Kansas Honor Flight volunteers escorted 26 Kansas World War II veterans on an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. The Kansas veterans will have the opportunity to visit not only the memorials erected to honor their service to our country, but many other sites, including Arlington National Cemetery. Even though many government activities are currently shut down, these aging Kansas veterans are given special consideration.
The financial support of a grateful public enables these men and women to experience this memorable trip. During the past year, Kansas Honor Flight has been able to escort more than 250 of these men and women veterans to our nation's capital. In the near future, efforts will be focused on identifying and escorting our Kansas Korean War veterans followed by our Kansas Vietnam War veterans.
Mike VanCampen, president of Kansas Honor Flight, will be the leader for the flight this week. Guardians who pay their own expenses to ensure safe travel and the veterans were to depart from Kansas City and Wichita. They return Friday afternoon into Kansas City at 3:25 p.m. and into Wichita Mid-Continent Airport at 8:20 p.m. The public is invited to come out and greet these Kansas heroes upon their return.
"Wichita Heroes Welcome Home" — use the free park-and-ride departing from Burlington Coat Factory, 613 S. Dugan Road, West Wichita. First shuttle bus departs at 7:30 p.m. Friday. A shuttle bus will run from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Family and friends of Kansas veterans as well as the veterans are encouraged to contact Kansas Honor Flight at (620) 546-2400 or visit www.kansashonorflight.org for more information. Tax-deductible contributions may be sent to Kansas Honor Flight, Box 2371, Hutchinson, KS 67504.
Senior center double pinochle
Carol Bradford won high in the three tables of senior center double pinochle played Monday at the Senior Center of Finney County, 907 N. 10th St. Delores Atkinson took second place. Third went to Bob Ellis.
Senior center pitch
Maybelle Bowen won high in the three tables of senior center pitch played Tuesday at the Senior Center of Finney County, 907 N. 10th St. Second place went to Phyllis Loper. Isabel Finch took third.
The Garden City Duplicate Bridge Club had a regular session Sunday and welcomed Orene Crawford, who recently moved here from Joplin, Mo. The session produced 22 games, eight in no-trump, plus four slams. Ron Patrick and Dorothy Bartlett took first place with a 64 percent game. Virginia Enslow and Shirley Klotz took second.
Monday, a 28-board Howell movement proved quite competitive as 21 games were made while the single slam bid failed. May Craig and Jon Kempton took first place with a 64 percent game. Diane Woolwine and Klotz took second. Barlett and Enslow were third.
Tuesday's small session saw 12 games split between suits and no-trump while the single slam succeeded. Kempton and Enslow took first place, one point ahead of Roger Morris and Bartlett.
Regular games begin at 7 p.m. Monday, 1:15 p.m. Tuesday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Senior Center of Finney County, 907 N. 10th St., with all bridge players welcome. For partners, call Jon Kempton at 276-2876.