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Volume 32 • Issue 9 July 2017

ON THE COVER ‘Our whole life has been a miracle’ | 12

One WestSide couple overcame an immigration challenge to stay together. Sam Jack/WestSide Story

Features People and Places.......................4 From the Publisher’s Files.........5 Wichita Homes.............................6 W e s t S i d e S t o r y

Focus On Business.......................8

Chamber celebrates Wichita Flag Day | 11 WestSide Story’s Summer Activity Guide | 15-18

Dateline........................................20 Pet Smarts...................................21 Performing Arts Calendar......22 Jim Erickson’s movie reviews will return next month

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Publisher Paul Rhodes Managing Editor Travis Mounts Graphics Abbygail Brown Reporters/Contributors Sam Jack, Tessa Castor, Dr. Jason Albertson, Philip Holmes

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Opening my wallet for my own gift My boys took me out to an unnamed Italian restaurant in the city for Father’s Day. (Editor’s note: O.K., the place has a name; I’m just not naming it so that I’m not playing favorites. Having more than one child has taught me that lesson). It was a very nice gesture on their part, and the entire evening cost me less than $100...but just barely. It may seem like a lousy Father’s Day gift for me to have to drop (almost) $100 for the gift I’m receiving, but that would miss the point of what I asked for. My youngest son, Aaron, asked me what I wanted as a gift. I really couldn’t come up with any physical thing I wanted as a gift. I had a shopping list of things to buy, but they weren’t really gift-type items or they would be too much for my sons’ budgets: a new pair of shorts, a new set of sheets for my bed, a shower curtain. some laundry soap and drain cleaner. Those items are not really any fun to receive or to buy for another person. My older son had already planned to feed me, either at a restaurant or by cooking something at home. We each had different things planned for that dad-focused Sunday, so our time together came in the evening. We enjoyed Italian sodas and fried cheese appetizer. Isaac and I decided to order a steak and some lasagna to split, because we both had cravings for the same two items and neither of us made a decision. Aaron ordered a chicken dish that was some of the best chicken I’ve tasted. There was salad and fresh bread (a favorite of mine) and some dessert. And we spent time together. We laughed, told a couple stories, and traded a few insults which, in our family, is a sign of affection. It was exactly what I wanted. It also was out my kids’ budgets. So I told them that in the next few days, they could hand me whatever money

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they had planned to spend on me, and we’d be good. Of course, that plan immediately went awry. The alternator on Isaac’s truck went out on Monday. He made a late night trek across the city in my car and spent way more money on his truck than he spent on me. He did fill up my car, though, so we’re good. He’s also working and living at home for free as he wraps up college, so he has it kind of good. I got a free tank of gas and didn’t have to buy an alternator, so it was like a second Father’s Day gift to me. Most of Aaron’s income comes from working at our newspaper operation, so while he hasn’t spotted me any money for dinner yet, he also hasn’t asked for any more hours at the office. I consider that a wash. I’ve never been that consumed by the accumulation of things. Good things, too, because I’m in the wrong business for that! But over time, I’ve become even less interested in stuff. Besides, when you get stuff, you have to find room for stuff, and I’m developing a strong interest in decluttering. As my interest in stuff has declined, my interest in experiences has grown, whether it’s food, travel or time with family. If investing a few dollars of my own gives me that experience, it’s well worth it, in my opinion. Happy Father’s Day to me!


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WestSide Story People and Places Nearly 600 candidates received degrees during Commencement ceremonies held Saturday, May 13, at Missouri University of Science and Technology. The university awards bachelor of science, bachelor of arts, master of science and doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. WestSider Jason Weiner graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering.

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The Wichita Bar Association has installed its officer and board members for the 2017-18 year. The new officers are: president David G. Seely, Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch, LLC; president-elect John E. Rapp, Hinkle Law Firm, LLC; vice president Rebecca Mann, Young, Bogle, McCausland, Wells & Blanchard, PA; secretary-treasurer C. Edward Watson, Foulston Siefkin, LLP. The 2017-18 board of governors are Adam R. Burrus, Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch, LLC; Jason W. Hart, U.S. Attorney’s office; Amanda Marino, Sedgwick County District Attorney’s office; Mary “Mindy” McPheeters, Spirit Aero Systems, Inc.; Moji S. Rosson, Visit Wichita; and the Hon. Warren Wilbert, 18th Judicial District. David H. Moses of Wichita was reappointed to a three-year term on the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission. Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss of the Kansas Supreme Court appointed Moses to serve from July 1 through June 30, 2020. Moses has served on the commission since 2014. The commission oversees continuing legal education requirements for lawyers licensed to practice in Kansas. Attorneys must earn a minimum of 12 credit hours each year. Moses is general counsel at Wichita State University. He earned a law degree from Washburn University and was in private practice, most recently as managing member of Moses & Pate LLC in Wichita, before joining the university’s executive team. Missouri State University conferred 2,651 degrees to students at its 2017 spring commencement May 19 at JQH Arena. A total of 1,995 bachelor’s degrees, 554 master’s degrees, 93 doctorate degrees and nine specialist degrees were conferred. WestSiders who earned degrees include Ryan Day of Wichita, Alexa Krehbiel of Maize and Catherine Melton of Goddard. Each semester, students at Missouri State University who attain academic excellence are named to the dean’s list. For undergraduate students, criteria include enrollment in at least 12 credit hours during the spring semester and at least a 3.50 grade point average (on a 4.00 scale). WestSiders on the dean’s list are Kaitlyn R. Frangenberg. Allison K. Freese, Matthew J. Freese, Kaitlyn M. Kerr, Johanna M. Pfaff, Sam G. Plummer and Annika S. Reida.

