storytelling and activities on Saturday, Feb. 15, and offering “opera mask” face-painting on the day of the performance. The contest was a new initiative in the company’s Education and Outreach Program, aimed at younger children. Notably, the Coloring Book Contest is the second WGO Education Program to be profiled in “Opera America” magazine, which earlier highlighted WGO’s Highland Community College Opera Production Program. Led by Leahy for the last 10 seasons, the program offers HCC students the opportunity to participate in all aspects of an opera production and receive stipends and course credit. Other nationally-recognized WGO educational programs include the Young Artists Program and the Day at the Opera Program. Winning coloring book artwork was displayed in the Century II Concert Hall Lobby in March. All winners were invited to attend the May 31 production of “The Barber of Seville,” and first through third place winners received art kits from the Metropolitan Museum of Art Store. The winners in the ages 6-9 category were Lex Oswald from Wichita Collegiate in first place, Dannia Gandara from Horace Mann in second place, Yuan Zhao from Horace Mann in third place and Rosalinda Lucero from Beech Elementary with an honorable mention. The winners in the ages 9-10 category were Julia Douglas from Independent in first place, Emma Jane from St. Catherine of Siena in second place, Mallory Nesbitt from Beech Elementary in third place and Madison Ivy from Beech Elementary with an honorable mention. The winners in the ages 11-12 category were Ashby Schwanz from Independent in first place, Kaitlyn Greenman from Peppertree Academy Home School in second place, Hannah Griffin who is home schooled in third place and Almas Zafar from Anoor Islamic School with an honorable mention. JOIN THE FUN! Summer Classes for All Ages 8317 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67207 Say goodbye to gutter cleaning! e r o f e b l l Ca g n i r p s e th e! r e h e r a rains For a FREE estimate call: (316) 777-1185 WE DO GUTTERS AND GUTTER COVERS! www.theguttercoverofwichita.com www.eastwichitanews.com • Premier Gutter Cover System • Affordable • Proven & Attractive • Family Owned & Operated The Wichita Grand Opera coloring book contest winners with WGO artistic director Margaret Ann Pent. Contributed photo 1 3 - A p r i l 2 0 1 4 WGO coloring book contest winners receive awards April 2014 - 14 w w w . e a s t w i c h i t a n e w s . c o m Blarney Breakfast raises more than $52,000 The 39th annual Blarney Breakfast, a benefit for Rainbows United, Inc., was held on St. Patrick’s Day at Old Chicago’s east location. More than 700 people attended, with more than $52,500 in net proceeds to benefit children birth – 21 with special needs served through Rainbows’ Targeted Case Management Program. “It’s a great event bringing the public, businesses and celebrities together to support children with special needs,” said Margaret Shook, event Chair, Chi Epsilon Chapter ESA. A highlight of the event was the presentation of equipment to Rainbows’ families. Part of the proceeds from the event were joined by funds provided through Children’s Miracle Network at Via Christi Health to provide specialized equipment for several Rainbows’ children. “It was wonderful to be able to provide these specialized items to several Rainbows’ children as part of this year’s event,” said Deb Voth, President. Celebrities from the Wichita area, including Dawson Grimsley of Davis-Moore Auto Group, KAKE-TV, Mayor Carl Brewer and other Wichita personalities were on hand to KEYN radio personalities Don Hall and Kim Duggar were on hand for the 39th annual Blarney Breakfast at Old Chicago on March 17. The event benefits Rainbows United, Inc. Contributed photo meet guests and serve coffee. KEYN 103.7FM, Power 93.9 and KAKE-TV also provided live broadcasts from the event. Blarney Breakfast partners are: Chi Epsilon Chapter of ESA, Old Chicago East, KAKEland, Docuplex Graphics, KEYN 103.7FM, Power 93.9 and Chris Cakes of Wichita. The first 500 Blarney Breakfast attendees received a free commemorative Blarney Breakfast mug, courtesy of Vornado Air. 2d/3d/4d Ultrasound ~ elective prenatal ultrasounds (multiple affordable packages to choose from) ~ featuring plush heartbeat animals (your baby’s heartbeat recorded inside!) ~ baby showers or gender revealing parties with a peek at your baby! ~ military discount! www.preciousdebut.com • Like us on Facebook! • Call us at: 316-305-9905 Come see us in Derby — just south of the high school in Bristol Square 620 N. Rock Road, Derby, KS Cero’s Candies a competitor for ‘Chocolatier of the Year’ Darcy (Bishop) Thrasher, co-owner and chief chocolatier of Cero’s Candies, has been selected to compete in Pastry Live Chocolatier of the Year. The upcoming competition will take place Aug. 24-26 at 200 Peachtree, in Atlanta. Pastry Live is a national competition that is By Chefs for Chefs, drawing some of the biggest names in chocolate and desserts. Only 19 competitors have been chosen for the Chocolatier portion. Other competition categories at Pastry Live are Team Competitions in Chocolate and Sugar Showpieces, Art of Cake, Signature Plated Desserts and Student Chocolate. Companies competing include Norman Love Chocolate of Fort Myers, Fla.; Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino of Las Vegas, Nev.; Tout Chocolat of Mexico City, Mexico; Forte Chocolate of Mount Vernon, Wash.; St. Croix Chocolates of St. Croix, Minn. and The Penisula New York of New York City, N.Y. Cero’s Candies has been a Wichita tradition since 1885. Story by Jen Bookhout For the second year in a row, the Honorary Olde English Tea Chair will be a mouse — Mrs. Walter Wintle the mouse, to be exact. The mouse was the idea of Olde English Tea chair Katherine Hoffman. Last year, in an effort to reconnect with the history behind the Tea, she created the persona of Mrs. Walter Wintle. “I decided that we needed to capitalize more on Mrs. Walter Wintle starting the tea,” Hoffman said. “We made the mouse, and made her the honorary chair mouse of the tea.” In 1929, the real Mrs. Walter Wintle, originally from England, began the tea in her home to help raise money for the parish. The parish was in dire need of $300 for the budget. “Mrs. Walter Wintle was a member of St. James parish,” Hoffman said. “She decided to have a proper English Tea with scones and foods from her home back in England.” The Tea was so successful that the parish received more than the $300 it needed, and a tradition was born. “For a long time, the Tea was held in Mrs. Walter Wintle’s home,” Hoffman Dawn Frankfurt gets ready to pour tea at the most recent Olde English Tea at St. James Episcopal Church. This year’s tea, the 85th annual edition, will be Saturday, May 3. said. “As she got older, other members of the parish took it