Category: Featured

Wichita’s ‘Queen of Bohemia’ celebrated in New York City

February 1, 2023 | By Joe Stumpe

Society wife-turned-gossip columnist Zoe Anderson Norris stirred up early Wichita with her sharp pen. As it turns out, she was just getting started. Norris went on to become one of the most prolific writers of her time as well as a colorful New York City personality known as the “Queen of Bohemia.” Now, the author […]

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Health official renews call for vaccination, masks

| By The Active Age

Older adults should get the updated (bivalent) booster COVID-19 vaccine and mask up as necessary in light of data showing those residents are still most at risk of hospitalization and death, a health official said. “It is still the case that the older the person, the higher the risk there is,” said Adrienne Byrne, director […]

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For Valentine’s Day and beyond, give yourself some love

| By Jill D. Miller

It’s hard to ignore that February is the month for love. Flowers, chocolates and romantic gifts are all around us — in stores, on signs and in ads. But what if you’re single, divorced or widowed with no partner to shower you with gifts? No need to feel alone and unloved. I’ve found the solution: […]

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Cantucci: Crispy Tuscan treats are a slam dunk

| By Tammara Fogle

Here’s an Italian import perfect for dessert or your next coffee break. Cantucci are Italian almond biscuits that originated in the Tuscan city of Prato. They’re delicious dipped in dessert wine, coffee or cappuccino. The recipe comes from Nonna Siriana Fumi of  Tuscan Women Cook, a week-long cooking class held in Tuscany. Although you can […]

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The catty truth about our feline friends

| By Ted Blankenship

A while ago I wrote a column on how to train your dog. I got to thinking that maybe I slighted you cat people. To make amends, I’ll give you some pointers on how to train your cat. Despite what you may think, cats can be trained. You just have to get them to do […]

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‘River of the Gods’ takes readers on perilous journey

| By Ted Ayers

“River of the Gods,” by Candice Millard (Doubleday, 2022, 349 pages, $32.50) Candice Millard made a name for herself as a scholar-writer with books on Winston Churchill, James Garfield and Theodore Roosevelt. In her new book, she tackles one of the best-known expeditions of all time, the search for the Nile led by Sir Richard Francis Burton. […]

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February quiz: ID these spots of high interest

| By Nancy Wheeler

It’s ski season, and many people are headed off to their favorite mountain resorts. However, mountains are famous for a variety of reasons. How many of these can you identify? The answers appear below. 1. At 29,032 feet, it is the highest mountain on earth and was first scaled by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay […]

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Silver Haired Legislature election to be held next month

| By Monica Cissell

    If you’re interested in advocating for older adults, the Kansas Silver Haired Legislature may be right for you.      The SHL is a unicameral assembly composed of 125 representatives from across Kansas. This group develops bills and resolutions that are presented to the Kansas Legislature and governor as recommendations for state policy. […]

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February Briefs

| By Tammara Fogle

Wichita Community Foundation on the move The Wichita Community Foundation is on the move literally and virtually.  The foundation is moving to Broadway Autopark (pictured at right) at the corner of Broadway and English in early 2023 from its current location in the Epic Center at 301 N. Main. A news release from the foundation notes that […]

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Savvy Senior: Simple home safety solutions for aging-in-place and more

| By Jim Miller

Simple Home Safety Solutions for Aging-in-Place A Checklist of What to Do When a Loved One Dies When Can I Change My Medicare Coverage? The Best Reacher Grabber Tools of 2023 What Happens if You Work While Receiving Social Security? Dear Savvy Senior, Falls and fires are the two things I worry most about for […]

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February Theatre

| By Diana Morton

Forum Theatre, at the Wilke Center, 1st United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway. Murder on the Orient Express. 8 pm Thu-Sat, 2 pm Sun, Feb 16-Mar 5. Tickets $23-$25. Opening night ticket $18, Feb 16 only. 316-618-0444 Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley. Beauty School Melodrama by Carol Hughes. Dinner 6:15 pm, show begins 7:50 […]

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Seniors grapple with transportation needs

January 1, 2023 | By Mary Clarkin

When Sigrid Trombley needed rides to medical appointments, she posted an appeal on Facebook. Friends came through, but she’d like to find a reasonably priced, reliable transportation service so as not to burden others. Diane McCartney was looking for the same thing when she sought an Uber reservation for a four-mile trip to the doctor. […]

