Gladstone fire department rating rises
Gladstone’s fire department has moved up in the Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating system, earning a 2 rating.
Out of more than 49,000 fire departments, Gladstone rates in the top 2 percent, a distinction it shares with 750 other departments nationwide. Only 60 fire departments in the U.S. have an ISO rating of 1.
Currently Gladstone’s rating is 4. The classification will change in February and should translate to lower fire insurance premiums for city residents.
“I’m very proud of the members of our department that have put a lot of effort to make the necessary changes to operations to get this achievement. It’s really a testament to their efforts and I’m proud of what they’ve achieved,” said Chief Michael Hasty, director of public safety for Gladstone.
An ISO rating takes into account fire department staffing, training, equipment, fire prevention programs, response times and emergency communications, as well as the city’s water delivery system.
Liberty water disinfection
The city of Liberty will begin using monochloramine in its water disinfection process beginning Dec. 1.
Monochloramine is recognized by the EPA as one of the best available technologies under the Safe Drinking Water Act, according to Brian Hess, director of the Liberty Utilities Department. It has been used by water utilities for more than 90 years, and more than one in five Americans uses drinking water treated with monochloramine.
“You can drink, bathe, everything you do normally,” said Sara Cooke, communications manager for the city.
However, monochloramine is toxic to fish and aquatic life and should be removed from water used for live fish, amphibians and other aquatic animals, including Koi, lobster, shrimp, frogs, turtles, snails, clams and live coral, she said.
Products to remove monochloramine from tap water are readily available at pet supply stores.
Residents of Kansas City and areas receiving water from Kansas City are already drinking water with monochloramine, Cooke said.
Art show in Gladstone Community Center
The work of artist Robert Huffstutter of Gladstone will be on exhibit in the Gladstone Community Center Public Art Space through Jan. 13.
Huffstutter paints in water colors and oil. His show is sponsored by the Gladstone Arts Commission.
His work can be viewed when the community center is open.
Park University is “Best for Vets”
Park University has been named to Military Times’ “Best for Vets: Colleges 2015” list. This is the third year Park has been recognized by the Times, an independent publication that serves the military community.
Park is ranked No. 4 among eight private colleges and universities in the country on the list; and No. 7 overall in the online and nontraditional category. Last year Park was No. 5 among private and No. 8 overall in online and nontraditional category
The university in Parkville was given four stars (out of four) for staff support and 3.5 stars for academic support.
Turkey Buster fitness class
The Gladstone Community Center will host a Turkey Buster fitness class from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 26.
The pre-holiday class will be taught by two fitness instructors. The cost is $5, and registration is open to those 18 and over.
“It’s a 90-minute class. The first half is cardio workout, and the second half is strength training so they get a full workout in those 90 minutes. It’s pretty fun. We’ve had a lot of fun with it in the past,” said Liz Soria, fitness supervisor at the community center.
Register online at www.gladstonecommunitycenter.com or call 816-423-4200.
Shop With a Deputy
Thirty-five Platte County children will go shopping with Platte County law enforcement officers this Christmas season.
As part of Platte County’s Shop With a Deputy program, now in its 20th year, the children will be able to spend $200 on their own needs and gifts.
The program began in 1995 with a $500 grant from the Missouri Deputy Sheriff’s Association which served 10 children. Over the years more than 400 Platte County children have been helped.
Sheriff Mark Owen said Shop With a Deputy is among the most rewarding programs the department does.
“It’s something the deputies and civilian employees look forward to every year, giving back to children through the annual shopping event and hoping they leave a lasting positive impression on each child they help,” Owen said. “For many for the children this is the only Christmas they will have.”
Children who will participate have already been selected by United Services Community Action Agency.
Donations to the program can be sent to the Platte County Sheriff’s Office, Shop With a Deputy Program, c/o Capt. Chad Phillips, 415 Third Street, Suite 10, Platte City, MO 64079-8462. Donations can also be taken to the sheriff’s office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Corbin Theatre hosts band
One Night Stand will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Belvoir Winery in Liberty. The popular classic rock band formed in 1998 and hails from Kansas City.
The event is sponsored by Corbin Theatre with a grant from the Missouri Arts Council.
Tickets are $15 and available at Liberty City Hall, Liberty Community Center and online at corbintheatre.ticketleap.com.
Belvoir Winery is at 1325 Odd Fellows Road.
Liberty lights downtown
Liberty will hold its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony and welcome Santa at 6:30 p.m. Thursday on the Historic Liberty Square.
The ceremony will include remarks by Mayor Lyndell Brenton, music by school children and the Liberty Youth Chorus, the arrival of Santa on a fire truck, ornament-making for kids, free cookies and hot chocolate and the lighting of a 14-foot tree near City Hall.
After the program, Santa will visit with children inside Blanc Palette on the square.
Financial donations will be accepted for the Liberty Community Christmas Tree program, which provided food and gifts for hundreds of children, families and senior citizens last year.
Gladstone Christmas tree lighting
Gladstone’s annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Linden Square.
Mayor J. Brian Hill will be joined by former Gladstone mayors and City Council members for the traditional festivities.
The program includes singing by children from Antioch Middle School and Linden West Elementary choirs; a visit from Santa Claus, and Joe Lauria of FOX 4 as master of ceremonies.
Hot drinks and cookies will be served.
Donations will be accepted for the Christmas tree program, which benefits the Northland Christmas Store, Get Kids Connected Scholarship program, Gladstone Neighbors Helping Neighbors and Gladstone Animal Shelter. Donations can also be made at Gladstone City Hall.
Linden Skate Rink opens for winter skating following the program until 9 p.m. Admission for skating is $3, which includes skate rental.
Other musical entertainment will be provided by Christian Community Chorus and The Oak Park Jazz Band.
Linden Square is at 602 N.E. 70th St. in Gladstone.
| Norma King, Special to The Star