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   Vol. 4, No. 3                                                                                  APRIL 2009                                                                                   Complimentary copy


Voters to decide council, mayor seats
By Chris Hunter                            mayor barring a successful write-in           O’Donnell and Breault both have a       City Hall in Central Park from 6 a.m.                City Hall, 7651 E. Central Park Ave.;
                                           campaign.                                  tough fight to regain their seats against   to 7 p.m. on April 7.                                First United Methodist Church, 560
   The April 7 election is approach-          There are three at-large council        David Austin and James Schmidt.               Any voter wishing to cast their bal-              N. Park, Valley Center; and the Center
ing.                                       seats available.                              Austin, a member of the Economic        lots early can do so from March 25 to                for Health and Wellness, 2707 E. 21st
   Up for grabs in Bel Aire are three         Running for re-election are incum-      Advisory Board, and Schmidt, a for-        noon April 6 at the Sedgwick County                  North, Wichita.
council seats and the mayor’s seat.        bents Peggy Sue O’Donnell and Gary         mer chairman of the Planning Com-          Election Office at 510 N. Main Suite                     For more information and loca-
   In the mayor’s race, incumbent          Breault. The third council seat was        mission, are looking to pick up two of     101. All voters can also vote from                   tions, check out the Sedgwick County
Harold Smith is running unopposed          held by Teresa Reynolds, who did not       the three spots.                           noon to 7 p.m. April 2 and 3 and from                Election Office Web site at www.
and should win his second term as          run again.                                    Voting will take place at Bel Aire      9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 4 at Bel Aire                 sedgwickcounty.org/elections.




  Bel Aire weighs options
                                                                                                                                                                                               ABOVE: Joel Findley,
                                                                                                                                                                                               14, practices on Field
                                                                                                                                                                                               4 at the Bel Aire Rec-
                                                                                                                                                                                               reation Center near




  for rec center property
                                                                                                                                                                                               Sunrise Christian
                                                                                                                                                                                               Academy. Sunrise is
                                                                                                                                                                                               attempting to pur-
                                                                                                                                                                                               chase the recreation
                                                                                                                                                                                               center and land to
                                                                                                                                                                                               make room for ath-
                                                                                                                                                                                               letic facilities for its
  By Chris Hunter                            new high school and they wanted             the Wichita school district to share                                                                  new high school.
                                             to keep it near the current campus,”        facilities and purchase land near a
     Sunrise Christian Academy is            said Bel Aire City Administrator            possible new USD 259 high school in                                                                   LEFT: Matt Jantzen
  growing. The private school in Bel         Ty Lasher. “Part of their expansion,        Bel Aire.                                                                                             runs on a treadmill in
  Aire is looking to purchase the city’s     however, was to build a new football           Though it will build a new high                                                                    the recreation cen-
  recreation center and its softball and     field, track, baseball and soccer. The       school as part of a $370 million                                                                      ter’s exercise room.
  baseball fields.                            city owns the 20 acres adjacent to it,      bond issue passed in November, the                                                                    Jantzen is a regular
     The proposal, which touched off a       and has had a good relationship with        Wichita school district has not made                                                                  at the facility.
  flood of mixed reactions last month,        Sunrise, so they were interested in         a final decision on the facility’s exact
  was brought to the city after Sunrise      purchasing the entire rec facility.”        location.                                                                                             Photos by Chris Hunter
  purchased land east of its campus on           Lasher said Bel Aire is looking            It likely will be in Bel Aire.
  45th North.                                at the proposal seriously because
     “(Sunrise) is looking to build a        of the possibility of partnering with                               See REC, Page 6




Local street project denied stimulus funds
By Chris Hunter                            and Valley Center to be funded             for $1.5 million for the Ford Street       (county commission chairman)                         the money would go back to the
                                           with just over $16 million from the        Bridge at 90 percent.”                     Kelly Parks. I think because of                      state.”
   After a controversial first-round        American Recovery and Reinvest-               The 90 percent means Valley             working with him, we were able to                       Park City’s Broadway Bridge
selection of projects by the Wichita       ment Act at 90 percent by WAMPO.           Center will have to come up with           make the primary list.”                              was also selected by TAC to receive
Area Metropolitan Planning Or-             Bel Aire and Kechi failed to secure        10 percent, which would total                 Pile said Valley Center made the                  money.
ganization, the group’s Technical          any requested projects.                    $150,000.                                  second contingency list as well for                     The bridge, which spans from
Advisory Committee has chosen                 “The meeting went great,” said             “This is outstanding,” Pile said.       the redesign of Ford Street.                         near the area of 50th North and
new projects to be suggested for           Valley Center City Administrator           “The bridge is the major compo-               “The contingency lists are in case                Broadway to near I-235, is estimat-
funding.                                   Joel Pile. “(TAC) picked three lists       nent on Ford Street to four-laning         a city cannot come up with the 10                    ed to cost $2.1 million.
   The committee on March 23               — one main list and two contingen-         the street. I know this time around        percent,” Pile said. “If a town could
selected projects in both Park City        cy lists. We are being recommended         the governing body worked with             not spend the money within a year,                                      See FUNDS, Page 5
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                                                ‘Tech hero’ can’t Elections are
 Mayor’s corner                                   save the day key to future
                                                                  of area cities
 By Harold Smith
                                                 While casually surfing the Internet
                                              on my home computer last week, I ex-

City orders                                   perienced something that I hadn’t ex-
                                              perienced in several years: a computer
                                              virus! I like to consider myself some-


appraisal on
                                              what of a tech guy and something like                                                        When voting on April 7, it is important to be well educated on
                                              this happening on my own computer                             By Joe Cowell              the candidates and their issues.
                                              would make my technological resume                                                           In an election with much on the line, each race is important.
                                              less than perfect. This is supposed to                                                   From the school board to the Bel Aire council race, it all matters.

rec center                                    happen to my friends and family and         ferent and leaves those that are secure          If you are reading this, you probably received last month’s edi-
                                              then I sweep in as the “Hero of Tech”       and goes after the lost sheep. This          tion of the paper and read the candidate profiles.
                                              to save the day.                            proves that God is a god of restora-             While most candidates go door-to-door, some are attempting


property
                                                 Instead of just running my normal        tion.                                        to campaign at home, which is not always a bad thing and makes
                                              anti-virus software, I had to resort            The second thing that you must           it equally important to learn about the candidates.
                                              to more extreme measures. I had to          know is that God knows you can’t do              In Bel Aire, the potential sale of the recreation center is an
                                              ultimately go back to the last stable       it alone. God has not equipped us to         important issue, along with the land sales while working with
                                              restoration point that my computer          be able to handle the things of this life    Weigand.
    One potential use for part of our va-                                                 by ourselves. Every person has a void            The council, whoever it is made up of, is going to be in the hot
                                              had recorded. After taking this mea-
cant land is a new expanded recreation                                                    within his or her life that can only be      seat and will need to make the best possible decisions.
                                              sure, the computer was back to normal
center. The city is starting to discuss                                                   filled by the presence and the power              Kechi also has a hot issue going with the planned economic
                                              as if nothing had ever been infected.
this possibility. We have a potential                                                     of Christ alone. Though people try to        development starting to take root.
                                              While I was sitting back pondering
buyer for the old rec center, Sunrise                                                     fill this void with temporary things,             A new movement is taking shape, which may change the look
                                              my restored “Tech King” status, I was
Christian Academy. They see the even-                                                     i.e. drinking, drugs and promiscuous         of Kechi.
                                              reminded that my computer is not the
tual need to expand their school and                                                      living, the permanent presence of the            The economic development of Kechi is important because of
                                              only thing that has a restoration point.
that this piece of land would meet their                                                  Holy Spirit is the only perfect fit.          the troubled economy and the need to bring in more tax dollars
                                              Our life submitted to Christ is the
needs.                                                                                        Phill. 4:13 says, “I can do all things   without raising property taxes.
                                              greatest restoration point of them all.
    At this time, the city has ordered a                                                  through Christ who strengthens me.”              In the Park City election, whoever is elected mayor and to the
                                                 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “There-
new appraisal on the rec center and is                                                    The only way a person can do all             council will face a variety of tough decisions.
                                              fore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new
looking at ways to finance the purchase                                                    things is through someone else. And              From the stormwater utility to the continued MtBE settlement,
                                              creation; the old has gone, the new has
of some of our land for a new rec cen-                                                    that someone has to be Christ living         Park City has many issues facing it that will either be overturned
                                              come!” (NIV) Just like my computer
ter. Actually, it would be a refinance as                                                  within their lives. God knows you            or continued.
                                              had a restoration point, God has a new
it is already part of the overall debt on                                                 can’t do it alone.                               We believe citizens must know what they are getting when
                                              beginning for you as well. But for
the land. If we have the ability to se-                                                       The last thing that you must know        they decide to vote for a candidate.
                                              you to experience your own personal
cure land for a new rec center, this may                                                  is God doesn’t love you because                  Research is key here and the paper is only one aspect of that.
                                              restoration point, there are three things
help encourage USD 259 to build its                                                       you’re worthy; you’re worthy because             Aside from reading each article written about the election
                                              that you must know.
new high school in Bel Aire. If the new                                                   God loves you. You could never do            and each piece of campaign material, a person should do more
                                                 You must first know that God is
rec center is next to the high school,                                                    anything to deserve God’s grace, his         research.
                                              a god of restoration. Throughout the
we could share facilities and maybe we                                                    mercy, or his love.                              There are plenty of ways to find out more about the candi-
                                              history of the nation of Israel we see
could both save a little money.                                                               Romans 5:8 says, “But God dem-           dates, especially online.
                                              that God’s hand of grace was very
    We are waiting on USD 259 to make                                                     onstrates his own love for us in this:           Take a chance to look at candidates’ Web sites, YouTube vid-
                                              near. They experienced a continual
its decision on the location of the high                                                  While we were still sinners, Christ          eos and blogs or look up news stories through all of the outlets in
                                              cycle of failing into sin, being con-
school. Also, we will continue to dis-                                                    died for us.” What greater verse of          the area. You are bound to find something.
                                              quered by another nation, crying out
cuss with Sunrise how a sale could be                                                     hope and evidence that God is a god
                                              to God, and God delivering them.
structured to satisfy the needs of both                                                   of restoration. He knew that we would                                               — The Bel Aire Breeze
                                              Even though God knew that this pat-
parties. It would probably be some kind                                                   fail, yet he still died for us! It was
                                              tern would take place, he still showed
of option to buy. Neither party wants to                                                  because of that love that we are able
                                              grace and mercy in forgetting what
close right away. We have discussed a
timing of up to seven years before the
city would vacate the property. This
                                              was in the past and allowed the people
                                              of Israel a new restoration point.
                                                                                          to each experience a restoration point.

