Valley News DECEMBER 3, 2020
2021 Budget Includes Modest COLA Adjustment For Salaries; CARES Act Funds Used For A/V, Tech Upgrades Last week, Valley News reported the Board of Aldermen voted to approve the 2021 ﬁscal year budget, compensation plan, and comprehensive fee schedule for the City during its November 23rd meeting. In addition, the Board voted to amend the 2020 budget to account for changes due to CARES Act funding and reﬁnancing of bonds, as well as account for expenditures related to additional street overlay projects. Over the next few weeks, we’ll look at the 2021 budget in more detail. This week, we will focus on City stafﬁng, CARES Act funding, and the 2021 fee schedule. The City approved a modest cost-ofliving increase for salaries and increase in healthcare expenses benchmarked against costs for the ﬁrst six months of the plan year. “There were no signiﬁcant changes in the approved 2021 compensation plan. We have budgeted the funds for a 2% COLA (cost-of -living adjustment) increase in salaries. We have budgeted for a 12% increase in healthcare costs for the second half of 2021. Our beneﬁt plan year runs July to June so we know what our costs will be for the ﬁrst half of the
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County Receives Failing Grade In Audit Of Budgets And Transfers
year,” City Administrator Ken Murphy said. The comprehensive fee schedule showed a few changes for 2021, including the addition of a $300 Planning & Zoning fee for site plan review (in transition overlay). In addition, sewer connection fees are now based on meter size. “The increases were based on comparisons from other cities and a review of true infrastructure costs,” Murphy said. There was a slight increase to some parks and recreation fees, including pool and athletic ﬁeld rental fees. Community Center fees and fees for the ﬁtness center and aquatic center did not increase. The City dedicated CARES Act funding received in 2020 toward A/V upgrades, a new website and other technology items that will allow for remote communication. In addition, funding was used for ﬁrst responder personnel costs, PPE and related COVID-19 supplies, facility safety upgrades, and utility bill assistance.
The Ofﬁce of Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway issued a failing grade to Jackson County following an audit concerning County Budgets and Transfers. The audit was requested by Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. in January 2018. The audit of County budgets and transfers found the county frequently underestimated fund balances, underestimated revenues and overestimated spending. As a result,
county funds have a higher balance than expected and taxpayers do not have a clear understanding of the county's ﬁnances. The poor estimates of beginning and ending fund balances resulted in undesignated fund balances. Instead of following the budget process established by state law, which would require public hearings, the audit found the county legislature improperly transferred these undesignated fund
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Good News: Santa Accepting Mail At Armstrong Park Until Dec. 6th Through December 6th, children may deliver their letters to Santa in the special mailbox located behind Santa’s sleigh in Armstrong Park. Letters will be delivered to the North Pole, and Santa will send a reply back to children who provide their mailing address.
Labels to record basic information about each child will be provided at the sleigh so parents can help ensure Santa will be able to write back. Letter writers may also provide the child’s name, mailing address, and gift wishes on the letter.
Missouri Trivia by Marcia Napier, Grain Valley Historical Society The Gateway Arch in St. Louis is the tallest monument in America at 630 feet. It is 75 feet taller than the Washington Monument and over twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty. Mr. Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Zenfell (1917-2012) was the Supervisory Park Engineer during the construction of the Gateway Arch. Zenfell grew up in
Vicksburg and Clarksdale, Mississippi where his Lebanese immigrant parents operated a general store. He earned an engineering degree at Mississippi State University before joining the Park Service.
Personal note: His daughter, Jennifer, became my Alpha Delta Pi pledge daughter at the University of Missouri in 1965.
In This Edition:
Through December 6th, children may deliver letters to Santa in the mailbox located behind Santa’s sleigh in Armstrong Park. Photo credit: City of Grain Valley
Looking Back: Duncan Road
Wayne’s World: God May Be Silent, But He Is Not Absent
Your Health: Holiday Sweet Treats
Sports: Lady Eagles Drop Home Opener To Warriors
Cover Photo: GVHS Girls Swim and Dive team listen to instructions during practice on December 1st.
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balances. During 2017 and 2018, the county legislature authorized more than $3 million in transfers for use throughout the county. In order to ensure all spending is transparent, the audit recommends the legislature discontinue authorizing these transfers of undesignated fund balances. The audit also reviewed the county executive ofﬁce's use of administrative transfers, which are permitted as long as they do not exceed $10,000. Between 2016 and 2018, the audit found these administrative transfers totaled $10 million and the majority of those that were more closely examined by auditors were completed without proper approval or did not have sufﬁcient documentation or explanation. The audit also found that between 2016 and 2018, the county executive approved $3 million in multiple-objectcode administrative transfers. In these cases, individual transfers were under the $10,000 threshold, but went towards a single purchase that exceeded $10,000. In these cases, the purchase may have otherwise required legislative approval. In 2019, the county consolidated
departments into a single fund, which ofﬁcials say will eliminate the need for similar transfers. The audit recommended county ofﬁcials review and update the county code to ensure the necessity of administrative transfers. In a November 30th press release, County Executive Frank White, Jr., shared his thoughts on the report. “Upon Auditor Galloway’s acceptance of the audit request on April 11, 2018, my administration has fully participated in this process to help her staff complete their scope of work, which included more than one audit report. The third report released today focuses on Jackson County’s Budgets and Transfers,” White said. “While we may disagree with some of the statements or ﬁndings, we will continue to work with elected leaders as we review the report to determine if additional changes are necessary. I would like to thank State Auditor Nicole Galloway and her staff, whose hard work will help us in continuing to operate effectively with the utmost transparency and efﬁciency.”
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:
Price Chopper Bakery 1191 NE McQuerry Road Observed ice build up on the condenser in walk-in cooler. Correct by 1/16/2021.
Price Chopper Meat/Seafood The curtain for the cooler in the meat cutting room had an accumulation of Papa Murphy’s stuck on food debris. 1203 Buckner Tarsney Road Observed ice build up on the condenser Observed multiple handles touching food and the floor of the meat freezer. Correct on the pizza make table. Corrected on site. by 1/16/2021. Food debris observed inside clean utensil containers. Corrected on site. Price Chopper Starbucks No violations recorded. Valley Nutrition 201 N Main ST Price Chopper Grocery/Dairy/Produce No violations recorded. No violations recorded. Lin’s Kitchen 11 SW Eagles Parkway Handwashing sink blocked by multiple items. Correct by 1/1. Floor around fryer and grill had accumulation of debris. Correct by 1/1. Back door was propped open. Corrected on site. America’s Best Value Inn 105 Sunny Lane Drive No violations recorded. The Pub & Patio 640 Yennie ST No violations recorded.
