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By Ken Stephens When the city of Wichita was working on a downtown master plan in 2010, late in the process someone realized that they had forgotten to seek the opinions of the bicycling community. As Barry Carroll recalled, the city hastily convened a gathering of “the usual suspects.” After the meeting, one of the facilitators asked Carroll how often the group of cyclists got together. Carroll had to admit that there really wasn’t a group. “A light bulb came on. Maybe I should do something,” he recalled. Carroll got a copy of the meeting’s sign-up sheet and sent an email inviting them to meet and discuss forming an advocacy group. Soon, Bike Walk Wichita (BWW)

was meeting regularly, but informally, in borrowed space. Today, it’s an official non-profit organization and recently opened Photo by Rob Howes headquarters at Jack Murphy, right, visits with Kevin Bomhoff, and 131 S. Laura. Sara Sheffield. There is room 2 to nearly 100, said President Kim for classes and to store donated bicyNeufeld. Among board members, cles and parts. Volunteers meet there Carroll will be 69 this month, Murphy Thursday nights and Saturday afteris 58 and Jane Byrnes is 71. noons to repair bikes that are then Byrnes, a retired dietician, is an given to homeless or other people enthusiastic proponent of walking. who need a ride to work, and children “Although it’s good for all ages, it whose parents can’t afford to buy a is so appropriate for 55-plus folks who bike. take so many pills and...could beneThey work with the police departfit hugely from the physical activity ment’s Homeless Action Team to help of walking – plus the fresh air and identify those who need transportathe neighborliness of seeing flowers, tion so they can work. people and pets at two to three miles BWW also helps with Bike to per hour.” School Day and the annual count of pedestrians and bicyclists for the See Bike, page 14 Wichita Area Planning Commission. When trails, bike lanes or other issues important to walkers and riders come before the city council, county commission or state legislature, the By Elma Broadfoot organization sends out an “advocacy THANK YOU. We asked for your alert” so its followers can express their help, and you’ve donated from $10 views to elected representatives, such to $100 and more. Take a look at the as when Wichita was working on its $75,000 goal graph and see how we’re Bicycle Master Plan in 2013. doing. We’ve got a ways to go, but Though it has no formal memberwhat a great start. ship list, board member Jack Murphy Your response and donations to said it has a mailing list of more than The Silver Campaign to help us con600 people and 2,000 who keep up tinue coming into your home is both with it on Facebook. encouraging and gratifying. “If you walk and you live in WichYou’ve told us you “love” and ita or you own a bike, you’re already “enjoy” reading the active age, and that one of us,” he said. you look forward to it each month. Participants range from about age You’ve encouraged us to “keep up

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active age wins awards The active age won four awards in the 2015 Kansas Press Association contest. This newspaper competed against papers across the state. The awards will be presented April 23 in Overland Park. “I am so very proud of our writers and our staff,” said Fran Kentling, editor. The Non-Daily Division III winners are: Religion Story -- Second Place, St. Nicholas role model for Christmas by Debbi Elmore Feature Story -- Third Place, Orphan Trains: Wichitan shares family legacy by Elma Broadfoot Sports Feature Story -- Third Place, Decades of history precede 81st NBC opener by Bob Rives In the News and Writing Excellence category the paper received First Place. It was awarded on “an overall evaluation of the newspaper’s news and writing ability...based on writing styles, originality, headlines and general interest.” The judges were journalism professors at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

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Wichita Senior Services unveils logo Senior Services of Wichita took a major step into the future when it unveiled its new logo and website during a recent brand-launch party. Hundreds of center participants, volunteers, staff and the community at large joined in the celebration. The rebrand project was inspired by the Marketing Committee, which is made up of Senior Services board and

staff members and several marketing professionals. In an effort to increase public

awareness and promotion of the four senior centers, the committee decided they needed a “facelift,” said Laurel Alkire, executive director. The new logo and website enhancements were the first steps. “The board wanted to be proactive

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300,” said CPAAA’s Cathy Landwehr. The fashion show will be in Lotus Hall at Botanica, The Wichita Gardens. It’s a “fun event for volunteer models and our audience,” she said. Potential models are invited to a Tea from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at Lotus Hall to learn about the show and sign up if interested. Potential and participating models should RSVP to Landwehr at 316660-5232 or email by May 10.

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Soothsayer’s warning: Beware the ides of April

By Ted Blankenship I’m sure you’ve heard of ides. It’s what an Englishman does when he doesn’t want to be found. Well, that may be true, but it’s not what I wanted to write about. I’m referring to ides as it applies to certain months, such as “the ides of March.” That’s when Julius Caesar was assassinated, on March 15, 44 B.C. The Romans, of course, had no idea they were living in B.C. If you want the whole truth, we don’t really know when Caesar was killed because the Romans were using the Julian calendar which wasn’t all that reliable. All the people under Roman rule (a whole bunch then), most of Europe and most European settlements such as America used the Julian calendar until Pope Gregory XIII decided in 1582 that a new one was needed, and it should be named after him. If you want to beware of the ides of a month, you could use several different months. Ides are the 15th day of March, May, July and October, and the 13th of the others that existed in the Julian calendar. The famous Caesar quote about ides is, “The ides of March have come.” Not exactly a blockbuster quote when compared to other stuff he said. As every student of Latin knows, he also said,

“All Gaul is divided into three parts (Gallia est omnia divisa in partes tres).” Translated into modern English, Julius was saying, “Gaul is all divided into parts three.” Ancient Romans often talked backwards. What he meant was that Gaul was made up of France, Belgium and the Po Valley, probably a depressed economic area. I can’t imagine Caesar was saying this to the people of Gaul. Obviously they already knew they were divided into three parts. Another famous thing Caesar said was, “Et tu Brute?” That was when he was about to be stabbed by Brutus and some other ancient Romans. Suetonius, also known as a boy named Sue, contended that Caesar said these words in Greek. So when Caesar blurted out et tu Brute maybe Brutus misunderstood because he didn’t speak Greek. Maybe he thought Caesar said, “Your mother eats broccoli.” Maybe we are digressing. You probably didn’t know that the original Roman calendar, put together in about the 8th century B.C., was only 10 months long, or 304 days. And it began on March 1. If we still used that calendar today, we could put April 15 somewhere in January or February, neither of which existed then. Because there would be no April 15, there would be no income tax. King Numa Pompilius added January and February a little before

700 B.C. thus paving the way for the Internal Revenue Service. England adopted the new Gregorian calendar in 1752. By then the Julian calendar was off by about 11 days. So on Sept. 3, the British decided it was really September 14, thereby causing approximately a week and a half to vanish (like balancing your checkbook).

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Wichita’s 1st oil well: Everything went wrong

By Ken Stephens In 1890s Wichita, competition with other cities for new industry was no less than it is today. The difference was that Wichita worried about towns in eastern Kansas rather than Oklahoma City or Dallas. “Hutchinson had salt, and the eastern towns had oil and gas, and Wichita, the Peerless Princess of the Plains, sat here with nothing,” said Larry Skelton, a retired geologist who has written about the history of oil and gas exploration in Kansas. “At the time, cities in eastern Kansas like Chanute, Iola, all over eastern Kansas, there was a tremendous boom in natural gas and oil and that was bringing in heavy industry,” he said. “Sixty to 70 percent of the zinc smelting capacity of the United States was in eastern Kansas, and there was a major glass factory. And about every city had a brick factory, and these were all powered by natural gas. “Wichita’s city fathers were biting their fingernails. They could see Chanute become a major industrial city. There was a great deal of jealousy.” Determined to do something about it, Wichita’s city council in 1894 authorized $10,000 in municipal bonds to drill a well in search of coal, gas, oil or salt. Skelton, who retired as assistant director for the Kansas Geological Survey’s Wichita operations in 2006, stumbled across a mention of the Wichita well while reading through

century-old Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science. The minutes of the meeting on Jan. 3, 1896, said that James R. Mead, one of the founders of Wichita, had provided a brief progress report on the well. Skelton couldn’t find any more information from state or private geological data, so he turned to the Wichita Public Library. He spent more than 40 hours combing through microfilm copies of The Wichita Eagle and The Wichita Beacon. This was a big deal, Skelton said. “It was financed by the city, and it turned out as so many city-financed things do. It was literally money down a hole.” From the time drilling began on Oct. 19, 1895, until failure was conceded and the well abandoned in May 1897, The Eagle or The Beacon, then separate papers, reported on the progress frequently, sometimes, Skelton noted, with more enthusiasm than the facts warranted. “A city council member or the city engineer was on site at all times, and just about anything that could go wrong drilling a well went wrong.” The well was started near 15th and Market, but after striking a vast “underground lake,” the well started caving in. The site was abandoned in November 1895 and moved one block east to 15th and Broadway, where drilling began anew a few days later. The drilling became a spectator sport, at times attracting hundreds

