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By Amy Geiszler-Jones The troubling calls from Pat and Linda O’Donnell’s only daughter often came in the middle of the night. Prompted by her boyfriend, then 23-year-old Patricia would blame her parents for her failings. The O’Donnells, who were then in their 60s, believed their daughter was being controlled and intimidated as part of an unhealthy relationship. They even met with Patricia and her boyfriend to tell them so. Returning to Wichita from Kansas City without their daughter “was extremely hard,” Pat said. “You never know if you’re doing the right thing, especially for fear that See Domestic, page 6
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A hiker takes in scenary at Cedar Bluff State Park in northwest Kansas, above. Below, a sailboat traverses Cheney Lake. By MeLinda Schnyder occurred in 2001 when travel was In a year when travel was stymied impacted by the 9/11 terrorist attacks. in unpredictable and unprecedented Tourism officials expect the ways, some people still went exploring. increase in exploration to continue this A record 8.6 million people year as those deferred openings and visited 28 Kansas state parks in 2020. celebrations get rescheduled and travel restrictions lift. Already, Lanterman State Park Director Linda Lanterman credits residents looking for said, reservations are nearing capacity recreation outlets for camping during within driving 2021 holiday distance during weekends at state parks, where the pandemic or canceling out-ofthere are 10,000 state vacations for campsites and more in-state getaway.s than 120 cabins The previous and yurts. If you’re high attendance record was 7.9 planning an outing million, and Lanterman noted that See Travel, page 21
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Make-over: Saleswoman, mom met challenges head on By Amee Bohrer Linda Jabara was a happily married mother of two young boys when military personnel from McConnell Air Force Base knocked on her door. She was informed that her husband, Staff Sgt. Robert J. Thomas, had been killed in a missile silo accident. The date was Aug. 24, 1978. “It was my 28th birthday, and I had big dreams,” Jabara remembers. Jabara coped with her grief through a combination of faith, family and ambition. She turned a part-time business she’d started a few months
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Senior centers currently open with limited programming include those in Bentley, Bel Aire, Clearwater, Derby, Haysville Senior Center, Park City and Sedgwick. The Cheney Senior Center was planning to reopen this week. In Wichita, the four centers run by Senior Services, Inc. — Downtown, Linwood, Northeast and Orchard Park — are set to reopen with limited hours and services April 1. The Mulvane Senior Center also plans to reopen April 5. Centers that don’t have reopening dates set yet include La Familia in north Wichita, Mount Hope, Oaklawn and Valley Center. Congregate meal sites will continue to offer grab-and-go meals, as they have been doing during the pandemic, since “not everybody’s going to feel comfortable coming back in person to dine together.” The following congregate meal sites reopened on March 22: Cheney, Clearwater, Derby, Haysville, Peachtree, Huston Center, LaFamilia, Maple Gardens, Park City, Sheridan, all in Sedgwick County; and Sedgwick, in Harvey County. These meal sites were scheduled to reopen April 5: Edgemoor, Linwood, Mulvane, Northeast, all in Wichita. As of March 23, no reopening date had been set for: Evergreen, in Wichita; Hesston, Newton, Halstead, in Harvey County; and Susan B Allen,
in Butler County. Hephner, who retired after working for Southwestern Bell and the Wichita school district, has followed recommended COVID precautions throughout the pandemic. She received her first Moderna vaccination shot on Feb. 17, qualifying under Phase 2 because of her age. She said her second shot, on March 17, left her with “aches and pains and a really bad headache.” Those symptoms passed with 24 hours, and Hephner doesn’t regret going through them. “I think eveybody should get it,” she said. “I know there are people who have hesitation, but I really think it’s the only way we’re going to get out of this.” Hephner says she still plans to wear her mask in public until public health authorities say it’s no longer necessary. She’ll make an exception in the pool of the Downtown YMCA, which she plans to return to soon after, but will still wear one and any place where she could come in close contact with people. “Even if I am not sick, there could be some of the variant in your mouth or noise and you could pass them on to somebody else. I don’t think they really know but I’m just being cautious. I don’t want to pass it on to anybody.” She said she’ll also feel comfortable hosting her niece, nephew and great nephew for Easter dinner in her apartment, where she has not had visitors for a year.
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By Joe Stumpe For years, Kevin Herrington worried that his best music was behind him. Not anymore. Herrington, a member of several successful Wichita bands in the 1970s and 80s, returned to the music scene as a solo performer in 2015 and — except for the past year — has found plenty of appreciative audiences. Not only that, but the singer and guitarist has recorded and released two CDs of original music, “Never Too Late” in 2019 and “Off the Shelf ” in January of this year. “I don’t look back anymore,” Herrington, whose stage name is Kvn, said. “This time is now the best.” Not that there weren’t plenty of good ones before. A Wichita native, Herrington says his first big musical influence was the church his family attended, even though it didn’t allow instrumental music. “The positive side is I got to hear vocal harmonies,” he said.
