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Volume 32 • Issue 4 February 2017

ON THE COVER End of an era | 16

Sedgwick County Zoo director Mark Reed is retiring after 37 years at the state’s top tourist attraction. Sam Jack/WestSide Story

New Riverfest artwork unveiled | 3

Features People & Places............................4 From the Publisher’s Files.........5 Cinema Scene...............................6

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Movie Review................................7 Wichita Homes.............................8 Pet Smarts......................................9 Dateline........................................10

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Performing Arts Calendar......15 Focus On Business....................20 Cook’s Library............................31

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A Super Bowl alternative and other inconvenient facts The term “alternative facts” entered our collective vocabulary over the inauguration weekend. If you were busy having a life a couple weekends ago, you may have missed the rocky exchange that began the relationship between the new Trump administration and the White House press corps. At the heart of the matter was the administration’s apoplectic reaction to reports that crowds for Pres. Donald Trump’s inauguration were considerably less than when Pres. Barack Obama took the oath of office for the first time, and several falsehoods presented by the new press secretary, Sean Spicer, during his first press conference in the White House briefing room. I’m not sure why this mattered. Trump won the election. He doesn’t have to give the White House back because fewer people came to the inauguration. I think the new administration has bigger things to worry about than crowd estimates. In four years, Trump will win or lose based on how voters feel about the economy and the country’s safety. The rest is just noise. But the next day, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway defended those falsehoods as “alternative facts.” That, of course, dominated the headlines for the next few days. Too bad “Saturday Night Live” had already aired before “alternative facts” was uttered. So, in the spirit of things, I’d like to offer a few of my own alternative facts. • The Kansas City Chiefs will win the Super Bowl this month. • I weigh a svelte 182 pounds and my hair has never been thicker. • Lima beans and stewed spinach

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actually do taste good. • You will enjoy the next visit from your in-laws. • Your kids will do the dishes and clean up their rooms...without complaining and without being asked. • Construction at Kellogg and I-235 will be completed next week. • Gov. Sam Brownback actually will fix the state’s budget problem when, after years of failure, his budget cuts suddenly generate 75,000 new jobs in Kansas, all before March 1. Everyone knows presidents and those in their service sometimes lie to the press. Richard Nixon said, “I am not a crook,” and Bill Clinton said, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” Mr. Spicer’s claims were obviously false and easily disproved. For goodness sake, Nixon was trying to cover up actual felonies. Give Nixon credit for al least trying to look like he was being honest. If Pres. Trump’s first weekend is any indication, it’s going to be a long four years. Supporters and detractors of both the president and the press will tire of this quickly. At least we’ll have a diversion as we celebrate the Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory.

By Sarah Gooding Riverfest may not be until early June, but the festival got kick-started Jan. 27 with the unveiling of this year’s signature artwork, defining the theme “River Madness.” Local artists Rebekah Lewis and Josh Tripoli, who collaborate as Lupoli Collective, merged their skills in graphic design and classical painting to produce this year’s winning Riverfest poster. Their art features a diverse group of characters crossing the Arkansas River in the Waterwagon, with several fun-filled touches and added nods to Wichita’s hallmarks. It will be used throughout the festival as its representative poster and on both the adult and children’s festival entry buttons. “From the beginning, we loved the idea of handdrawn, ‘cut and paste’ illustration merging with more modern methods of graphic design,” Tripoli told representatives of Wichita Festivals Inc. “So we began researching old pulp movie posters which eventually led to ‘The Golden Age of Comics’ and our final design. Bold text-based solutions and simple ‘light and shadow’ illustrations became the perfect way to capture the energy and spirit of Riverfest.” Teri Mott, marketing and communication director

for Wichita Festivals Inc, said the judges absolutely loved the entry. “The judging team is intentionally a broad range of people from the design and printing and merchandise industries,” she said, adding that they also represent a number of different tastes and thoughts about Riverfest. Mott said each year some of the entries rise to the top quickly, and the winning submission stood out as a cohesive theme encapsulating the feel and spirit of the nine-day event. “It is an honor and a blessing to represent this celebrated Wichita tradition so early on in our careers,” Lewis said to Wichita Festivals Inc. “We love this city and the hard-working people that make it and we hope our design gives back some of the happiness and joy that Wichita has inspired in us.” In many ways the art sets the stage for the rest of the festival, which will run June 2-10. For 2017, visitors can anticipate the return of many of Riverfest’s beloved classic traditions, along with expansion of on some of its newer events. More of 2017’s specifics will be announced throughout the spring, including the concert headliner announcement, which currently is scheduled for March 1.

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WestSide Story People and Places • Steve Martens, CEO of The Martens Companies, has been elected to the board of directors of Central Bank and Trust Co. Martens’ election expands the board to six members, reflecting the bank’s growing market presence in both Hutchinson and Wichita. A graduate of the University of Kansas, Martens holds the Certified Property Manager (CPM), Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), and Society of Industrial & Office Realtors designations. He is past president of the Kansas Association of Realtors and the Wichita Association of Realtors and was inducted into the Midwest Real Estate News’ Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame in 2010. • The Wichita Area Builders Association (WABA) announced that Ann Allaire has been elected to the position of Chairman of the Board. Her appointment marks the first time a woman has held the position. In 2007, she formed a partnership with her brother, Tony Brand, and Shawn Ketzner, to create Vision Homes, where she designs the homes they build, makes selections for the models and works directly with the customer. Since Vision Homes was established, they have built homes throughout the Wichita area. • MidAmerica Nazarene University recently announced its president’s, dean’s list and honor roll for the fall 2016 semester. A total of 372 students qualified for one of the honors. All students in traditional programs carrying 12 semester hours or more with a term GPA from 3.2 to 4.0 may qualify for one of these academic honors. The president’s list is a 4.0 grade-point average for the semester; dean’s list ranges from 3.5 to 3.99; and the honor roll is 3.2 to 3.49. Yhoshua C. Ticum of West Wichita and Shelby D. Mansfield of Maize were named to the president’s list. Morgan A. Owings and Thomson E. Ticum of West Wichita were named to the dean’s list. • Five Wichita State University College of Education alumni are recipients of 2017 Kansas Horizon Awards. The Kansas Horizon Award recognizes exemplary first-year teachers in elementary and sec-

ondary classrooms who perform in a way that distinguishes them as outstanding. Alexis Schirmer is a fourth grade teacher at Vermillion Elementary in Maize; Jill Bajaj is a math teacher at Robinson Middle School in Wichita; Oliva Burbach is a fourth grade teacher at Lawrence Elementary in Wichita; Mallory Keefe is a kindergarten teacher of Jefferson Elementary in El Dorado; and Jillian Brock is a special education instructor at Community Elementary in Coffeyville. • WestSider Anny Bohr, a communications major at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was among the students named to the fall 2016 dean’s list. Students with a semester grade-point average of 3.6 or better are eligible for inclusion on the dean’s list. • Lauren Courtney Sloyer of West Wichita, a sophomore at Northland College, has been named to the dean’s list for outstanding academic performance during the fall 2016 term. To qualify for the dean’s list, full-time students must have a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale with no grade less than a “C.” Northland College is a private liberal arts college located in northern Wisconsin. • Maryville University has named WestSider Jessica Miller, an elementary/early childhood education major, to the deans’ list for the fall 2016 semester. Maryville undergraduate students are eligible for the deans’ list when they complete at least 12 Maryville University credit hours in a semester with a minimum of a 3.5 gradepoint average on a 4.0 (perfect) scale. • Molly Goltl was one of 272 students named to Concordia University, Nebraska’s honor list for the fall 2016 semester. The top 25 percent of undergraduate students who complete at least 12 credit hours on the traditional A-F grading scale and receive no failing grades in the semester are eligible to qualify for the honors list. • Oklahoma City University has announced that WestSider Sophia Macias has been named to the fall 2016 dean’s honor

roll. Dean’s honor roll status is awarded to students who successfully complete a minimum of 12 credit hours and maintain a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher. • More than 1,400 students were included on the Harding University dean’s list for grades achieved during the fall 2016 semester. WestSiders on the dean’s list are Garrett Koehn, a biochemistry major, and Joshua Wertz, Bible and family ministry and computer science major. Students must carry 12 or more hours with a 3.65 or higher GPA. • Approximately 8,775 Iowa State University students have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the fall Semester 2016 dean’s list. WestSider Nicholas Henry Nolting, a pre-business major, is among the students honored. Students named to the dean’s list must have earned a GPA of at least 3.50 on a 4.00 scale while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours. • More than 200 Bethany College students have earned semester honors for their academic performance during the fall 2016 semester and have been named to the dean’s list. WestSiders on the dean’s list include Nick Greenway, Tabatha Ihnken and Taylor Wurtz of Wichita, and Jenifer Dye of Goddard. To qualify for the academic honor, students must be enrolled full-time and earn a semester GPA of 3.5. • Ottawa University has announced that WestSider Andrew Suchan is on the dean’s honor roll. Dean’s list honorees must be full-time degree-seeking students who have earned a minimum of 24 credit hours over the preceding two semesters at Ottawa University and earned a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale. • Rockhurst University has announced the dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester. This honor recognizes students who have achieved a grade-point average of 3.5 or above. West Wichita students on the list are Jacob Bothell, Connor Evans, Carmen Macias, Ryan

