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04/01/2014 12:00 AM

03/31/2014 10:23 PM

Raytown SummerFest won’t happen in 2014

The Raytown Area Chamber of Commerce announced Friday that it won’t be sponsoring a summer festival this year

A news release said that last year’s event “did not evolve the way we thought and when Mother Nature came in on Saturday, the event was a wash.”

After weighing the effort, space needs and community participation, the chamber said, its leadership decided to take a year off from planning festivals. Now the group will meet with other organizations and discuss how, and by whom, festivals should be organized.

The chamber asks residents to weigh in on community events through a survey at

Independence lands figure-skating event

The Independence Events Center will host one of nine regional contests next year for the U.S. figure skating championships.

The dates for the Southwestern regional are Oct. 3-6, 2015.

“This is a very exciting sporting event for our region,” Cori Day, director of tourism for Independence, said in a news release. “The popularity of figure skating has surged in recent years, and we are honored to invite skaters, families and fans from a nine-state region to participate and visit.”

Cities and community groups had to bid to host the event. The local host clubs are the Heartland Figure Skating Club and the Kansas City Figure Skating Club, which are hosting a launch party April 5 with two-time national pairs champion John Coughlin.

It’s from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the community ice rink at the events center, 19100 E. Valley View Parkway. Club members and beginning skaters are invited.

Spring cleanup in Missouri

Missourians from every corner of the state are asked to do spring cleaning outdoors and help fight litter in April through the state’s annual No MOre Trash! Bash.

The Trash Bash is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and Missouri Department of Transportation as part of their ongoing No MOre Trash! anti-litter campaign.

The annual event encourages people to clean up litter all across Missouri, from roadsides, parks, neighborhoods, rivers, streams, trails, and other places.

“Litter is a big problem because it’s unattractive, costly, and harmful to the environment,” said Stacy Armstrong, MoDOT No MOre Trash! coordinator.

“If more people would keep their trash and properly dispose of it, or, better yet, recycle it, we would reduce the amount of litter we need to pick up in the first place.”

For more information and to learn how to participate, visit or call 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636).

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