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Dear Gladstone Residents, The Gladstone City Council is pleased to present you with this issue of Gladstone, a community magazine sponsored by the Gladstone Economic Betterment Council (GEBC). In the last issue we recognized the celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the City, which continues until November of this year. In this issue we are featuring the memories of some of the City’s past Mayors as a compliment to the recollections of former city managers. The Council would also like to recognize and thank GEBC and the Industrial Development Authority for their ongoing support of this publication. 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 would also encourage you to share your memories of Gladstone and old Linden for use in future issues. Now in the seventh year of production we are pleased that we can continue to provide a quality product delivered directly to your home. This brings a number of timely articles related to this time of the year and things we can all do to save money and be safe. If you have an item of interest that you would like to see in the magazine, please contact Richard King, Communications Manager at City Hall. If you have an item you like to bring to the attention of the Council, you may do so by email to City Hall. The address to use is info@gladstone. 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. Your Gladstone City Council

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 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. 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 Building Commission Publisher Dillingham Communications

Editors Richard King Melinda Mehaffy

President: Allen Dillingham

Graphic Design R&S Creative, LLC

Account Executive Jane Quigley

Gladstone City Council Members L-R: Bill Garnos, Brian Hill, Mayor Jean B. Moore, Barry McCullough, Carol Suter 2





4 Community Update 6 Get Moving 8 Grant Programs 10 Unwanted Medication Disposal 12 Public Safety Neighborhood Services 14 Recycling


Then and Now A look at the past, present, and future of the Gladstone Community Center!

22 Memories A history of past Gladstone Mayors

lifestyles 54 Intimate Partner Violence 58  Laugh it Up with Girl Time

helpfromhome 38 Emerald Ash Borer Detected in the Area 40 12345 Fit-tastic 44 Inspired E-Learning for Kids 46 Language and Literacy What’s the Connection? 48 Exterior Home Lighting More than Safety and Security 50 Share the Road

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sustainability 62 Water Sense ... Water Wise

culture 66 Read 1...2...3! 70 Announcing the Opening of the AtkinsJohnson Farm and Museum 76 Community Cultural Opportunities 78 Dedication at Linden Square

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94 Biomedical Science Classes Give Hands-on Experience 96 Working Without Wages

80 Gladfest 34 82 Bluesfest 98 Gladstone Pictorials

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 Mayor’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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by | kirkdavis City Manager


ladstone, as a first tier suburb in the Northland is actively embracing the arts. Arts in all mediums, from the canvas to sculpture, to performing arts, are important to the community as we look for growth and to the future. It is a fact that the arts are a key economic growth component to any community. One of the key factors is to recognize that professional artists are business people. They require ready access to consumers, suppliers and resources, affordable space and strong connections to a supportive community. Unfortunately, all too often the arts and creative professionals are not seen as profitable by other business people. However, the prosperity that artists create in an economy is perhaps not only in dollars and cents. If we are to look a little deeper it is clear to see that “the arts� and the people involved in creating art have an unprecedented effect on the economy, community stability and development. Artists do in fact require community and, like any good relationship, their community needs them as well. The arts can have a positive influence


on the community. They accent public space, community gatherings, entertainment options and overall community health. Gladstone is moving in that direction with the recent completion of Linden Square. Linden Square, located adjacent to city hall, is a place that will bring people together that might not otherwise come together. Linden Square offers an entertainment stage for performing arts and music; it has green space for exhibits and recently introduced ice skating in the winter months. This is only the beginning. This small investment in the community has brought a great deal of attention from developers and investors who want to be involved in moving Linden Square and the Village Center concept forward. A public art component is planned for the area including a piece that will accent Dr. Louis Pollina’s Dentistry for Children office building located on the western edge of Linden Square. As Linden Square and the Village Center concept grows you will see art continue to be an amenity. We see eating

establishments for the old post office at NE 70th and N. Cherry. Public art is also part of the new mixed-use luxury apartment/commercial development at NE 70th and N. Locust. All of this goes hand in hand with the City Council goal that focuses on the development of the Village Center, which includes Linden Square and the N. Oak Corridor. This is a part of our economic development strategy to improve our commercial corridors and give developers an option to invest in our community rather than investing in the edge of the Kansas City area and furthering sprawl in our region.

This process is part of the Mid-America Regional Council’s Creating Sustainable Places program, which focuses on achieving sustainability through the creation of vibrant, green and connected centers and corridors. This process fits nicely with the advancement of the Village Center concept and redevelopment of the N. Oak Corridor. The Public Safety Department has been working vigorously in a variety of ways to enhance the image of the City as a “safe community.” The deployment of officers and “in-car” reporting systems are designed, in part, to reduce response times to calls for service. Aggressive traffic enforcement is encouraged, with an emphasis on violations that are contributing factors in traffic accidents (speed, stop sign violations, careless driving, DUI and others). This also has an added benefit of providing more police visibility in our neighborhoods. Strategies to be highly visible in business districts, neighborhoods and schools are being employed on a daily basis. Officers routinely take lunch breaks at schools in our city. Patrol officers are assigned to permanent districts so they will intimately know their assigned patrol area and can more readily sense when criminal activity is present. The City Council, in their goal setting for Linden Square and the Village Center, also set a goal to review the Antioch Road Corridor as well. Art and public art will be part of that redevelopment strategy as well. If you look closer at the N. Oak Corridor Study itself, it is easy to see that we are identifying options for enhanced transit service along the corridor. These enhancements will provide an organizing spine for transit in the Northland and serve as a catalyst for sustainable development along N. Oak. Bicycle and pedestrian modes are also part of the study to determine how they would best support transit service. Our project partners include the cities of North Kansas City and Kansas City.

There are two officers assigned to the Neighborhood Services Unit that work with citizens on crime prevention and visit with neighborhood associations. Patrol officers also regularly attend the neighborhood association meetings in their district to enhance the familiarity of the officers with the citizens and so the citizens can get to know the officers patrolling their neighborhood. A crime analyst works to ensure officers are immediately aware of crime trends developing in the City. The crime analyst also visits with homes association groups and provides information on crimes reported in their area. These presentations encourage citizen reporting of suspicious activity and establishing a dialogue for information sharing increasing the officers’ ability to stay on top of issues affecting neighborhoods.

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by | tinaspallo Recreation Supervisor


ladstone Parks & Recreation prides itself on offering fun affordable programs for individuals and families, State of the art facilities like the Gladstone Community Center, beautiful parks and miles of paved trails for you and your family to enjoy while becoming more health conscience and physically fit. It is Gladstone’s goal to get all residents whether young or young at heart to get moving and make Gladstone a healthier community.

According to the National Youth Sports Coaches Association Youth Sports Journal sports contribute to the five components of fitness: 1. Cardiovascular endurance – the cornerstone of fitness and gives children an increased capacity to play and perform. 2. Strength – children benefit more from strength exercises that require them to overcome and control their own body weight than from using weight-training equipment. 3. Flexibility – increased flexibility will increase a child’s range of motion and help prevent injuries caused by overstretching. 4. Agility – required in order to make quick movements at various speeds while maintaining balance.

Children today experience a very different lifestyle. Walks to and from school have been replaced by car and bus rides. Gym class and after-school sports have been cut; afternoons may now be spent with TV, video games and the Internet. Parents are busier than ever, and many families eat fewer home-cooked meals. Snacking between meals is now commonplace. Everyone has a role to play in reducing childhood obesity, including parents, school officials and elected officials from all levels of government. That is why Gladstone Parks & Recreation offers programs that provide kids the opportunity to participate in activities that promote physical fitness. 6

5. Balance and coordination – demands both the natural development of the neuromuscular system and the ongoing practice of specific movement patterns. Participation in sports brings a number of emotional and physical benefits for children; you can consider getting them started with Gladstone Parks and Recreation developmental programs. Gladstone offers a wide variety of developmental (designed to assist growth or bring about improvement) youth programs throughout the year, including Flag Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, T-ball, Softball and Start Smart programs designed for children beginning at age three. New this fall,

Gladstone Parks & Recreation will offer a Youth Cross-Country program that will prepare your child eight to 13-years of age to participate in a 5K run (3.1 miles) and encourages their participation in the lifetime sport of running. Participating in a 5K run could become your family or individual goal this year. The drive to exercise and become more active is much easier to sustain when a family or group of individuals motivate each other. Think about participating in the Gladstone Hy-Vee Panther Scamper 5K Run/Walk scheduled for Sunday, October 6 during Gladfest weekend. Registration will begin Monday, August 12 and families do receive a discount, plus each person registered receives a commemorative event T-shirt. This event takes place on the Gladfest festival grounds and benefits the Gladstone Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund. You will become physically fit while helping the less fortunate citizens of Gladstone. Along the same lines the Gladstone Community Center offers the Kids Triathlon, scheduled for June 1, 2013 for kids 6 to 14 years of age. Each participant gets the opportunity to swim, bike and run distances based upon his or her age. The Kids Triathlon is fun and can be enjoyed by novice to competitive level athletes.

Park features an innovative electronic playground structure called NEOS 360. If you have not visited this playground, it is time, because the NEOS 360 is designed for children and adults and will get your heart pumping! The entire family can get moving at this playground while having hours of fun. Did you know that walking is the #1 choice for National Weight Control Registry Participants? Walking is the easiest way to get up and move and it works. Gladstone’s parks feature paved trails at Happy Rock, Oak Grove and Hamilton Heights. Our trails are used daily by residents seeking a safe and picturesque path on which to walk or run in order to stay in shape and enjoy the outdoors. Many families can be seen taking a stroll and enjoying the outdoors. Just 30 minutes of movement a day will help decrease your chances of contracting heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. So, take a stroll in one of our parks and not only discover a healthier way of living, but discover what Gladstone has to offer in its beautiful parks. The Gladstone Community Center offers members and nonmembers the opportunity to participate in land and water fitness classes that are offered several times throughout the week at different times of the day. The Gladstone Community Center looks forward to serving senior citizens, many of whom take advantage of the scholarship program offered through Clay County Senior Services. Clay County Senior Services will provide class scholarships to Clay County resident’s age 60 and older for exercise classes held at the Gladstone Community Center. This includes both land and water classes. Clay County Senior Services will pay up to $30 per person, per quarter, not to exceed $120 a year. You are never too old to get moving and enjoy the benefits of exercise.

Studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 60 percent of American adults do not get the recommended amount of daily exercise. To help combat that statistic Gladstone Parks & Recreation offers adult sport programming for those interested in participating in team and individual sports; Softball, Sand Volleyball, Kickball, Flag Football, Tennis and newest to our lineup is Ultimate Frisbee. Ultimate Frisbee is a popular team sport that is similar to soccer, but played with a Frisbee. Participants are sure to increase their physical endurance, agility and strength by playing this fast-paced game. Get your friends together and try out one of our many programs that will keep you moving and having fun. The economic climate has contributed to families having less of an entertainment budget. Therefore, they are seeking more passive activities such as taking their children to one of Gladstone’s beautiful parks. The City has seven parks with ADA accessible playground structures that encourage physical activity and imagination. The newest playground is located in Central Park with a large picnic shelter. This playground is perfect for an afternoon at the park accompanied by a picnic lunch. Happy Rock

Gladstone Parks & Recreation offers a wide array of programs that will get you and your family moving. Please visit our website to read more about programs, to register online or to find a map of our many parks and trails.

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by | matthewkosmatka Neighborhood Services Coordinator

City of Gladstone’s


City is always looking for ways to help residents improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods and homes. One way the city does this is through the grant program administered by the Gladstone Neighborhood Commission and funded through the Gladstone Economic Betterment Council. These grants range from low-income home weatherization grants to gravel driveway replacement grants. Some of the available grants can be found at CommunityDev/Neighborhoods/grants.php. All other information for grants can be obtained at city hall in Community Development.

Currently the City offers 4 different types of grants: Neighborhood Enhancement grant, home weatherization grant, gravel driveway replacement grant and the waterwise grant (the waterwise grant is not yet in effect as it is still undergoing fundraising efforts). The neighborhood enhancement grant is designed for organized neighborhoods. It is used by the organized neighborhood to complete neighborhood beautification projects and neighborhood events that are for the benefit of the entire neighborhood. The grant will provide 75 percent of the project cost to the organized neighborhood but cannot exceed $1,500. An example of this grant is the Historic Linden Neighborhood

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signs found at every street corner in the Linden Neighborhood around city hall, these “sign toppers� help to bring recognition and identity to the neighborhood. The home weatherization grant is an income-based grant designed to assist lower and fixed-income residents. When a resident applies for and is approved for this grant the Neighborhood Commission will send out an independent contractor that will do an inspection of the home. This inspection usually includes the amount and type of attic and crawl space (if there is one) insulation, the age and type of windows and doors and weather stripping. If the inspector finds areas of the home that need improvement the contractor will send a report back to the Commission with the costs of the improvements. All qualifications for this grant can be found on the city’s website or community development. The gravel driveway replacement grants started last year and are used to assist residents that have a current gravel driveway and want to change to a concrete driveway. The Commission can provide up to $3,000.00 to the homeowner, if the cost exceeds the grant limit of $3,000 the homeowner must cover the balance. This grant does have a set amount of funding per year. Qualifications for this grant can be obtained through community development. The Be Water Wise grant is designed to save homeowners and the city with the amount of water that is used in a home. When an old inefficient toilet is replaced with a WaterSense labeled toilet the city will provide a rebate of $100.00 per toilet (maximum of 2 toilets) to the homeowner. This grant is also an annually funded grant.

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by | jeffself Public Safety Captain


ccording to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than six million Americans abuse prescription drugs. That same study revealed more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them through friends or relatives, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports, in a 2010 study that nearly 1 in 12 high school seniors reported nonmedical use of Vicodin; 1 in 20 reported abuse of OxyContin. Many people have no idea of the proper way to dispose of unwanted or expired prescription and over the counter drugs. Just throwing them away creates the possibility of them falling into the hands of someone who would abuse them. If they are picked up by a trash service, they end up in a landfill where they degrade into the ground and possibly contaminate the environment with the 10

chemicals used to make these items. Another option was to flush them down the toilet. This option creates another problem of the drugs ending up in the sanitary sewer system where they can contaminate the environment and the water supply. This problem created the need for some type of program to address this growing problem. In early 2011 the Gladstone Public Safety began taking part in the Drug Enforcement Agency’s national prescription drug take back program. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a convenient and responsible means of disposal. Participation began as being a designated drop off point for unwanted or expired prescription drugs on the two days each year that were designated as national drug take back days. On that first day of participation, the department took in over seventy-five pounds of prescription and over the counter medications. It was very apparent that this program identified a great need in the community. In the days following that first take back event, the department continued to get calls from citizens who had missed the day and were inquiring how they could dispose of their prescription drugs. Other police departments in the area such as Liberty Police and Kansas City Police had placed permanent secure drop off boxes in the lobbies of their stations so drugs could be dropped at anytime. Gladstone Public Safety decided to do the same. In December 2011 a commercial drop off box, manufactured for the specific purpose of receiving unwanted drugs, was purchased and secured in the lobby of Public Safety Headquarters at 7010 N. Holmes. Unwanted drugs can be dropped off at anytime in this box and does not require the assistance of a Public Safety Officer. The box is emptied as needed and the contents are disposed of by incineration. There are restrictions on what types of items can be deposited in the collection box. A list of acceptable items include: expired or unwanted prescription medications, expired or unwanted over-the-counter medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, medications for household pets, Epi-pens and medicated lotions in non glass containers. Prohibited items include: Hydrogen peroxide or other chemicals, empty medicine

bottles, Medical waste (iv bags, or blood/infected waste), needles or other sharps, hazardous waste, thermometers, personal care products (shampoos, soaps or makeup), liquids, glass containers or any other trash. The anonymity of the system does leave the potential for some of the prohibited items to make their way into the box. With that in mind, the department asks that the public monitor themselves to insure these items are not placed in the box as it puts department staff in danger when destroying the items. A detailed process is in place to insure the proper destruction of the drugs. Officers record the emptying of the box, the weighing of the collected items, the transportation to the destruction sight and the destruction of the items. The department keeps careful records of the entire process. Since the inception of the program, the department has collected and destroyed approximately 550 pounds of unwanted drugs.

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by | mitziboydston Public Safety Sergeant


Neighborhood Services Unit of the Public Safety Department was formed in August 2010 to address concerns of and provide assistance to residents and management of Multi Family Neighborhoods in Gladstone. Neighborhood Services Officers (NSO’s) developed the Gladstone Safe Residence Program which applies a multifaceted approach to crime prevention by encouraging combined efforts of the police, property owners/manager and residents. The challenges facing rental properties are addressed in three phases: Phase 1: The first phase of the program is to educate and assist the landlord with the screening process of a potential tenant, using financial, criminal and rental history. Phase 2: The second phase of the program is to mandate each tenant sign a Crime Free Lease Addendum. By signing the addendum, the tenant agrees not to participate in criminal activity or allow criminal activity in their residence. Violations of this addendum can result in eviction. Phase 3: The third phase of the program requires cooperation between the property owner/manager and the police. When an incident occurs on a rental property, the responding police officer will complete a Rental Property Incident Report which will be provided to the property manager to make them aware of the incident and help them determine if a violation of the Crime Free Lease Addendum has occurred. Case law has upheld evictions based on such violations. Police Officers Kelly Kirk and Andy Warner staff the Neighborhood Services Unit. They maintain almost daily contact with Multi Family Neighborhood management staff and work to reinforce the principles of the Safe Residence Program. Officers Kirk and Warner also handle many calls for service to those properties and work to familiarize themselves with as many residents as possible. Often they assist or seek the assistance of other agencies 12

and departments within the City, such as Gladstone Codes Enforcement personnel, Gladstone Animal Control and Clay County Children’s Services Division, depending upon the type of situation encountered. They also work closely with the Patrol Officers and the Criminal Investigations Division of the Police Department by sharing current information about potential suspects and witnesses involved in incidents who reside in Multi Family Neighborhood properties. Crime Analyst Dick Cunneen provides a vital component in this cooperative effort by tracking criminal incidents and crime trends in the neighborhoods. The Neighborhood Services Officers are proactive in addressing criminal behavior by residents of Multi Family Neighborhoods. They frequently plan, organize and conduct “sweeps” of these

properties to arrest residents wanted for outstanding warrants and other offenses. The sweeps often result in the recovery of illegal drugs and stolen property. They also help identify people living on the property who are not listed on the leases. Again, information resulting from the warrant sweeps is provided to the property manager, thus giving them needed documentation to take action based on the Crime Free Lease Addendum. The Neighborhood Services program initially focused its’ attention on the problems that were occurring at the twenty Multi-Family Neighborhoods in the city. As the program has progressed, a reduction in the amount of time officers spend on certain incidents at those locations has been observed. This clearly demonstrates that the efforts of the Neighborhood Services Officers can have a positive influence on these neighborhoods. As the program continues, the NSO’s have

developed and refined effective techniques in dealing with these specialized problems, as well as restructuring the organization of the program occasionally as lessons are learned concerning this endeavor. Officer Kirk, Officer Warner and Crime Analyst Cunneen also respond to requests from traditional neighborhoods for information on crime prevention programs and techniques. They are frequent guests and speakers at neighborhood association meetings throughout the city and are able to give residents current information about crime trends, including visual map displays of their neighborhood. As the NSO program progresses, it is intended that the officers will devote more time to further organize community

groups within the Multi-Family Neighborhoods. Efforts will also be made to organize business groups in the city. Other duties of the Neighborhood Services Officers include coordination of the Alarm Permit Program, which entails maintaining a current listing of all alarm permit holders in the City, contacting alarm users who do not have permits and enforcing violations of the City Alarm Ordinance when necessary. Additionally, Officer Kirk and Officer Warner serve as recruiters for the Police Department, often visiting local colleges and police academies.

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by | jenniferstafford Public Works Administrative Assistant

Do get started!

you recycle? Do you want to and just don’t know how to get started? The city of Gladstone just might be able to help you

The city of Gladstone has been a member of the MidAmerica Regional Council Solid Waste Management District (MARC-SWMD) for several years. The District has established goals, which cities around our region strive to reach. One of the main goals of the MARC-SWMD is to divert 80 percent of our region’s solid waste from landfills by 2023. In order to meet this goal, we all have to work together. Recycling has not only increased in popularity, but has also become much easier over the years. More items can be recycled and most items that are recyclable can be put in the same container. This is called co-mingled recycling and most, if not all, recycling companies have adopted this practice. The hope is that by making it easier, more people will recycle. Every item recycled saves the earth and its natural resources. It takes less energy to make new items from recycled materials than it does to make new products from raw materials. Recycling allows us to reuse items many times to conserve natural resources. Diverting waste from landfills includes much more than recycling newspapers and aluminum cans. The list of recyclable materials has grown substantially and continues to increase as new technology is developed. 14

The City also offers metal recycling that: •A  ccepts all types of metal, including appliances that do not use Freon at no charge • I s located at 4000 NE 76th Street (Gladstone Public Works Facility) • Contact (816) 436-5442 for details Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) – All Gladstone residents are members of the MARC Solid Waste Management District. The HHW program: •A  ccepts HHW, such as paint, oil, batteries, cleaners, and much more. • This service is free to Gladstone residents • I s located at 4707 Deramus Street, just across the Chouteau Bridge and east on Deramus. • I s open Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00am to 6:00pm and Saturdays from 9:00am to 4:00pm year-round. No appointment needed •C  all (816) 513-8400 for more details.

Items on the recycling/diversion list include the following, which is just the tip of the iceberg: Everyday household recyclables – The city of Gladstone maintains an ordinance that all trash haulers make recycling available to their Gladstone customers. If you do not currently have recycling, contact your hauler for details on the cost and how to get started. • These items can also be taken to the City of Kansas City Community Recycling Center. • Located at 400 NW Barry Road, the center accepts aluminum, cardboard, glass, plastic (#1-#6) and so much more. • You can call (816) 561-1090 or visit www.recyclespot. org for more information. Brush and yard waste – Possibly one of the easiest items to reuse, yard debris can be ground into beneficial mulch. The city of Gladstone operates the Regional Brush Drop-off Facility that: • Accepts trees, bushes, limbs, grass and other yard debris • Is located at 4000 NE 76th Street (Gladstone Public Works Facility) • Monday-Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm Fees • Lawn bags - $1.00 each • Trucks begin at $10.00 for bed level • Trailers begin at $20.00 for a two-axle • For other details and costs, please contact the facility at (816) 436-5442.

