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Dear Gladstone Residents, The Gladstone City Council is pleased to present you with the latest issue of Gladstone, a community magazine sponsored by the Gladstone Economic Betterment Council (GEBC). The Council would also like to thank everyone who supports the magazine with advertisements. The positive feedback and comments that are received following each issue are tremendous. We are pleased to bring you a new look and design for the magazine. It is our hope that you will find the new features interesting and inviting. The magazine is now in sixth year and the Council is excited to share with readers the new look and feel of the magazine. Gladstone now has a greater community reach with more pictures of people from around the community. A new look for the cover, new feature articles that focuses on the arts and culture aspects of the community. You will also find residents recipes and traditions that are shared in this issue. Even with the changes you will find many fun and interesting articles, as well as updates on City projects and activities and of course you will still be able to enjoy our own local history. You will also recognize things that the Council and staff continue to work on regarding sustainability and healthy initiatives.
Richard King, Public Information Coordinator and Melinda Mehaffy, Economic Development Administrator prepared articles not attributed to an author. Gladstone Magazine is a biannual publication of the Gladstone Economic Betterment Council. This magazine is prepared to share local and regional information with the citizens of Gladstone, seniors and Parks Program subscribers. Please support the local merchants who support this publication by shopping Gladstone. Please submit story lines and suggestions for future articles to Richard King, Public Information Coordinator at (816) 436-2200 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The following is a list of Boards and Commissions that serve the city of Gladstone. These groups are driven by volunteer efforts. If you have an interest in serving with one of these groups, please contact City Hall at (816) 436-2200.
If you have an item of interest that you would like to see in the magazine, please contact Richard King, Public Information Coordinator at City Hall. If you have an item you like to bring to the attention of the Council, you may do so by e-mail to City Hall. The address to use is email@example.com. As always the City Council thanks each of you for your continued support of our City and the endeavors taken to improve the overall community and quality of life for our residents.
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Planning Commission Capital Improvements Program Committee Board Of Zoning Adjustment Code Board Of Appeals Environmental Management Advisory Committee Industrial Development Authority Neighborhood Commission Parks & Recreation Advisory Board Gladstone Special Road District No. 3 Telecommunications Advisory Board Tax Increment Financing (Tif) Commission Arts Commission Publisher/President H. Guyon Townsend III Publisher/President Bill Gaier Account Executive Jane Quigley
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Council Goals Public Safety Sales Tax Voter Approved Bonds at Work Park Master Plan for Gladstone
helpfromhome 25 A Week Without any Cooking 28 Property Maintenance on a Shoestring Budget
culture 38 25 Years of Theatre in the Park 44 The Arts in Gladstone 31 Free and Easy eBooks
history 14 17 18
End of an Era Memories Who Names a City?
lifestyles 30 Organic vs. Chemical 31 Gladstone Spring Home Show 32 Walking - Fitness for Life 31 May Baskets - A Forgotten Tradition?
studentstories 50 Big Shoal Church Bonnet Show 51 Big Shoal Country Fair 52 Summertime Bluesfest 53 Gladfest 33
56 District Student Journalists Travel to Minneapolis to Compete at National Convention 58 Making Decisions - NKCHS Seniors Face Deadlines for Life after High School 60 Protecting Schools and Students from Violence
62 Extraordinary Educational Experiences 54 Growing and Going Gladstone School on the Move
68 Composting - Living Green 70 Landscaping 101 72 Creative Genius - Gladstoneâ€™s Urban Gardener
The Gladstone Economic Betterment Council (GEBC) sponsors your community magazine, Gladstone. GEBC also sponsors and supports the following programs in Gladstone: All America Cities, Gladstone Amphitheater, Gladstone Animal Control, Art Springs, Legacy Benches and Trees, DARE, Friends of Atkins-Johnson Farm, Gladstone on the Move, Gladstone Neighborhood Commission Organization Grants, Gladstone Neighborhood Commission Minor Home Repair program, Gladstone Parks and Rec Youth Program Scholarships, AtkinsJohnson Farm Restoration, the Mayorâ€™s Christmas Tree, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Model Block Program, Big Shoal Cemetery, Kids Triathlon and the Gladstone Green Home Show. * This magazine is intentionally designed as a flip book to distinguish between the Parks & Recreation Guide and your Gladstone community magazine.
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ccording to Missouri Statutes Gladstone is a third class city utilizing the Council/Manager form of government. This is a popular and effective form of government. It is even more effective when the City Council is willing to engage the community in dialogue, listen to what is being said, and then follow through with the appropriate action. This historically has been the way the Gladstone City Council has functioned throughout the years and is largely responsible for the success the City has enjoyed. It does take more than just listening and following through; it takes an informed leadership that is capable of setting short and long-term goals for success. This leads us to one of the most important functions of our City Council, setting goals. Throughout the years this has been a regular part of their function. They gather each fall to establish goals for the next budget year prior to the start of the budget process. Some of the goals that get set require voter support. Gladstone residents have always been big supporters when they are asked to help make improvements and buy equipment. Even in a down economy this community approved a Public Safety Sales Tax with a 78 percent approval. They approved bond issues for roads, water and sewer improvements with an 87 and 88 percent approval as well. This is an opportunity to share the Council goals for 2012. As you read about these new goals I am hopeful that you will read the other articles by city staff that will detail how the goals set for 2011 have been met. Recognizing that the primary commercial corridors in Gladstone are aging, the Council has set a goal to maintain and improve those corridors. A part of that goal includes a study of the Antioch Road corridor, with the 4
goal of identifying necessary improvements. This process will provide an important citizen engagement opportunity. The City has initiated a very aggressive neighborhood program over the last several years. Each neighborhood has different needs and objectives. The City wants to help but there are limited resources. Therefore, a goal has been to create a strategic plan designed to improve neighborhoods throughout the community. A big part of this effort is to have a plan that will help stabilize the market in Gladstone and preserve property values for everyone. It will also include strategies for rental and multi-family properties. This effort will include a look at an analysis of the community impact generated with a transition from single-family ownership to rental property and the impact of aging on our community. A third goal surrounds regional leadership. Staff has been engaged on a regional level with issues such as transit, shared services, and service contracting. All of these are important to our community when it comes to good resource management. Shared services and service contracting are just two of the ways that we can stretch our tax dollars and maximize our partnerships. Staff will continue to be engaged in these areas along with the City Council’s plans to become more engaged in regional groups and events. The Council has set a goal to identify opportunities for new ways to communicate with and engage citizens using technology. Right now the city uses email blasts to subscribers, has the city magazine that comes out twice a year, the cable television channel, Facebook, Twitter, a blog and the city web page. Watch for changes in how these communication tools are used as well as new ones that are
on the way. At the same time we will be developing a Boards and Commissions Academy concept that will be specifically for communicating successes in the community. This academy is in addition to the Future Leaders Academy, which is still being offered once a year beginning in January. Council established a goal to implement the new Parks Master Plan. This plan is a key element to the way our parks will be improved. This was a public planning session and many of you participated and shared your thoughts and dreams for Gladstone Parks. Thank you for your i nterest and continued to support of parks and park programs in Gladstone. There are other goals that have been established that staff will be focusing on in 2012. One of these goals is the continued effort to develop a Village Center. Facing the challenge of having never had a downtown in Gladstone this goal involves bringing new business opportunities into the heart of the City. Since the signing of the Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement there has been and will continue to be a focus on supporting sustainable practices and initiatives in the community. Part of that sustainability includes promoting and encouraging community involvement in healthy lifestyle programs. If Gladstone is going to truly be a sustainable community, attention must be given to promoting health in the community as we begin to sustain ourselves.
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I would encourage you to read over the articles submitted by City Department heads that detail how they have met Council Goals that were set for 2011. I think you will be pleased.
by | mikehasty Public Safety Director
Progress as Promised
was the Spring 2010 issue of Coming Home to Gladstone that shared several trends in public safety for Gladstone. The article featured information on calls for service, response time to calls, criminal investigations, the high volume of calls to apartment properties and the number of officers needed to address and slow these trends. Sharing of this information set the stage for what would later become an overwhelming vote of confidence for public safety by voters when a quarter cent sales tax increase for public safety was approved. The results of that vote of confidence have been positive. As pledged during the campaign, salary and benefits for six police officers were authorized and funded by revenue from the Public Safety Sales Tax (PSST). This had made it possible for the department to add four officers to uniform patrol, one additional detective to criminal investigations and an additional officer for neighborhood services bringing that total to two officers. With the addition of new police officers to the department, there has already been a significant reduction in response times to emergency calls for service. Police visibility has increased in the community and the department has been able to direct resources towards specific problem areas and pursuing fugitives.
The PSST also allowed some additional equipment to be purchased that will aid in investigations. This included a computer voice stress analyzer for use in investigations. This new equipment can be used by detectives in house rather than absorbing the expense of sending people to a certified polygraphist. An automated license plate reader (ALPR) was purchased for use in patrol services. The ALPR scans and photographs vehicle license plates, stores them and compares them to those in a regional database. If the vehicle was involved in a crime the officer will be notified. As an example a car is stopped in Lenexa, Kansas when an officer is notified the vehicle is wanted in a homicide in Gladstone. The driver when questioned denies that they were in Gladstone saying they were Columbia, MO. The database shows the time and place the photograph was taken proving it was in Gladstone. The investigation suddenly becomes easier because there is now new technology that aids the officer in the investigation. The efforts of the new Neighborhood Services Officers has brought success in solving several problems in our community, particularly in the apartment complexes. Working with the codes enforcement personnel, these officers are forming partnerships with property owners and are making a difference for our citizens. We have already realized a significant reduction in Public Safety calls for service at our apartment complexes. Of significant importance, is the fact that the PSST enabled Public Safety to effectively complete the migration to the Metropolitan Area Regional Radio System (MARRS).
Upgrades to the dispatch center have been completed; all of the radios installed and the new system is fully functional. By participating in the MARRS, we have replaced an aging public safety radio system that was undependable and experienced frequent failures with replacement parts difficult to locate. This interoperability allows Gladstone personnel to communicate with other metro-wide personnel from other agencies during major emergencies and disasters. This will enhance our delivery of police, fire and emergency medical services to our citizens and position our department to partner with other emergency service providers much more efficiently. An example of this efficiency comes with a dispatch talk group. For example, there is a robbery in Gladstone, the dispatcher selects the dispatch talk group and notifies everyone that Gladstone has a broadcast. The next transmission heard is from KCPD, Riverside PD, North KC PD stating that they are all holding the air for a Gladstone broadcast. The Gladstone dispatcher then broadcasts the information on the robbery that just occurred with the suspect description and all police officers in all of the listening cities hear the information at the same time Gladstone officers do. This is a much faster system than the old telephone call to each dispatcher. This technology provides an increased opportunity for apprehension of the suspect. The Public Safety Department is pleased to be able to utilize all of these things that were promised to you the citizens of Gladstone. These improvements and additions will allow the members of the department to more effectively provide a better delivery of public safety services. Thank you for your support.
by | timnebergall Public Works Director
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August of 2010, Gladstone voters approved a General Obligation Bond for the reconstruction of NE 76th Street, the reconstruction of N. Broadway Avenue, and an accelerated street maintenance program.
The accelerated street maintenance program was completed prior to June 1, 2011. This work included the repair and replacement of curbs, gutters, and sidewalks and the resurfacing of several residential streets including: • NE 69th Terrace from N. Troost to N. Flora • N. Olive and N. Park from NE 70th Street to NE 72nd Street • N. Agnes from NE 69th Terrace to NE 70th Street • NW 64th Street from N. Broadway to N. Oak • NE 62nd Street from N. Charlotte to N. Flora • N. Euclid from NE 58th Terrace to NE Shady Lane • NE 58th Terrace from N. Highland to N. Garfield • N. Broadway from NW 72nd Street to NW 76th Street
In addition to road construction projects, Gladstone voters approved a revenue bond to fund approximately $5-million in improvements to the water and sewer systems. To date, many improvements have been made to the water system including: • I nstallation of a solar powered mixer, high efficiency pumps with variable speed motors, and backup generator connection at the 5-Million Gallon Reservoir and Pump Station. • I nstallation of a new Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system to monitor, control, and record data at the water treatment plant. • Replacement of small diameter water mains at 16 different locations across the city.
