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Immigrant’s new home, life ‘so fantastic’

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By Debbi Elmore Jolie Uwizeye steeled her resolve. She knew she had to flee her native Congo to save her 6-year-old son, Isaac, and 4-year-old daughter, Debbie. Once a happy, educated village girl, she watched as the civil conflict grew. The government could no longer pay the soldiers, so they set up roadblocks to exact payment from farmers trying to bring their produce to market. In 2005 it had became so grim that villagers couldn’t even get access to food. When the schools shut down her husband, who was a schoolteacher, opened a small business. One day he left to purchase supplies, and he never returned. No one knew what had happened to him. The Congo was getting increasing dangerous because unpaid soldiers and Kansas’ Kansas’Award-winning Award-winningTop Top55+ 55+News NewsSource Source

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refugees from Rwanda were everywhere robbing people and searching for food. Most men in her village had been taken away to serve in the Army. Those left couldn’t protect all the women and children. Jolie knew she had to take her children and leave. For two days, they crawled through the jungle to neighboring Uganda. They were taken to a refugee camp and given a small plot of ground to pitch their tent, dig a latrine and grow some food Jolie knew she had to find work to feed her children. “While in the camp, a life-changing door was opened to us, though life didn’t change in one day,” she said. “A Good Samaritan took me and my children to her home in Kampala, the capital city, where I helped with housekeeping and taking care of her children while she was at work. “One morning she crashed in a car accident, and we lost her. It was daytime, but the world turned dark to me, because the last option was to go back to the camp. See Jolie, page 23

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By Debra Lee Imagine. You are lying in bed thinking about how things had gone with your day. In the night’s stillness you hear the soft music the insects are making outside of your window. As you reflect on your busy day, you think of how happy the grandkids were to see you when you picked them up from school, and how you comforted your littlest soccer player from the embarrassment of a missed goal shot at the game that evening. You roll over and go off to sleep. Suddenly you are jarred awake with a loud explosion. Everything is dark; your ears are numb and ringing. It’s hard to breath, and you realize that you are under a bunch of rubble. You’re dazed, not sure where you are, and as your eyes begin to focus, you see that you are covered with grey soot and trickles of blood from your wounds. You call out for your spouse but

hear no response. As you pull yourself out of the rubble, you realize you are outside of what was once your home. When you can stand, you see that your neighborhood is gone. Only because of the dancing flames scattered across the landscape are you able to see the wreckage. When your hearing eventually returns, you hear sounds of gunfire and loud explosions in the distance. Slowly you realize that this was an attack. Where is your spouse, your family? How will you find them? Where will you get help? Where will you find refuge? Life, as you once knew it, is now gone. This, my friends, can happen to anyone, to any country. The world has reached its worst refugee crisis since World War II. Across the globe there are more than 60 million refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people. More

By Tom Emery There’s plenty to see and do in Wichita, but professional football is not on the list. Yet, on five occasions in decades past, there were some professional football games here. In the earliest days of the National Football League, Wichita was the site of several exhibition games, including two with the legendary Aero Commandos squad in wartime. The Kansas City Chiefs made two appearances in the 1960s during their days in the American Football League. Unlike today’s NFL, the league

in its earliest days was a primitive affair. Salaries were low, attendance was middling and there was no television. Most trips were by train, and players routinely had day jobs. “Pro football was definitely low-profile,” said Chris Willis, head of the research library at NFL Films. “Fans paid more attention to boxing, golf, college football, baseball and even tennis.” NFL teams frequently scheduled non-league games during and after the season to increase revenue. It wasn’t See Football, page 21

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Wichita has hosted 5 pro-football games

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Arts briefs...

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North American photographers, both amateur and professional, are invited to participate in an inaugural Photographic Arts National Exhibition by Mark Arts. All genres, capture types and photo-based processes are eligible. Online submission deadline is Feb. 24. The exhibit is scheduled for March 31-May 14. The juror, Polly Chandler, has 16 years of experience as a professional and fine art photographer and teaching photography. There will be $2,750 in cash awards. Patron Purchase Awards are also anticipated. Mark Arts is at 9112 E. Central. Galleries are open from 1–5 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday. Admission is free. For more information visit MarkArtsKS. com.

Tortilla‘s trip

Several free February programs are scheduled at the Harvey County Historical Museum. Dr. Gene Chavez will talk about Flour Power at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. He will discuss the rich history of the Mexican immigration to Kansas

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and the journey of the humble but important tortilla, and how it transitioned from being made with corn to primarily wheat. Contact museum director Debra Hiebert for information at info@ or call 316- 283-2221. The museum is at 203 N. Main, Newton. Third Thursday is a come-and-go event from 6-to-8 p.m. This month’s date is Feb. 16. The archives are open that evening for research.

The XXI Faculty Biennial will be on display at the Ulrich Museum through April 9. Instructors are showcasing their work in drawing, painting, ceramics, graphic design, sculpture and new media. Themes include globalization and communication. The exhibition highlights the ways in which the individual faculty members, as artists, respond to the issues and themes of the current historical moment. The museum is on the campus of Wichita State University. Hours are 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday–Friday, 1–5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

Murdock shows

Area residents are able to watch live-streaming of live opera and live theater at the Murdock Theatre, 536 N. Broadway. National Theatre live is an initiative operated by the Royal National Theatre in London. At 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, the theatre will broadcast Amadeus live from its stage. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composter Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy him. At 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, the live theatre show will be Saint Joan. Gemma Arerton plays Joan of Arc. Bernard

Shaw's classic play follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France. As one of the first Protestants and nationalists, she threatens the very fabric of the feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe. Tickets are $15 general; $13 senior/student. The Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD series will present Dvořák’s Rusalka at 11:55 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. Kristine Opolais stars as the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting Song to the Moon. Mary Zimmerman brings her wondrous imagination to this fairytale of love and longing, rejection and redemption. Tickets are $22 general, $20 senior, $15 student and $13 child under 17. For more information visit or call 316-4406407.

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Drummer turned organist played blues, jazz Editor’s Note: One in a series of stories about African American musicians in Wichita from the 1930s-50s.

By Patrick O’Connor A Boeing shop newspaper ad set 17-year-old Jerry Childers on his music career. He was working at Boeing when he saw the ad for a set of Slingerland drums. “I bought them and played until the time I got married.” Jerry had asthma in grade school, “so there was no need for me to ask my mama about a horn or a wind instrument. There was no need of asking about any drums because she wouldn't have wanted that racket around.” He said he was baptized in 1954 at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 11th and Indiana. “I don't know where I would have been headed, if I hadn't gotten into the church.” In 1961 Jerry heard Jimmy Smith play the organ. He got so interested that he started taking organ lessons. But he didn’t tell anyone. “I'd just be missing in action about a couple hours every day. One day he took his wife to the Hammond organ dealer and played for her. She asked, “Where'd you learn to play this organ?” He answered, “When your sister was telling you I had a chick on the side, that's what I was doing.”