Electronics Recycling – Surplus Exchange accepts and recycles electronics • For more information you may contact them directly at (816) 472-0444. Glass Recycling – Currently glass recycling is unavailable curbside due to the breakage and safety issues. Ripple Glass, Inc. provides drop-off locations throughout the area. • The large purple containers are located at the Gladstone HyVee at MO Hwy 1 and NE 72nd Street, and at Price Chopper, N. Oak Trafficway and Vivion Road •C  all (816) 221-4527 or visit their website at for more information Additional resources •M  issouri Department of Natural Resources •M  issouri Recycling Association

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Community Center Administrator


A look at the past, present, and future of the Gladstone Community Center!



he first Gladstone Community Building was constructed by the residents of Linden in 1949 with donated or repurposed materials and was approximately 1,000 square feet. The building served many Linden and Gladstone residents and members of the community throughout the area. The building hosted numerous senior events, anniversary/birthday parties, and similar activities. As the city of Gladstone’s population grew over the next 50 years, it became evident that a larger center offering indoor swimming, fitness and a larger gathering space for the community was necessary.

In February 2005 voters passed a ¼-cent park sales tax for municipal pool improvements and construction of a community center that would include a gym, fitness center and large gathering space. While the desire to have a water component was high the tax that was passed would not provide enough funding to support such a costly endeavor.

On September 13, 2006, the fondly remembered, original Gladstone Community Building located in Central Park was demolished to make way for the construction of the new Gladstone Community Center. Only happy memories of all the events held at the original Gladstone Community Building over the past 54 years would remain; many dreams, however, would soon become reality with the construction of the new 78,000 square foot building. An aggressive construction schedule began immediately and the Gladstone Community Center opened to the public Saturday, February 9, 2008.

The center is primarily broken into three separate smaller operations that have provided support to the overall expense budget by generating positive revenues. These include aquatics, banquet rental space and the fitness center. There is truly something for everyone and as quoted by current member, Karen Jordan, “the center is a wonderful place and has such great diversity from swim practices to activities for both young and old, I feel like there is a place for me, at the age of 74, at this wonderful addition to our community.”

At the same time, the Superintendent of North Kansas City Schools, Dr. Tom Cummings, and Gladstone City Manager Kirk Davis arranged a meeting to discuss the pressing needs for the school district to have a competitive pool, as it was becoming more and more challenging for the district’s high school swim teams to find adequate practice time at neighboring facilities. The proposed site at 69th and North Holmes was centrally located to the district’s four high schools making it a perfect fit. Shortly after meeting, it was decided to present a plan to incorporate a pool in the new community center to both the North Kansas City School Board and the Gladstone City Council. This plan, passed by both entities, allowed the North Kansas City Schools shared access for the district’s swim teams and for other aquatic programming needs.

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history Gladstone Community Center 5-year Aquatic History • 2,613 swim lessons taught • 21 USA Swim Meets 12,600 Athletes 31,500 Spectators • 10 High School Conference Meets • 13 High School Invitational Meets • 89 High School Dual Meets • 5 US Masters Swim Meets • 1,583 Pool Parties 32,000+ people attending With more than 41,000 of the facility’s 78,000 square feet dedicated to aquatics, the center has hosted many swim meets, pool parties and swim lessons. During the center’s inaugural year, the center launched its first kid’s triathlon with more than 200 youth competing and the Kansas City Corporate Challenge with more than 800 competitors competing over a 4-day period. The center has continued to offer these annual events as well as many other USA, high school and adult swim meets. In partnership with the school district, the center has offered three years of swim evaluations to all of the district’s 3rd grade youth. After the evaluation, students who do not pass are provided literature regarding where they can receive swim instruction including the community center and other facilities that may be closer to their homes.


The center’s banquet rentals have surpassed expectations. More than 2,500 events have been held in the banquet area of the facility. Gladstone Seniors use the space similarly to how the former community building was used by holding weekly card groups, lunches and meetings of the AARP, Gladstone Seniors and Cancer Action groups.

The fitness center remains one of the focal points of the Center’s membership base. The fitness center recently changed its hours and is now open at 5 a.m. MondayFriday. The Center has added more than $100,000 of new cardio equipment since installing the original equipment in 2008. The industry standard is for cardio equipment to last approximately three to five years. Thus, the center has kept up with the use of the equipment ensuring that members have solid, safe equipment to use while exercising. This past winter, the Community Center initiated a Biggest Loser Fitness Challenge, which resulted in 91 participants

A glimpse at the center’s 2,500 Banquet Rental Events • 73 Graduation Parties • 545 Days of Senior Cards • 77 Wedding Receptions • 333 Sunday Church Service • 47 Family Reunions • 9 Daddy Daughter Dances 1,500+ Dads and Daughters attending • 4 Home Shows

registering. After 12 long weeks, 27 of the original participants were still competing and had lost a combined weight of 337 lbs. This new program was a huge success and encouraged both the weight loss and participation in physical activity. The winner of the competition was Lisa Budro who lost 59 pounds receiving the grand prize of an annual membership to the facility. As stated by Lisa, “the Biggest Loser Fitness Challenge was a great motivator and it gave me the encouragement I needed to take the first step toward becoming a healthier me. As a new member, the personal trainer I selected, Kathy, was an excellent help in gearing a workout to suit my needs. Her positive attitude really pushed me to the finish line; however, I am not stopping here! The center is a great place and I feel right at home each day I walk through the doors.” Congratulations Lisa on pushing yourself to reach your goal! In addition to the Biggest Loser Fitness Challenge, the center has hosted annual health fairs, regular blood pressure checks, and CPR/first aid training programs. A successful partnership with the Clay County Senior Services organization is entering its fifth year and has awarded more than $92,000 in scholarships to Clay County Residents

age 60 and over. These scholarships have been used to supplement the cost of the Center’s water and land fitness classes as well as the walking program. Since opening, the center has had over 1 million visitors pass through the doors and has experienced continued growth and prosperity requiring no support from the City’s General Fund to offset the center’s operating budget. The revenues generated by the Center have supported every dollar spent by the operation of it. This is very impressive, as many regional community centers operated by other municipalities require the support of up to 20 percent by taxpayers. The only support provided is the funding of the construction of the center, which, as noted, was supported by the passing of a ¼-cent sales tax. Economically, the Center has had a substantial impact on the City of Gladstone. First, the development of the center opened the door to 8 new fulltime employees as well as 45 part-time employees. In addition, the center has drawn visitors to the City from all over the region resulting in a boost to area businesses. Individuals who visit the center for a large USA swim meet weekend eat, shop and fill up their cars with gas in Gladstone.

Community Center Fitness Center Fun Facts • 1,496 Sessions of Personal Training • 10,406 Land Fitness Class Participants • 5,267 Water Aerobics Class Participants • 3,372 Seniors awarded scholarships by Clay County Senior Services $92,000 in Scholarships awarded

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history Katie Vanderbeek and her husband Joe along with kids, Tony, Allie and Grace have been members since the first day the center opened. As stated by Katie: “The Gladstone Community Center has been instrumental to my family in our efforts to each be fit and to be active together as well. It has given our young children a chance to burn off energy in the winter when they were stuck indoors and provides fun things to do when they are out of school for the day. As parents we get a chance to workout thanks to the great hours. We really enjoy the different opportunities to spend family time together that includes physical activity. The thoughtful design allows our youngest and oldest child to each do activities appropriate for their age while still being supervised. We have been enjoying a family membership since before our youngest was even born. Now that our oldest is a third grader the center still fits the needs of everyone in the family, and I can imagine many ways that we will all be able to use our membership as the children continue to grow up. Our family membership is one of the best investments we make for our health and happiness!”

MEM MEM Editor’s Note: Collecting and recording history from many different sources can prove to be challenging. The editorial staff of your community magazine, Gladstone, has found a great deal of enjoyment researching and learning about the history of Gladstone, the area now and before Gladstone. For many readers this is their favorite section of the magazine and the staff is pleased. The work is not yet complete. There are still many in the community who were here before Gladstone and have remained in Gladstone for all if it’s nearly 61 years of incorporation. Many of you have shared memories of the past and there remains many more who we would like to visit with.

We have collected information from a number of individuals and in the last issue we heard from former city managers who shared their recollections of the time they served Gladstone. In this issue it seems fitting that we would ask the former mayors to share their recollections of service to the community. That might seem like an easy task, but, it isn’t. A common theme throughout the pieces submitted would reflect a feeling of teamwork. No one really thinks they were able to do it by themselves. They might have had a particular project of importance they pursued but even then it took the support of the other members of the council. The other theme that is apparent is a commitment to community service and addressing the concerns of the citizens. These have been consistent messages from 1952 to 2013. As you read the history that is shared in this issue think about what it takes to serve, many times in a thankless position. In the fall watch for a return to learning more about what you too, may recall as those moments in the history of Gladstone. Not all of Gladstone’s former Mayors have been able to submit an article for this issue of the magazine. There may be others that can be shared with readers in the future. There are also a number of former Mayors who served but are no longer with us. Those individuals who gave of themselves for the good of the community are:

We hope the positive impact of the Center makes those citizens who voted in 2005 proud. And, like the Vanderbeeks, Ms. Jordan, and Ms. Budro, if you have not been one of the thousands who have enjoyed the center over the past 5-years, we hope you will come and join in on the fun. From all of us here at the Gladstone Community Center, thank you for providing us an exciting and wonderful 5 years! Just like the original Gladstone Community Building, we will continue to provide you many memories over the next 50 years!


Joseph Beery – December 1952 to April 1953 Jack Riggs – 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1959 and 1960 Robert James – 1957 Paul Degenhardt, Jr. 1961 and 1962 Everett Smith – 1963 Edward G. Bauman – 1968 and 1969 Frank Kleiner – 1970 Lee Bussinger – 1972, 1973, 1979, 1983 and 1985 Bob Fairlie – 1981 and 1984 Dan Bishop – 2000 Bill Cross – 2002 and 2006 Mark Revenaugh – 2008 The following are the shared thoughts and recollections of some of Gladstone’s former Mayors. Enjoy their memories.

MORIES MORIES H.R. Wurst – Gladstone, MO Mayor 1964-1968


y family and I moved to Gladstone in 1958 – 106 E. 63rd Terrace behind the A & P. My time as mayor was the end of the “Old Guard” and the start of the new. The Old Guard consisted of Chalkie Woods, Lynn Allen, the Rosenbaughs and Nolan Henry. But Paul Degenhardt and Frank Scully wanted change and started the Citizens Group. I got involved because I was active in the construction of the Little Folks School (now Oakhill Day School) on 58th Terrace and they asked me to be on the Gladstone Planning Commission.

This planning commission did the first land use map for Gladstone. We began setting standards for sidewalks and also acquired land via donations from developers, especially J.C. Peterson. At the time, federal money was readily available for these town improvements. Ed Bauman and I ran together for City Council for the April 1964 election. Because of my family printing business, we were able to blanket Gladstone with pole signs, bumper

stickers and the publication, Common Sense. Our pole signs said “The people come first with Bauman and Wurst.” We won by a good margin in this election and then the Council voted me Mayor. I was Mayor for four years, 1964-1968. Shortly after I was elected, Elmer Rosenbaugh vacated his council seat to take a job in Spartanburg, N.C. and Milt Wallace won his seat in July of that year.

In the four years that I was Mayor, we created the bond issues that gave Gladstone a sewer and water system. Everett Smith, a councilman at this time, was very instrumental in completing the system. We printed flyers and had close to a hundred “coffees” in Gladstone homes

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history promoting both bond issues. The sewer bonds were based on real estate square footage assessment and the water bonds were 20-year revenue bonds. I remember going down to Kansas City and signing my name on one bond while a machine was duplicating my signature on multiple bonds at the same time. That was advanced technology back then! Creating open space in Gladstone was also a priority and we began gathering resources in 1964 between donations and federal money to purchase Oak Grove Park in 1966, the first park to be created after Central Park. I sat down with Joe Baker, City Manager at the time and my dad, Henry Wurst, to find ways to pay for this land. I can now say (since my parents are long gone) that they gave $6,250 to get the ball rolling to purchase the park. If they had not done that, I don’t think we’d have been able to afford it. We had a Park Please Drive that made up the difference and never paid for it with taxes. I’m proud to see how beautifully maintained Oak Grove Park is today and how it has grown to become a multiuse area. There is a bench in the park dedicated to my parents. During my tenure as Mayor, many of us were hardly ever home because of our commitment to improving Gladstone. We all had full-time jobs and families, yet we spent probably 40 hours a week for months to ensure success of these benefits to Gladstone. The Council in 1966 or 1967 flew to St. Louis Park, MN to visit their Public Safety Department to determine if the combining of Fire and Police activities in a Public Safety Department would be beneficial to Gladstone. After additional research, we decided that was the right thing to do. Then we drew up an ordinance combining the two and hired Bob Harris as the first Director of Public Safety. We also changed the uniforms from brown to blue, which they still are to this day. In fact, I became a reserve Public Safety officer after I was Mayor and I still have my old uniform, including the motorcycle helmet from when I rode the Harley-Davidson. Joe Baker, Chris Cherches and Dave Olson were City Managers during my time as both Mayor and Councilman. Gladstone was obviously a good stepping stone in their careers since they all moved on to bigger jobs: Joe Baker became City Manager of Burbank, CA during the Laugh-In days when Burbank was the subject of many jokes and also City Manager of Orange, Calif.; Chris Cherches became City Manager of St. Louis Park, MN and Dave Olson eventually became City Manager of Kansas City, MO.


When we were up for re-election in 1967, Ed and I won all precincts in the city, so I think the residents liked what we were doing. After four years as Mayor during a very productive time for Gladstone growth, I felt it was time to pass the gavel to someone else and I recommended Ed Bauman for the job. I remained on the City Council for two more years. Reflecting back to my Gladstone days, I want to note that all of us were working folks – a printer, an insurance salesman, a homebuilder, a cattle buyer and a Ryder Truck Rental manager, to name a few. We also had Bill Shinn as our city attorney and John Dods as our traffic court judge, whom both worked for Shook Hardy Law Firm in Kansas City. I bring this up because I think that our country would be much better off if all political offices were held by people, men and women, who have real jobs and understand the issues that concern real folks. These people are in the community working with people on a daily basis and have their finger on the pulse of the concerns in that community. You can always hire legal advice when you need it. I’ll always cherish the memory of our time in Gladstone.

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Mayor Bernie Jezak, 1975-76


y name is Bernie Jezak. I was born and raised in St. Joseph, Missouri and moved to Gladstone during 1958 and in 1959 I married Sally. We bought our first home in Bolling Heights and five years later moved to Northaven. I found myself becoming involved with the City when a developer had ideas about building apartments within a few blocks of our new home. I remember going before the City Council to protest the plan and was told at that time, if you don’t like the plan, get involved. This got my attention and thus I became involved. I was first elected to the City Council in April 1970 and served three terms of office on the Council ending in April 1979. I served as Mayor from 1975 to 1976. During this period of time in Gladstone’s history our population was growing and we were able to enjoy a good revenue base. We worked hard to meet the needs of the time while trying to fulfill the needs of what we saw as the future. My wife and I were always interested in parks and outdoor recreation, which address where my thoughts on the future needs of the Gladstone’s expanding population centered. The parks area for the city in 1970 totaled approximately 50 acres. The citizens passed “A Penny for Progress” sales tax which gave us monies to improve the streets and add park land. The Council and the citizens approved bonds to widen Oak Street, 72 Street and Englewood Road from narrow two lane roads with ditches on both sides to the easy driving four lane streets we enjoy now. I pushed the Council to acquire park land for the future needs of the City. We were able to, through grants from the federal government and funds from the city sales tax; add Hobby Hill Park, Flora Park and Happy Rock Park along several small pocket parks in different neighborhoods. When I left office in 1979, the Council felt that my drive to acquire these parks was deserving enough to name the street into Happy Rock Park Jezak Parkway for the work that was done – A great honor that was genuinely appreciated. The nine years I served on the City Council was rewarding and sometimes hard attempting to address both sides of the issues for the citizens. I look back at this time with honor and satisfaction for the accomplishments during this period, hoping that many generations to come will enjoy these parks.


Mayor Larry Whitton, 1988 - 1989


was born and raised in Gladstone. It was Linden then before it was incorporated in 1952. I attended Linden East, Linden West, Eastgate and North Kansas City High School. I have seen all the progress the City has made and have been proud to be a part of its history. I married a girl who lived here and we raised four daughters. Three of my daughters still live in the Northland. I started my business here in 1968 and I am still at the same location. My public service started when I was elected to the city council in 1981. I served six years on the council including one term as mayor. I served three years on the special road district and I am now serving my tenth year on the Gladstone Planning Commission. The council and I all ran for office on platforms that promised changes. When we tried to make those changes, the city manager refused to cooperate. Therefore, we relieved him of his duties. The political group that had controlled the city since the beginning started two unsuccessful recall efforts against me and the majority of the council. This created a lot of tension and confusion, making it hard for the new council to accomplish the changes we had promised. We hired a new city manager who was young, smart and aggressive to help us with these challenges. His name was Jim Norris. He was a little reluctant to come and work in Gladstone with all the turmoil, but he decided to take the risk. He worked well with the new staff he hired, to move the city forward and toward a new direction. I feel my biggest accomplishment was to return the city ambulance service to our Public Safety Department. I felt that it was important to remove MAST as our ambulance provider and reduce response times and save lives. I have always been a big promoter of Public Safety. After hearing my concerns with the problems we were having with the ambulance service, the council agreed with me that we needed to improve this service greatly. We also purchased a new Jaws of Life extrication tool in conjunction with the ambulance service to improve our emergency services and save lives. We hired qualified department heads that could make decisions without so many consultants, which cut expenses. This helped us balance the budget and eliminate the large deficit in the general fund.

We hired the first in-house attorney which proved to be helpful in eliminating some 15 lawsuits that were pending against the city. We developed a new investment policy which changed the way the city’s money was invested, making financial institutions bid for the city business. 1988 was the year of the drought. We were short of water. The council met with water department employees and found problems with valves being left off after construction was finished on new housing additions and the city did not have enough storage to house the water needed for the population that had grown. Therefore, the council voted to install a five million gallon storage tank in Oak Grove Park that would help with the shortage problem. The hardest problem I had to do was ration water during my tenure as mayor. It was hard telling the citizens that they could not water their lawns or fill their swimming pools. But, we had to do this in order to have the resources to fight fires and insure public safety.

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Mayor C. Milton Wallace, 1989 – 1990


y journey of service to Gladstone has spanned over four to five decades. My wife, Carol and I bought our first home in 1958 and saw there were problems not being solved. So I got involved by offering myself as a candidate for City Council. Being an unknown, I was rejected (Ha), so I became the campaign manager for Bauman and Wurst. Probably my first concern after being elected for the first time was for our City to be a good manager of taxes and not spend more than we received and not to raise taxes. I wanted a balanced budget and a reserve.

living former Mayor, so I might have trouble remembering all of things that we were proud of. I will mention a few of those things in reverse order. Ha! 1. We returned the City ambulance service to Gladstone. 2. We improved water storage in the City resulting in great water and pressure. 3. We upgraded the Public Safety Department’s communications system several times. 4. We continually worked on improving the water distribution system. 5. We added more parks to the City. 6. We added several citizen boards that helped the City. 7. We defeated an ill-advised recall election that established a precedent case that has and will aid elected officials across the Country. 8. Hired several city managers that have helped our City provide really good City services. For years we were applauded and still are for having the best snow removal in the Metro area. 9. Put in place the policy to budget and manage taxes well and not have any unfunded liabilities.

My next concern was sanitary sewers. We had a “stinkpot” near our home and something needed to be done about it. In those days waste water or sewage lagoons were commonplace in neighborhoods. It was a major undertaking but one that did get finished. Of course coming in very close on my list was the need for Gladstone to build its own water treatment plant. A water plant of our own meant we would not have to depend on Kansas City for our water supply. These two actions required bond issues to be passed by the voters. What an experience we had, sitting in the city manager’s office, in the dark of the night, with an armed guard outside while we signed bonds for both the $2,950,000 for sewers and $1,985,000 for water. To get things done you needed a majority on the council and we had that most of the time during my three terms on the council. At this point in my life I believe that I am the oldest 28

10. I feel we were a good example of the “City Manager” form of government in a third class City and with backing and sound leadership from the Council; all of our Managers have gone on to bigger and better positions. I believe the experience of being our City Manager did not hurt their careers. Ha! 11. We started cross training of police and fire and combined the two departments for savings to the taxpayers. 12. We added a fire station and improved the department to lower our City fire insurance rating. 13.We provided the Special Road District with leadership that i mproved our City streets and roadways. 14. We appointed quality minded people to the volunteer boards, which has provided great service to our city. As a former Councilman who was honored to wear all of the “hats,” I hope my ego didn’t play too much of a role in my service and that, at least, 99 percent of my votes were for the good of the majority of Gladstone residents.


M M ME EMOO RR IE S IE Mayor Wayne Beer, 2004 - 2005


along with the other past Gladstone Mayors, have been asked to recount our accomplishments during our respective terms as mayor. It is my belief, however that one of the beauties of Gladstone’s form of government is its mayoral selection process. By its nature the mayor is only the “face” and the “point man” for the whole city council. The mayoral term of office is short enough that it is difficult for the council’s (previous and current) efforts and accomplishments to be tagged as “the mayor’s.” There can be many positives and negatives to this arrangement but this will end my civics lesson on Gladstone government. Instead, let me just list a few of the accomplishments of the city councils that have led the measured growth of this great city of Gladstone:

Judy and I and our two sons, Van and Matt, became Gladstone citizens 39 years ago. Later, because of the City Council’s outreach efforts, I became involved in Gladstone civic affairs and eventually was elected to City Council and eventually was selected as Mayor. I had no particular related qualifications---I am a retired educator and a retired member of the US Army/Army National Guard, but the City Council and Mayor sought citizen involvement. I mention this only to illustrate that it is the continuing efforts of City Councils and Mayors and their citizen outreach that a city’s accomplishment occur.

• Gladstone began 61 years ago because a group of Northland citizens became involved in establishing a vision and forming the nucleus for Gladstone’s future. Citizen involvement has since become the “hallmark” for Gladstone’s growth and its quality of life. Citizen involvement and input has been aggressively sought by every city council (and mayor) succeeding the efforts of Gladstone’s founding fathers. • The early years of Northland development were scattered and largely unrelated to each other. No particular thought was given to the topographical effects one particular development may, in the future, have on another. As a result, stormwater issues eventually became numerous and severe and Gladstone has certainly not been immune to these problems. Gladstone, under City Council and Mayoral leadership, has undertaken aggressive, long-term, and very expensive street, sanitary sewer and storm sewer remediation efforts that are having significant improvements. • It is Gladstone’s City Councils’ (and Mayors’) efforts at seeking citizen involvement that the wonderful community center and natatorium now exist and is so spectacularly successful. • Because of Gladstone’s unique initial make-up at its founding, it has never had a “downtown.” Its City Councils and Mayors, recognizing the need, have undertaken efforts over the past many years to correct that void. It has never been an easy task but the efforts have become Linden Square, the visible result of what promises to be a vibrant city center located at what once was the town of Linden.

By now I’m sure that I have exceeded what was expected of me so I’ll terminate my remarks simply by saying that a Gladstone Mayor’s accomplishment, while they may be significant, really are just an extension of then current and previous City Councils’ efforts and accomplishments.

