Habitat ReStore opens in Blue Springs

Habitat ReStore in Blue Springs

The grand opening is Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Blue Springs.

The store, at 1215 N.W. Missouri 7 in the former 84 Lumber building space, is the second ReStore that the agency has opened in eastern Jackson County. The Independence location, at 505 N. Dodgion Ave., opened in September 2012.

Habitat ReStores accept donations of new and used construction materials and home improvement items. Donors get a tax deduction, buyers get deep discounts and Habitat gets revenue.

A ribbon cutting and open house are scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. May 7 at the store.

Belton starts work on colossal water tower

Belton officials have broken ground in Markey Park on what they think will be the biggest water tower, by volume, in Missouri.

When completed in 18 months, the tower will hold 3 million gallons, double the capacity of the existing water tower near Interstate 49 and Missouri 58, the city said in a news release.

The tower will be about 112 feet tall, and the bowl at the top will be about 110 feet in diameter. It’s funded by revenue bonds that voters approved last year.

Businesses have new way to connect

Independence businesses have a new, online way of communicating with each other. It’s through the iNforce Business Protection Network.

The U.S. 40 corridor will be the first to use it, with the goal of stronger crime reporting and prevention.

“iNforce, powered by Nextdoor.com, is a private social network for our business community to interact online for free,” said Tom Lesnak, president of the Independence Economic Development Council. “Business representatives can sign up within their defined district and interact with their neighboring businesses.”

Lesnak’s group is a partner in the project, along with the city, the Independence Tourism Department,


and local business leaders.

KC will honor green neighborhoods

Kansas City is calling for nominations for its KC Green Neighborhood Recognition Program, which recognizes registered neighborhoods for efforts that protect or enhance the environment.

Applications will be accepted until June 2, and forms are available at


(click “Neighborhood Recognition Program”). Nominators also may call



Winners are honored at platinum, gold or silver levels, and are announced in the fall. Last year, the city honored the Ivanhoe, Avalon View, Pendleton Heights and Center City neighborhoods.

Free movies in Raytown

The Raytown Parks and Recreation Department will show five free movies this year at Kenagy Park, thanks to the donation of movie equipement from The Friends of Raytown Parks.

“Planes” will be presented May 16, followed by “Despicable Me 2” on June 13, “Frozen” on July 11, “The Nut Job” on Aug. 15 and “Free Birds” on Sept. 5.

All shows will start at sundown. The park is at 79th Street and Raytown Road. Bring lawn chairs or blankets.

KC parks programs on Southland agenda

Kansas City parks programs, including the The Bay aquatic center on Longview Road and its new surfing simulator, will be the topic of this month’s second Friday meeting hosted by City Council members Scott Taylor and John Sharp. Also on the agenda are the Club KC youth program and other summer activities for the community.

The meeting is at 7:30 a.m. Friday at the Trailside Center, next to the fire station at 99th Street and Holmes Road.

Old Belton high yearbooks for sale

The Beltonian yearbook staff has a surplus of old Belton High School yearbooks. In preparation for a move this summer, staff members are selling off copies of unused yearbooks for $20 each.

Extra copies are available for 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. To purchase a yearbook, contact Jim Carter at


or call 816-348-2776.