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Department adapting to challenges • Aaron Ambrose Grain Valley Police Chief The city of Grain Valley and the Grain Valley Police Department are not unlike any other city in America today, in that we also have challenges with the state of our economic condition. Considering this, we look at what resources we can utilize to get our job
done with the level of service that the residents expect and are entitled to as taxpayers. Some examples of how we accomplish this are by utilizing volunteers, technology, and other resources that are essential to the success of crime prevention. Our VIPS program, or Volunteers in Policing Services, has been a very successful and useful tool for the police department. In 2011 alone, our VIPS donated 1,475 hours of their personal time, which saved the city an estimated $24,476. Some of their duties include data entry, assisting police during public events, and updating our Emergency Business Contact List. The updating of this list
• Central Jackson County Fire Protection District
CJC protects large area, including Grain Valley Employees and volunteers of the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District work to protect 57 square miles. Protecting Blue Springs and most areas of Grain Valley and Lake Tapawingo, the CJC has 136 staff members to do it. Dispatchers, firefighters, administrators, emergency medical technicians and paramedics – CJC has it all, utilizing some of the most advanced technology in the business. Firefighters also are charged with fire prevention and public education and offer fire safety inspections and EMS training for staff members and others interested in obtaining a license. Operating on a budget of about $13.8 million, the district has five stations in Blue Springs and Grain Valley. The district was nationally accredited, a distinction only 160 departments nationally can claim. Over the past few years, the CJC has added equipment and personnel, and it has opened a training facility on U.S. 40. The facility hosts numerous training sessions for CJC and metro departments. The district is led by Chief Steve Westermann, Assistant Chief Eddie Saffel; and Deputy Chief Todd Farley. – Staff reports
had two of our VIPS physically going to all the businesses in town and getting updated emergency contact information. By doing this, not only are we getting updated emergency contact information, we are also getting face-to-face feedback on what is going on from a crime prevention standpoint in their area and answering questions/concerns they may have for us. The word “technology” automatically sounds expensive when you hear it, and just like in any other industry, law enforcement is no exception. Technology is expensive, but the savings hopefully come in the long run. It is our job to identify what tech-
nology advances would benefit our police department the best. In the past two years the Grain Valley Police Department replaced our RMS, or records management system, with a new system that is more user friendly and efficient, provides detailed statistical data, and overall provides a better service that not only benefits the department but benefits the city as a whole. These were just two examples of just one challenge that we face in law enforcement. Staying ahead of the criminals and making our neighborhoods and streets safe for those who live and visit here is our ultimate goal.
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• Grain Valley Police Department
Police dedicated to protecting citizens At the Grain Valley Police Department, things just keep trucking along. For the most part, 2012 has so far been business as usual. Staff levels remained the same – 19 sworn officers, plus civilian staff and volunteers – and there has been no financial strain on the department. There have been efforts to replace existing equipment with newer pieces, including a live scan electronic fingerprint machine; a new record management system, which now allows the department to communicate with Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, which assists with dispatching after-hours; and an animal control officer is now under the department’s jurisdiction, which allows for greater control and efficiency. In July, the Board of Aldermen allowed the department to purchase and install a new surveillance system. “It’s a big deal,” Chief Aaron Ambrose said. “It’s a $30,000 investment for the city, but it will help deter crime.”
The system will monitor City Hall and its parking lot, as well as the police department, which covers Armstrong Park’s main shelter house; the Community Center building and its lot; outdoor coverage of the public works facility and the outdoor Monkey Mountain Park and its concession stand. Other additions and/or improvements this year include: n The investigative unit has obtained an “Omnivore” unit, which can help in the acquisition of video evidence from outside surveillance systems for use as evidence in court. n The department transitioned from the Automated Law Enforcement Response Terminal, which was a 1970s computer criminal database system, to Regional Justice Information Services, a modern technology that is an Internet based criminal information database system n Obtained new PBT machines, roadside tools that help determine
• County sheriff, Highway Patrol
Protecting life and limb in our communities JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
The Sheriff’s Office is at 3310 N.E. Rennau Drive in Lee’s Summit. It is responsible for enforcing laws in unincorporated areas of Jackson County and assisting local police departments. The office is led by Sheriff Mike Sharp and Col. Ben Kenney and Col. Hugh Mills. Divisions include patrol, investigations, communications and courthouse security. Within the patrol division, the office has an ATV unit, K-9, motorcycle and
an emergency response team. Call the office at 816-524-4302.
MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL
The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Troop A is stationed in Lee’s Summit. Troop A includes Jackson, Bates, Carroll, Cass, Clay, Henry, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Platte, Ray and Saline counties. The phone number is 816-6220800. The website is www.mshp. dps.mo.gov – Staff reports
the impairment level of a person who is operating a vehicle while intoxicated. The old units they are replacing range from 8 to 14 years old and are not being produced anymore. n Obtained window tinting measurement instruments. These are small tools for the patrol officers to have in their vehicle and will measure the amount of light that a tinted window allows through to measure compliance with state law. n Hired a new officer, Joshua Gena. Also hired a new Civilian Crime Prevention Officer, Dave Starbuck. n The department will soon host a Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention course in the coming months. – Staff reports
Grain Valley crime stats Calls for service Assist on calls
2010 4,965 2,335
2011 4,678 2,418
Business checks Local arrests State arrests Outside warrants Traffic crashes
5,983 398 60 240 141
14,723 385 64 208 111
MAJOR CRIME BY TYPE: Homicide 0 Rape 1 Robbery 2 Aggravated assault 10 Burglary 25 Larceny 182 Auto theft 18 Arson 0
0 4 2 8 33 172 23 0
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• Federal delegation u Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat who lives in St. Louis, was elected in 2006. She is seeking a second six-year term this year. McCaskill sits on these committees: Special Committee on Aging; Armed Services; Commerce, Science, and Transportation; and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Washington office: Suite 506 of the Hart Senate Office Building. Phone: 202-224-6154. Web: http://mccaskill.senate. gov/ Her Kansas City office is at 4141 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 101. Phone: 816-421-1639 u Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican from Strafford, Mo., was elected to a six-year term in 2010. Blunt sits on these committees: Appropriations (ranking member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development subcommittee); Select Committee on Intelligence; Commerce, Science and Transportation; and Rules and Administration. Washington office: 260 Russell Building. Phone: 202-2245721. Web: http://blunt.senate.gov/public/ His Kansas City office is at 911 Main St., Suite 2224. Phone: 816-471-7141. His term ends in 2017.
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For several years, most of Grain Valley has been in the 4th District,represented by Rep. Vicky Harztler, a Republican from Harrisonville, and before that by Ike Skelton. The area north of Interstate 70 has been in the 6th District, represented by Sam Graves, a Republican from Tarkio. With redistricting following the 2010 census, that changes. Starting with this year’s elections, Grain Valley will be in the newly drawn 5th District, currently represented by Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, a Democrat from Kansas City. The new district includes most of Kansas City, most of Independence and Lee’s Summit, the eastern edge of Jackson County, plus Lafayette, Ray and Saline counties. (The 6th, Graves’ district, still includes much of Blue Springs and dips south as far as Lee’s Summit. The 4th, Hartzler’s district, no longer will have any of Jackson County.)
