Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Say what?

Forgotten phrases, fondly recalled By Val Cheatham English is a living language. Which means it’s a dying one, too. Words and phrases periodically...

Senior board sees shake-up

By Joe Stumpe The Sedgwick County Advisory Council on Aging and Disabilities has new leadership amid questions about what its role should be. Chairman Joe Brown...

October time to check prescription plan

the active age A free service that sounds like a famous razor might just help trim your spending on prescription drugs. Here’s how SHICK (Senior Health Insurance Counseling for...

Kansas beer fans gather for food & fun

By Joe Stumpe Think young hipsters are the only folks enjoying all those local brewpubs that have popped open in recent years? Think again. A group...

Slow-cooker standouts

By Joe Stumpe Beer isn’t the only reason friends show up at Charlie Buess’ office on Fridays. One week he put together a batch of chili in a slow...

Longwell and Whipple face off in mayor’s race

the active age Wichitans will vote in November whether to keep their current mayor, Jeff Longwell, or replace him with his challenger, state Rep. Brandon Whipple. 

Songs with soul

Singing Quakers Alumni Choir readies 25th anniversary concert the active age A love of singing is something that never goes away, especially when the songs have...

City’s aviation history now in book

the active age When Wichita’s new airport terminal opened in 2015, one of the most talked-about features was the large-scale display about the city’s aviation-related history.

WICHITA CELEBRITY PUZZLE CONTEST

We had so much fun with our last puzzle/theater ticket giveaway contest that we’re staging a sequel. This time, winners will receive tickets to one of these theaters: Crown Uptown, Mosley Street...

October Briefs

Telling tales If you enjoy a good tall tale, the Derby Public Library has an event for you. And that’s no exaggeration. Jim Hoy, an Emporia...

Resource Guide arrives

The active age's new 2019-2020 Resource Guide is now available. The FREE 82-page publication lists hundreds of organizations and businesses that serve seniors. Copies can be picked up at the active age...

Memorable friend

Celia Easley was the fun-loving face of Central Plains Area Agency on Aging to many local seniors, as the accompanying photo shows. “She advocated for those facing illness and difficult life circumstances...

‘Grandfamilies’ on rise

By Amy Geiszler-Jones Last year, 67-year-old Lynn Ackerson became a parent again.  When she became the legal guardian of her granddaughter, Gracie,...

Senior budget sparks debate

By Joe Stumpe Sedgwick County’s spending on senior-related services and programs won’t keep up with inflation in 2020. County commissioners last month approved an aging services...

The Wichita Rotary built

Rotary Club founder Harry Stanley and others helped shape city By Clark Bastian Sometimes a project just falls into your lap. In 2010, I arrived early...

Savor this to-die-for pie

the active age It’s hard to imagine a better use of late-summer tomatoes than this luscious and colorful tomato pie. Angie Prather found a version of this recipe in...

Living life to the Maxx

Half the fun of this job is running into people like Maxx Fairbanks. Maxx introduced himself via email. He’d spotted an article in last month's issue about the filming...

September Briefs

5K run and fun The final leg of the Heartland Games – a 5K run – takes place Sunday, Sept. 8 at the Downtown Senior Center,  200 S. Walnut....

Slam! Bang! And other points about exclamations!

By Ted Blankenship I like punctuation as well as the next guy. The period is pretty handy and so is the comma if you don’t make it into an...

89 and looking for the next challenge

By Joe Stumpe Dolores Cooper wants to keep helping people. But the respite program in which she’s done that for 30 years has come to an end.

Rotary couple say reading is ‘fun’-damental

By Joe Stumpe Ben and Mary Grisamore are headed back to school again this fall to share their love of books with children whose homes sometimes contain none.

Get help with life’s challenges at 34th annual Senior Expo

By Monica Cissell Three of Wichita’s favorite locations will host the 34th annual Senior Expo on Sept. 26: Botanica, the Wichita Art Museum and the Advanced Learning Library.

