Excelsior’s Pet Corner

*** Featured Excelsior Springs Pet ***

Lani O’Dell’s pet Pandy

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This is Pandy! She is a rescue that Lani got from dogs by Debin back in 2014. She was found down in South Kansas City tied to a tree, super pregnant without any shade, water, or food. A larger shelter in the area came and got her and when they brought her back they were going to euthanize all the puppies inside of her. Because the survival rate in shelters are slim to none, they didn’t want to risk it or mess with taking care of puppies. Then the lady that Lani got her from came in that exact same time to rescue some dogs for her shelter. She saw Pandy and asked what was going on. After being told the situation, she was horrified! She immediately took her home and the next day she gave birth to 10 beautiful humongous puppies! Only one was stillborn but the rest were healthy!

They then brought her and all of her puppies in to Debin’s, where Lani worked as a photographer, taking pictures of all of her dogs. She told me that she needed me to come in and take pictures to document the journey of Pandy and her pups. Lani came in, sat down with her, and Pandy just wanted to be petted and loved. She had her head in Lani’s lap the entire time and Lani knew that she was a special dog.

Within six weeks all the puppies were ready to go and they all found homes, with Pandy being the only one left. In shelters, Pitbull mixes are very common and don’t get adopted easily due to stigma and city laws. Lani spent about 15 minutes with her and knew that she was my dog. She was the most gentle, loving, kindest soul Lani had ever met. She knew she wasn’t for the shelter. So without any hesitation, Lani asked if she could be her foster mom.

“I had already had a cat and a dog in an apartment and had no intention of getting another animal but couldn’t stand knowing that she was in there so she came home with me that day…and never went back,” Lani said. “She’s been my best friend ever since. She is special and could be a therapy dog. She loves all people and kids. She loves all animals and she is truly my ride or die…my light when I need it in the dark. My life is better with her.”

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A Day in the Life – Sunday

“I hitched a ride with my soul, by the side of the road, just as the sky turned black, I took a walk with my fame, down memory lane, I never did find my way back…” – Oasis

Ready to spend the day getting ready for the week while enjoying peanut butter pancakes and bacon, thanks, Bird!

This is Mackenzie’s sketch of what she wants to do for Halloween this year. She wants to dress up her cats and put them in a clear container while pulling them around with a wagon. I wonder if they would go for that.

The Emery’s always have beautiful flowers in their yard.

Come for a walk with us around the neighborhood.

I’ve had some folks ask me what will happen now to the Hall and Museum. Truth is, not much will change. They’ll continue to hold fundraisers to make improvements where they can.

These footprints have been here my whole life. I used to walk over them when I was her age, too!

Love the progress being done on this building by TNG Construction.

I believe the plan for this building is to remove the top part of the facade. I hope it makes it look better.

I love all of the features that are at the base of each building along Thompson Avenue downtown.

The Rotary organization and students from our Job Corps Center partnered to create two informational displays in our downtown. There’s a map showcasing the downtown business community along the most traveled route from the hotel leading into the downtown. There’s another in front of the Hall of Waters.

The new brewery, Dubious Claims Brewing Company, has been a big hit with the locals.

Does anyone know what building this cornerstone belongs to?

Snack platter Sunday but Jason made Mack and I our favorite, pasta with parmesan. Hope you all have a great week!

A Day in the Life

“People of the world today, Are we looking for a better way of life, We are a part of the rhythm nation, People of the world unite, Strength in numbers we can get it right, One time, We are a part of the rhythm nation…”

– Janet Jackson

Every Saturday morning Mackenzie has roller derby practice. She’s been so dedicated to it. (Photo by S. Jason)

S. Jason has been letting me sleep in and takes her to Kansas City, Kansas to practice.

I spent the day writing blog posts for this week. I also took time to think ahead on what questions and polls I wanted to do with the community. I’ve got it planned out through the first of December!

They brought home Chipotle for lunch and Sketch was happy with the bag.

S. Jason made us cheeseburgers for dinner.

Mack is having her friend Luna spend the night. They’ve been busy playing games, acting out Barbies, and laughing a lot.

Community Events for Excelsior Springs

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Monday, August 13th
• Capital Improvement Authority meeting has been cancelled.

