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2017 - June

ttn logoJune, 2017: Welcome to my latest adventure!

Kim Schultz

Summer is finally here and my calendar is full! I am blessed with my family and friends. I still have some work to do but life is pretty good! Enjoy June!

"In a Flash" - By Annette Hope Billings

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Annette Billings

Website: http://anetfullofhope.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Anetfullofhope

Hello readers. In addition to poetry, I love writing fiction! Each month I will write a form of fiction, thusly named because of its brevity. Each story will have a Topeka connection. All characters and situations will be fictitious, but I'll include real Topeka locations. Enjoy and be generous with feedback!

 

Portulacas

The cemetery groundskeeper climbed off his mower and walked towards the mound of dark dirt topping a new grave. When a marker was eventually placed it would read “Delilah Estelle Jones,

         November 12, 1922-April 11, 2017.

Her internment had been the day before. He’d turned his mower off when her funeral procession entered the cemetery gate. The line of cars had been very short.

He stood at her graveside now and admired the floral spray which had lain on her casket. It was an arrangement of yellow roses—her favorite flowers she’d told him once. The cool temperatures overnight had allowed the blooms to keep drooping at bay.

He’d met her a year before. She came to the cemetery every Friday. Her King James bible in hand, she’d sit on a bench to read scriptures out loud and pray. She would sing too—“Old Rugged Cross,” “Victory in Jesus,” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” While she sang she would plant flowers around the markers of her two sons’ graves. It was the flower planting that caused them to become acquainted. As he mowed near her on the day that met, he noticed what she was doing. The cemetery did not allow flower planting and there were posted notices about this at several locations around the grounds. He had walked over to where she was— down on her knees, hands in the soil.

“Ma’am, he said gently, “did the office tell you that you can not plant flowers in the ground in this cemetery? You can place flowers in pots by the graves or put flowers in the vases of the markers, but no inground planting is allowed.”

She’d glanced up at him, “I may place flower pots,”she said, correcting his English.

He instantly felt nine-years-old which made sense later when he learned she’d been a grade school teacher.

“You may place flower pots,” he acquiesced.

“That’s better,”was her crisp reply, “now help me get up, please.”

He extended a hand which she took and stood with much less help than he’d imagined she’d need.

Rubbing her hands together to brush off dirt, she introduced herself.

“Yes, they told me about the no-planting rule, but losing my two boys was about as broken as any rule could get, don’t you think?”

He didn’t have a response.

She had continued, “The death of a child is out of natural order of things. It creates a kind of sad that makes your bones weep. Planting these flowers helps my bones weep less. How could anything be wrong about that?

“I’m so sorry, Delilah,” he’d responded.”

“Sorry” is not going to unbreak my heart, Young Man, and I haven’t given you permission to call me by my first name!”

“I apologize, Mrs. Jones—”

She cut him off with a wave of her hand and, “Call me “Miss Delilah.”” She smile and so did he.

“These flowers,” she explained pointing, “are Portulacas. They won’t grow very tall and no one will notice them.” He knew the discussion was over.

That day began their ritual. Every Friday afternoon she would plant flowers while he looked the other way and mowed. He’d let the flowers remain over the weekend then pull them up on his Monday morning rounds before the office staff arrived.

When he hadn’t seen her the previous Friday he worried. He considered asking the office for her contact information—just to call and see if she was okay. But decided that would be too awkward. A computer search a couple of days later yielded her obituary and confirmed his concerns. He was surprised to read her age; she looked much younger. But what confounded him most was there was no mention of her having any sons— deceased or otherwise. He wondered whose graves she had been decorating and why she had described them as sons.

It didn’t matter, he decided, he would miss her. He spoke a soft prayer at the gravesite and made his way back to the mower. The next day would be a Friday. He made a mental note to buy enough Portulica to plant around all three graves.

Annette Hope Billings

 

 

 

Kim's Excellent Adventures

Dogsitting in Topeka - Well the weather actually worked in my favor so I could not only hang out with the dogs but hang out by the pool!  May to October, spend a lot of time living out of a suitcase! 

Dawn's 50th Birthday: The party continues as my high school friends catch up to the 50 club! Such a great time with friends. The best part is knowing how busy people are and they still find the time to hang out with their best friends from 35 years ago! I was lucky to have the life I did, growing up! Wouldn't change a thing!