Rockhurst University awarded more than 750 degrees at its 97th annual commencement ceremony Saturday, May 13, at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. Ryan Marshall O’Neal was among the graduates. Matthew Henning, of Wichita, was named to the McKendree University dean’s list for the spring 2017 semester for earning a grade point average of 3.60 or higher. McKendree University is located in Lebannon, Ill., near St. Louis. Midland University has recognized the outstanding achievements of students with the announcement of the spring 2017 president’s list and dean’s list. Overall, 386 students were honored, including WestSider Tyler Stedman. The 2017 state finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching were named during a special ceremony Monday, June 12, at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson. The 2017 state finalists for science include Heidi Albin of at Complete High School in Maize. The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the nation’s highest honor for mathematics and science teaching. They are presented to educators who show a high degree of knowledge, innovation, skill and leadership. Elementary and secondary educators are recognized in alternating years. This year, secondary educators were recognized. Cloud County Community College has announced the names of students on the spring 2017 president’s honor roll. WestSiders on the president’s honor roll are Elise Oberlechner, Madison Wright an marissa Wright, all of Wichita, and Jenna Clasen of Goddard. 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. WestSider Alex Martin was named to the spring 2017 honor roll. To be named to the honor roll, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours of college coursework and earn a semester grade point average of 3.6-3.899. Nicholas Nolting of West Wichita was on the Iowa State University dean’s list for spring 2017. Nolting is studying MKT at the Iowa State College of Business. Collin T. Kasitz was named to the Dean’s List at William Jewell College for the spring 2017 semester. Kasitz was a junior accounting and business administration major during the spring semester at the college located in Liberty, Mo. To qualify, a student must earn at least a 3.7 grade point average while carrying 14 or more semester hours.

More than 3, 700 Baylor University students were named to the dean’s academic honor roll for the 2017 spring semester. WestSider Caleb David Hartig was among the students honored. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must be an undergraduate with a minimum grade-point average of 3.7. Keller Williams has announced that it is expanding and moving offices. Keller Williams Hometown Partners LLC is relocating to 429 S. 119th St. W. University of Saint Mary has announced its spring 2017 dean’s honor list. WestSider Taylor Hughey was among the students honored with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. More than 1,000 students graduating in the spring or summer of 2017 walked at Emporia State University’s commencement on May 13. WestSiders earning degrees were Michelle Marie Berg, Hannah M. Duncan, Caleb G. Edelman, Alisha Grace Ewertz, Meghan Janae Gilkey, Sarah Allison Glass, Nicole Iva Herndlbauer, Seth Daniel Holman, Ashley N. Hovey, Petra Mary Jacobson, Hannah Rhea, Ryan Michael McBroom, Megan Ariel Nolan, Paige Alexandra Pierce, Lauren Adrenne Robinson, Stephanie Rogerson, Mikala Nicole Sharlow, Brooke Lauren Stucky, Julie A. Tucker, Stefanie Rhea Wiesen, Catherine Marie Wildman Zoerb and Regan Storm Wright. The honors college at Fort Hays State University has selected 31 new students, including five current FHSU students and 26 incoming freshmen. WestSider Makayli Allender, a 2017 graduate of Eisenhower High School, is among the new members of the honors college.

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From the Publisher’s Files

Paul Rhodes | Publisher

Kim and I often think alike, so I wasn’t surprised when she said, “a little caramel sauce would be nice right now.” I had no more than agreed with her when a voice behind us captured our attention: “Would a little chocolate syrup work?” We both turned in tandem to see the smiling face of Wichita native Michael Loffland, who was sitting in a comfortable lawn chair right behind us. He had heard our musing about ice cream toppings, and was holding a brand new bottle of Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup. Like thirsty travelers in the desert, Kim and I looked at the bottle of syrup and its owner like we were seeing a mirage. But this mirage quickly turned out to be a chocolate oasis. Soon enough, we were enjoying our ice cream with a splash of chocolate, and quizzing our new best friend Michael about this crafty idea. Michael shared that he’s a lifelong Wichita resident who has attended every Riverfest since its inception. Along the way, he’s learned a few things – like bringing chocolate syrup to the ice cream social and instantly making new friends. He also knew exactly when to get up and walk down for his serving of ice cream – no waiting. Michael was a definitive highlight of our evening at Riverfest, which we finished with a leisurely walk along the Arkansas River after our ice cream. And, he epitomized the sense of community that you can find anywhere…even a city the size of Wichita. But most importantly, he schooled a pair of ice cream social neophytes, and you can be sure we’ll pack in some toppings of our own to share next year.