The reconstruction of N. Broadway is now complete and the street was officially dedicated on December 13, 2011. The City continues to work with property owners on the NE 76th Street reconstruction project that will extend from N. Park Avenue to approximately 250-feet into Kansas City, MO. The goal is to take advantage of favorable construction prices and begin the project in the spring of 2012.
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Water projects planned for 2012 include: • Construction of a parallel 24” transmission main to improve water system reliability. • Miscellaneous improvements at the water treatment plant including the installation of air scour on the sand filters, clarifier upgrades, and continuous chlorine monitors. The City continues to place an emphasis on sanitary sewer projects, especially with rising sewer costs passed along by Kansas City, MO. Over the past year, the City has rehabilitated approximately 30,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer and plans to rehabilitate approximately 350 manholes in 2012. The City has also partnered with Liberty, MO on a cost of service study and continues to meet with Kansas City, MO to ensure that Gladstone residents are charged appropriately for sewer service. As you can see, the City has been quite busy and 2012 looks to be just as exciting. If you have any questions about the projects discussed, please do not hesitate to call Public Works at 816-436-5442. We would be more than happy to provide additional detail!
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by | sheilalillis Parks & Recreation Director
Park Master Plan for Gladstone
A park master plan is a comprehensive document that presents a long-term plan for the improvement and expansion of park facilities and recreation program development. It is a plan based on the desires of residents, park patrons and current trends in the parks and recreation industry. Gladstone’s last park master plan was prepared in 1990 when there were only two employees in the tiny Parks and Recreation Department. Using this master plan as a guide the City went on to renovate Happy Rock Park, installing the ball fields and trail so many enjoy today. The purchase of land that was once the Hamilton Heights Country Club and the creation of the Hamilton Heights Park was also part of the vision of this plan. The trail and amphitheatre at Oak Grove Park are in place because this plan was followed. Because of this plan it was understood that the next step should be as Capital Improvement funds and state and federal grants became available for the expansion of City parks and amenities. The top rated park improvement recommendation in 1990 was walking trails. The trails proved to be an immediate hit. “Twenty years later I find that it is the park amenity I use most often myself, Parks and Recreation Director Sheila Lillis said. Once again in 2011 the survey found that walking trails were the highest priority of our park users. 10
Central Park-Add shelters, a play structure, relocate and upgrade the ball field and multi-purpose field.
Flora Park-Upgrade existing ball diamond, provide more
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Hamilton Heights Park-Add a fishing platform, improve playground and extend pedestrian trail. Happy Rock Park-Upgrade shelter and concession
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City is happy to announce that in January 2012 a new Park Master Plan was in place. There may be many residents that did not know that there was a Parks Master Plan and many who may not realize all that such a plan includes.
What is a park master plan?
Based on a wide variety of data gathered during this process Land3 Studio put together a set of recommendations for reinvestment in City land and facilities always weighing the need for park development against the need for open green space. Check out the recommendations for your favorite parks:
Meadowbrook Park-Upgrade playground and shelter building, add parking, rebuild the volleyball, tennis and basketball courts.
How is a park master plan prepared?
The City engaged the services of Land 3 Studio to perform a 2011 Park Master Plan study to gather the information needed from residents, park patrons and program participants. Three open forum public meetings were held for the purpose of gaining knowledge about what people want. Comment cards were available so that visitors to the open meetings, City Hall and the Community Center could make their wishes known. The City Council and the Park Board were asked to share their vision for the future of parks in Gladstone. Land3 Studio sent out a statistically valid questionnaire to a percentage of our customers with the purpose of finding out which of our current parks and programs were most valued by our users and what future improvements and additions would be highly valued.
Here’s a sample of what we found: • The respondents rated their needs for various Parks and Recreation facilities. Top rated needs were for walking and biking trails (58%), large community parks (48%), small neighborhood parks (44%) and an amphitheatre (44%). • 92% of the respondents who had participated in recreation programs rated the quality of the programs as either excellent (55%) or good (37%). • The parks used most during the last year are Happy Rock and Oak Grove. This came as no surprise.
Oak Grove Park-Upgrade shelters, expand restrooms, add parking, extend pedestrian trail and upgrade landscape.
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BETTER FACILITIES! BETTER INSTRUCTORS! BETTER CLASS SIZES! BETTER PRICES! Remember, before any significant changes are made to a neighborhood park the City will go to the park neighbors and ask their opinions about the proposed change and what they desire for their park. Hopefully most of the ideas shown above will be in line with their wishes. Of course achieving all of these improvements will take many years but the City Council made an important first step on December 12th when they passed Resolution R-11100 adopting goals for 2011/2012; included on the list was “Implement the Parks Master Plan.” It took more than 20 years to implement the last park master plan but now the City knows that the residents of Gladstone want to reinvest in the park system we will move forward and over the next 20 years we will continue to achieve “progress through people.”
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END END of anof an ERA ERA history
Editors Note: Special thanks to the First Bank of Missouri for sharing this recollection of Mrs. Nem T. Mills and the photos of the early days of the First Bank of Gladstone.
fter 50 colorful years, the building now located at 70th and N. Oak Trafficway in Gladstone, will be burned to make way for a new First National Bank. In fact, “colorful” is probably the best possible description of the old building and its existence in the Clay County community. For several years past, it has worn a flamboyant shade of orange paint while serving as an auction barn. Area residents have referred to it variously through the yeas as both a “landmark” and an “eyesore” but nobody would deny that the old building is, indeed, “colorful!” Its history is colorful, too, as told by Mrs. Nem T. Mills, a pert 82 year-old resident who lives “…just catty corner from the old place” at 6911 N. Locust. Mr. and Mrs. Mills moved into this home the same day the first occupants of the old building moved into it. That was November 1, 1914. The building was to be a grocery store, post office, and lodge hall. The store was built jointly by Sid Street, Sr. and the Odd Fellows Lodge. Colorfully, enough, when the building was completed the Street family owned the downstairs and the Odd Fellows owned the upstairs. This unusual arrangement probably didn’t seem too unusual in those days when relatively less attention was paid to such details, but in the recent past 14
it has had some present day land/title and real estate experts scratching their heads. “Originally,” says Mrs. Mills, exhibiting a remarkable ability to recall distant facts and figures, “The old building was over by the railroad tracks, east of the present location at about 68th and Campbell, and it served partly as a depot for the KC and Atlantic Railroad, which ran up to Trenton. After a few years there, I watched them movie it to its present location!”
About 35 years ago, which was in 1929, the railroad – called “The OK Road” went out of business in this area, and at about the same time, highway 169 (now North Oak Trafficway) was built. To keep up with the “traffic” of the day, the Street family and the Odd Fellows moved the building over to its present location on the highway. Since this was before trucks were in common usage, the building was moved by a hitch of four Missouri mules with tiles and logs used for rollers under the building. The progress was slow and the process a laborious one for both the men and mules. The building would be moved forward a distance equal roughly to the circumference of one of the logs, then the back log or tile would be placed under the front of the building and it would inch forward again the same distance. Sid Street, Sr. continued to run the store after his brother’s death with Mrs. Street sitting as postmistress for the Linden Post Office housed in the store. After his death, his son, “Young Sid”, his nephew, Jack (son of William Street), and a son-in-law, Paul Mooney (who married Louise Street) helped the widow in the store. Later, “Young Sid” went into the motorcar business in Kansas City, and Jack Street stayed in the grocery business but moved to North Kansas City where he operated a grocery store for several years.
A number of people followed in business in the old building at 70th and North Oak. The postmasters who served in it after it was moved were Rufus I Gaugh who began as postmaster July 29, 1931; James H. Kirk, May 11, 1933; Mollie V. Kirk October 23, 1935; Mrs. Zepha A. Street (widow of Sid Street, Sr.) February 2, 1938; Mrs. Pauline Flack, January 31,1950. In 1956 the post office was consolidated with and service began out of the Gashland Post Officer farther north on Oak.
The last tenant of the old building has been Orville Branham Furniture Company, which opened for business in August 1957 and continued until February 10, 1964, as a used furniture auction firm. The Gladstone Volunteer Fire Department under the direction of Chief Clifford G. Dotson directed the burning of the building on Sunday February 16, beginning at 1 p.m. A number of area fire departments have been invited to join the Gladstone department in conducting firefighting exercises on Sunday afternoon. According to Chief Dotson, this will be an unusual opportunity to practice such techniques as various streams of water, fog streams, straight streams, etc; gas mask training; fire control – that is containing and controlling of the flames; some ladder work; instruction in ventilation and its importance to firefighting; practice in making forcible entries; and many other exercises. So, even the demise of the old building will be a rather colorful event. Ironically, flames have threatened the building at least one other time. Back in the 1800’s when the Town of Linden had a bank, that bank was connected to the Street Store and Odd Fellows Lodge Hall by a common wall. The bank burned. The store was saved. This Sunday, the store building, which once supported a bank in Linden, will be burned to make way for a new bank. 1 1. Gladstone Press February 1964.
history The new First National Bank will encompass about 3800 square feet and be built in one-story on the ground level with a full basement. Many facilities and service will be offered in the new bank building, which have been impossible in temporary quarters. Service such as safety deposit boxes, after hours depository and more. The First National Bank opened July 2, 1963 in the former Gladstone Water Department building and with more than 1500 customers in the areas. Irving W. Hepner is President of the First National Bank, and Winston M. Horn is the Executive Vice President.
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MEMORI MEMORIES 1 a: the power or process of reproducing or recalling what has been learned and retained especially through associative mechanisms 2 a: a particular act of recall or recollection b: an image or impression of one that is remembered <fond memories of her youth> c: the time within which past events can be or are remembered While this is, in part, the definition of memory in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, it could also be said that memories are the recollection of those things we have experienced. Memories can be good or bad and have the potential to create many different reactions and emotions, as a memory is unlocked in oneâ€™s mind. It was in November 1952 that some very forward-thinking citizens gathered for a trip to the county courthouse to file the paperwork to form Gladstone, making it the newest city, at that moment, in the state of Missouri. It was a busy time with Kansas City making moves to annex more and more land. The prospect of them reaching into the North and swallowing up what was at that time Linden caused concern. As it turned out the group of men that went to Clay County were just six hours ahead of Kansas City. As a city, Gladstone is young and still creating its history. There are many residents who have lived in Gladstone since it was organized and others who have been in the area for almost as long.
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In November 2012 Gladstone will celebrate its 60th birthday and the editorial staff of the Gladstone magazine, and the city would like to provide residents with a commemorative fall issue of the magazine in celebration of this event. This issue will feature a collection of photographs (past and present) as well as recollections and stories of events that have occurred in the city since it was founded. To help us create that, we are looking for old photos, memorabilia, and stories you, the readers and citizens, would like to share. All items will be handled carefully and returned when they are photographed or scanned. If you have items or memories you would like to share for this special 60th Anniversary issue, please contact Richard King at 816.423.4097 or by email to richardk@gladstone. mo.us or Melinda Mehaffy at 816.423.4108 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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interesting question when one stops to think about it. Parents name their children but who names a city? Expectant parents have many resources ranging from countless books with an endless variety of names. Let’s not forget everyone’s favorite, family names. A name that has been handed down through the generations of a favorite family member who at some point had done something great or maybe not, but everyone wants to remember and keep the tradition alive. It is interesting to think about considering you probably don’t know anyone who has ever had to name a city. There was a time, early in the Nation’s history, when names were borrowed from other places and the actual pronunciation changed. Some names have origins that are English (Great Britain), Native American, or Spanish. Some were derived from the Greek while others took on the name of the founder of the city. So where did the name Gladstone come from?
