Updated: Excelsior Springs Closures

Excelsior Springs Closures

Due to the blizzard that’s been hitting our community all day, businesses have been closing early and public schools have already been closing for tomorrow. In an attempt to help, below is a list of local closings. If you see one that isn’t here, message me on Facebook or post it into the community Facebook group.

UPDATE: Closed Tuesday, November 27:
• Excelsior Springs School District
• Rockin’ Tiger Club
• Noah’s Ark Christian Preschool
• Excelsior Springs Senior Center
• AAA Senior Strength Class at Community Center
• Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives

Closed Early, Sunday, November 25:

• Drive-In Convenience King (D.I.C.K.’s)
• Y Liquor
• Tiger Bowl – Sunday Social League, Adult/Youth (Tiger Pack League) cancelled
• It’s $5
• El Maguey Mexican Restaurant
• Finders Keepers of Excelsior Springs
• Excel Nutrition
• Excelsior Springs Community Center
• Spring Delivery
• Wabash BBQ
• Lane of Lights
• Eagles Club – Ham & Beans Dinner Cancelled
• Broadway Toyz
• Mid-Continent Public Library
• Palermo’s Italian Restaurant
• Ziggy’s General Store
• Four Horses and a Dog
• Amigo’s soccer game
• Papa Murphy’s
• Main Spring Arts Gallery & Studios
• McDonald’s
•Price Chopper

Local Church Cancellations:

• Flack Memorial
• Barbee Memorial Presbyterian Church
• Excelsior Springs Church of Christ
• United Christian Presbyterian Church
• Excelsior Springs Church of the Nazarene

Closed Monday, November 26:

• Excelsior Springs School District’s Professional Development Day
• Excelsior Springs School District’s Rockin’ Tiger Club
• ESMS Lady Tiger Basketball – tournament has been moved to Wednesday the 28th and Friday the 30th. 7th grade game is at 4:00pm on Wednesday followed by the 8th grade game at 5:10pm.
• Ray’s Lunch
• Annie’s Furniture and Gifts
• Subway
• Wabash
• Opportunity Cafe

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Excelsior Springs Real Estate

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Something that I see getting asked a lot is places to buy/rent in Excelsior Springs. If you’re looking for places to rent, you might reach out to Hightower Rental Properties, Re/Max, TNG Property Investments, or Kim Roach McElwee to see about possibilities. Also check the Town & Country paper. Click here to see the latest edition online.

Below is a list of houses that I have found to be for sale right now:

Re/Max Real Estate

ReeceNichols Excelsior Springs Listings:

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Over 12 Events in Excelsior Springs This Week

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There is a lot going on this week here in Excelsior Springs. I tried to feature two things a day for you to consider attending! Shout out definitely goes to the Christmas Committee and all the shops around town that have been busy prepping for the Christmas Kickoff this weekend!

Monday, November 12

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• Veteran’s Day activities taking place all over town. Click here for a list.
• Monday Night Basic Yoga at the Community Center. Click here for more info.

Tuesday, November 13
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• ESHS & ESMS Black and Gold Intrasquad Dual at ESHS. Click here for more info.
• Portrait Drawing at Main Spring Gallery downtown. Click here for more info.

Wednesday, November 14
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• Murder Mystery Casting Call at Main Spring Gallery downtown. Click here for more info.
• Dementia Support Group at ES Hospital. Click here for more info.

Thursday, November 15
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• Punch Card Challenge Group Exercise at the Community Center. Click here for more info.
• Courtney’s Community Challenge (with chance to win $100 from Billy Hale!). Click here for more info.

Friday, November 16
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• Chorale Tour Concert at First United Methodist Church. Click here for more info.
• Karaoke Friday’s at the Atlas bar downtown. Click here for more info.

Saturday, November 17
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• Christmas Kickoff for the community of Excelsior Springs. Click here for more info.
• Multiple events at Fence Stile Vineyards and Winery. Click here for a list.

Whatever you do, be safe and have fun, Excelsior Springs!

What’s On the Ballot – Excelsior Springs – Ray and Clay Counties

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Are you a last minute decider when it comes to elections? Well, you’re not alone! There are many that begin their search for who to vote for just a few days before the actual election. This post is written to help those living in the Excelsior Springs area know what is on their ballot and where they can go to find more information on each issue or candidate.

