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32 Features


Retired? Not that You'd Notice with these Guys' Hours of Volunteerism | Martha Zirschky


Charitable, Hard Working, Strong ... The 2008 Anne Robb Townsend Awards | Kellie Houx


Area Aficionados Offer Thoughts on Wine Choosing the Right Wine for this Holiday Season | Kellie Houx


Our Featured Home The William Jewell Presidential Home | Kellie Houx

Departments 10 25 49 52 55 58

Northland Exposure News from the Northland People Robert & Henry Corbett How-To Super Bowl Party Food Gardening Winter Gardens Business Northland Male Leaders Dining It's All About Steaks

61 Travel Day Trips for Men 65 Home DĂŠcor Man Caves 69 Health Diabetes and Men 70 Shopping Smart Women Car Buyers 74 W inter Around Town Events this Winter Around Town

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LETTER from the editor


Publisher/President H. Guyon Townsend III Advertising Director Christin Turley Account Executives Jane Quigley

OK, let’s make a bad pun and get it over with: “winter leaves me cold.” It is the time of year with shorter days and shorter tempers. Here in Kansas City, we get to drive in snow, sleet and freezing rain. It may take a little too long to scrape the ice off car windows, especially if the snow is blowing. Then noses run and wearing gloves eliminates the ability to do much of anything, but perhaps build a snowman or have a snowball fight. And the pristine nature of snow lasts for maybe an hour before the snowplows are out and it becomes dirty and ugly. However, with winter comes some opportunities. While we may not be into roasting chestnuts over an open fire, there is a chance to try out some recipes for top-notch soups and chilis from such men as William Jewell College’s head baseball coach Mike Stockton and head football coach Fran Schwenk, Park University basketball coach Jason Kline, and Marty Kilgore, head baseball coach at Maple Woods Community College. Keeping on the theme of eating comfort foods that are really satisfying, let’s talk steaks. There are plenty of places across the Northland to indulge in eating a well-tended piece of beef. After finding that perfect lunch or dinner, how about a trip around town? But this can’t be an ordinary afternoon, but an afternoon with purpose, guy-style. There are choices on exploring nature – just bundle up. There are some places for the bargain hunters like Musician’s Friend off of 210 Highway or Timeless Treasures Antique Mall in Claycomo. Of course, if hibernation is more appropriate, learn about “man caves” and how to decorate an appropriate space for men only. And to further this male-friendly issue, there is also a story that looks at men who are leading successful Northland businesses. Then learn about some neighbors, who might be retired, but keep busy, giving their time and talents to families. We want to keep our men healthy so gain some knowledge about diabetes. While we are not totally about the guys this issue, we are making sure there are some stories to benefit everyone – how to select a perfect wine for a holiday meal or gift. Gain an understanding of how to make a garden attractive in winter. Then learn about the next three women who received the philanthropy, civic and business Anne Robb Townsend awards. While we may have Jack Frost nipping at our noses and clothing choices make us look like Eskimos, we do want to offer peace and hope now and for the coming year. r


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Editor Kellie Houx Corporate Creative Director Alexander Morales Graphic Design Todd Grantham Rick Kitchell Chief Operations Officer Ken Carpenter Contributing Writers Rachel Warbington-Callagy Kathy Coleman David Knopf Katy Ryan Diane Samson Sher Wilde Martha Zirschky Contributing Photographers Kellie Houx Alexander Morales Subscriptions To subscribe, call 816.361.0616 $15 for four issues Editorial comments For comments on At Home in the Northland, please contact Kellie Houx at 816.361.0616, ext. 3041, or e-mail Published and printed by Townsend Communications, Inc. 20 E. Gregory Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64114

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Harvest Ball Society Offers ‘Legacy of Enduring Philanthropy’

the Harvest Ball was founded as a fundraiser to build a shelter for victims of domestic violence. The only fundraiser was a ball. Since then the organization has expanded to include other charities serving the Northland that required adding other fund- raising events such as the annual style show. The name Harvest Ball, therefore, no longer adequately defined the organization. Now in its 22nd year, the Society has given more than $4.5 million to help the Northland community. This year 39 charities will benefit from the proceeds of the Harvest Ball Style Show and Tables by Design, Sept. 13 at the Westin Crown Center, and the Harvest Ball, Nov. 15, The Hyatt Regency Crown Center. At the Harvest Ball Society ADORN 2008 Style Show and Tables by Design, more than 730 people filled the banquet rooms at the Westin Crown Center. Tables were designed by a variety of community businesses and organizations like jewelers Tivol and the Polished Edge, fashion stores like Chic Boutique in Gladstone and Farmstead in Liberty and children’s store, Lauren Alexandra. The fashion show featured accessories, vintage hats and jewelry from such diverse stores as Gown Gallery, Posh, Amelia’s and Farmstead. Designs centered on themes such as “Color Your World” such as a bright pink coat from Amelia’s. There was “Animal World,” “Skirt Story,” “Pant Parade,” “Architectural Masterpieces,” “What Suits You Well,” and “Cream of the Cropped.” The fashion show also included bamboo sleepwear from Pine Cone Hill.


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During the Style Show, the Harvest Ball Society also recognized young women and men who have given of their time and talents for the benefit of their community.  The honorees are Aimee Gunter, Ashley Wilson, Adam Hoefer, Sarah Werner, Janie Baier, Krystan Fields, Charles Thompson, Sarah Waldschmidt, Megan Van Tasell, Mark Moberly, Abigail Stewart, Madeline Bender, Catherine Blair, Alexandra Schaffer, and Jennifer Salisbury. The 2008 pages are Margarete Elizabeth Lyon and Joseph Paul Jenness. Since its inception the Harvest Ball organization has provided Northland charities more than $4.5 million. The charities, both large and small, reach into every corner of the community to serve children, senior citizens, families, the developmentally challenged, the homeless, the hungry and others who, also, might deem their situation as hopeless. Jennifer Short, the society’s only employee, served as co-president last year. This year’s co-presidents are Nancy Thompson and Linda Lenza. The honorary co-chairs are Fred and Shirley Pryor. “Last year, we gave to 38 charities. It is just an organization that I really have a passion for. We have volunteers who have been with the group for all 21 years. These men and women believe in helping those in their own community,” Short says. “Each day, a smile, a laugh, a hug or even a phone call can really make a difference. It is crucial in this day and age to make big differences in the lives of others.” r


2008 Harvest Ball Society Beneficiaries: C Assistance League of Kansas City C Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City C Camp Quality C Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics C City of Fountains C Clay County African American Legacy Inc. C Clay County Clothes Closet C Concerned Care C Earnest Shepherd Memorial Youth Center Inc. C The Family Conservancy C Food for Families C Freedom House C Harvesters – the Community Food Network C Healthy Families Counseling and Support C Hillcrest Transitional Housing C Heartland Habitat for Humanity C Ian’s Rainbow Flu Program C Immacolata Manor C Liberty Meals on Wheels C Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary C Miles of Smiles C Northland Assistance Center C Northland Center for Indigenous Americans at Line Creek Inc. C Northland Christmas Store C Northland Early Education Center C Northland Health Care Access C Northland Meals on Wheels C Northland Neighborhoods Inc. C Platte Senior Services Inc. C The Salvation Army Northland Corps C Shepherd’s Center of the Northland C Southern Platte County Emergency Assistance Center C Special Olympics Missouri-KC Metro C Synergy Services Inc. C Triality Inc. C Tri-County Mental Health Services Inc. CUnited Services Community Action Agency- Platte County C YMCA of Greater Kansas City

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Bonne Sante’ Benefits Northland Health Care Access Michelle and David Carpenter, the honorary chairs of the 2008 Bonne Sante’, hosted the annual wine tasting and auction Sept. 24, at Ameristar Casino Star Pavilion. The event supports Northland Health Care Access. Founded in 1989, NHCA raises funds to help provide health care to people in the Northland community who are uninsured or on Medicaid. In the 12 months ending April 2008 Northland Health Care Access provided 6,208 patient visits including 795 through Children’s Mercy Northland.

Northland Health Care Access provides financial support to primary care clinics at the Clay and Platte county health departments, urgent and same day care at Children’s Mercy Northland, and a primary care clinic at Crestview Elementary in the North Kansas City School District. Through Heartland Women’s Health Care, women who meet financial and medical guidelines are provided with prenatal care with delivery at North Kansas City Hospital. r

Zona Rosa Announces New Tenants Zona Rosa is gearing up for Phase II with a number of store openings this fall in time for the holiday shopping season. The new Dillard’s, a full-sized, 200,000square-foot, three-level store, will feature a home store as well as an expanded shoe and cosmetics area, including a 360-degree Clinique counter and MAC cosmetics. The store anchors Zona Rosa’s Phase II and opened Nov. 6.   Additional tenants that opened Nov. 6 are women’s apparel stores Coldwater Creek and Chico’s. Children’s retailer Gymboree is new to the Northland and will open in Phase II of Zona Rosa later this fall. The company has been outfitting children since 1986. Another first for the Northland is a freestanding, full-sized Sephora store to open in Phase II of Zona Rosa in first quarter 2009. Sephora stocks cosmetics, fragrances and skincare products, including lines such as Bare Escentuals, Smashbox, and Philosophy. Also opening this fall in Zona Rosa’s

second phase, a new combination store with both Topsy’s Popcorn and The Cookie Factory Bakery. Citizen’s Bank & Trust will be one of the new office tenants in the business office space located above the retail stores on the third floor in the “Blackford Building” within Phase II at Zona Rosa. Citizen’s announced it will move 60 associates in its commercial banking and wealth management, bank holding company executive officer and primary administrative functions of its expanded presence. The offices are scheduled for occupancy in late November. Mattress maker Select Comfort is also opening in Phase II this fall. Pretzelmaker is opening in Phase I. In addition, Phase II has recently opened its luxury apartments called “The Dixson” for lease and will feature a community room available for complimentary rental use similar to the popular community room located on the first floor of the Marshalls building in Phase I. r

Decorator Shares Ideas Interior Decorating & Contracting owner Cheryl Pittman, Kansas City-North, relies on some of her real estate experience to keep clients on budget for their home and neighborhood. “I figure after 16 years, I can do what I need for each person. I can go to the wholesale houses and stores. I can visit Craig’s List. I am not bound to a single store. I am very trustworthy and use a great group of sub-contractors to help me achieve the desired results. They have been with me for over 6 years, with no problems yet.” Pittman has fun with her job. Sometimes her touch can be simply rearranging the house. “I look at what the owners have. I look for that spot in the house where people store those ‘relics.’ It is a little like the undiscovered treasure. I rearrange the house with décor they might have forgotten. For folks downsizing, I can be the one to look through pieces and make sure those are the pieces a person wants to see daily. I also talk with folks downsizing about having a beautiful home that is kid-friendly because many of them have grandchildren visiting. They need that roundcornered coffee table and durable fabrics on the furniture,” she says. Many of Pittman’s clients are repeat business or referrals. She enjoys traveling to decorate vacation homes. New people are both joys and challenges. “It is satisfying to get a design plan going. My heart pours out to women who have lost their husbands and need to reconnect to their living space. In this day and age, especially with the economy, it may be just as satisfying to remodel. Add new light fixtures, new doors, and new hardware. Replace cabinets. I also like to make suggestions about front yard landscaping, especially after the first floor is redone to include those new doors and perhaps entrance. Success is being happy – for me and the clients.” r The Magazine Dedicated to Living Life in the Northland | Winter 2008




NKCS Education Foundation Honors Cummings and Hunt Midwest The North Kansas City Schools Education Foundation presented Cornerstone Awards to Dr. Tom Cummings, superintendent, and Hunt Midwest during its Annual Fall Breakfast Sept. 25, at Harrah’s Hotel in North Kansas City. Each year, the awards honor an individual and a company that have provided exemplary commitment to and support of the Education Foundation. Hunt Midwest has helped build the Education Foundation since its inception in 1996. In addition to providing monetary contributions over the years, the company has supported the foundation through the involvement of its staff. Tammy Henderson, director of residential marketing for Hunt Midwest Real Estate Development, currently serves on the Education Foundation Advisory Board and is immediate past chair.

Each year, the awards honor an individual and a company that have provided exemplary commitment to and support of the Education Foundation. Cummings, whose career in education spans nearly a halfcentury, will retire at the end of the 2008-09 school year. For the past 14 years, he has served as the district superintendent. To recognize the leadership and contributions of Cummings, the foundation announced the creation of a new fund named in his honor. The Cummings Family Scholarship & Music Arts Education Fund initially will provide additional college scholarships to dependents of district employees.


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The fund also will establish a music program for Northland children of all ages who aspire to play string instruments, as well as those who want to improve their talents as strings musicians. In the years ahead, Cummings hopes the music program will have opportunities to expand, so it can complement and enhance all of the exceptional music programs. “As many people know, music has a very special place in my heart. My youngest sons were members of Oak Park’s orchestra, and they played together in string quartets over the years,” Cummings says. The first gift of $650 to the Cummings Family Scholarship & Music Arts Education Fund came from the district's elementary school principals. The Annual Fall Breakfast also honored recipients of the 10 Dr. Dan Kahler Innovative Teaching Grants for the 2008-2009 school year. Winners of these grants have demonstrated creative, innovative and effective ways to meet students’ needs while increasing motivation to learn and achieve measurable outcomes. Grant winners include: • Helena Cosentino and Stephen Pelkey Antioch Middle School • Leigh Marx Eastgate Middle School • Jeremy Faust Northgate Middle School • Dave Heller, Susan Helwig, Lanett Jauss Andrea Leonard and Mitsi Nessa North Kansas City High School • Aaron Brunson, Bridget Coughlin, Karen Hall, Kim Jewell and Melissa Wilt Northview Elementary School • Connie Beeck and Stephen Pelkey Oak Park High School • Sandy Browning, Emily Greene and Sandra O’Brien Human Resources r


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Education Foundation Celebrates 10 Years For 10 years, the Park Hill School District Education Foundation has awarded classroom grants, scholarships, student grants, and others that aid teachers seeking National Board Certification. The awards have totaled more than $250,000. Executive Director Susan Van Hooser says the foundation started under retired Superintendent Gayden Carruth’s watch because Carruth saw the need to further innovative teaching. In 10 years, 100 classroom grants have been given and 290 teachers have received grants for more than $139,000. These awards as well as the scholarships have been given out since 1998 – 156 scholarships for a total of $168,000. The next oldest award is the Teacher of the Year grant that has helped five winners with classroom funds. Some money has been awarded to help teachers seek National Board Certification since 2005. The Dr. Carruth Student Grants help students attend writing workshops, band camps and other activities that require funding. These have been awarded since 2007. Foundation Councilman Scott McRuer says the foundation has completed a five-year strategic plan. The scholarships and grants will continue. “The classroom grants are incubators. If the lessons are successful, they can be added to the curriculum,” he says. “We are going to continue to align our goals with district goals. We want to help with the early childhood education and those children’s transportation. Another facet of transportation will include students who need to stay after for tutoring or academic clubs, but would not be able to without transportation. There is also a need for even more innovative technology.”

program teaches study skills and organization skills. Students participate in study groups or tutorials led by tutors. Additional funding from the foundation would help train more teachers in AVID. “These are ambitious five-year goals,” McRuer says.