Harold Cary, 1922-2001 In 1962 Jerry spent some time in California and took more organ lessons. When he returned home, his landlord managed the 54 Ballroom and The Organ Room below it. “He said, 'Jerry, we need an organ player.' I went down there, and I started playing the happy hour.” About that time Jerry met Charles Kynard, a nationally known organ player out of Kansas City who had played in Wichita. When Jerry attended a performance, Kynard asked him, “ ‘Do you want to the play the organ?'

"I told him I just want a lesson. He said OK and went back up on stage and said, 'Now ladies and gentlemen, we have a fantastic organ player in the house.' He went on with this hoopla, and I thought Jimmy Smith or Wild Bill Davis was in the house. ‘Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for Jerry Childers from Wichita, Kansas.' "I wanted to disappear. I mean I wanted to just slide under the booth. But the people looked at me like they just knew I was Jerry Childers from Wichita, Kansas. “I went up there and started playing with these good players... these guys just enveloped me, kept me up there for 30 minutes.” Reminiscing, Jerry said he started as a blues player, and then graduated to jazz. “If you can't play the blues, you can't play anything too much. The blues comes down through ancestry. “Just like the guys way back in the plantation days. They'd sit on the stoop after work and moan and groan and speak about the way life was with

them. Blues is the beginning of the black culture.” “When I went to California, I started leaning my ear towards jazz. Naturally I got a West Coast sound on the organ. “Geographically, there's a distinct difference between the blues... in any part of the country you go to.” He said he believes that musicians get along with their audience because “the people adore you whether you're playing in an all-black club or allwhite club. One thing about musicians be they black or white, if you can play that's all the cat is interested in. “Musicians get along quicker than anybody else because they don't see color."

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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Briefs... Fancy cats

Cruising Cats Cat Show
is this year’s theme for the annual Wichita Cat Fancy show Feb. 4-5 at the Cotillion Ballroom, 11120 W. Kellogg. Competing cats Crusing cat. will range from exotic breeds such as the hairless Sphynx, tiny Singapura and gigantic Maine Coon to the more generic household cats. In addition to cat judging there also will be vendors selling cat-related products. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
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$10 a family. Tickets are good for both days.

Chisholm Trail

Several events are scheduled this month to celebrate the Chisholm Trail’s 150th anniversary. Two will be at the Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer. Children’s author Laura Ingalls Wilder moved to Kansas when the trail was getting started. She is best known for her Little House books. Laura McLemore will perform as the author, presenting information about her life, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, at

Westlink. The first of a four-part scholar-led series of book discussions focusing on trail riding, the history of the Chisholm Trail and the work of a cowboy will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, also at Westlink. The February book is The Last Cattle Drive by Robert Day. Registration is required; call 337-9456. At 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, a mulberry tree will be dedicated at the Kansas Masonic Home, 402 S. Martinson. After the event there will be a talk inside about Wichita and the trails history by Dr. Jay Price. Refreshments will be served at the free event.

Women’s Fair

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A fish tale with a very different ending

By Ted Blankenship The great thing about writing a column is that you can write about anything. It’s a power thing. So, I’m going to write about catfish. And that just about wraps it up. Just kidding. There are tons to write about catfish. And whatever I write, you certainly aren’t going to find anywhere else. To begin, let’s try to answer the enigma of South Texans and saltwater catfish. My wife Dorothy is from South Texas, so over the past 65 years we have visited there many times and have fished in the Gulf of Mexico. Now, I have been eating catfish as long as I can remember. My mother cleaned the bullheads I caught in farm ponds and fried them for me. They tasted a little muddy, but they were sort of edible. So I was surprised to discover that South Texans do not eat saltwater catfish. In fact when Texans catch one they say words that would make a Kansan

blush, and then toss them on the bank to die (the catfish, not the Kansans – usually). Texans call them “tourist trout.” They say saltwater catfish are bottom feeders, and that’s usually the end of conversation. You’re left thinking a saltwater catfish is like a vulture with gills. Saltwater catfish do feed on sandy bottoms, but they eat mostly live fish, mollusks and crabs along with algae and other plant material. What the Texans probably are really complaining about is that saltwater catfish are slimy and hard to clean, and their sharp fins can inflict a painful puncture wound. There are generally two kinds in the Gulf: the hardhead catfish and the gafftopsail. The hardhead has a hard head (duh). It’s a bony plate that extends

from the eyes to the dorsal fin. Getting through this while trying to hang on to a slimy fish that would rather be back in the Gulf apparently is not something a South Texan wants to be bothered with. The gafftopsail has a tall dorsal fin that looks like a sail on a boat (if you have had a few Coronas). Both fish are edible despite what the Texans say. Tests indicate people given a bite of fresh water catfish and saltwater fish can’t tell the difference. (Maybe that’s because of the Coronas.) If you catch one of these fish, you need to handle it carefully. The spines contain a mild toxin. I know this because I have seen it in action. We were fishing with Dorothy’s brother and a cousin. The cousin caught a large saltwater catfish and was not happy.

She reluctantly grabbed the slithering fish and got the hook out. The fish, which weighed eight to 10 pounds, was flopping around on the dock and generally making a nuisance of itself. She decided to toss it onto the bank as any good Texan would, but not without stomping on it first. She was wearing sneakers and the dorsal fin went through the sole and into her foot. She screamed, shouted some unladylike Texas cuss words, and hopped around, making things worse. We pulled the fish off of her foot and later a red streak started going up her leg. We took her to a hospital. The moral is that even if you don’t like saltwater catfish, try not to step on any. Contact Ted at

Derby ‘Can We Talk?’ meeting A Town Hall Meeting to discuss the future of Sedgwick County and Derby begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Derby Welcome Center, 611 Mulberry Rd. The question and answer session with local officials include County

Commissioner Jim Howell, Derby Mayor Randy White and Derby City Manager Kathy Sexton. Arrive early to fill out a question card. Registration is required; call 7880223 Tuesday, Feb. 7. The series is sponsored by the Derby Senior Center.