Dollar General Store 105 E Rock Creek Lane Three cans were found dented on the sales floor shelves. Corrected. Canteen Vending/Kohls Distribution Ctr. 2015 NE Jefferson No violations recorded. QuikTrip 1110 N Buckner Tarsney Road No violations recorded. MO Country 401 E South Outer Belt Road No violations recorded.
Police Blotter The following information is derived from the Grain Valley Police Department daily calls for service log for the week of November 18-24, 2020.
November 18, 2020 100 Block Amanda Ct 600 Block Charlotte 1000 Block Burr Oak 900 Block Ryan Rd 700 Block Main St BB Hwy & Eagles Pkwy 600 Block EE Kirby 3300 Block S Outer Rd Hoot Owl Estates Long and RD Mize Rd 600 Block Walnut
Disturbance Alarm Area Check Alarm Citizen Contact Found Missing Juvenile Disturbance Alarm Noise Complaint Parking Complaint Area Check
November 19, 2020 1000 Block Cross Creek Minter Way & Minter Rd Magnolia & Pecan 200 Block Kim Ct 1200 Block Scenic Dr 700 Block Main St 700 Block Main St 1200 Block RD Mize Rd 1200 Block RD Mize Rd 200 Block Cypress Rd 1300 Block Jefferson 600 Block Broadway
Suspicious Person Agency Assist (CJC) Suspicious Vehicle Citizen Contact Protection Order Violation Custody Exchange Citizen Contact Disturbance Civil Matter Disturbance Alarm Missing Juvenile
November 20, 2020 200 Block Lindsey Ln 700 Block Main St 1200 Block Granite 400 Block Chelsea Ln 1400 Block Mary Ct 700 Block Main St 100 Block Sunny Ln 100 Block Broadway
Citizen Contact Missing Adult Private Property Tow Agency Assist (OGPD) Parking Complaint Suspicious Vehicle Agency Assist (Health Department) Agency Assist (OGPD)
November 21, 2020 700 Block Main St 700 Block Main St 1600 Block Pin Oak 600 Block Woodbury Dr 100 Block Hudson 100 Block Armstrong 200 Block Kimberly Ct 200 Block Garden
Citizen Contact Citizen Contact Alarm Stealing Agency Assist (BPD) Citizen Contact Agency Assist (CJC) Check the Well Being
November 22, 2020 1200 Block Eagles 900 Blk Deer Creek Rd 700 Block Main St 400 Block Wolf Creek
Citizen Contact Disturbance Citizen Contact Parking Complaint
November 23, 2020 600 Blk Silverstone Cir 1200 Block Phelps Dr 600 Block Yennie 500 Block Broadway
Suspicious Vehicle Disturbance Suspicious Vehicle Parking Complaint
November 24, 2020 100 Block Main St Motor Vehicle Accident 1300 Block Jefferson Alarm Cross Creek & Eagles Area Check 1000 Block Deer Creek Dr Theft from Auto 200 Block Kim Ct Disturbance 2300 Blk Hedgewood Dr Assault 700 Block Main St Civil Standby Additional calls for the week: Suicidal subject: 2 Domestic violence: 1
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Looking Back: Duncan Road by Marcia Napier, Grain Valley Historical Society In last week’s column, I mentioned there were thirteen children in the McQuerry family who lived on McQuerry Road, northeast of Grain Valley. Ruby Elizabeth McQuerry, the seventh child, married Elmer Sylvester Duncan and they lived northwest of Grain Valley on Duncan Road. Sanford Sylvester Duncan came with his family from Kentucky in the 1890s. For a while he resided in Fort Osage Township where he met and married Matilda Mae Vanarsdale in 1901. They had ﬁve children, Elmer Sylvester, 1902-1977; Spurgon Arthur, 1904-1983; Lola Mae, 1906-1979; Wilbert Lyle, 1909-1962; and Bessie Gertrude, 1911-1989. Spurgon moved to Marceline, Missouri, Lola Mae moved to Independence, and Bessie lived in Sedalia. My father would from time-to-time talk about Lyle Duncan who worked on Sni-A-Bar Farms from his high school years until the farm dispersal sale in 1945. Lyle’s main job was working with the grade cattle in the barns on Ryan Road. When the farm was sold, Lyle moved his wife Ann Laure (Lierman) Duncan and their family to Mt. Kisco in the state of
Looking north from the front gate of the farm of Elmer and Ruby Duncan, circa 1951. Photo courtesy Grain Valley Historical Society New York. He managed a cattle operation there until his death in 1962. Only Elmer remained in Grain Valley. Although the 1910 U. S. Census reported that Sanford Duncan farmed on rented property, at some point the farm was purchased. Growing up, I remember the Duncan farm just west of Tyer Road.
Ruby graduated from Grain Valley High School in 1921 and Elmer graduated in 1923. They were married on September 11, 1925 and the had one daughter Paulina Duncan Graff, Class of 1948. The Duncans were members of the Grain Valley Christian Church and Mr. Duncan served
Elmer and Ruby Duncan on their farm, circa 1966. Photo courtesy Grain Valley Historical Society on the Grain Valley School Board from the late 1940s until 1956. Now that I’ve mentioned Tyer Road, I suppose I will tell you about Luther and Paulina Tyer next week!
Visit the Grain Valley Historical Society at 506 S. Main on Wednesdays or visit us online at ww.grainvalleyhistory.com and Facebook (@grainvalleyhistory).
