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Helps students reach success By Rob Howes His father has been gone for years. His mother was just laid off. He needs $180 to pay for two makeup classes at Southeast High so he can graduate and get a job. Where is this student going to get that kind of money? Photo by Debbi Elmore From Bob Love, that’s where. Left is the new kitchen and staff area. Behind the sign will be the “Think about it, man,” Bob says. renovated Downtown Senior Center and other programs. “All that stands between a kid and a high school diploma is $180.” Bob finds the money. He has friends who help, and he uses his own money. Robert (Bob) Love III was the By Debbi Elmore Wheels (MOW) staff are in construcsecond oldest in a family of 17. There The remodeling and construction tion trailers on the southeast edge of were a lot of lean years growing up. He projects for the Downtown Senior the parking lot at 200 S. Walnut. says he learned how to survive on few Center and Meals on Wheels kitchen Senior Employment, Roving Panresources. have relocated a lot of people who try and In-Home Respite went to the He lived the narratives that often work for the various programs operat- Northeast Senior Center, 2121 E. 21st. define the kind of poverty that sends ed by Senior Services. The center director and volunteers, you to bed hungry. The Love family But it’s still been business as usual. as well as the center’s programs, relospent some of their years on welfare. Administrative and Meals on cated to West Side Baptist Church, Bob was a gifted athlete, and his 304 S. Seneca. basketball talent put him through This journey toward the ultimate college. He graduated in 1975 with a goal of new or up-to-date areas began B.A. from Washburn University. with some comical moments and more Bob’s first USD 259 job was at than one unexpected challenge. Lincoln Elementary on South Topeka, The Meals on Wheels kitchen which is now closed. staff remained on location to conMuch like a counselor, he was tinue producing 900 meals a day for tasked with helping students get whatSee Center, page 3

Bob Love helps students at Southeast High School ever they needed to succeed in school. One day his principal asked him to look in on some boys who had been caught stealing pop from the teacher’s lounge. As punishment, they were being kept inside during lunch. Bob responded by joining them each day for lunch and conversation… not condemnation. One day he asked, “Who’s in the See Bob Love page 10

By Amy Geiszler-Jones For 70 years, Joe Flask has enjoyed smelling the roses – and every other flower. His one-man floral shop in Halstead, simply named Halstead Floral, is marking its 45th year in business, with the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday being its busiest time of the year. Flask, 84, is reportedly the oldest operating florist in the U.S., according to an article in the industry trade

duce and flowers he helped grow. “In the eighth grade, I decided I wanted to be a florist and that's what I've been ever since,” he said. As a high school freshman, he provided the floral arrangements and displays for the wedding of his high school's secretary. Later while in high school, he worked at the local flower shop. “I knew what I wanted, and I went after it,” Flask said, about his career See Florist page 9

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From page 1 clients. Each day they work to the almost-deafening sounds from jackhammers and beeping earth movers. Those who have moved to the second floor have the noise beneath their feet. Unfortunately for the volunteer drivers, their meals pickup area has no heat. They also have to negotiate a parking lot filled with construction vehicles and very few parking spaces. When the kitchen staff arrived the morning of Sept. 20, they discovered their water was shut off, making it impossible to prepare a hot meal. They had no choice but to use their shelf-stable emergency meals. Phones rang off the hook for the rest of the day. Recipients were calling to ask what happened to the lunch listed on their menu for the 20th. Shortly after the Downtown Senior Center moved into the Baptist church, a car crashed into the church’s air-conditioning unit, making it inoperable.

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The Senior Center’s original home was a church. It was the north side of the building.

A plus for the workers, who moved into a cool building. After the crash? They were right back where they were in the old building. Hot. Staff members who moved into the construction trailers discovered they were already occupied. Ants, many ants.

Stages of construction Phase one: Remodeling the second floor of the Downtown Senior Center, demolishing the old administration building, constructing the new Meals on Wheels (MOW) kitchen and offices, and renovating the first floor of the Downtown Senior Center building. MOW, Roving Pantry, Respite and SEP should be in place by spring. The gym and classrooms should be ready in the summer. When MOW moves into the new building, Eby Construction will convert the old kitchen into three new senior center rooms: two classrooms and a billiards room.

Phase two: Adding a small-events auditorium; additional space to expand programs and services; a larger computer area; and a new façade for the front of the building. Phase two will begin when the current project is competed. Phase three: Build another large auditorium for group meetings and pickleball courts. Because there is no additional large space, big events can’t be scheduled at a time concurrent to pickleball games. This will be added to the northeast corner of the building when funds are raised.

Fortunately cold weather brought relief from the ant battle. But it also froze the water pipes. Warm water became a distant memory. Moving to the Northeast center also had some ups, and at least one down. Karen Dao, director of programs, said they are lucky because they have actual offices to work in. She said Senior Employment has also “picked up new clients from this side of town.” She added. “Northeast Center and Northeast have been extremely accommodating,” she added. The downfall is being so separated from the main office and no easy access to mail and supplies. On Dec. 13, the staff in the trailers moved back into the second floor of the half-remodeled senior center. Even that move was not uneventful. The storage company couldn’t find some of their office furniture for several days. There also was an unexpected surprise in the restrooms. The motion-activated lights automatically turned off after one minute of no movement. More than one employee was plunged into pitch blackness and feeling around to find the way out. And the noise of construction is still with them. Only this time it is,


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Join team that keeps the newspaper alive By Ruth Ann Messner The world’s attention span is getting shorter every day, it seems. Information flows to and from our phones, computers and now our watches, at a breath-taking pace. Don’t get me wrong. I check my email and messages on a regular basis. I rely on the web to keep me informed on a multitude of subjects, Messner and I treasure the messages I get from friends and family. But when it comes to reading the news, I want to be surrounded by a newspaper, maybe in my ‘jammies with a cup of tea, turning the pages at my particular pace and participation (depending on the time of day), and perhaps even sprawled in a favorite chair. Sure beats staring rigidly upright at the computer. OK, you’re thinking: It’s a Generational thing. Think again, please. I like focusing, comparing, celebrating, sneering and

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Blues, R&B were big in Wichita in 1950s Editor’s Note: One in a series of stories about African American musicians in Wichita from the 1930s-50s.

By Patrick O’Connor Chuck “Harmonica” Phillips, one of six brothers and five sisters. was born into a musical family on a farm near Morris, Okla. His mother played piano and sang in the choir. He father played piano, organ, guitar and harmonica. When he was 15 or 16 his parents separated. When his mom decided to move to Wichita, he came with her. On one of his jobs he said, “I was blowin’ harmonica a little bit. The boss man told me ‘Charlie, your work is good but your singing got to go.’ I started blowing at house parties.” That led to a job playing guitar and blowing harmonica five nights a week at the 37th Street Inn, a white club owned by a woman they called Big Angel. The group played rock and roll with a piano, guitar, drums and sax. Blues and R&B were big in Wichita in the 1950s, Chuck said. “People were listening to Muddy Waters, Slim Harpo, Bobby Bland, B.B King. Coming through at the Mambo were James Brown, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, the Coasters. “Blues is something you can sing, or play or listen to, and that’ll take your mind off a whole lot of other evil things. Blues can keep you out of the penitentiary. Blues can keep you from hurting somebody. You can sing one of them, and you take all the spite out on that.” He used to tell his mother he was shy. “Oh, Charlie,” she said, “just open your mouth and whatever come out of it, let it come.” “I started doing that, and it’s so much easier,” he said. “But one thing she always told me. ‘Charlie, you could blow (harmonica) in church too, just like you blow it out there.’

run. I stayed there 22 years. “Urban Renewal come through and bought all that out on 15th, so I moved to Ninth Street. “The style of blues in Wichita was mostly Down South blues. Alonzo Mills played more brass, more jazz. I don’t think Wichita is too much for jazz. “When disco came out, that ruined a whole lot of things. I tried it in the 904. People said, ‘We didn’t come down here to hear that stuff. We come down here to hear you.’ I worked with sidemen and worked on my own. I had

three amps and went through all three plus the speakers on the juice box. “You pull up outside, you thought it was a whole band in there. There wasn’t nobody up there but me.” 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.

