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Volume 34 • Issue 2 February 2017
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Eastside couple collaborates on art around Wichita.
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White Castle: America’s first fastfood hamburger chain | 15 National Catholic Schools Week | 8 East Wichita News Dental Guide | 24-27
Features Cook’s Library...........................................3 People & Places........................................4 From the Publisher’s Files.....................5 Cinema Scene...........................................6 Movie Review............................................7 Wichita Homes.........................................9 Dateline....................................................10 Performing Arts Calendar..................11
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A Super Bowl alternative and other inconvenient facts The term “alternative facts” entered our collective vocabulary over the inauguration weekend. If you were busy having a life a couple weekends ago, you may have missed the rocky exchange that began the relationship between the new Trump administration and the White House press corps. At the heart of the matter was the administration’s apoplectic reaction to reports that crowds for Pres. Donald Trump’s inauguration were considerably less than when Pres. Barack Obama took the oath of office for the first time, and several falsehoods presented by the new press secretary, Sean Spicer, during his first press conference in the White House briefing room. I’m not sure why this mattered. Trump won the election. He doesn’t have to give the White House back because fewer people came to the inauguration. I think the new administration has bigger things to worry about than crowd estimates. In four years, Trump will win or lose based on how voters feel about the economy and the country’s safety. The rest is just noise. But the next day, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway defended those falsehoods as “alternative facts.” That, of course, dominated the headlines for the next few days. Too bad “Saturday Night Live” had already aired before “alternative facts” was uttered. So, in the spirit of things, I’d like to offer a few of my own alternative facts. • The Kansas City Chiefs will win the Super Bowl this month. • I weigh a svelte 182 pounds and my hair has never been thicker. • Lima beans and stewed spinach
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actually do taste good. • You will enjoy the next visit from your in-laws. • Your kids will do the dishes and clean up their rooms...without complaining and without being asked. • Construction at Kellogg and I-235 will be completed next week. • Gov. Sam Brownback actually will fix the state’s budget problem when, after years of failure, his budget cuts suddenly generate 75,000 new jobs in Kansas, all before March 1. Everyone knows presidents and those in their service sometimes lie to the press. Richard Nixon said, “I am not a crook,” and Bill Clinton said, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” Mr. Spicer’s claims were obviously false and easily disproved. For goodness sake, Nixon was trying to cover up actual felonies. Give Nixon credit for al least trying to look like he was being honest. If Pres. Trump’s first weekend is any indication, it’s going to be a long four years. Supporters and detractors of both the president and the press will tire of this quickly. At least we’ll have a diversion as we celebrate the Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory.
At the Tallgrass Writing Workshop last year in Emporia, author Max McCoy said, “Write from the inside out,” during his presentation about mystery writing. When I reread my notes later, the first thing that came to me was that we should live from the inside out. Max was saying that in mystery writing you have to know the nuances of the story – where you’re going with it. While we can’t know all the twists and turns life will present to us, it is helpful to have an idea of where we’d like to go. Admittedly, this is not easy work. Knowing ourselves, our motivations, our weaknesses and the events from the past that affect us today is a tall order. But I think it’s a worthy one. It often means facing things we would rather keep hidden, even from ourselves – perhaps most diligently from ourselves. But when we know ourselves inside out, we are able to look at the world through a less cloudy lens. We can question our reactions because we understand our motivations.
One of the things I know about myself is that I have a drive to create. Sometimes that happens with words, sometimes with paint, sometimes with occasions. In all of these things, it’s about creating a connection. I am confident that connection is one of the most important tasks we have in our lives. What other purpose do we have? We learn about ourselves by interacting with others. We observe how they respond to things and ponder the applications for our own lives. It’s possible because of the connections we
have built. Food is one of the things often with us when we’re making connections with other people. From birthday cakes to family celebrations to lunches with friends, food gives us a way to build traditions and make memories. Our recipe this month is one I’ve shared with
friends many times over the years. You can whip it up in just a few minutes and it cooks in the microwave. Editor’s note: Patsy Terrell makes brownies and friends whenever possible. See more recipes and stories at cookslibrarywithpatsy.com.
Brownies 2 eggs 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup margarine, melted 1/2 cup flour 1/3 cup cocoa Salt to taste 1/2 cup nuts, optional In mixer beat eggs, blend in sugar and melted butter. Add flour, cocoa and salt and mix. Stir in vanilla and nuts. Pour into ungreased microwave safe dish. I use an 8 by 8 glass dish but a glass pie plate will do, too. Microwave at medium (50 percent) for 6 minutes. Turn quarter turn and microwave at 100 percent for 1-3 minutes until mixture begins to dry on top.
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East Wichita News People and Places Wichita State has announced a significant donation by former Shocker pitcher Nate Robertson to the Eck Stadium project. The gift will go toward the final phase of a five-part development plan for Eck Stadium. The highlight of the $2 million project will be a 10,000-squarefoot performance facility utilized by student-athletes in baseball, softball, golf and tennis. “It’s something I’m committed to and very passionate about,” Robertson said. “I want to be an example of giving back. The WSU baseball program was a platform for me to thrive and really catapult my career into a 16-year professional career, nine of those in the big leagues. The recruiting process is vital to any program. In order to have a successful team, you have to have great players. You have to keep up with the times. Recruiting is very competitive and you have to make sure your facilities are top notch.” Robertson pitched for the Shockers from 1997-99 and went 13-0 with a 3.71 ERA in 36 career appearances. He made 22 starts and pitched 148 innings with 61 walks and 136 strikeouts. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft by the Florida Marlins and he made his Major League debut on Sept. 7, 2002 for the Marlins. Robertson pitched in the Major Leagues from 2002-2010 and played for the Marlins, Tigers, and Phillies. He made 223 appearances with 187 starts and earned 57 wins with one save and four complete games. The new performance facility at the Eck Stadium complex will house a strength and conditioning center, locker room for baseball players, player lounge, offices for coach and staff, and a media room for viewing game videos. It will provide access to and from the Bombardier Learjet Practice Facility, as well as to the Shocker dugout on the Eck Stadium playing field. As part of the project, the Shocker dugout will be moved from the first-base side of the field to the third-base side. The baseball program’s ticket office will also be enlarged and remodeled. Steve Martens, CEO of The Martens Companies, has been elected to the board of directors of Central Bank and Trust Co. Martens’ election expands the board to six members, reflecting the
bank’s growing market presence in both Hutchinson and Wichita. A graduate of the University of Kansas, Martens holds the Certified Property Manager (CPM), Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), and Society of Industrial & Office Realtors designations. He is past president of the Kansas Association of Realtors and the Wichita Association of Realtors and was inducted into the Midwest Real Estate News’ Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame in 2010. The Wichita Area Builders Association (WABA) announced that Ann Allaire has been elected to the position of chairman of the board. Her appointment marks the first time a woman has held the position. In 2007, she formed a partnership with her brother, Tony Brand, and Shawn Ketzner, to create Vision Homes, where she designs the homes they build, makes selections for the models and works directly with the customer. Since Vision Homes was established, they have built homes throughout the Wichita area. Five Wichita State University College of Education alumni are recipients of 2017 Kansas Horizon Awards. The Kansas Horizon Award recognizes exemplary first-year teachers in elementary and secondary classrooms who perform in a way that distinguishes them as outstanding. Jill Bajaj is a math teacher at Robinson Middle School in Wichita; Oliva Burbach is a fourth grade teacher at Lawrence Elementary in Wichita; Alexis Schirmer is a fourth grade teacher at Vermillion Elementary in Maize; Mallory Keefe is a kindergarten teacher of Jefferson Elementary in El Dorado; and Jillian Brock is a special education instructor at Community Elementary in Coffeyville. Bob Smith began his duties as director of the physical plant at Wichita State University on Tuesday, Jan. 3. The position was previously held by Woodrow DePontier, who retired. Smith comes to Wichita State from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., where he served as director of physical plant services. Previous physical plant experience includes stints at Arkansas State University, University of Missouri and Emory
