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By Joshua Yearout of 1917 were generally able Nationwide, prohibition began to charge anywhere from in 1920 with the passage of the 18th $2 to $4.50 per gallon of amendment. It ended on Dec. 5, whiskey, but Wichita boot1933, with the ratification of the 21st leggers watched as eager amendment, which repealed the 18th patrons paid up to $35 a amendment. quart. But that repeal did not affect With such a drastic Kansas. In 1880 voters approved an discrepancy in price, the amendment to the Constitution proprinciples of supply and hibiting “all manufacture and sale of demand were well at work intoxicating liquors." within the city. While not The law remained on the books impossible to find a drink until 1948, when the state approved an in Wichita, it was much amendment that would allow liquor to more expensive. be sold at package stores, but only in The Ideal Shining counties where voters approved it. Parlor was one example of a The absence of legal liquor created bootleg operation. The proa business for bootleggers; they made prietors used the location of Courtesy photo their reputable business — illegally distilled whiskey called moonLassen Hotel, 155 N. Market, in 1935. shine and smuggled in alcohol from shining shoes and tailorother countries. ing — as a front to sell and Seven years later, based on the In 1910 American Magazine pubdeliver alcohol by taxi. market value for a quart of whiskey, it lished a story that said Wichita was Wichita police phoned in an order the most difficult of all the prohibition appeared that not much had changed. for a quart of whiskey for delivery. Topeka bootleggers in the summer Officers then waited at the delivery towns to get a drink in.

Memories of Pearl Harbor

By Judy Conkling For those old enough to remember it, Dec. 7, 1941, will always be a “day of infamy.” That’s what President Franklin D. Roosevelt called the terrible Sunday when Japanese forces attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, launching this country into World War II. The morning surprise attack lasted just over an hour, killing 2,403 Americans, wounding 1,178 others, and damaging or destroying 19 U.S. ships and 328 aircraft. This year, on its 75th anniversary, Wichita-area residents remember the event that changed their lives and their world forever. A celebration turned somber That Sunday was a rare day off for 19-year-old Ken Dir, who had been

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working long hours at North American Aviation in Dallas helping build P-51 fighters and AT-6 trainers. It was also the first chance for Ken and his bride, Lucille, 17, to celebrate their wedding three days earlier. They went out for a “big steak dinner” and a movie, Sergeant York, starring Gary Cooper. Only after they got home did they hear of the attack on the radio. “It was a gray, rainy day in Dallas, which fit right in with the news,” Ken said. “We knew we were at war when that happened.” “War was a new thing in our lives,” added Lucille. “Being raised out in the country, we were kind of sheltered from everything like that.” While many of their friends were See Memories, page 12

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location and arrested the taxi driver who transported the illegal alcohol. Next they raided the business and arrested four other men in violation of the prohibition law. A June 6, 1921, article in the Wichita Eagle suggested that the city was getting a more defined alcohol trade. It wrote “developments are hinted concerning a booze ring” after Fred

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By Elma Broadfoot Tis the season of giving. Actually, for the better part of this year we’ve been asking you to give to the active age to ensure we meet our budget. We set a Silver Campaign goal of $75,000; we are $10,000 short. We asked for your donations to help us pay our $20,000 MONTHLY printing and mailing costs. Each month we send 60,000 newspapers to homes in south-central Kansas. We don’t charge you for “Kansas’ Award-winning Top 55+ News Source.” You tell us you value and look forward to receiving our newspaper. In addition to your totally tax deductible donation, we offset our $120,000 annual postage fee with advertising income and a small federal grant. This year we’ve asked for more donations than ever before. Many of you have given, and that is wonderful. We are grateful for your support at every level. Unfortunately, only 12 out of every 100 readers have donated. If you haven’t yet donated, please consider it. After all, it is the season of giving. As we move toward 2017, we wish you every blessing during the holidays and more than just a few magical moments and memories. Contact Elma Broadfoot at

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Arc's Lights

The Arc’s Lights is a drive-through holiday journey featuring 1.9 million lights with more 300 displays. It’s open through Dec. 28. The drive begins at the intersection of Douglas and St. Paul (between Meridian and West St). The route goes north on St. Paul, winds around The Arc’s buildings and ends at the Independent Living Center (ILRC). Hours are 5:30-9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 5:30-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; and 5:30-11:30 p.m. Christmas Eve. It will stay open until the last car drives through if there is a line. Santa will be available for pictures from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday through Dec. 23 and Dec. 19-22 in the ILRC building for a $5 donation.

A special Pet Photo Night with Santa is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15. The donation is $5. Admission is $10 a carload on Fridays and Saturdays. A suggested $10 other nights helps The Arc provide quality programs and services at no or low cost for individuals with developmental disabilities. This is The Arc of Sedgwick County’s largest fundraising event to support programs and services for more than 3,900 individuals.

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Ceramics sale

Wichita State University’s Ceramics Guild will hold its annual holiday sale from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday Dec. 2. The guild is a student-supported group. It raises funds for charity, visiting artist lectures and travel to educational conferences by selling their work at several events throughout the year. The sale is in the lower level of McKnight Art Center, 1845 N. Fairmount. For more information email

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Metcalf played some boogie, but preferred blues Editor’s Note: One in a series of stories about African American musicians in Wichita from the 1930s-50s. By Patrick O’Connor Gene Metcalf was born in a home on Eagle Street (now Eighth) off Mosley into a family that loved music. But he was the only one who became a musician. His grandmother, Sally Adams, ran a rooming house at Ninth and Mosley where many traveling musicians would stay, including the bands of Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Jimmie Lunceford. “I ran into some that taught me a lot,” Gene said. “One of the musicians told me to take up drums. I got my first (Ludwig) set from Jenkins Music Co. My grandmother signed for me." Kansas City musicians Jay McShann and Charlie Parker often performed in Wichita. Gene recalled a night in 1939 when they were playing at the Trocadero in the 3400 block of West Douglas. “Charlie Parker went up to take a solo and went to be-boppin', and Jay McShann fired him right there.” Gene’s first professional gig was in 1941 at Flagler's Garden, 829 E. 29th N. "We were the house band...I had a

Gene Metcalf (1925-2004) tin can band. “We had a guy on bass — an inner tube with a stick. I had chitlins’ buckets, cut the tops out of 'em and stretched an inner tube across the top; and I cut the bottom out and made a cymbal out of it. Stuck it on a post with a nail. “We were playing one night. I hit the cymbal, and it flew off into the audience. Everybody thought that was

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part of the act." In 1944 he joined the Brownskin Models. “That was when Wes Montgomery was with them. They came through Wichita, and they needed a drummer. “It was supposed to have been good money, but you know how it is when you are on that road. In those days, the booking agents collected all the money. “When I quit in Montgomery, Ala., I had to go back to Indianapolis to get my money.” In 1945 Gene returned to Wichita. Lionel Hampton had come out with a song called Loose Wig, and it became his new band’s theme song. “Everybody called me Loose Wig,” he said. The band played boogie-woogie, blues and a little bit of jazz, he said, but most people didn't care for jazz. “They wanted to jump. We played out in Planeview there at Roosevelt and Hillside, called Smitty's. He made a whole house into a club.” In 1948 Gene moved to Denver and formed a blues and boogie band. He left in the mid-1950s to come home and care for his grandmother. “I found this out — if you ever leave Wichita, you're going to end up coming back to it. Something about this town draws you back.” In the 1960s, he said blues “kind of went out. Everything was rock and roll.” He wasn’t playing regularly, but he would sometimes sit in at the Star-

light, 2418 E. Ninth. “We had more fun sitting in. They weren't paying that much no way.” In '88, King B opened a club at Ninth and Grove. Gene told him, “You ain't making no money. Let's have a blues session. We got it started. “A lot of white musicians came out of King B's learning the blues. The blacks and the whites love blues.” He said the blues may fade down, but it will come right back. “Once a person gets hooked on it, he'll never turn loose. It's the roots of everything. “And this rap stuff. Back in the slave days, the chanting they had there, that was the beginning of the rap. He would say something, and then they'd echo it. Really rap ain't new. “The blues has inspired me a great deal. You learn a lot from the blues— about life; you learn people.”

This article is from Wichita African American Blues Performers: History in Music, based on interviews conducted at the Kansas African American Museum for the Wichita Blues Project, 1996-97. Copyright 2015, Patrick Joseph O’Connor. Most photos in this series were taken by Arthur Kenyon at the Museum, 601 N. Water.

