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By Ken Stephens During and after World War I, a wave of immigrants from Mexico was welcomed to the United States to help build and maintain railroads across the nation. The pay was a dollar a day, six days a week. But they lived rent-free in boxcars roughly converted into housing. Later the railroads built housing areas, named ranchitos, where their Mexican workers lived in town after town, including Newton. The first ranchito housing in Newton was built of railroad ties for walls and railroad “grain doors” for the roof. Around 1919, three housing blocks, each with eight four-room homes, were built of brick or concrete blocks nearby on the south side of First Street, between the Santa Fe railroad tracks and Sand Creek. “There were 12 of us in four little rooms,” Josie Victorio recalled. “All the boys slept in one room, and all the others in the other room. We had bunk beds. My sister and I slept with
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Mario Garcia’s uncle lived in a Newton ranchito.
mother and dad.” There was no running water and no electricity. Each home had one large coal stove for cooking and heating. Oil lamps were used for lighting. Water was carried from a nearby well for cooking and laundry. Outhouses were nearby, and each block of homes had two showers, one for each
gender. For a bath, water was hauled in, heated on the stove and poured into a big tin tub. “We never lacked anything,” Victorio said. “Those were good memories for me.” The last ranchito homes were demolished about 1960, and the Harvey County Historical Museum and Archives is working to preserve their all-but-lost history. Last year museum director Debra Hiebert asked Dr. Antonio Delgado, who has a doctorate in urban planning/public policy analysis and a master’s degree in history, to talk about the Mexican railway workers and the communities they created in the United States. She said they had to turn people away because there wasn’t room in the museum, which is in the old Carnegie Library. “Anybody with memories of living in the ranchito community is elderly, See Ranchitos, page 10
Faust-Goudeau continues pushing her mother’s legacy
Carlin took a seat on By Ken Stephens the floor with the women State Sen. Oletha and listened. Faust-Goudeau likes Faust-Goudeau to tell a story about said her mother was her mother, related to a tireless campaigner her by former Gov. for civil rights, welfare John Carlin. rights, women’s rights, It seems that equal rights for all. She Carlin returned to his was honored by Carlin office in the Capitol Courtesy photo in 1981 for her work one day to find FaustOletha Faust-Goudeau toward elimination of Goudeau’s mother, “poverty in the midst of Oretha Faust, seated at plenty.” In 1989 she received the Marhis desk and a group of women sitting tin Luther King Jr. award for commuon the floor in front of the desk. nity activism. “I couldn’t stop them,” Carlin’s It’s a legacy Faust, who died in secretary apologized. 2001, passed along to her daughter, “I’ve got something to tell you,” Faust said, “and you’re going to listen.” See Senator, page 26
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It’s New Year’s resolution time ...or not By Elma Broadfoot People have been making New Year’s Resolutions for hundreds of years. The tradition was so popular that the U.S. government set up a website offering tips on achieving some of the most popular resolutions: lose weight, volunteer more, stop smoking, eat better, get out of debt, save money. However, a recent survey of a dozen Wichitans, ranging in age from their 50s to 70s, follows the current trend that says resolutions are falling out of favor. A CBS News Poll three years ago reported that 68 percent of Americans don’t make resolutions. People under the age of 30 were more likely to make them, but only about half kept them. Pat Woodward says he doesn’t make New Year’s Resolutions because “I don’t keep monitoring them, and I move on to other things as the year progresses.” However, he regularly resolves “to be a better husband, father and grandfather.” “Maybe every few years I will consider” making a New Year’s Resolution, says Mark Metz. Running a marathon was his most recent successful resolution, and then there is the ever-present effort to lose weight. “Some years I do better than others; it was easier when I was younger.” See Resolution, page 12
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Retirement: New beginnings, uncharted terrain By Elma Broadfoot For those who don’t know her, Karen Humphreys can be seen as an imposing figure. Not something she would want for herself, but an image put upon her. In official portraits, her signature platinum hair is pulled back; there is the friendly smile and the official black judicial robe that makes her 5-foot-7 frame seem even taller. She has been a role model among women for nearly four decades: first woman appointed as magistrate judge in the District of Kansas, first chief magistrate judge in the history of Kansas, an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas and 42 years in legal practice. Other firsts include awards ranging from Mortar Board in her undergraduate years at the University of Kansas to induction into the KU Women’s Hall of Fame and, most recently, the Wichita Bar Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, given to members whose sustained superior performance sets them apart from their peers. Now she’s retired. There is the promise of new beginnings and opportunities. Perhaps it is the fuchsia top she’s wearing this particular day, or that she is sitting at a table in the nook of her kitchen, that causes that professional persona to fade away. Karen is not at all imposing, and maybe that’s because she is looking at
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For Karen Humphreys, playing the piano is therapy and prayer. unchartered terrain. “I feel like I’m in kindergarten,” she says about her sixth month in retirement. “I have all these tools in my tool kit but I’m not sure how to use them now, or if I want to develop new tools.” Karen spent her first 18 years in Ashland, Kan., a place she describes as “a village, everyone took care of all of us.” Her parents, Mike and Carrie Humphreys, were civically involved and their Presbyterian faith gave her and her four siblings a strong social grounding. Her mother had no opportunity to use her college degree in zoology, but this stay-at-home mom encouraged her children “to use your education in a more creative way.” When she became involved with the National Council of Presbyterian
Women, “very much a feminist organization,” Karen says, “I saw my mother flourish.” Her father was active in local politics, and the family had frequent exposure to political candidates such as Sen. Robert Dole. This led to many family conversations about politics. That environment led Karen to think, “I could be a senator from Kansas.” She did get to be a senator from Kansas her junior year in high school when she participated in Girls State, and then went on to be director of Peace Corps for Girls Nation. Both are summer democracy-in-action leadership programs sponsored by the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary. Engaging in political life became even more of a possibility in 1969 when she served as a summer intern for Sen. Dole. But she got “disenfranchised” when she experienced what she considered “gender discrimination.”
She and the other female interns conducted constituent tours, wrote letters and ran errands, while the male interns attended committee meetings and worked on research projects. She graduated from KU in 1970 with “a liberal arts degree, but I realized I had nothing to go to work with.” She was among a dozen women who enrolled in KU law school; they were met with skepticism. “The woman who was at the very top of our class could not get a job in a private law firm,” Karen notes. "There was always the thought the women would get married and have children and leave the profession.” Like most of the women in her class, her first experience practicing law was for the government. She worked in the Wichita offices of the Internal Revenue Service. “I traveled all over Kansas (as an estate gift tax attorney). It was the best post-doctoral experience, and I got a great education about our state.” The gains for women lawyers have been “slow and incremental,” she adds, and while women are more readily admitted to law schools the “road to partnership is still rocky.” Karen describes her appointment to the position of District Judge for the 18th Judicial District by Gov. Mike Hayden in 1987 as “a gift. He was a Republican and I a Democrat, and he must have taken some criticism for that appointment. I will always be grateful to him for giving me that opportunity.”
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When she was appointed to the federal system in 2003, Karen says, “I found my calling.” She adds, the federal system was “safer for someone like me.” Karen was married to a fellow law student for 11 years until they went “in different directions.” She dated other men before and after her marriage but “found emptiness, a yearning to be understood emotionally.” She became
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friends with Sharon, who at the time was in a relationship with a woman. “It was the first time I knew anyone in a relationship with another woman,” she says. “I thought the heterosexual experience was the way life was meant to be." She and Sharon “started out as friends, and then the friendship grew into a romance” and that grew into a 32-year relationship. They were married two years ago in Iowa. Karen describes the early years of their relationship and her choice of lifestyle as “scary.” There was accep-
tance from her family and the legal profession, but there was always a wariness and concern regarding the local community and state. “The federal system is more open, less judgmental,” she says. Like other women of her generation – a product of the ‘60s and ‘70s – she “felt it very important to be very good at our profession and to not ruin anything for those following us.” She continues to admire and respect women for trying to find a balance between their personal and professional lives. When she announced her retirement in November 2014 she didn’t regret her decision. She knew she was “making a healthy choice, leaving on a positive note and that the office was in good condition for the next person.” One thing that prompted her decision to retire at 67 was “a lot of my work was evolving in the direction where technology was most important, especially technology and criminal investigation. It was not an area of passion for me.” “Emails and texting” are the extent of her technology, and she wants to
keep it that way. Like many new retirees, she’s considering her options and open to the next new turn. For example, she’s not played the piano since her mother was in a nursing home. “I saw then what a gift live music is to others.” She plans to take lessons and may play at other care facilities or as a back-up musician in different churches. “Playing piano is a form of therapy and definitely a form of prayer for me.” She wonders if she might again serve as a mediator for prisoners re-entering a community. She did that for 22 years. Mostly, she continues to “breathe,” to simplify and organize her life, which may or may not include culling through some 200 scarves in her closet. But then again, there are lunches with friends, perhaps join a book club, and she wants to get to know her siblings’ children better and “take the time to be an aunt.”
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No one wanted to hear Cpl. Castleberry yell By Ted Blankenship It has been 65 years since I joined the U.S. Air Force. I was accustomed to being awake at 4 a.m., but not to getting out of bed at that hour. I was yelled at when I was a late-sleeping teenager, but it wasn’t like being rousted by Cpl. Castleberry yelling at the top of his Alabama lungs. I never understood what he was saying but I knew I had to do SOMETHING, and fast. It was 4 a.m., and we quickly got into our bright green fatigues. We strapped on stuff that added a lot of weight, but was mostly useless. The gas mask was handy when Cpl. Castleberry herded us into a room without windows and someone filled it with tear gas. Every morning we did calisthenics. Cpl. Castleberry yelled to someone in the dark, “Flight 5550 all present and accounted for, SIR.” The “sir” always sounded like “syrup.” He never counted us because he knew we weren’t going anywhere. It didn’t take us long to learn the ropes: call everyone “sir” except the guys with stripes. Salute the ones with
a bar or bars on their collars. If you see a colonel, walk five miles if necessary to avoid contact. If you see a general, faint. If you do something wrong, an officer will ask, “Why did you do such a stupid thing?” You’re thinking, hey, this isn’t so bad: I didn’t have time to roll my socks into little balls for inspection because I had to fold my gas mask into a little ball and hang it on the end of my bunk, and I couldn’t do that because I had to make my bed so that the corporal could drop a quarter on the blanket and watch it bounce (the quarter). That’s not the way it works. Under no circumstances are you to give an officer an excuse, even though he has just asked for it. ALWAYS reply, “no excuse, sir.” Then you will be chewed out for not having an excuse. Officers love this routine. Just remember, you are never right and the officer is never wrong. In the military, you are known by
rank, last name, first name, middle initial and serial number. If you don’t remember your serial number — or your name, you don’t get paid. You use the name your parents gave you even if you don’t recognize it. I was Pvt. Blankenship, Elmer T., AF 17 283 421. Elmer? Yeah, it’s right there on my birth certificate, but no one ever called me that because I would have been confused with my Uncle Elmer. When he was in the Sea Bees, they called him John. When you were ordered to show up somewhere, there was a ritual: snap to attention, smartly salute the officer behind the desk and say, “Sir, Pvt. Blankenship, Elmer T., reporting as ordered.”
