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By Elvira Crocker Have you ever had the urge to walk out your front door, get into your vehicle and then explore every nook and cranny of this vast land we call the United States of America? You are not alone.

Every year thousands are responding to that call of the road, many doing it with mobile homes — small and large. Two women with Wichita roots, both in their 70s, responded to that urge. One recently launched her adventure; the other is a seven-year veteran. Before setting out in March, Sharron Carr Major, a South High graduate, said she was “a little scared.” Her first challenge was to drive her new vehicle with a trailer attached. “Learning how to back up the trailer, pull it up hills and, in general, learn how to maneuver the two vehicles?” Quite a switch from her VW bug. She joined the Wandering Individuals. Its president, Maynard Magee, says the group is composed of single travelers who visit the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Magee, who has been on the road for 40 years, says Major fits his characterization of folks who like to travel. “They are men and women who have the curiosity to go out and explore See Traveling, page 10

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By Nan Duncan Joe and Alice Schmiedbauer, with their young family, moved into their new Westlink home in 1966. There were wheat fields at Central and Tyler and north of Ninth Street. Today there are subdivisions all the way to 37th Street North. Joe found only clay soil in which to plant his new vegetable garden, so he began to amend it. He used lawn clippings, manure, kitchen garbage and leaves. Soon Alice was freezing, canning and serving fresh vegetables at the table. She made a remarkable salsa. Over time, their children moved away. Then, after 57 years of marriage, Joe’s beloved Alice died. He continued to garden. The process of planting and nurturing seeds to produce food helped alleviate his loneliness and grief.

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Joe Schmiedbauer stands tall in his garden. See Garden, page 20.

July 4, 1826, remarkable American coincidence

By Tom Emery Few dates in American history have been so profound. On July 4, 1826, as the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of its independence, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died. The loss of two of the first three Presidents, as well as two of its founding fathers, is one of the most remarkable coincidences in the history of the nation. The two men are inextricably linked to the Revolution. Both were among the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, and Adams

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Tiny house trend? They existed in 1930s, ’40s By Ted Blankenship If you watch HGTV on cable, I’m you’ve seen the new trend in homes — the tiny house. It’s like a mobile home, but smaller. It’s on wheels so it can be moved to a favorite spot. These houses cost about six times the amount we paid for a two-bedroom house in the 1960s. I knowthat was a long time ago, but it did have a bathtub large enough to sit in. Young people want to travel, attend costly entertainment events and otherwise amuse themselves. They can afford to do this only if they don’t spend a lot of money on a place to live. I apologize for being a spoilsport, but we had tiny homes in the oil fields in the 1930s and 1940s. What’s more, there was no loft and no miniature bathtub. We had no bathtub at all. This was because first, there wasn’t room for one and second, there was no running water to put into it. We had no loft to sleep in because there was a cable running through the attic to keep the house from blowing away. It was attached to a 10-foot length of eight-inch pipe buried in the ground on each side of the house. These oil field shacks were called shotgun houses. Those of us who lived in them assumed they were so named

because a bullet fired through the front door would go out the back door without hitting a wall. A shotgun house usually has one room leading into the next one without hallways. This style is well suited for hot climates because you can open the front and back doors and the breeze will flow through the entire house. As I remember it, we didn’t need this breeze. Enough air came in around the windows and through the cracks in the floor that you didn’t need to open the doors. These little houses were set on a cement block at each corner, and there was no foundation. Our house had linoleum on the floor of one room, and it would lift up when the wind hit 30 miles an hour or so. These oil field shacks usually had two rooms, a living room and a bedroom. A 9x12-foot rug would fit right up to the walls in the living room. The bedroom was about the same size and my parents and I slept there. The kitchen was a lean-to tacked onto the bedroom. It had a small cabinet, bought in a

furniture store, and a cook stove. There was no electricity, just natural gas that came from a nearby well. The rooms, except for the kitchen, had one gas light in the center of the ceiling. A coal stove that my dad had converted to gas provided the heat. The wood-shingled roof leaked in several places. When it rained and the water broke through the beaverboard ceiling, we placed pots under the leaks. In a really hard rain we usually ran out of pots. This is not to say that our house was neglected — all of the oil field shacks were this way. The roofs had been repaired until the patches outnumbered the shingles. If an oil company employee had to move, the house went with him. It was jacked up, placed on a wagon and pulled by a six-horse team to the next

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location. There were “skinners” (teamsters) who made a living moving these houses with their magnificent draft horses. We didn’t feel deprived; everyone who worked in the oil fields lived in these houses. They were originally fairly well built, but suffered a little every time they were moved. Over the years, most of them had been moved several times. The strain of jacking them up, dropping them on a wagon and then moving them over rough gravel roads opened up cracks, some of them large enough to let in unwanted “visitors.” That included bugs and occasionally snakes. That’s where hospitality usually ended. Contact Ted Blankenship at tblankenship@cox.net

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Extreme heat can cause illnesses, even death By Annette Graham CPAAA Executive Director As temperatures rise, so do the number of older adults at risk for heat exposure, heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses. With hotter and more humid days and weeks ahead, please take a few minutes to learn to take the proper precautions to avoid a hot weather health emergency. There is a significant rise in heat-related health problems following extreme heat for two or more consecutive days. Illness occurs when your body is unable to cool itself. Seniors can’t cool down as easily as they once did. Your body cools through sweating, but during extreme heat and humidity that may not be enough. Sweat is not evaporated as quickly when there is high humidity. Anyone can suffer from a heat-related emergency, but according to the CDC (www.cdc.gov) people 65 or older are at higher risk, particularly if they have heart disease or high blood pressure or take medications for depression, insomnia or poor circulation. There also is an increased risk for seniors who live alone because there is no one to monitor them. Air conditioning is the best protective factor

against summer heat; however, this option can be cost prohibitive for some. Central Plains Area Agency on Aging urges seniors to take advantage of low-cost or free programs at local senior centers, senior dining centers, museums, the public library or through volunteer opportunities. These are excellent options to beat the heat and connect with the community. Tips from the CDC on preventing and managing heat: • Drink more fluids regardless of your activity level • Avoid drinks that include caffeine, alcohol or large amounts of sugar • Stay indoors; even a few hours can help your body stay cooler • Electric fans can’t help much when the heat is in the 90s; cool showers or cold/wet towels can • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle • Don’t engage in strenuous activity. Warning Signs • Heavy sweating • Paleness

• Muscle cramps • Tiredness • Weakness • Dizziness • Headache • Nausea or vomiting • Fainting The CDC stresses that if heat exhaustion is untreated, it could become a heat stroke: Seek medical attention immediately if symptoms are severe or the victim has heart problems or high blood pressure. Otherwise, help the victim to cool off, and seek medical attention if symptoms worsen or last longer than one hour. During this summer’s extreme heat please take a few extra minutes to check

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Pickleball taking America by storm By Debbi Elmore With 3.5 million devoted adherents and numbers rising every day, pickleball has become the fastest growing sport in America. “It’s addictive!” exclaims Bob Jackson, a retired physical education teacher and tournament tennis player for years. “I can play until I’m exhausted, and the next day I can’t wait to play again.” Jackson says the sport is not as demanding as tennis, which eventually takes a toll on its players’ knees. “It’s easy to play, fun, active and anybody can do it.” The game is a combination of badminton, tennis and table tennis. It is played either as doubles (two players per team) or singles; doubles is most common. Players use paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over the net. The game was invented in the mid-1960s as a children’s backyard pastime, but quickly became popular among adults. “It’s recreational first, and social is secondary,” says Jackson, who also teaches pickleball. “It’s a great way to stay active.”