Chuck Phillips, 1935-98 “Aunt Kat and Uncle Bob Smith started booking me. Our main deal was in Junction City. Harmonica Chuck had to be there every weekend. We’d play an early show at Ft. Riley and then come back and it would be jam-packed — me and my brother Earl, Johnel Nero and Henry Walker. “We was doing Sweet Home Chicago, Honky Tonk, Green Onions, a lot of Junior Parker, Little Walter, Slim Harpo, Johnny Lee Hooker. “You know, it got tough for me here in (Wichita). People would say, ‘Well, Chuck is all right, but he make people tear up the place.’ When I came back here off the road, I broke my talent down so people would act right. “In 1962, I played at the 904 Club on 15th Street. It was a tavern. We was playing at the Starlight too. “New Year’s Eve we went down to the Starlight to play, and we had to pay to go in there and get our instruments. Berry Harris and them had done took over. So we went on back to the 904. “One day the owner said ‘you need this club,’ so I took over the lease. I didn’t know nothing about running a club, but I knew how one should been

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3 attorneys seek stronger elder abuse law By Marc Bennett This year’s Kansas legislature will be asked to consider a joint proposal by Attorney General Derek Schmidt; Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe and my office to amend K.S.A. 21-5417, the Mistreatment of a Dependent Adult; Mistreatment of an Elder Person law. This statute has undergone several changes over the past several years. We are now asking approval of three new amendments to add these protections: 1. Existing law has made it a felony

for someone to inflict physical injury, unreasonable confinement or unreasonable punishment on a dependent adult (someone over 18 who is unable to protect his or her own interest). This law did not apply if the victim was

an elder person (70 years or older). We are asking that the law be changed to offer the same protection to an elder person as a dependent adult. We hope it will give more protection to an elder person by encouraging explicit criminalization of physically abusive situations. 2. While financial losses are currently covered by the law, the threshold for a felony was set at $1,000 with respect to a dependent adult, and $5,000 if the victim is an elder person. To further complicate the assessment, the threshold for a regular felony theft was any loss in excess of $1,500. The proposed changes clarify that a felony is the same across the board — a “person” felony when the financial loss is $1,500 for anyone. The penalty increases in severity as the amount of the loss increases. 3. Current law states that someone who holds a durable power of attorney or a trust for the benefit of another is guilty of a felony if he or she uses that instrument for self-dealing. Legal guardians and conservators were not included in the law previously. The proposed changes will include these legal

instruments under the umbrella of the law. We are here to help. If you believe that you or a friend or loved one has been the victim of this or any crime, call 911. Marc Bennett, 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, 316-6603600, or email

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Want to cut expenses? 14 savings tips By Monica Cissell Most people would like to cut expenses. With the rising cost of groceries, gas, medical care and other necessary items, it’s difficult for many seniors to make ends meet. There are savings out there. Look for weekly newspaper ads or coupon flyers that arrive in the mail or email. If you’ll invest some time in the search, there are many other options that will save you money. • Ask if your favorite store has a senior discount policy or an online coupon option. For example, Dillons has digital coupons available to plus-card holders who sign up online. They can be loaded to the card from a link in the weekly email. Special deals and Free Friday downloads are also available. • Compare the prices in your grocery with other stores in the area.

Monthly food $$ According to the USDA, the average cost of a moderate food plan in 2017 for a two-person household (age 51+) was $588.40 per month. A single female over 71 years would average $249.10 per month.

Many stores will email weekly savings; register on their website. Apps are also available for those smart phone savvy. • Clip coupons. Now it’s even easier. Coupon gurus do all of the work for you on web sites such as; focuses on savings for Walgreens shoppers. • Other online coupons sites such as and are updated regularly. The old-fashioned way saves money too. The Sunday paper usually has coupons that offer savings, especially if you pair a manufacturer’s coupon with a retail store’s coupon. • From April through October Whether you’re single, married or live with children or grandchildren, the cost of food is substantial.


fruit and vegetables are plentiful at the local farmer’s market. Fresh produce is cheaper directly from the growers. Be sure to compare prices. Saving doesn’t mean people have to skimp on fun. Take advantage of senior discounts. • Many theaters and restaurants offer discounts, but also ask your repair shop, hardware store or favorite local shops if they provide senior discount. • Check the newspaper and the Internet for any restaurant coupons or sign up for restaurant loyalty programs. They often email out monthly specials or coupons. • Groupon at is a great way to save on things to do, local restaurants, massages and more. • Find events and activities in the community such as Senior Wednesdays, First Friday or Final Friday or Pop-ups. Visit www.dowtownwichita. org to see what’s happening. • Hop on the free Q-line Trolley and visit Delano, Old Town, Douglas Design District and Clifton Square. It’s not only fun to ride, there’s also shopping and eateries for all ages. Purchase a reusable 2nd Saturday bag for $5 and save at participating merchants ( • Wichita on the Cheap is another online resource for freebies and dis-

counts: It is often not an option to cut back on prescription drugs or other over the counter medications but there are ways to decrease costs. • Ask your doctor if free samples are available. • Check if your pharmacy offers a senior discount or for discounts from organizations you belong to. • A free Sedgwick County Prescription Discount card is available to all county residents. Call the Kansas Aging and Disability Resource center at 855-200-2372 for details. • Medicare Savings Programs could help you save money on your prescription costs. It may also pay qualified participants’ Medicare Part A, Part B, and/or Part D premiums, deductibles and copayments. Eligibility criteria varies. Call 855-200-2372 for details or to talk to someone about your options. Monica Cissell is Director of Information and Community Services for the Central Plains Area Agency on Aging. CPAAA is available to assist caregivers, seniors and persons with disabilities through life’s transitions with various levels of support. For information about community resources call 855-200-2372 or visit

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What to give up as you age is complicated By Ted Blankenship As we grow older some of us begin to think of the things we may be forced to give up. The first thing other people want us to do is stop driving, and that’s the last thing most of us are willing to forgo. I can understand the reasoning. They don’t want us poking along at 55 miles an hour in the passing lane. I say, who knows? Some other slow poke may come along on the inside lane doing 40 miles an hour, and I’ll zip past him like he was parked in a handicap spot. I plan to come up with an alternative. If I can keep driving, I’ll give up something else. I could easily cut out walking on the treadmill and never

give it another thought. Maybe that would be too easy, though. So I have given up the motorized pole saw. I’d rather you didn’t tell anyone, but that wasn’t hard to do either. I first got the idea when Dorothy asked me to cut off a limb sticking out from a huge, old hedge tree (Osage Orange). I didn’t weigh this limb, but it was heavy. I under-cut, as is proper with any kind of chain saw, then cut from the top. Hedge wood is hard. It’s like saw-

