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Vol 39 • No. 11

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By Elvira Crocker We’ve all experienced them at one time or another. Those lapses in memory that can often be either embarrassing or hilarious. Though they can happen at any age, they do seem to happen more as we age and thus have come to be known as “senior moments.” Simply put, research indicates that the clutter in our memory banks can cause these retrieval problems. Unscientifically, it’s a “brain fart.” Experience indicates they can also happen to the young. Senior moments can happen to an individual or to groups of people. Not long ago, I entered a room for an exercise class where two women were trying to identify a woman who had been absent for several months.

“What’s that woman’s name?” they pleaded in frustration. I turned away to put my purse down and, thankfully, when I turned around the name came to me. Problem solved. The three of us were relieved. On another occasion three friends were trying to think of the name of a woman they had all known for years. Their conversation took place midday and it was about 5 p.m. that day when the woman who initiated the conversation came up with the name which

Minor league baseball back By Bob Rives William H. Hemp is no longer a household name. Even the colorful nickname, Ducky, he got while playing baseball here, is lost in time. But in 1887, the 18-year-old from St. Louis was a star and the first player to bat for a Wichita professional baseball team. Later that same year he was the first ex-Wichita player to reach the Major Leagues. Now 131 years later, Wichita seems on the cusp of a new baseball era. Mayor Jeff Longwell has announced that the New Orleans Baby Cakes Triple-A club will move here in 2020 See Baseball, page 13

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she dutifully called the others to share so no sleep would be lost that night. I reached out to friends about this topic and found no shortage of examples. For example, whether you are in your 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s or more, you’ve likely experienced one classic senior moment. It’s the one where you walk into a room and you ask yourself “What did I come in here for?” John Galvan, 66, a former furniture restoration shop owner with a special-

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Fire deaths hit elderly

By Joe Stumpe Two recent deaths highlight the risk posed to seniors by house fires, a danger that increases during cooler months. In September, a 65-year-old Andover man died after being trapped in a house fire. The man was found by firefighters in a bedroom, while another occupant of the house escaped safely. In July, Bettie Clark-Johnson, 83, a church pianist and pastor’s widow, died in a fire in her north Wichita home. Fire officials said an unusual amount of storage in the home made it difficult to locate her body, raising the possibility that Johnson – who was described as active and mobile by friends – was prevented from escaping by clutter. Adults 65 and older are 2.5 times more likely to die in a fire than the population as a whole, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, an arm of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Fire deaths from December through February run more than twice as high as those between June and August, reports the National Fire Protection Association. Capt. Jose Ocadiz of the Wichita Fire Department said older residents who smoke may be more likely to fall asleep with a lit cigarette, or fail to extinguish it while awake. They may also be more likely to use space heaters, which can ignite clothes, furniture and other items. “We always suggest a 3-foot radius (of clear space) per space heater, but also making sure they are the newer models that have ‘tip protection.’ If they get tipped over by a pet or something, they automatically shut off.” A space heater should also have automatic overheat protection, which causes it turn off when it reaches a certain temperature. Leaving food untended while See Fire, page 5

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ty in pianos, knows that one well. In his case, he eventually realized that he was “there” looking for an aspirin. How about the one where you are tearing the house upside down looking for your glasses when you suddenly realize “they are sitting on top of my head.” That’s the one Phyllis Gutierrez, 65, who served as a riveter at Cessna, recalls. And then there’s the time my husband, a retired journalist, was in search of his hearing aids prior to setting out for a movie. The two of us went upstairs, downstairs and all around the house. Both of us kept walking from room to room, floor to floor because we kept hearing that familiar noise - that sound hearing aids periodically make when their batteries run low. We kept thinking we were getting closer. Then nothing. We finally gave up, deciding to sit close enough to the screen for him to hear. We started walking the two blocks to the theater and en route I heard that familiar sound again. “What’s that damn sound?” I asked. “Oh,” he said sheepishly, “I think that’s my hearing aids.” They were in his pocket all that time.

the active age Connie Reissig, 71, a former licensed insurance agent, says she really doesn’t have any senior moments to report “other than putting the coffee pot in the fridge, or a pan in the microwave,” punctuating that with an LOL. Recently, she also remembers getting ready to leave for a medical appointment and immediately forgetting how to get there. “I calmed myself down and, like magic, the route to the office came back to me.” She may be a senior now, but Irene Follin, 67, remembers a “junior” moment when she was in her 30s, working full time and raising three children. The former administrative assistant at an engineering services company recalls that she was on her way home after work one day and managed to pass the street where she lived not once, not twice, but three times.

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a late start on their trip, so by the time they arrived in Goodland they were ready to call it a day. Martha asked John to retrieve their large bag from their truck. He returned to report that there was only a duffle bag with their fishing gear in it. “I thought you brought the big suitcase down from upstairs,” Martha said. Like an echo, he responded with the same words. Translation: No clothes or personal hygiene items for a several days trip. An emergency shopping stop was made en route. How many times have you tried to introduce a new person to an old friend or acquaintance and remember the name of the “newbie” but draw a total blank on the name of the person you have known for years. Nan Porter, a retired psychotherapist, recently experienced that one and is still red-faced about it. Here’s a helpful hint to deal with Illustration By Richard Crowson that one. As a defensive measure, a friend of mine and I have made a pact And John and Martha McEachern that when there’s a hesitation in such of Newton remember what may be introductions we intervene by extendlabeled a “senior moment squared.” He ing our hand and saying our name. It taught at West High in Wichita before can save plenty of embarrassing moretirement and she served as a national ments. If you can uhhhh just remember account executive for Sherwin-Wilto do that. liams. Now in their 80s, they were all packed and ready to head to their son’s Elvira Crocker is a board member of the vacation home in Colorado. They got active age. Contact her at crockev@cox.net

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Project Beauty looks forward at 50

By Joe Stumpe Project Beauty, Inc. may be down in numbers, but it’s not out. President Sue Boewe admits to an ambitious goal for the 50-year-old group founded to spruce up Wichita. “I’m hoping we’re going to double our membership this year,” she said. “I’ve asked everybody to bring in one member. That’s the challenge I’ve put to everybody.” Project Beauty will celebrate its half-century mark during its annual membership tea and fashion show at Botanica at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 2. The public is invited. “We call it our membership tea, but it’s actually a ‘high tea’ for anyone interested in coming,” Boewe said. Started in 1968 by Gwendolyn Naftzger, the organization boasted 700 members at one time. One of its first efforts was a campaign called “Don’t Trash It” that urged people to pick up litter. Another was the awarding of “beautification certificates” to businesses that improved their property through landscaping. The group’s logo became a trash can with a pink rose. Project Beauty established the Shakespeare Garden at Botanica and still contributes to the cost of

“We don’t do that anymore because we’re too old and it’s too risky, but we pay for the city to do it,” Boewe said. The group still raises money, holding six meetings a year that feature guest speakers and three fundraisers. Beginning memberships are $25. Anybody interested may contact Boewe at ramsboewe@cox.net.

Donated by Project Beauty, “Peerless Princess of the Plains” by sculptor Frank Jensen sits in front of Century II. Joe Stumpe photo

maintaining it. Parks and fountains, bike paths and statues around town all bear the group’s stamp. Members established the garden-like median strip north of Century II and for years maintained it, led by Annie Meyers until she was in her late 80s.

Boewe said the Oct. 2 high tea will feature “little sandwiches and all kinds of goodies and pastries,” live music and a fashion show by Christopher Banks of Towne East Mall. It’ll be “a rather formal affair, like an English high tea,” she added. “I’m telling everyone, ‘Don’t wear your blue jeans.’”

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Our technology need may become crisis. Will you help? By Fran Kentling We all know something about growing older, don’t we? The active age staff now knows more than it ever wanted to about a new area of aging – computers. The staff relies on three 27-inch Mac monitor computers to get the newspaper put together and sent to the printer each month. Two are from 2009; the third is early 2010.

Dear Reader Recently they have dug in their heels or bytes or whatever the stubborn equivalent is for a computer. Receive email? Maybe. Maybe not. Send emails? Same bad attitude. Put the stories and ads into a form that can be sent to the printer? Shucks. Let’s refuse to accept some of the ads, or omit some of the stories and make the staff start over. Ouch. Plus, a computer with all the functions that ours must have can cost up to $1,000 for a doctor’s visit. (Anyone

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I plan to mail $100 myself today to: the active age, 125 S. West St., Ste. 105, Wichita, KS 67213. Or, to make it easier, maybe I’ll call in a credit card donation to 316-942-5385. Regardless of how I get it there, I’m going to contribute right now. And, of course, I will continue with my regular contribution to help keep the paper in my mailbox. If you can help, please do. The need is urgent. Fran Kentling is a former active age editor and a continuing board member. Contact her at fran@kenting.net.

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From Page 1 cooking is yet another common source of house fires. Whatever the origin of a house fire, advanced age can definitely play a role in who survives. “Not to say 60 is elderly, but you start losing your reaction time and with other medical conditions your mobility may be affected,” Ocadiz said. Yet another study, this one by the National Institute of Technology, found that “frail populations” – people who are not in good health and primarily age 65 and older – are much more likely to die in house fires because they cannot react quickly. NFPA research shows that residential sprinkler systems, which can be installed for about the same cost as carpet, are the most effective way to reduce deaths and injuries from fire. If that’s not an option, all homes should be equipped with smoke alarms that are tested regularly, Ocadiz said, and residents should map out an escape plan with two different routes out of their home. If all routes out are blocked, another effective defensive procedure is to take cover behind a closed door – after calling 911, of course. “Close the door and you protect yourself from heat and smoke traveling in,” Ocadiz said. A residential door can provide 20 minutes of protection, he said, while

fire trucks typically reach the scene of a fire within five to six minutes of it being called in. If a resident still uses a landline telephone, it’s essential that they have a connection where they sleep.