From very humble beginnings the city has grown out of an area where no incorporated city had previously existed. Only temporary Indian camps scattered throughout the area and a few hearty settlers who had successfully gotten government land patents and worked to make their farms successful. That is the way it remained until Willard Winner bought 18,000 acres of Clay County land, including the land in the immediate area of Gladstone. When Winner bought the land in Clay County he, as a developer, eventually filed plats and started the communities of Nashua and Linden. Linden was never incorporated but existed and thrived for many years. Nashua was eventually swallowed up by Kansas City annexation efforts to expand north of the Missouri River. By 1885, Linden’s population had grown to 400 - enough to support the construction of Linden School. It was a two-story building that housed 53 students and two teachers by 1898. In 1912 when Claud (Chalky) Woods, one of Gladstones’s founders, was born in a farmhouse near what is now N.E. 72nd Street and Antioch Road, old Linden was a sleepy village that offered no more than a place to live, pick up mail, buy supplies, catch the train, or shoe your horse. It would be almost ten years before the housing developers would spread north of Vivion Road and change the face of the rural landscape. It would be 40 more years before Gladstone would be incorporated and Linden would begin losing it’s identity. In 1920, Linden School burned and a new 3-room structure replaced the school on the site that is now home to Oakhill Day School. A portion of this 1920 school still stands today and has been incorporated into Oakhill Day School. Street’s Store was a prominent landmark in the early days of Linden. In 1899 John Street was appointed the postmaster of Linden, and the post office was moved to his store at 68th and N. Campbell. After the construction of Highway 169 (now North Oak), Street moved his store and the post office across the fields to a new location at today’s 70th and North Oak. Travel to and from Linden was primarily by rail through the 1930’s. The C.B. & Q. Railroad - or “Okay Special” as it was called - ran four trips through the Linden depot. Travelers could venture to downtown Kansas City for shopping, or could travel north to Gashland, Nashua and Smithville. Chalky Woods said it was the “smart way to travel from 1910 through the 1930’s. By car it was all mud when it rained.” Rail service was discontinued in 1939, even though car travel was still difficult. “Oak Street was dirt and mud when I graduated from North Kansas City High School in 1933 and you could get stuck on it.” North Oak (then 169 Highway) was a major north/south thoroughfare for travelers. As time went on Linden flourished for a time with the store, a lumberyard, some say a hotel, and a number of small businesses. But failure to incorporate this small community would eventually bring about its demise with the looming
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potential to be annexed and swallowed up by the larger Kansas City, Missouri. This type of action was to be made possible by one of the very things that brought people to Linden, the bridge that allow easy passage across the Missouri River. The straight run into Linden from North Kansas City up North Oak (U.S. 71 Highway and U.S. 169 Highway in earlier times) began shaping up in 1928 when men, horses, and mules used team-pulled scoops for a major earth moving operation that formed the earthen ramp up the hill past Waterworks Park, Chalky recalled. The road out of North Kansas City previous to that was on North Cherry, he said. The highway to Winnwood Beach was begun in 1923, Claud Woods said. Kansas City saw the advantage of extending its boundaries north of the Missouri River. What they did not see was the zealousness of the group of eight. In the months preceding the incorporation, the founders sat down with a map many times to decide on the borders of the new city. The men were especially fearful of Kansas City’s efforts to broaden it’s tax base which perhaps explains Gladstone’s odd shape - relatively square except for a “boot heel” at the southwest corner. E. A. “Doc” Gould, who owned much of the land in the boot heel, didn’t want to be under Kansas City control. Gladstone is not quite 60 years old and even at that age there have been many speculations about where the name Gladstone came from. Before Gladstone incorporated as a city the town was known as Linden. It seems that this name may have been easier to come by since the area had a large number of Linden trees growing in the area. In fact if you look around today you can still find Linden trees growing in Gladstone. There are two prominent stories today regarding how Gladstone got it’s name and one of those would have you believe that the city was named after Lord Ewert Gladstone, four time Prime Minister of Great Britain. Not true when you consider all of the evidence left by those that were involved in the process of creating Gladstone.
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history Today, there are but a few who either know or remember from whence the city of Gladstone received its name. We, the undersigned, who were members of the first city council of Gladstone, do herby present this scroll to make of permanent record this small facet of history. We swear and attest the following to be true:
Upon presentation the circuit court of Clay County the petition for incorporation as a city, the bearers were informed their petition was incomplete. The name of the proposed new city was required by the court to be shown. The court also required, the names of those to serve, as temporary officials until a formal election could held be given. As time was of the essence, a hurried meeting was called of a number of those who had been instrumental in circulating the subject petition. In addition to the undersigned, Joseph Berry was selected to act as mayor and Wilfred W. Martin as the fourth council member. These two men are now deceased. Other officials were Adele Calvert, Treasurer and Ernest Colbert, Marshall. Mrs. Maria Harless, who later became our first city clerk, suggested the name of Gladstone. At that time, Southwestern Bell Telephone Company was opening up the new Gladstone telephone exchange and this was much in the news. Maria’s reasoning was that the preceding publicity of the name, Gladstone, could also provide some much needed publicity for this newly born city. Thus, this name borrowed from the telephone company was acquired by the city of Gladstone. May our almighty God bless this City thru all days to come!
Frank Shaw Sr.
Floyd Moore, Jr. and Frank L. Shaw signed the scroll, which was presented to the City on July 4, 1976.
WHO NAMES A CITY George McQuistion once wrote “The founding of Gladstone in 1952 was not without some of the same last minute dramatic appeal as the hero or heroine in a James Bond movie being snatched from the jaws of death in the last seconds, or in the case of Gladstone, six hours.” The efforts of a few men - Claud “Chalky” Woods, E. A. “Doc” Gould, Frank Shaw Sr., Jack Boyce, Joe Beery, D.N. Norris, Lynn Allen and Amos Hinkle - the founding fathers of what has become a first tier suburban city in the metropolitan area, began quietly in 1951. But, by late 1952, all of the plans, goals and energies that had taken more than a year to generate had turned into a desperate race against the clock and Kansas City. When it was over, Kansas City had been beaten by a scant six hours. Gladstone filed in Clay County Circuit Court during the morning to incorporate 8.8 square miles of homes, woods, wheat fields, coyotes and wolves. Kansas City filed to annex the same area that afternoon. In the business of founding cities it was a photo finish. All things have a process and certain requirements that have to met, and it is the same for founding a city. One of the things that is necessary is a name for the city and as the founding fathers discovered at the courthouse that they had not selected a name. The story of how Gladstone got its name was recorded by some of the members of the first city council is hanging in the lobby of city hall today. That story is recorded on a handwritten “scroll” and on display in the lobby of city hall. That information follows here to set the record straight so that all will know how the city name of Gladstone was selected. Gladstone was now a city. So with 1,047 signatures on a petition and an order of the Clay County Circuit Court to support their goals the Board of Aldermen met for the first time on December 2, 1952 at the Bit & Spur Clubroom (58th and North Flora) and focused on the task of developing an identity and governmental structure for the fledgling city. The challenges that faced this new governing body were sticky development problems, selection of street names, road problems and the need for city ordinances to guide their growth and development. In its early days as a city there was no city hall so meetings were held in a variety of locations around the newly incorporated city. Becker’s Furnace Company (Gladstone Furnace today) at 58th and North Oak became a frequent meeting place, mostly because it was one of the few facilities within the City limits large enough to house “City Hall”. Council meetings were also held in the Branham Auction
Barn, private homes and other places until City Hall was built in 1962, ten years after its incorporation.
It was 1955 when R. H. Bolling began building houses in Bolling Heights. These moderate but modern homes offered two or three-bedroom floor plans some with a basement and others without. Some of the homes had garages and others didn’t. Of course in 1955 the garages were all single car garages and a single car driveway, something that doesn’t always work well today. The street names were different, 1306 NE 67th Terrace was known as 1120 66th Street North when the house was built. So imagine the challenges in learning a new address, the postman learning all the new street names and emergency service personnel having to know where the new addresses were. It is hard to imagine that in 1955 the people who lived in Gladstone had but one grocery store unless you chose to drive to North Kansas City – a trip that, to a young child, seemed to take forever or to Monteals on Vivion Road. The local Gladstone grocery was “Flacks” and it was located in the old Branham Auction barn, which stood on the site that is now home to the First Bank of Missouri at 70th and N. Oak. In 1956 the second gasoline station was opened in Gladstone. Located at 69th and N. Oak it was a new Standard station and it certainly got the attention of the only other station in Gladstone located at 74th and N. Oak. That one was a Skelly station and the great conflict of competition began.
It wasn’t long after this that two local businessmen, Paul Degenhardt and Orville Branham, got together to discuss the fact that Gladstone needed a bank. At the time there was no bank in Gladstone. Of course it takes a lot of money, even in those days, to start a bank. A number of people in the community agreed and they all worked together to raise the required $250,000 to start the bank. Of course there was no money to build a building for the bank so it shared
space in the Water Department, which was housed in a trailer under the water tower on N. Locust. The bank paid rent to the Water Department for use of half the trailer for the first two years of business. During the third year the first bank building was built for $75,000 on the site of the Branham Auction Barn, which was razed in a fire department training exercise to make room for the bank. The bank successfully grew at a rate of $1 million a year and ten years into the life of the bank the two presidents wanted to sell it. The Board of Directors did not want to sell at the time, so the bank stayed. It wasn’t long after that when Frank Morgan made an offer to buy the bank for two and a half times the market value, which was unheard of. Morgan did eventually buy the bank even though he wasn’t in banking at the time. He knew he didn’t want to run the bank so he asked Paul Degenhardt to do it. Degenhardt said, “I accepted the job offer but told Morgan I needed to give notice to Chrysler before I could start. I flew to Detroit, met with Chrysler, and they allowed me to go ahead and leave.” Of course there are several cities named Gladstone six of which are in the United States, two in Canada and four in Australia. There was even an earlier (before the current Gladstone, Missouri) city in Missouri that was named Gladstone but when Bagnell Dam was built that town was flooded and left at the bottom of the lake. One of the stories that has been related about how Gladstone got its name is that it was named after William Ewert Gladstone who served 22
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four times as the Prime Minister of Britain. According to research and the founding fathers of Gladstone, that isn’t the case. However, Gladstone, New Jersey; Gladstone, Manitoba; Canada, and Gladstone; Queensland Australia were named after the prime minister. While this shares the official record detailing how Gladstone got its name, there is more. The first Gladstone, Missouri was located where the Osage and Gravois Rivers come together near Gravois Mills, Missouri. Located in Miller County the town was formed in the 1800’s and existed until the building of Bagnell Dam flooded the area. This particular Gladstone was named after Prime Minister Gladstone for his popular first Home Rule Bill for Ireland. 1 Editors Note: In November 2012 the City will celebrate its 60th anniversary. In the fall issue of Gladstone we will examine the transition of government in the move from a Mayor/Council form of government to the City Council/City Manager form of government. If you were in Gladstone in 1960 when this process began we would like to hear from you. What do you recall about the transition and do you remember the Gladstone Good Government Group, also known as the 4 G’s. If so please contact Richard King at 816.423.4097 or by email to richardk@ gladstone.mo.us. You can also contact Melinda Mehaffy at 816.423.4108 or by email to email@example.com. We are also interested in old photographs, memorabilia, stories and recollections that you would like to share. 1 Miller County Historical Society, Tuscumbia, Missouri
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T h e GOLDEN RULES of f reezing food:
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Dedicating our Lives
► Don’t refreeze raw food
to Improve Others
► It is OK to thaw food, cook
it and then refreeze it
► Cool your food before freezing
► Freeze things as soon as possible ► Choose appropriate packing
► Allow for expansion
week without any cooking! This is a working mom’s dream. I’d tried every way I could think of to make weekday dinner cooking times faster at my house but I still kept ending up serving frozen pizzas and chicken nuggets. I wanted to feed my family healthy home-cooked meals but I didn’t have the time. I decided to research the “cook all day and freeze for a month” method and gave it a try. Staying within my grocery budget I was able to provide meals for 30 days that are ready to go any night of the week. This sample plan has been altered into two hours of cooking and seven meals. Try it and see if it may be a good fit for your family. Find all of the recipes on http://www.gladstone.mo.us/news/recipes.php.
