August 2015 Around Town 6


Home Grown Goodness from Powell Gardens

Powell Gardens’ newest growing venture has produced an abundant crop of organic tomatoes distributed through select Cosentino’s Price Chopper markets and on the menu at some of the area’s most popular restaurants.

The Kansas City region’s botanical garden started growing organic tomatoes in a high tunnel operation last year. High tunnels are Quonset-style greenhouses heated and cooled naturally without heaters or fans. The seven tunnels at Powell Gardens are each 200 feet long, 16 feet tall and 31 feet wide with 5-foot-tall side walls. Together, they cover 1 acre of ground.

Three additional varieties of “slicers” are in the mix: Red Deuce, BHN 1021 and BHN 589. The BHN varieties were both developed specifically for high tunnels and produce high yields with delicious flavor. The 2015 crop also includes one tunnel each of the heirloom varieties Persimmon, Red Brandywine and Cherokee Purple.

A not-for-profit public charity, Powell Gardens since 2009 has grown more than 2,000 types of edible plants in its Heartland Harvest Garden, which is the nation’s largest edible landscape and a place to help tell the story of food.

Powell Gardens is selling the tomatoes primarily through Cosentino’s Price Chopper stores (currently including locations in Brookside and Lee’s Summit (Woods Chapel and Raintree locations). Several restaurants, including Jasper’s Restaurant, Port Fonda and Lidia’s, also have featured the tomatoes on menus this summer with more to follow, including Rye, Room 39, Chaz on the Plaza, Café Sebastienne and Eden Alley.

Kansas City Selected for 2015 Navy Week

What is it like to be deployed at sea for six months? What new technologies is the Navy currently developing? These questions and many more will be answered in Kansas City, one of 12 cities selected to host 2015 Navy Week, a Navy signature outreach program.
KC Navy Week is scheduled for August 17-23, coincident with the KC Aviation Expo and Air Show, and is designed to provide area residents an opportunity to learn about the Navy, its people, and its importance to national security and prosperity.

“Outreach programs like Navy Weeks are extremely important to ensure Americans outside Fleet concentration areas have the opportunity to connect with their Navy,” says Cmdr. James Stockman, director, Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO). “Navy Weeks allow Americans to meet face-to-face with Navy personnel to increase their understanding that their Navy is a warfighting force, deployed around the world and always ready.”

New Location for Hill Pro-Motion Physical Therapy

Hill Pro-Motion Physical Therapy has moved to 1321 SW Market Street and is proud to announce a new addition to their services: aquatic therapy.  Pro-Motion moved from a 1500-square foot facility to 5000-square-foot facility in town and now offers a private pool for aquatic therapy. The pool is set to open in July and offers three levels of depth to accommodate all patients. This will be the only private practice in Lee’s Summit with aquatic therapy in house.

In addition to Zak Hill’s specialties in sports medicine and spine care, Pro-Motion has also added two new therapists to their staff.  Gary Eichenberger comes on staff offering a rich history in sports medicine and performance training. Amanda McCurry also adds 10 years of experience as a therapist with her specialty in aquatic Therapy and outpatient physical therapy. For more information, or call 816.607.7180.

Pleasant Lea Students Travel to Washington, D.C.

Students learned about our nation’s history and government during a recent trip to Washington, D.C. The students were in the nation’s capitol from June 8 through 11. The school-sponsored trip is funded by the students and their families.

Students attending were Damon Bedenbender, Jake Gabbert, Jesse George, Jonathon Hutcherson, Caleb Ranney, Abby Joers, Daisy Magee, Emma Oesterly, Molly Roller, Grace Buchanan, Bianca Famous, Kenna Neatery, Alexis Weakley, Hunter Weakley, Jack Jennings, Brendan Roberts, Jackson Wells, Jonathan Crance, Curtis Jackson, Levi Magnuson and Trevor Wishne. Adults attending included Kim Desmond, Michelle Jennings, Gay Lamonica, Justin Magee, Janice Crance, Tom Merrell, Angela Wishne and Kirk Wishne.