u Sam Graves, a Republican from Tarkio, Mo., represents Missouri’s 6th District. He was first elected in 2000. The district includes northwest and north-central Missouri but also includes a section Eastern Jackson County, including the Oak Grove area north of I-70. He is Small Business and Transportation and Infrastructure committees. Washington office: 1415 Longworth Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515. Phone: 202-225-7041. His Liberty office is at 113 Blue Jay Drive, Suite 100, Liberty, Mo., 64068. Phone: 816-792-3976
u Emanuel Cleaver II, a Democrat from Kansas City, represents Missouri’s 5th District. He was first elected in 2004 and is running for re-election. The newly drawn district includes most of Independence, most of Kansas City and Lee’s Summit, plus Lake Lotawana east of M-7 and much of Blue Springs, as well as Grain Valley and Oak Grove and Ray, Lafayette and Saline counties. He is a member of the House Committee on Financial Emanuel Cleaver II Services and serves on the Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity Subcommittee and the Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology Subcommittee. His Washington office is at 1433 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20515. Phone: 202-225-4335. His Independence office is at 211 W. Maple Ave. on the Square. Phone: 816833-4545. Website: http://cleaver.house.gov/
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• Jackson County
County is a key population center
Jackson County, with a 2010 population of 674,158, is home to four of the largest cities in the state. Kansas City is Missouri’s largest city with 459,787 residents (many in Platte and Clay counties), followed by No. 4 Independence at 116,830, No. 6 Lee’s Summit at 91,364 (some in Cass County) and No. 10 Blue Springs at 52,575. Overall, about half of the county’s residents live in Kansas City and about half live in Eastern Jackson County. The county operates with a division of powers similar to that used at the state and federal levels, with executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. The county executive runs the county day to day, although the county prosecutor and sheriff also are elected and run Jackson their offices independently of the executive. County The voters adopted the current charter in 1972 and Executive Mike made some revisions in August 2010. Sanders The county is responsible for many roads, mostly in unincorporated parts of Eastern Jackson County, and it has an extensive system of parks. It also operates a jail in downtown Kansas City. It owns Arrowhead and Kauffman stadiums. Legislators, the executive, the sheriff and the prosecutor all serve four years. Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders was elected to a second term in 2010. He can be reached at 816-881-3333. Sheriff Mike Sharp was elected in 2008 and is seeking a second term this year. He can be reached at 816-524-4302. County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker was appointed the position in 2010 and is running unopposed for a full term this year. She can be reached at 816-881-3555. The County Legislature has nine members. Six are elected from specific districts. Three others are elected from larger districts but are elected by all county voters. (New districts go into effect with the elections of 2014.)
u 1ST District – Scott Burnett, D-Kansas City. He can be reached at 816-881-3076. The district is in Kansas City, basically the area west of Troost to the state line plus the area north of Truman Road to the Missouri River. u 2ND District – James D. Tindall, D-Kansas City. He can be reached at 816-881-3163. That disScott trict is in Kansas City, roughly a rectangle bounded Burnett by Blue Ridge Cut-off, I-470 and I-435, Troost and Truman Road.
u 4TH District – Dan Tarwater, D-Kansas City. He can be reached at 816-881-3362. That district includes the western edge of Kansas City basically south of Gregory; the Grandview area; the area south, west and north of Longview Lake; and much of Raytown as far north as 79th Street. u 6TH District – Bob Spence, R-Lee’s Summit. He can be reached at 816-881-4423. The district includes the southeast corner of the county, with Lee’s Summit, Lone Jack, Greenwood, Unity Village, much of Raytown. It includes the Lakewood area and much of the area east and south of Lake Jacomo and Blue Springs Lake. To the east, the northern edge of the district is Wyatt Road. Dan Tarwater
u 3RD District – Dennis Waits, D-Independence. He can be reached at 816-881-4441. The district includes most of Independence north of 35th Street, as well as Sugar Creek, Sibley, Buckner and Levasy, and it goes a little into east Kansas City, as far west as Topping.
The three at-large districts: u 1st District at large – Theresa Garza Ruiz, DBlue Springs. She can be reached at 816-881-3132. The district is roughly the northern third of the county, taking in a slice of northeast Kansas City, Independence, Sugar Creek, Sibley, Buckner and Levasy, Oak Grove, Grain Valley and Blue Springs. It’s mostly north of U.S. 40, but to the east drops as far south at Major Road.
The six districts: u 5th District – Greg Grounds, R-Blue Springs. He can be reached at 816-881-4476. The district runs east to west across the middle of the county, from Oak Grove, Grain Valley and Blue Springs – the area from Burgess Road to the north and Wyatt Road to the south – and reaches into Independence and a Raytown north of 59th Street. The area of Independence is roughly from the southern city limits to 35th Street, but that northern boundary also jogs north on Lee’s Summit Road and then takes R.D. Mize Road east to the Little Blue River.
Theresa Garza Ruiz
u 2ND District AT LARGE – Crystal Williams, D-Kansas City. She can be reached at 816-881-3464. The district is in Kansas City, bounded by Red Bridge Road to the south, the state line to the west, the river to the north and, generally, Interstate 435 to the east. u 3RD District AT LARGE – Fred Arbanas, D-Lee’s Summit. He can be reached at 816-8814477. The district includes Raytown, Grandview, Lee’s Summit, Greenwood and Lake Lotawana. The county’s website is at www.jacksongov.org Fred Arbanas
– Jeff Fox
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GOVERNMENT • Grain Valley Board of Aldermen
Elected officials represent Grain Valley’s citizens on city level
Ward 1 Arnold was elected to a Ward 1 seat in April 2012, a seat he had held before. Arnold is a captain in the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District. He and his wife, Sheila, are active in school and community activities. They have two daughters.
Ward 1 Shafer was elected to the board in April 2011. Shafer is a foreman at Clarkson Construction in Kansas City. He and his wife, Sonya, have two sons, Jake and Adam.
• Michael Todd Grain Valley Mayor
There are great things going on around Grain Valley this year. Check out our trail loop around the lakes on U.S. 40. Completed in the fall of 2011, the trail is the newest attraction in the City. If you haven’t already done so, please utilize what will be one of many new trails constructed for the highly anticipated Grain Valley Trail Project. If you
Ward 2 Totton was appointed in December 2010 to fill an unexpired seat, and then was elected to a full term. Totton has six children and two stepchildren from her husband, Wayne.
Ward 2 West ran unopposed for an unexpired seat, and was re-elected in April 2012. West has managed Valley Tax Service since 2004. She has four adult children and six grandchildren.
Ward 3 Headley has been on the board since 2006. Headley works in the information technology department at Harley-Davidson Motor Company. He has two sons, Drew and Aaron, with his wife, Tina.
Ward 3 Scully ran unopposed in April for the seat he has held for the past 12 years. Scully works for Fike Corporation in Blue Springs. He and his wife, Debbie, have two children and one grandchild.
Great development on city’s horizon have school-aged children it is also a great time to contact the Grain Valley Athletic Association and all they have to offer. It’s quite impressive to attend a league baseball game at Monkey Mountain Park. You will witness how our citizens enjoy this fantastic park and its athletic fields. Those are just a few things that the outdoor lover can do in Grain Valley! I encourage you to visit the City’s website to find other great activities and events happening through our Parks and Recreation Department. During the summer months, the Grain Valley Aquatic Center is bustling with kids of all ages! Residents are witnessing one of the
largest projects in the history of Grain Valley. In December, 2011 the demolition of the old Apple Trail truck stop began the long awaited Four Corner Interchange Project. Over the next couple of years you will see new outer roads constructed, 40 Highway moved to its new location, improvements made to the I-70 interchange, and new retail and dining opportunities. City staff and the elected body anticipate that this project will stop the retail leakage that this community has seen for far too long. I’m excited to know that by bringing development to our area, we will be sustaining our own community. I thank you for that! Along with the new interchange project, the Board of Aldermen ap-
proved in the 2012 budget the development and implementation of a new master plan for our great city. With the input of local business owners and patrons of the community, the City will utilize a consultant to spearhead a comprehensive plan setting goals and implementing processes that will steer Grain Valley in a positive direction for future growth and prosperity. These continue to be exciting times in Grain Valley, and we continue to look for ways to save taxpayers’ dollars. Feel free to contact me at any time. You can always reach me by email at email@example.com or give me a call at 816-719-9436.
Mike Todd, mayor, city of Grain Valley
Mike Todd served on the Grain Valley Board of Aldermen, representing Ward 2, before being elected mayor. He won his second term in April 2012, defeating Chuck Johnston. Todd is a special education teacher in the Blue Springs School District, and has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in elementary school administration. He is married to Tosha and has two stepsons and a daughter. He is a lifelong Grain Valley resident.
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• Grain Valley state delegation
City’s representation changes with redistricting The redrawing of state legislative districts following the 2010 census means a change in representation for Grain Valley. In the Missouri House, the city currently is in the 55th District, represented by Republican Sheila Solon of Blue Springs. That district has been redrawn in a way that leaves it more concen- Sheila Solon trated in Blue Springs. Solon is running for reelection in that district, which is now the 31st.