                                                                                             Rev. Joe Cowell is an ordained
                                                                                                                                       LETTER TO THE EDITOR
                                                 Jesus also told the story of the
should be time enough to plan a new
center and to be in a position to finance
                                              Good Shepherd leaving the 99 sheep
                                              in order to go after the one that had
                                                                                          minister with Assemblies of God. With
                                                                                          his wife Glenda, he will be planting         Schmidt his choice for council
the new building.                                                                         a new church in the Bel Aire area in
                                              gone astray. While most pastors I                                                           Most people in Bel Aire know by now that Lisa and I are
    As always, your ideas are welcome.                                                    the next year. Reach him at 371-5486
                                              imagine would be more than excited                                                       moving back to Texas. Last year I accepted a senior faculty
                                              about retaining 99 percent of their         or hopeag@gmail.com. See www.
                                                                                                                                       position at Texas State University. Some may think it inap-
Dates to remember                             congregation, Jesus is completely dif-      hopeag.net.
                                                                                                                                       propriate for me to recommend a candidate for election to the
                                                                                                                                       city council now that we are about to leave. Fact is, three of



                                              He’s singing
   April 4 is the Easter Egg Hunt at                                                                                                   our children will remain here, either with their husbands or to
City Hall, 1 p.m. (bring your own                                                                                                      finish college. So, I guess this letter is for their future.
basket). May 29 and 30 is the citywide                                                                                                    I strongly recommend the election of James B. Schmidt to
garage sale. June 6 is the city cleanup                                                                                                the Bel Aire City Council. James and I have been next-door
day.                                                                                                                                   neighbors for nine years. He and Connie have lived in Bel



                                              the bailout blues
                                                                                                                                       Aire for 20 years. He has been involved with the Bel Aire
Senior Patrol                                                                                                                          Day Planning Committee and most recently was chairman of
                                                                                                                                       Bel Aire’s Planning Commission. Under James’ direction, the
                                                                                                                                       Planning Commission assumed an active role in improving the
   This has developed into a very help-                                                                                                quality of life in our community. James enforced our environ-
ful program. These are volunteers who                                                                                                  mental standards equitably and attracted investment into our
help the police monitor the city. After a        As we hear about the next bank,
                                              insurance company or whatever to                                                         community.
training program, they drive around the                                                                                                   James has worked for Westar Utilities for nearly 30 years.
city in a marked police car and observe       fail, the country should look at help-
what is going on. They have the abil-         ing them.                                    Hunting                                     He assists residential and commercial developers with their
                                                                                                                                       infrastructure and utility needs. When I was mayor, James
ity to call back to the police station if        But what happened with AIG high-          for the truth
                                              lights the imperative need for bailout                                                   was an invaluable asset to me in our community’s efforts at
necessary. For more information, call                                                                                                  attracting commercial and residential development. He was
Chief John Daily, 744-6000.                   conditions.                                  By Chris Hunter
                                                 Recently, it came to light that                                                       instrumental in bringing the Wickham/ITT Glass, the new
                                              Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve                                                        J. Russell residential development, Family Video and many
Land sales                                    Chairman Ben Bernanke allowed for
                                              loose restrictions on bailout money
                                                                                          believe it is Congress, Paulson and
                                                                                          Bush’s fault for not asking for more
                                                                                                                                       other projects to fruition.
                                                                                                                                          James has a solid plan for improving roads, getting out of
                                              going to companies.                         regulation in the first place.                the land debt, and reducing water/sewer bills by as much as 20
   The east entrance into Central Park                                                       Frank demanded to know the                percent!
from Rock Road and the two round-                The real anger came when the
                                              public started finding out that com-         names and threatened to subpoena                I will be proud to cast my last vote as a Bel Aire resident
abouts on the east side of Central Park                                                   them if they did not comply.                 for James B. Schmidt and urge my friends and neighbors to do
will soon be enhanced. The lots along         panies started abusing their money to
                                              plan parties, remodel their offices for         Frank’s inquiry came about the            the same.
Woodlawn will be graded to allow                                                          same time New York’s Attorney
homes to be constructed with view-out         millions and even give themselves
                                              massive bonuses.                            General Andrew Cuomo demanded                         — Brian L. Withrow, former mayor of Bel Aire
basements. Additional sidewalks on the                                                    the names and threatened court action,
west side of Central Park will soon be           Why weren’t we informed early?
                                              That’s my question to Paulson, Ber-         which apparently worked since the
installed.                                                                                executives have been giving money
   Also, after USD 259 decides on the         nanke and even Timothy Geithner?
                                                 Is it because they are buddies with      back left and right.
location for a new K-8 school, the lots                                                      I believe now is the time to act, and
in the north of Central Park will be re-      some companies? Who knows?
platted. All of this is part of the mar-         The recent outrage came after we         act fast, to make sure other compa-
                                                                                          nies are spending their bailout money
                                                                                                                                              Anniversary announcements,
                                              found out about AIG giving their top
keting effort to increase the sale of the
remaining lots.                               executives bonuses totaling more than       wisely. If not, we must get it back.                   wedding announcements
                                                                                             While some of these companies
                                              $165 million.
                                                 The same AIG the government              may be “too big to fail,” they are not                     and obituraries
                                              propped up just months ago.
                                                 While the government’s lack of
                                                                                          above the law.
                                                                                             We must hold them accountable.                       run free of charge in
                                              regulation caused this and the econo-          Also, I put it to Congress to actu-                   The Bel Aire Breeze.
The Bel Aire Breeze                           my to fail, I do like the solution. Tax
                                              the bonuses.
                                                                                          ally go back and start looking at what
                                                                                          they are doing.                                         Either call us with the
                                                                                             They must make sure something
Published monthly by Strunk Publishing
LLC at P.O. Box 120, Valley Center, Kan.
                                                 Yes, that is right. Tax the bonuses
                                              at 90-plus percent. What better way to      like this never happens again.                        information at 755-0821
67147. Publisher: Chris Strunk. Telephone:
316-755-0821. Fax: 316-755-0644. E-mail:
                                              get the money back?
                                                 Rep. Barney Frank was right in              Chris Hunter is a reporter for The                       or e-mail it to
legals@arkvalleynews.com. The office is lo-    calling for the names of the officials at    Bel Aire Breeze. Reach him at 755-0821
                                                                                          or hunter@arkvalleynews.com.
                                                                                                                                               legals@arkvalleynews.com.
cated at 210 W. Main, Valley Center, Kan.     AIG who received the bonuses, but I




