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Old man. New look.

That’s an entirely accurate and entirely misleading description of our cover image for this spring issue of Lawrence Magazine. The look, certainly, is new. Art director Shelly Bryant has introduced a streamlined masthead and several new design elements into the magazine, built around the same high-quality narrative and photographic content that we hope you have come to expect from us. The man, on the other hand, could be old or not depending on your viewpoint. At 39, Lawrence native Grant Lechtenberg is a young father and successful business owner. But when he takes the pitch to play rugby, he’s a veritable grandpa on the field … albeit a tough-headed, hard-hitting gramps whom you’d rather have on your side of the scrum. Grant and the team he plays for—the Kansas Jayhawk Rugby Football Club—represent a town-gown athletic success story in Lawrence. On this squad, University of Kansas students and Lawrencians play on the same team in a format that is unmistakably competitive while embodying the spirit of nonprofessional athletics. Grant’s status as a young man in the community but old man on the field are dual identities that I imagine most people experience in some way or another. It’s also a theme that we’ve playfully emphasized in our continuing series “And I Wanted to Be…” that asks wellknown Lawrencians to portray their childhood visions for their own future, such as school district official Patrick Kelly who agreed to dress up in a particularly loud clown outfit and parade around Free State High School for our photo shoot. In a more serious examination of people with dual identities, writer Julie Tollefson profiles native-language educators and students at Haskell Indian Nations University who bridge tribal and national cultures to revive languages from life support to daily use. I was struck by a side note in this story, the fact that in the Cherokee language, the most widely taught language at Haskell, there is no unique word for “Lawrence,” the town to where Haskell students were forcibly sent for so many years. That’s understandable—for once the students arrived in Lawrence they were already barred from using their native tongue to name it—but regrettable. And a reminder, I think, that in any community there are always divisions to be healed, gaps to be crossed. Nathan Pettengill




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12 | Kincaid Contemporary

38 | Delivery Boys

Back when Kasold Drive was ‘way out west,’ a home of natural materials and open vistas was built into the land

18 | First Time’s a Charm Even without a greenthumb pedigree, a young couple’s garden grows well



24 | Tortoise Migration A group of tortoises mark the change of seasons with their annual crossLawrence migration

community 28 | Love Song to Lawrence The Kansas poet laureate praises her hometown

30 | LM Bookmarks


Having built up business, a grocery store owner and his big brother keep the supply route open for customers who can no longer come to them

wellness 42 | Less Pain, More Gain A doctor shares his advice for preventing and responding to injuries among high-school age athletes

46 | Air Rescue Life Star’s crew of medical and technical professionals work to ‘solve problems of time, distance and illness’

50 | Operation Bacon Jeff and Valery Frye make a living with ‘Mr. Bacon’

An overview of selected literary events in Lawrence this season

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Kincaid Contemporary Back when Kasold Drive was ‘way out west,’ a home of natural materials and open vistas was built into the land


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here is simply no room for objectivity here—at 91 years old, Dr. Paul Kincaid is enthusiastic in every direction, gracious and handsome. But first I was smitten by his home. Through years of scurrying up and down Kasold Drive, my eyes were drawn to his house set into the hill a ways north of 23rd Street. Its windows The architect, extend from the deck to the roof peaks on the south and, I would later learn, top to John Cook, now bottom on the east as well. deceased, was A long-time townie friend (who apparently knows a thing or two about a devotee of design) provided some details that con- Frank Lloyd firmed, yes, indeedy, this is a cool house. It was built using exterior redwood sid- Wright and ing that is now weathered to a natural had studied at gray hue and with stones handpicked from old fences near Lecompton. The Wright’s Taliesin architect, John Cook, now deceased, was schools. a devotee of Frank Lloyd Wright and had studied at Wright’s Taliesin schools. When I arrived to tour the home and meet its owner, I discovered that even the front door has a story to tell. Extra-wide and 500 Dr. Paul Kincaid’s home, previous pounds, it swings on eight ball-bearing hinges and is built of page, lies off oak timbers from the house of Fredrick P. Stanton, once the a busy street acting territorial governor of Kansas. but is nestled among trees and Opening the door with a gracious greeting is Paul Kinhills, reflecting caid, or “Dr. Kincaid,” as he is commonly known around what was once the area’s rural town from having served as a community dentist since 1945. character. The In his mirrored foyer of slate and stone, Kincaid points out a balcony, top left, blends smoothly tray of marbles, including glass ones he won as a boy. From into the home’s there, he leads me into a living room flooded with sunlight natural wood and invites me to sit on a long, low green couch. I admire paneling. Kincaid, left, and his wife, pink hydrangeas set out for my pleasure while my host tells Mary Bess, had the story of his house. He and his wife, Mary Bess, who died long dreamed of owning a in January 2011, lived their first years in Lawrence in a trahome of natural ditional Cape Cod ranch. Then, Kincaid says, came a rather materials and open vistas when impulsive drive on a gravel road “out west.” On that drive, the they began two fell in love with 13 acres of rolling prairie that are now construction in subdivided and bounded by busy Kasold Drive. It was the the early 1960s.


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White shutters, mostly slanted open, line the south side of the house as well as the back of the house, also a wall of windows. Decks and catwalks outside allow for easy cleaning. The centrally located kitchen is divided from the living room by a bar. More shutters are open above it, and the bar itself is, like most of the main level floors, covered in walnut parquet. But it is the banter of my tour guide I most enjoy. Kincaid is pleased when I notice the iron strip of shelving hardware studded with strong magnets that’s hung with various implements above his kitchen counter. The next thing I know, I’m following Kincaid out behind the house to a spacious and sunny, spick-and-span workshop where he gifts me my own set of magnets and an iron rod. The workshop has the wonderful woody smell that workshops are supposed to have, and I’m reminded how important it is to take time to delight in cool gizmos such as magnets. By the time I stop by Kincaid’s again, he’s moved on to exotic woods. He’s using his lathe to make bracelets from walnut, wenge, zebra wood and padauk. I’m on his list to receive a couple, he says. I’m glad to have made a friend and enjoyed a well-designed and beautiful house. And I mean by that, if I can be a bit poetic, both the house on Kasold and the man, Dr. Paul Kincaid.


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or many, a starter home is a short-term investment. Lowen and Chris Millspaugh have a different approach. They intend for their first house to be their only home. Since purchasing what Lowen and Chris refer to as their “forever home” in 2008, the young couple have transformed their former rental mid-century modern at the western edge of the Pinckney neighborhood into an artistic and inviting space. The magnum opus of the Millspaughs’ home is the garden, an abundant mix of edible crops, highlighted by funky and functional accents and a border of perennial flowers. “I just kind of went for it,” says Lowen, who works in the Wellness Department at The Merc. “I had been itching to have a vegetable garden for so long. I don’t know where that came from, because I didn’t have one growing up.” Deterred neither by their lack of experience nor the task of clearing the severely overgrown yard, Chris and Lowen managed to set up an impressive vegetable garden during their first summer at their home. “We have found that we have really good soil and really good luck,” says Lowen. In addition to beginner’s luck, Lowen attributes her gardening success to advice from friends Brian Henry and Jozie Schimke, owners of the local micro-nursery Earth Flowers. Lowen also relied heavily on the wisdom of Barbara Damrosch’s The Garden Primer: The Completely Revised Gardener’s Bible for guidance. Lowen says she believes her good fortune in the garden can be easily attained. “As long as they have the time, and this book, anyone can do it,” Lowen says. Since their first growing season, Lowen and Chris have continued to amend and improve their garden. In 2010, they planted a flowering perennial border that wraps around the house. In 2011, Chris built raised beds for vegetables and upgraded the garden fencing.

