Category: Featured

‘Little DQ’ owner ready to dip toe into retirement

| By Joe Stumpe

By the time you read this, Richard Barrett will likely have handed his last soft-serve ice cream cone through the window of his tiny Dairy Queen in south Wichita. He’ll tell you it’s been a long, sweet ride. “Few people have a job where they make a lot of people happy,” Barrett said. Barrett, who […]

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WSU welcomes age-friendly designation

| By The Active Age

Wichita State University has joined the Age-Friendly University Network, a group more than 90 schools interested in creating more age-inclusive environments on their campuses. “Wichita State has just a huge number of age-friendly things that are going,” said Rosemary Wright, a senior research scientist who works in the office of WSU President Richard Muma. “Age […]

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A thank-you…and a friendly challenge

| By The Active Age

Editor’s note: This month we’re running Dear Reader columns from two of our board members — one about the heartening response to our current plight, and the other about our continuing need. By Diana Breit Wolfe I am totally impressed. You like us — you really, really like us! I know that because after my […]

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Jazz fan Bauer back on air doing what he loves

| By The Active Age

When Steve Bauer calls himself a “cradle Catholic,” he’s not exaggerating. “My doctor baptized me almost as soon as I was born because he didn’t think I was going to make it.” Bauer proved the doctor wrong, although he’s faced plenty of additional challenges while establishing himself as a mainstay on Wichita’s radio waves. Bauer […]

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Farm to Fork makes for delicious fun in Butler County

| By The Active Age

The 7th annual Farm to Fork event in Butler County celebrates agriculture in Kansas’ largest county with eight days of events. Here are highlights of the schedule with prices of individual events. A full festival pass good for all events and meals is available for $150. July 16 — Family “Agventure” Day, 8 a.m. to […]

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Aging department redirects budget

| By The Active Age

The Sedgwick County Department on Aging has revised its plan for spending money added to its budget. County commissioners created a $500,000 contingency fund for senior-related services during last year’s budget process. In April, the department proposed spending $180,000 of that, with the rest being returned to the county general fund. That prompted criticism from […]

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A rhyme in time saves little minds

| By Ted Blankenship

These days parents are deciding what books their kids can read in school. And, each parent has a different idea which books are dangerous for juvenile brains. So what about nursery rhymes that have been around for a long time and may have affected a lot of little brains?  If we modify these nursery rhymes, […]

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Donate for chance to win Botanica family membership

| By The Active Age

Donate at least $50 to The Active Age, and you could win a family membership to Botanica. The Active Age will hold a drawing for a family membership each month for the next six months from among people on our “Honor Roll” list of donors.  The Active Age wishes to thank Botanica for providing the […]

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Paw Pals delivers food, care

| By The Active Age

Senior Services, Inc. has started a pet food delivery service called Paw Pals for Meals on Wheels clients through a grant awarded by Meals on Wheels America and PetSmart Charities. Volunteers from the Wichita Animal Action League deliver pet food to about 60 Meals on Wheels clients at the beginning of each month. WAAL has also […]

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July Theatre

| By Diana Morton

Crown Uptown Theatre, 3207 E. Douglas. The Wedding Singer – a musical comedy. Based on the hit Adam Sandler mover, The Wedding Singers does for the ‘80s what Hairspray did for the ‘60s. 8 pm Fri, Sat; 2 pm Sun, July 17-31. Tickets, dinner & show, $40-45; Show only $25-$30. 316-612-7696 Kechi Playhouse, 100 E. […]

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Celebrations

| By The Active Age

70th anniversary     Phyllis and Floyd Price, right, will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary July 20. Married at Broadway Christian Church, the couple lived in Wichita, Norman, Okla., and Manhattan before settling in Newton 13 years ago. The Prices worked in elementary and secondary education and Floyd Price spent 33 years on the faculty […]

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In Newton, mix of ages ‘just adds a lot of life’