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Mayor Carol Rudi, 2005 and 2009



t was a surprise to me that I was asked to share my thoughts on the biggest challenge and the greatest success of my years as Mayor. First of all let me say that it takes a strong commitment to undertake this important role in city government. It also takes a good elected city council that is able to work in a non-partisan manner to get the job done that needs to be done. We just seem to have that in Gladstone and it works! I am honored to have been able to serve on the city council and to serve twice as mayor. It was a privilege extended to me by the citizens of Gladstone. To them I say THANK-YOU! I know recording our history is important, yet I never thought of the things we did as a city council as being historic in that sense of the word. But, in order for us to know where we are going, we must know we have been. When you are actively serving on the city council it is sometimes difficult to look back and reflect on those years that you served as mayor as so much of the work flows from year to year without a true break. No mayor can function without the other council members and their commitment to service. There are highlights from all nine years that I served on the council. I can easily begin by recalling Gladstone on the Move and the great work of our citizens who were committed to creating a long-term strategic plan for Gladstone. This effort of uninfluenced strategic planning was unprecedented and one of the principle reasons Gladstone was recognized as an All-America City in 2008. Of course there were a great many things that came from the efforts of our citizens that include the community center and natatorium that are in place. We learned that the recognition of the arts was a key component to the future of the community and a growth in the presence of the arts in Gladstone. The acquisition of the Atkins-Johnson Farm and the Big Shoal Cemetery as historic preservation projects has opened many new doors for our community. The hardest part of being a council member was watching residents recover from two tornadoes and losing other council members to ill health. The recession hit our community during the time I served on the council, but because we had and still have an amazing, dedicated and insightful staff, Gladstone fared better than other cities.


To choose one event that I believe was most successful I would have to say it was the acquisition, stabilization and beginning restoration of the Atkins-Johnson Farm and Big Shoal Cemetery, which is what I personally still highly value. To have preserved a part of Missouri history that began in the 1820’s and to have rescued 22 acres of green space for future generations to enjoy is most rewarding. I enjoy the peace of the area, the feeling of the past, and the prospect of the future every time I visit. Gladstone is a great place to live and I thank everyone for the opportunity to have served as your Mayor and on the Council!

MORIES Mayor Carol Suter 2012-2013


was blessed to be mayor during one of Gladstone’s most exciting years (2012-13). After almost a decade of planning and putting initial steps in place, we finally saw the dream of a new downtown center come to life. The area was named Linden Square and development began. We invested in an amphitheater with an ice skating rink. That created the opportunity to partner with Dr. Louis Pollina in the construction of a new multi-story building that houses his dental practice. Dr. Pollina’s building is also home to the concession stand for Linden Square, storage for our parks department, Linden Suite (conference room and balcony), and additional space for leasing. We kicked off Linden Square by moving the Mayor’s Christmas tree to the site. We then held a fabulous lighting ceremony and grand opening of the skating rink. In the spring, we created a three-day celebration (Fanfare on the Square) for the official dedication of the amphitheater. The new facility will host professional entertainment every weekend through the fall – all free to the public. What a wonderful addition to our All-America city!

During such a momentous year, the best resource a mayor and council can have is a talented and dedicated staff – and Gladstone has the best! I was continually impressed by the creativity and innovation that addressed every challenge and opportunity. I also was impressed by the commitment and camaraderie of the city council. Even though three members were very new, we easily came together in support of the city’s vision. Public service attracts a special kind of person. Much of the fun of the job comes from working with people who care about their community and want to ensure its future vitality. “Progress through People” is more than just a motto. It is a way of life in Gladstone!

But the downtown center is just beginning. My year as mayor ended with a press conference announcing the next phase of Linden Square development. It is The Heights at Linden Square, a mixed use project consisting of 222 luxury apartments and 10,000 sq. ft. of retail space. This is a gamechanger for Gladstone and the region! Whew, all that activity in such a short time – not without its challenges. The development of Linden Square required a big investment of time by staff and council alike. We were motivated by the excitement of seeing a dream fulfilled and that kept us going through long hours and extra meetings. While it seems like everything happened very quickly, it actually took a lot of patience and persistence to get to the finish line. Sometimes the negotiation of real estate contracts, leases, development agreements, etc. seemed to proceed at a snail’s pace. And we constantly had to contain our excitement because it’s never a “done deal” until the deal is done. There was always the possibility that we would not be successful. It was a year full of anxiety and elation.

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uring the summer of 2012 news came that the Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis), or (EAB), had been sighted in Platte County, Missouri, just west of Gladstone approximately nine miles. The EAB has been destroying all of the ash trees east of the Mississippi River since it was detected in the State of Michigan in 2002. It is believed to have been imported in packing crates from its native land of Asia a few years prior to its detection. Its target: All species of ash trees (Fraxinus). Since the EAB doesn’t seem to be great at flying, it is believed that the wide spread of the pest has been helped along by movement of firewood, most of which comes from Ash Trees.

Ash trees grow quickly and are tolerant of urban growing conditions. As a result, ash trees were widely planted in the area after the Dutch Elm disease devastated our urban landscape decades ago. A review of Gladstone’s tree inventory in parks and on public lands that are maintained by city crews includes over 100 ash trees, or 11-percent, of the total number of City-owned trees. This does not include the many ash trees that may be planted on private property within the City limits. Ash trees were removed from Gladstone’s recommended tree list several years ago when it was learned that the EAB was spreading and would be reaching our area at an undetermined future date. The thought was to minimize damage from the EAB and help preserve the community’s canopy of trees. Due to the discovery of the EAB in Platte County this past summer, and its close proximity to the Clay County line, the State of Missouri has declared both Platte and Clay counties to be in quarantine. According to state law, the Missouri state entomologist established the quarantine to prevent the spread of this pest into noninfested parts of the State of Missouri. The quarantine forbids the movement of the EAB in any living state of development, including in firewood, nursery stock, green lumber, any items made from or containing ash wood, or any product that would present a risk for the spread of the EAB.


We have taken steps within our City to ensure that the brush pile, located at the public works facility on 76th Street north of Happy Rock Park and maintained for disposal of brush by our residents and local businesses, is disposed of according to the quarantine and state law. We work with a local company that chips the brush within certain dimensions prior to removing from the site. As a homeowner and citizen of the area, there are several things one can do to assist in the detection of EAB. They include: Learning the identification of trees in one’s landscape, checking with a certified arborist or landscape specialist if unable to determine the types of trees in a yard, maintaining healthy trees, learning signs and symptoms of the EAB on ash trees, and notifying proper authorities if evidence of EAB surfaces in your ash trees. The phone number to call if EAB is suspected in one’s trees is: 1-866716-9974. This is a toll free call.

Signs and symptoms of EAB on ash trees include: •S  parse leaves and/or branches dying in the upper part of the ash tree •N  ew sprouts on the lower branches, trunk, or roots • Vertical splits in the bark approximately 3-5 inches • I ncreased activity of woodpeckers on the tree • W inding, s-shaped tunnels just under the bark •S  mall D-shaped exit wounds in the bark of the tree It is imperative to keep trees healthy and maintained by properly pruning and watering in drought situations like we have experienced this last year in our area. Another possibility for homeowners is to treat healthy ash trees with injections to the tree of insecticides, or drenches in the soil around the roots of the tree. A professional should be consulted as to the proper method to be used according to each individual tree. These treatments can be expensive and their effectiveness can vary.

A quick reference that would help identify an ash tree is included at the website It states: • “An Ash Tree” has an opposite branching pattern (two branches come off the main stem, one on each side and directly opposite each other) • Has compound leaves (a group of leaflets joined by a stalk to a woody stem) • Has five to nine leaflets with smooth or finely toothed margins

At the time of this writing, the EAB has not been detected within the City limits of Gladstone. Due to its close proximity, however, we are constantly watching for the first sign of detection. It isn’t a matter of whether we will see the EAB in Gladstone; it is a matter of when. If you would like to learn more about the EAB, visit the following websites: Remember, if you think your ash tree is infested with EAB, call toll free 1-866-716-9974.

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by | sandyseitz MSE Project Coordinator Weighing In Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics


parents, we want the best for our children. This is true for all aspects of their lives including having healthy habits. But it’s not always clear what to do. Trying to wade through all the information available can be challenging. Trying to figure out how to incorporate it into your life can be even harder. As a community, we are working to make it easier to remember what’s important. There are five simple tips, summarized as 12345 Fit-Tastic! The numbers represent these daily healthy lifestyle behaviors: • 1 hour or more of physical activity • 2 hours maximum of screen time • 3 servings of low or nonfat milk or yogurt • 4 servings of water not sugary drinks • 5 servings or more of fruits and vegetables


Get up and move! Life has gotten too easy: We drive to work, we take elevators, we use remote controls, and we even avoid cutting our own vegetables. With all of these conveniences, it’s important to fit 60 minutes of physical activity into our day. It doesn’t have to be an hour all at once. Break it up into shorter times throughout the day. • Try adding an extra 10-15 minutes of activity to your day by planning family activities like bike riding or going to the park or playground. •P  ark in a spot that forces you to walk a few extra steps to the store or office. •G  o to Oak Grove Park or one of Gladstone’s many parks and take a stroll on the trails. There are 1,440 minutes in every day, and you only need to devote less than 5 percent of that time to doing something – anything -- that gets you to breathe a little harder and your heart to beat a little faster. Being active helps you have better sleep, more energy, improved self-esteem, stronger muscles and bones, and less body fat. Come on … let’s move!

Turn off the TV (and the video games, and the iPad and …) Time spent in front of a screen watching TV, playing video games or texting means less time being active. Being active is good. Being a couch potato is not. Kids can get lost in the fantasy worlds of video games or in “conversations” with friends via texting. Adults, too, can spend hours surfing the Internet after they get home from work. So it’s important to set guidelines. And the one that pediatricians, nutritionists and other experts agree on is this: Two hours maximum of screen time. Research has shown that more time in front of the screen leads to less interest in school activities, lower grades and being less physically active. For every hour of TV watching a day a child averages, their risk of obesity increases 6 percent. This may be due to more time snacking and time exposed to unhealthy food ads Here are some tips to reduce screen time: • Limit TV to no more than 30 minutes at a time and take TVs out of bedrooms. • Come up with fun ideas to do as a family. Start a family game night or go to a nearby park or playground. • Make screen time a reward, not a daily routine. • Encourage kids to try something new: Have them make a list of ideas, redecorate their room, do puzzles, color, help with dinner or other household chores.

Help ‘em grow up (and stay) strong with milk Admit it: You’ve known for as long as you can remember that milk is good for you. It’s the first food newborns receive. So how come we stop drinking it? No one knows. But the fact remains: Drinking milk helps make bones and teeth strong. At each meal, you should choose low or nonfat milk or yogurt. Today we will focus on milk and yogurt, not all dairy. Milk and yogurt are the best sources of calcium in the dairy group and they come in low and nonfat versions that don’t contain large amounts of saturated fat and added sugar. Low or nonfat milk are recommended for children 2 years and older; they contain the same nutrients as 2 percent and whole milk without the added fat and calories. A lot of people don’t like to drink milk, so there are other ways to get the health advantages it offers. Try enriched soy products, low fat cottage cheese, or tofu. Here are some tips to include calcium-rich milk or yogurt as a central part of you and your children’s healthy lifestyle: • Serve low or nonfat milk to drink at each meal. • Keep milk ice cold. Kids are more likely to drink it. • Use nonfat fruit-flavored yogurt as dip for fruit. •M  ake your own smoothies by blending your favorite frozen fruit with yogurt and nonfat milk. •L  ayer fruit and yogurt in a tall glass to make your own parfait. Top with whole grain cereal.

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Eat your fruits and vegetables We’ve all been told: “Eat your vegetables,” and this is for good reason. Fresh, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables are full of important vitamins, minerals, water and fiber that help keep your body healthy! It’s important to include five or more servings each day.

Drink up – water that is! Remember learning in biology class that over two-thirds of the body is made up of water? Seems impossible doesn’t it? And while the truth is that the percent of water in the body varies, one thing is certain: Water is one of the most important nutrients there is for the body. Water is vital to keep your body running well and is the best thing for you when you are thirsty. Drink at least four glasses of water a day. (And avoid sugary drinks – which are basically sugar water with no vitamins, minerals or protein.) Aside from quenching your thirst, water is important because it cools the body, carries nutrients throughout the body and helps food digest. For parents, your kids are better off with water, instead of fruit juice (eating whole fruit instead is much better for them) or soda pop (the average person drinks 45 gallons a year), here are some tips: • Serve water between meals instead of sugary drinks. • Add more water to your day by drinking a glass of water when you brush your teeth or carrying a reusable water bottle with you. • Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge. • Put in a slice of orange, lemon or lime to add flavor. (Be careful with purchased flavored water. Check the label to see what’s been added and how many calories it contains.) • If your children are involved in sports, insist on water and not “sports drinks;” they often contain sugar, sodium, calories and caffeine and other stimulants. 42

It’s impossible to say too many good things about fruits and veggies: they help prevent certain types of diseases (including cancer); they are delicious and fun to eat for kids; they are easy to take with you and snack on when your hungry, they help give you a healthy complexion; and they keep bones and muscles strong. Do you need any other reasons to load up? One serving is half a cup of dried fruit; a tennis-ball size fruit; a cup of non-leafy, cooked vegetables. Try these tips to get to 5 servings each day: • Wash and cut fruits and vegetables ahead of time for a quick snack. •K  eep fruits and veggies in plain sight in the refrigerator or on the kitchen table. Take fruit with you on the go to have as a quick snack. •E  at a rainbow of vegetables and fruits … each color (red, orange, green, etc.) contain different nutrients. •F  ill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables at lunch and dinner. Parents should be good role models for their children in all things, including eating fruits and vegetables. Parents also need to know that it may take some time for children to try new foods. At the end of the day, you do not have to tackle all five healthy lifestyle behaviors at once. Take a look at where you might be now. Pick one or two behaviors and begin to make simple changes toward a healthier lifestyle. Kansas City is coming together to support active living, healthy eating, and healthy weight for all. The 12345 FitTastic! message provides a quick easy way to help families choose healthy habits for a healthy future. To learn more, go to

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ith so many e-books, apps and gadgets out on the market today, it’s easier than ever to integrate learning into your child’s play time. Relying on the right e-books and apps, you can help these early adopting, tech-savvy kids experience reading and fun, interactive learning like never before. From storybooks to educational games and apps, there are a number of options to choose from, and the countless titles can seem daunting. A creative e-bookstore and mobile platform such as BelugaBloo, that offers an expansive selection of beautifully animated interactive children’s e-books, apps and games tailored to children up to age 12, can help you cut through the clutter and make smart selections. Before making your decision, here are some tips to find the right learning apps for your family: • Children learn best when they are engaged in the process. Focus on highly interactive apps that encourage kids to actively participate and to discover. Apps that incorporate features like coloring and sound recognition will help your child’s learning journey through active participation with the content.


• Remember your purpose. Apps that inspire the imagination and spark kids’ interest in learning will pay off greater in the long run than flashy programs that simply pass the time. For example, “Flashcard Beebee” features a fun-loving monkey that helps teach the ABCs with cute and colorful animations for each letter of the alphabet. • Look for apps that allow you to customize modes to fit your child’s education level. Versatile options such as “read to me,” “read by myself,” “autoplay” and “games” allow you to create a more personalized experience. • Although your ultimate goal is education, don’t forget to make your selections fun. This helps children develop a positive association with learning. Updated versions of classic tales like the ”Groovy Story of the Tortoise and the Hare,” ”The Pig’s Day” and ”The Three Little Gators” will give your kids a chance to experience well-loved stories with a fun and modern twist. • Like any other shopping experience, when shopping for apps, shop for value. Apps that do double duty make your investment go further by teaching simultaneous lessons. For example, “The Drip Drops,” a series of e-books and interactive games, centers on art, color, reading and creativity while promoting basic problem solving and positive self-esteem. You can also find BelugaBloo titles in a variety of other languages, such as Spanish and Chinese, which also allows children to have fun exploring other languages.

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• Seek content that matches your child’s personal interests. Use search functions to narrow down titles that focus on topics or activities that will capture his or her attention. “Lullaby Piano,” for example, lets music lovers sing and learn how to play some of their favorite nursery rhymes and songs on a digital keyboard. • Check out the user comments. One of the greatest features of electronic content is the immediate access to user feedback. High marks from other parents make the odds strong that a particular piece of content will appeal to you and your children, as well. For additional interactive apps, educational titles and more, visit

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by | catherinenoel M.S., CCC-SLP

Language & Literacy Speech-Language Pathologist

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uring your day, you might sing familiar songs or recite nursery rhymes to a baby, talk to a toddler about objects and people in his environment or provide materials for him to draw or scribble, or you might draw a preschooler’s attention to print such as on traffic signs or food containers or introduce him to new vocabulary during special holidays or activities. All of these activities help a child develop emergent literacy skills which experts have found go hand-in-hand with language development. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (, children start to learn language from the day they are born and begin communicating with the world around them long before they can speak. As they grow, their speech and language becomes more complex and they begin to learn skills that are important to the development of literacy. As children see and interact with print (books, magazines, signs, grocery lists even!) in everyday situations they gradually combine what they know about speaking and listening with what they know about print and become ready to learn to read and write. Reading with a child enables him to pick up words more quickly. It improves his comprehension and exercises his brain. Research shows when adults create rich language and literacy environments and respond to children’s communication, they can boost that child’s emergent language and literacy development and increase his likelihood of future academic success. Many studies show vocabulary is the best predictor of reading comprehension at the end of grades two and three and that vocabulary growth is directly linked to overall school achievement. 46

One spoken language skill that is strongly connected to early reading and writing is phonological awareness (the recognition that words are made up of separate speech sounds). For example, the word dog is composed of three sounds. Some activities to boost this skill in preschoolers include rhyming (cat-hat), alliteration (big bears bounce), and isolating sounds (“f is the first sound in the word fish”). As children engage in sound play, they eventually learn to segment words into separate sounds, put them into printed letters, and begin to read and write. Children who perform well on sound awareness tasks tend to become successful readers and writers. Whether a child is developing typically or has a speech or language delay, there is so much you can do to help develop literacy skills without adding extra time to your day!

Reading readiness activities include: Infants (Birth-18 months) learn to communicate by listening to the world around them and responding with sounds and eventually words. Ideas: • Use rhymes, songs and simple games that are repetitive and involve body movement such as “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” and “Peek-a-Boo” • Read board books with black and white or colorful pictures while pointing out familiar objects • Talk to the child about what is going on around him • Repeat his strings of sounds (dadada, bababa) and add to them; take turns “talking” • Talk about pictures of family members or pictures of the child participating in activities during his day at child care

Toddlers (18 months-36 months) develop a lifelong love of reading when introduced to books. Ideas: • While looking at books, talk about pictures of common objects and everyday events, pointing out letters, new vocabulary and concepts • Read short stories to help teach we read left to right and top to bottom as well as elements of a story • Point out letters (start with his name) to help connect them to places and objects • Take small outings (even simple walks in the grass) to expose to new vocabulary • Talk about the things you are doing during routine activities such as bath or mealtime • Reread favorite stories which helps children learn how stories are built • Provide a variety of topics (nonfiction, ABC, rhyming)

Preschoolers (ages 3-4) increase their vocabularies & language skills and use their words for conversation and to share ideas. Ideas: • Use an interactive reading style encouraging the child to make comments, predict events and ask questions about the story and illustrations (having children sit quietly and listen until the story is finished interferes with language development; encourage them to talk while the story is happening!) • Re-read favorite books & pause at key points to let the child fill in words and phrases • Encourage children to retell the story and act it out with simple props/costumes • Make up different endings to stories and play with the words • Encourage him to tell a story about his drawing & write down his words • Point to words as you read • Keep books available to the children at all times For more ideas on how to incorporate language and literacy into your daily activities check out Most importantly, show children reading and writing are part of everyday life that can be fun and enjoyable!

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magine if you will that exterior lighting can be a great addition to your home and go a long ways toward improving how people see your home and its overall value. According to the National Association of Realtors most of your friends and if you’re selling your home, potential buyers, will see your home after dusk or during the darker evening hours. Of course everyone wants their house to seen in the best light available, but few if any think about adding lights for those reasons. Exterior lighting can be used to enhance features of your home you want to draw attention to. Used correctly the right lighting can be used to highlight landscape features and improve the overall curb appeal of your home. It has been suggested that consideration should be given to directing the lighting up instead of the normal down direction that people expect. Always use a warm white light that creates a showcase effect. A rainbow of colors has the tendency to create a light show effect and does not have the desired result. Make sure you focus on the entry to your home as well. Director of Public Safety Michael Hasty, when asked about exterior lighting, offered the following ideas;


Outdoor lighting is a fundamental tool in crime prevention. However, you must consider using the “right lighting in the right place.” The following are advantages to proper outdoor lighting: • Makes it easier to see other people • Eliminates dark spots that where people can “hide” • Discourages intruders • Easier to see the pathway of travel • Prevents crime Outdoor lighting should be considered for parking lots, entrances and windows that can be seen by others. When making a determination on where to place lighting, “think like a criminal. • Where would you break in? • Where would you hide to attack someone? • Can others see the building/business? Proper lighting should provide visibility and allow surveillance without excessive glare or shadows Darkness can be better than lighting: • If there is no one around to witness and report crime • If lighting helps criminals see what they are doing

Lighting might be the single, most cost-effective tool to deter crime. The benefits may extend beyond your immediate area to your neighbors. The basic principles of exterior residential lighting were recognized as important to the owner of Deer Park, a town home development in Gladstone. The owner, while these are all rental units, paid to have exterior lighting installed on each unit and wired them in such a manner that they are dusk to dawn lights and cannot be switched off. The goal in doing this was to provide a safer and potentially more secure environment for the residents who live in Deer Park. When you begin to consider exterior lighting don’t forget the safety aspects of additional lighting. Be sure you illuminate walkways, stairs and those areas that could be potential trip and fall hazards. This is as much for the safety of you and your family as it is for visitors and guests. Take your time in planning the light placement to avoid casting shadows that could be vision obscuring and increase risks for your visitors.

