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The Sedgwick County Extension Center in Wichita has been reworked, remodeled and repainted, but Kansas State University Research and Extension’s Sedgwick County director Bev Dunning won’t be hanging around to enjoy it much longer. On March 1, Dunning, a long-time East Wichita resident, is retiring from the Extension Service after 50 years of employment with the agency, and almost 18 years as director. “Right now I’m feeling very good about it,” Dunning said with a laugh. “Things are getting in good order for what I wanted done before I leave.” Jodi Besthorn has worked with Dunning for 16 of her 18 years as director. She is sad to see Dunning go, as she has learned much from her leadership over the years. “She really thinks about the whole picture of Extension…and she makes sure that all of us get supported to do the programs that we need to do,” Besthorn said. “So, I’ve admired how she’s handled all the various duties that come with being a county director.”

East Wichita resident Bev Dunning is retiring from her position as director of the Kansas State University Research and Extension office in Sedgwick County.

Dunning is one of the lucky people who got to spend her life doing what she’d always dreamed of doing. “I tell people I started when I was six,” she said, chuckling at the memory. “I probably should say 10 because I joined 4-H when I was 10.” Growing up on a farm in Osage County, Dunning developed an appreciation for Hereford cattle and home economics. When she joined 4-H, her two projects were showing Hereford cattle and sewing. At the small County Extension office in Osage County, home economics agent Nellie Lindsay was Dunning’s mentor for both projects. “She was much like I am as a county agent, only she was, you might say, a jack-of-all-trades because it was a small county with one FACS (Family and Consumer Science) agent,” Dunning said. “They didn’t have a 4-H agent so she was involved in everything, and I just admired her a great deal.” Lindsay’s guidance helped Dunning begin her path to becoming a county Extension agent by spurring her interest in home economics. When Dunning graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in See DUNNING, Page 26

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others do not like about rubber bridge is that your cards are dealt to you on a random chance basis,” Wiggins said, “and no matter what your skill level, it depends on getting the right cards and playing them properly.” In duplicate bridge, the cards are dealt ahead of time, and each player has time to think about and discuss how they want to play the hand. One of the major differences between the two card games is organization. Rubber bridge players have no official organization setting rules and regulations; the game is primarily played by those strictly seeking entertainment. On the other hand, duplicate bridge is organized all the way to the international level. It is largely competition driven, See BRIDGE, Page 30

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East Wichita News People and Places New board members and executive committee members at Wichita Independent Business Association have been selected. Executive Committee members are: Wayne Roberts, Pioneer Balloon Company serving as Chairman of the Board; First Vice-Chair, Joe Johnson, Schaefer, Johnson, Cox, Frey and Associates; Second Vice-Chair, Emily Compton, Goodwill Industries; Treasurer, James E. Dunning, Jr., Dunning & Dunning Ltd.; Secretary, Sue Joachims, Real Solutions, Inc.; Immediate Past Chairman, Brian Powers, Powers, L.L.C. New board members, include: Paul Bush, OneSource Technology; Gail Foley, The Gail Foley Show; Steve Pendergraft, Pen Publishing Interactive; Carol Skaff, Cohlmia Marketing; and Teresa Wallweber, Fidelity Bank. The family of author Dale German has published “The Judge’s Wife is Missing” for their father who passed away after finishing the book. “It was Dad’s dream to see his book published,” said Pam Hair, German’s daughter. That is why our family got together to help achieve that dream in his honor.” The novel, a suspenseful mystery, details the work of Captain Amos “Coop” Cooper, who investigates the disappearance of a local judge’s wife. The wife had boarded a plane from Wichita to Boston but never arrived at her destination. “The Judge’s Wife” is available online at: or http:// Author John Brown has penned a Shocker baseball history of Gene Stephenson and the making of Shocker baseball as we know it today. “Wichita State Baseball Comes Back: Gene Stephenson and the Making of a Shocker Championship Tradition” details the resurrection of varsity baseball at WSU. Complete with more than 30 photos, this book traces three decades of baseball with Coach Stephenson. John Brown is the author of almost 5,000 writing assignments that include six biographies and corporate histories. He is also well-known in professional circles for his work in advertising, marketing, television and radio. Brown’s latest work, on Stephenson is available at A book signing will be held at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main, Feb. 22, 2-4 p.m. Coach Gene Stephenson will be a special guest. Brian Jacobs, owner of Real Life

Counseling at 5900 E. Central Suite 101, announces the addition of Rachel Ukens T-LMFT to their staff of therapists. Ukens has a bachelor of psychology and religion minor from Oklahoma Baptist University, and a master of science in family therapy from Friends University. She provides services to teens, adults, couples and families. Call 425-7774 for appointments. Andover City Administrator, Sasha Stiles, announces the selection of Chad Russell as Fire Chief. Russell most recently was fire chief at Cherryvale and brings more than 25 years experience to the new position. He has an associate’s degree in fire science from the Kansas City Kansas Community College. The Andover Fire Department has 14 career, four part-time, and 11 volunteer firefighters who respond to a variety of emergency incidents. Students who study voice and opera at Wichita State University will soon have an amazing opportunity to study with two accomplished opera stars. Samuel Ramey and Alan Held, both alumni, will join the WSU faculty beginning this fall. Ramey, the most recorded bass in history, has more than 80 recordings that have garnered nearly every major award including three Grammy Awards. He has been in residence at WSU teaching master classes, coaching students, directing and even singing for the past two years, but now Ramey will join WSU’s music faculty on a daily basis. He and his wife and son are moving permanently from Chicago to Wichita. Held, one of the leading bass-baritone singing actors today, has appeared in major roles in the world’s finest opera houses, performed with the world’s leading orchestras, and appeared at the Salzburg and Tanglewood festivals. His faculty position is made possible through the Ann and Dennis Ross Faculty of Distinction in Opera. Troy Biggs joins Galichia Heart Hospital as its new vice president-controller.

He is a licensed CPA and was previously the CFO for Hunter Health Clinic and before that CFO for Grene Vision Group. Biggs holds a dual bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from the University of Kansas. Roxana Smith, Andover Central Middle School, has been selected as one of 32 first-year educators for the 2014 Kansas Cable Telecommunications Horizon Award. Each year, schools in all Kansas districts have the opportunity to nominate one elementary and one secondary teacher for the award based on performance, distinguished as outstanding. Smith was notified of her selection by Dr. Diane DeBacker, Kansas commissioner of education. The Sunshine Children’s Home recently broke ground on its new home at 1918 N. Prairie Creek Road, Andover. The home will be the first in the 13th Kansas Judicial District and will provide placement and respite services for children from Butler, Greenwood and Elk counties who have been removed from the home due to alleged neglect or abuse. The building is a project for the Sunlight Children’s Advocacy & Rights Foundation. It will be a $1.5 million home and house up to 15 children. The land was donated by Hope Community Church, and building costs are being funded by a $2.5 million capital campaign. It is scheduled to be completed this fall.

Tony Vizzini, vice president for Academic Affairs at WSU reports that a national search will be conducted to find a permanent director and general manager for KMUW. The search is being made for a successor for Mark McCain who resigned in December 2013. In the meantime, retired executive director of WSU’s Media Resources Center, Mike Wood, has been named as interim director. Wood has worked in various capaci-

ties at 20th Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles, was a directing intern with the American Film Institute, written and directed award-winning films and videos, and led the Center in programming at KMUW and cable television station WSU-TV from 1990-2013. Good news from Eric Fisher Academy. They have been named Overall Honoree and Finalist in Modern Salon Media’s “Excellence in Education” cosmetology school recognition program. The honor is based on leadership and best practices among cosmetology schools. The Fisher Academy was chosen to represent excellence in three categories, Placement, Technology and Marketing Innovation, and named overall honoree in the Placement category. The Academy is a four-time winner in this competition and regular finalist in several categories. In other news, Caitlin DeGarmo, graduate of the Eric Fisher Academy was part of the hairstyling team for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” movie. DeGarmo worked on the Capitol Hairstyling Team creating looks for scenes of the party and parade of chariots. The opportunity was a result of world-renowned stylist, Ann Bray, who was a guest artist at the Eric Fisher Academy. John A. See has given a gift of $1 million to Wichita State University. He hopes the gift will not only recognize exceptional projects, but also spur private investors and others to back them. The gift is to establish the John A. See Research Award, a prize for WSU faculty and students who are conducting outstanding research or producing other significant work. Awards will be made as warranted and will vary widely in amount. See is a retired Boeing executive and in 2011 also established the John A. See Engineering Scholarship Fund and in 2007, the Endowed Health & Emergency fund to help students with emergency medical expenses. Envision Medical Director, Dr. Donald C. Fletcher has received the Secretariat Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. This award is one of the highest honors bestowed by the Academy and recognizes ophthalmologists for their special contributions to the AAO and ophthalmology. Nominees have provided service and effort above See PEOPLE, Page 27

initial search strategies for patents, wordmarks, and logos. FREE. Call 978-3193. Feb. 8, 12-3 p.m. – Floral Centerpiece Workshop CityArts, 334 N. Mead. Bring a sharp paring knife, kitchen shears, and wire cutters and learn to make your own fresh floral centerpieces. Register at 350-3245. Fee $35.