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Chris, who works as the art director for the KU Endowment, does most of the construction in the garden. He built the garden’s compost bins with wood from an old barn at his parents’ home, fashioned a cucumber frame using wire fencing that formerly surrounded his parent’s windmill and built patio benches from wooden pallets pulled from a trash bin. “I’m a scavenger,” Chris says. “I’m that guy who drives by the trash piles really slowly on trash day.” Chris and Lowen say all the work that goes into their garden provides not only food and inspiration, but also a personal retreat. “I get such joy out it,” Lowen says. “It is my meditative art form. I go out there just to empty the compost pail and then find myself still out there an hour later.”


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Q: What is one of the surest signs that spring has arrived in Lawrence? A: A group of docile, well-loved store pets transforming into wild, rogue creatures in the annual …

TORTOISE MIGRATION The tortoises, above, are brought from the pet store to their spring-summer habitat in a pickup truck, top right. Pet World owners Sherry and Tim Emerson, above right, enlist the help of several people to lift, accompany and release the tortoises.



t’s 4 p.m. at the Pet World store in southeast Lawrence, but the employees don’t need a clock to know the time of day. In the center of the showroom, five tortoises lumber slowly around the perimeter of their pen, anticipating customers’ outstretched hands filled with crisp, fresh romaine lettuce. It’s tortoise chow time. Pet World owner Sherry Emerson describes the daily lettuce handouts as being “like feeding

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a dinosaur.” The tortoises do seem to tap into a primitive power as their feeding-hour instincts sharpen and one of the tortoises pushes others out of her way to secure a prime feeding spot. Sherry says this particular tortoise will actually climb on top of the others, including the larger males if necessary, showing absolute dominance. “She is just tough,” Sherry explains. Feeding time isn’t the only time these tortoises vie for a spot. Years ago, when Sherry and

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her husband, Tim Emerson, first became keepers of tortoises, they confined the reptiles to their back yard. Each evening, the tortoises would line up in the same order in the same location to move under the deck for the night. Now that the tortoises are at the store, they go to their respective spots within the pen to retire for the night. These daily rhythms play out within a longer cycle—the annual spring migration. When it is warm enough for a turtle to survive comfortably in the Kansas climes, usually early May, the tortoises are shepherded from Pet World to a private nature reserve outside Lawrence. Weighing well over a hundred pounds each, the tortoises are a handful to load into a transport truck, and the males generally require at least two people to lift them off the ground. Once they arrive to their spring and summer grounds, the tortoises are released into a greenhouse, surrounded by hog panels and with a lighter barrier through the middle to create two separate pens. Sometimes that middle barrier gives way when a tortoise is determined to get to the other side. “They are so strong they can figure out ways to knock things down,” says Sherry. “The hog panels that we use for around the perimeter, they don’t knock those down, thankfully, because there’s 80 acres, and we’d lose them out there.” When the tortoises first arrive at the reserve, they graze non-stop, put on weight and become more energetic “They go rogue when they are out there. By July they are pretty wild and will hiss at you when you enter the pens,” Sherry says. “They really revert back to their more wild behavior.” One exception to the wild pack is Baby, sometimes called “Oops Baby,” because she was unexpectedly born at Pet World, the only tortoise of the group born there. For a time, Baby was adopted by a family. They returned her, having cultivated in the youngest tortoise a taste for bananas and a love of the genteel life. In the summer, Baby hangs out in shaded areas during the heat of the day. “Heaven forbid she’s out in the sunshine,” Sherry says. “She is not a nature girl.” Whether the other four tortoises were raised in captivity is unknown because they all were rescued animals; therefore, neither are any of their ages known. Tortoises can live from 100 to 150 years. Regardless of their stage in life, the tortoises benefit from the spring and summer months when they have more than enough vegetation with grasses, clovers and flowers. Sherry says the tortoises are also fed fresh vegetables every few days. By the time it’s September and still warm, the tortoises are quite aggressive. “You get in their pen, and they come charging up. They can move pretty fast, and they dig their claws in. They cannot be budged. If they don’t want to move, you’re not moving them,” Sherry says.




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+ Tortoise Tidbits Roll call … Only two of the Pet World tortoises have names. The youngest is Baby and the oldest female is called “Mo,” a reference to the mosaic pattern that has emerged as some scutes (the outer “patches” of a shell) have fallen off. The oldest male is generally called Number One Male and through the years some variations, such as “Uno,” have been used.

When it is warm enough for a turtle to survive comfortably in the Kansas climes, usually early May, the tortoises are shepherded from Pet World to a private nature reserve outside Lawrence.

The rolling, forested area, above left, surrounding the tortoises’ spring and summer retreat is a vast difference in climate from the tortoises’ natural habitat of African desert regions. But the tortoises, above right, seem to be invigorated by their months outdoors, as they put on weight, become more feral and express extreme displeasure when colder weather requires them to be loaded back in the truck and taken inside.


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When the Kansas winter is hinted at in October, the tortoises are taken back to Pet World. This is the more difficult migration because the tortoises are at their heaviest and most aggressive after roaming free all summer. “It’s hard for us to bring them in knowing we wish they could stay outside all year. It’s tough to bring them back. We delay it as long as we possibly can,” Sherry says. But, if it’s any consolation for the tortoises, they are often eagerly awaited by friends, workers and customers at the store. After all, tortoises are rare household pets. Even though no regulations against selling tortoises exist, Pet World’s large tortoises are not for sale, nor would Sherry advise most people to start up their own tortoise herd. If anyone wants to meet the toughskinned, ancient-looking and sometimes illtempered dearies, then the pet store is there to show them off once they return from their annual migration. “I think people seek us out because there are certain animals that not everyone can keep as a pet,” Sherry says of the tortoises’ loyal following. “There are only so many zoos. The state sometimes will call and say here’s what we’ve got. Do you guys want it? So, we pick up another tortoise.”

are Geochelone sulcata, also known as African spurred tortoises because of the spur-like shapes on their legs. Unlike dogs, for example, a tortoise breed does not seem to affect personality. “We would love to believe they have personality, but in reality they don’t,” says Pet World co-owner Sherry Emerson.

Chelonian algebra …

Here is how Emerson estimates the age of the tortoises. She has had the first four since the early 1990s, and one of them, Mo, gave birth to Baby 12 years ago. Baby is now about the same size as Mo. So accounting for Baby’s atypical rapid growth, Mo was probably about 15 or so when she arrived. Therefore, Emerson estimates that the tortoises—all about the same size—are somewhere between 40 and 50 years old. Who knew turtle math could be so complicated?

Banana sweet tooth … Baby’s love for bananas is an unusual taste preference that has spread to the other tortoises. In fact, they are so intent on getting their banana bites that the largest male tortoise has begun ramming the banana tree that grows in the greenhouse of their summer pens.