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Wichita’s first oil well would have been drilled somewhere in this area of 15th and Broadway, looking from the southwest corner. The bike path leading off into the background used to be a Missouri-Pacific railroad track. A January 1897 report in the Beacon newspaper described brine bubbling up from the well and flowing steadily down the railroad right of way. of people, so the drillers erected a tall wooden fence to keep the crowds back. Newspaper reports dutifully noted the depth of the well, the type of soils or rock encountered and the depth of each stratum. When the drillers hit crystalline gypsum at about 148 feet down on early December 1895, some of the spectators

began theorizing that it was glass formed by sand heated at the creation of the world. At 505 feet, the drillers appeared to hit oil, but the “Trenton rock” was thin and the oil light and of little commercial value, so they kept going. Fifty feet deeper they encountered See next page

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Journalist's Gridiron show April 14-16 The Farce Awakens is the title of this year’s Gridiron show at 8 p.m. Thursday- Saturday, April 14-16, at the Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. Members of the Kansas Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists perform in what it calls “Wichita’s original news parody musical.” This is the show’s 48th year. The audience will recognize many

of the local media folks singing, dancing and poking fun at local, state and federal newsmakers. Each year unexpected mystery guests also appear. Thursday tickets are $24 balcony, $27 orchestra. Friday and Saturday they are $29 balcony, $32 orchestra. The money raised is for journalism scholarships. Last year $8,000 was awarded.

drilling tools were caught in the bottom of the hole, about 1,600 feet down. The council decided to ream the hole to remove the tools and, on Oct. 12, 1896, at a depth of about 1,300 feet, natural gas was discovered – though not of any commercial value – and the tubing began to belch salt water to the surface and down the street. A few months later, on April 30, 1897, the city council conceded defeat at 1,800 feet and voted to abandon the well. At the time, Skelton said, there was very little geological research into where to drill. “If you had land and you had money to drill, that’s how it was done, and if you hit oil, an oil company was formed.”

In that respect, Wichita’s city well was a true wildcat. They had land, money to drill and no idea where to drill successfully. “There was nothing there, and the city micromanaged it,” Skelton said. “They dragged it out a couple of years.” Elsewhere in Sedgwick County, oil and gas were found in Eastborough, Valley Center and other places. “There were wells in the city, but they weren’t owned by the city,” he said. “This was going to be the city’s deal.” Today, there is no evidence of the city well. The site is west of Broadway and south of 15th Street, near where a bicycle trail on an abandoned railroad line reaches Broadway from the southwest. Contact Ken Stephens at

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their third “subterranean river,” this one saturated with salt. Water continued to be a problem and, in January 1896, they decided to case the well to a depth of 900 feet. But three days after the casing was completed, it collapsed and had to be removed and replaced, resulting in a month-long delay in drilling. Three days after drilling resumed, a 12-foot-deep cavity was entered and steam poured out through the borehole. The Eagle then printed a presumably facetious theological story suggesting that the well had penetrated Hell. Some years earlier, The Eagle noted, a preacher had predicted that Hell would one day be found within 10 miles of Wichita. Three days later, though, The Eagle reported that the steam was probably caused by water in

the well contacting decomposed lime. Over the next few months, the drillers continued to encounter subterranean rivers and more cave ins. They also hit a vein of coal, but it was only 32 inches thick, or seven feet thick, depending on the report. But Skelton said that cuttings and logs from other wells drilled within a mile of the city well in later years suggest that the drillers probably found black shale rather than coal. In March 1896, The Eagle reported that the drill bit became magnetized, attracting nails and even a dog wearing an iron collar. A city councilman freed the dog by bracing a foot against the bit and wrenching the collar free, only to find that the nails in his boot were stuck to the bit. Just as mysteriously as the magnetism developed, it disappeared and drilling resumed normally. Optimism rose as the drill reached greater depths, but on May 11, 1896, the casing collapsed again and the

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‘Hey, your pants are unzipped’ – ‘April fools’ By Elma Broadfoot Peanut butter spread on the underside of a doorknob. Tiny holes punctured under the lip of a plastic cup. Plain donuts coated in baking soda rather than powdered sugar. These are just a few of the more benign April Fools’ pranks pulled over the years. But for how many years? There’s no certainty about the origin of April Fools’ Day. However, it may date back to 1582 when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. As a result, the New Year moved from the last week of March through April 1 to

January 1. People were slow to get the news or to make the switch. Historians have linked April Fools’ Day to ancient festivals. Its been tied to the vernal equinox “when Mother Nature fooled people with changing, unpredictable weather,” reports history. com. In recent times, newspapers, radio and TV stations, and websites have reported outrageous claims that have fooled their audiences. In 1957, the British Broadcasting Corporation reported that Swiss farmers were experiencing a record spaghetti crop. “Against a video backdrop of happy peasant women harvesting spaghet-

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ti from trees. ...the spaghetti’s oddly uniform length was explained as the result of years of dedicated cultivation,” according to More than 250 people jammed the BBC switchboard wanting to know if they could buy spaghetti plants for themselves. In 1985, Sports Illustrated tricked its readers with an article about a rookie pitcher named Sidd Finch who could throw a fastball more than 168 miles per hour. In 1996, Taco Bell duped people when it announced it had agreed to purchase Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell to rename it the Taco Liberty Bell. April 1 also has historical, cultural and social significance: In 1789, the first U.S. House of Representatives elected the first speaker of the house, Pennsylvania Rep. Frederick Augustus Conrad Muhlenberg. A sampling of other events occur-

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Scammers now targeting timeshare owners By Marc Bennett We have received several complaints regarding scams directed at people who own timeshare property. While timeshares offer many people a far less expensive way to access a property in a resort-type setting, scammers have increasingly targeted this group. Somehow the scammers have obtained lists of timeshare owners — likely through information hacking. Armed with the owner’s contact information, the scammers contact them by phone or email and claim that they can sell their timeshare for a fee. Victims have provided credit card numbers to pay for fees ranging from several hundred to a few thousand dollars. Once the fee is paid, the company often becomes evasive. Calls go unanswered, numbers disconnected and websites rendered inaccessible. One company told the owner that they were aggressively marketing the property on their website and took several thousand dollars for their effort. The scammers provided a link to the listing. However the description of the victims’ timeshare was inaccurate, and the

photos were of a completely different property. Additionally, the listing website didn’t show up in popular search engine results, generating no web traffic. Eventually the victims were unable to contact the company at all. Some scammers have gone so far as telling the owner that they have a “serious buyer.” However, they insist that additional fees/more money is needed up-front to facilitate the final sale. This past summer, Consumer Reports published these tips for consumers with timeshare property.: First, be wary of upfront fees. Legitimate fees are typically paid after the sale is concluded or are deducted from the sale price. Second, do not wire money, pay in cash or send a money order, certified bank or cashier’s check. Money sent by these methods is very difficult for law enforcement officials to recover. It is as good as lost. Third, do your research. Do not be tricked by a fancy address or professional-looking website. Contact the attorney general in the state where the time-share property is located, its local

consumer protection agencies and/or better business bureau and ask if there are any complaints against this company. Fourth, check with your resort. Find out whether it imposes any restrictions, fees or other limitations associated with sales. Ask if it has its own resale program or has ever worked with the reseller who has contacted you. Fifth, demand everything in writing. Consider having an attorney review the documents before you sign anything. Sixth, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Timeshare re-sale scammers often promise they have a

buyer who is ready and willing to pay a lot in order to get you to send money. Be cautious; no one can promise a quick sale. Remember, the best way to get restitution is not get scammed in the first place. Marc Bennett, marc.bennett@, is the Sedgwick County District Attorney. If you have been the victim of a consumer fraud violation or know about a possible fraudulent scheme, call the Consumer Protection Division, 6603600, or email If you or a loved one has been the victim of a crime, call 911 immediately.