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Enjoying Wichita’s annual Riverfest is not hard work. All you need for nine days worth of excitement is a relatively inexpensive button that admits you to all events, and enough cash to satisfy the cravings that aren’t covered by the button. Like food. Wow…as a regular visitor to Riverfest, I can really get caught up in the frenzy of visiting the festival’s food court. That happened on the opening night of this year’s Riverfest. Kim and I had made plans to catch the Sundown Parade, the Twilight Pops Concert and the fireworks that followed the performance by the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. In between those events, I found myself at the food court ticket booth, stocking up on the little tickets you need to consume food at Riverfest. I’ve done this enough years that a couple of general rules tend to apply: It’s more likely that you’ll purchase too few food tickets than too many; and, if you eat at the food court on opening night, odds are you’ll be back. With a little adherence to those rules, it comes as no surprise that Kim and I were back at Riverfest for dinner Wednesday night, and that I had almost enough food tickets in my wallet to buy dinner that night. As we savored and shared our giant beef burrito and a quart-sized mango tea, Kim and I both wondered the same thing: What’s for dessert? Luck was with us as we pondered that prospect and thumbed through our Riverfest guide. Well now, we thought… how about the ice cream social that was gearing up to start in a half hour? In all my years of Riverfest attendance, I can’t recall ever attending the Highland Dairy Ice Cream Social. We made our way over to the event site, watched contestants gorge themselves during the ice cream sandwich eating contest, and then “sandwiched” ourselves in line for our free bowl of ice cream. Servings of the cold and yummy vanilla ice cream were big and delicious, and Kim and I found seats along a retaining wall outside Century II where we could sit and enjoy our free treats.

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The summer months are typically the most active for burglaries. One reason is that people are usually out more, and many are taking extended vacations, thus leaving their homes unoccupied. Not only that, but when the weather is nice, people tend to get a little lax by leaving open their doors and windows. There are some basic things you can do to keep your home safe. In this day and age, you always need to be aware of your personal safety. This doesn’t mean you need to be paranoid, just be conscious of your surroundings. You can gain a lot by focused observations around your house. It is also helpful to know how a burglar thinks. In fact, a good place to start is with a virtual break in of your own home: Simply walk around your home and figure out how to get in. If it is easy for you to gain access, imagine how fast a professional could get into your home. Most burglars come right in through the door – no elaborate plan needed. The easiest deterrent is to simply keep your doors locked. Statistics reveal that 40 percent of all burglars gain access through an unlocked door. Even if you do lock your doors, make sure that your doors are strong enough to prevent them from being kicked in when you are away. Burglars also dislike well lit houses. Make sure you have effective security lighting outside. It costs very little to leave a few strategic lights on inside. If your house is well lit, inside and out, the bad guys will probably move on to an easier target. Security experts suggest you vary routine. You may not be able to vary your schedule, but you can vary the way your home appears when you are gone. If your house is being watched, the burglars will know the right time to come visit. As with lighting, it is relatively inexpensive to leave a radio or television on to give the impression that someone is home even when they are not. The good news is that most burglaries are random and opportunistic. The key is to never let your home look unoccupied in the event that you are being

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scoped out. When possible, enlist someone to look after your house, get the mail, and take care of other indicators of occupancy. When you are home, be mindful of your trash. Do not advertise your purchases by setting the box of your new plasma TV on the curb for all to see. And on the topic of curbside robbery, thieves can be sorting through your mail looking for renewal credit cards and checks. Don’t assume they are above checking out your trash for useful information, including account numbers. The incidence of fraud and identity theft is on the rise. The criminals are finding new ways to steal all of the time. Incorporating an alarm system into your home security plan puts you at a great advantage against being a victim of burglary. Just the fact that you have a system is a deterrent. Signs in the yard and on the windows will deter most would be thieves. A good home monitoring system makes your system more effective. The alarm can make a lot of noise, but it is the monitoring that will ensure a response. Just think about how many car alarms are simply ignored: They make noise, but people go about their business. Alarm systems come as basic or as advanced as you could want. There are even do-it-yourself kits running around $200 available. You have to decide what level of protection you want. Your best option is to talk to a security expert – not just a salesperson, but someone who can analyze your home’s unique characteristics and security needs. The end result should


becoming used less, but also burglars can cut these lines from outside. There simply is more flexibility and levels of protection by being able to use phone, computer and cellular. But it doesn’t stop there. The basic home alarm has evolved into a total home protection system. They are more interactive and geared towards home automation than ever before. For example, the cost of employing video cameras has decreased, while the sophistication of the technology has increased. You can activate your alarm, turn on your lights and adjust your thermostat from wherever you might be. The trend in automation is expected to continue alongside ongoing developments in both cellular and computer pad innovations. The house of the future is here, as far as security is concerned. Improved technology does a good job helping to keep the bad guys away. But...you still have to lock the door.

