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Family’s three generations of physicians honored

August 31, 2022 | By Joe Stumpe

Dr. G.G. Brown moved his medical practice to Wichita in 1908 to serve the city’s black community. Although the days of segregated medicine are long gone, the need for black physicians such as Dr. Brown has never been more acute than it is now. “We really need to figure out how to get more minority […]

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Sedgwick County commissioners spar, shoot down aging budget boost for now

| By Tammara Fogle

A small slice of the 2023 Sedgwick County budget set aside for senior-related services generated the longest and most contentious debate of any section before county commissioners approved the spending plan Wednesday. The back-and-forth came after 5th District Commissioner Jim Howell suggested adding $125,000 to the Department on Aging budget, a move seconded by 4th […]

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New baseball museum a home run

| By Bob Rives

There’s a lot of wow factor in Wichita’s newest museum. Now open as part of the Riverfront Stadium complex is the Wichita Baseball Museum, a 3,000-square-foot, $1.8 million showcase that not only is exciting but free to visit. Jordan Kobritz, a part owner and chief executive officer of the host Wichita Wind Surge minor league […]

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Beechwood magical in writer’s memory

| By Donald Willis

Editor’s note: Beechwood was one of three neighborhoods built as “temporary” housing for aircraft workers and their families who flooded Wichita during World War II. While Planeview and Hilltop Manor survive, Beechwood did not. Beechwood is gone, and I doubt there are many left who know it ever existed. This saddens me because it was […]

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Veterans now have 24/7 way to contact the VA for healthcare

| By James Bower

Recently, I called my local VA Medical Center to see about getting in to see my primary care doctor.  Imagine my surprise when a real person not only answered the phone but was ready to help. As I spoke with Cindy, the nurse that answered my call, it became evident that the VA had launched […]

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Tallgrass at 20: An insider’s guide

| By Janice Van Sickle

Do you know that we have a nationally recognized film festival right here in Wichita? The Tallgrass Film Festival has been named one of the “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by MovieMaker magazine seven times. The festival’s motto — “Stubbornly Independent” — seems to be working. This year, the festival celebrates its […]

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Summer program pairs kids and calves

| By Nancy Carver Singleton

FURLEY — A program that introduces children to the responsibilities and rewards of caring for calves is back after a two-year hiatus caused by the pandemic. Kid-n-Calf provided six children between the ages of 8 and 12 with calves this summer. On Saturday mornings from late May through mid-August, they learned to take care of […]

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Lifelong Learning program packs them in at Metroplex, online

| By Tammara Fogle

The Lifelong Learning program at Wichita State University shows that a lot of people love that back-to-school experience. The program, which is free for residents 60 years and older, started eight years ago with 68 people enrolled in one class. This fall, 10 courses are being offered, and enrollment totaled 1,364 through Aug. 17, according […]

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iMAC computers available at Advanced Learning Library

| By Tammara Fogle

Residents may now use one of Wichita Public Library’s new iMac computers in the Digital Pavilion at the Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd St. Library users have requested access to Apple computers for many years. They are considered among the best for people working on graphic design, video and photo editing projects. “Apple computers excel […]

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Suicide prevention training offered

| By Tammara Fogle

Learn how you can help prevent suicide and raise community awareness of the issue during a workshop at the Advanced Learning Library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13. Dr. Jessica Provines, a psychologist and assistant vice president for wellness at Wichita State University, will present evidence-based suicide prevention training.  The workshop is […]

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Batter up — er, down — in softball debut

| By Ted Blankenship

I wasn’t a great athlete in school. I wasn’t even a bad athlete. So, I never imagined that years later I would play in an actual game.  Football with a bunch of gridiron hunks? Basketball in an arena full of adoring fans? No, softball in a back yard full of chiggers and fox tail grass […]

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September quiz: What do you know about The Wild West?

| By Nancy Wheeler

1. What famous young outlaw fought in the Lincoln County War before he was fatally shot at the age of 21 by Sheriff Pat Garrett? 2. What Army scout and Pony Express Rider took part in California’s Gold Rush before he launched his colorful cowboy-themed Wild West show in 1883? 3. What hunter, soldier, and […]

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September Theatre

| By Diana Morton

Crown Uptown Theatre, 3207 E. Douglas. Calendar Girls, a musical by Gary Barlow; book by Tim Firth. Based on the true story of eleven older women who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund. 8 pm Fri, Sat; 2 pm Sun, now-Sept 18. Tickets, dinner & show, $40-45; Show […]