Excelsior Springs Walking Club – contact ES Park and Recreation for more info at 816-630-1040
5:30am – 6:00am – Pound Class – ES Community Center
7:25am – 2:27pm – Teacher In-Service
8:15am – Zumba Gold Free Exercise Class – ES Community Center
8:40am – Aqua Fit class – ES Community Center
9:00am – 2:00pm – Senior Center Activities – ES Community Center
9:00am – 11:00am – Pickleball – ES Community Center
9:00am – Stay Strong Free Exercise Class – Good Samaritan 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 – Yogo – ES Community Center
10:00am – Adult Art Room – Good Samaritan Center
10:30am – 11:30am – Free Silver Sneakers Group Exercise Class – Anytime Fitness
10:40am – Aqua Fit class – ES Community Center
11:00am – Silver Sneakers Chair Yoga – ES Community Center
5:30pm – Water Arthritis – ES Community Center
5:30pm – 8:30pm – Court Date – Hall of Waters
5:45pm – Pound Class – ES Community Center
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 – Early Childhood Center Board Room
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
7:45pm – Aqua Zumba class – ES Community Center

Tuesday, August 14
5:30am – Boot Camp exercise class – ES Community Center
7:25am – 2:27pm – Teacher In-Service
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 – Free Silver Sneakers exercise 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
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
1:30pm – 3:00pm – Diabetes Class – ES Hospital
4:30pm – 8:45pm – Swim Lessons – ES Community Center
4:30pm – 6:00pm – Early Childhood Center Open House
5:30pm – 7:00pm – Elkhorn, Lewis, and Westview Elementary Open Houses
5:30pm – 7:30pm – Off Season Wresting – ESHS Gym
5:30pm – 7:00pm – Excelsior Springs Breastfeeding Group – Relaxation Station, 113 S. Marietta
5:45pm – Zumba & Pilates class – ES Community Center
6:45pm – Strong class – ES Community Center
7:00pm – 8:0opm – Narcotics Anonymous – Woods Memorial Christian Church

Wednesday, August 15
5:30am – Strength exercise class – ES Community Center
6:30am – 7:30am – ES Optimist Club meeting – ES Hospital Cafeteria
7:25am – 2:27pm – Teacher In-Service
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 – Storytime for Preschoolers – Mid-Continent Public Library
10:40am – Aqua Fit – ES Community Center
11:00am – Silver Sneakers Classic – ES Community Center
11:30am – 1:00pm – ES Chamber Luncheon – Montgomery Event Center
5:30pm – Water Arthritis – ES Community Center
5:45pm – Pound Class – ES Community Center
6:00pm – 7:30pm – Off Season Wrestling – ESHS Gym
6:00pm – 8:00pm – Budding Artist Painting Classes (K-16) – Molly Roberts Studio – Click here for details
6:45pm – Aqua Zumba – ES Community Center
7:45pm – Aqua Fit – ES Community Center

Thursday, August 16
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7:25am – 2:27pm – First Day of School
• School Hours:
– Excelsior Springs Middle School, High School, & Career Center:
7:25am-2:27pm (except Wednesdays when release will be 1:27pm)
– Elkhorn, Lewis, and Westview Elementary:
8:43am-3:42pm (except Wednesdays when release will be 3:42pm)
Tiger Path Alternative School:
8:00am-2:10pm
Click here for more info
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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 – Free Silver Sneakers Group Exercise – 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
10:00am – Northland Grandfamilies – Good Samaritan Center
11:45am – 12:30pm – Sit and Be Fit – ES Community Center
12:00pm – ES Rotary Club meeting – Ventana Gourmet Grill
3:00pm – 7:00pm – Fence Stile Winery and Vineyards Wine Tasting
4:30pm – 8:45pm – Swim Lessons – ES Community Center
5:30pm – 8:15pm – Off Season Wrestling – ESHS Gym
6:00pm – 10:00pm – Celebrity Bartender – Dubious Claims Brewing Company
6:45pm – 7:45pm – ES Cultural Guild meeting – 321 W Broadway