on in their homes. Eventually, it moved to the church, which is where the tradition remained.” This year’s tea, in accordance with tradition, will include finger sandwiches, lemon curd tarts and style shows presented by GM Clotheshorse. Additionally, there will be gift baskets for bidding, a silent auction, door prizes, jewelry, collectibles, artesian items, cookbooks and a bake sale in the Ye Olde Bake Shoppe. Proceeds from the Olde English Tea go to Episcopal Social Services, Breakthrough Club, St. James After School Program, Wichita Children’s Home, “Erin is Hope” Foundation, Assistance League of Wichita, Victory in the Valley, Kansas Food Bank, KU School of Medicine - HIV/AIDS, Wichita Sexual Assault Center and YWCA Women’s Crises Center. The 85th Olde English Tea will be held at St. James Episcopal Church, 3750 E. Douglas in Wichita, on Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children 4-12 and free for children under 4. For more information, call the church office at 316-6835686. The Wichita Metro Chamber has announced the 10 finalists for the 10th annual Small Business of the Year award. This program offers well-deserved recognition to small businesses for their achievements and contributions to our community. It provides owners and their employees the opportunity to showcase their company, share their story, and be rewarded for their efforts. The finalists in the tier one category with one to 25 full-time employees are Cassandra Bryan Design; Chapple Insurance Group; Icon Structures, Inc.; Kansas Truck Equipment Co., Inc.; and Mize & Co., Inc. The tier two finalists, with 26 to 100 full-time employees, are Balco, Inc.; Building Controls and Services, Inc.; J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.; Mid American Credit Union; and Zernco, Inc. Seventy-two small businesses were nominated and 21 completed the application process. One business from each tier will be selected as the Small Business of the Year, and an Awards Luncheon will be held on May 7 to announce the winners. 1 5 - A p r i l 2 0 1 4 Annual English Tea to be held at St. James Chamber announces Small Business of the Year finalists www.eastwichitanews.com April 2014 - 16 w w w . e a s t w i c h i t a n e w s . c o m Story by Jen Bookhout Eastsider Ron Ryan, retired owner of Ryan International Airlines, was recently announced as Admiral Windwagon Smith XLI for the 2014 Wichita River Festival. Ryan attended the first Wichitennial Celebration, which later evolved into what is known as the River Festival. “It was small compared to today,” he said. “It’s kind of hard to remember back that far, but I remember it was well-received and it presented a good enough image that we wanted to do it again and again and again, and now we’ve done it 41 times.” Born and reared in Kansas City, Mo., Ryan moved to Wichita in 1968, where he was chief pilot for Jack DeBoer. He later pursued his passion for flying by starting his own company, Ryan International Airlines, which he owned until he retired in 2004. “We operated large transport category aircraft,” Ryan said. “We had about 40 freight aircraft and 20 passenger aircraft.” Over the years, Ryan has been continually involved with the River Festival as a member of the Wichita Wagonmasters. He and his wife, Renae, provide any service they can for Festivals Inc. “I couldn’t do any of this without my wife Renae,” he said. “She is very involved in trying to make sure I’m in the right place at the right time, and helping Festivals any way she can.” After a brief retirement in Florida, Ryan and his wife returned to Wichita where they plan to stay. “As far as I’m concerned, it’s home forever,” Ryan said. “It has been and will continue to be.” The Admiral spoke with East Wichita News about his work as a Wagonmaster, Admiral Windwagon Smith XLI and some of his favorite pastimes. What was your initial reaction to finding out you’d been selected to be Admiral Windwagon Smith XLI? I was extremely pleased and humbled and honored. There’s a lot of people that have done a lot of service work in all areas for the Riverfest over the years, so there’s a lot of people deserving, in my opinion, to be the Admiral, and why they picked me, I can’t tell you, except I’m glad they did. As Admiral this year, what will your responsibilities be? Well I think the Festivals board describes it as the Admiral being the ambassador for the Festival. I’ll appear at quite a number of hospitals, children’s homes, Starkey center, and just tout the River Festival. In addition, I kind of oversee the 26 Schooner Mates that were selected from all the schools in Wichita. They’re a group of really fine young kids, but they also assist the Admiral in just trying to make sure the River Festival is a family, fun event. Who are the Wichita Wagonmasters? We’re a civic organization, a non-profit organization…our function is to try to raise money and help do things to benefit the community, especially other non-profits like scholarships and kids and hospital kinds of things. Also, the primary goal is the Riverfest. And we’re a group of guys, and we just have a good time. How is being a Wagonmaster different from being Admiral Windwagon Smith? It’s one in the same. I would say almost 90 percent of the Admirals have been Wagonmasters. So I know most of the Admirals before and after their service, but I don’t consider myself anything other than a Wagonmaster, doing duties for the Wagonmasters and then being a symbolic gesture, and hopefully an ambassador, for the River Festival. But the Wagonmasters have a function, in my opinion, that goes well beyond any individual or any title. What are some of your passions or hobbies outside of your work with the Wagonmasters? Flying is my No. 1 passion and hobby, but I also like power boating. My wife and I have a place at Grand Lake, and we enjoy going down there. I hear you’re a Shocker basketball fan What is it that you enjoy most about Shocker basketball? The coach and the team spirit and the fact that they have a Christian attitude that I think…just being a Christian myself I see it in the team, and I think it’s that extra edge that helps them play as a team. We all have our good days and bad days, and when any one of our players is having a bad day, there’s another player that’s having a good day, and it just works out well. But the coach is—people give him a lot of credit, and that’s because he deserves it. I’ve had an opportunity to get to know him on a personal basis, and he and his wife are just incredibly decent, kind people. I hope that they’ll be here for a long time to come. For more information about Admiral Windwagon Smith XLI Ron Ryan, visit www.wichitariverfest.com. Wichita Festivals has announced the 2014 Riverfest concert headliners, and there’s something for just about every taste. Admission is just the price of a