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Meeting with Chris: My family has been working together our entire lives! It isn't always rainbows and sunshine. Ok, maybe rainbows but not always sunshine! If you have even had to work with family you know what I am talking about. This meeting was different then most meetings. This meeting was about my brother, Chris, venturing out on his own! Making sure that Frank and I would have everything covered so he could do something even bigger and better than any of his other projects. For the past 5 years, Chris has volunteered to help locally owned businesses and non profits produce video segments and promote their business. He was a branch off of The Topeka Newsletter. He took what I am doing and made it more techy and added life to it with video and television. He picked a much more time consuming hobby!! However, he now has a video collection of tons of businesses and non profits for anyone to view. This meeting however was to announce that he wanted to fun for Mayor. I wasn't immediately supportive because I know how horrible people can be and I wasn't sure if he was ready to be attacked. He assured us he was ready! I am very proud of my little brother for wanting to take this step and try to help Topeka even more! So, on May 22, 2017 Chris Schultz announced his run for Mayor of Topeka! For more information you can visit

https://www.facebook.com/SchultzMayor/

http://yourtopeka.com/

http://SchultzMayor.com/ 

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Kolton: I take whatever time I can get with this little dude! Jason invited me to one of his baseball games! He looks so handsome in his uniform and out there chomping his gum.  I also took him to Gage park where we talked 2.28 miles! Gage Park is not set up to walk but be made it happen! Then he climbed around on the toys in the park for a bit!

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More pretty toes- They out did themselves this time!

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NHRA Drags and Heartland Park- The last time I attended this race, I was in charge of all the liquor for all the bars and suites. I worked with Engroff Catering. It was nice to just get to go and enjoy the races again!. My friend Ryan, (Monday night beer buddy) had a suite and invited me! I asked my friend Tom if he wanted to go and he was skeptical at first. He had never been but agreed to go for a couple hours. Long awesome fun day story short, we didn't leave until the very end and he is now a new fan! The day was cold but the crowd was still big! Topeka is lucky to still have this gem! A big thank you goes out to the new owners/Managing partners of Heartland Park Topeka! YOU ROCK!

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One Heart Project- My friend Maria Copeland thought I would be the perfect person for them to contact about this new organization! After my meeting with Victor Hercules, I think she was right! More to come on this but until then please check out their website and find out what they are all about! http://www.oneheart.com/

One Heart Project

Memorial Day Weekend- Nothing says, start of Summer vacation better than Memorial Day weekend!

Friday: My friend Anthony invited Frankie and I to see Yalapolooza at Sandstone, ok they now call it Providence Medical something but to me, it is Sandstone!  The weather was perfect and we had a lot of fun. We started out with Mexican food and margaritas! I had no clue who the country performers were but I did recognize a few songs!

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Saturday: Well the rain sort of ruined our pool plans so Frankie and I went out for more Mexcian food and went to a movie. We picked, Snatched! A very funny comedy! Some of it was just wrong! I still laughed though!  Next we grabbed dinner at Johnnies and headed to Jerry's Bait Shop to meet up with Tom.

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Sunday: Tom and I headed to the park and walked 7 miles! His first long walk of the summer so I took it easy on him!  After a nap, we walked to a local Mexican restaurant (Yes, three days in a row.) for dinner and then later that night we went to Jerry's to listen to a pretty good band!

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Monday: Up early to get in 6.5 more miles and then it was time to head home! I stopped by Hollywood Casino to spend my free money and ended up staying 3 hours! I walked about with all my money! That is a win for me!!  Came back to Topeka, went grocery shopping with my daughter and then made dinner and passed out!  Having fun is hard work!

Meeting with another mover and shaker - I am always excited to meet people who have a dream and want to make it happen in Topeka! This isn't usually an easy task but my newest friend is going to make things happen! More to come later! We met at Pigskins and also enjoyed live music!

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The Naked Magicians - What an awesome show! If you have the chance to see these guys, don't miss it! I ran into so many people that I know! Topeka does offer a variety of things to do, you just have to get out and do them!

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EverythingTopeka.com All Star Team

I would like to introduce you to my 2017 All Star Team

My team is made up of amazing people who live and work in Topeka! They are sure to add some fun and knoweledge to The Topeka Newsletter!

