And the Snow Flies

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Andy Martinez is fast. Very fast. He’s fast on dry land and he’s fast in the snow and he has the medals to prove it. Although you may not have seen him at Sochi, he is still an olympian–a Special Olympian.
Andy, who is autistic, is 32 years old and competes year round in a number of sports, from soccer to basketball to swimming to his favorite sport, snowshoe racing. He recently competed at the 2017 Special Olympic World Games in Austria, taking bronze in snowshoe racing. Andy has spent 20 years competing in Special Olympics and his parents consider the organization a vital part of their son’s continued success.

Bicentennial of the Bicycle

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On any given Tuesday evening at the pub adjacent to the Rothaus Brewery in Germany’s Black Forest Highlands, you’ll find a table of local cyclists toasting with their mugs of Tannenzäpfle, the brewery’s most popular beer. They’ve been making beer here for 225 years and the cyclists choose this spot to celebrate the end of their weekly 40-kilometer ride through the winding, hilly roadways of southwest Germany.

For the Love of the Northland

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Roughly 20 miles wide and 20 miles long, the Northland is considered home to many residents. For Bob and Margie Langdon of Parkville, there is no other place they want to live.
“We consider the Northland the best well-kept secret. The housing is affordable, it’s central to everything with great schools. It’s family-friendly, and a place we want to raise our family. And after the kids are gone, we will still love it,” says Bob Langdon.

June 2017 Around Town

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Ideal Image, the Northland’s premier destination for cosmetic medical services is growing. After several years of satisfied clients at their Zona Rosa location, they have expanded south of the river to a new location at 556 Westport Road.

Dear Dad. . .

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Happy Father’s Day everyone! Our June issue is a love letter to men–the fathers, brothers, sons and neighbors that we can rely on, laugh with, and love. Look beyond the stereotypes–the meat, beer, sports, etc–and there are some amazing stories all over the Northland.



If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too:

Beach, Beer, and Bites in South Beach

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First impressions are powerful. A few days and late nights in South Beach reveal there’s more to this sun-drenched paradise than meets the eye.
Heading from Miami International Airport to South Beach, the route east along the Macarthur Causeway breaks away from the mainland and life’s burdens. Rolling ocean waves, sunshine, and white sand beaches beckon. South Beach, a neighborhood located on the lower end of the island and coastal resort city of Miami Beach, is a leisure-rich destination perfect for a guy’s weekend getaway.

Celebrating 100 Years of Lions Clubs International

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When Harley and Jackie Morlock moved to Smithville in 2006, one of their first stops was at Platte Valley Bank to open a new account. A clerk commented on Harley’s attractive ring, a gift from his wife in 1988.
One thing led to another and within minutes, Harley and Jackie were committed to a dinner meeting the coming Tuesday, thus continuing Harley’s 45 years of perfect attendance as a member of Lions Clubs International.
This month, more than 1.5 million Lions in 46,000 clubs around the world are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of this community service organization by a group of Chicago business leaders on June 7, 1917.

This Daughter’s Dad Left A Legacy of Love and a Reminder to Live By

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What difference does it make?
If you’re talking about the difference dads make in the lives of their daughters, Susan Dawes, author, teacher, speaker, and counselor, will be the first to provide a list of differences dads make. Especially hers.
“My father, Floyd Seibert, was very inspirational in my life by being committed to the dad and daughter relationship, as well as teaching me many life lessons,” Dawes recalls admiringly.

Assistance League of Kansas City’s 30th Anniversary Tea

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April 19th, 30 ladies dressed in hats and pearls, enjoyed a delightful afternoon tea at Shoal Creek Thornton Mansion. Original members Joy George, Elaine Henderson and Barbara Reynaud, shared the history of how ALKC members were instrumental in raising funds to restore the historical buildings of Shoal Creek Village.