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Benefit dinner for Officer Tom Wagstaff TODAY

Eggstravaganza 2017 part 1, the Parade

It was a nice celebration and parade. The wind was so strong that even a pro windscreen was not enough.

Chuck Henss – Candidate for Alderman Ward 4

The Raytown Times article listed Chuck as John Henss and gave him only 20% of the space that was given his opponent and no photo. To balance the scales, Raytown Online will provide featured coverage.


I was born and raised in a small town on a family farm, one of thirteen children, where I learned the value of hard work and family. I am a husband, a father, and a grandfather. My wife and I have been married for 35 years. We raised two lovely daughters and have 5 beautiful grandchildren. My younger daughter is a wife and mother of 5. My son-in-law is journeyman electrician with IBEW Local 124. My older daughter owns and operates a small business (Mobile Menagerie) in Athens TX. When we retired, and work no longer determined where we lived, we chose Raytown for our home.

I graduated in 1971 with a degree in Education. My first position was in a small elementary/junior high school where I taught science and coached both boys and girls sports teams. In 1979, I was offered an opportunity for a career in telecommunications which led to a position at Sprint. I worked for Sprint for 25 years. The majority of that time was in the International Network division of Sprint, where I led a team of highly skilled network planners, building voice and data networks with our foreign partners throughout the globe. I traveled extensively, working with many different cultures and have come to appreciate what can be accomplished when people from diverse backgrounds work together for a common goal. Also in this position with Sprint, I was responsible for budget management, efficient management of resources to meet business goals, and, most importantly, was an advocate for the ideas and needs of my team to Senior Management.

I chose to run for Alderman to support Raytown and be an active member in the community where I live. Raytown became our community when I retired and my job no longer dictated where we live. There are many in Raytown who were born here and chose to stay here, and that is a good thing. In my case, I chose to move here, to live out my retirement years here, to make this my home, my community. A place where my grand-kids play with our neighbor’s kids, enjoy the city parks, especially Kenagy Park, and enjoy the local restaurants, especially Breakfast and Lunch Lovers, and the soda fountain at Fox’s Drugstore. My wife is a gardener, and because of our many moves, has never been able to see her gardens grow to be fully matured. She now has a garden that she will nurture and watch as it develops to its fullest potential. Although we were not born and raised here, this community is every bit as important to us as a lifelong resident.

I believe I have the determination and skills to represent the people of Ward 4. I pledge to be a voice for my constituents, and will be open to all views and concerns. I will support city services, ensure efficient use of tax revenue, attract both commercial and residential growth, treat all neighborhoods equally and with respect, and help make Raytown a destination that is known for its schools, local shops and restaurants, and a great place to call home.

POSITIIONS I WILL PROMOTE AS ALDERMAN

With your help, I would like to bring my skills and experience to the position of Alderman to help our community with the following goals:

  • Treat all neighborhoods equally; keep our streets safe and clean; maintain all infrastructure including city parks; provide storm cleanup, and quality public services
  • Improve public areas, especially on the 350 corridor to attract both commercial and residential growth
  • Provide support to residents to meet codes, especially for the elderly
  • Support Raytown School District, the cornerstone of the community
  • I am a strong supporter of unions and will ensure unions are part of the bidding process for all construction and economic development in Raytown

 VOICE OF THE PEOPLE

I have talked with many of my constituents in the last few weeks and have listened to their issues and concerns. What bothers my constituents most is that they are being ignored by city government. Here is a list of issues my constituents want to see addressed:

  • Street repair: many streets are in need of repair with problems ranging from pot holes, cracked curbing, and crumbling driveway access. Often, the problems are given temporary patches rather than a fix.
  • Street clean-up: debris in the streets and curbs is accumulating in many neighborhoods. There was a time when street sweepers made occasional passes on the streets but this service is no longer being provided.
  • Code enforcement: Most code violations are dealt with by sending a letter followed by a ticket for non-compliance. Citizens would appreciate personal contact with city officials so there can be a better understanding of why the property is in violation and the options to resolve the situation.
  • Code enforcement and senior citizens: Senior citizens may require special treatment and financial assistance to deal with code violations. As alderman, I would propose the city provide this assistance.
  • Code enforcement for bank owned properties: Often times, bank owned properties are left vacant for years and left to deteriorate and yards are neglected. Banks must be held accountable to the same codes.
  • Tree clean-up: Many trees in the city are on city easements and should be the responsibility of the city to maintain, especially pruning of the dead branches. Often this falls on the property owner.
  • Storm clean-up: The city should provide a service to clean up branches and debris after a storm. Many cities provide this service.
  • Sidewalks and streetlights: Some neighborhoods do not have sidewalks and others are in need of repair. The same is true of streetlights.