 

Desmond Henry Desmond Henry - Afflora Financial Life Planning

A Financially Fit Life Offers Real Abundance

Desmond Henry is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™& founder of Afflora Financial Life Planning, a fee-only financial planning firm in Topeka, Kansas that specializes in working with women, retirees, & clients in their 20s & 30s. Desmond has been quoted in U.S. News & World Report, Yahoo! News, TK Business Magazine, & recognized as one of Topeka’s ‘Top 20 Under 40 Business Leaders’.

 

 

 annette hope billings new Annette Billings - Author/Writer

"In a Flash" - By Annette Hope Billings

Annette Hope Billings is a Topeka ArtsConnect Arty award-winning poet dubbed by her fans as "Maya of the Midwest." Her body of work includes poetry, short stories and plays. A nurse for decades before becoming a full-time writer, her deep penchant for caring comes through clearly in her writing. Her previous books include "A Net Full of Hope" (2015) and her recently published, "Descants for a Daughter." Her work has also been included in several anthologies of poetry and short stories. Website: http://anetfullofhope.com/Facebook.com/anetfullofhopeTwitter: @annettebilling3Amazon: tinyurl.com/anfohbookYouTube: tinyurl.com/anfohvideos

 

 

 

 

 Robin Bonsall

Robin Bonsall - Realtor/Actor/Wife/Mom

Neighborhood News: REALTOR® Robin style

About Realtor Robin

Robin is a born and raised Topekan who, as a youth, always thought she'd go far, far away from Kansas.  As an adult, Robin has discovered so many wonderful things about this community that make her proud to be rooted in Topeka. :)  Ever the performer, Robin spends a fair amount of "free time" volunteering on-stage, backstage, and in other capacities with Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy and with the Ad Astra Theatre Ensemble, a budding grassroots theatre company in the area.  When theatre isn't consuming her free time, Robin enjoys family bike rides, pretending to garden, singing lullabies to her babe, doing laundry (does one really enjoy this?) and supporting her husband in his hobby: UAV & Drone building!  There is never a dull moment in the Bonsall household. :)

Robin and her husband, Graham, have been blissfully married since August of 2009.  In 2013, they successfully brought a tiny human into the world. He has been terrorizing the family chihuahua, Joplin, and changing Robin & Graham's view of "the world" ever since.   LoveTopekaHomes.com

 

Chris Schultz

Chris Schultz - President Tinkham Veale Creative and Founding Partner - Schultz Management, LLC

Being an Entrepreneur

Chris was born and raised in Topeka.  He is a graduate of Shawnee Heights High School and he attended Washburn University where he earned his B.A. in Theatre. In May of 2002, he opened Field Of Greens restaurant in Downtown Topeka. It wasn’t long before his family started getting even more involved in the company, which was the catalyst that grew his dream to include the opening of The Break Room and The Gourmet Cabaret Theater. Chris and his family were recently honored by Topeka Civic Theatre when they were presented with the prestigious Waldo B. Heywood award. In 2011, The Jayhawk Area Council of the Boy Scouts named Chris as one of the 20 Under 40 business leaders in Topeka. Chris is the creator of GabLocal.TV and serves as the President & Executive Producer of its parent company, Tinkham Veale Creative.

 

Chelsea Howe

Chelsea Ellis - Graphic Designer/Artist

Ampathetic Wannabe

Chelsea Howe is an award winning comic strip artist whose work has been published on a collegiate level. Her work has earned her first place in comics in 2013, second for online comic content in 2014, first place in illustrations in 2015, and second in infographics in 2016 at the Kansas Collegiate Media Conference. She was also the 150th Washburn University Yearbook editor-in-chief which took silver at state in 2016 and also won her the Most Outstanding Student Media Award for her hard work and dedication during Washburn's 2015 Mass Media Banquet. Her graphic design talents know no bounds, from designing play/musical posters and programs for well known local establishments, a jazz concert series and an award winning director, to the posters advertising local Topeka fundraisers, such as the 2014 Downtown Adventure Race Topeka. Her vast versatility extends to privately commissioned local business logos, short notice clip art and page layout for the award winning Washburn Review and Bod Magazine, and graphic assets for the local TV show Talk About Topeka. Her work has also been featured in juried shows at the Mulvane Art Museum.

In 2016, for the beginning of TPACs 25th Anniversary season, she won their public logo competition amongst all other entries and is excited to see all the new shows with her reward of season tickets.