Friday, August 17
BBQ Contest & Fly-In on the River – Click here for more details
5:30am – 6:00am – Pound exercise class – ES Community Center
7:30am – City Council work session, Hall of Waters
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 – Fire exercise class – ES Community Center
9:00am – 11:00am – Pickleball – ES Community Center
9:40am – Water Arthritis – ES Community Center
10:00am – Bingo – Senior Center
10:00am – Yoga – ES Community Center
10:30am – 11:30am – Free Silver Sneakers Group Exercise – Anytime Fitness
10:40am – Aqua Fit – ES Community Center
11:45am – 12:30pm – Sit and Be Fit – ES Community Center
2:00pm – Dr. Jim Craven Retirement Celebration – ES Hospital
3:00pm – Fence Stile Vineyards and Winery Wine Tasting
4:00pm – 11:00pm – Re/Max Hot Air Balloon Rides – Piburn Field
5:00pm – 6:00pm – Missouri Vignoles Tasting Event – Van Till Family Farm Winery
5:00pm – 9:00pm – Beer Garden – Downtown
5:00pm – 8:30pm – Open Late for BBQ Fest – Willow Spring Mercantile
6:00pm – 9:00pm – Beginners Face Painting Class – Main Spring Arts Gallery and Studios
7:00pm – ESHS Football: Varsity Jamboree vs Platte County – Platte County High School
7:30pm – Aerosmith Music Review – Slightly Off Broadway – Click here for tickets
Fireworks at Dusk off Siloam Mountain

Saturday, August 18
BBQ Contest & Fly-In on the River – Click here for more details
6:00am – 11:00am – Biscuits & Gravy at Ray’s Diner
6:00am – 10:00am – Pancake Breakfast and Fly-In at the Airport
7:30am – Cycle class – ES Community Center
8:30am – Pump ‘N Core class – ES Community Center
9:00am – 12:00pm – Breakfast Pizza event at Dubious Claims Brewing Company
9:00am – 1:00pm – Volleyball Scrimmage – ESHS Gym
9:00am – Soccer: Boys Varsity Jamboree vs Chillicothe, Kearney – ESHS Tiger Stadium
9:00am – Softball: Varsity Jamboree vs Lawson, Richmond – ESHS Miracle Field (Softball Field #1)
9:30am – Zumba – ES Community Center
9:45am – Water Zumba – ES Community Center
10:45am – Aqua Fit – ES Community Center
11:00am – Beer Garden – Downtown
12:00pm – 4:00pm – Crystal Entertainment – Downtown
12:00pm – 2:00pm – AMAwaterways Paris-Normany River Cruise Presentation – Fence Stile Winery & Vineyards
12:30pm – 2:00pm – Winery & Wine Cave Tour & Candlelit Tasting – Fence Stile Vineyards & Winery
2:00pm – Live Music Weekend at Willow Spring Mercantile
2:00pm – 4:00pm – David Knopf Live Music – Fence Stile Vineyards & Winery
3:00pm – 5:00pm – The music of Skirt & Tie – Four Horses and a Dog Vineyards and Winery
4:00pm – BBQ Contest Results Announced – Downtown
5:00pm – 9:00pm – Kids Night Out: Outback Adventure – ES Community Center
6:00pm – Adult Painting Class – Molly Roberts Studio – Click here for more info
6:00pm – Sea Grass – Bohemian Sage Gallery
7:30pm – Aerosmith Music Review – Slightly Off Broadway – Click here for tickets

Sunday, August 19
11:00am – Fence Stile Winery and Vineyards Wine Tasting
1:00pm – Live Music Weekend at Willow Spring Mercantile
6:00pm – 8:00pm – Bowling League – Tiger Bowl
6:00pm – 7:00pm – The Gospelaires – Siloam Spring Baptist Chapel

Week in Review

 

Monday

You can’t tell, but Sketch is furious with her for being in the sink. It’s become a game each morning between the two of them. He kept hitting her over the head.

I haven’t moved anything into my office yet. I simply haven’t had time.

This morning I met with Martha Buckman at the Good Samaritan Center, which made for a good way to start the week.

The Good Samaritan Center is hosting another summer art program. This time our friend Shino is offering a Japanese influence. Great opportunity for all the kids!

Do you know someone between the ages of 16 and 24 who is interested in obtaining a trade certification for FREE? If so, let me know!

The south campus for Job Corps is right along Brush Creek.

With the weather being cooler, it was nice being outside for a while today.

Stopped by to wish my friend Larry a happy retirement and thank him for his service to our City.

This girl is always forcing these cats to let her hold them!

Said hello to the Muddy Missouri on the way to roller derby.

Saw some of these earlier today

Rebel Cat is her roller derby name. I’m glad she’s enjoying something that challenges her so much!

“Peace rules the day where reason rules the mind.” ~ Collins

Just a couple of love birds

Pretty cool that this where they have their roller derby practices and matches!

Love this old church that sits across the street.

As S. Jason says, “At least there’s water somewhere.”

