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All the World Is Green

april 2014 editor Rachel C. Murphy |


t’s been a rough winter here in Kansas City, and if you’re anything like me, you can’t wait to get your hands in the dirt. Spring is the promise of all good things, when rain brings life and the sun is a benevolent life giver, not the moisture glutton that it becomes in Midwestern summers.

April is our green issue, and every year, we try to find people that are doing their part to make the earth a better place for themselves and their children. The Kramers thought this was important enough that they built their home to sip energy instead of guzzle, and harness the power of the land around them. Read their story on page 20. Part of being earth friendly is using what we already have to the fullest extent. The girls at Red TruCK Treasures are certainly doing that, finding one man’s trash and refining it until anyone would be proud to display their finds in their homes. In the process, they’ve grown closer as sisters and paid homage to their father. Now that’s multitasking!

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And one of my favorite green initiatives wasn’t originally a green initiative at all. I have fond memories of hiding in the stacks of my local Mid-Continent Public Library and that was before the amazing technology that the Woodneath Library Center provides. On top of the idea that to borrow knowledge is to keep it forever, they have also built according to LEED standards and are now renovating part of the property as well. All of these things are ways to be kind to our planet, and yet they are so beneficial in other ways as well that we would do them even if they weren’t. The key to making sure our planet survives is to realize that our lives can be made better by all of these practices now, not just in the long run.

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Around Town

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NORTHLANDERS HONORED FOR VOLUNTEERISM IN PREVENTION Attorney Steve Wolcott, with offices in Liberty, was selected to be the first inductee to the Northland Coalition’s Prevention Volunteer Hall of Fame. The award was presented during a Feb. 28 prevention conference, held at the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty. The Northland Coalition sponsored the event with support from Tri-County Mental Health Services. In 2000, when several community coalitions united to form the Northland Coalition, Wolcott assisted in organizing it as well as helping to secure its federal funding as well as donated time to formulate bylaws for the Northland Coalition. Recently, Wolcott drafted a model anti-bullying municipal ordinance to complement school policies. Wolcott is also a dedicated volunteer to Youth With Vision, the Northland Coalition’s high school aged advocates of which two of his daughters were members. Sher Wilde, Lake Waukomis, owner of The Marketing Dept., was presented the Outstanding Partner in Prevention award. Wilde has served as a promotional marketing consultant for the Northland Coalition’s programs and events for more than 10 years. Retro Bowl of Liberty was presented the Exceptional Community Contributor Award. The bowling fun center hosts the annual Rock-N-Bowl, a major fundraiser for the coalition. Manager Vincent Hernandez accepted the award for owner Margie Stambersky. Chief of Police John McGovern of the Excelsior Springs Police Department was honored with the Commitment to Safe and 14 Northland Lifestyle | April 2014

Healthy Communities award. Chief McGovern is a founding member of both the Excelsior Springs Supporting Abuse Free Environments (S.A.F.E.) prevention coalition and the Northland Coalition.

JOIN EARTHWALK TO CREATE A MORE SUSTAINABLE KC We are counting down to Bridging The Gap’s 18th annual EarthWalk on May 3! This year’s EarthWalk will kick off from City Market Park, located at 3rd and Main streets, in the River Market. The three-mile route will take walkers along the Riverfront Heritage Trail with great views of the Kansas City skyline and the Missouri River. EarthWalk is part of a joint Earth Day celebration with Bridging The Gap, the City Market and StoneLion Puppet Theatre. After the EarthWalk, walkers can enjoy the market’s Get Your Green On festival and StoneLion’s Puppet For the Planet Festivals, combined into one event at the City Market until 2 p.m. The event will feature electronics recycling, a community yard sale, eco-friendly exhibitors and art, and a full stage of entertainment including a StoneLion puppet show and more. For more information on EarthWalk 2014, visit or call Bridging The Gap at 816.561.1087.

SPRING PARADE OF HOMES KICKS OFF APRIL 20 METRO WIDE The Spring Parade of Homes is the ideal time for Kansas City area families to take a closer look at the advantages of new-home ownership. For 52 years, the Home Builders

Association of Greater Kansas City has presented this annual event as a showcase for the area’s premier new homes, homebuilders and communities. Every spring consumers use the Parade to see the latest in new home design and innovations throughout the metropolitan area and this year the dates are April 20- May 5. Homes will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and admission is free. Free Parade Guide books will be available at the HBA located at I-435 and Holmes and at all Parade homes during the dates of the event. In addition an online home search will be available at along with a mobile website feature to map an online tour Homes can be viewed by price, location, builder, floor plan and subdivision.