When she's not working on graphic work she can be found exercising, sewing, foam armor crafting, playing Destiny, or catching up on her shows on Netflix.  http://manualjump.wixsite.com/portfolio/about-me

 

Kristi Pankratz

Kristi Pankratz - Safe Streets

Cathing Up With Kristi

Kristi Pankratz is the Director of Safe Streets and Prevention Services at Prevention and Recovery Services (PARS) in Topeka. Safe Streets is dedicated to creating a healthier community by addressing crime through prevention education and citizen empowerment. Programs include Neighborhood Watch and National Night Out, among others. Kristi is an experienced public relations administrator who has served the Topeka community in public service roles for the past 15 years. She has a background in public safety, public health and prevention. Prior positions she has held include: spokesperson for the Topeka Police Department, Communications Director for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Community Prevention Specialist for PARS. She is a Topeka native and graduate of Washburn Rural High School, Tabor College in Hillsboro, KS and Washburn University.

 

 

Anthony CayAnthony Cay

Owner: Total Fitness Body Zone

Organized Chaos VS Fitness Confusion

History
I’d like to say I fell into this business, but the reality is this business called me.
I worked at a local gym here in town as a personal trainer in 2011.
I really enjoyed the training aspect of my job and working with people. I just didn’t appreciate how the company mistreated their clients. The lack of listening of clients need and wants. I chose to provide a service that clientele would be able to benefit from physically and still be economically feasible. In August of 2011 Total Fitness Body was born.
Purpose
The purpose of this company is to promote healthy lifestyles and provide fitness training and nutritional education to all age groups and all fitness levels including beginner, advanced, and or professional. Our focus is on safety first and always. Provide first class training and face to face customer service, the attention to these details have set this company apart from all the rest.

Background
I am a current Sergeant and Combat Medic in the United States Army. I have been an EMT for 11 years and a Certified Personal trainer for 6yrs. I have played all physical sports and have received advanced training in all of them. Some of the sports would include football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, tennis, softball, track wrestling and Jiu-jitsu just to name a few.  

So while I will definitely kick your butt with a great workout, I will always keep your safety as my number one priority.  
Services:
Weight loss and strength conditioning
Post rehab transitional therapy
Body building
Sport Specific Athletic Training

 

Tricia Peterson

 

Tricia Peterson

Experience Restaurants with Tricia

http://tastingtopeka.blogspot.com/

Tricia Peterson is a Kansas native and Washburn University graduate who loves living in Topeka. At Washburn she studied Mass Media and from there began her local food review blog, Tasting Topeka. She grew up north of Topeka in the small town of Mayetta where she graduated from Royal Valley.  Now she owns a small catering company, 2 Chefs Catering and runs her blog from home. Tricia enjoys reading fiction, studying history, going to see live music and writing about food and entertainment.

 

 

 

Barbara Waterman Peters

Barbara Waterman-Peters

The View From my NOTO Studio

Local Artist, Owner: Studio 831 (NOTO)

Barbara Waterman-Peters Barbara Waterman-Peters, (BFA, Washburn University, MFA, Kansas State University, Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, Washburn University) whose award-winning work is in museum, corporate and private collections, is represented by several galleries. She was a founding member of the Collective Art Gallery (1987-2014) and is a charter member of Circle of 7.  She has shown regionally, nationally and internationally in over 250 solo, invitational and juried exhibitions.  
Waterman-Peters taught at Washburn and Kansas State Universities as well as Lassen Community College in California.  Currently, she writes about art and artists for TOPEKA, LAWRENCE and KANSAS! Magazines. She also writes an “Artist of the Month” online for TOPEKA Magazine.
She has received a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Achievement from the State of Kansas and the Monroe Award from the Washburn University Alumni Association. In 2011 she was awarded the ARTY for Distinguished Visual Artist from ARTSConnect in Topeka.
For many years, Waterman-Peters has been the staff artist for the Andrew and Georgia Neese Gray Theater at Washburn University.
She served on the Quality of Life team for Heartland Visioning part of which then became the original NOTO Board.  In addition, she served as co-chair of the CREATe group, another facet of HV. In 2010 she became the first Core Artist in NOTO, founding STUDIO 831.

 

 

I will add my stars to the page, as I meet with them! Check back to see who will be helping make this newsletter come alive!