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Kevin Herrington’s music is available at kvnherrington.hearnow.com. After playing clarinet,“the clutziest Square. instrument of all,” in grade school, In the early 80s, Herrington joined Herrington was inspired to pick up the a group called Appaloosa, which was guitar by the Beatles’ appearance on the house band at The Peppercorn, "The Ed Sullivan Show." now Margarita’s. “It was a good band, Herrington won a ninth grade tal- heavily promoted,” Herrington said. ent show with a group of friends, then “Our big, fun adventure was going to spent years playing with and learning Colorado for about three months and from other musicians. His first steady playing at the ski resorts.” gigging band was Alias, which played On their first gig back at The Pepat the old Foundry downtown along percorn, on April Fools’ Day of 1983, with other clubs and also made an Herrington met his wife, Julie. He appearance on “Kaleidoscope,” a local gave up the bar scene while the couple TV show broadcast from Towne East raised three children, playing instead in
church worship bands. He sold insurance, with a focus on senior products. But as his children grew up and left home, the itch to play rock music returned — along with, he admits, some nagging doubt. Would an audience full of younger people want to listen? To his relief, he said, “I noticed the 20-somethings singing along.” He wasn’t idle during the pandemic, using the time to record “Off the Shelf ” at GreenJeans Studios in Wellington. Both his CDs contain a mix of newer songs and ones he wrote or at least started years ago. “Riverside Days” looks back fondly at the neighborhood where his children grew up. “Fear of Flying” is dedicated to Julie and others who encouraged his return to music. “A lot of it is very personal and a few are just for fun,” Herrington said. The Herringtons’ son, Nash, contributed guitar and vocals on one cut while visiting from California; their two daughters, Piper Herrington and Channing Mastroly, play and sing on another. Herrington expects to return to performing at Mort’s and other venues by late spring or early summer. “For many years, I missed it so much.” But not anymore.
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By Mary Clarkin Lisa Bramblett had underlying health issues and realized she could die if she caught the novel coronavirus. The licensed practical nurse, who was the charge nurse overnight at Pittsburg (Kan.) Care and Rehabilitation Center, continued to work as the pandemic rolled through 2020. “The nursing home was testing everybody twice a week, and she tested positive on the 7th (of December),” her husband, Ron Bramblett, said. By Dec. 11, she was in the emergency room. The following day, she was put on a ventilator at a Pittsburg hospital, Ron Bramblett said. Three days after Christmas, she died. Bramblett is one of at least three long-term caregivers in Kansas whose deaths are blamed on COVID-19. The Catholic Care Center in Bel Aire reported a staff death from COVID-19 in data for the week ending Jan. 10, 2021. “It was tragic for our community. It was a great tragedy for us to lose a staff member to COVID,” said Brenda Davis, senior director of nursing at the Catholic Care Center. Davis did not identify the Catholic
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town three miles to the south. Armed robbery may not be very newsworthy in, say, Chicago, but it can cause quite a stir in a small Kansas town. Several of us were shooting the breeze before heading home for dinner. Outside, twilight was near. John hopped up on a desk and shouted: “Photographers, grab your gear and all of you follow me.” To John, a good story was any that we got before some other paper did. He saw nothing strange in a managing editor going out on a story as an ordinary reporter. He even conscripted the sports editor, who had not left for home quite soon enough. I was a reporter/photographer in those days, so I grabbed a camera and a Honeywell strobe with a battery that weighed about 25 pounds and joined the caravan south. By then the police were trailing a suspicious car through the pasture. John decided we should follow behind. We trudged in a more or less southwesterly direction following what
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Calendar of Events Sedgwick County Senior Centers
Note to readers: Senior center schedules and other events normally listed on this page are expected to be affected by the coronavirus through April. For information, call the numbers listed below. BEL AIRE 7651 E Central Park Ave 744-2451, ext 121 www.belaireks.org BENTLEY/EAGLE 504 W Sterling, 796-0027 CHENEY 516 Main, 542-3721 CLEARWATER 921 E Janet, 584-2332 DERBY 611 N Mulberry Rd, 788-0223 www.derbyks.com DOWNTOWN 200 S Walnut, 267-0197 www.seniorservicesofwichita.org EDGEMOOR 5815 E 9th, 688-9392
GARDEN PLAIN 1006 N Main, 535-1155 GODDARD 120 N Main, 794-2441 HAYSVILLE 160 E Karla, 529-5903 KECHI Kechi City Building, 744-0217, 744-1271 LA FAMILIA 841 W 21st, 267-1700 LINWOOD 1901 S Kansas, 263-3703 www.seniorservicesofwichita.org MCADAMS GOLDEN AGE 1329 E 16th, 337-9222 MT HOPE 105 S Ohio, 667-8956
Butler County Senior Centers ANDOVER 410 Lioba Dr, 733-4441 www.andoverks.com AUGUSTA 640 Osage, 775-1189
CASSODAY Cassoday Senior Center 133 S. Washington, 620-735-4538
BENTON Lion’s Community Bldg, S Main St
EL DORADO 210 E 2nd, 321-0142
DOUGLASS 124 W 4th, 746-3227
NOTE: DUE TO CORONAVIRUS, THE SENIOR WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE FOR APRIL IS INCOMPLETE. FOR MORE INFO, CHECK SENIORWEDNESDAY.ORG OR CONTACT THE HOSTING VENUES.
