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May 13, 2021 Vol. 4 No. 19

O n l i n e w e e k l y a t w w w. g r a i n v a l l e y n e w s . c o m

Proposed senior housing community passes first reading

Planning and Zoning Commission approves multifamily, senior apartments Following a public hearing at its May 12th meeting, the Planning and Zoning Commission approved two proposed developments, known as Greystone West. The development is generally located near NE Greystone Blvd. and east of Buckner Tarsney Road. Andrew Danner with Windfield Design-Build requested a change of zoning for Tract A of the project to allow for 13 four plex buildings for a total of 52 units and three commercial buildings for a total of 13,800 square feet of retail/ office space.


The approved zoning change for Tract B of the proposed development allows a 3-story, 48-unit senior apartment building on the south side of NE Greystone Blvd. on the east side of Buckner-Tarsney Road. The developer has also included plans for a trail along Buckner Tarsney Road. The Commission also approved a site plan for a Club Car Wash, to be located north of US Highway 40, west of Main, and south of the eastbound exit ramp for I-70. Club Car Wash recently announced several locations to open in the Kansas

see DEVELOPMENTS on page 4

Following a series of public hearings at the March 10th Board of Aldermen meeting, the Board approved the first readings of three ordinances which would allow for the development of senior housing developments known as Creekside Villas and Creekside Commons. Jeff Handy, Jeff Handy Construction, is the developer of the proposed senior housing. The development site is generally located west of Sni-A-Bar Parkway on the north side of Sni-A-Bar Blvd. Creekside Villas will include 26 multifamily units for occupants 55 or older. The maintenance provided community will include 2 bedroom/1 bathroom units on one level. Each unit will include 1,000

square feet with a covered front and back porch. The Creekside Commons project will also feature 2 bedroom/1 bathroom units, with 35 units planned. If approved, construction will begin in fall of 2022 and be completed in fall of 2023. In other business, the Board approved the purchase of a skid steer for the Public Works division. Parks and Recreation Director Shannon Davies reported spring youth sports have begun, and are a welcome sight after many recreational activities were canceled in 2020. The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be held Monday, May 24th at 7:00pm in Council Chambers of Grain Valley City Hall.

Good News: The Planning and Zoning Commission approved a proposed multi-family development and senior housing development at its May 12th meeting. Illustration: Windfield Design-Build

Missouri Trivia by Marcia Napier, Grain Valley Historical Society Another wellknown Missourian, Irma S. Rombauer (1877-1962) was a homemaker from St. Louis, Missouri. She wrote one of the United States' mostpublished cookbooks, The Joy of Cooking. Mrs. Rombauer self-published the first three thousand copies in 1931. The cookbook has been in print continuously

since 1936 and has sold more than 20 million copies . The bestselling 75th Anniversary edition of the Joy of Cooking—the book Julia Child called “a fundamental resource for any American cook”— restores the voice of the original authors and many of the most beloved recipes from past editions. The latest edition was published in November 2019.

In This Edition: Looking Back: Grain Valley Girls Basketball


Business: Protecting yourself from data scraping


Musings from the Middle: One is Silver and the others Gold


Sports: Lady Eagles roll past Raytown


Cover Photo: Grain Valley High School 1932 Girls Basketball team. Photo credit: Grain Valley Historical Society

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Police Blotter The following information is derived from the Grain Valley Police Department daily calls for service log for the week of April 28—May 3, 2021.

April 28. 2021 800 Block of Highland Ave 800 Block of W Broadway 1300 Block of Golfview DR NW Valley Woods DR 700 Block of Main 1400 Block of SW Eagles PKWY 700 Block of Eagle DR 700 Block of Main 40 HWY & BB

Agency Assist-CJC Motor Vehicle Accident Agency Assist-BSPD Citizen Contact Citizen Contact Stealing Citizen Contact Citizen Contact C&I Driver

April 29, 2021 Gateway & Tisha 700 Block of Main 900 Block of Ryan RD 40 & Main 200 Block of Hoot Owl

Parking Complaint Parking Complaint Illegal Dumping Motor Vehicle Accident Disturbance

April 30, 2021 700 Block of Main 700 Block of Main 300 Block of Front 500 Block of Brome 1200 Block of Scenic 1300 Block of RD Mize 600 Block of SW Crestview DR 17000 Block of S Buckner Tarsney 900 Block of Sycamore CT 1800 Block of Hedgewood 1300 Block of NW High View Main & I 70 200 Block of Jefferson

Citizen Contact Motor Vehicle Accident Civil Standby Fraud Citizen Contact Citizen Contact Welfare Check Welfare Check Welfare Check Citizen Contact Child Locked in Vehicle Disabled Vehicle Stolen Vehicle

May 1, 2021 1300 Block of Valley Woods 600 Block of Tisha 1400 Block of Willow 400 Block of Woodbury 1800 Block of Hedgewood

Verbal Disturbance Suspicious Activity Parking Complaint Missing Person Suspicious Person

2100 Block of Hedgewood 1200 Block of Willow 800 Block of San Kar 400 Block of Woodbury 1300 Block of Valley Woods 600 NW Scenic 1400 Block of SW Blue Branch DR 1100 Block of NW Sawgrass 100 Block of McQuerry Jackie & AA