Extra! Extra! Writer writes By Ted Blankenship I have been a professional journalist since about 1954 and during that time I can’t remember how many times someone has said, “I have a great idea for an article, so maybe you could write it, and we’ll split the check.” I usually (but not always) come up with a polite way of saying, “How about I come up with an idea and YOU write it?” When I got a little more experience, these people got more ambitious. They would say, “I’ve got a great idea for a book. Maybe you could write it, and we’ll split the millions it will bring in.” If you want to know the truth, I have been saying something like that myself for several years: “I ought to write a book.” I think about this wonderful idea for a while and then I say to myself, “That’s a stupid idea.” What would I write a book about? Who would read a book I would write? Writing a book takes a lot of time. How will I get a book published? My next thought was, “I’m going to write a book.” So I did. It’s called It’s Not Serious, also the title of my monthly column on these pages. The book is a collection of columns written over the past five years or so. I did a lot of editing to get them to fit into book form, so I hope the

sentences I cut out didn’t include the funny one. At least the cover is amusing because it was done by my friend editorial cartoonist Richard Crowson. The book contains 55 essays on such important subjects as being short makes dribbling a basketball easier; cheese can be made from the milk of zebus; germs delight in hiding and jumping on you when you least expect it;the toes of your socks can be crowded; mayflies are always hungry because they don’t have mouths; your pickup will get scratched if you put stuff in it; and if you have cows, don’t buy an emu. If you are a serious reader, you will certainly want to peruse (I’ve always wanted to use that word) all 55 of these fascinating stories. Then you may want to forget most of them. I couldn’t talk anyone into writing an adoring review of the book so I decided to do it myself: “I read it, and I really liked it.”

ing into the hull of a Battleship. Cut into a seasoned hedge fence post and sparks will fly. If you’re a wood-boring beetle, you may want to look for a cottonwood tree. The pole saw was a well-known brand that cost about $700. It had a telescoping pole that made the saw so heavy when extended to its full 10-foot length that the operator (me) had to wear a harness to make it easier to lift. But back to the hedge limb. After a good deal of chain-dulling sawing, I heard a cracking noise. I was hoping it was not something in my back that would require spine surgery, and I made sure I had the tree between me and the limb. The limb fell to the ground with a mighty roar. It bounced once, then landed in the middle of the 10-foot pole, bending it at a rather acute angle. A new pole cost $400. I decided not to cut any heavy hedge limbs unless they were lying on the ground. That kind of defeats the purpose of a pole saw. A few weeks later I was using the saw to cut away some redbud limbs that were scraping across the roof. Things were going well until a severed limb hit the roof at a strange angle. It flipped over on me, and I fell on my back in some shrubbery and a

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From page 1 decision. He had had a similar conviction when a new girl, with beautiful red hair, joined his sixth-grade class. “I came home and told my parents I was going to marry her,” he said. And he eventually did. He and his wife, Carolee, have been married 64 years. He moved his family to Kansas to help a couple open a floral shop in Hutchinson, planning only to spend a year doing that. He stayed nine years. He then worked for 11 years at Dean's Designs in Wichita. He and his wife decided to settle in Halstead to raise their family; they have two sons and two daughters. He's been credentialed by the American Institute of Floral Design since 1968. For years, he also traveled the country, hired by wholesale floral companies to create designs that would feature their products, and he developed a national reputation for his designs. His business website notes he's served more than 250,000 clients with more than 600,000 arrangements. He has done floral arrangements for more than 10,000 weddings, including his own and those of his children and

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other family members. His shop at 224 Main St. also sells Flask's other interests – antiques and art. The 1904 building was originally a general mercantile store, with one side selling hardware items and the other groceries. Flask loves to paint. He sells his painted furniture and acrylic paintings in addition to antiques, in the store. His 1887-built home is also filled with antiques, he said. He has a collection of more than 3,000 antique German ornaments, including belsnickels, which were the precursor figures to the now-ubiquitous jolly, red-suited Santa figure. His Photo by Rob Howes antique Christmas decoraJoe Flask prepares an arrangement. tions were the subject of an article in Early American Life. flower at Valentine's Day, “as far as I'm “For me personally, my most excitconcerned, any flower in general is the ing time is Christmas,” he said. ideal gift,” said Flask. “If you buy her For his business, however, Valflowers, she'll remember that. Other entine's Day is his busiest, followed gifts are short-lived. It's nice to get a closely by Mother's Day and Memorial pound of Godiva chocolates, but after Day, when arrangements are ordered to you've eaten that, what do you have?” decorate gravesites. While roses remain a popular Contact Amy Geiszler-Jones at

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lucky chair?” Students looked confused. He said to look under their chairs. One student found a dollar taped to the bottom. Bob told him he was in the lucky chair that day. This and other approaches prompted discussions about the role luck plays in life. If you follow the rules and work hard, you are more likely to have good luck. Bob won the boys over and taught them valuable life lessons. Soon other students asked to have lunch with Mr. Love. In the process, he had turned what had begun as punishment into a privilege. Bob’s career continued at Alcott Middle School, an alternative school that provided an environment for students who were not successful in traditional settings. He says he broke up a lot of fights, and was present in at least two incidents involving firearms. The most notable was being in the middle of a drive-by shooting at Alcott. He quickly guided students inside as bullets bounced off the asphalt playground. Bob’s calm and genuine approach has helped him through a number of difficult situations. No matter how tough a kid might look, he says, there is always a story. Find that story. Help him change it. Today Bob is at Southeast High as the Student Support Technical Advisor. It was created with Bob in mind. His job, which he refers to as a calling, is to see that students have the resources they need to succeed and graduate

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Bob Love visits with Dalton Gudde about his Southeast classes. from high school. Southeast Assistant Principal Fred Crayton said, “Some of our students come with outside issues or have made mistakes. Mr. Love does a great job helping and encouraging them.” He said he is both advocate and mentor. Bob thinks of his job as a ministry. When asked to put a face on it, Bob shared a story. A student was habitually late to school. When Bob asked him why, it wasn’t a confrontation but with genuine concern. He learned that the boy’s mom drove him to school, but her car had a flat tire and now he had to bum rides. “So why didn’t she get it fixed,” he asked. “No money,” was his reply. Bob went to the student’s house and got the tire fixed. For the price of a tire a boy is now on time to school and a woman is back at work. After 25 years, Bob is as enthusiastic about what he does as he was his first day at Lincoln.

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Adventures in Learning spring classes will range from hearing one of the teen candidates for Kansas governor to a class on hoarding. They begin Thursday, March 8, and continue each Thursday through April 12 at West Heights United Methodist Church, 745 N. Westlink. The 9 a.m. topics are Travel or Maintaining Your Health. At 10:15 it's Faith & Spiritual Arts, Wichita Moves Forward or a Potpourri of fun topics. Afternoon classes include knitting, writing and woodcarving, plus a chance to hone your bridge playing skills. There’s a special program at 10 a.m. March 22 in the church sanctuary. Pauline Sharp, a citizen of the Kaw Nation will share the story of her grandmother, Lucy Tayiah Eads, who was born in Indian Territory in 1888. Come for the day or one class, enjoy the catered lunch or bring your own. Cost for the six-week session is $40; lunch is $9 with advance reservations. This twice-yearly program is sponsored by Shepherd’s Center of West Wichita. To learn more or enroll call 316-721-2208, email scwestwichita@ or visit

