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Classes and one-on-one instruction will be be offered again this year at the GenealogyKC conference.
Classes and one-on-one instruction will be be offered again this year at the GenealogyKC conference. Photo provided

Chamber greets new teachers

The Gladstone Area Chamber of Commerce filled 175 teacher bags for this year’s new teachers in North Kansas City School District, Oakhill Day School, Northland Catholic Schools and St. Pius X High School.

The chamber collected promotional items and donations from Chamber members, and with the help of volunteers stuffed the bags with school supplies, snacks, coupons and other items donated from more than 40 Northland businesses. Bags were delivered before school openings in August.

For information on the Gladstone Chamber go to www.gladstonechamber.com.

Corbin Theatre schedule

Broadway tunes, jazz and flamenco dancing are on the schedule for Liberty’s Corbin Theatre.

“The Music of the Night: A Night of Andrew Lloyd Webber,” is set for 7 p.m. Aug. 27 and will feature vocalist Maggie Thomas.

Thomas is a great fan of composer Webber.

“His musicals were the first I fell in love with and promptly memorized. His surging melodies have shaped who I am as an actress and a musician,” she said in a press release.

Thomas will be accompanied by Robin Lamb on the piano.

“Flamenco Mio” is set for 7 p.m., Sept. 2 at the Corbin. The program is billed as a night of music, dance and improvisation. The show will include music ranging from jazz to the flamenco music and dance of Spain.

Tickets for each show are $15 for adults. Purchase them at Liberty City Hall, the Liberty Community Center, or online at corbintheatre.org. Students can purchase tickets for $5 at the door if space is available.

The Corbin Theatre’s monthly Jazz on the Square is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Sept. 12. Admission is free. Wine, beer, desserts, sandwiches and snacks will be available for purchase.

The Corbin Theatre is at 15 N. Water St., Liberty.

Liberty police receive equipment

Liberty’s police department has received an automated external defibrillator, known as an AED, from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

Firehouse Subs donated $1 million to a 1,000 AED Gift Campaign for police departments throughout the country in communities with a Firehouse Subs restaurant.

“There was an application process. They turned it around very quickly,” said Capt. Andy Hedrick with the Liberty Police Department. “We’re grateful to have it. They are an excellent tool to help people in need when there’s a cardiac emergency.”

The new AED will be placed in a patrol vehicle, said Hedrick, and brings the number of patrol vehicles with AEDs to five.

The AEDs cost approximately $2,000 each, he said.

“We’re very grateful and this will really, in times of need, come in handy,” Hedrick said.

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was established in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina by Chris and Robin Sorensen, both firefighters and owners of Firehouse Subs. Their foundation is committed to providing first responders with life-saving equipment and resources and has awarded more than $20 million to public safety organizations throughout the country.

Softball players recognize police

The Saint Pius High School girls’ softball team made homemade treats for the Parkville Police Department recently to show their appreciation for the officers and their work to keep the community safe.

Rick Ludwig, the girl’s coach and a former Kansas City police officer, said the girls thought it would be a nice gesture to show their appreciation for their community service.

“We realized that small departments such as Parkville’s don’t get much recognition for what they do, and we thought it might be a nice thing to do.”

The girls made cookies, cupcakes, cakes and breakfast items for the police department and delivering them Aug. 15. After a visit with Chief Kevin Chrisman, who encouraged the girls to drive safely and use cell phones wisely, they went on a tour of the police department.

“I’m pretty sure most of them had never been through a police facility or experienced that,” Ludwig said, adding that they all enjoyed their visit.

GenealogyKC registration open

Kay Barnes, former Kansas City mayor, will be the keynote speaker at GenealogyKC, a free family history conference in Kansas City, North.

Registration is now open for the fourth annual GenealogyKC, which will be held Sept. 16 to 17 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6751 N.E. 70th St., Kansas City, North.

“It will be an opportunity for me to learn some things as an attendee, but also to share some of my own personal history and appreciation for the importance of knowing our own family histories,” said Barnes in a press release.

The two-day conference will give attendees a chance to choose from 70 classes covering a variety of family history topics, including research basics, using DNA, technology, cemetery records, African-American research, Google Earth and social media searches. Classes will be offered for all skill levels.

Additional classes for youth are planned for Sept. 17, including a class that will help boys earn a Boy Scouts of America Genealogy Merit Badge.

A class schedule and registration are available at www.genealogykc.org. Class sizes are limited, so advance registration is suggested.

Classes will be taught by area genealogy and family history specialists, as well as experts representing FamilySearch, Ancestry.com, FindMyPast, Heritage Quest, OneNote, the Missouri State Archives and the Midwest Genealogy Center in Kansas City.

One-on-one consulting will be available to those attending who have additional questions or need research assistance.

Northland Grandfamilies meet

Northland Grandfamilies will learn about immunizations for families at their 6 p.m. meeting today at Platte Woods United Methodist Church, 7310 NW Prairie View Road, Kansas City, North.

Peggy Strickland, public health nurse with the Platte County Health Department, will talk about recommended and required immunizations as well as give an overview of services provided by the Platte County Health Department.

To learn more about Northland Grandfamilies support group for family members raising children, or to RSVP call 816-407-3490.

Platte Pet Power

Animal owners interested in sharing their pets with residents of nursing homes and group homes are invited to attend a Platte Pet Power orientation Sept. 20.

“All of our volunteers are really interested in helping either the elderly or people in group homes,” said Cory Creed, horticulture specialist and county program director for Platte County University of Missouri Extension. “There’s a pretty wide variety of facilities we visit.”

Pet owners attend the first training without their pets and are taught what is expected of animals in the program and whether their animal is a good fit.

“They need to have a good temperament and need to follow commands and not show any aggression toward animals or humans,” Creed said.

If pet owners decide their animals are a good fit for the program, they then can attend a temperament testing a week later with their animals. At that testing, obstacles are used to simulate challenges that come up, such as wheelchairs, walkers, and crowds.

A veterinarian also inspects the animal. Up-to-date veterinarian records and a fecal analysis are required.

Once someone’s pet is certified, they are given a list of facilities approved for visits by Platte Pet Power.

For information call Creed at 816-270-2141.

The Platte Pet Power training is at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Platte County Resource Center, 11724 N.W. Plaza Circle, Kansas City, North.

Police participate in Drive Sober campaign

Liberty police will participate in a nationwide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign through Labor Day, Sept. 5.

“Every year, about one-third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more substance-impaired driver,” said Liberty Police Lt. Duane Davidson in a press release.

“Preliminary data indicates that in 2015, 196 people were killed and 663 seriously injured on Missouri’s roadways in crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver.”

Liberty’s police officers will be aggressively looking for substance-impaired drivers and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired.

Driving under the influence impairs a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle safely and his judgment about whether or not he should drive, Davidson said.

“If you have any doubt about your sobriety, do not get behind the wheel. If you do choose to drive impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses.”

For more information the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign go to www.savemolives.com.

By Norma King, Special to the Star