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Community surveys party of Wichita police chief search

June 30, 2022 | By The Active Age

You can have a say in who’s chosen as Wichita’s next police chief. The city of Wichita is seeking input from the community as part of the search and selection process for the next chief. The community stakeholder survey is available in English and Spanish at Wichita.gov/WPDChiefSearch. A stakeholder survey for Wichita Police Department officers and […]

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Exploration Place gets $1.3 million for riverfront park

June 29, 2022 | By The Active Age

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced Wednesday that the Department’s Economic Development Administration is awarding a $1.3 million grant to Exploration Place to create an outdoor riverfront park at Exploration Place. This grant is funded by the American Rescue Plan.  This project will provide the Exploration Place science and discovery center a […]

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Five Wichita restaurants make Wine Spectator list

June 28, 2022 | By The Active Age

Five Wichita restaurants made the 2022 list of Wine Spectator magazine’s best restaurants. The five are Siena Tuscan Steakhouse, located in the Ambassador Hotel at 104 S Broadway; Vora Restaurant European, 3252 E. Douglas; Wine Dive, 4714 E. Douglas; Scotch & Sirloin, 5325 E. Kellogg; and Chester’s Chophouse & Wine Bar, 1550 N. Webb. Wine […]

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Free museum admission Thursday evenings

June 13, 2022 | By The Active Age

The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum is offering free admission from 4-7 p.m. every Thursday through August. There’s free street parking after 5 p.m. The evening openings will feature live music and other special activities. The museum, which occupies Wichita’s 1890 City Hall, is located at 204 S. Main. It features dozens of exhibits and thousands […]

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Newton and North Newton Garden Tour to be held June 11-12

June 8, 2022 | By The Active Age

The 26th annual Newton and North Newton Garden Tour is this Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to noon, and Sunday, June 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets – suggested donation $10 – are available at Newton Public Library, 720 N. Oak, or at the gardens during tour hours. The 2022 garden tour stops […]

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Older adults can get $35 to shop at area farmers markets

June 2, 2022 | By The Active Age

Adults 60 and older may be eligible for a program that provides checks to purchase food at farmers markets throughout the state. The Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program is providing individuals who meet age and income requirements with $35 in checks to purchase locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey and herbs from authorized farmers at […]

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County can’t find use for aging funds

May 2, 2022 | By The Active Age

The Sedgwick County Department on Aging returned $320,000 to the county’s general fund this year, disappointing some people familiar with the needs of older residents. County commissioners created a $500,000 contingency fund for the department in August and directed staff to determine if and how the money should be used. That came after commissioners adopted […]

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Mental health focus of event at Chicken N’ Pickle

April 26, 2022 | By The Active Age

HopeNet, a faith-based nonprofit organization that provides affordable mental health services, will hold its second annual “SpreadHope ICT” event at Chicken N Pickle from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, May SpreadHope will feature a panel of mental health professionals sharing personal stories and answering questions on today’s pressing topics, including suicide awareness and youth mental health first […]

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Face masks no longer required on Wichita public transportation and in airport

April 19, 2022 | By The Active Age

Face masks will no longer be required at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport, at Wichita Transit facilities or on Wichita Transit vehicles, city officials said Tuesday. Officials cited a decision by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which said that a court ruling overturning its mask mandate required its removal. “Due to today’s court ruling, the Center […]

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Wichita apartments biggest for buck in U.S.

April 6, 2022 | By The Active Age

More proof that Wichita’s cost of living is extremely attractive: A new study shows that Wichita rental units are the biggest in the United States per dollar spent. In a comparison of the nation’s 100 largest cities, Wichita offered the most space for the money at a little over one square foot per dollar. In […]

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Boeing ‘gypsies’ moved between missile sites

February 25, 2022 | By Joe Stumpe

DERBY — Myrna and Ray Messer knew they were doing something important for the nation’s Minuteman nuclear missile defense program in the 1960s and 70s. Otherwise, they might not have been willing to pack up and move 15 times as part of a group who called themselves the “Boeing gypsies.” “Considering the amount of pressure […]

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Wichitans now national champs in pickleball

January 5, 2022 | By The Active Age

Three and a half years ago, Dan Hill’s wife, Lori, invited him to join her for pickleball at the Andover rec center. “I went out there to appease her,” Hill said. “I didn’t like it.”       Hill, 70, a longtime tennis player, didn’t like the way the pickleball bounced. He allowed his wife […]

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Gift cards as payment scams on rise

December 8, 2021 | By The Active Age

The Federal Trade Commission says that in the first nine months of 2021, consumers reported losing $148 million in scams where gift cards were used as the form of payment. That amount is more than was reported in all of 2020. Nearly 40,000 consumers reported using gift cards to pay a scammer in that time […]

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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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Volunteer shortage worries organizations

September 30, 2021 | By Debbi Elmore

When Mark Mohesky retired, he quickly started volunteering with Meals on Wheels. Mohesky, who spent 33 years in the Wichita school district’s media production department, said he derives a great deal of satisfaction taking nutritious meals to people who might not otherwise have them. “Getting out into the community to deliver the lunches and looking […]

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Riverfest drawing winners named

| By The Active Age

Congrats to the winners of our drawing for Riverfest buttons: Sue Erwin, Deb Phillips, Cynthia Rhodes and Janice Massucci. Each of these Active Age readers receives a pair of Riverfest buttons. They qualified for the drawing by correctly answering the question: Who is the only two-time Admiral Windwagon Smith? The answer is Clay Bastian (we […]

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Wichita’s own Field of Dreams

August 31, 2021 | By Bob Rives

By Bob Rives When Major League Baseball staged a game in the Iowa cornfield where “Field of Dreams” was filmed, it became one of the most-talked-about regular season contests in decades. Something similar plays out in Wichita when the city’s two vintage baseball teams square off at Old Cowtown Museum. Baseball is now rivaled in […]

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Wichita boy’s Blessing Boxes blow up

June 1, 2021 | By Debbi Elmore

An anti-hunger campaign started by a 6-year-old Wichita boy has turned into an intergenerational effort reaching into six other states. Called Paxton’s Blessing Boxes after Paxton Burns, who’s now 11, the red boxes are stocked with donated food and personal hygiene products that are free for anyone to take.  The endeavor has grown to 93 […]

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