The new 32nd District is much like the current 54th, but shifted to the east and south. It takes in almost all of Grain Valley as well as most of Oak Grove, Blue Springs north of Interstate 70 and much the east side of the city south of I-70. Rep. Jeanie Lauer, R-Blue Springs, is running for re-election in the new 32nd. She was unopposed in the Republican primary in August and faces Democrat Sherbaz Jeanie Khan of Kansas City in the November election. Lauer
(Because state officials missed key deadlines to get new districts in place, candidates are allowed to run in districts in which they do not live.) Another new district takes in the southern edge of Grain Valley. It is the 33rd, a north-to-south rectangle that runs from the southeastern corner of Jackson County to the northeastern corner of Cass County, jutting west at the bottom to take in Harrisonville. In addition to a sliver of Grain Valley, it includes a small portion of southeast Blue Springs (the area generally south of Moreland School Road and east of Adams Dairy Parkway), Lake Lotawana east of Missouri, much of
Oak Grove, plus Lone Jack and Pleasant Hill. The only filed candidate is Harrisonville Alderman Donna Pfautsch, a Republican who retired this year after 40 years as a teacher and gifted education facilitator in the Harrisonville School District. The changes are less dramatic in the Missouri Senate. Jackson County is divided among four districts, and Grain Valley remains in the 8th District, represented by Republican Will Kraus of Lee’s Summit. He’s in the middle of his first four-year term, up for re-election in 2014. – Jeff Fox
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Civil War, railroads shaped Grain Valley’s history The early Jackson County settlements of Stony Point and Pink Hill no longer exist, but they were the forerunners of today’s Grain Valley. Young pioneers arrived on the Missouri frontier from Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia shortly after the Louisiana Purchase. We know more about the community of Pink Hill than we do about Stony Point, but both communities did have a post office (of sorts). Pink Hill was established as early as 1854, but we’re not sure about Stony Point. Both communities felt the brunt of Order No. 11 during the Civil War, when all of the families were driven from their homes and farms in Eastern Jackson County. Most of the men were involved in guerrilla warfare as Bushwhackers, while the women and children were left with the task of taking what belongings they could carry and flee the county for safety. Pink Hill and Stony Point residents returned in 1866 to find very little left of their property when the war was
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Portraits of the past Ted Stillwell over. However, the determined settlers slowly began to rebuild. Their efforts seemed in vain when the Chicago and Alton Railroad bypassed both towns as the new railroad track was built through the Sni Township shortly after the war. The railroad had created a rail link between Quincy, Ill., and Kansas City. J.H. Cannon relocated his Pink Hill general store to the edge of the railroad, halfway between Pink Hill and Stony Point. Soon thereafter, the settlers from the two towns simply picked up their belongings and followed to the edge of the railroad to rebuild, so a new town was born. The town of Grain Valley was officially
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formed Sept. 5, 1878; however, it was not until 1945 that it was incorporated as a fourth-class city. The new town was named for the abundance of grain across the area and the geography of the land. The railroad brought growth and prosperity to the valley. Within three years there were grocery stores, a shoe repair shop, plus doctors and ministers. A man could even buy a Saturday night bath for a nickel. Grain Valley remained a small farming community for many years. One of Missouri’s most famous agricultural facilities was Sni-A-Bar Farms built in 1913 by the publisher, William Rockhill Nelson. The 1,755-acre ranch was founded near Grain Valley with the purpose of creating better methods of cattle raising for the American farmer. Purebred shorthorns and later sheep imported from Scotland were grazed on and around Monkey Mountain. From 1915 to 1945, Sni-A-Bar was one of the most visited farms in the country.
Students and teachers, as well as cattle breeders from around the world, came to visit and study each year during the October demonstrations at the farm. When Nelson died, the farm was left in a 30-year trust with his daughter, Laura Nelson Kirkwood and the University of Missouri. When the trust ran out, the farm was put on the market for sale in 1945. Bids were received from such famous people as J.C. Penney, Nellie Donnelly Reed and actor Fred McMurray. The farm sold for $387,000 to Ralph L. Smith. Over time, however, the many beautiful barns and out buildings fell into disrepair and were removed as the acreage was broken up and sold. Much of the land today is becoming family neighborhoods as new houses are built. The 1990 census of Grain Valley listed the population at 1,905 people. It was 5,355 in 2000 and 12,854 in the 2010 census, making it one of the fastest growing cities in the state. Reference: Grain Valley Historical Society
The Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce Presents:
• Grain Valley Fair Days Old favorites, along with some new musical acts, will be present at the 26th annual Grain Valley Fair this September. The fair, presented by St. Mary’s Medical Center, runs from Sept. 6 through 8. The third annual Family Night, sponsored by Valley Laundry, will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Grain Valley Pavilion. Several Christian bands, including Maywood, the Jason Watson Band, Crossroads Worship Band and others to be announced, are slated to perform. The Burger Barn, run by Crossroads Church and Faith United Christian Church, will be open with hamburgers and hot dogs for sale. Jones Carnival also will have its rides running that evening. The official fair opens at 4 p.m.
Sept. 7 with food/craft vendors, a kids’ street and the carnival open until about 9 p.m. New to the fair this year is an exotic petting zoo. The Greater Kansas City Dog Training Club also will present agility dog demonstrations. Face painters, sponsored by Truman Medical Centers and Grain Valley Medical Care, will be available for children. A parade will take place at 10 a.m. Sept. 8, and the fair will open at noon that day. A beer garden will be open starting at 4 p.m. both Sept. 7 and 8. For more information on the event, visit the Grain Valley Chamber of Commerce’s website at www.grainvalleychamber.org or call 816-8472627. – Adrianne DeWeese
• Mid-Continent Public Library The Mid-Continent Public Library system has one branch in Grain Valley, though there are two branches in Blue Springs and numerous others throughout the Jackson County area. For more information about MidContinent, or to find other locations, visit www.mymcpl.org.
u GRAIN VALLEY 110 Front St. 816-228-4020 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
• Community Services League Address: 207 W. Walnut St., Grain Valley; 404 N. Noland Road, Independence, central headquarters. Phone: 816-254-4100 (main); 816355-0328 (Grain Valley) Website: www.cslcares.org Social media: Twitter, @cslcares; Facebook, www.facebook. com/pages/Community-ServicesLeague/100641951530 Part of the community since 1916 About CSL: CSL is the oldest and largest emergency services provider in EJC. CSL is the only option many residents have for emergency food, clothing, shelter, utility or medical assistance. CSL in Grain Valley: The Grain Valley site is open from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday.
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Funding: In-kind donations, direct assistance, special events, government contracts, United Way, grants and other contributions. Major fundraiser: The Ooh! fundraiser was a food, drink and music extravaganza in May. The fall gala event will be Nov. 3 at the Independence Hilton Garden Inn. Contact: Mary Strack, site manager, Grain Valley; Bruce Bailey, site manager, Noland Road. Donations: 816-912-4484; volunteer, 816-254-4100; hire CSL clients, 816-912-4491; advocate, email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a presentation at your church, workplace, school or civic organization. – Adrianne DeWeese
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• Utilities u Water and Sewer 711 Main St. (City Hall) 816-847-6200 The city of Grain Valley provides water and sewer services for its residents. In order to obtain service, a person must make a deposit and sign a service agreement. The deposits can only be made in cash, check, or by money order. The deposit for a homeowner is $50 while for a business renter/person using a building for commercial purposes is $100. For homeowners, the deposit can be paid back after two years. Billing is monthly. Those who pay on cycle one will pay at the end of every month, and those who pay on cycle two will pay on the 15th of every month. Payments can be mailed in or paid in person at City Hall. There is a drop box for payments on the north side of the building. u Electricity Electricity is provided by Kansas
City Power & Light. For more information about services and prices you can call 816-471-5275 or 888-4715275. If you need to report outages you can call 888-LIGHTKC. For more information in general about Kansas City Power and Light you can visit them online at www.kcpl.com
services, MGE asks for five days advanced notice before services can begin. For more information about MGE, you can call 816-756-5252 or visit them online at www.missourigasenergy.com
There are no curbside recycling services offered in Grain Valley. However, citizens may drop off recyclable materials at the City of Grain Valley Community Recycling Center any time of the night or day. Several private recycling facilities also are available in Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit:
u Gas Natural gas is provided by Missouri Gas Energy. Payments can be made by mail, online, in person or through automatic withdrawl. There is a pay station located in the Blue Springs Hy-Vee at 601 W. U.S. 40. The only accepted means of payment are cash, check and money orders. To keep payments consistent, MGE offers an average bill calculation plan to help avoid high winter gas bills. Using this plan, payments are the same every month and based on yearly average use. If you choose to transfer gas
u CABLE The primary cable provider for Grain Valley is Comcast. Customers are able to customize their packages with Comcast to include a variety of services, such as digital cable, premium channels, digital phone, and high speed Internet. Installation, service and reconnections may require additional charges. For more information about prices, packages, and services you can call the local office at 816-795-1100 or the general customer service line at 1-800-COMCAST. You can also visit them online at www.comcast.com
u City of Grain Valley Community Recycling Center 711 Main St. Phone: 816-847-6220 Hours: Open 24 hours, 7 days a week. This recycling center does not pay for any items accepted but there is no fee to use it. Items accepted include paperboard, aluminum and steel/tin cans, junk mail, magazines and catalogs, newspaper, office paper, phone books, shredded documents, plastic No. 1 (PET) bottles, tubs and jars, plastic No. 2 (HDPE) bottles, tubs and jars, corrugated cardboard and glass food and beverage containers.