University. He has also held positions as a facilities manager in the private sector. Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER has named Wesley Healthcare’s market director of nursing excellence, Beth Eagleton, to serve as its new associate chief nursing officer. In this role, Eagleton will continue her hospital service by creating and maintaining an environment in which nurses are able to perform their jobs effectively, as well as ensuring that patient services are in compliance with nursing care standards as well as state and federal regulations. She also will assist in the development of nursing policies and procedures and assist the chief nursing officer with nurse recruitment, retention, training and quality assurance. Eagleton began her career with Wesley in the late 1980s, serving for 18 years in a variety of roles from teaching at the Wesley School of Nursing to HCA Midwest case management division director. She then went on to work for several healthcare organizations as a chief nursing officer. Eagleton came back to Wesley in 2012 to serve as its director of advanced clinicals and was promoted to its market director of nursing excellence in 2014. Cloud County Community College has announced the names of students on the fall 2016 honor roll. To be named to the honor roll, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours of college coursework and earned a semester grade point average of 3.6-3.899. Eastsiders named to the honor roll include Alexander Elder and Jose Nickel. Oklahoma City University has announced that Madelynn Buckman of East Wichita has been named to the fall 2016 dean’s honor roll. Dean’s honor roll status is awarded to students who successfully complete a minimum of 12 credit hours and maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Two East Wichita students have been named to Oklahoma City University’s president’s honor roll for the fall 2016 semester. They are Madeline Razook of Eastborough and Halston Strange of Wichita. Students completed a min-
imum of 12 credit hours during the Fall 2016 semester, while maintaining a GPA of 3.9 or higher. Natalie Lenoch of Wichita has earned semester honors for the fall 2016 semester at Edgewood College. Full-time students who achieve a 3.5 grade-point average for the semester are eligible for this honor. The school is located in Madison, Wisc. Savannah N. Elliott of Wichita was named to the fall 2016 dean’s list at Samford University. To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must have earned a minimum 3.5 grade-point average out of a possible 4.0 while attempting at least 12 credit hours of coursework. Dean’s list is the highest academic recognition given by the school at the end of each semester. Kansas Wesleyan University students have been granted degrees following the conclusion of the rall 2016 semester. Eastsiders earning degrees were Sequente Marks and Darius Jiggetts. Three Wheaton College students from East Wichita were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester: Elise Alexander, Paul Amstutz and Emily Smith. Dean’s list honors are earned by undergraduate students who carry 12 or more credit hours and achieve a 3.5 gradepoint average or higher on the 4.0 scale. The names of more than 1,300 candidates for degree from the University of Kansas this spring – representing 57 Kansas counties, 39 other states and 27 other countries – have been announced by the University registrar. Degrees are officially conferred in January. East Wichita students who earned degrees are Halsten Higgins, Nicole Reiz, Steven Aker, Samuel Balbuena, Erica Hageman, Marie Osterhaus, Garrett Swearingen, Aaron Degrafenread, Amber Norris, Kwasi Porter-Hill, Christian Roberson, Jacob Faflick, Jonathan Gepner, Kyle Bishop, Douglas Jenkins, Kenneth Altendorfer, Katherine Hartley, Maegan Johnston, Mason Lent, Morgan Messina, Tara Smart, Tristan Steinberger, Jessica Whitfill.
Even though January’s ice storm From the Publisher’s Files should have warranted a quiet night at home, we had a movie premiere to attend. The occasion was the premiere of “Home on the Range,” a locally grown production that tells the story of our famous state song. The premiere was Friday evening, Jan. 13, at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Wichita. The movie had a feel to it that made Paul Rhodes | Publisher the premiere perfect for one of Wichita’s most historic theater venues. And Kim and I were intrigued by some of the local connections that went into the film’s making, including several of the actors and members of the production crew. The television-length movie tells the story of how Dr. Brewster Higley’s poem “My Western Home,” written in 1872, became the lyrics to “Home on the Range.” It also chronicles the story of Dr. Higley settling in Kansas, the cabin he built in the north-central part of the state, and – years later – the lawsuit that uncovered the origin of the song. The mystique and sheer popularity of our state song, which most of us can easily sing the lyrics to, was enough to nearly fill the Orpheum with patrons on a night when, frankly, no one should have been out driving. But still, there we were. And for me, the intrigue ran much deeper. The roots of this tale were firmly planted in Smith County, Kansas, and more specifically the small town of Gaylord, Kansas. That’s where Dr. Brewster Higley took up residency as he searched for a homestead site in the area. Gaylord is my hometown, and as a boy I remember traveling to the “Home on the Range” cabin just a few miles north of where I lived. Beaver Creek, prominently featured in the film, is where I often played as a boy. More importantly, my ancestors also were homesteaders in that fertile valley carved out by the north fork of the Solomon River. As the story of Dr. Higley’s homesteading days and his involvement in the Gaylord community unfolded, I could just imagine my own great-grandfather’s life in that river valley, and the family he started there. My great-grandfather also built a log cabin near Gaylord, and eventually a two-story house. My father was born in that cabin, and I remember him telling us about it when my brother and I were just boys. Our family cabin eventually became an outbuilding on the homestead, and later was torn down. Luckily, the Higley cabin was saved from that fate, and more recently was completely renovated to save it for future generations. The movie made we smile from start to finish, and brought back many childhood memories of my hometown and my family. I also got a chuckle from the portrayal of a radio announcer in the movie by Mitch Holthus, the play-by-play radio announcer for the Kansas City Chiefs. Mitch and I were classmates and friends in high school, and Mitch’s father, ElDean Holthus, was credited during Friday night’s premiere with helping push the production of the movie along. “Home on the Range” has a lot of sentimental connections for me, and I’m glad I braved an icy night of driving to hear the song’s story. And you can bet that I’ll sing the song even more proudly when its words cross my lips in the future.
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Awards season is rewarding for moviegoers, too Probably because the Oscars are coming up, several grownup movies worthy of viewers’ attention have been playing at local cinemas. “Fences” is directed by and stars Denzel Washington. It is pretty much a straight adaptation of August Wilson’s multiple-prize-winning Broadway play. I say “pretty much,” because there is one part I didn’t remember from seeing the stage play – and that one part might have stopped “Fences” from winning all those prizes. In any case, in this incarnation, the Denzel Washington character is a vivid and believable, but not sympathetic, man whose self-righteousness is so supercharged that it’s hard to credit him with what he has achieved. And in fact, not everything Washington’s character prides himself on is legitimately his to tout. His house was paid for, not by the sweat of his brow, but by his brother’s disability checks. He pays expenses for two sons but can hardly be credited with real fatherhood in either case, since he seems to be trying to drive both of them away. When the movie’s added act-three material comes around, the play seems almost to be apologizing for a credible and affecting portrayal, as if such flawed people have no place in drama or in life. What Viola Davis, as his wife, and others say about him late in the movie is precisely in line with what they would say in real life, but the contrast in presentation with the earlier part of the film is still jarring. The first three quarters of “Fences” are made up of lengthy dialogues, but the last section includes montages, shifts of locale, quick shots and even stills. Cinematic techniques, but not as effective as the old-fashioned methods the filmmakers could have borrowed from the play. I’ve always wondered whether it is a good idea to enjoy too much triumph in one’s early years, with the whole rest of one’s life one long slide. That’s Washington’s character’s situation, and he can’t handle it. Another current movie that deals
with themes of race in America is “Hidden Figures,” which gives an apparently accurate condensation of the stories of three black women – played by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae – who were major mathematical workers in support of John Glenn’s circuit of the Earth back in the 1960s. The initial impression is that they form a cliché trio familiar from any number of “girlfriends” movies. But be not deceived: each is a highly developed individual, quite different from what you might expect. Only one is presented as a prodigy (in Analytical Geometry, whatever that is); the emphasis is on all three as dedicated to their jobs despite discouragements and racist treatment (the only ladies’ room they are allowed to use is a half mile away from their desks). Since none of the ladies are rebels or even particularly political, but just workers with an unusual genius for mathematics, “Hidden Figures” is consistently interesting and convincing but not particularly exciting. I’m in a weak position to discuss “Manchester by the Sea” because the theatre’s earphone sets for the hard of hearing failed. I can claim to have seen the whole movie, but I only heard the second half. Ordinarily I would have gone back for a second try at the first half, but two of my friends assured me that doing so would not have changed my analysis or evaluation of the whole thing. See CINEMA, Page 7
“The Founder,” like 2015’s “Joy,” is a business story about an individual (Jennifer Lawrence in “Joy,” Michael Keaton this time) who has an idea (Lawrence: Miracle Mop; Keaton: McDonald’s restaurants) that has to be sold to the business community, for the benefit of society as a whole and the protagonist in particular. I am always hard-pressed to understand business, mathematics and money, but the characters in “The Founder” held my interest from start to finish. While my heart never pounded, my eyes did not close. Like business gods of more recent vintage, such as Apple’s Steve Jobs, Ray Kroc has been described as both saint and scoundrel, and the movie includes material to support both interpretations, but it’s reasonable to suggest that the Kroc of “The Founder” starts with the saints and ends up looking less angelic and more Machiavellian. Early details, such as Kroc’s concern about how to wear a McDonald’s hat and how often to squish hamburger patties, do support comparisons to the Horatio Alger legend of American success. I found it interesting that the whole concept of the drive-in restaurant was something new when McDonald’s was created. “The Founder” impressed me with
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“Manchester” seems to be a convincing portrayal of a society of people utterly stuck in their ways, without any capacity for change or even appreciation of the necessary role of emotion, especially empathy, in society.
