Around our towns

Chuck Owsley will retire May 2 after 16 years leading the Lee’s Summit Public Works Department.

Seven chimpanzees use ingenuity to escape their enclosure at the Kansas City Zoo

One of them found or broke off a 5- or 6-foot log or branch, leaned it against a wall and clambered to the top. Then that chimp persuaded six friends to join him. Visitors moved into protected areas, but zoo director Randy Wisthoff said the public was never in danger. The animals were lured back by fruits, veggies and finally malted milk balls.

Kansas City’s Police Athletic League helps youths with sports and more

Police Chief Darryl Forté recently highlighted several success stories from the Police Athletic League on his blog. “The impact PAL has had on the lives of urban-core children, many of whom live in poverty, cannot be overstated,” he wrote. “Some of these children have gone on to college with academic and athletic scholarships, attaining careers they never would have thought possible.”

Community calendar

Get Out Ahead: Making the right choices early to defend your life and prevent poor health. Walk a one-mile course. Part of National Public Health Week. 9 a.m., Health Department, 515 S. Liberty, Independence. 816-325-7000

School news in brief

Notre Dame de Sion School has received the largest one-time gift in its 102-year history, the school announced last week.

Students peek at robotic surgery

Lee’s Summit West robotics team visits St. Luke’s East Hospital to try out the new da Vinci Surgical System. The surgical robot is used primarily for neurological, prostate and gynecological procedures.

Community calendar

St. Ann’s Lenten Fish Dinners: The menu includes boiled and fried shrimp, whole catfish, catfish filet, baked tilapia, sides and desserts. 4:30-7:30 p.m., St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Cedar and Lexington, Independence. $9-$10.50. 816-252-1160