September 2015 Around Town 1


AMGutters Celebrates Milestone celebrates a milestone of repairing and replacing more than 20,000 professionally installed gutters in the Kansas City area. Known for their quality work and lifetime guaranteed solutions, and based in Olathe for over 28 years, they are the preferred dealer for the Rhino Gutter Guard and Gutter Glove guttering systems. Their goal has always been to provide a professional, quality solution and service before your gutters cause other problems to your home. As a second generation, family-owned company, they stake their reputation on their customers satisfaction. For more information to solve a gutter problem or replace your gutters, visit or call 913.780.0381 for a free quote over the phone.

Keep Them S.A.F.E. Trains Children to Survive Abduction

A new area business, Keep Them S.A.F.E. LLC, is working to protect children from would-be child abductors by providing classes to help children identify dangerous situations and resist and escape attack.

Following the kidnapping, rape and murder of an 11-year-old Missouri girl in 2014, Nick Spencer, a father, former Blue Springs police officer, and former United States Army enlisted soldier and team leader, was so devastated by the tragedy that he made it his mission to educate, equip and empower children to survive abduction.

Spencer launched Keep Them S.A.F.E. LLC earlier this year with the aim of training as many children as possible, and potentially, saving lives. The organization, which teaches safety and self-defense classes to children ages five to 13, uses the acronym S.A.F.E. to teach kids how to scan, avoid, fight and escape dangerous situations. All classes are taught by instructors with law enforcement or military backgrounds.

Keep Them S.A.F.E. will serve hundreds, if not thousands, of children across Kansas and Missouri this year, with plans for national expansion on the horizon as additional instructors are certified to teach the program.

More information about Keep Them S.A.F.E. and class registration is available at

Leawood-Based Company Continues to Expand

The Cocherl Family LLC and Heartland Services Inc. have recently begun construction for the third and final building at their campus at 143rd and Kenneth Rd. in Leawood. The groundbreaking celebration was held on August 11 with many employees, family, friends, and community leaders in attendance. The new building will have a “Thomas Jefferson” theme in style and challenge us with the Boy Scout Laws prominently displayed on the entrance pillars.

Heartland Services is the National Service Center for Panasonic. They currently provide the repair for the Toughbook laptops and commercial projectors. “As our business needs have grown, we believe it is the right time to add the third building,” states Patrick Cocherl, president.  “We are proud of our 28 year relationship with Panasonic – starting with the repair of electronic typewriters in the early 1980s. Our new building will only strengthen that relationship. As a good Boy Scout – we will be prepared!”

Area Charity to Assist with Police Dog Support

Most police dogs are cross-trained, so they can track people and drugs. They learn to scent on the ground, for the scent trail that a person leaves, and in the air. Air scenting is important, because that way a dog can sense if a suspect has circled back around to ambush the officer.

The K9s are expected to do all of the disciplines in which they are certified. A majority of the local K9s are certified in narcotics, obedience, aggression, building and area search, article search and tracking. All certifications are completed through the North American Police Work Dog Association.

Going to the Dogs, a new 501c3 nonprofit organization, focuses its efforts on improving the well-being of law enforcements K9s. The Board of Directors for Going to the Dogs works with law enforcement agencies on both sides of the state line to provide assistance for the K9 units. With budgetary constraints at the federal and state level, Going to the Dogs plans to fill the gap when funding is an issue.

Going to the Dogs is hosting their first fundraising event Thursday, October 15 at the Alexander Majors House and Barn starting at 6 p.m. For more information, contact

New Spa Retreat in Overland Park

For seven years, Sunlight Day Spa has been the premier destination spa in the Kansas City metro. With increased demand and fully booked services, they have recently expanded their space located at I-435 and Metcalf. Renovations include additional treatment rooms to keep up with demand for aesthetic and massage services and Sunlighten™ purifying treatments, an ADA accessible treatment room and a couples retreat. The new lobby welcomes guests with a serine, earthy ambiance with a wooded area and waterfall that complements their famous beaded relaxation room. This is a must-see transformation. Get the kids back in school and transcend into relaxation at the all new Sunlight Day Spa. With the holidays around the corner, now is the time to book holiday spa parties and to buy holiday gift certificates.

Partnership Brings Golf to Students

The Shawnee Mission School District and the Midwest Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) are pleased to announce an exciting partnership to bring a new program to Shawnee Mission students.

The Midwest Section of the PGA’s Starting New at Golf (SNAG) in School program will be a part of the Shawnee Mission School District physical education curriculum, in kindergarten through eighth grade, starting in the fall of 2015. Matthew Johnson, director of student activities and athletics, reports that more than 20,000 students in elementary and middle schools have the chance to learn golfing skills through the SNAG in School program.

The program is being funded through a grant from the Midwest Section of the PGA, which will help provide equipment for schools and training for educators. Tom Aikmus, PGA professional at Lake Quivira and Matt Murdoch, PGA teaching professional at Mission Hills Country Club, will serve as task force managers of SNAG in School for the district.

King Louie Repurposed as Arts & Heritage Center

Johnson County’s AAA credit rating helped the county achieve a better-than-market interest rate on the $21,460,000 in bonds issued to fund the new Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center in Overland Park. Slated for a 2017 opening, the former King Louie bowing and ice rink building will serve as the new home for the Johnson County Museum, provide an indoor theater for The Theater in the Park, include space for Johnson County Parks & Recreation District art and culture programming, and become a new advance voting site.

Leawood’s First Gnome House?

While the builder of what may be Leawood’s first gnome house wishes to remain anonymous, he shared his reason for building this miniature masterpiece with Leawood Lifestyle so we could share it with our neighbors:

“I sometimes ride my bike along the trails between Quivira, Tomahawk Creek and south to 103rd and have seen small gnome or fairy houses along the pathway west of Roe. It is not unusual to see young families with their kids enjoying them, wondering who lives in these houses. I had not seen any of these creative habitats in the Leawood area and I thought it would be fun to create something for families to enjoy in Tomahawk Creek south of the 119th street entrance.

As a hobby, I like to work with wood and paint. So I decided to create a homestead from scratch and find a setting that welcomed the new home to the park and be a gathering place that offered something fun for families and residents in Leawood.”