                                                                Deadline for May

                                                 Aire Breeze
                                             Bel Friday, April 24
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                            City of Bel Aire
                       Bel Aire Recreation Center
5251 E. 48th North                                        Junior Olympic Skills Competition — The Junior
www.belaireks.gov • 744-2700                              Olympic Skills Competition is a national grassroots
Open Mon., Tue., & Thur. 8-8 Wed. & Fri. 8-7 • Sat. 9-3   skills competition that provides both boys and girls                                  Annual Bel Aire
                                                          ages 8 through 13 the chance to showcase their athletic
Motor Madness — Children are given the chance             abilities in basketball, soccer, and track and field.                                  Easter Egg Hunt
to touch, feel, and climb in and out of a wide variety    Each sport is scored individually and boys and girls
of vehicles. You may find fire trucks, dump trucks,         compete separately. Registration deadline is May 2. The                              April 4 at 1 p.m.
tractors, race cars, police cars and an array of other    competition will take place at 10 a.m. on May 9.                                    Bel Aire City Hall
vehicles. If you or someone you know has a unique
vehicle you would like to show the kids, let us know      Tae Kwon Do — We are accepting registrations for ages                            7651 E. Central Park Ave.
at 744-2700. This will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.     5 and up. Classes meet on Mondays and Fridays from 5
April 11.                                                 to 6 p.m. or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:10 to 8:10                            Age groups: 0-2 years, 3-4 years,
                                                          p.m. These are great classes for beginners to black belts.                        5-6 years, 7-8 years, 9-10 years
Short Sports — This instructional program for 3-
year-olds will teach basic sports skills including        Yoga — The new Yoga class continues at the Bel Aire                         Bring your own basket for the kids to
throwing, catching, kicking and batting. Age-             Recreation Center. Classes are held on Mondays and                           gather Easter eggs. It’s a chance for
appropriate sports equipment will be used. Each child     Wednesdays at 6:10 pm.
                                                                                                                                         them to meet the Easter Bunny!
must have an adult partner (parent, grandparent, aunt,
etc.) and registration is required. This takes place      Fitness Center (ages 16 & up) — Start getting in
Tuesdays and Thursdays, from April 28 through May         shape for the outdoor season! A yearly membership
14, or Tuesdays and Thursdays, from Sept. 8 through       costs less than what you would pay in one month at
Sept. 24.                                                 other facilities. The center consists of elliptical cross
                                                          trainers, treadmills, recumbent bike, multi-station weight
Blastball — Blastball is an introductory coed T-Ball      machine and free-weights.
program for 4-year-olds. Registration deadline for
residents is April 4. Games will be played on Tuesday
and Thursday evenings from April 21 through May 14.
                                                          Summer Day Camp — The Wichita YMCA will again
                                                          offer a state-licensed day camp this summer at the Bel
                                                                                                                        Bel Aire Senior Club
                                                                                                                           Activities are held at 4551 N. Auburn unless otherwise noted. Those 55-plus
                                                          Aire Recreation Center. For more information or to            are welcome to participate. For information on programs and services for seniors,
Recreational summer ball leagues — Teams will             register, call the YMCA at 264-1610.                          contact Vicki Shepard, Tri-City Senior Director, at 744-1199. The club is self-
play up to two games each week on Monday, Tuesday,                                                                      governed and not under city control. Activities benefit all participating seniors.
and Thursday evenings or Saturdays beginning June         Maximize Basketball Instruction — Bel Aire
1. Boys and girls ages 5 through 12 will play in one of   Recreation has partnered with Brent Atwater, a former         • Free blood pressure check first Tuesday, Park City Senior Center
the following divisions: t-ball, machine pitch baseball   collegiate player and coach, to bring you basketball          • Mondays 10 a.m., computer class at Park City Senior Center (no charge)
or softball, or youth pitch baseball or softball.         instruction throughout the year. Atwater’s programs           • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11 a.m., exercise class
                                                          stress the fundamentals of basketball which make them         • Wednesdays 2:30 p.m., free line dancing lessons, Park City Senior Center.
Pitch, Hit and Run — An exciting baseball skills          perfect for kids of all ages and skill levels. For more       • Wii Get Healthy exercise program, Thursday mornings, Park City Senior
competition for boys and girls intended to encourage      information regarding team, individual or specialized           Center.
youth participation and emphasize the FUN element         training contact Brent Atwater at 744-8841, 807-1036,
of baseball competition. Participants will compete in     or www.maximizetraining.com.                                  Tax Assistance with AARP is available through April 15. This is a free service
three important aspects of baseball: pitching, hitting                                                                  provided by AARP volunteers. Call Vicki at 744-1199 for an appointment.
and running. Registration deadline is April 18. The          For more information on these or any Bel Aire Rec-
event will take place April 25.                           reation Programs, call 744-2700.                              April 7, 8:30 a.m.          Breakfast at Jimmie’s Egg on East 21st North
                                                                                                                                                    Election Day
                                                                                                                        April 13, 10 a.m.           Board meeting
   City of Bel Aire Water Report for Calendar Year 2008                                                                        11:30 a.m.           Lunch at Double D’s Family Restaurant in El
                                                                                                                                                    Dorado and tour of the Pioneer Balloon
                                                                                                                                                    Company Call Vicki at 744-1199 by April 8.
                                                                                                                        April 15, 10 a.m.           Men’s coffee at Braum’s
                                                                                                                                   2 p.m.           Ladies’ coffee/tea at Jimmie’s Diner
                                                                                                                        April 24                    Trip to Native Lights and First Council
                                                                                                                                                    casinos. $20 per person. Call Vicki at 744-1199
                                                                                                                                                    for reservation by April 15.
                                                                                                                        April 27, 6 p.m.            Covered dish dinner and program (host needed)
                                                                                                                                                    Program: Marie Anderson and her musical group
                                                                                                                                                    will play guitar and dulcimers and sing.
                                                                                                                        May 12-13                   55 Alive Safe Driving Course offered by AARP.
                                                                                                                                                    Cost is $14, $12 with AARP membership. Class
                                                                                                                                                    meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m each day. Call Vicki
                                                                                                                                                    at 744-1199 to sign up by April 29,




                                                                                                                        Bel Aire Senior Center
                                                                                                                       All events are held at the Bel Aire Senior Center, 7651 E. Central Park Ave.,
                                                                                                                       unless otherwise noted.* Phone 744-2451 ext. 121.
                                                                                                                         BEL AIRE SENIOR LIBRARY • OPEN TO ALL BEL AIRE
                                                                                                                        RESIDENTS, 8 AM to 5 PM, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
                                                                                                                       Mondays                 6:10 p.m., Yoga at the rec center.*
                                                                                                                       Tuesdays                1 to 4 p.m., Bridge. Call to sign up.
                                                                                                                       Senior Wednesdays       Check the Web site for details.*
                                                                                                                       Wednesdays              1 to 5 p.m., Wii Wednesdays — Wii Time
                                                                                                                       Wednesdays              6:10 p.m., Yoga at the rec center.*
                                                                                                                       Thursdays               1 to 2 p.m., Low Impact Aerobics.
                                                                                                                       Thursdays               2 to 5 p.m., Wii Sports Leagues
                                                                                                                       Fridays                 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., breakfast with Kechi Senior Over 55
                                                                                                                                               Club.*

