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Lifestyle Letter

Back to School AUGUST 2017

Dear Reader,

PUBLISHER

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need to admit something--I'm jealous. I'm jealous of the kids running down the aisles of Target, picking out new pencils and pads of wide or college-ruled paper. I'm jealous of the parents pouring over supply lists and fussing over pencil cases. I can't WAIT to be able to do that for my daughter but we (thankfully, in some ways) have quite a way to go before I have the pleasure of going Back to School shopping.

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I was and ever will be, a nerd. I loved school. I earned good grades, read without ceasing and looked forward to each school year. There is nothing like the end of August (it was the beginning of September in my day!) to bring butterflies to my stomach in anticipation of all the things that I would learn, the field trips I would take, and the new friends I would make. And now, in the age where being a nerd is cool (hello and thank you STEM!) I can't wait for my daughter to have the same giddy anticipation. In the meantime and the next four years, I'll just have to be content to read to her each day and watch her eager mind soak up her surroundings. This month we have a little bit for everyone. For the fashion-savvy, we have our top picks for back to school fashion. Your kiddos will be the talk of the classroom in these looks. Max Groove will let you in on everything that he has learned in his more than 30-year career as a smooth jazz pianist. And learn how and where you can see the Great American Eclipse first hand this month. For some, it will be a once in a lifetime event-catch it now or wait until 2024! 

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August 2017

23 32 Departments

23 Em Chamas

More than just meat

28 Cruising With Max Groove

Smooth jazz master Max Groove jams by

land, sea, and airwaves

32 Express Yourself

Fun back-to-school looks to copy—

without getting in trouble!

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Faith Reflections

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Hot Spot

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Water & Woods

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Giving Back

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Lifestyle Calendar

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Good Times

Byars Dental 10th Anniversary

Byars Dental Celebrated their 10 Year Anniversary with a Patient Appreciation party on July 22nd at Clayview Country Club. Guests enjoyed games, prizes, The Funnel Cake Truck, and face painting.

Dr. Byars' son Cal Byars trying some cake!

McClaine Tesar and friends with Dr. Byars kickin off Jane Henry one of our long time patients stopped the patient apprecation party by to wish Dr. Byars a Happy 10th anniversary!

Jon Chretien made it to the Funnel Cake Truck!

Diane and Hugh Salmons enjoying posing for the Hot Rod Heuy having fun with face painting! caricature artist!

Daley Byars and Emily Horwitz hamming it up!

Family affair! Donna Byars, Dr. Michael Byars and Jolie Austin making her entrance at the carnival! Andy Byars

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Good Times

Bill Grigsby Memorial Dedication

June 22nd saw the dedication of a life-sized statue of the Prince of Parkville himself, Bill Grigsby. The statue stands in Pocket Park at 1st and Main. Mayor Nan Johnston and Mitch Holthus, the Voice of the Chiefs, helmed the event.

Mayor Nan Johnston, Karen Kornaki, Gary Stani

Father Roche, Cory Clark, and Ken "Fuzzy" Kremer

Dale Brouk, Ken "Fuzzy" Kremer, and Ed Bradley

Shawn Barber, Gary Spani, Deron Cherry, Ken “Fuzzy” Kremer, Trent Publisher Carey Welsch and Len Dawson Bryant, Len Dawson, and Ted McKnight.

Mitch Holthus

Ann Handelman (daughter of Bill Grigsby), Fran Grigsby (wife of BG), Paul Grigsby (son of BG) Candace Jones, Alisha Blackwelder, Kelly Putnam, and Nan Johnston, Mayor of Parkville Peggy Parolin

Chiefs ambassadors and Parkville residents joined for the celebration. 12

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Mayor Nan Johnston with Fran Grigsby and former Chiefs GM Jim Schaaf.


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Good Times

Twilight at the TreeHouse shines light on patient needs

Liberty Hospital Foundation hosted the ninth annual Twilight at the TreeHouse in June. Nearly 400 guests enjoyed games, live auction and the O’Dell Award for Philanthropy to Ron Mullennix. Funds raised support Liberty Hospital Foundation programs, including the patient assistance fund.

Twilight at the TreeHouse – 2017 Steering Committee Left to Right: Chris and Dana Igoe, Charles and Laura Chambers, Kristen and Jesse Jackson. Stephanie Green, heather Herr, Kari Anson, Cheryl Kohlsteadt, Angela Castle, Jody Magera and Lori Tritz

Janie James, Shelly James and Bobbie Mathes.

