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McConnell pilots were the hunters and hunted in Vietnam

November 1, 2022 | By Joe Stumpe

McConnell Air Force Base has served many missions through the decades, from training bomber crews and maintaining intercontinental ballistic missiles to its current focus on air refueling and military intelligence.  No task proved more perilous to the pilots stationed there than its stint as a home to fighter squadrons during the Vietnam War.  “It was […]

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Butler County inspired sketches, hijinks by famed Western artist

| By Bob Rives

They called Frederic Remington a lot of things — fun-loving, lazy, football player, boxer and above all an artist. And for two years, they also called him a Kansan. Remington was born in Canton, N.Y., in 1861, and for his first four years his dad was away. The senior Remington was a Civil War Union […]

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What are you happy for?

| By The Active Age

By now, you’ve probably seen a plethora of polls and heard plenty about what’s wrong and which candidate is going to fix it. The Active Age conducted a different, very unscientific kind poll at last month’s AARP Kansas food truck/voting rally in Grandparents Park, asking participants what they were happy or grateful for.

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Roving Pantry to close without cash infusion

| By Joe Stumpe

A program that deliveries groceries to older Wichitans will shut down unless $50,000 can be raised by Dec. 15, according to the nonprofit that operates it. The Roving Pantry program has been around for more than 40 years. It has served 101 people in 2022 and currently is helping 77, said Laurel Alkire, executive director […]

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Camping group enjoys camaraderie

| By The Active Age

AUGUSTA — There have been times when Lynda Maier looked at the weather forecast and reconsidered her plans for a weekend camping trip. Then she thought of the Koontzes, Barnetts and other members of the Kansa Travelers club and knew she didn’t want to miss their company. “When you go with a club, you go […]

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Small-town roots a big deal to me and J.C. Penney

| By Ted Ayers

Over the years, when asked where I was from, I would answer: “Hamilton, Missouri.” Occasionally I would add: “It’s the birthplace and hometown of J.C. Penney!” There was a time when ninety-nine percent of those I was in conversation with at least knew J.C. Penney, the store, if they did not actually know there was James Cash Penney, […]

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Tailgating vs. Homegating: Recipes that work for either

| By Beth Bower

Tailgating is a social gathering at which an informal meal is served from the back of a parked vehicle, typically in the parking lot of a sports stadium. Lots of fun, for sure, but then so is enjoying football, food, friends and family in the comfort of your home. And now that approach has its own name: Homegating. […]

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Play it again, boys. And again, and again

| By Ted Blankenship

When I was a senior at Eureka High School in 1945, I put together a seven-piece jazz combo made up of a couple of school friends and some older musicians.  The instruments were tenor sax, alto sax, trumpet, trombone, piano, rhythm guitar and drums.  We were able to rehearse only about once a week because […]

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November quiz: What do you know about World War II?

| By Nancy Wheeler

Around Veteran’s Day, we often remember those who served in the military, but how much do we know about the big one — World War II? Test your knowledge on these questions—some easy, some harder. The answers appear page 30. 1. Which two countries were the first to declare war on Germany? 2. From which […]

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New book offers hope after loss

| By Julie Hying

DERBY — Rhonda Kemp knows the pain of losing a loved one too soon. Her daughter, Lacy, died of a prescription opioid overdose in 2014, at age 30. Now Kemp hopes to help others deal with loss through a book and support group. Her 2021 book, “Remarkable You: Revisiting Love, Regrets and Celebrations,” presents writing […]

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November Theatre

| By Diana Morton

Crown Uptown Theatre, 3207 E. Douglas. A Crown Holiday Spectacular. Inspired by the Radio City Hall Rockettes, this show features a big band, singing and a kick-line sensation. Doors open at 6:30 pm Fri-Sat; show at 8 pm. Sun, doors open at 12:30 pm; show at 2 pm. Nov 18-27. Tickets, dinner & show, $40-45; […]

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Patti Sullivan joins The Active Age board of directors

| By The Active Age

The Active Age’s newest board member brings with her a varied business background and love of learning. Patti Sullivan was voted onto the board during its September meeting. Sullivan earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and business administration from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s degree in education from Arizona State University. A Wichita […]