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Russ Warnky, above, has two Kansas Senior Olympics pickleball medals. Retired attorney Hank Blase, right, says pickleball saved his life. recreational center. Russ Warnky was teaching comMay for the Heartland Golden Games Without telling his cardiologist, puter classes at the Northeast Senior hosted by Senior Services. Players Center when one of his fellow teachers Blase began playing. After six months came from throughout the region to of playing two to three hours a day for compete. told him about the game three years five days a week, he had lost 25 pounds ago. He now plays four times a week Now his wife, Jeanne, has begun and built his endurance. and took home two medals from the playing. “I want to be active; I’m get“On my next visit to my cardioloKansas Senior Olympics. ting exercise; it’s fun and it’s social.” gist, my blood work numbers were so “Of course, I was the only 81-yearAs the game has grown in popuoutstanding he told me quote: ‘whatold playing,” he says, chuckling. “It’s a larity, so too have the number of places ever it is you are doing, keep doing great way to keep my strength up.” where individuals can play. In addition Retired attorney Hank Blase credits it.’ After I explained the pickleball to some senior centers with courts, game to him, he added it to my list of pickleball with saving his life. they also are now at some gyms. approved activities.” In 2002, at the age of 57, he sufContact Debbi Elmore at Blase plays competitively, and even fered a cardiac event that ultimately debbi_elmore@cox.net organized a pickleball tournament last forced his retirement and limited his exercise to walking. In 2011 he learned about the game at a neighborhood cert featuring music from bluegrass to reggae and rap to classical. Free. Splash, Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. 7 pm Mon, July 11. 1984 American comedy featuring Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah and John Candy. $5. Native Peoples Concepts of Health and Illness Health Fair, Mid-America All-Indian Center, 650 N. Seneca. 10 am-4 pm Sat, July 23. New exhibit which focuses on American Indian health and wellness traditions. Hunter Health Clinic and Envision will administer various health services. Free.

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How to keep joints from getting ‘stove’ up By Steve Ochsner For several months we have discussed two of the more popular pillars of a fitness program: cardiovascular and strength training. A lot of people do each of these. But the third, flexibility — not so much. It’s like when your dentist asks if you floss, you say “Yes, of course.” But when the dentist looks in your mouth, “maybe not.” When a trainer asks new clients, “Do you stretch?” They say, “Of course.” But it’s soon apparent that they don’t. Flexibility becomes increasingly important as we age. We lose 30 percent of our flexibility by age 70. Muscles shrink and shorten and, when they do, they hurt. Our joints get “stove” up. Flexibility helps your balance and posture, but most of all it eases your aches and pains It allows your joints to move through their full ranges of motion: shoulders, elbows, wrists, hip flexors, knees, ankles and, importantly, your back. But you don’t stretch joints, do you? You stretch the muscles connected to them. If you take a look at it the muscle groups we need to stretch, they are the same ones we discussed last month that need to be strengthened. How do you do it? This one is simple. First you get your doctor’s blessing. Then, you take a list of stretches and do them once a day – forever. If you don’t do another thing that we have talked about, do this. You will feel much better – guaranteed. Flexibility training can, and should be, performed on a daily basis. Muscles

FITNESS after 50 aren’t fatigued by stretching, so they don’t require a recovery period. Daily stretching and lengthening of muscle fibers alleviates soreness in the muscles and joints. Mentally focus on the working muscle. Keep the muscle static. Don’t “bounce” it as you stretch it. Slowly move the muscle into the fully stretched position and hold it for as little as 10 to 15 seconds or as long as 45 seconds. As it’s moved into the fully stretched position you should feel good as tension in the area is eased, replaced by a slightly warming sensation. Hold at that point. Stretches that go beyond this point can lead to muscle tears and pain. And breathe. Breathing should be deep enough to involve the diaphragm. Integrate it into the movement. Breathe deep and easy, and relax. Do not hold your breath. If you want to stretch the lower back and hip flexors this Good Morning exercise is perfect. Stand erect with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width – the basic position. Add a slight bend in the knees with your head up, neck erect, shoulders back, back straight, and tummy tucked with muscles tightened to help support the spine.

Inhale, and slowly bend at the waist. Lower your upper torso until it is parallel with the floor (bend only as far as it’s comfortable). Simultaneously, raise each arm from the sides up and to the rear until fully extended, and hold. Your buttocks will shift to the rear as the torso bends forward and the arms extend. Hold for 15 to 45 seconds, and then return to the upright position as you exhale. If you want more exercises, email me and I’ll send you a list for each muscle group. Try to do these stretches daily. It should only take about 15 minutes, and you will notice a world of difference.

For those of you already in a fitness program, Do Your Stretches! This is especially important if you do strength and/or prolonged cardio work. Steve Ochsner has been involved in fitness for 50+ years. He has worked with the senior population as a personal trainer, group exercise and classroom instructor, and has written numerous fitness articles. Email him at steve.ochsner@gmail.com.

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Unfinished job, sob story costs victim $15,000 By Marc Bennett Recently my office successfully prosecuted a charge of Mistreatment of an Elder Adult. The jury heard evidence about a 90-year-old man who was working in his front yard when a woman in her 30s approached and handed him a flyer for landscaping work. The victim hired her and her husband to landscape his yard. Over the next several months two problems emerged. First, the landscaping work that he paid for was never completed. They took his money but never performed the job. That is a crime. Second, the young woman ingratiated herself to him, stopping by his house to socialize and listen to his records with him.

During these visits, she talked about going back to nursing school to better herself and create a new life for her family. Convinced of her sincerity, he gave her loans to assist her in these efforts. The truth is she was never in nursing school, had taken no steps to better herself and simply kept his money. The victim testified that if he had known the truth he would never have given the money.

One day when the woman was visiting him, two relatives stopped by. When they asked her who she was and what business she had with their relative, the scheme unraveled. The woman was convicted of a felony. The victim lost more than $15,000. My intent is not to discourage people from interacting with the outside world, but when someone you just met asks for money, be cautious. There are good people in this community who are genuinely interested in your well-being. Neighbors, family members, church groups and youth organizations tailored to senior citizens can offer welcome and beneficial opportunities for interaction.



