People of Excelsior: Gerry Lemmons

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Today was the weekly Rotary meeting where Gerry Lemmons was the speaker. I first met Gerry when he was working with the Main Spring Art Gallery group. He was instrumental in bringing the group of artists together to create the co-op that is now the gallery. What I didn’t know about Gerry until today, though, is that he works with Private Pullman Railcar Management. His presentation today was in regard to the changes that the railroad has gone through over the years to remain a major mode of transportation for the country.

At the turn of the century, train travel was at its highest, carrying both passengers and goods across the country. The train was instrumental in servicing the rural communities throughout the country, connecting them and providing passengers with an opportunity to visit many small towns (including Excelsior!). The Pullman Company was a business founded by George Pullman, who invented the Pullman sleeper car, that advertised themselves as the largest hotel in the world. Every night, there were over 45,000 beds occupied and 150,000 that would ride in coach.

During WWI the government took over the railroads, transferring both men and material. Doing this almost ran the railroads into the ground, though, so when WWII came around, the railroads didn’t turn over management to the railroads, but continued the operation themselves. The railroads were at their greatest demand, transporting troops off to war and bringing them back home. When the war ended, many of the troops returned home to good jobs restoring the infrastructure of the rail lines.

In the 1930s, diesel electric engines were introduced, proven to be much cheaper to operate than steam had been. When the railroads began ordering the sleeker, streamlined diesels, this added a lot to the economy during the Great Depression. When World War II happened, everything was put on hold and all engines, freight and passenger cars were put into a pool of equipment controlled by the consortium of railroad companies.

After the war, troops returned home wanting their own mode of transportation. As automobiles and buses became the main mode of transportation, the railroads no longer had the demand they once did for passenger travel. At the same time, airlines started booming, allowing safer and faster travel. The railroads began to lose a lot of money, but still had their government contracts to deliver mail to communities throughout the country. They then began a fight to be let out of their contracts. Cities, fearing they would lose such a valuable service, began lawyering up. Finally the railroads realized that if they made the train ride uncomfortable and inconvenient, people would stop riding them.

It wasn’t until the 1970s when Congress enacted the National Railway Passenger Corporation, also known as Amtrak, insisting that the passenger train operation works. The act forced railroads to allow Amtrak to operate on their private lines, which they still do today. During that time, Amtrak replaced equipment and built new equipment receiving appropriations from Congress. Lobbyists work to keep the act in place but the funding has been in jeopardy in recent years, with the threat of cuts. Each time the American people have risen up to stand up for train travel, and that’s why it continues today.

My family and I had the pleasure of riding Amtrak to Chicago last year in March. We highly suggest it to all families to travel via train. It’s a great experience and is definitely something we will remember forever. Here are some fun pictures from our Amtrak trip:

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Homes for Rent in Excelsior Springs

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The following are home rental listings found in the Town & Country Leader for Thursday, January 3, 2019

House for Rent: 2 bedroom, 900 sq ft with large deck. Newly remodeled with hardwood type floors throughout, new counter-tops, dishwasher, glass top stove, fridge, and washer dryer hookup and lots of closet space. House located near Excelsior Springs. 816-248-3028

Apartment for Rent: $504, 2 bedroom apartment in Richmond; Income restrictions apply; Call Mike at 816-776-3958

Apartment for Rent: Apartment Unit available. 3 bedroom, 2 full baths, washer/dryer hookup, newly remodeled. $750 per month. Call 816-332-1219

Apartment for Rent: Nice apartment units available. New flooring, counter tops, fresh paint, quiet area, washer/dryer hookup, 2 full baths. Call Ken at 816-332-1219

House for Rent: 2-3 bedroom house in Hardin. $480 plus deposit. References, large yard, no pets. 660-229-1052.

Commercial Property for Rent: One space is 950 sq. ft. and one space 475 sq. ft. 2001 W Jesse James Rd., Excelsior Springs. Call 816-630-2520.

House for Rent: 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath in the country. Rent is $700 per month, Richmond school district. No pets. Call 816-776-2628 to apply and get further details.

Apartment for Rent: Excelsior Springs West side location. 1 bedroom – $435, 2 bedroom – $535, 3 bedroom – $575. Call 816-985-1749. No dogs.