This brick walk.

We are these kind of people now

Helping timekeep

Love how many girls roller derby empowers.

The storms were rolling in to Kansas City as we were coming through. We tried to bring them over to Excelsior, too, knowing how much we need rain.

Tuesday

Just being on campus every morning inspires me.

There is a whole crew of students dedicated to this project in the parking lot. I love that everywhere you look on campus there is evidence of a student’s work surrounding you.

Made the mistake of walking across campus in heels but felt better when I saw this.

Met my friend Rhonda for lemonades and she filled my brain full of wisdom about my new position. Rhonda retired from Job Corps after working there for many, many years. She left me such great notes about everything I would need to do. I’m so thankful to her for all she has done for the program. Before leaving for my meeting, some of her friends wanted to send her some good vibes, and I was grateful to be the one to deliver.

Stop. Think for a second. Do you know a young man or woman in need who could use a hand up in life? An opportunity to earn a trades degree and then be earning a good living? There are so many fields to choose from like culinary, carpentry, welding, CNA, security, and more! Also, it’s tuition free!! Yes!! No catch!! Completely FREE!! Contact me for info!

I didn’t eat anything from this case at Panera because I was waiting on something for later in the day!

Stopped by the house and Sketch was exactly where I thought he would be.

The kitten was crazy-eyed with the thought of me being home. It drives her insane because she always thinks I’m going to take her out. She spends the entire time I’m home for lunch running to the back door while loudly meowing at me. She only does this to me, not anyone else. And she does it every single day.

Look, I know I’m a flower fanatic. Clearly it’s some kind of obsession that I must have. But if I’m willing to admit that I have a problem does that mean I really have a problem? I mean maybe all of you are just wrong and should start taking pictures of them, too. Yah, that’s what it is! I’m sure of it…

You’re a world traveler. What’s your next stop? Mine is obviously the coffee shop.

Weekly coffee (and donut) with my fellow Wonder Women

I love that when I’m downtown I really do feel like their place is my place. #shopsmall

Been thinking about this building a lot lately. I’ve always been drawn to it for some reason. When I was a kid, I would watch for tourists walking by and then lure them in with my little kid appearance to walk them through the Hall. I wanted them to feel the magic that I feel when I’m inside. Like you’re a part of something bigger, something great.

I’ve been consulting with the Butterfly Whisperer and today was my chance to put his words of advice to the test!

Taking off

This afternoon I joined the student leaders in welcoming the new students to campus. Each week there is an intake of students that start the program fresh. The length of the program is based on their trade but is self-paced.

The welding trades have created these amazing handrails with various designs decorating them. Love the celestial elements included by the culinary building.

Moths may be different from butterflies but they like nectar just the same.

This is what I came home to. Look at that smug look. Welcome home.

Got my edition of The Phunn from the Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives!!

This girl and her cats

Are you going to take me out?

My world

Eleven

A real laugh caught by S. Jason

S. Jason ’s up close view

Mackadoodle Morgan

People let me tell ya bout my best friends

Later gators!

S. Jason sent me this amazing pic. This is facing the east. The sun is setting behind him here.

Amazing how different the sky can look based on your angle anymore. Jason took this beautiful capture of the sky, too.

Cole Family Fun on the Boulevard

Billy Beale’s doggo came over to say hi!

Me and my mini me

Wednesday

Wet hair don’t care

Morning babe

Left the bathroom and came back to find him snuggled into the sink. Move it, Buster!!

I don’t take a second of these warmer seasoned days for granted. I love watching all the flowers face the sun each morning.

Felt so lucky to have gotten footage of a hummingbird moth on the boulevard yesterday. This morning on my way into work, there was another! Their wings flutter so fast! I’ll put videos in the comments for you to see!!

Surprisingly, he just lets her hold him like this. Then she walks him around for belly pets from Jason and me. He seems to love it.


She’s watching a cartoon in the upper left hand part of her screen and drawing in another app. Kids these days!!

This is the look your friend Maggie gives you when her mother has stopped giving you bits of apple fritters because it’s all gone and is kept talking so long that she forgets to keep handing you ice chips. And then this woman is not only keeping your mother much longer than she should but is now taking pictures of you in your confused state.

This is the smug look I’m given as a welcome home, I guess.

Morning view of the boulevard (please vote no on Prop A and yes on the museum tax)

Meow kitty sleeping against S. Jason this morning

Good morning, Boulevard!