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Samella Lewis’ art featured The Kansas African American Museum’s featured gallery exhibit for Black History Month is “Cultural Fruit: The Fine Art of Samella Lewis.” It features rich prints reflecting her bayou roots; graphite and charcoal drawings of Martin Luther King Jr., Thurgood Marshall and Harriet Tubman; and oil paintings revealing her interest in abstraction and design. “Having experienced segregation while growing up in Louisiana, Dr. Lewis has infused her work with socially conscious images that speak to freedom, justice and equality,” said TKAAM Curator Carole Branda. “She believes black artists should use memories of their African heritage in their art and embrace racial pride. This belief is evidenced beautifully in her work.” Lewis was the first African American to earn her Ph.D. in Fine Arts and Art History at Florida A&M University in 1951, and in 1970, she co-founded the Contemporary Crafts Gallery in Los Angeles with the late actor Bernie Casey. As an artist, historian, art critic, educator and collector, she has devoted her career to developing diverse ways

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museum also produced several 2-minute stories that will begin airing this month. They include the large gift of signed Gordon Parks prints from the late Jo Zakas, a feature about President Eisenhower’s work in civil rights and the TKAAM’s $1 million collection of art. Located at 601 N. Water, the museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5.50 adults, $4.50 seniors and students. Parking tickets are validated. Contact Mark McCormick at

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February theatre options By Diana Morton Grab your favorite valentine and attend a live theatre production this month. Forum Theatre, Wilke Center, 1st United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway. The Royale by Marco Ramirez. Aaron Profit plays Jay “The Sport” Jackson who dreams in 1905 of being the world’s heavyweight champion, but boxing is racially segregated. His rise to fame puts him and his family in danger. He doesn’t have a chance until a crooked boxing promoter hatches a plan for the “fight of the century.” His choices fit into the fabric of our history. 8 pm Thu-Sat, 2 pm Sun, Feb 8-25. Tickets $23-$25. 316-618-0444.

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Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley. Yee Haw: Branson or Bust, back by popular demand, followed by a new version of the 2017 country musical revue. Fri-Sat, Feb 2-3. To Have or Have Knot or I’m At the End of My Rope by Tom Frye, a spoof of 1940s film noir, opens Feb 8. Private eye Flim Noir; his secretary, Edna Compost; and his buddy, Det. Burney Fife, try to solve a murder in Haysville. Mystery abounds. A new musical revue follows. 8 pm Fri-Sat, Feb 8-Mar 24. Dinner 6:15 pm. Tickets $26-$30; Show only, 7:50 pm, $20. 316-263-0222. Roxy's Downtown, 412 E. Douglas, cabaret-style theatre. The Golden Girls. Back by popular demand with fourHealth new episodes Tom Frye, TRUST HomeCare is a ho Home Aides starring Scott Noah, Kyle Vespested People you providingand ourMoncommunity wit te Medical Wheeler.Alerts 8 pm Thu-Sat, 2 pm Sun, can TRUST. Aides (HHAs), Certified Nurs thru Feb 25. Tickets $20-$30. 316- homemaker s companionship, • Agency Direct. 265-4400. • We provide a customized care plan.Medication Dispensers care solutions including Activ people you can TRUST Wichita Community Theatre, (ADLs) and Medical Alert/Me • The well-being, dignity, and safety of 258 N. Fountain. Breaking the Code by Nursing Services Systems. our clients is our priority. Hugh Whitemore. Alan Turing played a major in winning the World - Home Health Aides Agency Directrole Service We are much more affordable War II; he broke the complex German - Medical Alerts nursing homes or assisted livin C a l l- Medication ( 3 1 6 ) 6 8 3Dispensers -7700 code called Enigma, enabling allied Self Direct / FMS a medical staff or be on a med forces to foresee German maneuvers. i n f o -@Nursing t r u s t hServices when we can Since his work was classified top provide secret, affordab - Agency Direct Service w w w . t r u s t h o m e c a r e . c o m Sleep Cycle Support schedule? - CNAs no one knew how much was owed - Sleep Cycle Support to him until he was put on trial for breaking another code: homosexuality. Trust HomeCare, LLC 8 pm Wed-Sat, 2 pm Sun thru Feb 4. 6224 E Shadybrook St., Wichita, KS 67208 Tickets $14; $12 for military/seniors/ 316.683.7700 students. 316-686-1282. Contact Diana Morton at Available 24 / 7 / 365

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Don’t eat this if you’re taking that med By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, If the prescription label says “take with meals,” does it matter what you eat? I currently take eight different medications for various health problems and would like to know if there are any foods I need to avoid. Over Medicated Dear Over, It depends on the medication. Many meds should be taken with food – any food – to increase their absorption and reduce the risk of side effects. But some foods and medications can interact, reducing the medications’ effectiveness or increasing the risk of harmful side effects. To stay safe, you should always talk to your doctor or pharmacist to learn the ins and outs of your prescriptions, along with what foods and beverages to avoid while you’re on it. These are some foods you should stay away from for some commonly prescribed drugs. Cholesterol medications: If you take a certain statin drug to control high cholesterol like Liptor, Zocor,

Altoprev, Mevacor or generics atorvastatin, simvastatin or lovastatin, you should avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice. Grapefruit can raise the level of the drug in your bloodstream and increase the risk of side effects, especially leg pain. Blood pressure medicine: If you take an ACE inhibitor drug such as Capoten, Vasotec, Monopril, Zestril and others to lower your blood pressure, limit food that contain potassium such bananas, oranges, tomatoes, spinach and other leafy greens, sweet potatoes and salt substitutes with potassium. ACE inhibitors raise the body’s potassium levels. Eating too many potassium rich-foods can cause an irregular heartbeat and heart palpitations. Blood thinning medications: If you are taking Coumadin, Jantoven, or the generic warfarin, limit kale and other greens, including broccoli, cabbage, spinach and brussels sprouts that

contain vitamin K. These foods can block the effects of these blood-thinning medications, putting you at risk for developing blood clots. Also watch out for garlic, ginger, vitamin E and fish oil supplements. They can increase these medications blood-thinning abilities, putting you at risk for excessive bleeding. Antidepressants: If you take a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) antidepressant such as Marplan, Nardil, Emsam, Parnate, or generic isocarboxazid, phenelzine, selegiline or tranylcypromine, avoid aged cheeses, chocolate, cured meats and alcoholic drinks. These contain tyramine, which can raise blood pressure. Normally, the body controls tyramine levels with an enzyme called monoamine oxidase, but the MAOI antidepressants block that enzyme. Thyroid medications: If you take a medication for hypothyroidism such as Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothroid or generic levothyroxine, avoid eating tofu and walnuts, and drinking soymilk. They can prevent your body from absorbing this medicine.

Anti-anxiety medications: If you take Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, Ativan or generic alprazolam, clonazepam, diazepam or lorazepam, avoid alcohol. They act as sedatives, binding with the brain’s natural tranquilizers to calm you down. But when you mix these drugs with alcohol, the side effects intensify and can cause you to feel lightheaded, sleepy and forgetful. Antibiotics: If you’re taking Sumycin, Dynacin, Monodox or generic tetracycline, doxycycline or minocycline, avoid dairy – milk, yogurt and cheese, and calcium supplements and fortified foods – for several hours before and after taking the medicine. Calcium in dairy products binds to the antibiotic and prevents your body from absorbing it, making it ineffective. For additional information, reliable health sites include or, or consider the excellent new AARP book, Don’t Eat This If You’re Taking That: The Hidden Risks of Mixing Food and Medicine, available at and for $13. Send your questions to Jim Miller, Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit

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Cheese lady has become kale lady By Joe Stumpe Judy Young has gone from being known as “the laughter lady” to “the cheese lady.” But don’t worry, she still gets in plenty of belly laughs per day. They’re her prescription for health, along with plenty of fresh produce. Young, the “official cheese lady” for GreenAcres Market, admits she wasn’t always a big fan of all those colorful fruits and vegetables sold by the supermarket entrance. Busy with a career in marketing and advertising, she occasionally enjoyed baking but not what she saw as the drudgery of everyday meal preparation. “If it didn’t come out of a box, it came from a drive-through window,” she said of the food she ate well into adulthood – and fed her children. After years of gaining weight, Young credits a cookbook by actress Suzanne Somers for introducing her to the basics of food chemistry and nutri-

tion. “I re-read the front section three times before I looked at the recipes.” When she did, she had some catching up to do. “I was like ‘kale? What’s this?’ Today the leafy green – high on lists of “super foods” – ranks among the slimmed-down Young’s favorites. On her day off she prepares a week’s worth of meals, freezing some so that they can be quickly thawed as needed. “Planning ahead is a big part of eating healthy.” She has never shied away from sharing her theories about health. A few years ago, she was on a local television show as “the laughter lady,” explaining that 15 minutes a day of laughter would improve health and make people feel better. Young wrote a cookbook, that focuses on healthy eating: Cooking With Judy. It can be ordered in paper or digital form at cookingwithjudy.