how complicated the business of business is; so did “Joy.” The methods of running a restaurant that Kroc invents are practical, as is the Miracle Mop. Both “The Founder” and “Joy” eventually involve criminal activities, but they are almost incidental to the operation of the businesses in general, as far as I could tell. Recent entries in the business-founder biopic genre suggest that business-focused films are going through a change in tone analogous to what political movies have gone through since the Frank Capra days of the 1930s. The innocence of James Stewart in 1939’s “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” was getting lost by 1972’s “The Candidate,” starring Robert Redford. The worlds of politics and business warp basically good people into people who can justify ambiguous or downright malevolent actions.
Like Denzel Washington in “Fences,” the characters do a pretty good job of going through the motions, but essential feelings are missing. Casey Affleck is an interesting type because he has something of a baby face but doesn’t do baby-face roles and is a very good actor. But like “Hidden Figures,” “Manchester” lacks emotional variety. And, like “Fences,” it lacks sympathy for its main character.
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Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2017 is January 29 - February 4. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2017 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.
Catholic School Beliefs: That the Catholic school is the best means available to parents and to the Church for the education of children and young people, because only in a Catholic school can Jesus Christ be taught daily in every subject and activity, experienced daily in prayer, celebrated daily in worship, witnessed daily by Catholic adults, and lived out daily in service. That the Catholic school must integrate faith into the entire life of the student (spiritual, intellectual, moral, and physical) as part of a lifelong process of conversion and maturity. That the purpose of education is to help the student respond to God’s unique plan for them so that they can live their vocation for the glory of God in service to all humanity. That education must teach youth about right and wrong, a better and worse way to live, by infusing moral norms into daily living. Before we make children smarter, we must first help them to be good. That parents are the first and the best educators of their children. Catholic schools help parents best when parents, teachers, and parish cooperate together. That it is our teachers who determine by their witness and teachings whether or not Catholic schools accomplish their mission. That curriculum and instruction is the vehicle by which teachers craft a culture that forms the whole human person instead of merely transmitting academic content. –From the Catholic Diocese of Wichita website
About Catholics schools: In the Diocese of Wichita, we are committed to stewardship as a total way of living for every activity that makes up parish life. Stewardship begins when a disciple recognizes that everything is a gift from God and we are the stewards, or caretakers, of those gifts, but they belong to God, not to us. Stewards develop their gifts and share them with others generously, sacrificially and willingly, particularly through their parish. That means the ministries of the parish, including Catholic schools, are the responsibility of the entire parish, not just those who use them. In the stewardship way of life, Catholic schools are parochial; they belong to the parish. They are not private schools that are owned and operated by those who use them. Therefore, every school family is encouraged to be an active parish steward. Because the entire Diocese is committed to Stewardship, parishes make every effort to make a Catholic education, from kindergarten thru high school, available to active parish stewards without charging tuition. As far as we know, the Diocese of Wichita is the only diocese in the United States where every child of active parish stewards can attend Catholic grade and high school without paying tuition.
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Daily Themes Sunday - In Our Parish Monday - In Our Community Tuesday: Celebrating Your Students Wednesday: Celebrating the Nation Thursday: Celebrating Vocations Friday: Celebrating Faculty, Staff and Volunteers Saturday: Celebrating Families
In setting up a home office, Wichita Homes a jungle of cords to manage. there are many things to conPaper storage has always been sider. a big problem, but now much Home offices are no longer can be stored digitally. considered as an afterthought. The point is to determine Mostly, the office is no longer what you really need to do the the leftover nook that nobody work efficiently. It might be else wants. With more self-ema good idea to also reevaluployed people working from ate equipment as technology home, along with an increase changes . With that in mind, in companies offering flexible you would do well to consider Philip Holmes | Interior Designer work schedules, home offices a flexible layout in your office have become a sought-after amenity. that can adapt to changes. This is where modular In the real estate business, it’s location, location, units have an advantage over built-ins. location. The same is true when staking out real esOne major challenge is keeping the home office tate for your home office. Ideally, the decision will functioning like a “real” office. This usually comes be based on how you will be using your office. down to organization. The lesson here is to have Evaluate your prospective office space in terms proper storage (and plenty of it) for all of your of your need for privacy, access for clients and stuff. Even though we are living in the digital age, co-workers, or other use-specific criteria. One perthere are somethings that are still on paper. And, son may elect for a separate building outside of the paper tends to accumulate over time. You should home, while another may prefer a command center plan to have enough storage not only for now but in the heart of the house in order to both work and also for the future. keep an eye on home life. Lighting will be a key component of a productive Once you have identified your territory, it’s time home office space. Natural light is ideal, as long as to consider your budget. Decide what items are you can control the glare. Well-placed general and your biggest priority. Besides the furnishings and task lighting are essential. Soft and controlled lightequipment, there may be a need to get the room ing should be the goal. Whatever type lighting you itself “office ready.” select, it should be “eye friendly.” Cool fluorescent Compared to other rooms in the home, offices bulbs are cheap but not a good option. have unique needs in terms of electrical and lightThe colors you use are really a matter of personing. Be realistic about your expected costs, but do al preference. Some design experts suggest neutral not take short cuts on the items that will make your colors are best for productivity, the premise being office perform at maximum efficiency. Be sure that that these colors do not distract. Other experts your homeowner’s insurance covers these addition- recommend using certain colors to boost producal assets and improvements. tivity. Both red and yellow are energetic colors, but How you furnish your office will be different even so, should only be used as accent colors. The depending on if you are actually running your point is that all experts agree about the psychology business at home or if just need a space to keep of color. How you use color in your home office is your household organized. The underlying design an individual matter. principles however will be the same. The same could be said for the style of your When evaluating your potential home office home office. Your office should command proequipment, get the best that you can afford and ductivity, so you don’t want to clutter it up with a that is appropriate to your actual needs. You may lot of personal items. On the other hand, a few not need the mega-huge office printer but you pictures or mementos will add a little soul to your should select items that will allow you to be as work space. Just because it’s an office does not efficient as possible. If you are going to spend a mean that it needs to be stark. This is especially good part of your time at a desk, don’t skimp on true with a home office. As a matter of fact, many the right desk and chair. If you are not comfortpeople want the office to look and feel like a living able, your productivity tends to suffer. Also, look space or, at a minimum, part of the house. into ways to organize and hide your cords. A little Regardless of how you decide to set up your planning upfront will save a lot of frustration later. home office, it should be a place that is comfortLess is definitely more when it comes to office able and that you enjoy. By setting up your office to equipment and furnishings. Fortunately, technologibe a productive place, you will hopefully be able to cal improvements have made this possible. Comput- eliminate frustrations and distractions that simply ers are smaller, many devices offer multiple funcdon’t need to exist. In turn, you will have improved tions, and the wireless option eliminates the need for your own job satisfaction index.