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Love Song to Lawrence Center of the universe. A potion of a place so imbued with mystery, art and artisan bread, surprise lilies at summer’s end, basketball in March that you can never walk the same street twice. Each step we take here lands us in stories of burning buildings, the old Merc, the first Fraser Hall and thousands of Saturday nights on Mass Street that changed someone’s life. In July, the first watermelon calls from beneath the branched cottonwoods before you make your way to lean on the railing of the Kaw bridge while crescents of light shoot into the darkening sky, blossoming into a thousand falling stars. In December, occasional snow ignites the cold clarity of night, blue lights coil around downtown trees, and the long nights illuminate stars tipping backward into deep space that speaks through your dreams. In October, a canopy of entwined elm and oak expand up Tennessee and down Kentucky streets, the alleyways glimmer with young couples on their way to the game, strings of students heading into a friend’s living room or the red raining leaves a woman bikes through on her way to the Kaw. In April, lilac explodes along dumpsters, tulips make dancing fools of themselves, shawl dancers practice their steps for the Pow Wow, and magnolias hug the southern corners of bungalows while everyone steps over their front threshold into this happiness.


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In between, inscrutable cicadas merging their 17-year song into a wall of sound, ice storms that break electricity, 43 marching bands downtown with the loudest applause for the eight kids in T-shirts who play “Louie Louie,” Birkenstocks on sale, poets arguing about art at Prima Tazza, dozens of celosia bouquets at the farmers’ market, and several hundred kids spilling from the junior high toward the library or gaming stores. Who are we? Ask the Kwik Shop clerk with a Ph.D. in philosophy, the man grading essays at Z’s fueled by caffeine and new theories of social work, the young woman belting out the blues on the corner of 9th and Mass, the man pushing a doll in a stroller, the sudden waltzing of a couple married for 40 years in the soup aisle of Checkers. Ask the newlyweds at the top of the tower at Wells Overlook, the family station-wagoning it out to Clinton, the baby taking his first steps in front of Memorial Union, the first or last member of her tribe to go to Haskell, the old friend carrying a cupcake to a pocket park. Then step into this state of mind and follow us to South Park where the music begins in one way or another any season, the song always about how freedom, when multiplied in community, brings us enduring joy.

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HARRIET LERNER Valentine’s Day and anniversaries may give loving relationships a lift, but how do you maintain a strong connection the rest of the year? Harriet Lerner comes up with some answers in her new release, Marriage Rules: A Manual for the Married and the Coupled Up (Gotham Books). “There are countless marriage books on the market,” says Lerner. “What makes Marriage Rules different—what inspired me to write it—is the need for a user-friendly book that gives reassuring and wise answers to the question ‘But what do I do?’” Lerner, a longtime Lawrence resident, is the best-selling author of The Dance of Anger and several other books, including The Dance of Intimacy and The Dance of Fear, which delve into the murky waters of relationships, family challenges and women’s issues. In these, as in Marriage Rules, her straightforward prose is accompanied by real-life examples and useful techniques grounded in her many years of experience as a practicing psychologist. Partitioned out in small bites that pack a punch, Marriage Rules is a user-friendly guide offering perplexed and frustrated partners sage advice. “Even the best couples get stuck in distance and blame,” Lerner says. “We need all the help we can get.”


An overview of selected literary events in Lawrence this season

POET LAUREATE Lawrence resident Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg finishes her three-year stint as the official poet laureate of Kansas this June. With a big question mark over the program’s future state funding and support, Mirriam-Goldberg has devoted some of her final period to ensuring, as she says, that the poet laureate program “lands somewhere safe and sustainable.” With the assistance of Lawrence blues singer Kelley Hunt, Mirriam-Goldberg created a fundraising project, “Keep the Poet Laureate Program On the Road & Moving Ahead,” that allowed donors to receive or gift customized haikus, poems or songs—all proceeds to sustain the Kansas Poet Laureate position. (MirriamGoldberg’s “Love Song to Lawrence,” appearing on pages 28-29, was commissioned by Lawrence Magazine through this initiative.) Mirriam-Goldberg’s final year as poet laureate also brings personal milestones. She expects to release The Divorce Girl (Ice Cube Books), a novel 16 years in the making, and Needle in the Bone (Potomac Books), a history of two World War II contemporaries, a Holocaust survivor and a fighter in the Polish resistance, whose lives led them to a friendship in Lawrence. SHORT TAKES

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GREAT BOOKS If your resolutions for 2012 included exercise, don’t forget some brain fitness. Indulge in a little intellectual effort by participating in a group discussion of Homer, Virgil, Dante or maybe Lucretius. The Great Books discussion group meets at the Lawrence Public Library the first Saturday of every month. An outreach program developed by the Great Books Foundation and cosponsored by libraries and colleges across the country, discussion groups meet regularly to read, converse and explore the world’s great classic literature. Terry Smith, a retired statistician who facilitates the meetings, notes that the Lawrence group is one of approximately 800 similar reading circles across the nation. But not every community is fortunate enough to have guest speakers such as Stanley Lombardo, professor of classics at the University of Kansas, who read from his own acclaimed translation of The Odyssey at a recent meeting.

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It’s Not Always Black and White Three artists provide new takes on traditional high-contrast illustrations


hough known for work in different genres and artistic mediums, Angie Pickman, Dave Loewenstein and Lora Jost create a variety of remarkably compatible and detailed black-and-white, high-contrast illustrations. Whether taking the form of silhouettes, stencils, paper cuts or scratchboards, these traditional art forms take on new layers of meaning from each of the three artists who blend complex patterns and color accents with elements of nature, politics and humor into their creations.

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Previous page Dave Loewenstein’s cut-paper art installation “Them,” like his NIMBY (Not in My Back Yard) series, focuses on controversy and social issues. Left “The 9th Street Pond,” ink and wash on paper, is an example of Loewenstein’s “picture story” works.

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Dave Loewenstein “No artist is really only what they’re usually known for,” says Dave Loewenstein, who has earned a public reputation as one of the state’s leading mural artists but is also known among fellow artists for his more edgy works with political and social themes, often produced in sprayed stencil, cut paper, mixed-media illustrations or posters. Among these works is his NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) series focusing on themes of wars, migrant farm labor and social disputes. Loewenstein also produces “picture stories” similar to one-page graphic novels that might offer an alternative view or use of a specific location, such as a vacant city block. Tied to locations or ideas, Loewenstein’s poster art is not necessarily the stuff of art fairs. “A lot of my work is not meant to be sold,” says Loewenstein. “As a muralist, I’m commissioned to go to communities to create art with folks. But other work I make out of a personal need or because it’s an issue I’m concerned with. Sometimes those sell as well, but they’re not made for a market. They’re made because it is a necessity for me to make them.”



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Lora Jost Jost finds inspiration in what she calls mundane, whimsical or socially urgent aspects of life. For example, one of her works recreates the nervous energy of a hummingbird. Another translates the aggressive behavior of a goose. Some of her birds sprout human legs, begging us to look at our own behavior. “I’m always interested in visualizing sound and motion—and I really like using birds because you get lots of motion and ideas, like the feeling or emotion of just taking flight or taking off on something,” says Jost. Though she is known best for dramatic blackand-white images on scratchboard, Jost also works with collage, mosaics, found objects and murals. In all genres, her images form a pictorial encyclopedia of human metaphor and symbolism, exploring the connections among people, children, foxes, fruit, birds or even two-yolked eggs. “There’s sort of an oddness, in that real-life experience can become art,” says Jost.  “A conversation framed in the right way can become art. Real life translated into symbols inside a sort of art-framework.”