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Becoming Gray – almost 2 years into his journey By Grayson Barnes I cried in my car in the clinic parking lot after my first shot of testosterone. With my hands clutching the steering wheel, my head rocking back and forth, great sobs burst from my chest, my shoulders heaved. I didn’t care one whit who saw me. This was a year and a half ago. The tears were for overwhelming joy: I had finally begun my long-postponed journey toward physically becoming the man I have always been inside. I was born in a woman’s body. I am transgender. Since I waited until my 50s to begin living authentically, there were delays – my endocrinologist wanted to be sure there wouldn’t be undue complications. In April 2015, I got the green light. On May 19, I gave myself my first shot, supervised by a nurse, my hands shaking as I thrust a 1½” needle into my right thigh. I remember thinking, tritely, “Dude, this is the first day of the rest of your life!” I now have changed physically, mentally and emotionally. There is tangible evidence: my voice has dropped, my face and shoulders have broadened, weight has redistributed and I need to shave. I am teenage-boy giddy about

what is happening to my body. When my facial hair started to come in, I let it sprout for a few weeks in anticipation of the lush beard I imagined I would instantly have. Unfortunately the pubescent growth left me with what looked like a vacuum drapery brush attached to my chin. The friends to whom I had been proudly showing off my “beard” were kind enough not to say anything in the face of my braggadocio. One day I looked in the mirror and realized how silly I looked. I shaved. Exercise used to be something I did because it was on the list. Now there is this animal need to experience the uncoiling of muscle and stretch of sinew. I revel in the movement of my body through the swimming pool – as clumsy as that is. When I walk, my steps thud. It’s like I am striving to pound myself back into the earth, to rejoin something I never felt part of previously. The mental and emotional changes are more subtle. I have become more discerning mentally. I perceive myself as being more logical. I feel calmer, which is surprising. Many men have shared that increased

testosterone made them aggressive. This fear made me delay hormone replacement therapy. Too long, I realize now. This doesn’t mean I have regrets. I believe we take action in our lives at the exact moment we are meant to. What I wasn’t ready for was how much

my choice to do right for and by myself would be at odds with the rest of the world. There are situations that absolutely terrify me. Using public restrooms is one. Wichita’s City Ordinance 5.70.010 See next page

Dysphoria Day: 11/6/15 By Grayson Barnes I was at the Y with my good friend in the hot tub. We were leaning on the ledge, our chins on our crossed arms, looking out at the water. She warbled in my ear. Then I saw him. He strutted from the men’s locker room, an ancient Greek sculpture in motion. The arch of his neck curved down into his domed shoulders. He had a stunning breadth of chest. A finger-width line bisected his pecs. He was perfect. All my life, that’s what I’ve wanted: To have a body like his, manifesting that kind of subtle, unselfconscious grace. Male grace. I was unnervingly aware of the distance between his looks and mine.

I’ve always chided myself that, if I worked out more, I could narrow the gap. The reality is that even in my youth when I lifted weights and ran cross-country, my solid interior was encapsulated in flesh that looked more like a Rubens’ model than a Greek god. I know I have gender dysphoria, which is the distress I feel because I was born female instead of male. I wonder, will I ever be a real man? In truth, I have reached an age where this suppleness is no longer a possibility. What will I look like? Will I be nicely put-together for a man of my age? Will I have a countenance of masculine elegance? I pondered these questions as I watched the Greek god move through the water like Poseidon.

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Grayson From previous page

stipulates that “it is unlawful for any person of the opposite sex who is above the age of 10 years” to use the wrong restroom. If I am caught in the men’s room, I could be charged with a misdemeanor. I try not to use facilities where there are a lot of people if there isn’t a “family” option. As an older man, this becomes even more difficult, considering my muscle control isn’t what it once was. Recently at a convenience store, I picked the ladies room, only to have someone bang on the door outside and yell I was in the wrong room. I still have to get mammograms. Before my legal name change, I received lots of supportive smiles from

the women coming in. I figured they thought I was there with someone else. One woman even walked by and brightly said, “Hello, sir,” as she took a seat. Then the nurse called my name – my female one – and I stood up. The former friendly greeter gave me an unpleasant stare. People call me the incorrect pronouns (misgendering). Every time I get “ma’am” instead of “sir,” it takes me down a notch. When someone tells me “you aren’t a real man,” this man cries. It hurts. Luckily, I have a great support system, which includes a therapist. Statistics show that 41 percent of transgender men and women succumb to suicide annually. I also strive to live courageously in a culture where some trans people’s


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lives end through violence. In 2016, 26 transgender people were murdered in the U.S., mostly trans-women of color. Worldwide one transgender person is murdered every three days. These killings are horrific – draggings, beatings, burnings, dismemberments. I struggle daily to negotiate this liminal space with love, humor and joy. I decided it was more important to live authentically, rather than fear what others might think of me. Or do to me. I acknowledged my manhood on May 19, 2015, when I shoved that first needle in my thigh. Others need to acknowledge it, too. I hope it happens Photo by Rob Howes before more people like me, young and Dustin Parker painted the porold, die. trait of Grayson Barnes in 2002. Contact Grayson at Its title: The Dangers of Time Travel. Grayson appreciates that it represents the idea that everything changes, including his former self.

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Pedaling against Parkinson's has many benefits By Amy Geiszler-Jones June Almes likes hitting the bike path with husband, Dave, on a bicycle built for two. Over the past two years, the couple — both 79 — have probably racked up about 1,800 miles on their Trek tandem bicycle, Dave said. That's a little farther than the distance from Wichita to Mexico City. June's not really keeping count of the miles. Rather, she's keeping track of how bicycling is helping her keep the symptoms of her Parkinson's disease under better control. About a decade ago, June was diagnosed with the chronic and progressive disease of the nervous system that affects more than 10 million people worldwide. About 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson's each

year. The disease causes a slowdown in the production of a neurotransmitter in the brain called dopamine. With less and less dopamine, a person has less and less ability to regulate movements and emotion, according to the National Parkinson Foundation. It affects each individual differently. For example, June doesn't have visible tremors, one of the more common symptoms. As she researched the disease, June read articles that indicated exercise, and bicycling in particular, would help counter its effects. Her doctor is also a huge proponent of exercising. “(Bicycling) sounded like more fun than other forms of exercise,” she said. “I do other exercises, too, but bicycling is the most fun.”

