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By Joe Stumpe Once upon a time, women were considered too fragile to play the game of basketball as we know it. Instead of running up and down the length of the court, they were consigned to one end or the other, lest their supposedly delicate constitutions be upset. Except somebody forgot to tell Ruth Ott Gregory. During World War II, she was one of a number of Wichita-area women who played the game the way it’s played today, entertaining sports-starved crowds and sometimes beating high school boys teams in the process. Gregory, who turned 100 last month, enjoys recalling those days. “Lord yes, I’d still be playing if I could,” she said when asked if she

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cialty, shooting. A member of the first girls’ basketball team at Maize High School, she attended Kansas State University for a year before she was forced to return home when her father died. Her former high school coach, Buddy Reynolds, had started coaching women’s teams sponsored by local companies, and Ruth joined. Over several years she played for Boeing, Thurston (a large clothing store) and Steffen’s (now Highland Dairy). Gregory remembers her old coach as tough but fair. “You had to work hard or you would be dumped,” she said. “That Buddy Reynolds was excellent.” In those days, the rules for women’s basketball called for six-on-six games, rather than five-on-five as boys and men played. Three females from each See Hot shots, page 6

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No sugarcoating spouse's descent into Alzheimer's By Leslie Chaffin My husband’s family bears a strong history of cancer. His father, brothers, aunts and uncles died of the disease. We carry cancer insurance as a result. So cancer, I was prepared for. Not Alzheimer’s. Not when my husband was only 54 years old. The signs became clearer just before Christmas 2013, when Jon lost a good job at Sedgwick County, where he’d worked 33 years. Jon blamed it on a new manager wanting to clean house, but it turned out he’d been written up several times for forgetting to do things that had once been second nature to him. Our son and I had noticed similar behavior over the

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Once a Wildcat... Class of '54 reunites in El Dorado EL DORADO – El Dorado High School’s class of ’54 always prided itself on its togetherness. Members showed off that closeness – and likely surprised a few folks in the process – when they stole the show at the high school's Homecoming parade this year. While celebrating their 65th re-

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union, members rode a float through downtown as part of the Homecoming parade, leading one onlooker to point and say: “Class of ’54? No way!” Class member David Stackley supplied a truck, flatbed trailer and hay bales (with help from his son, Arlan). Retired band director Bob Stutterheim periodically played the school song on his trumpet. And the rest cheered, “El Dorado Wildcats, rah, rah rah! El Dorado Wildcats, sis boom bah!” Members watched that night’s football from stadium skyboxes, then toured their old school building, which has been transformed into the Performing Arts Center, the next day. The fun was all captured by class member Barbara Nelson, a New Yorkbased photographer, and whose photographs appear here by permission. Nelson called the group “most unusual in that we supported each other and kept in touch through the years – never any of the infighting, jealousy or such. It was a great experience. Didn’t realize at the time, of course, as we hadn’t experienced the rest of the world yet.”

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Some sad stories worth telling More than a year ago, writer Leslie Chaffin asked me if I would be interested in an article about early onset Alzheimer’s disease, told from the perspective of someone whose spouse has it. I said yes, especially if she was willing to open up about the toll that caring for a loved one can exact. Chaffin, a frequent contributor to the active age, has done just that in “Si-

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Many readers of the active age have or will care for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or some other mentally debilitating condition. Many if not all will experience the same emotions – anger, frustration, sadness – that Leslie writes about. They’re not somehow “bad” or alone in those feelings. The emotions are as natural as the love that Leslie also writes about. I asked Leslie if she had sought help with Jon from the Alzheimer’s Association or any other source. She said that she thought most of the programming offered by the association takes place during the day and that, between her job and living outside

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The year that was: 2019’s ups and downs By Mary Corrigan Good grief ! How did December get here so quickly? Time really does fly. December makes me reflect back on all the things that have happened this year. From the perspective of the active age, our great sadness this year was the death of our long time editor, Fran Kentling. I miss her and think of her often. There really aren’t enough words to describe what a special person she was and how devoted she was to the newspaper. Our great happy note this year at the active age was the ability to purchase new computers for our

Dear Reader staff: Joe, Tammara and Mike. They had been working with dinosaurs for far too long, so entry into the 21st century of computing was a relief for them. It has made it much easier to ensure that each edition of the active age reaches you at the first of every month. The active age also received a national award this year for an article written by our editor, Joe Stumpe. On a personal level, I am looking forward to spending the holidays with

family. I have two very special nephews who now live in Seattle and they will be coming back to the Midwest for Christmas. Last year they gave me a 1,000-piece puzzle that was the map for the Game of Thrones TV series. (I was a big fan of the series, though somewhat disappointed in the ending.) Along with my nephews, sister and brother-in-law, we managed to get the puzzle put together (and glued) in under 24 hours. It truly was a family affair, and that is what I enjoy most about the holidays: doing silly things with people that I love. As we look toward the new year,

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From Page 1 team were assigned to each end of the floor, providing offense and defense respectively, and were permitted only to pass the ball across the center line. The women’s games were popular, as can be seen by articles in the Wichita Eagle and Wichita Beacon. One article referred to the “famous” and “powerful” Thurstons, while another noted that the Boeing Bombshells were undefeated through the first eight games of their season. Other squads included the Cessna Trainers and Beechcraft Flyerettes and Culver Cadets. Teams from as far away as Des Moines and Michigan also came through town for games. Gregory, a five-foot-six guard, was described as one of the stars of the Boeing Bombshells, along with Coach Reynolds’ wife, Hazel, and Corene Smith, who was known as one of the best players in the country. Games were often played at the old Forum, predecessor of Century II, sometimes to raise money for causes such as the fight against infantile paralysis. Gregory took part in what was billed as the first game ever played between girls and boys teams at the Forum, a contest between the Thurston women and Norwich High School team. The “classy” Thurston team won 19-18, repeating the feat in a rematch