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Angie Pickman “I cut myself more on the paper than with my knife!” A self-identified master of the X-acto knife, Angie Pickman produces paper cut art with familiar folksy subjects, naturally balanced compositions and details cut with great delicacy. “I’ve definitely done what just kind of felt right—just dig into it and go,” says Pickman, who lists her inspirations as psychedelic art, folk art and Eastern European folk art in particular. Pickman, who moved to Lawrence in 2011, adds her own wit and humor to scenes in these traditional forms. She includes details of birds, trees, farm animals and other subjects portraying human feelings, conditions and activities—courting, loving, playing, longing or working. Each of her works also has a sense of time and place. Houses, teapots, fences, umbrellas, towns and other intimate and familiar peoplemade things are usually secondary subjects that add context to a specific image idea—and suggest that for all things there is an absurd, shared existence.

top “Sunrise on the Farm,” a paper-cut illustration by Angie Pickman left “Unlocking Spring,” a paper-cut illustration by Angie Pickman



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bob & Jim’s

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“Grocery run”

Having built up business, a grocery store owner and his big brother keep the supply route open for customers who can no longer come to them


ap. Rap. Rap. “Anybody home?” The door opens, and in steps Checkers grocery store owner Jim Lewis, followed by his brother Bob Lewis, who pushes a two-wheeled cart loaded with groceries through the tight entrance of an apartment unit. Bob maneuvers the cart into the efficiency kitchen as Jim, grinning, greets the tenant. “Hello! How are you today?” Each of Jim’s home-delivery customers has a different answer to his greeting. One says, “I don’t have any complaints,” and Jim impishly returns her comment with, “Well, that’s good, because there’s nobody here to listen to them.” But he and Bob do listen. A healthy amount of banter is dished up as they put groceries into the refrigerators and onto the countertops of approximately 30 customers who no longer can travel to shop. One customer, older than Jim, 65, and Bob, 68, says, “They are the finest young men.” Without a pause Jim replies, “That’s probably because of our upbringing and my father’s strong hand.” And the brothers, who have been known to unwittingly show up in matching khaki pants and floral shirts, jokingly credit their mother for teaching them how to dress. One lady from that generation of women named after flowers is a favorite for Jim and Bob to tease. Bob says he always asks if she wants a kiss, and she responds by covering her mouth with her hands. “Yeah, Bob’s got a thing for her,” Jim teases. “Well, there’s only 33 years age difference,” Bob says. The two aren’t always greeted with warm wishes, but even a bit of criticism is offered gently. Jim and Bob pull up to Wyndam Place, and a man in a white T-shirt sings out to them across the parking lot, “Boy, I got a beef with you.” He explains that recently he tried to buy fried chicken at Checkers but the employee behind


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the counter wouldn’t sell it to him. Bob explains she probably misunderstood because of a language barrier. “Maybe she knows you’re not supposed to have chicken. Your cholesterol’s too high!” Jim adds, but he assures the man he will check on the problem when he gets back to the store. “What’s your room number?” Jim asks, suggesting his next delivery might include fried chicken. Both Jim and Bob have a long history in the grocery business. Jim took his first job at Rusty’s IGA in Lawrence, shortly after he left college, to bag groceries for 75 cents an hour. Bob’s first grocery job came in 1962 with a store in Ottawa, as a delivery boy. Now, the brothers deliver chicken and anything else their home-bound customers require throughout the year. “We’ve been here when it’s been 115 degrees,” Jim says. And if it’s winter and the snow is piled high? “I just put the truck in 4-wheel drive.” The deliveries began several years ago when Jim approached a blind man who he noticed as a regular Checkers customer and offered to make a home delivery. With the closing of Alvin’s IGA in 2000, Jim got calls from others seeking assistance and started a regular delivery route. Seeing an opportunity to help and chat, Bob joined Jim. The brothers currently deliver three days a week. Sarah Tunget, a 14-year employee at Checkers, rounds out the delivery crew by taking calls and preparing the delivery boxes. Jim is quick to point out that other grocery stores make home deliveries. But while that is a common practice across the nation, Jim’s deliveries are exceptional in that they are free to long-time customers who simply can no longer come to the store. So, Jim and Bob come to them. “It’s quite rewarding getting out and seeing people. Sometimes we might be their only outside contact for the week,” says Jim. “They’re all so appreciative. I think that’s really what I get out of it.”

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Less Pain, More Gain A doctor shares his advice for preventing and responding to injuries among high-school age athletes


effrey Randall has not missed a Friday night football game in a long time. The orthopedic surgeon began volunteering as a doctor for high school sport teams in 1990 while an orthopedic resident at the University of Florida. Shortly after coming to Lawrence in 1995, he formed Kansas Center for Athletic Medicine The (KCAM), an outreach service orthopedic certisurgeon began providing fied trainers and physicians to volunteering local high schools as a doctor in addition to Saturday sports for high clinics during school sport the fall season to teams in 1990 ‌ treat athletes who sustained injuries in the preceding 24-48 hours. Randall, recognized by his peers in the 2010 survey by Becker’s Orthopedic & Spine Review as one of the nation’s top 25 knee surgeons, continues to walk the sidelines at fall football games, stands on-call at area basketball games and attends to injuries at high school track meets.


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Jeffrey Randall’s tips to stay off the bench

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Drawing on his years of treating teenage patients, Randall drew up this list of 10 preventive injury tips for high school athletes (and their parents and family members who cheer them on). 1. Get in shape to play—don’t play to get in shape. High school athletes should go into competitive seasons with proper conditioning from early practices and the off-season training. 2. Make sure your general strength training and conditioning is sportspecific. 3. Don’t mimic the pros. Each body is unique, and a high school athlete’s body is not the same as the body of an older, professional sports star. Do not copy your moves from televised pro sports. 4. Inspect the surface ahead of the game. Playing surfaces in high schools, especially practice fields, are not always well-maintained and can lead to an injury. Always inspect the playing surface ahead of time. 5. Know and inspect your equipment. High schools often do not have great budgets for equipment, and it may be outdated or improperly fitted or in poor condition. Know all equipment guidelines. 6. Hydrate with sodium products. High school athletes shouldn’t have to worry as much about limiting salt intake at their age. Lack of salt is what actually leads to cramping on hot days. 7. If injured, seek medical attention. High school athletes often don’t seek proper medical attention as it’s not always readily available to them. 8. After an injury, return to play only under a physician’s guidelines. 9. Enjoy. High school athletics are about the experience—it has to be about having fun! 10. Until athletes are finished growing, “no pain…no gain” does NOT apply.