The captain will be perplexed. He will know who you are because you just told him. You explain why you are there, and it does not interest him at all. To get rid of you, he will order you to report to someone else. The ritual will repeat, and you’ll be lucky to make it to lunch. When you leave the military, an officer, will plead with you to stay. He really doesn’t want you to stay; it’s just what he does. By the time my four years were up I was a Staff Sergeant. Maj. Fleisch called me in. He said, “Blankenship, you’re just not cut out for the military.”
Deborah Samson, Soldier of the American Revolution, will appear at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Harvey County Historical Museum, 203 N. Main, Newton. Samson was one of the first American women known to have impersonated a man to enlist in the army and take part in combat as part of Gen. George Washington’s Continental Army.
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Trips a ‘most amazing world of learning’ By MeLinda Schnyder Ask Janice Goudy which of her Road Scholar trips was her favorite. Go ahead. “People ask me that all the time,” said the 74-year-old retired Wichita educator. “I have to say ‘all of them.’ ” That’s an even 20. She typically goes on one trip a year, but in 2015 she went on three: Natchez, Miss.; Mackinac Island, Mich.; and Greece. Last April she visited Natchez, enjoying lectures from culture and history experts, re-enactors at plantations, and touring mansions filled with “antiques like you’ve never seen in your life.” In June she headed for Mackinac Island for its 66th annual Lilac Festival. In addition to the festival-related activities and a session on lilacs with an expert, they visited the Governor’s home and attended a culinary event featuring chefs from most of the island’s restaurants. “It’s not a look-and-see,” Goudy said. “You learn about the site you’re on, and it’s intensive learning.” One thing she discovered is that lilacs are from China, and they are a mountain plant. They like the cold. “With all the lilacs in bloom the fragrance was overwhelming, in a good way. It was very wonderful.” She signed up for her September trip to Greece before the economy there became so precarious, but she said it didn’t cause them problems. She especially enjoyed learning about some of the oldest European civilizations that developed on Greek Islands. At a
Janice Goudy enjoyed the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival. monastery they saw pages from a 6th century gospel. Goudy took her first Road Scholar trip, then known as Elderhostel, in 1998 and was hooked. That has put her on the battlefield of Gettysburg; taken her to archaeological sites in Peru, including Machu Picchu to walk in the footsteps of the ancient Inca; bused her from St. Louis to the Pacific along the route of Lewis & Clark; and 17 other learning adventures. On Goudy’s first trip the group stayed in a college dormitory. Today all of the lodging is in hotels and inns. She said she selects Road Scholar because the non-profit travel group organizes educational programs aimed at seniors and the high quality of guides and lecturers. James Moses, president and CEO,
said, “Elderhostel changed society’s ideas about aging.” The name was changed to Road Scholar earlier this decade to remove some negative connotations of the words elder and hostel. A former educator and a university administrator founded it 40 years ago. It was modeled after Scandinavian folk schools and youth hostels, thus the original name. It was for travelers 55 and older. Goudy likes that the vacations are all-inclusive. She doesn’t have to decide where to stay, worry about meals or pay additional gratuities. Most U.S.-based programs are seven days; international programs are 13. The average cost in the U.S. is $173 a day, and on international trips $351 a day (not including airfare).
Although trips are assigned an activity level rating from easy to challenging, Goudy said she never looks at the rating, she chooses based on the topics and locations and books directly on the organization’s site, www.RoadScholar.org. “The neat thing is they are aware of who they are working with,” she said. “On a trip to Germany for its music there was a man who was 92. He didn’t attend everything, but he was pretty spry when he did participate.” She wants to visit all 50 states. Next year she plans to go to Rhode Island and Connecticut. Her two remaining states are South Carolina and Alabama. Goudy has been told that the best two cities in Europe are Paris and Barcelona. She hopes to go to Spain but is more interested in Madrid and southern Spain; Quebec also is high on her international list. “Road Scholar opens up the most amazing world of learning,” she said. “They don’t consider you to be a tourist, you are a student. You go to learn.”
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Do you think you’re getting old? By Steven Ochsner When looking back on your life, isn’t it odd how you tend to remember where you were and what you were doing when certain events occurred? Where were you were when Kennedy was shot? How about the 9/11 attacks? Do you still have vivid memories of the day you got married? Or the days/nights when your kids were born? What about the day you decided you were getting old? Did it just pop up or was it cumulative, making you wonder how it happened? It was probably a scary moment. We all have things that frighten us. I’m not talking about the boogieman or The Exorcist. I’m not even talking about high places, deep water or spiders. I’m talking about fundamental things. A big one is losing our independence, our ability to do the things we want to do when and how we want to do them. Countries fight wars over losing their independence; on a personal level each of us also fights that battle.
When we were younger we didn’t much think about something crippling or otherwise debilitating us. Now we recognize that we could slowly lose our ability to live independently. And it scares us. I believe that the day we realize we can’t do things the way we once could is the day we start to think we are getting older. And that’s when you realize that you could lose your capability to live independently. Twelve or so years ago I was involved in the older-adult-fitness industry. I wrote a series of articles in my local paper encouraging people to get active. I am not involved in that anymore but the active age has asked me to write some articles explaining what happens
as you age and what you might be able to do about it. If you have a fitness program that you like, good for you. Don’t change a thing. But if you don’t, if you wouldn’t consider going to a gym or don’t have the money or desire to buy home fitness equipment, then maybe some of the things I will say will be helpful. It’s just common sense, but it may help you to continue to live independently, be a little healthier and maybe even a little happier. But, most importantly, it will make you feel better.
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Retirees enjoy golf, fellowship year around By David Dinell Bob Hoyle knows where he'll be most Tuesday and Thursday mornings. The retired Koch Industries executive heads to the golf course along with about two dozen other retirees for a round of fun — oh, and some golf, too. Most of the members are former Boeing employees but some, like Hoyle, are from other companies. It doesn't really matter as long as they have their camaraderie and exercise. They keep score, they do a little friendly wagering and there’s lots of laughter. "It's a grand bunch of guys," said Hoyle of the men who gathered at MacDonald Golf Course in east Wichita on a brisk morning. Hoyle makes it to most of the golf dates as long as he can and the course is open. "We play no matter what," said another golfer, 79-yearold Ray White. Well, not in the snow and ice, but the die-hards come pretty close, donning coats, gloves and hats to take in a round. Although most are men, a few women join the group. On this day it was Joyce Jilg. "They put up with me," she laughed, surveying the joking guys surrounding their carts. The group, called the Boeing Retirement League, was formed in the early 1990s and has been going strong since. It's very informal. There
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Floyd Bockelman, 93, left, and Larry Weis, 77, discuss their golf clubs before they begin playing for the day. are no dues or rules, just a desire to show up at a course, play a round and enjoy each other's company. The dress also is casual, as most sport blue jeans and sneakers, rather than golf attire. Many of the participants joke that it's a good way to have a bit of space between them and their spouse. The group is led by Larry Weis, 77, who does most of the scheduling and keeps the organization's history. It has grown from about 20 participants to its current size of 43 active members and 50 total members.
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Through the years, some have passed away and new members have joined. About half show up to play, as others have commitments, and the informal come-and-go nature makes it all possible. The most that showed up at once is 31. The majority of the members are between 65 and 80, with one under 65, six in their 80s and two older than 90. One of those super seniors is Floyd Bockelman, who, at a spry 93, had no problem practicing his putting or firing a shot down the fairway of hole No. 1. "I usually shoot my age — or under," Bockelman said with a laugh. He worked at Boeing for 46 1/2 years in tool engineering before retiring and joining the group. Along with the fun, he enjoys playSee next page
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ing with a lot of different people. The foursomes are selected at random with each participant drawing a card before the round. A "handicap" scoring system is employed and that evens out the players' different skill levels and makes it easier for them to compete. Most of the participants drive a cart; others walk. A game lasts from 4 to 4 1/2 hours. Either way, it's good exercise and gets the men moving, said Fred Spencer, a pro shop staffer at the course's clubhouse. "This gets them out of the house and gives them a place to go," he said. By selecting weekday mornings, they hit the course at the least busy time, he said, along with the least expensive. In the summer, they like to get going at 8 a.m., before the heat hits, but during the winter, they'll start later, after some hot coffee. At the five city courses they use, seniors can get a season pass for either $150 for those 62 to 69 and $75 for those 70 plus. During the weekdays, the green fee for 18 holes is then $11 instead of $23. Those who want a shorter round can elect to go nine holes for $7.50.
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Leon Lungwitz, left, and Bob Hoyle enjoy a laugh as they prepare for a day of golf with the Boeing Retirement League. Those using a cart pay $12.10; walking, of course, is free. The city's courses are open yearround except for three holidays. But if conditions are too severe, such as snow and ice, play is not allowed. At those times, the retirees head for the bowling alley for their exercise. The golfers play at non-city courses about one-third of the time. They also
try to take two out-of-town trips each year for, you guessed it, more golf. This time, spouses usually come along. Weis said he has no plans to stop with the group, and looks forward to being one of its members who are still active in their 90s. "It's just been a lot of fun," he said.
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Kathryn Compton turns 90 on Jan. 11. She was born in Nebraska and grew up helping with the family cattle ranch. After graduating from high school in 1942, she taught in a one-room rural schoolhouse. Kathryn married Billy Compton, a fighter pilot, in 1946. She graduated from Northern Kathryn Compton State Teacher's College in Aberdeen, SD, in 1948. He passed away last February, two weeks short of their 69th anniversary. Kathryn worked as an insurance clerk at Boeing until their son, Carl, was born. She was active in the PTA at the local and state level; served eight years on the Haysville Board of Education; and served on the Citizen's Participation Organization in Wichita. She held local, state and national offices with the DAR. While she enjoyed living in south Wichita for 62 years, Kathryn recently moved to Derby. Her celebration is Jan. 10 at The Studio in Haysville. Send cards to her son at 120 S. Crosswood Lane, Derby, KS 67037.
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Ranchito From page 1 at the youngest about 75,” she said. “If we wait another 25 years, we won’t get their stories.” Victorio’s brother, John Gonzalez said their rooms were small. “The living room and dining room became a bedroom where mom and dad slept,” he said. “There was a really small kitchen. We would carry water in for the girls to wash dishes and do laundry. The girls slept in a small bedroom and the boys in the other bedroom.” The boys, he said, were so numerous that they slept lying across the bed’s width rather than along its length. The homes were warm in the winter, “especially when you slept four to a bed.” Gonzalez said the concrete walls made the homes cool in the summer too, although the boys sometimes slept outside on the porch. Mario Garcia didn’t live in the ranchitos because his parents didn’t work for the railroad. But he lived nearby and spent “every hour of every day” at the ranchito home of his uncle, Manuel Perez, playing with his cousins. “We played a lot of ball, catch and normal games of hide and seek,” he said. “We made our own games. It was our own community because we were not allowed to be in other parts of the community.” The memory of segregation and rejection by the white community still stings, Garcia said. He recalled a time when each child was asked to have his mother bake a dozen cookies for a Christmas party. When he presented his mother’s cookies, a white woman told him “we don’t need your cookies.” But his fond memories outweigh the bitter ones.
