KCPD Trail of Heroes dedication
A bench has been dedicated in memory of Barney Jasper, the first black Kansas City police officer to die in the line of duty.
The bench is at the Kansas City Police Department’s Trail of Heroes west of the Shoal Creek Patrol Division at 6801 N.E. Pleasant Valley Road.
Jasper was shot Jan. 21, 1924, by an unknown assailant near 518 Forest Ave. in Kansas City.
The day after the shooting, the Kansas City Post reported, “Police believe Jasper was mistaken by his assailants for Louis Center, also a Negro patrolman, whose life had been threatened by bootleggers in the vicinity. … (Both Jasper’s and Center’s) beat was in the heart of the bootlegging district of Little Italy, according to police.”
Jasper died on Jan. 22, 1924. He was 31 years old and left a wife, Henrietta. He is buried at Highland Cemetery.
The Trail of Heroes honors fallen officers and other police department members. Since the Kansas City Police Department was created in 1874, 119 officers have been killed in the line of duty; five of them were black.
Platte attorney gets award
Chris Seufert, an assistant prosecuting attorney in Platte County, has received an Up and Coming Lawyer Award from Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly for 2014.
He is one of 54 Missouri attorneys 40 years old or younger who were honored at the Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly annual awards event.
Seufert received the award for his work to combat child sexual abuse including advocacy of Missouri Constitutional Amendment 2 — the child protection amendment — which will be on the November ballot.
“Chris Seufert’s passion for protecting children is unmatched. He is a tremendous advocate for child victims inside the courtroom. But his work beyond the courtroom to improve Missouri’s laws will benefit future generations of children,” said Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd.
The Up and Coming Award recognizes lawyers for demonstrating excellence in the legal profession and in their commitment to their communities.
Platte Extension seeks council volunteers
The Platte County University Extension is seeking applicants for its 2015-2017 non-partisan council. Applications are due Dec. 1.
Council member responsibilities include monthly meetings, identifying community concerns, administering the Extension budget and assisting in planning, promoting and carrying out Extension efforts.
Residents can cast their vote for council members Jan. 17-24. Voting will take place at the Platte County Courthouse, Mid-Continent Public Libraries and other locations.
Applications are available at the Platte County Extension at 11724 N.W. Plaza Circle, Kansas City, North. For information call 816-270-2141 or email email@example.com. Applications are also online at extension.missouri.edu/platte.
Current representatives are: North Platte and Smithville school districts — Julie Scott, Bill Collins; West Platte — Shana Sharp, Marilyn Lindahl; Platte County R3 — Richard Sipe, Drew Meyerwich; Park Hill — Del Anderson, Brian Bechtel, Elena Bonjour, Eli Eber, Jen Garringer, Martha Green, Debbie Hopkins, Tarra McGee.
North Star Band concert
The North Star Community Band’s fall concert, Brilliance, is at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Oak Park High School Auditorium.
“It’s music with a lot of flourishes in it and it is brilliant. It’s bright, there’s nothing dark and dreary. There’s a lot of fun music,” said Faye Rader, music director.
The program will feature jazz, Cajun folk songs, Sousa marches, a Karl King march, the Roaring Mountain Overture as well the music of Louis Armstrong.
The concert is free and open to the public. Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult.
For information call Rader at 816-674-5120.
Oak Park High School is at 825 N.E. 79th Terrace, Kansas City, North.
Gospel Music Heritage
Craig Kruse will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Gospel Music Heritage, 102 Lewis St., Edgerton.
His repertoire includes Southern gospel, country, inspirational and big band.
A free will offering will be taken. Call 816-532-2485 or go to www.gospelmusicheritage.net for information.
Worship through the arts
British composer Will Todd will conduct the Oct. 25 Worship Through the Arts concert at Liberty United Methodist Church.
The program begins at 7 p.m. and includes a choral concert by the Chancel Choir and a reading session with conductors and interested audience members. A reception follows.
Todd writes music for choir, church and stage.
“He’s a great jazz pianist from London. He was commissioned to write a piece for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, ‘The Call of Wisdom,’” said Bryan Taylor, director of traditional music and worship arts at the church.
Interested conductors can register in advance to receive a packet of Todd’s music by emailing Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Todd will also participate in Sunday services at the church at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m.
“His music is enriching, a blessing to the heart and soul,” said Taylor.
Wildlife habitat field day
The Missouri Department of Conservation is offering a field day for property owners interested in learning about healthy woods and wildlife habitat on Saturday at Jungk Tree Farm near Weston.
Taking Care of Your Land Field Day is 9 a.m. to noon. The event is free. Participants should RSVP to Resource Forester Paul Whitsell at 816-655-6263, ext. 1345.
Whitsell said the field day is mainly for landowners who own 10 acres or more.
“They’ll get to learn about how to create wildlife habitat and keep their woods healthy,” he said.
Topics will include thinning timber for healthier trees and better wildlife habitat, timber harvest, erosion prevention on trails, growing shiitake mushrooms, flood plots for deer, invasive species control and pond construction.
For information on similar field days for home owners and those with smaller acreage, call the urban foresters at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center at 816-655-6263.
Jungk Tree Farm is half a mile south of Weston on Route JJ.
Turn Back the Hands of Time
A musical production of, “Legendary Love Songs and the Men Who Made Them Famous,” is at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Liberty Performing Arts Theatre.
The production will feature vocalist Michael Facciani performing a variety of songs in a radio magazine format. His playlist includes the songs of Dean Martin, Robert Goulet, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams and others. He refers to his show as watching a Casey Kasem show live.
He has performed throughout the United States and gears his concerts to the 55 and up audience.
Tickets are $24 to $29 in advance with a $10 discount when callers to the box office mention the code words “Love Songs” when they reserve seats.
Same day tickets are $30 to $35 with no discount.
Call the theatre box office at 816-439-4362. The theatre is at 1600 S. Withers Road, Liberty.
United Way benefits
Reece Nichols is holding two benefits for the United Way this month and the public is invited.
On Oct. 21 an International Cuisine lunch and silent auction is planned from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $10. The silent auction will include an airplane ride in a World War II training aircraft. The lunch will be held at Reece Nichols, 9601 N.E. Barry Road, Suite 200, Kansas City, North.
On Oct. 30 a Halloween Happy Hour Contest is at Rock & Run Brewery, 110 E. Kansas St., Liberty. Prizes will be given for best costume, hula hoop competition and other contests. Tickets are $5 cover and $2 to enter contests.
Call 816-407-5220 for information.
Health Expo in Liberty
A free Health and Wellness Expo for older adults and caregivers is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 22 at Heritage Hall, 117 W. Kansas, Liberty.
The Expo is sponsored by Liberty’s Parks and Recreation Department and will include free health screenings and assessments as well as opportunities to learn about the services available to seniors in the Northland.
Screenings include: blood pressure, blood sugar, pH testing, heart risk assessments, abdominal aortic aneurysm, vision and balance.
Flu shots will be available for a $29.99 fee unless covered by insurance.
Liberty Mayor Lyndell Brenton will be on hand to answer questions about the upcoming November ballot initiatives.
For information contact LeAnn Lawlor, special populations manager, at 816-439-4396
| Norma King, Special to The Star