December 2015 Around Town 5

Classic Car Lovers Love Wagner’s

Willie Wagner founded “Wagner’s” in 1968. The main focus at that time was automobile collision repair, paint and custom work. Wagner’s Auto Body was located in Kansas City, Kans., until 1996 when in order to focus on the rapidly expanding classic car business they moved to their current location in Bonner Springs. They feature an impressive showroom filled with collector cars, muscle cars, street rods and trucks of all kinds. Wagner’s is also one of a few dealers that builds and restores cars. Over the years they’ve won many awards for cars they’ve built and and restored. Attention to detail and old fashion hard work still set them apart from the rest. Willie and his son Scott have a drive for perfection and superior customer satisfaction that has been the trademark of Wagner’s for more than 40 years. If they don’t have what you are looking for on the showroom floor, they can surely find it, or build one for you. If you already have a car that’s in need of restoration work, they can handle that as well.

Muscle Metrics 
Shows You What You are Made Of

For most people, their single focus in changing their bodies is based on a number on a scale. But, countless studies about health and fitness have proven that the emphasis should be on body composition. In other words, how much fat we carry and how much muscle we have.

However, improving body composition—replacing fat with muscle—is hard. It’s even harder to accurately measure the change. Until now. Muscle Metrics is a new business created to provide powerful information about changes and improvements in body composition.

The company uses a custom-built mobile trailer featuring the Bod Pod. This medical grade test equipment is the gold standard in body composition testing. It is a safe, simple test that takes 10 minutes. Bod Pod has been used by the NFL, NBA, Special Forces and Olympians for 17 years.

To have Muscle Metrics bring its trailer to your gym, company, school or club for convenient testing, visit

Area Resident Pens Book 
to Help Tots Sleep

Local pediatric occupational therapist and parent of two, Brandi Russell, OTR/L, has created a unique tool to help parents get children to take a nap. Recognizing the vital role sleep plays in good health and behavior throughout childhood, Russell has channeled her knowledge in child development with her real-mother experience and entrepreneurial energy to create a unique family tool to transform a challenging nap time routine into a fun and reinforcing event for children and their caregivers.

Snooze is a colorful 26-page picture book appropriate for toddlers and preschool age children. The main character, Snooze E. Sheep, is a magical flying sheep who knows that children need their rest to feel their best. His mission is to entice children to take a nap by transforming nap time into a fun game. Snooze visits children while they are asleep. Sound sleepers awaken to a trail of Snooze’s Z-shaped clues, leading them to a hidden surprise to find. Of course, Snooze only arrives if the toddler takes their nap. No snooze, no Snooze.

For more information, visit

Scout Council Announces District Restructuring

The Heart of America Boy Scout Council has recently completed a restructuring strategy of their district boundaries, which aligns the three Johnson County area scout districts with their school district boundaries.

The Soaring Eagle District will serve units in the Blue Valley School District.  Scouts who attend Shawnee Mission District schools will be part of the Shawnee Trails District, and scouts who attend schools in the Olathe, Gardner-Edgerton, De Soto and the Spring Hill areas will be served by the Iron Horse District.

The changes, which are scheduled to take place January 1, will provide area scout units the ability to better serve community youth and it will strengthen scouting relationships with each school district.

Olathe Graduate Serves with Military K9 Unit

On our planet, more than 70 percent of which is covered by water, being there means having the ability to act from the sea. The Navy is uniquely positioned to be there; the world’s oceans give the Navy the power to protect America’s interests anywhere, and at any time. Navy ships, submarines, aircraft and, most importantly, tens of thousands of America’s finest young men and women are deployed around the world doing just that. They will be there when we are sleeping tonight. And they will be there every weekend and holiday. They are there around the clock, far from our shores, defending America at all times.

Petty Officer Daniel White, son of Chris and Jane White of Olathe, is serving in the U.S. Navy as a Military Working Dog Handler at Naval Station Everett MWD Kennel. He is a 2008 graduate of Olathe South High School.

“My job matters because my dog and I help protect our shipmates and enforce the law. As a military working dog handler, I conduct explosive and narcotic detection while performing security operations in support of the global war on terror. We are the initial response to immediate danger to life and health situations. K9 leads the way!” says White.

BVNW Student Earns Perfect ACT

Anders Pearson, Blue Valley Northwest senior, has achieved something less than one-tenth of one percent of ACT test takers nationwide achieve—a perfect score of 36. The ACT is a college entrance exam that tests in the areas of English, reading, math and science.

“On behalf of the entire Blue Valley Northwest community, I would like to congratulate Anders on his outstanding accomplishments, including earning a perfect score on the ACT,” says Amy Murphy, Blue Valley Northwest principal. “Anders is a hard-working and dedicated young man who has a very bright future ahead of him.”

Pearson joins four other Blue Valley Northwest seniors to achieve a perfect ACT score, including Spencer Halverson, Susie Song, Camden Hatley and Suruchi Ramanujan.

KCPT’s Kuehl Elected to National PBS Board

Paula Kerger, PBS president and chief executive officer, recently announced that Kliff Kuehl, president and CEO of KCPT, and a resident of Leawood, was elected to a three-year term as a professional director of PBS.

“PBS is tremendously fortunate to have such a dedicated and talented group of professionals to guide our enterprise,” says Kerger. “The PBS Board and its officers play a vital role in setting our course and working at both the local and national level to move public media forward.”

The PBS Board of Directors is responsible for governing and setting policy for PBS.

“On behalf of the KCPT Board of Directors, I want to congratulate Kliff on his election to the PBS Board,” says KCPT Board President Becky Tilden. “This honor is a testament to the innovation and collaboration that are hallmarks of Kliff’s leadership.”

Kuehl joined KCPT in 2009. During his tenure, KCPT has built a strong digital and social media team. Also, he helped to secure a $3 million donation that created the news start up, The Hale Center for Journalism, and helped to acquire The Bridge AAA radio station.

Cy Financial  Celebrates 
Anniversary at The Outlaw

Cy Financial recently celebrated their business anniversary by hosting a big cigar and barbecue event attended by their clients and friends.

The gathering took place at The Outlaw Cigar Company in Overland Park.  Attendees received a free cigar and were entered into raffles that were held throughout the evening.  Not only was it fun but there were lots to eat and drink as well. “Coach’s Decision,” an award-winning barbecue team created the exceptional food offerings that were enjoyed by all.

Cy Financial has been helping people build a safe and secure retirement income plan for nearly 30 years. Located in Overland Park, Cy provides comprehensive financial planning services including managed money and insurance based solutions. Looking to sleep well at night? Call their team at 913.322.3500.

Dealership Joins Road 
to Recovery

Olathe Subaru and Kia is the first dealership in the KC Metro to participate in The Road To Recovery Program with the American Cancer Society.  The Road To Recovery Program provides transportation to and from treatment for people with cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves.

Olathe Subaru and Kia provides the use of a Kia van as well as a designated driver, Bruce Bronson, which is their donation, so that patients can receive the life-saving treatments they need. If you or a loved one needs a ride to treatment, call the American Cancer Society at 1.800.227.2345 or contact Olathe Subaru at 913.780.0400.