East Wichita News - March 2014
This month's features include Dagies story - the war years, the faces of the Wichita Grand Opera, and East Wichita News' home and garden special section.
PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAID WICHITA, KS PERMIT NO. 366 www.eastwichitanews.com March 2014 - 2 I INSIDE ON THE COVER Dagie’s story: The war years | 16 Six-year-old Dagmar Weiss took one last look at her parents as she boarded the train. Berlin, Germany was the only home she had ever known, but she was headed for the Polish border with hundreds of other German children on Adolf Hitler’s Children’s Train. 3 - J a n u a r y 2 0 1 4 Volume 31 • Issue 2 Artist Central For Artists and Artist-Wanna-Be’s One bedroom furnished $375/month w/carports. 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Box 544 Cheney, KS 67025 Phone: (316) 540-0500 Fax: (316) 540-3283 February 2014 - 4 The faces of Wichita Grand Opera Story by Jen Bookhout Photos by T r av i s M o u n t s Behind the curtain: w w w . e a s t w i c h i t a n e w s . c o m oung Parvan Bakardiev helped the youthful Margaret Pent carry her luggage into the dorms at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna, Austria. They did not share a common language, but they shared a mutual attraction. “He came from Bulgaria, I came from the United States; we were both studying German,” Pent said. “His German was better than mine, and so we basically started dating with translating dictionaries.” Nine months later, they were married. They spoke exclusively German for the first five years of marriage. “We both learned German really quickly,” she said with a laugh. The couple, who now lives in East Wichita, was in Vienna pursuing degrees in opera. The abundant talent pool at the university gave them access to numerous performers when the wedding arrived. More than 200 international students volunteered to serve as ushers, singers, orchestra members and in the chorus at the couple’s wedding. “It was a gloriously musical wedding,” Bakardiev said. “The church where we were married was in the shadow of the The late opera great Luciano Pavarotti, center, took time for a photograph with Wichita Grand Opera’s Margaret Pent and Parvan Bakardiev. Pavarotti gave Wichita Grand Opera’s inaugural gala performance in 2001. Contributed photo Y Vienna Staatsoper, where I was singing at the time.” As Pent and Bakardiev completed their studies, they were one of two married couples living in the dorms at the Vienna university. When their daughter was born, they discovered the joys of built-in childcare. “We had no problem with babysitters,” Bakardiev said with a twinkle in his eye. “Everybody wanted to babysit. So that was fun.” First impressions Bakardiev and Pent’s opera careers have carried them around the world, but Wichita has been their home since 2000. Unfortunately, it was a health crisis that initially drew Pent to the city. Their first connection to the city was a friendship with a local oncologist, Paul Baumann, who was married to Pent’s cousin,and who often traveled to visit them in whatever city there were in at the time. When Pent’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1991, she came to Wichita to receive treatment. This was Pent’s first exposure to Wichita. Her second exposure to the city came in 1995 TOP: The cast of “William Tell” rehearses before WGO’s Feb. 22 show. when she had her own battle with cancer and returned for Baumann’s care. “Every time we saw them, they said, ‘You need to come to Wichita and start an Opera company,’” Pent said of the Baumanns. “They were planting that seed for years, but we didn’t even know where Wichita was on the map at the time.” It would be five more years before the couple would come to call the city on the river their home at Pent’s prompting. A strong foundation Bakardiev and Pent were no strangers to entrepreneurship before they founded the Wichita Grand Opera in 2000. They had already started two successful art festivals in the United States, the San Antonio Opera and Music Festival in San Antonio, Texas and the Festival of the Continents in the Florida Keys. Additionally, Bakardiev and Pent each brought individual successes to the table. Pent won the Mozart Opera Competition in Vienna early in her career, going on to sing in well-known operas around the world, including her debut in the title role in “The Beautiful Galatea” at the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna. Pent’s American debut was “William Tell,” the same rarely-seen work that Wichita Grand Opera mounted on Feb. 22, in the role of the Austrian princess Mathilde. After graduating from the university in Vienna, Bakardiev found himself employed in the company of Teatro la Fenice in Vienna, Italy. Bakardiev convinced the director to allow the singers to produce “Anne Boleyn” with a young Katia Ricciarelli in the lead role. “It was very successful, and we started touring the production in Austria and Germany,” Bakardiev said. “And I’m thinking, ‘Wait a minute. I’m making more money as a producer than as a singer. And I don’t have to audition for a lot of directors, they audition for me. Maybe I should sing less and produce more.’” That first experience with producing an opera led Bakardiev to a shift in his career goals. In the years that followed, he would go on to serve in prestigious opera houses around the world, including consultancies at the Kennedy Center, Boston Opera and Berlin Opera. Additionally, he served as apprentice general director of San Francisco Opera under Kurt Adler, artistic administrator of the Palm Beach Symphony and artisit director of the Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center. The couples’ combined skills and experiences helped them create successful music festivals in the U.S., receiving grand reviews nationwide. “[The San Antonio Festival] was actually considered more important and larger than…the Los Angeles Olympic Performing Arts Festival,” Bakardiev said. “This was written by the Chicago Tribune, they were comparing it.” Such strong global reviews helped the couple as they built Wichita Grand Opera into the prominent company it is. Settling by the river “I’m a believer that Wichita has potential,” Bakardiev said. But he admits he hasn’t always felt that way — Pent was the one who chose Wichita. “Parvan wasn’t very excited about it at the time,” Pent said. “And I said, ‘You know, I think this is what we’re supposed to do right now. I think this is our newest undertaking in the United States, and I think Wichita is the place.’” In the summer of 2000, the couple began serious talks about starting the company, and the dream began to take shape. “We had already done two performSee OPERA, Page 24 “About Last Night” has one big problem: the story develops in ways that the general tone and the character developments don’t support. It isn’t clear why Joy Bryant is treated practically like a square when she beds down with Michael Ealy maybe three hours after she meets him, and it isn’t clear why he feels constrained by her presence in his life when she doesn’t seem to be pressuring him and there doesn’t seem to be anything he wants to do. In fact, their life together is so idyllic that the generically inevitable breakup seems arbitrary, just for the sake of plot. And the same pattern is true for the secondary couple, Kevin Hart and Regina Hall, who react with comic excessive animation no matter what their relationship is at the moment or what the incentive is, until their final scene together at last injects something new. And yet, they have a kind of breakup, too. As is commonly the case these days, “About Last Night” is consistent fun in its individual scenes, but doesn’t add up to much as a whole. It’s a fun world, but not a real one. There’s monotony in the fact that Movie Review 5 - M a r c h 2 0 1 4 CINDY’S DOG GROOMING Spring Spruce-up Special For Jim Erickson practically every scene is an encounter between two people, no matter how many are on the screen. The subject of the encounter is invariably love or sex, which apparently are all anybody is involved or interested in. Why erectile dysfunction is thrown into the Hart and Hall story is not clear, unless it’s just an effort to be up to date. But dialogue is frequently witty and has more substance than the arbitrary plot deserves, and Joy Bryant stands out. I hope she gets better material in the futre. If “About Last Night” gives a boost to her career, we will have reason to be grateful to it. Your Lucky Dog Expires 3/31/14 580 S. Oliver • 689-8200 Walk-in’s Welcome! Open Mon-Sat • Flexible Hours Opera to hold youth auditions Wichita Grand Opera will conduct auditions for its Children’s Chorus at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 6, on the Concert Hall State at Century II. The audition is for youth ages 9 to 11. The children chosen to participate in the WGO Children’s Chorus will perform as church acolytes in the WGO production of “Tosca” on April 12. The chorus is intended to be an all-boy choir, but girls are welcome to audition if they don’t mind being made up to look like boys on stage. Rehearsals will begin March 8. Children will need to be available for quite a few rehearsals between March 8 and April 10, with one performance on April 12. The children who are auditioning should be prepared to sing one song of their choice with piano accompaniment, and bring a short resume of any prior singing or acting experience. An accompanist will be provided by WGO or singers may provide their own accompanist. Some stage experience is recommended, but not required. To sign up for auditions, fill out the Children’s Chorus audition form located at www.wichitagrandopera.org/auditions. html or call Kenyatta Harden at 316-6833444. Photo courtesy Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum a century of service and commitment. As it enters its 100th year, Downing & Lahey Mortuary remains committed to helping area families celebrate the lives of those they love with unique and distinctive funeral services. In observation of this milestone, Downing & Lahey is recognizing the heritage of others who were here when Wichita was young. Downing & Lahey Salutes Martha Bay Black Martha Bay Black was born in Casper, Wyoming in 1924 and moved to Wichita four years later. As a child, she remembers the Christmastime window displays at Innes Station, walking home from Sunnyside Elementary School and going to movies at the Orpheum and Miller theaters. Passing the V.A. hospital in East Wichita brings back fond memories, too – she watched the hospital being built and checked its progress through binoculars with her father on their front porch. Life is much more fast-paced