DANCING WITH A MISSION REACHES OUT Love to dance? Love to support a phenomenal cause and give back to those in need right in your own community? Then put on your dancing shoes and mark your calendar for the social event of the year. The World Outreach Foundation of Kansas City (WOFKC) is excited to present its “Dancing with a Mission” Gala, to be held at the Overland Park Sheraton on May 10. This star-studded event featuring many local celebrities promises to be a night to remember. Enjoy cocktails, a silent auction, dinner, and a dance competition, followed by time to dance the night away. Since 2004, WOF has provided healthcare services to developing countries and is now serving those individuals who struggle with access to health care services right here in Kansas City, providing a reliable medical home for the homeless. All proceeds from this event will help support the mission of WOFKC. For more information, call 816.560.9379 or go online at and

NEW WEBSITE CONNECTS GOLF COURSES WITH TOURNAMENT PLANNERS A new golf course search engine,, has recently launched, connecting golf courses with golf tourna-

Around Town ment planners. There is no other website like this currently available to service the $68 billion golf industry. The website allows anyone to search for a golf course based on geographic area and displays information about the course including tournament planner information, business details and golf tournament planner ratings and reviews. is focused on providing value for the tournament planner. Tournament planners with a registered profile will be able to review a golf course. They will also have access to educational articles and downloadable templates to help with their tournament planning process. Golf courses are able to claim their page to add photos and provide specific tournament information to their profile to better educate tournament planners about their facilities.

 Enrollment is now open for Starlight Theatre’s summer camps for young artists ages 5-14. Two sessions will be offered for Act Like An Animal Camp for ages 5-10: June 16-27 and July 28 to August 8. Camp Take-a-Bow for ages 11-14 will take place July 2, 3 and 7-11. At Act Like An Animal Camp, campers will spend half their day at Starlight Theatre and the other half at the Kansas City Zoo interacting with animals, enjoying crafts, playing camp games and learning acting, movement and music skills. A final performance and art display for family and friends highlight the weeks’ ed-ventures. At Camp Take-a-Bow, the creative artist in each camper is nurtured by dynamic sessions in singing, dancing and acting. Campers also learn behind-the-scenes aspects by contributing to set design, assembling costumes and creating props for the stage. Performers, artists and aspiring technicians participate in creating a fully-produced musical. Registration forms for both camps may be downloaded now at Space is limited. For more information, contact Andy Pierce at 816.997.1134 or

THE MOTHER OF ALL HAPPY HOURS The 3rd Mother of All Happy Hours will be held May 8 in homes and businesses across Kansas City. This annual event supports the Mother’s Market which provides basic necessities for single moms living in Juniper Garden’s and St Margaret’s housing in KCK. The majority of these mothers live on $5,000 per year or less and are able to earn the items they need from The Mother’s Market through ongoing educational courses. Each event seeks donation of cash and goods to support single mothers in need of basic necessities for their young children. Project 39 organizes the event in partnership with The Family Conservancy. Want to get involved? Host a happy hour in your home or business. Visit for more info. 16 Northland Lifestyle | April 2014

CURESEARCH FOR CHILDREN’S CANCER WALK COME TO KANSAS CITY The 2014 Kansas City CureSearch for Children’s Cancer Walk will take place on May 17 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark with registration beginning at 8 a.m. and the Walk ceremony at 9 a.m. All are welcome to help raise awareness of childhood cancer. Registration and additional information can be found at kansascity. For event questions contact Eric Robinson, CureSearch Community Development Manager, or 240.235.2240. Your support is greatly appreciated!

FOOD FROM THE BAR What do you call hundreds of our area’s most prominent lawyers helping our local food pantries? Food from the Bar! Join the legal community to fight hunger April 1 through April 30. “Food from the Bar” collects donations for Cross-lines food pantry. Kansas City area firms uniting to fight against hunger are: Berson Law Group LLP, Commercial Law Group, P.A., Foulston Siefkin, LLP, Beam-Ward, Kruse, Wilson, Wright & Fletes, LLC, Martin, Pringle, Oliver, Wallace & Bauer, LLP, The Mdivani Corporate Immigration Law Firm, LLC, Walden & Pfannenstiel LLC, Dentons, the Kansas and Missouri Federal courthouses, Kansas Women Attorneys Association, Association of Women Lawyers of Kansas City and the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, Midwest Region. Help guarantee full stomachs for our children and elderly. To donate, contact Susan Berson at

SEDGWICK LLP SIGNS ON WITH CROWN CENTER Crown Center has signed a new lease with Sedgwick for roughly 20,000-square-feet of office space in the 2301 McGee at Crown Center Office Building. The firm’s move will create nearly 100 jobs. An international litigation and business law firm based in San Francisco, Sedgwick will consolidate its global administrative operations and open a Shared Services Center at Crown Center in July. Sedgwick’s firm wide operations are currently dispersed throughout its global network of offices, with many firm wide personnel based in San Francisco. “Crown Center is thrilled to welcome Sedgwick to Kansas City,” says Bill Lucas, Crown Center president. “We know they’ll also be very pleased with our central location, with Crown Center’s amenities and with the outstanding workforce our city can offer them.” Sedgwick is working with Metropolitan Community College to help recruit employees. Those interested should visit SedgwickLaw. For more information on Sedgwick, the firm’s website is at