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Charlie Parker a big influence on Shirley Green Editor’s Note: One in a series of stories about African American musicians in Wichita from the 1930s-50s. By Patrick O’Connor Shirley Green was born Jan. 1, 1917, in Hutchinson. “My dad was a hotel man. We moved over here when I was 7 years old to 910 Ohio. I went to L'Ouverture in the old building (13th and Mosley) to 8th grade, and then we went over to Central. His mother and sister played piano “just for amusement;” he started playing clarinet in East High School’s band in 1933. “I had plenty of energy then. I worked at the Wichita Club after school. I used to wait tables. The school

gave me a clarinet, and when I made enough money I decided to buy me an alto saxophone from Jenkins Music Store on installPhoto by Arthur Kenyon, ments. I think Kansas African American Museum it was $85. ...I practiced Shirley Green, 1917-98 many, many hours a day." Green said his influence was "blues, gutbucket, man.” Charlie Parker also

was a major influence. "I worked for him...in the beer gardens over on North Main. The 200- to 300-block was full of beer gardens. They got wild at times. " Parker had quite an effect on audiences too, he said. “He upset them... Everywhere he was, he upset everybody... He had a real fast tongue. But he was a genius, man, absolute genius. “Charlie thought Wichita was a no-good town. There wasn't nothing. At that time the town was dry. Everything was bootleg.” Green also played at the Little River Club, “way up north. We had a kitty, and I think they paid us something like $2 a night. We'd get most

of our money out of the kitty. This was Homer Osborne, Junior Johnson, so many different guys.” Osborne had a friend in Denver, Sticks MacVey, who needed a first alto player for his nine-piece band. “I was 18. Homer pushed me along. I went out there in '35. Denver had some good musicians...but I got right in there with 'em... We played six nights a week. “We had a salary. It wasn't too much, $25 maybe $30, then our tips. The main thing I wanted to do was learn how to play. I stayed there until Floyd Ray come through from Los Angeles. He had a big 18-piece band.

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Tuesdays Together The theme of LifeVentures’ Tuesdays Together event on July 12 is Summer Fun. It will begin at 10 a.m. at East Heights United Methodist Church, 4407 E. Douglas. The morning speaker will be Beth Cooper Meyer, author of Wichita Haunts and Ghosts of Kansas. Fashion guru Bonnie Bing will talk after lunch. This day is a fundraiser for LifeVentures, an organization that promotes senior learning experiences. Admission is $12.50. It includes

Green From previous page They come out to the club and heard me playing. “He said: 'Come on, go with me. I'm going to New York.' In New York, I was the first lead man... They respected me. We played Savoy most of the time... This was '39, '40." “Pearl Bailey was in the band too. She'd sing St. Louis Blues all the time. She danced too. They had three bandstands. Each one had a set time to play. Savoy Ballroom was big, huge.” Green spent 15 years in New York. He also played with Cootie Williams, Lucky Millinder, Eddie Vinson, Illinois Jacquet, Bill Doggett and more.

refreshments and lunch. For tickets contact Richard Caldwell, 316-461-8738 or teacher.caldwell@gmail.com, or leave a message at 316-682-0504. Deadline is July 5.

Job Fair Aug. 16 The annual fall job fair will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, in the multi-purpose room of the Downtown Senior Center, 200 S. Walnut. More than 27 prospective employers will be on hand. Job fair attendees must pre-register between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. by Aug. 6 at 200 S. Walnut, and attend an orientation prior to the fair. “Then I went on up to Andy Kirk. We worked out of New York...mostly one-nighters. I was making $50 a day... that was a lot of money at that time." Green returned to Wichita in 1955. "This is where I call my home. I was 40 years old. I got married." William Fisher, a piano player in Kansas City, joined him, and they “played the Lancers and the Aces Club, and down on Ninth Street at the Sportsman. Esquire also.” Green also worked at the Gas Service Co. where his dad and oldest brother worked, and then was hired as a custodian at Mueller School." After retiring, he volunteered as a foster grandparent at the Wichita Children's Home. “I just watched

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Dental health How To Preserve Your Smile for the Ages is a special program at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at the Downtown Senior Center, 200 S. Walnut. Dr. Dean Elledge, program directhem boys, and encouraged them to act like gentlemen. You know they'd do little old silly things, but they are young boys, 15, 16." Green discussed the appeal of jazz versus blues. "I consider it all the same. Of course I know blues is 12 bars. They run neck and neck in popularity. Country music is big in Wichita.” He also talked about the future of jazz. "It'll be here. It'll get better. But this stinking old rap, I don't call that music now. I love to play jazz, and

tor, and the dental residents at Wichita State University's Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program will explain what to expect from natural wearing of teeth, dry mouth, how to maintain a brighter smile, plus information on implants. Admission is $5 for Senior Center members, $7 for non-members and $10 for a member plus a non-member. RSVP to Anna at 316-267-0302, ext. 200, no later than July 7. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and there will be a drawing for an Oral-B rechargeable toothbrush. WSU and Senior Services are sponsoring the event. blues. It's in me. And I like to see people enjoy it. I have had a good life. " This article is from Wichita African American Blues Performers: History in Music, based on interviews conducted at the Kansas African American Museum for the Wichita Blues Project, 1996-97. Copyright 2015, Patrick Joseph O’Connor. To comment on this or other stories, email fran@theactiveage.com

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the world. That’s what drives them. They want to see for themselves where history took place or to explore sites of interest to them, he says. “Adventure is in their heart.” Major says she is driven by curiosity. This former hotel director of catering and banquet manager says various cultures, diverse populations and different parts of the country fascinate her. Her favorite quotation? “Not all who wander are lost.” To get ready for her new life, she sold many of her possessions at a garage sale, sold her house and said farewell to family and friends. She put her remaining possessions in storage and set out for Plano, Tex., where her son lives. She got a Texas driver’s license, a 2016 Durango to pull her 17-foot Casita, renewed her passport, got a conceal-carry license, joined AAA and upgraded her computer. Major’s maiden trips were in Texas. Next on her agenda were New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and a foray into Kansas. “I think I am going to like this,” she says. “I have met some new friends,

the active age admits she got tired of the winter rain in Oregon where she resided for years. She pulls her trailer, also a Casita, with a Toyota Forerunner. Ufford, a retired accountant, has driven to 48 states, “most of those at least twice.” When she gets to her destination, she spends the time sightseeing, hiking, kayaking or other things appropriate to that stop. She says the groups she belongs to and friends on the road are good resources on where to park; a patrolled area is always attractive. Courtesy photo With limited storage, the Joyce Ufford at Big Bend National Park. women pared down their She has visited 48 states, some twice. wardrobes. Ufford says, “It single women traveling alone, and have may range from shorts to jeans, capris picked up some new information about and T-shirts to the little black cocktail this lifestyle.” dress.” Major prefers “dress cowboy Her sidekick and constant compan- boots” and black jeans to the little ion is Jacki, an 11-year-old Jack Rusblack dress. sell. This summer her teenage grandson Ufford says one of the best drives is will join them. the Natchez Trace National Parkway While Major is a neophyte, Joyce that stretches 400 miles from Natchez, Williams Ufford is a veteran. What Miss., to Nashville, Tenn. “It may keeps this North High School grad on take a week to do because of so many the road is “the love of travel.” She also things to see just off the Trace.” The