                                                                                                                       April 1, 10 a.m.        Senior Wednesday event — Wichita Art Museum*
                                                                                                                       April 4, 1 p.m.         Easter Egg hunt
                                                                                                                       April 6, 6:30 p.m.      Senior potluck dinner
                                                                                                                       April 7, 7 a.m.         Election day
                                                                                                                         to 8 p.m.
                                                                                                                       April 8, 10 a.m.        Senior Wednesday event — Sedgwick County Zoo*
                                                                                                                               6:30 p.m.       Senior Advisory Board meeting
                                                                                                                       April 11, 10 a.m.       Red Hat Society meeting
                                                                                                                       April 13, 2 p.m.        American Red Cross — call to sign up
                                                                                                                       April 15, 10 a.m.       Senior Wednesday event — Ulrich Museum of Art*
                                                                                                                       April 16, 10 a.m.       National Health Care Screening Day
                                                                                                                         to noon
                              CITY STAFF ~ DIAL 744-2451                                                               April 20, 2 to 5 p.m.
                                                                                                                       April 22, 10 a.m.
                                                                                                                                               Monday Matinee at the Senior Center
                                                                                                                                               Senior Wednesday event — Wichita/Sedgwick County
                                   UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED                                                                                      Historial Museum*
City Administrator Ty Lasher                        Administrative Clerk                                                         1:30 p.m.     Senior Wednesday event — Exploration Place*
       • ext. 217 • cityadministrator@belaireks.gov         • ext. 135 • admclerk@belaireks.gov                                  7 to 9 p.m.   BUNKO! Call to sign up
Attorney Lee Parker                                 Court Clerk Kellie Barker                                          April 23, 11 a.m.       Blood pressure and health checks with Sandra Nickles
       • ext. 210 • cityattny@belaireks.gov                 • ext. 135 • municourt@belaireks.gov                         to noon
City Clerk Vicki Bradford                           Senior Coordinator                                                 April 22, 6:30 p.m.     Final Friday*
       • ext. 133 • cityclerk@belaireks.gov                 • ext. 121 • seniorcoordinator@belaireks.gov               April 29, 10 a.m.       Senior Wednesday event — Great Plains Nature Center*
Code Enforcement Keith Price                        Police Chief John Daily                                                      1:30 p.m.     Senior Wednesday event — Old Cowtown Museum*
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Finance Director Erica Stock                        Police Clerk Cynthia Rankin
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Finance Clerk Chris Yoho
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                                                    City Superintendent Terry Dreiling
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                                                                                                                       City Council/Court
Treasurer Jo Miller                                 Parks Director David Leiker                                        April 1, 7 p.m.          Court
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Deput City Clerk Betty Martine                      Recreation Director Brian Hayes                                    April 7, 7 p.m.          City Council
                                                                                                                       April 21, 7 p.m.         City Council
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BEL AIRE POLICE REPORTS
    March 18 — Officer Foxx re-               March 13 — Officer Hazelwood        sisted Wichita Police Department       picked up by Topeka Police Depart-        pended license.                       the 4200 block of North Westlake
sponded to a child abandonment           assisted Kansas Highway Patrol at      with a hold-up alarm in the 3600       ment on a Bel Aire warrant.                   Feb. 27 — Officer Hutton re-       Drive.
call in the 4800 block of North          61st North and Hillside.               block of North Woodlawn.                   March 2 — Officer Hutton re-           sponded to a larceny call in the          Feb. 22 — Officers McCaslin
Farmstead Court.                             March 12 — Officer Brandewie-           March 7 — Officer McGuire           sponded to a medical situation in         5900 block of East Memphis.           and Hutton checked the welfare of
    March 18 — Officer Foxx re-           de responded to an embezzlement        responded to a burglary-in-prog-       the 4100 block of North Auburn.               Feb. 27 — Officer Hazelwood        a citizen in the 4300 block of Eagle
sponded to an auto accident in           report in the 6000 block of East       ress in the 5600 block of East 49th        March 2 — Officer Hutton re-           stopped a vehicle in the 4800 block   Lake.
the 4800 block of North Farmstead        Clarendon.                             North.                                 sponded to a vandalism call in the        of North Woodlawn on a traffic vio-        Feb. 22 — Officers McCaslin
Court.                                       March 12 — Sgt. Griggs checked         March 7 — Officer Steele as-        4500 block of North Webb Road.            lation. He arrested John Cravens      and Hutton assisted EMS in the
    March 18 — Officers Brandew-          on a suspicious person in the 4200     sisted Kechi Police Department at          March 2 — Officer Toomey ar-           on a charge of driving with a sus-    4300 block of Eagle Lake.
iede and Foxx assisted Kechi Police      block of North Country.                K-254 and Woodlawn.                    rested Alrenda Sebastian at 4500          pended license and on a McPherson         Feb. 22 — Officer McGuire re-
Department in the 250 block of               March 12 — Sgt. Griggs assist-         March 7 — Officer Pentecost         N. Woodlawn on a Sedgwick County          warrant.                              ported that a lost male had been
North Sioux.                             ed Kechi Police Department in the      checked the welfare of a citizen in    warrant and traffic charges.                   Feb. 27 — Sgt. Griggs assisted    found in the 4100 block of North
    March 18 — Officer Foxx assist-       5500 block of North Oliver.            the 5500 block of Falcon Lane.             March 2 — Officer Hutton               a citizen in the 5000 block of Lake   Auburn.
ed Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office           March 12 — Officer Hazelwood            March 7 — Officer Hazelwood         stopped a vehicle for a traffic viola-     Breeze.                                   Feb. 22 — Officer Hutton re-
at 61st North and Hillside.              and Sgt. Spencer responded to an       responded to a non-injury accident     tion in the 5800 block of North Oli-          Feb. 27 — Officer McGuire          moved a traffic hazard in the 4100
    March 18 — Officer Foxx took a        audible alarm at 37th North and        at K-96 and Woodlawn.                  ver. He arrested Matthew Kennedy          checked on a suspicious person in     block of Edinburg.
runaway report in the 4800 block of      Hillcrest.                                 March 6 — Officer Steele as-        on a charge of driving with a sus-        the 5800 block of East 37th North.        Feb. 21 — Officer Hazelwood
North Farmstead.                             March 12 — Officers Hazel-          sisted EMS in the 4200 block of        pended license.                               Feb. 26 — Officers Hazelwood       reported that Wichita Police De-
    March 17 — Officer Brandew-           wood and Foxx checked on a suspi-      North Westlake.                            March 1 — Officer McCaslin             and Foxx responded to a vandalism     partment arrested Kevin Phillips on
iede arrested Tim Alan Ballew in         cious person in the 5500 block of          March 6 — Officer McGuire took      assisted EMS in the 3900 block of         call in the 4400 block of Rushwood    a Bel Aire warrant.
the 6600 block East 37th North on        Prairiehawk.                           a missing person’s report in the       North Oliver.                             Court.                                    Feb. 21 — Officer McGuire
charges of being a habitual violator         March 12 — Officer Hazelwood        4800 block of North Glendale.              March 1 — Officer Toomey re-               Feb. 26 — Officer Cantrell re-     stopped a vehicle in the 5000 block
and driving with a revoked license.      responded to a report of a vicious         March 6 — Officer Hazelwood         sponded to a 911 hang-up call in          ported that Wichita Police Depart-    of North Oliver. He arrested Erik N.
    March 17 — Officers Foxx and          dog in the 4900 block of East Wil-     stopped a vehicle for a traffic vio-    the 6700 block of East 45th North.        ment arrested Ebony Evans on a Bel    Dixon on charges of driving with a
Brandewiede stopped a vehicle for        lowpoint.                              lation at 37th North and Oliver. He        March 1 — Officers Brandew-            Aire warrant.                         suspended Kansas driver’s license
traffic violation in the 5900 block           March 12 — Officer McCaslin         arrested Stephen Atterbery on a        iede and Steele responded to an               Feb. 26 — Sgt. Spencer re-        and transporting an open container,
of East 37th North. Officer Foxx ar-      assisted Andover Police Department     charge of driving with a revoked       alarm in the 5700 block of East 39th      sponded to an alarm in the 8700       and on a City of Wichita warrant.
rested Helen Bigknife on three City      at 21st North and 145th East.          driver’s license.                      North.                                    block of East 53rd North.             Officer also found Dixon to be in
of Wichita bench warrants.                   March 12 — Officer McCaslin             March 6 — Officer Hazelwood             March 1 — Officers McCaslin                Feb. 26 — Officer McGuire as-      possession of narcotics.
    March 17 — Officer Cantrell as-       responded to a disturbance in the      checked the welfare of a citizen at    and Hutton responded to an audi-          sisted Sedgwick County Fire De-           Feb. 21 — Officer Hazelwood
sisted Sedgwick County Fire Depart-      4100 block of Edgemoor.                37th North and Oliver.                 ble alarm in the 6200 block of Quail      partment in the 6700 block of East    assisted a citizen at 37th North and
ment at 45th North and Woodlawn.             March 11 — Sgt. Griggs re-             March 6 — Officer Steele re-        Ridge.                                    45th North.                           Rock Road.
    March 16 — Sgt. Spencer              sponded to an audible alarm in the     sponded to an audible alarm in the         Feb. 28 — Officer Foxx stopped             Feb. 26 — Officer McCaslin re-         Feb. 20 — Det. Pentecost took
stopped a vehicle for a traffic vio-      4500 block of North Woodlawn.          4100 block of North Woodlawn.          a vehicle in the 4700 block of North      sponded to an alarm in the 6200       a burglary report at 7651 E. Central
lation in the 3700 block of North            March 11 — Officer Brandew-             March 6 — Officer Steele re-        Oliver for a traffic violation. He ar-     block of East Quail Ridge.            Park Ave.
Woodlawn. He cited Allison L.            iede assisted Kechi Police Depart-     sponded to an animal-at-large call     rested James M. McDoniel on a                 Feb. 26 — Officer McCaslin as-         Feb. 20 — Officers Hutton and
Chapital for failing to stop at a stop   ment in the 6400 block of North        in the 4300 block of North Wood-       charge of driving with a suspended        sisted a motorist in the 4500 block   Hazelwood checked on a suspicious
sign and driving with a suspended        Hillside.                              lawn.                                  license.                                  of North Oliver.                      person in the 7600 block of East
license confirmed. Officer released            March 10 — Officer Cantrell             March 6 — Officers Steele and           Feb. 28 — Officer Foxx re-                 Feb. 25 — Det. Pentecost          53rd North.
her on the scene.                        and Sgt. Griggs responded to an        Foxx responded to an audible alarm     sponded to a call of possession of        stopped a vehicle for speeding in         Feb. 20 — Officer Swanson
    March 16 — Officers Toomey            audible alarm in the 4500 block of     in the 6400 block of Perryton.         a firearm in the 4700 block of North       the 5400 block of North Rock Road.    worked on a missing person’s case
and Hutton responded to an injury        North Woodlawn.                            March 6 — Sgt. Spencer as-         Oliver.                                   Officer arrested Tyrone Gross on       in the 4100 block of North Auburn.
accident at 45th North and Hedge-            March 9 — Officer Brandew-          sisted Sedgwick County Sheriff’s           Feb. 28 — Officer Foxx re-             charges of driving with a suspended       Feb. 20 — Officer Foxx assisted
row.                                     iede stopped a vehicle for having      Office with anon-injury accident in     sponded to a call of possession of        Kansas driver’s license and posses-   Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office
    March 16 — Officer Foxx assist-       a stolen license plate at 37th North   the 3600 block of Greenwich.           stolen property in the 4700 block of      sion of marijuana and a drug pipe.    with an audible alarm in the 6400
ed EMS in the 4100 block of North        and Woodlawn. He arrested Robert           March 6 — Sgt. Spencer as-         North Oliver.                                 Feb. 25 — Officer Brandewiede      block of North 143rd.
Edgemoor.                                Johnson on charges of possession       sisted Wichita Police Department at        Feb. 28 — Officer Hutton re-           responded to a report of disturb-         Feb. 20 — Sgt. Spencer per-
    March 16 — Officers Foxx and          of narcotics, driving with a revoked   37th North and Oliver.                 sponded to a report of a liquor law       ing the peace in the 4100 block of    formed a civil service in the 4400
Toomey checked on a suspicious           license and on a state warrant.            March 6 — Officer Hutton as-        violation in the 4800 block of North      North Edgemoor.                       block of Rushwood.
person at Eagle Lake Park.                   March 9 — Sgt. Spencer assist-     sisted Wichita Police Department       Battin.                                       Feb. 25 — Sgt. Spencer re-            Feb. 19 — Det. Pentecost ar-
    March 16 — Officer Hutton             ed EMS in the 5500 block of East       with a larceny.                            Feb. 28 — Officers Hazelwood,          sponded to a larceny call in the      rested John S. Baker on charges of
checked on a suspicious person           45th North.                                March 6 — Officer Hutton            Hutton and Foxx assisted Sedgwick         6200 block of Woodlow.                battery and disorderly conduct.
in the 10100 block of East 45th              March 9 — Officer Toomey as-        checked the welfare of a citizen n     County Fire Department with a                 Feb. 25 — Sgt. Spencer re-            Feb. 19 — Officers Foxx and
North.                                   sisted Wichita Police Department       the 3500 block of North Oliver.        house fire in the 4800 block of East       sponded to an auto accident at K-     Hazelwood checked on a suspicious
    March 16 — Officer Toomey             with a disturbance in the 5100 block       March 6 — Officer Cantrell re-      Willow Point Court.                       254 and I-35.                         person in the 4100 block of North
assisted a citizen at Sunrise Acad-      of North Blackhawk.                    sponded to a disturbance at Cham-          Feb. 28 — Officer Hutton                   Feb. 25 — Det. Pentecost as-      Harding.
emy.                                         March 9 — Officer McGuire           pions and Rock Road.                   checked on a suspicious person in         sisted Wichita Police Department in       Feb. 19 — Officer Foxx assisted
    March 15 — Officer Brandew-           responded to a disorderly conduct          March 5 — Officer Brandewiede       the 4500 block of North Woodlawn.         the 4100 block of Clarendon.          Kechi Police Department at 53rd
iede stopped a vehicle for a traffic      call in the 6000 block of East 41st    assisted Wichita Police Department         Feb. 28 — Officer Hutton assist-           Feb. 24 — Det. Pentecost and      North and Woodlawn.
violation at 45th North and Wood-        North.                                 with a traffic stop in the 6000 block   ed a motorist with a stalled vehicle      Officer Steele checked on a suspi-         Feb. 19 — Officer McCaslin re-
lawn. He arrested Kayla Dupre on             March 9 — Officer Brandewiede       of East Edinburg. Officer arrested      at 45th North and Woodlawn.               cious person in the 4500 block of     sponded to an animal call at 46th
charges of driving with a suspended      responded to an animals-at-large       Gary Matney II on a Wichita war-           Feb. 28 — Officers Cantrell and        North Woodlawn.                       North and Krueger.
license and DUI.                         call at 53rd North and Woodlawn.       rant.                                  McGuire responded to a hold-up                Feb. 24 — Det. Pentecost              Feb. 19 — Officer McGuire as-
    March 15 — Officer Brandew-               March 9 — Sgt. Spencer as-             March 5 — Officer Hazelwood         alarm in the 3600 block of North          checked on a suspicious person at     sisted Kansas Highway Patrol at K-
iede received found property in the      sisted EMS at Sunrise.                 responded to a disturbance in the      Woodlawn.                                 Edgemoor and Denise.                  96 and Oliver.
6600 block of East 37th North.               March 9 — Officer McGuire as-       6000 block of East Clarendon.              Feb. 27 — Officer Steele arrest-           Feb. 24 — Officers Hutton and          Feb. 18 — Officer Hazelwood re-
    March 15 — Officer Toomey re-         sisted Sedgwick County Sheriff’s           March 4 — Officer Swanson re-       ed Justin Florez at 37th North and        Hazelwood checked on a suspicious     sponded to a runaway report in the
ported that Wichita Police Depart-       Office at 21st North and I-35.          sponded to an audible alarm in the     Oliver on a charge of driving with a      person at 53rd North and 143rd        4800 block of North Farmstead.
ment arrested Cherokee Vargas-               March 9 — Officer McCaslin as-      4400 block of North Eagle Lake.        suspended license.                        East.                                     Feb. 18 — Det. Pentecost and
Pribble on a Bel Aire warrant.           sisted a motorist in the 6300 block        March 3 — Officer Steele                Feb. 27 — Det. Pentecost and              Feb. 24 — Officers Hutton and      Officer Swanson responded to an
    March 15 — Officer Brandew-           of East 53rd North.                    checked on a suspicious person in      Officer Steele responded to an auto        Hazelwood checked on a suspicious     audible alarm in the 4800 block of
iede assisted EMS in the 4900 block          March 9 — Officer Steele as-        the 6100 block of East 41st North.     accident in the 4100 block of North       person in the 5400 block of East      North Harding.
of Homestead.                            sisted a lost juvenile in the 9300         March 3 — Officer Cantrell re-      Woodlawn.                                 53rd North.                               Feb. 18 — Officer Swanson re-
    March 15 — Officer Hutton             block of East 43rd North.              sponded to an audible alarm in the         Feb. 27 — Officer Foxx stopped             Feb. 23 — Officer Steele ac-       sponded to an audible alarm in the
checked on a suspicious person               March 9 — Officer Steele re-        6000 block of Danbury.                 a vehicle for a traffic violation in the   cepted found property at the sta-     6200 block of East 37th North.
in the 10000 block of East 53rd          sponded to an animal-at-large call         March 2 — Bel Aire Police De-      5800 block of East 45th North. He         tion.                                     Feb. 18 — Officer Swanson re-
North.                                   at 53rd North and Woodlawn.            partment reported that Ayanna          arrested the driver, David Stuchlik,          Feb. 22 — Officer Steele re-       sponded to an audible alarm in the
    March 15 — Officers Hutton                March 8 — Officer Brandew-          L. Rice, AKA Rachel Jackson, was       on a charge of driving with a sus-        sponded to a vandalism call in        5000 block of North Lake Breeze.
and McCaslin responded to a 911          iede stopped a vehicle for a traffic




