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Summer 2009


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Dipping into backyard paradise Capturing kid spirit Flying high for family and country DĂŠcor extraordinaire in a family-friendly home



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editor’s note

In Kansas we sometimes have to be reminded when summer has arrived. The spring showers,

threatening tornadoes, fierce winds and startling thunderstorms can distract us from the changing of Mother Nature’s guard. Although once we arrive on the other side of June, we are reminded how wonderful the iconic season can be. The warm weather, picnics, sunny days lounging by the pool, walks in the park, visits to the zoo, flip-flops, sprints through sprinklers, barbecues, boat rides on the lake, corn and strawberries, the Fourth of July and much, much more make it summer in Manhattan. With this issue we hardly shy from the fruits of the season. As kids settle into their summer grooves, college students vanish and the mercury rises, we hope you might find yourself poolside with Manhattan Magazine in hand—as the season’s latest accessory. Cool off by stepping inside one of two unique homes featured in this issue. The legendary McFarlaneWareham residence, now occupied by Steve and Debbie Saroff, is dignified in its preserved state and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Or take a look inside the Kiracofe home, where elegant décor and practical design suit this family of five.

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Don’t forget the flavors of summer at the Little Grill near Tuttle Creek Lake, where chef/owner Kenrick Waite has introduced the perfect fusion of Jamaican and American tastes in our Chef’s Table series. Or welcome the buzz with our bee catchers. This fascinating hobby has some singing for the sweet nectar of honey while others help keep bees at bay and you safe this summer. For little ones who need plenty of distraction this time of year, consider golf. As an area partner to the national program, The First Tee of Manhattan is mentoring children in course skills and self-appreciation. Partnering with Colbert Hills Golf Course and Kansas State University, The First Tee aims to ensure the kids enjoy this activity. To capture their unforgettable childhood summer, leave it up to the professionals. We meet two children’s photographers who transform those Kodak moments into family mementoes. When it’s time to wind down, dip your toes into our collection of luxurious Manhattan pools. These homeowners have found the perfect remedy for a hot summer day in their backyard escapes. Undoubtedly, the season will fly by, the kids will head back to school and cooler weather will turn greens into fall colors. But for now, enjoy summer’s playful spirit with Manhattan Magazine’s profiles, features and flair. Katy, Editor

Publisher/Art Director Darby Oppold Editor Katy Ibsen Copy Editor Susie Fagan

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1 | Editor's note 49 | Q & A 64 | Calendar of events

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4 | Residential renewal The McFarlane-Wareham dwelling enjoys a restoration to match its historic character 8 | Fit for a family The Kiracofe home is designed and decorated by a crafty mama for a busy family 12 | The Chef’s Table Kenrick Waite makes room for food and family at the Little Grill

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26 | Running to success College buddies find achievement in owning Manhattan Running Co. 30 | In store: Emerald City Market The swanky market gets wicked in Manhattan 34 | The fabric of a dream Four & Twenty Blackbirds is a retail vision turned reality 38 | A capturing chime Passion rings true for William Pugh and Top Rung Tower Chime

local profiles

42 | Bees and their keepers Local enthusiasts share the spirit and insight of bees 46 | Daughters defending freedom Two Manhattan High School graduates are flying high with the U.S. Air Force— and their parents couldn’t be prouder

Features 18 | Pool party These Manhattan residents dip their toes into luxurious backyard pools 52 | Kiddie Kodachrome Children’s photographers capture the perfect moments

health & fitness

50 | Children shaping up Kid Fitness puts the fun back in exercise

for the family

58 | Teeing up with youngsters The First Tee of Manhattan celebrates 10 years and big success

get away

62 | Weekend tour of Dallas Summer is the time to shop and dine in Texas

On the cover Marc Heinitz plays with his son Joran in their backyard pool.


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Residential renewal

| Story by Abigail Crouse

The McFarlaneWareham dwelling enjoys a restoration to match its historic character

The home of Debbie and Steve Saroff is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its preservation and window to the past. Known as the McFarlane-Wareham residence, it was built in 1928.


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very home has a story, and ours is no different,” says Debbie Saroff. Yet the history of Debbie and husband Steve’s home is more interesting than most. “Initially, I really loved our house because in Manhattan, there are not a lot of Tudor Revival homes,” she says. But after purchasing the home and becoming intrigued that the house once belonged to the Wareham family, Debbie began to research and discovered its rich story.

Storied past The McFarlane-Wareham residence was built in 1928 for Dr. Lloyd Edmund McFarlane and his wife, Mrs. Jeannette Hawthorne McFarlane. They commissioned well-known local architect Paul Weigel to design the home. At the time, Weigel was in charge of the architecture department at Kansas State University and part of the design team for the Panama Canal.

manhattan living | BOTTOM The screened porch often becomes an extension of the dining room during dinner gatherings. BELOW Most of the house was kept in good shape, according to Debbie.

McFarlane was a successful physician and surgeon, but he died in 1936 at the age of 40. Months later, Mrs. McFarlane and her youngest child died in the home of an apparent murder-suicide. The property was owned by Zeta Tau Alpha sorority from 1939 to 1941 and then purchased by Ralph and Betty Wareham. Ralph was the nephew of Manhattan’s most famous entrepreneur, Harry P. Wareham. The residence stayed in the Wareham family until the Saroffs purchased it in 1998. When they were looking for a home, they preferred a historic one, although the McFarlane-Wareham home was not on the state or national historic register at that time. After the Saroffs lived in the home for a year, a neighbor’s home was placed on the national historic register, which interested Debbie. By 2004, the McFarlane-Wareham home was on both the Register of Historic Kansas Places and National Register of Historic Places.

Treasured features It is hard for Debbie to name just one part of the house as her favorite. One highlight is the original steel-casement

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BOTTOM The dining room, with its antique furniture, opens to the front porch through French doors, great for entertaining. BELOW The kitchen was remodeled to look like the 1920s era but features new appliances and modern conveniences. RIGHT A former maid’s quarter was converted into a walk-in closet and sitting room.

leaded-glass windows throughout the home. Another is the spacious living room, which can accommodate many of the couple’s friends. A third is the wash closets. “The bathrooms are all original—the tile, pedestal sinks, even original toilets,” says Debbie. “We were fortunate that the house had stayed very original before we purchased it—none of the bad 1970s upgrades you sometimes see in historic homes.” The Saroffs upgraded some parts of the home but have been careful to preserve its unique features.


“Part of the reason to preserve and rejuvenate a home is to encourage others to do the same.” – Debbie Saroff

Among the upgrades is a new kitchen designed in the style of the late 1920s. The white cabinets, original windows and hardware, and modern appliances offer contemporary conveniences in a style that is true to the home’s architecture. They also upgraded the heating and cooling. “We are always working on it,” she says. “As in any home, continued maintenance is necessary.” In addition to the kitchen, the first floor has a foyer, entry hall, office, living room-parlor, dining room, bathroom and guest bedroom. The entryway displays original quarry tile flooring that is richly patterned. To the left is the study, once used as Dr. McFarlane’s home office, and to the right is the living room, which has 9-foot-high cove molded ceilings and photographs hung from picture molding. The living room contains a Tudor style fireplace on the north wall. Like all rooms except the kitchen and baths, the living room has original oak hardwood floors. On the other side of the living room is the dining room. French doors lead to the screen porch at the northeast corner of the house. The second story of the 3,400-square-foot home includes the original maid’s quarters, two bedrooms, a master bedroom and a bathroom. The Saroffs have converted the maid’s quarters into a walk-in closet and one of the bedrooms into a sitting room, taking care to preserve the integrity of the space.

Historic undertaking Owning, restoring and preserving a historic property has driven Debbie to advocate for more preservation in Manhattan by serving as a board member of the Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance. The alliance works to promote historic preservation in the area and enhance economic development through historic preservation.

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BOTTOM Bathrooms were updated but preserved to match the home’s original design. BELOW Debbie and Steve were intrigued by the home’s previous owners, who encouraged them to preserve and honor the home.

“Part of the reason to preserve and rejuvenate a home is to encourage others to do the same,” says Debbie. “Sometimes it only takes one neighbor to refurbish a home, and before you know it, several on the street have gone from rental to residential. And then eventually the neighborhood is restored to its original beauty.”


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Fit for a family

| Story by Kristin Hodges

The Kiracofe home is designed and decorated by a crafty mama for a busy family

The home of Kent and Julie Kiracofe is meticulously decorated for their family of five with furniture that is unique and storied.