O’Neal and Abby Sauber. • More than 3, 900 Baylor University students were named to the dean’s academic honor roll for the 2016 fall semester. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must be an undergraduate with a minimum grade-point average of 3.7, while enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours. WestSider Caleb Hartig, a student in the Hankamer School of Business, was among the students recognized. • University of Saint Mary Provost Dr. Bryan Le Beau has announced the fall 2016 dean’s honor list. Taylor Hughey and Melody Klein were among the students honored. Students must earn a GPA of 3.5 or better. • Cloud County Community College has announced the names of students on the fall 2016 president’s honor roll. To be named to the president’s honor roll, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours of college coursework and earned a semester grade point average of 3.9-4.0. WestSiders on the list include Elise Oberlechner, Madison Wright and Marissa Wright of Wichita and Jenna Clasen of Goddard. Wichitans Alex Martin and Sarah Teufel were named to the honor roll. Honor roll students have earned a GPA of 3.6-3.899. • Matthew Henning, a senior physical education major from Wichita, has been named to the McKendree University dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester for earning a GPA of 3.60 or higher. • Rogers State University has announced its dean’s honor roll for the fall 2016 semester. Justin S. Noble was named to the dean’s honor roll. Students on the honor roll have earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher. • Nicholas Nolting was on the Iowa State University dean’s list for fall 2016. Nolting is studying pre-business at the Iowa State College of Business. The Iowa State University College of Business dean’s list honors students who have earned a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

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Even though January’s ice storm From the Publisher’s Files should have warranted a quiet night at home, we had a movie premiere to attend. The occasion was the premiere of “Home on the Range,” a locally grown production that tells the story of our famous state song. The premiere was Friday evening, Jan. 13, at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Wichita. The movie had a feel to it that made Paul Rhodes | Publisher the premiere perfect for one of Wichita’s most historic theater venues. And Kim and I were intrigued by some of the local connections that went into the film’s making, including several of the actors and members of the production crew. The television-length movie tells the story of how Dr. Brewster Higley’s poem “My Western Home,” written in 1872, became the lyrics to “Home on the Range.” It also chronicles the story of Dr. Higley settling in Kansas, the cabin he built in the north-central part of the state, and – years later – the lawsuit that uncovered the origin of the song. The mystique and sheer popularity of our state song, which most of us can easily sing the lyrics to, was enough to nearly fill the Orpheum with patrons on a night when, frankly, no one should have been out driving. But still, there we were. And for me, the intrigue ran much deeper. The roots of this tale were firmly planted in Smith County, Kansas, and more specifically the small town of Gaylord, Kansas. That’s where Dr. Brewster Higley took up residency as he searched for a homestead site in the area. Gaylord is my hometown, and as a boy I remember traveling to the “Home on the Range” cabin just a few miles north of where I lived. Beaver Creek, prominently featured in the film, is where I often played as a boy. More importantly, my ancestors also were homesteaders in that fertile valley carved out by the north fork of the Solomon River. As the story of Dr. Higley’s homesteading days and his involvement in the Gaylord community unfolded, I could just imagine my own great-grandfather’s life in that river valley, and the family he started there. My great-grandfather also built a log cabin near Gaylord, and eventually a two-story house. My father was born in that cabin, and I remember him telling us about it when my brother and I were just boys. Our family cabin eventually became an outbuilding on the homestead, and later was torn down. Luckily, the Higley cabin was saved from that fate, and more recently was completely renovated to save it for future generations. The movie made we smile from start to finish, and brought back many childhood memories of my hometown and my family. I also got a chuckle from the portrayal of a radio announcer in the movie by Mitch Holthus, the play-by-play radio announcer for the Kansas City Chiefs. Mitch and I were classmates and friends in high school, and Mitch’s father, ElDean Holthus, was credited during Friday night’s premiere with helping push the production of the movie along. “Home on the Range” has a lot of sentimental connections for me, and I’m glad I braved an icy night of driving to hear the song’s story. And you can bet that I’ll sing the song even more proudly when its words cross my lips in the future.

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Probably because the Oscars are coming up, several grownup movies worthy of viewers’ attention have been playing at local cinemas. “Fences” is directed by and stars Denzel Washington. It is pretty much a straight adaptation of August Wilson’s multiple-prize-winning Broadway play. I say “pretty much,” because there is one part I didn’t remember from seeing the stage play – and that one part might have stopped “Fences” from winning all those prizes. In any case, in this incarnation, the Denzel Washington character is a vivid and believable, but not sympathetic, man whose self-righteousness is so supercharged that it’s hard to credit him with what he has achieved. And in fact, not everything Washington’s character prides himself on is legitimately his to tout. His house was paid for, not by the sweat of his brow, but by his brother’s disability checks. He pays expenses for two sons but can hardly be credited with real fatherhood in either case, since he seems to be trying to drive both of them away. When the movie’s added act-three material comes around, the play seems almost to be apologizing for a credible and affecting portrayal, as if such flawed people have no place in drama or in life. What Viola Davis, as his wife, and others say about him late in the movie is precisely in line with what they would say in real life, but the contrast in presentation with the earlier part of the film is still jarring. The first three quarters of “Fences” are made up of lengthy dialogues, but the last section includes montages, shifts of locale, quick shots and even stills. Cinematic techniques, but not as effective as the old-fashioned methods the filmmakers could have borrowed from the play. I’ve always wondered whether it is a good idea to enjoy too much triumph in one’s early years, with the whole rest of one’s life one long slide. That’s Washington’s character’s situation, and he can’t handle it. Another current movie that deals

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with themes of race in America is “Hidden Figures,” which gives an apparently accurate condensation of the stories of three black women – played by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae – who were major mathematical workers in support of John Glenn’s circuit of the Earth back in the 1960s. The initial impression is that they form a cliché trio familiar from any number of “girlfriends” movies. But be not deceived: each is a highly developed individual, quite different from what you might expect. Only one is presented as a prodigy (in Analytical Geometry, whatever that is); the emphasis is on all three as dedicated to their jobs despite discouragements and racist treatment (the only ladies’ room they are allowed to use is a half mile away from their desks). Since none of the ladies are rebels or even particularly political, but just workers with an unusual genius for mathematics, “Hidden Figures” is consistently interesting and convincing but not particularly exciting. I’m in a weak position to discuss “Manchester by the Sea” because the theatre’s earphone sets for the hard of hearing failed. I can claim to have seen the whole movie, but I only heard the second half. Ordinarily I would have gone back for a second try at the first half, but two of my friends assured me that doing so would not have changed my analysis or evaluation of the whole thing. See CINEMA, Page 7

“The Founder,” like 2015’s “Joy,” is a business story about an individual (Jennifer Lawrence in “Joy,” Michael Keaton this time) who has an idea (Lawrence: Miracle Mop; Keaton: McDonald’s restaurants) that has to be sold to the business community, for the benefit of society as a whole and the protagonist in particular. I am always hard-pressed to understand business, mathematics and money, but the characters in “The Founder” held my interest from start to finish. While my heart never pounded, my eyes did not close. Like business gods of more recent vintage, such as Apple’s Steve Jobs, Ray Kroc has been described as both saint and scoundrel, and the movie includes material to support both interpretations, but it’s reasonable to suggest that the Kroc of “The Founder” starts with the saints and ends up looking less angelic and more Machiavellian. Early details, such as Kroc’s concern about how to wear a McDonald’s hat and how often to squish hamburger patties, do support comparisons to the Horatio Alger legend of American success. I found it interesting that the whole concept of the drive-in restaurant was something new when McDonald’s was created. “The Founder” impressed me with

Cinema “Manchester” seems to be a convincing portrayal of a society of people utterly stuck in their ways, without any capacity for change or even appreciation of the necessary role of emotion, especially empathy, in society.

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how complicated the business of business is; so did “Joy.” The methods of running a restaurant that Kroc invents are practical, as is the Miracle Mop. Both “The Founder” and “Joy” eventually involve criminal activities, but they are almost incidental to the operation of the businesses in general, as far as I could tell. Recent entries in the business-founder biopic genre suggest that business-focused films are going through a change in tone analogous to what political movies have gone through since the Frank Capra days of the 1930s. The innocence of James Stewart in 1939’s “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” was getting lost by 1972’s “The Candidate,” starring Robert Redford. The worlds of politics and business warp basically good people into people who can justify ambiguous or downright malevolent actions.

Like Denzel Washington in “Fences,” the characters do a pretty good job of going through the motions, but essential feelings are missing. Casey Affleck is an interesting type because he has something of a baby face but doesn’t do baby-face roles and is a very good actor. But like “Hidden Figures,” “Manchester” lacks emotional variety. And, like “Fences,” it lacks sympathy for its main character.

