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,…

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. 

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.

Refuse to Surrender

 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…

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…

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.

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.

Loving Hearts, Helping Hands: The Legacy of Stephen Corbin

 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…

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…

Barry Christian Church

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.…

Scouting Path With Purpose

 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…

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.…