COVID claims 9 lives in weeks at local home

By Mary Clarkin COVID-19 made a rapid, deadly march through the 106-bed Meridian Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, claiming nine lives and infecting 78 people in a matter of weeks. The long-term care facility at 1555...

Thrive Awards salute 25 over 55 who make a difference

They donate, doctor, volunteer, fly, garden, promote, perform, teach and much more. They are the winners of The Active Age’s Thrive Awards, putting experience and enthusiasm to work to acheive excellence.This month, The Active...

‘How do I open this #%^ thing?’ : Packaging tests dexterity—and sanity

By Ted Blankenship If you've been to the grocery store recently, you'll notice that toilet paper is on the shelves again. So, buying it is now less of a problem than getting it out of...

When all roads led downtown

By Pat O’Connor Large shopping centers came to Wichita in the 1950s, but even then, they could not compete with downtown. Buses quickly took people from all points on the compass to the large, compacted...

Pandemic pushes some veteran teachers to retire

By Mary Clarkin School scenes: Students at Andover High School, above, gather for a socially-distanced assembly while cheerleaders at Maize South High “mask up” during a football game. High school journalism students from those schools,...

The Active Age holiday recipe contest

  Share your favorite holiday recipe with The Active Age for a chance to win a cookbook. We are looking for recipes in every category —main dish, side dish, appetizer, dessert. The only requirement is...

Pen pals: Newman student, Georgetown couple connect

By Amy Geiszler-Jones                 Don Bates has a new pen pal. And no, he won’t be marrying this one. Bates and Newman University junior Kayla Garvert have been emailing each other since the school launched a letter-writing...

Musician’s love of gardening grows with time

By Janice Sroufe Charisse Kahler wrote a song called “The Gardener” a couple of years ago that nicely sums up her experience as one. Well I dig in the dirt, you know I plant and I...

Souped up: Easy one-pot soups made for autumn

By Beth Bower The perfect dinner for a cool autumn night just might be a warm bowl of soup. Especially one you didn’t slave over a stove all day making. Even though things are running...

Defining moments make us stronger

By Julie Schaar What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time, I reflected on all the reasons fall is my favorite time of year. Pumpkin patches, football, fall festivals, cooler weather and...

Live wire: Wichita man twists and bends wire into art

By Joe Stumpe When it came to choosing his artistic materials, it’s not surprising that Earl Fouse picked wire instead of paint, charcoal or clay. Fouse served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, working...

October quiz is one for the ages

By Nancy Wheeler You’ve probably heard that age is only a number. Actually, it’s a lot more than that. Historical periods are often referred to as “ages.” Take this quiz to see how many you...

Winner, answers to last month’s Historic Building Puzzle Contest/Drawing

Congratulations to Jan Pickering, who successfully completed last month’s puzzle and won the drawing for a copy of “Authenti-City” by Bill Goffrier. Thanks to everyone that participated.  Here are the clues, answers and completed word...

‘Assignment in life’: Faith, teaching and cool wheels keep Teresa Molina on the move

By Amy Geiszler-Jones A profound sense of faith and seemingly boundless energy propel Teresa Molina through life. The daughter of a grocery store owner whose shelves were stocked with Mexican food and folk art, Molina moved...

Alzheimer’s breakthrough? Wichitan thinks so

By Joe Stumpe David Welch watched as his father, sister and cousins suffered from Alzheimer’s. So when the Wichita businessman started having memory problems at age 60, he had a pretty good idea of the...

COVID regs stress nursing home residents, families

By Mary Clarkin When Mary Malone turned 61 in March, family members couldn’t come closer than the other side of a nursing home window. Malone, a nanny and housekeeper described as the “glue” of her family,...

Paint the town: Artist captures Wichita landmarks

By Debbie Elmore Just when you think Bill Goffrier might have painted every notable structure in Wichita, there he is at a First Friday art gallery crawl or Old Town Farmer’s Market with another colorful...

WIN ART BOOK IN HISTORIC BUILDING PUZZLE CONTEST

Century II and Wichita’s old Main Library were recently nominated for spots on the National Register of Historic Places by citizens trying to save them from the wrecking ball. There are nearly 200 buildings...

An immigrant’s story: ‘I never regretted coming here’

By Lotti Eichhorn I was born and raised in Switzerland. By 1960 I was in my mid-twenties and ready for a change. I was not escaping but I needed something new. So, I applied for...

‘You have to be positive’ Six months into pandemic, Donna Schirer makes the best...

By Mary Clarkin Up until six months ago, 91-year-old Donna Schirer enjoyed what she calls a “very, very active lifestyle.” A resident of Prairie Homestead Senior Living community in southwest Wichita, Schirer has her own...

Kansans in care facilities have a right to visitors

By Mitzi McFatrich Kansas Advocates for Better Care Unlike the rest of us, adults in nursing homes have no say in how or when they will see family and friends or gather for a meal. Their...

Take it from Ted: Navigating political correctness is no sweat

By Ted Blankenship It’s the age of political correctness and it’s also pretty hot out this time of the year, so when we get a little overheated we shouldn’t say things like, “Gosh, I’m sweating...

Dump it! Easy desserts for a trying time

By Beth Bower We all have memories of a favorite dessert: Grandma’s warm cherry pie, Mom’s lopsided chocolate cake, Aunt Mae’s rainbow-layered Jell-O salad and our first soufflé that didn’t fall. All good … but not...