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Doctor puts expertise to work in novel

| By Ted Ayers

“The Lethal Elixer,” by Dennis Ross (Archway Publishing, 2021, 273 pages, $18.99) Dennis Ross is a Wichita nephrologist and clinical professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center who has written one previous novel, “The Perfect Match.” “The Lethal Elixer” is a sequel to that book. This book is certainly topical as it includes references to terrorism, global […]

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Things to do

| By Tammara Fogle

Symphony on the lawn The Wichita Symphony will play a concert Friday, Sept. 30 on Botanica’s Grand Lawn in what’s envisioned as a new annual fall event. The concert’s first half will feature symphonic music on botanical themes, while the second half covers music from Broadway and Hollywood shows including The Phantom of the Opera, […]

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Note to readers

| By Tammara Fogle

In response to inflation and an increase in our postage costs, The Active Age has raised its 2022 fundraising goal to $100,000. Last year, readers generously donated $95,358. Please help us reach or exceed our new goal if you can. We are doing all we can to keep down the cost of producing and distributing […]

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Hearing loss impacts more than ears

| By Monica Cissell

Hearing loss is a common problem that many people experience.  It interferes with communication with friends, family and others with whom we interact. Studies have also shown a link between hearing loss and other health issues, including cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s Disease, depression and falls. Common signs of hearing loss may include difficulty following conversationss, […]

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Savvy Senior

| By Jim Miller

How to choose a 55-plus active adult community Dear Savvy Senior, What tips can you recommend for choosing a good active adult housing community? My husband and I, who recently retired, are planning to relocate to an area closer to our grandkids and are interested in buying a house in an age-restricted 55-plus housing community. […]

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Family’s three generations of physicians honored

August 30, 2022 | By Joe Stumpe

Dr. G.G. Brown moved his medical practice to Wichita in 1908 to serve the city’s black community. Although the days of segregated medicine are long gone, the need for black physicians such as Dr. Brown has never been more acute than it is now. “We really need to figure out how to get more minority […]

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Pulling through: Tenacity and a new treatment help Wichitian survive cancer

August 1, 2022 | By Joe Stumpe

More mornings than not, Bill and Carrie Van Sickle can be found gliding along the Little Arkansas River in one or two kayaks, enjoying the exercise and scenery. They usually cover between four and seven miles, their oars and sleek craft barely rippling the mirror-like surface. “This river is basically a hidden gem,” Carrie said. […]

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Prison painter inspires quest; see gallery of prison art

| By Joe Stumpe

If you own a painting by Ernest Aspinwall, Bob Bayer wants to talk. Aspinwall is hardly a household name, but he was something of a criminal celebrity in Wichita in the 1940s and ’50s. Charged with kidnapping a Wichita taxi driver in October 1940, Aspinwall escaped from the Sedgwick County Jail three months later and […]

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Aging budget draws debate

| By Tammara Fogle

Spending by Sedgwick County’s Department on Aging won’t keep up with the current level of inflation under a proposed budget for 2023. The department, which is the primary provider of senior-related services in Wichita and the rest of the county, would see its budget rise 3.2 percent to $13.95 million next year. Commissioners David Dennis […]

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Senior centers ‘like another home’

| By Debbi Elmore

A recent transplant to Wichita, Odean Moore didn’t know anyone prior to joining the Linwood Senior Center. “I made a lot of friends,” she said.  She takes part in exercise classes, outings, Bible study and more offered by the center. “It’s like another home when you’re by yourself,” she said. Sue Bechtel, a long-time member […]

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North Newton woman pens book about chickens — and friendship

| By Tammara Fogle

NORTH NEWTON — Growing up in western Kansas, Diane Sorensen’s first experience with chickens was at her grandparents’ house. While it was fun to gather the eggs, she said, “What I remember is how scary the rooster was.” Today, she not only raises chickens, she’s made one the title character of a children’s book — […]

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Kansas Oil Museum building for future

| By Julie Hying

EL DORADO — For years, the historical museum in Kansas’ biggest county geographically has been too small for the job. But soon a major expansion and renovation will help the Kansas Oil Museum better tell the story of Butler County and the industry that first put it on the map, while also transforming it into […]

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