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In setting up a home office, there are many things to consider. Home offices are no longer considered as an afterthought. Mostly, the office is no longer the leftover nook that nobody else wants. With more self-employed people working from home, along with an increase in companies offering flexible work schedules, home offices have become a sought-after amenity. In the real estate business, it’s location, location, location. The same is true when staking out real estate for your home office. Ideally, the decision will be based on how you will be using your office. Evaluate your prospective office space in terms of your need for privacy, access for clients and co-workers, or other use-specific criteria. One person may elect for a separate building outside of the home, while another may prefer a command center in the heart of the house in order to both work and keep an eye on home life. Once you have identified your territory, it’s time to consider your budget. Decide what items are your biggest priority. Besides the furnishings and equipment, there may be a need to get the room itself “office ready.” Compared to other rooms in the home, offices have unique needs in terms of electrical and lighting. Be realistic about your expected costs, but do not take short cuts on the items that will make your office perform at maximum efficiency. Be sure that your homeowner’s insurance covers these additional assets and improvements. How you furnish your office will be different depending on if you are actually running your business at home or if just need a space to keep your household organized. The underlying design principles however will be the same. When evaluating your potential home office equipment, get the best that you can afford and that is appropriate to your actual needs. You may not need the mega-huge office printer but you should select items that will allow you to be as efficient as possible. If you are going to spend a good part of your

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time at a desk, don’t skimp on the right desk and chair. If you are not comfortable, your productivity tends to suffer. Also, look into ways to organize and hide your cords. A little planning upfront will save a lot of frustration later. Less is definitely more when it comes to office equipment and furnishings. Fortunately, technological improvements have made this possible. Computers are smaller, many devices offer multiple functions, and the wireless option eliminates the need for a jungle of cords to manage. Paper storage has always been a big problem, but now much can be stored digitally. The point is to determine what you really need to do the work efficiently. It might be a good idea to also reevaluate equipment as technology changes . With that in mind, you would do well to consider a flexible layout in your office that can adapt to changes. This is where modular units have an advantage over built-ins. One major challenge is keeping the home office functioning like a “real” office. This usually comes down to organization. The lesson here is to have proper storage (and plenty of it) for all of your stuff. Even though we are living in the digital age, there are somethings that are still on paper. And, paper tends to accumulate over time. You should plan to have enough storage not only for now but also for the future. Lighting will be a key component of a productive home office space. Natural light is ideal, as long as you can control the glare. Well-placed general and task lighting are essential. Soft and See HOMES, Page 9

At the beginning of the New Year, many of us resolve to better ourselves and our situations. Here are some resolutions that can improve the health and well-being of your pet. 1) Measure your pet’s food – every time. Eye-balling portion size won’t cut it. Use the guidelines on the side of the food bag (on the low end) and a measuring cup. Seniors and neutered pets need 25 percent less food volume on average to maintain a healthy weight. 2) Purchase age-appropriate diets. Nutritional requirements are different depending upon life stage. Feeding the right diet will optimize health. 3) Try a new activity with your pet. Getting out of the house and down the street is good for both of you, aids in weight control and stimulates your dog’s brain as well as the body. 4) See your veterinarian — he or she will make recommendations to improve your pet’s length and quality of life. Many diseases are easier to manage if diagnosed early. 5) Groom your pet daily. This helps to remove dead hair, distribute body oils evenly, prevents unsightly matting and improves the bond between you

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and your pet. 6) Daily dental home care — brush your pet’s teeth with a veterinary paste and use dental diets, food and water additives, and dental treats in addition to scheduling an annual dental cleaning for your pet. 7) Teach your old dog a new trick. This can reduce cognitive deterioration in older pets. Teaching a new trick or practicing an old one, as well as making use of food puzzles, keeps the neuron firing at optimal levels. 8) Update your pet’s microchip info online or with your veterinarian. This is important to help lost pets find worried owners. Follow these tips to ensure a long, happy life with your pet.

ual matter. The same could be said for the style of your home office. Your office should command productivity, so you don’t want to clutter it up with a lot of personal items. On the other hand, a few pictures or mementos will add a little soul to your work space. Just because it’s an office does not mean that it needs to be stark. This is especially true with a home office. As a matter of fact, many people want the office to look and feel like a living space or, at a minimum, part of the house. Regardless of how you decide to set up your home office, it should be a place that is comfortable and that you enjoy. By setting up your office to be a productive place, you will hopefully be able to eliminate frustrations and distractions that simply don’t need to exist. In turn, you will have improved your own job satisfaction index.

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controlled lighting should be the goal. Whatever type lighting you select, it should be “eye friendly.” Cool fluorescent bulbs are cheap but not a good option. The colors you use are really a matter of personal preference. Some design experts suggest neutral colors are best for productivity, the premise being that these colors do not distract. Other experts recommend using certain colors to boost productivity. Both red and yellow are energetic colors, but even so, should only be used as accent colors. The point is that all experts agree about the psychology of color. How you use color in your home office is an individ-

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Feb. 4 – Family Fun Fair, Botanica Wichita, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free winter party with crafts and activities for all ages. Admission to the gardens and all activities are free. Feb. 4-5 – Wichita Cat Fancy Show, the Cotillion Ballroom, 11120 W. Kellogg. Show hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Adult admission $5, $3 for children 6-12; $10 family pass, good for both days. Pedigree cats, household pets, cats for adoption. Feb. 14 – Insect and mite disease interactions, presentation by Dr. Raymond Cloyd, Kansas State University professor and Extension specialist in horitcultural entomology and plant protection. Hosted by the Wichita Rose Society, 7 p.m. at Botanica, The Wichita Gardens, 701 Amidon. Social meet and greet at 6:30 p.m. Free admission, guests are welcome. Feb. 16 – Kansas Girl Scouts leadership luncheon, featuring award-winning journalist and Wichita native Susan Page of USA Today, 11:30 a.m. at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview, 400 W. Douglas. The leadership luncheon is part of the society’s efforts to raise funds and awareness for Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland. A limited number of tickets to the Leadership Luncheon are on sale now. The public can go online to kansasgirlscouts. org/jpls to purchase tickets for $100 per person to this luncheon supporting Kansas Girl Scouts. Feb. 17-19 – Wichita Women’s Fair, Century II. A plethora of shopping opportunities, motivational speakers, a business workshop, fashion and hair shows, cooking demonstrations, model search, health screenings and a doggy fashion show. In addition to two dozen stages, 385 exhibits will showcase gourmet foods and utensils, accessories, fashion,


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Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2017 is January 29 - February 4. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2017 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.

Catholic School Beliefs: That the Catholic school is the best means available to parents and to the Church for the education of children and young people, because only in a Catholic school can Jesus Christ be taught daily in every subject and activity, experienced daily in prayer, celebrated daily in worship, witnessed daily by Catholic adults, and lived out daily in service. That the Catholic school must integrate faith into the entire life of the student (spiritual, intellectual, moral, and physical) as part of a lifelong process of conversion and maturity. That the purpose of education is to help the student respond to God’s unique plan for them so that they can live their vocation for the glory of God in service to all humanity. That education must teach youth about right and wrong, a better and worse way to live, by infusing moral norms into daily living. Before we make children smarter, we must first help them to be good. That parents are the first and the best educators of their children. Catholic schools help parents best when parents, teachers, and parish cooperate together. That it is our teachers who determine by their witness and teachings whether or not Catholic schools accomplish their mission. That curriculum and instruction is the vehicle by which teachers craft a culture that forms the whole human person instead of merely transmitting academic content. –From the Catholic Diocese of Wichita website

About Catholics schools: In the Diocese of Wichita, we are committed to stewardship as a total way of living for every activity that makes up parish life. Stewardship begins when a disciple recognizes that everything is a gift from God and we are the stewards, or caretakers, of those gifts, but they belong to God, not to us. Stewards develop their gifts and share them with others generously, sacrificially and willingly, particularly through their parish. That means the ministries of the parish, including Catholic schools, are the responsibility of the entire parish, not just those who use them. In the stewardship way of life, Catholic schools are parochial; they belong to the parish. They are not private schools that are owned and operated by those who use them. Therefore, every school family is encouraged to be an active parish steward. Because the entire Diocese is committed to Stewardship, parishes make every effort to make a Catholic education, from kindergarten thru high school, available to active parish stewards without charging tuition. As far as we know, the Diocese of Wichita is the only diocese in the United States where every child of active parish stewards can attend Catholic grade and high school without paying tuition.

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Walk in Sister’s Shoes is a school initiative to raise money to support the St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School Fund. The money raised through Walk In Sisters Shoes helps support the parish schools in our diocese who have less than others. All across the Wichita Diocese, there are children learning about Jesus in classrooms lacking in some of the resources enjoyed in other schools. Many schools are allowing students to pay $1 towards the fund, which also allows them to wear sweats/casual wear for a day. In addition, many schools are doing a penny drive, which is a competition between the classes. There are also used book sales and other various fundraisers, all going towards Walk In Sisters Shoes. Students are asked to support each other. Students in every Catholic school are given the opportunity to help each other, to learn about the life and legacy of St. Katharine Drexel, and to raise funds for the St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School Fund. The results have been astounding. Since 2010, close to $390,000 has been raised to support the St. Katharine Drexel Fund through the efforts of students. Catholic school students are clearly learning lessons that go beyond reading, writing, science, and math, to learning that love of neighbor and caring for each other is just as, or perhaps, more important. They are recognizing the need of others, and have taken action to help by supporting the Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic School Fund through Walk in Sister’s Shoes. Bishop Carroll Catholic High School will raise funds with a 5K run scheduled for Feb. 25. Contact the school for additional information, 316-722-2390.

