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My Cancer Center Saved My Life With cancer, receiving the right diagnosis is essential to beginning the right treatment plan. Fortunately, Cathy Young found her cancer center right here, close to home. At The University of Kansas Cancer Center – Lee’s Summit, patients like Cathy receive the latest cancer care in one convenient location. Here, experts develop customized treatment plans for each individual patient, as unique to them as their own fingerprint. This personalized approach leads to better outcomes. In fact, National Cancer Institutedesignated Cancer Centers show 25% better patient outcomes than non-designated cancer centers. Why would you go anywhere else? Just ask Cathy.
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y dad had one of those milestone birthdays this past year. The kind that makes you sit back and think about a life well lived.
He was just 51 when my mom died after a three year battle with breast cancer. And the phrase “When God closes a door, He opens a window” has always made me think about our relationship after her passing. It was a tradition (expectation) in my college years for me to call home on Sundays. Every Sunday. No matter what. And this was long before the days of email and unlimited minutes. I might also talk to my mom during the week if she called from work, but those Sunday evening calls were a consistent part of our family communication dynamic. Most often my dad would pick up an extension (this was also a pre-cordless world), say a few words and then leave the rest of the conversation to my mom. After my mom’s passing, I found myself for the first time in a position of having long phone conversations with my dad. They were almost awkward for me in the beginning but became easier in no time at all. There was a subtle shift in our relationship. A (big, heavy, important) door had certainly closed, but a magnificently brilliant window with a spectacular view had opened. If I want to pass along to my two sons some tidbits of wisdom that I learned by being Ken Cooke’s daughter, I need to teach them the following: To whom much is given, much is expected. Be involved in making your community better. Never shy away from a difficult task. Consider it a challenge worth conquering. Have a well-stocked workshop and know how to use every tool in it. Always carry a clean handkerchief. Don’t wait until Father’s Day to pick up the phone and call your dad. And if he lives far away, don’t let birthday and holiday cards be the only time he sees your name in the return address corner of an envelope. Have a spectacular Father’s Day, enjoy our best-ever Man’s issue, and I’ll see you around town.
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Castaway Cove Trivia Night Fundraiser There were no stranded castaways at Timothy Lutheran School Ministries’ event but a tropical evening of team trivia, auctions and fellowship made a fun way to raise money for the Early Childhood Center and Elementary K-8 School.
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As a parent or grandparent we know how quickly our children grow up. We also know how confusing it can be when outsiders insert themselves in our children’s lives, when they talk about “medical” or “legal” marijuana. In fact, studies report that individuals, as young as 12 years of age, say they are more likely to try marijuana if their state considers “legalizing” it. Lee’s Summit CARES believes that increasing access and availability to marijuana will have a negative impact on our children and families. We all chose to live in this community because its spirit and core values are the same ones we embrace for ourselves, and for our most precious gift, our children and grandchildren. History has shown that marijuana is the first step in the wrong direction…so think again.
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Kansas City Comcast employees, family members and friends joined 80,000 Comcasters across the country for the largest single-day volunteer event in the nation. In all more than 250 local employees shared a generous spirit of giving back. These volunteers helped out in many ways at Hope House.
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More than 500 filmmakers and guests attended the amazing celebration of our city’s young filmmaking talents in this showcase of their achievements in cinematic productions. The student honorees receive “Oscar-” like trophies and “red carpet” treatment.
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Maria Russo (Ms. Reel Spirit) interviewing Thomas Gray on the red carpet about his documentary, “Autism: Mason’s Story,” about his brother.
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Girl Scouts’ A-Ok May Day
Local Girl Scouts created a day dedicated to Acts of Kindness on May 1st, called A-OK May Day. They spent the day delivering May Day flowers and doing random acts of kindness all over town. Way to go Girl Scouts!
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Around Town FATHER OF THE YEAR ESSAY - LOCAL WINNERS Several local students won awards in the 2014 Father of the Year Essay Contest, sponsored by the National Center for Fathering. A total of 942 essays were submitted. The theme for this year’s essay was “What My Father Means to Me.” The winning students will be individually recognized at the “Celebration of Fatherhood” June 10 at the Kauffman Pavilion, followed by recognition and announcement of the Father of the Year winner during the Kansas City Royals game. R-7 students winning first place in the local essay contest were Hailey Hardin of Summit Lakes Middle School, Gigi Harris of Bernard Campbell Middle School and Jacy Deaver of Lee’s Summit High School. Runner-up winners from the local school district were Brianna Roland, Pleasant Lea Elementary; Corina Crull, BCMS; Shelby Irmer, LSHS; Tony Harris, LSHS; Savyon Reid, LSHS; Sighris W. Sharber, LSHS; and Olga Enke, LSHS. Summit Christian Academy students winning first place: 1st grade student Emilia Jenkins, 3rd grader student Katie Coats, and 4th grade student Elizabeth Walden. Runners up include 1st grade students Jackson Bowen and Nicholas Cipola; 3rd grade students April Phillips and Shea Rider; and 4th grade students Christian Philips, Cole Cumberland, and Gunner Pace.
LSNHS JOURNALISM STUDENTS AND TEACHER WIN TOP AWARDS Lee’s Summit North High School yearbook students captured 22 awards in the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA) competition, held this spring. The LSNHS Aurora yearbook won a superior award, and the Northern Exposure newspaper won a merit award at the contest. In addition, yearbook advisor Kim England was named MIPA Missouri Journalism Teacher of the Year. She was nominated by Alyson Klint, Aurora yearbook editor in chief, and managing editor Bailey Hamilton. The process involved nomination by a student editor, recommendation letter from the principal, written interview and submission of the publication.
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SCA SENIOR NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN
Summit Christian Academy (SCA) senior Josiah Ruiz Esparza has been awarded the National Forensic League’s (NFL) Academic All-American Award, given to seniors who have competed in the NFL while maintaining academic excellence. In order to be considered for the Academic All-American Award, students must demonstrate outstanding character and leadership, complete at least five semesters of high school, receive an ACT score of 27 or higher or an SAT score of 2000 or higher, earn a 3.7 on a 4.0 scale, and qualified for the degree of Superior Distinction in the NFL. “Josiah has been offered a full scholarship to the College of the Ozarks and plans to go into Law Enforcement with the goal of becoming a detective,” says SCA Secondary Speech and Debate Teacher and Coach Anne Mussatti. “Josiah is only the second member of our team to receive an Academic All-American award.”
KU CANCER CENTER INVITES COMMUNITY TO JOIN THE CONVERSATION Like many cancer survivors, Cathy Young found hope at The University of Kansas Cancer Center – Lee’s Summit. That’s why she and other patients of the center – as well as family members, caregivers and advocates – are sharing their messages of hope with the community through social media. By using #HopeInLS, visitors to social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram can join the conversation. “People often find strength through supporting one another,” says Mindy Swayne, practice manager. “This is such an easy way for them to share information.” People are using #HopeInLS to share their stories and photos. They’re also able to connect with cancer survivors in Lee’s Summit and eastern Jackson County. And they are finding and sharing helpful information on community resources, such as wellness classes and special events. KUCancerCenter.org/LeesSummit.
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Around Town LEAD BANK IS COMMITTED TO COMMUNITY BUILDING Lead Bank, a strong independent commercial bank, has been dedicated to delivering smart financial solutions for more than 85 years. Providing treasury management, lending services and personal client products, they continue to be pro-active with its initiatives. Recently offering a new prepaid card, a reloadable debit card, which offers wage earners an easier way to be paid, employees can obtain this card for direct-deposit; doing away with traditional paper paychecks. Most beneficial for small-to-mid-size businesses, this card gives instant access to employees’ funds. As a bank that depends on its community, a part of Lead Bank’s mission is to give back to the people in need. By sponsoring organizations that strengthen the community, they sponsor and volunteer with non-profits such as MOCSA and CASA. Opening a third location in the Crossroads District this fall, the Crossroads banking center will redefine how communities view traditional banks and will include large open areas for conversation. Two of the building’s stories will be rental office space and conference rooms that are open to the public, including state of the art video-conferencing capabilities.
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ROTARY SPEECH CONTEST WINNERS Before saying or doing anything, members of Rotary strive to ask themselves four questions: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? And will it be beneficial to all concerned? These four questions are known as the four-way test, and they help Rotarians to make sure that their words and actions are consistent with their values. Several Lee’s Summit high school students recently immersed themselves in the Rotary four-way test. The Lee’s Summit Rotary Club sponsored a speech contest at local high schools, awarding prizes to the top three speakers at each school. The top speaker from each school then gave their speeches for the club on April 10, and the club voted on an overall winner. Alex Brooks won the competition at Lee’s Summit High School, and Jasmine Jefferies was the winner at Lee’s Summit North. Ally Ralls from Lee’s Summit West won her school’s competition and was the overall winner.