Experience Restaurants With Tricia

Tricia Peterson

 

Tricia Peterson

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Hot Weather Means Cool Dessert

Although the past few days have been cool, and I mean 68 degrees at the end of June cool, the rest of the summer has been hot and it usually is. I’m not sure what’s going on out there lately, but it’s sure to heat up by the Fourth of July, which is next week already. I can’t believe our patriotic holiday is right around the corner. What this means to me is I’ve been making a lot of angel food cake for dessert, and not just for myself but for people I sell food to.

Most people just run to the store and grab the pre-made angel food cake in the produce section, usually located beside the strawberry cooler. I used to do the same thing until I decided to try and make my own one day. The first time I ever tried it, I was in culinary school and missed the lesson that day because I was sick. It was the only day I missed in this class and I decided to go ahead and try to make it at home by myself, just so I could say I tried and did it. It wasn’t successful.

What makes angel food cake hard to make is that you have to whip egg white and slowly fold them in to a flour and sugar mixture. You can’t whip the egg whites too much or the cake won’t rise enough and you can’t fold the mixture together and over mix it or it will fall. The first time I made it I tried not to over mix it but ended up under mixing it, so when I cut into the cooled cake, sugar fell out of an air pocket. Needless to say, it wasn’t very tasty.

I took a few years off from trying that again, but recently I was gifted some angel food cake pans. These pans are specifically made for angel food cake because the have little legs that stick out from the top of the pan. These are so you can flip the cake upside down when it’s hot and set it down on the legs and let it cool that way. The reason for this is so the cake doesn’t fall. The egg white are not very stable leaveners and this helps the air pockets cool firmly inside. When using a bundt cake pan, you can always find a bottle with a thin cap that you can sit the middle of the pan on it while it cools. So basically, you don’t really need the special pan if you have a bundt cake pan and a bottle.

I’ve perfected the technique at this point and I love making the stuff. I’ve sold it on a few occasions lately and have had the opportunity to eat a few pieces myself. I just can’t eat the store bought stuff any more. It’s just not the same. It’s also not too expensive to make if you buy the egg whites separate, that way you don’t have to waste the yolk or find another use for them. I usually save them for creme brulee but I don’t always have to make that.

If you’re interested in trying my angel food cake, let me know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I can sell a whole angel food cake that can be cut into 16-20 pieces for $15. Add some fresh berries and whipped cream and you have the perfect summer dessert.

 

                

Guest Star: Jen Reviews - Choosing the Best Home Security Products

After searching the internet our friends at Jen Reviews came across, The Topeka Newsletter, and asked if I would like to share their article on Home security. Desmond Henry had brought up the subject in his blog for the January edition. https://www.everythingtopeka.com/the-topeka-newsletter/2017-january  They actually had some more Science Backed information to help with Home Security. The really cool thing is that they are in New Zealand. The internet has opened the possibility of relationships to other countries that would not have happened otherwise. When the internet is used for good, great things happen. Here is a snipit of their article: To veiw the entire article please visit, https://www.jenreviews.com/best-home-security-system/.  

Science-Backed Guide to Choosing the Best Home Security Products (+12 Home Security Tips)

Even in a relatively safe community, home invasions are a real problem. In the US, home invasions happen every nine minutes.

The scariest thing is that many burglaries don’t happen in empty homes. There may be someone at home. Home security systems and products don’t just keep your valuables safe. It can keep your family and loved ones safe from any danger.

Your safest bet is a full security system. But those can be expensive and difficult to maintain. They will also require professional help.

You can set up your own home security system however - here is a detailed guide that covers everything you should consider.

Table of Contents

Door Locks

Fireproof Safe and Gun Safe

Alarms and Sensors

Smart Home Security Products

Fakes and tricks

Additional Home Security Tips

 

A Financially Fit Life Offers Real Abundance

Desmond Henry

 

A Financially Fit Life Offers Real Abundance

Desmond Henry, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™

 

 

About the Author:

Desmond Henry is a fee-only CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner & founder of Afflora Financial Life Planning in Topeka, Kansas that specializes in working with independent women, millennial HENRYs (High Earners, Not Rich Yet), & the retiring/retired to improve their financial lives.

Desmond has been quoted in U.S. News & World Report, Yahoo! News, Credit.com, TK Business Magazine, & recognized as one of Topeka’s ‘Top 20 Under 40 Business Leaders’.