Riverfest button. • May 30 - The Wichita Symphony Orhestra will open the festival with the Koch Twilight Pops Concert featuring Music Theatre of Wichita on Kennedy Plaza. The traditional concert follows the Sundown Parade and precedes the Capitol Federal Fireworks. Roots rock band Moreland & Arbuckle will play at WaterWalk Pavilion that night. • May 31 – Coleman Country Concert with headliner Jerrod Niemann and opening act Chuck Wicks. Niemann was born in Harper, Kan., and reared in Liberal. The up-and-coming star’s hit single “Drink to That All Night” is on his new album, released March 25. • June 1- Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Hear favorites such as “I Love Rock ‘n Roll,” “Crimson and Clover” and “I Hate Myself For Loving You.” • June 4 – Hip-hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash will DJ the Wet & Wild Neon Dance Party. • June 5 – Local R&B fave Kelly Hunt will hold her Wichita CD-release part at the Cajun festivities on Kenney Plaza. The Kansas City-native has played across the U.S. and in Europe. Kelly Hunt. Contributed photo Joan Jett. Shepard Fairey photo There will be a “red dirt” concert on the WaterWalk Pavilion stage. • June 6 – The Indie Showcase on Kennedy Plaza will feature The Mowgli’s and Wild Child, and 1980s power pop group The Romantics plays the WaterWalk stage. Local and regional acts will include O’Phil, Vagabond Swing, Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy, DJ Carbon, Green River Ordinance, Honkey Suckle, Timmy Jonas & The Whiskey Militia, Soleb Theory, Japanese Game Show, Peculiar Pretzlemen, Nouveau Quintette, Choro Cats and more. Admission to all concerts is free with a Riverfest button. Adult buttons are $5, and children’s buttons (age 6-12) are $3. Buttons will be available at Dillons, Quik Trips and AAA beginning May 9. See more at wichitafestivals.com. fantasy destination, transform into a super hero, or own a coveted treasure. Once the wish is determined, Make-AWish fulfills the dream. The grant money will be used to fund wish enhancements. Enhancements are added elements to a wish to make it special. They vary by the nature of a wish but may be a limousine ride for a shopping spree, a party to unveil a backyard playset or a travel pack for a plane ride. Your Wichita Source for Tsunami products! Tom’s Tsunami Vapor Juice 10 ml bottles .00 w/ coupon Tom’s 3 for $10 Exp. 4/30/14 Tom’s All Vapor Starter Kits 25% off Tom’s w/ coupon Exp. 4/30/14 LOCATIONS E. Harry — 6659 E. Harry, 316-944-1500 13th & Oliver — 4703 E. 13th, 316-684-1079 47th & Broadway — 133 E. 47th St. South, 316-522-9463 and our newest location in Derby 831 N. Baltimore, 316-788-0007 www.eastwichitanews.com Wichita Wagonmasters use Good Life Grant to improve wishes Make-A-Wish Kansas is the recipient of a $1,000 Good Life Grant from the Wichita Wagonmasters to improve the quality of wishes for children in Kansas. The charity grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Eligible children are given the opportunity to identify one true wish – something they’ve only dreamed of; a chance to meet a celebrity, travel to a 1 7 - A p r i l 2 0 1 4 Joan Jett, Kelly Hunt headline ‘14 RiverFest concert lineup April 2014 - 18 w w w . e a s t w i c h i t a n e w s . c o m Youth council seeks applications Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum presents ‘Blue Moon at the Museum’ On Saturday, April 26, the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum will hold its sixth annual “Blue Moon at the Museum” party from 7-10 p.m. The event will transform the Museum into the original Blue Moon Nightclub, which was located on South Oliver during the 1940s and 1950s. The club was a popular gathering spot for adults to dine and dance to the nation’s most famous orchestras. Guests will enjoy dinner, dancing, and music from former Wichitan, renowned jazz singer Donna Tucker. The event kicks off the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum’s 75th Anniversary and features a special exhibit “The Future of Your History the 75th anniversary of the Historical Museum.” Guests also have the opportunity to enjoy the 24 other exhibits on all four floors of the 1890 City Hall Building. Tickets are $100 per person, and partially tax deductible. For tickets or more information, call 316-265-9314 or visit wichitahistory.org. Jazz singer Donna Tucker. Contributed photo The Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) has opened its application process for the 2014-2015 academic year. MYC applications may be turned in at the City Manager’s Office on the 13th floor of City Hall, 455 N. Main Street, or submitted through email at mayorsyouthcouncil@wichita. gov. Applications are available online at www. wichita.gov at the Mayor’s Youth Council page. Only Wichita-based students, entering the ninth through 12th grades, are eligible to participate in the youth council. Students learning from home must be academically at the same grade level as other MYC applicants. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on April 11. MYC applicants will be assessed primarily on their civic interest, their previous community service experience and their leadership potential. Up to 40 members will be accepted into the MYC. Mayor Carl Brewer formed the MYC in 2007 in order to empower youth with the opportunity to weigh in on community issues and learn about city government. Members of the youth council participate in civic activities, volunteer events and community engagement sessions. For more information, contact Robert Hovenkamp at 316-303-8051 or mayorsyouthcouncil@ wichita.gov. 19 - April 2014 Featured this month Focus On Business is a monthly feature offered to area advertisers. If you would like your business featured here, please contact our sales office at (316) 540-0500. 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Inaugural season is ready to launch for kids 3-14 i9 Sports offers sports leagues for kids 3-14. They are gearing up for Jamboree, which is set for Saturday, April 26 at 9 a.m. The first season of i9 Sports is up and running in Wichita, and organizers are excited about how spring leagues are coming together. And now that April is here, players, coaches and parents are all looking ahead to Jamboree, which will be an opportunity for teammates and coaches to get to know each other. Jamboree is set for Saturday, April 26, beginning at 9 a.m. That day, participants will have practice sessions followed by games that will be played without scores being kept. Those games will not affect league standings. i9 Sports is the fastest growing youth sports league in the country, and is now offering leagues in Wichita. With the arrival of i9 Sports, Wichita families will be able to enjoy fun, safe, and convenient flag football, soccer, T-ball, and basketball for kids 3-14. Why choose