WestSiders headed to Shrine Bowl Andover High, Dallin Larlnee of Augusta High, Jordan Paul of Kapaun-Mt. Carmel, Nate Pauly of Garden Plain and Peerlus Walker of Derby. Each year, the Kansas Masonic Band – an all-star collection of high school musicians from across the state – performs in the Shrine Bowl Parade and in the pregame and halftime festivities at the game. Wichitan Brayden Coffey, a Wichita East student and trombone player, will take part in the band. Other Wichita-area musicians include Joshua Baugher (trombone) of Augusta, Aaron Mounts (trumpet) of Cheney, Chad Crittenden (trombone) of Derby, Emily Swafford (percussion) of Garden Plain, Savhanna Chrisco (clarinet) of Haysville, and Kristin Clemons (trombone) of Valley Center. More students participate in festivities as members of the cheer squad, but that information was not available at press time. Shrine Bowl events on July 29 include a 5K run/walk at 7:30 a.m., a parade at 10 a.m., and the football game, which kicks off at 7 p.m. at the BG Products Sports Complex. More information is available online at www.kansasshrinebowl.com.

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The Kansas Shrine Bowl will be held at the end of this month, and several WestSiders will be taking part in the game. This year’s Shrine Bowl – the 44th annual bowl – will be July 29 at Butler Community College in El Dorado. The game brings together recently graduated all-stars from across Kansas to play one final high school game to raise money for Shriners Hospitals for Children. WestSiders taking part this year include Joey Gilbertson of Wichita Northwest, Kody Gonzalez of Goddard High, Sam Nance of Bishop Carroll, Tanner Orand of Eisenhower High, and Ethan Richardson of Maize South. Eisenhower High head coach Marc Marinelli will serve as head coach of the West Squad, which includes all players from the Wichita metro area. Among his assistant coaches are two more WestSide coaches, Brent Pfeifer, the head coach at Maize South, and Scott Vang, the head coach at Goddard High. Other Wichita-area players competing on the West Squad are Ben Adler of Trinity Academy, Cooper Dreifort of

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be a customized plan that addresses the most likely potential threats given your budget. The initial focus should be on the ground floor and basement since that is where most burglars enter. The basic components will include, but are not limited to, door contacts, glass break detectors and motion detectors. Beyond the basics, many companies offer smoke, fire and carbon monoxide detection in addition to other environmental sensors. Regardless of the features that you select, wireless systems are the way to go. Wireless can mean two different things. First, the components can be wireless. This is especially good for existing homes where wires would otherwise need to be run all through the house. In addition, wireless components work well for detached garages and sheds. The other aspect of wireless refers to the monitoring. Wireless monitoring will enable you to be notified on your mobile device. Not only are land lines


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Featured this month Wichita Festivals Inc........................ Page 8

Focus On Business is a monthly feature offered to area advertisers. If you would like your business featured here, please contact our sales office at (316) 540-0500.

Kitchen Tune-Up............................. Page 9 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure...Page 10

New event brings Dwight Yoakam bluegrass tour to Wichita Music fans who love to camp only have to travel to the heart of Wichita to enjoy Wichita Festivals’ newest event. Wichita Vortex Music Festival, debuting Aug. 4-5, offers attendees the rare chance to camp in the city at the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas rivers, while taking in a gem of a concert, Dwight Yoakam’s bluegrass-fueled “Swimming Pools, Movie Stars” tour. The fun begins at 5 p.m. Friday when the music kicks off on two stages -- the headliner stage located between the Mid America All-Indian Center and the Keeper of the Plains, and the lower key campground stage, which will feature local and regional acts. Music will continue until 11:30 p.m., and will begin again at 9 a.m. Saturday morning, when the Cherokee Maidens take the stage for the final performance of the mini festival. A country and popular music favorite for more than 30 years, Yoakam is touring in support of his 16th album, which pays tribute to his Kentucky roots and features some of the top bluegrass musicians in the world. Fans can expect to hear the beloved artist perform his greatest hits as well as some surprising favorites by other artists (the album contains an unforgettable version of “Purple Rain” by the late Prince, for instance) in a bluegrass context. American roots singer and songwriter Pokey LaFarge will open for Yoakam, along with Canadian country songstress See VORTEX, Page 19

Dwight Yoakam will headline the new Vortex Musical Festival, coming to the Mid America All-Indian Center in August.


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With this project, Kitchen Tune-Up’s goal was simple: Bring in modern elements and conveniences, and retain the integrity of the 137-year-old farmhouse.

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BEFORE AFTER

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This out-of-date kitchen has been updated to include all new appliances, custom shelving for antiques and an exotic granite countertop with chiseled edges.

