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Get a jump start on spring cleaning with Junk, Toss & Shred event in Lee’s Summit

Junkluggers of Kansas City and several local real-estate agents are teaming up April 28 for a Junk, Toss & Shred event in Lee’s Summit.
Junkluggers of Kansas City and several local real-estate agents are teaming up April 28 for a Junk, Toss & Shred event in Lee’s Summit. Photo provided

Junkluggers of Kansas City and several local real-estate agents are teaming up April 28 for a Junk, Toss & Shred event in Lee’s Summit.

Along with Paula Voss & Co. of Keller Williams and Lacey Moore of Primelending Mortgage, Junkluggers will offer free drop-off for large appliances, furniture, mattresses, tires, electronics and other unwanted items from 9 to 11 a.m. at Keller Williams Platinum Partners, 1201 N.E. Windsor Drive. Free paper shredding also will be available.

Seth Kakuske plans to donate and recycle as many items as possible that are turned in during the event.

“It’s important for us to continue to demonstrate our commitment to being eco-friendly every chance we can,” Kakuske said in a release announcing the event. “We love being involved in our community with wonderful, local businesses and giving back locally. Any time we can get several businesses to work together for a common goal, it sets an example for the leaders of the community.”

For more information about the Junk, Toss & Shred event, contact Desre Thompson at 816-305-6173. For more information about Junkluggers, contact Seth Kakuske at 660-864-4815.

Ripley announces District 34 candidacy

Rep. Rebecca Roeber won’t run unopposed again for the her seat representing District 34 in the Missouri House of Representatives.

James Ripley — a retired Missouri State Highway Patrol Officer and former instructor at the Joe Herndon Career Center, a technical school operated by the Raytown C-2 School District — announced April 12 that he he run as a Democrat during the November 2018 mid-term elections.

He declared his candidacy in front of a gathering of constituents and supports at Llywelyn’s Pub in Lee’s Summit, promising to bring “the same integrity, loyalty and accountability he exhibited during his years on patrol and as an educator” to Jefferson City if elected, according to a campaign release.

Ripley is an advocate for public education and also would fight to ensure law enforcement is fully funded.

“Our tax dollars should be spent bettering our public schools rather than enriching charter schools with no accountability,” he said.

Roeber is in her second term representing District 34, which includes portions of Lee’s Summit, Greenwood, Lake Lotawana and Pleasant Hill.

MCC, KU reach degree agreement

Metrpolitan Community College, including the MCC-Longview campus in Lee’s Summit, have reached an agreement with the University of Kansas, which will streamline the path to a bachelor’s degree from the school for community college students.

An associate’s degree from MCC will satsify KU Core requirements 1-3, which could help save transfer students time and money, after MCC Chancellor Kimberly Beatty and KU Chancellor Douglas A. Girod signed a proclamation April 23 at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, Kansas.

“This agreement gives our students more options and knocks roadblocks out of the way,” Beatty said. “It’s also an example of how MCC and KU are working across state lines to save students time and money.”

KU’s incoming class for 2017 included 1,082 transfer students and the school is among 112 colleges and universities named to Phi Theta Kappa’s Transfer Honor Roll for its willingness to work with and support transfer students.

“MCC and other community college students have succeeded at KU and the Edwards Campus for many years,” said David Cook, Edwards Campus executive vice chancellor. “This proclamation makes their transition smoother and potentially less costly. We’re excited to serve more of them and, by extension, further serve the Kansas City metro.”

The agreement struck a personal chord for Girod.

“It is not only our responsibility to provide high-quality education, but also to increase access for students,” Girod said. “As a former community college student, I can personally vouch for the value in supportive pathways throughout one’s educational journey. We are thrilled to formally work with MCC to provide more tools for student success.”

Lee’s Summit bond upgrade

Moody’s Investors Service recently upgraded the Lee’s Summit Water Utility’s water and sewer bonds to an Aa1 rating.

According to a release from the city, Moody’s cited “high debt service coverage ratios and healthy liquidity due to strong management practices” in bumping up the utility’s rating from Aa2.

