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05/21/2013 2:26 PM

05/21/2013 2:26 PM

Independence

EcoFest is back:

Waterfall Park will the scene of the sixth annual EcoFest, a way to learn more about water quality and ecology.

The free event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 1, a Saturday. Visitors can learn about water and conservation topics through interactive displays like edible ice cream aquifers, a stream table demonstrating erosion and water-themed games along the trail at the park, which is south of the Bass Pro Shops near U.S. 40 and Missouri 291.

Other activities include kites, music and an appearance by Eco Elvis.

Road closed:

Bly Road will be closed through Dec. 1 between Missouri 78 and Bundschu Road so a new bridge can be built. All traffic will enter and exit from Bundschu.

Belton

I-49 ramp to be improved:

The Missouri Department of Transportation will begin work next week to improve safety and reduce congestion on the ramp from southbound Interstate 49 to Missouri 58.

The first disruption for motorists will be the overnight closure of the left lane of the ramp from 8 p.m. May 28 to 8 a.m. next May 29 to mill and pave the left shoulder so the usable part of the ramp can be widened.

Construction will begin Wednesday on a longer ramp and wider pavement and shoulder. Traffic will be restricted at times through July 8.

Lee’s Summit

Business awards:

Three local businesses and a non-profit agency recently received the Lee’s Summit Chamber Res in Motus (Business in Motion) Business of the Year awards:

• Lee’s Summit Social Services, nonprofit with fewer than 20 employees. The agency has provided emergency assistance to the needy since 1992.

• Cinematic Visions, business with five or fewer employees. It’s the home of the nationally syndicated TV show “Just Down the Road.”

• Lee’s Summit Journal, six to 20 employees. This is a sister publication of The Kansas City Star.

• MCC-Longview, more than 20 employees. The community college campus, one of five in the MCC system, serves more than 11,000 students a year.

Kansas City

Fesitval of Fountains:

Kansas City calls itself the City of Fountains, an aspect of local life that will be celebrated June 9 at Union Station.

The first KC Festival of Fountains will take place at the Bloch Fountain, in front of the station, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. The City of Fountains Foundation organized the event to honor its 40th anniversary, to showcase local fountains and encourage contributions for those that need immediate repair. A formal fund-raising campaign will be announced.

Before the festival, bicyclists will take part in a Fountain Ride beginning at Union Station at 8 a.m. The Marching Cobras will perform at 1 p.m. Trolleys will leave the station every 10 minutes for guided tours of the city’s fountains.

Other activites will include a Lego exhibit, the Zoomobile, animals from Lakeside Nature Center, a fountains activity book and live entertainment.

Waldo area

Know your (alcohol) limits:

Starting at 10 p.m. Thursday, police will set up a Know Your Limits display at Tanner’s Bar Grill, 7425 Broadway.

Without fear of being ticketed, patrons of the entertainment district will be able to measure their blood alcohol content on one of several breath-test machines. Officers will have contact information for cab companies as well as information on how alcoholic drinks affect individuals based on body weight.

This is the second time police in Kansas City have done such an initiative, which got its start in Arizona.

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