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held in Norwich, according to a newspaper report. In a game held in Arkansas City to raise money for recreational facilities, they lost to a team made up of “refinery boys.” A newspaper article said they “have had no opposition here among girls’ teams and have had to play boys’ teams.” Gregory once played in a double-header with the Harlem Globetrotters at the Forum, meeting that team’s legendary founder, Abe Saperstein. The Thurston team ran into trouble with the AAU (American Athletic Union) for traveling to Canada to play a series of games under boys’ rules against the Edmonton Grads, probably the best and best-known women’s team in North America. That left them unable to play in the AAU national tourney, “which they probably could have won,” according to one newspaper article. The Edmonton games were held to raise money for the “Milk-for-Britain” fund that benefited children in war-stricken England. An Edmonton newspaper article called the Thurston team “one of the strongest” and bestknown in the United States. Most of the players worked in Wichita’s aircraft plants, and an article noted that they were “sacrificing both wages and time in order to make this series possible.” 316.990.7039 On at least five occasions, the Thurston players pooled their gas ration stamps and made the 1,600-mile drive to and

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from Edmonton. Reynolds was quoted as saying the AAU ban “isn’t worrying us much. The organization doesn’t give a hoot about girls’ basketball because it doesn’t make any money from it whereas it makes $15,000 or more from a national men’s tourney.” The Wichita teams’ insistence on playing basketball by men’s rules didn’t change the women’s game overnight. Some high schools continued playing six-on-six basketball into the 1990s. (It survives today in the “Granny Basketball League”). However, commentators such as legendary University of Tennessee coach Pat Summitt have given teams like the Thurstons credit for paving the way. “Several people have commented that she was one of those who was instrumental in laying the foundation for women’s basketball as we know it today, which in my book is pretty awesome,” Gregory’s daughter, Ruth Feather, said. Feather believes her mother is the last surviving member of those Wichita teams. After her basketball career, Gregory worked for Sedgwick County and moved several times with her husband, Gene, a manager for Coca-Cola, before returning to Kansas. The couple raised three son and two daughters, and Feather said family get-togethers often included her mom taking part in shooting contests. “Mom would always put my dad out,” Feather said. “He couldn’t compete with her.” Ruth kept up with the evolution of women’s basketball, which included later pioneers such as Wichita native Lynette Woodard joining the Harlem Globetrotters. “She saw the changes and she loved every minute of it,” Feather said.

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She also had a few favorites among male players. “Larry Bird, if I heard his name one more time again, I thought I was going to throw up,” Feather joked of her mother’ fondness for the Boston Celtics great. Often while watching games on TV, Gregory will remark that “when somebody’s not making free throws, that’s what loses game.” Want to get on her bad side? “Mention that you’re a KU fan,” Feather said. “She’s very adamant about K-State.” When a visitor to Gregory’s apartment did just that, Gregory shook her head and said: “Who’s KU?” Gregory moved to LakePoint’s assisted living facility in Wichita in See next page

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2013. Last year, before its first girls’ basketball game of the season, Maize High honored her with flowers and a standing ovation for her contributions to the sport as well as being the oldest surviving graduate (class of ’36). “The place was packed,” Feather said. “My son wheeled her out. When she was introduced, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.” One great-granddaughter, Mallory Feather, plays softball and tennis at Valley Center, and another, Jillian Gregory, plays volleyball at a Maize middle school. Three more great grandchildren- Kylan, Kersey and Kinley Gregory- play basketball in Wellington, and another great- Katie Waller- is a horsewoman in Nashville, TN. Feather said her mother asked her one time: “Would you think I was a terrible person if I told you that the years when I played basketball were the best years of my life?” Then there was the time, not too long ago, when Gregory crumpled up a tissue box and tossed it into a trash can across the room. “She turned around and looked at me and said ‘I still have it,’” Feather said. “She’s a character.”


From Page 1 ing situations around him. On a trip to Illuminations at Botanica that year, he turned left on a red light and didn’t react to a car stopping in front of him. I stopped letting him drive in Wichita, limiting him to short trips in Mulvane and Derby. In December 2016, Jon’s driving difficulties finally convinced his primary care physician to give him a referral to a neurologist, something I’d been seeking for almost three years. Of course, the earliest possible appointment wasn’t until spring. That appointment produced a positive diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. Jon was no longer allowed to drive, meaning I had to run all our errands and take him to and from his appointments. I went from working full-time to part-time at Lowe’s. In May 2017, a full neurological examination revealed that Jon’s dementia had affected his ability to see spatial relationships, making it hard to judge distances or even read instructions on a frozen food package. For the past three years, I’ve been angry and frustrated. Angry at a disease that stole our plans for retirement, when we intended to visit Ireland and Switzerland. Frustrated that he won’t even try to figure things out from cleaning kitchen countertops to simple yard work.

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The simplest instructions get scrambled in his brain, so I never know what he actually understands. He can’t navigate the buttons to use our stove’s oven and can only use the burners when I’m around since he’s forgotten to turn them off on several occasions. He’s stopped shaving, either because he can’t remember how to use a razor or can’t make sense of what he sees in the mirror. I’ve lost track of the hours spent looking for things that he’s used and forgotten to put back in their place. I’m not new to Alzheimer’s. My grandmother was diagnosed with it in 1986. My mother suffered dementia from brain atrophy. Working eight years as the corporate marketing director for Presbyterian Manors, I had a very personal interest in the Art is Ageless program, based on research indicating that creating art is one way to make the brain build new pathways that can help delay or prevent dementia. But Jon doesn’t have an interest in art or any hobbies beyond the improvements we’ve made to our property in the country through the years. I dread making the long drive to visit to our son in Minnesota next year. The silence will be deafening. Right up until the end, my mom would talk, even if it was about events of long ago. Jon doesn’t talk. He sits silently and often doesn’t answer when asked a direct, seemingly simple question. We’ve had a lot of income adjustments over the past decade. When Jon left the county job, he received KPERS, although it amounted to less than half of what he had been earning. Finally getting a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s allowed me to apply for disability benefits for him, which helped our financial situation. But we could have had him on it a year earlier had his doctor given us the referral when I asked the first time.

