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Vol. 4 No. 41 | October 7, 2021 |

Good News: Annual Dogtober Fest to be held Sunday, October 17th


Jackson County extends mask mandate through November 6th The Jackson County Legislature voted Monday, October 4th to extend the indoor mask mandate through November 6th. Ron Finley, Jalen Anderson, Crystal

Williams, Tony Miller, Scott Burnett, and Charlie Franklin voted in favor; Jeanie Lauer and Teresa Galvin voted against. Legislator Dan Tarwater III was absent.

City schedules listening sessions as part of branding project

Photo credit: Jackson County Parks + Rec Four-legged friends and their owners are invited to gather for fun, games, and competition at Dogtober Fest 2021, Sunday, October 17th from 10:00am— 4:00pm at the Kemper Outdoor Education Center in Jackson County’s Fleming Park. This is the 27th year for the popular annual event presented by Jackson County Parks + Rec. Admission is free with the donation of dog food to benefit the Lee’s Summit Animal Shelter and other small, local shelters and rescues participating in the event. Masks are encouraged at the outdoor event when social distancing cannot be maintained. Dogtober Fest 2021 is full of free contests and games throughout the day, such as Bobbing for Biscuits, Musical Discs and Roll-Over Races. Don’t miss the beloved Halloween Costume Contest at 1:00pm featuring three categories: Frightful, Delightful and another for groups with three or more dogs. Visitors can also participate in the favorite “Tails for Trails Dog-Walk for Parks,” a one-mile walk on the nature trail at Kemper Outdoor Education Center. Registration is $20 in advance or $25 at the registration booth. Participants will receive an event tshirt and a goodie bag. There are also small entry fees for dog sport competitions, clinics, good canine citizen testing, and trick dog title evaluations. Back by popular demand is the noncompetitive Canine Adventure Challenge. This 20-plus course features obstacles designed to intrigue and build teamwork among dogs and owners. The Canine

Adventure Challenge is an on-leash experience. All dogs are welcome to join, whether they have advanced training or no training at all! Guests will enjoy a variety of new activities this year including: Teacup Agility Clinics and Teacup Agility Fun Runs that are specifically for dogs of smaller stature who are no more than 20" at the shoulders. The teacup agility obstacles are a scaled down version more appropriate for their size. A Nose Work Clinic that capitalizes on your dog’s natural ability to hunt for and locate high value food or toys. Nose Work Outdoor Search for those already proficient in K9 Nose Work who want to practice their skills. Trick Dog Title Evaluations for dogs that know a lot of tricks and what to earn a Trick Dog Title. We will be evaluating both AKC and ‘Do More with Your Dog’ Trick Dog Titles. In addition to great activities, guests will enjoy exploring vendor booths featuring pet products, services, breed education and demonstrations for pet owners. Area animal shelters and rescue groups will also be on hand showcasing dogs available for adoption. Workshop and activity registration is available online for $5 per event. The deadline for online registration is October 14th. Event-day registration is available on-site at a cost of $7 per event. For a complete list of activities and event schedule, visit https:// -Fest.

In an effort to engage citizens in the branding conversations currently underway, the City is hosting a series of listening sessions at Iron Kettle Brewery, 508 Main ST next week. Aldermen from each ward will meet with constituents on one of three evening sessions to gather input on what Grain Valley means to them. Alderman Stratton and Alderman Cleaver will meet with residents from

Ward I on October 12th, Alderman Mills and Alderman Knox will meet with Ward II residents on October 14th, and Alderman Bass and Alderman Headley will meet with Ward III residents on October 20th. Each session will be held from 5:30pm—7:00pm. Residents who have not already done so are encouraged to complete the branding survey at

In This Edition: Looking Back: Rock & Roll and the Sock Hop


Business: Joeshmoes Coffee to break ground October 7th


Your Health: Cook once, eat twice


Sports: Grain Valley boys take first, girls finished second at home meet


Cover Image: The Grain Valley Sports League is preparing the next generation of Eagles through their youth sports programs. Photo credit: Sara Unrein

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2 Jackson County Food Inspection Report Jackson County Public Works Environmental Health Division inspects all restaurants, grocery stores, schools, mobile food and temporary food establishments in the City of Grain Valley. The following violations were reported in the last 30 days: Stony Point Elementary 1001 SW Ryan Rd. No violations recorded. MO Country 401 East South Outer Belt Road No violations recorded. Porky's Blazin Bar-B-Q 9512 S Buckner Tarsney Road No violations recorded. America's Best Value Inn (Lodging) 105 Sunny Lane Dr. No violations recorded. Monkey Mountain Park Concession Stand 35007 E. Old US 40 Hwy. No violations recorded. Grain Valley North Middle School 31608 N Pink Hill Rd. No violations recorded. Matthews Elementary 144 McQuerry Rd. No violations recorded. El Maguey Mexican Restaurant 102 Buckner-Tarsney Rd. No violations recorded. Lin's Kitchen 111 SW Eagles Pkwy. There were several containers of food in the walk in cooler without dates, all food was dated. Corrected on site 9/29/2021. Observed a bowl being used as a scoop, bowl was removed. Corrected on site: 9/29/2021. GVHS Indoor Concessions 551 SW Eagle Pkwy. Failed to secure food handler card for those working volleyball game on 9/23/21. Correct by 10/23/2021. Cheese sauce in the machine was 109*F. Re-