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This has been a great year for the experts at Kitchen Tune-Up to tackle some unusual projects with very different – and dramatic – results. Recently, Kitchen Tune-Up completed a kitchen renovation project in a rural Wichita farmhouse dating back to 1880. The goals for this project were unique, as designer Rachel Phillips worked to bring in modern conveniences and elements, but also retain the integrity of the 137-yearold farmhouse. “This was not our typical suburban kitchen remodeling project,” Rachel said with a laugh as she and the owners gathered to view the finished product. Rachel owns the local Kitchen Tune-Up franchise with her husband Adam Phillips. She focuses on design work, and Adam heads up the company’s renovation teams. The owners of the farmhouse, Harold and Laurie, could easily be described as antique “pickers.” Harold has collected antiques most of his life, and even sold antiques for a while. Now, he and Laurie concentrate on personal collecting. The couple has been married 23 years, and purchased the farmhouse soon after they were married. Work on the home has been a labor of love, and they felt it was time to do something dramatic with the home’s kitchen. “The kitchen was so out of date, and we were ready for this project,” said Laurie. “I trusted Rachel with everything, she made lots of suggestions, and the results are awesome.” “This was not a typical house to begin with, and it’s still not typical,” said Rachel. A dishwasher was added, and all the other major appliances were replaced. The cabinetry is all new, but meshes perfectly with the farmhouse’s rustic and natural feel. “We went with knotty alder cabinets, and used a café stain and chocolate glaze,” said Rachel. “On the island cabinets we continued with the knotty alder wood, but used a dark truffle stain to create a nice contrast.” Kitchen Tune-Up topped off the island with a custom exotic granite countertop featuring a chiseled edge and irregular shape. In the center of the kitchen, an antique butcher-block table has become a focal point. Custom shelving proved to be the perfect final touch in the new kitchen area, and now the shelves feature some of the couple’s antique treasures. “In addition to giving us the look we wanted, Rachel was able to work within our budget,” said Laurie. “We couldn’t be happier.” If you’re ready to transform your kitchen, it’s time to call Kitchen Tune-Up! Now that summer is here, you can relax a little while Kitchen Tune-Up transforms your kitchen. The experts with Wichita’s Kitchen Tune-Up team can provide customers with finished projects ranging from easy and inexpensive to breathtaking and cutting edge. Kitchen Tune-Up has remodeled hundreds of kitchens since the local franchise was launched in 2005 by Adam’s parents. The company’s services range from One-Day Restoration or “Tune-Up” of cabinets or any interior wood surfaces, to cabinet refacing projects to complete custom kitchens. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call Kitchen Tune-Up at 316-558-8888. You also can find more information at www. kitchentuneup.com. 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.

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Komen Foundation fights for breast cancer cure Susan G. Komen is widely viewed as the inspiration and leader of a breast cancer movement that has changed the world. In just 34 years, five-year relative survival rates for early stage breast cancers have climbed from 74 percent to nearly 99 percent in the US. Breast cancer death rates have declined by 34 percent in the US in just the past two decades. Personalized and less-invasive treatments have replaced the radical and often debilitating treatments that were the norm not that long ago. Perhaps most importantly, from a time of silence and shame around breast cancer, Susan G. Komen has built a global community, millions strong, that supports and cares for people with this disease. No woman or man today is alone with breast cancer. Over the past 34 years, Susan G. Komen has invested billions in a mission that funds more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit, along with community health and education programs that reach millions in the US and across the globe. We educate, screen and care for breast cancer patients. We bridge gaps in the healthcare system to support the most vulnerable women and men. We advocate for them in world capitals, and we work to end breast cancer through partnership programs in more than 30 countries.

Susan G. Komen® Kansas has been an active participant in this movement for the past 27 years. Started in 1990 by the Junior League of Wichita, the Komen Wichita Race for the Cure was the first Komen co-ed Race for the Cure and the fourth Race for the Cure in the series. The 1990 race was the largest first-year road race in Kansas’ history. More than 1,400 participants took part in the first Wichita Race for the Cure. As of result of this initial success, the Susan G Komen Kansas Free Mammography Program was started. That paved the way for other cities as a model program for their own Komen Race for the Cure Events. The Free Mammography Program was then rolled into the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program which is now overseen by the State Health Department and has received grand funding to provide screening to individuals who do not qualify for the federal program. The programs have provided over 40,000 free mammograms in the State of Kansas. Through events like the Race, the Kansas Affiliate has raised over $6 million to invest in research, education, outreach, and screening services. Up to 75 percent of those net funds generated by the Kansas Affil-

iate stay right here in our 95 County service area in the state of Kansas. The remaining 25 percent of funds raised by the Affiliate goes toward the Susan G. Komen Award and Research Grant Program supporting research awards and educational and scientific programs around the world. There is still more work to be done. More than half a million women and men around the world will die of breast cancer this year and more than 1.6 million will be newly diagnosed. Our work is essential, and our mission is far from done. We are determined to continue to adapt to the needs of the breast cancer movement, while meeting and overcoming the “impossible” challenges that remain. We will be guided, always, by our true north: To end breast cancer forever.


Through the generosity of numerous sponsors and partners, the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce celebrated national Flag Day and the 80th anniversary of the adoption of the city’s official flag with a new video and free items that Wichitans can download to share their pride. The Chamber has partnered with World Studios ICT in Wichita to produce a three-minute video highlighting the history and symbolism behind the flag. The video, titled “Your Wichita Flag,” is posted on the Chamber’s Facebook page. The video includes sixteen Wichitans who donated their time and talent to participate: Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell, Jamil Malone, Tammy Allen, Ben Jennings, Madison Harris, Paul Blissett, Angie Elliott, Jonathon Long, Jason Villanueva, Ellen Decker, Courtney Sendall, Royce Stevenson, Jackie Ebert, Jackson Ebert, Cassandra Bryan and Brad Painchaud. Wichita’s official city flag was officially adopted in 1937 and was designed by Wichita artist Cecil McAlister. It was selected from more than 100 entries that were submitted for a city flag design contest and was officially adopted on Flag Day, June 14, 1937, by Mayor T. Walker Weaver. The blue sun in the center represents happiness and contentment. The Native American symbol for ‘home’ is stitched on the blue sun. The three red and white rays that alternate from the off-center blue sun represent the path of freedom to come and go as one pleases.