The writer, her son and husband posed for a Christmas card. I can see a time when I won’t be able to work outside our home. I just don’t know when that time will be. Jon turned 59 in October. He’s at about stage three in the seven-stage Alzheimer’s progression right now. He says he understands that the to-do lists I leave for him are intended to keep him active, as blood flow to the brain is important, but tasks are undone when I get home. Reading this, there may be those who think badly of me. But to deal with what goes on day-to-day – to watch the vibrant, strong, beautiful man I married turn into an old man who is frequently grumpy, often irritable, rarely speaks and has no concept of time – I have done what I often did when we were fostering dogs waiting for adoption: create a thin veil of separation. I dearly love the man I married and have spent 36 years with. But I do not like the person that Alzheimer’s has created. I know that our time together will be over sooner than we ever imagined. There are days I don’t want to go to work. Some days it’s because he seems more confused, but most days it’s because I know he’s one closer to being gone.

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Vets honored for service Five veterans and one business were recognized during the annual Veteran Coming Home: Salute & Awards Banquet 2019 sponsored by KPTS-Channel 8, as part of a national initiative by PBS. The honorees are: Robert J. Dole Distinguished Service Award: Jon Remy of Derby. A retired Army sergeant, Remy was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He participated in two separate campaigns and received numerous awards for his actions under fire. According to the Army: “SPC Remy’s quick response and direct action defeated the enemy and defended the Governor’s Palace during a two-day long battle and provided a safe and secure location for the wounded to be treated until evacuated.” Since deployment, he has volunteered his time with several organizations that support homeless veterans and work to

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Milton H. “Herb” Duncan, Jon Remy, Michael Obermeyer, Brian Coleman, Guy Bower and Gene McCreight are honored for volunteer service last month. as commander of the local VFW Post in Junction City, Kansas. He is very involved in helping veterans who need help with disability and veteran affairs issues. Service Award Winner: Guy Bower of Wichita. A retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, Bower flew the F-4 Phantom, F-A5s, F-117 stealth F-16s while in uniform, then flew for FedEx. One of the area’s best-known wine and food experts, Bower has helped many

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Grimes said Six Two members’ involvement started by decorating and placing U-Haul boxes in local businesses, inviting people to donate their gently used stuffed animals. The first year, they amassed about 1,000 toys. After a few years, that line of donation seemed exhausted so they started raising money to buy new toys. The club made Santa an honorary member, with his own vest and badge crafted from a Christmas stocking. They also helped him finish work on his North Pole Express. With a diverse membership including contractors, electricians and other professionals,

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Members of the Six Two Riding Club relax after setting up decorations for the North Pole Express. Lymphoma Association, and Grimes ones. Throughout the year, members they had no trouble mustering the notes one of their members was the visit clients at The ARC of Sedgwick manpower and muscle needed. County. They go to The ARC’s outings LLS Man of the Year in 2018. They Six Two sponsors three other contribute to the annual Toys for at OJ Watson Park, giving the clients major projects and several smaller Tots run and smaller causes requiring rides. They also take them through The Lights on St. Paul each Christmas funding. “Every year gets bigger,” Grimes season. grins. They support the Leukemia and At every age and every stage,“We we love are it.” here for you.

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December Theatre By Diana Morton Crown Uptown Theatre, 3702 E. Douglas Ave. A Very Special Crown Christmas. An evening that promises you a bountiful buffet, belly laughs and beautiful holiday music to get you in the Christmas spirit. Reserved ticket prices include dinner and show. Doors open at 6 pm; curtain at 8 pm. WedSat, Now-Dec 28. Tickets $33-38. 316-612-7696 Forum Theatre, at the Wilke Center,

1st United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway. A Spirited New Musical, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. 8 pm Thu-Sat, 2 pm Sun, Dec 5-Dec 22. Tickets $23-$25. Opening night ticket $18 Nov. 29 only. Dinner option is $20 per person. 316-618-0444 Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley. Is Jack Frost Nipping At Your Hose?...or Christmas At the Firehouse by Tom Frye, followed by the “Comin’ Down the Chimney” musical comedy revue. Dinner 6:15 pm. Tickets $26$30; Show only, $20, 7:50 pm, Now-

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December 2019 Wichita Grand Opera, Wichita Center for Performing Arts, 9112 E. Central Avenue. All Is Calm, The Christmas Truce of 1914 by Peter Rothstein. A documentary-musical recounting an unprecedented day of peace, music, and fellowship in the midst of a dreadful war. Sung entirely a cappella by an all-male cast, incorporating poignant music and familiar carols with soldiers’ letters home. 7:30 pm Fri-Sat, Dec 1314, 2 pm Sun, Dec 15. Tickets $45-50. 316-262-8054 Contact Diana Morton

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Chew on this: fingernails more important than you think By Ted Blankenship If you’re like me, you’re tired of impeachment talk, the 2020 election and even more unpleasant stuff going on in Washington. So I thought it would be nice to talk about something of interest to everyone with hands – fingernails. Don’t laugh. Well, you can chuckle a little if you like, but fingernails are important. They separate primates (that includes us humans) from the other mammals. The mammals include cats and dogs, cows and sheep and other animals big and small, some of which have claws. It goes without saying that horses and cows don’t actually have claws. That’s why they don’t climb trees. They have hooves, but they’re made of the same material as claws and fingernails, namely keratin, a fibrous protein that is most of the material that makes up hair, nails, feathers, horns, claws, hooves and the outer

layer of skin. Without this stuff, you wouldn’t be able to hold yourself together because you wouldn’t have any skin. But on the bright side, you wouldn’t have to worry about going bald because even if you had hair, you’d have no skin to hold it on your head. You may wonder how I came up with this subject. Well, I bought some stuff at a store the other day and as I was checking out, I noticed the young cashier’s nails. Her fingers were dazzling pieces of tiny art. Long, pointy and a glittery red, blue, green, and some colors I’m not familiar with, they appeared fragile enough to break off immediately if she were to punch even one key on the

cash register. I used a credit card. I didn’t want to ruin a nail by handing her real money. Fancy nails aren’t new. The Incas painted eagles on theirs, and even then it was old stuff. Nail polish originated in China as early as 3000 BC. The ingredients included beeswax, egg whites, gelatin and vegetable dyes. Today, some nail polishes have food in them. Nails Inc. recently came up with a brand of polish with kale in it. They claim it will smooth and brighten nails. I have a selling point for them that I’ll be happy to part with for nothing: “Buy our polish with kale in it. You’ll never bite your nails again.” All in all, our fingernails are pretty handy. They’re good for scratching