Citizen Contact Suspicious Activity Trespassing Citizen Contact Verbal Disturbance Agency Assist-KCPD Citizen Contact Harassment Suspicious Vehicle Area Check

May 2, 2021 1300 Block of Jefferson 1600 Block of Crumley 1400 Block of NW Olympic 200 Block of Walnut 1500 Block of Eagles 700 Block of Main 1500 Block of Eagles 1400 Block of Olympic DR 1800 Block of Taylor CT 1000 Block of Scenic 1400 Block of Minter Way

Alarm Area Check Alarm Suspicious Activity Alarm Citizen Contact Alarm Alarm Alarm Citizen Contact Agency Assist-CJC

May 3, 2021 900 Block of SW Abar Greystone & Laura 700 Block of Main 1400 Block of NW Hilltop 800 Block of SW Meadow Wd DR 900 Block of SW Ryan RD 1300 Block of Foxtail DR 1000 Block of S Dean RD 800 Block of Thieme ST 1200 Block of Golfview DR 1400 Block of NW Eagle Ridge

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Citizen Contact Suspicious Vehicle Agency Assist-BSPD Warrant Services Animal at Large Suspicious Party Citizen Contact Abandoned Auto Agency Assist-CJC Suspicious Party Agency AssistGrandview PD

Looking Back

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Looking Back: Girls Basketball by Marcia Napier, Grain Valley Historical Society Last week I shared a photograph of what I believed to be the first football team at Grain Valley High School. So this week, I want to give equal time to girls sports. Again, I wish I knew more about this team. While I’m sure this was not the first girls’ basketball team, I think it was one of the early teams. Aunt Opal (Rumbo) graduated in 1925, and she told me there was not sports for girls when she was in school. My mother told me she played basketball all during high school, 1928-1932. According to a January 1932 newspaper the conference teams were different for the girls and boys. Grandview and Ruskin were apparently in the boys’ conference while Lee’s Summit and Raytown were in the girls’ conference standing. I suspect that may have depended upon which schools had girls’ basketball. We can only assume that the statistics being reported after two games. The players are (Left to Right) Betty Jane Bartlett, Isabelle Napier (my aunt), Imogene Sebolt, Edna Rowe, Evelyn Bush, Artis Phillips, Margaret Ann

1932 Grain Valley High School Girls Basketball team. Photo courtesy Grain Valley Historical Society. Hutchings., Mildred Rumbo (my mother), Mary Chiddix and Merle Houston. Seated: Paul Farley, also the superintendent, and Luella Linewebber. And on a personal note, while Mary Chiddix appears to be the “star player,”

my mother did have one basket. On the other hand, I could not help but notice that my 5’8” dad was the top scorer on the boys’ team. Way to go, Dad!

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DEVELOPMENTS continued from page 1 City area, including the Grain Valley site set to open in February 2022. Further cementing their connection to Kansas City, Club Car Wash announced in February its newest co-owner, Kansas City Chiefs Tight-End Travis Kelce. Drafted in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft, Kelce has been with the Kansas City Chiefs for seven consecutive seasons and was an integral part of winning Super Bowl LIV in 2020.

“After learning about the trajectory of the industry and knowing my partners have significant knowledge and experience in the space, I thought Club Car Wash was a fantastic opportunity, and I’m excited to be onboard,” Kelce said in a company release. The Commission’s next scheduled meeting will be held June 9th at 6:30pm at City Hall.

The Planning and Zoning Commission approved a site plan for Club Car Wash, scheduled to open in February 2022 in Grain Valley. Illustration: Club Car Wash

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Community Voices

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Musings from the Middle: One is Silver and the Other’s Gold by Cathy Allie I have a new friend. Men who are reading this are thinking, ”So?” Women who are reading this are thinking, “How? How did you do it? Is this some sort of trickery?” For women, particularly of an age, making friends is not that easy. The old Camp Fire Girl song lyrics, “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other is gold” were some fine encouragement for us growing up. But dang, both parts of that are hard. Let me work in reverse here and explain. Old friends really are gold, and keeping old friends seems like it would be easy. You have been friends a long time, right? But life happens. Your kids have activities four days a week and by the time you get home and eat and argue about homework and think about calling, you realize it is 9:00, and because you are old friends, you know the friend you wanted to call binges all her sitcoms on that night, and you don’t want to interrupt. When you finally touch base with one another, she tells you she was going to stop by Wednesday after work, but since you are old friends, she knew it was your mom’s birthday and you would be out to eat, so she waited for another day. And as you talk, there is so much to catch up on that you both feel like you really missed out. You promise to not let as much time go before you talk, and the pattern starts again. Not that old friends don’t come with some baggage. Reminiscing about your high school penchant for a tall skinny bass drummer is fun the first few times you get together for girls night, but it quickly loses its shine. Listening to your friend describe her ex-husband’s latest girlfriend’s tattoo holds a bit of prurient interest, but it isn’t very life giving. Likewise, though, old friends are also the ones you can pick up the phone or message, who will automatically connect with what you are saying. Just this week I texted a friend with a picture of a new neighbor and said, “Who does this remind you of?” Without hesitation, she answered, “Roseanne Rosannadana,” and we were both instantly transported back to sleepovers and watching Saturday Night Live skits. There’s that gold. The new friend thing is a challenge because there are so many things to consider. Women’s friendships are complex, or as my daughter would say,”It’s deep.” If the new friend candidate is too young, she might make you look old. If she is too fashionable, you might look shabby in comparison. She can’t be too smart, because maybe she will think you are dumb. If she has traveled to France and loves fancy cheeses, will she be repulsed that you like your grilled cheese made from