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Ocadiz said firefighters see many fires in which excessive storage plays a role. In one case, an elderly resident who had stopped cooking was using her oven as a cabinet. When a visiting relative turned it on to bake a cake, the contents inside caught fire. Storage becomes hoarding in its extreme form. “In the worst cases, there’s a path they walk from the bed to the couch and kitchen and everything else is stacked up around them,” Ocadiz said. In addition to blocking possible exists, too much storage “adds so much fuel load to the fires themselves.” The fire department offers free residential safety checks to anyone who requests it for themselves or a family member. The prevention unit can be reached by calling 316-268-4441.

Stories that hit home abound Some articles in the active age are practically contagious. For instance, within hours of editing Elvira Crocker’s piece on “senior moments” in this issue, I experienced two myself. First, I locked my keys in the car. (Pro tip: a cab driver will spring your lock much cheaper than a locksmith). Then, I started making plans for an elaborate weekend getaway, forgetting that my schedule was already packed right here. Not to worry, though. My wife helpfully reminded me that I’ve experienced such moments since long before I became AARP eligible. Cartoonist and banjo plucker extraordinaire Richard Crowson created the amusing illustrations accompanying Elvira’s article. Another contributor this month, Bob Rives, literally wrote the book on baseball in Wichita. His book, Baseball in Wichita, was published in 2004 by Arcadia Publishing and is still available. ••• A reader who stopped by to pick up a paper reminded us that boys love their toys, no matter how old both may be. It seems that her husband bought a deceased friend’s vintage Studebaker pickup and drove it for 17 years, despite the fact that it had no air condi-

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tioning and he had to wear long sleeves at the aircraft plant. Then he parked it in the garage for 27 years before deciding to start it up again one day. Right, she thought, expecting the moment to pass. A few hours later, he had the thing running. Soon he was fixing it up and hauling it to car shows on weekends. She realized he’d completely lost it when he spent $60 a gallon on paint for the thing - $60! Not that she was upset. “Now I can do anything I want to the house,” she said. We’re trying a couple of new things here at the active age. One is posting regular updates on our Facebook page (facebook.com/activeagewichita) and website (theactiveage.com). Visit them to find news, recipes and more. ••• It took a few weeks, but I recently noticed there’s a psychic reader located across the street from our office at 125 S. West St. That should come in handy! Contact Joe Stumpe at joe@theactiveage.com


Page 6 By Amy Geiszler-Jones Wichita doesn’t need to take down any trees to put up a parking lot. Just the opposite, one expert says. “Wichita probably has twice as much (downtown) parking as you’ll ever need as a community and what you’ve done is exported land value from your city to the suburbs,” Jeff Tumlin said. “Parking hasn’t created value, which should be its job.” More trees and better technology would improve parking and walking in downtown Wichita, Tumlin said. Tumlin, a principal and strategist with the San Francisco-based transportation consulting firm Nelson Nygaard, gave a presentation at the Parking 2.0 community discussion event at the Wichita Art Museum on Aug. 21 and later spoke to the active age by phone. He’s helped Seattle, Vancouver, Moscow and other cities with transportation strategies. Tumlin called planting trees “the most cost-effective investment you can make in any downtown” because they provide safe, sociable and interesting walking areas that experience influences the perception of parking. “Plant trees. People like trees. Trees give shade. … Yes, the utility people will complain but the math is very clear that the net value that trees create far exceeds the cost of protecting utilities from tree roots,” he said.

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Parking Paradise? Wichita’s not there yet, but there’s no shortage of spots Wichita parking meters should take credit cards, one expert says. A transportation plan can lengthen or shorten the lifespan of residents based on the way it routes public transportation, provides walking paths to schools, controls pollution emissions and manages other issues, he said. Tumlin’s visit was sponsored by Health ICT in partnership with the Health & Wellness Coalition, the Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and Downtown Wichita. Health ICT is a state grant-funded initiative that looks at creating a healthier community.

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“It was great timing since the city of Wichita is in the early stages of a parking and multimodal plan,” said Scott Wadle, a senior management analyst with the city. “There have been two previous parking plans in the past 20 years. This is an opportunity to revisit those plans and see if (they reflect) our community’s goals and aspirations.” Parking “is about making a place accessible but it’s just one part,” Wadle

said. As the city works on what’s called the Wichita Parking and Multimodal Plan, it is also looking at its biking, pedestrian and public transportation systems. The city recently combined the responsibilities of managing all those systems under its new transit director, Michael Tann. Tumlin said downtown Wichita parking spaces aren’t being managed properly. The city should consider installing parking meters that allow payment by credit cards for people like himself who don’t carry around a pocketful of quarters. “As a visitor, I couldn’t have paid for a parking spot,” Tumlin said. Charging more for parking during peak demand times and utilizing technology that directs people to existing parking are some strategies to consider, he said. “Parking is like any other commodity in the market. We need to take into account demand and supply.” To find out more or provide input on the city’s parking and multimodal plan, visit wichita.gov/parking. A 90-minute video of the Parking 2.0 presentation will also be posted to the website.

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Myasthenia Gravis a rare, challenging disease By Art Gentry Not many people have heard of Myasthenia Gravis, a potentially fatal disease that affects about one in 5,000 people. It is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system turns on the body and attacks the muscle receptors at the neuromuscular junction, causing weakness. Symptoms range from mild to extreme. Nine years ago, I experienced episodes of double vision (diplopia) and drooping eyelid (ptosis) and thought it was just an eye problem. After a visit to an ophthalmologist in Wichita, the doctor suspected Myasthenia Gravis and said I should see a neurologist. Next stop was a primary care doctor at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita. That doctor assigned me to a neurologist. She sent me to the lab for a blood workup, including an acetylcholine receptor antibody test. I scored high - 30 on a scale beginning at .5. A CAT scan found a 2.6-centimeter tumor on my thymus gland, which is situated just behind the sternum. About half of these tumors turn into cancer. I underwent what’s called a medium sternotomy and thymectomy. At age 62, this was the first major surgery of my life, and I was very nervous about it. The VA doctors and staff helped me through the pre-op tests both physically and emotionally. I was admitted on Monday, had four hours of surgery Tuesday and was dismissed Friday, a few days earlier than expected. I remember waking up after surgery, intubated but alive. My son-in-law, who was an EMT, looked in on me and noticed me struggling with the ventilator. He called the nurse, who called the doctor into ICU. He removed the ventilator tube and the first thing I said was, “Now that’s a whole lot better.” It was a relief because

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I was expected to be intubated for up to 24 hours. I was deeply grateful for the great care I received at the VA hospital. The morning after surgery, my wife and a nurse were in the ICU with me when the neurologist entered the room, took one look at me and said, “Well Art, I see you finally got something off your chest.” “Yeah, Doc,” I replied, “They finally looked to see if I was all that I was cracked up to be.” Now roll the clock forward eight years. In May 2018, the disease’s symptoms returned, which I had been told would happen. I again experienced a drooping eye lid and double vision. A few days later, it was weakness over the neck and arm muscles, fluctuating from slight to severe throughout the day. I saw my primary care doctor and neurologist. New blood workup confirmed that Myasthenia Gravis had reappeared with a vengeance. I am now on three medications

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to try to control the symptoms. Immunosuppressant medications reduce the antibodies that attack the receptors at the neuromuscular junction. Right now, just writing this is a struggle because I can barely control my fingers or hold up my arms. Some patients with even more extreme symptoms require plasmapheresis – the process of separating the liquid part of blood from the blood cells - every few days to screen out the attacking antibodies. With medication and rest I can do things for a few minutes. Then I have to stop again and rest. This disease has no cure. Myasthenia Gravis can get much worse and become debilitating to the point where breathing, chewing and swallowing become a challenge. When a respiratory arrest occurs, it’s called a myasthenic crises and it is life threatening. In all this, I must say I’m thankful to God for people who’ve advanced medicine and continue to do so. Much more research needs to be done into all autoimmune neuromuscular diseases, with the goal of finding a cure one day. For more information see the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of

America at www.myasthenia.org and the local support group at www.mgakc.org . Postscript: I was readmitted to the VA hospital from July 17 through July 22 of this year. On five of those six days, I underwent IVIG immune globulin infusions to replace the attacking antibodies with new antibodies. I was also placed on prednisone (a synthetic steroid) and mycophenolate mofetil, which is an anti-rejection drug used for transplant patients and in my case as an immunosuppressant medication, plus pyridostigmine-bromide to enhance the level of acetylcholine (a natural compound that functions as a neurotransmitter) at the neuromuscular junction. My strength has returned to about 70 percent and I’m capable of mild exertion for about 30 minutes. The neurologist said I may have to repeat the infusions every 3 months. Art Gentry lives in Clearwater where he served on the city council and planning commission. He is a Wichita State University graduate and served as a journalist in the Navy during the Vietnam era. He can be reached at roaddog@sktc.net

I want to do some estate planning. What mistakes do most people make? Failing to do any kind of planning is one of the most common mistakes. I suspect that less than 50% of people have a plan. Generally, the law of the state where you reside at your death will dictate to whom and in what percentages property is distributed. This formula is not how most prefer to distribute their property. You also fail to designate your choice of the person in charge of wrapping up your affairs and making distributions. In most situations, failing to plan is a guaranteed recipe for conflict and expense. Another common mistake is having beneficiary designations or pay on death designations that are outdated

or are not coordinated with your will or trust. I have been involved in cases where the deceased person named the executor under the will, personally, as the beneficiary or designee of a pay on death account. While the executor may have a moral obligation to distribute the property per your wishes, there is no legal obligation for this person, as beneficiary, to share. Many times I have also discovered deceased parents and ex-spouses as beneficiaries of life insurance. If you are in doubt about what to do, getting advice from a qualified estate planning lawyer will be the first step in avoiding common mistakes.

