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Editor's Letter

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t often feels as if we spend the month of June wishing the mild weather of spring had lasted longer. And then we spend July counting down the days until the kids go back to school and wondering when the latest heat wave and droughts will end. It might be hot and sticky outside but that doesn’t mean you need to stay indoors. Get out and see this great city and this great region of ours. Call a friend, fill up your cars and take a field trip. Or pack an overnight bag and plan a sleepover a few hours away. Do you think I’m talking to just those folks with youngsters? No siree. We can all take a field trip or plan a sleepover! There are so many hidden gems tucked into our county as well as those next to ours. And if you want to get away for a day or so, there are dozens of worthy tourist attractions within a three- or four-hour drive. Titles on my bookshelf that might inspire you to get out there include several editions of Daytrips from Kansas City, WOW! Where Families Can Find Awe & Wonder In and Around Kansas City, A Kid’s Guidebook to Kansas City as well as The Kansas Guidebook for Explorers and Explorer's Guide 50 Hikes in the Ozarks: Walks, Hikes, and Backpacks in the Mountains, Wildernesses and Geological Wonders of Arkansas & Missouri. I was at an awards dinner a few months ago when Bob Kendrick, the president of the Negro League Baseball Museum, shared an interesting suggestion. He reminded the audience that we have a responsibility to support the museums and cultural centers in our midst. If we’ve visited them, terrific. But have we made an effort to share them with someone who has not? Have we introduced our favorites to a new generation or to our out-of-town guests? If you don’t want to visit a particular destination, summer is the perfect time to try a new hobby that will get you out and about such as photography or geo-caching. Or if you love to read, make it a goal to discover a dozen of the little free libraries that have popped up around our city in the past few years. If you love jazz, try a couple of new jazz venues this summer. My dog-loving son is looking forward to becoming certified as a volunteer dog walker at our local shelter this summer. It’ll be the closest thing he can get to dog ownership until he’s out on his own so it’s a win-win situation as far as I’m concerned. Get out there and enjoy this beautiful city of ours and I’ll see you around town.

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Good Times

Go Red for Women

Lee’s Summit Medical Center hosted its annual luncheon to celebrate women’s heart health. The luncheon offers a chance for women to learn about heart health and enjoy a delicious lunch.

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RED (Renew, Energize and Donate) Day Lee’s Summit Keller Williams agents celebrated the realty’s year-round commitment to improving local communities. Each year, associates across the nation serve in a wide range of projects and devote their time to renewing and energizing aspects of their neighborhoods.

Lifestyle Publications Project 39 Happy Hour

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Good Times

3rd Annual Margarita Ball Benefits Hope House

Hundreds of people attended the all-out dance party fundraiser at Club 1000 to support Hope House’s daily operations, which includes tens of thousands of interventions to those affected by domestic violence thanks to the wonderful support of friends and sponsors in our community. Photography Danelle Photography

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Around Town Lee’s Summit’s Summer of Fun Paradise Park is in the middle of hosting the second year of shared free community events with concerts and movies in the park. Are you enjoying another awesome summer of bands, movies and backyard blasts in the park? If you haven’t yet, let the kids play all afternoon or evening with a Max Pak Unlimited Pass while you relax and enjoy your most comfortable lawn chair and blanket under the stars. Movies and music typically start mid-evening with summertime treats provided by Paradise Park Café. Your favorite adult beverages are also available on site though our wine and beer provider, Embrace the Grape. This month don’t miss the Backyard Bash/Music in the Park: Liverpool, a Beatles Tribute on July 26. More events continue all summer.

LOCAL ARTIST WINS NATIONAL PRIZE Professional artist Tina Garrett’s work, “Gaze,” a 20x24 oil on linen won 1st Place in the Oil Painters of America 2014 Spring Online Showcase. The third piece in her New Orleans-inspired series, it is the second painting in this series to be awarded this year. “Gaze,” depicting the street artists of the French Quarter, won a $3,000 prize through the national art competition sponsored by the Oil Painters of America (OPA) There were more than 700 member artists who competed in this event. Tina Garrett lives, creates her art and gives workshops and private lessons as well as hosts nationally known artists workshops in her studio space, Atelier Underground, in Downtown Lee’s Summit in the historic neighborhood where she and her husband and two children reside. The original oil painting, “Gaze” was sold in March to Tina’s first international client, a collector in London, England, and is now happily installed in its new home. Follow Tina on Instagram and Facebook or view her latest pieces, inquire about purchasing prints or originals or commissioning a painting at TinaGarrettt.com.

the neighborhoods but each will have its own living, dining and common areas and large enclosed courtyards. It is like a community within a community. It is expected the addition will open in the fall of 2014.

Gardens Gone Wild! This summer at Powell Gardens visitors can journey through wetlands, woodlands, tropics and more to discover 26 bronze animal sculptures by nationally acclaimed artist Dan Ostermiller. Set in nine adventure zones representing animal habitats both familiar and exotic, the sculptures make art accessible and fun for all ages. When embarking on this hands-on art adventure, visitors will meet a 12-foot elephant playing and spraying into the Fountain Garden; a pair of wrestling bears near a hollow log kids can explore and even encounter farm animals such as Priscilla, a 5-foot-tall hen making her home in the Heartland Harvest Garden’s Fun Foods Farm. Keep up with all of the activities happening at Powell Gardens at PowellGardens.org/calendar or follow the Gardens on PitchEngine.

KC Parks Opens New Surf Simulator Try out a new surf simulator this summer! The BayRider opened to the public on Saturday, May 24 at The Bay Water Park, 7101 Longview Road, and is the only surf simulator in the area located at a public facility. The BayRider generates a thin sheet of water that flows over a stationary wave form. The resulting “wavelike” shape permits rider to slide down, carve a turn, and ride the wave surface emulating the maneuvers of surfing or other board sports, only right here in the middle of the Midwest. It has a 48 inch height requirement and requires all participants to sign a waiver before riding.

Expanded Summer Hours at National WW I Museum BENTON HOUSE ANNOUNCES MEMORY CARE EXPANSION Benton House Senior Living is excited to be celebrating its twoyear anniversary with a major expansion. Benton House currently serves over 60 residents. The community features senior living apartments and an exclusive neighborhood dedicated to serving seniors experiencing memory loss. The new memory care neighborhood will be very similar to the existing one in terms of size and amenities. A hallway will connect 14 Lee’s Summit Lifestyle | July 2014

Through Labor Day, the Museum now features expanded hours and is open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and until 7 p.m. on Saturdays. In conjunction with summer hours, the Museum offers a wide array of programming for children and families on summer vacation. The National World War I Museum holds the most diverse collection of World War I objects and documents in the world and is the second-oldest public museum dedicated to preserving the objects, history and personal experiences of the war.


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Around Town recognition, the students demonstrated high standards of behavior and have been involved with school in a positive way. The criteria used for the award includes demonstrating good behavior in the classroom and hallways, displaying a positive attitude toward teachers and other students, and exhibiting great character at BCMS. The two students also received a token of thanks from the school’s business partner, Summit Bank of Kansas City.

What’s New With Google? Everyone knows what it means to Google something. And who has not used Google Maps to find someplace? Now Google has added a new feature called Google Business View (GBV). With GBV businesses can add a virtual tour, allowing viewers to “see inside” and take Street View into their business. It’s cool, it’s colorful, it’s progressive! Will a Google Business View Virtual Tour improve SEO rankings? If people are already finding a business in Google, is that business giving them anything worth seeing on your web site? The longer people stay on the site and explore, the greater value the search engines place on the quality of content, and that boosts a page rank. Why do restaurant owners post pictures of their food? Why do prospective home buyers want to see inside a home? Placing rich imagery in front of customers can persuade them to stay longer. To explore your site, your business. A Google Business View virtual tour does this. To learn more, contact Linda Chubbuck, GBV Trusted Photographer at 816.246.6871

Giving Used Instruments a Second Life Music 4 Jeremy’s Cherubs Foundation (M4JC) was formed in 2009 after a brain tumor ended the life of Jeremy Frye. Jeremy had just graduated from Baker University and was prepared to begin a music teaching career. His family started M4JC to carry on the work he was passionate about, seeing that children and youth would enjoy music in their lives. Donated instruments are rehabbed and provided to schools throughout the Kansas City area and around the world. Guitars are sent to injured soldiers for music therapy programs. To date, more than 800 instruments and more than 100 guitars have found new life. In addition, 24 scholarships have been awarded to music students and future music educators. M4JC used its experience in urban schools to help Band of Angels start its focus on suburban schools. Donors can send information to M4JC about potential instruments through its website at Music4JeremysCherubs.org.

Local Students Earn Be the Change Award Jenell Johnson and Lennox Crockett were selected for the Bernard Campbell Middle School Be the Change Award. To receive this 16 Lee’s Summit Lifestyle | July 2014

Students recognized are (from left) Jenell Johnson and Lennox Crockett.

