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THE Premier Lifestyle Magazine for Kansas City’s Northland

MAY 2013

WSKF Architects

Designing KC’s Future

Café des Amis

Parkville’s Charming French Bistro

The Elms

A Relaxing Delight

Perfect for Mother’s Day | 1 $4.95|

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A Northland


Friday, June 7, 2013

9:00 a.m. Shotgun Start

Paradise Pointe Golf Complex

18212 Golf Course Road Smithville, MO 64089 816-880-6259

Our tournament format is a 2-man or 4-man scramble, known for its player gift and attentive service to our players. Your day includes breakfast and lunch in the clubhouse, as well as other food and beverage offerings throughout the day on the course. Registration fee includes green fees, cart, player gift and 2 mulligans.

Proceeds will help fund 3D breast tomosynthesis technology – a powerful tool to increase earlier detection of breast cancer at the Center for Women’s Care, a comprehensive, convenient facility dedicated to providing a full continuum of care to meet 2 May 74| May2013 2013 women’s health needs at every life stage.

5/12/13 - 6/2/13

Recieve up to $300 back in the form of a Sealy Visa Prepaid Card with the purchase of any Sealy Optimum mattress set purchased between May 12th, 2013 and June 2nd, 2013. Cannot be combined with any other offer, coupon or discounts. This card is issued by CenterState Bank of Florida, NA pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. Application information will be verified prior to card issuance.

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Mothers Day Package

The Mother’s Day package includes overnight stay, bottle of wine, spring floral arrangement and brunch for two on Sunday May12th. Brunch is served from 10am to 2pm and reservations are recommended.

Packages start at $229

(Only available Mother’s Day weekend)

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16| Feature Story WSKF Architects 26| Fashion Beachy Babe 50| Dining Café des Amis






06|Editor’s Note 08|Charity Spotlight 10|Events Calendar 13| Nuptials: Hoffmeyer - Morris 14| Mother’s Day: Fresh-cut Flowers 34| The Drive: Pink Cadillac 37| Sports: Hannah Palmeter 40 Fitness: Cardio Vs. Weight Training 42| Women’s Health: Dr. Brenda S. Smith 44| Finance: What’s UP with this market? 46| Finance: Hiring a certified financial planner

48| Art: Eileen McCoy 50| Travel: The Elms 54| Dining: Café des Amis 58| Edibles & Cocktails: S.D. Strong Vodka

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62| Restaurant Guide 68| Movie Review 70| Recreation Guide 72| The Last Word with Phil LeVota | 7

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The trees are budding and the grass is green! Spring is in the air! Our May issue is chalk full of great stories and pictures! We have pictures from the Vignobel wine event at the Marriott in Briarcliff and a fun filled event calendar for the month of May, with all the “goings ons” right at your fingertips! I’m sure you will enjoy our cover story on WSKF. They are one of the leading architectural firms in Kansas City and are located in North Kansas City. We have an amazing pictorial of some of their work and our feature writer Ingrid Flaspohler has done an informative interview with the principals of the firm. January Carter, our fashion guru, has some fun beach fashions to get you ready for those lazy summer days ahead! Nick Bolton is getting us ready for summer with a great workout utilizing squats. I already feel the burn! Dave Enenbach is keeping us informed on the rise of the market in the financial section. Cathy Kline has a fun expose on Liberty artist Eileen McCoy and her caricature drawings in our art section. Check out the movie review with our movie guy Jim Kline. As always, Jeff Kelso has spotlighted another outstanding Northland athlete. Hannah Palmeter is a freshman swimmer at Staley High School. Hannah broke 5 school records her freshman year and also has a 4.138 GPA. Her drive and discipline are inspirational. We have a new contributing writer, Ron Regan. Ron has an impressive background as a restaurateur and shares his knowledge and love of food and libations with us in his section, Edibles and Cocktails. In this issue, Ron features a Parkville distillery called S.D. Vodka. Our restaurant feature is Café des Amis in Parkville. This charming French cafe is a Kansas City treasure nestled right here in the Northland. We also are thrilled to be featuring another Kansas City treasure, the Elms Hotel and Spa  located in Excelsior Springs. We have some amazing photographs of this iconic hotel that has just gone through a multi-million dollar refurbishing. A gift certificate to the Elm’s is the perfect gift to give to Mom on this Mother’s Day. If you are interested in staying the night or just for an afternoon at the spa, the Elms is the place to be. Also try dinner at the beautiful restaurant 88. The Elms is slated to be one of the top spas in the country after the recent renovations.  If you have not been recently it is so worth the trip! We are so excited to be bringing you NORTH each and every month. Please check us out on our blog, and also friend us on Facebook and check us out on our webpage ilivenorth. com. Let us know your thoughts and interests and send us story ideas. We are your magazine Northland. We want to hear from you!

Kandie Erickson Associate Publisher Editor-in-chief

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N RTH THE Premier Lifestyle Magazine for Kansas City’s Northland

MAY 2013 Volume 1, Number 3

Allen E. Dillingham President and Publisher


Kandie Erickson

Associate Publisher & Editor-in-chief


Brad Austin

Creative Director


Jane Quigley

Account Executive


Jennifer Hayde Account Executive

816-668-1991 NORTH Magazine

Published monthly Printed in the Northland by RR Donnelly in Liberty, MO. Advertising Inquiries: Copyright© 2013 by Dillingham Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. North Magazine is published monthly, except for combined issues in July/August and December/January (10 yearly issues), by Dillingham Communications, Inc. All contents copyright © 2013 by Dillingham Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction or use in whole or in part of the contents, without the prior written permission of the publisher, is prohibited. An annual subscription is $30.00. North Magazine is distributed throughout Clay and Platte Counties in Kansas City’s Northland. North Magazine and Dillingham Communications, Inc. are not responsible for the return of any materials or artwork submitted. Unsolicited photographs, illustrations or articles are submitted at the risk of the photographer/artist/author. North Magazine and Dillingham Communications, Inc. assume no liability for the return of unsolicited materials and may use them at their discretion. Articles contained in the magazine do not constitute tax or legal advice. Consult your tax or legal advisor before making tax or legally related investment decisions. Articles are published for general informational purposes only and are not an offer or solicitation to sell or buy any securities or commodities. Any particular investment should be analyzed based on its terms and risks as they relate to your individual circumstances and objectives. All letters, photos and manuscripts submitted to North Magazine or Dillingham Communications, Inc., either solicited or unsolicited, become the sole property of Dillingham Communications, Inc. and may be used and published in any manner whatsoever without limit and without obligation and liability to the author, photographer, artist or owner thereof. Articles and advertisements do not necessarily reflect the opinions of North Magazine or Dillingham Communications, Inc. Further, Dillingham Communications, Inc. does not assume responsibility for statements made by advertisers or editorial contributors, nor is it responsible for the products and services advertised. Information in North Magazine is gathered from sources considered to be reliable, but the accuracy of all information cannot be guaranteed. North Magazine and Dillingham Communications, Inc. shall have no liability for errors, omissions or inadequacies in the information herein or the interpretations thereof, nor any liability for the infringement of copyright, and reserve the right to edit any and all submissions before publication. All inquiries and requests may be sent to

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SPOTLIGHT ON CHARITY Saint Luke’s North/Spelman Medical Fund Friday, April 12 was an unforgettable evening as Maximilian Riedel, 11th generation of the Riedel family and CEO of Riedel Crystal of America, guided guests through the ultimate in wine enjoyment. Each guest left with a tasting set of Riedel wine glasses.

An exclusive wine-tasting experience to benefit the


Guests enjoyed an exclusive wine tasting, distinctive hors d’oeuvres, and had chance to win unique raffle items. Participation in this event supported health care excellence, as proceeds benefited the programs of Saint Luke’s North Hospital.

3D Breast Tomosynthesis 3D Breast Tomosynthesis technology is a powerful tool for the earlier detection of breast cancer. Proceeds from this event helped fund this technology at the Center for Women’s Care at Saint Luke’s North Hospital – Barry Road. The Center is a comprehensive, convenient facility dedicated to providing a full continuum of care to meet women’s health needs at every life stage.

Saint Luke’s North Hospital With locations at Barry Road and Smithville, Saint Luke’s North Hospital offers state-of-the-art maternity care, acute rehabilitation, emergency services, wound treatment, and more. Saint Luke’s North Hospital – Barry Road, the Center for Women’s Care focuses on women’s breast, bone, heart, pelvis, and bladder health. The Hip and Knee Center provides a comprehensive approach to care with a staff dedicated to helping patients regain function as quickly as possible. Saint Luke’s North Hospital – Smithville is celebrating 75 years of health care excellence in the community. 10 May 2013

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12| Celebrate Moms

Calendar of Events

and $5 for students/senior citizens. Park University students/faculty/staff are admitted free with their Park ID. For an additional $10, attendees can attend post-concert talks featuring Jürgens, guest artists and musicians.

4| Beginning Clown Workshop

5| Carolyn’s Pennies “Teal Tea”

The Kansas City Zoo is honoring moms on this joyful Sunday with free admission. Show your mom some love by bringing her to the Zoo on this special day. The Zoo will be blossoming with spring flowers and animal friends will surely put a smile on her face. Cost: Included in admission

Saturday, May 4, 2013, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sunday, May 5, 2013, 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

North Kansas City Hospital

Marriott Courtyard at Briarcliff

Northland Clown Guild Alley 217 & RSVP Clowns will present a free beginning clown workshop on Saturday, May 4th, 2012 at North Kansas City Hospital from 9 AM – 5 PM. It will be held in the Prairie View Room, 2800 Clay Edwards Drive, North Kansas City, Missouri.

Spend a fun-filled afternoon among friends sampling tea and hors d’oeuvres. Enjoy a fashion show highlighting spring fashions from Dillard’s. Proceeds will benefit Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute in areas of support for ovarian cancer patients. Cost: $30 individual, $200 for table of 8 Call 816-880-6259 to register.

The history of clowning will be taught, along with a make-up demo, costuming, and the use of props. Demonstrations will include magic, face painting, juggling, balloon twisting and comedy. This quick overview of what is involved in becoming a clown can help you decide if clowning is right for you. This is a great way to start a new hobby, find new volunteer opportunities or create a new job. Fantastic Clowning & Magic will be there to help with all your clown needs. The hospital cafeteria is available for lunch. The Northland Clown Guild has hosted two regional conventions, a national convention and many previous workshops with 100+ years of combined clowning! RSVP to Stacey at (816) 520-2985 or e-mail us at


Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City Season Finale Concert -- “Victory and Triumph” Sunday, May 5, 2013, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Park University Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel

This concert will include Richard Wagner’s “Prelude to Die Meistersinger,” featuring the winner of the Philharmonia’s Concerto Competition (with guest conductor Ted Albrecht), and Johannes Brahms’ “Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73.” Cost: Admission for all concerts is: $15 for reserved front seating ($10 for senior citizens 65 and older); $10 for adult general admission; 12 May 2013

9| Mid-America Coalition on Health Care 2013 Forum: Workforce & Community Well- Being

Thursday, May 9, 2013, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Cerner Corporation

Kansas City’s Mid-America Coalition on Health Care will host more than 100 local employers, health care providers, insurers and other stakeholders at its first forum: “Workforce and Community Well-Being” 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9, 2013, at the Cerner Corporation headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, research experts from Gallup and local private and public health care leaders are among the speakers.

11| Ride for NorthCare Hospice All Day, May 11, 2013

Kearney, MO

NorthCare Hospice provides compassionate, state-of-the-art hospice care for people facing a wide range of end-stage illnesses. Patients are appropriate for hospice services when their goal is comfort care rather than curative care. Registration at 10am at Stables Grill driver $25--Passenger $10 Ride Starts and Ends at Stables Grill at 627 West State Route 92, Kearney, MO

Sunday, May 12, 2013, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Kansas City Zoo

15| The Metropolitan Opera: Giulio Cesare ENCORE

All Day, May 15, 2013

Kansas City 18 Cinemas The opera that conquered London in Handel’s time comes to the Met in David McVicar’s lively production. The world’s leading countertenor, David Daniels, sings the title role opposite Natalie Dessay as an irresistibly exotic Cleopatra. Visit for more details. Cost: Varies

14| Weston Bonfire Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Weston Red Barn Farm

The Red Barn Farm in Weston will provide food for the grill, hay-rides around the property, hang out around a bonfire, play games, and consume adult beverages and eventually break out the s’mores. Feel free to BYOB. Also, bring a chair or two for seating. Cost: Bonfire Ticket $6.27

15| African Children’s Choir Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Northland Abundant Life Worship Center

Come join the African Children’s Choir as they perform in our community during their US Tour. The Choir will be performing at church on Wednesday, May 15th at 7:00 pm. Come and experience a performance that shows the beauty, dignity and potential of each African child! Admission will be free for all ages; a free-will offering will follow the Choir’s concert.

