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Northland community news: Trash amnesty day; Platte auto dealer locates to historic site

Sewing volunteers are (from left) Catherine Schembri, Linda Hazlett, Peggy Ethetton and Clara Bolin.
Sewing volunteers are (from left) Catherine Schembri, Linda Hazlett, Peggy Ethetton and Clara Bolin. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Trash amnesty day

Kansas City is granting residents trash amnesty Dec. 26-31.

Residents can dispose of up to 15 bags or up to 500 pounds of trash without tagging the trash bags.

Trash will be picked up on the normal trash pick-up days with Dec. 25 and Dec. 26 postponed by one day each.

Trash amnesty is a twice-yearly event Kansas City offers its residents. The other day is after July 4.

“It’s a better alternative than have illegal dumping from huge amount of trash. It works out well for everybody,” said Sean Demory, Public Information Officer for the Public Works Department.

Remodeling waste will not be accepted. Demory encourages residents to take wrapping paper to city recycling centers at Metro North Mall at 400 N.W. Barry Road; Environmental Campus at 4707 Deramus; and 9051 Hillcrest Road.

Christmas trees can be recycled through Jan. 17 at brush drop-off sites at 1815 N. Choteau and 11600 N. Main St. for $5.

“We ask people to remove all ornaments, lights and tinsel before they bring their trees,” said Demory.

The sites are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. They will be closed Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1.

Platte auto dealer locates on historic site

The new location of Platte City-Airport Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep was once the site of a 1968 automobile dealership — McMillian’s Dodge — which 46 years ago sat two miles outside the city limits on Prairie View Road.

Owners of Platte City-Airport Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram moved the dealership in September from Main Street in Platte City, after purchasing Tony Martens Dodge in January 2014.

The new location at 2605 N.W. Prairie View Road, Kansas City, North, provides good visibility from Interstate 29, said Lee Hockensmith, the managing partner.

When Platte City businessman George McMillian opened his new Dodge dealership in 1968 on what was then old U.S. 71, his was the only business there. McMillian’s then-unusual decision was just a precursor for extensive business development in the area since then.

Platte City-Airport Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram purchased 4.5 acres and a building from Heritage Tractor and plans to build a 3,000-square-foot showroom and expand their on-site inventory to about 500 vehicles.

Sewing clubfor seniors

The Right at Home KC Sewing Group plans to donate more than 100 pillows, blankets and other items this Christmas to senior citizens in home care, hospitals or rehabilitation centers.

Catherine Schembri started the sewing group this past summer by advertising in church bulletins for sewers and fabric donations.

Schembri, marketing manager for Right at Home KC, a homecare provider, had organized a sewing group before and knew it was extremely popular with organizations that serve the elderly.

“It made a lot of people feel good and that’s what’s it all about. I want to give back to the community and I invite any volunteers who would like to be a part of a wonderful group to join us,” she said.

Schembri will bag all the blankets, pillows, eyeglass cases and walker pockets before Christmas and take them to agencies which work with seniors. Clients of Right at Home KC will also receive the gifts.

The Right at Home KC sewers are senior citizens themselves, including the 80-something Clara Bolin. “What makes me so happy to belong to this sewing group is that I am able to make something that will comfort and ease seniors and I am pleased to be associated with a group of lovely ladies,” said Bolin.

For information on volunteering or donating fabric or supplies call 844-945-2273 or email Schembri at catherine@rightathomekc.com.

Platte Woods public hearing

A public hearing on the reconstruction and upgrade of Northwest 72nd Street between Interstate 29 and North Polk Avenue in Kansas City and Platte Woods is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at English Landing Elementary School, 6500 N.W. Klamm Drive, Kansas City, North.

The $3.5 million project is a joint effort between Kansas City and Platte County. Federal funds will pay $2.5 million toward the project, said Wes Minder, project manager for Kansas City.

The proposed improvements include a new three lane street, a sidewalk, a roundabout at Overland Drive and street lighting. Three rental units and some homes will be impacted by the project. Work will begin in late 2015. The two-phase project will be completed in 2017.

The hearing has an open house format with display boards. “Folks can look at those and ask questions at their convenience,” said Minder.

Documentation and other detailed information are available for public inspection and copying at the Kansas City Public Works Department at 5300 Municipal Avenue, Kansas City.

The public may also submit written statements and exhibits at the hearing and up to 10 days after the hearing. Comments may be emailed to wes.minder@kcmo.org.

Those needing transportation to the meeting can call Kansas City’s Call Center at 311 or 816-513-1313 or email actioncenter@kcmo.org.

Stay fit during the holidays

Both Liberty and Gladstone are offering holiday time exercise classes for those wanting to stay fit during the holidays.

▪ Liberty’s One-Day-Wonder classes include: Set-Strength Endurance Training, Holiday Splash (water aerobics), Cardio Strength & Conditioning, Turbo Tone, Boot Camp, and Zumba Buster.

Classes are $4 each. Registration is limited. Register at www.ci.liberty.mo.us or at the Liberty Community Center, 1600 S. Withers Road, Liberty. Call 816-439-4360 for information.

▪ Gladstone’s Frosty Meltdown classes include: Yoga, Cardio Sculpt/Pilates, Power Yoga and Zumba/Cardio Sculpt. Each class lasts 90 minutes.

Fees are $5. Registration is open to 18 year olds and up. Space is limited.

Register at www.gladstonecommunitycenter.com or at the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes, Gladstone. Call 816-423-4200 for information.

| Norma King, Special to The Star