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Heart recipient meets donor’s family By Sam Jack On Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, two young men were in hospitals, fighting for their lives, and two families were worrying and praying. Wichitan Ernesto Aguilar-Retana, one of three victims, had been shot in the head while he sat in the back seat of a car, four days earlier. Goddard resident Josh Oakley’s medical crisis developed less abruptly. He had been diagnosed with heart failure three months earlier, and told he would eventually need a new heart – a transplant – in order to have a chance at good long-term health. But by that Monday, Oakley was in seriously bad shape. He had been on an external heart/lung bypass machine for 12 days, and doctors had scheduled surgery to place a ventricular assist device – an artificial heart – that would have bought him a few months to a few years while he kept waiting for a donor organ. His sister Krista Prindle told supporters via Facebook that Oakley was suffering from reduced blood flow to his extremities. She asked for prayers. The next day – Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 – was a milestone for both families. Ernesto Aguilar-Retana died that morning. And Oakley’s family waited as Aguilar-Retana’s heart was airlifted from Wichita to Oakley’s operating room in Kansas City. By 5:30 p.m., the donor heart was sewn in and beating on its own. “There was cheering and laughing and praising God for the miracle,” Prindle said. More than a year later, Oakley is studying at Tabor College in Hillsboro. He returned for his senior season as a pitcher on the Eisenhower High School baseball team, and is now on the Tabor team, though he is taking a redshirt for his freshman year. Oakley knew his side of the transplant story, and he knew that his miracle meant the end of someone else’s life. But he didn’t get the whole story until he

met Aguilar-Retana’s mother, Margarita Retana, on Dec. 30, 2016. Deceased donor organ transplants are anonymous unless both the recipient and the donor’s family want to become known to one another. Oakley waited for the donor family, to make the first move toward contact, if they ever wanted it. “I had always been thinking, ‘I’m not going to push the donor family to want to meet me, if they don’t want to,’” Oakley said. “It was a lot easier for me when I found out they were seeking out the recipient.” After Oakley’s medical team passed on a letter they had received from the Retana family, he called Margarita Retana, and set up an in-person meeting for the following evening. For Oakley, it was like a last puzzle piece had fallen into place. “I can’t even describe it. My mental state about all of it has changed after meeting the family,” he said. Margarita Retana felt the same way, according to Oakley. Retana consented to this article but didn’t want to be interviewed. Aguilar-Retana’s sister, cousin and widow were also present at the meeting. “We just talked, and I gave them a little bit of background about me. It kept coming up that they are a very religious family, and I think that has helped them in their grieving process – that God had a plan for it. That’s something that Maggie referred to a few different times, that God had a plan,” Oakley said. On Oct. 27, 2016, a year after Aguilar-Retana’s death and Oakley’s heart transplant, Oakley returned to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City for tests and a biopsy. Doctors found no sign that Oakley’s body was rejecting his new heart. “Which is wonderful, because their statistic on it is that eight out of every 10 cases have some form of rejection happen in the first year,” Oakley said.

Heart transplant recipient Josh Oakley met his donor’s mother, Margarita Retana, on Dec. 30. Other members of the Retana family were also present. Contributed photo

It was something of a coincidence that Oakley and his donor family live in such close proximity. He could have received a heart from anyone within a 500-mile radius of Kansas City, where the transplant was performed. “It’s very nice that we live so close to each other,” Oakley said. “They asked if I would be willing to let them continue to be a part of my life, just seeing me from time to time, knowing how things are going. I was absolutely OK with that.”

Eisenhower students heading to Carnegie Hall In the fall of 2016, three students from Goddard Eisenhower High School auditioned for the Carnegie Hall Honors Performance Series and were accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board. Acceptance to the elite group is a direct result of the talent, dedication, and achievements demonstrated in their application and audition recording. Alyssa Bamberger, Haley Wells and McKayla Lynch will join other performers from the United States, Guam,

two Canadian provinces, and a number of foreign countries for a special performance at world-famous Carnegie Hall, a venue that marks the pinnacle of musical achievement. The Honors Performance Series was created to showcase accomplished individual high school performers on an international level by allowing them to study under master conductors and perform in the celebrated venue, Carnegie Hall. “Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each finalist

should be extremely proud of accomplishing. We processed more than 18,000 nominations this year and have selected nearly 750 of the most talented student performers from around the world. Working with these conductors and performing at Carnegie Hall is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that these musicians never forget,” said program director Morgan Smith. This year is also the first year that the Honors Performance Series is having a young adult honor choir at Carnegie Hall as well. Jenae Maley and Rachel

Wake, both graduates from Eisenhower High School, auditioned and were selected to perform in this choir. The five students, during their high school careers, studied under the direction of Gretchen Bixler at Eisenhower High School. The girls will be traveling to New York City Feb. 2-6. The will spend many hours rehearsing but will also be doing some sight-seeing and catching a Broadway Show. The concert at Carnegie Hall is on Sunday, Feb. 5.

Feb. 9-26 – “Wait Until Dark,” The Forum Theatre Company. Shows 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $25 for Friday and Saturday evenings, $23 for Thursday evenings and Sunday matinees; www.forumwichita.com. Feb. 11-12 – “Carousel: A Concert,” Wichita Symphony, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Century II. Music Theatre Wichita and the Wichita Symphony collaborate for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved musical. Tickets $30-$75, www.wichitasymphony.org. Feb. 12-March 26: “Golden Girls,” Roxy’s Downtown. A theatrical parody of the beloved series starring John Bates, Tom Frye, Kyle Vespestad, Monte Wheeler. Tickets $20-$30. Call 316-265-4400.

Feb. 19 – Delano Chamber Brass concert, 3 p.m. at West Side Baptist Church, 304 S. Seneca. The Delano Chamber Brass will present a concert of light classical, popular and patriotic music. The concert will be about an hour in length. The Delano Chamber Brass is a 28-piece brass and percussion ensemble. This unique ensemble plays music written for brass bands as well as for large brass ensembles. The concert will feature the classical music of Rimsky-Korsakov to the marches of John Phillip Sousa. Admission is free but donations are accepted.

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Feb. 18-19 – “A Night at the Opera,” Wichita Symphony, 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Century II. Witness the powerful bass-baritone of Alan Held for an evening of classic opera favorites by Wagner, Puccini and more. Tickets $20-$65, www.wichitasymphony.org.

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Through Feb. 5 – “The Explorers Club,” Wichita Community Theatre. London 1879, the prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis. The acting president wants to admit a woman, and their bartender is terrible. A brilliant female candidate could shake the very foundation of the British Empire. Tickets $14, $12 for seniors/military/ students; call 316-686-1282.

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Schuckman steps down as Bishop Carroll football coach

For the past 22 seasons on this field, Alan Schuckman has led the Bishop Carroll Catholic High School football team. He also was a player for the Golden Eagles. Schuckman announced in January that he is stepping away for the sidelines.

End of an era During Alan Schuckman’s 22 years as head football coach at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, the Eagles transformed from an average football program to one of the best in all of Kansas. Schuckman’s time as the Eagles’ head coach came to an end in January when he announced at the team’s postseason banquet that he is stepping down. Schuckman said that the decision to step down was not a rash one. It was partly was motivated by the deaths of a pair of former assistant coaches in 2015. “Over the past several years, I felt the Lord was calling me in a different direction,” Schuckman said. “With the deaths of Chris Norgren and Roger Robben, in 2015, I looked at my life and started to re-prioritize what was important in my life. I knew I needed to be a better husband to my wife, Kelley, and four daughters – Kelsi, Kylie, Kassie and Khloe. “My four daughters will be in four different cities next year. I talk family, (but) sometimes my football family trumps what I am most proud of – my immediate family.” Schuckman’s 22 years as Bishop Carroll’s head




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coach began in 1995 and featured State championships in 2012 and 2014, 11 Greater Wichita Athletic League titles and 193 victories – an average of almost nine wins per season. The Eagles have not had a losing season since 1995, Schuckman’s first year. One of Schuckman’s players, Blake Bell, currently plays in the National Football League for the San Francisco 49ers. “It has been an awesome 22-year run,” Schuckman said. “As a coach, you never have time to sit back and reflect on the past season, because you are always working on the next thing. Every year was very calculated, for the past 22 years.” Each of Schuckman’s years as coach at Bishop Carroll began with football season, which he described as a seven-day-a-week grind for four months. The postseason banquet followed as a celebration of the past season, often with more than 400 attendees.

The rest of Schuckman’s school year was filled with senior college placement, winter offseason weights and conditioning, clinics, and scheduling of summer team camps and 7-on-7. During the summer, Schuckman spent his time running those football camps, running Carroll’s weights and conditioning program, and coaching at clinics around the local area. “Somewhere in there, I tried to meet with as many players as possible, one-on-one, to discuss setting goals and how to develop a plan for them to meet those goals they have set for themselves,” Schuckman said. “Goals were set to develop the whole person, which included spiritually, academically, socially and athletically.” And the thing that stood out the most from the last 22 years? “I do know it won’t be what most people think it was,” Schuckman said. “It will be the great relationships I have built with my coaches, players and families.” Schuckman said that many of his best friendships have been formed over the last 22 years.