“I wouldn’t change a thing,” he said. “Yogi Berra said ‘if I had to do it over, I would do it again.’ We were poor, but we never knew it. We were never hungry. We were clean, because we cleaned up every night.” It was a close-knit community, where the elders kept an eye on Aerial photo from Harvey County Historical Museum & Archives the children. Garcia recalled A section house is at the bottom of the photo. There were eight houses within it. Another block of eight is only partially visible in the lower left corner. The buildings at the top one time were identified as the Fred Harvey buildings. Sand Creek is behind them. First Street when he and would have been to the right of the picture. another boy were sitting in they didn’t hesitate to give you a smack The Gonzalez’ parents, Jose and front of a ranchito home tossing rocks. on the butt or a love tap on the back of Ylaria, had 19 children and lived in A woman came out of the home and the head.” the ranchito from about 1919 to 1946. admonished him for “misbehaving.” Annie Dommie, sister of Victorio Victorio was 6 when they moved. But She wanted to know who he beand Gonzalez, said she didn’t like the the memories are so strong that “even longed to. When Garcia told her, she ranchito homes built of railroad ties. now I can tell you what kind of trains gave him a little swat on the butt and “The worst were the tie houses,” are going across town by the sound.” started marching him down along the Dommie said. “Mother hated them ranchito to the home of his aunt and because of the smell of diesel and oil. Contact Ken Stephens at uncle. They were dark. The only light was Ken.Stephens@sbcglobal.net Along the way another woman through the door.” came out and wanted to know what was going on. The first woman told Someone you can trust! Pondering a Move? Thoughts of Downsizing? the second woman, who also gave him Call Today for your FREE consultation! a little swat and took over marching Garcia along. Remember…...Simplifying Life Should Leave You It was just like that all the way Overjoyed, not Overwhelmed along, past 15 homes to his aunt and uncle’s home, he said. PAM BALL, Associate Broker “They loved hard, believe me. And
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By Amy Houston Jim Keefer is a well-known bass player who has appeared in venues across the country. Yet he still believes there’s no place like home. He played brass instruments as a child, and took up the double bass in 8th grade. When he joined the Army in the late 1960s, his skill on the euphonium earned him a spot at the All-Service School of Music in Norfolk, Va. “During afternoon free time, I would join in jam sessions on the upright bass,” Keefer recalled. He was sent to the Fifth U.S. Army headquarters at Fort Sam Houston where Randy Goodrum also served. Goodrum – a pianist, arranger and composer – wrote or co-wrote hit songs recorded by such stars as Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty and Chicago. “I wanted to be in his group,” Keefer said, “but he used electric bass only. So I spent a weekend transferring everything I knew about upright bass over to bass guitar.” Keefer auditioned and earned a
role in the Special Services entertainment branch. The band provided music for USO shows, officers’ clubs and various concerts. After the milJim Keefer itary, Keefer lived in the McPherson and Lindsborg area and played with a folk trio. He then joined a bluegrass group called Southwind, which spent time on tour and released a self-titled album. It performed on stage at the Walnut Valley Festival in the early 1980s. Keefer moved to Wichita and took freelance gigs, mostly as an upright bassist with jazz duos or trios. He later worked in blues-oriented bands, which resulted in what he called “the first Keefer Madness. “I never named it Keefer Madness,” Keefer remarked. “Everybody else said, ‘This is a good name. Let’s do it.’ ” When the band performed on stage at BB King’s Blues Club in Memphis,
NPR recorded one of the sets, which aired on its national blues show. In addition to entertaining, he works in graphic arts at Century Manufacturing’s printing department and has taught printing at Wichita Area Technical College. Keefer also teaches bass at the Wichita Music Academy. He is a member of six bands, including the most recent group that also calls itself Keefer Madness, plus Crosstown Traffic, Nouveau Quintet,
Delano Jazz Orchestra, The Boomers and the Jim Vega Band. Most of Keefer’s gigs are private parties. One of his fellow band members remarked that private events such as birthday celebrations and class reunions were more appealing because the band wasn’t expected to play until 2 a.m. – the usual closing time at bars.
The Bald Eagle,the national bird of the United States, is the only eagle species unique to this country. It’s celebrated Jan. 16-17. In the 1700s its population was estimated to be 300,000 to 500,000. By the 1960s it had declined to 500 nesting pairs. Its resurgence is one of the great recovery stories of the Endangered Species Act. Today there are about 70,000 Bald Eagles in North America. In Kansas, there are 45 to 50 nesting pairs. Ken Lockwood, director of Eagle Valley Raptor Center in Cheney, said the best places to look for them are
Cheney Lake, El Dorado Lake, along the Ninnescah River and south of the Lincoln Street Dam along the Arkansas River. There is also a pair at the Sedgwick County Zoo. The bird's biggest threat now is its environment, he said. Lead used in hunters’ ammunition and fishing sinkers are a problem. “I’ve had 11 injured Bald Eagles the past five years. Most were from lead poisoning.” Volunteers and donations are important to the Center’s operations. It costs about $1,000 a month to feed the birds residing there.
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Resolutions From page 1 Losing weight and exercising are the “usual resolutions” for Janis Danders. “Instead of resolutions written on my refrigerator door white board,” she has “reminders” to eat less and walk more. “My goals are to be able to sit, stand and walk without groaning, and to fit into my clothes without busting buttons.” Vocalist Marjorie Walton had throat surgery 12 years ago that damaged her vocal chords. She couldn’t sustain a tone, and a medication caused her to cough constantly. In 2011 she
decided she wanted to sing at an international convention in Rochester, N.Y. “...I set a goal,” she explains. “I divided up the process to recovery into segments, each with their own deadline.” She performed. “My voice will never be what it was, but the joy of participating... is back.” Kristie Eubanks has made New Year’s Resolutions such as cooking a new recipe once a month and walking two miles three times a week. But after a particularly difficult year, she decided to “take it easy on myself.” She thought it would be fun “to move from cracking eggs with two hands to cracking them with one. It was fun learning how, and now I look like a better cook than I
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Do signs indicate it’s time for ‘car talk’? By Annette Graham CPAAA Executive Director You may have listened to Click and Clack, the brothers who started the popular Car Talk show on NPR. They passed on such advice as “How do you know if you’ve got a good mechanic? By the size of his boat,” or “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” Regardless of the topic, these mechanics (who were MIT graduates) addressed serious and often funny car problems. They provided entertainment and education, and their advice was straight forward but given with kindness. Having a “car talk” with a loved one about driving concerns should also be broached with a straight forward, yet kind, approach. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2012 there were 5,560 people 65 or older who died and 214,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes. This could be due to the frailty of the senior driver or a change in driving abilities.
Based on this research, 17.5 percent of fatal car crashes in Kansas involved a person over 65. “At crash speeds of just over 31 mph, a 50-year-old woman has about a 10 percent risk of a serious injury in a frontal crash; an 80-year-old woman has about a 40 percent risk.” Evaluating skills of an older driver is a good idea, even if there isn’t an apparent concern. Regular eye and health exams are important. Speed of reflexes, muscle flexibility and vision should be checked fairly regularly. Driving skills can be evaluated by a professional driving specialist or by informally asking trusted family or friends. Companies such as the AAA auto club and AARP have screening tools and quizzes that can be accessed online for a self-assessment. Refresher courses can provide good reminders for those who have been driving for over 50 years. A list of AARP Driver Safety Classes can be found on Page 21. Signs to watch for: • Survey the vehicle for damage
and ask about how it occurred • Slowing or stopping inappropriately, such as at green lights or intersections • Driving too fast for road conditions • Driving too slowly • Driving too aggressively or • Getting lost routinely on familiar routes Many people drive without incident up into their 90s. However, after an incident or a scare, a driver may choose to adjust his or her driving habits such as not driving after dark or avoiding the freeway. As NHTSA stresses in its brochure How to Understand and Influence Older Drivers, “A person’s driving performance – not age – is what determines fitness to drive.” The first step is to collect information from more than one source. Then develop a plan of action. Is the problem something that can be corrected or are other options needed? If there is not a network of people to provide transportation support, look into public transportation, specialized transportation also known as paratran-
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SCORE volunteers mentor new business owners By Soli Salgado It turns out the job market could use a retired, experienced businessperson. Or two. Or a few hundred. For more than 50 years, the Small Business Administration has funded SCORE – Service Corps of Retired Executives – a volunteer program for retirees with experience as executives, accountants, managers and bankers, who counsel individuals wanting to start their own business. In addition to training activities and workshops, SCORE also offers mentoring to those needing assistance in the initial details of starting a new business. Bill Ellison, chair of SCORE in Wichita, said the program is an excellent opportunity for people with a lot of professional background looking to help their community. “If you’ve run a place for 30 to 40 years and want to give back to the community and be active, this is a great place,” Ellison said. “Every retiree needs to know how they want to spend their retired years, and a lot of people still want
their finger in business, helping people and solving issues. And we always enjoy having new people come in wanting to be involved in SCORE.” Counseling ranges from budgeting to safety regulations. Those interested in starting a small business (from two employees to a few hundred) present their ideas and problems to SCORE. Ellison said they help with the business’ cash flow, marketing plans, balance sheets, business plans they’ll need to present to banks, human resources requirements and more. “You don’t have to have a...business plan,” he said. “We’ll help you develop that, taking your idea and bringing it together. Most people need money to be able to start a business, but you get money from the bank. To get money from the bank, you need a business plan. We go through all the sectors involved in that.” Counselors do more than just go over paperwork. They’re willing to visit facilities and are available to answer a range of questions. “A lot of people who are younger may think ‘what can an older person help me with?’ ” Ellison said. “They can help you stop making mistakes and make your
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SCORE helped Patricia Becker with her puppet business. She now makes them for area universities, including Kansas State, left, Oklahoma State and Washburn, along with Wichita State. business more profitable faster. Sometimes they don’t slow down enough to think about how to solve a problem strategically. “There’s not a thing that a businessperson has encountered that we don’t have a counselor for. Our SCORE members have never met a challenge that they couldn’t help a person solve.
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Patricia Becker had little business experience before getting involved with SCORE. Marketing, sales and working craft shows was all the background she had prior to launching her own quilting company. Becker, 67, sought mentorship through SCORE so that she and her partners could start a quilting company. Payroll and operating expenses, cost of goods analysis, balance sheets were areas that Becker had no experience in. SCORE helped her to develop these skills and learn how they intertwine to have direct effects on the business. “It was like getting an in-depth business course for free,” she said.