Loved seeing all the love put into the goodies they had for all the families today at the Platte County Back to School Fair! There are people with such good hearts everywhere, which brings me so much joy!

Today my friend Rebecca and I went to a Back to School Fair in Platte County. We stood talking to hundreds of people ALL day! By the end of the day we had 75 people signed up for information on how to join the program. The benefits are so good, the program totally sells itself! Thanks Rebecca, for making this day so fun!


When I got home kitty was busy with a catnap.

Got a nice card of well wishes in the mail. Thanks for kind words, friend!

Evening on the boulevard (Please vote No on Prop A and Yes on the Museum Tax)

Friday


Mackenzie woke up early to ask me if I could put her hair in chopsticks for the day. She’s been attending art camp at the Good Samaritan Center and they’ve had a Japanese theme for the week thanks to our friend Shino. Mack is so interested in Japan. She loves it!

At our senior management meeting today the leadership students came in to give a report. I love that the students are always invited to our senior staff meetings to give us feedback from the students and hear what they’re planning. We’ve got great kids doing great things!

Our Center Director Bill Allen got a new Harley this week! Fancy!

This afternoon’s meeting with Kim called for a Carmelo iced coffee at The Mug.

Joined my friends at the Chamber for a Meet and Eat at Dari-B! Thanks for the shake, Tom! 

Couldn’t catch the monarch but was able to grab this little guy walking to my car!

This evening we got Chinese from Hunan. They’re the best around! They’ve even started saving their rice bags for S. Jason to make bags out of!

Tonight Mom and I have turned the dining room into a mini campaign headquarters. We feel passionate about our community’s history and the economic value that restoring that history can bring. Find more info at museumtax.com

Saturday

Usual scene around the Cole household, other than us having to run to a meeting or event of some kind. I slept until 10 and probably could have even longer.

I sat around the house in pajamas for as long as possible. S. Jason made us peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes.

This is how she likes to best pass the time.

What she was working on!

The kitten has now started sleeping in Sketch’s spot on the aquarium. She keeps challenging him. It’s no wonder he’s mad at her all the time.

I’ve been going to this gas station since before people had cell phones.

Crossing over to Kansas

They just don’t build them like they used to.

Greek architecture is so cool.

This is Mackenzie’s favorite team

My moon, my man.

I started to say “Break a leg,” but then realized that’s probably not best!

She got her new Roller Warriors jersey today and her team won the first bout!

Do you see the rainbow? I tried to grab it for you!

Mackenzie got to choose where to eat for dinner. This was no surprise.

My decals are peeling off on my yeti. What should the next sticker be that S. Jason makes me?

I commissioned the help of my two favorite people in putting together my office decor at work. I’m so glad that I have them to help me all the time.

I’ve seen some of the prettiest skies standing in this parking lot.

 Until next week, keep it real, y’all! 

Tours through the Hall and Museum

Saturday was the final day that we offered tours through both the Hall of Waters and Museum here in Excelsior Springs. Our hopes were that those who had questions about what was being asked of with the Museum Tax would be answered. Here’s a pictorial walk through of both buildings.

The Hall of Waters is owned by the City, which spends $104,000 annually for utilities, insurance, minor repairs and custodial services. The Museum, owned by a non-profit, spends about $16,000 a year for the same.

Tourists are attracted to our town because we offer unique places and things to see and do. Our Main Street organization, Downtown Excelsior Partnership, reported that in 2017 more than 9,000 people came through our Visitor Center at the Hall of Waters.

Heritage Tourism grows our economy. Tourism is one of our critical industries. It supports our quality of life, as well as many jobs and businesses.

The City of Excelsior Springs prepared a Request for Proposal on the Hall of Waters in 2016 to seek a unique partnership for redevelopment. Discussion with the local towns people made it clear that they did not want the city to sell (or give away) the Hall of Waters for private use. It was important that it remain open to the public and owned by the public.

The Hall of Waters under city ownership enjoys tax support, or it would be just a memory. It competes for funding with all other tax supported city services, and usually does not win when there is need for an ambulance or many other things that cannot be postponed. The City has not raised taxes for general fund operations for over 40 years. Passage of this tax would establish a funding source that protects the building’s future and allows the general fund to fund city services.

Each yellow pin represents a well site in our downtown. There is no other place in the world that has as many mineral water well sites as Excelsior Springs.

This is damage that you can see from the flooding that has occurred over the years. There used to be a spiral stairway that led to the lower floor of the pool.