July 2016 Blue Ridge National Parkway isn’t bad either, she adds. “We are fortunate to have so many natural scenic places in the country. To say you have a favorite changes as you go from one to the next.” Traveling about 100 miles a week gives you opportunities to take in our culture and history, she explains. The other benefit...“is consuming and enjoying the variety of food across the country — rock fish in Florida, lobster in Maine, barbeque in Texas and “grabbing a beer in Lukenbach, Tex., a city with a population of maybe 10 people.” Ufford also belongs to Wandering Individuals, plus Escapees, Sisters on the Fly, and the Elks, Moose and American Legion Auxiliary. When she visits the lodges, she says, she can find a good meal and local people who can tell you about those out-of-the-way things and places you should experience. Both women wend their way through Wichita at regular intervals. Major has a brother here and both have life-long connections to sisters Margalee Wright and Linda Hickam. In fact the two travelers met through Wright. Major was planning her adventure, so Ufford shared her

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By Elvira Crocker Maynard Magee, president of Wandering Individuals, says that there are increasingly more “full timers,” people like him who travel 365 days a year. There also are members who participate a week at a time, or who stay at one location longer than others. Their destinations take them to campgrounds, overnight locations such as Elks or Moose Club grounds or even Bureau of Land Management sites. Most camps provide electric, water and a dump. Or travelers can “dry camp,” using their own battery and

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experiences. While Major has just launched her adventure, Ufford’s not sure how much longer she’ll be on the road. But she does know this: “Friends who have given up their keys and no longer travel say they miss the road every day.” Contact Elvira Crocker at crockev@cox.net



propane gas. Their days may be filled with kayaking, hiking, biking, sightseeing, fishing, dancing, visiting museums or other activities. Age-wise, who are these travelers? They are mostly folks 50 to 80, says Magee. If you want to keep up with the Wandering Individuals and their travels, you better have a computer; the group has gone paperless, Magee says. Some travel in caravans; others go it alone and then hook up at the group’s next destination. If Sisters on the Fly, launched in 1999 to provide adventure opportunities for women, is any indication, there are more than 7,000 women on the road at any given time. Add that to the more than 400 members of Wandering Individuals — about half are women — and other organizations such as the Escapees, the Solos or the Singles International and you will find a lot of females on the road. Maurrie Sussman and her sister, Becky Clarke, launched Sisters on the Fly. There are members in the U.S.,

Canada, England and even Australia, who seek adventure whether it’s for a weekend or weeks at a time. The sisters got their road legs from a mother with an adventuresome spirit. She took them on camping and exploration trips as children. As adults, they had so much fun on a fly-fishing trip that they decided to invite their friends on their next adventure. And


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Tomato Problems at 11. Tours begin at 8:30. Sunflower Room seminars include Best of Tomato Day Recipes at 8:30 and a cooking demonstration by Ron Marcum at 10. Plant A Row for the Hungry is holding a photo contest to select the promotional photo for the 2017 program materials. Full color, 8x10 prints with an electronic copy must be entered by 9:30 a.m. in 4-H Hall. Returning this year only – the Largest Tomato Contest. The Kansas Grown! Farmer's Market will be in the parking lot.

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Canning fan funds mission work By Joe Stumpe Home canning has always been a bit of a misnomer. After all, it's glass jars that are filled with colorful fruits, vegetables and other delicious concoctions made with them. Names aside, home canning has undergone a resurgence as part of the local food movement. For enthusiasts like Karin Glenn-Miller, it's well worth the trouble (and not that much trouble, she's quick to add). "I believe in quality ingredients, and I believe in small, local-sourced food," she said. "It's a way of controlling what I eat, and what I give to other people to eat." Several years ago she took it a step further. She started selling her jams, salsas and other products under the Urban Prairie label. She cans them all in her kitchen. Glenn-Miller, a Wichita paralegal, uses the profits to fund missionary

work in Africa. Part of her work was teaching canning in Kenya. She hopes to visit Zimbabwe. Both countries have missions supported by her church, Asbury United Methodist. "You're dealing with a country that has very limited access to electricity," she said. "A lot of the food they grow, they sell. Canning provides them with a more stable way of earning an income,” and also food for their families. "I have found that people are willing to spend $5 on a jar of jam," she said. "It's easier than just asking them to donate money. "I don't think (canning is) hard at all. It's time consuming, and you have to be patient, but... I really enjoy it." To make strawberry balsamic jelly, Glenn-Miller chops and mashes strawberries, adds sugar and balsamic vinegar and brings the mixture to a boil, cooking until it's thick and sticky. Meanwhile she places empty can-

ning jars in a large canning or stock pot filled with boiling water to sterilize them. The pot needs a rack to keep the jars from touching the hot metal bottom. A smaller pot of boiling water can warm the lids and rings. Use jar lifters and towels to handle the hot equipment. Fill the jars to within a quarter-inch of their tops; eliminate air bubbles before screwing on the lids and rings. Place the jars back in the boiling water for 10 minutes to create a vacuum seal and kill any bacteria or organisms. (Different recipes call for varying boiling times). For more information on canning, she recommends Food in Jars, a 2012 cookbook, and website, foodinjars.com, both by Marisa McClellan.

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Arts briefs... Chamber music

Chamber Music at the Barn is celebrating its 20th anniversary season this summer. On July 7-8, Trio Globo will perform original music by Eugene Friesen based on Carl Sandburg’s 1918 poem Prairie at 8 p.m. The work was re-scored for this concert. It features the string quintet, female voices and a narrator. The New Zealand String Quartet will perform at 8 p.m. July 14-15. It will play music by Beethoven, Gareth Farr, Jack Brody and Brahms. The season’s fourth concert features the Ahn Trio, performing July 21-22. The sisters have earned a distinguished reputation for embracing 21st-century

classical music with their unique style and innovative collaborations. Concert tickets range from $12 to $32. For concert and dinners prices are $27 to $47. The outdoor buffet begins at 6:30 p.m. Doors open for concert-only ticket holders at 7:45. Prairie Pines is at 4055 N. Tyler Rd., Maize. For information call 16-72-7666 or email chambermusic@ cmatb.org.

21st film season

Two films will be screened in July for The Mid-Kanas Jewish Federation summer film series, co-sponsored by WAM, in the museum’s Wooden Lecture Hall. Show time is 2 p.m. The first two books featuring Frog and Toad, from a series of popular children’s books, will be shown Sunday, July 10. The films use clay animation


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Create a birthday

Help celebrate Wichita’s 146th birthday from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Wichita was officially born July 21, 1870. See more of its remarkable history by wandering the four floors of the museum’s exhibits. There also will be special tours, crafts, activities and refreshments. Admission is free to those individuals and small groups Someone you can trust!


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Conflicts, not war? Soliders still died By Steve Ochsner A soldier lies dead, his coffin shrouded with a flag. People mourn. But no one says he was “killed in war.” But it was a war. Bullets flew, bombs exploded. People died. This was in a place called Vietnam. It was called the “Gulf of Tonkin Resolution,” introduced to Congress in 1964. The House passed it 497–0, the Senate 85–2. The resolution authorized President Lyndon Johnson "to take all necessary steps, including the use of armed force, to assist any member or protocol state of the Southeast Asia Collective Defense Treaty requesting assistance in defense of its freedom." What does that even mean?