in today’s Wichita, Martha says, but it’s still a good place to raise a family. www.eastwichitanews.com Shred it for free A free “shred-it” event will be held 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Cambridge Market at 21st Street North and Webb Road. There is a limit of seven “banker boxes” per vehicle. For more information, call 316-636-1277. East Location 6555 E Central Wichita, KS 67206 (316) 682-4553 West Location 10515 W Maple Wichita, KS 67209 (316) 773-4553 Celebrate the Lives of Those You Love DLWICHITA.com March 2014 - 6 East Wichita News People and Places Proteins to Suppress Breast Cancer Cell Proliferation.” Students must apply for the award with a four-page research proposal and each is selected on the merit of the proposal, his or her academic record, and a recommendation from a faculty member. Tim Chase, president of The Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition announces the hiring of Beth Shelton as the manager of Business Development. Shelton has more than five years experience and was most recently employed as the Director of Economic Development for the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of Friends University and the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute, and will be part of the team responsible for national and international marketing to generate leads for recruiting new companies. Shelton was the Economic Development Coordinator for GWEDC from 2008-2013. Via Christi Clinic Maternal Fetal Medicine physician Michael D. Wolfe, MD, has received certification from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. To become board certified, a physician must have extensive experience in treating women’s health and demonstrate to a team of well-respected national experts skills, knowledge and ability to treat different conditions. The examiners also review the patients the physician treated during the past year. University Law students, Jon Simpson, Wichita along with Matt Huntsman, Sherman, Texas have won “”top brief in moot court competition”. KU Law professor and team coach, John Head applauds their efforts saying their oral advocacy was strong, written submission successful, and meeting interesting colleagues at other law schools was invaluable. Simpson is the son of Clark and Rita Simpson and a graduate of Andover High School. He received his undergraduate degree from Kansas State University. Beth Shelton has joined the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition as the manager of business development. She has more than five years of economic development experience and was most recently employed as the director of economic development for the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce. She began her duties on Monday, Feb. 10. She is a graduate of Friends University and the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute, Shelton was the economic development coordinator for GWEDC from 2008 to 2013. Eric Cale, executive director of the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main, has announced a successful conclusion to the 2011 three-year fundraising campaign. “We are very near to reaching a goal of $2 million as we see major gifts materialize over the next 90 days,” he said. Money will be used for new exhibits including traveling exhibits and long term core exhibits such as the 1890s Mayor’s Office and a Young People’s Gallery and Workshop. The museum has twenty-four exhibits depicting the area’s history since the time of settlement and is open to the public six days a week. The graduating class of Southwestern College has announced nearly 200 students eligible to participate in commencement exercises in Winfield, Sunday, May 4. Area December graduates include: Wichita students Brooke Allen, Erin Buster, Quarteeya Garner, Thelma Khokhar, David Lazell, Marian Mitchell, Charles Poole, Katie Pusch, Rachel Schroeder, Rachel Simmons, and Tanya Thompson. From Andover, Jessica Heiar. Congratulations to all these college students who have been named to the honor roll of their selected colleges. Jarrett Whitcomb, Presidents Honor Roll, Northwestern State University; Hanna Ewart, Capital University; May Le, St. Louis College of Pharmacy; and Abigail Amstutz and Kyle Burris, Wheaton College; and Elaheh Ziglari, Deans List at Wake Forest University. First year scholar honor at Emporia State University was awarded to Amy Fugit, Hannah Hewett, Derek Parris, and Jaden Strobel all from Andover; Jared Germann, Wichita; and Calvin Lies of Bel Air. Dean’s List students included Lindsey Colling, Drake University; Emily Vayda, University of Vermont; and Kaylee Swenson and Brenden Bombardier, at Northeastern State University. In other college news, this spring 50 University of Kansas students will receive $1,000 to fund their individual research projects. Rachel Cross, Wichita will research “From the Beaks of Drowned Hummingbirds’: The Ecopoetics of Natural Spaces.” Bailey Wilkerson, pre-med student from Andover will work on “miRNA Targeting of Msi1 w w w . e a s t w i c h i t a n e w s . c o m Do you have an item for People and Place? Email us at email@example.com. Parrot Education & Entertainment People Cages, supplies & toys for sale • Tips on training & care • Raffle Spring Bird Fair! Sunday, March 16 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. • Free Admission Sedgwick County 4-H Building• 21st & Ridge Rd., Wichita For information or vendor registration call 316-807-7557. 7 - M a r c h 2 0 1 4 Color: The common thread in mixing patterns Patterns appear everywhere in home interiors. They begin by in the basic architecture of the structure such as the arrangement of tiles or planks in a wood floor. They can be seen in the smallest details of an accessory piece. Patterns are in the print of fabric and of the shapes created by the furniture arrangements and wall decor, as well. And, the way the different patterns work with each other creates an overall impression of the room. Today’s topic focuses on patterns in fabrics and home textiles. This includes, but is not limited to, upholstered furniture, window treatments, rugs and tapestries. The big idea behind patterns in fabric is to add interest and color to a room based on the other shapes, patterns, and textures in the room. The goal is for all design elements to work together towards a unified statement. Fabrics can serve as a starting point for creating a decor or can create a focal point all their own. Either way they need to relate to one another as well as other design components in the room. The creative use of patterns can be used to dramatically change the entire ambiance of a room. They can also visually alter the way a room is perceived in terms of dimensions. Patterns can be used to accent or alter structural lines in a room. The use of horizontal lines can make the space seem wider while the use of vertical lines can make the walls seem Eastside Homes Philip Holmes | Interior Designer Patterns in fabric can add interest and color to a room based on the other shapes, patterns, and textures in the room. taller. This is not unlike how patterns in clothing can change a person’s appearance. Bold prints are best used in a large room where it can be a focal point. They visually “shrink” the room and make it feel more cozy. The same bold print in a small space may overpower it and make the room feel cramped. Alternatively, a smaller print will come across muted and blend in with scenery. The fabric may appear busy in a swatch, but as a whole, the pattern may simply run together approximating a solid print in a larger presentation. Not only does the scale of the pattern make a difference, but also the colors used in the pattern will define how “soft” or “loud” the pattern is in relation to the other design elements. For example, contrasting colors in a print will be much stronger than a simple tone-ontone. There are rally not any hard and fast rules about mixing patterns. There are too many combinations and different scenarios for a “one size fits all” approach. Instead, there are guide lines based on the concept of blending to create a beautiful and functional result. Some designers recommend using three types of pattern in fabric selection. The first being the “statement” fabric which is likely the strongest pattern. The secondary pattern should be in the same color range but with a simpler, complementary design. A third option is usually a solid to pull fabrics one and two together. One of the most important ideas is to pull the patterns through the use of color. This can be coordinating shades of color or it can be contrasting colors depending on the desired effect: Do you want the fabric to stand up and be noticed or simply lie there and behave? The answer to the question: “how much pattern is too much?’ is a matter of opinion to some degree. The room is yours to make how you want it to be. A Victorian setting is likely to have patterns layered upon patterns, and plenty of them. A minimalist interior, as the definition suggests, will be on the other side of continuum. Whatever the case the use of pattern and how they are combined should be based in good design principals: size, scale, and proportion. The patterns need to make visual sense in terms of the context of the room. That is the styles should compliment each other. Even in the most eclectic settings, the combination of patterns, colors, and textures should work together. www.eastwichitanews.com March 2014 - 8 New technology can help with home improvement projects Will you be remodeling your home or doing any home improvement projects this season? Planning ahead and using new available technologies can help you design and prioritize your updates and projects. What does the ideal kitchen look like to you? What does your dream bathroom include? Whereas those with renovation aspirations may have once scoured home design magazines for the perfect idea, clipping photos and filing them away, new technologies are helping people digitally organize this process. No matter what your style is, finding an example of the design you’re going for online can help you communicate your vision to the contractor or architect doing the work. And there are many free resources available to help you in your quest for the perfect look. For example, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has a gallery of free ideas that can help you get inspired and free project planners to help in every step of the remodeling process. The major decisions that happen during the home improvement process are rarely made by one person alone. It’s all about collaboration between friends, family and professionals. Consider using a free iPad app such as DesignMine to share your design ideas. DesignMine allows you to create personalized albums and design boards by browsing through thousands of high quality photos of exterior and interior spaces of real homes. These personalized design boards can then be saved for later additions or shared with friends, family and design professionals. Collaborating on ideas can smoothly transition the project from design to reality. “The most common cause for home projects taking longer and costing more than budgeted is lack of planning,” said DesignMine’s Chief Designer, Alison Victoria. “Collaborating on ideas with a professional from the beginning is key. It can help you avoid these extra costs and time associated with having to make changes in the design halfway through the project.” When you’re ready to bring your vision to life, you can find a local service professional by using a free resource such as HomeAdvisor. All of HomeAdvisor’s service professionals are pre-screened and customer-rated and reviewed. Whether you remodel your home with a fresh look, or return to a classic aesthetic, let modern technology help you design, plan, and create your dream home. 