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Roving Pantry rolling one more year

December 7, 2022 | By Joe Stumpe

The Active Age The Roving Pantry program has exceeded its goal to raise $50,000, allowing it to continue operating next year. “The outpouring of support from our local community has been overwhelming,” said Laurel Alkire, executive director of Senior Services, Inc. of Wichita, the nonprofit that operates the program. The Roving Pantry program takes grocery […]

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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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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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Sedgwick County puts burn ban in place

October 21, 2022 | By The Active Age

Sedgwick County Fire District 1 has implemented a burn ban for the entire county. This is a combined effort of all full-time and volunteer fire departments in Sedgwick County in order to combat the current dangerous fire conditions. No outdoor burning is allowed including any open burning, chimeneas and/or other outdoor fireplaces. Active burn permits […]

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Daughters of American Revolution collection moved to Wichita library

October 18, 2022 | By The Active Age

The Kansas Society Daughters of the American Revolution has moved its collection of more than 6,000 books and genealogical/historical resources to Wichita Public Library. The collection was formerly housed in Dodge City. A celebratory reception will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd St. At the reception, […]

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Sedgwick County commissioners spar, shoot down aging budget boost for now

August 31, 2022 | By The Active Age

A small slice of the 2023 Sedgwick County budget set aside for senior-related services generated the longest and most contentious debate of any section before county commissioners approved the spending plan Wednesday. The back-and-forth came after 5th District Commissioner Jim Howell suggested adding $125,000 to the Department on Aging budget, a move seconded by 4th […]

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Family’s three generations of physicians honored

August 30, 2022 | By Joe Stumpe

Dr. G.G. Brown moved his medical practice to Wichita in 1908 to serve the city’s black community. Although the days of segregated medicine are long gone, the need for black physicians such as Dr. Brown has never been more acute than it is now. “We really need to figure out how to get more minority […]

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Sedgwick County commissioners spar, shoot down aging budget boost for now

August 25, 2022 | By Joe Stumpe

A small slice of the 2023 Sedgwick County budget set aside for senior-related services generated the longest and most contentious debate of any section before county commissioners approved the spending plan Wednesday. The back-and-forth came after 5th District Commissioner Jim Howell suggested adding $125,000 to the Department on Aging budget, a move seconded by 4th […]

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Prison painter inspires quest; see gallery of prison art

August 1, 2022 | 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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Community surveys party of Wichita police chief search

June 30, 2022 | By Tammara Fogle

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 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 Tammara Fogle

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 Tammara Fogle

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 Tammara Fogle

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 Tammara Fogle

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 Tammara Fogle

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 Tammara Fogle

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 Tammara Fogle

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 Tammara Fogle

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 Tammara Fogle

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 Tammara Fogle

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 Tammara Fogle

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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