Transportation director honored
North Kansas City Schools Director of Transportation Lon Waterman has been named the MAPT Administrator of the Year by the Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation.
The award honors members for their contributions above and beyond the call of duty to the pupil transportation field.
The award was presented at the 52nd MAPT Conference and Trade Show in Columbia July 13.
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Waterman’s fellow employees honored him for doing what was best for the kids, taking appropriate and fair action, being humble, supportive, loyal and a great friend.
Waterman has been with the district for 24 years, seven of those as director of transportation.
“Receiving this award would not be possible without the commitment and hard work of our employees. I’m honored and grateful for the opportunity to work with a conscientious and caring group of employees,” Waterman said.
The North Kansas City School Transportation Department received a 100 percent safety inspection rate from the Missouri Highway Patrol in April, and for the 21st consecutive year received the Total Fleet Excellence Award from the Patrol. It was also awarded the Transit and Mobility Award at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in May.
Liberty shares art
The Liberty City Hall and Mid-Continent Library’s Liberty branch invite the public to stop by and view artwork on display by Northland artists.
The city hall atrium gallery features the fine art of Carol Sweetwood and Kevin Callahan through Sept. 15.
Liberty artist Sweetwood is a self-taught multi-medium artist who works primarily in oil and characterizes herself as a lover of color and detail.
Callahan, of Parkville, uses a variety of mediums and follows a simple philosophy of composition, story, and elegant line. He studied with Israeli artist Larry Abramson and at the Ox-Bow School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The city hall gallery is at 101 E. Kansas and is open weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mid-Continent Library’s Liberty branch features watercolors by John Keeling.
His works are nature-inspired and uplifting.
The art can be viewed during regular library hours through Sept. 15, at 1000 Kent St., Liberty.
Honor society hosts run for prostate research
The Blue Ribbon 10K/5K run is planned for Sept. 9 in English Landing Park in Parkville.
The run, which will raise money to support prostate cancer research, is sponsored by Park University’s Zeta Omicron chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society.
A 2.5 K walk is also planned. Events begin at 7 a.m..
Registration is available at www.park.edu/blueribbonrun. Advance registration fees are $25 for the 10K; $20 for the 5K; and $15 for the 2.5 walk. Same day registration is $5 more.
Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each run.
Native plant workshops
Platte Land Trust will host two workshops on Native Plants for the Home Garden 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sept. 6 and Sept. 13.
Sept. 6 will be a how-to workshop on “Native Plants for Beauty, Butterflies and Birds,” 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Platte County Resource Center, 11724 N.W. Plaza Circle, Kansas City, North. The workshop is free, however, a $10 donation is suggested.
Sept. 13 will be an “Ask an Expert Open House,” with the opportunity for gardeners to have one-on-one with native plant pros, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Attendees are welcome to bring their planting plans. The open house is at Backyard Bird Center, 6212 N.W. Barry Road, Boardwalk Shopping Center, Kansas City, North.
A native plant sale is planned 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 23 at Backyard Bird Center, 6212 Barry Road, Kansas City, North.
Pre-orders through Missouri Wildflowers Nursery can be made at www.mowildflowers.net
Gospel music by New Creations
New Creations, which performs Southern and country gospel music, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Gospel Music Heritage, 102 Lewis St., Edgerton.
The group was founded in 1982 by Brenda Burnam, who continues to perform and write the group’s music. Burnam and her daughter, Sandra Hill, won both the regional and national Country Music Gospel Association Duet of the Year award in 2000. Other members of New Creations are Sandra and Matthew Bell.
“We were called to edify the church, which means to lift up, so we mostly minister to the church because there’s a lot suffering and pain in the church,” Burnam said.
A free will offering will be taken.
For information call 816-532-2485.
Norma King, Special to The Star