When June tried a single-seat bicycle she had a hard time balancing. She and Dave borrowed a friend's tandem bike and loved it so much that they bought their own. They ride it as much as the weather allows, hauling it on the back of their vehicle from their west Wichita home to Sedgwick County Park. They usually rack up six or seven miles on the park’s trails. Riding a tandem bicycle is no easy effort, and takes even able-bodied people some time to get used to. June benefits from Dave's front-seat pedaling, steering and ability to help balance

the bike. According to a recent article on Medscape, Dave said it's not so much about the balancing of a tandem bike, but the pedaling that's important for sufferers of Parkinson's. That's in part because the front rider generally pedals faster than the back rider, the one with Parkinson's, would, a study showed. “Since it's all hooked together, if I'm going fast, she's going fast,” Dave explained. When a patient exercises more or at a faster rate than what one would See next page

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“She does a heck of a nice job,” Dave complimented. While June is seeing benefits in her motor skills, Dave said he's benefiting physically, too. They also are seeing other benefits. For June, bicycling “makes me feel freer.” Dave values their rides because it allows the college sweethearts who've been married more than 58 years to spend time together. The two are retired from careers in education are also avid walkers. Contact Amy at

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February theatre options By Diana Morton February will be an excellent month to escape from winter into a warm theatre. Forum Theatre, 1st United Methodist Church Wilke Center, 330 N. Broadway. Wait Until Dark by Frederick Knott: A white-knuckle thriller woven with secret identities, a seedy diamond smuggling ring, murder and a deadly cat-and-mouse game. 8 pm Thurs-Sat, Feb 10-18; 2 pm Sun, Feb 12, 19. Tickets $23-25, $15 preview night, Feb 9. Guild Hall Players, St. James Episcopal Church, 3750 E. Douglas. The Christians by Lucas Hnath. In a setting where Pastor Paul presides over a congregation of thousands, you are brought face-to-face with questions about faith in America and the

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Checklist for winter insurance coverage By Ken Selzer Kansas Commissioner of Insurance Ice, winds, blowing snow and cold temperatures have hit most of the state. Kansans need to check their homeowners and vehicle insurance policies to be sure they are familiar with potential winter weather situations. Check with your local insurance agents about what’s covered in your policies. Homeowners and vehicle policies provide basic protection, but some policies provide a broader range of coverage than others. Review these points about your winter insurance coverage: • Most homeowners’ policies include coverage for wind, blowing snow and the weight of ice, snow and sleet on the structure. • Damage to homes caused by falling objects, such as trees, is covered under most policies. However, the cost to remove limbs is usually not covered unless the tree first damages the

Exercise lowers some cancer risk

When asked about how our lifestyles affect our risk of cancer, most are aware that smoking can cause lung cancer, and that sun exposure can lead to skin cancer. However, physical activity is known to lower the risk of some cancers, specifically breast cancer and colon cancer. A study published this year also saw an association of physical activity with lower risks of 13 other varieties of cancer. This is an interesting finding which further suggests that being active is good for your health in all kinds of ways! Choose your favorite activity, and try to spend at least 30 minutes, five days/week, doing it. Dr. Barbara Coats,, BikeWalkWichita Board Member

structure. • Water damage to a structure or its contents is usually excluded under most property insurance contracts. • Some policies may provide coverage from frozen pipes, as long as the damage is not a result of the homeowner’s failure to keep the home adequately heated. • Many policies don’t include coverage for water that backs up from drains or sewers. That protection requires additional coverage or a rider. • Flood damage from snow and ice melt is almost always excluded. Flood-related policies can be obtained through the National Flood Insurance Program. Your agent can provide details and make recommendations on what’s right for you. • Vehicle coverage for winter-related accidents involving snow removal could be covered through collision coverage. Check with your agent. • There are a couple of things to know if you lose power. First, if a fallen tree is to blame, you may be covered by your homeowner’s policy. Second, regarding food spoiling in your refrigerator or freezer, a homeowner’s or renter’s policy often allows for compensation, but only up to a certain (usually fairly low dollar) amount. If

your deductible is equal to or greater than this amount, unless you have other losses, you probably can’t claim just the loss of the food. • Hail damage can often occur during the winter months. Talk to your agent about vehicle and homeowners policy hail coverage. • Most homeowners’ policies include coverage for wind, blowing snow and the weight of ice, snow and sleet on the structure. When you contact your agent, have

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Credit card error? Fix now By Marc Bennett After the holidays, you probably pay close attention to your credit card bills. If you find an error and decide to contest it, be aware of the Fair Credit Billing Act procedures for these types of disputes. • Unauthorized charges; federal law limits your responsibility to $50 • Charges listing the wrong date or amount • Charges for goods and services you didn't accept or that weren't delivered as agreed • Math errors • Failure to post a payment or a return

• Failure to send bills to your current address – assuming the creditor received your new address, in writing, at least 20 days before the billing period ends • Charges for which you ask for an explanation or written proof of purchase, along with a claimed error or request for clarification To dispute an error, you must: write to the credit company at the address for "billing inquiries," not the address to which you send payments. Include your name, address, account number and a description of the billing error. Don’t wait. Your letter needs to

A Trivia Night fundraiser will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, at First Presbyterian Church, 525 N Broadway. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; games start at 7. Advance registration for teams of eight is $120. Cost at the door is $20 a person. Sodas, water and table snacks are provided. No alcohol is permitted, but you may bring snacks. Jenn Bates of KWCH TV is the celebrity emcee. This event raises money for Part-

ners for Wichita. Its projects include Filling the Gap, lunches for kids during spring break and the end of summer vacation; Bags of Blessings: and the Safe Streets/Youth Corps program. Email to register your team members. Send your check, made out to Partners for Wichita, designated Trivia Night, to the Partners at 925 N. Waco, Wichita, KS 67203.

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reach the credit card company within 60 days after they send you the first bill with the error. It is recommended that you send your letter by certified mail and ask for a return receipt so you have proof the credit company received it. Your letter should include a copy (not the original) of the sales slip as well as any other documents that support your position. Keep a copy of your dispute letter. The credit company has to acknowledge your complaint, in writing, within 30 days of receipt, unless the issue is already resolved. The creditor must resolve the dispute within two billing cycles (but not more than 90 days) after getting your letter. For more information and a sample letter, go to www.consumer. 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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Pair wedded to fun, food for 55 years By Joe Stumpe From the Bay Area to small-town Kansas, Barbara and Neil Roach discovered that nothing mixes better than food, wine and friends. They met while attending Southwestern College in Winfield. Neil is from Maxville; Barb followed a friend there from Great Falls, Mont. Neil spotted her just as the school year was ending and made a point of looking her up the next fall. They married in 1961. Neil earned a medical degree from the University of Kansas, and then specialized in psychiatry. The couple lived in Oakland, Calif., for two years in the late 1960s while he worked in a Naval hospital. The couple appreciated the region’s wine and food scene, not to mention some of the era’s colorful residents. “Neil had to tell people to get dressed when they came to work,” Barbara says. They returned to Kansas and Neil practiced in Halstead, and then served as chair of the psychiatry department for the University School of Medicine– Wichita from 1980-86.