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Exploration Place Events Through June 13, Dinosaurs at Dusk. Soar back in time to discover the origins of flight. General admission. Tuesdays Little Explorers Preschool Playgroup ages 3-5. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Included in general admission. Free for members. Feb. 17, 18 School’s Out Edventures. Grades K-8 Hands on Sessions. 9-4 p.m. $35 non members $30 members. Must register 550-0620. Feb. 21, Regional Science and Engineering Fair. 10:00-2:00 p.m. Included in general museum admission, free for members. Feb. 1-May 11 – Iconic Views of the Santa Fe Trail Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central. Exhibit of the 19th Century route of the Santa Fe Trail through central North America. Call 634-2787. Sedgwick County Diverse Blood Donor Opportunities Feb. 2, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Risen Savior Lutheran Church, 6770 E. 34th St. North. Feb. 4, 8:45-2:45 p.m. Butler County Community College, 715 E. 13th St. Andover. Feb. 12, 8:30 - 1 p.m. Blessed Sacrament School, 125 N. Quentin. Feb. 14, 10-4 p.m. Wesley Medical Center, 550 N. Hillside. Contact the Red Cross for information at 1-800-733-27677.

Feb. 6, 3-5 p.m. – Patent and Trademark Basics KSBDC offers this small business workshop at the WSU Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Oliver and 29th Street. Nan Meyers, professor emeritus and intellectual property librarian will cover several topics and provide training in

Feb. 8, 1-10 p.m. – Valentine’s Day Powwow Mid-American All-Indian Center, 650 N. Seneca. Powwow dances, Indian Tacos, snacks and drinks available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the American Indian Festival. FREE. Call 350-3345 Feb. 10, 7-9 p.m. – Writing Open Mic Reverie Coffee Roasters, 2611 E. Douglas. Writers may read their work in a positive atmosphere. Call 806-9485.

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Feb. 10, 7:30 a.m. – WSU Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series Marcus Welcome Center, WSU Campus features Shocker Baseball Coach, Todd Butler who will give his vision for WSU baseball. Reservations by Feb. 6, at Series members $18; non-members $20; students $10. Call 978-3831.

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Feb. 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m. – Digital Arts Lecture CityArts, 334 N. Mead. Students are introduced to the latest trends in technology and digital creation. FREE. Call 350-3245. Feb. 13, 1:30-3:30 p.m. – Planting and Preserving Workshop Sedgwick County Extension – Meadowlark Room. 7001 W, 21st St. North. Learn how to plant and preserve your harvest for canning or freezing. $5. Register online http://plantpreserve. or call 660-0100. Deadline for registration is Feb. 12. Feb. 14, Noon. Women’s Association Winter Luncheon Women’s Association of the WichiSee DATELINE, Page 25

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Feb. 4-March 9 – Scholastic Art Exhibition Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central. Early recognition of creative teenagers and scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors. Awards will be presented March 9, 2 p.m. with Stephanie Bergmann as host. Call 634-2787.

Feb. 8, 8:45-4:15 p.m. – Vegetable Growers Workshop Sedgwick County Extension Education Center, 7001 W. 21st North. Annual Central Kansas Market Workshop gives experienced vegetable growers skills to improve marketing efforts, and also include basic vegetable and fruit production including high tunnel production. $25. Registration deadline February 6. Online at http://2014ckmvgw.eventbrite. com Call 660-0100.

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Streep and Roberts are the best part of ‘August: Osage County’ “August: Osage County” is perhaps too much like Eugene O’Neill’s American stage classic “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” screened by director Sidney Lumet and starring Ralph Richardson and Katharine Hepburn. It does not benefit by the comparison because it gets a little too melodramatic and lacks the historical significance of O’Neill’s life and family. But it rather pointlessly makes the father a literary figure, and the mother is a drug addict, partly because of a medical condition. The main theme is the gradual revelation of family relations and secrets among a family whose love for each other has been obscured – if not overcome – by circumstances and personality conflicts. The love is harder to see in “Osage County” and the causes of antagonisms are more melodramatic. “Osage County” also is a frustration for reviewers because there are surprises that must not be spoiled, some of which are unnecessary, almost arbitrary, and damaging to credibility, which is always a little weak. Meryl Streep’s outrageous behavior, even when aggravated by narcotics, is both the biggest plus in the movie – fascinating to watch and frequently hilarious, brilliantly acted but hard to sympathize with and a little over the top. (I suspect a new trend in movies coming up: compare Jennifer Lawrence in “American Hustle” and Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Never confuse this style with mere overacting. Bette Davis insisted that movies should always be a little more exciting than the world the audience lived in, and there’s a lot to be said for that theory, in Shakespeare and other places.) Occasional indications that the old days were more brutal than what we see are not enough to keep the characters from seeming less than sympathetic; they’re not very loveable, no matter how you interpret them. Other than Streep’s, none of the characters are studied in much depth, except maybe Julia Roberts’, which does develop as events move along, though I’m not going into detail because my interpretation would require me to tell more about the plot than I care to. Suffice it to say that Roberts has learned that if she sucks in her lip, she can remove all the sex appeal from her face and disappear into her character almost as much as Streep does. None of the acting is inadequate, but Roberts and Streep rule the screen. The others dwindle down until Dermot Mulroney has nothing to do at all, but Chris Cooper has at least one big scene. Margo Martin-

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dale has one big moment with the family secret, Benedict Cumberbach should have had one but is betrayed by both writer Tracy Betts and director Wells, and Abigail Breslin holds her own largely because she looks like and is the only really attractive and normal person in the family. Well, maybe Juliet Lewis shares that quality, too, but she’s more adolescent and flashy. The men are generally neglected; this is mostly a female movie. But as said before, it’s hard to believe in the supposed love among these characters, unless you believe that love is automatic in family circles and therefore is to be assumed, regardless of evidence or lack thereof. (Not always a safe assumption in art, whether safe in real life or not. Consider Harold Pinter’s “Homecoming” or Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes,” for notable examples, and to a great extent Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin

Roof.”) There may be some significance here in family scenes being indoors, a little cramped, and somewhat underlit, while outdoor scenes that sometimes seem to have no dramatic or thematic function at all, feature bright sunlight and wide vistas of considerable beauty. There is a lot of purposeless vindictiveness, but it’s hard for me to remember any acts of kindness or affection that don’t seem purely coincidental, as in greetings, or motivated by very specific monetary situations. There may be something in the fact that a late scene in which three of the daughters seem to be reaching some kind of an armistice takes place in a gazebo, halfway indoors and halfway out. But if there is little cheer and love in “August: Osage County,” there is plenty of recognizable human behavior of the less attractive kind, among characters we can all recognize, none of which are mere types. All of our families have had encounters like these at one time or another – one hopes not all together in one poisoned occation. The humorous scenes are more indicative of the artists’

love of humanity than the usual grim ones, and I wish there were more of them. I tend to be hard on “family” movies, and most people may find these characters more acceptable than I do.

‘Her’ is reminiscent of Turkle book My suspicion is that Scarlett Johannson’s voice-only computer character in “Her” will seem less incredible to people who are familiar with Sherry Turkle’s book “Alone Together,” 2011, now in paperback. Turkle devotes the first half of her book to the new robotics, which are apparently approaching such a creation as I suspect Johannson of being. Turkle quotes David Levy’s “Love and Sex with Robots”: “Love with robots will be as normal as love with other humans, while the number of sexual acts and love-making positions commonly practiced will be extended, as robots will teach more than is in all the world’s published sex manuals combined.” (Page 5, paperback). She says a “reporter suggested that I was no better than bigots who deny gays the rights to marry…Wasn’t I withholding from robots their right to ‘realness’?” (Page 7). She describes Paro, a Japanese robot,

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as “advertised as the first ‘therapuetic robot’ for its ostensibly positive effects on the ill, elderly, and emotionally troubled” (pages 8-9). Some Japanese credit robot relationships with “preserving the traditional values of the Japanese home” and being “facilitators of the human contact that the network has taken away.” (Pages 146-147). The second half of “Alone Together” is about the effects of the network. A friend of mine who has studied Sher-

ry Turkle’s work for years attests to her reliability, and she is a professor at M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Otherwise, I would find all this pretty incredible, and I must mention that nothing would show that such entity as Johannson represents exists now. But people are working toward such a possibility, and some qualified people anticipate success. I hate to think what a hacker could do.

Non-commercial films • Murdock Theatre, 536 N. Broadway, Feb. 8, 12 p.m. Metropolitan Opera on the big screen. Dvorak’s “Rusalka.” • The Orpheum, Feb. 20, 7 p.m., “It Happened One Night.” Claudette Colbert, Clark Gable. Screwball comedy. • Peace and Justice Center, 1407 N. Topeka, Feb. 11, 7 p.m., “Blindfold.” Documentary about/with survivors of political torture telling their stories.

Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m. – WSU Symphony Orchestra Miller Concert Hall. Annual Concerto-Aria Concert featuring outstanding student soloists. Tickets 978-3233 or

Feb. 12-16 – Clybourne Park Wichita Center for the Arts Theatre, 9112 E. Central present the struggles of a community to accept a black family moving into an all-white neighborhood. Roles are reversed when years later a white couple attempts to buy the same house, now a black neighborhood. Shows 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m. Tickets $15-$25. Call 3150151.

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Wichita Children’s Theatre and Dance Center Feb. 21-23, Moon Over Buffalo (comedy) ages 12 and up. Performances 7 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 pm. $8.50-$12.50. Feb. 26-March 1, The Emperor’s New Clothes. Ages 2-8. Wednesday, Feb. 26, noon (pizza at 11:30); Thursday, 10 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m., noon (pizza at 11:30) and 6:30 p.m. (pizza 6 p.m.); Saturday at noon. (Pizza 11:30 a.m.) Tickets $6 and $7.50 for pizza shows. All performances at the Theatre and Dance Center, 201 Lulu. Call 262-2287.

