Robert Lock was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Parkville Board of Alderman for Ward 3 at a recent board meeting. He replaces Kendall Welch, who is moving out of state.
Lock, a CPA, has served on the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission since 2009. He and his wife, Sue, moved to Parkville in 2003. They have two children and six grandchildren. He is a graduate of University of Missouri-Columbia.
“I like the direction of the city. I think the city is moving forward. I enjoy the atmosphere and the small town we have in Parkville,” said Lock. “I’m a CPA and in terms of financial matters I feel I’ve got something I can add to the board of alderman. There’s a tremendous amount of talent that they have on the board and it’s fun to be part of it.”
Lock and Doug Wylie have both filed to run for the Ward 3 seat during the April 7 election.
Other candidates for alderman seats in Parkville are: Ward 1, Diane Driver and Nick Casale; Ward 2 Jim Werner; Ward 4, Greg Plumb.
Poster contest for kids
The Liberty Optimist Club is sponsoring a “Just Say No” poster contest for kindergarten through eighth graders.
“We want to just expose children to making good choices in different areas. And if we can start out at a young age, and their parents can reinforce that then as they get older they can continue making good choices,” said Abby Helin, club president.
Posters should be 11 by 14 inches. Suggested themes are: I pledge to lead a drug-free life, I want to be healthy and happy, I will say NO to alcohol, I will say NO to tobacco, I will help my friends say NO, or I pledge to stand up for what I know is right.
Posters must be turned by March 5. Contact Helin at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements to turn in the poster.
Prizes will be awarded in two different age divisions, K-fourth grade and fifth-eighth grade as well as boys and girls categories. The winners will get $25 gift cards.
Children should not use commercial ideas. The child’s name, gender, grade, parent’s name and phone number must be on the back of the poster.
D.C. anti-drug forum
Three representatives of Liberty Alliance for Youth (LAFYI) will travel to Washington, D.C., to attend the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) 25th Annual National Leadership Forum.
CADCA helps support drug-free coalitions, such as LAFYI, in communities around the country, said Kendra Callaway, LAFYI prevention program director.
“The idea of these drug- free coalitions is that it’s supposed to involve all the various sectors of the community in an effort at preventing substance abuse,” she said.
Attending the forum with Callaway will be Elise Bennett, LAFYI president and Vicky Ward, prevention manager for Tri-County Mental Health Services. An expected 2,500 substance abuse prevention specialists and advocates will meet at the Washington, D.C. forum.
Callaway and the other LAFYI members will meet with Sen. Claire McCaskill and Rep. Sam Graves while there to talk about LAFYI’s mission.
LAFYI has actively promoted substance-abuse prevention among teens, supported smoking bans in public places, given educational programs for the community on the health and legal risks of hosting under-age drinking, held events to help parents raise healthy, substance-free children; as well as participated in national substance abuse campaigns. LAFYI received a $125,000 matching federal grant last year from the White House Drug Policy Office.
“We are so excited to be able to spend several days with other similar organizations from across the country, learning and honing our prevention skills so our community can be a better place, one that doesn’t suffer from the harms of drug and alcohol abuse,” said Callaway. “We hope to come back reenergized with new strategies under our belt to tackle drug use in Liberty.”
For information on LAFYI contact Callaway at email@example.com or call 816-679-5361.
Scout swim badge
Webelos and Cub Scouts ready to earn their Aquanaut Activity Badge, Swimming Belt Loop and Swimming Sports Pin can enroll in a special swim class at the Gladstone Community Center.
Scouts will be instructed in the necessary skills before being tested for the badges.
Two sessions are planned: Feb. 15, 12-3:30 p.m.; or April 12, 12-3:30 p.m.
Cost is $20. Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended.
For information or to register call Ashley Taylor, assistant aquatics specialist, at 816-423-4207 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funds for Ebola fight
North Kansas City Hospital has donated $10,000 to fight Ebola, which will be given to Heart to Heart International’s Ebola Treatment Unit in Liberia and Doctors Without Borders.
The donation was made to the Kansas City-based Committee Against the Spread of Ebola (CASE) which has raised a total of $13,388 for the efforts to fight the deadly disease that has taken the lives of more than 8,400 people in West Africa.
CASE launched a fund-raising campaign in early December with support from Jewish Vocational Service. Members of CASE are originally from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
“The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has affected thousands of lives,” said Peggy Schmitt, president and CEO of North Kansas City Hospital. “Ensuring that people suffering from the virus have access to quality healthcare is an important step toward curing this devastating disease. We are pleased to support the efforts of CASE, Heart to Heart International and Doctors Without Borders.”
CASE hopes to raise at least $20,000 for medical supplies including gloves, preventive suits, testing equipment, food and medicine for Ebola victims. Donations can be made online at http://www.casekc.org or by sending a check payable to JVS/CASE to JVS, 1608 Baltimore, Kansas City, Mo, 64108.
| Norma King,
Special to The Star