Flags for firefighters
Three unique United States flags made with fire hoses have been created in honor of two fallen Kansas City firefighters.
Staff and residents of Ashton Court, a nursing home in Liberty, make an effort to “give back to the community each month,” said administrator Jennifer Jennings who came up with the idea of creating the unique flags in honor of John Mesh and Larry Leggio who were killed while fighting a fire on Oct. 12 in Kansas City.
“I wanted something that was going to say ‘hey we’re still here, we’re still thinking about you.’ Especially going into the holidays with Thanksgiving around the corner,” Jennings said.
The Gower Fire Department donated the decommissioned fire hoses and Ashton Court maintenance personnel Damon Lawson and Robert Burgess were given the task of creating a United States flag with the unusual material.
The flags were unveiled during a chili cook-off in honor all firefighters at Ashton Court Nov. 20. Two of the flags were donated to the fire houses where Leggio and Mesh were stationed; a third flag was raffled off, raising $4,312 which will be given to the families of the fallen firefighters.
“The widows liked the flags so much and were so moved by the flags, they asked if we could make each one for their home,” said Jennings. “We are going to do it after the holiday. So they will have one that’s just like the one that hangs in their late husband’s fire station.”
About 125 people attended the chili lunch, including many firefighters and emergency personnel. “It was wonderful, it was the most humbling, touching experience and we do community events every month. This was by far my team’s favorite,” said Jennings.
NAWS holds pet benefits
The Northland Animal Welfare Society (NAWS) has planned three pet benefit fundraisers during December.
The NAWS Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic in Riverside opened in 2012 to serve low-income pet owners. In the last three years NAWS has provided 4,700 spay/neuters, and helped over 7,000 families with other pet-related services like vaccines and micro chipping, said Goldie Arnold, founder and president of NAWS.
This month’s events include:
▪ A charity bingo night, 5-7 p.m. Saturday at Hamburger Mary’s, 3700 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City. The event is for adults only. Bingo cards are $10 for 10 games.
▪ Santa Paws for NAWS—a pet photo shoot opportunity—6-8 p.m. Dec. 14 and 21 in The Grove at Zona Rosa.
The first 30 photos each night will be free to those who bring a bag of pet food for NAWS pet pantry.
▪ NAWS Critter Wrapper gift wrapping on Dec. 12, 13, 19, 20 and 24, noon to 5 p.m. at The Grove at Zona Rosa. NAWS volunteers will wrap gifts free. Monetary donations are suggested.
All donations go to NAWS Low Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic and a future animal care campus in the Northland, one of NAWS long-range goals.
“It’s needed. There are just so many families with pets that need the financial assistance in getting them altered to avoid more pet population. Our mission right now is to help reduce the pet pop in our community. If we can provide an affordable means for families, then that in itself is what is reducing the pet population,” said Arnold.
NAWS also has a pet food pantry which has given out 2,000 bags of dog and cat food since January to pet owners and area rescue groups.
NAWS welcomes those interested in volunteering or donating pet supplies, pet food or monetary donations.
For information go to www.pcnaws.org or call Arnold at 816-830-7759.
The North Star Community Band will present “Snowmen on Parade” for their 28th Annual Christmas Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Oak Park High School.
The program will include popular and traditional Christmas music, a sing-along of favorite Christmas carols; and mother-daughter guest soloists performing with the 55-piece band.
Heather Woldesky will sing “O Holy Night,” and her young daughter Ava will sing “The Snowman.”
Music directors are Faye Rader, Teresa Farley and Steve Lindsay.
Oak Park High School is at 825 N.E. 79th Terrace, Kansas City, North.
The concert is free and open to the public. Children should be accompanied by a parent.
Park Strings Concert
Ben Sayevich and Daniel Veis, professors at Park University’s International Center for Music, will perform in side-by-side performances with their students at 7:30 p.m. today in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the Park campus.
Cellist Veis will join students in a performance of Bach’s “Cello Suite No. 6 in D-Major.”
Professor of violin Sayevich and students will perform Strauss’ “Sonata for Violin and Piano in E-Flat Major, Op. 18” along with pianist Lolita Lisovkaya-Sayevich, also an instructor at Park.
Other classics will be performed including Tchaikovsky’s “String Sextet in D-Minor, Op. 70.”
Tickets for the concert are $10 in advance. Park University students, faculty and staff are admitted free.