i9 Sports? First and foremost, it’s fun. Statistics show that kids are dropping out of youth sports because they aren’t having fun. Too much focus in placed on “winning at all cost,” and if you aren’t an elite athlete, you’re not going to play in some leagues. In i9, everyone plays at least 50 percent of each game, and roles are rotated so it’s not always the same kid playing quarterback, for example. Safety also is a big factor. More and more, pro football players are not allowing their own children to play tackle football due to concerns about concussions and other injuries. Jim Mora, Jr. is one of the spokespersons for i9 Sports and promotes flag football for young players. Check out Jim’s video on YouTube. And, there’s the convenience factor. Eventually, all venues will be within 10 minutes driving time for participants. The program features great communication with parents – the website is individualized for each player, including team information, game times, locations, tracking of sportsmanship awards, and league news. It’s an easy way to contact the coach or the program director as needed. There will always be i9 site managers on the field for any game day questions or issues, making the experience as good for the parents as for the kids. Summer will see i9 moving to the west side of Wichita with the addition of basketball. The program will be partnering over the summer with the Kansas Basketball Academy Foundation, which will provide specific lessons and drills in addition to the league games. Flag football, soccer, and T-ball are the three leagues that area developer David Allen will be bringing to the inaugural spring season at Trinity Academy, from April 26-June 21. From the opening day Jamboree to league playoffs, the emphasis will be on fun and safety for the kids and an outstanding customer service experience for the parents. Each week a specific attribute will be taught during the practice and games, and medals will be awarded. Register online at www.i9sports.com or by phone at 316-768-8968. 21 - April 2014 FOCUS ON BUSINESS www.eastwichitanews.com April 2014 - 22 w w w . e a s t w i c h i t a n e w s . c o m Zombies to highlight Newman’s 15th annual literary festival Newman University will present the 15th annual Literary Festival April 3, 4 and 5 at various locations on the Newman campus. The theme for this year’s event is “Zombiefest.” The special guest speaker will be Robin Becker, who will read from her novel “Brains” at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 3 in the Jabara Flexible Theatre, inside the De Mattias Fine Arts Center. The Newman Literary Festival was created as a way for people to celebrate literature and other forms of written arts. It is a combination of scholarly presentations/analyses (typically essay readings) and creative interpretations such as poems, short stories, scenes from plays and music. This year’s theme was inspired by the fast-growing popularity over the past decades of the zombie theme. Newman Assistant Professor of English Susan Crane-Laracuente, Ph.D. said the conference offers an opportunity for people who have been thinking about this idea to get together and exchange ideas. The keynote speaker, Robin Becker, grew up in Hackensack, N.J., until she was 18, when she decided to visit other places. Over the next few years she lived in Philadelphia, Austin, San Francisco, Baton Rouge and Kirksville, Mo. She also lived for three months in a 1972 Volkswagen Microbus, and in 1994 spent nine months backpacking throughout the Middle East and Eastern Europe. In 2000, she received her Master of Fine Arts from Louisiana State University. She currently teaches writing at the University of Central Arkansas. Reviews of her novel “Brains” include one by S.G. Browne, author of “Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament,” who said the book is a “zombie delight for the thinking man (and woman). It is a feast of literary parallels, pop culture references, and historical metaphors, with enough blood, guts, and brains to satisfy any zombie lover’s appetite.” This year’s conference also will feature a “Zombie Prom” on the evening of Friday, April 4, as part of the celebration and a way for students to show off their work. All Zombiefest events are open to the public. Most presentations are free. Non-student presenters must pay a registration fee. Entrance to the Zombie Prom requires a donation (no minimum) at the door, with proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information on Becker and the festival, visit the web site at www.newmanu.edu/ studynu/undergraduate/english/literary-festival, or contact Crane-Laracuente at 316-942-4291, ext. 2226, or email@example.com. 20% All Wines OFF R With Coupon Thru 4/30/14 & Discount Liquor J And Smoke Shop 3015 E. Douglas 681-3761 Not valid with any other offer. Sale & discontinued items not included. Kansas African American Museum seeks volunteers The Kansas African American Museum is seeking volunteers. The museum’s goal is to collect, display, educate and celebrate all aspects of Kansas African American history and culture. Volunteers are need in a variety of areas, including leading museum tours, greeting visitors at the door, working in the Heritage Gift Shop, assisting with museum receptions and events, assisting the administration department, and doing building maintenance. To volunteer, go to the museum and fill out a volunteer application, or download one at www.tkaamuseum.org. For information, call The Kansas African American Museum at 316-262-7651 and speak with the staff. Passover Seder planned Remnant of Israel is celebrating its community Passover Seder at 6 p.m. Monday, April 14, at the Corporate Caterers Banquet Hall, 2949 N. Rock Road. Reservations are required by Friday, April 4. Call 744-7470 or go online at RemnantWichita.org. Costs are $30 for adults (age 11 and up), and $10 for children. Children 4 and under are free. You can sponsor a table of 10 for $280. “You’ve had a heart attack.” Those five words, spoken calmly but firmly in the emergency room a few weeks ago, changed my life in an instant. Since then, I’ve been digesting the new direction my life has to take as I accept the fact that my cardiac health has to be addressed. No doubt I am a lucky man in many respects because I am back at work, seemingly healthy and unscathed, and looking forward to a bright future. But this was an epic wakeup call, and trust me…I am listening. This cardiac episode that landed me in the hospital started off benign enough, and frankly I thought it was acid reflux. It seemed like heartburn, and when I took some antacids, it went away. I played that game for a day and a half, until a round of chest pains started going down my arms and up my neck. At that point, it wasn’t too difficult for my fiancée Dana to convince me we were