If you’re looking to create a culinary masterpiece, Wichita’s new Mark Arts may have a class to help you do it. Opened last month, the $19-million arts center at 13th and Rock houses a culinary arts kitchen designed to put food on the same level as fine arts. Hey, even Van Gogh had to eat. Several well-known local cooks and chefs are offering cooking classes • Harry Pape, a corporate executive-turned-foodie known as “Chef H,” offers “Amore: Guys, Learn to Impress Your Valentine” on Feb. 5; and “Amore: Ladies, Learn to Impress Your Valentine” on Feb. 6. • Joe Stumpe, the active age food

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Art for your stomach She wrote it so her grandchildren would grow up appreciating healthy food. Neither the cookbook nor the laughter consulting business has brought her much money. But that’s not the point, she said. Their principles work for her and anybody who will take her advice.

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Local women’s show is homegrown reality By Cynthia Mines Chris Veazey Brown was 53 years old – the age many begin dreaming of retirement – when she embarked on an ambitious plan with her friend Deanna Wheeler to create a women’s show for Wichita. Two decades later, Brown and Wheeler are gearing up for the 20th Wichita Women’s Fair Feb. 16-18, an annual event that attracts 15,000 women and 300 vendors to Century II. Brown had moved back to Wichita in the late 1990s and was considering job opportunities when the director of Century II made an offhand comment that he thought a “well-run” women’s show would succeed in Wichita. Brown had 10 years’ experience working at the Wichita Home Show while employed at the Wichita Area Builders Association (WABA), so the

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Women’s Fair celebrates No. 20 The 20th annual Wichita Women’s Fair Friday-Sunday, Feb. 16-18, at Century II will include vendors, cooking demos, fashion and hair shows, health screenings plus a new karaoke contest. It was started by Wichitans Chris Veazey Brown and Deanna Wheeler, and now attracts 15,000 attendees from across the state and Oklahoma. Friday’s Girl’s Night Out includes wine and restaurant food tastings, cooking shows and a girlfriend photo shoot contest. Motivational speaker and humorist Amy Dee will share tips on life changes at a main stage presentation Saturday. Former Wichitan Patrick Kilian,

chief hair artist for the TV show. Scandal, will present a Scandal-themed stage show in addition to hair demonstrations and consultations. Makeup artist Sheona Sleiman will present two on-stage makeup classes. There will be twice-daily fashion shows with local models, and a doggy fashion show Saturday. Hours are noon-8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $9 adults, $8 seniors, $6 children 6-12, under 5 free. A party bus will provide free transportation from Lawrence-Dumont Stadium parking lot. For information and ticket coupon visit

and made plans to launch the first one in 1999. Their goal was to create an event that would interest women of all ages. They printed a brochure and started calling potential exhibitors. “That was the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” Brown admitted. “There were no processes in place. We started with zero leads and customers. We gave away a lot of tickets the first year.” However, exhibitors saw the potential and attendees had a good time. “Everybody had to be a winner, or we weren’t going to keep doing it,” Brown said. By the fourth year, they had maxed out the space at Century II with 385 exhibits and have continued to sell out the space every year. Along the way, they added cooking and fitness demos, health screenings, speakers, more shopping opportunities, and fashion and hair shows as well as a Girls Night Out on Friday evening with wine tasting. “We try to keep it fresh every year,” Brown said. “Most women like the same things no matter what age or stage of life they are in,” she said. “We all like to be healthy, feel great, look our best, learn

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new and interesting things, and have fun,” Brown said. “I see 17-year-old granddaughters with their moms and grandmothers, all having fun together at our show. There are not a lot of events that cater to that wide range.” Balancing the equation between what exhibitors are selling and what attendees want is important, Wheeler said. “It has to work for both exhibitors and attendees so they are both open to talking. It’s not a hardcore sales environment.” The two women found that each had different strengths so dividing duties was easy. They work from their respective homes but are in constant contact. Wheeler has now reached traditional retirement age, and Brown is several years past, but they aren’t slowing down. “Living your life is a big deal,” Brown said. “It’s not just something to get through. I think it is the attitude towards the job that makes it into something to love.” Contact Cynthia Mines at

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

Mon-Fri: 8-9 am Bel Aire Walkers, Rec Center. Tue: 1 pm Bridge, Rec Center. Wed: 9 am Low impact aerobics, Rec Center. Mon, Fri: 1 pm Line dancing, Comm Rm. 1st Thu: 1 pm Game Day, Rec Center. 2nd & 4th Wed: 2 pm Coloring & Conversation, Sr Center. 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

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

CHENEY 516 Main, 542-3721

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

CLEARWATER 921 E Janet, 584-2332

Mon: 10 am-noon Blood pressure check; 1pm Painting, beginning to advanced. Wed: 9 am Morning coffee. Every other Thu: 1 pm Bingo. 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 6: 4:30 pm TNT-Tuesday Night Together. Center fundraiser with Wendy's Chili, tortilla chips, pickle, red velvet cake. $5 donation. Feb 8: 6 pm Can We Talk? Heart Conditions/Eye Health. Dr. Rebecca Sparks will talk about ways to improve and maintain both. Feb 14: 4 pm Intercultural: China Entertainment, dinner. Chinese Dragon Dance Team, Chinese dinner to celebrate Chinese New Year. $7

DOWNTOWN New Location: West Side Baptist Church, 304 S Seneca, 267-0197

Regular activities: Exercise classes, computer classes, foot care by appt. Feb 5: 10 am The Prairie Moon Book Club meeting, One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus. RSVP: 267-0197. Feb 14: 11 am Dining in Delano. Valentine lunch...where? It's a surprise. RSVP: 2670197; 1:30 pm Senior Legal Advisor: Beneficiary Designations, Cathleen Gullege. Mon: 9:30 am Wanda's exercise; 1 pm Bridge. Wed: 9 am Spanish class (adv); 11am Well rep excercise.

EDGEMOOR 5815 E 9th, 688-9392

Mon-Fri: 11:30 am Hot lunch, reservation required; 10-11 am Pool,

Sedgwick County Senior Centers

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.

GODDARD 120 N Main, 794-2441

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

HAYSVILLE 160 E Karla, 529-5903

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.

MULVANE 632 E Mulvane, 777-4813

Daily: Walk in the gym, coffee; hot lunch; computers, dominoes, puzzles, pool, book loan. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30 am Yoga. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9 am Zumba. 2nd Tue: 7:30-9:30 am Breakfast, $3. 2nd Wed: 11:30 am Blood pressure checks. 3rd Wed: Noon-1 pm Blood pressure checks. 2nd Thur: 11:45 am KFC potluck. Free. Last Fri: 11:45 Birthday Celebrations.