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Shepherd's Center names volunteer of the year Marilyn Murphy has been named 2019 Volunteer of the Year by the Shepherd’s Center of West Wichita. A participant in SCWW programs since the organization was formed in 2005, she regularly staffs its office and is responsible for volunteers preparing SCWW mailings. Special Recognition Awards were presented to Kyle Jacobs and Valie Lang who have organized the Coffee Café at the twice-yearly Adventures in Learning sessions; Kathy Tucker and Marianne Smith who have been responsible for providing blood pres-

sure tests; and Judy Every, SCWW office supervisor. Other SCWW volunteers recognized include Barbara Addison, Donna Atkeson, PaMarilyn Murphy tricia Beckham, Bev Bennett, Charles Bennett, Donna Berner, Flo Beard, Art Binford, Marion Bolen, Jeanette Bothner, Donna

Bridges, Judy Castor, Sharon Chester, Jodi Cline, Sparky Colliday, Carol Collins, Joyce Craig, Sheryl Cronn, Betty Curtis, Cindy Dolan, Dennis Erickson, Ann Engert, Klyda Fall, Karen Fieser, Jolin Gardner, Peggy Griswold, Floyd Hansen, Debra Harries, Donna Harris, Karen Haynes, Eve Hill, Marjorie Halloway, Wilma Hunt, Janie Jacobs, Pete Jacobs, Linda Kabler, Scott Kailer, Sue Kailer,Tom Kessler, Sharon Kessler, Lyle Koerper, Linda La-

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Letter to the Editor Wreaths Across America is a national project of remembering deceased veterans with a live fir wreath in mid-December. This started when Maine’s Worchester Wreath Co. had unsold wreaths in 1992. Owner Morrill Worchester took them to Arlington National Cemetery and placed them in the oldest section where people didn’t visit any more. He started doing this each year and groups and people noticed and wanted to participate. Wreaths Across America was formed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2007, and by 2012 the millionth wreath was placed at Arlington National Cemetery. Many cemeteries in Kansas are

the active age managed by local volunteer groups such as Daughters of the American Revolution chapters, Boy Scout troops and various historical organizations that recognize our veterans. For instance, the Little Arkansas Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution places wreaths at the following cemeteries in Sedgwick County: Valley Center, Maple Grove (Old Hoss), Kechi, Sunnydale, Maize Park and Pleasant Valley. Each wreath is $15 and many groups offer grave specific placement. Please search the website www. to find the local fundraising group for your desired cemetery and order through them. Gayle Williamson, Little Arkansas DAR

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Celebrations Don and Jalayne Dirksen celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Nov. 25. Married in Hutchinson, they now live in Wichita. Send well wishes to the Dirksens at 1407 Murray, Wichita, KS, 67213.

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Santa makes a mean tiramusa By Joe Stumpe For years, Tim Churchill has enjoyed baking Christmas treats for family and friends, often using recipes learned from his Greek in-laws. A few years back, another holiday mission came along: he got asked to play Santa Claus for McConnell Air Force Base’s Christmas party. “They were looking for a Santa, and I fit the suit, so…” Churchill joked. Then, growing serious, he said: “I sit there and see kids for four hours. It’s very moving, to say the least. They’ll say things like, ‘What I’d really like is to have my dad home for Christmas.’ I get a lot of that. I’ll say ‘Your dad would See Santa , page 21


Tim Churchill’s version of this popular no-cook Italian dessert is tasty any time of year. Cocoa powder Filling: 2 pkgs. (8 oz. each) mascarpone cheese at room temperature 1 pkg. (8oz.) cream cheese at room temperature 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder 2 tablespoons rum or almond flavored liqueur (optional) 1 cup powdered sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla Layers: 1 pkg. (24 count) crispy ladyfinger cookies 2 cups strong coffee, cold 1 tablespoon rum or almond flavored liqueur (optional) Directions: To make filling, mix all ingredients until smooth. Before assembling, add liqueur to coffee, if using. To assemble, take a ladyfinger and dip quickly in the cold coffee Place in bottom of 9x9-inch cake pan or baking dish. Repeat with cookies, using about half the package, until bottom of pan is filled. Spread half of filling mixture over cookies. Dust with cocoa powder. Repeat with remaining cookies, coffee mixture and filling. Dust top with cocoa powder and chill 1-2 hours before serving.

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Calendar of Events Sedgwick County Senior Centers

BEL AIRE 7651 E Central Park Ave 744-2451, ext 121

Mon-Fri: 8-9 am Bel Aire Walkers, Rec Center. Mon 9:30-11:30 am Pickleball Tue: 1 pm Bridge, Rec Center. Wed: 9 am Low impact aerobics, Rec Center. Fri: 1 pm Line dancing, Comm Rm. 1st Thu: 1 pm Game Day, Rec Center. 2nd & 4th Wed: 2 3rd Wed: 1:30 pm Book Club, Sr Center. 4th Mon: 6 pm Covered Dish & Program, Rec Center.

