Excelsior’s Pet Corner

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OLIVER AND STANLEY pose for their mom Deborah Pack. the two brothers worked together from the very beginning. DEBORAH PACK

Stanley helps others accept, embrace differences

August 24, 2018—An English Bull Dog and his parents hope to use his life to inspire acceptance.

Deborah Pack taught kindergarten and pre-K for 18 years. During her time as a teacher, she said she noticed a disturbing trend among her students.

“Even at 4-years-old, they started bullying each other,” she said. “They started zeroing in on each other’s differences and instead of embracing them, they were judging them.”

Click here to read the remainder of the story in the Excelsior Springs Standard.

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Monday

The more you love your decisions, the less you need others to love them.

Sunday

🎶 The long and winding road, that leads, to your door

Will never disappear, I’ve seen that road before

It always leads me here, lead me to your door 🎶

Sleepy Sunday

Pancakes are a staple on weekends in the Cole household

Caught a cat while taking a mid-morning nap 💤

S. Jason worked in the yard while I worked on prepping social media for the week and doing grant research.

Some magic caught my eye 💛

S. Jason pointed out this fun praying mantis!

S. Jason got us peaches at the store. He knows I love peaches.

Community Events for Excelsior Springs

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Monday, August 27th

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
10:00am – ES Genealogical Society – Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives
10:30am – 11:30am – Senior Fit class – Anytime Fitness
10:40am – Aqua Fit class – ES Community Center
11:00am – Silver Sneakers Chair Yoga – ES Community Center
4:30pm – Golf: Girls Varsity & JV Triangular vs Harrisonville, Warrensburg – ES Golf Course
5:00pm – Volleyball: C Game vs St. Pius X – ESHS Gym
5:30pm – Water Arthritis – ES Community Center
5:45pm – Pound Class – ES Community Center
5:45pm – ES Football Association Pictures – ESHS Tiger Stadium
6:00pm – Football: JV Game vs Southeast – Northeast High School
6:00pm – Volleyball: JV Game vs St. Pius X – 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)
6:30pm – Board of Education Meeting – 2018 Tax Rate Hearing & Special Board Meeting – Early Childhood Center
6:45pm – Cycle class – ES Community Center
6:45pm – Aqua Fit class – ES Community Center
7:00pm – Volleyball: Varsity Game vs St. Pius X @ ESHS Gym
7:00pm – Al-Anon – 208 South Street – For families and friends of alcoholics
7:45pm – Aqua Zumba class – ES Community Center

Tuesday, August 28th
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
2:00pm – Excelsior Springs Nursing and Rehab Community Bingo – Ex Spgs Nursing and Rehab
4:30pm – 8:45pm – Swim Lessons – ES Community Center
4:30pm – Softball: Varsity Game vs Cameron R-1 – Cameron R-1 High School
4:30pm – Tennis: Girls Varsity & JV Game vs Harrisonville – Harrisonville High School
5:00pm – Volleyball: C Game vs Richmond R-XVI – Richmond High School
5:30pm – Youth Wrestling – ESHS Gym
5:30pm – 8:00pm – Color Guard Practice – ESHS Commons
5:45pm – Zumba & Pilates class – ES Community Center
6:00pm – Softball: JV Game vs Cameron R-1 – Cameron R-1 High School
6:00pm – Volleyball: JV Game vs Richmond – Richmond High School
6:45pm – Strong class – ES Community Center
7:00pm – Soccer: Boys Varsity Tournament vs Ruskin – Staley High School
7:00pm – Volleyball: Varsity Game vs Richmond – Richmond High School
7:00pm – 8:0opm – Narcotics Anonymous – Woods Memorial Christian Church
7:00pm – Figure Drawing – Tuesdays – Main Spring Arts Gallery & Studios

Wednesday, August 29th
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
12:00pm – Chamber West Side Committee Meeting – Re/Max Office, Jesse James Rd.
4:00pm – 5:00pm – Cheer Practice – ESHS Gym
4:00pm – Tennis: Varsity & JV Game vs Lafayette County C-1 – Lafayette County C-1 High School
5:00pm – Volleyball: C Game vs Savannah – Savannah High School
5:30pm – 8:15pm – Parks and Rec Volleyball – ESMS Gym
5:30pm – Water Arthritis – ES Community Center
5:45pm – 6:45pm – Shue Volleyball – Westview Gym
5:45pm – Pound Class – ES Community Center
6:00pm – Volleyball: JV Game vs Savannah @ Savannah High School
6:00pm – Northland Family Support – Tri-County Mental Health Center, 3100 NE 83rd St., KCMO
6:30pm – Soccer: Boys Varsity Tournament vs Winnetonka High School – Staley High School
6:45pm – Aqua Zumba – ES Community Center
7:00pm – Volleyball: Varsity Game vs Savannah – Savannah High School
7:45pm – Aqua Fit – ES Community Center

Thursday, August 30th
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
2:45pm – 4:00pm – Sixth Grade Mixer – ESMS Commons
4:30pm – 8:45pm – Swim Lessons – ES Community Center
4:30pm – Golf: Girls Varsity & JV Triangular vs Kearney, Richmond – ES Golf Course
4:30pm – Softball: Varsity Game vs Winnetonka – ESHS Miracle Field (Softball Field #1)
4:30pm – Tennis: Girls Varsity & JV Game vs Odessa – ESMS Tennis Courts
5:00pm – 7:00pm – Challenger Flag Football – Tiger Stadium
5:30pm- 8:15pm – Youth Wrestling
6:00pm – Celebrity Bartender: Ambrose Buckman – Dubious Claims Brewery Co.
6:30pm – Soccer: Boys Varsity Tournament vs Winnetonka – Staley High School
6:30pm – Softball: JV Game vs Winnetonka – ESHS Miracle Field (Softball Field #1)