Tuesday, November 6th • Polls open from 6:00AM to 7:00AM

What’s on the Ballot?
Information courtesy of Ballotpedia

Ballot measures for both Ray and Clay Counties include:

Missouri Proposition B: $12 Minimum Wage Initiative
• A “yes” vote supports increasing the state’s minimum wage each year until reaching $12 in 2023 and then making increases or decreases based on changes in the Consumer Price Index.
• A “no” vote opposes increasing the state’s minimum wage each year until reaching $12 in 2023 and then making increases or decreases based on changes in the Consumer Price Index.

Missouri Amendment 1, Lobbying, Campaign Finance, Redistricting Initiative
• A “yes” vote support this constitutional amendment to make changes to the state’s lobbying laws, campaign finance limits for state legislative candidates, and legislative redistricting process.
• A “no” vote opposes this constitutional amendment to make changes to the state’s lobbying laws, campaign finance limits for state legislative candidates, and legislative redistricting process.

Missouri Amendment 2, Medical Marijuana and Veteran Healthcare Services Initiative
• A “yes” vote supports this constitutional amendment to: *legalize marijuana for medical purposes; *tax marijuana sales at 4 percent; and *spend tax revenue on healthcare services for veterans.
• A “no” vote opposes this constitutional amendment to: *legalize marijuana for medical purposes; *tax marijuana sales at 4 percent; and *spend tax revenue on healthcare services for veterans.
Missouri Amendment 3, Medical Marijuana and Biomedical Research and Drug Development Institute Initiative
• A “yes” vote supports this constitutional amendment to: *legalize marijuana for medical purposes; *tax marijuana sales at 15 percent; and *spend tax revenue on a Biomedical Research and Drug Development Institute.
• A “no” vote opposes this constitutional amendment to: *legalize marijuana for medical purposes; *tax marijuana sales at 15 percent; and *spend tax revenue on a Biomedical Research and Drug Development Institute.

Missouri Amendment 4: Management and Advertisement of Bingo Games Amendment
• A “yes” vote supports this amendment to: “lower the time required that someone is a member of an organization to manage a bingo game for that organization from two years to six months and “remove the constitutional ban on organizations advertising bingo games.
• A “no” vote opposes this amendment to: “lower the time required that someone is a member of an organization to manage a bingo game for that organization from two years to six months and “remove the constitutional ban on organizations advertising bingo games.

Missouri Proposition C: Medical Marijuana and Veterans Healthcare Services, Education, Drug Treatment, and Public Safety Initiative
• A “yes” vote supports this initiated statute to: *legalize marijuana for medical purposes; *tax marijuana sales at 2 percent; and *spend tax revenue on veterans’ services, drug treatment, education, and law enforcement.
• A “no” vote opposes this initiated statute to: *legalize marijuana for medical purposes; *tax marijuana sales at 2 percent; and *spend tax revenue on veterans’ services, drug treatment, education, and law enforcement.

Missouri Proposition D: Gas Tax Increase, Olympic Prize Tax Exemption, and Traffic Reduction Fund Measure
• A “yes” vote supports this measure to: increase the gas tax by 10 cents per gallon, with revenue for the state highway patrol and local road funding; exempt prizes for Special Olympics, Paralympics, and Olympics from state taxes; and create a dedicated fund for certain road projects, including those to reduce traffic.
• A “no” vote opposes this measure to: increase the gas tax by 10 cents per gallon, thereby leaving the rate at $0.17; exempt Olympic prizes from state taxes; and create a dedicated fund for road projects, including those to reduce traffic.

Candidates for U.S. Senate Missouri
Claire McCaskill (D) (Incumbent)
Josh Hawley (R)
Japheth Campbell (L)
Craig O’Dear
Jo Crain (G)

Clay County Candidates for U.S. House Missouri District 6
Henry Martin (D)
Sam Graves (R) (Incumbent)
Dan Hogan (L)

Ray County Candidates for U.S. House Missouri District 5
Emanuel Cleaver (D) (Incumbent)
Jacob Turk (R)
Alexander Howell (L)
Maurice Copeland (G)
E.C. Fredland

Candidates for Missouri Auditor
Nicole Galloway (D) (Incumbent)
Saundra McDowell (R)
Sean O’Toole (L)
Don Fitz (G)
Jacob Luetkemeyer

Clay County Missouri State Senate District 12
Terry Richard (D)
Dan Hegeman (R) (Incumbent)