LSN Assistant Principal Featured in National Magazine An article written Mike McGurk, athletics/activities assistant principal at Lee’s Summit North High School, was recently featured in Interscholastic Athletic Administration. The national magazine is designed for interscholastic athletic directors and is distributed throughout the nation. The article, included in the summer 2014 issue, was titled “Middle School to High School Sports – Ways to Ease the Transition.” It focused on how to provide support for student-athletes as they enter high school and included tips for coaches and school administration. It also explained how to effectively educate school staff members, parents and students during the transition. McGurk has been at Lee’s Summit North High School since July 2013. He previously worked in Jefferson City School District and has been a school administrator for 12 years. Before moving into administration, he worked as an English teacher and high-school coach. In all, he has worked in education for 19 years. “I really love working with high-school students,” says McGurk, who began coaching basketball and substitute teaching at age 20 as a junior in college. “For the past 29 years, I have spent 27 with high school kids – either attending high school or working with them.”

See Lee’s Summit’s Lake Living Options There is no better place to be in July in Lee’s Summit than at the lake. Lee’s Summit lake community residents savor the hot days of July when they can enjoy swimming, boating, skiing, wakeboarding and fishing on the water. July 4th is a huge celebratory day at the lake where friends and family gather to enjoy each other and all the festivities offered at each community. Come and see some of the fabulous lake properties for sale at one of the local lake communi-


ties, Lake Winnebago, on July from 2-4 p.m. The Renee Amey Realty team will have two homes open at 201 Winnebago Drive and 116 Winnebago Drive. Additionally, 25 available lots will be well marked for those who might want to build at the lake. Feel free to contact the Renee Amey team directly for a personal lake home tour to get an up-close feel for all Lake Winnebago has to offer.

Westview Elementary Earns Top Recycling Award Deffenbaugh Industries recently recognized Westview Elementary School as the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s top recycling school. The award is based on per-student recycling efforts. Westview also won this award during 2011-12 and 2012-13. Second- and third-place schools recognized for their recycling efforts were Mason Elementary at 90 pounds per student this school year and Trailridge Elementary at 84 pounds per student. The R-7 School District joined forces with Deffenbaugh Industries to launch a district-wide recycling program known as One Earth, One Chance in spring 2009. Through the district-wide recycling program, Deffenbaugh provides each school or other district facility with rebates for each ton collected. This money goes directly to the schools, and school staff members determine how to spend the money for their students. District-wide, R-7 schools have received a total of $68,223 since the program was implemented.

PRO DEO YOUTH CENTER’S CHRISTMAS IN JULY December is usually when we think of adopting a group or family to give gifts to, but this summer you can adopt Lee’s Summit’s very own Pro Deo Youth Center for a “Christmas in July” and help them collect supplies for their services to youth in our community. Look for businesses, churches and organizations with Christmas trees up and bring your “gifts” – gift cards, cleaning supplies, after school snacks, office supplies, craft and art supplies and other needs by August 1. For more information, contact Ashley, at 913.961.6259 or ashley@prodeoyouthcenter.org.

Chest pain? Just get here! Time equals heart muscle. That’s what Lee’s Summit Medical Center doctors want you to know about the importance of getting to an emergency room quickly for heart attack symptoms. The faster you are treated, the better your chances of survival and recovery from a heart attack. Lee’s Summit Medical Center is an accredited chest pain center and has some of the region’s most experienced emergency room and heart care physicians close to you!

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Your Neighbors

Be Awesome Today: High Five a Runner! Local runners band together against fear and for their fellow athletes Article Lisa Allen | Photography Provided

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veryone needs a cheerleader. by music, others by seeing signs; we’re high fiving those who apFor The High Five Station, the cheers come in the form of preciate a more personal touch. not only verbal encouragement, but in high fives for anyone willing Some people aren’t interested in a high five, and that’s perfectly to be on the receiving end of an encouraging palm slap as they put fine,” says Fahrenholz. “Others approach us later and thank us, one foot in front of the other in the quest to cross the finish line. saying that they appreciate what we’re doing.” Comprised of runners who were stunned by the bombing at The time commitment is small, says Fahrenholz. Each member the Boston Marathon in 2013, the group came together because high fives for a couple of hours, and on days when races overlap each worried that attending races as runners and spectators might they try to target spots in which they’ll be able to encourage the forever change because of fear. Instead of letting that fear keep largest number of people. them silent on the sidelines, they went to the Garmin Marathon “We’re runners ourselves, so we get what it’s like to be in a race,” in Kansas City—the first local marathon immediately following says Fahrenholz. the Boston bombing—with signs in tow. They cheered and they Fahrenholz started running with her husband eight years ago. high fived anyone willing to be touched. She completed her first 5K then, and has continued to run. She has “We had a blast,” says Karie Fahrenholz. Fahrenholz and her a 10K and a half marathon to her credit now, but admits that some husband Dane Johnson and friends Scott Bowling and Tricia Kyler days she still has to talk herself into getting started. She is curBowling are the original members of The High Five Station. “Even rently training for the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run so, we didn’t do it again until the following year, again at the Garmin in Squaw Valley, Calif., and is also organizing KC Local Week in Marathon. Now we have a goal to do it at least once a month. August, which aims to connect and raise awareness in the greater Some people are a little appreKansas City area. hensive at first,” says Fahrenholz, Our motivation is we know that some people Her husband Dane Johnson is “and they probably wonder why and tri-athlete, and is the really need some encouragement to keep runner we’re doing this. Our motivation “official town crier” of the High is we know that some people re- going. Some are motivated by music, others Five Station, which means he’s the ally need some encouragement to in front with the High Five by seeing signs; we’re high fiving those who one keep going. Some are motivated Station sign at events. Johnson is

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a teacher who specializes in literacy education for at-risk readers. Scott Bowling is a Boston Qualifier and Ironman as well as a blogger and software developer. His wife Tricia doesn’t compete but calls herself the ultimate athletic supporter. She makes pie on Fridays in the summer, blogs and has a background in theatre. She says she attends races to ogle other peoples’ dogs in addition to honing her high fiving skills. Fahrenholz’s goal this year is to run 1,000 miles. She prefers running outdoors, because she can take in the scenery and says that she continually recommits to her running practice. Her advice to anyone who wants to run but thinks they can’t is simply to move. “Do it slow,” she says. “Take small steps, work toward a goal and just keep trying. Running is a personal challenge, and you just have to be smart about it. Listen to your body and work at your own pace, and know your own schedule. I’m not a morning person, so I don’t try to push myself then. Everyone is different, and it’s fine to make running fit into your life instead of the other way around.” Fahrenholz’s advice, combined with her passion for The High Five Station, reinforces the fact that even though running can be a very personal, solitary activity, a bit of community and encouragement can help even the most introverted runners press on. “We quickly realized that giving a little bit of joy and laughter to runners to get them through to the next mile was even better than overcoming our own fear after the Boston bombing,” she says. “We love to see others out there running, and we love to cheer them on!” The group is in the process of branding. A logo is in the works and they are designing t-shirts that say ‘Be Awesome Today’ on the back. They welcome anyone who wants to join them in offering high fives to runners, and they update their Facebook page with current schedules and information about upcoming runs. “We love when people come to high five once, but we also love when people really get into it and come back to join us more than once. We welcome everyone who wants to spread a little bit of happiness through high fives to join us,” says Fahrenholz. July 2014 | Lee’s Summit Lifestyle 19


Family Feature

Piece by Piece Growing a Family through Adoption Article Heather Trent Beers | Photography Bendet Photography

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rowing a family is a bit like putting a puzzle together. Whether you start with the edge pieces or you start in the middle with the most colorful or interesting part, puzzle building takes time. And larger or more-complex puzzles take patience and determination. As a young couple, Dan and Misty Arnold made a radical decision to grow their family intentionally—not through biology, but through adoption. They spent the first years of their marriage adding the edge pieces to the corners, building the frame of their lives together through work and play. After about seven years, Misty felt a tug on her heart, shaped like a child needing a place to call home. Was it time to start filling in the picture of their family puzzle? After praying about it, Dan and Misty started the adoption process through Holt International Children’s Services. From None to Some

Fast-forward another eight years. Bins of Lego blocks, monster trucks and cars fill the Arnold’s Lee’s Summit home, clear evidence of an invasion of the miniature male persuasion. Family photos dot the walls—pictures of blond Dan, green-eyed Misty and two little dark-eyed boys with impish grins. Their first, Bryton (now seven), joined the family picture from South Korea when he was 9 ½ months old. And there was so much to learn! After all, the Arnolds were first-time parents, and Bryton had started his life in a foster home halfway around the world. 20 Lee’s Summit Lifestyle | July 2014

Just as they were getting comfortable, the heart-tug returned. Misty tried to brush it away, but it persisted. “I knew someone else was out there waiting for us.” In April 2010, Beckett—also from South Korea and just two weeks shy of his first birthday—linked with big brother Bryton to add to the family picture. With the family growing so quickly, Dan felt that as long as God provided, they could keep adding. Eighteen months after Beckett’s arrival, that now-familiar tug reappeared. Determined, Dan and Misty searched to discover who would join them next. Waiting is Hard

Currently, the Arnold family anxiously awaits word from South Korea to bring another child home—a daughter this time. If all goes well, they hope to have her by her second birthday in August. As resident big brothers, Bryton (7) and Beckett (5) try to be patient. They want to teach little sister about cars and building things and how to run as fast as they do. But this journey has been a “hurry up and wait” game, fraught with delays. Dan says that in order to cope, the boys vacillate between not talking about her at all and talking about her nonstop. So Dan and Misty concoct projects to keep them busy, such as helping paint their sister’s room and making sure all her toys are safe in the playroom’s purple bins. Waiting and ready. Just like they are.