Friday, August 31st
7:15am – 2:27pm – No School – Teacher In-Service
5:30am – 6:00am – Pound exercise class – ES Community Center
8:00am – Golf: Girls Varsity Tournament vs Plattsburg – Plattsburg Country Club
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
4:00pm – Football: JV Game vs St. Joseph Benton – ESHS Tiger Stadium
6:00pm – Oil painting at 10 – Bohemian Sage Gallery
7:00pm – Football: Varsity Game vs St. Joseph Benton – ESHS Tiger Stadium
8:00pm – WineIn (Movies on the patio) – A Good Year – Fence Stile Vineyards & Winery

Saturday, September 1st
7:30am – Cycle class – ES Community Center
8:30am – Pump ‘N Core class – ES Community Center
8:30am – Cross Country: Varsity Invitational vs Liberty – Warriors’ Best Friend
9:30am – Zumba – ES Community Center
9:45am – Water Zumba – ES Community Center
10:00am – Cross Country: JV Invitational vs Liberty – Warriors’ Best Friend
10:45am – Aqua Fit – ES Community Center
2:00pm – Live Music Weekend – Willow Spring Mercantile
3:00pm – Wine and Dine Trolley Tour
3:00pm – The Original Music of Jennifer George – Four Horses and a Dog Vineyard & Winery

Sunday, September 2nd
1:00pm – Live Music Weekend – Willow Spring Mercantile
6:00pm – 8:00pm – Bowling League – Tiger Bowl

Don’t see your event posted here? Email details to Courtney at courtneysummercole at gmail.com 

The Way It Was – The Cartoonist

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The Way It Was
“The Cartoonist”
October 14, 1988
Joe Morgan – Columnist

 

Can’t remember how long ago that I started doodling instead of paying attention in class. It must have been pretty early on as I was constantly standing in the corner doing extra homework…and even occasionally had a paddle applied to my seat of knowledge for those artistic endeavors.

Back in them “golden” days they didn’t have art courses in high school, much less at the elementary level. Hence, my dubious talents were kind of like Topsy. “They just growed.”

1938 wasn’t exactly in the years of affluence, so our school paper was mimeographed. Since I had somehow become the school cartoonist laureate my junior and senior years, I had to become proficient with the stylus and screen blocks as all pics and headlines were laboriously hand cut on the mimeograph stencils.

Happily Charlie Lewis, no mean painter himself in his latter years, encouraged me in an art career, including furnishing plenty of art paper and pencils. A very thoughtful gift to a poor kid, but his words of wisdom were even more thoughtful:

“Nobody will give you any stuff about being an artist if you just keep running that football up and down the field.”

Later when my roommate at M.U., the editor of the Show-Me humor magazine, asked me to do cartoons for him, I asked, “Where’s the stylus and light table?” Smiling patiently, he brought me some India ink and a crow-quill pen so I could make something they could reproduce.

My senior year at Warrensburg I even took some art courses, which opened up a new world of brushes, grease pencils and all sorts of things that I’d never heard of before.

Reporting to Naval pre-flight training at St. Mary’s College, the call went out the first day for an artist with mimeograph training. I wasn’t too big on volunteering, but there were some veiled hints about getting to miss some marches and other noxious details. That sounded good to me and I was soon sitting right back in front of the old A.B. Dick light table again.

Soon we were producing weekly eight-pagers (four of which were cartoons) and I did get to miss a few of the crap details. I was allowed a big of minor glory and loved every minute of it.

When I reported for duty in the Aleutians my journalism career seemed finished, as we didn’t have an indoor toilet, much less a newspaper. However, it did seem like a good idea to draw a cartoon on the envelope of my daily letter to my wife to keep my cartooning hand in shape.

Several months later I began to receive complaints from the home front that my letters were arriving about a month late. Finally it was determined that my envelopes were taking a circuitous route up and down the chain so everybody could sneak a peek before they were delivered on to the States.

In a fit of pique I started drawing them inside. Some complaints later from up and down the chain, we finally compromised on letting everybody look but moving things right along so I wasn’t in trouble back home. After all, I didn’t want to deprive the world of my “magnificent humor.”

Soon I even received some fan letters from the girls at the fleet post office in Seattle. Flattery worked it’s charm on me and in no time I was sending them autographed cartoons.

My golden moment finally came when I returned home for good. The postman at my wife’s parent’s house in K.C. came by one morning and asked to see me.

“I knew that you couldn’t look like those cartoons, but you do have red hair.”

In any event, he tendered a luncheon invitation to my wife and myself from the postmaster himself. We spent a delightful afternoon at lunch and being introduced around the main post office as that cartoonist.

This was my last moment of glory. Soon I was working at an advertising agency doing it for money. Just didn’t seem the same when I wasn’t cartooning for love. Besides, I didn’t get to do aviators anymore. I was now doing cartoon chickens and hogs for a feed company. I bought every Walt Disney comic book in town to figure out how to make chicken wings and pig forefeet into hands.

Oh well, old cartoonists never die. Their India ink just dries up and their brushes get limp.

Saturday

Let no one discourage your ambitious attitude. You don’t need a fan club to achieve your goals. Be your own motivation.

Excelsior Springs News, Events, and Daily Deals

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This week in our Excelsior Springs community Facebook group, we have gained 70 new members to the group for a total now of 9,068 members! Our top contributors in the group right  now are Kalyn Goode, Ali Dickens, Tammy Kenney, Lani O’Dell, Kris Peoples, Ray Yates, Skyla Sullivan, Kim Aldrich, Johnathan Tyler, and Becky McClellan!

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