All neighborhoods need to be treated equally in resolving these issues.

Bluegrass First Friday at Blue Ridge Church tonight

It’s the first Friday of the month. C’mon down to Blue Ridge Methodist Church tonight for great music and fellowship with the Kansas City Area Bluegrass Music Club. We’re located at 51st St. and Blue Ridge Boulevard; parking and entrance behind the building. The program starts at 7, with featured bands on stage, and there are multiple jam sessions going at the same time for pickers and singers. The UMW provides yummy food at a very reasonable price, and families are welcome. No admission charge for the entertainment, although the traditional hat will be passed to support the club. This clip features the Hootin’ Annies singing “Just a Little Walk with Jesus” at the meeting last March.

 

Fire Destroys Trailer Home

On January 6th a fire destroyed a trailer home on Eastwood Trafficway, just East of Blue Parkway. RaytownOnline reporter Larry Edwards was on the scene to take photos and interview the victim who identified himself as Noah. Noah referred to propane as the cause of the fire.

 

Sutherlands Fresh Fruit Friday

Sutherlands has a huge sale on fruit every year right before Christmas. Apples, pears, and oranges are $0.69 a pound and bananas are $0.39 a pound. The also have low prices on nuts.  This is always a great deal

Tree Lighting Ceremony 2016

The tree lighting event started off with a short speech From our Mayor.


Followed by Christmas songs performed by Raytown Students

Santa arrived to help get the lights going, choosing a nice red Raytown Firetruck instead of a sleigh. Santa then proceeded down the street to listen to a huge line of children wanting to make a few requests. Along the way he passed the tractor pulling the hayride. After the children have a talk with Santa, Frosty was waiting with a basket of candy.

The Raytown Community Band Flutes entertained the crowd gathered to talk to Santa.

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony Tonight

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Steve Mock Memorial part II

On Tuesday at 6:30 pm Raytown’s Mayor unveiled the memorial to Alderman Steve Mock.  The memorial sits in front of a Sweetbay Magnolia tree also planted in remembrance.

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Steve Mock memorial Sweetbay Magnolia

 

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This is what the flowers will look like in the Spring.

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Video of the memorial services.

Kansas City Metro Men’s Chorus Concert to benefit Shepherd’s Center of Raytown

Kansas City Metro Men’s Chorus

Concert to benefit Shepherd’s Center of Raytown

Saturday, November 5, 2016
4:00 pm

Blue Ridge United Methodist Church 
5055 Blue Ridge Boulevard 
Kansas City, Missouri 64133 

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Steve Mock Memorial Tree and Monument Dedication

October 18, 2016, 6:30 PM, Raytown City Hall

The City of Raytown will host a dedication ceremony to commemorate the life and civic leadership of Alderman Steve Mock who passed away earlier this summer.

The ceremony will occur with the Mock family and City leaders on the east lawn of Raytown City Hall near the staff entrance to the building. Please join us as we dedicate a tree and monument in his honor.

Aldereman Steve Mock and Clarice Titus

Aldereman Steve Mock and Clarice Titus

Rice-Tremonti Lawn party

Rice-Tremonti Lawn party: Ice cream, live music, Buffalo Soldiers and crafts

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The Friends of the Rice-Tremonti Home will hold an old-fashioned lawn party on the grounds of the Rice-Tremonti Home on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2-6 p.m. The 1844 era farmhouse is located at 8801 E. 66st St. in Raytown. Admission is free for the afternoon event and ice cream will be served and homemade jams and bread will be for sale.

Three Americana/Folk music acts are on the schedule. The Shortleaf Band will play at 2 p.m.; the duo of Betse & Clarke will perform at 3:30 p.m. and Kelly Hunt will play at 4:30 p.m. Each group will evoke the sounds of yesteryear in contemporary stylings. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, sit back and enjoy the entertainment.

In addition, historic re-enactors of the Kansas City-Leavenworth area chapter of the National 9th and 10th (Horse) Cavalry Association, or Buffalo Soldiers, will be present to explain how African-American cavalry soldiers played a big role in “taming the West” in the 19th century. The Buffalo Soldiers were members of the 10th Cavalry formed at Fort Leavenworth in 1866. They protected settlers during the westward expansion. Members of the group will be present throughout the afternoon and will give a talk at 3:30 p.m.

