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JULY 11, 2019

Valley News

Vol. 2, No. 28


Mayor Reflects On State Of City Mayor Mike Todd debuted a seven minute State of the City video at the July 9th Grain Valley Partnership Luncheon, highlighting new business development and upcoming City events. Residential housing permits are up 20% compared to this point last year, and the City’s population is nearing 13,000. Todd stated the City issued 350 business licenses in the past year, and highlighted recently announced arrivals Temp Stop, Quik Trip, and Taco Bell. The Temp Stop convenience store, which will include two quick service restaurants, will open in 2019. A date has not been announced for the groundbreaking for the QuikTrip. “The site plan has been approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission for that, so they are right now working on getting final approval from MO DOT (Missouri Department of Transportation), as the intersection is not City controlled. We expect shortly that we will get the final approval from MO DOT and begin moving forward with that,” Ken Murphy, Deputy City Administrator, said. In the video, City Administrator Ryan Hunt stated that the city is expected to double in population by 2035. Hunt cites this growth as one of the reasons the City is planning to move City Hall, the police department, and community center from its current location to the old Sni-A-Bar Farm at Buckner Tarsney Road and R.D. Mize Road. Civic partnerships were highlighted, including the Grain Valley Assistance Council’s recent move to the former Nichols building. The City provides rent free space for the nonprofit, an affiliate of the Community Services League.

In a seven minute video presentation, Mayor Todd highlighted business development highlights and upcoming community events as a part of his State of the City presentation at the Grain Valley Partnership luncheon on Tuesday, July 9th. Todd repeated his presentation at the Senior Citizen Luncheon on July 10th. Image credit: City of Grain Valley Todd explained one of the goals for the remainder of the Nichols building is to develop a combined senior and youth center, featuring senior activities during the day and youth activities in the afternoon and evening. “I’d like for us to be able to offer a senior lunch two to three days a week at that location,” Todd said. “We have a lot of seniors in town who would love to be able to share their

knowledge, and many kids in town who need a place to go. I think it’s a good combination,” Todd said. Todd also highlighted the Grain Valley YES program, explaining the mission of the group is to “engage youth in our community, and provide them with positive role models within the community.” The group will hold its first activity, a set of pool parties for area middle school students, at the

Community Center pool this July. Todd highlighted the relationship between the City and the Grain Valley Partnership as an essential part of attracting and retaining businesses. “We are so excited about the growth that Grain Valley is seeing on the economic development front. Having the opportunity to work along side the elected officials and City staff is a great privilege, witnessing the compassion,

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Popsicles and Ice Cream at the Park Two upcoming community events at Armstrong Park will keep you cool and refreshed during these hot summer nights: Join Grain Valley Parks and Recreation for a story and Popsicles in the Park on Tuesday, July 16th at 6:30pm. This free event, held at the Armstrong Park gazebo, includes a story, geared for

ages 2-7. No registration required. The Grain Valley Historical Society will host its annual Ice Cream Social on July 25th from 6:00pm—8:00pm. Enjoy homemade desserts and visit with friends old and new.



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vision, and hard work that this team brings to our community is very inspiring.,” Tasha Lindsey, Executive Director of the Grain Valley Partnership, said. While the video highlighted positive economic development and community partnerships, Todd is mindful of the challenges the City faces. “One challenge has always been citizen involvement. We have always been labeled as a bedroom community, which makes it difficult. I think we have made great strides in recent years, but we need to continue to improve on it. We have seen events grow in size each year, which is a good indication that we are moving in that direction of increased participation,” Todd said. “The other area would be infrastructure improvements, in particular streets. The issue we are facing is that we grew a great deal in a short amount of time. That means that a lot of our streets were installed within a few years of each other. That also means that they start to have issues at the same time and need major repairs

at the same time.” While the State of the City video presentation focused on the highlights and results of efforts of City leadership, staff, and community partners, Lindsey is quick to explain that these efforts do not happen overnight. “The process of creating an environment that fosters business attraction, retention and community development is a very complicated task. There are so many different elements that must come into consideration so that we create a lasting and prepared atmosphere that allows for the potential growth while not losing the small town feel. The community leaders of Grain Valley with their progressive thinking and innovative ideas allow Grain Valley to be the amazing community that people want to live in, work in, and invest in. The growing population and the new businesses that have committed to come to Grain Valley are all signs that we are doing things right.,” Lindsey said.