Purchase tickets at www.park.edu/concert.
Oldtime visit from St. Nicholas
The annual Visit from St. Nicholas at Shoal Creek Living History Museum is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday at Hodge Park.
St. Nicholas, clad in traditional robes, will greet children in the Thornton Mansion. Tours of the historic buildings, horse drawn sleigh rides, shopping at the Mercantile and old-time demonstrations are planned. Children can post a letter to St. Nicholas letter at the museum, with cards provided by the staff or bring a letter from home.
Those attending can also visit a Civil War camp reenactment on the grounds.
“It’s just to show how the soldiers handled the holidays during wartime. So it will be a peaceful encampment,” said Martha Edmunds, Shoal Creek Association president.
The fee is $5 each, children under 5 are free.
“Come make it a family tradition and kick off your holiday season,” said Edmunds. “All the money goes to support the museum, meaning there’s no paid employees, we have a volunteer staff. The money helps with the restoration and program improvement.”
For information call 816-792-2655 or go to shoalcreeklivinghistorymusuem.com.
The Shoal Creek will also be the site of Nite-O, a nighttime orienteering event by Possum Trot Orienteering Club (PTOC) Dec. 12, 6-8 p.m. Fees are $10 each, a portion which will go to the museum. For information go to: www.ptoc.org.
Gladstone children’s concert
Elementary school choirs will perform during the holiday concert series at the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes.
The schedule is:
▪ Thursday , the Davidson Elementary Choir, performing at 6:30 p.m.
▪ Thursday, Dec. 10, Fox Hill Elementary Choir at 6:30 p.m.
▪ Tuesday, Dec. 15, Topping and Lakewood Elementary choirs perform at 6:30 p.m.
Light refreshments and hot chocolate will be provided by Gladstone Hy-Vee.
Early Clay photographer
A look at early Clay County photographer Jacob T. Hicks and his works from the 1800s will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Local historian Tony Meyers will discuss Hicks and the recent publication of many of Hicks’ now vintage photographs in “Portraits of a Frontier Community – The Jacob T. Hicks Glass Plate Photo Collection,” at 7 p.m., at the Clay County Historical Museum, 14 N. Main St., Liberty.
The Hicks’ publication was a commemorative project undertaken by the Museum on this, its 50th anniversary year.
The program is free. Refreshments will be served. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 816-792-2854.
Chief’s ticket raffle for family benefit
Chief’s tickets and the ultimate Chiefs tailgate party for the Dec. 13 Charger’s game is the raffle prize for a fundraiser to help a Missouri family dealing with colon cancer.
The Andrew J. Somora Foundation, a Parkville based group, chooses a family each year to benefit from the annual fundraiser, named for Somora who died of colon cancer in 2011.
This year’s funds will go to the Billy Daniels family of El Dorado, Mo. Billy and his wife Ashley have two young children. Billy Daniels was diagnosed with colon cancer in Aug. 2014 and continues to undergo treatments and deal the disease.
“The big thing for their foundation is to help those that are less fortunate and don’t have good insurance. During the holiday season it gives the family the ability to buy some Christmas presents for the kids, do the Thanksgiving thing and maybe live a little bit more like a normal family, if at all possible, staring down colon cancer,” said Andrew Ringsdorf, a foundation supporter and friend of Somora’s.
Ringsdorf’s brother was also diagnosed with colon cancer about the same time as Somora. Ringsdorf is regional operations manager for System Transport Inc. which is donated 10 lower level Chief’s tickets to the Chief’s-Charger’s game Dec. 13 and will put on the ultimate tailgate party for 50 people again this year.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at: https://ajs.raffleready.com/2015-ultimate-chiefs-tailgate.
The Somora Foundation also holds a golf tournament and race in Parkville each year.
Mid-Continent celebrates 50 years
Hundreds of library patrons, staff and administrators turned out to celebrate the Mid-Continent Public Library (MCPL) system’s 50th anniversary at its 31 branches Nov. 10.
Anniversary cake and hundreds of free “Grow a Reader” picture books were handed out to children and adults during the event.
Author Bridget Heos, who was commissioned to write the book by MCPL, was on hand at four library locations to autograph copies along with illustrator Dan Regan.
Marty the Martian, MCPL’s new mascot and main character of “Grow a Reader,” made six appearances.
Norma King, Special to The Star