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Feb. 22, 7 p.m. – William Tell Century II Concert Hall 225 W. Douglas. Wichita Grand Opera presents Rossini’s last and greatest masterpiece of a young man forced to choose between his love and his duty to his country. Tickets $35-$85. Call 262-8054. Feb. 23, 7 p.m. – A R I S E in Concert First United Methodist Church, 300 N. Broadway. League of Women Voters Wichita-Metro present this multi-racial multi-generational ensemble highlighting songs from the Pre-Civil War to the civil rights era. Tickets $10-$20. Call 2597575. March 8, 7:30 p.m. – Arts on Broadway First United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway with the Alfredo Rodriguez Trio featuring an exciting young jazz pianist sponsored by Quincy Jones. Tickets $15-$35 at 6480234.

Friends University Events Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m. Community Orchestra “Let’s Dance” Sebits Auditorium, Riney Fine Arts Center. Tickets $9-$11. Call 295-5677. Feb. 10-March 9, Lauren Fitzgerald, Cut Paper Artist Exhibit. Riney Fine Arts Gallery. Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. University Concert Band in concert with bassoonist Nancy Goeres. Tickets $4 - $6. at 295-5677. Sebits Auditorium. Feb. 21-22, Jazz Festival. Day events and evening concert on the 21st. 7:30 p.m. Riney Fine Arts Center, Sebits Auditorium.

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Wichita Symphony Orchestra Feb. 1, (8 p.m.) 2, (3 p.m.) Cirque De La Symphonie, Century II Concert Hall Feb. 8, Pops Concert. 8 p.m. Three Phantoms Concert. Feb. 15, (8 p.m.) 16, (3 p.m.) Concert: The New World featuring the American Brass Quintet. All concerts at Century II Concert Hall. Tickets $17-$55 at 267-7658.

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Through Feb. 9 – Inherit the Wind Wichita Community Theatre, 258 N. Fountain presents this commentary on intellectual freedom in the face of social norms. Evolution v. Creationism. 8 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $12-$14 at 686-1282.

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Through Feb. 2 – Driving Miss Daisy The Forum Theatre, 147 S. Hillside presents this heartwarming story filled with humor, poignancy and relevancy, starring Gina Austin and Ray Wills. Tickets $23-$25. Dinner $15 available Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6:45 and 12:45 p.m. Curtain 8 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. Call 618-0444.

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is 67 and his dream is to continue to be free – unencumbered by big government, big insurance companies, and professionals who practice healthcare – vs. professionals who practice patient care. Then there is Melissa who is having a ball in the hospitality industry, making and keeping others happy! Her husband, even children, work for the same independent restaurant company with many locations throughout the northwest. Melissa’s dream is to make everyone around her happy – including those who she supervises. Initially Melissa pursued her dream in nursing, but there were no happy people. Neither the doctors nor the nurses were happy. Only the patients became happy when they were leaving and saying goodbye. Not enough happiness for me, Melissa says. Melissa is happy with her work, her employer, her family and the world. Every American I’ve spoken with about their American Dream has similar views – views of being free and being happy. Years ago, I asked my wife, “What do you think God wants for us?” She quickly said, “What every parent wants for their children – to be as good as they can be and as happy as they can be.” For all Americans, just like their nation’s founders, their dream is about being free. Throughout history, real role model heroes and role model leaders fought to be free from governments, politicians, gangsters. Abraham, Moses, Spartacus, Braveheart, Washington, Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Mandella, the young man who stood in front of the Chinese government army tank in Tiananmen Square – all prized freedom. Patrick Henry, a role model and role model leader of the American Revolution, said “Give me liberty or give me death!” So say I. What say you in 2014? I am for business. Ken Lerman is a national business growth consultant, a national speaker, management trainer and author for U.S. business across a diverse range of industries. He can be reached at 1668 N. Sagebrush, Wichita, KS 67230. Visit Email Ken at or call 316-733-5800.

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Featured this month Elite Training Solutions..................Page 11 Wichita Grand Opera..................... Page 12 Kitchen Tune-Up........................... Page 13 Eaton Roofing................................ Page 13 Gross Tile....................................... Page 14

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Come to Elite Training Solutions and experience the healing and stress reducing features of the AlterG anti-gravity treadmill. Many people with different conditions have benefitted from training on the AlterG. Those with ankle, leg, knee, hip and pelvic injuries have rehabbed quickly and successfully using the AlterG. Runners, triathletes, tennis, soccer, basketball, softball and baseball players have all benefitted from training and rehabbing on the AlterG. Even weight loss can come quicker when using the AlterG due to being able to exercise longer without fatiguing as fast. Come by and learn how the AlterG can help you achieve your goals quickly and safely. Some of the benefits of using the AlterG anti-gravity treadmill at Elite Training Solutions are: • Unweighting capabilities allow for decreased impact and stress on joints as you increase speed and endurance safely. • Heal and rehab quickly from lower body injury or surgery. • Gain fitness and strength quicker as you recover from injury or surgery. • Lose weight quicker by exercising longer without beating your body up. • Learn how you feel exercising at 5, 10, or 50 pounds less than your current body weight. • Use the AlterG for recovery after a big race such as a half-marathon, marathon or triathlon. • Increase your running longevity and decrease your chance for injury with reduced impact training on a regular basis. • Train on the same equipment that top runners and athletes in the world use. Contact Nathan Wadsworth today to set up an appointment and he can set up an AlterG training or recovery program for you to reach your goals quickly and safely. His website is or you can call 316-200-6620. Elite Training Solutions is at 2007 S. West, Wichita, KS 67213.


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The Stars Align in Wichita for WGO’s biggest premier Story


Sam Jack

There are many airports and runways in the Sedgwick County area and, hapless Dreamlifters aside, it is rare to see anything out of the ordinary in their vicinity. Airplanes land and take off, contributing to another busy day in the Air Capital. But over a couple days in late January and early this month, some of the planes landing at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport carried a minor miracle: international stars of the opera world, converging on Wichita to begin intensive rehearsals for Wichita Grand Opera’s new production of Rossini’s “William Tell,” which opens Saturday, February 22, 7 p.m., at the Century II Concert Hall. “When they actually walked down the airport hallway, ready to put on a show, that’s when I stopped holding my breath,” said Parvan Bakardiev, WGO’s General Director, and the driving force in the company’s effort to pull together the extraordinary breadth and depth of talent needed to mount “William Tell.” “It’s the only U.S. production of “Tell” this season,” said Bakardiev, “And moreover, it’s only the fourth since World War II. A big part of the reason for the rarity is that it has eleven named roles, with at least five of those eleven being renowned for their difficulty. If the singers that can do justice to the roles even exist, which can by no means be taken for granted, it’s a real trick to get them all in one place.” A “trick” the impresario has now managed twice. At the San Antonio Festival of 1984, in the first modern U.S. production, and now again with this month’s Wichita production, Bakardiev has found the worldclass singers a production of ‘Tell’ can’t do without. “You know,” added Bakardiev, “We’ve been talking about the Super Bowl lately, since the great soprano Renee Fleming was chosen to sing the national anthem this year. Casting an opera like ‘Tell’ really is like putting togeth-

er a championship team. You can’t count every time on getting your number one draft picks. But this time, we have. ‘Tell’ is going to be a winner in the ‘Super Bowl of Opera!’” The most critical “draft pick,” the “quarterback” according to Bakardiev, is the romantic tenor role of Arnold. “Arnold needs pealing high notes, authority in the mid-range, and the ability to pull off the intricate vocalism for which Rossini is famous. In San Antonio we were able to engage Giuliano Ciannella, who is a legend. And this time, Michael Spyres. When we got word that Spyres would be our Arnold, I jumped for joy. There’s no one else that can do the part like him.”

Michael Spyres stars as Arnold in “William Tell,” coming to the Wichita Grand Opera Stage on Saturday, Feb. 22. Tickets are now available.

Opera companies around the world seem to agree that Spyres is the tenor of choice for the role. He has already sung it twice, once at the Caramoor Festival, and once at Germany’s Wildbad Rossini Festival. Since Spyres’ WGO commitment, the tenor has added performances at Brussels’ La Monnaie and Bologna’s Teatro Comunale, with others to follow. Spyres is widely seen as an heir to Adolphe Nourrit, the tenor who debuted the role and who, legend has it, was driven to suicide by his inability to continue singing it. Spyres’ next solo CD, to be recorded this July, will be entitled “Ommage à Nourrit.” The title role, sung in WGO’s production by Lucas Meachem, has different but equivalent demands. “It doesn’t call for the same level of pyrotechnics as Arnold,” said Edward Lada, WGO’s Associate Conductor. “But Tell doesn’t fall into any of the usual categories. He’s not a comedic character, like Rossini’s Figaro, who Meachem recently sung at San Francisco Opera and the Vienna State Opera. Nor is he tragic. He has to be equal parts Braveheart and Robin Hood. Meachem has been praised repeatedly for his presence onstage, and

for his magnificent voice. I’m excited that he’s making his role debut as Tell here in Wichita.” Zvetelina Vassileva has become a Wichita favorite, with leading roles in “Otello,” “Un ballo in maschera,” and, most recently “The Marriage of Figaro.” “I feel privileged that Zvetelina has made Wichita a frequent stop in her world travels, which include the Metropolitan Opera and Covent Garden among many others,” said Bakardiev. “She is a master of Verdi and Puccini, as Wichita will see when she sings the title role in Tosca this April. That mastery is going to serve her well in the role of Matilda. She’ll come to the part without too many preconceptions of what Rossini ‘should’ sound like.” Tickets to the Saturday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m. performance of “William Tell” are on sale now, with senior, student, and group discounts available. Season ticket packages are also available, saving up to 17 percent. For all ticket orders and inquiries, and for more information about WGO’s group sales and corporate discounts, contact the Box Office at 316-262-8054 or visit single-tickets.html.