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Help sought in house fire ruled arson
By Chris Strunk                   ties are offering a reward for        The investigation is an ongo-    the fire. The reward is being of-   and ask for Capt. Tavis Leake or      at least two days before the fire
                                  information about the fire.         ing joint effort between the fire    fered by the Kansas Committee      Fire Marshal Tim Millspaugh.          happened.
   Sedgwick County sheriff            In a news release March 16,    department and the sheriff’s        on Arson Prevention. Infor-           Damage to the house,                   The blaze also destroyed a
and fire investigators say the     Sedgwick County officials said      office.                              mation provided will remain        which was owned by Larry D.           three-car attached garage and
fire that destroyed a 4,600-       the fire that occurred Feb. 8 at       A reward of up to $5,000 is      confidential, authorities said.     Van Horn, was estimated at            the three vehicles inside.
square-foot home in northeast     14700 E. 45th North is being       being offered for information          Anyone with information is      $700,000. No one was home at              The house is tucked behind
Sedgwick County in February       investigated as a probable arson   leading to the arrest and convic-   asked to call (800) KS-CRIME       the time of the fire. The hom-         rows of trees near 45th North
was likely arson. Now, authori-   fire.                               tion of anyone involved with        or the fire district at 660-3473    eowners were on vacation for          and 143rd East.




Afternoon blaze damages Bel Aire home
By Chris Hunter                   the origin. The fire originated        Millspaugh said the damage                                                                                         Fire officials say
                                  in the floor truss, the area        totaled $180,000.                                                                                                     this house in the
   A fire erupted in a Bel Aire    between the basement ceiling          “About the only area that                                                                                          4800 block of East
home during broad daylight        and the top floor. It consumed      anything was salvageable                                                                                              Willow Point Court
while the homeowners were         the entire space.”                 from was the attached garage,”                                                                                        in Bel Aire was
out of town on Feb. 28.              Millspaugh said the area        Millspaugh said.                                                                                                      damaged by fire
   The blaze occurred at 4:30     contains wiring, plumbing and         Millspaugh said while this                                                                                         Feb. 28.
in the afternoon at 4851 E.       other piping.                      fire may not be the result of
Willow Point Court. Firefight-        No one was hurt in the          faulty wiring as the house had                                                                                        Chris Hunter
ers were unable to determine      home or during the initial two-    no history of such problems,
a cause because of the floor       hour firefight. Millspaugh said      he suggested homeowners
caving in.                        the total fight lasted between      have their wires and breakers
   “We don’t know the cause       five and six hours.                 checked and have all electri-
of fire,” said Fire Marshal Tim       “We always consider it a        cal problems repaired as soon
Millspaugh. “We have been         success when no one is hurt,”      as they are noticed to prevent
able to determine the area of     Millspaugh said.                   fires.




Funds                             percent is better than nothing.
                                     “There was always the
                                  fear (of not getting money)
                                                                     about the system is the crite-
                                                                     ria they use from New Jersey
                                                                     which favors large cities,”
                                                                                                         give WAMPO $16 million to
                                                                                                         spend in a year. If it wasn’t
                                                                                                         used, it would be taken back
                                                                                                                                            They will be calling for
                                                                                                                                            projects within the next two
                                                                                                                                            or three months.”
                                                                                                                                                                                  range transportation plan.”
                                                                                                                                                                                     Pile and Whitson both said
                                                                                                                                                                                  they were happy to receive
Continued from Page 1             because everyone and their         Whitson said. “The small cit-       by the state.”                        Lasher said Bel Aire is            the money.
    “I think the importance of    brother wants these funds,”        ies would never score on it.           Lasher said he addressed        looking at other options but             “We have been working
the bridge got us on the list,”   Whitson said. “It is not sup-      I see why they want to bring        TAC members but failed to          will continue to push on.             behind the scenes to get sup-
said Park City’s city admin-      posed to be political, but         in an objective criteria, but it    convince them.                        “We are looking at part-           port for the projects,” Pile
istrator, Jack Whitson. “The      there are elements involved.       favors large cities. Luckily,          “The concern that came          nering with Wichita on 45th,”         said. “I am pleased and I am
bridge is in bad shape and        Wichita said yesterday,            in this case, it wasn’t the sole    back from all the projects         Lasher said. “Also, we will           sure the governing body is
the FEMA issue. It impacts        ‘We have 70 percent of the         criteria. Otherwise Park City       was that the money wouldn’t        go back to our original plan B        pleased we have two projects
not only Park City but all of     population so we should get        and Valley Center wouldn’t          be spent,” Lasher said. “They      of getting those in the long-         up for consideration.”
Sedgwick County. The bridge       70 percent of the funds.’ That     have been on the list.”             would hate to lose a million
was in poor condition when        would have left $4 million            While Park City and Val-         when there were 30 to 50
we annexed it three to four       for the smaller cities. Be-        ley Center made the list, the       projects.”
years ago. Most of Sedgwick       cause Wichita has that larger      story was different in Bel             Lasher said Bel Aire
County’s bridges haven’t          population, they have a better     Aire, which submitted just          would continue to seek funds
been taken care of because        chance at grants and funds.        one project, reconstruction of      in other places and is at-
bridges aren’t cheap; they        They have other opportuni-         53rd North in the city.             tempting to get on WAMPO’s
have over 3,000.”                 ties than smaller towns to get        “They spent a lot of time        long-range plan.
    Whitson said Broadway         money, so it wasn’t fair for       on projects and the intent,”           “What we will do, and
is important because it runs      us.”                               said Bel Aire City Adminis-         timing is good, is look to get
from Sumner County to Har-           Whitson said he felt the        trator Ty Lasher. “They ended       stuff on the WAMPO long-
vey County.                       part of the criteria for selec-    up sticking with the 90-day         range plan,” Lasher. “We
    The project still has to      tion was unfair to smaller         projects. All those projects        will see if we can get some
be approved by WAMPO,             towns.                             could be started within 90          through the Kansas Depart-
however. Whitson said the 90         “The thing that irks me         days. They were going to            ment of Transportation. ...