Score From previous page SCORE has worked with a range of entrepreneurs, from mechanics opening shops to doctors and architects opening offices, and services from restaurants, daycare centers, lawn-care services, breweries to nonprofit organizations. “We have many great professionals with a lot of backgrounds,” Ellison said. “It’s nice to have someone as a mentor who you can call anytime you
Four years later, Becker’s company evolved from quilts to puppets, looking for a “small ticket item to capture the impulse buying market at craft fairs.” From animals to superheroes, the puppets quickly gained popularity, and Becker’s business eventually garnered specific requests. She obtained a license from Wichita State University to make “We Wu” puppets for its basketball games. Today she also makes “We Willie” for Kansas State University, “We Pete” for Oklahoma State University, “We Bods” for Washburn University and “We Gus” for Pittsburg State University. To see her puppets, visit www. want, will meet you anytime you want. They’ll think a problem out in a different way you haven’t thought of, and ultimately make you a more successful, profitable, better businessperson. That’s a pretty good thing to have.” SCORE meets the first Thursday of every month. For information about meetings, services or volunteering, call 269-6273 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Leave a message if no one is available to answer the phone.
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‘The earth moved’ now has new meaning By Fran Kentling Almost 1,000 earthquakes were recorded in the Wichita area in 2015. Between 1990 and 2010 there were 19 in the state. None were recorded in 2011 or 2012. The number jumped from four in 2013 to 817 in 2014, according to the Kansas Geological Survey. Most of these were at a magnitude between 2.0 and 3.0. However last November at least one reached the 4.7 and another 4.4. These got folks talking. The expressions “moving heaven and earth” and “the earth moved” have taken on a new and very real meaning to Elvira Crocker, a College Hill resident. “I don’t know about you, but I used to be one of those people who feared tornadoes. Now my fear is earthquakes,” she said. At a year-end meeting of the Winefest’s Old Town Walkabout Committee the conversation slipped into earthquakes after the business was completed. Judy Haglund, who hosted the meeting with her husband, David, showed several places in her ceiling with recent cracks. She also pointed out pictures that were tilted in the tremors -- and they had sticky pads to hold them in place. The Haglunds live near 13th and Woodlawn. Valley Center residents Cleo and Don Mounday also attended the meeting. Cleo vividly remembers a plus 4 earthquake in November. She woke up in the middle of the night as startled as the cat that had crawled into bed. An earlier earthquake struck while she was boxing quilt patterns in her workroom. She almost fell over. At first she thought it was a sudden medical condition. But when her husband walked in and asked, “Did you feel that?” she realized it was an earthquake. Late last summer she was in Stillwater, OK, giving a lecture on quilts. She was sleeping on the third floor of a hotel when a “big” one hit. “It shook the whole building. I was near the epicenter.” Cleo later learned that the higher you are in a building, the more you’ll experience the quake. Elvira’s office is on the second floor of their home. One day when she was working at her desk she experienced a quake that “actually felt like the room swayed.” Years ago, while on a fellowship to Peru, her host family talked about an earthquake they had experienced. When she asked what it felt like one
large and bulky backpacks that were placed strategically near the front door. “Upon inquiring if they were going camping, I found out that everyone in this active seismic zone is encouraged to have emergency earthquake supplies gathered so the family can make a swift exit from their home should the need arise. “Their backpacks held jackets This map was published by the Kansas for warmth, a change of clothes, first-aid supplies, phone charGeological Survey. gers, phone numbers, money, of the daughters took her to the street batteries, a flashlight, non-perishable corner and “made me sit on the curb to experience a trolley go by and feel the ensuing rumble.” She said, “I got the picture, and it was pretty much what I have experienced in recent years in this area. Now I worry about what these frequent shakes, rattles and rolls are doing to the foundations of our homes.” Karen and JC Combs, also College Hill residents, have made many trips to San Francisco to visit their son Cory, his wife Kayo and their child Henry. “When packing for our journeys, we always adhered to the scout slogan, ‘Be Prepared.’ For us that meant phone chargers, photo IDs and a good book to read on the plane. “On the west coast, however, that slogan has a very different meaning. Upon entering our children’s home in the Bay area, we noticed two rather
food, water, a radio powered by turning a handle and over-the–counter medicines. “Our grandson is now 6 and our daughter-in-law laughingly pointed out that she guessed it was time to remove the diapers from the emergency pack. Seeing that reminder of a potential disaster was jarring to me at first. To them, it is business as usual. “Now that earthquakes are more and more frequent in the Midwest, we might take note of the level of preparedness that is considered normal in other parts of the country. ‘Be See next page
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Tips, information about earthquakes An earthquake is a sudden, rapid shaking of the earth caused by the breaking and shifting of rock beneath the earth’s surface, explains the American Red Cross’s online earthquake site. They strike suddenly, without warning, and they can occur at any time of the year, day or night. Forty-five states and territories in the United States are at moderate to very high risk of earthquakes, and they are located in every region of the country. The increased number of earthquakes in Kansas prompts these reminders. Fortunately area quakes have been
Quakes From previous page Prepared’ just might be a good thing to consider,” Karen concluded. Lisa Fletcher of The Insurance Guys’ Augusta office said she now gives a quote for earthquake insurance on all her homeowner’s policies in case her customers want to “be prepared.” For a $100,000 home the cost would range from $40 to $60 a year,
moderate, but for those who travel in areas where more severe quakes occur, these are good tips to know. Tips and information from the American Red Cross: Mobile homes and homes not attached to their foundations are at particular risk during an earthquake. Buildings with foundations resting on landfill and other unstable soils are at increased risk of damage. Doorways are no stronger than any other part of a structure so don’t rely on them for protection. During a big earthquake, get under a sturdy piece of furniture and hold on. It will help
shelter you from falling objects. If you are inside: Drop, cover and hold on; move as little as possible. If you are in bed, curl up and hold on. Protect your head with a pillow. Stay away from windows to avoid being injured by shattered glass. Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit. Fire alarms and sprinkler systems frequently go off in buildings during an earthquake. If you are outside: Find a clear spot away from build ings, power lines, trees and street
lights and drop to the ground. If you are in a vehicle, pull over to a clear location and stop. Avoid bridges, overpasses and power lines if possible. Stay inside with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking stops. Then drive carefully, avoiding bridges and ramps that may have been damaged. If a power line falls on your vehicle, do not get out. Wait for assistance. If you are in a mountainous area or near unstable slopes or cliffs, be alert for falling rocks and other debris. Earthquakes often trigger landslides.
she said. “It’s pretty good insurance, and it’s not very costly.” Rex Buchanan, interim director of the Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas, said that our area’s largest quakes have come from Oklahoma; small ones come primarily from Sumner and Harper counties in Kansas. The biggest Kansas earthquake registered in recent years was 4.9 in November of 2014. In November of 2015
at least two registered at plus 4 here. “In general terms, what gets people’s attention is 4 and greater,” he said. Buchanan explained that more earthquakes were registered in 2015 than 2014 because of new, more sensitive equipment. Comparing the number of quakes between those two years is like comparing apples to oranges, he said. Because of the location of the current spate of earthquakes, many point to hydraulic fracking for oil as the source. Buchanan believes it’s not
fracking, but the result of the saltwater mixture that is blasted into the ground to break up rock formation to release oil and natural gas. Buchanan said the Kansas Corporation Commission takes earthquakes very seriously. He is part of a KCC group that put some restrictions on that practice, and it has had some impact “on these events.” He added, “These problems are taken seriously.”
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Music, food cast spell over Wichita cook
By Joe Stumpe Marc Hammann still remembers the fun he had cooking for musicians who came through Wichita to play at the old Blue Note club. "I made 'em homesick when I made those beans," he says. A lot of Hammann's cooking has been consumed in similar surroundings. He loves live music and cooking for crowds, and the list of watering holes in which he's done it is long: Rumors, the Sports Edition, the Port of Wichita, The Spot and a lodge hall or three. A Wichita native who is retired from his warehouse job, Hammann took part in the then-burgeoning barbecue competition scene in the 1970s and '80s. Then he came under the spell of local cook Ebony Simon, whose way with Cajun food became something of an obsession.
Sometimes Hammann would invite Simon to his house and take notes as he prepared gumbo, ettouffee and other classic dishes of southern Louisiana. Other times he'd tag along and work for free -- "like an intern," he says -- as Simon cooked at the Blue Note, Port of Wichita and other bars. "He always told me you gotta take care of your people," Hammann said. A key part of the recipe for Cajun Pasta is the roux used to thicken it. Roux is a mixture of fat and flour, usually cooked together in about equal portions. Hammann uses a cast-iron skillet, a pound of lard and "two or three cups" of flour, whisking the mixture constantly over low heat for about 45 minutes, or until it achieves a rich caramel color and nutty aroma. "If it scorches, you start all over," he said. This roux recipe is pretty simple.
The amount of roux you add depends on how thick you want the sauce, but use at least a couple tablespoons. These days, Hammann often hauls his food to American Legion Post 401 on 31st Street South for potlucks accompanied by, of course, live music. “I like it when people come back and tell me it was great. It's real rewarding.” Know a good cook who’s like to be featured in the active age? Contact Joe Stumpe at email@example.com.
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Cajun food is Mark Hammann’s obsession.
1 bell pepper, any color 1 yellow onion 2 sticks celery 2 green onions 1 lb cooked chicken, cut into bitesize pieces 1 C diced ham 1/2 C vegetable oil
1 link Andouille sausage, sliced 1 qt chicken stock 1 can (16 oz.) diced tomatoes 1 tsp each: dried thyme, oregano, garlic, plus salt, sage, onion powder, white pepper, cayenne pepper, black pepper to taste 1/2 C flour
Chop all vegetables. Place in large pot with chicken, ham, sausage, chicken stock, tomatoes and seasonings. Add water, if necessary, to cover. Bring mixture to boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are soft and sausage is cooked through. To make roux: Add oil to a cast-iron or other heavy skillet set over medium-low heat. Add flour and cook about 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently, until mixture is a golden-brown color with a nutty aroma. Do not let burn. To thicken: Place 2 Tbsp of prepared roux in mixing bowl or pan and stir in about 1 C of hot liquid from pasta sauce; when combined, stir that mixture back into the pot. Repeat if necessary until desired thickness is reached. Taste, adjust seasonings and serve over cooked pasta or rice. This recipe is equally tasty served over rice. Leftover roux can be frozen or stored in the refrigerator.
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Art Briefs Gordon Parks exhibit
Visual Justice, an exhibit celebrating the Ulrich Museum’s most recent acquisition of Gordon Parks’ photos, surveys the life work of this country’s most important African-American photographer. The native Kansan captured the injustices of the civil rights era alongside the realities of world strife through images taken over the second half of the 20th century. The exhibit is on display Jan. 16 to April 10. The museum is on the campus of Wichita State University. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The Broadway Singers will begin their spring season with a rehearsal 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church, 1600 W. 27th St. N. Auditions are not necessary, but the ability to read music is helpful. Tuition is $50; $40 for students. The 14-week semester includes rehearsals and four or five concerts in May. The director is Matt Hanne, and
the accompanist is Harriet Hickman. For more information go to WichitaBroadwaySingers.com or call Linda Allen at 634-0003.