ble sales for the local franchise, which “As Vice President of Operations, specializes in kitchen and bath remodel- Adam does the actual bidding, coordiing projects. Rachel’s design services are nates the scheduling, and helps with or in high demand, and Adam is focusing oversees the projects. He really wears all on sales, operathe hats – just like tions and schedJim does.” uling efforts with “It’s an incredclients. ible opportunity Adam has nearto take my busily two decades of ness experience past experience in from over the business, running years and now corporate sales get to use it to departments and continue buildhandling company ing a successful operations. Rachel company with my has a background family,” Adam in design and is said.  “With Dad’s known to many experience in as the host of the industry and Moms Every Day Rachel’s design The Kitchen Tune-Up team includes Adam, expertise, we segments on KAJim, Rachel, and Arlene Phillips. KE-TV. have a lot to offer “Rachel designs customers. More incredible spaces with our clients,” said and more homeowners are realizing Arlene. “Once a contract is signed, she how affordable it can be to have a ‘new’ goes shopping with them to pick out house at your same address.” counter tops and back splashes, and “My goal for each customer is to she’s available for help with other decidesign the most amazing space possisions that may come up. ble 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.” Kitchen Tune-Up has a new design center in East Wichita, where clients can look at samples of the new cabinet structure, sample door styles for custom remodels/refaces/redoors, a sample reface project, tile, and our many kinds of countertop samples including granite, quartz, and laminates. “In addition to kitchens, we do bathrooms, countertops, back splashes – anything to do with a kitchen or bath project,” said Jim. And when the work is done, clients can rest assured that they’ve gotten the best possible results. For more information or to schedule a free in-home consultation, call Kitchen Tune-Up at 316-558-8888 or visit kitchentuneup/wichita-ks-phillips. And be sure to check out the local company’ extensive BEFORE/AFTER portfolios on Facebook and while you are there be sure to ‘LIKE’ Kitchen Tune-Up, Wichita (Jim and Arlene Phillips).

Wichita Roofing is now Eaton Roofing & Exteriors Exteriors will allow the company to operate across Kansas and enter new and previously unavailable markets as one company, Chad Harrison, operations manager, said in a recent news release.

The company will gain efficiencies by having one set of financials and insurance policies versus managing three of everything, Harrison said. Wichita Roofing & Remodeling is a

privately held corporation headquartered in Wichita. It has provided residential and commercial construction services in roofing, siding and windows for more than 20 years.

A Wichita leader in roofing and remodeling work is starting the New Year with a new name. Wichita Roofing & Remodeling has been a mainstay in the Wichita area for two decades, and the company’s name is a familiar and respected one in south-central Kansas. But with the company’s growth over the years and its expanded family of roofing companies, including Lawrence & Topeka Roofing and Salina Roofing, it was time for a name change. Now, the group of companies will be known under one banner – Eaton Roofing & Exteriors. Company owner Mark Eaton said the name change and corporate consolidation are a means to streamline the company’s business model, better serve customers and lay the foundation for managed growth. There will be no change in ownership or management, and no interruption or disruption of service to clients, he says. The name change from “remodeling” to “exteriors” also better reflects what the company does, according to Eaton. The change to Eaton Roofing &


Dreams really do come true for Kitchen Tune-Up clients, and you can start dreaming at this year’s Wichita Home Show. Kitchen Tune-Up has remodeled more than 500 kitchens since Jim and Arlene Phillips started the business in 2005, and the company’s services range from One-Day “Tune-Up” of cabinets or any interior wood surfaces, to cabinet refacing projects to complete custom kitchens and bathrooms. All of those restoration and new construction options will be on display at this year’s Home Show, set for Feb. 6-9 at Century II. The Kitchen Tune-Up booth for this year’s show is X910. “We’re excited to meet our soon-tobe new friends at the Home Show,” said Arlene. Your local Kitchen Tune-Up team has expanded its full-time team with the addition of Jim and Arlene’s son Adam and Adam’s wife Rachel. They both increased their role with the company starting last year. “Jim and I haven’t stepped back,” said Arlene. “We’re just expanding our operations.” So far, the new duo has helped dou-

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Kitchen Tune-Up team ready to make friends at Home Show

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Curbless showers offered by Gross Tile If a new shower with expanded spaces and easy access is part of your wish list for the New Year, it’s time to talk to the experts at Gross Tile and Concrete Design of Wichita. Gross Tile owner Mark Gross has been bringing fresh ideas and exciting new products to the table for the past three decades, and his excitement level to meet customers’ needs isn’t diminishing. One of those great ideas is the concept of “curbless showers,” which can accomplish many things for new and remodeled bathrooms. While the concept has been around for some time, Gross Tile is making a name for itself as a leader in curbless shower designs for today’s homes. These highly individualized shower designs offer roomier spaces for homeowners, modern looks, and easy access for handicapped individuals. “Imagine a shower that is both beautiful in design and also has easy walk-in access as well as the ability to move a wheelchair in and out of the shower,” said Mark. “It’s a perfect solution for both those who want that kind of look and design, and those who need to address accessibility issues.” A key element that sets Gross Tile’s curbless showers above the rest is the company’s use of Schluter Systems in its shower designs and installations. One of the key elements is a pliable, sheet-applied bonded waterproof membrane designed and supplied by Schluter Systems. Unlike traditional waterproofing, this special membrane is bonded to the substrate and allows for the direct application of tile using the thin-set method. “This is an incredible product, and we’re pleased to offer it here in Wichita,” said Mark. “This installation method prevents

moisture from infiltrating the mortar setting bed, and reduces the risk of leakage and mold growth.” Gross Tile also is pleased to offer a versatile new product for showers, walls and other applications. Crossville Laminam porcelain tile comes in 3-foot by 10-foot sections that are perfect for custom showers. Crossville Laminam comes in more than 50 colors, and has been wildly popular in Europe, said Mark. Now, through Gross Tile and the company’s team of certified installers, it is available in Wichita. “You can create a shower with no grout joints,” said Mark. “It’s really incredible and we’ll have it available at this year’s Wichita Home Show.” This year’s Wichita Home Show kicks off on Thursday, Feb. 6, and runs through Sunday, Feb. 9, at Century II in downtown Wichita. Gross Tile will be occupy a prominent spot in Booth X25-27. Also on display at the Home Show will be Gross Tile’s extensive lines of quartz and concrete countertops, as well as a new line of stains with distinctive metallic look. During the Home Show the Gross Tile booth will feature faux painting and staining demonstrations featuring these products. Gross Tile specializes in complete kitchen and bath remodeling projects, and will be running numerous specials throughout the Home Show. One of the Company’s Home Show specials will be a free sink with a qualifying Cambria quartz countertop order. And one of last year’s biggest Home Show hits will be back again, as Gross Tile offers a unique wood restoration product. Gross Tile is an exclusive dealer

Curbless showers offer unique design elements, as well as better access for handicapped homeowners.

for Victorian House Rejuvenator, which can be used to restore finishes on kitchen cabinets, floors, woodwork, doors, window sills and antiques. It can take out white rings, wax buildup, scratches, and smoke damage. “When we find a good product, we run with it,” said Mark. Gross Tile also is using Victorian House with its renovation projects, giving homeowners a chance to easily and inexpensively enhance their kitchen cabinets when doing a countertop replacement project with Gross Tile. “We take it a step further on the job site,” said Mark. “We use Victorian House to clean and rejuvenate the existing finish, and then we add stain and a finishing coat

of urethane. “It can really enhance a countertop project when we can rejuvenate the cabinets at the same time.” For more information about everything Gross Tile has to offer, call 316-773-1600, or stop by the showroom at 10680 W. Maple, near Maple and Maize Road. You can also find Gross Tile on Facebook. Better yet, make plans to visit the Gross Tile team at this year’s Wichita Home Show, where you’ll get a chance to meet owner Mark Gross and other members of the Gross Tile team.

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East Wichita News acquired by Times-Sentinel Newspapers The East Wichita News has a new owner. After more than two decades at the helm of the East Wichita News, owners Cathy and Mike Feemster have sold the long-running monthly newspaper to Times-Sentinel Newspapers LLC, which owns and operates four other community newspapers in and around Wichita. Times-Sentinel Newspapers publishes another monthly newspaper in west Wichita, the WestSide Story, and three weekly newspapers: The Times-Sentinel, serving western Sedgwick County and the communities of Cheney, Clearwater, Garden Plain and Goddard; the Conway Springs Star and Argonia Argosy, serving northern Sumner County; and the Haysville Sun-Times. “When Cathy told me she was ready to retire, it didn’t take long for me to take the next step,” said Times-Sentinel owner and publisher Paul Rhodes. “We needed to get together and talk.” An agreement to purchase the East Wichita News was reached late last year, and Times-Sentinel Newspapers began publishing the newspaper with this month’s issue. Cathy Feemster said she’s happy with the transition. “I know Paul Rhodes will continue what I’ve started, and probably do a much better job,” she said. “He’s got a very professional organization and a long-running background in community newspapers.” Rhodes said he appreciates the support the Feemsters have shown him and his staff through the transition, and the opportunity to work with Cathy during the transition to meet many of her regular advertisers. “I’ve dedicated my career, and much of my life, to community journalism, and the East Wichita News truly fits that definition for me,” said Rhodes. “East Wichita is a community unto itself, and we hope we can build off the foundation Cathy and Mike have established for this monthly newspaper.” Rhodes has been involved with journalism since 1975. He was editor of his high school (Smith Center, Kan.) and college (Kansas State University) newspapers, and had stints with several weekly and daily newspapers in Kansas and Georgia before launching Times-Sentinel Newspapers in 1992. The newspaper group is headquartered in Cheney, Kan., just west of Wichita. Contact information for the East Wichita News will remain the same, including the newspaper’s phone number (316-214-3278) and its website, “We’ll be making some minor changes to the publication to reflect some of our news style and focus on local feature stories and coverage,” said Rhodes. “We’ve got great staff members who are dedicated to the responsibilities of this profession, and at the same time love this job. “We hope that commitment shows through to our readers in East Wichita.”