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Air Rescue Life Star’s crew of medical and technical professionals work to ‘solve problems of time, distance and illness’


he distant rumble of Life Star’s approach means that emergency care and transport are needed somewhere in a 50-mile radius around Lawrence. The emergency medical helicopter’s team arrives as the crow flies at approximately 140-150 miles per hour, landing in some of the most remote and unusual places—more often on rural highways than major interstates. The flights, costing an average of $15,000 per transport, are brought in only on the authority of a law enforcement officer, doctor, nurse or other certified emergency worker. But when the helicopter is called in, a network of technology and personnel is set in motion. Life Star Executive Director Greg Hildenbrand explains the mission of his medical teams as striving to “solve problems of time, distance and illness” at all hours of the day and all days of Life Star has the year. Operated as a notflown since for-profit and founded by 1988 and Stormont-Va i l established HealthCare and St. Francis a base in Health Center Lawrence from Topeka, Life Star has flown since 1988 and established a base in Lawrence—its third, after Topeka and Junction City—in 2002. The aircraft in Lawrence, an AS 350 B2, carries highly technical equipment designed to help sustain life while in flight, including a defibrillator, cardiac monitor and ventilator. Rotating shifts and schedules mean that a nurse, paramedic and pilot are always ready to fly from Lawrence on the spur of the moment.


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Teresa Stous is an RN trained at St. Francis Health Center in Topeka who holds numerous certifications from her 14 years of experience. Stous splits her time between working as a flight nurse for Life Star in Lawrence and working as an emergency room nurse at Stormont-Vail in Topeka. Stous describes her work with Life Star as “the biggest challenge I can think of, outside the hospital setting” and says the realization that lives are at stake each time she responds to an emergency “certainly does balance your whole world.”

Steve Gill, certified flight paramedic for Life Star, came from Seattle to obtain his degree at the University of Kansas in the early 1980s and is currently living in Topeka. After working for almost 30 years in the medical field, he has an innate understanding of what is possible and what is not with medical emergencies. “I learned long ago not to make promises I can’t keep,” says Gill. In rescue situations, he makes sure the injured and the families know that his team will do everything possible as he focuses a lot of his attention on the management of patient pain with intensive medicine drips. The inherent intensity and drama of the work also require a realistic approach and self-assessment from the medical teams themselves. “Truthfully,” says Gill, “not everybody has the skill set to do this kind of work, but most of us are able to separate it so it doesn’t incapacitate us.”

Michael Smith, commercial helicopter pilot, has been flying since 1991 and joined Life Star in 2004. Currently living in Salina, Smith comes to Lawrence to serve as one of four pilots. Smith’s flying skills blend with the demands of landing the helicopter under challenging circumstances. Fortunately, new technology has enabled Smith and pilots to expand their flight capabilities. For example, when the program added night vision goggles, the pilots were able to make much safer, more secure night flights. Though he is charged with the technical aspects of the mission, Smith is also closely connected to the emergency victims whom the team treats. He says the missions involving children have the greatest and most lasting impact on him. “Sometimes I will go three or four months without flying any children into Children’s Mercy; other times there are two in one day,” Smith explains. “No matter what age, you value life more when you see how easily it can be lost.”


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Operation Bacon Jeff and Valery Frye make a living with ‘Mr. Bacon’


“We wanted something that strikes a little better note with how people in Lawrence think and what they want to eat.”

– Jeff Frye


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eff Frye spent 22 years as a stockbroker and financial adviser before suffering severe burnout. His wife, Valery, was a stay-at-home mom who worked different part-time jobs once the kids left home. The Fryes knew they wanted a change. From 2009 to 2010, the couple spent many late nights discussing what new direction they might take their lives. Jeff knew he didn’t want a part-time hobby; he wanted a permanent shake-up. The one idea that kept coming up, the one thing they knew they were both good at, was cooking. “We had catered big, giant parties where we’d done all the meat and food prep—did everything ourselves—without professional equipment, of course,” says Valery. “We’d catered all our kids’ graduation parties. What kind of started the whole thing off, what put the idea into Jeff’s head, was that we did our daughter’s wedding.” Jeff cooked all the meat, and together they made the side dishes. They also canned half-pint jars of Jeff’s BBQ sauce as wedding favors. After much thought, Jeff quit his job, and they took the plunge. “Once we pulled the trigger and started doing things associated with the business, then it went from scary to exciting ... and overwhelming,” says Jeff. One stumbling block was deciding on a name for their incubating business. The couple came up with a list of possibilities, none of which, says Jeff, had a real “hook” to them. So he texted their grown children for suggestions. “All three of them, texting from Lawrence, Kansas City and Wichita, all texted me back: ‘Why don’t you call it Mr. Bacon BBQ?’ I thought: ‘Well, that’s pretty easy, isn’t it? It’s memorable.’” Mr. Bacon is the name of Jeff and Valery’s adopted dog, a tiny but feisty Maltese poodle. “We were his third home in four months,” says Jeff. “I thought, he’s had a pretty hard life for being such an awesome little dog, so he needs an awesome name. I said, I think I’m

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Jeff and Valery Frye cook up bacon, and a variety of main dishes such as these pork chops, as Mr. Bacon BBQ catering.

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going to call him Bacon. And Val said, if he needs an awesome name, he needs to be called Mr. Bacon.” After taking a name, things seemed to fall into place. By early 2011, the couple acquired a smoker that could easily feed about 500 people, secured commercial kitchen space and soon accepted their first catering job. Mr. Bacon BBQ sauce appeared on the shelves of Cottin’s Hardware at 1832 Massachusetts Street, and then Jeff and Val brought their cooking operation to Cottin’s farmers’ markets, held behind the store on Thursday afternoons. Here, they sold pulled pork and chicken sandwiches, and a dish that Jeff and Val call “pig pies,” a layer of Fritos on the bottom topped with pulled pork, Mr. Bacon’s BBQ beans, cheddar cheese, Mr. Bacon BBQ sauce, some of Mr. Bacon’s signature sweet-andspicy slaw and crumbled bacon. Along with other traditional menu items such as BBQ beans or macaroni and cheese, Jeff and Val have cooked up smoked garlic and a repertoire of bacon-inspired sweets, such as bacon chocolate-chip cookies and bacon brownies. Another line of specialties—such as BBQ nachos appetizers—were developed as the couple began serving the entire menu at Conroy’s Pub on 3115 West Sixth Street approximately every third Friday. For Jeff and Val, the move from hobby cooking to professional catering has been a long process. Once the BBQ sauce recipes were developed, for example, they went through a month of testing for shelf stability with Kansas State University. They then had to get UPC codes, make sure the nutrition information was correct and worked with an artist to squeeze artwork and required information onto the bottles’ labels. “It was a lot more involved than I thought it would be,” says Jeff. “There was probably a four-month stretch of just dealing with the governmental requirements and the artwork and getting our commercial kitchen licensed as a food processing facility.” From this experience, the couple emerged with a distinct local theme for their sauces (Rock Chalk Red Sauce, Kansas Classic and Crimson Blaze, for example) and a commitment to local production. “We make it here. It’s real important to us to have a Kansas-made product,” says Jeff. “Our bottle labels are all Kansas-themed, and you can’t look at these rural Kansas settings and these names that are associated with Kansas and then flip the label over and find out that it was made in Kansas City, Missouri, or somewhere.” Jeff says that he and Valery also work hard to build layers of flavor in their food with spices, herbs and the cooking procedure itself, and without using “filler” ingredients like highfructose corn syrup or excessive amounts of salt. “That wasn’t something we wanted in the food,” says Jeff. “We wanted something that strikes a little better note with how people in Lawrence think and what they want to eat.” Mr. Bacon BBQ provided Jeff and Val with the new life they were looking for. It’s also given Jeff a new name. “Now everybody calls me Mr. Bacon,” he says. “I don’t even correct them anymore.”