Neil and Barbara often hosted gatherings for faculty, residents and students, with Barbara making big pots of cioppino, the Bay Area’s famous seafood stew. After they ate, they would fill a jar and take some home, Neil says. “She was very popular.” Neil later served as medical director of Charter Hospital in Wichita. After his retirement, the couple renovated and sold several homes in Halstead. They moved into Wichita three years ago. These days, Neil does as much cooking as Barbara. “Whoever makes the suggestion has to cook the meal,” Barbara says. Their two daughters and seven grandchildren also enjoy cooking. Barbara said the best part of cooking, for her, was always the people it brought to their table. Her best advice to hosts? “Do everything you can the day before. Then you can enjoy what’s going on – and a martini.” Know a good cook? Tell Joe at

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Wine-braised Lamb Shanks

Olive oil 2 C dry red wine About 3 lb lamb shanks 3 oz tomato paste 1 onion, chopped 1-2 C chicken broth ¾ C chopped celery 1 Tbsp fresh or 1 tsp dried oregano Salt and pepper 1 bunch cilantro, chopped 6-8 cloves garlic, minced Heat oil in a deep skillet. Add lamb shanks and brown on all sides. Add onion, celery, salt, pepper and garlic, sautéing until onion is soft. Add 1 cup wine. Cook until wine evaporates, turning shanks frequently. Add tomato paste and 1 cup chicken stock. Cook, covered, until meat begins to fall off bones. Remove shanks from the skillet. Cut meat from bones into chunks. Return meat to skillet. Add oregano, a handful of cilantro and remaining wine. Cook on low heat 30 minutes, adding stock if necessary to keep meat covered. Garnish with some chopped cilantro and serve over noodles.

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Lightly oil a pan and place over medium heat. Add chopped garlic, cilantro, onion, red pepper, salt, tomato and vegetables. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, adding a dash of red wine vinegar, wine, balsamic vinegar or stock. If more cooking is needed, add a bit of water and cover pan for a few minutes. Remove pan from heat, adjust seasonings and serve. Neil Roach says this cooking method works with green beans, sugar snap peas, broccoli, cauliflower and squash. “Don’t add too much liquid because vegetables can’t swim, and they will drown,” he jokes.

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Social connectedness leads to health, happiness By Annette Graham CPAAA Executive Director Humans need to be socially connected. When those needs are met through friendships and loving relationships we enjoy better health and happiness. It is estimated that one in five adults over age 50 are affected by isolation. This problem has been associated with higher rates of chronic disease, depression, dementia and death. Central Plains Area Agency on Aging and the active age are working in collaboration with National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) to raise awareness of this growing problem in older adults. People with more social con-



nections such as family, friendships, co-workers and fellow church members are less likely to die prematurely and more likely to have better immune systems, healthier eating habits and better coping mechanisms. It takes an effort to maintain meaningful relationships. When an illness, injury or a short stint out of town interrupts these connections, it takes some effort to resume that routine. N4a offers several ways to stay ahead of the connection curve: • Nurture and strengthen relationships by inviting people over for coffee or suggesting a trip or a movie

• Schedule time to call or visit a friend; make it a priority • Take up a cause by volunteering or joining a neighborhood association • Revisit an old hobby; group activities such as a knitting group, yoga class or walking group are ideal Taking these steps to expand your the circle of engagement could enhance both your happiness and your health. Friendship studies have also found isolation is as big of a risk factor for heart attack and coronary disease as smoking. Isolated people are twice as likely to die early. Based on a presentation from the National Council on Aging in 2014, isolation is equivalent to drinking six or more alcoholic beverages or smoking 15 cigarettes each day. Social engagement also helps maintain your motor function and decrease age-related memory decline. Getting to know neighbors is a great way to eliminate isolation for anyone at any age. Neighbors can share resources and information, and watch out for each other. A Harris Interactive study found


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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.

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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. Feb 14: 4:30-5:30 pm Tuesday Nite Together with a home cooked meal. $5 suggested donation. Feb 16: Birthday Celebration with cake, ice cream and bingo. Feb 22: 1 pm A Heart Healthy Life by Stacia. Learn how to live healthy so heart health is maintained. Free. Feb 28: 6 pm Bunco Babes. 3rd Tue: Noon Friendship Club; 1 pm Book Club. Reading list at front desk. 1st Thu: 9 am New-member orientation.

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LINWOOD 1901 S. Kansas, 263-3703 Regular activities: Exercise classes, Pickleball, computer classes, foot care by appt. Feb 16: 1 pm Overview of Art Quilts by Starla Criser. Feb 21: 1 pm Introduction to Computers by Cindy Bailey. RSVP 267-0197. Non-member, $5. Feb 24: 10 am Intro to Pencil Sketching by Joan Morrison. Bring drawing pad and 4B pencils RSVP 267-0197. Feb 28: 11 am Weather Watch by Mark Larson. Non-member, $5. 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. Feb 8: 2-4 pm Movie Time: The Notebook. Feb 10: 10:15 am Healthy Heart Living Tips by the American Heart Association. Feb 14: 2-3:30 pm Love Stories and dessert. RSVP 263-3703 by Feb 8. Feb 15: 2-4 pm Craft Time With Barbara. Work on a wooden angel. RSVP 263-3703, $5. Mon: 9:30 am Dynabands; 9 am Stretching. Tue: 9 am Brain games; 9:30 am Fit & balance Tue & Thu: 9 am Pickleball.

EDGEMOOR 5815 E 9th, 688-9392

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Kentucky fried chicken potluck. Free. Last Fri: 11:45 Birthday Celebrations.

NORTHEAST 2121 E 21st, 269-4444 Daily: Dominoes, cards, Wii, pool, hot lunch. library, exercise room, computer lab. Feb 1: 11:15 am Blood Pressure Checks. Feb 10: 2-4 pm Valentine's Party, $5 members; $7 non-members. Feb 13: 10:30 am Advisory Council meeting. 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.

OAKLAWN 2937 Oaklawn Dr, 524-7545

Daily: 11:30 am Friendship meals, computers, treadmill. Feb 4: 8-10 am Breakfast Fundraiser with pancakes and sausage. $4. Tue: 12:30 pm Pitch. $1 non-members. Wed: 10:30 am Chair exercise. 1st Thu: 12:30 pm, Golden Agers meeting. 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/ Panera Bread.

