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Volume 32 • Issue 3 January 2017
ON THE COVER A Wild Life | 12
Sedgwick County Zoo director Mark Reed is retiring after 37 years at the state’s top tourist attraction. Sam Jack/WestSide Story
WestSide student conducts Wichita Symphony | 4
Features People & Places............................3
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Special Olympics will move to Maize this year | 9
From the Publisher’s Files.........7 Performing Arts Calendar.........8 Dateline........................................14
Honor Roll of Business | 20-22
Focus On Business....................15 Cook’s Library............................22
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Plan ahead, and in the right order On Dec. 18, my sons, Isaac and Aaron, and myself took part in a minor bit of history. We were in the crowd in Kansas City, Mo., for the Chiefs’ football game against the Tennessee Titans, which apparently was the coldest game ever at Arrowhead Stadium. A friend picked up that bit of trivia from the TV broadcast and texted me. I felt the vibration of my phone through three or four different layers of clothing. I pulled off my glove and dug through several pockets in my coat and ski pants trying to access my phone. For the most part, we weren’t that cold. Proper planning ensured that. We had multiple layers of clothing that included moisture-wicking base layers, insulated middle layers, heavy socks, winter boots with the little hand warmer packets jammed in, insulated gloves, hats and hoods. We sat in the sun. It was dry and the wind did not blow, which helped. The trip was a bit of a last-minute decision. My boys aren’t overly materialistic, and this year they have been less than helpful in coming up with Christmas wish list items to be shared with their grandparents and their uncles and aunts. I wasn’t sure what I was going to get them, either. As I was pondering this on Monday night last week, I decided they needed an experience rather than stuff. It didn’t take long to decide we were going to see the Chiefs play. It’s been a number of years since we went to a game together. There was much excitement. We discussed seat locations. A de-
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cision was made. Out came the credit card, and three tickets were purchased. Then, and only then, did I bother to look at the weekend forecast. I saw the dire predictions for snow, wind and bitter cold. What had I done? As I said before, we stayed warm because we planned accordingly. But I have to tell you, my planning was done in the wrong order. Had I seen the forecast first, I think we would have made plans for what to eat from the comfort of our living room as we watched the game on TV. And we would have made plans for a different kind of experience – maybe something indoors, with heating. In the end, the experience was fun, even if the ending of the game was a disappointment. We made friends tailgating. We had a great view of some exciting plays. We had an adventure together, which really was the main point. But the next time I get a brilliant idea, I’m keeping it to myself long enough to check the weather.
From left, Travis, Isaac and Aaron Mounts stand ready to watch the Kansas City Chiefs play at Arrowhead Astadium in 0-degree weather.
• Jessica Gardiner of Goddard has been named to the president’s honor roll at Kansas Wesleyan University for the 2016 fall semester, an honor shared by 119 KWU students. Full-time students with a semester grade point average of at least 3.75 and no incomplete grades are listed on the president’s honor roll at the end of each semester. • Caleb Wiens of Wichita recently was named a Capitol Federal Scholar at Emporia State University. The 2016-17 Capitol Federal scholars were celebrated during an annual luncheon at the Sauder Alumni Center. Recognizing high-achieving students in Emporia State’s School of Business, the program’s scholarships are renewable annually. Wiens is a sophomore majoring in business administration. • Four WestSiders have been named as Emporia State University ambassadors for 2017. A service organization, ESU Ambassadors has a long history of service to the university. They serve in many ways, from campus tours to E-Zone to Senior Week. Students from this area selected to serve are: Olivia Nunnelley of Goddard is a freshman theater/public relations major. Paul Reichenberger of Wichita is a sophomore business education major and serves as social chair. Emily Nelson of Wichita is a freshman psychology/sociology major. Sawyer Barragan of Wichita is a freshman biology/Spanish education major.
experience. Borton, a journalism major from Wichita, was part of the choir.
• Josiah Gray of Wichita was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Gray is pursuing a degree in computer science at the University of Kansas. Gray is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.
• Four Christmas at Concordia (Neb.) concerts brought more than 3,000 Concordia students, faculty and staff, alumni and community members to St. John Lutheran Church near campus. The concerts featured the Women’s Chorale, Male Chorus, Concordia Handbell Choir, University Brass Ensemble, University A Cappella Choir and University Symphonic Band. Participants from West Wichita included Matthew Will, Molly Goltl and Matthew Goltl.
• More than 100 San Diego State University students, including Natalie Borton from Wichita, collaborated on an epic concert production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” SDSU musical theatre graduate students, theater arts undergraduates, a full choir, orchestra and rock ensemble came together with an incredible lighting and projection team for a sold out, psychedelic rock
• Butler Community College recognized 59 nursing graduates during its December 2016 Pinning Ceremony. The Dec. 8 event was held on Butler’s El Dorado campus. Since 1965, hundreds of Butler graduates have received a pin upon graduating with a R.N. (registered nurse) degree. The pinning practice of nurses began in the late 19th century in London. By 1880, this symbolic rite was brought to Bellevue Hospital in New York City. Since then, the practice has become commonplace at nursing school graduations. WestSiders who earned pins include: Jana Kay Clendenin, Chelsea Dawn Decker, Anna Meryl Simmons and Madison Ann Tucker. Clendenin, a Goddard High graduate, was class president.
• WestSider Shelby Craig has been named a Daktronics-NAIA volleyball scholar athlete. She competes for Kansas Wesleyan University Coyotes. Recipients of the award must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and be at least a junior in academic status. The Coyotes also experienced success on the court. They finished third in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference with an 18-4 conference record. Craig also earned top honors in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. She was one of six KWU players on the 2016 All-KCAC teams. Craig was honorable mention All-KCAC. • W. Ashley Cozine, CFSP, CPC, CCO, was recently named president of
the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) during the 2016 International Convention and Expo, held Oct. 23-26 in Philadelphia, Penn. Cozine is president of Cozine Memorial Group in Wichita, Kan., with locations at Broadway Mortuary and Kensington Gardens cemetery. “Ashley is truly committed to the betterment of our profession, and we are looking forward to working with him throughout the coming year,” said NFDA CEO Christine Pepper. “He has a great respect and appreciation for the traditions of funeral service, while at the same time he is forward-thinking and understands the need to embrace change.” Cozine is the only funeral director from Wichita – and only the fourth from Kansas – to serve as president in the NFDA’s 135-year history. He has served on the Kansas Funeral Directors Association (KFDA) board of directors, which included a term as KFDA president. In 2009, he was named the Kansas Funeral Director of the Year. He has also served on a number of NFDA committees as well as on the NFDA’s board of directors in several roles, including at-large representative, secretary, treasurer, and president-elect. Kansas Lieutenant Governor Dr. Jeff Colyer on Dec. 28 announced the first annual Humanitarians of the Year recipients as selected by the Kansas Humanitarian Commission. They are: Dr. Shaker Dakhil from Wichita has spent his life treating cancer patients and started the Wichita Cancer Foundation to help cancer patients with the cost of their healthcare bills. Jack DeBoer from Wichita has dedicated his life to relieving the effects of poverty in Myanmar through the DeBoer Foundation. Dr. Luther Fry from Garden City is an Ophthalmologist who has provided extensive charity care and ensured no patient was denied eye care because of their inability to pay. “Service, volunteering, and giving See PEOPLE, Page 11
• Ariel Rivera has been hired as branch manager for Credit Union of America’s location on Ridge Road. Rivera has previous experience in the financial services industry and is currently completing a degree in business administration with a concentration in management from Friends University. In her new role, she will focus on supporting staff in the promotion of financial services as well as growing and building relationships with current and potential members.