NORTHEAST 2121 E 21st, 269-4444

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 Daily: Dominoes, cards, Wii, pool, hot lunch. library, exercise room, computer lab. Feb 9: 11:45 am Health Benefits of Walking, Bike Walk Wichita; 2-4 pm, Valentine's Party, $5, $7 non-members. Feb 22: 11:45 am Diabetes 101, Home Health of Kansas. 1st Wed: Foot care by Michelle Steinke by appt. 946-0722 (leave msessage). Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30 am WSU exercise. Mon: 12:30 pm Taking Off Pounds Sensibly. Thu: 10:30 am Jewelry class. Fri: 1 pm Bridge.

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

OAKLAWN 2937 Oaklawn Dr, 524-7545

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

LA FAMILIA 841 W 21st, 267-1700

Mon-Fri: Dance, exercise, pool, dominoes. 11:30 am-12:15 pm Hot lunch. Mon, Wed, Fri: 10 am Exercise/Ejercicio. 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

Regularactivities: One-on-one computer training, cards, Pickleball, exercise programs, hot lunch. Feb 6: 1 pm Love & Doilies - Creative Ways to Remake Your Wardrobe by Robin Smith. Feb 9: 10:15 am Inovative Ways to Keep You Safe in Your Home, items to help for falls, medication reminders and more, Marsha Hills. Feb 14: 1 pm Valentine Party. Special music and singing with Donna Broz, Not So Newly Wed game, pecan pie and cookies. May bring box of chocolates to share. RSVP 263-3703 by Feb. 9. Tue: 9 am Brain games; 9:30 am Fit & balance; 2:30 pm Belly Dancing for Women. Tue & Thu: 9-11 am Pickleball.

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.

MT HOPE 105 S Ohio, 667-8956

Mon: 7-10 am Coffee, donuts; 11:30 am-12:30 pm Lunch; 1-4 pm Cards.

Daily: 11:30 pm Friendship meals; computers, treadmill. Mon: 12:30 pm Line Dancing. Wed, Fri: 10:30 am Chair exercise.120 am 1st Thu: 12:30 pm, Golden Agers meeting. 2nd Thu: 12:30 pm, Golden Agers bingo. $1. 4th Thu: 12:30-2:30 pm, Community bingo. $1. Every Fri: 12:30 pm Afternoon cards. Every Wed: 8:30 am Sweets & coffee/Panera Bread.

1st Sat: 8-10am Breakfast fundraiser. $4.

ORCHARD PARK 4808 W 9th, 942-2293

Regular activities: Exercise programs, cards, pool, hot lunch, Wii bowling, dominoes, crafts. Feb 5: 11:15 am Preventing Falls With TUG Testing , Toni Tucker. Feb 13: 11:30 am Lunch Out. Spears, 4323 W. Maple. Feb 26: 11:15 am Paint & Sip, Oxford Grand. RSVP: 942-2293. Mon, Wed, Fri: Pickleball Tues: Noon Duplicate bridge. Wed: 10:30 am-noon Computer lab. Fri: Noon Open pool tables; Social coloring.

PARK CITY 6100 N Hydraulic, 744-1199

Regular activities: Cards, exercise, pool, hot lunch. Call for details. Feb 8: 2 pm Cocoa Dolce Chocolate & Wine Pairings. Take van to its new west location. Enjoy wine and chocolate or other menu items. $14-$17, RSVP 744-1199. Feb 13: 11 am A Healthy Heart for Life, BP clinic. Learn how to lead a heart healthy life. 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. Fri: 9:15 am Exercise.

VALLEY CENTER Valley Center FUMC unless otherwise noted. 510 N Park Ave, 755-7335

Mon: 12:30 pm Troopons, clipping coupons for military families; 1:30 Line Dancing. Tue: 10 am Donuts & cards; 6 pm Pitch. Tue-Thu: 10 am WellREP exercise class; 10 walking; noon, lunch. $5. Tue-Fri: 8:30-10:30 am Pickleball, VC Intermediate; noon, lunch. $5. 4th Thu: 11 am Bingo Fri: 11 am Chair Yoga, need yoga mat.

Dances Andover Senior Dance, 410 Lioba Dr. 7-10 pm 3rd Mon. 733-4441 Augusta Sr Center, 640 Osage. Country Jam & Dance, 7-10 pm every other Wednesday. Donation. 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, TBA. $3 donation, refreshments. Linwood Golden Age, 1901 S Kansas. 7-9:30 pm Sats: Live music. $3. Goldenrod Golden Age, 1340 S Pattie. 7-9:30 pm Weds: Take 3 or Wildwood Band. $3, refreshments. 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 & cntra 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. Park City Sr Center, 6100 N Hydraulic. 7-10 pm 1st, 3rd Sat, Wildwood Band. $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 Sat. Info: Terry 219.0100 or Gordon 721-6718. 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 Sun. Info: David, 992.7820; 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

BENTON Lion’s Community Bldg, S Main St

Regular activities: Exercise, bingo, bridge, quilt club, dominoes, pool. Pickleball is played at the Andover Community Center,1008 E. 13th. Daily:11:30 am-noon Lunch (reservation preferred) 316-733-4441, $3. Mon, Wed: Noon-3 pm Pickleball. Mon, Wed, Fri: 10 am Exercise. Tue: Music at lunch; 8:30 am Pickleball. 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; 5:30-7:30 pm Pickleball (recreation), 7:30-9:30 (competitive) Fri: 9-11 am Pickleball; 11:30 Lunch & program; 12:45 pm Prize bingo; 1:45 Pinochle. 4th Sat: 7-10 am Monthly breakfast.

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: 7:00-9:30 am Breakfast. $4.

EL DORADO 210 E 2nd, 321-0142

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. Every other Wed: 7 pm Live Jam Session. 2nd Sat: 7-10 am Breakfast. $4 donation. 4th Mon: 5 pm Evening meal. $6 suggested donation, reservations requested.

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.


Regular activities: Exercise, cards, bingo, hot 317 Main, 776-8999 lunch $3, support groups. Open 10:30 am-5 pm Mon, Wed, Fri Mon: 12:30 Mexican Train dominoes. Thu: 7 am Breakfast/coffee at Mon, Fri: 10 am Aerobics. Stearman Bar & Grill, Benton. Tue: 9 am Coffee; 12:30 pm Bingo; 2 Line dance; WHITEWATER 6 Prairie Port Seniors. Tue, Thu: 8:30 am Men's coffee. Legion Hall, 108 E Topeka Wed: 10 am Back in Balance; 1 pm Pinochle. 2nd Tue: noon Potluck, program. 4th Tue: noon Potluck, movie.

Harvey County Centers

BURRTON 124 N Burrton, 620-463-3225

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

HALSTEAD 523 Poplar, 835-2283

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

HESSTON Randall & Main, 620-327-5099

Mon, Wed, Fri: 8 am Stretch bands. Mon & Tue: 1:30 pm Pitch.

Tue: 8:30 am Coffee hour; 9 am Film; 1:30 pm Pinochle. Wed: 6:30 am Men’s Bible Study; 1 pm Bridge. 1st & 3rd Tue: 6 pm Singin’ Seniors. 3rd Wed: 11:30 am Health luncheon; noon, program. Reservations by previous Fri. 1st Thu: 7 pm Bridge. 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

Sept 6: 5:15 pm Tai Chi for Arthritis & Fall Prevention. $3 a session. Sept 14: 5-7 pm Fall Fiesta Fundraiser. Tostadas, music, line dancing for entertainment. By donation 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.