Hall of Waters goals as established by a Facilities Plan completed in 2016:

• Ensure the building is properly pressurized/ventilated to stop on-going deterioration

• Immediate need for making structural repairs to the building, estimated $1,170,000

• Leasable space, lighting, HVAC, ductwork, pumps, need in 2-5 years, estimated $3,445,000

• Exterior cleaning, windows, concrete, stonework, need in 2-5 years, estimated $2,886,000

• Leasable space, pool balcony, event space, lighting, windows, need in 10 years, estimated $4,180,000

• Siloam Spring Well Room, spa, needed in 10+ years, estimated $1,982,000

Total $13,663,000

The Museum, supported solely by membership and fundraising, believes the tax is necessary toward its works to preserve the historic bank building and adjoining hotel, which houses the documents of our history. The quality exhibits and educational programs are a labor of love from volunteers, there is no paid staff. The Maurer Foundation provides some support to the Museum, formed by Mary Katherine Dickson, who believed our collective history is our collective responsibility.

This is a drainage pipe that has recently busted, draining into one of the Museum’s rooms where items are being stored.

 

 

This is in the basement of the old Prichard’s funeral home where Bross and Spidle is now.

This is the second story of the old Francis Hotel, which sits next to the old Clay County Bank. The museum has been able to extend into that area, but the space above hasn’t been finished out to become a usable space again. If the tax were passed, this space could be built out to offer possible residence apartments, office space, and safe storage space for the Museum.

 

 

 

The floors on the Francis side of the Museum have become warped from moisture over the years.

Excelsior Springs Museum and Archives goals:

• Establish steady income to pay the bills

• Need a Curator to manage day-to-day operation

• Immediate need to repair walkway between buildings, estimated $30,000

• Facility plan for the building, recommendations for making the building last another 50 years

• Energy efficiency improvements, HVAC, LEDs, electrical, solar options

• Make the second floor useful as a potential revenue generator

• Improve displays

• Floor coverings

The assessed valuation in the city limits of Excelsior Springs is approximately $154 million. A 30-cent property tax levy per $100/AV will generate approximately $462,000 annually.

For more information, visit MuseumTax.com

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For more stories on the Hall of Waters visit:

Hall of Waters Tour

Evening Walk Through the Hall of Waters

Dear Courtney – Week of July 23rd

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Questions I’ve Been Asked The Week of July 23rd

• Do I have any pictures or memories of the Flood of ’93?

Surprisingly, there don’t appear to be many photos documenting the devastation of the Flood of 1993. While all of us who experienced remember our memories of the event, it doesn’t appear as though many of us took pictures, like we would all do today. The Excelsior Springs Standard is working on a 25th anniversary special of the event. If you have memories or photos that you could contribute, I know they would be grateful.

• Where can I donate baby clothes?

There are a couple of places that you can donate any clothing or household items that you wish to give away. One is downtown on Broadway at the Good Samaritan Center’s thrift store Broadway Bargains. The other place you can donate items is Meet the Need out on Jesse James Road. Both places have the same hours of Monday through Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm.

• Who runs Meet the Need?

Meet the Need is managed by Kris Peoples who is their director.

• Water Main Break

In about a 5 minute span of time, I received over 20 messages asking why their water has been turned off. Checking in with the Public Works Director Chad Birdsong, he informed me that there had been a main break, that they had closed off the valve. He also told me that everyone’s water should be back on in a matter of minutes. He was right and most of the community appreciated knowing what was going on. Thanks to the City and Chad for working hard on the break so we didn’t have to have a boil order!

• Hours for Farmers Market

Every week I’m asked multiple times if there is a Farmers Market this year. I think much of the confusion has come from changing locations for the market from the downtown to the new Community Center on Tiger Drive. For anyone wanting detailed information about the market this year, visit their Facebook event page by clicking here. They’re holding them twice a month on Saturdays starting at 8:00am.

• Schedule a watch party for upcoming elections

With the primary and general election on its way, I’ve been asked to help organize watch parties for those locally wanting to get together to see the results. This is still on my to do list to take care of. If you have any ideas of good places, let me know!

The Excelsior Springs Standard has put together an Election Guide that’s online! Click here to view!

• Best place to take school supplies that you want to donate

If you have school supply donations that you want to give to our local schools, the best thing to do would be to contact our district’s Social Worker Kim Curtis at 816-365-0350 at the Excelsior Springs Middle School. She’s organizing the Back to School Resource Fair that will take place on August 6th from 4pm to 6pm at the middle school.