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Mr. Bacon BBQ’s recipes

Peach-Infused Butterfly Pork Chops 4 8-ounce butterfly pork loin chops ½ cup hot water 2 tablespoons kosher salt 2 cloves smashed garlic 1 ½ cups peach nectar (1 can) 2 cups ice water Canola oil for brushing Your favorite BBQ seasoning rub Mr. Bacon BBQ’s Peach-Jalapeno Sauce Dissolve salt and steep garlic in hot water. Add nectar, ice water and stir. In a gallon plastic food storage bag or storage container, place chops and cover with mixture for 2-8 hours. “Two hours will still impart the flavor, but eight hours is optimal,” says Jeff. Preheat one side of BBQ grill to 400 degrees. Drain chops, pat dry and lightly coat each side with oil using a basting brush. Lightly sprinkle on your favorite BBQ rub. Place on hot side of grill. Grill for 4 minutes on first side, turning a quarter-turn midway through to create crosshatched pattern. Turn chops over and repeat for other side. Move to cooler side of grill until center temperature reaches 160 degrees. Remove and allow to rest for 3-4 minutes before serving with Peach-Jalapeno sauce (recipe below). Serves 4 adults.

Peach-Jalapeno Sauce

Mr. Bacon BBQ’s peach-jalapeno sauce, top, and pork chops, center, can be served with potatoes for a filling meal.

1 pound peaches, fresh or frozen ¼ cup minced onion 2 cloves minced garlic 2 minced fresh jalapenos 1 tablespoon canola oil ½ cup water 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar ½ teaspoon kosher salt ½ teaspoon ground cumin 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar Saute onion, garlic and jalapeno in oil over medium heat until softened. Add remaining ingredients and simmer over medium heat until sauce is reduced by one-fourth. Rough chop with immersion blender or food processor and enjoy. Makes approximately 2 cups of sauce.


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Patrick Kelly, Fine Arts, Career and Technical Education Specialist, USD 497

When I was 9 years old, Voyager 1 sent back pictures of Jupiter’s rings, while Skylab fell to Earth. Margaret Thatcher began her political dynasty as the prime minister of Great Britain, while Bill Walsh began building his West Coast offense football dynasty with the San Francisco 49ers. Sweeney Todd won a Tony for the best musical, and Chic kept everyone dancing to “Le Freak.” I lived in Long Beach, California. In the summer, I attended 49er Camp, where I played basketball, football, archery and all types of sports. In the school year, I would read Steven Caney’s Kids’ America and do my homework. But not always. Once I was grounded because I didn’t turn in my homework, so I sat at home and learned to juggle. And I wanted to be … a clown.

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Azores Appeal There, over the rainbow, bulls run fast, and life goes slow

The sea, and its gorgeous views, are always a short walk away on the Azores. opposite page left to right Familyowned shops line streets of Sao Miguel. The glacial lake Logoa das Sete Cidades on Sao Miguel is a large attraction. Thousands of people participate—and almost everyone else watches— the Praia Fest parade on Terceira.


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he bull was about eight feet away, not quite close enough to touch but definitely close enough to smell, to hear the panting exhale of his bullbreath, to have a second, make that 1-2-3 seconds of eye contact. He was black and big, over five feet at the shoulder. His horns extended out to the tips capped with something gold—I assume so he could not rip open a belly with one toss, yet maul whatever humans were in his path. There was a rope around his neck, the other end held two blocks down the village road by six men in flowing white shirts and black hats … as if six men could ever stop a charging bull. The bull pawed the ground with one hoof in what seemed a theatrical gesture, snorted again, then plunged toward some men down the street who were waving brightly colored umbrellas. It was then that I released the breath I’d been holding, recognizing that standing behind thin planks of plywood that I found for cover was not the best protection from a massive, ticked-off bull. And two hours

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later, walking back to my car, seeing several examples of plywood kindling tossed and shredded, I resolved that for the next bullfight I’d score a spot on a balcony. The bull and I were on the island of Terceira, the only place in the world with this particular tradition of touradas a corda, “bullfight-on-a-rope.” Bulls are released on village streets to chase and toss the men who taunt them. The bulls are never hurt, never killed. It is the people who are expendable. Terceira (go ahead, Google it—I had to) is one of nine islands that make up the Azores, a chain of volcanic rocks discovered in the 1400s, now an autonomous region of Portugal. While I’d heard of the Azores, I’d never realized exactly where they are, almost 1,000 miles west of Portugal, tiny dots on a map, smack in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Now I say their names like a litany: Graciosa, Sao Jorge, Pico, Faial, Sao Miguel, Flores, Corvo, Santa Maria and Terceira (pronounced Ter-ser-aa, with just a hint of a roll in the final ‘r’). On Terceira, I discovered an island of visual contrasts: ubiquitous black volcanic rock walls criss-crossing every field; towering rock cliffs descending into a teal-blue sea; white-washed houses lining cobblestone streets so narrow that two cars have to slow to pass. The island is about 18-by-11 miles, shaped like a rough-skinned avocado. The mountains in the center, extinct volcanoes, are often shrouded in fog. It can be cloudy and rainy only three miles from sunshine. The air is squeaky clean. Villages hug the coast, or perch above on the hillsides with eye-popping views. Terceira has about 57,000 people (all nine Azorean islands total 250,000), but the people are outnumbered by cows and goats. In many ways, Terceira is in a time warp. Men with long sticks move cows from field to field while talking on cell phones. (Azorean traffic is a cow-jam.) Centuries-old stone houses sprout dishes for cable. Pony carts and donkeys are still used for transportation.


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The main city on Terceira, Angra do Heroismo, is a UNESCO World Heritage site with fortresses, cathedrals and museums. It’s impossible to spend any time here without stumbling onto concerts and festivals: Music is a part of daily life, and every village has its own orchestra and marching band. Catholicism is core to village life, reflecting rituals and culture of centuries past. There is an overlap of the spiritual and secular (holy day = holiday), with every religious feast day a reason for a festival, procession and party. Drive around the island and you will see that every village has at least one “Imperios” (pronounced Im-per-eeeoshhh), highly decorated houses dedicated to the Holy Spirit and used in religious festivals. You can peer inside them, but not enter, and every one is just a bit different.

The best time to visit the Azores is generally considered to be from May-September. There are direct flights seasonally from some East Coast cities in the U.S. direct to Terceira or Ponta Delgada on TAP (Portuguese Airlines). Direct flights are under five hours. Taking other airlines and connecting through Lisbon requires much more time, but you can stay a few days in Lisbon.



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+ Bullfight Rules: Azores bullfights follow a strict schedule: four bulls, each released for no more than 30 minutes in the village street. One firecracker is launched to announce that a bull is loose. Daring individuals approach the bull, taunt it and open up their umbrella as a shield. Onlookers line the streets, hanging from balconies and patios, or perched behind plywood. As a spectator, you hope the bull stops in front of you, and you get to see some fancy footwork, some action, but that no one gets really hurt. After a while, organizers wearing black hats guide the bull back to its crate, then there are two firecracker blasts, and the vendors come out on the street so everyone can buy more snacks and beer. Then another blast, a fresh bull, and the fun starts all over again. Bullfights are free, and there are 5-6 a week for four months. The schedule is published in the newspaper.