Senior Wednesdays

February 7 10 am Wichita Art Museum Documentory: I, Claude Monet, the man who gave birth to impressionism. It focuses on his life and artistic vision. $2 1:30 pm Water Center Teaching Your Grandchildren About the Enviroment with WSU Prof. Nikki Keene-Woods. February 14 10 am Sedgwick County Zoo Cupid's Arrow: Animal Magnetism. What happens when animals are hit with Cupid's Arrow? $4 1:30 pm Wichita Public Library, downtown Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary with Kansas Poet Laureate Kevin Rabas. How poetry can illuminate our daily lives, with words and music. February 21 10 am Ulrich Muesum of Art Abstraction

Can Save the World. Kate Van Steenhuyse presents a playful, passionate perspective on the importance of the arts. 1:30 pm The Kansas African Amerian Museum Denied Racism in America. Showing the film Amerian Denial. Parking tickets validated. February 28 10 am Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum Rocking Roller with Dr. Jay Price. A unique look into Wichita's musical past from WW II big band jazz to Baby Boomers rock 'n roll. $2 1:30 pm Exploration Place Diving Deep to Flying High, Caring for People in These Environments. Frank Williams explores the role of a rescue dive team and an air medical team and how they care for people underwater and in the air. $4.

SEDGWICK 107 W. Fifth, 772-0393

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


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

Butler County Transit

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, 8 am4:30 pm from Burrton, Sedgwick, Halstead, Hesston, Walton.

Support Groups, Organizations Find Support groups at To add or correct a listing, call 316-9783566 or 1-800-445-0016. Clubs and Organizations are at www.theactiveage. com, Resources category. For changes call 316-942-5345 or email

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 FEB 1 Thu: Mexican pork stew, lima beans, blushing pears, cornbread, no-bake cookie. Fri: Scalloped poatoes & ham, broccoli, mixed fruit, orange juice, geletin. WEEK OF FEB 5 Mon: Chicken-fried steak, mashed potatoes, cream gravy, combination salad, apricots, Tue: Fish w/tarter sauce OR chicken sandwich w/set up, cole slaw, pickled beets, peaches. Wed: New England stew, green beans, orange juice, glazed blueberries, cornbread. Thu: Oven-fried chicken, scalloped potatoes, mixed green salad, Mandarin oranges, white cake. Fri: Turkey stew, carrot-pineapple salad, strawberries, crackers, sugar cookie. WEEK OF FEB 12 Mon: Southeast chicken bake, cauliflower, applesauce, oatmeal crispie, wheat bread. Tue: Chili, combination salad, pineapple, crackers, cinnamon roll. Wed: Ash Wednesday. Tuna nooodle casserole w/peas, green lentil salad, cranberry juice, apricots, sweet muffin. Thu: Cranberry meatballs, cabbage au gratin, green beans, pears, bread. Fri: Cheeesy potato & egg bake, parslied carrots, orange juice, banana, biscuit. WEEK OF FEB 19 Mon: Chicken fajita salad, salsa, chips, refried beans, blushing pears, breadpudding. Tue: Liver & onions OR Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, peas, peaches, bread. Wed: Turkey chili, mixed-green salad, cranberry juice, plums, corn muffin. Thu: Pork roast w/gravy, baked sweet potatoes & apples, herbed green beans, strawberries, wheat roll. Fri: Pimento cheese sandwich, vegetable soup, cracker, grape juice, banana, bread. WEEK OF FEB 26 Mon: Pork & noodle casserole, roasted zucchini, corn-relish salad, cranberry juice, apricots, wheat roll. Tue: Tahitian chicken & rice, broccoli, pears, bread, lemon pudding. Wed: Ham & beans, potatoes & onions, parslied carrots. plums, cornbread.

AARP Driver Safety Classes No classes scheduled.

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Lakeview Cemetery, Garden of Meditation; 2 plots, side by side: 150-A 1&2; excellent location! $ 6,595 value, sell pair $5,395, or reasonable offer. 316-200-1076 Old Mission Mausoleum (E. of Hillside on 21st). Double cremation niche. Current retail $3800 - $5000. Asking $2100, plus $425 fee to cemetery. 316-721-2553 Rest-Haven Garden of Freedom Lot 105-C- 2&3 $3,995 each OBO. Garden of Prayer Lot 125-C-1 $3995 OBO . Seller will pay transfer fees. Call Kaye 316-721-3940. Rest Haven, Garden of Bruce Newton. 4 cemetery plots. All Together. Section 15 lot # 112 A, Spaces 1,2,3 &4. Selling for $3,500 per space. Call 720-934-0450


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Courteous, professional repairs. Free estimates. Concrete work. 20+ years experience. Ernie Sponsel, 316-393-5461.

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

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

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Snow Removal. Garage clean out, mowing leaf and gutter cleanup, tree trimming, hauling, roto-tilling. Brick, block and stone repair. Dave’s Hauling Services Solid waste removal, property cleanup, tree & fence line clearing, general landscape removal, other lawn and garden services. All fence, porch and patio work. Call 316-832-2201. Mowing, trimming, yard and leaf cleanup. If you need any of these services call Perry, 316-619-6126

Christian Lawn Care Mowing-$20, verti-slicing, core-aerating, overseeding, new lawns, mulching flower beds, fall cleanup, leaves, shrub trimming and removal, gutter cleaning, hauling. Senior discount. Steve 316-685-2145 Yard, leaves and gutters cleaned. Snow removal. Odd jobs. Shrubs/trees trimmed or removed. Stump Grinding and Pest Removal. Abram Rinke, 316-259-0717. Please leave message. Hauling upon request. WINTER TIME HANDYMAN MISC. ODD JOBS, NO JOB TOO SMALL Hauling, Pick up/Delivery Brush, Junk & Trash Removal Sheet Rock, Light Painting, Minor Repairs Yard, Tree, Home and Fence Repairs Honest & Reasonable 316-807-4989

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Looking for a new companion for dates or whatever. I am 70 but active. I dance some and play tennis. 316-633-3910

F SERVICES F 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. 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 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.

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McCoy Painting 316-516-6443 Do you need any interior or exterior painting done? I’m your man. Free estimates, affordable rates. References available. Painting & Remodeling by Harley Worthey Interior/Exterior & Odd jobs Husband & Wife Team. BBB. 316-648-4478

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. 316-267-5800

Bags of Blessings seeks donations

By Debbi Elmore Partners for Wichita is collecting personal care items for their 2018 Bags of Blessings for those in need of assistance. This community-wide effort involves people, groups and congregations from the Wichita area collecting personal care items for people in need. Sheila Cairns, coordinator of the annual program, said they annually create from 1,500 to 2,000 bags, which are distributed among 35 agencies to share with men, women, and children who are homeless, hungry, recovering from abuse or otherwise in need. “The agencies distribute them to the people they serve who will benefit

the most,” she said, adding that each year most of the bags are delivered, most within 24 hours of being received. Collection day is Thursday, Feb. 22, at St. James Episcopal Church, 3750 E. Douglas. Go to the playground entrance on the northwest corner of the building. The collection center will be open from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 4:30-7 p.m. Travel-size personal care items needed for each gallon-sized bag include: soap (bar or liquid), lotion, razor, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, comb, lip balm, washcloth, Kleenex, emery board or clippers, toothpaste, toothbrush, shaving cream, Band-Aids

and white socks. Additional items not in bags, as well as hats, gloves, mittens and scarves also are welcome. Partners for Wichita is an inter-denominational not-for-profit organization working for peace and well-being in Wichita and beyond through partnerships, by connecting individuals, faith communities and community organizations. Partners was launched in 2008, and Bags of Blessings began as an annual campaign in 2010. For more information, contact Partners for Wichita at,

