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March 11, 2014

Northland State of the City, and other community notes

Northland community notes
State of the City

The State of the City Luncheon hosted annually by the Clay County Economic Development Council will be held at 11 a.m. March 26 at Harrah’s North Kansas City.

Mayors and officials from Clay County’s cities will outline public and private developments in their communities.

“This is a chance for the cities to talk about major projects that are happening in each city. It builds a great sense of camaraderie and gives a keen insight into major developments in the county,” said Jim Hampton, executive director of the Clay County Economic Development Council .

Seats for council members are $30 each or $200 for a table of eight. Non-member seats are $32. Sponsorships are $500.

To reserve seats or for information call

816-468-4989 or send email to deneen1@clayedc.com


Harrah’s is at 1 Riverboat Drive, North Kansas City.

ShamRock and Run 5K

The ShamRock and Run 5K Run/Walk begins at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Liberty Community Center, 1600 S. Withers Road, Liberty.

A family-friendly block party follows at 110 E. Kansas outside of the Rock and Run Brewery in Liberty. Rock and Run is sponsoring this inaugural race and plans to continue it each year, said Natalie Ressel of Rock and Run.

The race entry fees are $25 and $30. Register online at


or the day of the race. The top prize for men and women is $100. T-shirts will be given to early registrants.

The block party is open to everyone, whether they participate in the race or not. It will include live music, food and beer tents.

The party lasts until 5 p.m. Cherry Bomb, a local band, will play from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

For more information call Rock and Run Brewery at



Glass recycling

The Liberty area now has four Ripple Glass recycling locations with the placement of a bin in the parking lot of the Mabee Center on the William Jewell College campus, 924 State Highway H in Liberty.

Glass jars and bottles can also be dropped of at the city’s Drop-Off Recycling Center, 400 Suddarth; Belvoir Winery, 1325 Odd Fellows Road; and Price Chopper at 9717 N. Ash, Kansas City, North.

Last year 313.84 tons of glass — equivalent to 1.25 million glass bottles and jars — were left in recycling bins in the Liberty area.

Glass to be recycled do not need to be sorted by color, labels do not have to be removed, and rinsing is nice but not required. Please do not leave plate glass, mirrors, Pyrex or Corning Ware containers.

Parkville Chamber luncheon

The annual Parkville Area Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. March 20 at The National Golf Club.

Tickets are $30 for members and $15 for member’s guests. Table sponsorships are available.

Others are invited to attend.

For information call the Chamber office at



Prevention Volunteer Hall of Fame

Attorney Steve Wolcott has been named as the first inductee of the Northland Coalition’s Prevention Volunteer Hall of Fame. The Northland Coalition is a volunteer organization that works toward safe, substance-abuse free communities.

Wolcott was honored at a Feb. 28 prevention conference at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.

Other awards were given to Sher Wilde of The Marketing Dept., Outstanding Partner in Prevention award; Retro Bowl, Liberty, Exceptional Community Contributor; and Excelsior Springs Police Chief John McGovern, the Commitment to Safe and Healthy Communities Award.

Wolcott, a Liberty attorney and Smithville resident, was involved in the organization of the Coalition in 2000 and has helped secure federal funding, formulate bylaws and establish its not-for-profit status.

He helped establish the Smithville community coalition and works frequently with the Northland Coalition on legal issues. Recently Wolcott drafted a model anti-bullying municipal ordinance. He also volunteers with Youth With a Vision for high school students and two of his daughters were members. In 2007 he received the Volunteer of the Year Award by Tri-County Mental Health Services.

Wilde has served as a promotional marketing consultant for the Northland Coalition’s programs and events for more than 10 years, serving in a variety of capacities.

Retro Bowl in Liberty hosts the annual Rock-N-Bowl, a major fundraiser for the Coalition.

McGovern is a founding member of both the Excelsior Springs Supporting Abuse Free Environments prevention coalition and the Northland Coalition, and has led efforts to pass local ordinances leading to the passage of state laws aimed at reducing alcohol and tobacco use by minors.

The Northland Coalition meets monthly at Tri-County Mental Health Services. For information go to

www.northlandcoaltion.com or contact prevention specialist Kara Siefker at karas@Tri-CountyMHS.org or (816) 877-0401.

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