Death of a Salesman
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller will open Jan. 27 at Wichita Community Theatre. Written in 1949, it received both the Pulitzer Prize and Tony award for best drama. It is considered to be one of the greatest plays of the 20th century. Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Sunday, Feb. 7, is at 2 p.m. Tickets are $14 or $12 for military/senior/ students. Opening night, tickets are $10. Call 686-1282 for reservations. The theatre is at 258 N. Fountain.
Scholastic Art Show
The annual Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition will be on display Jan. 29-March 8 at the Wichita Center for the Arts. The exhibit showcases artwork by student in 7th through 12th grades from 70 Kansas counties. The galleries are open from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The Center is located at 9112 E. Central. Admission is free.
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Area animal shelters and rescue groups help seniors with adoption programs. January is a big month for “returns” at shelters so it’s also a good month to adopt a pet. “I think seniors make great adopters,” said Pat Moriss, director of Lifeline Animal Placement & Protection’s no-kill shelter. When someone adopts a pet she said “we do home visits to be sure it’s a good match.” Shelters Caring Hands Humane Society (senior adoption program in cooperation with Prairie View), 1400 E. 3rd, Newton, 316-283-0839 El Dorado Animal Shelter (referrals for seniors to area rescues), 222 E Locust, 316-322-8844 Kansas Humane Society (senior adoption program available), 3313 N Hillside, 316- 524-9196 Lifeline Animal Placement & Protection (works with seniors to find the right match), 310 W. 45th St. N., 316-807-8473, 316-207-7977
Rescues Not all rescues in the area are included; these are licensed. Country Cats Rescue, cats only, 316-775-2288, countrycatsrescue@ gmail.com, members.petfinder. com/~KS86/aboutus.html K-9 Karma Animal Advocates, dogs & cats, www.ksdogrescue.com/ index.html, firstname.lastname@example.org Kansas K9 ResQ, dogs only, 316295-6534, email@example.com. Heart Bandits: American Eskimo Dog Rescue, 316-617-9363 or 903271-1514. PALS Animal Rescue, dogs & cats, 316-990-3647, palsrescue.org, firstname.lastname@example.org. Wichita Pug Rescue, Benton, email@example.com. Wichita Animal Action League, dogs & cats, www.waalrescue.org/, awos.petfinder.com/shelters/KS283. htm — Leslie Chaffin
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Sedgwick County Senior Centers
BEL AIRE 7651 E Central Park Ave 744-2451, ext 121 www.belaireks.org
Mon: 10 am Men’s fellowship, coffee. Mon & Wed: 6 pm Yoga, Rec Center. Tue: 1 pm Bridge. Wed: 9 am Low-impact aerobics, Rec Center. Fri: 9 am Breakfast at Braum’s. Mon-Fri: 8-9 am Bel Aire Walkers, Rec Center. 1st Mon: 6:30 pm Potluck & program. 2nd Mon: 11:30 am Lunch out, call for details. 3rd Wed: 1:30 pm, Book Club. 4th Mon: 6 pm Covered dish lunch, Rec Center. 4th Wed: 7 pm Bunko. 4th Thu: 2 pm Geneaology group.
BENTLEY/EAGLE 504 W Sterling, 796-0027
Open Mon-Fri: Coffee, cookies, exercise. Mon: 2 pm Line dancing, chair exercise. Wed: 1:30 pm Canasta. Sat: 8-9:30 am Breakfast, donation. 2nd Fri: 11 am Senior Lunch Out. 3rd Tue: 7 pm Game night, bring snack. 3rd Fri: noon XYZ potluck, program. 4th Sat: 7 pm Movie Night.
CHENEY 516 Main, 542-3721
Mon-Fri: 10:30 am Hot meal, reservations required; 12:15 pm Cards, games. Mon, Wed, Fri: 10-11 am Exercise program. 1st Tue: 6 pm Potluck dinner. 2nd, 3rd, 4th Tue: 7 pm Cards, games.
CLEARWATER 921 E Janet, 584-2332
Mon: 10 am-noon Blood pressure check; 1-3 pm Painting, beginning to advanced. Wed: 9 am Morning coffee. Tue, Fri: 8:45 am Tai Chi; 10 am Exercise class. 2nd Tue: noon Carry-in lunch & program. Thur: 10 am Bible study. 1st, 3rd & 4th Thu: 9 am Help with technologybring your own device.
DERBY 611 N Mulberry Rd, 788-0223
www.derbyweb.com Regular activities: Exercise programs at low or no cost, foot care, book club. Jan 6, 13, 20, 27: 1-3 pm Carving class for all levels of experience. Free. Jan 14: 4:30 pm Dinner and entertainment by Dan Mobley. $5. Jan 20, 21, 27, 28: 1:30 pm Program to reduce the fear of falling by certified coaches. $8. Jan 25: 1 pm Social coloring. $1. 1st Tue: 11:30 am Friendship Club lunch out. 3rd Tue: Noon Friendship Club; 1 pm Book Club. Reading list at front desk. 1st Thu: 9 am New-member orientation.
DOWNTOWN 200 S. Walnut, 267-0197
LINWOOD 1901 S. Kansas, 263-3703
www.seniorservicesofwichita.org Regular activities: Exercise classes, Pickleball, computer classes, foot care by appt. Jan 13: 1:30 pm Senior legal advisor Jennifer Stults will give a pressentiation. Mon: 11 am Lewis Street Singers; 1 pm Bridge; Beading Buddies. Tues: 10:30 am Single Seniors (except for 2nd Tue). Wed: 9 am Spanish class (adv); 11 am Latin Dance 1 pm Spanish (beg), Massage by Ruth Lundstedt. Thu: 9:30-11 am Drawing class. Mon & Wed 11 am Well Rep Excercises. 1st Mon: 10 am Book Club. 2nd Thurs: 9 am Wichita Coin Club. 2nd, 3rd, 4th Thu: 9:30 am Drawing Class.
www.seniorservicesofwichita.org Regular activities: Computer classes, cards, Pickleball, exercise programs, hot lunch. Jan 8: 10:15 am Find out about Linwood's exercise classes by Cherise Langenberg. Jan 11: 1:30 - 2:30 pm The Ins & Outs of Auto Insurance: What's Offered & What's Needed by Clay Cox. Jan 15: 10:15 am Managing Your Chronic Conditions by Angie King. Jan 22 : 10:15 am Making Your Money Last by Leann Smith. 3rd Wed: 10:30 am Birthday party. Mon & Fri: 9 am Dynabands; 9:30 am Stretching. Tue: 9 am Brain games; 9:30 am Fit & balance. 10:30 am Bingo. Tue & Thu: 9 am Pickleball.
EDGEMOOR 5815 E 9th, 688-9392
MCADAMS GOLDEN AGE 1329 E 16th, 337-9222
Mon-Fri: 11:30 am Hot lunch, reservation required; 10-11 am Pool, cards, bingo, dominoes, puzzles.
GARDEN PLAIN 1006 N Main, 535-1155
Tue, Thu: 9:30 am Exercise. Fri: 1 pm Cards. 1st Fri: noon Potluck, cards. 3rd Fri: noon Birthday/anniversary celebration.
GODDARD 120 N Main, 794-2441
Mon, Wed, Fri: 9-9:30 am Exercise. 1st & 4th Tue: 9:30 am-noon Cards. 2nd & 4th Thu: 10 am-4 pm Covered dish, cards, dominoes.
HAYSVILLE 160 E Karla, 529-5903
Regular activities: Cards, crafts, hot lunch. Mon, Wed, Fri: 10 am Silver Foxes exercise. Tue, Thu: 10 am STEP exercise. 1st & 3rd Wed: 11 am Blood pressure checks. 12:30 pm Bingo. 2nd Fri: 5:30 pm Birthday dinner, covered dish.
KECHI Kechi City Building, 744-017, 744-1271
3rd Thu: 6:30-7:30 pm Meeting.
LA FAMILIA 841 W 21st, 267-1700
Mon-Fri: Dance, exercise, pool, dominoes. 11:30 am-12:15 pm Hot lunch. Mon, Wed, Fri: 10 am Exercise/Ejercicio. Mon, Fri: 9:30 am-3 pm Tax-Aide, by appt. Tue, Thu: 1 pm Exercise/Ejercicio. Mon: 10 am English Class/Clase de Ingles; 1 pm Line dancing Tue: 10 am Nutrition class/Clase de nutricion. Thu: 10 am Bingo/loteria. Last Fri: 10 am Music/musica; monthly birthdays.
Regular activities: Open gym, walking, hot lunches, dominoes, cards, pool. Sun: 1-3 pm Quilting. Fri: noon-1:30 pm Sewing. Sat: noon-4:30 pm Classes: sewing, jewelry making. 2nd & 4th Tue: 10 am-noon Blood pressure checks.
MT HOPE 105 S Ohio, 667-8956
Mon: 7-10 am Coffee, donuts; 11:30 am-12:30 pm Lunch; 1-4 pm Cards. Tue, Wed, Fri: 9 am Exercise class. Tue, Wed: 10 am-3 pm Crafts, quilting. Thu: 9:30-10:30 am Line Dancing. 1st Fri: Noon Sr Citizens’ lunch.
MULVANE 632 E Mulvane, 777-4813
Daily: Walk in the gym, coffee; hot lunch; computers, dominoes, puzzles, pool, book loan. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30 am Yoga. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9 am Zumba. 2nd Tue: 7:30-9:30 am Breakfast, $3. 2nd Wed: 11:30 am Blood pressure checks. 3rd Wed: Noon-1 pm Blood pressure checks.
NORTHEAST 2121 E 21st, 269-4444
www.seniorservicesofwichita.org Daily: Dominoes, cards, Wii, pool, hot lunch. library, exercise room, computer lab. Jan 11: 10:30 am Advisory council. Jan 15: 2-4 pm Volunteer recognition party. Jan 25: 10 am Special events committee meeting. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30 am WSU exercise. Mon: 12:30 pm TOPS; 1:30 pm Sing-a-Long. Wed: 2 pm Drawing 101. Thu: 10:30 am Jewelry class, crochet class. Tue, Thu: 1 pm Spanish class.
www.seniorwednesday.org. Jan 20: 10 am Ulrich Museum of Art, Jan 6: 10 am Wichita Art Museum, Enjoy Gordon Parks: Insight into the Creative a screening of the PBS documentary Genius From Kansas by Ted Ayres. A Freedom Riders that tells the story of discussion on the life of Gordon Parks. Americans traveling together to protest Free. 1:30 pm Kansas African American the segregated South. $2. 10 am at Museum. To be announced. the Water Center Sewage Treatment Jan 27: 10 am Wichita Sedgwick County with Rebecca Lewis. The city's sewage Historical Museum, Moving People and treatment superintendent will discuss Goods on the Arkansas Valley Interurban the process of waste water. Free. Railroad by Vince Marshall. Learn about Jan 13: 10 am Sedgwick County Zoo, the developements of the AVI electric Hair vs. Fur and Everything in Between. railroad. $2. Exploration Place Water: Learn about the differences in coverings Crisis in Kansas. Learn about aquifers of mammals. $4. Wichita Public Library, and groundwater from Susan Erlenwein. Identity Theft. What to do if your identity $4 plus tax. is stolen. Free.