We were not to defeat any named enemy, nor to win anything. We were to “take steps to assist." The administration controlled that war. Soldiers could fight only within the geographical confines of South Vietnam. Airmen were not allowed to bomb anywhere else. Much of the enemy was in the north or in Laos, Cambodia or Thailand. On occasions when Congress learned operations strayed outside Vietnam, they had a hissy fit. In a recent book, The Secret War and Other Conflicts, Secretary of State Dean Rusk was quoted as saying,

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Use of Military Force (AUMF). It authorized President George W. Bush “to use U.S. forces and all necessary and appropriate force against those whom he determined planned, authorized, committed or aided the September 11th attacks, or who harbored said persons or groups.” Fifteen years later our forces are still there. In October 2002, a joint congressional resolution authorized military action in Iraq. U.S. forces defeated the Iraqi forces and took down the regime, ostensibly winning and ending the war. But diplomats were soon dispatched. Others, equally inept, replaced existing governmental and military structures. Our forces remained, attempting to control the ensuing de facto civil war until being pulled in 2014. They left behind a chaotic void now filled by the terrorist army called ISIS. Today, U.S. forces are engaged (sort

of ) in Iraq and Syria. Eerily reminiscent of Vietnam, the administration controls all aspects of this war, managing it in the same way that Vietnam was managed. Bombing is ineffective. Targets are published. As was the case in Vietnam, neither strategy nor path to victory is provided. What do the veterans of these wars feel when looking at the chaos that the administrations have created in the countries in which they fought and bled? What do they think of the savagery, butchery and beheadings inflicted upon the people whom they once sought to protect? I don’t have to ask. I remember the gut wrenching sense of emptiness I felt watching Saigon fall. Since my article about my experiences in Vietnam was published in the active age last November, I’ve been asked what regrets linger. Was it the protests and hatred directed at us? Was it the boorish media stereotypes? Was it the shameful treatment of so many scarred veterans?

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Veterans reunion This year’s Kansas’ Veterans and Family Reunion (KVFR) will be July15-17 on Veterans Point, Shady Creek Area, El Dorado State Lake. There will be free lake access for all prior, active and retired military with an accepted military or Veteran's Administration ID, DD-214 or other proof of service. Entrance cost is a $3 wristband for those 12 and older. “Always remember that this reunion is ‘your’ reunion,” said KVFR President David Burditt. “To all my brother and sister veterans, I wish to

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Much of that has faded, but what remains is that we were sent to fight and die without a mission, without a strategy and denied the opportunity to win. That might fade too were it not for the succeeding generations of soldiers experiencing the same exact frustrations. Will our government ever realize

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BEL AIRE 7651 E Central Park Ave 744-2451, ext 121 www.belaireks.org

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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.

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.

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

www.derbyweb.com Regular activities: Exercise programs at low cost, foot care, book club, friendship club. July 5: 2:30 pm Ping pong. Free. July 14: 10 am Presentation that covers recent scams and how to protect yourself. Free. July 26: 6:30 pm Derby Alzheimer's Support Group. Aug 3: Life Line Screening will offer non-invasive health screenings. For pricing and registration call 1-888-653-6441. 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

www.seniorservicesofwichita.org Regular activities: Exercise classes, Pickleball, computer classes, foot care by appt. July 7, 14, 28: 9-11:30 am Diabetes Self-Management Education workshops. July 7: 2:30-4 pm Writing group. `Mon: 11 am Lewis Street Singers; 1 pm Bridge; Beading Buddies. Wed: 9 am Spanish class (adv); 11 am Well rep excercise 1 pm Pickleball.

EDGEMOOR 5815 E 9th, 688-9392

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.

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LA FAMILIA 841 W 21st, 267-1700

Mon-Fri: Dance, exercise, pool, dominoes. 11:30 am-12:15 pm Hot lunch. Mon, Wed, Fri: 10 am Exercise/Ejercicio. Mon, Fri: 9:30 am-3 pm Tax-Aide, by appt. Tue, Thu: 1 pm Exercise/Ejercicio. Mon: 10 am English Class/Clase de Ingles; 1 pm Line dancing. Tue: 10 am Nutrition class/Clase de nutricion. Thu: 10 am Bingo/loteria. Last Fri: 10 am Music/musica; monthly birthdays.

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www.seniorservicesofwichita.org Regular activities: Computer classes, cards, Pickleball, exercise programs, hot lunch. July 1: 10:15 am Volunteering Opportunities by Jennifer Johns. July 20: 1 pm Movie Wednesday: Click. July 21: 1-3 pm Grandparenting 101 by Cherise Langenberg and Sara Hittle. July 22 10:15 am Your Life Your Legacy by Carrie Mullinex. 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.

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. July 8: 11:45 am Promoting Positive Mental Health by Mary Corrigan. July 14: 11:45 am Personal Emergency Response Services by Greg Smith. July 25: 11:45 am Medicare 101 by Rick Drees. July 22: 11:45 am Blazing a Trail: Positive Role Models by Mary Corrigan. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30 am WSU exercise. Mon: 12:30 pm TOPS; 1:30 pm Sing-a-Long.

Thu: 10:30 am Jewelry class. Fri: 10 am Crochet class; 1 pm Bridge.

OAKLAWN 2937 Oaklawn Dr, 524-7545

Daily: 11:30 am 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.

ORCHARD PARK 4808 W 9th, 942-2293

seniorservicesofwichita.org Regular activities: Exercise programs, cards, pool, hot lunch, Wii bowling, dominoes, crafts. July 8: 11:15 am Stroke Prevention by Lucy Lavell1e. July 11 11:15 am Caregiver Symptoms by Tia Kealy & Shalee Kinney. July 15: 11:15 am Your Life Your Legacy by Carrie Mullinix. July 22: 11:15 am Getting Ready for Medicare and How to Read Your Medicare Statements by Joe Sauer. 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. July 4: 11 am Chisolm Trail Seniors' Fourth of July Bingo & Raffle. July 13: 4-5 pm Christmas in July holiday ornament making session. Free. July 23: 7 pm Park City Pride Trivia Night. $15 entry fee with cash prize. July 28: 10 am Trip to Hutchinson's Cosmophere to view the documentary National Parks Adverture and have a guided tour of the museum; lunch at Roy's BBQ. $14 per person, lunch not included. Reserve your spot and pay by July 21. 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: 8:30-10:30 am Pickleball at Valley Center Intermediate School, 737 N. Meridian. Use North doors when schools not in session.

Senior Wednesdays

July 6: 10 am Wichita Art Museum, Gallery Exploration. Join an in-depth discussion of selected artworks from Chihuly Drawings & Jesse Alexander: The Golden Age of Motorosport with Courtney Spousta, Curator of Education. $2. 1:30 pm at the Water Center Pools with Daphne Cavallaro. Learn about what it takes to keep a pool clean. Free. July 13: 10 am Sedgwick County Zoo, Backyard Birds. Learn about the birds in your backyard and how to identify them. $4. 1:30 pm Wichita Public Library, Museum Musings: Conversations on the Future of Museums. Dr. Annette LeZotte, Director of the Kauffman Museum at Bethel College, will reflect on the challenges facing today's museums and the strategies that are employed to help museums survive. Free.