inspection.. Thermometer missing to check food. GVHS FB Concessions 551 SW Eagle Pkwy. Failed to secure valid food handler cards for all staff working concession stands. Correct by 10/28/2021. No thermometer in concession stand by 1½7/2021. Noticed a fan running and the fan had a large build up on soil residues. No paper towels in the dispenser by the handwashing sink. Grain Valley High School Baseball Concession 551 SW Eagle Parkway Failed to secure valid food handler cards for all concession stand workers. Correct by 10/30/2021. Thermometer was missing from the concession stand. Grain Valley High School Baseball Concession 551 SW Eagle Parkway No violations recorded. Grain Valley Middle School 901 SW Ryan Rd. The roof is leaking in several different locations and trash cans are being used to catch the water. There is a buildup of ice in the walk in freezer. Sni-a-Bar Elementary 701 SW Eagles Pkwy No violations recorded. Sonic Drive In 706 N. Main St. Slice cheese on ice was out of temperature. Corrected on site. Employee discarded the cheese and placed more ice in the bin. Grease hoods over the flat top and fryer had a build up of grease. Repeat violation.

Police Blotter The following information is derived from the Grain Valley Police Department daily calls for service log for the week of September 22-27, 2021. September 22, 2021 Woodbury & Main 1200 Block of Valley Ridge 1300 Block of Jefferson 400 Block of SW Laura LN 700 Block of N Main ST

Motor Vehicle Accident Alarm Alarm Physical Disturbance Citizen Contact

September 23, 2021 200 Block of Hannah CT Sni A Bar & Logan 100 Block of Parker 500 Block of Woodbury 900 Block of Montana Ridge 600 Blk of NW Valley Ridge CT 600 Block of Lakeview DR 1300 Block of Sycamore 700 Block of N Main ST

Suspicious Auto Welfare Check Property Damage Citizen Contact Suspicious Activity Physical Disturbance Stealing Agency Assist-CJC Trespassing

September 24, 2021 1100 Block of Fox Tail 200 Block of NW Jefferson 1200 Block of NW Valley Ridge 200 Block of NW Jefferson 1400 Blk of S Buckner Tarsney 1100 Block of McQuerry 200 Block of Kim CT Area of Hanna CT

Alarm Assault Alarm Suspicious Person Welfare Check Welfare Check Citizen Contact Suspicious Persons and Vehicles 1400 Block of NE Jacklyn DR Stolen Auto 500 Block of Eagles PKWY K9 Call Out 800 Block of Thieme Civil Standby 1100 S Buckner Tarsney Suspicious Person and Vehicle 1400 Blk of S Buckner Tarsney Disturbance 200 Block of E Broadway Agency Assist-CJC 600 Block of Yennie VIN Verifications 800 Block of SW Graystone DR Citizen Contact 1100 Block of N Main Civil Standby 700 Block of N Main ST Leaving the Scene 600 Block of SW Crestview DR Area Check 300 Block of Yennie Verbal Disturbance 700 Block of N Main ST Motor Vehicle Accident 800 Block of Graystone DR Stealing 800 Block of Thieme ST Property Damage

800 Block of Katie CT Jefferson & McQuerry

Citizen Contact Area Check

September 25, 2021 200 Block of Valley I 70 & MM 25 1400 Block of NE Mary CT I 70 East of Grain Valley Exit Eagles & Minter I 70 & MM 26.6 RD Mize & City Limits 100 Block of NW Woodbury 400 Block of SW Crestview DR 400 Block of Walnut 1200 Block of Phelps DR 700 Block of N Main ST

Civil Standby Agency Assist-MSHP Disturbance Agency Assist-MSHP Agency Assist-CJC Agency Assist-MSHP Agency Assist-BSPD Area Check Civil Standby Motor Vehicle Accident Alarm Citizen Contact

September 26, 2021 200 Block of Harris

Agency AssistPublic Works 600 Block of Main Suspicious Activity 1100 Block of Cedar LN Suspicious Activity 200 Block of Cypress Welfare Check 1400 Block of Maple Disturbance Pamela & Eagle Ridge Noise Complaint Crumley & Hoot Owl Suspicious Activity 100 Block of McQuerry Suspicious Person 300 Blk of NE Coldwater Creek Suspicious Person 600 Block of SW Gateway Stealing Hedgewood & Woodbury Area Check 700 Block of Albatross DR Motor Vehicle Accident September 27, 2021 700 Block of Whitestone 1300 Block of Ashley LN 700 Block of N Main ST 1000 Block of Rock Creek 1500 Block of Nicolas Drive

Welfare Check Armed Disturbance Citizen Contact Welfare Check Disturbance

Additional calls for service: Suicidal subject: 6 Domestic violence: 2

Comfort Inn (Lodging) 210 NW Jefferson St. No violations recorded.

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Looking Back


Looking Back: Rock and Roll and the Sock Hop by Marcia Napier, Grain Valley Historical Society Sock hops were held as early as the 1940s to raise money for war relief efforts, but the dances grew in popularity and became known as a type of informal school dance throughout the 1950s and 60s. It was called a "sock hop" because we were required to remove our shoes so we wouldn't scratch the school gymnasium floor. Music was the other defining characteristic of a sock hop. “Rock-androll” became popular in 1951 when a Cleveland disc jockey, Alan Freed, first used the term. At the same time televisions were becoming common place in American homes and teens, including those in Grain Valley, were beginning to watch shows like American Bandstand. Like "American Idol" today, "American Bandstand" became popular among TV viewers. The show began broadcasting from Philadelphia on October 7, 1952. Dick Clark became the host in 1956 and the show went national in 1957. At that time Lottie Gibler ran a café in the building which is now known as The Iron Kettle. Carol (Perry) Gorley was a classmate of her daughter, Kay Gibler (Class of 1961). She remembers going to the café on most days after school to listen to rock and roll tunes and dance with her friends. Later, Lottie’s son, Malcomb owned the restaurant and ran

a “Teen Town” there on Saturday nights. In the spring of Carol’s senior year, her classmates had a Pizza Party and Sock Hop to raise funds for their senior trip. Senior parents helped with the project by cooking pizzas in the home economics room. Remember Chef Boyardee Pizza Mixes? As a freshman and younger sister of a senior, I remember helping to make and serve the pizza. I also remember my mother and Earlene (Tate) Mueller going into the gym and dancing with their sons! By 1961 Grain Valley did not have a teen town but there were lots of school dances including three of four sock hops each year. This photograph appeared in the 1961 Treasure Chest Yearbook and was captioned, “Dancing or acrobats at the Pep Club Sock Hop???” If you are a Grain Valley graduate before 1965 you will remember basketball games in the gym and the second-floor balcony.

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The Historical Society invites you to join us for Coffee with Classmates – the Rock ‘n Roll Years (1950-1970) on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 beginning at 10:00 AM. We will reconnect, reminiscence, and share memorabilia from our days at Grain Valley! I hope you will join us.

A photograph appearing in the 1961 Treasure Chest yearbook and was captioned, “Dancing or acrobats at the Pep Club Sock Hop?” Image courtesy Grain Valley Historical Society

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4 Joeshmoes Coffee to break ground October 7th Joe Pittman, 2020 Grain Valley High School graduate, published author, and budding coffee shop entrepreneur, will break ground on his planned coffee shop, Joeshmoes, on Thursday, October 7th. The planned coffee shop will be located in the northeast corner of the Old Towne Marketplace, and will feature drive-thru service as well as indoor seating. A special Joeshmoes blend of coffee will be served, along with waffles and specialty coffee and tea drinks. Pittman originally had his eye on another nearby space, also a Ward Property LLC space, for a coffee shop.

As he talked with them about his plans, they suggested the open lot on the northeast side of the property. “They were like, we think this location here would be a great fit for you,” Pittman said. “It all just kind of came together.” After taking a year after graduation to publish a daily devotional book and finalize his plans to begin his own business, Pittman is thrilled to break ground and looks forward to serving his signature “joe” to Grain Valley very soon. Follow updates on Joeshmoes on Facebook and Instagram.

Joe Pittman stands in the lot where his coffee shop, Joeshmoes, will be located in the Old Towne Marketplace. A ground breaking will be held Thursday, October 7th. Photo credit: Valley News staff

Residential permit activity dips slightly, activity up overall from 2020 Residential permits issued in July decreased slightly both from June 2021 (558 permits issued) and from July of last year when 493 permits were issued. However, the 480 single-family units permitted during the month brings the year-to-date total to 3,718 which is 20 percent higher than the 2,990 permits issued during 2020’s first seven months, according to the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City’s (KCHBA) monthly Residential Building Permit Statistics report. Comparing single-family permit activity on a county-wide basis, year-todate the Missouri counties have increased by an overall total of 18 permits in 2021 while the Kansas counties have had an increase of 31

permits compared to the same period in 2020. Similar to last year, the five most active cities for single-family permits in 2021 so far are Kansas City, Mo., (584); Olathe (462); Lee’s Summit (436); Overland Park (414); and Blue Springs (163). The only change is Belton, which was replaced by Blue Springs as the fifth most active city. Additionally, the total number of single-family permits issued year-todate by the five busiest cities has increased from 1,529 in 2020 to 2,059 in 2021 – indicating new home construction continues to be a stronghold for the economy. Grain Valley totaled 76 single-family and no multi-family units YTD through July 2021

Technology How to stop criminals from spoofing your number by Burton Kelso, The Technology Expert Telephone spoofing, also known as caller ID spoofing is the act of making a phone call appear as if it is coming from a different number when it shows up on your caller ID. Cyber criminals use this practice as a way to carry out their various voice and text phishing scams. If you see a local phone number show up on your caller ID, crooks know you're probably going to answer. Unfortunately, it is pretty easy to program a phone to show a fake caller ID, but there are ways to protect your smartphone number. Check out these quick and easy tips that will prevent crooks from getting your smartphone number. The reality is it is not much you can do if you find that a criminal is spoofing your number and it turns out that spoofing a number is not illegal, sort of. The FCC's website and Truth in Caller ID Act, states "FCC rules prohibit any person or entity from transmitting misleading or inaccurate caller ID information with the intent to defraud, cause harm, or wrongly obtain anything of value.” The trick is the part of 'no intent to do harm". If you're a small or solo business, you might choose to have another phone number show up when you call customers. You might want to have an 888 number or another local number to protect your office number ... or your smartphone if you run your business from your mobile device. When criminals spoof, they are obviously trying to cause harm, but these crooks can skirt the law as many of these call centers are outside of the United States. Also, numbers are chosen at random from leaked numbers on the dark web. I know you're also wondering if your phone provider can help, but unfortunately, they can't ... unless you decide to change your number. How To Stop Spoofing One of the best ways to stop spoofing is to stop giving out your smartphone number. I'm very selective with whom I share my number. One of the reasons I don't share it is because most people want it to get some free computer advice, but the main reason is to prevent the spoofing of my smartphone number. In this day and age where criminals a targeting smartphones, another good tip is to use a free calling app. Calling apps allow you to do your own spoofing which will keep your smartphone number private. Apps like Google Voice, TextFree, and WhatsApp allow you to make calls through the app which will display the number you choose with the free calling app as opposed to your smartphone number. If you have a business that uses VOIP, check with your provider to see if there is an app you can use to make business

calls without revealing your number. For example, we use Vonage Business for our office phones. We can make calls from the app which means our team members can keep their smartphones private. If you find your number has been spoofed, you can record a voicemail letting people know that your number has been spoofed. People understand spoofing is widespread and having a voicemail that alerts people to the fact that you've been spoofed, can calm the nerves of people who have been harassed by criminals. What to Do If You Are Getting Spoofed Calls Before you call that number back angrily to confront a scammer, take the following steps:, Try to avoid answering unfamiliar numbers, even if they are from your area. If you do answer a call and it is obviously a spam call (they are often offers to reduce credit card payments or offer prizes), do not respond to them and hang up. Do not answer any questions, especially yes or no questions. Do not give out any personal information such as addresses or Social Security numbers. No legitimate business or government agency will contact you to collect personal information. Immediately hang up if someone claims they represent a government agency or company. They will usually attempt to contact you via the mail rather than call you. Call an organization directly to inquire if they did attempt to call you. I hope this blog post helps you fight back against spoofing. If your phone is being taken over by a telemarketing spoof, take action to protect your number. Most people are sympathetic if your number has been spoofed. I'm curious to know if you've had your number spoofed and what you did to reclaim your number. Want to ask me a tech question? Send it to I love technology. I've read all of the manuals and I'm serious about making technology fun and easy to use for everyone. Need computer or technology help? If you need on-site or remote tech support for your Windows\Macintosh, computers, laptops, Android/Apple smartphone, tablets, printers, routers, smart home devices, and anything that connects to the Internet, please feel free to contact my team at Integral. Our team of friendly tech experts organization can help you with any IT needs you might have. Reach out to us a or phone at 888.256.0829.


Community Voices


Why we need a community forum by Brian J. Allfrey, Executive Director, Utah Press Association I am not sure what I expected our country to look like in 2021, but I certainly did not expect it to be so fractured and so bogged down in hate. My oldest son was a year old on September 11, 2001. The wave of patriotism following that day gave me hope for the America that my kids would inherit. Fast forward twenty years, and that hope has been overtaken by fear. Fear that our country has become so polarized on every issue that it may not survive. In 1858, Abraham Lincoln said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand”. Never in America’s history has this quote been truer. In 1858, Lincoln spoke about the divide between free states and slave states. In 2021, America is divided on a multitude of issues, and most of our society is determined to expand that divide rather than close the gap. We have technology and media platforms that not only created this divide but continue to drive a wedge between us. These concerns are a driving force behind the theme of National Newspaper Week -- THE Community Forum, newspapers as the foundation of our communities. Let me explain the problem and then offer a solution. We are polarized on every issue because of the information that we consume every day. We have completely lost our ability to see another point of view. We no longer accept differences of opinion, debate, disagreement, or dissent. Any division in thought is met with anger and hatred. This is in complete violation of the concepts that created America. America was founded on the ideals of freedom, tolerance, and acceptance. All men were created equal with fundamental rights. People of diverse backgrounds and beliefs worked together to frame these ideas into a new country with liberty and justice for all. They compromised for the betterment of everyone. Now, we all know our country is not perfect. It never has been and never will be. These ideals have not always applied to everyone, but the beauty of our country is that it should continue to evolve. America is a concept, a target for which we are striving. Unfortunately, it feels like we are as far away from the target, as far from a perfect system, as we have ever been. The question for all of us is, how did we get here, and how we evolve. The 1980’s gave birth to the 24-hour news networks. These “news” networks have become Entertainment TV Programming with multiple networks now fighting for viewers, ratings, and advertising dollars. They each appeal to a subset of viewers with a distinct political leaning.

Their programming has little reporting of the actual news, focused mostly on commentary, feeding their viewers what they want to see and hear. These networks have become 100% entertainment losing all their journalistic integrity. They feed us the information that they want us to have, and most of us are unaware that we are consuming propaganda rather than facts. The 2000’s saw the advent of social media networks, heralded as a breakthrough in human interaction and communication. With a mouse click, or swipe, you can connect with anyone, or any group, anywhere in the world. This modern technology has changed how we live and communicate. Unfortunately, it is being used to further the divide of the American public. Social networks work on algorithms designed to show you things in which you are interested, which explains why they are so entertaining and addicting. However, many entities are exploiting these platforms to divide us. Social Media has moved beyond connecting people to the single most polarizing platform in this country. Think about the negativity, hate, fear and bullying in your feed. No matter the subject, people are attacking each other in the most vile, evil ways. There is no discussion or civil discord, just polarized ideas of right and wrong. We say things to each other that we would never say to someone’s face. We treat each other without dignity or class. The technology and platforms that we entertain ourselves with are destroying the fabric of our society. The very nature of social media is to connect people with shared interests, and on the surface, seems great. However, it connects people with like interests regardless of whether those interests are positive or negative. Social media platforms become an echo chamber of people sharing the same beliefs and same fears, regardless of what those are. Ted Kaczynski (The Unabomber) was one man, working alone. In 2021, he would be part of an extremist social media group, spreading his thoughts and feeding off the radicalism of others in a virtual mob effect. We need to get back to being civil with one another, treating each other with dignity. We need to listen to others viewpoint. We will not always agree, but we do not have to. Differences of opinion are not bad. There can be truth on both sides of an argument. For example, masks are a huge argument across our communities right now. Is it possible that both sides could be correct in parts of their argument? Could it be that masks may help slow the spread of disease, but at the same be detrimental to students learning? The issue is very rarely black and white

but usually in the grey area between. We need to understand that both sides of an argument can be correct and stop fighting, hating, and bullying those that disagree with us. The first step is in our own mind. We must look at the media and propaganda we are consuming. Our minds are consuming these ideas of hatred and polarization. We need to move towards civil discussion and treating everyone with respect. To do this, we must regulate our media intake. We must turn away from the ideological echo chamber of “news” entertainment and social media around us. Open minded people are bad for business for media outlets or social media groups pushing a certain agenda. We need a new COMMUNITY FORUM for news, entertainment, and connection with our community. Every night, Walter Cronkite told you what had happened that day. He did not give you his opinion, he gave you facts. We need the facts about what is going on in our community, and we can only get that in our local newspaper. Newspapers are embedded in the community.

Local news has a much bigger impact in your day-to-day life than national/ regional news. City Council, Zoning, School Board, Local Elections all have profound effect on our daily life. Engaging with our local newspaper makes our community better. Attend town halls and community events. Help hold our local elected officials accountable. Local Newspapers are the original community forum, disseminating essential information, holding government accountable and engaging the community in civil discourse. We can ignite a wave of change, but we must start local. Our government and leaders reflect our values. If we want them to change, we must change. Be part of the Community Forum. Subscribe to your local newspaper today, in print or online. Support Local Journalism, engage in activities that build up your communities.



Grain Valley Sports League preparing next generation of Eagles After the Friday night lights of Grain Valley High School football games have faded, the next generation of Eagles take to the field on Saturdays each fall. The Grain Valley Sports League (GVSL) offers football, flag football, cheer, and basketball leagues for youth in Grain Valley. GVSL is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and led and organized by an army of parent coaches and volunteers. Coach Robbie Schatzer played college football and became involved as a coach when his son began playing football with the league. Schatzer has volunteered with the league for three years. On a recent Saturday afternoon, we caught up with Schatzer as his third grade team took to the field for a game. “At this level, they are working on the fundamentals of the game. Holding onto the ball, and learning how to block and drive,” Schatzer said. As the boys began warm ups, we asked Schatzer what the most challenging part of the game is for students at this age. “Attentiveness,” Schatzer said with a smile. “A lot of kids are timid about running

the ball at this age. We work on getting them out of that with a series of drills.” Schatzer also coaches a 7th grade team that took the field at Moody Murry Stadium later that evening. Cheer coach April Watkins was on the sidelines as Schatzer’s third grade team prepared to take the field. Equipping a boisterous group of girls with pom poms, Watkins quickly had the crew prepped and lined up to get the crowd going. The GVSL cheer program consists of 45 youth in Kindergarten—6th grade. Students focus on basic fundamentals of cheer and learning the basics of football, so they know when their team is on offense or defense. Watkins said the cheer program is taking a break from cheering the League’s basketball program due to COVID-19, but are getting plenty of opportunities to cheer for the Eagles during football season. Basketball signups are now available for boys and girls in Kindergarten—7th grade. For more information and to register, visit the Grain Valley Sports League’s website at

Capitol Report by Rep. Jeff Coleman, MO District 32 Gas Tax to Increase but Refunds Will Be Available (SB 262) On October 1, Missouri’s gas tax will increase for the first time in 25 years, but Missourians who don’t want to pay the increase have an option. The tax will increase by 2.5 cents October first, with more incremental increases every July 1 until it reaches a total increase of 12.5 cents in 2025. The Department of Transportation estimates the increase, when fully implemented, will generate another $460 million annually for the state’s roads and bridges. Those who don’t want to pay the increase will be able to apply for a refund. The Department of Revenue will provide a form for applicants to fill out. A final version is expected to be available, either digitally or by paper copy, by the time applications can be

accepted between July 1 and September 30 of next year. Fuel purchased in Missouri for vehicles weighing less than 26,000 pounds is eligible for a refund. The initial increase, which begins October 1, has been estimated at about $1 a month for the average Missouri driver. Once it’s fully phased in the increase will be approximately $60 per year, depending on how much fuel each driver consumes. The House Transportation Committee Chairwoman said the department has been running about $800 million behind what it needs for road work, per year. The increase will cover a significant portion of that gap, and will also put Missouri in position to draw federal dollars from an anticipated infrastructure bill. The gas tax increase became law when Governor Mike Parson signed

Partnership announces winners of Cutest Baby Contest

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The winners of the Grain Valley Fair’s Cutest Baby Contest are as follows: (Pictured left to right): First place: Henry A., Second Place: Weston A., Third Place: Ryder W.

Your Health

8 Cook Once, Eat Twice by Tara Sallee, MS, RD, LD, Hy-Vee Corporate Dietitian Does the thought of cooking balanced, healthy meals for your family make your head spin? One of the biggest obstacles busy Americans face when preparing nutritious meals is lack of time. But there is thankfully a simple solution that can help manage mealtime mayhem: preparation, planning, and a “cook once, eat twice” strategy. Here’s why you should implement these to make mealtime less stressful: Time Efficient: Even the happiest chefs don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen; therefore the cook once, eat twice method is a game changer. Finding simple, 30-minute (or less) recipes that serve more than needed at

meals is the easiest way to escape takeout (or the dreaded vending machine at work). Tastes Better: Not everyone loves leftovers, but they can become more appealing if it saves you from coming up with something to eat later on. The best part? Sometimes reheating a meal tastes better the second time around. And no one said that you can’t doctor it up a little differently the second time around. Steak last night makes the perfect protein in a burrito bowl today. Saves Money: If less cooking didn’t convince you to go this route of planning/prepping, then maybe the dollar sign will. It’s no secret that some forecasting on the front end can help

Alleviating common foot pain (StatePoint) As the weather cools and women switch from open to closed shoe styles, the transition can be painful. According to Dr. Thanh Dinh, DPM, FACFAS, a foot and ankle surgeon and president of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) two of the most common types of pain women feel in their feet in autumn come from bunions and hammertoes. The ACFAS offers the following insights into treating these conditions and easing associated pain: Understanding Bunions A common myth is that tight-fitting or narrow shoes cause bunions. The truth is, bunions are genetic. However, symptoms occur most often when wearing high heels or other styles that crowd the toes. Pain from bunions most often occurs along the side of the foot near the big toe. Women sometimes describe it as a throbbing that continues even after taking off their shoes and putting up their feet. The site of the bunion can also be inflamed or red and can feel numb or have a burning sensation. Demystifying Hammertoes “A hammertoe is a ‘bending’ or contracture deformity of one or both joints of a toe,” Dr. Dinh says. “The abnormal bending puts pressure on the toe when wearing shoes and causes problems to develop -- which can start mildly and worsen over time.”

Women with hammertoes can experience pain or irritation of the affected toe when wearing shoes. Corns and calluses (a buildup of skin) on the toe, between the toes or on the ball of the foot can occur from the constant friction against the shoes with hammertoes. Inflammation, redness or a burning sensation are also possible and in severe cases, open sores may form. Next Steps Proper shoe selection and conservative treatments can go a long way in managing pain from bunions and hammertoes. Foot and ankle surgeons recommend avoiding high-heeled shoes and styles that crowd the toes together, as well as using padding and taking antiinflammatory medication. While these techniques address pain, they don’t generally stop bunions or hammertoes from getting worse. Surgery is commonly performed by foot and ankle surgeons to both correct the deformities and alleviate pain. Those who suffer from both ailments can have surgery to correct the foot deformities at the same time. Experiencing increased foot pain? Make an appointment with a foot and ankle surgeon to see how they can help alleviate pain. Visit to access the Find an ACFAS Physician Tool.

your wallet (and waistline) on the back end. Whether you’re cooking for one or an entire family, expanding the ways you use and stretch your grocery dollar can be a major benefit. Now that you’re convinced that the cook once, eat twice strategy is the gold standard in stress-free meal making, let’s talk about food. Whether you plan your meals around the protein, the carb, or even the veggie – all can be used to save you time later in the week. Try grilling up extra chicken breasts so you can enjoy it with a side of roasted potatoes and asparagus one night and chicken stir-fry the next. Brown extra ground beef - think tacos tonight and chili tomorrow. Never discount the incredible, edible

egg. Hard-boiled eggs can be used at breakfast, tossed in a salad, or as a quick snack mid-afternoon. Toss together a large bowl of dark leafy greens, tomatoes and carrots – pull out for a side salad here and there, and dress it as it goes. This is an easy way to add some produce in your life without all the prep. Life’s hectic, but meal prep doesn’t have to be. Start incorporating these strategies today for a simpler (and tastier) tomorrow.

The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.

Outdoors & Recreation


Paranormal investigation at Fort

City celebrates Blue Branch

Osage National Historic Landmark

Trail completion

Jackson County Parks + Rec is excited to announce Fort Osage National Historic Landmark’s Paranormal Investigation on Saturday, October 9th from 5:00pm— 6:30pm or 7:00pm—8:30pm. Professional paranormal investigators will use state-of-the-art technology to explore the historic Fort in Sibley, Missouri and learn more about its former residents. Fort Osage historians and members of the paranormal team will lead two tours of the Fort after dark and give visitors an opportunity to investigate activity. Jackson County’s health order will be enforced and masks are required


indoor exhibits. Tickets for adults 13 and older are $20 per person. The Fort Osage National Historic Landmark is located at 105 Osage Street, Sibley. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance online by visiting the Jackson County Parks + Rec website: https://

City staff and the Park Board celebrated the completion of the Blue Branch Creek Trail. The community approved the Grain Valley Park Sales Tax in 2008 allowing for projects, such as the trail to improve connectivity throughout the City. Photo credit: City of Grain Valley


ACROSS 1. Instagram handle, e.g. 6. Faux one 9. Floor cleaner or haircut, pl. 13. No such thing as a free one? 14. Middle-earth dweller 15. Like Halloween night 16. Binary digits code 17. Biathlon glider 18. Take without asking 19. *Hockey's ____ Cup 21. *Start of play 23. End of White House URL 24. 1,000 grams 25. Spot for a massage 28. Chemistry Nobelist Otto ____ 30. *The oldest U.S.-based team in NHL 35. Bar bills 37. Denials 39. Thin Mints group, e.g. 40. Just one of British Isles 41. Low landform 43. Not in favor of 44. Slap landing 46. Dutch cheese 47. Property right 48. Kismet-related 50. "All for one, one for all" sword 52. Shed tears 53. Old in Scottish 55. Time period 57. *Sandler as hockey player 61. *"The Great One" 65. Radio show host: "Hello, you're ____" 66. Sea in Spain 68. Witchy woman 69. Pore in a leaf 70. *1980 Olympic "Miracle" winner 71. Ringworm 72. Gardner's gear 73. Dashboard acronym 74. Same as sakis

DOWN 1. "Sad to say ..." 2. A deadly sin 3. Ancient Peruvian 4. Breezing through 5. Civil War battle 6. Nosegay 7. Biblical boat 8. "The Terminator" genre 9. Dole out 10. Black and white treat 11. "La Vie en rose" singer 12. Ego's domain 15. Bodyguard, e.g. 20. *14-year NHL player, coached Whalers to playoffs, Jack ____ 22. Priest's vestment 24. Worked the dough 25. *Hockey club 26. Ottoman title 27. More competent 29. *Great Gordie 31. Europe/Asia mountain divide 32. Not Doric nor Corinthian 33. Post-it user 34. Like a sea urchin 36. Give an impression 38. *____ shot 42. Arabian chieftain 45. "Hats off," in New Zealand (2 words) 49. Mixed breed puppy 51. Builds 54. Madagascar primate 56. Skylit lobbies 57. "Gee!" 58. Keen on 59. Cambodia's neighbor 60. Marcel Marceau, e.g. 61. 1/1000 of #24 Across 62. Fall asleep, with 'out' 63. Between femur and tibia 64. Confirmations 67. Nile viper



Penalties, miscues cost Eagles in 9-8 loss to Fort Osage by Michael Smith A week after forcing three turnovers in a strong defensive effort against Kearney, the Grain Valley defense showed once again that it’s one of the strongest units in the Kansas City area. The Eagles were able to hold a Fort Osage team in check that came into Friday’s game at Moody Murray Memorial Field averaging 39 points per game. However, costly mistakes and a little bit of bad luck doomed the Eagles in a 9-8 loss in a Suburban White Conference game. “We unfortunately couldn’t get out of our own way offensively,” Grain Valley head coach David Allie said, whose team had eight penalties for 50 yards. “We’d get some yardage then get a penalty. It’s stuff we can control but we didn’t tonight. We can’t beat ourselves” It was a defensive battle early on as the game was tied at 0 going into the second quarter. The Eagles finally broke through with 4:34 left in the third when senior Tristin Pouncil blocked a punt from Greg Menne which was kicked out of bounds for a safety and a 2-0 Grain Valley lead. On Fort Osage’s ensuing drive, junior linebacker Cole Elliott jumped a route from wide receiver Lorezo Fenner and intercepted a pass from Menne and returned it to the Indians 24-yard line. On third down, quarterback Caleb Larson fit a pass between two Fort Osage defense backs as sophomore wide receiver Anthony Greco made a leaping catch for a touchdown at the 1:09 mark to make it 8-0. Larson, who was holding the ball for an extra point attempt from kicker Austin Schmidt pulled the ball and tried to find a receiver in the end zone. His pass fell incomplete as the 2-point attempt failed. The 8-0 lead held until halftime, but when the third quarter started, that’s when the bad luck hit the Eagles. Schmidt, who is normally automatic in terms of kicking touchbacks, had a short kick that landed around the Fort Osage 19-yard line. Indians wide receiver Lorenzo Fenner turned the kick into a big return and made it to the Eagles 2-yard line. Fort Osage almost gave the ball away on a muffed snap on the first play, but the senior running back Javon Hall leaped over the Eagles defensive line for a 3yard touchdown run that narrowed the gap to 8-6 after a failed two-point conversion at the 11:24 mark in the third

The Eagles defense was a bright spot. They held Fort Osage to just 148 total yards. The effort was led by senior linebacker Gage Forkner (#7 right foreground), who had 10 tackles and junior defensive end Jake Allen (#20) who had a team-high 1.5 sacks. Photo credit: John Overstreet period. “He slipped,” Allie said of Schmidt’s kickoff. “The turf was wet. That was bad luck. We obviously don’t want to kick it to that dude.” On Grain Valley’s next drive, it made it into Fort Osage territory for the fourth time. Early in the drive, Grain Valley starting running back Jaxon Wyatt injured his ankle and did not come back into the game. That left the Eagles (3-3, 1-1 conference) with just one-half of their dynamic running back duo in freshman DJ Harris. On fourth-and-1 from the Fort Osage 33, he was tackled behind the line of scrimmage for a turnover on downs. That was the story for the Grain Valley rushing attack which only accumulated 77 yards, with 55 of those coming from Larson. The Eagles had a hard time blocking Fort Osage nose tackle Brock Bransteitter, who helped

stuff Eagle runs up the middle. “They had a big ol’ nose (tackle) that we didn’t do a good job against,” Allie said. “He gave us fits inside.” After the Indians (5-1, 3-0 conference) got the ball back, they made it to the Grain Valley 14 before the Eagles forced a fourth down. Kicker Xander Shepherd was able to sneak a 31-yard field goal inside the right post to give his team the lead for good with 1:52 remaining in the third. Late in the fourth quarter, Grain Valley had one last chance to score. On third-and-1, Harris, who has been a productive player for the Eagles all season, got enough yards for a first down. A subsequent fumble was recovered by junior outside linebacker Ryan Thorpe at the Fort 37. With just a little more than 3 minutes remaining, Fort Osage ran out the rest of

the clock. The Eagles defense was a bright spot. They held Fort Osage to just 148 total yards. The effort was led by senior linebacker Gage Forkner, who had 10 tackles and junior defensive end Jake Allen who had a team-high 1.5 sacks. “Our defense stepped up,” Allie said. “To hold that offense to (nine) points is pretty phenomenal.”

The Grain Valley Eagles face the William Chrisman Bears this Friday, October 8th at William Chrisman High School. Follow game updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages (@grainvalleynews).

CAPITOL REPORT continued from page 7 Senate Bill 262, which passed out of the House with a final vote of 104-52. Providing Free Hygiene Products to Female Inmates (SB 53) Women incarcerated in Missouri prisons and jails will now have access to feminine hygiene products free of charge, under legislation that became law in July. Senate Bill 53, signed into law by Governor Mike Parson on July 14, included language that requires city and county jails to join the state’s prisons in providing those products to female inmates at no cost. Many facilities had already been doing this. The law will codify that practice and extend it to those who weren’t. Research in 2018 showed more than 80 percent of women in Missouri’s two female prisons were making their own hygiene products, and those they were given for free were ineffectual. These homemade products were often resulting in infections or other complications. One of the key supporters of the bill said the measure was a way to provide dignity to incarcerated women, while saving the state money. He said, “These women were receiving additional medical treatment at the cost of the Missouri taxpayer when they did fashion their own products in order to save money.” The fiscal year 2022 budget includes $240,000 to pay for providing those products to women in county and city jails and detention centers. Pfizer COVID-19 Booster Shots Now Available for Eligible Missourians Missourians who received the Pfizer vaccine can now receive a booster shot at least six months after their initial series. Following federal guidance issued from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has amended the state’s standing order for PfizerBioNTech COVID-19 vaccine administration for those who are eligible for a booster shot. According to CDC guidance: People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster; People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster; People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster; and People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or

institutional setting (e.g. frontline medical workers, teachers, and first responders) may receive a booster. The list of medical conditions categorized as high-risk by the CDC is available at the following link: https:// need-extra-precautions/people-withmedical-conditions.html. Missourians with an underlying medical condition are encouraged to speak with their healthcare provider about whether a booster shot is right for them. Federal health experts are still reviewing data from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) and will decide when recipients may be eligible for a booster shot. Missouri providers will be ready to administer Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster shots when they are recommended. Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots will be administered anywhere the Pfizer COVID -19 vaccine is available. Individuals do not need to get their booster shot at the same location they received their initial series. Those seeking a booster shot can visit to find a nearby provider and schedule an appointment or locate a walk-in clinic. Individuals can also get the flu shot at the same time they receive the COVID -19 booster shot. Flu vaccines are now becoming available through various providers throughout the state, and it is recommended annually for everyone 6 months and older. Research shows that all COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States continue to be highly effective at preventing severe illness and death. Individuals should only get a booster shot when it is recommended, not earlier. How Missourians can get a free COVID19 vaccine: Check for vaccine appointments at, where you can search for availability by vaccine type (e.g., Pfizer). Call the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccine hotline at 1-800-232-0233 (or TTY 1-888-7207489). Help is available in multiple languages. Locate local vaccination events in Missouri at Seniors and homebound adults can make arrangements using information at Missouri DHSS COVID-19 Public Hotline 1-877-435-8411 Mon.-Fri., 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Please let me know If you have other concerns and suggestions. If you would like to schedule a specific time to meet locally, please call my office at 573-7511487, or email my office at

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King of Kansas City open wheel Fall Brawl Championship Who is the fastest open wheel non wing sprint car driver? Who will take home the championship belt? Who will be crowned the King of Kansas City? It will all be determined by a 40 lap feature with a competition yellow at 20 laps for adjustments and fuel. Tickets can be purchased online and at the gate on race day. Event classes: IMCA Stars Mod Lites, Valley non wing Sprint car, Valley POWri Outlaw Sprints Valley Speedway, 348 East Old 40 Hwy

Ward III Listening Session for Branding Survey 5:30pm—7:00pm Iron Kettle Brewery, 508 Main ST

October 11, 2021 Board of Aldermen Meeting 7:00pm Grain Valley City Hall

October 12, 2021 Ward I Listening Session for Branding Survey 5:30pm—7:00pm Iron Kettle Brewery, 508 Main ST

October 13, 2021 Planning & Zoning Commission 6:30pm Grain Valley City Hall

October 14, 2021 Ward II Listening Session for Branding Survey 5:30pm—7:00pm Iron Kettle Brewery, 508 Main ST

October 23, 2021 National Drug Take Back and Shredding Event Shredding: 10:00am—1:00pm Drug Take Back: 10:00am—2:00pm Grain Valley Police Department, 711 Main Grain Valley businesses or individuals may bring up to three bags or boxes for secure shredding of unwanted documents. Drug Take Back will accept all prescription and over-the-counter medications for safe disposal. No syringes will be accepted. Proof of residency is required for shredding.

October 29, 2021 Trail or Treat 6:30pm—8:30pm Butterfly Trail Park Free event—Haunted Hayride, Gruesome Graveyard 30+ local businesses/organizations will hand out treats along the trail. Costumes and flashlights are encouraged!

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