Could it be that King Tut's tomb was a handy, makeshift burial chamber when he died suddenly at the age of 19? The Association of Mature American Citizens reports that at least one Egyptologist believes the tomb was actually built for his predecessor, Queen Nefertiti. Archeologist Nicholas Reeves is out to prove that Nefertiti's remains lie behind a wall in Tut's burial chamber. She died more than 3,300 years ago, and her body has never been found. Apparently, Reeves suggests, Tut

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Functional fitness needed to perform daily activities By Steve Ochsner There are many types of fitness: aerobic (runners, swimmers); strength (power athletes, weight lifters); and flexibility (yoga). But if you are a bit older, functional fitness is probably the most important of all. It is the level of fitness required to perform the activities of daily life (ADL) and continue to live independently. ADL are like snowflakes or grains of sand. No two are the same. The active age readers come in various shapes and sizes, so there is no such thing as a standard functional fitness program. When I was a personal trainer I would sit down with a client who wanted to be a faster runner or a stronger football player and show them pretty universally accepted things to help them reach their goal. Not so with functional fitness. Everyone is different so there are different needs, capabilities and limitations.

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If you are 55 to 65, and perhaps in a job that is largely sedentary, your needs may be focused on losing Steve Ochsner some weight. Or maybe to be fit enough to golf or to wrestle your boat in and out of the lake. If you are 65 to 75, you may want is to be able to keep up with grandkids, cut the grass or do odd jobs around the house. Maybe you want to travel to see your children or take that dream vacation. If you are 75 to 85, you probably still want to keep up the house, shop for your groceries, do your laundry and be able to care for yourself and your spouse. Maintaining your independence may be more challenging than it was in decades past. Families have gotten more geographically spread out. Many seniors don’t have family nearby. There’s no one around to provide assistance to an aging parent. Being able to shop, to go to church or visit a friend requires driving. Shop-

ping requires more stamina, strength and agility than it did in the past. What about maintaining one’s home or car; retaining the cognitive skills to figure out taxes, wills and estate planning; and all the other things that require clear-headed thinking. It is a challenge, and whatever your age or life situation I bet you still want to live independently. To be functionally fit you need: • Cardiovascular fitness to walk, climb stairs and do other activities that require you to be on your feet and moving. • Muscular strength to lug groceries, cut your grass and do other chores. • Flexibility to retain range of motion in your joints and to improve your balance to prevent falls. • Cerebral awareness, which directs everything else.

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Grandpa’s cantankerous, but much loved By Val R. Cheatham “Come on, Grandpa, time to go.” Everyone called him Grandpa even though he was no relation. They bundled him up and helped him to the car, each avoiding the eyes of others knowing there would be tears and guilt. Not that Grandpa could see. He had been blind for some time, also nearly deaf. Lately he had grown cantankerous and hard to manage. Still, there was not one family member who did not love him unconditionally. Grandpa had lived with the family for 12 years. Twelve years! The entire life of a child. It had been 12 years of joy, companionship, and devotion - both ways. But, now he was old,

crippled and ravaged with cancer. Too soon at the destination, everyone sat silent, unmoving. Finally Grandpa sat up. He had no idea the day’s consequences. After 12 years it was a dim memory how he came to be part of the family. For the kids, he had been there forever. They had moved into a pre-owned house in an old, stable neighborhood, and he moved in with them. Cheerful, exuberant, he earned his place in the family. The name was not because he was old, but rather because he looked after us. The house would not have been home without him. We gathered ourselves and trudged

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Table tennis: Anybody, anytime, anywhere By John Potochnik It’s a rite of passage – you must beat Frank to move into the upper echelon of the club. Today, it’s Jimmy’s turn. A 21-year-old member of the Wichita State University table tennis team, Jimmy Huynh has interrupted the play between 84-year-old Frank Heller and his normal playing partner, 77-year-old Yao Lei. For the umpteenth time in the last two years, Jimmy will attempt to beat Frank under the watchful eye of his university coach. The match begins well for Jimmy as he takes advantage of his youthful exuberance and physicality, winning the first game with a combination of powerful loops and

counter rallies. Buoyed by his win, Jimmy confidently plans on his first ever sweep of Frank. Frank, on the other hand, appears unconcerned, if not mildly amused. Making subtle adjustments to his spin and placement in the second game, Frank clearly frustrates Jimmy, who does not understand why the strategy he employed in the first game doesn’t seem to be working anymore. After winning game two, Frank is now quietly confident that he will win the match, as usual. With help from his coach, Jimmy begins to make the adjustments needed to compete with Frank in the third game, but it’s too late. By then, Frank is fully calibrated

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is truly a “lifelong” activity with both physical and mental benefits. Scientific studies have shown that players who compete regularly improve their reflexes and both gross and fine motor skills due to the fast paced decision making and hand-eye coordination that table tennis requires. Studies have also shown that the mental computation required to track a table tennis ball in flight is similar to that required to working logic puzzles and crosswords, which have long been recognized as beneficial activities for an aging brain. Also, unlike other activities, table tennis is relatively injury free and can See next page

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Tennis From previous page be enjoyed by people with limited physical abilities, including those confined to wheel chairs. The Wichita Table Tennis Association (WTTA) was founded in 1987 and currently has about 30 active members, fairly evenly distributed in age from 20 to 80. Some players take the sport very seriously, practicing regularly and competing in USA Table Tennis (USATT) sanctioned tournaments where they are given a national-level USATT rating. Other players (over age 40) compete in non-sanctioned Senior Olympic tournaments, both regionally and nationally. Finally, there is a contingent of senior “pongers” who play just for the competition, exercise and social aspects of the game. All players, regardless of

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'My neighbors saved my gardens...and my life’ By Nan Duncan I’m a Master Gardener Emeritus through the Sedgwick County Extension service. I have flowers planted in flowerbeds all around my house, in flower gardens in the middle of the lawn and under trees. I enjoy gardening, and I enjoy giving plant starts to neighbors and friends. A year ago, I was walking home after taking a few starts to a neighbor and couldn’t understand why I was so fatigued. Probably my age, I thought. I’m 84. I’d had Polycythemia Vera for eight years, which I understand is not too uncommon in older folks. It’s an over production of red blood cells and required phlebotomies every few months. I usually felt fine. I told my oncologist, Dr. Pavan Reddy at the Cancer Center of Kansas, about the unusual, extreme fatigue that never went away. Blood tests indicated anemia. Endoscope and colonoscopy indicated no internal bleeding. But a bone marrow biopsy indicated I had Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Dr. Reddy told me I had a few weeks to live without treatment and only a

25 percent chance for survival with chemotherapy. This was not good. I received many blood transfusions, plus intense chemotherapy. I was hospitalized for a month, and was very weak for months and months. At one point I was too weak to brush my teeth. Now this is where my story begins. My neighbors, Ragene Moore and Pam Stanberry, organized a Garden Party. Ragene’s email hotline contacted all the neighbors in our Thickets Homeowners Association and other friends to help weed, prune, fertilize and water my gardens all summer and fall. More than 46 folks volunteered, and Pam organized schedules. Jeanie Tade and Cheryl Prange were the main gardeners and weeded. The pictures Jeanie sent me when I was in the hospital lifted my spirits. I could see my flowers thriving, vigorous and colorful. I should explain that there are 47 patio homes in the Thickets. More than 65 percent of the residents are active retirees. The others work full time. After I came home, Ragene or-