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Mark has taken his local company from being a leader in floor coverings to being a leader in complete kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects. “Over the years our customers wanted someone who could handle the complete job – from start to finish – and not just parts of it,” said Mark. “Today, we’re that ‘one-stop shop.’” Gross Tile has one of the most extensive selections of floor coverings in the Wichita area, but that’s just the beginning. The company’s showroom also features multiple lines of kitchen cabinets, and numerous countertop options, from quartz and granite to concrete. While the At the Gross Tile concept has been showroom, clients around for some and work with staff time, Gross Tile is members to design making a name for the perfect remoditself as a leader eling job, and get in curbless shower the process started. designs for today’s From there, Mark is homes. These hands-on with his highly individcrews to make sure ualized shower the project runs designs offer smooth from start roomier spaces to finish. for home-owners, “We also have modern looks, licensed electricians and easy access and plumbers who Curbless showers offer unique design ele- for handicapped ments, as well as better access for handi- individuals. work with us regcapped homeowners. ularly, making it so “Imagine a much easier for our shower that is clients to just sit back and relax as we both beautiful in design and also has get the job done,” said Mark. easy walk-in access as well as the ability One of the new bathroom ideas that to move a wheelchair in and out of the Gross Tile is offering customers is the shower,” said Mark. “It’s a perfect soluconcept of “curbless showers,” which tion for both those who want that kind can accomplish many things for new of look and design, and those who need and remodeled bathrooms. to address accessibility issues.” A key element that sets Gross Tile’s curbless showers above the rest is the company’s use of Schluter Systems in its shower designs and installations. One of the key elements is a pliable, sheet-applied bonded waterproof membrane designed and supplied by Schluter Systems. Unlike traditional waterproofing, this special membrane is bonded to the substrate and allows for the direct application of tile using the thin-set method. Gross Tile also is pleased to offer a versatile new product for showers, walls and other applications. Crossville Laminam porcelain tile comes in 3-foot by 10-foot sections that are perfect for custom showers. “You can create a shower with no grout joints,” said Mark. “It’s really incredible.” For more information about everything Gross Tile has to offer, call 316773-1600, or stop by the showroom at 10680 W. Maple, near Maple and Maize Road. You can also find Gross Tile on Facebook. Gross Tile of Wichita 9 - March 2014 HOME & GARDEN No HEAT? No PROBLEM! FIX WE ALL ! NDS BRA ASK ABOUT THE LATEST MODELS OF FURNACES, AIR CONDITIONERS AND HEAT PUMPS. www.eastwichitanews.com 2015 N. 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These lightweight particles can stay suspended in midair unless properly removed, and smaller particles can sometimes cause the most adverse health effects. The human body’s immune system is able to deal with a certain level of contaminants. However, once allergens or other airborne pollutants reach a threshold, negative health effects and allergic reactions can occur. “When the temperature drops, people tend to spend more time indoors, which means more time sharing air in a confined area,” said Kent Kuffner, indoor air quality product manager for Carrier. “In addition, the air is notoriously harsh and dry in the winter months, so evaluate your home to ensure that the air quality inside is optimized no matter how severe the weather gets outside.” Fortunately, by reducing the contaminant levels of airborne particles through proper indoor air-quality technologies, these problems may be alleviated. Here are some hints on how. Air purifiers clean harmful microscopic airborne pathogens from the conditioned air and some even capture and kill them to prevent them from re-entering the home. Another common issue during the winter is dry air. Installing a humidifier can help maintain proper humidity during heating season and help you avoid itchy, cracked skin, dry nasal passages and static electricity. It may even reduce the drying that can damage wood furniture and flooring. “An added benefit to properly humidified air is that it feels warmer than drier air,” Kuffner said. “When the humidity is right, you can actually lower your thermostat during heating season and stay more comfortable while saving on utility costs.” Air infiltration is also a big concern. Today’s homes are built for better energy efficiency, with tighter construction and less air infiltration. 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But if you are tired of the old standard colors, you’re not alone – experts predict bolder trends this year. “Exuberant hues will be popular this year as a way for homeowners to show the world their energy,” says Kate Smith, a color trend forecaster and president of Sensational Color. “For those going for a classic feel, colors that are vibrant, yet at the same time, offer comfort, warmth and reliability will reign.” For homeowners looking to express their colorful selves, consider selecting a paintable fiberglass door with a smooth finish. Look for This year, don’t conform or be bored. With a paintable door, you can make fresh updates as often as you like. doors that feature clean lines, crisp angles and attractive glass configuration options navy, this step-above reserved blue is – they are ideal for adding personal a trusted color when it comes to the expression to a home. welcoming message it sends to family According to Smith, the top five and friends. door colors for the “exuberant hom- • Show Stopper: Like classic red at eowner” in 2014 include: dusk, Show Stopper adds a touch of • Capri: A tropical blue that wakes mystery to this bright hue. A slight spin up natural woods and neutral suron traditional red, this color warmly roundings, this hue adds a splash of welcomes people to a home. energy. • Polished Mahogany: The deep, rich • Raucous orange: This color shade of brown has a staying power demands attention with its energetic that traverses trends and captures a tone and makes the perfect punctua- solid feeling for homeowners. tion point for homes with a modern • Classic French Grey: Stepping out look. of the shadows to stand on its own, this • Dynamo: This flirty violet hue cool, neutral grey will continue to rule instantly updates traditional color the palette in 2014. schemes for a trendier home front. • Gulfstream: This bright, modern • Relic Bronze: A deep, almost blue has an of-the-moment appeal. At brown mustard color, Relic Bronze the same time, it still feels rooted in reflects aged beauty. something familiar and nostalgic for • Quixotic Plum: This sophisticated homeowners. deep purple is where trendy meets Whether you follow new trends or timeless. stick to tradition, don’t forget to take The top five door colors for those your entire home’s exterior into confollowing the more classic trend sideration. From roof to door, a top of comfort, as identified by Smith down approach can help you pick color include: combinations that are eye-pleasing and • Georgian Bay: Brighter than dark flow naturally to create curb appeal. HOME & GARDEN ROOF INSPECTIONS, SIDING & DECKS • Free Estimates www.eastwichitanews.com ROOFING • GUTTERING • REMODELING • WINDOW REPLACEMENT Financing available with approved credit References Available Licensed and Insured for Your Protection All Work Guaranteed MeMber WAbA And bbb Office: 794-3430 Fax: 794-3448 1-800-952-3430 HAIL OR WIND DAMAGE TO YOUR ROOF? Call us at: George Burwell Owner LocALLy oWned And operAted Since 1987 13 - March 2014 Stop in today and let Philip and Noelle assist you in finding the perfect rug. Don’t feel locked into drab or standard colors on your home’s exterior. With the right information, you can confidently give your home curb appeal this home improvement season. Your roof can add color to your home (StatePoint) The color of your home’s exterior can really make or break its curb appeal. And experts say that many homeowners are gazing upward to their roofs to make a statement. “Whether you go with a timeless look or you shake things up with something more modern, the color of your roof can really be an area for true selfexpression” says national color expert Kate Smith, of Color Marketing Group and owner of Sensational Color. “Roofing colors should reflect a homeowner’s personal style and tie in with the overall home exterior.” If your roofing has had a rough season, or you simply want to change things up, take advantage of the warmer months, which are an ideal time for big home improvements. Smith, who provides color consultancy for DaVinci Roofscapes, is offering homeowners some insight into style trends: • Think top to bottom: Take a “top down” approach to adding eye-pleasing color palettes to your home’s exterior. Start with the roof color, then work your way down the house to consider the siding, window frames, front entry door and trim • Go classic: The most timeless roofing colors used on American homes include black, gray and cedar. Black, in particular, is always a safe bet. “It’s no surprise that black, which denotes power and authority, never goes out of style for any use,” says