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Crabbe, an assistant attorney general, purchased alcohol at the Lassen Hotel. Harry Dunham, the bellboy who sold it to him, confirmed Crabbe’s “booze ring” assumptions during an interrogation after his arrest. Wichita police finally uncovered the operation in 1922. They arrested more than 30 bootleggers on charges of smuggling Canadian Club whiskey from Mexico and Canada into Wichita by both automobile and airplane. The bootleggers had about $250,000 when they were captured. In 1926, I.B. Walston, Wichita’s new police chief, said in his introduction to the city that he “had never shot

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Some known bootlegging establishments: Wichita Athletic Club, 115½ N. Topeka; Lassen Hotel, 155 N. Market; Arkota Dancehall, 126 N. St. Francis; Ideal Shining Parlor, 505 N. Main; residence, 1824 E. Third; Wishbone Villa, 5311 E. Central; Brae Burn Pleasure Club, 6913 E. Central; Trocadero, 3400 W. Douglas; Grapevine Inn, 840 N. West St.; Flagler’s Garden, 820 E. 29th N.; Kala Club, 3001 N. Market; Rock Castle, 3813 N. Broadway; and Forty-second Club, 4201 N. Broadway.

the active age a game of pool or played a game of cards in his life, (that he) was reared in a Christian home and knew the meaning of religion.” Moreover, he said, he “had given up everything to come to Wichita and that having been through strikes and fights and other things crookdom had to offer” he didn’t believe Wichita would present any situation he could not meet. With Walston at the helm, the police sought to gain control of the city’s alcohol problem. To do so they set their sights on a prominent bootleg operation, the Wichita Athletic Club. The Eagle reported the club was well organized; membership cards were required for admittance and hundreds of prominent citizens were members. Despite the clientele, police raided the club on Jan. 2, 1926. When they arrived, Det. Hensley knocked on the door and when the club’s guard opened it, Det. Pennington rushed through. After the door slammed shut it was smashed open with an axe. Once inside the officers noticed the smell of alcohol. They seized a pipe from the sink containing questionable liquid, a dozen empty bottles and six empty whiskey glasses. Police arrested J. Glick Helbert, believed head of the club’s liquor ring, and L. M. Mitchell, the bartender. Raids and other altercations with local bootleggers were quite calm compared to the gun battles waged in Chicago over liquor.

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Psst! Bottle of whiskey? In the late 1920s, according to an article in The Wichita Eagle, there were several common ways to purchase bootleg alcohol: Directly from bootleggers: Orders were placed by telephone and then delivered to an agreed upon locale. Certain rooming houses and hotels: Customers looking for alcohol knew to ask the bellboys and porters. Many also worked for bootleggers as go-betweens and offered this service to their guests. So-called clubs: Those who could,

chose to drink at clubs and similar type establishments where a membership card was required. Members, who were often affluent, drank with their peers while large men guarded the doors. Hip pockets, automobiles: The “hip pocket merchants,” as the Eagle poetically described them, operated from street corners and alleys. Bottles were sold from the trunk of their cars, and merchants often knew their customers.

But that changed on Sept. 9, 1926. Det. Dan Carrier and Deputy Sheriff Bill Person were sent to 1824 E. Third St. after receiving complaints that the occupants there were running a liquor joint. Soon after they arrived, they saw brothers Sam and Ed Offutt, known bootleggers and no strangers to the police, leaving the house. Person described the events: “We overtook them and shook them down at Hydraulic and Third. Sam had a 30-30 Winchester between his legs and when Sam got out he had a pint of whiskey in his shirt and let it slip down his trousers leg and it broke. “He started to fight Mr. Carrier, and Mr. Carrier knocked him down with his six-shooter. We told them to get into

Mr. Carrier’s car, and Mr. Carrier told me to drive.” While in the car, Person remembered Sam Offutt telling Detective Carrier, “God damn you Dan Carrier, I don’t care if you kill me. I am going to show you something some of these days.” Carrier and Sam Offutt had grudge that traced to his 1923 arrest by Carrier for possession of alcohol, and Offutt spent a stint in the county jail. Soon after this statement was made Person recalled: “I heard Mr. Carrier say, ‘Turn loose of my gun,’ and I glanced around and saw that Sam had hold of Mr. Carrier’s gun. Mr. Carrier said, See next page

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Bootleggers From previous page ‘Turn loose of my gun’ a second time. Sam did not turn loose of Mr. Carrier’s gun. and Mr. Carrier fired. “When he fired, Sam fell to one side toward his brother, and Ed grabbed for the gun and Mr. Carrier fired at Ed.” The shots fired by Carrier killed both brothers. It took place about 4:30 on a Sunday afternoon near the intersection of First and Washington Streets. Nearly 3,000 people viewed the brothers’ bodies at the Lahey and Martin morgue. Even after the repeal of national prohibition, Wichita continued to

promote itself as a dry city, despite evidence over the past decade that negated this claim. When officials pronounced themselves satisfied that the last vestige of forbidden beverage had been mopped up, the editor of the Eagle called a dozen bootleggers. Shortly after he hung up, the deliveries began to pour in. This article comes from Joshua Yearout’s research for his master’s degree while he was working as an archivist in Special Collections Library at Wichita State University. Joshua died in 2009 at age 33. The book, Wichita Jazz and Vice Between the World Wars, was published in 2010.

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The Victorian Christmas at Old Cowtown Museum has become a family tradition for many in the Wichita area. This four-night event allows visitors to see Cowtown decked out in its finest Victorian splendor. Activities include Santa Claus in Santa's Workshop (aka Carpenter's Shop); carolers strolling the streets; crafts and activities for kids; wagon rides; and cookies, cocoa and unique Christmas gifts for sale. Hours are 6-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Dec 2-3 and 9-10. Admission is $7.75 adults 18-61; $6.50 seniors 62+; $6 youth 12-17; $5.50 children 5-11; under 5 free. Tax is not included. Call 219-1871.

The Harvey County Historical Museum, 203 N. Main, Newton, invites the public to Five Places of Christmas from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. The museum will be adorned with the theme of Handmade for the Holidays to coordinate with Purposeful Stitches: Community Quilts exhibit. Decorations will include handmade tree ornaments, wheat-weaving garlands, traditional handwork items such as crocheted doilies and more. This traditional holiday open house is in collaboration with Kauffman Museum, Bethel College Woman’s Association, Carriage Factory Gallery and Warkentin House. Admission is free to all venues, with refreshments and activities at some. For more information call 316-283-2221 or email museum director Debra Hiebert at

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Hoarding began after her parents died By Debbi Elmore She devoted her entire life to the care of her parents. She did manage to hold down a job, and once there was a fiancé. But she ditched the idea of marriage when she realized she would no longer be able to live with her parents. When they died, she started collecting. Late every afternoon, she would mount her three-wheeled bicycle with a basket and start pedaling through the streets, looking for items people set on the curb to give away. Before nightfall, she would return to the only home she had ever known. There she would carefully unpack her new treasures, wash each one in soapy bleach water and pack them away in boxes she bought. “My parents were gone,” she says simply. “I needed something to do.” Eventually the majority of the house was covered in boxes; some were stacked nearly to the ceiling. She left

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Newspapers block front door. paths to the bathroom, bedroom and kitchen. The rest of the house became unusable. A health issue led to the discovery of her living conditions. There was no room for emergency responders to maneuver in her large older home. She refused to even consider parting with her boxes until the county health department threatened to condemn the house. That fear was enough for her to authorize a cleanup and agree to counsel-

Decision-making questions • How many do I already have and is that enough? • Do I have enough time to actually use, review or read it? • Have I used this in the past year? • Do I have a specific plan to use this item within a reasonable time frame? • How does this compare with the things I value highly? • Does this seem important just because I am looking at it now? • Would I buy it again if I didn’t already own it?

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ing to help her learn to cope with the loss of her parents. “There are a lot of reasons that people hoard,” says Krista Lovette, MHR, program manager for the Central Plains Area Agency on Aging (CPAAA). “Hoarding is not being lazy, neglectful or stubborn,” she says. “It is a real and complex disorder.” Many things can contribute to hoarding: genetics; problems with how a person’s brain processes information, such as being unable to organize or make decisions; mental illness, including depression or anxiety; or a history of trauma or loss. “Although pack rats have been recognized for decades, understanding the process of hoarding has been studied

and researched only since the early 1990s,” explains Nancy Trout, LSCSW, with Prairie View. “Hoarding Disorder defines the struggle a person has relative to possessions. The need to save and the inability to discard results in extreme clutter, which inhibits use of space and impairs functioning.” What seems useless to some has value to another, she adds. “Many people who hoard also struggle with comorbid health (two chronic diseases or conditions existing simultaneously) and/or mental health disorders,” she says. “They are more apt to lack motivation for change and resist assistance or intervention.” “Wichita has a significant hoardSee next page

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ing problem,” says Vicki Heigele, RN, Sedgwick County Mental Health Association. Some people were poor at one time, so they are fixated on food. Others inherit family heirlooms they have no place to store, but don’t want to part with. “They don’t know where to start, so it just continues to accumulate,” she explains. “Add illness, and it just becomes impossible.” Heigele is often asked to counsel with those who hoard. “I listen to them and try to ease their fears,” she says. Her ultimate victory is to get them into counseling, but sometimes that’s not possible. “They are adults, and it’s their decision to make. Maybe you can’t get

the active age them all cleaned out, but you can clear a path. It all goes back to safety.” Realizing the growing social issue and need for coordinated efforts to address it, CPAAA brought together in 2006 representatives from aging services, mental health, animal control, and fire and police departments to create the Hoarding Task Force. They work to not only resolve immediate conditions, but to find a long-term solution for each situation. “There is much hope for those who hoard and clutter,” Trout elaborates. “Encouragement and support are available. It can be very helpful to have a ‘coach’ partner them as they process their stuff. This is an emotional journey for the person who hoards.”