July 20: 10 am Ulrich Museum of Art, Joan Miro and the Conservation of Personnages Ouiseaux. Celebrate the life and work of Joan Miro and observe the conservation project of his mural. Free. 1:30 pm Kansas African American Art Museum. Men in Sports with Eric Sexton. Free. July 27: 9:30 am Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Throw LIke a Girl with Laura Hartley. This presentation will explore the landscape for female athletes before and after Title IX legislation. $2. 1:30 pm Exploration Place. Explore the craft and expertise behind metal casting and the art and engineering that make the inanimate come to life. $4.


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Butler County Senior Centers

ANDOVER 410 Lioba Dr, 733-4441

www.andoverks.com Regular activities: Exercise, bingo, bridge, quilt club, dominoes, pool. Daily:11:30 am-12 Lunch (reservation preferred) 316-733-4441, $3. Mon, Wed, Fri: 10 am Exercise. Tues & Thu: Special music at lunch. Mon: 12:30 pm Movie Monday. 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

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.

Support the active age

Make a tax deductible donation to the active age and support our Silver Campaign! Make a donation by: • Mail a check to 125 S. West St., Ste. 105, Wichita, KS 67213 • Call 316-942-5385 to make a secure credit card donation • Donate securely online at theactiveage.com and/or enroll in auto-pay via our paypal account.

1st Thu: 7 pm Bridge. 2nd Thu: 7 pm Movie night. 1st & 3rd Fri: 1 pm Mexican Train dominoes. 1st Sat: 7:30-9:30 am Community breakfast. 4th Mon: 5:30 pm Gathering; 6 pm Potluck dinner, program follows.

GRAND CENTRAL 122 E 6th, Newton, 283-2222 www.newtonseniorcenter.org

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.

Support Groups, Clubs Dances An up-to-date list of support groups is at supportgroupsinkansas.org. To add or correct a listing call 978-3843 or 1-800-445-0116 or email angela.gaugan@wichita.edu. Clubs, Organizations and Dances are online under the Resources category. For changes call Kaydee at 942-5385, kaydee@theactiveage.com

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. 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.


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. Wesley Friends, 550 N. Hillside, 8-5 pm July 9, 316-962-8400. Downtown Senior Center, 200 S. Walnut, 12:30-4:30 pm July 11 & 12, 316-2670197. Via Christi Rehab Hospital, 1151 N. Rock Road, 9am-1pm July 16 & 23, 316-6343400.

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: Oven fried chicken, potato salad, celery sticks w/peanut butter, watermelon, roll.

WEEK OF JULY 4 Mon: Closed for holiday.

Tue: Chicken & broccoli pie, pickled beets, Mandarin oranges, oatmeal cookie. Wed: Potato stroganoff casserole, green beans, cantaloupe, wheat roll, chocolate pudding. Thu: Ham & beans, parslied carrots, potatoes & onions, plums, cornbread. Fri: Beef cutlet w/Spanish sauce over rice, mixed greens salad w/dressing, mixed fruit, wheat bread.


Mon: Hot turkey sandwich w/mashed potatoes & gravy, mixed vegetables, cranberry sauce, peach crisp. Tue: Tuna salad on a bun, cucumber & onion salad, strawberries, sugar cookie. Wed: Ham & egg casserole, broccoli/ carrot salad, orange juice, biscuit. Thu: Meatloaf, au gratin potatoes, cauliflower bean salad, mixed fruit, peanut butter cake, roll. Fri: Chicken fajita salad w/salsa, banana, gelatin, cinnamon roll, chips.


Mon: Beef cutlet or liver & onions, mashed potatoes w/gravy, mixed vegetables, honey dew melon, roll. Tue: BBQ pork on a bun, baked potato, broccoli raisin salad, watermelon. Wed: Turkey w/gravy, green beans, combo salad w/dressing, strawberries, roll. Thu: Crunchy fish w/tartar sauce or baked chicken breast, macaroni & cheese, cole slaw, peaches, no bake cookie. Fri: Tahitian chicken & rice, roasted zucchini, sliced tomato, gelatin w/fruit, plums, bran muffin.


Mon: Chicken salad on a bun, tomato salad, banana w/peanut butter, apple crisp. Tue: Ham & Swiss broccoli pasta, cooked carrots, honey dew melon, cheddar dill bread. Wed: Swedish steak, garlic mashed potatoes, black eye pea salad, apricots, bread. Thu: Creamy chicken & veggie casserole, mixed green salad w/dressing, strawberries & bananas, wheat roll. Fri: Tuna or salmon patty, creamed peas, cucucmber & onion salad, mixed fruit, bread.

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Resthaven, Garden of Gethsemane, 2 plots, would like to sell together. Value $3,690 each. Will sell for $3,300 each or best offer. Call 580977-7857

Know your options, you have many. Please call us for a free consultation. 316-806-3435.

IPK Enterprises Estate Sales

Resthaven, Garden of Gospels, stacked plot for two. Granite marker base and install fee. Value: $9,700 sell for $3,000 OBO. Call 838-7038.

Resthaven, Garden of Memory in the Garden of Devoation, space 35-A-3. Dual plot option available for an addiational $1,142.50, including fees. Value $1,900, asking $1,200. Call or text Rhandi: 316-390-9932 or email rlh661@att.net. Resthaven, Garden of Freedom, two single depth lawn crypts. Value: $9,500, selling: $7,500. Call 316-305-9233 or email rueschh45@cs.com.

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.

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.

Cash for your Estate Items

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

FREE Consultation • 50+ Years Experience

Leaky Basement Repair

Complete Estate Sale Services Including Buy-outs Stress-free • Insured • Professional Retired Law Enforcement & Licensed Real Estate Agent on Staff

Call/Text 316-530-3275 www.KSESTATES.com

E-mail: support@ksestates.com (Se Habla Español)

F FOR SALE F Four place setting, Blue Glass dishes. Total: 27 pieces, plus salt, pepper, cream, and sugar. $60 or best offer. Call 316-838-8073.

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

Two plots in Kechi Old Site. $1,000. 316-946-9487.

Collection of 6 Bearington Bears, each 13" high. $75 for all 6 or best offer. Call 316-838-8073.

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


24" Schwinn tricycle, $225 or best offer. Like new, red. Call 684-8679 for more information.


MM Cleaning Good old fashioned cleaning done the right way when you need it. Residential & commercial. Senior discount. 316-214-5753; moore8862@gmail.com


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

Estate Sale by Gayle Book your summer and fall sales now. A photo gallery of your sale will be on our website along with an email campaign! Bonded & Insured • 25 years exp. FREE CONSULTATIONS

316-838-3521 • 316-227-7640


Bruno vertical platform wheel chair lift. Used very little, model #VPL 3100B. $2,500. Evening 733-4777, day 683-7151.

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

Craftmatic power lift bed. Extra long twin mattress, $400. Call 733-8852.

Paul Williams (316) 650-8807 • Free Estimates

Numotion quantum power wheel chair. like new, $2,500. Evening 733-4777, day 683-7151.




Furniture Refinish & Repair Tables, Chairs, Antiques, Etc.

316-206-3360 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; reflections1201@att.net.

Reflections Residential Care

FOOT CARE IN YOUR HOME Cheryl Rosine ~ The Foot Lady

• 316-312-2025 •

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



Marv’s Home Improvements & Repair

Resthaven, Garden of Freedom, 3-C-4, spaces for two with marker and vaults. Value $11,000 sell for $3995. 316-721-6462, 316-253-3980.