Kraft singles, a much less cosmopolitan choice? Us girls talk to another mom at a school program, and we silently size her up. Does she have any stains on her shirt from a rushed dinner to get the kid backstage in time? Does she have a spot right in the crown on the back her head where it looks like she propped herself up for a nap and forgot to smooth out the matted hair evidence? I am immediately suspicious of a really well-groomed mom. Perfectly manicured nails? Well, lucky you, to have time for a manicure when I have been playing taxi all day. Her kid looks perfect? She will take one look at the safety pins holding together my daughter’s shirt and dismiss me, no doubt. If it is a new co-worker, we have another whole set of challenges. Do we want to mix work and play? Has she brought anything super smelly to heat up for lunch, or is she grabbing the half banana and pre-packaged chips and sticking them in her purse like I do? Does she have to re-heat her coffee? If not, is she too efficient, getting the coffee all slurped down while it is still hot? When I met someone at work that I mentioned liking to my husband, he said I should see if she wanted to have coffee sometime. “Ahhh, I dunno,” I mumbled, and listed my concerns. If it was him, he would have rolled the dice and would maybe already be planning a trip together. The very way we approach acquiring a new friend is just different than men. Guys just want somebody to have a beer with. Women want someone to empathize with them when their husband stays out too late having that beer. Guys want somebody to watch a game with. Women want someone to plan the outing, tell them what they are wearing, invite the right additional friends, and make sure there are both salty and sweet snacks present. Guys want somebody who likes the same kind of cigars they do. Women want someone to tell them the story of finding the perfect cigar, invite them to a tasting party, find shareable discount codes for cigars, and then connect them with other cigar smokers. Not really, for the most part we don’t even like cigars. The reality of it is, lots of things separate women instead of unite us. There is no more of the “Hey, you wanna’ be my friend?” from our playground days. Our interests and experiences are at the top of the list of separators, but other things present barriers, too. It’s hard for a childless friend to connect with the lady with a house full of kids. “I am going to a yoga retreat this weekend while Doug is on his float trip.

Wanna’ come with me?” she asks. The mom of four has to reply that she is interested in yoga, meaning she has worn the same yoga pants for four days straight, but she cannot go because of the kids. It’s a deal-breaker. And the length of time it takes to curate a friendship in this immediate gratification society is a little overwhelming for some of us. We need two family size daily calendars to mark off the many months it may take us to slowly reveal small parts of ourselves to test the water to see how much our new friend can handle. “I cut my own bangs sometimes,” I revealed to a potential friend once. I told her because it looked, in fact, like she too had cut her own. “Wow,” she replied. It was not the “OMG you are so brave, tell me how you did it Wow,” but just “Wow.” We didn’t really stay friends, and when I saw her at the store, she immediately glanced at my forehead to see if I was still cutting my own bangs. We have to consider how a new friend fits in with our other friends. Sometime when we have a Happy Hour at our house, we encounter this dilemma, and I have to take a long hard look at how the various friends will mingle. I don’t want it to be like a Brady Bunch episode where I draw a line down the middle of my family room and friends made before 1990 are on this side, with newer ones relegated to the other side. My husband and I have a permanent A List of people we love and are always welcome, and we have built a pretty decent B List of good, relatively non-offensive minglers. I once had two friends who met at one of my fabulous parties, and they became friends outside me. Not going to lie, it still smarts a little. They are both now on the C List. And finding a best friend is another matter entirely. One of my very favorite friends once had a best friend contest when her teaching partner retired. They had worked together a long time, and she knew she was going to miss her pal dearly. I still think it was really just a ploy to get a lot of gifts and perks as we competed for the coveted best friend role, but it became a full blown, knock down drag out contest. Turns out a whole bunch of people were looking for a best friend. The winner actually wrote her a song, and sang and played it on the guitar for her class. Who can compete with that? My new friend checks a lot of the boxes for a friendship with me, so I have great hope. When she and her family came over to eat, she brought a brownie cookie that made me cry it was so good, and she insisted on cutting it with a special knife because she baked it in her

