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Love the Skin You’re In! Article Peggy Parolin “Wear the skin you’re in.” For husband-and-wife dermatologist team Molly Menser and Brian Matthys, D.O.s, these words have become a mantra, an attempt to dispel the belief that being tan is healthy and cool. In fact, it’s just the opposite. “Tanning is NOT cool; it can be … Continued

Culture Through Ballroom Dance

Charity Provides Free Ballroom Dance Lessons for Public School Students article by Jennifer Higgins Photography Baileah Arant and provided Ballroom dance has been in the blood of retired William Jewell professor Will Adams, Ph.D., since the age of 13 in 1943 when his mother taught him the waltz. Since then, he continued to learn, and he … Continued

Chasing Normal

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Global Health Innovation’s Mission of Caring for Moms and Babies with HIV Article Lisa Allen | Photos Provided I could pack this article with statistics: approximately 23 million people live with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. Nearly 16 million children under the age of 18 have been orphaned by AIDS in Africa alone. Each day, 6,000 … Continued

America Heart Association’s 28th Annual Heart & Stroke Ball

An unforgettable evening included fine dining, auctions and dancing to the Michael Beers Band, and appearances by opera student Micah Welch, heart transplant survivor John Muetter, Kansas City Ballet II, Bach Aria Trio and the Joe Cartwright Trio. 

Growing and Thriving!

 Dear Readers,  I am thrilled to inform you that spring is here. As I type this (in early March) the high will be a balmy 65 degrees and although I know that may not mean anything in a week, right now, I choose to bask in the realization that spring is upon us.  Every April we dive into all things green: sustainability, gardening and nature. This month we meet the pack leaders that will pave the way forward for our kids, the Boy and Cub Scouts of America. Despite the onslaught of technology in our world, they continue to involve our youth in activities that get them outside and active.

Refuse to Surrender

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 Giving up is not an option.   Four months ago, Emary Langhorn’s physician advised her that her cancer was growing again for the third time. She was told that statistics were not on her side and that she might consider giving up on curing the cancer and concentrate instead on extending her life. But, 17 is too young to die. Conceding to the Hodgkin’s Lymphoma that had taken her by surprise at the tender age of 14 would mean surrender; Emary refused.  Instead, Emary and her family made the difficult decision to say goodbye to the doctors, nurses and hospital who had been their extended family for two long years, and headed out for a second opinion. That second opinion resulted in quick and immediate action by the KU Med Cancer Center where Emary now receives her treatment at the Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic.     

April 2015 Around Town

April 2015 Around Town

Tri-County Mental Health Services has been selected as one of only 30 nonprofit organizations to share 2015 funds from the Harvest Ball Society as part of their “Seeds of Service…Harvest of Hope” campaign announced in January.

The Draft Pick

The Draft Pick

What’s in a name? The Draft Pick Grill and Cantina’s name says it all: it’s a restaurant that focuses on pub favorites but with a south-of-the-border kick. This new addition to the Barry Trails Shopping Center creates an oasis of good food and lots of entertainment for the sports lover and non-fan alike.

Ask the Experts: The Iowa Master’s Gardeners

Ask the Experts: The Iowa Master's Gardeners

Any day now, the little green shoots that have been pushing their way through the frozen ground around my mailbox are going to erupt into pinks and reds and yellows, the colors of the tulip and daffodil bulbs I planted last fall.

Of Melons and Memories

My love of gardening starts way back in my childhood when my mother decided to teach her children a little bit about where food came from. We lived in an urban area but had a sizable yard with a garden area already marked off with railroad ties which we suspected were simply a large condominium space for termites. But a garden patch did exist in the back 40 (feet) of our yard and one summer, it yielded a delightful surprise.

Scouting Path With Purpose

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 Prepared for life.  The Boy Scouts of America teach youth how to embody this theme through attitude and action. The North Star District, the largest area scouting district in the regional Heart of America Council, prepares youth in the Northland to be better individuals, citizens and leaders.  The North Star District serves the counties of Platte and Clay in Missouri, plus the Lawson and Excelsior Springs School District boundaries in Ray County. That expansive territory includes numerous cities dotting the Northland. By the numbers, the district has done an impressive job of preparing Scouts in this area as the following 2014 statistics demonstrate:

Barry Christian Church

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Many cultures thrived in the Kansas City North region before civilization arrived. The town of Barry, on the east end of Barry Road, has plenty of rich history. During my childhood we rode bikes to the old Barry store for a cold bottle of soda while taking casual glances at the old well where stage coaches once stopped for water. The original location of the well is now under the east bound lane of Barry Road and in fact, very little of this historic town exists except for the Barry Church.

