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Age doesn’t matter...unless it’s cheese and cut off a chunk with his pocketknife, then eat an onion or an apple so he could get back in the house. I had an experience with a French cheese even smellier than Limburger. When I was the agriculture writer for the Topeka Daily Capital I got a postcard from an organization that sent a contest on the card to farm writers all over the country. It had pictures of cows, chickens and hogs, four of each. We were to rate the pictures on best meat, egg-laying and milk production. The winner would get a free 12-month subscription to cheese-ofthe month. I won the contest and the cheeses began to arrive near the first of each month. I went on a two-week vacation and a cheese came in. It was a soft, French cheese more odorous than even Limburger. People in the mailroom began to smell something strange somewhere in a huge stack of mail. Each day, as it permeated the cardboard box, it got stronger. In desperation, the mailroom crew put the box in another box, stuffed newspapers around the inside box, and sealed it. The next day it was worse, and they
stuffed the two boxes into a third and sealed it. By the time I returned from vacation, the cheese was in four sealed boxes and the whole basement smelled like dirty socks. To keep from smelling up our house, I ate the cheese. Cheese of course begins as milk, blinky milk as my mother would have said. A fellow journalist capitalized on that several years ago. He worked as an intern at the Rochester Times-Union. This young fellow was assigned to write shorts. These are one or two paragraph stories that fill in where type doesn’t quite complete a column. It’s not easy to fill space with emptiness. He got tired of finding these short pieces through research so he found an ingenious way to manufacture shorts that were technically true. He prepared a list of mammals, and at first wrote, “butter can be made from the milk of zebus (Brahman cows),” then yaks or bison or bantengs (wild cattle found in Southeast Asia). The list continued to goats, sheep and other milk-producing animals. He had a few mammals left on his list at the end of the summer, but
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By Ted Blankenship Surely you have seen the commercials showing a chunk of cheese making jokes, and a guy in a white coat saying the cheese isn’t mature enough. The guy in the coat makes cheese crackers. I don’t think cheese can really talk but, if it could, it probably would say that it didn’t matter because there wasn’t enough cheese in a cracker to worry about. There’s so much other stuff in those little crackers that there is barely any room for cheese. Cheese has been around for thousands of years and I have tried to eat as much of it as I can. My favorites are cheddar and Roquefort, a French cheese that was a favorite of Charlemagne. It’s called the cheese of kings and popes. All I know is that you know you are eating cheese when you bite into a hunk of Roquefort. My granddad liked Limburger cheese. It’s known for it odor, caused by the bacteria that is partially responsible for body odor. My grandmother wouldn’t allow it in the house, so he kept it in his shop down the hill from the house. Even mice that couldn’t smell anything could find the Limburger, so he kept it in a covered bucket. He’d slip down the hill
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A decade into the 20th century, automobiles were becoming popular. Americans wanted to explore their country in motorized vehicles, even though there were few gas stations, few paved roads and no highway system. This adventurous spirit, and its accompanying demand for a different kind of vehicle, led to the first motorized campers. Camping trailers made by Los Angeles Trailer Works and Auto-Kamp Trailers started rolling off the assembly line beginning in 1910, according to RV historian David
Woodworth. By the 1930s, RVs were using aircraft-style construction and came equipped with beds, dinettes, electricity and water. After World War II the industry flourished. Many of today’s RV manufacturers started production in the 1950s, according to the website gorving.com. Today’s “homes on wheels” are a far cry from the early “auto campers,” and the industry has remained strong through war and peace and booms and busts.
Jim and Kathy Scwarzenberger have a 5th wheel.
Mishaps didn’t stop this couple’s RV trips By Elma Broadfoot One of Jim and Kathy Schwarzenberger’s first trips in an RV involved a tornado. They had just arrived in a campground near Olathe when the tornado sirens sounded. The camp owner assured them a tornado had never come near, but that day several campers were destroyed. But not theirs. Their trips since then have been tamer – but not without mishaps. They are fulfilling their goal of fostering family relationships and seeing places they’ve wanted to visit. Jim, who retired two years ago as executive director of the Newton Chamber of Commerce, began researching RVs and what might suit their needs. They decided on a 35-foot fifth wheel and purchased a three-quarter ton heavy-duty diesel to pull it. Kathy retired last June as executive director of the Newton Senior Center. In August they took their first trip, spending three days at a local lake. Their longest trip, to date, was most of November in a RV park near Carthage, Mo., to be close to their son and family in Joplin.
“We chose a park near our family but far enough away so they didn’t feel like they had to entertain us the whole time,” Jim explains. Seems it can get cold in November, and when they ran the furnace and a space heater at the same time the batteries ran down. As luck would have it, they found a garage where their batteries were charged at no cost. “We’ve run into a lot of helpful people,” Jim declares. Also, he’s become more familiar with the heating, plumbing and electrical systems of the RV. It does take some getting used to the confined space, they both admit, even with a queen-size bed and three slide outs, one of which provides office space. Kathy has learned to cook in a small area with little counter top space and where to store frequently used items so she can get to them easily. She’s proud of the banana cream and pecan pies she baked, and the pancakes she made for her daughter, her four children, and she and Jim in the RV. And she’s learned that she has to choose between running the toaster
Bob and Pat Hernandez purchased their first RV in 1998.
Anthill adventure led to no more camping By Elma Broadfoot Pat Hernandez enjoyed tent camping most of her adult life and wanted her husband, Bob, to share the experience with her. They loaded up the jeep and headed out for Blackwell, Okla. She pitched the tent, and they settled in for the night. Bob remembers itching some during the night but it wasn’t until he awoke with welts on his face and swollen hands that he and Pat realized she’d pitched the tent on an anthill. Five months later, Bob brought home the first of five RVs declaring, “If we’re going camping we’re going in one of these.” The first RV was purchased in 1998 before they both retired. Early on, they took short trips on weekends; their first trip was to Lake Afton. They joined a camper club for weekend rallies. “We’d drive like heck on Friday night to get to our destination, and then leave early Sunday morning so we could go to work on Monday,” Pat notes. The first time they ventured out on the turnpike, they got the attention of the tollbooth attendant who frantical-
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ly waved his arms at them trying to divert them from the car lane into the truck lane. “There definitely is a learning curve,” admits Bob. “There is a lot of tribal knowledge that gets passed on from one RV owner to another.” Like what to do or not do to keep the toilet from overflowing, how to tow a car and what are the best long-term campsites. Pat retired in 2005 and Bob in 2009. They’ve taken six-month road trips to the Ozarks, Kentucky, Ohio, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida and Texas. When they were in Florida, they based in Gainesville and then did day-trips to learn about the area and consider if it might be an eventual retirement place. Their favorite long-term campsite was Parker Dam, Ariz., and the Sunshine Resort where they’ve stayed up to six months. They kayaked, golfed, fished, participated in table pool tournaments and “just sat and talked” See next page
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or coffee pot. “It is a much simpler life. We’ve re-learned to appreciate what we have,” Jim says. Kathy adds, “We realize how close we are to how people used to live with basic requirements.” They left in early December for a three- to four-month stay near Ft. Worth to spend the holidays with their daughter’s family, which included four granddaughters.