April 14 10 am Sedgwick County Zoo. A Zoo In The Sky: A Look At Constellations 1:30 pm Advanced Learning Library. Music Theatre of Wichita – Wayne Bryan
April 21 10 am Ulrich Museum of Art. Rachelle Meinecke 1:30 pm The Kansas African American Museum. Information unavailable. April 28 10 am Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum Gary Huffman 1:30 pm Exploration Place Information unavailable.
Derby Sr Center, 611 Mulberry. El Dorado Jam & Dance, Senior Center, 210 E 2nd. Goldenrod Golden Age, 1340 S Pattie. Linwood Golden Age, 1901 S Kansas. Minisa Golden Age, 704 W 13th. Info 617-2560. Mulvane, 101 E. Main (Pix Community Center). Oaklawn Activity Center cafeteria, 4904 S Clifton. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. Orchard Park Golden Age, 4808 W 9th.
OAKLAWN 2937 Oaklawn Dr, 524-7545 ORCHARD PARK 4808 W 9th, 942-2293 seniorservicesofwichita.org PARK CITY 6100 N Hydraulic, 744-1199 VALLEY CENTER VC Community Center 314 E Clay, 755-7350
LEON 112 S Main, 745-9200 or 742-9905 ROSE HILL 207 E Silknitter, 776-0170 TOWANDA 317 Main, 776-8999 Open 10:30 am-5 pm Mon, Wed, Fri WHITEWATER Legion Hall, 108 E Topeka
BURRTON 124 N Burrton, 620-463-3225
HALSTEAD 523 Poplar, 835-2283 HESSTON Randall & Main, 620-327-5099 www.hesstonseniorcenter.com GRAND CENTRAL 122 E 6th, Newton, 283-2222 www.newtonseniorcenter.org SEDGWICK 107 W. Fifth, 772-0393
Transportation Sedgwick County
Sedgwick Co Transportation, 660-5150 or 1-800-367-7298. Information: 8 am-5 pm, Mon-Fri; closed most holidays. www. sedgwickcounty.org/aging.
Augusta Sr Center, 640 Osage. . Info: 755-1060
Senior Wednesdays April 7 10 am Wichita Art Museum Meet Anthony Joiner 1:30 pm Museum of World Treasures Lauren Hunley, Community Historian in Billings, MT
MULVANE 632 E Mulvane, 777-4813 NORTHEAST 2121 E 21st, 269-4444
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Park City Sr Center, 6100 N Hydraulic. Info: 755-1060 Prairie Wind Dancers: Plymouth Congregational Church, 202 N Clifton. Joyce, 683-1122.
Oaklawn Activity Center, 4904 S Clifton. Info: Nick, 529-2792, or Mike, 650-2469. wichitacontra.org. Westside Steppers Square Dance, Clare Hall, 861 N Socora (one block east of Central & Tyler).. Info: David, 992-7820; email: email@example.com Wichita Solos Square Dance, Dawson UMC, 2741 S Laura. Info: Curtis, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weekday transportation in El Dorado, Augusta and Andover. Rides to Wichita on Wed, Thu. Information: Augusta, 775-0500; El Dorado, 322-4321; toll free, 1-800-2793655. 48-hr notice required.
Transportation reservations or information: 316-284-6802 or 1-866-6806802. Round-trip: $8 Newton (wheelchair only), $12 Harvey County, $20 outside Harvey County. AVI to Newton: Tue, 12:304:30 pm from Burrton, Sedgwick, Halstead, Hesston, Walton.