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• Your vote counts As residents move from one county or one voting jurisdiction to another, they must re-register to vote. For voter eligibility in an election, residents must be registered at their current home address by the fourth Wednesday prior to an election. Citizens who relocate within the county must notify the Jackson County
Board of Election Commissioners in writing for eligibility in voting in future elections. The Election Board’s main office is at 215 N. Liberty St. in Independence. Its hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visit www. jcebmo.org or call 816-325-4600 for more information.
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You can register at the main office or at the following Grain Valley and nearby locations: u GRAIN VALLEY CITY HALL 711 Main St. Phone: 816-847-6200 Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday u MID-CONTINENT PUBLIC LIBRARY: GRAIN VALLEY 110 W. Front St. Phone: 816-228-4020 Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday u BLUE SPRINGS CITY HALL 903 Main St. Phone: 816-228-0110 Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday u MID-CONTINENT PUBLIC LIBRARY: BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH BRANCH 2220 S. Missouri 7 Phone: 816-229-3571 Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
u MID-CONTINENT PUBLIC LIBRARY: BLUE SPRINGS NORTH BRANCH 850 N.W. Hunter Drive Phone: 816-224-8772 Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday u BLUE SPRINGS LICENSE BUREAU 903 Main St. Phone: 816-228-0127 Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; and 8 a.m. to noon the second and last Saturday of each month u INDEPENDENCE LICENSE BUREAU 16643 E. 23rd St., Independence Phone: 816-252-7557 Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday u METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE-BLUE RIVER CAMPUS LIBRARY 20301 E. Missouri 78, Independence Phone: 816-220-6648 Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday u UPCOMING ELECTION DATES Nov. 6, 2012, general election (Voter registration deadline is Oct. 10.) Feb. 5, 2013, special election (Voter registration deadline is Jan. 9, 2013.) – Adrianne DeWeese
CARSON-SPEAKS MIDTOWN CHAPEL 1501 W. Lexington Avenue
SUBURBAN CHAPEL 39th St. at 291 Hwy.
BUCKNER CHAPEL 300 Adams St.
OOIDA a major employer in city Four nearly four decades, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has looked out for the interests of independent over-the-road truckers. The group, based in Grain Valley, has about 150,000 members. “But I think we’re coming back,” said spokesman Norita Taylor. “As the economy comes back, I think we’re coming back.” Members get a variety of benefits, including insurance, rebates from manufacturers and access to a consortium for random drug testing. Another key function is keeping members up to speed on regulations in Washington and looking out for independent drivers facing competition from the large companies in the industry. “And we’re always pushing back,” Taylor said.
QA Jeff Coleman of Waddell & Reed is president of the board of directors of the Grain Valley Chamber of Commerce.
What role does the chamber have in helping the city grow and prosper? The chamber tries to help guide and direct new businesses coming to Grain Valley in getting their business license, and to try to be an ambassador for all the business between them and the city. How have the needs of chamber members changed as the city has grown? Information about what and how the growth of our city may or will affect their business is probably the biggest issue that faces our chamber members.
The group lobbies on issues from safety to the overall business environment, including issues such as the new federal transportation bill. For example, there is progress on mandatory driver training. “Now that is something that we have fought for two decades” to get passed, she said. Other issues in the new law include crashworthiness standards and a comprehensive study of truck size and weight standards. The group publishes a trade publication, Land Line Magazine, and produces Land Line Now for Sirius satellite radio 106. The office is on the south side of Interstate 70, at 1 N.W. OOIDA Drive. The office phone number is 816-229-5791. – Jeff Fox
• Grain Valley Chamber of Commerce
Chambers of commerce run on volunteers. Where are the Grain Valley chamber’s most pressing needs? The Grain Valley chamber’s most pressing needs, as many not-for-profit organizations, probably falls in the need for money and more people to get involved in volunteering. How did you get involved in the chamber? I actually wanted to get involved to help in my community, so I went to the chamber office and they gave me a warm welcome and invited me to be as involved as my time would allow. How much time, on an average day, do you devote to chamber activities? I spend approximately 20 to 30 minutes per day on average on chamber activities.
– Jeff Fox
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• Grain Valley Board of Education
The guiding force for quality schools Chris Bamman
Bamman is beginning his fourth year on the board and is serving as president. He has lived in the Grain Valley community for almost 10 years and is an engineer for University of Central Missouri. He is married and has three children, who all attend Grain Valley schools.
is retired as the building manager of the Power and Light Building. Reding has one son who graduated from Grain Valley High School in 1990 and three grandchildren.
Michael Hackett Hackett has been on the board for seven years and has previously served as board president. He is currently vice-president. He has lived in the school district since 1996. He works on computer maintenance for a company in Independence. He has two children who attend Grain Valley Schools.
Coleman is beginning his second year on the board and is secretary of the board. He is actively involved with the Grain Valley Chamber of Commerce and is a financial adviser for Waddell and Reed. He has seven children – one is a 2010 Jeff graduate of Grain ValColeman ley High School and five others are enrolled in the district.
Reding is in her fourth term on the board and has served as secretary in the past. She has lived in the district since 1977 and has previously served as board president. She
Hutchinson is in his 11th year on the board and has served as board president. He is also president-elect of the Missouri School Boards’ Association. He has lived in the district since 1989 and is a Certified Public Accountant. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southern Illinois University. He has two children.
Groff is in her third term on the board. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Longwood University in Farmville, Va., and works for Special Neighbors Inc., a company that empowJulie ers and assists persons Groff with developmental disabilities to live and participate in the community. Groff has three children all who attend Grain Valley.
