Downtown Parkville elects officers
Troy Wilson, owner of Parkville Jewelers, was elected chairman of Main Street Parkville Association during its annual election this month.
Other officers elected for 2015: Susan Smith, vice chairman; Art Brown, secretary; and Ed Bradley, treasurer.
The group’s 12th annual Microbrew Fest is April 25, said Danelle Nichols, executive director.
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“It’s the biggest fundraiser of the year. Those funds are raised for economic restructuring and other events for July 4, Christmas on the River, and design programs,” she said.
The volunteer group is dedicated to promoting downtown Parkville. It was created in response to the devastation of the 1993 floods to assist revitalization efforts in Historic Downtown Parkville.
“Main Street is open to anyone who would like to join,” said Nichols. “We have three different levels of membership: individuals, business and non-profits.”
Information can be found online at: www.parkvillemo.org.
Liberty Christmas Tree
Liberty’s Community Christmas Tree program provided Christmas boxes to 268 needy families and senior citizens this year.
“It’s a huge a success,” said LeAnn Lawlor, community services manager. “We are so appreciative of all the volunteers that step up and adopt all those families. They appreciate the opportunity giving back to the community and we’re pretty efficient delivering 12 tons of food in two hours.”
This year 134 volunteers shopped for gifts for the children and helped deliver food collected through community food drives. Two hundred volunteers sorted the food at Heritage Hall in Historic Downtown Liberty. “We filled up the space,” she said.
Volunteers included fifth graders from EPiC Elementary School, who also raised $2,000 for the program.
“All the schools and St. James did food drives for us,”she said.
According to Lawlor, the fundraising goal was $45,000 but fundraising fell short.
“If people want to send in donations they certainly can and it will be applied to next year’s program. It’s never too late or too early to donate.”
Park student chosen for Israel Philharmonic
Park University graduate student David Radzynski has been appointed concert master for the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
Radzynski, of Columbus, Ohio, is studying violin performance at Park’s International Center for Music. He was selected out of 30 violinists following an audition in Tel Aviv, Israel. His position begins March 2015.
After five minutes of deliberation, the jury unanimously chose him the winner among four finalists.
“I am still trying to digest all that is happening,” said Radzynski. “It is such an incredible honor. I would not have succeeded if it weren’t for Ben Sayevich and the incredible support I have received at the International Center for Music.”
Radzynski is no stranger to honors. He won the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Young Musicians Competition in 2001; has appeared as soloist with the Polish National Philharmonic in Warsaw; and was awarded first prize in solo competition (senior division) by the American String Teachers’ Association.
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1936 and performs concerts throughout Israel as well as at cultural centers and festivals throughout the world.
| Norma King, Special to The Star