Sunday, May 27, 2012

This video is a little long but hard not to watch through to the end (especially if you love dogs). Hope you enjoy it.

1844 Homestead on the Santa Fe Trail
8801 East 66th Street
Raytown, MO 64133

Saturdays and Sundays  12:00-4:00
June thru September
Admission $3 per person

The oldest standing frame house in Jackson County, Missouri, the Rice-Tremonti Home along with Aunt Sophie's Cabin have borne witness to the sweep of American history. This site was settled first in 1836 by Archibald Rice and family. They built the Gothic-Revival farm house in 1844. With beginnings as a way-point on the Santa Fe Trail and as jumping off point for emigrants to Oregon and California, the wooden house endured the ravages of border warfare and the Civil War. With a history spanning 173 years, the Rice-Tremonti Home has an important story to tell.

Bring this flyer with you and save $1 off admission.

Of all our holidays, Memorial Day holds a special place as one of the most peaceful and restful of holidays.

To many, it is a way to honor those who have fallen in service to our country. To many more, it is a time to remember those who have moved on from this life . . . especially those who were close to us.
So, whether it is brother, sister, mother, father or old friend that we can warmly remember – take the time to do so. The fact that you miss and remember them is testament to the fact that they have left a gift, a part themselves with you, even though they are no longer with us.

Our lives are often times too busy, and most certainly too short. Take the peace of this Memorial Day and relish in the knowledge that what you had is special enough to remember and honor.

Mark Your Calendar!

Mark your calendars for two big Days of Fun, Friends & BBQ. The Raytown Area Chamber of Commerce is conducting its Annual Barbeque Cookoff and Community Festival on June 8th and 9th. Located in Downtown Raytown, the popular annual event promises to be bigger and better than ever.

The schedule for the two day event is as follows:

FRIDAY, JUNE 8 – 4:00 TO 10:00 PM
BBQ Lunch Specials will start at Noon on Friday!
6:30-9:30pm ~ Live Entertainment
SATURDAY, JUNE 9 – 7:00 AM TO 10:00 PM
7:00-10:00am ~ Chris Cakes Pancake Breakfast
1:00pm ~ “Sausage Sprint” Dachshund Races & All Breed Dog Costume Contest
4:00pm ~ Barbeque Cookoff Awards Presentation
6:00-9:00pm ~ Live Entertainment

Come out Saturday night and enjoy a delicious
BBQ dinner while enjoying the sounds of
The Elsea Smith Band. 

Click on this link for a
With a purchase of a BBQ Rib Dinner.

Enjoy a FREE BBQ sandwich from 6-10pm!
Print as many as you like and pass out
to your employees, friends and family! 

Congressional Candidates to Appear at Summerfest
Raytown’s annual Summerfest/Barbeque Cookoff is just around the corner. This being a Presidential Election Year I would expect to see quite a few politicians at the event. After all, Raytown has, for the first time in decades, a state legislative seat that will be uniquely Raytown. 

There is also a spirited contest shaping up between three Republicans vying for the chance to take on long time incumbent Congressman Emanuel Cleaver of the Fifth District.
So, I checked with Vicki Turnbow, the Executive Director of the Raytown Area Chamber of Commerce to see who planned to be at the event.

I was surprised to learn that none of the three candidates running for the State Representative seat had purchased a booth. 

Not so for the three Republicans filed for the Fifth Congressional District. All three of the, Jacob Turk, who has run for Congress more times than can be remembered . . . a newcomer named Jason Greene . . . and Jerry Nolte, a veteran member of the State House of Representatives finishing his fourth term, will all be on hand for the event.

No doubt other candidates will be on hand as well. But these three have at least stepped up to show support for the community by paying for a booth at the event.

The family of a man shot to death while jogging in Raytown earlier this month has added $500 to a reward fund for information in the unsolved homicide.

