Balance Coaches needed
Northland Shepherd’s Center is looking for balance coaches to teach Matter of Balance (MOB) classes for senior citizens.
Classes for those interested in being a coach will be held 8 a.m. to noon, June 24 and 25. MOB classes for seniors are held throughout the year at different locations.
MOB is an evidence-based fall prevention program out of the University of Maine and is endorsed by the National County on Aging.
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Coaches help participants:
▪ View falls and fears of falling as controllable.
▪ Set realistic goals for increasing activity.
▪ Change their environment to reduce fall risk.
▪ Promote exercise to increase strength and balance.
Training will be held at Sherwood Bible Church, 4900 N. Norton, Kansas City, North.
Classes and trainings are free. To register call Northland Shepherd’s Center at 816-452-4536.
Jewell President Sallee to retire
David Sallee, William Jewell College’s president has announced he will retire in August 2015.
Sallee has served as president for 15 years and is the longest serving college or university president in the Kansas City area.
Before coming to Jewell he was vice president for enrollment management at Luther College in Iowa and at Oklahoma Baptist University.
During his tenure at Jewell, the Pryor Center for Leadership Development was opened, as well as Shumaker Hall and Pryor Learning Commons.
In the past year, William Jewell College has been ranked among America’s best schools by Forbes Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, Washington Monthly and Money Magazine.
Story Time in the Park
Children can enjoy story time in Gladstone parks this summer courtesy of Mid-Continent Public Libraries, Clay County Health Department and the city of Gladstone.
Each event will feature stories and activities centered around different themes. Storytimes are scheduled for 10 a.m. on the following days:
June 17, Oak Grove Park, bear theme.
June 24, Happy Rock Park, dinosaur theme.
July 8, Meadowbrook Park, penguin theme.
July 15, Central Park, cars and trucks.
July 23, Oak Grove Park, pet theme.
Platte County Discount Tickets
Discount tickets for the 152nd Platte County Fair are on sale through July 15 for $25.
The fair is July 22-25 at the Platte County Fairground in Tracy, Mo.
Season tickets prices are $30 at the gate on opening night. Daily tickets are $10. Children 12 and younger are free.
The fair will include a carnival, demolition derby, mud marathon, truck and tractor pull, horse and mule shows, arts and crafts and 4-H exhibits, food and live entertainment and a queen contest.
For information on the fair or where to purchase discount tickets go to www.plattecountyfair.com.
Clay County African American Legacy, Inc. (CCAAL) will host its 14th annual Juneteenth Celebration Saturday at Garrison School in Liberty.
The program will feature Sonny Gibson, Kansas City historian and author of “1865 Kansas City Early Negro History;” and music by Kansas City AKA Band with guitarist C.J. Walker.
Events begin at 11:30 a.m. Food will be sold.
Tickets are $10 at the door. Proceeds will go to the Ken Robinson Scholarship Fund for minority youth and the Garrison Capital Improvement Campaign.
Annual memberships in the Garrison Circle of Friends will be available for $20.
Juneteenth celebrations commemorate June 19, 1865, when slaves in Texas first learned they were free although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed Jan. 1, 1863, by President Abraham Lincoln. It is one of many freedom day celebrations held across the United States.
Garrison School is at 502 N. Water St., Liberty. For information go to: www.ccaal-garrisonschool.org.
VSI awards given
Vocational Services Inc. (VSI) recognized residents, business and community leaders at their annual Community Awards Night, May 28.
VSI, established in 1966, provides employment and other opportunity for the developmentally disabled. More than 250 Northland residents with disabilities are employed in VSI workshops and programs.
Awards presented were:
▪ Consumer of the Year, Suzie Maschler. Maschler has worked at VSI since 1989.
▪ Parents of the Year, Dan and Dee Sharp. With their son, Jon, a VSI consumer, the Sharps have actively participated in VSI events and Booster Club.
▪ Vendor of the Year, Bukaty Companies. Awarded for their extra effort with employee benefits.
▪ Customer of the Year, Scholastic Company of Jefferson City.
▪ Benefactor’s Award, Clay County Developmental Disabilities Resource Board.
▪ Legislator of the Year, Missouri Senator Ryan Silvey for his support of sheltered workshop programs.
▪ Working for the Public Good, Presiding Clay County Commissioner Jerry Nolte.
▪ Volunteer of the Year, David Bricker.
▪ Director’s Award, Jerry Tindall, retired VSI assistant director and long-time workshop leader.
▪ Virgil “Skip” Bower Board Member of the Year, to board president Paula Torkelson.
▪ Employee of the Year, David Phillips, VSI production sales representative. Also recognized were Employees of the Quarter Kathy Osborn, Talisha Oquendo and Faith Hilton.
Other Clay and Platte companies that employ VSI workers who were recognized for their work with VSI clients were Liberty Hy-Vee; Lowe’s at Broadwalk.
Outdoor camp for all ages
Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary is offering EGADS summer camps this year for all ages.
EGADs: Earth Guardian Adventure DayS include single day camps, family summer programs, and camps for children and teens.
Week long camps include: All the Kids, for ages 5-18; Discoverers, Seekers, Trackers and Adventurers, for different grade levels. Various themes are planned from insects to prehistoric Missouri; water fun and mad scientists.
Single Day Camps include: Creekin’ Kids for first- to sixth-graders; and family summer programs.
Fees range from $195 for weeklong camps, to $8 each for single-day camps.
For a complete schedule go to: www.naturesanctuary.com.
Caregiver support group
Tri-County Mental Health has a twice monthly Caregiver Support Group which meets at 1 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of each month.
“Caring for a loved one is often a very demanding and stressful situation,” said Becky Franklin, Older Adult Educator with Tri-County. “It places physical, emotional and social demands upon the caregiver, all of which take place alongside medical changes and limitations that the loved one may face. This group aims to share the message: ‘You are not alone.’”
Franklin moderates the group and has a background in hospice care.
The group offers resources, help and support, she said.
Those interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP to Tonya Rother at 816-877-0481.
Meetings will be held at the Tri-County Building 3100 N.E. 83rd Street, Suite 1001, Kansas City, North.
New businesses welcome
Members of the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce (NRCC) have welcomed four new businesses to its membership with ribbon cuttings over the last month.
AtWork Fairway Personnel Services, a staffing agency, hosted a ribbon cutting May 19 at its new location at 927 S. Brown St., Liberty. The company specializes in temp, temp-to-hire and direct hire placement.
Salonen CFO Services and Consulting, a small business financial reporting service, had a ribbon cutting May 28. It is located at 720 Oak St., Kansas City, North. It provides payroll, financials, tax return and reporting services.
Bank of Weston held a ribbon cutting at its Northland location June 4 at the bank at 6363 N. Cosby, Kansas City, North. The locally owned bank is a longtime NRCC member with locations throughout the Northland.
The Landing at Briarcliff had a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony June 9. The luxury apartment complex is one of the newest communities in the Northland. It is at 1601 N.W. 38th St., Kansas City, North.
NRCC represents over 750 businesses in Clay and Platte counties.
| Norma King, Special to The Star