Randall Parker one of a colorful kind

By Patrick Joseph O’Connor Kirby’s Beer Store, located across 17th Street from Wichita State University, has served as a hangout for individualists and anti-establishment types since the early 1970s. So naturally Randall Parker felt at...

Century II headed for vote, but in what form?

The Active Age The battle over Century II and the former downtown library continues. In January, a private-public group proposed tearing down the structures to redevelop the riverfront area. By July, a group called Century...

Kansas stands alone against Medicaid expansion in region

By April Holman On Aug. 4, Missouri voters went to the polls and passed a referendum to expand Medicaid. Just a month earlier, voters in Oklahoma did the same. Now that Missouri and Oklahoma have joined...

League of Women Voters, now 100, urges use of mail ballots

By Carole Neal and Barbara Bell The League of Women Voters Wichita-Metro expected a busy 2020. In addition to being an election year, it’s the 100th anniversary of the LWV and the 19th Amendment, which granted women’s...

Presidential election like déjà vu all over again

By Julie Doll The 2020 presidential campaign looks a lot like the 2016 campaign. Only one of the names has been changed. Like four years ago, many voters will have to decide who they dislike more:...

Test your memory on the ‘90s quiz

By Nancy Wheeler The 1990’s was a time of change with Kansas electing its first woman governor and the Royals facing the 1994 player’s strike. How much do you remember about Wichita happenings during this...

Friendship Force flying high

By Joe Stumpe The Active Age Imagine traveling to a foreign country to stay in the home of strangers, eat their food and be escorted around by them. And then returning the favor when they come...

Keys to life: Accordion led Phil Uhlik into music and marriage

By Nancy Carver Singleton The Active Age As a child, Phil Uhlik was fascinated with the musicians at wedding dances. “The folks could find me up by the band stand, hoping I could someday be up...

Meet winners of The Active Age’s pet photo/story contest

We love it when a dog sticks its head out of a car window almost as much as the dog does. And few look better doing it than Sushi, the winner of our pet...

More pet contest photos

Pet Stories Below DELYLA Delyla is a 2½-year-old Yorkie. She is energetic and very curious. During the pandemic, my husband and I got bronchitis and pneumonia at the same time. We were in bed for four days...

The Butler County War: ‘Lynch law,’ mobs and miltias

By Joe Stumpe The Butler County War – an explosion of vigilante violence and intimidation unique in Kansas history – actually started in Sedgwick County. And its immediate cause was a mule. One day in November...

The gift of art: Painting through a pandemic

By Amee Bohrer The Active Age Denise Ziegler is an optimist by nature, a trait that illuminates her conversation and artwork. “During this, the Covid, the gift of art is that I’ve had plenty to do,” Ziegler...

McAdams pool renamed for McAfee

Charles McAfee knew something was up when family members started showing up from out of town last month. A few days later, the Wichita City Council renamed the pool at McAdams Park for the...

County plots course for spending COVID-19 windfall

By Mary Clarkin The Active Age Sedgwick County has spent a small percentage of nearly $109 million it’s receiving from the federal government for COVID-19-related expenses while officials make broad plans for using the rest. County officials...

COVID-19 cases, deaths rise throughout region

The Active Age   COVID-19 cases, clusters and deaths rose throughout the Wichita area last month as public officials in some cases adjusted their response to the pandemic. As of July 29, Sedgwick County reported 3,790 cases...

Batter up! Ranking area’s best hardballers of all time

By Bob Rives This is a year with little real baseball news. There will be no debut of the Wichita Wind Surge. The majors will play just 60 games. A much-reduced version of the...

1980s a decade to remember – but do you?

By Nancy Wheeler It was decade of big hair and big news: AIDS, the Challenger explosion and the fall of the Berlin Wall. But how well do you remember local happenings? Take this quiz to...

Junetta Everett leads Chamber through unprecedented time

By Amy Geiszler-Jones The Active Age When Junetta Everett became chair of the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors this year, it was heralded as a historic appointment. An executive with Delta Dental of Kansas,...

SPECIAL REPORT: Nursing homes get legal cover as COVID-19 deaths mount

By Mary Clarkin The Active Age Some residents of a Clearwater nursing home where 11 deaths from COVID-19 were reported were not given baths for more than five weeks, its former director of nursing says. Christine Zeller,...

Civil rights activists welcome new generation of protestors

By Joe Stumpe The Active Age Charles McAfee understands the anger that’s driving young Wichita protesters to rally against racial disparity and police misconduct. He felt it 70 years ago as a talented young athlete denied...

Trailer trashed? Not anymore, it’s ‘Grandcamp’ fun

By Amee Bohrer The Active Age  Emmie Barron, 12, crawls into the loft of her grandparents’ camper to admire glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling. Cousin Jett Haberly, 11, sits next to her and they dangle their...

We’ve heard stories of how much people have appreciated their pets during the coronavirus...

We’ve heard stories of how much people have appreciated their pets during the coronavirus pandemic. Now’s your chance to make your pet a star. Send us his or her photo with a short story about...

Color his world: Artist paints again after 44 years

By Nancy Carver Singleton Warm and whimsical rural scenes. Vibrant skies with distinctive clouds overlooking barns, fences, houses, pastures, roads and windmills. And the occasional tornado. That’s the world Virgil Penner dreams —and paints. “My art...