As self-proclaimed RV newbies, they plan at least one vacation trip a year and more visits with family, including Jim’s 100-year-old father who lives near Olathe. They are enjoying their “one-bedroom apartment,” noting that when the wind blows hard the RV can “rock and roll a bit.” Maybe that’s why they’re already talking about converting to a motor coach. Contact Elma Broadfoot at firstname.lastname@example.org
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with other campers." It’s really like a community,” Pat says. They’ve shared holiday dinners with the other campers and become fast friends with folks from Canada, Michigan and Utah. They maintain contact via social media when they’re not gathered at Sunshine. They refer to their current 40-foot-diesel pusher motorhome (60foot with car in tow) as a two-bedroom condo on wheels. “We are considering downsizing,” says Pat, which would include selling their motorhome and Wichita house. “We scout places we might like to go like Florida but getting me out of this house is going to be a hard thing to do.” RV camping tips from Bob and Pat: As a safety matter, they never
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Gardening good for your body, mind, spirit By Leslie Chaffin Walking, stooping, stretching and pulling things up in your garden all add up to low-impact, healthy exercise. Additional benefits go beyond the physical by engaging our mind and spirit in a holistic embrace. Getting physical If you’re an avid gardener, you remember how your arm and leg muscles feel when you first tackle your garden in the spring. Its need for attention and your efforts can help prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, adult-onset diabetes and osteoporosis. Your exercise also helps you maintain or lose weight, and the sunshine give you your daily dose of vitamin D. At Presbyterian Manor in Newton, residents have different ways to reap the benefits of gardening. A community garden offers an opportunity for residents to grow their own vegetables. Others, at their request, take care of the plants throughout the grounds. “We have included gardening as part of physical therapy for residents,” said Melinda Ebersole, activities director. Researchers at Kansas State University found that older adults who are gardeners tend to be healthier than those who don’t, underscoring the benefits of gardening towards preventing chronic diseases and improving vitality through stimulating the cardiovascular system.
Botanica has 17 acres of gardens that engage volunteers throughout the year. Kim Matthews, staff member at left, works alongside volunteers Lisa Kraske and Francine Miller. impacts your mood, enhances self-esteem as plants grow under your care, and enhances our sense of purpose, he said. “Gardening is a mindfulness technique to be in the here and now, appreciating the beauty of nature, watering the plants, and taking in the smells of the garden. Nature offers tranquility in the interaction between the person and nature.” For those who don’t get around like they used to, there are raised beds on carts at the Manor, and accessible plants lining the breezeway. “We started with just three people and as the word has gotten around, more and more have joined in,” Ebersole said. “They ask me when we’ll go out to work with the flowers.” She sees it as a way to replace some of the independence they’ve lost with something they enjoy and can do themselves. You don’t need a large garden to harvest the mental health benefits, Amend added. “Caring for a single beautiful orchid gets us involved in the support and care of life.”
Being mindful matters Focusing on a garden puts us in a different state of mind, according to Cade Amend, LCP, at Prairie View Mental Health Center. “Mental health is all about personal growth and with gardening it’s all about plant growth.” Gardening reduces stress, positively
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If you like the idea of growing your own crops, and don’t have the space, a community garden might be the answer. You pay a seasonal fee, based on the size of the plot you want. The ground is worked in the spring for you to plant, and you care for your chosen crops throughout the season, joining others who also are contributing to their self-sufficiency with fresh fruits and vegetables. The social aspect of gardening may be particularly helpful if you have experienced a loss as “healing takes place in the context of human interaction,” Amend explained. “Gardening offers a place where our own growth takes place. There is a wonder involved with watching life grow,” he said. “We know the ingredients that help a plant grow, but the process itself brings us in touch with the mystery of life.” Contact Leslie Chaffin at firstname.lastname@example.org See next page for more gardening stories
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March time preparation leads to a beautiful garden
Gardening in small spaces If you don’t have a yard, consider container gardening. With pots on a balcony or patio, you can enjoy the benefits of gardening on a small scale. You can fill your pots with flowers, ferns or even berries and tomatoes. Cathy Brady at Brady Nursery said more people are planting blueberries, which do well in a container environment. There also are blackberries, raspberries and tomatoes that have been developed for container gardens. Brady recommends you place your
pots where you want them, and then plant. To add drainage without adding weight, use crushed aluminum cans, packing peanuts or tops of plastic bottles. Use a lightweight potting soil with 4.5ph to foster drainage. “The key to the container garden is that it is well drained, and that you’re using a soil that is rich with the nutrients your plants need,” she said. “Select plants you like and that will do well with the amount of sunlight they will receive.”
• Make your garden manageable; start with a small plot or bed. • Take time to plan — flowers, vegetables or both? • Plant what you like — the vegetables you eat and the flowers you enjoy. • Consider your time; some plants take more care than others. • Annuals must be replanted each year, but have the most color and longer bloom time. • Perennials will return in their respective seasons, but have a more limited bloom time.
• Learn what kind of soil you have and amend as needed. • As your flowers grow, remove dead blooms to keep plants blooming. • Water consistently, keeping the plants moist but not wet. • Mulch with straw, cottonseed hulls or bark to retain moisture. • Fertilize plants every couple of weeks. • If your days of bending over for long periods are past, consider a raised bed or container garden. – Leslie Chaffin
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Bob Boewe holds his Dutch Casserole creation.
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Store, Dutch Casserole both inspired by travel Bob Boewe has lived in Wichita most of his life. But it was while attending grad school in St. Louis that he and wife Sue got the idea for the specialty food store they opened in 1980. "St. Louis is a real foodie city. We went to the great old Soulard Market and The Hill a lot," Boewe said, referring to that city's Italian neighborhood. "That's kind of where we got the inspiration when we started The Spice Merchant, where you could go and buy a pound of pasta." Today, a lot of people come to the store but for the fresh-roasted coffee (about 80 beans and blends), spices (some 200 whole, ground and blended), tea (225 varieties), chocolate, imported foods, kitchenware, gifts and more. Boewe worked as a social worker before opening the store in 400 square feet across Douglas Avenue from East High. In 1984, he moved it to the space where its tea shop is now located. A decade later, he acquired the 10,000-square-foot Mentholatum Co.
building next door at 1300 E. Douglas. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. Boewe said his wife's government job "supported us for years" until the store started turning a profit. "There's just this kind of route. People stop here, and then they go to Nifty Nut House, or the other way around. People who have out-of-town visitors bring them here. People are just kind of amazed at all the stuff we have." Boewe's last name is pronounced "Bay-We," not that he attempts to correct anyone. "We've been called Bowie, Bow, you name it." This recipe is one he was served while visiting the Netherlands in 1973. He lived with a young couple he'd met while traveling. "I stayed with them a week and just had a great time learning about the area. We drank a lot of beer and a lot of wine and ate a lot of good food." Boewe recommends Dutch beer and dark bread with his recipe and it's "always better the next day." Know a good cook whoâ€™d like to be featured in the active age? Contact Joe Stumpe at email@example.com.
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When to call – or not call – an ambulance By Annette Graham CPAAA Executive Director The first ambulance service was created for the battlefield. William Hammond, Surgeon General of the Army in 1862, designed the “ambulance wagon” and designated trained medical corpsmen to treat and transport the wounded. He planned on one ambulance for every 150 soldiers, according to emtresources.com. His ambulances, which carried assorted equipment, saved precious time that was used for patient care and improved their outcome. His highly regarded emergency transportation system was first used in the U.S. in Cincinnati in 1865. The first motor-powered ambulance was used in Chicago in 1899. By the 1950s ambulances had become mobile hospitals, carrying necessary equipment and trained staff with life-saving techniques. Since ambulance service can save time and lives, why do many of us struggle to determine if an ambulance is warranted?