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The Azteca Dancers from Newton High School will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at the Harvey County Historical Museum. They will do several traditional Mexican dances and talk about the dances and costuming. The museum also is collecting photos and oral histories from past and present dancers and adult sponsors. At 2 p.m. Sunday, April 17, the film Prejudice and Pride (1965-1980) will be shown, followed by a discussion led by Dr. Valerie Mendoza of the American Studies Department at the University of Kansas. The short film documents the movement of Latino Americans to organize labor and form a Chicano identity with hopes of achieving politi-

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The Russian National Ballet Theatre will open Wichita Grand Opera’s 2016 Season at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at Century II. They will perform community effort. A bone marrow biopsy report in February indicates the Acute Myeloid Leukemia is in remission. Yea! I’m looking forward to spring planting.

a double bill of Tchaikovsky’s starcrossed lovers Romeo & Juliet and Rodion Shchedrin’s ballet adaptation of Bizet’s passionate Carmen. The ballet company, called by the Washington Post “a cut above many of its rivals,” was founded in the late 1980s as many of the great dancers and choreographers of the Soviet Union’s ballet institutions were exercising newfound creative freedom. Tickets are $85, $58 or $37. They can be purchased at Century II; by phone at the WGO Box Office, 316-

Wichita Community Theatre's production of Enchanted April will run Thursday through Sunday, April 20 – May 1, at Wichita Community Theatre, 258 N. Fountain. When two frustrated London housewives decide to rent a villa in Italy for a holiday away from their bleak marriages, they recruit two very different English women to share the cost and the experience. There, among the wisteria blossoms and Mediterranean sunshine all four women bloom again. They rediscover laughter, learn new truths about themselves and find the romance they long for in their lives. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $14 or $12 for military/ senior/students. The special opening night ticket price on April 20 is $10. Call 686-1282 for reservations.

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Artists add to new hike-bike trail ‘pause points’ By Ken Stephens The newest piece of Wichita’s hike and bike trail system – a 2.5-mile segment of the Redbud Trail from a block north of Central at the Canal Route to 17th and Oliver – is adorned with public art telling the story of the African-American community through which the trail runs. Norm Terry, artist consultant on the project, said Wichita City Council member Lavonta Williams suggested the art. She recruited him, and he hired artists Tina Morano, Janice Thacker, Charles Davis, Todd Whipple and Greg Sullivan. Like Terry, Mora-

no, Thacker and Davis are retired art teachers. The art has been installed at three “pause points” along the trail – 9th and Hillside, 13th and Roosevelt, and 17th and Oliver. Each place has steel arches, benches and shade structures. The support poles include frames for pictures and brief biographies of African-Americans noted for their contributions to the community. Capt. Samuel Jones is one of those recognized at 17th and Oliver. He was the first black child to attend Wichita public schools, became a police officer,

a National Guard officer and was the first elected black official in Sedgwick County. Others include attorney Chester Lewis, architect Charles McAfee, and the family who founded and ran Jackson Mortuary through five generations. Also recognized are black athletes Lynette Woodard, Barry Sanders, Cleo Littleton, Curtis McClinton, Linwood Sexton, Jeff Smith, Antoine Carr and Mohamed Sharif (Kelly Pete). Terry interviewed 48 community leaders and collected their portraits for a portion of the art installation. He also worked with the Kansas African

American Museum to tell the story of the 1958 Dockum Drug Store sit-in to force integration of its lunch counter. It’s depicted with a series of ceramic tiles affixed to seats, art walls and pillar foundations. Also on the tiles, which were created by Morano, are photos and stories of leaders contributed by their families. Representations of major events in the community’s history include the 1965 crash of a KC-135 Air Force tanker near 17th and Piatt, and the 1970 crash in Colorado of a plane carrying members of the Wichita State football team.

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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.

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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.

CLEARWATER 921 E Janet, 584-2332

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

DERBY 611 N Mulberry Rd, 788-0223 Regular activities: Exercise programs at low cost, foot care, book club, friendship club. Apr 4: 10 am Benefits of Massage Therapy by Cindy Kaup. Apr 12: 5 pm Music by Jeb Bush. $5. Apr 19: 1 pm Fly tying class by the Flatland Fly Fishers. Apr 26: 6 pm Single Mingle Popcorn & Movie. Wed: 1 pm Ping pong. Free. 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 Regular activities: Exercise classes, Pickleball, computer classes, foot care by appt. Apr 4: 10 Prairie Moon Book Club. Apr 7: 9 am Porcelain painters. Apr 7: 2:30 - 4 pm Writing Group lead by Starla Criser. Apr 6 & 13: Basic computer class. $10, must register. Mon: 11 am Lewis Street Singers; 1 pm Bridge; Beading Buddies. Wed: 9 am Spanish class (adv); 11 am Latin Dance; 1 pm Spanish (beg), Massage by Ruth Lundstedt.

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

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

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Regular activities: Cards, crafts, hot lunch. 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.

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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.

LINWOOD 1901 S. Kansas, 263-3703 Regular activities: Computer classes, cards, Pickleball, exercise programs, hot lunch. Apr 4: 1:30 - 2:30 pm Shirley Lewis will share a healthy recipe with samples. RSVP, 263-3703. Apr 8: 10:15 am Name that Tune with pianist Wanda Warren. Apr 29: 10:15 am Stories & Fun with Brenda Ingram. Every Fri in April: 10:15 am How to Manage Chronic Diseases with Victoria Audley and Denise Dias. Mon & Fri: 9:30 am Dynabands; 9 am Stretching. Tue: 9 am Brain games; 9:30 am Fit & balance. 10:30 am Bingo. Tue & Thu: 9 am Pickleball.

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

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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.

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

NORTHEAST 2121 E 21st, 269-4444 Daily: Dominoes, cards, Wii, pool, hot lunch. library, exercise room, computer lab. Apr 7: 11:45 am Oral Health & Caregiving. Apr 13: 11:45 am Oral Hygiene Education. Apr 14: 11:45 am Pass it on: Frauds and Scams by Teresa Hatfield. Apr 15: 2-4 pm Motown Madness. $5 members,

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OAKLAWN 2937 Oaklawn Dr, 524-7545

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

ORCHARD PARK 4808 W 9th, 942-2293 Regular activities: Exercise programs, cards, pool, hot lunch, Wii bowling, dominoes, crafts. Apr 4: 11:15 am Attitude of Gratitude by Laura Voegeli. Apr 15: 11:15 am Healthy Eating & Low Blood Sugar Prevention by Carolyn Earnest & Lisa Hott. Apr 18: 11:15 am Eating Well But Cooking Less by Shirley Lewis. Apr 26: 8:30 am Breakfast out to Egg Crate. 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. Apr 7: 1pm The Incredible Mr. Limpet. Apr 13: 9 - 1:30 pm Senior Wedenesday Outing to the Sedgwick County Zoo and lunch at Jimmy's Diner. Must RSVP. Apr 14: 2 pm Live jazz, swing and big-band music by Wichita East High Jazz Band. Apr 21: 1 pm Card bingo. $1. Fri: 9:15 am Exercise. 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.

VALLEY CENTER 316 E. Clay, 755-7335

Mon: 1: 30 pm Line dancing. Tue: 9:30 am Free donuts, cards, games; 6:30 pm Pitch. Bring snack to share. Tue, Thu: Noon Home cooked meals. Tue, $5, Thur, $6. Tue, Thu: 8-10 am Pickleball at Valley Center Intermediate School.