Puzzling It Out

At the request of friends, the Arnolds created a website (GoFundMe.com/3cykgw) where people can view updates and prayer requests and share their support with adoption expenses. In addition, the family had their daughter’s 4-month picture made into a puzzle. When someone ‘adopts’ a puzzle piece for $20, their name is written on the back of the piece. When her picture is complete, it will be framed between two pieces of glass. One side will display their daughter in all her 500-piece glory. The other side will show the names of each person who helped bring her home. So far, friends, family and even strangers have ‘adopted’ 203 pieces of the puzzle. One friend adopted several pieces and sent letters to her family members saying, “In your name, $20 was given to help bring a little girl to her forever home.” Beyond the Edges

Some people don’t understand why the Arnolds choose adoption over biology, but the Arnolds are crystal clear in their focus. Ever aware that every adoption begins with loss or trauma, they view adoption as a privilege and honor. “Every child deserves the gift of someone to care for them,” Misty says. “We are in awe of the birth mothers who make incredible sacrifices on behalf of their children.” Dan adds that their journey doesn’t just stop with them. “When our family is full, we’ll take what we’ve learned and help other families navigate the process,” he explains. Even though they are “old hats” now at parenting and traversing the world of adoption, the Arnolds are under no illusions: their daughter will be nearly two when she comes home. She’ll have sounds of another language tucked between her teeth, little feet ready for running and memories of other faces filling her dreams. Still, they are grateful to be a piece of her continuing story, and it is this: Once there was a little girl who needed a family. And now she has four people she can join hands with and call her own. This puzzle is almost complete.

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A Sign of Things to Come New monument aims to raise Lee’s Summit profile, reflecting pride of a community on the move

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olks in Lee’s Summit know what they have—a clean, vibrant community with good schools, great parks, a plan for growth and a quality place to raise a family. Community leaders agree: it is time for Lee’s Summit to also have visual markers at its gateways that represent the quality and community identity of Lee’s Summit. Plans for gateway signs or monuments date to 1997 when an unofficial concept featured a steel cut-out of a train over the words “Lee’s Summit.” Interest eventually ebbed when it became clear there was no money to fund the ambitions. In 2006, the Lee’s Summit Beautification Commission, chaired at that time by Randy Cain, along with the co-support of current Beautification Commission Chair and then member, Kim Fritchie, presented a proposal to the City Council to begin the process of developing gateway monuments for the town. “The monument marks an essential step in Lee’s Summit’s progression from small bedroom community to one of the biggest and most vibrant cities in the state,” says Cain. The City Council approved and committed $50,000 to be used to hire a consulting firm to create design concepts and a plan for implementation. In 2007, the final Lee’s Summit Gateway Study was presented to the City Council and several other community groups including LS 360. Designs were ready, but the 2008 recession meant the effort would be shelved. Beginning this summer, the labors of many will bear fruit, with construction beginning on a colored concrete monument featuring native rock on the south side of Interstate 470 just east of View High Drive. A nearly 20-foot tower – with the city’s tagline of “Yours Truly” – will rise above a 6-foot wall displaying the city’s name in capital letters, sized to be seen from approximately 1,000 feet with solar lit illumination at night. This time the project was jump-started in April 2013 by the Lee’s Summit Industrial Development Authority (IDA), specifically Vice President Rick Viar and Board Member Gene Gamber. The two encouraged IDA to step forward on behalf of the gateway monument effort by offering a $50,000 matching grant for dollars raised toward the construction of the first monument, which would cost an estimated $140,000. 22 Lee’s Summit Lifestyle | July 2014

A Gateway Task Force that included city staff, parks department staff, former council members, construction and design firm staff, and others was formed to oversee the project. Brad Cox, representing the Lee’s Summit Missouri Municipal Building Authority, was elected to serve as the steward of dollars raised and will initiate the contracting/building process for the construction of the monuments. Gene Gamber stepped up to serve as the lead for fundraising and to date has procured $126,750. Besides IDA, financial supporters include Saint Luke’s East Hospital, Lee’s Summit Chamber, Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council, Lee’s Summit Beautification Commission, Tingle Flooring, Langsford Funeral Home, Langsford Development, Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Gourley Foundation, RED Development LLC, John Knox Village, Jon and Julie Ellis, Legacy for Parks Foundation, Metcalf Bank, Ed and Connie Cockrell, Bank of Lee’s Summit, Hawthorn Bank and Dave Cross Motors. Gamber, whose name graces the city’s Gamber Center recreation facility along 2nd Street just off Highway 291, feels that this type of financial commitment and support speaks for the community as a whole in regards to citizens supporting the next logical step in community development. Supporters hope the monument will spark interest in funding additional signs. “An entry to the community can say many things about the quality of its people and culture,” said City Manager Steve Arbo. “I am very pleased that Lee’s Summit is making this type of investment which truly reflects the wonderful community within our boundaries.”


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aseball, hotdogs, apple pie and Chevrolet” was a catchy little advertising ditty that defined America for a generation, but if July is the month of celebrating all things Americana, I find myself craving a hamburger, fries and shake at Johnny Ray’s Drive In. My neighbor Don Thomson introduced me to this classic burger joint about 10 years ago, so I asked him to help me tell the story of this place holding the distinction of ‘oldest restaurant in town.’ Don has been going there since he was attending Lee’s Summit High School in the late 1950s, when Johnny Ray’s first opened.

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in’s in this country and the Midwest. It’s also closely bound to the Winstead family of the well-known Kansas City restaurant chain. For some background, Don contacted his old friend and classmate, Kathy Winstead Knoche, who contributed historical and Winstead family information. During their junior and senior years (1957-59) they and their friends would pack themselves into a couple of cars just about every school day and motor down 50 highway for a burger and fries lunch at Johnny Ray’s. “On Friday nights after ball games we would cruise and hang out at Johnny Ray’s because we thought it was ‘cool,’” recalls Kathy. Drive-in eateries came to prominence after World War II when automobiles became prevalent. The custom of ‘’driving in’’ for a hot dog, hamburger or sandwich became a popular alternative to


the traditional sit-down restaurant. While is seems commonplace now, back then the concept was new: drive up, order your food and get it within a few minutes while you waited in your vehicle. (At Johnny Ray’s originally, drivers would pull in, flash their headlights and a “car hop” would take and deliver orders.) Johnny Ray’s origin is an interesting tale. In the late 1930’s Kathryn, Nelle and Jack Winstead opened restaurants in Illinois and Indiana. Kathryn and Nelle, Nelle’s husband Gordon Montgomery, and another sister, Fannie Winstead Garst, decided to move west to Missouri and in 1937 opened Garst’s Drive In in Sedalia, Mo. (1). It has long claimed to be the first drive-in in Missouri and the first drive-in west of the Mississippi River. The Winstead family sold Garst’s Drive In to Eddie Boysel, a returning WWII vet and the drive-in’s longtime burger chef. (2) He renamed it “Eddie’s.” Many publications wrote about Eddie’s as an historic drive-in. It was at Eddie’s that one of Winstead’s founders, Bill Winstead, got his experience learning the trade from his aunts. When Kathryn, Nelle and Gordon decided to move to Kansas City to open the now-famous Winstead’s on the Plaza, Bill and other family members came with them to be a part of it all. Bill served in the Army during WWII and, after returning home, he decided to strike out on his own. It was Bill who built a Winstead’s in Lee’s Summit in 1951. In 1956, he started one in Raytown and sold the Lee’s Summit location to Johnny Ray (1) who renamed it. And, the rest, as they say, is history. Johnny Ray’s is Still Cruisin’

fried onion rings, fried cauliflower, grilled cheese sandwiches and a wide variety of classics like malts, milk shakes, root beer, limeades, cherry cokes, etc. A single burger will set you back a mere $3.60, a double $4.70 and a triple $5.85. Fries range from $2.09-$2.45 and a large shake is only $3.25. Nostalgia embraces when you enter Johnny Ray’s. The place is small and cozy, just like in the old movies, with just a few booths lining the outer walls, and a jukebox, of course. The countertop and chrome swivel stools surrounding the main U-shaped bar are the real deal, still original from the 1950s. Front and center on the wall behind the counter is the window where all the cooking action can be seen.