When to call an ambulance has been a topic of discussion at Central Plains Area Agency on Aging lately. The topic spurred some research by staff. Dr. John Gallagher, the Wichita/ Sedgwick County EMS System Medical Director, recently shared that individuals have to “make that decision for themselves…and be mindful of their own bodies. Certain conditions should be considered very seriously when making this decision…chest pain, shortness of breath, fainting, slurred speech, weakness on one side, etc.” The American College of Emergency Physicians website offers tips on identifying when emergency assistance is needed.
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Three months later the carnage continued. On June 6, Robert Kennedy, the president’s brother who was running for president, also was assassinated. Throughout the ‘60s we would welcome – sort of – drugs. And not just for the rich, but the masses. Mind-blowing psychedelic drugs. Heroin was addicting our youth, while marijuana was keeping many in the "wow, man” state. Rock and Roll was constantly on our AM radios. There were riots and burning in LA and Detroit, as well as many other cities. The nightly news would show German Shepherd dogs on their hind legs, trying to reach black youths marching for the defeat of segregation. Then, as if all this wasn’t enough, there was Vietnam. More riots, more discourse, more mistrust of the establishment. While this was happening, The Beatles were singing “all you need is love, love...love is all you need.” The establishment told us, we must stop the advancement of Communism in Southeast Asia. We must go to Vietnam, or Communism will over run us.
the active age Well, we certainly remembered the sirens in school and the Cuban Missile Crisis and that Sputnik thing going beep, beep, beep in the starry sky. Maybe Communism is a real threat. But, something just didn’t quite seem to fit. My dad and my favorite uncle were both in WW II. When I asked them about Vietnam, they said they Courtesy photo didn’t understand Ron Adame, bottom left, relaxes with some of his that particular buddies in Vietnam. situation. I didn’t was always plenty of Budweiser, and understand it either. life was good. I was a deer on the road, staring at Now Uncle Sam wanted me to go the lights of an 18-wheeler headed my where? way. This was certainly not in my plans. Apparently, there was some guy I was happy with life. named Charlie or V.C. who was I was working at Boeing Wichita wearing black pajamas and taking making good money, had a muscle car over South Vietnam. Our government and a girlfriend. Furthermore, there
March 2016 wasn’t going to let that happen. But our country’s reasoning for war was not very clear to the American people. For me, here came that 18-wheeler. Yeah, I served. I fought with the 101st Airborne 3rd of the 506 infantry division. I’ve been asked many times, “what is it like being in combat.” It is understood that I won’t talk about the horrors of war. ‘Nuff said. I will tell you what we did each day. We had two jobs: one was ambush and the other was search and destroy. I also will tell you that it is better to be the ambusher than the ambushee. I think you know what I mean. When I finally got back to the states, I laid in my bunk at Travis AFB, closed my eyes and knew that I had made it home safely. I could begin to relax. As I closed my eyes there was almost an audible “click” in my head that said, “OK Ron that was there, so leave it there. Now you are home. Go and do the things you are supposed to do. You are alive, you have not suffered an injury, you are in one piece and your mind is stable, well, at least, somewhat.” You know the returning soldiers from Vietnam were not, nor are still not, thought of as heroes, certainly not like today. See next page
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Vietnam Veterans Day Cold weather safety tips In 2012, President Barack Obama proclaimed March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day. “I call upon all Americans to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities,” he said. It was adopted in the Kansas Legislature in 2014 as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, “a day set aside to show honor and respect to our Vietnam Veterans and to say Welcome home." The presidential proclamation stated: “On Jan. 12, 1962, United States Army pilots lifted more than 1,000 South Vietnamese service members over jungle and underbrush to capture a National Liberation Front stronghold near Saigon. “Operation Chopper marked America's first combat mission against the Viet Cong, and the beginning of one of our longest and most challeng-
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Maybe we never will be thought of as heroes, but that’s OK too. I think we are a quiet bunch that did the dirty work that no one wanted to talk about. Certainly nobody wanted to remember that war. We did what we were told to do for our country and did it to the best of our abilities. Please never forget that more than 58,000 American soldiers paid the ultimate price for their country. I know there are many old soldiers still paying
ing wars. Through more than a decade of conflict that tested the fabric of our Nation, the service of our men and women in uniform stood true. “...Our veterans answered our country's call and served with honor, and on March 29, 1973, the last of our troops left Vietnam. Yet, in one of the war's most profound tragedies, many of these men and women came home to be shunned or neglected -- to face treatment unbefitting their courage and a welcome unworthy of their example. We must never let this happen again. “...We honor the more than 3 million Americans who served, we pay tribute to those we have laid to rest and we reaffirm our dedication to showing a generation of veterans the respect and support of a grateful Nation.”
The cold truth about hypothermia is that Americans aged 65 years and older face this danger every winter. Older adults are especially vulnerable because their body's response to cold can be diminished by underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, some medicines including over-the-counter cold remedies and aging itself. As a result, hypothermia can develop in older adults after even relatively mild exposure to cold weather or a small drop in temperature. Here are a few tips from the National Institute on Aging: When going outside in the cold wear a hat, scarf and gloves or mittens to prevent loss of body heat through your head and hands. A hat is particularly important. Wear several layers
of loose clothing to help trap warm air between the layers. Also consider letting someone know you’re going outdoors and carry a fully charged cellphone. Check with your doctor to see if any prescription or over-the-counter medications you are taking might increase your risk for hypothermia. Make sure your home is warm enough. Some experts suggest that, for older people, the temperature be set to at least 68 degrees. To stay warm at home, wear long underwear under your clothes, along with socks and slippers. Use a blanket or afghan to keep your legs and shoulders warm and wear a hat or cap indoors.
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Alzheimer’s Care Update “When is it time?” Answering the critical question. by Doug Stark Throughout our more than two decades of dealing with families of Alzheimer’s sufferers, the single most common question we are asked is, “How do you know when it’s time to place someone with memory impairment into long-term care?” Rather than a single answer, a family’s decision may be influenced by several factors, the most important of which is determined by what’s in the best interests of the person with the disease. Regardless, the first step must be an accurate diagnosis. The Alzheimer’s Association suggests consulting your primary physician, geriatric psychiatrist or psychologist. Should a diagnosis confirm that your loved one is in the early stages of dementia and not some treatable disorder, and recognizing that
their cognitive decline will create difficulties with basic activities of daily living and ultimately affect their ability to live alone, a family will want to consider other factors. These include not only the individual’s physical wellbeing, but their emotional and psychological health, and the impact that providing care has on caregivers and families. I’ll discuss each of these in future columns. Doug Stark is President of ComfortCare Homes, the pioneer in resident-based Alzheimer’s care since 1993.
