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Three generations of dentists have worked at the Burns Dental Care office in Parkville. Shown are (from left) Robert C. Burns, David Burns and D. Taylor Burns at Burns Dental Care office in Parkville.
Three generations of dentists have worked at the Burns Dental Care office in Parkville. Shown are (from left) Robert C. Burns, David Burns and D. Taylor Burns at Burns Dental Care office in Parkville.

Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy

Platte County Sheriff Mark Owen has announced a fall citizen’s academy for residents wanting to get an in-depth look at the Sheriff’s Office and its operations.

The nine-week academy begins Sept. 7 and will meet on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and one Saturday. The deadline to register is Sept. 2. Participation is free.

Platte County citizens and business owners must be at least 18 years old and have no felony or serious misdemeanor convictions.

Register at www.plattesheriff.org/sheriffs-citizens-academy.

“The citizens of Platte County are an essential part of law enforcement in our community,” said Owen in a press release. “The Citizen’s Academy provides a hands-on learning experience designed to give you, the citizen, a better understanding of the role and function the Platte County Sheriff’s Office plays in our community.”

For information contact Sgt. Jeffrey Shanks at 816-858-2424 or 816-858-3520 jeffrey.shanks@plattesheriff.org.

Park Gallery

The work of artist Matt Krawcheck will be featured in the Park University Campanella Gallery through Sept. 9.

The exhibit is described as “A Retro(per)spective,” which uses vanishing points to launch visitors into the outer reaches of panoramic space, Krawcheck said.

“This art medium can provide critical insights into how people, events and ideas connect with one another over time,” he said.

Krawcheck is an adjunct instructor of studio art at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He earned a master of fine arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute.

A reception is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday in the Campanella Gallery, followed by a lecture by Krawcheck at 4:30 p.m.

The Campanella Gallery is inside the McAfee Memorial Library on the Park campus. Admission is free. For information on gallery hours go to www.park.edu/library, or call 816-584-6457.

Clay Republicans open office

The Clay County Republican Central Committee has opened its Republican headquarters in Kansas City, North, and invites volunteers to get involved and those interested in more information on Republican candidates to visit.

The office is at 8002 North Oak Trafficway, Suite 107, Kansas City, North, in the White Oak Shopping Center and is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The office has yard signs, bumper stickers and other materials available.

Giving Circle offers grants

Applications for grants from The Northland Giving Circle are available Aug. 19.

Each year the philanthropic group gives $30,000 to a Northland charity. To date the group has given $210,000 in grants.

This year the group is focusing on at-risk children.

For grant information go to www.northlandgivingcircle.org. Applications are due Oct. 7.

Annual membership for the group is $302.50. Only $2.50 goes to administrative costs and the remaining $300 goes to the grant.

There are no meetings and members vote each year online to select the not-for-profit to receive the grant.

Contact spinnerjudy43@gmail.com for more information.

Doniphan Institute registration

Future leaders are invited to register for the fall 2016 session of the Doniphan Executive Leadership Institute on William Jewell Campus.

The Institute, now in its 10th year, is sponsored by the Clay County Economic Development Council and the Pryor Center for Leadership Development. Its purpose is to develop leaders who will positively impact the future of the community.

“We have over 250 students that have been through the program. Whatever you put into the program is what you will get out of the program,” said Sandra Watson, administrative coordinator for the Pryor Center for Leadership Development.

“All of our graduates have fully invested themselves and immersed themselves in furthering their leadership skills.”

Classes are held one day a month for six months at the Pryor Center at William Jewell.

The first class will meet Sept. 9. Other classes will be held on the second Wednesday of each month through February.

The cost is $1,900.

For information go to www.clayedc.com/Doniphan/; or contact Watson at 816-415-5052.

Three generation dental practice

D. Taylor Burns has joined his father and grandfather in the family dental practice following his graduation from UMKC School of Dentistry in May.

Burns Dental Care in Parkville was founded by Robert C. Burns in 1965. His son David Burns joined the practice in 1986, and with the addition of D. Taylor Burns, three generations have served the citizens of Parkville.

The Burns family came to Parkville in the 1930s when Robert L. Burns, father of Robert C., became principal of the Parkville School. He was later involved in the creation of the Park Hill School District from which his future-dentist son, grandson and great-grandson graduated.

Gospel Music Heritage

New Creation Music Ministry will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Gospel Music Heritage, 102 Lewis St., Edgerton.

Petersen sings a wide variety of music, from contemporary to patriotic; hymns to Southern gospel. He also plays baritone, piano, banjo and guitar.

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


The Northland Animal Welfare Society (NAWS) will host a Pet CPR Course at the new NAWS Spay/Neuter Clinic on Aug. 20.

The class will be held 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is open to all pet owners. Space is limited. Class fee is $40.

“It’s really informative because you don’t know when you might need to use it,” said Goldie Arnold, with NAWS. “You hope you never have to use it, but you want to be prepared if you have to.”

Call 816-830-7759 to make a reservation.

The NAWS clinic is at 6972 N. Broadway, Gladstone.

Tri-County Banquet

Tracey Helton Mitchell, who is a recovering heroin addict, will speak at the 26th annual banquet of Tri-County Mental Health Services Aug. 22.

The annual event will also include recognition of those who have made a significant impact in the behavioral health field.

Mitchell’s story was told in the documentary “Black Tar Heroin: The Dark End of the Street,” and has been featured on CNN, in the Huffington Post and The New York Times. She is the author of “The Big Fix: Hope After Heroin,” which tells her story of going from a homeless heroin addict to a stable mother of three.

The evening’s events will be held at the Courtyard Marriott of Kansas City at Briarcliff, 4000 N. Mulberry Drive, Kansas City, North. A reception begins at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $75.

For information, contact Jon Wilson at offeringhope@tri-countymhs.org, call 816-612-8030 or visit www.tri-countymhs.org for online registration.

By Norma King, Special to the Star