Tells a Story . . . New activity at Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano is being watched carefully by the state's volcanologists. On Saturday, the floor of Pu'u O'o Crater collapsed, dropping nearly 400 feet. Shortly afterward, a geologist flying over the area spotted lava erupting in the area between Puu Oo and Napau Crater. The picture at right shows lava pouring into a fissure created by the eruption and subsequent earthquakes.
Note the white helicopter in the upper right corner of the picture to give scale to the size of the eruption.
The Raytown Girls Softball League is holding sign ups March 12 at Walnics, 10028 E 63rd Street. We are looking for t-ball players through women's division. Players should bring a copy of their birth certificate. Readers can contact Mark Unruh, League President at 816-213-3697 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if they need more information.
In Their Own Words by Greg Walters The Kansas City Star sponsors a website named Midwest Democracy Project. The website offers a spot for candidates for public office to state their views. It is an informative and interesting site. To learn what Raytown candidates have to say about the issues use this link Midwest Democracy Project
The comments are unedited. Candidates are unable to change their position(s) once they have posted their answers. It makes for some interesting reading.
To see what a particular candidate has to say about specific questions on the Midwest Democracy Project website . . . 1. Double click on the candidate name. 2. On the right hand side of the page there is a box titled, "at a glance". To the right of "at a glance" are the words "full response". 3. Click on "Full Response" and all of the questions and answers. The Salamander Returns! A few thoughts from the Salamander about recent events in the area . . .
K.C.’s Mayoral Election: The primary is over and Funkhauser is done. Most amazing is the fact that the Funk, to the last minute, actually believed he was going to be in the run-off. He didn’t have a chance. I would have given lower odds on the Royals winning 2011 World Series than I would have given Funky. The Earnings Tax: Some movement for those who do not favor extending this tax.Opposition is headed by Woody Cozad. We’ll have to see what happens. This much the Salamander has learned: A goodly number of the “heavy hitters” who are loudly favoring the earnings tax, but who live in Leawood or Mission Hills, Kansas do not pay any E-Tax at all. This is despite the fact they work in Kansas City. All you have to do to dodge paying the tax, if you work in KC, and have offices in other states is take your pay from a non-Missouri location. Creative, isn’t it?
The Salamander recalls hotelier Leona Helmsley -- aka “The Queen of Mean”, she owned such sumptuous properties as the Palace Hotel on Madison Avenue, a block from Saint Patrick's Cathedral, the Park Lane and the New York Helmsley – catching flak because she opined: “Taxes are for little people, the rich pay very few of these dollars on such foolishness.”
Insensitive as her statement was, it does exemplify the attitude of some of our wealthier neighbors west of State Line Road.
Reason enough for the rank and file voter to cast a NO vote on the Earnings Tax Renewal Question on April 5th.
Step Up and Step In Committee On Sunday, February 27, 2011 the Reverend George Hayes, Pastor of the Shield of Faith Church in Raytown invited and met with Aldermen Charlotte Melson, Pat Ertz, Bill Van Buskirk, Steve Mock and Michael Lightfoot, and Ward 2 candidate for Alderman, Robbie Tubbs. Michelle Sipes of the Step Up and Step In Committee, members of her committee as well as members of the Shield of Faith Church were also in attendance.
The church is in the process of rehabilitating the old Cedervale Elementary School.
Reverend Hayes and his church are trying to create a safe place for High School students to meet after school. “We need a facility in Raytown that is safe and welcoming for our teens”, Reverend Hayes told the group. The group discussed ideas such as athletic activities and tutoring opportunities for teenagers and adults.
Specific plans are not yet in place.
City officials at the meeting suggested that Reverend Hayes and his congregation focus on one facet of the plan to assure success and then expand its goals from that point.
Broken Bottomed Girl by Jenn Walters 9 Comments Oh, the irony. Erin and I create a website named after (and a play on) the beloved Queen song “Fat Bottomed Girls” and spend the next year and a half regularly referring to our fit bottoms.
We crack (pun intended) butt jokes left and right. We wear sweat pants declaring our Fit Bottomed status on our asses.
So I guess it was only a matter of time until my cheeks—my right cheek to be exact—decided to talk back. With pain. And aching. And soreness. And laziness.
But I digress. Let’s start at the very beginning. A very good place to start. Remember back during my marathon when the ol’ hip didn’t feel so good around mile 5, and then I went ahead and ran the whole thing through mild, aching pain? Well, that sensation didn’t go away after the marathon. Even after taking a full 10 days off of running (and a week off of working out besides yoga), whenever I would run, I had that same dull aching pain in my hips and down my legs. It made running miserable, and, at most, I could only run two to three miles.
That’s it. After I had easily smoked a 20-mile run during training in December. I won’t lie. It was pretty heart-breaking. I had finally felt like a runner, and poof! I couldn’t run.
So I refocused my working-out energies. I turned my attention to conquering Jillian Michaels’ killer DVDs and trying new workouts that I didn’t have the time for before (hitting one of my resolutions, thankyouverymuch!). I went to two different martial arts classes (Kasie and Krav Maga—more on that in a future post), and I reignited my love of Zumba, weight-lifting and having exercise A.D.D.
But the pain wasn’t going away, and I began feeling it not just when I was running, but all the time. And it wasn’t just my hip hurting, it was my right butt. Big time.
So I stopped doing all lower-body workouts and moves, thinking that I just needed more rest. I did that for two weeks while I stubbornly focused on abs and upper-body workouts. I bought a foam roller, and religiously self massaged my rear by sitting on these Yoga Tune Up Therapy Balls (and had a great time cracking ball jokes). And while my IT band, calves, feet and back felt better (the therapy balls really do rock—it’s like a mix of relaxing yoga and massage), my butt was still broken.
Recognizing that it was time to wave the white workout flag and default to someone who knew what the heck they were doing, I scheduled an appointment at a clinic in my area that has a reputation for working with runners. It was my first time in a physical therapy clinic, and it was awesome. The first day Dr. Tony examined my posture, iced my back while simultaneously shocking my butt (they call it electro stimulation, but the basic gist is that my butt was twitching involuntary, which is both terrifying and awesome) and calmed my fears.
Turns out that what I have—basically a muscular imbalance and weakness on my right side that caused my right glute to stop working (lazy bastard)—isn’t that uncommon. Talk about relief. Within a day and under strict orders to ice it and not sit for more than 20 minutes at a time (that was fun explaining in a work meeting), I felt 50 percent better. By the next week with more shocking, ice and a set of exercises to fire those glutes, I was a new woman.
I even got to run on the clinic’s anti-gravity treadmill, which was a unique and amazing experience. Through basically an air pressure chamber/bubble around my legs, I was able to run at 75 percent of my body weight with no pain. It felt like I was running on air (and I kind of was), and because of the bubble, I sort of felt like an Oompa-Loompa. It was awesome. After all, I was running! Really running!
I asked Dr. Tony if I’d be up to a super fun event of mountain biking, yoga and running (with 100 percent of my body weight) in just a week and a half. And do you know what he had the guts to say? Yes. Well, if I was game, he said. And was I game? HELLS YA. I have a Fit Bottomed Girl title to regain. 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
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Last Week’s Poll Results Do you believe stronger enforcement of property maintenance codes is needed in Raytown?
77% . . . Yes 22% . . . No 1% . . . Not sure
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