Prepare to celebrate all things Irish on March 10 with the annual Emerald Isle Parade in downtown Lee’s Summit.
The theme for this year’s parade, which begins at noon and is presented by Llywelyn’s Pub, is “I-Rish Upon a Shamrock.” The main parade route will be along Green, Third and Southeast Main streets.
Denise Chisum, who recently retired after 32 years as the Lee’s Summit City Clerk, will serve as the parade’s 2018 grand marshal. She was integral in preparations for the Truly 150 celebration in 2015, helped produce a 200-page book on Lee’s Summit history for the city’s Founder’s Day Celebration, and still serves on the Lee’s Summit Historical Society Board of Directors.
“Denise truly represents all that is good about our community,” City Manager Steve Arbo said in a press release. “Her personal approach to life is ‘celebration and fun’ ... exactly what the Emerald Isle Parade is all about! I can’t think of a more deserving person to be recognized by the community.”
Downtown restaurants will be open and the VFW also will host a fundraiser breakfast, the All Patriots Breakfast, from 8 to 11 a.m.
Children 8 years old and younger can take part in the Bits O’ Gold Coin Hunt at 11:30 a.m. at Howard Station Park, 228 S.E. Main St. No registration is necessary.
Codie Allen from 106.5 The Wolf will serve as the parade’s Master of Ceremonies. KCTV meteorolgist Brett Anthony, former downtown business owner Jet Green, and Zak Chiropractic owner Dr. David Zak will serve as the parade’s judges.
The annual Emerald Isle Pub Crawl begins at 1 p.m. A T-shirt and lanyard for the event can be purchased for $10 at any downtown Lee’s Summit bar.
For more details, visit www.downtownLS.org/events.
TMC Lakewood Counseling, Weed Man, Down to Earth Services, and Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street also sponsor the parade along with Llywelyn’s Pub.
Longview hosts Spring Job Fair on March 7
Metropolitan Community College students will be able to meet with more the 60 potential employers in one of the largest annual recruiting events, the Spring Job Fair, at the MCC-Longview campus.
The event — which is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. on March 7 at the MCC-Longview Recreation Center’s gymnasium, 3801 S.W. Longview Road in Lee’s Summit — is open to the public as well as students.
The 60 companies represent a wide variety of job sectors and present an ideal opportunity for students seeking a summer internship or part-time job as well as graduates seeking to embark on a career. Applicants should bring their resumes and dress for interviews.
More road construction impacts to Lee’s Summit
Access to downtown Lee’s Summit via Missouri 291 will be severely impacted by road construction beginning March 9, weather-permitting.
The Missouri Department of Transportation announced several road and ramp closures around the Missouri 291/U.S. 50 interchange for bridge work and construction of a new roundabout.
Motorists are encouraged to find alternate routes.
The ramp from westbound U.S. 50 to southbound Missouri 291 will be closed through March 30. The traffic detour will continue on Third Street before accessing eastbound U.S. 50 and onto southbound Missouri 291 from there.
Downtown access from Missouri 291 will be closed through May 11, but U.S. 50 to Third Street will remain open. Access to Blue Parkway from northbound 291 or southbound from Jefferson Street also will be closed through May 11.
Along with traffic shifts, the left turn from southbound 291 to eastbound U.S. 50 will remain closed. To access the Harris Park Community Center, expect increased traffic at Southwest Sixth Street and Southeast Blue Parkway.
The goal is to reopen that section of the project in time for the busy summer months at Harris Park Community Center. Closing it now will shorten the project timeline, which is scheduled to finish in October.
Watch MoDOT’s OxBlue webcam (https://app.oxblue.com/open/modot/cams) to monitor the project’s progress.
Another I-470 lane closure
The Missouri Department of Transportation will close the right lane of northbound Interstate 470 over the Lakewood/Bowlin area from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 7-9.
Crews will be installing a direct-messaging board and all work is weather-permitting.
Compiled by Tod Palmer, email@example.com