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    Roberta “Bert” Galliart,      loved to garden and read.             Ronald D. Skeels, 59, of         grandparents Paulette K.                                                 can view online student applications

                                                                                                                                               VALLEY
58, mother and mother-in-law      On November 4, 1945, she           Bel Aire, died March 14, 2009.      Whiteside of Wichita, Carole                                             (www.facetheworld.org) and select
                                                                                                                                                                                  the student that best matches their
of Martha and Nick Mwangi         married Vernon McCune in           He was a master electrician for     A. Horn of El Cajon, Calif.,
                                                                                                                                               CENTER
                                                                                                                                                                                  own family. For more information,
of Bel Aire, died March 13,       Hesston. He preceded her in        Johnson Controls-York. A ser-       and Michael D. and Charlene                                              please contact Connie Chaple at 316-
2009. She was a laborer at        death on August 9, 2004.           vice of remembrance was held        B. Lonneke of Round Hill,                                                744-1843.
Coleman. Service was March           Other survivors are sons        March 18 at Central Christian       Va.; aunts and uncles Heather    Citywide Garage Sales                   25 Daycare
17 at Culbertson-Smith Mortu-     and daughters-in-law Bruce         Church Chapel.                      and Chris Jackson of Overland
ary.                              and Mary McCune of Augusta,           Survivors are wife Ruth          Park, Kevin Horn of El Cajon,        Fri. & Sat.,                        Pam’s Pals daycare has full time
    She was preceded in death
by her parents, sister Eva
                                  and Ron and Carla McCune of
                                  Benton; daughter and son-in-
                                                                     of Bel Aire; son Heath of
                                                                     Wichita; daughters Tanni
                                                                                                         Richard and Tara Hancock
                                                                                                         of Wichita, Mark and Rachel          April 24 & 25                       and summer openings. Licensed, SRS
                                                                                                                                                                                  contracted, early childhood degree.
                                                                                                                                                  Maps April 21                   Call Pam at 316-323-4645.
Reynolds and brother Loyd         law Debbie and Clayton Mills       Charvat of Wichita, Rachel          Whiteside of Olathe, Joshua
Reynolds.                         of Cunningham; grandchil-          Skeels of Lincoln, Neb. and         Whiteside of Wichita, Becky         150+ SALES!                          Sarah’s Daycare in Valley Center
                                                                                                                                                                                  has openings for all ages. Healthy
                                                                                                                                           SPONSORED BY VC CHAMBER
    Other survivors are daugh-    dren and spouses Ryan and          Karensa Skeels of Wichita;          and Cliff Hodges of Ranson,                                              meals, structured play, loving envi-
ter and son-in-law Cheryl and     Micky McCune of Benton;            stepchildren Heather Rhubot-        W.V., Allison Lonneke of                                                 ronment. Licensed and SRS contract-
Ben Hardgraves of Wichita;        Carrie Mills of Wichita, Chad      tom of Kallispell, Mont., and       Harper’s Ferry, W.V., Dayton 24 Special Notices                          ed. Call Sarah 806-3757.
                                  and Cori Mills of Star, Ida.;                                          Wetzel of University Place,                                              Licensed daycare. College degree
sister and brother-in-law Viola                                      Gary and Gregory Oswald of                                                                                   in early childhood. 20 years experi-
and Gerald Petersen of Wich-      and great-grandchildren Anaya      Wichita; brother Tom Skeels         Wash., Walter and Polly Berry Host families are needed for in-           ence. Infancy to school-age, before-
ita; brother and sister-in-law    and Sophia McCune, Cadell          of Omaha; sisters Pat Mittan        of Wichita and Skip and Mary ternational exchange students for the       and after-school care. Transportation
                                                                                                                                       2009-10 school year. The students
Leonard and Pam Reynolds          Mills and one on the way.          of Arvada, Colo., Peggy Den-        Lonneke of Dallas, and nu-    will arrive from Europe, Asia and
                                                                                                                                                                                  available. 500 Stoneridge. Call Chris-
of Quapaw, Okla.; grandchil-         Memorials to Harry Hynes        nis of Kensington and Chairy        merous cousins and friends.                                              tina, 755-2841.
                                                                                                                                       South America in mid-August 2009
dren Delania, Jamie, Kayla,       Memorial Hospice.                  Melander of Shawnee, and               A memorial has been        and will stay with the host family for
                                                                                                                                                                                  28 Professional Services
Lucy, Dalton and Dillon, and         Carlson Funeral Home of         eight grandchildren.                established with the Re-      either one semester or until the end
                                                                                                                                       of the school year. They are in need
great-grandchildren Kelsey,       El Dorado had charge.                                                  spite Outreach Care for       of caring American families with or
                                                                                                                                                                                  Piano, voice and recorder lessons.
Rose, Allie, Jocelyn and Jalyn.                                          HARRISON WETZEL                 Kansans Organization Inc.                                                Child and adult lessons, beginner to
                                                                                                                                       without children to provide a home
                                         CURTIS PERRY                                                    (R.O.C.K.O.), 1400 Terradyne and share with them this unique ex-         advanced levels. Experienced profes-
Memorials to American Lung                                              Harrison Andrew Wet-                                                                                      sional instructor, B.A. in musicology
Association, 6401 E. Beachy,         Curtis Leroy Perry, 71,         zel, 2, nephew of Steve and         Drive, Andover, KS 67002;     perience. The host family provides a
                                                                                                                                                                                  and composition. Call Betsy 316-806-
                                  brother and brother-in-law of                                          www.rockoinc.org.             bed, meals, friendship, understand-
Wichita, 67206.                                                      Sally Buxton of Bel Aire, died                                    ing and a genuine desire to share the
                                                                                                                                                                                  9608.
                                  Lula and John McCray of Bel        March 20, 2009. Service was            Broadway Mortuary had      American way of life with a student           $7 for 25 words or fewer.
     ARNELLA LINDSAY              Aire, died March 10, 2009. He      March 25 at Holy Cross Lu-          charge.                       from overseas. The students speak             Deadline: Noon April 24
    Arnella Jean Lindsay, 49,     was a retired Love Box Com-        theran Church with graveside                                           English, are covered by medical in-           CALL 755-0821
wife of Mark Lindsay of Bel       pany employee. Service was         service at Walnut Hill Cem-
Aire, died March 1, 2009.         March 14 at Chisholm Trail         etery in Kingman.
Memorial service was March        Church of God.                        He was born Sept. 5, 2006,
13 at Lakeview Funeral Home.         Other survivors are daugh-      in Wichita to David C. and
    She was preceded in death     ter Rhonda Wilson of Wichita;      Marietta K. Wetzel. He was
by mother Cleo Yoder and          sisters Luella Smith of Wichita    a student at Jacob’s Learning
stillborn sisters Neta Fay Yo-    and Della Jackson of Chicago,      Ladder and was looking for-
der and Diane Dell Yoder.         and grandson Carlton Wilson        ward to attending Holy Cross
    Other survivors are daugh-    of Wichita.                        Lutheran School this fall with
ters Rachel Vest of Wichita,         Jackson Mortuary had            his big brother.
Lacy Foos of Loomis, Calif.,      charge.                               He was preceded in death
and Jacquelyn Foos of San                                            by his aunt, S. Elizabeth Horn.
Francisco; father Melvin                                                Other survivors are his par-
Yoder of Hesston, and brother
and sister-in-law Arlan and Ila
Yoder of Hesston                          The Auto Gent
      ELAINE McCUNE
   Elaine Dolores McCune,           Alignment & Brake Specialist
84, formerly of Benton, grand-
mother of Wendy Dunson
and her husband Scott of Bel                          ASE Certified
Aire, died March 5, 2009, in
Wichita. Graveside service
was March 13 at the Benton           Free shuttle service or pick-up and delivery
Cemetery.
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ter of Abram and Florence
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Rec                                    “They want to start work-
                                    ing on their high school, but
                                    they want to know they have
                                                                                                                                                                              Chaz Phibbs, 17, at-
                                                                                                                                                                              tempts to block a shot
                                                                                                                                                                              by Denzel Ward, 18, at
Continued from Page 1               athletic facilities available as                                                                                                          the Bel Aire Recreation
   Bel Aire city officials say       well,” Lasher said. “They are                                                                                                             Center.
the partnership could benefit        in no real hurry.”
both the school district and the
city.
   The city’s current recre-        Expand programs                                                                                                                           Chris Hunter
ation center was built in 1994.
Rec crews have since ex-                One of the concerns of citi-                                                                                                              O’Donnell told The Breeze
panded its indoor and outdoor       zens, Lasher said, deals with the                                                                                                         that she had not even discussed
facilities.                         recreation center’s programs.                                                                                                             the sale at council meetings and
   “With 20 acres, we have              “We are not going to sell the                                                                                                         wondered why O’Neal brought
built it out as much as we can;     land and get rid of our recre-                                                                                                            it up.
there is no room to expand,”        ation program,” Lasher said.                                                                                                                  O’Neal also brought up the
Lasher said. “If (USD 259)          “We see a chance to expand our                                                                                                            fact that Sunrise had attempted
built a new high school, part       rec program with 259 and have                                                                                                             to purchase the land in 2001
of the discussion has been,         a willing buyer, who is not in a                                                                                                          when he was mayor.
would they be interested in         hurry to take over. We want to                                                                                                                “It was a similar type of
sharing facilities if Bel Aire      continue utilizing the rec center                                                                                                         thing,” Hayes said. “They were
bought land adjacent to the         until we move to our new facil-                                                                                                           interested in the land because
school? And they said they          ity and (Sunrise) understands                                                                                                             they didn’t know if they could
would.”                             that. It is a long-term project we                                                                                                        purchase the facility, too. It was
   City officials said discus-       are getting the wheels turning                                                                                                            turned down by the council.”
sions are in the preliminary        on.”                                                                                                                                          Lasher said the process will
stages. It’s unclear when a fi-          Rec coach Scott Schul said                                                                                                            take several years because of
nal decision would be made. If      the rec center is a popular spot                                                                                                          several unknowns, such as the
the purchase happens, it would      in the community and believes                                                                                                             location, the facilities at the
be years before any changes         the city should have an agree-                                                                                                            future Wichita school and what
are made.                           ment and funding to relocate to                                                                                                           facilities Bel Aire needs.
                                    the new land.                                                                                                                                 “We have got a situation
                                        “I don’t want us to put ink on                                                                                                        where the opportunity has
Out of room                         paper until we prove we have
                                    something for the next step,”
                                                                                                                                                                              arisen to sell and the oppor-
                                                                                                                                                                              tunity is available for a new
    Bel Aire’s recreation direc-    Schul said. “We need to make                                                                                                              facility we don’t have to build
tor, Brian Hayes, said the          sure we have an agreement with                                                                                                            all by ourselves,” Lasher said.
city’s current recreation facil-    (USD) 259 on paper.”                                                                                                                      “We can partner with the school
ity has become too small.               Hayes said Schul’s fear is                                                                                                            district. We are always looking
    “We are built out,” he said.    common.                                                                                                                                   for win-win situations and that
“We added another ballfield              “There are some who think                                                                                                             is what we are looking at here.”
last year. There is little we       we would lose the programs,”                                                                                                                  While Hayes feels torn
could do. As far as outdoor         Hayes said. “There is some con-                                                                                                           between the proposal and the
facilities, we are maxed.”          cern about losing their neigh-                                                                                                            current recreation center, he
    Hayes said baseball is the      borhood park. Nothing has been                                                                                                            said something will have to be
center’s biggest attraction, but    done, and they are fine.”                                                                                                                  done.
can only take 400 kids, which           James Schmidt of Bel Aire                                                                                                                 “I think, in some regard,
is usually met rather quickly.      said he was not opposed to the                                                                                                            we are going to have to look at
    “With no lights, we can’t       sale of the center to Sunrise                                                                                                             something,” Hayes said. “Oth-
take more,” Hayes said. “We         Christian Academy, but felt Bel                                                                                                           erwise, people will get turned
have six fields and there have       Aire should get top dollar.                                                                                                               away, and we do turn away
been people out there since             “I don’t oppose the deal,”                                                                                                            people in the larger programs.
January. From now until after       Schmidt, a candidate for Bel                                                                                                              We don’t like to do that.”
July 4, they are booked.”           Aire City Council, said during
    Hayes said it is hard to turn   a council meeting last month.
children away because of the        “Sunrise is a good neighbor and
limited facilities.                 they do a lot for the community,     of the property at $970,000.      one come appraise the land         Sunrise to be involved in the    Wichita Appliance Service
    Hayes said baseball, bas-       but I want to see the city get top   Schmidt said Sedgwick County      again,” Lasher said.               decision-making.                 Air conditioning & appliances
ketball, soccer and taekwondo       dollar.”                             appraised the land at $1.7 mil-      Former Mayor Gary O’Neal           Sunrise teacher Peggy             Repair of all major brands
                                        A 2001 appraisal of the
were all at or above capacity
for the current facilities. Some    recreation center put the value
                                                                         lion.
                                                                            “We are going to have some-
                                                                                                           said he did not want anyone on
                                                                                                           the city council associated with
                                                                                                                                              O’Donnell is a member of the
                                                                                                                                              Bel Aire City Council.
                                                                                                                                                                                     744-0325
                                                                                                                                                                               Gary & Todd McCutcheon 831 W. 61st N.
activities have waiting lists.
    “We get people from Park
City because the youth pro-
gram (there) only deals with
baseball and softball,” Hayes
said. “We also get people
from Kechi and in the county
as well as Wichita. We really
hate to restrict the non-resi-
dent registrations, which we
have done a lot of already.”
    Lasher said Bel Aire is
looking at 60 to 80 acres to be
used near a potential USD 259
high school.
    “It will give us plenty of
room to expand our facilities
with 259,” Lasher said.
    To build new fields and
facilities, Lasher said the only
thing Bel Aire could do would
be to sell the existing center to
help with costs.
    “We have a buyer (Sun-
rise) who is willing to pay the
most for it because it is right
for them,” Lasher said. “This
would allow us to buy new
property, expand and work
with the new high school.”
    Lasher said city and recre-
ation staff members have been
exploring transition options.
    “We can’t just move to
a new facility tomorrow,”
Lasher said. “We told them
we need three to five years
to transition to a new facility,
have one built or work with
the school district. It may even
take more than five.”
    Lasher said members of the
recreation department have
been involved in the process
and have “mixed emotions”
about the proposal.
    “(Hayes) is sad to see it go,
but at the same time is excited
about a bigger facility,” Lash-
er said. “Brian has been there
from the beginning. He has
a lot of blood and sweat out
there. He takes a lot of pride
in the program, as he should.
At the same time, he sees the
opportunity to expand and
have a lot more facilities and a
lot more to offer the kids. We
can only have so many teams
and this opens up a lot of his
programs.”
    Hayes said he had been
involved with the discussions
about Sunrise, not USD 259.
    “We have been involved
and giving input,” Hayes said.
“It is still in the beginning
stages but there is a lot of
work to do to put the pieces to
the puzzle to see if we can get
it to fit.”
    Lasher said Sunrise was
onboard with Bel Aire’s plan.
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              ELECTION 2009: CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES (Vote for 3 in April 7 election)
David Austin                                           economic position so tax dollars can be allocated
                                                       for needed projects as well as future development
                                                                                                                               to 1996 and 2002 to pres-
                                                                                                                               ent; Bel Aire City Council
                                                                                                                                                                                         is time to bring new ideas
                                                                                                                                                                                         to the council. I have been
                                                       projects.                                                               member, 2005 to present.                                  watching and listening very
   Age: 36                                                                                                                     Involved with Awana (on                                   carefully, but really haven’t
   Political experience & community involve-                                                                                   the board); Bel Aire Day;                                 seen a new bright focus on
ment: Two years on Bel Aire Economic Devel-
opment Advisory Board, appointed by Mayor
                                                       Gary Breault                                                            several walks, including                                  the city’s problems. I am not
                                                                                                                               Buddy Walk and Race                                       afraid to ask the hard-hitting
                        Harold Smith; treasurer and       Age: 47                                                              for the Cure; volunteer at                                questions when it is time, as
                        campaign spokesperson             Political experience & community involve-                            other community events.                                   people have found out while
                        for Lynn Rogers’ re-elec-      ment: Bel Aire City Council member April 2005.                             Whare are you run-                                     I was part of the planning
                        tion campaign to USD 259       Bel Aire resident and owner of Heartland Animal                         ning for office? I have                                    commission. I would really
                        school board, 2005. Bel Aire                        Hospital located in Bel Aire    O’Donnell          had the privilege of serv-          Schmidt               like to bring back a sense
                        Recreation Commission                               since 2000.                                        ing on the council for the                                of pride in our community
                        volunteer softball coach;                              Whare are you run-                              past four years and really                                through hard work and de-
                        four years; Wichita Habitat                         ning for office? I believe       enjoyed the experience. I want to continue to          termination on land sales in both commercial and
                        for Humanity Board of Di-                           the administration I’ve         serve on the council and finish some of the             residential property.
                        rectors, two years; Wichita                         been working with over the      projects and responsibilities that Bel Aire has
                        Habitat for Humanity Public                         last four years has made        undertaken. Bel Aire is a wonderful place
Austin
                        Relations Committee chair-
                        man, four years; Kansas
                                                                            significant positive changes
                                                                            in Bel Aire. Mayor Smith is
                                                                                                            to live and work, and I would be honored to
                                                                                                            serve another term.
                                                                                                                                                                        MAYOR CANDIDATE
                        Chapter of Public Relations                         working very hard to keep
                        Society of America board                            this city moving forward                                                               Harold Smith
of directors, six years, chapter president in 2006;
selected to Wichita Business Journal “40 under         Breault
                                                                            through the very challenging    James B. Schmidt
                                                                            task of managing the land                                                                 Age: 76
40” in 2007.                                                                acquired by this city several      Age: 51                                                Political experience & community in-
   Whare are you running for office? I am                                    years ago. I would like to         Political experience & community involve-           volvement: City council, 1985 to 1989; plan-
running for city council because I want to serve       continue helping him with this important issue       ment: I have served on the Bel Aire Planning           ning commission, 1989 to 1990; city council,
the citizens of Bel Aire and ensure community          facing our city.                                     Commission for three years. My third year, I           1990 to 1991; mayor, 1991 to 1998; mayor,
strength and growth. I believe in fiduciary respon-                                                          served as chairman. Bel Aire has been my home          2007 to 2009. Member of REAP Water Com-
sibility and accountability, and I am concerned                                                             for more than 20 years, and during that time I
about the debt burden caused five years ago by          Peggy Sue O’Donnell                                  have served on the Bel Aire Day Committee for
                                                                                                                                                                   mittee and Bel Aire Lions Club.
                                                                                                                                                                      What are you running for office? I don’t
the water district, city hall and land purchase.                                                            three years and have volunteered at the Bel Aire       want to lose the momentum we now have on
My service on the Economic Advisory Board has            Age: 51                                            Recreation Center for many years. Coached soft-        selling land. I will do all I can to increase land
educated me well for this position. My goal as a         Political experience & community in-               ball at the rec center.                                sales. I will continue to keep you informed on
council member will be to strengthen Bel Aire’s        volvement: Precinct committeewoman, 1994                Whare are you running for office? I feel it          what is happening in city hall.