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Tracking elephants took unexpected turn By Stephen McCue The photo safari in Botswana had been the roaring success that we had been anticipating with thrilling encounters with the Big Five as I stood at the dusty clearing in the Okavango Delta used as an airfield. As I stood reminiscing, I watched the small single-engine aircraft land that was to take us to our next camp in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. As the other members of our safari were boarding the plane, the pilot did his walk around inspection with me in tow as a matter of professional interest. Prop – check. Tires and landing gear – check. Strut – check. Ailerons – check. Wings – check. Green duct tape holding empennage leading edge on – check. What? Having been an engineer in the aviation field most of my life, I definitely recognized this was not following the manufacturer’s specification, but we had a safari to go on, so in I hopped and settled in the copilot seat as the pilot strapped in and started to taxi down the rough field. As we neared rotational speed, the unsecured navigational compass and radio were fast sliding out of the instrument panel. Seeing that the pilot was preoccupied flying, I did the only thing I could – push them back in and hold them in place for the duration of the flight, which happily was brief. Arriving in Hwange National Park, we proceeded to take the now routine
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The elephant departing the area after charging me to within 30 feet in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. safari by the traditional Land Rover to see the multitude of elephants present in the park. So, when the offer came from the guide for a walking safari to view the flora and fauna that cannot be seen from a Land Rover, Sharon and I were the first to volunteer. Off we went with a group of five people and our armed guide into the
savanna to see ant-lion holes, acacia trees, termite mounds, elephant
tracks and fresh elephant dung. Wait a minute; this was not on the itinerary. But yes, we did continue to track the elephants into the dense bush, following our guide. It was not long before we found ourselves caught between two herds, which is not a good place to be, so we cautiously circled around them, just to run smack into a bachelor herd. The guide asked if we wanted to get closer for some pictures. Sure! Who would be the first to venture with him to go closer? Me. So as the largest elephant was busy tearing an acacia tree out of the ground to eat the roots, the guide and I slowly positioned ourselves behind a tree, utilizing it as a blind. As I finished with my pictures and was easing my way back to the group in order to send the next member out for their turn, the unimaginable happened. A member of our group coughed and startled the elephant, causing it to trumpet and charge in the direction of where the noise came from. There was only one problem with
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that scenario; I was in the middle of a clearing between the rampaging elephant and the noise. I instantly froze in a crouched position. The elephant had his trunk in the air trying to sniff out the culprit. Thankfully he had a snoot full of stinking acacia root and was unable to smell anything else. Flapping his ears, the elephant strained to detect any sound while he kicked up dust in a very agitated state. We were all frozen in place, not daring to utter a breath. Thank God, elephants do not have the best of eyesight – for I was standing just 40 feet in front of the bull elephant, a distance that it could cover in under a second. After about five minutes of this Mexican standoff, the elephant slowly calmed down and sauntered back to the acacia tree, and I was able to retreat quickly and quietly back to the group. Of course, the first thing I wanted to know was if anyone got it on film. No, they were all frozen to death watching the events play out and praying to live another day. Once we were all safe back at the
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An aerial view of Victoria Falls at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe; it is called “the greatest curtain of falling water in the world.” lodge, we were thinking too bad no one had their video going. It could have been a hit on YouTube. However, after learning that a few weeks earlier a British family had their mother and 10-year-old daughter trampled to death in front of their father and guide in another part of this same park, we felt very blessed to be alive.
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Divas on a Dime, a fashion show of great finds from Goodwill, will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, at Newman University. It’s a fundraiser to benefit Women’s Initiative Network (WIN). The entire ticket price of $40 goes to support WIN, a non-profit endeavor to provide women survivors of domestic abuse with education and employment opportunities. The goal is to help survivors make the transition to financial and emotional independence. This year a special guest, Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett, will be sharing special insights. The program focuses on three main areas: job readiness training, education and support. Participants gain employment skills and job experience by working part-time at WIN, producing gourmet food products and other handmade goods. The Adorers of the Blood of Christ founded WIN in 1997. In 19 years, it has served 165 women with 320 children in the Wichita area. The ticket price includes food and wine. Purchase tickets online at www. wichitawin.org and click on the events tab.
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Soroptimists tip Hats Off to Women with tea, fashion show The annual Hats Off to Women tea and fashion show will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. March 12 at Crestview Country club, 1000 N. 127th St. E. This is one of three events that Soroptimist International of Wichita, a nonprofit volunteer organization, holds to help fund its efforts to improve the
lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Proceeds from the group’s annual tea funds the scholarships awarded at the tea as well as contributions made to local partners such as the Wichita YWCA, Crisis Center and WIN.
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Electric Guitar – Wichita’s Instrument exhibit at Historical Museum What is the origin of electric guitar? Many have asked this question, but confusing and conflicting theories has made a reasonable answer elusive, according to Eric Cale, director of the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum. A special exhibit, The Electric Guitar – Wichita’s Instrument, now on display at the museum, helps explode myths, eliminate confusion and answer contentious questions. More than 50 guitars are featured, including Charlie Christian’s Gibson ES-250; Les Paul’s Gibson ES-300; Alvino Rey’s 1932 Vivitone; Gage Brewer’s 1932 Ro-Pat-In (Ricken-
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Protect against medical identity thieves By Ken Selzer Commissioner of Insurance A recent news release said that one in three Americans had their health records breached in 2015, either through computer hacking or information technology problems. Medical identity thieves — whether they hack into a third-party website or directly steal your personal information — can use your name or health insurance information to make appointments with health care providers, get prescription drugs, make claims to insurance companies or get medical equipment. Those fraudulent medical activities can falsify your medical records, cost Someone you can trust!
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Don’t become statistic by falling for scams By Marc Bennett Perhaps this column should be called “scam of the month” because that’s what I find myself bringing to your attention each month. The scammers are at it again. Recently, our office received a call from a woman who was called at her place of business. The man said he was from Westar Energy, and told her that she had 30 minutes to prove she had made her payment to Westar or her power would be shut off. She was told to go the drug store and make a payment to Westar using a Money Gram. The payment was to be made to 844-277-9450, ext. 3500. This call was, of course, a scam. Westar is not going to call and demand payment in 30 minutes by way of a “money gram.” But these scammer folks are tenacious, and people do get taken in. The “IRS scam,” which never seems to go away, has received more national attention lately. In this scam the caller claims to be an IRS agent and demands payment of “late” taxes.