Police Blotter

The following information is derived from the Grain Valley Police Department daily calls for service log for the week of June 26—July 1, 2019.

June 26, 2019 1300 Block SW Eagles Parkway 700 Block Main Street 100 Block N Broadway 400 Block Elizabeth 700 Block Main Street 100 Block Pebblebrook Lane 500 Block Main 700 Block Main Street 100 Block Sunny Lane Main Street/I70 1300 Block Golfview Circle Main Street/I70

Agency Assist (OGPD) Identity Theft Suspicious Vehicle Citizen Contact Warramt Arrest Suspicious Vehicle Check Well Being Citizen Contact Agency Assist (DFS) Motorist Assist Suspicious Person Suspicious Person

June 27, 2019 200 Block Cross Creek RD Mize/Barr Willow/EE Kirby 1100 Block Blue Branch 1100 Block Golfview 700 Block Main Street 1100 Block Golfview 700 Block Main Street 1100 Block Golfview 100 Block Eagles 16th/Broadway WB I 70 Ramp 600 Block EE Kirby

Animal at Large Animal at Large RR Crossing Malfunction Suspicious Vehicle Alarm Citizen Contact Alarm Disturbance Alarm Alarm Agency Assist (OGPD) Agency Assist (MSHP) Agency Assist (CJC)

June 28, 2019 1200 Sawgrass 100 Block Main 100 Block Main 2200 Hedgewood 1100 Block McQuarry 1100 Block Golfview 700 Block Main Street 1500 Nicholas EB I70 on Ramp 2300 Block Hedgewood

Area Check Alarm Area Check Area Check Suspicious Vehicle Check Well Being Identity Theft Residence Check Road Obstruction Child Custody

June 29, 2019 700 Block Squire Court 400 Block Elizabeth

Alarm Disturbance

600 Block Walnut 1300 Block Greystone Circle Greystone/Indian Creek 1000 Block Willow 800 Block Valley Woods 1100 Block Golfview 100 Block EE Kirby 600 Block Cross Creek 1000 Block Sandy 700 Block Meadow Glen 1300 Block Hilltop 1200 Boxelder 1100 Block Corodado 700 Block Main Street 500 Block Main Street 1500 Block Rust Road 400 Block Elizabeth Main Street/40

Agency Assist (CJC) Disturbance Suspicious Assault Area Check Check Well Being Residence Check Citizen Contact Fireworks Fireworks Barking Dog Residence Check Agency Assist (BSPD) Stealing Business Check Agency Assist (CJC) Suspicious Person Motor Vehicle Accident

June 30, 2019 1400 Block Blue Branch 500 Block Main Street 1200 Block Eagles Parkway 1300 Block Jefferson 700 Block Main Street

Agency Assist (CJC) Check Well Being Motor Vehicle Accident Alarm Motor Vehicle Accident

July 1, 2019 700 Block Main Street 700 Block Main Street 700 Block Eagles 700 Block Main Street Community Center 700 Block Squire Court 1500 SW Eagles Parkway 700 Block Main Street Main St/I70 1100 Block NE McQuerry 1100 Block Baytree 200 Block Cypress 800 Block San Kar 700 Block Albatross

Fraud Citizen Contact Agency Assist (CJC) Citizen Contact Stealing Alarm Suspicious Person Citizen Contact Area Check Stealing Citizen Contact Shots Fired Suspicious Vehicle Fireworks

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Looking Back: Grain Valley Middle Schools by Marcia Napier, Grain Valley Historical Society

In the late 1960s, middle schools began to develop as a way to serve the intellectual as well as physical, social and emotional needs of early adolescents. Middle schools provide the connection between elementary and high school. Like many school districts, Grain Valley experimented with the middle school concept on a limited basis due to space and budget constraints. By the mid-1980s, the district began a rapid growth rate and it was apparent that a new high school would be needed, but the first high school “students” were actually middle schoolers. In 1988 a $1,400,000 bond allowed the district to purchase 60-acres of land on AA Highway (now Eagles Parkway) for construction of a new high school. Because of the enormous

size of the project, the original building was completed in three phases. Phase I included 8 classrooms, a music room, a library, a computer lab, a small kitchen and commons area, restrooms and office space. It was completed for the 1989-90 school year and housed the Grain Valley Middle School, grades 4, 5 and 6. The “team” approach, with a group of teachers providing English, history, mathematics and science to each grade level, was adopted. The middle school concept had officially begun. In August 1991, voters approved a $900,000 bond for Phase II of the “high school” which included 9 classrooms, a shop, the new and enlarged student commons area and additional rest rooms. Grades 7 and 8 were moved into the building.