good pan and she didn’t want it scratched. She has good pans? Me, too! Right before we ate, I started to set the table, and she made me put away the real dishes and use paper plates so we didn’t have as much clean up and would have more time to talk. Without prompting, she plopped herself down in the chairs by our fireplace that I had been begging my family to sit in to just talk. “This is an awesome, cozy conversation space,” she said. I know, I thought, and tossed her a fuzzy throw to put over her legs. When I texted her a picture of a Christmas tree I was putting up early November because it was COVID and we needed a pick me up, she replied with a picture of her already decorated mantle. “Girl, I feel ya’,” it said. She sends me videos of her son’s steaming pile of laundry so that I know I am not alone in the teen angst phase. She lives out on some acreage with both a pool and a pond for a trashy or not so trashy swim. It’s also great to go out to her place if I need an escape or to bury a body. Kidding, Not kidding. She recently sent me screenshots of a conversation she was having with the owner of a place she had rented for a family getaway weekend. The water from all the taps ran brown, and she was requesting help and/or a refund. The first few polite texts she had sent made me so proud of her adult attitude about the whole thing. When she wasn’t getting a response, and she intensified her requests for help with a few spicy words, I was just as indignant from a distance as she was. When she texted pictures of an empty Gatorade bottle pyramid they had constructed and then eventually a pic of a dwindling bottle of tequila they had resorted to drinking, I felt her desperation and wished I was there. The hilarity of it all would have broken the Internet if published. She has perfected the art of sarcasm, a skill I totally respect. She manages a full time job and a family, and occasionally takes a mental health day. I can relate. Don’t ask to meet her. I am afraid she might like you better. The next time she and I meet up, I am going to try to discern if she is the kind of friend who might later ask me for a kidney. If not, she is headed for the A List.

Cathy is a retired public school English teacher and Public Information Officer.

Garage Sales

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The annual City-Wide Garage Sale, is traditionally held on the 3rd Saturday in May. It is not a city-sponsored event, but a grand tradition in Grain Valley. Few other events create as much discussion and debate in our fair city. The following directory and interactive map of garage sales planned for Saturday, May 15th can also be found on the Grain Valley News website: www.grainvalleynews.com.

35508 E Pink Hill Rd Oak Grove Vintage dolls and train items, household items, purses, Longaberger baskets and misc.

1pm. Foosball, ping pong table, xbox, 3ds, board games, dvds, golf club set, punching bag, metal detector, lots of household, home interior items and much more

905 NW Redbud Dr Grain Valley BIG SALE. Treadmill, lawn mower, TV, end tables, Legos, American girl doll accessories, home decor, kid & adult clothes, books, shoes

5214 NW Barr Grain Valley Sale in Red Barn Opens at 8 a.m. Saturday. Needlepoint hoop stand, roller skates, toy cars, games, furniture, powered scooter (needs battery), fisher price castles, child tent, imaginext fire house, clothing etc.

601 NW Par Ct Grain Valley Books, toys, girls clothes, household items, men's clothes and more. Kids lemonade stand, too! 1702 NW Helen Ct Grain Valley Multi Family sale!! Lots of stuff! 506 NW Hickory Ridge Dr Grain Valley Womens m-xl clothes, mens clothing, dog supplies, dishwasher, home décor

118 Harris ST Grain Valley D8Knights CBD is excited to showcase our hemp Delta 8! 10$ credit for coming by! 8101 S Cook Rd Grain Valley Lots of household goods, luggage, dishes, furniture, toys, women's clothes, wedding decorations and flower arrangements, rocking horse etc.

610 NW Scenic Lane Grain Valley Lots of girls 0-12 month clothing, up to 2T. Girls outdoor water toys baby first toys Woman's L-XXL Girls room and kitchen décor DVDs Workout equipment

440 SW Oak Wood Lane Grain Valley Furniture, tools, lawnmower, electric smoker, antiques

204 NW Garden St Grain Valley TONS of items: girls clothes (sizes 6 mth to 14/16), shoes (girls & ladies), girls TV/DVD player combo, Christmas items, kids toys, puzzles, games, adult clothes, books, PartyLite, misc. kitchen & bathroom items, lots of other miscellaneous

800 SW Meadow Glen Grain Valley Moving Sale - Furniture, Kitchen, and Decorative Items (Ryan Meadows)

202 NW Lindsey Lane Grain Valley Fencing chairs misc. 929 NW Scenic Drive Grain Valley Large garage sale Friday May14th 9am- 1pm and Saturday 15th 8am-

718 SW Brome Dr Grain Valley K-9 and police figurines and collectibles, household goods, Xmas items, women and men's clothes

817 SW Shorthorn Grain Valley Multi-Family Sale! - Furniture (couch, loveseat, recliners, mini-fridge, shelves, dressers, and more!) - Workout equipment - Kitchen gadgets and other assorted items - Women's Clothing - Men's Clothing - Kids/Young Adult Books

Valley Speedway is hosting Swap and Shop Saturday, May 22nd. Reserve your space for that weekend. Free hay rides and bounce house for the kids. Text 816-506-6345 to reserve your space. The Swap and Shop at Valley Speedway will be every other Saturday this season. Valley Speedway, 348 E Old 40 Hwy, Grain Valley, Mo 64029 - Shoes, purses, and other accessories - And much more! 515 SW Whitestone Dr Grain Valley Big Nonprofit Garage Sale (Beyond My Borders Slave Rescue). Items donated for this sales comes from dozens of families! Make a purchase w/ a purpose!! 1225 SW Duster Court Grain Valley Lots of tools, home repair items, home decor, automotive, sports equipment and much more! Something for everyone!