White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Garden of Nativity. Two plots with option of vault on one. $3,000, buyer pays transfer fees. 316-304-5611.

Place an ad: 942-5385


Lakeview Cemetery, Garden Terrace, two lots 41-A, spaces 1 and 2, right underneath an oak tree. Asking $3,296. Call 316-880-5628.

Resthaven, Garden of Memory. One double depth lawn crypt in the Garden of Gospels 73-D. Featuring statues of Mathew, Mark, Luke, John. Includes two internment rights, two vaults, one bronze memorial w/two names. Today's value $11,495 asking $4,495. Call 386-341-3421.

July 2016

Cowboy Construction

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

Todd Wenzel 316-393-4488

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

Drywall Repair

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.

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.

BRICK & STONE WORK OF ANY KIND Tuck-pointing, foundation & chimney repair. Insured. Free Estimates.

CALL DAN 316-516-3949

Carpenter–30 Yrs Experience

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


Compare Our Prices Weekly Plumbing Specials

Ins/Lic #5803


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!




Home repair of all kinds. Free Estimates. Licensed & Insured.

Call Gerald 316-633-2747

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

Custom Contractors

Basement & Foundation Repair

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

30 years experience 316-516-9200

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Classified Advertising F HOME IMPROVEMENTS CONT F Semi-retired maintenance man. Experienced in most phases of maintenance & roofing. Light hauling. Sedgwick County only. Call Paul 316-312-9970 WALLPAPER. Retiree Tim Devine enjoys and is good at hanging wallcoverings. A lifetime of experience at reasonable rates. Call 316-2089590 or email thdevine@gmail.com.

Brick Block & Stone

Specializing in restoration, repair, design build, tuck-pointing, custom mail boxes and columns. Troy 316-208-1105 or 316-529-4453. Handyman. Plumbing, electrical, heating, floors, doors, windows, screens, walls and more. HVAC certified. Licensed & insured. Senior discounts. Call John 316-650-3013. Molina Electric - Wichita Lic #1364 Comm. or Residential wiring. Service calls. New electric service. Troubleshooting. Business 524-0434, Cell 461-2199.

JS GUTTERING & FENCING 5-inch & 6-inch Seamless Guttering Install • Repair Clean • Insured



Handyman work. Call with your needs for any job of any size for a free estimate! Call 3123589 or 347-6663.

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

316-312-2177 Advantage Handyman and Tree Stump Services TREE SERVICE STUMP REMOVE DUMPING SERVICE HOME REPAIRS


Roofing – Windows – Siding A Reliable General Contractor Senior Discount


garywilbertroofing.com garywilbertroofing@cox.net

Stover Heating & Air Conditioning

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

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. 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

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

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


NEED YOUR LAWN MOWED? Call or text Ran 316-746-4689 *References available

ASAP Lawn Care 316-650-7858

• Residential & Commercial Mowing • Tree Trimming & Removal Free Estimates & Senior Discounts

Place an ad: 942-5385



Dave's Hauling Services Solid waste removal, property cleanup, tree & fence line clearing, general landscape removal, other lawn and garden services. All fence, porch and patio work. Call 316-832-2201.

Spring is on the way! ALL AROUND TREE SERVICE

All Season Clean Up Lawn Care Complete Lawn Care • Yard Clean Up • Tree Trimming • Gutter Cleaning • Free Estimates • Senior Discounts • 316-807-8649. Mowing, trimming, yard and leaf cleanup. Gutter cleaning. Exterior painting. If you need any of these services call Perry, 316-619-6126. All Trades Landscape Hauling, tree-trimming/removal, mowing, landscaping, flower beds, renovations. Call for free estimates! 312-3589 or 347-6663. Yard, leaves and gutters cleaned. Odd jobs. Shrubs/trees trimmed or removed. Abram Rinke, 316-295-0717. Please leave message. Hauling upon request.

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

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

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.

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.

Estrada’s Tree Service

Trimming, crown reduction, removal. Storm damage prevention. Hauling. Firewood. Free estimates. Insured. Senior discount. Felix Estrada, 316-617-4392. Joe's Tree Service Trimming, removal, stump grinding. Licensed and insured. 316-312-4514.

Alfred's Superior Tree Service 316-522-9458 www.alfredstree.com alfredstree@pixius.net

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

Professional & Insured • Certified Arborist Residential & Commercial 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. Handyman work. Over 30 years’ experience. Sr. Discounts. Insured. Call 316-207-8047.


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. Donate your Durable Medical Equipment. Will pick up. Tax credit. Medical Loan Closet of Wichita. 316-200-2005.

Need a ride? Doctor appointments, ride home from hospital, court, casino, mini vacation or family reunion. You name the place, Want to purchase mineral and other oil/ gas interests. Send details to P.O. Box 13557, I will take you there. 316-259-6212. Denver, CO 80201.

F THRIFT SHOP F Gently Used Resale (Thrift Shop)

2523 S. Seneca (Westway Plaza) Wichita, Ks. Store & Donation Hours Mon & Thu 9 am-7 pm Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat 9 am-5 pm Purchase with a purpose. Benefits those served by the Bethesda Lutheran Communities to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through services that share the good news of Jesus Christ. Volunteers & Donations always needed. Like us on Facebook.

316-267-5800 www.theactiveage.com

Collector buying: WWII GERMAN and JAPANESE MILITARY items. 316-516-2737.

F TOO LATE TO CLASSIFY F HELP WANTED: In-home care service. Some cooking and light housekeeping and transportation to/from doctors/errands. Weekends, 8 am -5 pm. Call Mrs. Smith, 977-7027.

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

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son later became political rivals. The short-tempered, prickly Adams clashed with Jefferson’s laid-back approach. His Federalist devotion also was at odds with Jefferson, who believed the states should have more power. The two former friends met in the 1796 Presidential election, which became a mud-slinging affair of polarizing political views, largely on foreign affairs. The outcome, however, was razor-thin, as Adams edged Jefferson in electoral votes, 71-68. As was custom in the day, the loser became the Vice-President, and Jefferson soon opposed Adams on a host of

issues. Among them was the controversial Alien and Sedition Act of 1798, which induced Jefferson to forego Washington in favor of his Monticello home. They again squared off in the 1800 Presidential election, and this time Federalism vs. states’ rights was the dominant theme. The rematch was even more bitter than the ‘96 campaign, and is considered one of the dirtiest elections in American history. Jefferson tied Aaron Burr with 73 electoral votes, while Adams, with 65, went down in defeat. Adams, stung by the loss, proceeded to reel off a succession of “midnight

And, after 50 years of mulching and rototilling, his garden undoubtedly has some of the best soil in Wichita. A garden means different things to people at different times in their lives. The early necessity of his garden to supplement the food budget for his family is now an enjoyable hobby. It also offers good outdoor exercise, and it’s social avenue. Joe, a WW II and Korean war veteran, gives 80 percent of his vegetables to neighbors and friends. They give back with cooked meals, shoveling snow,and transportation. He calls Dan and Cindy Lord and Alvin and Judith

Ramier his Neighborhood Angels. Joe is now 90 years old. When he started his rototiller this spring to prepare the ground for his summer garden he had to turn it off and sit down. He was tired. He said he thought, “Maybe I won’t put in a garden this year.” Neighbors came out when they heard the noise of the machine’s motor, and then the silence. “Joe, let us do that.” Myron Ely proceeded to rototill, and Dan made furrows. Joe has since planted tomatoes, green beans, zucchini, cucumbers and squash. Family, friends, neighbors and Joe are well supplied with healthy fresh vegetables for another summer.