The reward now stands at $1,500 for information in the death of Harry Stone, 60, who was shot in a random attack about 7 a.m. on Mother’s Day along Blue Ridge Boulevard near 67th Street. A dark-colored four-door sedan pulled alongside Stone and a passenger fired several shots at him. Video surveillance from a nearby store recorded an image of the car.

Police said the shooting may have stemmed from a dare or gang initiation.

Anyone with information should call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (474-8477). Callers remain anonymous.

Fit Bottomed Girls . . .
Triathlon Made Me Cry BY KRISTEN
My first tri of the season is in the bag. A couple of weeks ago, I participated in the Danskin Triathlon Series near Orlando (thanks to The XXtra Mile for sponsoring my registration!), and while my performance wasn’t anything to write home about (1:47:20 for a 1/2-mile swim, 12-mile bike and 3-mile run), this was one race where my personal performance was just about as far from the front of my mind as it could get.

The Danskin Tri Series is an all-women event, and it’s very strongly geared toward women who might not otherwise do a triathlon, in part because of the distances offered (Sprint, which is the distance listed above, and Super Sprint, 1/4-mile swim, 8-mile bike and 2-mile run), and partly because, from the very beginning, we were all strongly encouraged to help each other out.

Which, truly, is something that happens a lot in triathlon anyway—during one race where I was suffering from dehydration on the run, I lost track of how many people stopped as they went by me to make sure I was alright and didn’t need help, and I’ve never competed in a tri where fellow participants didn’t cheer each other on at turnaround points and as they passed each other.

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Andy Whiteman said...

I wish my friends here a Happy Memorial Day. Please drive safely!

I enjoyed Rosie's video but every time I watch one of these, I wonder how any one has the time to make a video or take pics while doing this?

The directions to Summerfest goes to a map of N 63rd St. that in no way resembles Raytown.

Andy Whiteman

Greg Walters said...

Thanks Andy,

I picked up the map information from the Raytown Chamber of Commerce website and have removed the map.

I'll let them know about the error.

One cannot be too careful!

Andy Whiteman said...

Hopefully people don't go to the wrong location. I guess they will correct it before too many people go astray. I was expecting to see a map of the exhibits.

Andy Whiteman

Pat Casady said...

Everyone needs to read the newest
Raytown Times, Letters to the Editor.
A lady wrote an interesting letter
blasting City Hall for the way this town
has gone and is going downhill. She has
a lot of good points and some I didn't
quite agree with. She came down on the
codes department for how trashy Raytown
has become and she also commented on
how the parks have become trashy and
overcome with people that don't care
enough to a trash container. She also
blasted the city administrator for not
doing his job. She said if his department
heads weren't doing their jobs, get
rid of them! She wrote "Do your job!"
She came down on the Police Department
too. She wants them to keep Raytown safer.
Our Police can't be
everywhere all the time. NO police department
could have foreseen the senseless murder
of Mr. Stone. Unfortunately, this is happening
in every town and city. Is Raytown seeing
an increase in crime? Yes! Is it the police
department's fault? Not really. Is it City Hall's
fault? Yes!

Andy Whiteman said...

I read that lady's letter too. She makes valid points which really explain why the Tie Wearing Chairwarmers wont't move to Raytown. Who in their right mind would want to live under the conditions she describes?

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

Andy, you are right about people NOT wanting to move to Raytown. As proof, look at all the empty houses. People have just picked up and left. Also I understand that a record number of homes are in the "For Sale" category.

Andy Whiteman said...

I was contacted by a citizen today who wanted me to air his grievances to the BOA saying that he didn't have time to go to a meeting. Well, I don't have time either.

I have observed that it takes numerous citizens packing the chambers before the BOA will listen. I noticed it when there was violence by minors in the southern part of the city and when the one way part of Willow became an issue.

I suggest anyone with a grievance not sit on his duff and watch on TV but come in and make himself heard.

That is one man's opinion,
Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

I see john Edwards got a free pass on his self-proclaimed "sins". Over $900,000 from private donors to keep his girlfriend out of the public's eye during his campaign for president. Disgusting.