Reflections on my career with the East Wichita News By Cathy Feemster

Former owner Cathy Feemster is joined by new publisher Paul Rhodes of Times-Sentinel Newspapers, LLC. Jen Bookhout/ East Wichita News

The cover of the December 1992-January 1993 edition of the East Wichita News.

I’ve always wanted to be a writer, and most other writers will tell you to write about what you know. If I know anything, it’s about East Wichita. That’s why, when I was in a go-nowhere job, I decided to do what I’ve always wanted to do – run a newspaper. East Wichita News was on its last legs, and when I picked up the December 1992 issue and saw the paper was for sale, I knew it had nowhere to go but up. My husband, Mike, was very supportive, so we and partners Larry and Brenda Agan dived in. After the purchase in January 1993, we published our first issue in only three weeks. Though Larry and Brenda had to bow out after the first year, we had a great time creating, learning, and working until all hours on our monthly project, which was always about my hometown neighborhood of East Wichita. I grew up in College Hill, and attended elementary school there, then went on to Robinson Junior High and East High. I did take two years away at the University of Tulsa, but returned after Mike and I married to graduate from Wichita State University, majoring in journalism with a minor in political science. I knew a lot about Wichita, but I’ve learned a lot, too. But mostly, I’ve enjoyed all the people I’ve met while running the paper. When I bought it, the lead story was usually “rich person of the month.” I decided there were a lot of other people who deserved the spotlight . . . so my job for the next 21 years was to find them. It wasn’t hard; interesting people are everywhere. Some are rich, and we’ve done our share of stories about them, but most are not rich and not well known. Our criteria for choosing people for our personality profiles was that the person had to be interesting or be doing See Page 17

Covers of the East Wichita News from September 1995 (top) and from May 2013.

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something interesting. Little did I realize in 1993 that would lead me to such different personalities – other entrepreneurs, every school superintendent, each WSU men’s basketball coach, soldiers returning from Iraq, artists, museum directors, entertainers, and Wichita’s movers and shakers. One of the things I knew I wanted to do was cover elections in a very even-handed way. My first chance came in August of 1994 when Wichita Public Schools called for a vote on their local option budget that would raise property taxes. I asked Claradine Johnson, a member of the Board of Education, and Chuck Kriel of Project Educate for interviews and gave their “pro” and “con” answers in articles side by side. This method became very popular as the paper grew and became respected in the community. Tiahrt vs. Rathbun followed in 1996, and many more local, county, state, and Congressional races were covered using the question and answer format. I believe that the last two elections we have covered, the Ambassador Hotel tax issue and the fluoride issue, were both impacted by East Wichita News articles. One of the most memorable people we profiled was Bill Wedekind in January 2003 (our 10th anniversary issue). Not many people remember him or had heard of him, but his story, written by Arlene Graber, was so inspirational. I was speechless as I took the pictures of this Vietnam veteran who was both blind and had no hands. And what did he do for a living? He was a sculptor. It was amazing. So many of our lead stories were about Wichitans who have succeeded in their lives, going up against great odds, but finally living their dreams. Maybe they aren’t famous, but their stories are worth telling, and I’ve been privileged to make that happen, of course with the help of my wonderful writers—Graber, Carolyn Ramsey, Pam Porvaznik, Helen Bullock, and David Austin. And those writers include my columnists. Did you know East Wichita News did the first story on Olympian Caroline Bruce, courtesy of writer David Austin? Maria Mannani was the first to tell the world about “Tatoos for Your Teeth.” Philip Holmes has covered every Symphony Showhouse for the past 21 years. Who but Michele Harris would figure that her health article should cover fingernail fitness? Jerry Juhnke gave our readers the lowdown on “Putting Your Business in Cyberspace” in 1996, long before most of us knew about websites. Jeanne Erikson gave us “The Love Challenge.” Carolyn Ramsey gave us the

symptoms of her “Addiction to Gardening.” Helping business owners through trial and troubles, Ken Lerman loves to remember the Fezziwig business in “A Christmas Carol.” Then there is the irrepressible Jim Erickson, our movie reviewer. My favorite quote from him is from his review of “Waterworld” in August 1995: “People whose whole world is water apparently never wash anything.” He only gave that movie 2-1/2 stars. I also can’t forget our man-on-the street interviewer, Helen Bullock. Her “What’s the Buzz” articles have covered everything from immigration reform and gay marriage to the downtown arena. I owe most of the success of East Wichita News to these and several other writers, who, month-in and month-out, came up with great topics and creative writing to entice the readers. We usually had two parties a year, so we could pick each other’s brains for ideas. Those were great times. I also want to thank the many advertisers who took a chance on a newcomer. Downing & Lahey Mortuary was the only signed advertiser when I bought the paper. I’m so glad they are still with us. Most of our advertisers have been with us for years, and I’m very grateful, because we couldn’t have told Wichita’s stories without their support. I know Paul Rhodes will continue what I’ve started, and probably do a much better job. He’s got a very professional organization and a long running background in community newspapers. I can’t wait to read his first issue.

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A much-anticipated homecoming There’s a pile of musical instrument cases in my living room that has more significance than simply the fact that I’m out of storage space. They’ve been there for a little more than a year now, and the instruments – various acoustic and electric guitars and a mandolin – all belong to my son Bill. He left his musical legacy with me the week he packed his bags and flew to South Korea to start a new job and be with his girlfriend Euh-Ah, who had moved home a few months earlier. Those instruments mean a lot to my son, but when an uprooted life is limited to 100 pounds of baggage, some things – many things – have to be left behind.

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Rationalization is something our brains work at constantly, and sometimes those conjured-up justifications actually help other parts of our body stay on track. Bill has many talents, and music has always been one of those God-given talents. He has a beautiful tenor voice, and picks up musical instruments like the rest of us pick fruit from a tree. But Bill was never comfortable on stage or performing for others, so during the years he lived with me, I got to vicariously enjoy his talent through furnace vents and down the hall as he played and sang in his room. In less than two weeks, my son Bill will return home to Kansas from his travels abroad, and the past year of his life has been an adventurous one. He married the woman he loved, immersed himself

From the Publisher’s Files

Paul Rhodes | Publisher

in the Korean culture, and fulfilled his contract teaching English as a second language. He and Eun-Ah will come stay with me for a brief time as they hustle to find jobs and re-invent their American lives. It will be a treat to have them in my home…and to see if the pile of instruments moves out of my living room and into the guest room anytime soon. Of course I could have stored the instruments somewhere else, but obviously something inside of me liked having that one visible reminder of my son available, even if it was notoriously hard to dust and clean around. All of his other belongings got moved out of my garage and into storage months ago, but I always told myself that the instruments needed to stay inside the house so they wouldn’t get damaged. Rationalization is something our brains work at constantly, and sometimes those conjured-up justifications actually help other parts of our body stay on track. My lack of action, which kept Bill’s instruments in my living room all these months, helped spur memories of the son I’ve been missing for more than a year. This rationalization helped my heart.

Faces wanted. At East Wichita News, we’re already working on feature stories for upcoming editions. If you know of someone whose face (and story) should appear on these pages, please let us know! 316-540-0500

Fort Hays State University deans have named 1,111 students to the Deans Honor Roll for the fall 2013 semester. The list includes undergraduate students only. To be eligible, students must have enrolled in 12 or more credit hours and have a minimum grade point average of 3.60 for the semester. Fulltime on-campus and virtual students are eligible. The following East Wichita residents were among the students honored. High school information was provided by FHSU for some students but not for others. Sherri Kagey Garcia is a senior majoring in management. Nisa Dawn Lafferty is majoring in elementary education. Tracey Ellen McNeely is majoring in elementary education.

Eastsiders in the running for WSU’s top scholarship

Lauren Elizabeth Wiebe, a Wichita High School East graduate, is a sophomore majoring in social work. Derrick L. Sand is a senior majoring in medical diagnostic imaging. Tanner Jonathan Stenzel is majoring in education. Michael Bryan Cory, sophomore, is an Andover High School and Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science student. Irene Hiesterman is majoring in education. Sarah E. Hogan, a Kapaun Mount Carmel High School graduate, is a junior majoring in accounting (public accounting). Angela Dianne McGill is majoring in education. Jonathan Ray Piszczek, a Kapaun Mount Carmel High School graduate, is a sophomore majoring in accounting.

Newman students on dean’s list Newman University officials have announced the students on the Dean’s List for the fall semester of 2013. To qualify for this achievement, a student must complete 12 credit hours and have attained a grade point average of 3.5 or better. The list includes: Virginia Ellis, Lindsey Fontelroy, Benjamin Judd, Michael Oakes, Andrea Pavlick, Stephanie Smith, Lauren Wood, Katherine Darby, Derek Haas, Alison Huffman, Momodou Jallow, Travis Mitchell, Elizabeth Nguyen, Philip Pham, Devontay Roberts, Jin Yon, Naaima Zaidi, Shan Ao, Jacob Barnes, Katelyn Bauer, Charles Brooks, Kath-


Wilborn, Wichita Northeast Magnet High School. The students competed in DSI on Saturday, Nov. 16, with 328 total students competing. To be invited to compete in the invitational, students had to have a 24 or higher ACT score and a minimum 3.50 cumulative GPA. The 12 finalists this year have an average ACT score of 29 and an average GPA of 3.95. Once invited, students complete a packet of information, including essays and compete in an on-campus leadership competition. Finalists were scheduled to be back on campus Wednesday, Jan. 29 for final interviews. The announcement of the Gore Scholars was scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, in the Marcus Welcome Center. All finalists will receive competitive scholarship packages to attend WSU in the fall. 