Azores’ unique bullfights, bullfight-on-a-rope, involve leading a bull on a beach, above left, and fending off a raging bull with an umbrella, above right.


The language in the Azores is Portuguese, and locals can tell what island someone is from by their accent or dialect. Many of the younger people speak some English, but it helps to carry a phrasebook. Restaurants are family run, featuring fish caught that morning, cheese made from local milk, wine from the small vineyards that dot the island. Food is “slow” on Terceira. Other than a few people with ice cream, I never saw locals walking and eating. One sits, relaxes and savors both food and conversation. Dinner hours are continental, and restaurants open at 6 p.m., or later, and stay open late. Meals are generally fish or meat, potatoes or rice, a bit of salad (more a side dish), coffee and dessert. Baskets of fresh breads with cheeses and pepper or garlic dips are on every table. I tasted fish I’d never heard of (such as abrotea, or forkbeard) and found octopus on every menu. Alcatra is the island dish, beef cooked slowly in wine and spices in a clay pot. Waiters will never approach you with a check until you specifically ask. It would be an insult to rush anyone even if they just sit for hours. And then there is the coffee: I counted 11 basic words for coffee, each defining the strength of the espresso, size of the cup or whether milk is added. The Azoreans are specific about their coffee while keeping it simple with no added flavors. Time is also “slow” on Terceira. I learned this first at Praia Fest, an annual nine day-and-night festival in Praia da Vitoria. Most nights, parades wound through the entire downtown. People lined the streets with folding chairs, expansive family groups, grandparents to grandbabies. The floats were exceptional, sophisticated, like a mini-Rose Bowl. The parades started at 10 p.m. and lasted until midnight. Then it was time for the concerts, which lasted until 3 or 4 a.m. When there is no festival, Terceira can be casually explored and enjoyed in slow, natural rhythms. You can snorkel in crystal-clear seas over lava beds, scuba through schools of brilliant fish and past ancient wrecks, dangle a fishing line from a pier or go deepsea fishing. Take sailing lessons or sign up for a whale and dolphin watching day-trip. Sun on a beach or on cement platforms set among volcanic rocks with ladders or steps descending into natural ocean pools that change depth with the tides. My last evening on Terceira, I was driving, slowly, along the coast. I came around a curve and smack up against a rainbow … the biggest, most intense, most cleanly delineated rainbow I have ever seen. It looked totally fake, an over-the-top rainbow of purples, pinks, yellows, dipping straight into a blue-blue sea. I had no choice but to start singing, very off-key, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” And Terceira is, I swear, just what the song describes.

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Lawrence native Grant Lechtenberg joined the Kansas Jayhawk Rugby Football Club in 1990 when he was only a senior in high school and eligible for the squad s newly formed junior varsity section.

Grant Lechtenberg, previous pages, holds a traditional rugby ball, as well as a scrum cap and rugby boots, opposite right. The Kansas Jayhawk Rugby Football Club plays at the Westwick Rugby Complex, opposite right.

Enrolling at the University of Kansas the next year, Lechtenberg continued playing on the university portion of the team. Now, a Lawrence resident, father and business owner, the 39-year-old rugby veteran plays and tours with the club’s intersquad team. With age comes experience, bruises and a bit of rugby philosophy. Rugby, says Lechtenberg, is “kind of like life: There is a loose strategy that we all adhere to, but you have to make decisions on the fly.” Approximately 60 men join Lechtenberg on the current squad, divided into groups: high school, college and the intersquad open to both KU students and Lawrencians. The club members say it’s not just the game itself that keeps them playing through a “spring season” that begins in often-snowy January and continues through the frequently unpleasant Kansas weather, the bruises and the physical exhaustion. The biggest draw for them is the camaraderie that develops among the players, bonds that continue over decades and across the globe. OK, the game is pretty fun too, both for spectators and players. It’s fast—the players, or ruggers, move up and down the field with few breaks. There’s none of the interminable delays as there are in American football when the ball is literally down on the ground and the action halts. This is a constantly moving game. Players from each side


1995 The year that a group of alumni purchased the Westwick Rugby Complex to the south of Lawrence for the group’s practices and home matches


first international match hosted at home, against Cross Key RFC of Wales


jostle in a mass, or “scrum,” as they try to kick the ball outward into play. The ball is eventually passed out of the scrum and grabbed by a player. The player is tackled, the ball gets picked up by someone else, the game continues. Or as, KU’s Dean Olin Templin, commenting on American football, said in 1910, from a spectator’s point of view, rugby is “much the better game.” Matt Schwartz, who has played on the squad since 1995, his senior year in high school, describes rugby as “non-stop action.” “Non-stop” is also a good description of Rick Renfro’s association with the club. Since he began playing as a student in 1975, Renfro has taken to the pitch regularly and sporadically, such as the years when his children were young, but kept a close association with the club. He says that’s the beauty of rugby. “You can work at it full-time, keeping in top form,” or, Renfro explains, “there’s also opportunity for someone who just wants to play once a week.” Renfro describes rugby’s appeal by contrasting it to two more popular American sports: “It’s not football without pads; it’s basketball with tackling.” But he adds that he probably would not have stayed involved with the fastaction sport if it were just a game. “The games and practices are an excuse to build a team,” says Renfro. “My best friends are because of rugby.”

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Currently the team’s head coach, Renfro has taken the lead in setting up the team’s unofficial headquarters, the “Up and Under” clubhouse above the North Lawrence Johnny’s Tavern, which Renfro and two other rugby veterans bought in 1978. Filled with hundreds of Jayhawk rugby memorabilia items, including trophies and photos, the clubhouse has expanded its collection recently as many of the original players reach retirement age and send more and more objects for inclusion. Renfro also helps set the team’s schedule of approximately 15 games a year across two separate fall and spring seasons. Every other year, the matches include an international tournament for two weeks of play. The global schedule started in 1977, when English team member Alan Chapman suggested the club’s play would be enhanced by some higher-level competition. Since then, the team has competed in Brazil, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland, Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, France, Argentina, the Netherlands and Belgium. Those trips, Schwartz notes, improve the team and open friendships with fellow ruggers from across the globe, despite any black eyes and broken bones exchanged in the course of a match. “What happens on the field stays on the field,” says Schwartz. “After the game you go off and talk about it.”

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Native In Haskell’s classrooms, a fight to preserve and revive American Indian languages continues phrase by phrase, lesson by lesson

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Cherokee Alphabet (Syllabary) and Pronunciation Guide Source: Cherokee Nation

Andy Girty, longtime instructor at Haskell Indian Nations University, greets each student in his Cherokee language class. “O-si-yo!” (“Hello.”) “O-si-yo. Do-hi-ju?” (“Hello. How are you?”) “O-si-gwu. Ni-hi-na?” (“I’m fine. And you?”) The words are preceded and followed by a handshake, a gesture that holds as much meaning as the brief exchange. “I always tell my students, in the Indian way, you don’t stand back and say hello. You shake hands,” says Girty, who is Cherokee. “The Indian belief, Indian ways, they believe that there is some kind of emotion, electricity generated from one individual to another when they put their hands together like this. They show sincerity between the two individuals.”