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Lawnmower troubles land him in the weeds By Ted Blankenship I read an article the other day about what to do about a rusty lawnmower. You’d think this would be about unsightly brown spots that detract from the appearance. No, it was about a hole rusted through the deck that keeps the spinning blade from chopping off one of your favorite appendages. If my mower had a hole in its deck, I’d celebrate. To fix the mower, you’re told to turn it over and inspect the hole. You’ll probably want to pull the spark plug off first because a lawnmower that refuses to start when you have pulled the starter rope 32 times, will start spontaneously when your hands are near its blade. Next, you wire-brush the rust until you see shiny metal. If any of the mower remains, cover the hole with heavy-duty duct tape. Really? Duct tape might cover the hole, but it’s certain to drop down into the spinning blade and wind itself around the shaft and bearings. This will cost you $214 or more, and there will still be a big hole in the top of your mower.

We have 20 acres of what the county calls “tame” grass. We don’t mow all of it, just enough to tangle the blades and strip any threads that haven’t already been stripped. So we bought a Japanese-made riding mower. It is no wimpy machine. It has THREE blades to get tangled in lawn debris. These blades attract such things as logs hidden in tall grass, steel cable from an old corral, and T-shirts and socks blown from trucks on the way to the dump. These blades are marvels of Asian technology. They do not stop spinning when they encounter things that twist around their shafts. They turn until something breaks. Recently a T-shirt wrapped itself around the middle blade. A washer (cleverly designed to work only on Japanese machinery) broke. This required a trip to the repair shop. The cost to put on a new Japanese washer was reasonable, but it cost some $300 to have the mower hauled to and from

Bingo and quilts at St. Jude Twenty games of bingo equal 20 chances to win handmade quilts on Sunday, Oct. 14 at St. Jude Church. It’s the 27th year the church’s women’s group has held a quilt bingo and raffle. “It takes many volunteer hours and effort on the part of the women to complete a quilt, not to mention 20 quilts,” St. Jude member Karen Roth said. Baby quilts made by volunteers will also be for sale, as will several vintage quilts donated by members. Donations for an “opportunity quilt” will be taken up to and on Oct. 14. Mary Graham, a past member of St. Jude, donated the queen-sized quilt done in brown, green, and corals. Susan McMillan, a local long arm quilter, performed the custom machine quilting. Lunch is available beginning at 12:30 p.m. with the first bingo game

enough room to get the wrench on the nut. So I dug a hole under the mower. After several attempts it came off and I sharpened the blade. I tightened the nut with the socket wrench. It worked, and I’m staying away from T-shirts. Contact Ted Blankenship at tblankenship@cox.net

the shop. Happily, all three blades were once again turning around. Unhappily the repaired, middle one was beating the grass to death instead of cutting it. The lawn resembled two canyons with a hill in the middle. The repaired blade had not been sharpened. No problem. I borrowed ramps from my neighbor and drove the tractor on them to raise the mower deck so I could remove the blade. I applied a socket wrench with a length of pipe for extra leverage and pulled and tugged, bracing my legs against the ramps. The nut would not budge. I was afraid I would twist it in two so I called the shop. They had put the nut on with an air wrench. Luckily, I have one. So I turned on the compressor and shimmied under the mower. There wasn’t

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N. Mosley. Young Frank Einstein by Carol Hughes. Called a loving homage to Mel Brooks’ classic, the company takes the famed monster tale and flips it even further on its head. The second act is a Halloween Spooktacular Musical Comedy Review. Dinner 6:15 pm. Tickets $26-$30; Show only, $20, 7:50 pm, Sept 6-Oct 27. 316-263-0222 Music Theatre for Young People, Children’s Theatre, Mary Jane Teall Theatre in Century II, 225 W. Douglas. Band of Geeks. A celebration of the trials and tribulations of those who spend their halftimes trodding up and down the football field. 7:30 pm Fri-Sat, 2:30

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pm Sun, Oct. 12-14. Tickets $10-$15. 316-219-4849 Newman University, Jabara Theatre. Death by Chocolate by Paul Freed. Members of the newly renovated Meadowbrook Health Resort are dropping like flies, including famed chef Edith Chiles. On the eve of the grand re-opening, this is not the best advertisement. It’s up to John Stone, the manager, to find the cause and the murderer. 7 pm Thu-Sat, Oct 11-13. Tticket price to be determined. Roxy’s Downtown, 412 E. Douglas, cabaret-style theatre. The Andrews Brothers. A USO performance from the Andrews Sisters is in jeopardy of cancellation when they fail to appear shortly before curtain. Thankfully, three earnest stagehands are determined to go on with the show. The Andrews Brothers is filled to the brim with more than 25 songs made famous by the Andrews Sisters, including the showstoppers Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Slow Boat to China, Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree and AcCent-Tchu-Ate the Positive. Mistaken identities and madcap adventures

along with the music of an entire generation highlight this wonderful salute to the heroes of World War II. It’s the Great American Songbook come to life. 8 pm Fri-Sat, 6 pm Sun, thru Oct 14. Tickets $20-$30. 316265-4400 Wichita Community Theatre, 258 N. Fountain. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Ten strangers are summoned to a remote island. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal and a secret that will seal their fate: ach has been marked for murder. As the weather turns and the group is cut off from the mainland, the bloodbath begins and one by one they are brutally murdered in accordance with the lines of a sinister nursery rhyme. 8 pm WedSat, 2 pm Sun, Oct 17-28. Tickets $15 or $13 for military/seniors/students. Opening night ticket $11; Oct 17 only. 316-686-1282 Wichita State University, Wilner Auditorium. Seussical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. The Cat in the Hat, Horton (who hears a Who) and Gertrude McFuzz are among the Dr. Seuss characters brought to life in this musical. Details: Showtimes and ticket prices to be announced. Oct 25-28. 316-978-3233 Contact Diana Morton at dianamorton12@sbcglobal.net

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staffs,” Horton said. “They are proud of their work. They like to see how it goes out” to diners. Started 16 years ago by the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, The Lord’s Diner serves an evening meal 365 days a year “with dignity and respect to anyone who is hungry,” according to its mission statement. The running total on meals served so far: somewhere north of 4.9 million. In recent years, it’s added a second dining location on south Hillside, along with three food trucks that park at the Evergreen, Hilltop and Atwater community centers (there’s another kitchen and dining facility in Pittsburg, part of the same diocese). The operation is funded by a combination of donations and grants. In addition to cooking, several thousand people take turns volunteering to serve the food, wash dishes, mop floors and do anything else required to keep the effort going. About half the volunteers are Catholic. All the food served in Wichita is prepared at the Broadway location kitchen, where Horton says the number of tilt skillets in use has expanded from one to seven and the number of “stack ovens” (used to bake food) from one to 12. The recipe for the pork stew Mourning was working on included 200 pounds of pork, 30 large No. 10 cans of mixed vegetables and 40 gallons of pork gravy. It was prepared and served with like-size quantities of mashed potatoes and green beans. In another corner of the kitchen, Shirley Cornett and Jackie Stewart dished up salads topped with salsa. Like Mourning, the two women See next page


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(with some of the diners) – but it really is fulfilling. Most (diners) come up and say ‘Thank you, God bless you, I wouldn’t be eating without this. And the camaraderie is fun.” One thing people frequently say about the soup kitchen’s food, usually with a bit of surprise in their voice, is how tasty it is. The recipes have been put together over the years by Horton, who’s been

with The Lord’s Diner for 13 years, and Hare, who’s worked there since its start. Hare, in the food business since he was 14, was working at Tallgrass Country Club when he got recruited to the soup kitchen. “I haven’t gotten my free golf back yet,” he joked, then admitted: “It felt good to be wanted.” While much of the food he oversees is basic, he sometimes “gets these really wild ideas,” according to Habberly. For instance, one day in August The Lord’s Diner served teriyaki chicken wings – 18,000 of them. Of cooking with volunteers, Hare said, “It might not be done perfectly, but it gets done. They want to do it. At Fajita seasoning, Worcestershire a restaurant, (the workers) need a job.” sauce and two kinds of sugar make For Chris Frangenberg, retired from Sloppy Joes at The Lord’s Diner a varied career in real estate and other “the best Sloppy Joes I’ve ever fields, volunteering at The Lord’s Diner had,” in one volunteer’s opinion. brings back memories of working at La Fiesta and Tony C’s restaurants in the 1 lb ground beef 1970s. “It’s kind of like I’m doing what 1/2 Tbs fajita seasoning such as TRUST HomeCare isI aliked homethe healthcare agency best, 45 years later.” El Paso (usually a mixture of salt, providing our community with Home Health • FMS or AGENCY DIRECT garlic, cumin & other spices) Aides (HHAs), Certified Nurses Assistants (CNAs), 1/2 Tbs brown sugar companionship, homemaker services and personal • We provide a customized care plan. 1/2 Tbs white sugar care solutions including Activities of Daily Living 3/4 cup ketchup (ADLs) and Medical Alert/Medication Dispenser Worcestershire sauce • The well-being,Dash dignity, and safety Systems.

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Highland hoopla: Historic cemetery sparks book, renovation This is adapted from the author’s introduction to “Walking With The Wichita Pioneers: A Guidebook to Highland Cemetery” by Barb Myers. The book sells for $20, with all proceeds going to renovate Highland Cemetery.

