Yordano Ventura quit school at 14 and was working construction until his big break: a tryout that led to a spot in the Kansas City Royals’ academy in the Dominican Republic. But even after making the major leagues and pitching in the World Series, Ventura wouldn’t live anywhere else than Las Terrenas, his hometown, where he trained on the beach and swam in the ocean.
Winter Storm, a weekend of bagpiping and drum events, draws hundreds annually to Kansas City for a January weekend. In fact, it’s the largest such event in North America. Meet some of the students who’ve been captivated by the sound of the pipes.
Since 1986, the Snow Creek ski resort has drawn young and old to Platte County. It’s not Keystone or Breckenridge, but it’s a cheaper place for beginners to learn to the sport. Last year, Snow Creek had nearly 80,000 skier visits. Young and old, they come.
Asado Urban Grill opens in the Northland’s Hilton Kansas City Airport, serving past favorites like barbecue as well as new items like red snapper Mariniere. Brookside’s new L’Cove Lounge at Avenues Bistro has already revised its menu, adding specials that were popular with customers and seasonal items.
Will a 50-unit condominium project in downtown Liberty improve a blighted area and bring more business to merchants along the town square? Or will it mar looks of the adjacent historic district of turn-of-the century homes and make parking impossible for residents there?
Kids were running all over an indoor athletic training facility on a field divided in half by a large floor-to-ceiling net. On the left side of the net was a lacrosse league, and to the right, a baseball team. I sat and watched both practices for a while, taking inventory of the equipment being used. Based on what I was seeing, I figured that several thousand dollars were out on that field.
Growing up, my parents knew I was a sensitive kid. I was shielded from childhood terror movies such as “Bambi” and “Dumbo” that depicted horrible things happening to the parents of the young and innocent. I begged to see “Bambi,” but was never allowed. Alas, I have never seen it to this day, nor do I plan to.