Buckner Library To Close For Improvements The Buckner Branch of the MidContinent Public Library (MCPL) will be temporarily closed for renovations beginning Wednesday, July 31, 2019. The branch is tentatively scheduled to reopen in December 2019. The branch will undergo a number of improvements, including exterior improvements with automatic entry doors, new windows, paint, carpet, lighting, and ceilings, an outdoor seating area, improved Wi-Fi, and landscape enhancements. Select Buckner Branch programs will be held at the Farview Neighborhood Library (18109 E. 12th St. N., Independence, MO) during the renovation. For more information, visit Alternate locations for other Buckner Branch programs will be posted on The following programs will be moved as follows: Storytime: After July 30, Thursday storytimes will meet at 10:00 a.m. at Vault Studios Inc. (333 S. Hudson St., Buckner, MO).

Book Group: The Adult Book Group will meet at 1pm on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the JBZ’s Rockin' B Mercantile (26911 E US Hwy. 24, Buckner, MO). Library holds placed after July 30 for pickup at the Buckner Branch will be routed to and available for checkout at Mid-Continent Public Library Grain Valley Branch at 101 SW Eagles Pkwy. Grain Valley, Missouri 64029 Items that were available and not picked up at the Buckner Branch by close of business on Tuesday, July 30, at 8:00 p.m. will be transferred to the Grain Valley Branch. If you would like to have your holds assigned to a different branch, please call or visit any MCPL branch and ask for assistance in redirecting your holds to another location. For information about the improvements taking place at the Buckner Branch and other MCPL branches, visit

In 1994 voters approved a $1,275,000 bond issue to complete Phase III. In 1995 when the final phase was completed, the building became Grain Valley High School. The middle school moved back to the old high school campus. Classes were held in the 1954 elementary building and the 1969 high school. The 1925 building became the administration building. In 1999, with a continued rapidly growing population, voters approved a $2,800,000 bond to purchase land and begin Phase I of the middle school on Ryan Road. In August 2001, an additional $3,500,000 bond was passed to complete Phase II, and both were ready for occupancy for the 2002-03 school year. By April of 2003 it was already necessary to add additional classrooms.

In 2010 the school on Ryan Road became South Middle School, as Phase I of North Middle School at the Pink Hill Campus was completed for occupancy in August. On February 8, 2010 voters approved a $3,000,000 bond to complete Phase II, which included a gymnasium and locker rooms. Phase III, which included additional classrooms and kitchen expansion, was completed in 2012. The second wing of classrooms was completed, and a third wing which includes classrooms, collaborative areas, work space and additional parking, will be ready for the start of school in August. Next week: Don’ Don’t miss the final school segment, GVHS

July Events at Burr Oak Woods

July events at Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center in Blue Springs include: Outdoor Skills: Archery and Atlatl Wednesday, July 17, 2019 9:00am to 11:30am Register by July 16 Discover Nature: Creek Crawl Thursday, July 18, 2019 10::00am to 11:30am Register by July 17 Discover Nature: Snake Feeding Friday, July 19, 2019 3:00pm to 3:30pm Insects: Intro to Entomology Saturday, July 20, 2019 9:00am to 11:00am Register by July 19

Native Plants: Summer's Bounty Tuesday, July 23, 2019 9:00am to 11:00am Register by July 22 Insects: It's a Bugs Life Wednesday, July 24, 2019 10:00am to 11:30am Register by July 23 Outdoor Skills: Lure Fishing Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019 9:30am to 12:00pm Register by July 24 To register for any of these events and for more information on Burr Oak Woods Nature Conservation Center, visit events-s3?field_rel_regions_tid=63.