• What’s going on downtown on Broadway?

There was a gas leak that happened downtown thanks to a lawn mower near the Good Samaritan Center and the Excelsior Springs School District offices that resulted in evacuations of the areas and the streets being closed for a while. Click here for more information from the Excelsior Springs Standard.

• What shops are open downtown on Sundays?

Your choices are limited when it comes to downtown stores being open on Sundays, however, you’re not completely out of luck when it comes to places to eat! Debbie’s Family Restaurant, Bobkorn Popcorn, The Mug, Willow Spring Mercantile, Wabash Barbecue, Mill Inn Restaurant, and The 88 at The Elms are some good options that are open!

For shops, be sure to check out Main Spring Gallery, Bohemiam Sage Gallery, and the Hall of Waters Visitor’s Center and Museum.

• Will I help with the alumni association newsletter?

Because I’ve just changed jobs, leaving the Educational Foundation to go to the Job Corps Center, some folks have been reaching out to see if I will continue to help with the things that I was doing. This is one of them! And yes, I will be continuing to help the alumni association for whatever they need. If you have submissions that you would like to make for the next alumni newsletter, please send the information/pictures to info@essdfoundation.com

• Could I help in getting volunteers for Christmas Kickoff celebrations?

Our local Christmas Committee is so committed to us having a great celebration each year. They work year round repairing light fixtures, organizing materials for the Elf Factory, recruiting local families to open their homes for the Christmas tour, and scheduling activities with other organizations, like the Lane of Lights and Trolley tours. If you are interested in helping with this committee, please let me know so I can put you in touch!

• Could I help get volunteers needed to help a local, disabled man move?

There’s a local, disabled man who is unable to lift items for him to move. We are meeting this Tuesday, July 31st at 12:30pm in the parking lot of the Early Childhood Center on Line Street to help him move. If you can give some time, please join us!

• Do I know of anyone who could train 20 employees of a local business in CPR? 

I’m currently looking for someone who might be able to come in and train a business and their employees on how to do CPR. Please keep in mind the Fall classes that are being offered by our Excelsior Springs Area Career Center. They’re taking early enrollment and have opportunities to get certifications of all kind. Click here for more information.

Leave any questions that you might have in the comments below and I will work on getting you an answer! 

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For more of my stories on Excelsior Springs, visit:

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Hall of Waters Tour

Today we held tours through both the Excelsior Springs Museum and the Hall of Waters downtown. On the August ballot there will be an opportunity for the public to vote for a property tax that will be dedicated to improving our historic museums in town. Both today and next Saturday at 6:00pm the public is invited to take a tour through the space, ask questions, and see firsthand the priorities that will be set with the money generated from the tax.

City Manager Molly McGovern and City Councilwoman Sonya Morgan look over the study of the space from 2014. In the plans, there is space planned for a lobby, circulation, leasable space, staff only space, mechanical, public space, and storage.

Hall of Waters Building Manager TR Kennedy walked us through the old woman’s spa that has been turned into a museum. Here he is demonstrating how the light boxes were once used.

This is probably the space most folks have a heart for and memories of. I brought a couple down to see it and the man told me he remembered taking water babies here. I was able to tell him that I did, too!

This is the boiler room. The boilers are literally from the 50’s and could go out at any time. The first priority for the Hall will be to fix the ventilation problems, including the HVAC from mold and other harmful airborne contaminants.

In the sub-basement there used to be a water tank attached to the base. They ended up torching the tank off the base to find a huge buildup of sediment from the mineral water underneath. It’s so heavy that it will probably never be removed.

In the tunnel that runs alongside the bottom sides of the swimming pool, you can see the corrosion around the columns. The iron underneath is reacting to the contaminants in the air causing the damage. A new ventilation system can help to stop it.

In the elevator. This is a relatively new floor, meant to match the other Mayan styled decor that exists throughout the building. It was paid for by ghost tour proceeds.

Under the front lawn is the well room where the original Siloam well is housed. You can see above the five pipes that were used to bring the Springs into the Hall.

On the wall, you can see the workers initials with the year 1937 (when it was built) etched into the cement. I wonder who they were.

Ceiling damage in the well room, underneath the front lawn.

The original well spring Siloam. You can see the red iron in the water coming out of the floor. The springs are healthy!