Kristi Soligo Fleshman, Liberty Hospital Foundation Board President, welcomes the crowd

Dr. Ward and Deb Ohlhausen

Greg Lund, Ron Mullennix and Mark Bertrand

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Around Town

AROUND TOWN

in early July, but it will quickly be joined by a brewery expansion, called Colony Handcrafted Ales, and a fully operational kitchen. If interested in scheduling an event or booking a show, please email at booking@therinokc.com.  A calendar of events can be found at TheRinoKC.com.

GLADSTONE CUTS RIBBON ON ROCK CREEK GREENWAY TRAIL Gladstone city officials cut the ribbon on Rock Creek Greenway

WILSON FLOORING PARTNERS WITH TROY GREEN ON EPIC WALK

Trail on July 13. Construction on the 10-foot-wide mixed use trail began last summer. The trail stretches .75 miles beginning at Northeast

Wilson's Floor Covering, Inc is excited to partner with Troy Green for

Brooktree Lane and ending at Hidden Hollow Park. The city plans

his upcoming Ruck Between Rivers event! Beginning on September

to continue its trail expansion to NE 67th Terrace to meet up with

14th, Troy Green, along with several other veterans will walk across

the M-1 Highway Trail which connects to Happy Rock Park, 7600 NE

Missouri in order to raise money for the Cameron Veteran's Home.

Antioch Road, Kansas City, Missouri.

The Ruck will end in St. Joseph on September 17th and be celebrated

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partnership

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with a free concert by local celebrity Matt Snook. Funds raised will

Regional Council, the city was awarded $450,000 from the MARC

then be presented to the Veteran's home. Last year Green raised over

Transportation Enhancement/Transportation Alternatives Committee

$8,000 to provide daily living expenses and event funds. It is an honor

to construct this trail. The Missouri Department of Transportation

to help support such a great cause. For more information, go to Ruck

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THE RINO OPENS IN NORTH KANSAS CITY

NORTH KANSAS CITY WELCOMES FLOW HOUSE

Local coffee destination Colony Beer and Espresso has expanded

Plans for the new One North development in North Kansas City

to include The RINO. The goal with The RINO is to provide a place

include a FlowRider wave generator at the Flow House restaurant

north of the river for up-and-coming bands & songwriters to play on a

and entertainment center.

nightly basis. The venue boasts state-of-the-art sound initially geared

Flow House Kansas City restaurant recently announced the addi-

for rock and rock sub-genres but other genres like hip-hop and jazz

tion as part of plans for an 8,000-square-foot flowboarding area. Flow

nights may come as well. Although Colony plans on primarily using

House is one of four restaurants set to open next year in the $200-mil-

this space for local and touring acts, The RINO will also be available

lion, mixed-use One North Development. The 58-acre area is immedi-

to be rented for corporate events, parties, weddings, etc.

ately southeast of I-35 and Armour Road in North Kansas City.

The addition of The RINO physically expands Colony’s space and

Destination Developers LLC, is the master developer of the site, which

allows them to build an even stronger community. The RINO opened

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Around Town (CON TI N UED)

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Faith Reflections

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What does Children International focus on? For the first two decades of a child’s life, we surround kids with a safe place, a caring team and a clear path out of poverty through programs focused on health, education, empowerment and employment. These programs, which are country-relevant and age-specific, give our kids the crucial life and job skills they need to break the cycle of poverty for good.

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Hot Spot

EM CHAMAS more than just meat

A strawberry Caipirinha hints at the tropics.

ARTICLE RACHEL MURPHY PHOTOGRAPHY JOEL SCHNEIDER

The passion fruit habanero sauce on the chicken thighs is balanced and flavorful.

EM CHAMAS

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decade is a long time in the restaurant business--long enough to know how to do things right. That can certainly be said for Em

Chamas Brazillian Grill, the Northland's own destination for perfectly cooked Brazilian barbecue. The passion project of brothers Sam and Nick Silvio, Em Chamas has set the standard for tableside rodizio service since 2007. Most are familiar with the concept--Em Chamas offers 12-16 different cuts of meat, featuring beef, pork, lamb, and chicken. Their beef is 30-day aged certified Angus beef, so quality starts before the skewers ever hit the rotisserie. Once they do, all proteins are cooked to perfection and served tableside, cut to order. Along with the hot and cold bar, the rodizio service is their trademark and a must for any meat lover.  But what happens when you don't want a huge meal? I mean, sure, you could stop after one portion of top sirloin stuffed with Provolone cheese, but why? So when you want a taste but not the full smorgasbord, there is a solution: head to the Inferno lounge. 

