Police offer Halloween safety tips
The Liberty Police Department has safety tips for Halloween trick-or-treaters and their parents.
“Halloween’s a great time of the year, but we always have to remember to follow the safety rules, especially when it comes to traffic,” said Capt. Andy Hedrick. “Use the buddy system. Don’t be by yourself. Pay attention to traffic. Try to wear bright colored costumes so cars have an easier time seeing children as they cross the street.”
Hedrick and Liberty Police also suggest:
• Parents should accompany younger kids on their trick-or-treat route.
• Always cross at the crosswalk. Don’t cross the road mid-block or between parked cars.
• Consider adding some reflective tape or striping to your child’s costume.
• Make sure masks or hats don’t obstruct your child’s vision.
• Make sure your trick-or-treaters use flashlights that have fresh batteries.
• If you’re driving your kids around on Halloween, make sure they enter and leave the car from the passenger side.
• Stick to sidewalks or paths. If there aren’t any sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
• Older kids who are trick-or-treating on their own or with friends should stick to areas or neighborhoods they know.
• Motorists need to drive with extra caution and always make sure the cell phone is put away while driving. Drivers should also take extra time to look for trick-or-treaters at intersections and along sidewalks.
Senior Halloween party
The Liberty Silver Center is hosting a Halloween party and potluck for senior citizens beginning at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.
The party will feature spooky decorations, pizza, popcorn and candy, and a viewing of Alfred Hitchcock’s, “Psycho.”
Attendees should bring a side dish to share. The cost is $5. Costumes or black and orange clothes are encouraged.
Make lunch reservations by 4 p.m. Oct. 30 by calling 816-439-4368.
The Silver Center is inside the Liberty Community Center at 1600 South Withers Road, Liberty.
Platte County grant applications
Charities are invited to submit applications for grants from the Platte County Eleemosynary Society by Nov. 8.
Grant recipients will be recognized by the Society at its annual charity ball next spring.
Any not-for-profit organization serving Platte County residents is eligible to apply for grant money.
For information or an application call Harriet McGarvey at 816-587-2844.
Novelist speaks at Woodneath
Laura Moriarty, an author and an assistant professor of fiction writing at the University of Kansas, will discuss her latest novel, The Chaperone, at the Woodneath Library Center at 7 p.m. Nov. 6.
The Chaperone is the story of a woman who escorts a future silent film star on her first trip from Kansas to New York City at the height of the jazz age. Moriarty also wrote the novels While I’m Falling, The Rest of Her Life and The Center of Everything.
Nominations open for Grigsby Award
The Parkville Main Street Association is accepting nominations from the community for the Bill Grigsby Lifetime Achievement Award.
The award is presented annually to an individual who exemplifies the qualities demonstrated by Grigsby: community leadership, volunteerism, commitment, dependability, positive attitude and the ability to work with a variety of individuals and community organizations.
William Jewell honorees
Three Northland residents were honored during William Jewell College’s annual homecoming in September.
Jill Cress of Lawson, Brad Hirni of Kansas City, North, and Nancy Sherrick of Liberty.
Cress was inducted into the William Jewell College Athletic Hall of Fame for her coaching contributions to the women’s basketball program, where she has been head coach for 18 years. She has been named Conference Coach of the Year three times and led the Cardinals to three conference titles and seven NAIA National Tournament appearances.
Hirni was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Service Award. He has served on the Career Mentor Commission and has been actively involved in all facets of the program. He has also led career networking events and volunteered his expertise as a networker.
Sherrick was recognized by William Jewell College’s Board of Governors as an honorary alumna for the many years she has devoted to the college. Sherrick has played an active part in the Jewell community since 1968, when her husband, Sherman, joined the faculty. She worked in the alumni office, advancement, and the president’s office.
Heart and Sole 5K raises $4,500
The Tri-County Mental Health Heart and Sole 5K Run/Walk raised more than $4,500 during the October event at Happy Rock Park. The total was $2,500 more than last year.
Funds will be used for Tri-County’s Children’s Services, wellness programs and holiday assistance programs for families. The agency provides holiday gifts and dinners for about 50 underserved families and about 125 children.
Almost 100 walkers and runners participated in the event.
Harvest Ball set for November
The 27th Harvest Ball will be held Nov. 23 in the Grand Ballroom at Bartle Hall.
The ball is sponsored by the philanthropic Harvest Ball Society. Twenty-seven area charities are expected to receive funds as a result of the Harvest Ball.
“It is our 27th year. So that’s kind of a fun thing to do to give 27 charities,” said Mary Jo Burton, a Harvest Ball Society board member.
The Ball begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by a program at 7 p.m. and dinner and dancing.
Eleven youth will be recognized as VICTORY Honorees for their community service, leadership and scholarship. The VICTORY designation stands for Volunteerism In the Community Through Organized Recognition of Youth.
The 2013 Honorees are Jakob Allen, Christopher Cary, Jenna Disselhoff, Stefanie Duff, Hannah Lowe, Mathew McWilliams, Matt Pepper, Taylor Spooner, Courtney Stout, Katherine Waldschmidt and Lindsey Wilson.
Tickets are $200. Sponsorships are available. To make a reservation go to https://www.harvestball.org/forms/ball.html.
Health care help available
Help with the Affordable Care Act or Medicare D enrollment is available from counselors at the Clay County Health Center.
A counselor from Samuel U. Rodgers Health Services will be available Tuesdays in November to help uninsured individuals review the Affordable Care Act.
The counselor will be available 9 a.m. to noon and 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 5, 12, 19 and 26. No appointment is necessary.
Those interested in enrolling in Medicare D can speak to certified counselors every Tuesday through Dec. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
On Nov. 7 the Health Center will have a six-hour Medicare D enrollment event.
“It’s a big event we have every year. We have six or eight counselors that walk people through the program. People are really encouraged to review their plans because the insurance companies change their plans annually and if you don’t review you may be in for a big surprise next year,” said Jodee Frederick, director of the Division of Administration at the Clay County Health Center.
Community choir season opens
The first concert of the season for the Northland Community Choir is at 3 p.m., Nov. 10 at the Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel at Park University.
This is the 40th anniversary of the Northland Community Choir.
Artistic director Paul Erickson will direct “For Music,” a benefit concert for music education at Congress Middle School.
| By Norma King, special to The Star