Roasted radishes will rock your world

By Joe Stumpe You think you know a vegetable, eating it in all the familiar ways, and then all of a sudden you realize you’ve never enjoyed a tenth of its potential. That’s how I...

Here it is, that ‘70s Quiz!

By Nancy Wheeler Many of you probably remember the 1970s as a time of growth and change in Wichita. Take this quiz to see how much you recall about some local characters and places of...

In-state travel just the ticket in age of COVID-19

By Julie Doll By this time each spring, many Kansans have planned or made summer vacations, figuring out where they want to go, how to get there and what they want to do. It’s another part...

Free Lifelong Learning courses classes offered at WSU

By Beccy Tanner Since Wichita State University began offering free Lifelong Learning courses to Wichita area senior citizens five years ago, the program has grown from one course with 40 students to 10 courses with...

The Active Age seeks nominations for Thrive Awards

The Active Age plans to celebrate 25 people this summer for their achievements and contributions to our community. We’re asking you to help us narrow down the field by submitting nominations.  Called the Thrive Awards,...

Area senior centers set to reopen, with significant changes

the active age More senior centers across the area are planning to reopen this month, although plans for exactly what that will look like were still being finalized as The Active Age went to press. In...

Popular detective series brings heroine to Kansas

By Ted Ayres “Dead Land” by Sara Paretsky (William Morrow, 2020, 405 pages, $29.70) Sara Paretsky was 4 years old when her father accepted a faculty position with the University of Kansas in 1951. After graduation from the...

More deaths reported at nursing homes in Haysville, Clearwater

Mary Clarkin The Active Age HAYSVILLE - The latest nursing home COVID-19 cluster in Sedgwick County has accounted for the county’s most recent death from the virus. On Wednesday, the Sedgwick County Health Department announced Diversicare of...

Clearwater nursing home death toll now at 11 as former nursing director details problems

By Mary Clarkin The Active Age   Many residents of a Clearwater nursing home where 11 deaths from COVID-19 are now being reported were not given baths for more than five weeks, its former director of nursing...

‘I was gasping for breath’: Covid-19 survivor

By Bob Rives “Where do you think you got it?” Friends ask me that about the Covid-19 that felled me for much of this spring. The answer, unfortunately, is I have no idea. There are guesses....

Film captured Wichita’s first gay pride parade 30 years ago

Click the DVD cover below to watch the documentary on YouTube. By Amy Geiszler-Jones Thirty years ago this month, Gregory Boyd filmed history in the making by documenting the genesis of Wichita’s first gay pride parade....

Hot on the trails

If there’s a silver lining to these last few months, it may be this: People are discovering an outdoors they’ve previously experienced mostly through car windows. The greater Wichita area boasts numerous scenic paths for...

Cause of deadly nursing home clusters difficult to pinpoint

By Mary Clarkin Roz Hutchinson believes her mother receives excellent care at Chisholm Place, a memory care home on Webb Road in Wichita. Seven deaths among residents from COVID-19 haven’t shaken that opinion. “I believe that...

Senior Expo discontinued after 33 years

The Active Age The Senior Expo is apparently no more. The Central Plains Area Agency on Aging, which hosted the long-running event each fall, notified sponsors last month that it would no longer be involved....

Latest challenge for the Greatest Generation

By Harry Clements I am part of what’s popularly known as the Greatest Generation, which survived both the Great Depression and World War II, two decidedly challenging eras in American history. We are now experiencing...

Newton woman puts extra time to tasty use

By Joe Stumpe A Newton woman expanded her culinary horizons during the coronavirus pandemic. Is it any wonder that someone whose last name is Kitchen-McKinney enjoys cooking? Speaking of names, she goes by Kevin, her middle...

Swing back to the ‘60s with this quiz

By Nancy Wheeler The 1960’s brought tremendous improvements to Wichita, including a new zoo, library and Art Association building. Take this quiz to see what else you remember about Wichita during the Swinging 60s. 1. The...

Soaring spirit

When aircraft from McConnell Air Force Base soared overhead last month in a tribute to those fighting the coronavirus, Roberta Seiwert Lampe couldn’t help feeling thankful. Thankful for medical personnel, first responders and others on...

Sedgwick County gets $100 million for coronavirus fight

The Active Age Sedgwick County Commissioners are dealing with an interesting problem: how to spend nearly $100 million given to the county by the federal government to battle the coronavirus pandemic. At least some of the...

My two cents’ worth on the county’s millions

By Joe Stumpe Last July, Sedgwick County manager Tom Stolz promised a review of the Department on Aging and its funding. Stolz has kept his word, enlisting help from the Public Policy and Management Center...

The Active Age seeks nominations for Thrive Awards

The Active Age plans to celebrate 25 people this summer for their achievements and contributions to our community. We’re asking you to help us narrow down the field by submitting nominations.  Called the Thrive Awards,...

Volunteers deliver help as residents abide restrictions

By Joe Stumpe and Leslie Chaffin Normally this time of year, Jim Unruh would be puttering around the house, traveling with his wife or working part-time for a funeral home. “Just a very relaxing lifestyle,” he...

Pandemic effects will linger, health expert predicts

By Joe Stumpe The lifting of stay-at-home orders caused by the coronavirus — whenever that happens ­— won’t signal that things are back to normal, a health expert says. “The world’s going to look different even...