Smith. “From the little black dress to the luxury black car to a crisp black tuxedo, there is an upscale feeling about black that crosses product and category boundaries.” • Be trendy: Consider colors that are gaining in popularity in today’s roofs. Those include shades of green, clay and terracotta. • Complement: Consider the style of architecture and the setting of the home. For example, terracotta or clay colors are well-suited for a Mediterranean style home. Green roofs work well in wooded settings or can easily soften the look of a home in an exposed location. • Look back: Bright colored roofs historically were quite common. A range of reds, greens and even golds were used on all styles of homes in the past. • Blends: Consider blending multiple colors. A mixture of two to eight colors is ideal. You can get a good sense of how they will look using free online resources. • Customize: If you can’t find the roofing color that perfectly meets your needs, don’t stress. Some roofing companies can custom create any color imaginable. HOME & GARDEN Rugs are our specialty, not a side line. Stop in today and experience Rug Studio’s selection, expertise and value at every price range. www.eastwichitanews.com The Shops at Tallgrass • 682-0033 (Just east of Rock Road off 21st) www.WichitaRugs.com March 2014 - 14 Tips to improve your kitchen without renovating it (StatePoint) The kitchen is perhaps the most functional room of any home, but often it doesn’t feel large enough or flexible enough. And great cooking starts with a comfortable kitchen. While renovating your kitchen may not always be practical, there are steps you can take to improve it without breaking the bank or your kitchen walls. Here are a few ways to make the most of your kitchen: Evaluate Your Kitchen It’s time to weed out the good, the bad and the ugly. When is the last time you did a thorough inventory of your kitchen gadgets? After several years without an assessment, it’s possible you’ve acquired a substantial collection of electric openers, dicers, slicers and spinners. If all these tools help you cook, that’s fabulous. If not, they are simply taking up valuable cabinet, cupboard and countertop space. Take a look at what you have and eliminate anything that’s duplicative, broken or somehow unnecessary. Improve Functionality Re-think your appliances. These days, you don’t need to settle for antiquated appliances that perform just one function. Innovations are making cooktops and ovens more functional and versatile, providing greater opportunities for spatial kitchen layout. For example, you could pair a gas cooktop with an electric oven or install electric ovens side by side. Flexibility is also being built into today’s appliances. For example, ILVE cooktops come equipped with an exclusive, one-of-akind removable griddle that allows for numerous food preparation options on an all-in-one cooking surface. You can steam, grill, warm and more with the included griddle – eliminating the need for additional space-hogging appliances like steam ovens and warming drawers. Maximize Storage Creative storage solutions will increase your work area and cabinets, while affording more space to move around. For example, an over-the-door spice rack can give you more room to prep food. A wall-mounted wine rack that holds both bottles and glasses can free up cabinet space and reduce the furniture footprint of your kitchen. Magnetic panels on the wall can be used to store pots, pans, knives and metal utensils. www.eastwichitanews.com HOME & GARDEN When it comes to your kitchen, don’t settle for anything less than top-notch, flexible appliances and an ideal use of the space you have. Whether you’re a serious chef or a casual cook, your kitchen can benefit from key upgrades and a thorough organizational sweep. 15 - March 2014 By taking preventive measures, you can rest assured that this season you will be cool while saving money and energy. HOME & GARDEN Is your home prepared for warmer weather? (StatePoint) Warmer weather is just around the corner, which means higher temperatures. But does it have to mean higher energy bills too? The answer is no. There are numerous ways to keep your home cool and bills low this summer. After a few months off, it is vital to check that your air conditioning system is still working in an efficient and optimal manner. If you have a central air conditioning system, for peace of mind, you might want to have your system checked by an HVACR professional. In order to save, be sure to shop around for special deals, which are not difficult to find for seasonal preventive maintenance. Understand however, that the proficiency of HVACR technicians differs greatly. When searching for the right HVACR technicians for your home, one way to make certain that the job will be done properly and effectively is by hiring a professional certified by North American Technician Excellence (NATE), the nation’s largest independent, non-profit certification body for HVACR technicians. NATE-certified technicians are qualified to properly install and service equipment, which means maximum home comfort and energy savings. Once a NATE certified HVACR technician has inspected your system for efficiency, there are a number of things you can do to keep energy bills low: • Clean your air filters. Check them every couple of weeks and change them at least twice in the season, or as directed by the manufacturer. • Don’t obstruct airflow around air conditioner units – keep them clear of plants and debris. • Raise the thermostat about five degrees, because each degree you raise the thermostat will save you a percentage off your cooling energy bill. • Compare energy bills from last year. If your costs have significantly increased, simply contact a qualified HVACR technician – they can help determine the source of the problem. Remember, just because you have an energy-approved, eco-friendly, high-efficiency product, it does not mean automatic money and energy savings. For substantive results, proper installation, service and maintenance are important too. So do yourself a favor – request the service of a NATE-certified technician. In order to locate a contractor that employs certified technicians, look for the NATE logo or go to www.HVACRAdvice.com. www.eastwichitanews.com March 2014 - 16 Dagie’s Story: The War Years Story by Jen Bookhout w w w . e a s t w i c h i t a n e w s . c o m Six-year-old Dagmar Weiss took one last look at her parents as she boarded the train. Berlin, Germany was the only home she had ever known, but she was headed for the Polish border with hundreds of other German children on Adolf Hitler’s Children’s Train. At 80-years-old, Eastsider Dagmar Snodgrass has seen all too clearly the horrors war can bring. The children’s train took her into Obornick, along the border of Germany and Poland, to live with foster parents during the constant bombing of Berlin. “They wanted me out of the danger zone, so they said to me, ‘You might wind up having a little brother or sister to play with when you go to foster parents, so you might enjoy that,’” Snodgrass said. “By telling me this, they got me to say, ‘Oh, I would love that.’” The children arrived at the station in Obornick, waiting patiently with their suitcases in hand as, one by one, the foster parents came to take them home. As the evening stretched on, Snodgrass found herself alone in the station. A German officer reached out to her and brought her home to his family. Snod-grass adapted quickly to her foster family, bonding instantly with her new sister. “Even though we were not to pray, this family prayed,” she said. “I would say to her, ‘Let’s say a prayer to God so you will have a baby brother.’ And we would lay in bed, me on one side, her on the other, and we would put our hands together and pray that she would have a brother. And she did.” The young girls became great secret keepers, going every night with their mother across the border to the Polish neighborhood, distributing food and medical supplies. “They were a family that had secrets,” she said. “And their secret was that they disobeyed Adolf Hitler.” Snodgrass, who was afraid of men in uniform, quickly came to love her foster father. “The man wore a uniform, but he had a heart of gold,” she said. Berlin beckons After nearly a year with the foster parents, her mother sent a letter requesting her return; she missed her young daughter terribly. Seven-year-old Dagie boarded the train with strict instructions not to get off until she reached Berlin. This time, there were no other children with her. “About two or three stations down the road, the doors opened up and many children were put on the train,” Snodgrass said. “All of them spoke different languages, and I got mixed up with these children.” The children were guarded by German soldiers. Suddenly, at a later stop the soldiers herded them off the train. “I got up with all the other children and I left the train, and I wound up in an orphanage,” Snodgrass said. “My folks had to come looking for me, they had to hunt for me.” At the orphanage, the other children would not speak to her. Every night, Snodgrass and the other children slept on benches in the hallway, with little more than a blanket. Through much difficulty, her parents tracked her down, and the night before she left for home, the other children connected with her. “They showed me how they danced,” she said. “I had friends all of a sudden for that one night, and then they separated me from these children and put me in Dagmar “Dagie” Snodgrass and her current husband, Dale Snodgrass. The couple lives in East Wichita. Jen Bookhout/East Wichita News the room that had a bed.” The next morning, the orphanage was silent as Snodgrass left for the train station. There was not a child in sight. She never learned what happened to the children, but she highly suspects they ended up in a labor camp. However, Dagie made it home to her parents. “Every place I went, every place I look in my lifetime, I see the hand of God that kept me out of the biggest trouble,” she said. Brokeness in Berlin When she returned, Snodgrass and her mother were living in an apartment near an airplane and paint factory, a constant target for American and English bombs. In the heart of the city, with her nose just above the windowsill, Snodgrass watched tragedies unfold below her. Books burned, business windows were smashed and Jewish citizens were hauled off as she watched from the window, not fully understanding the commotion. “I saw the soldiers go in, I saw them come out,” she said. “And they would hoard people out to the trucks and shove them up onto those trucks, and they were pretty rough.” As the war carried on, life in