NOTE: AGING PROJECTS, INC. PLANNED TO MAKE FRIENDSHIP MEALS AVAILBALE THROUGH PICK UP AND DELIVERY IF NECESSARY. FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT YOUR LOCAL MEAL SITE OR CALL 316-681-4440
Aging Projects serves a hot, nutritious meal weekdays for persons 60 and older in Sedgwick, Harvey and Butler counties. Reservations are necessary. For locations and reservations, call 620-669-8201. WEEK OF APRIL1 Thu: Beef tips, rice, cauliflower bean salad, pienapple, bread. Fri: Holiday WEEK OF APRIL 5 Mon: Pulled pork, bun, potato wedges, mixed vegetables, blushing pears. Tue: Mexican lasagna, confetti rice, combination salad, peaches. Wed: Chicken & pasta salad, black bean soup, cracker, strawberries, chocolate pudding. Thu: Swiss steak, baked potato, broccoli, mixed fruit, pineapple upside down cake,roll. Fri: New England Stew, green beans, banana, apple juice, cornbread. WEEK OF APRIL 12 Mon: Chicken & rice casserole, broccoli, plums, bread. Tue: Ham & beans, potatoesw/onions, parslied carrots, strawberries, cornbread. Wed: Spaghetti w/meat sauce, mixed greens salad, peaches, garlic bread. Thu: Oven fried chicken, potato salad, green beans, mandarin oranges, cake, roll. Fri: Shepherd's pie, cauliflower, pineapple, lime gelatin w/pears, bread. WEEK OF APRIL19 Mon:Meatloaf, cabbage au gratin, peas,, mixed fruit, roll. Tue:Turkey pot pie, pickled beets, orange juice, pears. Wed:Ham salad on a bun, cream of potato soup, crackers, strawberries, black bottom banana bar. Thu: Liver & onions in gravy, mashed potatos w/gravy, german mixed veggies, peaches, roll. Fri: Chicken & cheese casserole, cole slaw w/carrots, apricots, garlic bread. WEEK OF APRIL26 Mon: Scalloped potatoes w/ ham, carrots, Mediterranean salad, blushing pears, bread. Tue: Oven fried fish w/ tartar sauce, macaroni & cheese, green beans, strawberries, roll. Wed: Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes w/ creamy gravy, peas, peaches, roll. Thu: Creamy turkey & vegetable casserole, tomato salad, banana, apple crisp. roll. Fri: Chili, crackers, combination salad w/ dressing, applesauce, cinnamon roll. * Milk is served with all meals.
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Single space plot in White Chapel, Garden of Atonements. Call for more details. 316-210-9458 Please leave a message. White Chapel Memorial in Last Supper Section. 3 adjoining lots 292B Spaces1,2,3. Value $6,300. Sell $3,800/all. Transfer fee included. 316-990-5442. Resthaven, Sermon on the Mount garden, 4 adjoining lots. Current price $17,980 sell for $8,000. Will separate. Buyer pays fees. 316-680-8533. Resthaven single plot available in Prayer West 134 D-3. $2,500. Seller pays transfer fee. Contact June Lloyd email@example.com /4126281488 White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Lot 279-A, spaces 3&4. $2,400 for both lots, seller will pay transfer fees. 316-542-3830 Single space plot in White Chapel, Garden of Atonements. Call for more details. 316-210-9458 Please leave a message. Kechi township cemetery, 2 adjoining burial spaces for sale $2,400 for both. Call 316-252-9380. Resthaven, Garden of Freedom. Spaces for two, two vaults, bronze marker w/granite base. Value $8,995. Seller pays transfer fee. Sell $4,500/OBO. 918-314-4752. Resthaven, Garden of the cross. 2 adjoining lots. Current value is $4,495. Sell for $2,000 each. Call 316-393-5304 Lakeview lots. Everlasting Life Lawn Crypt. C-4 space 10. Sold out area in Lakeview. $4,500. 316-839-2301 Resthaven 2 prime lots in the Garden of prayer. $4,500 for both and buyer transfer fee. Call 316-978-0774. Ascension Cemetery 2 plots w/upright headstone. Beside street, tree & bench. $2,500/ both. Buyer pays transfer fee. Call/Text for more info 316-655-2200 Old Mission Cemetery 4 adjacent lots in highly desirable “Garden of Faith” $5,000 OBO/ will divide. Leave message/text 316-214-5491 Two Mausoleum Crypts plots, Lakeview Gardens (K-96 and 13th) Peace Garden, Level D, Space 3&4. $4,995/each. Please call 316-641-7199 White Chapel, Masonic section. Lot 60A 1&2. $2,000/both. Buyer pays transfer fee. Please leave a message at 316-683-2226.
Lakeview Burial Plots, Memorial Gardens #167 plot 1,2,3 & 8. $2,200 each OBO Buyer pays transfer fee email firstname.lastname@example.org
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F COURIER SERVICESF Prairie Express Courier and Delivery Services • Will deliver packages, crates, parts, etc., • Transport people for errands such as grocery store, airport, doctors’ appointments, etc. Call/Text 316-640-6327
F ESTATE SALES F KC ESTATE SALES Complete estate & moving sale services. We can do the sale at your residence or place your items with another sale. Expert pricing, selling & clean-up. Packing & moving services available. Excellent results. Free consultation. Call Carolyn Moshier. 316-634-0040 CUSTOMIZED ESTATE SALES GREATER PROFITS WITH LESS STRESS Insured with 20 years experience Free Consultations 316-806-7360 Julie IPK Enterprises Estate Sales. Know your options, you have many. Please call us for a free consultation. 316-806-3435.