We will be a district with a student focus, high expectations, continuous improvement and visionary leadership. Superintendent Dennis Fisher

Union Chapel Elementary music teacher Lonnie Schaefer, a classroom grant recipient, says her Heartbeat Drum Club gives at-risk and student leaders a chance to practice teamwork, cooperation, ensemble work, listening, watching and focus. “Kids love drums,” she says. “We are seeing self-confidence and respect grow.” Superintendent Dennis Fisher presented a report about the district that included a strategic plan shaped by the standards for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. “This will allow us to move from good to great,” he says. “We will focus on five areas — financial, academic, customer, employee and supervision. We will build successful students. We will be a district with a student focus, high expectations, continuous improvement and visionary leadership.” r

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Strides for Life benefits Liberty Women’s Clinic The first and hopefully annual Strides for Life event attracted 125 walkers and runners for the Sept. 20 5K walk-run event the benefited the Liberty Women’s Clinic. Natalie Moultrie, KC Metro Sports, acted as the events master of ceremonies. The Liberty Women’s Clinic offers pregnancy help services. After opening in October 2002 the clinic has provided assistance during more than 1,000 client visits by offering counseling, education, referrals, and providing maternity/ baby supplies. Clients benefiting from these services are men and women age 15 to 24 and their infants to 1 year of age from Liberty and the immediate surrounding area. The clinic began providing limited ultrasound through a Focus on the Family grant in 2007. Clients also have an opportunity to enroll in an Earn While You Learn program, which is a comprehensive educational program for young mothers and fathers-to-be that encompasses early pregnancy through the first year of life. By attending these courses, clients earn points to use for purchasing gift cards for obtaining much needed baby supplies.

Brent Ohlhausen, Liberty, won the race. His neighbor, Dianne Ferrell, serves as president of the board of directors for the Liberty Women’s Clinic, convinced him to run. Brent Walker, Liberty, came in second. He ran for personal reasons. “God’s in this,” he says. Amanda Lee, Iowa City, Iowa, was the first woman to cross the finish line. Though only visiting, she ran because her boyfriend’s brother-in-law volunteers for the group. Ferrell says the group may try a 10K next year and then hopes to expand the event to a half marathon in future years. Personal trainer Mendy Shriver helped organize a fitness Bible study at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church and that group held a three-mile walk for the clinic. “We had about 60 people,” she says. “As a personal trainer, I work with women who are getting themselves back in shape after having children. We all understand the blessing a child is.” r

Paws in the Park Raises $30,000 Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter's 3rd annual Paws in the Park Dog Walk Festival held Sept. 22 in English Landing Park in Parkville was a spectacular day for everyone.  Proceeds of $30,000 will go directly to meeting the needs of the homeless animals at FOPAS, and towards the capital campaign to build a new facility.  Presented by Comfort Tours and Cruise Holidays, this year's event brought about 3,000 friends and their dogs to walk in support of Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter. Top pledge collectors, Brooks and Sue Sullivan and their dogs Josie and Jessie collected $2,400 in donations. Josie and Jessie will have the honor of being the 2009 Top Dog Mascots at next year's event scheduled for Sept. 19, 2009. 


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Mary McKenna, KFKF 94.1 host and Jim Flink, KMBC Channel 9 anchor, emceed the event. Gerry Richardson, Parkville's mayor and Mrs.  Kansas City, Heather Chatlos, lead the walk along with Mary and Dean Deatherage and 2008's Top Dog Mascot, “Goldie.” Bella and Rhonda Moon took first in the canine costume contest. Second place went to Gracie and Pam Beauford; third place winner Cherie and Patty Levine; and honorable mention winner Rudy and  Linda Skadland. Bailey and Candice Cavalier won the I Look Like My Dog contest. Second place went to Katrina and Jennifer Morris. A couple other top pledge collectors worth noting are Nancy Wilson, $510 and Rachel Stull, $312. The event also allowed Plaza Middle School sixth-graders in Troop 337 to work toward their Bronze award in Girl Scouts. The girls – Tyler Fennel, Kristine Eichhorst and Brandy Jarvis – demonstrated their knowledge of different tools and products to help dogs and cats. Tyler says she wanted to be part of Paws in the Park because she wanted to help the animal shelter. r


Northland Fountain Committee Wraps Up Work The Northland Fountain, a visual and watery treat at the corner of North Oak and Vivion roads, is guaranteed of preservation, thanks to the generosity of about 430 Northlanders and Northland businesses. At the 25th anniversary celebration June 21 at the Anita B. Gorman Park, birthday committee members today and many who served on the original committee to build the fountain mingled and enjoyed a “Taste of the Northland.” About a dozen restaurants and businesses brought in samples of their specialties for the community to try. Community leader Anita Gorman says she is glad that the party brought in what it did — a little more than $65,000. Kansas City Council members Bill Skaggs and Deb Hermann secured a $60,000 pledge to match funds raised during the anniversary celebration. These funds come from the Public Improvement Advisory Committee. The group will also be the recipients of some funds from the Harvest Ball in January, plus the Garneys have pledged $5,000 to be paid in $1,000 installments over five years. Gorman says City of Fountains Board President Joel Vile praised the Northland group for its unity. “I told him that this action could be replicated to help other fountains, but Joel said only in the Northland,” Gorman says. Former City Councilwoman Sarah Snow and former Councilman Harold Hamil worked to keep the corner from being rezoned for business. “We all worked so hard to get the land and the funds for construction,” she says. “I am glad to hear that they think we are united.” Local leader Pete Hall, Curry Real Estate, says he wants to offer some appreciation to the Kansas City Police Department for their work. “We should offer some thank yous at a commission meeting,” he says. Kansas City Councilwoman Deb Hermann has expressed interest in a similar fundraiser for Penguin Park. The park received an update 11 years ago, but some equipment needs restoration and other pieces need to be replaced. Mike Herron, manager, North Region for the Kansas City Parks and Recreation, says he plans to sit with Hermann and look at the wish list and prioritize. “No matter what, I look forward to our next adventure,” Gorman says. “I really do feel fortunate to live in a community that is this supportive.” r

Educational Pioneer Lauded At EDC Banquet The dean of Northland public schools was honored Oct. 9 for his more than 25 years of educational and community leadership. Dr. Dan Kahler was named the 2008 Look North Award recipient at the Clay County Economic Development Council’s annual Award Banquet. The event, held at Harrah’s North Kansas City, drew more than 300 members in attendance. Dr. Rodger Dean Duncan, founder and president of The Duncan Co., served as the evening’s speaker. Widely known for his expertise in the strategic management of change, Duncan shared his real-world wisdom gleaned from serving as Wall Street representative for Ross Perot and as a full-time communications counsel to the Executive Office of the President of the United States. Other speakers included Mark Tankesley, EDC chair, and master of ceremonies Chris Stigall, KCMO Radio Morning Show host. Kahler is best known here as principal of Oak Park High School from its opening in 1965. He served there for 21 years and later was interim principal at Winnetonka High School in 1990-91, and interim principal at North Kansas City High School in 1995-96. He was recently named honorary principal at the new Staley High School, making him the only person to lead North Kansas City School District’s four high schools. Kahler graduated from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan., and earned his master’s at Emporia State University and his doctorate at Oklahoma State University. While an undergraduate, he earned 15 athletic letters and was named an All-American in football and basketball. He was drafted by the NBA to play for the Rochester Royals, which later became the Kansas City Kings. In 1951, he played on the United States men’s basketball team at the first World Championship tournament in Buenos Aires. He began teaching at Arkansas City Junior College. He also served as a basketball coach there and led his team to national championship. A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he has continued to work as an educational consultant, college instructor, speaker and author. r The Magazine Dedicated to Living Life in the Northland | Winter 2008




Oak Park High School Names Three to

Alumni Hall of Fame The Oak Park Alumni Board of Directors elected three former students to the school’s Hall of Fame. To be eligible for nomination, Oak Park graduates must have been out of school for at least 10 years, and have achieved distinction in one or more of the following areas – academics, arts and sciences, athletics, business, community service, the military or public service. Honorees include: Carla Cook Bracale, class of 1971, has been a published author since 1988. Her publishers have included Harlequin Books, Silhouette Books and Signet Eclipse. Her plots are generally a blend of intrigue and intimacy. She writes an average of five books a year and has written more than 100 books under the pen name Carla Cassidy. Bracale actively participates in a local writer’s chapter and gives writing workshops nationwide. She visits local schools to encourage children in story writing, and credits her Oak Park English teacher who first en-


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couraged her to write stories. Bracale and her husband, Frank, live in Kansas City-North. Kevin Brill, class of 1989, enlisted in the Army in 1991 after graduating from UCM as the Distinguished Military Graduate. He has attended the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth. He volunteered for service in Iraq in 2005, training and working with the Iraqi police. He served a second tour in Iraq as the Operations Officer for the 27th Infantry Battalion. To date, he has been awarded two Bronze Stars, three Meritorious Service medals, the Army Commendation medal (twice), Army Master Parachutist badge, Combat Infantryman badge and the Ranger tab. Brill is currently stationed in Florida and is the executive officer for the 6th Ranger Training Battalion. Steve Phillips, class of 1978, has had a love for music and his guitar since his early days in school. After graduation, he and two friends started a group that later became known as The Rainmakers. In 1985, the group recorded six CDs and five videos for MTV and VH1. Because of their success, they toured North America and throughout Europe between 1985 and 1996. Phillips has founded his own production company and is now a member of the popular “Elders” Celtic Rock music group. Phillips is married to his high school sweetheart, Rebecca Pryor. They have three children and live in Gladstone.r


Christian Sizemore, one of the fundraising co-chairs, says the gift will bring the group even closer to paying off the building and allowing the charities housed in the building to put more money toward people they are helping rather than paying rent. Four friends from Liberty decided they had some resources and time to seek out charities that could benefit from their donations. Fran Bussey says she read about a giving circle in a magazine. When she talked with her sister, Bussey learned her sister already belongs to a giving circle. “We are now part of a philanthropic journey,” she says.

Liberty Giving Circle Selects Charity For the second year, the Liberty Giving Circle donated $30,000 to a Liberty charity. Last year, Hillcrest Transitional Housing benefited from the group. This year, Freedom House Inc. received the money. In As Much Ministry and Love INC., relocated during the Liberty Triangle redevelopment, as well as Freedom House, Hillcrest Transitional Housing and Rebuild Together are housed in Freedom House. Dr.

Bussey, Debbie Feldhaus, Dianne Ferrell and Deb Ohlhausen united to form the Liberty Giving Circle. Ferrell says there are now about 165 members and they want to reach 200 members so next year, they can give two charities $30,000 each. Sizemore says the Freedom House board has raised $1,475,000 in three years. He applauded the Liberty Giving Circle for being a reflection of the whole community. “Women do tend to lead,” he says. “After we have the building paid for, we will work on the endowment.” Freedom House treasurer Scott Page says the Liberty Giving Circle donation is one of their top five gifts. To contribute or to inquire about the group, e-mail r

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Art@Park Features Variety of Pieces and Artists William Jewell College Meets Mabee Foundation

Challenge for Sorority Complex

William Jewell College has successfully met the terms of a $1 million challenge grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation to assist in construction of the college’s new $14 million Sorority Complex and Greek Common. “In this final phase of fundraising, we celebrate this gift from the Mabee Foundation and all of the donors who helped us complete the terms of the Mabee challenge grant over the last ten months,” says Dr. Chad Jolly, vice president for advancement at William Jewell. “This gift from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation will allow us to move forward in the creation a vibrant living and learning experience and have our students in the new complex by the fall of 2009.” The complex will include four sorority houses with suite-style rooms and private bathrooms. The design features a multipurpose room accommodating up to 250 people, a fitness center, private study rooms, modern laundry facilities and lounges. A Greek Common building will join the four houses and serve as a focal point for Greek life on the campus.

“For five years we have been dreaming, hoping and planning for what a new Sorority Complex and Greek Common could mean for the William Jewell College community,” says Dr. David Sallee, president of William Jewell. “Now, those dreams are becoming a reality.” Ground was broken recently and site preparation is under way for the Sorority Complex and Greek Common, which is being built on the site of the former Regent’s Quad apartments just north of the Mabee Center for Physical Education. Regent’s Quad took the brunt of the tornado that struck the campus in May of 2003. The complex was too heavily damaged to be repaired and was razed. “Our trustees, alumni, students, and friends have demonstrated a deep commitment to the quality of life for future generations of women at the college,” says Dr. Rick Winslow, vice president for enrollment and student affairs. “We are grateful to the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation for the tremendous opportunity they have provided us.” r

Celebrating the groundbreaking for the new Sorority Complex and Greek Common at William Jewell College are (from left) sorority presidents Melissa Kabrick, Quincy Cotton, President David Sallee, Dana Harrelson and Maggie Rader.


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Sixty artists displayed their work at Park University's annual art fair, Art@Park, held Oct. 11 and 12, at English Landing Park in Parkville. Artwork included clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, metalwork, soapstone and alabaster, mixed media, photography, paintings, pencil, watercolor and wood. There also was musical entertainment, an art tent for children and food vendors. The university has been showcasing artists and their work in this festival since 1999, says Linda Doubenmier, coordinator of Art@Park. “So this marks our 10-year anniversary and we're as excited as ever to sponsor a festival that features such a variety of artists and mediums,” Doubenmier says. “Plus with the music, the art tent for kids and the park setting, the event is fun for everyone.” Musical entertainment included performances by Detour, a jazz collective with local talent; Last Free Exit, an acoustic trio specializing in gypsy swing and hillbilly jazz; The Shyster Mountain Gang, a bluegrass band formed by attorneys about 20 years ago in Topeka, Kan.; Dave Panico, dubbed “The Soaring Saxman” and Erin Doubenmier, a Kansas City Art Institute freshman who records the drums and bass guitar to back up her live lead guitar and vocal performance. r


Storytelling Celebration Art Director Nominated for MAC Award

North Kansas City High School Names Six to Alumni Hall of Fame

Missouri Department of Conservation Recognizes Biology Professor

Joyce Slater, the driving force behind the creative endeavors of Metropolitan Community College - Maple Woods’ annual Storytelling Celebration, has been nominated for a 2009 Missouri Arts Award from the Missouri Arts Council.