In the Solarium we have our Visitor’s Center, where the public can walk around the water-bar and learn some of our history.

I can’t imagine our community without the Hall of Waters. It’s the heart of the downtown and was built in celebration of our unique waters whose varieties can’t be found together anywhere else on earth. It would be such a disappointment to see it go. I hope everyone votes Yes on August 7th to restore it.

Visit www.museumtax.com for more information and details on this project.

Connecting My Community

Technology is something that has always been given to me. It comes naturally to me, because I’ve been using it as it has developed since the 1980’s. My parents, both in printing and publishing, always had Mac’s in the household. I taught myself how to type by typing out books and articles. In addition to contributing to my typing speed, I also learned grammar and punctuation, things that would help me to communicate with others throughout my entire life.

Because I always had technology, I’ve literally just adapted to its many changes over the past two decades. I can still remember logging on to the Internet by means of a modem that would screech and squeal as it connected. At that time, pre-Facebook, I spent my time in chat rooms, downloading music on Napster, and competing in card game tournaments on Yahoo!.

By then, my parents had already made the switch from traditional printing to online publishing. They started building websites and established a company that they called Morgansites. For many in the Excelsior Springs area, the Morgan’s helped to establish a business presence online and market their goods and services 24/7 through a custom website. While my family’s business was already building sites two decades ago, there have been a lot of changes between now and then.

Developments in social media have only continued throughout that time. I started using it to connect others while running for office in 2009. Facebook was the perfect tool for me to publicize my message for the campaign, connect with supporters, and then raise money directly by linking up my website. Since that time, I have used social media to publicize various candidates, brands, businesses, and organizations.

Even still today, the developments in social media have us changing our approach when it comes to online marketing. Websites are now mostly used to house the tools that you’ll use to push to all your networks for the best return. Creating and establishing those networks is what is most important for it to be successful, though. Social media offers tools that stand-alone websites cannot, which is other people.

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About three years ago while working as the Chamber Director in Excelsior Springs, I was looking for the best way to promote our local businesses to the community in a kind of “Shop Local” campaign. I created a group and called it “Excelsior Springs News, Events, and Daily Deals.” While working from a list of local businesses, I went through and found which of them had a facebook page and which of our members were missing one. Then I started visiting each of the pages and sharing their posts into the group. I limited the group to only local business promotion, no individual promotions, because there were already established Swap Shop pages that provided individual citizens that opportunity.

Since that time, the group has grown to close to 9,000 and steadily growing with 10-20 new members each day. The list of businesses has doubled what it was three years ago. Now I monitor a little over 400 local pages, finding the latest information and sharing it with the community two to three times per day. I allow any local business that wants to post into the group to do so. In being this connected to the community, I now have around 3-5 people per day sending me questions or asking for local referrals. Having grown up in the community, I have an advantage in knowing its history and what the business community has to offer.

Aside from simply sharing posts into the group each day, lately I have been trying to offer new ways for our community to connect. I have established a type of theme for each day as follows:

– Memories Monday – sharing history or scenes of Excelsior Springs that can be reflected on by citizens
– Caption Contest Tuesday – sharing random photos depicting scenes that allow for citizens to make funny captions on
– Ask a Question, Get an Answer Wednesday – citizens ask community-related questions and I work to get them an answer
– Thankful Thursday – citizens give shout outs to things/people they’re grateful for this week
– Fab Friday – citizens share what they’re doing for the weekend
– Social Saturday – promoting local business Facebook pages to increase their follows
– Sunday Survey – asking a question for citizens to answer on random topics

As I move into a different role in the community, working as the Community and Business Liaison for the Excelsior Springs Job Corps, I’m interested now more than ever in finding out what the needs of the local community are and how I can connect others with those who can make them more successful. I plan to devote this space to positivity and the work that I’m doing daily to connect the Excelsior Springs area community even more.

There’s great power in communities that are connected. This next year not only do I plan to better connect the community with what’s going on, but also create opportunity for people to connect outside of technology. Using technology as the tool that pulls us together, to create a community of support to each other, along the way.

If you are interested in this approach to community, you might consider watching the following YouTube videos. Mrinalini Ingram talks about the power of connecting communities in her TED Talk:

The insight that Lisa Cook brings in her TED Talk to those in communities that are living alone was also eye opening:

If you have ideas for ways to connect communities or create authentic opportunities for people to connect with one another for advancement, please leave a message in the comments! To join our community’s Facebook group, click here!