Logo will help city market itself
By Chris Hunter                     Aire decided to have a sim-                                             three meetings with them,”        green and light blue.                    months.
                                    pler logo designed.                                                     Lasher said. “We submitted            “Bel Aire is young and                   “It is going to take us a
   When driving through Bel            Lasher said the logo came                                            ideas to the governing body       growing, which goes in with              little while to get things go-
Aire, one may notice some-          about because of the need to                                            and city staff and they showed    the font,” Lasher said. “We              ing,” Lasher said. “It will be
thing new about city vehicles.      market Bel Aire.                                                        us what they wanted. They         know there is a long history             a process to move to that, but
   After years of marking              “As part of branding, you                                            came up with six and we gave      here and we know that it is              once we reach our goal it will
everything with the Bel Aire        want a logo that is simple                                              them feedback, then looked at     pretty open, which is where              be very recognizable.”
seal, the city has stepped in a     and identifiable,” Lasher                                                fonts and color schemes.”         the blue comes from. The                     Lasher said Bel Aire will
new direction with a logo.          said. “We knew we needed to                                                Lasher said the company        green is for environmental.              keep the seal because it is part
   “We had the city seal,”          come up with something. We              Lasher said the seal makes      did research on Bel Aire to       We were the first to have re-             of the history of Bel Aire.
Lasher said. “The difficult          want people to see it and say,      it hard for city vehicles to be     help design the logo.             cycling and no smoking. Even                 “It is part of the communi-
part about the seal is that it is   ‘That’s Bel Aire.’”                 noticed.                               While simple, Lasher said      the colors tie into Bel Aire.”           ty and we will use it on docu-
too detailed and difficult to           Lasher said Park City has a          “Unless you are right upon      the logo symbolized Bel Aire.         Lasher said the city is try-         ments,” Lasher said. “We will
read.”                              logo that has come to symbol-       it, you can’t tell where it is         “It has the City of Bel        ing to incorporate the logo              use the logo in the community
   Lasher said Bel Aire’s seal,     ize the town as well.               from,” Lasher said.                 Aire,” Lasher said. “It also      onto everything.                         and to market Bel Aire. There
like other cities’ seals, tells        “Derby and Park City have            Lasher said the city hired a    has a blue swish, what we             “Right now, we are getting           is nothing like it around here
about the heritage of the town      them,” Lasher said. “You see        firm, suggested by Weigand,          see is as air and wind and our    it on stationary,” Lasher said.          and the more we get it out
and its beginnings.                 them and you recognize them.        to design the logo for $700.        roots.”                           “We are ordering stickers for            there, the more recognizable it
   Recently, however, Bel           That is what we have done.”             “Basically, we had a couple        The logo is made dark          the trucks and eventually,               will be.”
                                                                                                                                              when it comes time, we are
                                                                                                                                              going to paint the logo on the