A talented group of crafters will sell their hand-made wares to attendees. Participating crafters include: Beyond Scentsations, soy candles and wax melts; Serendipity Dish, unique towel sets for kids; Revamp By Lady Dunn, one of a kind jewelry; Hum-A-Long Ranch, alpaca wool goods; Cassie’s K-9 Bakery, homemade dog treats; Designs By Downing, quilts, children’s bibs and aprons; Soapnotica, handmade soaps and lotions made to pamper you and your skin and Ailina Jewelry, handmade jewelry of stones, crystal, glass and metal beads. More are expected to sign up. No fees for crafters!

Of course, the Friends of Rice-Tremonti will serve homemade ice cream to cap off a fun afternoon outdoors. Yes, it’s all  free, but donations are always welcome as the not-for-profit group is responsible for all upkeep and preservation costs of maintaining this 172-year-old westward trails and Civil War landmark. Tours of the house and Aunt Sophie’s cabin will be held during the afternoon.

For more information contact Leigh Elmore, president of the Friends of the Rice-Tremonti Home Assn., 816-510-8179.

Missouri House District 28 Candidate Forum

The League of Women Voters and the Raytown Chamber of Commerce held a candidates forum for the Missouri House 28th District earlier this week.  All six candidates were in attendance.  RaytownOnline.com made a video recording of the forum.  Due to the closeness of the election, to save time, the normal amount of editing to pretty up the footage has not been done. There is about 10 minutes where the view is only the moderator at the podium, when the preferred view would be the candidates. This is at almost the end of the video and the reason is simple, I made a mistake during the file transfer process and did not catch it before the originals were deleted from the camera.  Everything is there, just some of it is not the preferred view.

 

HY-Vee Health Fair

Health Fair 2016 front page

Raytown High School’s fall musical, Oklahoma! opens

You Cain’t Say No to Oklahoma!

“There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow,” sings Curly as the audience gets their first glimpse of Oklahoma!, the first musical of the 2015-2016 school year produced by the Raytown High School Theatre and Music Departments, running Nov. 19-21. Oklahoma! is a lively and hilarious musical that premiered on Broadway on March 31, 1943, and has won numerous awards, including the Olivier awards for Outstanding Musical Production, Best Set Design, and Best Theatre Choreographer.

The show is set in early 1900’s Oklahoma, before it was made the 46th member of the Union, and follows the story of Laurey, Curly, and their friends as the Box Social approaches. Featuring songs such as “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “Kansas City,” “Cain’t Say No,” “Out of My Dreams,” and “Oklahoma!,” this show is full of musical numbers to remember.

The main cast includes Zach Kujath as Curly McLain, Emma Drace as Laurey Williams, Julianna McCarroll as Aunt Eller, Caleb McCarroll as Jud Fry, Raynesha Green as Ado Annie, Braden Best as Will Parker, Israel Hanke as Ali Hakim, and Richard Jones as Andrew Carnes.

The Raytown High School theatre, under the direction of Mrs. Katie Kolster, continues its season with The Odd Couple showing Feb. 25-27, 2016, and Hairspray, April 14-16, 2016. Tickets are available for purchase at the box office before and after school, or before the performance. To receive the advanced rate, one may also email Kathleen.kolster@raytownschools.org to reserve.

Students: $5. General Admission: $7 in advance/reserved, $8 at the door.

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Special Musical Guest Val Fagan at Blue Ridge United Methodist Church Sunday

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Val will be joining BRUMC for the 10:00 a.m. worship service. 5055 Blue Ridge Boulevard, KCMO, 64133.

Benefit Concert for REAP honoring Al Brown

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Raytown Farmer’s Market to finish season with a Bang

October 31st will be the last day for this seasons Raytown Farmers Market. The plan to have a Harvest Festival, with Arts and Crafts for kids , Face Painting, and a photo booth,  It is located at 6210 Raytown Road, across the street from the library.  On my last visit I noticed some nice produce and some very soft alpaca hats.

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Finger Puppets

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Alpaca hats, knitted and also felted versions, a lot softer than wool.

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Produce and jam from Pepper Berries Urban Farm

Raytown Democratic Association Monthly Meeting

RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION

MEETING NOTICE

Thursday, July 16th, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Las Chili’s, 6210 Raytown Trafficway, Raytown
Come early at 6:00 PM to dine and make new friends!

 

Our speaker will belevotaPaul LeVota
MO State Senator 11th District

Thank you for helping to keep MO Blue

Contact

President Richard Tush (816) 356-0003
Vice President Fred Hartwell (816) 353-4431

August 20th

Mike McDonough
Raytown Mayor

 

September 17th

Bonnaye Mims
MO State Representative 27th District

Tom McDonald
MO State Representative 28th District

 

HOLD THE DATE

Saturday July 25th 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
RDA Annual Picnic


BONUS Picture

County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker Tweeting a photo of the audience  at the last Raytown Democratic Association meeting

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Tornado Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until midnight for Jackson County Mo.