North Kansas City High School Alumni Hall of Fame recognized six alumni for significant contributions to their communities and to their professions.

Dr. Larry Reichard, Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods biology instructor, recently received a participation award from the Missouri Department of Conservation. Reichard received the award for being a member of the Missouri Stream Team, monitoring the health of Shoal Creek for the past 10 years.

The award recognizes individuals, organizations and communities that have “produced lasting and profoundly positive effects upon the cultural climate of our state.” Slater has been the Storytelling Celebration’s artistic director since 2000 and is also a teller at many of the events. In addition to her storytelling activities, she also is an exhibiting visual artist and actress. Along with two friends, Slater is a founder of Kansas City’s Potluck Productions, a theater company dedicated to producing exclusively the works of female playwrights. Slater also is a member of the River and Prairie Storyweavers, as well as Just Off Broadway Theatre Association, Olathe Community Theatre Association and the New Directions Theatre Company. Locally, she teaches drama classes for the Coterie Theatre Company each summer, and also heads up art exploration classes for MCC-Maple Woods’ College 4 Kids program.r

Honorees include: • Alfred Conway (1948), former Cook Paint executive who also led a prominent career in coaching and officiating; • Steve Fuller (1966), currently a municipal judge in North Kansas City and an international marathon runner; • Tammy Henderson (1978) director of residential marketing with Hunt Midwest Real Estate Development; • Robert Hodge, M.D. (1938), well-known civic leader and respected Northland physician for whom Hodge Park is named; • Kenny Jenkins (1955), a distinguished business leader in North Kansas City and owner of Jenkins Industrial Machine Works Co.; • Kathy Warman (1979), owner and president of Warman Design Group Architects. r

The Missouri Stream Team is a group of citizens and community partners dedicated to conserving and promoting the health of Missouri’s 110,000 miles of flowing water. Established in 1993, there are now more than 440 stream teams throughout the state involving more than 20,000 community members. Reichard’s Biology 101 students have been performing water chemistry tests and counting the number of macro-invertebrates each summer. Reichard notes that, over the past few years, the water quality of Shoal Creek has diminished due to increase of silt and salts. Reichard has been a MCC-Maple Woods biology instructor for 18 years. He holds a bachelor of science degree in biology from Central Michigan University, a master of science degree in zoology from Michigan State University and a doctorate degree from West Virginia University in human physiology. Reichard also was recently named president of the Missouri Science Academy – the first to be selected from a two-year institution. r

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NORTHLAND EXPOSURE Ashley Bailey, daughter of Dan and Marsha Bailey, Parkville, and David Campbell, son of the late Louis and Barbara Campbell, Parkville, exchanged wedding vows on May 17. The affair took place at Feasts of Fancy located in the historic Hobbs Building, lending an urban sophistication to the stylish event. The bride wore a Rivini gown made of antique ivory silk duchesse satin with a matching blusher and ruched bodice featuring vintage crystals that matched her headpiece.  After the ceremony, the bride removed her cathedral length veil and wore a Rivini headband. The bride’s bouquet was made with chartreuse hydrangea, hot pink Gloriosa lilies, fuchsia mini calla lilies, orange dahlias and tulips, magenta peonies, chocolate cosmos, pink and white cymbidium orchids, white lysimachia and lime Kermit poms – all wrapped in her great grandmother’s jeweled bracelet. Guests were treated to an open bar while the couple exchanged vows. After the ceremony, the courtyard transitioned to an upbeat, contemporary cocktail party. Cocktail tables draped in zebra fabric and chartreuse floral centerpieces glowed under the theatrical lighting effects of Courtney Leigh Haug and Joshua Ryan Murray were married June 21, 2008 at The Villa of Kansas City. The Saturday evening ceremony was officiated by the Reverend Dennis Hanna.  The reception, with cocktails on the patio, dinner and dancing, was also at The Villa.  Courtney is the daughter of Rob and Marcia Haug, Kansas City-North. Courtney’s grandparents are Mary Puttroff, Goodland, Kan. and Bob and Janet Haug, Ft. Myers, Fla. Josh is the son of Rob and Sandy Murray, Jefferson City. A special vase was filled with white flowers in memory of Stanley and Mildred Busch and Earl and Rebecca Murray. They were Josh's grandparents. Matron of honor was Brooke Thompson. Kacy Gleason was the maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Kara DeLanty and Sarah Greco. Best men were Jason Murray and Matt Johnson. Chris Haug and Mick Cronk were groomsmen. Participating in the ceremony was Mike Luck. He read “Song of the Open Road” by Walt Whitman.


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hot pink and lime green dots that were cast across the tent ceiling. After the cocktail party, guest transitioned indoors to the historic loft style atmosphere where they enjoyed dinner by candlelight and a dramatic lighting environment by designer Edward Neer and produced by Harvest Productions. The highly stylized, contemporary wedding cake featured unique offset shapes for each layer. It was designed in a traditional white accented with black fondant overlays of varying geometric designs. As the evening began to wind down, the hot spot was the groom’s clubroom, an area created on the outdoor deck overlooking the courtyard and featuring a custom ice sculpture in the shape of a Crown Royal bottle. The area included imported cigars, whiskey shots and the groom’s cake replicating a burning cigar. The following morning, guests were treated to a Sunday brunch hosted by the bride’s parents at the Downtown Marriott. The couple honeymooned at The Cove Atlantis in the Bahamas and now reside in Parkville. r Ushers were Jason Means, Brian Mutert and Jason Nunn. Krishna Bell and Brooke Johnson attended the guest book and greeted family and friends. Kaitlin Hensley was the candle lighter. Flower girls were Iris Nemechek and Kamerin Hensley. Kellen Johnson was the ring bearer. The music chosen for the unity candle ceremony was “A Gift of Thistle” by James Horner and the London Symphony Orchestra. Courtney and Josh share their wedding date with friends Sarah and Joe Greco. Courtney's aunt and uncle, Sharon and Tom Nemechek of Des Moines, Iowa, were also married on June 21 39 years ago. They were recognized and danced to “their song” at the reception. Courtney is a graduate of Oak Park High School and the University of Missouri-Columbia. Josh graduated from Jefferson City High School and the University of Central Missouri. Both are employed with the Kansas City Zoo.r


Amanda Nicole Boley and Tyler Wilson Park were married in San Diego, Calif., on Jan. 15 before the groom’s naval deployment on the U.S.S. Nimitz, CVN 68. Their formal ceremony was Oct. 11, celebrating the return of the groom’s twin brother and best man, Tanner Park, from his naval deployment serving on the U.S.S. Sterritt, DDG 104. The bride’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Michael Kelly and Michael Boley. Her grandmothers are Wendy Boley and Patsy Leeper. The groom’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Homer Williams, all of Kansas City. The groom’s grandmother is Mary Palmer, Griggsville, Ill. The bride was escorted to the outdoor, flowered canopy by her father, accompanied by a string ensemble of the groom’s aunt and uncle, Cleve and Suzanne Curry and family members from Kansas City and Griggsville. The Rev. Terry White, Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Kansas City, delivered the beautiful ceremony with all of God’s blessings.

Maid of honor was Lisa Tunison, Kansas City, and Brittany Hensley, Wichita, Kan., served as a bridesmaid. The bride’s brother, Jordan Kelly, scattered fall leaves on the bridal path, anticipating the entrance of his sister. Best Man was Tanner Park, San Diego, Calif. Groomsman was Sgt. Dwight Bowlin, Army Special Forces. Bridal Guard was Marine Cpl. Kevin Beck. The bride’s brother, Marine PFC Joshua Boley, was unable to attend due to his training for deployment to Afghanistan. The ceremony, reception and dance were held on the grounds of the groom’s Briarcliff home. A highlight of the evening was a beautiful solo by the bride’s cousin, Mary Jo Duggan, singing Etta James’ “At Last.” The bride and groom honeymooned in San Diego and are at home on Coronado Island. r

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A Trip

Worth Taking By Kathy Coleman

Robert Corbett, affectionately known as Bob to his friends, has been a business owner and resident of southern Clay County covering a span of more than 70 years. When asked to share

some stories of the past, Bob replied he had a good one. It seems Bob recently ran across a great family treasure, an old journal, written by his great uncle, Henry Corbett. Henry takes us on a journey into yester-year as he details a trip taken with his wife, Maude, to Colorado in 1956. This trip back to the ‘50s is worth taking. Climb into the backseat of the Oldsmobile with Henry and Maude and enjoy the journey when gasoline was 30 cents a gallon and you could eat a gourmet meal for a dollar.

Henry writes: “We hadn’t had a long car trip since 1938, and as we were not getting any younger, we decided to get at it. We had no time limit except financial and no destination except we had a hazy idea of visiting a cousin in the Denver area and possibly friends in Ft. Collins.” The Corbetts began their trip at 8 a.m. Aug. 24, 1956. Speedometer reading 6,947. “It was hot and dusty as we drove thru Kansas on K-96, our favorite route. We arrived at Pueblo at 4 p.m., stayed at Wm.Penn Motel, very modern and comfortable, cost six dollars. Very nice supper at The Dinner for three dollars and twenty-five cents including tip. We drove around to see the town.

“The flowers in Mineral Palace Park are worth going to see and were our first introduction to the flora in Colorado. We drove three hundred ninety-nine miles that first day besides driving around town. Leaving Pueblo, we got away from the motel at 7:10 a.m. Gas thirty-three and a half cents per gallon. We took US 50 to Canyon City and Royal Gorge but we didn’t stop there as we had seen it in 1938 and didn’t think it had changed much. “We arrived in Durango, speedometer reading 7,874, after crossing Wolf Creek Pass (elevation 10,850) At 5:00 p.m. we got a splendid motel room for seven dollars and fifty cents. “We wanted to take the D.& R.G. narrow gauge train to Silverton the next day, so I went to the depot to buy tickets. All sold out for Sunday; plenty for Monday available. But, we wanted to go Sunday so I asked the agent about reservations that hadn’t been paid for. Yes, he had some, but would hold them until fifteen minutes before train time. If any were unclaimed for then, I could buy them. Train time was 9:15 a.m. The Magazine Dedicated to Living Life in the Northland | Winter 2008


PEOPLE “All the motels except the one at Estes Park were luxurious and comfortable and their décor is modern and elegant. Bedspreads, draperies, and floor coverings either match or harmonize in their colors, the furnishings are in excellent taste. The baths are fit for royalty. All motels had heaters, A/C, radios, and one in Ft. Collins had a television and free newspapers to guests. “At 9:00 Sunday morning I was at the ticket window when a man walked up and asked if he could get his train ticket exchanged for Monday, as he couldn’t go that day. I pounced on him before the agent could say yes … and we had our tickets! Our car was already parked and locked; all we had to do was get on the train. “Instead of regulation train seats, they have one long seat running the length of the car like two divans back to back, so the passengers were facing the windows. There were no strangers, people who never saw each other before chatted and pointed out things like old friends. “This is the only narrow gauge train still operating in the U.S. and to add atmosphere the crew wore mustaches or beards. There were nine coaches and the engine. How that little engine ever pulled the train over the grades I’ll never know. The speed wasn’t much and the train stopped here and there for fishermen to get on or off or to allow for picture takers to get shots.

"Good old Kansas was hot, windy, and dusty and no matter

how we adjusted the front windows, there is a draft on the back of our necks and dust and dirt are sucked into the car through the hole in the rear where the glass is missing."

“We went up the San Juan Valley till we came to the canyon, and then clung to shelves blasted from the mountains, first on one side, then on the other. How they ever built that road without bulldozers or steam shovels is a mystery to me … just men and mules and slips and guts. “It was forty miles to Silverton and we got there before noon, in time to eat lunch at the Grand Imperial Hotel built in 1872. In the lobby is a full-length life-size painting of Lillian Russell, a huge crystal chandelier now converted to electricity and fine pieces of furniture; a museum of the past. “Monday we drove fifty miles west to Mesa Verde National Park to see the old cliff dwellings. Admittance to the park is one dollar per car. It was time and money well


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spent and we are glad we didn’t pass it up ... Gas here was thirty-two cents a gallon. “We spent the night at Ouray. Had a nice motel room for six dollars and a really nice meal at Jones’ Café for one dollar including soup, delicious generous helping of baked ham, apple sauce, red bean salad, spinach, mashed potatoes and gravy, light rolls, coffee and dessert. “Speedometer reading 8,095. Ouray is another old mining town which practically died in the 1893 silver panic but is prosperous now that gold is pegged at thirty-five dollars an ounce. “Tuesday we arrived in Montrose early enough to have the car serviced before noon. After lunch we drove to the rim of the Black Canyon of Gunnison River and looked down half a mile or so at the river and the old railroad bed which is now a highway. Natives say there are practically no accidents in the mountains because drivers have to be careful. Careless drivers seldom get far, so they are not a hazard, as they go into the river at the first turn. “We stopped at Buena Vista at 6:00 p.m. and got a nice room at the Silver Wheel Motel for seven dollars. Supper at the Green Parrot was good, two dollars and seventy-five cents including tip. (all prices given mean for two people). I think the most we spent for a meal was prime rib costing us a dollar and seventy-five cents each. Speedometer reading 8,337. “Up over Loveland Pass on Highway C-6 (11,900 feet) we were in Georgetown for lunch at the once famous Hotel de Paris. It was built in the boom days by a wealthy Frenchman. It is now in the possession of the Colorado Historical Society and maintained in its former splendor. The furnishings are gorgeous; being French especially interesting and including a press for rolling cake dough for French pastries which were rolled so thin it could not be done without the machine. Also, there was an iron for ironing the flutes or ruffles in the waitresses’ aprons, besides several other pieces of equipment which would mystify modern hotel keepers. “The menu was in French so we had to have help from the pretty waitress. After a delicious meal we had a dessert called dobostorte which turned out to be a slice of ten-layer cake with layers and filling about the thickness of cardboard, evidently rolled out on that funny dough press we saw in the kitchen. It was served in a walled patio simulating the sidewalk café of Paris. Cost for meal and dessert was ninety-five cents per person.