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Red Cross free rides demise left ‘significant’ void By Ken Stephens Charlie Russell was a volunteer driver for the American Red Cross Midway Kansas Chapter’s medical transportation program for 18 years. For elderly and disabled people who didn’t have a car, couldn’t drive themselves or didn’t have friends or relatives available when needed, Russell and about 40 other volunteers were their ride to the doctor, physical therapy, cancer treatment, kidney dialysis and more. It cost those patients nothing. “I had regular people I drove once a week, and every day I drove I had a couple of people who needed dialysis.” But then several years ago, Russell said, the national headquarters of the American Red Cross decided to refocus its work on disaster relief and blood donations. It directed its chapters across the country to discontinue local humanitarian programs. Those programs ended in Wichita last June. “When they terminated the medical transportation program it had been active for about 60 years,” Russell said. “People took it for granted that if they needed medical transportation, we’d fulfill it.” The local Red Cross was providing more than 15,000 free rides a year to 600 clients when the program ended. Before the end, Red Cross and United Way of the Plains, which had subsidized about a third of the cost of the program with a $188,000 annual grant, searched for another non-profit to take over. “There were a couple of entities that looked at it with interest and backed away,” said Pat Hanrahan, president and CEO of United Way. “I think the cost was the issue. We were just a third of it. They needed a fleet of cars, a location to operate from and liability insurance. Those were the main issues. …They looked at the

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living in rural areas clients, Medicaid may pay for transand 11 small cities in portation for medical appointments, •Butler County Transit: 316-775-0500 or 800-279Sedgwick County. adult day care, programs for develop3655. Costs: Within El Dorado or Andover, 50 cents Wichitans aren’t mental disabilities and mental health. per stop; town-to-town within Butler County, $2 eligible because fundThe agency also can hook clients each way; into Wichita, $4 each way. ing comes from the up with Wichita Paratransit Services • Harvey County: 316-284-6802 or 866-680-6802. Kansas Department of for point-to-point trips; Wichita buses, Cost: $8 within Newton, $12 within Transportation and is which are equipped with wheelchair Harvey County; $20 outside the county. targeted at providing lifts for fixed routes; the Derby Dash • Wichita Paratransit Services: 316-352-4828. services to areas where for trips within that city; and taxis. • American Cancer Society: 800-227-2345. other transportation Graham said most counties around • Sedgwick County Department on Aging: resources don’t exist. us, including Butler and Harvey, have 316-660-5150, “On average, we’re programs funded by KDOT, which transportation.asp providing about 1,500 may include trips into Wichita for trips a month,” said medical treatment. numbers, and they just couldn’t swing Kandace Bonnesen, Sedgwick CounTo get started, those needing a ride it.” ty’s transit manager. “In fact, it keeps can call Sedgwick County’s transportaAnnette Graham, who wears two growing.” tion hotline at 316-660-5150, between hats as executive director of the SedgRides are available not only for 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through wick County Department on Aging medical appointments but also for Friday. (DOA) and executive director of the visits to social services and shopping. The American Cancer Society also Central Plains Area Agency on Aging, “Transportation can be complex, can provide rides. Volunteers drive said some people think that because and what makes it hard is if you don’t their own cars at their own expense. the drivers were volunteers it was a know where to start and what’s availClients must have a cancer diagnosis low-cost program, “but there was a lot able,” Graham said. and be traveling for a cancer-related of component infrastructure behind So even if you live in Wichita, the medical appointment and be able to that.” county’s Department on Aging is a walk unassisted to and from the vehiRed Cross employees took the calls, good place to call first because it can cle, or have an accompanying caregiver compiled schedules and dispatched help identify other sources of transpor- to assist. drivers of eight Red Cross cars by ratation to best fit the client’s needs and dio. On top of that were the cost of the ability to pay. Contact Ken Stephens at cars, maintenance, gasoline and liability For example, Graham and insurance. nesen said that if they are Medicaid The program’s demise “left a pretty significant void for some aspect of the population,” Graham said. LAW OFFICES OF CATHLEEN GULLEDGE, LLC The (DOA) can’t provide trips to Estate Planning • Tax Planning • Business Consultation • Mediation dialysis clinics multiple times a week, Contract Law • Family Limited Partnerships • Powers of Attorney she said. It just doesn’t have the budget. Adoption • Conservatorships/Guardianships • Medicaid Division of Assets It can provide low-cost transporMBA, CPA, JD, LLM TAXATION tation to some of those once served by the Red Cross program, but not in Wichita. Because of its funding sources 310 West Central, Suite 108 • Wichita, KS 67202 and budget limitations, it provides Visit our website at Cathleen A. Gulledge rides – $3 each way – only to clients

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Uber driver enjoys part-time job’s income By David Dinell Like many retirees, Mark Ross finds a little extra income useful. It allows for a special dinner out, an evening at the movies or to take care of an extra bill, but without a big-time commitment or the hassles of a full time job. That's where his job as an Uber driver comes in. “This shouldn't take the place of a job and you’re not going to make a living doing this, but it's good supplemental income," said the 68-year-old Ross. He has been driving for two years. It started by helping to transport a visually impaired couple. “They liked my service so much, they asked me to do it on a regular basis." Ross, who retired from the aviation industry in 2010, makes from $85 to $300 a week, averaging $125. For those not familiar with the rapidly expanding ride system, Uber drivers use their personal vehicles to pick up passengers. It's a totally technology-based system, so both parties must have smart phones. In fact, Uber calls itself a software company and not a transportation business. That also provides it a means to

Mark Ross takes pride in job as an Uber driver. bypass standard taxi regulations, which has raised the hackles of those businesses. As an independent contractor, Ross likes the job’s freedom. He chooses to work from midnight to 3 a.m. and readily admits it exposes him to "a different clientele." Drivers such as Ross applied on the company's website and went through a background check, which can take several weeks. Riders must submit a photo of their credit card. When someone requests a ride an

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alert is sent out online, and an available, nearby driver can respond. There are about 100 Uber drivers in Wichita, but not all are online at the same time. Uber is especially useful, Ross said, when buses aren't running or there is bad weather. Some seniors don't like to drive at night, or are recovering from surgery or have a health condition so its handy for them too. The system works on personal ratings. Both drivers and riders rate each other on a scale of one to five stars. A typical ride is $11 to $15, and is based on time and mileage with 10 cents a minute and $1.10 a mile. There is a cancellation fee of $5. It's all cashless, or as Ross put it: "You never have to reach for your wallet." Also, unlike taxis, tips are not

expected. This system also protects the driver because there is no cash involved. Riders need a valid credit card, so they can't run off without paying. The ratings system works well, Ross said; drivers don't need to pick up a troublesome rider. Everyone wants to be on his or her best behavior to get the highest rating. Ross is proud of his above-average rating and said he puts forth extras to earn it. He said he always wears a collared shirt and tie, and provides his riders bottled water if they wish one. If they want a conversation, the affable and well-versed Ross is more than willing to provide one, drawing on his career in the aviation industry or world experiences. A common question he gets is whether a passenger has ever thrown up in his car. The answer is yes. But following the company rules, Ross made that individual pay for the cleanup. Originally from the New York City area, Ross came to the Midwest to go to college at Oklahoma State. He stayed to work in Wichita, and has grown to not only enjoy it, but tell others, including his passengers, about its many attributes. "I'm always talking up Wichita," he said. Contact David Dinell at

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Tips help keep you safe from falling By Annette Graham CPAAA Executive Director Falls can happen at any age. They can be painful, traumatic and, at the very least, embarrassing. No matter how falls occur, they are generally unexpected and can cause injuries ranging from bruises and muscle strains to broken bones and head trauma. Falls are the leading cause of injury and death for seniors, and they increase with age. According to United Healthcare, they cause almost as many deaths as vehicle-related accidents and are the biggest cause of unintentional home-injury deaths. An older adult is seen in an emergency room for a fall-related injury every 15 seconds. These simple precautions may help keep you out of the ER. Around the home • Clear stairs and walkways • Improve lighting • Eliminate or secure throw rugs • Use a nonslip mat in the bathtub/

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Additional tips Help a family member, neighbor or friend fall-proof their living space with an offer to install handrails or lighting, or to shovel/de-ice after a storm. When you see a serious fall, ignore your first instinct to help that person up. No additional movement often avoids further injury. Instead, call 911. While waiting for help, check for breathing/pulse and perform CPR if

needed. Don’t raise the victim’s head (there may be neck or back injuries). Move the person only if he or she is in harm’s way. Tell emergency responders if you know of further injuries. Exercise programs such as A Matter of Balance and Tai Chi help older adults gain strength and confidence, and improve balance to help them preserve their independence. Several senior centers and other locations in Butler, Harvey and Sedgwick County offer the A Matter of Balance class. It emphasizes practical