Saffell is in his first year on the board after being elected in April. He is the assistant fire chief of fire prevention with Central Jackson County Fire Protection District and has 31 years in the fire service. Eddie He has also served as a Saffell board member with the Grain Valley Chamber of Commerce and has been a committee member with the Grain Valley Fair Days and the Pillar of the Community Awards. He and his wife have one daughter. – Kelly Evenson
Once again, growth is on the minds of administrators in the Grain Valley School District as the 2012-13 school year begins. Grain Valley North Middle School opened two years ago as the district’s second middle school. It is east of the Grain Valley Central Office and sits to the south of the Early Childhood Education Center. The latest phase of the middle school includes several new classrooms as well as a new kitchen. This is the second expansion of the 32,000-squarefoot facility, which house students in sixth through eighth grades. Both middle schools, North and Grain Valley South, divide grades into teams with teachers in core subject areas: communication arts, science, mathematics and social studies. Students remain with the same group throughout the year. In addition, the middle school offers a variety of exploratory classes, extracurricular activities, clubs and sports. The district also has four elementary schools. The newest is Stony Point Elementary. Rounding out the elementary schools are Sni-A-Bar, Matthews and Prairie Branch. All four of the district’s elementary schools house kindergarten through fifth grades. The elementary schools include all-day kindergarten as an option to parents. Grain Valley High School houses students in ninth through 12th grades and uses a block schedule structure. Students attend four, 90-minute classes each day and alternate between an odd and even schedule. Students can also select from a variety of electives as well as sports, clubs and other extracurricular activities. The district is developing a long range plan for the high school, which will address overcrowding issues at the facility. For those not successful in the traditional high school environment, there is Sni Valley High School. Students can attend the school after the regular school day and catch up on courses
North Middle School, which opened in 2010, is the newest school in the Grain Valley School District. they are behind in or failing. All four core subject areas are offered. The Grain Valley Superintendent is Roy Moss. The assistant superintendent of academic and student services is Brad Welle. The assistant superintendent of finance and support services is Marc Snow. Enrollment information is based on the 2011-12 school year. u Sni-A-Bar Elementary, 701 S.W. Eagles Parkway, 816-847-5020, Carrie Reich, principal – 483 students. u Stony Point Elementary, 1001 Ryan Road, 816-847-7800, Scott Schmitt, principal – 495 students. u Matthews Elementary, 144 McQuerry Road, 816-229-4870, Nick Gooch, principal – 361 students. u Prairie Branch Elementary, 2100 Dillingham Road, 816-847-5070, James Pinney, principal, 509 students. u Grain Valley North Middle School, 31606 N.E. Pink Hill Road, 816994-4800, Theresa Nelson, principal, 191 students. u Grain Valley South Middle School, 901 S.E. Ryan Road, 816-2293499, Jeff Scalfaro, principal, 620 students. u Grain Valley High School, 551 S.E. Eagles Parkway, 816-847-5000, Beth Mulvey, principal, 937 students. u Sni Valley High School, 551 S.E. Eagles Parkway, 816-847-5000, Beth Mulvey, principal. Administrative offices, 31606 N.E. Pink Hill Road, 816-847-5006. – Kelly Evenson
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HEALTH • Health-care facilities
These major hospitals close to Grain Valley
u St. Mary’s Medical Center St. Mary’s Medical Center of Blue Springs is part of Carondelet Health’s nonprofit, Catholic-sponsored health care system in Kansas City. St. Mary’s includes the Carondelet Heart Institute, a 24-hour emergency department, the Women’s Health Institute, a birthing center, a breast cancer center, radiation oncology, a rehabilitation center, outpatient therapy, the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, a pain center and a stroke center. In October 2011, St. Mary’s earned Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers, a designation that staff members say shows the hospital’s commitment to quality health care when a patient is experiencing chest pain or discomfort. Two months later, the facility cele-
brated the $3.7 million renovation and expansion of its surgery area. Visit www.carondelethealth.org or call 816-228-5900 for more information. u Centerpoint Medical Center Centerpoint Medical Center, 19600 E. 39th St. South, Independence, is a part of the HCA Midwest Health System. The 221-bed, acute care hospital is the only Level II Trauma Center in Eastern Jackson County. The hospital has an accredited Chest Pain Center and other cardiovascular services; has an accredited Cancer Program and a state-of-theart Breast Center; offers orthopedic services including total joints and sports medicine; has Women’s
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u Children’s Mercy East Children’s Mercy East, at the southeast corner of Interstate 70 and Little Blue Parkway in Independence, is expected to be complicated in the fall of 2012. The facility will serve children in Eastern Jackson County and the surrounding region, granting the same access as Children’s Mercy in Kansas
City. It will offer urgent care services as well as select specialty services. For more information, visit Children’s Mercy’s website at www.childrensmercy.org. u truman medical centers Truman Medical Center-Lakewood, 7900 Lee’s Summit Road, Kansas City, includes a variety of health care services including dental, chiropractic, emergency medicine, counseling, podiatry, sports medicine, rehabilitation services and addiction recovery. It is also is the home to the Lakewood Family Birthplace, the Eye Care Center and the Family Medicine Center. For more information, visit the Truman Medical Centers website at www. trumed.org or call 816-404-7000. – Kelly Evenson
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Services, including the only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care unit in EJC and offers neuroscience services. Outpatient services include a surgery center, advanced wound care center, sleep disorders center, imaging and rehab, among others. For more information, visit Centerpoint Medical Center’s website at www.centerpointmedical.com or call 816-698-7000.
1. Chronic Pain in the Neck
10. Chronic Headache Pain Over 70% effective for migraine & cervicogenic headaches
9. Pain in the Shoulder
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2. Tennis Elbow Pain
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8. Patients with Chronic Arthritis Over 70% of chronic arthritis patients who have tried chiropractic care think its effective
7. Chronic Knee Pain Nearly 60% relief within 3 weeks, on average
6. Pain in the Ankle Over 50% relief within 3 weeks, on average
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3. Carpet Tunnel Syndrome Almost 70% relief within 3 weeks, on average
4. Conditions Involving Low Back Pain Over 50% respond significantly within 2 treatments, with an average improvement of 73%
5. Leg pain Due to herniated Disk
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THINGS TO DO
• City Parks
Slowly, but surely, city parks adding features
Work has been slow, but the trails system in Grain Valley is becoming a reality. Voters approved a bond issue in April 2011 that will fund a trails system trough Grain Valley, connecting neighborhoods, schools, parks and the downtown area. Brad Welle, president of the Grain Valley Park Board, said the primary trail system in Grain Valley is a trail loop surrounding the detention ponds north of U.S. 40, near the East Kansas City Airport. The loop is about one mile and is a figure eight path. “It is very popular,” he said of the trail. “Benches have been installed, and there is a process in place for our citizens to sponsor a bench, tree or brick.” Welle said the next trails will be in Cross Creek Park as well as a connecting trail along Dillingham Road that connects Duncan Road to Prairie Branch Elementary. He said there are plans to construct a lot of trails over the next few years, so the city is continuing to work to build “in-house expertise” to construct as much of the trail network as possible without relying on outside contractors. Grain Valley Parks and Recreation also has a variety of other park facilities for residents and visitors to use. u Monkey Mountain Monkey Mountain, E. Old U.S. 40, is an 855-acre nature reserve located between Grain Valley and Oak Grove. The park, which was recently transferred from the county to the city, has a variety of cover and terrain and is
popular for hiking, horseback riding, orienteering and more. Monkey Mountain has numerous trails throughout its undeveloped area as well as several athletic fields, ponds and streams. For more information visit www. jacksongov.org/parks/ or call 816503-4805. u GRAIN VALLEY AQUATIC CENTER The Aquatic Center is open throughout the week during the summer. Swimming lessons and other exercise classes are offered, and it is also available for private rentals. Season passes can be purchased at the Community Center front desk for $60 (resident individual) and $100 (for resident family. Daily passes are also available for $4. Children under 4 are free. u City Parks The city parks and facilities in Grain Valley include Armstrong Park, the Pavilion, Cross Creek Nature Park, tennis courts, the football complex and neighborhood pocket parks. The neighborhood parks include Clover Park, Eagle Park, Kirby Park and Farmington Meadows Park. Each, with the exception of Kirby, has a small play structure. Farmington Meadows also has a five-acre lake. Shelters, the ball fields and the pavilion can be rented throughout the year. For more information, call the Grain Valley Community Center at 816-847-6230. – Kelly Evenson
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THINGS TO DO: RECREATION
Pick a sport and get the whole family active YOUTH SPORTS
u Grain Valley Athletic Association The Grain Valley Athletic Association adminsiters youth baseball, softball, football, basketball, wrestling and cheerleading in Grain Valley. The GVAA is responsible for registration, practice and game schedules, equipment and uniforms, and general league administration. The Grain Valley Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for maintaining and preparing athletic fields, operation of concessions and background screenings of all coaches and volunteers. For more information about the GVAA and to register for a youth league program, visit www.gvaasports.org. Here is a list of the sports that GVAA offers and information on each: Youth Baseball When: March through June. Ages: Boys and girls 5-14.