ORCHARD PARK 4808 W 9th, 942-2293 Regular activities: Exercise programs, cards, pool, hot lunch, Wii bowling, dominoes, crafts. Feb 3: 12:30 pm Social Coloring. Bring your supplies. Feb 6: 11:15 am Hearing Health by Ashleigh Eddelbuttel. Feb 28: 9 am Breakfast Out: Copper Oven. 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. Feb 2: 2 pm Renee Vermillion will provide hearing screenings and hearing aid checks and cleanings. Call 316-744-1199 to schedule an appointment. Feb 13 : 2-4 pm Sedgwick County Health Department Immunization Clinic. Feb 16: 5 pm Dinner and a show: Golden Girls. $30, not including diner. RSVP 744-1199 by Feb 9. Feb 23: 11 am Ask pharmacy students questions about medications. 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

Feb 1: 10 am Wichita Art Museum, Enjoy a screening of the documentary The Hudson River School: Artistic Pioneers. $2. 1:30 pm Water Center, Learn about the Gilbert-Mosley project and its effect on Wichita. Free. Feb 8: 10 am Sedgwick County Zoo, Frog Watch. Participate in this national science program aimed at learning about frogs in our area. $4. 1:30 pm Wichita Public Library - Central Library, Civil Rights in Wichita with Gretchen Eick. Learn about Wichita's leadership during the Civil Rights movement. Free. Feb 15: 10 am Ulrich Museum of Art. ERIN RAUX: Collections and Connections for Made-Up Rituals: A Reflection on Mourning, History, and Death. Discover

the work of Erin Raux. Free. 1:30 pm Kansas African American Museum, Oral Histories. The President Obama Kansas Heritage Project is the work of a group of citizens from Butler County. Discover how they collect oral histories and artifacts that provide tools for educating Kansas about history preservation. Free. Feb 22: 10 am Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, Art for All: Birger Sandzen & Early Kansas Art by Cori Sherman North. Learn how early Kansas art associations established an arts culture in the prairie.$2. 1:30 pm Exploration Place, Vietnamese Wedding Customs. Explore Vietnam's wedding customs. $4 plus tax.

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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.

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,

Support the active age Make a tax deductible donation to the active age and support our Silver Campaign!

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.

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.

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

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. Feb 2: 10 am Community Chat with Robert Carlton of the Harvey County Department on Aging. Feb 14: 6 pm Shared supper and the Not So Newlywed Game. Feb 16: 6-8 pm Movie about Kustom Kar designer George Barris.

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. 1st Thu: 1 pm Paint with Sue. 2nd Thu: noon Carry-in dinner, mtg. 3rd Thu: 5 pm Dinner Night Out.

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.

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. Via Christi Rehab Hospital, 1151 N. Rock Road, 9am-1pm Feb 18 & 25, 316-6895700.

ROSE HILL 207 E Silknitter, 776-0170

Clearwater Senior Center, 911 E. Janet, 1-5 pm Feb 23 & 24, 620-584-2332.

TOWANDA 317 Main, 536-8999

Aging Projects, Inc. serves a hot, nutritious 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.

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.

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.


Friendship Meals


Wed: Spaghetti w/meat sauce, combo salad w/dressing, pineapple, garlic bread. Thu: Chicken & noodles, copper pennies salad, strawberries, roll, brownie. Fri: Mexican pork stew, cole slaw, Lima beans, blushing pears, cornbread.

WEEK OF FEBRUARY 6 Mon: Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes

Butler County Transit

w/cream gravy, combo salad w/dressing, apricots, wheat roll. Tue: Fish or chicken sandwich w/set up or tartar sauce, split pea soup w/crackers, beets, Mandarin oranges. Wed: New England stew, tomato salad, banana, cornbread, oatmeal crispies. Thu: Oven fried chicken, scalloped potatoes, mixed greens salad w/dressing, peaches, roll, white cake. Fri: Southwest chicken bake, carrot raisin salad, strawberries, wheat bread.

Harvey County

Mon: Ham & beans, potatoes & onions, carrots, plums, cornbread. Tue: Meatloaf, baked potato, herbed green beans, peaches, wheat roll. Wed: Chicken fajita salad, bananas in orange juice, peanut butter cake. Thu: Tuna noodle casserole w/peas, cole slaw, apricots, wheat bread, gelatin. Fri: Baked chicken, California mash, mixed vegetables, strawberries, roll.

Sedgwick County

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



Mon: Chicken & cheese casserole, beets, cooked cabbage, peaches, wheat bread. Tue: Crispy fish sandwich w/tartar sauce, spinach, macaroni & cheese, strawberries. Wed: Mexican lasagna, broccoli, Lima bean salad, apricots, pudding. Thu: BBQ pork, baked beans, combo salad w/dressing, Mandarin oranges. Fri: Oven fried chicken, mashed potatoes w/chicken gravy, German mixed vegetables, plums, wheat roll..


Mon: Swedish ham balls, mashed sweet potatoes, broccoli, pears, roll. Tue: Chili, combo salad w/dressing, pineapple, crackers, cinnamon roll.

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Classified Advertising



White Chapel, Garden of Nativity, two lots with increments and vaults. Value is $7,800 selling for $4,000. Call 316-214-0301.

Seasoned split and delivered premium firewood. Premium oak mix hedge, locust, pecan, hot stove mix. Any quanitity. 316-807-8650.

Three cemetery spaces in Resthaven, Garden of the Lord’s Prayer (by the arch). Valued at $3,900 each. Make offer. Call 316-942-5385.


White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Garden of Christus, two plots for $1,500, OBO (value $4500). Seller pays transfer fee of $425. Call 316-648-9785.

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

Clark Palmer Furniture Repair

Two cemetery adult crypts at Walnut Valley Memorial Cemetery, El Dorado, Kansas. Two vaults included. Asking $1,500. Call 316-377-5557.



316-806-7360 Julie Sale by Gayle

Moving, partial or entire estate sales. Experienced and insured. Free consultation. Competitive rates., 316-838-3521 or 316-206-3676

IPK Enterprises

Complete and comprehensive estate sales. There are many options on how to do your sale. Call us for a free consultation. Irene, 316-806-3435.

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:

Leaky Basement Repair

STILES MAINTENANCE Heating & Air • Plumbing • Light Electrical Drywall • Painting • Tile Basic Home Repairs Licensed & Insured 25% Senior Discount 316-200-6601 Wallpaper - removal, repair it, hang it. Tim Devine 316-208-9590 or


Repairs. Free estimates. 316-312-4391

Concrete Work

Small jobs, sidewalks, patios, steps, pads, slabs. 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

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. 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. Can’t bathe yourself like you use to? Need light housekeeping? Need private-duty aide? I can accommodate all your needs. Flexible hours; 2 to 12 hour shifts available. Cynthia CNA/HHA 316-992-6711.

Complete Estate Sale Services Including Buy-outs

FREE Consultation • 50+ Years Experience

Dependable, honest CNA/HHA with 40 years experience will help you stay in your own home. References upon request. Jodie, 316-807-8308.