Senior Wednesdays

Make a tax-deductible contribution to the active age Call 316-942-5385

April 6: 10 am Wichita Art Museum, Explore the new drawing exhibition, Dialogue, with curator Dr. Lisa Volpe and featured artist Patrick Duegaw. $2 1:30 pm at the Water Center Health and Water. Learn about why drinking water is essential to a healthy lifestyle.

April 20: 10 am Ulrich Museum of Art, Meet at the museum for coffee ; then look at the new Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology exhibits with director Rachelle Meinecke. 1:30 pm Kansas African American Museum. African Fashion with Roseline.

April 13: 10 am Sedgwick County Zoo, Zoo History. Discover the Sedgwick County Zoo's 45-year history. $4. 1:30 pm Wichita Public Library, Welcome to Lindsborg, Kansas! Learn what makes this city unique and enjoy dancing by the Folkdanslag dancers.

April 27: 10 am Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, Kansas City Monarchs in our Hometown by Phil S. Dixon. This presentation will focus on the Negro National Basball League with details of games played in Wichita.$2. 1:30 pm Exploration Place, TBA.

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Butler County Senior Centers

ANDOVER 410 Lioba Dr, 733-4441 Regular activities: Exercise, bingo, bridge, quilt club, dominoes, pool. Daily:11:30 am-12:30 pm Lunch (reservation preferred) 316-733-4441, $3. Mon, Wed, Fri: 10 am Exercise. Tues & Thu: Special music at lunch. Mon: 12:30 pm Pinochle. Tue: 10 am Blood pressure check; 10:30 am-2 pm Memory Café; 12:30 pm Pinochle; 1 pm Pool. Wed: 1 pm Quilt club; Bridge. Thu: 12:30 pm Pinochle; 1 pm Pool; 7-9 pm Pitch. Fri: 11:30 am Covered dish lunch, meeting & program; 12:45 pm Prize bingo; 1:45 pm Pinochle. 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: 6:30 pm Carry-in dinner, blood pressure checks. Last Fri: 7 pm Movie Night.

DOUGLASS 124 W 4th, 746-3227

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

Harvey County Centers BURRTON 124 N Burrton, 620-463-3225

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

HALSTEAD 523 Poplar, 835-2283

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

HESSTON Randall & Main, 620-327-5099 Mon, Wed, Fri: 8 am Stretch bands. Mon & Tue: 1:30 pm Pitch. Tue: 8:30 am Coffee hour; 9 am film; 1:30 pm Pinochle. Wed: 6:30 am Men’s Bible Study; 1 pm Bridge. 1st & 3rd Tue: 6 pm Singin’ Seniors. 3rd Wed: 11:30 am Health luncheon; noon, program. Reservations by previous Fri. 1st Thu: 7 pm Bridge. 2nd Thu: 7 pm Movie night. 1st & 3rd Fri: 1 pm Mexican Train dominoes. 1st Sat: 7:30-9:30 am Community Breakfast.

Support Groups The Center for Community Support and Research has an extensive and up-to-date listing of area support groups. Visit To add or correct a listing call Angela Gaughan at 978-3843 or 1-800-445-0116 or email

4th Mon: 5:30 pm Gathering; 6 pm Potluck dinner, program follows.

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

Apr 4: 9:30 am shopping trip to east Wichita. Apr 7: 7:30 - 8:30 am Breakfast. Sausage & egg scramble, cinnamon roll, bread pudding, oatmeal, fruit, juice, coffee. $5 donation. Apr 12: 6 pm Shared supper: Leslie Sweazey will discuss the PACE program. Mon: 10-11 am Blood pressure check; 1:30 pm Golden Notes choir practice; 7 pm Square dance. Tue: 1 pm Line dance. Wed: 1 pm Pinochle/pitch. Thu: 1 pm Wii bowling; 5:15 pm Tai Chi. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30 am Arthritis exercise. 2nd & 4th Thu: 10:30 am Bingo. 1st & 3rd Fri: 6-9 pm Game night.

SEDGWICK 107 W. Fifth, 772-0393

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

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

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

ROSE HILL 207 E Silknitter, 776-0170

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

TOWANDA 317 Main, 536-8999

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

WHITEWATER Legion Hall,Whitewater

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

Transportation Sedgwick County

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.

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

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

AARP Driver Safety Classes Eight hours of instruction. Certificate on completion for insurance discount. Class size limited; call for reservations. $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-members. Downtown Senior Center, 200 S. Walnut, 12:30 - 4:30 pm Apr 11 & 12, 267-0197. Via Christi Rehab Hospital, 1151 N. Rock, 9 am - 1 pm Apr 16 and 23, 689-5700. Orchard Park Senior Center, 4808 W. 9th, 12:30 - 4: 30 Apr 21 and 22, 943-2293. Park City Senior Center, 6100 N. Hydraulic, 8 am - 5 pm Apr 22, 744-0751. Derby Senior Center, 611 N. Mulberry Rd, 12:30-4:30 pm each day, 788-0223.

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.


Fri: Chicken pot pie, tomato salad, apple juice, apricots, cookie.

WEEK OF APRIL 4 Mon: Scalloped potatoes & ham, broccoli,

mixed fruit, roll, gingersnaps. Tue: Turkey roast, mashed potatoes/gravy, mixed vegetables, glazed blueberries, wheat roll. Wed: Spaghetti w/meat sauce, combo salad w/dressing, pineapple, garlic bread. Thu: Chicken & noodles, sliced carrots, strawberries, roll, brownie. Fri: Pulled pork on bun w/BBQ sauces, cole slaw, sunshine salad, pears.


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


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


Mon: Chicken-salad sandwich on bun, broccoli cheese soup, pineapple, applesauce brownie. Tue: Sliced pork roast w/gravy, corn, green lentil salad, strawberries, bread. Wed: Beef & noodle casserole, cooked cauliflower & carrots, cranberry sauce, blueberry muffin. Thu: Liver & onions or salisbury steak, mashed potatoes w/gravy, green beans, mixed fruit, wheat bread. Fri: Creamed chicken over biscuit, stewed tomatoes, combo salad w/dressing, peaches.

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Midnight blue 1977 T-top Corvette in good condition with near new tires. Call 316-648-3233 or 316-371-0893.


Downsizing so I have items to sell: press drill, two full bedroom furniture sets, jacuzzi stair chair, other tools, etc. Call 943-6205.


Know your options, you have many.

50 Apartment Rummage Sale: April 7 & 8, 9 - 4 pm, Almond Tree Apartments. 339 Country Acres.

Two plots in Garden of Cross, Resthaven Cemetery, Wichita. $3,000. Call 316-259-2460. Resthaven, Christus, space number 9, D4, spaces for two with vaults.. Value $9,000, asking $2,995. 316-721-6462, 316-253-3980. Four plots, Garden of Meditation at Lakeview. Value is $10,700, selling for $2,500 each. Motivated seller. Call Vonnie 512-736-5208.

See the ad on page 24. Want to learn more? Call 806-3435

F HELP WANTED F Part time bookkeeper. Quickbooks familiar. Some filing, receptionist duties as well. Flexible schedule. Please send resume to

Complete Estate Sale Services Including Buy-outs

Resthaven, Garden of Prayer, 3 plots, section 19 Lot 126-D spaces 1,2, and 3. Must sell, asking $1,300 each. Will negotiate. 540-735-8055.


Complete estate & moving sale services. We can do the sale at your residence or place your items with another sale. Expert pricing, selling & clean-up. Packing & moving services available. Excellent results. Free consultation. Call Carolyn Moshier. 316-634-0040


316-806-7360 Julie Affiliated Estate Sales

We have the solution for every situation. Complete estate sales service. Free consultation. Over 25 years experience.

Paul 316-807-1209 Sale by Gayle

Moving, partial or entire estate sales. Experienced and insured. Free consultation. Competitive rates., 316-838-3521 or 316-206-3676 Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more updates and information!

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

Cash for your Estate Items

FREE Consultation • 50+ Years Experience

Four plots in Garen of Meditation, Lakeview Cemetery, Lakeview Garden. Lot 141 B: graves 1,2,3,4. $6,000. 316-651-6868.