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(CON TI N U ED)

A hot and cold bar comes with the Rodizio service.

The lounge at Em Chamas is a hidden gem. The

salsa, the fish was perfectly cooked and moderately

cozy area features live music on certain nights

seasoned--even someone fairly spice-averse would

and a fantastic happy hour, and its own menu, one

enjoy it. Shared, the portion was a nice appetizer but

that features both favorites from the Rodizio menu

if ordered for one, it would make for a great light din-

and unique dishes, served tapas-style. 

ner along with a glass of Argentinian wine.

I visited the lounge on a recent Thursday night,

For those that like a more fiery dinner, the

as a solo acoustic guitarist plucked his way through

Boneless Spicy Chicken Thighs ($6) are perfect.

vintage pop hits. The lounge filled slowly with after

Two thighs are given the rotisserie treatment after

work revelers and small families, lured in by great

48 hours in a marinade. The finishing touch though

prices and no need for stretchy pants.

is the signature passion fruit habanero sauce. The

The lounge menu has a few standout dishes that

sauce truly makes the dish. The subtle heat warms

you wouldn't expect. The first was the blackened

up after time but by the time it kicks in, you're half-

salmon($12). Served on a bed of wilted spinach stud-

way through another tender, juicy bite.

ded with sauteed garlic, and topped with pineapple 24

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If you're looking for a heartier choice, try the Brazilian Cheese Steak Sliders ($12). Far from the Philadelphia version, this is really a great use of one of their rodizio selections--the Fraldinha or sirloin steak. The steak is thinly shaved and topped with caramelized onion, provolone cheese and topped with a savory chimichurri sauce on a crispy baguette. Along with a pile of impossibly thin and crispy house potato chips, this sandwich will satisfy even the heartiest appetite. For those that need salad but don't want to be too virtuous, the Caprese ($8) is a great choice. Cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella lounge in a basil pesto sauce with a drizzle of balsamic gastrique. It's simple but tasty.  And if you find that you miss the traditional flavors of the rodizio, then you can choose cuts of your favorites to order a la carte. Add a side of the meaty feijoada (black beans stewed with pork) and rice and you'll have a perfectly sized dinner without the need for a nap afterwards. 

The lounge is also a great place to check out the extensive Caipirinha list, featuring the original (cachaca, lime, and sugar), as well as fruit versions (I prefer the passion fruit) and riffs on the cocktail using different spirits such as sake, vodka, and even limoncello. If lime and sugar aren't your thing, then the Em-tinis list will catch your fancy. Don't worry beer drinkers, you have plenty of choices, both local and Brazilian. There's nothing like a completely indulgent meal like the Rodizio experience but sometimes it's nice to be able to pop in, have a few nibbles, sip a cocktail and enjoy a little music. So if you're feeling like a visit to Brazil but can't afford the trip, head to Em Chamas. No matter what your appetite, they are sure to please.  August 2017 | Northland Lifestyle

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Cruising ARTICLE PETE DULIN | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

h t i w

Max

Groove Smooth jazz master Max Groove jams by land, sea, and airwaves

M

ax Groove, 66, slides into a banquette at First Watch in North Kansas City. His blonde-haired daughter Jazmine, 13, cozies next to him. She orders a stack of chocolate chip pancakes and he orders his usual. This father-and-

daughter scene is heartwarming on the surface. Between bites of breakfast, Groove recounts a life that prompts him to break into laughter, express humility, proclaim gratitude, and shed tears. Most people know Groove, born Brian Hohmann, as a smooth jazz pianist. “I can write and play different styles of jazz, but I wanted to play something funky and more melodic,” says Groove, who resides in Gladstone. “I’m one of the pioneers of smooth jazz. Smooth jazz is toe-tapping music with attitude.” He hums a few bars in a honeyed voice with a warmth that won’t be found on a mobile phone ringtone. It’s catchy and easy to connect with the melody and beat.

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MAX GROOVE (CON TI N UED)

He’s performed countless shows around Kansas City. He has also toured nationally

“I haven’t had a day job in 44 years,” says Groove. “I’ve been playing music full-time since 1973.”