The African Children’s Choir melts the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances. The program features wellloved children’s songs, traditional Spirituals and rhythmic Gospel favorites. Nearly every performance is concluded with a thunderous standing ovation! In spite of the tragedy that has marred their young lives, the children are radiant with hope, musically gifted and always wonderfully entertaining. The free-will offering will help support the Music for Life Institute. The African Children’s Choir has been Music for Life’s major international program during its 28year history. Music for Life Institute (MFLI) has relief and development programs in seven African countries. MFL has currently educated over 52,000 children and hundreds of thousands of lives have been impacted by Music for Life Institute’s international relief and development programs.

18| Hillcrest Walk for the Homeless Saturday, May 18th, Registration Begins 7:00AM - Walk Begins 8:00AM ZONA ROSA

Town Square and the Streets of Zona Rosa This 5K family fun walk is an event that raises awareness and funds to support Hillcrest in its mission to transition homeless families to self-sufficiency. Participating in the Walk for the Homeless is an excellent way to show your support for Hillcrest and the families they serve.   Thousands of community members across the Kansas City Area have participated in Walk for the Homeless for almost 20 years, and we would like to invite you to join them. This year’s event promises to be even more exciting and successful for all, so register today! To participate in Walk for the Homeless simply fill out the online registration form, or call your local Hillcrest office to request a registration form. Hillcrest of Clay & Platte Counties Northland Annual Walk for the Homeless    5K Walk Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. Walk begins at 8:00 a.m.

18| Nature’s Palette: An Introduction to Oil Painting

Saturday, May 18, 2013, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site Visitors Center Sonia Spotts returns to Watkins Mill to teach this one-day painting class, which includes a brief walking tour led by a costumed interpreter, a painting demonstration and an introduction to some simple tools that will help you see that will help you see as painters do in color, shapes, tone and composition. You’ll also have lots of time to practice what you’ve learned. Lunch and all painting supplies are included. Instructor Sonia Spotts is a painter and illustrator who finds nature to be an endless source of inspiration for all of her work. She has been teaching and producing art in Kansas City for over 25 years. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and later taught painting at the Kansas City Art Institute. She worked 15 years in Hallmark’s photography studio as a photo stylist and art director, and she recently launched a business called Creative Camp, which allows her to put her varied artistic talents to use. Saturday May 18, 2013 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Registration fee: $65 Because of the park’s location, GPS devices and online maps programs often have trouble locating it. Please use driving directions on our website: What to bring: Camera, Sunscreen, Hat, Bug Spray, Water Bottle, Umbrella $ 65 USD

18| Warrior Appreciation Rally - 3rd Annual Saturday, May 18, 2013, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Worth Harley Davidson

The 3rd Annual W.A.R. - Warrior Appreciation Rally - is a one day non-profit event to honor, show support and raise awareness for our Military’s Wounded Warriors. This event raised over $20,000 in the first two years, benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project and Camp Hope - two very worthy organizations that support today’s Warriors and Veterans alike. The Wounded Warrior Project provides unique services to meet the needs of our Warriors and empowers them to help others, and Camp Hope - Chris Neal Farm offers our wounded

At the Kansas City Improv Theater

in Zona Rosa

2| John Heffron Thursday, May 2, 2013, 7:30 PM

John Heffron burst onto the comedic scene during the prime of his college heyday. His first gig was on the University of Michigan’s campus at the Main Street Comedy Showcase. Since then, his comedy has evolved in a unique and creative fashion which earned him first place on the second season of NBC’s ‘Last Comic Standing.’ He has become a regular on numerous VH1 satire series including ‘I love the 80s: 3D,’ ‘I Love the 70s: Volume 2,’ and ‘My Coolest Years: My First Time.’ Cost: $17-$20

10| Christopher Titus Friday, May 10, 2013, 7:30 PM

Christopher Titus jokes about things most comics couldn’t turn into jokes: custody battles, insanity, family suicides, heart attacks and fistfighting his father. His dysfunctional family and shocking life experiences were the subject of his FOX show ‘Titus,’ in which he acted and was the executive producer and co-creator. His current stand up act, called ‘Epic Fail,’ is scheduled to be filmed in early 2013. Cost: $25

16| Gary Owen Thursday, May 16, 2013, 8:00 PM Cincinnati comedian and former class clown, Gary Owen has been featured on BET’s ‘Comic View.’ He joined the cast of Tyler Perry’s ‘House of Payne’ after Perry met Owen on the Tom Joyner Morning Show. Perry, wanting to work with him, wrote Owen into the show as the new barber, Zach. His film appearances include ‘Little Man’ with the Wayans Brothers and ‘Daddy Day Care’ with Eddie Murphy. Cost: $17-$20

31| John Witherspoon Friday, May 31, 2013, 7:30 PM You probably remember John Witherspoon as Ice Cube’s (Craig’s) outrageously funny, dogcatching dad in New Line Cinema’s smash urban trilogy ‘Friday,’ ‘Next Friday’ and ‘Friday After Next,’ or as “Pops” on the long-running syndicated sitcom ‘The Wayans Brothers or as “Spoon” on NBC’s ‘The Tracy Morgan Show.’ Not only does Witherspoon’s work span over four decades to include blockbuster movies, hittelevision shows, commercials, and top-rated music videos, but he’s coined his own catch phrases... as in... “Bang!Bang!Bang!Bang!” and “You Gotta Co-ordinate!” Cost: $25 Kansas City Improv Theater 7430 NW 87th St. Kansas City, MO 64153 (816) 759-LAFF | 13

Veterans and Service Members free use of 170 acres year-round in Southeast Missouri. Camp Hope allows these Warriors the opportunity to shoot, hunt, fish, hike, explore and relax with dignity amongst friends, and was started by a Gold Star family in memory of their son, a U.S. Marine that was lost in 2006 during combat operations in Iraq. ***NOTE: Patriot ride leaves from Worth HarleyDavidson at 10AM and ends back at the Rally.

Come have a great time and hang out with friends as we make 2013 even bigger and better while raising a few bucks for these two very worthy causes. Bring all your friends to enjoy some good music, food, and a few of the coolest vendors around.

18| Cheetah Run Saturday, May 18, 2013, 10:30 AM

Kansas City Zoo

Watch the zoo’s three cheetahs chase a lure at the end of a motorized track. It’s fast animal action. Cost: Included in admission

19| The Journey Home’s 2013 Spring Bridal Show

Sunday, May 19, 2013, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The Journey Home 18993 SE 65th Road, Dearborn, MO 64439 You are cordially invited to attend... The Journey Home’s 2013 Spring Bridal Show. Walk into the colonial estate and historic barn to experience wonderful food, drinks, gowns, tuxes, decorations, photography, aerial videography, florists, music, personal care, and much more. Over 30 vendors from Kansas City to St. Joseph, we want to give you the 1-1 attention you deserve. Register Now! (to triple your chances at door prizes offered during our two runway shows)

Giveaways: Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cake samples, desserts, and more, trial beauty services, unique floral designs, tables layouts, and wedding planning fun! Cost: $5 at the door. (Half of the entrance fees

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will be donated to The Power of Pink Breast Cancer Foundation.)

May. The run includes a full marathon, 1/2 marathon, 10k, and 5k.

19| Homebrewing for Beginners

20| KCI Rotary 27th Annual Scholarship Golf

Sunday, May 19, 2013, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Market 3, Kansas City, MO

The class is Sunday, May 19th, beginning at 6 PM. Attendees will learn the critical part of boiling, adding hops, chilling, sanitizing, and pitching yeast. The class will also learn how to bottle a 5 gallon batch of beer (sugar and yeast dosing, sanitizing bottles, crimping crowns, and bottle conditioning). Each participant takes home beers for bottle conditioning at home. The $40 cost of the 3-Hour class covers supplies, and entitles students to a $10 discount on equipment purchase at the end of the class. The instructor has experience in a commercial brewery as well as homebrewing, is a beer judge, and owner/manager of a homebrew supply shop. She taught this class five times in 2012, and classmates shared samples of their favorite beers while brewing and bottling. Cost: $40

19| WOOFSTOCK: A Festival for Dogs and People

Sunday, May 19th - 7:30 AM


Save the date for the 6th annual WOOFSTOCK 1Mile Dog Walk/5K Run featuring a family festival filled with pet-related vendors, contests, prizes and fun galore! All proceeds benefit the Northland Animal Welfare Society (NAWS).   8:15 am- Blessing of Pets 8:30 am- 5K Mutt Fun Run 9:00 am 1 Mile Woof Walk & Optional Pet Obstacle Course 10am to 2 pm- Entertainment 2:30 pm- Yappy Happy Hour (Herford House Patio)

19| Mighty Melody’s Run Sunday, May 19, 2013, 7:00 AM

Stocksdale Park

The 2nd Annual Charity Race Event for Melody Faith Unger to be held every 3rd Sunday in


May 20, 2013

Tiffany Greens Golf Course Annual four-person golf scramble to raise funds for renewable scholarships for high school seniors wanting to attend college. Cost: Individual: $200, Corporate Sponsorship Levels $1,000 and above, Other sponsorship levels: $500, $300, $100. Sponsorship deadline: May 10, 2013 Contact Denna James at (816) 916-2751 djames@

25| Cheap Trick Saturday, May 25, 2013, 8:00 PM

VooDoo Lounge at Harrah’s Casino This legendary rock group’s hits include ‘Surrender’ and ‘I Want You to Want Me.’ Cost: $38-$75

29| ART OPENING: Nicole Mauser Friday, March 29th from 5:30-7:30 PM

Gladstone Community Center

The Gladstone Arts Commission will host an art opening of new works by Nicole Mauser at the Gladstone Community Center, located at 6901 N. Holmes. Nicole Mauser lives and works in Kansas City, MO. Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Nicole received her graduate degree from Chicago University in Fine Arts.

31| The Black Crowes Friday, May 31, 2013, 8:00 PM

VooDoo Lounge at Harrah’s Casino After going separate ways for a while in 2002, The Black Crowes have returned, with brothers Rich and Chris Robinson once again at the helm. These talented rockers shot to stardom with the hit cover of ‘Hard to Handle’ back in 1990. Cost: $35-$65

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Hoffmeyer - Morris Wedding Megan Morris, of Kansas City, North, was married last fall to Greg Hoffmeyer of Jefferson City. The happy couple was married on November 17, 2012 at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Independence, MO. Father Michael Mulhearn performed the ceremony.  Megan’s grandfather, Max Croucher, and stepfather, Mark Spurgeon, walked the bride down the aisle.  The bride carried a rosary bouquet made of white baby roses.  The couple had six bridesmaids and six groomsman, four ushers and three flower girls.  The November fall day was unusually warm enabling the couple to visit the Briarcliff area for post wedding pictures. The reception was celebrated at the KCI Marriott Hotel ballroom.  Over 250 guests celebrated the bride and groom’s special day with a sit down dinner, a DJ from Holmes Entertainment as well as a live band featuring The Patrick Lentz Band.  Friends and family were on the dance floor past midnight. Megan and Greg honeymooned in Negril, Jamaica.  The couple now resides in Jefferson City, MO.  Megan is a Speech Pathologist in the Jefferson City Public School System and Greg is VicePresident of Accord Financial. | 15

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How To Make Fresh Flower Arrangements Last Longer by J. E. Davidson

“If I had a flower for each time I thought of my mother, I could walk in my garden forever.” -Anonymous

Fresh flower arrangements can create a garden inside

the home, and bring cheer and color indoors on dreary days. Whether the arrangement is a gift, one you purchased yourself, or cut flowers from your own garden, you want to enjoy their fleeting beauty as long as possible. Even the best gardeners can have difficulty keeping flowers fresh and blooming indoors. There are a few simple steps you can take to keep your flower arrangements from fading too quickly.