 

How Safe is My Pension?

May 30, 2017 Retirement Financial Planning Investing

Over the last few years we’ve heard about the financial difficulties facing many public and private pension plans.

United Airlines declared bankruptcy in 2002 and a federal judge ruled that the airline’s four pension plans could be turned over the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), the government’s backstop for private pension plans. Beneficiaries continued to receive their benefits, but some higher salaried employees saw their monthly payments reduced based on the limits of PBGC coverage.

Several years ago, the city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy. Among the casualties were recipients of pensions from various city departments. The reductions in their monthly benefit checks varied, but the cuts were widespread. Other underfunded state and municipal pension funds are feeling the pinch, case in point is the state of Illinois and the city of Chicago teacher’s pension.

Here in Kansas, the KPERS system has been in the news with its funding issues.

Here’s what you need to know about your pension’s safety.

 

Who stands behind my pension?

 

Pension obligations are a liability of private sector employers who offer them. This is no different than with a bank loan or with bonds issued by the company. Failure to make good on their pension obligations can force a company into bankruptcy.

For private sector pensions for companies such as Westar Energy, Goodyear Tire, and Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Kansas the backstop should something happen is the PBGC. Should a private employer be unable to make good on its pension obligation, in most cases the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC), an independent governmental agency, will step in and cover the pension obligations of the company up to their limits. The maximum benefit they will guarantee depends upon the year in which the plan was terminated and your age among other factors.

 

QUICK STAT: In 2016, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) paid $45,602,854 to 5,651 Kansas retirees in failed plans. (Source: PBGC)

 

For state and municipal pensions, such as KPERS, it is typically the entity and the taxpayers who ultimately are responsible for making good on the pension obligation. City, county, school, fire, police, and state employees are among those covered by KPERS.

A 2013 article in Think Advisor using data from the Standard and Poors and Fitch rating agencies compiled by CNBC, ranked Kansas in a tie for the 6th worst funded status for it pension plan among all 50 states. This isn’t to say that anyone entitled to a pension won’t receive it, but this is certainly a motivating force behind pension legislation and other proposed adjustments that we’ve all seen in the news over the past couple of years.

 

Considerations in taking your pension

 

When the time comes to take your pension benefit, you will have a number of options to choose from. These options will differ from plan to plan, but here are some common choices.

Annuitize. This means taking your benefit as a monthly payment. A single life annuity generally results in the largest benefit. The downside is that all payments cease when you die, your family members receive nothing. A joint and survivor annuity allows your beneficiary (usually a spouse) to receive a percentage of your benefit should you die first, though your benefit will be lower due to the added coverage for your spouse.

Lump-sum payment. Many pensions offer an option to receive a one-time lump-sum payout based upon the amount of your pension. The lump-sum can then be rolled over to an IRA account and invested for your retirement.

In both cases your benefit will be based upon factors like your age, years of service, career earnings, and any other factors used in your employer’s pension formula.

Deciding which option is right for you can be complicated. There are financial considerations. Can you manage a lump-sum payment? Does the monthly payment option provide a level of comfort?

Increasingly a consideration surrounds the safety of your pension. If you work for a private company, is the company financially stable? Do they seem to be on the road to financial difficulties?

If you are covered by a state or municipal pension, concerns about funding and the financial health of the state or municipality are a factor to consider.

It can be beneficial to engage the services of a fee-only financial advisor to help you make the important decision of how to best utilize your pension benefit. The advisor can help you look at the pros and cons of the various options available to you in the overall context of your retirement planning.

I am experienced in helping people maximize their pensions and deciding the best option for their situation. If you're interested in discussing your situation, give me a call or schedule your free initial consultation here. I am a fee-only CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ that specializes in financial planning for retirees and those approaching retirement.

 

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The View from My NOTO Studio

Barbara Waterman Peters

 

View from my Studio

By Barbara Waterman-Peters

Approaching June and the half way point of 2017, I ponder the changes in NOTO. An unfortunate fire in one building and extensive improvements on the façade of another building happen along with the opening of new businesses even as another one closes. A new mural is being painted on a wall in an alley in the 900 block; another new one is in front of the arts center.