HAVING TO DOWNSIZE? MAKE MONEY DOING IT! TOP Wichita Auction Dave Dvorak * 316-641-5690 www.topwichitaauction.com
F FOOT CARE F Foot Care in home. Home visit $40.00 Call Francine at 316-943-4360. Leave a message.
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F FOR SALE F Jacy elite E's electric wheelchair. very slightly used still under warranty. Goes 2.7 miles on a full charge. Original cost $5,000. Asking $3,900 cash. Call Glenn 316-529-7006
LiteRider Envy power wheel chair. 15-mile battery range. Like new condition. $1,200. Text or Call 316-640-3509 Hammond Elegante Organ. Model 340212. Good Condition. Purchased 2002 for $7,500. Estate Liquidation. Price $1,250. 316-648-2004. Purchaser responsible for removal and transport.
1977 El Camino classic. Runs great. Good Condition $3,500 OBO. Call 316-263-3322.
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Downsizing? Don't have an Auction, or Estate Sale. We Buy Entire Estates, Storage Units, Garages, Barns, Sheds. Call Kelly 316-283-8536. Furniture Warehouse 200 Main Newton, KS
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F HOME CARE F Private Duty Aide with light house keeping. Availability evenings and weekends. References upon request. Cynthia CNA/HHA 316-992-6711
Sisters Dependable caregiver for elderly person in their home. Alzheimer's & Dementia. Cleaning, cooking & meds. Weekends, night, days or overnight. 30 years’ experience. 316-390-9526 Mary’s Retirement Home Private room & bath. 24 hr care. Alzheimer’s and Dementia welcome. Meals daily. Assist w/meds & doctors’ appointments. Affordable rates. 316-390-9526.
F HIRINGF ATTENTION JOB SEEKERS AGE 55 & BETTER – The Senior Employment Program can assist you in your job search. We offer referrals, job lists and other valuable services. We advocate for the older worker, helping hundreds of people find work each year! For more information call 316-267-1771 or email – email@example.com.
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If you are mature, responsible, loving with reliable transportation. Saint Raphael Nursing Services has clients who need light housekeeping and personal care. You can choose your clients and choose your hours. No minimum required. Please call the office at 316-269-5400. Retail Store, Answering phones, Waiting on customers, Run Errands Call between 9-noon M-F 316-945-4722
Protect your home from the elements of the weather!
35 Years Exp. Locally owned & operated
All types of roofing, siding, handyman work, hauling, clean-ups & other exterior projects
316-640-3155 Licensed & Insured
Cowboy Construction Remodeling, siding, decks, fences, windows, doors and more. 20 years locally owned. Free estimates. Senior discounts. Todd Wenzel 316-393-4488 Derby, Haysville, Mulvane, Rose Hill, South Wichita. Exterior & Intereior. House painting, siding, decks, fences. Build, repair and stain. Free Estimates and references. See us on angieslist.com. Keith Kimball 316-250-2265 or 316-789-9639 Be Blessed. Thank you. The Handyman Can Brock Eastman 316.765.1677 Free Estimates Licensed * Bonded *Insured Beard & Son Concrete construction Drive ways, sidewalks, patio and landscaping. Dirt work and more. I bid’em to get’em. Steve 316-773-9320 cell 316-259-0629 MOBILE GLASS REPAIR Windows * Patio * Doors Windows won’t stay up, Crank Outs, Patio Rollers and Lock Latches, Morris Glass & Service, 316-946-0745 Need junk or downed tree limbs hauled off? Semi-retired handyman will clean gutters, perform fence or minor home repairs. Treating your home as if it were my own. Call Lee at 316-633-9986.
Responsible lady to do light housekeeping and care for an elderly lady. Must be able to stay 24/7 for month at a time. Call for appointment 316-648-0187.
F HOME IMPROVEMENTS F Dave’s Improvements Painting—interior/exterior. Doors and windows replaced, grab bars, wheelchair ramps. All general repairs. Guaranteed lowest rates. Senior citizen discount. Lic #7904. 316-312-2177 Molina Electric - Wichita Lic #1364 Comm. or Residential wiring. Service calls. New electric service. Troubleshooting. Cell 316-461-2199. Handyman RX- We have a remedy for almost all of your “fix-it” jobs! Light carpentry including deck and fence repair, indoor misc. repairs and installations, lawn mowing “LG or SM”, Yard & Garage clean-up, mulching, hauling, ect, what you need done I can probably handle. Call for HELP! Brian 316-217-0882. Free Estimates
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LIFT-RITE GARAGE DOORS
Scheduled maintenance, repair, sales on all garage doors. *Springs-Torsion & Extension *Garage Door Openers, Doors & More Paul Williams (316) 650-8807
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Ballard Plumbing JS Guttering & ALL PLUMBING REPAIRS Construction • FREE estimates • Senior Discounts
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AGAPE ROOFING Three Generations of Local Roofers Quality Work – Fair Prices Residential & Commercial
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Brock Eastman 316.765.1677 All Season Clean Up Lawn Care Quality Lawn Care • Yard Clean Up Tree Trimming • Gutter Cleaning Fall through Spring raking. Free estimates, senior discounts. 316-409-8780.