“In Georgetown, we visited the weekly newspaper established in 1874, printed on an oldstyle Potter flatbed press run by water power. We called our friends and we drove all over town together watching elk and sight seeing. We visited until bedtime catching them up on people we all know. “Fort Collins streets are very wide and on most of them there is room for three lanes of traffic in each direction. We were going south in the center of the southbound lane when we saw a car coming toward us weaving back and forth taking the whole street traveling about thirty miles an hour. We very nearly became a statistic right there but some how we zigged when the other car zagged and he passed us on the wrong side. He passed without touching us. It was our only thrill of the entire trip and we don’t care for a refill. “September 1. Today we visited an interesting museum in an old depot at Cripple Creek. Left about 1:00 p.m. for Divide to get back on US 24. About three miles from the Divide we heard a loud bang. I put on the brake and glanced at the rear-vision mirror. I couldn’t see out the rear window! I got out to investigate. The rear glass window was in a million pieces but still in place. There was nothing to do but drive on to Divide, where we got a mechanic to take out the pieces so I could see behind me. “September 2. Colorado has a maximum speed limit of sixty miles and Kansas has no speed limit. Good old Kansas was hot, windy, and dusty and no matter how we adjusted the front windows, there is a draft on the back of our necks and dust and dirt are sucked into the car through the hole in the rear where the glass is missing. Later the insurance company told us the glass probably blew out due to change in atmosphere. Bob Corbett said he was glad he kept his uncle’s journal and preserved a little piece of history. r

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Lowell Harmon Life on I-70

It is 2 a.m. and Lowell Harmon is at the Ararat Shrine temple in Kansas City loading a 12-passenger van with children and parents. Destination: St. Louis Shriners Hospital for Children with stops along I-70 for more passengers and fuel. If sleeping-in is a goal in retirement, don’t apply for this gig. Harmon, a Northlander, gets up at midnight for the early run. It is a routine he has established over the 19 years he has volunteered as a driver; the 19 years since he retired as a salesperson for a trucking company. “I get up early to make medical appointments in St. Louis at 8 a.m.,” Harmon says. “It is a five-hour run.”

What will he do with his time? Well for starters, he works at the SPEAC food pantry in Parkville, drives a 1970 pickup in parades and once a month “deals in precious metals” collecting aluminum cans along Roanridge. Bets are he will find other activities.

He and his fellow Shriner “co-pilot” switch places at the Kingdom City fuel stop. No breakfast until they deposit their passengers at the medical facility. Harmon laughs when he says he drives for food. The drivers are provided a small food allowance in the hospital cafeteria. The team waits at the hospital to bring its passengers back home. It is a long day, but each trip brings its rewards, Harmon says, meeting people from “all walks of life,” knowing the children will get the medical help they need and seeing hope rekindled in the parents’ eyes. He mentions the child who had one leg shorter than the other. A physician wanted to shorten the normal leg. The father refused. At the Shriners hospital doctors lengthened the short leg instead, giving the child a normal stature. Yes, Shriners are known for wearing red fezs, driving silly cars in parades and other shenanigans, but behind the hijinks is a long-standing tradition of specialized medical care for children who might not have it otherwise, Harmon says. The Ararat Shrine in Kansas City, for example, pays for the van he drives, its fuel and other expenses. “There is never a charge for the patient,” Harmon says. “There are nineteen Shriner orthopedic hospitals and three burn hospitals.” When not cruising I-70, Harmon provides airport/hotel taxi service for medical personnel from the Shriners burn centers seeing burn patients at Children’s Mercy Hospital. Nineteen years of driving 500 volunteer miles roundtrip in a day between Kansas City and St. Louis would soon lose its appeal for many people, but not Harmon. He will miss it when he can no longer volunteer as a driver due to insurance rules, but will not miss getting up at midnight.

Warren Edmundson Payback Time

In June 2004, Warren Edmundson, Gladstone, was knocking at death’s door, felled by a heart attack. Whisked by ambulance to North Kansas City Hospital, doctors saved his life. Grateful for their intervention that ultimately led to a new heart valve, he nevertheless had a complaint. “My family sat in the waiting room outside the cath lab for two hours,” he says, “and didn’t know anything.” About six months before his scheduled retirement, Edmundson’s wife dissuaded him of any notion he would spend the rest of his days in a La-Z-Boy recliner, the product he sold wholesale to furniture stores for almost 40 years. “What do you plan to do after you retire?” she asked. Immediately, his family’s experience in the waiting room came to mind. He went to the volunteer office at the hospital and told them how his family “sat there and didn’t know anything” and he thought they needed a volunteer patient/staff liaison. He didn’t expect the immediate response he received. More than 2,300 volunteer hours later, he is still there. The Magazine Dedicated to Living Life in the Northland | Winter 2008


“I retired December 31, 2005,” Edmundson says, “and I started here at the heart cath waiting area on January 2, 2006, at 6 a.m. These people saved my life. I owe them.” His job is not to impart medical information, but to let the families know that all is progressing. “I get the families coffee,” he says. “I ask them to go out in the (Gift of Life) garden and take a deep breath. If the procedure is complicated, (I talk to them) every 30 minutes. I can make it easier for the family. I can be a calming influence.” His experience as a volunteer extraordinaire has led to an observation. “When you are a patient you see only the medical professionals,” Edmundson says. “I found out all the people who make this place work so smoothly.” An example he cited the wheelchair brigade. There are volunteers who wash wheelchairs, who fix wheelchairs and who retrieve wheelchairs that somehow travel to nursing homes and other locations at the rate of 20 to 30 a week. “It all helps the bottom line,” he says. He enjoys the camaraderie with the other volunteers on Mondays and Wednesdays, but Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and weekends are reserved for the family, six grandchildren, fishing and ballgames. He and his wife enjoy traveling, but he says a person can do only so much of that. “Volunteering is good for you,” Edmundson says. “The road is not always smooth asphalt. So many people need help.”

Although he still runs he does not do it competitively. Kincaid probably does not have time. He could start a new resume listing only retirement jobs and projects. For starters he is vice president of Consolidated Public Water District No. 1. Then in 2005 he was elected to represent his subdistrict on the newly formed Southern Platte County Ambulance District board where his contracting experience is essential. The other directors then elected him president and he attends MAST board meetings representing the district. Based on his Corps experience he is the go-to person on the Platte River Road project working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “We are trying to get a grant for the Village of Farley,” he says, “to repair the Platte River Road.” Not to mention the bridge across the Platte River on Highway 45. Recently he appeared on television pointing out its deteriorating condition. Still not enough to keep him busy? Kincaid is chairman of the board of Farley Christian Church, negotiated a contract to chip and seal the streets in Farley, and because of his Corps experience is called occasionally to assist the Platte County Parks and Recreation Department. He also has three grown children and several grandchildren who live close by. Somehow, all this doesn’t fit his stated retirement goal. “I wanted to take it easy for awhile,” Kincaid said when he retired. “Awhile” defined as temporarily must have been the operative word, because “Right now I don’t know what retirement means.” These are only three of the retirees who fill their days with volunteer work so successfully that the expression “I don’t know how I had time to work” is appropriate. There are others like John Gwin and Jack Koptez who deliver Meals on Wheels every week in Platte County and serve on senior citizen agency boards. There are many volunteers at Shepherd Center who do minor repairs and taxi service. Former principal Art Pfaff stays busy with the almost 50-year-old Clay County Clothes Closet. And the list goes on. r

Bobby Kincaid Career Volunteer

December 31, 1997 was a milestone for Bobby Kincaid of Farley. Forty-one years earlier he had taken a civil service exam and was hired by the U.S Army Corps of Engineers. He ended his career as chief of the CADD branch. Finally there was time for trips, projects around home and running more races — like 52 one year — including marathons and other distances. In 1998 and 1999, Kincaid was the USA National Track and Field National Champion in the 3,000 meter in his age group — 60-64. He recalls running the Kansas City Hospital Hill Run 12 K in 46:13, also a USA Track and Field record in his age group. He’s been in the Boston Marathon, the granddaddy of them all.


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ohn Wayne might have had a corner on the market for “True Grit,” but Northlanders may argue that he has nothing on the three ladies who won the 2008 Anne Robb Townsend awards for civic works, philanthropy and business. Winners Libby Blair, Jennifer Short and Sheila Tracy are now part of a group of 63 winners over 21 years. In 1988, the late Harold “Hal” Townsend, publisher and founder of Townsend Communications, initiated the Anne Robb Townsend Tribute to Excellence Awards named after his mother, who epitomized resourcefulness and adaptability. The awards recognize women in the Northland community who excel in business, civic endeavors and philanthropy. The awards are an annual event with honorees nominated by their peers.


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Libby Blair

Philanthropy Award

Anne Robb Townsend Philanthropy Award winner, Libby Blair, impressed Anne Sizemore, the 1998 recipient of the philanthropy award. Sizemore has worked with Blair for the past 10 years in the Assistance League of Kansas City and with Harvest Ball projects and activities. “Her strong leadership has been instrumental in helping these organizations expand their service, increase their membership and raise their profile in the Northland community as service organizations of integrity and generosity,” Sizemore writes. Friend Judy Frame, past Anne Robb Townsend winner, also nominated Blair. “I have known and worked with Libby for over 15 years, and continue to find her commitment, energy and enthusiasm for serving

Facing image: The Anne Robb Townsend winners Sheila Tracy, Libby Blair and Jennifer Short. This page, clockwise from top, Anne Sizemore, Rita Fuller, Michele Janson and Terry Airey. Peggy Townsend, Michael Short, Lauren Short and Marilyn Barth. Joy Steincross, Ann Tucker, Patty Garney and Shirley Pryor. Sarah Snow.

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this community to be unwavering,” she writes. “She has many talents and uses them generously.” Irene Thomas, past Anne Robb Townsend winner says, “Libby is an outstanding leader, in addition to being involved as a handson worker always with vigor.”

Peggy Townsend

Her devotion to many causes is evident, but it seems to really boil down to projects that directly or indirectly benefit children. She cut her teeth on PTA chairwoman posts at Chapel Hill and Briarcliff elementaries and Northgate, Antioch and Eastgate middle schools. For the Junior League of Kansas City, Blair has either participated or led several committees including the zoo book project, community research and Holiday Mart. She has been with the Junior League from 1991. With the Harvest Ball, she has aided in fundraising, served as overall event co-chairwoman and fashion show co-chairwoman. This year, she helped with the page selection. In the Assistance League of Kansas City, Blair has engaged in many activities from fundraising to chairing resource development, new membership and the ReSALE Shop. The ReSALE moved four doors up in the strip mall on North Oak. Blair helped with the move as the shop’s chairwoman. She helped found the shop 11 years ago. “We learned from those in the Junior League who set up their own thrift store.” And on top of all this, she finds time to serve as registrar for Tennis Competitors Kansas City. “Neither my husband nor I are from Kansas City and we have no relatives in the area so I thought it would be helpful to join a group. I started cold turkey when I found the Junior League,” she says. “It is a great training ground for volunteers with a large network of more than 1,000 people. I am a social person by nature and I love diversity.” Blair says she hopes she passes on the lessons to her children. Her husband Allen is involved with the YMCA. “We try to set an example. It is not something you do on purpose. I am a little overwhelmed to be in the company of such a highly esteemed group of women who have won the Anne Robb Townsend awards,” she says. “I don’t see myself as extraordinary. I am a high energy person who likes to keep busy.”

Sheila Tracy Civic Award

Several believe this year’s Anne Robb Townsend Civic Award for Excellence winner Sheila Tracy should have won this honor many years ago. Tracy has celebrated 15 years of service to the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce as president.


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Charles F. Curry Real Estate Co. Chairman Ray Brock wrote, “With outstanding leadership skills, she heads a staff that successfully serves the business community in the Northland — not an easy task blending ‘old timers’ with new ‘up and comers’ and keeping both groups happy and inspired to improve our ‘commercial quality of life.’” Another admirer, Ellen Todd, president of Charles F. Curry Real Estate Co., wrote, that Tracy “does an exceptional job leading this organization and is instrumental in bringing so many of the different groups together to work through issues and opportunities to help our community grow and prosper.” And her devotion to her job means some early morning meetings and late nights, but commitment is part of her personality. She has received a few awards and certificates for her abilities. She also sought continuing education in her field including the certified chamber executive through the American Chamber of Commerce. On top of work, she has been a passionate volunteer, giving her time to YouthFriends, Special Olympics and serves on the board of the Kansas City Arts Council. Plus she is a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. “Find a profession that you love, one that surrounds you with bright and innovative people. Find a mentor that will share their perspectives and expertise. Always keep your sense of humor. Find a balance between your career and family and friends. Be sure to always have fun when doing all the above,” she says. Tracy’s path to serve started with a phone call from a friend asking if she’d be interested in working for the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and became the executive director for the chamber. In 1991, she accepted the position as vice president of membership with the Independence Chamber of Commerce. In December 1993, Tracy left Independence and joined the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce. “It was easy to get hooked on helping create a positive business environment along with the quality of life for the overall community,” she says.

Jennifer Short Business Award

This year’s Anne Robb Townsend Business Award for Excellence winner Jennifer Short seamlessly blends her professional experience with her volunteerism. For about 18 years, she has run Promotion Planners, a firm that “specializes in the development of small business marketing plans that include fundraising, telemarketing assistance and charitable event planning.”

One of her admirers, Anita Gorman, wrote, “… for me, the most striking characteristic of this honoree is her positive attitude. She can make you feel that the least little effort that you put out is worthy. She has done a tremendous amount of good in our community …” Gorman’s nomination letter was endorsed by past Anne Robb Townsend winners Nancy Dillingham, Sandra Aust and Patty Garney. As a volunteer with Synergy Services, Short leads the annual Mardi Gras fundraising committee, serves in the agency thrift store and annual Christmas store, plus coordinates the neighborhood clothing and supply drive. For the Park Hill School District, Short served as PTA president for English Landing Elementary and PTA District Council representative. She worked on plans that revised report cards, implemented a sixthgrade center, and tackled a comprehensive school improvement plan. At Platte Woods United Methodist Church, Short stays busy with directing vacation Bible school, serving on the church administrative council and coordinating the annual turkey dinner. Of course, many Northlanders know about Short’s devotion to the Harvest Ball. Professionally, she works as the event coordinator, but as a volunteer, she served as last year’s co-president, continues to be the fundraising chair and now coordinates public relations. Her latest volunteer works include the Northland Community Foundation, North Kansas City Hospital Women’s Services, and Culture Through Ballroom Dance.