headed to the emergency room. I cannot say enough about the level of care I received through this entire in- From the Publisher’s Files Paul Rhodes | Publisher cident. Once we were at Via Christi-St. Teresa, which is just minutes from our house, a team of doctors and nurses quickly got me under control, assessed the immediate risks, and prepped me for a red-lights-and-siren ambulance trip across town to Via Christi-St. Francis. The next three days consisted of two trips through the heart cath lab, close consultations with my new best friend, cardiologist Somsupha Kanjanauthai, and more watchful care – this time by the staff of the cardiac intensive care unit at St. Francis. Just one day after two stents were placed inside my arterial system to clear two critical blockages, I was released from the hospital and sent home to rest briefly and get my grateful soul back to normal life. However… I can assure you there’s a new normal on the horizon that will define the rest of my life. I never considered myself to be living a dangerously unhealthy lifestyle, but I can honestly tell you that I was either wrong on many levels, or simply living in denial. In the days and weeks ahead, I’ll be sharing some of those specifics with you, our readers, in the hope that others can learn something – even if it’s just a little self doubt – from my experiences. For now, though, I just want to make note of something really incredible that I and my family members have witnessed over the last few weeks: The outpouring of care and concern from people around the area who know me because of this newspaper group. Those sentiments have run the gamut from hugs and comments about how good I look considering the circumstances, to blatant questions like, “What the hell are you doing at work?” I guarantee you that every comment has made me smile. Newman to host college women’s conference Nationally known speaker and founder of Made in His Image, Maura Byrne, will be the featured speaker at the College Women’s Conference to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 12 in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center in the Dugan Library and Campus Center on the Newman University campus. This event is sponsored by the Newman Campus Ministry and Student Life Departments. The cost to attend the conference is $10 per person. The conference is open to all college and young adult women. Lunch will be served. Those registered by Wednesday, April 2 will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $25 gift card to McAllister’s Deli, a gift basket from Bath and Body Works, and lunch with the conference’s lead speakers. Registrations can be made online at www.nucwconf.eventbrite.com, at the Newman University Campus Ministry Office in Sacred Heart Hall, Room 219, or at the door the day of the conference. 2 3 - A p r i l 2 0 1 4 A wakeup call of epic proportions www.eastwichitanews.com April 2014 - 24 w w w . e a s t w i c h i t a n e w s . c o m WPD announces five captain promotions Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams recently announced five promotions to the rank of captain from lieutenant. Promoted were Scott Heimerman, Douglas Nolte, Jose Salcido, Jeffrey Weible and Brian White. Williams said the promotions followed an extensive selection process. Following is career and civic biographical information for each captain: Scott Heimerman began his Wichita Police Department (WPD) career on Jan. 25, 1988. He has been promoted to Detective, Sergeant and Lieutenant. His professional assignments include SWAT Team, Traffic Section (Lieutenant), Patrol East shift supervisor, Undercover Section (Lieutenant), Special Investigations Bureau Acting Bureau Commander, Patrol South Community Policing Section (Lieutenant), Acting Captain for the Pa- trol South Bureau and Gang/Felony Assault Section. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Friends University. Heimerman’s professional awards and recognitions include the Silver Wreath of Valor, Bronze Wreath of Meritorious Service, Certificate of Commendation, Civic Achievement, Distinguished Service, Life Saving, Safe Driver and 10-Year Perfect Attendance. Community awards and recognition include the 2005 Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police Gold Award and 2013 League of Kansas Municipalities Certificate of Appreciation for a 25-year contribution to the city of Wichita. Douglas Nolte began his WPD career on July 20, 1992. He has been promoted to Detective, Sergeant and Lieutenant. He has worked diverse assignments with the Police Department, which include the Community Affairs Section, Planning and Research, Undercover Section, Patrol South, 3rd Watch, Patrol South Special Community Action Team (SCAT), Investigation Night Section Supervisor, Patrol West Bureau Shift Supervisor, Patrol North Community Policing and Support Services Warrant/ PIO. Nolte has a Master of Science degree in Management from Friends University, and a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice from Wichita State University. His professional awards and recognitions include the Bronze Wreath of Valor, Life Saving, Civic Achievement, Distinguish Service, Life Saving and 10-Year Safe Driver. His community recognitions included the 2013 League of Kansas Municipalities Certificate of Appreciation for a 20-year contribution to the city of Wichita. Jose Salcido began his WPD career on Oct. 23, 1995. He has been promoted to Detective, Sergeant and Lieutenant. He has been assigned to Community Policing (North Patrol), Gang/Felony Assault Section, Patrol North Special Community Action Team (SCAT) and Patrol East 3rd Shift Supervisor. He has a Master of Business Administration from Baker University. Salcido is a Major with the Kansas Air National Guard. His professional awards and recognition include the 2003 Wichita Police Department “Officer of the Year,” a Certificate of Commendation, Distinguished Service, Bronze Wreath of Meritorious Service and Safe Driver. His community awards and recognition include the Department of Defense “Latina Style Meritorious Service,” the 2012 League of Kansas Municipalities Certificate of Appreciation for a 15-year contribution to the city of Wichita, U.S.D 259 Good Apple Award and a Certificate of Appreciation from Goddard Public Schools. See WPD, Page 25 Newman University has named J.V. Johnston, president of Johnston’s in Wichita, as its next Vice President for University Advancement. Johnston fills the vacancy created when Troy Horine resigned in February. Johnston will oversee Newman’s Advancement Department, which incorporates Fundraising/Development, Alumni Relations, University Relations and Archives. Johnston begins his new duties Monday, March 17. After a 36-year career at Johnston’s – an upscale mens and ladies retail clothing business – and after having