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316-393-8921 S & V Concrete
Steps, porches, patios, sidewalks, driveways & garage floors. Also 4-inch steps with 18-inch landings for seniors. Licensed, bonded, insured. Free estimates
Brock 316-765-1677 Total yard clean-up, flower beds and bushes, tree trimming and stump grinding. Removal & Clean-up. Firewood Available for Delivery. LEAF cleanup and HAULING. Including all yard debris. 316-516-4630
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Christian Lawn Care Mowing-$20, verti-slicing, core-aerating, overseeding, new lawns, mulching flower beds, fall cleanup, leaves, shrub trimming and removal, gutter cleaning, hauling. Pampas trimming & clean-up. Senior discount. Steve 316-685-2145
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Brush, Limbs, Debris, Hauling and Junk Removal. • Leaf Residential andFree Commercial removal. Estimates. Call David at • Painting for Interior and 316-213-8880. Exterior • Power Washing • Some Home Improvements
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McCoy Painting 316-516-6443 Do you need any interior or exterior painting done? I’m your man. Free estimates, affordable rates. References available.
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Spring Specials 10% off • Residential and Commercial • Painting for Interior and Exterior • Power Washing • Some Home Improvements
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Noonan Mowing & Maintenance Here For All Your Lawncare Needs Spring Cleanups Routine Mowing Garden Maintenance And Much More! "We've Been Covering The Town For 30 Years!" Great Rates and Free Estimates Call Thomas 316-617-8408 316-945-9473
SWF seeking SWM 70-80 to date. Also seeking a SWF to hang out with together for friendship. Write Mowing, trimming, yard and leaf cleanup. Independent Agent #104, c/o the active age, 125 S. West ST, Ste 105, If you need any of these services Wichita, KS 67213. Call Perry, 316-619-6126 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Caring gentleman 80's looking for someone 70 & older of like mind. Non-Smoker, Non-Drinker. Like going out to eat and out for a good time. Want someone who lives by the golden rule. NO GOLD DIGGERS OR DRINKING. Write Box #88, c/o the active age, 125 S. West ST, Ste 105, Wichita, KS 67213.
Wheel Chair Ramps • Landscaping • Remodeling Medicare Supplements Annuities 30 Years Experience Life Ins -5943 Dental Policies Policies Fixed - Index Decks • Safety Hand Rails Life Ins Experience - Dental Policies - Cancer Policies Fixed- -Cancer Index 316 655 316 655 5943 30 Years Experience 30 Years Jason’s Lawn Care Years Experience FREE30 ESTIMATES Medicare Supplements Annuities Any yard work weekly or bi-weekly. Mowing, Spring Supplements Supplements Fixed Annuities Annuities All General Maintenance and Life InsRepairs - DentalMedicare PoliciesMedicare - Cancer Policies - Index Life Ins - Dental Life Ins Policies - Dental - Cancer PoliciesPolicies - Cancer Policies Fixed - Index Fixed - IndexLeaf Clean-up, shrub and bush trimming. Call Please call Jesse at 316-854-7642 Jason. 316-469-8765. Free estimates.
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Tuck-pointing, foundation & chimney repair. Advantage • Fast &Home Reliable Services Insured. Free Estimates.
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Jesus Landscaping Complete lawncare. Spring clean-up * Aeration * Over Seeding Gutter cleaning * Fencing * Landscape install/maintain * Shrub/tree trimming/removal Call for a free estimate! 316-737-3426 or 316-708-7236 WWW.JESUSLANDSCAPINGKS.COM Mike E. 316-708-1472 MOWING BRICK, BLOCK AND STONE repair. Garage clean out, gutter cleanup, hauling, roto-tilling. APPLIANCE REMOVAL.
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HAULING HANDYMAN Brush, Junk /Trash Removal MISC. ODD JOBS, NO JOB TOO SMALL Paint, Sheet Rock and minor repair Honest & Reasonable. 316-807-4989.
Spring Leaf removal, dependable mowing, weekly service. Average yards $30/weekly. Call JR any time 316-806-8184. Scooperman’s pet waste removal Big Dogs, Little Dogs. Weekly. Best Dependable Service. Call JR any time 316-806-8184. Perry’s Professional Lawn Service Spring cleanup. Mowing, edging, weed eating bush and hedge trimming, bed work, mulching, gutter cleaning. 30 years experience. Free estimates. Perry 316-339-4117
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F SERVICES F Need help on your electric scooter, power or lift chair, stair or platform lift or hand controls? Call Howard Distribution at 316-648-1694. Howard is a certified service center and dealer for Best Bath walk-in tubs, Bruno, EMC, Golden Tech, Pace Saver, Pride and Ricon. Working for you since 1987.