LSWHS ‘BEST HIGH SCHOOLS’ NATIONAL HONOR Lee’s Summit West High School was among 15 high schools in Missouri receiving recognition in U.S. News And World Report’s annual “Best High Schools” ranking this spring. The local school was among just four Kansas City metropolitan-area high schools to be featured in the national magazine’s top 15 high schools for Missouri. Schools are first analyzed at the state level in terms of how well students in each school performed on state assessments, taking into account the test scores of disadvantaged students. Performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams was then used to determine the degree to which schools prepare students for college work. USNews.com/education/best-high-schools.
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THE ART OF THE CAR CONCOURS The 8th Annual Art of the Car Concours for vintage cars, motorcycles and pedal cars will be Sunday, June 22, at the Kansas City Art Institute, 4415 Warwick Blvd. Proceeds go the Kansas City Art Institute Scholarship Fund. This event, featuring 200 vehicles from 12 states and 74 cities, has grown to be one of the most prestigious car shows in the Midwest. A select group of historically significant hot rods, including the iconic Doane Spencer ’32 Ford roadster from California, will be the special feature this year. On Saturday, June 21, at 2 p.m., noted historian Ken Gross and hot rod icon Pete Chapouris, the president of So-Cal Speed Shop, will be speakers at the Meet the Legends panel discussion. 20 Lee’s Summit Lifestyle | June 2014
In 2011, a group of car enthusiasts decided to create a unique venue for Kansas Citians to celebrate all things automotive. This venue later evolved into the concept for the Kansas City Automotive Museum. Three years and four awards later, the Museum finally opened the doors to its interim Museum for a “preview” on May 9, 2014 with a grand opening set for Father’s Day weekend. The Kansas City Automotive Museum (KCAM) features around 30 cars in a 12,000 square foot rotating display space. The Museum also highlights significant Kansas City automotive history such as 1965 Le Mans winner Masten Gregory (the “Kansas City Flash”), the Ford Winchester Plant, Greenlease Cadillac, and many more. Along with the rich automotive history on display, KCAM also has many interactive spaces like the Fairyland Drive-In and a family-friendly area equipped with four driving simulators. KansasCityAutoMuseum.com
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ARCHERY TEAMS EXCEL AT MISSOURI NASP CHAMPIONSHIPS Archery teams from Longview Farm Elementary, Summit Lakes Middle School and Lee’s Summit West High School recently captured awards in the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) State Tournament. Almost 50,000 arrows were shot by 1,267 archers from 81 schools to determine Missouri’s best archers in three divisions: elementary (fourth and fifth grades), middle school (sixth, seventh and eighth grades) and high school. Based on their performance at the state competition, all three Lee’s Summit R-7 schools qualified for the national tournament The Lee’s Summit R-7 Archery Program is fairly new compared to the top programs nationwide with Longview Farm having a program for seven years, SLMS for two years and LSW in its first year.
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Lifelong Neighbor Offers a Unique Car Buying experience ARTICLE STEVE LAMBERT | PHOTOGRAPHY MCKENNA MATHEWSON
aving sold automobiles to satisfied customers in all 50 states and as far away as Russia and the United Arab Emirates, Lee’s Summit businessman Kyle Porter wants local residents to know they can enjoy the same unique car buying experience as his international clientele. “I’m always surprised when a Lee’s Summit resident tells me they had no idea I was here,” says Porter as he looks out the window of his office directly across 350 highway from Lee’s Summit High School. Situated on the Oldham Parkway belt road, Executive Automotive looks deceptively small if all you see is the showroom window with two cars visible. Few area residents have any idea the building houses Porter’s impressive inventory of late model used cars in an indoor, all-weather showroom. Porter’s inventory is thoughtfully selected to offer his customers the best overall value for their transportation dollar. Porter explains, “The purchase of an automobile represents a significant expenditure and making a smart investment means buying a reliable vehicle at the right point in the depreciation cycle. I specialize in offering cars with a proven track record of reliability, safety and resale value while avoiding the staggering depreciation costs that always accompany a new vehicle purchase.” 22 Lee’s Summit Lifestyle | June 2014
Obviously Porter’s strategy is working for the many repeat customers across the country who depend on his ability to provide the right car at the right price. On any given day you can see a long-distance car-hauler loading and unloading vehicles in front of Executive Automotive as newly acquired inventory arrives for a comprehensive mechanical inspection and recently purchased cars are sent on their way to new buyers in Hawaii, New York or Arizona. Porter grew up in Lee’s Summit where his father was vice-principal of Pleasant Lea Middle School. After attending the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Porter went to work for Baron BMW as a salesman before opening his own dealership in Lee’s Summit in 1996. Porter and his wife, Cherie, live in Raintree with their three sons, ages 7 to 13. Active in both the community and his church, Porter is deeply committed to taking the anxiety out of the car buying experience. “Buying a car doesn’t have to be a painful experience the way so
many have come to expect. It can be pleasant,” says the 43-yearold businessman. “Our motto is ‘a unique car buying experience’ and to me that means giving my customers the knowledge and the information to make an informed decision that will result in their long-term satisfaction. The majority of my customers become not only repeat buyers, but friends as well.” Porter explains the eight key areas that determine the total cost of owning an automobile: purchase price, depreciation, interest expense, maintenance costs, insurance costs, property taxes, fuel mileage and resale value. He believes most consumers become fixated on only one or two of those areas because of aggressive salesmen or corporate advertising strategies. “To only focus on zero-percent financing, or factory rebates or fuel economy ignores the several other equally important costs associated with vehicle ownership,” explains Porter. “It’s the total picture that determines your cost per mile of ownership and for many consumers that cost is shockingly high.” A worst case scenario of course is the $40,000 new car purchase that is driven 12,000 miles annually and traded in after three years for $20,000. Not including insurance, property taxes, fuel costs and interest expense, just the depreciation accounts for more than 55 cents per mile. Add in those additional expenses and many vehicles cost owners well over $1 per mile to operate. “By buying the right vehicle, at the right price, smart owners can drive a reliable, even a luxurious vehicle for less than half of that amount,” insists Porter. “My goal is to help you make a wise
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decision so that you and your family can invest the thousands of dollars you save in areas that make your life richer and more meaningful.” Porter’s inventory includes an assortment of sedans, SUVs and minivans that conform to his ownership strategy. “These are typically three-year-old vehicles with low mileage where the first owner has already born the enormous depreciation expense,” says Porter. “I offer vehicles with exceptional track records for reliability; Lexus, Toyota, Honda and others. These are cars that can offer a smart buyer at least 100,000 miles of reliable service.” If you don’t find what you’re looking for, Porter is glad to locate the vehicle you want and bring it to Kansas City for your approval and purchase. “We locate and purchase these types of vehicles for our customers every day,” says Porter. No wonder so many buyers have become friends and repeat customers. Executive Automotive is located at 453 SE Oldham Parkway.
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Summit Hickory Pit LONGEVITY IN THE KC BARBECUE RIGHT OF PASSAGE ARTICLE JASON LAHEY | PHOTOGRAPHY MCKENNA MATHEWSON
locking to and from restaurants is the Lee’s Summit way. As warm and inviting as our community is, we are hard on our local restaurants. Sure, we give them a grand welcoming (as the newly acquired Freddy’s has demonstrated with cars wrapping around the building like teenage girls at a Justin Bieber concert) but once the fad has passed, we are quick to move on. So when a restaurant can stay in business for more than 22 years in this town, it’s worth standing up to take notice. That is certainly the case with Lee’s Summit’s own Summit Hickory Pit. For more than two decades the Hickory Pit has been slow cooking meat in authentic brick ovens to provide that rich, hearty, “fall off the bone” barbecue that Kansas City is both famous for and that we have come to expect. Competing in the Kansas City barbecue market is no simple task, yet the Hickory Pit has managed to make it work. Though they have made subtle changes along the way, a great deal of their success has come from finding the right recipe and sticking with it. I still remember my first time at the Hickory Pit. In fact, it was my first experience with authentic KC barbecue. As it is for many boys growing up in the Kansas City area, the first trip with dad to 24 Lee’s Summit Lifestyle | June 2014
get barbecue is a right of passage. Barbecue for our sons is more than just good food...it’s identity. We are the people of Kansas City, and we eat barbecue. We eat the BEST barbecue! It’s who we are. This creates a difficult standard of success, but Summit Hickory Pit more than holds its own. My most recent trip to the Hickory Pit was filled with the same slow cooked goodness that it was when I was just a boy. I got my usual short end dinner ($14.99) but decided to give the parmesan crusted fried green beans ($6.99) a try for the appetizer. Both items were delightful. The freshness of the green beans was particularly enjoyable. I’m accustomed to eating green beans right out of the garden. Such produce seems to have a certain crispness and snap. The Hickory Pit’s green beans had that same garden fresh snap but with the welcome addition of a deep fried parmesan crust and ranch style dipping sauce. What was lost on the health-o-meter was more than made up for in deliciousness. The ribs were just like I remembered from childhood. They serve up a generous slab that leans into the more hearty and smoky style of barbecuing. They glaze the meat summit hickory pit bbq with their own signature 1012 SE Blue Parkway sauce which (take-home 816.246.4434 enthusiasts will be happy TheSummitHickoryPitBBQ.com to know) is bottled and
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On this particular outing, I brought my wife along and wasn’t at all surprised when she ordered the ham and turkey focaccia ($10.99). I considered giving her the old “why would you order a focaccia sandwich at a barbecue joint” speech, but to my great fortune I didn’t. What she ordered made me aware of a whole new side to the Hickory Pit: it’s not just about barbecue! In fact, their menu is riddled with fine entrees for those who are not in the barbecue mood. Such entrees are clearly marked in Fresh muddled mojito (nothing out of a box) and tall “Bull Beer” red with the image of a steer (because they’re so large) next to them. She let me try her ham and turkey and it was one of the better sandwiches I’ve ever had. The focaccia was soft, the produce colorful, and meat still brick oven smoked. My Chicago-born wife doesn’t revel in good barbecue like I do, so it’s nice to know that there are items at the Pit we can both enjoy. The Hickory Pit isn’t just great for families either. They have two private dining areas ideal for larger gatherings. The Wild Rest Room has an elegant yet rustic theme with space for groups up to 80. The Lasso Room is perfect for party or office gatherings up to 30. In addition, the Summit Hickory Pit offers a full line of catering and even a shopping boutique (antiques, handbags, jewelry) that can be easily accessed online. It’s simply amazing what the Hickory Pit has done in the well-meaning, but fad-crazed restaurant culture of Lee’s Sum-
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mit. As other restaurants have come and gone, the Summit Hickory Pit has grown deeper roots providing the KC barbecue “right of passage” to family after family for more than 22 years. Kansas City has some of the finest barbecue restaurants in the country, and we are fortunate to have one like the Summit Hickory Pit right in our own back yard.