The classic American meal: crinkle fries, a vanilla shake (hand-mixed with real ice cream), and the Double Big John burger (1 pound of hamburger, 4 pieces of cheese with everything on it)

Today the Ray family still owns and operates the drive in, which is now just the restaurant and drive-up window It really is like going back in time to visit Johnny Ray’s Drive In. (no parking and flashing your headlights). Martha Ray is the famiDon has been going there for 57 years now and counting. That ly matriarch who has been in the kitchen since 1960, grilling their really says something. He especially likes stopping by on Classic burgers the same exact way for 54 years. Each burger is made from Car Nights in the summer when the classic car clubs gather to inside round beef and ground fresh daily on site, and with every order, show off their beautifully restored cars, chatting with the plentishaped into a perfect ball by ice cream scoop and flattened on the ful number of patrons and enjoying a really good burger. grill with a cement trowel. If you’ve never been to Johnny Ray’s, you owe it to yourself to What’s a Johnny Ray’s burger like? We think the difference be- stop in and have Martha Ray fix you a delicious hamburger. It’s tween them and those found at compaa piece of Lee’s Summit history, and a rable drive-in restaurants which have bite of Americana at its best. similar burgers that are thin and crispy johnny ray’s drive in Editor’s Note: (1) Generous thanks go to Kathy around the edges, is that Johnny Ray’s 800 SW Blue Parkway Winstead Knoche for providing historical and burgers seem larger with more meat 816.524.1910 Winstead family information. (2) Comments and flavor. Other Johnny Ray’s menu Hours: Mon-Sun 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Eddie’s Drive In are from LTHForum.com, favorites are french fries (spicy, Suzy Q Car Shows: Every 3rd Saturday of each month a culinary chat site. or crinkle style), especially the excellent July 2014 | Lee’s Summit Lifestyle 25


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XTREME FUN Lee’s Summit Gymnastics Center Grows with City, Young Tumblers Article Christopher Clark | Photography McKenna Mathewson

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hen kids are learning, TJ Rehak says, they’re probably happy. If that’s true, on most nights Rehak’s Xtreme Gymnastics and Trampoline center on Chipman Road in Lee’s Summit might just be the smartest, happiest place in town. Youth — ranging from tiny toddlers to maturing teens — can be seen bounding about on the balance beams, perching precariously on the vault and bouncing ever higher on trampolines. Many are there for fun, especially during any one of the numerous “Xtreme Fridays” where kids can roam freely — and safely — on the equipment, while many others are there pursuing their gymnastic dreams and pushing their agility to the limits. “We love to see kids learn and excel,” owner Rehak says. “It’s always a great moment when it clicks in a gymnast’s head!” The 36-year-old Rehak has been operating Xtreme Gymastics since 2002. Attached to the same building that includes the separately operated Xtreme Family Fitness, Xtreme Gymnastics has grown steadily in 26 Lee’s Summit Lifestyle | July 2014

those 12 years, going from zero students to averaging about 750 at any one time. “We have coaches that are very well known and respected in the industry. We pride ourselves on technique and not taking short cuts,” Rehak says. “We know technique makes it easier in the long run which mean less disappointment and struggle for the gymnast. When the kids are learning, they are happy!” The center is proud of its young competitors. Xtreme boasts numerous competitive teams in gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling. Teams travel across the country competing at various events, and one male trampoline competitor placed fourth in the nation at the senior elite level. Xtreme competitors have also collected national championships in gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling. “We have beginning-level teams, high-level teams, and teams for kids who want to compete, but also want to try other things at the same time,” Rehak says. But one of Rehak’s proudest moments of running Xtreme is when his gym hosts field trips in-volving the 3LYNX program,

a middle-school program that gives youth with special needs the chance to experience programs outside school and further their social development. The annual excursion to Xtreme has included a child with cerebral palsy. “They take him out of his wheel chair and lay him on a trampoline on a mat. They gently bounce him and he lights up like a Christmas tree,” Rehak says. “You could just see the enjoyment in his face. I get tears of joy every time I see it. It makes my day every year when they come.” For would-be competitors and their nervous parents, Rehak has reassuring words. While kids can easily see themselves bouncing and tumbling with abandon in Xtreme’s giant gym, Mom and Dad might be nervous — for both wellness and wallet. Not to worry, Rehak says. “Gymnastics is fun. I think it helps kids to increase balance, coordination and strength. There are a lot of studies correlating movement education and learning ability. “We have many levels of instructional gymnastics to make sure gymnastics is a passion for your child,” says Rehak. “We have super competitive teams that travel the country, but we also have competitive teams that stay local and are easier on the budget. Gymnastics teaches SO much more than just gymnastics. From a life-long love of being active to responsibility, dedication, hard work, goal-setting, learning to overcome obstacles, and how to work with others, it is worth the time and effort.”


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Summit Waves Surfs Big Fun Article Ryan Rosser | Photography McKenna Mathewson

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reaming of summer conjures several images. Driving with the windows down. Eggs frying on the pavement. Sunburns, suntans and sunscreen. But nothing says summer quite like a trip to the neighborhood pool. Only Summit Waves is so much more than a common city pool. Located at 120 SW Blue Parkway in Lee’s Summit, Summit Waves is worth the quick swim through traffic to enjoy their waters. Which is exactly what my family did to usher in the season. Packing up my children, ages 3 and 1, with my very pregnant wife to visit a crowded water park created doubts about the sanity of this endeavor, but once we arrived, all worry floated away. Summit Waves, which opened in July 2008, is spacious. Despite the crowds, our little family had more than enough room to move and play. When asked about their average daily attendance, Joe Snook of Lee’s Summit’s Parks and Recreation Department says, “Based on an 88-day season, Summit Waves averages 827 visits per day.” That’s a lot of sharks and minnows. Through the gate, we fashioned our children with the Summit Waves’ free life jackets. My wife took our now snug and safe youngest to the Kid Play zone, a water playground designed for children ages 10 and under. Complete with multiple open slides, a covered slide, and plenty of water jets and sprays, the Kid Play zone promised plenty of cool fun for even the littlest guppy. My son and I took a different course. The languid lilt along their 904-foot lazy river called our names. We snagged a provided inner tube and set sail in search of watery adventure. Mists cooled 28 Lee’s Summit Lifestyle | July 2014

us, jet streams jolted us, and gentle waterfalls crafted an idyllic scene along the route. Next up for our family was a trip to the concession stand. Summit Waves’ menu is a far cry from concessions of old, which only provided ring pops and snow cones. This stand offers a full concession menu including pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, fresh fruit, frozen treats and more. Included are combos like the Big Kahuna, a personal cheese or pepperoni pizza and 20 oz. drink for an inexpensive $5. We opted for a couple of sports drinks and ice cream sandwiches, each item for only $1.50. The plentiful ice cream came squeezed between two chocolate chip cookies. More than enough for our kids to eat their fill and for mom and dad to sneak a bite or two. From the concession stand, my son spied the six-lane lap pool, diving boards and towering water slides. Just below the 42-inch height limit for the slides, he’ll have to wait until next year, but the pool begged for a closer look. Wide steps leading to a shallow end of only 3.5 feet is perfect for


families with young children, while leaving enough pool space for teens and adults to enjoy the deeper waters and diving boards. Each Summit Waves season is complete with special events. On deck is one of many Family Fun Nights on July 7th. The event will last from 8:30 - 10:30 p.m. with a discounted entrance of $4 for Lee’s Summit residents and $5 for all others. Enjoy games, prizes and poolside fun set to a DJ’s rhythmic beats. Teens can crash the waves on Monday, July 14, for Bahama Bash Teen Night. They can participate in splash contests, dance-

offs or just enjoy the social surfing at the pool. The bash costs a mere $6 for residents. If a quieter event is more your style, join Summit Waves on Friday, July 25, for a night at the Dive-In Movies. It’s only $4 for residents to enjoy “Finding Nemo” on their generous 20-foot-wide outdoor screen. The movie starts at 8:30 p.m. If the movie isn’t your bag, that’s okay, feel free to just keep swimming. The park employs approximately 160 people to keep the waters safe, clean and fun for guests. They all work together to create an enjoyable atmosphere for families and individuals. Summit Waves is open from 12 - 7 p.m. daily. All rates are discounted for Lee’s Summit residents, including the Season Pass for only $75. More rate and calendar information can be found on their website, SummitWaves.net. When the sun is beating down this summer, stay cool and have fun at Summit Waves. But don’t forget your waterproof sun block. You’re guaranteed to get soaked.

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hey say that an understanding of the past is fundamental to understanding the present. Welcoming residents and visitors since 1865, Lee’s Summit is the kind of place that possesses a rich, colorful past that echoes its timeless cultural traditions. It’s the kind of place that allows you to glimpse back in time and surround yourself with things that are real and true, things with character, that provide residents and visitors alike with a genuine appreciation for all those who have come before us. In this increasingly artificial world, folks are on a quest for authentic experiences which inspire and arouse their emotions. It just so happens that Lee’s Summit provides a backdrop for all those who desire to find something more emotionally gratifying than a simple diversion from the demands of everyday life. Maybe that’s why Lee’s Summit seems to attract individuals who are mentally resourceful, self-assured and inner directed. Individuals, who seek out emotional experiences that excite their imagination, allowing them to think and feel in new ways as they strive to reach their full potential. Lee’s Summit is the kind of town where family and tradition are the backbone of community. A community where folks can take back control of their lives and know with confidence that they are indeed headed in the right direction. It may have something to do with the sense of community spirit you find in the hearts of real people, who have a high regard for their neighbors, doing small but responsible things to help make everyday life better for everyone throughout the community. That’s what makes Lee’s Summit the kind of place that has to be seen to be believed. In order to assess exactly what residents, visitors and investors

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think and feel about Lee’s Summit, the City recently launched a comprehensive evaluation process conducted by North Star, one of the nation’s leading independent community and destination strategy and research companies. North Star compared their findings for Lee’s Summit against their findings for more than 200 cities and 40 states across the nation. Their findings were prefaced by the following statement in their final report which was concluded in April. “Congratulations to Lee’s Summit. Your scores are not only high, but they are the highest scores we have ever recorded in each respective category since the creation of our study. In fact, Lee’s Summit is a benchmark community for marketing implementation and success in the nation.” Let’s take a look at just some of the results…. 1. Our rating as a “Place To Live” is 7.5 times higher than the national average. 2. Our rating as a “Place To Visit” is 7.2 times higher than the national average. 3. Our rating as a “Place To Conduct Business” is 12.9 times higher than the national average. When it comes to “Sense of Community,” 75 percent of survey respondents stated “The marketing and advertising campaign materials make me feel proud of Lee’s Summit.” Other above average ratings included; great quality of life, a place where I belong, business friendly, active arts and cultural scene, full of potential, recreational opportunities , authentic, historic and a place where I belong. Lee’s Summit has fostered a resident passion for their community -- the envy of cities across the country.