Groove recalls early in his career when he opened for Count Basie. Groove’s smooth

with The Temptations, Four Tops, Peabo

Groove grew up in the inner city of Kansas

jazz style ran counter to the swinging, jump-

Bryson, Count Basie, Chaka Khan, and

City. His weary half-smile, framed by a full,

ing rhythm-driven jazz that Basie helped

Joan Armatrading. Groove has recorded

silvery beard, underscores the memory. He

to create and popularize as a pioneer. With

and released 12 CDs, including three that

says, “It was the ghetto, brother.”

Groove and his mother at Basie’s side back-

have charted in the Top 20 of Billboard Jazz.

Groove’s mother, an opera singer from

stage, Basie silenced nearby promoters and

“Midnight Rain” and “It’s a Beautiful Day” are

New York, married her second husband, an

naysayers of smooth jazz and requested that

two highlights among his many recordings.

accomplished professional jazz violinist, and

Groove play one of his funkier compositions. Groove has never looked back.

Groove will embark on a new adventure

the family moved to Prairie Village. He learned

in 2018. He will perform two concerts during

to play guitar, viola, keyboard, organ, and

When Max Groove disbanded, Hohmann

a “smooth jazz” Caribbean cruise from

piano in succession between the ages of five

adopted the name for himself as a smooth

January 8 to 13 aboard Royal Caribbean’s

and seventeen. As a young man, he met jazz

jazz pianist. He has continued to compose and

Independence of the Seas ship.

luminaries, such as Count Basie, through his

perform music under the moniker ever since.

parent’s connection to professional musicians.

Inspiration comes naturally.

“It’s a ‘get to know me’ cruise for fans,” says Groove. “The cruise is for fans and

As a 24-year-old, he started a disco band,

“I believe in God. I see beauty all around

people that are excited to go with me and

Moxie, in the Seventies and worked as a musi-

at the lake and in everyday life,” says Groove.

escape the cold in winter.”

cian, producer, and recording engineer over the

“Melodies come into my head.”

Groove spreads strawberry jam on his

next decade. He broke up the band and in 1980

He hums the tune to “Pismo Beach,” a

toast. Jazmine, who plays clarinet, smiles

founded a new group, Max Groove. Hohmann

two-chord song that slowly builds and res-

with adoration and quietly listens. They both

wouldn’t take on the Max Groove identity as a

onates with a ringing guitar line. The song,

have cool blue eyes. She leans into Groove as

solo performer until later in his career.

one of his biggest hits, is played regularly

he riffs beyond the standard notes of a vet-

“The name came from the maximum groove

around the world including Tokyo, Japan.

eran musician’s career. Glancing at Jazmine’s

width of a stylus that fit into the grooves of

Another hit “Midnight Rain” has been used

patient expression, it is clear that Groove has

vinyl albums when recording,” he explains.

as background music in “The Young and the

been fairly open about the rough times and glory days of his career.

The new ensemble, Max Groove, began as a

Restless” and at shopping malls and piped

studio band that performed as a rhythm section

into elevators. Groove doesn’t mind the asso-

for other recording acts. In time, the band began

ciation with smooth jazz as “elevator music.”

performing as an opening act for Motown leg-

He continues to earn royalties from his cre-

ends The Temptations and Four Tops.

ative work over a lifetime.

“I’M ONE OF THE PIONEERS OF SMOOTH JAZZ. SMOOTH JAZZ IS TOE-TAPPING MUSIC WITH ATTITUDE.”

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“I’m blessed to be alive and fortunate to

“You don’t get to do what I do without

make a living from my music,” says Groove.

faith. I’ve lived through adversity, the seedy

“My career has had its ups and downs.”

underside of life,” says Groove. He nods to his

He briefly recounts memories of his time

daughter. “Marrying her mother straightened

spent in Los Angeles and high-flying days,

me out. I’m less ego-driven. My career took

where his earnings evaporated during vaca-

off and I started to tour again. It’s good to be

tions and diversions. He alludes to struggles

alive and to have children.”

with drugs earlier in life and, mindful of Jazmine, doesn’t share details.

Humor and joy return to his voice. Max Groove got his groove back. He’s recording

“I’ve been destitute and slept in doorways

a new album. He’s excited about the smooth

when I was younger,” says Groove. “I’ve

jazz cruise, where he’ll perform with longtime

come a long way. I’ve pulled myself out of

bandmates drummer Guy Busch, bassist

the gutter and made something of myself.