A good fit

You walk, bike, stretch, garden.  Lift weights, swim, do yoga and water aerobics. Team up with neighbors, friends and spouses. Turn for help to physical trainers and therapists. Age is no barrier, and you’re not letting the...

Spring showstoppers

Yes, everything got cancelled last month. But as if on cue, nature put on an even more spectacular spring show than usual. Redbuds and tulips exploded. Whole fields looked like they’d been painted violet by...

Delano’s past was as lively as its present

By Keith Wondra Editor’s note: An expanded version of this history can be found at the end of this article. The 2015 Historic Delano Visitor’s Guide painted a colorful picture of the area’s early days: “Springing...

Extra innings

By Kollen Long It’s obvious where Bob Lutz stands on the pressing issue of American cheese on crackers. Clearly against it, as evidenced by a debate on his daily radio show with his son and...

1971 a busy time for young wife, mom and part-time secretary

By Diana Breit Wolfe Hmm…what was I doing when I was 28 years old? That’s what came to mind as I wrote to one of my one of my great-nieces on her 28th birthday. I...

If you liked Ike, you’ll love this ’50s quiz

By Nancy Wheeler How much do you remember about life in Wichita during the 1950’s? Remember eating at Wolf’s Cafeteria, seeing performances at the Wichita Forum and attending sock hops? Try your hand at these questions,...

But seriously, folks: A little laughter is good for us

By Ted Blankenship I have been fascinated by humor as long as I can remember. Maybe it was compensation for being a fat kid. How could I feel inadequate if I came up with fat...

‘Unfollow’ follows story of controversial Phelps family

"Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church,” by Megan Phelps-Roper (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2019, 286 pages, $27.00) By Ted Ayres In this time of global calamity and concern, I feel compelled to...

Make the old new again in this year’s garden

By Janice Sroufe Spring has never been quite like this. Many of us have spent weeks at home, trying to make do with what we have and distancing ourselves from other people. I’ve been trying...

Father Time

By Joe Stumpe Jazz formed the soundtrack of Bob Scheid’s childhood in pre-World War II south Chicago, a swinging big-band beat that some think has never been equaled....

Minor Miracle

By Bob Rives When Wichita’s first real baseball stadium opened in 1905, it cost $1,500 and was painted green, like most of its kind. In...

Coronavirus shakes region

Karen VanDam celebrating her 80th birthday before the Kansas Masonic Home was placed on lockdown because of the cornonavirus threat. By Joe Stumpe As a...

‘Restricted access’ can’t stop wedding bells

By Susan Hill Editor’s note: Susan Hill, a member of the active age board of directors, lives at Larksfield Place, one of many area senior communities affected by the...

The Active Age seeks nominations for Thrive Awards

The Active Age plans to celebrate 25 people this summer for their achievements and contributions to our community. We’re asking you to help us narrow down the field by submitting nominations. 

One of a kind: Vern Miller did things his own way

By Celisa Calacal and Matthew Long-Middleton Kansas News Service Kansas’ 36th attorney general was infamous for popping out of trunks, inciting gunfights on buses, and going...

Cooking: A long love story

By Pat Gallagher I have enjoyed cooking and reading for most of my life. I don’t cook as much anymore but I have broadened my reading interest to include...

Superintendent spreads joy in person and social media 

By Kollen Long At 8:15 on a chilly morning two days before Thanksgiving, Janet Eaton, the superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Wichita, held the door and...

Vertical gardening a good way to maximize space

By Janice Sroufe City-dwelling gardeners like me often have limited space to grow all of the wonderful fruits and vegetables they would like. Over the years, I have experimented...

New Wichita Carriage Works in the works at Old Cowtown

Old Cowtown Museum wants to recreate one of Wichita’s early business buildings to store and display its “rolling stock” of wagons, buggies and buckboards. The museum currently uses a...

“Maker community” growing into new space

By Leslie Chaffin The Wichita area has always taken pride in its skilled workers, and an organization called MakeICT shows that talent isn’t limited to employees performing their regular...

Artist ‘feels like a child in a candy store’

The active age Give Anthony Dozier a box of old decals or expired gift cards and you might get a work of art back in return.

Take our fitness survey for chance to win books

What’s your favorite way to stay fit? Is it a nightly walk around the neighborhood, a Silver Sneakers class at your local YMCA, a regular round of golf? Or is it a...

First abortion, then coronavirus hinder Medicaid expansion push

Jim McLean Kansas News Service TOPEKA — A bipartisan plan to expand Medicaid coverage in Kansas may go nowhere if the threat of coronavirus shortens the 2020...

Win iconic prints in history contest

Eighteen sites have been designated as historic by a committee helping plan the city’s 150th birthday, which takes place in November. How much do you know about Wichita’s history?...

Keeping the faith

For years, a good-natured religious controversy has simmered in Wichita:  Which church is the city’s oldest, First Presbyterian or St. John’s Episcopal? “The holy war,” as Gary Huffman, archivist...

‘Get started and don’t stop’

By Amy Geiszler-Jones Nancy O’Donnell and Beryl Krueger like dancing to the beat of a Middle Eastern drum. “It helps me keep fit and maintain a...

Medicaid push hits roadblock

By Stephen Koranda Kansas News Service TOPEKA — The Kansas legislative session began with what seemed like a done deal for expanding...