Stress-free • Insured • Professional Retired Law Enforcement & Licensed Real Estate Agent on Staff


$40: In-home, Sedgwick & surrounding counties Diabetic, thick toe nails, ingrown & callous care

Call/Text 316-530-3275 E-mail: (Se Habla Español)

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

Wright One Home Improvements Kitchen & Bath remodeling. Painting. Windows. Doors. Siding. All types of flooring and home repairs. Free estimates. 316-409-2160.

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

Reflections Residential Care

Cash for your Estate Items

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


GREATER PROFITS WITH LESS STRESS Insured with 19 years experience Free Consultations

Semi-retired maintenance man. Experienced in most phases of maintenance & roofing. Light hauling. Sedgwick County only. Call Paul 316-312-9970

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. 316-737-4646.


Cheryl Rosine ~ The Foot Lady

• 316-312-2025 •

Paul Williams (316) 650-8807 • Free Estimates


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.

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

White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Garden of Good Shepherd. One lot 366B, Space 4. $2,500 or best offer. Buyer pays transfer fee of $425. 316-942-8592.


Place an ad: 942-5385


White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Garden of Devotion, two plots. Valued at $2,550 each, selling both for $5,000 OBO. Seller pays transfer fee. Call 719-434-7973.

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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Our background-checked, bonded, insured, employee Handymen will fix it for you. Our work is GUARANTEED. We’re looking forward to your call… 316-773-0303

Stover Heating & Air Conditioning

Repair • Service All Brands Sales – Licensed Trane dealer Senior Discount SPECIAL: AC/FURNACE check-up $80* *Some restrictions, doesn’t include filters, parts


Brick Block & Stone

Handyman. Plumbing, electrical, heating, floors, doors, windows, screens, walls and more. HVAC certified. Licensed & insured. Senior discounts. Call John 316-650-3013.


Compare Our Prices Weekly Plumbing Specials

Ins/Lic #5803


Carpenter–30 Yrs Experience

Repairs & Remodeling • Trim Work Doors • Cabinets • Sheetrock • Tile Interior/Exterior Painting • Flooring


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

Bruce Smith Roofing & Siding Protect your home from the elements of the weather! 35 Years Exp. Locally owned & operated

FREE ESTIMATES All types of roofing, siding, & other exterior projects

316-640-3155 Licensed & Insured

Mid-America Restoration Licensed & Insured

Painting • Texturing • Drywall Siding • Decks • Repairs Remodeling • Garages Water & Fire Damage


Helping Hands Framing, carpentry, decorative concrete, remodeling & repairs, roofing, painting, tree services, exp. working with seniors. We do it all, give us a call! FREE ESTIMATES Matthew, 316-208-3784 Tyler, 316-518-4722

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Classified Advertising

Place an ad: 942-5385




Cowboy Construction

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.

Need to organize or downsize your home or garden? Retired librarian seeking opportunities to use her organizational skills to make your life easier. Call 316-573-5284.

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 Molina Electric - Wichita Lic #1364 Comm. or Residential wiring. Service calls. New electric service. Troubleshooting. Business 524-0434, Cell 461-2199. Handyman services. A Senior Serving Seniors. Free Estimates. Call Gerald, 316-633-2747. Positive drainage, water issues addressed, 10% discount with ad. Free estimates. Insured. Call 992-8641.

Custom Contractors

Basement & Foundation Repair

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

30 years experience 316-516-9200

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!


Home Improvement and Repair One call does it all. Bathrooms, kitchens, roofing, and all. Tree & stump removal. LICENSED & INSURED Stan 316-518-8553

Roofing – Windows – Siding A Reliable General Contractor Senior Discount


Total yard clean-up, flower beds and bushes, tree trimming and stump grinding, attics, garages and basements. LEAF cleanup and HAULING.

I will go on the limb for you. Stump removal.


Mike E. 316-708-1472

Independent & Assisted Living


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.

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.

Perry's Professional Lawn Service Leaf cleanup. Snow removal. Bush and hedge trimming, mulching, gutter cleaning, handyman work and hauling. 20 years experience. Free estimates. Perry 316-554-6409. All Trades Landscape Handyman/hauling, tree trimming, snow removal and all winter weather care. 316-3476663.


Honeybee Removal Spring/Fall Cleanup Bush/tree trim Junk Removal

Brock Eastman • 316-765-1677 F PAINTING F McCoy Painting 316-516-6443 Do you need any interior or exterior painting done? I’m your man. Free estimates, affordable rates. References available.

F SERVICES F Need help on your electric scooter, power or lift chair, stair or platform lift or hand controls? Call Howard Distribution at 316-648-1694. Howard is a certified service center and dealer for Best Bath walk-in tubs, Bruno, EMC, Golden Tech, Pace Saver, Pride and Ricon. Working for you since 1987. 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.

Estrada’s Tree Service

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

Willie's Tree Service & Hauling

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

Garage clean out, snow removal, mowing, leaf and gutter cleanup, tree trimming, hauling, roto-tilling. Chimney repairs. Brick, block and stone repair.


F THRIFT SHOP F Gently Used Resale (Thrift Shop)



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. Bruce's Tree Service Haul off old appliances/metal. Firewood hardwood mix at $125/rick, no softwood. 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. Felipe Tree Service Evergreen trimming. Tree removal. Brush hauling. Splitting. Deadwooding. Insured. Free estimates. 12 years experience. 316-807-4419.

Alfred's Superior Tree Service 316-522-9458

pruning - tree removal - stump grinding - debris/ brush haul off - chemical sprays - emergency services - firewood - consultations - demolitions

Professional & Insured • Certified Arborist Residential & Commercial F WANTED F ALWAYS BUYING

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. Collector buying: WWII GERMAN and JAPANESE MILITARY items. 316-516-2737. Donate your Durable Medical Equipment. Will pick up. Tax credit. Medical Loan Closet of Wichita. 316-200-2005. Clothes closet full? I’m interested in buying women’s vintage from the 1920s -1960s including hats, purses, shoes, coats, furs. Call Tammy, 316-518-0886. Small lady needs small to medium sized lift chair. Reasonable. 316-619-5265 or 316-529-2877. Wanted: wheelchair equipped vehicle. Must be clean, low mileage. Reasonable price. 316204-0750.

Reach 60,000 homes in Sedgwick, Butler and Harvey counties with your classified ad. Commercial rate ads start at $40. Place your ad today!

Sewing machine service and repair. All brands! House calls. Forty Years Experience! Reasonable! Guaranteed! Call 316-321-1619. Classifieds work! Call Kaydee for more information. 316-942-5385

Contact Kaydee at 316-942-5385 or email her at Deadline for the March issue is February 15.