Berlin grew more difficult for Snodgrass and her mother. Her mother found a place to rent just over the Polish border, and the two left for safer grounds with Dagie’s aunt and two cousins. A young Dagmar Monk rode this ship with her two children to America to meet her first husband, Garrett Monk. They were married 49 years before he died. Contributed photo Angel unaware Eventually, the battlefront drew near to their small sanctuary town, and the family needed to return to Berlin. However, they were forbidden to leave. A soldier who recognized her mother’s Berlin accent offered to take them to a train station if they would deliver a message to his wife in Berlin. In a Red Cross vehicle, on a dark country road, the group drove without headlights to the nearest train station. “There we sat with all the other refugees, waiting for the trains to leave,” Snodgrass said. “One train was going halfway; the other train was going all the way to Berlin.” As her mother stood in line to buy the tickets, a soldier insisted they take the halfway train that was leaving immediately. Though they wanted to go straight to Berlin, she trusted him and bought the ticket for the halfway trip. “We call this soldier ‘angels unaware’ because we got on this train that was going halfway, and hardly any one got on that train,” she said. “They were all waiting for the other.” They boarded the train, expecting a three-hour trip, and instead found themselves on a slow, all-night trip straight into the heart of Berlin. With a guilty conscience, her mother returned to the See DAGIE, Page 17 All in a day’s work 1 7 - F e b r u a r y 2 0 1 4 Wichita native Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Ashpole, right, an aviation electrician’s mate assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 46, directs a tractor driver towing a P-3C Orion aircraft on the flight line at Naval Air Facility Misawa, Japan, on Jan. 23. VP-46 was deployed to NAF Misawa supporting operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. Contributed photo/U.S. Navy–Petty Officer 3rd Class Erin Devenberg Dagie Continued from Page 16 15 minutes from Wichita... This model home is for sale! station a few days later to pay the fare for a full-length trip. But the man at the counter wouldn’t take her money. He couldn’t explain what happened, but the other train never reached Berlin. “All these people that were waiting for the train, refugees going to Berlin, never got there; we did — explain that one,” Snodgrass said with a lump in her throat. In recent years, Snodgrass has written a blog detailing her World War II experiences. The blog is available at dsnodgrass.blog.com. Additionally, more of her story will be available in the April edition of East Wichita News. Country lake living — only a few lots left www.eastwichitanews.com One of the finest school districts in the area All double-sized lots SPECIAL SPRING PRICE NOW!! Dagmar Weiss, center, with her father Franz, left, and brother Erwin. Contributed photo Contact: 316-650-0956 prettyflowersestates.com March 2014 - 18 Stephenson to be inducted into Hall of Fame Former Wichita State baseball head coach Gene Stephenson will be a part of the 2014 College Baseball Hall of Fame induction class. Stephenson, who coached the Shockers from 1978-2013, is one of seven inductees in this year’s class. Joining Stephenson in the 2014 class are Bill Bordley, pitcher, USC; Alex Fernandez, pitcher, Miami and Miami-Dade South Community College; Mike Fiore, outfielder, Miami; Demie Mainieri, Miami-Dade North Community College; Mickey Sullivan, outfielder and coach, Baylor; and William C. Matthews, Tuskegee Institute and Harvard. Stephenson will join his brother Phil in the College Baseball Hall of Fame. Phil Stephenson was inducted in 2007. “It’s great to unite the Stephenson brothers as inductees,” said Mike Gustafson, president and CEO of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. “Once Gene went on the ballot this year, there was no doubt he’d be a part of this year’s class.” He is a three-time NCAA Coach-ofthe-Year (1982, 1989, 1993) and 11-time Missouri Valley Conference Coach-of-theYear (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998). Stephenson led the Shockers to the 1989 National Championship and also guided WSU to seven College World Series appearances (1982, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996) including second-place finishes in 1982, 1991 and 1993. He also led the Shockers to 28 NCAA Tournament appearances, two NCAA Super Regional appearances, 20 Missouri Valley Conference regular-season titles and 18 MVC Tournament titles. He coached 54 All-Americans and 33 Golf tourney to help honor flights The second annual Kansas Honor Flight golf tournament is set for June 9 at Willowbend Golf Club. Organizers are currently signing up teams and looking for sponsors. Organizer George Grenyo said teams were turned away last year, and he expects the field to fill up early again this year. The cost before June 4 is $175 per player, or $700 per foursome. Grenyo is currently seeking sponsors for this year’s tournament, too. Sponsorship opportunities include the presenting sponsorship, the top option available, as well as other corporate sponsorships, a beverage sponsorship and hole sponsors. In addition to green fee, cart and range balls, players will receive breakfast and lunch, a goodie bag, and a chance to win raffles and door prizes. The cost of one foursome will cover the cost of sending one Kansas veteran to Washington, D.C., including airfare, lodging, meals and transportation. Kansas Honor Flight is now helping World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans make the trip to the nation’s capital. For more information contact Grenyo at 316-650-3461 or firstname.lastname@example.org. w w w . e a s t w i c h i t a n e w s . c o m Gene Stephenson will be inducted into the 2014 College Baseball Hall of Fame. He coached the Wichita State Shockers from 1978 to 2013. players at Wichita State who played in the Major Leagues and 157 players who played professional baseball. He also coached 27 Academic All-Americans. Stephenson won his 1,800th career game on Feb. 28, 2013 and finished his career at Wichita State with 1,837 wins, which is the most all-time at a Division I school. His career record stands at 1,837-675-3 for a winning percentage of .731. He directed WSU to more wins than any NCAA Division I program in the country in eight different seasons and collected 50 or more wins in 19 of his 36 seasons. He is the fifth Wichita State Shocker voted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame. He joins his brother Phil Stephenson, Joe Carter, Darren Dreifort and Don Heinkel. The 2014 class will be inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the annual Night of Champions event on June 28 in Lubbock, Texas. For more information, visit www.collegebaseballhall.org. 2d/3d/ 4d Ultrasound ~ elective prenatal ultrasounds (multiple affordable packages to choose from) (your baby’s heartbeat recorded inside!) ~ featuring plush heartbeat animals ~ 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 I’ll work when I want to Many baby boomers continue to be their own people and go their own way. Many more are not that concerned to be like the other guy and at times are a bit arrogant to both public opinion and authority. Baby boomers were shaped by valid, tested role models, some historical – some of their own generation. Baby boomers for the most part view this economy as fictional – politically created and politically reported by the allied media corps. In this lackluster politically created economy, retirement strategies are varied. Yes many BB’s believe they must continue to work – “It’s what I’ve always done, it’s my purpose, I was raised to work and given this economy and life expectancy I really do need to work.” Other BB’s say “No, I’ll work, if and when I want to work. I’ve got what I got. I’ll get along on that for the next twenty years – if I have 20 years left. I’m not going to make any significant money working as a bus boy at Starbuck’s. The pay won’t do much for me. Younger folks might need that job.” Baby boomers are weighing the pros and cons, the ups and downs of making more money for themselves versus having more time for themselves. I’m hearing from those between 65 and 70, “I’ll work when and only when I want to and I’ll work only for those who I want to work for.” I view “working when you want to” as an earned luxury if affordable and not an attitude of defiance. It’s not wealth but health that is driving me today. I spend much more time with doctors trying to get me right so I can enjoy what’s left for me over the next twenty or more years. This investment in my health takes up more time – more doctors to see, more tests to be run, more health strategies and new alternatives to consider. If I’m working, I might not have the time to invest in my health. Then when I do retire, how much time might I have to get me well enough to enjoy what time I have left? My priority, my responsibility in life, 1 9 - M a r c h 2 0 1 4 Business Conversations Ken Lerman | Business Growth Consultant continues to be the care and comfort of my family. I love and like my bride of 38 years more than before. It’s always been that way. Yup, she continues to enjoy her security in all the categories of life and we have always been grateful for what we’ve accomplished together. We don’t need more – we need to be more grateful for what we have and enjoy it to the fullest. One of our trips this year is to attend my 50th year high school reunion being held in the iconic Brooklyn pizza joint where we spent our teenage years. There were 1,880 in my 1964 Lincoln graduation class. How many in yours? None of us will compare – we’ll be grateful to be alive and enjoy visiting with others. None of my classmates had any money – only family, friends, Nathan’s hot dogs and the Brooklyn Dodgers – Jackie Robinson included. In Vietnam a few years later, I learned and have held on to a wise expression. “If a man has something good to eat today, if he laughs today and has someone to love today, he has all he needs.” I’m a very grateful baby boomer, to work when I want to and for who I want to. I am for business. Ken Lerman is a national business growth consultant, a national speaker, management trainer and author for U.S. business across a diverse range of industries. He can be reached at email@example.com or 316-7335800. • • • • • • • • • • 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 316-630-0002 www.BhargavaDDS.com HOURS: M/W/Th 8am-5pm Tues 10am-7pm Fri 7am-Noon 13TH STREET BROADMOOR Broadmoor Professional Building Neil Bhargava, DDS and Shannon Bhargava, DDS ROCK ROAD WOODLAWN POLO CENTRAL 1230 N. Broadmoor Suite 300 www.eastwichitanews.com Book sale to benefit the library The Friends of the Wichita Public Libray is holding a book sale this month at the Wichita Boathouse. The sale will benefit the Wichita Public Library. Thousands of gently used books in every category imaginable will be available in a well-organized fashion and at prices that can’t be beat. The sale begins with a preview night for Friends of the Library members, 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18. The sale will run 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, March 19-20, and 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, March 21. Friday will feature a bag sale. The Wichita Boathouse is located at 515 S. Wichita, across from the Hyatt Regency hotel. March 2014 - 20 20% All Wines OFF March 2014 Indian Center Community Nights March 5, 12, 19, and 26. 