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Teaching Through Travel…

Local Students Share Their Favorite Memories Article Kim England and Lee’s Summit North Students | Photography Provided

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came to teaching later in life. After a pretty successful public relations and journalism career, at age 40, I decided I had better get on with pursuing my dream of being an English teacher. Part of the perks of the job of teaching World Literature, especially in a progressive district like Lee’s Summit, is being encouraged to offer students educational experiences beyond the classroom. In my case, WAY beyond the classroom. In March, I took a group of 20 Lee’s Summit North students and three other chaperones on an all-too-quick trip through Ireland, England and France. This was my sixth time leading students to Europe with EF Educational Tours. Some of the itinerary overlapped, and I have visited some of the same places many times. I have waited in line for the Eiffel Tower

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longer than all Disney rides put together, but gazing over Paris is always worth the wait. And watching my students gaze over Paris is even better. What I love most about these trips is seeing each place, each time, through each student’s eyes. Read on to find out what my students discovered about their world and themselves.

First Stop: Dublin, Ireland “Dublin was the first place we saw in Europe, and it was a wonderful way to start the trip. As I looked out the window of the plane, I saw the city surrounded by lush, green land. Dublin was much livelier than I anticipated. As I walked around the city, all I could see was the history and beauty. After our guided tour, and I went with my friends to explore


Temple Bar, a ‘cool’ place to hang out. As I walked along the brick streets, my ears were filled with the sound of live music. There was a different musician on every corner! There were people selling books, movies, CDs, and records from booths they put up. Temple Bar was made up of restaurants, small stores, and musicians. I could have sat on the steps of the square all day listening to the music and taking in the beauty. We also went to the National Museum of Ireland, St. Patrick Cathedral, the 115 foot tall Papal cross in Phoenix Park made for the Pope’s visit in 1979, Trinity College, and got to see The Book of Kells! It was an experience of a lifetime!” --Makenzie Hercules Ice cream outside Beaumaris Castle before self-guided tour of the Medieval castle

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At the gates of the National Museum of Ireland near Trinity College

We took a ferry across the Irish Sea from Dublin to Wales, the tiny, rugged country on the western edge of England. “My favorite part of the WHOLE trip was Wales. It was the most beautiful place I have ever seen. The town of Beaumaris [beautiful marshes] on the Isle of Anglesey was so cute and quaint. It was a totally different feel from all the big cities we visited. I had the best tuna melt sandwich I’ve ever had. I still dream about that sandwich. The medieval castle [built by King Edward I beginning in 1295] was awesome. It was a beautiful spring day. There were mountains and the ocean. You can’t beat that. Everything about Wales was perfect, and I have plans to have a cottage there when I’m older. I can’t forget about the sheep. Sheep everywhere. It Students pause outside the iconic Temple Bar was magical.” -- Ashton Heeter

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“When we first arrived in Dublin I was a combination of excited and super tired. I loved looking around at all the people and wondering what their lives were like. One of the things I loved most about Dublin was everything was so pretty and green. The air felt like it was fresher there. I also loved the city atmosphere. It just seemed so friendly and like it was a happy place to be. I really enjoyed trying new food. One night we had bangers and mash, which were nothing like I thought they would be. They were sausage and mashed potatoes, and very interesting. The whole city had the most beautiful architecture. My favorite part of Dublin were the doors of Dublin. The Georgian buildings all looked the same, so each of the doors was painted a different color. It was just so different from anywhere I had seen, and they had such a big impact on me. I didn’t see them as just doors. That was just the beginning of my trip of a life time, and I’m glad to get to share this piece of it.” --Carly Meyer Mrs. England and daughter, Sarah, in the stunning Snowdonia National Park in Welsh countryside July 2014 | Lee’s Summit Lifestyle 35


We traveled south from Wales to London, stopping for the day at William Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford on Avon. “I spent the day touring Stratford on Avon in an awestruck daze, completely overwhelmed at the fact that I was walking where one of my favorite authors of all time had walked. Being in Shakespeare’s birthplace and seeing where he was buried really brought him to life for me, and for the first time, it actually sunk in that he was a real, ordinary person with a life beyond his works.” --McKenna Mathewson With Yeoman Warder (guide) at Tower of London

evening we went to the London Eye. The activity started off as all of the others had: in the Tube [subway]. However, as we walked up the stairs onto the street, we looked up, and Big Ben was right next to us! It lit up the night sky and towered over us with sheer beauty. I don’t think I have ever seen so much history from a Ferris wheel. The view included the most modern buildings of London to Big Ben and the Tower of London. I cannot wait to go back again someday.” --Erica Serrone “My favorite part of London was riding the London Eye. I enjoyed it so much because we rode it on our last night in London, so we got to see the whole city lit up around us. Because our entire group got to ride together, we got to sit with each other and talk about our experiences in London. I never realized how big London was or how much we had acOutside William Shakespeare’s birthplace In costume at Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford tually done there until we got to the very top, and we could see the entire city. Just London knowing how much history happened there and seeing how the historical “London was probably my favorite place on the trip, and it included parts fit in with the modern areas blew my mind. Going on the London Eye my favorite part, too! I loved getting to go see a theatre production in was absolutely the best way to end our stay in London.” --Taylor Egerstrom the West End [theater district]. Being near all of the theatres and the Seeing Wicked at the West End shows made me, and my fellow theatre friends, giddy with excitement. We saw Wicked. Practically every scene gave us chills. I remember us singing “For Good” as we left on the bullet train out of England, and we continue singing the songs even while we are back at home. The London theatre experience was one that will last with me for the rest of my life. I will always treasure the trip!” --Seth Brown “My absolute favorite part of the trip was London, no question. I loved the big city feel, yet it was spacious at the same time. I would live in London if I could. I loved how every time I turned a corner, there was another piece of history. We don’t have anything nearly as old in America as they do in Europe. It fascinates me that there are buildings still standing from 1400. I loved the 36 Lee’s Summit Lifestyle | July 2014


Train to Paris “When I think about our trip, it feels like a dream. Our group did so much, and we traveled all day, every day. Our feet were so sore, but looking back on it, our entire group is so grateful we packed so much into each day. On the morning of my birthday, we took the Eurostar train that goes under the English Channel to get from London to Paris. I celebrated my 17th birthday in Paris at a small Italian restaurant. Our tour guide turned on a Happy Birthday song, and the entire restaurant sang to me. That night we went up to the Sacre Coeur Basilica and then ate freshly made crepes and walked where Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso had once lived. It was such a perfect birthday.” --Sarah Freeland

“Having the opportunity to see the palace of Versailles and the Louvre was one of my most memorable experiences. When we arrived at the Louvre, I was so overwhelmed. I never realized how enormous it actually was. The very first thing we saw was Napoleon’s apartments. The rooms were breathtaking. There was so much beautiful gold [gilt] detail all over the place. It was like a mini-version of Versailles, and almost more glamorous. Afterwards, we walked into a large stone courtyard that had tons of Greek marble sculptures. They were so incredible and brought tears to my eyes. Many people who visit criticize how small the Mona Lisa is and are typically disappointed. Although she was small, she was

“The Sacre Coeur sits on the highest point in Paris, and the view walking up the stairs to it was breathtaking. The cathedral’s architecture is Byzantine architecture, and it stood out among all the Parisian buildings. The climb up the hill was awful but once we reached the top, it was worth the climb. Out of all the church’s we visited in Europe, this was one of few that demanded complete silence and no pictures. I really appreciated that because I felt the spiritual presence. After we left the church, the sun had set and the night was beautiful. The moon was golden and rose perfectly over the cathedral, creating a picture-perfect scene as we walked to Montmartre. The shops and people made me feel like I was in a true Parisian atmosphere. We got crepes at the cutest little shop and watched The historic Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral street performers dance. Since this Selfies at the Palace of Versailles was the area where impressionist artists once lived, seeing these performers caused me to pause and think so realistic. I was amazed to see one of the most well-known art works about all the culture around me. I loved every second.” --Lindsay Graham in the world. My absolute favorite part of the Versailles palace was the Hall of Mirrors. It was incredible to see what I had only seen in pictures. “Of all the bathrooms we visited in Europe, Parisian bathrooms Being able to actually see the history was something I will never forget.” were by far the most interesting. Getting on the tour bus in Paris the --Lauren Henry first day, our tour guide told us to make sure to use the restroom We ended the final night of our trip at the top of the Eiffel Tower, when it was available, such as during meal times, because you had to pay to use the restroom in most of Paris. While visiting the Louvre overlooking Paris, the city of lights. Listening to the enthusiasm of [museum], I got to experience a bathroom like this. In order to enter, the students, and their appreciation of the view, I forgot how long you had to pay 2 euros [about $2.60]. Once inside, the walls were we had stood in line to get there. I looked out over the city again as lined with colorful toilet paper you could choose to purchase if the if for the first time. And I begin counting down the days until next typical white didn’t suit you. I decided to stick with white, and waited March when I get to see London, Paris, Venice and Rome through a in line for a bathroom attendant. Once it was my turn, the attendant whole new set, or 20 sets, of eyes. greeted me and led me to my stall only after checking to ensure its cleanliness. The bathroom itself was immaculate, and it was probably the best restroom experience I’ve ever had!” --Logan Tootle July 2014 | Lee’s Summit Lifestyle 37