With that knowledge, Short took up event planning for charities rather than for corporations. “That is where my passion is,” she says. “The first event was coordinating the Synergy Services Under the Big Top. I love this group and I wanted to do more. I volunteered at the agency’s Christmas Store. I showed this woman around as she picked out gifts for her children. I saw the bruise by her eye. She touched my heart, especially when she said, ‘I never thought I would be in this situation.’ I told her Synergy was there to help her and her children. I knew she would come out of her situation. We hugged and I told her that I would never forget her.” While she may be the only paid staff person for the Harvest Ball, she spends a lot of time volunteering with the group too. “Last year, we gave to 38 charities. It is just an organization that I really have a passion for. We have volunteers who have been with the group for all 21 years. These men and women believe in helping those in their own community. We have given $4.5 million in 21 years. If you help others, your life will reap rewards. That is why we were put here on earth and I follow that personally and professionally.” r

Past Award Honorees

Anita B. Gorman, Dr. Patricia Henley, Doris Frank


Patty Garney, Betty Soper, Marilyn Barth


Ruth Klopfensteir, Candy Kuebler, Judy Bennett


Edie Ballweg, Dorothy Pratt, Glenna Todd


Nancy Billingham, Glynda Jacobson, Sarah Snow


Toni Fitzgibbon, Ruth Stock sdale, Elizabeth Short


“When my twins were 2 years old, I realized I wanted to stay at home with them, but I also wanted to continue my business career,” she says. “I started with the Park Hill School District because Michael and I believed it was important that we become involved in our kids’ education. I learned quickly that there are children who need help.”

Bonnie Sue Cooper, Jane Pansing Brown, Anne Peterson


Irene Thomas, Judy Ives, Bernice Williams


Phyllis Werner, Virginia McCoy, Dr. Cecilia A. Robison


Virjean Burton, Lucile Douglass, Hazel Shippee


Ann Mills Sizemore, Kay Lynne Myers, Linda Doolin Ward


Andy Staley, Patsy Triplett, Miriam Van Winkle


Sandra Aust, Sue Woods, Edna Shepherd


Carol Kuhns, Nettie Agnew, Faye Werner


Mary Teresa Airey, Betty Knight, Ellen Todd


Michele Carpenter, Juarenne Hester, Yvonne Seckington


Shirley Pryor, Mary Srack, Tammy Henderson


Beverley Byers-Pevitts, Mary Pritchard, Angela Wasson-Hunt


Mary Sallee, Freddie Nichols, Joy Steincross


Carol Rothwell, Judith Frame, Jan Kauk

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icking the right wine during the holiday season may seem a little daunting.

There are celebrations galore and holiday meals, which could include a buffet of hearty soups or wild game. The rules, though, have relaxed some, but the fact remains that certain flavors of food and wine mix better together than others. The wine and the food should complement each other, not battle against each other. One way to decide is to remember what some experts recommend, “Simple wines with complex foods ... complex wines with simple foods.” Then there are times Jowler Creek Vineyard and Winery when it is all right to go with what appeals. Colleen Gerke, Platte City and her husband Jason started planting vines in the spring of 2004. They have planted Norton vines and Vignoles. The couple also added Traminette and Cabernet Franc vines to the vineyard site in April 2008. “We planted the kinds of grapes to make the wines we like,” Colleen says. “The Norton and Chambourcin create dry reds. The Norton is like a Syrah that works well paired with hors devours, KC Strip steak or roast. It also works well with cheddar cheese and chocolate. It is a warm wine. We like to sip on this by the fire and warm up after we have been pruning the vines.”

“Wines are like people.

They are all different."

Vernon Reed

Colleen says the latest Chambourcin will be ready for the holiday season and not quite as heavy as the Norton. “It is most like a pinot noir with an earthy quality with berry undertones that is great with barbecue or pork or pastas. If the guys are brave with colder weather and want to grill during the holiday season, this might be the right wine.” As for dessert wines, Colleen recommends the Sweet Vignoles for pastries or as a dessert itself. “There is a little bit of bubbly to this wine so it is a treat. It is definitely a wine that can stand on its own.” Jowler Winery also offers a port-style wine called Nort. “It is really good after dinner. We like to pour it over chocolate cake or chocolate ice cream. It is even good with chocolate chip cookies.”

Colleen says an adventurous spirit can be needed for more complex wines, but the real trick is to try them. Jowler Winery offers wine tasting and sales from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, which may be a good escape from the holiday hustle. “As for bringing one of our wines as a gift, people like receiving locally-made products.” Vernon Reed, Liberty, isn’t ready to open Wineflower Winery yet, but he has many ideas on wine and likes to share them. Like Colleen, he likes Vignoles for their fresh, fruity favors with just enough tartness, but the Norton, made often from Cynthiana grapes, reminds him of Missouri’s success in international competition. “While the winery won’t be around until late spring or early summer, I have a wide open point of view when it comes to wine,” he says. “Wines are like people. They are all different. There are good qualities and not-so-good qualities, but like people strike up a conversation, wine is the same way. If you drink only a merlot or chardonnay, it is a little too narrow-minded. I like to make new friends.” Reed agrees with the standard rules that red wine goes with beef and white matches chicken and fish. However, the exploration can be exciting in discovering a new wine. ‘It is matter of practice to pair wines with food. But like the joy in life, have a wide range of friends. That can be the same

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Bryan Keil and Karen Backues may just be able to provide the destination for that wine adventure. The two own Olive-or-Twist Liquor Store in Platte City. Like Jowler Winery, Olive-or-Twist offers wine tasting, but on Friday. “There are so many circumstances to buy a wine. You can buy a gift, present it with a meal or splurge for yourself.”

Backues says good wines for gifts or desserts are German sweet wines known as Rieslings. Another favorite is ice wine. Rieslings are made from grapes that hang on the vines well past normal picking. The ice wine is made after the grapes are partly frozen. “The conditions for ice wine are something else. The grapes are picked at night and there is less juice so more grapes are needed. As gifts, these are fancy. It is like eating a sliver of cheesecake,” she says.

If shoppers visit Olive-or-Twist, Backues will ask questions. She wants to know if the person receiving the wine as a gift is a big drinker. “If a person doesn’t drink much, they wouldn’t usually like a drier wine. A smoother, slightly sweeter wine would be more popular. Blends are popular too.”

For those who seek good wines as affordable gifts, Backues recommends the Chilean and Spanish wines. “You don’t have to sacrifice quality. These are also some great wines for big parties. I also like to recommend spiced wines for big parties too. Chaucer’s and Pirtle’s meads are good to have around.”

Backues says customer requests help determine much of their stock. They bring in clippings and she tries to find the wines from her distributors. She also likes when customers come in looking for crazy-named wines. One of her most popular sellers is Mad Housewife. “We sell many bottles to women who are going out to their weekly Bunco games. Novelty labels are big like ‘Bitch’ and ‘Old Geezer Syrah.’ What’s fun is when customers come back in and tell us they liked the wine as well as the label.”

Wrapping a bottle is just as easy as opening it and having a drink:

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nnually William Jewell College President David Sallee

and his wife, Mary, open their house for a holiday celebration. Mary decorates

the presidential house at 510 Mississippi St. for Christmas, starting in late October or early November. Each year, her house manager Jennifer Robinson, helper

Rosa Langston and she decide on themes and often shop sales to get bargains on ribbons, flowers and other decorative supplies.

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Last year, the themes were “Let It Snow” and “The Stockings Were Hung By The Chimney With Care.” She invited members of the campus community to loan their personal stockings as part of the display. “I try to figure up ways to get the whole campus involved,” she says. “I really think borrowing the stockings, especially those from faculty and staff, proved to be a big hit. It also provided some nice sentiment that spread throughout the campus.”

“It is meaningful to me that the President’s Home is a part of the festivities that the entire campus can share.” – Mary Sallee

This year, the house will carry the theme, “The Nativity.” “I change themes every year to give the house a different look,” she says. The joy of this kind of project is the challenge it brings to my creativity and my craftiness. It’s a lot of fun to plan each year’s unique theme - then figure out how I can use ornaments in a different way or a different location so that guests don’t realize they have seen those ornaments before.” Robinson and Mary design the 15 to 20 trees, placed throughout the house, including several miniatures. Langston designs the garlands and mantles. The three women discuss colors, ornaments and unique ways to define Christmas. Last year, Mary and her team created a Tinker Toy tree for a smaller room. They also created a Sweetheart Tree to recognize Mary and David’s 35th wedding anniversary. The two met on the campus of Oklahoma Baptist University. She also has a miniature Grandma Tree to start hanging picture ornaments of her grandson with room to add more pictures. Even her grandson Graham’s nursery gets decorated. “I am also good at using some fall decorations in with Christmas,” she says. “I definitely integrate some of my own collections too, including my lamb collection and Snowbabies. Three of us work on the process from late


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October to the eve of our first event. While I plan the design concepts, each of us is involved in decorating and each has the freedom to suggest changes to designs. Most often that means adding more. My philosophy is that tree decorating is the one time in life when ‘more’ is usually ‘better.’” Mary, in her eight years on campus, has become known for her tree decorating. Her skills have drawn interests on the campus and in the surrounding community so she offered a workshop on decorating. “I like to share the work we put into the house,” she says. On a campus like William Jewell, early days of December usher in a busy calendar of events, as well as a festive spirit. “It is meaningful to me that the President’s Home is a part of the festivities that the entire campus can share. In addition to many smaller events, we have one large event that the entire campus is invited to, so we have that moment in hectic academic schedules to celebrate Christmas and community,” Mary says. r

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It’s Souper Bowl Party Time By Sher Wilde

The Super Bowl score’s tied –

it’s two minutes to half time and your team has the ball at the 40. The tension is palpable. But, wait – what’s that wonderful smell wafting from your host’s kitchen? Maybe it’s one of these taste-tempters we got from some of our local coaches and super fans from the Northland. Here they are – for a few or a crowd - just in time for your upcoming party plans.

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You can make a “main course” of mini meatloaves. Just use your favorite meatloaf recipe and shape the meat into 2x3 oval shapes (football shape). Choose to leave it lean – or wrap it in bacon around the outside of the oval for hearty meat lovers. Use shredded cheddar cheese to “lace” the top.  Winners every time! (Or call Social Suppers at 746-7474 or 781-8555 for your party help.)

Directions: Using a large stew pan, salt and pepper meat to taste and sear until almost cooked throughout. Stir occasionally to keep from sticking.  Add beef broth (or water with beef bouillon) over meat and fill to half of pan.  Simmer until meat is tender. Once meat is tender, slowly add both cans of soup making sure to thoroughly stir into broth.  Add noodles and simmer on low heat until noodles are tender.  You may add additional broth to obtain desired consistency, as noodles will absorb the broth. Beef and Noodles may be served over mashed potatoes or enjoyed alone as a hearty meal!

From the Kitchen of . .

From the Kitchen of . .

Leanne Deister, President of Social Suppers Franchising (Our local Kansas City North Social Suppers are located at 8560 N. Green Hills Road and 9766 N. Ash Ave. (Liberty area.)

Tammy Henderson, Director of Residential Marketing/Hunt Midwest Northlander of the Year, recent inductee into North Kansas City High School Hall of Fame - and lifelong super Chiefs Fan TACO SOUP Ingredients: 2 lbs ground beef 1 large onion (chopped) 3 cans whole or stewed tomatoes 1 can Rotel 2 cans pinto beans (with jalapenos) 1 can hominy 1 can kidney beans 1 pkg taco seasoning 1 pkg dry ranch dressing 2 C water (Optional: elbow macaroni or small shell pasta-added at end) Directions: Brown meat – drain. Add remaining ingredients – simmer at least one hour (Henderson says she simmers for at least two hours on low heat.) During last five to 10 minutes of cooking,  “throw in” about two to three handfuls of little noodles – like really small elbow macaroni or little shell pasta. Serve with tortilla chips and shredded cheese.  

From the Kitchen of . .

Mike Stockton, Head Baseball Coach, William Jewell College BEEF AND NOODLES Ingredients: Beef Stew Meat (¾ in. cubed) Salt and Pepper Beef Broth or Bouillon 1 can Cream of Celery Soup 1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup Homemade Noodles or Favorite Packaged Noodles


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Fran Schwenk, Head Football Coach, William Jewell College TAILGATE CHILI Ingredients: 2 cloves garlic 2 tablespoons olive oil 1-½ pounds ground sirloin 1 (46-oz.) can v-8 juice 1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce 3 tablespoons chili powder 1-teaspoon cumin 2 cups water 1 (15 ½ -oz.) can light red kidney beans 1 (15 ½-oz.) can pinto beans Shredded cheddar and/or jack cheese (optional) Directions: Sauté garlic in olive oil until golden. Remove the garlic and set aside. Brown the sirloin in the garlic-flavored oil, and then add the sautéed garlic. Add all remaining ingredients except the beans. Simmer until it thickens (about 90 minutes). Add kidney and pinto beans during the last half hour of cooking. Top each serving with cheddar cheese (optional.)

From the Kitchen of . . Jason Kline, Basketball Coach, Park University TEXAS TOUCHDOWN CHILI Ingredients: 1/2 pound bacon 1 pound ground round 1 pound ground pork 1 green bell pepper, diced 1 yellow onion, diced 6 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped 6 habanera peppers, seeded and chopped

8 Anaheim peppers, seeded and diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes 3 tablespoons chili powder 2 tablespoons beef bouillon granules 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes 2 (16 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes, drained 2 (16 ounce) cans chili beans, drained 1 (12 fluid ounce) can beer 3 ounces tomato paste 1-ounce chili paste 2 cups water Directions: Place bacon in a large soup pot. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain excess grease, leaving enough to coat bottom of pot. Remove bacon, drain on paper towels and chop. Brown beef and pork in pot over medium high heat. When meat is browned, stir in the bell pepper, onion, jalapeno peppers, habanera peppers, Anaheim peppers, garlic, cumin, red pepper flakes, chili powder, bouillon, crushed tomatoes, whole tomatoes, beer, tomato paste, chili paste and water. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 45 to 60 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add beans and bacon and continue simmering for another 30 minutes.

