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South central at crossroads

February 27, 2024 | By Joe Stumpe

As lovers of all things old, Larry and Cathy Mong were thrilled with the home they bought for $50,000 in Wichita 23 years ago: a 1906 Victorian in south central Wichita, less than a mile from the heart of downtown. The neighborhood was a little rough, but the Mongs had seen similar neighborhoods in the […]

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Butler CC president Krull retiring

February 22, 2024 | By The Active Age

EL DORADO — Butler Community College President Dr. Kim Krull has announced her plans to retire. According to a news release, Krull made the announcement following the February meeting of the Board of Trustees. She will finish her contract, which runs through June 30, and has agreed to serve month to month until a replacement […]

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Sedgwick County property valuations will be higher; two ways to appeal

| By The Active Age

Property valuations in Sedgwick County are higher than years past due to several factors, appraiser Mark Clark said in a news release. Clark cited a strong real estate market and sales ratio compliance requirements. His office will mail out valuations for real property with a change in value or classification on March 1.   “My […]

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Wichita residents invited to discuss affordable housing on Feb. 26

February 20, 2024 | By Ainsley Smyth KLC Journal

Are you struggling to find quality affordable housing? Interested in becoming a homeowner? Concerned about homelessness? In hopes of inviting the public to share their stories, opinions and questions about affordable housing, the Wichita Journalism Collaborative will host a community listening session later this month. The event will take place from 5-6:30 p.m. at the […]

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‘Bandit’ imports cannabis for arthritis, sleep

February 1, 2024 | By Amy Geiszler-Jones

Susan, a retired nurse in her 60s, is tired of being what she calls “a bandit” whenever she crosses into Kansas carrying what the state classifies as cannabis contraband.  But the gummies have been the only thing that has helped her get nighttime relief from the rheumatoid arthritis she’s lived with for the past 30 […]

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Oh no, not another QR code! Relax, get out your phone

| By David Kamerer

You’re at a restaurant and have just been seated. But there are no menus in sight. Instead, there’s a square graphic somewhere on the table with black and white dots. It’s a QR code, short for Quick Response code. Invented in the 1990s, these codes proliferated during COVID when we decided to minimize touching physical […]

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All cats, even feral, feel the love at ‘fancy’ show

| By The Active Age

It’s a festival for fawning over fetching felines for sure, but the Wichita Cat Fancy Show is something more, too. Every year, organizer Mary Beth Wegele notices the crowd around the Friends of Felines’ booth. The Friends are dedicated to helping the area’s population of feral and abandoned cats, which according to some sources is […]

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Celebrate New Year again at memorable feast

| By Joe Stumpe

It’s hard for Vietnamese food to stand out in Wichita because: 1.There’s so much of it. 2.Virtually all of it is so good. Nevertheless, the annual Vietnamese New Year’s dinner at St. Anthony Catholic Church manages the feat thanks to scores of parishioners who combine their culinary skills for a unique event. From noon to […]

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‘Granny down’ but not out

| By The Active Age

A Wichita Granny Basketball team was in the international sports spotlight last month thanks to a little improvisation by one of its members. The ICT AeroBelles were playing an exhibition game during halftime of the Jan. 5 Wichita State Shockers game at Koch Arena when AeroBelle Carolyn Hatfield “flopped” — a basketball term for trying […]

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February Briefs

| By The Active Age

Oil Museum weather re-dos EL DORADO — Two events originally scheduled for January at the Kansas Oil Museum have been delayed until this month because of weather. The museum’s annual Family Fun Day will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 3. It’s free for members and $1 for non-members. The museum’s Volunteer […]

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Name these famous lovers, win chance at chocolate

| By Nancy Wheeler

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Correctly answer this quiz and The Active Age will enter you in a drawing for chocolate donated by The Spice Merchant. To enter, email the answers to joe@theactiveage.com (please put “February quiz” in subject line) or mail to: The Active Age, 125 S. West St., Suite 105, Wichita, KS, 67213. […]

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Classic hat styles are brimming with history

| By Ted Blankenship

If you’ve watched an old movie recently, you’ve seen men wearing hats. And I don’t mean a cap with the bill pointed backward, but a fedora. Don’t know what a fedora is? Then you aren’t an old codger. A fedora is a felt hat with a wide brim, indented crown and ribbon above the brim. […]

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One reader’s year in books — 157 of them

| By Ted Ayres

Since 1993, I have been keeping (and sharing with friends and family) a yearly list of the books read during the previous 365 days. Last year, I read 157 books, an all-time high for me (my previous high total was 141). I enjoyed some favorite authors such as David Baldacci, C.J. Box, Scott Turow, Michael Connelly, […]