1. When purchasing a floral arrangement or fresh flowers, choose varieties that are long-lasting. With proper care carnations, minicarnations, alstromeria, daisies, delphiniums, roses, lilies and mums will stay fresh up to twelve days after they are cut. 2. Inspect fresh flowers before you buy them. Check the blooms, leaves, and stems for any brown spots, slime, broken petals, and yellowing or fading that may indicate the flower is already past its prime. Choose flowers that haven’t fully opened yet; most cut flowers (with the exception of some tropical flowers and orchids) will continue to open after they’ve been put into a vase. 16 May 2013

3. Keep your vases clean; scrub them with hot, soapy water and rinse thoroughly before adding the flowers. Always keep fresh flowers in a vase with fresh, clean water. Change the water at least every few days, and use lukewarm water to fill vases; flowers will absorb it faster. 4. Prepare a solution of commercially prepared flower food, or use the packet that comes with your floral arrangement. This solution benefits the flowers tremendously by adding nutrients to the water, adjusting the pH level of the water in the vase, and discouraging the growth of bacteria. Mix the solution carefully; too much can “burn” the petals. 5. Cut and inch or two off the stems before putting the flowers in water, and remove ½” every few days when you change the water. Be sure your cutting tools are clean. 6. Remove any leaves that will be under the surface of the water. The leaves may rot under water and harbor bacteria that will reduce the life span of the blooms. 7. Keep fresh flowers cool until you can get them into water. Display your fresh flowers away from heat sources like radiators

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and stoves, on top of the television, or in a sunny window, which will cause the arrangement to wilt rapidly. Don’t place them near drafts from a heating or air conditioning vent. Keeping the flowers cool at night by putting them on a cool porch, in the refrigerator, or in the basement will help them stay fresh longer. Don’t allow tropical flowers to be exposed to temperatures below 55 degrees F, however. 8. As the flowers begin to fade, remove the wilted blooms and leaves and replace them with new flowers or more greenery, or put the remaining attractive flowers in a smaller vase to use on the bathroom sink or on a shelf. The last few remaining blossoms can be placed in a lily bowl, small fish bowl, or other small bowl of water after the stem is clipped to 1/4�. 9. Ask your florist about specific care and handling for different varieties. For example, gladioli will open their florets faster if you trim a couple of buds from the very tip of the spike. Flower arrangements from a florist can be expensive, and even if you cut your own from the garden, you want to prolong the amount of time you can enjoy them indoors. With a little effort, you can add several days to the life span of your fresh flower arrangements! |

Williams Spurgeon Kuhl & Freshnock A r c h i t e c t s


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Written by Ingrid Flaspohler

Cities are defined

and remembered

in large part by their buildings, structures and other distinctive landmarks. When you think of Paris, it is likely that the Eiffel Tower and wide boulevards come to mind. London conjures Big Ben and bridges over the Thames.  On a more local level, our own Kansas City, North has its own structural attributes that make the community both special and familiar to residents and visitors. The Clay County Veterans Memorial, featuring a majestic bronze eagle sculpture, honors local veterans who lost their lives in combat. The Northland Fountain on North Oak Trafficway is one of the few in a ‘City of Fountains’ to run year-round, creating an ice sculpture in the winter months. The arresting stone buildings of Park University offer a striking snapshot of a picture perfect campus. Behind every landmark, memorial, courthouse or church is a team of city planners, architects and builders who made it happen. | 19

Children’s Mercy Clinics on Broadway WSKF provided design services for the conversion of several floors, helping to create a warm and comforting environment for young patients. The project was selected for a Capstone Award in 2012.

Selected photos Mike Sinclair Photographer

Dr. Homer L. Williams Dr. Williams began his architectural practice in 1966, marking the beginning of what is today Williams Spurgeon Kuhl & Freshnock Architects. Over his 40+-year career he has designed a diverse array of projects including governmental, educational, commercial, hospitality, financial institutions and churches, among others, across the United States and seven foreign countries. He remains active in project development and design for a variety of WSKF projects. In 2010, Dr. Williams published, “Building Type Basics for Banks and Financial Institutions,” a first-of-its-kind authoritative book on bank design. His affiliations include the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, Missouri Council of American Institute of Architects, Missouri Bankers Association and Rotary Club. He is a member of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International and is past president of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). He is currently on a sabattical from WSKF following his appointment as associate professor at the School of Architecture at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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Driving through the Northland today, you are likely to pass more than one building that has been touched by the hands and minds of WSKF architects. Many of the area’s notable and important buildings have been designed, built or

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The principals and architects at WSKF are the people behind these and many of the other structures in the area, and they have played a significant role in the Northland architectural landscape. Since opening in 1966, the firm has both witnessed and contributed to the city’s development. First established by Dr. Homer L. Williams, WSKF was and remains one of the longest standing architectural firms to open north of the river. Their presence seemed to catalyze growth in the area. “Back in ’66, you didn’t really go across the river,” says John Freshnock, one of the firm’s principals and architects. “We got a lot of work and did a lot of good things.” In 2000, WSKF bought and renovated a former car dealership on Armour Road and made it their own headquarters, helping to spur an ‘Armour Road Renaissance’ of sorts. “This was a derelict building and we turned it around. That’s part of the renaissance of this end of Armour Road, which was on pretty hard times.” They are now squarely in the heart of a thriving Northland business district, flanked by other local businesses, including restaurants, start-ups and a dental practice.

expanded upon by the firm. More notable projects include the Argosy Hotel & Casino, Mackay Hall at Park University, Parkville’s City Hall and police station and Children’s Mercy North Clinic. The Northland Fountain is an iconic design that also was given life by the firm. When it became evident that the beloved Children’s Fountain on Highway 9 was at serious risk of damage due to errant continued on page 22

Mark S. Spurgeon Over his more than 30-year association with WSKF Architects Mark has amassed a large and versatile body of work -spanning health care, education, governmental, commercial, industrial and auto dealerships, among others. His trademarks are a practical approach to architecture, gaining an in-depth understanding of each client’s needs and delivering projects that meet those needs and satisfy budget goals. His credentials include Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC) by The Center for Health Design. His involvement in the business community includes his current role as a member of the board for the North Kansas City Business Council, immediate past chair of the board for the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce, past president of North Kansas City Rotary and a past member of the Community Partners Advisory Board of the North Kansas City School District. | 21

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Small Town Boys Creating Big City Dreams! by Kandie Erickson

Here is an example of what can happen when four boys who grew up in small midwestern towns follow their dreams. While talking with the principals at WSKF, I found all of their stories to have a common thread. The most common is one of small town values. If you grew up in a small community, you understand the sense of work ethic that many of these small communities instill in you. I would like to share with you the story of how these midwestern boys became some of the most sought after architects in their field. My first interview was with Mark Spurgeon. I asked Mark where he grew up. Mark with pride said, “I grew up in Cedar Falls, Iowa.” I wanted to know when he knew he wanted to go into architecture. Mark told me he always loved to draw and he was inspired by such great visionaries as Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan. Louis Sullivan employed the young Frank Lloyd Wright as a draftsman and became Frank Lloyd Wright’s mentor. These two men changed the face of design and inspired many students to go into the field of architecture. After high school, Mark attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa and received his bachelor degree in architecture. Mark then came to Kansas City in 1976 and started working with Homer Williams, the founding principal of WSKF. The “K” in WSKF stands for Rick Kuhl. Rick is another midwestern boy. He grew up in Orleans, Nebraska. Orleans is a town of 600 people. Now that’s a small town! Rick shared with me his inspiration to go into architecture, which came from being raised in such a small community. In a small town, he tells me, people solve problems using the resources they have in the most fundamental way. These are the same skills he utilizes in helping create the projects he takes on. Rick tells me of his mentor in his beloved field. He is of German decent and found a connection with Walter Gropius, who was the father of the Bauhaus movement. This movement is one of “Form” following “Function.” This principle states that the shape of a building or object is based upon its intended purpose. Another one of his mentors was Le Corbusier, a modernist. He was dedicated to creating better living conditions in crowded cities. Rick received his bachelor and his masters in architecture from the University of Nebraska. He started out in Civil Engineering and soon realized it was not creative enough for him. He also received an MBA from UMKC. Rick joined WSKF in 1994. The fourth principal of the firm is John Freshnock. John is a Kansas boy born in Manhattan. He tells me of many moves throughout the midwest as his father pursued a career in retail. John lived in many midwestern states growing up from Illinois to Ohio, and many states in between. One of the constants in John’s life was his love of art and drawing. It is not too hard to believe that John’s favorite things to draw were buildings. His teachers would tell his parents that he would grow up to become an architect—and so he did. John tells me the master planning involved in the projects he takes on is one of the aspects he enjoys. He likes the problem solving; finding a way to overcome and create is as important as drafting tools. John’s mentor was Louis Kahn. Kahn was an

American architect based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Kahn was best known for his belief that all materials had their destiny and would not tolerate any attempt to deviate from that. John went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Kansas State and his masters in architecture from the University Of Virginia. He has held fast to his mentor’s ideals. The founder of WSKF, Dr. Homer L. Williams, has been a leader in the Northland for many years and a respected architect nationally. He was born in Smithville, Missouri and grew up to become a leader in the field of architecture. Dr. Williams began his studies at Northwest Missouri State University and went on to complete his bachelor of architecture degree from Kansas State University. He then pursued a doctorate of architecture from the University of Hawaii. Williams started his firm in 1966. Dr. Williams’ career has spanned a broad scope of projects over the years. He has helped shape the landscape in the Northland with his designs in the healthcare field, as well as the K-12 arena. He has been involved in the commercial, industrial, government and banking sectors. Dr. Williams has been the lead on over 100 bank projects in the WSKF portfolio. In 2010, Williams published, “ Building Type Basics for Bank and Financial Institutions.” He is widely regarded for his expertise and innovation in bank design. Dr. Williams is currently on a sabbatical and is teaching at the University of Hawaii. When asked who was one of the greatest influences in his life, it is of no surprise that the answer was Frank Lloyd Wright. Incidentally, Williams lives in an original Frank Lloyd Wright designed home, and like his mentor, follows the principals of his teachings.

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drivers, WSKF offered their help. The sculptures have appreciated in value over the years, in addition to being a valued artistic and cultural asset to the community. Over the course of two years, WSKF worked with local government agencies to find a solution. They recently completed installation of bollards to protect the precious statues, just in time for fountain day. “We do a lot of those projects for very little fee as part of our contribution to the community. Our relationship with the community has been built since 1966,” says Freshnock.

The firm’s good deeds go beyond the architectural. In addition to providing pro-bono and low-fee services, members regularly participate in Team Smile, KC Community Gardens, Rotary Club, Scouting and Christmas in October, which involved rehabbing a home for an elderly woman. Signifying their appreciation for the arts, the firm’s 110 Gallery provides a space for local artists to showcase their work.

the community. Moving forward, they plan to focus on projects relating to fire and public safety, healthcare and religious buildings in the area, ensuring their efforts will continue to enhance the local skyline for years to You May come.

With deep roots in the Northland, WSKF plans to continue contributing their services, time and goodwill to

WSKF Architects, Inc. 110 Armour Road North Kansas City, MO 64116 Phone: 816-300-4101 Email: Website:

Rick Kuhl Rick began professional practice in 1980 and has been associated with WSKF Architects since 2000. His widely varied project expertise includes governmental, public safety senior care/living, educational and health care, among others. He brings a thorough and rigorous approach to project planning and design through project completion. He has been a speaker and led tours of WSKF fire station projects in 2010 and 2011 at the annual Station Style conference sponsored by Fire Chief magazine. He has led project teams and designed many of the more than $50 million in public safety facilities WSKF has completed in the last decade. He leads the many senior care/ living projects with a keen understanding of the unique design needs of senior facilities, the owner and operator’s perspective and a deep respect and sensitivity for the many seniors who call their projects home. Outside WSKF, Rick is active in the Parkville Chamber of Commerce, Kansas City Kansas Chamber of Commerce, Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce and its Sustainability Committe, and the Knights of Columbus. 24 May 2013

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Veterans of Clay County who were killed in action are honored with a memorial in Anita B. Gorman Park in Kansas City, Missouri. The Clay County Veterans Memorial Committee raised private funds to build the memorial, which contains names of veterans from Clay County killed in action since the Civil War. “Sovereign Wings,” a bronze eagle sculpture, is the focal point of the memorial. WSKF Architects worked with the Clay County Veterans Memorial Committee and the Kansas City, Missouri Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners to complete this iconic project.