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Mackenzie Malicoat, an employee of Cosentino’s Price Chopper in Liberty, Mo., placed third in the 2014 National Best Bagger Competition that took place on February 11 in Las Vegas. Malicoat won the Missouri state competition in August, which qualified her to participate in the national competition. She competed against 26 other state finalists in Las Vegas. “We’re very proud of Mackenzie,” says Mark Winslow, director of marketing, Cosentino’s Food Stores. “She was dedicated to the competition and practiced consistently. She

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ori and Zachary Kramer did their homework before buying their next home, a 3,800-square-foot energy-efficient home constructed by Homes by Chris in the Kearney subdivision Private Gardens. “We knew we didn’t want a home on a quarter-acre lot,” says Lori, an obstetrician at Liberty Hospital. “Looking for a lot was an eight-month process.” The couple met Chris and Roy Ragland of Homes by Chris (HBC) at the 2009 Parade of Homes. “We had been thinking about building for our next home,” says Zachary, a stay-at-home father and insurance agent. Homes By Chris has built more than 200 homes in the Northland in the past decade, including the 2014 Home of the Year in the Custom Home category awarded by Kansas City Home And Garden mag-

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azine. HBC’s energy-efficient homes and attractive modern designs benefits. We worked with the Raglands to figure out every room’s are key reasons for the popularity of their models. function, lighting and view.” “The Raglands helped us shop for lots. We HBC’s contractors installed 52 low-E wanted something different,” adds Lori. windows in the home. Light enters most Zachary and Lori gravitated to the sizable rooms from windows placed to the south properties at Private Gardens. Named after and one other direction. Natural light the land once owned by florists that used the floods the kitchen, hearth room and enproperty to grow flowers for their business, tryway on the first floor. the subdivision was an ideal fit. The Kramers “There are always creative ways to get natbought the 1.59-acre lot overlooking a lake ural light in,” says Zachary. Glassed-in doors and a ridge on the horizon. It also offered in the kitchen allow sunlight to pass through quick access to the hospital, a key benefit for and provide access to a patio overlooking the Lori’s line of work when she is on call. backyard and lake. A glass door in the library The Kramers worked with HBC to develbrings light into the small room while making op a green building plan for the five bedroom, it easy to step onto the front porch. 3.5 bath home. “They helped us decide what Lori says, “There’s so much natural light would work best,” says Lori. during the day that we almost never turn on The family, which includes two girls and a electrical lighting.” boy ages 8, 5 and 3, enjoyed an active outdoor The master bedroom’s view of the land and lifestyle. They wanted a home with easy acwater to the south is enviable. cess to the lake and spacious yard as well as “We wake up to the sunrise each morning outdoor settings to relax and entertain. Building an energy-efficient and can see the moon and stars on clear night from our bed,” Lori says. home was also important. door off the master bedroom opens to theShades porch, alsoProvide accessible ™ Honeycomb Duette®AArchitella® Trielle “We wanted the house to feel bright and cheery,” says Lori. “We from the kitchen, which spans most of the house’s length. CONTINUED > took advantage of the southern exposure which has passive solar

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The dramatic hearth room’s furnace uses an efficient direct vent, drawing no interior air for combustion. The slate bench seating and 17-foot-tall slate tile wall not only increase the attractiveness of the space, but also generate radiant heating. Windows placed at the top of the south wall create a sense of airiness while channeling light over to the second floor catwalk. When windows are open in the guest and kids’ bedrooms, a cross breeze flows along the catwalk, naturally ventilating the upper level. Energy efficient Sub Zero and Wolf appliances are installed in the open kitchen. HBC’s contractors built cabinet space below the island and along one wall, plus a walk-in pantry, to reduce kitchen clutter. The Kramers use an energy-efficient stacked clothes washer/dryer unit placed in the laundry space next to the mudroom. It’s perfect for kids and adults that bring the outdoors in, where jackets, boots, dust and dirt are isolated in an easy-to-maintain space. To heat the spacious home, HBC installed two furnaces that help better manage energy usage. Installation of Optima insulation traps heat in and reduces energy costs. Optima reduces unwanted air pockets in all parts of the home during the framing process. The high-quality insulation blocks heat loss in the winter and prevents heat gain in the summer. Optima, made with up to 35 percent recycled product, doesn’t settle as much as batt insulation and reduces airflow more effectively in the long run. Its extra cost over standard batt insulation can be recouped in about five years.

The Kramers chose to install carpet only in the kids’ rooms and on the stairs, reducing the need for future replacement. White oak hardwood floors help reflect light throughout the home. Over time, Zachary and Lori will switch to LED lighting for fixtures. Outdoors, a wrap-around porch is positioned to provide shade in warm weather and uninterrupted views of the scenic landscape. Patio furniture, a fire pit and a swing create inviting spots to gather and entertain out of the house. “The position of the front porch helps to keep heat away from the windows,” says Lori. Zachary points out that sod was only used on one-third of the acreage to minimize annual outdoor water use. “The rest is natural prairie grass,” he explains. “We also plan to put in an herb garden in the spring so we can use fresh herbs for cooking.” The three-car garage, set on the north side, creates a buffer zone from summer heat and winter cold away from the house. Building green can increase the initial overall cost, but results in an energy-efficient, environmentally friendly home that recoups costs later. The net result of careful planning, smart building and use of low energy use appliances and materials is surprising. “Our utilities are only 10-15 percent more, but our home is 50 percent larger than our old one,” Lori says.