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Memories From page 1 drafted into military service, Ken’s work building military planes kept him in Dallas during most of the war. His aviation career took him and his family to Wichita in 1944, then back to Dallas 25 years later. Ken and Lucille returned to Wichita in 2013. Change rode the rails into Newton Early that afternoon, Newton High School junior Connie Palacioz was carPhoto by Judy Conklin rying a box of cooking utensils to the Connie Palacioz, left, with Katie church rectory for her mother, who was Conkling beginning work as a cook and housetrains while they were stopped, so the keeper for the priest. local women’s auxiliary brought homeThey were listening to the radio made cookies to them. when news of the attack interrupted “We went to the train platform and the regular programming. handed the boxes to them through the “It was a shock to us,” said Connie, windows,” Connie said. “Sometimes recalling that the Japanese diplomatic the boys would hand back their addelegation had recently been in Washdresses so we could write them later.” ington, D.C. — reportedly for peace She graduated from high school in talks. 1943, and then went to work at Boeing Wartime quickly changed life in her in Wichita as a “Rosie the Riveter,” small town. Food and other household helping build B-29 bombers. items were rationed, and many of her Years later, the Newton resident high school classmates were drafted or volunteered to help restore the B-29 volunteered for military service. nicknamed “Doc,” which is now Passenger trains packed with housed at the Wichita Aviation Muservicemen became commonplace in seum. Newton. The men couldn’t leave the

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We didn’t know what happened...” Former Wichitan Katie Conkling and her Wisconsin cousins, Irene and Preston Lehman, were riding the bus from Horicon to Milwaukee after spending the weekend together with their extended family. Once they got to Photo by Judy Conkling the bus station, they Ken and Lucille Dir planned to say their goodbyes and Katie and gency of some kind, but we didn’t Irene would catch another bus home know what happened until that eveto Oconomowoc. Preston, who was on ning when we turned on the radio and weekend leave from Fort Sheridan near heard Pearl Harbor had been bombed,” Chicago, would return there. said Katie. As soon as they stepped off the bus The next September, 21-year-old in Milwaukee, a Shore Patrol officer Katie became one of the first members stopped Preston, who was in his Army of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, uniform. which placed women in military desk “The SP asked Preston where he jobs so men were freed for active duty. was stationed, then told him all leaves The next year, Katie and other had been cancelled and he was to WAACs were admitted into the newly return to base immediately on the next created Women’s Army Corps, serving bus,” said Katie. “The officer didn’t say there for the duration of the war. why.” All during the bus ride home Katie Contact Judy Conkling at and Irene talked and wondered about what could have happened. “We figured it had to be an emer-

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Need a handyman? Check credentials first By Marc Bennett As we enter December, there may be projects that require the help of a hired handyman, such as cleaning up the yard, hanging Christmas lights and snow removal. Before you hire someone, especially someone who approaches your home unsolicited, check him or her out. Is this a business that will be there tomorrow if the job is not done to your satisfaction? Is it a brick and mortar business with an address, or does it have a web site with contact information? Will this person provide references and contact information? Are they bonded? Do they have insurance in case they get hurt on your property?

A great place to start your check is the Better Business Bureau. Call 800 856-2417 or visit its website. It lists accredited businesses: There is little doubt that the scammers will continue their efforts as this year ends. Please remember: Hang up on anyone who calls your phone and tells you they need your credit card, social security number, routing information for your bank account or any information identifying your computer(s) or passwords.

If the caller claims to be from your bank, get the name and call your bank yourself. You can also go to your bank and ask the manager to confirm the need for your information. I would hate for anyone’s holiday to be ruined by falling prey to a scam. As the year winds down, it’s also good to note the volume of work being done on behalf of citizen consumers by the Consumer Protection divisions at both the local and state level. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt recently addressed the Wichita Bar Association and shared that his office has recovered more than $120,000,000 in losses over the past five years. Locally, just this year, our office has

reviewed and closed more than 120 cases, returning more than a quarter of a million dollars to consumers in Sedgwick County. We are here to help, but as always, the best way to get restitution is not get scammed in the first place. Marc Bennett,, is the Sedgwick County District Attorney. If you have been the victim of a consumer fraud violation or know about a possible fraudulent scheme, call the Consumer Protection Division, 660-3600, or email If you or a loved one has been the victim of a crime, call 911 immediately.


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Calendar of Events

Sedgwick County Senior Centers

Mon & Wed: 6 pm Yoga, Rec Center. Free. Mon-Fri: 8-9 am Bel Aire Walkers, Rec Center. Tue: 1 pm Bridge. (reservation required). Tue & Fri: 10:30 am Chair Exercise, Rec Center. Wed: 9 am Low impact aerobics, Rec Center. Fri: 9 am Breakfast at Braum's. 1st, 3rd & 5th Fri: 6 pm Pitch. 1st Thu: 1 pm Game Day, Rec Center. 1st Mon: 6:30 pm Potluck & Program, Community Room. 3rd Wed:1:30 pm Book club. 4th Mon: 12:30 pm Covered Dish Lunch & Program, Rec Center. 4th Thu: 2 pm Genealogy & Family History Group.

BENTLEY/EAGLE 504 W Sterling, 796-0027

Open Mon-Fri: Coffee, cookies, exercise. Mon: 2 pm Line dancing, chair exercise. Wed: 1:30 pm Canasta. Sat: 8-9:30 am Breakfast, donation. 2nd Fri: 11 am Senior Lunch Out. 3rd Tue: 7 pm Game night, bring snack. 3rd Fri: noon XYZ potluck, program. 4th Sat: 7 pm Movie Night.

CHENEY 516 Main, 542-3721

Mon-Fri: 10:30 am Hot meal, reservations required; 12:15 pm Cards, games. Mon, Wed, Fri: 10-11 am Exercise program. 1st Tue: 6 pm Potluck dinner. Nov 9 & 23: 1 pm Bingo.

CLEARWATER 921 E Janet, 584-2332

Mon: 10 am-noon Blood pressure check; 1-3 pm Painting, beginning to advanced. Wed: 9 am Morning coffee. Tue, Fri: 8:45 am Tai Chi; 10 am Exercise class. 2nd Tue: noon Carry-in lunch & program. Thur: 10 am Bible study. 1st, 3rd & 4th Thu: 9 am Help with technologybring your device.

DERBY 611 N Mulberry Rd, 788-0223 Regular activities: Exercise programs at low cost, foot care, book club, friendship club. Dec 1: 11:30 am Covered dish, with music provided by Madrigils. $2. Dec 5: 1 pm The Songs of Christmas. Learn about some of the most well-known hymns presented by Loretta Lyon. Free. Dec 5: 4:30 pm Enjoy a snack supper and listen to the Cessna Jazz Band. Reservations required. $2. Dec 6: 1 pm Make Christmas ornaments with Leila Kurban. Christmas cookies and coffee will be provided. 3rd Tue: Noon Friendship Club; 1 pm Book Club. Reading list at front desk. 1st Thu: 9 am New-member orientation.

DOWNTOWN 200 S. Walnut, 267-0197

LINWOOD 1901 S. Kansas, 263-3703 Regular activities: Exercise classes, Pickleball, computer classes, foot care by appt. Dec 1:10 am Papercrafts. Make Christmas gift tags. RSVP to 267-0197. Dec 1:10 am Advisory Committee meeting. Dec 15: 2:30 pm Victorian Christmas Tea and Coffee with The Captain's Lady. Living history interpreter will discuss the Victorian Era and Christmas celebrations of the time as an 1870s corsetier. Mon: 11 am Lewis Street Singers; 1 pm Bridge. Wed: 9 am Spanish class (adv); 11 am Well rep excercise 1 pm Pickleball. Regular activities: Computer classes, cards, Pickleball, exercise programs, hot lunch. Dec 7: 2-4 pm Craft Time with Barbara: vintage stockings. $5. 263-3703. Dec 8: 2-4:30 pm Wrap gifts and watch A Christmas Story. Dec 13: 2-4 pm Crazy Christmas Sock Party. Dec 16: 10:15 Financial Strategies for the New Year by Cynthia Otiero-Ongech. Mon: 9:30 am Dynabands; 9 am Stretching. Tue: 9 am Brain games; 9:30 am Fit & balance. 10:30 am Bingo. Tue & Thu: 9 am Pickleball.

EDGEMOOR 5815 E 9th, 688-9392

MCADAMS GOLDEN AGE 1329 E 16th, 337-9222

Mon-Fri: 11:30 am Hot lunch, reservation required; 10-11 am Pool, cards, bingo, dominoes, puzzles.

GARDEN PLAIN 1006 N Main, 535-1155

Tue, Thu: 9:30 am Exercise. Fri: 1 pm Cards. 1st Fri: noon Potluck, cards. 3rd Fri: noon Birthday/anniversary celebration.

GODDARD 120 N Main, 794-2441

Mon, Wed, Fri: 9-9:30 am Exercise. 1st & 4th Tue: 9:30 am-noon Cards. 2nd & 4th Thu: 10 am-4 pm Covered dish, cards, dominoes.

HAYSVILLE 160 E Karla, 529-5903

Regular activities: Cards, crafts, hot lunch, exercise. Mon-Fri: 11:30 am Hot Lunch; 12 pm Cards. Tue: 12:30 pm; Fri: 9 am TX Hold'em. 1st & 3rd Wed: 12:30 pm Bingo. Tue & Thu: 10 am STEPS. Last Tue: 6-9 pm Game Night. 2nd Fri: 5:30 pm Birthday Dinner & Jingle Bell Bingo, Covered Dish. 4th Sat: 8 am Friends & Family Senior Breakfast. RSVP.