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unusual to play non-league opponents, sometimes in smaller towns, he said. “Scheduling games could simply mean a payday.” The first NFL team to come to Wichita was the Brooklyn Dodgers, on a post-season barnstorming tour after the 1936 season. The Dodgers, established in 1930, were named after the baseball team, a common practice in the era. So were the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates (now Steelers). The Dodgers featured end Red Badgro, a future Hall of Famer, and head coach Paul Schissler, who later was credited with starting the NFL’s Pro Bowl game in 1951. But their talents could not save the Dodgers from going 3-8-1 in ‘36. On Dec. 13 they played the St. Louis Terriers, a semi-pro team that was shorthanded because only three of their regulars were in the starting lineup. The game, a mismatch from the start, attracted 4,000 fans at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. The final score was 100-0. That is not a misprint. The Dodgers led 21-0 after one quarter and 67-0 at the end of the third. They scored more points against the Terriers than in their entire 12game regular season. One account described the Terriers as “completely helpless, cowed and pulverized.” The final insult to the hapless Terriers was a fourth-quarter touchdown in which Brooklyn put together seven laterals on a single play.

The NFL returned to Lawrence-Dumont for two games in 1942, but this time, the opponents had a local flavor. John MacCullough, owner of the Aero Parts Manufacturing Co., decided to sponsor a football team, which became the Wichita Aero Commandos. The fledgling squad featured some of the biggest names in Kansas’ sports history. Head coach was Pete Bausch, whose brother, James, was the gold medalist in the decathlon at the 1932 Olympics. Pete also had a formidable sports legacy. He was a nine-time letter-winner in three sports at the University of Kansas, and considered one of the top centers in the NFL during an eightyear playing career with three teams from 1934-41. He was a two-time all-Pro selection. Quarterback of the Commandos was Ralph Miller, a Chanute native who later won 657 games in 38 seasons as a college head basketball coach, including 13 years at Wichita State from 1951-64. He earned a spot in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1988. The Commandos 1942 schedule was composed of military teams; it won five of their first six games. The only loss was to Fort Riley. The season concluded with a pair of games against visiting NFL teams who had open dates. On Nov. 15, it was against the Chicago (now Arizona) Cardinals. They were coming off a lackluster 3-8 season under head coach Jim Conzelman, who was inducted into the Pro Football

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Hall of Fame in 1964. The Commandos lost 35-7 in front of 5,000 fans. The next week, against the Cleveland (now Los Angeles) Rams (who were 5-6), the Commandos made a better showing. It was a 14-7 loss. That 1942 season was the only one for the Commandos. In 2013 they were inducted into the Wichita Sports Hall of Fame. With the establishment of the AFL in 1960, the NFL had a formidable rival. Wichita fans got a taste of the new league with two Kansas City Chiefs pre-season games at Veterans Field on the Wichita State campus. Despite winning the AFL title in 1962, the franchise moved from Dallas to Kansas City the following season, and played the last of their five-game pre-season schedule at Veterans on Aug. 31, 1963. Though Kansas City featured such stars as quarterback Len Dawson and defensive linemen Buck Buchanan, the crowd at Veterans was the smallest crowd to see a Chiefs game the entire season. Kansas City lost 23-17 to the Houston Oilers before a crowd of 11,000. The Chiefs were back in Wichita on Aug. 28, 1965 to take on the Buffalo Bills, and Kansas City came away with a narrow 18-16 win in front of a


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than 20 million are living in camps. The Episcopal Church has been working with refugees since World War II. One of its 30 resettlement offices is at 401 N. Emporia. The Episcopal Migration Ministries’ office (EMM-Wichita) marked its 5th anniversary in October. Its mission is to serve and aid refugees through interest, friendship, gifts and love, and offer compassion for those who have suffered much. In fiscal 2016, EMM-Wichita resettled 154 people from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Myanmar (Burma) and Iraq.


If you would like to help Episcopal Migration Ministries-Wichita as a volunteer, there are many different, flexible positions and opportunities for all ages. It also accepts a variety of donated household goods to help defray the cost of setting up homes and apartments for their clients. To learn more contact Debra Lee, Volunteer Manager, at or Marla Schmidt, Director, at To learn more about the Episcopal Migration Ministries visit

These refugees were fully vetted before they were moved here. This process takes 18 to 24 months. When they arrive they have legal refugee status. Refugees leave their home countries because of persecution and war. Some have watched as their families were murdered. The survivors often carry not only those mental images, but some have machete scars carved into their torsos from the attack. When they flee to a second country they most likely will live in a camp for 10 to 20 years. One reason they stay there is the hope that they can return to their home country. When all hope is gone, they visit the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office and ask to be resettled. Refugees don’t have a choice where they go unless they have family members in a particular country. EMM is one of nine resettlement organizations in the U.S. They meet weekly to determine which organization will take various refugees slated for the United States. When the names are given to an agency, its director determines if they have the resources to meet their needs. For instance, if a refugee needs facial reconstruction from a rifle beating,

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does that community have a medical resource to do facial reconstruction? If it can’t help, the person will go to another community. The EMM-Wichita office envelops its clients with many services. Before they arrive, an apartment or home is secured and filled with furniture, clothing and food. Once they are here they must attend Cultural Orientation Classes and Job Readiness Training. Adults are required to attend English as a Second Language class to learn English. Case management and job search services also are provided. The goal is to help refugees become independent and successful. Refugees are grateful for the safety and the opportunities that our country

can provide. Many were very skilled in their home countries, including working as doctors and lawyers, and can be a valuable resource for our communities. They come here into instant poverty, but work hard to climb their way out. Many eventually start their own business; some ultimately get to work in their fields of interest or return to school. The EMM-Wichita staff and its team of volunteers work hard to make sure that there are success stories by helping them navigate through the culture change and make plans for their lives.

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“My church members prayed for us, and they were able to contribute some money for me to start a hawking business, living with a sister from the church who taught me the business. She mostly sold used clothing. “We had one meal a day.” As things began to improve, her children were able to go to school.

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office told her that her name was on the list. Eight months later, she was cleared for resettlement in the United States. After six more months, she was interviewed. In 2014, she learned that the International Organization of Migration would loan her money for their airfare. She could repay them when she got a job. When they arrived in Wichita, an Episcopal Migration Ministry representative was waiting for them at the airport. “She already knew our names,” Jolie said, and she helped them find an apartment. Isaac and Debbie enrolled in East

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Page 23 High School and became active at the YMCA and their church. After two months, Jolie was hired as a hotel housekeeper and began repaying her loan. Last August the Episcopal Social Services hired her as a caseworker. When Jolie learned about Habitat for Humanity houses she applied and was accepted. She paid in sweat equity and, on Dec. 7, they held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on their new home. “This is a country with lots of opportunities,” she said. “It makes me feel strong again.” Contact Debbi at

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