BENTLEY/EAGLE 504 W Sterling, 796-0027

EDGEMOOR 5815 E 9th, 688-9392

Mon-Fri: 11:30 am Hot lunch, reservation required; 10-11 am Pool, cards, bingo, dominoes, puzzles. Tue, Sat: 1-3 pm Pickleball. $2.

GARDEN PLAIN 1006 N Main, 535-1155

Mon-Fri: 8 am Coffee. Wed: 1-3 pm RSVP work. Fri: 1 pm Cards. 1st Fri: noon Potluck, cards. 3rd Fri: 1 pm Birthday/anniversary celebration.

HAYSVILLE 160 E Karla, 529-5903

NORTHEAST 2121 E 21st, 269-4444

CHENEY 516 Main, 542-3721

Regular activities: Cards, crafts, hot lunch, exercise. Mon-Fri: noon Cards. Tue: 12:30 pm; Fri 9 am TX Hold’em. Mon & Wed: 9 am Walking club 1st & 3rd Wed: 12:30 pm Bingo. Tue & Thu: 10 am STEPS exercise Last Tue: 6-9 pm Game Night. 2nd Fri: 5:30 pm Birthday Dinner, Covered Dish. $3 4th Sat: 8:30 am Friends & Family Senior Breakfast. RSVP: 529-5903. $4

Mon: 10 am-noon Blood pressure check; 1pm Painting, beginning to advanced. Wed: 9 am Morning coffee. Thu: 10 am Bible study. Tue, Fri: 8:45 am Tai Chi; 10 am Exercise class. 2nd Tue: noon Carry-in lunch & program. Every other Thu: 1 pm Bingo. 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 4: 1 pm Sip & Paint. Learn to create a master piece. Allmaterials supplied. Dec 11: 10 am Wreath class, materials supplied. $30. Nov 13: 4 pm Intercultural: Nepal Come learn aout the history, culture and good of Nepal. $7 Dec 16: 6 pm Can We Talk: Travel Dec 17: 10:30 am Better Together: Diabetes Support Group Join us in organizing a Derby support group.

DOWNTOWN 200 S Walnut, 267-0197

Special closings: 3 pm on Dec. 24, all day Dec. 25, 3 pm on Dec 31 and all day Jan. 1. Regular activities: Exercise classes, computer classes, foot care by appt. Dec 2: 10 am Prairie Moon Book Club. Dec 6: 1 pm PSECA (Seniors Exploring Cultural Activities). Dec 12: 1 pm Christmas carol sing-along. Dec 13: 1 pm DYI Holiday Gnome - RSVP at the office. Dec 18: 10 am Hot tea and sweets party. Dec 18: 2 pm Wichita area senior authors critique group. Dec 19: 9 am Fostendparents. nior Author's Critique Group

MULVANE 632 E Mulvane, 777-4813

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.

CLEARWATER 921 E Janet, 584-2332

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 Senior Citizens’ lunch.

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. 2nd Thur: 11:45 am KFC potluck. Free. Last Fri: 11:45 Birthday Celebrations.

Open Mon-Fri: 8-11 am Coffee, cookies, exercise. Sat: 8-9 am Breakfast 1st & 3rd Tue: 1 pm Game Day. 2nd Tue: 1 pm Senior Lunch Out. 3rd Fri: noon XYZ potluck, program.

Mon-Fri: 11:30 am Hot meal, reservations required, games. Every other Thu: 1 pm Bingo. 1st Tue: 6 pm Potluck dinner.

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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. 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.

LINWOOD 1901 S Kansas, 263-3703

Special closings: 3 pm on Dec. 24, all day Dec. 25, 3 pm on Dec 31 and all day Jan. 1. Regular activities: One-on-one computer training, cards, exercise programs, hot lunch. Dec 2: 10 am Bible study. Dec 3: 2 pm Writing craft. Dec 9: 10 am Early Morning Book Club. Dec 16: 2 pm Grief support group. Dec 19:1 pm Reindeer Games Potluck and Crazy Christmas Sock Party. Dec. 11, 16 and 18: 2 pm Craft time with Kay and Pat.

MCADAMS GOLDEN AGE 1329 E 16th, 337-9222

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. Special closings: 3 pm on Dec. 24, all day Dec. 25, 3 pm on Dec 31 and all day Jan. 1. Daily: Dominoes, cards, Wii, pool, hot lunch. library, exercise room, computer lab. Tuesdays and Thursdays: 1-3 pm Balance class to reduce fear of falling and increase activity. Call 269-4444 to sign up. Dec 13: 2 pm Christmas bingo. Dec 18: 10:30 am Finding Comfort Support Group. Dec 20: 2-4:00 pm Christmas dinner.

OAKLAWN 2937 Oaklawn Dr, 524-7545

Daily: 8:30 am-5 pm Computers, pool table; 11:30 pm Friendship meals. Mon: 9 am-noon Dominoes. Wed: 8:30 am Sweets & coffee/Panera Bread. Fri: 12:30 pm Cards. 1st & 3rd Weds: 7 pm OID board meeting. 1st Thu, Fri: 8 am-5pm Commodities.

Andover Senior Dance, 410 Lioba Dr. 7-10 pm 3rd Mon. 733-4441

Special closings: 3 pm on Dec. 24, all day Dec. 25, 3 pm on Dec 31 and all day Jan. 1. Regular activities: Exercise programs, cards, pool, hot lunch, Wii bowling, dominoes, crafts. Dec 6: 12:30 pm Holiday meal. $5 for members, $7 for non-members. Menu includes ribs, fried chicken, sides and dessert. Dec 6: 8:30-10 am Blood pressure checks. Dec 17: 10: am Grief Support Fri: Noon Open pool tables; 12:30 pm Painting

PARK CITY 6100 N Hydraulic, 744-1199

Regular activities: Cards, exercise, pool, hot lunch. Call for details. Thu: 7 pm Square dance (except 3rd Thu) Fri: 9:15 am Exercise; 1:30 pm Dance aerobics Tue & Thu: 8:30 am Wii Bowling; 10 am WellRep exercise. Dec 12: 2:30 pm Holiday cookie exchange party. Dec 13: 10:30 am The art of Ikebana, Japanese flower arranging. Dec 13: 5:30 pm Christmas LIghts Tour. Two-hour tour of Wichita area on party bus with snacks and music. $10. RSVP by Dec 16. Dec 24: 11 am-2 pm Christmas Eve luncheon. Bring covered dish to share.