• Kent Weiser, executive director of intercollegiate athletics at Emporia State, named 36 student-athletes from all 15 of Emporia State’s intercollegiate sports as 2016-17 Earl W. Sauder Athletic Scholars. Those student-athletes were celebrated Nov. 28 during the annual luncheon at the Sauder Alumni Center. WestSiders honored include Taylor Sanagorski, a sophomore majoring in business administration, who competes for ESU in baseball; and Shayla Cotman, a senior majoring in accounting, who competes for ESU in track and cross country. Earl Sauder established the Earl W. Sauder Athletic Scholarship in 2004 with a gift in excess of $1 million. After his passing in 2006, the Sauder family has continued to build on his legacy by enhancing the scholarship with gifts of their own.
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Maize South High School sophomore Gibson Bazil conducted the Wichita Symphony in a performance of “Sleigh Ride” at the symphony’s annual Family Holiday Concert Dec. 6. Bazil, who plays viola in the Wichita Youth Symphony, got the chance to make her conducting debut after being recommended by Mark Laycock, director of youth orchestras for the Wichita Symphony and conductor of the youth symphony. “I’d never done it before, but they asked the director, and he thought I’d be a good, enthusiastic person to do this,” Bazil said. “I got to work with Maestro (Daniel) Hege, the conductor of the Wichita Symphony, and he really helped me with some basics and feeling comfortable standing up there. It went a lot better than I thought it would.” Bazil took up the viola in fifth grade, but got serious about it after participating in a Bows at the Barn camp two years later. Bows at the Barn is held at Prairie Pines in Maize and is sponsored by Chamber Music at the Barn. “I’ve gone there every year since, and every year it gets better and better,” Bazil said. “It was my first opportunity to play in chamber ensembles. The first couple years, the kids that are older than you are on a completely other level, so it really pushes you to get better.” Bazil joined the Repertory Orchestra, the Wichita Symphony’s intermediate youth orchestra, last year, and was promoted to the top ensemble this year. Her older brother, Gabriel Bazil, plays bassoon in the youth symphony. In their recent fall concert with the ensemble, the siblings played a contemporary piece, “Global Warming,” by Michael Abels, and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2. In the spring, they look forward to playing Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 (“Little Russian”) and another contemporary piece, “Blue Cathedrals,” by Jennifer Higdon.
Maize South High School sophomore Gibson Bazil conducted the Wichita Symphony for one number last month. Above, she visits with Michael Hanawalt, who conducted the Family Holiday Concert. At left, Bazil conducts the symphony in a performance of “Sleigh Ride.” She and her older brother, Gabriel Bazil, play with the youth symphony. Contributed photos
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to enjoy your living space a lot more if you have furnishings that really work for you. Whether its size, color or functionality, create a room that makes you want to spend time enjoying it. What a nice way to start the new year! Another reason that this is a good time to revisit your decor is that it’s good for the soul. Things tend to look a little dull once the holiday decor comes down. The color, the lights, all of the shiny things make your home feel warm and cozy – when they are gone, it just feels cold and dark. This might be a good inspiration to add some ambient lighting and perhaps a punch of color to keep things warm and cheerful during the grey of the winter months. As a side note: even though the holiday season is passing, there are still a couple of months’ worth of winter still ahead. There may be some of your decorations that you can still use during the cold weather to continue the bright and sparkly feel. There could be some seasonal items that aren’t necessarily Christmas-themed that can still work, like snow-related decor, candles and greenery. Whether or not you make New Year’s resolutions, the start of a new year is a wonderful time to get off to a fresh start. Make the most out of the winter months with some inspiring decor changes in your little piece of the great indoors.
Now that the holiday season is wrapping up, this might be a good time to consider a fresh look for your home. While things might still feel a little hectic, this is actually a really good time to reevaluate your interior design. If you have been hosting company, you have likely been accommodating your guests by making some changes in your interior. This might involve rearranging the furniture, adding extra chairs, pulling out extra bedding and so on. And even if you haven’t been the host, there is the Christmas tree and all of the other decorative items that have been pulled out of storage to adorn your homestead for the last several weeks. In either case, the household has likely not been business as usual. The point is that your house has been temporarily transformed anyway, so why not look ahead? Maybe your furnishings do not necessarily need to go back in the same way. While you may have been satisfied with your room arrangement and decor, there may be ways that it could be improved or at least modified for a change of pace. If this concept sounds interesting, it would be a good idea to start formulating your plans and projects now so when the tree comes down you will be ready to get into action. Sketch out your vision and make notes on changes you would like to see. Think about which items could be removed and what new pieces could be added. One thought is to first try streamlining your furnishings. There may furniture and accessories that really don’t add much to the room. Try simplifying your space down to the lowest common denominator and enjoy a fresh, clean (but not stark) look. It’s far better to be economical with your furnishings than to crowd the room with things just because you own them. Conversely, this might be time to add or replace a few items. You will tend
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Beyond the holiday season
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Bishop Carroll senior Autumn Lungwitz signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Hesston College. She plans on majoring in nursing. She is pictured with parents Amy Rowe and Stu Lungwitz, former club coach Amanda Neppl and Hesston College coach DeeDee Landis. Lungwitz is the daughter of Amy and Edward Rowe and Stu and Rita Lungwitz.