Walk in Sister’s Shoes is a school initiative to raise money to support the St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School Fund. The money raised through Walk In Sisters Shoes helps support the parish schools in our diocese who have less than others. All across the Wichita Diocese, there are children learning about Jesus in classrooms lacking in some of the resources enjoyed in other schools. Many schools are allowing students to pay $1 towards the fund, which also allows them to wear sweats/casual wear for a day. In addition, many schools are doing a penny drive, which is a competition between the classes. There are also used book sales and other various fundraisers, all going towards Walk In Sisters Shoes. Students are asked to support each other. Students in every Catholic school are given the opportunity to help each other, to learn about the life and legacy of St. Katharine Drexel, and to raise funds for the St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School Fund. The results have been astounding. Since 2010, close to $390,000 has been raised to support the St. Katharine Drexel Fund through the efforts of students. Catholic school students are clearly learning lessons that go beyond reading, writing, science, and math, to learning that love of neighbor and caring for each other is just as, or perhaps, more important. They are recognizing the need of others, and have taken action to help by supporting the Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic School Fund through Walk in Sister’s Shoes. Bishop Carroll Catholic High School will raise funds with a 5K run scheduled for Feb. 25. Contact the school for additional information, 316-722-2390.
Home office: Space for your needs
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Feb. 4 – Family Fun Fair, Botanica Wichita, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free winter party with crafts and activities for all ages. Admission to the gardens and all activities are free. Feb. 4-5 – Wichita Cat Fancy Show, the Cotillion Ballroom, 11120 W. Kellogg. Show hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Adult admission $5, $3 for children 6-12; $10 family pass, good for both days. Pedigree cats, household pets, cats for adoption.
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Feb. 14 – Insect and mite disease interactions, presentation by Dr. Raymond Cloyd, Kansas State University professor and Extension specialist in horitcultural entomology and plant protection. Hosted by the Wichita Rose Society, 7 p.m. at Botanica, The Wichita Gardens, 701 Amidon. Social meet and greet at 6:30 p.m. Free admission, guests are welcome. Feb. 16 – Kansas Girl Scouts leadership luncheon, featuring award-winning journalist and Wichita native Susan Page of USA Today, 11:30 a.m. at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview, 400 W. Douglas. The leadership luncheon is part of the society’s efforts to raise funds and awareness for Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland. A limited number of tickets to the Leadership Luncheon are on sale now. The public can go online to kansasgirlscouts. org/jpls to purchase tickets for $100 per person to this luncheon supporting Kansas Girl Scouts.
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Feb. 17 – The Women’s Association of the Wichita Symphony will hold its winter luncheon at Tallgrass Country Club, 2400 N Tallgrass St. Following lunch at noon, a program will be provided by Friends University vocalists. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. while members of the Mitchell A. Berman Quartet of the Wichita Youth Symphony perform. Cost of the event is $18. Call Janet Elliott at 316-265-4492 by Feb. 13 to make reservations. Guests and newcomers are welcome. Feb. 17-19 – Wichita Women’s Fair, Century II. A plethora of shopping opportunities, motivational speakers, a business workshop, fashion and hair shows, cooking demonstrations, model search, health screenings and a doggy fashion show. In addition to two dozen stages, 385 exhibits will showcase gourmet foods and utensils, accessories, fashion, cars, entertaining and more. Hours are
Upcoming events in and around Wichita 12-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission $9 adults, $8 seniors and $6 children 6-12. More information at womensfair.com. Feb. 18 – Design and Grow Gardening Workshop, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sedgwick County Extension Education Center, 21st Street and Ridge Road. Ideas and information for beginning and longtime gardeners alike. Learn from the pros, garner ideas for your garden and landscape, and find inspiration in new plants and gardening experiences. Kelly Norris, horticulture manager at Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden and author of “Plants with Style: A Plantsman’s Choices for a Vibrant, 21st Century Garden,” is the keynote speaker. Registration is $15 prior to Feb. 10, and $25 after. Deadline for registration is Feb. 16. For additional information or to register, visit http://sedgwick.ksu.edu. Through April 23 – Voyage to Vietnam, Celebrating the Tet Festival, national traveling exhibit at Exploration Place. Get immersed in the sights, sounds, dress and food of Vietnamese culture and traditions. Try the popular game bau cua ca cop, dance with a lion mask, pose for an interactive family photo, and program your own fireworks show. Multiple special events are planned through April 23. More information at www.exploration.org.
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Feb. 2-March 25 – “East Side/West Side Story,” Mosley Street Melodrama. Written by Carol Hughes. Tickets for dinner and show $30, $26 for seniors/children; show only, $20. Call 316-263-0222. Feb. 9-26 – “Wait Until Dark,” The Forum Theatre Company. Shows 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $25 for Friday and Saturday evenings, $23 for Thursday evenings and Sunday matinees; www.forumwichita.com. Feb. 11-12 – “Carousel: A Concert,” Wichita Symphony, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Century II. Music Theatre Wichita and the Wichita Symphony collaborate for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved musical. Tickets $30-$75, www.wichitasymphony.org.
Monte Wheeler. Tickets $20-$30. Call 316-265-4400. Feb. 18-19 – “A Night at the Opera,” Wichita Symphony, 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Century II. Witness the powerful bass-baritone of Alan Held for an evening of classic opera favorites by Wagner, Puccini and more. Tickets $20-$65, www.wichitasymphony.org. Feb. 19 – Delano Chamber Brass concert, 3 p.m. at West Side Baptist Church, 304 S. Seneca. The Delano Chamber Brass will present a concert of light classical, popular and patriotic music. The concert will be about an hour in length. The Delano Chamber Brass is a 28-piece brass and percussion ensemble. This unique ensemble plays music written for brass bands as well as for large brass ensembles. The concert will feature the classical music of Rimsky-Korsakov to the marches of John Phillip Sousa. Admission is free but donations are accepted.
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Feb. 12-March 26: “Golden Girls,” Roxy’s Downtown. A theatrical parody of the beloved series starring John Bates, Tom Frye, Kyle Vespestad,
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Through Feb. 5 – “The Explorers Club,” Wichita Community Theatre. London 1879, the prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis. The acting president wants to admit a woman, and their bartender is terrible. A brilliant female candidate could shake the very foundation of the British Empire. Tickets $14, $12 for seniors/military/ students; call 316-686-1282.
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Location, location, location A new sign is at the corner at Second and Fountain in College Hill: “Wichita Community Theatre.” For a long time, passersby have wondered what that square brick building standing in a quiet residential neighborhood housed. Now they will know. It is the home of oldest continuing theater company in the city. Everyone who walks, bikes or drives on either street will know what the 1932 building contains. Wichita Community Theatre has long been a “go-to” location for volunteers who are interested in theater and donors who wish to support the arts and patrons who love quality theater productions. The foundation for WCT was established in 1946 by Mary Jane Teall and other like-minded Wichita individuals. WCT has been a vibrant part of the College Hill neighborhood since 1964; yet often people questioned, “What is in the building?” The sign was created by George Lay Signs, Inc.
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What was the first fast food hamburger chain in the world, and where did it begin? You are correct if you answered White Castle in Wichita. This innovative company was begun by a man from rural Kansas. Walter Anderson was born in 1880. He became a short order cook. In 1916, he opened his first diner in a converted streetcar in downtown Wichita. Walt Anderson liked to experiment in the kitchen. According to legend, one day he became so frustrated with how his meatballs were sticking to the griddle that he smashed one with a spatula. With that, the flat patty was born. Anderson found that starting with a mound of fresh beef, pressing it into a flat square and poking five well-placed holes in the meat meant that he could
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cook the burger thoroughly without having to flip it. He also found that cooking the patty on a bed of chopped onions on the grill with the bun on top permitted all of the flavors to permeate the bun.
His hamburgers were so popular that he wanted to expand to additional locations. He enlisted the help of a real estate agent named Billy Ingram. As the men got acquainted, they decided to go into business together on a hamburger
restaurant. But, there was a problem. In 1906, Upton Sinclair had published a book called “The Jungle,” which exposed the unsanitary meat processing methods of the time. This book caused consumers to worry about the safety of hamburger. Anderson and Ingram decided on an approach to food safety which was ahead of its time. They insisted on absolute cleanliness and transparency. They wanted to make their restaurant sparkling clean and white. They equipped their restaurant with white porcelain enamel on steel exteriors, stainless steel interiors, and employees outfitted with spotless uniforms. The kitchen also was viewable by the public so it would be clear that the food was prepared under highly sanitary conditions. For a name, they combined two words that suggested purity and solidity: White Castle. For the shape of their building, the two men were inspired by the See BURGERS, Page 29
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Lupoli work to represent Riverfest
Josh Tripoli and Rebekah Lewis pose for a picture with the completed “Wichita” mural at College Hill Deli on Douglas. They worked together to design the mural, which Lewis then developed into a paint-by-number system, allowing passers-by to help paint the creation.
