December 2015 Around Town

For most people, their single focus in changing their bodies is based on a number on a scale. But, countless studies about health and fitness have proven that the emphasis should be on body composition. In other words, how much fat we carry and how much muscle we have.

Turner House Kicks 4 Kids

More than $49,000 was raised for Turner House Children's Clinic by supporters at the 4th annual Kicks 4 Kids KC event. Turner House provides access to quality health care for uninsured and underserved children.

Editor’s Letter

I recently attended a series of classes to help me work through a bit of the grief I was feeling after the sudden loss of my only brother last year. I took so many gems of wisdom away from the book we read as well as from the room full of folks who quickly felt like old friends.

The Whole Person’s Expressions Art Exhibition

The Expressions Art Exhibition, featuring artists with disabilities, was recently held at the Jones Gallery. With more than 500 people in attendance, Expressions added diversity to the Crossroads Arts District exposing the community to art that otherwise might not be seen.

Columbia Brew at SME Reopens

A grand re-opening for the Columbia Brew, Shawnee Mission East’s coffee shop, was recently held at the school. The space was renovated as part of a school-wide project which drew talents from students in special education and those studying interior design, marketing, digital media and wood shop.

Rockin’ 4 a Cure at Rock & Brews

A fundraising event was recently held in honor of Scott Cart who has been battling ALS since 2005. The group raised more than $16,000 for Team ‘Strutting for Scott’ in support of the Walk to Defeat ALS. Photography David Strickland

To Tax Today or Tax Tomorrow, That is the Question!

It is very interesting how often plumbers have leaky pipes and the insurance agent has no life insurance. People get busy in their professional lives and keep putting off what they can do for themselves today, in order to do for others they service. This phenomenon, combined with the fact that people are ultimately private and do not want any…

BMW X4 is a Coupe for all Seasons

MPG rating: 19 in the city, 27 on the highway BMW’s X4 four-door Sport Activity Coupe is a niche vehicle made for folks who want the look of a sport coupe and the maneuverability of an SUV. The concept seems to be a bit of a conundrum to me. If you want to haul your mountain bike to the woods…

Lazarus Ministries Revitalizes a Downtown Church and the Downtrodden

In 1996, the congregation at Grand Avenue Temple United Methodist, at 205 E. 9th Street in Kansas City, Mo., had shrunk to some three families—a far cry from the hundreds it counted among its ranks in the glory days. The church had been active since 1865, but its community had altered greatly in the ensuing years, from a prosperous, busy…

Taking Wing and Soaring into the Calling of a Lifetime

Jeff Bacca had spent his career in customer service for a variety of respected companies, but life, over and over again, continued to point him in a slightly different direction. “Many years ago, I was out repairing a ceiling for a customer who’d had to cut short a trip to Florida for the winter so that she could let me…


Brittany Nicole Cohoon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Cohoon of Leawood, and Christopher Louis Accurso, son of Mr. Louis Accurso of Leawood and Ms. Kimberly Accurso of Arizona, were married on September 26, 2015. The bride is a graduate of Notre Dame de Sion High School and received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master's in social welfare at…

Area Couple Take Christmas Décor to New Heights

It’s December first and most of us are just starting to think about decorating for the holidays. But for Dave and Lori Convy, Christmas arrived weeks ago. The Convys are known for transforming their Overland Park home into a winter wonderland complete with numerous, intricately decorated trees, multiple nativity scenes and a variety of unique Christmas items collected over the…

A Quiet 

It began as a whisper, a ripple so quiet that most brokers didn’t hear it. Richard Romey, however, was listening. This was more than a decade ago, when Romey worked at a big brokerage firm. He was troubled by both the investment recommendations he was receiving from the New York office, and the returns that clients were earning on their…

Ready for a New Home

Are you looking to add a furry friend to your home this holiday season? Meet Lucy, year-and-a half year old Pointer mix. Lucy loves to learn new things and would thrive in a home with a family who can teach her tricks and help her continue to improve on her obedience training. Lucy enjoys long walks, playing with her many…

Prairie Village Artist Receives National Needle Arts Honor

When Connie Lynn Borserine was a little girl, her mother and grandmother tried to interest her in pillowcase embroidery. “I didn’t like it and put it away,” says Borserine. But her family had planted the seed, and years later she was re-inspired while visiting a friend. The woman suggested the two go out and buy a couple of quick-point stitching…

The Holiday Table

The holiday season seems busier than ever these days. Between the school programs, work parties, church events and family gatherings it can be hard to enjoy a quiet evening at home between Halloween and New Year’s Day.

A Grown Up Christmas

Christmas is for children. We know that, and we believe that, because we were children, and we remember. We remember that giddy feeling of the last half day of class before two weeks – two weeks! – of vacation from school. We know the delicious torment of walking slowly by the ever-growing pile of presents under the tree, wondering what…