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appointments” of Federalists to judicial offices and in his last hours in office, designed to leave his mark against Jefferson. He then slipped out of town early in the morning of the inauguration, choosing not to welcome the incoming President, as is tradition. The relationship remained frigid for many years until intervention by a mutual friend, Benjamin Rush, a Philadelphia doctor who had also signed the Declaration. Though Adams was noncommittal to Rush’s efforts, he took the initiative and, on Jan. 1, 1812, wrote a note with well-wishes to Jefferson. On Jan. 21, Jefferson responded in kind, recalling when “we were fellow laborers in the same cause” of independence, and extending “my sincere esteem for you…I salute you with unchanged affections and respect.” Thus renewed a friendship of decades past. Adams and Jefferson continued to send respectful, thoughtful letters to each other, a source of great mutual satisfaction. Jefferson, who suffered from rheumatism and an enlarged prostate, was forced to decline an offer to attend the 50th anniversary celebrations that July


July 2016 4 in Washington. By July 2, he was barely lucid, and died at Monticello around 12:50 p.m. on the Fourth. At his Quincy, Mass., home, Adams had also declined an invitation to a 50th anniversary extravaganza in Boston due to poor health. Early on July 4, he lost consciousness. He recovered slightly near mid-day, and according to most accounts, his final words were some form of the words “Thomas Jefferson still survives.” The irony is that Jefferson had just died, though modern researchers cite no proof that Adams made such an utterance. He died around 6 p.m. that evening. Incredibly, Adams and Jefferson were not the only early Presidents to die on July 4. Five years later in 1831, James Monroe passed away at age 73, marking the third of the first five chief executives to die on the date of the nation’s birth. One President, Calvin Coolidge, was born on the Fourth of July holiday in 1872, though most historians rate him among the weakest of chief executives, unlike Adams and Jefferson. Tom Emery is a freelance writer and historical researcher from Carlinville, Ill. Email him at ilcivilwar@yahoo.com.

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By Diana Morton What a fabulous month of theatre in Wichita. There were productions last month that moved me to tears; made me laugh until I cried; and that kept me singing for a week. July promises to be even better, if that's possible. Kechi Playhouse, 100 E Kechi Rd, Charley’s Aunt by Samuel French, 8 pm Fri–Sat, 2:30 pm Sun, July 1–31. Tickets $12. 316-744-2152 Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley, Sedgwick County Bandstand by Carol Hughes, Thu–Sat thru July 16. Bite It, Wichita! 2 or How Julia Got her Gravy Back by JR Hurst, Thu–Sat, July 21–Sept 3. Dinner, $26-$30, 6:15 pm; Show only, $20, 7:50 pm. 316-2630222 Music Theatre Wichita, Century II, 225 W. Douglas, Beauty and

the Beast, through July 3; Oklahoma, July 13–17; Jesus Christ Superstar, July 27–31. Wed–Thu, 7:30 pm, Fri–Sat, 8pm, Sun, 7 pm; Sat-Sun 2 pm. Tickets $26-$64. 316-265-3107 Roxy's Downtown, 412 E Douglas, cabaret-style theatre, Fly by Night, A New Musical, 8 pm, Fri–Sat, June 17–July 16. Tickets $27-$30. 316-2654400 Wichita Community Theatre, 258 N Fountain, Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley, Thu–Sat, 8 pm, Sun, 7 pm, July 13-24. Tickets $12. 316-6861282 WSR Signature Theatre, Scottish Rite Center, 332 E 1st, 1776, music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards, Sat– Sun July 2–3, 7 pm. Tickets $10–$14. 316-648-9043 To comment on this or other stories email fran@theactiveage.com


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Whittling, sanding, shaving wood make model magic By Ken Stephens J.C. Combs keeps busy in retirement. He gives talks on the Civil War and does readings from a book he and his sister wrote about growing up in a small town. He makes large flower sculptures out of cymbals and model ships in a small woodshop in a corner of a basement otherwise filled with antiques. It took him 57 years to finish the first ship, a 17th century sailing ship. Combs came to Wichita in 1970 to become professor of percussion in the School of Music at Wichita State University. Before retiring 37 years later, he became known for his creative and sometimes unusual compositions – music to accompany a professional wrestling match, for instance. But his interest in woodwork predates all that. He started building his three-mast model ship for a high school shop class. With graduation, the unfinished boat went into a box and stayed there until he decided about a year and a half ago to finish what he started.

Although the model is crafted in intricate detail, Combs didn’t have any plans or designs to follow. Just pictures. “I kept looking at different pictures and seeing this and seeing that,” he said. Sort of like the way his dad used to build houses. “My father was a carpenter in a small town in northwest Missouri,” he said. “The last thing people wanted was a detailed plan. Build me this house for this amount of money. He never worked with a plan. He’d just see it.” Combs had hardly finished the three-mast when he decided to build another ship. This one was inspired by a trip to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Amid the dinosaurs and other exhibits, he came across a glass case with a model of the Wyatt Earp, a converted Norwegian-Finnish vessel that played an important part in the exploration of Antarctica. Combs took a cell-phone picture of it and went to work when he returned home.

A wealthy American surveyor and explorer, Lincoln Ellsworth, wanted to fly across the Antarctic. He bought the 400-ton fishing vessel in the early 1930s, and modified it to carry a single-engine monoplane, named the Polar Star. The trip across the Antarctic is about 2,200 miles; 1,200 miles of it

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Ships From previous page But building the model based on his many pictures serves only to reveal greater and greater detail. The parts of the paddlewheel required great precision or they wouldn’t turn properly. All the windows on the boat have shutters. There’s a lot of whittling, sanding and shaving to make things fit. “All these things are labor intensive, but it’s something I can work on for a couple of hours and walk away...and come back the next day and work on it again,” Combs said. For the balusters, vertical supports for the deck’s wooden railings, he used golf tees, sawing off the pointed bottom. For the tall smokestacks he’s using pieces of thin-walled metal pipe he found at Architectural Salvage in downtown Wichita. The idea for the Natchez came from Combs’ son Matt, a fiddler in Nashville. He lived near the late John

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The Wyatt Earp was important in Antarctica exploration. Hartford and would sit on Hartford’s porch along the Cumberland River and play music with the Grammy Award-winning musician, songwriter and honorary steamboat pilot. “I have a feeling this boat will go to Matt, and the fishing boat to Cory (Combs’ other son, a jazz bass player and member of the staff at the Nueva School in the San Francisco area). “But I’m going to enjoy them for a while.”

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Porcelain art show The public is invited to view the Porcelain Artist’s State Convention’s art display at the Crosswinds Conference Center in Hesston July 14-16. The center is east of I-35 from the Lincoln exit.

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