Marv’s Home Improvements & Repair

Doors, trim, decks, ramps, patio covers, fences, siding, flooring. Basements, kitchens and baths. Painting. Also honey dos. Honest and dependable. Senior discounts. Free estimates. 35 years. License #8691. Insured. 316-737-4646.

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

Resthaven, Garden of Love, one plot with four spaces including two vaults and one marker. Value $20,000. Price negotiable, call for inquiries. 704-819-6791.

Two burial plots in Atonement section, White Chapel Cemetery. Value $4,000 asking $3,000 OBO. 316-258-7642.


Leaky Basement Repair

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.

Two burial plots, Resthaven "Christ of the Children" Garden. $3,200 for the pair or $1,800 for one. Frank or Sharon LaForge 316-729-8578.

Dave’s Improvements

Painting—interior/exterior. Doors and windows replaced, grab bars, wheelchair ramps. All general repairs. Guaranteed lowest rates. Senior citizen discount. Lic #7904.

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

Two stacking white marble crypts. Located in room with brass gate. Beautiful. Historical. Maple Grove Mausoleum. $4,500 each. 687-9942.

Resthaven: two side by side lots in Garden of Prayers. Value $3,000 each. Must sell together. Selling both for $3,000 total. Call 417-593-6053.


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

Call/Text 316-530-3275

Odd Job Handyman Painting, mowing, yard cleanup, minor household repairs. Free estimates. Call Joel 316-772-8629.

E-mail: (Se Habla Español)

F FOR RENT F Apartments by the river. Studio apartments, $335; one bedroom, $385. Lower level, front door parking. Security deposit waived for seniors with this ad. 316-263-2692. Darling cottage tucked among trees and gardens on private property. Ideal for a single person, one BR, handicapped accessible, west side. No pets, tenant pays utilities. Rent $575 with $300 security deposit. If interested, respond and application will be provided. Contact 316722-0448.


Includes: utilities, Cable TV & Internet. Private bath, access to kitchen, washer, dryer & yard

Bel Aire Area - $500/month 316-305-6067

Beautiful 1 bedroom Apartments (4-plex) • New appliances, low utilities, energy efficient, totally remodeled. • $450/month, $500 deposit, no pets.

F HOME CARE F 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;

Reflections Residential Care

Caregiver: 20 years experience helping seniors stay in their home. Doctors appointments and all home health needs. Excellent references. Pat, 516-0205 or 440-6252. Private duty nursing, am/pm care, medication assistance, light housekeeping, meal preparation, doctor visits, grocery shopping and other traveling. Serving Wichita since 1999. Call Sarah 316-390-6041.

Hermes Healthcare

McCormick & Bonn 316-258-4614 Leave message if no answer.

Foot Care for you... when you can't. We service on-site at local Senior Centers in Kansas & our Wichita Office. Call for appt. at 316-260-4110. Most insurance accepted.



Used stair lift for sale. Call 316-688-8608 for more information. Classifieds in the active age work! Call Kaydee to tap into the senior market. 942-5385

Cheryl Rosine ~ The Foot Lady

• 316-312-2025 •

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

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

Custom Contractors

Basement & Foundation Repair

• I-Beams • Water Proofing • Drain Tile • Dirt Work • Sump Pumps • Walls Straightened • Total Basement Repair •


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

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


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Cowboy Construction

Retiree Tim Devine enjoys and excels at hanging wallpaper and borders. Reasonable rates and a lifetime of experience. Call 316-208-9590.

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

Todd Wenzel 316-393-4488

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

Handyman RX - We have a remedy for all your ”fix-it”jobs. Home maintenance, gutters, garage cleanup, hauling, screen window/door repair, yard work, 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.

Drywall Repair

Fix all cracks, walls, ceilings and all textures. 32 years experience. Free estimates. Senior discount. Duane Ball 316-648-5221.


Spring cleanup or removal, odd jobs, fence work and repairs. Inside paint, sheet rock or help. 316-807-4989.

S & V Concrete

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

Dave’s Improvements

Carpenter–30 Yrs Experience




Scheduled maintenance, repair, sales on all garage doors. *Springs-Torsion & Extension *Garage Door Openers, Doors & More Paul Williams (316) 650-8807



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.

Repairs. Free estimates. 316-312-4391.

Cowboy Construction

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

Todd Wenzel 316-393-4488

Need privacy fence repair? Call Dan for free estimates. 316-516-3949. Insured. Member of the Better Business Bureau. Semi-retired maintenance man. Experienced in most phases of maintenance & roofing. Light hauling. Sedgwick County only. Call Paul 316-312-9970

AGAPE ROOFING Three Generations of Local Roofers Quality Work – Fair Prices Residental & Commercial

Roofing – Windows – Siding A Reliable General Contractor Senior Discount

316-361-2787 F LAWN AND GARDEN F P&A Landscaping 316-708-7236 Complete lawn care, mowing starting at $25 any cleanup. Gutter cleaning, Any odd job. Residential and commercial. City licensed and completed insured. Senior discount.

CALL DAN 316-516-3949


Advantage Home Services

Spring into Savings with JDs All Trades Handyman/hauling, tree trimming, mowing, landscaping. Call with your needs and we will give you a free estimate! 316-347-6663.

Ins/Lic #5803


Don’t Fix it Alone!

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

Stover Heating & Air Conditioning

Repair • Service All Brands Sales – Licensed Trane dealer Senior Discount SPECIAL: Furnace check-up $75*

*Some restrictions, doesn’t include filters, parts License # 7258




MOWING Spring/Fall Cleanup Tree trim/removal Junk removal Brock Eastman • 316-765-1677

Construction Services

General Contractor - Class A, Roofing Siding Painting Repairs Decks Ramps Windows Doors Carpet Sheetrock


All Season Clean Up Lawn Care Complete Lawn Care • Yard Clean Up • Tree Trimming • Gutter Cleaning • Free Estimates • Senior Discounts • 316-807-8649. Jason's Lawn Care Mowing, tree trimming & brushes, any yard work weekly or bi-weekly. Call Jason. 316-469-8765. Free estimates. Perry's Professional Lawn Service Spring clean up. Over seeding, verti-cutting, bush and hedge trimming, mulching, gutter cleaning, handyman work and hauling. 20 year's experience. Free estimates. Perry 316554-6409.


Experienced Attorney: 50+ Years

Call Jim Lawing: 267-2821

Call for Free Roof Inspection Locally Owned, Licensed & Insured

Compare Our Prices Weekly Plumbing Specials

Champion Lawn Care Week ly mowing only. $30 minimum. 316-644-2708.

Mike E. 316-708-1472

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


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

Is your Will outdated or have your circumstances changed? Fears of probate court can be overcome by a well-drafted Will.

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

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

L Hayden 316-806-2591 Can take care of your needs. Garage/yard cleaning. Hauling, mowing. Tree trimming, leaf raking. Pick-up and delivery service. Senior discounts.

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

Siding - Guttering - Windows



Steve 992-6884

Hail Repair Specialist Roofing • Siding • Windows Guttering • Free Estimates Senior Discounts 10% off complete job License #7904 • Insured

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

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ASAP Lawn Care 316-650-7858

• Residential & Commercial Mowing • Tree Trimming & Removal

Classifieds in the active age work! Call Kaydee to tap into the senior market. 942-5385

Free Estimates & Senior Discounts

Consultation: $75*

*Applied towards the cost of the Will

F PAINTING F Tim Cleveland Painting Interior/exterior, residential and commercial. Two year warranty. 10% discount for seniors. 25 years experience. References. 316-308-2345.

Andy's Painting & Home Imp. 316-390-2006 25+ year's experience. Popcorn removal and retexturing. Dust free environment. Fully insured. Senior discount.