Artists in the district have recently won awards in shows and competitions elsewhere. We have in NOTO such a concentration of talent and creativity that it makes my heart swell with pride. That same concentration can be found in Topeka and in Kansas as well, but extolling those sources of pride is for another time and venue. Right now, I am thinking about those located here in NOTO and how varied their work is. Some work in very polished manners, others in a raw, more urgent style. But all of it is worth looking at, talking about and possibly collecting. The spirit of the NOTO Arts District is in its eclectic atmosphere and I hope that is one feature which never changes!

Barbara Waterman-Peters

 

Featured Artists at STUDIO 831 in May

Michael Bradley & Larry Peters

“Earth, Water and Fire”

Ceramics are created using the three elements in the title of this exhibit. Both of these artists are using clay in unique ways, addressing issues outside of function, but with traditional forms.

Work by Bradley is hand built of various colors, utilizing several techniques such as layered thin slabs of colored porcelain slips. Peters’ pieces are wheel thrown and surface treatment is done with underglaze stains. He also utilizes wood bases.

Come see this fabulous exhibit by two top ceramic artists in our region!

 

Barbara June 2017 

Kathleen Cobb is our Featured Artist for June at STUDIO 831.

“Portraying My Love of the Land, Near and Far”

Capturing the beauty of the Kansas landscape and the American West is the main focus of my paintings. I pay special attention to the light in each scene, from the warm light of an autumn evening to the subtle light of a cloudy day, or catching the atmosphere of distant rain squalls over wide-open spaces. 

 

Farmer's Markets

Downtown Market

 

Day: Open Every Saturday April - Nov
Time: 7:30AM Until noon.
Location:12th and Harrison, South of the Judicial Building.

Market Manager:
Betty Lane - 785-249-4704

http://downtowntopekafarmersmarket.com/main/

Opens April 8th  - Nov 2017

Capital City Market

 Held in Topeka every Wednesday May 10 - October 18, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on the south side of the Capitol along 10th Avenue

 http://www.kdheks.gov/bhp/farmers_market/

Monday Farmer's Market

Farmers Market

Library

7-11:30 am

Mondays until October 9th 2017

Sports & Recreation

 

Archery

The Archery Club

598 SE 97th St, Wakarusa, KS 66546

 

 

 

Capital City Crushers

Capital City Crushers

 

 

Golden Giants

 

 

Topeka Train Robbers

 

 

Heartland Park

Heartland Park Topeka

 

 

Ravenwood Lodge

Ravenwood Lodge

 

 

 Sunflower State Games

Sunflower State Games

 

Topeka Roadrunners

Topeka Roadrunners Hockey

 

Washburn University

 

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Topeka City of Character

Topeka City of Character      KSCharacter.org

 

Sponsored by Topeka Capital Journal

Truthfulness

earning future trust by accurately reporting past facts

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Businesses

Front Door Catering

http://www.frontdoorcatering.com

(785) 224-0192

Front Door Catering

 

Goodcents - New Location

4210 SW 21st

Now has a Drive Thru

 

Bruno's Downtown Grill & Bar

1003 SE Quincy, Topeka, KS 66612

https://www.facebook.com/Brunosdowntowngrill/

Brunos Downtown Grill Bar

 skys the limit logo topeka kansas video game party

Sky's the Limit Mobile Gaming

http://www.skysthelimitmobilegaming.com/

(785) 260-2476

 

Sky Zone Tampoline Park

 

 http://cjonline.com/news/business/local/2017-03-23/sky-zone-bouncing-west-ridge

 

Gyroville

Coming Soon 29th and Wanamaker

Gyroville

 

Brightstar Event Services

913-957-4331

https://brightstar-events.com/

After years in the event services industry, BrightStar founder Nick Holmes saw its challenges and wanted to create a different kind of event company. After years of hearing about what’s most important to brides from years of bridal shows and weddings, Nick built BrightStar to focus on what matters most.

  • Service and expertise. We’ve seen hundreds of special events and spoken with even more brides and brides-to-be. We’ll listen carefully to your needs and help you navigate the journey to your special day.
  • The extra mile. Sure, we help execute hundreds of events every year. But we know that every one of them could be someone’s event of a lifetime. We take that responsibility very seriously. That means we do what it takes to nail your event.
  • Great execution. Our team is good at what they do. We guarantee your satisfaction.

 

Interior Design Resources

2109 SW Belle 478-5706

https://www.facebook.com/Interior-Design-Resources-591593351046145/

Interior Design Resources Provides Interior Design, Design Services, Cabinets, Flooring Materials, Window Treatments, Countertops And Furniture To The Topeka, KS Area.