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Finding Treasure That Was Never Lost LAKE AND HONOR MAPS BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO GALLUP MAP COMPANY ARTICLE LISA ALLEN | PHOTOGRAPHY ALEXIS COOK
f you’re looking for direction, Patrick Carroll can help you find your way. At least that’s what he tells me as we start chatting. Carroll runs family owned Gallup Map Company, the company his parents Thomas and Patricia purchased in 1968 as a complementary addition to their framing business, Harris Picture Frame Company. A Kansas City institution since 1875, Gallup Map Company started as Berry Map Company and has long been recognized nationally for quality maps and street atlases. But it was the serendipitous trajectory of an errant city bus crashing through the back of Carroll’s building that propelled Gallup Map Company into new cartographical endeavors. Now Carroll’s business focus is on creating customized works of art that showcase the art of cartography. Carroll says that the antique maps that he discovered after the bus accident had been there all along, sitting in storage. It was the downturn in business—a combination of the nosedive the construction industry had taken paired with the rise of personal GPS units—that gave Carroll the time and impetus to start opening the sealed tubes that had been in the shop all along. Carroll started going through the boxes and was f loored with what he found: more than one hundred handdrawn maps from the early 1900s. Carroll now displays those finds—includ-
ing property ownership and gas maps—on his wall of historic Kansas City maps. Then he found something really special: a vintage, artistic rendering of the Lake of the Ozarks. “I about fell over,” he says. Carroll had long had requests for maps of area lakes, most notably Lake of the Ozarks. He’d show them what he had—before he found his not-so-hidden treasure—and didn’t understand at the time why those potential customers were walking out of the store without buying anything. Then he and his brother in law went on a trip to Lake of the Ozarks in 2000; Carroll says that as he looked at the cabins so common at Lake of the Ozarks, he finally understood that what people were looking for was not what he’d been offering them. What he’d shown them wasn’t artistic or unique or even interesting. That all changed once he found the vintage images. Once Carroll started scanning the newly found artistic renderings and printing them on to canvas, he said people would stand and admire them. They also started asking for additional locations, like Table Rock Lake and Grand Lake. Carroll is quick to please, and expanded his offerings. Based on the success of those first three lake maps, Carroll further expanded his offerings through customer
When you put up one of these maps, conversations start. It brings history back to life and preserves the stories of ancestors coming from Italy or Ireland or Scotland or wherever your ancestor came from.
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Beauty and Brains RENOVATION PARTNERSHIP TRANSFORMS BASEMENT INTO BEAUTIFUL SHOWROOM WITH SMARTS ARTICLE ELIZABETH ROSENBERGER PHOTOGRAPHY CHRISTOPHER PLANK
e’ve seen the commercial. Kids leave house with water running, lights on, TV blasting and doors unlocked. Dad, from some undisclosed distance away, accesses the activity at the house through his Smartphone – then tells the house through his phone to turn everything off and lock the doors. For David Odell, he’s made this dream a reality by partnering with Frank Kent, president and owner of Quality Home Concepts, by turning his basement into a beautiful lower level refinish with SmartHome features. Located on Thoreau Drive in Winterset, the 1300-square-foot remodel was featured on the Kansas City NARI’s (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) 17th Annual Remodeled Homes Tour in April. Kent explained how his first goal in designing the lower level renovation was to bring beauty to the bare wall basement while highlighting the bells and whistles the cutting-edge technology would provide for a prospective customer. And basement beautiful it is. From the first step into the main room, which is designed as an entertainment area, to the pièce de résistance -- the home movie theater -- each corner, nook and cranny has been carefully and thoughtfully designed by Kent. The main room or entertainment area shows off a stunning open pool table complemented with a large sitting area complete with flat screen TV. The eye naturally flows to the open wet bar with enough seating for several to enjoy the activities in the whole space, all 700 square feet. The walls painted warm mustard slightly change shade depending on the level of light from the recessed lighting, increasing ambiance in the room as well. At the wet bar, under-the-cabinet colored lighting highlights the rich wood of the cabinets and sheen of the marble countertops. Floor-to-ceiling deep tinted windows provide enough light to add the non-basement feel. Interesting enough, an onlooker from the outside can’t see the activity on the inside. A concealed surround sound system that runs through the completed refinished basement tops off the pristine feel of the open space. “This is Summit Computer Solutions showroom,” Kent says. “Even though David lives here with his family, there will be a lot CONTINUED >
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Setting rules—and sticking to them— can help prevent underage drinking. Our high-schoolers have a lot of milestones ahead of them: prom, graduation and college. At times, it may be tempting to relax the rules and let them celebrate with alcohol. But according to experts, that’s a big mistake. We’ve spent a lot of time teaching them to respect the rules, and if we start to make exceptions, we may send the signal that underage drinking is a “grey area.” More than ever, this is the time to maintain consistency; special events don’t call for special rules. To learn more, join us on Facebook and download our free Parent Guide.