Clay Johnson, and guitarist Max Perry.

It’s amazing. I can’t believe it.” He pauses and stares across the table. The

“The future is bright. Each day is one more day of blessings,” says Groove.

weight of these memories bears down; friends

A fragment of a memory shared earlier

and peers lost to habits that he somehow sur-

comes to mind. A phrase that his mother

vived after quitting cold turkey; the loss of a

told her son backstage before he performed.

multi-album recording contract after releasing

“Play pretty,” she said.

an album months before 9/11 brought the

Wherever Max Groove takes the stage,

world to a standstill. Love and loss, survival

whether it is at the Green Lady Lounge in

and renewal, thoughts of these elemental

Kansas City’s Crossroads or a cruise ship

forces flicker in his blue eyes. Groove openly

gliding across blue Caribbean waters, the

weeps next to his daughter over breakfast.

notes rippling from his piano are bound

He dries his eyes and apologizes. Jazmine is silent and steady as a rock by his side. Later in the conversation, when asked to

to sound pretty.

“I’M BLESSED TO BE ALIVE AND FORTUNATE TO MAKE A LIVING FROM MY MUSIC,”

Details about Max Groove’s smooth jazz cruise are available at MaxGroove.com.

share thoughts of her father, Jazmine replies without hesitation, “I’m proud of him and everything he’s done.” Groove had his first child, Briann, when he was 50 followed by Jazmine four years later. His family and his faith have motivated and inspired him.

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Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina

in our backyard. Everyone, it seems, is talking about the

Tennessee,

(a small portion of Montana and Iowa are included in the path).

total solar eclipse, which will occur on August

The eclipse will begin at 11:40 a.m., when the

21. The total solar eclipse has been coined the

sky will begin to darken. Complete darkness will

“Great American Eclipse,” because it will occur

occur at 1:06 p.m. and last until 1:08 p.m. The sun

coast to coast in front of millions of people.

will shine at full brightness again at 2:34 p.m.

One of the best places to view the eclipse

The eclipse has attracted nationwide

is St. Joseph, Mo, just 35 miles north of Platte

attention, with many national news organi-

City. The reason — St. Joseph will have

zations highlighting St. Joseph as an excel-

one of the longest amounts of “totality”—

lent spot to view this rare event.

complete darkness for 2 minutes and 38

According to the St. Joseph Convention

seconds. St. Joseph is also the fifth-largest

& Visitors Bureau, there are multiple,

city on the path of totality, a narrow corri-

city-approved viewing sites for the eclipse

dor which stretches across fourteen states:

(StJoMO.com/eclipse2017).

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COLEMAN HAWKINS PARK AT FELIX STREET SQUARE • 701 Felix Street

Enjoy the eclipse from beautiful downtown with live entertainment, food and drink vendors. EAST HILLS SHOPPING CENTER • 3702 Frederick Avenue • 816.279.5667

• ShopEastHills.com The mall’s parking lot is a city-approved viewing location and will offer free planetarium shows Saturday - Monday, RV camping, store discounts, food court, and a place to cool off. REMINGTON NATURE CENTER • 1502 McArthur Drive • 816.271.5499 •

StJoeNatureCenter.info ST. JOE FRONTIER CASINO • 777 Winners Circle

There will be an educational solar display featured in August and kids can participate in an indoor sun scavenger hunt! The nature center will be open extended hours on Solar Eclipse Day from 7:00 a.m. - noon and 2:00 -6:00 p.m. Admission will be $3 for adults, $2 for seniors (60+), $1 for children 4-15 and free for those 3 and under. Indoor restrooms will be available for paid guests. Outdoor port-a-pots will be available for the general public. ROSECRANS MEMORIAL AIRPORT • 100B NW Rosecrans Road

• 816.271.5374 Rosecrans will have a large primitive camping and RV areas Aug 19-21, $40 per night/RV $60 per night. Parking $20 per car day of the event. (Reserve tickets at bit.ly/SolarEclipseAtRosecrans) Hear amateur and professional astronomers with high-powered, safety-filtered telescopes and detailed running commentaries by Michael Bakich from Astronomy Magazine. (Tune in to Eagle Radio stations to

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GreatLIFE KC is hosting a charity golf classic to celebrate the eclipse

