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Exemptions providing out for nursing home vaccine mandate

May 2, 2022 | By The Active Age

About 30 percent of Kansas nursing home employees have avoided a required COVID-19 vaccination by claiming religious or medical exemptions, an industry representative said. The federal government set a March 15 deadline for nursing home staffs to be fully vaccinated or else the facilities where they work would risk losing Medicaid and Medicare funding.  However, […]

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The dress that kept on giving

| By Laurene Gast

This is a story my friends Mary and Gene Brand told me about their wedding and her dress.  They got married on Feb. 9, 1957, at Christ the King Catholic Church. The church wasn’t built yet, so the ceremony was held in the gymnasium. Mary bought the dress at Henry’s Department Store for $200. That […]

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State fruit stars in jazzy jelly recipe

| By The Active Age

Now that Kansas has an official state fruit, try Wichita Eagle editor Michael Roehrman’s recipe for sand plum jelly.   Sand Plum Jelly About 5 lbs. sand plums  1 cup water 8 cups sugar 1 box Sure-Jell pectin Stem and thoroughly wash the plums. Place in a heavy bottomed pot and add water. Bring to a […]

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Car Talk more than just a popular column

| By Ted Blankenship

Because my wife is recovering from a medical problem, and I’m not seeing as well as I once did, neither of us drives. So our car stays in the garage while we bum rides to the grocery store from our “kids” (who are all in their 60s).  That leaves us with a lot of time […]

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Slim Walterscheid volume long on wisdom

| By Ted Ayers

“The Old Philosopher” by Bob Walterscheid (Walterscheid Productions, 2021, 55 pages, $12.00). Available at Watermark Books and theoldphilosopher.com. Bob Walterscheid enjoyed a career in sales and advertising in Wichita that spanned over 50 years. During that time, he made the first TV commercial for Pizza Hut, training films, infomercials and a full-length feature motion picture. He was […]

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Senior centers may get extra money

| By The Active Age

Senior centers in Sedgwick, Butler and Harvey counties could receive a boost from money sent to Kansas as part of the America Rescue Plan Act, the $1.9 trillion federal stimulus package passed last year in response to the coronavirus pandemic. “We think we will be able to use some of those ARPA dollars in help […]

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Department of Aging budget battle back on

| By The Active Age

Sedgwick County Commissioners are once again sparring over spending geared toward older residents. At their April 6 meeting, 5th District Commissioner Jim Howell reiterated an argument he’s made in the past, that the commission is ignoring the will of county residents and underfunding those Department on Aging services and programs by millions of dollars. In […]

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Letters to the Editor

| By The Active Age

Carrying on The article “Carry Nation: Reconsidered” by Gina Kaufman (February 2022) was excellent.  There has been a long chain of successors to Carry Nation in Kansas. The efforts were active for decades and had a significant influence. I cannot trace the chain back all of the way, but my memory goes back to the […]

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May quiz: Round and round the maypole we go

| By Nancy Wheeler

The answers to all of these questions contain the word “May” in some form. The answers appear below. 1. What was the common name for the Agreement Between the Settlers of New Plymouth that was the first document, written in 1620, to govern the settlers of the Plymouth colony? 2. What term is used as […]

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May Theatre

| By Diana Morton

Crown Uptown Theatre, 3207 E. Douglas. Rent. Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent won the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for drama with songs and a story that resonate with audiences of all ages. 8 pm Fri, Sat; 2 pm Sun, April 29-May 22. Tickets, dinner & […]

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‘Age my way’ is theme of this year’s Older Americans Month

| By Monica Cissell

What does aging well mean to you? Just as each of us are unique, the view of what we think of aging, how we embrace aging or view how we want to age may be different and there is no “right” way. Each May, Central Plains Area Agency celebrates Older Americans Month and urges older […]

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Veterans may be entitled to shop at commissaries and sales tax free

| By James Bower

I once heard a story of man who was barely able to afford a ticket to make a transatlantic voyage. Since he could afford only the cheapest ticket, he took some crackers along with him so he wouldn’t starve. Daily, he would pass by the dining room and look at other passengers enjoying fine meals. […]