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of potential customers brought through these rooms to ‘show off’ the power of the SmartHome.” Odell is president of Summit Computer Solutions and provides computer and technology services to small businesses and home users in the Kansas City area so he’s in the business of making homes “smart.” He wanted an extension of his existing home for two reasons: a major place to entertain family, and potential customers, and he wanted the latest technology at the touch of a finger. The main room f lows into two other spaces. One smaller room is designed as another space option if kids want to watch a different show from the one being played in the main area. The other area is a larger space designed as a home movie theater or media room. The media room has stadium style seating separated by a platform designed and built by Kent to add height to the second row. Custom fitted beams with recessed lights surrounded by pine wood walls stained in a rich Mission Oak color define the space as ”this is where we have a lot of fun.” Reclining chairs, facing the 110” big screen, are completed by Ad Name: Budweiser MLB Twins Closing Date: 3.10.14 QC:sm Item #: PBW201110070 Pub: LS Lifestyle Order #258711
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cup holders and hidden lighting in the platform just like in movie theaters. The space is 100 percent insulated with half-inch insulation board topped with a layer of dry wall to bring an extra layer of soundproofing to the theater. The electrical beauty of the basement is controlled by a main server. Odell says it’s designed to host any type of media you choose, Blu-ray or Apple TV to name a few. This cutting-edge technology enables a homeowner to view different shows from different media sources on all the flat screens in the home. “If you want to watch football from cable in the theater room, someone else can be watching Dancing With The Stars from Apple TV in another room,” Odell explains. Odell’s setup utilizes the SmartHome to control lighting, alarm system and video cameras from a Smartphone. All the wires are hidden and run into a server room that is behind a hidden door doubling as a bookcase – Frank Kent’s trademark design. Beauty and Brains. With Kent’s expert design sense for home remodeling and Odell’s flair for technology, their collaboration has brought 21st Century Smarts to Lee’s Summit. June 2014 | Lee’s Summit Lifestyle 31
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DRESSING TO IMPRESS DRESSING FOR SUCCESS Arriving appropriately attired is important as ever, but more nuanced dress codes may have you feeling “naked.” ARTICLE KATHERINE BONTRAGER
opened the invitation excitedly, then turned to my husband and asked quizzically, “The invite says Country Club Casual. What exactly does that mean?” “It’s like Business Casual, right?” he responded. “I don’t think so,” I answered. “Otherwise it would have said Business Casual.” Remember when there were three easy-to-discern dress codes? You had Casual, Business, and Black or White Tie. Now the list is more nuanced, more confusing, and includes the likes of: Casual, Dressy Casual/Country Club Casual, Business Casual, Business Formal, Semiformal, Black Tie Optional, Creative Black Tie, Black Tie, and— whew!—White Tie. Confused yet? You’re not alone. And while men have decidedly fewer dress options than their female counterparts, this also
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means they have fewer excuses when they turn up inadequately attired. And what you wear does matter. “Unfortunately, the public’s ability to decipher and follow dress codes has gotten out of hand,” says Janis Kliethermes of Etiquette Kansas City. “Is it because they don’t know? Or is it an entitlement attitude? You don’t want to be confused with one of those people.” Kliethermes is often hired to speak to professional groups and corporations about proper etiquette and attire—virtues that she sees as sadly slipping in today’s society. And while some would scoff and claim appropriate attire is an outmoded concern, Kliethermes believes otherwise. Should you show up underdressed, two things can happen, she says. “You’re either going to walk in, realize you’re underdressed, and you’re going to lose your confidence. You’re going to feel awkward and ill-at-ease, and when you meet people and con-
verse with them, your lack of confidence will come through.” “Or, on the other hand, if it doesn’t bother you, it sends an entirely different message to others—it shows a lack of respect,” Kliethermes continues. “I’ve been to very dressy affairs (which were clearly stated ahead of time as such) and there’s the guy who refuses to conform, and he’s wearing his same jeans and polo shirt and not caring. And it shows a lack of consideration for the person or event.” So what is the most easily confused of the dress codes? Kliethermes says that it’s Business Casual. It’s used both in the corporate world and in social gatherings, and it’s for this reason she’s constantly hired by companies to help workers clarify what’s okay to wear—and what’s not. “In the workplace, if you don’t know, ask,” she advises. “Different things can mean different things to different people. I ask companies if they their dress code is in writing, and most don’t. It says, ‘Wear what is appropriate,’ but that’s different to someone in their 20s and to someone in their 50s. However, know that technically, Business Casual is one step down from Business Attire—not a whole flight of steps. Business Attire is a suit, so one step down means that Business Casual entails slacks and a sports coat, minus the tie.” “And Country Club Casual or Dressy Casual for men is the same as Business Casual—a dress shirt and a sports coat and slacks,” adds Kliethermes. But when in doubt, this key to dress codes remains: It’s always safer to be over dressed than under dressed. “Doing so speaks volumes about yourself and your respect for others,” Kliethermes says.
Here’s a cheat sheet to keep tucked away in your wardrobe, gentlemen, thanks to the ever-proper Emily Post. white tie
Black tailcoat, matching trousers with a single stripe of satin or braid, white piqué wing-collared shirt with stiff front, white vest, white-colored (e.g., mother of pearl) studs and cufflinks, white bow tie, white or gray gloves, black patent shoes and black dress socks
Black tuxedo jacket and matching trousers with a formal white shirt and a black bow tie and cummerbund, black-colored studs and cufflinks, black patent shoes and black dress socks
creative black tie
Tuxedo paired with a trendy or whimsical bow tie, cummerbund, or other element
black tie optional
Either a tuxedo or dark suit, white shirt, and conservative tie along with dressy leather shoes and dark dress socks
semiformal and business formal
Dark business suit (matching vest optional), dress shirt, conservative tie, dressy leather shoes and dark dress socks
Seasonal sport coat or blazer with slacks or khakis, dress shirt (either open collar or with optional tie) or casual button-down shirt or polo shirt, loafers and socks
dressy casual or country club casual
Seasonal sport coat or blazer with slacks, casual button-down dress shirt (with optional tie) or polo shirt, loafers and socks
Khakis, nice jeans (no holes), or Bermuda shorts (depending on the occasion and climate), polo shirt, casual button-down shirt or sweater, and loafers or nice sandals
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Guys Just Want to Have Fun…
athers, grandfathers, husbands and brothers often have important roles in the lives of many around them and Father’s Day is a great time to slow down and show appreciation. This is the time of year when many of us take a moment to recognize the men in our lives who have enriched us, inspired us and helped us grow. Several Lee’s Summit businesses encouraged us to have some fun with a few things many men love…fine cigars, fast cars and a great whiskey. Thinking about both the silly and heartfelt
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ways my own dad has influenced me, I have him to thank for the following… my love of the outdoors, road trips that always include John Denver music, faith and family come first, black and white movies aren’t all that bad, the History channel is awesome, and finally, “Life is about the journey, not just the destination.” Happy Father’s Day to all those men who have taken on the responsibility of being a positive influence in the lives of others. It is truly appreciated and cherished. -Andrea Grist, Feature Coordinator
our fun fathers featured in the photo shoot included: Mike Freeland- Father of 3 Justin Jarsulic- Father of 2 Aaron Grist- Father of 5
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Great Gifts for Dads of All Ages and Stages Whether he’s the ultimate sports fan, a grillin’ pro, a gadget guru or always on top of the latest fashion styles, we’ve got gift ideas in a variety of price ranges.
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Muchana was started by two Kansas City sisters who fell in love with handmade Panama Hats from Ecuador. They work directly with artisans who make the hats to support their trade. Each hat is meticulously hand woven, are lightweight and breathable and are perfect for lounging by the pool or for playing a round of golf. Muchana hats can be found in Kansas City at Diebel’s Sportsmens Gallery, Westside Storey and at Muchana.com. $110
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Once and again, SEC Storied presents fans the opportunity to explore the rich athletic history of the Southeastern Conference. From extraordinary athletes and coaches to defining games and moments, the “Storied” series features films from the SEC’s recent and more distant past. Volume 2 is a two-disc set.
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Whether your dad is here in town or lives out of state, legendary steaks are just a phone call away. Gift packages of all sizes make Kansas City Steaks a great option for any occasion and guarantee a gift everyone will love. Amazing appetizers and desserts are also available. 888.527.8325 or KansasCitySteaks.com
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The Most Fun You Can Have on Two Wheels WHERE MOTORCYCLES AND MUSEUMS MEET ARTICLE LISA ALLEN | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED
t takes more than one trip through to really absorb everything at The Motorcycle Museum of Kansas. Less than a half-day drive from the Kansas City metro area, the museum located in Marquette houses more than 100 vintage and rare motorcycles of various makes and models in addition to a bevy of motorcycle related memorabilia. Now staffed by eager and devoted volunteers, the museum started as a local tribute to Marquette native “Stan the Man” Engdahl. The museum chronicles Engdahl’s six decade long motorcycle racing career; he won more than 600 trophies, which are displayed at the museum. Visitors can also see the custom-built Harley-Davidson that he rode throughout his career. Engdahl won 16 state championships as well as five National Scrambles Championships. He was featured in countless magazine and newspaper articles, many of which are archived at the museum. Engdahl won every trophy and championship on a Harley-Davidson K model motorcycle. A legend in the motorcycle racing world
and in Marquette, Engdahl also served on the City Council and was a proud volunteer fire fighter. He was the Marquette Fire Chief for more than 30 years. Engdahl passed away in 2007. His widow, LaVona, served as curator from the time the museum opened in 2003 until she passed in January 2014. Both Stan and LaVona actively promoted the motorcycle industry through their volunteer work, motorcycle knowledge and passion for racing. More than 22,000 visitors have toured the museum, from as far away as Germany, the Netherlands, Iraq and Sweden. Lynnie is one of the many volunteers who help keep the museum’s doors open. Her husband knew Stan well, and Lynnie’s 1977 Sportster came from the back of Stan’s shop; her brother purchased it, but eventually it became Lynnie’s. “I think it’s pretty neat, that my first bike was sitting in the back of Stan’s shop then, and now I volunteer here,” she says. Lynnnie adds that she understands why people are always surprised at the depth and sheer volume of information and displays the museum holds when they first visit. “I’m still finding new things to see, even after spending more time here that those who just visit once,” she says. “It is fun when people walk through and comment that they owned a scooter just like the CONTINUED >
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one that’s on display, and there’s so much to see and learn.” The oldest bike in the museum is a 1906 Thor Racer. While the majority of bikes on display are Harley-Davidsons and Indians, there are also BMW, Norton, Triumph, Honda, Kawasaki and Suzuki models. Lynnie says she used to have a Triumph. “I’ve always loved motorcycles,” she says. “I can spend hours and hours looking, and still not see everything. It does me a lot of good, being a volunteer here. I think everything is so interesting, and I enjoy being able to study up and help others.” The museum is also home to tributes and memorials to drag racers Carl Lewis, Aaron Lee Nottestad and Kenny Pressgrove. Marquette native Leona Patrick, a member of Motor Maids of America, is also celebrated. For the past nine years, Marquette has been home to Thunder on the Smoky. Held the third weekend in May, Lynnie says Main Street transforms into a place where motorcycle enthusiasts and vendors gather to celebrate their shared love of motorcycles. “It’s a great reason to get out and ride,” says Lynnie. While The Motorcycle Museum of Kansas has everything from scooters to various models of motorcycles to Matchbox versions, Yesterday’s Museum at Topeka Harley-Davidson focuses only on Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Located in the lower level of Topeka Harley-Davidson, the museum is as much a tribute to the Harley-Davidson brand as it is to the family behind the dealership. 46 Lee’s Summit Lifestyle | June 2014
“Our family has been in business for 65 years,” says Mike Patterson. “I am a third generation owner.” Patterson says Topeka Harley-Davidson’s shop has worked on bikes for the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis and other famous folk, and boasts clients across the country. Harley-Davidson dates to 1903, and Yesterday’s Museum gives visitors the chance to learn not only about Harley-Davidsons past, but also its present. Visitors take self-guided tours; while the motorcycles and displays change periodically, there is always an assortment of vintage Harleys, memorabilia, tours, collectibles, models, awards and photographs to see. Patterson says there are currently approximately 60 Harley-Davidson bikes on display. One was used by the Russians in World War II, while some are the race bikes of local yet famous racers. Currently, Patterson is working with the world’s leading collector of Evil Knievel memorabilia. Both museums are free to the public. The Motorcycle Museum of Kansas accepts donations, and Yesterday’s Museum boasts a barbecue restaurant serving lunch on the upper level of the building. Hours, directions and more information about each destination are available online.