Low vision rehabilitation: Seeing a way forward

the active age Too often, people experiencing age-related vision loss ignore the symptoms, hide them, or try to compensate for them with improvised inventions that fall short of providing...

Quirky collection carries memories for Newton man

By Nancy Carver Singleton NEWTON – People almost always have something to say when they spot Kelly Hayes’ collection of old lunch boxes. “The conversation, it brings back old...

Fall a favorite time of year

By Julie Schaar The welcoming sights, sounds and smells of fall have arrived. What comes to your mind when you think of fall? Do you think of football games,...

When Hollywood came to town

Film caught stars, locals in '69 action-drama By Joe Stumpe BENTON – When a Hollywood movie crew arrived here to make The Gypsy Moths, the...

Seniors flock to CBD, but does it work?

the active age One afternoon last month, a 56-year-old woman walked into The Health Connection, a CBD shop on Douglas Avenue. Within minutes, she’d spent about $80 on a...

Ticket contest puts a song in winner’s heart

Linda Hitchcock screened the first phone call she received from the active age. No offense taken; lots of people do that with unfamiliar numbers these days. When we finally...

Great eating in the good ole summertime

By Joe Stumpe Turns out there is a cure for the summertime blues: Summertime food. This is the time of year when less work means more...

Free fall gardening classes offered

Editor’s note: Incorrect information about these classes was printed in the July issue of the active age. The Wichita Public Library will partner with the Sedgwick County Extension Horticulture...

Sedgwick County tweaks senior budget, plans review

The active age Sedgwick County Manager Tom Stolz says it’s time for a comprehensive look at how programs that serve seniors are funded. “One thing I...

City logs double bogey on Clapp Golf Park

By Dale Goter On Aug. 1, a dark chapter in the history of Wichita public golf will occur as city officials shutter L.W. Clapp Golf Park.  

August Briefs

Musical afternoons The Thursday Afternoon Music Club has announced its schedule for 2019-2020. Unless otherwise noted, programs are held at 1:30 p.m. in Senseney Music Recital Hall, 2300...

Animals march to the beat of a different drummer

By Ted Blankenship  I was doing some serious research on the internet the other day when I came across a movie clip purporting to show how animals are attracted...

Quirky Kansas: Day trips bring colorful spots into reach

By Leslie Chaffin If you’ve got a day to spare, chances are Kansas has a spot you’ll enjoy visiting. That’s what Patty Lane discovered...

Editorial: Time for county to step up

An editorial from the board of the active age: It’s time.  Over the past decade, the governing bodies of Wichita and Sedgwick County have made impressive...

Tunnel vision … and notes on a friend

By Joe Stumpe While promoting Wicked Wichita, my book on the city’s early criminal history, I’ve been asked one question more than any other. And no it's not :...

Wichita Music Theatre Ticket Contest

Solve the word puzzle at right and qualify for a drawing to win four free tickets to Music Theatre Wichita, courtesy of the active age. To solve the puzzle,...

Biking Across Kansas: Where the rubber meets the road

By Jim Mason Editor’s note: Jim Mason wrote about preparing for his first BAK in the June issue of the active age. In this article, he tells what it...

It’s always prime time for prime rib

By Joe Stumpe Even experienced cooks can be intimidated by large, expensive cuts of meat like prime rib. It’s not just the cost. Because prime rib is usually a...

July Briefs

Go Fourth A new memorial to the American Revolutionary War will be dedicated Thursday, July 4, at Veterans Memorial Park, 329 Veterans Parkway(west of Second Street and North Waco). ...

Active Age editor led with humor, grit

Fran Kentling, former editor of the active age, died in the same way she lived her life: without fear or fuss and absolutely ready for the next adventure if there happens to be...

A letter to my younger self

By Martin Mendoza I ran across a YouTube video of LGBT elders writing to their “younger selves” for National Coming Out Day, so I thought I would write one...