 

Culligan Water

3116 SW 29th Street. Topeka Kansas 66614..

https://www.facebook.com/Culligan-Water-Topeka-201337996999670/

Bottled Water/Coolers for your business or home, Water softeners and Bottle free water coolers and Reverse Osmosis Drinking water systems.. 8:30AM till 5PM MOnday thru Friday.. 785-350-2551.

Free drinking water fillups. Bring your jugs and we will fill them for FREE! 5 Gallon limit per customer.

 

 
 
 
create\uplift is a multimedia company based in Northeastern Kansas and services Topeka, Lawrence, Kansas City and beyond. We provide professional photography, videography, graphic design, website development, interactive marketing, and creative consulting to brands and businesses. Since 2015 we have operated from our workspace in Downtown Topeka, located in the collaborative makerspace, 712 Innovations.
 
 
Topeka Pizza
1630 SW Arvonia
273-4444
Delivery and Takeout! Topeka Pizza is coming this July, right across from Lowes
 
 
Grandpa Rich's Pork
724 SW Gage Blvd
 
Grandpa Richs Pork
 
Fuzzy Taco
Fuzzy Tacos - Coming Soon
Old Team Sporting Goods building
 
 
Mother Moon Dance
2828 SW Arrowhead Rd
 
 
Studio 62 Art Bar
5648 SW 29th St
 

Midwest Float

Midwest Float

2120 SW Brandywine Ln
Suite 110
Topeka, KS 66614

https://www.midwestfloat.com/

 

Caffeined

New Coffee Shop

714 Gage, Topeka, KS

 

The Healthcare Resort

6300 SW 6th Ave.

Topeka, KS 66615

785-272-2124

http://thehealthcareresorttopeka.com/

The Healthcare Resort of Topeka is changing the way that healthcare is being delivered to the Topeka Metropolitan Area. With the fusion of world-class healthcare and personalized hospitality, you encounter an experience that is truly unique and memorable.

 

IHOP coming soon to North Topeka

551 NW US Highway 24

 

Colaw Fitness

Colaw Fitness

1935 S.W. Westport Drive

Coming Soon

http://cjonline.com/news/business/2016-12-26/new-fitness-center-planned-just-east-wanamaker-corridor

 

Gab Local

 

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Coming this summer to the Break Room

Here are some past vidoes about the show!

 

Using EverythingTopeka.com

This website is a prototype for an idea that I have been working on for ten years! It is continually changing and I hope to make this the main site for anyone that wants to find something in Topeka to use.

It is being built with those who live in Topeka and the surrounding area but not limited to them.

There are 4 sections to this website.

  1. The Topeka Newsletter is the first part.  It is going through some major overhaul since most of the information can now be found in a better organized manner on the website.  This is free for any locally owned business to use to promote their business.
  2. The Community Calendar is actually the most important part of this website, right now.  Each community should be informed on what is going on. This doesn't just mean the bar scene. When I say informed, I mean fundraisers, sports, daily food and drink specials, sales, entertainment, recreation and anything else going on.  This calendar tries to include anything that the public is invited to. There is no charge to include your events.  We enter all the events so it saves business owners time. They just need to send us the information and we will take it from there.
  3. Everything Topeka is a plethora of information compiled in a map based program.  Here you can search and find different venues in different categories. You can pick one or all categories to search. This search will not find information that is not on the map though so you will need to use the website search function also. It is free to be listed with a simple profile and an affordable way to enhance your listing.
  4. Everything Else is more businesses that are not listed in the Map feature. There is a guide page that actually will lead you in the right direction.  http://everythingtopeka.com/everything-topeka/all-categories  It is free to be listed with a simple profile and an affordable way to enhance your listing.

Searching EverythingTopeka.com

We have 2 different search bars.  We use a program called Hot Spot and it does not integrate with the rest of the website at this time.  So you will need to use both places if you can't find what you are looking for.  Search Articles option will search everything but the maps. It even includes the calendar.

 

 

Thanks for your support!

I am working very hard to try to find out all the great things going on in Topeka  If you know of any event that is open to the public please let me know!  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Remember event dates and times can change.  Check out their webiste or give them a call before making plans!

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Always Keeping You Connected,

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