Where: Monkey Mountain and Armstrong Parks. Fee: See website. Coordinator: Kevin Quinn. Youth football When: August through November. Ages: Grades K-1 (flag) and grades 2-7 (tackle). Where: Grain Valley Football Complex. Fee: $80 per person for flag football; $160 per player for tackle. Coordinators: Bobby Killion (flag) and T.J. Parra (tackle). Youth basketball When: November through March. Ages: Grades K-7. Where: Grain Valley School District gymnasiums. Fee: $75 per person. Coordinator: Eric Burkert. Youth wrestling When: November through March. Ages: 5-14. Where: Grain Valley High School
wrestling facility. Fee: $95 per person. Coordinator: Anthony Alexander (816-518-3640). Youth cheerleading When: August through November. Ages: Grades K-7. Where: Grain Valley Football Complex. Fee: $120 per person. Coordinator: Tracey Duplantis u METRO EAST SOCCER LEAGUE Metro East Soccer League runs the youth soccer program in Grain Valley. For more information, visit the website at www.metroeastsoccer.org or send email to email@example.com. When: March through May. Ages: Grades pre-K through high school. Where: Grain Valley and Oak Grove soccer fields. Fee: See website.
Coordinator: Mike Jacoby. u GRAIN VALLEY PARKS AND RECREATION PROGRAMS The Parks and Recreation Department offers several classes for youths, including karate, swimming lessons, tennis and soccer camp. For more information, visit www.cityofgrainvalley.org/recreation.aspx.
ADULTS & SENIORS
u GRAIN VALLEY PARKS AND RECREATION PROGRAMS The Grain Valley Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of sports and activities for adults and seniors. For more information or to find registration forms, visit the website at www.cityofgrainvalley. org/recreation.aspx. Grain Valley residents age 65 and older receive a free lifetime membership to the ComCONTINUED ON PAGE 21
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THINGS TO DO: RECREATION CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20 munity Center Fitness Facility. Here is a look at upcoming programs: Dog Paddle Day When: Tuesday, Sept. 4, 6-8 p.m. Where: Grain Valley Aquatic Center. Fee: $5 per dog Valley 5K Run/Walk When: Saturday, Sept. 8, check-in at 6 a.m. and race starts at 7 a.m. Ages: All ages. Where: Stony Point Elementary School. Fee: $25 for 5K runner/walker, $10 for 1 Mile Family Fun Run, Ages 5 and younger free. Thursday Night Adult Basketball When: Every Thursday year round. Ages: Age 18 and older. Where: Grain Valley Community Center. Fee: $3 NSA Adult Softball Tournaments When: Select Saturdays March
through October. Ages: Age 18 and older. Where: Monkey Mountain Park Fee: Visit www.playnsa.com. Coordinator: Rick Connolly, NSA KC Director, 816-589-0102. SilverSneakers Fitness When: Weekly, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Where: Grain Valley Community Center Fee: $2 or free for SilverSneakers fitness class members. Senior Line Dancing When: Weekly, Tuesdays and Thursdays – Beginners: 9-10 a.m.; Advanced: 10-11 a.m. Ages: Age 65 and older. Where: Grain Valley Community Center Fee: $2 or free for SilverSneakers fitness class members. – Shawn Garrison
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Marvin P. Steiner, M.D., FAAFP Certified American Board of Family Practice 17611 East 24 Hwy., Suite 200 Independence, Missouri 64056 (816) 257-7787
Johnna Bodenstab, FNP, BC Family Nurse Practitioner 17611 East 24 Hwy., Suite 200 Independence, Missouri 64056 (816) 257-7787
Grain Valley Family Medicine Deb Bersano, R.N., Nurse Midwife 1439 Minter Way Grain Valley, MO 64029 (816) 404-6785
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Michelle Hirsch, RN, Nurse Practitioner 1439 Minter Way Grain Valley, MO 64029 (816) 404-6785
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Larry Legler, M.D., FAAFP Certified American Board of Family Practice 17611 East 24 Hwy., Suite 200 Independence, Missouri 64056 (816) 257-7787
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Gregory Markway, M.D. Certified American Board of Family Practice 17611 East 24 Hwy., Suite 200 Independence, Missouri 64056 (816) 257-7787
Steve T. Gialde, D.O. 1900 Broadway Oak Grove, MO 64075 (816) 690-6566
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MEDICALDIRECTORY Family medicine
Oak Grove Medical Clinic
Family Practice - TMC Lakewood
Oak Grove Medical Clinic
Bryan Hughes, M.D. 1900 Broadway Oak Grove, MO 64075 (816) 690-6566
Matthew John, M.D. 1900 Broadway Oak Grove, MO 64075 (816) 690-6566
Oak Grove Medical Clinic Stephanie Hutchison, F.N.P. 1900 Broadway Oak Grove, MO 64075 (816) 690-6566
Family Practice - TMC Lakewood Edwin Kraemer, M.D. TMC Lakewood Medical Pavilion 7900 Lee's Summit Road Kansas City, MO 64139 (816) 404-7600
Family Practice - TMC Lakewood Wael Mourad, M.D. TMC Lakewood Medical Pavilion 7900 Lee's Summit Road Kansas City, MO 64139 (816) 404-7600
Family Practice - TMC Lakewood Kathleen Tang-Beltran TMC Lakewood Medical Pavilion 7900 Lee's Summit Road Kansas City, MO 64139 (816) 404-7600
Deb Bersano, RN, Nurse midwife TMC Lakewood Medical Pavilion 7900 Lee's Summit Road Kansas City, MO 64139 (816) 404-7600
Midwest Gastroenterology Partners, P.C. R. Wade McCullough, D.O. Specializing in the treatment of disorders of the digestive system 3601 NE Ralph Powell Rd. Lee’s Summit, MO 64064 (816) 836-2200 | Fax: (816) 836-2244 www.MidwestGastro.com
Dr. McCullough completed his medical school at the University of Health Sciences, now KCUMB. He went on to complete the Internal Medicine Residency program and a Gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has been in private practice since graduating his fellowship. Dr. McCullough is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology by the American Board of Internal Medicine, a member of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and the American College of Gastroenterology.
Midwest Gastroenterology Partners, P.C.
Mark K. Taormina M.D. FASGE, AGAF, FACG, FACP Specializing in the treatment of disorders of the digestive system 3601 NE Ralph Powell Rd. Lee’s Summit, MO 64064 (816) 836-2200 | Fax: (816) 836-2244 www.MidwestGastro.com Dr. Taormina is a Kansas City native. He graduated from the University of Missouri. Dr. Taormina’s postgraduate training in Gastroenterology was completed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He continued as a Major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps until 1991. Dr. Taormina is triple Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in the specialties of internal medicine, gastroenterology and geriatric medicine. He has attained Fellowship status in the American College of Gastroenterology, American College of Physicians, American Gastroenterological Association and the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He is currently on the active staff of Centerpoint Medical Center, Centerpoint Ambulatory Surgery Center, Midwest Physicians Surgery Center and St. Luke's Northland Hospital. He is active in clinical research and serves as the medical director for the Midwest Center for Clinical Research.
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Kit Bartalos, D.O. 20 NE Saint Luke's Blvd., Ste. 330, Lee's Summit, MO 64086 Lee's Summit Medical Center 2000 SE Blue Pkwy., Lee's Summit, MO 64063 (816) 554-3838 Fax: (816) 554-1634 www.summitgi.com Dr. Bartalos was born and raised in Kansas City. He received his undergraduate degree from DePauw University and went on to Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences for his medical degree. Completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Missouri and finished his fellowship in Gastroenterology. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and board eligible for Gastroenterology. His area of special interest is an inflammatory bowel disease. He enjoys having opportunities to teach medical students and residents at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and to mentor others in their medical career. Hobbies include hunting, fishing, horseback riding and most importantly, time with his family.
Summit Gastroenterology Richard D. Lozoff, M.D., F.A.C.G. 20 NE Saint Luke's Blvd., Ste. 330, Lee's Summit, MO 64086 Lee's Summit Medical Center 2000 SE Blue Pkwy., Lee's Summit, MO 64063 (816) 554-3838 Fax: (816) 554-1634 www.summitgi.com Dr. Lozoff was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. From there he went to the University of Bologna in Italy before transferring to the Rush University Medical College in Chicago, in Internal Medicine, where he became the Chief Medical Resident. This was followed with a Fellowship in Gasteroenterology at Hines VA Hospital in Chicago, after which he became Board Certified. Dr. Lozoff is Board Certified Gastroentererologist and Internal Medicine, and is a Fellow in the American College of Gastroenterology, member of the American Gastroenterological Association and The American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He has been in private practice in Kansas City since 1983. He also has a degree in Culinary Arts and enjoys cooking, traveling, and cycling.