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Our Lady of Presentation Student Service Club ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED
ach year, Our Lady of Presentation (OLP) Catholic School challenges its kindergarten through eighth grade students to perform 100 service hours for their community. These hours might be earned in simple ways: shoveling a neighbor’s driveway after a snowstorm, caring for a friend’s pet when they are on vacation, or making Valentine’s Day cards for residents of John Knox Village. This year OLP wanted to take volunteering up a notch by helping their Lee’s Summit community as well those the students are often not aware of, the hungry or homeless. In October, the school formed the OLP Service Club and ordered t-shirts to make it official. The club chose “safety yellow” for the t-shirt color to make sure the students would be easily visible during volunteer outings. They sought activity suggestions, and made reservations. In November, students put coats, hats, scarves and gloves on over their bright yellow t-shirts and
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gathered at the school playground to spread four dump-truck loads of mulch in their play area. The students put together quite a system using rakes, wheelbarrows and snow shovels to spread the mulch. Fortunately they were able to keep busy so the 26-degree-weather didn’t bother them too much. The following week, students gathered at John Knox Village to spread Christmas Cheer by helping the residents decorate for Christmas. When they finished, residents enjoyed transformed halls, and students reveled in seeing the smiles on residents’ faces. The Service Club manned bells and red buckets for the Salvation Army in December. Groups of students and families rang bells for four hours at the Lee’s Summit local Hy-Vee stores. They sang carols, and filled buckets. To start the New Year, the Service Club volunteered at the Harvesters headquarters in Kansas City, assembling more than 1,000 bags for the BackSnack program. Students were hum-
bled to learn that these bags of food would be distributed to school children that otherwise would have very little to eat over the weekend. After a tour of the facility many students commented that the Service Club needs to do more to ensure the Harvesters pantry always has food for kids. During Catholic Schools Week in January the Harvesters BackSnack program was mirrored for those students that attend Catholic schools that may not have healthy food or snacks during the weekend. The kids were very surprised to find out that those they encounter while playing sports for the Kansas City Parochial League may not have enough to eat. The group also focused on feeding homeless men on a cold February night. The students made potato chowder from scratch, and assembled 72 ham and cheese sandwiches and 60 bags of cookies for Project Uplift. The younger students also made cards for those who would be fed. Adult volunteers delivered warm food that evening. The Project Uplift coordinator visited the Service Club and told them about the people they would be feeding that night. In March, students participated in a “live like the homeless” exercise. Staff of Operation Breakthrough told the students how the homeless find shelter and food. At the end of the night care kits were made for each family to keep in their car. These kits were filled with healthy items such as granola bars, apple sauce and nuts. When an OLP family encounters a homeless or hungry individual they will have something handy to offer them. Building on their Harvesters experience, the students sponsored a food drive for Lee’s Summit Social Services. They collected and delivered items such as peanut butter, jelly, canned meats, baby wipes and toilet paper. The OLP Service Club plans to cook two additional meals for Project Uplift in the summer and fall and would like to again visit Harvesters to assist with assembling BackSnacks. The Service Club is always looking for additional volunteer opportunities and welcomes suggestions from our neighbors.
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Providing Food for the Body and Soul MANNA WORLDWIDE CHANGES COUNTLESS CHILDREN’S LIVES ONE MEAL AT A TIME ARTICLE KATHERINE BONTRAGER | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED
ruce and Pam O’Neal were missionaries in the outskirts of Manila, Philippines, in the early 1990s, with a church located near squatter villages. The church lacked the means to care for the poor who came, weekly, to beg for assistance. Desperate to help, the O’Neals began looking for partners to support their ministry in the hopes of starting a school and feeding the marginalized children in the community. From this very basic need grew the roots of the first MANNA nutrition center. The funds the O’Neals gathered soon became an outpouring of support, enabling the construction of a school that welcomed the poor, provided books, uniforms and warm meals each day. And, as a happy byproduct, by taking care of these children’s education and many of their meals, local families were able to stretch their meager budgets—often less than $2 a day—to better survive. Yet the story didn’t stop there. Like the proverbial mustard seed, the charity, now known as MANNA Worldwide, spread and now has 134 nutrition centers in 39 countries. More than 13,000 children are fed a day through these impressive efforts, which is expanding to also aid 18 orphanages in need. Oddly enough, the ripple effects are felt even here. Lee’s Summit resident 50 Lee’s Summit Lifestyle | June 2014
Rick Friesen was so moved by MANNA Worldwide’s mission and impact that he left a very comfortable position as executive pastor of Abundant Life Baptist Church to become Director of Africa for MANNA Worldwide. “The commitment of MANNA Worldwide is to care for children regardless of gender, nationality, or religion,” Friesen says. Projects include efforts for clean water, nutrition centers, orphan care, and the formation of primary schools, high schools and a trade school for women; each is long-term and sustainable to impact the community for years to come. Because MANNA Worldwide offers long-term services, the charity is able to follow its children all the way from preschool to high school. And what a difference a few years can make. “We witness a reduction in disease because of proper nutrition; a spiritual hope because of the love and hands on care and mentoring; and an opportunity to obtain jobs or attend college because of the education provided,” Friesen says. “We also have opportunity to see the cycle of poverty end as some graduate from high school and go on to college or trade school and are then able to provide for their family and give back to their community.” The organization receives donations from corporations, individuals, churches,
and government grants. And Friesen is not afraid to go the extra mile—literally—for MANNA Worldwide; this year he’s joining a coast-to-coast bike ride to raise funds and awareness. Alongside Keith O’Neal, MANNA’s vice president, the duo will ride their bicycles from Los Angeles to Annapolis starting Sept. 7 in the hopes of raising $100,000. And more funding is desperately needed. “I was recently in Malawi where we set up our newest nutrition center,” Friesen says. “We feed 50 children two meals a day, six days a week in the village of Kachere. As the children were singing and eating, I noticed about 60 other kids looking through the crack of the door wanting to be in our program. It’s gut wrenching. We can’t help every single child, but we can help some—and we can help more as funding comes in.” For the children who have been touched by the generosity of MANNA Worldwide, it’s life altering. Recently, Bruce O’Neal was in Guatemala visiting a nutrition center, when a young girl took his hand and accompanied him as he toured the facility. Finally, she whispered, “Thank you, Mr. MANNA.” It was only later that the center’s director told Bruce that the young girl had arrived almost blind. She had to be led to the nutrition center and through all the activities every day. A visiting U.S. ophthalmologist noticed the little girl, examined her, and determined that a surgical procedure would correct her eyesight. The ophthalmologist paid for the girl to have surgery done in Guatemala. “Of course Mr. MANNA, Bruce O’Neal, and all who serve at
MANNA are quick to point out that it’s God’s love that makes all this possible,” Friesen says. “‘Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is heaven,’ (Matthew 5:16).” For more information or to offer a donation, visit MannaWorldwide.com.
L O G A N K E N E PASK E Summit Christian Academy Junior Logan Kenepaske was undefeated and won 1st place at the Missouri State High School Activities (MSHSAA) Districts Speech and Debate tournament in Lincoln-Douglas (LD) Debate. He has qualified for the State tournament. “I’m very proud of the way Logan rose to compete at Districts,” said SCA Secondary Principal and Director of Operations, Mr. Emir Ruiz-Esparza. “LD is about persuading judges. To go undefeated is a testimony to Logan’s ability to build a case, deliver it, and defend it convincingly.”
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Saint Luke’s Muriel I. Kauffman Women’s Heart Center, the first center of its kind in the nation, celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2014. In addition to helping thousands of women through screenings, education, and advocacy, the center has earned recognition from Woman’s Day magazine, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and the White House. SaintLukesHealthSystem.org/ WomensHeart. Learn about the national Handbags and Hearts campaign at HandbagsAndHearts.com. Reprinted with permission of Saint Luke’s Health System.