A New Look at the New Zoo Superior Displays Delight the Senses Article Jenny Wolff | Photography Provided

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anicured gardens frame the clean and wide concrete walkways. Native varieties of annuals and perennials line the zoo paths. Nearly as many plant variations bloom as animal species entertain at the updated Kansas City Zoo. The beautiful and cultivated horticulture display is designed to give you the feeling that a splendid day is ahead. Indeed it is. As you move along the sculpted zoo trail, generously overflowing baskets of petunias greet you from Victorian-era light posts. You will meet many live animals on your journey to the far reaches of the earth, but you will also encounter beautiful bronze sculptures, including a bear and a flock of pelicans. These solid replicas are left to fend for themselves among the wilds of human zoo visitors. You may want to approach them cautiously and with reverence. Acknowledge their elegance. Then, nuzzle up close! Wrap your arms around a neck and ask your family to snap a photo. Post it on Instagram with the caption: “We love the zoo!” In 2011, Jackson and Clay County residents voted in a oneeighth cent sales tax to support the zoo. As a result, the Kansas City Zoo will add one new major feature each year. The Helzberg Penguin Plaza opened in 2013, and that exhibit along with the polar bear habitat, is making attendance soar and will soon be close to a million visitors. New for this year is Tuxedo Grill, a casual restaurant right next to Penguin Plaza. So, if you haven’t been to the zoo in a few years, or a few decades, consider making the excursion. Here is an up close look at the biggest attractions.

Polar Bear Passage

A wood, stone and glass enclosure is home to the polar bears. The rooftop of their abode is covered with green succulents, giving the building an earthy, natural and environmentally friendly feel. After walking down the shaded path, you will find yourself at the bottom of a 140,000-gallon glass-in pool. The pool is surrounded by a flowing waterfall, faux ice-covered rocky ledges and a sand pit. Here you 38 Lee’s Summit Lifestyle | July 2014

come face-to- face with Nikita, a 1,000-pound polar bear. Nikita is a water gymnast. He sails right up to the glass, pushes off the stone sides of his pool with his padded paws and back flips right in front of you. He then spins onto his tummy and does it all again. Nikita, who loves an audience, shares his habitat with a much shyer female companion, Berlin. She cautiously explores the rock ledge above Nikita. Polar bears spend much of their lives alone, roaming the ice. These creatures have excellent vision and their small, tapered heads cut through the ocean like the bow of a ship. Polar bears are native to the frozen Arctic Ocean around the North Pole. If you want to see one in the wild, you will need to travel to Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Norway or Russia. Helzberg Penguin Plaza

This jewel of an exhibit sparkles for all to see. Out front of Helzberg Penguin Plaza, named for the renowned Kansas City family of jewelers, stretches a walkable map of the South Pole that illustrates where the world’s penguins live. A step closer and you will encounter tiny penguins sunning in open air. These are the Humbolts, the shortest and stockiest of the birds on display. In May, a mother Humboldt named Beatrice hatched a baby, and daddy Veto took turns with mama sitting on the nest. Mid-summer, a second happy penguin pair is due to hatch another egg.


Wander inside and you will meet the Southern Rockhoppers. These funky friends have a stripe of shaggy yellow feathers above their red eyes. Further inside the building, you will meet the Gentoo species. These friendly fellows have a triangular patch of white above each eye and their bright bills match their orange webbed feet. The Gentoos look like mini toddlers at 12 pounds and two-and-a-half feet tall. These cute, but wobbly flightless birds give the impression that you could pick one up and give it a hug. Because of their flipper-like wings, they are unlikely to return the affection. So, stand aside and watch as they throw back their wings, puff out their chests and dive head-first into the freezing pool. Look up to the right in their glass-enclosed arctic home and you will see manmade snow falling into their habitat. The Gentoos live alongside the King Penguins, the tallest of the species at the Kansas City Zoo. Each of the Kings has orange cheek patches, and their sleek and shimmering gray feathers sparkle with wa-

ter. In the wild, their backs serve as camouflage from predators, making them hard to see from above in dark ocean waters. Take a Walk (or Ride) on the Wild Side

The Kansas City Zoo covers more than 200 acres, and you can reach all of the exhibits on foot. However, if you would like to take a load off your feet and add some variety to the day, choose any of the four transportation options—one way or round trip. African Sky Safari – Ride above the African Plains and keep a lookout below! Under your feet roam cheetahs, lions, giraffes and rhinos. This seven-minute ride lands you near one of the best chimpanzee exhibits in the world. Zoo Tram – Pick up the tram at the station near the main zoo entrance. This open-air ride takes you past elephants and flamingos, and across a river bridge to the African Market. Zoo Train – All aboard! For a model-railroad experience everyone will enjoy, climb onto the train. You will roll through the

central portion of the zoo, with stops at the main entrance and Australia. Look out for kangaroos and camels along the way. Mombasa Crystal Boat – Reminiscent of a ride on the African Queen, the Mombasa is open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day and on weekends in April, May, September and October. The boat travels across the lake in the zoo’s African Plains.

What to Wear • Comfortable shoes • Hat or visor • Sunglasses • Animal print shirt (optional)

What to Bring • Sunscreen • Water bottle • Camera • Picnic or lunch money • A sense of humor (see jokes below) • Adventurous spirit (required)

Zoo Humor If a dictionary goes from A to Z, what goes from Z to A? A zebra! That is just a sampling of the kind of kid humor you will enjoy on your trip to the Kansas City Zoo. Be sure to take a ride on the Mombasa Crystal, the boat to Africa. Your guide will entertain you with a couple more zoo jokes. Or, cut out the following section and take it along to entertain the kid in all of us. Jokes for Kids (clip and save)

How is your trip into the wilds of Africa going? Safari, so goodie. Knock, knock. Who’s there? Gorilla. Gorilla who? Gorilla me a hamburger. I’m starving! Why is the desert lion everyone’s favorite at Christmas? Because he has sandy claws! What is a snake’s favorite subject in school? Hiss-tory! When do kangaroos celebrate birthdays? During Leap Year! What is a penguin’s favorite salad? Iceberg lettuce! What do polar bears sing at a birthday party? Freeze a Jolly Good Fellow! Where do snow leopards keep their money? In a snow bank.

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hen it comes to trucks, bigger is usually better: more power, more payload, more towing capacity. Trucks, by definition, are for work, even though many of them are rarely used for it. The Ram 2500 HD can be powered by a 5.7-liter Hemi, a 6.4-liter Hemi or a 6.7-liter Cummins diesel. The all-new 6.4-liter Hemi has 410 horsepower and 429 poundfeet of torque, figures that Chrysler says are best in class. This engine has variable valve timing, cooled exhaust gas recirculation and a dual-runner intake manifold that increases low-speed torque and high-speed power. Four cylinders are deactivated under light loads for fuel economy. Maximum towing capacity is 16,300 pounds and maximum payload is 3,972 pounds. The four-wheel-drive system can be engaged on the fly with a knob on the instrument panel. Trucks are available in so many sizes and 42 Lee’s Summit Lifestyle | July 2014

configurations that one could spend hours poring over pages of specifications. My choice was easy. It was a 2500 Crew Cab Laramie Longhorn 4X4 from Chrysler’s press fleet, and it was a prime example of how civilized trucks have become. With heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row seats, heated steering wheel, trailer brake controller, nine-speaker audio and keyless ignition, Chrysler calls it the most luxurious truck they’ve ever built. The $58,715 sticker price of reflects that. The Laramie Longhorn has lovely leather on the seats, console and door panels. Chrysler describes the look as something “handcrafted,” with design cues from saddlebags or fine furniture. The rear seat folds down to create a flat load floor for additional hauling. The 8.4-inch touchscreen in the center of the instrument panel has some of the best graphics I’ve seen. Operation is simple and straightforward.

An empty truck is likely to ride rough because the suspension is tuned to handle a heavy load. Chrysler has addressed this issue with a five-link rear axle with coil springs. Coil springs are less harsh than traditional leaf springs yet they are capable of carrying a heavy load. Chrysler has supplemented them with an optional rear air suspension that can automatically adjust to a trailer or payload. The suspension also has a load-leveling function that improves stability. The test vehicle had a short, 5-foot, 7-inch box that sacrifices some hauling capability for better maneuverability in town. The bed had adjustable tie-down racks that were handy when I moved a couple of pieces of bedroom furniture, but the tailgate was so high that climbing into the bed required a bit of gymnastics. I stepped on the running board, then the tire and then into the bed. Some competitor pickups have cutouts continued >


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Real Wives

LSL: Which organization gets most of your volunteer time? GS: Right now I am spending the most time with LS360, the citizen-lead strategic planning group (everyone should get involved). I also enjoy volunteering for Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, the Truly 150 committee and Lee’s Summit CARES Youth Advisory Board. LSL: Where was your best vacation ever? GS: Jamaica, all-inclusive… enough said. LSL: What is your favorite date night restaurant? GS: Anything that I don’t have to cook. I’m usually craving Mexican.