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The MENU Monday: Cheesy Chicken Chowder and Crackers Tuesday: Chicken & Noodles, Bread, Side Salad
Wednesday: Breakfast Burritos, Toast, Hashbrowns Thursday: Mini Pepperoni Pizzas, Veggies and Ranch Friday: Teriyaki Steak over Rice, Frozen Eggrolls Saturday: Chili, Chili toppings or hot dogs Sunday: Meatloaf, Mashed potatoes and Veggie
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* list doesn’t include staples such as salt, pepper, sugar, oil, etc.
T h u r sd ay Mini Pizzas 6 English muffins 1 cup pizza sauce 1 package pepperoni Your choice of toppings (black olives, peppers, onions, etc.) 1 cup shredded mozzarella
Monday Cheesy Chicken Chowder 2 cans cheddar cheese soup 2 soup cans milk 1 ½ cups picante sauce 1 medium green or red pepper, finely chopped 4 green onions, sliced 3 cups cubed cooked chicken sour cream (add at time of serving) Mix soup, milk, picante sauce, pepper and onions in a saucepan. Heat to a boil. Cook over low heat 5 minutes. Add chicken and heat through. Freeze when cooled. Add sour cream at time of serving.
Split English muffins and spoon pizza sauce on top. Add toppings. Wrap pizzas individually to be frozen. When ready to eat, bake at 350° for 10 minutes.
Wednesday Breakfast Burritos Prepare Jimmy Dean skillet according to directions. Remove from heat. Warm tortillas in microwave until soft. Spoon 2-3 Tablespoons of skillet mixture into burritos. Add shredded cheddar and roll up. Package individually in either plastic wrap or aluminum foil to be frozen.
Tu e s d a y Chicken & Noodles 2 chicken breasts 2 cans cream of chicken soup 2 cans chicken broth 1 package Reames noodles salt & pepper
Teriyaki Steak over Rice 2 lbs. boneless steak cut in small pieces 1 tsp ginger 1 Tbsp sugar 2 Tbsp Oil ½ C soy sauce 1 garlic clove, crushed Combine all ingredients and place in plastic bag to freeze. When ready to cook, thaw and cook on low 4-6 hours in crockpot. Serve over rice.
Sat u r d ay
Make your favorite chili!
Su n d ay Meatloaf 1 ½ lbs ground beef 1 ½ c crushed Cheez-its 1 egg, beaten 1 can cream of chicken soup
Rinse chicken and cut into chunks. Combine cream of chicken, chicken broth and chicken breast. Place in freezer bag. When preparing, thaw the day before and place in crockpot on low. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook on low for 8 hours. Two hours before serving, add Reames noodles. Turn to high and stir occasionally. For more tips on freezing and thawing visit http://allrecipes.com/howto/freezing-foods-a-real-time-saver
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Editor’s Note: A special thanks to Becky for allowing us into her kitchen as she prepared these meals for her family. Don’t forget to visit http://www.gladstone.mo.us/news/recipes.php for all of the recipes
Use an aluminum foil or glass loaf pan for this recipe. Mix together hamburger, Cheez-its, and egg. Shape into 8X4 loaf and place in pan. Bake 30 minutes. Pour half the can of cream of chicken soup over meatloaf and bake for another 30-45 minutes. Let cool and freeze. When ready to cook, thaw and reheat in oven.
by | darrenrodman Gladstone Neighborhood Services Coordinator
hen you hear the words “property maintenance” or “home improvement” one starts to see dollar signs. How much will it cost, and can I really afford it? With today’s economy a lot of people don’t have extra money to address those property maintenance issues or do home improvement projects. The perception is that it takes a lot of money to address those maintenance or improvement undertakings, which is not necessarily true. One easy way to keep your property looking attractive is keeping the lawn mowed and trimmed. The yard is one of the first things noticed when people pass by or stop. Another suggestion is to keep the trash, tree debris and clutter picked up in the yard. Avoid storing items such as lawn mowers, bikes, and ladders in the yard or on the side of the house for an improved appearance. Although some home maintenance and improvements do cost money they don’t have to break the budget. By visiting your local Habitat ReStore you can find good quality items at very reasonable prices. These stores carry everything from paints, flooring, wood trim, in addition to a variety of other home maintenance and improvement items.
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An inexpensive ways to spruce up your home is by painting the front door. With less than a gallon of paint one can create a new look, especially if the color emphasizes the door in contrast to the rest of the house. Adding new hardware to the door with planters around the porch will improve the overall curb appeal of your home. When planning maintenance and improvement projects around the house do them in phases so the cost can be broken down over time. This makes it easier on the budget. If a project is beyond ones know-how a local contractor can be a great help. To locate a Gladstone contractor go to www. ishopgladstone.com. Always make sure that your contractor has a business license, permits and always check references. There are programs and organizations that may be able to provide assistance to citizens in need such as Neighborhood Home Organization’s (NHO’s) or Home Owner Associations (HOA’s). Also check the city of Gladstone website at www.gladstone.mo.us and click on the neighborhood link or the Community Development link. If we are going to have the best community, we need to work together, helping each other along the way. Be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their success and encourage them in their pursuits. When we help one another everybody wins. 28
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The Environmental Working Group has conducted studies with the United States Department of Agriculture and found that there are a dozen fruits and vegetables that hold chemicals, even after high-pressure water washing. This list, referred to as the ‘Dirty Dozen’ includes; apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, nectarines, grapes, sweet bell peppers, potatoes, blueberries, lettuce and kale/collard greens. At the same time they also found what was termed as the Clean 15 because of the minute levels of pesticides and chemicals after washing. This list included; onions, corn, pineapples, avocado, asparagus, sweet peas, mangoes, eggplant, cantaloupe, kiwi, cabbage, watermelon, sweet potatoes, grapefruit and mushrooms.
Spring Home Show Mark your calendars early for the annual Gladstone Spring Home Show. This year the show will be held on April 20 – 21 at the Gladstone Community Center.
what a great year the farmers market had in 2011! More than 4,000 people visited the market with many of them shopping each week to support their favorite vendor. The market was busy and with three times the number of vendors over the previous year there was plenty for everyone. Many people ask if the vendors grow organically or use pesticides and chemical fertilizers to enhance the growth of their plants. Like so many others today the farmers at the Gladstone market use natural, organic growing methods avoiding the use of chemicals. Of course they are all ready to talk about the process they use if you just ask. Today everyone is encouraged to eat more fruits and vegetables simply because doing so creates a healthier lifestyle. Everyone is concerned about food safety and the potential to be ingesting pesticides and chemicals that could be harmful. So you ask yourself if the benefits of a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables outweigh the risk of consuming pesticides and chemical fertilizers that are used to improve production? According to the Presidents Cancer Panel, a person should avoid consuming those fruits and vegetables that tend to soak up and retain chemicals. 1
Show hours are 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. So when you are shopping and considering fresh fruits and vegetables is there an easy way to tell what products are organic and which ones aren’t? Yes, the tag that is on the produce that checkers using to ring the item up contains a code. Organic fruits and vegetables are assigned a five-digit number that begins with ‘9’. So if a regularly grown fruit has a number of 4455 then the organic equal will have a number of 94455. This gives you a simple, quick and easy way to tell the difference. But this spring when the farmers market opens, the easy alternative is shop there for those fresh, naturally grown vegetables. You can also find chemical free (no growth hormones or antibiotics) meat products raised in Platte County. When the market opens you will be able to get the fresh food items you enjoy along with fresh breads, rolls, and deserts each week. If you haven’t shopped the Gladstone Farmers Market already make plans to visit this spring and see the good things that are available to help you with a healthy diet of good food.
As the show continues to grow you will be able to find information and help on all of your home improvement and repair needs. So whether you are looking for landscaping or a new roof, a deck or plumbing repairs, composting help or alternative energy sources, windows, doors and more, you can find it all at the Gladstone Spring Home Show. Watch for more detail in the newspaper and on the city website.
Located at NE 70th Street and N. Cherry by the clock tower, the Gladstone Farmers Market opens May 2, 2012 and will be open from 2 to 6 p.m. every Wednesday. 1 http://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/advisory/pcp/annualReports/pcp08-09rpt/ PCP_Report_08-09_508.pdf
by | lizsoria Gladstone Community Center Fitness Supervisor
Walking Fitness for Life
Before getting started:
• Make sure you have comfortable yet supportive shoes. • Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes. • Dress weather appropriate if walking outdoors. Avoid rubberized materials – they do not allow perspiration to evaporate. •M ake sure and wear bright colors and/or reflective tape if walking after dark.
Once you get started walking, make sure that you take about 5 minutes to get warmed up before you increase your pace. Then, when you have completed your walk you should take a few minutes to bring your heart rate back down before finishing up with some stretching.
One form of exercise that requires no major equipment and can be done almost anywhere is walking. Did you know that just by walking you could lower your LDL Cholesterol (the bad cholesterol), raise your HDL Cholesterol (good cholesterol) and reduce risk or currently manage type 2 diabetes? By taking a few simple measures you can be well on your way to walking to a healthier you!
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If you are a beginning walker remember to start slow and listen to your body. If you need to, start with 5-10 minutes a couple times a week. As your body adjusts you will be able to walk longer, faster and more often. Eventually you should try to work up to 60 minutes a day, most days of the week. Remember you don’t have to do all 60 minutes at one time; you can break it up throughout the day. Once you get going it is a good idea to set goals and track your progress so that you will stay on track with your new exercise routine. One way to track your progress would be to purchase a pedometer. A pedometer is a device that tally’s the number of steps that you take throughout the day. Some pedometers just track your steps while others allow you to upload your data to a computer so that you can electronically track your progress. Most pedometers are generally accurate and reliable and will probably cost between $10-$50.
your doctor ever told you that you need to be more physically active or that if you would exercise a little that it would help improve your overall health? If so, do you ask yourself, where do I begin?
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So how are you going to stay motivated now that you are getting started with a walking routine? One of the best ways to keep going is to have a friend walk with you! This way you both can keep each other accountable. Another way to stay motivated is to change your routine. You will find some great locations throughout the City to walk: •G ladstone Community Center – offers a 1/16th mile indoor track. Contact Community Center for Walking Program details. •H appy Rock Park (NE 76th & N Antioch) offers a 2+ mile walking route •O ak Grove Park (NE 76th St & N Troost) offers a ½ mile route •H amilton Heights Park (NW 67th & N Main) offers ¼ mile route
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Now that you have been given some general information about getting started with a walking program you will be well on your way to a healthier new you! *Research material from the Mayo Clinic was used in completing this story.
Some of the ladies in the neighborhood gathered and started to make May Baskets. Joan Tierney had a book of colorful wallpaper samples so they had the material needed to make these baskets. These weren’t just ordinary paper baskets these baskets had a wicker weave pattern when completed and were embellished with ribbon handles. When the baskets were complete they were lined with colorful tissue paper and filled with flowers and candy. Included in the baskets was a card, made by Chris Reeves, with words of caring support to let the those who got the basket know that they were someone’s thoughts. The second year was a little different. They still made the baskets but this time they put “yo-yo” flowers in a small clay pot in the baskets with chocolates.
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When it was time to deliver the baskets everyone could remember hanging them on the doorknob, knocking or ringing the bell and running. But leaving is such a hurried manner would not accomplish all of their goals. They wanted to meet and visit with their neighbors. So they carried out part of the tradition by delivering the baskets to those special neighbors, but they stayed to visit so they could get to know them better.