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hen we grow up, leave school and join the work force, it can be difficult to stay active. Some men go to the gym, some run marathons, and some play 80-minute-matches of a grueling contact sport. The men of the KC Northland Rugby Football Club would fall into the last category. In 1999, Park Hill alum Mike Robke and Danny Gasca recruited a core group of former Park Hill players, and founded NRFC to fill a void.

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“They founded a club for a need north of the river and to further the game,” long-time player and recruiter Brandon Vierling says, “We’re still the only north-of-the-river club.” Robke and Gasca now coach Park Hill South Rugby, and the Northland Rugby Football Club is a USA Rugby Mid-America Council Division III team that has won their geographical union championship and placed in numerous tournaments and competitions along the way. Some of its players also coach for Park Hill rugby. Rugby football is a vigorous, full-contact team sport—combining the tackling, kicking and pace of American football with a very distinct lack of protective pads. Teams of 15 players compete in two 40-minute halves, and the game’s origins date back to the 19th century. In comparison to American football, Vierling says the tackling skills taught are superior, and the sport actually penalizes poor tackles. While the sport has flourished internationally since then, USA Rugby was formed 38 years ago as a national governing body for the sport in America. Since then, the organization has grown to more than 100,000 members competing in 11 geographical regions. Vierling says Northland Rugby has

contained multiple core groups throughout its 15 years, with players coming from rugby, football and soccer backgrounds, and is always recruiting new players. “It’s not like football. Once you get tackled, the play’s not over,” Vierling says of the continuous gameplay, “it’s all about conditioning.” Northland Rugby plays two seasons—spring and fall—typically consisting of six to eight matches, practicing twice per week and playing once. Conference foes include the Kansas City Islanders in Independence, Mo., the Witchita Barbarians, the Arkansas Gryphons in Fayettville, and the Springfield Rugby Football Club. The club’s home pitch is in north Kansas City’s Hodge Park, and Anna Kunkel, who also coaches the Kansas City Jazz Women’s Rugby Club, took over coaching two seasons ago. “It’s very competitive,” Vierling says, adding that it becomes increasingly so as the team has continued to evolve, as well as the NRFC program becoming increasingly regulated. Northland Rugby does not require any experience to join and welcomes all players, and the ages of players can range from 18 to those in their 40s. Those wanting to play need only register with the club and be a USA Rugby Member. Being a member of the Club and Participation Program (CIPP) with USA Rugby gives players insurance during official matches, although Vierling says injury frequency is actually less than American football. The Northland Rugby Football Club provides Northlanders with all the elements a proper hobby should: teamwork, hard work and activity—with a little tackling and dog piling thrown in for good measure. “It is good for late bloomers who always wanted to play contact sports,” Vierling says, “when you go to the gym and get in good shape, all you do is stay in good shape.” The Northland Rugby Football Club welcome athletes of all skill levels and experience, whether late bloomers or lifelong athletes. Rugby allows players not only to stay in shape, but also participate in an increasingly popular team sport and stay active in their community. For more information and a game schedule, visit

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Sisters spend quality time while dealing antiques. ARTICLE ALEXANDRA BUSH | PHOTOGRAPHY LANI ODELL


here are lots of antiquing destinations in Kansas City— Mead and Ritchie grew up in Hardin, Mo., about an hour’s but few that offer the pizazz and heart of Red TruCK drive to the northeast of Kansas City. Their father, Cecil King Treasures. Often donning a bright red tent, blue jeans and cow- (known as “CK,” thus the capital letters in the name of their busiboy boots, “junk sisters” Cindy Mead and Shelley Ritchie pay ness), worked in the propane business but always had a knack homage to their late father by selling collectables and spending for finding antique gems. Mead says CK would periodically be time together. commissioned to load up his Red TruCK Treasures offers antique shoppers 1950s red pick up truck with “For some reason, we draw a lot of attention,” says the repurposed collectibles, handmade metalware collectables and take them to self-described rowdy Mead. sell in Cole Camp, Mo. Ritchie admits to being a bit and other treats the untrained eye might skip A teacher in Richmond, shyer, but the two have earned over. However, what it offers the junk sisters is Mo., Ritchie carried on the attention for their customer skill, seeking out English much more valuable: an opportunity to spend Ironstone china and McCoy interaction and family values.