VALLEY CENTER VC Community Center 314 E Clay, 755-7350

Mon, Wed: 9 am Pickleball, VC Intermediate School Mon,: 12:30 pm Troopons; 1:30 pm Line dancing. Tue: 10 am Donuts & cards; 6:30 pm Pitch. Tue, Thu: 10 am WellREP exercise class. Tue, Thu: noon, lunch. $5. 3rd Wed: noon Classic movie. 4th Thu: 11 am Bingo


Augusta Sr Center, 640 Osage. Country Jam & Dance, 7-10 pm 1st and 3rd Tue. Bring covered dish/snack to share. Info: 755-1060 Derby Sr Center, 611 Mulberry. Commuity dance. 7-9:30 pm: 1st Tue, Honky Tonk Time Band ; 3rd Tue, Moody. $3 donation, refreshments. El Dorado Jam & Dance, Senior Center, 210 E 2nd. Oldtime fiddlers, pickers, singers. Doors open 12:30 pm, music 1:30, 1st Sun. Bring covered dish. $3 donation. Back to Country dance 6 pm Thus. Singles/couples welcome Goldenrod Golden Age, 1340 S Pattie. 7-9:30 pm Weds: Take 3. $3, refreshments. Linwood Golden Age, 1901 S Kansas. 7-9:30 pm Sats. Live music. $3. Minisa Golden Age, 704 W 13th. 7-10 pm Thus: Honky Tonk Time. $3. Info 617-2560. Oaklawn Activity Center cafeteria, 4904 S Clifton. Barn & contra dance, usually 1st Sat. Lesson 6:30 pm, dance 7-9. $5. Info: Orchard Park Golden Age, 4808 W 9th. 7-9:30 pm Fris, Live music. $3, refreshments.

ORCHARD PARK 4808 W 9th, 942-2293

Park City Sr Center, 6100 N Hydraulic. 7-10 pm 1st, 3rd, 5th Sats. $4, bring covered dish or snack. Info: 755-1060 Prairie Wind Dancers: Learn circle, line & folk dances. 2 pm Mons: Plymouth Congregational Church, 202 N Clifton. Joyce, 683-1122.

Oaklawn Activity Center, Village Steppers Square Dance, 4904 S Clifton. 7:30-10:30 pm 2nd, 4th Sats. Info: Nick, 529-2792, or Mike, 650-2469. Community barn & contra dance, 1st Sat most months; lesson 6:30 pm, dance 7. $5, Westside Steppers Square Dance, Clare Hall, 861 N Socora (one block east of Central & Tyler). 7-9:30 pm 1st, 3rd Suns. Info: David, 9927820; email: Wichita Solos Square Dance, Dawson UMC, 2741 S Laura. 7:30-10 pm 1st, 3rd, 5th Fris. Couples/singles welcome. Info: Curtis,

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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-noon Lunch (reservation preferred) 316-733-4441, $3. Mon, Wed, Fri: 10 am Exercise. Tue: noon Music at lunch. Mon: 12:30 pm Movie Monday. Tue: 10 am Blood pressure check; 11 am-2 pm Memory Café; 12:30 Pinochle; 1 pm Pool. Thu: 12:30 pm Pinochle; 1 pm Quilt Club; 7-9 Pitch; Fri: 11:30 Lunch & program; 12:45 pm Prize bingo; 1:45 Pinochle. 4th Sat: 7-10 am Monthly breakfast. Pickleball: Mon-Wed 10 am-3 pm; Tue 6-8 pm; Thu 5-7 pm; Fri 9-11:30 am. Andover Community Center,1008 E 13th. AUGUSTA 640 Osage, 775-1189 Regular activities: Exercise, cards, dominoes, pool, line dancing, lunch daily at 11:30 am. Mon: 6:30 pm 10-point pitch. Fri: 9:30 am Prize bingo. 2nd and 4th Tuesday: 7 pm Live Jam Session. 2nd Sat: 7-10 am Breakfast. $4 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: 2 pm Game Day. 3rd Mon: 6:30 pm Carry-in dinner, BP checks. 4th Fri: 2 pm Movie Matinee. DOUGLASS 124 W 4th, 746-3227 Regular activities: Exercise, quilting, cards, lunch, reservation required. $5. 1st Mon: 6 pm Finger foods & cards. 3rd Mon: 6 pm Birthday/anniversary covereddish supper, bring own service. Cards. 3rd Sat: 7-9:30 am Breakfast. $4. EL DORADO 210 E 2nd, 321-0142 Regular activities: Exercise, cards, bingo, hot lunch $3, support groups. Mon: 12:30 pm Mexican Train dominoes. Mon, Fri: 10 am Aerobics. Tue: 9 am Coffee; 12:30 pm Bingo; 2 Line dance; 6 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.

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; 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 Breakfast. TOWANDA 317 Main, 776-8999 Open 10:30 am-5 pm Mon, Wed, Fri Thu: 7 am Breakfast/coffee at Stearman Bar & Grill, Benton. WHITEWATER Legion Hall, 108 E Topeka 2nd Tue: noon Potluck, program. 4th Tue: noon Potluck, movie.

Harvey County Centers

BURRTON 124 N Burrton, 620-463-3225

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

HALSTEAD 523 Poplar, 835-2283

Mon & Wed: 9 am Yoga; 1 pm Dominoes Tue & Fri: 9 am Exercise followed by social hour Thu: 12:30 pm Bridge Fri: 1 pm Pitch 1st Sat: 7-10 am Community breakfast 2nd Thu: 6 pm Dine out 3rd Tue: 1:30 pm Movie 3rd Thu: noon Potluck and short program

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 Healthy luncheon; noon, program. Reservations by previous Fri. 1st Thu: 7 pm Bridge. 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.

