Carstar Wicklunds Collision Center Opens in Liberty

As the Ford F-150 all aluminum bodied pickup roll into dealerships throughout Kansas and Missouri, CARSTAR Wicklund’s is the only independent auto body shop in the region to open a qualified aluminum repair facility to handle repairs on these – and other aluminum body vehicles. CARSTAR Wicklund’s opened the new facility with a ribbon cutting event on March 11, for customers, insurance agents and business community leaders.

   Aluminum vehicles require different repair methods and cannot be repaired at a non-recognized facility. CARSTAR Wicklund’s has been recognized by CARSTAR for completing the training and preparation to handle structural and non-structural repairs on aluminum vehicles, including the new Ford F-150 pickup. This includes the training and certification of technicians on aluminum repair processes for structural and non-structural jobs, construction of dedicated shop area for aluminum repairs and designation of separate tools and equipment for aluminum repair. In addition, CARSTAR has its own internal certification process that is part of its proprietary EDGE Performance Tier 5.

Justin McClain Agency Farmers Insurance Celebrates Northland office

Surrounded by employees, customers and supporters, the Justin McClain Agency Farmers Insurance celebrated the opening of its Northland office with a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 3.

Stationed at 11108 N Oak Trafficway, Suite 207, the agency christened its office space in front of fellow Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce members. The insurance office concentrates in providing quality home, auto, specialty and life insurance to its customers throughout the northland and surrounding communities.

Local Martial Arts Academy Puts the Power in Kids’ Character

Millennium Academy is proud to be launching the industry’s leading character development program, Powerful Words Character Development! As a Personal Development Center, Millennium Academy is incorporating a new, comprehensive character development program with their fun and exciting Tae Kwon Do curriculum for children ages 4-14. The program forms the backbone from which all of our students can study, grow, develop, learn and become an upstanding member of our community and a confident individual.

“This full education process provides purpose to what we do as teachers—it gives our students something for which to strive, the strength to explore, and a foundation on which to succeed. We feel that by providing several facets to learning, both physical and mental, we can ultimately help our students to grow in a variety of positive ways,” says Dr. Robyn J. A. Silverman, creator of the Powerful Words Character Development System.

Using Powerful Words Character Development, which includes “The Powerful Word of the Month” projects and lessons within the context of a fun, organized Tae Kwon Do curriculum can invite students to listen, share, discover, and reflect—and of course, bring the lessons home to their family. Students and their families can use this positive approach to set, evaluate, prioritize, and achieve goals—building strength, respect, responsibility, and hope along the way. They learn the power of choice, the thrill of accomplishment, as well as the consequences and rewards of certain behaviors.

For more information on Millennium Academy, please call 816.505.9500 or visit

Area Performer to Kick Off Race for Hope May 16

The Kansas City Northland Half Marathon and 5K gained a regional connection with their announcement that musician Dustin Williams will perform the national anthem at the start of the event.

A graduate of Liberty High School, Williams is completing his doctorate in trumpet performance at the University of Missouri at Kansas City after earning master’s degree at Florida State University, and bachelor’s at Missouri’s Truman State. After earning his Doctor of Musical Arts this year, he hopes to teach music at the college level. All of this began in his hometown, Liberty.

Besides an opportunity to perform, the Kansas City Race for Hope half marathon and 5k is a good fit for Williams. His father, Craig, is among the organizers, along with Kearney residents Rachel and Gary Chaney.

The race starts at 7:30 a.m. May 16. That same day, Williams is scheduled for graduation ceremonies at UMKC.

This is the first year for the Kansas City Northland Race for Hope, which will begin at Sam’s Club near Highway 152 and Flintlock Road. Proceeds will help benefit the Northland Early Childhood Education Center, the Kansas City Police Athletic League and All God’s Children. With the race theme emphasizing heroism for children, both children and adults are encouraged to dress in their favorite superhero costume. More information is available at

Attention Current Gladstone Community Center Members: Bring a Friend and Receive a Free Month!


Bring your neighbors, family and friends! The Gladstone Community Center is rolling out a new Referral Program.

Are you a current member of the Gladstone Community Center? If so, just bring in a friend to sign up for a new Monthly Auto Debit, Quarterly, or Annual membership and we will add a free month onto your current membership.  What a great way to workout, swim and play for free!

Some restrictions apply but there is no limit to the number of months you can get for free!

For more information, call the Community Center at 816.423.4200.

Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman Gives 2015 NRCC Business Expo a Kick


At the 2015 Business Expo and Luncheon, Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman provided an insightful and honest look into the success of Sporting Innovation and Major League Soccer power Sporting Kansas City.

Presented by the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Northpoint Development, luncheon at KCI Expo Center saw Heineman dive into the various ways that he and his business associates were able to construct their successful empires. With a focus on corporate innovation, branding and technological advancement, the Sporting CEO stated that the companies made it a point to be as forward thinking as possible.

            The results were state-of-the-art organizations that better connected with their target markets as well as an ever-expanding digital audience. This relationship between business and customer, and in the case of Sporting KC team and fan, enabled the organizations to design their products specifically for their consumers. With this finger on the pulse type operation, success soon followed.



Missouri Doctor Brings McKenzie Technique to Kansas City Region

Millions of adults suffering from seemingly inexplicable back pain turn to their doctors to help reduce the discomfort and often receive prescriptions for pain medications to manage their symptoms. While pain medications are certainly needed and of immense help in many situations, there is little doubt that America has become over-medicated. Fortunately, for many types of pain, prescription pain medicine is not the only answer.

It is for precisely this reason that Mosaic Life Care’s Dr. Vikas Agarwal has brought the McKenzie technique to our region. The McKenzie technique, also known as Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) – focuses on musculoskeletal pain including spine back and neck pain and peripheral joint such as elbow or knee pain. MDT focuses on why a particular tissue is generating pain and how to address the tissue abnormality responsible for production of pain with simple posture and exercises. For example, studies have shown MDT has shown to effective in roughly 80 percent of acute low back pain patients and usually rapidly within days.

“With this method, we look to treat the cause of the pain rather than just managing symptoms,” Dr. Vikas Agarwal says. “With this type of pain [mechanical], treating the source often eliminates the residual pain.”

While doctors admit this doesn’t work for every kind of pain – like pain coming from cancer or inflammation, MDT can go a long way to help reduce the number of children and adults that become dependent on pain medications, and increase the quality of life for millions of pain sufferers.

Guitar Center Opens in Kansas City North 

Guitar Center, the world’s largest instrument retailer, is proud to announce the grand opening of its newest retail location, a state-of-the-art musical instrument and technology center covering more than 7,000 square feet in North Kansas City, Missouri. The grand opening took place on April 16 at 9188 NW Skyview Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64514.

 Guitar Center’s Kansas City location features modern showrooms equipped with the latest products for musicians. Additionally, the Kansas City store will feature Guitar Center Lessons. Guitar Center Lessons provides music lessons from beginner to advanced featuring certified instructors teaching world-class curriculum as well as one-on-one and group courses. Guitar Center’s GC Repairs, an on-site guitar repair and set-up service for stringed instruments and GC Rentals, offering the ability to rent instruments and other gear, are also featured at the new store.

 Kansas City customers will also be able to attend free classes every Wednesday and Saturday through Guitar Center Workshops. These classes include introductory instruction on a variety of instruments and Recording Made Easy classes are available for anyone who wants to make the exciting journey into recording their music.