Summit Gastroenterology Mary Lynne Lucido, M.D. 20 NE Saint Luke's Blvd., Ste. 330, Lee's Summit, MO 64086 Lee's Summit Medical Center 2000 SE Blue Pkwy., Lee's Summit, MO 64063 (816) 554-3838 Fax: (816) 554-1634 www.summitgi.com Dr. Lucido was raised in Chicago, Illinois. She completed the BA/MD program at the University of Missouri - Kansas City obtaining both her undergraduate and medical degrees in six years. She then moved to Minneapolis to complete her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She was the Chief Medical Resident at the Minneapolis V.A. Medical Center and then completed a Fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of Minnesota. During her fellowship, she spent a year performing research and training in Endoscopic Ultrasound. Dr. Lucido is Board Certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine. She is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association and the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
Jeffrey L. Schlachter, D.O. 20 NE Saint Luke's Blvd., Ste. 330, Lee's Summit, MO 64086 Lee's Summit Medical Center 2000 SE Blue Pkwy., Lee's Summit, MO 64063 (816) 554-3838 Fax: (816) 554-1634 www.summitgi.com Dr. Schlachter is a native of New York and a graduate of Brooklyn College. He earned his medical degree from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine in Columbus, Ohio, as well as a Fellowship in Gastroenterology at Barnes Hospital, Washingto University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He is Board Certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine. Dr. Schlachter is an Associate Professer of Medicine at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He has been in private practice in the Kansas City area since 1989. He is a member of the American Gastroenterology Association, Metropolitan Medical Society and the American College of Osteophathic Interest. Dr. Schlachter's hobbies include fishing, collecting antique watches, as well as classic automobiles. He has recently celebrated 36 years of marriage with his wife, Linda. His daughter Julie, is in the advertising and promotion business. His son Andrew, is in his medical residency and plans on following in his father's footsteps.
Frank Totta, D.O. 20 NE Saint Luke's Blvd., Ste. 330, Lee's Summit, MO 64086 Lee's Summit Medical Center 2000 SE Blue Pkwy., Lee's Summit, MO 64063 (816) 554-3838 Fax: (816) 554-1634 www.summitgi.com Dr. Totta was born and raised in the Kansas City area and graduatedfrom Bishop O'Hara High School in 1987. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology at the University of Central Missouri, he entered Medical School at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience. Following Medical School, he trained at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Internal Medicine, where he also served as Chief Medical Resident from 1998-1999. This was followed by a Fellowship in Gastroenterology at the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center - University of Phoenix Medical Center combined Fellowship program in Arizona. Dr. Totta is Board Certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine and is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology and American Gastroenterology Association. He has been in practice in the Kansas City area, since 2002. He is married and enjoys spending time with his three children.
Amy Waller, A.P.R.N., B.C., A.N.P. 20 NE Saint Luke's Blvd., Ste. 330, Lee's Summit, MO 64086 Lee's Summit Medical Center 2000 SE Blue Pkwy., Lee's Summit, MO 64063 (816) 554-3838 Fax: (816) 554-1634 www.summitgi.com Amy Waller was born in Saint Joseph, Missouri. She received her undergraduate from the University of Missouri-Columbia with honors and her masters degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with honors. Amy has over 14 years of GI experience and is certified as a Clinical Specialist by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. She emphasizes wellness and selfcare by giving patients the information they need to make healthy lifestyle choices and health care decisions. Amy and her husband reside in Lee's Summit with their two children. She enjoys exercising, yoga, shopping and spending time with her family.
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GynecOlOGy Gynecology - TMC Lakewood Peter Greenspan, D.O. TMC Lakewood Medical Pavilion 7900 Lee's Summit Rd. Kansas City, MO 64139 (816) 404-7600
HearinG aid specialist Rita's Hearing Center & Repairs Rita Harman, Mo-Lic. BC-HIS Locally owned & operated 1914 N. Plymouth Road Independence, MO 64058 (816) 796-8165
Independence Women’s Clinic, Inc. Thomas F. Green, M.D., FACOG Specializing in Women’s Health 19550 E. 39th St., Suite 300 Independence, MO 64057 (816) 478-0220 Fax: (816) 795-3456 www.independencewomensclinic.com
Independence Women’s Clinic, Inc. Richard K. Gutknecht, M.D., FACOG Specializing in Women’s Health 19550 E. 39th St., Suite 300 Independence, MO 64057 (816) 478-0220 Fax: (816) 795-3456 www.independencewomensclinic.com
Independence Women’s Clinic, Inc. Timothy A. Hall, M.D., FACOG Specializing in Women’s Health 19550 E. 39th St., Suite 300 Independence, MO 64057 (816) 478-0220 Fax: (816) 795-3456 www.independencewomensclinic.com
Independence Women’s Clinic, Inc.
Independence Women’s Clinic, Inc.
Alisa R. Ash, M.D., FACOG Specializing in Women’s Health 19550 E. 39th St., Suite 300 Independence, MO 64057 (816) 478-0220 Fax: (816) 795-3456 www.independencewomensclinic.com
Michelle R. Lemberger, M.D. Specializing in Women’s Health 19550 E. 39th St., Suite 300 Independence, MO 64057 (816) 478-0220 Fax: (816) 795-3456 www.independencewomensclinic.com
Independence Women’s Clinic, Inc.
Independence Women’s Clinic, Inc.
Robert T. Caffrey, M.D., FACOG Specializing in Women’s Health 19550 E. 39th St., Suite 300 Independence, MO 64057 (816) 478-0220 Fax: (816) 795-3456 www.independencewomensclinic.com
Syble Cretzmeyer, WHNP-BC Specializing in Women’s Health 19550 E. 39th St., Suite 300 Independence, MO 64057 (816) 478-0220 Fax: (816) 795-3456 www.independencewomensclinic.com
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Independence Women’s Clinic, Inc. Debra K. Sims, WHNP-BC Specializing in Women’s Health 19550 E. 39th St., Suite 300 Independence, MO 64057 (816) 478-0220 Fax: (816) 795-3456 www.independencewomensclinic.com
Independence Women’s Clinic, Inc. Amy Trout, M.D., FACOG Specializing in Women’s Health 19550 E. 39th St., Suite 300 Independence, MO 64057 (816) 478-0220 Fax: (816) 795-3456 www.independencewomensclinic.com
Obstetrics Obstetrics - TMC Lakewood Kristin Kruse, M.D. TMC Lakewood Medical Pavilion 7900 Lee's Summit Rd. Kansas City, MO 64139 (816) 404-7600
OphthalmOlOGy - pediatric Gerhard W. Cibis, M.D., P.C. and Associates Marcia E. Bray, O.D. Pediatric & Adult Optometry 16637 E. 23rd St. (The Hub Shopping Center) Independence, MO 64055 (816) 461-6880 www.cibiseyecare.com
Gerhard W. Cibis, M.D., P.C. and Associates Cara A. Vander Wilt, O.D. Pediatric & Adult Optometry 16637 E. 23rd St. (The Hub Shopping Center) Independence, MO 64055 (816) 461-6880 www.cibiseyecare.com
Oral & maxillOfacial surGery Lakewood Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Specialists Christopher J. Haggerty, D.D.S., M.D. 3600 NE Ralph Powell Road, Suite D Lee’s Summit, MO 64064 816-554-8300 www.LakewoodOMFS.com
Dr. Haggerty founded Lakewood Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Specialists on the premise of combining modern surgical practices and outstanding patient care with state of the art facilities. Dr. Haggerty specializes in surgeries of the mouth, jaws and face to include wisdom teeth removal, dental implant placement and facial reconstructive surgery.
OphthalmOlOGy - pediatric Gerhard W. Cibis, M.D., P.C. Gerhard W. Cibis, M.D., P.C. and Associates 16637 E. 23rd St. (The Hub Shopping Center) Independence, MO 64055 (816) 461-6880 www.cibiseyecare.com
OrthOdOntics David E. Dykhouse, D.D.S.
Diplomate American Board of Orthodontics 1300 S. Outer Road Blue Springs, MO 64015 (816) 229-0444 www.dykhouseortho.com
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Vance J. Dykhouse, D.D.S., M.S.