Bishop Carroll Catholic High School senior Brynn Maul signed a letter of intent for basketball with Benedictine College. She plans to major in pre-med. She is pictured with parents, Drew and Jennifer Maul.
Coach Bethany Trimble, left, and mother Gina Evans celebrate with Eisenhower senior Jordan Evans as she signs to play volleyball for Emporia State. Evans is a senior at Eisenhower High School.
Family members joined Jaden Damon to celebrate her commitment to compete in track and field at Wichita State. Standing from left: Dennis Sell, Dianne Sell, Graceson Littleton, Heather Sell and Ashton Sell. Seated: Drake Damon, Jaden Damon and Ashley Sell. Damon attends Eisenhower High School.
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she moved to Chicago more than three years ago. It was a special reunion that brightened everyone’s spirits. From there we poured Katie right into the middle of Kim’s big Christmas Eve family gathering in Hutchinson, and she joined in as though this new family had been hers from the beginning. One of Kim’s aunts even gave her a gift of a holiday T-shirt and gloves that I thought was going to make her cry. She wore them with pride on Christmas day as we made our way to Lawrence, where she got to meet Kim’s daughter and son-in-law for the first time. Finally, her holiday travels ended as I delivered her to Kansas City where she joined her boyfriend Rob’s family for their Christmas celebration. “Thanks for all the driving Papa Bear,” were my daughter’s parting words as I hugged her Christmas night. Her words were simple and true, and her smiling face punctuated the fact that holiday connections with family really are the spirit of Christmas. The miles were many, but the memories will be immeasurable. And my Katie Bear can nap when she gets back home to Chicago.
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My daughter, Katie, certainly bagged some serious miles this holiday season. She was desperate for a nap when she got home for Christmas, but really didn’t get the chance the entire time she was here. There were more miles to be logged, and memories to be made. Katie already earned the automatic distance award, since she flew in from Chicago to see her dear old pop for Christmas. However, her older sister, Abby, might argue that their six-hour drive from Missouri, with two kids in tow, was a lot more of a strain than her hour-long flight into Wichita. The visit with my kids started on Wednesday last week, and our version of Christmas Day was Thursday. As is often the case with such family gatherings, sleep was in short supply. Kim and I had Katie join us for a holiday concert in Wichita Wednesday evening, and it was a delightful way to crank up the Christmas cheer. We even did a little shopping late that night, and around midnight Abby and her family arrived. Two days of holiday fun at my house was punctuated with lots of gifts, more food than anyone should eat in two days, and laughter that sometimes made us cry. We Christmassed the heck out of Christmas. After the first wave of family left, the adventure was just beginning for Katie. We did more shopping on Christmas Eve, which somewhat fulfilled an old family tradition of shutting down stores the night before Christmas. Then we hit the road for a visit to her aunt and uncle’s home in Marion, and Kim’s family in Hutchinson. What might have been totally overwhelming for many people proved to be touching slice of Christmas for my “Katie Bear,” as I’ve called her since she was little. She hadn’t seen her Uncle Bruce, Aunt Brenda and her cousins on my side of the family since before
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Jan. 6-7 The Heather Muller Black Box presentation of “Little Women, The Musical,” Roxy’s Downtown. Revival with the cast from 2013. Louisa May Alcott’s beloved story of the adventures of the four March sisters is brought to vivid musical life with buoyant, joyful melodies, memorable characters, and a big-hearted message. Doors open 7 p.m., performances at 8 p.m. Tickets $25, reservations handled by The Wichita Children’s Theatre and Dance Center. All proceeds will benefit the Heather Muller Black Box Theatre. Jan. 13-28 – “Yee Haw: Branson or Bust,” Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley. Written by Patty Reeder. Tickets for dinner and show $30, $26 for seniors and children. Show only, $20. Call 316-263-0222. Jan. 25-Feb. 5 – “The Explorers Club,” Wichita Community Theatre, 258 N. Fountain. London, 1879: The prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis. Their acting president wants to admit a woman, and their bartender is terrible. True, this female candidate is brilliant, beautiful, and has discovered a legendary Lost City, but the decision to let in a woman could shake the very foundation of the British Empire, and how do you make such a decision without a decent drink? Tickets $14 for adults, $12 for students/ seniors/military. For reservations, call 316-686-1282.
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Jan. 26-28 – “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” Christian Youth Theater. Shows at 7 p.m. Jan. 26-27, and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 28. Set in Oregon in 1850, “Seven Brides For Seven Brothers” tells the story of Millie, a young bride living in the 1850s Oregon wilderness. Her plan to civilize and marry off her six rowdy brothers-inlaw to ensure the success of her own marriage backfires when the brothers, in their enthusiasm, kidnap six women from a neighboring town to be their brides. Shows will be at Isely Elementary School, 5256 N. Woodlawn, Bel Aire. Advance tickets are $13 for adults and $11 for students and seniors; add $2 at the door. Purchase tickets online at www.cytwichita.org or call 316-6821688. Do you have a submission for the Performing Arts Calendar? To be included in the February edition, email information by Jan. 20 to news@ tsnews.com.
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tioning,” Hahn said, adding the Maize and proximate Northwest YMCA facilities allow for a indoor opening ceremony, enhanced Olympic Village and room to expand in future years. Special Olympics Kansas’ games will take place June 2-4, 2017, with track and field, cycling, tennis and athletics events at Maize South and aquatics events at the Northwest YMCA.