Fri: 10 am Crochet class; 1 pm Bridge. 1st Wed: Footcare by appointment.
OAKLAWN 2937 Oaklawn Dr, 524-7545
Daily: 11:30 am Red Cross meals. 1st Thur: 12:30 pm, Golden Agers meeting. 1st Thur & Fri: 8:30 am-5 pm, Commodities. 2nd Thu: 12:30-2:30 pm, Golden Agers bingo. $1. 4th Thu: 12:30-2:30 pm, Community bingo. $2. Every Fri: 12:30 pm Afternoon cards. Every Wed: 8:30 am Sweets & coffee, Panera Bread
ORCHARD PARK 4808 W 9th, 942-2293
seniorservicesofwichita.org Regular activities: Exercise programs, cards, pool, hot lunch, Wii bowling, dominoes, crafts. Jan 5: 8:30-10:15 am Blood pressure checks. Jan 11: 11:30 am Advisory Council Meeting. Jan 12: 11:30 am Lunch out to Hog Wild. Jan 26: 8:30 am Breakfast out to the Village Inn. Tues: 12:30-4:30 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. Jan 4: 2 pm Coloring party. Drinks provided. Jan 7: 1 pm View an old local film. Popcorn will be served. $5. Jan 19: 11 am Blood pressure clinic by Sharon Wyatt. Jan 21: 10:45 am Information and answers for questions about Section 8 and Sedgwick County Housing by Craig Perbeck. Jan 28: 2 pm Brain Bootcamp, virtual dementia training, brain games, educational information and tips and tricks for memory retention. Wed: 1 pm Walking; 2:30 pm Line Dance. Fri: 10:00 am Exercise; 7 pm Square Dance. Sat: 1 pm Pinochle. Tue & Thu: 8:30 am Wii Bowling; 10 am WellRep exercise. 1st Wed: 10:30 am Chisholm Trail Seniors catered lunch, meeting, program. 3rd Fri: 6 pm Fun, food, games.
VALLEY CENTER 316 E. Clay, 755-7335
Regular activities: Home-cooked meals; monthly outings, including casino trip; exercise programs. Mon: Donuts, coffee, cards. Tue: 10 am Brunch, $4, movie & cards; 6:30 pm Pitch, bring snack to share. Wed: 9 am Meet at Methodist Church. Thu: noon Lunch, $5. Games. Fri: noon Lunch, $4. 3rd Thu: Birthday celebration.
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ANDOVER 410 Lioba Dr, 733-4441
www.andoverks.com Regular activities: Exercise, bingo, bridge, quilt club, dominoes, cards, pool. Daily:11:30 am-12:30 pm Lunch (reservation required), $3. Mon, Wed, Fri: 10 am Exercise, pinochle. Tues & Thu: Special music at lunch. Mon: 1 pm Lunch and Cards. Tue: 10 am Blood pressure check; 10:30 am-2 pm Memory Café; 1 pm Pool & cards. Wed: 1 pm Quilt club; 1 pm Bridge. Thu: 1 pm Pool, cards & Scrabble; 3 pm Dominoes; 7-9 pm Pitch. Fri: 11:30 am Covered dish, meeting & program; 12:45 pm Prize bingo; 1:45 pm Cards. 4th Sat: 7 - 10am Monthly breakfast. provided by American Legion Post 406. Sausage gravy, biscuits, scrambled eggs & pancakes. $5.
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. Every other Tues: 7-9 pm Live music/dancing. Call for dates. Snacks/desserts welcome. 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: 12:30 pm Carry-in luncheon, blood pressure checks. Last Fri: 7 pm Movie Night.
DOUGLASS 124 W 4th, 746-3227
Regular activities: Exercise, quilting, cards, home-cooked lunch, $4 (reservation required). 1st Mon: 6 pm Finger foods & cards. 3rdMon: 6 pm Birthday/anniversary covered-dish supper, bring own service. Cards. 3rd Sat: 7:30-9:30 am Biscuits/gravy, scrambled eggs, $3.
EL DORADO 210 E 2nd, 321-0142
Regular activities: Exercise, cards, hot lunch, $2. RSVP. Mon, Fri: 10 am Aerobics. Tue: 12:30 pm Bingo; 1:30 pm Line Dance; 6:30 pm Prairie Port Singles. Tue, Thu: 9 am Coffee. Wed: 10 am Back in Balance; 1 pm Pinochle. Sat: 6:30 pm Senior activities. 2nd Thu: 11 am Blood pressure check.
Harvey County Centers BURRTON 124 N Burrton, 620-463-3225
Tue, Fri: 9:30 am Exercises. Fri: 1 pm Table games. 1st Mon: 6 pm Bunko. 2nd Thu: Noon Meal, table games. 4th Thu: 6 pm Dinner, program.
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
www.hesstonseniorcenter.com 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.
Support Groups The Center for Community Support and Research has an extensive and up-to-date listing of area support groups. Visit www.SupportGroupinKansas.org. To add or correct a listing call Angela Gaughan at 978-3843 or 1-800-445-0116 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GRAND CENTRAL 122 E 6th, Newton, 283-2222 www.newtonseniorcenter.org
Jan 4: 9:30 am Shopping trip to East Wichita. Jan 7: 7:30-8:30 am Community breakfast. $5. Jan 7: 8:30 am Community chat to discuss what events should be at the center for 2016. Jan 12: 6 pm Shared supper. Bring a dish to serve 6. Mon: 9:00 am Thai Chi, Get Lighter, Feel Better; 10-11 am Blood pressure check; 1:30 pm Golden Notes choir practice; Tue: 10:30am Computer class; 1 pm Crafts; 7 pm Line Dance. Wed: 1 pm Pinochle/cards. Thu: 1 pm Wii bowling. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30 am Arthritis exercise. 2nd & 4th Thu: 10:30 am Bingo.
SEDGWICK 107 W. Fifth, 772-0393
Mon: 1 pm Games. Tue: 7-8:30 am Breakfast. Wed: 9-11 am Quilting. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9 am Exercise. 1st Fri: 7 pm Birthday party. 2nd Thu: noon Carry-in dinner, mtg. 3rd Thu: 5 pm Dinner Night Out. 2nd Fri: 7 pm Pitch party. Last Thu: 7 pm Movie.
Clubs and Organizations and Dances are listed online at www. theactiveage.com. To ensure that the listings are up-to-date, email email@example.com, call 9425385 or mail to the active age, 125 S. West St., Ste. 105, Wichita, KS 67213
LEON 112 S Main, 745-9200 or 742-9905
Regular activities: Exercise, cards, home-cooked lunch (reservation required). Mon, Fri: 10 am Aerobics. Tues: 12:30 pm Bingo; 1:30 pm Line Dance; 6:30 pm Prairie Port Singles. Tue & Thu: 1 pm Bridge. Wed: 10 am Back in Balance; 1 pm Pinochle. 3rd Sun: 11am-1:30 pm, Home-cooked lunch, $7 adults, $3.50 children. 745-9200.
ROSE HILL 207 E Silknitter, 776-0170
Regular activities: Wii, pool table, shuffleboard, home-cooked lunch (reservation required). Mon & Wed: 9 am Strong Women Stay Young Exercise. Mon: 7 pm Pitch, games. Wed: 1 pm Bridge. Fri: 7 pm Card game. 1st Fri: 11 am Meeting, covered dish. 3rd Fri: Noon Covered dish. 1st Sat: 7-10 am Scrambled eggs, biscuits/gravy.
TOWANDA 317 Main, 536-8999
Open 10:30 am-5 pm Mon, Wed & Fri Thu: 7 am Breakfast/coffee at Stearman Bar & Grill, Benton.
WHITEWATER Legion Hall,Whitewater
2nd & 4th Tue: noon Potluck, program.
Transportation Sedgwick County
American Red Cross, 219-4040. Free rides for 60+ for medical and dialysis appointments. 24-hour notice. Ambulatory. Donations accepted. Sedgwick Co Transportation, 660-5150 or 1-800-367-7298, transportation or services info. 8 am-5 pm, Mon-Fri; closed most holidays. www.sedgwickcounty.org/aging.
Butler County Transit Weekday transportation in El Dorado, Augusta and Andover. Rides to Wichita on Wed, Thu. Call for information; 48-hr notice required: Augusta, 775-0500; El Dorado, 322-4321; toll free, 1-800-279-3655. $10 pass for 25 rides available. Wheelchair accessible; escorts ride free.
Harvey County Transportation for medical appointments, shopping and recreational activities. Reservations or information: 316-284-6802 or 1-866-680-6802. Applications for reduced fares for those 60+ or disabled who meet income guidelines. Personal appointments Mon-Fri, 8 am-5 pm. Reservations, first call-first served, must be made 24 hours in advance. Vans are wheelchair accessible. Round-trip fares: $8 in Newton (wheelchair only), $12 in Harvey County, $20 outside Harvey County. Wheelchair escorts ride free. AVI Route: Tue, 8 am-4:30 pm. Transportation to Newton for Burrton, Sedgwick, Halstead, Hesston, Walton residents. $6. Halstead: In-town transportation Mon-Fri, 9 am-3:30 pm. $1.
AARP Driver Safety Classes Eight hours of instruction. Certificate on completion for insurance discount. Class size limited; call for reservations. $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-members. Downtown Senior Center, 200 S. Walnut, 12:30-4:30 pm Jan 11 & 12, 267-0197.
Friendship Meals 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 the closest location and reservations, call 620-669-8201. WEEK OF JAN 4 Mon: Ham & beans, potatoes & onion, parslied carrots, grape juice, cornbread. Tue: Oven-fried chicken, green beans, combo salad w/dressing, Mandarin oranges, wheat roll. Wed: Tuna-noodle casserole w/ peas, broccoli, apricots, butterscotch pudding, garlic bread. Thu: Hot turkey sandwich, mashed potatoes & gravy, mixed vegetables, peaches, bread, gingersnap cookie. Fri: Taco burger w/lettuce, cheese, tomato, confetti rice, bean-medley salad, applesauce, bun. WEEK OF JAN 11 Mon: Harvest turkey soup, broccoli/ cauliflower/carrot salad, pears, crackers, oatmeal cookie. Tue: Pork roast w/gravy, sweet potatoes, green beans, strawberries, wheat roll. Wed: Cheesy potato & egg bake, mixed green salad w/dressing, grape juice, pineapple, bran muffin. Thu: Swiss steak, baked potato, spinach, applesauce, spice cake, roll. Fri: Chicken pot pie, cole slaw, glazed blueberries, sugar cookie. WEEK OF JAN 18 Mon: Meatloaf, California mash, peas, Mandarin oranges, bread. Tue: Chicken or fish sandwich w/set up, tomato soup, broccoli/carrot salad, apricots, cracker. Wed: Spaghetti w/meat sauce, combo salad w/dressing, pears, garlic bread. Thu: Creamed chicken over mashed potatoes, beets, mixed fruit, wheat roll. Fri: Ham chowder, black-eyed pea salad, peaches, crackers, peanut butter cookie. WEEK OF JAN 25 Mon: Salisbury steak or liver & onions, mashed potatoes w/gravy, stewed tomatoes, blueberries, roll. Tue: Split pea soup, mixed greens salad w/dressing, strawberries, brownie, crackers. Wed: Italian baked chicken, spinach, lima bean salad, cranberry sauce, garlic bread. Thu: Ham & egg casserole, green lentil salad, carrots, plums, cinnamon roll. Fri: Prairie chicken soup, broccoli raisin salad, stewed apples, gelatin, wheat bread.
