August 6, 2014

Jackson and Cass: Around our towns

WIC clinic closes in Hickman Mills

Because of decreased clinic traffic and the need for more classroom space, the Kansas City Health Department has closed the Hickman Mills clinic that provided the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, commonly known as WIC.

That clinic was at the Freda Markley Early Childhood Center, 9201 Bannister Road.

The department said it is focusing on WIC services at its other two clinics, where patronage is increasing:

2400 Troost Ave., open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays and 8 a.m. to noon Thursdays.

Boone Elementary School, 8817 Wornall Road, open from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

Clients who have appointments at Freda Markley this month or next will be contacted to determine their preferred location and to confirm the appointment date and time.

Nominations due soon for Block award

Nominations are due Aug. 15 for this year’s Susan Paxton Block Distinguished Public Service Award, named for an Independence City Council member who died in 1996.

Anyone can nominate a city employee, volunteer or elected official who has demonstrated outstanding public service, valor and job performance with leadership, the city of Independence said in a news release.

Nomination forms are available from Judy McNeel, a Junior Service League past president; city department directors, and the Chamber of Commerce, 210 W. Truman Road. Forms also can be printed from the Susan Paxton Block story at www.independencemo.org.

Completed forms should be mailed to the Junior Service League, 3122 South Crysler Ave., Independence, MO 64052. Block was a past president of the league.

The award, established by Block’s late father, is $1,000 plus a sterling silver medallion and a sterling silver lapel pin.

Hazardous waste collection Saturday in Cass County

Many area residents can dispose of antifreeze, batteries, oil and paint for free from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Belton Freshman Center, 801 W. North Ave.

Residents of Belton, Raymore, Harrisonville, Pleasant Hill, Garden City, Cleveland, Lake Winnebago, unincorporated Cass County and Cass County cities with fewer than 500 people, as well as other communities participating in the Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program, can drop off these items at no charge.

Peculiar, Archie, Drexel and Loch Lloyd do not participate, organizers said.

To find out if you live in a participating community call 816-701-8226 or go to www.recyclespot.org.

Electronic waste and business waste will not be accepted.

Jackson County beach hours curtailed

With summer coming to an end, Jackson County Parks + Rec has closed Blue Springs Lake Beach.

Longview Beach will remain open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends through Sept. 1, except for a 1 p.m. opening on Sunday, Aug. 17, after the Jackson County Triathlon.

Weekday hours are 1 to 7 p.m. through Aug. 8 and 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 11-15. Longview Beach will be open only on weekends after that.

Admission fees are $3 to $5 depending on age.

Independence offers boost to fall gardeners

From 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, fall gardeners can obtain discounted starter material for broccoli, cauliflower, kale and greens at the Independence Health Department, 515 S. Liberty St.

The Kansas City Community Garden and the city health department are cooperating to distribute seeds and plants, thereby promoting healthier lifestyles.

Membership is required to receive discounts on seeds and vegetable plants, as well as a community gardening newsletter. Membership is $2 for those with lower incomes and $10 for others.

For more information call Joanie Shover at 816-325-7767.

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