Excelsior’s Pet Corner

Featured Excelsior Springs Pet
Chris McClaskey’s Pup Neo

This is Neo. He is full of spunk! A real momma’s boy, he likes to go everywhere his mommy goes! He loves ice cream!!

Send me a picture and description of your pet to be featured in next week’s Pet Corner!

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Missing Pets

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Waiting to be Adopted


Adopted!

Monday

You will get there, but only if you keep going.

Community Events for Excelsior Springs

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Monday, August 20th
Excelsior Springs Walking Club – contact ES Park and Recreation for more info at 816-630-1040
8:15am – Zumba Gold Free Exercise Class – ES Community Center
8:40am – Aqua Fit class – ES Community Center
5:30am – 6:00am – Pound Class – ES Community Center
9:00am – Stay Strong Free Exercise Class – Good Samaritan Center
9:00am – 2:00pm – Senior Center Activities – ES Community Center
9:00am – 11:00am – Pickleball – ES Community Center
9:00am – Circuit Training class – ES Community Center
9:40am – Water Arthritis class – ES Community Center
10:00am – Adult Art Room – Good Samaritan Center
10:00am – Yoga – ES Community Center
10:40am – Aqua Fit class – ES Community Center
10:30am – 11:30am – Senior Fit class – Anytime Fitness
12:00pm – 4:00pm – Museum Card and Game Day – ES Museum and Archives – $15 fundraiser, Lunch provided
11:00am – Silver Sneakers Chair Yoga – ES Community Center
5:00pm – City Council meets – Hall of Waters, Courtroom – Budget Work Session
6:00pm – City Council meets – Hall of Waters, Courtroom – followed by closed session
5:30pm – Water Arthritis – ES Community Center
5:45pm – Pound Class – ES Community Center
6:00pm – Volleyball: Varsity Jamboree vs Chillicothe, Lawson, Smithville – ESHS Gym
6:00pm – Basic Yoga – ES Community Center
6:00pm – 7:00pm – New Beginnings Nar-Anon – Good Samaritan Center (Family Drug Addiction Support Group)
6:45pm – Cycle class – ES Community Center
6:45pm – Aqua Fit class – ES Community Center
7:00pm – Al-Anon – 208 South Street – For families and friends of alcoholics
7:00pm – ES Cultural Guild meeting – 321 W. Broadway
7:45pm – Aqua Zumba class – ES Community Center

Tuesday, August 21st
5:30am – Boot Camp exercise class – ES Community Center
8:00am – Dance Fitness class – ES Community Center
8:15am – 8:45am – AAA Free Exercise Class – ES Community Center
8:40am – Aqua Fit class – ES Community Center
9:00am – Pilates class – ES Community Center
9:00am – 2:00pm – Senior Center Activities – ES Community Center
9:00am – Senior Fit class – Anytime Fitness
9:00am – 11:00am – Pickleball – ES Community Center
9:40am – Water Arthritis class- ES Community Center
10:00am – HIIT class – ES Community Center
11:00am – Toddler Open Gym – ES Community Center
10:30am – Storytime for Toddlers – Mid-Continent Public Library
10:40am – Aqua Fit class – ES Community Center
11:00am – 11:30am – Core Strength class – ES Community Center
4:30pm – 8:45pm – Swim Lessons – ES Community Center
5:00pm – Chamber After Hours – Roberts Robinson Chevrolet Buick GMC
5:30pm – 7:30pm – ES Middle School Open House – ES Middle School
5:45pm – Zumba & Pilates class – ES Community Center
6:00pm – Mommy/Daddy & Me evening class – Good Samaritan Center
6:00pm – Planning & Zoning Commission meeting – Hall of Waters, Courtroom
6:00pm – 8:00pm – ESHS Open House – ESHS
6:45pm – Strong class – ES Community Center
7:00pm – 8:0opm – Narcotics Anonymous – Woods Memorial Christian Church
7:00pm – Figure Drawing – Main Spring Arts Gallery & Studios

