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New Job Opportunities with Sedgwick County, 06/16/2024

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Administrative Support I - FORENSIC SCIENCE CENTER - Wichita, KS, US
Associate Veterinarian - Zoo - Wichita, KS, US
Integrated Care Team Specialist - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US
Part-time Certified Peer Support Specialist - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US
School Based Integrated Care Specialist II - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US
WIC Registered Nurse, Nutritionist, Registered Dietitian - Health - Wichita, KS, US
Part-Time EMT - EMS - Wichita, KS, US
Equipment Operator II - Wichita, KS, US
Older Americans Act Project Coordinator - Aging & Disabilities - Wichita, KS, US
Part-time Crisis Clinician - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US


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Bacon Wrapped BBQ Pork Tenderloin

Bacon Wrapped BBQ Pork Tenderloin
Prep done and ready for the oven.  Pork Tenderloin + BBQ + Bacon, it's Another Dose of YUM!

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Without question, pork tenderloin is my favorite cut of meat to BBQ.  I'll take it over ribs, chicken, and yes, even brisket. 

Not to be confused with pork loin, pork tenderloin is a more expensive cut, leaner, and as the name implies, more tender. The thing I love about pork tenderloin is that the meat embraces any flavor you want to slap it with.  Always sold as a boneless cut with an average weight of about one pound, this cut can dry out if not cooked properly.  But when done right, it's melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

BBQ pork tenderloin
Some of that BBQ goodness peaking out from the end. The bacon helps to insulate the pork and BBQ flavors during the cook, it bastes the tenderloin, keeping it moist.

Here's a great recipe for a BBQ pork tenderloin, which is excellent whether prepared in the oven or on the grill.

Mike's Bacon Wrapped BBQ Pork Tenderloin (oven prep version)

Ingredients:

  • One pork tenderloin
  • 2 healthy Tablespoons of yellow mustard (spicy brown, whole grain, Dijon are fine too)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of your favorite BBQ rub
  • 5 slices of bacon
  • Black pepper

Directions:

Pull the pork tenderloin out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature, for 45 minutes to one hour.  If you're worried about foodborne illness, don't be. You're putting the meat in the oven or over a fire for crying out loud, the food police get the middle finger on this one for alarmism.  Room temp is key, putting a delicate, lean cut like this in a hot oven or on a grill when cold will not deliver you maximum juiciness and flavor.  Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Cover the pork tenderloin with the mustard.  Apply your favorite BBQ rub to the mustard-covered pork, ensuring even coverage.  Wrap the tenderloin with the bacon, be sure to hit that bacon with some black pepper.  Put in an oven-safe baking dish that you can cover (foil on top works too) and put in the oven.  Immediately turn the heat down to 350 degrees and let that pork get happy for about 20 minutes or until the internal temperature hits 140 degrees.  Remove the lid, and turn the oven to broil to crisp up the bacon, about 2 minutes.  Pull the pork tenderloin from the oven and let it rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.  The broiling and resting process will bring the meat temp up to a perfect 145 degrees.

Pork Tenderloin fresh out of the oven
You'll be tempted to slice into it right away, but it's important to let the pork rest for 5-10 minutes.

Grilling option:  The oven option is fantastic, but doing this on the grill is even better!  You'll want to do this over indirect heat until the internal temperature hits 140 degrees (up to 40 minutes or so depending on how hot your coals are), then crisp up the bacon on all sides over direct flame, giving the tenderloin quarter turns about every minute.  Let the pork rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving (the meat temp will come up to a perfect 145 degrees during the 'rest').  You can serve this with some BBQ sauce on the side, but this preparation is so juicy, I personally don't think you need to.  It's a celebration of the pork tenderloin, and it's as I like to day, "Another Dose of YUM!"

This will easily feed 2-4 people and the cost to prepare can be done for under $10.  Look for specials on pork tenderloin at your local grocery store, it's an under-eaten cut, which is a shame.  

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike

Slices of Deliciousness
Tender, juicy, pork, bbq, and bacon flavors. No side required!

 


New Job Opportunities with Sedgwick County, 06/09/2024

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Administrative Support II - Wichita, KS, US
Administrative Support VI - Wichita, KS, US
Professional Development - Office Specialist - CORRECTIONS - Wichita, KS, US
Customer Service Supervisor - HEALTH - Wichita, KS, US
Part-time Crisis Response Specialist - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US
Transportation Engineer - PUBLIC WORKS - Wichita, KS, US
Residential Data Collection Supervisor - Wichita, KS, US
Commercial Field Manager - Appraiser - Wichita, KS, US
Residential Market Analyst - Appraiser - Wichita, KS, US
Building Inspector II - MABCD - Wichita, KS, US


Wichita: News & Updates from District 5

 
District 5
District 5
Newsletter
Council Member J.V. Johnston
 
A message from J.V. Johnston
Multi-Agency Center - MAC Homeless Services Map
Greetings District 5:
 
At Thursday's media briefing, the City announced plans to utilize the former Park Elementary School (one of 6 schools closed by Wichita Public Schools at the end of the semester) at 1025 North Main Street as the new Multi-Agency Center (MAC) to help achieve our goal of functional zero homelessness in the community. Addressing the increase in the City's homeless population is the No. 1 issue in District 5 as homeless encampments have spread from the downtown core to west Wichita.
 