Young EastSide couple collaborates on art around Wichita Two young Eastsiders are rising quickly in the Wichita arts scene. On Jan. 27, Josh Tripoli and Rebekah Lewis were announced as the winning designers of this year’s Riverfest artwork, which includes the festival’s poster and entry buttons. And this isn’t the first time their names — and their art — have made news. The life partners each contribute their very different disciplines to create art celebrating the community. “We’ve been collaborating together under the title ‘Lupoli,’ and that’s our collective design together,” Tripoli said. “I think, based on my background as a fine artist, I bring a certain quality that isn’t always in
graphic design, and Rebekah, likewise, brings a graphic quality to my work that normally isn’t present in my art, so it’s really a match made in heaven.” The name reflects this, and not only reflects a portion of each artist’s last name, but also has additional symbolism. Tripoli said “lu” is Chinese for light and “poli” is part of the Greek word “polis,” or city. “It translates ultimately into Lupoli’s mission, which is to light up the city and spread happiness and joy
to wherever we go,” Tripoli said. “We bring people together and really try to unify through our work and spread a message of positivity.” The couple met three years ago, and both have been active in the art community, but their first collaboration was a year ago when they first created a submission for the Riverfest signature piece. While they were not selected that year, that opportunity provided a practice run for the two to work as a team, which propelled them forward into a collaborative mural project at Two Olives at 29th and Rock. Their second collaboration, on an exterior wall at See ARTISTS, Page 30
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Riverfest may not be until early June, but the festival got kick-started Jan. 27 with the unveiling of this year’s signature artwork, defining the theme “River Madness.” Local artists Rebekah Lewis and Josh Tripoli, who collaborate as Lupoli Collective, merged their skills in graphic design and classical painting to produce this year’s winning Riverfest poster. Their art features a diverse group of characters crossing the Arkansas River in
the Waterwagon, with several fun-filled touches and added nods to Wichita’s hallmarks. It will be used throughout the festival as its representative poster and on both the adult and children’s festival entry buttons. “From the beginning, we loved the idea of hand-drawn, ‘cut and paste’ illustration merging with more modern methods of graphic design,” Tripoli told
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New exhibit brings Chisholm Trail to Life Symphony in the Flint Hills Gallery is kicking off its year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail with a new exhibit titled, “The Chisholm Trail: Driving the American West.” The exhibit opened to the public on Kansas Day, Jan. 29. “We were looking for a way to tell the story of the Chisholm Trail in our Cottonwood Falls gallery. When we learned that no one was working on a travelling exhibit on the topic, we partnered with Flint Hills Design and Lost Trail Soda to create this unique display that incorporates wood, metal and leather – items commonly associated with the time period,” said Christy Davis, executive director for Symphony in the Flint Hills. This original exhibit invites visitors of all ages to explore the Chisholm Trail from its inception in the 1860s to today. Exhibit highlights include an interactive musical exploration of the scores of verses to the cowboy song, “The Old Chisholm Trail,” video and audio clips of movies and songs that reference the Chisholm Trail, and several artistically rendered, life-size longhorn cattle. Following its opening in Cottonwood Falls, the exhibition travels across Kansas to the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, Wichita, March 9 – May 2; Caldwell Opera House, Caldwell, May 4 – June 27; Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, Abilene, Aug. 24 – Oct. 17; Kauffman Museum, Newton, Dec. 14 – April 3, 2018; and Boot Hill Museum, Dodge City, Sept. 20 – Nov. 13, 2018. More locations will be announced soon Learn more at www.symphonyintheflinthills.org.
Women-only weekend teaches outdoor skills Getting started in hunting, fishing or just about any outdoor activity can be intimidating for most people, but especially for women. Ladies today are faced with societal and familial pressures that often prevent them from pursuing outdoor quests, but the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has a solution for that: Becoming An Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshops. BOW workshops – or rather, really fun weekend rendezvous where women can take classes of their choosing – provide outdoor skills training in a fun, friendly and laid-back atmosphere. Interested women are encouraged to sign up for the next workshop, May 5-7, at Rock Springs 4-H Center in Junction City. With more than 25 different classes to choose from, attendees can craft the perfect outdoor weekend, tailored specifically to their interests.
Cost for the three-day workshop is $250, which includes lodging, meals and class supplies. Three $100 scholarships are available to first-time participants based on financial need. Early registration will be open to first-time participants through Feb. 10. If spots still remain, past participants may register thereafter. Registration closes April 25. Applicants are encouraged to apply early as spring workshops fill up fast. To register, visit www.ksoutdoors.com and click “Education,” then “Becoming an Outdoor Woman.” For questions, call or email Jami McCabe at 785-845-5052 or kansasbow@ sbcglobal.net. To learn more and to view pictures of past workshops, visit the BOW Facebook page found under “Becoming an Outdoors Woman KANSAS.”
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Kitchen Tune-Up delivers new look with big style
The experts at Kitchen Tune-Up can create just the look you are wanting for your kitchen, from Vegas “glam,” above, to more traditional looks. Visit Kitchen Tune-Up at the Wichita Home Show, Feb. 9-12.
Whether your tastes are traditional or run more toward a modern look, Wichita’s Kitchen Tune- Up team can deliver smiles of satisfaction. Over the past 12 years, Kitchen Tune-Up has remodeled hundreds of kitchens. The company’s services range from a One-Day “Tune-Up” of cabinets or any interior wood surfaces, to cabinet refacing projects, to complete custom kitchens and bathrooms. All of those refacing and new construction options will be available to see at the company’s booth, number X301, during the Wichita Home Show. This year’s Home Show runs Feb. 9-12 at the Century II Exhibition Hall. “We’re excited to meet with our soon-to-be new friends at the Home Show,” said Rachel Phillips. Rachel and her husband Adam took over the business last year from Adam’s parents, continuing a family tradition of excellent service and fantastic results for kitchen and bath spaces. “My goal for each customer is to design the most amazing space possible for the budget and then make the whole remodeling process as relaxing as possible,” said Rachel. “Great customer service is the cornerstone to our success. My clients know I will take care of them and their space won’t look like everyone else’s on the block.” For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call Kitchen Tune-Up at 316-558-8888. Be sure to check out the company’s extensive BEFORE/AFTER portfolios on Facebook. When you visit the Facebook page, be sure to ‘LIKE’ Kitchen Tune-Up, Wichita. And mark your calendar for the Wichita Home Show! Come meet the Kitchen Tune-Up team at booth X301, and start making your dreams a reality.
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Trinity Academy opens new school
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Trinity Academy moved into a new K-8 facility on Jan. 5. The new $5 million building is located to the south of the high school at 1870 Founders Circle, near K-96 and 21st Street North. The facility includes 13 classrooms, a commons, music room, science room, library, kitchen and offices. “We’re excited about the new building,” said Kevin Neuenswander, K-8 principal. “For 22 years, Trinity was a high school only, but this fall, we added grades K-8. Eastminster Presbyterian graciously shared their facility with us first semester, and for that we are thankful. We’re thrilled to be moving into our own space now.” The main features of the school are as follows: • A preparatory school, offering accelerated K-8 classes to enable a high school student to graduate with up to 60 hours of college credit. • Spiritual formation and Biblical integration – students focus on the development of formative spiritual habits like daily Bible reading, prayer and journaling. All classes are taught with a Biblical worldview. Character development and leadership training are important components. • Small class sizes – approximately 16 per class. • Phonics – explicit phonics instruction K through 6th grade. • Developmental approach – multi-sensory teaching methods. • Foreign language - Spanish K through 4th grade, Latin for 5th and 6th grade, and high school Spanish I in 7th and 8th grades. • Fine arts – vocal music, band, and visual arts. • Special needs instruction for students with learning differences. Snodgrass & Sons Construction was the contractor for the project; Schaefer, Johnson, Cox & Frey was the architectural firm. Trinity Academy is a non-denominational Christian school. The school was founded in 1994 and currently has 325 high school students and 107 K-8 students.
ABOVE LEFT: Trinity McCloud, Luke Pearce and Olivia Rolph help cut the ribbon at the opening of Trinity Academy’s K-8 facility, which opened in January. Photo by Linda Werhan.