Immediate imprisonment is threatened if you don’t comply. This scam gathers victims at an alarming rate. The Department of Justice reported last year that a man from New York state was sentenced to 175 months in federal prison for his role in a “massive fraud ring” involving various “call centers” located in India. The callers, who claimed to be from the IRS, ultimately bilked more than a million dollars in US currency from “hundreds of unsuspecting victims.” According to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, since October of 2013 that agency has received reports of roughly 896,000 of these scam calls nationwide. From
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*‘A long life appeals to everyone; getting old doesn’t’ By Steve Ochsner A guy once told me: “Getting old ain’t for sissies.” But age doesn’t affect everyone the same way. Some older people are still strong as a horse, sharp as a tack and happy as a lark...to mix a few metaphors. Others, some much younger, are sedentary and disengaged. Why is that? In decades past most people lived relatively healthy and independent lives; circumstances often caused them to be active. They had to work hard to make money to feed their family. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today estimate that more than 80 percent of adult Americans do not get the recommended amount of exercise each week. Why does activity abate the effects of aging? Why can 70 percent of most chronic conditions be eased by a healthy lifestyle? Why does an energy expenditure of 1,000 calories a week
reduce mortality by 30 percent? What is it about activity that is so wonderful? Based on studies and medical reports, Steve Ochsner it appears that these phenomena are associated with increased activity levels: • Cardiovascular exercise helps retain the integrity of the heart muscle, cholesterol, body fat, blood pressure and resting heart rate. It increases glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity, and the O2 capacity of the blood. Additionally, it enhances the bellows effect of the lungs and decreases breathlessness by 20 percent. • Strength exercises restore muscle mass, facilitate muscles working with muscles to perform more complex tasks and strengthens bones. Stretching exercises can ease the pain associ-
ated with arthritic joints. A stronger bone and muscular structure improves balance, which makes you less susceptible to falls. • Exercise results in increased blood flow to the brain, increased levels of melatonin and serotonin, and enhancement of the chemical composition of the neurotransmitters. More active people have improved reasoning, reaction times, memory, concentration and conceptualization. The Journal of Neurology found that older people who exercise moderately have a 40 percent less chance of developing brain damage, dementia and mobility problems. • All of the these benefits occur without the side effects of medication. Maybe that helps explain why activity is good for you. And unless you have been living in a cave, you have heard all this before – many times. You may also have heard that you need to buy a treadmill or exercise machine, join an exercise class, start running or lift weights if you want to
get active and fit. People of all ages and backgrounds may be reading this. Each is at a different fitness level. Each has had different life experiences. Some don’t want to spend the money or have the room for expensive fitness equipment. Others don’t want to join and pay for something, and then have to drive there every day. What can these folks do? Next month I will talk about functional fitness, that level of fitness required for a person to perform the activities of daily life aka the ADL. Then some of this should start making sense. Steve Ochsner has been involved in fitness on a personal level 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 over the years. He can be reached at steve. email@example.com.,
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Sedgwick County Senior Centers
BEL AIRE 7651 E Central Park Ave 744-2451, ext 121 www.belaireks.org
Mon: 10 am Men’s fellowship, coffee. Mon & Wed: 6 pm Yoga, Rec Center. Tue: 1 pm Bridge. Wed: 9 am Low-impact aerobics, Rec Center. Fri: 9 am Breakfast at Braum’s. Mon-Fri: 8-9 am Bel Aire Walkers, Rec Center. 1st Mon: 6:30 pm Potluck & program. 2nd Mon: 11:30 am Lunch out, call for details. 3rd Wed: 1:30 pm, Book Club. 4th Mon: 6 pm Covered dish lunch, Rec Center. 4th Wed: 7 pm Bunko. 4th Thu: 2 pm Geneaology group.
BENTLEY/EAGLE 504 W Sterling, 796-0027
Open Mon-Fri: Coffee, cookies, exercise. Mon: 2 pm Line dancing, chair exercise. Wed: 1:30 pm Canasta. Sat: 8-9:30 am Breakfast, donation. 2nd Fri: 11 am Senior Lunch Out. 3rd Tue: 7 pm Game night, bring snack. 3rd Fri: noon XYZ potluck, program. 4th Sat: 7 pm Movie Night.
CHENEY 516 Main, 542-3721
Mon-Fri: 10:30 am Hot meal, reservations required; 12:15 pm Cards, games. Mon, Wed, Fri: 10-11 am Exercise program. 1st Tue: 6 pm Potluck dinner. 2nd, 3rd, 4th Tue: 7 pm Cards, games.
CLEARWATER 921 E Janet, 584-2332
Mon: 10 am-noon Blood pressure check; 1-3 pm Painting, beginning to advanced. Wed: 9 am Morning coffee. Tue, Fri: 8:45 am Tai Chi; 10 am Exercise class. 2nd Tue: noon Carry-in lunch & program. Thur: 10 am Bible study. 1st, 3rd & 4th Thu: 9 am Help with technologybring your own device.
DERBY 611 N Mulberry Rd, 788-0223
www.derbyweb.com Regular activities: Exercise programs at low cost, foot care, book club, friendship club. Mar 3: 6-8 pm Single mingle. Wine and light hors d'oevres provided. $5. Mar 8: 1 pm Effects of aging with Steve Ochsner. Mar8: 7-8 pm Music, brain boosting and fun. Live music and catered meal with raffle prizes. $5. Mar 14: 12:30 pm Food handlers class. Call 788-0223. Free. Wed: 1 pm Ping pong. Free. 3rd Tue: Noon Friendship Club; 1 pm Book Club. Reading list at front desk. 1st Thu: 9 am New-member orientation.
DOWNTOWN 200 S. Walnut, 267-0197
www.seniorservicesofwichita.org Regular activities: Exercise classes, Pickleball, computer classes, foot care by appt. Mar 2: 10:30-11:30 am Blood pressure checks. Mar 3: 9 am Porcelain painters. Mar 3: Portion Control by the the Sedgwick County Extension Office. Mar 22: 4 pm Aging Gracefully: vision care by Grene Vision Group. Mon: 11 am Lewis Street Singers; 1 pm Bridge; Beading Buddies. Wed: 9 am Spanish class (adv); 11 am Latin Dance; 1 pm Spanish (beg), Massage by Ruth Lundstedt. Thu: 9:30-11 am Drawing class. Mon & Wed 11 am Well Rep Excercises. 1st Mon: 10 am Book Club.
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.
KECHI Kechi City Building, 744-017, 744-1271
3rd Thu: 6:30-7:30 pm Meeting.
LA FAMILIA 841 W 21st, 267-1700
Mon-Fri: Dance, exercise, pool, dominoes. 11:30 am-12:15 pm Hot lunch. Mon, Wed, Fri: 10 am Exercise/Ejercicio. Mon, Fri: 9:30 am-3 pm Tax-Aide, by appt. Tue, Thu: 1 pm Exercise/Ejercicio. Mon: 10 am English Class/Clase de Ingles; 1 pm Line dancing. Tue: 10 am Nutrition class/Clase de nutricion. Thu: 10 am Bingo/loteria. Last Fri: 10 am Music/musica; monthly birthdays.
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Mar 2: 10 am Wichita Art Museum, Jonathon Long, founding president of Wichita Urban Professionals, will share how urban professionals are working to make the city a better place to live. $2 1:30 pm at the Water Center Hidden Water in Food. Discover how much water is used to make the food you eat. Free. Mar 9: 10 am Sedgwick County Zoo, Master Gardener with Lynn Campbell-Behnke. Learn about plants with animal names. $4. 1:30 pm Wichita Public Library, Yellowstone Ecosystem by John Ellert. Learn about landscape, geology and wildlife of Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.
Mar 16: 10 am Ulrich Museum of Art, Dr. Robert E. Weems examines the history of racial steretypes, focusing on the negative images of person s of African descent.. 1:30 pm Kansas African American Museum. TBA. Mar 23: 10 am Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, Dr. J.C. Combs will give an overview of major events and trends in pop music of the 1950s. $2. 1:30 pm Exploration Place, Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World: Part 2. Discover the science and history behind guitars and how the instrument revolutionized music. $4.
LINWOOD 1901 S. Kansas, 263-3703
www.seniorservicesofwichita.org Regular activities: Computer classes, cards, Pickleball, exercise programs, hot lunch. Mar 4: 10:15 am Put Your BEST Smile Forward by WSU Dental Hygiene Students. Mar 7: 1:30-2:30 pm Dining on a Dime by Shirley Lewis. Mar 11: 10:15 am Immunology in America, Protect Yourself from Illness by Nicholas St. Jon. Mar 18: 10:15 am Learn how to Conquer Stress by Dr. Mary Corrigan. 3rd Wed: 10:30 am Birthday party. Mon & Fri: 9 am Dynabands; 9:30 am Stretching. Tue: 9 am Brain games; 9:30 am Fit & balance. 10:30 am Bingo. Tue & Thu: 9 am Pickleball.