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pottery at local thrift stores and garage sales. After years of collecting, she decided to start selling her wares on eBay in 2010, naming her business Red TruCK Treasures, and choosing as her logo a red pickup, just like CK used to drive. “Shelley had a wonderful, wonderful collection, and a lot of it,,” says Mead. “She has such a good eye for it.” An office administrator who lives in the Northland, Mead later joined the cause and found her own niche: sanding, painting and preparing old furniture pieces for resale. “She’s the brains and I’m the brawn,” Mead says with a laugh. “Cindy had a good eye with junking when junking wasn’t cool— when people thought it was junk.” The sisters initially sold their wares on eBay, and eventually grew to hosting booths at local festivals. Last year at Welcome Home, a fall festival in their native Hardin, the sisters chose as the site of their booth a lot where their father used to go to work every day. The theme of the booth was “King Sisters come home,” and a photograph of CK next to his red truck sat among the décor. After a big showing at Parkville’s Junk Extravaganza, Mead and Ritchie decided Red TruCK needed a more permanent home. They now sell their treasures, which range from vintage tablecloths and laundry baskets to 1950s western furniture, at Blair’s Furniture in Richmond and Pete N Repeat on the fourth floor of Kansas City’s West Bottoms Central Bag Building. “There are a lot of people that would like to put their wares in there and we get the opportunity to do so. We are very grateful for that,” Mead .

The West Bottoms location offers downtown shoppers a chance to reap the benefits of Ritchie’s small town residence. “If you go to a small town, and go to the garage sales, you can find some amazing things,” Mead says, lamenting over the fact that she can search in vain for specific items around the metro before turning the task over to Ritchie. “She’ll call me immediately and say, ‘found one!’” The business began as a way for Ritchie to sell her finds and provide both mothers with some extra money to send to their kids at college, but has grown to be a valuable way for the sisters to maintain a strong relationship. “We hit thrift stores, garage sales, yank out furniture,” Mead says, “We just have the best time.” Ritchie echoes the sentiment; “I think it gives us a hobby, and it gives us time to spend together.” Red TruCK Treasures offers antique shoppers repurposed collectibles, handmade metalware and other treats the untrained eye might skip over. However, what it offers the junk sisters is much more valuable: an opportunity to spend quality time with a sibling, to interact with their community and to make CK proud. April 2014 | Northland Lifestyle 27

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nowledge is power. That’s why North Kansas City Hospital and The University of Kansas Cancer Center (KU) have partnered their resources to further ensure that cancer patients in the Northland have access to the latest cancer treatments. On July 1, 2013, North Kansas City Hospital and The University of Kansas Cancer Center formed a partnership to offer close to home access to the most comprehensive cancer care. North Kansas City Hospital and The University of Kansas Cancer Center share in the management and operations of the radiation oncology program on the North Kansas City Hospital campus. Additionally, The University of Kansas Cancer Center manages and operates a medical oncology program located next to the radiation oncology facility. Peggy Schmitt, president and CEO of North Kansas City Hospital, explains why the collaboration is beneficial to patients.

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“This partnership gives our patients access to clinical trials, the latest prevention and screening tools and the latest advancements attached to the only National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated program in our region - all close to Peggy Schmitt home,” she says. Schmitt says joining forces with KU opens the door for additional state-of-the-art cancer care for the Northland and that North Kansas City Hospital couldn’t be more pleased to be a part of what KU is doing for oncology patients. “The University of Kansas Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated program in our area,” she says. “We are an acute care hospital and if our patients are diagnosed with cancer, they are able to stay with the same health care system

“We’ve worked hard to build a program that’s on the cutting edge of cancer care and we want folks from the Northland and all over the country to benefit from this.”

while providing them with the best of care.” NCI-designated cancer centers are at the forefront of NCI-supported efforts at universities and cancer research centers across the United States that are developing and translating scientific knowledge from promising laboratory discoveries into new treatments for cancer patients. There are only 68 NCI-designated centers in the nation. The University of Kansas Cancer Center earned its NCI designation in June 2012 – a quest that took nearly a decade to complete. North Kansas City Hospital also became a member of the Midwest Cancer Alliance (MCA). Through the MCA, cancer patients in the Northland will now benefit from expanded cancer care services such as access to additional advanced clinical trials, including new trials developed at The University of Kansas Cancer Center; consultation and second opinion services for cancer diagnoses through telemedicine, a technology that connects patient and doctor when distance separates the two; and expanded continuing professional education and access to an established network of cancer professionals in the region. Patients will continue to have access to palliative care, pain management, fatigue management, hospice, nurse navigator, home health and inpatient infusion. Bob Page, president and CEO of The University of Kansas Hospital since 2007, says he’s known Peggy Schmitt personally for many years and respects her as a leader. “Peggy’s level of commitment to quality health care is a perfect match to our programs,” Page says. “We both have the approach of ‘what’s best for the patient – front and center.” Page serves on the Board of Directors for the UniversiBob Page ty HealthSystem Consortium, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Kansas Hospital Association and the Kansas City Metropolitan Healthcare Council and Missouri Hospital Association’s District 2. He holds a courtesy assistant professor appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. For more than half a century, North Kansas City Hospital has been at the forefront of providing medical care in the Northland. The hospital is an acute-care facility with 451-licensed beds with specialties in cardiac care, cancer care, women’s health, orthopedics, emergency services and minimally invasive surgery. They provide a full continuum of care from the highest level of neonatal intensive care to award-winning cardiovascular and

