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New Dental Office in Liberty

John A. Dorsch, D.D.S., M.S., P.C. recently purchased the Bluejay Professional Building at 113 Bluejay Drive, north of Liberty Senior High School. Prior to the acquisition of the Bluejay building Dr. Dorsch was seeing patients in Suite 201 of that building which he shared with other doctors. Remodeling of the office began mostly after the first of the year and has only taken them a few short months to complete.  We are now seeing patients in Suite 200!  Patients and parents alike are excited by the renovations that have been made, especially the more comfortable operating chairs, relaxed waiting area and open office space along with the beautiful building decor.  Come by to see the many updates and changes that have been made to the building and his office suite when you schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Dorsch at 816.454.6800.

Kansas City Symphony Unveils Special Guests for 2016 Bank of America Celebration at the Station Concert

The Kansas City Symphony has just announced local jazz stars, saxophonist Bobby Watson and vocalist Kevin Mahogany, will join the Kansas City Symphony in concert on May 29 at 8 p.m. for the 14th annual Bank of America Celebration at the Station, held at Union Station.

Bank of America Celebration at the Station is the largest free Memorial Day weekend event in the Midwest with fun for the whole family. The site opens at 1 p.m. with opportunities to enjoy pre-concert entertainment, food trucks, and the Lee Jeans Family Zone.

At 8 p.m., Associate Conductor Aram Demirjian will lead the Kansas City Symphony and special guests in a two-hour concert featuring favorites such as “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” “Armed Forces Salute” and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” complete with live cannons. The concert culminates with a grand finale when all eyes turn skyward for KC’s largest display of choreographed fireworks, presented to the beat of patriotic music, all above the National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial.

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Lt. Governor Kinder presents Veterans Service Award to 6 from KC area

Robert Eckerle, was one of 35 recipients of Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder’s Veterans Service Award who were honored March 1, 2016 at a ceremony in the House Lounge of the Missouri Capitol. Eckerle, served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.

Eckerle has been a faithful and consistent leader at the VFW Post, volunteering at least 20 hours per week as quartermaster, balancing the books and paying bills. He also visits veterans in a local nursing home and hosts a weekly fundraising breakfast to benefit area veterans.

“From all over our state, when our nation called, these men and women answered that call and served in the armed forces,” Kinder said. “For many of these veterans, and all of those we honor today, your service didn’t end when your military obligation was over.”

Introducing Beanstalk Seeds! is a brand new nonprofit online seed company that specializes in seeds for children’s gardens.

With so many distractions competing for kids’ attention, parents are seeking new and fun ways to connect with them. At Beanstalk Seeds, we’re introducing a new generation to the fun of growing your own fruits, vegetables and curiosities.

Beanstalk Seeds is a product of Kansas City Community Gardens. KCCG is a nonprofit organization assisting low-income households and community groups in the Kansas City metropolitan area with producing their own nutritious vegetables and fruit from garden plots located in backyards, vacant lots, and at community sites.

Additionally, Beanstalk Seeds provides gardeners with a one-stop shopping website where you can buy seeds, utilize our gardening resources, find easy recipes, and read blogs with tips and guidelines to help you start your own family garden.

Clay County Trails Group Mapping Connections

A Clay County group is mapping the future of hiking and biking trails with an emphasis on connecting communities and existing routes.

The Clay County Trails Committee recently examined possible routes to expand Clay County paths for walking and riding. Part of the Quality of Life Committee organized through the Clay County Economic Development Council, the group includes representatives from several county communities, as well as regional transportation and recreation officials.

Stephen B. Rhoades of Vireo Landscape Architecture led the group in a comprehensive review of existing trails and where they could be extended economically and practically. Options include streamways and along existing roads and highways.

EDC Executive Director Jim Hampton says trails are among the quality of life issues that impact economic development. “If communities are going to be successful, they need to attract talented workers,” he says. “That’s exactly where this kind of amenity fits in. It helps attract talented workers.”

Rhoades says that by outlining likely corridors now, the county can be ready if developers present plans or other access opportunities occur. “A big part of this work is to identify corridors so the right-of-ways can be acquired before development occurs,” he explains. Several noted the need to tie trails at Smithville Lake with other routes in the county. Hodge Park was cited as a key central location that could also help connect current trails.

Shatto Butter Placed in Top Ten in the World

The World Championship Cheese Contest took place in March and a local favorite rose to the top. Shatto Milk Company’s Honey Butter placed ninth overall in the flavored butter category. The creamery, located in Osborn, Missouri, has won multiple awards over the last few years for many of their products. Their cows are never treated with artificial growth hormones. They are also known for their wide variety of flavored milks.

Winnetonka Alumna Wins Study Abroad Award

Morningside College student Allie Van Houten, daughter of Mark and Lisa Van Houten of Kansas City, Mo., recently received a $2,000 James G. Stemler Study Abroad Scholarship from National Alpha Lambda Delta. She is a 2014 graduate of Winnetonka High School. She will study abroad in Wollongong, Australia, just south of Sydney, in the fall of 2016. Van Houten is majoring in social and behavioral science, developmental psychology, and photography at Morningside. After graduation, she would like to be a behavioral specialist, working with children and adolescents. Alpha Lambda Delta is a national honor society that recognizes and encourages academic excellence among first-year college and university students. Van Houten served this year as co-historian of the Morningside chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta. Morningside College is a small, private college in Sioux City, Iowa, that offers students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in a variety of disciplines, or a master’s degree in education.

360 Vodka Pledges $20,000 through Close the Loop program

360 Vodka, an eco-friendly vodka brand of McCormick Distilling Co., has pledged to donate $20,000 to three local organizations through its Close the Loop Program. With this initiative, 360 Vodka donates one dollar to charitable organizations for every swing-top cap that is returned to the distillery for reuse.

On April 8th, at the Kansas City Royals home game at Kauffman Stadium, 360 Vodka presented Royals Charities with a donation check of $10,000. This generous donation was the result of swing-top caps returned from the Kansas City Royals commemorative 2014 League Champions bottle. “We are excited to make this donation to Royals Charities,” says Mick Harris, president of McCormick Distilling Co. “We’re proud of our partnership and most importantly, what Royals Charities has done to help those in need in the Kansas City area,” Harris says.

360 Vodka has also pledged to make two additional $5,000 donations from the Close the Loop Program. One will go to the Platte County Soil & Water Conservation District, and the other to the Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE).

The Platte County Soil & Water Conservation District provides administrative and technical assistance to farmers, small acreage landowners, urban residents, and various local government agencies within Platte County. The purpose of the District is to help keep soils healthy in order to sustain economic benefits to land managers and conserve valuable soil resources for future generations.

MCE is the state’s independent, citizens’ environmental organization for clean water, clean air, and a healthy environment. Its mission is to protect and restore the environment through education, public engagement, and legal action. MCE program areas include Wetlands, Floodplains and Rivers, Food and Farm Program, Clean Water Program, Climate and Energy, and West Lake Landfill.

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