The May Baskets in Bolling Heights brought back memories for the residents and for the group of ladies who made and delivered the baskets. Winnie said, “It’s not the days I remember, it’s the moments.” This was one of those moments that she will remember.
custom of the ancient Roman and Druid holiday of May Day endured for centuries but has waned in popularity to the point that for some it is a forgotten event. Even the giving of May Baskets has faded in popularity. But is a tradition that some people remember with fondness dating. The act of delivering a May Basket to your favorite neighbor or friend may be a tradition that has faded with time, although for many years children would celebrate the first day of May by making May Baskets. Maybe you remember craft projects in school that had you making a May Basket to deliver to someone special. Whether you are able to remember such a project or not there are people who today recall the fun of making and delivering May Baskets. Winnie Estep is one of those people who remember when she and her sister would make May Baskets to take to special people in their lives. They always put flowers in the baskets along with a homemade sweet treat. Ironically, there were no flowers in Winnie’s yard so they had to come cut some along the way to put in their May Baskets. When they arrived at their destination they would hang the basket on the doorknob, knock on the door, and run. By running the person who received the May Basket would not know who had brought it. These girls had such great fun, making the baskets and the treats and then delivering them to the unsuspecting person.
It was so much fun for Winnie and her sister that it seemed like a natural thing to do when her neighborhood, Bolling Heights, organized a few years ago. The neighborhood had done so many different activities but noted that it was difficult for some of their neighbors to get out and participate. So the decision was made to bring back an old and faded tradition that everyone had memories of, the hanging of May Baskets.
Winnie Estep teaching great granddaughter Isabella Westcott to make may baskets.
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25 years theatre in the park
My Family by | daniellemagers
Family. What does that word mean to you? Is family someone you are actually related to, or someone you work with, or your very best friends? For me, family is Gladstone Theatre in the Park (GTIP). Now some of you might think that sounds a little funny to say that an organization is my family, but let me tell you a little about why so many people and I think it is. I did my first show when I was 12 years old. The thought of getting to wear makeup and perform was intriguing to me. Up until then the only time I got to do that was at dance recital time. Little did I know that being part of a totem pole in Annie Get Your Gun was going to be the start of something new. That was my first show and from then on I was hooked. For the next 10 years my summers would be spent doing GTIP. I loved how no matter how long it had been since the last time we saw each other; the first night of rehearsal was like a family reunion.
Never did I realize how much of a family we were until the stage burned down. That is a night I will never forget. For the first time I saw a group of people pull together and get something done. This was a family and our “home” had to be fixed. We tore down the remnants of the old stage and worked tirelessly, with Van Ibsen at the lead, to get the new stage and set built for “Lil’ Abner”. That summer was a little bit rougher than others for our family, but it made it all the more clear that we WERE a family and we would do whatever we had to do to take care of our own. I have met a lot of people over the years doing GTIP. When I first started, Van and Susie Ibsen, Michelle Amos Coon and Julie Crawford were people that seemed to be at the head of this family. I had danced at Ibsen for 9 years, so Van and Susie were already my dance family, but now they were my GTIP family too. Michelle and Julie were women I had always admired. I thought I was so lucky just to be on stage with them. Now I can say that I am lucky enough to call those two women my friends. In the words to follow you will see that I’m not the only one that feels this way about GTIP. I have thoughts from other actors and band members to show you just how great of a family we are. The first story is from a great friend of mine, Danae ( Jacobs) Von Glahn. This is what she writes about Theatre in the Park:
How has Gladstone Theatre in the Park impacted my life?” by | danae von glahn
All my life I have been a very shy person, but from an early age dance, theatre, and performing became my way of expressing myself. In 1990, I was finally old enough and had enough courage to audition for Gladstone Theatre in the Park, and at nine years of age had my first role as a munchkin/jitterbug in Wizard of Oz. I idolized those who had lead roles, which seems humorous now because I am currently working with some of them, for example, Julie Crawford played the wicked witch and I can now gladly say she is one of my friends. It just took that first summer, just four weeks of rehearsal, to realize this would be my second family. I was hooked, and would be for the next twenty-one years. I remember even going to help tear down the set and stage that first year. It meant so much to me I even kept a piece of the set that I still have to this day. I have a scrapbook that my mother helped me put together of every show that I have been in since that first year, with newspaper articles, cast pictures, programs, and any other mementos that were important to me. For so many years we did not have the luxury of a permanent stage or dressing rooms. Year after year Van Ibsen built the stage from the ground up and tore it down at the end of each summer. We got dressed and changed under the stage, a lot of the time in the mud, but we did not mind, we loved what we were doing and we loved being with one another. We were a family. 40
In 1998 Barnum was the first show scheduled for the season but the big story that year was the Edinburgh Scotland Theatre Exchange. Three theatre students from Edinburgh Scotland; Josie Kingdon, Andrea McKenzie, and Gregor Miller, came over to participate in Barnum and five theatre students from the Kansas City area; Kelly Carroll (McGill), Brian Cross, Ben Friesen, Katy Vogt, and myself went to Edinburgh, Scotland to perform in The Railway Children during The Fringe Festival. The Fringe Festival is the world’s largest arts festival that was first established in 1947 that takes place annually in Edinburgh every August. The Railway Children was adapted from the novel by E.H. Nesbit and is a very moving story involving the plights of three young children. The students from Scotland came to America first to perform in Barnum. Josie, Andrea, and Gregor stayed with Kelly, Ben and I and were introduced to many ordinary American traditions. They were able to go to a Royals baseball game and lucky enough to be asked to sing our national anthem. One evening was very eventful for them because we went under a tornado warning during rehearsal and the lights went out at the studio. This was definitely something we were all used to but we had to explain a few things to them and help keep them calm. I think one of the fondest memories I have of them staying here was being able to share the Fourth of July holiday with them. My family always has a large get together on that day and Gregor had the time of his life lighting off fireworks. A couple of weeks after Josie, Andrea, and Gregor went home, Kelly, Brian, Ben, Katy, and myself left Missouri for Scotland, very nervous, but excited. We jumped right into rehearsals the day after we got there. We also did a lot of sightseeing; visiting castles, highlands, and lochs. The Fringe Festival was amazing, there were many opportunities for shows to see and I knew there would be nothing else like it in the world. I can truly say I took everything in. Not only was I able to visit another country,
I was able to perform there and become enriched by another culture. I knew this might be my only opportunity to visit another country and I cherished every moment. Thanks to Gladstone Theatre in the Park and Van and Susie Ibsen I have memories from Edinburgh that will last a lifetime.
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One of my worst nights was when I received the call that the amphitheater was on fire. I woke up the following morning and went straight to the park and when I saw what was left of the amphitheater, I started to cry, I just could not believe it. Who would do such a horrible thing? We did what we do best, pulled together as a family and built a stage so the show could go on and I was never more proud to be a part of Gladstone Theatre in the Park. In 2003, I had convinced my boyfriend at the time, Brian von Glahn, to audition. I knew he was really talented and I hoped he would enjoy it as much as I did. We decided to audition for Peter Pan, he received the role of Captain Hook and I was a lost boy, Curly. He loved the role and was able to see how important Gladstone Theatre in the Park was in my life. In 2005, he was asked to sing the national anthem before Annie. His parents were in town for the Fourth of July and I was not thinking anything when my whole family also came with us to watch him sing. When he finished singing I started looking around and feeling funny. I knew something was going on. Then Sheila Lillis started asking him questions- “Who first got you involved with Gladstone Theatre in the Park?” My first thought was “he better say me” then as everyone was looking at me (including about 3-4,000 people in the audience) I did not want him to say anything about me but of course he did. Sheila then asked for me to come up on stage and I cannot imagine how red my face was. I made it to the side of the stage and was staring at Van and Susie and I believe Susie had to encourage me to get on stage. There I was on the stage I had grown up on, surrounded by family (and a few thousand strangers), in front of the love of my life. And it turned out to be the perfect place for his proposal to marry him.
As I look back at my life and try to answer the question “How has Gladstone Theatre in the Park impacted my life?” How hasn’t it? I could not imagine growing up without it. Performing on that stage has helped me become comfortable in my own skin and has turned me into the woman I am today. I live for my summers and the once in a lifetime experiences I always have. I can never repay Van and Susie Ibsen or Gladstone Theatre in the Park enough for what it has given me.
by | michelleamos coon
One of my fondest memories of GTIP from long ago building the stage with Van.... He was so patient with me! I barely knew how to swing a hammer and who knows how much stuff he had to come behind me to redo, but I credit him with teaching me how to hammer and put things together. Now that you’ve seen how the performers on stage feel about GTIP, we can’t forget about the performers below the stage… the pit band. They are just as much a part of our family as everyone else. The first lady is one who had played two roles in the band. She has played and directed. In fact her real family is a part of the GTIP family too. The second woman has done so many shows I have lost count. We can always count on her to give us the sound effects we need. And the last member is a “newbie” in terms of years, but we welcome everyone with open arms. Here’s what they have to say:
by | teresafarley
I learned about Gladstone Theatre in the Park when I joined North Star Community Band back in 1989. I remember thinking, “how do I get into that”? It turns out all I had to do was ask, and I’ve been active ever since. That’s one of the greatest things about GTIP. They encourage and welcome actors, instrumentalists, stage crew...anyone who wants to get involved can find a place in the organization. Even starting as an adult, I have been given the chance to grow. I played in the pit for several years, then I got the incredible gift of conducting the pit and then I was asked to serve on the advisory board. The opportunities are limitless! My lasting memories will always be those shows where my whole family played in the pit together. My husband and son played the trombone, my daughter on French horn and myself in the woodwind section. I was proud 42
and grateful for the time we spent together doing those shows. Then we progressed to shows where I conducted them, shows where my daughter conducted us, and finally when my son conducted us this past summer. Theatre in the Park was one of many factors that contributed to my children becoming music educators. Even though they were young, they were welcomed and encouraged by the other pit members. And when each of them took a turn at conducting a show, the pit members and stage directors could have just treated them like they were just kids, but they were given respect and were allowed to blossom. Words cannot express how proud I was of them and of the GTIP program. Over the last 25 years, I have only had to miss being in a handful of shows. It gets in your blood. There is nothing like sitting in the pit before a show and watching the park slowly fill up and waving to friends and family. I’ve always said Gladstone is like a small town. At those GTIP gatherings, we all know each other and we can let the daily tensions fade away and just put on a show for our community. It is fun just for the pure sake of fun. We don’t ask for money (except donations!), we do not want fame; we just want to please our audience and ourselves. Pretty simple, pretty nice!
by | louannecurrance
by | davidhuey
One of my favorite musicals of all time is Lil Abner. We performed it in high school and I was looking forward to seeing it on the Gladstone stage. Alas, that was the year that the amphitheatre caught fire. I couldn’t have been prouder to see how the actors, dancers, musician, and City staff rallied to continue the performances on the temporary replacement platform stage. It was truly a moment of “the show must go on.”
I guess I’m a ‘newbie’ to the pit compared to a lot of the musicians that have participated in the Pit to support Gladstone’s Theatre in the Park. They are there rehearsal after rehearsal, show after show, year after year.
One of the most startling moments to me in the pit occurred during Brigadoon. Onstage, the dancers were performing a Scottish fling style of dance with crossed sabers on the floor of the stage. As they were performing, one of the dancers accidentally kicked one of the sabers and it came flying towards my back. Luckily, it sailed over my shoulder to create this incredibly loud THUMP on my tympani on it’s way to the pit floor. Of course, I got funny looks from the band members who wondered why I was playing wrong notes at the wrong time. Now my dilemma ... the saber was needed back on stage for the big chase scene. So I scooted out from behind the tympani, picked up the saber, tiptoed up to the edge of the stage and waited. Finally, an opportunity came, and I slid the saber back on the stage when an actor was watching to pick it up so it could be used in the next scene. My daughter happened to be assisting the stage manager for that show and she really teased that dancer for attempting “to kill my mother”!
25 years theatre in the park
Editors Note: The editorial staff of Gladstone would like to thank the writers of this story. Each of these people contributed their time to tell their story about Gladstone Theater in the Park. A story that has become a part of their lives and who they are as individuals and members of the greater family.