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“(Those are) relationships I have arts and athletics. When you choose to built with the football family at attend Bishop Carroll, the expectations Bishop Carroll,” Schuckman said. is excellence in all areas of Catholic “(Among the things) that I will really formation. miss is the opportunity to share the “Football hasn’t changed since I have Eucharist with our team every game been at Bishop Carroll,” Schuckman day. I will miss praying with our team continued. “The only thing to change every day. I will miss challenging our are the expectations. We expect chamkids to do good in a world that some- pionship attitudes both on and off the times has their priorities mixed up. I field. Sometimes these expectations are will miss working hand in hand with tough because when you fail, people our players providing service work are there to make you aware of it. Then in the community helping those who again, I wouldn’t expect anything less are not as fortunate as us. I will miss of our programs than high expectathe daily interaction with our team, tions. The kids in our program comchallenging them to be good Catholic pete every day trying to become better young men.” Catholic men – and they just happen to Services offers peace of mind to children just like When asked what made his time Disability as play football.” “I get it. You have a lovely coach at Bishop Carroll so successful, Schuckman still is weighing the opcommunity, a caring staff and Schuckman was quick to credit those tions for his future. For the time being, it smells nice, but what can you around him. he continues to serve as an assistant really do to help my mom?” “This wasn’t my tenure,” Schuckman principal at Bishop Carroll. said. “We wouldn’t have been able to “I will take the next few months to ZERO deficiencies once again from the annual survey conducted by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services offers peace of mind to children just like you. You know your loved one is receiving proven do things here if it weren’t for the help discern and ask the Lord to lead me in quality care and supportive services on a daily basis. and dedication of many people. I was the right direction,” Schuckman said. “I “We are blessed to have mom at Prairie Homestead Assisted Living, it’s affordable, she is happy and I blessed to be at a great school, workhope I can do what I have challenged sleep at night knowing she is well taken care of.” ~Susan ing with so many dedicated educators. our guys with the last 22 years – (make) I may have developed the game plan the organization I am part of better Assisted and Independent Living PRAIRIE HOMESTEAD 1605 W. May, Wichita, KS for our program, but it took many to because I am part of it, and hopefully SENIOR LIVING 316-263-8264 | prairiehomestead.org execute that plan. I believe I am part make a difference in others’ lives, makof a school with winning traditions ing this world a better place because of in all areas, including academics, fine it.”

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For a one-time registration fee of just $40 (per 6 week session), you may attend as many as 18 classes during Adventures in Learning. A catered lunch is available for $9 (advance reservations required) and is followed by lunchtime entertainment provided by local talent. All classes are located at 745 N. Westlink (West Heights United Methodist Church) in West Wichita and are held twice yearly. Adventures in Learning is sponsored by Shepherd’s Center of West Wichita, which is supported by seven churches along with the Wichita Public Library, Presbyterian Manor of Wichita and KMH. Shepherd’s Center of West Wichita is dedicated to empowering active adults to use their wisdom and skills for the betterment of their communities through life long positive learning and cultural enrichment opportunities. Beyond sharing knowledge and exploring new learning experiences, the hope is that people will meet new friends, stay connected and live with meaning and purpose throughout their mature years. If you are interested in learning more about Adventures in Learning or would like to receive a spring program schedule and enrollment form, contact the Shepherd’s Center of West Wichita Office at 316-721-2208, or by email at scwestwichita@sbcglobal.net.

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Aldersgate United Methodist Church - 7901 W. 21st St. N. (west of Ridge Rd.), (316) 722-8504, www. aldersgatechurch.org. Sunday morning services at 8:00 a.m. (traditional), 9:30 a.m. (blended), and 11 a.m. (traditional). Wednesday night activities. Nursery available for all services. Sunday school each week at 8:15 a.m. for adults and at 9:30 a.m. for all age groups. Youth group and youth worship on Sunday evenings. Bible studies, children’s activities, and different fellowship events available throughout the year. Asbury Church – Administrative Offices - 2810 W. 15th St., Wichita (one block north of 13th on St. Paul) (316) 942-1491. Two locations across the Wichita Metro Area. Sunday Services: Central Campus – 15th & St. Paul. Traditional Service at 8 a.m., a Praise Service at 9:15 a.m. and a Blended Service at 10:45 a.m. West Campus – 119th & Pawnee. An Upbeat Praise Service suited for the whole family at 10:45 a.m. Visit www.asburychurch.org to learn more about Asbury’s many family-centered ministries. Asbury Counseling Center information can be found at www. AsburyCounselingCenter.com For HIS Glory Church – 2901 W. Taft St., Wichita • (316) 794-1170 • Worship Sunday 11:00 a.m. •

neighborhood church just around the corner.” Email: swede132@sbcglobal. net; Website: heritage4u.net.

ChurchForHISGlory@gmail.com • Family integrated full Gospel church Hope Christian Church – Meeting where all ages worship and study 10:30 a.m. Sunday mornings, NEW LOCATION - 1330 E. Douglas. God’s word. Worship is casual and encouraging. Goddard United Methodist Church Online at www.hope4wichita.org and – 300 N. Cedar, Goddard; (316) 794- on Facebook. Pastor Mark McMahon. 2207 • 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Worship • markm@hope4wichita.org. 316-648Children’s church during both services 0495. • Nursery Available • 10 a.m. Sunday School • Josh Gooding, Pastor • West Heights UMC – 745 N. Westlink Haley Bieter, Youth Pastor • Children’s Ave. (Just north of Central on Westlink); (316) 722-3805, Email: westheights@ Pastor, Nicole Rbya westheightsumc.org. Sunday services Good Shepherd Episcopal Church 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. (Traditional/ – 8021 W. 21st St. N., Wichita; Blended); Sunday school 9:15 a.m.; (316) 721-8096; Saturday 5:30 p.m. Wednesday meal (during school year) Spoken Worship; Sunday 8:45 a.m. 5:30 p.m. fun classes and study for all Contemporary Worship; 11 a.m. ages; nondenominational preschool, Traditional Choral Worship; Church host to the Shepherd’s Center of School - Children 9:50 a.m., Adults 10 West Wichita providing dynamic a.m.; Children’s Chapel 8:45 & 11 a.m. activity for the Classic Generation, full children’s programming, and an Harvest Community Church – active youth program challenging Worship at 8340 W. 21st in Wichita today’s generation, website: www. Sunday at 10:30 a.m.; Senior westheightsumc.org. pastor Rev. Dr. Dave Henion; www. Pathway Church – Westlink Campus, wichitaharvest.com. Saturday at 5 pm, Sunday at 9 am & Heritage Baptist Church – Corner 10:30 am • Café Campus, Sunday at of 135th St. & 13th St. N., Wichita; 10:30 am • 2001 N Maize Rd (21st (316) 729-2700; Sunday School 9:45 & Maize), Wichita • 316-722-8020 • a.m.; Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.; Goddard Campus, Sunday at 9:30 Evening Worship 6 p.m.; Wednesday am, 11 am & 5 pm • 18800 W Kellogg, Adult Bible Study/Prayer Time 7 p.m.; Goddard • 316-550-6099 • www. Wiseguys 3 yrs.–6th grade 7 p.m.; pathwaychurch.com • Following Jesus/ Nursery provided at all services. “Your In Community/For Others.

The Altar – 321 S. 162nd & West Maple, Goddard • 316-550-6777 • www.thealtar.church • Pastor Marty Freeman • Sunday Service 10 am, Wednesday Service 6:30 pm • Nursery & Children’s Service Provided • Radical Worship. Radical Obedience. Trinity Reformed Church (RPCNA) – Come glorify and enjoy God with us. 3340 W. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS 67203 • Sunday worship 9:30 a.m. • Sunday School 11 a.m. • Evening services 5 p.m. • Pastor Adam King • www.trinityrpcna.org • 316-721-2722 Westwood Presbyterian Church – 8007 W. Maple, Wichita; (316) 7223753; “Simply making disciples who walk with Jesus, grow to become like Jesus, and live for Jesus by loving others.” Worship Sunday 9 a.m. with Praise Team, 10:30 a.m. with Choir; Fellowship and coffee between worship services; Sunday school for all ages 9 a.m. Nursery open 8:45-11:45 a.m.; www.westwoodpc.org. Rolling Hills Community Church (Church of God, Cleveland, TN) – 8605 W. Maple, Wichita; (316) 7221251; Sunday Christian Education Classes 9:30 a.m.; Sunday Worship Service 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday Recharge Service 7:00 p.m. Pastor Mark Ingram; www.rhcc.church and Facebook. ‘We love God, love people, and help people love God.’ Come join us.

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Kitchen Tune-Up delivers new look with big style Whether your tastes are traditional, or run more toward a modern look, Wichita’s Kitchen Tune- Up team can deliver smiles of satisfaction. Over the past 12 years, Kitchen Tune-Up has remodeled hundreds of kitchens. The company’s services range from One-Day “Tune-Up” of cabinets or any interior wood surfaces, to cabinet refacing projects to complete custom kitchens and bathrooms. All of those refacing and new construction options will be available to see at the company’s booth number X301 during the Wichita Home Show. This year’s Home Show runs Feb. 9-12 at the Century II Exhibition Hall. “We’re excited to meet with our soon-to-be new friends at the Home Show,” said Rachel Phillips. Rachel and her husband Adam took over the business last year from Adam’s parents, continuing a family tradition of excellent service and fantastic results for kitchen and bath spaces. “My goal for each customer is to design the most amazing space possible for the budget and then make the whole remodeling process as relaxing as possible,” said Rachel. “Great customer service is the cornerstone to our success. My clients know I will take care of them and their space won’t look like everyone else’s on the block.” For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call Kitchen Tune-Up at 316-558-8888. Be sure to check out the company’s extensive BEFORE/AFTER portfolios on Facebook. When you visit the Facebook page, be sure to ‘LIKE’ Kitchen Tune-Up, Wichita. And mark your calendar for the Wichita Home Show! Come meet the Kitchen Tune-Up team at booth X301, and start making your dreams a reality.

The experts at Kitchen Tune-Up can create just the look you are wanting for your kitchen, from Vegas “glam,” above, to more traditional looks. Visit Kitchen Tune-Up at the Wichita Home Show, Feb. 9-12.