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www.facebook.com/ChamberWichita/videos/10155214783296263/ DOWNLOADS A website devoted to the promotion of the #ILoveWichita and @WichitaFlag campaign now has three printables that can be downloaded. 1. Coloring sheet with flag facts: https://wichitachamber.org/user/file/Wichita%20Flag%20 coloring%20sheet.pdf 2. 11x17 two-sided printed flag with flag information: https://wichitachamber.org/user/file/WichitaFlagFacts.pdf 3. Copyright information about using the flag: http://wichitachamber.org/user/file/Wichita%20Flag%20 Info.pdf Special note: The coloring sheet was developed as a result of a Chamber brainstorming session with communication students at Wichita State University’s Elliott School of Communication last fall. After learning about the Chamber’s grassroots pride-in-place initiative, the students recommended instilling community pride at an earlier age and focusing on preschool and grade school children.

Worship at the Church of Your Choice 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. •

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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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WestSiders Willem and Gloria Travaille have been married for 63 years. Such a long union is an achievement for any couple, but it’s particularly impressive for the Travailles, who overcame several challenges along the way. Gloria is a native of Collinsville, Ill., while Willem originally hails from Harlingen, in the Netherlands. Their paths crossed in Malden, Mo., where Gloria was staying with her grandmother during the summer of 1951. “My friends who were down there and I went to the air base swimming pool, which was given to the town of Malden when they closed the base,” Gloria recalled. “Unbeknownst to us, the air base was being opened for foreign cadets to come there to learn and become pilots.” That was what Willem was doing. The Royal Dutch Air Force sent him to America to become a jet pilot. “We were in the pool, and we saw these young boys swimming round,” Gloria said, “so we started up a conversation, as young girls would. I said, ‘Where are you from?’ and I thought one boy said, ‘from Highland.’ “I said, ‘Highland, why I’m not far from there. I’m from Collinsville.’ He said, ‘No, no, Holland – wooden shoes.’” Gloria saw Willem from across the pool, turned to one of her girlfriends and said, “There’s the man I’m going to marry.” That was just the sort of thing teenage girls said, and it wasn’t meant too seriously, but that time, it turned out to be true. Willem walked over near Gloria to tell his colleagues, in Dutch, that they needed to stop swimming and get back to their barracks. “I proceed to speak pidgin Dutch, just nonsense words that sounded Dutch to me, and he turned around and looked at me,” Gloria said. “I thought, ‘Oh, I’ve ruined my chance.”

Dutch immigrant Willem Travaille and his wife Gloria have been married for 63 years. Gloria is pictured with a bundle of correspondence she saved from their courtship.


At the movie theatre, the cadets arrived together and started to file into a roped-off section. Gloria appealed to the wife of the base commander. “I said I was supposed to meet this one Dutchman and explain the movie to him, because he can’t understand it. She said, ‘When you see him, just pull him aside.’” To the envy of the other cadets, Gloria did so. “Do you know what the movie turned out to be? ‘Francis the Talking Mule!’ But that was our first date,” Gloria said. “I went home to Collinsville after that, and we corresponded.” Today, Gloria has preserved a thick stack of their correspondence, tied with a ribbon. A few months after the movie night, an ice storm in Malden disrupted training at the air base and gave Willem the opportunity to travel to Collinsville for Thanksgiving. He told Gloria that he’d like to be with her and her family during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, too. Gloria agreed, but told Willem that she had already made a date to go to a New Year’s Eve dance with someone

else. Willem stayed in a spare bedroom at Gloria’s aunt’s house during the holidays. On New Year’s Eve, he stayed up to watch at the window for Gloria’s return from the dance. He saw the other boy give her a gift, a development he found somewhat alarming. After Gloria’s date dropped her off, Willem called over to her and said they needed to talk right away. “Would you marry me if I asked you to?” he said. “Marry you?” Gloria said. “Will you wait for me? I have to get out of service and go back to Holland, but I promise you, I’ll be back. I will be back,” Willem said. Gloria said yes. Days later, Willem was on his way to Arizona for further training. He bought an engagement ring in Phoenix, and mailed it to her. When Willem got back to Holland, his goal was to acquit his obligations to the Royal Dutch Air Force, as quickly as possible. Convincing his commanding officers to let him go was not that difficult, he said, since he had crash-landed a plane during his Arizona training. As soon as he got out of the military,

he traveled to the American consulate in Rotterdam. “I told the consul, rather arrogantly, that I wanted a permanent visa for the United States,” Willem said in a written account. “I told him that I had a fiancée in Illinois and that her family would sponsor me.” The consular official gave him something of a reality check. Willem learned that only 2,500 Dutch immigrants were admitted to the United States each year. Willem’s place on the waiting list was 15,006, meaning that he would have to wait seven years to be eligible, or maybe five years, if people ahead of him dropped out. However, the consul went on, if Willem were married to Gloria, not just engaged, the situation would be entirely different. “So now the problem was how to get close to my girlfriend so that we could marry,” Willem said. Willem did some research and found a special quota program allowing aircraft factory workers to come to Canada as guest workers. He figured he See TRAVAILLE, Page 14

