Liberty trails need input
The city of Liberty is inviting public input on ways to develop a trails system in the city.
The goal is to create a vision for a future trails system that will provide accessible opportunities for outdoor recreation, as well as connect neighborhoods, parks, schools and other public places, said Chris Wilson, Liberty’s Parks and Open Spaces manager.
Two open houses are planned. The first is 4-6 p.m. Monday at the Clay County Public Health Center. The second is 5-7 p.m. July 9, at Liberty City Hall, 101 E. Kansas.
In addition, a traveling display will be placed for public review at the following locations:
• Liberty Community Center, 1600 S Withers Road, June 26-July 2
• Liberty City Hall, 101 E. Kansas, July 3-12.
• Liberty Public Library, 1000 Kent St., Liberty, Aug. 2-15.
• Woodneath Library Center, 8900 N. Flintlock Road, Kansas City, North; Aug. 16-30.
The displays will have an internet link to an online survey.
The open houses will allow city staff to provide information on proposed trail locations and receive input from the public. Those attending will also be able to make their own healthy trail mix that night.
Golf tournament for kids’ sports
Sponsors and golfers are needed for the July 26 Tee It Up Fore Parks golf tournament at Cardinal Hill Golf Course, Liberty.
Proceeds will go to the Liberty Parks and Recreation Charitable Fund, which provides youth scholarships for needy children who want to participate in city-sponsored sports programs. The fund has helped more than 160 children.
Teams of four will compete for prizes. The fee is $60 for individuals and $240 for a team. To register go to: www.ci.liberty.mo.us/ParksOnline.
Ultimate Frisbee league
The new Gladstone Ultimate Frisbee League is registering teams for a summer league that begins July 31.
Teams can register through July 19 or until the league is full.
The fee is $300 for teams of up to 15 players. Games will be played Wednesday nights at Happy Rock Park.
On-line registration for sports is available at www.activityreg.com, or register in person at Gladstone City Hall, 7010 N. Holmes or the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes. Call 816-423-4091 for information or go to www.gladstone.mo.us.
Rebuilding Together opens store
Rebuilding Together Clay County has opened a virtual building supply store.
The nonprofit organization, which provides home repairs for the needy, is offering its surplus building materials, doors, cabinets, sinks, marble tops, faucets, toilets, and light fixtures through Craigslist as well as at rebuildingtogetherclaycounty.org.
Since its founding in 2001, the organization’s volunteers have repaired 319 homes and served 143 children, 201 elderly and 152 disabled citizens.
Store and project manager Ed Kephart said helping those in need is rewarding. “It’s just incredible stuff,” he said. For example, one elderly couple was showering with a garden hose hooked up to a sink because the floor was rotted in their bathroom and plumbing wasn’t working.
“That was extreme, but old pipes and electrical lines are a common issue. If we can fix things like that, people can stay in their homes. That’s better for everyone,” said Clay McQuerry, executive director and certified aging-in-place specialist
In another case, said Kephart, a 97-year-old woman hadn’t taken a shower for a year because she couldn’t step into her bathtub. Rebuilding Together Clay County solved her problem.
The oranization’s office is at 2050 Plumbers Way, #150, Liberty. Kephart and McQuerry hope to open the store to customers in the near future, but for now shopping is online.
The organization welcomes donations from remodeling projects, builders, suppliers and retail scratch and dent. Whatever Rebuilding Together Clay County can’t use for its projects, it will sell to the public. Monetary donations and volunteers are also welcome.
Gladstone seeks new council member
With the resignation of Gladstone Councilman Barry McCullough, the council is inviting qualified and interested residents to submit resumes for the position.
McCullough resigned after purchasing a home outside the city. He served four years on the council and was mayor one of those years. Prior to being elected to the council, he served on the planning commission. He continues to own Jenkins & James Insurance Agency in Gladstone.
Candidates must be 21 or older, a U.S. citizen, a Gladstone resident for at least one year before the appointment and a registered voter. The candidate who is chosen will serve until the next council election in April.
Individuals should submit a resume indicating their reasons for wanting to serve, experience in municipal government, civic involvement and related experience.
Resumes and a letter of interest are due by 5 p.m. Monday. Submit to Gladstone City Clerk Cathy Swenson with a copy to Mayor Jean Moore, at 7010 N. Holmes, Gladstone, MO 64118.
Relay for Life
Liberty’s 2013 Relay for Life begins at 7 p.m. Friday at the Liberty High School Track, 200 Blue Jay Drive.
This year’s theme is Under the Big Top. Relay for Life of Liberty honors cancer survivors and recognizes those who have passed away from cancer as well as raises funds for the American Cancer Society.
Last year the Liberty Relay and fund raising efforts by 45 teams brought in $56,000. This year’s goal is $60,000, according to Lori Ewing, event chair and a cancer survivor herself.
The Relay kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday with a ceremony and survivor lap. Participants will walk or run laps on the track during the 12-hour event. Teams camp overnight and have members on the track continually.
“The staying overnight symbolizes that cancer never sleeps,” said Ewing.
Live entertainment, activities and games for children are planned. Food will be available for purchase.
A Luminaria Ceremony to honor loved ones who have battled cancer or for special caregivers is at 10 p.m. Luminaries can be sponsored for a $10 or $40 donation.
Those interested in participating as a survivor, friend or team can register online at www.relayforlife.org/libertymo. Teams can be a group of employees, family members, church members, organizations or neighbors.
Survivors will be given a purple survivor T-shirt at the Relay.
“We’re there to celebrate our survivors, to remember those we lost, and we’re there to fight back against the disease,” said Ewing.
The Northland Grandfamilies Program will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at Platte Woods United Methodist Church, 7310 N.W. Prairie View Road, Kansas City, North.
Senior advocate Lois Fitzpatrick will speak on “Advocating for Grandparents through the Silver Haired Legislature.”
The Silver Haired Legislature is an elected group of senior citizens that advocates for legislation affecting the elderly.
Northland Grandfamilies is a cooperative program of Clay County Senior Services, the Platte County Senior Fund and the University of Missouri Extension Council in Clay County.
The group has monthly support group meetings. It provides education, advocacy and referrals to agencies for grandparents and other relatives raising children.
For information call 816-407-3490.
Liberty to get health study
The city of Liberty and other health-minded organizations would like local input on factors in the community thath influence obesity as well as health and fitness, especially for 10- to 14-year-olds.
Liberty has been selected to be a Beta site for the Healthy Communities Surveillance and Management Toolkit Project, which will focus on reducing obesity and improving health and fitness in the community.
A public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the Clay County Public Health Center, 800 Haines Drive, Liberty.
“Kids who are 10 to 14 years of age start testing their independence and making their own lifestyle choices,” said Janet Snook, director of Liberty Parks and Recreation. “At this point, if a child is overweight or obese, there’s an 80 percent likelihood that they will be overweight or obese as an adult. Then 80 percent of those adults will produce overweight or obese children. We want the community’s help to figure out how we can reverse trend and put our kids and our community on a healthier track.”
For more information, contact Donna Kay Taylor, Liberty Parks and Recreation project manager, at 816-439-4364.
New library opens
The Mid-Continent Public Library’s new Woodneath Library Center will hold an opening celebration Saturday morning.
The new library at 8900 N. Flintlock Road in Kansas City, near Liberty, incorporates an 1850s home into its design.
The celebration Saturday will begin with a ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m., followed by a petting zoo, ice cream social, storytime crafts, and other entertainment.
By Norma King, special to The Star | The Star