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Pathfinder Elementary has new Buddy Bench

Mark Anderson and Christian Friends performed at the 2016 Juneteenth celebration hosted by the Clay County African American Legacy, Inc. This year’s music will be provided by Future Jazz.
Mark Anderson and Christian Friends performed at the 2016 Juneteenth celebration hosted by the Clay County African American Legacy, Inc. This year’s music will be provided by Future Jazz. Photo provided

Buddy Bench donated

Students needing a friend on the playground at Pathfinder Elementary School now have a Buddy Bench thanks to the Auxiliary to South Platte Memorial VFW Post 7356.

The Auxiliary presented a Buddy Bench to Pathfinder May 8.

When students sit on the bench, it is a signal to others that a schoolmate is in need and they can reach out to them.

Pathfinder Elementary students and members of the Auxiliary have come together on other projects. Students have made placemats and valentines for Veterans in the Cameron Veteran’s Home, and the Auxiliary has supported activities such as the Annual “Sharpen the Saw” Challenge and has offered scholarships to the students through patriotic programs.

For information on the Auxiliary call Hainkel at 816-806-2796 or attend a breakfast gathering of the group from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at VFW Post 7356, 10125 Tom Watson Parkway, Parkville.

Free sports physical in Platte County

Uninsured children and teens can get free sports physicals through the Platte County Health Department’s Family Healthcare Clinic in Parkville though Aug. 31.

Children must attend a Platte County school and a parent or guardian must accompany the child. Proof of residency and income is required. Call 816-587-5998 to make an appointment.

Juneteenth Celebration

Clay County African American Legacy, Inc. will host a Juneteenth Celebration at 6 p.m. June 23 6 at Garrison School in Liberty.

“It’s our 17th annual Juneteenth celebration; and the 140th year of Garrison School,” said AJ Byrd, president of the organization.

The event includes a Soul Food Dinner; entertainment by Future Jazz, a high school group made of young musicians from throughout the metro area, a live and silent auction, and an awards presentation honoring community members who have been supportive of Legacy’s initiatives.

“We’ve got two new rooms featuring art and historical artifacts, so they are available for tour,” Byrd said. “Guest artist Sherry McCall and jazz art collector Juan Houston will also be present.”

Juneteenth celebrations commemorate June 19, 1865, when slaves in Texas first learned they were free, although the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed almost six months before, on Jan. 1, 1863, by President Abraham Lincoln.

Tickets are $50 each and table sponsorships are $500. For information or tickets go to: or call Cecelia Robinson, CCAAL, Inc. historian, at 816-591-6199.

Garrison School is at 502 N. Water St., Liberty.

Liberty Hospital foundation donations

The Liberty Hospital Foundation distributed $100,000 in LiveWell grants to 12 metro nonprofits May 25.

The Foundation was able to double the amount of grants given this year, thanks to the success of the Liberty Hospital Half Marathon this spring.

The LiveWell grant program’s mission is to positively impact the health of the community through early detection, wellness and prevention, community health initiatives, direct healthcare services, and general access to health care by the medically under-insured and under-served.

Grant recipients were: Cornerstones of Care – Healthy Families Home Visitation Program, $10,000; The Coterie – The Dramatic Health Education Project, $5,000; Earnest Shepherd Memorial Youth Center – Outdoor Adventure Programs, $5,500; Friends of Clay County CASA, Inc. – Healthy Futures Program, $5,000; In As Much Ministry – Health and Nutritional Well-Being, $10,000; Liberty Community Health Action Team – LCHAT, $15,000; Liberty Early Childhood Center – OWL Accessible Playground, $4,500; Miles of Smiles, Inc. – School-Based Safety Net Oral Healthcare for Children, $5,000; Northland Shepherd’s Center – BreakTime Club, $5,000; Rebuilding Together Clay County – Safe at Home, $10,000; The Call KC – Education Initiative, $15,000; Tri-County Mental Health Services – Trauma Awareness, $10,000.

TOPS features wellness coach

Fitness and wellness Coach Darla Hennigh will speak at 5:30 p.m., June 19, at Liberty’s TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Club.

Hennigh, a certified nutritionist, will talk about advance food prep for busy summer days.

“I’m a certified nutritionist, a group X pro, a certified personal trainer, a small business owner, a girl mom, a very slow runner, and crazy passionate about helping women live their best lives,” said Hennigh in a press release.

The meeting is free.

Membership in TOPS is $32 annually. TOPS Club, Inc. is a nonprofit, noncommercial network of weight-loss support groups.

TOPS meets weekly at Liberty United Methodist Church, 1001 Sunset Drive, Liberty.

Claude Pepper Award

Glen Smith has received the 2017 Claude Pepper Award from the Northland Professionals in Aging.

Smith, an attorney with Smith Elder & Business Law, was recognized for his work with senior citizens during the May 31 NPA luncheon..

The late Pepper, for whom the award is named, was a U.S. senator and representative from Florida. He was an advocate for senior citizens and served as chairman of the House Select Committee on Aging for many years.

Norterre opens Welcome Center

Norterre, a multigenerational development near Liberty Hospital, has scheduled two open houses for its new Welcome Center, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 16; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 17.

The Welcome Center is on the lower floor of the Liberty Clinic, 2609 Glenn Hendren Drive, Liberty.

Business hours for the Welcome Center will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Norterre’s Aurora Health & Wellness Center will open this fall. Norterre is waiving the $100 new member fee to the center for Northland residents, 18 or older, who sign up by Aug. 31.

For information call 816-479-4793 or go to

Parkville electronics recycling

Parkville will host an electronics recycling drive June 13 in the Parkville City Hall parking lot, 8880 Clark Ave., Parkville. The event is open to everyone, regardless of residency.

Items will be accepted 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. or until the truck is full.

Midwest Recycling Center will accept most electronic items free, whether they are working or not.

Fees will be charged for CRT items and other items such as: CRT Monitors, $5; CRT TVs $30-$50; wood console and big screen/projection TVs, $50; LED/LCD/Plasma TVs, $10; Freon containing devices, $10.

For information call Parkville City Hall at 816-741-7676.

Youth With Vision luncheon

The community is invited to attend the June 21 luncheon meeting of the Northland Coalition on substance preventions efforts.

The spotlight will be on teen prevention programs of Youth With Vision, the youth advisory council of the coalition.

The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. and is complimentary. Reservations are requested by calling 816-877-0401 or emailing

The luncheon is at the Human Services Building on Maple Woods Community College Campus, 3100 N.E. 83rd St., Kansas City, North.

The Matt Carroll family will perform at 7 p.m., Saturday, at Gospel Music Heritage in Edgerton.

The family sings Southern and country gospel.

Matt Carroll and his two daughters all began singing at a young age. Matt was 4 years old when he started singing with his family; and each of his girls, Ryleigh and Emmalee, both joined Matt when they turned 5 years old.

The family matriarch, Debbie Carroll, began singing with the family 18 months ago.

“It is our desire to take the gospel into all the world,” said Debbie Carroll.

Matt and Debbie Carroll, and daughters Ryleigh, 10, (right) and Emmalee, 8, sing southern and country gospel music. They will perform in Edgerton June 17.