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For these Americans, sewing the Stars and Stripes is a labor of love

Since the Stars and Stripes were first created more than 200 years ago, millions of U.S. flags have been flown in displays of patriotism. And when Memorial Day rolls around next Monday, the metro area will be awash with U.S. flags — some likely made at Kansas City’s Allied Flag or sold by two other local companies, Shawnee’s Flagsource Unlimited Inc. and Kansas City’s All Nations Flag.

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A childhood devoid of school lunches and VBS

My son’s two claims to fame are 1) he had a childhood devoid of Vacation Bible School and 2) he never bought food in the school cafeteria. By the time my daughter started kindergarten, lunches had become a parenting statement. God forbid if you packed a Smuckers Uncrustable; if you ever resorted to a Lunchable, be prepared for a home visit from CPS.

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I haven’t put a photo in an album since 2007. Let that sink in.

Springtime gatherings always remind me how I totally blew it as my family’s photo archivist. With graduation parties and other milestone celebrations popping up like dandelions, I’m facing the beast almost daily. My eyes fall upon impeccable, thorough, chronological picture displays. They’re theme-infused art installations, always monstrously lovely. The orderly shots of others’ lives tell such sweet stories, yet leave me in a dark room of guilt.

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A glimpse of what Meadowbrook park, development will have to offer

When it is finished, the approximately 130 acres of the former Meadowbrook Golf and Country Club in Prairie Village — bounded by 91st and 95th Streets and Roe and Nall avenues — will be transformed into single and multi-family dwellings, senior living and an inn with 5,000 square feet of retail, plus a park that will be the largest in northeast Johnson County.

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Budget uncertainty still looms for schools

Shawnee Mission is anxious about what next fall brings as school officials await a decision by the Kansas Supreme Court on whether the state’s system for funding public education is fair to poor school districts. “We’re six weeks away from a new budget year and there’s a tremendous amount of uncertainty of what might happen with our budget,” worries Shawnee Mission district Superintendent Jim Hinson.

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Seniors don't let age get in the way of a good song

The McCrite Plaza at Briarcliff choir, under the direction of chaplain Tom Wideman, is preparing for a patriotic concert on June 30. The senior living facility is at 1201 N.W. Tullison Road in Kansas City, North.
Keith Myers kmyers@kcstar.com
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