Riding high

Floodwaters detour but can't dampen fun on steamboat cruise By Ted Blankenship If you’re thinking about a steamboat river cruise, I suggest doing it when the...

Newton store like stepping back in time

By Nancy Carver Singleton NEWTON —In a world full of change, Newton shoppers have been able to count on one thing: Phil Anderson III will usually be there to...

Wichita’s ‘Coney Island’ featured in new documentary

By Amy Geiszler-Jones Before there was Joyland, there was Wonderland, Wichita’s first amusement park built on a now long-gone island in the Arkansas River near downtown Wichita.

Cyclist gets ready for the ride of a lifetime

By Jim Mason : For years, I dreamed about participating in Biking Across Kansas (BAK), an organized, annual group ride that spans our state from the west border...

Aging funds to be cut?

By Joe Stumpe : The Sedgwick County staff has presented a 2020 budget that would cut spending on aging programs and services by 2.3 percent, from about $10.9 million...

State’s elderly low in food security

Kansas seniors experience food insecurity at a rate greater than the national average, according to a new report. The report, by an organization called Feeding America, found that across...

Gardening to attract butterflies a sign of Nature Astonishment Syndrome

By Janice Sroufe  : I saw this cartoon on Facebook about Nature Astonishment Syndrome: the process where one by one, plants, soil, fungi, insects and bacteria become amazing to...

From captain to Admiral: Ken Atnip personifies Wichita

By Joe Stumpe : Ken Atnip used to catch bad guys for a living. But no, those magnificent whiskers he sports weren’t some kind of undercover disguise. Nor did...

May Briefs

Photo by Joe Stumpe Hundreds of seniors took part in a shredding/food donation event sponsored by AARP at the Sedgwick County Extension Center last month. Here, volunteers Lana Murphy...

Games of the heart

By Joe Stumpe You could get tired just watching Claire Overstake at a track meet. Her specialty is running – especially sprints and hurdles – but she also throws...

Senior council shifts from advice to advocacy

By Joe Stumpe A group of seniors charged with advising Sedgwick County commissioners is embracing another role –  advocacy. Whether they can persuade the county commission to increase funding...

Book it: Volunteers move, spruce up library

By Teresa Bachman LEON – What can a handful of senior citizens with a small budget in a tiny town do? They can mobilize a whole community and revitalize...

May Events

Pieces of nature New York artist and LEGO wizard Sean Kenney brings his nature-inspired collection to Botanica May 10-Sept. 19. Each piece is created from thousands of LEGOs, from...

Ten years later, Wichitan looks back at Tiller’s death

the active age Dr. George Tiller’s murder shocked Wichita and the world 10 years ago this month, not least of all because the controversial abortion clinic operator was gunned...

Kansas legislative session: Not much good for older adults

By Mitzi McFatrich       TOPEKA – The 2019 Kansas legislative session began with older Kansans facing a number of serious issues. Progress was made on a scarce...

Selling out: 10 tips for a successful garage sale

By Leslie Chaffin Two sure signs of spring: we get that “itch” to re-organize and garage sale signs start popping up on street corners.  Pick a...

RSVP Volunteers feted for service

Volunteers with the RSVP were honored April 11 at the Sedgwick County Extension Center. Last year the program placed 320 volunteers at 45 different sites in Sedgwick County (including the active age)....

Blazing a trail

African American history mapped across Kansas By Amy Geiszler-Jones From stops on the Underground Railroad to the headquarters of abolitionist John Brown, a new history trail...

She leads ‘Wild Women of the Wilderness’

By Joe Stumpe NEWTON – When Marlis Nickel was growing up, schools didn’t offer much in the way of sports for girls. So she’d jog to school carrying her...

April Briefs

O’Keeffe at WAM The Wichita Art Museum is staging one of its most anticipated exhibits in years with Georgia O’Keeffe: Art, Image, Style. O’Keeffe is best...