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Willem was under strict military discipline, which meant that continuing the courtship was a tricky problem. So when Gloria heard from the minister at her church that the chapel on base needed a soloist for a Sunday service, she jumped at the chance. “I sang, and as Willem marched off, I saw a piece of paper flutter to the ground,” Gloria said. “There was a note on it saying that all the Dutch cadets were being taken to watch a movie, and could I come and sit with him? I decided to do it.” Before the movie date, Gloria got one more chance to see Willem. Because her aunt knew the commanding officer at base, she was able to get in to deliver fudge. “We were having marching drills, and here comes this light green Ford,” Willem recalled. “The cadet sergeant said to me, ‘You go to that car over there,’ and here is this girl and her aunt giving me fudge. I didn’t know what fudge was, I’d never in my life seen fudge, and to be honest, this was supposed to be a theoretical impossibility. Cadets were highly restricted for six weeks and couldn’t do anything like that.”

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could qualify based on his experience with the Air Force, and he was right; he got his visa in June 1952 and was off to Hamilton, Ontario. “We went to Canada on a special immigrant ship, got on an immigrant train, and got off the train and stepped into the station,” Willem said. “I had $4 and some odd cents in my pocket, and I didn’t know which way to go.” Fortunately, members of the local Dutch Reformed Church were at the station to greet immigrants and help them get oriented. Willem ended up living with a family of church members while he was in Canada. There wasn’t any aircraft factory in Hamilton – but Willem had closed the distance separating them from thousands to hundreds of miles. “I told her, somehow or other, that I had arrived, and for her to come to Hamilton and get married so that I could get the visa,” Willem said. But Gloria wasn’t having that. She wanted a big, traditional wedding in her hometown, Collinsville. That was going to be difficult. Immigration officials were not going to allow Willem to travel to the U.S. for a wedding, with every sign that he would stay put, and only his word that he would return to Canada. Gloria’s family wrote to their congressman, Melvin Price. “(Price) wrote a letter to the consul in Niagara Falls, and guaranteed in so many words that he would go back to Canada after visiting the United States,” Gloria said. The letter cleared the way for Willem’s return to Collinsville. The couple was married Nov. 29, 1953, at the United Methodist Church. “Everybody wanted to see the Dutchman that Gloria was marrying,” Gloria said. “Because they all knew about it – all my coworkers, the people in our church, my mother and dad’s friends. It was standing-room-only when we went down the aisle.” Gloria and Willem returned to Canada by train, marriage certificate in hand. After a frightening confrontation with an immigration official on board the train, they were able to cross the border, and hitchhike to the consulate at Niag-

ara Falls so that Willem could apply for permanent U.S. residency. The consul told them that it would take about 30 days to process their application and approve Willem’s visa. The two of them hitchhiked between Hamilton and Niagara several times during that span to check on the status of the application. Months passed with no progress. Finally, on one of their visits, the consul inspected Willem’s file and saw that a required signature from Gloria was missing. Gloria would need to sign a document and have it witnessed on U.S. soil. “So we walked across the so-called Rainbow Bridge and went into the U.S. customs office, and Gloria signed,” Willem said. “After that, it didn’t take long.” From wedding day to the day Willem got his permanent resident visa, 11 months passed – 11 months of not being sure when or if they would be allowed to live together in America. “What I think of, more than anything else, is how courageous we were. We took chances that I wouldn’t take today,” Willem said. “I’d back off and say, ‘That’s too risky.’” He took those risks because of the family life Gloria showed him in America, he said. “Of the 40 cadets, I was probably the least interested in going to the United States, because I knew so little of it,” he said. “But when all was said and done, I was the only one to go back. The reason for that is that I got to know her family. Whereas these other cadets were going to bars on weekends, I went to her folks – her relatives, aunts and uncles that all lived in Malden. I got acquainted with civilian life in the U.S., and I liked it. That, in addition to meeting Gloria and falling in love, got me to go back to the United States.” Willem became a citizen in 1958. In the decades that followed, the Travailles had three children. One lives in Wichita, one lives in Greensburg, and one is now deceased. They have two granddaughters and one great-grandson. In November, the couple will celebrate 64 years married, an anniversary that will be all the sweeter because of a severe heart attack Willem suffered March 1. “They shocked him 13 times,” Gloria said. “We had doctors coming into his room at Wesley, to see the miracle man. Our whole life has been a miracle.”


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Moreland & Arbuckle, above, and Carrie Nation & the Speakeasy, left, are part of the musical lineup coming to the new Vortex Music Festival. The event – sponsored by Wichita Festivals Inc., the folks who just brought you the Wichita River Festival – will take place at the Mid America All-Indian Center.