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Things to do

| By The Active Age

Veterans parade to honor female vets By James Bower Organizers of this year’s Veterans Day Parade in Wichita are encouraging female veterans to take part in this year’s event. “Honoring Women Veterans” is the theme of the Nov. 5 parade. The idea came to Vietnam veteran Herb Duncan two years ago but was delayed by […]

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“RMDs,” “QCDs” and The Active Age

| By Sharon Van Horn

Although we might like to keep retirement funds in our account indefinitely, according to the IRS one generally has to start taking withdrawals from an IRA, SIMPLE IRA, SEP IRA or retirement plan account upon reaching the age 72.  However, starting at age 70 1/2, one option is to take a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD), […]

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Election volunteers proud of system and their service

October 1, 2022 | By Amy Geiszler-Jones

When Lori Hein turned the legal voting age of 18, not only did she cast her vote in her first eligible election — she also worked the polls in Harvey County as a volunteer. That was back in 1976 — the year America celebrated its bicentennial — and the 64-year-old Hein has worked almost every […]

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Demand swamps program for hearing aids

| By The Active Age

There’s no shortage of local residents needing hearing aids. A Sedgwick County program that will provide hearing aids to people closed almost as soon as it opened last month after 63 applicants quickly accounted for all the available money. The program is being administered by the Independent Living Resource Center, a Wichita nonprofit. “That has […]

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Book pours out stories of Kansas beer

| By Ted Ayers

Michael Travis isn’t a native Kansan, but he probably knows as much about the state’s craft beer scene as anyone. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Travis spent the bulk of his career with Topeka-based Payless Shoes before a pandemic-induced career change gave him the flexibility to research and write “Celebrating Kansas Breweries: […]

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What Kansas gubernatorial candidates say on senior-related issues

| By The Active Age

Governor Laura Kelly and Attorney General Derek Schmidt responded to The Active Age’s gubernatorial candidate survey’s questions: 1. What do you think are the two or three issues most critical to seniors, and what do you propose to do about them? 2. What in your record suggests that you are the best candidate to serve […]

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What Sedgwick County Commission candidates say on senior-related issues

| By The Active Age

Three of five Sedgwick County Commission districts are being contested in this fall’s election. The Active Age asked each candidate to answer the following questions in 100 words or less: 1. Do you think the county’s current spending on senior-related services is adequate, and if not, what do you propose to do about it? 2. […]

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Concerts, film and more things to do in October

| By the active age

Strike up the bands The Delano Jazz Orchestra and Delano Brass Ensemble kick off their 2022-23 seasons this fall with free concerts at the West Side Baptist Church, 304 S. Seneca. The 18-member jazz group will play a concert featuring compositions by Pat Matheny, Charles Mingus and others at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. The […]

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It’s a slippery slope from livestock to pet

| By Ted Blankenship

When we had six heifers and their offspring on 20 acres north of Rose Hill, the veterinarian (a frequent visitor) gave me some advice that would have been very useful if I had followed it.  “Don’t ever name your cows,” he said.  “Oh, we won’t do that,” I replied.  Unfortunately, we had already named them.  […]

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Newton library, reading circle continue partnership

| By Ted Ayers

NEWTON — For a book lover, the long and intertwined histories of the Newton Public Library and Ladies Reading Circle of Newton are fascinating stuff. The reading circle came first, in 1880, making it one of the oldest continuously-meeting women’s groups in Kansas. The library opened in 1886, and many members of the reading circle […]

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October quiz and contest: How sweet it is

| By Nancy Wheeler

Halloween is coming, and candy will be flowing. How much do you remember about vintage candies that made their debuts decades ago? Send us the answers to the questions below and we’ll enter your name in a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to The Spice Merchant. To enter, mail your answers to The Active […]

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What’s playing on local theatre stages

| By Diana Morton

Crown Uptown Theatre, 3207 E. Douglas. The Rocky Horror Show, a cult classic like no other. Prop packs are available for $10 at the door for fans who want to participate. Doors open at 6:30 pm Fri-Sat; show at 8 pm. Sun, doors open at 12:30 pm; show at 2 pm. Oct 14-30. Tickets, dinner […]

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Her cooking’s a ‘magnet for friends’

| By Beth Bower

As a youngster, Janne Rowe used the Kansas State Fair as a kind of cooking school, trying out tricks and techniques she’d seen in Hutchinson on her family at home. “I liked to bake,” Rowe said. “I started baking for 4-H in grade school and found I sort of had a knack for it. As […]

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