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is spring, summer will soon be here and students will soon be finished with school. That means motorists can expect to see more children and youth out and about on and along the street. Walking, bicycling, riding their big wheel or simply running and playing. Everyone should consider that extra bit of caution and staying alert when driving through neighborhoods. No one wants to have an accident, especially when it involves a child. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) encourages bicycling for all ages as an alternative mode of transportation to motor vehicle travel and encourages the adoption of mutual respect between motorists and bicyclists to enhance safety for all road users, including bicyclists. Bicycles on the roadway are, by law, vehicles with the same rights and responsibilities as motorized vehicles. Bicycle safety programs focus on the behaviors of bicyclists and motorists toward bicyclists to reduce bicycle injuries and fatalities on roadways. The increased access to trails in Gladstone and the increasing presence of bike lanes along streets in Gladstone make it easy to ride bicycles around the community. As the City looks at a variety of transportation options everyone should be encouraged to consider bicycling as one of those alternatives. The added benefit to bicycling is an increased activity level and improved health. 50

At the same time consider that warm weather also brings out the motorcycle enthusiasts who will be riding, in some cases, daily. Motorcycles, like bicycles, are vehicles with the same rights and privileges as any vehicle on the roadway. The motorcyclist is entitled to a full lane width. Although it may seem as though there is enough room in the traffic lane for an automobile and a motorcycle, remember the motorcycle needs the room to maneuver safely. Do not try to share the lane. Consider the following suggestions for sharing the road: • Approximately one-half of all motorcycle crashes involve another motor vehicle. Nearly 40 percent were caused by the other vehicle turning left in front of the motorcyclist. • Motorcycles are small and may be difficult to see. Motorcycles have a much smaller profile than vehicles, which can make it more difficult to judge the speed and distance of an approaching motorcycle. • Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic. This allows the motorcyclist to anticipate traffic flow and find a safe lane position. • Remember that motorcyclists are often hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot or missed in a quick look due to their smaller size. Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections. • Don’t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a motorcycle – motorcycle signals usually are not self-canceling and riders sometimes forget to turn them off. Wait to be sure the motorcycle is going to turn before you proceed. • Remember that road conditions which are minor annoyances to you pose major hazards to motorcyclists. Motorcyclists may change speed or adjust their position within a lane suddenly in reaction to road and traffic conditions such as potholes, gravel, wet or slippery surfaces, pavement seams, railroad crossings and grooved pavement. • Allow more following distance, three or four seconds, following a motorcycle so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. In dry conditions motorcycles can stop more quickly than cars. So whether you are driving a car or truck, riding a bicycle or motorcycle, share the road and make every trip you take a safe one.

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by | sarabrammer Ph.D., Synergy Services Director of Domestic Violence Services

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ccording to the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV) domestic violence is a pattern of assaultive and coercive behavior that adults or adolescents use against their current or former intimate partner. Domestic or intimate partner violence affects more than 1.3 million women each year in the United States. This number represents the one in four women who are assaulted in their lifetime. Although men can be victims of domestic violence, 85% of domestic violence victims are female. This type of family violence includes physical, sexual or psychological harm to another by a current or former partner. Additional examples of domestic violence include: name calling, put downs, intimidation, controlling/withholding money, threatened or actual physical harm, forced sexual assault, strangulation and stalking. Synergy Services is a not for profit agency that provides thousands of service hours annually to victims of domestic violence. Synergy SafeHaven provides emergency shelter, counseling and other services for adult women survivors of domestic violence and their children. Housed within SafeHaven is the Bridge/SPAN advocacy program serving victims of domestic violence and providing domestic violence education and training to staff in a healthcare setting. Also housed within 54

SafeHaven is a program designed to provide legal advocacy to domestic violence victims. Synergy also provides outpatient counseling and support groups to victims of domestic violence. While providing services to domestic violence victims it is easy to see the trends and the commonalities of the victims stories. The abusive relationship of Cindy and Trevor that follows is a combination of stories heard by numerous staff members over the years. Domestic violence became a nearly deadly and inescapable reality for Cindy. Cindy met Trevor in a typical girl meets boy fashion. They fell in love, and although she had just finished college and begun her career their relationship moved quickly and they got married. Being devotedly religious, Cindy and Trevor quickly began their family. Cindy loved the idea that Trevor could provide for the family while she stayed home with her children and she quickly made plans to quit her job and stay home. As Cindy became a new mom Trevor became increasingly jealous of the time Cindy spent with their son. Cindy noticed a pattern in their relationship that involved a period of rising tension where she felt she was walking on egg shells and at any moment Trevor could erupt into an angry incident. When Trevor became angry at the beginning of their relationship he would criticize Cindy’s

appearance, make put-downs about how she was taking care of the house and their son. As time went on and two additional children were born Trevor became increasingly more aggressive in their arguments. He continued to criticize her but also began to push, shove and hit her. After each incident of violence Trevor would beg Cindy for forgiveness. He would bring her flowers and her favorite perfume and honeymoon her into staying with him by promising that he would never ever hurt her again and she believed him because you believe the people you love. Cindy struggled to put on the appearance of a typical suburban family. She did not want people to know that Trevor hit her and told her how worthless she was. Because his violence was her fault, if she could only be a better wife, a better lover, a better mother, a better homemaker – he would not be so angry. To keep people from knowing what a failure she was at home she would lie to her friends and family at play dates and holidays about how she got the marks around her neck and arms. She would cancel play dates, or show up with bruising on her arm that she would brush off as running into walls or just being ‘clumsy’. Her family and friends noticed that she became more withdrawn, and less sure of herself. It was almost as if she lost the ‘sparkle’ that had been such an important part of her personality. As Cindy prepared to have Trevor’s third child the violence in their home got worse. Trevor, like many abusive men, increased his use of abuse while Cindy was pregnant. The increase in domestic assault against pregnant women in general is so common that pregnant women are more likely to be murdered than to die of any other cause. One evening, as Cindy neared the eight month of her pregnancy she made fried chicken for dinner (one of Trevor’s favorites!) one night, and she cooked it a little too long and it burned. Trevor’s response to the burned dinner was to throw her against the wall, thrust his knees into her chest and strangle Cindy until she passed out. Cindy was terrified! She was afraid that Trevor was going to kill her and that her beautiful children sleeping upstairs would never see her again. She was certain that she was never going to get to meet the new life that grew inside of her. Fortunately for Cindy (and her children) she did not die that night. When she awoke Trevor was gone and her children were unharmed and still asleep upstairs. She quickly grabbed their absolutely necessary belongings in two back packs and left with two small children and nearly eight months pregnant. Cindy and her children’s emergency flight to escape her husband’s abusive behavior is one that millions of women make each year. Unfortunately, domestic violence does not end when a woman flees the abusive relationship. In truth, a domestic violence victim is in the most danger of the relationship when she leaves her abusive partner. The risk of retaliation or severe punishment for leaving is high and even when women take what seems to be the most legal care to protect themselves (e.g. divorce, shelter, protection orders) they may still die trying to escape the abuse.

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Violence Occurs Hitting, Damaging property, Yelling, Making threats, Pushing, Punching, Etc.

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Rising Tension Old feelings and thoughts come back, fighting increases, being critical or disrespectful toward your partner, being judgemental, personal anger increases.

For Cindy, about a mile from her home she saw a police officer and took the chance to pull over and ask for help. The officer offered to take her to the emergency room to be treated for her injuries. At the hospital she was greeted by a domestic violence advocate who helped her to develop a safety plan that included Cindy and her two children staying at Synergy’s Domestic Violence Shelter. While at the shelter, Cindy and her now three children began the arduous task of recovery. Cindy not only had to heal from the physical injuries, the birth of her third child, and the emotional injuries she also had to stay firm in her belief that returning to Trevor would end her life. During this time Trevor made a million promises trying everything possible way to get Cindy to return home. Although Cindy did not return to her abusive ex-partner women on average leave and return to abusive relationships five to seven times before leaving the relationship permanently. It is often difficult for individuals to understand just how hard it is to leave a relationship—abusive or not abusive. One of the things Cindy had to wrestle with is the custody and supervision of her children. Although Cindy did not want to keep her children from their father, she worried about his ability to make safe choices regarding their well-being. She knew that he had the potential to become extremely violent, and although he never struck the kids, he often yelled at them and belittled them. She knew, based 56

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on how he had treated her that the yelling and belittling was part of the pattern of abuse that was a part of Trevor’s violence. Luckily for Cindy, the judge in her case ordered supervised visits for Cindy’s children, and ordered Trevor to successfully complete Batterers Intervention. It is very difficult for victims to leave abusers. One of the examples I use during presentations is to ask the audience to think of the jobs they have had that they did not like. How long did you stay at that job? One day? One Week? A year? Maybe five years? Why do people stay at a job they don’t like? People give reasons that are similar to why people don’t leave abusive relationships: Money, insurance, security, it is not bad all the time, it might get better, I might never find another job, and the list goes on and on. It is hard to leave a job you don’t like and even harder to leave an abusive partner because there are always times your partner isn’t abusive—and is the ‘person that you fell in love with—the person that you believe he can be.’ When you add to the list of reasons not to leave an abusive relationship the reality that domestic violence victims are more likely to be killed by their abuser when they attempt to leave the relationship, it makes leaving seem nearly impossible. In 1984, SafeHaven, open to serve victims of domestic violence and to provide outpatient counseling, individual advocacy, court

advocacy, and support groups. Synergy House and SafeHaven merged in 1997, and the Children’s Advocacy Council merged with Synergy in 1998 forming Synergy Services, Inc. In 2005 Synergy merged with STOP Violence, an organization dedicated to the prevention of bullying behavior. In 2009, Synergy completed the building and renovation of a new Homeless Youth Campus comprised of the new Synergy House (going from a 12 to 24 bed facility) and a Youth Resiliency Center for homeless and runaway youth ages 12 – 18. Synergy provides services free of charge or on a sliding scale fee based on income, and no one is denied care due to an inability to pay. Synergy operates a large number of programs for residents in six counties within the Kansas City metropolitan area. • SafeHaven Women’s Domestic Violence Center provides emergency services to victims of domestic violence. The adjacent SafeHaven Children’s Center provides emergency shelter, counseling, and activities for children from birth to 17, although the primary focus is birth to 12. • Homeless Youth Campus and Youth Resiliency Center with a mental health, healthcare and dental clinic and arts programming for youth; Synergy House emergency shelter serving youth ages 12 to 18 in crisis or need due to abuse, neglect, running away, abandonment, homelessness, and parental crisis placement. Safe Place locations for youth in danger; Street Outreach Services for homeless youth and young adults, and Transitional Living Services for young adults or young parents who are not part of or have aged out of foster care are coordinated with Synergy House operations. • The 24-Hour Crisis Hotline provides referrals to shelters, community resources, advocacy and support for domestic violence victims and runaway/homeless youth. • The Clinical Services Division of Synergy provides Family Care Outpatient Counseling and Support, supporting residential facilities and providing services to children, youth, individual adults, and families. Synergy’s Clinical Services houses the Batterer Intervention Program that has been nationally recognized for efforts to develop a state of the art treatment program for domestic violence offenders. • Education, mentoring, and advocacy programs address positive choices, role modeling, and safety: Safe Dates, Get Connected & STEP Up violence/bullying prevention programs, Teen Parent Support and Children’s Advocacy Center. Individuals interested in additional domestic or family violence resources can visit or call Synergy Services at 816587-4100 or 816-452-8535 for safety planning tips and available resources. Volunteer opportunities and individuals interested in donating to support the efforts of Synergy Services may contact the volunteer coordinator at 816-452-8910.

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aughter and friendship go hand-in-hand, and according to a recent survey, women across America are looking to inject more laughter into their lives this year. One sure bet, spending more quality time with their girlfriends.


The survey, commissioned by Skinny Cow Candy, showed that on average, women are twice as likely to prefer a good laugh with their girlfriends over a new piece of jewelry, a manicure, or even a new pair of shoes. And while a good phone chat with a dear friend goes a long way, 61 percent of women believe that an in-person laugh is better than a virtual one.

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Read on for some inspiration to create that treasured girlfriend time and start Laughing Out Loud. Set the stage. Quality girlfriend time can happen anywhere at any time. Getting together for drinks or dinner creates an opportunity for plenty of intimate chatting and laughter for hours on end. Heading to a local movie theater or piling on the couch to watch a comedy favorite is just the ticket for a muchneeded belly laugh. Eliminate distractions. Good girlfriend time means letting your cares slip away. Leave the kids with a sitter, avoid taking calls or texting, and dedicate your time to catching up and sharing a few good laughs. Add chocolate. According to the Skinny Cow survey, the majority of women think life would be a lot less fun without chocolate, so make sure you have some on hand. Skinny Cow Candy makes the no guilt kind – rich, creamy and delicious; great portion sizes; and low in calories. Yes, you really can have it all.

Stay within your means. Time spent with the girls need not break the bank. If budget is a concern, choose a restaurant or bar with happy hour specials, or have everyone bring a little something and cook together. Check out interesting events around town, or tie on athletic shoes and enjoy a fun-filled walk in the park. Say cheese. Don’t forget to take photos to capture your laugh-out-loud moments; they make for great memories. Post them on your social media pages and share your good times for years to come. Want to find out how you compare to women across the country on topics such as laughter, chocolate and more? Visit and find out what the LOL-O-Meter says about you, then share and compare with your girlfriends for a memorable good time. Source: Skinny Cow

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Water Sense... It

may strike you as strange that what you are about to read strongly suggests that there are ways to conserve the use of water and lower your water costs. Everyone should be mindful about how they can reduce the demand on and preserve natural resources. WaterSense, a partnership program by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes and services. WaterSense brings together a variety of stakeholders to: • Promote the value of water efficiency. •P  rovide consumers with easy ways to save water, as both a label for products and an information resource to help people use water more efficiently. • Encourage innovation in manufacturing. •D  ecrease water use and reduce strain on water resources and infrastructure. The program seeks to help consumers make smart water choices that save money and maintain high environmental standards without compromising performance. Products and services that have earned the WaterSense label have been certified to be at least 20 percent more efficient without sacrificing performance. Upgrading to more efficient WaterSense labeled products can help us to save billions of gallons of water in the country every year. Something as simple as twisting on a WaterSense labeled aerator and upgrading to a WaterSense labeled faucet could save a household 11,000 gallons over the life of the faucet. Did you know that 11,000 gallons of water will do 270 plus loads of laundry? That equates to a huge savings in any household.



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Here, there and everywhere: •Fix a Leak: Small household leaks can add up to gallons of water lost every day. That’s why WaterSense reminds Americans to check their plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems each year in March during Fix a Leak Week. In the bathroom—where over half of all water use inside a home takes place: • Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing teeth. • Showers use less water than baths, as long as you keep an eye on how long you’ve been lathering up! Save some hot water for others and take a quick shower. Flush Facts • Recent advancements have allowed toilets to use 1.28 gallons per flush or less while still providing equal or superior performance. This is 20 percent less water than the current federal standard of 1.6 gallons per flush. The WaterSense label is used on toilets that are independently certified to meet rigorous criteria for both performance and efficiency. Only toilets that complete the third-party certification process can earn the WaterSense label. • By replacing old, inefficient toilets with WaterSense labeled models, the average family can reduce water used for toilets by 20 to 60 percent—that’s nearly 13,000 gallons of water savings for your home every year! They could also save more than $110 per year in water costs, and $2,200 over the lifetime of the toilets. • Nationally, if all old, inefficient toilets in the United States were replaced with WaterSense labeled models, we could save 520 billion gallons of water per year, or the amount of water that flows over Niagara Falls in about 12 days.

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In the kitchen- whip up a batch of big water savings: • Plug up the sink or use a wash basin if washing dishes by hand. • Use a dishwasher; and when you do, make sure it’s fully loaded! • W hile you’re at it, scrape that plate instead of rinsing before loading it into the dishwasher. • Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool. • Thaw food items in the refrigerator overnight rather than using a running tap of hot water. • Add food wastes to your compost pile instead of using the garbage disposal. In the laundry room—where you can be clean AND green: • Wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate water level or load size selection on the washing machine.

Outdoors Of the estimated 29 billion gallons of water used daily by households in the United States, nearly 7 billion gallons, or 30 percent, is devoted to outdoor water use. In the hot summer months, or in dry climates, a household’s outdoor water use can be as high as 70 percent, maybe more in extremely hot and dry conditions. In the yard—be beautiful and efficient: • Create a water-smart landscape that is both beautiful and efficient to give your home the curb appeal you desire. • Timing is everything! Knowing when and how much to water allows you to keep a healthy landscape. • Upgrade to a WaterSense labeled controller if you have an in-ground irrigation system. • Find a certified irrigation professional to install, maintain, or audit your irrigation system to ensure it is watering at peak efficiency. Other outdoor uses—drop that hose and keep it covered: • Sweep driveways, sidewalks and steps rather than hosing off. • Wash the car with water from a bucket, or consider using a commercial car wash that recycles water. • If you have a pool, use a cover to reduce evaporation when pool is not being used. WaterSense products have met a rigorous third party testing process to be able to be labeled with this tag. So when you are upgrading plumbing fixtures for your home or business look for the WaterSense label and get ready to start saving money.


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by | rosalynspring Antioch Branch Manager Mid-Continent Public Library


doesn’t love to read? Kids love to mimic grown-ups that get to read and write and go to work. They like to play school, scan books, take your food order and play with money. All these activities are essential to learning how to read, write, listen, and communicate. Everyone wants to know how to read. Giving someone the tools they need to learn is all we have to do. To get started here some activities to help develop the handful of skills needed to be prepared for school and reading. Reading This includes examples of people reading, reading to a group of others, or reading to your child alone. Kids need reading modeled for them; they need to hear reading and storytelling. That is why they play like teachers, librarians, mommies and daddies. Our kids model our behavior. Yes, if you want your child to read, you have read. Anyone can teach their child to read. Read books, read labels, instructions, stories, magazines, even text messages.


Writing Kids love to write and tell stories before they can read. Early literacy is what kids know about reading and writing before they can read and write. Give them writing tools and watch them create. They can tell you exactly what they are writing even if you can’t read it. They can use crayons, pencils, pens, paint, their fingers, and probably other things, to write on paper, walls, sidewalks; in the sand…the possibilities are endless.

Talking and Listening They want to tell you what they are writing and what their ideas are. They want to have a conversation with you. They want you to answer their questions. This promotes listening and public speaking…seriously. They also need models showing them how to listen and be interested in what they have to say. They may be little rebels when you try to tell them something, but if you notice they will repeat what you tell them. They remember and believe anything; so be careful what little ears hear. Sharing Stories There are so many fabulous picture books and storybooks and events that kids get to see and hear. If you can or can’t afford a private library at home you can check out up to 200 items at a time from the library…so just buy your favorites to share or read again and again. There are books that talk, books that move, books that glow, books that shine, books that sparkle, and books that let you tell your own story. Kids also need someone to show them how to hold a book and turn the pages. Participate in the Summer Reading Program while you are reading this summer and let your child choose free books to keep for their own library ( But wait there is more to literacy than reading!

Rhyming Rhyming and repetition is a great way to learn about words that sound the same and may have similar spellings. You can even make up your own silly words. And singing? Singing in the car, on a picnic, at school, at home, at church is a fun way to play with syllables and rhyming. Play with letters. Really! And sounds. Fun! What about a Storybook Trail… telling scary stories in the dark… finding words with certain letters on signs during a car ride, and other reading games? And don’t forget audio books for the car. Kids will listen for hours. My favorite is listening to a book while brushing teeth and getting jammies on. Kids look forward to winding down while listening to the next chapter of a book. Read a book or tell a story and watch your child put on a play. Your child will learn the sequence of stories; that stories have a beginning, middle, and an end. They will learn how to present a speech for their graduation or inauguration day. Don’t put it off any longer. Start now. Read 1, 2, 3! Storybook Trails are scheduled for June 17-22 and July 14-20, dawn until dusk at Oak Grove Park at NE 76 St and N Troost. Have fun with your family and friends this summer, walking and reading a story along the trail.

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Any trail can be a storybook trail. Take your children and a book they like, or a new book from the library, to any park with a safe place to walk. Read a page, and then count with your children as they take 50 steps or 50 hops and read another page. Its exercise, reading, counting and FUN! Storybook Trails is a collaborative program with the MidContinent Public Library, The Clay County Health Center, North Kansas City Schools and the city of Gladstone. Here are four great locations for your own storybook trail in the Gladstone Park System:



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Happy Rock Trail 76th St. and NE Antioch One mile loop of asphalt paved trail Play structure-Features a play area with an electronic game, a climbing structure and a toddler friendly play structure shaped like a shoe. Restrooms on site

If the Shoe Fits, by Alison Jackson

Oak Grove Park 76th St. and N. Holmes ½ mile loop of asphalt paved trail. Play structure-Features swings, slides and many interactive play features. Restrooms on site

Duck on a Bike, by David Shannon

Hamilton Heights Park 67th St. and N. Main ½ mile loop of asphalt paved trail that winds around a small lake. Play structure-Features a slide, swings and a climbing structure. No restroom available

Big Al, by Andrew Clements

Central Park 69th and N. Holmes ½ mile of concrete sidewalk surrounds this park. Play structure-Features a Pirate Ship climbing structure and swings. Restroom available in Community Center lobby

Not a Box, by Portis Antoinette

This year the annual Strive to Thrive community competition will be held from June 17 to July 14 in conjunction with the inaugural kickoff of the Storybook Trail series at Oak Grove Park. Winners will be announced at Linden Square Sunday July 21 at the Rock’n Rob Kiddie Concert. Please visit the City website, to sign up with your team. You will be able to track your progress on the City website during the competition. Throughout the four week period, we will highlight the Heritage Trail and the Atkins-Johnson Farm Garden Day, as well as the Farmers Market. A blood drive is scheduled June 10 at the Community Center.




