Senior companions sought
Shepherd’s Center of the Northland is looking for volunteers to help senior citizens maintain independence.
The Senior Companion Program trains low-income seniors to serve as helping companions in the homes of frail or at-risk elderly individuals for a stipend that averages $200 a month.
“The volunteer has to make less than $1,915 a month after medical expenses; be 55 and live in Clay County, must be in good health, and must attend training,” said Terry Tipton, program director and in home services coordinator at Shepherd’s Center of the Northland.
Volunteers will have an allowance for meals and transportation costs, as well as an annual physical exam, liability insurance and vacation leave.
The program is supported by a federal grant and has been implemented in Jackson and Johnson counties.
“There’s not a shortage of clients, there’s a shortage of stipend volunteers,” said Tipton.
For information call Shepherd’s Center of the Northland at 816-452-4536. Information is also at www.shepherdcenter.org.
Health insurance counseling
Health insurance marketplace counselors from Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center are no longer providing counseling at the Clay County Public Health Center.
For information on navigating the Health Insurance Marketplace call 816-474-4920 for an appointment the Samuel U. Rodgers facility at 825 Euclid Ave., Kansas City.
Missouri 10 bridge input
The Missouri Department of Transportation is taking public comment through March 6 about plans to replace the Route 10 bridge over the Fishing River East Fork and the Missouri 10 bridge over Marietta Street in Excelsior Springs.
The preliminary design plans are to replace the 80-year-old bridges with safer structures and build a sidewalk on the south side of Missouri 10 between the bridges. MoDOT engineers will be available to answer questions.
People can read details and offer comments at www.modot.org/kansascity.
Call MoDOT 24 hours-a-day at 888-ASK-MODOT for information or to report road concerns.
Health Department opens Northland branch
The Kansas City Health Department has opened a Northland office to provide environmental services at 4420, N.E. Chouteau Trafficway.
The Northland location handles food service permits, food handler classes, food handler cards, temporary event permits, pool permits, pool operator classes, noise permits, lodging and child care inspections, and fee payments.
“Our hope is that this new branch location will help make these services more accessible to the growing number of residents and businesses in the Northland,” said Kansas City 1st District At-Large Councilman Scott Wagner. “This is the first step toward the possibility of providing all services currently offered at the Health Department’s primary location at a Northland branch office.”
The Northland branch office is in the Northland Neighborhoods Inc. building, which sits in the middle of older neighborhoods, said Deb Hermann, chief executive officer of NNI
“This new partnership will make many essential services within reach of Kansas City citizens and neighborhoods who have found them difficult to obtain in the past. It’s bringing the services to the citizens,” said Hermann.
For example, newly-hired waitresses and food service workers in the Northland will not have to cross the river to get a food handling permit, which in the past has been “a huge hardship” for people of limited means, she said.
The Northland location is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 816-513-9360 for information.
CPR certification classes
The Liberty Community Center is offering lifeguard certification classes for people 15 and older this spring.
Community Center staff who are certified by Ellis & Associates will provide National Pool and Waterpark Lifeguard Training Program certification and recertification courses.
The Ellis certification program is accepted by most neighborhood, country club and community swimming pools, the Liberty Community Center and Oceans of Fun. Prospective class members should check what certification they need.
Classes include certification for adult, child and infant CPR, spinal management, using an AED and supplemental oxygen, water rescue, and how to aquatic emergencies.
Sessions will be held March 14 to 16, April 4 to 6, and May 2 to 4. Fees are $145 for Community Center members and $150 for others.
A recertification on May 11 is for people with a valid Ellis & Associates license or course completion certificate. Fees are $85 for Community Center members and $90 for others.
All classes will be held at the Liberty Community Center, 1600 S. Withers Road, Liberty.
North Star Band concert
The North Star Community Band will present its free winter concert, “Potpourri,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Oak Park High School, at 825 N.E. 79th Terrace, Kansas City, North.
The program includes Apassionato, Finlandia, The Wizard of Oz Meets the Wiz, selections from Wicked, and Kiss Me Kate. Band director Faye Rader will share the baton with five band members.
Children are welcome with an adult. The Oak Park auditorium is handicap accessible.
For information call Rader at 816-674-5120.
Personality disorder discussion
The Family Support Group at Tri-County Mental Health will discuss personality disorders at 6 p.m. March 5.
The guest speaker will be psychologist Amy Shoffner from the Northland Behavioral Health and Wellness clinic. A question and answer session will follow.
The group meets in the Tri-County building at 3100 N.E. 83rd St., Kansas City, North.
Missouri Century Farms
Families who have owned their farm for 100 consecutive years can apply to have it recognized as a 2014 Missouri Century Farm.
The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings, nephews or nieces, including through marriage or adoption. The farm must be at least 40 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the farm income.
More than 8,000 Century Farms have been recognized in Missouri since the program began in 1976.
“It came out of the bicentennial movement when we were all looking back at the history of our country and everybody realized the importance of agriculture and the importance of family farms,” said Michael Ouart, vice provost and director at the University of Missouri Extension. “It is important to honor and respect our history. These farms represent both Missouri’s cultural heritage and the good stewardship that our farmers strive for.”
Program sponsors are the Missouri Farm Bureau, MU Extension and the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.
“We applaud the hard-working farm families that have kept us fed and clothed for generations. They represent an important part of our heritage and laid a foundation for the bounty Americans enjoy every day,” said Blake Hurst, president of the Missouri Farm Bureau.
The application fee for a 2014 Century Farm is $65 before May 1 or $75 if received between May 1 and May 15.
Certified applicants will be recognized by the MU Extension Center in the county where the farm is located and be presented with a sign and a certificate.
| By Norma King, special to The Star