Rejuvenate Mind-Body Wellness Offers Weight Loss Program

Rejuvenate Mind-Body Wellness Center in New Longview now offers the Lifetime Fat Loss Program. Through genetic testing, this program offers healthy long-term plans catered to each individual. Existing patients have lost between 20 and 40 pounds within the first six weeks.

The Lifetime Fat Loss Program enhances the effectiveness and functionality of metabolism through personalized diet and exercise plans generated from genetic testing. The program, overseen by Dr. Joe Symes, includes an initial consultation with consideration given to health history, lifestyle and weight loss goals. Symes and his staff provide extensive guidance and support to patients throughout the program, carefully monitoring progress, health and safety for optimal results.

“We are proud to offer a healthy, sustainable program to the metro area. It’s exciting to use these tools and watch our clients reach their goals, allowing them a healthier lifestyle for years to come,” says Symes.

For more information about the program, visit

Paddles Up! Staff from the Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic, Carondelet Orthopaedics and Dr. Joel Foster, all divisions of Signature Medical Group, traveled to the St. Louis area in June to participate in the 9th annual Gateway Dragon Boat Festival. The Festival, featuring 37 dragon boat teams each comprised of 20 paddlers and one drummer, raced on a 400-meter course on Creve Coeur Lake in Maryland Heights. The event, presented by the Signature Healthcare Foundation, raised funds for Operation Family Help, an initiative helping parents of children with debilitating orthopedic conditions. To find out more about dragon boat racing and the Gateway Dragon Boat Festival go to

Lee’s Summit Recognized as a Solar Ready Community

The City of Lee’s Summit was recently recognized as one of the first cities in the region to attain a designation as a Solar Ready Community. Lee’s Summit received silver level recognition from the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), which acknowledges the work the City has done to implement best management practices and undertake other actions to facilitate and encourage solar power installation.

Cities and counties may earn bronze, silver or gold Solar Ready Community status, based on the number of actions taken. Raymore and Gladstone achieved gold level recognition; Belton, Lee’s Summit and Liberty earned silver level status. To achieve the silver level designation, Lee’s Summit also implemented a solar permit checklist and linked to MARC’s solar mapping website.

Summit Christian Academy (SCA) is pleased to announce that sophomore Courtney Price-Dukes ranked among the top 60 competitors, making it to the 8th round of competition in Original Oratory at the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) National Tournament in Dallas, Texas. This accomplishment is historic for SCA, as the school has never had a student compete in this arm of speech and debate.

“Courtney is an extraordinary, articulate, gifted, and charismatic young lady,” says SCA Secondary Principal Emir Ruiz-Esparza. “ I am very proud of her. Nothing that Courtney accomplishes in the future will surprise me. I know that she will continue to do great things.”

Fans Celebrate Star Wars at Paradise Park

May 4th has become a day of celebration for Star Wars fans who take advantage of the play on words to revel worldwide in all things Star Wars on that day every year. Locally, fans young and old had the opportunity to participate at Paradise Park and dress in their favorite characters to express their inner Star Wars character and say to the world, “May the Fourth Be With You.” The anticipation of the next movie, The Force Awakens, coming out later this year has fans even more excited than usual.

This Kansas City-based, mother-and-daughter team brings you beautiful and unique tumbled marble tile coasters that feature original photography of city and university landmarks. Their coaster collection features iconic images from Lee’s Summit, Kansas City and surrounding areas, St. Louis, Wichita, the University of Kansas, the University of Missouri, and Kansas State University. Coasters are cork-backed and 100 percent waterproof. The coasters are made in Kansas City and are wonderful conversation pieces for your home and make great gifts. The coaster tiles also can be turned into custom hanging wall art – you pick the tiles, and they’ll create your very own “memory mosaic” featuring a story of places you love. Tiles feature vintage-style photographs of iconic places on gorgeous 4”x4” tumbled stone tile with cork backing. In Lee’s Summit you can find these great items at Cameron’s Home Furnishings downtown.