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Esther George
Esther George

Black History Month lecture

The story of World War I hero and Park University alumnus George S. Robb will be featured in a lecture at The National World War I Museum and Memorial at 7 p.m. Feb. 29.

The Spencer Cave Black History Month Lecture, sponsored by Park, will be given by historian Jeffrey T. Sammons, a professor of history at New York University.

The lecture, titled “George S. Robb: From Salina, Kan., to Park University to Pershing’s 100 Heroes of the War,” will highlight Robb’s service as a member of the 369th Regiment of New York, his studies at Park University, his teaching career at Columbia University, and his 26 year term as Kansas state auditor.

Sammons was named a Henry Rutgers Research Fellow at Rutgers University-Camden in 1987, and has taught at New York University since 1989. He is the author of “Beyond the Ring: The Role of Boxing in American Society” and the recently published “Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the Quest for African-American Equality.”

The lecture is free, although reservations are requested by going to https://www.theworldwar.org/visit/upcoming-events or http://bit.ly/1PCNHo6.

The National World War I Museum and Memorial is at 100 W. 26th St., Kansas City.

Liberty veterinary clinics offer reduced prices

Three veterinary clinics in Liberty are offering reduced-price sterilizations Feb. 22-26 in a cooperative effort with Liberty Animal Control.

The program is part of World Spay Day, which is sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States. Last year, 72 dogs and cats were spayed or neutered through the reduced-price program.

“We highly recommend it for the health of the animal and for the prevention of unwanted dogs and cats,” said Meredith Weaver, animal control officer for Liberty. “People need to spay and neuter their animals and this is an excellent opportunity for them to do it at a cost that is more affordable.”

Participating clinics in Liberty are Crossroads Animal Hospital, 816-781-1510; Northside Animal Clinic, 816-781-3900; and Veterinary Center of Liberty, 816-781-0778.

Liberty residents need proof of residency to qualify for discounts. There is no income requirement. Appointments are limited.

For dogs the $95 fee will include spay/neuter as well as rabies and distemper/parvo vaccinations, heartworm tests, a physical exam and the annual city license.

For cats the $85 fee includes spay/neuter and rabies and feline distemper shots and a physical exam.

The fees are approximately half of the full cost for the services.

Additional charges could be incurred for pets that are pregnant or in heat or for any other treatment.

Liberty requires that all dogs over the age of 4 months be vaccinated against rabies and licensed with the city. Licenses are available at City Hall for $5 for sterilized dogs or $10 for unsterilized dogs. Licenses can also be obtained from local veterinarians with proof of vaccination.

“We must have verification that your dog has a current rabies vaccination,” Weaver said. “We have to have a certificate of vaccination from a veterinarian.”

For more information about the reduced price sterilization program or adopting an animal from the Liberty Animal Shelter, contact Liberty Animal Control at 816-439-4791.

Grandfamilies support group

The Northland Grandfamilies support groups will meet Feb. 10 and Feb. 24 for the program, “The Benefits of Group Therapy for Children Living with Grandparents or Other Relatives.”

Diana Johnson, a registered play therapist in the Northland, will present the program. Johnson also works with child-custody mediation, blended-family therapy and co-parenting consultations.

“She will discuss issues and concerns children living with grandparents or other relatives face and how group therapy with peers can help,” said Christine Brunkow with Northland Grandfamilies.

The Feb. 10 meeting is at 10 a.m. at North Cross United Methodist, 1321 N.E. Vivion Road, Kansas City, North.

The Feb. 24 group meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at Platte Woods United Methodist, 7310 N.W. Prairie View Road, Platte Woods. Free child care is offered at the evening meeting.

Grandparents and other relatives raising children are invited to attend. To make reservations for attending either meeting or for child care, call the University of Missouri Extension Office 816-407-3490.

Federal Reserve president to speak

Esther George, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, will be the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of Midwest Small Business Finance Feb. 18.

George was appointed CEO in 2009 for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and was president in 2011. She joined the Federal Reserve Bank in 1982 and was involved in the 10th District’s banking supervision during the 1980s and post-9/11.

Patricia Brown-Dixon, Region VII administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, also will speak and introduce businesses receiving recognition.

The luncheon meeting is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 18, at Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa, 777 N.W. Argosy Parkway, Riverside.

Tickets are $35 per person or $500 for a table of 10. For additional information calling the Midwest Small Business Finance office at 816-468-4989 or email info@clayedc.com. Register online at www.simplymoreloans.com/Annual/.

Liberty has new website

The city of Liberty has launched a new website, www.libertymissouri.gov, designed to encourage interaction between users and the city.

“There are two primary reasons that we wanted to redesign,” said Sara Cooke, communications manager for Liberty. “To revisit the navigation and make it more user-friendly than the last version; the second to keep up with changing technology. And with so many people coming on mobile devices we really did need the responsive design.”

According to Cooke, 50 to 52 percent of those accessing the city’s website use phones or tablets, so it was important to have a responsive design that would resize for mobile devices and load quickly.

The new site has drop-down mega menus, Let Us Know buttons, interactive maps, a How Do I feature and many other new or improved features as well as an easy-to-remember URL.

Cooke encourages feedback on the website. “We do really want to hear what people have to say. And not just good stuff,” she said.

Contact Cooke at scooke@ci.liberty.mo.us.

Piano recital at Park

Internationally acclaimed pianist Jan Jiracek von Arnim will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel at Park University.

Jiracek von Arnim is artistic director of the International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna, and professor of piano at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. He received an honorary professorship of the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing.

The program includes: “Chaconne” from “Partita No. 2 in D minor,” by Johann Sebastian Bach; “Fantasie in C major, op. 15 (D 760)”, by Franz Schubert; “Liebestod” by Franz Liszt; and “Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S. 171” by Liszt.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or at www.park.edu/concert.

Park University students, faculty and staff with Park IDs are admitted free.

Jiracek von Arnim also will hold master classes in the Memorial Chapel on Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The master classes are open to the public and admission is free.

New youth sports league

Registration for the new i9 Sports League is underway in the Northland.

The league sponsors soccer, flag football and T-Ball programs for children and youth ages 3-14 with a different approach to youth sports, according to Gene Gentrup, area developer for the Northland.

“i9 Sports promotes itself as an alternative to the hyper-competitive, win-at-all-cost culture that pervades many youth sports leagues today,” Gentrup said. “The one-day-a-week commitment on weekends is designed to accommodate parents juggling multiple commitments during the week.”

Games and practices will be held at Shoal Creek Elementary School, 9000 N.E. Flintlock Road, Kansas City, North.

Fees range from $99 to $149 depending upon sign-up deadlines.

“We have three deadlines for each season, and the earlier you sign up, the bigger your discount off the regular price,” Gentrup said. The next deadline is Feb. 11 and the final deadline is March 4.

To register go to www.i9sports.com.

This is the second i9 Sports League in the Kansas City area. The first opened in Johnson County, Kan., six years ago. The league emphasizes fun, safety, convenience, and good sportsmanship and also offers camps and clinics for boys and girls.

“It’s always on weekends, always on one day: practice followed by game,” Gentrup said. “We try to take that over-competitiveness out. We like to tell folks the outcome of the game is not as important as how it’s played. As much as we love our kids and are excited for their success on the field, they are unlikely to be the next draft pick.”

Norma King, Special to The Star

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