6-9 p.m., 650 N. Seneca. A chance for the American Indian community and the public to take part in activities which are part of the American Indian Culture. Free and open to the public. Call 350-3340. Kansas Aviation Museum Events March 8, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Women in Aviation Day with women pilot speakers, hands-on activities for the kids, and films. Admission plus $3 lunch. March 13, 10-11 a.m. Senior Thursdays with lecture on Flight Standards. Free but admission to the museum applies following the program. March 15-21, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Spring Break week. Wing Kidz Wild Adventure Days with Kites, Glider Fest, Engineering 101, and hot air balloon designs. Free with admission or crew membership. Call 683-9242. Empire House Live March 8, 8:00 p.m. Pretty Things Peepshow and Burlesque recommended for mature audiences. Advance tickets $15 or $18 at the door. March 11, 7 p.m. Fred Eaglesmith Traveling Steam Show blending rock n roll, Motown, and Tejano influences. Tickets $15 or at the door $18. March 15, 8 p.m. Say What?! Comedy Improv. A little music, a lot of audience participation and tons of laughter. $10. Cash bar available. Dateline R & Discount Liquor J And Smoke Shop 3015 E. Douglas 681-3761 Not valid with any other offer. Sale & discontinued items not included. With Coupon Thru 3/31/14 Upcoming events in and around Wichita All tickets available at www.wichitaTIX. com. Performances at 1865 Museum Blvd. Call 350-3245. March 8, 1-3 p.m. Shawl Making Class Indian Center, 650 N. Seneca. Make a shawl or finish one you started. $10 members or $20 public. The Center offers many other classes. Visit www. theindiancenter.org. Call 350-3345. March 8, 10 a.m. -12 p.m., free “shred-it” event. Shred your documents for free, Cambridge Market, 21st Street North and Webb Road. Limit seven “banker boxes” per vehicle. March 17-21 CityArts Spring Break Camp Events Sign up for numerous classes such as tie dye, painting, perspective drawing, glass sculpture, improv pop art, denim art, and vinyl masks. Times and schedule at wichitaarts.com or call 350-3245. Register at www.wichitaTIX.com. Fees vary from Free to $25. Ages 6-15 for most classes. w w w . e a s t w i c h i t a n e w s . c o m Author to speak on experience as a boy soldier Author Ishmael Beah will visit Wichita on Tuesday, March 11, for a conversation with Wichita State University’s Ted Ayres about Beah’s newest book, “The Radiance of Tomorrow.” The novel was released in January and is a follow-up novel to the 2007 memoir “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier.” The event begins at 6 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church, 5001 E. Douglas, and is sponsored by Watermark Books & Cafe. The presentation will allow audience members to hear Beah speak about his time as a boy soldier from Sierra Leone, his escape from conflict, and his newest novel. The presentation will conclude with a question and answer period, and then a signing, at which point books will be available for purchase from Watermark Books. At the center of “The Radiance of Tomorrow” are Benjamin and Bockarie, two longtime friends who return to their hometown, Imperi, after the civil war. The village is in ruins, the ground covered in bones. As more villagers begin to come back, Benjamin and Bockarie try to forge a new community by taking up their former posts as teachers, but they’re beset by obstacles: a scarcity of food; a rash of murders, thievery, rape, and retaliation; and the depredations of a foreign mining company intent on sullying the town’s water supply and blocking its paths with electric wires. As Benjamin and Bockarie search for a way to restore order, they’re forced to reckon with the uncertainty of their past and future alike. Aero Club scholarship to honor former Cessna PR man The Wichita Aero Club (WAC) announced at its annual Trophy Gala in January that it is creating a scholarship for college or post graduate students in honor of former Cessna Public Relations Chief Dean Humphrey. The scholarship is the second created by the WAC and targeted at students who aspire to a career in aviation. The Aero Club’s other scholarship, named for former General Aviation Manufacturers Association President and International Civil Aviation Organization Ambassador Edward W. Stimpson, also provides financial assistance to college students who have declared a major or established a career path for a broad range of disciplines within the aerospace industry. “The Wichita Aero Club Dean Humphrey Scholarship will not only honor Dean’s memory but is designed to support students who wish to follow his example into communications, administrative or other non-technical roles in aviation-related organizations,” said Dave Franson, president of the Wichita Aero Club. “Dean was an exceptional communicator...and a valued friend and mentor to me when I worked for him at Cessna in the 1970s. “He set the standard by which communicators in our industry were measured and it’s very gratifying to be able to honor his memory in this way. The initial Dean Humphrey award will provide $2,000 to the recipient. The intent is to increase both the amount and frequency of both these scholarships as time goes on. The Wichita Trophy Gala and the annual WAC Golf Classic are held each year to grow the Club’s scholarship fund. Born in Topeka, Dean Humphrey graduated from Holton High School. His resume included serving as the vice president of public relations for Cessna Aircraft Company, and as spokesperson for King Radio before that. Earlier in his career, he earned rave reviews as a broadcaster on both radio and television for KCMO in Kansas City. Four years in the Air Force and a journalism degree from Kansas University also helped shape him. Those impressive credentials and his deep, distinctive voice aside, what made Humphrey outstanding was the way he made people comfortable around him. Whether dealing with inquisitive and even aggressive journalists, aircraft customers, elected officials, or helping to put on the Citation Special Olympics Airlift, Humphrey utilized creativity, disarming humor and attentiveness to put people at ease. He had a scholar’s grasp of the language and vocabulary, but he was a master at conveying facts in an efficient and understandable way that engendered well-deserved trust. When he retired from Cessna in 1993 he was honored with the National Business Aviation Association’s Order of the Silk Scarf, presented for significant contributions to general aviation. 2 1 - F e b r u a r y 2 0 1 4 Dean Humphrey Sink your teeth into Death by Chocolate The eighth annual Death by Chocolate is coming to Exploration Place on Saturday, March 8. The event will run 7-10 p.m. There will be buffets from Blue Moon Caterers and Empire Catering, open bars, a larger silent auction, coffee by Mead’s Corner Coffee House, entertainment by Trevor Stewart and the Cessna Jazz Band, an exotic chocolate tasting with the staff of Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates, a wine and chocolate pairing by Beth Tully of Cocoa Dolce and Jamie Stratton of Jacob Liquor Exchange. All of Exploration Place’s exhibits will be open, including the new traveling exhibit, MathAlive! Tickets are $80 per person, and the event is for people age 21 and older. Cocktail attire is preferred. Call for VIP tables. RSVP by calling 316-660-0620 or online at www.exploration.org/deathbychocolate.html. Exploration Place is located at 300 N. McLean. www.eastwichitanews.com March 2014 - 22 March 2014 Music Theatre for Young People March 7-9, “Disney’s My Son Pinocchio: Gepetto’s Musical Tale.” March 7-8, 7:30 p.m., and March 9, 2:30 p.m. Tickets $12 in advance for adults, $15 at the door; students $10. 316-219-4849 or www.wichitaTIX.com. Wichita Symphony Orchestra March 9, 6:30 p.m. Dinner with Maestro Hege Wichita Symphony Orchestra hosts “A Beer Dinner with Maestro Daniel Hege” at Public at the Brickyard, 129 N. Rock Island. A four-course dinner with four pours of Tallgrass Brews. The Maestro will speak about the upcoming concert, and principal trumpet David Hunsicker and principal trombone, Tyler Vahldick make a special appearance. Tickets $40 available at http://bit.ly/1hrpeil. March 15, 16, Classics Concert: The Romantic featuring William Wolfram, piano. Saturday 8:00 p.m. Sunday 3:00 p.m. Tickets $17-$55. Call 267-7658. March 26, 7:30 p.m. Orpheum, the Symphony, and Tallgrass Film Association hosts the screening of “Following the Ninth,” a documentary of Beethoven’s Ninth and the role it has played in human rights. Tickets $8-$10. 267-7658. Performing Arts Calendar February 2014 March 24, 8 p.m., Gary Mullen and the Work perform “One Night of Queen.” $29.50-$49.50, www.selectaseat.com or 855-755-7328. March 26, 7:30 p.m., documentary film “Following the Ninth,” presented by Tallgrass Film Association and Wichita Symphony Orchestra. $10. Theater League March 18-20, $35 and up, www.theaterleague.com or 316-303-8100. Cabaret Oldtown Through June 15, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m. “All Ways a Woman.” Formerly known as “Menopaus-a-palooza, a highlight of everything that women go through in life. $20, 316-265-4400. Mosley Street Melodrama March 8, 11 p.m., “Wild Rebel Angels Uncensored.” Tickets $18, 316-2630222, no one under 17 allowed. Through March 29, “Wild Rebel Angels on Wheels” followed by “Revvin’ Retro” musical comedy revue. $28 with dinner, $18 show only. 316-263-0222. Wichita Community Theatre March 12-16, “Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” by Mitch Albom. The uproarious story of two bumbling Alabama brothers who have never shot a duck but think they shot an angel. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. $14, www.wichitact.org, click on “RSVP on Facebook” link. Audition for WCT’s ‘Angel Street’ Auditions for Wichita Community Theatre’s production of “Angel Street” by Patrick Hamilton will be held 2:305:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5, and 2-5 p.m. Sunday, April 6. The show is being directed by Dana Womack. The audition will consist of cold readings from the script. Bring your best British accent as this show is set in London, late 1800s. Following are the roles: Jack Manningham, age 35 to 50s; Bella Manningham, age 25 to 40s; Elizabeth, maid, age 40-60s; Nancy, maid, age 20s; Rough, police inspector, age 30-60s. RSVP online at www.facebook.com/ events/250581665123383/?ref=22. w w w . e a s t w i c h i t a n e w s . c o m Crown Uptown Professional Dinner Theatre April 4-26, “I Love a Piano (The Music of Irving Berlin)” A celebration of the music and lyrics of Irving Berlin, with more than 60 song including classics such as “Blue Skies, “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” Shows Thursday-Sunday with select Thursday matinees. Tickets 316-612-7696. The Forum Theatre Through March 9, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” A musical romp through everyday relationships. Tickets $23-$25, shows Thursday-Sunday, 316-618-0444 or www. forumwichita.com. The Orpheum Theatre March 1, 10 a.m., Oscar-nominated short films, presented by Wichita Public Library. March 5, 8 p.m., Willie Nelson and family. Sold-out performance. March 8, 7 p.m. Dance Magic 2014. $15, www.selectaseat.com or 855-755-7328. March 19, 8 p.m., Gordon Lightfoot. $49, www.selectaseat.com or 855-7557328. March 21, 7 p.m., Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train Live. $19.50-$34.50, www. selectaseat.com or 855-755-7328. Donate blood in March To make an appointment to give blood and be an everyday hero, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Upcoming donation opportunities include: • March 2, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., at Reformation Lutheran Church, 7601 E. 13th Street North. • March 8, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Church of the Resurrection, 4900 N. Woodlawn. Donors can also give blood at the Wichita Donation Center, 7078 N. Main Street. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Register online at www.unitedwayplains.org/youthdaysofcaring. Those without computer access can call 2-1-1 (United Way’s 24-hour information line). Sign-up ends March 10. 2 3 - F e b r u a r y 2 0 1 4 Mowing clinic for youth offered A youth lawn mowing clinic will be held over spring break on Wednesday, march 19, at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center. The clinic is sponsored by the Sedgwick County Extension Master Gardeners. It is for all youth from fifth through ninth grade. Two sessions will be offered, 9-11:30 a.m., and 1-3:30 p.m. There is a maximum of 40 students per session. The cost is $5 if registration is competed by march 14. That late registration fee is $10. The clinic is designed to teach students about lawn grasses and their proper care, lawn mowing safety, lawn mower maintenance, and lawn mowing business basics. Youth attending will receive an information packet, business cards and a certificate of completion. For more information call 316-6600138. Get help in growing good food Both beginning and advanced home food gardeners will find something to interest them at the fourth annual Grow Good Food Workshop. The workshop will be held on Saturday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center, 4-H Hall at 21st and Ridge Road in Wichita. The cost of the class is $5 for all day. Register online at http://growgoodfood. eventbrite.com or call 316-660-0100. The morning session of the workshop includes three classes on basic gardening topics. During the afternoon, attendees will have the choice between more advanced gardening topics and classes on preserving and cooking garden produce. Teens can volunteer over spring break Students can make their spring break meaningful for themselves and for others by volunteering at one of 40 projects during the 21st annual United Way Youth Days of Caring, March 1721. Projects at over 27 local nonprofit organizations include helping children with crafts, demonstrating Wii games to senior citizens, sorting clothing, mending fences, yard work and more. Students can participate in volunteer projects throughout the week, from Monday through Friday. All participants will receive a free United Way Youth Days of Caring T-shirt. Projects are available for middle school and high school students (minimum age 12, depending on the project) and can be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. www.eastwichitanews.com March 2014 - 24 Opera CATERING FOR ALL OCCASIONS 316-788-4188 | www.artisancateringllc.com 128 MADISON AVE • DERBY, KS Continued from Page 4 Faces wanted. 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! firstname.lastname@example.org 316-540-0500 www.facebook.com/EastWichitaNews w w w . e a s t w i c h i t a n e w s . c o m BETTER SKIN HEALTH... through Science & Caring Treatment for Diseases of the Skin, Hair & Nails Mid-Kansas Dermatology Clinic, P.A. Steven M. Passman, MD Shanna Suderman, PA-C • Crystal Do, PA-C 8526 W. 13th, Suite 130 • Wichita Additional locations in East Wichita, Newton, El Dorado and Wellington 316.612.1833 For Appointments call or toll-free 1.866.294.7546 ing arts festivals, and we were both opera singers, so we had, pretty much all of our lives, talked about maybe someday we’ll start an opera company,” Pent said. “But it was just kind of a general idea that we had not done yet.” Founding an opera company in a city lacking a history with the art form was a challenge. The couple began developing and nurturing new contacts, while also conducting a feasibility study. “What we discovered and what we were excited about was that there were several universities in the state of Kansas, and we went and visited all of them,” Pent said. “Then we did research on the economics, if Wichita could support it economically. And economically, we came to conclusion that yes, if we can convince them that opera is good for the city, there certainly is money here to support it.” At the time, Kansas and South Dakota were the only two states without an opera company. That was key to their decision to stay in Wichita, Bakardiev said. After visiting all the performance facilities in town, Bakardiev and Pent finally settled on Century II as the home of Wichita Grand Opera. “Century II is very much like European opera houses that house the symphony, the music theatre and the opera,” Bakardiev said. “There are very few places here in the United States that you have the three major companies under one roof.” Globalizing ICT The company became officially incorporated in 2000. Wichita Grand Opera moved into its offices at Century II in August of 2001, and produced its first show in August of 2002. “We brought [Placido] Domingo and [Luciano] Pavarotti as the very first big names, and established the company right away at a certain level,” Bakardiev said. Pavarotti performed in the August 2002 inaugural opera for Wichita Grand Opera, and Domingo performed at the second opera the company produced in December 2002. “We were the only company in America with two stars in the same opera season,” he said. “In Kansas, of all places.” Since then, Wichita Grand Opera has produced more than 50 operas at Century II, as well as ballets, Opera Balls and the annual “Opera on the Lake at Bradley Fair.” Both Samuel Ramey and Joyce DiDonato made their home state debuts with the WGO. The opera company is internationally renowned. In fact, every four seconds someone in the world views one of the recorded Wichita Grand Opera performances on YouTube. “We are one of the few, maybe the only organization in the state of Kansas, that is reviewed globally,” Bakardiev said. “And that’s priceless as far as the recognition of the city of Wichita.” This season’s Feb. 22 production of “William Tell” has received coverage across the globe including in countries such as France, Italy, Germany and Austria. This was the only production of “William Tell” in the U.S., which is significant because it is only produced every 30 years, Bakardiev explained. Kansas converts In their careers, Pent and Bakardiev have seen and written their fair share of history. Bakardiev’s final professional performance was in 1995, and Pent’s in 2000. However, the two have had their hands full juggling the responsibilities of producing opera performances in Wichita. “In this company, I have done everything from stage direction, to set design, to costumes – I never thought I would be doing costume design, but I did costume design for ‘William Tell.’” Pent said. “And of course, as a small company with a small staff I end up being the managing director. I wear a lot of hats.” Bakardiev and Pent work hard to inspire a love for their art form in youth, a cause they both strongly support. “If you don’t have a generation of young people growing up learning about opera, there really won’t be any opera goers when they become adults,” Pent said. And the couple is looking forward to watching Kansas children become Kansas adult opera attendees, even in their retired years, whenever that time comes. “I think the reason why we like it here so much is because Kansas had the good taste to adopt opera as a new art form, and supported it,” Bakardiev said. But it’s deeper than that — something about Wichita resonates with Pent. “Of all the cities we’ve lived in, and we don’t know if it’s because we’re older and wiser or what, but in Wichita—we are so comfortable living here, and so happy living here,” she said. “I think part of it is because of the work ethic of the people in the Midwest is different from other places, there’s something more genuine about people here. So we really like it here.” For more information on Wichita Grand Opera, visit www.WichitaGrandOpera. com. 25 - March 2014 FOCUS ON BUSINESS 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. i9 Sports comes to Wichita! i9 Sports, the fastest growing youth sports league in the country, 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. The mission of i9 Sports is to help kids succeed in life through sports. This is done by teaching sports the right way – through sportsmanship, building confidence and leadership skills rather than “winning at all costs.” This atmosphere is exemplified all throughout the leagues – from players and coaches, to refs and umpires, and last, but certainly not at all least, the parents, who sign a pledge at the beginning of the season. Every child plays every game, and there are no tryouts. 