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‘Stories Behind the Stars’ honor fallen Kansas soldiers

| By Joe Stumpe

A Wichita man is looking for a few good volunteers to tell the stories of U.S. servicemen and women from Kansas who died during World War II. “Those people that gave their lives in service to our nation deserve the recognition,” Doug Rupe said. Rupe is Kansas coordinator for Stories Behind the Stars, a nonprofit […]

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Lasley joins board of The Active Age

| By The Active Age

Jennifer Lasley has joined the board of The Active Age. Lasley joined Central Plains Area Agency on Aging (CPAAA) in 2017 and was promoted to the Older Americans Act Program coordinator in November 2021. The Older Americans Act is a federal grant that provides funding to CPAAA and local organizations, including The Active Age, while […]

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My one word of advice for 2023

| By Jill D. Miller

By this time, New Year’s Day has come and gone. If you’re like most of us, you either neglected to make any 2023 resolutions or you did make one and have already broken it. Don’t give up now. It’s not too late. Discover the elegant minimalism of choosing one word to set as an intention […]

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Savvy Senior tips on hearing aids, tax relief and more

| By Jim Miller

Savvy Senior: Little known property-tax relief programs help seniors save Dear Savvy Senior, I recently learned about a property-tax relief program for seniors in the county where I live. Apparently, there are hundreds of these programs across the country that many retirees, like me, are eligible for but don’t know about. What can you tell […]

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How — and why — to tell your own story

| By Ted Ayers

“Yours Truly,” by James R. Hagerty (Citadel Press, 2023, 202 pages, $25.00) This book is subtitled “An Obituary Writer’s Guide to Telling Your Story.” However, don’t let that dampen your interest or spirits. This book is lighthearted, encouraging and delightfully written. “Yours Truly” made me chuckle out loud on several occasions. Author James R. (Bob) Hagerty is […]

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Better sit down for this advice

| By Ted Blankenship

It’s not enough that we worry about cancer and viruses that can make us sick or even kill us. Now we face a malady that has been with us for a long time but has been formally recognized only recently — sitting disease. There was an article about it the other day by DeeDee Stiepan […]

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Looking forward to an even better 2023 with your help

| By Joe Stumpe & Tim Marlar

As we head into 2023, The Active Age is inviting readers to tell us what kinds of articles and other content you want to see in this newspaper. The contact information for editor Joe Stumpe is at the end of this column, and you are also welcome to drop by our office at 125 S. […]

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Save Century II founder expands watchdog role

| By Joe Stumpe

The city of Wichita has a new auditor. Celeste Racette isn’t actually on the city payroll, but the self-appointed watchdog is adept at getting things done — and undone. Take the hidden 8 percent “ballpark development fee” imposed by owners of the Wichita Wind Surge baseball team on popcorn, T-shirts and other purchases at city-owned […]

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Senior powerlifters chase records, competition and fitness

December 1, 2022 | By Amy Geiszler-Jones

      When Brian Byers’ wife of 29 years died suddenly in April 2014, he turned to a familiar activity — coaching football — to help work through his grief. But it wasn’t enough. “I was at a point where I realized I wasn’t in good shape, so I started losing weight and lifting,” said […]

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Homeless vet village on hold

| By Mary Clarkin

The pandemic has stalled plans to create a campus of cottages and services in south Wichita for homeless veterans. “We started off with a pretty ambitious plan,” said Seth Brees, board member of the nonprofit Passageways Ltd., Wichita. The vision garnered praise and pledges of donations and in-kind aid. A Passageways’ Planned Unit Development for undeveloped […]

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Nothing ‘ordinary’ about this teacher

| By Nancy Carver Singleton

NEWTON — Students at St. Mary Catholic School in Newton learn reading through the gentle, patient tutelage of a woman now in her 66th year of teaching.  Three hours each day, Sister Rosemary Sieg teaches first, third and fourth graders at the same school she attended. “I want to help children improve and do better […]

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Kelly is state’s oldest governor — again

| By The Active Age

Kansas voters don’t appear to hold a little life experience against candidates. In contrast to the national political scene, where concerns about President Biden’s age have been raised, Kansas voters last month made Laura Kelly, 72, the oldest person ever elected governor of the state. The state’s second-oldest governor? Kelly, when she was first elected […]

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