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Gina Seibel real wives of Lee’s Summit LSL: Who/what lives in your house? GS: My hubby Jeff and my 3-year-old son Augustas, who we affectionately call Gus Gus or Gusser. Coming in August will be our daughter, Lola Sue. LSL: Do you work outside the home? GS: I work at the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, in the old train depot, as the director of communications. I have been there for 4 years and I absolutely love my job. I get to write and design Chamber publications and work beside some great volunteers and business owners. I LOVE Lee’s Summit and the people that work hard to make our city wonderful.

is time to kick off the heels! Also, random toddler toys. LSL: What is your favorite ‘pamper yourself’ or splurge item? GS: The Whistle Stop has a very special, frozen, yummy drink that I love. It’s is a Vanilla Frappe with strawberry syrup and soy milk. Just a quick walk across the street… very dangerous! LSL: What is your guiltiest food pleasure? GS: Costa Vida sweet pork salad, or kettle-cooked salt n’ vinegar chips

LSL: Are you a native Kansas Citian or transplanted to the area? GS: My family moved to Lee’s Summit when I was 4. We are originally from St. Louis.

LSL: What is the best movie you’ve seen in the past few months? GS: Oh man, looks like I’m due for a date night. Haven’t been to the theatres in a while. Although we usually have a weekly screening at our house of “Cars.”

LSL: What’s the strangest thing on the floor of your car right now? GS: A pair of flats, because after work it

LSL: How would your best friend describe you? GS: Awesome. We both think we are very awesome, all the time.

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LSL: What is the best thing about living in Lee’s Summit? GS: The community events. Part of my job at the Chamber is helping to keep up the Community Calendar of Events. Did you know that each year there are more than 100 events in Lee’s Summit? I love packing up the family and heading out for fun! LSL: What do your record on the DVR? GS: I must admit that I have a terrible TV guilty pleasure. The Bachelor. In my defense, so do most of the girls at the Chamber, and the day after we always have to chat about the episode. LSL: What is your favorite cocktail? GS: Cranberry juice with vodka and lime… but most of the time I’m a water girl! LSL: Where do you wish your husband would buy your next gift? GS: At an appliance store, I would love a new cooktop. I’m down to three burners. LSL: Share a unique or interesting fact about yourself or your college years? GS: I was a DJ for the college radio station at Northwest Missouri State University. My roommate and I had a punk rock show called “Rock Your Socks Off in the Morning.”


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What brought you to Lee’s Summit? I was born and raised in the Kansas City area and I have called Lee’s Summit my hometown for the past 16 years. For a suburb in the Midwest, I am always impressed with the overall appreciation of the arts and numerous opportunities for artists in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Kansas City has a fantastic presence in the Midwest with local arts fairs, established and credible local art galleries and museums, and multiple arts organizations to provide mentoring and support which makes Kansas City and its suburbs a choice place to call home. Describe your art: My painting process is best defined as contemporary abstraction. Using a defined color and texture palette, acrylic paint media is intentionally combined with mixed media materials, such as recycled dress patterns, to build up texture and depth using layers. These layers are ultimately preserved beneath an acrylic resin varnish. What inspires you? My work tends to be very autobiographical, and therefore therapeutic. Like writing in a journal or confiding in a friend, my painting process has become an emotional outlet where I can purge and record feelings and personal reactions to a variety of observed situations and personal experiences. I might be moved by a song or a story in the media and my personal reaction to that, along with my own personal experiences, could become a painting. Interpersonal relationships and behavioral patterns can be compared to other patterns in nature, such as weather patterns. Storm fronts that move through and change the climate completely can be like a combative personality at a dinner party. Imagery is suggested using color and texture collaboratively to suggest forms that might trigger the viewer’s emotions and personal experiences, just as the original song, story or experience influenced me. I hope to draw upon the personal memories and nostalgia with a suggested emotion within the viewer, just as smelling a lost love’s cologne or hearing a familiar song. Where did you study art? I have a BFA in illustration and a BSE in art education from the University

of Central Missouri, undergraduate studies from the Illustration Academy and post-Graduate studies in studio at the Kansas City Art Institute. Where can people view your art? My work is in the permanent collection in multiple Kansas City metro area businesses including the Independence Board of Tourism at the Jackson County Courthouse, St. Luke’s East in Lee’s Summit, and rotating art shows at GOTArt Gallery in Downtown Lee’s Summit. My website, RashelleStutts.com, holds an ever changing online portfolio. When is your next showing or exhibit? My paintings will be on display July-September at the Lee’s Summit City Hall. I am also entering the world of outdoor art fairs in the near future. Do you know a local artist we should consider for a spotlight? Email Lisa@ LifestylePubs.com for details.

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spent a day in Independence without touring a single Truman attraction, and I loved it. Instead, I let my imagination run wild at how life must have been before I could flick a switch to turn on a furnace or an air conditioner, and marveled at the detail of hand-painted ceilings, marble fireplaces, scores of memorabilia and original works of art at the Bingham-Waggoner Estate. The focal point of the estate is a gorgeous and meticulously preserved Italianate Villa-style house. The original structure, built in 1852 by John Lewis, had only six rooms. It’s been called home by artist and politician George Caleb Bingham and then by the Waggoner family. All told, the house served as a family home for almost 100 years. When the youngest of the Waggoner clan, Henry, passed away in 1976, a group of private citizens worked with the City of Independence to purchase the home and the surrounding 19.5 acres for a museum and park. Few people realize that while the Estate is owned by the City of Independence, the Bingham-Waggoner Historical Society is solely responsible for all operations of the Estate. 50 Lee’s Summit Lifestyle | July 2014

Every tour is led by a volunteer, and Melody tells me that each volunteer tends to talk about different aspects of the home and the estate’s history, based on his or her own individual interests. Melody starts at the original entrance to the home, which opens into a living room/sitting area on the left and what is thought to be an office on the right. The pocket doors are nailed open and the heavy curtains can be pulled shut to preserve privacy or to keep the temperature just right. There is no wallpaper in the house; instead the walls are adorned with hand painted designs, painted canvas or needlework. The intricate details speak to the attention to detail and the forethought that went into planning the home; Melody talks of how the City of Independence defined a room as a space with a door in which one could turn around, and muses that perhaps that’s why there are no closets in the original portion of the home. Instead, there are built-in and enclosed shelves that contain books in the office and quilts on the upper level. The home is filled with artwork, one continued >

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of which is a Bingham original. During his time in the home he painted one of his most famous works, “Order No. 11.” There are other paintings by a granddaughter as well as the Waggoners’ marriage license, crystal chandeliers, a rare and enormous music box and a Steinway piano, among other antiques. Melody shared stories about most, and took the time to show my daughter how the music box works; the best part of the day for her was listening and watching to see when the “musicians” on the inside would play a cymbal in tune with the music. My favorite part of the tour was the kitchen. In the center of the enormous dining room is a custom-built table that can seat up to twenty. But it’s the light fixtures that fascinate me most: the huge chandelier topped with a gold crown, a nod to the Waggoner family’s history of “Queen of the Pantry Flour” and the green stained glass pendants that seem out of place. “They obviously don’t fit,” says Melody, “but Mrs. Waggoner brought them in and said she wanted them. She was told that they didn’t work with the rest of the décor, but you can see who won. She was the driving force behind the dining room, because it was she who wanted a bigger space.” The dining room gives way to the kitchen, complete with an original ice box. Melody grabs a cardboard sign sitting in the window and, pointing to the numbers—25, 50, 75, 100—explains that the sign was how staff communicated with the ice man when he made his deliveries. If the 50 was facing up, he’d deliver 50 pounds of ice through the special door that allowed him to stay outside but deposit the ice directly into the marble and glass ice box. When the Waggoners added on to the original home, they expanded the space from six rooms to 26. There are three levels to the home, the top being the servants’ quarters. Melody points out the transoms in the bedrooms upstairs; they only exist in the rooms that were part of the addition. Each level of the home is used during the different events that take place throughout the year at the estate. As we left, we asked the volunteers where the locals go to lunch and they told us the favorite is Dave’s Bakery and Deli. Our BLTs came on freshly baked bread, which is the norm at Dave’s, and the bakery offers a wide range of freshly baked cakes, cheesecakes, cookies and ice cream. Dave’s Bakery and Deli is on The Square, an area that includes restaurants, a movie theater, a bowling alley and shops. We wander in and out of second hand stores, pick up Christmas ornaments even though it’s sweltering outside (one vintage shop has a yearround Christmas selection) and try on funky hats for silly pictures. Because we visited during a weekday, there were no crowds, and behind every door we found a smiling, helpful and welcoming host. Our last stop was Clinton’s Soda Fountain for a sweet treat before heading home. After explaining to my daughter what a ‘phosphate’ is—a fizzy drink with soda water and flavoring—she opted for a S’Mores Sundae, but not before trying to count the push pins on the ‘Where Do You Hang Your Hat’ map that shows from which corners of the world visitors have come to get a little taste of what feels like yesterday. To learn more about The Bingham-Waggoner Estate, visit BWEstate.org.