The Maize community has a number of long-term connections to Special Olympics Kansas and is preparing to forge an even closer connection. In early December, Special Olympics Kansas announced it will move its 2017 games to the Maize community and school facilities. “We looked at facilities and options and it felt like Maize, at this time, was able to provide some new opportunities that maybe Wichita State was not able to currently,” said Chris Hahn, president and CEO of Special Olympics Kansas. Wichita State University has hosted the games for years, but Hahn said growth in WSU’s summer programs had begun to limit space available for Special Olympics activities. “We’ve been there quite a while and had a very, very good run with Wichita State,” Hahn said. “For several years Wichita State has been expanding a lot of their summer programs and having more offerings and sports camps and things like that on campus, and we certainly understand that. “We were approached by the city of Maize about seeing if we had any interest in what they had to offer,” Hahn continued. Those involved in the conversation included Matt Jensby, police chief with the city of Maize and president of the USD 266 Board of Education, Maize’s city administrator Richard LaMunyon (founder of 1981’s original torch run, now Special Olympics’ largest grassroots fundraiser worldwide) and USD 266 superintendent Chad Higgins. “Both the city and the school district are very excited to have Special Olympics come here,” Jensby said. “It’s going to be a great benefit to the city and a great benefit to those athletes and their families.” Jensby said both the city and school district have strong commitments to individuals with disabilities which provides a great volunteer force. Combined with state-of-the-art facilities, Hahn said Maize’s offerings made it a very attractive host location. “Special Olympics in the United States has a program called Unified Champion Schools, and that is a program where regular education students and special needs students work together in programs,” Hahn said. “As an organization we’ve taken a very strong focus on the relationships in the schools between these groups of students. The students of today are the future learners of tomorrow, and their exposure and understanding of individuals with disabilities (is important) as they get into the leadership roles in their communities.” He said this partnership will grow and expand in the
coming months, with a lot of offshoot programs being integrated in the Maize calendar schedule. The event also will allow Maize the opportunity to show off and utilize some of its brand new facilities. “Maize South is where the games will be hosted, and they have added to their commons area, which is also their lunchroom, so over the course of the even the athletes will be able to be in there in the air condi-
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Special Olympics coming to Maize
Each year the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) sponsors a national essay contest for middle school students, called Patriot Pen. The contest is on several levels – local, district, state, and national. The national winner receives an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the national competition that awards prizes ranging from $500 to $5,000. The contest consists of the student writing a 300-word essay on a patriotic topic that is selected by the national committee every year. VFW Post 3115 participates in this contest and gives cash awards to the top three entries submitted to our post. We then send our winners to the District competition. This year, eight students from John Marshall Middle School competed in the contest, with the help of their teacher, Arvilla Bennett. Additional entries came from St. Joseph Catholic School. The second-place winner from John Marshall, Miranda Williams, also won third in the district completion. In addition to winning $75, she also received a $50 gift card for Walmart. Application forms can be obtained by contacting Post 3115 in the fall.
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Winners named in VFW’s Patriot Pen contest
The top winners in VFW Post 3115’s Patriot Pen contest are, from left, third-place winner Blanca Rivas, runner-up Miranda Williams, and winner Maddox Kafka. Contributed photo
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back are values I have always been very passionate about,” said Colyer. “It is my distinct pleasure to honor these very worthy Kansas humanitarians. I hope this annual award will inspire others to service and follow in the footsteps of these Kansans who give back so much to their communities.” The Kansas Humanitarian Commission works to empower Kansas citizens and businesses to serve their communities, meet local and global humanitarian needs, and promote a spirit of service through dialogue, acts, and commerce. The commission was started by Dr. Colyer in late 2015 and is made up of community leaders from throughout the state. The commission used the following criteria for selecting the winners: The individual has displayed a dedicated commitment to serving their community, state and country; the individual has volunteered their time to help those in need at a nonprofit, community organization, faith-based organization, business, school or national service program; the individual has consistently put the needs of others above their own; the individual has set themselves apart from their peers through service; the individual is a Kansan. • Twenty-five area young professionals have been selected to participate in the 2017 Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW) Leadership Academy, a leadership development program for young professionals who are interested in growing their leadership capabilities.
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Leadership Academy participants were nominated for the class by members of the community and then completed an application, which was reviewed by a selection committee. The program educates YPs on their personal styles, values and strengths so they can grow as leaders, motivate others and impact change in their organizations and communities. The program, which will begin in January, includes six weekly sessions that feature interactive exercises, issue exploration, self-assessments, and in-depth conversations with Wichita’s top community and business leaders. 2017 Leadership Academy participants are: Alyssa Peppiatt, BKD, LLP; Ann Marie Siegwarth, Envision, Inc.; Ashley Lunkenheimer, Wesley Medical Center; Branden McLaughlin, CrossFirst Bank; Chloe Stevenson, Apples & Arrows; Cyle Barnwell, BELT Leasing; Destiny Pello, Emprise Bank; James Holland, Westar Energy; James Nixon, Airbus Americas Engineering, Inc.; Jenna Reid (Kramer), Sullivan Higdon & Sink; Jennifer McDonald, CCH, A Wolters Kluwer Business; Jessica Long, Delta Dental of Kansas, Inc.; Jessie Rainey, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; Kristen Zemanick, Koch Industries, Inc.; Kyle Womacks, Emprise Bank; Lauren Clary, Professional Engineering Consultants, P.A.; Mary Hetherington, Wichita Community Foundation; Matt Spahn, Martin Pringle Oliver Wallace & Bauer, L.L.P.; Megan Lovely, City of Wichita; Mike Heldstab, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran; Rachel Sweet, Via Christi Health; Ravon Kirkendoll, BG Products, Inc.; Shannon Vande Brake, Textron Aviation Inc.; Steven Suellentrop, Legacy Bank; and Teddy Farias, Wichita Area Technical College.