Help needed with Bags of Blessings community effort Partners for Wichita is seeking help with this year’s Bags of Blessings from the Heart. This is a community-wide effort to help provide essential personal care items for people in need. Volunteers are asked to provide travel-size, non-fragrant items for men, women, boys and girls. Fill the bags or bring loose items. Items for each bag include: soap (bar, liquid or sanitizer), shampoo/ conditioner, lip balm, emery board or clippers, shaving cream, hand lotion, deodorant, washcloth, tooth-

paste, razor, comb, tissues, and a tooth brush. Collection day will be Feb. 27 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 204 N. Topeka. Bags will be received 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., and 5:30-9 p.m. Bags will be distributed where they are needed most, through about 30 programs such as emergency assistance centers, clinics, homeless programs and more. For more information call 316-2631389 or email Danielle at danielle@

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Twelve finalists have been chosen for Wichita State University’s Distinguished Scholarship Invitational. Two students were scheduled to be announced Jan. 30 as recipients of the $52,000 Harry Gore Memorial Scholarhsip. This year’s finalists were: Aisha Duggins, Wichita Northeast Magnet High School; Brissa Gallegos, Wichita High School North; Mary Henning, Wichita High School Northwest; Derick Holmes, Wichita High School Southeast; Kevin Kraus, Salina South High School; Jennifer Mattar, Wichita Collegiate School; Bridget McSorley, Kansas City, Kan., Bishop Miege High School; Meenakshi Natesan, Wichita High School East; Jenny Nguyen, Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School; Madison Ripperger, Wichita, Kan., Trinity Academy; Amy Vuong, Wichita High School Southeast; and Jackson

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Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell presented the 2013 Partners in Conservation awards at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 16. The secretary honored 20 partnership projects that have demonstrated exemplary natural resource conservation efforts through public-private cooperation. Four partnerships nominated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service( USFWS), including The Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita, received awards. The Great Plains Nature Center, located at 6232 E. 29th Street North in Wichita, is a wild oasis in an urban setting. Each year the center provides outdoor recreation and educational opportunities to hundreds of thousands of visitors. The facility is a one-of-a-kind partnership that began in 1988. It serves as an outdoor education center for the City of Wichita, a regional office for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, and an administrative site for the USFWS. The Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center help visitors learn about the plants and animals of the Great Plains through live animal exhibits, dioramas depicting native flora and fauna, and nature trails leading to abundant wildlife viewing opportunities on the adjacent Chisholm Creek Park. Its education programs operate throughout the year, and a highlight of the center is a massive 2,200-gallon aquarium offering close-up

views of native fish. Other award winners include the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program in Texas, the Klamath Tribal Leadership Development for Integrative Science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge Program in northern California and southern Oregon, and the Center for Land-Based Learning Partnership in California. “Partnerships are vital to wildlife conservation efforts nationwide as they allow us to combine the strengths of our stakeholders with the resources and abilities of our staff,” said USFWS director Dan Ashe. “Almost anything is possible when you leverage the skills, talents, dedication and abilities of diverse groups of stakeholders that share a common conservation agenda.” A total of 14 partnerships were submitted nationwide by service staff for consideration as part of this year’s awards.

Speaker to highlight genealogical meeting The Wichita Genealogical Society will hold its quarterly meeting, Saturday, Feb. 15, at 1 p.m. at the Lionel Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian. The guest speaker will be Dr. Robert E. Weems, Jr., who will be discussing black history in Kansas. Weems comes to Wichita State University as the Willard W. Garvey Distinguished Professor of Business History. From 1999-2011, he was a professor of history at the University of Missouri, Columbia. A native of Chicago, Weems received his Ph.D., in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His areas of specialization include African-American history, African-American business history, and U.S. history. The recipient of numerous fellowships

and grants, including from the Andrew Mellow Foundation, Weems is the author of three books, co-editor of another, and has published almost three dozen journal articles and encyclopedia entries. His most recent book is “Business in Black and White: American Presidents and Black Entrepreneurs in the Twentieth Century” (New York University Press, 2009). Weems’ research project is a biographical study of Anthony Overton, an important African American businessman in early twentieth-century Chicago. The meeting is open and free to all interested persons. For questions and or/ additional information, visit our website or email

East Wichita News writers were honored for their work during 2013 at the company’s annual Christmas party. Helen Bullock was named Writer of the Year for her work on lead stories and for “What’s the Buzz” man-on-thestreet interviews. David Austin received the Columnist of the Year Award for his work on the “From the Bleachers” sports column. “All of our writers did an outstanding job last year,” said Cathy Feemster, former owner and publisher of East Wichita News. “I have great admiration for their commitment over the last 21 years that I owned the paper.” Special recognition was given to Maria Mannani, writer of the “Fashion Savvy” column and to Philip Holmes, of the “Eastside Home” column. They received the Sunbeam Award, acknowledging their creativity and positive contributions through the year.

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Duo wins radio awards incredible passion for what he does daily. Royce has grown to be an accomplished Music Director. It’s gratifying to see that his hard work, desire to learn and commitment to excellence have been rewarded.” Since the introduction of the S.I.N. Awards in 1994, this yearly tradition allow S.I.N. to help recognize individuals in the business who excelled in their specific area of expertise or made an impact as up-and-coming music industry professionals. The awards acknowledge individuals among their peers as award nominees as well as honoring those who shined the brightest over the course of the year as S.I.N. award winners.

Greg Williams and Royce Stevenson of KDGS radio were honored at this year’s Street Information Network (S.I.N.) Awards held in December in New York City. Williams was named Best Program Director-Rhythm Radio Small Market for the seventh time, and now is a back-to-back winner. Stevenson was named Best Music Director, his third nomination and his first win. “Greg and Royce deserve these wellearned honors. They have earned the respect of the radio industry and their peers and I am so proud to have both of them on our team,” said Jackie Wise, Entercom VP/Market Manager – Entercom Wichita. “This honor confirms Greg’s strong work ethic, enthusiasm and

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‘Organ Day’ planned for pianists The Wichita Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) is sponsoring an “Organ Day” for church pianists. The workshop will be 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 15, and will focus on service playing for all keyboard players. It will be held at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 1958 N. Webb Road in Wichita. Though the workshop is to be entirely free of charge, workshop leaders are requesting an R.S.V.P. – by phone at 316264-8756, or via e-mail to chas4345@ Those who haven’t replied, but find they can come are still welcome. Specific areas to be covered include service playing and hymn accompaniments on organ or piano, music theory and the “threads” of keyboard improvisation, and basic organ technique for pianists only occasionally needing to play the organ. Two facilitators will lead the workshop: Anna Jeter, Eastminster music coordinator and organ instructor at Friends University, and Carrol Hassman, a fellow of the American Guild of Organists and dean of the Wichita chapter AGO. One of only a few facilities in Wichita with two pipe organs, Eastminster Presbyterian will be well suited to dividing attendees for parts of the workshop, according to their own interests. Both of the fine organs there – a two-manual, mechanical action instrument in the chapel, and the larger, three-manual organ in the main church – were built by Pieter Visser. In addition, there are also good grand pianos in each location. Keyboard players from all denominations are encouraged to attend. For those able to spare a bit more time afterwards, there will be the possibility of lunch together at a local deli.

Symphony group to hold luncheon The Women’s Association of the Wichita Symphony will hold its winter luncheon on Friday, Feb. 14, at Wichita Country Club, 8501 East 13th Street North. Following lunch at noon, a musical program will be presented by the American Brass Quintet. Before the luncheon at 11:30 a.m., members of the Wichita Youth Symphony will perform. The cost of the lunch is $17. Call Janet Elliott at 265-4492 by Feb. 11 to make reservations. Guests are welcome.

Lake Afton Observatory offers photographers shot at the stars The Lake Afton Observatory features a photography program each month where anyone with a 35mm single-lens reflex camera – a camera with a removable lens – can take celestial photographs using the Observatory’s telescope as a giant telephoto lens. At 10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, the photography program will feature one of the most beautiful objects in the galaxy, M42, better known as the Orion Nebula. Then, on Saturday, March 1 at 10 p.m. the astrophotography program will focus on the largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter. Please note that for astrophotography programs your SLR camera must have a manual override and you should be familiar with using its manual settings such as changing ISO settings and exposure times. For photographing bright planetary objects like Jupiter, you will need an ISO setting of 400 or 800 and a cable release is recommended. For deep sky objects like the Orion Nebula, an ISO setting of 800 or faster will be needed and a cable release is necessary.