KECHI Kechi City Building, 744-0217, 744-1271

3rd Thu: 6:30-7:30 pm Meeting.

LA FAMILIA 841 W 21st, 267-1700

Mon-Fri: Dance, exercise, pool, dominoes. 11:30 am-12:15 pm Hot lunch. Mon, Wed, Fri: 10 am Exercise/Ejercicio. Mon, Fri: 9:30 am-3 pm Tax-Aide, by appt. Tue, Thu: 1 pm Exercise/Ejercicio. Mon: 10 am English Class/Clase de Ingles; 1 pm Line dancing. Tue: 10 am Nutrition class/Clase de nutricion. Thu: 10 am Bingo/loteria. Last Fri: 10 am Music/musica; monthly birthdays.

Regular activities: Open gym, walking, hot lunches, dominoes, cards, pool. Sun: 1-3 pm Quilting. Fri: noon-1:30 pm Sewing. Sat: noon-4:30 pm Classes: sewing, jewelry making. 2nd & 4th Tue: 10 am-noon Blood pressure checks.

MT HOPE 105 S Ohio, 667-8956

Mon: 7-10 am Coffee, donuts; 11:30 am-12:30 pm Lunch; 1-4 pm Cards. Tue, Wed, Fri: 9 am Exercise class. Tue, Wed: 10 am-3 pm Crafts, quilting. Thu: 9:30-10:30 am Line dancing. 1st Fri: Noon Sr Citizens’ lunch.

MULVANE 632 E Mulvane, 777-4813

Daily: Walk in the gym, coffee; hot lunch; computers, dominoes, puzzles, pool, book loan. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30 am Yoga. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9 am Zumba. 2nd Tue: 7:30-9:30 am Breakfast, $3. 2nd Wed: 11:30 am Blood pressure checks. 3rd Wed: Noon-1 pm Blood pressure checks.

NORTHEAST 2121 E 21st, 269-4444 Daily: Dominoes, cards, Wii, pool, hot lunch. library, exercise room, computer lab. Dec 6: 11 am Blood pressure checks. Dec 19: 10:30 am Special Events Committee. Dec 30: 1 pm Birthday Celebration. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30 am WSU exercise. Mon: 12:30 pm TOPS; 1:30 pm Sing-a-Long. Thu: 10:30 am Jewelry class. Fri: 10 am Crochet class; 1 pm Bridge.

Prairie Land Food Share

Package of meats, fresh fruit and vegetables, $28. Other variety options available, usually at 50% discount. Accepts Vision cards. Sites in Sedgwick, Harvey and Butler Counties. Info: June at 800-998-9436 or at

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OAKLAWN 2937 Oaklawn Dr, 524-7545

Daily: 11:30 am Red Cross meals. 1st Thu: 12:30 pm, Golden Agers meeting. 1st Thu & Fri: 8:30 am-5 pm, Commodities. 2nd Thu: 12:30-2:30 pm, Golden Agers bingo. $1. 4th Thu: 12:30-2:30 pm, Community bingo. $2. Every Fri: 12:30 pm Afternoon cards. Every Wed: 8:30 am Sweets & coffee.

ORCHARD PARK 4808 W 9th, 942-2293 Regular activities: Exercise programs, cards, pool, hot lunch, Wii bowling, dominoes, crafts. Dec 7: 8:30-10:15 am Blood pressure checks. Dec 16: 11:15 am Birthday Celebration. Dec 19: 11:10 am Plant Based Diet by Shirley Lewis. Dec 21: Foot Care by Michelle Steinke. Tues: 12 pm Duplicate bridge. Wed: 10:30 am-noon Computer lab.

PARK CITY 6100 N Hydraulic, 744-1199

Regular activities: Cards, exercise, pool, hot lunch. Call for details. Dec 9: 11 am Healthy for Holiday by Shirley Lewis. Dec 16: 12 pm Christmas light tour around the Wichita area. Snacks included. $15 per person. RSVP by 12/8, 744-1199. Dec 16: 12 pm Christmas Carols with Chisolm Trail Elementary. Dec 20: 8 am Breakfast out to the Cracker Barrell. Fri: 9:15 am Exercise. Sat: 1 pm Pinochle. Mon: 6 pm Pitch. Tue: 1 pm Pool. Tue & Thu: 8:30 am Wii Bowling; 10 am WellRep exercise. Fri: 1:30 pm Dance aerobics.

VALLEY CENTER 316 E. Clay, 755-7335

Mon: 1: 30 pm Line dancing. Tue: 9:30 am Free donuts, cards, games; 6:30 pm Pitch. Bring snack to share. Tue, Thu: Noon Home cooked meals. Tue $5, Thur $6. Tue, Thu: 8:30-10:30 am Pickleball at Valley Center Intermediate School, 737 N. Meridian. Use North doors when schools not in session.

Senior Wednesdays

Dec 7: 10 am Wichita Art Museum, Holiday Program. Enjoy coffee, treats and holiday music and hear about the upcoming spring programs from all 10 of the participating Senior Wednesday organizations. There will be a raffle of special items from participating venues. Dancer Courtney Cobin from Step Ahead Dance Studio will be the featured entertaintment. Free. Like us on Facebook!

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Butler County Senior Centers

ANDOVER 410 Lioba Dr, 733-4441 Regular activities: Exercise, bingo, bridge, quilt club, dominoes, pool. Daily:11:30 am-12 Lunch (reservation preferred) 316-733-4441, $3. Mon, Wed, Fri: 10 am Exercise. Tues: Special music at lunch. Mon: 12:30 pm Movie Monday. Tue: 10 am Blood pressure check; 11 am-2 pm Memory Café; 12:30 pm Pinochle; 1 pm Pool. Wed: 1 pm Bridge. Thu: 12:30 pm Pinochle; 1 pm Quilt Club; 7-9 pm Pitch. Fri: 11:30 am Lunch meeting & program; 12:45 pm Prize bingo; 1:45 pm Pinochle. 4th Sat: 7-10am Monthly breakfast will begin again in January 2017.

AUGUSTA 640 Osage, 775-1189

Regular activities: Exercise, cards, dominoes, pool, line dancing, lunch daily at 11:30 am. Friday: 9:30 am Prize bingo. 2nd Sat: 7-10 am Biscuit/Gravy breakfast. $4 suggested donation. 3rd Mon: 8 am Casino trip. Call for reservation. $5 suggested donation. 4th Mon: 5 pm Evening meal. $5 suggested donation.

BENTON Lion’s Community Bldg, S Main St

2nd & 4th Tue: 9 am-4 pm Cards, games, occasional program. Covered dish.

CASSODAY Cassoday Senior Center 133 S. Washington, 620-735-4538

Tue: 10:30 am Round Table. Tue, Thu: 9:30 am Exercise with WSU. 1st Mon: 7 pm Game night. 3rd Mon: 6:30 pm Carry-in dinner, blood pressure checks. Last Fri: 7 pm Movie Night.

DOUGLASS 124 W 4th, 746-3227

Regular activities: Exercise, quilting, cards, home-cooked lunch, $5 (reservation required). 1st Mon: 6 pm Finger foods & cards. 3rdMon: 6 pm Birthday/anniversary covered-dish supper, bring own service. Cards. 3rd Sat: 7:00-9:30 am Biscuits/gravy, scrambled eggs, $4.

EL DORADO 210 E 2nd, 321-0142

Regular activities: Exercise, cards, bingo, hot lunch $3, support groups. Mon: 12:30 Mexican Train dominoes. Mon, Fri: 10 am Aerobics. Tue: 9 am Coffee; 12:30 pm Bingo; 2 pm Line Dance; 6 pm Prairie Port Seniors. Tue, Thu: 8:30 am Men's coffee. Wed: 10 am Back in Balance; 1 pm Pinochle. Sat: 6 pm Cards and games. 3rd Tue: 12:30 am Blood pressure checks.

Harvey County Centers

BURRTON 124 N Burrton, 620-463-3225

1st Sat: 7-9 am Community breakfast. Mon: 7-8 pm Educational film. Tue: 9 am Bible study. Mon - Fri: 7-8:30 am Early bird coffee. Fri: 7-8:30 am Breakfast. 3rd Thu: 7 pm Movie. 4th Thu: 6 pm Potluck supper.

HALSTEAD 523 Poplar, 835-2283

Mon & Wed: Games after lunch. Tue & Fri: 9 am Exercise. 2nd Thu: 7 pm Dine out/activity. 3rd Thu: 6 pm Potluck, meeting. 3rd Fri: 12:30 pm Movie in. 3rd Sun: 1:30 pm Movie out. 4th Thu: 7 pm Penny Bingo.

HESSTON Randall & Main, 620-327-5099 Mon, Wed, Fri: 8 am Stretch bands. Mon & Tue: 1:30 pm Pitch. Tue: 8:30 am Coffee hour; 9 am Film; 1:30 pm Pinochle. Wed: 6:30 am Men’s Bible Study; 1 pm Bridge. 1st & 3rd Tue: 6 pm Singin’ Seniors. 3rd Wed: 11:30 am Health luncheon; noon, program. Reservations by previous Fri. 1st Thu: 7 pm Bridge.