Lee’s Summit Fire Station No.2

Lee’s Summit Fire Station No. 2 is a prime example of how selected applications of green design can make a new fire station highly sustainable while fulfilling its essential functions. The 8,905-squarefoot satellite station features two drive-through apparatus bays, bunkrooms for eight, a kitchen adjoined by a day room, fitness room and training room. With the need for gender-neutral living quarters, each pair of bunkrooms share a shower and restroom that provide full privacy. Materials and color of the Cool Roof were carefully chosen to reduce the amount of heat absorbed by the building. Inside the walls and roof spray insulation helps keep heat and cold out and maintain comfortable temperatures inside. Since the rear of the station site is only about 75 feet from a busy state highway, special insulation also quiets the highway noise inside the station. The station also incorporates daylighting, recycled material in many of the building materials and high-efficiency lighting. Judges in the National Station Style Competition in 2011 honored the project with a Silver Design Award.

The North Kansas City School District worked with Williams Spurgeon Kuhl & Freshnock Architects, Inc. to renovate and expand the existing Norclay Building which serves as an annex building to the North Kansas City High School. The renovation and addition was to provide a major update to the building which was originally built in the mid 1940s and had received only minor renovation work over its nearly 60 years of service. The renovation work encompassed modifying the existing south wing of the building from smaller, outdated social studies classrooms into larger, up-to-date science classrooms, which would match the district standards for science classrooms. Each pair of science classrooms would share a prep room that allowed for daily preparation of experiments and for chemicals and materials storage, as well as emergency eye wash stations. It also included a new gymnasium for practices and events with adjacent accessory locker rooms and gymnasium equipment storage. A new primary entry into the building and adjacent lobby space was also included that addressed an existing water feature on the site that became part of the new entry sequence. Construction of the project was phased so that the new addition could be constructed during the school year and the renovation work constructed the following summer. Construction was completed in August 2007. |

Freda Markley Early Childhood Center

The Freda Markley Early Childhood Center leadingedge design provides 18 classrooms to serve as many as 432 Hickman Mills School District pre-schoolers in an environment suited for children with widely varying physical and learning abilities. The center features varying elevations and steps that help pre-schoolers develop motor skills and dexterity, each at their own pace. Classrooms are clustered in pods and provide for maximum flexibility for teachers and staff. What the individual student experiences

is a canopy, corridor, classroom, lunchroom, media center, gymnasium, kitchen and playground that is perfectly suited to his or her physical size, stage of development, and ability to learn. The center is on track for LEED certification. Judges for the Mid-America Regional Council named it a Sustainable Success Story in 2010. In 2011, Design Excellence Award judges in metro Kansas City also honored the center with a Gold Award in the Contemporary Architecture category and a Bronze Award in the Green category.

John E. Freshnock John began his architectural career in 1985 and has been associated with WSKF Architects since 1996. His broad experience includes projects spanning federal and other governmental facilities, educational, hospitality, housing, recreational, commercial and liturgical. John has led and designed many of the church projects completed by the firm for a range of denominations. He also has extensive experience in site and project master planning. John produces projects with rigorous detailing and economical use of material and structure. Inside the firm, John advocates and cultivates WSKF’s collaborative design method and, along with the other principals, works to create an environment that fosters open dialogue and an integrated multidisciplinary process. His community involvement includes volunteering for the Boy Scouts of America on the District, Council, and Troop levels and membership in the Kansas City, Kansas Rotary Club and First Lutheran Church.

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You don’t have to “weekend” in the Hamptons to strut your stuff this summer in some stunning warm weather threads!

You may be “week-ending” at Smithville Lake or the Lake of the Ozarks, but that is no excuse to let your style fly out of the back seat of the convertible on the way to the lake! Do not cave! Don’t let your inner fashionista famish. Channel your inner sailor lady in a classic navy and white striped frock. This summer staple is ultra mod when paired with a chunky beaded necklace in a bright contrasting color. Keep it casual with some cute flip flops or dress it up for a night on the town with some super sexy wedges. You will be one hot date for your sweetie! This just in from the not so shocking news— capri pants live on! However, this season’s version comes with a higher waist and a slimmer tapered leg. This latest shape craves a breezy, floaty top or a wide open knit summer sweater. It is a chic and elegant alternative to a sundress. If you are still a young beauty, or if you have managed to keep your body in über fabulous shape, the denim cutoff short is as much a right of passage as an ice cream cone on a 100-degree day. Proceed with caution, but rock them if you can. For all of us, the days are numbered with this summer mainstay.

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MISCHIEVOUS MILES SINCE MICHAEL’S BRAIN SURGERY. NO CHANCE OF BEHAVING. Last September when Parkinson’s symptoms became disabling for Michael, he turned to the only hospital in the region that could perform the deep brain stimulation he needed — while he slept. This new approach — done by one of only three physicians in the nation — minimized the discomfort and time required by awake surgery of other hospitals. Most important, today, this road warrior’s symptoms are gone. And so is he — whenever his Harley calls.

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IS MAKING WAVES! by Jeff Kelso

The year was 1975 and I was nine years old. I remember waking up every morning at 6:00 a.m. and walking over to the Coves clubhouse.  On the way, I would hear whistle after whistle—it was time for swim practice.  We practiced two hours a day, every morning, five days a week.  That was always the start of summer for me.  Baseball games and swimming took up all of my time. I often thought I had to sacrifice a lot during the summer, but when I look back those were some of the best years of my life.     Hannah Palmeter, a freshman at Staley High School, knows what sacrifice and dedication is. There is no relaxing in the Palmeter house. The Palmeter household is made up of great athletes; Brian Palmeter, Hannah’s father, was a former football player who spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Jake, Hannah’s younger brother, is also an elite swimmer in the 9 year-old division; and Cheryl Palmeter, Hannah’s mother, takes credit for introducing swimming to her children and driving them all over the Midwest for swimming competitions. Hannah started swimming at the age of 6 years old for the New Mark Stingrays. Each year, Hannah’s love for swimming became stronger and stronger. Eventually, she became one of the best swimmers in her age group in the Kansas City area.  By the age of 10, Hannah started swimming year round and it was obvious she was destined for greatness! As a 12 year-old, Hannah was competing in a national event in Lincoln, Nebraska and was seeded in the top 8 in all events in which she swam—the 100 fly, “her specialty,” the 100 IM and the 50 free. | 39

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As a freshman at Staley High School, Hannah has become one of the best swimmers in the North Kansas City School District, earning a spot on the K.C. Star All-Metro team and Honorable Mention All State team. As a freshman at Staley High School, Hannah has become one of the best swimmers in the North Kansas City School District, earning a spot on the K.C. Star AllMetro team and the Honorable Mention All-State team. That is pretty impressive for a young girl who, by the way, carries a 4.138 G.P.A. Beauty and brains—Hannah has the whole package. For six days a week, three hours a day, Hannah is working to achieve her ultimate goal of swimming for the University of Missouri in the best swimming conference in the country, the SEC. I asked Hannah what she does in her spare time and she just said with a smile that she doesn’t have much and has to sacrifice a lot to fulfill her dream.  When Hannah’s friends are hanging out she is swimming, but she said she has the best friends in the world and they always support her and understand. In Hannah’s first year of high school sports, she broke five school records. I have a feeling in the next three years Hannah will break many more and we will see her swimming in the SEC! Hannah Palmeter, you are my NORTH Magazine Athlete for the month of May!

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Jeff Kelso graduated from Park Hill High School in 1984, where he was an outstanding athlete. Jeff received the inaugural Simone Award given to the best Kansas City football player. He continued his education and athletic career at the University of Missouri, where he played football. After college, Jeff was drafted by the California Angels in the ninth round of the 1988 MLB draft. He played 4 years with the Angels. Jeff currently coaches a traveling little league baseball team and owns Kelso’s Restaurant in Northtown. 40 May 2013 | 41

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Top Calorie Burner: Weight Training vs. Cardio Training by Nick Bolton

Weight Training (resistance training) benefits the body’s skeletal system and muscular system (Musculoskeletal System), nervous system, and even cardiovascular system (if performed correctly). Over time, the body adapts to the weight training and grows stronger, burns fat, and improves overall conditioning.

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Strengthen the actual heart while improving blood flow Improved balance and coordination Fights osteoporosis and diabetes Improves brain function and mood Calories are burned up during, immediately after, and also as a result from the increased metabolic rate of the developed muscle.


• Weight can be heavy • Ideal workouts and programs can be overwhelming without guidance The final verdict is that in order to burn the most calories, you should implement both weight training AND cardio training. Here are some great tips for combining cardio training and weight training: • Perform cardio on your off days from the weights • Hit the weights first, followed up by a short cardio workout • Shorten your rest periods when you’re lifting weights (blends cardio into weight training) What’s your best friend in the fight to burn body fat, cardio training or weight training? This seems to be the million dollar question for so many fitness enthusiasts. While both forms of training benefit the body in numerous ways, they can yield different results. Here’s a quick overview of some benefits for each type of training. Cardiovascular exercise (endurance training) benefits the cardiovascular system directly by increasing blood flow and allowing the heart to pump blood more efficiently to the body. Over time, this can help the body improve endurance and cardiovascular capacity.


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Nick Bolton Nick Bolton is one of Kansas City’s premier personal trainers. With more than 14 years of personal training experience, Nick offers an array of knowledge in fitness and nutrition to our readers . He is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, National Council on Strength and Fitness, and National Board of Emergency Medical Technicians. He specializes in all forms of training, from competitive athletes to everyday people. Nick is the founder of Firehouse Fitness where he offers his training services both online and in person. He works with individual clients, small groups, and large group bootcamps in Kansas City. Nick is a published fitness writer and has been featured in local, national, and international magazines and e-magazines. Email: Facebook: Nick Bolton Fitness

The squat is one of the most beneficial exercises in the book. Here are three benefits of the squat exercise. Functional


Because this exercise mimics many day-today movement patterns, it benefits the body by making it more efficient at performing on a regular basis. Torch body fat: Many

large muscle groups of the body are targeted by this movement. This means that the body works a lot harder to perform it correctly, resulting in burning more body fat for the needed energy.

Pack on the muscle:

Again, don’t worry ladies. You won’t get bulky. You will get lean and tone. More muscle means a higher metabolic rate and allows your body to burn more calories at rest.  Guys, if you are looking to pack muscle onto your frame, this exercise is great because it allows the body to release natural growth hormone, helping you build up other muscle groups, too (like your chest and arms).  There are many ways to perform this popular exercise.  Below shows a progression from easier to harder.  Begin with ball squats and graduate to barbell squats when you are ready.

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Begin with your feet placed slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Slowly bend at the knee and lower your body into the squat position. The lower back should remain flat and your bottom should roll underneath the ball, while keeping your chest up.  Press through your heals and return to the starting position.

The barbell squat is performed much the same way as the ball squat. Start with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart.  Place the barbell on the shoulders, and slowly push your hips back and lower into the squat position with your back flat.  The bottom of your legs should be parallel with the ground.  Drive through your heals and return to the standing position.

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by Dr. Brenda S. Smith

Ovaries, Thyroid, Adrenals, Oh My!

For too long how hormones work in a woman’s body has been deemed too complex for a woman to understand or manage. Women have been taught to view their hormones as that mysterious Wizard of Oz behind the curtain turning knobs and manipulating their bodies leaving them little if any control of their bodies.  Well ladies, let’s pull back that curtain and learn what is happening in our bodies.  Hormones are not to be ignored and tolerated when they misbehave.  Learn how to recognize hormone imbalance and correct it, so that your quality of life is enhanced and your risk of disease is reduced. Every woman should know certain basic facts about hormones and health, but it seems daily in my office I teach women things that they should have been taught at age 12.  In the future I hope every woman is properly educated about hormones, but for those of you who have reached adulthood confused about hormones, here are the need-to-know facts.

Demystifying Hormones 101 If I only had more space and time, I could take you on such a fascinating journey through the world of hormones. Instead, I will have to give you some snippets of the hormonal story, followed by some insights I have gained after years of experience treating women and their hormones. Hormones are messengers in the body that tell your body what to do turning on and turning off cellular functions.  When hormones are produced in your body, what makes each hormone unique is its 44 May 2013

chemical shape. Each hormone works by finding a receptor that matches its chemical shape.  Then like a key in a lock, the hormone activates the receptor and a message is delivered to your body.  Bioidentical hormones are man made from plants, but are shaped exactly like the corresponding hormone in your body, delivering the exact same message at the receptor.  Bio-identical hormones, working as hormones were designed to work in the body, tend to give better results with fewer side effects.  I see so many women in my practice who have blindly been using inappropriate hormones and suffering the consequences.  Be choosey about any hormone you put in our body – remember its message can be powerful. There are many hormones in the body, i.e. ovarian, adrenal & thyroid to name a few and they all communicate with each other.  Some hormones like the adrenal hormones are required for life; others like the ovarian hormones are important, but not required for life.  It is always important when evaluating hormones to look at the big picture and not focus on one specific hormone.  Hormones do not work in isolation.  For years doctors diagnosed all

hormone problems as ovarian deficiency ignoring the impact thyroid hormones adrenal hormones and even the hormone insulin can have on a woman’s health. Most women I work with have multiple hormone imbalances that must be addressed to help her achieve optimal health.    Hormones do not just willy-nilly send messages and do what they want, they are part of a complex communications system in your body designed to help you have quality of life and survive.  Hormones act based upon messages they receive from other parts of the body and from the environment.  The food you eat affects that message, toxins you are exposed to affect that message, exercise and your mental state affects that message.  So don’t expect to be highly stressed, polluting your body with toxins and poor nutrients and have hormones that behave the way you “want” them to.  In fact, most of the time hormones don’t just misbehave – we disrupt them by making poor choices.  Bottom line – to truly have hormone balance you have to look at what I call “global” health, the many facets of your health that affect your

Dr. Smith Dr. Smith, a well-respected Kansas City area obstetrician/gynecologist, has been on staff at Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City since 1990, as well as a partner in the medical practice Ferns, Matile, Smith & Perryman, M.D.s, P.C. She also was a member of the hospital’s teaching staff for 15 years. Dr. Smith performed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Saint Luke’s Hospital. She received her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kan., and her bachelor of science degree from Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Mo. Dr. Smith is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She also is a member of the American Medical Association, the Kansas City Gynecological Society, the Metropolitan Medical Society and the Missouri State Medical Association.

When hormone imbalance is suspected, careful evaluation and testing is in order. Ignoring what the body is trying to tell you and guessing about hormones is not acceptable.  Since 1993 I have been listening very carefully to women because what their body is telling them is important information that I want to know.  I have also been testing hormones to help verify the “impression” I have formed after listening to a patient’s story.  This combination of listening and testing has proven to be invaluable in coming up with the correct diagnosis.  If you suspect hormone problems, get help from a physician trained to diagnose

and treat hormone disorders. Don’t let someone with minimal knowledge of your health preshcribe hormones.  Your hormones are not just pesky problems; they are an important part of your health.   At every stage and every age of life hormones are required, but the correct recipe for hormonal health changes as we age.  The set of hormones that are beneficial at one stage of life can actually be detrimental later in life.  The body uses hormones wisely, not indiscriminately.   Anabolic hormones that cause cells to divide like estrogen can be a risk for cancer.  When we are young and need to reproduce, the advantages of these hormones usually outweigh the risks.  As we age, however, continuing to stimulate cells to divide can be a bit riskier.  Careful evaluation of each individual’s specific risks & benefits is important before using anabolic hormones.  Read What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause /Menopause by John Lee, M.D.  

Action Tips for Hormonal Health Set the intention to be actively involved in your health. This means having a basic understanding of hormones and how they work.  Read What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause/Menopause by John Lee, M.D.  Realize that you can achieve balanced hormones by adopting a healthy lifestyle. Don’t ignore symptoms that warn of hormone imbalance.  See an informed physician who will listen and test to determine if a hormone imbalance exists. Don’t dabble in hormone therapy.  It’s important to look carefully at the risks & benefits of hormone therapy before initiating any treatment.  When using hormone replacement therapy (HRT), insist on an individualized approach to hormone therapy that is comprehensive and has your safety in mind. Accept that your health is complex.  Don’t blame every health problem on hormones, take responsibility for your diet and lifestyle and don’t expect HRT to work without addressing other health issues. | 45

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overall well-being. Don’t be misled by clever marketing that claims a simple cream, pill or patch can solve all your health problems.  In fact, I would have to tell you that some of the healthiest and attractive women I see have never used hormones – they have achieved their good health by living a healthy, balanced life.  


What’s UP with this Market? by Dave Enenbach


s we enter the second quarter of 2013, I’m writing to answer a question many of our readers have asked (or at least pondered): What’s up with this stock market? The U.S. stock market delivered double digit returns in the 1st quarter of 2013, and it did so despite continuing high unemployment, the commencement of Sequestration, international currency instability and seeming continued malaise and pessimism on Main Street. How can this be happening? (…and what most people wonder – Can it CONTINUE happening?) First, though, a quick recap of the first quarter of 2013. At the end of March, U.S. stock markets surpassed the all-time high reached way back in October 2007. There are two things worth noting about first-quarter performance. -Driven by a strong start in January, the U.S. market was up by over 10% in the first quarter, leading strong gains by equities across the world. One word of caution: last year the U.S. market was up by 13% in the first three months before giving back almost all of those gains in the second quarter, in large measure due to concerns about Europe. -On the topic of Europe, in spite of recent headlines about the banking crisis in Cypress and continuing issues in Greece, the European market was up by 7% in the first three months of 2013. But know that while Cyprus and Greece got the headlines, the bulk of Europe’s economic performance will over the long run be driven by the larger countries. One thing is apparent – we are clearly in a “jobless recovery.” The S&P 500 companies are generating excellent profits, and hoarding cash, but doing it without adding jobs. They are focusing on efficiency, through automation, and by getting increased productivity out of employees. I think another factor driving

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investors back into stocks is the record LOW returns earned in the bond market today. People have seen they cannot accomplish their investment goals by buying 2% taxable U.S. Treasury bonds! Plus, investors fear what will happen to the value of their bonds when interest rates inevitably start to rise. So what else should we consider? Remember, last month we talked about “following the smart money.” Well, Warren Buffett’s a pretty smart guy. In fact, Warren Buffett is generally considered the greatest investor of all time. From 1966, when he began running Berkshire Hathaway, to the end of 2012, the overall U.S. stock market (including dividends) has returned an average of 9.4% annually. That means that $1,000 invested in the U.S. market in 1966 was worth just over $74,000 at the end of 2012. During that same time, the book value of Berkshire Hathaway increased by almost 20% per year, twice the U.S. market return. The result: that same $1,000 invested in Berkshire Hathaway’s book value would have grown to over $5 million. Consequently, Warren Buffett’s views are worth heeding. And that is also why his annual letter to investors is awaited each year with such anticipation. There were three key messages in his letter this year.

1. Invest in “wonderful” businesses Buffett is known for saying that he would rather buy “a wonderful business at a fair price than a fair business at a wonderful price.” He has written in-depth about the competitive insulation that makes for a great business. (In another well-known turn of phrase, he has said that he wants to buy businesses “so wonderful that an idiot could run them, because some day an idiot will.”) In this year’s letter, Buffett touched on Berkshire Hathaway’s investment in American Express (of which he owns just under 14%) as well as Coca-Cola, IBM and Wells Fargo, his other three big holdings in which he owns between 6% and 9%. In all four

2. Look past today’s uncertainty Buffett addressed the uncertainty that preoccupies many members of the media and has dampened the willingness of American business to invest. He points out that uncertainty has been a constant in the United States since 1776; the only variable is whether people ignore the uncertainty (which typically happens in boom times) or fixate on it.

Summary I would not dare predict that the market will deliver double digit returns for each remaining quarter of 2013, but stocks appear reasonably priced based on historical P/E ratios, so I do think there is more upside left. And with bond yields low and interest rate risk so high, investors with cash to invest don’t have a lot of good options. Don’t let the 1st quarter scare you – while we are liable to get some kind of correction, I think the stock market is a good place to stay.

And think about this: by the time all the uncertainty is gone, the market will be at an ALL-TIME all-time high! You won’t want to be a buyer at those prices.

David Enenbach

3. Stay in the game

David is president and founder of Enenbach & Associates Financial Con-sultants, a multi-client family office serving the wealth management needs of ultra-affluent families (investable net worth of $20$50 million). A Registered Investment Adviser, he previously was president of another independent wealth management firm that represented high net worth individuals and professional athletes. He spent 20 years as a CPA with Donnelly, Meiners, Jordan, Kline/McGladrey. Dave will be sharing some of the investing strategies employed by the very affluent.

In his letter, Buffett addressed the temptation to, in his words, “try to dance in and out (of the stock market) based upon the turn of tarot cards, the prediction of so-called experts or the ebb and flow of business activity.” He went on to say that since the long-term outcome of investing in stocks is so overwhelmingly favorable, “the risks of being out of the game are huge compared to the risks of being in it.”

What this means for you In my March article, I outlined some guiding principles in my approach to building portfolios. I repeat three of them here.

1. Time to rebalance: Adhering to your plan (assuming you’ve met with your advisor and developed YOUR plan!) Strong performance by stocks means that today some investors are above the top of their equity allocation. If that is you, look at reducing equity allocation to bring your portfolio back within guidelines. Regardless of what happens to markets in the short term, barring a significant change in your circumstances, you should stick to your investment parameters.

2. Diversify your portfolios When building equity portfolios, I have always advocated geographic diversification outside the United States. Going forward, I have no idea whether U.S. stocks will do better or worse than global markets, but I do know that we represent less than half of investing opportunities around the world. In addition, the rapid economic growth in markets like China, India and Brazil is creating opportunities.

3. Focus on dividends and cash flow The final principle relates to the role of cash flow from investments. Amid the uncertainty surrounding economic growth and equity returns, I continue to look at the cash yield from investments. (Quiz for readers of last month’s article: What yield does GOLD pay?) While the headlines talked about U.S. markets hitting new highs in March, investors who reinvested their dividends saw their account values exceed the 2007 peak significantly earlier. | 47

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cases, he increased his stake in 2012; he quotes the Mae West line that, “too much of a good thing is wonderful.”


What is Financial Planning?

Financial planning is a process to help you reach your life goals through proper financial management.

How does the Financial Planning Process Work?

Financial planners use a six-step process to develop a plan to meet your specific needs. Those six steps are:

1 Establishing and defining the client relationship. This means deciding together the scope of the work the planner will be doing for you. 2 Gathering relevant data including defining your life goals and financial goals. 3 Analyzing and Evaluating Your Financial Situation. 4 Developing and presenting recommendations and alternatives. 5 Implementing the Financial Recommendations

which entails agreeing on how the recommendations will be carried out; and,

6 Monitoring the financial planning recommendations. What are the benefits of financial planning? Financial planning provides meaning and direction to your financial decisions to help you reach your goals. Financial planning is a holistic approach wherein planners review your entire situation before making recommendations because each person has specific goals and needs that are unique to him or her.  

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certification process that includes demanding education, examination, experience and ethical requirements (what are known as “the four Es”) can use the CFP® designation, known as the marks. The educational requirement is approximately 1000 hours of study in many fields that include investments, taxes, estate planning and insurance. When I received my degree there were 28 hours of testing, including a 10-hour final in which there is only a 50% pass rate. On an ongoing basis, there are 30 hours of continuing education every two years. Each planner has to have a minimum of three years of experience to be certified. Finally, CFP®s must maintain high ethical standards. Planners must have integrity, be competent, offer objective advice, be diligent, professional, treat you fairly and respect your right of privacy.

What does financial planning cost? Planners usually charge an hourly rate for advice. Planners will tell you in advance what to expect so there is no surprise. Most planners will offer a free initial interview to discuss the person’s needs, what the planner can do and the cost, etc. The benefit of charging on a time and advice basis is that many Certified Financial Planners, CFP®, like me, don’t have to sell you a product you may or may not need in order to be compensated. We can charge for the time involved and the advice so that you never have to wonder if you were sold something you didn’t need. Financial planners can charge on a time basis as just described, or, in some cases, on an ongoing basis based on assets managed.

What is a typical financial planning need?

Each person’s situation is unique, so it is hard to say what is typical. However, in most cases, I go through an initial interview, taking notes and learning as much as I can about the person’s financial situation. This includes

gathering information on a person or couple’s assets (what they own), liabilities (what they owe), the insurance they own and their income, as well as how much they spend. Many times, I will take a risk tolerance survey to help determine the level of risk they are comfortable taking. Also, I attempt to learn or help the clients set and prioritize their financial goals. Potential goals can be having enough for retirement, adequately protecting assets, making sure assets are distributed according to the client’s needs, setting up an appropriate mix of investments (asset allocation), getting out of debt, etc. Financial planning is for both people who need help with getting out of debt and the people who need help appropriately managing large sums of money. My approach is always, no matter what the situation a client is in, good or bad, what can be done to improve that situation. I have found that regardless of a client’s financial condition, the people that come to see CFP®s are way ahead of most people because they recognize the need to seek some help to make their situation better.  A final recommendation on selecting a CFP® You can get on the CFP Financial Board of Standards website at to make sure that a potential planner (67,000 nationally) you are considering has the certification marks and that the person has not been disciplined or been in bankruptcy within the last 10 years. I recommend doing this. Additionally, you should interview the planner to review his credentials and experience and become acquainted with his or her philosophy about the planning process. It can also be important to check references. Finally, it is important that you are comfortable with the person and that you feel you can trust him/her and work with the individual easily.   With these recommendations, I think you will be happy with what a planner can do to assist you in reaching your financial goals.  Remember that every investor’s situation is unique and that it is important to review your specific situation with a financial professional. 

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ART by Cathy Kline

Liberty Artist Heads the Guest List

Eileen D’Angelo McCoy, who lives in Liberty, Missouri, is an award-winning, multi-talented artist. She draws caricatures of guests and speaks during special events. She captures two thousand faces a year, each in three to five minutes.    This is very time consuming, but it is very important to Eileen. “If I had to surrender everything I own except for two items, I would keep a pencil and paper.” And that is good for the rest of us. She is a member of the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society and the Greater Kansas City Artist Association. Her intent is to delight, not to offend.  From some of the most grandeur settings to the most humble, Eileen has received standing ovations in response to her public speaking and drawing ability. “Art, for me, is a way of life, an intellectual endeavor, as well as a passion,“ says Eileen. “It is the way I see the world. A way of thinking and expressing my feelings and reactions to people, places and circumstances.” Over a two year period, Eileen challenged herself by completing a painting a day.  “The venture was time well spent,” said Eileen. “My composition, value studies and color schemes were strengthened and I discovered subject matter that appeals to most everyone. In addition, I developed my style.” ‘Point and Shoot in a Yellow Suit,’ won Best of Show at the Buttonwood Gallery in Kansas City.  McCoy simplifies her scenes with large shapes of light and color; we understand, even with the fewest possible details.      Her paintings tell a story. “Every piece of art has a home somewhere,” believes Eileen.  While in Germany during a wedding, while most eyes focused on the 50 May 2013

bride, Eileen focused on the crowd. ‘Point and Shoot in a Yellow Suit’ developed from that special moment.  As life would have it, Eileen learned that the bride was the daughter of the man in the yellow suit.  The bride died last February 14th. The painting of the wedding party remains a treasure for the bride’s family as a gift from Eileen.     I hope she is never limited to just a pencil and paper, but If you are looking for event entertainment or an artist’s work to collect, Eileen is the real McCoy.    EILEEN D. MCCOY, ARTIST Custom artwork & party entertainment Email:    Phone: 816-781-7878 Website: Painting Blog:    Facebook:

Cathy Kline

Art always intrigued Cathy, so she turned a gift into an occupa-tion. Her murals may be seen widely around Parkville. Look for them at the Parkville Athletic Complex, Piropos, Zona Rosa,  The Peach Tree and Burlington Creek’s Watercolors High Fashion.  Her work also can be found in churches, beauty shops and private residences all over the metropolitan area. Cathy is an active participant in her community.  She is a charter member of the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society, member of The Best of Missouri Hands, as well as an active member of the Main Street Parkville Association, where she currently serves as Vice Chair. Cathy looks forward to keeping readers informed of the talented artists around the Northland.  She can be reached at Cathy Kline Art Gallery, 713 English Landing Drive, Parkville, Missouri 64152 and 913-449-4460.


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The Elms Hotel and Spa in Excelsior Springs is a special destination for many reasons. Its rich history, restorative waters, and superb spa services are worth the trip alone. The Elms Spa has drawn guests since the 1880s seeking to relax and reinvigorate themselves at the resort with a storied history. The Elms underwent a 16 million dollar renovation in July 1998, restoring the resort into the Grande Dame of Excelsior Springs with clear intent to serve guests for decades to come. The new Elms features 153 guestrooms, state-of-the-art conference facilities, and a brand-new spa.

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The Elms “experience” sets it apart from any other hotel and resort in the Midwest. A date at the spa is the ultimate “me” time where staff strive to meet the needs of guests ready to unwind. “We encourage guests to arrive an hour or more prior to their scheduled service(s) to enjoy the amenities of the spa,” says spa manager Seth Hamilton. “We want our guest to escape the everyday and truly immerse themselves in relaxation.” A veteran of the trade, Hamilton has worked at premier spas including the Del Coronado and the Lodge at Torre Pines in San Diego, international cruises with Canyon Ranch at Sea, and most recently Canyon Ranch at the Venetian in Las Vegas. Spa Director Kevin Snedden has been a licensed massage therapist for over twenty years and is a certified mentor and massage therapy educator. He has served on the Missouri state board of massage therapy and as president of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards and was recently inducted into the Massage Hall of Fame. Clearly, Hamilton, Snedden, and staff bring a wealth of experience to guests at The Elms. Snedden recalls a guest gracing The Elms with a generous compliment as they said, “I have a couple of favorite day spas in Kansas City, but they pale in comparison to what has been put together here. We finally have a real spa in Kansas City.” This all-too-real spa can accommodate up to thirty guests with services at one time. Local mineral waters are available for those seeking its famed qualities. “The Elms is the only property in the greater KC area that offers a full service spa and salon, fitness center, locker rooms, and The Grotto,” says Hamilton. The Grotto includes a sauna, mineral water hot tub, cold plunge shower, and steam shower. Further, The Elms offers its elegant restaurant The Eighty Eight, hotel rooms, and sixteen acres to explore. 54 May 2013

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Snedden recommends a specific treatment for guests if limited to a one-day trip. He says, “Our signature Elms Massage is a combination of two of our most popular services, hot stone massage and vichy shower massage. Performed in one of our vichy shower wet rooms, warm water flows over the body from nine shower heads while the massage therapist uses their hands and heated stones to massage stressed and tired muscles.” Spa services at The Elms are not just for women seeking to pamper themselves. The Elms spa experts pay equally dutiful attention to the care of their male guests. Services are specifically created for men and their individual skin care, hair care, body care, and relaxation needs. Hamilton says, “We are couple-centric and can offer all of our services in a couple’s room so that the services are offered in the same room at the same time.” Guests that have never been to the spa can begin exploring the full range of services via the website. However, Hamilton advises, “The true magnitude of the spa is not apparent from the website. The Elms is an environment to relax and unwind in a building that has always provided therapeutic services since 1888. It is truly a very unique venue with stellar services.”

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Written by Kandie Erickson Photography by Brad Austin

If you close your eyes and then slowly open them and look around at your surroundings while inside Cafe des Amis, you can imagine yourself in a quaint little French cafe. Guillaume and Ingrid Hanriot have recreated the feeling of their homeland of Champagne, France in Cafe De Amis right here in Parkville, Missouri. I have dined at Cafe des Amis on several occasions and each time is more pleasurable then the last. I wanted to share my favorite dishes with you. If you have not been to this treasure, please put it on your “must do” list. You will find Guillaume’s wife Ingrid also in the kitchen, along side her husband planning and preparing inspirational dishes. Ingrid and Guillaume arrived in Kansas City to continue an internship required by their culinary training. We are fortunate they ended up in the Northland. I always start off my dinner at Cafe de Amis with a glass of wine. The wine list is extensive—over 60 different wines from all over the world.  I suggest you ask for a wine pairing with your meal. The right wine with each entree truly enhances your meal. | 57

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I start out my dining experience with Feuilete d’Escargots. This is a succulent array of snails sautéed in fresh herbs, garlic and butter sauce then gently placed into a puff pastry. It is savory and buttery and melts in your mouth. The next course is the salad. I choose the de chevre chaud et apricots. This dish leaves me speechless (not an easy thing to do). Imagine warm goat cheese stuffed with apricot, encrusted with walnuts and served on a bed of baby greens. It is memorable, to say the least. The main course for me is always a difficult choice, but being of Danish decent I grew up on duck and it is not found on many American menus. Cafe De’ Amis did not let me down. I ordered the Canard Confit. The secret to good duck is not too much seasoning in my humble opinion. Cafe de Amis prepares their duck dish with a port balsamic reduction sauce, which is simple and elegant. I am a desert girl, so to finish off this incredible meal my sinful indulgence is the Soufflé au Chocolat. This is a decadent warm soufflé with a red fruit coulis and finished up with vanilla ice creme. If love were a desert, it would so be this soufflé. Cafe de Amis is the perfect place to take mom or any of the favorite people in your life for an unforgettable meal. This sweet little cafe  is  perfect for that intimate dinner for two or a wedding or business event up to 45.  They are always happy to work with special requests for an experience that is memorable. If you want to have a night that you will remember, and a trip to Paris is not in your immediate future, this is as close as you will find in Kansas City. I can think of but one way to end my review of Cafe de Amis ..Trés Bien. 58 May 2013 | 59


High on Strong Spirit in

Parkville!     by Ronald Regan

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One afternoon, with my wife working late, I found my way to Em Chamas Brazilian Grill for a half price glass of cabernet during happy hour. Skid Roadie from KCFX was out front doing a live remote broadcast when I arrived at 5:30 p.m. As I am finishing my wine, the evening bartender arrived for his shift and we began a conversation. I introduced myself to Andrew Edwards behind the bar and soon our conversation turned to Andrew’s hobby, photography. Andrew explained that he provided all of the photographic work pro bono for a guy he knows who is launching a line of distilled spirits produced in the caves under Park University. He has just come from a tasting of S. D. Strong Vodka that was in progress at Gomer’s Northland Wines & Spirits. Warmed by my glass of cabernet and intrigued by the thought of a sip of Parkvilleproduced vodka, I bid adieu to Andrew and headed to Gomer’s. Gomer’s was buzzing like a beehive. I met the distillery owner, Steve Strong, at a small tasting table set up in the middle of the store surrounded by a throng of equally eager tasters. Steve was too busy to spend much time with me so I asked, and he agreed, to | 61

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meet with me later. I meandered through Gomer’s to their hospitality room and discovered a second tasting location with several dozen patrons also enjoying S. D. Strong Vodka with a variety of mixers. There I met Steve’s wife Lisa Strong who was mingling with the crowd answering questions. I bought a bottle of S. D. Strong Vodka for research purposes and left for home. Although the process of making and distilling spirits at home is not terribly challenging, it is both illegal and dangerous. Still, people do make their own, as moonshine has been around forever, but crafting a quality product is not an easy task. Steven D. Strong, owner and

States located in a cave and currently has only the one product: 80 proof 750 ml S. D. Strong Vodka. It is sold locally at Gomer’s and offered at several bars in Parkville (Rusty Horse Tavern, Al’s Bar and Grill, Nick & Jakes, The National Golf Club of Kansas City and Em Chamas) and the Drum Room at the Hotel President downtown. They are working on additional distribution outlets. They also are currently in development of S. D. Strong Barrel Rested Gin and S. D. Strong Rye. These new products will reach the market only after lengthy tastings and refinement. Steve credits locals, such as Valarie Jahraus, a Park University art major and graduate, and Tom Langdon of Rush Creek Designs for their help with graphics and illustration. He also credits Michael Levine, aka “KC Wine Guy,” for help with their website ( www.sdstrongdistilling. com ) and social media. The bottle of S. D. Strong Vodka that I brought home met with strong approval from my wife and several others with whom it was shared. I will soon be back at Gomer’s. Steve and Lisa Strong and family reside in Parkville, MO.

The following recipe was developed for S. D. Strong by Andrew Edwards of Em Chamas Brazilian Grill.

“REFRESHING AFTERNOON” Cocktail 2 oz S.D. Strong Vodka 3 oz Cucumber Water Squeeze of Lemon founder of S. D. Strong Distilling, however, has done just that. I met with Steve several days later at the distillery located deep in the Parkville Commercial Underground. There, Steve with the assistance of several local aides, guides and participates in all phases of production, including procurement, fermentation, distillation, charcoal filtration and is solely responsible for quality control and maintenance of the unique taste of S. D. Strong Vodka. The distillation and charcoal filtering is meticulously performed to provide a mouthfeel that is both clean and very smooth, with just a hint of vanilla. Steve, with Lisa’s encouragement, has been able to turn a passion into a hobby and a hobby into a commercial business. S. D. Strong is the only distillery in the United 62 May 2013

Make cucumber water 24 hours in advance by slicing 2 English cucumbers and soaking them in a gallon of water. Build drink in a Collins glass over ice. Garnish with a cucumber and lemon wedge.