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If you don’t have a 35mm SLR camera, we have a solution. Just bring a USB flash drive with you to the Observatory. The Observatory staff will help you use the Observatory’s digital SLR camera to take your pictures. Your pictures will then be transferred to your flash drive for you to take home, process and print. The Lake Afton Public Observatory is open to the public on Friday and Saturday evenings from 7:30-10 p.m. Jan. 2 through March 1. It is located on MacArthur Road at 247th Street West in Lake Afton County Park. It is immedi-

ately north of the lake, just off MacArthur Road. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12; children under 6 are admitted free. We also have a special family rate where two adults and their immediate children or grandchildren get in for just $15. For program information, you can friend the Lake Afton Public Observatory on Facebook, call the information hotline at WSU-STAR (978-7827), or go to the Observatory’s website at http://

KDWPT holds second annual birding competition If you can look through a pair of binoculars, spot a bird and positively identify it, you just may have what it takes to win the 2014 Kansas Birding “Big Year” hosted by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT). “Big Years” are informal competitions that take place across the globe where birders compete to see who can observe the most bird species within a designated geographic area in one calendar year. The 2014 Kansas Birding Big Year will run Jan. 1-Dec. 31, spanning the state of Kansas. Participants can compete in one of three categories:

youth (16 and under), adult (17-64), and senior (65 and up).Winners of each category will receive prizes to be awarded January 2015. “The great thing about this competition is that you don’t have to own the latest equipment or know how to identify every bird species under the sun to participate,” said KDWPT wildlife education coordinator and competition organizer Mike Rader. “You just have to get out there and start looking, because you’ll be amazed at what you might find.” Rader recommends participants carry a pocket-sized notebook and pencil to record their findings. He suggests

jotting down information such as size, color, sounds, and surrounding habitat, followed by a quick thumbnail sketch of the bird. Participants are asked to log their findings into the online service, eBird, available through the Cornell University website, The data collected is then gathered and used to aide researchers in the study of species abundance, time spent in the field, and more. For more information on the 2014 Kansas Birding Big Year, or to register, visit, or email Rader at

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ta Symphony luncheon at the Wichita Country Club, 8501 E. 13th Street with Youth Orchestra before the lunch and the American Brass Quintet after. $17. Reservation by Feb. 11 at 265-4492. Feb. 15, 8 p.m. – Empire House Improv Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 Museum Blvd. The comedy “Say What?!” is a comedy reminiscent of the show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” $10 and cash bar available. Feb. 15, 1 p.m. – Wichita Genealogical Society Lionel Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian. Guest speaker, Dr. Robert E. Weems, Jr., will discuss “Black History in Kansas.” Additional information: www. Feb. 16 – Baseball Camp Coach Rob Rotola directs in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy. Classes available for grades 1-12 and limited to six players per coach. Information and registration at www.USBaseballAcademy or call 1-866-622-4487. Feb. 19, 10 a.m. – Senior Wednesday Held at the Ulrich Museum. Authors Sharon Cranford and Dwight Roth talk about their novel Kinship Concealed: Amish Mennonites/African-American Family Connections. Amazing story of two Mennonite and one African American Baptist. Free. Call 978-3664.

Feb. 27 – Bags of Blessings Fill gallon bags with travel-size non-fragrant, non-pink items for men, women, boys and girls like soap, shampoo/conditioner/deodorant, toothpaste and Kleenex, and take them to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 402 N. Topeka. The bags will benefit those in Wichita who need them. Collection times are 8 a.m.12 p.m. and 5:30-9:00 p.m. Call 2631389.

Feb. 28, 12:30-3:30 p.m. – Business Booster Series WSU Devlin Hall, Rm 0100. “You’re Never Too Small for Business Analytics” will answer questions on how to use data and analytics to gain insights and make decisions. Michael Pool, senior program manager for Oil & Gas at SAS Institute conducts the workshop presented by Meritrust. Cost $50. (students $5) Call 978-3000. March 6, 6-8 p.m. – Throw Down in Old Town A benefit for Children First CEO Kansas with a cookie competition at Social Manor, 920 E. Douglas. Tickets $15 with $1 People’s Choice Award voting. Available at www.childrenfirstceo. org or email childrenfirstceo@gmail. com. Celebrity judges determines the winner. March 7, 7:30 p.m. – Gala of the Royal Horses Intrust Bank Arena. Master Rene Gasser, creator and producer is bringing his world-renowned equestrian tour to North America. Performances include the Andalusian, Friesian, Lipizzaner and Arabian breeds. Tickets $25-$45 at Select-A-Seat or call 755-7328.



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home economics from K-State, she secured a position as an assistant 4-H agent at the Sedgwick County Extension in 1964. After working six years in that position, Dunning went back to school for her master’s degree so she could become a Family and Consumer Sciences agent. In 1970 Dunning graduated from Wichita State University with a master’s degree in education. “In those days, you couldn’t go online or do the things you can do now; it was all done at night, after work,” Dunning said. As Dunning worked her way up the ranks at Sedgwick County Extension, she unknowingly played the mentor roll for Besthorn who watched Dunning’s sewing demonstrations on TV when she was young. “She was kind of like my second project leader via the television, and I always admired how polished and professional her presentations were,” Besthorn said. “She knew what she was doing; she had the steps lined up so I could follow exactly what it was she was making or doing on television.” Dunning was climbing the ladder at Extension while also balancing her roles as a wife and a mother of two. Dunning and her husband, James, settled in Sedgwick County after they met in her hometown of Melvern, Kan., at the Methodist Church. “Well, I thought she was kind of attractive,” James said with a smile. “She had those dimples and those big blue eyes, and she’s just pretty cute.” The Dunnings, who have been married 56 years, raised their son and daughter in Sedgwick County, and have two granddaughters from their daughter. James said the family is proud of the work Dunning has done, and have always felt her love and support. “She really concentrates on what she’s doing, and she has her priorities in good order,” James said. “She’s very thorough, and she just has handled that juggling act very well.” To keep things lively in the office, as a graduate of K-State and in honor of the Extension’s direct ties to K-State, Dunning wears purple to work almost every day. “We say around here, ‘we bleed purple,’” Dunning said with a laugh. “And we tease KU people that if you mix their red and blue it will turn purple.” All jokes aside, Dunning has enjoyed her work and is proud of all she’s accomplished. “I’ve loved every bit of it,” Dunning

said. “It’s been great because you see people change, you see them learn and you know you’re making a difference.” Although Dunning is leaving Extension, she does not plan to quit working. She already has plans to help a fellow retiree set up a database aimed at helping low-income families. Additionally, she plans to volunteer at her church, grow some of her collections and spend time with her two granddaughters. She will find things to keep her busy at home. But most of all she’s looking forward to leaving behind some of the stresses working in Kansas can bring. “Well, probably if it’s snowy, cold and icy outside I don’t have to leave the house,” Dunning said. Though parting is such sweet sorrow, Dunning has left her mark on Sedgwick County with her leadership, determination and love for people. “I think it’s just really amazing to have someone who has spent 50 years in the workforce, starting at a time when it maybe wasn’t popular to have women working outside the home with families, so I appreciate the trails that she has blazed for those of us coming after her,” Besthorn said. Dunning’s retirement ceremony will be held on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2-4 p.m. in 4-H Hall at the Sedgwick County Extension Service in northeast Wichita. The celebration will be open to the public. “I’ll miss the relationships, not only with staff, because they’re like family, but also with the people of Sedgwick County that I come across daily,” Dunning said. “That’s been wonderful over the years to develop those relationships, and so I’ll miss that.”

Learn more about planting and preserving The Sedgwick County Extension Office will host a planting and preserving workshop 1:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. The cost is $5, and registration needs to be done by Feb. 12. Have you tried to grow enough in your garden to save for winter but ended up with too many peppers and not enough tomatoes? Do you want to preserve your harvest but don’t know where to start? This workshop will walk you through what you need to know to plant a garden that will fill your canning jars or freezer. You’ll learn about different preservation methods and what tools and materials you’ll need. This is not a hands-on canning class. Hands-on canning classes will be offered later in the year. Register online at www.plantpreserve. or call 316-660-0100.

In lieu of gifts, donations may be made to the Extension Education Foundation, Inc. Cards, letters of appreciation and donations may be sent to Anita Monarez by February 17.

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in the 4-H Hall of the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center. A short program will be held at 3 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 from 2-4 p.m.

Please join us in showing our appreciation to

Behavioral Medicine Specialists, 7829 E. Rockhill, Bldg 100, Suite 101 welcomes Dr. Luke Carter, licensed Psychologist as an outpatient clinician. Dr. Carter specializes in anger management,

Denise R. Huskey, M.D., has joined Via Christi Clinic as a family medicine physician. She earned her medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, and completed her family medicine residency at the Via Christi Family Medicine Residency Program in Wichita. She will be seeing patients at Via Christi Clinic, 9211 E. 21st Street. Call 316-609-4501 for more information.

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and beyond that of other volunteers, contributing through outstanding organizational, management and/or administrative activities. Dr. Fletcher is an Adjunct Associate Clinical Scientist at The Schepens Eye Research Institute Massachusetts Eye and Ear, a Senior Clinical Research Scientist at the National Ophthalmic Research Institute, the Director of the Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation at the California Pacific Medical Center and past Helen Keller Research Chair at the University of Alabama.

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depression and anxiety disorders. He is accepting new adolescent and adult patients for individual, couples and family therapy. He may be reached at 6865195.

in the 4-H Hall of the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center

munity volunteer. Vice chair Meredith Olson has been on Rainbows’ Board of Directors since 2012 and is managing director of operations for Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC. New board member John DeCesaro is marketing brand manager at Fidelity Bank, and Josh Umbehr, M.D., is owner of Atlas MD, a local concierge medical practice. They are both members of Rainbows’ communications committee. This year’s board of directors includes Proffitt, chair; Olson, vice chair; Lisa Farris, secretary; and Jeff Jabara, immediate past chair and treasurer.

Bev Dunning A short program will be held at 3 p.m.

Rainbows United welcomes new chair, Gary Proffitt and vice chair, Meredith Olson to the 2014 board of directors. Other changes include two new board members, John DeCesaro of Fidelity Bank and Josh Umbehr, M.D. from Atlas MD. “I am anticipating a great year for Rainbows,” said Proffitt. “We have made many improvements and the whole agency is moving forward.” Proffitt joined Rainbows Board of Directors in 2010. He retired from INTRUST Bank as the director of human resources and is a well-known com-

Please join us in showing our appreciation to In lieu of gifts, donations may be made to the Extension Education Foundation, Inc.