808 SW Mill Creek Ct Grain Valley Multi-home garage sales in Ryan Meadows off Ryan Rd & SW Cross Creek Dr. **last culdesac: household items, some toys & baby clothes, women's clothing size M-LXL, shoes, men's clothing XL-2XL, suitcases, desk. 7:30am-1pm 102 SW Cross Creek Drive Grain Valley Garage sale Saturday May 15, 2021. Furniture sets, bedding, kitchen items, clothing, shoes, & misc. items. Accepting cash & cash App as forms of payment.

Garage Sales 712 SW Hereford Dr Grain Valley Christmas decorations, kid toys clothes stuffed animals. Lemax porcelain xmas village (30 buildings), Bing and Grondahl plate collection, vintage depression and milk glass, Hallmark Jingle Pals snowmen. Harry potter and Disney movies posters and collectibles. Movies (DVD & vcr). some tools,12x12 Ez-Shade, some women's clothes, off road jack, electronic dart board, croquet set, miscellaneous

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Interactive Garage Sale map available at www.grainvalleynews.com.

853 SW Ridgeview Dr. Grain Valley Huge multi-family sale! Tools, hunting items, guns and archery accessories, golf, baby/toddler toys/ books, furniture, kitchen items, crafts, Longaberger and other baskets. Sale starts FRIDAY 8 am-6pm, Saturday 7am- 5pm 819 S. Minter Rd Grain Valley Collectors Downsizing! ThursdaySaturday 8-5. Depression & vintage glassware. Kentucky Derby Glasses, Precious Moments, John Wayne & Norman Rockwell Figurines. Vintage Wine Bottles & Corks for crafts. Old Typewriters, Dolls, Marbles, Railroad Lanterns, DVD Movies& books. 20X40 Solar Pool Cover On Reel. 26" Toro Snowblower & More! Cash Only! No Early Sales! 8014 South Buckner Tarsney Road Oak Grove GARAGE SALE - Misc household items; etc. Friday & Saturday 8:00am-4:00pm (2 miles South of Grain Valley) 403 SW Creek Ridge Drive Grain Valley home and garden décor 622 SW Tisha Lane Grain Valley Electronics, cell phone parts and cases, all clothes 25 cents, kids softball and kids motorcycle helmets, tents and sleeping bags, pfaltzgraff teacups, wine glasses, LOTS for 25 cents, free box for the kids! Corner of SW Meadowood Dr. and SW Tisha Ln. Right off Sni-ABar. Bright Yellow house 209 Valley Drive Grain valley Furniture, clothes, some antiques, and collectibles

600 SW Ryan Road Grain Valley Hundreds of $1 Records, $1 DVDS ($2 blu rays) Chiefs Jerseys Vintage bike Miscellaneous items. Saturday 8am-3pm 613 SW Graystone Dr Grain Valley Moving sale! Lots of clothes, kitchenware, books, puzzles, household items, small side tables, chest, recliner chair 511 SW Lakeview Drive Grain Valley Speakers: Home and Pa- DJ style / Bluetooth and non Bluetooth Brands consisting of: Baringer, Gemini, Realistic, KLH, and Phonic. 2004 Onkyo system w/speakers Lots and lots of Movies – DVDs Household wall decor, Knick knacks,

party decor, canopy, top of car luggage bag, small suitcases, bags, purses, laundry baskets, yarn, young child bike, lots of women's clothes - size small to large, Woman's Large leather motorcycle riding jacket, women's shoes, girl toys for age 6-8. LOL doll house, life jacket for child age 4-7.

2319 South Borgman Road Oak Grove Plus size women's; men clothing, furniture, home decor, and tools 86 Fri & Sat 8-3 Sun

Your Health

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Fuel your fitness with help from a Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian by Megan Callahan, Hy-Vee Corporate Dietitian May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and your Hy-Vee dietitians are here to support your active lifestyle with one-on-one nutrition coaching, group nutrition tours, and our top foods, products and fueling solutions to get the most out of your exercise routine. Why is consistent exercise so important? Top five reasons to increase your physical activity: It can improve your mood. Regular activity has been shown to make you feel happier and decrease feelings of depression, anxiety and stress. Research has shown that exercise produces changes in areas of the brain that regulate stress and anxiety while also making the brain more sensitive to “feel good” hormones like serotonin and norepinephrine.1 It helps build and maintain lean muscles. Resistance training stimulates muscle building, especially when paired

with adequate protein intake. This signals the body to grow lean muscle and reduce muscle breakdown. As we age, we tend to lose lean muscle mass and function, which can lead to injuries and disability. That is where some form of resistance training is essential to reduce muscle loss and maintain strength as you age.1 It is crucial for bone health. Exercise helps build up our bone density and helps prevent osteoporosis across the lifespan.2 It helps with relaxation and sleep quality. Regular physical activity, whether it is aerobic or resistance training, can help you sleep better and feel more energized during the day. In addition, the energy depletion that occurs during exercise stimulates recuperative and repair processes during sleep.1 It reduces your risk for chronic disease. Regular activity supports cardiovascular health, body composition, insulin sensitivity, blood pressure levels

and cholesterol levels leading to an overall lower risk of leading causes of death like heart disease and diabetes.1 Celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month at Hy-Vee Learn performance nutrition tips like this and more by enrolling in the “Move More” monthly challenge. Hy-Vee has sports performance dietitians available to support athletes and active individuals with our virtual nutrition services, whether it is working one on one with an expert or joining a group nutrition store tour throughout the month of May. Visit www.hy-vee.com/ health/hy-vee-dietitians for more information and to enroll in our May events:

Sports Performance Nutrition Tour: Take your game to the next level from the grocery aisles. Whether you are a workout warrior or an athlete, our HyVee sports dietitians will have their top tips, foods and products to support athletic performance.