served 19 of those years as company president, Johnston was looking to shift his professional focus. Johnston is stepping away from the day-to-day operations and his role as president. He remains part-owner in the store along with his wife Veronica, who is a full-time Johnston’s employee, and long-time business partner Kevin Edmundson of Wichita. “I pretty much delegated myself out of a job,” Johnston said with a laugh. Johnston graduated in 1982 from then-Kansas Newman College with a bachelor’s degree, double majoring in Business Administration and History. He served four terms on the Newman Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2011, including four years as Chairman from 2007 to 2011. Among his many accomplishments as Chairman, Johnston was involved in completing Founders Plaza on the Newman campus as part of the Dugan Library and Campus Center capital campaign. Johnston also worked closely with the Newman administration to create the Newman Strategic Plan for 2009-2014, as well as the 2010 Campus Master Plan for the university. Johnston and his family have a long history with Newman University. That relationship began when Johnston became a Newman student and a men’s basketball player in the late 1970s. Over the years that role has evolved to include board member and chair, volunteer and Newman parent – three times over. Within the Wichita community, Johnston also is well known and has served on numerous boards and committees over the years. WPD Continued from Page 24 Jeffery Weible began his WPD career on Aug. 19, 1991. He has been promoted to Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Acting Captain Patrol West. He has been assigned to Undercover Section (Officer and Detective), Community Policing, Patrol West Bureau, Emergency Planning and Security Coordinator, Training Academy Instructor and In-service Training Coordinator and Exploited Missing Child Unit (Lieutenant). He has a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management from Friends University. Weible’s professional awards and recognitions include the Bronze Wreath of Meritorious Service, Safe Driver Awards, Certificate of Com- mendations, the Hispanic Women’s Network, Inc. Certificate of Accommodation, the 2013 Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police Bronze Award and the 2012 League of Kansas Municipalities Certificate of Appreciation. Brian White began his WPD career on Aug. 7, 1989. He has been promoted to Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Acting Captain Patrol West. His professional assignments include Undercover Section, Sex Crimes, Exploited Missing Child Unit, Patrol West, 2nd Shift Supervisor and Special Community Action Teams. White’s professional awards include the Bronze Wreath of Valor, a Bronze Wreath of Meritorious Distinguished Service, a Certificate of Commendations and 10-Year Safe Driver Award. 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The rule does not seem to apply to television. “True Detective” had numerous shots of cars in motion, but they seemed to be travelling within the speed limits. This difference may have to do with the supposed ages of the relevant audiences. I myself am inconveniently beyond the 15-35 age group movies theoretically aim at, and have had a driver’s license for enough years that the thrill of mobility is pretty well under control. But that can’t be the whole explanation. Check the ages of people at auto shows, and the followers of NASCAR. As you might suspect, I avoid fast-car movies as much as I can. But openings and deadlines being what they are, I had to see “Need For Speed,” which I suspect is a fair specimen of the genre. And I will say it kept me awake and at attention. Director Scott Waugh and his credited 73 drivers have a real gift for destroying automobiles in exciting ways, and whether or not you can believe the Wichita Eagle’s “Go!” section claim that “it was all done for real, without the use of CGI,” they won’t let you doze off. But they couldn’t keep me from wondering about the number of drivers, bystanders and policemen who would have died or been crippled along those public roads. The credits assure us that everything was shot on closed empty roads, but that isn’t what the movie wants us to believe. And I don’t know enough about cars to know whether a car could sail through the air for about half a block and smash down on the grass and keep on going at full speed. But I did think that a person who would spend literally millions to make a car go REAL FAST might have spent some time and money on a car that wouldn’t fishtail even on straightaways, not to be picky about swerving and sometimes spinning when turning cor- Movie Review Jim Erickson ners. People tell me that auto racing is worthwhile because of what it teaches us about cars. Well, maybe. Few of these road epics as I’ve seen, I couldn’t find anything in “Need For Speed” that wasn’t aged, even for me. The hero seeks revenge for the death of his buddy – brother, probably – and restoration of his reputation after being framed for manslaughter. The rival driver is the villain of it all, the race is the one last chance for this and that, the heroine is insistent on going along (how often have I heard “You’re not going anyplace” or “because you’re a woman”?), and there is a big redemption bit where the hero supposedly learns true values and changes his way. I forgot about the token-minority sidekick and the Hepburn/Tracy initial antagonism between hero and heroine. Realism is not sought or claimed in this school entertainment, so we must not marvel at our hero’s driving from New York to California at about 120 miles per hour without attracting more than two policemen until California, or the one sidekick’s acquisition of an Army helicopter on the spur of the moment. There is love, of a sort, in “Need For Speed,” but not sex. At 120 m.p.h. in a two-seat car, that would be a bit much for even fast-car fanciers to accept. There is nudity, rather dragged in: a young male undresses at work and runs the corporate offices and into the public streets naked because, he later explains, he wanted to be sure he would never come back. Nothing graphic, though. What could compete with the shock value of big flameout automobile crashes? (A friend told me that what I saw as accidental swerving and fishtailing and spinning out was actually highly skilled driving at extremely high speeds. Oh, well. I never said I understood this school of entertainment.) I much prefer to see movies in an empty house, largely because my reactions seem to be very different from those of the crowd in general. This is especially the case with comedies, as I seem to find quite normal and ordinary the things that the audiences find hilarious. This is why I seldom review comedies. And let me say at the outset that even when I have