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Last year's flower garden bravely peeks through a foot of snow with the promise of warmer weather.
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTOur Lady of Lourdes will hold its Annual Taco Dinner this coming Saturday. The Taco Dinner is one of Raytown's longest continuous running charitable events. Proceeds from the Taco Dinner will go towards funding actvities within the grade school. Our Lady of Lourdes Grade School is a fully accredited grade school with classes offered for children in Pre-school through Grade 8. Saturday, February 5, 2011 /4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. /Our Lady of Lourdes Gymnasium /Kentucky and Gregory Boulevard Adults - $5.50 (includes tacos, beverage and dessert) Children - $4.00 (includes tacos, beverage and dessert) Beau Groceman Former Raytown Public Works Director, Beau Groceman, passed away this weekend after a year long battle with cancer. Beau served the City of Raytown for five years as its Public Works Director. During his tenure in Raytown he re-structured the Public Works Department and streamlined its operation. I worked with Beau on many projects. Beau was instrumental in keeping Raytown's Recycling Center open when the program was threatened by budget cuts at Raytown City Hall. He was a unique public servant who believed in solutions over excuses. As an elected official you felt good about taking a problem to Beau because you knew that if there was a way to fix the problem, Beau would find it. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Katy and daughter Phoebe. Condolences can be sent to: 1816 N.E. Burgandy Circle, Lee's Summit, MO 64086. Withdrawal Symptoms by Greg Walters The race for Mayor made a dramatic change this past week when Ward 4 Alderman Bill Van Buskirk withdrew from the race for personal reasons. Van Buskirk’s withdrawal leaves a mayoral contest between the incumbent, David Bower and challenger, Anwar Khan. City Clerk Teresa Henry sent me the following when I requested the section of the City’s Code regarding withdrawals by candidates. Sec. 7-29. - Withdrawal of candidacy. "Any person may cause his name to be withdrawn as a candidate for nomination to elective office by his request, in writing, signed by him and acknowledged before the city clerk or an officer qualified to take acknowledgements of Deeds, and present it to the city clerk on or before the filing deadline as provided herein." The filing deadline for candidates for Raytown city office was January 18th. Van Buskirk withdrew on the 25th of January. It would appear that he was one week late. So I called Van Buskirk to find out exactly how he was able to withdraw one week after the deadline had passed. City Clerk Teresa Henry told Van Buskirk that withdrawals were accepted up until the time the City Clerk certified the ballot with the Election Board. Since the City Clerk certified the ballot on January 25th, Van Buskirk was within the time limit. That explanation is about as clear as mud. I think the language in the ordinance should be cleaned up to say exactly when the deadline takes place. For instance, I personally know of one year when the City Clerk certified the ballot the day after the filing deadline. The way the law is being interpreted now leaves too much room for abuse by allowing one person to arbitrarily set the deadline for withdrawal of candidacy. A Wake Up Call by Richard Tush This past Monday, January 24th, I attended the Raytown School Board meeting and publicly thanked the School Board members who spoke up against the Center 63 Project. I asked that this not be a one time event and to also start speaking up against tax give aways in Kansas City, MO that impact the district. My message was well accepted by those in attendance, who as school teachers are directly impacted by these tax give-aways. As I have had time to reflect upon those brief comments I realize so much more should have been said like: I want to thank those School Board members who attended the Raytown Board of Aldermen meeting on January 4 for stepping up and speaking out against the ongoing and ever increasing tax give-aways the Board of Aldermen has been dishing out. Call these tax breaks whatever you want, but when they take money from our schools, parks and other entities that rely on tax dollars they hurt our community and destroy the faith in our elected officials to put the community as a whole first. I hope this was not a one time attempt to wake up the Raytown Board of Aldermen, but this board’s announcement that enough is enough and the line has been drawn in the sand that regardless if it is Raytown or Kansas City this School Board will no longer sit quietly and allow tax dollars to be diverted from our schools. As I have said, I want to thank this School Board for stepping up, but I must question the timing and why this same board did not speak up against the Brywood Shopping Center Project in Kansas City that diverted more taxes from the Raytown School District than the Center 63 Project in Raytown. Further, it is important for us, the members of the general public, to have a clear understanding of exactly how the nearly 26 million dollars given to the Raytown School District by the City of Raytown as part of the Wal-Mart Project has been spent by this School Board. Yes it is important the budgeting process of this School District or any taxing entity is not negatively impacted by other taxing entities like the City of