Grain Valley’s Santa Bus Heads Out Again Dec. 5-6 After a busy ﬁrst weekend, the Santa Bus rolls out again December 5th and 6th for another weekend of visits around Grain Valley. Upcoming routes for the Santa Bus include: December 5th, 11:00am—approximately 7:00pm Everything between 40 Hwy and I-70 December 6th, 9:00am—approximately 7:00pm Everything between 40Hwy and Eagles Pkwy including Cypress St & Broadway East of BucknerTarsney, and Winding Creek Subdivision
This annual tradition will be modiﬁed due to COVID-19. This year, children will greet Santa outside the bus, and Santa and his helpers will tossing stuffed toys and gifts to visiting children. Pictures with Santa will be allowed with social distancing in mind. Residents are asked to not gather in groups of more than 10 people. The Santa bus will visit neighborhoods in Grain Valley each weekend beginning November 28th. A full schedule and maps of Santa’s route can be found at www.gvsanta.com and on the GV Santa group on Facebook.
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How To Avoid COVID-19 Based Cyber Scams This Holiday Season by Burton Kelso, The Technology Expert This year our traditional holiday celebrations are going to be different than previous years as we focus on socially distancing. One tradition that isn't changing this year is the fact cybercriminals are looking for new ways to trick you out of your money and identity. Some of these scams are speciﬁc to the holiday season, others are speciﬁc to the COVID19 pandemic. Scams always increase during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, but with the virus, you can be sure there will be scams designed to prey on people. Unfortunately, early as February 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warned that fraudsters would likely be using the coronavirus (COVID19) as a means to scam and trick people. As the year winds down, some charities are reaching out to previous and new donors to provide opportunities for lastminute donation opportunities. a look at some of the pandemic based scams and what you can do to keep yourself safe. 1. The Cryptocurrency Scam. Cryptocurrency has taken off in the past couple of years. If you're not familiar, it's an online currency that works outside of banks and government. Cryptocurrency scams come in the form of emails promising investment opportunities and ransomware attacks. Criminals focus on getting funds via cryptocurrency because once they get your money in the form of online currency, there is virtually no way to get your money back. If you are unfamiliar with investing, it's best to stick with investment ﬁrms. You can avoid malware by avoiding phishing emails and texts that want you to click on a link to visit a website.
2. Checks from the government scam. In these tough ﬁnancial times, people are looking for any way to keep food on the table and to get bills paid. Criminals will try to take advantage of this posing as the IRS or other government agencies to give you stimulus money. If you have people calling or emailing you asking for your personal information or wanting to charge you fees to help you get stimulus money, beware. The IRS will not call you or email you to offer stimulus money. 3. Fake charities scam. During this pandemic, scammers are trying to get your money by posing as a fake charity with names that sound like real charities. These usually come in the form of emails, texts, or fake social media accounts. Sometimes you are solicited via email or messages and posts that show up on your social media feed. Verify charities by going to Charity Navigator (www.charitynavigator.org). If you decide to donate to a charity, go directly to the website of the charity or download their app to your smartphone and tablet. 4. Social Media and Email Takeovers. Data breaches since 2012 have allowed a lot of personal data to be leaked on the web which is why professionals like myself recommend changing the passwords on your online accounts on a regular basis. If you don't get into the habit of changing passwords, you could become the victim of 'credential stufﬁng' which is the act of cybercriminals using your leaked information to log into your email, social media, and ﬁnancial accounts. Get into the habit of checking out to see if your information is leaked by using LastPass or the Google Chrome
password vault. These tools will notify you if your passwords show up on the dark web. 5. eGift Cards. eGift Card scams aren't new. Criminals focus on eGift Cards as a way to scam people because it's impossible to get your money back once you fall for this trick. The way hackers use this scam is stealing your account information and purchasing gift cards and sending fake alerts that notify you that you need to purchase a gift card to make a payment. Keep alert when people call out of the blue to ask you to pay with a gift card. If it sounds like a scam, it normally is. 6. The Puppy Scam. The demand for pets has increased drastically during the COVID19 pandemic because they can help with stress is PTSD. This results in criminals making fake posts for animals for sale. If you're looking for a pet, avoid online transactions. Go directly to an animal shelter or a breeder. 7. The New Job Scam. Many have suffered job losses during the pandemic due to downsizing and businesses closing. Scammers pretend to be recruiters for new job opportunities, getting their information from recruitment companies. Again, they are after your personal information and money. Do a check on the recruitment company and research to ﬁnd out if the job opportunity is real before you commit to anything. 8. The Sweepstakes Scam. Who doesn't like winning free stuff? I know I do. These scams start off like
most: you get a phone call, email or even a message on social media notifying you that you won the sweepstakes. The catch is always that you need to pay a fee in taxes to claim your prize. Obviously, if you really win a contest, there won't be a fee associated with collecting your prizes. If you're like me, you always want to believe the best about people. Unfortunately, you need to be aware of all of the cybercrime activity that is occurring in the digital age. Cybercriminals don't care about you or your family and have been known to wipe out people's bank accounts and retirement funds. To avoid falling victim to these scams always remember if you are requested to pay money in advance or by gift card, it's not a legitimate source. Also, be careful with who you share your personal information with online, by text message, or email. Want to ask me a tech question? Send it to email@example.com. 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 www.callintegralnow.com or phone at 888.256.0829.
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Dickens Descendant Delivers Virtual Performances For MCPL Gerald Dickens, the great-greatgrandson of Charles Dickens, will return to Mid-Continent Public Library virtually this holiday season for his annual rendition of A Christmas Carol. This year, Dickens has pre-recorded his performance in Rochester, England, where his great-great-grandfather took inspiration for his writing. The spirited one-man performance, in which Dickens’ depicts all 26 characters, will be available to be viewed online at the following times: Tuesday, December 15, at 10:00am Saturday, December 19, at 6:00pm Monday, December 21, at 10:00am Tuesday, December 22, at 7:00pm A professional actor in England, the energetic Dickens—who has been performing for MCPL audiences for more than 25 years—leaps, laughs, and sobs as he portrays the voices of A Christmas Carol, bringing the classic to life with his dramatic rendition and striking resemblance to his great-greatgrandfather. Customers must register in advance at mymcpl.org/Dickens, and they will then receive an emailed coupon code to view the special 75-minute performance online through Vimeo. In addition to the virtual performance, MCPL will host two live Q&A sessions with Gerald Dickens, during which he will share his experiences ﬁlming A Christmas Carol: A
Special Virtual Performance by Gerald Dickens on location in Rochester. The Q&As will be held via Zoom on Monday, December 7, at 6:00pm and Wednesday, December 16 at 10:00am. Like the performance, advance registration is required for the Q&As at mymcpl.org/Dickens. Participants will be emailed a Zoom access code 15 minutes before the start of the program. Please note: You must sign
into the room prior to the start of the program. Admittance to the classroom will close ﬁve minutes after the program's start time. Space is limited. As well as Dickens’ performance, the Library is offering a host of other virtual holiday programs for all ages this season, including: Night Before Christmas Carol – Monday, November 30, at 7:00 pm and Tuesday, December 1, at 7:00 pm Join Charles Dickens in his study for a very special night as he creates his holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. Join David zum Brunnen in this special virtual program as he portrays 17 characters as well as Charles Dickens himself. Recommended by the Dickens family, MCPL is privileged to offer this performance to continue its Dickens tradition. Each program will be followed by a question and answer session with David Zum Brunnen. Please register separately for the Q&A. Festival of Colors (MCPL360 Facebook page) – December 1 at 10:00am Let’s Draw: Reindeer Fun (Zoom) – December 3 at 7:00pm Winter Wonderlaughs (MCPL360 Facebook page) – December 4 at 4:00pm and January 7 at 7:00pm Winter Yoga Adventure (MCPL360 Facebook page) – December 4 and January 4 at 10:00am
Christmas: From Ireland to the Ozarks (MCPL360 Facebook page) – December 10 at 7:00pm
Read & Sing with Mr. Stinky Feet: Hark It’s Harold the Angel (MCPL360 Facebook page) – December 8 at 10:00am
Jim “Two Crows” Wallen Presents: A Visit with Santa Claus (MCPL360 Facebook page) – December 10 and 17 at 10:00am and December 23 at 7:00pm
The Wires: An Intimate Christmas Concert (MCPL360 Facebook page) – December 9 at 7:00 pm
The Thomas/DeLancey Duet: Traditional Acoustic Music (MCPL360 Facebook page) – December 15 at 7:00pm and December 18 at 10:00am The Dickens Carolers (MCPL360 Facebook page) – December 17 at 7:00pm and December 19 at 10:00am
Mr. Stinky Feet's Christmas (MCPL360 Facebook page) – December 22 at 10:00am Mad Science Happy Holidays Show (Zoom) – December 23 at 4:00pm Happy New Year! (MCPL360 Facebook page) – January 5 at 10:00am Find more information about each of these programs and register at mymcpl.org/Holiday.
Wayne’s World: God May Be Silent, But He Is Not Absent by Wayne Geiger I’ve never been a fan of driving in winter weather. But, I’m not “the guy” that drives 25 mph in the center lane. I’m also not the “other guy” that thinks he is somehow immune to the dangers of winter weather, weaving in and out of trafﬁc at a rapid rate of speed. I’m somewhere in between. Early one snowy morning, I was headed west on I-435. The rain had changed to snow with dropping temperatures. As I approached one of the bridges, I was shocked to see vehicles scattered all over the road. Some had bumped into one another, some slid into the guardrail, and some were facing in the wrong direction! I immediately became guy number 1 and slowed to 25 lest, I too, became a causality of the ice. From what I could tell, everyone was okay, and it would not be safe, or even possible, for me to even stop. Thankfully, I made it through the carnage and breathed a sigh of relief. Moments later, my vehicle began to slide counterclockwise. In a slow motion, dreamlike state, I watched my life flash before my eyes. My simple prayer was, “Lord, don’t let me go over the embankment.” I was out of control. My vehicle did a complete 360 and came to rest just inches away from the guardrail--facing in the right direction! I said a prayer of thanks, regained my composure, and headed back on my journey—somewhere between guy
number 1 and 2. I’m guessing that Mary and Joseph felt out of control, too. The images displayed on Christmas cards make the nativity scene seem so peaceful and romantic. I don’t believe that’s the way it was for Mary and Joseph. More than likely, they were tired, confused, scared, and frustrated. There’s a good chance that they had been publicly ridiculed and ostracized by the people who lived in their small village. After all, Mary, a young, teenage girl of about fourteen or so, was “great” with child. Who would believe that this “Child” was a product of God and that Mary was a virgin? The journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem was about 90 miles. Uber was not a thing. Mary, in her third trimester, probably would have preferred to be home resting. But, because of a decree by Caesar Augustus, the journey had to be made. Traditional images show Mary riding on a donkey. The Bible is silent on her mode of transportation. We do know that the terrain was treacherous. It was rocky and hilly with steep and rapid inclines and declines, ﬁlled with beasts and bandits. Once safely in Bethlehem, they must have been frustrated when they learned there was no room at the inn. They settled for what they could get--a stable or possibly a cave. Then came that moment when Mary said, “Joseph, it’s time!” The couple would have preferred that
the baby be born in a more sanitary environment, surrounded by family. But the stable would have to do. There was also “no crib for a bed.” Jesus, God incarnate, was placed in a feeding trough. To Mary and Joseph, life seemed out of control and may have asked, “Where is God in all of this?” Not only was God “in” this, but God preordained these events down to the smallest detail. Hundreds of years before, through the prophet Micah, God promised that His Son would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). The trip to Bethlehem was not an accident. The Divine Maestro, God Himself, orchestrated the melody and ensured that every note was in tune and in perfect time. As frustrating as the journey must have been, the census was not an accident or an inconvenience. It was divine providence. During difﬁcult times, when the winds of change blow us in every direction, we too ask, “Where is God?” as we grip the steering wheel for dear life. During these dark times, God may be silent, but He is not absent. He is working. The fact that it is early December boggles my mind. For me, it seems that time has slowed down and sped up all at the same time. 2020 has been the longest, strangest, and scariest year for many of us. The worst part is, we don’t know when it’s going to end. It may be the year, like the Energizer Bunny, that just keeps going and going. I have talked to many people who
ask, “What will happen to our economy?”, “How will Christmas be for the little ones?” and “How will this pandemic affect our normal routine this Christmastime?” I can’t answer any of these questions. And yet, in all of these questions, my response needs to be faith. I know that God is there, that He is love, and that He has not left or abandoned me. I just need to trust. You need to trust. Two thousand years ago, a couple, headed toward Bethlehem felt out of control. It wasn’t the way they had planned it. It wasn’t what they chose. And yet, the virgin Mary was the vehicle that God chose to escort into the world the greatest gift of all: Jesus Christ, the Son of God. God could have chosen to bring Jesus into the world any way that He wanted. He chose a difﬁcult path for the couple and offered them no explanation. They trusted God and took Him at His Word. And from the ashes of pain and soil of despair, hope emerged. A light in the darkness. God has a way of bringing beauty and harmony out of confusion and chaos while creating something magniﬁcent, melodic, and fragrant. Our part in the story is to ride the wave and trust Him during the process.
Dr. Wayne Geiger is the Pastor of First Baptist Church Grain Valley, an Adjunct Professor of Speech, and a freelance writer.
What’s The GVAC All About? by Jerry Vaughan, Grain Valley Assistance Council Board Member Editors Note: The Grain Valley Assistance Council joins us as a regular Community Voices contributor. We look forward to updates regarding their work in the community. The Grain Valley Assistance Council (GVAC) is a community services organization which was founded in 1994 by a group of concerned citizens. The original purpose of the GVAC was, and continues to be to provide support and counsel to those families and individuals in the Grain Valley community who are less fortunate. Over 700 families and more than 1,200 children are helped by the GVAC every year. The services provided to our clients are quite varied according to their need, including: An extensive food pantry (over 30,000 food items given away annually); Assistance with utility bills and rent payments; Home delivered meals for elderly, home-bound or disabled clients;
Clothes closet for both youth and adults; Job counseling and placement assistance; Referral to other assistance organizations when appropriate. The GVAC is an afﬁliate of the Community Services League (CSL), which was founded in 1916 by former First Lady Bess Truman. CSL is both the largest and longest-serving social service provider in the metro area, and serves all of eastern Jackson County through its 15 locations including Grain Valley. Our afﬁliation with CSL gives the GVAC and our clients access to many more goods and services, while assuring our supporters that all funds and nearly all donated goods remain IN Grain Valley, FOR Grain Valley. The GVAC is comprised of a paid Site Manager, who supervises a pool of about 20 dedicated volunteers. The original Site Manager in 1994 was Rowena Via, with Mary Strack serving in that position for many years after.
Volunteers stand ready to help neighbors in need at the Grain Valley Assistance Council.
Photo credit: Valley News staff Our current Site Manager is Donna Compton. Overall guidance is provided by a 20+ Board of Directors, made up of faith, business, education and community leaders from the Grain Valley area. Our location is 513 Gregg St. in Grain Valley, just around the corner from the
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MDC Natural Events Calendar Makes Perfect Gift The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) 2021 Natural Events Calendar is a popular holiday gift item, and a special calendar sales event is upcoming at MDC nature centers from Dec. 8 to 18. At $9 apiece, they are valued for each month’s beautiful photography and daily tips on what’s happening outdoors in nature. For instance, you might guess that black bears are in their dens in December, but did you know that
skunks sleep day and night when winter temperatures drop below 15 degrees? MDC will offer a 50 percent price discount on the calendars from December 8th—18th, and the Burr Oak Woods Nature Center in Blue Springs and the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center in Kansas City will both have the calendars on sale for $4.50 during those dates. No other special discounts will apply during that time. Visit Burr Oak Woods at 1401 N.W. Park Road, or the
Discovery Center at 4750 Troost Ave. A 50 percent discount also applies to calendar sales via the MDC online Nature Shop from Nov. 30 through Dec. 2. Visit the Nature Shop at Nature Shop at http://mdcnatureshop.com. The Nature Shop also has a variety of books for sale on Missouri trees, wildflowers, and outdoor recreation such as canoeing and kayaking.
MDC is offering a 50 percent discount on the 2021 Natural Events Calendar from Dec. 8 through Dec. 18 at MDC nature centers, including Burr Oak Woods and Gorman Discovery Center. Image credit: MDC
This week’s theme: Disney ACROSS 1. *Bambi and others like him 6. Nail a criminal 9. Use a paring knife 13. Cornucopia's shape 14. Lawyers' org. 15. Interior designer's focus 16. *Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor's draw 17. 1/100 of afghani 18. Tapestry 19. *Minnie Mouse's full ﬁrst name 21. *"Be Our Guest" performer 23. Kukui nut necklace 24. #22 Down competitor 25. Dojo pad 28. Pillow ﬁller 30. Detected 35. Burden of proof 37. Ness' domain 39. Vernacular 40. Poker amount 41. Divvy up 43. U.S. freshwater invader 44. Relating to nose 46. Golfer's warning 47. "The Three Musketeers" dueling sword 48. Isaac of science ﬁction fame 50. *"The Princess Diaries" leading actress 52. Pigpen 53. Candle burner 55. Greek letters on campus 57. *Remy's idol Auguste ____ 61. *Pongo's mate 65. Radio sign 66. J. Edgar Hoover's org. 68. Was dishonest with, two words 69. *Iago and Kevin 70. *Scar to Simba, e.g. 71. At the point of death, archaic 72. Command to Fido 73. Seed alternative, to a landscaper 74. Loses color
DOWN 1. Fraud 2. Famous Amos 3. Before long, to Shakespeare 4. Alef and Bet follower 5. *Like a Haunted Mansion visitor 6. California valley 7. *Aladdin's sidekick 8. What football and baseball have in common, pl. 9. "Frasier" actress Gilpin 10. Homesteader's measure 11. *Shere Khan's cry 12. Highland tongue 15. Woman in trouble? 20. Actress Davis 22. Package delivery service 24. Reveal the true nature 25. *"How Far I'll Go" performer 26. *____ of Arendelle, pl. 27. Hutu's opponents, 1994 29. *Raksha or Rama 31. Cote d'Azur locale 32. Ginger cookies 33. Kind of heron 34. *Beardless dwarf 36. Clothing line 38. Honker 42. It may be perfect 45. Moves down 49. Itinerary word 51. Cap attachment 54. Part of a sleeve, pl. 56. Organ swelling 57. Loads 58. Military group 59. Sarah, alt. sp. 60. Not a slob 61. ____ Piper 62. Object of worship 63. Tear, past tense 64. *"A Bug's Life" characters 67. *Human child in Monstropolis
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Dark Chocolate Nut Bark
Holiday Sweet Treats
by Megan Callahan, Hy-Vee Corporate Dietitian “I’m going to be bad and have a little treat tonight.” How often do we hear sentiments similar to this shared, especially around the holidays? But is enjoying a dessert actually “bad?” The answer is no. As a registered dietitian, I’m happy to set the record straight on this one. Our bodies have a variety of needs. Vegetables, fruits, whole grains, proteins (dairy is included in this category) and healthy fats are ﬁve main categories that help us meet nutrient needs. Eighty percent of the time, the balance of those foods are what helps us feel our best. Getting enough of these “everyday” category foods helps promote steady energy levels, balanced moods, optimal focus and brain health, heart health, endurance/stamina, and overall sets us up to put our “best foot forward.” We want to make sure that we are getting everything our bodies need to function well.
Twenty percent of the time, there is room to enjoy some of those foods that we might not prioritize as everyday foods, but can still impact our quality of life. Enjoying favorites is an important part of wellness and balance, especially relationally when enjoying meals with loved ones. Part of having a healthy relationship with food includes flexibility, variety, and choosing foods you like. So there’s no need to throw away the idea of enjoying your favorite holiday sweets. Instead, consider throwing away the mentality that it’s “bad” to enjoy your foods. Aim to meet your nutrient needs with a variety of veggies, fruits, whole grains, protein and healthy fats, and give yourself a chance to savor the foods that don’t ﬁt into those categories but bring you a little more joy. Try this recipe for Dark Chocolate Nut Bark. It’s a little bit of both, offering “everyday” foods including healthy fats from almonds, walnuts and pepitas, and fruit in the form of dried apricots. It also has chocolate, as the name implies. Chocolate does have some antioxidant
properties. Even more importantly, it’s a tasty option that a balanced lifestyle can deﬁnitely have room for.
The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice. Megan Callahan is one of your HyVee Corporate Dietitians. She is dedicated to helping people live healthier and happier lives. Megan received a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Missouri State University. She completed her dietetic internship at the University of Kansas Medical Center, where she also received her Master of Science degree in dietetics and nutrition. Megan has been working with Hy-Vee full-time for 10 years. With a passion for nutrition and wellness, Megan is dedicated to educating customers and promoting healthy lifestyles to our Hy-Vee community. Megan lives in Lee’s Summit with her husband Matt, and their 2 children Kennedy (4) & Carsyn (2).
All you need: 3 tbsp chopped Hy-Vee walnuts 3 tbsp whole salted almonds, chopped 1 tbsp raw pepitas 12 oz semisweet chocolate baking squares 1 tbsp ﬁnely chopped Hy-Vee dried apricots All you do: Toast chopped Hy-Vee walnuts, chopped whole salted almonds and raw pepitas in a 350-degree oven for 5 to 8 minutes. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Chop semisweet chocolate baking squares; melt according to package directions. Spread on parchment to ¼-inch thickness. Sprinkle nut mixture and ﬁnely chopped Hy-Vee dried apricots on top. Chill 15 minutes or until set. Break into pieces. Recipe source: https://www.hy-vee.com/ recipes-ideas/recipes/dark-chocolate-nut -bark
The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.
Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Stop The Spread Of The Flu (StatePoint) Amid the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, with hospitals and health care workers already overburdened, medical experts say it’s more important than ever to slow the spread of the flu. In a typical year, the flu causes tens of millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and tens of thousands of deaths in the U.S. That is why the Ad Council, the American Medical Association (AMA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CDC Foundation have launched a new campaign, “No One Has Time for Flu.” As part of the campaign, Dr. Susan R. Bailey, M.D., president of the AMA, is sharing important insights about flu vaccination: • Flu vaccines are safe: The flu vaccine is a safe, effective step that physicians and public health experts recommend to protect patients and their loved ones from getting sick with influenza. This year, doctor's ofﬁces and pharmacies are taking steps to ensure vaccines can be provided safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDC recommends that each year everyone 6 months and older (with rare exceptions) get a flu vaccine early in the season, preferably, before flu is spreading widely. • Getting one is important this year: Because you can get flu and COVID-19 at the same time, it’s especially important for people with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk
of serious complications -- and their caregivers -- to get their flu shot. At the community level, the potential impact of a bad flu season during the COVID-19 pandemic could be devastating. Getting a flu shot will help keep others healthy and help make sure health care workers and hospitals have the resources to continue to treat COVID -19 patients. • Flu protection is especially urgent for people of color: Due to longstanding health care inequities, Black and Latinx/ Hispanic people are disproportionately affected by underlying conditions which can cause both COVID-19 and flu complications. This results in much greater rates of flu-related hospitalizations. Indeed, a new CDC analysis of 10 flu seasons showed that Black people were hospitalized at a rate twice as high as White people. Black and LatinX/Hispanic communities are also less likely to get vaccinated due to a range of barriers. CDC data shows that in the 2019-20 flu season, Latinx/Hispanic adults had the lowest flu vaccination coverage (38.3 percent), with non-Hispanic Black adults next lowest (41.2 percent). • Getting vaccinated is easy: Vaccines are often free or offered at very low cost. To learn more about safe, affordable flu vaccination, including where to get one in your area, visit GetMyFluShot.org.
Outdoors & Recreation
Wildlife Tracking Program Helps MDC, Partners Contribute To Migratory Bird Research by Jill Pritchard, Missouri Department of Conservation Last year, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) joined the Motus Wildlife Tracking System – an international network of receiver stations tracking the large-scale movements of birds, bats, and large insects. Through the Motus program, researchers across the western hemisphere can improve their understanding of migrant species that pass through or breed in Missouri. During 2020 fall migration, Motus receivers in Missouri detected 19 Motustagged birds, most of which were originally tagged by researchers in Montana. Motus began in 2014 by Bird Studies Canada with other Canadian partners but has since spread rapidly to 31 countries across four continents. The tracking system works on a two-part basis: using nanotags and a collaborative system of receiver stations. Researchers ﬁt birds with lightweight nanotags, or tiny radio transmitters, that send out radio signals coded to be detected on the Motus frequency. There are currently 996 active Motus stations in the world, all listening on the same frequency. When these Motustagged animals fly within range of any Motus receiver along its migration route, the signal is detected and stored,
or uploaded to the Motus website via an internet connection or the cellular network. To date, researchers have tagged nearly 25,000 individuals and more than 230 species with nearly 900 partners and collaborators. Despite the Midwest containing the Mississippi Flyway – a major bird migration route along the Mississippi, Missouri, and Lower Ohio Rivers – there are many gaps in the Motus network in the region. “Motus is expanding in the Midwest, but compared to the Northeast, we’re still a ‘black hole’ for Motus coverage,” MDC State Ornithologist Sarah Kendrick said. “Missouri has quality and diverse habitat for birds at a major crossroads of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, which makes our state and region an important thoroughfare for Motus tracking.” With the help of generous donations and partnerships with the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation, Burroughs Audubon Society, Greater Ozarks Audubon Society, Missouri Birding Society, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the St. Louis Zoo, and others, Missouri has installed 16 active Motus receivers. These receivers make up two latitudinal “digital fences” in the northern and southern portions of the
state that contain diverse habitat and breeding grounds for many bird and bat species. Since the installation of the Motus receivers in the last year, Missouri had three detections of Motus-tagged birds during spring migration and 18 detections during fall migration. Species detected include Swainson’s Thrushes, Gray Catbird, and Common Nighthawk tagged in Montana and British Columbia, and a Mourning Warbler tagged in Colombia. “These detections show how Motus is only as strong as the investment made in it,” Kendrick said. “Filling gaps in coverage almost always leads to new and inspiring ﬁndings.” Last year, MDC and partners were awarded a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant to place 12 new Motus stations in Missouri, Illinois, and Guatemala. Additionally, a multi-state U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant was submitted in June with MDC as the lead entity to purchase and place a further 59 new Motus receivers (48 to be placed in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio and 11 in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Colombia) on stop-over sites and wintering grounds of many migratory species. “The ornithological community knows relatively little about the
MDC has joined the Motus Tracking Wildlife System to track the movements of migratory bird species as they pass through or breed in Missouri, such as this Common Nighthawk that was tagged in Montana at MPG Ranch Aug. 27 and detected in southwest Missouri Sept. 24 and 25. Photo courtesy of Kate Stone, MPG Ranch migratory pathways of our smalls birds and their survival on that journey and over the winter,” Kendrick said. “Onethird of the birds that breed in Missouri leave the U.S. in the non-breeding season for up to eight months of the year. We cannot ignore the threats that these species face beyond our borders – especially when many populations are declining precipitously. Tracking will help bird conservation partners further pinpoint conservation efforts where they’re needed most.” To learn more about Missouri’s role in the Motus Wildlife Tracking System, visit the MDC website at https:// short.mdc.mo.gov/Zbn
MDC Reports Young Hunters Took 3,899 Deer During Late Youth Portion by Joe Jerek, Missouri Department of Conservation Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that young hunters ages 6 through 15 harvested 3,899 deer during Missouri’s late youth portion of the 2020 deer hunting season, November 27th29th. Of the 3,899 deer harvested, 1,433 were antlered bucks, 520 were button bucks, and 1,946 were does. Top counties for the late youth portion were Osage with 90 deer harvested, Pike with 87, and Franklin with 72. Last year’s harvest total for the late
youth portion was 1,950 with 771 being antlered bucks, 204 button bucks, and 975 does. “The total for this year’s late youth portion is the highest on record,” said MDC Cervid Program Supervisor Jason Isabelle. “Great weather contributed to an impressive harvest total for this year’s late youth portion of ﬁrearms deer season.” Isabelle added that during shorter portions of ﬁrearms deer season, weather has an especially important effect on harvest. “The weather for most of the late
youth portion was great this year,” he said. “Pleasant conditions struck a nice balance between being cool enough to encourage deer movement, but comfortable enough for young hunters to be out in the ﬁeld.” For current ongoing preliminary harvest totals by season, county, and type of deer, visit the MDC website at extra.mdc.mo.gov/widgets/ harvest_table/. For harvest summaries from past years, visit huntﬁsh.mdc.mo.gov/hunting -trapping/species/deer/deer-harvestreports/deer-harvest-summaries.
Archery deer season runs through January 15, 2021. The antlerless portion of ﬁrearms deer season runs December 4th-6th followed by the alternative methods portion December 26th through January 5th, 2021. Find more information on deer hunting from MDC’s 2020 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet, available where hunting permits are sold and online at huntﬁsh.mdc.mo.gov/sites/default/ ﬁles/downloads/2020FDT.pdf.
Lady Eagles Drop Home Opener To Warriors by John Unrein The Grain Valley Lady Eagles basketball team was unable to maintain the 8-7 ﬁrst quarter lead they secured on December 1st against the visiting St. Pius X Warriors. St. Pius would see their lead grow as the game progressed, culminating in 59-41 victory. The Eagles would lean on defense, boxing out for rebound positioning, and unselﬁsh ball movement to stay in the game. The Warriors countered with efﬁcient shooting, hustle during transition, and missed shots by Grain Valley to tilt the outcome in their favor. Strong contributors for the Eagles included seniors Jordyn Weems and Gabbi Keim. Weems would compile 6 points to go along with her 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 steal in picking up where she left off last season for Grain Valley in being active on both ends of the court. Her signature move continues to be cutting across the lane to the right and ﬁnishing with an underhand scoop layup.