Neighborhood history to be recorded

Got a great story from one of Wichita’s early neighborhoods?  The Old Wichita Neighborhoods Interview Project would like to hear from you.  Patrick O’Connor, an author and contributor to...

Man making most of ‘second chance’

By Dave Gear EL DORADO – Dale’s back.  More than 10 years ago, Dale Wilson’s family bought him a YMCA membership following his recovery from a...

Pro tips for pork loin

By Joe Stumpe  Pork loin packs plenty of promise, from great flavor and low price to nutritional makeup and ease of preparation. However, it suffers from a tendency to...

Bag a bunch of books

The Friends of the Wichita Public Library will hold a book “bag sale” Saturday, March 28 at the Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd St. The members-only sale is from 8-10 a.m.,...

El Dorado artist chalked Jayhawk

By Joe Stumpe When the University of Kansas basketball team returns to the NCAA tournament this month, some attention will naturally fall on its iconic mascot, the Jayhawk. And...

Our Duty evokes life in wartime Kansas

Our Duty by Gerri Hilger (Kat Biggie Press, 2018, 301 pages, $15.99) By Ted Ayres Gerri Hilger is a life long resident of Kansas who lives in...

Meatless Mexican

Fed up with fish on Fridays during Lent? Our Lady of Perpetual Catholic Church N. 2351 N. Market in Wichita, will hold its annual meatless Mexican food dinners each Friday 5-7 p.m....

Rolling with it

By Amy Geiszler-Jones Casey and Larry Furnish often refer to the first 32 years of their 38-year marriage as “BS” – short for before stroke. Late...

Medicaid expansion, senior funds on agenda in Topeka

the active age TOPEKA —Expanding Medicaid coverage is just one of several issues before the 2020 Kansas Legislature that could affect seniors for years to come.

From the big leagues to McAdams Park, big Bob Thurman belonged

By Bob Rives Bob Thurman’s name may not be as well known as those on other signs in McAdams Park. After all, playing fields there have been named for...

Wings hot again

New team playing at Hartman while documentary tells story of city’s first professional soccer team the active age There are a lot of folks winging it...

Say Bonjour to ‘Mister Crunch’

By Joe Stumpe Each day, Americans eat almost as many sandwiches as there are people in the country. You can look it up. Impressive as that...

Active Age Day at Koch Arena: Readers cheer win by Shocker women over Temple

"Go Get It Girls"Lilaha Bolen, Charlotte Harmon and Nancy SeibertVicki Forbes and Dana EdwardsPat WierengaDonna Adams-ZimmermanKaysue HallWanda Groves and FriendRoz and Tom HutchinsonRichard and Sue GoatesResidents of Via Christi Village Wichita State...

AARP members, WSU to weigh in on Sedgwick County budget

By Joe Stumpe Sedgwick County commissioners likely will hear from more folks this year calling for additional funding of senior-related services. A group made up of...

Whitewater museum captures past

By Nancy Carver Singleton WHITEWATER – The Whitewater Photo Museum offers a glimpse into this town’s past, and not just through a camera lens. Here’s a...

Newton choir is golden

the active age NEWTON —After the busiest holiday season in their history, members of the Golden Notes choral group have no intention of slowing down. The Golden Notes performed...

Census Bureau taking applications for 2020 jobs

The Census Bureau is recruiting hundreds of thousands of temporary workers for the 2020 Census. This is not only a chance to earn extra income, it’s also an opportunity help our community...

20 in ‘20: a little activity each day adds up

As a health professional, Jane Byrnes says she can’t help but notice the decline of people who don’t stay active, even with simple walks. “They want answers and pills...

Don’t travel cancer survivorship journey alone

A 25-year cancer survivor and research instructor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine – Wichita has developed a free webinar to help people diagnosed with cancer work toward wellness.

Shockers to host active age readers at Koch Arena

You’re invited to attend a Wichita State University women’s basketball game as guests of the Shockers and the active age. The Jan. 19 game at Koch Arena pits WSU against...

Should it stay or should it go?

Century II too iconic to lose, supporters say By Celeste Bogart Racette Wichitans have always supported and loved Century II. They have memories of special...

Expanding Medicaid in Kansas tops 2020 priorities for AARP

By Mary Tritsch AARP Kansas believes that expanding Medicaid (KanCare) is the most critical thing lawmakers can do for older Kansans when they convene in Topeka on Jan. 14....

Kiddieland amusement park lives on in memories

By Debbi Elmore Once upon a time in south Wichita, there existed not one – but two – fantasy lands for children. Joyland, on south Hillside, was designed for...

Waffle wizardry latest trick for adventurous cook

By Joe Stumpe A family member was going through Nancy McMaster’s refrigerator over the holidays when she came across a jar of sourdough bread starter, all bubbly and yeasty...

Ref keeps order for love of game

By Kollen Long If a referee notices you on the football field, it’s usually bad news.  But Craig Helser often surprises players by offering a compliment...

Documentation and dying: Help others keep your wishes

By Amy Geiszler-Jones A body left for weeks in a morgue while a search is underway for a relative to claim it. Critical medical documents left behind when an...

My story: Back to civilization

By Suzie White I had lived in Springfield, Mo., for about five years when I decided it was time to return to my hometown of Wichita. My first marriage...

Getting by with a little help from our friends

By Joe Stumpe With 2020 here, it’s interesting to note that the active age has now been around for all or part of six decades.  Originally...