ABOVE RIGHT: One of the new classrooms at Trinity Academy. LEFT: Pete Ochs, chairman of the board, addresses those in attendances at January’s opening of the new K-8 facility at Trinity Academy. Photo by Linda Werhan.
Gross Tile ramps up for new showroom, Home Show
Making dreams happen These days, Gross Tile is recognized as a leader in bathroom remodeling work, especially in the area of custom, curbless showers. Each year, Gross Tile designs and builds at least two dozen curbless showers, and the results are always dramatic. Curbless showers have become an industry standard, and the Gross Tile team has been designing and building shower systems with zero-grade entries for the past five years. With no ledge or edge to step over, curbless showers are easy to enter, can provide handicap accessibility, and are easier to clean and maintain. “We are able to build these one-of-akind curbless shower systems right into the home’s truss system, so we don’t have to raise the level of the flooring,” said Mark. “We take out the subfloor, rebuild the trusses and build the shower
Gross Tile and Custom Remodeling owners Mark and Cathy Gross are excited about new product lines available for clients. Many of those product lines will be on display at the Wichita Home Show, Feb. 9-12.
system from the ground up, so to speak.” Mark said every new curbless shower project is a challenge for him, and he loves the opportunity to help customers bring their dreams to life. Gross Tile also utilizes Schluter shower systems, which provide innovative and water-tight installation solutions for customers. “When you see the level of satisfaction that a custom-designed project can provide for a customer, it really makes you want to get right into the next job,” said Mark. “And it always means a lot when one project leads to another with our customers.” Plan now for your project Homeowners all across Wichita have learned to trust the Gross Tile name when it comes to flooring and renovation work. And now, with the approaching Wichita Home Show, it’s the perfect time to meet and visit with the Gross Tile team. The Wichita Home Show is set for Feb. 9-12 at the Century II Convention Center, and Gross Tile will
be a major exhibitor. At the Home Show, Gross Tile will be unveiling new large-format tiles, up to 2 foot-by-4 foot, made from high-quality porcelain with an Italian look. The new tiles, which are manufactured in the U.S.A., will expand opportunities for home makeovers, especially bathrooms and showers. Just for the home show, Gross Tile is building a custom shower featuring the new tiles. Be sure and mark your calendar for the Wichita Home Show. Bring your home improvement ideas to share with the Gross Tile team, and let the magic begin. For more information about everything Gross Tile has to offer, call 316-773-1600, or stop by the main showroom at 10680 W. Maple, near Maple and Maize Road. You can also find more on the company’s website, www.grosstileremodeling.com, and on Facebook. And beginning in February, you can book an appointment at the new Gross Tile Delano Showroom. Just call 316773-1600 to schedule a time to meet with the Gross Tile team.
Gross Tile’s new showroom in the Delano District will open this month. The showroom is located at 1528 W. Douglas.
relates back to customer satisfaction. “We found that over the years, we had clients who liked our work and wanted us to tackle other projects for them, and we expanded into those areas,” said Mark. “That’s really how we started getting into bathroom makeovers, and then kitchens, too.” The transformation of Gross Tile has spanned nearly four decades, and the story of how the company got to where it is today – and where it is headed – is an exciting one.
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Mark and Cathy Gross are gearing up for a busy February. From a customer’s perspective, that’s good news. Their flooring and remodeling company, Gross Tile and Custom Remodeling, is busy with both residential and commercial jobs, and they are putting the finishing touches on a new showroom location in the Delano District. That new showroom will be opening in February, providing an additional location that will be convenient for clients from all across the city. Clients will be able to book appointments with the Gross Tile team at the Delano Showroom, located at 1528 W. Douglas, by calling 316-773-1600. And did we mention that the Wichita Home Show is just around the corner? “We’ve been busy so far this year,” Mark said with a grin. “And that’s a good thing.” But not too busy, Cathy added, to keep them from adding a few more projects for clients who want to transform their homes in the first half of this year. “We can certainly tackle that bathroom or kitchen project that you’ve been wanting to get finished this year,” said Cathy. “But now’s the time to get it scheduled.” Gross Tile has grown from a respected flooring company into a leader in bathroom and kitchen renovations, as well as a total remodeling company. It’s a transformation that Mark Gross
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‘Showers Are Us’
By Michael Berglund year’s Champagne Ball is taking shape under the leadership of Opera Ball Committee Chairs Georges and Jocelyne Ausseil and Honorary Chairs Tony Caputo and LewJene Schneider, and will start at 6:00pm on Saturday, May 6, at the Wichita Hyatt Regency. As Mark Twain once famously said, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.” The Opera Ball is known for its exciting live auction, which in the past has featured a dizzying array of exclusive items, all auctioned off in support of the WGO and its many programs. To round out the spring season, WGO is planning its first production of an opera by acclaimed English composer Benjamin Britten, best known to concert audiences for his piece A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Britten’s opera Noah’s Flood, based on the familiar biblical story, is widely regarded to be his most lovable work. At its premiere in 1958, critics called the opera “a miracle of inspiration.” Delightful and innovative touches can be found throughout the opera, including striking mugs with wooden spoons to represent the sound of raindrops, and a colorful pageant of children in costume as the animals, parading two-by-two onto the ark. “Noah’s Flood is a wonderful opera, written to take advantage of every artistic resource a community has to offer,” said Mr. Bakardiev. “From the children’s chorus to handbell choirs, homemade percussion instruments, and bugles, this piece is a fantastic community event.” WGO’s new production of Noah’s Flood will open at Holy Cross Lutheran Church on Friday, June 9, at 8:00pm. Holy Cross was chosen both due to Britten’s wish that the piece be performed in a church, not a theater, and for its excellent pipe organ. A second performance will travel to the McPherson Opera House on Sunday, June 11, at 6:00pm. Tickets for WGO’s spring season are on sale now. For tickets, call the WGO Box Office at (316) 262-8054 or online at SelectASeat.com. For more information, visit WichitaGrandOpera.org. Be watching this April, as Wichita Grand Opera plans to announce the details of their 2017-18 Season, which will open in late September at Century II.
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WGO’s 2017 Spring Season Brings New Delights
Princess Aurora greets her suitors in Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty.
Wichita Grand Opera just released details of their 2017 Spring Season, and it looks to be a fun mix of events coming up over the next few months. “This spring, we’re very excited to bring our audience one old favorite, one new favorite, and one great social event,” said WGO President & CEO Parvan Bakardiev. WGO’s spring season opens at 6:30pm on Sunday, April 23, as the WGO welcomes the Russian National Ballet Theatre back to Century II to perform Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty. The ballet’s glorious music and virtuosic dancing make it the most beloved of all the great 19th century Russian ballets. The Sleeping Beauty was also hugely influential to an entire generation of ballet artists in the early 20th century, including George Balanchine, Sergei Diaghilev, and Anna Pavlova, who – through her astonishing portrayals of Princess Aurora – helped The Sleeping Beauty become the most-performed ballet in the history of Russia’s legendary Mariinsky Theater. Now in its 15th year, the Wichita Grand Opera Ball has become one of the premiere social events in the region, and WGO’s biggest fundraiser of the year. This
An illustration of the animals preparing to board Noah’s ark in Britten’s Noah’s Flood.
Nathan Wadsworth knows the story well: the holidays are over, and you’ve made a resolution to get in shape. You buy a gym membership, and for a few weeks you’re hitting it hard with a crowd of people. Quickly that crowd thins out…and pretty soon, so do you. “Resolutions are all well and good, but if you don’t stick with it, you’re not going to get very far,” said Wadsworth, a Wichita personal trainer who knows from experience the feeling of achieving goals. From an early start in middle school and high school, Wadsworth has been running competitively for years, and now is part of a cycling team that takes on courses up to 200 miles in length. For Wadsworth, the biggest and best challenges in life are tied to his clients. He helps savor the victory whenever someone he has trained reaches their goal.