Keim is a newcomer to the Eagles program and made quite the impression in her ﬁrst game. The 5’ 8” forward for Grain Valley scored 17 points to go along with 3 rebounds and 1 block during the contest. Both Weems and Keim were disappointed in the outcome, but glad to have the ﬁrst game of the season under their belt and looking forward to getting better as the season progresses. “We knew heading in tonight that this was going to be a tough game that would require our all in, putting forth our best effort. We were not at full strength tonight with all our team here. I am looking forward to us getting better,” Weems said. Keim added, “My success tonight came from the unselﬁshness of my team. Coach Draper continues to praise us in practice in how we are getting better.” “I have worked a lot in the offseason on my footwork and positioning. That
see EAGLES on page 12
Senior Jordyn Weems drives the lane and scores a basket. Photo credit: Valley News staff
Top: Senior Gabbi Keim sinks a free throw. Below: Senior Malia Gutierrez looks for an open player to complete the pass. Photo credit: Valley News staff
Girls Swim And Dive “Works Out Before You Wake Up” One of the frequent hashtags on Grain Valley Swim and Dive’s Twitter account is #WeWorkoutBeforeYouWakeUp. The team is up and in the pool by 5:00am for practice before heading back home to prepare for a full day of virtual learning. If the old adage, “The early bird gets the worm”, holds true, Head Coach Kara Liddle is right to be conﬁdent of her team’s trajectory as they begin their 3rd season as a program. The team has ﬁve divers and approximately 25 swimmers, with a number of returning students. “There are four or ﬁve brand new ones—a few freshmen and some upper classman, which is always fun to see,” Liddle said. At their December 1st practice, the team worked diligently on drills in preparation for their ﬁrst meet later in the week. The team is focused on making the best use of their time, as sharing the pool with Blue Springs swimmers meant their practice time was up at 6:15am. In a year where not much seems “normal”, the routine of daily practice, even at this early hour, is welcome. Once out of the pool, members grab their masks and their towels, and after ﬁnal remarks from their coaches, head back home for school. “I think that they are very adaptive. I don’t think they get enough credit for getting up as early as they do every day for practice. It’s not the norm. There’s no other team around here that has to get up every single morning as early as they do. I think that shows a lot about their character and their commitment. They really are just a great group of girls and they’re so much fun and they’re so supportive of each other. I just love that about them,” Liddle said. Seniors Maddie Epple and Olivia White are excited to have the opportunity to compete during a senior year where much is uncertain.
Epple had some impressive wins last year, including a 2nd place ﬁnish in the 500 Free in Conference competition last year. As far as goals for this season, Epple has her eyes on State. “I’m shooting for State in the 500,” Epple said. Both Epple and White said COVID-19 related shutdowns impacted their ability to practice, but both are excited to have the opportunity to return. “The ﬁrst couple of days of practice started off pretty rough, but I’m deﬁnitely glad to be back in the pool,” White said. White’s preferred events are the 50 Free and 100 Free. Junior diver Hayden Meyer returns after a successful sophomore season, where she placed 12th at State. In a year of constant change, Meyer said the most challenging thing about balancing early morning practices and virtual learning is the urge for a nap before school begins. “As a student, the most challenging thing is getting home and getting on those Google Meets. There’s something so compelling about an after-dive nap,” Meyer joked. The team heads to its ﬁrst meet Thursday, December 2nd at St. Joseph Central and a swim/dive meet next week in Raytown. As far as goals for the season, Liddle says the team is taking the season one week at a time. “At this point, we are just hoping we stay safe and healthy. We’re four weeks into daily practices, and I just want them to be able to apply all the hard work that they have done. There are going to be meets that are canceled, there are going to be things that are different this year. But, as long as we can get some meets in and they can swim and dive and show off all the hard work that they have done, I’ll be happy,” Liddle said.
Left to Right: Senior Maddie Epple and Senior Olivia White Photo credit: Valley News staff
Above: Junior Hayden Meyer mid-dive during practice on December 1st. Photo credit: Valley News staff
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EAGLES continued from page 10 paid off tonight. We can improve our communication on the court and that will help. We miss Grace (Slaughter) as she is a big part of taking the lead in being vocal.” The point guard duties for the Eagles were primarily managed by senior Malia Gutierrez due to sophomore Grace Slaughter being unavailable. Gutierrez would supply a sturdy effort in scoring 2 points to team with 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. Lady Eagles Head Basketball Coach Randy Draper was pleased that his team got to participate in competition, something that is up in the air amidst the current pandemic. The ability to see positives on the court along with opportunities for improvement is what Draper took away from his team’s ﬁrst game. “The girls played hard tonight until the end of the game. We talked as a coaching staff afterwards and we are pleased with the effort that was given by the team,” Draper said. “The second half we got better offensively. We have changed a few things and needed a summer (to work on things) but didn’t get one. The score
didn’t go our way tonight. However, I am conﬁdent we will grow and get better.” Draper continued, “Our ball movement tonight was there, and we saw some good passing. We also did our job tonight boxing out and they were able to get some offensive rebounds over the top of us. St. Pius shot the ball better tonight than we did and my hats off to them.” “Gabbi (Keim) has been a great addition to our team. She has a lot of patience in the post and that made her a force in the paint. Weems is a good athlete and ﬁgured out ways to help us tonight. She’s a senior that’s played in big games and it shows.” The work identiﬁed by Draper permitted the Eagles to cut the Warriors lead down to 8 points with 3:05 left to go in the third quarter, following a three pointer by Grain Valley freshman McKenah Sears before St. Pius would pull away. The Lady Eagles are next scheduled to travel to Belton to take on the Pirates at 7:00 pm on December 7th.
Community Calendar Wednesday, December 9, 2020 Planning and Zoning Commission 6:30pm Grain Valley City Hall, 711 S. Main Saturday, December 12, 2020 Trap: Introduction to Trap 8:00am—Noon Lake City Shooting Range Register by December 10th This program is designed for those who have had some experience with shotguns. Covers safety, appropriate guns and ammo, rules of the game, etiquette on the ﬁeld, and ﬁeld layout. Firearms and ammunition will be provided, or you may bring your own. Register: 816-249-3194 Discover Nature: Natural Connections Multiple sessions: 1:00pm—1:30pm 1:30pm—2:00pm 2:00pm—2:30pm Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, Blue Springs Energy flows through nature in amazing and dynamic ways. Explore food webs through games to help understand how nature is connected. Register by December 11th: 816-228-3766 Monday, December 14, 2020 Board of Aldermen Meeting 7:00pm Grain Valley City Hall, 711 S Main
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Tuesday, December 15, 2020 Little Acorns: Tracks and Scat 1:00pm—2:00pm Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, Blue Springs There are critters in those woods! Out in that ﬁeld, there is wildlife! Critters might think they’re sneaky, but they always leave a trail. Registration required for participants (ages 3-5 with an adult). Register by December 14th: 816-2283766 What’s The News? Exploring News Resources 2:00pm –2:30pm www.mymcpl.org/events Park Board Meeting 7:00pm Grain Valley Community Center Monday, January 11, 2021 Board of Aldermen Meeting 7:00pm Grain Valley City Hall, 711 S Main
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