Briefs

WAM Out West The Wichita Art Museum kicks off the year with free events designed to draw patrons in, and out of, doors. Jan. 9, 6...

Hot shots

By Joe Stumpe Once upon a time, women were considered too fragile to play the game of basketball as we know it. Instead of running up and down the...

Silent partner

By Leslie Chaffin My husband’s family bears a strong history of cancer. His father, brothers, aunts and uncles died of the disease. We carry cancer insurance as a result.

ORPHEUM CHRISTMAS SHOW TICKET CONTEST

Qualify for a chance to win tickets to Christmas shows at the Orpheum Theatre by identifying which classic holiday movies or TV specials contain the nine lines at right. From all the...

Santa makes a mean tiramusa

By Joe Stumpe For years, Tim Churchill has enjoyed baking Christmas treats for family and friends, often using recipes learned from his Greek in-laws. A few years back, another...

Once a Wildcat…

Class of '54 reunites in El Dorado EL DORADO – El Dorado High School’s class of ’54 always prided itself on its togetherness. Members showed off that closeness –...

Painting pastor

Gallery showcases works of Newton pastor NEWTON – Jeffery Sparks sees a connection between his two passions of painting and pastoring. “These are not two different...

Six Two Riding Club revs up support for local charities

By Debbi Elmore The roar of motors shatters the Sunday quiet on a south Wichita street. Within moments, the first motorcycles appear. The Six Two Riding Club has arrived...

Chew on this: fingernails more important than you think

By Ted Blankenship If you’re like me, you’re tired of impeachment talk, the 2020 election and even more unpleasant stuff going on in Washington. So I thought it would...

December Theatre

By Diana Morton Crown Uptown Theatre, 3702 E. Douglas Ave. A Very Special Crown Christmas. An evening that promises you a bountiful buffet, belly laughs and beautiful holiday music...

Hospitals, health care and housing top senior wish list

An AARP Kansas survey of Wichita – area residents regarding the livability of their city revealed that nearly all of them (99 percent) believe that well-maintained hospitals and healthcare facilities are extremely...

JOY MAKERS: Volunteers get old Joyland carousel rolling at Botanica

By Joe Stumpe When Botanica was given the old carousel from Joyland amusement park, it came with one roller coaster-sized problem:  It wasn’t in anything close...

Not crazy cat people

Sue and Ray Jones helped feral cats. Then the City of Augusta took them to court. the active age AUGUSTA – Sue and Ray Jones want...

Changes coming to Veterans Park

the active age Families with more than one member who’ve served in the military will soon be able to commemorate that fact at Veterans Memorial Park.

WICHITA CELEBRITY PUZZLE CONTEST ANSWERS

Congratulations to the winners of last month’s puzzle contest/theater ticket drawing: Lois Barrett, Theresa Bills, Mrs. Pat Postlethwait, Debbie Rohrback and Maria Tenborg. And thanks again to the participating theaters who provided...

Street ministry and children’s garden: an era ends

By Debbi Elmore Thirty-seven years after launching The Street Ministry to help the “motel moms” and their children on south Broadway, Straw Hidaka has hung up her mantle, following...

My yoga journey: strength, flexibility and courage unite

By Donya Rawlings I remember the exact day I made the choice to make yoga a priority in my life. It was the day I took an online balance-based...

Time to get garlic in the ground

By Janice Sroufe Fall is an ideal time to plant garlic. Just about any sunny spot of well-drained soil will work. Crumble up the dirt, add some compost, and...

November Briefs

Black history explored A new exhibit looking at African American history in early Wichita focuses on what was known as the “West End” or “Black Belt” area of the...

Stop the presses, but for real this time

By Joe Stumpe After 30-plus years in the newspaper business, I finally got to utter the words “Stop the presses!”  It wasn’t quite as much fun...

Down, ready, set . . . volunteer!

By Tim Marlar  It is fall and football season is in full swing. Have you heard the NFL has a new promotion? In honor of its 100th season, it is...

November Theatre

By Diana Morton Crown Uptown Theatre, 3702 E. Douglas Ave. A Very Special Crown Christmas. An evening that promises you a bountiful buffet, belly laughs and beautiful holiday music...

Say what?

By Val Cheatham English is a living language. Which means it’s a dying one, too. Words and phrases periodically disappear from our daily conversation, remembered only...

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

By Clark Bastian Sometimes a project just falls into your lap. In 2010, I arrived early for a board meeting at Rotary Club headquarters. In the meeting room was...

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...

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...

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,...

Halstead Harvey Girl looks back on “elegant experience”

By Nancy Carver Singleton Helen Collins of Halstead was volunteering at the Halstead Heritage Museum & Depot one afternoon when each of the three couples who visited wanted to meet “The Harvey Girl.” They were...

Rider, 77, still blazing trails on two wheels

By Jim Laney I seem to have a knack for riding on two wheels, with or without a road to follow.  As a kid in the country I rode on dirt roads and trails through...

Setting sail

Wichitans asked to help support new ship bearing city’s name By Joe Stumpe A new Navy ship called the USS Wichita will soon be patrolling foreign seas, and a retired rear admiral from Derby is raising...

Try this tariff theory of Ted’s on for size

By Ted Blankenship President Trump says his tariffs will punish the Chinese without hurting Americans.  The Chinese-naturally-enacted retaliatory tariffs on American agricultural products, cars and industrial goods. Then they began talking about buying airplanes from the...