“Sunglasses will not keep your eyes safe. Looking

and benefit area children through the GreatLIFE Cares Foundation

through a camera, telescope or binoculars without a solar

and Royals Charities. St. Joseph Country Club is one of 24 locations

filter can seriously harm your eyes.”

participating in the tournament on August 21st. TRAILS WEST!® FESTIVAL HAS EXTENDED INTO MONDAY. • CIVIC CENTER PARK/CITY HALL • 1100 Frederick Avenue • 816.233.0231

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interruptions in cell phone service during the eclipse, as

Open 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday, noon Sunday, 10 a.m. Monday.

well as traffic and highway delays from the influx of crowds

Nationally-known performing artists, fine art, craft, and food vendors

expected in St. Joseph on August 21.

gather for a fun-filled weekend of family-friendly entertainment. As a

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Giving Back

TEAMING UP TO JOIN UP

PATRIOT OUTREACH AND CERNER WORK TO HELP VETERANS WITH PTSD

ARTICLE JENNIFER HIGGINS AND RACHEL MURPHY

PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

T

he Vietnam conflict is not an easy subject for most veterans to discuss. Scott Blaney can attest to that. The 30-year Army veteran spent time in Vietnam and in Desert Storm. Although he doesn’t talk much

about his experiences, the wounds are there, as his wife, Carol, can attest. Healing those wounds and the other effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), is the mission of Patriot Outreach and one application of Join-Up, a program run by the ‘Horse Whisperer’ Monty Roberts and intended to teach gentle, effective alternatives to violence and force. COO and CFO of Patriot Outreach, Jack Shafferman, Army Colonel (Ret.), saw the benefits of the Join-Up program first hand and has facilitated area veterans to take part in the program through the financial support from Patriot Outreach. “Patriot Outreach has partnered with Monty's Learning Center to provide instructors, courses for training equine operations, standards of operation, and skill PTSD workshop for our warriors. We first heard about it six years ago. After visiting and checking out the program, we really liked the program Monty was doing. We provide funds for warriors with PTSD to go to the ranch for help. As one recent attendee said, ‘You experience firsthand the use of non-verbal language with horses, a proven coping strategy to combat daily stress and PTSI’, ” Shafferman says.

“There was a bunkhouse that single soldiers could stay in and everyone gath-

That nonverbal communication is what Roberts

ered in the main house in the evenings. That’s when people really opened up about

is known for. His ranch, Flag Up Farms in Solvang,

their experiences. Monty really made it a welcoming experience for everyone and

California, provides a calm, peaceful setting for people

people that wouldn’t normally talk about their experiences, like Scott, felt comfort-

that wish to complete the Join-Up program., which

able enough to share. It was a really amazing experience,” says Carol.

involves working one on one with a horse, learning nonverbal cues and communicating with the animal.

Health information technologies company Cerner, based in Kansas City, recently reached out to Shafferman, looking to further help the community and make a

Carol and Scott Blaney enjoyed the program recently.

deeper impact with the level of care received by service members and veterans.

They were each paired with a horse and learned to work

Out of a list of 10 potential programs Shafferman was looking to receive funding for,

with the horse to calm their minds, still their fears and work

Join-Up was the one selected by Cerner. With Cerner’s help, Shafferman hopes to

with the animal toward a common goal. The program

build more ranches and is appreciative of their support.

encourages the development of trust and acceptance by teaching the use of nonverbal skills with the horses.

“Although Cerner has always held a deep interest in helping people outside of traditional care settings like their doctor’s office or a hospital,” Travis Dalton, Senior

Beyond the work with the horses, Join-Up creates a safe

Vice President and General Manager of Federal Services, says, “we want to focus

place for veterans to speak freely about their experiences.

even more on our nation’s service members and veterans. Since we began working with the U.S. Department of Defense a few years ago, we see daily what these service members go through so have developed an even deeper passion for helping them, especially after they leave service. Jack’s group is unique and we were very inspired by his passion and mission.” While Patriot Outreach typically sends veterans to established programs for help, they are interested in building more ranches in the immediate region that can continue the work that Monty Roberts’ program has begun. With their commitment to serving our veteran community and the support of forward thinking companies like Cerner, Patriot Outreach is making strides toward mental health for those that have given the most. For more information on how to help and learn more about Patriot Outreach, visit

PatriotOutreach.org. To learn more about Monty Roberts and Join-Up, visit MontyRoberts.com .

