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Clay and Platte counties: News from around our towns

Tri-County fights e-cigs

Combating the escalating use of e-cigarettes among youth is the focus of a new educational campaign by Tri-County Mental Health Services, thanks to a grant from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

“We are seeing a huge disconnect with young people. They are thinking e-cigs and vapors are not harmful,” said Vicky Ward, prevention manager for Tri-County Mental Health Services. “Nicotine is nicotine; regardless of the delivery system, it is still highly addictive and certainly discouraged among our young people.”

According to a 2014 Safe and Drug Free Schools Missouri Student Survey, nearly 17 percent of students in high school in Ray, Platte and Clay counties have used e-cigarettes.

Youth With Vision, Tri-County’s youth advisory council, has created a Power Point program on e-cigarettes to present to interested community groups and schools.

“We are educating a variety of groups including teachers. Some schools have reported student use in their buildings and many of the vapor products are hard to distinguish from an ink pen. Our teachers need to know what to look for,” said Ward. “We need to give kudos to schools. Most were very quick to include e-cigarettes/vapor products in their school policies.”

To inquire about having a presentation on e-cigs, contact Reshana Peterson at 816-877-0496 or reshanap@tri-countymhs.org; or Ward at 816-877-0411 or vickyw@tri-countymhs.org.

What should be built near city park property?

The Kansas City Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners wants to make sure that as the city grows and changes, the right kind of development occurs around parks, boulevards and parkways.

“As older parts of the city are reimagined and newer parts are being evaluated for development, it is the intention to have standards which allow for quality development to be made an enforceable aspect of the development code,” the department said in a news release.

Now, park officials are asking the public to weigh in on the proposals. They have scheduled three meetings in the coming weeks to gather feedback:

▪ Midtown: Tuesday, Jan. 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Maincor Offices, 3215 Main St.

▪ Northland: Wednesday, Jan. 28 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Northland Neighborhoods Inc., 4420 N.E. Chouteau Trafficway.

▪ South Kansas City: Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kansas City Police South Patrol station, 9701 Marion Park Drive.

Souper Bowl potluck at senior center

Sports fans and older adults are invited to a Souper Bowl Potluck at the Liberty Silver Center on Jan. 29, where they can wear the colors of their favorite sports team.

Activities begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m.

At 1 p.m. a live-feed video presentation on the National Football League Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, will be given by a member of the Hall of Fame. The presentation is provided by the Senior Learning Network.

The center will provide soup, and those attending should bring a side dish that feeds 15 to 20 people.

Preregister for lunch by Jan. 27 by calling 816-439-4368. Cost is $2.

“They are welcome to join us for both activities or just one or the other. The Souper Bowl is pretty popular just because people love to do the soups and we have it all decorated up like a tailgating party. It will be a fun atmosphere and there will be games for the entertainment,” said Chrissy Carver, senior center administrator.

Liberty Silver Center is in the Liberty Community Center at 1600 S. Withers, Liberty.

Souper Bowl of Caring

In an effort to fight hunger, Avondale United Methodist Church and Festival Foods are teaming up for the Souper Bowl of Caring Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 .

People are invited to bring food donations to the church or to Festival Foods and donate in behalf of their favorite Super Bowl team.

Donations will be accepted on Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Festival Foods, 4357 N. Chouteau Drive, Kansas City; or on Feb. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Avondale United Methodist, 3101 N.E. Winn Road, Kansas City, North.

Church youth will hold a Soup Cook-Off at noon Feb 1 at the church. Donations will also be accepted for youth programs.

The church’s pantry has been serving the needy since the early 1980s and has participated in the nationwide Souper Bowl of Caring for several years.

Pesticide training

The University of Missouri Extension is offering classes for Private Pesticide Applicator Training (PPAT) in February. Individuals using restricted-use pesticides on their own or rented property are required to have a current license.

Classes are held throughout the state. Local PPAT classes will be held at the following locations:

▪ Clay County: Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. at the Clay County Extension Center, 1901 N.E. 48th St. Kansas City, North. Call to register by Feb. 2 at 816-407-3490.

▪ Platte County: Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Platte County Extension Center, 11724 N.W. Plaza Circle, Kansas City, North. Call to register at 816-270-2141.

Both new licenses and renewals are available upon completing the training. The three-hour training videos can also be viewed at any county MU Extension Center. Participants must purchase the Private Pesticide Applicator reference Manual for $12 by cash or check at the time of training if they do not have the current edition. The training will recertify licenses for five years.

Call 816-407-3490 for information.

Senior health fair

Senior Star at Wexford Place is hosting a Community Health Fair on Jan. 22 for adults 40 and over.

The fair runs from 1 to 4 p.m. and will include information tables, health screenings, a ballroom dance demonstration, art therapy and refreshments.

“It’s all designed to help us spiritually, emotionally, physically. It’s all about that successful lifestyle and that’s what we are going to convey to people,” said Pam Luttrell of Senior Star.

The following groups will be there to provide information: Parkville Mid-Continent Library – resources for seniors; Northland Physical Medicine – health care alternatives; NorthCare Hospice – grief and loss support; Maple Park Nursing and Rehabilitation – balance screening; Hometown Audiology – hearing testing and aid repair; Northland Imaging; Kobler Chiropractic and Massage; Arthritis Association – exercise demo; US Foods – healthy eating; Hillcrest Ministries – volunteer opportunities; Interim Home Health – blood pressure checks; Alphapointe – low vision screenings.

For information call 816-673-2806.

Wexford Place is at 6500 N. Cosby Ave., Kansas City, North.

| Norma King and Elaine Adams