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Make a donation by: • Mailing a check to 125 S. West St., Ste. 105, Wichita, KS 67213 • Calling 316-942-5385 to make a secure credit card donation • Donating securely online at and/or enroll in auto-pay via our paypal account.

2nd Thu: 7 pm Movie night. 1st & 3rd Fri: 1 pm Mexican Train dominoes. 1st Sat: 7:30-9:30 am Community breakfast. 4th Mon: 5:30 pm Gathering; 6 pm Potluck dinner, program follows.

GRAND CENTRAL 122 E 6th, Newton, 283-2222

Dec 1: 10 am Community Chat with new Sheriff Chad Gay. Dec 8: 10 am Magician & clown informational meeting. Dec 19: 9:30am Shopping trip to West Wichita. Dec 22:10:30 am December birthday party. Mon: 10-11 am Blood pressure check. Tue: 1 pm Crafts: handwork. Wed: 1 pm Pinochle/pitch/dominoes. Thu: 1 pm Wii bowling; 5:15 pm Tai Chi. 2nd & 4th Thu: 10:30 am Bingo. 1st & 3rd Fri: 6-9 pm Game night.

SEDGWICK 107 W. Fifth, 772-0393

Mon: 1 pm Games. Tue: 7-8:30 am Breakfast. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9 am Exercise. 1st Fri: 7 pm Birthday party. 2nd Thu: noon Carry-in dinner, mtg. 3rd Thu: 5 pm Dinner Night Out. 2nd Fri: 7 pm Pitch party.

Support Groups, Clubs, Dances

An up-to-date list of support groups is at To add or correct a listing, call 316978-3566, 1-800-445-0016 or email Clubs, Organizations and Dances are at under the Resources category. For changes call Kaydee at 942-5345 or email

LEON 112 S Main, 745-9200 or 742-9905

Regular activities: Lunch served Mon - Fri. Reservations required by 9 am. Wed: 10 am Exercise class; 1 pm Pinochle. 2nd & 4th Tue: 1 pm Bridge club. 3rd Sun: 11am-1 pm Lunch serving roast beef or ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, hot roll, salad and dessert bar. Drinks included. $8 donation adults/$4 children.

ROSE HILL 207 E Silknitter, 776-0170

Regular activities: Wii, pool table, shuffleboard, home-cooked lunch (reservation required). Mon & Wed: 9 am Strong Women Stay Young Exercise. Mon: 7 pm Pitch, games. Wed: 1 pm Bridge. Fri: 7 pm Card game. 1st Fri: 11 am Meeting, covered dish. 3rd Fri: Noon Covered dish. 1st Sat: 7-10 am Scrambled eggs, biscuits/gravy.

TOWANDA 317 Main, 536-8999

Open 10:30 am-5 pm Mon, Wed & Fri Thu: 7 am Breakfast/coffee at Stearman Bar & Grill, Benton.

WHITEWATER Legion Hall,Whitewater

2nd & 4th Tue: noon Potluck, program.

Transportation Sedgwick County

Sedgwick Co Transportation, 6605150 or 1-800-367-7298, transportation or services info. 8 am-5 pm, Mon-Fri; closed most holidays.

Butler County Transit

Weekday transportation in El Dorado, Augusta and Andover. Rides to Wichita on Wed, Thu. Call for information; 48-hr notice required: Augusta, 775-0500; El Dorado, 322-4321; toll free, 1-800-279-3655. $10 pass for 25 rides available. Wheelchair accessible; escorts ride free.

Harvey County

Transportation for medical appointments, shopping and recreational activities. Reservations or information: 316-284-6802 or 1-866-680-6802. Applications for reduced fares for those 60+ or disabled who meet income guidelines. Personal appointments Mon-Fri, 8 am-5 pm. Reservations, first call-first served, must be made 24 hours in advance. Vans are wheelchair accessible. Round-trip fares: $8 in Newton (wheelchair only), $12 in Harvey County, $20 outside Harvey County. Wheelchair escorts ride free. AVI Route: Tue, 8 am-4:30 pm. Transportation to Newton for Burrton, Sedgwick, Halstead, Hesston, Walton residents. $6.

AARP Driver Safety Classes Eight hours of instruction. Certificate on completion for insurance discount. Class size limited; call for reservations. $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-members. Downtown Senior Center, 200 S. Walnut, 12:30-4:30 pm Dec 12 & 13, 316-2670197. Via Christi Rehab Hospital, 1151 N. Rock Road, 9am-5pm Dec 17, 316-689-5700.

Friendship Meals

Aging Projects, Inc. serves a hot, nutri-

tious meal weekdays for persons 60 and older at locations in Sedgwick, Harvey and Butler county communities. Reservations are necessary. For locations and reservations, call 620-669-8201.


Thu: Tuna & pasta salad, vegetable soup, pineapple, crackers, gingersnap cookie. Fri: Turkey stew, mixed greens salad w/ dressing, Mandarin oranges, bread.

WEEK OF DECEMBER 5 Mon: Creamed chicken over biscuit, broc-

coli raisin salad, plums, molasses drop cookie. Tue: Lasagna, combo salald w/dressing, pineapple, garlic bread. Wed: New England stew, pickled beets, banana, cornbread, no bake cookie. Thu: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes w/ gravy, herbed green beans, apricots, wacky cake, wheat roll. Fri: Chicken fajita salad, salsa, carrots, cranberry juice, cinnamon rolls.


Mon: Sloppy joe, potato soup, cracker, broccoli/carrot salad, pears. Tue: Oven fried chicken, baked beans, corn tomato casserole, Mandarin oranges, wheat bread. Wed: Crispy fish w/tartar sauce, macaroni & cheese, spinach, strawberries, roll. Thu: Ham, sweet potatoes, cauliflower in cheese, ambrosia salad, cherry pudding cake, wheat roll. Fri: Chicken pot pie, cooked cabbage, peaches, lime gelatin, biscuit.


Mon: Chicken fried steak, mashed potato w/gravy, combo salad w/dressing, apricots, peach cobbler. Tue: Ham chowder, three bean salad, pineapple, crackers, applesauce cake. Wed: Turkey salad, cream of tomato soup, corn relish, strawberries. Thu: Easy beef & rice, broccoli, mixed fruit, gingerbread. Fri: Closed for Holiday.


Mon: Closed for Holiday. Tue: Mexican pork stew, Lima beans, pickled beets, peaches, cornbread. Wed: Chicken & rice casserole, broccoli, plums, biscuit, pineapple upside down cake. Thu: Liver & onions or beef cutlet, mashed potatoes w/gravy, mixed vegetables, Mandarin oranges. Fri: Chili, combo salad w/dressing, cracker, apricots, bread pudding.

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Classified Advertising



December 2016

Place an ad: 942-5385


White Chapel, Garden of Nativity, 4 lots including bronze memorial. Value $5,563, selling for $3,500, Buyer pays $425 transfer. Call 316-7216125.

Maytag wringer washer, 60+ years old. When calling, please identify that you’re calling re/ washer. Make offers. Call 721-9709.

White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Garden of Christus, two plots for $2,500, OBO (value $4500). Seller pays transfer fee of $425. Call 316-648-9785.


Wichita Park Cemetery/Old Mission. Acacia C, lot 189, spaces 3-6. $1,500 each, valued $1,875 each. Call 316-260-8245, leave message.



Complete Estate Sale Services Including Buy-outs

Resthaven, Garden of Freedom, 3-C-4, spaces for two with marker and vaults. Value $11,000 sell for $3,500. 316-721-6462, 316-253-3980.

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Resthaven, Garden of the Cross, two plots w/ opening & closing at the foot of the cross. Asking $10,000 for both or $5,250 each. Will pay transfer fee. 316-558-0820.

Call/Text 316-530-3275

Resthaven, Garden of Prayer, one lot, possibly two as a double stack. Asking $2,900 OBO. Call 316-312-1867. Resthaven, Freedom Garden, lawn crypt with space for two, includes two vaults, one opening/ closing, companion headstone on granite. Value $12,000. Sell $6,500. 316-882-2705. Two double lots, Sunset Lawn Cemetery, El Dorado. Call 316-321-2987. Resthaven, two side by side lots in Garden of Freedom close to the sidewalk. Value $7,800 sell together for $5,500. 316-722-1521. Resthaven, Garden of Prayer, section 19, lot 113B. Four spaces together. Asking $1,800 each. Will pay transfer fee. Call 918-791-1049.

Burial Plot at Resthaven - $4,000 Pre-installed double depth lawn crypt and vault. It is a single plot with space for 2 people. It is located at Resthaven Cemetery, Garden of Bruce Newton, Lot 179, Space A-4. Current value of this type of plot is averaging $5,000. Buyer will have to pay the $295 transfer fee, unless they purchase a marker at the same time and that would reduce the fee to $125. Please contact Sheila Anaya @ 316-640-2477



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

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Restore your antique furniture Quality work at a reasonable price. FREE estimates. Years of expertise.

F FOR RENT F Three-bedroom, two bath, family room, wood fireplace, central heat & air, garage, no pets. $850/ month. 316-684-1937.