By Barb Myers Name one thing we all have in common. Go ahead, I’ll wait…. Yes, we all die eventually. And what did all people who died in Wichita have in common from 1868-1888? They were all buried at Highland Cemetery. (Ok, except for those occasional burials by the river.) Because death is such a taboo topic, I get asked a lot “Why do you want to do this?” So let me tell you. In 2014, I was taking a Kansas history class at Wichita State University. I needed to research Wichita history, and in doing so, I noticed many of the people I was researching were buried at Highland. I had no idea about the history of the cemetery, only that there were many interesting people buried there. The problem was: There were very few records, and it appeared that little had ever been written about the cemetery. I decided to share what I found. I started giving historical tours of the cemetery and talks in the community. We discuss not only the history of Highland, and of Wichita, but also cemetery etiquette and burial customs. As I would like to be an educator, it is important to me that I can teach what I have learned to others. I started a Facebook page, Wichita History From

Barb Myers wrote a history of WIchita's oldest cemetery. My Perspective, and then a second, called Friends of the Wichita Pioneers, just for the cemetery. The next step started while I was giving tours. Participants asked if there was anything we could do to fix the stones that were in such bad shape. I started looking at what needed to be done. Since the city of Wichita owns the cemetery, we had to get permission to make any repairs or changes to it. So, in 2017, I filed for non-profit status for the Friends of the Wichita Pioneers, for the purpose of taking care of the cemetery without taking money from the park department’s budget. The only funds we have access to are donations and grants. We entered

into a Memorandum of Understanding with the City, which allows us to preserve the cemetery. The only caveat is we must have permission from the families whose graves we are repairing. This book is an abbreviated version of research I’ve done as a thesis project for my graduate studies. Here’s a small part of what I learned:

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Wichita was founded by immigrants and homesteaders from all over the world, and continues to attract the former. Highland has burials originating from Germany, Ireland, Scotland, England, Sweden, Greece, Lebanon, Mexico and Vietnam. Catholics, Protestants and Jews are buried at Highland. Pagans and others, too. I noticed an obvious economic disparity in burials. Literally, the top of the hill, at the intersection of blocks one, two, three and four, seemed to be mainly for the burials of the affluent; the outer areas are for the mainly middle class; and block four trends toward lower income folks. Probably the most surprising thing I found out about Highland was the division of race. Were there laws in Wichita and in Kansas that required segregation of graves? The conclusion I came to is that the racial divide at Highland had to have been made by Highland’s own management (which I explain in more detail in the book), but was perpetuated by personal choice. Families choose to be buried by family members, and that is human nature. Different people refer to death differently. African Americans call it home-going. Native Americans and Pagans call it returning to Mother Earth. Some funerals are somber affairs, and some play Dixieland music. Some people have huge markers, others don’t want one at all. But one thing is always the same: We all die, and we all deserve a kind and respectful burial, in a cemetery plot of our own choosing. Contact Barb Myers at b_myers123@live.com

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From Page 1 to play in a new ball park that will replace Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. It’s unknown when baseball was first played in Wichita, but Kansas’ first formally organized team took shape in Leavenworth. Banker A. A. Hyde in 1867 signed that team’s incorporation papers before moving to Wichita, where he made a fortune making and selling Mentholatum. In 1874, The Wichita Beacon took notice of the game: “The baseball mania has reached us. What with the Indian scare, the drought, the clinch bugs and the grasshoppers we are badly afflicted, but as a supplement to this grand drama of misery, our callow youths have inaugurated the ‘National Game’ in the midst of us.” Here’s a look at other local baseball highlights, on and off the field: 1887 Wichita’s first professional team, the Braves, wins the Kansas State League championship. Later that summer the Leadville, Colo., franchise moves here and the Braves move to the stronger Western League. Wichita beats powerful Lincoln in the first game but gives up 50 hits and 50 runs in the second. The team finishes last and folds at the end of the season. 1896 Professional baseball returns with a team called the Eagles playing in the State League. Its first exhibition game is against the Kansas City Blues – now the New Orleans Baby Cakes. 1905 Association Park is built in the 1000 block of South Main, the end of the street car line. Much of the cost is raised by raffling a new car. Later, lumber from demolishing the stadium is used to build houses still in the area. Local businessmen bring the Pittsburg franchise here to play in the Western Association as the Jobbers. 1907 This year’s version of the Jobbers was recognized as one of the 100 best minor league teams of all time. The Legislature bans Sunday baseball. It's overruled by the Supreme Court. 1909 Wichita leaves the Western Association and moves up to the Western League, at the time the second highest rated minor league. It stays in the league for most of 33 seasons.

the active age 1910 the rest of Frank the year Isbell on the arrives. A road. Isveteran of land Park the Chicastadium go White burns, Sox and apparCubs who ently the still holds result of a the World discarded Series cigarette. record for The island doubles in Association Park stood at the end of the street- itself is a game, Is- car line on South Main Street. removed by bell buys an the WPA. interest in the team. He was associated 1934 Lawrence Stadium is built. with it for about two decades. 1950 After an 18-year absence, 1911 Island Park is built on Acker- professional baseball returns via the man Island in the Arkansas River near Wichita Indians, who play in the Class Second and Seneca as home to the A Western League. city’s professional team. Isbell moves 1956 The Toledo franchise of the the team to Pueblo partway through Triple-A American Association moves the season but returns the next year. to Wichita and plays as the Braves. 1922 The Colored Western League The team leaves after the 1958 season is formed as a black counterpart to the because of falling attendance. Western League. Wichita’s team, the 1970 Professional baseball returns Monrovians, win the league’s only pen- with the Aeros, an expansion team in nant. After the league folds, the team the American Association. continues to play at 13th and Mosley 1976 Lawrence-Dumont Stadium Streets, later beating the local chapter is remodeled. Bruce Sutter pitches for of the Ku Klux Klan 10-8 in a charity the Aeros. He is later elected to the game. Baseball Hall of Fame as one of the best relief pitchers in history. 1984 The Aeros move to Buffalo. 1987 Wichita takes Beaumont’s

1931 Arky Vaughan becomes the first player from a Wichita minor league team elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. 1933 Hall of Fame pitcher Rube Marquard becomes Wichita manager. The team moves to Muskogee, Okla., is evicted from that ballpark and plays

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Walk to End Alzheimer’s coming to arena

Show your support for the fight to end Alzheimer’s by taking part in the Wichita Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Intrust Bank Arena. Or even better, put together a fundraising team and add to the money being raised to battle the disease. “We have teams who have parties and do fundraisers, ask friends and family to donate, even the gal sitting next to them at church on Sunday,” said Sarah McNay of the Alzheimer’s Association of Central and Western Kansas. The event gets underway at 8 a.m., with the actual walk starting at 11 a.m. The walk is a celebration of that effort as well as an educational and awareness-raising event. Participants complete a two-mile walk and learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment, and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. In addition to a tribute ceremony

honoring those affected by Alzheimer’s disease, there’s a vendor fair, Kid’s Zone, Promise Garden and breakfast sponsored by Collision Works. Media personalities Greg “The Hitman” Williams and Susan Peters and Wichita State Coach Gregg Marshall are expected to attend. “Last year, Wichita raised $160,000. This year, we know Wichita can raise $200,000.” Funds raised will directly impact local families in need and increases research dollars to help find a cure. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. In Kansas, there are more than 54,000 people living with the disease and 174,000 caregivers. To sign up as a team captain, join a team or register to walk as an individual at act.alz.org/ict2018 , or call Steindler-Nolan at 316-267-7333.

Project Wichita collects seniors’ views By Joe Stumpe Older residents appear just as interested as younger ones in helping chart the area’s future, according to results of the Project Wichita survey. 13,907 people took time to fill out the survey, 3,731 were aged 56 and older. For the most part, there weren’t sharp disagreements among various demographic groups. However, senior residents did have different priorities on three issues. Regarding further development of downtown and the Arkansas River, older residents “are not seeing that as quite as an important issue as the younger generation,” said Misty Bruckner, director of the Pub-

lic Policy and Management Center at Wichita State University, which analyze the survey. On the other hand, they ranked neighborhood investment and public transportation as higher priorities than other groups. Overall, the top three priorities identified were retaining college graduates, increasing the affordability and number of direct flights from Wichita Eisenhower National Airport, and doing a better job of educating the workforce. At the bottom of the list were expanding bike and walking paths, promoting “historical” neighborhoods and repairing deteriorating homes.

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her the “iconic feminine face of urban cinema in the ‘70s.” Held Oct. 17-21 at various locations around Wichita, the festival will present more than 200 films from around the world, talks with filmmakers, educational workshops, parties and more. Grier will be presented with the award at the Orpheum Theater at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, followed by a “conversation on film” and screening of Jackie Brown, one of her best-known films. At 11:15 p.m. that night, there will be a showing of another Grier hit, Coffy, at Roxy’s Downtown. TALLPass owners have access to both events. Individual tickets are $10. For tickets and more information about the festival, visit tallgrassfilmfest. com.