Diplomate American Board of Orthodontics 1300 S. Outer Road Blue Springs, MO (816) 229-0444 www.dykhouseortho.com
James B. Indiveri, D.M.D.
Specialist in Orthodontics Board Certified – American Board of Orthodontics 300 West R.D. Mize Rd. Blue Springs, MO 64015 www.indiveriortho.com (816) 229-1245
OrthOPedic Surgery Orthopedic - TMC Lakewood Akin Cil, M.D. TMC Lakewood Specialty Annex 7900 Lee's Summit Rd. Kansas City, MO 64139 (816) 404-0031
Orthopedic - TMC Lakewood Tom McCormack, M.D. TMC Lakewood Medical Pavilion 7900 Lee's Summit Rd. Kansas City, MO 64139 (816) 404-7600
Pain ManageMent Rockhill Pain Specialists
Dan Hancock, M.D. Board Certified Pain Management, Anesthesiology and Emergency Medicine
Serving Independence, Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit and the surrounding areas. For an appointment, call our scheduling office at
(913) 754-0641 or toll-free at 1-877-234-5846 www.rockhillpain.com
Rockhill Pain Specialists
Daniel Kloster, M.D. Board Certified Pain Management, Anesthesiology
Serving Independence, Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit and the surrounding areas. For an appointment, call our scheduling office at
(913) 754-0641 or toll-free at 1-877-234-5846 www.rockhillpain.com
PharMacy Fifty Plus Pharmacy 211 W. Lexington Independence, MO (816) 461-6546
Lowe Drug at Centerpoint Mike Hefley, R.Ph Centerpoint Medical Building 19550 E. 39th St., Suite 120 Independence, MO 64057 (816) 795-0086
Marr’s Pharmacy Larry Link, R.Ph 205 N.W. R.D. Mize Rd., Suite 104 Blue Springs, MO 64014 St. Mary's Professional Bldg. (816) 229-7755
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podiatry Heartland Podiatry, P.C. Arthur Weisman, D.P.M. 2406 East R.D. Mize Rd. Independence, MO 64057 (816) 478-FEET (3338)
Sports Medicine - TMC Lakewood Russell D. White, M.D. TMC Lakewood Medical Pavilion 7900 Lee's Summit Road Kansas City, MO 64139 (816) 404-9025
Specialzing in the treatment of adults and children requiring special attention and reconstructive surgery due to sports injuries, diabetes, or age related problems.
Heartland Podiatry, P.C. Ryan Frank, D.P.M. 2406 East R.D. Mize Rd. Independence, MO 64057 (816) 478-FEET (3338) Specialzing in the treatment of adults and children requiring special attention and reconstructive surgery due to sports injuries, diabetes, or age related problems.
SportS Medicine Sports Medicine - TMC Lakewood Margaret Gibson, M.D. TMC Lakewood Medical Pavilion 7900 Lee's Summit Road Kansas City, MO 64139 (816) 404-9025
Sports Medicine - TMC Lakewood George Harris, M.D. TMC Lakewood Medical Pavilion 7900 Lee's Summit Road Kansas City, MO 64139 (816) 404-9025
4880 NE Goodview Circle Lee’s Summit, MO 64064
William B. Mangum, MD, FACS ❏
205 W. R.D. Mize Road, Suite 208 Blue Springs, MO 64014
Andrew S. Pavlovich, MD, FACS ❏
John C. Ellis, MD, FACS ❏ Kelvin L. Walls, MD ❏ Mark O. Covington, MD ❏
Phone: 816-478-4200 Fax: 816-875-2597
(816) 690-6566 1900 Broadway • Oak Grove • Full-Spectrum Quality Family Healthcare for Over 30 Years • Most Same-Day Appointments Accommodated • New Patients Welcome! • X-Rays and Lab Draws Done In-House
Steve T. Gialde, D.O. Bryan Hughes, M.D. • Matthew John, M.D. Stephanie Hutchison, FNP
THINGS TO DO • Valley Speedway
Grain Valley race track offers exciting racing When Roy Miller was a youngster growing up in the Leeds area of Kansas City, he and his teenager buddies would spend the weekends watching the races at Riverside in Kansas City, Mo., or Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. When he moved to Grain Valley and was looking for an activity to share with his grandchildren, he took them to the Valley Speedway. “They enjoyed it, and so did I,” said Miller, who recently moved to Grain Valley from Blue Springs. “It reminded me of the days we used to go to Lakeside or Riverside. It was fun, they did a nice job with the races and the kids really seemed to have a good time. I’m sure we’ll go back.” Fast Friday racing began with Valley Sprints, Lightning Sprints, Microsprints and Midwest Modlites. The pit gates open at 5 p.m., fans can enter the speedway at 6 p.m. Pit passes are $25 and adult general admission is $12, reserved seats are $13 and kids 6-12 are $5. Kids 5 and under are free. Super Saturday Races feature USRA Modifieds, B Modifieds, Street Stocks and Dirt Demons. All times and ticket prices are identical for each night. “If you like the hometown racing, the Valley Speedway is a great place for racing fans and their families,” Miller said. “I’d just make one suggestion – if the wind is coming out of the north, don’t sit in the south stands or you’re going to get covered from head to toe in dust. Other than that, we had a great time.” Fans enjoying the Modified Division races at Valley Speedway this year will be watching events sanctioned by the United States Racing Association.
The sanctions will begin with the Saturday night racing programs. “After careful consideration and looking at other options, Valley Speedway has decided to sanction our A Mod class with the USRA for the 2012 racing season,” track promoter Dennis Shrout told The Examiner. “We have looked at what the drivers have asked for, and they have told us that this is what will be best for the track and teams.” The Valley Speedway Modified rules were already very similar to those of the USRA RHS Modifieds, so changes will be limited. Drivers in the USRA RHS Modified division will compete for a points fund worth up to $1,500. A $10,000 top prize awaits the USRA RHS Modified national champion in the American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series. Tim Setzer of Archie, Mo., is the defending track champion in the Modified division, and was also track champion at the USRA-sanctioned Butler Motor Speedway during a shortened 2011 campaign. In addition to the USRA RHS Modifieds, weekly Saturday programs features B-Mods, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks. The Speedway is located at 348 E. Old 40 Highway, in Grain Valley. To reach the Speedway, take Exit No. 24 off Interstate 70 and go south through Grain Valley on Buckner Tarnsey Road. Turn left at the stoplight on Eagles Parkway (AA Highway/Old 40 Highway), go east 1/8 mile to the track entrance on the north side of the road. The phone number is 816-349-9893 and the email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org – BIll Althaus
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Calvary Baptist Church of Blue Springs
Sunday School/ Bible Study . . . . . . . 9:30 AM Sunday Morning Worship Service . 10:45 AM Sunday Evening Worship . . . . . . . . . . 6:00 PM Wednesday Bible Study & Prayer Meeting . 6:00 PM
900 NW 22nd Street
Nursery available during services
Office Hours 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Monday - Friday
VBS annually grades K-6 Gospel Concerts every 5th Sunday at 6:00 PM
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Serving Blue Springs Community Since 1980 Traditional Southern Baptist Worship Services and Music
Specializing in Women’s Health
Complete women’s healthCare… …for all stages of your life. We invite you to
Timothy Lutheran Ministries and School
425 NW R.D. Mize Road • Blue Springs, MO 64014 (Church) Saturday Evening Worship – 6 pm Sunday Morning Worship – 8 am, 9:15 am, 11 am Education Hour – 9:15 am Wednesday Religion Classes for Youth – Sept/April – 6:30 - 8:00 pm 301 SW Wyatt Rd (School and Church) Contemporary Service of Joy – 9:30 am – Wyatt Rd Education Hour – 10:45 am “Touching Lives for Christ”
Thomas F. Green, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Richard K. Gutknecht, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Timothy A. Hall, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Robert T. Caffrey, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Michelle R. Lemberger, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Amy L. Trout, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Alisa Ash, M.D.
Debra Sims, WHNP-BC
Syble Cretzmeyer, WHNP-BC
19550 E. 39th Street Suite 300 Independence, MO 64057
Visit us on the web: www.independencewomensclinic.com
Published on Sep 17, 2012