December 2017 Around Town 1

NAWS Purses for Paws a Success

Northland Animal Welfare Society’s first ever ‘Purses for Paws’ event was a huge success. Organizers of the event, which was a benefit for the low-cost spay and neuter clinic in Gladstone, were thrilled with the turnout and funds raised.

People who attended had the opportunity to bid on 22 new designer bags and 30 ‘lovingly carried’ through a silent auction. Each bag came with a large gift bag filled with goodies worth $50-$75 dollars. Two designer bags were auctioned off live at the event. About 100 people came out to support NAWS at Trezo Mare in the Village of Briarcliff Sept. 26. Just over $3,100 was raised through the silent auction, live auction, and raffles.

Goldie Arnold President of NAWS says, “We couldn’t have done this event without the support of our donors and to Trezo Mare for providing a wonderful venue.”

Since opening in 2012, NAWS has spayed/neutered more than 6,500 pets, given 4,475 vaccinations, 1650 microchips and helped more than 10,000 families.

Meritas Health Landmark Opens 

Meritas Health Landmark at Tiffany Springs has relocated to a newly-built, state-of-the-art facility located at 10161 N. Ambassador Dr., Kansas City, MO, 64153. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Tuesday, October 10.

To better accommodate patients, the clinic offers imaging services, a minor procedure room and a lab, as well as 15 exam rooms.

“Meritas Health’s relocation of the Landmark clinic will help us evolve to keep pace with our patients’ needs,” Linda Coventon, Network Executive of Meritas Health said. “At the new facility, we are looking forward to providing our patients with the same exceptional care in a larger, more comfortable setting.”

Randall S. Cramer, DO, also has joined Drs. James W. Hall and Neal Moore at the family medicine practice. Dr. Cramer received his medical degree from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University. He completed his residency in family medicine at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, IN. A Northland resident, he has been practicing for more than 10 years.

Meritas Health Landmark at Tiffany Springs is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-
5 p.m. Dr. Cramer is accepting new patients; appointments can be scheduled by calling 816.464.2333.

Registration Open Now for Holiday Hoops and Jolly Volleyball Camps

Gladstone Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts has opened registration for its Holiday Hoops and Jolly Volleyball Camps.

Holiday Hoops will take place for youth in grades first through eighth from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on December 21 at Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes. This camp costs $45 per participant and will focus on the fundamentals of the game, such as dribbling, passing, and shooting. Participants must register by December 8 in order to receive a T-shirt.

Jolly Volleyball Camp will take place for grades fourth through sixth from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, December 27 at Gladstone Community Center. Grades seventh and eighth will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Gladstone Community Center. The camp costs $45 per participant, which includes a T-shirt. Participants must register by December 21. Forms can be picked up at Gladstone Community Center or downloaded from

Local Writer Releases Fourth Book

Set out with a true aficionado and affable guide to sample a dizzying array of beverages made in America’s heartland. Expedition of Thirst maps routes that crisscross eastern Kansas and western Missouri, with stops at some 150 breweries, wineries, and distilleries along the way. Pete Dulin, a seasoned writer on the subject, explains how and why these businesses produce beer, wine, and spirits tied to regional terroir and represent the flavors of the Midwest from the Flint Hills to the Ozarks. More than a travel guide, his book is a cultural journal exploring the people, places, and craft that make each destination distinct and noteworthy.

Dulin shares the stories of many of these brewers, winemakers, and distillers in their own words. Expedition of Thirst captures the character of the small business owners and makers and offers insight about their craft. For good measure, Dulin delves into the history, culture, and geography that have shaped these producers and their practices, from the impact of Prohibition to the early influence of immigrant winemakers and brewers, regional agriculture, and politics. As informative as it is engaging—even intoxicating—his Expedition is sure to work up readers’ thirst to travel and discover firsthand the singular regional pleasures so richly described in these pages. Available on Amazon as well as local retailers. 

Synergy Services 
Director Named to 
State Board 

Synergy Services is pleased to announce that Jennifer Vernon, LPC and the Director of the agency’s Child, Youth & Family Clinical Services was appointed by Missouri Governor Eric Greitens to serve on the state’s Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board. The Board provides an independent review of contested child abuse and neglect determinations made by the Children’s Division.

A Synergy therapist since 1994, Ms. Vernon has extensive experience in working with children and families experiencing family violence, as well as expertise in treating adolescent sex abusers, mental health first aid, expert witness testimony and as a training and technical assistance consultant by the Federal Office for Victims of Crime (OVC).

The appointment is one of 30 announced by the Governor and First Lady in their commitment to empowering women to lead in service throughout the state. In a statement issued earlier, First Lady Sheena Greitens talked about that commitment in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Foundation.

Fundraising Begins for Jack Smith Statue

Fundraising to create a statue honoring Liberty High School sports fan extraordinaire is now underway.

Born with a developmental disability, Jack was so selfless and honest that he made friends with nearly everyone he met throughout Greater Kansas City. A 1967 graduate of Liberty High School, he became known on campuses throughout metro Kansas City as the face of Liberty Blue Jays sports.

For over three decades, Smith served as an assistant coach, team manager, ball boy, trainer and the biggest supporter of several Liberty teams. He visited schools throughout Greater Kansas City, cheering both Blue Jay players and opposing players. His presence was so uplifting and appreciated that he earned recognition throughout the region.

The effort to erect a statue of Smith in the Liberty High School Field House gained momentum and is now accepting donations. The goal is approximately $40,000, with any funds remaining from a statue to go to Jack’s scholarship fund with the Liberty Foundation.

Contributions may be mailed to Tricia Middleton, 200 Blue Jay Drive Liberty, MO 64068. Checks should be made to “Blue Jay Nation.” In the note section, please write “Jack’s Statue” so officials know which account the check is for. Online donations can be made at

For further information, please email Jeff Billings at