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Resthaven, Garden of Gospels, Waterfront lot 99-A-4. Stacked plot for two with bronze marker and granite base. Value $7,500, asking $4,500 OBO. Call 316-682-0362 or 702-493-3680.
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Frigidaire 31" glass top self-cleaning range white, $200; Nice 42" five piece kitchen dining set, butcher block, white w/four chairs, $65; Very nice 38" butcher block white hutch - two glass doors on top section, $150; GE 1100 watt sensor microwave, $50. Call 316-945-2602.
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Resthaven Christus, two spaces, section 66C, 2&3. Close to sidewalk and valued $3,700/each. $4,500 for both OBO, must sell together. Call 316-214-8591.
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Moving, partial or entire estate sales. Experienced and insured. Free consultation. Competitive rates. www.salebygayle.com, 316-838-3521 or 316-206-3676
Wright One Home Improvements Kitchen & Bath remodeling. Painting. Windows. Doors. Siding. All types of flooring and home repairs. Free estimates. 316-409-2160.
F HAIR CARE F Shirkmere stylist is back for in-salon and in-home styling. Call for pricing or to schedule day or evening appointment. Ask for Mike 316-263-8794. Hair On Wheels Experienced, licensed, caring beautician in your home for shampoo, cuts and styling. Call Carol 316-992-1744.
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Apartments by the river. Studio apartments, $345; one bedroom, $385. Lower level, front door parking. Security deposit waved for seniors with this ad. 316-263-2692. Classifieds in the active age work! Call Kaydee to tap into the senior market. 942-5385
Loving Touch Cleaning & Home Repair. Residential cleaning and home repair. Customer satisfaction. Insured. Affordable. Discounts. 20+ years experience. Call Mary or Mike for free estimates. 316-650-9206.
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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. 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; email@example.com.
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Dependable caregiver for elderly person in their home. Cleaning, cooking, meds. Weekends, nights, days or overnight. 30 years experience. 316-390-956.
No Place Like Home, LLC In-home care services & more Meal prep • Transportation Housekeeping • Companionship
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Dirt Installation and Siding Repair Courteous, professional repairs. Free estimates. Concrete work. 20+ years experience. Ernie Sponsel, 316-393-5461. STILES MAINTENANCE Heating & Air • Plumbing • Light Electrical Drywall • Painting • Tile Basic Home Repairs Licensed & Insured 25% Senior Discount 316-200-6601 Odd Job Handyman Painting, mowing, yard cleanup, minor household repairs. Snow removal. Free estimates. Call Joel 316-772-8629. Handyman. Plumbing, electrical, heating, floors, doors, windows, screens, walls and more. HVAC certified. Licensed & insured. Senior discounts. Call John 316-650-3013.
Bathroom and kitchen remodels. Room additions. Garages and sheds. Licensed and insured.
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Fix all cracks, walls, ceilings and all textures. 32 years experience. Free estimates. Senior discount. Duane Ball 316-648-5221.
Repairs. Free estimates. 316-312-4391. Semi-retired maintenance man. Experienced in most phases of maintenance & roofing. Light hauling. Sedgwick County only. Call Paul 316-312-9970
Todd Wenzel 316-393-4488 YEAR AROUND HAULING HANDYMAN
Winter cleanup or removal, odd jobs, fence work and repairs. Inside paint, sheet rock or help. 316-807-4989.
Nelsen Construction 316-665-1644
Remodeling, Restoration, Fire/Water Damage, Residential/Commercial Painting, All Household Repairs. Lic. #K03-45-7453. Insured. Call for specials!
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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
Construction Services General Contractor - Class A, licensed & insured to do it all. We provide the skills, materials, and coordinate the entire home improvement project for you. Sit back as we deliver a product that exceeds your expectations!
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Place an ad: 942-5385 F HOME IMPROVEMENTS CONT F Handyman RX - We have a remedy for all your ”fix-it” jobs. Snow removal, winter home maintenance, gutters, garage cleanup, deck repair, hauling, etc. You don’t want to do it? We will. Call for HELP! 316-217-0882. Free estimates and senior discounts. Molina Electric - Wichita Lic #1364 Comm. or Residential wiring. Service calls. New electric service. Troubleshooting. Business 524-0434, Cell 461-2199.
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Painting, repair, replacement of chimney, siding, decks, fence and hauling. See us on angieslist. com. Be Blessed. Thank you. KC Kimball 316-789-9639, 316-250-2265.
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Steps, porches, patios, sidewalks, retaining walls, driveways & garage floors. Also 4-inch steps with 18-inch landings for seniors. Licensed, bonded, insured. Free estimates
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Any size project, large or small. You name it. We do it the right way. Lic. general contractor, residential/ commercial, tree & stump removal. 20 years experience.
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Furniture Repair & Refinish Antique, Modern, or Cane. Reasonable pick-up & delivery. Clark 250-9533 or 788-5805.
Hail Repair Specialist Roofing • Siding • Windows Guttering • Free Estimates Senior Discounts 10% off complete job License #7904 • Insured
316-312-2177 F LAWN AND GARDEN F P&A Landscaping 316-708-7236 Holiday lighting, snow removal, Complete lawn care, leaves and storm cleanup. Any odd job. Residential and commercial. Gutters clean. Senior discount. Total yard clean-up, flower beds and bushes, tree trimming and stump grinding, attics, garages and basements. LEAF cleanup and HAULING.
Including all yard debris. 316-516-4630 or 316-838-5710 Mike E. 316-708-1472
Snow removal, mowing, leaf and gutter cleanup, tree trimming, hauling, roto-tilling. Chimney repairs. Brick, block and stone repair.
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Handyman/hauling, tree trimming/removal, snow removal and all winter weather care. 316-347-6663. Christian Lawn Care Mowing, verti-slicing, core-aerating, overseeding, new lawns, mulching flower beds, cleanup, shrub trimming and removal, gutter cleaning, hauling. Senior discount. Steve 316-685-2145. 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.
MOWING Spring/Fall Cleanup Tree trim/removal Junk/Snow removal Brock Eastman • 316-765-1677 F PERSONALS F Old fashioned active senior lady with a young spirit looking for friends, male and female. Let's enjoy life together! 316-390-4057. Christian man, 70s, seeking dedicated Christian women similar age, interests. No tobacco, alcohol, drugs. For the real story, 316-516-0704.
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.
F TREE SERVICE F Estrada’s Tree Service
Trimming, crown reduction, removal. Storm damage prevention. Hauling. Firewood. Free estimates. Insured. Senior discount. Felix Estrada, 316-617-4392.
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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 Prompt, Immediate, Professional service. Crown reduction, trimming or removal. Trees, hedgerows, evergreens & shrubs. Residential line clearing and roofs. Bucket truck available. We climb also. Gutter cleaning, yard raking, firewood for sale. Handyman work. Over 29 years’experience. Sr discounts. Insured. 24 Hour emergency storm damage available. Snow removal and Christmas lights. Call 316-207-8047.
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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. Looking for free Christian books. They can be children or adult books, bibles or anything else Christian related. Please call 305-6067.
F TOO LATE TO CLASSIFY F Older American's Budgets Deals: 73" DLP TV, $150; 51" DLP TV, $125; 65" DLP TV, $140; 36" TV Console, free. Call 706-9763 or 440-8959. Savings for people with disabilities: 42" LED Smart TV, $180; 47" LED TV, $200; 55" DLP TV; 36" Table Top TV, free. Call 706-9763 or 440-8959.
Felipe Tree Service Evergreen trimming. Tree removal. Brush hauling. Splitting. Deadwooding. Insured. Free estimates. 12 years experience. 316-807-4419.
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Phone call scams include IRS, jury duty, more
By Marc Bennett Each month our office tracks the number of calls that come into our consumer protection division. In the middle of the holidays, one would think that scammers hawking fake charities might have been the most common. I was surprised to learn that, like much of the rest of last year’s scams, phone calls made up 60 percent of the complaints in December. While it seems that I mention this in nearly every article, the most often cited is the “IRS Scam.” You receive a call from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. The caller tells you that you have been audited, and you submitted an incorrect tax return. You are told you must pay immediately over the phone or face arrest on a tax warrant. The remaining are the “jury scam,”
Tour de Wichita
Take a virtual ride across Wichita as you explore new literary genres in this year's adult Winter Reading program, Tour de Wichita. Pick up a reading guide and tour map beginning Jan. 4 at any of the eight Wichita public libraries. The tour ends March 18. There are more than a dozen genres to explore, each inspired by a well-known site. For example, read a sports book for Lawrence Dumont Stadium, historical fiction for the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum or a western for Cowtown.
the “lottery scam” and the “grandparent scam.” The “jury scam” involves a phone call threatening you with arrest for failure to report for jury duty unless you pay your fine now, over the phone. As I’ve written before, if you miss jury duty you’ll get another summons in the mail, NOT a call from the jury clerk or a collection agent. The “lottery scam” has several variations, but generally you’re told you have won a lottery of some kind. You’ll get the payment as soon as you provide a bank account number where it can be wired, or you are asked to pay a small processing fee with your credit card. In these three scams, please remember, no one from the IRS, the Sheriff ’s
Are you a senior in need of transportation in or around Park City? Its Senior Center is starting a volunteer transportation program for those 60+. The center is looking for volunteer drivers 55 or older who are registered as an RSVP volunteer with Sedgwick County. Preferred times and distances can be specified by the driver. In addition to helping seniors, volunteer drivers also will be supporting the senior center. It will receive $7 per round trip to create more programs and opportunities for seniors. If you are already driving a senior, call to be signed up for the program. A
Department or the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission will ever call and demand payment. If you receive such a call, tell them you are calling my office and hang up. As saying goes, “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” Finally, the “grandparent scam.” You receive a call from someone who says he or she is your grandchild. The panicked-sounding voice asks, “Grandma, is that you?” When you answer, “John, are you OK?,” the scammer now knows the name of the grandchild and begins to reel you in. The typical story involves a claim of an arrest in a foreign country or out of state. “I can’t get ahold of anyone else, and the only way I can get out is if you pay the bondsman over the phone,” says the desperate caller. Bottom line, no matter how convincing the caller may be, and no
matter how much they may sound like your grandchild, it’s a scam. Period. I’m sorry I have to keep repeating these same warnings each month, but with 60 percent of our calls involving phone scams, I’d rather risk being redundant than see one citizen get taken by these crooks. Remember, the best way to get restitution is not to get scammed in the first place. Marc Bennett, marc.bennett@ sedgwick.gov, 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, 6603600, or email email@example.com. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a crime, call 911 immediately.
volunteer coordinator also is also needed to assist with scheduling rides. Pick up an application at the Senior Center; to schedule a ride call Madison, 316-744-1199.
