Woodneath Library project puts historic home in spotlight | The Kansas City Star

A capital campaign to restore an historic home adjoining Woodneath Library Center in Clay County will have its public launch April 6.

The aim of the public campaign, “A Home for Your Story,” is to raise funds to preserve the home and make it available for public and library space.

The campaign kickoff is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Woodneath Library, 8900 N.E. Flintlock Road in Kansas City, North. The event will include tours of the home and a variety of activities — including a free performance by Mr. Stinky Feet & the Hiccups, a petting zoo, cotton candy and popcorn.

“We have lived near the beautiful historic home for many years now,” said Jeremiah Morgan, who is spearheading the campaign along with his wife Rebecca and the Mid-Continent Public Library system. “We are excited to help bring this home back to its role as a unique and beautiful place for our community to create, share, and connect.”

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Edwin and Naomi Crouch sold the property to Mid-Continent in 2008. Their son, John Crouch, still lives in Missouri and looks forward to the transformation of the 163-year-old home.

“My parents, Edwin and Naomi, took great pride in the family farm, especially our home,” Crouch said. “We as a family are very excited to see the progress being made on its restoration and look forward to the day when it will once again be open for social and educational events as it has been for generations.”

Information on the public campaign and the Story Center is available at mystorycenter.org.

Miles for Meals fundraiser slated for Apil 15

The annual Miles for Meals run to raise funds for senior citizens in Platte County is April 15 at Zona Rosa.

Funds raised during the 5K run and 2K walk/run will go to meals for seniors in need, as well as other programs such as socialization and transportation.

“Close to 200 mouths are being fed a day through Platte Senior Services” said Kelley Creek, senior center administrator. “Right now, we’re serving 175 seniors daily who receive a meal at home, and another 30 eat at the senior centers.”

Volunteers deliver meals and also check in with seniors, who may not have family or friends watching out for them.

“It’s more than just a meal,” Creek said.

Advance registration for the run is $30 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for children. Same-day registration is an extra $5. Register at platteseniors.org or at Platte Senior Services, 11724 N.W. Plaza Circle, Suite 700 in Kansas City, North.

The runs/walk begin at 8:30 a.m. on April 15 at Zona Rosa’s Town Square, with sign ins at 7:45 a.m.

Call 816-270-4100 or email ckemp@platteseniors.org for more information.

Atkins-Johnson Farm announces spring schedule

The historic Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum will host reenactments, exhibits and discussions for the public this spring.

The site’s opens at 11 a.m. on April 11 and includes the opening of a new exhibit, “Still Beauty: Scenes from an American Farm.” The exhibit features original photography taken at the historic site, done in black and white, by Matt Hankel.

The kickoff reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 11 and Hankel will be available for questions.

The annual spring muster for the 3rd Missouri Infantry, a Civil War reenactment group, is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 14. It will feature soldiers setting up tents, enlisting, drilling and cooking over open fires. The 3rd Missouri Infantry reenactment unit was established in 1976 to preserve U.S. Civil War heritage.

“Pledging Allegiance: Questions of Loyalty in Civil War Kansas and Missouri,” a reading and discussion is planned at 2 p.m. on April 14 at the Farm, 4109 N.E. Pleasant Valley Road in Gladstone.

The program comes from “Shared Stories of the Civil War,” a collection of reader’s theater scripts created from historical letters, diaries, newspaper articles and other documents.

“Shared Stories of the Civil War” is a partnership between Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area and the Kansas Humanities Council.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information about any of the programs, call 816-423-4107 or go to atkinsjohnsonfarm.com. Visitors should access Atkins-Johnson Farm from 64th Street or from Brighton and Pleasant Valley roads due to construction.

Barge takes part in 4-H Legislative Academy

Warren Barge, a seven-year member of Clay County 4-H, participated in the University of Missouri Extension 4-H Legislative Academy in February in Jefferson City.

Warren was one of 14 4-H youth to attend and had the opportunity to shadow Missouri State Representative T.J. Berry and State Senator Sandy Crawford. He was recognized with resolutions and introductions on both the Missouri House and Senate floors.

Parkville mayor visits Webelos

Webelos scouts from Parkville met with Mayor Nan Johnston in March as part of their requirements for the Building a Better World merit badge.

During her presentation, Johnston talked about how she got involved with city government and encouraged them to participate in projects to make the community a better place.

The scouts were from Webelos II Den 5 at St. Therese School.

“I spoke about the Eagle Scout project completed in 2015 that replaced the walking bridge in the Parkville Nature Sanctuary,” Johnston said in a press release. “I look forward to seeing what these scouts accomplish today and in the future.”

Northland Coalition seeks survey input

The Northland Coalition invites any adult, 18 and over, to take an online survey about the use/abuse of alcohol, marijuana, illegal drugs and prescription drugs among Northland youth.

“This brief survey will be so valuable to us,” said Laura Bruce of Tri-County Mental Health Services, which facilitates the Northland Coalition. “It will help us prioritize the communities’ concerns and inform us about how effective our current programs are.”

The survey takes 10 to 15 minutes and those who complete it will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for one of four $25 gift cards.

The online survey is available at www.northlandcoalition.com. For more information, contact Bruce at 816-877-0498 or laurab@tri-countymhs.org,

Clay County announces food-service awards

Sixty food service establishments, including several schools, have received Food Excellence Awards from the Clay County Public Health Center.

The award recognizes the efforts of food employees and managers to ensure safe food for the community, said Becky Steiner, section chief for environmental health protection at the Clay County Public Health Center.

“Most food establishments in Clay County regularly meet high food safety standards,” Steiner said in a press release. “These Food Safety Excellence award recipients have made food safety a top priority, as demonstrated by top-notch inspection results during 2017.”

To see the complete list of award recipients go to www.clayhealth.com.

Environmental health protection conducted 1,376 routine food establishment inspections, 239 temporary food event inspections, and investigated 91 food-related complaints in 2017 in Clay County.

Play staged at Garrison School

A play about African-American educator Clarence Gantt will be presented at 3 p.m. on April 15 at the Garrison School Cultural Center, 502 N. Water in Liberty.

“Mr. Gantt, Modified,” tells the story of Gantt’s commitment to the education of the African-American children and youth in Liberty. He was principal for 25 years at Garrison School during the mid 1900s. After integration came to the school district, he was reassigned as a study-hall monitor at Liberty High School.

“He was quite a guy to go through what he did and keep his head up and keep reassuring us and pushing us, not in an negative way, but letting us know we can do it,” said Shelton Ponder, a former student and the creator and performer of the one-man play.

The performance is free, although donations will be accepted. For more information, call 816-429-8130.

Compiled by Norma King, Special to The Star

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