Raytown is specifically mentioned on the NWS website ….

 

Event: Tornado Warning
Alert:
...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR CENTRAL JACKSON COUNTY 
UNTIL 700 PM CDT... 
 
AT 636 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 
WAS LOCATED NEAR RAYTOWN...AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 15 MPH. 
HAZARD...TORNADO AND GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL. 
SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED ROTATION. 
IMPACT...FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE CAUGHT WITHOUT 
SHELTER. MOBILE HOMES WILL BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. DAMAGE 
TO ROOFS...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES WILL OCCUR. TREE DAMAGE IS 
LIKELY. 
LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... 
BLUE SPRINGS...LAKE TAPAWINGO AND UNITY VILLAGE. 
THIS WILL IMPACT THE FOLLOWING INTERSTATES... 
I-70 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 11 AND 21. 
I-470 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 7 AND 16. 
TORNADO...RADAR INDICATED 
HAIL...1.75IN
Instructions: TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME…A VEHICLE OR OUTDOORS…MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.
Target Area:
Jackson

RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION MEETING

RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION
MEETING NOTICE
Thursday, June 18th, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Las Chili’s, 6210 Raytown Trafficway, Raytown
Come early at 6:00 PM to dine and make new friends!

Our speaker will be

Jean Peters Baker
Jackson County Prosecutor

Thank you for helping to keep MO Blue

Contact

President Richard Tush (816) 356-0003
Vice President Fred Hartwell (816) 353-4431

July 16th

Paul LeVota
MO State Senator 11th District

HOLD THE DATE

Saturday July 25th 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
RDA Annual Picnic


Raytown Mayor Mike McDonough and Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders at the last RDA meeting.

Sanders gave a presentation on the prospects for Light Rail in Jackson County by using idle railroad lines. Exec Sanders explained the unique advantage Jackson County and Raytown have given much of the route can be implemented on existing right-of-ways that the railroads have already agreed to sell at a fraction of what it would cost to develop for public transit from scratch. McDonough and Sanders 1024

Public Demo of Emergency Communications June 27 & 28, 2015

radio_tower“Who ya’ gonna call? YOUR RAYTOWN Radio Hams!”

Public Demo of Emergency Communications June 27 & 28, 2015

Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been Amateur Radio. These radio operators, often called “hams” provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to FEMA and even for the International Space Station. Your Town’s “hams” will join with thousands of other Amateur Radio operators showing their emergency capabilities this weekend.

Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including the California wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events world-wide. When trouble is brewing, Amateur Radio’s people are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications. On the weekend of June 27-28, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with Raytown ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about as hams across the USA will be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications abilities

This annual event, called “Field Day” is the climax of the week-long “Amateur Radio Week” sponsored by the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country. Their slogan, “When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works” is more than just words to the hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year’s event.

“The fastest way to turn a crisis into a total disaster is to lose communications,” said Allen Pitts of the ARRL. “From the earthquake and tsunami in Japan to tornadoes in Missouri, ham radio provided the most reliable communication networks in the first critical hours of the events. Because ham radios are not dependent on the Internet, cell towers or other infrastructure, they work when nothing else is available. We need nothing between us but air.”

The Raytown Amateur Radio Club will be demonstrating Amateur Radio at 10000 E 59th Street Raytown,Mo (behind Raytown City Hall) on June 27 & 28. They invite the public to come and see ham radio’s new capabilities and learn how to get their own FCC radio
license before the next disaster strikes.

Amateur Radio is growing in the US. There are now over 700,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and more than 2.5 million around the world. Tln·ough the ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, ham volunteers provide both emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies and non-emergency community services too, all for free.

To learn more about Amateur Radio, go to www.emergency-radio.org. The public is most cordially invited to come, meet and talk with the hams. See what modern Amateur Radio can do. They can even help you get on the air!

Raytown has Water

The water main break was repaired sometime before 4:00 pm.  The break was a little West of Harvard on 59th St. Here are some photos of the break and the repair efforts.

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THE RICE-TREMONTI HOME Bi-Annual Garage Sale

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THE RICE-TREMONTI HOME
Bi-Annual Garage Sale

Being held at Raytown REAP
9300 East 75th Street
June 4 and 5 from 8-5
June 6 from 8-12

If you have items to donate they may be dropped off the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday prior to the sale.
If you have donations and are unable to drop them off please call:

Leigh Elmore     816-333-3586
Phyllis Miller    816-353-2338

All proceeds from this event will go towards the ongoing preservation of this 1844 homestead.
Canned goods would also be appreciated for REAP for allowing us to use the facility.  See you there!