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                                                                                                                                                     Christ
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By Les Anderson                     hospitals.                          and making friends easily.          Marc said. “With the warmer
                                    His dad                                “That’s why we’re hoping         weather this week, I thought                  Welcome!                         in the Midwest —
   Marc Howell spent weeks          is an avid                          that my dad’s with someone          maybe he’d turn up. I thought         9:30 • Sunday School (youth/adult)
                                                                                                                                               8:15 • Service w/Comm. every Sun.
                                                                                                                                                                                         1st Sat. of each month
trying to find his dad.              reader,                             he knows that we don’t, and         maybe he’d find his way home
   Bill Howell went for a walk      so he’s                             he’s called them or found a         or call.”
                                                                                                                                                    10:45 • Traditional Service           6460 N. Broadway
                                                                                                                                                 with Communion 1st & 3rd Sun.
to the rec center, about three      looked at                           way to their house,” Marc               Bill occasionally gets a            Nursery provided                       Wichita KS 67219
blocks from home in Bel Aire,       the library.                        said, “and they’re letting him      little confused, but nothing      53rd North & Hillside, Wichita                (316) 744-9950
where he has lived with his         He’s                                stay there.”                        serious or permanent, his son
son Marc and wife Kim for           contacted                              The Bel Aire Police De-          said.
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about a year and a half.            veterans’                           partment has been extremely             “He had a good grasp of
   He didn’t return from his        officials,                           helpful, Marc said. Officers         reality,” Marc said, “but I’m
walk.                               and talked Bill Howell              have walked areas along the         not sure of his judgment, obvi-
   Marc’s brother and sister        to bus                              railroad tracks, and searched       ously.”
in California haven’t heard         drivers and                         in fields and around the lakes           Bill was last seen wearing
from their father recently.         taxi drivers.                       in the area, in case Bill had       a tan jacket and white tennis
Marc took off work several              Sometimes, Marc says, his       fallen and been injured.            shoes. He’s about 5-8, weighs
times to look for his dad. He,      dad will head someplace, but           But, like everyone’s efforts,    125 pounds and sometimes
his family and neighbors have       end up elsewhere. He usually        the searches haven’t produced       walks with a cane.
checked his dad’s favorite          calls his son and asks him to       any results. Someone did                Anyone who has seen Bill
restaurants and hangouts.           pick him up on his way home         report seeing Bill a couple of      is asked to call either the Bel
   Police took a photo of Bill      from work. Not this time,           days after he left home at Bob      Aire Police Department at
to the Lord’s Diner in Wichita,     though.                             and Luigi’s, a pizza restaurant     744-6000 or 911.
where his dad eats occasion-            Bill doesn’t drive, so he       at 45th North and Woodlawn.
ally. Marc spent a few early        walks a lot. He also exercises.        That was a good sign, Marc
evenings in the parking lot at      He’s in great shape for an 81-      said. But his dad’s disappear-
the diner, watching as patrons      year-old man.                       ance is becoming more of a
entered for the free evening            His dad is also fiercely in-     mystery as time goes on, he
meal, hoping to spot his dad.       dependent, Marc says, and has       added.
    Marc has checked all the        no problem talking to people           “It was cold when he left,”




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   Take Off Pounds Sensibly           University. She is employed by       high schools across the state
will host an event from 1 to          a legal mediation firm in Tulsa,      and other academically talented
4 p.m. April 4 at the Calvary         Okla.                                students were selected for this
Temple Assembly of God at                 Kristofer graduated from         designation based on their scho-
6227 N. Longmont in Park City.        Keller High School in Fort           lastic achievements.
   The event is free to attend.       Worth, Texas, and Wichita State         Each student was presented
   Guests will enjoy free mas-        University School of Entre-          with a certificate and special
sages, blood pressure checks          preneurship with a degree in         gift. In addition, students who
and reflexology. For more              business and marketing. He is        attended and meet appropri-
information call Pat Burch at         a manager with the Hal Smith         ate deadlines will be awarded
744-0406.                             Restaurant group, operators          a $1,000 scholarship to attend
               †††                    of Redrock Canyon Grill.             WSU.
   Mr. and Mrs. Guy MacDon-               The couple will be married          Amber Whittaker and Lucas
ald of Bel Aire announce the          in July in Sayulita, Mexico, and     Young, both of Bel Aire, were
engagement of their daughter          will reside in Tulsa.                among the students from Wichi-
Lauren Lillig MacDonald to                            †††                  ta Heights who were honored.
Kristofer Blake Poetker, son of           More than 350 of Kansas’            Sunrise Christian Academy
Mr. and Mrs. James Poetker of         top high school juniors were         students honored were Laura
Wichita.                              honored recently at Wichita          Cantrell and Jaimie Dungan,
   Lauren graduated from              State University’s annual            both of Kechi, and Katrina
Heights High School and               Presidential Scholars Day. The       Beck and Alexandra Echart of
attended Wichita State                top 10 percent of juniors from       Wichita.


CHURCH HIGHLIGHTS
Christ Lutheran Church                City Christian Church building at    youth group activities from 4 to 6
   Sunday services are at 8:15        2230 E. 61st North in Park City.     p.m. E-mail uumc2220@uumc.
and 10:45 a.m. The church is lo-      The church’s phone number is         net; phone 686-6765. Rev. Phil
cated at 5356 N. Hillside, across     755-3070. Its Web site is www.       Shull is the pastor.
from Heights High School at           gccks.org and its e-mail address
53rd North and Hillside, and on       is mwthorne@gccks.org.                  Send your church’s upcom-
the Web at www.christ-lutheran.                                            ing events and service times to
org.                                  Kechi United Methodist               legals@arkvalleynews.com or
   Call 744-1242 for details.            Sunday worship services           call 755-0821.
The church e-mail address is          are at 9:03 and 11, with Sunday
office@clc.kscoxmail.com.             school at 10 a.m.
                                         Communion is offered at both
Church of the                         worship services. Nursery is
Resurrection                          provided.
   Church of the Resurrection            Men’s and women’s Bible
(Roman Catholic) is located at        studies are at 7 p.m. on Mon-
4910 N. Woodlawn in Bel Aire.         days.
   Masses for the Lord’s Day             Exercise groups meet each
are Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and         week. Pilates are at 6 p.m. on
Sunday at 8:30 and 11:00 am.          Tuesdays and Thursdays. Yoga is
Weekday Masses are 8 a.m.             6:30 p.m. at the Kechi City Hall.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday                Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. is
and Friday; also at 6:30 p.m. on      children’s choir, with chancel
Wednesday.                            choir at 7:30.
   Resurrection Catholic School          The church is located at
has students from preschool           4533 E. 61st North in Kechi,
through eighth grade.                 phone 744-1221, www.kechi-
   The parish/school Web site is      umc.org. Its e-mail address is
www.resurrectionwichita.com.          kechiumc@sbcglobal.net. Guy
Phone number is 744-2776. Rev.        E. Rendoff is pastor.
Sherman A. Orr is the Pastor.
                                      Park City
Crossroads                            Christian Church
Friends Church                           Sunday worship service is at
   Crossroads Friends Church          9 a.m. with Sunday school at 10.
meets at Stucky Middle School         Bill Nestelroad is pastor of the
(east from 45th North and Hill-       church, located at 2230 E. 61st
side) at 10 a.m. every Sunday,        North. Phone is 744-0493 or
with our worship experience in        744-2091.
the school cafeteria starting at
10:30.                                Park City Church
   Every Sunday at Crossroads         of the Nazarene
includes a Moonwalk for kids,             Sunday school for all ages
Crossroads Cafe and Coffee bar,       begins at 9:30 a.m. Morning
relevant and engaging messages,       worship and children’s church is
cutting-edge music with a live        at 10:45.
band and a dynamic Crossroads             Wednesday Bible study for
Kids program.                         adults begins with sandwiches
   Lead pastor is Jeff Mullen, a      and chips at 6:15 p.m.
teacher at Heights High School.           The church is located at 2100
Church office phone number is         E. 61st North in Park City. The
361-0407; online at www.cross-        phone number is 744-0000.
roadswichita.com.
                                      Pine Valley
Fairmount United                      Christian Church
Church of Christ                         Located at 5620 E 21st North.
    The church is located at 1605     Sunday school at 9 a.m. with
Fairmount in Wichita. Adult and       worship at 10:15. For more
children’s Sunday school classes      information call 685-2421.
begin at 9:15 a.m. with worship
service at 10:30. Michael Poage       University United
is the pastor. For more informa-      Methodist Church
tion, please call 682-1597 or visit      Located across from the WSU
at www.fairmountucc.com.              campus at 21st & Yale. Sunday
                                      activities include adult and youth
Grace Community Church                educational classes at 9:15 a.m.
  The church meets in the Park        tradtional service at 10:30 and




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