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A wild life Zoo director Mark Reed retires after 37 years in Wichita Story
When WestSider Mark Reed joined the Sedgwick County Zoo as assistant director in 1979, he promised founding director Ronald Blakely that he would stick around for at least five years. He kept that promise and more, spending over 37 years at the zoo and serving as one of only two directors so far in its 54-year history. On Dec. 14, he was cheerful, if wistful, at his impending retirement, which began a week later. “It was time; I just wanted to start that next chapter in my life,” he said. “I’ve loved every day, looked forward to every day. I’ve had the opportunity to work with people who have a passion for wildlife and conservation, and believe in the mission to give people greater appreciation for animals and the natu-
ral world.” Reed grew up with zoos and with animals. His father, Theodore Reed, served as director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and was at the helm when that zoo became the only one in the U.S. to host Chinese giant pandas. Earlier, Theodore Reed was a veterinarian at the Portland, Ore., zoo, and son Mark has childhood memories of accompanying his father on nighttime rounds and seeing his first elephant, named Rosie. “I did absorb a lot from my father,” Reed said. “I always had a love of the outdoors, and working at a zoo seemed to be a natural follow-through.” Reed’s first zoo job was as a keeper in San Antonio. “I worked with mammals – everything from chimps and gorillas to elephants and rhinos. My first day on the job, I was hosing down a Rocky Mountain sheep
exhibit and stopped to light a cigarette – I smoked back then – and there’s a rattlesnake at my feet. Well, I had rubber boots on, so I just took a rake and scooted it away,” Reed recalled. Reed’s graduate school research helped him get a promotion to general curator in San Antonio, and he held that post for five years before coming to Wichita Aug. 16, 1979. At that time, the zoo was eight years old, and its two major supporters – Sedgwick County and private donors through the Sedgwick County Zoological Society – were busy growing it from its initial footprint, which included only the American and Asian farm exhibits. The reptile and amphibian house opened in 1974, followed by the jungle room in 1977. Soon after Reed’s arrival, the South American Pampas and Australian Outback exhibits were created, and the Apes and Man
The American Prairie’s large bison habitat incorporated several innovations into its design, and its playful river otters are a favorite for both kids and adults. Another innovation became something of a headache for Reed and other zoo staff. “We had what we thought, in this country, was the first walk-through prairie dog village. Well, the prairie dogs figured out how to walk through, too,” Reed said. “We had loose prairie dogs out there from 1994 probably all the way to 2000. It took us months to catch them all, and it took us forever to catch the very last one. Monkey biscuits, peanut butter and apples finally did the trick.” After quashing the jailbreak, the zoo raised the walls around the prairie dog village and replaced the underground chain link that keeps prairie dogs from digging their way out. There have been no escapes since. “The one lesson I’ve learned that I try to pass on to everybody is, you can never make a positive statement about an animal, because it’ll always make a liar out of you,” Reed said. “We have all
sorts of designs that say a giraffe can’t step over those rocks or won’t go down this incline. When I see them do it, I say, ‘Guess they didn’t read the book.’” In the years that followed, Reed oversaw the development and construction of the Koch Orangutan and Chimpanzee Habitat, the Oliver Animal Hospital, the Pride of the Plains lion exhibit, the Downing Gorilla Forest, a newly expanded education building, Cessna Penguin Cove, the Slawson Family Tiger Trek and, most recently, the Reed Family Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley, which the zoo board named in honor of Reed, his father, and other family members who supported their work. “The job I’m doing now is not the same job I did 25 years ago,” Reed said. “So much of it is... communityoriented, fundraising and building relationships with other entities within the community. I liked animals and Mark Reed has seen the Sedgwick Counloved being involved, and next thing ty Zoo grow by leaps and bounds since you know I’m sitting behind this desk, it opened. Reed became director of the looking at this computer. My (goal) is to zoo in 1991, and in that time oversaw get out into the zoo, at least for an hour the construction of many new exhibits. See REED, Page 23
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exhibit followed in 1982. “I came in August, and it was hot. There was no shade; most of the trees were no taller than eight feet. We only had one air-conditioned building for the public, the amphibian and reptile building,” Reed recalled. In the years that followed, “We grew the collection into one of the largest in the country. If this had just been a county zoo or a society zoo, it’d be half the size. There’s not another community our size with a zoo this large.” One advantage Reed inherited when he became Blakely’s successor as zoo director, in 1991, was a master plan. Right from the start, zoo boosters envisioned filling the zoo’s 247 acres with exhibits and attractions. The first big expansion project he led was the American Prairie exhibit, which opened in 1993. “We were pleasantly surprised by the reaction of the public,” he said. “You don’t think it’s quite as exciting as gorillas, elephants, tigers and penguins, but this was the first one where the community donated the money to build the exhibit, and there was a real appreciation for our Kansas prairie heritage.”
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New kitchen is functional and beautiful
A maple, Scandinavian style, flat-slab door on the upper cabinets created a light – but not white – kitchen for a Kitchen Tune-Up customer. A wall was removed to create the open layout.
cabinets, in the same style, were stained stone gray. The cabinets in the area surrounding the wine cabinet are coppertoned acrylic to match the copper backsplash. And, to top it off, granite countertops on the perimeter of the kitchen were done in a sparkling metallic silver, and a coastal sand pattern was
used on the island.” “The focal point for this space is the copper metallic-style backsplash surrounded by sea green glass tiles and modern stainless steel range hood,” said Rachel. “In the end, we were able to provide the homeowner with a completely renovated kitchen that gave them
the workspace they needed and kept the look and feel very simple, yet beautiful.” The homeowner was in complete agreement. “We wanted the space to be restful and functional. Since we have a lot of art to display, we wanted the color to come from that. We couldn’t be happier with the results!” Kitchen Tune-Up has remodeled kitchens and baths since the local franchise was launched in 2005. The company’s services range from OneDay Restoration or “Tune-Up” of cabinets or any interior wood surfaces, to cabinet refacing projects to complete custom kitchens and bathrooms. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call Kitchen TuneUp at 316-558-8888. Be sure to check out the company’s extensive BEFORE/AFTER portfolio on Facebook! When you visit the local Kitchen Tune-Up Facebook page, be sure to ‘LIKE’ Kitchen Tune-Up, Wichita.
The experts at Kitchen Tune-Up have done it again, with a total kitchen remodeling project that left the homeowners beaming with excitement for the holiday season and the New Year. If you’re ready to transform your kitchen, it’s time to call Kitchen TuneUp. Now that the New Year is here, you can schedule a truly remarkable transformation for your kitchen or bathroom space. Kitchen Tune-Up owners Adam and Rachel Phillips offer a variety of renovation and remodeling services, and can create the space you’ve always dreamed about. On this recent project, a wall was removed to produce an open layout. This provided space for additional cabinets that include a pantry and wine storage. “The customer wanted a light, but not white, kitchen,” said Rachel. “For a clean modern look, we used a maple, Scandinavian style, flat-slab door for the upper cabinets. And for more interest, the lower
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It’s all about choices Oxford Villa provides unique apartments for active seniors If you’re ready for a more carefree lifestyle that also can include a host of amenities at your fingertips, then get ready to experience the opportunities waiting for you at Oxford Villa in west Wichita. Conveniently located on the Oxford at New Market campus near 29th and Maize Road, Oxford Villa is the newest addition to the Oxford Senior Living group. Oxford Grand was launched three years ago on the campus in northwest Wichita, and that facility focuses on assisted living and memory care. Now, Oxford Villa has been completed and is creating a whole new
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Apartment options include studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. From there, residents in the 108 units at Oxford Villa can choose from a lengthy list of amenities to enhance their lives and their living arrangements.