Back to work: Seniors train for new jobs

By Joe Stumpe Larry Crosswhite got used to a certain kind of reception as he tried to re-enter the workforce. “Most people, when I would appear...

Christmas decorations finally coming down . . . and down

By Joe Stumpe Ragene Moore is one of those people who leave their Christmas decorations up long past the holidays. But in her case, it’s by popular demand. Hundreds...

Something new just what the doctor ordered for our brains

By Leslie Chaffin Our brains age just as our bodies do. But how they age depends on how we “exercise” them. Whether you’re still working or retired years ago,...

Wichitan named 2019 Ms. Wheelchair Kansas

By Joe Stumpe The new Ms. Wheelchair Kansas plans to advocate for more than just people with disabilities.  “The policy that I’m trying to develop actually...

Barking up wrong tree just part of a dog’s job

By Ted Blankenship They say (I don’t know exactly who) that the dog is man’s best friend. If it is a MAN’S friend, it’s not going to be a...

Riveting Rosies

Women helped win war on homefront By Nancy Carver Singleton Connie Palacioz worked twice on the storied B-29 Superfortress known as...

Senior funds lag behind

By Joe Stumpe A Sedgwick County commissioner says more money is needed now for senior-related programs and services, along with a way to make sure that funding grows in...

Mexican melting pot draws US travelers

By Rob Howes  There are places in this world where cultures come together, mix their offerings and create a delicious array of food.  One such locale...

‘Oatmeal Twins’ Laurine and Florine turn 98

the active age It was snowing that night in 1921 when a doctor rode out to an Oklahoma farmhouse to help a couple expecting their first baby.

The art of architecture

Editor’s note: Ronda Voorhis recently published an art book called "Drawing Wichita", which features 97 pen-and-ink illustrations of historical buildings and beloved sites in Wichita. The book is on sale for $27.99...

Digging into the seedy side of gardening can pay off

By Janice Sroufe I am a notorious collector of seeds. It’s fascinating that a tiny, dead-looking speck of fiber or rock-like nugget can, with soil, light and water, turn into a huge plant Little globs of...

New board member for the active age named

Julie Schaar of Valley Center has joined the board of the active age newspaper, bringing with her 23 years experience in health care. “One of my first jobs was...

Cecil Riney is alive and, well, busy

Courtesy Photo  Cecil Riney and Lisa Hittle, a former colleague at Friends University. By Joe Stumpe

Music brings generations together

By Joe Stumpe “Rosy cheeks!” “I want to see this little baby better!” “I’m telling you, she’s going to be a drummer!” When some young children come to make music for residents of the Caritas Nursing Center, they...

A second chance at love

By Amy Houston There is life after divorce or the death of a longtime spouse. This Valentine’s Day, three couples will celebrate the new partners who helped them find love when they least expected it.  Rick...

‘Farm girl’ looks back on 107 years

By Joe Stumpe Don’t expect Edna Hall to single out one remarkable day from her remarkably long life. “My life was all pretty interesting,” Hall, who will turn 107 on Jan. 31, said. “I was a...

Friends U. prof retiring, but not from music

By Joe Stumpe Lisa Hittle discovered jazz as a seventh grader in Winfield. It wasn’t just the swing and soul of what’s been called America’s only original art form, it was the chance to do...

Byblos’ best bites in new book

  Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from “Cooking with Inspiration: Lebanese Cuisine” by Ilham Saad, who owned Byblos, one of Wichita’s most popular Lebanese restaurants, from 1989-2017. The book, which includes 124 recipes, can...

Dale Strattman brings ‘clusters of ideas’ to CityArts

By Mike Dwyer Ten years ago, in Dale Strattman’s 65th year, CityArts held a retrospective of his black-and-white, silver gelatin print photographs. Since then, several exhibitions of a topical nature – on women, on children,...