Wednesday, August 22nd
5:30am – Strength exercise class – ES Community Center
6:30am – 7:30am – ES Optimist Club meeting – ES Hospital Cafeteria
8:15am – 8:45am – Zumba Gold – ES Community Center
8:40am – Aqua Fit class – ES Community Center
9:00am – 2:00pm – Senior Center Activities – ES Community Center
9:00am – Turbo Kick – ES Community Center
9:00am – 11:00am – Pickleball – ES Community Center
9:00am – 10:00am – Stay Strong Free Exercise Class – Good Samaritan Center
9:15am – 10:15am – Child Watch Story Time – ES Community Center
9:40am – Water Arthritis – ES Community Center
10:00am – Barre – ES Community Center
10:30am – Senior Fit class – Anytime Fitness
10:30am – Storytime for Preschoolers – Mid-Continent Public Library
10:40am – Aqua Fit – ES Community Center
11:00am – Silver Sneakers Classic – ES Community Center
5:30pm – Water Arthritis – ES Community Center
5:45pm – Pound Class – ES Community Center
5:45pm – Shue Volleyball – Westview Gym
6:00pm – Northland Family Support – Tri-County Mental Health Center, 3100 NE 83rd St., KCMO
6:00pm – 8:00pm – Budding Artist Painting Classes (K-16) – Molly Roberts Studio – Click here for details
6:45pm – Aqua Zumba – ES Community Center
6:45pm – 7:45pm – Boy Scouts meeting – Elkhorn Elementary, Cafeteria
7:00pm – 8:00pm – Cub Scout Pack 313 Recruitment Night, Westview Elementary, Gym
7:00pm – 8:30pm – Cub Scout Enrollment, Lewis Elementary
7:45pm – Aqua Fit – ES Community Center

Thursday, August 23rd
Excelsior Springs Walking Club – contact ES Park and Recreation for more info at 816-630-1040
5:30am – Turbo Kick – ES Community Center
8:00am – Zumba – ES Community Center
8:15am – 8:45am – Stretch and Core Exercise Class – ES Community Center
9:00am – Senior Fit class – Anytime Fitness
9:00am – 2:00pm – Senior Center Activities – Live Band – ES Community Center
9:00am – Fire exercise class – ES Community Center
9:00am – 11:00am – Pickleball – ES Community Center
10:00am – Yoga – ES Community Center
11:45am – 12:30pm – Sit and Be Fit – ES Community Center
12:00pm – ES Rotary Club meeting – Ventana Gourmet Grill
2:27pm – 2:45pm – Jostens Senior Officers Announcement design meeting – ESHS Library
4:30pm – 8:45pm – Swim Lessons – ES Community Center
4:30pm – 7:00pm – Cheer Practice and Parent Meeting – ESHS Commons
5:00pm – 7:30pm – Challenger Flag Football – Miracle Field (Softball Field #1)
5:30pm – Fence Stile Five-Course Wine Dinner at EJ’s Urban Eatery, KCMO
6:00pm – 8:00pm – Career Center Open House – ES Area Career Center

Friday, August 24th
5:30am – 6:00am – Pound exercise class – ES Community Center
8:00am – Zumba – ES Community Center
8:15am – 8:45am – AAA Free Exercise Class – ES Community Center
8:40am – Aqua Fit – ES Community Center
9:00am – 2:00pm – Senior Center Activities – Bingo – ES Community Center
9:00am – 11:00am – Pickleball – ES Community Center
9:00am – Stay Strong Free Exercise Class – Good Samaritan Center
9:40am – Water Arthritis – ES Community Center
10:00am – Bingo – Senior Center
10:00am – Yoga – ES Community Center
10:30am – 11:30am – Senior Fit class – Anytime Fitness
10:40am – Aqua Fit – ES Community Center
11:45am – 12:30pm – Sit and Be Fit – ES Community Center
12:00pm – Softball: Varsity Tournament vs St. Joseph Benton @ Cameron R-1 High School
4:45pm – Softball: Varsity Tournament vs Maysville @ Cameron High School
5:45pm – Shue Volleyball – Westview Gym
6:00pm – Cruise & Brews at Dubious – Dubious Claims Brewing Co.
7:00pm – Football: Varsity Game vs Southeast – ESHS Tiger Stadium
7:00pm – Four Course Wine Dinner with Amigoni Urban Winery