Teressa Hatfield, director at Oxford Villa, said the facility offers stress-free living for seniors.
opportunity for seniors who are totally independent and ready to enjoy apartment living at its finest. “This is the perfect alternative for independent people who don’t want to deal with maintenance and other issues anymore,” said marketing director Coryanne Graham. “This is maintenancefree living at a great rate.” The concept with Oxford Villa is new to the Wichita area, and is creating opportunities in senior living that just didn’t exist before, said Graham. There’s no buy-in fee – just a one-time deposit and your monthly rent. Apartment options include studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. From there, residents in the 108 units at
Oxford Villa can choose from a lengthy list of amenities to enhance their lives and their living arrangements. The two-bedroom apartments are spacious and in high demand, said Graham. All of the one-bedroom apartments also include “bonus rooms” that can be used for sewing, crafting or as an office. And for many residents, the ease and convenience of the studio apartment options will be just perfect, said Graham. “Wichita doesn’t have anything like this right now,” said Graham. Other apartment facilities have all-inclusive rates, but residents often end up paying for amenities they never use. That is not the case at Oxford Villa. Oxford Villa has partnered with other entities, like Home Instead, to provide a variety of services including home health, shopping, transportation, dry cleaning and more. Living space options include handicapped accessibility for those who need it, additional storage and garages. From the minute residents move into Oxford Villa, the focus will be on atmosphere, socialization, convenience, and outside services that each resident
selects on an “al a carte” basis. Heading up the staff at Oxford Villa is director Teressa Hatfield, who started with Oxford Senior Living nearly four years ago and worked at the company’s Glen Carr House, an assisted living and memory care facility in Derby. She was the facility’s life engagement director, and is excited to head up operations at
Oxford Villa. “Seniors are my passion, and this is going to be a fun place for seniors to live a stress-free life,” said Hatfield. “We’ll have all sorts of trips, social gatherings and parties.” When spring comes, an expansive courtyard behind the apartment building will be a center of activity, Hatfield said. And, she’ll be planning events that incorporate the best of what the city of Wichita has to offer. “We want to pull Wichita’s energy into this building,” she said. Oxford Villa started placing residents Dec. 1. A grand opening celebration is being planned for Jan. 28 At Oxford Villa, 3130 N. Parkdale Circle, just west of Maize Road on 29th Street. The grand opening will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and visitors are asked to RSVP by calling 316-213-2340. “This will be a great opportunity to visit the facility and look at all of our models at your leisure,” said Hatfield. “There’ll be numerous giveaways and door prizes, including a big-screen TV, good food, and lots of people to answer questions. “This community represents a change with the times, and you owe it to yourself to see what Oxford Villa has to offer.”
Oxford Villa is located on the Oxford at New Market campus near 29th Street North and Maize Road. It opened in December.
When she got laid off from Pioneer Balloon, Michael decided to try real estate sales. She had other family members in the real estate industry, and they reminded her that she had the ability to sell, so why not make it real estate. “I learned a lot with Pioneer Balloon, and I discovered a lot about myself and what I wanted,” said Michael. Within a month after joining Coldwell Banker Plaza Real Estate, Michael was listing houses and working as a buyer’s agent. “It has really taken off,” said Michael. “I’m thankful for everything I’ve learned in the past, and I’m ready to take on more challenges in the real estate market.” In her new career, Michael works with people from diverse backgrounds every day, and is thrilled when she can help someone find the perfect home. “I really, really enjoy this,” said Michael. “A great day starts every morning!” She and her husband Mike live in rural Cheney, and that background has
helped her with rural sales. She also is knowledgeable about selling homes in the city, and has had a successful first year on the job. “The volume of sales has been pretty remarkable,” said Michael. She credits
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Coldwell Banker Plaza Real Estate with being supportive of her efforts, and its network of agents in and around Wichita also has been a plus. “I have access to a wealth of homes that haven’t even been fully placed on the market,” said Michael. “We’re able to network together and sometimes help find the right buyer for a home even before it’s officially listed.” Whether you’re looking to find just the right home in Wichita, or want to move into the country or one of the suburban communities around Wichita, Marla Michael can connect it all together and help you find the perfect home – or sell your current home. “It’s a goose bump feeling when I help a client find their perfect home,” said Michael. “And that’s what I’m trying to do for all of my clients.” For more information, call Marla Michael at 316-993-1222. You can also find her at Facebook.com/MarlaSellsHomeSweetHomes and she has a new website under construction.
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Marla Michael gets goose bumps when she knows she’s helped a client find their perfect home. Michael is new to the real estate industry in and around Wichita, but her energy and enthusiasm already have helped her reach a surprising level of success with Coldwell Banker Plaza Real Estate. Now you can tap into that enthusiasm to find your “Home Sweet Home,” or to sell your current home. “I just had a client tell me, “You have the enthusiasm for my house, and that’s why I’m hiring you,’” said Michael. “‘You sold me on my own home and reminded me why I fell in love with it in the first place.’” That kind of confidence in Marla Michael’s ability to sell is the cornerstone of her success as a real estate agent for Coldwell Banker Plaza Real Estate. She just changed careers earlier this year after more than two decades running her own special events decorating business and then working for Pioneer Balloon.
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Addison Adams remembered by friends, family Story by Sarah Gooding
“She started shooting in the backyard and she liked it,” said her father, Chris Adams. “She wanted to do the (school) talent show.” However, because the talent included items that could be considered “weapons” they screened it with administration first. “She was absolutely amazing with a bow and with her archery,” Miller said, adding that after seeing Addison’s talent the school approved her entry. Addison’s entry inspired others to try both archery and the stage. “She started something,” Miller said. “Even here at Oak Street how many kids would have never picked up a bow? Kids that have never even thought about getting up in front of a group … have turned (talent show entries) in because of what she has started.” Archery also provided early clues that something was amiss. “She had told me in December she didn’t like archery any more because she didn’t like being told what to do,” said her mom, Kindra Adams. After the first of the year, Addison had a tough time holding her bow and ended up being injured by the string.
Addison Adams will be remembered as a caring friend who loved hearts and the color purple; a sassy daughter; a quiet leader; a talented young archer; a well-mannered student with a wellknown, distinctive eye roll and a fighter who defied physician’s predictions time and time again in her battle with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, a pediatric brain cancer. Addison, 9, died Dec. 5, 2016. Her love of archery inspired an international “Arrows for Addison” support network, but those closest to her remember her friendship and caring spirit most. “One thing about Addison that I think everyone always talks about was her personality,” said Ashley Miller, principal of Oak Street Elementary, where Addison attended kindergarten through fourth grade. “Addison was spunky and she had that personality about her … but one thing about her was she was a pleaser. She didn’t ever want to hurt feelings. She’d do things to make sure everyone was happy. She may have that eye roll, and she may have that sarcasm, but she was never disrespectful and she was always a pleaser.”