From the Kitchen of . .

Jay McClintick, Paramedic, NKC Fire Dept. (Chair of the NKC BBQ on Snake Saturday, and responsible for the Frank Smith Chili Supper at the FD for the last 12 years. “Most chili I've ever made in one day ... 600 gallons!!!”) FIREHOUSE CHILI — Make it for a few – or a huge crowd! Ingredients: 90 percent lean (or leaner) hamburger (one pound for small pan to 20 lbs. for 80 qt. stock pot)         Mexican chili beans Dark red kidney beans Tomato sauce Diced tomatoes Green pepper Red onion Chili powder to taste (And, if you want to be a little different, habanera juice.) 

crock-pot or slow cooker...all day if you can. It will appear soupy at first, but thicken as it cooks.

From the Kitchen of . .

Marty Kilgore, Head Baseball Coach and Sports Training Center Manager, MCC Maple Woods Community College CREAM OF REUBEN SOUP Ingredients 6 cups chicken broth 12 oz. fully cooked corned beef brisket, chopped, or 2 ½ cups deli frankfurters, chopped 8 oz. sauerkraut, drained (1 cup) 1 large carrot, shredded ½ of a small onion, chopped 1 glove garlic, minced ½ tsp. dried thyme, crushed 1/4 tsp ground white pepper 1/4 tsp dried tarragon, crushed 1 bay leaf 3 tbsp cornstarch 1/3 cup water 12 oz. process Swiss cheese slices, cut cup or 3 cubes 1 cup whipping cream, half & half or light cream Rye bread croutons

Directions: In 4 qt. Dutch oven, combine chicken broth, beef brisket or franks, sauerkraut, carrot, onion, garlic, white pepper tarragon and bay leaf. Bring to boil and reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove bay leaf. Stir together cornstarch and 1/3 cup water. Stir cornstarch mixture into soup. Cook and stir until slightly thickened and bubbly. Cook for two minutes more. Reduce heat. Stir in Swiss cheeses until melted. Stir in cream. Heat through. Serve topped with croutons. Makes 6 to 8 main dish servings. r

Directions: Brown the hamburger with the green pepper and onion. Mix in the beans at a 3 to 1 ratio of Mexican to kidney. Drain the beans, drain the diced tomatoes. (Diced tomatoes to tomato sauce is 2 to 1 ratio. Depending on whether you use small cans or large can custom cook it to your needs.) Amount of pepper juice is to your taste. Slow cook in a

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Learn How to Plan Now for a

Dazzling Winterscape By Sher Wilde


Marlin Bates University of Missouri Extension Horticulture Specialist Platte County 11724 N W Plaza Circle Ste 300 Kansas City, Mo. 64153 (816) 270-2141 Mark McKellar Backyard Bird Center 6212 N.W. Barry Road Kansas City, Mo. 64154 (816) 746-1113 Lauren Moore Miller’s Landscaping & Lawn Care 5956 N. State Route 9 Parkville, Mo. 64152 (816) 741-0000 Web site on plants native to our area: Other information sources: University of Missouri Master Gardener Q & A Hotline M-F 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: (816) 833-TREE


So, gardener, the flight of fresh-air, fragrant spring days and sun-kissed summer

ones has you pressing your nose against the frosted window pane, longingly looking for their return. Well, linger no more. It’s time to plan to make next winter much more interesting.

We’ve done some investigating and found ways to introduce color, excitement and life into your winter gardening, and maybe even add another aspect to your outdoor interests. First of all, how do your bones look? Well, not yours – your garden’s. According to horticulture specialist Marlin Bates of University of Missouri Extension, it’s an important consideration that is often overlooked. Just what are your garden’s bones? Simply, they are the look your garden presents when all the deciduous trees have shed their leaves and your garden’s elements reveal their “bones.” Bates says the presentation can offer its own unique and elegant winterscape. Varying textures is one important aspect of a winter garden’s appearance. Evergreens offer a wide expanse of textures from coarser plants like spruce and Douglas fir to smoother ones such as arborvitae. These diverse conifers can run the gamut in size and shape from globe to tree form or a pyramid shape that can be pruned for hedging. By considering how an element looks bared to the bone in a snow setting you’ll be able to paint a magnificent winter scene. For example, when was the last time you really looked at tree bark? By barking up the right trees you’re

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introducing wonderful textures to your scape. If you think one bark is like another, you haven’t done your homework. Tree bark ranges from smooth to warty and can even boast a variety of colors for those perceptive enough to appreciate them. Some are layered, peeling away to create an intriguing “shredding paper” effect. And, imagine a multi-stemmed shrub that boasts three colors of wood at any given time-that’s Ninebark. While we’re on the subject of color, we’ll, of course, mention a traditional favorite that transitions us beautifully from early to very late in fall or early winter. Mums add exclamation points of orange and bronze as they boldly take on the colder temperatures right into late November - in fact, even early December, if they are provided some protection. You may think you know all you need to about another winter scene favorite. The sheen of their deep green leaves and bright bits of red in their berries make holly plantings a festive addition. But, there is more than one way to have holly brighten your garden. Varieties range from shrubs to tree forms with an expanse of sizes to fit your particular garden design. By the way, it is important to note that for optimal berry production, a ratio of the male to female gender, depen-

dent on the variety, must be planted. You need not plant the male adjacent to the female, but “he” must be in close proximity to encourage cross-pollination.

Evergreens like Eastern red cedar provide both food and shelter for feathered visitors. Other bird-beckoning varieties include shrubs like the rough-leaved dogwood, smooth sumac, deciduous holly (Possumhaw,) fragrant sumac and Indian cherry.

Another factor not always considered, but important to your design, is the play of texture and shape between adjoining plantings. Effectively blending plants according to their features will balance your overall garden.

Landscape designer Lauren Moore of Miller’s Landscaping & Lawn Care says spruces serve a dual purpose in your winter garden. While their evergreen texture adds a special beauty, their dense growth creates an inviting shelter for birds and other woodland wildlife. And, few things rival the beauty of a snow-covered Blue Spruce.

Varying textures is one important aspect of a winter garden’s appearance.

Stone structures and pathways introduce yet another texture to your landscape. And a well-placed birdbath is a real entertainment center. Birds search for water as well as food throughout the colder months. “Birdman” McKellar says while a good birdbath de-icer will cost pennies a day to operate, it could make all the difference in certain birds’ survival.

Let’s talk about some more color to counter those cloud-covered wintry days. A dash of orangey-red bittersweet will add an exciting punctuation. And for shape, texture and interest you might invite the Japanese Kerria to the neighborhood. This shrub’s zig -zag green stems brighten up the winter scene and then splash into summer dressed in yellow floral. Remember the viburnums, too. Some hold on to their soft, limey green leaves and don’t let go. So does the yellow and green euonymus vine. Witchhazel is another determined friend of your garden that boldly goes where few plants do and continues to bloom, peeking out right through the snow.

Recently, “Sensory Gardening” has attracted attention. Beyond vision and scent senses, gardens have auditory appeal. In addition to the songs of your garden birds, certain plantings can also add to your listening pleasure. Let your ornamental grasses stand tall and proud throughout winter’s months and they will whisper soothing sounds to you as the wind passes through their graceful appendages. The texture and delicate grace of ornamental grasses such as 'Karl Foerster' Feather Reed and Maiden Grass will please you even when they don an icy coat. Resist cutting them until late February or early March - just before they want to grow for you again. You should be ready now to turn that window on your garden into a frame for the winterscape you plan to create, enriched by texture, shape, sound, color and wildlife. Before you know it, it will be spring. r

The smaller, multi-stemmed Heavenly Bamboo shrub keeps its colorful foliage year around as well. Colored in pink, red or yellow, the shrub can grow to a majestic six feet or be a dwarf variety only two feet in height. Oh, by the way, don’t be afraid of the name. This is not a relative of the intrusive regular bamboo. It’s not such a vagabond, preferring to stay “at home” where you place it. Despite shedding their leaves for the season, the red and yellow twig dogwoods also provide a nice colorful accent during the winter months. Another interesting addition is Beauty Bush. The taller multi-stem vase shaped shrub peels away its bark in layers all year and then bursts into a breathtaking floral display of yellow and white each spring. With an impressive growth up to 10 feet topped by a rich array of leaves, it creates a living “fountain” in your landscape. Inviting birds to dine on some of your garden’s offerings is a wonderful way to entertain yourself while you wait for spring’s arrival. Wildlife biologist Mark McKellar of Backyard Bird Center says selecting native trees and shrubs is an important aspect of gardening, as well as a way to successfully attract birds to your yard. The Magazine Dedicated to Living Life in the Northland | Winter 2008




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Northland Business Leaders Share Ideas About Success

By Kellie Houx

Success comes in many ways. There is personal and educational growth that may lead a per-

son to a career that pays well. Others, involved in active business, may see success as a certain number of customers, being in the black financially, but several Northland businessmen offered

their ideas of success. These men found the courage to follow a dream, make a daily commitment to their employees and customers, and to pursue a plan for the future.

Richard Eisenberg

Gerald Wicklund

Richard Eisenberg, owner of Eisenberg Sew and Vac, has run the family-owned business for more than 30 years. While he keeps his main office at the store in St. Joseph, the family marked five years with the Barry Road store and is now adding another store in Mission, Kan. However, the vacuum business was a fluke. Eisenberg attended Baptist Bible College in Springfield. “I needed to support my family so I sold Kirbys (vacuum cleaners) door to door. I did very well, including one day when I sold five.”

The Wicklund CARSTAR in Liberty will turn 40 years old Jan. 1. Bill and Rochelle Wicklund started the company as the Body Shop in 1970. Through a few name changes and a few moves, the family business has stayed strong. Bill and Rochelle’s son Gerald is at the helm today and his son Billy is also working at the car repair store.

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First, he served as a Kirby distributor for nine stores after his move back to St. Joseph. “Then I wanted to have my own business. My son Scott has also joined the family business. He likes the retail side. Our friends and relatives liked our business that not only includes selling reliable products, but also service.” With sewing machines, vacuums and portable heaters, Eisenberg Sew and Vac continues to grow. “We are not perfect, but we make a real effort to please people. We don’t sell throwaway products. If there are breakdowns, we offer a reasonable repair time and get the machines back in our customers’ hands. This might be especially important to people as many want products to survive for decades and not become part of landfills.”

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In 1973, the Wicklunds built a shop near Franklin Elementary that had four bays. Bill wrote the estimates, handled some of the repairs and painted cars at night. “As we got off the ground, my dad worked for the Liberty Police Department reserves. It was 12 to 15 hours a day. They also immediately joined the Liberty Chamber of Commerce. We had the first paint booth built in Liberty. I helped my dad build it. We built the frame machines. I got certified in paintless repair in 1992.” By 1995, the company moved to its current location at 941 Sutton Place, Liberty. “Success is leaving the office at the end of the day, knowing that we had satisfied customers. I also like to make sure I have 22 happy employees. That’s why I sometimes cook breakfast for the employees. We also have picnics, Christmas parties and other events,” Gerald says. “Even the guys are playing golf now.” The Magazine Dedicated to Living Life in the Northland | Winter 2008




Kris Fuller

Brett Bailey

Kris Fuller leads Full Features Nursery and Landscape Center, Smithville. For five years, he has been part of the landscaping team. The nursery and retail shop opened in 2005. It is another family affair – dad Dan runs the nursery, mom Shirley handles marketing and some of the bookkeeping and wife Jackie helps in the nursery.

General Manager Brett Bailey is the second generation involved in car repairs and renovations. His father and uncle owned A & B Body Shop in 1964. After a brief sell to CARSTAR, Bailey repurchased the locations in Riverside, Smithville and St. Joseph and added two more to the mix. “It comes full circle,” Bailey says. “My dad Dan Bailey is the president of CARSTAR now. No matter what, my dad and my uncle Bill have been my mentors.”

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“It is rewarding personally because, first, this is not want I expected to do. I was a dance performance major,” Fuller says. “During college, I fell into this as a summer job. It is a rewarding field of work, especially moving from the start of a project to the end. I spent 10 years as a laborer. Then I moved to a foreman, a designer and then the owner. I suppose I had an artistic eye for spacing plants and seeing what could be done. No matter what, it is still a learning process, especially with the nursery and retail aspect.” Again, giving back to the community is important to Fuller as it is to other business owners and leaders. He belongs to the Smithville Chamber of Commerce. He works with the high school in town. “We try to help a couple charities a year. Often, we donate a wreath or such for an auction.”

Toby Breedlove

American Family Insurance

American Family Insurance Representative Toby Breedlove, Gladstone, has received the J.D. Power and Associates’ Distinguished Insurance Agency award for outstanding customer service the last two years. As a local agent, Breedlove took out after the May tornado that hit Gladstone. While the claims crews were out, Breedlove stopped to visit his customers. “I know I surprised people, but it is way to make sure my clients knew they were cared for,” he says. Breedlove says community involvement is crucial. He participates with the Gladstone Area Chamber of Commerce and the National Board of Insurance and Financial Advisors. “I never thought I would go into insurance after majoring in economics and business administration at Drury. I played golf competitively in school,” he says. “However, it is an industry. It really is about making a difference for someone when you know you will help families, including yours.”


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CARSTAR, A & B Riverside

With 95 employees and 800 cars a month serviced, Bailey’s CARSTAR locations are growing. “We are still locally owned and operated. We have been recognized twice for being the Collision Repair Shop of the Year and we were nominated for the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year.” He also belongs to the Riverside Chamber of Commerce. Bailey, like the others, values his employees. If an employee receives praise from a customer through a letter, Bailey gives out gift cards or tickets. “Employees today were players on A & B Little League when they were kids,” he says. “It’s fun to have connections. If it was not baseball, it was football teams. Customers also tell us similar stories. Success for me is to have employees walk out of the shop and be proud to wear the business logo.”

Frank Ferrantelle

Northland Physical Therapy

Physical therapist Frank Ferrantelle purchased the Northland Physical Therapy practice in 1991 after retired therapist Bill Dunn sold the more than 20-year-old practice. Dunn started the physical therapy program at North Kansas City Hospital. Northland Physical Therapy has three locations: the original in North Kansas City; a second location in Liberty (8 years); and a third in Platte County, near Interstate 29 (3 years). “We are committed to the Northland,” he says. “We live in this community. Most of the 20 employees live in the Northland. It is a commitment to this area.” Ferrantelle and his wife are involved in the Harvest Ball. He served two terms on the St. Pius X High School Board. He also is a member of the North of the River Breakfast Club. Ferrantelle expects changes in the future, but he also hopes for continued success. “The beauty is the ever-changing clientele and their needs. I am demanding of others and myself. You really get to know people and get them back to work and to those things that make them happy.”