Looking for Earl in a haystack

RoseAnn Kirkpatrick just wants to know one thing: What happened to Earl? I doubt I can help her find the answer, but here goes anyway: Kirkpatrick was reading through a stack of old Reader’s Digest magazines recently when she...

Singers performance

The Wichita Broadway Singers are calling themselves the “Off-Broadway Singers” for this year’s December Dreams concert. That’s because they’re opening with “Try to Remember” from The Fantasticks, which has the longest run of any...

Holiday spirit at WAM

The Wichita Art Museum hosts two free family-oriented events this month. From 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, WAM’s annual Holiday Open House offers refreshments, live music, dance performances and a chance to visit with...

New Nutcracker

Photos Courtesy of Dr. Joseph Myers Friends University is presenting a new, full-length production of The Nutcracker that "is not your grandma’s Nutcracker." Andrea Vazquez-Aguirre, new director of the dance program, has choreographed the work to...

Wichita takes pass on centers

Photo by Joe Stumpe  Northeast Senior Center in Wichita has run out of mats to hide carpet stains. By Joe Stumpe A new library for $32 million. Up to $81 million for a minor league ballpark....

River Castle ‘BBQ’ Campbell left mark on city

By Jack Kellogg Few buildings in Wichita provoke more curiosity than Campbell Castle, the 17-bedroom, feudal-style mansion overlooking the Little Arkansas River at 11th Street and North River Boulevard. As it turns out, builder...

Stroke can’t stop love of music

By Amy Houston When Lisa Shorter walked into a keyboard class for adult beginners last year, it took all her courage and patience. After all, she was the only student who’d be forced to play...

CHILI CHAMPS

Red Hat Society members claim trophy on first try By Joe Stumpe It took Sandra Whittemore five years to persuade her fellow Red Hatters to enter the Wichita Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff. Maybe next time they’ll listen. Members...

First letters, then love for pair

By Debbi Elmore Don and Ona Bates met through the written word – the old-fashioned, pre-Internet written word. In 1993, Don responded to an article in The Wichita Eagle looking for people interested in corresponding...

Andover trail on the wild side

By Joe Stumpe ANDOVER - Don’t be surprised if you spot some furry friends while checking out Andover’s newest biking and walking trail. Scaly ones, too. The four-mile extension of the Redbud Trail, from Prairie Creek...

Wichitan advises candidate to ham it up

William T. Davitt thinks the upcoming gubernatorial election could all boil down to ham. If only a certain candidate would take his advice. Davitt copied the active age on a letter he sent to Democratic...

Navigating Alzheimer’s focus of conference

By Amy Geiszler-Jones With no single test, scan or exam for the disease, getting a diagnosis for Alzheimer’s can be a challenge, Caregivers and patients often have to become advocates if they suspect the disease. “Some...

‘Gentleman farmer’ airs beef with cattle

By Ted Blankenship I tell people that I grew up out in the country and they usually assume I was raised on a farm. I did see an occasional haystack and every spring our house...

Alternative market ‘makes a little difference in the world’

Tammy Tidwell went from shopper to volunteer at the annual Wichita Alternative Gift Market. “Whether you are here to buy or work a booth, we are all here to make a little bit of difference...

Briefs

Gala supports women Soroptimist International of Wichita’s annual Christmas Gala fundraiser will be Dec. 3, at LaVela, 6147 E. 13th, Wichita. The evening includes a social hour and silent auction at 6:30, buffet dinner at...

The long and short of it

By Joe Stumpe At 6 feet tall, Samajae Haynes-Jones isn’t exactly short. Until, that is, you stand him next to Asbjorn Midtgaard, his 7-foot-tall Wichita State basketball teammate. At last month’s Shocker media day, we asked...

Brain freeze Senior blips funny and frustrating

By Elvira Crocker We’ve all experienced them at one time or another. Those lapses in memory that can often be either embarrassing or hilarious.  Though they can happen at any age, they do seem to happen...

Back on the Racks Again!!!

Active Age is back at Dillons on a regular basis, convenient for readers and offering great visibility for our advertisers. And don’t forget to pick up our annual +55 Resource Guide, THE comprehensive source...

Project Wichita collects seniors’ views

By Joe Stumpe Older residents appear just as interested as younger ones in helping chart the area’s future, according to results of the Project Wichita survey.  Of 13,907 people took time to fill out the survey,...

Almost 5 Million Fed

By Joe Stumpe Marc Mourning cooks with a wooden spoon the size of a canoe paddle. When you’re preparing food for a couple thousand people per day, everything gets bigger. “This is like a workout,” Mourning,...

Sloppy Joes

Fajita seasoning, Worcestershire sauce and two kinds of sugar make Sloppy Joes at The Lord’s Diner “the best Sloppy Joes I’ve ever had,” in one volunteer’s opinion. 1 lb ground beef 1/2 Tbs fajita seasoning such...

Minor league baseball back

By Bob Rives William H. Hemp is no longer a household name. Even the colorful nickname, Ducky, he got while playing baseball here, is lost in time. But in 1887, the 18-year-old from St. Louis was a...

Election spotlight: candidates address senior issues

The active age sent questionnaires to political candidates last month to get their views on issues affecting seniors. All the candidates were asked questions No. 1 and 2. Additionally, candidates for governor were asked...