By Michael Berglund


year’s Champagne Ball is taking shape under the leadership of Opera Ball Committee Chairs Georges and Jocelyne Ausseil and Honorary Chairs Tony Caputo and LewJene Schneider, and will start at 6:00pm on Saturday, May 6, at the Wichita Hyatt Regency. As Mark Twain once famously said, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.” The Opera Ball is known for its exciting live auction, which in the past has featured a dizzying array of exclusive items, all auctioned off in support of the WGO and its many programs. To round out the spring season, WGO is planning its first production of an opera by acclaimed English composer Benjamin Britten, best known to concert audiences for his piece A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Britten’s opera Noah’s Flood, based on the familiar biblical story, is widely regarded to be his most lovable work. At its premiere in 1958, critics called the opera “a miracle of inspiration.” Delightful and innovative touches can be found throughout the opera, including striking mugs with wooden spoons to represent the sound of raindrops, and a colorful pageant of children in costume as the animals, parading two-by-two onto the ark. “Noah’s Flood is a wonderful opera, written to take advantage of every artistic resource a community has to offer,” said Mr. Bakardiev. “From the children’s chorus to handbell choirs, homemade percussion instruments, and bugles, this piece is a fantastic community event.” WGO’s new production of Noah’s Flood will open at Holy Cross Lutheran Church on Friday, June 9, at 8:00pm. Holy Cross was chosen both due to Britten’s wish that the piece be performed in a church, not a theater, and for its excellent pipe organ. A second performance will travel to the McPherson Opera House on Sunday, June 11, at 6:00pm. Tickets for WGO’s spring season are on sale now. For tickets, call the WGO Box Office at (316) 262-8054 or online at SelectASeat.com. For more information, visit WichitaGrandOpera.org. Be watching this April, as Wichita Grand Opera plans to announce the details of their 2017-18 Season, which will open in late September at Century II.

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WGO’s 2017 Spring Season Brings New Delights

Princess Aurora greets her suitors in Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty.

An illustration of the animals preparing to board Noah’s ark in Britten’s Noah’s Flood.

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Wichita Grand Opera just released details of their 2017 Spring Season, and it looks to be a fun mix of events coming up over the next few months. “This spring, we’re very excited to bring our audience one old favorite, one new favorite, and one great social event,” said WGO President & CEO Parvan Bakardiev. WGO’s spring season opens at 6:30pm on Sunday, April 23, as the WGO welcomes the Russian National Ballet Theatre back to Century II to perform Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty. The ballet’s glorious music and virtuosic dancing make it the most beloved of all the great 19th century Russian ballets. The Sleeping Beauty was also hugely influential to an entire generation of ballet artists in the early 20th century, including George Balanchine, Sergei Diaghilev, and Anna Pavlova, who – through her astonishing portrayals of Princess Aurora – helped The Sleeping Beauty become the most-performed ballet in the history of Russia’s legendary Mariinsky Theater. Now in its 15th year, the Wichita Grand Opera Ball has become one of the premiere social events in the region, and WGO’s biggest fundraiser of the year. This

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‘Showers Are Us’

Gross Tile ramps up for new showroom, Home Show Mark and Cathy Gross are gearing up for a busy February. From a customer’s perspective, that’s good news. Their flooring and remodeling company, Gross Tile and Custom Remodeling, is busy with both residential and commercial jobs, and they are putting the finishing touches on a new showroom location in the Delano District. That new showroom will be opening in February, providing an additional location that will be convenient for clients from all across the city. Clients will be able to book appointments with the Gross Tile team at the Delano Showroom, located at 1528 W. Douglas, by calling 316-773-1600. And did we mention that the Wichita Home Show is just around the corner? “We’ve been busy so far this year,” Mark said with a grin. “And that’s a good thing.” But not too busy, Cathy added, to keep them from adding a few more projects for clients who want to transform their homes in the first half of this year. “We can certainly tackle that bathroom or kitchen project that you’ve been wanting to get finished this year,” said Cathy. “But now’s the time to get it scheduled.” Gross Tile has grown from a respected flooring company into a leader in bathroom and kitchen renovations, as well as a total remodeling company. It’s a transformation that Mark Gross

Gross Tile’s new showroom in the Delano District will open this month. The showroom is located at 1528 W. Douglas.

relates back to customer satisfaction. “We found that over the years, we had clients who liked our work and wanted us to tackle other projects for them, and we expanded into those areas,” said Mark. “That’s really how we started getting into bathroom makeovers, and then kitchens, too.” The transformation of Gross Tile has spanned nearly four decades, and the story of how the company got to where it is today – and where it is headed – is an exciting one. Making dreams happen These days, Gross Tile is recognized as a leader in bathroom remodeling work, especially in the area of custom, curbless showers. Each year, Gross Tile designs and builds at least two dozen curbless showers, and the results are always dramatic. Curbless showers have become an industry standard, and the Gross Tile team has been designing and building shower systems with zero-grade entries for the past five years. With no ledge or edge to step over, curbless showers are easy to enter, can provide handicap accessibility, and are easier to clean and maintain. “We are able to build these one-of-akind curbless shower systems right into the home’s truss system, so we don’t have to raise the level of the flooring,” said Mark. “We take out the subfloor, rebuild the trusses and build the shower

Gross Tile and Custom Remodeling owners Mark and Cathy Gross are excited about new product lines available for clients. Many of those product lines will be on display at the Wichita Home Show, Feb. 9-12.

system from the ground up, so to speak.” Mark said every new curbless shower project is a challenge for him, and he loves the opportunity to help customers bring their dreams to life. Gross Tile also utilizes Schluter shower systems, which provide innovative and water-tight installation solutions for customers. “When you see the level of satisfaction that a custom-designed project can provide for a customer, it really makes you want to get right into the next job,” said Mark. “And it always means a lot when one project leads to another with our customers.” Plan now for your project Homeowners all across Wichita have learned to trust the Gross Tile name when it comes to flooring and renovation work. And now, with the approaching Wichita Home Show, it’s the perfect time to meet and visit with the Gross Tile team. The Wichita Home Show is set for Feb. 9-12 at the Century II Convention Center, and Gross Tile will

be a major exhibitor. At the Home Show, Gross Tile will be unveiling new large-format tiles, up to 2 foot-by-4 foot, made from high-quality porcelain with an Italian look. The new tiles, which are manufactured in the U.S.A., will expand opportunities for home makeovers, especially bathrooms and showers. Just for the home show, Gross Tile is building a custom shower featuring the new tiles. Be sure and mark your calendar for the Wichita Home Show. Bring your home improvement ideas to share with the Gross Tile team, and let the magic begin. For more information about everything Gross Tile has to offer, call 316-773-1600, or stop by the main showroom at 10680 W. Maple, near Maple and Maize Road. You can also find more on the company’s website, www.grosstileremodeling.com, and on Facebook. And beginning in February, you can book an appointment at the new Gross Tile Delano Showroom. Just call 316773-1600 to schedule a time to meet with the Gross Tile team.

By Sarah Gooding

Flower Fair, a successful business located on Main Street in Cheney, is for sale. Owner Marie Davis is retiring.

Despite enjoying her work and interactions with the community, Davis said she is looking forward to being able to sell the business and spend more time with her husband, kids and grandkids. “I enjoy what I’m doing, but you can’t do it forever,” she said. “I’m wanting to retire, but I may work part time somewhere to have something to do outside of the house.” For information on purchasing the business, please call Realtor Debbie Haukap at 316-644-9114.

Elite Training Solutions: Training with commitment While in graduate school, Wadsworth qualified for the Olympic Trials in the marathon. He trained in Colorado, and was honored to be a part of that group of nationally recognized athletes. Back in Wichita after the 2008 Olympic Trials, Wadsworth went to work as a trainer, and just a few years later was able to launch Elite Training Solutions. From his facility on South West Street, he works with clients of all ages – from middle school and high school athletes up to senior citizens. “It’s everything from athletes who are training for events to people who just want to get into shape,” he said. He specializes in endurance training, running, triathlons and cycling, but can apply his scientific approach to fitness to any and all situations. If you’ve been looking for a way to be more competitive in your athletic life, or want to get into shape the right way, see what Elite Training Solutions has to offer for you. New for 2017 is Elite Training Solutions Endurance, a club team for endurance athletes including runners, triathletes and cyclists. Just contact Wadsworth for more information. You can reach Wadsworth at 316-200-6620, or learn more at www.trainwithnathan.com.

Nathan Wadsworth has the training and background to help anyone with their fitness needs, from athletes to people who just want to get in shape the right way. New for 2017 is Elite Training Solutions Endurance, a club team for endurance athletes including runners, triathletes and cyclists. Just contact Wadsworth for more information. You can reach Wadsworth at 316-200-6620, or learn more at www. trainwithnathan.com.

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Nathan Wadsworth knows the story well: the holidays are over, and you’ve made a resolution to get in shape. You buy a gym membership, and for a few weeks you’re hitting it hard with a crowd of people. Quickly that crowd thins out…and pretty soon, so do you. “Resolutions are all well and good, but if you don’t stick with it, you’re not going to get very far,” said Wadsworth, a Wichita personal trainer who knows from experience the feeling of achieving goals. From an early start in middle school and high school, Wadsworth has been running competitively for years, and now is part of a cycling team that takes on courses up to 200 miles in length. For Wadsworth, the biggest and best challenges in life are tied to his clients. He helps savor the victory whenever someone he has trained reaches their goal. Commitment that goes beyond a New Year’s resolution. Wadsworth has been coaching and training clients for the past nine years. He holds a masters of education in exercise science from Wichita State University, where he was on full scholarship as a distance runner.