Jason Ransom The Dish

The Dish Famous Stuffed Pizza, Liberty, has been around for 11 years and owner and founder Jason Ransom wants to see what new areas he might conquer. While the Liberty location is still the destination for stuffed pizza, 70 grocery stores in the area carry Dish stuffed and thincrust pizzas and of course, the Liberty Hy-Vee was the first store to carry the frozen treats. Ransom says he is glad that pizza is still America’s favorite food. “It really is a universally accepted food. I mean, growing up in Chicago, I loved deep-dish pizza, but when I moved here, there was none of the pizza I had known as a child.”

Come & Get Your Smile On!

While pizza was on his mind, Ransom came to the area to sell medical equipment. However, a meeting with his future wife Mattie, he knew a restaurant was in his future. “Mattie had worked in restaurant management and I had some ideas of what I wanted so we went to work,” he says. “Success, for me, is the ability to create and the freedom to make decisions that aid my family and my business. I’m in charge of creating the future with new drinks, new pizza flavors and a bigger factory.” r

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Medium, Rare, Well Done

A Sampling of Northland Steak Restaurants:

It’s All About the Steak s

Em Chamas 6101 N.W. 63rd Terrace Kansas City-North Located in Tuileries Plaza, Em Chamas features steak and other meats prepared in the Churrasco tradition from the Pampas region of Southern Brazil.

By David Knopf

Piropos 4141 N. Mulberry Dr. Kansas City-North Located in Briarcliff Village, Piropos prepares steak and other fare the way the upper crust in Buenos Aires, Argentina enjoy it. Hereford House 8661 N. Stoddard Ave. Kansas City-North A Kansas City tradition for 50 years, Hereford House brings the same atmosphere and menu to Zona Rosa. Justus Drugstore, a Restaurant 106 W. Main St. Smithville Certainly not the steak-and-potatoes restaurant you might expect to find in a Northland suburb. The executive chef is a Frenchman if that’s any help. www.d Café des Amis, 112 E. Main St. Parkville This French restaurant serves its filet with a hunter green peppercorn sauce and wild mushrooms. It’s located on the second floor of a storefront in Parkville’s historic downtown area. LongHorn Steakhouse 9400 N.E. Barry Road Kansas City-North A traditional chain of Western-themed steakhouses that features a variety of steak cuts and other entrees. Texas Roadhouse 168 N. Stewart Liberty Another chain, but one that takes the Western theme even a step further. Patrons are encouraged to throw peanut shells on the floor. Texas Roadhouse offers steak lovers everything from sirloin to rib-eyes to filets. Oddballs Restaurant and Bar 6409 N. Cosby Ave. Kansas City-North A new restaurant in Picture Hills Shopping Center that blends a family-oriented sports atmosphere with hand-cut steak s and Angus burgers. Waffle House several in the Northland No one at Waffle House would point to steak as a claim to fame, but you can get breakfast and dinner steak 24 hours a day and order hash browns with addons such as onions, tomatoes, jalapenos and green peppers.


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chose to target male readers for most of the winter issue, no topic rang louder than steak — a food synonymous with the gender. To add a dash of authenticity, At Home lassoed a man to write the story. That would be me, RedBlooded, Steak-Eating Male Journalist. Traditional journalism would have me establish a thesis, arrive at a point of view and locate a number of sources to comment on their steak preferences and favorite Northland eateries. Then — much like the first bite of a slightly blackened, medium-well t-bone, well seasoned and not lacking for a touch of burnt fat — it struck me. What’s the food I crave most and eat least? Steak. Game on, I thought. Several authorities assured me it was OK to be a man and admit to liking steak. Even in a politically correct world, stereotypes sometimes are condoned. So, how do we know that men love steak? Proof is everywhere. Under the heading “Meals Men Like,” the Web site www. notes “If he doesn’t eat meat, girls, he’s probably a sissy.” But let’s be fair: Some women love steak as much as men. And that doesn’t make them macho. “I would say it’s just a

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stereotype, but that’s just me,” says Northlander Tish Bromstedt, a filet-lover who prefers Piropos or Hereford House in Zona Rosa. “I would not make a good vegetarian.” But you don’t see many Web sites devoted to female steak fanatics. At the commercial Web site, a model named Darren (mind you, not Dawn or Dorothy) models an “I Love Steak” T-shirt. The store’s “Frogs Love Me, Cows Fear Me” apron clearly targets the stereotypical male, hunkered down over a fire grilling a T-bone. Then there’s the Steak Club 7 (www.steakclub7.wordpress. com), a group of seven New York guys who “can’t agree on anything, save a love of steak.” Call us primal, but when push comes to shove, shove us into a steak house. My personal favorite is the middlebrow LongHorn Steakhouse. Steak isn’t an everyday food (especially on a journalist’s income), so it’s where I like to go on my birthday. Same goes for my son, a steak-loving trainee who’s gotten off on the right foot. The word LongHorn brings back memories of the Western-themed steakhouses of yesteryear. The décor and steak names (Texas T-Bone, Outlaw Rib-eye) do nothing to di-

minish the nostalgia or Wild West associations. I go for the big cuts, the 16-ouncers when budget and conscience allow, grilled medium well and sided with a baked potato overflowing with — call a cardiologist — butter and salt. And yes, I like a little burned fat around the edges. I’m not sure how writer John Mariani researched “The 20 Best Steaks in America” (August 2008,, but for his sake I hope the magazine flew him around the country to sample the fare first-hand. Mariani chose his best steaks by category, and it was a 25-ouncer — not a typo— that won the KC Playboy Strip category and put Jess & Jim’s, a Kansas City landmark, in the top 20. The side? A pound-and-ahalf twice-baked Idaho potato. Definitely not for the faint of heart. But who needs to drive to Martin City for a steak when you can get the real thing right here in God’s Country? Platte Countian Mike Bromstedt knows the lay of the land. He doesn’t eat steak as often as he once did, but he still enjoys it several times a year at Piropos, the Argentinean steak house in Briarcliff. “It’s probably the best steak I’ve had in town,” says Bromstedt, whose wife, Tish, shares his steak passion. Mike opts for a medium-rare, 10-to 12-ounce filet with a salad or green vegetable on the side. Flavor and tenderness are his top criteria. The flavor, he says, has to do with seasoning and fat. “I like it marbled,” Bromstedt says. “In the steak industry, they don’t use words like fat. They use words like marbled.” Liberty jewelers Kevin and Christi Weaver also know a good steak when they taste one. They grill them at home, sometimes a flank cut grilled Brazilian style, but they also enjoy restaurants that prepare steak with imaginative flair. Kevin takes his medium rare and fat-free and enjoys everything from rib eye to porterhouse to KC strip. Christi orders hers medium and thinks a touch of fat adds to the flavor. The couple do share an affinity for the Chevrolet of steak — the simple filet. “I’m a wuss,” Christi says. “I just like a good filet. (Celebrity chef ) Anthony Bourdain thinks that’s the easiest cut to make.” “It’s kind of a nobrainer. Anyone can cook it and not mess it up,” Kevin said.

Volunteer members of Northland Festivals, Inc. are already hard at work preparing for next spring’s Snake Saturday Parade and Family FunFest. Committee members are buzzing with extra excitement this year because the next parade, which will be held on March 14, 2009, is the group’s 25th annual celebration, and they’re determined to make it grand. Snake Saturday is sponsored by the City of North Kansas City, North Kansas City Hospital and a number of other Northland businesses. It is through the generosity of these sponsors that Northland Festivals has been able to give out approximately $850,000 to area charities in recent years. Charities that benefit Northlanders and have a 501(C)3 tax designation are eligible to compete for prize money by entering beautiful floats in the parade. The first-place prize is typically $7,000! There are opportunities for families, schools and other groups to win prizes and recognition as well. Snake Saturday is looking for additional volunteers and sponsors. For information on entering the parade, sponsoring or volunteering, please visit or phone 816-421-4438.

The Weavers have enjoyed the Northland’s South American one-two punch — the Argentinean Piropos and Em Chamas, a Brazilian steakhouse — but they also describe the steak at Smithville’s Justus Drugstore as “awesome” and enjoy Parkville’s Café Des Amis, where steak is crusted with peppercorns and blue cheese. The Weavers both prefer a more creative preparation to the standard fare of a franchised steak house. “Personally, I don’t like the chain stores because it’s more of a cookiecutter kind of beef,” Kevin says. Why is steak so popular in Kansas City? Kevin has as theory. “I think it’s more of a Midwestern thing, the steak and potatoes thing,” he says. “But it makes sense because we grow more beef in the Midwest.” r

Lamar Hunt, founder of the Kansas City Chiefs, was one of Snake Saturday’s most notable Grand Marshals. Shown in this photo with Northland Festival’s Board Member Jane Quigley (right) and publicist Debbie Van Pelt-McEnroe (left) in 1994, Hunt led North Kansas City’s 10th Annual Snake Saturday Parade. The Magazine Dedicated to Living Life in the Northland | Winter 2008


Holiday Packages to Make You Smile.

December is HOT at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown! Concerts. Plays. Rockettes. The Magic of Christmas. New Year’s Eve. There is so much to see and do in downtown Kansas City this December, you’ll want to be a part of the excitement. We have a variety of guestroom packages to make it easy and fun for you to come down and enjoy all the spirit and activity of the season.

The Kansas City Marriott is right in the center of the action… just steps from Sprint Center, Midland Theater and the exciting Power & Light Entertainment District. And minutes from the hotel are shopping and attractions offering fun for the whole family.

Visit our Web site and take a look at our Concert Fever, Magic of Christmas, Rockettes, New Year’s Eve Packages – and many more. Then choose the one that’s right for you, and come on downtown!

We are also hosting our traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas buffets. So however you want to celebrate the holidays this year… plan on spending them with the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.

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Travel … Food … Nature … History … Shopping? By David Knopf

Imagine for a moment

that your wife’s headed to Nebraska for a college reunion. She plans to drop the kids at her parents’ for some special bonding/spoiling time with Mee Maw and Paw Paw. With the kids gone, your calendar’s clear. Grass doesn’t grow this time of year and the leaves are mulched. The yard will survive without you. Could it be that you’ll actually be looking for something to do? Do a guy’s thing that you couldn’t do with the family. First, dig through your old records and find the one with The Beatles’ “Day Tripper.” Any song that brings out the road warrior in you will work. We’re goin’ on a day trip and we won’t set your itinerary.


As you explore the Northland Roads Less Traveled, why not start with a hearty breakfast? Nelle Belle’s Diner 150 N.E. 69 Highway, Claycomo If salt of the earth is your preferred spice, Nelle Belle’s the place. This downhome café features a counter of maybe eight stools and two tiny dining rooms with tables so close you rub elbows with the people in the next room. The waitress will call you honey, the pancakes will be tasty and the coffee cup, well, it won’t run dry. And you can’t miss Nelle Belle’s. It’s painted pink. Waffle House several locations Waffle House might just be the corporate version of Nelle Belle’s. But there’s nothing cold and corporate about people who work there. While the jukebox plays songs like “Waffle Doo Wop,” the waitresses verbally shoot orders at the cooks, who work without written tickets. F irst Watch 409 Armour Road, North Kansas City The Blue Collar Experience isn’t for everyone, so if you prefer a more refined dining experience we suggest First Watch and its delicious omelets, crèpes, breakfast potatoes and biscuits and gravy.

Caribou Coffee 6370 N. Lucerne, Kansas City The Northland suffers from no shortage of coffee shops. A good cup of Joe is available anywhere from Starbucks to McDonalds to Borders to Latté Land. Pick your favorite. Caribou’s in front of Tuileries Plaza — step inside to get your coffee. True to its name, Caribou has a Rocky Mountain flavor, just the touch to fire up your wanderlust.

Nature and Exercise

If a big breakfast weighs you down, go for a walk. We can’t list every beautiful Northland trail here, so search for complete lists on city and county Web sites. Watkins Woolen Mill State Park 26600 Park Road North, Lawson You’ll enjoy this 3.8-mile asphalt trail. It’s hilly in spots, cuts through the woods and circles a lake. If the near-four-mile trail is too long, there are shorter routes. Maps are available. W hite Alloe Creek Conservation Area 9 Highway, Parkville It’s accessible from 9 Highway (turn in and park at the new Platte County The Magazine Dedicated to Living Life in the Northland | Winter 2008


TRAVEL Health Department Building). You can also access it by walking north behind Park University’s soccer and softball stadiums. Maps are available. English Landing Park south end of Main Street, Parkville English Landing Park is one of the Northland’s favorite walking trails. It’s especially suited for man’s best friend, who isn’t allowed, by the way, at nearby White Alloe Creek. English Landing offers great views of the Missouri River and Park University’s landmark architecture. Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary 407 N. LaFrenz Road, Liberty A beautiful trail that cuts through a wooded area with abundant streams and wildlife. The nature sanctuary is home to a naturalist’s museum, too. Martha Lafite isn’t far from Stocksdale Park, either, which offers both a paved walking trail and a new mountain bike trail.

Wild Spending

Who says women are the only ones who like to shop? We just shop faster and know what we want before we go inside. Here’s a couple fun spots where you can drop money quickly: Musician’s Friend 4001 N. Norfleet Road, Kansas City-North Even if you’re not a musician, the scavenger in you will enjoy this. Musician’s Friend ships instruments from a distribution center off 210 Highway in Clay County. Judging from the number of dinged, scratched, blemished and broken gear on closeout, we figure the store may break the instruments itself! Great bargains abound for the fixer-upper, dreamer or person who doesn’t care if his guitar isn’t in one piece. Bentley ’s Guitar Studio 122 S. Main, Parkville Bentley’s is to Musician’s Friend as First Watch is to Nelle Belle’s. If smaller is a better fit for you, Bentley’s is David in a world of Goliaths. The store carries everything from Martins to Fenders to high-dollar classical and collector’s guitars. We know you’ve repressed that inner rock star dying to find expression. Worth Harley-Davidson 6609 N. Oak Trafficway, Gladstone You’ll need advice on divorce attorneys if you buy a Harley while the family’s away. But most guys have either owned one or have always wanted one. Why not stop in, take a look around and maybe buy something — if not a Sportster — then at least a leather jacket?

