Category: Living

Room to roam: Kansas has plenty of it. Where will your next adventure be?

March 31, 2021 | By MeLinda Schnyder

In a year when travel was stymied in unpredictable and unprecedented ways, some people still went exploring.  A record 8.6 million people visited 28 Kansas state parks in 2020. State Park Director Linda Lanterman credits residents looking for recreation outlets within driving distance during the pandemic or canceling out-of-state vacations for in-state getaway.s The previous […]

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Where to explore from south-central Kansas

| By MeLinda Schnyder

Instead of the hectic travel schedule with at least a dozen out-of-state trips I had planned for 2020, I spent the year focused instead on rediscovering what was around me in south-central Kansas. From our east Wichita home, my husband and I found new-to-us urban parks, including the Pracht Wetlands in the northwest part of […]

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Peace work

February 5, 2021 | By Debbi Elmore

When Lakshmi Kambampati arrived in Liberia, the schools had been closed for 14 years due to Ebola and a civil war. It was just the kind of challenge the retired Wichita teacher was looking for when she signed up for the Peace Corps. “I wanted to help and I was looking for adventure,” she said. […]

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Project Beauty looks forward at 50

October 1, 2018 | By Joe Stumpe

By  Joe Stumpe Project Beauty, Inc. may be down in numbers, but it’s not out. President Sue Boewe admits to an ambitious goal for the 50-year-old group founded to spruce up Wichita. “I’m hoping we’re going to double our membership this year,” she said. “I’ve asked everybody to bring in one member. That’s the challenge […]

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‘Fireball’ Jackson inspires book

August 29, 2018 | By By Debbi Elmore

By Debbi Elmore Gerald McCoy was a boy when he saw Isaiah “Fireball” Jackson pitch in Wichita’s National Baseball Congress tournament. Jackson’s explosive fastball wasn’t the only remarkable thing about him. There was also the team he played for, made up of fellow prison inmates. “My dad and I watched him lead the prison team […]

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