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How To Cut Down Your Risk Of Cyber Crime When You Travel This Summer by Burton Kelso, Integral Computer Consultants

It's summer travel season, and if your family is like my family, you have a trip or two planned in the coming months. It's always important to put together a travel checklist of items to do before you take off on that trip such as having your neighbor collect your mail, hiring a pet sitter, and having family members keep an eye on your house. There is another set of items you need to add to your check list, and it's protecting yourself from cybercrime as you travel. When you travel, you carry wealth of information such as credit card information and passports/ personal identification which are attractive targets for cybercriminals. Want to stay safe this summer? Here are some cybersecurity travel tips I put together that you will want to follow before you take off on your summer travels. 1. Password Protect Your Devices. Before you take off on your trip, turn on the lock-screen passcode for your mobile devices and put a password on your laptop. If your device is lost or stolen, there won’t be much of your personal information that can be easily accessed. 2. Take caution when paying: When traveling, don’t use your debit card at stores or restaurants. Use credit cards instead. Many stores have security systems with their point of sale, but don't take the chance that they don't. Credit cards are safer to use when travelling because if you a victim of a breach, it's easier to recover with a credit card than a debit card. Watch out for credit card skimmers as well when you are you travelling. If you have to use an ATM, find one inside a bank where the chance of an ATM having a skimmer attached is reduced. 3. Don't Use Public WiWi-Fi (If you can help it). When you travel, it's tempting

to use public wi-fi because it helps you save on your data plan. I wouldn't suggest doing so, because it increases the risk of criminals accessing your sensitive data. If you have to use public wi-fi, do the following things. First, download and use a VPN (virtual private network) on your computer or smart device. A VPN creates a tunnel that protects the data you look at and share over the Internet from prying eyes. Tunnel Bear is probably one of the best VPN programs on the market. Next, avoid checking bank balances or doing any online shopping when you're connected to public Wi-Fi. Finally, understand that the most secure Wi-Fi connection is your mobile connection. If you need to work while travelling and needs access to the Internet, consider getting a mobile hotspot or use your phone or tablet's mobile connection. Whether you are travelling domestically or abroad, check with your mobile carrier to see what plans are available. 4. Watch What Travel Information You Share on Social Media. It's fun to be able to share social media posts when you are traveling, but be careful what information you share. Criminals can use your travel to target you. Attacks can come in the form of burglary or cybercrime campaigns directed to you and your family, based on the information you shared online. If you have to share on social media, you should wait to share all of that fun travel information when you return home. 5. Back Up Your Data. Yes, I know I'm always talking about backing up your data, but what would you do if you lost your device will all of those travel photos? You would probably head the nearest cliff and dive off. If you take steps to backup your data, you don't have to worry if your device is stolen or damaged. I always recommend people use their smartphone as their primary

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camera when travelling. It's light, and with the help of Google Photos, your images and video are instantly backed up to the cloud. If you're an Apple device user, you can use iCloud as well to backup your stuff. 6. Bring Your Own Battery Charger. Free USB power charging stations sound cool, but they also put you at risk. Cybercriminals can make changes to USB power stations to download data from your phone or install viruses. Instead, bring your own battery charger for your phone or use traditional wall plugs instead of USB ports. 7. Change Your Passwords After Your Trip. Consider changing all your passwords after your trip just in case any of your data was accessed during your trip.

It’s hard to protect against all of the cybercrime threats out in the world, but it isn't impossible. My cyber security travel trips will help you add much needed digital defenses against the hackers and other cyber criminals who want to take advantage of you as you travel.

Burton Kelso is the Chief Technology Expert at Integral. Find him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and watch great tech tip videos on his YouTube channel. Contact Integral Computer Consultants at 888-256-0829 or

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Wayne’s World

Them Trashy People by Wayne Geiger

Have you ever wondered what happens to the plastic bottles people discard into our rivers and lakes? Some of them, like Nemo, float out to the ocean. In fact, about two million tons of plastic ends up in the sea each year. This is a huge problem because the plastic does not disintegrate, it accumulates. Scientists say, because of winds and ocean currents, the discarded plastic that ends up in our seas floats into five “accumulation zones” and gets trapped. Some of the plastic pieces remain virtually unchanged while some deteriorate into “microplastics”--which are teeny, weeny pieces. One of these accumulation zones is called, “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” It is the largest of the five and located halfway between Hawaii and California. A total of 1.8 trillion plastic pieces are estimated to be floating in the patch. That works out to be about 250 pieces of debris for every human in the world. The weight of the garbage patch is approximately 80 thousand tons. What a bunch of garbage! The term “garbage” can be used physically, as in the case above, or is sometimes used metaphorically. For example, referring to people as garbage. At times, people use dehumanizing language in reference to others. This may include calling someone “trashy”, a “piece of garbage”, “piece of junk,” or saying we want to “waste them,” or worse. When we dehumanize someone, we feel somewhat superior and they become less than human in our eyes. Naturally, our perceived value of someone is based upon our own personal assessment of their worth. It’s always performance based. And, it’s always “them” or “those” people. Them trashy people. After all, they ain’t like


Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to spend a week in Panama City, Panama with a team from our church. To be honest, I have seen worse conditions. Having been to Haiti on three separate occasions and visiting extremely impoverished villages in Mexico, I have been exposed to a considerable amount of heartbreak and poverty. We had a chance to visit downtown Panama City. Our mission was to find and feed some of the homeless population. Our goal was not to judge, or to try and figure out why they were there, but rather just to pass out sandwiches and coffee and perhaps offer a kind word. Sometimes, the homeless preferred isolation from others. We met them in the cracks and crevices, their valuables about an arm’s length away. At other times, as misery enjoys company, the homeless banded together in the shadows and dark alleys in makeshift camps. At times, the sights and smells were unbearable. One particular picture of a homeless man rummaging through a dumpster and digging through styrofoam take home containers, eating the remnants, remains etched in my mind. I wondered how hungry I would have to be in order to dig through the garbage for supper and eat someone’s discarded food. While in Panama, we also had the opportunity to visit a small church-run school. The educational system in Panama has been called “one of the worst in the world.” Although Panama requires students to be enrolled in public education for six years of primary school and three years of middle school, dropout rates are extremely high. In addition to having no truancy program, students must walk long distances, sometimes in treacherous

circumstances, in order to attend classes. Some parents simply choose to pull their kids out of school so that they can get work. Panama has lax child labor laws. Like their parents, the kids must help provide for the needs of the family. For that family, they feel that education is a luxury that they can’t afford. One church we worked with started a small school within a very poor, rural community. The school was accessible to the children and provided free uniforms and lunch for the kids. We spent several days here helping the kids learn English. Unfortunately, at this school, we learned that one of the girls was being taken advantage of--by a parent. A female student, about twelve, was being sold on a regular basis into prostitution to help the family survive. Yes, you read that correctly. As our team played water games with the children in the front yard of the school, I looked around and wondered which one of the students was being subjected to such unspeakable horror--all in the name of food for her family. I went through an array of emotions: shock, anger, and frustration to name a few. I had a lot of questions, but no answers. The term, Imago Dei, is Latin for “Image of God.” In the Judeo-Christian tradition, the Scriptures are clear that humans were created in the image of God. It’s really weird, but there are times when I glance in the mirror and I see my father looking back at me. In the same way, a part of my heavenly Father’s image has been imprinted into me. Being created in the image of God means that we have intrinsic value and worth. Our value is not based upon what we do or what we can offer.

Instead, just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, our value is based upon the design of our creator. Our value far exceeds our worth. Two things that I take away: First, I am incredibly blessed. As I write this, I’m dusting off a piece of lemon pie and throwing back a cup of premium coffee. Having done missions trips abroad, I’ve gone without electricity, eaten meager meals of mystery meat, utilized primitive outhouses that I’ve shared with rodents, slept with mosquito nets, and taken a shower with a garden hose fed from a stream. I try to be extremely thankful to God for what I have. I also try to remember that I am a steward of my resources. There are lots of people in this world— some homeless, some helpless, some harassed. I should try to help and heal the hurting. Second, I try to remember that every person I meet is just like me. Like me they have been created in the image of God. To be sure, some people may be self-serving, cruel, hateful, meanspirited, and choose to take advantage of others. Naturally, people need to be held accountable and, perhaps, punished for inappropriate actions. They may even be placed in an accumulation zone. However, this does not reduce their inherent value. Sometimes, they just need to be recycled. I know a guy who trades beauty for ashes and can take that which is tarnished and turn it into treasure.

Wayne Geiger is the Pastor of First Baptist Grain Valley, an Adjunct Associate Professor of Speech, and freelance writer. He can be reached at

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Musings from the Middle

If The Shoe Fits by Cathy Allie

If I didn't know any better, I'd say I heard them calling my name, like a Siren song, wooing the ancient Greek sailor. I stood quietly, trying to focus, willing myself not to move toward them. They were beautiful, unlike anything I had ever seen before, and when I finally reached out to grab them, the initial contact was electrifying. Before you label me as a weirdo, let me assure you this has happened to many a woman, some right there that day in the same place as me. And while we may be just a little ashamed or embarrassed, we cannot help ourselves. We are shoe addicts. Let me say up front, if you have never bought a pair of shoes and then built an outfit around them, please quit reading right now and skip to the weekly police report, ’cause Sister, you won’t be able to relate. However, if you don’t count flip flops or boots when your husband asks how many pairs of shoes you have because they are not really shoes, then stay with me! We are kindred spirits. Truthfully, I don’t have an accurate count of my shoes, but I can tell you it is too many. When I go to line up the browns, and I have four different shades, I probably have too many.

