July 2015 Around Town

Inaugural Leawood Rotary 5K The Leawood Rotary Club is excited to announce the inaugural Leawood Rotary 5K on July 11. The race, managed by the KC Running Company, will be held along the very scenic Tomahawk Creek Parkway from College Boulevard south to 117th St. In addition to the 5K race, a 1K fun run for kids 12 and under…

Have some summer fun!

Those who know me well know that I was a middle school teacher for the first 15 years of my post-college life. Before that I’d spent many amazing summers working at a camp in the North Woods of Minnesota. When I first arrived at this 75-year-old camp on the shores of Lake Pokegama in the summer of 1986 it was…

Homes That Cook Book Launch

Friends, family and business associates of Lettianne Southerland recently gathered at Yia Yia's to celebrate the debut of her book Homes that Cook: Best Kept Secrets for Buying, Selling and Creating a Home.

25th Annual Kindest Kansas Citians Awards

Inspiring stories of everyday acts of kindness were shared and celebrated at Synergy Services' dinner event.
The heartwarming evening honoring local residents and the students that nominated them raised nearly $175,000
to fund Synergy's anti-bullying programs.

Ladies of Charity of Metropolitan Kansas City Fundraiser

The annual event treated guests to the Junior Symphony Designer’s Showhouse, a stately Victorian-era home bursting from the pages of a golden era Jane Austen novel. Proceeds benefit Duchesne Clinic, Seton Center and Villa St. Francis.

A New Spin on an Old Game

Disc golf, a 40-year-old game, is spiraling high in popularity in Johnson County. This sport is played by all ages, in backyards or on courses, in all sorts of weather. “We have people throwing discs in sun, snow, sleet, rain, you name it,” says Bill Maasen, superintendent of parks and golf courses for the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

Topgolf Tees off in Kansas City

It is Topgolf. “Topgolf is golf like you’ve never seen before,” says David Kim, director of operations at the Overland Park facility. “We are combining golf, bowling and darts with technology for an awesome, new golfing experience.

Love Lives Here

PULL-OUT QUOTE: There are many moving parts to our organization. I can start talking about socks and foster care and before you know it, we’re talking about organ donation and the dangers of negligent firearms discharge. I’m reminded that just one thing can make a difference. Sometimes Michele Shanahan DeMoss tells herself that her daughter, Blair, is away at school.…

Steve Loe: Teacher, Principal and New Author

Overland Park has a new author: Steven Loe, principal at Shawnee Mission West High School, has just seen his first book published. The Glimpsing Book, published by Royal Fireworks Press, is the story of three preteen students who get caught up in an adventure which connects a new librarian at their school, historical photographs collected from all over the world, and a mysterious…

A Family that Swims…and Swims

The Musser family is likely the top swimming family in Johnson County.

Rich Jazz Sounds Impress Judges and Audiences Alike

Buddy Rich, often referred to as the world’s greatest drummer, died in 1987, but his musical influence continues today in Johnson County. Shawnee Mission Northwest sophomore Sophia Hollman, without hesitation, blurts out, "Buddy Rich," when quizzed about the origin of her musical interest.

Four Plan Review Best Practices for Plan Sponsors

Did you know that the Internal Revenue Service requires most employers to restate their retirement plan documents every 6 years? This helps ensure that retirement plans are operating under the most recent laws governing plans and all regulations are being met. Even though Searcy Financial manages retirement plans for other businesses, we also have to restate our own company plan.…

Sending Your (no Longer a) Child Off to College

UChic: College Girls’ Real Advice Raymore native and Missouri State student, Ana Berkovich, shares her college story and advice in UChic: College Girls’ Real Advice for Your First Year (and Beyond!). Ana tackles the subject of “Speaking Up and Speaking Out: Preventing Sexual Assault” hoping to help college students and incoming freshmen stay safe during their college experience. Ana is…

Traveling Light is a Heavy Task

I’ve always been one of those “travel light” snobs. Nothing beats that free feeling of weaving briskly through airports with a dainty spinner grip in one hand, and a feathery boarding pass in the other.

Happy Birthday Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is the reward for many Kansas Citians who dread that drive west across I-70 to Colorado, the snow-covered carrot at the end of a 600-mile long stick. We do it because the reward is so magnificent.

July 2015 Around Town

Most people incorrectly guess their skin type, then use the wrong products. Kansas City Skin & Cancer Center can help.