Apartment for Rent: 2 bedroom apartment for rent. Excelsior Springs West Side location. 816-838-2981

House for Rent: 4 bedroom, 1 bath home in Richmond. Call 816-776-2628 to apply and get further details.

 

 

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ESHS Transformed Into Egyptian Temple

Excelsior Springs High School Art Appreciation classes have transformed their hallway into an Egyptian Temple that looks amazing! Rebecca Ryan and Sherie Renne’s students have done a great job of making one feel like they are in the middle of a pyramid! Have a look:

Episode 1 – Courtney & Sam – A Podcast of Ramblings

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Courtney and her friend Samantha Kilgore team up to record ramblings as they rumble along to Kansas City each week. In this first edition’s podcast, Sam and Courtney reflect on why working at Job Corps is so great.

 

Have a topic that you want to hear us discuss? Contact Courtney or Samantha on Facebook and check back here weekly for links to our next episode!

5 Christmas Things To Do in Excelsior Springs Area

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While in Excelsior Springs there are ongoing events such as the Lane of Lights, Hall of Trees, and seasonal sales in all of the stores, there are plenty of other things happening just outside the area that folks might want to partake in!

1. World’s of Fun – Winterfest

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World’s of Fun isn’t just for summertime happenings! With Winterfest, the park is transformed into a winter wonderland of fun for you to enjoy! Here are some of the details from their promotions:

Come for the sights, sounds and festive fun of the holiday season during WinterFest. This event is packed with holiday spirit and unique experiences for friends and families to enjoy. Experience Worlds of Fun like never before and become immersed in the season’s spirit with a grand display of holiday lighting, festive décor, live entertainment and fanciful experiences, including a selection of your favorite rides.

What’s the holiday season without the food? The Worlds of Fun culinary team has you covered. Our executive chef thoughtfully crafts a holiday-style menu with special dining locations and food offerings throughout the park. Treat yourself to a hearty helping of smoked turkey, glazed hams and traditional fixings; or, try our homemade holiday breads and desserts that leave you with dreams of sugar plum fairies.

From millions of shimmering lights and hands-on activities to exceptional shopping and live shows, WinterFest is the grandest holiday event in Kansas City!

Click here for more details about Winterfest!

 

2. Olde World Christmas Weekend Tours – Kansas City, Kansas

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The Strawberry Hill Museum and Cultural Center (720 N 4th St., Kansas City, KS 66101) has decorated for the holidays and will be giving weekend tours! You purchase tickets ($10 each) at the door with either cash or check only.

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Click here for more details about Strawberry Hill

 

3. Santa Dives at Kansas City Zoo

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What’s red and white and swimming with the penguins at Helzberg Penguin Plaza? Santa! Get a one-of-a-kind photo of Santa as penguins torpedo around him. Watch the penguin bubbles trail the man in the red suit and hear the children giggle. Dives are at 2 p.m. December 22nd and 23rd.

Click here for more info on the Santa Dives at the KC Zoo

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Also, watch for Santa Dives at the Sea Life Aquarium in Kansas City December 18, 19, and 20 at 11:00am. Santa will join the deep sea fun as he dives into the Ocean Tank to see all of the good little fishies this holiday season! They’ve decked the halls of Stingray Bay where you can write a letter to your favorite sea creature!

Please note, all activities are included with the regular price of admission to SEA LIFE Aquarium. Purchase tickets online in-advance to save on individual admission! Tickets available online at:https://www.visitsealife.com/kansas-city/tickets/

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4. Local Choirs at Crown Center

Click here for more details and for a list of choirs performing

 

5. Christmas Day Blanket Handout to Homeless

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The UAW 249 Local’s Motorcycle Committee is preparing to hand out blankets on Christmas Day to our area’s homeless. They are looking for help in handing out items, but also collecting blankets, for those who may have some to donate.

Click here for more information on getting involved in this effort

For related posts made on this subject, visit:

Excelsior Springs Lane of Lights Schedule

12 Christmas Events in Excelsior Springs

New Excelsior Springs Library

Many thanks to all who supported Proposition L. The funding from the measure has paid for a renovation of our old library, expanding and configuring new technologies throughout the entire space. On Wednesday, December 5th a grand opening was held where multiple community leaders were invited to speak.