For more than 20 years, Marie Davis’ florals have accented many life moments around the area – weddings, funerals or flowers “just because.” Now, she is ready to retire – at least partially – and is hoping someone new will continue Flower Fair’s presence in downtown Cheney. “The business is a going business,” Davis said, adding she started it in May 1996 and built the business from the ground up. “I started rather late in life for that kind of a career. I’m hoping someone a little younger than I am now will just be able to take it and go great guns.” But in the meantime, Davis said the business absolutely will remain open, and she will be there to help all of her customers. The shop is gearing up for Valentine’s Day, and customers are encouraged to place their orders early. Davis, who was 46 when she started the business, said she has learned a lot and seen a lot of changes in the past 20 years. “I had done artificial flowers on my own before, and I just enjoyed being artistic,” she said. “I didn’t know anything about real flowers and how to care for

them.” But, armed with some bookkeeping background and a willingness to learn, she built her business. “Twenty years ago there was no Internet, but I always felt like if you could read you could learn,” she said. “That’s what I did. I read anything I could get my hands on.” Throughout the years she also has gone from handwriting her ledgers to managing everything via computer, but the business hasn’t lost the personal, local touch. “Your hometown floral shop has to offer the personal service and custom orders, but that’s kind of the fun part of it, to be able to do what the customer wants and be able to make it a little more personal.” Throughout the years, she has gotten to know many people in the community and has learned a lot about her frequent customers. “Someone will call and order flowers for someone, and I’ll be able to say, ‘She really loves red,’” Davis said. “I don’t know that about everybody in town, but I do know that for some of my regular customers. “I certainly enjoy doing it. You get to meet a lot of people,” she continued. “I have lots of loyal customers and I’m very thankful for them.”

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When should your child visit the orthodontist? (NAPSI) – While there’s no “exact age” for a child to begin orthodontic treatment, there are a few things to consider. Suggests Dr. DeWayne B. McCamish, president of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), “Somewhere between the seventh and eighth birthdays is generally when a child should visit an orthodontist. If a parent is concerned about something they observe, it’s quite alright to bring in an even younger child. “The orthodontist assesses the ‘bite’ – meaning how the teeth come together. There is a wealth of information we can gather just from watching how a child brings the teeth together. Some problems reveal themselves at an early age, and some of these problems can be addressed while a child still has some baby teeth.” These signs suggest you should consult an orthodontist: • Early or late loss of baby teeth; • Difficulty in chewing or biting; • Mouth breathing; • Thumb sucking; • Crowding, misplaced or blocked-out teeth; • Jaws that shift or make sounds; • Speech difficulties; • Biting the check or tongue;

• Teeth that meet abnormally, or don’t meet at all; • Facial features that are out of proportion to each other; • Jaws that are too far forward or too far back; • Grinding or clenching the teeth. Most children begin orthodontic treatment between the ages of 9 and 14. A check-up with an orthodontist while some baby teeth are still present can be beneficial for youngsters and their parents. “If we determine that treatment will be needed, an early check-up allows the orthodontist to recommend the most appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time. We can also talk with parents about budgeting for treatment, based on their individual circumstances. Orthodontists routinely offer a variety of payment plans, and parents can look into benefits to reduce their out-of-pocket expenditures such as insurance, flexible spending accounts and health savings accounts,” according to Dr. McCamish. Many AAO members offer low-cost or complimentary initial consultations and a referral to an orthodontist is not necessary. Orthodontists first graduate from dental school, and then go on for an additional two-to-three academic years of study at an accredited orthodontic residency program to become orthodontists. Only

orthodontists can be AAO members. You can be sure that you are being treated by an orthodontic specialist when you see the AAO logo. For further information or to find nearby AAO orthodontists, visit mylifemysmile.org.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children see an orthodontist between their seventh and eighth birthdays.

deductible. Be prepared to pay any copayments or deductibles the plan requires before receiving care. Also, before scheduling appointments, ask for a cost estimate for the appointment, tests or service. Preventive dental and vision. Many voluntary plans, such as dental and vision, offer preventive exams, such as routine cleanings and vision exams, that are fully covered. That’s because these preventive exams help to maintain and improve overall health and help reduce health costs. Voluntary coverage is affordable and many plans offer added incentives. For example, coverage for LASIK, dental, vision and hearing benefits can increase from one year to the next for those who continue to enroll and use their benefits. Members could earn monetary rewards to use for dental, vision, LASIK, orthodon-

tia and hearing benefits, care materials and services simply by using their benefits and keeping the benefits paid out under a specified amount. Medical screenings. Routine health screenings, such as mammograms, immunizations, colonoscopy procedures and prostate cancer screenings, which may be covered fully or in part by your medical coverage, can help you stay healthy and lower health care costs. Get paid to save. Many employers encourage employees to save money by matching a percentage of the amount the employee contributes to the plan. If available, enroll in a Health Savings Account or Flexible Spending Account to set aside money to pay for health care costs. Remember that these accounts are not a substitute for the coverage provided by voluntary benefits.


Family Features – Often, employees enroll in medical insurance plans for protection against unpredictable events, sudden illness or serious health concerns that may result in expensive medical bills. Getting the most from your benefits requires understanding coverages and deductibles, as well as taking advantage of voluntary benefits, like dental, vision and hearing, to stay healthy and save money. Avoid surprises. About 91 percent of adults in the United States are confused about what their benefits cover, according to a recent Harris poll. The best starting point is to review your plan so you understand the care and services covered. If you have a high-deductible plan, you will need to pay for most or a percentage of the health costs until reaching the individual or family

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Dr. Parr joins Children’s Dental Professionals Dr. Rebecca Parr has joined the team at Children’s Dental Professionals, LLC. Dr. Parr is providing the kind, compassionate, and competent care that patients have come to expect from the CDP dental team. With this addition, CDP will have more availability to provide care for its patients and families. Dr. Parr grew up in Great Bend, Kan., where she was active in her community, athletics, and her church. She attended Evangel University in Springfield and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2007. She went on to attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. While in dental school, Dr. Parr and her husband welcomed two beautiful daughters, Adelynn, age 8, and Amelia, age 4. She graduated summa cum laude from UMKC in 2012. In 2014, Dr. Parr and her family moved to Lexington to attend the twoyear pediatric dental residency program at the University of Kentucky. Upon completion of her degree, they have settled in Wichita.

The mission of Children’s Dental Professionals is to provide quality preventive and comprehensive dental care in a safe and comfortable environment for children from infancy to adolescence and into adulthood. CDP’s goal is to create positive experiences for children through imaginative surroundings. The practice has created an office that is focused on children, but also comfortable for parents and caregivers. Every detail has been considered from the child’s point of view. The dental office designed dental chairs and monitors placed on the ceiling for children’s programming to make the experience of having teeth cleaned fun. The doctors and the entire team are focused on making every visit to the dentist free from fear and discomfort. Team members encourage children and make them comfortable in the dental setting. Parents can relax, knowing their children are well cared for. For more information, call 316-6132077, or visit www.jumpreachgrowsmile.com.

Son joins parents in family dental practice Charles D. Twietmeyer, D.M.D., is the newest dentist at Twietmeyer Family Dentistry. His July 2016 arrival makes the “family” moniker even more appropriate: Dr. Twietmeyer is joining his parents, Drs. Steve and Becky Twietmeyer, in the long-time family dental practice. “This is where I was born and raised, and Mom and Dad, being dentists here and in the area, were a big influence on my life,” he said. “Science was always my favorite subject, and when I saw how my parents could make their own decisions and set things up in a way that worked well for them and patients, and the fulfillment that they got, that tipped the scales in terms of choosing a career.” Dr. Charles went to K-State as an undergraduate and received a degree in biology. He then received his doctor of dentistry degree from LECOM School of Dental Medicine, studying at the school’s campus in sunny Bradenton, Fla., before moving to the snowbound environs of Erie, Pa., for a final year of residency training. Like his parents, he is splitting time

between the practice’s Wichita office, located at 3920 West 31st Street South, and its Cheney Main Street location, spending Thursdays in Cheney. “It works pretty well for patients, because we have a lot of people who live in the rural area that will come in here for a Thursday appointment. A lot of other people commute to Wichita, and it’s more convenient for them to be seen in that office,” he said. Dr. Charles said he is engaged by the challenge of dentistry, which includes being prepared to provide the best care in any situation. “I like taking care of emergencies, and I like restorative dentistry in general, helping people get back to health,” he said. “I like taking care of kids. And I like that I can work out in Cheney, because folks are genuinely grateful, and it’s a service the community definitely needs.” For more information on Twietmeyer Family Dentistry, or to schedule an appointment, call 316-942-3113 to reach the Wichita office, or call 316-540-3171 to reach the Cheney office.

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A path to better health In 2012, Janssen’s son Grayson, who was four years old at the time, began developing food allergies. “He was having breakouts and respiratory problems, and we were really searching for answers,” said Janssen. Both Janssen and her daughter, Madison, had been going a more homeopathic route with their

“Last year he started developing similar symptoms, and we knew something was up,” she said. “What we found was that we had black mold in the house.” Once again, Janssen was back at the drawing board. She was determined to help her son with his allergy problems through healthy, all-natural products she could make herself. Along the way, she decided she should make her own toothpaste.

