Category: Local Interest

Am I on too many medications?

January 6, 2023 | By Dr. Kamalakar Surineni

According to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, one-third of people over the age of 65 are taking at least five prescriptions. As we age, we may develop chronic diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Often these chronic diseases are interconnected, meaning one could lead to another. For example, […]

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Nothing ‘ordinary’ about this teacher

December 1, 2022 | By Nancy Carver Singleton

NEWTON — Students at St. Mary Catholic School in Newton learn reading through the gentle, patient tutelage of a woman now in her 66th year of teaching.  Three hours each day, Sister Rosemary Sieg teaches first, third and fourth graders at the same school she attended. “I want to help children improve and do better […]

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Goddard’s new mobile library rolling

| By The Active Age

Serving an area of 65 square miles, the folks at Goddard Public Library were looking for a way to better reach patrons. Thanks to a couple of grants and local sponsors, the Goddard Mobile Library (shown at right) is now doing just that. The mobile library is housed in a 30-foot, 2006 model RV that’s […]

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Win tickets to Botanica’s Illuminations

November 29, 2022 | By The Active Age

The Active Age is giving away three pairs of tickets to Illuminations, the annual holiday light show at Botanica. To enter our drawing for the tickets, answer this question about Botanica:

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What are you happy for?

November 1, 2022 | 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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Living with diabetes focus of event

October 1, 2022 | By The Active Age

The sixth annual “Live Well With Diabetes” event next month brings together people dealing with the disease along with doctors, nurses, nutritionists and pharmacists who help them care for it. Sponsored by Great Plaines Diabetes, the free Nov. 5 event runs from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Wichita State Metroplex, 5015 E. 29th […]

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‘Unprecedented’ Wireless Emergency Alert test to take place Sept. 12 at 3 p.m.

September 8, 2022 | By Tammara Fogle

On Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, at 3 p.m. Sedgwick County and the City of Wichita will take part in an unprecedented test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system, according to a news release from the county. WEAs are part of the public alert structure that is used for emergency information to residents’ phones. Examples of WEA […]

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Pulling through: Tenacity and a new treatment help Wichitian survive cancer

August 1, 2022 | By Joe Stumpe

More mornings than not, Bill and Carrie Van Sickle can be found gliding along the Little Arkansas River in one or two kayaks, enjoying the exercise and scenery. They usually cover between four and seven miles, their oars and sleek craft barely rippling the mirror-like surface. “This river is basically a hidden gem,” Carrie said. […]

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Prison painter inspires quest; see gallery of prison art

| By Joe Stumpe

If you own a painting by Ernest Aspinwall, Bob Bayer wants to talk. Aspinwall is hardly a household name, but he was something of a criminal celebrity in Wichita in the 1940s and ’50s. Charged with kidnapping a Wichita taxi driver in October 1940, Aspinwall escaped from the Sedgwick County Jail three months later and […]

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Aging budget draws debate

| By Tammara Fogle

Spending by Sedgwick County’s Department on Aging won’t keep up with the current level of inflation under a proposed budget for 2023. The department, which is the primary provider of senior-related services in Wichita and the rest of the county, would see its budget rise 3.2 percent to $13.95 million next year. Commissioners David Dennis […]

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North Newton woman pens book about chickens — and friendship

| By Tammara Fogle

NORTH NEWTON — Growing up in western Kansas, Diane Sorensen’s first experience with chickens was at her grandparents’ house. While it was fun to gather the eggs, she said, “What I remember is how scary the rooster was.” Today, she not only raises chickens, she’s made one the title character of a children’s book — […]

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A merry Christmas in July at The Active Age

| By Tammara Fogle

You know that heart-tugging scene at the end of “It’s a Wonderful Life” when the whole town shows up to save George Bailey from financial ruin? His wife, Mary, opens the door to one townsperson after another. Uncle Billy dumps a basket of cash on a living room table and says, “Isn’t it wonderful? . […]

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Heifers have field day with ‘tame grass’

| By Ted Blankenship

I am sitting in my office staring out the window at the field north of our house for inspiration. But all I see is a bunch of big, round bales of hay and Bel Aire’s water tower. Neither of these things is very funny. The tower is important, though, because it’s full of water and […]

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A thank-you…and a friendly challenge

July 1, 2022 | By Tammara Fogle

Editor’s note: This month we’re running Dear Reader columns from two of our board members — one about the heartening response to our current plight, and the other about our continuing need. By Diana Breit Wolfe I am totally impressed. You like us — you really, really like us! I know that because after my […]

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Farm to Fork makes for delicious fun in Butler County

| By Tammara Fogle

The 7th annual Farm to Fork event in Butler County celebrates agriculture in Kansas’ largest county with eight days of events. Here are highlights of the schedule with prices of individual events. A full festival pass good for all events and meals is available for $150. July 16 — Family “Agventure” Day, 8 a.m. to […]

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A rhyme in time saves little minds

| By Ted Blankenship

These days parents are deciding what books their kids can read in school. And, each parent has a different idea which books are dangerous for juvenile brains. So what about nursery rhymes that have been around for a long time and may have affected a lot of little brains?  If we modify these nursery rhymes, […]

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July quiz: What’s next in line?

| By Tammara Fogle

1. Alaska, Texas, California, _____________ 2. Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince William, __________. 3. Johnson, Sedgwick, Shawnee, ____________. 4. Washington, Adams, Jefferson, ____________. 5. Alpha, Beta, Gamma, ______________. 6. Missouri, Mississippi, Yukon, ______________. 7. New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, ____________. 8. Kingdom, Phylum, Class, ______________. 9. 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, _______. 10. […]

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Early baseball teams barnstormed barriers

May 2, 2022 | By Bob Rives

One hundred years ago this summer, Wichita celebrated the opening of a baseball park unlike any seen here before or since. Located at 12th and Mosley streets, Monrovian Park was built and named for Wichita’s entry in the Colored Western League. They were a black counterpart to Wichita’s Izzies, who played in the white class […]

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Music vets debut new band

| By Tammara Fogle

Early on in the pandemic, three veteran Wichita musicians decided there was no need to sit home playing tunes alone. “We just decided we could probably socially distance in Doug’s spacious basement,” Dan Monnat said of Doug Webb’s home. Phil Snow rounds out the trio – called, appropriately, the House Band – which will have […]

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North Enders team up for history

| By Tammara Fogle

The traditional center of Wichita’s Hispanic population now has a photographic history of its own. “Mexican Americans of Wichita’s North End” was published earlier this year by Arcadia Publishing and has been selling briskly. The book is a collaboration between Anita Mendoza, a real estate agent who grew up in the North End; Jay Price, […]

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Briefs

| By Tammara Fogle

Veteran honored Retired Brig. Gen. Arthur Bloomer was awarded a Commendation Medal by the Mary Draper Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Bloomer was a Marine and Naval aviator for 31 years, serving in Japan, Vietnam, Hawaii and elsewhere. He lives at Wichita Presbyterian Manor with his wife, Sue, who received a handmade […]

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Meals on wheels rolls on

| By Tammara Fogle

Members of The Active Age staff were honored to take part in delivering Meals on Wheels to help commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program. We salute the employees of Senior Services, Inc. and volunteers such as Don Martinson, right, who make Meals on Wheels possible. The first 17 Meals on […]

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Exemptions providing out for nursing home vaccine mandate

| By Tammara Fogle

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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