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Seven Dangerous Apps Parents Need to Know About ARTICLE KRISTIN PEAKS
work in public relations. It’s my job to be on social networking sites, peruse the internet and keep up with the latest apps offered on smartphones. It’s a great job and I love what I do, but during the last couple years, I have learned so much about the dangers of certain smartphone apps. It’s downright scary. Technology, especially if you’re a little behind the times, can be very deceptive. Your kids may be downloading apps that you think are innocent and just a simple way for them to keep in contact with their buddies, but unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. To keep your children safe, it’s best that you monitor their phone. Look through their apps, texts and pictures. They may feel that you’re invading their privacy, but let’s be honest… you’re paying the phone bill, so you can do whatever you want. As you monitor your kid’s phone, keep an eye out for these seven apps you may not be aware of, that in my opinion are dangerous:
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• Yik Yak – This app is one of the newest and one of the most dangerous. It allows users to post text-only Yaks of up to 200 characters. The messages can be viewed by the 500 Yakkers who are closest to the person who wrote the Yak, as determined by GPS tracking. Users are exposed to – and contributing – sexually explicit content, abusive language and personal attacks so severe that schools are starting to block the app on their Wi-Fi. Although the posts are anonymous, kids start revealing personal information as they get more comfortable with other users. • SnapChat – This app allows users to send photos that will disappear after 10 seconds. Once the recipient opens the picture, the timer starts. Then it’s gone from both the sender’s phone and the recipient’s phone. However, the recipient can take a screen shot of the photo and share it with others. This app is a concern because it enables kids to feel more comfortable “sexting” with peers. • KiK Messenger – This private messenger app is coveted by those under 18 for a number of reasons. It allows kids to send private messages that their parents can’t see. There is very little you can do to verify the identity of someone on KiK, which obviously poses the risk of sexual predators chatting with your child. And again, this is an easy tool for sexting.
• Poof –The Poof app allows users to make apps disappear on their phone with one touch. Kids can hide every app they don’t want you to see on their phone. All they have to do is open the app and select the ones they don’t want you to see. The good news about this app is it is no longer available, which isn’t uncommon for these types of apps. But, if it was downloaded before it was deleted from the app store, your child may have it. Keep in mind that apps like this are created and then terminated pretty quickly by Android and Apple stores, but there are similar ones being created constantly. Some other names include: Hidden Apps, App Lock and Hide It Pro. • Omegle – This app has been around since 2008, with video chat added in 2009. When you use Omegle you do not identify yourself through the service – chat participants are only identified as “You” and “Stranger.” You don’t have to register for the app. However, you can connect Omegle to your Facebook account to find chat partners with similar interests. When choosing this feature, an Omegle Facebook app will receive your Facebook “likes” and try to match you with a stranger with similar likes.
forming constantly through this app, but you never know the person behind the computer or phone. • Down – This application, which used to be called “Bang with Friends,” is connected to Facebook. Users can categorize their Facebook friends in one of two ways: they can indicate whether or not a friend is someone they’d like to hang with or someone they are “down” to hook up with. The slogan for the app: “The anonymous, simple, fun way to find friends who are down for the night.” If that alone doesn’t scare you, I don’t know what will! I know it’s overwhelming to keep up with your kids and their online habits. Just remember to check their phones often, and even more importantly have conversations with them. Discuss the dangers of the apps and make sure they understand the need to keep personal information private. You can turn location services, or GPS, off on cell phones by going in to the device settings. This will keep the apps and photos from posting the exact location or whereabouts of the phone user. PLEASE NOTE:
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Raised Bed Gardening ARTICLE WOODROW D. WEASEL
reating a raised bed can bring out the artist, the chef or the mathematician in us. Now is a great time to create the ideal design and concoct the perfect soil.
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The great thing about designing a raised bed is that you can be as structured or as imaginative as you like. Create beautiful geometric designs with a range of shapes from simple squares and rectangles or more elaborate L-shaped beds, diamonds or octagons. Remember doing dot-to-dot pictures as a kid? Creating a raised bed is like bringing a dot-to-dot picture to life in your garden. Plot it out and then fill it in. If a practical approach is preferred, find a kit at your local do-ityourself center or online. A simple square is easy to construct yourself at any size or height. You can find specific guidelines for size and depth, or you can build to suit your need. An average size is 4’x4’ with a minimum depth of 6” of soil. Cedar wood is best for the walls because of its rot resistant qualities, but kits also come in durable composite and plastic.
burr. It’s loaded with nutrients and a wide range of micro-organisms so important to a sustainable organic environment. This compost is made from cotton plants. As cotton grows, it absorbs nutrients that end up in pods called “bolls” or “burrs” that are not used and end up as “trash” that has become garden “treasure.” It has twice the nutrient value as manure composts but with no e-coli issues.
root growth, and helps plant anchorage and nutrient intake. It also aids in watering. Since you are creating the ideal soil rather than combatting a poor soil, you don’t use as much. Just sprinkle it in, like adding salt to a recipe.
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WORM CASTINGS – This is my secret super ingredient. Worm cast-
The key to successful raised bed gardening is soil preparation. This is where the cook in me gets excited! Here’s my recipe for soil that works great for vegetables and herbs. Like in the kitchen, this recipe can be followed to a “T,” or combined with your own experience and finessed.
ings are a concentrated natural fertilizer that won’t burn your plants. They contain excellent soluble mineral content, thus making vegetables and herbs flourish. This is the most expensive ingredient on my list so I add it last, only applying it to the area where roots will be growing rather than adding it to the whole soil mixture.
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Start Saving Today for Tomorrow’s College Bills A
nother school year is drawing to a close. If you have young children, you might be planning for their summer activities. But you also might want to look even farther into the future — to the day when your kids say “goodbye” to their local schools and “hello” to their college dormitories. When that day arrives, will you be financially prepared to pay for the high costs of higher education? Consider this: For the 2013–14 academic year, the average cost (tuition, fees, room and board) was $18,391 for an in-state student at a four-year public college or university, and $40,917 for a private school, according to the College Board. And these costs may well be considerably higher by the time your children enter college. Of course, these are just the “sticker” prices; some families pay less, thanks to grants and tax benefits, such as the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit. Still, you may encounter some hefty college bills down the road. But college is still a good investment in your child’s future. Over an adult’s working life, an individual with a bachelor’s degree can expect to earn, on average, nearly $1 million more than someone with only a high school diploma, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. So you’re saving for a good cause. Unfortunately, you may not be saving enough — or you might not be making the most of your savings. To save for college, more parents use a general savings account than any other method, according to Sallie Mae’s How America Saves For College 2014 study. These types of accounts carry two significant drawbacks: They typically earn tiny returns and they offer no tax advantages. 60 Lee’s Summit Lifestyle | June 2014
However, you do you have some attractive college-funding vehicles available, one of which is a 529 plan. Your 529 plan earnings accumulate tax free, provided they are used for qualified higher education expenses. (529 plan distributions not used for qualified expenses may be subject to federal and state income tax and a 10% IRS penalty.) Furthermore, your 529 plan contributions may be deductible from your state taxes. But 529 plans vary, so be sure to check with your tax advisor regarding deductibility. A 529 plan offers other benefits, too. For one thing, the lifetime contribution limits for 529 plans are quite generous; while these limits vary by state, some plans allow contributions well in excess of $200,000. And a 529 plan is flexible: If your child decides against college or vocational school, you can transfer the unused funds to another family member, tax and penalty free. While a 529 plan is a popular choice for college savings, it is not the only option available. You also might want to consider a Coverdell Education Savings Account, which, like a 529 plan, can generate tax-free earnings if the money is used for higher education expenses. You can typically only put in a maximum of $2,000 per year to a Coverdell account, but it does offer more flexibility in investment choices than a 529 plan. Your children may be young today, but, before you know it, they’ll be packing their bags for college. So, no matter which college savings vehicles you choose, put them to work soon. This helpful article was provided by our friends at Edward Jones in Lee’s Summit.