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sual equipment. The training class room will be used for police training and as a meeting space for community outreach efforts. The detention facility was expanded along with the sally port that is attached to it. Depue says with the new sally port (secure entryway) the department can accommodate two police cars or a single ambulance at one time. Items such as the bomb unit response and armored vehicles can be stored here also. “This allows us to move prisoners in and out of the facility in a secure environment that is also out of the elements,” he adds. With the new larger upgrade to the detention center, the department meets federal guidelines which require the separation of male, female and juvenile offenders. The center can accommodate up to 32 persons at a time and there is also a contract jail facility where persons who have been sentenced are housed. Depue says the department is grateful. “The men and women of the Lee’s Summit Police Department wish to thank the citizens of Lee’s Summit for their support in approving the general obligation bond issue to fund this project,” says Depue.


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July Lifestyle Calendar

July 2

Highlights National Museum of Toys and Miniatures Nelson Atkins Museum

The museum is delighted to exhibit exceptional miniature works of art throughout the American and European galleries. Artists use the same materials found in full-size works to create miniature furniture, ceramics and paintings, including some inspired by familiar favorites in our permanent collection. Through February 22, 2015.

July 7 & 19 Family Fun Night

July 19 Sidewalk Sale Downtown

Participating Downtown businesses will offer quality items at low prices. Take advantage of these great summer savings and see all that Downtown merchants have to offer. DowntownLS.org

July 21 Lee’s Summit YoungLife Golf Tournament Lakewood Oaks Golf Course

This event provides businesses, churches and individuals an opportunity to financially demonstrate their support to Young Life through tax-deductible gifts as sponsors. Young Life is a non-denominational outreach ministry to high-school students. Young Life’s mission is to “Introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith.” LSYLGolf.Weebly.com

Summit Waves Aquatics Center

Come out and swim from 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Games, giveaways a DJ and concessions! Disc. $4/Reg. $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult age 16+.

July 17 Meet the Artist City Hall

Meet local contemporary artist Rashelle Stutts at City Hall on July 17, 5:30-7 p.m., view her artwork and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres. Wine sampling also available compliments of Rebecca Grille. Her art will be on display in the City Hall lobby until mid-October during regular business hours. CityofLS.net

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July 19 Pancake Breakfast & Young Eagles Program Municipal Airport

Pancake Breakfast runs from 7:30 - 11 a.m. $5 per person. 1/2 price for children age 10 and under. Young Eagles program is for youth between the ages of 8 through 17. This program offers youth an introduction to flight with a FREE airplane ride. Info: Chris St. Germain 816.737.3286 e-mail pilot80chris@kc.rr.com

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Santa will be at the Market in his “summer outfit” taking pictures with kids. Customers also can enter to win a Farmers Market gift basket while shopping for produce, baked goods, handmade crafts and more. 7 – 11 a.m. DowntownLS.org

July 25 Fourth Fridays DOWNTOWN

Explore Downtown Lee’s Summit for art, music and theatre events, and visit participating businesses and restaurants for cultural art fun. 5 – 9 p.m. DowntownLS.org

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Take in life lessons presented by a cast of animal characters in an entertaining way as Martin City Melodrama Jr. makes its first appearance at Powell Gardens. The performance is included with regular Garden admission. PowellGardens.org

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Enjoy free Friday night concerts featuring a variety of musical genres, from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend in Howard Station Park in Downtown Lee’s Summit. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. DowntownLS.org


July 26

August 1 & 2

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Backyard Bash

Kansas City Antiques Expo

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Paradise Park

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You’ll Love Them! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Enjoy the Liverpool band’s tribute to the timeless rock classics of the Beatles. Bring your most comfortable lawn chair or beach blanket to relax and enjoy a musical evening under the stars. Starts at 6 p.m. Paradise-Park.com

The Kansas City Antiques Expo (formerly the Overland Park Antique Show) is the premier show for high quality antiques in the Midwest. Featuring vendors from all across the United States, the Kansas City Antiques Expo features top dealers in the industry, including experts in glass, wristwatches, porcelain and silver. Admission to the two-day show is $8. KCI Expo Center 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. KCAntiquesExpo.com

An inventive interpretation of the Book of Matthew told through a troupe of street performers. A cooperative effort with The Ministerial Alliance performed by Summit Theatre group. 7:30 p.m. SummitTheatreGroup.com

July 31 Artist Reception Gamber Center

Lee’s Summit Arts Council hosts the opening reception of the newest artist to display. 6-8 p.m. LSParks.net

August 1 LSP&R Blues and Jazz Festival Green Street in front of City Hall

Join the Lee’s Summit Parks & Recreation Department as they host a free summer concert, Blues & Jazz Fest. LSParks.net

August 1-3 & 8-10 Festival of Butterflies Powell Gardens

Powell Gardens’ signature festival returns for its 18th year! See hundreds of colorful, free-flying butterflies in the indoor conservatory. Learn more about monarchs and what you can do to protect them and other native species. PowellGardens.org

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Page Turners

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy Written by Helen Fielding Reviewed by Tracy Sullivan

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from the overall charm of the main character. Fortunately, the humor which Field is so good at appears frequently enough to keep the reader’s interest. Jones’ diary entries now focus on weight, her number of Twitter followers, texts received from romantic interests and head lice (oddly enough, a LOT of talk about head lice). Though single people may not be able to relate to some of the new situations in which Jones finds herself, parents will definitely understand her predicaments, such as finding a babysitter on short notice and dealing with children’s minor illnesses. Secondary characters in the story infuse a needed change of pace, and include an uptight, snobbish mother at her children’s school, a strict yet caring schoolmaster and a friendly Bohemian neighbor whom Bridget aspires to befriend. Toward the latter part of the story, these people play much bigger roles in Jones’s life, though to say more might spoil the ending. Mad About The Boy is chock full of talk about grated cheese, vomiting, sex and flatulence. If you’re looking for a literary classic, this is not the book for you. However, it is a quick, fun, spirited story (albeit a tad long – at 386 pages) with the requisite happy ending. Fans of Bridget Jones and feel-good romances will likely be satisfied.


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Religion

Woods Chapel United Methodist Church woodschapelchurch.org (816) 795-8848

Restaurants, Food & Beverage

County Beverage Company beeresponsible.com (816) 525-4550 EBT Restaurant ebtrestaurant.com (816) 942-8870 Henry’s Antiques, Collectibles & Tea Room henrystearoom.com (816) 524-3992

Senior Living & Services

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Specialty Shops

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SAVE THE DATE THURSDAY EVENING OCTOBER 30, 2014 THe 1st Annual Celebrity Roast Benefitting the Lee’s Summit History Museum

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Parting Thoughts

Time to Cancel the Swimsuit Issue Words Denise Snodell

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s a woman, I think bathing suit shopping is a nightmare. But not the way you would expect. The horror I experience has nothing to do with what I see in the fitting room. It’s what I hear: Body-bashing from a chorus of unfamiliar voices. Instant, TMZ-worthy critiques. I have come to believe the back areas of retail stores are actually self-loathing chat rooms. “Look at my thighs! They’re huuuuge!” “I’m paler than a stack of fresh printer paper.” “Cellulite Central!” “Side boobs.” “Salute my arm flags.” Cut it out, my dears. Just cut it out. I’ve noticed two common themes in this constant commentary. 1. Shape—too big here, too small there, etcetera. Tons and tons of etcetera. 2. Skin—too pale, too loose, too whatever. As I write this, I am 7 pounds lighter than I was the previous month. But it’s not due to an advertised diet hawked by celebrities who, for the past decade, have been losing the same 50 pounds over and over again. (Yeah, that “system” works.) My quick dip to “swimsuit ready” arrived without intention: I was double-whammied by several weeks of insane busy-ness and a horrible stomach virus. That smack-down did more than wind the scale back; it left me weak for a large chunk of time. I missed out on a big Memorial Day weekend. And just after that summer kick-off, I had to literally prop myself up for two special birthday celebrations. I leaned on door frames while conjuring auto pilot smiles. My appetite was gone. I missed out on good food and energetic frolic. I’ll never get those days back. The experience was a little reminder of what’s important. Ladies, if

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you can propel yourself around a room or alongside a pool or across a sandy beach this summer, your body is just right. If you can hug your family and friends with your so-called arm flags, you are beautiful and you are lucky. If you can bite into a sandwich or scoop up a salad with gusto, just do it with gratitude and no apologies. And what about our pre-determined skin tones? I think dissatisfaction with any shade in the human spectrum is such an arbitrary standard of “beauty.” I don’t understand it when I see people baking for endless hours by sun or bulb. I was born on the fair scale—my mother is an Irish beauty. I’m totally fine with this genetic nod to alabaster. No “correction” needed. If my legs blend with paint chips from the Sherwin Williams egg shell collection, the world will have to deal with it, not me. I say, pfft—the universal word for shrug. After growing up with brothers and raising sons, I know this shrug word well. And I have a strong suspicion men’s fitting rooms echo with pffts. Guys who might have over-pursued the other kind of six-pack (liquid/hops) might discover they have to “upgrade” their swim trunk size from last year. “Ah, well,” I’ll bet they think, “Time to cut out the fries and move more. pfft.” Then, they buy their suits with maybe a little extra resolve, but always with joyful swimming pool cannonballs on their immediate agendas. I like that scenario. Sisters, maybe we should all take a cue and wear our tankinis like a man.

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