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by | ericawhite Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum Manager


Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum is now open! Crowds gathered April 27 and May 4 for the grand opening weekend and enjoyed free museum admission and special activities in celebration. In what has been an ongoing project spanning several years, this old Missouri farm house has been transformed from a vacant rental property to a new history museum for visitors nationwide. The original log cabin hidden within the walls tells the story of the house dating back almost 180 years to when this area was farmed by some of our first settlers. Thought to be one of the oldest continuously occupied homes in the county, the house, land and barns have been preserved as an example of the area’s roots and heritage in sustainable farming and hardworking lifestyle. The house itself expanded size over the years and now provides a perfect setting to host exhibits on area farming, Clay County history, food history and more. The city of Gladstone welcomed members of the media, city council, project sponsors and partners as the first permanent exhibit and temporary traveling exhibit were revealed to visitors for the first time. Among the 22-acres of quiet woods and farmland the new museum offers guests a two-part exhibit on farming history. The first part includes permanent exhibits set in the oldest part of the house, dating back to the 1830s. In this room visitors can see features of the log cabin intentionally left exposed during 2012 renovations. These cut-away sections or “truth windows” are used in great depth to engage visitors and explore in detail the construction and significance of the 70

log cabin within. Beginning with the settlement of the land and original dwellings, additional information on the house’s history and how it relates to early Clay County settlers are combined with topics such as Clay County slavery, dress and attire on a farm, decorative arts and why settlers chose to move here. These and other important ideas are explored through a combination of artifacts, images, truth-windows, text panels and hands-on activity stations in the house. The first exhibit in the Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum was greatly enhanced through an object loan partnership with our neighbors at the Clay County Museum and Historical Society in downtown Liberty. This collaboration to share each museum’s permanent collections for exhibits is just one of many developing partnerships the new Atkins-Johnson Farm & Museum has with other local museums, archives and historic sites. The second component of the Atkins-Johnson Farm & Museum opening exhibit is an exciting traveling exhibit titled “Farm Life: A Century of Change for Farm Families and their Neighbors” from the Chippewa Valley Museum in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Now open at the museum, this temporary exhibit runs through August 31, 2013. This exhibit is part of a larger exhibit recently returned from a national tour developed and sponsored by a grant for the National Endowment for the Humanities. “In a larger sense, we [Chippewa Valley Museum] believe that if museums can share the intellectual content that they have discovered, all museums will be better for it. The NEH [National Endowment for the Humanities] agreed with this, and so it

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supported an effort to share the framework of the farm life story, so other museums can improve their interpretation of agricultural history. If the idea catches on, perhaps museums will share the themes and content they have so carefully investigated and developed on other subjects, from clothing to ethnicity, from toys to immigration.” – Chippewa Valley Museum. The city of Gladstone is tremendously excited to bring this award winning exhibit to the Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum this spring and summer. “Farm Life” represents the first of many traveling exhibits on historic topics relatable to the farm and brought to Gladstone as part of a changing museum exhibit schedule. The next temporary exhibit will debut Sept. 7, at the Big Shoal Country Fair and run through the holidays. On the grounds of the museum another exciting change is taking root, literally. This year marks the first year the City will operate an heirloom vegetable and herb garden as part of its offering in the Big Shoal Heritage Area. The new garden was approved earlier this year as a Master’s Gardeners of Greater Kansas City official project. Working with new master gardeners Frank and Jolene Newkirk of Gladstone, the garden was designed to replicate items traditionally grown in this area from 1830-1900. Using agricultural census records from the mid nineteenth century museum staff can identify items grown on the farm by the original Atkins family. The new garden is a wonderful volunteer opportunity and teaching tool. Visitors are welcome to stop by any time and see the progress and talk with the garden volunteers.


Community support for the new garden has been generous among local business with the Gladstone Hy-Vee at 72nd and Prospect supporting the garden and partnering for summer programing and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds donating heirloom seed from the time period. Both companies are excited to help launch a garden with a strong educational and outreach potential to benefit the community and enrich this historic site. Mark your calendars for Saturday July 13 from 11-4 p.m. as the Atkins-Johnson Farm & Museum hosts its first children’s garden day with hands-on activities, crafts, games, demonstrations, garden story-time and free take-home seeds. Across the property the Big Shoal Cemetery has undergone changes designed to help visitors learn more about the cemetery’s rich history and the people buried there. Part of a fascinating local history, the cemetery was once the location of the Big Shoal Primitive Baptist Church, the most popular church of its day. People would come from miles around to attend services, meetings, elections and see their neighbors. The area served as a social hub from the 1830s until its decline at the turn of the century. The last service held at the church was in May 1917. The addition of a new informational kiosk, two lectern readers, benches, bronze marker, church doorway, unmarked grave markers and walking tour brochures vastly open up the area to visitors and make it fun and easy to learn more about its history. Volunteer workdays took place in April and May as Friends members and other interested groups gathered to preserve and protect the cemetery grounds and gravestones. Caring for the cemetery is just one of several volunteer opportunities available within the Big Shoal Heritage Area.

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What’s Next? The farmhouse is open as a museum and that’s just the start of it! Work continues as we grow the site and increase the amount of activities and programs we can offer to the community and beyond. Mark your calendar for the next Big Shoal Country Fair September 7 and visit the website (www. for more updates on the museum calendar including cemetery tours just in time for fall. With all the new activities and attractions in Gladstone, the new Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum will offer a unique historic charm to the selection. Call for Members & Volunteers: The Friends of the Atkins-Johnson Farm was formed to raise awareness and funds for the historic preservation of the house in its earliest stages. Now, Friends members play a central role in supporting the museum’s mission and have a great time in the process. Interested in getting involved with the Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum? Join the Friends of the Atkins-Johnson Farm! This dedicated group of volunteers helps the city of

Gladstone foster greater community awareness and invaluable fundraising to support the Big Shoal Heritage Area. The Friends group has helped to make the idea of the AtkinsJohnson Farm and Museum a reality, and it is through their effort, passion and dedication the idea continues to grow and reach greater potential each year. Volunteers can work yearround on any number of projects that interest them including gardening, special events, fundraising, membership, research, docent/tours, collection maintenance and more. Visit for more information on how to get involved. The Atkins-Johnson Farm & Museum is now Open! Hours Wednesday – Saturday 11-4 p.m. Regular Admission: $5 Student and Senior (over 65) Admission: $3 Children under 12: FREE 816-816-453-3276

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the community embraces the arts there are a number of Arts and Culture related events available. Of course the Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum is now open and has regular visitor hours of 11a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday each week. The City has a permanent art collection on display at the community center that is available for public viewing. Linden Square now offers a wide variety of entertainment options Friday and Saturday evenings and of course you can still enjoy the music of June Tunes at Oak Grove Park Tuesday evenings in June. Don’t forget that Gladstone offers the only free live community theater in the region with musical shows in July and August. All of these events are admission free and open to the public.





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JULY 8:30 p.m. nightly Fri-Sun July 5-7 6-9 p.m. Friday July 12 6-9 p.m. Saturday July 13 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday July 18 6-9 p.m. Friday July 19 6-9 p.m. Saturday July 20 3-5 p.m. Sunday July 21 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday July 25 5:30–7:30 p.m. Friday July 26 6-9 p.m. Friday July 26 6-9 p.m. Saturday July 27

Guys and Dolls Rivertown Big Time Grain Company Ham Bonz Outlaw Junkies High Vibe Rockin Rob Duo 5 Star Band Art Opening – Sculpture/Painter Sons of Brasil Ernest James Zydeco

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AUGUST 8:30 p.m. nightly Fri-Sun August 2-4 6-9 p.m. Friday August 9 6-9 p.m. Saturday August 10 6-9 p.m. Friday August 16 6-9 p.m. Saturday August 17 3-5 p.m. Sunday August 18 6-9 p.m. Friday August 23 6-9 p.m. Saturday August 24 6-9 p.m. Friday August 30 6-9 p.m. Saturday August 31

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34 Gladfest Do

you remember the very first festival you attended? Can you remember the first time you rode a Ferris Wheel and the feeling of complete freedom as you looked out over the fun below? Remember your first bite of that hot, sweet funnel cake? Just 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. Everyone has memories of their first trip to a festival, fair or carnival and have certain emotions that are stirred in them. Some who are reading this will recall the festivals of the past in Gladstone going back into the 1960’s with Western Round-up Days, then into the 1970’s with the Gladstone Fall Festival and most recently in our memories Gladfest.


Over time the festival in Gladstone has evolved and changed bringing new features, new layouts and new attractions. Gladfest is entering its 34th year as a festival and while there have been changes along the way you are in for a real treat this year as the festival begins to take on a new look and feel. This year things will have a new look and feel with expanded activities and new things to do. The Gladfest Car and Truck Show is back but on a different weekend. This year the show will be held September 14 at Antioch Bible Baptist Church at NE 72nd and N Holmes. It’s early this year to start getting everyone ready for Gladfest and to give it an exclusive venue. The show starts at 9 a.m. so mark your calendar and getting ready to enjoy viewing some of the finest hotrods and classic cars around. The next big event that is planned for Gladfest is the annual Gladfest Golf Tournament. A complete tournament this one includes a ladies flight, which most tournaments don’t include.

Some new features will include a change in layout. There will be two stages of activity this year with the Linden Square stage hosting live entertainment and special feature attractions on the Holmes Street stage in front of city hall. Activities are being planned for both stages throughout the weekend. Festival organizers are making arrangements for a return of the camel ride, a new petting zoo, the Kansas City Zoomobile and a complete range of new kids activities that will all be held throughout Central Park. Kids Corner and Radio Disney will also be there to help us celebrate. There might even be a tethered hot air balloon ride for everyone. Look for a new history exhibit at the Community Center that will let you take a walk back in time as you learn more about Gladstone. The train show will be back but this year you will find it inside city hall. Crafts, commercial vendors and of course plenty of good food to eat will be a part of the festival this year too. Plan now to attend Gladfest October 4, 5 and 6 and enjoy the fun of a timeless community celebration.

Gladfest opens Friday evening, October 4 at 5 p.m. with a variety of activities for all ages. Children are encouraged to participate in the Little Mr. and Miss Gladfest and Gladfest Prince and Princess Pageant. Children ages three through five compete for the titles of Gladfest Prince and Princess and two lucky six, seven or eight year olds are crowned Little Mr. and Miss Gladfest. Participants must be Northland residents and are encouraged to come dressed according to the Gladfest theme, Gladfest 34, It’s Time To Explore. Children will be asked to recite a simple poem, nursery rhyme or sing a song. The contest starts at 6 p.m. at Center Stage and requires pre-registration. Registration forms for the Little Mr. & Miss Gladfest contest are available at www.gladstonechamber. com. Be sure to bring your camera and big cheers for these adorable contestants. Don’t be surprised Saturday morning to hear a tuba, drums, motorcycles or even the steady gallop of horse hooves! All of these will be a part of the annual Gladfest parade. The parade will feature local marching bands, businesses and organizations, church groups, scouts and many more community partners. Get a great viewing spot along the parade route, which begins at 66th and N. Oak. The parade will travel north on N. Oak to 70th Street, west to N. Holmes and north on Holmes, across 72nd Street ending in the parking lot of Antioch Bible Baptist Church. Find a good place along the parade route and clap, cheer and enjoy the parade and don’t forget to bring a bag for candy collecting. The Gladstone Farmers Market will be back this year in a new location with plenty of fall fruits, vegetables, pumpkins, gourds and mums. Make plans to stop and stock up while there is still plenty of fresh produce. Make some new memories and to “Go Explore” at Gladfest 34, October 4-6. Gladfest is free of charge and open to the public Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday hours are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. For a full list of activities and complete details about the festival, please visit

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ummer may not officially be here according to the calendar but it is time to imagine spending a warm evening on the lawn of beautiful Oak Grove Park surrounded by friends and family. Are you there, can you smell what’s floating in the air? Is the air full of the familiar smells of BBQ, cinnamon roasted nuts, kettlecorn and all of your favorite festival styled foods? Your ears will hear and your will heart race 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 June 7 and 8, 2013. Bluesfest will be held in Oak Grove Park again this year and continues to feature some of the finest live blues musicians from around the world. There is an awesome line-up scheduled for Bluesfest this year that is sure to get everyone up and moving. Friday night includes Jon Paul’s Flying Circus, J.P. Soars and the Cedric Burns Project. Saturday the fun continues with Brandon and Shinetop, Jason and The Billy Bats, Selwyn Birchwood Band, Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges and The Nighthawks. This is an absolutely great line-up of blues musicians that will delight everyone in attendance. Previous years festivals have featured the International Blues Challenge winner Trampled Under Foot and Blues Music Award winner, Hubert Sumlin. Sumlin won the Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year award, 82

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given by the Blues Foundation. “Bluesfest continues to grow and is now considered one of the major festivals held across the country and the biggest regional blues event held each year. This is allowing us to book the great talent we have” says Charles Ragsdell, blues aficionado and talent organizer for the festival. As crowds continue to grow each year, the festival attracts music lovers from across the country. “In recent years we tracked zip codes and people are coming from Chicago, Seattle and all across the Midwest, as well as locally,” said Amy Harlin. Harlin, President of the Gladstone Area Chamber of Commerce, who with a very capable team of Chamber member volunteers organizes Bluesfest each year.

Gladstone’s Annual Citywide Garage Sale will be held June 7-8, 2013. This event is held each year during Bluesfest when people come to Gladstone for great music, good food and big savings. This sale does not count as one of the two sales each residence is able to have each year and no permit is required. However, sign up for the permit online at http://www.gladstone. php and get you sale listed on the City map included on the City website. Make plans now and take advantage of this great opportunity to recycle and repurpose those unwanted items and pocket a little extra cash.

Bluesfest is not only attracting those that want to listen to the blues, but also those who play it. According to Ragsdell, “We receive hundreds of inquiries from blues musicians throughout the year and they all want to come to Gladstone to play.” Bluesfest is gaining a reputation of drawing acts from all over the country, as well as around the globe. Just a few years ago, Bluesfest featured The Blues Caravan, a group of international performers from Finland and Norway. Eyes and ears are entertained at Bluesfest, but your taste buds will be tempted as well. The festival features a selection of mouth-watering concessions, including BBQ beef brisket, brats, hot dogs and cold beer. Don’t be surprised if you find funnel cakes, ice cream, kettle corn, nachos and cinnamon roasted nuts to round out that great festival food experience, so save some room for little of everything. For up-to-date information about Bluesfest, including the performers, event sponsors and times, like us on Facebook at Gladstone Summertime Bluesfest. All of the performances are free to attend but a minimal parking fee applies.

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Community Spring 2013

A Newsletter for Friends of North KANsAs City sChools

Spring 2013 CALEnDAr May 13 ACE graduation 7 p.m., pleasant Valley Baptist Church May 15 Oak park graduation 7 p.m., Municipal Auditorium May 16 Winnetonka graduation 7 p.m., Community of Christ Auditorium May 17 north Kansas City graduation 7 p.m., Municipal Auditorium May 19 Staley graduation 5 p.m., District Activities Complex May 24 Full Day of School (formerly the last day of school) May 27 Memorial Day no School May 28 Makeup Day (Full Day) May 29 Makeup Day (Full Day) May 30 Makeup Day (Full Day) May 31 Makeup Day (Half Day) June 3 Summer Learning programs begin June 9 gED graduation 3 p.m., Winnetonka Auditorium 86

Board extends school day, introduces freshmen to blended block in February, the Board of Education approved recommendations made by a district committee of administrators, principals, teachers and other instructional staff who have been investigating the effective and efficient use of student learning time.

2. Add 12 minutes per day of instructional learning time at the high school level and 10 minutes per day at middle and elementary levels. (A decision as to exact bell times will be made at the April 9 board meeting.)

“instead of focusing on the high school schedule itself,” said Deputy Director Mike Jeffers, “the committee focused on learning time and how gains could be made in student achievement by building a stronger, more flexible schedule.”

3. implement the “house” concept for incoming 9th graders for the 2013-14 school year.

The committee determined that to make gains, the high school schedule would need to allow more instruction time, ensure teachers see students more frequently and allow for alternative needs of students. The committee made four recommendations. The first one was approved by the Board in December, and three were approved during the February meeting: 1. Add two more student attendance days for the coming school year.

4. Expand the weekly, 35-minute early release to include elementary schools, providing more time for K-5 teacher collaboration and making Thursday early release a district-wide event. (The early release schedule also will be determined at the April 9 board meeting.) incoming freshmen (except those in the pre-international Baccalaureate program) will move to a blended block schedule. Freshmen will attend English, math and science classes every day on a traditional schedule while attending social studies and Continued on next page

growing school district expected to grow even more north Kansas City Schools continues to attract new families to its neighborhoods. With new residential growth also come school-age children and new students. nKC Schools closely monitors that growth and the capacity of its schools to serve its growing enrollment. recently, Kyle Elliott, the northland planner for the City of Kansas City, updated the Board of Education on new developments coming to the

northland and how they will impact northland school districts. You can view his presentation on the district’s You Tube channel at: At that same school board meeting, Hollis & Miller Architects presented several options for school facilities to address current and future crowding issues. You can read The Kansas City Star article at:

School board approves participation in northland Advanced Career Studies Starting next fall, students in the district’s four high schools will have an opportunity to intensely explore professional careers through a new collaboration among northland school districts. The initiative is called Northland Advanced Career Studies (ACS – pronounced “access”). Three initial strands will be offered in partnership with area businesses. > Advanced Manufacturing – Ford Motor Company/MCC Business & Technology Center > Health Services – North Kansas City Hospital

the district strategic plan and allows our students to achieve their potential with an eye on careers of the future.” The Workplace as Classroom

> Technology – Cerner The nKC Schools Board of Education approved the district’s participation in northland ACS during their rescheduled meeting on February 28. Vice president Terry Ward commented, “The program builds on the district strategic plan and allows our students to achieve their potential with an eye on careers of the future.”

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The program will be conducted in the business workplace, and the curriculum will be designed around business and industry standards in a project-based learning environment. The purpose of northland ACS is to provide high school students with hands-on, real-world work experience while enhancing workplace readiness skills. Students will develop professionalbased proficiencies by working in

authentic business situations to develop meaningful projects. in addition, students will gain “soft” skills including problem solving, time- and projectmanagement skills, business ethics and self-discipline. Much of the start-up capital will come from the businesses themselves who see great value in helping shape their future workforce. The Memorandum of Understanding initially establishes northland ACS for three years with an estimated cost of $300,000 for three teachers and a program director. northland ACS will be a half-day program for juniors and seniors similar to current programs such as Cerner Scholars, and those offered at our Career and Technical Education Center, and through the northland Career Center. Students who choose to apply for the program will likely be those heading toward careers in advanced manufacturing, health sciences and technology.

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45 hours of instruction per year for freshmen compared to the current 9th grade schedule. These hours are in addition to the two instructional days added with the approval of next year’s academic calendar. The consistency of teachers having daily contact with freshmen during their three core classes is expected to help ease student transition from middle to high school. The “house” schedule is planned this year for freshmen only. Students in grades 10-12 will remain on the block schedule. The committee will monitor and evaluate the impact of the “house” schedule to determine if it should continue or be expanded. BoardDocs: February 28 Board of Education Meeting three electives every-other-day on a 90-minute block schedule. This “house” concept, as it is called, gains

Two videos including the committee’s complete presentation are posted to the district’s YouTube channel at

Have you joined “Friends of NKC Schools,” yet? Are you a graduate of nKC Schools? Are you a parent, volunteer or business partner? Maybe you have a young child who will be a future student in our schools, or perhaps you are a grandparent of a student. if you answered “yes” to any of these – or if you have another connection to nKC Schools, please consider joining “Friends of nKC Schools”. it’s easy. it’s free. And there are no meetings! Simply call (816) 413-5044 or go to:

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gift of a gig powers learning for nKC Schools This winter, teachers and students in north Kansas City Schools received a massive infusion of internet bandwidth, quadrupling their capacity to access and use online educational resources. DataShack, a north Kansas City based data warehouse company, and liNKCity, the City of north Kansas City’s fiber communications utility, donated a gigabit of bandwidth to the district to boost 21st century learning at all 35 educational sites. intuitive Apple devices empower teaching and learning in nKC Schools. Each teacher and each high school student has a MacBook Air laptop. Classwork, research, assignments and many tests are done in the digital domain. Until January 4, the district ran its more than 15,000 computer devices – which include 6,000 cloud-based, student laptops – on a 250 megabit connection. in a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the gig launch (actually they cut a ribbon of fiber-optic cable), Supt. Todd White explained the impact of the gig gift. “prior to January 4, when high school students arrived at school, the district’s wireless internet traffic would peak at the maximum 250 megabit and stay there all day until the students went home,” White said. “internet-based learning programs (e.g., Blackboard,

District and city officials gathered January 4 to launch the gigabit of bandwidth donated to the district. Board Member Dixie Youngers, DataShack Co-owner Brooks Brown, Supt. Todd White, and NKC Mayor Bill Biggerstaff cut a fiber-optic cable (instead of a ribbon) to commemorate the occasion.

eCampus or Kahn Academy), were periodically sluggish and frustrated students and teachers, alike. The additional bandwidth is like adding four more lanes to our internet highway. Everyone can get where they want to go and at top travel speeds,” he added. Within seconds after unleashing the full gig network, the data usage spiked from a previously capped 250 megabit to 800 megabit, instantly validating the need for the expanded capacity. White announced that the generous donation will save the district nearly $400,000 over the next five years and

added, “The cost savings is great, but the educational value is priceless.” The need for the internet capacity is expected to grow as the district puts the power of Apple technology in the hands of more students – and linKCity and DataShack have agreed to boost the bandwidth further, at no cost, to support the need. That need could come sooner than later. in the spring of 2013, the district plans to introduce middle school students to ipad minis. The initial purchase will include 30 classroom sets placed in six “Vanguard teacher” classrooms at each of the five middle schools.

ipad mini pilot program introduces middle school students to Apple technology Six classrooms in each of the five middle schools this semester are receiving classroom sets of ipad minis. The Board of Education recently approved this pilot program. The intent is to explore the value of increasing technology at the middle school level to enhance the rigor and relevance of lessons. Those teachers who were selected to participate volunteered for the program nearly a year ago and were recommended by their building principals as ideal candidates for the ipad pilot. These “Vanguard Teachers” represent many content areas and are participating in a variety of professional 88

development opportunities to ensure student success with the new device. The district has worked diligently to provide support for teachers, supplying them with tools to ignite the potential of their students. More than 1,730 middle school students are projected to participate in the pilot program. Students will be taught expectations for appropriate use of the technology and tips for the care of the ipad mini. The ipad mini is for classroom use and will not go home with students. Students will use the ipad for creating and producing products.

Board of Education install Three Directors

ACE to serve more students with additional site

As a result of the April 2 election, nKC Schools Board of Education has one new and two returning directors. Terrence Ward and Terry Stone ran unopposed and each was automatically re-elected for another three-year term. newcomer Kevin Corlew was chosen from a field of four candidates to fill a one-year term resulting from a board member resignation last year.

in February, nKC Schools expanded its successful ACE (Achievement, Commitment & Excellence) program to a third site. The additional location at Antioch & Vivion will accommodate the growing number of high school students who need a more flexible, individualized, self-paced, alternative educational setting. Combined, the three sites will be able to help nearly 200 students complete requirements for a certified high school diploma.

During the April business meeting, the school board elected its officers for the coming year. The 2013-14 officers are the same as last year: • president – Joe Jacobs • Vice president – Terry Ward • Treasurer – T. Stone

Four long-distance buses fitted with Wi-Fi routers Finishing up homework on a long bus ride to an “away” activity is now easier for nKC Schools high school students. District Transportation Services department recently outfitted four activity buses with Verizon 4g mobile routers. The routers allow Wi-Fi access to students traveling with laptops and other mobile devices. According to Lon Waterman, assistant director of Transportation, the district’s goal is to extend student learning time by recapturing school hours often lost in travel. And, with a 200-yard range of Wi-Fi access around the bus as well, Waterman said students could have the same internet access merely by being in close proximity to the bus.

Welcome nEW partner in Education Cheryl Cox, independent Scentsy Consultant, and Maple park Middle School recently became partners.

Data Warehouse to ease data queries in January, the nKC Schools Board of Education approved the construction of a massive, data warehouse – a virtual warehouse, that is. The Data Warehouse will not only store the data in one place, but it also will link the databases together making access to and analysis of the data faster and simpler for all users. The Data Warehouse will be built in four stages with a planned launch this summer. 1. Discovery

3. Development

2. Design

4. Deployment

Want to become a partner in Education? The partners in Education program is an informal agreement between a school and a business or organization to engage in mutually beneficial activities, which support the academic environment of the school. For more information on how to become an official Partner In Education, email or call (816) 413-5479.