Rainbows names new board

Retirement Reception Cards, letters of appreciation and donations may be sent to Anita Monarez by February 17th.

an invoice email childrenfirstceo@gmail. com. This mission of Children First: CEO (Children Educational Opportunities) Kansas Inc., is to assist in equalizing educational opportunities for low-income families. Programs include Future Women in A STEM Career, which provides a path for low-income girls to choose aviation or STEM careers, and Youth+Techonology, a program providing technology to low income youths age 12-18 as a tool for community engagement.

Sedgwick County Extension, 7001 W. 21st St. N, Wichita, KS 67205

The Throw Down in Old Town is a cookie competition to raise funds for the Children First: CEO Kansas, Inc. The event will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at Social Manor, 920 E. Douglass. Tickets are $15, with $1 “People’s Choice Award” voting. Celebrity judges will determine the overall winner. Girls participating in Future Women in A STEMA Career (Aviation, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) will be assisting cookie chefs. Tickets are available at Social Manor or online at, or for

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Rugs: Starting from the ground up There’s nothing like a brisk winter morning to make us appreciate our area rugs. And, now that the holidays are over, it’s also nice to have that color and design of the rugs to keep the room from feeling so plain. If you are contemplating changing or adding a new rug, keep in mind that the process is a lot like selecting art work in that the rug should inspire you. At the same time, the rug should meet certain functional criteria relative to your lifestyle. Traditional designs will always be a mainstay of the rug business. The transitional to contemporary style is arguably the fastest growing segment with almost unlimited choices in patterns and colors. One of the most important things to consider in selecting a rug is color. This is what will make or break the rug in terms of being a successful match with your interior. Aesthetically, the rug needs to pull the room together and marry with wall color and fabrics in the room. Whether you want your rug to standout and be noticed or just lie there and behave is a matter of personal preference. If you are starting from scratch, this writer recommends that you start from the ground up. In other words, let the rug set the foundation for the other elements. In terms of importance, consider that selecting a 9x12 rug equates to 108 square feet of commitment. And, a well made rug will outlast most upholstered furniture. If you are working with existing furnishings, the rug’s job is to then compliment and coordinate. Second only to color is the fit of the rug. It is good to have a basic idea about what size of an area rug you need before you go shopping. For example, in the dining room, you will want to be able to pull the chairs out from the table and stay on the rug. This is about 18-24 inches from the edge of the table, all the way around. For a living room with a hard surfaced floor, you will want the at least the front legs of all of the furniture on the rug. This anchors the furniture both functionally and visually. Many people want all of the furniture on the rug but this is a matter of individual taste as well as the size of the room. For carpeted areas, you can go smaller because the rug’s primary function is to add color and design rather than contain the furniture. When determining the needed size of your rug, it is good to know the minimum,

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the maximum, and the ideal. While there are so-called sizes, it seems that every manufacturer has a different version. If, for example, you are looking for an 8x10, you are likely to find everything from a 7’6” x 9’6” to 8’ x 11’ in the process. The more flexibility you have in your requirements, the more options you will have. The price range for area rugs is all over the board. Price is determined primarily by how it is made and by what material. In terms of manufacturing, there is basically handmade or machine made. Although there are many materials used to make rugs these days we will narrow the conversation to wool or synthetic ( other materials can include cotton, jute, rayon, silk, and so on). Each type of rug and material have varying levels of quality within their group: There is good, better and best...and there is also bad. You should avoid generalities on types of rugs and evaluate each rug on its own merits given the relative price-value relationship. There is no hard and fast rule on how much you should budget for a rug. It is however, important to consider how long you plan to own the rug. If you tend to keep furnishings, then feel comfortable investing in a better quality rug. If you redecorate often, that sort of investment makes little sense. With the growing trend in hard surfaces, rug popularity has never been better. In fact, you can find rugs just about everywhere. Let the buyer beware when shopping for rugs from catalogs and internet sites. These are great sources for getting ideas but there is no better way to evaluate a rug than looking at it in person, feeling the fibers, and examining its quality attributes. Also, most reputable rug stores will encourage a complimentary, no-obligation home trial of their merchandise. In this way, you can make the best purchase decision given your particular lighting and home furnishings. 

Guns ‘n Hoses to move to Hartman The third annual Guns ‘n Hoses Wichita boxing tournament between firefighters and law enforcement officers is moving to a bigger venue in 2014. “This is a big move for us,” said Gordan Bassham, executive director for the Wichita Crime Commission and the tournament’s organizer. “For the past two years, this popular event sold out at the Beech Activity Center. Guns ‘n Hoses now has outgrown the BAC due to the tournament’s popularity in the community.” “We are very pleased to be able to host this great event,” said Aran Rush, executive director of Hartman Arena Guns ‘n Hoses is an event that raises funds for charities chosen by law en-

forcement officers and firefighters, and for youth boxing programs in the area. Sixty percent of the tournament’s proceeds will be donated to the non-profit organizations they identify and to grow youth boxing programs in and around Wichita. The 2014 Guns ‘n Hoses Wichita tournament will take place at Hartman Arena on Friday, May 2, 2014. Tickets can be purchased at the Hartman Arena Box Office, or online at www. beginning this month. Ticket prices are $27.50 for general admission and $52.50 for reserved floor seats. Floor tables with seating may also be purchased through the Crime Commission offices by calling 316-267-1235.

Help is available to quit smoking The Kansas Department of Health and Environment can help people keep their resolutions to quit tobacco in 2014. KDHE offers free cessation support and information via “Quitline” – online at, or toll-free at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) to help tobacco users who are ready to quit. Quitline enrollment is free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, except on major holidays. A Quit Coach works with participants during emails, live chats or one-on-one phone calls to prepare for a quit date and

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To keep the Duplicate Bridge Center up and running, each club level game must be owned by a player at the club. However, it isn’t ownership in the property sense, but rather a granting of sanctions from the American Contract Bridge League. The ACBL constructs the rules and regulations of the game, monitors the scores of all registered players and grants sanctions for games to be played at specific times each week. In town, the Wichita Duplicate Bridge Center is the only club to have game sanctions, but there are a few other locations that have sanctions for a game once a week. Each game at the center has a specified game owner who must pay fees to the ACBL for their sanctions. To help with those expenses and the expenses of keeping up the building, the Wichita Duplicate Bridge Center charges $7 per player for every game. But for the players at the bridge center, that seems a small price to pay for the benefits they get from the game. “There’s some theory that’s never been proved that playing duplicate bridge at this level, or even at the rubber bridge level, helps ward off the onset of senility and dementia. Now, whether it’s true or not I don’t know, I’ve done some really dumb things at the bridge table,” Wiggins said with a laugh. For more information about the Wichita Duplicate Bridge Center, call 316706-3191 or 316-522-2055. The center also has a website, www.wichitaduplicate. org. For further questions, send an email to

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with tournaments on the sectional, regional, national and international levels. Naomi French, of East Wichita, has played both forms of bridge in her 50 years as a player, but Duplicate Bridge is her favorite. “It challenges me, and when you’re 69 you have to keep looking for challenges,” French said with a smile. Duplicate Bridge, with its pre-dealt hands of cards, requires strategic thinking from every player around the table. Each hand is played between two teams of two who sit across the table from one another. Partners use bidding cards to announce their intentions to the rest of the players at the table. “Bridge is a game of communicating with your partner, it’s like we play a code basically,” French said. “You use the bidding, and it’s a code to your partner and your opponents. It’s just fun. It’s fun to try to communicate with your partner.” Pat Taylor, of East Wichita, is one of French’s usual partners. The women both agreed they communicate well with one another. Taylor has been playing the game for almost 37 years. During the years she was working full-time, Taylor kept up her skills by playing on the computer. Now that she’s retired, she has reconnected with the local bridge community. “I love the game,” Taylor said. “It’s fun; it’s a great way to meet people. We move occasionally with my husband’s jobs so it’s a great way to meet people when you move, and it’s just fun to do.” While Duplicate Bridge players are competing against one another, they are also playing for the love of the game and the community it provides. “We do more than just play Club Bridge, we’re a family,” Wiggins said. “We have special functions and when you reach milestones we have a party.”

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One of the most important articles of clothing in women’s wardrobes and its contents are receiving a Kansas State University researcher’s undivided attention. Minyoung Suh, assistant professor of apparel, textiles and interior design, is researching the movement of breast tissue to develop a better supportive sports bra. “Even though two bras may be the same size, the space inside the cup may be different depending on the design or the composition of the bra,” Suh said. “Ideally the bra should be customized to every woman’s shape and size. That’s difficult commercially, but we are trying to make it as close as possible.” Many large-breasted women have a difficult time exercising or may not even try, Suh said. Developing a better sports bra may help eliminate women’s hesitations to exercise based on fears, pain or embarrassment of breast movement. “A breast is not a solid-ridged object; it moves everywhere,” Suh said. “By designing the sports bra differently we can control movement. Up and down is the most movement, but there also is in and out, and side to side.” According to Suh, current sports bras are constrictive because they hold the breast tissue in toward the body and restrict movement. The tightness around the torso can be uncomfortable and may not be the best strategy for large-breasted women. “Most of the support provided should be to lift the breast up,” Suh said. “My research reveals that sports bras provide a lot of pressure inward, which constricts the torso rather than supports upward. Shoulder straps function to lift the breast up, but pressure from the strap – especially a thin strap – could be another source of discomfort.” Suh is using a 3-D body scanner to measure volume of breasts; a motion capture system to track movement of tissue; and pressure sensor system to measure the user’s degree of uncomfortableness. “We have to figure out what would be the optimum ratio of support versus pressure and how that differs in the resting position versus lifting, running and other conditions,” Suh said. “Of course this is dependent on differences of individuals and ages.” The 3-D body scanner evaluates individual differences in shape and size. It is equipped with 16 cameras front and back to capture and import noninvasive images as a point cloud figure into computer software. The images enable Suh

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