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John Wolfe Joins Koenig Team

Koenig Building and Restoration is pleased to announce the addition of John Wolfe to their team. Wolfe brings more than 30 years of experience in home remodeling to the company. He formerly co-owned a prominent, high-end remodeling company that worked extensively in Mission Hills and the Ward Parkway corridors. He enjoys helping clients achieve their goals, and exceeding their expectations by placing emphasis on attention to detail and excellent communication during the project. Wolfe holds a business degree from the University of Kansas and Certified Remodeler (CR) and Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP) designations from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).

Koenig Building and Restoration specializes in residential teardown/rebuilds, and large remodeling/whole home restoration projects primarily in northeast Johnson County.

Their projects are built with expertise and quality craftsmanship, while respecting the character of the neighborhood. They are committed to making dream homes become a reality.

Bubble Soccer Tournament 
to Benefit Hillcrest

Shawnee Mission East High School will host the 2nd Annual Hillcrest Hero Bubble Soccer Tournament on Saturday, April 9 from 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. The tournament benefits Hillcrest Transitional Housing, a non-profit dedicated to bringing homeless families and youth into self-sufficiency. About 32 teams will compete in a double elimination challenge for ages 14+ for the grand prize of a night out at Escape KC. Teams are assigned times upon entry at: Individual tickets are $20 and teams are $200.

Teams are encouraged but not required to raise funds. Prizes are given to teams raising $500, $1000 and the most money earned. The children’s area will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a zorb and bubble suits for their enjoyment. Concessions and raffles will be available with gift cards to Ifly, Escape Kc, Olive Garden, Live Fit,  Schlitterbahn and more.

Lifestyle Publications, the company that brings you Leawood Lifestyle, is proud to sponsor this event.

The Attractive Trap: Local Author Tackles Toxic Relationships

The face of an unhealthy relationship can take many forms — controlling behavior, physical or mental abuse, manipulation and more. And for the many women trapped in these relationships, getting out can seem impossible. Local author and well-known coach and business strategist Teresa Carey tackles this tough subject with empathy and action-oriented practical insights in The Attractive Trap.

The Attractive Trap, available on Amazon, offers up vivid, real-life accounts of women caught in unhealthy relationships. Each woman’s story spans the entirety of her relationship — from the early promise of hope tempered by apparent signs of abuse, to the gradual realization of its destructiveness, and ultimately to freedom from the trap.  Carey complements the vignettes with perceptive insights and advice on recognizing the signs of an unhealthy relationship, and how to take steps to move beyond it.

“It can be so easy to find ourselves trapped in a destructive or abusive relationship,” says Carey. “The signs may be there, but it’s easier to justify or ignore the behavior of a partner than it is to delve deep and face the reality of what the relationship has become. My deepest hope for anyone in that situation is to have the insight to know she is caught in a place of deceit and that she deserves better. That awareness will enable her to work to a new place of freedom, move forward and eventually recognize how to in some way use the pain to help others.”

Leawood Fire Department Earns Impressive Accreditation

The Leawood Fire Department (LFD) recently received a unanimous vote for accreditation by members of the Commission on Fire International (CFAI). The LFD had been working towards this goal for approximately three years.

This accreditation not only reflects well on the Fire Department since it took hard work at all levels but on the City as a whole since the evaluation included critical infrastructure such as governing body support, city administration, human resources, finance, public works maintenance, etc.

There are more than 30,000 recognized fire departments in the U.S. with more than 10,000 of those utilizing paid personnel. The LFD joins a very select group of accredited departments as there are only now 218 in the world. Seven of those are in Kansas and four are in Johnson County.

To maintain accredited status, The LFD is now required to submit an annual compliance report and will repeat the entire process every five years. Progress and growth must be shown. Accreditation is a continuous process of improvement, not a one-time project.

Food From the Bar

What do you call hundreds of our area’s most prominent lawyers helping our local food pantries? Food from the Bar!

Join the legal community to fight hunger April 1 through April 29. “Food from the Bar” raises donations for Cross-lines food pantry. Among those uniting to fight against hunger are: Berson Law Group LLP, Foulston Siefkin, LLP, Beam-Ward, Kruse, Wilson, & Fletes, LLC, Jackson & Wade, LLC, Walden & Pfannenstiel LLC, the Missouri Federal courthouse, and Kansas Women Attorneys Association. Help guarantee full stomachs for our children and elderly. To donate or learn more information, contact Susan Berson at

Blue Valley North Student Named 
Coca-Cola Scholar

One Blue Valley student’s mission to serve her community and excel in the classroom has earned her national recognition and a $20,000 scholarship. Blue Valley North senior Gracie Schram was selected as a 2016 Coca-Cola Scholar, a program that recognizes graduating high school seniors for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on school communities. Schram is the only scholar to be named in the state of Kansas, joining 149 other scholars selected nationwide.

“The entire Blue Valley North community is so proud of Gracie,” said David Stubblefield, Blue Valley North principal. “Gracie’s passion for helping others, along with her high intellect and musical talents, make her very deserving of this outstanding recognition.”

An aspiring musician, Schram has used her music platform to raise more than  $40,000 through CD sales profits to benefit her humanitarian work. She has traveled worldwide with programs like the Global Orphan Project to build an orphanage in Haiti, and Children International to help fund a home in Colombia. In middle school, Schram was selected as a national Top 10 Prudential Spirit of the Community Award winner and has received the Presidential Community Service Award for the past three years. Schram serves as a speaker and volunteer for more than 15 nonprofit organizations in addition to pursuing a career in music, maintaining a 4.45 GPA and participating in multiple school activities.

2016 Arti Gras A Success

The Leawood Foundation and the Leawood Arts Council were thrilled by the success of the fifth annual Arti Gras Juried Art Show.  The show was not only a great success in the number of attendees but most importantly in the support from the art community.  The 82 local artists submitted an impressive body of 120 works that included many styles and mediums. The Arts Council was honored to host guest juror Suzann Geringer, instructor of art classes at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of art since 1989.

Best in Show
 Jean Cook 
Juror’s Choice
 Julia Cohen 
First Place, Photography
 Luke LeTourneu 
First Place Drawing & Painting 
 Denny Dowdy 
First Place, 3 Dimensional 
 Alynn Jackson

Proceeds from the event go to the Leawood Foundation to fund 2016 projects including a new “all inclusive” playground for City Park.