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The Rolls-Royce Wraith is an Otherworldly Car ARTICLE TOM STRONGMAN | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED
raith. The word conjures up images of a “visible spirit” and a “haunting experience,” and haunting experience is an apt way to describe driving the twin-turbo, 624-horsepower V-12 Rolls-Royce Wraith coupe. It accelerates to 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph. One might say that for a starting price north of a quarter-of-amillion dollars the car should be astounding, and that’s true, but it’s Rolls-Royce’s approach to build fine motorcars by hand and using up-to-the-minute technology that make this car a paragon of performance and luxury. Rolls-Royce invited auto writers to sample its newest model, and I spent about two hours driving on the roads in and around Phoenix. Waftability. What a wonderful word. No other automaker brags of having “waftability,” or floating gently, yet that is a trait Rolls-Royce prizes, and it has been since the 1907 was named the Silver Ghost for its uncanny quietness. The Wraith moves as though it were levitating. The twin-turbo’s 590 pound-feet of torque is available from 1,500 to 5,500 rpm so the slightest touch of the throttle moves the car’s two and a half tons like a giant, unseen hand. The engine makes almost no sound at idle, and there is virtually no vibration. It used to be said that the loudest sound you heard in a Rolls-
Royce was the ticking of the clock, but in the case of the Wraith, it was my own periodic gasp as I experienced the car’s phenomenal performance. Acceleration was strong, like a 747 on takeoff, and on the interstate I was startled at how 90 miles an hour felt like 55 or 60. The adaptive cruise control is almost mandatory to stay within the speed limit. Cruising cross-country in a Wraith would be like having a personal jet. A satellite-aided, eight-speed automatic transmission uses GPS coordinates so it knows where the car is and where it is going, and it selects the appropriate gear for the location. If you’re approaching a hill, or exiting a corner, the car knows it in advance and chooses the right gear. It’s as if you have a silent butler saying, “I’ve selected the proper gear for you, sir. Proceed.” Waftability indeed. 2014 ROLLS-ROYCE WRAITH In 1998, BMW bought ENGINE: 6.6-liter, 620-horsepower V-12 the rights to the RollsTRANSMISSION: Eight-speed automatic, Royce name and logo, which rear-wheel drive was held by the Rolls-Royce WHEELBASE: 122.5 inches airplane engine maker. CURB WEIGHT: 5,380 pounds BMW built a new plant for BASE PRICE: $284,900 hand-assembling cars and AS DRIVEN: $359,150 CONTINUED >
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CHIPOTLE BRAISED BEEF SHORT RIBS Ingredients 2.5 pounds well-marbled boneless short ribs 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 large onion, peeled and diced 1 medium carrot, peeled and diced 1 stalk celery, diced 3 cloves garlic, smashed 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour 1/2 cup red wine 1/2 cup red wine vinegar 1 quart tap water 4 tablespoon beef bouillon (You can replace the water and bouillon with 32 oz. of prepared beef stock) 4 tablespoon chipotle pepper puree (puree a small can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, save the rest for the sauce) 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon of your favorite rib rub Proceedure 1. Cut the boneless short rib into portions that weigh approximately 6-8 ounces. 2. Season liberally with the salt and pepper. 3. Heat the oil in a braising pan or Dutch oven to a sizzle. Sear the short ribs until they are very dark brown on all sides, approximately 5 minutes per side. If more room is required so as not to crowd the pan, they can be removed and set aside to make space after they have been seared. 4. Add the onions, carrots and celery. Lightly caramelize all sides of the veggies, being careful not to burn them. Remove the ribs if necessary. 5. Smash the garlic cloves to release the flavor and aroma. Add to the pan and sauté for 1 minute. 6. Remove the meat and set aside for the moment away from the heat. 7. Add the flour to the braising pan with the vegetables, stir until absorbed, then deglaze with the red wine. Loosen all of the 66 Lee’s Summit Lifestyle | June 2014
brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pan by scraping it with a spatula, wooden spoon or another heat-resistant tool. 8. Mix together in a separate bowl or pitcher the red wine vinegar, beef stock and chipotle pepper puree. Pour the liquids over the vegetables and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and add the cayenne pepper, the Worcestershire sauce and the rib rub. Return the short ribs to the pan with the vegetables and the stock. 9. Bake in the convection oven at 350° for exactly 3 hours, covered. 10. Once finished, remove from the oven and remove the ribs from the sauce. Strain out the vegetable but do not discard the sauce. 11. Thicken the sauce and serve with the ribs over mashed potatoes and crispy fried onions. Mix a small amount of the left-over chipotle puree into your favorite BBQ sauce and use it to glaze the ribs or serve as an accompaniment.
KC Hopps Ltd., Corporate Executive Chef Ryan Sneed is a self-directed chef who’s passion for cooking and exploring food began at age 5. Throughout his career he has been able to apprentice with many talented chefs. Sneed believes that using the best ingredients available and creating a comfortable place for people to share this food helps connects him to the people of Kansas City.
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ince the Royals landed in Kansas City in 1969, many fans have been loyal from the start and remember the team as a force to be reckoned with in the 1970s and 1980s – making multiple appearances in the playoffs and then finally winning a World Series in 1985 over the Cardinals. From the 1969 debut season to the 2013 team, the Kansas City Royals have been enthusiastically embraced by the baseball-crazy town and have captured faithful fans year after year. 100 Things Royals Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Kansas City native and baseball journalist Matt Fulks with a foreword by Jeff Montgomery reveals the most critical moments and important facts about past and present players, games and seasons that are part of the storied history that is Royals baseball. Page through the collection of anecdotes, legends and behind-the-scenes stories to discover:
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• Insightful stories, including how Dan Quisenberry convinced a Royals scout to sign him after going undrafted; George Brett’s pine tar incident and the shenanigans from the year he lived with Mark Gubicza and Bret Saberhagen
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• Interviews with key Royals figures, including Jeff Montgomery, Denny Matthews, Buddy Biancalana, Mike Boddicker, Tom Burgmeier and more • A foreword from Jeff Montgomery, Royals pitcher from 1988 to 1999, and introduction by Denny Matthews, the Royals’ play-by-play announcer since the inception of the franchise Whether you’re a die-hard fan from the early days or a new supporter of the 2013 team, 100 Things Royals Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die is the perfect tool to take your love of the Boys in Blue to a whole new level.
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Gathering to Worship at Open Range Fellowship O
pen Range Fellowship is a non-denominational gathering of Christians who share a love of horses, motorcycles, cowboy culture, rural lifestyle and the great outdoors. We gather in a beautiful country setting at Ransomed Heart Ranch in Lone Jack. You’ll find Open Range to be a warm, welcoming family of people who are committed to helping one another grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ and sharing his Good News. This incredible journey began in the fall of 2006 when Pastors Dave Putthoff and Frank Slaughter began to dream about starting an outreach to cowboys, bikers and outsiders of all kinds. We also wanted to reach out to the rural community and people who just love horses and the outdoors. The name we chose for our ministry, Open Range Fellowship, appealed to us because on the “open range” of the old west there were no fences or barriers—in our case, nothing to hinder the work of the Lord, like traditions of men and legalism. “Don’t fence us in,” the title of an old western song, is our motto
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because we want to be a fellowship of believers that helps people who feel fenced in to find the open gate that leads them back home into fellowship with Jesus, or to Jesus for the first time. Our worship is “off the chart,” and our five- to eight-piece live band and choir leads us using a variety of musical styles— even some original songs. Each service includes a Biblical message full of practical meaning for our daily lives. We try to gather folks through events like horse training clinics, trail rides, motorcycle rides, rodeos, music concerts, barbecue cook offs and more. Some of our outreach ministries include “Open Road” for the motorcycle community and “Open Trail” for the trail riding community. We also have “Open Range Native American Outreach” and “Riders of The Way Drill Team.” Open Range is home to HorsePower, a ministry for at-risk youth, and OREO (Open Range Equine Outreach) which hosts our Horse Camps and much more. Our
Easter Sunrise Service is also something special we do at Open Range. For those folks who live out of the area or already have a church home but still want to get involved and help, we now have what we call our “Pardner Program.” It’s a way to donate to this awesome work and also receive resource materials as a gift back to you including Pastor Slaughter’s new book, A Believer’s Guide to Coping With Spiritual Road Rage (Anger Management 101), and much more. Dress code? No way! It’s totally alright to dress like a cowboy or cowgirl, in casual country clothes, or wearing your biker leathers to share your road patches with other riders.
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The Photography of Christopher Murphy WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO LEE’S SUMMIT?
I am a Kansas City native. My family moved to Lee’s Summit in 2011 because of the nice neighborhood we found and the small town, friendly feel of this community. For years we shopped here, socialized here and went to church here, so it was very familiar when we moved here.
We have an awesome resource here with the Nelson-Atkins Gallery. The City Beautiful movement of Kansas City’s founders has created a beautiful metropolitan area, and their commitment to public art influences all of us on a daily basis as we move about the streets and boulevards. WHERE DID YOU STUDY ART?
I want to thank Mr. Morris, my South City View Elementary school art teacher in south Kansas City’s Center District, who inspired young children to use their imagination and
Left: An early morning view of the Flint Hills just south of the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, near Strong City, Kans. Right: Sailboat Cove at Jacomo during an intense sunset.
enjoy the tactile feel of art materials, and to learn what they could do with their minds. I was a mass media major at The School of the Ozarks at Point Lookout, Mo., and while there, was primarily inspired by the book, Edward Steichen: A Life in Photography as well as my studies. I was trained as a Still Photographic Specialist while in the United States
DESCRIBE YOUR ART.
I am a still photographer, poet, sculptor and writer but what I share most is my imagery. My motto is, “Everyone looks, not everyone sees,” and I have been given a gift to see things a little differently. Everything interests me visually, though I am drawn to portraying Creation. WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
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A High Dynamic Range photo of the rainbow arch bridge outside of Baxter Springs, Kans. on the few short miles of Route 66 in Kansas. This is the only bridge of its kind on Route 66.
