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Clay and Platte counties: News from around our towns

Nugent paintings on display

The artwork of Laura Nugent will be on exhibit at Park University’s Campanella Gallery through Feb. 16.

A reception will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in the gallery.

Nugent’s work has been exhibited at several galleries in the metro area including the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, as well as in Chicago.

She creates her paintings on a canvas or wood surface which she layers with used materials from her studio, creating a variety of textures and colors.

The Campanella Gallery is inside the McAfee Memorial Library in Park’s Academic Underground and open during library hours.

For information call 816-584-6457.

Gospel Music Heritage

Phil and Pam Morgan will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Gospel Music Heritage, 102 Lewis St., Edgerton.

The couple have been performing together since 1996. In 2000 Pam was badly injured in a traffic accident that left her paralyzed. The Morgans were able to continue their music ministry over a year later as Pam returned to health and now share messages of hope and encouragement stemming from their experience.

A free will offering will be taken. Call 816-532-2485 or go to www.gospelmusicheritage.net for information.

Centennial Bridge open houses set

Centennial Bridge, the 60-year old structure connecting Missouri Route 92 with K-92 and the city of Leavenworth is the subject of two open houses scheduled this week in Platte County.

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is holding the open houses to share information about the condition of the bridge, examine options for constructing a four-lane replacement bridge and receive feedback from the public.

The two-lane bridge was built in 1955 at the time of the 100th anniversary of the city of Leavenworth — thus the name Centennial Bridge.

“They term it functionally obsolete. What it means is that it’s not sufficient for the traffic and it’s not a modern bridge. It’s not what we would do now if we had the chance, but it’s not unsafe,” said Gina Boucher, public relations specialist from Parsons and Associates who is working with TranSystems, the engineering team leading the study.

No funding has been identified to replace the bridge which is estimated to be built after 2020, said Boucher.

The following open houses are scheduled:

▪ Wednesday: 5-7 p.m., Platte County Community Center North, 3101 Running Horse Road, Platte City;

▪ Thursday: 5-7 p.m., Riverfront Community Center, 123 South Esplanade, Leavenworth.

For information on the Route 92 Centennial Bridge Study visit: www.ksdot.org/kcMetro/.

To contact Boucher with questions or if special assistance is needed to attend a public open house, call 816-216-6571.

Gladstone art show

Photographer Sherri Haupert’s work will be featured in the Gladstone Community Center Public Art space through March 10.

Haupert is a Northland resident and owner of HaupArt Frame Gallery in Kansas City, North.

Haupert has been doing art shows as well as framing since 2003. Her work has been shown throughout the Kansas City area including the UNplaza Art Fair.

“What my preference is to capture textures. I use a lot of macro or close capture to present textures and evoke emotion through the texture and the patterns found in nature and the manmade objects,” said Haupert.

The exhibit is sponsored by the Gladstone Arts Commission and can be viewed during community center operating hours.

Gladstone community center is at 6901 N. Holmes St., Gladstone.

| Norma King, Special to The Star