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Gardening ideas for fall and beyond By Janice Sroufe Although summer with its hot weather is my favorite time of year, the cooler temperatures and beautiful colors of fall are comforting and sometimes a relief. This year we have had nice moistur,e and plants that don’t normally survive until fall are still looking pretty good. But as the garden begins to fade, new opportunities await. When I am cleaning up the garden for winter, I love to collect seeds to save and grow again next spring. Some annual flowers like celosia, marigold and zinnia freely reseed themselves, so unless you are really super-cleaning your garden, you will probably have plants next year without actually planting the seed yourself. Sometimes you won’t get the exact same plant but it is fun to see what happens. My gardening friends love sharing seeds from their gardens, too. You can research the process for saving and planting different seeds on the web. Consider mowing your leaves rather than raking them this year. You can leave them in place or bag them up to use in the compost pile or as mulch. It’s a great time to plant trees and shrubs to give them a good start for

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next year. If you aren’t tired of vegetable gardening yet, you can plant things like spinach, onion, kale and cabbage. Even if you don’t harvest anything this fall, mulch them a little and they will probably start growing again in late winter. This time of the year I start thinking about what my garden is going to look like once the tall pink celosia falls over, all the marigolds become dry and

brown and the leaves are gone. After I clean everything up, it will just be bare, with a few tree and bush skeletons scattered around the yard. Of course, I do bring some plants inside to overwinter, but my friend Kathy does something even better – she grows beautiful, exotic orchids in her house. She is actually quite well known for this skill among the Master Gardener community. Kathy says that orchids are fun and rewarding to grow and easy, once you learn what they need. Here are 5 requirements for growing orchids in Kansas: Light - Light is essential for orchids to flower. Orchids can grow in light from a south or east facing window but not direct sunlight. Florescent lights also work well. Water - Orchids do not grow in soil but in a very porous mix. Roots need to be thoroughly wet and allowed to become almost dry before watering, but NEVER allowed to stand in water. Warm water is best as orchids are tropical plants. Humidity - Grouping plants together helps to increase humidity to the 40-60 percent desired range. A fan nearby is helpful to keep the air circulating. Temperature - A range between 50 and 90 degrees is desirable for orchids. Fertilizer - Orchids are hungry! Feed them with a 10-30-20 fertilizer solution at half strength at each watering to encourage blooms. Some types of orchids have specific culture requirements that you can obtain from the American Orchid Society website: www.aos.org. If you would like to learn more about growing orchids, the Kansas

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Orchid Society will host the Fall Orchid Show & Sale on Nov. 3 and 4 at Botanica, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Admission is free and you will be able to see floral exhibits, purchase orchids not usually available in Wichita and find supplies to get your new project going and growing! For more information on growing orchids, go to www.kansasorchidsociety.com or find them on Facebook. I plan to take a few months off from this column. So until we meet again, happy fall and winter gardening! Janice Sroufe is a Sedgwick County Master Gardener. She welcomes comments and questions. Contact her at janice.sro@gmail.com


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

Mon-Fri: 8-9 am Bel Aire Walkers, Rec Center. Mon 9:30-11:30 am Pickleball Tue: 1 pm Bridge, Rec Center. Wed: 9 am Low impact aerobics, Rec Center. Fri: 1 pm Line dancing, Comm Rm. 1st Thu: 1 pm Game Day, Rec Center. 2nd & 4th Wed: 2 pm Coloring & Conversation, Sr Center. 3rd Wed: 1:30 pm Book Club, Sr Center. 4th Mon: 6 pm Covered Dish & Program, Rec Center.

BENTLEY/EAGLE 504 W Sterling, 796-0027

Open Mon-Fri: 8-11 am Coffee, cookies, exercise. Sat: 8-9 am Breakfast 1st & 3rd Tue: 1 pm Game Day. 2nd Tue: 1 pm Senior Lunch Out. 3rd Fri: noon XYZ potluck, program.

CHENEY 516 Main, 542-3721

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

CLEARWATER 921 E Janet, 584-2332

Mon: 10 am-noon Blood pressure check; 1pm Painting, beginning to advanced. Wed: 9 am Morning coffee. Thu: 10 am Bible study. Tue, Fri: 8:45 am Tai Chi; 10 am Exercise class. 2nd Tue: noon Carry-in lunch & program. Every other Thu: 1 pm Bingo. 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. Oct 2: 4:30 pm TNT Tuesday. Enjoy chili, baked potates and cinnamon rolls at fundraiser that supports senior services. $5 suggested donation, sign up by Oct 1. Oct 11: 6 pm: Can We Talk: KanCare Ombudsman. Kelsey Wulfkuhle talks about the Ombudsman's office and how to navigate the KanCare system. Oct 16: 10:30 am. Better Together. Diabetes support group.

DOWNTOWN 200 S Walnut, 267-0197 www.seniorservicesofwichita.org

Regular activities: Exercise classes, computer classes, foot care by appt. Oct 15: 11 am Flu & pneumonia shot clinic. Bring your Medicaid/insurance card. Oct 23: 11 am: Pumpkin carving/decorating contest. Let Jennifer or Ed know if you'd like to participate. Winner announced at Oct 31 Halloween potluck. Oct 26: 6-9 pm: Dekano safe treat Hosted by Delano Neighborhood Association, this is a great time to see all the little ghosts and goblins. Mon: 9:30 am Wanda's exercise; 1 pm Bridge. Wed: 9 am Spanish (adv); 1am Well rep excercise.

EDGEMOOR 5815 E 9th, 688-9392

Mon-Fri: 11:30 am Hot lunch, reservation required; 10-11 am Pool, cards, bingo, dominoes, puzzles. Tue, Sat: 1-3 pm Pickleball. $2.

Sedgwick County Senior Centers GARDEN PLAIN 1006 N Main, 535-1155

Mon-Fri: 8 am Coffee. Wed: 1-3 pm RSVP work. Fri: 1 pm Cards. 1st Fri: noon Potluck, cards. 3rd Fri: 1 pm Birthday/anniversary celebration.

GODDARD 120 N Main, 794-2441

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

HAYSVILLE 160 E Karla, 529-5903

Regular activities: Cards, crafts, hot lunch, exercise. Mon-Fri: noon Cards. Tue: 12:30 pm; Fri 9 am TX Hold’em. Mon & Wed: 9 am Walking club 1st & 3rd Wed: 12:30 pm Bingo. Tue & Thu: 10 am STEPS exercise Last Tue: 6-9 pm Game Night. 2nd Fri: 5:30 pm Birthday Dinner, Covered Dish. $3 4th Sat: 8:30 am Friends & Family Senior Breakfast. RSVP: 529-5903. $4

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

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

LA FAMILIA 841 W 21st, 267-1700

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

Regular activities: One-on-one computer training, cards, exercise programs, hot lunch. Mon, Wed, Fri: 8:30 am Walk-toberfest. Have fun walking together for 30 minutes. Oct 10: 2 pm Scary Movie Time: Hocus Pocus. With popcorn and candy corn. Oct 31: 2-4 pm Halloween Party. Bring costume and snack, "Halloweenies" and prizes will be served. Tue: 9 am Brain games; 9:30 am Fit & balance; 2:30 pm Belly Dancing for Women. Tue & Thu: 9-11 am Pickleball. 3rd Wed: 10:30 am Birthday Party.

MCADAMS GOLDEN AGE 1329 E 16th, 337-9222

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

MT HOPE 105 S Ohio, 667-8956

Mon: 7-10 am Coffee, donuts; 11:30 am-12:30 pm Lunch; 1-4 pm Cards. Tue, Wed, Fri: 9 am Exercise class. Tue, Wed: 10 am-3 pm Crafts, quilting. Thu: 9:30-10:30 am Line dancing. 1st Fri: Noon Senior Citizens’ lunch.

MULVANE 632 E Mulvane, 777-4813

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

NORTHEAST 2121 E 21st, 269-4444

www.seniorservicesofwichita.org Daily: Dominoes, cards, Wii, pool, hot lunch. library, exercise room, computer lab. Oct 5: 10:30 am: Flu & pneumonia clinic. Bring Medicaid card and photo ID. Come by clinic or call 269-4444 to sign up. Oct 11: 11:45 am Talking with your doctor. How to get the most out of your visit to the doctor. Oct 26: 2-4 pm: Cowboys & Cowgirls Fall Festival. $5 members, $7 non-members. 1st Wed: Foot care. 946-0722 (leave msessage). Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30 am WSU exercise. Mon: 12:30 pm Taking Off Pounds Sensibly. Thu: 10:30 am Jewelry class. Fri: 1 pm Bridge.

OAKLAWN 2937 Oaklawn Dr, 524-7545

Daily: 8:30 am-5 pm Computers, pool table; 11:30 pm Friendship meals. Mon: 9 am-noon Dominoes. Wed: 8:30 am Sweets & coffee/Panera Bread. Fri: 12:30 pm Cards. 1st & 3rd Weds: 7 pm OID board meeting. 1st Thu, Fri: 8 am-5pm Commodities. 1st Sat: 8-10am Breakfast fundraiser. $4.

ORCHARD PARK 4808 W 9th, 942-2293 seniorservicesofwichita.org

Medicaid/insurance cards. Oct 29: 11:15 am Protect Against Breast Cancer. Mon 9-11 am, Thu 1-3 pm: Pickleball Tue: Noon Duplicate bridge. Wed: 10:30 am-noon Computer lab. Fri: Noon Open pool tables; 12:30 pm Painting

PARK CITY 6100 N Hydraulic, 744-1199

Regular activities: Cards, exercise, pool, hot lunch. Call for details. Oct 11: 1 pm Minature golf outing. Meet at the senior center to then be driven to All Star Adventures for 18 holes of miniature golf. $7 per person. Call 316-744-1199 to reserve your spot Oct 17: 9 am-4:30 pm: Ziplining adventure. Trip to Wildwood Outdoor Adventure Park in Manhattan, Kansas to zoom over the Flint Hills on two ziplines. $25 per person. See Madison by Oct 15 to reserve a spot. Oct 25: 9 am: Flu & pneumonia shot clinic. Medicare Part B covers these vaccines. Bring your Medicare card. High dose flu vaccine will be available as well. Call 316744-1199 to reserve your vaccination. Mon: 6 pm Pitch. Tue: 1 pm Pool. Fri: 9:15 am Exercise; 1:30 pm Dance aerobics Tue & Thu: 8:30 am Wii Bowling; 10 am WellRep exercise.