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July 1 – Celebrate America at Old Cowtown, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Games, entertainment, an ice cream social and temperance march. Festivities include walkers, tug of war, sack races and watermelon spitting events. Admission is $7.75 for adults and $6 for kids. 316-219-1871. July 1 – Goddard Fourth of July celebration, 6-10 p.m. at Discovery Intermediate School, 301 S. Main. Free hot dogs, watermelon, ice cream and water while it lasts. Play in the bounce house, bring your mitt and bat to play softball. Fireworks show at dusk, bring blankets and chairs. Pool party at the Goddard pool after the show, sponsored by the Goddard Lions Club, Goddard Activities Committee and Goddard Chamber of Commerce. July 2 – “A Musical Salute to Our Freedoms,” 6:30-10:30 p.m. A free community event by Holy Cross Lutheran in conjunction with Wichita Grand Opera. Hamburgers and hot dogs, chips, cookies and drinks for sale; everything else is free. The evening will include skydivers, the McConnell Air Force Base color guard, an 80-person chorus and 45-piece orchestra, outside by the lake. The hour-long concert will include biplanes and cannons, followed by a fireworks display. Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 600 N. Greenwich. This is a family event; no alcoholic beverages. July 4 – Red, White & Boom! Wichita’s big fireworks show. Celebrate Independence Day with Wichita’s Parks Foundation downtown on the Hyatt Lawn, at the Lewis Street Bridge

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Upcoming events in and around Wichita and Water Street. Music from Bob FM at 5 p.m., the band Astronauts at 7 p.m. Beer garden, food trucks and a fireworks show over the Arkansas River at 9:45 p.m. July 4 – Haysville Independence Day Celebration. Parade at 8:30 a.m., kids fishing derby, frog races, raft races, water carnival, Stars & Stripes Obstacle Course. Concert with Groove 42 at 7:30 p.m. in Riggs Park, fireworks show at around 9:45 p.m. Most events in or near Riggs Park. Sponsored by the Haysville Park Board. July 4 – Derby 4th of July Celebration. Parade at 10 a.m. starting at Panther Stadium, heading west on Madison Avenue, to Georgie Street, south to Market Street, east to Derby Middle School. Festivities at High Park begin at 7 p.m. with kids activities and food vendors. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Free shuttles to the park from Derby High School. Aug. 5 – Barbershop bingo, hosted by Emerald City Chorus at Southwest Presbyterian Church, 1511 W. 27th St. S. in Wichita. Session 1 is 12-3 p.m., session 2 is 5-8 p.m.; doors open 30 minutes early. A suggested donation of $30 includes 30 bingo cards for 10 games, a sloppy joe meal and a chance to win prizes, including $250 cash for blackout. Open to adults and children 12 and up. Tickets must be obtained from chorus members prior to the event. Call 316-773-9300 or go online to www.emeraldcitychorus.org. Proceeds benefit the Emerald City Chorus Music Education Fund.

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where more than 300 local youth took part in tennis drills, met the professional athletes and watched a tennis match – the first for many of them. There was a Pro-Am tennis clinic for all players, followed by an opening party. Last year’s tournament won two awards from the United States Tennis Association including Event of the Year. The WTO is run by tennis enthusiasts and staff at WSU. More information is available online at http://wichitatennisopen.simpl.com. This year’s activities include: July 3 – MCB Kids Day, 2-4 p.m.; Pro-Am Clinic, opening party, 5:30 p.m. July 4 – Military Appreciation Day, with free hot dogs and hamburgers, 11:30 a.m. July 5 – High school tennis night, featuring a local juniors exhibition game, 4 p.m.; Free admission starting at 5:30 p.m. July 6 – Sponsor night and art auction, 5:30 p.m. July 7 – Kids’ Day, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., and 1-3 p.m., with drills and meeting players, no cost; Champagne and chocolates, 5:30 p.m.; fashion show before evening matches. July 8 – Breakfast at the Open, 3:30 a.m., with strawberries and cream while watching the semifinals. July 9 – Championship Sunday. Breakfast of Champions, 8:30 a.m.; wheelchair exhibition; Singles finals at 9 a.m.

Columnist dies unexpectedly

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Patsy Terrell, a freshman legislator in the Kansas House of Representatives and a food columnist known to many Kansans, has died. Terrell was found dead June 7 in her hotel room in Topeka, according to the Topeka Capitol-Journal and other news sources. Terrell, a Democrat representing the 102nd House District, was one of several Democrats who pulled off upsets in the November election, part of a wave of anti-Brownback sentiment from voters that increased the ranks of moderate Republicans and Democrats in the Capitol. Terrell was known to readers on these pages for her food column, “Cook’s Library.” That column ran for a number of years statewide in Kansas Country Living, a magazine published by Kansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. When that publication decided to stop publishing her monthly column, she offered it to other publications. It ran most months in the WestSide Story and East Wichita News, and she continued to write the column after taking office. Her final column appeared last month. We extend our condolences to her family, her friends and her colleagues at the Statehouse.


WestSide Story July 2017  
WestSide Story July 2017  
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