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hic design meets family living in a large three-story home on Charles Circle. Homeowners Kent and Julie Kiracofe wanted their home to mirror the upscale designs featured in home lifestyle magazines, but they also wanted to create a livable space that was comfortable for their family of five and welcoming for guests. “It’s a pretty traditional house, and we’re pretty traditional people,” Julie says. This is the fourth residence for Julie and Kent, but it is the only one that they had custom built. Their sixbedroom home combines architecture found in older houses and modern elegance for a space suitable for them and their three children: Brady, 14, Jillian, 12, and Max, 8. “A friend once told us that a good reason to have a big house is because [your children] will come back once they move away, because you have room for them to stay,” Kent says.

| manhattan living below LEFT The bright dining room is also a place to celebrate family. Many pictures offer plenty of stories to share. below RIGHT The couple agree, home is important and so is family, which is why they wanted the space to be family-centric.

An affinity for antiques The front porch welcomes visitors with outdoor furniture, antique lanterns and a porch swing, similar to the setting of a traditional farmhouse. The Kiracofes enjoy entertaining guests, and the home’s spacious living areas are centered on making others feel at home. An ornate buffet—a family favorite—is the first of many pieces to greet company in the two-story foyer. “It’s kind of a ‘wow’ piece,” Julie says. “It’s fun, and the more you look at it, the more things you notice.” Other antiques throughout the home are quainter than the buffet, but the couple enjoy its stateliness and detail. “Even if we don’t have old furniture—some of this stuff isn’t old—we just try to buy stuff that looks more like it would fit with that,” Julie adds.

The main floor The home’s interior is a mixture of neutral colors: green hues paired with delicate creams and red accent walls. Julie jokes that the casual shades create a khakipants kind of house. White trim and various textures and shades of wood enliven the rooms. Details in the wood are taken from older architecture, like straight doorframes that are not angled at the corners. “We did all distressed wood when we did our cabinets, because we figured it would be distressed eventually anyway,” Julie says. “We’re just acting in advance.”


“I don’t really like to put just anything up on the wall, unless it has some sort of significance.” – Julie Kiracofe

The formal dining room reflects the traditional style found through the rest of the home. On one side of an antique dinner table, old family photos hang on what’s known as the family wall. The room features a tin ceiling and French doors that open to the front porch. “It’s great if you have folks over to be able to just flow in and out,” Kent says. Farther down the front hallway is the spacious two-story great-room with 19-foot ceilings. Family-oriented art, like a large family photo and artwork displaying the Kiracofe name, add to the room’s casual atmosphere. Julie, who is now a stay-at-home mom, has a background in graphic design and worked as an art director for trade magazines. However, the family doesn’t buy artwork. “I love family pictures,” Julie says. “I don’t really like to put just anything up on the wall, unless it has some sort of significance.” Antiques include Julie’s grandmother’s piano, which the children have learned to play. Kent, a family physician, collects antique medical books, including a few that bear the names of past Manhattan doctors. A characteristic of the house is its various entrances and connecting rooms, which are convenient when entertaining guests. Both the greatroom and dining room have doors leading to the hearth room.

Wholesome living The hearth room is where the family spends most of its time. With a combo kitchen and family room, the design of the room lets Julie cook while being with her family. “This was our fourth house, so you kind of just figure out what you want,” Julie says. “I knew I wanted an area where the family could be and I could still see them.” As whimsical individuals, the Kiracofes have a tradition of asking guests to sign their name on the underside of the antique kitchen table, and some have even written poems and stories. A window beside the kitchen

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table gives a spectacular view of the backyard, the Kiracofes’ garden, farmland and federally protected wetlands. “If you look out this way, it feels like you live almost out in the country,” Julie says. “You don’t see any other homes.” The mudroom is an organized person’s dream. Cubbies sort everything from the kids’ coats, shoes and backpacks to laundry baskets for each family member. The room maintains the home’s style with antiques like an old washboard and milk jug.

Up and down

Downstairs are two guest bedrooms filled with more antiques and a guest bathroom with everything from extra soaps to a coffeemaker. “If somebody comes and stays, you can kind of pamper them a little bit,” Kent says. Both Julie and Kent have extended family members who live out of state, so it was important for them to have a home that was welcoming and spacious. The Kiracofes plan to travel once their children are grown, but this home will be their last house so the kids will always have a place to return. “Home is always really important, and family is always really important,” Julie says. “Home’s always kind of the center, and that’s what brings the family together.”


The kitchen is modern, which is important when feeding three children.

Julie’s artistic touch is evident in the children’s themed rooms on the upper level of the house. Brady’s room is deemed the rugby room with its striped walls, Jillian’s room is appropriately called the purple room with violet swirled walls and Max’s jungle room is filled with animals that fit the forest terrain. The downstairs “hangout” is a den with antiques placed throughout, including a dry sink that belonged to Julie’s grandmother. “It was a special piece,” Julie says. “My grandma always had a bowl of M&M’s on her dry sink. So that’s something our family always does too.” The basement has a multipurpose room for entertaining with a little bit of everything, such as a pool table, foosball table and even a disco ball. Julie uses another room for her creative business, Sass and Frass, where she creates homemade headbands, jewelry and belts.

The welcoming front porch suggests a “relax and stay a while” sentiment with a swing and wicker furniture.

A unique hutch greets visitors at the front door.

The hearth room off the kitchen is where the family spends a lot of time, allowing everyone to be around at dinnertime.

Resting on a large piece of land, the house provides spectacular views in all directions.

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The Chef’s Table

| Story by Lou Ann Thomas

I Kenrick Waite makes room for food and family at the Little Grill

Kenrick Waite prepares chicken at the Little Grill, where he and his family make the restaurant kick with some Jamaican flavor.


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t isn’t that Kenrick Waite, owner of the Little Grill near Tuttle Creek Lake, doesn’t want to cook at home; it’s just that he is rarely there. “I work seven days a week. We’re closed on Mondays, but I still come in and do maintenance, cleaning or paperwork, so I don’t get to cook at home much,” says Kenrick. “If I do, I’ll just toss a steak on the grill or fix my wife’s favorite dish, Chicken Fricassee.” In honor of his Jamaican roots, Kenrick might even fix the national dish of ackee fruit with codfish when he can find the ingredients locally. “Jamaican cooking is different from American cooking,” he says. “There are lots of things I’d like to do here, but people aren’t familiar with them.” But Kenrick hopes to change that customer by customer at the Little Grill. “I like to think of this place as J-American. You can get jerk chicken, but you can also get a perfectly grilled hamburger or rib eye steak,” Kenrick says.

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RIGHT Staff and family are credited for the success of the restaurant. From left are server Cale Errebo, Akeem Waite, Kenrick Waite, Cathy Waite and Cathy’s daughter Tinoi Simeta.

Home and family Kenrick was born and raised in Jamaica. While working in Cancun, Mexico, in 1998, he met his future wife, Cathy, who was vacationing there. Cathy, a Manhattan native, has two daughters who were in high school at that time. As Kenrick says, it was easier for him to relocate than for her and the girls to move to Mexico or Jamaica. Because the family has little time at home, the restaurant became a home away from home. Cathy, who manages the gift shop at Mercy Regional Health Center, also helps manage the restaurant. Both of her daughters, Tinoi and Tiffany, work at the restaurant, as does Kenrick’s son Akeem. “And they all think they own the place,” Kenrick says with his trademark hearty laugh. Cathy joins in the laughter, adding that the restaurant has truly become the family’s home. “If we have friends or family over, they come here and we cook for them here,” she says.

Grillin’ and chillin’ Whatever Kenrick cooks is likely to come off


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He admits he dreams of someday returning to Jamaica and living the rest of his life there, but for now he enjoys his life in Manhattan.

his grill, which is made from a 55-gallon barrel. During the week Kenrick grills 60 pounds of chicken every day; over the weekend that doubles. So what kinds of grilling hints does the flame master have? First, make sure the grill is hot before putting anything on it. Once hot, Kenrick applies nonstick cooking oil to the surface. “Put your fish or meat on the grill and when you see some grill marks around the edges, carefully turn it,” he says. “Remember it will take less time to cook on the second side than the first.” Kenrick makes just about everything from scratch and cuts all his own meat. “He takes great care with the food and is very health conscious with it. Kenrick puts a lot of care into everything, from the shopping to the presentation,” Cathy says.

Props for mom Kenrick credits his mother, Pauline, for teaching him about cooking. He was the oldest of five children and quickly became his mother’s right hand and chief helper from a young age. “I was always watching the pot while mom was doing wash or taking care of the younger kids. I worked with her in the kitchen from the age of 10 until I was 29, when she died,” he says. That’s when Kenrick left Jamaica and headed for New York to work on cruise ships. He’s worked at hotels and leading resorts, learning the commercial side of cooking and restaurant management along the way. But to this day he credits his mother for teaching him about flavor and presentation. Kenrick also believes his mother instilled a sense of discipline in him.