Go for Gable Gold with your Hy-Vee Sports Dietitians: Join our Hy-Vee sports dietitians and Iowa wrestling legend Coach Dan Gable for a virtual Q&A session. Learn more about performance nutrition and how to take your game to the next level with a coaching legend every Thursday at 4 p.m.

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

Food and Fitness Nutrition Tours: Developing healthy habits in and out of the gym is the key to success! Join our Hy-Vee registered dietitians on this virtual tour with their shopping tips and product recommendations to support your active lifestyle.

1 R M, N S, JL B. [Physical activity and public health: recommendations for exercise prescription]. PubMed. https:// pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22713198/. Published 2021. Accessed April 1, 2021. 2 MS Z, AM S, ZS A, SA M, SA N, I N. Influence of Adolescents' Physical Activity on Bone Mineral Acquisition: A Systematic Review Article. PubMed. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28053920/. Published 2021. Accessed April 1, 2021.

MO lawmakers pass bill limiting local health orders, banning vaccine passports by Tessa Weinberg, Missouri Independent (www.missouriindependent.com) As the state of Missouri battles its second year of the novel coronavirus’ spread, lawmakers on Wednesday sent to the governor’s desk a bill that aims to rein in local public health orders and ban vaccine passports. The provisions were included on House Bill 271, which deals with local government transparency. It grew from three pages when originally filed to nearly 100 when finally adopted. The House and Senate both gave the bill its final approval Wednesday. It now heads to the governor’s desk for his signature or veto. Gov. Mike Parson has previously expressed support for both measures, despite the state’s decentralized approach to curbing the virus’ spread. Parson declared Missouri “fully open for business” in mid-June and let the state’s social distancing order, which included limits on large gatherings and capacity for some businesses, expire. Since then, restrictions and whether to implement them have been left in the hands of local officials. By the time the restrictions on local health orders go into effect, many of the state’s largest metros will no longer be under stringent restrictions like

occupancy limits. Municipalities have mostly rolled back health orders in the face of falling COVID cases and rising vaccination rates. But proponents of curbing local health authorities’ power have argued such restrictions are still needed — stressing that they will be in place for pandemics and outbreaks to come. Under the bill, restrictions during a state of emergency would be capped at 30 days in a 180-day period. Extensions for an additional 30 days must be approved by a simple majority vote of the local health authority’s governing body — such as a county commission or city council — after a report is provided outlining the need for such an extension. If health orders are issued outside of a state of emergency, then their length would be limited to 21 days in a 180-day period and require a two-thirds majority vote for extensions. Local governing bodies would also have the authority to terminate any health order by a simple majority vote, and health departments under multiple counties would need approval from the governing body in each county. The measure was a pared down version of Senate Bill 12, which was

sponsored by Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, and had previously restricted health orders to a period of 15 days and only permitted their extension for an additional cumulative total of 30 days. Business owners who spoke in favor of previous versions of the measure described difficult economic decisions that had to be made as a result of health restrictions — often directing their ire at St. Louis County Executive Sam Page. Onder, who added the provision as an amendment, said last month, “in our Democratic republic, there should always be accountability, ultimately to the people through their elected officials.” When speaking against previous versions of the proposal that were stricter in scope, opponents expressed concern that severe restrictions could hamper health officials’ ability to quickly respond in future pandemics and pointed to the flip on the stance of local control. Local public health administrators have described similar restrictions as “the biggest mistake” lawmakers could make, and have pleaded for increased funding for public health. In recent years, Missouri ranked last in the nation in terms of per capita state

funding for public health and some local public health departments struggled to receive federal CARES Act funds allocated to their counties amid the pandemic. An emergency clause included in the bill that intends to prevent “threat of government overreach” means that the provisions limiting local health orders will go into effect as soon as it becomes law. Additionally, the bill also contains a provision that would bar cities, counties, towns or villages receiving public funds from requiring documentation of someone’s COVID vaccination status to access transportation of public accommodations. “I believe that any public entity should not be doing that,” Sen. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, who amended the language onto the bill, said last month. Similar provisions barring vaccine passports are moving on bills through the legislature, and have been stripped down to only apply to government entities, rather than private businesses — a similar position that Parson has echoed. “We don’t want the government to tell businesses what they can or can’t do,” Rep. Justin Hill said about Senate Bill 403 this week. “That’s very anti-free market. But we can tell government what to do.”