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Michelle Janssen, AKA “Bug” with her son Grayson, the inspiration for her new toothpaste.

health, and allergy tests showed that Grayson had a lot of allergies as well – especially to corn. And corn products and byproducts are everywhere. “Corn syrup is in everything,” said Janssen. Once the allergies were identified and Grayson’s diet was modified, he showed tremendous improvement. Janssen was elated…until the symptoms came back.

Before making her own toothpaste, Janssen had searched for a good toothpaste product, but most contained fluoride and glycerin – which takes forever to wash out of your mouth. “I really needed a better solution,” she said. After doing some research – and trying a variety of natural products – Janssen hit on a recipe she liked. Key ingredients included sodium bicarbonate, coconut oil and other essential oils, and natural ingredients like xylitol. The resulting toothpaste cleans and whitens your teeth, and freshens your breath. Her toothpaste, “Bug Paste,” also has the added benefit of adding minerals back into your teeth, which is something most toothpastes don’t do. And, it’s all-natural. “I realized this could be important for other people,” said Janssen. Since then, she’s been visiting with other dental professionals, and getting support for her new product. Now, “Bug Paste” is available for the general public. To find out more about the new, all-natural toothpaste, call 316-530-2284, or visit Janssen’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/BugPaste. From there, you can order the toothpaste, or visit us out at the local Farmers Markets to start a healthier smile for yourself. “It makes me feel good to provide a better alternative,” said Janssen. “It’s limitless what you can do for your health once you start working at it.”


It is often said that necessity is the mother of invention. Michelle Janssen can tell you just how true that is. Janssen has traveled a path over the past five years that started with her son’s food allergies, and ended up with her developing her own all-natural toothpaste that is gaining support in the dental community. Now, her new toothpaste is available to the public, and Janssen is excited to share it with consumers who are looking for a healthier alternative for their teeth, mouths – and body in general. Janssen’s background is in the dental industry. She has been a dental hygienist for the past 20 years, and has worked in the field for nearly 30 years. She came up with her new toothpaste through inspiration from her family and professional expertise. What Janssen has perfected is a toothpaste that produces great results and is gluten free, contains no GMOs, conforms to paleo and vegan diets, and has no fluoride. That’s right. There’s no fluoride in Janssen’s new, all-natural toothpaste. “Fluoride is so toxic,” said Janssen. “A lot of people in the dental community are realizing that now, and this product has been getting support from dentists who have helped me perfect it.” Now, Janssen’s new toothpaste – which she calls “Bug Paste” stemming from her new nickname Bug that she has been given for her family’s permaculture project, Bug and Farmer – has been launched and is available to the public.

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What is in that log cabin? It is so unexpected! Hiding inside that cozy-looking log cabin in Mount Hope, Kansas, is a state-of-the-art dental practice. Mount Hope Dental prides itself in performing the latest techniques including implant placement, oral surgery, bone grafts and orthodontics, as well as all family preventive and restorative care. Although Dr. Newby has been practicing more than 35 years, he is not ready to stop treating his patients, whom he considers his friends. It is not uncommon for the practice to be treating a third- or fourth-generation patient, due to patients’ satisfaction with their dental work. Dr. Neidig has been his associate for almost four years. She has been a great addition to the practice and has given Dr. Newby extra time to spend enjoying his hobbies - skiing, WSU Shocker games, and his four grandchildren who call him “Papa.” Dr. Newby has been published in the Journal of American Orthodontic Society 10 times in the past three years. He continues to advance his knowledge of implant

dentistry through studies at the gIDE institute in Los Angeles. Dr. Newby is also excited to continue studying under Dr. Istvan Urban, one of the world’s foremost authorities on bone and soft tissue grafting. Dr. Neidig has expanded her education and is now also placing implants in the practice. Her other areas of interest include cosmetic dentistry, helping patients improve their smiles, and working with children. She is expecting her second child in April, with her husband Nate. The child will join a big brother, 2-year-old Henry. This is a hometown practice with the latest techniques and technology available. They even have a CatScan machine and offer same-day crowns. The practice strives to help patients improve their lives with healthy teeth at affordable prices. Mount Hope Dental is just a 20-minute drive from Wichita and also from Hutchinson. Come visit an unexpected dental practice! For more information about Mount Hope Dental, call 316-667-2429, or visit www.mounthopedental.com

Inside this cozy log cabin in Mount Hope is a state-ofthe-art dental practice. Mount Hope Dental prides itself in performing the latest techniques including implant placement, oral surgery, bone grafts and orthodontics, as well as all family preventive and restorative care. The practice was founded by Dr. Randy Newby, who has been practicing more than 35 years. Dr. Katie Neidig has been his associate for almost four years. She has been a great addition to the practice and has given Dr. Newby extra time away from the office. For more information about Mount Hope Dental, call 316-667-2429, or visit www.mounthopedental.com.

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Give kids a smile (NAPSI) – Here’s information many families may care to sink their teeth into: Although tooth decay is largely preventable, it remains one of the most common chronic diseases of children. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly one in four children under the age of 5 already has cavities, while tooth decay is four times more common than asthma among adolescents. What’s more, children are five times more likely to seek emergency room treatment for dental problems than for asthma, often because they can’t see a dentist, are uninsured or can’t afford routine care. The effect of untreated carries goes far beyond oral health. Children with toothaches have more school absences, cannot pay attention in school or keep up with their peers academically, and have lower standardized test scores. Yet when state revenues begin to decline, dental care is often the first thing cut from state Medicaid budgets. Restoring the lost revenue has proven to be a difficult and slow task. Many people have asked their state legislators where they stand on the issue. The good news is that tooth decay is preventable. To ensure good oral health for your child: • Have your child visit a dentist for a first checkup by age 1, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. • Use fluoride toothpaste for children over 2 years old. • Talk to your child’s dentist about dental sealants that can protect teeth from decay. To help other children avoid cavities, you can join the largest children’s oral health charitable program in the U.S., Give Kids A Smile (GKAS). In the past 15 years, it’s reached more than 5.5 million children, thanks to more than 500,000 volunteers at thousands of sites. The American Dental Association Foundation provides a toolkit of guidelines and materials, thanks to corporate sponsors such as Henry Schein—a worldwide distributor of medical, dental and veterinary supplies including vaccines, pharma-

ceuticals, financial services and equipment—so dentists can provide free oral health education, screenings, and preventive and restorative services at 1,300 unique GKAS events around the country. Many GKAS events take place on February 3, National Give Kids A Smile Day, and each event is as unique as the volunteers who organize them, ranging from a dental team that sees patients, to a hygienist who provides oral health education in a school, to large-scale events that treat hundreds of children at a community event. Volunteers are the heart of GKAS. The success of the program is the result of the strong commitment these “Smile Champions” show to making a difference in their communities. More needs to be done to help alleviate the silent epidemic of tooth decay and to create awareness about the future of children’s oral health in this country. Research has shown that every dollar spent on preventive dental care could save a patient as much as $50 in restorative and emergency treatments. To help, the program is also working on an evidence-based approach to stop cavities and other oral health issues. The Give Kids A Smile model can be replicated nationwide to reduce the incidence of cavities and other oral health issues for all children. For further facts on dental health and how you can volunteer, donate, and participate in GKAS events, visit www. adafoundation.org/gkas or call 1-844490-GKAS.

At the Tallgrass Writing Workshop last year in Emporia, author Max McCoy said, “Write from the inside out,” during his presentation about mystery writing. When I reread my notes later, the first thing that came to me was that we should live from the inside out. Max was saying that in mystery writing you have to know the nuances of the story – where you’re going with it. While we can’t know all the twists and turns life will present to us, it is helpful to have an idea of where we’d like to go. Admittedly, this is not easy work. Knowing ourselves, our motivations, our weaknesses and the events from the past that affect us today is a tall order. But I think it’s a worthy one. It often means facing things we would rather keep hidden, even from ourselves – perhaps most diligently from ourselves. But when we know ourselves inside out, we are able to look at the world through a less cloudy lens. We can question our reactions because we understand our motivations. One of the things I know about myself is that I have a drive to create. Sometimes that happens with words, sometimes with paint, sometimes with occasions. In all of these things, it’s about creating a connection. I am confident that connection is one of the most important tasks we have

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in our lives. What other purpose do we have? We learn about ourselves by interacting with others. We observe how they respond to things and ponder the applications for our own lives. It’s possible because of the connections we have built. Food is one of the things often with us when we’re making connections with other people. From birthday cakes to family celebrations to lunches with friends, food gives us a way to build traditions and make memories. Our recipe this month is one I’ve shared with friends many times over the years. You can whip it up in just a few minutes and it cooks in the microwave.

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Food is a common thread through human connections

Editor’s note: Patsy Terrell makes brownies and friends whenever possible. See more recipes and stories at cookslibrarywithpatsy.com.


In mixer beat eggs, blend in sugar and melted butter. Add flour, cocoa and salt and mix. Stir in vanilla and nuts. Pour into ungreased microwave safe dish. I use an 8 by 8 glass dish but a glass pie plate will do, too. Microwave at medium (50 percent) for 6 minutes. Turn quarter turn and microwave at 100 percent for 1-3 minutes until mixture begins to dry on top.

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2 eggs 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup margarine, melted 1/2 cup flour 1/3 cup cocoa Salt to taste 1/2 cup nuts, optional

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