Liberty receives tree grant
The city of Liberty has received a $10,000 grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation to continue the city’s Emerald Ash Borer management plan.
The Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grant will be combined with $5,000 from the city budget to fight the beetle, which has killed millions of ash trees nationwide and is now evident in trees in Liberty and the Northland.
The beetle was confirmed in Liberty in May, although it has likely been in the city for a couple of years, according to Chris Wilson, Parks & Open Space manager in Liberty.
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“Every ash tree in our area is now at risk of being attacked and killed if left in place and untreated,” Wilson said. “Ultimately, all of the ash trees along our city streets will need to be either removed or treated with an insecticide every two years.”
Of Liberty’s 1,800 street trees, 215 are ash, according to a survey done in 2013. Those numbers do not include trees in parks, he said.
“I would expect there is probably five to 10 times that number on private lands, in people’s yards, in front of businesses and such throughout the city,” Wilson said. “I would say it’s important for everybody to recognize that all ash trees will require either treatment or removal in the next couple of years. If they intend to treat their ash trees, they need to begin doing so next spring. It is definitely here. We can assume now that every ash tree in Liberty has some level of borer infestation.”
Last spring, the city removed 40 ash trees and treated another 40. Parks staff also planted 40 trees of varying species along the streets to replace ash trees that were removed. This year the parks staff will continue with the same program.
TRIM is a competitive cost-share tree-care program administered by the Missouri Department of Conservation in cooperation with the Missouri Community Forest Council.
This is the fifth year Liberty has received the grant.
Liberty offers class on freezer meals
Residents interested in simplifying dinnertime are invited to join an evening freezer meal prep class Jan. 14 sponsored by Liberty Parks and Recreation and Hy-Vee.
Participants will assemble eight meals for a family of four under the direction of two Hy-Vee dieticians at the Liberty Community Center. Meals can also be packaged for individuals. The total cost is $150.
“Our first freezer meals class was a great success and we had many requests for an evening class that’s geared for families or larger households,” said Brigitte Thomas, community program coordinator. “This class is perfect for working parents preparing meals for the family or roommates looking for an easy and healthy alternative to dining out.”
The meals include Creamy Chicken Taquitos, Slow Cooker Beef Roast and Carrots, Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti, Garlic Shrimp and Creamy Ginger Carrot Soup.
Additional freezer meal classes are set for Feb. 10, March 17 and April 13.
For information or to register go to www.ci.liberty.mo.us/AdultEducation or call 816-439-4367.
Park University held its December graduation at the Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence on Dec. 12.
The program included a keynote address by Greg Graves, chairman and chief executive officer of Burns & McDonnell.
Of the 341 graduating students, 133 received a master’s degree and/or graduate certificate, and 208 students received either a bachelor’s degree, associate’s degree and/or undergraduate certificate.
Depression and diabetes awareness are two of several health-related workshops sponsored by North Kansas City Hospital in January.
“Your Mental Health: Take Charge” is a Jan. 15 lunch and learn at North Kansas City YMCA, 1999 Iron St., North Kansas City.
Todd Hill will speak on a conservative approach to mental health and how individuals can take a more active role in their health. He’ll also discuss dealing with seasonal depression.
The event is free and lunch is provided.
A four-part diabetes awareness series begins at 5:45 p.m. Jan. 19. Other classes are scheduled Jan. 21, Jan. 26 and Jan. 28.
Sessions meet at the North Kansas City Hospital in the first floor pavilion.
Registration is $10.
To view other health classes, register, or for information go to www.nkch.org or call 816-691-1690.
Music classes for youngsters
Music and More classes for children 2-5 years old will begin in January at the Liberty Community Center.
The four-week sessions will teach children about reading basic music, playing instruments, rhythm, dancing and singing. Classes are limited to six children. Class fee is $55.
The three classes:
▪ Born to Groove, a 30-minutes class for 2- to 3-year-olds, Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and noon. This teaches the basics of music through colors, animals and shapes. It uses rhythm instruments, and includes singing, dancing and games. Parents or other adult must attend with the child.
▪ Born to Learn, a 30-minute class for 3- to 4-year-olds. Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m. Children learn note recognition, values and basic rhythm through the use of rhythm instruments and multisensory games. Parents or other adult must attend with the child.
▪ Born to Play, a 45-minute class for 4- to 5-year-olds. Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. or 12:45 p.m. The class includes more in-depth piano instruction. Children will be able to play a simple song at the end of the session.
Classes are taught by Teresa More, owner of Music and More.
New sessions will be held each month, January through April.
More information about this program or to register go to www.ci.liberty.mo.us/YouthEd.
Norma King, Special to The Star