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Adventure Club & northland Career Center form partnership in early March, School Age Child Care in nKC Schools formed a partnership with the Early Childhood Careers program of the northland Career Center (nCC). nCC students will have several opportunities to work with nKC Schools next school year to earn two child care certificates. They may choose to intern with Adventure Club, either by working directly with students or behind the scenes with office staff to learn more about child care administration. if time allows in their schedules, they also may serve as YouthFriends in K-5 classrooms. Formalizing the partnership were nCC Director Brian noller, platte County r3 Supt. Mike reik, nCC program instructor


Now enrolling for Fall 2013 > Early childhood certified teacher > positive approach to kindergarten readiness > Developmental appropriate practices > rich opportunities for discovery, creativity, and problem solving

Call (816) 413-5494 to enroll! North Kansas City Schools Mission The mission of north Kansas City Schools is to ensure every student achieves his or her unique potential and thrives in an environment of rapid change. We will accomplish this through: • extraordinary educational experiences • exceptional educators • partnerships with an engaged, diverse community 90

Diane Whitmer, School Age Child Care Coordinator Vanessa new, Supt. Todd White, Chief Communications Officer Tammy Henderson and Community Education Services Director Melissa Wright.

AViD is now hiring tutors! Tutors are needed to work with small groups of middle and high school students during AViD (Advancement Via individual Determination) classes under the supervision of an AViD teacher. Tutors typically work 6-12 hours a week and must attend training workshops. pay is $13.33/hour for training and tutoring time. For more information about AVID and becoming a paid tutor, go to or call (816) 413-5071.

gED and English classes create opportunities. it’s never too late to learn. You can expand your opportunities in the workforce and open doors to higher education through the Adult Education & Literacy (AEL) program of nKC Schools. AEL classes help prepare adult learners to pass the gED test. English classes for adult speakers of other languages help remove communication barriers. Classes are free and offered at a variety of locations and times throughout Clay County. For information or to volunteer to help an adult student, call (816) 413-5480.


Did you know? Mrs. Fogel and her third-grade class

innovative Teaching grants increase Achievement and Motivate learning innovative teaching thrives in nKC Schools in part because of annual grants provided by the north Kansas City Schools Education Foundation. in April, the great grant giveaway team visited ten schools and surprised recipients of the Dr. Dan Kahler innovative Teaching grants with checks totaling $21,000. One of the grants went to Meadowbrook Elementary School third-grade teacher Cassie Fogel for her “We are at the ‘Core’ of Common Core” reading initiative. The grant funds will purchase exemplary textbooks targeted for a third-grade classroom that are designed to increase in complexity as each student progresses in reading and comprehension.


The north Kansas City School District no. 74 was founded March 14, 1913, through the consolidation of Harlem School District no. 72 and glenwood School District no. 73. A bond issue in June built the district’s first, new two-room school – Kenneth – at a cost $3,922.


From a first-year enrollment of 32 students, the district has grown, absorbing 14 annexations from 1915-1963 to form the approximate 82 square miles the district now encompasses with its 21 elementary, five middle and four high schools.


With approximately 19,000 students, north Kansas City Schools is the sixth largest school district in the state and the largest on the Missouri side of the Kansas City metropolitan area. it serves families living in the neighborhoods and municipalities of southern Clay Country from Staley High School on the far northern border to Briarcliff Elementary School on the south.


The district’s first high school – North Kansas City High School – opened in January 1926. it was nearly 40 years before oak Park was added in 1965, becoming the first “climate-controlled” or air-conditioned high school in the metropolitan area. Winnetonka High School followed in March 1971, and Staley opened in August 2008. Staley was the first Missouri school to meet LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards.


north Kansas City Schools is nationally accredited and fully accredited by the State of Missouri. The district offers academically rigorous learning for students in kindergarten through high school, including the northland’s only prestigious international Baccalaureate Diploma. in addition, the district provides optional pre-K classes, before- and after-school programs, expansive gifted and honors opportunities, career and professional academies, A+ certified high schools, and adult and community education programs for learners of all ages.

Antioch Middle School received a site grant for the “project rED 10” program in which students are asked to read Every Day for 10 Minutes. grant funds will purchase books, stopwatches, reflection notebooks and “i r.E.D. 10” T-shirts as an incentive for participating. Winnetonka High School also received a site grant for its parent priDE initiative. The seven-session workshop will help parents of teens address issues and problems they face in their homes. The program will augment the school’s existing student priDE program that encourages students to be prepared, respectful, involved, driven and engaged (priDE). nKC Schools staff members and schools submit grant applications each year demonstrating creative and effective ways to meet student needs, increase achievement and motivate student learning. These grants will be in place during the 2013-14 school year.

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20 named to Culture of Excellence honor cadres Twenty district employees – 10 teachers and 10 support staff members – have been selected by the Culture of Excellence committee for the 2012-13 Culture of Excellence honor cadres. The cadres are part of the annual district employee recognition program, and individuals were selected from among 79 staff members nominated this school year by their buildings or departments. Each of the honor cadres will be recognized Tuesday, March 19, by the Board of Education during the regular business meeting and will be among those nominated for consideration and recognition at the northland regional Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education Banquet held April 23. The annual employee recognition program offers a formal way to celebrate model employees and is designed to complement ongoing recognitions already underway at the department or school site level.

Culture of Excellence Honor Cadres Those selected for this year’s Teaching Honor Cadre include: Chelle Cox – Art, Staley Tracy Dick – 5th grade, Clardy Suzanne Forman – English Language Arts, Winnetonka

grade “A” Award

Ten schools have earned the grade A Food Excellence Award given by the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department. Schools earning the award include Briarcliff, Clardy, Crestview, lakewood, Maplewood, Nashua, ravenwood, Topping, West Englewood elementary schools and Staley High School. The award is given to those restaurants or cafeterias citywide that take the “initiative to go above and beyond health code requirements to excel in sanitation and food safety”.

Safety first

The Missouri Highway Patrol has just completed the annual State inspection of the district’s school bus fleet. Once again, nKC Schools has earned the Excellent Fleet Award with 96% accuracy. it’s the 17th consecutive year that the district has won the award, having won every year the program has been in place.

President of the MoKAN STMA named

District Athletic Field Manager John Watt, CSFM, was elected president of the Missouri Kansas Sports Turf Managers Association (MOKAn STMA) for 2013 and 2014. MOKAn STMA is an affiliated chapter of the national Sports Turf Managers Association. The local organization is comprised of turf professionals throughout Missouri and Kansas, whether in schools, parks and recreation, colleges, or in professional/commercial corporations.

robert lundien – Counselor, Staley Nella Mann – 8th grade Social Studies, Antioch Jessica Nolin – 8th grade Science, Eastgate Kathryn Schaefer – 5th grade, Chapel Hill Connie Van Engen – Music, Bell prairie Joe Wendt – Social Studies, Winnetonka Sharon yoder – English Language Learners, Maple park Those selected for this year’s Service Honor Cadre include: irene Aguilar – Office Clerk, Winnwood lori Barnes – Administrative Assistant, Antioch Andrea Brummett – Clerk, Eastgate Catherine Dodge – Special Education paraprofessional, Maple park Doris Farage – Facility Manager, Oak park Phil Hudson – Campus Supervisor, north Kansas City linda Neudorf – resource paraprofessional, Maplewood Darcy reese – Administrative Assistant, Central Office Shannon Tilsworth – nurse, Bell prairie Stephanie Tolander – Clerk, Chapel Hill


Three seniors named as National Merit Finalists

Three nKC Schools seniors have been designated National Merit Finalists by the national Merit Scholarship program. They are Forrest Walker, a senior at North Kansas City High School, as well as ryan link and Haley loftis, seniors at Staley High School. Walker is the son of Sandy and Chuck Walker. Link is the son of Susan Link and robert Link Jr., and Loftis is the daughter of Jennifer and Larry Loftis Jr. All are from Kansas City, north.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day — no School K-12

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professional Development — no School K-12

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presidents Day (Washington’s Birthday Observed) — no School K-12

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nKC High School graduation 7 p.m. Municipal Auditorium

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Winnetonka High School graduation 7 p.m. Community of Christ Auditorium

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Biomedical Science Classes Give Hands-on Experience

Winnetonka senior Shavia Brown likes the hands-on approach to the biomedical innovations class. He plans to become a neurosurgeon. Photo: Monica Ruiz


nteractive instruction encourages individuals to enroll in unique science classes. Project Lead the Way’s biomedical science program includes four classes – principals of biomedical science, human body systems, medical interventions and biomedical innovations. “The focus is on application and real-world experiences. It’s not just content, it’s how you apply the content and how you use it to help advance medicine to treat diseases,” science teacher Scott Fohey said. He said he guides, not teaches, three of the four classes. “I love teaching these classes because they’re so handson. They’re problem-based so basically my job is to facilitate student learning. I’m not a teacher, I’m a coach,” he said. Senior Shavia Brown has similar thoughts about the program. “It’s very hands-on. There’s not a lot of lecture time. The instructor tells you what to do, and you get to do it whether it is research or an experiment,” Shavia said.

The program was a factor in selecting schools for freshman Angela Kleinmeyer. “I was considering doing IB for a while but decided against it since I want to go into a career more oriented on medical aspects,” she said. Kleinmeyer said she made the correct choice because she wants to become a hospice nurse. “The program deals with a lot of medical aspects that will help me when I go to college because I will know more about the material than other students who didn’t have the program,” she said. Sophomore Desiree Brown plans to be a neurosurgeon and believes she will also benefit from the program. “I want to be a neurosurgeon because it is a unique job. You work with the nervous system, usually the spinal cord and brain,” she said. She was not always sure of her career path, but she knew she was interested in the nervous system. “At first I wanted to be a brain surgeon because the human brain is a very interesting thing. When I started taking principles of biomed and human body systems, I realized I wanted to go into the nervous system completely,” she said. Shavia wants to become a neurosurgeon as well. “I want to be a neurosurgeon because of the money, and there’s not a lot known about the brain. It’s a relatively new field so there are a lot of discoveries all the time,” he said. Shavia is one of seven students enrolled in the capstone class.


“[Biomedical innovations] is the capstone class in which students apply their knowledge and skills to answer questions or solve problems related to the biomedical sciences,” science teacher Carolyn Winston said. The biomedical innovations class is studying how the environment affects human health. “They looked at designing effective emergency rooms, did forensic autopsies with a pig and looked at human physiology where they made experiments and tested them on people.” Winston said. Shavia found dissecting pigs to be interesting. “My favorite unit was the fetal pig dissection lab because dissection is awesome. We got to spend three or four days cutting open a pig and messing with its insides,” he said. Although students enjoyed dissecting pigs, it is not guaranteed to be in the curriculum in the future. “All of these classes, science classes especially, are always changing because of new discoveries, new data,” Fohey said. While the curriculum may change, the interactive learning will remain unchanged. Students can earn college credit for taking any of these four classes.

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Winnetonka senior Cydnei Gunderson is enrolled in the biomedical science class. She plans to become a physical therapist.

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Winnetonka Senior Sydney Ruffin enjoys volunteering and donates her time to many causes. Recently, she helped students with reading and deciphering brainteasers at a local book store reading and art event. Photo: Amanda Paul

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rapping presents and painting houses may not be some teens’ ideal use of spare time, but for senior Sydney Ruffin it is a prime time to assist people in need. “I started volunteering in sixth grade and have enjoyed it so much that I do it in any free time I have,” she said. Sydney volunteers through several organizations such as Harvesters, Upper Room and Youth Volunteer Corps. Sydney said that her favorite part of volunteering is helping underprivileged kids by teaching them literacy and Spanish at the Upper Room. “I used to be nervous around kids, but now I love working with them. In the Upper Room, I mentor children with reading to help them get the extra help they need,” she said. She also works with the Rachel Alexandra Girls Grant Project team to help distribute grants to people. “The Girls Grant Project allowed Sydney to learn to create grant guidelines, make site visits and make funding decisions,” her mother Robyn Ruffin said. Volunteering is sometimes

a family affair for the Ruffins. Sydney, her brother and her mother have volunteered at Harvesters. She was mentioned in the “Kansas City Star” for her volunteering. “Sydney was highlighted in the ‘Kansas City Star’ as a winner for Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program which rewards youth for volunteering,” Robyn said. Sydney explained that she volunteers to spread support to others and gain basic life skills. She said volunteering has taught her leadership skills, helped her step out of her comfort zone and earn service hours toward National Honor Society and the gold medallion diploma. “She has over 500 hours of community service and has fulfilled the requirement since her freshman year,” research methods and exhibition teacher Carrie Marcantonio said. Although Sydney is sometimes assigned to activities she does not think are fun, she said it is worth it because she is helping people. “I travel all over the city on weekends and in the summer to volunteer. I help at organizations, parks and churches, depending on where I’m assigned,” she said. Robyn explained that there is no negative side to volunteering and that her daughter benefits in leadership. “I think the worst part to volunteering is that you can’t help everyone,” Robyn said. Although Sydney’s future involving biochemistry will not involve volunteering, she said she will continue. “I want to start tutoring kids in science, since that is what I will be doing with my life,” Sydney said.


Old Pike Country Club We are a Country Club in the heart of Kansas City North that offers a 25 Meter Pool, Diving Well, Lighted Tennis Courts & an 18-Hole Disc Golf Course. We offer swim, dive and tennis lessons for those of all ages! Our clubhouse is available to rent for your special occasions, corporate meetings or team fundraisers. Memberships for 2012 are available now so call Jennifer at 816-213-5171 or visit our website for more information.

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Program Registration By Mail - Mail the registration form along with payment to City of Gladstone, Attn: Parks & Recreation, 7010 N. Holmes, Gladstone, MO 64118-2646. Checks should be made out to Gladstone Parks & Recreation (Registration forms are available at Mail-In registrations must be received by any deadline noted. In Person - Gladstone City Hall, 7010 N. Holmes, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday or Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N Holmes, Monday - Friday, 5:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Saturdays, 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.; Sundays, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. NEW! Now Available…On-line Registration! – Gladstone Parks & Recreation now offer On-line Registration for its sports programs, classes, events plus all Fitness Classes and activities at the Gladstone Community Center. Go to and click on Missouri and Gladstone Parks & Recreation. Look for the Computer Icon on our website. Refund Policy - A full refund will be issued if a class, program, or trip is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. Refunds will be made up to the registration deadline. A processing fee of $5 will be deducted. After registration deadline, a refund will be issued if participant can be replaced. A processing fee of $5 will be deducted. If participant desires, a credit letter may be issued for a future program. Credit letters are good for one year from date of issue and reflect the program amount. Pro-rated refunds will be issued for illness if accompanied by written physician statement, provided class session has not passed the halfway point. A processing fee of $5 will be deducted. Refunds are by check only. Please allow up to four weeks for refunds.

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Parks & Recreation Staff Sheila Lillis, CPRP Risé McGarvey

Director, Parks & Recreation Administrative Assistant

Park & Facility Division Matt Hoops Jim Pooler Kevin Whitney Mark Bardezbain Jim Howard Eric Milsap Andrew Bennett Madison Webb

Supervisor Leadman Leadman Park Operations Park Operations Park Operations Park Operations Park Operations

Recreation Division Tina Spallo Jody Hydorn Paige Robbins Russ Collins Kay McPheeters

Supervisor Recreation Specialist Recreation Specialist Recreation Specialist Recreation Secretary

Community Center Division Justin Merkey Steve McArthur Linda Borders Marshall McKinney Kim Lounsbery Tyler Elder Mark Mejia Elizabeth Soria

Community Center Administrator Assistant Community Center Administrator Rental & Marketing Coordinator Aquatics Specialist Office Manager Assistant Aquatics Specialist Building Operator Fitness Specialist

Parks and Recreation Department Jean B. Moore Brian Hill Carol Suter Barry McCullough Bill Garnos Kirk Davis

Parks & Recreation Advisory Board

Meetings: Third Tuesday of each month, 7:00 p.m. at City Hall Chair Scott Peper Jim Olshefski Ric Riesenberg John Houlihan Board Members Teresa Farley Freddie Nichols JoAnn Bryant Check out the City Website for Registration forms & information

7010 N Holmes Gladstone, MO 64118 (816) 436-2200 or (816) 423-4091 Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Gladstone Community Center 6901 N Holmes Gladstone, MO 64118 (816) 423-4200 Monday - Friday, 5:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Saturday, 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Sunday, 11:00a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The City’s website is now easier than ever to access and provides users with a vast amount of information at the click of a button. Information and registration forms for Parks & Recreation can be found here. Check it out today!

gladstone amphitheatre 2013 Theatre in the Park Performances Guys and Dolls

Book by: Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows Music & Lyrics by: Frank Loesser Performance Dates: July 5th, 6th & 7th - 8:30 p.m. Synopsis:

New York, the city that never sleeps and within it, all human life. From the news seller to the chorus girl, from the gambler to the missionary – all of them caught up in the teeming vitality of the city streets. First there is Sergeant Sarah Brown, of the Save a Soul Mission, vainly trying to spread the Word and make a difference to the sin and depravity of the streets full of tipsters, gamblers and con men. Then there is Adelaide, the showgirl, desperate to leave behind her seemingly glamorous lifestyle for a white picket fence and roses round the door. She has been engaged to Nathan Detroit for fourteen years, but his top priority is finding yet another new location for his floating dice game to keep ahead of the law. Finally, the gamblers themselves, eager for just one more roll and the coolest, highest roller of them all, Sky Masterson who will bet on anything that will turn him a profit. Don’t miss the action of this game as Sky pursues Sarah and Nathan tries to win back Adelaide’s favor when they declare that guys will do anything for the dolls they love. Musical numbers include: “A Bushel and a Peck”, “ Luck Be a Lady”, “Take Back Your Mink” and “Marry the Man Today”.

2013 Gladstone Amphitheatre Schedule All events take place at Oak Grove Park (76th & N. Troost) In case of inclement weather, call (816) 437-2489, option #4. Tuesday, June 4th 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11th 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 14th 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 18th 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 25th 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4th 7:30 p.m. ****************** 7:30 p.m. ****************** Dusk Friday, July 5th, 6th, 7th 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 19th 9:00 p.m. Saturday, July 27th 6:00 p.m. Friday, August 2nd, 3rd, 4th 8:30 p.m. Friday, October 25th 6:00 p.m.

June Tunes – Toni Gates June Tunes – Allegro Con Brio, Allegro Con Moto and Spirito Allegro Movie in the Park – A Dolphin Tale June Tunes – Shortleaf Band June Tunes – Now and Then Independence Day Celebration North Star Community Band Concert Fireworks Display Theatre in the Park – “Guys and Dolls” Movie in the Park – Despicable Me Night Out Against Crime Theatre in the Park – “Music Man” Friday Fright Night

Bring your picnic basket, lawn chairs and blankets, sit under the stars in beautiful Oak Grove Park and enjoy the season’s line-up of family friendly entertainment we have to offer. All events are free and open to audiences of all ages. Concessions are available for your convenience! For more information, visit our website at or contact us at (816) 423-4091.

Music Man

Book by: Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey Music & Lyrics by: Meredith Willson Performance Dates: August 5th, 6th & 7th - 8:30 p.m. Synopsis: In the early summer of 1912, aboard a train leaving Rock Island, Illinois, a stranger overhears a group of salesmen saying that Iowa is the biggest test of all sales ability. The conversation eventually turns to another topic; a con man, known as “Professor” Harold Hill, whose scam is to convince parents, he can teach their musically disinclined children to play musical instruments. On the premise that he will form a band, he takes orders for instruments and uniforms. But once the instruments arrive and are paid for, he skips town without forming the band, moving on before he is exposed. As the train arrives in River City, Iowa the stranger stands up and declares, “Gentlemen, you intrigue me. I think I shall have to give Iowa a try.” Retrieving his suitcase, clearly labeled “Professor Harold Hill,” he exits the train. The Professor convinces parents that the new pool table, just placed in the billiard parlor, will mean “trouble in River City.” How to keep the youngsters “moral after school?” Form a boys marching band! Musical numbers include: “Iowa Stubborn”, “(Ya Got) Trouble”, “Till There Was You” and “Seventy Six Trombones”.

Theatre In The Park Golf Classic - 20th Annual Help support the Gladstone Amphitheatre, home of Gladstone Theatre in the Park, by joining us in this fun-filled golf tournament where all proceeds will benefit the theatre! The tournament format is a 3-flight, 4-player scramble. Cash prizes will be awarded for all flights, including: closest to the pin, longest drive and a putting contest. Door prizes will be awarded at the end of the tournament so be sure to stick around! There are many ways to assist with the Gladstone Amphitheatre. If interested, please contact the Recreation Department for more information. Registration Begins: Monday, May 13th Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 14th Event Date: Thursday, August 22nd Time: 1:00 p.m. Location: Paradise Pointe Golf Course Fee: $105 per person, $200 per twosome In order to preserve the grass, blankets and lawn chairs may not be set out on performance nights until after 3:00 p.m. Anything placed before that time will be removed.

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2013gladstone municipal pool The Gladstone Municipal Pool is located in Central Park at 69th and N. Holmes. Opens: Saturday, May 25th Closes: The first day of North Kansas City Schools 2013 academic year. (August 14,2013) Beginning the first day of North Kansas City Schools 2013 academic year, Gladstone Municipal Pool members will receive complimentary access to Gladstone Community Center through Labor Day: Monday, September 2, 2013

Season Memberships

Memberships go on sale Monday, March 18th and may be purchased at the discounted rate listed below through Friday, May 10th. After May 10th, memberships will be available for purchase at the regular rates listed below. Family Season Pass: To include children on family pass, child must be under 23 years old and listed on parent’s tax return (proof required). Senior Citizen Pass: For individuals 65 years and older (identification required). To receive the early registration discount, mail-in registrations must be postmarked no later than Friday, May 10th, 2013. Registration may also be completed in person at Gladstone Community Center or Gladstone Parks and Recreation during regular business hours.

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Packages start as $5.75 per person with unlimited swim time. To reserve your party time contact the Gladstone Community Center at (816) 423-4200. Resident Membership Rates: Regular Family $135 Individual $80 Senior (65 & older) $55 Non-Resident Membership Rates: Regular Family $150 Individual $100 Senior (65 & older) $60 Daily Admission: $5.50 per person 3 years of age or older for nonseason pass holders. Pool Hours Times may vary on special event dates. Open: Saturday, May 25th Closes: The first day of North Kansas City Schools Fall Semester (August 14,2013) Monday - Saturday, Noon - 8:00 p.m. Sunday, Noon - 7:00 p.m.

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Gladstone Community Center Members will receive an outdoor pool membership discount. Please call 423-4200 for more details and eligibility requirements.