orthopedic programs to home health and hospice. The medical staff includes over 500 physicians representing 49 medical specialties. The University of Kansas Medical Center has been working to eliminate the burden of cancer for decades. Its cancer program was started in 1969, with its first American Cancer Society Professor of Clinical Oncology and financial support from the Kansas Masonic Foundation. As an NCI-designated Cancer Center, it benefits from unprecedented support from individuals, policymakers, businesses and communities throughout the region. NCI-designated Cancer Centers

are recognized for their scientific excellence and are awarded federal funding through a rigorous peer review process. They are a major source of discovery and development of more effective approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. NCI Cancer Centers also educate health care professionals and deliver medical advances to patients and their families. To date, Page says they take care of patients from all 105 counties in Kansas, 90 percent of the counties in Missouri, and 49 states across the nation. But for Page, it’s more than the numbers. It’s about reaching beyond the Kansas border to be a beacon of light to the community in providing the best care while offering a future filled with hope. “We want people to travel across the country to come here,” Page explains. “We’ve worked hard to build a program that’s on the cutting edge of cancer care and we want folks from the Northland and all over the country to benefit from this.” For more information about the oncology program provided at North Kansas City Hospital, visit April 2014 | Northland Lifestyle 29

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omestead gardening is increasing in popularity and interest groups are forming all over the country. The term “homestead” means different things to different people, but at its essence is the idea of being self-sufficient. For our purposes, we mean growing what we eat, right in our own back yard. Other related terms you’ll hear include edible garden, kitchen or vegetable garden (after World War II they were called “Victory Gardens”). Even the White House has a kitchen garden so the first family and their guests can eat fresh, local and organic. There are many different reasons people grow their own food… economics, availability, environment, organics, and enjoyment to name a few. Whatever your reasons, there’s nothing like eating something you’ve grown.


Let your edible garden start with a vision of what you want to eat. Start Small – What’s your favorite fresh herb to cook with? Start with that. Fresh herbs can be expensive to buy but easy to grow in almost any container indoors or outdoors. What’s your favorite vegetable? Contact your local extension office to find out if it grows well in your climate. Starting with things you like to eat makes it fun and motivating to cultivate and tend. Think Themes- There are some creative ways to decide what you’d like to grow, and one fun method is to design a themed vegetable garden. If your family loves pizza, create a circular “Pizza Garden” with tomatoes in the center and peppers, onions, garlic and basil in circles around them. Or call it your “Italian Garden” and add eggplant, arugula and oregano. A “Salad Garden” could contain several kinds of lettuce, different tomato varieties, cucumbers, radishes, parsley, scallions and even edible flowers like nasturtiums. Or how about a “Soup Garden” comprised of parsley, potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, garlic, thyme and rosemary? Thrill the children in your life with a “Kids Garden” and grow some mini pumpkins, sunflowers, strawberries, melons, and Marigolds (yes, the petals of all varieties are edible with a citrus flavor). You might leave out the broccoli in that garden…or, maybe kids would eat their broccoli if they grew it. 30 Northland Lifestyle | April 2014


You can start small by growing just one food item this year, or you can jump in and create an entire garden. Either way, here are a few things to think about in the planning stages: SPACE –

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ast year, for the first time, we planted a large vegetable garden in our tiny backyard. My daughter, ever the DIY princess, was insistent that not only did she need a fairy garden but also a birdhouse. To her, there’s nothing more magical than sneaking a peek at a hummingbird poised right above a feeder, wings flapping, and knowing that the bird is there because of something she did. Trouble is, instead of purchasing a readymade feeder, we decided instead to craft numerous hanging masses of bird food, recipe courtesy of Pinterest, and hang them from the branches of the tree in our back yard. She spent an entire afternoon dissolving gelatin and stirring in a bird food mix that we’d picked up from the big box retailer. We scooped the sticky mess into cookie cutters so that they’d retain a shape, and we nestled loops of yarn deep inside that sprouted from the top, so that we could hang them easily. And she perched herself at the window or sometimes on the deck, and waited for the birds to come. But they never did. It couldn’t have been because there is a lack of birds in the Kansas City area. In fact, according to the American Birding Association there are 405 bird species on the Missouri state list. Of those, rock and mourning doves, common nighthawks, chimney swifts, hummingbirds, phoebes, purple martins, house wrens, mockingbirds, robins, starlings, cardinals, chipping sparrows, Baltimore orioles and house sparrows are familiar occupants of lawns, gardens, trees, hedges, shrubs, houses, high-rises, grain elevators and warehouses. John Brennan of Wild Birds Unlimited Liberty says that food, water and shelter are the three universal components that will attract birds to a yard or garden. The fourth, a place to raise their young, is applicable to some species but not all.

