by Greg Walters
There will be a public meeting for Raytowners interested in learning of ways to protect their homes during the holiday season and other crime prevention topics on Monday, December 6th at the Raytown South High School Cafeteria. Enter the high school through the doors on the south side of the building. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.
The meeting will be chaired by Michelle Sipes.
Mrs. Sipes has been instrumental in organizing crime prevention meetings in the south part of Raytown in response to juvenile delinquency. She has formed a group called the Step Up and Step In Committee to help spear-head efforts to reduce crime in the Raytown area.
“People are reaching out for help with neighborhood problems. The purpose of this meeting is so that people can become involved, step up and take charge,” said Mrs. Sipes.
Ward 5 Aldermen Steve Mock and Michael Lightfoot told the Raytown Report that the meeting is being held at the Raytown South High School Cafeteria to accommodate the large crowd anticipated for the meeting.
Both Mock and Sipes stress that this meeting is not just for those who live in the south part of Raytown.
“This meeting is for the entire Raytown community,” said Mock.
“It is an opportunity for any Raytowner wanting to make their neighborhood more safe and secure to do something about it,” added Alderman Lightfoot.
Speakers include members from the Raytown Police Department, members of the Citizen Crime Watch Patrol, and area community leaders representing churches and schools involved with crime prevention in Raytown.
Those in attendance will be asked to participate in group discussions and urged to take an active role in the "Step Up and Step In" program.
Keeping Up With Mock and Lightfoot
In writing the story you just read I had the pleasure of holding and in depth conversation with Michelle Sipes. She is an interesting person who has the best for Raytown at heart. I wish her well in her plans to bring Raytowners to the realization that to move forward we must step up to the challenge of leadership on an individual basis.
To round out the story I had to track down Ward 5 Aldermen Steve Mock and Michael Lightfoot for their comments. They were instrumental in setting up the public meetings that have been taking place. I found the team of Lightfoot and Mock on the old Wooden Bridge in Downtown Raytown. The two of them were hanging decorations for the holiday season.
Both of them are an example of what the Mrs. Sipes was speaking of – they saw the need and took action.
Staying Active in
the Autumn Season by Erin Whitehead
Fall is my favorite time of the year. Back-to-school season always feels like the start of a new year-the time to turn over a new leaf as the leaves fall from the trees. I love the colors of the season, the reds and oranges as the trees change. I love the crisp feel in the air as I go out for my morning walk or run-that one day when you just know autumn is in the air. My birthday and wedding anniversary are both on glorious fall days, and I love the fun of Halloween and the indulgence of Thanksgiving.
But even with all the wonder of the fall season, it’s not all fun and games. Business travel carries on even as the leaves fall from the trees. So how can you take full advantage of fall and all it has to offer-and fit in business and fitness? I’ve got some active ways to enjoy fall both at home and on the road. Here’s the scoop on fall business travel, tips and tricks for fall and ways to work fitness into my favorite season.
Regions like the South are great for the year-round sunshine. But the good news is that if you live in a region that doesn’t celebrate the fall weather, such as Arizona or Florida, traveling to other regions for business can help you temporarily enjoy the bounties of autumn. If you have the opportunity to travel for business to the Northeast or even the Midwest during these perfect months, take it! If you have time, arrive a day early or stay late to take advantage of seeing the fall sights and sounds. If you don’t have that extra time, get outside during lunch breaks for a late afternoon stroll to take in the season and get some exercise.
Small towns and big cities alike have fall festivals with loads of activities. Before you leave for your business travel destination, check to see if it offers any fall activities in the area during your stay. Likewise, if you’re just looking to fill a weekend with a friend or loved one, find local fall activities to participate in. Haunted houses are active (and scary) ways to enjoy the weeks before Halloween. Walking through corn mazes and pumpkin patches are active ways to enjoy the weather as well. Hike local trails to check out the colors of turning leaves or join a local charity run to enjoy the weather (www.active.com can help you find runs in your area). Apple picking and horseback riding are also active fall adventures. Even an hour of horseback riding can burn more than 200 calories if you weigh 150 pounds-and the horse is doing most of the work!
As you already know, when you’re away on business, chores are always waiting for you at home. When you get home from that business trip, don’t forget that raking leaves is great exercise-especially when kids and the dog keep plowing through your pile of leaves.
Fall weather is pretty splendid. The heat of the summer is long gone, but the cold of the winter still hasn’t hit. It makes for the best weather for exercising outdoors. No coats are needed, which makes for easy packing when you hit the road for business travel. For outside workouts, a lightweight pair of pants or running tights is enough to keep you warm and a light, long-sleeved shirt and a light jacket will be enough to keep the upper body warm. Wearing layers in the fall is a safe bet; that way, you’ll be plenty warm but can remove items as needed if you start to heat up on a run.
As much as I love fall, I also love long summer afternoons, so it’s always sad to me when fall approaches and the sun goes down by 6 p.m. And while the weather is still relatively mild, you still have to be careful when being active outdoors. Light-colored, reflective clothing is very important so that cars will see you if you’re out on the roads at dusk. Make sure your shoes have reflective strips on them, and don’t be shy about wearing a blinking light. Always make sure you run in safe neighborhoods, preferably with sidewalks, and don’t be afraid to ask the Embassy Suites concierge for a safe, car-free running path if you’re heading out for an evening run.
Fitting in exercise both on the road and off will get you in the habit of health and activity this season and set you up for year-round success no matter where you are. Which is good because my other favorite season-winter-is right around the corner!
Jenn Walters and Erin Whitehead jointly publish Fit Bottomed Girls. To read more of their thoughts on lifestyle choices and fitness go to Fit Bottomed Girls
Raytown Police Start Up Blog
The Raytown Police Department has started a blog. Appropriately named RaytownPolice.Blogspot.com, the site is written by Lieutenant Wayne Wisner. Last week’s post has two stories. One of them is asks for witnesses to come forward on vandalism at Laurel Height School. The other is some timely suggestions on how to make your neighborhood safer during the Holiday Season. New items were posted on Sunday evening.
Raytown Holiday Lighting Ceremony
Mark your calendars for the Raytown Holiday Lighting Ceremony held in Downtown Raytown. This year's Ceremony will be held on Friday, December 3, 2010 from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Meet at the Pocket Park located at the Southwest corner of 63rd Street and Raytown Road.
Please join Santa Claus and his elves and the downtown businesses as they kickoff the holiday season in Raytown.
The Holiday Lighting Ceremony includes the lighting of a Christmas Tree donated by Our Lady of Lourdes Church in the Pocket Park, the arrival of Santa Claus and holiday music provided by Little Blue Sing-O-Gram Team from Little Blue Elementary School.
Tour Open Houses in the Downtown Businesses Visit Santa inside UMB Bank and listen to music provided by Raytown Community Band Flutes Hop on a hay ride around downtown Sit by the fire at 62nd Street and Blue Ridge Boulevard (across from Mr. Goodcents) and listen to holiday music provided by the carolers. Stop by the Gingerbread House at 62nd Street and Blue Ridge Boulevard (across from Mr. Goodcents) to enjoy a cookie and sip some cider.
High School Sports . . .
To catch up on O'Hara Sports use this link O'Hara High School
To catch up on Raytown South Sports use this link Raytown South High School
Last Week’s Poll Results . . .
How do you rate Mayor David Bower's performance as Mayor of Raytown?
Good . . . 31%
Fair . . . 15%
Poor . . . 51%
Don’t Know . . . 3%