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Membership Discount Option Available Members of the Gladstone Community Center will be eligible for a 35% discount on outdoor pool passes! To receive the Gladstone Community Center Member Municipal Pool Membership discount, the Community Center Member must have a membership in good standing through the 2013 Season. Single Month/Quarterly/Annual Community Center Pass holders, whose memberships will be expiring prior to Labor Day,must renew their membership at time of purchase to receive thediscount. Monthly Auto-Debit members must remain in good standing throughout the 2013 season.

Swimming Lessons NEW! Now Available…On-line Registration! Look for the Computer Icon on our website. Learn-To-Swim American Red Cross Program Register Early! The City of Gladstone teaches the American Red Cross “Learn-ToSwim Program”. Certified instructors, in a supportive environment, teach all swim lessons.

Kids love the “play and spray” areas!

Program Information • Fees: o Gladstone Municipal Pool Members: $37 o Non-Members: $42 • Registration is available at the Gladstone Community Center, Gladstone Municipal Pool during normal operating hours or online at • Second Friday of each session is reserved for make-up lesson for lessons canceled by Gladstone. • Payment must accompany enrollment. Mail-in registrations are not accepted. • Unless class is cancelled, refunds will not be given. • For additional information contact the Gladstone Community Center at (816) 423-4200 or Gladstone Municipal Pool at (816) 436-2299.

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Municipal Outdoor American Red Cross Pool Swim Lessons Learn-to-Swim Course Descriptions: Gladstone Municipal Pool members may pre-register on the Thursday and Friday prior to open enrollment at the Gladstone Municipal Pool and Gladstone Community Center. All Saturday open registrations will be located at Gladstone Community Center beginning at 9:00 A.M. An instructor will be on site to help place kids in correct level of lessons from 9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.

Swim Lesson Schedule Note: L evels and times may change at the discretion of the Pool Management. Session I (2013.1.O): Monday, June 3rd – Friday, June 14th (9 lessons) Member Registration: Thursday, May 23, 2013 Non-Member Registration: Saturday, May 25, 2013 Session II (2013.2.O): Monday, June 17th – Friday, June 28th (9 lessons) Member Registration: Thursday, June 6, 2013 Non-Member Registration: Saturday, June 8, 2013 Session III (2013.3.O): Monday, July 1st – Friday, July 12th (9 lessons) * No class Thursday, July 4th Member Registration: Thursday, June 20, 2013 Non-Member Registration: Saturday, June 22, 2013 Session IV (2013.4.O): Monday, July 15th – Friday, July 26th (9 lessons) Member Registration: Thursday, July 4, 2013 Non-Member Registration: Saturday, July 6, 2013 *Session V (2013.5.O): Monday, July 29th – Friday, August 9th (9 lessons) Member Registration: Thursday, July 18, 2013 Non-Member Registration: Saturday, July 20, 2013


* Session V (2013.5.O) is tentative and based on instructor availability.

Lessons are available for ages 3 years old and up.

Please visit the Gladstone Community Center website at or call Gladstone Community Center at (816) 423-4200 for more information about swim lesson descriptions, dates and times. Evening swim lessons will be offered at the Gladstone Community Center. For class times and registration please contact the Gladstone Community Center at (816) 423-4200.

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Gladstone Gators Developmental Swim Team The Gladstone Gators, the City’s official Developmental Swim Team, is open to all levels of swimmers 6 - 18 years of age. Participants will have the opportunity to learn the basics of competitive swimming. The team provides an opportunity for boys and girls to participate in an organized training program and exposes them to competition in an area municipal league. Registration Begins: Monday, April 29th at the Gladstone Community Center or on Saturday, May 25th at the Gladstone Municipal Pool Practice Days & Times: M  onday - Friday from 6:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. First Practice: Monday, June 3, 2013 Fee: G  ladstone Municipal Pool Member: $75.00 Gladstone Municipal Pool Non-Member: $85.00 • There is a $5.00 discount for each additional participant in same family registered. • Included in fee, every participant will receive a team participation award.

Adult Aqua Aerobics NEW! Now Available…On-line Registration! Look for the Computer Icon on our website. Classes designed for all adults wanting to improve cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, strength, endurance, toning, energy, and to relieve stress, along with some Pilates activities. Session times coincide with children’s swim lessons. Swimming skills not necessary. Water equipment provided. Each session includes four classes. Class sizes are limited. Monday’s & Wednesday’s (2-week sessions) 10:30 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. (Shallow Water) 11:15 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. (Deep Water) Session I: Monday, June 3rd - Wednesday, June 12th Session II: Monday, June 17th - Wednesday, June 26th Session III: Monday, July 1st - Wednesday, July 11th * No class Wednesday, July 3rd Session IV: Monday, July 15th - Wednesday, July 24th Tuesday’s & Thursday’s (2-week sessions) 10:30 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. (Shallow Water) 11:15 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. (Deep Water) Session I: Tuesday, June 4th – Thursday, June 13th Session II: Tuesday, June 18th – Thursday, June 27th Session III: Tuesday, July 2nd – Thursday, July 11th * No class Thursday, July 4th Session IV: Tuesday, July 16th – Thursday, July 25th Registration Begins: Saturday, May 25th at the Gladstone Community Center, at Gladstone Municipal Pool or online at Fee: $10 per session (No Municipal Pool discount)

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youth activities Coed Youth Flag Football –2013

Fall 2013 Registration Begins: Monday, July 8th Registration Deadline: Friday, August 9th or until leagues are full First Practice: Week of August 26th First Game: Saturday, September 21st Location: Happy Rock Park Fee: $60 including uniform shirt. Buddy System applies

Developmental Youth Soccer - 2013

Fall 2013 Registration Begins: Monday, July 8th Registration Deadline: Friday, August 9th or until leagues are full First Practice: Tuesday, August 20th Days & Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. First Game: Thursday, September 5th Location: Happy Rock Park Fee: $45 includes a uniform t-shirt. Buddy System applies.

Developmental Youth T-Ball - 2013

Coed Developmental Youth Volleyball - 2013

Registration Begins: Monday, April 1st Registration Deadline: Friday, May 10th or until leagues are full First Practices: Tuesday, May 21st Days & Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. First Game: Thursday, June 6th Location: Happy Rock Park Fee: $40 includes a uniform T-shirt. Buddy System applies

Coed Competitive Youth Volleyball - 2013

Youth Rotational Coach Pitch Softball - 2013

Fall 2013 Registration Begins: Monday, July 15th Registration Deadline: Friday, August 23rd or until leagues are full First Practice: Week of September 9th First Game: Saturday, September 28th Location: Area North Kansas City middle schools Fee: $60 includes a uniform t-shirt. Buddy system applies

Fall 2013 Registration Begins: Monday, July 15th Registration Deadline: Friday, August 23rd or until leagues are full First Practice: Week of -September 9th First Game: Saturday, -September 28th Location: Area North Kansas City School District middle schools Fee: $75 includes uniform shirt. Buddy system applies


The Buddy System

3rd –4th Grade Registration Begins: Monday, March 25th Registration Deadline: Friday, May 10th or until leagues are full First Practice: Tuesday, May 21st Days & Times: Tuesdays & Fridays, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. First Game: Friday, June 7th Location: Happy Rock Park Softball Complex Fee: $65 includes uniform t-shirt. Buddy System applies

Children may register “with a buddy” for youth team programs. To guarantee same team placement, both registration forms must be received at the same time. For more information, call Gladstone Parks & Recreation.

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Youth Rotational Modified Pitch Softball - 2013 5th – 8th Grade Registration Begins: Monday, March 25th Registration Deadline: Friday, May 10th or until leagues are full First Practice: Tuesday, May 21st Days & Times: Tuesdays & Fridays, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. First Game: Friday, June 7th Location: Happy Rock Park Softball Complex Fee: $65 includes uniform t-shirt. Buddy system applies

Archery – For 10 – 15 year olds Registration Begins: Monday, March 25th Registration Deadline: Friday, June 21st Session Dates: July 2nd and July 9th Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Location: Happy Rock Park (large shelter on west side) Fee: $15 Golf for Beginners – Ages 10 – 16 and 17 & older

Registration Begins: Monday, February 11th Registration Deadline: Until Session is Full Instructor: Jim Painter Location: To Be Announced Fee: $65 per participant Spring Session Begins: Week of Saturday, April 13 - May 18th Summer Session Begins: Week of Monday, June 3rd

Creative Arts Academy Gymnastics & Dance Programs All classes are held at Creative Arts Academy, 1904 NE Englewood Road. All class fees are $52 per session. Registration for all classes will begin on Monday, May 20th. Registrations will be taken until Friday, June 28th.

Tumble Jungle/Pre-School Gymnastics 2 ½ - 3 ½ years: Wednesday, July 10th - August 14th 5:15 p.m. - 6:00p.m. 3 ½ - 5 years: Tuesday, July 9th - August 13th 4:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Pre-School Dance

3 - 6 years: Tuesday, July 9th - August 13th 5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Beginning Tap & Ballet

6 - 8 years: Tuesday, July 9th - August 13th 5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. 9 years & older: Tuesday, July 9th - August 13th 8:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Coed Gymnastics

5 years & older: Tuesday, July 9th - August 13th 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

NEW! Youth Cross Country – Ages 8 – 13 Registration Begins: Monday, July 8th Registration Deadline: Friday, August 9th or until program is full. First Class: Monday, August 19th Days & Times: Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Location: Happy Rock Park (West Side) Fee: $40 per participant

Coed Trampoline and Tumbling

Music: Beginning Guitar

Summer Fun Day Camps

Registration: Ongoing Instructor: Joe English Location: Guitar Syndicate (8115A N. Oak) Fee: $50 Music stand and sheet music provided

5 years & older: Tuesday, July 9th - August 13th 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Beginner Hip Hop

7 - 11 years: Tuesday, July 9th - August 13th 5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Creative Arts Academy also offers Summer Fun Day Camps for children Kindergarten - 6th grade. The five-day camps include Gymnastics, Tumbling, Trampoline, Dance, Art, Crafts, Music, Scavenger Hunts and so much more. Call 423-4091 for more information.

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youth activities British Soccer Camp Register online at -Register on-line at by 4/24 and receive a genuine British Sports replica jersey. Registration Begins: Monday, March 4th Registration Deadline: Friday, June 7th ($10.00 late fee after May 31st) First Kicks 3-4 yrs 9am-10am $71.00 Mini Soccer 5-6 yrs 10am-12pm $86.00 Half Day 6-14 yrs 1pm-4pm $101.00 Dates: Monday, June 10th - Friday, June 14th Time: British Soccer Camp, 9:00 a.m. - Noon Please view or for sessions and fees.

Gladstone Community Center Kids Triathlon

Kids ages 6-14 years will swim, bike, and run in this up and coming popular sport. Each Participant will receive a participation medal and t-shirt. Age Groups and Distances (age as of 6/1/13) Ages 6, 7 & 8 years: Swim 50 yards, Bike 1.5 miles & Run ¼ mile Ages 9, 10 & 11 years: Swim 100 yards, Bike 1.5 miles & Run ½ mile Ages 12, 13 & 14 years: Swim 200 yards, Bike 3 miles & Run 1 mile Date: Saturday, June 1st at 9:00 a.m. Registration Fees:  Before May 18th: $40 for first child and $35 each additional sibling. After May 18th: $55 for the first child and $50 for each sibling.

Registrations received after May 23rd will not receive complimentary t-shirt.

Final Entry Deadline: Friday, May 31st

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Gladstone Open Tennis Tournament

Tiny Tots Tennis Registration Begins: Monday, March 25th Registration Deadline: Until Sessions are Full Day & Time: Mon. & Wed. - 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Tue. & Thu. - 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Session 1: Starts week of June 3rd Session 2: Starts week of June 17th Session 3: Starts week of July1st* Session 4: Starts week of July 15th * Class on Thursday July 4th will be on Friday July 5th Location: D  aytime classes to be held at Happy Rock Park (76th & N Antioch) Evening classes to be held at 72nd Street Courts (72nd & N Euclid) Fee: $20 per child per session/4 classes


Registration Begins: Monday, August 5th Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 8th Event Dates: October 11th & 12th The Gladstone Parks & Recreation Department invites you to participate in the 2013 Gladstone Open Tennis Tournament. Registration is limited to 2 events per person, any combination. Divisions are as follows: Men’s 50+ Singles Women’s 50+ singles Men’s Doubles Men’s Open Singles Women’s Doubles Women’s Open Singles Boys 17 & Under Singles Mixed Doubles Fee: $15.00 for first event, and $7.00 for the second event, per player

Youth USA Tennis 1-2-3

Registration Begins: Monday, March 25th Registration Deadline: Until Sessions are Full Locations: Morning classes 10:30 a.m. Happy Rock Park Courts (76th & N Antioch) Evening classes 7:00 p.m. 72nd Street Courts (72nd & N Euclid) Each session will be Monday thru Thursday, 2 weeks, 8 classes Session 1: June 3 – June 13th Session 2: June 17th - June 27th Session 3: July 1st thru July 11th * Session 4: July 15th – July 25th * Class on Thursday July 4th will meet on Friday July 5th Fee: $40 per player

Gladstone Junior Tennis League

Registration Begins: Monday, March 25th Registration Deadline: Limited to the first 20 participants in each class Dates: Session 1: Mondays & Wednesdays, June 3rd - July 24th Session 2: Tuesdays & Thursday, June 4th - July 25th Time: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Location: Happy Rock Park Tennis Courts (76th & N Antioch) Fee: $60 per participant

NEW Specialty Volleyball Camp Summer 2013

Registration Begins: Monday, April 1st Registration Deadline: Wednesday, June 5th Ages: 4th grade – 8th grade Boys and Girls Camp Dates: Wednesday evenings for five weeks June 12th, June 19th, June 26th, July 10th, July 17th Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Location: G  ladstone Community Center Fee: $80 includes commemorative Tek T-shirt Instructor: Mary Lile, former volleyball player at Missouri and collegiate level coach at Benedictine College. Join Gladstone Parks & Recreation as they partner with Ms. Mary Lile, well known collegiate player and coach from the Kansas City area. Mary Lile is known for her ability to teach technique and increase a player’s awareness of the game. Each week’s camp will focus on a specialized skill like setting, passing, hitting, serving and defense, plus ball handling and game scenarios.

Spring 2013 – Fall 2013

Start Smart Programs 3 - 5 Year Old Program Soccer - Fall 2013

Registration Begins: Monday, - July 15th Registration Deadline: Friday - August 16th or until classes are full First Class: Week of - August 26th Days & Times: M  onday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Location: Happy Rock Park Fee: $35

Baseball – Summer 2013

Registration Begins: Monday, April 22nd Registration Deadline: Friday, May 24th First Class: Week of June 3rd Days & Times: M  onday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Location: Happy Rock Park Fee: $35

Learn to Bowl

Registration Begins: Monday, April 1st Registration Deadline: Thursday, May 30th Dates: Thursdays, June 6th - July 25th Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Location: Gladstone Bowl, 300 NW 72nd Street, Gladstone Fee: $95 per bowler includes t-shirt and custom drilled bowling ball Past Learn to Bowl Participants Fee: $75 (Bowling ball not included)

Hershey’s Track & Field Program - Free Registration Begins: Monday, April 1st Registration Deadline: Wednesday, June 5th Date & Time: Saturday, June 8th, 10:00 a.m. Location: O  ak Park High School, 825 NE 79th Terrace Kansas City, MO 64118

4 – 6 Year Old program Flag Football – Fall 2013

Registration Begins: Monday, July 15th Registration Deadline: Friday, August 16th or until classes are full First Class: Week of August 26th Days & Times: Monday & Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Location: Happy Rock Park (West Side) Fee: $35

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adult activities Adult Co-Ed Kickball

Adult Softball Leagues Summer 2013 Registration Begins: Monday, - May 13th Registration Deadline: Wednesday, - July 10th or until leagues are full Games Begin: Week of Sunday, - July 21st Fees: S ingle games (9 games) - $415 per team Doubleheader (18 games) - $700 per team Managers meeting Friday, April 12th

Adult Softball Tournaments Sponsored by Dick’s Sporting Goods Teams must supply their own softballs. Awards will be presented to 1st & 2nd place teams of each division. All teams must pay a $16 ASA fee per year. Saturday Tournaments include: April 6th - Slide Into Spring April 13th - Slugger Showdown May 4th - Northland Blast June 15th – Softball Madness June 22nd - Extravaganza July 6th - Grand Championship July 20th - Summer Sizzler August 3rd - Rockin’ Classic August 10th - Patriot Shootout September 21st - Fall Showdown Divisions may include: M  en’s C, D, E, Women’s and Coed Location: Happy Rock Park Fee: $185 per team includes a 4-game guarantee Registration Deadlines: Wednesday prior to each tournament at 5:00 p.m.


Summer 2013 Registration Begins: Monday, June 3rd Registration Deadline: Friday, July 12th or until leagues are full First Game: Wednesday, July 24th or Friday, July 26th Location: Happy Rock Park Fee: $300 per team Manager’s Meeting: Wednesday, July 17th at 6:00 p.m.

Adult USA Tennis 1-2-3 Registration Begins: Monday, March 25th Registration Deadline: Until Session is Full Day & Time: Tuesday, June 4th - Thursday, June 27th - 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 2nd - Thursday, July 25th - 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.*

* Classes on July 4th will be on Friday July 5th Location: 72nd Street Courts Fee: $40

Adult Tennis League Registration Begins: Monday, March 25th Registration Deadline: Friday, April 26th Games Begin: Monday, May 6th Fee: $12 per person

Adult Sand Volleyball Registration Begins: Monday, April 1st Registration Deadline: Friday, May 24th Games Begin: Monday, June 3rd Location: Oak Grove Park Fees: Coed 6 v. 6 - $135 per team



Ladies Bunco Night Calling all women, mothers, grandmothers, sisters and friends ages 16 and older! Come join us for a fun filled night of Bunco. Bunco is a game of 100% luck and 0% skill, no experience needed. Can’t wait to see you there! Ladies Bunco Night #1 - Thursday, June 20th Registration begins: Monday, May 27th Registration deadline: Wednesday, June 19th Ladies Bunco Night #2 - Thursday, August 15th Registration begins: Monday, July 22nd Registration deadline: Wednesday, August 14th Ladies Bunco Night #3 - Thursday, October 10th Registration begins: Monday, September 16th Registration deadline: Wednesday, October 9th Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Location: Gladstone Community Center Fee For Each Evening: $ 5 for Gladstone Community Center Members $7 for Non-Member

Adult Flag Football Fall League - Happy Rock Park Registration Begins: Monday, July 22nd Registration Deadline: Friday, August 23rd Games Start: Saturday, Sept 7th Fee: $450 per team for 8 games; includes uniform t-shirts, 3 officials per game and game equipment.

Summer Ultimate Frisbee Summer League – Happy Rock Park Registration Begins: Monday, June 10th Registration Deadline: Friday, July 19th Games Start: Wednesday, July 31st Fee: $300, includes uniform t-shirts. For more information, schedules, and registration information on any of the youth activitiess call Gladstone Parks and Recreation at:

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Movies in the Park- Free Event!

Oak Grove Park *A Dolphin Tale (Rated PG) Friday, June 14th 9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Dolphin Tale is a solid kids’ film, an adventure that treats animals and 11 year olds with respect and doesn’t demonize adults.

Oak Grove Park *Despicable Me (Rated PG) Friday, July 19th - 9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by a small army of minions, we discover Gru, planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon. (Yes, the moon!) Gru delights in all things wicked. Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays, and battle-ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way. Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential Dad. The world’s greatest villain has just met his greatest challenge: three little girls named Margo, Edith and Agnes.

A dolphin, Winter, needs a new tail to survive a crab-trap entanglement, and 11 year old Sawyer Nelson is the new friend to help her through the adjustment. His job: show us that being excited about something worthwhile is the answer to school blues and mother loss. The film is aces at showing that being engaged in helping a living being leads to success and happiness. A slew of other good-willed people help Winter, from like-minded friends to doctors to grandpas. And that’s the sweet point of the film, “Family is Forever.” With two crucial families needing a mother in one and a father in the other, “family” extends to the community that nurtures children, adults, and animals. Not only does a Clearwater, Florida, marine rescue hospital need financial support to continue, so also does a crippled soldier and Winter.

Concessions will be available for both shows. Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy these great movies.

When this criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better. Love, suspense, good versus evil and the sweetness of three little orphans, what more could you want for a night out under the stars with the family? So pile the kids, grandma and grandpa into the car and prepare to be entertained! It’s not just for the kids!

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Kids Fishing Derby - Free Event! Date: Saturday, June 1st Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon, Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Location: Hamilton Heights Park

NOW OPEN! Linden Square Stage Concert every Friday & Saturday 6-9 p.m. Scan here with your smart phone for more information!

National Trails Day - Free Event! Date: Saturday, June 1st Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon Location: Maple Woods Nature Preserve, 2701 N.E. 76th Street

A perfect venue for your wedding ceremony 2 Hour Rental • $250.00 • Discounted rate of $150.00 with reception site at the Gladstone Community Center Rehearsals • $50.00/hour prior to ceremony date Please contact our professional staff at (816) 423-4200 to assist you with all of your rental needs.

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50+ activities 50+ Activities These activities are held at the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes Gladstone Seniors: Fourth Monday of each month, 10:30 a.m. business meeting followed by entertainment and potluck luncheon. AARP: Third Tuesday of each month, 11:30 a.m. potluck luncheon followed by entertainment and business meeting. Cancer Action Workshop: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month, 9:00 a.m. – Noon Pinochle Club: Mondays at 12:30 p.m. (no partner needed) Bridge: Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. (no partner needed) Northland Duplicate Bridge Club: (ACBL Sanctioned): Mondays at 9:00 a.m.—12:30 p.m. Hand & Foot: Mondays at 12:30 p.m. Card Games of Choice: Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. Bingo: Wednesdays - meet at a different restaurant each week to enjoy lunch and BINGO! Check the calendar inside for upcoming dates and locations.


Day Trips A variety of day trips, approximately 6 – 10, are offered each month. Check the Gladstone 50+ Newsletter for a complete list of day trips.