had to see hit movies in packed theaters, and when I have found myself surrounded by tots and pre-middle schoolers, I have never been bothered by audience behavior including cell phones. But just in case someone is interested in how to avoid crowds, here’s how. The first show on Monday is unlikely to fill up, no matter what super-blockbuster is on offer. And the first show on Sunday interferes with people going to church and/or eating dinner before the show. And any day, the show that starts between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. interferes with supper – though considering the range of food offered at the popcorn stand, especially if you want to go Mexican, I don’t see why a snack can’t be used to forestall serious hunger – and is unlikely to be inconveniently full. And that all-important single-screen independent/foreign/art movie that opens every Friday at only one screen at only one theatre seldom fills up (it’s not expected to, and is practically a public service) and is at least not a comic book, special effect or sequel boilerplate. This is a personal recommendation, not a result of study. Notice the lack of reference to discount theaters – I have to review new releases, and in any case get in on a press pass. Non-commercials • Peace and Social Justice Center, 1407 N. Topeka. April 8, 7 p.m., “Missing” with Sissy Spacek and Jack Lemmon. • The Orpheum, 200 N. Broadway. Cinema Scene Jim Erickson April 4, 8 p.m., “Wichita,” new feature locally written, produced and directed by Nicholas Barton. April 6, 3 and 7 p.m., “Ragamuffin: The True Story of Rich Mullins,” about the Christian singer-songwriter of the 1980s and 1990s. April 17, 7 p.m., “Rear Window.” • Tallgrass at the Orpheum series. April 25, 7:30 p.m., at Watermark Books, Oliver and Douglas, “Ernest and Celestine,” an Oscar-nominated animation feature about a bear and a mouse, from France but in English. April 27, 7:30 p.m., at The Orpheum, “Following Beethoven,” about the roles Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony has played in a lot of places, with discussion following. • Murdock Theater, 536 N. Broadway, April 5, 11:55 p.m., “La Boheme,” Metropolitan Opera on the big screen live. 2 7 - A p r i l 2 0 1 4 How to enjoy an empty house Collegiate to hold college fair There will be a college fair at the Wichita Collegiate Upper School gymnasium. It will be 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9. There will be more than 40 colleges represented. The event is hosted by the Great Plains Association for College Admission Counseling. To register, visit http://gotocollegefairs.com. www.eastwichitanews.com April 2014 - 28 w w w . e a s t w i c h i t a n e w s . c o m Dagie’s Story: The Candy Bomber connection Editor’s note: Last month East Wichita worship service at the church. Snodgrass News told the story of Dagmar Snodgrass’ sep- excitedly agreed, and joined the group aration and reunion with her family in World for the show without telling her mother. War II Germany. Her storie contnues her. See Dressed as an angel, Snodgrass led the Part I online at www.eastwichitanews.com. group into the sanctuary with a smile. On Christmas Eve, 80-year-old She noticed first that the beautiful chapel Dagmar Snodgrass settled into her was full, and second that there were Russpare bedroom to sian, French, English watch the Mormon and American solS t o r y b y J e n B o o k h o u t diers with their arms Tabernacle Choir performance on TV. behind their backs, Suddenly, her childlining each wall. Fear hood hero, a man she’d never laid eyes began to rise in the pit of her stomach. on, took the stage. “I was 11 years old and didn’t like “I just cried,” Snodgrass said. “I sat uniforms, and I had seen a lot going on there and looked at him standing there from the Russians until the Americans in his uniform talking about what he did came in,” Snodgrass said. “So when I in Berlin, and it brought me right back to saw them all standing there, I thought to 1947, ’48, ’49.” myself, ‘They’re going to let us have our There, on her screen, stood Colonel worship service, and then they’re going Gail Halverson, better known as the to shoot us.’ And I was scared to death.” Candy Bomber. During the supply airlift Eleven-year-old Dagie fulfilled her in Berlin, Germany, after World War II, angelic duties, all the while praying the Halverson began dropping small pieces minister would talk forever, worried that of candy attached to handkerchiefs for her mother had no idea what she was the children of Berlin. doing. “Finally the minister did stop talking, Candy Bomber Connection and the organ did stop playing, and I Fourteen-year-old Dagie Weiss shufjust sat there and closed my eyes because fled down the street in Berlin, glancing I was waiting to be shot, and nothing down at her feet as she ran errands for happened,” she said. her mother. Out of the corner of her Dagie opened her eyes as a hand eye, she spotted a filthy, crumpled hand- tapped her gently on the shoulder. Turnkerchief stomped into the ground. ing, she looked up into the smiling face It resembled the handkerchiefs that of an American soldier, gesturing for regularly dropped from the sky, but her to reach into the duffel bag he held. Dagie didn’t dare get her hopes up. She Inside, she retrieved a Hershey bar, the reached for the trampled cloth, and tied first true chocolate she would ever taste. to the end was a small piece of choco “This young man will not know me late, still protected in its wrapper. or even think about me, but I’ve never “For me it was like a gift that I knew forgotten him,” Snodgrass said. came down from the sky, and I knew Dagie ran home to share the chocowho dropped it. It was ‘Uncle Wiggly late bar with her mother, filling her in Wings,’ the Candy Bomber. He dropped that, and that piece was meant for me,” Snodgrass said with a hearty laugh. Snodgrass has never forgotten Halverson’s efforts; he has always been one of her two heroes, and seeing him on TV brought her childhood memories to life again. “This man presents hope of everything that’s good in people, this is what this man personifies to me,” she said. “Hope, life, goodness of people, I mean all of that rolled up into one, is in that one person.” Heavenly Hershey Col. Halverson wasn’t the first or only hero Snodgrass encountered in her youth. During the first Christmas after World War II ended, Dagie’s teacher asked her to take the place of an ill child in the Dagmar’s brothers Erwin, left, and Edgar Weiss in uniform. Contributed photo “So I always say God had his hands on the situation.” Erwin Weiss, Dagie’s other brother, received a medal for talking Russian soldiers out of a cave when no one else could. His actions saved many lives including his own, when one of the Russian soldiers remembered him years later as Weiss was doing time