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 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. Mar 2: By appointment Foot Care by Michelle Steinke. Mar 14: 10:30 am Advisory Council meeting. Mar 21: 10:00 am Special Events Committee meeting.
Mar 18: 2-4 pm Mardi Gras Party, $5 members; $7 non-members. 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. Tue, Thu: 1 pm Spanish class. Fri: 10 am Crochet class; 1 pm Bridge.
OAKLAWN 2937 Oaklawn Dr, 524-7545
Daily: 11:30 am Red Cross meals. 1st Thur: 12:30 pm, Golden Agers meeting. 1st Thur & Fri: 8:30 am-5 pm, Commodities. 2nd Thu: 12:30-2:30 pm, Golden Agers bingo. $1. 4th Thu: 12:30-2:30 pm, Community bingo. $2. Every Fri: 12:30 pm Afternoon cards. Every Wed: 8:30 am Sweets & coffee, Panera Bread.
ORCHARD PARK 4808 W 9th, 942-2293
seniorservicesofwichita.org Regular activities: Exercise programs, cards, pool, hot lunch, Wii bowling, dominoes, crafts. Mar 8: 11:30 am Lunch out to Spears. Mar 11: 11:15 am Fall prevention by Julie Bye. Mar 14: 11:15 am How to handle the stress of grief by Mark Pennington. Mar 22: 8:30 am Breakfast out to Jimmy's Egg. 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. Mar 8: 11am-12 pm What you should know about annuities with Cindy Waggoner. Mar 9: 10:30 am Strong Bones & Muscles for healthy aging by Angels Care Home Health. Mar 12: 10 am Intro course on hula hoop fitness. Mar 24: 1:30-4:30 pm Indoor game day. Fri: 10:00 am Exercise; Sat: 1 pm Pinochle. Tue & Thu: 8:30 am Wii Bowling; 10 am WellRep exercise. 1st Wed: 10:30 am Chisholm Trail Seniors catered lunch, meeting, program.
VALLEY CENTER 316 E. Clay, 755-7335
Mon: 1: 30 pm Line dancing. Tue: 9:30 am Free donuts, cards, games; 6:30 pm Pitch. Bring snack to share. Tue, Thu: Noon Home cooked meals. Tue, $5, Thur, $6. Tue, Thu: 8-10 am Pickleball at Valley Center Intermediate School.
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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-12:30 pm Lunch (reservation preferred) 316-733-4441, $3. Mon, Wed, Fri: 10 am Exercise. Tues & Thu: Special music at lunch. Mon: 12:30 pm Pinochle. Tue: 10 am Blood pressure check; 10:30 am-2 pm Memory Café; 12:30 pm Pinochle; 1 pm Pool. Wed: 1 pm Quilt club; 1 pm 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. 1st Thu: 7 pm Bridge. 2nd Thu: 7 pm Movie Night. 1st & 3rd Fri: 1 pm Mexican Train dominoes. 1st Sat: 7:30-9:30 am Community Breakfast.
Support Groups The Center for Community Support and Research has an extensive and up-to-date listing of area support groups. Visit www.supportgroupsinkansas.org. To add or correct a listing call Angela Gaughan at 978-3843 or 1-800-445-0116 or email email@example.com.
4th Mon: 5:30 pm Gathering; 6 pm Potluck dinner, program follows.
GRAND CENTRAL 122 E 6th, Newton, 283-2222 www.newtonseniorcenter.org
Mar 3: 7:30-8:30 am Breakfast. $5 suggested. Mar 3: 8:30 am Community chat: Information on VITA program. Mar 7: 9:30 am shopping trip to East Wichita. Mar 15: 6 pm Shared supper: Paul Rowden music. Mon: 10-11 am Blood pressure check; 1:30 pm Golden Notes choir practice; 7 pm Square dance. Wed: 1 pm Pinochle/pitch. Thu: 1 pm Wii bowling. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30 am Arthritis exercise. 2nd & 4th Thu: 10:30 am Bingo. 1st & 3rd Fri: 6-9 pm Game time.
SEDGWICK 107 W. Fifth, 772-0393
Mon: 1 pm Games. Tue: 7-8:30 am Breakfast. Wed: 9-11 am Quilting. Mon, Wed, Fri: 9 am Exercise. 1st Fri: 7 pm Birthday party. 2nd Thu: noon Carry-in dinner, mtg. 3rd Thu: 5 pm Dinner Night Out. 2nd Fri: 7 pm Pitch party. Last Thu: 7 pm Movie.
LEON 112 S Main, 745-9200 or 742-9905
Regular activities: Exercise, cards, home-cooked lunch (reservation required). Mon, Fri: 10 am Aerobics. Tues: 12:30 pm Bingo; 1:30 pm Line Dance; 6:30 pm Prairie Port Singles. Tue & Thu: 1 pm Bridge. Wed: 10 am Back in Balance; 1 pm Pinochle. 3rd Sun: 11am-1:30 pm, Home-cooked lunch, $7 adults, $3.50 children. 745-9200.
ROSE HILL 207 E Silknitter, 776-0170
Regular activities: Wii, pool table, shuffleboard, home-cooked lunch (reservation required). Mon & Wed: 9 am Strong Women Stay Young Exercise. Mon: 7 pm Pitch, games. Wed: 1 pm Bridge. Fri: 7 pm Card game. 1st Fri: 11 am Meeting, covered dish. 3rd Fri: Noon Covered dish. 1st Sat: 7-10 am Scrambled eggs, biscuits/gravy.
TOWANDA 317 Main, 536-8999
Open 10:30 am-5 pm Mon, Wed & Fri Thu: 7 am Breakfast/coffee at Stearman Bar & Grill, Benton.
WHITEWATER Legion Hall,Whitewater
2nd & 4th Tue: noon Potluck, program.
Transportation Sedgwick County
American Red Cross, 219-4040. Free rides for 60+ for medical and dialysis appointments. 24-hour notice. Ambulatory. Donations accepted. Sedgwick Co Transportation, 660-5150 or 1-800-367-7298, transportation or services info. 8 am-5 pm, Mon-Fri; closed most holidays. www.sedgwickcounty.org/aging.
Butler County Transit Weekday transportation in El Dorado, Augusta and Andover. Rides to Wichita on Wed, Thu. Call for information; 48-hr notice required: Augusta, 775-0500; El Dorado, 322-4321; toll free, 1-800-279-3655. $10 pass for 25 rides available. Wheelchair accessible; escorts ride free.
Harvey County Transportation for medical appointments, shopping and recreational activities. Reservations or information: 316-284-6802 or 1-866-680-6802. Applications for reduced fares for those 60+ or disabled who meet income guidelines. Personal appointments Mon-Fri, 8 am-5 pm. Reservations, first call-first served, must be made 24 hours in advance. Vans are wheelchair accessible. Round-trip fares: $8 in Newton (wheelchair only), $12 in Harvey County, $20 outside Harvey County. Wheelchair escorts ride free. AVI Route: Tue, 8 am-4:30 pm. Transportation to Newton for Burrton, Sedgwick, Halstead, Hesston, Walton residents. $6.
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. Via Christi Rehab, 1151 N. Rock Road, 9 am Mar 19 & 26, 689-5700.
