Palmer to leave Parkville
Parkville’s city administrator, Lauren Palmer, will be leaving to take the post of assistant city manager of Independence on Nov. 5. Kirk Davis, former Gladstone administrator, will step in as interim administrator.
Palmer has been with Parkville since June of 2013. During her tenure she oversaw day-to-day operations for the city as well as an upgrade in the city’s credit rating, the addition of Platte Landing Park to the park system, completion of a Route 9 Corridor Study, and downtown beautification improvements to Route 9.
“I’m excited about Independence and the opportunity and hope I can contribute and help,” Palmer said. “I know we have a great team here at Parkville, and I’m leaving the city in good hands.”
In her new position she will support the city manager and council in overseeing the daily operation of the city.
Parkville has contracted with Strategic Government Resources for search services for a permanent city administrator.
“Parkville was able to streamline the process and reduce costs by consolidating the interim hire and the executive recruitment with a single point of contact,” said Parkville Mayor Nan Johnston in a press release.
“Kirk has an exceptional reputation in the Kansas City region and comes with the right background and expertise to help Parkville through this period of transition.”
Friday Fright Night in Gladstone
Gladstone’s annual Friday Fright Night for children is 6 p.m. Friday at Oak Grove Park, 76th and N. Troost, in Gladstone.
The event is for children 12 and under. The cost is $2 or two canned food items per child. Donations will go to the Northland Christmas Store.
The evening will include treats provided by area businesses, entertainment, games and stories. Free hot dogs and hot chocolate will be shared.
Fright Night is hosted by the city of Gladstone Parks and Gladstone Chamber of Commerce.
For information call 816-423-4200.
Platte trivia fundraiser
A trivia fundraiser for the Platte County Historical Society is planned for 3:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Platte County Community Center North, 3101 Running Horse Road, Platte City.
Funds raised from the event will go to pay museum expenses.
“The society relies substantially on contributions through fundraising events such as this and ongoing activities,” said vice president Ken Klamm.
Participants may register for a table of eight or as individuals. Fees are $20 per person.
Tea, lemonade and water will be provided. Those attending are invited to bring finger foods to share.
Park exhibits open
Park University has opened two diverse exhibits: one a photography exhibit by a Park professor, and the second an exhibit of political memorabilia from the university’s archives.
The photography of John Lofflin, “Surprise. Color.”, is on display at the Campanella Gallery, inside Norrington Center at Park.
According to Lofflin, who teaches journalism and photography at Park, the exhibit is about the ways color surprises him in his work.
“For me, photography has always been about surprises,” he said in a written statement. “No matter how I try to control the images with science, I am usually the one most surprised by what light reveals. And that’s how it should be.”
The political memorabilia exhibit, displayed every four years, is in the Fishburn Archives and Special Collections exhibit area, located near the Sixth Street entrance to the Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground at Park.
The diverse collection is curated by University Archivist Carolyn Elwess.
“The collection is truly multipartisan and is not meant to promote or to malign any one party,” Elwess said. “The display is definitely eclectic and always provides some surprises. The creativity exhibited is quite diverse.”
The exhibits are free and open to the public through Nov. 30.
Youth sponsors Bunco Mania
Northland teens in Youth With Vision will hold their 10th annual Bunco Mania tournament at the Gladstone Community Center Nov. 1.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to YWV’s efforts to combat the alcohol and drug abuse in schools and communities.
Novice and experienced players are welcome.
For registration and sponsorship information go to www.youthwithvisionkc.org. Pre-register by Oct. 28. Walk-ins are welcome on first-come, first-served basis.
Tickets, $20, include snacks, desserts and prize eligibility.
Check-in begins at 6:15 p.m. Games run 7-9:30 p.m.
The Gladstone Community Center is at 6901 N. Holmes, Gladstone.
For information on Bunco Mania or Youth with Vision call Kelsey Prather at 816-877-0496.
Drug take-back day
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Oct. 22. The day is designated to encourage those with unused or dated prescriptions to dispose of them properly and prevent prescription drug abuse among youth and others.
According to the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America, 20 percent of teens say they have taken prescription drugs without having a prescription. The most commonly abused are opiods, pain relievers, barbiturates and stimulants. In addition, 5 percent of teens say they have abused over-the-counter drugs to get high.
“Prescriptions are now the major cause of fatal drug overdoses,” said Vicky Ward, Tri-County Mental Health prevention services manager.
Improper disposal of prescription drugs, such as flushing them, can negatively impact the water supply.
Twelve permanent drop-off sites are located at police departments in Excelsior Springs, Gladstone, Kearney, Lawson, Liberty, North Kansas City, Richmond, Riverside and Smithville. The Kansas City Missouri Shoal Creek Patrol and the North Patrol offices, as well as the Platte County Sheriff’s office, will also accept prescriptions. Most are open 24 hours a day, but it’s best to call in advance to check.
Spoon River Project
The Corbin Theatre will host “The Spoon River Project” Thursday through Saturday at its Liberty venue.
The play is an adaptation of Edgar Lee Masters’ “Spoon River Anthology” which gives voice to the souls of residents of a fictional Illinois town.
The play begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at Liberty City Hall, Liberty Community Center, or at www.corbintheatre.org. Students can purchase $5 rush tickets at the door, if space is available.
Corbin Theatre is at 15 N Water St., Liberty.
Pie with police
Linden Baptist Church members will host a meet and greet for the community and Gladstone Public Safety Officers, 7-8 p.m. Tuesday in their fellowship hall, 611 N.E. 69th St., Kansas City, North.
Pie with Police will give residents the opportunity to talk to public safety officers in a casual atmosphere, ask questions and build relationships.
Twin Creeks design winners
Kansas City will recognize three winning design teams for the Twin Creeks Design competition today at a 10 a.m. program at the Platte County Resource Center, 11724 N.W. Plaza Circle, Kansas City, North.
Twenty teams submitted ideas for a possible 7-mile long linear park in Kansas City’s Twin Creeks area.
Winners are: Apliz Architecture of Borba, Portugal; Cadaster of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Small Wonders from Seattle and New York City. Each will receive $8,000 in prize money. In addition, a student honorable mention goes to Veronica Chan, of San Francisco, Calif.
By Norma King, Special to The Star