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A veteran learns to speak Equus with his partner.

One of the best parts of Join-Up is the opportunity to share in a safe environment for veterans.

Roberts, (in cowboy hat) lends his expertise to help use horses to channel aggression in a nonviolent way.

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AN EVENING WITH JEFFREY BURNS, MD, MS SENIOR STAR AT WEXFORD PLACE Dr. Burns’ research program supports clinical trials testing new approaches to treating Alzheimer’s disease and a variety of research projects focused on how lifestyle issues such as diet and exercise can be used to prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s. His research is supported by the National Institutes of Health and generous contributions from the community. RSVP to 816.587.5700.

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AUGUST 18-21 PARKVILLE DAYS ENGLISH LANDING PARK The annual Parkville Days offers great family entertainment and fun in historic downtown Parkville. Admission is free and guests are

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Gary Crossley Ford is teaming up again with Assistance League of Kansas City to gather school supplies for children in need. Assistance League is 100% non-profit and is comprised of over 320 volunteers. Bring in school supplies to donate and be entered to win an iPad and enjoy lunch on the grill courtesy of Gary Crossley Ford!  Facebook.com/MyKCFord

AUGUST 27 RECIPES REMEMBERED WEXFORD PLACE SENIOR LIVING A vintage luncheon using recipes from cookbooks from the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s, will pay tribute to our Midwest and North Kansas City area’s heritage and cuisine. We will honor our past traditions of using food as part of our celebration of life’s special events and holidays.  AtkinsJohnsonFarm.com

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COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN BEGINS September 1st – December 31, 2017 Your contributions make it possible for Patriot Outreach to support all military and federal employees to get treatment for life stressors and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Your contributions will provide our Warriors and Families with the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.

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BANKING

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CHARITIES & FUNDRAISERS

Assistance League of Kansas City (816) 455-4485 ALKC.org Children International (816) 942-2000 children.org   Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City (816) 924-1096 habitatkc.org   Patriot Outreach (866) 967-8766 patriotoutreach.org   Savers Liberty Store (816) 792-4477 savers.com  

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Cryo Clinic (816) 863-7508 cryoclinicofthemidwest.com Fairway Eye Center (913) 491-9123 fairwayeyecenter.com   Liberty Orthopedics (816) 781-6066   Meritas Health (816) 691-2021 meritashealth.com   Mosaic Life Care (800) 447-6820 mymosaiclifecare.org  

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hat does it take to be Teacher of the Year? Ask Bill Freund! This middle school social studies and history teacher at St.

Therese School is living his passion and the Sons of the American Revolution took notice, awarding him the American History Teacher of the Year Award for his outstanding efforts to make history come alive for his students. Get to know this Star Teacher!  WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL WHEN YOU WERE A KID?

My favorite subject in school as a child was History. It was at Park College, though, when my interest in History really grew with the opportunity to learn from an eccentric professor.  This is when I realized this History was good stuff and began to see the importance of knowing about the past! WHICH SCHOOL SUPPLY DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO BUYING MOST?

Nowadays, my favorite school supply to buy is Lysol or antibiotic hand soap, although I'm always adding to my collection of ties (170+). WHAT IS YOUR IDEA OF A FUN WEEKEND NIGHT?

My wife and I love to go to O'Malley's in Weston and listen to some great Irish Pub Rock music. Great atmosphere and fantastic bands! WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE NORTHLAND?

Our favorite thing about the Northland is that we have everything we'd want to see, do or eat and it's still not too congested. We have a tradition of getting pizza every Friday night at Pizza Shoppe, that I started when I was in college in 1975. WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF CLASS?

My hobbies are coaching basketball and volleyball at St. Therese School. WHO ARE THE MEMBERS OF YOUR FAMILY?

Barbara is my wife of 38 years. We have one daughter, Jill, a nurse in Dallas, Texas, who is married with one child, Ethan. Our son, William, has spent 17 years in Army, currently on 7th tour, and is married with one child, Amelia. WHAT ARE YOUR GUILTY PLEASURES?

My wife would tell you I have two guilty pleasures, watching the news (I've been a "news/political junkie" since middle school), and watching old westerns, T.V. shows, and movies. They are a reminder of a simpler time and the good guys always win.


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Northland August 2017  

August 2017 Issue of Northland Lifestyle

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