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Turns out my choice of the cheapest bird food on the shelf wasn’t the wisest choice in last year’s attempt to draw more birds in for my daughter to enjoy. Brennan explains that there are many bird foods on the market packed with cheap filler ingredients that birds simply won’t eat. “They’ll knock that food to the ground,” he says, “and then it will grow there.” Not exactly a welcome prospect for anyone who wants an inviting place for birds and a well maintained garden. It’s important to know what the birds that you wish to attract will eat, says Brennan. For example, Baltimore orioles are partial to grape jelly and oranges. Hummingbirds drink nectar, which is a sweet liquid inside certain flowers, like Columbine and Trumpet Creepers. Equally important is clean, fresh water. Think the classic bird bath but remember to maintain it well. Cleaning it regularly and supplying fresh water might increase the number of bird visitors even if they’re not interested in food. Shelter can be offered through landscaping with trees, shrubs, vines and flowers. Nesting sites are important, and planting in layers provides cover for different species of birds. Evergreen trees and shrubs are good choices because they span all seasons, and choosing native plants that provide food throughout the year in various forms like seeds, berries and nuts is smart. Even planting a small bed that is bird-friendly can attract visitors that would normally fly right by. Perhaps the most important component, however, is patience and a willingness to adapt to what works for your yard. For more information about birding in Missouri visit For information about native Missouri plants visit

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2008 at 8900 Flintlock Road. Working with MCPL, Sapp Design Associates (SDA) designed a multi-use building that incorporates the 1850s home and an adjacent 21st century library. Today, Woodneath represents the most advanced library in the MCPL system. The building’s new technology and smart design further the library’s community-oriented purpose. “Libraries have changed,” says Kira Green, Woodneath branch manager. “They have adapted to fit the needs of the community. It’s a third space away from home and the office. People come here as a resource.” The library facilitates learning and connection for its users. The community has access to free Wi-Fi, 18 public computers, and a 20-seat classroom computer lab. Classes are taught on how to use Woodneath’s numerous tools and resources.Woodneath’s impressive collection assembles 60,000 brand-new items, including more than 450 publications and four book collections. Special collections housed at the Center include young adult books, award-winning juvenile books, the Thusnelda Schmidt Storytelling Collection of out-of-print and folklore books, and the Missouri Author Collection. “We circulate a wonderful collection that not only contains both popular authors, but also has a depth in classic and literary fiction to support the Story Center and the library system as a whole,” says Green. To encourage community use, the Center houses a meeting room that seats 120 people, perfect for gatherings by local companies, nonprofits and other groups. A conference room is also available for smaller gatherings. The room’s light fixture, family photos and table are from the Arnold family home and help connect the Center to the historic property. Patrons can use an automated book sorter to return materials that are subsequently sorted by a conveyor system. This process frees up staff for other tasks. Accessible in the foyer, the sorter enables return of materials even when the main library is closed. A drive-through window is yet another means of picking up and dropping off library materials for busy patrons. Customer-centered checkout kiosks are located at the front and throughout the library for quick, easy checkout. Teens, kids

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The library’s popular events bring the community to the Center. An Early Literacy Fair for parents and caregivers drew a packed house. Last September’s Food Truck round-up attracted more than 300 people interested in local food vendors and the library’s books and resources. Literary and digital storytelling workshops and top-tier author talks have also proven a strong draw. The website ( CONTINUED > lists upcoming activities.

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Seva is a welcome relief from the gilded elephants and heavy upholstery often found in Indian restaurants. But few people are coming for the décor. Instead, they come for the fresh and tasty buffet. At $10.95, the buffet is an absolute steal. Start with a tart and refreshing mango lassi. Resting underneath a beautiful peacock mural, the buffet generally holds about six different entrees, as well as naan, vegetable pakoras (my favorite), a salad bar, several relishes and chutneys and the ubiquitous if linguistically troubling, chai tea. (Doesn’t chai mean tea in Hindi?) One of the things that makes Seva stand out amongst other Indian restaurants is the level of service. In fact, Seva means ‘to serve’ in Hindi, so it’s wonderful that it’s more than a title. When fresh naan has come out of the oven, they present it to you at your table before adding it to the warming tray on the buffet.

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Driver's Notebook

Tesla’s All-Electric Model S Rewrites the Rules ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY TOM STRONGMAN


alk up to the all-electric Tesla Model S, and the beautifully sculpted flush door handles glide silently out to greet you. The handles, themselves a work of art, are an invitation to a driving experience that is silent, sophisticated and addictive. I was fortunate to be able to sample the experience through the generosity of a local Tesla owner who let me drive his car, the most powerful P85 performance model. The first thing you notice is how beautiful the car is. The four-door has a coupelike profile with muscular flanks and a purposeful stance. Its lines are fluid and smooth, much like the power delivery of its AC induction electric motor. The second thing is the bank-vault quiet and the incredible acceleration of the P85. It launches from a stop like a Porsche Turbo (minus the noise), pinning you back in the seat like a jet plane on takeoff. Zero to 60 miles per hour comes in 4.2 seconds. Top track speed is 133 mph. Consumer Reports called the Model S “a nearly perfect car,” the best it has ever tested. MOTOR TREND magazine awarded it the 2013 Car of the Year and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a five-star crash rating. It is built in Tesla’s plant in Fremont, Calif. With top-quality materials and fit and finish equal to or better than a Mercedes-Benz S-Class or BMW 7-series, the Model S has a hard-to-describe but easy-to-feel sense of heft and road presence. The low center of gravity (because the litium-ion battery pack is under the floor), instantaneous torque from the electric motor and lack of noise make it feel as if you are flying a magic carpet. The more you drive, the more you want to drive. 46 Northland Lifestyle | April 2014