F PERSONALS F SWM 5'8" 175 lbs of handsome. No smoke, drink, drugs or church. Loves my home, animals, nature, golf, motorcycles, weekend trips and chicken nuggets. Non-combative ladies. Call Bob 316-833-4912. SWF seeks gentleman with good old fashioned morals for companionship and to enjoy life and doing fun things together around town, ages 6570s. Also looking for a female friend for shopping and friendship. Call 316-773-4825.


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F PERSONALS CONT F Lady in her 70s looking for a sincere friend for fun activities around town. Call 316-390-4057 and lets get to know each other.

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. Furniture Repair & Refinish Antique, Modern, or Cane. Reasonable pick-up & delivery. Clark 250-9533 or 788-5805. 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. Carolyn's Machine Quilting Specializing in quilt repair and unfinished quilts. Call me at 316-529-3555. Need to organize or downsize your home or garden? Retired librarian seeking opportunities to use her organizational skills to make your life easier. Call 316-573-5284.


Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church 3700 E. Mt. Vernon Worship: 10:30 AM

“Sharing Good News with Fresh Expressions”

Onward Haskell: The Making of an Indian Nations Univeristy, Mid-America All-Indian Center, 650 N. Seneca. 1-3 pm Sat, Apr 2. Presentation and discussion by Eric Anderson, historian and chair of the Indigenous and American Indian Studies department at Haskell Indian Nations University. Free. Sustainable Is Possible: Creating Low Carbon, High Quality Lives - Together!, Friends University Alumni Auditorium, 2100 W University. 7-9 pm Fri, Apr 4. Ma'ikwe Ludwig, executive director of the Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture and Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, will disucss living on 10% of available resources while living a quality life. Free. Women's Association of the Wichita Symphony Spring Luncheon featuring Samuel Ramey, Crestview Country Club, 1000

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Gently Used Resale (Thrift Shop)

Alfred's Superior Tree Service

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F TREE SERVICE F Felipe Tree Service Evergreen trimming. Tree removal. Brush hauling. Splitting. Deadwooding. Insured. Free estimates. 12 years experience. 316-807-4419. 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. Call 316-207-8047.

Estrada’s Tree Service

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

Spring is on the way! ALL AROUND TREE SERVICE

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.


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

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Brick Block & Stone

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


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.


Antiques, collectibles, stamps, postcards, paper advertising, costume jewelry, primitives, toys, glass and pottery. Anything old call 316841-2080.

Looking for free used Christian books & bibles They can be children or adult books, bibles or anything else Christian related. Please call 305-6067

Let’s Go N. 127th St. E. 11:30 am Fri, Apr 8. Good food and discussion while members of the Wichita youth Symphony Chamber Orchestra perform. Call 265-4492 for reservations. $18.

cordings and excavated photographs by Wichita native and celebrated photojournalist, W. Eugene Smith, during the height of bebop jazz in New York City. Free.

Global Water Crisis - Climate Change and International Law, Olive Tree Banquet and Catering, 2949 N. Rock Rd. 6:30 pm dinner; 7 pm presentation Sun, Apr 10. Discussion on climate change and its impact on food production and water supply with Dr. Walt Chappell and Jim Phillips. Members, $12; Non-members, $14; Students, $10. Program is free without the meal.

Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap, Loft 150, 150 N. Mosley, 5:30-8 pm. Find out why you should vote and care about the issues in our city, state and nation. Featuring authoritative panelists and conversations. Free.

The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith film screening, Howard E. Wooden Lecture Hall at the Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd. 11 am Sun, Apr 10. Rarely heard re-

928 S. Broadway - Suite M-9, Wichita, KS 67211 DUI Assessments & Evaluations, Outpatient Counseling, Domestic violence counseling, Crisis Intervention, Affordable, Faith-Based Individuals, Children & Families, Groups and Seniors Housekeeping Services

Wichita Jazz Festival, Miller Concert Hall, Wichita State University, 7:30-8:30 pm Thu, Apr 14. WSU large jazz ensembles (guitar ensemble, banda Hispanica and the Jazz Arts ensemble) present new programs of music. $3-$7. Project Beauty Annual Silent Auction, Rolling Hills Country Club, 223 S. Westlink. 12:30 pm Thu, Apr

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Headstones Personally Benches designed Ledgers headstones Vases from $300 Cameos Kim Cary • 316-880-0104 Final Dates

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21. $18; send check to Jean Wellshear, 6411 Marjorie, 67206 by April 18. 58th Annual Wichita Downtown Lions Club and YMCA Pancake Day, Century II Exhibition Hall, 8 am-8 pm Thur, Apr 21. All you can eat pancakes with sausage and coffee featuring live family friendly entertainment. $6. Friends of the Wichita Public Library Book Sale, Wichita Public Library, 223 S. Main. 5-7pm, Apr 20; 10:30am-7pm, Apr 21-22; 10:30am3pm, Apr 23. High quality books for sale in all literary categories. Blue Man Group - Making Waves, Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean, through May 1. See, feel and create sounds using science just like the Blue Man Group. Play a Theremin organ, construct instruments using tubes and create your own song. For specifics, visit


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ACROSS 1. *Science fiction author Asimov 6. Baby's apron 9. Arctic floater 13. Mexican revolutionary 14. Victorian, e.g. 15. Teeny-_____ 16. Worry or cause anxiety 17. *Bradbury of "The Martian Chronicles" fame 18. Perform on a dais 19. *"The Call of the Wild" author 21. *"A Good Man Is Hard to Find" author 23. Andrew Cuomo's title, for short 24. Angler's decoy 25. Refuse to comply 28. Late Scalia's garb 30. Type of coat 35. Dwarf buffalo 37. Vietnam's neighbor 39. Rosetta Stone, e.g. 40. Negatively charged particle 41. External

43. Skater's jump 44. Bert's best friend 46. "____ Mia!" 47. Confident answer 48. Old time playground staple 50. Reduced Instruction Set Computer 52. Limit, to some 53. *"Ten Days That Shook the World" author 55. CafÈ alternative 57. *"Go Tell It on the Mountain" author 61. *"The Executioner's Song" author 64. Greeting from Don Ho 65. Give it a go 67. Gigantic wrestlers 69. Kick back 70. Longest division of time 71. *Wharton of "The Age of Innocence" fame 72. Auction off 73. DNA transmitter 74. River in Hades

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DOWN 1. I have 2. Outer layer of Earth's crust 3. Kind of sax 4. *James Patterson's "____ Came a Spider" 5. Open book? 6. Capital of Switzerland 7. Retirement investment 8. Louisiana swamp 9. *Woodrow Wilson Rawls' "Where the Red ____ Grows" 10. Meat quality 11. Upon 12. Observer 15. Woman's suitors 20. Convex molding 22. Tube in old TV 24. Jane Fonda's 1980s garb 25. *"The Turn of the Screw" author 26. Habituate 27. Trailblazer Daniel 29. *Oz Creator 31. Greek H's 32. Connection in a series

33. Court employee 34. *"Roots: The Saga of an American Family" author 36. Short for Anisette 38. Big rig 42. Haile Selassie's disciple 45. Canal junk 49. Yellow river tributary 51. Michelangelo's tool 54. Come in 56. Dodge 57. Criminal's barrier 58. Away from wind 59. Bum around 60. Lentil soup 61. Tropical Asian starlings 62. Do like exhaust pipe 63. *"Portnoy's Complaint" author 66. Weasley of "Harry Potter" 68. Pronoun for George Eliot

‘I only drive American cars’ By Bill Stout After many years in the car business one of the strangest objections I still hear to buying a car is also one of my personal favorites. This statement is usually made by someone born prior to 1960: “I only drive American cars.” The reason I find it comical is that most of these customers have a preset notion of what an “American” car is, but typically they are incorrect. For decades, the auto industry was dominated by The Big 3: Chrysler, Ford and General Motors. Nearly all of their production was done in Detroit. In the 1980s, the Japanese car market got stronger in the U.S. Japan’s Big 3 -- Nissan, Honda and Toyota, started moving their production lines