Dedication like that cannot be bought. It takes a sincere effort for some, especially those of us who are not Gladstone residents, to make it to all the obligated efforts to ensure our music is worthy to accompany this fine entertainment. Musicians are just like actors in a way, we thrive personally by coming together and allowing our talents to bless others as well as ourselves. From the lowly Piccolo/Flute player to all of you, my summers since I’ve participated have been made richer (and a little hotter!!!) Thanks to all of you, for allowing us to be part of the Gladstone Theatre in the Park family. As you can see we are a family. We are all passionate about the same thing and that’s Gladstone Theatre in the Park. Now this 12-year-old girl is all grown up. I even planned my honeymoon around Annie in 2005. That’s how important this family is to me. As you’ve read this article I’m sure you are wondering why it was even written. Not only was it to tell you how we feel about Theatre in the Park, it’s also to announce our 25th anniversary celebration. GTIP is celebrating 25 years of fun, friends, and most of all family. We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to our celebration in August. We will have many fun things for all to see and do. Come to our family reunion and see what we are all about. Even better come join our family tree and audition.
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something everyone thinks about, has an opinion on, and has his or her own ideas. But what do you think of when you hear the word art? The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, a great stage performance, movie premier, the ballet or any other number of possibilities. While the performing and visual arts are meant to be entertaining there is more to it than what the eye beholds. It is about creative expression and the endeavors that go into arts of all forms. It is about the power to innovate and create. It is this innovation and creativity that gives way to individual originality, the ability to problem solve, and develop processes that make work easier. In recent years art has become associated with economic development and community growth. Seemingly an unlikely partner in either venue, but it is something that demonstrates the willingness of a community to embrace change, be creative and innovative. Thinking outside the box in responding to daily needs. Art can be one of those things in the life of a community that identifies it as a vibrant, dynamic and healthy city. In an article titled The Importance of the Arts in a Community Craig Johnson wrote, “The arts openly teach us that we are inherent sources of innovation and we can dramatically contribute to a community just by discovering what we create best – and then doing it.” As a community Gladstone has embraced the arts in different ways. The City Council appointed Arts Commission has a mission statement that states their mission is to “enhance the lives of Gladstone residents by facilitating and encouraging community awareness of and participation in cultural opportunities.” The Arts Commission has goals for the 2012 year that include restructuring the Art Springs in Gladstone show, which includes a new venue in Oak Grove Park. A series of smaller shows will be timed to take place during the June Tunes concert series and will include art activities for children hosted by local not-for-profit organizations. These organizations specialize in encouraging children to imagine and create. Imagination and creativity are abilities that can be used throughout life. It is a person’s ability to create, innovate, and imagine that allows them to think outside the box. 44
This is the 25th anniversary year for Gladstone’s Theater in the Park program. Over the years a number of children, youth, young adults and adults have been able to experience the power of live theater as they have performed for thousands of spectators. What a great venue this provides to learn about a person’s creative talents. From concerts to musicals there are many entertainment arts events that come to the Oak Grove Park Amphitheater each year. All of these events are offered free of charge by the City as a way to promote and encourage participation in the arts. Beyond the entertainment arts there are opportunities to participate in the visual arts with permanent art displays in the lobby of the community center. There you will find a variety of mediums on display that are the results of a collaborative effort between the City and the Arts Commission. Did you know that the center is a host location for rotating art exhibits? Known as First Tuesday these exhibits feature select local artists who display a variety of works in different mediums. On the opening evening of the exhibit the artists is present to talk about their work and answer questions as they mingle with the group. Light refreshments are provided and there is the opportunity to purchase an original work by the artist.
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variety of eBooks can be downloaded wirelessly or through a computer, depending on the device. The Library also provides classes and personal assistance in helping to understand and work with the eBook service.
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argaret “Maggie” Mae DeGroff had a recipe for chocolate cake that has become a family prize. Maggie Mae was Freida Cain’s great-grandmother. Freida wasn’t sure when her great-grandmother was born but knows that her grandmother was born in 1887. The recipe, passed down through the generations is still a favorite. Maybe what makes it special is the fact that Freida bakes this cake in the same “tube” pan that Maggie Mae used. If you’re wondering what a tube pan is, it looks similar to a bundt cake pan, but the centerpiece is smaller. Freida did not get the pan until 1951 when her Grandma Mullen moved to the city from farm. Freida enjoys baking and is often busy in the kitchen. With 20 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren it seems there is always a birthday cake to be made. Yes, it is a favorite specifically requested as a birthday cake. Freida has taken cake-decorating classes and recalls when she made a number of cupcakes for her granddaughter’s birthday. The cupcakes were for the party and the “cake” was for the family later. As it turned out the family got to eat the cupcakes.
By now you must be wondering how this cake is made? Freida has agreed to share the recipe but she can’t share the pan.
What ya’ need 2 c. sugar 2 c. flour 1/2 c. shortening 1/3 c. cocoa 3 eggs 1/2 c. sour milk with 2 t. of soda added to milk 1 t. cinnamon 1/2 t. nutmeg
What ya’ do Mix all of the above ingredients together add 1 c. boiling water and bake at 375 degrees for 35 – 40 minutes. Grease and flour the pan before putting batter in it. When cool, top with your favorite icing. Freida uses a fudge cream icing. The basic ingredients for the icing are lukewarm melted butter, cocoa and powdered sugar.
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who blossom forth in spring hats before December snows have flown, consider the fate of pretty Sally Atkinson, Clay county belle of 1835, who couldn’t wait for the Big Shoal Creek Bonnet Show. As legend has it, Sally and Susan Stout were vying for the attention of Lige Stephens, slim, corseted (Lige was a dandy and men’s garments were tight-fitting) clerk in the general store at Liberty, Missouri. Both girls had the same ambition – to obtain his escort home “from the Bonnet show at the Big Shoal Creek meetinghouse the second Sunday in May. As the story goes Sally’s uncle from Philadelphia brought her one of the newest bonnets in April of 1835. It was an enormous, wide brimmed bonnet, deep-curtained with veils fastened to the crown. It was dove-colored silk with pink trimmings. Her uncle on seeing her in it no doubt said “and tying her bonnet under her chin, she tied a young man’s heart within.” Now you can relive the splendor of these grand old days by participating in the Bonnet Show at the Atkins-Johnson Farm, located in the Big Shoal Heritage Area. The Bonnet show will be held on May 27 and will start at 1 p.m. In addition to re-creating the splendor of the bonnet show some of the other activities being considered include container gardening and gardening workshops, a period clothing fashion show and maybe an old-fashioned basket supper. So dust off your finest bonnet and join us at the farm for a fun filled day and learn a little about local history.
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Saturday, September 8, the Friends of the Atkins-Johnson Farm will host the Big Shoal Country Fair. This is the second year for the fair and once again it is open to the public. Located in the Big Shoal Heritage Area the Atkins-Johnson Farm is listed on the National Registry of Historic Sites. The Atkins-Johnson Farm was recognized as the oldest continually lived in home in Clay County in 1976. Originally built as a log cabin in the early 1830s the house has undergone several changes over the nearly two hundred years it has been there. The fair, scheduled to open at 10 a.m., will feature crafters, food, farm displays, and musical talent. There will even be a farmers market at the fair. Games and activities galore are planned for youngsters of all ages, as well as crafts projects. There are opportunities for individuals to enter their homemade crafts, food items, such as baked and canned goods or your own fresh garden goods and flowers. What a great chance to showcase your cooking, craft, and green thumb talents. Judging categories are being planned for all of these items. Ribbons and prizes will be awarded. Those interested in entering an item(s) can do so for a small fee of $2 per entry by contacting Krislin Fenner at seekersofthepast@ yahoo.com. A $25 gift card will be awarded as the grand prize in each category. Docents will be available for walking tours of the farm and to guide you through the museum. Of course your last stop can be in the gift shop located in the farmhouse. A wide variety of items are available to choose from. All proceeds from the gift shop and fair events go towards the continuing interior restoration efforts and museum operation.
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Gladstoneâ€™s Summertime Bluesfest Imagine spending a warm summer evening on the lawn of a beautiful park surrounded by friends and family. The air is full of the familiar smells of BBQ, cinnamon roasted nuts, kettle corn and all of your favorite-festival styled foods. Your ears hear and your heart races to the sounds of live blues music as it floats through the air. Does that sound like a great evening to you? It can be. All you have to do is plan to attend the Gladstone Summertime Bluesfest on June 8 and 9, 2012. Make plans to be in Oak Grove Park for Bluesfest and enjoy some of the best blues music to be found.
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Gladfest 33 Remember the first time you rode the Ferris wheel and the feeling of excitement and complete freedom as you looked out over the fun below? Remember the first bite of that crunchy, hot, sweet funnel cake? Close your eyes and listen as your mind replays the music of the carnival rides while the lights flash in time to the beat. The sights, the sounds and the delicious smells of a fall festival all make for lasting memories and loads of family fun. Plan now to attend Gladfest on October 5, 6 and 7 and relive the fun of a great community fall celebration.
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by | madissonstanley Oak Park High School Sophomore
Four Staley High School students earned an excellent award – Alexandria Freese, yearbook copy/caption: student life category; Samantha Gabbert, videography; and David Montoya and Patrick Sanchez, broadcast public service announcement Another major achievement was award for the 2011 Cambia yearbook from Oak Park. It earned eighth place in the Best of Show competition with in the 225-274 page category.
District Student Journalists travel to Minneapolis, Compete at National Convention
ast November, 47 students representing every high school in the district (Oak Park, Winnetonka, Staley and North Kansas City) traveled by bus to Minneapolis, Minn. for the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention. Students heard keynote speakers discuss today’s issues in journalism, took classes and workshops taught by award-winning professors and professional journalists, and attended critique sessions to develop new ideas and to improve publications. College representatives attended the conferences, as well, to chat with students about their future in journalism. “I went to experience the city itself and to see how my videos were compared to other students across the United States,” said Staley senior David Montoya.
In addition, six students in the district returned with an honorable mention including Winnetonka’s Breanna Cheadle and Scott Taylor; Staley’s Nicole Perry and Sloan Thomas; Oak Park’s Jacob Boeding; and Northtown’s Armand Clemoens. “They judged pretty much every aspect of my writing.” Said Boeding. “This award means a lot, even though my goal was to get an excellent rating. I like winning awards, because it lets you know you’re doing things right – even if it is by a total stranger.”
Taylor received an honorable mention in sports writing. “I listened to the guest speakers and wrote about the topic. After I turned it in, they graded it in the one through four categories. It’s just exciting, I really didn’t expect it and it’s an honor to be recognized as one of the better journalists in the country,” Taylor said. Cheadle brought back a photography award. “When they judged us, they sat us in a huge auditorium and put random photos on the screen and critiqued them right in front of everyone.” Cheadle said. “It was really exciting and I was very happy, even though it was only an honorable mention, because I still received it over other students in the nation.” Montoya brought home an excellent in broadcast public service announcement. “The judges looked for impact, video quality, and the statistics that were included in the video. After they were done judging I was happy they said we only made a few minor mistakes and that really made me want to improve and create something better,” Montoya said. “I was really happy with the outcome, but I hope to come back with a superior rating when I compete at our state competition.”