Everyone’s friend Friend and classmate Ashley Poe said she misses Addison’s smile. “She always brightened up the room,” Poe said. “I was happy, she was happy. We started (being friends) in kindergarten and were friends all the way through.” Addison was always one to reach out and offer friendship, said teacher Tara Johnson. “She was a student I would put with new students,” Johnson said. “(On the Tuesday after her death) the kids could make purple hearts to either write memories or a note to Addison’s parents, and there were probably six different hearts that said, ‘Addison was my first friend.’” Addison had a spunky, teasing side as well. “She was not a fan of unicorns and I
Addison Adams smiles for a picture in front of the Kölner Dom Cathedral in Cologne, Germany during a July 2016 trip with her mom, Kindra Adams. Contributed photo
am not a fan of hippos,” Johnson said. “Addison would hide pictures of hippos around my room and/or in the hallway, and I would do the same thing with unicorns. Last year I came back and there was a hippo sitting in my chair and there was an Arrows for Addison bracelet on it. She was so fiery, but in the best way
possible. You couldn’t be around her and not be happy.”
Arrows for Addison For her seventh birthday, Addison received a pink bow, and quickly demonstrated her proficiency with archery.
Addisons’s diagnosis, DIPG, was terminal from the very beginning, according to Chris Adams, and the family’s focus shifted to extending her quality of life and making as many memories as possible. The family went on a Make A Wish cruise in the Bahamas, spent time in Michigan with extended family, visited Branson and Addison and her mom, Kindra Adams, traveled to Germany twice for immunotherapy.
Monkey in my Chair Upon diagnosis, “Nana” also entered the scene. “Addison basically got this monkey and it comes in a bag,” Poe said. “Whenever someone is sick for a long time like she was sick the monkey would replace her. It was basically an
Oak Street family As Addison became weaker, the Adams’ home became the favorite place for everyone who loved her to come hang out, especially teachers from Oak Street. Andrea Douglass, Addison’s thirdgrade teacher, said she and Addison would text each other about the classroom, and during her visits they enjoyed reading “Mother Bruce,” a more sarcastic version of “Mother Goose.” Miller said during her daily visits she and Addison would talk about the Goddard High Lions football team (of which Addison became an honorary captain) and their run to the state championship game. “We had a day during conference week where we must have hosted 15 teachers,” Chris Adams said. “They were in and out of the school all day and came over in waves, and it was awesome.” Addison surprised everyone by continuing to hang on, even after she could no longer eat. “At first we thought she was hanging on for Halloween and then we thought
she was hanging on for Thanksgiving and then it started creeping into our minds that she may be hanging on for Christmas,” Chris said. Miller said she thinks it may have been more about Addison’s care for those around her. “I think that’s why she held on so long,” she said. “I think she had to make sure everything was OK with everybody.”
Purple lights As Addison continued her fight, her parents installed purple bulbs in their home’s exterior light fixtures, and they were heartbroken when the bulbs were stolen on Thanksgiving. Neighbors in Goddard’s Seasons subdivision responded with solidarity, with so many purchasing purple bulbs that they reportedly became difficult to find in area stores. Upon hearing the news of Addison’s death, many others went searching for bulbs to shine in her honor. Neighbor Brad Boyer saw the need and acted on it. “I work at Home Depot on the east side, so I thought I’d see what I could get,” he said, adding the store donated 15 bulbs so neighbors could add their light fixtures to the show of support. “They were very appreciative,” Boyer said of the neighbors. “They were just happy that they had a way to show support.” Those lights still shine brightly each evening, and Kindra Adams said that support means a lot. “We’re getting support from people we’ve never met, even just here in the neighborhood,” she said. “It’s really neat just knowing she’s touched so many people who never knew her or saw her in person.”
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Addison, but a monkey.” Nana became a fixture in the third and fourth grade, and Kindra Adams said Nana had some great adventures in Addison’s place. “The kids got really attached to Nana,” Miller said. “They carry that monkey to lunch, specials, all over. It goes on field trips. It goes everywhere.” Nana and Addison’s class also covered Addison’s lines at a fourth-grade music performance in November. “She wanted a part, so I gave her a big part so she could shine at the concert,” said music teacher Jackie Blackman. “She still shined — just in a different form.”
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36 Years Warming Trends Owners: Dan and Jeannie Herpolsheimer Reliable family owned and operated specialty hearth retailer carrying Valor, Jotul, Harman, Buck Stove, Broilmaster, and more! Knowledgeable staff committed to keeping your home safe. See us for all your fireplace and BBQ desires. 3101 N Rock Rd (behind Jimmie’s Diner) 316-636-9677
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Good things happen out of our comfort zones We should do things that places and new ideas.” Cook’s Library scare us. When we are uncomBecause of my willingness to fortable we have a chance to step into the unknown, I’ve had grow. If we keep doing the opportunities that could not have same things over and over we been anticipated. They weren’t get very practiced at them, but planned. They just happened we don’t learn anything new. because I said “yes” to someWhen we’re doing something thing that eventually led to those so different that it scares us we moments. In retrospect, everyone have the opportunity to learn. thinks it’s obvious. When you’re We figure things out. We grow. taking the initial leap, everyone Patsy Terrell Sometimes we also come thinks it’s crazy. up with innovations that But how else do we truly learn? those deeply embedded in a particular field can’t see. It’s one thing to study something and another to live There’s a website where scientists post problems it. they’re working on and others try to solve them. If you’re not a person who likes to take big risks, The interesting thing is that the people who solve start with a small one. Try a new recipe or learn a long-standing problems in one discipline are usually foreign language. Eventually maybe you’ll want to from a different one. They are able to see beyond throw a dinner party with that recipe or travel where what is believed to be possible. you can try out that language. More than once I have gone into careers where I Here’s a recipe I know will garner you rave reviews had no background or training. That was sometimes at that dinner party. It’s one of my favorite cakes. terrifying – it was my livelihood, after all. But these were also huge opportunities to have experiences Carrot cake is a great way to celebrate doing someI wouldn’t have had any other way. In my personal thing that scares you. Find more recipes and stories life I live by the motto to “seek – new people, new at cookslibrarywithpatsy.com.
Carrot Cake 2 cups sugar 1 1/2 cups salad oil 4 well-beaten eggs 2 cups flour 2 tsps. baking powder 1 tsps. ground cinnamon 1 1/2 tsps. baking soda 1 tsp. salt 1 cup chopped pecans 3 cups grated carrots
Mix sugar and oil. Add eggs and mix. Set aside. Blend dry ingredients and stir into the oil mixture. Add pecans and carrots. Mix well. Pour into three greased and floured 9-inch cake pans. Bake about 30 minutes at 325 degrees. Icing (I double this recipe when I make it, but I am giving you the original recipe.) 16 ounces powdered sugar 8 ounces cream cheese 1/2 stick margarine 1 tsp. vanilla extract Mix well and spread over cooled cake.