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“The opportunities in this country are awesome. A lot of people take them for granted or abuse them, but if you’re disciplined and don’t take what you have for granted, you can live a good life here,” Kenrick says. He admits he dreams of someday returning to Jamaica and living the rest of his life there, but for now he enjoys his life in Manhattan. “People call me the chef, but I think of myself as simply the guy who co-owns the place,” Waite says.


Kenrick Waite’s Chicken Fricassee (Cathy Waite’s favorite dish)

5 pounds of chicken legs and thighs 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 carrots, chopped 1 onion, chopped 1 sweet pepper, red or green, chopped 1 cup mushrooms, chopped 2 tablespoons flour Salt and pepper to taste Other seasonings to taste Remove all excess fat from chicken and brown in vegetable oil over medium-high heat on both sides in a deep, heavy pan. Remove chicken from pan. Strain off most of the oil left in the pan, leaving a little on the bottom. Put the chicken back into the pan and add water to just below the top of the chicken. Add chopped vegetables to pan. Bring to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons flour to a half cup of water and combine. Pour over chicken and vegetables. Cover and simmer over low heat until vegetables are soft. Add hot pepper, cumin, thyme or spicy jerk sauce, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve with red beans and rice or white rice. In Jamaica this dish is traditionally served with breadfruit, fried plantains, yams or fried green bananas. Makes about five servings.

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P O O L PA RT Y These Manhattan residents dip their toes into luxurious backyard pools

Story by Alecia Stuchlik Photography by Alan Honey


pool often is more than just a place to swim in the comfort of your own backyard. The patio oasis can be a focal point and conversation starter or a private getaway. Some Manhattanites are enjoying the luxury and beauty of backyard pools that are as much a part of the landscape as they are a place to swim.


Taking advantage arc Heinitz and his wife, Darla, took advantage of their backyard. While building their home, they put in a pool that now occupies a large portion of their patio. Surrounding the pool are clusters of tables and chairs framed from behind by a thick tree cover. “I’ve always wanted to have a pool, and I’m from Minnesota and Darla’s from South Dakota. [There’s] a lot more hot weather down here,” says Marc, justifying their decision to add a pool. The rectangular 16by 32-foot chlorine pool is designed along simple lines but has an advantage over its kidney-shape counterparts. “One of the main reasons [for the design] is we have an automatic pool cover … it’s built right into the coping of the sides,” says Marc. Because the cover can be moved with the turn of a key, coverage is hassle-free and offers more safety should their young son Joran make his way back to the pool area.


Bringing home the family alking into Lindy and Randy Faith’s backyard, visitors are immediately transported to another place. The architecture of the house is Mediterranean-inspired and the backyard is an extension of that. Off to one side of the pool, layers of white wall climb up the hill, lined by flowers that add fragrance to the air. A new pool house is the spot to be for parties. The 30- by 29-foot retreat has a bathroom—which the Faiths find essential—and covered patio with bar. It was recently finished with new landscaping. The free-form pool has graceful contours that hug the yard like a glove. It resembles a scripted number eight and above it, nestled in the curvature of one side, is a small hot tub. “Part of having a pool is just looking at it. … It’s not always using it,” says Lindy. “It made our backyard. It’s a conversation pool; it’s got benches at both ends.” The backyard is set up for conversation and gatherings. The patio boasts plenty of tables and chairs, perfect for entertaining or serving as a quiet place to sit in the morning and drink coffee. The sun glistens off the water, creating a relaxing reflection. The Faiths’ kids and grandchildren come over to hang out by the pool every Sunday. As Lindy confirms, “It brings our family together.”

Natural view


he view from the backyard of Dan Parcel and Chris Edmunds’ humble abode is anything but modest, with a beautiful rectangular pool presiding over the luscious space. Because the house was built on a hill, the foundation is on bedrock and the 16- by 32-foot pool is raised. Views from the pool and back porch to the west overlook the breathtaking valley. Plants grow everywhere, adding splashes of color to the revealed bedrock that makes up a large portion of the yard. On the deck of the pool, to the west, purple and green sun coleus make a home among sweet potato vines and bright pink petunias. The rock beds that weave through the coniferous trees in the yard are chock full of plants. Work involved in the garden upkeep makes the pool a perfect place to cool off after a hot day. “When we’re doing yard work, we can take a dip to stay cool,” says Dan. The pool is also a great place for their nieces and nephews to come over to be entertained. “They have all their birthday parties and they bring their friends. It’s just kind of fun to watch them play,” he says.

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uniquely shaped pool occupies the backyard of John and Sandy Butler. “A pool can be a kind of focal point, and you can work around it,” says Sandy. Wide-mouthed on one end, their pool curves amiably, narrowing on the other end. In the center, a diving board presides over the pool’s deep area. Behind the diving board and stretching beyond the length of the pool is a short brick wall. The landscape is covered with rocks and dotted with a smattering of brightly blooming flowers. Near the narrow end of the pool, a small fountain—practically invisible against the water—can be raised with the push of a button, adding a chorus of flowing water. The couple plant a number of flowers around the pool and deck. In April they repainted the deck and added more flowers. “That’s why we bought the house,” says Sandy. “We love the yard and love the pool.”


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Running to success

oing into business with a friend is often a recipe for disaster. But for two former teammates, college roommates and friends, it is proving to be a successful race. Ben Sigle and Trey Vernon, both 29, are the owners of Manhattan Running Co., a running sports store where individuals can get more than just a pair of shoes. “[Running] is something we love to do,” says Sigle. “We are passionate and we know what we are doing. We are not just sitting here—we enjoy helping customers.” It all started when Vernon, originally from Fort Scott, and Sigle, from Riley, were awarded track scholarships to Oklahoma State University. They studied business and marketing, roomed together, were teammates and during four and half years became best friends.

College buddies find achievement in owning Manhattan Running Co.

Once a month they host a supported long-distance run. They chart a route and assist runners with any needs they may have during their run. Owning a specialized running store was attractive to the pair, and four years ago they created a business plan. They considered opening in Stillwater, Oklahoma, or Manhattan. Because Sigle had experience as a high school track athlete in Riley, he knew there was no competition in this area. The friends graduated, but Vernon continued his studies to get an MBA and then moved to London while working for Cerner Corp. After a couple of years in Oklahoma working on a master’s degree and running, Sigle moved to Manhattan. “I came to Kansas, worked one year in insurance and then coached for three years,” he says.

Friends, college roommates, business partners and runners, Ben Sigle, left, and Trey Vernon successfully opened Manhattan Running Co. to better serve athletes in the area.

Manhattan Running Co. 3015 Anderson Ave. (785) 320-6363


Success in Numbers

Since opening their shop, Vernon and Sigle have had to increase their retail space almost threefold. Here are some highlights of their growth.



Running gear Two sock companies 20 styles of shoes No nutritional items Sigle’s parents’ treadmill

Running, swimming, women’s gear Five sock companies 50 styles of shoes Bars, drinks, supplements Business-owned treadmill

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Providing knowledgeable advice, Vernon helps customer Justin Glenn with new shoes.

Sigle found himself shopping for a business loan, but 2007 didn’t seem to be the right time. They needed to save as much money as possible before embarking on the running store business, so the project was shelved. A year later Sigle tired of his job and contacted Vernon, who was then back in Oklahoma. “I called one day and said, ‘We are doing this,’” says Sigle. “The following week I quit my job.” Less than three months later—on July 21, 2008—they opened the store’s doors, although Vernon was still living in Oklahoma and Sigle had celebrated his wedding just two weeks earlier.

Sigle and Vernon often train together for upcoming races.

“This is good and bad,” says Sigle. “[Because of pains] now we are able to give advice.” Since opening the store, Sigle and Vernon have added employees and inventory, which now includes swimwear, nutritional items and women’s wear.

Experience and knowledge

Sigle and Vernon also have unofficially become the president and vice president of the Little Apple Running Club. Customers and other runners also rely on their website for race information. Once a month they host a supported long-distance run. They chart a route and assist runners with any needs they may have during their run. They’ll bring food, water and even give rides to those who need to stop running for some reason. These supported long runs are part of the reason they chose their location on Shoes on a test run Anderson Avenue. Manhattan Running Co. offers advanced shoe The setting isn’t great for foot traffic, but the linear trail fitting. Employees ask runners to jog on a treadmill behind the store is. It makes for a good location when testing shoes while they analyze their gait. and runners. “We knew it was going to have to be a destination,” The evaluation begins with customers wearing a says Vernon. neutral pair of shoes that doesn’t offer gait correction. Many runners stop by the store before and after hitting the Runners run on the treadmill while their feet are being trail to get water or advice. The store also helps the owners stay videotaped. This helps determine if their ankles move active. Sigle is training for a marathon in Utah, his first. Vernon inward or outward with each step, known as pronation placed fourth in the Kansas City Marathon last year and won or supination respectively. the Wichita Marathon in 2004. Vernon now trains for triathlons After the video gait analysis, Vernon and Sigle sugafter having hip surgery and still has his mind set on running the gest a pair of shoes that will help the customer run more Boston Marathon. comfortably. “The most common problems we see is peo Both Vernon and Sigle have been surprised by the quick sucple that wear nonsupportive shoes [when they need it] and cess of their business. They say it is because they listen to their those who wear the wrong size,” says Vernon. customers and love what they do. They have received gratitude from customers who are “It’s fun to see it grow,” says Vernon. “It is a dream come able to run more comfortably and eliminate some of the true … but better than you could have imagined.” pain they experience while on long runs. It’s something Sigle and Vernon know about from experience, as they’ve both had their share of running-related pain and injuries.