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into the U.S. Unlike the domestics, these Asian companies found that non-union labor was to their benefit. By building cars here and using cheaper labor costs without inflated retirement the Japanese brands were able to build a better quality product at a lower price. The domestic brands were forced to make major changes to be competitive. In today’s economy everything is a global market, but the auto industry remains as a place where consumers still think they have to have “an American car.” The truth is that most socalled American cars are not built here. Most are built in Mexico and Canada, while the bulk of many “imports” are actually built in the USA. So how do you know where your car, or the car you’re thinking of buying, was assembled? Simple. Look at the VIN number. The first digit or letter of the VIN on a car tells its country of assembly. 1, 4 and 5 – USA; 2 – Canada; 3 – Mexico; 6 – Australia; F – France; J – Japan; K – Korea; S – England; W – Germany; Y – Sweden; and Z – Italy. The point is don’t be too quick to think that just because your dad’s 1957 T-Bird was made in the USA, that the Ford you’re looking at, or driving today, was too. Contact Bill Stout at

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Check your coverage, preparation for bad weather By Ken Selzer Whether you are an ardent weather watcher or a casual sky gazer, it’s time for Kansans to begin preparing for any potential severe weather this spring. Spring is when many of our state’s residents begin watching the skies for potential weather problems. And it’s a good time to check your insurance policies on personal property to make sure you have the coverage and information you need. If 2015 is any indicator, Kansans need to be ready. The National Weather Service says there were 126 tornadoes in the state last year, 26 more than the 10-year average. Fortunately, only 11 of those tornadoes were rated strong. But twisters are only part of our potential weather problems. Statistics at the Kansas Insurance Department (KID) have shown through the years that during spring and summer there is hardly a day when hail damage is not reported somewhere in the state. Factor in the ever-present wind, and our citizens contend with weather problems almost daily from March through August — and sometimes beyond. Our staff has come up with a checklist of questions and statements that consumers and their insurance agents can review for determining whether your insurance is ready for spring weather-related events. Questions to ask yourself Do you have the right homeowners or renters insurance? Do you know what your policy covers? Is the amount of coverage adequate? Does it cover

new additions or recent remodeling? Check all limits, including coverage for contents. Keep your agent’s name and number available and easy to find, and periodically discuss coverage options with him or her. Policy coverage exclusions Not all policies cover water damage, including flood and surface damage, whether driven by wind or not; backup of sewer or drains; and sump pump failure. These are the most common exclusions. Riders for these situations may be available to add to your existing policy. Also, check your auto policy. Comprehensive coverage (other than collision) usually pays if damage is caused by wind, hail and/or flood. Personal property inventory KID can provide you with a Personal Home Inventory booklet to help you list the contents of your home. Go online to under “Finding a Publication” to print off a personal copy. You also can download the application for your smartphone from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Keep a hard copy of your inventory, sales receipts and video or photographs of your personal property in a secure place outside of your home. Storm recovery If you suffer loss or damage because of severe weather damage, follow these tips: • Contact your agent and/or insurance company immediately.

• Keep a record of conversations with your agent or company. Write down the date and time, the person’s name and a summary of the call. • Make a list of all damaged property and take photographs/video of it. • Get instructions from your company’s adjuster before calling anyone to repair or replace damaged property. Your insurer’s visual inspection of your loss may be required before claims are paid. • Keep a list of all damaged property with the date, price and place of purchase for the adjuster. Make a copy of the list and all insurance forms you fill out for your own records. Claim settlement If damage from a significant weather event occurs, adjusters will handle the largest losses first, but they should work to handle all claims as quickly as possible. Remember the following: • Be present when your adjuster inspects your property. • Insurance companies will have their own company or hired adjusters

who should have appropriate employee identification. Be leery of any public adjuster who would charge you a percentage of your claim amount. Public adjusters in Kansas are not permitted to adjust personal homeowner losses. • Beware of questionable or unfamiliar contractors in obtaining repair estimates. If possible, get more than one written estimate, and hire only local, reputable contractors to make the repairs once you get a written settlement from your insurance company. • If you experience problems with your adjustment, you may file a written complaint with KID for assistance. Help if you need it KID has formed a department Catastrophe Team that will be at affected locations following very severe weather events. But for assistance at any time, call the KID Consumer Assistance Hotline, 800-432-2484. Ken Selzer is Kansas’ Commissioner of Insurance.

Via Christi 50+ Lunch & Learn

Experiencing joint pain? Thursday, April 21

11 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.

Doors open at 10:45 a.m., program begins at 11:30 a.m. Botanica: The Wichita Gardens 701 N. Amidon, Wichita, Kansas

Cost: FREE for Via Christi 50+ members $5 (cash or check) for all others 50 and over Registration is required:

Call Via Christi at 689.5700 by noon, April 18. Lunch will be served. Space is limited.

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Smooth, lower-fat hummus high on classic flavor By Joe Stumpe How serious is Vicki Mork about creating perfectly smooth hummus? She once followed a recipe that called for peeling each chickpea after it was cooked. "I did it, and it was miserable and it didn't give the desired results," Mork recalls. So it was back to the drawing board — or rather the Internet — where she found the technique used in the accompanying recipe. It requires a little more effort, she admits, but the result is hummus without a hint of the graininess that some versions of the classic Mediterranean dip suffer from. It also contains fewer calories and

fat grams than traditional hummus, since it uses very little olive oil. Don't worry, just a little drizzled over the top delivers the customary flavor. Mork has been cooking since high school — she still has her 1967 edition of the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook — and hasn't tired of finding better ways to do it. After earning a degree in art history from Wichita State University, and later a master’s degree in public administration, Mork worked for the state and also directed the nonprofit Medical Service Bureau, which helps people pay for medication and vision care. Retired from the Kansas Commission of Peace Officers' Standards

Smooth as Silk Hummus

1 C dried chickpeas 1 tsp baking soda 6 C water 1 C tahini (light roast if available) 1/2 C freshly squeezed lemon juice 2-4 garlic cloves, crushed

1/2 to 3/4 C ice water, or more depending on desired consistency Salt 1 tsp ground cumin Good quality olive oil (optional)

The night before, put chickpeas in a large bowl and cover with twice their volume in cold water. Soak overnight. The next day, drain the chickpeas. Place a medium saucepan over high heat and add the chickpeas and baking soda. Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the 6 cups water and bring to a boil, skimming off any foam and skin that floats to the surface. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes. When done, they will break up easily when pressed between your thumb and finger and be almost, but not quite, mushy.

and Training since 2014, she's putting her knowledge of art to good use as a docent for the Ulrich Museum of Art at WSU. She describes herself as a "maniac sew-er" with a sunny back room set aside for that purpose and handmade curtains and pillows brightening her home. She also sells some of her handiwork. A lot of Wichitans know her son, Justin, who cut quite a swath through Wichita's hospitality industry before departing for Austin, where's he doing the same. She recently returned from a visit there, raving about the produce in the farmers markets and upscale restaurant where Justin works. In her own kitchen, Mork enjoys cooking for her book club and baking birthday cakes for friends. She tries to eat meatless meals frequently and says hummus "certainly fits that diet." In addition to serving it as a dip, it can be stuffed into a pita pocket with cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion and lettuce to make a great handheld meal -- "like when I take a picnic to Symphony in the Flint Hills."

Drain the chickpeas. You should have about 3 1/4 cups. Place in blender and process until you get a stiff paste. With the machine still running, add tahini paste, lemon juice, garlic and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Finally, drizzle in ice water and mix for about five minutes, until smooth and creamy. Transfer hummus to bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rest at least 30 minutes. If not using immediately, refrigerate. Take out of refrigerator at least 30 minutes prior to serving. If desire, top with layer of olive oil and garnish with paprika. Serve with pita chips, fresh vegetables or in a sandwich.

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Vicki Mork shows off her classic hummus. Know a good cook who’d like to be featured in the active age? Contact Joe Stumpe at

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