I’m learning Cherokee. In Girty’s class, understanding Cherokee customs and culture is just as important as learning to speak the language. For 20 years, he has been


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teaching the Cherokee language—and so much more—to Haskell students. Drawn out of retirement to fill in after the departure of the school’s previous Cherokee instructor, the 78-year-old Girty weaves history and culture into lessons on the basics of grammar and the intricacies of the written language. Review and repetition have a place in his classroom (“Ga-do ga-dv-ne? What are you doing? Ga-do ga-dv-ne?”) as do songs such as one known as the “Trail of Tears Hymn,” sung by Cherokees during their removal from their homeland in the 1800s (“Ga doe da jv ya, dv ne li ji sa? What can we do for you, Jesus?”). The approach resonates with students, who fill at least one Cherokee class, sometimes two, each semester. Most of the students who take the classes are Cherokee, but the classes are open to any Haskell student. “What’s important about teaching the Cherokee language? If you’re Cherokee, your language is what it’s all about—your culture,” says Girty. The popularity of the classes mirror an increasing interest in rebuilding fluency in tribal languages not only as a means of communication but also as a way to reconnect with a tribe’s history and culture. Haskell reintroduced Choctaw courses in the fall, and its Indigenous and American Indian Studies Department is considering more Native language classes, spurred in part by student interest.

What is your name? The twin themes of identity and culture lie at the heart of Native language revitalization efforts. Students such as Tashia Williamson and recent graduate Nathaniel Taylor see the importance of forging connections between the past and the future through stronger Native language programs. “Back in Mississippi, we’re slowly losing our language,” says 22-year-old Williamson, a sophomore from Conehatta, Mississip-


pi. Williamson says she is one of the few members of the younger generation in her community who fluently speak Choctaw. Though she speaks and understands the language, she has enrolled in Haskell’s new Choctaw classes to master the formal grammar and structure of the language so she can teach it to others. She’s already sharing her new knowledge with her family. “We have two little ones at home,” she says, referring to her 2- and 3-year-old nephews. “We try to speak Choctaw as much as we can, and they pick it up real quick.” Like Williamson, Taylor has charted a course toward working within his Ojibwe community in Minnesota to preserve its language, Anishinaabe. “It was always a dream to learn who I was,” says Taylor, 36, who as a teenager tried to teach himself Anishinaabe from books he found in the library. Now, he travels frequently to Minnesota for language research as he pursues a master’s degree at Baker University. He is especially interested in finding solutions to overcome the distance he sees between fluent speakers of tribal languages and teachers. “A beautiful career for me would be language and cultural advocacy, to help people bridge those gaps,” says Taylor.

I will see you again. Haskell leaders would like to expand beyond the current course offerings in Cherokee and Choctaw. Michael Stewart, who joined the faculty in May as chair of the Indigenous and American Indian Studies Department, has begun identifying the language interests of students. With a student body representing more than 150 federally recognized tribes, the challenge may lie in narrowing choices to meet the greatest student needs. Though numbers of students and availability of certified instructors figure into his analysis, a key consideration circles back to the same principles behind Girty’s handshake during the Cherokee greeting: identity and culture. “Often, when you learn languages in college, I think we use a business approach,” Stewart says. He notes that students in most universities learn a language because they think it will help them land a higher-paying job. For students learning tribal languages, the payoff may be more cultural than monetary. “In my lifetime, I knew folks who were fluent but they were taught to be ashamed of their language,” says 40-year-old Stewart, a Choctaw. “Now, it’s heard in public. There isn’t that scorn and shame. It’s starting to have a presence again.”



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Haskell Indian Nations University Cherokee language instructor Andy Girty notes his people have a long history of creating Cherokee words for new objects, ideas or foreign-language terms encountered in everyday life. For example, Girty recalls Cherokee elders naming Model T cars “big eyes” because of their headlights. Girty’s mother taught him a word for cars that means “rubber wheels.” In order to say “parking meter” in Cherokee, Girty devises a name that means: “where you pay to leave the rubber wheels.” The Cherokee Nation established an official translation department in 2008 at its headquarters within Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Cherokee Nation translator Anna Sixkiller says her team has a dual mission: To create and standardize new Cherokee words but also to document and preserve all variations created and used by Cherokee families and communities. So, for Cherokee, a car is a “car,” but also a “big eye” and a “rubber wheels.”





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spring 2012

m a rch GREAT BOOKS DISCUSSION GROUP | MARCH 3 (AND THE FIRST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH) | LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY Meet to discuss classical works of literature with an open discussion group hosted through the Lawrence Public Library, 2-4 p.m. For a reading schedule, contact Lawrence Public Library (785) 843-3833. KANSAS JAYHAWK RUGBY | DATE TBA | SEASON OPENER Lawrence’s combined university-town rugby squad (see related story on p. 62) holds its first home game of the spring season at Westwick Rugby Complex. Free admission. For directions to the pitch, time and a full schedule for the spring season, go online to LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER ART AUCTION | MARCH 16-APRIL 14 | LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER Annual auction of 150 works by artists, including several local artists and featured artist Hong Zhang, to support ongoing exhibition programs at the Lawrence Arts Center. For more information call (785) 843-2787 or go online to 25th ANNUAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE | MARCH 17 | DOWNTOWN Public charity event to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Marching bands, floats, queens and at least a few leprechauns parade from South Park, down Massachusetts Street and into North Lawrence. Parade begins at noon. For more information, go online to FINAL FRIDAYS | MARCH 30 (AND THE LAST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH) | VARIOUS LOCATIONS Enjoy the work of Lawrence artists at various galleries, studios and public venues throughout downtown Lawrence. For more information, contact (785) 842-3883.

a pril FARFALLE | APRIL 10-14 | LIED CENTER Italian-based production company takes audiences on a multimedia, interactive dance exploration of butterflies, life and movement in this series of family performances. To reserve tickets or to learn about the full list of performances scheduled at the Lied Center this spring, call (785) 864-2787 or go online to EARTH DAY | APRIL 14 | SOUTH PARK The City of Lawrence hosts a parade, celebrations, music and educational events to mark Earth Day. Parade starts from Watson Park at 11 a.m.; celebration at South Park goes from 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. For more information, call (785) 832-3030 or go online to www.lawrence.

m ay LAWRENCE FARMERS’ MARKET | MAY 4 | 800-900 BLOCK OF NEW HAMPSHIRE ST. Grand opening of Lawrence Farmers’ Market summer season. The state’s oldest continually operating farmers’ market runs from 7-11 a.m. For a listing of vendors and a full schedule, including weekday market information and pre-grand opening market days, go online to ART TOUGEAU | MAY 26 | DOWNTOWN Parade of custom-decorated automobiles and bikes celebrating motion and creativity – a Lawrence tradition since 1997. Parade begins at noon. For information on participation, the preparade block party and a full schedule, call (785) 843-2787 or go online to TORTOISE MIGRATION | DATES TBA | PET WORLD, 711 W. 23rd St. The annual migration of the pet supply store tortoises begins once weather allows for the tortoises to thrive at their private summer grounds outside of Lawrence (see related story on p. 24). The tortoises return to their public pens at Pet World in late summer or early fall depending on the weather.

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Spring 2012 edition of Lawrence Magazine, the quarterly publication of life, people and spaces of Lawrence, Kansas.

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