Winnetonka junior Scott Taylor traveled for more curricular purposes. “It’s just something you do when you’re on newspaper or yearbook; I wanted to get a chance to learn new things and hopefully win an award,” Taylor said. Oak Park sophomore Jacob Boeding went to relive old memories. “I wanted to go to Minnesota, because I loved the experience I had in Kansas City. So going to a convention again was a must,” Boeding said. The competitions were optional for students who chose to sign up ahead of time for one of the 47 different categories. Each was scored based on a rubric and those who earned awards were rated from honorable mention, excellent and superior being the highest rating.
by | erinniederberger NKCHS Hornet’s Buzz Copy Editor, www.nkcbuzz.com
NKCHS seniors face deadlines for life after high school
ou’ve spent hours on it – sweating over every word, asking countless teachers and family members to look it over. This step, however, no one can help you with. You take the mouse and, taking a deep breath, click “submit”. There’s no going back now. Your college application is on its way. Early December marked the deadline for many college and scholarship applications. Seniors have wrapped up a long college search and application process, sending their last bits of paperwork off with crossed fingers. Senior Micah McQuerry used interest tests to find a good fit, and also visited many campuses. He had difficulty at first, because he hadn’t picked his major, which is an important part of finding a good college. The scariest part of the process, in his opinion, was taking the ACT. In the end, however, he took the simple approach. “My mom took me to a college visit, they had my major, and I applied,” McQuerry said. 58
Senior Analyssa Lopez tried a more hands-on approach in her search. She used resources on collegeboard.com to match colleges to her requirements, and also visited several college fairs. “There are so many colleges to choose from, and every college sounds like fun,” Lopez said. “The scariest part is trying to narrow it down and thinking I might miss something.” Although college is the popular destination for Northtown students, some want to break the mold. Senior Esmir Drnda planned to take a year off to travel Europe. However, his parents wanted him to go to college, so he’ll probably compromise by going to college in Europe. Drnda applied to several local colleges already, as well as some European ones he toured during a trip to Europe last year. What was the scariest part for him? “Thinking I was not going to get accepted,” Drnda said. Luckily, he’s already been accepted to at least one European college.
Senior Sean Thompson isn’t going to college at all - at least not yet. Instead, he’s joining the Peace Corps. Why? “College is helping me,” Thompson said. “The Peace Corps is helping others.” Although his parents would prefer for him to go to college, Thompson says they’re supportive. “Other people think I should go to college,” he said, “but you gotta do what you gotta do.” Senior Grayson Gist chose to apply to the Air Force Academy. He just received a nomination to the academy, although he won’t know until March if he’s accepted. “I want to fly,” he said, stating the appeal of an Air Force future. When it came to choosing a college, students seemed to hold certain factors as most important. Finding a school that was strong in the chosen major was a definite deciding factor, but the size, reputation, financial aid opportunities, and location (whether close enough to visit family or far away to broaden horizons) all played a role.
Those students attending college have advice for juniors beginning their own search. “Start now,” McQuerry advised, “and take the ACT.” Lopez added, “Be open to everything. Some colleges you’ve never heard of will be a really good fit for you. Don’t only look at the names you know.” “Start early on the process before school gets too stressful,” Gist said. “Also, apply to many places to have better options. You can never have too many.” Although most applications have been sent in, seniors can enjoy a period of relaxation before their biggest choice - which college to attend - arrives. May 1, commonly known as Decision Day, is still several months away, allowing students time to deliberate before making their final decision. Seniors have mixed emotions as their four years of high school draw to a close. “I’m excited,” Drnda admitted. Lopez was torn, saying “I’m really excited, but I think it’ll be hard to leave everyone I know.” Gist agreed, saying, “I’m extremely nervous, but excited for a new experience.” However, McQuerry said, “I’ll always be here [at Northtown] in my heart.”
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Protecting Schools and Students from
Co-Editor-in-Chief of Staley’s newspaper The Talon and Editor-in-Chief of Staleytalon.com
part-time college student shot and killed a police officer, then himself, on the campus of Virginia Tech last December. The incident reminded law enforcement, school administrators and students themselves to question their safety and to work to improve their strategies for prevention and defenses against violent crimes. “I would say the main safety factor is ensuring the building is secured. When the building is secure, you’re safe and secure inside,” said Staley High School Resource Deputy Gary Edwards. Edwards knows there are numerous ways Staley High School works to protect its students and staff. “There is limited access once school is in session. You must enter through two main offices, and the exterior doors are locked and checked throughout the day to affirm they’re locked,” said Edwards. He added, “There also are video recorders and cameras located at every entrance to the school to allow constant surveillance of the parking lot and elsewhere on campus.” Staley High Sophomore Michael Landuyt said this constant surveillance is a good thing and shows the school cares about its students. “I feel like this school is a lot safer than others I’ve been in. It seems like the administrators in this school actually care about the students being safe, rather than just themselves,” said Landuyt. He said that his previous schools didn’t utilize safety measures such as the requirement to enter through an office or the video surveillance. While these measures are tried and true for limiting damage caused by an outside intruder, some students wonder what might occur in the case of student-caused violence. 60
Edwards explained that many of the protections against outside intruders also function for internal threats as well. “There are restricted entrances, even when students are coming in and internal reporting channels, as well.” said Edwards. He noted there was a situation when administrators received advance information about someone intending to bring a weapon to school. An intervention took place before the suspect could make it into the building. “That’s another reason for the text-a-tip program,” Edwards added. The text-a-tip program, implemented late in the 20102011 school year, gives students a way to send anonymous tips without fear of anyone finding out who they were, yet still allowing them to report what they see or hear. This is done by a student texting the word “falcon” and then the message to 274-637.
Edwards explained the process. “When a student sends information, it goes two places. The first removes all the personal identifiers – such as the phone number. Then it goes to another service center where it is read and passed along to the high school. When I receive it, I have absolutely no idea who sent it,” said Edwards. The text-a-tip software allows both Edwards and the tipster to converse further if necessary, while still maintaining anonymity. Edwards also encourages students to use text-a-tip to report suspicious activity or any other concerns as a way to prevent incidents. “Be aware of your surroundings. Be aware of conversations with students, or ones that were overheard. Be aware of the behaviors of students,” said Edwards. “As a result of interventions, there have been students who have turned themselves around. And for a few – it’s probably saved their lives,” he added.
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by | Dr.toddwhite Superintendent of NKC Schools
Extraordinary Educational Experiences W
hen public education thrives in a community, so does the quality of life. The two are inseparable.
NKC Schools proudly serves the educational needs of Gladstone, and has done so since before Gladstone was formally incorporated in 1952. Through the decades, we have enjoyed a strong partnership with the City – one that has remained focused on what’s best for kids and for the community overall.
Just about everyone is familiar with the Natatorium partnership at the Gladstone Community Center, but perhaps a lesser known collaboration is the district’s strategic planning process. Gladstone residents actively participate as members of our strategic planning steering committee and action teams. The plan is rapidly taking shape and will provide us much to aspire toward. The bar is set high, and we are energized by the challenge. After the steering committee finalizes the plan, the school board will review it. With the Board of Education’s endorsement, we will begin the eagerly awaited implementation phase this summer. One definitive aspect that permeates all facets of the strategic plan is excellence. From “exceptional educators” to “extraordinary educational experiences,” excellence is the standard that will drive the future of NKC Schools – and indirectly, the future of your community. Lest I sound naïve, I want to assure you that your school officials are well aware of external forces in play in the community, state and nation that are poised to impact your school district. 62
Our Promise to You
First and foremost, we are a growing school district. Our most recent demographic study indicates we will be 100% full at 100% of our schools within three years – and that is with in-district residential growth alone. It’s exciting to be part of a thriving community that continues to attract new families, new businesses and eventually new schools. For now, though, we are managing our growing student enrollment with classroom additions at our most crowded schools and attendance area adjustments. As I write this, many complex legal and legislative issues remain unresolved, including governance of the unaccredited Kansas City Public Schools, underfunded state budgets for public schools, and federal inaction on No Child Left Behind. These are factors we cannot control, but please know this: Our promise to you is that we will work to provide your students with extraordinary education experiences despite external influences. We are making, and we will continue to make, decisions that are in the best interest of our students. We will not apologize for putting NKC Schools students at the forefront of our decision making and planning. Indeed, they are the heart of our mission. When communities have high expectations for their schools, education thrives. Thank you, Gladstone, for setting your standards high and for being part of the process to ensure the future of NKC Schools and the success of our students. Please send your comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Growing andGoing Gladstone Schools on the Move
City of Gladstone set the standard with its communitywide planning initiative, Gladstone On the Move. In step with that momentum, Gladstone schools are “on the move,” too!
Accommodating a Growing Student Enrollment
North Kansas City Schools is a growing district that serves 13 municipalities in the Northland including the City of Gladstone. Five schools are located within the Gladstone city limits. Several other schools (with Kansas City addresses) serve Gladstone residents, as well. Exciting things are happening in these and other NKC Schools sites! Here’s a roundup of who’s coming and who’s going, what’s being done to accommodate the growing student enrollment and a snapshot of innovative teaching grants aimed at ensuring students have extraordinary educational experiences.
Last summer, NKC Schools added 12 new classrooms to manage growth at schools that needed additional room for an expanding student population. Linden West, New Mark and Topping each received four new classrooms in 2011. Of the Linden West classrooms, two were general classrooms, one was for music, and another for art. Four general classrooms also now extend New Mark’s western facade. Topping’s addition was more extensive and substantially changed the school entrance. Four classrooms were added to the front of the building, along with a new reception area with an office for the principal and a general work room area. The redesign also created a cafeteria area, repurposed the old commons area for special education and resource rooms, and enclosed the pod-style classrooms. Construction costs totaling $3.4 million were funded by accumulated protested tax revenues held in the district’s capital projects fund, and did not require a tax increase.
“Before we ask our patrons for additional funds, we will utilize our current, available resources,” explained Dr. Todd White, superintendent of NKC Schools. “While capital project dollars can’t be used for daily operations, they can be used to help manage crowding for the next few years at a handful of enrollment hot spots,” he added.
Innovative Teaching Grants Impact Gladstone Students For the 2011-12 school year, the North Kansas City Schools Education Foundation awarded more than $18,000 in grants that creatively and effectively enhance student learning. Four of the 10 grants benefit students who live in Gladstone.
For 2012, work has already begun on classroom additions at Antioch, Maple Park and Northgate middle schools. These projects also will be completed without a tax increase using existing funds from the district’s Capital Projects Fund.
The Dr. Dan Kahler Innovative Teaching Grants Program is named for Kahler, a Gladstone resident who opened Oak Park High School in 1965 and served as principal for 21 years. Since 1996, the Education Foundation has awarded 144 grants totaling more than $162,000.
Antioch Middle School will have four classrooms added to the west end of the building. At Maple Park, a hallway will be created through an existing space and four classrooms will be added on the south side of the building adjacent to the gymnasium. Northgate will receive a total of eight new classroom spaces – four academic classrooms and four rooms that will support district programs such as Parents as Teachers and English Language Learners (ELL). The Northgate additions will be constructed as a single story on the west end of the front wing. The total estimated cost for the 2012 projects is $4.5 million with construction costs coming from protested taxes in the district’s Capital Project Fund. Of the total, $700,000 will be drawn from the Capital Projects Unallocated Fund for the extra class spaces at Northgate.
A Culturally Responsive School – The Work Continues Oak Park teacher Lori Dameron received a second-year grant to fund additional Unitown diversity training. The training helps students work through barriers, open up lines of communication and create understanding as they learn to better appreciate themselves and their peers. Oak Park plans to host a Diversity Round Table, an event for area high school students to share their experiences.
Book It Forward English teacher Marilee Frailey, also of Oak Park High School, used grants funds to purchase novels and establish a book club for sophomores. The goal is to improve students’ reading and comprehension test scores and encourage them to become lifelong readers. During scheduled “exchange days,” students trade books, talk about them and make reading recommendations. CRUZing the Classics At Antioch Middle School, a grant awarded to communications arts teachers Diana Haynes, Cindi Hurte and Michelle Dorsel combines classic novels with the latest technology. Six-graders are using different kinds of e-readers to access books like “Little Women” and “The Call of the Wild.” The students thoroughly enjoy reading, analyzing and discussing great works of literature, which should help boost their standardized test scores.
Who’s Coming? Who’s Going? Meet Oak Park’s New Principal – Joseph Hesman
Hired for the start of the 2011-12 school year, Joseph Hesman is the new principal at Oak Park High School. Hesman first taught special education in the Liberty Public School System before moving to various leadership positions in the Kansas City Missouri School District. Hesman was most recently employed by the Independence School District as an associate principal at Truman High School and earlier served there as assistant principal. Joseph Hesman earned his undergraduate degree in special education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He earned his master’s degree and his educational specialist degree from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Hall of Fame Coach Keith Ross to Retire Keith Ross, activities director and assistant principal of Oak Park High School, will retire in June after having served more than three decades as a teacher, administrator and coach.