Fire deaths hit elderly

By Joe Stumpe Two recent deaths highlight the risk posed to seniors by house fires, a danger that increases during cooler months. In September, a 65-year-old Andover man died after being trapped in a house fire....

Highland hoopla: Historic cemetery sparks book, renovation

This is adapted from the author’s introduction to “Walking With The Wichita Pioneers: A Guidebook to Highland Cemetery” by Barb Myers. The book sells for $20, with all proceeds going to renovate Highland Cemetery. By...

Walk to End Alzheimer’s coming to arena

Show your support for the fight to end Alzheimer’s by taking part in the Wichita Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Intrust Bank Arena. Or even better, put together a fundraising team...

Panda-monium at EP

Exploration Place presents Pandas: A Journey Home, a new documentary in its digital dome theater starting Saturday, Oct. 20. Filmmakers “were granted unprecedented access to the Wolong Panda Center in China,” according to a...

Civil War Women

Did you know that during the Civil War, hundreds of women cut their hair and donned men’s clothes so they could report to Union and Confederate army recruiters? And that others served as scouts...

Jackie Brown in town

Actress Pam Grier will receive the Ad Astra Award when the Tallgrass Film Festival returns for its 16th year this month. “Pam Grier   is someone that Tallgrass has sought to bring to Wichita and...

Native American Day

A dance exhibition, talks by Native American groups and free traditional meal are on tap for The Native American Celebration Day on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Mid-America All-Indian Center. The free event runs from...

Gardening ideas for fall and beyond

By Janice Sroufe Although summer with its hot weather is my favorite time of year, the cooler temperatures and beautiful colors of fall are comforting and sometimes a relief. This year we have had nice...

Project Beauty looks forward at 50

By  Joe Stumpe Project Beauty, Inc. may be down in numbers, but it’s not out. President Sue Boewe admits to an ambitious goal for the 50-year-old group founded to spruce up Wichita. “I’m hoping we’re going...

Wanted: Poll workers for Sedgwick County

You can help promote democracy and make a few bucks in the bargain. With this year's elections rapidly approaching, the Sedgwick County Election Office is recruiting poll workers. The Election Office is increasing the number of...

Bow wow! ‘Theo’ is a hero

By Joe Stumpe A tiny dog named Theodore is turning out to be worth his weight in gold. Mary Enstrom acquired the 2.3-pound Teacup Yorkie as a sidekick for her ministry serving nursing home residents. Theodore ended...

‘Fireball’ Jackson inspires book

By Debbi Elmore Gerald McCoy was a boy when he saw Isaiah “Fireball” Jackson pitch in Wichita’s National Baseball Congress tournament. Jackson’s explosive fastball wasn’t the only remarkable thing about him. There was also the...

Centers for seniors see funds frozen

By Joe Stumpe Sedgwick County commissioners have again decided to keep funding for area senior centers at 2010 levels, frustrating users and supporters. The centers serve thousands of residents with meals, recreation, educational activities and...

Lazy, luscious lasagna  

By Joe Stumpe Easy isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when making lasagna. But a couple of shortcuts will put this dish on your table in about an hour, with little mess to...

Small town realizes big dream

Valley Center’s old library sat so close to railroad tracks that it used to shake when a train passed. “We didn’t know whether it was an earthquake or train,” the library’s office manager, Terry Foster,...

Volunteers, ‘old farts’ and the active age

From The Editor: By Joe Stumpe I picked a good day to attend my first meeting of the Sedgwick County Advisory Council on Aging. The council was hearing how local tax dollars are being distributed to...

‘Must-see’ Senior Expo expands to new library

By Monica Cissell Valuable information, free health screenings, new opportunities and useful items for seniors and caregivers await visitors at the 33rd annual Senior Expo. Held at three sites, including the new Advanced Learning Library at...

All aboard…for downtown Railfest

3rd annual Railfest features train rides By Amy Geiszler-Jones This year’s Railfest offers a rare opportunity to ride the rails in downtown Wichita.  Volunteers with the Great Plains Transportation Museum, located at 700 E. Douglas across from...

Tremont Street: Lusty, boozy, bloody

By Joe Stumpe   If you look at a map of Wichita today, you won’t find Tremont Street. In its time, though, it was one of the city’s best-known thoroughfares.  Indeed, Tremont was notorious across the...

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Warning: Douglas closed – for fun

For a second year, Open Streets ICT will bring Wichitans of all ages together for a fun afternoon on Douglas Avenue. And if it’s anything like last year, when 18,000 people showed up, it’ll...

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Who do you think you are? Seven generations to choose from

  By Miranda Allen What’s the matter with kids today? Why won’t anyone listen to me?  They are so lazy and have no work ethic!  They are so stuck in their ways! How often have you heard...
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By Mary Clarkin COVID-19 made a rapid, deadly march through the 106-bed Meridian Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, claiming nine lives and infecting 78 people...
They donate, doctor, volunteer, fly, garden, promote, perform, teach and much more. They are the winners of The Active Age’s Thrive Awards, putting experience...
By Ted Blankenship If you've been to the grocery store recently, you'll notice that toilet paper is on the shelves again. So, buying it is...
By Pat O’Connor Large shopping centers came to Wichita in the 1950s, but even then, they could not compete with downtown. Buses quickly took people...
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