When I can create actual categories besides just flats, heels, and tennis shoes, I probably have too many. When I am looking for a pair of shoes to wear, and I pull out a pair I don’t even remember buying, I for sure have too many. I scoffed at an article that popped up online the other day. Ladies should only own 12 pair of shoes, it said, one pair each of: classic white tennis shoes, ballet flats, summer espadrilles, classic black loafers, neutral evening heels, over the knee boots, something whimsical or with personality, flat sandals, office appropriate pumps, a pop of color, walkable heels, and classic black ankle booties. Clearly, the disillusioned blogger forgot multiple other categories: fuzzy boots with which you may or may not wear socks, ones that match something your daughter owns, just in a bigger size, something with such a high heel that you only wear them when sitting down, and rain boots in multiple colors, to name a few. The good news about being a shoe addict is that I know I am not alone. I once helped move a friend whose shoes numbered over 100 pair. And when we got her all settled, we celebrated by visiting – you guessed it—a shoe store.

I imagine meetings for those of us with a problem might start like this: “Hi, I’m Cathy and I am an addict.” “Hi, Cathy,” my fellow shoe junkies would say. “This week I found myself in a new city on a business trip, and I just happened to find a shoe boutique,” I blurt out. My friends comfort me and applaud me for going home with just one pair. I also know it is a problem because there are shoe memes, like the one that says “I make shoe contact before I make eye contact” and “There’s no shame in my shoe game.” And there are too many famous idioms and quotes about shoes, also. ‘If the shoe fits, wear it (or in my case buy it)’, ‘Mama needs a new pair of shoes’, ‘Give a girl a new pair of shoes and she can conquer the world’, or ‘Change your shoes, change your life’. And maybe my favorite, ‘Life isn’t a fairy tale. If you lose a shoe at a party, you probably have another pair almost exactly like it in your closet’. I have drawn the line at shoes that cause my feet too much pain. I have seen the pictures of supermodels’ gnarled feet, caused by wearing sky high heels 2 sizes too small for their runway walks. I have, however, purchased a pair of shoes with the promise to myself that they will stretch a little bit, and a couple of Bandaids later realized that maybe they won’t. I have had one serious shoe injury, that happened when I was in high school, but I still remember it well, and have a little scar to help me. I wish this was the story of a beautiful shoe I wore to prom, and I was running to make curfew after one last kiss with my date when the heel snapped off. But the real story is not nearly as cool.

Adidas tennis shoes, made of real leather, with stitched on stripes were the rage when I was about 14. I just had to have a pair, and I finally talked my mother into letting me add some babysitting money to her contribution to have enough money to get them. A friend and I bought matching Adidas, with dark red, almost maroon stripes, ones that closely matched our school colors. We were headed to band camp with our new kicks, sure to impress some fresh-faced sophomore percussionist. Day one at camp we learned a marching high step, which required us to drag our feet up the inside calf of the opposite leg. The stripes on the Adidas worked nearly as well as a razor, scraping away our flesh with each step. By about mid-day, I could no longer drag my leg over the open wounds anymore. Neither of us brought another pair of shoes to camp, so we marched in sock feet on 100 degree pavement. Not even a sophomore percussionist would be impressed by that. The scars on my right leg are hardly noticeable anymore, but the memory is pretty fresh. Look, shoes are about the only thing in our wardrobe that doesn’t have to be sensible, that lets us rebel against the old Buster Brown oxford school shoes, and truthfully, when your clothing size is not as small as you would like it to be, shoes still fit. My theory is this: When life gives you lemons, sell them, and buy shoes.