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February Theatre

| By Diana Morton

Forum Theatre, at the Wilke Center, 1st United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway. The Full Monty, Unemployed steelworkers in Buffalo, N.Y., decide to make some quick cash by imitating the Chippendale Dancers. 8 pm Thu-Sat, 2 pm Sun, Feb 22-Mar 10. Tickets $23-$25. Opening night ticket $18. 316-618-0444 Wichita Community Theatre, 258 N. Fountain. Arsenic […]

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Help keep The Active Age strong

| By Al Higdon

As a regular monthly reader of The Active Age for many years now, I’ve noticed the quality of articles and its overall content unquestionably getting better and better. Perhaps, like me, each issue you’ve found yourself gravitating to your favorite author(s) and first seeing what he or she has to say that month. Consistently producing […]

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Savvy Senior – January Columns

| By Jim Miller

How to Close Social Media Accounts of a Deceased Loved One Essential Topics You Need to Discuss with Your Aging Parents Are You at Risk of Developing Glaucoma? What You Need to Know About Medicare Spouse Coverage How to Fight Back Against Age Discrimination   How to Close Social Media Accounts of a Deceased Loved […]

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Sleep and good health connected

| By Monica Cissell

Sleep is as essential to good health as diet and exercise. Lack of sleep can raise the risk of disease and disorders and can impact cognitive functioning. But experiencing good sleep can become more difficult as we age. Understanding the importance of sleep and learning tips for better sleep may help you stay healthier and […]

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‘Bandit’ imports cannabis for arthritis, sleep

January 30, 2024 | By Amy Geiszler-Jones

Susan, a retired nurse in her 60s, is tired of being what she calls “a bandit” whenever she crosses into Kansas carrying what the state classifies as cannabis contraband. But the gummies have been the only thing that has helped her get nighttime relief from the rheumatoid arthritis she’s lived with for the past 30 […]

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Videos hype Kansas ‘staycations’

| By The Active Age

Kansas Tourism this week released seven videos replete with gorgeous footage of the state to hype its 2024 marketing campaign. Click below to see them. The marketing campaign is built around the idea that traditional vacationing — a concept that became popular among Americans in the 1860s — is often stressful and expensive rather than […]

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Gov. Kelly vetos flat-tax plan. What happens next?

January 28, 2024 | By Blaise Mesa/Wichita Beacon

A Republican-led Kansas tax plan that would bring $1.6 billion in tax cuts over three years was vetoed by the state’s Democratic governor on Friday. Now, the Legislature and governor prepare for a bitter fight over taxes that makes it unclear whether Kansans will get a tax break — or what form it might take. […]

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Wichita Foundation commits $1 million to new Riverfront Amphitheater

January 23, 2024 | By The Active Age

The Wichita Foundation has committed $1 million for Exploration Place’s new riverfront amphitheater, scheduled to open in fall 2024, according to a news release. The Wichita Foundation Amphitheater is being designed to showcase the nightly Ring of Fire show at the Keeper of the Plains sculpture. It will also provide a venue for live performances, […]

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City of Wichita relaunches home repair program

January 11, 2024 | By The Active Age

The city of Wichita has revamped its Home Repair program and will open applications and the wait list on Feb. 1. The Home Repair program assists low- and moderate-income homeowners with critical home repairs to achieve two main goals: 1) Stabilize homeowners within their primary unit of residence, assisting with the goal of sustaining affordable […]

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‘Nothing in the middle’: senior housing options limited

December 29, 2023 | By Joe Stumpe

After getting divorced in her mid 60s, Darlene Palsmeier was forced to look for a new home. She didn’t like what she found, a least in terms of cost. With an annual income of $38,640, Palsmeier doesn’t consider herself well off. But when she began applying for apartments in government-subsidized senior living communities around the […]

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Habitat repair program gave her home new life

| By Joe Stumpe

PARK CITY — Karen Corbin hates to think what would have happened if she hadn’t heard about Habitat for Humanity’s home repair program. “My home was bad — really bad.” Her house, built in the 1940s, suffered from what she called “severe issues.” “I will tell you that because so much of the siding was […]

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Is Amtrak stop back on track for Wichita?

| By Joe Stumpe

Don’t schedule your trip just yet, but Amtrak passenger service appears closer to returning to Wichita for the first time since 1979. The Federal Railroad Administration announced last month that an Oklahoma City-to-Newton route has been included in its corridor development program, which is guiding expansion of passenger train service. The agency allocated $500,00 to […]

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