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MDC and MPF host Native Plant Sale on May 15th by Bill Graham, Missouri Department of Conservation The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF) will host a native plant sale from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center in Kansas City. Visitors can peruse the plants that vendors bring, but they can also preorder online or by phone from participating vendors and pick them up at the event. Native wildflowers and grasses offer lovely blooms, colors, and textures in landscape garden plantings. Many will benefit from some tender care in the days after planting, such as watering and removing weed competition. Kansas City’s up and down weather can stress new plantings. But once established with deep roots systems, natives can often survive weather variances better than non-natives. Using a variety of plants can extend blooms in the garden from spring into autumn. Another benefit from native plants, shrubs, and trees is that they benefit songbirds, butterflies, and other urban wildlife. Many non-natives do not host insects that are vital food for songbirds during spring nesting season. They also are not host plants for butterfly and moth larvae. At the May 15 event, visitors can talk with MDC staff, MPF volunteers, and vendors about natives. Knowing what plants work best in soil and sunlight types can make a big difference in

growing success. COVID-19 safety protocols such as physical distancing and face masks will be followed. The participating vendors and their contact information for preordering: GALLENA'S GARDEN: View the plant list here and email your order to gaylenasgarden@gmail.com(link sends e-mail) by Thursday, May 13. After ordering, they will send an invoice for the purchase. OZARK SOUL: Order via email or phone by noon on Friday, May 14: natives@ozarksoul.com(link sends email); 816-809-4062, Please visit https:// www.ozarksoul.com/availability.php for a current availability list. In your email or voicemail, please include your phone number and note the date and location. After your order has been placed, Ozark Soul will email you to give you the payment details. MISSOURI WILDFLOWERS NURSERY: Order by calling 573-496-3492, by email at mowldflrs@socket.net(link sends email), or online here by Wednesday, May 12: https://mowildflowers.net/ ALLENDAN SEED COMPANY: Please email allendan@allendanseed.com(link sends e-mail) to request current prices and available mixes. https:// www.allendanseed.com/.

COLONIAL GARDENS: More information coming soon. Visit https:// colonialgardenskc.com/. CITY ROOTS, LLC: Order online by Thursday, May 13: https:// www.cityrootsnursery.com/plants-forsale.

store.dtekc.com/. To learn more about the Missouri Prairie Foundation, visit Home - Missouri Prairie Foundation (moprairie.org). For information about using native plants in landscaping, visit https:// short.mdc.mo.gov/Zc8.

GREEN THUMB GARDENS: Order and pay online by Thursday, May 13: https://

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Lady Eagles roll past Raytown by John Unrein In a rite of passage, Valorie Holcomb removed her Class of 2021 picture banner from the stadium fence at Moody Murray field. Holcomb joined Grain Valley seniors Sophie Broockerd, Annalyn Earley, Raena Childers, Kierstin Schwirtz, and Kelsey Duett during their final regular season home game in celebrating an 8-0 win against the visiting Raytown Blue Jays on May 11th. Holcomb was one of seven different Lady Eagles to put the ball in net during a convincing Suburban Conference win. “Our girls did a great job moving the ball up field tonight with unselfish passing. I received a cross pass that I was able to place in goal,” Holcomb said. “We want to keep our energy high as we head towards the postseason. We continue to build team chemistry.” Grain Valley kept Raytown on the defense through both halves of play. An eye popping 35 to 3 shots on goal advantage for the Lady Eagles was proof of their ability to create opportunities. Holcomb was joined by Broockerd, Meghan Knust, Annabelle Totta, Emma Thiessen, Rian Handy, and Lexie Arreguin in scoring a goal. Perhaps the most unique of all shots that added to the scoreboard for Grain Valley was off the foot of Arreguin. The junior defender is not shy about being in the middle of the mix on corner kicks. Arreguin relishes the opportunity to head the ball in net. A unique trick was accomplished by Arreguin this time around though as she lofted the ball with her right foot over the Blue Jay goalie before it struck the crossbar and bounced into the back of the net. The tricky shot came five minutes into the second half of play. “I was not expecting the shot to go in. It is fun to score as a defender. The chance does not come around very often. That makes it that much more

awesome,” Arreguin said. “The grind keeps going as the season continues in that we want to find ways to continue to improve. We take it one opponent at a time and know there are technical things in practice that we need to work on.” Lady Eagles varsity soccer assistant coach Brett Lewis is aware that the team is one week away from the Class 3 District 14 Tournament. Lewis was candid about the opportunities for improvement that presented themselves following the win against Raytown. The first of which was for the team to keep their eyes on their matchup against the Truman Patriots on May 13th. “One game at a time is our focus. I thought we got better at finishing in the second half tonight. The first half we shot at the keeper a lot. We will continue to work at finding the corners away from the goalkeeper. Our ability to finish will matter more and more the further we play down the stretch. The final touch (of the soccer ball) with a bit of composure on our end will matter,” Lewis said. “Our style of play will not change. We will continue to play through our middle three while finding our outside forwards in behind the back line. Being more polished with our touch and making movement off the ball more crisp will only help us. It is just a matter of fine tuning.” Grain Valley improves to a record 16-2 -1 on the season. Sophomore goalkeeper Camihle Williams is credited for the shutout against Raytown. The Lady Eagles remain undefeated in the White Division of the Greater Kansas City Suburban Conference.

Two GVHS golfers head to state competition After clinching its first conference title, the Grain Valley High School boys golf team is sending two golfers to the state championships. Sophomore Owen Herbert tied for

10th place in the District tournament in Smithville, and freshman Charlie Aldred tied for 13th to qualify for State. The pair will head to Joplin for the State Championships next week.