County Extension Center, 21st and Ridge Road. Registration is $15 prior to Jan. 22; $25 after Jan. 22. Deadline is Jan. 27. Topics include Landscape Design Made Simple; 10 Best Trees for Your Landscape; 10 Best Shrubs for Your Landscape; Perennials for Kansas; Prairie Star Annuals; How to Kill Your Plants; Your Gardening Personality; Starting from Seed; Winter Vegetable Gardening; Container Gardening; and Raised Bed Gardening Register online at sedgwick.ksu.edu or call Janel Leatherman, 660-0138.
Are you new to gardening and designing your landscape? Are you a longtime gardener who needs some inspiration and new ideas? Want to learn more about landscape design and gardening? The Design & Grow Gardening Workshop is just for you. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Sedgwick
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Let’s Go First Saturday Bird Walk, Kauffman Museum, 2801 N. Main, Newton. 8:30 am Sat, Jan 2. Selma to Montgomery: The Long Walk to Freedom, Kansas African American Museum. Jan 10-April 18. This exhibition includes an audio/visual presentation and photographs of the event that set the stage for the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Turquoise: Stone of the People, Sat, Jan 16, at Mid-America All-Indian Center, 650 N. Seneca. This exhibit will show examples of turquoise and silver jewelry. $7 adults, $5 elders, students and military. Fargo - Classic Film Series at the Orpheum, 7 pm Thu, Jan 21. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of this movie. $5 general admission, $4 students, seniors & military.
Winter Classic Concert Women and Children by the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, 4 pm Sat, Jan 24. Newton High School, 900 W. 12th. Senior Thursday, Kansas Aviation Museum. 10-11 am Thu, Jan 14. This program brings a different historical presentation each month. They are free and open to the public. Lunchtime Lecture, Botanica Wichita Gardens, 701 Amidon. 11 am -12:15 pm Wed, Jan 27. Program to be announced. Actor & Comedian Sinbad, The Orpheum, 200 N. Broadway, 8 pm Fri, Jan 29. Sinbad brings his brand of stand-up comedy to Wichita. $35-$35 tickets available through Select-ASeat.
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who made a deathbed promise to her mother to continue the struggle for equal rights. For the past 13 years, fulfillment of that promise has taken the form of serving as a member of the Kansas Legislature, which convenes on Jan. 11 in Topeka. “For as long as I can remember growing up, mama was always out advocating equal rights,” said FaustGoudeau, a Democrat and the first African-American woman elected to the Kansas Senate. “Me being an elected official is not just something I do. It’s who I’ve been. I’ve always been in the arena, whether at a rally or a meeting with my mother. … She wanted our lives to be better, and I want my daughters’ lives to be better and in turn our community and our state.” Faust-Goudeau said she first started thinking about running for the legislature when Jonathan Wells, who had been principal at Allison Junior High when she went to school there, told her that he planned to retire from his House seat representing the 84th
District. She ran for Wells’ seat in 2002, but lost to fellow Democrat Donald Betts. A year later Betts was appointed to serve out the remainder of the term of retiring State Sen. Rip Gooch; FaustGoudeau was appointed to serve out Betts’ House term. In 2004 she became the first African-American woman elected to represent the 84th District. She was re-elected in 2006. In 2008 she succeeded Betts and became the first African-American woman elected to the Kansas Senate. She was re-elected by a wide margin in 2012. “I represent some of the richest people – Charles Koch has a home in my district – and there are some of the lowest income people.” Her 29th District roughly covers everything from the Little Arkansas River on the west to Woodlawn on the east and from K-96 on the north to Kellogg on the south. “I sometimes feel like it’s an uphill battle because I have three strikes – I’m black, I’m a Democrat and I’m a woman. In Kansas, you have 40 senators, and there are 13 women. The majority
"Speak up! We're listening!" That's what United Way wants you to hear, as it conducts a survey to determine social, health and human service needs in south-central Kansas. Surveys were mailed the first of January to a random sample of households in Sedgwick, Butler, Cowley, Harvey, Kingman and Reno counties. It asks residents to evaluate the health and income needs in their households and their neighborhoods. Surveys completed by adult males are particularly valuable. “The strength of United Way is not only local control, but the ability and desire to listen to our community," says Patrick J. Hanrahan, president and
CEO. “This study is the backbone of our priority funding system, and we urge everyone who is asked to participate. It does make a difference.” If you didn't receive a survey but want to participate, it’s available at www.speakupsurvey.org. It must be returned by Jan. 22. This is the second year that United Way has partnered Via Christi Health and the Sedgwick County Health Department to produce a single community needs assessment. The assessment allows United Way to identify unmet needs, provide information to volunteers and various levels of government and ensure that funding reaches urgently needed programs.
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State Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau and her late mother, Oretha Faust, are pictured in a display along the Redbud bike trail at 13th and Roosevelt. is still men. From the political aspect, Democrat and Republican, right now it’s eight Democrats out of 40 senators.” And she is one of only two African-Americans in the Senate. During her time in the Legislature, 11 bills she introduced or co-sponsored have become law. She is proudest of the Grandparents as Care Givers Act, which provides financial assistance to low-income grandparents who find themselves having to raise their grandchildren. She also is proud of a law that extends health insurance coverage to the families of firefighters killed in the line of duty. “It’s been pretty good, even with those three strikes,” she said. “One thing that has helped me the most is to make sure I go out in the community and try to attend neighborhood association meetings, meetings at City Hall, and in churches and small groups.” In the upcoming legislative session, Faust-Goudeau expects that education funding will continue to be a major issue. “It’s a given,” she said. “We all want our children educated so they can have a better life. Whether it’s private school, charter school or public school,
at the end of the day it comes down to money. That’s what we always debate: where does the money go, which districts get more money.” Faust-Goudeau also thinks expansion of Medicaid to more low-income Kansans, a feature of the federal Affordable Care Act that has been rejected so far by the Republic leadership, will be on the table. The Kansas Hospital Association is pushing hard for it, and in November the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce called for it. “I think we are going to be surprised,” she said. Faust-Goudeau is working on several pieces of legislation dealing with economic development, children in foster care, payday loans and voter registration. Because young adults have to show their birth certificate to get their driver’s license, she thinks the state should automatically register them to vote at that time. Whatever comes up, she plans to follow her mother’s instruction to “keep on, keeping on.” Contact Ken Stephens at Ken.Stephens@sbcglobal.net See related story, next page
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Kansas’ legislators return to Topeka Jan. 16 By Mary Tritsch Members of the Kansas legislature return to Topeka for the 2016 session on Jan. 11. AARP’s Kansas’ staff and volunteers will be at the Statehouse advocating on issues important to older Kansans. They include helping Kansans remain in their own communities, quality healthcare, financial security and consumer protection. Many of these issues were left on the table during the 2015 session. It’s pretty clear that the state budget and school funding will again be priorities. Added to the mix is the fact that this is an election year for state representatives and some state senators. The following are a few of the topics we’ll be keeping an eye on: Taxes and the impact certain tax exemptions or non-exemptions will have on Kansans, especially older Kansans and those on fixed incomes. As reported in the news last December, the Special Committee on Taxation is going to recommend that House and Senate tax committees start work
on examining hundreds of millions of dollars of tax exemptions over the next two or three years. The committees will look at business and property taxes and sales and income taxes to determine just what result those breaks are designed to accomplish -- and whether they have met their goals. We want to make sure that efforts to balance the state budget don’t negatively affect those who can least afford it. Caregiving and the CARE Act that would enable hospital patients to designate a caregiver who would be informed of the patient’s discharge from the hospital and be given instructions on how to take care of the patient, i.e. dispense medication, dress wounds, give injections when the patient is home and thus help prevent the patient from being readmitted to the hospital. The CARE Act is just one way of supporting Kansas’ 345,000 caregivers
who provide millions of dollars of care each year so that their family members and loved ones can remain in their own homes. Retirement security for Kansas’ workers. Many don’t have access to an employer-based retirement plan. About 42 percent of private-sector workers ages 18 to 64 work for businesses that do not offer a retirement plan. Efforts to help these workers save money through a payroll deduction plan are important and will make it easier for working Kansans to save for retirement. Dental health, especially for those living in rural communities. A proposal from the 2015 session by the Kansas Dental Project would allow Registered Dental Practitioners, who are highly trained dental hygienists, to work in community settings and provide high-quality oral care to underserved populations, including the elderly. This will free up dentists to do more complex procedures and will help with the shortage of dentists in some counties.
Expanded healthcare coverage. Medicaid (KanCare) Expansion would allow health care coverage to an estimated 150,000 plus Kansans, including about 20,000 aged 50 to 64 who don’t yet qualify for Medicare. Many more issues are sure to arise during 2016, including nursing and long-term care issues, funding of the Kansas Public Employee Retirement System, consumer protection and elder abuse — both physical and financial. The 2016 session promises to be interesting. We encourage Kansans to stay in contact with legislators and let them know what issues you support or oppose and why. For contact information about your legislator, visit www.kslegislature.org or call 1-800-432-3924. To contact us at AARP, call 1-866-448-3619 or visit our website at www.aarp.org/ks. Mary Tritsch is the associate state director of communications for AARP. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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ciatica describes the symptoms of leg pain—tingling, numbness or weakness—that originate in the lower back and travel down the large sciatic nerve in the back of the leg.
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Symptoms of Sciatica:
● A complete nerve, muscle and spinal exam, including a full set of x-rays (if needed) to diagnose the cause of your Sciatica
● A thorough analysis of your exam Sciatica is often characterized by one and x-ray findings so I can show you or a combination of the following how to fix the problem symptoms: ● I’ll answer all your questions ● Constant pain in only one side of about our treatment programs and the buttock or leg Sciatica ● Pain that is worse when sitting ● Leg pain that is often described as burning, tingling or searing (vs. a dull ache)
For most people, the good news is that Sciatica pain will heal within a few weeks. To take me up on this special offer, you must call before December 31st.
● Weakness, numbness or difficulty moving the leg or foot
Call 316.746.6656 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday to schedule your appointment.
● A sharp pain that may make it difficult to stand up or to walk
Our office is conveniently located on the west side of North Rock Road, across the street from Bradley Fair in the Waddell & Reed Building.
Common Causes of Sciatica Sciatica is not a medical diagnosis in and of itself, but a symptom of an underlying medical condition. In order to treat Sciatica with the appropriate treatment plan, it is
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