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Providing services to Wichita & surrounding areas. Commercial & Residential. Family owned and operated. Over 25 years. Insured. Free estimates.
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All Around Tree Service Stump GRINDING & Chip Clean-up Trimming, deadwood, tree removal. Total yard, leaf clean-up & hauling. Flower beds and bushes. Free estimates. Experienced. Good prices. Insured. Tom King 316-516-4630 Bruce’s Tree Service Firewood Complete Tree Trimming & Removal Gutter Cleaning and Leaf Rake Trees * Shrubs* Hedgerows * Evergreens Senior Discounts. Insured. Over 30 years exp. ALL FARM & RURAL AREAS Call 316-207-8047
Felipe Tree Service Evergreen trimming. Tree removal. Brush hauling. Splitting. Deadwooding. Free estimates. 12 years experience. 316-807-4419
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Alfred's Superior Tree Service 316-522-9458
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F WANTED F Want to Purchase mineral and other oil/gas interests. Send details to P.O Box 13557, Denver CO 80201 Donate your Durable Medical Equipment. Will pick up. Tax credit. Medical Loan Closet of Wichita. 316779-8989 Attention Good Samaritan, want to buy…
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F WANTED CONTF Large older model late 90’s to mid 20’s vehicle. Preferably, Lincoln, Buick park ave, Cadillac or mid-size Dodge Ram SUV. Well cared for by responsible drivers. Low mileage a plus. No junk, can’t afford expensive repairs. After 2 yrs. without a car, I’m becoming a bit desperate. Tired of being trapped at home. Need room for a wheelchair. Call 316-665-0455.
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By Patrick O’Connor The Country Overlook neighborhood was built in the late 1940s. Wichita had jobs and workers wanted to buy homes, often through the G.I. Bill. JAMES HAYS and his family shared a duplex with his grandparents. “We were right across the street from MacDonald Golf Course. We would hop over the fence and go sledding on the course when it snowed, and my biggest memory — right across from our house outside of the fence of the golf course — was a baseball diamond. We played there most every day in the summer time. Just neighborhood kids, choose up sides, no uniforms, no coaches, no umpires, no parents. If we got thirsty, we drank from the hose of the lady who lived next door. As long as we turned it off, she didn’t care. “My father had a second-shift, white-collar job at Boeing. He got laid off once or twice. It was tough, but we got by. “Another one of my good memories is riding my bike all over the east side of town. We would ride to school sometimes, weather permitting. Go play tennis at Fairmount Park. Ride bikes to the Crest Theater. That was the go-to theater in the neighborhood … You didn’t worry about your bike stolen back then like we would now.” Sisters JANICE OSBORN and ELLEN LaMONT run LaMont Stable in Derby, where they raise American Saddlebreds. Janice: “We were on Old Manor between Ninth and Tenth, in one of the little cracker box houses. There were very nice houses a block away. I also remember there was a drive-in near our neighborhood called the Big Bun, where hotrodders hung out.
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The Bridal and Saddle horse farm, MacDonald Golf Course and Crest Theater (not shown) lured youngsters from the nearby Country Overlook neighborhood. Ellen: “Sometimes the neighbor “We went to Murdock Elemenwould pay me for pulling weeds. I had tary, which is no longer there. It was a paper route for a little while, but I thrown up for the baby boom. It was liked working at the horse farm the a great small school. Everybody knew most. It was at Central and Edgemoor. each other. “We could walk to it — I rode my bicycle there. I pestered eight or nine blocks. We had an idyllic them until they gave me something to childhood. The houses were small, but do. I figured out what was needed and we didn’t know it. We had yards and made myself useful. Pretty soon, I was sidewalks, kids on bikes, lots of kids, working there. I could ride a little bit which was great. It was a small, shel—sometimes you had to show people tered neighborhood.” how to ride. It cost two dollars for half Ellen: “We had the best backyard. an hour. One time, I came off a horse We had a playhouse, and nothing was new, but we had a fleet of bicycles. Dad and broke my collarbone. Got bucked off. It was my fault. I was eating my was a bicycle fanatic — couldn’t bear lunch, riding the horse bareback. to see something get thrown away. He I dropped my Kool-Aid jar and I would fix them up. There were bikes reached for it.” for everyone. Everybody came to our Janice: “Babysitting was my main house. Our block had a really good thing. I was very in demand. I had congregation of ladies that supported this old, World War II backpack and each other.” I would pack it full of crafts to make. Janice: “Even the mailman, I had a head full of stories. I had kids George, would come in for coffee sometimes when they had their get-to- that would be very upset if their parents didn’t have their weekly night-out. gether in the morning. They would These interviews were conducted for have Christmas cookie parties. Each the Wichita Old Neighborhood Project. If lady would bring their best cookies to the party and take home an array. They you have a story about your old neighborhood, contact Pat O’Connor at wichlitwere ‘50s housewives who did things firstname.lastname@example.org or 316-832-0309. the ‘50s way.” www.theactiveage.com
