The Liberty Rotary Club has donated and planted 26 trees in the Fairview/New Hope Cemeteries in Liberty.
The 79 members of the group accepted a challenge by Rotary International President Ian Riseley this year to plant 1.2 million trees across the globe, representing the 1.2 million members of the organization.
The Northland group didn’t have to go very far to find a place to plant trees. BJ Staab, a Rotary member and director of the Liberty Parks and Recreation Department, helped the Rotarians organize a tree planting at the cemeteries.
“The parks and recreation department was awesome. We were able to purchase 26 trees for around $3,300,” said Frank Dixon, president of the Liberty Rotary. “We actually physically dug 26 holes. We did it all in two hours. We got a little assembly line going. It was actually fun.”
The group planted maple, redbuds, magnolia, pear and red oak trees along the perimeter of the cemeteries at Shrader Street and Terrace Avenue, as well as on Ruth and Jacob roads within the cemeteries.
Parkville hosts Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
The second annual Northland Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday at English Landing Park in Parkville.
The event, hosted by the city of Parkville, is free and open to everyone.
Over 30 law enforcement agencies from the Northland will participate in the event, which begins with a short parade at 11 a.m. on Main and McAfee streets. It will include an honor guard, police ATV’s, bicycles and bagpipes.
“It’s just a very fun thing,” said Parkville Police Chief Kevin Chrisman. “It’s a day for us to showcase our partners in the community.”
The event includes a fallen officer memorial; Police Car Row, with cars from multiple agencies, SWAT vehicles and personnel carriers; demonstrations; a bicycle road course and a miniature battery-powered police car for kids to drive.
A Drunk Buster car, which simulates impaired driving, is back this year. “It’s a unique vehicle. You put on beer goggles and it lets you drive it impaired,” Chrisman said.
For more information about the event, contact the Parkville Police Department at 816-741-4454.
Joint luncheon brings together economic councils
Political analyst Chris Kuehl will speak at the annual joint luncheon of the Clay County Economic Development Council, Platte County Economic Development Council and Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce on May 22.
Kuehl is managing director of Armada Corporate Intelligence. He will speak on the risks and opportunities in the current legislative climate.
The luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton KCI, 8801 N.W. 112th St., Kansas City, North. Tickets are $30. Make reservations by Friday by calling 816-455-9911 or go to www.northlandchamber.com and click on calendar.
Tales & Trails at Woodneath Library Center
A free event for families, Tales and Trails, is planned from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Woodneath Library Center, 8900 N.E. Flintlock Road, Kansas City, North.
Tales and Trails will include a storytelling journey along the half-mile Woodneath Trail and a tour of the historic Woodneath home.
Food trucks will on hand.
Woodneath Library Center is part of the Mid-Continent Public Library system.
A public campaign to restore the 1855 home kicked off last month. Donations can be made at Friday’s event or online at ahomeforyourstory.org. Every donation pledged or received by July 31 will help the library system meet a challenge grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Moonshiners car show will pull into Liberty
The Weston Moonshiners Car Club is bringing a host of antique cars and pickups to Our Lady of Mercy Country Home on Saturday.
The vehicles will be on display 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Tighe Center parking lot near the home at 2115 Maturana Drive, Liberty.
The car show is free and open to the public.
Compiled by Norma King, Special to The Star