F FOR SALE F Authentic antique Queen Anne bedroom suite: Serta queen sized box spring & mattress. Contact 619-7628 if interested. Hoveround, good condition. 686-5345. Four-wheel scooter, Invacare Leo brand, paid $2,195 asking $1,000. Scooter lift Bruno VSL4000HW model, paid $2,195 asking $1,000. Both items possibly tax deductible, accepting all offers. 665-4318 or 650-8089. Hoveround, MPV5. Reclines, adjustable arm rests, new batteries, $3,000. Hydraulic lift for Hoveround, $500. 316-838-1112. Char-broil barbeque, three burners plus a side burner. Has an electrical spit. $85. 316-640-3098. Heavy-duty Hoveround, 3 years old. Asking $2,700. Call 316-617-4329. Fold-up utility trailer, 4’ x 8’ bed, 1450 lb load capacity, $425. 316-640-3098.


Clark Palmer Furniture Repair

316-312-2177 Marv’s Home Improvements & Repair

Doors, trim, decks, ramps, patio covers, fences, siding, flooring. Basements, kitchens and baths. Painting. Also honey dos. Honest and dependable. Senior discounts. Free estimates. 35 years. License #8691. Insured. 316-737-4646. Wright One Home Improvements Kitchen & Bath remodeling. Painting. Windows. Doors. Siding. All types of flooring and home repairs. Free estimates. 316-409-2160.

Leaky Basement Repair

Dirt Installation and Siding Repair Courteous, professional repairs. Free estimates. Concrete work. 20+ years experience. Ernie Sponsel, 316-393-5461.

Perms or body waves - Tuesdays and Wednesday only, in shop only, by appointment. 263-8794 through holidays. Regular $45, now $37.50.

STILES MAINTENANCE Heating & Air • Plumbing • Light Electrical Drywall • Painting • Tile Basic Home Repairs Licensed & Insured 25% Senior Discount 316-200-6601


Wallpaper - removal, repair and installation. Tim Devine 316-208-9590 or

In-Home Services: Personal care assistance, meal preparation, housekeeping, handymen and more! Phone Chester at the Senior Employment Program, 316-267-1771 or 316-267-0302. Prescreened, reliable help available.

Specializing in restoration, repair, design build, tuck-pointing, custom mail boxes and columns. Troy 316-208-1105 or 316-529-4453.


Brick Block & Stone


Private duty nursing, am/pm care, medication assistance, light housekeeping, meal preparation, doctor visits, grocery shopping and other traveling. Serving Wichita since 1999. Call Sarah 316-390-6041.

Scheduled maintenance, repair, sales on all garage doors. *Springs-Torsion & Extension *Garage Door Openers, Doors & More

Paul Williams (316) 650-8807 • Free Estimates

Gracious living for seniors in a safe home setting by loving certified staff 24/7. Private/ semi-private. Daycare. Memory Care. Affordable. Medicaid certified. Evelyn Hunt RN, 316-214-3359;


Foot Care in home. Home visit $40. Call Francine at 316-943-4360. Leave a message.

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Tuck-pointing, foundation & chimney repair. Insured. Free Estimates.

Reflections Residential Care

Light houskeeping and small pet housesititng. References upon request. Call 316-393-4293.

Independent contract position for an energetic self-starter. Must be able to meet monthly goals, set appointments and deadlines; be comfortable with cold calls; and able to work from home computer. Some established accounts will be provided. Email cover letter and resume to:

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.


In-home care service. Some cooking and light housekeeping and transportation to/from doctors/errands. Weekends, 8 am - 5 pm. Call Mrs. Smith, 977-7027.


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Repairs. Free estimates. 316-312-4391

Concrete Work

Small jobs, sidewalks, patios, steps, pads, slabs. Now hiring concrete finishers, $20/hour. Call Haskins Family Concrete, 806-9300.

Cowboy Construction

Remodeling, siding, decks, fences, windows, doors and more. 20 years locally owned. Free estimates. Senior discounts.

Todd Wenzel 316-393-4488

Positive drainage, water issues addressed, 10% discount with ad. Free estimates. Insured. Call 992-8641. Semi-retired maintenance man. Experienced in most phases of maintenance & roofing. Light hauling. Sedgwick County only. Call Paul 316-312-9970 Odd Job Handyman Snow removal, painting, mowing, yard cleanup, minor household repairs. Free estimates. Call Joel 316-772-8629.

S & V Concrete

Steps, porches, patios, sidewalks, retaining walls, driveways & garage floors. Also 4-inch steps with 18-inch landings for seniors. Licensed, bonded, insured. Free estimates

Steve 992-6884

F HOME IMPROVEMENTS CONT F Handyman. Plumbing, electrical, heating, floors, doors, windows, screens, walls and more. HVAC certified. Licensed & insured. Senior discounts. Call John 316-650-3013. Molina Electric - Wichita Lic #1364 Comm. or Residential wiring. Service calls. New electric service. Troubleshooting. Business 524-0434, Cell 461-2199. Seasoned split and delivered premium firewood. Premium oak mix hedge, locust, pecan, hot stove mix. Any quanitity. 316-807-8650.

Cowboy Construction

Bathroom and kitchen remodels. Room additions. Garages and sheds. Licensed and insured.

Todd Wenzel 316-393-4488

Painting & Remodeling by Harley Worthey Interior/Exterior & Odd jobs Husband & Wife Team. BBB. 316-648-4478

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Dave’s Improvements Painting—Interior & Exterior Doors & Windows Replaced • Siding Kitchen & Bath Remodeling Roofing • Decks • Ramps • Grab Bars Minor Electrical & Plumbing Repairs General Home Repairs • Lic. 7904 Insured • Senior Discounts!

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F LAWN AND GARDEN CONT F Yard, leaves and gutters cleaned. Snow removal. Odd jobs. Shrubs/trees trimmed or removed. Abram Rinke, 316-259-0717. Please leave message. Hauling upon request.

Winter Cleanup Special

Yard cleanup, shrub trimming, garden cleanup, planting, mowing. Free estimates. Please call Lora, 316-516-9963. Please leave message.


Winter/Fall Cleanup Tree trim/removal Snow removal

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Custom Contractors



Basement & Foundation Repair

• I-Beams • Water Proofing • Drain Tile • Dirt Work • Walls Straightened • Sump Pumps • References • Lic. & Insured • Total Basement Repair •

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P&A Landscaping 316-708-7236 Complete lawn care, mowing starting at $25 fall cleanup, storm cleanup. Any odd job. Holidays lighting , fully insured. Senior discount. Total yard clean-up, flower beds and bushes, tree trimming and stump grinding, attics, garages and basements. LEAF cleanup and HAULING.

Including all yard debris. 316-516-4630 or 316-838-5710

Mowing, trimming, yard and leaf cleanup. Gutter cleaning. Exterior painting. If you need any of these services call Perry, 316-619-6126.

Mike E. 316-708-1472

Garage clean out, snow removal, mowing, leaf and gutter cleanup, tree trimming, hauling, roto-tilling. Chimney repairs. Brick, block and stone repair. Dave's Hauling Services Solid waste removal, property cleanup, tree & fence line clearing, general landscape removal, other lawn and garden services. All fence, porch and patio work. Call 316-832-2201. Christian Lawn Care Mowing-$20, verti-slicing, core-aerating, overseeding, new lawns, mulching flower beds, cleanup, shrub trimming and removal, gutter cleaning, hauling. Senior discount. Steve 316-685-2145.

F PAINTING F Ron Goodwin's Painting

Painting, interior/exteior. Power washing, gutter cleaning, roofing repairs, handyman services and odd jobs. 30 years experience. Senior discounts. 316-461-2510.

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. Need a ride? Doctor appointments, ride home from hospital, court, casino, mini vacation or family reunion. You name the place, I will take you there. 316-259-6212. Free licensed medical transportation* for our seniors or elderly veterans. Call 316-312-6784 at least 72 hours before your appointment. Thank for your service. *Non-EmergencyTransportation only. Sewing machine service and repair. All brands! House calls. Forty Years Experience! Reasonable! Guaranteed! Call 316-321-1619.

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Gently Used Resale (Thrift Shop)

Bruce's Tree Service Christmast light hanging, Prompt, Immediate, Professional service. Crown reduction, trimming or removal. Trees, hedgerows, evergreens & shrubs. Snow removal. Residential line clearing and roofs. Bucket truck available. We climb also. Handyman work. Over 30 years’ experience. Sr. Discounts. Insured. Call 316-207-8047.

2523 S. Seneca (Westway Plaza) Wichita, Ks. Store & Donation Hours Mon & Thu 9 am-7 pm Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat 9 am-5 pm Purchase with a purpose. Benefits those served by the Bethesda Lutheran Communities to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through services that share the good news of Jesus Christ. Volunteers & Donations always needed. Like us on Facebook.



Stump REMOVAL & GRINDING Trimming, deadwood, tree removal. Total yard, leaf clean-up & hauling. Also rural and farm areas. Free estimates. Experienced. Good prices. Insured. Tom King, 316-516-4630, 316-838-5710.