Raytown. However, each of these other entities including this School Board must maintain due diligence in their effort to spend their funding in a reasonable and responsible manner. It is clear there are many within the community that still question the spending on the artificial turf for the football fields. I find it hard to believe that I am alone in wanting this School Board to focus on the basics that will drive test scores and create a future work force for our state that others will strive to compete with, instead of sports trophies to collect dust in display cabinets. Therefore it is clear that while this School Board needs to continue to take an active roll in addressing tax breaks it must be done with every entity that impacts this district, including Kansas City. This School Board must also prove their action on January 4 was not a one time objection, and by cleaning up their own over-spending habits and by driving up test scores that will impact every student and not those few that benefit from use of our over expensive football fields. I thank you for your time and hope that I have touched your hearts to focus on not only speaking up, but setting the example others should live by. 3 Cookbooks We Love by Jenn Walters 8 Comments We all know that eating at home is one of the best ways to make sure that what you’re eating is healthy and low-calorie (’cause those restaurants are sneaky!). That’s why we’re reviewing not one but three cookbooks and food-related books today! All three will give you a bunch of delicious ways to make eating in and cooking a delicious endeavor in healthy living and FBG-ness! Flat Belly Diet! Cookbook This book had me at the cute little yellow cupcakes. From the editors of Prevention magazine, this cookbook puts the popular Flat Belly Diet! eating plan into tasty recipe form. It’s well stated that Erin and I aren’t a fan of diets that are based on deprivation or willpower (life is too short!), but this diet—and these recipes—are anything but that. Filled with good fats, protein and fiber, these recipes are delicious and keep you full. And they don’t taste like health-food. I tried the Sassy Water (which I loved, but my husband wasn’t a huge fan of), Banana Pancakes with Walnut Honey (made a double batch and had them for dinner two nights in a row; Oh the brinner joy!), Peanut Butter No-Bake Bears (the name says it all) and Spanish Shrimp with Garlic Sauce and sauteed cucumbers. (Ever had cooked cucumbers? They’re weirdly delicious and more cucumber-y then when raw.) All fantastic. Plus the book is sprinkled with pretty color photos, practical cooking and shopping tips, and a refresher course on the diet. Need I say more? 101 Optimal Life Foods When it comes to eating right, I always figure that if Mother Nature made it, and we didn’t spray it with too many chemicals or dilute it with additives, it’s probably good for you. Over time, this theory has proved to be a pretty good way of eating. (Remember when coconut and eggs were vilified? Now they’re health foods!) Author David Grotto, expert nutritionist and former spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, backs up my way of eating with this book and goes as far as to even recommend eating certain foods to improve your physical, mental, emotional and sexual well-being. While the book is fascinating (it tells you exactly what foods will help you be happier, sleep more soundly, fight stress and more), it’s a bit like reading an encyclopedia. And after just a few pages, you get the point loud and clear that to be healthy, you have to eat what the good earth naturally grows. However, the book also includes some really tasty recipes that incorporate these healthy foods into your diet in a delicious way. I tried the Winter White Bean Chili in the Slow Cooker and Curried Chicken-Banana-Yam Soup. OMG. So yummy. Tosca Reno’s Eat Clean Cookbook Tosca Reno has been on my radar for awhile now. She has an amazing back story of her own personal weight-loss, and she’s totally down to earth. Plus, she’s the mind behind the hugely popular “Eat Clean” mentality. Her recent cookbook promises delicious recipes that will burn fat and re-shape your body. I decided to put it to the test. I tried the Banana Date Breakfast Bread and was blown away. So freaking tasty. So easy to make. And the book was filled with pretty pictures. Call me superficial, but I like that in a book so that I can compare what I cooked to “how it’s supposed to look.” Additionally, the book introduces you to some less common and healthier ingredients and flavors such as Sucanat and galangal. I love me some learnin’ in a book. Be sure to check back in on Fridays for a new feature we’re doing here on FBG—recipes! Ya’ll wanted them, and we’re offering them. We’ll kick off this new post with that breakfast bread recipe I was just talking about from Tosca Reno’s book. And we’ll feature recipes from the other two books in weeks to come! Yumminess for you! 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 LINKS TO OTHER RAYTOWN NEWS SOURCES 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 To catch up on Raytown High Sports use this link Raytown High School To catch up on the Raytown Police Blog go to Raytown Police Blog To view Raytown Crime Statistics go to Raids on Line Last Week’s Poll Results Should newly hired Department Heads in the City of Raytown be required to live within city limits? 86% . . . YES 13% . . . NO 1% . . . . DON’T KNOW To post a comment click on the word comments below: