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Summer moments


t’s July! I cannot believe how fast time flies. With that said, it’s all the more reason to live in the moment! It is such a good time to catch up with family and friends. Time to spend on family vacations and backyard barbecues. So many wonderful memories are made during these three months of summer! We have a fun issue for you. Our feature story is on Patrick Rea, a film producer, director, actor and all around good guy! He recently sold one of his feature films to Lionsgate. Patrick is a KU graduate and has a great story to tell about his passion for the film industry and what inspired him to choose this career path. We provide a restaurant review on Margarita’s. We chat with Larry Gromer about his years in the food industry and the iconic local Mexican restaurant chain that I’m sure most of us have enjoyed over the many years they have been in Kansas City. We have a special “Over the River” feature on The Jacobson located in the Kansas City Crossroads. If you have not ventured down there or had a cocktail during First Fridays, make it a point to stop in – great atmosphere, amazing drinks, friendly staff and good eats! Our summer fashion review features Dillard’s in Zona Rosa. We spent the day shooting at the beautiful golf course at Staley Farms, and we hope you will enjoy our patriotic tribute to summer 2014! Please be sure to check out all your regular contributing writers and our new addition to the team, The DIY Diva! We sincerely appreciate being able to bring you the best of the Northland. Thank you for giving us that privilege! Have a safe and fun summer, and we will catch up with you in September!

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Friday, July 11, 6 p.m. – Jeremy Nichols Band Friday, July 18, 6 p.m. – Four Fried Chickens & a Coke Friday, July 25, 6 p.m. – Grand Marquis Shoal Creek, 8870 NE 82nd Terr., Kansas City, MO Each Friday in July features a free live concert in the courtyard. Along with the music, various dining options will be available for purchase. Wine, beer and scotch tastings will be onsite, as well as a cash bar.

SATURDAY NIGHT SUMMER MOVIE SERIES Saturday, July 12, 8:45 p.m. – The Incredibles Saturday, July 19, 8:45 p.m. – The Avengers Saturday, July 26, 8:45 p.m. – Pitch Perfect Briarcliff Village Enjoy classics and family favorites starting at 8:45 (dusk) every Saturday, May 31-August 16 (skipping July 5th). Don’t forget to bring your blankets, lawn chairs and snacks!


Saturday, July 12, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Zona Rosa Town Square There will be singing, fiddling, and lots of musical fun when Zona Rosa hosts a sneak preview of the historic Platte County Fair. Performing at the event will be some of the fair’s young and adult musicians representing the youth talent showcase, adult talent contest and professional entertainment.


Saturday, July 12, 9 am.-1 p.m. Mosaic Life Care at Shoal Creek, Life Center Entrance, 8870 NE 82nd Terrace, Kansas City, MO Cost: free; register: Join Mosaic Life Care for a Saturday filled with

family fun including activities such as face painting, storytelling, arts and crafts, games, balloon fun and a magician. Providers will be offering tips that lead to an easy, healthy, familyfriendly lifestyle. Meet our doctors and try the delicious lunch menu from our café.


Thursday-Sunday, July 17-20 Briarcliff Village Briarcliff Village and GreenAcres Market are happy to present our Farmers Market 3rd Thursday Summer Sale & Ice Cream Social. Enjoy first pickings of end-of-season discounts from our boutiques and specialty shops, and also free ice cream from GreenAcres Market.


Saturday, July 19, 6-9 p.m. Jowler Creek Winery, Platte City, MO Cost: free Listen to local bands play rock-n-roll while enjoying locally made cigars around Jowler Creek’s fire pit. They will be selling wine and beer by the glass and bottle, and they’ll also have a few snacks available to enjoy alongside your favorite wine.


Thursday, July 31, 4-7 p.m. Briarcliff Village In conjunction with the weekly Briarcliff Village Farmers Market, come unwind from the week with exclusive late-night shopping, happy hour store specials, live music, and more! In addition to shopping and tasting your way through the

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center, guests will have a progressive punch card validated by each of the participating stores.


Saturday, Aug. 2, noon-3 p.m. Zona Rosa Town Square Calling all Zona Rosa KidZone members, families and friends, we invite you to join us for a fun-filled afternoon at Town Square including free kid friendly games and giveaways, crafts, bubbles, balloons, face painting, coupons, treats and more.


Saturday, Aug. 16, 4-9 p.m. Zona Rosa Town Square Tickets: $30 at the gate, $25 in advance (purchase at Zona Rosa Guest Services) The sixth annual Microbrew Festival presented by UNICO Kansas City will feature craft brews, food vendors and live music. Participants receive a commemorative sampling glass and enjoy four-ounce beer samples from participating breweries. Each brewery will have their own booth to serve you some of the best craft and import brews in the world.


Friday, Aug. 22, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 23, 10 a.m.10 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. English Landing Park, Parkville, Mo. Parkville Days offer something for everyone – music, carnival rides, more than 100 craft and art booths, a Saturday parade, good eats, games and fun for the whole family.



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Festa Italiana returns to Zona Rosa


ne of Kansas City’s favorite weekend festivals began a new tradition at Zona Rosa in 2007. Festa Italiana, the celebration of Italian traditions and ItalianAmerican culture, has been a hometown

festival for three decades. This longtime local ethnic festival draws visitors from across metropolitan Kansas City and beyond offering food, fireworks, wine, kids’ activities, Italian music, dancing and more. Festa Italiana is an-

other tradition that has found its new home at Zona Rosa. The 2014 festival took place May 30-June 1, and Zona Rosa was filled with Kansas Citians enjoying the food, music and entertainment of this local tradition.

$95,000 contribution supports Exchange City, EarthWorks


he M.R. and Evelyn Hudson Foundation of Keller, Texas, awarded $95,000 to Teach & Learn Experientially during a special presentation in Kansas City on May 16. C.W. “Wally” Hooser, MD, president emeritus of the Texas Foundation, presented the award to Terri Swartz-Shelton, TLE’s President/CEO, at the home of Benny and Edith Lee. Benny Lee is chairman and CEO of DuraComm Corporation.

“Our foundation focuses on programs that leave a positive impact on children long after the experience happens,” Hooser said. “We looked all over the United States and could not find another program like TLE. Our board looks upon this as an opportunity to support an innovative education program.” Children who experience the excitement of Exchange City, which began in 1980,

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are involved in hands-on learning as they focus on economics, math and communication. Students manage their own mock city as they take on the roles of civic leaders and business men and women. Students in EarthWorks become involved with TLE’s five-habitat laboratory with real-life animals native to the Midwest. Survival through science is a key element. The programs reach children in 2nd-8th grades.


Ventana Grill expands in downtown Excelsior Springs

Platte Landing grand opening


entana Gourmet Grill in downtown Excelsior Springs are celebrating a new expansion after more than 12 years of serving the Northland. Owners Jill Rickart and Wendy Baldwin are excited about the expansion and remodel, newly arranged bars and updated interior. The renovation was in response to customers’ requests for a private room for meetings, birthdays, baby showers, wedding rehearsals and more. With the expansion, Wendy and Jill hope to bring even more exposure to their restaurant and to the historical downtown Excelsior Springs. If you haven’t dined at Ventana Gourmet Grill, the Ventana staff invites you to enjoy a delicious meal in their European bistro-type atmosphere.

Parkville celebrated the grand opening of Platte Landing on June 21. The 140-acre park includes two miles of walking trails on the Missouri River, a new boat ramp and Platte County’s only off-leash dog park. The park is located at the end of Main Street in Parkville, adjacent to English Landing Park. Pictured above: Parkville Mayor Nan Johnston along with the Board of Alderman and Platte County Commissioners Jason Brown and Beverlee Roper cut the ribbon. Marriott Wedding Ad 9 x 5.438.qxp_Layout 1 2/20/14 9:31 AM Page 1

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Grand opening of McCrite Plaza


he first week of June marked the grand opening of McCrite Plaza at Briarcliff. First came the Founder’s Club dinner, a celebration of the first residents to move into the new 222,000-square-foot building. The ribbon cutting was held two days later with the Northland Chamber of Commerce. The week was rounded out that Saturday with an open house. In all, more than 300 people came out to celebrate the new addition to the Northland.

Director Cassidy McCrite presents Ned Tanner with an award for being the first resident to move into McCrite Plaza at Briarcliff.

The McCrite Founders Club – the first residents to move into McCrite Plaza at Briarcliff.

The McCrite family and staff and Northland Chamber representatives at the ribbon cutting.

Cassidy McCrite, director, visiting with Carol Wilkins at the Founder’s Club dinner.

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Woofstock 2014 The seventh annual Woofstock, a benefit for the Northland Animal Welfare Society, took place May 4 at Zona Rosa. The festival included a one-mile Cinco De Dog Days Woof Walk, a dog fashion show emceed by model Holly Starr, 40 vendors and pet contests.

Excelsior Springs Hospital and NKC Hospital announce partnership


he Excelsior Springs Hospital Board of Trustees have entered into a management agreement with North Kansas City Hospital. Starting July 1 NKCH will provide operational oversight to Excelsior Springs Hospital through the employment of current CEO Sally Nance, who has held the position for 24 years.

“The partnership means that our community will have seamless, local access to NKCH’s extensive network of specialists and services, and the hospital will have access to their financial and operational expertise,” Nance said. NKCH will also provide staffing and employee education to ESH as needed. ESH employees will continue to be employed by ESH.

“We have had a 40-year relationship with NKCH, and this agreement will continue to strengthen that relationship,” said Rich Andrew, ESH Board president. “Collaboration and strategic alliances between community hospitals are important to the continued delivery of local and quality healthcare,” said Michael Montgomery, M.D., NKCH board chairperson.



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GloBall: a premier TLE fundraiser By Paula Schumacher

Terri Swartz-Shelton, President and CEO of TLE, is elated over the GloBall attendance, as well as the financial support from area foundations and businesses. “There can be nothing more rewarding than see the gleam in the eyes of children as they participate in hands-on learning to advance civic and science education.”


Wally Hooser, M.D., Chair Emeritus of the Hudson Foundation which provided Teach & Learn Experientially with a $95,000 grant award, believes providing exciting, hands-on education for children is of utmost importance because “we do not have a brain to waste.”

Anita B. Gorham, who served as a founder of EarthWorks and Exchange City, accepts her award at the inaugural GloBall.

The inaugural GloBall honorary chairs, Former Mayor Kay Barnes, DuraComm CEO Benny Lee, and Central Exchange CEO CiCi Rojas.

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Northlanders Adriana Martinez and Paul Flores. Paul recalls the impact Exchange City left on him as a fifth grader: “I learned how a city is run and came to realize all the elements that are needed to make up a city. That training continues to help me today,” Flores says.


loBall, an inaugural event held June 14 to advance the education fund of Teach & Learn Experientially, attracted nearly 250 people and businesses interested in promoting Exchange City and EarthWorks. TLE serves as the management organization of the two programs. At Exchange City, fifth through seventhgraders manage their own mock city as they take on the roles of mayor, city manager, and civic leaders. In EarthWorks, second through fifth-grade students become involved with TLE’s five-habitat laboratory with real-life animals native to the Midwest. “GloBall is an opportunity to showcase our programs that offer world-class learning experiences,” said Terri Swartz-Shelton, President & CEO of TLE. “This event opens avenues to secure funding to help under-served children, many attending schools that cannot take advantage of sending kids to these programs.” Honorary chairs for GloBall were former Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes, currently the Distinguished Professor for Public Leadership at Park University; Benny Lee, CEO of DuraComm, who is recognized nationally and internationally for his entrepreneurial business acumen; and CiCi Rojas, President/ CEO of the Central Exchange, 2013 Woman of the Year in 2013 from the Greater Missouri Symposium. For the first time, The M.R. and Evelyn Hudson Foundation based in Texas selected TLE to receive a $95,000 grant award. Dr. Wally Hooser, Chair Emeritus, recognized TLE for its innovative work with children. Northlander Anita B. Gorman, recognized for her community and civic leadership across all of Greater Kansas City, received the founder’s award. Additional awards included Bill Hall, an original financial supporter of Exchange City; George Blackwood, former Kansas City councilman; Bob Glaser, Vice President of Business Development for Summit Bank of Kansas City for his support of TLE; and the volunteer of the year Ruth Christian.


Harvest Ball Society members recognized for service


everal nonprofit organizations in the Kansas City area recently have honored members of the Harvest Ball Society for their philanthropic leadership and volunteerism in the community. HBS founders Patty Garney and Sandra Aust received City Union Mission’s Women Who Have Changed the Heart of the City award April 15. The event honoring them raised more than $1 million for family services to help Kansas City’s poor and homeless. On May 7, Nonprofit Connect recognized Courtney Goddard as a Rising Star of Philanthropy during its 30th annual awards luncheon. The award is presented to emerging philanthropists for their exemplary

Anita Gorman

Courtney Goddard

volunteer leadership. Anita Gorman and Jinny McCoy shared the stage with former First Lady Laura Bush at The Salvation Army’s 2014 Civic Luncheon May 8. Gorman was formally inducted as a Lifetime Member in recognition of her exemplary service since 1979. McCoy earned the William Booth Award for serving on the organization’s board and several committees, as well as her valuable support and counsel. Synergy Services honored Jennifer and Michael Short as the Kindest Kansas Citian Couple for their community involvement during the annual Kindest Kansas Citian Awards Celebration held May 9. The event supports Synergy Services’ STOP Violence Prevention

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Program, which helps youth overcome bullying and develop healthy relationships. Marilyn Barth was one of seven honorees at The Hats Off to Mothers Luncheon hosted by United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Kansas City May 16. Proceeds have raised more than $1 million to support life without limits for area residents with an array of disabilities, including cerebral palsy. “It’s an honor to be associated with these outstanding women,” said Michel Ann Kaiser, 2014 Harvest Ball Society president. “They exemplify the Harvest Ball Society’s commitment to providing leadership in meeting community needs. Their recognition is truly well deserved.”

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Hillcrest Annual Gala to help homeless families become self-supportive


single mom of three young children can’t push past the poverty level because job options are limited to those within walking distance. A woman shows incredible potential in her profession if only she could scrap together the $300 needed for her industry certification. Parents of six kids need to learn how to provide for their family. These Northlanders have become self-sufficient with the help of Hillcrest Transitional Housing, a local non-profit dedicated to assisting homeless families. More than 80 families in Kansas City’s Northland who have struggled with poverty and homelessness have improved their situations in the past year, thanks to the services at Hillcrest Transitional Housing. Their successes will be celebrated at the Hillcrest Annual Gala and Auction on Saturday, Oct.

4, at The Sheraton-Crown Center. “For three decades the programs at Hillcrest Transitional Housing have helped the homeless in our area move to selfsufficiency,” said Donice Yeater, director of Hillcrest-Platte County. “This event is a way to celebrate the program graduates who’ve done the work to successfully transition out

of poverty and homelessness, and raise the funds to continue our work.” A recent Hillcrest graduate will share her journey from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Other activities include a silent auction, live auction, champagne raffle, dinner and dancing. To get tickets or for sponsorship information visit and click on events or call 816-838-7442. Hillcrest Transitional Housing offers homeless families, singles and youth a disciplined educational program within a caring, supportive environment. Unlike many organizations whose focus is one-time or emergency care, Hillcrest’s primary objective is to move clients from homelessness to selfsufficiency by addressing the total life situation of the homeless families and individuals they serve.



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A helping hand for cancer families

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that the family started the TNK Foundation, to help families in their time of great need. Whether it’s a doctor’s appointment, cleaning the house, grocery shopping or assisting in running errands, the TNK Foundation has helped hundreds of families in the basic day-to-day needs. By providing the practical essentials, this gives the family time and energy to focus on giving care to their child. Staci writes, “These families are also challenged by structuring work schedules around all the appointments or in-patient stays. Often a parent will quit or lose their job, and the financial strain on the family will increase the chance of them facing serious financial strains like crushing debt or losing their home. These are the obstacles faced by parents of children with cancer.” TNK does not do this all alone. They rely on donations from our community, to make this all happen. TNK Children’s Foundation is holding their First Annual Golf Tournament on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at The Deuce II at the National Golf Club of Kansas City. This is their charity fundraiser to help support families in the Northland, and across Kansas City.


For more information on how you can get involved and come out and join us for a great day of golf and support a great charity such as TNK Children’s Foundation, contact Staci Upham-Tubbs at 816-377-7020, or email her at tnkchildrens foundation@gmail. com. For more information, please go their website www.tnkchildrens



very year, thousands of families from across the United States make Kansas City their destination for their family vacation. They come to enjoy the Kansas City Zoo, Worlds of Fun and our wonderful museums and outdoor activities. Now imagine, you have travelled to our beautiful city, and your little one comes down with the flu. You find yourself in the hospital, and your family is delivered a devastating blow. Your child does not have the common little flu and sniffles – your child has cancer. You are thousands of miles from home, thousands of miles from your family, and you don’t know where to turn. There is a foundation, right here in Kansas City, based in the Northland, that helps families such as these everyday. The TNK Foundation, was started by Staci UphamTubbs. She and her family have personally been on this journey, when her son was diagnosed with cancer. It was a three-and-a-half year battle with cancer, followed by almost five years of battling the side effects of the chemo, that the family can say that today, he is a healthy and vibrant young man. Staci knows how hard it is to balance family, home, doctors’ appointments and taking care of her other small children. It was then

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Preventing the ills of heartworm By Dr. Jim Sparks


h, warm weather is upon us and beneficial rain is falling. The green and color are back in all their glory. Some of the things that come with all this beauty are not so glorious, like the buzz of mosquitoes. These pests may annoy us, but they can carry deadly heartworms to our pets. Heartworms are actual worms (8 to 14 inches long) that live in the heart and major arteries of the lungs. If not detected or treated early, they will cause congestive heart failure and eventually fatal results. The good news is that heartworm disease is easy to prevent and easy to test for. Oncea-month medication comes in either a pill or a chewable treat and prevents this deadly parasite. Most preventatives contain an added medication to eliminate intestinal worms. Some of the intestinal worms are zoonotic,

meaning they can also infect people. Heartworm is much more prevalent in dogs, but even indoor-only cats can contract them. People can even track intestinal parasites into the house that can infect their cats. Dogs over 6 months old need to be tested for heartworms prior to starting heartworm preventative, then should be tested annually. Let’s face it, in our busy lives some doses may be missed (I am guilty), making it more important to test annually. Administering preventative to a dog with heartworms can cause a serious/dangerous reaction. Preventatives are a prescription medication, so your veterinarian is liable if prescribing without proof that it is safe to administer. Heartworms are endemic in our area. If a dog contracts heartworms, it is both dangerous and expensive to treat. The bottom line: By using an easy once-a-month preventa-

tive, we protect our pets from suffering from heart disease and our bank accounts from the ills of vet bills. James (Jim) Sparks DVM is a lifelong Northlander working at Eagle Animal Hospital, Inc. Dr. Sparks has been in the animal health care field since the age of 15; he worked as part of the support staff at Eagle Animal Hospital through high school and during college breaks. Other than an externship in Alaska, Dr. Sparks has always practiced at Eagle. In 1995, he became the third owner of the now 67-year-old practice. Dr. Sparks and Eagle Animal Hospital have received multiple awards including multiple “Best in the Northland” and the “Pro Patria Award,” which is the highest honor given to civilian employers by the United States Department of Defense. Eagle Animal Hospital was also recently recognized as one of the “KC Smart Companies to Watch.”


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An adventuresome spirit By Tiffany Westphal Killoren, writing on behalf of Jakers


ell, hi everyone! Let me introduce myself – I’m Jakers. If you know anything about Westies, you already know that I’m a loving little spitfire of furry whiteness with a fun-loving personality to match. I also have chocolate-colored eyes framed by white tuffs of fur that – at my whim – can be made to look like I’m batting my eyelashes at you to cast you under my spell of adorableness. My family, Julie and David, love me for who I am. Even when I couldn’t resist sneaking out of an open door to explore the neighborhood, they were super excited to find me because I greeted them with my best tail wag (I mean, I’m really not sure why they were so

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worried because I like to think of myself as a worldly and self-sufficient pup). And then, there was that time that I tried to make friends with that adorable black and white

friend. Oops, how could I know it was a skunk? Wow, that yellow stuff that it sprayed all over me sure didn’t smell like roses. My family loved me anyway, but they just kept giving me baths and didn’t want to get too close for kisses for a while. Yes, I may have a bit of an adventuresome spirit, but my favorite place in the entire world is curled up next to my people where I know that I’m loved, and safe, and understood. I mean, what more could I want in life? Although, I still think that skunk and I could be friends if it gave me another chance…

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• Hospice is for people who don’t need a high level of care. Most hospices employ experienced medical and nursing personnel with skills in symptom management.

• Hospice can only help when family members are available to provide care. Hospices can help coordinate community resources for home care, or help find an alternative location if it no longer safe for the patient to remain at home.

• Hospice is for when there is nothing else to be done and when there is no hope. Hospice philosophy is to live life to its fullest with comfort and dignity. One gift of hospice is helping families share their personal and spiritual connections with each other.

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• Hospice is only for the dying. Hospices provide support during the illness and bereavement care afterwards.

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NorthCare Hospice is glad to provide an informational visit to answer questions and provide education on our services. While NorthCare’s 16-bed Hospice House offers a needed option to hospice patients, most patients receiving care from NorthCare Hospice live in their homes and long-term care facilities. The hospice teams provide regularly scheduled visits, continuous care when appropriate and on-call services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Dr. Clay Anderson leads the team at NorthCare Hospice. The NorthCare team consists of Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Hospice Techs, Social Workers, Chaplains, Massage and Music Therapists, Pet Therapy and trained volunteers. Dr. Anderson is board certified in Medical Oncology, Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.


National Cheesecake Day Kansas City’s Cowtown Cheesecake Company serves up unique confections


uly 30 is National Cheesecake Day, and Kansas City boasts the perfect source for a gourmet slice of that rich confection – Cowtown Cheesecake Company. Founded by Chef Terry Mille, Cowtown Cheesecake Company has its roots in Hurricane Katrina, of all things. After watching the devastation of that 2005 storm, Mille contacted the American Red Cross, and after several days of training, he was on his way to Baton Rouge. He was assigned the position of Mass Feeding Coordinator, and the Southern University became his home for the next several weeks. Mille and his team fed over 450 people three meals a day. He fell in love with the area – the culture, the people, the food. He learned much from the local residents – how they cooked, what they ate, and the secret to the great pecan pie of the south: Steen’s Pure Cane Syrup. Mille returned to Kansas City and found that a simple sweet potato and a handful of pralines did more than make a recipe for cheesecake. They were his recipe for success. He made a cheesecake for his family during the holidays, the leftovers went to work with his wife, orders were subsequently placed, and the Cowtown Cheesecake Company was born. His amazing masterpieces are not just a Kansas City delight. This April, Mille appeared on the hit reality show “Cutthroat Kitchen” on The Food Network. After several interviews, he was chosen to appear on the show. While he didn’t win, Mille says he “enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to meet and make friends with the competing chefs.” Mille is more than your average kitchen guru. Prior to starting up Cowtown Cheesecake Co., he was the backstage catering chef for the Sprint Center in Kansas City, serving the likes of Garth Brooks, Elton John, Kid Rock, Dancing with the Stars, and Michael

Buble. Most recently, Mille had the privilege of cooking for First Lady Michelle Obama. He also was the Luxury Suites chef for the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs. Mille and his friend, Chef Jasper Mirable, join forces on several occasions to bring their culinary skills to the masses. Appearing on several Kansas City television shows, this dynamic duo never fail to deliver. Mirable writes, “I am always on the prowl for something new to satisfy my sweet tooth and Cowtown Cheesecake has all the right stuff. And believe me, its back-story is as captivating as the product itself.”

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Make mine a double ... and other wine etiquette faux pas By Aly Bilyeu ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Aly Bilyeu is the Director of Marketing and Events for Briarcliff Village. After falling in love with the view from atop the hill in 2010, she has grown from the retail side of the center to overseeing all aspects of its events and marketing. From developing event concepts to designing local advertisements, Aly enjoys having a hand in the center’s metro-wide awareness. She prides herself on the personal relationships she has with each owner and their success within the community.


hether it’s celebrating with a bottle at home or dinner at a five-star restaurant, we all need some basic wine etiquette skills sure to impress even the top sommelier. With the increase in popularity of wine among younger generations, there are some unspoken rules you should follow to ensure a behavior that will impress, and not offend your companions. The following tips offer suggestions in etiquette from informal service at home to dining out and creating an enjoyable wine experience for all occasions.

Wine Tastings

The growing popularity of Midwest vineyards and wine tours brings a different kind of tasting crowd. Although wineries are a great place to learn about wine and envelope yourself in the process, it is not a free-for-all buffet. Wineries have experts on staff to assist in your wine selection and preference so your experience is enjoyable and you aren’t walking in blind. You’re probably not going to like every wine they serve at a vineyard, that’s why it is such a process to find one enjoyable to the palate. It is perfectly acceptable to discard unfavorable wine in the receptacle at a wine tasting. This will also keep you on your feet and discourage over consumption. You can also ask for a second pour on a particular wine you are unsure of. However, it is not polite to ask for a second pour on every sample. If you find yourself enjoying a particular wine, purchase a glass rather than asking for additional pours. Some wineries do not require a purchase of wine, but have a fee for the session. Oth-

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ers will waive fees if you purchase a wine. It is suggested that if you enjoyed a particular wine or if the winery is rather small, purchase a bottle in good form. If you don’t drink it, it’s a memento of fun times.


Gifting Wine Wine is always an appropriate hostess gift when invited to someone’s home. A basic rule to follow is to give red during winter months and white during summer months. Of course, if you know the wine the hostess prefers, always gift it. If not, a medium-priced and medium-bodied wine such as a Sauvignon Blanc is a safe gift. The hostess will most likely have their menu and wine pairings selected, so never bring a bottle already chilled and expect it to be served for dinner.

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Dining Out

You sit down at a table dressed in a white tablecloth, with three forks and four glasses, and you are presented the wine list. This can seem quite intimidating for the novice wine drinker, but using basic wine etiquette will ensure an enjoyable experience for both the server and you. Don’t feel shy in asking your server for recommendations. It is their job to provide you with suggestions that will compliment your food nicely, so deciding your meal prior to wine selection is helpful. Mark Taylor, Wine Director at Trezo Mare Restaurant located in Briarcliff Village, also suggests, “Start with a glass of sparkling, such as Proscecco so you aren’t pressured to make a decision right off the bat. Then from that point the qualified server can suggest drinks that will compliment your dinner nicely.” It also is acceptable to ask your server for suggestions of wine in a variety of price ranges since restaurant wines can be so pricey. If you’re with a group, the server will also be able to recommend a wine that will compliment everyone’s meal. At a more

formal dining establishment, the server will present you with the bottle and label before pouring. This is to ensure it is the correct bottle and year that was ordered. The server will then pour a small sample for the host’s approval. You can taste the wine sample, smell it, examine it, all to make sure it is a wine that is to your liking. This is where the cork is also presented for examination. Many people think it is for the host to smell the cork. Don’t smell the cork. “You want to touch it, see if there’s mold which may suggest the wine is old. If the cork was dry it could suggest it was stored improperly,” Taylor says. Do not be afraid to reject the wine if it does not live up to your expectations. This is perfectly acceptable, but do use the opportunity to have the server suggest another wine more to your liking. Any wine steward knows that the restaurant can sell the open bottle by the glass. In addition, the server will be sure your red wines “open up” or decant and that whites are served properly chilled. “Red wines need a little bit of time to

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bring all of the floral or fruit characteristics and structure into the air,” Taylor says. It is customary that if your server was exceptionally helpful in your wine selection or if you use the restaurant’s sommelier to tip 10-20 percent of the cost of the wine.

Dining In

When serving wine to guests in your home, using the proper etiquette will ensure an enjoyable experience for your guests. To do this, first select wine that will pair well with the food you are serving. If you plan to serve wine before the meal, a lighter white or sparkling wine is appropriate. Be sure to use appropriate glassware in your home, not plastic or paper because it will affect the quality and taste of the wine. Serve at an accurate temperature for the wine in conjunction with reds and whites. And finally, pour the correct amount of wine. Leaving about half of the glass empty will make it easier for your guests to enjoy without the possibility of spilling.

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Margarita’s: A local legend

Northland establishment stands out from a sea of Mexican restaurants By Missy Roe


Margarita’s owner Larry Gromer

ost any route you take in the Northland, you will pass a Mexican restaurant – or five of them – along the way. It seems they pop up in strip malls, former fast-food buildings, just about anywhere and everywhere. So when you find one that’s still thriving after more than 20 years in business you know there’s good reason. The packed parking lot of Margarita’s on North Oak has become a familiar sight for anyone who regularly passes by. The Northland location opened in 1991, six years after the original restaurant on Southwest Boulevard. It was the second location for owner Larry Gromer and his partners, and now the group boasts five locations across the metro. Gromer sees the sometimes common line out the door as a key factor in making meals that taste great. He believes the more food you’re serving on a regular basis, the fresher the ingredients you’re putting on the plate which makes a superior dish. Most of us can agree that part of the indulgent experience of eating Mexican is gorging yourself on chips and salsa before the food comes. This often results in having just a few bites of your food and taking the rest home for tomorrow. Well I can tell you if this is one of your weaknesses, Margarita’s dishes reheat like a champ the next day.

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So popular it’s carried at your local grocery store, Margarita’s salsa is thin, light and delicately seasoned with traditional spices and a hint of oregano. The chips are huge, fried up from locally-made corn tortilla halves. If you plan to indulge in appetizers beyond the house salsa, skip the guacamole and go straight for the Margarita dip. This creamy, white cheese dip is delectable with a slight kick of peppers, a touch of spinach and rich flavor that leaves you wanting more. It’s also used as a topper on some of the entrees, making them customer favorites. My top-rated dish at Margaritas is the #6 Cancun. The reason I initially ordered it was its similarity to a childhood dish I love called “burrito enchilada style.” But it went far beyond my expectations in both flavor and texture. The Cancun is large flour tortilla filled with a delicious mixture of ground beef, tender pork chunks, sautéed tomatoes and, scrambled egg. Yes, the scrambled egg seems odd, but it really rounds out the dish nicely. All of this is topped with Margarita’s outstanding enchilada sauce – another product bottled and sold. I’m a big fan of their enchilada sauce. I actually used it in recipes before I started dining in the restaurant. If you’ve got a dish calling for enchilada sauce, don’t get a can – buy the good stuff in the jar, made by Margarita’s. 




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Okay, back to the Cancun dish! It’s a wonderful change from my usual orders of fajitas or a chimichanga at Mexican restaurants. That’s because the filling brings together components that are already delicious by themselves. Margarita’s pork is wonderfully succulent and tender. It’s handcut then sautéed with garlic and tomatoes. Tucked among the simply seasoned ground beef and the scrambled egg, finding the “perfect bite” is easy to do. Another fundamental fixing at Margarita’s is the shredded beef. Whether you order it in tacos, a burrito, or one of their specialties, you won’t be disappointed. The savory, juicy meat is not overly seasoned but stands up well with any preparation. I had it simply dressed as a traditional taco, and it was phenomenal. Next time, I will order it in the chimichanga to make the already sumptuous fare even more indulgent. “Nine out of 10 people who come in here know what they’re getting before they walk in the door,” Gromer said. He believes consistency and service are the reason his

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customers keep coming back. The menu has stood the test of time, with most of it unchanged since the restaurant opened. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing new. Margaritas on North Oak and the store in Lenexa are now open for breakfast on Sundays. They serve up top picks like Huevos Rancheros and Chillequilles as well as pancakes, omelets and other more traditional items. If you go for breakfast, don’t be shy about ordering one of their outstanding house margaritas before noon. They taste just as wonderful in the morning – a lesson I learned when I sat down to talk with Gromer recently and was served one just after 10 a.m.  I can see why they keep winning awards for “best margarita” in various local publications. I’m quite picky about my margaritas. It can’t be too sweet or too acidic. It can’t be weak or too salty. So I was surprised when the house margarita was spot on and soon gone! Just what you want from a place that goes by the name “Margarita’s.”




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Lights, camera... A Kansas City filmmaker makes his mark through the lens By Tiffany Westphal Killoren


e wasn’t supposed to shoot him,” Patrick Rea explains. “The Indiana Jones script actually had an elaborate sword fighting scene in it, but he was so sick from food poisoning that they just told him to take out his gun and shoot him.” Anyone who has seen the original 1981 Indiana Jones’ film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, knows exactly which scene Rea is describing. Harrison Ford’s character nonchalantly puts an end to the dramatic showmanship of his aggressor in Cairo, amounting to one of the most memorable of cinematic surprises.  And Rea should know. The film, and other classics of his childhood (think Jaws and Star Wars), were instrumental in highlighting the career path that he was destined to follow. 

Patrick Rea is a filmmaker. He’s also a family man, devoted supporter of his closeknit group of friends, and believer of endless possibility when looking through a lens.   Rea was born and raised in Schuyler, Neb., and the local theater called to him as much out of necessity as it did intrigue.  “I was in a small town without much to do,” he says. “My hometown theater is where I went for fun.” And, if not taking in a movie, Rea could be found acting out his own. “I’d act out movies in my backyard. I’d do everything. Voices, characters, and even soundtracks.”  In the 1980s, movies like Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th were breaking molds and setting the proverbial stage for

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an entirely new genre of horror films. These films had a shock value in terms of how far they were willing to go and, like others of an impressionable age, Rea couldn’t get enough of them. “I was a little kid in the ’80s with Freddy Krueger,” he says. “I wasn’t supposed to be watching those movies, but that’s what made them more interesting.”  This early intrigue with the darker side of film – the building of suspense for thrill seeking audiences – would lay the groundwork for much of Rea’s later work.  By high school, Rea was already making short films to air on the school’s television channel and, when college rolled around, leaving his home state to study at the Uni-


“You can earn a degree by sitting in class and watching films, but if you really want to learn what it’s all about, you need to go out and fall on your face a few times.”

versity of Kansas’s Film School was a natural progression. “Film school’s what you make of it,” Rea says. “Sure, you can earn a degree by sitting in class and watching films, but if you really want to learn what it’s all about, you need to go out and fall on your face a few times.”  Although most college students change majors with the passing of the seasons, Rea already knew what he wanted to do in life and had the discipline to see it through. In 2002, the year he graduated from film school, Rea formed a production company with fellow filmmakers and friends, Ryan Jones and Josh Robison. Their company, SenoReality Pictures, produced its first short film, The Evil Awakens, in 2002, and later won

two Heartland Emmys for short films that he directed, Women’s Intuition and Get off My Porch (also written by Rea). Needless to say, people sat up and took notice – SenoReality Pictures had made its entrance and was eager to show the world what it could do. Rea is the first to tell you that filmmaking isn’t easy. In fact, only those truly dedicated to the craft are likely to survive the rejections, financial uncertainty, and unexpected road blocks that actually become expected due to their regularity. Like any art, filmmaking is an arduous process that, along with its peak rewards, can be every bit as harsh in its valleys.  Consider, for example, Rea’s journey with his second feature film. Nailbiter, a thriller

that follows a mother and three daughters trapped inside a storm shelter during a tornado, began shooting in 2009. Because funding is one of the most difficult parts of filmmaking, money ran out during the process and production was stopped. Filming had to be put on hold for a year, only to resume in 2010 after additional funding was secured. After filming wrapped, the post-production editing process began, and Nailbiter was released in DVD by Lionsgate Entertainment in 2013. The entire process took four years; had Rea given up at any point when the going got tough, he would have missed out on the thrill of seeing a movie that he directed and co-wrote with Kendal Sinn in Red Box locations nationwide.



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FEATURE: KC FILMMAKER PATRICK REA “You have to stay positive,” he says of the tough times. “Hang out with positive people because negativity just feeds negativity. If you stay positive, something will happen.” Rea wears many hats – writer, director, producer, and editor – but considers himself only as strong as the people who surround him. “Filmmaking is a collaborative process,” he says. “You have to have a great team to work with. You’ll burn out if you try to do everything alone.” Included in this group of trusted friends and creative colleagues is someone whose continuous support shines a bit brighter than the rest – his wife, Kristin. With an eye for set and costume design, she works alongside Rea to make sure that no visual detail is overlooked so the actors can become the characters they play. Rea isn’t the same filmmaker he was a decade ago; he’s learned a few lessons the hard way. “I prep a lot more now,” he says. “Something’s going to go wrong in the process, so it’s important to make sure that you have everything in place for the things you can control.”  Those things that can go wrong? Bulbs can break during filming – bulbs that can’t be replaced by a quick run to the store. Actors get sick. Weather doesn’t cooperate – a particularly problematic issue when a movie calls for rain storms and the skies are nothing but sunny. Rea has learned to plan for what he can, and simply take the rest in stride.  The most important change to his life, however, has been 1-year-old daughter Violet. She’s a smiling and dimpled-cheek reminder of what life’s all about and the need to work hard, but have fun along the way. At 34 years old, Rea already has an IMDb (Internet Movie Database) profile that includes 37 directing credits and 22 writing credits. Although he hopes to take on more feature films in the years ahead, Rea enjoys the freedom that comes with short films and appreciates their place in the industry. “Some stories are just meant to be told in a short film,” he says. “It takes so much time to get a feature off the ground. You can do several short films and keep your name

out there. You need to keep a rhythm going, otherwise people forget about you.” Based on his upcoming schedule, forgetting Rea’s name in the industry seems unlikely. His most recent short film, It’s Hell Getting Old, was shot entirely in an elevator over two days. Good Conduct, a dramatic short film written by Michelle Davidson and directed by Rea, was recently selected for participation in the Newport Beach Festival. Another short film directed by Rea, Wrong Number, and written by Amber Rapp was one of only four films selected by the Bryn Mawr Film Institute for inclusion in its Silver Screen Inspiration Short Film Contest (one of the judges for which is Sir Ben Kingsley). Rea showed three short films at the recent Kansas City FilmFest, I Do, Good Conduct, and The Hourglass Figure, with the hope of shooting a full-length feature film this year that he co-wrote with Michelle Davidson.

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“I have 12 fishing poles in the lake and am just waiting for one of them to fall,” Rea laughs. That may be the case, but there’s no denying that Rea loves every minute of what he does. And if little Violet wants to be in one of his films someday, he’ll find the right role for her and encourage her to enjoy the ride. “When I was little, I asked my dad if we could make a movie together and he said ‘yes.’ It doesn’t matter if we actually did it, he told me that we could,” he says. There’s no recipe for a great movie, just like there’s no definition for what makes a particular painting a masterpiece. Subjectivity is key; if something speaks to you, that’s all that matters. And for Rea, there’s no need to measure a film’s value in any other way. “You know you’ve seen a great movie when, even after watching it a hundred times, you wouldn’t change a thing.”


Are your finances on vacation? By Dave Enenbach



hhhh, summer! The kids are out of school. Pools are open. Golf courses are green. Lawns are plush. Everybody is on vacation…including the stock market! Yes, the stock market seems to take a summer vacation – both in terms of average daily volume and in delivering returns. Since 1949, the S&P 500 has gained an average of just 1.3 percent from May to October. That pales in comparison to the November to May average returns of 7.1 percent. Does the stock market take the summer off? Of course not! But many traders, analysts and wealthy investors are taking summer vacations or heading off to their summer homes. As a result, average daily volume is way down, and so are the IPO (Initial Public Offering) calendar, and other traffic metrics that help drive returns. As a result, there’s a popular expression on Wall Street to “Sell in May and go away.” It suggests liquidating positions in May and reinvesting before Halloween. I never recommend this, despite its historical return support. Here are a few reasons why: 1 If you really make gains in the winter and sell in spring, you’ll be paying short term capital gains taxes on those gains. You’ll also be paying some kind of transaction costs (commissions) on those buys and sells. So 35-45 percent of your gains aren’t around to reinvest in October.

4 It requires great discipline. If a stock has appreciated since May, in October you may be tempted to wait until it comes back down so you don’t have to buy it back for more than you sold it. If it keeps appreciating, you may miss more of the gains. If a stock has declined, you may get stuck asking yourself if it’s at the bottom. It’s nearly impossible to be a detached, analytical individual investor. Fear and greed are powerful emotions! So if the market in taking a vacation from delivering returns, what should you do while it’s on vacation? I suggest doing the things in your financial plan that aren’t dependent on the market. Go back to your Financial New Year’s Resolutions and knock out 3-4 of those items you haven’t gotten around to: l Update your will and estate plan l Get that insurance review scheduled l Finish your plan to pay off all that credit card debt l Take a book along on your vacation that will increase your financial I.Q.

If you’re working while others are on vacation, you’ll be ahead of the game when school starts and the market gets back to working for you! ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Enenbach is president and founder of Enenbach & Associates Financial Consultants, a multi-client family office serving the wealth management needs of ultraaffluent families (investable net worth of $20-$25 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.

2 It’s a form of market timing. I prefer the adage that “Time IN the market is better than TIMING the market.” 3 Remember one of the primary advantages of stocks over gold? Dividends! And they won’t be paying you dividends over the summer if you liquidated in May. ILIVENORTH.COM


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A true dining experience

The Jacobson adds a new flavor to the Crossroads District By Tiffany Westphal Killoren



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et’s be honest, dining out is only partly about the food. A perfectly-prepared meal in a less-than-welcoming environment might as well have been skipped entirely in favor of take-out and a DVR marathon at home. The dining-out experience begins immediately when you walk through the doors of a restaurant and long before you have a chance to taste the cuisine. A restaurant that has both an inviting environment and equally impressive menu is a delight to find. Welcome to the Jacobson. Opening its doors in August 2013, the Jacobson is tucked away from a main cross street in the Crossroads District, making its home in a renovated warehouse building and named for its prior business owner. You feel something when you walk through the front doors; it’s an energy that you can’t quite put your finger on, but one that welcomes you and makes you want to stay a while. This energy is derived from a unique compilation of details, all of which have been planned meticulously with nothing left to chance. “We designed the Jacboson to have an upscale feel, while invoking a sense of relaxation,” says Michael Werner, managing partner of the restaurant. Preserving some of the original warehouse’s industrial elements, such as an exposed brick wall and concrete floor, he wanted to create a hybrid of design and aesthetic. From bar stools that are designed with comfort in mind to custom-made and

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ergonomically-designed booths, the Jacobson isn’t a place where you simply want to stop by. It’s a place where you want to stay. “People go to some restaurants and maybe stay an hour,” Werner says. “But here, people stay for two to three hours, which speaks to the environment.” Even its artwork, some of which is on loan from private collections or galleries and other pieces that are custom-made, was chosen for a specific reason. “We pay homage to the arts district and all that it stands for,” Werner says. And then, there’s the menu. Executive Chef John Smith makes sure that when the food arrives, you will want to take a break in the conversation to enjoy it. Starting with the “mingles” menu, you won’t see anything resembling a predictable appetizer. Whether going with the Angels on Horseback, which are fried bacon-wrapped oysters, or meatballs stuffed with goat cheese, you simply can’t start your dinner out on the wrong note. Add a Crossroads Fizz (gin, cucumber, mint, lime, and seltzer) or a Leap of Faith (rye whiskey, wine, lemon and blackberry) and you’ll be tempted to just eat off the mingles and drink menu the entire night. Don’t stop there, though. Grilled Scottish salmon, pan-seared sea scallops, and orange and coriander chicken are on the menu, but so


is the All-American burger and Kansas City strip if you want to stick with the classics. The lighter side of things includes a butter salad and tart apple and bacon salad, both of which will leave you plenty of room for a lemon tart or flourless chocolate cake. “We take a communal approach to food,” Werner says. The menu offers dishes that encourage sharing, sampling, and taking the time to simply sit back and enjoy fine cuisine. And, now that the city has thawed from a long and ugly winter, the Jacobson offers the perfect spot to do just that. Renovating the warehouse’s old loading dock into a patio, guests are invited to expand their dining experience in a whole new direction. The serenity that envelops the space makes you forget that you are nestled in a city’s urban core, a feeling that made one guest from Brooklyn describe it as “feeling like home.” Werner has a lot of experience thinking outside the box when it comes to restaurant design. As Vice President of Design and Operations at Leap Hospitality, a food and beverage development company, he brings years of experience to its vision for the Jacobson. With plans to create more lounge seating outside, introduce custom-made dividers to allow for semi-private dining areas, and VIP private seating on the patio, the next year will provide even more reason to frequent a restaurant that has already earned an impressive reputation in the area. Encouraged by the Jacobson’s success, but always looking for ways to improve, Werner looks forward to what lies ahead.



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Don’t let Missouri go to pot A doctor’s rationale against marijuana By John C. Hagan III, MD, and Dragan M. Svrakic, MD, PhD


John C. Hagan III, MD is the Editor of Missouri Medicine and a Discover Vision Centers-Northland ophthalmologist. Dragan M. Svrakic, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.


t one time, using asbestos in school construction, doctors recommending cigarettes to soothe sore throats and putting cocaine in soft drinks seemed like good ideas. Now we can only wonder, “What were they thinking?” Perhaps we can forgive our forebears because they lacked the scientific evidence of the cancer causing properties of asbestos and tobacco and the addicting and health destroying nature of cocaine. That is not the case with marijuana today. It is unlikely that future generations will absolve us of responsibility if the recreational and medical use of marijuana becomes national. The number of states permitting medical marijuana (23) and recreational cannabis for adults (Washington and Colorado) continues to increase. Short summary – bad idea! As research physicians, we present the known adverse health implications of marijuana use. The high growing cannabis plant has been used commercially in the United States since colonial times when it was imported from Caribbean countries. It was refined or spun into cloth, rope, wax, resins, paper, fuel, pulp and other useful products. The Caribbean natives were aware of the psychoactive effects of smoked hemp which they called “ganja.” The potency of present day marijuana is 5 to 20 times stronger than the hippie “grass” used in the 1960s. That increases the habituating and addicting properties of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the major cannabis psychoactive ingredient. This accounts for the rising annual number of emergency room visits (400,000+) for panic attacks, acute psychosis and toxicity. A review of medical and mental damaging effects of marijuana can be found in Missouri Medicine 2012. Suffice here to say that THC is especially dangerous to children under age 15 and increases the incidence of mental

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health problems. In some cases, the risk of Schizophrenia is increased 10 fold compared to the general population. Ambition and drive is blunted, memory impaired and IQ may be reduced permanently by as much as eight points. Driving and working while using marijuana dramatically increases the chance of accidents and injuries. The rapidly expanding commercial marijuana industry, e.g. the profitable California based Medbox Corporation, has already produced cannabis food (marijuana laced brownies to be sold in vending machines) and candy like cannabis concoctions with names like “Pot Tarts” and “Kif Kat Bars” that appeal to youngsters. Deaths have occurred in children who overdosed on “cannabis candy.” As we reported in Missouri Medicine, “Proponents of cannabis use argue that smoking cannabis provides relaxation and pleasure, enhances the sense of well-being, contributes to stress relief, and helps to deal with hard reality. Of course, any enhancement of well-being in a mentally healthy person through use of a psychoactive substance is in some sense an oxymoron. Furthermore, cannabis use alters cortical dopamine, which plays a major role in higher cognitive functions, working memory, executive function, etc. Hence, the “relaxed” feeling most cannabis users report as a desirable acute effect in all likelihood reflects cognitive dulling (nonor a-motivated syndrome) caused by altered cortical dopamine balance. In other words, the weight of evidence indicates that cannabis creates cognitive dulling rather than reduction in anxiety, indifference rather than relaxation, and amotivation rather than inner peace, all closer to psychopathology than well-being.” Numerous medical studies have shown that chronic marijuana use can permanently impair memory, intelligence, coordination, driving ability, impulse control, damage

REFERENCE Svrakic DM, Lustman PJ et al. Legalization, Decriminalization & Medicinal Use of Cannabis: A Scientific and Public Health Perspective. Missouri Medicine 2012; 109(2)90-98



the heart, lungs, immune system, liver and increase the risk of certain types of cancers. The younger the user and the more frequent the use of marijuana, the more potential for serious health problems. Australian psychiatrist David Castle, MD filled a 252-page text (Marijuana and Madness, 2nd Ed, Cambridge Press) with carefully referenced studies on physical and mental disease caused by marijuana from 49 respected contributing scientists from all over the world. Already over 400 chemicals have been identified in marijuana including carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide and ammonia. “Hey man, you want a drag of cyanide and ammonia?” might not find as many takers among the tokers when the roach makes the rounds at parties. The FDA and physicians rightfully consider cannabis a drug and therefore subject to federally stipulated rigorous study protocols. The legislative route being used to introduce medical and recreational marijuana illegally and dangerously circumvents this FDA drug testing process. Federal law also mandates that marijuana use and possession is illegal. Legitimate FDA type research has been

done on purified cannabis and useful products for cancer chemotherapy such as Marinol® and Cesamet® are available. These drugs do not produce psychoactive effects. On the other hand, the use of marijuana products such as “Charlotte’s Web” for childhood seizures and other illnesses is unproven, anecdotal and potentially harmful. Cannabis use for glaucoma treatment is never needed. Medical marijuana “cards” are widely abused. Searching on Google for “How to fake needing a medical marijuana card” offers 871,000 helpful suggestions. Although dependence and addiction to alcohol and nicotine are among Missouri’s biggest social and health problems, the legal use of booze and cigarettes are cited by marijuana activists as reasons to legalize pot. Fewer than 8 percent of Americans smoke marijuana while 52 percent use alcohol and 27 percent smoke nicotine cigarettes. Missouri has over 10,000 tobacco-related deaths per year. Addiction and abuse of legal medications are more of a problem than illegal drugs. Deaths from legal drug overdose exceed the number of deaths from automobile accidents and surpass all types of illegal

drug deaths combined. It is catastrophically illogical to introduce another public health problem and source of habituation and addiction to our already overwhelmed health and social welfare systems. How should one account for nannystate social planners and big city politicians demonizing sugar, banning trans-fats and large size soft drinks while giving marijuana a pass? Why do some rail at “Big Tobacco, Big Food and Big Pharma” while ignoring “Big Weed?” Marijuana proponents are gearing up to make stores peddling smoked and eaten marijuana as ubiquitous as Starbucks and Subways. Revenue from taxing marijuana has failed to achieve projections. As physicians, we regard recreational and sham-medical marijuana as a looming public health problem with adverse consequences that could eventually rival those of tobacco use and alcohol addiction. Washington and Colorado are now conducting de facto social and scientific experiments on the problems of widely available medical and recreational marijuana. Let’s wait at least five years to assess their results. Let’s stay off the “high” way.



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Time to permanently

park the car? ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sandra Aust is director of Shepherd’s Center Central Coming of Age Kansas City, a registered nurse, mother, grandmother, community volunteer and a lifelong Northlander who is determined to age as gracefully as possible. Share your inspiring story of aging well (or not) with her at sandra@


rom sea to shining sea…the freedom, the mobility, the accessibility to go when and where one wants to go is valued greatly by people age 50+. In the Kansas City area, residents and visitors are spoiled by miles and miles of highways, boulevards and parkways which allow them to motor across two rivers, five counties and two states in a relatively short time. Traffic jams? People in Kansas City think a slow line of more than 10 cars is a jam. Visitors from New York, D.C. or Chicago ask, “What jam?” “The Boomers will suffer when it comes time to give up the keys,” say many experts in gerontology. Compared to their parents and grandparents, most people 65 and younger have had at least one vehicle at their disposal since they were teenagers. They have much preferred to own and drive their own car and have not chosen public transportation even if it were available to them. Furthermore, when public transit issues which cost taxpayers money came to a vote, many in the Midwest declined to support it. “Americans are living longer than they ever have before,” says Dave Snyder, vice president and associate general counsel for the American Insurance Association. “As the post-World War II baby boom generation moves along through the years, you will see an increase in very elderly drivers. It is an issue that will grow in importance. No one wants to lose their independence, no matter how old they are.” Few people like the idea of depending on others or relying on public transportation. The Kansas City, Mo., City Council recently approved an ordinance which will allow properly licensed nonprofit agencies to offer rides

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to people who qualify for the service. ITN (The Independent Transportation Network), which serves dozens of cities around the country, has launched its first “node” of service for the area in eastern Jackson County. For an annual fee, rides are offered 365 days per years, 24 hours per day. With 2,200 people in the Kansas City area turning 65 every month for 20 straight years, there will an increasing need for affordable, accessible transportation throughout the region. Having the conversation about when to stop driving long before decreases in physical and mental ability appear is a good strategy. Some would say it’s just as important as having the conversation about who will speak on one’s behalf when one is unable to do so for whatever reason. Is this a hard conversation to have? For many families, yes, and yet it’s much easier to discuss such important matters when everyone is healthy and has full capacity to think things through together. Parents and their adult children, grandparents and grandchildren together can learn


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and grow from such impactful discussions. Diminished skills could be an early warning of when it’s time to give up driving. 1 If someone scares you when you ride with them because of poor driving, missed traffic signals or close calls; or they show inappropriate anger at the usual stresses of driving. 2 If the driver has developed untreated vision problems or other physical limitations which impair their ability to look


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around their vehicle for other traffic and pedestrians. If traffic citations begin to occur and scrapes and dents on the vehicle begin to appear. If a pattern of getting lost while driving develops or forgetting where one is going. When minor mishaps which have not happened in years begin to become frequent, the big accident may not be far behind.

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THE NEW FACE OF AGING Most experts in the field of mobility and transportation encourage drivers and their families to take advantage of many good programs through AAA (The American Automobile Association); one’s own auto insurance company; AARP or their state’s department of motor vehicles. These programs have proven to be effective by improving the skills of older drivers and allowing them to drive safely longer through extra training. “Drivers usually give up their car in stages,” says Jim Courtney of the Mr. Goodcents Foundation which supports transportation programs for older adults. “They begin to drive shorter distances, drive only the routes they know which are close to home and give up driving at night all together.” The fear of lack of independence and mobility are powerful forces and a frightening prospect for most people. If medical problems or poor eyesight are barriers to safe driving, a good medical consultation and treatment could get a driver back on the road safely. A compassionate and factual conversation about the risks of injury to oneself or others; information about saving on insurance rates and vehicle maintenance by taking a driving class and driving less; and discussing accessible, affordable options for alternative transportation may be the greatest gift an adult child could give a parent. Questioning your parents’ ability to drive “can be a challenging conversation to have,” says David Shotwell, the senior director of livable communities at AARP. “There are three things we recommend. The first is to get the facts and learn the warning signs. Second is to educate yourself so you are prepared. Third is to prepare for and initiate a thoughtful conversation. We use the phrase ‘prepare with your head and talk with your heart.’” “So put your big boy/big girl pants on and have the ‘driving’ conversation,” advises one aging professional. “If the elephant in the room at every family gathering is ‘Dad shouldn’t be driving any more’, better to face into it while Dad can be part of the conversation and help determine his own plan for next steps and when it’s time to permanently park the car.”

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Get to the root of migraine pain By Dr. Brianna Murray

optimum results. Subluxations not only cause many symptoms like migraines, but also decreases the function of the entire control system of organs in the body. Restoring proper spine and nerve system function is not just a good idea, but is in fact essential to living a healthy life.


n estimated 11 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches. Severe pain, aura, upset stomach and vomiting commonly accompany the headaches for many who suffer from the condition. Reoccurrences are frequent and common, and many patients are left to take medications during episodes only to have the symptoms return days to weeks later. While headache and migraine medications line the shelves of local pharmacies, many are turning to a more sensible approach to get to the cause of this condition. Thousands are now discovering that chiropractic adjustments alleviate migraine headaches just as effectively as medication. In fact research published in JMPT showed a 40 percent reduction of symptoms for migraine sufferers who enrolled in the study after only two months of regular chiropractic. Not only is chiropractic a safer approach to getting well, with little to no side effects, chiropractic adjustments actually save victims time and money in the long term. Chiroprac-

tic also gets down to the cause of migraines, instead of just masking the symptom with a medication. Dr. Brianna is committed to educating Kansas City about the dangers of the vertebral subluxation. A subluxation occurs when bones in the spine shift out of alignment putting damaging pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. The solution is not to pop or crack a neck. There are very specific measurements required to determine with scientific accuracy the precise angles of misalignment. Once these angles are measured, then a specific adjustment must be blue-printed for each patient in order to correct the problem with consistency and get

Dr. Brianna Murray is a graduate of the prestigious Palmer College of Chiropractic where she received her degree as a Doctor in Chiropractic. Prior to bringing the 5 essentials of Maximized Living to Kansas City, Dr. Brianna practiced in a clinic in Alabama that specializes in treating children with neurodevelopmental disorders. She then continued her training in Naples, Fla., where she practiced at one of the country’s busiest chiropractic clinics. With training in advanced spinal corrective care, nutrition, exercise, and toxicity, Dr. Brianna is also a member of the Sports Performance Council, which serves the U.S. Olympic Weightlifting, Wrestling, Track and Judo teams, as well as several other professional sports teams.

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n an economy where keeping a small business afloat is a challenge, every achievement is worth noting. When that small business is able to expand to three locations and still deliver exceptional service, now that’s an accomplishment. Congratulations, Precision Collision, on 10 years in business! Even more impressive is Precision Collision’s ability to navigate the massive changes that have taken over their industry as a whole. Owners Chris and Leann Jones say most of the changes stemmed from advancements in technology and heightened environmental awareness. “There are approximately 10,000 fewer shops today than 10 years ago,” Chris says. “Shops are closing because of the cost of training and equipment, and all of the government regulations.” Determined to avoid being part of that statistic, Chris and Leann began taking advantage of more training opportunities for themselves and their staff. “The safety features on vehicles change quickly,” Chris says. “Now we have several airbags, rain sensors, traction control, parking assistance features, blind spot notifications, headlights that turn with you, auto dimming headlamps, etc. There is more training to keep up with and more equipment to buy to fix those features.” They also take a broad approach to recycling. “Automotive pieces like old panels, tires and batteries all can be recycled, and an electronic computerized frame measuring system allows us to do frame repairs back to factory specs or better,” Chris says. “There is zero-tolerance on measurements on most vehicles now.” In spite of all the changes, they guarantee that their commitment to customer service will never change. “We listen to our customers and are always trying to improve how we serve them,” Leann says. “Recently, we started emailing updates and texting photos to show them the progress on their vehicles. We’ve always had incredibly loyal customers. Without them, we couldn’t have made it this far.”

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6 myths about six-pack abs C By Nick Bolton

arved out six-pack abs are probably the most sought after muscle group in the human body for both men and women. Unfortunately, there are all kinds of misconceptions and myths surrounding this body part’s development.

1 Abs are made in the weight room.

NORTH Magazine’s Health and Fitness writer, Nick Bolton, is available to help answer any questions and get a plan in place for your wellness goals. For more information and videos, you can subscribe to www. firehousefitnesskc and facebook. com/NickBolton FitnessModel. Contact him at or visit his Web site: firehousefitnesskc. com.

Most people think that doing all kinds of core exercises and Pilates moves will show the sixpack muscles the fastest. This is not the case. In order to reveal the abdominal muscles, focus on nutrition first. The saying, “abs are made in the kitchen” is accurate. Eating right will strip the body of layers of fat, revealing the abs faster. No matter how many crunches you do, you can’t out-crunch a bad diet.

2 Crunches and sit-ups are the

best exercises to make the abs show.

These exercises are actually low energy movements, meaning they burn relatively few calories. If you want your six-pack to show, you need to focus on the major calorie burning movements, such as compound moves (squats, lunges, pushups, etc). There is no way to actually “spot reduce” in the abs, so you need to burn more calories overall. The more muscles you use at once, the more calories are burned, thus revealing the lean muscle underneath the layer of body fat.

3 Core muscles should be worked every day.

Core muscles (including the abdominals) are just like any other muscle group of the body and they require adequate rest in order to fully develop. Be sure you include rest days as you work those muscles to see the most results.

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burning the most calories, focus on the most efficient exercises. Cardio is great to add a few more burned calories, but if you want the most calories burned for your time, moving weights is the best option.

5 Supplements will make the difference.

The bottom line is that supplements only help you if you’re nutrition and exercise program are in line. Even though some supplements contain caffeine and green tea extract, they won’t make the abdominal muscles magically appear. Eat clean and you’ll see the difference.

6 Once you get your six-pack, your work is done.

I think we all wish this was the case. Maintaining your six-pack is much less involved than actually getting to that point, but it still takes a conscious effort to make good eating decisions and develop a consistent workout routine.



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Stressed? Overscheduled? The absence of margin in our lives Life Transformation Coach ICF-PCC

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Working with a life coach will help you create your own solutions for life’s challenges, hurts or barriers. A coach asks powerful questions and offers professional insight and support for the client as together they discover solutions for some of life’s challenging situations. Request your complimentary coaching session today. Email Kimberlie.Specker@ .


feel overwhelmed. The anxiety attacks are coming more often. I can’t get it all done, and the stress doesn’t let up. I feel behind. I get easily agitated, sometimes even angry. I am short with my children and upset them. Do any of these statements resonate with you? These are a few of the client comments heard regularly in life coaching sessions. A life without margin robs people of the quality of life they long to have. The lifestyles they dreamed of seem far away and life feels too complicated. In layman’s terms, the definition of margin is to allow time in your schedule for life’s surprises and events.

The unexpected events

People are tired, busy and feel overstretched with too much to do in the hours of a day. Living without margin creates stress and tension. The concept of margin is that it is healthiest for people to leave space in their lives to deal with the unexpected occurrences of life. Surprises, responsibilities and unplanned events create stress when there is already too much to do. Stress shows up in different areas of our lives: l Physical depletion l Emotional energy l Relational demands l Finances Other symptoms of stress created by a lack of margin include: l Irritability l Anxiety l Poor eating habits l Poor sleep habits l Lack of exercise l Poor decision making

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Results of living with margin

Living without margin can increase dysfunction in relationships, decrease productivity and topple life-balance. If people don’t leave room in their schedule for life’s unexpected interruptions, stress escalates. Sometimes, it is small disruptions such as children getting sick, traffic jams, weather, family events or job challenges. These negative emotions can slip out and hurt those around you. There are also positive events that create stress like planning a wedding, graduation celebration, childbirth or career advancement. These events can add to the already full plate and create an overwhelming feeling.


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Why do we live without margin?

Bottom line, unrealistic expectations about life catch people by surprise and responsibilities, competition or commitments take over their lifestyle. Unfortunately, western culture and the “keeping up with Joneses mentality” robs many people from enjoying one another, and from being present for what is really going on around them. The “agenda” seems to be more important than the relationship. l Many people feel their marriage is immune to distractions or dysfunction of the schedules of a two-wage earning family. Oftentimes, children’s activity demands rob the family of time to get to know one another and enjoy each other. As time progresses, symptoms of overscheduling and the lack of margin become revealed. Marriages are unfulfilling and

intimacy is lost. Life-giving relationships take time and being present in the moment for one another. l An entertainment or pleasure-seeking approach to life causes people to seek excitement or adrenaline. Some call it boredom because they are uncomfortable living at the pace of life that should be seen as normal. Some people have the inability to rest or find peace. l Shear “survival” keeps people living without margin. Sometimes people have to work two jobs to provide for themselves or family. l Being a workaholic, greed and the excessive desire for achievement robs people of the quality lifestyle they desire.

you are living. If denial of life’s circumstances set in, the symptoms of a “margin-less life” will take its toll on you. It might be wise to start with an honest appraisal of your schedule. Does your schedule allow you any downtime to do what you want or to rest? Take time to consider why you might feel the symptoms of an over-extended calendar or too many responsibilities for a person to do. Take time to consider the lifestyle you want for yourself and family. For more help to increase the margin in your life, reach out to life coach Kim Specker for your complimentary coaching session to begin creating solutions to get the life you want. You may contact Kim at

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Summertime crafts Celebrate the season of sun with these creations for inside and outside the home By Leanne Lee


ith the days growing longer, you’ll likely want to embrace the endless summer sun both inside and outside your home. Live and entertain in style this summer with these easy DIY projects to add color and life to your home. I hope these ideas inspire you to get creative when decorating your space for the summer. Please email me pictures of your finished projects and remember… Your next successful project is only an idea away!

Flower bed I found this brass bed at an estate sale for $75, which included the bed springs.

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INSTRUCTIONS l Dig a hole for the headboard (and one for footboard, if you use one). l Plant flowers in between l Water as necessary

Insulator votive holders These candle holders add an industrial feel which I love. I like to hang these on the inside of a large market umbrella or on small tree limbs. SUPPLIES l Bed springs l Insulators l Baling or all-purpose wire for hanging l Tea light INSTRUCTIONS l Attach baling wire to bed spring so it will hang at the desired height l Insert insulator into bed spring l Add tea light

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3-D flower pot stepping stone This is a great project to do with the kids – or by yourself. SUPPLIES l 10 cups quikcrete l 2 cups water l Dollar store tin pan l Marbles or floral gems l Terra cotta pot l Green acrylic paint INSTRUCTIONS l Pour water into concrete mix a little at a time until it is the consistency of chunky brownie batter. l Pour into mold and pack it down until smooth. l Using a hammer, break pot in half and place in concrete. l Add marbles to make flowers. Paint the stems with green paint. l Let dry 24 hours. Peel off the tin pan and you have a beautiful stepping stone!

DIVA OF DIY Window planters Now these are just downright adorable! It is literally a “window” planter. SUPPLIES l Wood or plastic window box l Old window pane l Wood screws l Assorted flowers (depending on sunlight exposure) l Soil INSTRUCTIONS l Take a plastic or wood window box and attach it to an old window pane. l Once I attach the window box to the frame, I spray paint it in a bright color and then hang it on my wood-picket fence. Make several and paint them in different colors. l Add flowers and voila – window planters.

Hanging lanterns I love these DIY lanterns hanging in the trees or on shepherd’s hooks. They add ambience and extra light to a backyard.

Chair planters These chair planters add a sense of whimsy to your décor and the best part – they can be used inside or outside! SUPPLIES l Old chair (This could be metal or wood. The easiest planters are made with the chairs that have a removable seat or cushion) l Drill/drill bit l Spray paint made for outdoor furniture l Jigsaw if cutting a hole in a wood chair INSTRUCTIONS l Remove cushion or seat of chair. It is usually attached with 4-6 screws from the bottom. If cutting a hole in the seat of a wooden chair, measure your pot and cut a hole in the center using a jigsaw. l Lightly scuff up the wood on the chair with a sanding block. If it is a metal chair, prime rust spots with a stain blocker before painting. l Spray paint in color of choice l Insert pot into planter. Fill with flowers!

SUPPLIES l Mason jars or any wide-mouth jar that you can fit a candle in l All-purpose wire, baling wire or any other heavy wire l Candles* l Sand, gravel or rock to hold candle in place *Bonus: Add citronella candles and you have an instant mosquito repellant! INSTRUCTIONS l Wrap threaded part of jar with baling wire to create a handle l Add sand, gravel or rock to the bottom of the jar l Add candle



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10 tips for easy curb appeal W ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Audra Heller is a licensed broker in Kansas and Missouri, a REALTOR®, President of the Parkville Area Chamber of Commerce and volunteer in her community. She has extensive real estate knowledge internationally and locally. She has worked for developers in Australia, throughout the United States and in Kansas City. Audra Heller & Associates is a leading real estate team in the Northland specializing in relocation, luxury homes and marketing the Northland as a great place to live, work and raise a family. You can reach her at 816-410-5892 or at AudraH@

Updated hardware and house numbers House numbers and the entry door lockset are design elements that can add style and exterior appeal to your home. When they match and complement the style of your home, it adds the most appeal rather than just a mixture of materials. Simple house numbers can start around $2 per number or you can get more creative with customized plaques ranging from $50-$100.

New mailbox It doesn’t matter if your mailbox is mounted to the side of your home or a standard one installed near the road, adding a new mailbox can give your home a new feel. When choosing a mailbox, consult your neighborhood CC&Rs to make sure there are no rules limiting the type, color, etc. of your mailbox. Choose a box that mirrors your home’s trimmings. You can also paint the wooden post to match the house’s exterior color or surround it with landscaping. Mailboxes can be purchased from your local hardware store from anywhere from $50-$300.

Add light fixtures Match your new house numbers with the finish that is on your exterior light fixtures for the most pleasing combination. You want your light fixtures to be able to adequately light up your entryway to your house and make it safer. Also, look for fixtures that have the same mounting system as the current ones to save yourself time. Exterior light fixtures can cost $20 and up.

Install outdoor lighting Solar or low-voltage landscape lighting makes a huge impact while providing safety and security. If you aren’t able to use lights that require wiring, install solar fixtures (but understand that their light levels are not as bright or as reliable). 60 | N O R T H M A G A Z I N E | J U LY/A U G U S T 2 0 1 4

Dress up your front door Your home’s front entry is the focal point of its curb appeal. Make a statement with your front door! How? Add a wreath that reflects the season or your personality. Give it color or replace with a custom wood door. Clean off any dirty spots around the knob and use metal polish on the door fixtures.

Enhance your doorstep Most homes have a gray concrete sidewalk and steps, which can age and crack over time. Some new creative entries are using colored and stamped concrete or tile to create a different feel from the standard concrete. This can add a fun new feel to your entry.

Shutters/trim Shutters and trim can add décor to your home’s exterior for some pop! Also, shutters can provide privacy as well as controlling the light and ventilation. They range from wood, aluminum, vinyl, composite or fiberglass, including newer low maintenance composite materials, such as PVC resins or polyurethane.

Paint your home Exterior paint is one of the easiest ways to keep your home looking great. A local interior designer can help you pick a color, which takes the guess work out. A bold color will make your home stick out, and remember to have your Homeowners Association approve the color if it is required by your CC&Rs before you buy the paint. Any obvious defects, such as cracked or rotting material, can really hurt the aesthetic of your home and quickly turn a buyer’s first impression into a negative one. Once defects are repaired, look for ways to add personality with color, trim or shingles.


By Audra Heller

ith summer in full swing and autumn right around the corner, now is the time to give some TLC to the exterior of your home. When thinking about what to do, how long it will take, and how much it will cost, be sure to keep it simple. It is important to have symmetry, which is pleasing to the eye and easy to incorporate. A symmetrical entry using flowers, shrubs, and light fixtures to the front door boost your appeal and is welcoming to guests. Pick and choose, or do all ten of these easy and affordable tips to freshen up your curb appeal.

NORTHLAND REAL ESTATE Fix, paint or replace gutters Gutters must be maintained to avoid longterm damage. Give them some TLC by cleaning, installing gutter guards and straightening downspouts. If you decide to replace, research the different systems. Some newer, snap-fit vinyl gutter systems go together with few tools and require no painting.

Update or create a garden You don’t have to have a green thumb to add some color to your entry. Many places sell ready-made containers, or you can make your own with colors and flowers that appeal to you. For existing garden beds, shape by pruning and pulling weeds, plant new flowers/plants and add new mulch. If your flower bed borders are old or falling apart, give them some attention by resetting/restacking. Or use new stone to create a new border or a decorative cast-concrete edging system for improved curb appeal.

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Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) is the chef of an upscale restaurant in Los Angeles who loves his work. Ramsey Michel (Oliver Platt) an influential food critic, who has experienced and enjoyed Carl’s dishes when he was in Miami, is scheduled to review Carl’s menu. But Riva (Dustin Hoffman), the restaurant’s owner, makes Carl stay with his successful established menu. Things don’t go well and it ends with Carl’s firing and an embarassing meltdown that goes viral online. Carl begins his career redemptive with an old food truck to take his newly created menu on the road. What follows is an enjoyable tale of a man trying to restore both his career and his family relationships. Favreau, who not only stars in the movie but wrote and directed it as well, is terrific and easily draws the audience into his character. Supported by a strong cast, (including small roles by Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey, Jr.) and a superb musical score, Chef is a fully satisfying feast for the viewing audience.

Aliens have invaded Earth and have taken most of Europe. Major William Cage (Tom Cruise), a public relations officer, reluctantly embeds with the invading force to participate in the ensuing combat. Cage is outfitted with newly created sophisticated armor and weaponry and is quickly killed by an alien. But he immediately awakens back into his past at the point he is being forced to join his fighting unit. He repeats events leading up to his death and returning back to his past. Cage teams up with Special Forces soldier Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt). From here the plot deepens and builds with suspense and mystery until the final satisfying end. Cruise is at his best playing a meek military officer initially doing all he can to avoid combat but who hones himself into a formidable soldier who tries to convince others that he has important information that is critical to the Earth’s survival. With a blend of Groundhog Day and Alien, including a short motorcycle scene reminiscent of Top Gun, Edge of Tomorrow successfully creates its own identity as a movie and is one of the best films this year.

Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley), a young adult with terminal cancer, reluctantly agrees to attend a youth support group. She is at first skeptical but meets Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort), an engaging young man who is smitten by Hazel and quick to strike up a relationship with her. Hazel is initially resistant fearing any romance will end tragically with her inevitable death. Eventually Hazel is unable to resist Augustus’ charm and the two build a close relationship supporting one another while searching for understanding and meaning in their lives. Sweet, poignant and heart wrenching, Stars pulls no punches in depicting the tragic journey those battling cancer during the prime of their lives face. Both Woodley and Elgort are excellent and effective in playing their respective roles with Woodley giving an Oscar-worthy performance. While many might decide to avoid a movie dealing with depressing subject matter, Stars is worthy of viewing. At its heart it is a movie about the courage of the human spirit and the enduring power of love.

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Tokyo Japanese Steak House $$$ Gladstone 7 NW Barry Rd. Japanese, steakhouse, sushi

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Kato Japanese $$$ Zona Rosa 6340 NW Barry Rd. Japanese, sushi

Piropos $$$$ Briarcliff Village 4141 N. Mulberry Dr. Latin American, Argentina, steakhouse Shields Manor Bistro $$$$ Platte City 121 Main St. American, seafood, steakhouse Bonefish Grill $$$ Burlington Creek 6334 N. Lucern Ave. American, seafood Trezo Mare $$$ Briarcliff Village 4105 N. Mulberry Dr. American, Italian, seafood The Grille by Piropos $$$ Parkville 1 W. 1st Street Latin American Cork & Brew $$$ Liberty 8 E. Franklin St. American, pizza, seafood Pearls Oyster Bar $$$ Ameristar Casino 3200 American Dr. Seafood Houlihan’s $$ Zona Rosa Modern American 8660 N. Boardwalk Ave.

Party Sushi $$ Kansas City 4244 N. Oak Trafficway Japanese, sushi Zara Sushi $$ Parkville 10925 45 Hwy. Japanese, sushi Wasabi Japanese Sushi Bar $$ Liberty 9763 N. Cedar Ave. Japanese, sushi

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Swagat Fine Indian Cuisine $$ Zona Rosa 7407 NW 87th St. Indian, Pakistani, vegetarian Taj Mahal $$ Liberty 917 W. Liberty Dr.

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BARBECUE Smokehouse Barbecue $$ Gladstone 6304 N. Oak St. $$ Zona Rosa 8451 NW Prairie View Rd. Barbecue, steakhouse Smokin’ Guns BBQ $$ North Kansas City 1218 Swift Ave. Barbecue

ASIAN – CHINESE Bo Lings $$ Zona Rosa 8670 NW Prairie View Rd. Chinese, Dim Sum China Wok $ Zona Rosa 6048 NW Barry Rd.

Longboards Wraps & Bowls $$ Gladstone 6269 N. Oak Trafficway $$ Liberty 1173 W. Kansas St. Hawaiian, Teriyaki Jersey Boyz $ North Kansas City 315 Armour Rd. Sandwiches, subs

Little Store & Deli $ North Kansas City 2107 Knox Breakfast/brunch, burgers, sandwiches, subs Philly Time $ Briarcliff Village 4151 N. Mulberry Dr. American, burgers, sandwiches LC’s Hamburgers Etc. $ Platte Woods 7612 NW Prairie View Rd. Hayes Hamburger & Chili $ Gladstone 2502 NE Vivion Rd. The Cafe at Briarcliff $$ Briarcliff Village 4125 N. Mulberry Dr. American, burgers, sandwiches

COMFORT FOOD Stroud’s $$ Kansas City 5410 NE Oak Ridge Rd. American, fried chicken Corner Cafe $ Riverside 4541 NW Gateway Ave. $$ Liberty 8301 NE Flintlock Rd. American, breakfast/ brunch, diner Roxanne’s Cafe $ Parkville 6264 Lewis Dr. American, breakfast/ brunch Nelle Belle’s Diner $ Claycomo 150 E. US 69 Hwy. American, breakfast/ brunch, diner


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ASIAN – THAI Tasty Thai $$ Platte Woods 7104 NW Prairie View Rd. $$ Liberty 1912 Star Dr. Asian, Thai, vegetarian ASIAN – INDIAN Seva Cuisine of India $$ Liberty 8674 NE Flintlock Rd. Indian, Pakistani, vegetarian

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Dirk’s Sports Bar and Grill $ Zona Rosa 8132 NW Prairie View Rd. American, pub food

810 Zone at Harrah’s $$ Harrah’s Casino 1 Riverboat Dr. American, pub food

Crazy Olives Bar and Grill $$ Argosy Casino 777 NW Argosy Pkwy. American, burgers, Italian Rusty Horse Tavern $$ Parkville 6325 Lewis St. American, burgers, pub food

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Missourian was President for a day The history of David Rice Atchison By James C. Thomas III ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James C. Thomas III is a tax, business and estate planning attorney officing in the Northland. Thomas, his wife and two teenage daughters live in the Northland. The Thomas family still owns the family farm in the far northwest corner of Clay County that was originally homestead in 1832.


arry Truman is not Missouri’s only man to serve as President of the United States. Another Missourian, David Rice Atchison, was also President. The history books do not generally count Atchison among the elite club of 43 individuals that have served as President. However, Atchison was technically President for one day in 1849. In the 1800s, Inauguration Day was not on Jan. 20, but March 4. Zachary Taylor was elected in the 1848 Presidential Election to succeed James Polk. But, March 4, 1849, fell on a Sunday. Taylor refused to be sworn in on a Sunday. So, the story goes that Polk’s term expired on March 4 leaving Atchison, as the President Pro Tempore of the U.S. Senate, as the President for the day. Even if Atchison does not technically get credit for being “President for a Day,” he was still a significant historical figure, particularly for the Northland. Atchison set up a law practice in Liberty in 1830 and gained added notoriety by his representation of Mormon John Smith in land disputes with non-Mormon settlers in Caldwell and Davies Counties. In 1833 Atchison’s law practice was joined by Alexander Doniphan, who would also become a prominent Missourian. Atchison served in the Missouri House of Representatives from 1835-1836 and 1838-39. He was part of the group that pressed for the passage of the Platte Purchase Act, which added to the state of Missouri the over 3,000-square-mile area that now makes up Missouri’s northwest corner. This area was later carved into six counties. In 1841 Atchison became the circuit court judge for these six counties and spent a brief stint as what would be called a “county commissioner” today of Platte County. In 1843 Atchison was elected to fill the vacancy created in one of Missouri’s U.S. Senate seats by the death of Sen. Lewis Linn. Atchison was in Washington at the time of a lot of important developments for the young United States. Although many other great and important things were going on, there was the ongoing controversy of slavery. Atchison was a pro-slavery Democrat, which led to conflict him and Missouri’s other U.S. Senator,

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Thomas Hart Benton. After Benton declared himself to be against slavery in 1849, Atchison successfully worked to defeat Benton’s reappointment to the U.S. Senate. Atchison encouraged replacing the ban on slavery in certain areas found in the Missouri Compromise with an opportunity for settlers to determine whether slavery would be allowed in each territory. The concept was included in the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which established the territories of Kansas and Nebraska and allowed the settlers of the territories to decide whether to allow slavery in the territory. In 1854 Atchison helped found the town of Atchison, Kan., as a proslavery settlement. The thought was that Missourians and other southerners would help settle Missouri and anti-slavery settlers from Iowa, and Illinois would settle Nebraska and thereby maintain the balance between free and slave states. Instead, Kansas became a battleground for anti-slavery activists, who funded many Kansas settlers. When it appeared that the free-soilers would win control of the Kansas Territorial legislature in 1855, Atchison recruited 5,000 heavily armed men, who became known as the “Border Ruffians,” and seized control of polling places at gunpoint. The Border Ruffians reportedly cast thousands of fraudulent votes for pro-slavery candidates. With the outbreak of the Civil War, Atchison accepted an appointment as general in the Missouri State Guard, a pro-Confederate military force. However, after Union forces secured control of Missouri, Atchison resigned his commission and moved to Texas until the Civil War ended. After the war Atchison returned to his farm near Gower, Mo., and remained in the area until his death in 1886. Although Atchison’s position on slavery is to be frowned upon today, he had a significant impact on many aspects of history. And, even if the claim that he was “President for a Day” is not acknowledged by historians, the folks in Clinton County still give him that title. In fact, there is a statue of Atchison in Plattsburg, Mo. The plaque on the statue describes him as “Lawyer, Statesman and Jurist, U.S. Senate 1843-1855” and “President of the United States, One Day.”

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Embassy Park

6210 N Kensington Court | $339,900 1.5 Story MLS #1881730

9831 Apple Blossom Lane | $439,900 2 Story Home MLS#1886722

5536 NW 80th Terrace | $329,900 1.5 Story MLS #1889122

Riss Lake

Embassy Park

Riss Lake | Lake Views

5740 Spinnaker Pointe, Parkville | $512,500 1.5 Story Home MLS#1866224

5631 NW 82nd Street, KC, MO | $359,500 2 Story Custom Home MLS#1888123

8127 Park Ridge Drive | $625,000 1.5 Story Home MLS#18822159

Oakwood Forest

Thousand Oaks

The National





58001 N Liberty Avenue, KC | $330,550 Reverse 1.5 Story MLS#1861843



14630 NW 66th Street, Parkville | $420,000 Reverse 1.5 Story MLS# 1862808


7235 N National Drive, Parkville | $632,000 Reverse 1.5 Story MLS#1868868 O: 816-268-6028 E: 310 NW Englewood Road, Kansas City, MO 64118 Each Keller Williams Realty is independently owned and operated






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July/August 2014  
July/August 2014