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Commitment that goes beyond a New Year’s resolution. Wadsworth has been coaching and training clients for the past nine years. He holds a masters of education in exercise science from Wichita State University, where he was on full scholarship as a
distance runner. While in graduate school, Wadsworth qualified for the Olympic Trials in the marathon. He trained in Colorado, and was honored to be a part of that group of nationally recognized athletes. Back in Wichita after the 2008 Olympic Trials, Wadsworth went to work as a trainer, and just a few years later was able to launch Elite Training Solutions. From his facility on South West Street, he works with clients of all ages – from middle school and high school athletes up to senior citizens. “It’s everything from athletes who are training for events to people who just want to get into shape,” he said. He specializes in endurance training, running, triathlons and cycling, but can apply his scientific approach to fitness to any and all situations. If you’ve been looking for a way to be more competitive in your athletic life, or want to get into shape the right way, see what Elite Training Solutions has to offer for you. New for 2017 is Elite Training Solutions Endurance, a club team for endurance athletes including runners, triathletes and cyclists. Just contact Wadsworth for more information. You can reach Wadsworth at 316-200-6620, or learn more at www.trainwithnathan.com.
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When should your child visit the orthodontist? (NAPSI) – While there’s no “exact age” for a child to begin orthodontic treatment, there are a few things to consider. Suggests Dr. DeWayne B. McCamish, president of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), “Somewhere between the seventh and eighth birthdays is generally when a child should visit an orthodontist. If a parent is concerned about something they observe, it’s quite alright to bring in an even younger child. “The orthodontist assesses the ‘bite’ – meaning how the teeth come together. There is a wealth of information we can gather just from watching how a child brings the teeth together. Some problems reveal themselves at an early age, and some of these problems can be addressed while a child still has some baby teeth.” These signs suggest you should consult an orthodontist: • Early or late loss of baby teeth; • Difficulty in chewing or biting; • Mouth breathing; • Thumb sucking; • Crowding, misplaced or blocked-out teeth; • Jaws that shift or make sounds; • Speech difficulties; • Biting the check or tongue; • Teeth that meet abnormally, or don’t meet at all; • Facial features that are out of proportion to each other; • Jaws that are too far forward or too far back; • Grinding or clenching the teeth. Most children begin orthodontic treatment between the ages of 9 and 14. A check-up with an orthodontist while some baby teeth are still present can be beneficial for youngsters and their parents. “If we determine that treatment will be needed, an early check-up allows the orthodontist to recommend the most appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time. We can also talk with parents about budgeting for treatment, based on their individual circumstances. Orthodontists routinely offer a variety of payment plans, and parents can look into benefits to reduce their out-of-pocket expenditures such as insurance, flexible spending accounts and health savings accounts,” according to Dr. McCamish. Many AAO members offer low-cost or complimentary initial consultations and a referral to an orthodontist is not necessary. Orthodontists first graduate from dental school, and then go on for an additional two-to-three academic years of study at an accredited orthodontic residency program to become orthodontists. Only orthodontists can be AAO members. You can be sure that you are being treated by an orthodontic specialist when you see the AAO logo. For further information or to find nearby AAO orthodontists, visit mylifemysmile.org.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children see an orthodontist between their seventh and eighth birthdays.
A path to better health In 2012, Janssen’s son Grayson, who was four years old at the time, began developing food allergies. “He was having breakouts and respiratory problems, and we were really searching for answers,” said Janssen. Both Janssen and her daughter, Madison, had been going a more homeopathic route with their
“Last year he started developing similar symptoms, and we knew something was up,” she said. “What we found was that we had black mold in the house.” Once again, Janssen was back at the drawing board. She was determined to help her son with his allergy problems through healthy, all-natural products she could make herself. Along the way, she decided she should make her own toothpaste.
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health, and allergy tests showed that Grayson had a lot of allergies as well – especially to corn. And corn products and byproducts are everywhere. “Corn syrup is in everything,” said Janssen. Once the allergies were identified and Grayson’s diet was modified, he showed tremendous improvement. Janssen was elated…until the symptoms came back.
Before making her own toothpaste, Janssen had searched for a good toothpaste product, but most contained fluoride and glycerin – which takes forever to wash out of your mouth. “I really needed a better solution,” she said. After doing some research – and trying a variety of natural products – Janssen hit on a recipe she liked. Key ingredients included sodium bicarbonate, coconut oil and other essential oils, and natural ingredients like xylitol. The resulting toothpaste cleans and whitens your teeth, and freshens your breath. Her toothpaste, “Bug Paste,” also has the added benefit of adding minerals back into your teeth, which is something most toothpastes don’t do. And, it’s all-natural. “I realized this could be important for other people,” said Janssen. Since then, she’s been visiting with other dental professionals, and getting support for her new product. Now, “Bug Paste” is available for the general public. To find out more about the new, all-natural toothpaste, call 316-530-2284, or visit Janssen’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/BugPaste. From there, you can order the toothpaste, or visit us out at the local Farmers Markets to start a healthier smile for yourself. “It makes me feel good to provide a better alternative,” said Janssen. “It’s limitless what you can do for your health once you start working at it.”
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It is often said that necessity is the mother of invention. Michelle Janssen can tell you just how true that is. Janssen has traveled a path over the past five years that started with her son’s food allergies, and ended up with her developing her own all-natural toothpaste that is gaining support in the dental community. Now, her new toothpaste is available to the public, and Janssen is excited to share it with consumers who are looking for a healthier alternative for their teeth, mouths – and body in general. Janssen’s background is in the dental industry. She has been a dental hygienist for the past 20 years, and has worked in the field for nearly 30 years. She came up with her new toothpaste through inspiration from her family and professional expertise. What Janssen has perfected is a toothpaste that produces great results and is gluten free, contains no GMOs, conforms to paleo and vegan diets, and has no fluoride. That’s right. There’s no fluoride in Janssen’s new, all-natural toothpaste. “Fluoride is so toxic,” said Janssen. “A lot of people in the dental community are realizing that now, and this product has been getting support from dentists who have helped me perfect it.” Now, Janssen’s new toothpaste – which she calls “Bug Paste” stemming from her new nickname, “Bug,” that she has been given for her family’s permaculture project, Bug and Farmer – has been launched and is available to the public.
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Give kids a smile
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(NAPSI) – Here’s information many families may care to sink their teeth into: Although tooth decay is largely preventable, it remains one of the most common chronic diseases of children. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly one in four children under the age of 5 already has cavities, while tooth decay is four times more common than asthma among adolescents. What’s more, children are five times more likely to seek emergency room treatment for dental problems than for asthma, often because they can’t see a dentist, are uninsured or can’t afford routine care. The effect of untreated carries goes far beyond oral health. Children with toothaches have more school absences, cannot pay attention in school or keep up with their peers academically, and have lower standardized test scores. Yet when state revenues begin to decline, dental care is often the first thing cut from state Medicaid budgets. Restoring the lost revenue has proven to be a difficult and slow task. Many people have asked their state legislators where they stand on the issue. The good news is that tooth decay is preventable. To ensure good oral health for your child: • Have your child visit a dentist for a first checkup by age 1, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. • Use fluoride toothpaste for children over 2 years old. • Talk to your child’s dentist about dental sealants that can protect teeth from decay. To help other children avoid cavities, you can join the largest children’s oral health charitable program in the U.S., Give Kids A Smile (GKAS). In the past 15 years, it’s reached more than 5.5 million children, thanks to more than 500,000 volunteers at thousands of sites. The American Dental Association Foundation provides a toolkit of guidelines and materials, thanks to corporate sponsors such as Henry Schein – a worldwide distributor of medical, dental and veterinary supplies including vaccines, pharmaceuticals, financial services and equip-
ment—so dentists can provide free oral health education, screenings, and preventive and restorative services at 1,300 unique GKAS events around the country. Many GKAS events take place on February 3, National Give Kids A Smile Day, and each event is as unique as the volunteers who organize them, ranging from a dental team that sees patients, to a hygienist who provides oral health education in a school, to large-scale events that treat hundreds of children at a community event. Volunteers are the heart of GKAS. The success of the program is the result of the strong commitment these “Smile Champions” show to making a difference in their communities. More needs to be done to help alleviate the silent epidemic of tooth decay and to create awareness about the future of children’s oral health in this country. Research has shown that every dollar spent on preventive dental care could save a patient as much as $50 in restorative and emergency treatments. To help, the program is also working on an evidence-based approach to stop cavities and other oral health issues. The Give Kids A Smile model can be replicated nationwide to reduce the incidence of cavities and other oral health issues for all children. For further facts on dental health and how you can volunteer, donate, and participate in GKAS events, visit www. adafoundation.org/gkas or call 1-844490-GKAS.