Clay County Missouri House of Representatives District 38
Abby Zavos (D)
Doug Richey (R)

Ray County Missouri House of Representatives District 39
Peggy McGaugh (R) (Incumbent)
Rick Mellon (D)

The following are all county races pertaining to Clay County only:

Candidates for Clay County Auditor
Victor Hurlbert (R)

Candidates for Clay County Recorder of Deeds
Bruce Cantwell (D)
Katee Porter (R) (Incumbent)

Candidates for Clay County Prosecutor
Dan White (D) (Incumbent)

Candidates for Clay County Presiding Commissioner
Wendi Bridges (D)
Jerry Nolte (R) (Incumbent)

Candidates for Clay County Collector
Lydia McEvoy (R) (Incumbent)

Candidates for Clay County Clerk
Tom Brandom (D)
Megan Thompson (R) (Incumbent)

For more information on judges that will be on the ballot, click here.

5 Activities in Excelsior Springs This Week

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There are a lot of things that are going on this week here in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, but here are 5 things that you don’t want to miss coming up this week!

Tuesday, Nov. 6th – The Mid-Term Election

Find a sample ballot by clicking here, on Ballotpedia

Thursday, Nov. 8th – Annie’s Christmas Open House (Nov. 8-10)

If you’ve never been to Annie’s, this is the perfect time to! Both Jill and Joy King do a beautiful job of decorating their furniture store! Stop by during their Open House to see their new Christmas display!

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Friday, November 9th – Second Friday’s in Downtown Excelsior Springs

Every Second Friday in Downtown Excelsior Springs, the shops stay open later (usually until 8pm or 9pm). Many of the restaurants have specials, there are featured artists in the galleries, live music while you eat or shop, and plenty of wine tastings to warm you up!

Be sure to check out (click each one for more info) –

Peril in Pointesville (Nov. 9-11) – Slightly Off Broadway Theatre
• Featured Artist Amy Kephart – Molly Roberts Studio
Karaoke Friday’s – Atlas Saloon
‘Skirt and Tie’ with Paul and Carolyn – Willow Spring Mercantile
Featured Artist Jim Shaw – Bohemian Sage Gallery

Friday, November 9th – ESHS Production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” (Nov. 9-11)

The high school students never disappoint with their productions! Full of talent, this show is sure to be one that will have you smiling from your seat! Great music, excellent message, this is definitely one that you don’t want to miss! The show is at 7pm both Friday and Saturday night. On Sunday there is a matinee at 2pm. Adults $10 and Students $5 at the Excelsior Springs Performing Arts Center. Purchase tickets before every show.

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Saturday, November 10th – Excelsior Expo

From 10am to 2pm at the Excelsior Springs Community Center, you will find the Excelsior Expo taking place! Each year the Chamber features their local business members with an expo where businesses set up with goods for sale. Perfect time to get some early Christmas presents while shopping local and shopping small! See you there!

There are many other events taking place during the week:
• Be sure to search for events in Excelsior Springs on Facebook to find more!
• If you’re interested in knowing the Excelsior Springs Student Activities, click here!
• If you want to know more about what’s going on in the community, click here!

***BONUS***

Be sure to participate in my Community Challenge that is taking place this month here in Excelsior Springs! Each day that you participate, you’ll be entered to win $100 from Billy Hale with Shelter Insurance.

Click here for more details!

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!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Today was the day that it looked as though it could rain most of the day, but never actually produced any precipitation. This morning there was a gorgeous sky that looked like this:

11794385_1019990548013593_7630901340193717119_oMid-morning, I joined some of the staff at The Elms Hotel & Spa for a marketing meeting. It is our hope that by working together and partnering on different events, we can provide a great stay for any of our visitors to town. There are so many great things happening in our business community that we have to offer. Communication is key to making it work for everyone.

There are 40 new teachers to our Excelsior Springs School District this year! The past two weeks they have spent in orientation and meetings, preparing them for the school year that starts next week. Today they had a scavenger hunt in the downtown, starting at the Chamber office where we sent them off with bags to fill with downtown goodies.

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After this, I went with my husband to Price Chopper for lunch. They have a new grill and are in the final stages of their renovations of the dining area. I encourage everyone to drop by there for lunch, especially if you can catch a day when they’re having a fruit cobbler. Delish!

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By evening, the clouds were starting to roll through quicker and a nice, cool breeze began to blow. The sky looked ominous, but never produced anything to live up to its mean face.

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