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Community notes for March 6

Tree limb disposal in Liberty

Liberty will open its tree limb disposal yard from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15 and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 16. The yard will be open for residents only to dispose of limb and tree debris from the recent storms.

The tree limb disposal yard is off new 210 Highway and east of Missouri 291. Proof of residency will be required.

Commercial vehicles will not be allowed.

Kearney Family Night

Educating families and youth about substance abuse is the goal of the free Kearney Family Information Night on Monday at Kearney High School, 715 E 19th St.

The evening begins with dinner at 5:30 p.m. followed at 6:30 by Cara Filler, who speaks nationally on substance abuse, bullying and unsafe driving.

Filler lost her identical twin sister in a car accident when they were 18 years old.

“People should come to be educated about what’s out there that could harm your children, even your older children,” said Marlo Howard, president of the Kearney-Holt Community Acting Now Coalition, which is hosting the Family Night.

The coalition is made up of volunteers who are passionate about protecting the community and youth from substance abuse, said Howard. “In this day and age kids have so many more things to be tempted by and harmful things than when we were younger.”

To reserve a spot, contact Howard at 816-215-7858 or email marlo@16acres.net by Thursday .

Northland Giving Circle gives $30,000

The Northland Giving Circle of Clay and Platte counties has awarded a $30,000 grant to the Shepherd’s Center of the Northland.

The grant will go to the Senior Emergency Fund to help senior citizens live independently by providing utilities, food, transportation, minor home repair, yard maintenance and health care coordination.

Membership in the Northland Giving Circle is open to everyone. Members donate $302.50 a year. There are no fund raisers, just one meeting a year.

The Northland Giving Circle’s annual celebration will be at the home of Charles and Patty Garney on April 17. Those interested in learning more about the organization are welcome to attend.

For information call 816-587-2344 or go to www.northlandgivingcircle.org.

Liberty offers neighborhood grants

The city of Liberty is offering Neighborhood Improvement Grants again this year for projects proposed by neighborhoods. Grant awards range from $500 to $5,000.

This is the third year for the program, which is meant to let residents reinvest in their own neighborhoods, said Jonna Wensel, community development manager for the City of Liberty.

Neighborhood associations must have an elected board, adopted by-laws and have been registered with the city to apply. Neighborhoods without an association can seek the assistance of city staff to organize one and then apply for a grant.

Grant recipients are required to provide a 25 percent match to the cost of the project through donated services, materials, labor or cash. Grants must benefit the entire neighborhood with projects such as landscaping, planting street trees, replacing sections of sidewalk, or installing signs.

“So far they’ve been used for trees that have been planted in Parkview meadows along progress street,” Wensel said. “One grant was given to the Jewell neighborhood to replace some of their damaged sidewalks. One grant has been made to the Dougherty neighborhood to replace some of their historic district signs.

“We hope that the grants will serve two purposes. One is to get neighborhoods organized that aren’t already and the other is to help improve those neighborhoods in small ways but in ways that the residents might not do otherwise”

For more information about the grant or an application form, call Wensel at 816-439-4537. The deadline to apply is April 1 and awards will be announced in late April.

Two named to Freedom House board

Community leaders Joe Crossett and Lou DeMarco have been named to the Board of Directors for Freedom House in Liberty.

Freedom House is an umbrella organization for several non-profits in Clay County including Love INC, Hillcrest Ministries, In As Much Ministry and the Salvation Army.

“Joe most recently retired as Liberty Hospital administrator and brings a wealth of knowledge, and Lou DeMarco being the president of the newest Price Chopper in the Liberty area, has a great community connection,” said Charles Small, chairman of the Freedom House Board.

Crossett and his wife, Bonnie, were active in creating Freedom House.

DeMarco is a former president of the Liberty Area Chamber of Commerce.

Crossett and DeMarco’s appointments follow the retirement of longtime members Richard Boswell, Kelly McClelland and Scott Page.

The Freedom House Board has oversight over the operation and maintenance of the Freedom House building, said Small, who was one of the original founders of Freedom House.

For information on the programs at Freedom House, contact the individual organizations: In As Much Ministries at 816-781-5959; Love INC. at 816-781-3200, Hillcrest Ministries at 816-781-8988, Rebuilding Together Clay County at 816-781-8985 or the Salvation Army at 816-994-6943.