Estrada’s Tree Service

Trimming, crown reduction, removal. Storm damage prevention. Hauling. Firewood. Free estimates. Insured. Senior discount. Felix Estrada, 316-617-4392.

Felipe Tree Service Evergreen trimming. Tree removal. Brush hauling. Splitting. Deadwooding. Insured. Free estimates. 12 years experience. 316-807-4419.

December 2016




Older items of all kinds including: antiques collectibles - costume and turquoise jewelry Boeing and Beech - pins - pocket knives guitars and amps - postcards - watches cigarette lighters - art glass - metal signs *Contents of attics, basements or garages* FOR FAST FRIENDLY ASSISTANCE CALL DAVE AT 316-409-0992 Over 20 years of assisting folks sell items. Want to purchase mineral and other oil/ gas interests. Send details to P.O. Box 13557, Denver, CO 80201.

Happy holidays

Collector buying: WWII GERMAN and JAPANESE MILITARY items. 316-516-2737.

Alfred's Superior Tree Service 316-522-9458


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Donate your Durable Medical Equipment. Will pick up. Tax credit. Medical Loan Closet of Wichita. 316-200-2005.

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December theatre options

By Diana Morton "It's the most wonderful time of the year!" This is the season when we make a special effort to be with friends and family to share our joys and blessings. These theatre offerings give us more reasons to celebrate. Forum Theatre, Century II in the Mary Jane Teall Theatre, 225 W. Douglas. The Christmas Letters by Laura Bergquist and Paul Cozby. This comic musical highlights the insanity of the holiday season, from arrival of the first card with bragging family letter to long-held family rivalries to last-minute gift expeditions. 8 pm Thu-Sat, 2 pm Sun, Nov 17-Dec 18. Tickets $23-25 Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley. Holidays of Our Lives by Carol Hughes. A holiday melodrama spoofing the season with soap opera flair, followed by a musical comedy review. Thu-Sat, Nov 10-Dec 30. Dinner 6:15 pm, Tickets $26-$30; show only 7:50 pm, $20. 316-263-0222 Prairie Pines Playhouse, 4055 N. Tyler Rd. Murder Most Fowl, or Yule Get Run Over by a Reindeer: This murder-mystery spoof follows eccentric detective Philip Cogumbo as he tries to find out who iced mob kingpin Don Vito Cacciatore. Thu-Sun, Nov 18-Dec 23. Doors open at 6:15 pm for cider, show at 8. Catered three-course dinner during show. Tickets $32.95-33.95.

Local Theatre 316-303-2037 Roxy's Downtown, 412 E. Douglas, cabaret-style theatre. The Kyle & Monte Christmas Musical: Kyle Vespestad and Monte Wheeler, two longtime Wichita favorites, are debuting a new edition of their wacky, crazy-fun holiday show with music, original comedy bits, outrageous costumes, games and audience participation. 8 pm Fri–Sat, Nov 11-Dec 23. Tickets $27-$30. 316265-4400 Wichita Community Theatre, 258 N. Fountain. You Can't Take It With You by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. A farce about a girl who loves her large, eccentric family but who wants them to act "normal" around her fiancé and his straight-laced parents. 8 pm Wed-Sat, Nov 25-Dec 11, 7 pm Sun. Tickets $14, $12 for military/seniors/ students. 316-686-1282 WSR Signature Theatre, 332 E. First. Oliver! by Lionel Bart. 1960 lavish musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' tale about pickpocket urchins in 19th century London. 8 pm Fri-Sat, 7 pm Sun, Dec 2-4. Tickets $10-18. 316-644-7018 Contact Diana Morton at

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Christmas tamales sweet Wichita tradition By Joe Stumpe Homemade tamales are a holiday favorite in Wichita, as can be seen by supermarket displays of corn husks, steamers and other things used to make them. While most people are familiar with savory tamales, usually filled with a spicy mixture of beef, pork or chick-

en, sweet tamales make an unexpected treat. Think of them as moist little cakes made with corn flour instead of wheat flour, scented with cinnamon, studded with raisins and nuts, and wrapped up in a cute package. The basic technique is the same for savory tamales. Once you've mastered

Christmas Tamales

1/2 C golden raisins 1/4 C rum 2/3 C vegetable shortening 2/3 C sugar 2 C Maseca or other instant corn masa flour 1 C milk 1 C coconut milk

1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 1 tsp cinnamon 1 1/2 sticks butter, melted 1/2 C chopped walnuts or pecans 1/2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips About 30 corn husks, soaked in warm water 30 minutes

In small bowl, soak raisins in rum. In large bowl beat shortening until fluffy. Beat in sugar and 1-cup masa flour. Beat in 1 cup milk and then, in order, the remaining cup of masa flour, coconut milk, baking power, salt, cinnamon and melted butter. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips. Spread heaping tablespoons about halfway down the center of each cornhusk. Fold the left side of the husk completely over filling, then the right side. Then fold up the bottom part of the husk, tucking under the tamale. If desired, tie the tamale with cooking twine. Put 1 to 2 inches of water in the bottom of a steamer, pot or pressure cooker. Place tamales, open end facing up, on a perforated surface above the water. Bring water to a low boil, cover pot and steam tamales about 1 hour and 15 minutes. If using a pressure cooker, reduce cooking time to 20 minutes. Tamales should easily pull away from cornhusk when done. This was adapted from an Emeril Lagasse recipe.

one — and it's not difficult — you'll know how to do the other as well. Sweet tamales start with a thick batter made of instant corn masa flour (Maseca is a well-known brand), liquid, sugar and some kind of fat. Then add cinnamon, raisins, nuts and chocolate. Spread the batter about halfway down the center of a corn husk that's been soaked in warm water to make it pliable. Fold the sides of the husk over the filling, and then fold up the empty bottom portion to help hold it all together. The top of the tamale "pocket" is left open. The individual tamales can be tied with string to help hold them together, or simply stood up touching one another in a steamer. If you don't own a steamer, you can improvise with a large pot with a lid. There needs to be room in the bottom for an inch or two of water to boil, and a perforated surface or something that allows steam to circulate around the tamales. The tamales sit above the water on that surface. The tamales need to steam about an hour and 15 minutes. If your steamer is

Photo by Joe Stumpe

Ingredients needed for tamales.

a pressure cooker you can cut that time to about 20 minutes. Tamales can be prepared, up to the time of steaming, a day ahead. They freeze pretty well and can be reheated in a microwave. To hold for same-day service, wrap them while they are still warm in aluminum foil and place in an insulated cooler. Know a good cook? Tell Joe Stumpe at



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Guadalupe Clinic head loves health care, music By Joe Stumpe Dave Gear often pulls aside patients at the Guadalupe Clinic where he’s the executive director. It's part quality control and part of who he is: a guy who likes talking to friends and strangers alike. Recently he struck up a conversation with a man who'd moved here seeking work, but got sick. Gear asked if the donation-based clinic's care had helped. "He kind of teared up and David Gear is clinic director, a musician. said it was incredible," and could help the group get some gigs. added, " 'If I can get my health back, I "Never booked a band in my life," know I can get a job.' " Gear said with a grin. "From there it "To me that's the ultimate reason just morphed into what it is. The moral to provide people with health care who of the story is you have be careful who wouldn't otherwise have it." you buy a beer for." Gear loves to talk – and listen – The music job is decidedly partwhich partly explains his twin passions: time, squeezed in on nights and weekhealth care and music. For the past 15 ends. Gear's clinic job often keeps him years he’s had a second career; he’s a working past 5 p.m. as he fulfills the booking agent for local musicians. obligations associated with running a Naturally that job came about as nonprofit safety-net clinic. the result of a conversation. Gear was Occasionally the two come tochatting with a bass player for a local gether: every April Gear convinces band. The player suggested that Gear dozens of musicians to play during the

Winefest Walkabout for a fraction of their usual fee. Winefest is the biggest fundraiser for Guadalupe Health Foundation. If he weren't coordinating that

effort, Gear might be performing himself. "My biggest passion is singing." Gear, who played the trumpet, earned a scholarship to a small private See next page

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college to study music. His band – The Saints – played "anything that had to do with horns." He soon realized that making a living performing music would be iffy. He transferred to the University of Missouri-St. Louis and enrolled in health-related courses. One evening, while watching the old Emergency TV show with a friend, he decided being a paramedic "looked interesting." The friend told him about a new training program at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City. Gear enrolled. A year later, he and several classmates accepted jobs with the Sedgwick

County EMS. He spent eight years with the county and another eight years as a helicopter flight paramedic. During that time he also earned a bachelor’s degree in health administration and education, and a master’s degree in health sciences from Wichita State. Over the past 20 or so years, Gear has worked for several medical and related institutions. When he became Guadalupe's executive director in 2013, Gear was already familiar with the clinic. He served on its board for 19 years. Gear said the clinic has been at 940 S. St. Francis serving low-income Wichitans for 31 years. There's now a clinic on south Hillside and a smaller satellite clinic on north Broadway.

Last year, Guadalupe served more than 2,050 people with a total of 25,000 medical services. He and his wife, Michelle, have four children and eight grandchildren. His family, the clinic and his part-time career might seem to be enough, but Gear still indulges his love for music. He sings tenor with his St. Francis

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