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 SNOW REMOVAL & FIREWOOD Trees, hedgerows, evergreens & shrubs. Crown reduction, trimming or removal. Line clearing and roofs of branches/limbs. Bucket truck available, will climb . Senior. Discounts. Insured. Prompt, immediate and professional service. 30 years experience Call 316-207-8047 Estrada’s Tree Service Trimming, crown reduction, removal. Storm damage prevention. Hauling. Firewood. Free estimates. Insured. Senior discount. Felix Estrada, 316-617-4392. Felipe Tree Service Evergreen trimming. Tree removal. Brush hauling. Splitting. Deadwooding. Free estimates. 12 years experience. 316-807-4419


Older items of all kinds including: Antiques & Collectibles Costume & Turquoise Jewelry Boeing & Beech Pins • Pocket Knives Guitars & Amps • Postcards Call Tammara at Watches • Cigarette Lighters 316-942-585 Art Glass • Metal Signs

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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 Donate your Durable Medical Equipment. Will pick up. Tax credit. Medical Loan Closet of Wichita. 316-779-8989

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Free genealogy classes

“If the flag is flying,” the Midwest Historical & Genealogical Society Library, 1203 N. Main, is open. Free February Saturday classes are: 1 p.m. Feb. 10, DNA & Genealogy; 10 a.m. Feb. 17, Genealogy on the Internet; 1:30 p.m. Feb. 17, WW I: Writing a Profile of your Ancestor; and 1 p.m. Feb. 24, Afro-American Genealogical Study of Families.

Creating Circle

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the active age Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 6 p.m., the Westlink Branch Library will host a place for crafters on the second Wednesday of every month. Bring small projects such as knitting, scrapbooking or beading. The library is at 8515 Bekemeyer.

Freedman’s Bureau

Jackie Lugrand will talk about the Freedman’s Bureau, an organization that operated from 1865-1872 to help newly freed slaves document their marriages, property claims, hospital records and more. These records are now accessible to genealogists searching for family records.

Friday meatless Lenten meals The annual Friday meatless Mexican food dinners for Lent will begin Feb. 16 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 2351 N. Market. They open in the Parish Center at 5 p.m. Fridays through March 23, and offer dine-in and carryout. Justin Kelley, dinner coordinator, said they will make cheese and onion enchiladas, tostadas, potato tacos, chile rellenos and more. They are prepared fresh each week. Proceeds support scholarships

to send children from the church to Catholic schools. Scholarship students’ parents volunteer to work in a variety of roles at one or more of the six Friday dinners. Steve Bauer, a longtime parishioner, said, “We look forward to the dinners, not only to see old friends and enjoy fellowship, but the food is always very good and is a great option to fish on Friday’s during Lent.” For information call the Parish Center on Fridays at 316-838-5750.

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She will speak 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian.

Senior classes

Bethel College offers Life Enrichment classes for adults age 60 and older. The cost is $20 a semester or $2 a week. They are 9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Wednesdays in Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center, North Newton, beginning Feb. 7. Topics range from aviation, agriculture, Black history, retirement finances, travels,and more. Find the schedule at

Oscar-nominated short films For the 32nd year the Wichita Public Library will screen free previews of Academy Award-nominated short films. Wichita was one of the first cities in the nation to provide a way for the community to see these films at no cost. Show times are: All entries • Saturday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway • Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Warren Theatre, 9150 W. 21st Documentaries • Tuesday, Feb. 27, 1-4:30 p.m., Rockwell branch, 5939 E. Ninth • Monday, March , 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main Live-Action, Animated • Sunday, Feb. 25, 1:15-4:45 p.m., Alford branch, 3447 S. Meridian • Monday, Feb. 26, 1-4:30 p.m., Evergreen branch, 2601 N. Arkansas

• Wednesday, Feb. 28, 4-7:30 p.m., Westlink branch, 8515 Bekemeyer

Mark Arts contest North American artists are invited to apply for the April 13-July 7 Abstract National Exhibition. Deadline is Sunday, Feb. 18; apply at
 Artists may submit any two-dimensional abstract, nonrepresentational works in any media. Wrapped canvases are permitted. The juror is Jerry McLaughlin, who has been a working visual artist for 20 years. He is an expert in all aspects of cold wax medium and is also adept as a teacher and writer. Cash awards of $3,000 will be given, and patron purchase awards are also anticipated.

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1920s women met the first call to action By Barbara Hammond Hundreds – and perhaps thousands – of women hold dear the memories of their days as girls or adults at the Girl Scout Little House in Wichita’s North Riverside Park. Many men, too, recount their experiences as boys who had to go to the girls’ camp because mom was the leader for a sister’s troop. The Craftsman-style bungalow with large windows and back-to-back fireplaces was used by the Wichita Girl Scout Council from 1927 until 2000. For many summers girls from all over the city went to day camp in the park for hiking, jolly songs and craft projects. It was the site of their annual May Fete and countless troop members rolled out their sleeping bags for an overnight stay. But many Wichitans don’t know the deeper history of that cozy building under the trees. In the early days of the 20th century, government officials began to understand the importance of sanitation in daily living. This awareness required health departments to investigate matters of child welfare, including infant mortality. In New York and other eastern cities, one result was the creation of summer camps to get children out of the tenements and into the open air. The movement swept the nation. Here in Kansas we weren’t exactly Hicksville. Dr. Samuel Crumbine, secretary of the State Board of Health, was all over the sanitation issue like a fly on a baby bottle. He campaigned against public

spitting and advocated for screens on doors and windows. Crumbine also wrote a manual for women’s groups that wanted to help with the education efforts. Courtesy photos The fresh-air The abandoned 1920s Baby Camp, then Girl Scouts Little House in 2008. movement came A not-for-profit to Wichita in 1917 when a group of group, Friends of prominent women took up a suggesthe Historic Fresh tion by Dr. Howard Norton at Wesley Air Baby Camp, Hospital, then located at 1103 N. St. gained approval Francis Ave. from the city in The women organized an outdoor 2011 to save the care unit for infants in a tent in the building from demhospital’s back yard. olition. The group Two years later a larger unit was raised all the funds built in nearby North Riverside Park to and recruited the take advantage of the breezy setting by labor for a comthe river. plete make-over. When a fire destroyed that strucIt was listed on ture, the intrepid club women conthe National Regisvinced Wichitans to donate money, Marvin Ruckle, left, Mike Seiwert and Claire Willenber ter of Historic Places work on window frames. goods and services for a permanent in 2007. A new tile – and fireproof – building. It is the one roof was installed in 2015, and the labor, the Friends group hopes to comwe know today. windows and interior rehab is nearing plete the project mid-year. Then the They named it the Fresh Air Baby completion. city will return it to public use, most Camp. It served critically ill infants Showing off their intrepid “gray likely as a rental venue. until 1926 when the program was power,” the current, most constant, moved into the new Wesley Hospital volunteers are seven women and one For information on how to assist, on Hillside Avenue. man – aged 60 to 88. Heavy lifters are email Barbara Hammond at Currently, the building is boardenlisted as needed. A few aches and ed up because a crew of volunteers is pains don’t stop the progress, and new working to rehabilitate it. volunteers are always welcome. OnWhen the Girl Scouts relinquished the-job training is provided. their use of it, the Park and Recreation With a bit more money and sweaty Department didn’t have resources for updates so it fell into grave disrepair.

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