Saturday, August 25th
TBD – Softball: Varsity Tournament vs Cameron R-1 – Cameron R-1 High School
7:30am – Cycle class – ES Community Center
8:00am – Missouri State Council – Calvary Christian Union
8:00am – 6:00pm – ES Youth Football – ESHS Tiger Stadium
8:30am – Pump ‘N Core class – ES Community Center
8:30am – Back to School Sampler (Pump ‘N Core, Turbo Kick, Zumba, Pound, Yoga) – ES Community Center
9:00am – 6:00pm – ESHS Cheer Practice – ESHS Gym
9:30am – Zumba – ES Community Center
9:45am – Water Zumba – ES Community Center
10:00am – Cross County: Varsity & JV Jamboree vs Fort Osage @ Fort Osage High School
10:45am – Aqua Fit – ES Community Center
2:00pm – Shopping at Fence Stile Winery – Fence Stile Vineyards & Winery
6:00pm – Adult Painting Class – Molly Roberts Studio – Click here for more info
6:30pm – Molly Hammer Trio – Johnnie’s Jazz Bar & Grille – Liberty, MO
7:00pm – Amanda Fish – Wabash BBQ Blues Garden

Sunday, August 26th
9:00am – 4:00pm – Cheer Practice – ESHS Gym
6:00pm – 8:00pm – Bowling League – Tiger Bowl

The Way It Was

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The Way It Was…
“First Solo”
Joe E. Morgan
As Spun by the Old Publisher

There’s just something about an unnatural thing like flying an airplane by your self for the first time that brings out a crowd. My dad drove down to Warrensburg for the occasion, my girlfriend, Patty (later my dear Missus) was there as well as other assorted friends. It gave me a rather uneasy feeling somewhat like a Christian at his first lion gathering. However, everything went reasonably well. I got back in one piece. My dad presented me with my first real wristwatch and the real prize was a big hug from Patty.

The more eventful “first” solo was my maiden Naval flight while stationed at the Olathe primary base. They had several breeds of training planes there, all painted a bright yellow and appropriately dubbed yellow perils. For my big event I drew an ancient NP-1. It was told that one could cut the throttle at 500 feet directly over a circle and land right in the middle of it. To make up for this critical lack of ability to glide, they had large loops on the wings, somewhat like a W.W.I. Jennie. This did help keep yellow paint off of the runway, of course.

I had brashly told my dad, Tom, that I would fly down to Excelsior on this first trip and sneaked him a call shortly before takeoff to announce my E.T.A. for this historic flight.

My troubles began when I couldn’t fly straight down Highway 69. I’d burned that road up in the old cleaning truck so much that I probably could have made it blindfolded. But Fairfax was still a Naval base too and it was very verboten for cadet types to pollute the sacred airways around there. I thought about sneaking south and then coming back to the river, but somehow an end run around by Kansas and back by Parkville seemed a better idea. Somehow things don’t look quite the same from above and I almost made it to Cameron before I got started back in the right direction.

If you’ve ever flown over Excelsior in a small plan you’re sure to remember that the valley creates lots of convection currents and makes for pretty bumpy riding. This combined with my inexperience, not to mention my streak that matched the plane, made my two passes over the old hometown rather traumatic.

It was all worthwhile…and patriotic too! I finally spotted my dad behind the cleaning shop mightily waving his giant American flag. Normally reserved for Armistice Day and the Fourth, it was now being unfurled for a fledgling son.

With a trembling, but jaunty, salute…I headed back to the barn. I was already five minutes late and it was no time for any more “short” cuts. I firewalled it right on down 69, over Fairfax and back to Olathe as fast as my archaic machine would take me.

All of the other sheep were long in the fold as lonesome me came in for my approach. At the end of the runway was the “Blue Goose” (a C-54 that took all of the instructors into K.C. for their nightly opportunity to forget cadets). I knew that I was in for real trouble if I held them back from their revelry. In panic I kept hitting the throttle until finally I was clean past the main runway and was actually landing on the parking apron. The area was still under construction and suddenly looming ahead of me was a double row of workers’ cars. At the last moment with a might braking…and a loud ping as the prop grazed the cement, I stopped just short of disaster. I had homed in on a spot with a single row of cars so that I actually had cars parked on both sides of me.

As I started my prayer of thanksgiving it was quickly drowned out by the roar of the Blue Goose overhead as it was finally able to take off.

In a state of stupor, I could only sit there until the lineman came out and pulled me backward until I could taxi in on my own for almost certain retribution. What happened? The duty officer was down drinking coffee and didn’t see my fiasco. The crew just shook their heads as they witnessed another dumb cadet miracle. Remember I never said I was good…just lucky.