June 1, 2022 | By Joe Stumpe

NEWTON — “Intergenerational interaction” is one of the hottest concepts around, based on the idea that people of different ages can learn and benefit from each other. It seems that Newton Presbyterian Manor anticipated the trend. The senior living community last month celebrated the 30th anniversary of opening the Apple-A-Day preschool inside its halls. Whether […]

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Derby Senior Center: role model or outlier?

| By Mary Clarkin

DERBY — Gloria Jaeckel found plenty of kindred souls when she joined the Community Quilters group at the Derby Senior Center. “Some of my best friends are people I met two years ago,” Jaeckel said. Those friends don’t think it’s unusual that Jaeckel drives south from her home in Wichita to the Derby center each […]

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ICT Food Rescue gets surplus meals to those in need

| By The Active Age

As a military kid, Jim Hall went to 14 schools before finishing high school in Derby. But his parents’ community involvement remained a constant. “They were always very active in some kind of volunteer activity no matter where they lived,” he said. Hall carries on that tradition today as a volunteer with ICT Food Rescue, […]

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New sewing museum perfect fit for seamstress founder

| By Debbi Elmore

It’d be hard to find a bigger fan and practitioner of sewing than Katrina Stockton. Which makes her the perfect person to open what she believes is Kansas’ first sewing history museum. “It had always been in my thoughts ­ — and a dream,” Stockton said. Stockton opened the Sewing History Museum in a historic […]

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Bluebirds among most fascinating backyard visitors of all

| By Sherry Buettgenbach

Through our dining room window, my husband and I watched a variety of birds visit our backyard over the years. Robins, finches, wrens, even woodpeckers enchanted us with their beauty and songs. But we were never graced with a bluebird until we learned you have to draw them in. One spring day, Gary bought a […]

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The Active Age takes awards in 2022 Kansas Press contest

| By The Active Age

The Active Age won four Awards of Excellence in the 2022 Kansas Press Association contest. Mary Clarkin won first place for a health story on how mental illness is driving Wichita’s homeless crisis. Amy Geiszler-Jones won second place for a senior story on how grandparents are often drawn into domestic violence cases involving younger generations. […]

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Things to do in June

| By The Active Age

Wichita’s oldest pipe organ to be celebrated St. Anthony Church will mark the 100th anniversary of its pipe organ with a concert at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 25. The church is located at Second and Ohio streets. The public is welcome and there is no admission charge. According to the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, the […]

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Donate for chance to win Botanica family membership

| By The Active Age

Donate at least $50 to The Active Age, and you could win a family membership to Botanica. The Active Age will hold a drawing for a family membership each month for the next six months from among people on our “Honor Roll” list of donors.  The Active Age wishes to thank Botanica for providing the […]

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How The Active Age almost got deactivated

| By Diana Breit Wolfe

Diana Breit Wolfe It’s hard to believe now, but this newspaper — in print since 1979 — nearly went out of business five years ago.  The years of 2013 through 2015 were troubling ones for The Active Age. During that three-year period, our losses totaled $113,000. Even though advertising income had increased, expenses went up […]

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After 30 years, Chamber Music at the Barn series nears swan song

| By Ted Blankenship

Three concerts this month will be the finale for Chamber Music at the Barn, nearly 30 years after Bob and Patsy Scott launched the music series at their Prairie Pines property on North Tyler Road. An accompanying youth music education program is also ending. “It’s not something we wanted to do, that’s for sure,” Bob […]

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Blowing the whistle on confusing basketball lingo

| By Ted Blankenship

If you watched a lot of basketball as I did during the NCAA Tournament, you’re likely confused by some of the terms used in the game.  For example, there’s the airball. You might think it’s similar to air guitar, which is strumming an imaginary guitar. But it’s actually a shot that misses the rim, backboard […]

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Music fan now making his own

| By The Active Age

When Byron West was young, he took piano lessons for about three years before giving it up. “I wanted to be outside playing sports more,” he said, adding that he “thought I was going to be a professional athlete.” West remembers his father’s words: “You know, you’re going to regret that.” He did not become […]

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