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In store: Emerald City Market The swanky market gets wicked in Manhattan


here is a sense of class inside the doors of Emerald City Market. Customers discover this when they open the door and see a massive antique chandelier suspended over a case of elegant chocolates that look too pretty to eat. Owners Larry Costlow and Clark Balderson opened their specialty food store two years ago in Wamego, where both live. After realizing that Manhattan was in need of a store like theirs, the pair moved the store into its current location on Poyntz Avenue in early April. “Part of the gist of the store is the shopping experience,” says Costlow. “We’ve tried to make it really nice so that you have a good time while shopping here.” The new space has a full kitchen for cooking classes in a variety of topics. Tall shelves are filled with food and dinnerware that make any foodie’s heart skip a beat.

“Part of the gist of the store is the shopping experience. We’ve tried to make it really nice so that you have a good time while shopping here.” – Larry Costlow

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(785) 537-6090 The proprietors of Emerald City Market, Clark Balderson, left, and Larry Costlow, have found a new home with the perfect clientele in Manhattan.


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Emerald City Market’s eccentric inventory

French cheeses. The market has a variety of gourmet cheeses ranging from Cantal, Chaubier and St. Andre to Gourmandise Kirsch and Mimolette. “The French often put the cheese at the end of the meal and make it a course in and of itself,” says Costlow.

Nambé Metal Alloy serving pieces. These aren’t your ordinary serving dishes. “We feel that it fits in well with the upscale ambience of the market,” says Costlow. Nambé’s award-winning line is even featured in the Museums of Modern Art in New York and San Francisco. “We had to give the representative our first three grandchildren,” says Costlow, explaining the intense scrutiny before Nambé allowed Emerald City to begin selling its product.

Cocoa Dolce artisan chocolates. A couple of months before the store’s move to Manhattan, Costlow and Balderson received word that their previous chocolatier was going out of business. “For 24 hours there was a note of panic in my heart,” says Costlow, who does a majority of the ordering for the store. After an employee gushed about chocolate she had sampled while visiting Wichita, Costlow contacted the ladies of Cocoa Dolce. “Now I have gourmet Kansas products that are made in Wichita that are beautiful.”

Tuscan olive oil selection. During Emerald City Market’s preliminary stages, Costlow made trips to local grocery stores to see what items were on their shelves and then ordered something different for his store. This helps ensure that Emerald City offers a unique range of products, like Tuscan olive oils. “That buttery, fresh, peppery taste that characterizes Tuscan olive oil makes it our finishing oil of choice most of the time,” he says.

Absolutely Wicked Coffee. The year before they opened their doors in Wamego, Costlow and Balderson made a trip to New York City and became enamored with the musical Wicked. “We tagged onto the Oz theme sort of peripherally,” says Costlow in reference to Emerald City and Wamego’s Oz-themed downtown. “I thought, ‘That stands alone even if the Oz thing doesn’t work out.’” After finding a roaster in McPherson, the Emerald City owners began selling a line of specialized dark roast beans and blends.



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The fabric of a dream

usan Kice has always loved fabric. So much so that five years ago she decided to make it her business. Her not-so-little downtown venture, Four & Twenty Blackbirds, offers European furniture, upholstery, handbags, children’s toys and jewelry—items that cater to Kice’s passion and serve as luxuries for others. “It’s fun to see a piece come together after you’ve worked on it,” she says. “It’s a lot of satisfaction. The fabric and upholstering is the part I would have a hard time giving up.” Kice’s love for fabric is evident in the hundreds of samples lining the store’s walls. Unique and rare fabrics from Fabricut or Robert Allen are available. Simply put, her inventory gives customers an abundance of options. “They are daunted, but once they get into looking at fabric, they aren’t daunted anymore,” she says.

Four & Twenty Blackbirds is a retail vision turned reality

“I wanted a store with fabric. That really was my number one goal. You then need to be able to service that fabric by upholstery, so we did.”

– Susan Kice

In the midst of all the swatches is an area that resembles Santa’s workshop at the North Pole. The interesting and fun toys, wooden puzzles, games and dolls put children on cloud nine. Kice tries to keep fine toy lines available like Hot Slot cars, which catch the attention of fathers and husbands. And for the moms and wives, the back of the store showcases striking handbags and fine jewelry.

Matching seams The Kice family has lived in Manhattan for seven years. Kice’s husband, John, taught at Kansas State University while she stayed home during their chil-

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Offering various fabrics and designs, Four & Twenty Blackbirds has made a name for itself among upholsterers and interior designers.

dren’s teenage years. But she decided to pursue ness would make a difference. As a result, Manhattan’s S&N Design cresomething more. ated the signage and graphics for Four & Twenty Blackbirds. “I wanted a store with fabric. That really was With a website in the works, her lesson is, “Follow it up; stay with it.” As a my number one goal,” says Kice. “You then need result, Four & Twenty Blackbirds has become known outside Manhattan. to be able to service that fabric by upholstery, so we did.” The end goal Oddly enough, she has never liked to sew, but The Four & Twenty Blackbirds business plan is to help people she thoroughly enjoys upholstering. “There is a difadd a few treasures to their homes. “I like bringing really fine things ference,” she says. “Sewing is a lot more of, ‘Here’s a to this town at really great prices, which I think we do,” she says. “We pattern. Cut it out and sew it well.’ And with upholnever mark something up more than what retail suggests. … I try to stery it’s fun to see a piece come to life.” make things work for most people if I can.” Kice began the hobby about six years ago when Kice is also a believer in shopping local. she would help her aunt with pieces of furniture. “Having a physical location gives people the chance to see Today, her upholstery business services customers things. You can look at it, can touch it and see what you’re getting,” from Manhattan, Junction City, Topeka and even as she says. “John and my family have played almost every game in this far as the Kansas City area. store. We know when we bring it in, it’s a good one. If it’s not, we “Our first year we were in business we sold more send it back. … I can’t afford to have people unhappy with me.” beige polyester fabric for sofas and chairs,” Kice recalls. Like most retailers, Kice wants her store to be fun and “We have not sold that since. Women come in now and interesting while giving customers exactly what they want. Feedget exactly what they want or what they’ve seen. It’s so back tells her she’s doing something right. “We get a lot of complimuch more fun.” ments. I have the greatest customer base ever.”


Branding a business When John originally asked her what she wanted to do, she responded with a phrase from a nursery rhyme. “The line out of my mouth was, ‘I want to do so many different things—four and 20 things,’” Kice says. No one in Kice’s family liked the store name, but other retailers loved it. One Wichita storeowner told her it was perfect, rhythmic, sing-songy and interesting. “Sometimes you lean on other people,” she says. “You have to ignore the people you love.” Kice doesn’t consider herself a business genius, but she’s a quick learner and recognized that branding her busi-


Kice’s love for fabric is evident in the hundreds of samples lining the store’s walls. Unique and rare fabrics from Fabricut or Robert Allen are available.

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A capturing chime Passion rings true for William Pugh and Top Rung Tower Chime

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illiam T. Pugh has a love affair with tower chimes. And the name of his muse is Deagan. These elegant, tower-dwelling brass chimes have attracted him to a lifetime of passionate service and interest. Existing since the 19th century, many of the historical instruments are neglected, abandoned and even destroyed. But Pugh isn’t giving up. “So often we throw out much of the mechanical history. I consider my work historical preservation, and that’s something most other folks can’t claim,” he says. “I love what I do, and not a lot of people can say that.” As the owner of Top Rung Tower Chime and Organ Service in Manhattan, Pugh travels the country repairing and restoring Deagan chimes, some of which have hung for decades. “The Deagan Company was the world’s finest manufacturer of tuned percussions, and they built the best tower chime systems,” the 57-year-old says. “The founder of the company, John Calhoun Deagan, saw and heard chimes while on a trip in England. He believed he could build better ones, and he did.” Deagan chimes are up to 14 feet long, with the largest weighing about 400 pounds. The cylindrical chimes are suspended by rope or elevator cable, leaving them free to vibrate when rung from the top. Of the 444 systems that Deagan manufactured, Pugh believes 130 are still operational with their original equipment. The most common system has 10 notes.