Sunday

Sometimes people around you won’t understand your journey. They don’t need to, it’s not for them.

Day in the Life – Friday

“Stand in the place where you live, Now face north

Think about direction, wonder why you haven’t before

Now stand in the place where you work

Now face west, think about the place where you live

Wonder why you haven’t before”

Mackenzie is having to wake up a lot earlier this year for school. She’s done well in getting out of bed so far but we are glad to be able to sleep in tomorrow.

Meow-mert was in the window sill this morning watching the birds outside in the bushes.

Mackenzie’s morning doodles • #mackaday

Gave Mack some strawberries for breakfast

Mack took a morning selfie to send her dad a smile

This afternoon we had a meeting and gave a tour to the Homebuilders Association. Job Corps currently has a division of the association in our Home Builders Industry trade. We want to strengthen the connection the members of the association has with the skilled students who are looking for employment.

Here James shows the ladies from the Home Builder’s Association a model set up in the classroom to give students practice in framing windows, working with different wall textures, and practicing finishing work.

After work this afternoon I came home and slept for about four hours. I haven’t been feeling good all week. It’s cvs stuff that I almost always get this time of the year. My new medicine that I’m on is definitely working better than any other I have ever taken, but it still might not prevent an episode from happening. My kitten stayed with me the whole time and when I woke up I felt a lot better.

I’m excited to buy this home from my brother soon and start the updates that we have planned for the inside. I want to get a runner to go down these squeaky stairs.

I wanted to go look at the damage from last nights fire at our neighbors house. It was so traumatic of an experience. I’m so grateful that we have individuals willing to dedicate their lives to walking into danger to save others.

Many thanks to Joe Messina for seeing the fire, reporting it to police, and then waking everyone inside to get out when he did. Without his quick actions, there may have been lives lost.

I think that may be smoke damage on the vinyl sticker across the postal service’s mail truck. The fire happened across the alley from the post office, so I’m hoping there is video footage of some kind.

The Colony Plaza

Saturday

It’s not all sunshine and rainbows, but a good amount of it is!

Friday

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.

A Day in the Life – Thursday

“I read the news today, oh boy

Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire

And though the holes were rather small

They had to count them all

Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall” ~ The Beatles

Shoo’ing me away from taking any pics of her

Shoo’ing me away from taking any pics of her walking in to school 😂

She’s started sleeping in the spot that Sketch likes. Always testing him.

How cool is it when your friend is Mackenzie’s teacher and she sends you a selfie text as a surprise on the first day! Love it! Thanks Dani! Made me feel better seeing her smile! 🙂

Rotary asked me to give the program today, which I happily did! Loved being able to give everyone a townie’s perspective on the place.

Had the Ventana salad because it’s so delish

Literacy KC came to visit campus today and we gave them a full tour of all the trades.

We are talking to Literacy KC about partnering with them to provide additional tutors to our students in the evening at the south campus in Kansas City.

This is Josie. She is a carpentry student at the Center. They’ve been learning how to make crates for practice and I asked her for a pic. I love how proud the students are to share their work with me as I walk around campus. Really enjoy getting to know them more.

My friend Leah was so happy to have her son Tim on campus today. Everywhere we went folks would say, “I recognize you from pictures in your mom’s office!” It brought smiles to both their faces each time.

Love Love Love that our students are partnered with IUPAT District 3!! The painters are definitely some good people!

Loved seeing this sign in my friend Lori’s office :)

It was so great to see Tim after all these years. We were in theatre together through high school and had many fun times hanging out.

It rained on our way to the Design iWerx gallery opening

Mackenzie drew portraits for two straight hours. This is our new friend Rachael. She was a big Mack supporter and walked around showing everyone her portrait, telling them to get one, too!

This is our friend Bob Martin! He was kind enough to invite Mackenzie to participate in the opening of his new gallery space. They’re working on another one now in Gladstone! Thanks for all the support you give our area, Bob!

The warehouse space was broken into sections for different artists to build out their work. The opening was very well attended. I learned that there are actually multiple art studios in this one area of North Kansas City.

Mackenzie doing her thing

This evening there was a devastating fire at the house behind us on Kansas City Avenue. There are 8 apartments in that one complex and the House next door had to be evacuated, too. Everyone is safe and their pets are, too. At least three families lost everything, though.