“We have worked diligently to improve the Water Utility’s financial strength which is evident in Moody’s rating of Aa1; a significant climb from the A1 received in 2001,” Lee’s Summit Director of Water Utilities Mark Schaufler said in a statment. “This rating is indicative of our solid financial position obtained in part, by implementing performance measures and financial practices recommended by our customer-driven Water Utility Advisory Board.”

Case, Masters included in UCM’s Who’s Who

Two students from Lee’s Summit, Katherine Case and Ashley Masters, were selected April 12 for Who’s Who at the University of Central Missouri, an honor that recognizes academic achievement, leadership and campus involvement.

Case, a 2014 Lee’s Summit West graduate, is scheduled to graduate next month with a degree in vocal music education.

Masters, a 2014 Lee’s Summit North graduate, is on track to earn a degree next month in early childhood education.

They were among 27 students selected for inclusion in UCM’s Who’s Who group.

Celebrate ‘Cinqo de Mayo’ with the Symphony

The Lee’s Summit Symphony will transport its audience on an international tour, including a musical visit to Mexico, during its Cinqo de Mayo concert at 7 p.m. on May 5 inside the Performing Arts Center at Lee’s Summit High School, 400 S.E. Blue Parkway.

The family-friendly event will include an “instrument petting zoo,” face-painting, and art projects at 5:30 p.m. before the concert — which will include selections such as the March of the Toreadors and Mexican Hat Dance as well as Slavonic and Hungarian dances.

Jennifer Balagna’s students from the Kansas City Dance Company also will perform and Amy Knopps, a Lee’s Summit native and the associate band director at the University of Missouri, will serve as a guest conductor for a performance of the Missouri Waltz.

Tickets are available at both Hy-Vee locations in Lee’s Summit and Cosentino’s Price Choppers or online at Students in fourth to sixth grades will be admitted free with a paid patron and other students are eligible for discounted $7 tickets.

Treat yourself to a ‘Symphony of Chocolate’

A limited number of tickets remain for Symphony of Chocolate, which will be presented by the Lee’s Summit Symphony at 2 p.m. April 29 in the Emaline Ballroom at 616 S.W. Third St.

The special benefit — which will include chocolate treats, wine and musical selections from various orchestra members — will help purchase percussion equipment. The symphony has borrowed the equipment from Lee’s Summit High School but must purchase its own for the upcoming move to The Pavilion at John Knox Village.

Tickets, which cost $30, are available online at, by calling 816-401-5251 or from any board member.

Help Lee’s Summit update its Property Maintenance Code

The city of Lee’s Summit wants input and feedback from local property owners and tenants as it reviews an update to the Property Maintenance Code.

Participants will be required to meet for an hour once a week in the evening at Lee’s Summit City Hall, 220 S.E. Green St., for six to eight weeks beginning the first week of May.

Property Maintenance Code establishes rules and standards for property maintenance, such as grass height and occupancy issues, to protect Lee’s Summit’s quality of life and property values while also ensuring the safety and welfare of residents.

“As part of the overall quality housing strategy for the city, it is important to periodically review and update the Property Maintenance Code to ensure we are meeting minimum safety standards for dwelling units as well as maintaining high quality standards,” Assistant Director of Plan Services Josh Johnson said in a release. “It is vitally important to empower both property owners and renters to help determine what aspects of the new Property Maintenance Code are a good fit for the City.”

To be part of the process, visit or contact the city for more information by calling 816-969-1208 or sending email to

KC’s Spring Parade of Homes begins Saturday

The Spring Parade of Homes in Kansas City returns April 28 and continues through May 13, featuring 373 homes from 125 builders.

There will be 52 homes from Lee’s Summit included in the event, which is hosted twice a year by the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City. Kansas City Parade of Homes is the second largest in the United States, according to a release announcing the spring event.

All homes will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and admission is free.

Guides are available for pickup at the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City headquarters, 600 E. 103th St. in Kansas City near Interstate 435 and Holmes Road, as well as at all homes included in the Spring Parade. Additional information also may be found at

In conjunction with the 2018 Spring Parade, the Home Builders Association will accept nonperishable food items and virtual donations for Harvesters through its website.