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and a half, every day, so the people who work here can see me working with them.” The expanded elephant exhibit, which opened in May, drove attendance at the Sedgwick County Zoo to an alltime high in 2016. On Christmas Eve, Reed’s last day, the zoo welcomed its 700,000th visitor of the year. Reed had wanted to build something like Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley for more than 20 years. Seeing the finished exhibit’s expansive outdoor area and sophisticated indoor shelter – along with the six new elephants that arrived from Swaziland in March – still gets Reed excited. The recession of 2008 scuttled earlier plans to expand the elephant habitat, and put the Sedgwick County Zoo on a trajectory to lose its elephants. “We didn’t meet (American Zoological Association) standards in our old facility, and usually when new standards
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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 familycentered ministries. Asbury Counseling Center information can be found at www. AsburyCounselingCenter.com Beacon Community Church - 810 N. Casado, Goddard; 794-2424; 10:45 a.m. Sunday Service; Sunday School at 9:25 a.m. For HIS Glory Church – 2901 W. Taft St., Wichita • (316) 794-1170
• Worship Sunday 11:00 a.m. • ChurchForHISGlory@gmail.com • Family integrated full Gospel church where all ages worship and study God’s word. Goddard United Methodist Church – 300 N. Cedar, Goddard; (316) 794-2207 • 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Worship • Children’s church during both services • Nursery Available • 10 a.m. Sunday School • Josh Gooding, Pastor • Haley Bieter, Youth Pastor • Children’s Pastor, Nicole Rbya Good Shepherd Episcopal Church – 8021 W. 21st St. N., Wichita; (316) 721-8096; Saturday 5:30 p.m. Spoken Worship; Sunday 8:45 a.m. Contemporary Worship; 11 a.m. Traditional Choral Worship; Church School - Children 9:50 a.m., Adults 10 a.m.; Children’s Chapel 8:45 & 11 a.m. Harvest Community Church – Worship at 8340 W. 21st in Wichita Sunday at 10:30 a.m.; Senior pastor Rev. Dr. Dave Henion; www.wichitaharvest.com. Heritage Baptist Church – Corner of 135th St. & 13th St. N., Wichita; (316) 7292700; Sunday School 9:45 a.m.; Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.; Evening Worship 6 p.m.; Wednesday Adult Bible Study/ Prayer Time 7 p.m.; Wiseguys 3 yrs.–6th grade 7 p.m.; Nursery provided at all services. “Your neighborhood church just around the corner.” Email: swede132@ sbcglobal.net; Website: heritage4u.net.
nonprofit zoo board. The outgoing Sedgwick County Commission had pushed for more county government seats on the nonprofit board, putting the Sedgwick County Zoological Society’s operating agreement renewal into question. New commissioner David Dennis, who is replacing Karl Peterjohn, has said he doesn’t want to continue down that road. “I have been assured by many people that there’s been a change of heart, and we will have a very good financial agreement that’ll get signed this January or February,” Reed said. “It seems both parties are on board. ... I believe strongly that this last primary election made a statement, by the public, that they like the zoo, and I think that helped one candidate win.” The Sedgwick County Zoological Society is now conducting a nationwide search for the third executive director of the Sedgwick County Zoo. Now retired, Reed plans to move to Oregon with his wife, Mary. “Forty-four years doing this, and yet it’s gone by in a flash,” he said. “It is amazing.”
Hope Christian Church – Meeting 10:30 a.m. Sunday mornings, NEW LOCATION - 1330 E. Douglas. Worship is casual and encouraging. Online at www.hope4wichita.org and on Facebook. Pastor Mark McMahon. markm@ hope4wichita.org. 316-648-0495.
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
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Westlink Church of Christ – 10025 W. Central, Wichita; (316) 722-1111; Sunday 9:30 a.m. Bible Classes, 10:30 a.m. Worship, 6 p.m. Devotional; Wednesday 6 p.m. Meal (during school year), 7 p.m. Bible Classes; Gary Richardson, Minister; Nick Miller, Youth Minister; Website: www. westlinkchurch.org.
Pathway Church – Westlink Campus, Saturday at 5 pm, Sunday at 9 am & 10:30 am • Café Campus, Sunday at 10:30 am • 2001 N Maize Rd (21st & Maize), Wichita • 316-722-8020 • Goddard Campus, Sunday at 9:30 am, 11 am & 5 pm • 18800 W Kellogg, Goddard • 316-550-6099 • www.pathwaychurch.com • Following Jesus/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.
Westwood Presbyterian Church – 8007 W. Maple, Wichita; (316) 722-3753; “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) 722-1251; 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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of them were familiar with Stephanie, so keepers kept them separated at first, Reed said, but now they are all one herd, interacting during the day and spending their nights in a circle on the dirt floor of the indoor facility. Stephanie, much larger than the others, took over the “alpha” position without much conflict. The new infusion of wild elephants is important to the genetic diversity of the captive population, Reed said. “We don’t even know – do we have enough genetic representation? We’re doing genetic tests on all the elephants in North America, and it’s going to be a close call. Our zoo world colleagues are watching us, because we’ve got to be successful. Our consortium of zoos brought over 15 females, and they may be the last ones brought out of Africa,” Reed said. “I look at these elephants as representatives of the elephants in the wild.” Reed he is heartened that the next zoo director will work with elected officials who have expressed support for continuing the public-private partnership as it now stands, with the zoo owned by the county and operated by a
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are developed, you’ve got a time frame (to get into compliance). In this case, it was five years, and we were running out of time,” Reed said. “I was a month away from telling the board that we needed to move our elephants out to another zoo, and we could just shut down for elephants until at some point we could raise the money. Fortunately, it didn’t come to that.” Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley cost about $10.6 million to design and build, with half of that provided by county taxpayers and half by private donors. That was down from about $16 million for the 2008 version that fell through. “We actually got a better exhibit by waiting,” Reed said. “It’s slightly bigger. Plus, the original elephant barn was going to be hidden, and it’s now where the public can see it. People can actually see the elephants when they’re indoors in the wintertime.” Dec. 14 was a chilly day, so longtime zoo resident Stephanie and the six Swaziland elephants were inside the zoo’s new, 18,000-square-foot facility. Not all the Swaziland elephants knew each other in Africa, and none
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