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. A graduate of The Independent School where he played baseball, basketball, and football, and a sports management major at Barton Community College, Allen will be expanding the leagues to West Wichita, Derby, and Valley Center over the next year. Basketball clinics and leagues will be added by this summer. i9 Sports-Wichita also is committed to contributing to the community, and as such, they will be hosting the local Pitch, Hit & Run competition of MLB for kids ages 7-14 this spring. Register online at www.i9sports.com or by phone at 316-768-8968. Early registration discounts end March 7. i9 Sports, which is now up and running in Wichita, offers sports leagues for kids 3-14. The emphasis is on sportsmanship, building confidence and leadership skills. www.eastwichitanews.com March 2014 - 26 East Wichita school wins Governor’s Achievement Award Bob Voboril, Superintendent of the Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Wichita, attended the all-school Mass celebrating Catholic Schools Week on Jan. 30 and presented to Kapaun-Mt. Carmel the Governor’s Achievement Award, honoring top performing schools in the state. Awarded by the Kansas Board of Education, this recognition is among the most prestigious for any school in the state. The Governor’s Achievement Award is given to only those high schools whose students perform in the five percent of all high schools in both reading and mathematics on the state assessment examinations. Additionally, award recipients must have achieved a compulsory graduation rate. Kapaun Mt. Carmel was the only high school in the Wichita area to have received the Governor’s Achievement Award. In addition, Kapaun-Mt. Carmel was the only one of the four Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Wichita to receive it. “The Governor’s Achievement Award is a significant recognition for Kansas schools,” said Kansas Education Commissioner Dr. Diane DeBacker. “The accomplishment recognizes a school’s high expectations and the ability of the school staff to assist students in achieving to those expectations.” WSU acquires more Gordon Parks’ photos The Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University has acquired 125 fine art photographs of Kansas native Gordon Parks, an internationally-acclaimed photographer, filmmaker, author and composer. The Ulrich collection of Parks; photographs now includes several images taken in his hometown of Fort Scott, candid images of Malcolm X, works from his landmark “Flavio” series chronicling poverty in a Rio De Janeiro slum, and from “Harlem Gang Leader,” his first photographic essay for LIFE magazine in 1948. Born into poverty in Fort Scott in 1912, Parks became a seminal figure of 20th century photography, despite a lack of formal training. From the early 1940s through his death in 2006, Parks focused on race relations, poverty, civil rights and urban life. As LIFE’s first African-American staff photographer, Parks documented Muhammad Ali’s career and the civil rights march on Washington, D.C., in 1963. The most recent acquisition of photographs was made possible by a donation from the Gordon Parks Foundation, a $150,000 challenge grant from Paula and Barry Downing, $80,000 in private donations and a $70,000 commitment by the WSU Student Government Association. “Gordon would be thrilled that such a beautiful selection of his photographs will be available to Kansans,” said Gordon Parks Foundation board member Genevieve Young, the former wife of the artist. “That the acquisition funds will support the endowment of The Gordon Parks Foundation “Flavios Feeds Zacarias” by Kansas native Gordon Parks was printed in Life magazine in 1961. Gordon Parks/Photo courtesy Wichita State University w w w . e a s t w i c h i t a n e w s . c o m makes this a perfect match.” Ulrich Museum director Bob Workman sees the effort to make WSU a hub for the study of Parks’ work as an opportunity to continue building the bridge between Parks’ professional life and his native roots. “Being entrusted with the responsibility of helping preserve Mr. Parks’ legacy is an honor,” Workman said. “This acquisition was a unique opportunity to marry the purchase of a significant selection of Parks’ photographs with the generosity of The Gordon Parks Foundation to quadruple the Ulrich holdings of Parks’ materials.” An exhibition of the entire Gordon Parks collection is planned in early 2016. Wichita’s top 12 teachers teach at care to D ance ! 1019 W. Douglas • 316-266-4601 In the Delano District East Wichita schools participate in ‘Building Hope’ Story by 2 7 - M a r c h 2 0 1 4 Jen Bookhout The Salvation Army recently took students from USD 259 high schools out to Camp Hiawatha to build sculptures — with canned goods. The Building Hope food drive required participating schools to collect non-perishable food items to use for building their sculptures. Each school used the goods to construct a sculpture representing the city of Wichita. Students from East High School, Heights High School, Metro-Boulevard High School, Metro-Meridian High School, Northeast Magnet High School, South High School, Southeast High School and West High School participated in the food drive and sculpture creation. North High School collected canned goods, but did not send students to the sculpture build. Southeast High School had an entire class spearheading the food collections efforts, Assistant Principal Valerie Philips said. The snow days the district had interfered with collection efforts, but Philips was hopeful they would collect plenty of items to create a sculpture. The school sent four or five students to Camp Hiawatha on Feb. 15 to take part in the sculpture contest. East High School sent seven students to the art contest, but the food collection was a school-wide effort. Staff member Diane Webb helped organize the students’ efforts, but had help from senior Darla Venskus. “We are excited just about the opportunity to help somebody else out,” Venskus said. “Even if we don’t win, we still brought something to Salvation Army, and that’s what feels good.” Venskus and Webb collaborated on the idea for their sculpture, the Keeper of the Plains. “Mrs. Webb said we wanted something to do with Wichita, and I think the Keeper of the Plains is one of the biggest things people like to see,” Venskus said. The students practiced assembling their sculpture at school on Friday, Feb. 14, before assembling it again the next day for the competition at Camp Hiawatha. Northeast Magnet High School also sent seven students to the contest, after practicing their artwork the day before. Art instructor Bruce Vanosdel organized the sculpture project at Northeast, said JROTC senior marine instructor David Walsh. As with the other schools, the food drive was a school-wide venture, and Walsh was pleased with the results. “Almost all of the students have participated in one way or another,” Walsh said. “It’s helping the needy. Anytime you can help, why wouldn’t you?” Walsh wasn’t sure what sculpture the team would create for the competition, but his concern rested more on students’ takeaways than winning the competition. “It’s just a worthwhile thing,” Walsh said. “It’s always good to have students involved in community service projects like this.” The Building Hope food drive was sponsored by the Salvation Army’s Young Professionals as a team-building exercise. Additionally, the food collected supplies the organization with muchneeded food items. Judges for the Feb. 15 sculpture competition included Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, KWCH TV news anchor Michael Schwanke and USD 259 school board member Lynn Rogers. The winning school, Metro-Meridian High School, won bragging rights and the traveling trophy. The trophy will remain at the school until the 2015 Building Hope food drive. 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Dawson’s design which included the characters Harley, a blue, harlequintype figure, and his fish pal, Skip, was selected for this year’s buttons and posters. “This year I wanted to do something figurative,” Dawson explained at the Feb. 12 artwork reveal. “I wanted to do something based on figurative form, a human-like form, but the hardest part of that was that I didn’t want to do anything with bias toward any gender or race.” This is the fourth year in a row that Wichita Festivals has selected the work of a repeat winner. The competition encourages the participation of local artists each year. There is no fee to enter, and participants must be 18 years of age or older. The artwork reveal was the first in a line of unveilings leading up to the 2014 Riverfest. The Admiral Wind Wagon 41 will be announced March 12, the music lineup will be revealed on March 17 and Riverfest buttons will be available for purchase beginning May 9. Riverfest will take place May 30-June 7. For more information about this year’s artist, Scott Dawson, visit scottdawsonillustration.com. Further information regarding Riverfest 2014 is available at wichitariverfest.com. More than $200,000 awarded by WSU College of Engineering Wichita State Unicommunity service. versity’s College of The Wallace Scholars Engineering awarded for 2014-15 include Josiah 11 high school seniors Gray, an undecided engimore than $200,000 in neering major attending Wallace Scholarships on Wichita East High School. Friday, Feb. 14. Each As an international bacscholar will receive a calaureate student, Gray four-year renewable is a member of National scholarship for a total Honor Society, Scholar’s of $20,000. Bowl Team, Science Josiah Gray Selection for the Olympiad Team, a violinWallace Scholarship is ist in the philharmonia orbased on recipients’ high school GPAs, chestra and the select chamber orchestra. ACT scores and performance at the He is involved in KMEA South Central annual Wallace Invitational for Scholar- District Orchestra, Wichita Symphony ships in Engineering (WISE), which Youth Orchestra, lead vocalist in the Alwas held in November. dersgate United Methodist Church Youth In addition to the scholarship, Praise Team and a volunteer at Rainbow’s selected students will become part of United Kid’s Cove. the Wallace Scholars, a community of The Wallace Scholarship is made engineering students composed of possible through the Dwane and Velma more than 40 members from every Wallace Endowment, created in 1976, class and major within the College of which supports scholarships for engineerEngineering. Wallace Scholars are ining students and provides funds for the volved on the WSU campus and within College of Engineering. 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