VALLEY CENTER VC Community Center 314 E Clay, 755-7350

Mon: 12:30 pm Troopons; 1:30 Line Dancing. Tue: 10 am Donuts & cards; 6:30 pm Pitch. Tue, Thu: 10 am WellREP exercise class. Tue, Thu: noon, lunch. $5. 3rd Wed: noon Classic movie. 4th Thu: 11 am Bingo. 2nd Fri: noon Bunko. TBA Pickleball, VC Intermediate.

Regular activities: Exercise programs, cards, pool, hot lunch, Wii bowling, dominoes, crafts. Oct 15: 8:30 am Flu shots. Bring

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Augusta Sr Center, 640 Osage. Country Jam & Dance, 7-10 pm every other Wed. Donation. Bring covered dish/ snack to share. Info: 755-1060 Derby Sr Center, 611 Mulberry. Commuity dance. 7-9:30 pm: 1st Tue, Honky Tonk Time Band ; 3rd Tue, Moody. $3 donation, refreshments. El Dorado Jam & Dance, Senior Center, 210 E 2nd. Oldtime fiddlers, pickers, singers. Doors open 12:30 pm, music 1:30, 1st Suns. Bring covered dish. $3 donation. Back to Country dance 6 pm Thus. Singles/couples welcome Goldenrod Golden Age, 1340 S Pattie. 7-9:30 pm Weds: Take 3. $3, refreshments. Linwood Golden Age, 1901 S Kansas. 7-9:30 pm Sats. Live music. $3. Minisa Golden Age, 704 W 13th. 7-10 pm Thus: Honky Tonk Time. $3. Info 617-2560. Oaklawn Activity Center cafeteria, 4904 S Clifton. Barn & contra dance, usually 1st Sat. Lesson 6:30 pm, dance 7-9. $5. Info: iamgary48@yahoo.com.

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Orchard Park Golden Age, 4808 W 9th. 7-9:30 pm Fris, Live music. $3, refreshments. Park City Sr Center, 6100 N Hydraulic. 7-10 pm 1st, 3rd, Sats. $4, bring covered dish or snack. Info: 755-1060 Prairie Wind Dancers: Learn circle, line & folk dances. 2 pm Mons: Plymouth Congregational Church, 202 N Clifton. Joyce, 683-1122.

Oaklawn Activity Center, Village Steppers Square Dance, 4904 S Clifton. 7:30-10:30 pm 2nd, 4th Sats. Info: Nick, 529-2792, or Mike, 650-2469. Community barn & contra dance, 1st Sat most months; lesson 6:30 pm, dance 7. $5, wichitacontra.org. Westside Steppers Square Dance, Clare Hall, 861 N Socora (one block east of Central & Tyler). 7-9:30 pm 1st, 3rd Suns. Info: David, 9927820; email: westsidesteppers@hotmail.com Wichita Solos Square Dance, Dawson UMC, 2741 S Laura. 7:30-10 pm 1st, 3rd, 5th Fris. Couples/singles welcome. Info: Curtis, wichitasolos@yahoo.com.


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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-noon Lunch (reservation preferred) 316-733-4441, $3. Mon, Wed, Fri: 10 am Exercise. Tue: noon Music at lunch. Mon: 12:30 pm Movie Monday. Tue: 10 am Blood pressure check; 11 am-2 pm Memory Café; 12:30 Pinochle; 1 pm Pool. Thu: 12:30 pm Pinochle; 1 pm Quilt Club; 7-9 Pitch; Fri: 11:30 Lunch & program; 12:45 pm Prize bingo; 1:45 Pinochle. 4th Sat: 7-10 am Monthly breakfast. Pickleball: Mon-Wed 10 am-3 pm; Tue 6-8 pm; Thu 5-7 pm; Fri 9-11:30 am. Andover Community Center,1008 E 13th. AUGUSTA 640 Osage, 775-1189 Regular activities: Exercise, cards, dominoes, pool, line dancing, lunch daily at 11:30 am. Mon: 6:30 pm 10-point pitch. Fri: 9:30 am Prize bingo. Every other Wed: 7 pm Live Jam Session. 2nd Sat: 7-10 am Breakfast. $4 donation. 4th Mon: 5 pm Evening meal. $6 suggested donation, reservations requested.

BENTON Lion’s Community Bldg, S Main St 2nd & 4th Tue: 9 am-4 pm Cards, games, occasional program. Covered dish.

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LEON 112 S Main, 745-9200 or 742-9905 Regular activities: Lunch served Mon - Fri. Reservations required by 9 am. CASSODAY Wed: 10 am Exercise class; 1 pm Pinochle. Cassoday Senior Center 2nd & 4th Tue: 1 pm Bridge club. 133 S. Washington, 620-735-4538 3rd Sun: 11am-1 pm Lunch; Drinks included. Tue: 10:30 am Round Table. $8 donation; adults/$4 children. Tue, Thu: 9:30 am Exercise with WSU. ROSE HILL 1st Mon: 2 pm Game Day. 207 E Silknitter, 776-0170 3rd Mon: 6:30 pm Carry-in dinner, BP checks. Regular activities: Wii, pool table, shuffle4th Fri: 2 pm Movie Matinee. board, home-cooked lunch (reservation DOUGLASS required). 124 W 4th, 746-3227 Mon & Wed: 9 am Strong Women Stay Young Regular activities: Exercise, quilting, cards, exercise. lunch, reservation required. $5. Mon: 7 pm Pitch, games. 1st Mon: 6 pm Finger foods & cards. Wed: 1 pm Bridge. 3rd Mon: 6 pm Birthday/anniversary coveredFri: 7 pm Card game. dish supper, bring own service. Cards. 1st Fri: 11 am Meeting, covered dish. 3rd Sat: 7-9:30 am Breakfast. $4. 3rd Fri: Noon Covered dish. 1st Sat: 7-10 am Breakfast. EL DORADO TOWANDA 210 E 2nd, 321-0142 Regular activities: Exercise, cards, bingo, hot 317 Main, 776-8999 lunch $3, support groups. Open 10:30 am-5 pm Mon, Wed, Fri Mon: 12:30 pm Mexican Train dominoes. Thu: 7 am Breakfast/coffee at Mon, Fri: 10 am Aerobics. Stearman Bar & Grill, Benton. Tue: 9 am Coffee; 12:30 pm Bingo; 2 Line dance; WHITEWATER 6 Prairie Port Seniors. Legion Hall, 108 E Topeka Tue, Thu: 8:30 am Men's coffee. 2nd Tue: noon Potluck, program. Wed: 10 am Back in Balance; 1 pm Pinochle. 4th Tue: noon Potluck, movie. Sat: 6 pm Cards and games.

WEEK OF OCT. 1 Mon: Cheeseburger soup, German mixed veggies, strawberries, brownie. Tue: Italian baked chicken, mixed greens salad, corn, mandarin oranges, wheat roll. Wed: Creamy chicken & veggie casserole, broccoli, apricots, grape juice. Thu: Swedish steak, cauliflower rice, green peas, applesauce, red gelatin. Fri: Tuna salad sandwich, cole slaw, glazed blueberries, peanut butter cookie. WEEK OF OCT. 8 Mon: Scalloped chicken, broccoli, cranberry sauce, pears, roll. Tue: Ham & beans, potatoes w/ onions, parslied carrots, blueberries, cornbread. Wed: Egg salad sandwich, cream of celery soup, bean salad, strawberries. Thu: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, gravy, lentil salad, apricots, pumpkin spice pound cake. Fri: Brunswick stew, combination salad, peaches, sweet potato quick bread. WEEK OF OCT. 15 Mon: Turkey & noodles over mashed potatoes, carrots, banana in orange juice, ginger snap cookie. Tue: Salmon bake, creamy cucumber, cauliflower rice, combo salad, peaches, pineapple bread. Wed: Chicken & cheese casserole, broccoli, beets, pears, garlic bread. Thu: Pulled pork on a bun, oven brown potatoes, cole slaw, apricots, grape juice. Fri: Taco salas, salsa, refried bean, chips, blueberries. WEEK OF OCT. 22 Mon: Oven fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, black-eyed pea salad, peaches. Tue: Ham & egg casserole, combination salad, banana, bran muffin. Wed: Mexican lasagna, refried beans, strawberries, grape juice, sugar cookie. Thu: New England stew, green beans, pears, blueberry cobbler, biscuit. Fri: Liver & onions or beef cutlet, mashed potatoes, gravy, broccoli/raisin salad, apricots. WEEK OF OCT. 29 Mon: Lean BBQ beef with homemade sauce, sweet potato salad, broccoli, apricots. Tue: Tuna noodle casserole w/ peas, pickled beets, mixed fruit, orange juice. Wed: Harvest turkey soup, tomato slices, apple salad, peanut butter cookie.