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Savvy Senior

| By The Active Age

Find educational trips for retirees who love to learn Dear Savvy Senior, My wife and I planning to travel much more frequently in retirement and are very interested in educational trips and adventures. Can you recommend any groups or firms that specialize in this type of travel geared towards retirees? Love to Learn Dear Love, […]

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How to avoid scammers who descend after major storms

| By Mia Hennen & Wichita Journalism Collaborative

Although it can be tempting to quickly contract or hire someone to get back to “normal,” it is important to take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your finances. Friday’s tornado in Andover led to many homes, vehicles and other items being destroyed, making the area ripe for storm opportunists to try to take […]

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Face masks no longer required on Wichita public transportation and in airport

April 19, 2022 | By The Active Age

Face masks will no longer be required at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport, at Wichita Transit facilities or on Wichita Transit vehicles, city officials said Tuesday. Officials cited a decision by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which said that a court ruling overturning its mask mandate required its removal. “Due to today’s court ruling, the Center […]

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Don’t ignore mild cognitive impairment

March 31, 2022 | By Joe Stumpe

Some changes in memory and thinking are a normal part of aging. But experts say a little-known condition called mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is different, and failing to get help for it can hasten dementia. “If we’re able to identify mild cognitive impairment, we can start to do some interventions to lessen the likelihood one […]

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‘Merry Cranks’ revive hand-operated machines

| By Debbi Elmore

Once a staple of everyday life, hand-operated machines are getting new attention thanks to a colorfully named group of Kansans. Calling themselves Manipulators of Marvelous Manual Machines — or Merry Cranks for short — they make the rounds of city and county fairs, showing off devices that run on human power rather than electricity. They […]

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Newton mansion stars in new novel

| By Ted Ayers

Correction: An earlier version of this article gave the wrong date and place for a talk by the authors. They will speak Friday, April 22, at 7 p.m., at the Warkentin House Museum in Newton. I have read many a book in my day, but I don’t recall ever reading one where the story was […]

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‘Canaan’ connects history, generations

| By Nancy Carver Singleton

When it came to directing a new play called “Canaan,” Sheila Kinnard drew on personal experience. The play portrays tumultuous events that took place in Washington, D.C. in 1968. As a high school student that year, Kinnard visited Howard University in the nation’s capital and saw student protesters occupy a building. Kinnard transferred to the […]

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An Art Deco of our own

| By Joe Stumpe

Art Deco is a style that’s never gone out of style in Wichita — even if some of it seems hidden in plain sight. In architecture, its influence can be seen from our splendid downtown federal courthouse and other office, retail, apartment and school buildings still used for their original purposes to many others that […]

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The unplotted path to a prison ministry

| By Julie Hying

ANDOVER — What do high school English students, youth soccer players, members of an east-side church and inmates of a state prison have in common? They’ve all benefited from Jeff Roper’s passion for helping people. Roper seemed headed for a conventional business career when he graduated from the University of Kansas in 1979 with degrees […]

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Ukraine war stirs powerful memories

| By Ernestine Williams Krehbiel

My first trip abroad took place in summer 1990 with a group of Wichita educators touring the Soviet Union. We were in Moscow first where I tried to pick up how to say please and thank you. Then we went to Kiev, Ukraine.  Some powerful memories of Ukraine. As I said, I had learned the […]

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Choral Society marks 75th anniversay with concert

| By The Active Age

When Vicky Mazurek moved to Wichita, she had two needs to fill immediately. “The first thing you do is look for a church and some music,” said Mazurek. Mazurek found music in the Wichita Choral Society. Nearly 50 years later, she’s still singing with the group, which will celebrate a belated 75th anniversary this month. […]

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Tail end of this story a real stinker

| By Ted Blankenship

The other day I was gazing at our painting of a herd of skunks by our friend Noel Linder. They are five in all, traipsing across a lawn single file. Despite their stinky reputation, skunks are kind of cute — until you annoy them. They may then spray you with a strong irritant from a […]

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From Model T to Tesla, transportation and times changed

| By Wanda Philips

Life can be fun at any age. It’s not always easy, but with a little luck, some curiosity and a few well-chosen friends,  it can happen. A friend, Carol, who lives in the place where I live, asked if I would like to see her nephew Lance’s car. Well, heck, I can see all the […]

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