Air Force at Lowry AFB in Aurora, Co. I served four years and photographed everything from autopsies to atom bombs. I held a Top Secret security clearance and served at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, Tx. and Whiteman AFB near Knob Noster, Mo.
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This is a view of the trail at Weston Bend State Park in the fall and post processed to show more of what I felt at the time of exposure as opposed to what I saw. Photography rises to art in the way you portray what you saw, which includes a number of artistic decisions, from angle of view, lens choice, time of day, time of year, and a host of decisions as to form, processing and display.
The best place to view my work is at my website: ChristopherTMurphy.com.
This is a mid-concert view of Phil Keaggy, guitar virtuoso. Highly regarded as one of the greatest guitar players in the world, he lived in Leawood for a time, now in Nashville.
I primarily show through my website, and am open to local gallery showings as well.
This is an American Bald Eagle photographed in Alton, Ill. Part of an educational exhibit, this eagle had just eaten a rat and the handlers had not cleaned his beak. I liked the fierce look of our national symbol. June 2014 | Leeâ€™s Summit Lifestyle 73
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JUNE 7 VAILE MANSION STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL INDEPENDENCE
Hundreds of crafts, antiques and beautiful plants for sale. Enjoy music and wonderful strawberry treats. Tour the elegant 1881 Victorian Mansion. Free admission to the grounds. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. VaileMansion.org
WEDNESDAYS & SATURDAYS FARMERS MARKET DOWNTOWN LEE’S SUMMIT
Open 7 a.m. to sell-out every Wednesday and Saturday from now through Nov. 29, at the corner of Second and Douglas streets.
JUNE 6 SMOKIN’ ON THE SUMMIT BBQ DOWNTOWN
This is a Missouri State Championship barbecue competition sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society. The 4th annual event promises to be full of fun and great competition for up to 90 teams. Part of Downtown Days celebration.
JUNE 8-15 FATHER’S DAY WEEK
DOWNTOWN DAYS STREETS ALIVE!
Don’t miss this Lee’s Summit tradition. The family-friendly festival features live entertainment, arts and crafts, a carnival, white tiger exhibit, 810 sports zone, delicious food, car show, kid’s area, fashion show and much more. For more information, visit LeesSummitDowntownDays.com.
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SIP & SHOP ART & WINE WALK
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Visit our Independence Square vendors between 6-9 p.m. to enjoy specials, great art and treats. The event is a benefit for the Independence Square. TheIndependenceSquare.com.
A shopping event filled with great discounts, games, food and drinks at participating stores throughout Downtown Lee’s Summit.
JUNE 13 NIGHT FLIGHT 5K HARRIS PARK
A 33-year tradition, the event benefits the Legacy for Parks Foundation. Pre-registration only. Fees are $25 for participants age 14+ and $20 for 13 and under when registered by May 30. After that, fees increase $5. Sorry, night of registrations will not be available. Enter2Run.com or call LSP&R at 816.969.1500.
JUNE 13 MIDDLE SCHOOL TEEN NIGHT PARADISE PARK
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part of the featured fun tonight. For only $15, receive $10 Fun Card, personal pizza, DJ, ping pong, and other special attractions and giveaways for a safe teen. 7-10 p.m.
Shalom’s Alzheimer’s care. Race starts at 7:30. Free kid’s fun run at 8:30. Register at FatherDayRun.org.
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This art expo and sale benefits Veronica’s Voice, the only survivor-lead anti-trafficking organization in Kansas City. Proceeds help open a safe home to allow these women to process their experiences with women who have survived those same experiences. Event at Ward & Ward Custom Framing (521 E 63rd Street) 6-10 p.m.
An evening of shopping, fashion, hors d’oeuvres, signature cocktails, music and more, to raise awareness and funds to help Blair’s Foster Socks bring comfort and hope to children in distressed situations through simple, but effective means: clean, fun socks and scholarships. 6 p.m. at The Stanley Event Space.
JUNE 14 GARDENWALK DOWNTOWN
Explores amazing gardens in one of Lee’s Summit’s beautiful historic downtown neighborhoods. Enjoy flowers, butterflies, architecture, history and more. Tickets can be purchased for $5 per person at Great Southern Bank locations in Lee’s Summit.
JUNE 20 LEE’S SUMMIT’S GOT TALENT LEE’S SUMMIT HIGH SCHOOL PAC
One of the premier talent competitions for the greater Kansas City area right here in our own backyard. Begins at 7 p.m. Fundraiser to benefit the programs of Lee’s Summit CARES, a non-profit community coalition that works to reduce substance abuse and youth violence. LSTalent.com
JUNE 15 FATHER’S DAY 5K/10K OVERLAND PARK
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Satisfy your curiosity about airplanes and airports with this day of aviation. Activities and fun for the public. Begins 9 a.m. 816.969.1800.
JUNE 26-28 SEUSSICAL, JR. PARADISE PARK OUTDOOR STAGE
See the musical, Seussical, Jr., directed by Guy Gardner. An allyouth musical featuring performers from ages 6-18 performing on the outdoor stage at Paradise Park. This version weaves a musical comedy journey through some of Dr. Seuss’s favorite tales.
JUNE 27 BAHAMA BASH TEEN NIGHT SUMMIT WAVES AQUATIC CENTER
Come out and swim from 8:30 - 10:30 p.m. Games, giveaways, DJ and concessions. Disc. $6/Reg. $7.50 per person (parents are welcome at no charge). Must be 13 years of age to enter.
JUNE 27 FOURTH FRIDAY ARTWALK DOWNTOWN
Features art exhibits, music, food and more at participating businesses throughout Downtown Lee’s Summit.
JUNE 28 TOUR DE LAKES MEMORIAL BIKE RIDE LONGVIEW
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bike ride starts at the Longview Recreation Center at 7 a.m. Several mileage options. TourDeLakes.org or call LSP&R at 816.969.1500.
JULY 3 BOOMS & BLOOMS FESTIVAL
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Festival admission includes all day access to the Gardens including the Heartland Harvest Garden and the Nature Connects exhibition, parking, trolley/tram service and performances. Lee’s Summit Symphony performs at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks begin at conclusion, approximately 9:30 p.m. Rain date: July 5. PowellGardens.org/Booms
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The 3rd annual wine-fundraiser offers a DJ, food, raffle, photo booth and winetasting at the Stanley Event Center. Proceeds help PCWSN aid local families that have a child with special needs through support of medical expenses, adaptive vehicles, equipment and more. 5:30-9:30 p.m. PCWSN.com
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Field of Dreams Still Brings the Magic to Father WORDS TODD B. NATENBERG
“If you build it, he will come.”
y life changed forever 25 years ago. Only now at the age of 44 do I fully realize it. I have always loved baseball. As a child, the most precious memory I have of my estranged late father is playing catch on the front lawn. For as long as I can remember, I’ve painfully rooted for the Chicago Cubs of my hometown. Over the years I’ve traveled to 15 major league baseball parks. Taking my now 3-year-old twin sons to Royals games is a sacred pilgrimage. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than teaching them how to run, bat, throw and field. I bought them their first baseballs before they were born. But were it not for the greatest sports movie, I wonder whether baseball would mean what it does. Field of Dreams debuted in April 1989. Unofficially, it was the second movie where men cried. (Brian’s Song was the first). Movies are magical. They enable us to dream how we want life to be. In the words of the character played by James Earl Jones in Field of Dreams, baseball, “reminds us all of us what was once good and it could be again.” Motion pictures are no different. Field of Dreams taught viewers how to notice the beauty in the simple things, such as the love of a father and husband to his family, as well as a son to a father. For the uninitiated, the movie told the story of an Iowa farmer who hears a voice and decides to convert his farmland into a 82 Lee’s Summit Lifestyle | June 2014
baseball field. He thinks that if he does, the ghost of former disgraced Chicago White Sox player Shoeless Joe Jackson will return to play. In the end, he brings dreams to reality for a host of others and himself. In the most touching scene, the ghost of his estranged father returns for one last round of catch. I have been to the real Field of Dreams. For those who don’t know, for a long time, they kept the actual site in tact in Dyersville, Iowa. Visitors could purchase souvenirs, play on the actual field and see the house where the character Ray Kinsella (played by Kevin Costner) lived with his family. For a while, the owner of the land still lived in the house. In 1999, when I journeyed to Iowa, it was the darkest days of my life. I was not yet 30 and divorced for a second time. I stayed five hours, hid in the corn and hit baseballs on the actual field. I was the last to leave. When the owner told me it was time to go, I hugged him. “It was so much more than a movie,” I told him between tears. “I know,” he replied. “For you and so many others.” On a recent sunny afternoon, I played “real” catch with Teddy and Ari in our backyard. My wife looked on with joy. This was the first time, when I tossed the ball into their mitts, they actually caught it with no help from me. As their faces lit up with pride, I choked back tears one more time. I knew the ghost of my own father was watching, somewhere.
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