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(Family Features) – Often, employees enroll in medical insurance plans for protection against unpredictable events, sudden illness or serious health concerns that may result in expensive medical bills. Getting the most from your benefits requires understanding coverages and deductibles, as well as taking advantage of voluntary benefits, like dental, vision and hearing, to stay healthy and save money. Avoid surprises. About 91 percent of adults in the United States are confused about what their benefits cover, according to a recent Harris poll. The best starting point is to review your plan so you understand the care and services covered. If you have a high-deductible plan, you will need to pay for most or a percentage of the health costs until reaching the individual or family deductible. Be prepared to pay any copayments or deductibles the plan requires before receiving care. Also, before scheduling appointments, ask for a cost estimate for the appointment, tests or service. Preventive dental and vision. Many voluntary plans, such as dental and vision, offer preventive exams, such as routine cleanings and vision exams, that are fully covered. That’s because these preventive exams help to maintain and improve overall health and help reduce health costs. Voluntary coverage is affordable and many plans offer added incentives. For example, coverage for LASIK, dental, vision and hearing benefits can increase from one year to the next for those who continue to enroll and use their benefits. Members could earn monetary rewards to use for dental, vision, LASIK, orthodontia and hearing benefits, care materials and services simply by using their benefits and keeping the benefits paid out under a specified amount. Medical screenings. Routine health screenings, such as mammograms, immunizations, colonoscopy procedures and prostate cancer screenings, which may be covered fully or in part by your medical coverage, can help you stay healthy and lower health care costs. Get paid to save. Many employers encourage employees to save money by matching a percentage of the amount the employee contributes to the plan. If available, enroll in a Health Savings Account or Flexible Spending Account to set aside money to pay for health care costs. Remember that these accounts are not a substitute for the coverage provided by voluntary benefits.
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Riverfest Continued from Page 17 representatives of Wichita Festivals Inc. “So we began researching old pulp movie posters which eventually led to ‘The Golden Age of Comics’ and our final design. Bold text-based solutions and simple ‘light and shadow’ illustrations became the perfect way to capture the energy and spirit of Riverfest.”
More of 2017’s specifics will be announced throughout the spring, including the concert headliner announcement, which currently is scheduled for March 1. Also announced in late January were: • This year’s Artist-in-Residence, James Marshall, aka DALEK, who is a world-renowned muralist and street artist.
Teri Mott, marketing and communication director for Wichita Festivals Inc, said the judges absolutely loved the entry.
• “Fans of the Festival Food Court” free admission from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays.
“The judging team is intentionally a broad range of people from the design and printing and merchandise industries,” she said, adding that they also represent a number of different tastes and thoughts about Riverfest.
• Two fireworks shows, including the Capitol Federal Fireworks Finale, which will follow the closing night Spirit AeroSystems Rockin’ on the River concert.
Mott said each year some of the entries rise to the top quickly, and the winning submission stood out as a cohesive theme encapsulating the feel and spirit of the nine-day event. “It is an honor and a blessing to represent this celebrated Wichita tradition so early on in our careers,” Lewis said to Wichita Festivals Inc. “We love this city and the hard-working people that make it, and we hope our design gives back some of the happiness and joy that Wichita has inspired in us.” w w w . e a s t w i c h i t a n e w s . c o m
In many ways, the art sets the stage for the rest of the festival, which will run June 2-10. For 2017, visitors can anticipate the return of many of Riverfest’s beloved, classic traditions, along with expansion of on some of its newer events.
• The creation of Tech Midwest, which last year debuted as Hackathon ICT, and will offer speakers, vendors and more related to the tech industry. STEAM City also will grow, celebrating the variety of careers available in Wichita. More information will be released in the coming months. Riverfest buttons cover admission for all nine days of the festival. Adult buttons are $10, but can be purchased for $7 now at SelectaSeat.com or at area Cox Solutions stores, INTRUST Bank Arena box office or Wichita Festivals, Inc. April 10-May 4. Children’s buttons will be $5, but can be purchased for $3 through May 4.
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castle-like look of the water tower in downtown Chicago so they used similar design features for their restaurant. In 1921, they built their first building on the northwest corner of First and Main in Wichita. They used Walt Anderson’s cooking style and sold the hamburgers for five cents each. The hamburgers were small and went down so easy that they would later be called “sliders.” The restaurant was so successful that it expanded to a second location in El Dorado and then beyond. In 1923 they expanded to Omaha. Before 1930, White Castle had branched into 12 major cities in the Midwest as well as New York and New Jersey. Of course, at that time there was no such thing as a fast food chain. The company had to establish centralized bakeries, meat supply plants, and warehouses to supply itself. The company’s business design of multiple locations and standardized
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products and menus make White Castle credited as the first fast food hamburger chain in the world. In 1933, the company made a transition in ownership. Billy Ingram bought out Walt Anderson’s interest. Ingram then moved the company’s headquarters to Columbus, Ohio so as to be more centrally located near the new restaurants that were being built in the east. White Castle continued to expand and innovate. It was the first fast food chain to reach the landmark of one billion hamburgers sold, which it did in 1961. Eventually, however, other fast food chains would outgrow White Castle. Today, White Castle has more than 400 restaurants, although none of those are in Kansas. Billy Ingram’s descendants still control the company. It all began with a small town short order cook named Walt Anderson. He was born in the rural community of St. Mary’s, Kansas, population 2,221 people. Now, that’s rural. Editor’s note: Ron Wilson is director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University.
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College Hill Deli, 3407 E. Douglas, has garnered even more attention. The two produced concept art for a large-scale mural, and Lewis then turned it into a paint-by-number type of grid, allowing passersby to help paint the final product. “Our mural was a dedicated zone where anyone and everyone — people walking on the street, kids, adults, doctors, whatever person wanted to come up and contribute — could just paint the mural,” Tripoli said. “We really liked the idea of being able to simplify the process to the point where anyone could do it.” The pair said even people who never have held a brush had a chance to participating in the painting of the mural, giving a sense of ownership of the final product to the community as a whole. “What we try to do at Lupoli is reinforce the sense of community and just having fun and making things easier,” Tripoli said. “I think that really shines through our designs that we do together, and I think that really shows through this Riverfest project.” The Riverfest signature art-
ABOVE: Rebekah Lewis coaches a child through painting the Keeper of the Plains on the mural “Wichita.” LEFT: Josh Tripoli adds the finishing touches to a mural at Two Olives, at 29th and Rock. The mural was the first public collaboration between Tripoli and Rebekah Lewis.
graduated in 2012,” Lewis said. “I’ve done various internship and jobs in the graphics community, and my latest job is doing graphics and marketing for Dean & DeLuca.” Lewis said she also enjoys freelance work in branding and graphic design. Tripoli graduated from Northeast Magnet and also apprenticed under renowned Wichita artist Steve Murillo, which opened a number of doors for him professionally. He now has 14 murals completed throughout Wichita, including several in restaurants and four on Douglas. The two said they hope they can inspire more collaboration within the Wichita art community, and Lewis said the two are stronger together. “His strengths are my weaknesses in design, and my strengths are his weaknesses, so it works really well,” Lewis said. Tripoli agreed. “We’re really just trying to bridge a gap,” he said. “I think even in the community here, there’s a gulf between the fine art community and the design community. I think what we’re doing is trying to muddle that line a little bit to bring them together.”
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work is the team’s third collaboration. “It was inspired by the idea of handdrawn illustration and being able to modernize that,” Lupoli said. “You started with hand-drawn images and hand-drawn text, and then we were able to give it over to Rebekah, and Rebekah worked the digital side of it to create a really modern digital aesthetic with it. We hit a really sweet spot. It’s very reminiscent of old movie posters or comic books.” The affect of their combined talents creates a fun, bold poster that utilizes the imagery of the river walk, Admiral Windwagon Smith, the Waterwagon and some other fun elements. Every part is also personal for Lewis and Tripoli, who said the water walk has become meaningful to them. “We love walking around the water walk and that whole area,” Tripoli said. “We decided we’d use that specific imagery of the river walk because we love it so much.” Lewis and Tripoli, both natives of the Wichita area, are some of the youngest artists to win the Riverfest signature art contest, but both bring extensive experience to their art. “I went to KU for graphic design and
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