History and Culture

We won’t make assumptions about your cultural tastes, but this category goes further than watching old National Football League films where the players don’t have facemasks and the music sounds like Victory at Sea.


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Civil War graves Camden Point, Mo. Six Confederate soldiers are buried in marked graves in Camden Point Baptist Church Cemetery in rural Platte County. They died during the 1864 Battle of Camden Point, a skirmish in which Union forces scattered a band of Confederates. The gravesite was renovated and a monument erected in the 1990s. Jesse James farm grave, bank robbery site Kearney and Liberty The James farm and museum in Kearney are well-maintained, as is the site of the first daylight bank robbery in Liberty. James is one of the area’s leading tourist attractions, drawing visitors from as far away as Japan. The Northland’s Black history sites Even as slaves, African Americans served important roles in developing the economy of what is now the Northland. Slaves were sold on the Square in Liberty, a town with Confederate sympathies, as they were on what is now Main Street in Parkville. Liberty’s Dimmit, Ringo, Dougherty house at 242 W. Franklin St., is still standing and used as a residence. It was built with separate slave quarters, still visible from the road. Clay County Archives and Platte County Historical Society are good resources for historical landmarks.


What’s curious is clearly subjective and visible only to the eyes of the beholder. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have our favorites. Vivion West Shopping Center west Vivion Road, near Riverside Nothing even slightly cookie-cutter about this older shopping center. Tenants include Animals in Need Thrift (the former NationAL’s Surplus), a tattoo parlor, pet store, Italian and Mexican restaurants, a pawn shop, a collectibles store, as well as a laundry. Timeless Treasures Antique Mall 433 N.E. 69 Highway, Claycomo The Northland is rich in antiques and collectibles stores, flea markets, antique malls and junk shops. If you’ve just finished breakfast at Nelle Belles, also in Claycomo, head east to Timeless Treasures. It’s a big, wellkept mall with numerous stalls devoted to all kinds of curiosities. r

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said something about going to his “man cave” during a recent dinner party he and his wife were hosting, I thought he was referring to “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus.” Dr. John Gray’s famous tome attempts to explain the differences between men and women, one of which being that men often have to crawl into a figurative mental “cave” in order to regain their waning strength created by too much stifling interaction with their female partners and offspring. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that my father-in-law’s cave was actually a physical reality – a room in the basement where “a man can be a man,” according to Patrick Callagy. [Insert Tim Allen grunt, here.] After that fateful night, it seemed that man caves started magically springing up everywhere. I learned that my uncle has had such a dwelling for years. A good friend’s husband was in the beginning stages of crudely decorating his. I even overheard it as a topic of workplace water cooler conversation. And to further prove this phenomenon is becoming part of popular culture, The DIY channel began featuring a primetime show named, appropriately, “Man Caves.” Being a newlywed, I was horrified at this concept. Thinking that a man would need a place to escape from his wife and/or children made me instantly blanch. But what made my blood run cold was the look of wistful envy in my husband’s eyes when we visited our friend’s basement tavern-themed cave, complete with wet bar, backless stools, mirrored walls and the, piece de resistance, the 52-inch flat screen television with surround sound. On the ride home, I quizzed my husband about why these rooms seemed to be so important to his gender. His succinct answer came with a shrug: “It’s yours.” When pressed further about whether he would like one, too, he shrugged again, “Sure.” This interaction prompted me to delve further into just what makes the perfect man cave, and here’s what I’ve learned:

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It Really Is All About Him

When it comes to man caves, the husband’s personality must lead the way in choosing the best spot for the he-dwelling. For instance, if a guy likes his alone time, he might consider an outdoor shed for its prime location status away from the hustle and bustle of the family. However, if he likes to entertain his buddies, a basement location is often the perfect option. Garage caves are also very popular, as long as the wife doesn’t mind parking outside.

The Cave Itself Must Be Considered

Once the location of the man cave has been chosen, the space must be carefully considered. Is it big enough for multiple uses, such as a basement tavern and a home gym? Does it have the necessary ventilation to support a cigar smoker’s club? Does it need a source of heating or cooling? Is there something about the construction of the room/shed/garage that will make decorating it or placing furniture in it a challenge? Answering these types of questions is necessary before allowing an imagination to run wild with myriad possibilities of cave.

It Should Have

A Clearly Defined Function

(Or Functions) To fulfill its promised obligation – a place in which to escape – man caves must have a function. Whether it is a place to enjoy a woodworking hobby, or to watch the championship game with a bunch of friends, or to work off the calories from the wife’s latest casserole creation, the function (or functions) of the room should be defined. Is it his sole retreat, or is it a gathering place for friends and even, gasp, the occasional wife or child? By having this in mind during the cave’s developmental stages, it keeps the space from being encroached upon by other family members, and helps the man retain his sense of ownership.

The Theme Rules

Even if a guy doesn’t like to admit it (because it can seem a little girly), the man cave with a


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central, recognizable theme is the coolest. Some popular themes include NASCAR racing, professional sports, automobile or motorcycle of choice, ultimate workshop, poker den, inhome pub and video game arcade. The thing that makes the previous themes so popular is that they are rife with decorating possibilities. For instance, if a professional sports theme is chosen, the cave would probably include a place to watch games, and the design and décor could include a palette of the favorite team’s colors, along with a stencil of the mascot and assorted team memorabilia to hang on the walls.

It Really Is Ultimately About The Wallet

As with most things, a man’s cave dreams are only limited by his wallet. Some men seem satisfied with the budget cave, while others will save a lifetime to get six matching massaging recliners and 12-tap wet bar. The key is to ensure that you have a living cave; one that can grow with a man as he moves through life’s various stages. In other words, today’s ultimate home gym should be able to grow into tomorrow’s geriatric rehabilitation spa while keeping the cave dweller’s sense of identity intact. Although our current home does not have enough space for a man cave, you can bet that our next house will. Although I don’t exactly relish the idea of my husband needing a place to escape, many wives agree that a man cave does a relationship some good. “It’s really just a place that my husband can go and do stuff that I don’t really enjoy,” says Cathy Callagy. “It’s not a place I can’t go. It’s more a place I don’t need to be.” Besides, if a man cave keeps my husband happy and me from reading Dr. John Gray’s book to explain odd “mental cave” behavior, it’s got to be a good thing. r


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Keeping fit and trim may be the best prevention Most men know about the importance of taking care of their hearts. However, many don’t know that another disease can catch up to them as easily as a heart attack: diabetes. In diabetes, the person’s body either doesn’t make enough insulin (Type 1 diabetes) or it can’t use the insulin it does make (Type 2 diabetes.) This causes sugar to build up in the blood, leading to all kinds of problems in the body including heart disease, stroke, blindness, nerve damage, gum problems, kidney disease and amputations. According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 23 million Americans have diabetes, but more than one-third of them don’t know they have the disease. While rates of diabetes are only slightly higher in men than in women, because men tend to be less attentive to their health, they are more likely to be unaware they have diabetes. “There aren’t great differences in diabetic issues between men and women, except that there are great lifestyle differences between the two groups,” says Dr. Richard Hellman, M.D., practicing endocrinologist at North Kansas City Hospital. “Men are more likely to be smokers, which in diabetes causes a much higher incidence of eye and kidney disease.” Hellman also suggested that men with diabetes do have more peripheral vascular disease, or trouble with blood vessels in their legs, as well as have problems with their feet. He says that diabetic men also have a slight increase in prostate cancer, and more than half struggle with some sort of erectile dysfunction. The American Diabetes Association also reports that men with diabetes: • can develop retinopathy, a vision disorder leading to blindness, more quickly than women. • are more likely than women to develop vascular disease, including coronary heart disease, stroke or cardiac failure. • have amputation rates 1.4 to 2.7 times higher than women with diabetes. While Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed early in life, Type 2 is the one most adult men need to watch out for.

Symptoms of Diabetes

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• Extreme thirst. Going along with frequent urination, the body tries to dilute extra sugar in the blood with water. • Fatigue. Insulin is supposed to help glucose go into the body’s cells to give energy. When it’s not there, the glucose stays in the blood, starving the cells and leaving the person tired. • Tingling or loss of feeling in feet. High blood sugar can cause damage to nerve cells, causing the tingling feeling, especially in extremities. • Blurry eyesight. The American Academy of Ophthalmology says that diabetics have a 25 percent greater chance of losing their eyesight than people without the disease. It’s the number one culprit for vision loss in the United States. • Other signs of diabetes: Dry, itchy skin; sores that heal slowly or recurring skin, gum or bladder infections.

Risk Factors for Diabetes

Obesity is the leading cause of diabetes in the United States. Over time, excess weight makes cells less responsive to insulin. If a man is more than 45 years old, is overweight and inactive, he should be tested for diabetes. Other risk factors include: • diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates and low in fiber and whole grains, • immediate family members with diabetes • family heritage of African American, Native American, Asian American, Latino or Pacific Islander descent • high blood pressure and abnormal blood cholesterol levels • exercising less than three times per week The good news is that even if men have risk factors for diabetes, simple lifestyle changes can keep Type 2 diabetes at bay. Keeping a healthy weight and exercising five times per week can play a large part in preventing the disease. If necessary, treatment includes medication and/or insulin injections to manage blood sugar levels. Doctors will also prescribe a specific diet and exercise plan, including weight control measures. The best way to diagnose diabetes is one of two blood sugar test men can receive at their doctor’s office. r The Magazine Dedicated to Living Life in the Northland | Winter 2008


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fortunate to have seen my mother work. My generation is the one that had working moms. First, we have an appreciation for how they juggled it all.” Second, he understands how savvy the women are. Most women rely on the Internet, U.S. Consumer Reports and other forms of research to become better-informed consumers. “Even if a woman is a stay-at-home mother now, most likely she is college educated and had an active career before she made the choice to take a few years off to raise children. These are women who know what they need as far as transportation. They like driving something nice, often with good space and the ability to separate children at least at arm’s length. This is part of the changing dynamics in car buying.”

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"My generation is the one that had working moms. First, we have an appreciation for how they juggled it all."

According to national consultant Tom Peters, women are the “chief buying officers” for American households. With at least 75 percent of the decisions regarding house purchases going to women and 94 percent of the home products and 83 percent of all consumer buys, most companies would be foolish to ignore that women control the purse strings and a lot of what goes into that purse. Igoe realized women were a target market when General Motors created a simple advertisement featuring a woman removing and carrying the third-row seat. “Women are working the deals now. I understand this for my car business,” he says. Igoe handles the Internet inquiries personally. On most days, more than half the inquiries are from women. “I am


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Igoe says many women want a sports utility vehicle. He sees women in their mid-20s to mid-30s buying Tahoes and Malibus. The younger set, he says, are buying Cobalts. These are first-time car buyers and often single. Women in their mid-30s and older are buying Impalas, Suburbans and the crossover utility vehicle Equinox. “When a mom has two strollers and all the children’s items for a weekend away, she wants to accommodate all those needs.” The staff at Heartland Chevrolet is mostly younger, married men. “I immediately ask a man when he comes in by himself if he needs to take the vehicle home to show his wife, girlfriend or fiancée. I don’t hesitate saying this at all. When you consider a car is the second largest purchase anyone can make, it is important everyone is happy with the purchase.” Igoe involves his wife Dana is some customer service follow-up. “She handles the calls and the survey questions on how we did with the sale and after the buyer has taken the car home. She keeps us all on our toes by pointing out our strengths and weaknesses. She even makes sure I am aware of my shortcomings.” Igoe says car dealers will tell potential buyers that they know how to handle service, but he wants to see professionalism, politeness and integrity from all his staff, including those in the service department. “You can never assume anything. Women are often single mothers, widows or they have never married,” he says. “If they come in to have their car serviced here, they want to know what is wrong, if they could have prevented the damage and what repairs will really be made. Never underestimate the power of a woman.” r

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Dec. 1-5, 13 Liberty Community Christmas Tree Dec. 4 - Shopper meeting Dec. 1-5 - Food Drive Dec. 13 - Delivery Day For information, call 792-1112 Dec. 3 Hanging of the Green Gano Memorial Chapel William Jewell College 10:15 a.m. Dec. 4 Gallery of Trees Parkville's Olde Mill Lighting of the Quad William Jewell College’s Quad and Gano Memorial Chapel 7 p.m. Ethnic Voices Poetry Series “The Wind Shifts” featuring a reading by Francisco Aragon McCoy Meetin’ House Park University 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5 2008 Christmas on the River A Family Tradition Historic Downtown Parkville Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. Free shuttles available Party with St. Nick at Zona Rosa Free event Marshalls Building 6 p.m. Dec. 5-24 Santa Claus at Zona Rosa Monday-Saturday noon-8 p.m. Sunday noon-6 p.m. Call 587-8180 for tickets Marshalls Building Dec. 5-6, 12-13 “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens Fair Based Productions Dinner 6:30 p.m. Performances 7:30 p.m. 3 p.m. Riverside Community Center For information, call (816) 587-1080 Dec. 6 Shoal Creek Living History Museum “A Visit with St. Nicholas" 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (816) 792-2655 for tickets and other information.

Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City, Christmas on the River The Nutcracker in a Nutshell 3 p.m. Liberty Symphony Holiday Concert, Liberty Performing Arts Center 7:30 p.m. History Seminar & Heritage Scrapbooking with Shannon Miller Part 1: Free informational presentation Part 2: Scrapbooking workshop (materials fee). Pre-registration required. Corbin Theatre Call 439-4537 for information, times and fees. Platte City 11th Annual Homes Tour Presented by Beta Sigma Tour Noon -5 p.m. Call 858-4526 for information and tickets Christmas on the Farm Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site 2 p.m. - 7 p.m Admission is free for the event. For more details, call 580-3387. Dec. 6, 13 and 20 A Hometown Holiday Historic Downtown Parkville 1 – 3 p.m. Dec. 6, Dec. 13 Breakfast with Santa at Zona Rosa Marshalls Building 8 – 10 a.m. Call 587-8180 for tickets Dec. 7 ICM Chamber Concert Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel Park University 3 p.m. Dec. 9 Christmas Festival, William Jewell Chapel Choir Second Baptist Church, Liberty 7:15 p.m. Dec. 10 Advent service, Gano Chapel William Jewell College 10:15 a.m.

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