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

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Future Eagles Work On Football Fundamentals by John Unrein

A summer morning at 76 degrees, with a partly cloudy sky, and a cool breeze is not a bad way to start your day as a middle schooler. It’s even better if you get to practice a sport you like with your friends. That’s exactly what awaited Grain Valley Eagle Middle School football players as they participated in team camp on July 9th. The 32 enrolled camp attendees received instruction from the middle school and high school football staffs at Moody Murray Memorial Stadium. Eagles Varsity Head Football Coach David Allie has goals he wants accomplished during the time spent at camp. “We want to teach these young men how to do things our way, get them accustomed to the terminology we use, introduce them to our offensive and defensive systems, and most importantly create an environment where they learn and have fun.” “Some of these guys have been at summer weights, gotten to know some of the coaches, and are becoming part of the family. It’s also great for the junior high coaches to see how we (the varsity coaches) teach things and be around one another since we are not directly connected during our season,” Allie said. Camp days alternate between the offensive and defensive sides of the football. July 9th was a defensive day that saw little wasted movement and not much standing around by participants. Tackling circuit stations were first on the

agenda after warmups. Coaches placed a strong emphasis on heads up tackling using the proper technique, so that good habits are formed at a young age within the sport. More than a few camp attendees smiled while attacking the tackling ring, the sled dummy, or trapping the football all with youthful vigor. Learning fundamentals the correct way is a foundation for success in any sport. Even better when time is spent before and during a drill by coaches to make sure that the shoulder is the first point of contact on a tackle with your eyes up, or that your head is behind the legs of a ball carrier as you strike a tackling ring and take it to the ground. Little things like this matter in building the confidence of young men who participate in a contact sport. Other things emphasized during defensive days of camp included pursuit drill, individual fundamental period, and team fronts and stunts. Camp attendees learned proper angles to take pursuing a ball carrier, how to drop correctly in a zone, keying the football to avoid being offsides, and knowing what gap to attack when a pressure call is given. High school varsity football camp will be held the week of July 22nd. Current physicals are due for fall sports participants by August 12th. A link to the MSHSAA Physical Form may be found on the Grain Valley School District website under the Sports and Activities link.

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Community Calendar Saturday, July 13, 2019

Shotgun— Shotgun—Trap Lake City Shooting Range 9:00am—11:30am WeDo LEGO Robotics: Sail Storm Mid-Continent Public Library Grain Valley Branch 10:30am—11:30am Hoist the mainsail! Build a LEGO sailboat that rides the waves of a tropical storm. Kids will work in pairs to make this simple robot. Register online: events Weekly Bible Study: “The Sabbath, the Spirit, & the Healing of the Soul” Soul” Historical and grammatical approach to Luke 4:14-20 Non-Denominational Bible Study Grain Valley Community Center, 713 S Main 9:45am—11:15am Teacher: Paula Whiting, MA Bible Contact: 816-534-3843

Saturday, July 14, 2019

Senior Coffee Weekly on Mondays Grain Valley Community Center, 713 S Main 9:00am—11:00am Time to visit with friends and make new ones. Free. Senior Yoga Weekly on Mondays Grain Valley Community Center, 713 S Main 10:30am—11:15am $2 or Free for SilverSneakers, Silver & Fit, and Renew Active Members

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

RSVP— RSVP—The Royal Scholastic Victory Program Mid-Continent Public Library Grain Valley Branch 10:00am—11:30am Kids will hit a homerun with this unique learning experience presented by the Kansas City Royals. Register online: events

Popsicles in the Park Armstrong Park Gazebo 6:30pm Join Grain Valley Parks and Recreation for a story and popsicles in the park. Story is geared for ages 2-7. Free—no registration required. Park Board Meeting Grain Valley Community Center, 713 S Main 7:00pm

Monday, July 22, 2019

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

Thursday, July 25, 2019

6th Grade Transition Day Grain Valley Schools 8:30am—Noon Held at each middle school for incoming 6th grade students.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

5th Annual Cruise for Consciousness Grain Valley Community Center Pavilion 713 Main Street 11:00am—3:00pm Car show benefiting Purple Peace Foundation for Epilepsy Awareness $10 to pre-register, $20 day of event No charge for attendees

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

National Night Out Grain Valley City Hall, 711 Main Street 6:00pm—8:30pm Grain Valley Police Department hosts this event, inviting families to join in a night of free fun and education. K-9 and bomb squad demonstrations, free drinks and hot dogs.

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Valley News: July 11, 2019  

Vol. 2 No. 28 Grain Valley's Community Newspaper Published weekly online and in print on the 1st and 3rd weeks of the month. www.grainvalley...

Valley News: July 11, 2019  

Vol. 2 No. 28 Grain Valley's Community Newspaper Published weekly online and in print on the 1st and 3rd weeks of the month. www.grainvalley...