in Dagmar with her children Linda, left, Barbara and Danny. the Russian gulag. Contributed photo That soldier, in a show of gratitude, on the drama of the night. To this day, brought potatoes to Weiss in secret every Snodgrass places an oversized Hershey candy bar under her Christmas tree every day, enabling him to stay healthy enough to eventually return home after four year as a reminder of the soldier’s kindyears in the gulag. ness. Together, the Weisses’ presence in the “Trust came. With me carrying home SS saved their father’s life when he was that Hershey bar, I lost all fear,” Snodgrass said. “Nobody was going to shoot sentenced to six months in a work camp designed for dissenting Germans. The me; nobody was going to hurt me.” young men wrote a letter to Heinrich Himmler on behalf of their father, and Flashbacks in the end, their father’s life was spared. Dagie’s mistrust of men in uniform “So that devil in uniform, Heinrich had developed during the war as she Himmler, actually helped my father stay witnessed and heard about the tragedies alive,” Snodgrass said. happening all around her. With two brothers in the SS and a father who was Finding Freedom outspoken against Hitler, Snodgrass Though escape came in many differheard more than her fair share of war ent forms for Snodgrass and her family news. during the war, her greatest escape came “I was to be seen, but never heard — along most unexpectedly after the war so I was all ears,” she said. “Whenever had ended. the family talked, I took in what they In 1950, by the age of 17, Snodgrass said.” had quit school to help her mother Over time, she picked up on her bring in money. She worked in a factory brothers’ war stories. Her brothers alongside other young women making enlisted in the German military under telephone cords. the impression they could choose to be medics. Unfortunately, both were placed One evening, in what Dagie expected to in the SS against their wishes, and found be a typical social visit, a friend surprised themselves on the front lines fighting the her by introducing her to two American soldiers, and one was meant for Dagie. Russians. Embarrassed and angry with her friend, However, it was in saving lives that Snodgrass headed home, but her friend each of them found their own lives spared. Snodgrass’s oldest brother Edgar and the two soldiers accompanied her. Weiss ended up in a French prison camp As soldier Garrett Monk tried to hold Snodgrass’s hand, she slapped it away, after he was captured by the Americans. certain she’d never hear from him again. He was discovered in a farmhouse with However, he kept coming around, visita group of young American prisoners. Weiss had taken them from another Ger- ing almost every day. man soldier, and built a fire to help them She relearned English, and began to keep warm, knowing it may cost him his let her guard down, slowly falling in love with the young soldier. Eventually, with life. her parents’ permission, Monk asked In return, the Americans made Weiss for her hand in marriage and Snodgrass change out of his SS uniform and into accepted. a different German military uniform, “My family knew from the very beginsparing him the fate afforded to those accused of fighting against the Russians. ning that I would come from Berlin to “One good turn brought on another,” See DAGIE, Page 30 Snodgrass said of her brother’s fortune. 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Monk returned to the states with the military, six months before Snodgrass made the trip. After a 10-day trip on the ship “General Patch,” Dagie and her two young children arrived in New York City. “I came to America with two little babies, Danny my son, and my daughter Linda; they were American citizens, and I was a German mommy,” Snodgrass said with a laugh. The family moved to Southeast Kansas where they settled in the small town of Independence. Snodgrass was shocked by the sights and sounds of American freedom everywhere she turned, but it didn’t take long for her to embrace it. On Jan. 14, 1958, while her husband was serving overseas in Korea, Snodgrass drove to Wichita where she became an American citizen. “I’m very proud of coming out of what I came out of, into what I have become because I have two homes,” she said. “I started out in Germany, but I’m planted here.” Face to Face Sharing her wartime experiences with new audiences is what earned Snodgrass the opportunity to meet her lifelong hero, the Candy Bomber. After seeing Col. Halverson on the TV on Christmas Eve, she penned a Facebook post explaining why the Candy Bomber was important to her. A friend encouraged her to send the letter to the Wichita Eagle. The newspaper published the piece on its editorial page in early January. Eisenhower Middle School history teacher Julie Campa, who had been working on a class project about the Candy Bomber, spotted the piece and sought to reach Snodgrass. In a twist 14-year-old Dagie never could have imagined as she picked up the abandoned candy parachute off the filthy street of Berlin, she will come face to face with the Candy Bomber on April 25. Campa has arranged a school assembly to honor Col. Halverson when he comes in April, and Snodgrass and Dale will be present to surprise him. “When I looked at his face, and saw him standing there in his uniform and said he was 92, 93 years old, I just cried because to me he is everything good in one bundle,” Snodgrass said of encountering Halverson on her TV screen. “And I look forward to meeting everything good in one bundle,” she said with a laugh. “And saying thank you, because the world needs more people like him.” Look for the story of Snodgrass and Halverson’s meeting in a future issue of East Wichita News. To read more of Dagie’s story in her own words, visit dsnodgrass.blog.com. New Dreams After 49 years of marriage, her husband passed away. Snodgrass moved to Amarillo, Texas, to be near her daughter and find a fresh start in life. “I wanted to get away from that small town and all those memories,” she said. Snodgrass made friends with a woman at work, who later introduced Dagie to her son Dale. Before she knew what was happening, Snodgrass was envisioning a new future with Dale, something she’d never planned. “Neither one of us thought at the time that we would ever get married again, and it just so happened we got together,” Dale said. The couple, who has been married 12 years, remained in Amarillo until after the death of Dale’s mother. A grandson who lived in the Wichita area convinced them to move back to Kansas, where they’ve made their home, becoming involved with their Dagmar with her first husband, Garrett Monk. church and sharing Dagie’s Contributed photo story around town. Carolyn Lewelling 15 minutes from Wichita... This model home is for sale! 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