Friendship Meals Aging Projects, Inc. serves a hot, nutritious meal weekdays for persons 60 and older at locations in Sedgwick, Harvey and Butler county communities. Reservations are necessary. For the closest location and reservations, call 620-669-8201. WEEK OF MAR 1 Tue: Turkey & dumplings, black eyed pea salad, carrots, pears, roll. Wed: Mexican lasagna, mixed green salad w/dressing, pineapple, corn muffin. Thu: New England stew, pea salad, banana, fruited gelatin, biscuit. Fri: Salmon salad on a bun, vegetable soup, cracker, Italian pasta salad, strawberries.
WEEK OF MAR 7 Mon: Easy chicken & broccoli pie, tomato
salad, apricots, oatmeal cookie. Tue: Ham slice, parslied potatoes, mixed vegetables, pineapple, wheat bread. Wed: Hot turkey casserole, carrots, cranberry sauce, peach crisp. Thu: Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes w/gravy, green beans, applesauce, spice cake, roll. Fri: Chicken or fish sandwich w/set up or tartar sauce, sweet potato fries, cole slaw, glazed blueberries, bun.
WEEK OF MAR 14
Mon: Creamy chicken & veggie casserole, broccoli, stewed apples, no-bake cookie, wheat bread. Tue: Salisbury steak or liver & onions w/ gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, three bean salad, blushing pears, roll. Wed: Scalloped potatoes & ham, lima beans, mixed greens salad w/dressing, peaches, bread. Thu: Oven fried chicken, spinach, breaded tomatoes, sunshine salad, blueberry crisp. Fri: Tuna pasta salad, celery soup, pickled beets, Mandarin oranges, crackers.
WEEK OF MAR 21
Mon: Taco salad, salsa, corn O'Brien, applesauce, cinnamon roll. Tue: Hot turkey sandwich w/mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, grape juice, blueberry crisp. Wed: Lentil & bean soup, pickled beets, banana, crackers, bread pudding. Thu: Ham, cabbage au gratin, peas, strawberries, wheat roll. Fri: Closed for Good Friday.
WEEK OF MAR 28
Mon: Chili, combo salad w/dressing, strawberries, cinnamon roll. Tue: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes w/ gravy, cauliflower & bean salad, glazed blueberries, roll. Wed: Chicken pasta salad, broccoli cheese soup, celery sticks, spiced peaches, bread stick. Thu: Ham & Beans, potatoes & onions, parslied carrots, pears, cornbread.
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Odd Job Handyman Painting, mowing, yard cleanup, minor household repairs. Snow removal. Free estimates. Call Joel 316-772-8629.
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. Wright One Home Improvements Kitchen & Bath remodeling. Painting. Windows. Doors. Siding. All types of flooring and home repairs. Free estimates. 316-409-2160.
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Dirt Installation and Siding Repair Courteous, professional repairs. Free estimates. Concrete work. 20+ years experience. Ernie Sponsel, 316-393-5461.
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Helping Hands Framing, carpentry, decorative concrete, remodeling & repairs, roofing, painting, tree services, exp. working with seniors. We do it all, give us a call! FREE ESTIMATES Matthew, 316-208-3784 Tyler, 316-518-4722
Dave’s Improvements Painting—Interior & Exterior Doors & Windows Replaced • Siding Kitchen & Bath Remodeling Decks • Ramps • Grab Bars Minor Electrical & Plumbing Repairs General Home Repairs Senior Citizen Discounts!
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Reitree Tim Devine enjoys and excels at hanging wallpaper and borders. Reasonable rates and a lifetime of experience. Call 316-208-9590.
Bathroom and kitchen remodels. Room additions. Garages and sheds. Licensed and insured.
Todd Wenzel 316-393-4488
Harley Painting & Remodeling Interior/Exterior & Odd jobs Husband & Wife Team 316-648-4478
Handyman RX - We have a remedy for all your ”fix-it” jobs. Snow removal, winter home maintenance, gutters, garage cleanup, deck repair, hauling, etc. You don’t want to do it? We will. Call for HELP! 316-217-0882. Free estimates and senior discounts. Molina Electric - Wichita Lic #1364 Comm. or Residential wiring. Service calls. New electric service. Troubleshooting. Business 524-0434, Cell 461-2199.
Fix all cracks, walls, ceilings and all textures. 32 years experience. Free estimates. Senior discount. Duane Ball 316-648-5221.
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Steps, porches, patios, sidewalks, retaining walls, driveways & garage floors. Also 4-inch steps with 18-inch landings for seniors. Licensed, bonded, insured. Free estimates
Todd Wenzel 316-393-4488
Three Generations of Local Roofers Quality Work – Fair Prices Residental & Commercial
Need privacy fence repair? Call Dan for free estimates. 316-516-3949. Insured. Member of the Better Business Bureau.
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Semi-retired maintenance man. Experienced in most phases of maintenance & roofing. Light hauling. Sedgwick County only. Call Paul 316-312-9970
Call for Free Roof Inspection Locally Owned, Licensed & Insured
LIFT-RITE GARAGE DOORS
Scheduled maintenance, repair, sales on all garage doors. *Springs-Torsion & Extension *Garage Door Openers, Doors & More
Paul Williams (316) 831-9414 or (316) 650-8807
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Repair • Service All Brands Sales – Licensed Trane dealer Senior Discount SPECIAL: Furnace check-up $75*
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Any size project, large or small. You name it. We do it the right way. Lic. general contractor, residential/ commercial, tree & stump removal. 20 years experience.
Stan 316-518-8553 Classifieds in the active age work! Call Kaydee to tap into the senior market. 942-5385
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Repairs & Remodeling • Trim Work Doors • Cabinets • Sheetrock • Tile Interior/Exterior Painting • Flooring
Dave’s Improvements Hail Repair Specialist Roofing • Siding • Windows Guttering • Free Estimates Senior Discounts 10% off complete job License #7904 • Insured
Construction Services General Contractor - Class A, licensed & insured to do it all. We provide the skills, materials, and coordinate the entire home improvement project for you. Sit back as we deliver a product that exceeds your expectations!
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Spring cleanup or removal, odd jobs, fence work and repairs. Inside paint, sheet rock or help. 316-807-4989.
Remodeling, siding, decks, fences, windows, doors and more. 20 years locally owned. Free estimates. Senior discounts.
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P&A Landscaping 316-708-7236 Holiday lighting, snow removal, Complete lawn care, leaves and storm cleanup. Any odd job. Residential and commercial. Gutters clean. Senior discount.
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.
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
Furniture Repair & Refinish Antique, Modern, or Cane. Reasonable pick-up & delivery. Clark 250-9533 or 788-5805.
Mike E. 316-708-1472
Need a ride? Doctor appointments, ride home from hospital, court, casino, mini vacation or family reunion. You name the place, I will take you there. 316-259-6212.
Spring into Savings with JDs All Trades Handyman/hauling, tree trimming, mowing, landscaping. Call with your needs and we will give you a free estimate! 316-347-6663.
Carolyn's Machine Quilting Specializing in quilt repair and unfinished quilts. Call me at 316-529-3555.
Snow removal, 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. L Hayden 316-806-2591 Can take care of your needs. Garage/yard cleaning. Hauling, mowing. Tree trimming, leaf raking. Pick-up and delivery service. Senior discounts. Mowing, trimming, yard and leaf cleanup. Gutter cleaning. Exterior painting. If you need any of these services call Perry, 316-619-6126. Champion Lawn Care Week ly mowing only. $30 minimum. 316-644-2708.