Regenerative braking recharges the battery as the car slows and it is strong enough that letting up on the the throttle is usually enough to bring the car to a stop with very little brake application. Range anxiety, so common in electric cars, is rarely an issue with the Model S unless you have a long trip in mind. The 60 kWh battery has a range of 208 miles, and the 85 kWh battery has a range of 265 miles. Range depends on how you drive. The acceleration is enthralling but if you mash the throttle a lot the range will be shortened considerably. Drive reasonably and you should be able to get close to the EPA-certified range target. Charging can be done with a 110-volt outlet, but that takes a long time. Buyers will want to install a 240-volt outlet at their home. The car can be equipped with a 40-amp charger or an 80-amp charger that is twice as fast. To facillitate long-distance travel, Tesla is

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The annual Palm Sunday Brunch is sponsored by the Contemporary Life Class of Avondale United Methodist from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The menu includes sausage, bacon, eggs, fresh fruit, pastries and beverages. Proceeds will help with class mission projects. There is a suggested donation of $7.00 for adults and $3.50 for children 3-10. 816.452.3518

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Help to celebrate 90 years of work in our city with the City Union Mission. The 2014 luncheon will continue to celebrate and honor the women who have made a lasting mark on the fabric of our city through their tireless dedication including Lynda Callon ~ Patty Garney & Sandra Aust ~ Betsy Vander Velde.


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Bring the family out for a sweet treat to fight child abuse. Come into the Plaza and Zona Rosa locations of Yogurtini, mention Spofford fundraiser, and 15% of your sale will benefit Spofford’s programs.


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at making our mark in world history. The Guinness Book of World records has sanctioned the parade for two world record attempts: World’s largest costumed dog parade and the most dogs in costume. Prizes will be awarded for the best in show. The $5 entry fee per dog all goes to Great Plains SPCA who opened their second shelter in the Metro area.






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Parting Thoughts

The Hanging Gardens of Rachel WORDS RACHEL C. MURPHY


veryone has a memory of the place they first called their own. Sometimes it’s with a spouse; sometimes it’s their first dorm. For me, it was the first apartment that I didn’t have roommates, the quaint four rooms that were mine before I moved into my husband’s Northland home. It was the first and the last place that was truly mine. I lived in Westport, on a small, tree-shaded street in a house that was split into two separate apartments. Mine was on the top half of the house and included a bedroom, bathroom, living room and kitchen. No more than I needed, and certainly not less. I loved the shiny wood floors and the charm of screenless windows. And as I started to write more about gardening for the Kansas City Star, I started to think of where I could have a garden without a yard. I had tried the normal patio tomatoes in past apartments, growing one mealy, wan Roma that was fit for pride more than dinner. I could generally kill the ‘living basil’ plant more out of neglect than consumption. And the potted daffodils that my someday husband brought to my doorstep for our first date never had a chance. I was missing a key component: light. I had no yard to speak of and the shared yard that the house had was thickly shaded. The only spot that might work was in the most unlikely place: the slanted surface of the apron roof. The roof was accessible from my large kitchen window, and so I thought to myself, ‘Self, I’m going to make this work’. Instead of a window box, which there was no space to put up because of the angle, I purchased pots and bricks and the seeds of hope, dill and basil. Planting my herbs was the easy part. Leaning on the wisdom of master gardeners, I made sure there was proper drainage and


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situated the pots on the far edges of the roof and propped up the pots with bricks to prevent them from slipping off. What came next was perhaps my first glimpse of the dark side of success. In the bright sunshine, with good seeds and frequent watering to the dismay of my height-intimidated now-boyfriend, my roof top herb garden took off. Dill climbed 5 feet in the air in feathery stalks of rainforest glory. Basil bloomed as if it was at home in the Tuscan countryside. All of the pots that I so carefully tended produced more than I could have ever dreamed. Until... Even the best-intentioned defiance of gravity has its limits and mine was summer storms in Kansas City. As the first few blew through, I scrambled out to move my herbal babies closer to the house. But eventually, a storm caught me when I wasn’t at home to protect them and I came home to the carnage of spilled dirt and uprooted herbs on the sidewalk in front of my doorstep like a suicidal salad bar alone in the world. This happened several times, each time more violently than the last as the plants grew past my expectations. I’m lucky that they missed any passersby as they careened towards their deaths. Looking back, the garden was a lark, and one that succeeded on some levels. People still ask me if I’m growing things on the roof, but I tell them that sadly, no, all my plants live in carefully tended plots in my Northland yard. They are more successful here but the whimsy that grew with them on the roof is lacking. It was fueled by the confidence in my own space that defied gravity.


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