Traditions of Excellence Service Cadre Grant Thomas Hernandez, a custodian and former student at Antioch Middle School, recorded the most votes in the school district’s annual Traditions of Excellence recognition program for noncertified staff. For this achievement, he also received a $500 grant from the Education Foundation. Hernandez chose to reward students who had perfect attendance first semester with a pizza party. For more school news, visit these sites:
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Ross began his career in North Kansas City Schools in 1979. He attended William Jewell College and finished his undergraduate work in three years. He would later earn a master’s degree in administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In the fall of 1979, he was a student teacher and an assistant football coach at Winnetonka High School, and later that semester was offered a teaching contract with a spot on the coaching staff.
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Ross also was head baseball coach at Winnetonka from 1982 through the spring of 1985, during which time “Tonka” won their conference and two district titles before clinching state in 1985. Ross completed his baseball coaching at Winnetonka with a 61-25 record.
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By the fall of 1985, Ross was at Oak Park High School where he since has served as head football coach for 27 years. He will finish with a record of 184 wins and 107 losses, three conference titles, 12 district titles, and second at state — barely losing to Hazelwood Central 21-20. In recognition of his outstanding career accomplishments, Keith Ross was named to the Missouri Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2007.
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have all been made aware of the benefits of recycling by nearly everyone from our local community leaders and neighbors to Hollywood actors and politicians. Of course we should recycle plastic, glass, aluminum and paper, but what about that leftover Chinese takeout or that casserole that Aunt Betty made for Christmas dinner that no one liked? Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons — gets lost or wasted. In the US, it is estimated that as much as 30% of food gets wasted. That’s about $48.2 billion of food. Of course edible food can and should be donated to hunger relief agencies to feed hungry families. But almost all inedible food scraps are simply thrown into the garbage to be taken to the landfill. But in the landfill, food scraps are a wasted resource. Food and food soiled paper make excellent compost, a soil amendment that enriches soil and improves plant health. Many communities are beginning to recognize the importance of reducing the overall amount of garbage sent to local landfills. Unlike other recyclable items such as glass and plastic, organic waste will decompose once it’s put in the ground and that’s a problem in municipal landfills. As buried food breaks down it produces methane, a greenhouse gas that has a warming effect 23 times as potent as carbon dioxide according to the EPA. Global methane emissions from garbage are estimated to be as high as 70 million metric tons a year. By recycling organic waste ‘composting it’ methane emissions are eliminated. 68
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We all can help ‘close the loop’ with increased recycling of our organic food waste and at the same time provide a natural benefit to your garden or lawn. With food scraps there has historically been only two options: make a compost pile for the backyard garden (if you have the space for it)--or toss the mess down the disposal or into the trash. But with each challenge comes a solution! Such a solution can be found through the advancements and recent innovation of indoor home composters. The All Seasons Composter Kit from SCD Probiotics, a local manufacturer here in Kansas City, Missouri presents a third option for organic food waste; home and kitchen composting. Through a partnership with OCCU-TEC another local Kansas City based professional services company, the All Seasons Indoor Composter Kit has revolutionized the way food scraps can be successfully recycled using beneficial bacteria for an odorless kitchen composting system, speeding up the fermentation process of food waste. When the fermented food waste is added to the soil, it breaks down completely and adds valuable nutrients to lawns and gardens. The kit fits easily under most kitchen sinks, so it is convenient to access - right when you need it. OCCU-TEC offers the All Seasons Indoor Composter online at www. innovativeprobiotics.com.
In home kitchen composting using bacteria to anaerobically ferment organic waste is a relatively new concept here in the United States, but has been used for years around the world. The bacteria are applied using an impregnation carrier such as wheat bran (Bokashi). The fermentation process breaks the organic matter down in a process that is odor free. The process is very fast and usually takes less than two to four weeks. Once the fermentation has completed you can add the scraps to a traditional worm bin or bury them directly in the soil. Since the process is done in a closed system you don’t have to worry about insects and odors making it ideal for urban home or business settings. Unlike more conventional composting systems the bokashi-systems can break down heavier items like meat, fish and cheese. The valuable nutrients that remain in the food waste are recycled into compost. Also, you’ll send less garbage to the landfill and reduce odors in your garbage can.
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• Meat, fish, small • N o plastic bags, bones containers, or wrapping • Spoiled or • No pet waste or moldy food kitty litter • Tea leaves & • No liquids tea bags • Coffee grounds & filters • Fruits, vegetables, peels & pits • Cheese & butter • Baked goods, dough, pasta, rice This ingenious in-home kit has also caught the attention of several high profile endorsements: in 2010 it was named as one of Oprah’s favorite things and more recently the Heartland Habitat for Humanity has started offering the kitchen composting kit in their ReStore locations in Kansas City, Kansas and Johnson County, Kansas. According to Tom Lally, Executive Director of Heartland Habitat for Humanity they plan on expanding the offering to their planned new Northland ReStore in 2012. “The idea of offering an opportunity to expand the recycling efforts of our customers from traditional building materials to every part of their lives is very exciting.” The idea doesn’t stop with organic food waste recycling for Lally, he hopes to transform Heartland Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore locations into more than just discount retail locations for reused building materials; “We are working on bringing our customers in-store learning centers to help folks with recycling and reuse opportunities to create a more sustainable future.” To learn more about these composting ideas stop by the Heartland Habitat for Humanity booth at the Gladstone Green Home Show on April 24 and 25. The show will be held at the Gladstone Community Center and the hours are 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the 24th and 9:00 to 6:00 on the 25th.
by | bethhoulihan Glastone City Gardener
here comes a point when a homeowner suddenly realizes that their home’s exterior landscape suddenly looks overgrown and worn out, similar to what happens sometimes to the homeowner’s view of their home’s interior. The homeowner has a realization that a change is necessary, but it is usually easier to browse through home magazines and watch the ever popular home improvement shows for one to decide how to change the look of the interior of the home for a more updated look than it is to make decisions as to what to do for the exterior curb appeal.
Each one of these steps can be done by the homeowner if one is experienced in such endeavors, with the help of friends and/or neighbors, or they can be done by hiring a professional landscape company. It is sometimes less expensive in the long run to hire a professional landscape company, as the company’s experience can save a homeowner time and money in costly mistakes. Let’s take a look at each one the different steps and break them down according to what they include.
The goal of assessment is to determine what changes can be done, both immediately and possibly in the future, for the best possible outcome. A great trick at this point is to take several photographs from various angles. It is amazing how one can look at something day in and day out, but when the same vista is presented through a photograph, the good and bad seem to jump off the page and become much more obvious. Some questions to ask include, are the plants past their prime and have they outgrown their usefulness? One thing to keep in mind is that plants have a lifespan, just as people do. If the landscaping outside a home was installed when the home was built, and the home is now over 20 to 25 years old, chances are there are some overgrown shrubs or small trees that are past their prime and could look much better either drastically pruned back, or removed altogether and replaced with new plantings. Landscaping designs and plant selections tend to go through trends, as well as home interiors. Now is the time to consider updating the home’s image from the curb. Although there are a multitude of things to keep in mind in updating a home’s exterior landscaping, there are certain steps than can be taken as a homeowner to improve the curb appeal. They are assessment, planning, installation, and maintenance.
Another question is what type of budget the homeowner has to work with in order to make the landscape improvements. One should take into consideration which shrubs or trees are to be kept or removed, the approximate size of the area and numbers of plants that need to be added, if there are
going to be any hardscape costs (hardscape to include rock walls, stepping stones, bed edging, etc), soil amendments necessary, or, if the work is going to be done by a professional, approximate labor costs. One rule of thumb is to base the landscape improvements on the current value of the home. The improvements as done by a professional company usually cost around 5 to 10 percent of the home’s value, for example, if the home has a value of $150,000, updated landscaping could cost anywhere from $7,500 to $15,000. However, these costs can be reduced significantly if the homeowner is able or willing to do the work. The improvements can also take a staged approach, following a plan with the work being done over a period of time, allowing it to be paid for in smaller increments. Some other things to keep in mind during the assessment are the time available to maintain the landscape once installed, who will be doing the maintenance, either the homeowner or a professional, the style of the home, whether it be modern, tudor, colonial, etc., and what type of landscape design would work best with the home, as well as how the landscape will be used?
at 816-407-3490); (7) whether retaining walls will be necessary, or other types of hardscape are to be added in the way of patios, walkways and decks; (8) fencing needs; (9) Pet needs; (10) what tools will be necessary for the installation; (11) what suppliers of plants to work with; (12) which type of mulch to be used; (13) contact DigRite (in Missouri call 1-800-Dig-Rite) to locate utility lines; and (14) a time line for completion of the project.
There are several options a homeowner has to carry forward with the installation. The homeowner can do the work in stages, this is the most time consuming albeit less expensive way to go; recruiting friends and relatives to work on various phases of the installation, asking for help with building of retaining walls, patios, moving soil, planting, mulching, etc. will be an inexpensive way to go; or the homeowner can hire a Iandscape company to help with all phases of the project. Some things to keep in mind during the installation phase are: (1) mature sizes of selected plants; (2) distance plants should be installed both from the house and each other,
Once the homeowner has a broad idea of the scope of work that needs to be done, it is a good idea to get things down on paper. A rough drawing of the area, as seen from a bird’s eye view, is a great tool, with some sketches of how the area currently appears. Once a rough drawing has been done, the homeowner can use the sketch to draw a plan for the area, complete with numbers and types of plants to be included in the renovation. Consulting gardening friends, magazines, websites, nurseries, or professionals are many ways to determine which plants would work in the area to be landscaped. Some things to keep in mind during the planning and sketching phase are: (1) different vantage points of the landscape, from the front, side, and through windows from inside the home as well as interest for all seasons; (2) access points to water, and to the front, side, and back yards; (3) picking plants that will do well in the location selected and that are appropriate for our growing zone 5-6; (4) whether a water feature or outdoor lighting will enhance the project; (5) if low or high maintenance plants are desired; (6) conducting soil tests to determine what soil amendments will be necessary to successfully grow the plants selected (contact Clay County University of Missouri Extension
remembering to plant several feet away from the house, out from under the overhang is a good rule of thumb as a minimum; (3) mulching for retention of moisture; (4) maintain plants from time they arrive on site until they are installed in the landscape; (5) follow a plan for watering newly installed plantings to ensure success.
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Once the landscape has been installed, a maintenance plan should be devised for regular maintenance of the new plantings, on a weekly, monthly, seasonal, and annual basis. Everything should be watered weekly for the first full season, with perennials receiving extra watering the first year, shrubs for the first two years, and trees for the first three years after installation. Shrubs and trees should only be pruned sparingly in the first three years, as they need time to establish themselves.
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Existing plants that are retained in the plan should be disturbed as little as possible, with care being taken to keep their root systems intact. The existing plants should also be assessed for pruning needs. Small trees and large shrubs could possibly need some pruning to improve their appearance and promote healthy growth. Large trees should be assessed by a certified arborist and pruned according to their recommendations. Topping trees should be avoided as it causes many problems for the tree, including a shortened lifespan.
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Beth is a vital member of our rain barrel/rain garden workshop team – advocating this important conservation method. She has taken charge of plant exchanges and has a loyal group of more than 30 gardeners who share plants and have fun twice a year. Beth, also, volunteers to help with senior meals and events, the Easter egg hunt, Daddy/ Daughter Dance, and other events. Beth remains an enthusiastic asset to the Park and Recreation team in spite of the frustration of stolen plants, countless hours of cleaning out cigarette butts and charcoal ashes, and the perils of working on the Broadway and 72nd Street island with traffic whizzing by. Beth continues to be a patient, quiet, creative genius working in all the corners of Gladstone, instilling color, interesting patterns, and beauty in our Urban Gardens. Sometimes, you can catch a glimpse of her, sometimes not. If you do, and if your day has been a little brighter, just say, “Thanks, Beth!”
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