MOWING Spring/Fall Cleanup Tree trim/removal Junk removal Brock Eastman • 316-765-1677
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Bruce’s Tree Service Prompt, Immediate, Professional service. Crown reduction, trimming or removal. Trees, hedgerows, evergreens & shrubs. Residential line clearing and roofs. Bucket truck available. We climb also. Gutter cleaning, yard raking, firewood for sale. Handyman work. Over 29 years’experience. Sr discounts. Insured. 24 Hour emergency storm damage available. Snow removal and Christmas lights. Call 316-207-8047.
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.
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Want to purchase mineral and other oil/ gas interests. Send details to P.O. Box 13557, Denver, CO 80201.
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.
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Stump REMOVAL & GRINDING Trimming, deadwood, tree removal. Total yard, leaf clean-up & hauling. Also rural and farm areas. Free estimates. Experienced. Good prices. Insured. Tom King, 316-516-4630, 316-838-5710.
Trimming, crown reduction, removal. Storm damage prevention. Hauling. Firewood. Free estimates. Insured. Senior discount. Felix Estrada, 316-617-4392.
Alfred's Superior Tree Service 316-522-9458 www.alfredstree.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Collector buying: WWII GERMAN and JAPANESE MILITARY items. 316-516-2737. Donate your Durable Medical Equipment. Will pick up. Tax credit. Medical Loan Closet of Wichita. 316-200-2005.
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Headstones Personally Benches designed Ledgers headstones Vases from $300 Cameos Kim Cary • 316-880-0104 Final Dates Heavensent861@yahoo.com
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Let’s Go The Ever-changing Game of Caregiving: A Caregiver Education Event, Bel Aire Community Building, 5251 E. 48th, Bel Aire. 9 am-2 pm Sat, Mar 3. Learn information about how you can better care for yourself and your loved one through dementia and Alzheimer's. Sounds of Science, Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd. 5:30-8 pm Thu, Mar 10. Adult only music event including access to all Exploration Place exhibits. The Wichita Blues Society will play perform. Local Literary Festival, Watermark Books & Cafe, 4701 E. Douglas 2-4 pm Sat, Mar 12. Watermark Books & Cafe will host local authors Ruby Tobey, Kathleen Timmermans, KT Hanna and Cambro. Harold & Maude - Classic Film Series at the Orpheum, 7 pm Thu, Mar 17. Celebrate the 45th anniversary as a part of the Classic Film Series. $5 general admission, $4 students, seniors & military.
KEEP Healthy - Free kidney screening and health fair, Downtown YMCA. 9 am-1 pm Fri, Mar 25. Attendees can expect an at-risk survey, blood pressure check, body mass index measurement, free education materials, and an ACR urine test for protein. Must be 18 years or older. Keep Girls Safe Foundation 2nd Annual Banquet, Wichita State University Rhatigan Student Center, 3rd floor, Shirley Beggs Ballroom. 5:30-11 pm Sat, Mar 26. Philanthropy to raise female genital mutilation awareness in Kansas and to train providers and other organizations working to protect women. Early Bird, $50; VIP, $100. Door price, $55. Lunch, Blooms, Bridge, Botanica Garden, 701 N. Amidon, Noon-3 pm Tues, April 12. Lunch, garden stroll, door prizes, fashion show and bridge. Wichita Alumnae Panhellenic Scholarship Fundraiser. $14 in advance, $18 at the door. For tickets, call Debora, 316-686-9170.
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Adventures in Learning classes at the West Wichita Shepherd’s Center are Thursdays, March 3 to April 7. Coffee is ready at 8:30 a.m.; classes begin at 9. Topics range from increasing your skills with smart phones, tablets and more, to downsizing, to questioning
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What a Mess…Understanding the Continuum of Clutter will be discussed at at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at the Old Cowtown Museum Visitor Center, 865 Museum Blvd. Discussion topics include: · Understand and Recognize the “Mess Continuum” · Learn Factors Related to Accumulating and Keeping Stuff · Know What Hoarding Really Is · Learn Strategies to Tackle the “Mess” · Recognize That It Is More Than Cleaning Up the “Mess” · Learn Available Resources To attend, email krista.lovette@ sedgwick.gov or call the Central Plains Area Agency on Aging at 660-5144.
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Shelterbelts created in 1934 to combat dust storms By Wally Jensen In response to the soil erosion and resultant severe dust storms of the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt established the Great Plains Shelterbelt project in 1934. It called for large-scale planting of trees in a zone stretching from the Canadian border to northern Texas -100 miles wide -- comprising the area impacted by the severe drought. Native species of trees were planted in rows 10 deep along fence rows, separating property. The purpose was to reduce wind velocity and lesson moisture evaporation from the soil. The use of the 10 rows of trees separates shelterbelts from windbreaks. Windbreaks usually were composed of only two or three rows of trees. Shelterbelts in this area were made up of native species such as cedar, hackberry, cottonwood, green ash and elm. The seedlings were planted with the front row facing the prevalent winds; it was made up of dense shrubs such as cotoneasters. The next three rows were planted in order of their mature heights, often
Dust bowl farm field during the Depression. cedars. Medium height trees such as hackberry made up the fifth row. The 6th, 7th and 8th rows were large tall trees such as cottonwoods and elms. The final two rows reverted to a row of medium and then shrubs. Farmers were paid to plant and care for the trees; the survival of the seedlings was an enormous challenge in the wind and drought. Although it was a game-changing
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effort of the Depression, shelterbelts and windbreaks were not new concepts. Early settlers planted tree seed and seedlings they had brought with them on their trek from the forested east. Agricultural expansion of the 1900s was fed by plowing up native grasses to plant wheat. Drought conditions intensified during the ’20s resulting in miles of open land with no ground cover to prevent wind erosion of the topsoil. See next page
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Farmers plowing the land in fruitless attempts to have a crop and hoping for rain worsened the condition. An attempt was made to convince those plowing to use terracing methods to slow the erosion, but terracing could not succeed with the lack of rain. The Forest Service formulated the program as part of the 1924 Clarke-McNary Act; it established the Service’s functions. The program was moved by Roosevelt to the WPA (Works Progress Administration) when the funding was estimated to cost $75 million over 12 years, and therefore considered a long-
the active age term strategy. The Forest Service provided the trees, and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) planted them. The program’s first seedling, an Austrian pine, was planted at Willow, Okla., on March 18, 1935. When the program closed in 1942 more than 18,600 miles of shelterbelts, comprising 220 million trees, had been planted. Although the practice of planting shelterbelts has not disappeared completely, more and more of the remains of the Depression-era shelterbelts have been displaced by large scale planting, harvesting and pivot irrigation systems. The remains of some shelterbelts can still be seen, but they are rarely seen within the confines of a city.
Fortunately I reside in a suburban residential area that has about ½-mile of a remaining shelterbelt; it crosses a portion of the subdivision and forms the bounds of a green belt and walking path. It is a reminder of the past in that each of the huge elms, cedars, locust and ash trees, in strict rows and spacing, were seedlings planted by man in what author Timothy Eagan’s book called The Worst Hard Times. The trees are a monument for those whose effort lives on. Contact Wally Jensen at email@example.com
Portions of a shelterbelt are now part of a suburban green space.
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