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.

SEDGWICK 107 W. Fifth, 772-0393

Mon: 1 pm Games, bingo, Wii. Tue: 7-8:30 am Breakfast; 1 pm Line dancing. Wed: 9 am Quilting. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9 am Exercise. Fri: 3 pm Bible study 1st Thu: 1 pm Paint with Sue. 2nd Thu: noon Potluck luncheon & biz mtg. 3rd Thu: 5 pm Dinner Night Out. 1st Fri: 7 pm Birthday party.


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Dec. 4 10 am Wichita Art Museum, 1400 Art Museum Blvd. Holiday Program: Enjoy coffee, treats, and holiday music in the S. Jim and Darla Farha Great Hall and hear about the exciting upcoming spring programs from all ten of the participating Senior Wednesday organizations. There will be a raffle of special items from the participating venues along with holiday entertainment. FREE.

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

A holiday note We would like to take the time to thank all the institutions and individuals who participate in our innovative Senior Wednesday programs. Thank you to those who have made us laugh and those who laugh with us. Thank you for being proactive in your education and your health. We so appreciate such a successful year, and we hope to continue in this exciting adventure with our Wichita family right there by our side. Thank you again, so much, for all you do.

Sedgwick Co Transportation, 660-5150 or 1-800-367-7298. Information: 8 am-5 pm, Mon-Fri; closed most holidays. www.

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Friendship Meals 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 DEC. 2 Mon: Tuna casserole with peas, cole slaw, pears, wheat bread. Tue: Turkey stew, mixed green salad, Mandarin oranges, vanilla pudding. Wed: Liver & onion OR beef cutlet, mashed potatoes with gravy, split pea salad, peaches. Thu: Tahitian chicken with rice, parslied carrots, tomato salad, banana. Fri: Ham chowder, cooked cabbage, pineapple, cranberry swirl cake. WEEK OF DEC. 9 Mon: Fish chowder, cottage cheese salad, Mandarin oranges, pickled beets. Tue: Hot turkey sandwich, green beans, cranberry sauce, gingersnap cookie. Wed: Ham and broccoli casserole, chick pea pasta salad, pineapple, juice, muffin. Thu: Cranberry meatballs, baked potato, herbed green beans, peaches, applesauce cake. Fri: Pork roast, sweet potatoes, peas, strawberries. WEEK OF DEC. 16 Mon: Sloppy joes , oven browned potatoes, bean medley salad, pear, fruit crisp. Tue: Chicken and rice casserole, broccoli, mixed fruit, biscuit. Wed: Ham, sweet potatoes, cauliflower with cheese sauce, ambrosia salad, pineapple upside down cake. Thu: Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, peaches. Fri: New England Stew, pickled beets, Mandarin oranges, cornbread, bread pudding. WEEK OF DEC. 23 Mon: Hoiday. Tue: Holiday. Wed: Holiday. Thu: Shepherd's pie, corn, strawberries, roll. Fri: Creamed chicken over a biscuit, broccoli, apple slices, peanut butter cookie. WEEK OF DEC. 30 Mon: Soft tacos, salsa, Mexican rice, corn strawberries, cinnamon roll. Tue: Oven fried chicken, California mash, spinach, Mandarin oranges. FUNDING MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH THE OLDER AMERICANS ACT, KDADS AND CENTRAL PLAINS AREA AGENCY ON AGING

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.

Harvey County

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.

AARP DriverSafety Classes Four hours of instruction; certificate on completion. Reservation required. $15 for AARP members; $20 others.

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Lakeview, Garden of Apostles, 2 spaces at $2,200 per space. Seller pays transfer fee of $295. Call and/ or leave message. 307-371-9905.

Old Mission, Garden of Last Supper. 4 adjoin lots Section B row E graves 53,54,55 & 56. $750 each. Buyer Pays Transfer Fee. Call 847-541-7851

Must Sale! Mint Condition electric wheel chair w/ all equipment. $1,000 OBO. Only used twice. Call Helen 316-688-5445.

4 cemetery plots together at Rest Haven in the Garden of prayer, next to the road. Will sell for $4,000/ pair. Call 316-263-4228

2 plots in the Garden of Memory. Lot 159-11 & 12. $3,500 for both. Call 816-719-7777

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RESTHAVEN - Two plots side by side in prime location - Garden of Christ with the Children. $3,300 each or best offer. Call 316-210-8196. 2 adjoining cemetery spaces in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Wichita, Kansas. Spaces 9 & 10, Section 9, Lot 23 Space 9 - $1,500.00 Space 10 - $2,500.00 Includes vault, opening & closing Call (316) 992-4343 or email: Lakeview, Garden of Apostles, 2 spaces at $2,200 per space. Seller pays transfer fee of $295. Call and/or leave message 307-371-9905. Two plots at White Chapel Memorial lot 131-B, Garden of Nativity, spaces 1&2. Selling together for $1,200. Buyer pays transfer fee. Transaction at White Chapel Office. Email 051B4645s@gmail. com or call 316-250-2164. Resthaven Gospel Garden 35-B, double depth lawn crypt w/2 spaces, Interment Rights, Companion bronze marker. Complete package for $5,000. 316-648-3336. Resthaven Garden of Love 35C - 1 & 2 with vaults. Seller will split transfer fee...asking $4,500 OBO. Call Mel at 972-333-4878 2 adjoining cemetery spaces in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Wichita, Kansas.Spaces 9 & 10, Section 9, Lot 23 Space 9 - $1,500.00 Space 10 - $2,500.00 Includes vault, opening & closing Call (316) 992-4343 or email: 50% OFF Don’t miss this discounted price! Lakeview Park Memorial Gardens Located in Chapel of Prayer, Level B Two Westminster Crypts, includes two eternal rest caskets $9,000 for the pair Contact Mike at 574-354-2081 2 plots and 1 head stone, Lakeview Gardens, East side of Garden of Meditation, next to access road. Priced at $4,500 for both. Buyer payers transfer fee. Call Greg 316-833-9685 Located next to big tree in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Garden of Nativity. Lot 129-A spaces 1-2-3. Vaults included. $4,500 for ALL 3. Seller pays transfer fee. Closing at White Chapel Office. Call 316-529-2363 or 2 plots Resthaven in Lord’s prayer. Worth $4,200ea. Sale $1,850ea must buy both. One 44in*14in companion marker w/vase & 48in*18in granite base $2,000. All above $5,700 cash. Seller pays transfer fee. Call Harrold 316-522-4030.