The beginning Pugh received a bachelor’s of music in organ performance from the University of Cincinnati CollegeConservatory of Music. Shortly after he graduated, he went to work for the Reuter Organ Co. in Lawrence. In 1979 Pugh was removing a Reuter organ from a church when he saw his first J.C. Deagan chiming device panel. He began researching Deagan products and serviced his first Deagan at Topeka High School. “I’ve always been fascinated by things mechanical, musical and electrical,” Pugh says. “So two perfect notches for me are pipes and organs.” After moonlighting to repair Deagan tower chimes, Pugh began the part-time operation Top Rung

Top Rung Tower Chime and Organ Service (785) 587-9500 William T. Pugh has made a lifetime career out of caring for chimes and specializes in restoring Deagan systems.


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While Pugh specializes in Deagan chimes, he has worked on a number of items, including organs, Deagan clocks and other instruments.

No. 36 Tower Chime and Organ Service in March 1978. He quit his Reuter job nine years later when he realized he was happiest as his own boss and moved to Manhattan in 2001. Pugh has Deagan tower chime clients throughout the country. Most are in churches, but some are in historic sites, municipalities, cemeteries and even residential locations. “Every one of those systems has a story,” Pugh says.

Pugh recently completed his 36th restoration, which hit close to home: the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Manhattan, where Pugh serves as organist. “We wanted to use the system to complement our worship,” he says. In April 2007, the organist at First Presbyterian Church of Tulsa contacted Pugh about relocating its Deagan tower chimes. The Tulsa organist made an agreement with the First Congregational United Church of Christ to donate the 80-year-old chimes in exchange for their safe removal, restoration and regular use. Since its construction in 1904, the Manhattan church’s third floor housed only a stove chimney, which church members removed to make room for the chimes. The loft now holds a 6,500-pound, The inner workings 10-note Deagan tower chime system. Pugh always tries to keep a tower chime in its “The loft in the tower was fairly spacious, but it had never had a original shape, salvaging parts from other Deagan bell or chimes of some sort,” said the Rev. Kent Cormack, Pugh’s life installations when possible. He even makes a lot of his partner. “We thought it was time we gave it a voice.” own parts. “I don’t tamper with the looks,” Pugh says. The restoration and installation took 17 months and involved “Everything I do is reversible. My goal is to preserve it.” more than 40 congregation members who volunteered. Restoring a system is no easy task. Pugh works When the chimes were revealed on Christmas Eve in 2008, with various heavy components, which are transChristmas carols were played for 20 minutes. “There are a few other ported to his shop so he can accurately work on them. bells to be heard in the downtown area, but there aren’t any other Decades of dirt are removed, then painted pieces are chimes or bells that are able to actually play tunes and that have sandblasted, primed and repainted while plated pieces enough notes to play,” says Cormack. “It’s a new sound in downare replated. town Manhattan in that regard.” The tallest system he has worked on was about 170 feet. Despite the tower heights, he has never had a serious fall. “People ask how I stay so trim,” Pugh says. “WorkThe future ing on tower chimes has a lot of ups and downs.” Pugh hopes to restore 10 percent of the 444 Deagan tower Sometimes work takes Pugh to national parks and chime systems. With that goal in mind, he has one more task to scenic areas. He has taken pictures of the locations he viscomplete before his work is truly done: finding a successor. its; he’d like to write a book about Deagan’s largest instru “It needs to be someone who is a generation younger, who ments when he retires. loves to travel, who has a musical, mechanical and electrical He estimates that he services 20 to 30 systems a aptitude—because that’s hard to teach—who is interested in year and is typically on the road 80 to 100 nights a year historic preservation, who can fit between two floor joists and for the business. who isn’t afraid of heights,” Pugh says, which makes for an accurate homage.



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Bees and their keepers

Local enthusiasts share the spirit and insight of bees Area beekeepers are buzzing around from hive to hive feeding their own hobby.


There’s a constant buzz around Richard Marteney, and it’s not because he’s a celebrity or sports star—it’s from the bees he’s keeping. Marteney is a 28-year beekeeper. He loves tending to the winged insects on his land between Manhattan and Wamego. “Beekeeping is a super hobby. For the most part, the bees take care of themselves and provide honey and pollinate flowers and fruit trees,” he says. “Everything does better when bees are around.” Marteney’s passion for beekeeping is also contagious. In the Manhattan area, 46 people have gotten their start as beekeepers with his help. One of those is Victor Chikan, professor of chemistry at Kansas State University. manhattan magazine

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“I’m fascinated by these little creatures that work together and achieve great things,” Chikan says. Both Chikan and Marteney volunteer as swarm catchers, who are called into action when a group of relocating bees, known as a nest, are found in the area. This service not only helps protect people but also the bees, because the goal is to gather and help move them without harm.

Home sweet home Bees likely swarm because the hive has become too congested. When this happens, a new queen bee will be established and about half of the hive will leave with her to find a new location. “They will likely land close to the old hive, and worker bees will spend the next couple of days looking for a new place to live, usually within two to three miles from the old hive,” Chikan says. “When they find it, they let the others know and all head to the new location.” If a swarm is found soon after it leaves its old hive, the bees will likely be calm and easier to catch. “If it has been a couple days since they’ve left the hive, they


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can be hungry and cranky and are more likely to sting when they feel threatened,” Chikan says. This is part of the reason why it’s always a good idea to call local law enforcement or the county Extension Office when a swarm is found. Professionals like Marteney and Chikan have the knowledge, experience and equipment to deal with the situation without triggering the bees’ instinct to protect their queen or hive. “People need to know swarms aren’t aggressive or dangerous when left alone. Their priority is to establish a hive. So if you find a swarm, don’t abuse it or spray it. Call a beekeeper instead,” Marteney says.

above Viktor Chikan shows off a hive he’s harvested. LEFT Chikan displays a swarm collecting box he made and uses for relocating hives. RIGHT Richard Marteney gathers many of his hives by helping to relocate unwanted swarms around Manhattan.


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A busy bee hobby Not all beekeepers harvest their bees from swarms. Clint Hibbs usually buys his bees from Nebraska in order to increase his population. Hibbs has been interested in bees since he was 10 years old. Now he’s even getting his 6-year-old daughter Anya interested in beekeeping. “She has her own bee suit and is fascinated with the bees, so I gave her a hive of her own. It’s an opportunity for her to get closer to nature, have ownership and learn about responsibility,” Hibbs says. Hibbs, an architectural designer, has turned his hobby of beekeeping into an entrepreneurial opportunity. He sells honey at the Manhattan farmer’s market with the label Simply Natural Honey.

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“The honey bee is the only social insect that produces a product mankind can consume. Man cannot replicate the honey that the bees make,” Hibbs says. “And their honey is a healthy food source—healthier than many other sugars.” Honey takes on different colors and flavors depending on the location of the pollen that the bees collect. “Here in the Flint Hills, the flavor of our honey is different from any other place in the world. And the flavor varies with the time of year because of the different plants available to the bees,” Hibbs says. In the fall the honey has a stronger floral flavor, and in the spring and summer the flavor is lighter and sweeter. The color and thickness of the honey change depending on the season as well. The average life span of a honeybee is 40 days. During that time the bees work as one cohesive group to create a productive and safe hive, which can maintain hundreds of pounds of honey. Marteney adds, “If our society could cooperate and work together the way bee hives do, we might all be doing a lot better.”


Clint Hibbs gets his bees from Nebraska, but harvests them in Manhattan to make honey with help from his daughter.

What to do if you are stung:

Bees aren’t looking to sting you. When a bee feels threatened, it might choose to protect itself and sting. After a confrontation, bees will lose their stinger and die.

If a bee stings you, remember these steps: Get away from the bees as quickly as possible. Go to a safe area, such as inside a car or building. Remove the stinger by gently scraping across the site with a blunt-edged object, such as a credit card or dull knife. Do not try to pull the stinger out, because this may release more venom. Wash the area thoroughly with soap and water. Apply an ice pack wrapped in a cloth to help reduce swelling and pain. If the sting occurs on an arm or leg, elevate the limb to help reduce swelling. Call 911 and seek emergency medical care immediately if stung in the mouth, nose or throat area, or if there are any signs of systemic or generalized reaction. If you have a known or suspected allergy to stings, carry a bee sting kit such as EpiPen at all times and know how to use it. For prevention of bee stings, avoid perfumes, hairsprays and other scented products. Avoid wearing brightly colored clothing, going outside barefoot and being near locations where hives and nests are present. If you discover a nest or swarm, have it removed by professionals, like Viktor Chikan and Richard Marteney.

