Don’t be alarmed March 6 when you hear the tornado sirens blare out a warning. It’s all part of Severe Weather Awarness Week in Missouri.
The Lee’s Summit Fire Department will take part in a statewide tornado drill at 10 a.m. in conjunction with the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill.
Locally, that will mean that, in addition to activating the outdoor storm-warning sirens, the exercise will be announced on the Emergency Broadcast Radio System and a message will be sent to Nixle.com subscribers.
The National Weather Service also will activate the NOAA All-Hazard Weather Radio.
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The test will only take place if weather conditions are not threatening in an effort to avoid any confusion. Should there be a severe-weather event March 6, the makeup date for the statewide tornado drill is 10 a.m. on March 8, weather-permitting.
Poker tourney for a good cause
Enjoy playing poker, why not do it for a good cause Saturday during the fifth annual Jackson County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse Poker Tournament?
Check in for the tournament, which requires a $50 buy-in donation that benefits the Jackson County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse, is at 6 p.m. on March 3 with play scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the VFW Hall, 329 S.E. Douglas St. in Lee’s Summit.
Past tournaments, including proceeds from a silent auction in conjunction with the poker event, have raised more than $10,000 and organizers expect this year’s event to be the largest yet.
The buy-in cost includes two drinks and appetizers.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse was formed in 1947 as an all-volunteer group of peacekeepers and ambassadors for the county sheriff. It’s structured as a para-military organization under the direction this year of captain Ed Adams.
To purchase tickets or for more information on the Posse — which aids in search and rescue and also has a role in parades, horse shows, and local fundraising events — visit www.jscmp.org or contact Adams at 816-830-1998 or send email to mailto: email@example.com.
Taste of Lee’s Summit is Saturday
Food, fun and games are on tap from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pavilion at John Knox Village for the annual Taste of Lee’s Summit.
More than a dozen local restaurants will offer an array of food choices and the evening also will include a massive silent auction and an always exciting live auction.
The event is sponsored by the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation. All money raised benefits schools, teachers and students in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District.