Two plots at White Chapel Memorial. Lot 271-A, spaces 3 & 4 in Sermon on the Mount. $2,325 which includes transfer fee of $425. Cash only transaction at the White Chapel Office. Email or call 316-727-1123. Resurrection Cemetery, single prepped level E #40, in prime location near the alter. $3,700. Price negotiable. 316-721-2753. Lakeview Gardens, Reflections, space 1&2 lot 5. Stand up stones allowed. Transfer fee included. Both spaces $,7,500, $5,000. Call 785-845-1177 or email 4 plots Lakeview Garden, Garden of the Cross. Lot 60 spaces 8,9,10 & 11. $4,000 Or Best Offer. Will split $295 title fee. Phone 620-664-5939. Rest haven garden of gospel. Space, vault & marker for 2. 7-1 C-1. Retails $10,000 will sell for $4,500. 316-648-4479. Resthaven. Garden of gospel. 44B space 3. Double depth crypt. Asking $2,500. Call 316-6553272. Lakeview Plot for Sale – Garden of the Holy Rosary, Lot 68, Space 11. $1,395. Call 316-491-6101 Lakeview, Everlasting Life, double depth crypt with vaults and markers. Value $8,500, sell $4,000. Wanda, 316-619-8525.

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Garden Of The Cross, 4 Resthaven Cemetery plots together, $2900 ea or $10,000 all, OBO. Buyer pays transfer fee. Call Brad (316)259-8948

Foot Care in home. Home visit $40.00 Call Francine at 316-943-4360. Leave a message.

Lakeview Gardens Memory, 2 adjoing spaces. Lot 151 spaces 5&6. $3290 ea, sell $3,500 both. Buyer pays $295 transfer fee. Leave a meaage at 316-619-1563.


Lakeview Gardens, Garden of Meditation. 4 plots together. Will sell pairs or all 4 for $2,200 per plot. Buyer pays transfer fees. Call 620-456-3336.

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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 Mature CNA to provide companionship and meal preparation for homebound individuals. Call 733-0912 or 655-1935. Reliable dependable woman willing to provide one on one personal care to the elderly in their home. Light housekeeping, cooking/grocery shopping, run errands, doctor appointments, bathing and grooming, medication reminder, assist walking, companionship, transferring, positioning, incontinence care, toileting. Experienced. Clean background check. Good references. Low rates. 316-883-8297

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From Page 16 like nothing more than to be home, but he’s doing a job that’s very important. He’ll be home as soon as he can.’” The Wichita native, a brand manager for Berendsen Liquid Power, has enjoyed cooking since his own childhood, when he discovered Julia Child and the Galloping Gourmet on TV. With both parents working, he said, “I spent summers either eating cold bologna sandwiches or learning to cook.” He remembers going to supermarket as a teenager Courtesy photo determined to prepare clam Tim Churchill, as Santa, visits with his linguini for his parents, only grandchildren Lily, Avery and Aurora to find the Safeway at Hillside and Douglas stocked nothing Churchill and his daughter, Samantha, closer than smoked oysters. “They ate a former bakery manager, “talk about it. I know they were being nice.” food all the time.” He and Adrienne Churchill met his wife, Adrienne, like to start their Saturdays by picking in a Wichita laundromat. From her up supplies at The Spice Merchant, family, he learned to cook great dishes Seafood Shoppe, Crust & Crumb such as spanakopita, keftedes (meatbakery in Newton and local farmer balls) and Greek butter cookies. “Her markets in season. When it comes to dad and mom and grandma were all eating out, Nu-Way, Dempsey’s Burger great cooks and I learned a lot from Pub and LeMonde Café are frequent them.” In Greek cooking, he noted, stops. “We try to buy local whenever “Lemon, olive oil and garlic are the we can,” he said. cure for everything.”


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Tips for keeping warm and safe this winter By Monica Cissell As in classic holiday movies and holiday card scenes, many people envision spending the winter in a warm, comfortable home, curled up with a favorite book and drinking hot chocolate by the fire. Yet with escalating energy costs some find it challenging to keep up with home heating bills. A little planning and preparation can reduce your cost. Here are some tips. Detailed instructions can be found at https://

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How to Create an Ethical Will Dear Savvy Senior,

Dear Interested,

Can you write a column on ethical wills and how to make one? The attorney that made up my will recently suggested I write one as a tool to explain the intentions of my will, as well as express my thoughts and feelings, but I don’t know where to start.

An ethical will – also referred to as a legacy letter – can be a valuable complement to your legal will, as well as a wonderful gift to your family or other loved ones. Here’s what you should know along with some tips to help you make one.

Ethical Wills Unlike a last will and testament, which tells your loved ones what you want them to have, an ethical will tells them what you want them to know. You can share with your loved ones your feelings, wishes, regrets, gratitude and advice, as well as explain the elements in your legal will, give information about the money and possessions you’re passing on, and anything else you want to communicate.

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After you’ve gathered your thoughts you can start drafting your letter. And for safekeeping, keep your ethical will with your other legal documents in a secure location but be sure your executor has access to it. You also need to know that many people choose to share their ethical will with their family and friends while they’re still living so they can enjoy their reactions, while others think it should be read after their death. It’s up to you. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.


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