Category: Featured

Article brings back pre-Twin Lakes memories of North side

January 5, 2022 | 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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Hope, questions surround new drug for Alzheimer’s

December 1, 2021 | By Joe Stumpe

As someone afflicted with Alzheimer’s, David Welch was happy to see a drug called aducanumab conditionally approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this summer. Now, he and many others are wondering when it will be available locally and how much it will cost patients to obtain, even though some medical experts say there’s […]

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Art teacher ‘can’t be in a bad mood’ creating

| By Bonnie Bing

If your children or grandchildren want to play in the mud, let them. After all, that’s how sculptor and teacher Babs Mellor started. At the age of six, she was thrilled that her father dug ditches for irrigation pipes. “There was all that wonderful ooey-gooey mud, really like clay, and I spent hours making things,” […]

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Holiday concerts return

| By Nancy Carver Singleton

A casualty of COVID-19 last year, live holiday concerts are back in a big way. And the performers who make up community bands are ready to blow — er, go. “It has been a couple years,” said Romella Rausch, a flutist from Colwich who’s played in the Senseney Community Band for 20-plus years. “It is […]

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Newton’s Wild West past

| By Joe Stumpe

NEWTON — The most famous of Old West shootouts took place some 1,000 miles west of here, outside the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona Territory. But that fracas pales in comparison to the mayhem unleased in Harvey County a decade earlier. Known as the “Gunfight in Hide Park” or “Newton General Massacre,” the burst of […]

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Indian museum collecting elders’ stories, Bosin works

| By The Active Age

Two projects at the Mid-America All-Indian Center are dovetailing nicely, according to executive director April Scott. The museum’s “Tell Me a Story” oral history project has been collecting stories from Native American elders on video. Some of those elders are family members of artist Blackbear Bosin, whose work the museum is celebrating through next June. […]

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Hawaiian pulled pork: 3-ingredient magic

| By Joe Stumpe

If this is the year you finally make it to Hawaii for the holidays, kudos to you. If not, you can bring a bit of island fun to get-togethers right here with super-easy Hawaiian pulled pork. The main part of this recipe calls for just three ingredients — pork shoulder or butt, salt and liquid […]

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North Wichita women serve Hispanic residents

| By Debbi Elmore

Brought to the United States from Mexico as a teenager, Catalina Garcia knows the challenges that a new country, language and culture present. They can even put a person’s health at risk.  Decades after her arrival, Garcia is helping others navigate those challenges as part of a program call Promotoras de Salud that serves north […]

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Novel portrays Civil War through eyes of teen

| By Ted Ayers

“When The Missouri Ran Red,” by Jim R. Woolard (Kensington Publishing Corp., 2021, 297 pages $26.00) Jim Woolard’s novel “When the Missouri Ran Red” focuses on the final few months of the Civil War in Kansas and Missouri. It’s also a coming-of-age story. Owen Wainwright is a 17-year-old orphan living with his aunt and uncle […]

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New cars and trucks don’t pass sniff test

| By Ted Blankenship

Americans buy millions of pickup trucks each year, many of them difficult to squeeze into American garages. And as they get bigger and bigger — the trucks and the Americans — the seats get farther from the pavement.  What to do? Bring back running boards or install ladders? Manufacturers chose retractable running boards designed to […]

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Social media? Yes, with reservations

November 1, 2021 | By By Debbi Elmore

After more than a decade on Facebook, Flossie Alexander can speak with experience about the good and bad aspects of social media. “In the beginning, I was drawn to Facebook as a means to promote my business as a life fitness coach,” Alexander, who joined in 2009, said. “I soon discovered that I enjoyed getting […]

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The Active Age takes general excellence, first place awards

| By The Active Age

SAN DIEGO — The Active Age won the 2021 General Excellence and Best of Show awards from the North American Association of Mature Publishers, the group announced at the annual NAMPA convention held here last month. The awards were for publications with more than 50,000 circulation, with entries judged by journalism faculty at the University […]

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Kansas guidebook likely to inspire road trips

| By Ted Ayers

“100 Things To Do In Kansas Before You Die,” by Roxie Yonkey (Reedy Press, 2021, 176 pages, $19.95) For some 28 years, Kansas was the state I drove through to get to Colorado, the home of the rival Jayhawks (I am a proud Mizzou grad) and the place an 18-year-old Missourian could buy beer back […]

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Twin Lakes area back in the swim

| By Joe Stumpe

As a shopping center, you could say Twin Lakes is older than the city of Wichita. Jesse Chisholm, the early trader for whom the Chisholm Trail is named, established a post at the present location of Twin Lakes Shopping Center in 1864, six years before Wichita was incorporated. Chisholm used the site between the Big […]

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New Club Parkinson’s offers help ‘at any stage’

| By The Active Age

Marilyn Alcala suspected she suffered from Parkinson’s disease before she was formally diagnosed with it in May. That would have explained symptoms such as tremors and rigid muscles. But her physician’s confirmation still thrust her into a great unknown. As her husband, Dan Alcala, said, “We are new to Parkinson’s disease, which we knew nothing […]

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Quick shot artist

| By The Active Age

Dave Quick was 10 years old and in for a shock when he developed a photograph he’d shot of a taxi whizzing through Riverside Park. “There’s an older woman in the back looking straight ahead and the cabbie is giving me the finger!” Quick recalled, with characteristic enthusiasm. “That’s when I learned photography is full […]

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Athlete puts heart into games

| By By Debbi Elmore

Being the oldest competitor at this year’s Heartland Games didn’t faze Jerry Reiserer, who has spent a lifetime engaged in physical activity. He was a child when his father first took him along on his job of drilling wells for area farmers. “I remember my dad taking me to the fields and the guys would […]

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It’s time to shop and compare Medicare plans for 2022

| By By the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Medicare’s Open Enrollment period gives those who rely on Medicare the opportunity to make changes to their health plans or prescription drug plans, pick a Medicare Advantage Plan or return to Original Medicare. The Medicare Open Enrollment period occurs every year from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, with coverage changes taking effect Jan. 1. During […]

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Warning: Don’t read this column!

| By Ted Blankenship

Today I’m writing a column that I hope you don’t read because it’s about how to write a column, and I’m afraid that if you read it, you’ll write a column that’s better than this one, and I’ll be out of a job. Nevertheless, as a fearless journalist, I’m going ahead with it because I […]

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Jazz band spreads the love

| By The Active Age

When the Heartland Jazz Band played back-to-back shows in Wichita last month, one member flew in from Florida and another did the same from Texas to take part. Considering that members don’t get paid, that’s a pretty good indication of how much they love the music. “This group likes to play fun music,” said Dennis […]

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Thankful for the memories and so much more

| By By Mary Corrigan

When I was asked to write the Thanksgiving column this year, I admit to having a few moments of panic. There are so many things I am thankful for, and so few column inches to work with. Though I will be stepping down as president of The Active Age’s board of directors in December, I […]

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Scammer steals $100,000 from Wichita womancomputer which included a phone

| By The Active Age

A Wichita woman recently lost more than $100,000 in what’s known as the “Miscrosoft scam,” District Attorney Marc Bennett’s office said. The scam works by fooling people into thinking they need technical support from Microsoft. The scammer telephones the intended victim pretending to be a technician or engineer from Microsoft or a related company, or […]

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Harvey County aging department gets new director

September 30, 2021 | By Joe Stumpe

NEWTON — The new director of Harvey County’s Department on Aging shares more than just mutual respect with her predecessor. Lona Kelly, who will start Oct. 4, and Robert Carlton, who is retiring, both say it was their personal experience caring for family members that led them into the field of aging services. Carlton grew […]

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