Where is the outrage of the 99%?

Oh yeah, I forgot. It is okay to break the rules if your a dem. Isn't that right Bill?

Andy Whiteman said...

6:54 PM, I observed 2 homes within a block of me sell in December. One was new to the market due to owner's death and the other was on the market for some time, off the market, and back on again. Both homes were nice and in good condition.

I think that the unaccredited KCMO school district was a factor in these sales and may still have some influence in the market especially if the home isn't run down.

Andy Whiteman

Andy Whiteman said...

8:16PM, I can't agree. The decision was by a jury of "his peers." Apparently there was a lot of disagreement because the jury was hung a long time which the judge wouldn't accept. I was on a similar type of jury with 11 guilty and 1 not guilty. We finally found a logical reason for the other 11 to vote not guilty because we wanted to go home. Blame the judge and the jury, not the Democrat Party.

I would blame the judge because if he had accepted a hung jury, there would have been a retrial with possibly a different verdict.

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

The purpose of the police has never been to protect individual citizens from crime. The police show up after the fact to make a report, collect evidence and seek the criminal. Take responsibility for the safety of yourself and your family.

When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

Anonymous said...

Don't blame the political partys for John Edwards acquittal. Just as in the OJ Simpson and Robert Blake cases, the prosecutors came into court and failed to make there case. The jurors are saying the evidence wasn't there. Blame the prosecutors and/or the investigators that worked the case.

Andy Whiteman said...

8:22 AM, So everyone should speak softly and carry a big dog?

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

I read the letter in the Times as well. The lady wrote the sad truth. She is particularly right about the police being afraid to go to Coleman Park and enforce even the simplest traffic laws. Is afraid the right word? You tell me. Maybe they are too good to go enforce the laws. I can remember years ago under another Chief of Police that the cars would not only have been ticketed. They would have been towed. All it takes for things to go bad in any neighborhood is for the city not to enfoce the laws. Mayor Bower has told people he will not use gestapo tactics to enforce laws. It would be more accurate to say that he will not use ANY tactics to enforce property codes.

I blame Bower, the city council and all of their hirelings for turning their back on their jobs.

It is sad. This can be a great community. But it will not be as long as Bower and his type are running the show.

Andy Whiteman said...

Why are the laws written? It is senseless to write a law and then not enforce it. Sometimes I think laws are enforced only AGAINST certain people.

There are outdated codes on the books that are not enforced. Long ago I told the BOA that they should go through the codes end remove the outdated codes.

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

I read the article in the Raytown Times too and the lady is right on. I have lived in this town for 54 years. This use to be a GREAT town to live in, but not any more. I work for a LARGE 1300 employee corporation down town. It is a running joke with my co-workers that I live in Raytown. They refer it to the Ghetto, Slumtown and the Dump. I can truly say that I agree with them. We have the crime and trash people coming from KC and their defunked school district. Raytown schools are getting just as bad. My house is well guarded with enough guns to do the trick. It is "lock and load" time. The police will be called to "pick up" what is left over of the person.....

Anonymous said...

Agreed, Andy. There are a few outdated laws but the REAL problem in Raytown is that those in authority turn their head and look the other way on some real common sense laws. Like traffic laws. There is a reason areas of high traffic, like parks, do not allow parking on one side of the street. One real good reason is so emergency vehicles can get through. When people are barbequeing and parking in the middle of street on Lane by Coleman Park it is often times blocked. The police know it. But they sure don't enforce it.

Its kind of like the dress code at Raytown South High. The teachers and administrators pretend not to see those who are breaking the dress code. That's how they handle the problem.

I hear that the graduation at Raytown South especially was marred by rude and bad behavior once again this year.

It won't be long before the place holding the event tells the school district you are not welcome here.

Codes is another problem. Our mayor has decided that it is "mean" to enforce property codes. so he lets the city go to hell in a handbasket while spending money on monuments at intersections.

Where is the sense in that?