Treating Windows for Energy Efficiency

 Fifty percent.  That’s how much of our intentionally warm or cool air can escape through a home’s windows. In the winter months, warm air escapes from the interior of our homes to the outside through windows. In the summer, the heat outside flows into our homes through those same windows.  “Think of glass as a conductor,” says Sherry Moore, co-owner of Budget Blinds Northland & Kansas City. “When we put a casserole in the oven, we have to use potholders to remove it because it’s too hot to handle. When we want an ice cold beer, we often serve it in a frosty mug. That’s because glass isn’t meant to insulate. Bare windows conduct hot and cold, which is detrimental to the energy efficiency of our homes.”

Loving Hearts, Helping Hands: The Legacy of Stephen Corbin

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 Stephen Corbin was anything but ordinary.  A foster parent and Big Brother, devoted husband and father, Rotarian, Optimist and lifelong basketball fan, Stephen had a heart for kids and the drive to help others. His passing—two days before his twin daughters’ tenth birthday—left a hole that simply can’t be filled.  “He died two and a half years ago,” says his widow Angie. “It still feels like yesterday. Alex, Kylee and I miss him so much.”

Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius

Whenever I drive a hybrid such as the 2015 Toyota Prius I’m initially tempted to tiptoe on the throttle and creep away from stop signs in an effort to squeeze the most miles out of a gallon of gas. While it’s fun to see how little fuel I can use, driving slowly gets old and I soon resume normal driving. That resulted in an average of 41 miles per gallon during a week of cold weather. Even with gasoline at record lows that’s still enticing.

Heather Manning: Success Comes Early for Teen Author and Actress

Heather Manning: Success Comes Early for Teen Author and Actress

For high school student Heather Manning, turning 16 was sweeter than ever, but not for the reason you might think. For most teens, it’s the year they can legally drive a car; Heather was more concerned about driving the sales of her first published novel.

Box-1, Actress-0

There comes a time in every young actress’s life that you realize that maybe your current path might not be your long-term goal. Mine happened in Act one of the musical South Pacific as I battled the apple box that would be my undoing.

PInewood Derby Race

The Heart of America Council North Star District held their annual event where 159 Cub Scouts, grades 1-5, gathered to see who was the best of the best. Scouts enjoyed the race and look forward to new challengers next year.

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Karak, Jordan (CNN)Two days after news emerged that ISIS had burned a captive Jordanian pilot to death, the Middle Eastern nation has hit back.

KC Music Man

KC Music Man

For those about to rock, play the blues, or perform odes about country roads and pick’em-up trucks, KC Music (6506-B NW Prairie View Road) is the place to chase your muse. Professional performer and music industry veteran Mark Ballard opened KC Music in October 2014 to offer complete resources as a full-service music store and concert venue.

Meet Debbie Wetschensky

Meet Debbie Wetschensky

Northland artist and retired middle school art teacher Debbie Wetschensky has made a name for herself as a lover of animals. With her amazing mastery of pen and ink or paints, she makes them spring to life through her art. So what inspires her art?

Kato Sushi

Kato Sushi

When it comes to hidden gems, the Northland has plenty. There are hidden diners, tucked into strip malls, dive bars with surprising beer selections and bakeries that should be the envy of the entire metro area. And then there’s Kato Japanese Cuisine, Sushi and Teriyaki. It employs the tactic of ‘hide in plain sight’ by nestling in on the busiest thoroughfare in the Northland: Barry Road.

Meet Girl Scout

Meet Girl Scout

Girl Scouts are busy delivering cookies, and this Girl Scout would love to visit your house (and stay). Her current home is the Parkville Animal Shelter, but she would love a comfortable lap and a home of her very own.

Here a Club, There a Club, Everywhere a Book Club

Here a Club, There a Club, Everywhere a Book Club

This is a tale of four book clubs. It started because I’ve recently fallen back in love with reading for fun. After years of reading to my children and for school, I’d started to regard books as merely utilitarian. As I challenged myself to read more just for the sake of reading, I remembered the joy of getting lost in worlds other than my own.

Culture through Ballroom dance

Culture through Ballroom dance

Ballroom dance has been in the blood of retired William Jewell professor Will Adams, Ph.D., since the age of 13 in 1943 when his mother taught him the waltz. Since then, he continued to learn, and he has taught dance lessons in some capacity since 1951. Then the 2005 movie Mad Hot Ballroom inspired Adams, his late wife Eleaner, and his dance teaching partner Paula Marie Daub, to begin their non-profit charity, Culture Through Ballroom Dance. Their goal is to teach public school students the joy of ballroom dance. Since 2006, the instructors with the charity, under the leadership of Adams and Daub, have taught hundreds of students not only how to ballroom dance, but how to become more confident as well.

March 2015 Around Town

March 2015 Around Town

The United States Flag is a symbol of patriotism, pride and respect. The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial offers the opportunity to receive a U.S. flag flown at the Museum as an incredible gift for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays or as an opportunity to honor a veteran or Scout.

They Call the Band Cherry Bomb

They Call the Band Cherry Bomb

I once told a friend that the secret to a successful bar or restaurant is excellent live entertainment. The food can be mediocre. Shortly after that he brought in a popular singer and his business boomed. I was not even offered a free drink or a mediocre sandwich for my advice.