Senior soccer banners displayed outside Moody Murray Stadium Photo credit: Valley News staff

Kylee Bragaw passes the ball back into the center of the field. Photo credit: Valley News staff


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Eagles offense sputters against Titans by John Unrein The Grain Valley Eagles baseball team struggled to bring home runners against Lee’s Summit West starter Chase Taylor on May 10th. The seven hits mustered by the Eagles only produced a single run in the 7-1 loss. The first and sixth innings witnessed Grain Valley load the bases to no avail. The Eagles would go on to strand ten baserunners total. A tough outcome for an Eagles team that was interested in testing their mettle against a high school with one of the largest enrollments in Missouri. A bright spot for Grain Valley both offensively and defensively during the contest was third baseman Nick Hooper. The junior was responsible for loading the bases during the bottom of the sixth inning with a line drive single. Equally as impressive was Hooper’s judgment on the cutoff throw he received from left fielder Cole Keller in the bottom of the fifth inning. Hooper was positioned down the third base line and saw shortstop Parker Bosserman sprinting to third base. Hooper’s throw was on the mark and allowed the Eagles to get the final out of the inning on Bosserman’s tag of the runner trying to return to third base. The play drew applause from the stands and the Eagles dugout. “I am glad to be back playing instead of sitting in my house for the last two weeks and waiting on Twitter to give me updates. We have been rolling recently with four straight wins prior to today,” Hooper said. “Bosserman helped me out by being in the right place to receive the throw. That is stuff you must remember from the fundamentals you worked on at the

start of the season. I saw Parker out of the corner of my eye and did not have a big window for the throw. Bosserman gave me a clean target.” Hooper continued, “I saw a lot of fastballs today being at the bottom of the batting order. I was sitting fastball in my final at-bat and looking to adjust to anything else he threw. I got my hands around on the pitch and poked it into left field.” Grain Valley moves to a 21-8 record and one step closer to the Class 5 District 7 baseball tournament taking place from May 17th to May 20th. An important item on the calendar for Grain Valley Eagles head baseball coach Brian Driskell who prefers to take things one day at a time. “That was one of the best hitting teams we have faced this season. They (Lee’s Summit West) are also coached very well. The difference in today’s game was who got hits with runners in scoring position,” Driskell said. “Hooper is a gamer and he showed it again today. We probably did not say ten words to each other throughout the course of the game. It is not needed due to how close he pays attention to what is happening on the field.” Driskell finished, “I am excited about where we are headed and the opportunity that awaits us (next week). This team hates losing which is a great thing. Today’s loss will fuel us.” Varsity ended the regular season with a 3-2 win against Staley, entering district competition 22-8 and as conference champions.

Junior third baseman Nick Hooper awaits the pitch at the plate. Photo credit: Valley News staff

Senior starting pitcher Riley Bown strikes out seven in his outing against the Lee's Summit West Titans. Photo credit: Valley News staff

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“City Wide” Garage Sales The city wide garage sales are held the 3rd Saturday in May. This is not a citysponsored event. Add your garage sale to Valley News May 13th directory for only $5. https://www.grainvalleynews.com/ store/p2/garagesale.html

Board of Aldermen Meeting 7:00pm Grain Valley City Hall, 711 Main ST

Handgun: Basic Pistol 8:00am Lake City Shooting Range This is a novice class for people who have little or no experience in handling and shooting a handgun. Class includes range time. Register: 816-249-3194

Monday, May 24, 2021 Board of Aldermen Meeting 7:00pm Grain Valley City Hall, 711 Main ST

Saturday, May 29, 2021 Grain Valley Aquatic Center opens For hours and admission information, visit www.cityofgrainvalley.org.

Friday, June 4, 2021 Movie in the Park: Trolls World Tour Armstrong Park Movie begins at dark (approx. 8:30pm) Free event—bring your own chairs/ blankets.

Saturday, June 5, 2021 City Wide Clean Up event 8:00am—2:00pm 405 James Rollo DR, Grain Valley City Wide Clean Up is a free annual service by our Public Works division. It is an opportunity for Grain Valley residents to dispose of unwanted items. Items that are not accepted include: tires, paint, oil, refrigerators, household cleaners/chemicals, air conditioner units, bagged trash, yard waste or clippings. Proof of residency is required.

July 19—23, 2021 Camp Focus For youth who have completed grades 6 -12. Conducted by Grain Valley police officers and Volunteers in Police Service Camp Focus provides youth with an opportunity to learn valuable life lessons through education and mentoring. Camp will adhere to COVID-19 guidelines set forth by the Jackson County Health Department. Free—pre-registration is required. For more information and to apply, call 816-847-6250 or gvmopd@cityofgrainvalley.org.

Sunday, August 1, 2021 Purple Peace Foundation’s “Cruise for Consciousness” Car Show 11:00am—3:00pm Armstrong Park, Grain Valley www.purplepeacefoundation.org.

September 13, 2021 Citizen’s Police Academy Sessions begins on September 13th Classes include: Informational classroom training Hands-on experience Interaction with Grain Valley Police Force For more information, email cvanderlinden@grainvalleypolice.org.

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