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By Nancy Wheeler Can you match these National Parks with the state they’re in? Answers on page 23. 1. ___ Sequoia National Forest 2. ___ Allegheny National Forest 3. ___ Bighorn National Forest 4. ___ Green Mountain National Forest 5. ___ Gifford Pinchot National Forest 6. ___ Delta National Forest 7. ___ Prescott National Forest 8. ___ Dixie National Forest 9. ___ Superior National Forest 10. ___ Tongass National Forest 11. ___ El Yunque National Forest 12. ___ Bitterroot National Forest 13. ___ Pisgah National Forest 14. ___ Ocala National Forest 15. ___ Roosevelt National Forest a. Florida b. Puerto Rico c. Alaska d. Montana e. Pennsylvania f. Minnesota g. Wyoming h. Washington i. Arizona j. Mississippi k. Colorado l. Utah m. California n. North Carolina o. Vermont
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to a park for a specific feature, be sure to check ksoutdoors.com/State-Parks. Each park has a website with alerts and notices about current conditions. The event calendar at travelks. com looks restocked for the year, and attractions are getting back on track. Nine new exhibits at the Boot Hill Museum are now open, and Kansas’ first minor league baseball game in 14 years will be played in May at Riverfront Stadium in Wichita. Signature events including the Wichita Riverfest ( June 4-6 and Sept. 30-Oct. 3), Symphony in the Flint Hills ( June 12), Country Stampede ( June 24-26), Dodge City Days ( July 30-Aug. 8) and the Kansas State Fair (Sept. 10-19) are scheduled. The Grassroots Art Center in Lucas is celebrating 25 years with a special exhibition through Oct. 31 and special events throughout the year. “Flying Free: 25 Years of Grassroots Art” features original works of selftaught, outsider art by 121 Kansas and 19 national artists. One of the most widespread commemorations this year is the bicentennial of the Santa Fe Trail.
the Fort Scott National Historic Site to learn more about Bleeding Kansas, a hike at our newest state park Little Jerusalem Badlands, or traveling to buy local beef from a producer and seeing Kansas along the way.” If you need inspiration, take a look at the photos accompanying this article and this list of 21 places and things in the state to experience in 2021, published by Kansas Tourism in January. • Agritourism, from experiencing a cattle drive to joining harvest at a working farm • Brewery tours • Byways: 12 formal byways – nine scenic, two of which are National Scenic Byways, and three historic byways • Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area near Great Bend Photo by MeLinda Schnyder • Drive-in theatres in Dodge Cottonwood Falls is known for it's court house and for hosting live City, Kanopolis, Kansas City and music on Friday nights. Wichita Two hundred years ago, a small National Historic Trail, which cuts a • Eisenhower Presidential group of traders led a pack train from 500-mile diagonal path across Kansas. Museum, reopened in 2019 after central Missouri to Mexico’s northern “Everyone is looking for what they renovations, in Abilene colonial outpost, creating America’s can do with their family this summer, • Emma Chase Friday Nights live first international road of commerce and fantastic experiences are waiting music in Cottonwood Falls to present day Santa Fe, New Mexico. just down the road in Kansas,” Kansas • Field Station: Dinosaurs in Activities and events are planned Tourism director Bridgette Jobe Derby throughout the year along the National said. “Take a road trip to find a new • Freedom’s Frontier National Park Service designated Santa Fe adventure – whether that’s a visit to See Travel, page 23
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By MeLinda Schnyder Instead of the hectic travel schedule with at least a dozen out-of-state trips I had planned for 2020, I spent the year focused instead on rediscovering what was around me in south-central Kansas. From our east Wichita home, my husband and I found new-to-us urban parks, including the Pracht Wetlands in the northwest part of the city. We rediscovered outdoor public art collections on the Wichita State University campus, renewed memberships at the Sedgwick County Zoo and Botanica Wichita and spent more time bicycling local rail-trails. We access the Prairie Sunset Trail from the city park in Goddard. The Redbud Trail runs near our house. We can ride it nearly to Augusta.
I bought and used my first state parks passport despite living in Kansas for 26 years. We took half-day excursions to hike at Cheney State Park and El Dorado State Park. We ventured out for full day-trips to see one of the most recent additions to the 28-unit state park system: Flint Hills Trail State Park, a rail-trail with about 94 miles of developed trail from Council Grove to Osawatomie. We plan to tackle the Flint Hills Trail in segments. For our first adventure, we drove 100 miles northeast of Wichita to access the trail at the town of Allen. We covered about 13 miles riding east past farmland, tallgrass prairie and small towns, thankful for many tree canopies along the route, before turning around. We hiked trails at Santa Fe Lake
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