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Mon, Wed, Fri: 8 am Stretch bands. Mon & Tue: 1:30 pm Pitch. Tue: 8:30 am Coffee hour; 9 am Mon-Fri: 7-8:30 am Early bird coffee. Film; 1:30 pm Pinochle. Mon: 7-8 pm Educational film. Wed: 6:30 am Men’s Bible Study; 1 pm Bridge. Tue: 9 am Bible study. 1st & 3rd Tue: 6 pm Singin’ Seniors. Fri: 7-8:30 am Breakfast. 3rd Wed: 11:30 am Healthy luncheon; noon, 3rd Thu: 7 pm Movie. program. Reservations by previous Fri. 4th Thu: 6 pm Potluck supper. 1st Thu: 7 pm Bridge. 1st Sat: 7-9 am Community breakfast. 2nd Thu: 7 pm Movie night. HALSTEAD 1st & 3rd Fri: 1 pm Mexican Train dominoes. 523 Poplar, 835-2283 1st Sat: 7:30-9:30 am Community breakfast. Mon & Wed: 9 am Yoga; 1 pm Dominoes 4th Mon: 5:30 pm Gathering; 6 pm Potluck Tue & Fri: 9 am Exercise followed by social hour dinner, program follows. Thu: 12:30 pm Bridge GRAND CENTRAL Fri: 1 pm Pitch 1st Sat: 7-10 am Community breakfast 122 E 6th, Newton, 283-2222 2nd Thu: 6 pm Dine out www.newtonseniorcenter.org 3rd Tue: 1:30 pm Movie Mon: 10-11 am Blood pressure check. 3rd Thu: noon Potluck and short program Tue: 1 pm Crafts: handwork. Wed: 1 pm Pinochle/pitch/dominoes. Thu: 1 pm Wii bowling; 5:15 pm Tai Chi. HESSTON

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Oct. 3 10 am Wichita Art Museum Horizontes. Artist Armando Minjarez describes community art project that will link two neighborhoods. 1:30 pm Water Center Mold and how it can affect your health. Oct. 10 10 am Sedgwick County Zoo Things That Go Bump in the Night. Amazing adaptations that nocturnal animals have made. $4 1:30 pm Advanced Learning Library, 711 W 2nd Advanced Learning Library Tour. With treats from Reverie Roasters. Oct. 17 10 am Ulrich Museum of Art The Art of Grief: Windows and MIrrors: Literary and visual tribute to civilian victims of War in Afghanistan. 1:30pm The Kansas African American Museum Gordon Parks In Depth

Oct. 24 10 am Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum How the Influenze Epedemic of 1914 Spread from Kansas to Worldwide. $2 1:30 pm Exploration Place The History of the Yo-Yo by Matt Johnson, American YoYo Association champ. Find out why this classic toy has had its ups and downs. $4. Oct. 31 10 am Great Plains Nature Center National Bat Week. 1:30 pm Old Cowtown Museum What's There To Do In A Victorian Town?

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

Transportation Sedgwick County

Sedgwick Co Transportation, 660-5150 or 1-800-367-7298. Information: 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. Information: Augusta, 775-0500; El Dorado, 322-4321; toll free, 1-800-2793655. 48-hr notice required.

Harvey County

Transportation reservations or information: 316-284-6802 or 1-866-6806802. Round-trip: $8 Newton (wheelchair only), $12 Harvey County, $20 outside Harvey County. AVI to Newton: Tue, 8 am4:30 pm from Burrton, Sedgwick, Halstead, Hesston, Walton.

Support Groups, Organizations

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

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AARP Driver Safety Classes Eight hours of instruction; certificate on completion. Reservation required. $15 for AARP members; $20 others.

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Resthaven Garden of Prayer. 2 Vaulted Burial Plots with Companion Bronze Headstone asking $8,500. Call Josh 316-258-2511. Prime Location in Resthaven Garden of prayer. 2 plots next to the road. $2950 each OBO Call 316-882-3027. Resthaven Garden of Love 35C - 1 & 2 with vaults. Seller will split transfer fee...asking $6,000. Call Mel at 972333-4878 or e-mail magness.family2017@gmail.com White Chapel 4 adjoining burial plots. 84-B Good Shepherd. Asking $1250 a piece. Buyer pays transfer fee. Call 316-259-1735. Or email johnprudd@yahoo.com.

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Resthaven Garden of Prayer. Three adjoining spaces. Cost Value $4,000 each. Buy one or all $2,750 each. Call 316-841-1174. Five plots together in the Garden of Gethsemane. Contact for Details. rrbasow@icloud.com 2 plots at Resthaven Garden of Christus. Lot 23B space 3 & 4. Accepting offers. Call for details 316-200-4259. Andover Cemetery 2 spaces-Bruno township or Andover residence $350 each, non-residents $850 each. Transfer fee $21. 316-775-3280 Old Mission Garden of Prayer A Row F, two burial plots, spaces 20 & 21 asking $3,000. Old Mission values at $4,200. Seller Pays transfer fee. Call 316-990-0955 leave message. Old Mission. 2 spaces in Acacia currently valued @ $2,834 each. Will consider all offers. Call 316-992-2373.

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F HOME IMPROVEMENTS F 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. 316-312-2177 Marv’s Home Improvements & Repair Doors, trim, decks, ramps, patio covers, fences, siding, flooring. Painting. Honest and dependable. Senior discounts. Free estimates. 35 years. 316-737-4646. RELIABLE HOME REPAIRS Helping Seniors & War Veterans Free Estimates • For Information Call John 316-689-2963 Wright One Home Improvements Kitchen & Bath remodeling. Painting. Windows. Doors. Siding. All types of flooring and home repairs. Free estimates. 316-409-2160. Leaky Basement Repair Dirt Installation and Siding Repair Courteous, professional repairs. Free estimates. Concrete work. 20+ years experience. Ernie Sponsel, 316-393-5461. Cowboy Construction Remodeling, siding, decks, fences, windows, doors and more. 20 years locally owned. Free estimates. Senior discounts. Todd Wenzel 316-393-4488 Molina Electric - Wichita Lic #1364 Comm. or Residential wiring. Service calls. New electric service. Troubleshooting. Cell 316-461-2199. Derby, Haysville, Mulvane, Rose Hill, South Wichita. House painting, siding, decks, fences. Build, repair and stain. Free Estimates and references. See us on angieslist. com. Keith Kimball 316-250-2265 Be Blessed. Thank you. Semi-retired maintenance man. Experienced in most phases of maintenance & roofing. Light hauling. Sedgwick County only. Call Paul 316-312-9970 Quality Budget-Friendly Tub to Shower Conversions, Walk-in Bathtubs, Bath Remodels. Deal w/Owners $AVE HUGE $$$ 316-633-9967 ask for Greg !! bathroomheadquarters.com

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Brush, Limbs, Debris, Hauling and Junk Removal. Lawn mowing. Leaf removal. Free Estimates. Call David at 316-213-8880 Total yard clean-up, flower beds and bushes, tree trimming and stump grinding. Firewood Available for Delivery. 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. BRICK, BLOCK AND STONE repair. Dave’s Hauling Services Solid waste removal, property cleanup, tree & fence line clearing, general landscape removal, other lawn and garden services. All fence, porch and patio work. Call 316-832-2201. All Season Clean Up Lawn Care Quality Lawn Care • Yard Clean Up • Tree Trimming • Gutter Cleaning • Fall/ Spring raking. Free estimates, senior discounts. 316-409-8780. Christian Lawn Care Mowing-$20, verti-slicing, core-aerating, over-seeding, new lawns, mulching flower beds, fall cleanup, leaves, shrub trimming and removal, gutter cleaning, hauling. Senior discount. Steve 316-685-2145 ALL PURPOSE HAULING HANDYMAN *END OF SUMMER* Yard work & Clean-up Trim* Cut* MOW* Remove NO JOB TOO SMALL Honest & Experienced 316-807-4989 Perry’s Professional Lawn Service Fall cleanup. Bush and hedge trimming, bed work, mulching, gutter cleaning, handyman , odd jobs and hauling. 25 years experience. Free estimates. Perry 316-339-4117. ALL TRADES SERVICES Handyman/Hauling, Tree Trimming, FALL CLEAN-UP, Fence Repair, Gutters, Yard Clean-Up, Concrete & More. FREE ESTIMATES. 316-347-6663.

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F TREE SERVICE F 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. Bruce’s Tree Service FIREWOOD Trees, hedgerows, evergreens & shrubs. Crown reduction, trimming or removal. Line clearing and roofs of branches/ limbs. Bucket truck available, will climb . Senior. Discounts. Insured. Prompt, immediate and professional service. Over 30 years experience. ALL FARM & RURAL AREAS Call 316-207-8047 Felipe Tree Service Evergreen trimming. Tree removal. Brush hauling. Splitting. Deadwooding. Free estimates. 12 years experience. 316-807-4419

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Election spotlight: candidates address senior issues

The active age sent questionnaires to political candidates last month to get their views on issues affecting seniors. All the candidates were asked questions No. 1 and 2. Additionally, candidates for governor were asked question No. 3 parts a-g. Candidates for Sedgwick County Commission were asked No. 3 parts a-d and question No. 4. Here are the questions and answers. Some answers have been edited for brevity. 1.) What do you think are the two (or three) issues most critical to seniors, and what do you propose to do about them? 2.) What in your background or record best qualifies you to represent seniors? 3.) The most recent session of the Kansas Silver Haired Legislature passed several resolutions urging legislators to take the following actions related to seniors. Please answer with a “yes” or “no” whether you support these resolutions and feel free to explain why: a.) Expand Medicaid in Kansas b.) Fund community-based transportation systems for seniors in Kansas c.) Grant a tax credit for property taxes paid by certain seniors in Kansas d.) Repeal city and county tax lids e.) Stop delaying KPERS employer contributions f.) Provide cost-of-living adjustments for certain retired members of KPERS g.) Create and fund a “grandparents as caregivers reimbursement fund”? (Details about these resolutions can be found at Kansas-shl.org.) 4.) Do you believe current county funding of senior centers is adequate and, if not, what would you do about it? GOVERNOR Laura Kelly, Democrat 1. The Brownback tax experiment decimated our state budget, leading to cuts to programs that seniors rely on the most, like KPERS and the Kansas Senior Care Act. As Governor, I will fully fund KPERS and the Senior Care Act, to ensure that our senior population is getting the help and care they need. Expanding Medicaid in Kansas is essential to ensure that more seniors are getting the healthcare coverage they need. Property and sales taxes have gone