Wichita Symphony Orchestra at 75: One fan’s view

By Helen Bullock A classical violinist playing on stage in bright red shoes? What is this? Oh, yes, it’s the Wichita Symphony Orchestra’s “Wizard of Oz” movie/concert with its story of Dorothy trying to get...

‘Reality-based’ TV renovation shows mostly fantasy

By Ted Blankenship Watch some of those cable shows where they “flip” houses (no they don’t toss them on their roofs), and you’ll discover that the laundry room is an important part of the modern...

New report examines how nursing homes are performing in region

The active age Kansas Advocates for Better Care has released its annual report on health safety inspections of nursing facilities for 2018. Several area facilities appear in the report’s “good” or “poor” performance columns. KABC, a...

A life in black and white: Secret lasted 70 years

By Joe Stumpe Growing up in Newton, Verda Byrd felt lucky to be the daughter of Ray Wagner, an African American railroad porter, and his wife, Edwinna. “They loved me,” Verda said. “They were my world....

Ironman: ‘I don’t do it for fun. I do it to win.’

By Joe Stumpe Dale Bing hadn’t run on a regular basis since junior high school when his 11-year-old son asked him to jog alongside him in the 1998 5K River Run. “I thought it was pretty...

Wichita shows new face to world in 2019

Artist GLeo, left, may be camera shy, but there’s nothing quiet about the mural she’s painted on the east side of the Beachner Grain Elevator. The mural can be seen from 1-135 and E....

Sweet! State’s best pies star in new cookbook from KPTS

Beth Bower hit the highway to map Kansas’ pie ways. Bower, a food writer and freelance editor, hosted “The Pie Way…Kansas Style,” a documentary which debuted on KPTS-Channel last month, and also wrote the...

Play it again, Doris: Pianist has dazzled Wichita since the ‘40s

By Ted Blankenship Drop in for a nightcap at the Wichita Country Club and if you’re lucky, you’ll hear the sweet sound of traditional jazz coming from a grand piano. Delicately touching those 88 keys...

Telling Stories

By Leslie Chaffin When Sharon Brown read to her grandchildren, she often found herself “thinking that I could write a better story.” Today she’s the author of three children’s books and is at work on a...

Free monthly series to help seniors take ‘positive actions’

By Amy Geiszler-Jones A seminar about downsizing and senior living options was just the “incentive” that Joe and June Miller needed. With information gleaned from that seminar, the Millers felt more confident about making the decisions...

Toilet paper more than a little good bathroom reading

By Ted Blankenship When you penalize your friends, they ought to be able to retaliate, and they often do. Consider Canada, Australia and Mexico. Our President slapped tariffs on the import of some of their...

The White Sack

Editor’s note: Reader Rita Hephner came across this story of Depression Era Wichita while going through some family papers. It was written by her mother, Lela Eitel, and presented to Lela’s siblings at Christmas...

Lunch ladies

By Joe Stumpe When members of the Thursday Afternoon Cooking Club first got together 127 years ago, they surely didn’t anticipate that some of their great-granddaughters would be carrying on the tradition today. Yet that’s what...

Oh lordy, the active age turns 40

By Fran Kentling The active age marks its 40th birthday this month.  Strike up the band, blow out the candles and celebrate! First, let’s thank the mother of the active age, the Older Americans Act (OAA).  It was...

Election may boost seniors

The active age The 2018 election could lead to improvements in health care, the legalization of medical marijuana and other changes sought by seniors at the state and local level. Democratic Gov.-Elect Laura Kelly favors expanding...

Awards for the active age

The active age won awards for general excellence and four other categories of work in the 2018 North American Mature Newspaper Publishers Association competition. Competing in Division C, for newspapers with circulations between 50,000...

Toy exhibit ranges from ray guns to rockets

By Amy Geiszler-Jones In the early 1930s, children suddenly began asking Santa for a new kind of Christmas gift: space toys, popularized by the first science fiction radio show and fueled by marketing gimmicks. Later,...
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