Please join me this afternoon (Saturday, June 8) from 2 to 4 pm for the MAC Community Open House at the Advanced Learning Library in downtown Wichita. This come-and-go event is an opportunity for residents to meet their Council Members and learn more about the City intends to use this facility for the 2024-2025 Emergency Winter Shelter.
Wichita Police Department and Wichita Fire Department
At Tuesday's workshop, the 2026 City Budget was our focus, and City staff illustrated the magnitude of the kinds of financial issues the City will be dealing with. We're facing a $55 million deficit from 2026 through 2028. It's prudent to plan ahead and find ways to address this issue to avoid any layoffs in public safety. I did NOT advocate for cutting 42 firefighter positions. I want us to look at all options to make sure we have a balanced budget. Tuesday's workshop was the first time we saw numbers and options to reduce expenses to balance the budget. Watch the budget meeting here.
Wichita Budget Simulator 2024
The Wichita Budget Simulator for the 2026 City budget gives residents the opportunity to identify which services they prioritize the most while keeping in mind there's a projected $13 million deficit in 2026. Not every department nor budget line-item is included in the simulator, but this budgeting tool does provide concepts that are likely to come before me and City Council members for consideration.
 
Do you have thoughts or ideas about the City of Wichita's budget? Where we should put our resources? Please email me at [email protected] and put "Budget" in the subject line. 
 
Best,
J.V. Johnston
Wichita City Council
District 5 Council Member
Phone: 316-268-4331
 
How do you travel around?
Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization - WAMPO
The Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WAMPO) provides a roadmap for 22 cities and 3 counties to carry out their transportation planning process. Developing long-term goals for Wichita city streets or dirt roads in Sedgwick County requires decision-making that supports improved mobility and access for residents. We need your input! Take the Metropolitan Transportation Plan 2050 Survey and share which forms of transportation you use and weigh in on regional transit service concepts. Survey deadline is June 30.
 
Sunflower Summer means free admission for your family!
Sunflower Summer from Kansas Tourism and Kansas Commerce
Kansas Tourism is again offering free admission to Kansas families with school-aged children at museums, zoos and cultural attractions around Kansas through the Sunflower Summer Program. Download the app and you'll have access to more than 220 attractions, including Exploration PlaceSedgwick County ZooWichita Art Museum, and Botanica. Search by location or by category once you create an account on the app. And Sunflower Summer isn't just for parents or legal guardians---grandparents may register grandchildren on their account to receive free admission.
 
 
Legal notices in the Wichita Eagle discussed at Monday's DAB 5 meeting
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At Monday night's District 5 Advisory Board (DAB 5) meeting, representatives from the City's Legal Department and Communications Team gave a presentation about legal notices, which are printed by McClatchy in the Wichita Eagle. DAB 5 members and residents in attendance were able to ask questions about the requirements of legal notices and give their feedback. At the June 18 City Council meeting, we will vote on whether to keep publishing the City's legal notices in the Eagle or designate the City's website as the "newspaper of record" and only post legal notices online.
 
Love to go to the pool? Buy a membership!
Relax and swim all summer long at Harvest Pool with a City Pool membership. For a family of four, a season pass is $200 with $30 for each additional family member. If you swim solo, individual memberships are $70. And your membership is good at all City swimming pools, including Minisa and College Hill.
 

FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Frozen Ready-To-Eat Bao Curry Chicken Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

WowWASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert for product labeled as bao Thai-style curry chicken due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. The product labeled as bao curry chicken may actually contain teriyaki chicken bao products, which contain soy and sesame, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label. FSIS is issuing this public health alert to ensure that consumers with allergies to soy and sesame are aware that this product should not be consumed. A recall was not requested because the affected product is no longer available for purchase.

The fully cooked, frozen bao curry chicken product was packaged on March 20, 2024. The following product is subject to the public health alert [view labels]:

  • 10-oz. boxes containing four “WOW BAO BAO THAI-STYLE CURRY CHICKEN” with “best if used by” date “4/12/25” printed on the side of the box.

The product bears establishment number “P-40001” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to Walmart retail locations nationwide.                          

The problem was discovered when the producing establishment notified FSIS that it received a consumer complaint that a box labeled bao Thai-style curry chicken contained pouches of the bao teriyaki chicken.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider.  

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions about the public health alert can contact Brandon Tammaro, VP Strategic Growth, Wow Bao, at 734-904-8627 or [email protected]. Members of the media with questions about the public health alert can contact Brett Stein, General Manager, Brett Anthony Foods at 847-272-4309 or [email protected].

Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-MPHotline (888-674-6854) or send a question via email to [email protected]. For consumers that need to report a problem with a meat, poultry, or egg product, the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.


Homemade bird bath for the backyard using a coffee canister and a dinner plate

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Homemade bird bath
An existing fence post, a coffee canister, and a dinner plate

I've been into bird feeding lately, recycling some food and drink containers in creating some homemade bird feeders for my backyard.  Bird watching adds to the ambiance of the home landscape, the flowers, the veggie garden, and bird watching.  When I need to chill, I just take a seat on my back patio and enjoy the view. 

Adding to my growing homemade bird feeder collection, I decided to include a bird bath, which will attract even more birds.

Bird bath
Total out-of-pocket project cost: $1.25 + tax

Using an existing metal fence post that was installed years ago and way before my time at this abode, I simply took a used coffee grounds container, stuffed it with some styrofoam, glued the lid back in place using silicone, cut out a 'T' shape to match the fence post in the lid and inverted the canister, stuffing it onto the metal post.  I then glued a nicely concaved dinner plate to the coffee canister base.  Now the birds have a place to get a drink or splash around.

Items needed to create a homemade birdbath:

  • Used coffee canister (plastic)
  • Styrofoam or other packing material
  • Silicone glue
  • Exacto Knife or scissors
  • A dinner plate
  • A post to fasten it to
  • A piece of paper and a pencil
  • Water

You can fashion your own bird bath for little or even no cost by repurposing materials and taking advantage of anything in your landscape/hardscape that you can put a plate on.  My cost was just $1.25 for the plate at Dollar Tree.  An old plate will do, as long it has a pretty good concave shape to it, a standard, flat plate just won't suffice.  The timing on the coffee container was timely, I emptied out the last of the grounds for a pot of coffee and thought about creating a new birdfeeder with it, but then the birdbath idea hit me.  I had some styrofoam needing to go in the trash from a recent Amazon shipment, which came in handy in packing the coffee container to provide a stable base for the plate on the fence post.  I simply stuffed the canister full enough with styrofoam to firmly wrap around the "T" post to prevent any sway. The only tool I needed for this project was an Exacto Knife to cut out the "T" fence post shape in the coffee canister lid.  I used a small piece of paper and a pencil to capture the shape of the "T" post, making a template for the coffee lid cutout.  After gluing the coffee canister lid and dinner plate in place, I left things alone for 24 hours to allow the glue to fully set.  I added water the next day.

It's a functional birdbath and not the 'purdiest' thang in my backyard, but it certainly does the trick and is Bachelor on the Cheap Wallet-Friendly at just $1.25 plus tax to create.  Compare that to entry-level bird baths on Amazon for about $20.

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike

 

Related:   Repurposing: Turning a used rice container and a couple of kitchen utensils into a bird feeder


Cyber Security Incident Update from the City of Wichita

City of WichitaCyber Security Incident

The City of Wichita is pleased to report that more City systems are coming back into service following the cyber security event three weeks ago. 

The City’s Information Technology team continues to work diligently to get more public-facing systems, including customer water billing, back in service as quickly as possible. 

Some external vendor systems, such as Park & Recreation’s summer programming, have already come back online sooner than others. We expect other City systems to go back into service on a rolling basis so we appreciate residents’ patience and understanding that restoring all systems will be more of a process than an event. Systems will only come back into service once they have been thoroughly vetted and tested. 

We will continue to provide updates on this matter at http://www.wichita.gov/alert.


Wichita - Historic Preservation Meeting: Monday, June 10, 2024

Wichita Historic Preservation Board

Monday, June 10, 2024

2:00 p.m.

 

Please review the agenda packet for Monday’s meeting. Previous agendas and minutes are available on the Historic Preservation Board webpage..

For more information, please see the meeting event details. In light of the current network issues, it's prudent to consider alternative methods for communication and collaboration. The online video conferencing platforms may be temporarily unavailable. We apologize for any inconveniences. We recommend participating in the meeting in-person.

If you have any questions regarding the meeting or items on this notice, please call the Wichita-Sedgwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Department at (316) 268-4421.

Ronald Reagan Building, 2nd floor - MAPC Conference Room,

271 W. Third Street, Wichita, Kansas

 

wichita.gov/planning

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Wichita Metro Restaurant Hits & Misses, the latest snapshot reviews from Bachelor on the Cheap

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Welcome to a weekly feature, a snapshot review of restaurants I hit recently, be it for a relaxing sit-down dinner, checking out a new joint, re-visiting an old favorite, or grabbing something on the go.  Different from the detailed food, restaurant, and bar reviews I do in the Food & Drink category, this is pretty much a quick thumbs up, thumbs down, what's trending, dining deals, and "is it worth it?" category you can refer to.  Scroll down for some reading fun!

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike

 

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