up significantly. This disproportionately harms seniors. Once the state’s budget is stable, I will work with budget experts to reduce the sales tax on food and provide property tax relief. 2. I began my career helping as a recreation therapist helping children suffering from mental illness. For 18 years, I served as the Executive Director of the Kansas Recreation and Park Association, working to make our communities better for our families and more attractive to businesses. As a state Senator, I’ve been a vocal advocate for K-12 public schools, healthcare, and a balanced tax structure where everyone pays their fair share. 3 a. Yes. It is critical so 150,000 additional Kansans can have access to quality, affordable healthcare. It is also important to our hospitals and clinics - especially in rural Kansas - and our economy. b. Yes c. Yes d. Yes e. Yes f. Yes g. Yes Kris Kobach, Republican 1. Seniors are being priced out of their homes due to stealth property reappraisal hikes. In some areas, homeowners are seeing double-digit percent hikes on reappraisals every year. I propose capping property tax reappraisals at 2 percent annually. I also intend to end the culture of corruption in Topeka by pushing for term limits for all state officeholders and ending public benefits for illegal aliens. 2. When I first ran for Kansas Secretary of State in 2011, I campaigned on stopping voter fraud. I kept that promise, and Kansas now has the most secure elections in the nation. Seniors can be assured that when I am Governor, I will do what I say I’m going to do, and I will keep my promises. 3 a. No. It is fiscally irresponsible. In the 31 states that expanded Medicaid, costs exceeded estimates by 76 percent. As Governor, I will push for a direct primary care option for Kansas’s Medicaid program, allowing families unlimited access to their physician for as little as $50 per month. b-g.) As governor, I will analyze these issues and determine the best course.

Greg Orman, Independent 1. My administration will focus on healthcare accessibility for seniors throughout state, especially in rural areas where so many hospitals are financially threatened. Hand in hand with the issue of accessibility will be the responsible expansion of Medicaid. Finally, as Governor I will veto anything that threatens Kansans‘ Medicare, including any potential healthcare compact legislation. Our second priority as it relates to seniors is to grow the Kansas economy, so that we expand the tax base and are able to continue providing the support services necessary for seniors. 2. I think my most important quality is my willingness to listen to and value the input from Kansas seniors. I’ve sat down with representatives of the Silver Haired Legislature to hear their concerns. I’ve incorporated many of their recommendations into policy plans. I’m also the only candidate who

has any real business experience and a plan to grow the Kansas economy. 3 a. Yes. We can expand Medicaid in a responsible way and ensure some level of patient participation in the costs as their incomes rise. b. Yes c. Clearly the Brownback tax plan was a mistake. When we get the state back on firm financial footing, we will look. d. Yes e. Yes f. Right now, the KPERS pension plan is underfunded by $9 billion. Until we get our plan funding levels back up, we likely won’t be in a position to do regular COLAs. g. Yes U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, 4th DISTRICT Ron Estes, Republican 1. One of the biggest issues facing seniors today is the fiscal viability of their Social Security benefits. I do not support any cuts to Social Security for those currently receiving it or for those nearing retirement. Due to years of promising more benefits than See next page

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were being collected, Social Security trust funds for retirement and disability will be depleted by 2034 if we do nothing. Medicare’s Hospital Insurance Trust Fund will be depleted by 2026.We must face this reality and reform the system for future generations. Another important issue that is critical for seniors in Kansas is caring for our veterans. While in Congress, I have supported legislation to fire VA officials who do not have veterans’ best interest at heart and to increase veterans’ access to top health care providers. I also supported the VA MISSION Act. Under the law, veterans will have more options for care at the VA or a community provider best suited for their needs. 2. As Kansas State Treasurer, I fought to reform the Kansas Public Employees’ Retirement System (KPERS) to ensure that the benefits

promised will be available for those employees when they retire. I was also actively engaged in addressing and improving retirement security issues involving savings programs and increasing availability and options for workers to set more dollars aside to prepare for retirement. James Thompson, Democrat 1. The three most important issues facing Kansas’ senior citizens are Social Security, Medicare and drug pricing. In order to protect and maintain Social Security, we must first increase the Social Security tax cap so that everyone pays their fair share into the fund. Secondly, we must attach the Cost of Living Adjustments to an index that responds more to inflationary movements in our economy. Simplifying Medicare is necessary to help our seniors more easily access healthcare. Medicare should be available to all, not just our seniors. Allowing Medicare to openly compete against private insurers

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will increase benefits and reduce prices for everyone, including older Americans. The final issue facing our seniors is drug pricing. We must repeal the law preventing Medicare from negotiating drug prices and pass legislation that makes gouging the prices of medical devices and prescription drugs illegal. 2. I am a civil rights attorney. My entire adult life, from the military to practicing law, revolves around protecting those who are least able to protect themselves. I have handled numerous cases involving protecting our elderly from abuse at the hands of dishonest family members, unethical insurance agents, and despicable neighbors. I will continue that same advocacy for seniors when I get to Congress by ensuring that the programs they depend on are protected and that their dignity is assured. SEDGWICK COUNTY COMMISSION Renee Duxler, Democrat, District 1 1. I think access to affordable healthcare, transportation and housing are the three biggest challenges for seniors in Sedgwick County. I want to make sure we’re partnering with local health centers and non-profits to provide access and opportunity. I also know that isolation and a decrease in mobility can have adverse health effects on seniors, and so I want to continue to ensure funding is available for the activities and services provided through our senior centers. 2. I have been a social worker in this community for more than 15 years and have worked with senior citizens and their families in a number of capacities throughout my career. I also have been in administration with several non-profits and so I understand fiscal responsibility and being a good steward of taxpayer dollars. I believe that investing in the human capital of our communities is the best benefit to everyone in Sedgwick County. 3 a. Yes

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October 2018 b. Yes c. Yes d. No 4. Senior centers, especially those located in less dense population areas, help not only with quality of life, but also improve health outcomes for our senior residents. I believe they could be funded better, and we need to specifically reward those centers that are performing well. Pete Meitzner, Republican, District 1 1. Make sure that seniors and senior centers have adequate support. Local, tax-funded community services should be appropriately funded and prioritized. Need to assure funding is appropriate for nutrition programs and in-home care (or case management) to allow seniors to stay in their homes, if they so choose. 2. I have seven years of public service on the Wichita City Council. And, more importantly, I have a long history of non-profit involvement. I currently serve on The Lord’s Diner advisory board and the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation board. I plan to use that community service background to represent county seniors and their issues. 3 a. In general, I am ok with Medicaid expansion. Or, we need to find a solution and way to assist over 150,000 citizens who are not insured today. b. I plan to look into Sedgwick County being a part of serving all citizens, including seniors, with expanded transportation options. c. I am generally in favor of tax credits for certain seniors if it helps keep them living well, and offsets other more expensive options. d. Yes 4. I understand the funding formula for senior centers is to be re-evaluated and re-considered. I look forward to the analysis for future consideration. Lacey Cruse, Democrat, District 4 1. Navigating the maze of senior living and in-home senior care. For the past 12 years as a senior advocate, the See next page

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number one issue people mention is lack of socialization and caregiver stress/burn out. As a county commissioner, it will be my mission to bring back the funding cuts approved by the current commissioner and increase awareness to seniors about how to easily understand and access services through already available resources. 2. My first professional job right out of college was marketing and advertising for EarCare Hearing Aid centers. I left EarCare for a marketing opportunity with Legend Senior Living where I had an opportunity to open six longterm care properties in three different states. I left Legend Senior Living to work for a company based out of Baltimore. We rebranded a senior living healthcare company with 72 long-term care properties in 17 states. I now work for Kindred Hospice. 3 a. Yes b. Yes c. I will consider all policy and tax reform that will adversely affect seniors d. At this time, I think I would need to get more info from the taxpayers. 4. I do not think the level of funding is adequate. I think the current funding tiers for how senior centers are funding needs to be updated. Richard Ranzau, Republican, District 4 1. Many seniors simply cannot afford more property tax increases. That is why I do not support repeal of the property tax lid. Why would we want to raise property taxes on seniors? 2. Working as a physician assistant and having lived with my grandparents,

my life experiences have taught me that most seniors desire to live independently for as long as possible and that they often struggle on fixed incomes. They find a way to live within their means and expect government to do the same. 3 a. No. Expanding Medicaid to include ablebodied citizens would require significant cuts to existing programs or large tax increases. b. I would need more details be fore I can make an informed decision. c. How would we determine who would get the credit and how would we pay for it? d. No 4. Senior centers are very import ant but they already get 49 percent of the property tax f unded community services even though there are 14 other programs that have a higher priority. Jim Howell, Republican, District 5 1. Many seniors are choosing to retire later in life, have more health issues, have less-than-adequate income, and have littleto-no family in the area to assist them. And even though the senior population is growing, the county fails to fund the community senior centers adequately. The first thing I want to do is properly fund the senior centers. 2. Over the last several years, members of my family have suffered from Alzheimer’s and dementia, they have been in assisted living and nursing

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Transportation to senior centers and other functions is necessary for social interaction. Trips to the doctor’s office keep those who need transportation healthy. I believe in funding non-profits or other government assistance that achieves this goal. 2. I am a 10-year veteran with service on both the Wichita City Council and the Sedgwick County Commission. I will provide balanced, honest and reasonable decision making. Among other candidates I am the most familiar with both governmental agencies and have a good relationship with the community and other regional elected officials. 3 a. Yes b. Yes c. Yes d. Yes 4. Currently, there is not adequate funding for senior centers. If a senior center qualifies for additional funding for services they provide, they should receive it. I will prioritize spending and will not allocate money for things like gun lockers at the county building. I will invest in senior centers, which are a priority.

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