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Daughters defending freedom Two Manhattan High School graduates are flying high with the U.S. Air Force— and their parents couldn’t be prouder TOP ROW U.S. Air Force F-16 instructor pilot Katie Gaetke grew up in Manhattan, where her family continues to support her. Photography courtesy the Knopp family BOTTOM ROW As an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force, Mary Beth Hoke has tested her military limits with the support of her family in Manhattan. Photography courtesy the Hoke family


It might have seemed like an ordinary occurrence when two U.S. Air Force officers ran into each other on an Air Force base in South Korea. Mary Beth Hoke and Katie Gaetke hadn’t seen much of one another since the day they graduated from Manhattan High School in 1998. “It was strange to see a face that was familiar from so long ago in such a different part of my life now,” says Katie, whose maiden name is Knopp. “I associate Mary Beth with elementary school, traveling soccer and watching her on the varsity basketball team, and here she was in an Air Force uniform.”

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Almost 10 years later, the women were both stationed thousands of miles from their hometown. They grew up together in Manhattan, but they didn’t plan on simultaneously joining the Air Force.

The fighter pilot Katie’s Air Force career began in college with the Air Force ROTC program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After receiving a bachelor’s degree and completing pilot training and several tests, Katie was commissioned as an F-16 fighter pilot and now is an F-16 instructor pilot. She says the F-16 is a multirole, singleseat plane that she typically flies at 500 to 700 mph ground speed. “You’ve got to respect the danger and you’ve got to respect the airplane,” Katie says. “I can’t think of a time specifically when I’ve felt afraid in an airplane. I’ve definitely felt challenged, and I’ve definitely felt unsure if I’m ready for what I’m doing, but I think that’s part of the steep learning curve.” People are often surprised to learn Katie is a fighter pilot. “I’m not sure what they expect a fighter pilot to

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| local profiles Proud parents Joe and Nancy Knopp have seen Katie from the flight line, feeling the same chill they know their daughter has found in her military career.

Linda and Kirk Hoke thank servicemen and women when they get the chance, knowing of the commitment it takes for an individual like Mary Beth.

Family pride look like, but I don’t think I’m it,” Katie says, laughing. “A lot of people don’t even realize that women can fly fighters.” Katie’s husband, Matt, is an F-16 fighter pilot. They have been stationed a couple hours apart occasionally but have been able to see each other on weekends. “There’s been some times where we’ve been a plane ride apart,” Katie says. “It’s been a challenge, but we’ve been making it work.”

The intelligence officer When Mary Beth graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in management information systems, her mother assumed she would get a job and stay put in her hometown. “[Joining the Air Force] was the last thing I expected my daughter to do,” says Linda, her mother. Mary Beth decided not to pursue a career with her degree because she didn’t want a desk job. Instead she chose to join the Air Force; she went back to K-State to join the Air Force ROTC while studying for a master’s degree. “I thought this is probably something she would really be good at,” Linda says. “She loves to travel—that was one big thing because she wanted to see the world.” Mary Beth is now an intelligence officer in the Air Force and supports flying operations and operational security. She was stationed in South Korea and recently returned from a tour in Iraq.

Dangers and concerns The Hokes frequently think about Mary Beth and the potential dangers. And Katie’s parents, Joe and Nancy Knopp, are just as aware of what their daughter could face as a fighter pilot. “I think if I really knew all the things she could be doing, I couldn’t sleep at night,” says Joe. The danger is hard to ignore when the Knopps hear reports of an F-16 crash, especially now that they have met many of the fighter pilots during visits to Katie’s Air Force bases. “You wonder if it’s someone we would know, and it almost always will be someone she or her husband will know,” Nancy says.


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“We’ve stood on the flight line and watched her take off, and when you see your little girl up in that powerful fighter jet, and you see the afterburner glowing in the sky, it’s a powerful experience,” Nancy says. Joe knows Katie is a competitor and likes a good challenge. “We always taught her that you’re not locked into certain professions because you’re female—everything is wide open,” Joe says. “She took about the one that’s the most extreme.” The Hokes appreciate when people are interested in hearing about Mary Beth’s profession. “People just thought it was so neat that she was going on this adventure—not that they wanted to do it—but they thought it was neat,” Kirk says.

Newfound appreciation Kirk and Linda cope with their daughter’s absence by showing their support for her and the many others who serve in the military. They like to thank other soldiers and their families by occasionally buying their meals at restaurants. “It makes you kind of feel good to do things like that for people that are fighting for us—for our freedom,” Linda says. “It’s the least we can do, and we would hope that somebody would maybe do that for our daughter someday, kind of pass it on.” The Knopps also show gratitude for people in the military. “We have an appreciation for the sacrifices that they’re making; it is not an 8 to 5 job,” Joe says. To Katie, serving her country means giving back to the community, which is something she attributes to learning from her parents. “That’s kind of what I love about being in the Air Force, is that I commit to something bigger than myself,” she says.



In 1981 Debbie Dugan came to Manhattan looking for a new start. Fresh out of Highland Community College, she had her sights on something, well, secretarial—which she laughs about today. “I knew I really wanted to be in an office setting. At the time back in the early ’80s it was called secretary, but now it’s moved to administrative assistant,” she says. When Dugan started her career at the Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department, the city only had a Park Department. Twenty-eight years later, Dugan has climbed the ranks of Manhattan’s since-merged Parks and Recreation Department and now serves as its administrative supervisor. A behind-the-scenes orchestrator, she is responsible for overseeing registration, customer service and payroll, and preparing the activity brochure. “Yeah, I am that go-to person,” she says with a laugh. We caught up with Dugan to gain some insight into the well-oiled machine that is Manhattan’s Parks and Rec.


Debbie Dugan Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department administrative supervisor

Why do you enjoy being a part of the Parks and Recreation Department? I love working with the public. … There is something new that happens every day that can either, you know, a lot of times put a smile on your face when you have the public call in with some good news; we don’t get all complaints. Personally, I like working with the public and being able to help our little ones to our senior adults that we serve. Why are parks vital to Manhattan? In our society today, our jobs are stressful, and especially now with the economy, there are really a lot of things going on. I think with recreation, especially with our beautiful parks, it allows people to have a release.

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Do you have a favorite park or recreation destination? I would say my favorite park is always City Park. Our office is located here [laughter], so it’s kind of like my second home.

What do residents overlook when visiting the parks or recreation spots? The value they get for the money. Our baseball program [for example]… that’s usually an eight- to 10-week program for $25. You know, that’s a really good value for their money. Our programs are reasonably priced, and I’m not so sure they know the value they are getting. How can area residents help keep their parks clean? Picking up after themselves. Especially since Manhattan doesn’t have a dog park right now. … We have doggie stations that have the bags throughout the park system. So if they could utilize the doggie bags and pick up the waste that would help. And just making sure they pick up their trash and help keep the parks clean. If you had to choose one, which would it be and why: swimming pool, playground, bike trail or local park? Probably the park. With a park, I guess since I’m in it every day, I see people reading their books, laying,

suntanning, jogging around the park or walking. So there’s a lot of activity that can be done in the park. Tell me a little bit about your time in Manhattan. I live outside of Wamego right now with my husband and my daughter, Hillary, and my son, Kaleb. I have two bulldogs, Peanut and Pink. But my whole time I’ve been in Manhattan, I’ve been with the Park Department. So my whole career has been spent with Parks and Rec. Did you see yourself in Parks and Recreation for your whole career? Not really! … I wanted to help people. Back then, I was very athletic and loved sports. … I just never really looked for anything else. It’s just been a good fit.


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n enthusiastic “Yes!” comes out of Cortéz Leach’s mouth when asked if he likes to work out. Cortéz, 8, is an active little boy and member of Kid Fitness at Mercy Fitness West. “The whole family was wanting to be healthier and working out. We needed something for Cortéz since he did not want to be on a sports team,” Vanessa Leach says of her son.

Alternative course Mercy Fitness West and Kid Fitness provide an alternative to team sports for youngsters. Barbie Anderson, director of

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fitness and wellness at Mercy Fitness West, began Kid Fitness more than 10 years ago with children like Cortéz in mind. After Anderson attended a national fitness conference that highlighted the dangers of child obesity, she knew there was a need in Manhattan for an exercise class that would engage all children and help them fall in love with exercise. “I thought that Manhattan needed a program for kids who were not competitive, an outlet for kids to experience exercise without the competitiveness of team sports,” Anderson says. “Team sports are just not for all kids. The kids are engaged

through games; they don’t realize they are working out.” Activities vary depending on the age and size of the class, says instructor Ben Walker, a certified personal trainer. “We will usually start with a relay or obstacle course. We always have races and games like tag, especially for bigger classes.” If a class is small, Walker can work one-on-one with each child. By focusing on the individual’s success and not on winning or losing, Kid Fitness helps the children enjoy exercise. Walker has the benefit of teaching children to fall in love with working out. “One of my favorite things is interacting with the kids and being able to be a big kid myself,” he says.

Benefits It is obvious that the children love Walker. Payton Mills, 6, and his brother Silas, 4, attend the class on a regular basis. Both boys love playing and working with their instructor and the new friends they have made in class. Their mother, Keri, decided to take the boys to Kid Fitness after joining Mercy Fitness West for her own health. “I could see the kids participating in the Kid Fitness class, and the kids looked like they were having a blast. Plus, I wanted to make sure the boys knew that fitness is fun and that it’s important to stay healthy. I also thought it would be a good way for them to burn extra energy,” says Mills.

Children shaping up Kid Fitness puts the fun back in exercise 50

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The Kid Fitness class at Mercy Fitness West allows parents to work out while the little ones get their own time in the gym. Kids then learn the importance of fitness.

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Both moms have seen improvements in their children’s lives by participating in Kid Fitness. Cortéz has more energy and is not as tired; he’s also on a better diet, drinking more water and choosing fruits and vegetables as snacks instead of unhealthy sweets. Children learn that eating healthy is a part of participating in Kid Fitness—the two go hand in hand. Mills has seen improvements in her boys’ coordination and their ability to do exercises they couldn’t do before, like push-ups, situps, jumping jacks and the crab walk. She’s also noticed that the boys sleep better on the nights they attend class. Not only are the children increasing their physical activity, but social improvements have been made as well. “Some of the kids will come in shy and timid with me and with the other children,” says Walker. “But after a couple of classes, the kids will begin to open up and interact more.”

Mercy Fitness West 315 S. Seth Child Road (785) 587-5485 Kid Fitness is offered at Mercy Fitness West and available for boys and girls ages 4-11. The 40-minute class starts at 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Enrollment is ongoing and parents can buy a punch card for 10 visits or pay a monthly class fee for the child. Parents do not have to be members of Mercy Fitness West for their children to participate.


Instructor Ben Walker enjoys the opportunity to work with kids and show them fitness can be fun.

A child’s smile can light up the world. And for some, it even lights up a livelihood.

The enjoyment and hobby of taking pictures have allowed two Manhattan photographers to build successful careers, specializing in children’s photography.

Children’s photographers capture the perfect moments


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Following children while they play and run around is what Bethany “Beth” Meysenburg— with camera in hand—does as a children’s photographer. She waits for that perfect moment to capture an expression of joy, happiness and excitement on a child’s face—a sight that parents get to see every day. “What I love about children is there is no inhibition. They just feel so comfortable most of the time, depending on what age, in front of the camera,” she says. A Manhattan native, Meysenburg first picked up a camera when she was in high school; during vacations she’d shoot pictures of her family and nature. Going on to study at Washburn University, she received an art degree with an emphasis in photography and graphic design. “During college, I really thought I wanted to go to med school, and then I decided about halfway through to switch my major,” she says. After she graduated from college in 2004, Meysenburg found that area photographers weren’t hiring. As an alternative she opened her own studio, Meysenburg Photography. Along with children’s photography, she specializes in weddings. “The business just really happened for me,” she says. “I thought about it when I was young and decided to do it. I thought it would be nice to have a photography business in my home, so I’d be able to be around when I had kids.” As a member of the Kansas Professional Photographers Association, Meysenburg attended the KPPA Photography School in 2007. She trained under some of the leading photographers in the country. To supplement her experience, she attended the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International convention last year. “These conventions have been absolutely vital in the growth of Meysenburg Photography and the promise of the quality of my work,” she says. Meysenburg naturally took to children’s photography. “Kids are really comfortable with me and I’m very patient, so it’s a natural thing and just works out,” she says.“I’ll follow them and allow it to just happen. I tell parents to relax and just let them be—and they’ll do great.” Along with her portraits, Meysenburg creates custom cards for baby showers, birth announcements, holidays and albums. She says it is important that parents have their children’s pictures taken at an early age. “To me, it’s art and not just a snapshot. You are documenting something that will never happen again,” she says. Meysenburg is keen on the freedom of her job, the artistic side of it and the interaction with the people, especially children. “I love it when you as the photographer are completely forgotten and can feel like a fly on the wall.”


“Fuzzy pickles” is the phrase Jen Salmans likes to say to get children to smile when she is taking their picture. “I think it’s cute because it just makes you laugh,” she says. After graduating with a degree in business from Kansas State University, she worked as a chief financial officer at an independent assisted living facility in the Kansas City area for four years. However, she always had a passion for children, enjoyed them and loved taking pictures. It wasn’t until she had her first daughter that she put the two together. “I didn’t intend to get started as a photographer,” Salmans says. “I just wanted to take better pictures of our kids, so I invested in a stellar camera.” Salmans took a few basic photography classes through K-State’s UFM Community Learning Center. She is also completely self-taught in using Photoshop. “I am not much of a class person,” she says. “I’m more of a figure-it-out-on-my-own type of person.” Then Salmans started a blog for fun. She had taken some pictures for her friends and put them on the blog, and her business grew from there. She enjoys photographing children because of their different personalities and traits. She’s been known to take more than 500 pictures in one sitting. “I’m always chasing the kids around while trying to capture their smiles with their eyes looking directly at the camera,” she says. “It’s not just about taking the picture. It’s more about capturing the children and the quirky things they do and having them at ease.” As a full-time mother too, Salmans enjoys the creativity that being a children’s photographer allows her. She also customizes holiday cards, birth announcements and invitations. “It’s my creative outlet,” she says. “Plus, it allows me to be the mom I want to be and have something I feel like I can give back to people.”


“It’s not just about t aking the picture. It’s more about capturing the children and the quirky things they do and having them at ease.”

“To me, it’s art and not just a snapshot. You are documenting something that will never happen again.”

Photographed: The Wollenberg family

Photographed: Madeline Crocker, Brock Narciso, the Nekola family

“It’s my creative outlet. Plus, it allows me to be the mom I want to be and have something I feel like I can give back to people.”

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Teeing up with youngsters


his summer youngsters are hitting the links and getting in the game as The First Tee of Manhattan gears up for its 10th year. In 1999, The First Tee program began in the area with the goal of introducing young, economically disadvantaged children of all backgrounds to the game of golf and the life lessons it teaches. Through the national and local program, participants learn how skills on the golf course can help them in everyday life. “The combination to blend life skills and golf skills is what separates The First Tee from other youth initiatives and junior golf programs,” says Bernie Haney, executive director.

Course structure The First Tee has year-round programs and is open to children 5 years and older. Younger participants begin on the Target level, where they learn basic golf concepts and life skills. The Player level for those 7 years and older provides an introduction to the game of golf. “To advance at each level, the participants must complete certification based on knowledge and application in life skills and golf skills,” says Haney.

The First Tee of Manhattan celebrates 10 years and big success


TOP Anne Beard and Mackenzie DeWitt rest in a golf cart during The First Tee of Manhattan. MIDDLE Many young kids, like Hana Tamura, join the program to learn the skills and get the opportunity to play golf. BOTTOM Volunteers from Colbert Hills Golf Course and Kansas State University help host The First Tee.

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The First Tee of Manhattan

The Par level, for 9 years and older, stresses developing interpersonal and self-management skills, and the Birdie level is open to any participant who is Par-level certified. It focuses on developing goal-setting skills and dealing with challenges. The Eagle level introduces resilience skills and The First Tee Life Skills Experience Ace Level focuses on personal planning. The certification levels are designed for different intellectual and behavioral development stages. Coaches are trained to match lesson materials and activities to specific certification levels and serve as mentors, both in life skills and on the golf course. “The good thing about the mentors is that they are very encouraging, have been through the program themselves,” says Marie Bovee, mother of three. “It was so good to see my daughter, who is only 7, so encouraged right from the start.”

Made for kids Many families have seen benefits from the program. Bovee became involved with The First

Tee two years ago when her oldest son, Seth, now 16, was is in remission for cancer. He was looking for something he could do after being sick. “Although he’s been actively involved, it’s been a slow process because of slow recovery,” says Bovee. “But he has really evolved in the program.” After seeing how much Seth enjoyed and learned from the program, two other Bovee children—Clayton, 14, and Sidney, 7—joined in 2009. “We are a military family and we have moved literally 12 times,” says Bovee. “I had never seen something like this before. It’s great.” Haney estimates more than 1,500 youths have participated in The First Tee of Manhattan and many more have participated in its special programs.

The academy “We hosted The First Tee National Life Skills and Leadership Academy for the first nine years,” says Haney. During the academy, The First Tee network participants from all over the world travel to Manhattan in July for a week of workshops, golf clinics and career exploration. This year, the academy will be in Eugene, Oregon, but it is scheduled to return to Manhattan in 2010. The entire of the program takes place at Colbert Hills Golf Course, and the Manhattan Country Club serves as a program affiliate. Another major partner is Kansas State University, which contributes in many ways. In addition, the Earl Woods National Youth Golf Academy was formed in 2000 under the direction of Bob Krause, Jim Colbert and K-State. As a

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gesture of good will and loyalty to his alma mater, Woods—Tiger’s dad, a Manhattan native— allowed the academy to be named after him when he attended the first National Life Skills and Leadership Academy at Colbert Hills. The First Tee also has developed a scholars program involving more than 20 colleges and universities that offer merit-based scholarships to network recipients. At K-State, the university provides two scholarships per year that cover tuition and fees to network participants. “We currently have four scholarship recipients on campus from Salina, Chapman, Denver, Modesto, California, and Valrico, Florida. We already had two graduate in May 2007, Angelika Hugueley from Junction City, and Aaron Rhodenbaugh, ’09 from Salina, who participated in our local chapter,” says Haney. For nearly a decade, The First Tee of Manhattan has provided young people like Hugueley an opportunity to develop confidence, perseverance and judgment through golf and education.


Anne Beard gets help from one of The First Tee instructors.

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Summer is the time to shop and dine in Texas

Weekend tour of Dallas


t’s thought that Dallas was founded on ambition. After you spend a weekend getaway here, you’re likely to see why. This polished city in the sun was recently named the second best in the country for vacation value. It boasts 13 entertainment districts, the largest urban arts district in the country, more than 7,000 restaurants, 21,000 acres of parks and a reputation for the best shopping in the Southwest. One could say Dallas is wearing a more cosmopolitan hat these days, making for a refined weekend escape this summer.


3 p.m. – Shop till you drop Shopping is an art form and a pastime in Dallas. More than a century ago, the West End Historic District was the place to go for farm equipment, tools, ice, candy and other necessities. Today, the handsome brick warehouses contain premier restaurants, offices and some of the city’s niche shopping destinations, like


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West End Bath Junkie. The area also hosts the popular Taste of Dallas in July. The Galleria is one of the most famed shopping centers in the country. This luxurious mall in north Dallas is patterned after and named for the 19th century Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan, Italy. More than 200 upscale stores occupy this four-story shopping mecca. 7 p.m. – Upscale comfort Guests won’t find a more welcoming host than Hector Garcia, proprietor of Hector’s on Henderson. This fine dining establishment enjoys the reputation for new American cuisine with Texas flair. Start with the Lobster Bisque, accented with champagne and Brie. A sampling from the dinner menu includes Bouquet of Pheasant: a pan-seared pheasant breast served with butter-whipped potatoes, thyme bread pudding, creamy spinach and cognac gravy. Round out the meal with dessert, possibly homemade pie—chef’s choice. For ambience, dine while enjoying live music, as jazz piano, guitars and duets fill the air nightly from 7 to 10.


8 a.m. – Daily bread At Bread Winners Café and Bakery, a local favorite, a bounty of baked goods or the classic breakfast will start your day right. Try the homemade granola or any one of the savory egg specialties, like San Antonio Tacos. 10 a.m. – Wet and wild The Dallas World Aquarium allows you to get up close and personal with bonnethead sharks, stingrays, cuttlefish, sea dragons, jellyfish and a host of other aquatic creatures. More than 85,000 gallons of seawater fill several enormous tanks; a walk-through tunnel in a 22,000-gallon tank even lets you view the animals from a different perspective. Stop and see the South American Rainforest Exhibit, featuring free flight aviary, sloths, anacondas, monkeys and crocodiles.

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1 p.m. – Rise and Shine Catch your breath and some lunch while relaxing at Rise No. 1, a charming French bistro bringing the classic soufflé to Dallas. Enjoy the delectable choices, such as Jambon and Gruyere or Truffle Infused Mushroom, along with a glass of white wine from vintners around the world. 2 p.m. – Artful endeavors Dallas boasts an “it’s happening now” art scene, featuring all the best of today’s art world. Hip galleries and studios are complemented by top-notch museums. The Dallas Museum of Art appeals to every taste and sensibility. A comprehensive permanent collection covers the arts of Africa, Asia, Ancient Greece and the Near East. The Nasher Sculpture Center specializes in modern and contemporary sculpture, showcasing the works of leading modern artists like David Smith, James Turrell and Barbara Hepworth, as well as the masterworks of artists such as Pablo Picasso. 7 p.m. – Exotic fare Unwind at the Bengal Coast, an establishment relatively new to the Dallas food scene. A fusion of fresh innovative foods from India, Thailand and Malaysia create a menu for discerning palates. The restaurant is wrapped in rich colors and hues that add to a unique dining experience.


8 a.m. – Over the edge Enjoy breakfast comforts at the Cliff Café, Belmont Hotel’s premier dining spot. Sweet potato pecan pancakes are a specialty of the house. The swanky hotel adds to the dining experience of sumptuous modern comfort cuisine. Noon – Science class The Dallas Museum of Nature and Science presents the natural world with a hands-on approach. A sampling of discoveries includes astronomy, Texas dinosaurs, paleontology, the human body and a lagoon nature walk. Little ones will enjoy the hands-on exhibits that let their imaginations run wild.


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July-Sept July 8-12, 16-19, 23-26 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat The

Columbian Theatre presents the musical based on the biblical story of Joseph. Buffet-style dinner before the show is available. Dinner and musical tickets are $37.25 for adults and $20.75 for children. Musical-only tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. 521 Lincoln Ave., Wamego. (785) 456-2029. www.

July 11

Kids Free Day at Sunset Zoo Celebrate

summer by visiting the Sunset Zoo. 2333 Oak St. (785) 587-2737. www.

July 11

Parents Helping Parents: Families of Children with Special Needs The Kansas Children’s Service League offers Parents Helping Parents, a support group designed to provide assistance, guidance and encouragement to parents who want to strengthen their family relationships. 1 p.m. Mercy Regional Health Center, College Campus. 1823 College Ave. For more information or to RSVP, call (785) 456-8610.

July 18

Little Apple Jazz Festival Come enjoy

the sounds of some of the best jazz and blues musicians. This year features the Missouri State University Jazz Combo, Cami Stinson, Will Matthews, Barefoot Dixieland Band and headliner Les Lankhorst. Free admission. Festival starts at 4 p.m. at Manhattan City Park. (785) 532-7326. htm.

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July 18

Kaw Valley Junior Rodeo Cowboys and cowgirls 12 years old


e v e n t s and under are invited to participate in games, roping demonstrations and more. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Manhattan Town Center, 100 Manhattan Town Center. (785) 539-3500. www. manhattantowncenter. com.

July 23-27

Riley County Fair Bring the family to the Riley County Fair and enjoy tractor pulls, fair food, exhibits and rides at the Ottaway Amusement’s Carnival. (785) 537-6350. www.

July 24

Westloop Lawn Chair Movie Series Bring the family to the Westloop Shopping Center for a free showing of Charlotte’s Web. Event starts at dusk. (785) 313-5667.

August 1-31

Grand for Grade School Contest Shoppers can bring their Manhattan Town Center receipts dated August 1-31, 2009, to the Customer Service Center, where every dollar spent is worth one point to the grade school of their choice. Area schools have a chance to win a cash donation from Manhattan Town Center. (785) 539-3500. www. manhattantowncenter. com.

August 2

Water Safari at the Sunset Zoo Beat the heat by learning about water conservation and get hosed down during a fun day at the zoo. Adults $4, children $2. Event starts at noon. (785) 587-2737. www.

August 6-8

Crafty Seniors Craft Show Local senior citizens set up shop in the Picnic Place and offer an assortment of handcrafted items. 10 a.m. Manhattan

Town Center. (785) 539-3500. www. manhattantowncenter. com.

August 15

Milford Lake Extreme Outdoor Water Festival Enjoy a youth triathlon, cardboard boat races, free boat rides, canoe and kayak experience, booths, games, prizes and food at Milford State Park. 10 a.m. (785) 238-3014 http://

September 12-13 Prairie Wildflower Weekend Enjoy

wildflower and medicinal plant hikes, Kansas Native Plants Society education programs, prairie bus tours, special speakers, nature trails and more. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Route 1, Box 14, Kansas Highway 177. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (620) 273-8494. www. kansasnativeplantsociety. org or

September 19

Manhattan Cross Country Festival and School Fitness Challenge This event,

now in its fifth year, features multiple fun runs, ranging from ¼ mile to 2 miles, for youth in grades 8 and younger as well as a 5-kilometer cross country race open to the public. Local sponsors provide money to the top three school that have the most and the highest percentage of students participating. $1 for youth and $12 for 5K race. Warner Park. 8 a.m. (785) 770-9530.

September 27

Keats Fall Festival Welcome fall in with a parade and entertainment. Join the community of Keats, west of Manhattan, for a pie and ice cream social. Keats Park, 3221 Reservation Drive. 4 p.m. (785) 537-8188.

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