Category: Featured

Wichitans now national champs in pickleball

January 5, 2022 | By The Active Age

Three and a half years ago, Dan Hill’s wife, Lori, invited him to join her for pickleball at the Andover rec center. “I went out there to appease her,” Hill said. “I didn’t like it.”       Hill, 70, a longtime tennis player, didn’t like the way the pickleball bounced. He allowed his wife […]

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Failing Senior housing gets upgrade

| By The Active Age

After years of deferred maintenance and delayed capital improvements, low-income senior housing owned by the city of Wichita is undergoing major renovations. Plans also call for Mennonite Housing to take over management of the 226 units from the Wichita Housing Authority. The four facilities to be improved are the 86-unit Greenway Manor, 315 N. Riverview; […]

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New book boasts city’s best-loved recipes

| By Joe Stumpe

If we are what we eat, I’m hoping my new book presents a self-portrait that Wichitans find deliciously recognizable. Iconic Eats of Wichita: Surprising History, People and Recipes features nearly 200 recipes that I’ve collected while writing for the Wichita Eagle, Splurge magazine and The Active Age over the last two decades. Of course, you […]

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Local riders helped kick-start all-female motorcycle club

| By Amy Geiszler-Jones

AUGUSTA — A recent article in The Active Age about the all-female Krome Kitty Motorcycle Club sparked memories for a Butler County family whose motorcycle-riding grandma was part of a similar national club called the Motor Maids in the 1950s. Shawn Davis, owner of Free State Cycle Works in Augusta, has seen photos of the […]

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Jim McCann mixes business and music

| By Joe Stumpe

Jim McCann learned sales working in his grandfather’s insulation business, even if he did have to take a bit of kidding along the way. “We’d go out to people’s houses and I was his driver,” McCann said. “He’d tell me how to sell them, how to estimate things. When it was time for me to […]

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Houseplants keep winter doldrums at bay

| By Annie Calovich

Keeping a close connection to nature is vital to daily life, even during the winter. That’s why Wichitan Pam Pavlick pulls out a plant-growing appliance called the AeroGarden and puts it on her kitchen counter to grow lettuce this time of year. “You really have fun, growing the Black Seeded Simpson and curly varieties you […]

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Active Age board gets new president and members

| By The Active Age

Tim Marlar has been elected president of The Active Age’s board of directors. Marlar, of Newton, has served on the board since 2019. He takes over from Mary Corrigan, who remains on the board. Al Higdon and Tiya Tonn have joined the board.  Higdon, a long-time Wichita resident, in 1971 co-founded Sullivan Higdon & Sink […]

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Book airs compelling tale of addiction

| By Ted Ayers

“Courtesy Boy: A True Story of Addiction” by Mike Matson (Flint Hills Publishing, 2021, 348 pages) Mike Matson has decades of professional communication experience as a deejay, radio and TV newsman, press secretary to a governor and newspaper columnist.  Thus, it is no surprise that he has written an entertaining and engaging book in “Courtesy Boy: […]

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Article brings back pre-Twin Lakes memories of North side

| By Richard York

Thank you so much for your story regarding Twin Lakes (November 2021). It brought back many memories for me. I am 72 years old. My parent’s home was at 2616 N. Amidon – a home that my dad built with used lumber and help from friends and family. Most of the home’s lumber came from railroad salvage wood […]

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Take a hike: Women’s hiking club off to fast start

December 31, 2021 | By Joe Stumpe

A pair of Wichita women seem to have unleashed a mini-stampede with a simple question: Anybody want to go for a hike? Cindy Coughenour and Jeri Brungardt, who started Women Hiking KS and Beyond two years ago, drew 17 women to the first hike they organized. In October, 106 showed up for a hike at […]

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