Ron Regan Ron Regan’s thirty year career as restaurant owner/operator included conceptualization and development of several unique concepts: Whisker Rivey’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill and Sunset Grill both in south Kansas City and Westport One, a popular midtown bar and grill at Westport Road and SW Trafficway.   He was recognized by the Missouri Restaurant Association as Restaurateur of the Year in 1990.  He later served as state president of the Missouri Restaurant Association in 1994.  Ron has an MBA in Marketing from Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill and a BA in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Michigan State University.  He resides in Parkville with his wife Betsy.


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Modern American Justus Drugstore Restaurant

$$$$ Smithville American, Modern American, Organic 106 W Main St

Eighty Eight at The Elms $$$$ Excelsior Springs Mediterranean, Modern American 401 Regent St


$$$$ Briarcliff Village Latin American, Argentina, Steakhouse 4141 N Mulberry Dr

Shields Manor Bistro

$$$$ Platte City American, Seafood, Steakhouse 121 Main St

Bonefish Grill

$$$ Burlington Creek American, Seafood 6334 N Lucerne Ave

Trezo Mare

$$$ Briarcliff Village American, Italian, Seafood 4105 N Mulberry Dr

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The Grille by Piropos $$$ Parkville Latin American 1 W 1st St

Cork & Brew

$$$ Liberty American, Pizza, Seafood 8 E Franklin St

Pearls Oyster Bar $$$ Ameristar Casino Seafood 3200 Ameristar Dr


$$ Zona Rosa- American 8660 N Boardwalk Ave

Cafe Cedar

$$ Parkville- American, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern 2 E 2nd St

Asian-Japanese Tokyo Japanese Steak House $$$ Gladstone Japanese, Steakhouse, Sushi 7-9 NW Barry Rd


$$ Gladstone Asian, Sushi, Teriyaki 328 NE 72nd St

Fuji Japanese Steak House $$$ Liberty Japanese, Steakhouse 2031 W Kansas Ave

Kato Japanese

The Finest Pizza North of the River

Enjoy our full fare of Italian favorites, friendly atmosphere and collection of family sports memorabilia.

$$$ Zona Rosa Japanese, Sushi 6340 NW Barry Rd

Zara Sushi $$ Parkville Japanese, Sushi 10925 45 Hwy

Wasabi Japanese Sushi Bar $$ Liberty Japanese, Sushi 9763 N Cedar Ave

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Hours: Mon-Thur 11am - 9:30pm, Fri-Sat 11am - 10:30pm, Sun Noon - 6pm

Bo Lings

$$ Zona Rosa Chinese, Dim Sum 8670 NW Prairie View Rd

China Wok

Saffron Indian Restaurant

Asian - Thai


$ Zona Rosa Chinese 6048 NW Barry Rd

Tasty Thai

$$ Platte Woods Asian, Thai, Vegetarian 7104 NW Prairie View Rd $$ Liberty Asian, Thai, Vegetarian 1912 Star Drive

Asian - Indian Seva Cuisine of India $$ Liberty Indian, Pakistani, Vegetarian 8674 NE Flintlock Rd.

Swagat Fine Indian Cuisine $$ Zona Rosa Indian, Pakistani, Vegetarian 7407 NW 87th St

Taj Mahal

$$ Liberty - Indian 917 West Liberty Dr.

$$ Zona Rosa Indian 8140 NW Prairie View Rd

Smokehouse Barbecue $$ Gladstone Barbecue, Steakhouse 6304 N Oak St

$$ Zona Rosa Barbecue, Steakhouse 8451 NW Prairie View Rd

Smokin’ Guns BBQ $$ North Kansas City Barbecue 1218 Swift Ave

Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque $$ Ameristar Barbecue 3200 Ameristar Dr

Smokebox BBQ Cafe $$ Tiffany SpringsAmerican, Barbecue 10020 NW Ambassador Drive | 65

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Longboards Wraps & Bowls $$ Gladstone Hawaiian, Teriyaki 6269 N. Oak Trafficway

American, Fried Chicken 5410 NE Oak Ridge Rd

Corner Cafe

$ Riverside American, Breakfast/Brunch, Diner 4541 NW Gateway Ave

Vineyard Restaurant $$$ Weston Breakfast/Brunch, European 505 Spring St


Cascone’s Italian

$$Liberty - Hawaiian, Teriyaki 1173 W Kansas St

$$ Liberty American, Breakfast/Brunch 8301 NE Flintlock Rd

$$$ Kansas City Italian 3737 N Oak Tfwy

Giovanni’s Deli

Roxanne’s Cafe

Bravo Cucina Italiana

$ Gladstone American, Italian, Sandwiches/Subs 6100 NE Antioch Rd

Jersey Boyz

$ North Kansas City Sandwiches/Subs 315 Armour Rd

Little Store & Deli

$ North Kansas City Breakfast/Brunch, Burgers, Sandwiches/Subs 2107 Knox

Philly Time

$ Briarcliff Village American, Burgers, Sandwiches 4151 N Mulberry Dr

LC’s Hamburgers Etc.

$ Parkville American, Breakfast/Brunch 6264 Lewis Dr

$$ Zona Rosa Italian 7301 NW 87th St

Nelle Belle’s Diner

Cafe Italia

$ ClaycomoAmerican, Breakfast/Brunch, Diner 150 E US-69

$$ Parkville Italian, Seafood, Steakhouse 160 English Landing Drive



Avalon Cafe

Ixtapa Mexican Cuisine

$$$ Weston French 608 Main St

Café des Amis $$$ Parkville French 112 Main St

$$ Zona Rosa Mexican 7130 NW Barry Rd

Margarita’s North $ Gladstone Mexican, Tacos 7013 N Oak Tfwy

Rancho Grande Cantina $ Parkville Mexican 11015 NW MO-45 $$ Liberty Mexican 921 W Liberty Dr

El Maguey

$ Gladstone Mexican 7831 N Oak Tfwy

Tortilla Flats

$$ Gladstone American, Mexican, Southwestern 5716 NE Antioch Rd

El Chupacabra Mexican Grill $ North Kansas City Mexican 2417 Burlington St

Luna Azteca Mexican Grill $$ Tiffany Springs Mexican, Spanish 10004 NW Ambassador Dr.

Jose Pepper’s

$ Metro North - Mexican 511 NW Barry Rd

$ Platte Woods Burgers 7612 NW Prairie View Rd

Hayes Hamburger & Chili $ Gladstone Burgers 2502 NE Vivion Rd

The Cafe At Briarcliff

$$ Briarcliff Village American, Burgers, Sandwiches 4125 N Mulberry Dr

Coffee Houses Parkville Coffeehouse $ Parkville Coffee, Sandwiches/Subs, Tea 103 Main

Friendly Bean Coffee $ Gladstone Coffee 420 NE Barry Rd

Latte Land

$ Briarcliff Village Coffee, Tea 4115 N Mulberry Dr

Comfort Food Stroud’s

$$ Kansas City | 67

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Burgers, Sandwiches & Wraps

$ Gladstone American, Burgers, Pub Food 4940 NE 81st St

Tanner’s Bar and Grill $$ Gladstone American, Burgers, Pub Food 6024 N. Antioch Rd 816 455-8266

Helen’s J.A.D Bar & Grill $ North Kansas City Burgers, Pizza, Pub Food 2002 Armour Rd

Dirk’s Sports Bar & Grill $ Zona Rosa American, Pub Food 8132 NW Prairie View Rd

Crazy Olives Bar & Grill $$ Argosy Casino American, Burgers, Italian 777 NW Argosy Pkwy

Rusty Horse Tavern

$$ Parkville American, Burgers, Pub Food 6325 Lewis St

Conrad’s Restaurant & Bar $$ Liberty American, Seafood, Steakhouse 210 State Hwy 291

810 Zone at Harrah’s In-a-Tub

$ Kansas City Mexican 4000 N Oak Tfwy $ Gladstone Mexican 5939 NE Antioch Rd $ Platte Woods Mexican 8174 NW Prairie View Rd

Pizza Dish-Famous Stuffed Pizza $$ Liberty Pizza, Sandwiches/Subs 846 S MO-291

All Star

$$ Burlington Creek Pizza, Pub Food 6100 NW 63rd Terr.

Stone Canyon Pizza

$$ Parkville American, Pizza, Sandwiches/Subs 15 Main St $$ Zona Rosa American, Pizza, Sandwiches/Subs 8630 NW Prairie View Road

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Leo’s Pizza

$ Gladstone Pizza, Sandwiches 408 NW Englewood Rd

Minsky’s Pizza

$$ Zona Rosa Italian, Pizza, Sandwiches/Subs 7007 NW Barry Rd $$ Gladstone Italian, Pizza, Sandwiches/Subs 221 NE Barry Rd $$ Liberty Italian, Pizza, Sandwiches/Subs 205 N State Route 291

VanTill Farms

$$ Rayville Wood-fired Pizza, Wine 13986 Hwy C

Kelso’s Pizza

$$ North Kansas City American, Pizza, Sandwiches 300 Armour Rd

Pizza Shoppe $$ Liberty Pizza 8584 Church Rd

$$ Platte Woods Pizza 6640 NW Prairie View Rd. $$ Gladstone Pizza 9329 N Oak Tfwy

Pub Food Chappell’s Restaurant & Sports Museum $$ North Kansas City American, Pub Food, Sandwiches 323 Armour Rd

54th Street Grill and Bar $$ Liberty Pub Food 9251 NE Barry Rd

$$ Gladstone Pub Food 303 NE Englewood Rd $$ Zona Rosa - Pub Food 7200 NW 86th Ter

Paul & Jack’s Tavern $$ North Kansas City American, Burgers, Pub Food 1808 Clay St

Brass Rail - Restaurant & Billiards

$$ Harrah’s Casino American, Pub Food 1 Riverboat Drive

Brick House Cafe & Pub $$ Smithville American, Burgers 111 N Bridge St

Nick & Jake’s

$$ Parkville American, Pub Food 6325 Lewis Dr

Steakhouses Em Chamas Brazilian Grill $$$ Burlington Creek Brazilian, Steakhouse 6101 NW 63rd Ter

Journey Wood-Fired Steaks $$$$ Argosy Casino- Steakhouse 777 NW Argosy Pkwy

Range Steakhouse

$$$ Harrah’s Casino- Steakhouse 1 Riverboat Dr

Ventana Gourmet Grill $$ Excelsior Springs Burgers, Italian, Steakhouse 117 W Broadway St

T-Bone Charlie’s $$$$ KCI Marriott American, Steakhouse 775 Brasilia Avenue

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Admission Director: Paul Weitz Starring: Tina Fey, Gloria Reuben, Paul Rudd Rated: PG-13 Runtime: 107 minutes pp

Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) is an admissions representative from Princeton who is living a routine boring life until she is approached by John Pressman (Paul Rudd) an alternative learning center director. Pressman is not only promoting an elite student for admission to Princeton but is trying to connect the student with Portia who he believes gave him up for adoption years ago. Unfortunately this movie disappoints, taking a serious path while wasting two wonderful comedic talents along the way.

Jim Kline While Jim’s occupation is public account-ing his passion has always been movies. As a young boy he fondly remembers those special evenings set aside for his family to enjoy a movie together. He soon became an avid fan and is known in local circles for his avarice in going to the theater as often as possible. Jim is often times sought out for his opinions on which movies to see and created his own movie review blog. Jim Kline is a lifelong Kansas City native and is looking forward to sharing his opinions of movies with Kansas City in NORTH Magazine.

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Olympus Has Fallen

Director: Brian Helgeland Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie Rated: PG-13 Runtime: 128minutes pppp

Director: Antoine Fuqua Starring: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman Rated: R Runtime: 120 minutes ppp 1/2

The true story of Jackie Robinsons’ (Chadwick Boseman) journey to becoming major league baseballs’ first black player. The movie primarily focuses on the 1947 baseball season when Robinson first played for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson, who was playing for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro league, was handpicked by the Dodgers’ owner, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) who, for personal reasons of his own, was determined to make Robinson the first of many black players to play in the “white only” major leagues.  Using several powerful and emotional scenes (particularly a game in Philadelphia) the movie is extremely effective in depicting the racism that Robinson was subjected to by management, players, fans and teammates. Boseman is wonderful in portraying Robinson who rose above his greatness as a baseball player to expose and combat racism in America.  Additionally, Ford delivers an Oscar worthy performance in playing Rickey the feisty owner who wanted to change baseball and believed in Robinson to do so.  42 is a great movie with an important message that is sure to resonate with audiences.

Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is a secret service agent and was once a member of the presidential security detail until a tragic event and a failure on his part resulted in his reassignment. While a part of the president’s security detail Banning became close to the President, his wife and their son and his failure and resultant departure has taken a toll on Banning. Sometime later a heavily armed terrorist group seizes the White House and takes the President and many high ranking members of the government and military hostage. Banning happens to be near the White House when the attack occurs and manages to survive the initial onslaught.  Concealing himself in the White House he becomes Americas, now being led by The Speaker of the House (Morgan Freeman), best option to thwart the terrorists and save the President. Although violent throughout, Olympus is a fast paced action thriller that is interesting, entertaining and has a plot relevant to today’s political environment.

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Excelsior Springs Golf Course 1201 E. Golf Hill Dr. Excelsior Springs, Mo 64024 (816) 630-3731


Maple Creek Golf Course 5330 Northeast Oak Ridge Drive Kansas City, MO 64119 (816) 459-8400 Shiloh Springs Golf Course 14750 Fairway Lane Platte City, MO 64079 (816) 270-4653 Paradise Pointe Golf Complex 18212 Golf Course Road Smithville, MO 64089 (816) 532-4100

Fishing Liberty Bend Conservation Area 816-228-3766 Access is from LaBenite Park in Sugar Creek on the east side of Highway 291 (south of the Missouri River). Cooley Lake Conservation Area 816-858-5718 Cooley Lake Conservation Area is 2.5 miles east of Missouri City on Highway 210. Chaumiere Lake 816-622-0900 From I-35 take North Chouteau Trafficway south 0.25 mile to North Cleveland Avenue. Turn south and take the first road (NE 43rd Terrace) about 0.25 west to the lake. Englewood Lake 816-622-0900 From North Oak Trafficway, turn east on NE Englewood Road and travel 0.25 mile. You will see the lake on the south side of the road. Turn south off of NE Englewood and the road will take you along the east side of the lake. Lakewood Lake 816-622-0900 From I-35 take Highway 69 (NE Vivion Road) west one mile to North Norton Avenue. Turn south on Norton and travel 0.5 mile to the lake which sits on the east side of the road. Smithville Lake (816) 407-3400 Park Office 17201 Paradesian Smithville, MO 64089 72 May 2013

Golf Tiffany Greens Golf Course 5900 Northwest Tiffany Springs Parkway Kansas City, MO 64154 (816) 880-9600 National Golf Club 9300 Northwest 63rd Street Parkville, MO 64152 (816) 569-5170 The Deuce at National 6415 North National Drive Kansas City, MO 64152 (816) 505-0650 Staley Farms Golf Club Kansas City, MO (816) 734-3839 Shoal Creek Golf Course 8905 Shoal Creek Parkway Kansas City, MO 64157 (816) 407-7242 Hodge Park Golf Course Mgt 7000 Northeast Barry Road Kansas City, MO 64156 (816) 781-8975 Cardinal Hill Golf Course 925 Lightburne Street Liberty, MO 64068 (816) 781-6522

Frisbee Golf Water Works Park Disc Golf Course 3500 North Oak Trafficway Kansas City, MO 64116 (816) 513-7500 Disc Golf Parkville, MO English Landing Park Parkville, MO 64152 Riverview Park 200 Mill Street Platte City, MO 64079 Paradise Pointe - Blackthorn     Smithville, MO 64089 Camp Branch DGC    Smithville, MO 64089 Paradise Pointe - Beaver Creek    Smithville, MO 64089 Jesse James DGC   Kearney, MO 64060 William Jewell DGC  Liberty, MO 64068 Fox Hill Fliers  Kansas City, MO 64155

Kessler Park (Cliff Drive)  Kansas City, MO 64124

with the City of Riverside, the Riverside/Quindaro Bend Levee District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Southern Platte Pass Parkville, MO Joining people and places together is the foundation of Southern Platte Pass. The 2-mile trail connects two cities, three schools, two shopping areas and the Platte County Community Center South. The trail, built in cooperation with the cities of Parkville and Kansas City, travels along both sides of 45 Highway and was partially funded by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Weston Bluffs Weston, MO

Bowling Gladstone Bowl 300 Northwest 72nd Street Gladstone, MO 64118 (816) 436-2695

The Weston Bluffs trail follows the Missouri River and the historic path of Lewis & Clark. The 3.25 mile route begins at Weston City Hall and offers a spectacular outlook of the river and many opportunities for wildlife viewing. Six interpretive exhibits along the trail showcase the Lewis & Clark voyage. The trail also provides access to Weston Bend State Park. Platte County partners on the projects include the City of Weston and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Line Creek Trail 68th street and Gower road

AMF Northland Lanes 217 Northeast Vivion Road Kansas City, MO 64118 (816) 454-2695

Take the scenic route from Barry Road to Riverside on the Line Creek Trail. This trail winds through the countryside of Platte County away from the activity of the city. The trail can be accessed at Line Creek Community Center or the trailhead at 68th street and Gower road

AMF Pro Bowl Lanes 505 East 18th Avenue North Kansas City, MO 64116 (816) 221-8844

Smithville Lake Trail System

Retro Bowl 906 West Liberty Drive Liberty, MO 64068 (816) 781-1998

Bonebender Trail System The Bonebender Trail System is composed of two trails: Bonebender Trail and Campground Trail. Bonebender Trail is 6.0 miles in length and is accessible from the Sailboat Cove parking lot to the north and from the Main Park Office/Camp Branch Swim Beach area to the south and from within

the Camp Branch Campground. Bonebender Trail meanders along the east shoreline of Smithville Lake’s Little Platte arm through hardwood forests and restored grasslands. Features along this trail include: numerous views of Smithville Lake, two Lookout Points with rest benches, a covered shelter area with picnic tables, restroom and shower facilities at Sailboat Cove, Camp Branch Campground, Camp Branch Swim Beach, Main Park Office Storm Shelter. Campground Trail is 2.9 miles in length and as the name implies, follows the lake’s shoreline around the perimeter of Camp Branch Campground. While connected to Bonebender Trail, the Campground Trail is accessible only within Camp Branch Campground and is very convenient for Campground users.

Crows Creek Trail System The Crows Creek Trail System is composed of two trails: Anita B. Gorman and Cabin Fever Trail. Anita B. Gorman Trail is 1.9 miles in length and is accessible from Collins Road to the north and from Crows Creek boat ramp area the south. In 2007, this trail was re-named after former Missouri Department of Conservation Commissioner, Anita B. Gorman, for her active involvement with the Smithville Grassland Revitalization Project and her long-time support of wildlife habitat restoration. Anita B. Gorman Trail follows the shoreline of the main lake channel through predominately hardwood forest. Features along this trail include: relatively consistent grade, borders 25 acres of grassland restoration, a covered shelter with picnic tables, and access to the more primitive equestrian/ hiking trails. Cabin Fever Trail is 7.0 miles in length and is accessible from Crows Creek boat ramp area to the north and from Access 25 at the west end of 160th Street. Cabin Fever Trail hugs the shoreline of the Crows Creek arm of Smithville Lake and is easily accessible from the Crows Creek Campground to the north. The southern half of Cabin Fever Trail follows the lake’s shoreline and perimeter of Crows Creek Picnic area, a less populated area of the park. Features along this trail include: numerous views of Smithville Lake and Dam, 2 lookout points with rest benches, 2 playgrounds, 6 shelters with picnic tables, 12 restroom buildings - some with drinking fountains and access to the Crows Creek Campground Outdoor Amphitheater.

Hiking & Bike Trails Prairie Creek Greenway North Trailhead 13300 Sycamore Dr Platte City, MO 64079 South Trailhead 12315 Highway N Platte City, MO 64079 Scenery and wildlife are abundant on Prairie Creek Greenway, located just south of Platte City. The greenway is popular for both biking and walking and includes four pedestrian bridges crossing the creek.

Missouri Riverfront Trail Riverside, MO Located off of 9 Hwy West, second left after NW Mattox Road. Hikers and bikers will be thrilled with the impressive views atop the Missouri Riverfront Trail. The trail runs from E.H. Young Riverfront Park in Riverside to Burlington Creek. The trail was built in cooperation | 73

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Old Pike Country Club    5101 NW Old Pike Rd Gladstone, MO 64118

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Ahhhh Spring! Time for an afternoon at the lovely vineyards of Italy

…I mean Liberty!

by Phil LeVota

accommodate wedding receptions. The Crystal Ballroom has a large antique crystal chandelier as the focus of the room.  Hardwood floors and ornate decor create an elegant location for events.  The wine tasting bar, ice cream shop and library can all be used as additional space for an event. And with 170 acres, there is plenty of room for an outdoor reception to accommodate up to 1000 guests.


you do not have to travel overseas or to California to find one of the best experiences of wine country. Just travel to the Northland, to the Belvoir Winery in Liberty to be exact. Some of the best wines and arguably the best history of any winery in the country make for a great “wine trip” here in our own backyard.

The name “Belvoir” is French for beautiful view.  After Dr. and Mrs. Bean first saw the beautiful vistas, they knew there was not a more appropriate name.  This is not just a beautiful historic location in Missouri but the vast property also hosts beautiful weddings and group events, as well as being known as the one of the most haunted locations in the Midwest! Everyday free historic chats are available to learn about the 130 years of history of the property.  Talks occur during the free, yes, I said free, wine tastings.  They also offer free samples of all six wines, seven days a week during business hours. And don’t forget the ice cream, spoon-able fudge, cheese trays, and cheese spreads.  The History: The plush Reed Springs Hotel was built on the Reed Sulphur Spring site in 1887. In 1891, Willard Winner bought the hotel changing the name to the “Winner Hotel.”. The hotel was sold to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in 1895 as Mr. Winner’s fortune 74 May 2013

declined. The Odd Fellow organization was one of the largest fraternal orders and its purpose was to give aid, assistance, and comfort to its members and their families.  When the Odd Fellows Home was built in 1899, it was significant as an early 20th century example of a statewide home providing care and education for the orphans and elderly members. It was also significant because it was a modern facility, complete with heating, plumbing, and other conveniences. The Odd Fellows Home provided an excellent basic education for children and was often superior to what the children might have received in their hometowns. By the early 1940s, the decrease in children resulted in discontinued use of the school building. By 1951, there were no longer any children at the Home.  The old school building was eventually demolished and no longer stands on the property but many other buildings remain. John and Marsha Bean’s dream of turning the property into a vineyard began over 15 years ago, when the first vines were planted.  Through hard work and dedication, their dream has come to fruition, culminating in renovation of the Administration Building, the oldest structure on the property.    Weddings and Events: The Administrative Building has been renovated to

Paranormal Activity: Finally, one of the most interesting aspects of the Belvoir Winery is that it has long been known as one of the most haunted locations in the Midwest. There are three event offerings for folks looking to enjoy the paranormal history. The “Boos & Booze” event is a great opportunity for people to enjoy the history of the property while learning more about wines and the paranormal.  The “Evening Paranormal Investigation” is a five hour interactive experience with a paranormal investigative team. And finally, the “All-Night Paranormal Investigation” is for the diehard paranormal fans.  Tickets are extremely limited and sell out quickly. For all information, go to www.belvoirwinery. com. Of course, I didn’t get a chance to get paranormal at Belvoir, but as you would expect I did personally investigate the wine and the fantastic property. It is a must see for everyone. Every month in this column, you’ll find my opinion on politics, history, and current events going on in the Northland. I have now found a beautiful and historic location worthy of relaxing and talking politics/current events on a spring afternoon. Who wants to join me? Phil LeVota is a local trial attorney who has been involved in politics for over 25 years. As a long time prosecuting attorney before going into private practice, Phil has been involved in the community for many years. Phil has held many elected positions, a board member of domestic violence shelter while also being active in the metro area and nationwide as a radio talk show host, television commentator/analyst, and he recently won an Emmy Award for his work on television hosting the “Power of KC” program showcasing our area.


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