Overnight and Extended Tours All itineraries for the extended tours are available online at AUTUMN IN NEW ENGLAND SEPTEMBER 28- OCTOBER 4, 2013 Highlights include a sightseeing tour of Boston featuring the Old South Meeting House, the Old North Church, Beacon Hill and the U.S.S. Constitution. You will visit Salem, best known for the infamous witch trials of 1692 and as one of New England’s busiest ports in the 18th and 19th centuries. You’ll visit the “House of Seven Gables” and Minute Man National Historical Park where the historic battles of Lexington and Concord took place. You will tour Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory, experience a scenic cruise on Lake Champlain and visit Stowe, a charming New England town. You will also visit Portland, Maine and Kennebunkport, home to former president George H.W. Bush’s summer home. Cost: $2229.00 per person includes air, hotel accommodations, tours, 9 meals, cancellation insurance and gratuities. Single occupancy add $500.00. A $480.00 deposit is required to hold space with final payment due July 19th. ADVENTURE TO THE HEIGHTS & DEPTHS - AUGUST 15-16 - You will visit The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. Its U.S. space artifact collection is second only to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and it has the largest collection of Russian space artifacts outside of Moscow. It is one of only three museums in the world to display flown spacecraft from all three early-manned American space programs – Mercury (Liberty Bell 7), Gemini (Gemini 10) and Apollo (Apollo 13). You will visit is the Kansas Underground Salt Museum. Nowhere else in the Western Hemisphere is there a museum located in a working salt mine. Enjoy a tram ride through the salt mine and see varying layers of salt, see a variety of equipment once used to haul the salt and experience total mine darkness at one period during the tour. Cost: $259.00 per person, double occupancy includes motorcoach transportation, hotel, tours, 4 meals and driver’s gratuity. Single occupancy add $57.00. $50.00 holds space. Final payment is due on July 10th.

Gladstone 50+ News

The City offers a bi-monthly newsletter, The Gladstone 50+ News, which gives information about all of the upcoming activities, day trips and extended travel. To receive a copy of the 50+ Newsletter, call the Parks and Recreation Department at (816) 423-4091. By receiving your copy of the 50+ Newsletter via email, you receive the newsletter at least one week before those who receive it by mail. Take advantage of this opportunity by emailing

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816.423.4091 or visit GERMAN CHURCHES & SWEDISH MEATBALLS - OCTOBER 9-11 - You will tour several magnificent churches built by the Volga German and Bukovina German pioneers who settled in Ellis County, Kansas during the late 1870’s and 1880’s. You will hear the stories of how the local German pioneers persevered through grueling and difficult times to build these amazing places of worship. You will visit Lindsborg, Kansas, known as “Little Sweden” because Swedish immigrants settled it in the late 19th century. Today, thirty percent of the population is of Swedish heritage. The downtown features gift shops that specialize in Swedish souvenirs, including various sizes of dala horses. You will visit the Dala Horse Factory, Bethany Lutheran Church where you’ll enjoy listening to a hand-crafted Tracker organ, shop the Swedish gift shops and enjoy a Swedish lunch at the Swedish Crown Restaurant. You will also visit the Garden of Eden in Lucas, Kansas, started by S.P. Dinsmoor, in 1907, at the age of 64. For 22 years he fashioned 113 tons of cement and many tons of limestone into his unique “log” cabin with its surrounding sculptures. Cost: $425 per person, double occupancy includes motorcoach transportation, hotel, tours, 4 meals and driver’s gratuity. Single occupancy adds $100.00. A $50.00 deposit holds space with final payment due on August 30th. BRANSON COUNTRY CHRISTMAS - NOVEMBER 13-15, 2013 There is nothing like the holidays in Branson. Featured shows include Tony Orlando’s Great American Christmas Show, Shoji Tabuchi, The Osmonds with The Lennon Sisters, The Brett Family Christmas Show, and the Texas Tenors. Cost: $486.00 includes motorcoach transportation, hotel, shows, 4 meals and driver’s gratuity. Single occupancy add $99.00. A $50.00 deposit is required to hold space by August 23rd with final payment due October 4th. CHRISTMAS IN NASHVILLE - DECEMBER 4-7, 2013 – Enjoy a three-night stay at Gaylord Opryland Hotel with nine acres of indoor gardens, cascading waterfalls and an indoor river with a Delta flatboat you can ride. Gaylord Opryland’s 30th annual “A Country Christmas” brings you the 2013 edition of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring The Rockettes, and Lorrie Morgan’s Enchanted Christmas Dinner & Show. You will also explore ICE! A walkthrough winter wonderland sculpted from 2 million pounds of ice! You will also experience a show at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry, a luncheon cruise and show on the General Jackson Showboat and a guided tour of Nashville and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Cost: $939.00 includes motorcoach transportation, hotel, shows, tours, five meals and driver’s gratuity. Single occupancy add $286.00. A $100.00 deposit is required to hold space, with final payment due Wednesday, October 4th.

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Each New Year’s Day, the world focuses its attention on Pasadena, California, home of the Annual Rose Parade. The Rose Parade will feature magnificent floral floats, high-stepping equestrians and spirited marching bands. You will enjoy reserved grandstand seats for the ultimate in up-close viewing during the entire Tournament of Roses Parade. After the parade you will have an opportunity to view the fragrant Rose Parade Floats up close. Other trip highlights include an LA City Tour featuring Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, Hollywood, Grauman’s Chinese Theater, the Walk of Fame and much more and visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. Cost: $2455.00 per person includes air, hotel accommodations, tours, reserved parade seating, 9 meals, cancellation insurance and gratuities. Single occupancy adds $550.00. HAWAIIAN CRUISE ADVENTURE – JANUARY 23 - FEBRUARY 2, 2014From the waterfalls of Maui to the rainforests of Kauai, a gorgeous tropical paradise awaits you on your cruise to Hawaii. You’ll discover cascading waterfalls, active volcanoes, black, green and white sand beaches, historic sites and unspoiled nature. You will set sail on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America offering a unique and extraordinary vacation to four of Hawaii’s most popular islands, Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island. Cost: Cabin prices start at $3817.00 and cabin space is limited.

Walking Club Punch Pass Program Do you need a place to walk on a cold winter or hot summer day? Come in and enjoy the Gladstone Community Center’s 1/16th mile-walking track. Our soft track combined with our climate-controlled environment is every walker’s dream. • Punch Pass holder is provided access to the walking/ running track only Monday—Friday 8 am - 2 pm. • Punch Passes cost $12 for 12 punches and are valid 30 days from the date of purchase. No refunds issued for unused/expired punches. The Clay County Senior Services Subsidy program can be used toward punch card payment.

swim American Red Cross – Learn –to-Swim Course Descriptions: Lessons are available for ages

Private and Semi-Private Swim Lessons

This program is designed for the person who wishes to participate in one-on-one instruction to better serve their swimming needs. For more information contact the Gladstone Community Center at (816) 423-4200.

Swim Lesson Descriptions

Please visit the Gladstone Community Center website at or call Gladstone Community Center at (816) 423-4200 for information about swim lesson descriptions, date and times.

Gladstone Masters Swim

Masters Swimming is an organized swim program for adults. Members participate in a variety of ways ranging from lap swimming to international competition. Programs are open to all adult swimmers age 18 and over (fitness, triathlete, competitive or non-competitive) who are dedicated to improving their fitness through swimming. For more information contact the Gladstone Community Center at (816) 423-4200 or visit

Aqua Programming Aqua Fit - This is a great shallow water workout that includes callisthenic style movements with variations of upper and lower body resistive moves. Water Arthritis - A variety of exercises will be presented to emphasize joint wellness, range of motion, increased flexibility, and preventative muscle loss. This program will be conducted in the leisure pool where the temperature is kept between 83-84 degrees. Early Morning Power Hour - This high intensity, total body conditioning class is held in deep water. This class contains cardiovascular exercises and strengthening using floatation belts and water resistant equipment. Deep Water Aqua Movement - This class focuses on range of motion, increasing flexibility and preventing muscle loss. Buoyancy and resistance equipment supplied, but it is recommended that you have some swimming skills when taking classes in the deep water.




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Gladstone Community Center Swim Lessons All registrations for indoor swim lessons take place at the Gladstone Community Center. 2013.4.MW: M  onday, April 22, 2013 – Wednesday, May 15, 2013 (8 lessons) Member Registration: Monday, April 1, 2013 Non-Member Registration: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 2013.5.MW: W  ednesday, May 29, 2013 – Monday, June 24, 2013 (8 lessons) Member Registration: Monday, May 6, 2013 Non-Member Registration: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 2013.6.MW: Monday, July 8, 2013 – Wednesday, July 31, 2013 (8 lessons), Member Registration: Monday, June 17, 2013 Non-Member Registration: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 2013.7.MW: Monday, August 12, 2013 – Monday, September 9, 2013 (8 lessons) * No Class: Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2013 Member Registration: Monday, July 22, 2013 Non-Member Registration: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 2013.8.MW: Monday, September 16, 2013 – Wednesday, October 9, 2013 (8 lessons) Member Registration: Monday, August 26, 2013 Non-Member Registration: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 2013.9.MW: Monday, October 21, 2013 – Wednesday, November 13, 2013 (8 lessons) Member Registration: Monday, September 30, 2013 Non-Member Registration: Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Saturday Swim Lessons 2013.3.S: Saturday, March 16, 2013 – Saturday, May 11, 2013 (8 lessons) Member Registration: Monday, February 25, 2013 Non-Member Registration: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 2013.5.S: Saturday, May 25, 2013 – Saturday July 20, 2013 (7 lessons) * No Class: Saturday, June 1, 2013 and Saturday June 29, 2013. Member Registration: Monday, May 6, 2013 Non-Member Registration: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 2013.7.S: Saturday, July 27, 2013 – Saturday, September 14, 2013 (8 lessons) Member Registration: Monday, June 17, 2013 Non-Member Registration: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 2013.8.S: Saturday, September 28, 2013 – Saturday, November 16, 2013 (8 lessons) Member Registration: Monday, August 26, 2013 Non-Member Registration: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Fee: $46 for Members per session $56 for Non-members per session

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workout Adult Exercise Classes

Now Available…On-line Registration! Look for the Computer Icon on our website.

Please call Gladstone Community Center at (816) 423-4200 or visit for information about when a fitness class is offered. Session Dates April 29th – June 15th June 24th – August 10th August 19th – October 5th October 14th – December 14th

Member Sign-up April 15th June 10th August 5th September 30th

Non-Member Sign-up April 17th June 12th August 7th October 2nd

Personal Training

Everyone’s workout goals and needs are different. Personal training is a great option for those who want more than the basic equipment orientation. Our certified personal trainers will review your exercise history, assists you in establishing realistic goals, and design an exercise program that will help you attain those goals. Sign up with a certified personal trainer to find a workout regimen that suits you best. Please call the fitness center at (816) 423-4205 for more information.

20/20/20 - Three workouts in one! Sweat through 20 minutes of cardio, 20 minutes of strength training and 20 minutes of stretching and core work. Group Strength Training – Are you ready to challenge your body?!?! Join us for a variety of exercises to strengthen your whole body. This class will use various exercise equipment and training styles including plyometric and interval training. Strength & Sculpt – This class is designed for those who want to get started with strength training. A variety of equipment will be used to give you a total body workout. In this class you will improve your strength, muscle tone and flexibility. All levels are welcome. Cycling - Imagine taking on steep inclines and rolling terrain - all without leaving the Fitness Center! This non-impact cycling workout is one of the most efficient ways to reach your fitness goals. Pilates - A unique exercise system designed to improve muscle tone, posture and flexibility. This class focuses on core strength (stomach/back) and long and lean muscle development. Great for all fitness levels! Yoga - Relax while strengthening your body during this beginner/ intermediate yoga class. Each class includes instruction in basic yoga and breathing techniques. Standing, seated and balancing postures, followed by deep relaxation will help to calm your mind while developing muscular strength and improving posture and flexibility. Yogalates Plus - This class focuses on a total you: mind, body and spirit. Yoga, pilates, strength training and low impact cardio movement are used to strengthen, shape and energize your body. Positive imagery, breath work and posture are emphasized to improve performance and self-esteem.


Active Mature Adults (AMA)

The following are low impact classes, designed for the 55+ age group.

Yoga Stretch

This class will move your whole body through a series of movements and poses to help increase flexibility, balance and range of movement. Restorative breathing exercises along with final relaxation will promote stress reduction and mental clarity.

Muscular Strength and Range of Motion

Resistance training class designed to increase muscular strength and range of movement. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing, along with other various exercise equipment will be used.

Attention Clay County residents who are 60+ years of age. Clay County Senior Services will provide class scholarships to Clay County Residents age 60 and older for exercise classes through the City of Gladstone Parks and Recreation Department. This includes both land and water classes. Clay County Senior Services will pay up to $30 per person, per quarter, not to exceed $120 a year. Funds will be available until the max amount is met per quarter. This is a first come, first serve basis.

play ... celebrate ... You say it’s your birthday? Join our Birthday Party Club.

Packages start at $85 for 1½ hours of pool time and 1½ hours of party room time For more information, schedules, and registration information call the Gladstone Community Center at:

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Perfect place to hold your special party, reception, family outing or business meeting. We have available seating for up to 250+ guests, a dance floor, LCD projectors and screens, data ports and WiFi access.

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Private party rooms • Keep the house clean! •B  ring your child in for a fun swimming party with up to 25 of their friends. • Several party times available to choose from Recreation pool • Pirate ship with water cannons and a slide Large gym with two courts • Volleyball • Basketball

Discounted room rates are available for Gladstone Community Center Members

The Perfect place to hold your special party, reception, or business meeting. Large banquet area • Dinner seating for 250+ • Theatre/Presentation seating for 350+ • Dance floor Perfect for meetings - area can be split into three private rooms containing: • LCD projectors and screens • Data ports • WiFi Access • Beverage service area with sink Caterer’s kitchen • Includes warming oven, refrigerator, freezer, ice maker and microwaves • Preferred caterer’s list available • Separate caterer’s entrance To reserve your party time or banquet area contact the Gladstone Community Center at (816) 423-4200 or for more information go to

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Two shelters are available for rent for a picnic, birthday party, family reunion, graduation, group meetings, etc.

Happy Rock offers batting cages (open during softball season) 5 lighted ball fields, 4 soccer fields, 4 lighted tennis courts, a basketball court, 3 playgrounds, restrooms and drinking fountains. There is a 1.3-mile fitness trail that circles the park on the east side and a 1.5-mile trail that extends into the Shoal Creek Trail under M1-Highway.

The playground is very popular with children of all ages. It features a structure with a slide for smaller children, a unique climbing structure and the Neos 360 Interactive Playground. Fun for all ages! Get those kids moving!

79.8-acre park, located at NE 76th & N. Antioch, is the pride of the Gladstone Parks System. It hosts a variety of youth and adult sports programs and special events such as the Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt and the Touch-ATruck event.


The small shelter, located on the east side of N. Antioch Road, features 4 picnic tables, restrooms, a drinking fountain and a playground. Everything you need for a fun outing with the family is located within a few feet of the shelter.

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The unique climbing structure will have you kids performing like Circus Stars as they climb their way up, over and through the many features of this section. A really fun way to get the kids active! The Neos 360 is not your ordinary play area. It has plenty of action to keep you and your kids busy or you can relax on one of the park benches, read a book and still keep an eye on the kids.

The large shelter is located on the west side of N. Antioch Rd and features 8 picnic tables, electricity, a drinking fountain, restrooms and a playground. Happy Rock Park is a great place for a family picnic, a quiet place to take a run or a leisurely stroll. Enjoy the nature that surrounds the area. Look for leaves and wildlife or introduce the kids to a new activity like bird watching or photography.


Access to nature contributes to the health and well being of young people and helps to form a foundation for the development of responsible environmental behavior. Studies identify some of the benefits that children can gain from connections with nature, such as reduced symptoms of ADD and ADHD. Find out more, go to http://www. or watch a video from Roots of Action at For more information about Happy Rock Park, any of our other six parks, or to rent a shelter, please call (816) 4234091. For information on our sports programs and special events, please call (816) 423-4091 or visit our website at http://

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For more information, schedules, and registration information on any of the youth activities call Gladstone Parks and Recreation at:

816.423.4091 or visit

let’s go green Shelter Reservations

The City of Gladstone has seven parks with a total of 9 shelters available for rent. Each park has a little something different to offer. All shelters are rented for a minimum of four hours and rates vary by shelter. They may also be rented longer at a rate of $5 for each additional hour. Shelters are reserved from March 1st through November 30th and we start taking reservations for the next season on January 2nd. Please call Gladstone Parks & Recreation at (816) 423-4091 for more information or to make a reservation.

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Beautification Activities Proof of Residency required.

Brush and limbs: Collected at Gladstone’s Public Works Facility located at 4000 N.E. 76th Street. Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Fees apply; call (816) 436-5442 for more information. Metal Recycling:Metal products can be dropped off at Gladstone’s Public Works Facility located at 4000 N.E. 76th Street. Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. metal recycling is free. Appliances that use Freon and Propane tanks will not be accepted. Call (816) 436-5442 for more information. Fall Brush Drop-off: (Half-price - Gladstone Residents Only) Friday - Sunday, November 1st, 2nd, & 3rd 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. No trash will be accepted.

Tree City USA

Large Shelter (#1) at Oak Grove Park Home of GTIP.

Celebration Bench

Celebrate a special event, memory or a person’s life by purchasing a park bench to be placed in one of Gladstone’s beautiful parks. The Gladstone Parks & Recreation Department will purchase, install and maintain the bench. For complete details call Gladstone Parks & Recreation Department office at (816) 423-4089.

The National Arbor Day Foundation has named the City of Gladstone a 2012 Tree City USA. This award recognizes that Gladstone cares about its trees and takes measures to ensure their preservation. The National Arbor Day Foundation sponsors the Tree City USA program in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. To become a Tree City, Gladstone met four standards: a tree board or department, a tree care City Ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance. Trees benefit the City in many ways. They help clean the air, conserve soil and water, moderate temperature and bring nature into our daily lives. Trees also provide environmental and economical benefits.

Gladstone Approved Tree List

Are you thinking of planting a tree in your yard? Gladstone has an approved tree list for your convenience. The list is available on our website at Click on Parks & Recreation and Tree List or pick up a list at Gladstone City Hall in the Parks & Recreation Department.

Legacy Tree Program

Would you like to donate a tree to a park in Gladstone to honor a birth, anniversary or the memory of a loved one? Please contact Gladstone Parks & Recreation at (816) 423-4089.

Gladstone Tree Volunteers

Are you interested in learning basic tree trimming skills and helping the trees in Gladstone’s parks? We would love to involve you in our program. Please contact Gladstone Parks & Recreation at (816) 423-4089.

*NEW Self-guided Storybook Trail Fall Plant Exchange

Gladstone Parks & Recreation hosts two plant exchanges per year, spring and fall. Please call (816) 423-4089 or (816) 423-4091 for complete details. Date: Saturday, -September 7th Time: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Location: Happy Rock Park Large Shelter Fee: FREE


Are you interested in learning basic tree trimming skills and helping A Free, Fun, Healthy Learning Activity for the whole family.

Have fun walking the trail at Oak Grove Park and reading a storybook page by page as you stroll or hop or skip or jump along the trail! Kids need stories and fresh air and exercise. Families need to spend time together. Here’s an opportunity for parents and grandparents and kids to enjoy. Dates: 1st story-June 16 through June 22 2nd story-July 14 through July 20 Times: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM Location: Oak Grove Park Trail, 76th and N. Troost

park guide Parks with Shelter Houses 1. Central

825 NE 70th Ter

11 acres

2. Flora

5960 N Flora

5 acres

3. Hamilton Heights

6600 N Main St

9 acres

4. Happy Rock

7511 N Antioch Rd

72 acres

5. Happy Rock Expansion

7511 N Antioch Rd

24 acres

6. Hobby Hill

1 NE 76th Ter

32 acres

7. Meadowbrook Park

1920 NE 60th Ter

6 acres

8. Oak Grove Park - Shelter #1 (Large)

7600 N Troost Ave

20 acres

- Shelter #2 (Small) 825 NE 76th St

Parks with/out Shelter Houses 9. 72nd St. Tennis Courts

2099 NE 72nd St

2 acres

10. Hidden Hollow

2900 NE 64th St

4 acres

11. Linden Square

602 NE 70th St

1 acre

12. Little Gulley

5901 N Park

1 acre

13. Maple Woods Preserve

2611 NE 76th St

39 acres

14. Rock Creek Meadows

6700 N Prospect

6 acres

15. Big Shoal Heritage Area

6607 N Antioch Rd

17 acres

16. Sycarmore Park

6595 N Prospect Ave

3 acres


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Swimming Pool

Basketball Courts

Ice Skating Rink

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Soccer/Football Field

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Batting Cages

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Check out the Gladstone Community Center Website Registration forms & information The Gladstone Community Center website is now easier than ever to access and provides users with a vast amount of information at the click of a button.

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Gladstone Resident Membership Rates



Senior Family

Single Month

$36.40 $41.60

$36.40 $67.60


$26.00 $31.20

$26.00 $54.08


$74.88 $90.48 $74.88 $156.00


$234.00 $310.96 $234.00 $570.96

(pay as you go) (auto debit) (3 months)





(up to 4 people)

NON-Resident Membership Rates


Single Month

$41.00 $50.96 $41.00 $83.20




$90.00 $118.56 $90.00 $196.56


$299.00 $414.96 $299.00 $674.96

(pay as you go) (auto debit) (3 months)



Adult (18-64)

Senior Family (65+)

$40.56 $31.00

(up to 4 people)


• To receive the Gladstone Resident rate, Gladstone Residency must be verified. • Family membership includes 2 adults and 2 children up to age 18 (up to age 23 with proof of full time student status). All people must be residing under the same household (proof required). Additional children may be added for $5 per child per month (monthly), $15 per child per quarter (quarterly memberships), or $50 per child per year (annual memberships). • Monthly membership enrollment requires use of auto-bank draft. Cancellation of this membership requires 60-days advance notice.

Call 423-4200 or visit our website at for more information on memberships and membership benefits.


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Employment Opportunities

Throughout the year, the Gladstone Parks & Recreation Department has several part-time employment positions available. These positions include American Red Cross swim instructors, lifeguards, concession workers, softball scorekeepers, field supervisors, gym supervisors, flag football, soccer, volleyball and basketball officials, bus drivers, community center staff and seasonal park crew members. Contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (816) 436-2200 for more information.

Equal Opportunity

The city of Gladstone receives grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund of the National Park Service. Regulations of the U.S. Department of Interior strictly prohibit unlawful discrimination in departmental federally assisted programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, age or handicap. If you feel you have been discriminated against, if there is a problem or you have a question, please contact Director, Equal Opportunity Program, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, P.O. Box 37127, Washington DC 20013-7127


Gladstone Parks & Recreation seeks to provide reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA. For more information or to request accommodations, please contact the department at (816) 436-2200. A 48-hour advanced notice is required.

Special Recreation Programs

Concerned Care Inc offers programs to youth and adult residents of Clay County with developmental disabilities. Programs offered are community activities, sports/fitness, fine arts, summer camps, social events, special interests and vacation overnights. Volunteer opportunities are also available. To receive a bi-monthly newsletter describing these programs, please call: (816) 474-3026, ext. 119.


Frequently the Parks & Recreation Department takes videotape or photographs of people enjoying programs, special events, or parks and facilities. These videotapes and photographs are for the Parks & Recreation Department publications, recreation brochures, and/or cable programs. They are used at the Department’s discretion and become its sole property.

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Gladstone Magazine Spring 2013  

Gladstone Missouri's Premier Community Magazine