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Local Artist Offers Affordable & Adorable Custom Portraits

Carmen Garlich is a Lee’s Summit wife, mother, friend and incredibly talented artist/photographer/creator. After years of taking beautiful photographic portraits of families, friends and many Lee’s Summit residents, and painting interior murals in homes across town, she is now expanding her creative offerings to include custom watercolor portraits and illustrations. From her little old farm desk on her sunporch, surrounded by her plants and listening to music, she’ll sketch and paint a darling piece of art from any photograph of a special moment, person or thing. The darling, delicate pieces make a precious gift for anyone; they are unique, hand-made and true works of art that will become beloved treasures of any recipient.

Carmen has a bachelor’s degree in art from UMKC. View other examples or place your own order at her Etsy shop:

Payton Shippy Named SCA Student of the Year

Summit Christian Academy recently recognized Senior Payton Shippy as the SCA Student of the Year.  Payton has attended SCA for 10 years and was the Vice-President of National Honor Society as well as International Thespian Society, and was section leader for choir. He was also active in the SCA Theatre Department. Payton is the son of Darryl & Hollie Shippy.

“SCA is truly blessed to have such an outstanding student like Payton,” said SCA Head of School Linda Harrelson. “He is a true leader in all areas where he is involved! We are proud of him and wish him the best at Indiana Wesleyan for his college career.”

New Longview Pizza Place Now Open

When one door closes (which Next Door Pizza did recently), another one opens and in New Longview the Long-Bell Pizza Company recently transformed the corner location and is offering a great new menu that resembles the Longview Farm origins with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients. Co-owners and chefs Jayson Eggers and Aaron Mulder set out to create a place that honors the legacy of Longview Farm Founder Robert A. Long, and the name takes inspiration from the lumber magnate’s business, Long-Bell Lumber Company.

Customers will discover a unique menu with offerings like the Pig & Rooster pizza (chicken, bacon, red onion and spinach) and the Loula (mushrooms, artichoke hearts, bell pepper, tomato and red onion) all served on their own secret-recipe crust baked to perfection with their signature “Mulder Crunch:” crisp on the bottom, soft on top. Other local selections include Jude’s Rum Cakes served with Foos Custard for dessert.

Brain Builders Pediatric Therapy Coming to Lee’s Summit

Mid Missouri Rehab Services, LLC (MMRS) has been providing school-based therapy services for 11 years to many public schools in the area. MMRS has opened a subsidiary company, Brain Builders Pediatric Therapy, LLC, offering occupational, physical and speech therapy services for children between the ages of 4-18. Common diagnoses and symptoms treated at the clinic are autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, Down’s syndrome, fine/gross motor delays, motor planning, poor body awareness, visual motor/processing delays, and handwriting. Please join them Saturday, June 25, for their grand opening at Chipman Commons, 204 NE Chipman Rd. from 1 to 3 p.m. Learn more about Brain Builders Pediatric Therapy and their summer camps starting July 7 – August 2 at or contract Melisa at 816.272.8306 to register by June 15.

Dental Arts Partners With 

Doctors Elias, Opdahl and Bowen of Dental Arts in Lee’s Summit have partnered with the Missouri Mission of Mercy (MOMOM),  a large-scale dental clinic that provides free oral healthcare to patients of all ages who cannot otherwise afford or access care. This 2-day event is scheduled to take place August 12-13 at the Silversteins’s Arena (formerly Independence Event Center). This event is a free dental clinic that looks to help people in our community without the financial means for dental care. Many have severe infections that have become dangerous for their health. The organization’s goal is to help patients attain a better state of health so they can function at a higher level.

Last year in Columbia, Mo., this event served 2,000 local patients and provided over $1 million in free dental care, including general dental services with the exception of crowns, veneers, orthodontics and implants. Over 200 dentists and 80 hygienists volunteered their efforts, and 1,000+ volunteers will assist with this project, including the Dental Art’s dentists and staff. For questions please contact Kirk J. Opdahl, D.D.S. at 816.478.3600.  To volunteer or make a contribution, please visit

LSNHS National Honor Society Beautifies School During Annual Work Day

Lee’s Summit North High School National Honor Society members recently spent an entire day working to beautify and improve their school’s landscaping. During the April 17 organization’s six-hour work day, a total of 49 National Honor Society (NHS) members, assisted by four Underwood Elementary students, completed a service project that will benefit the school now and in future years.

Laura Hillbrand, LSNHS counselor, designed the landscaping project, also locating and purchasing the plants. During the work day, the students were assisted by Ms. Hillbrand; Chuck Stephenson, LSNHS NHS sponsor and physics teacher; and Dennis McFarland, LSNHS custodian. Austin Ahern and Daniel Lewis, National Honor Society members, were project leaders and organized the all-day event.

Working together, the group added 369 plants and 40 large bags of dirt to the school’s outdoor campus. The group also raised approximately $650 to help fund the project through NHS fundraising with additional funding coming from the school.

LSHS Student Honored For Volunteer Service With National Award

Tina Ngo, a student at Lee’s Summit High School, has been honored for her outstanding volunteer service with a certificate of excellence from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards and with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Presented annually by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Spirit of Community Awards honor young people across America for outstanding volunteer service. Certificates of excellence are granted to the top 10 percent of all Spirit of Community Award applicants in each state.

Tina is involved in numerous volunteer activities including serving as a LSHS A+ tutor and volunteering at the Women’s Community Health Fair, flu shot and other health clinics, fundraising fireworks stand, Summer Scholars, the University of Missouri-Kansas School of Medicine, Connections to Success and Lee’s Summit in Action.

LSWHS Broadcasting & Film Students Capture Awards

Lee’s Summit West High School broadcasting and film students recently attended the national Student Television Network convention, held March 9-13 in Atlanta.  A total of 2,700 students from across the country competed with LSWHS winning four awards.

Mackenzie Elliott received first place in the multimedia journalist competition. Stacia Anderson and Mackenzie Wilson received first place in the spot feature competition.

The broadcasting team received third place for overall show in the Crazy 8 contest. Team members included Mackenzie Elliott, Stacia Anderson, Mackenzie Wilson, Mackenzie Moore, Dylan Johnson, Mat Ross, Levi Chrisman, Lauren Dismond, Katie Rasmussen, Maggie Otis, Derek Lathrop, Nick Littlejohn, Bryce Presley, Autumn Black and Danielle Gorman.

The film team members won first place for their documentary in the Crazy 8 contest. Team members included Aubrey White, Isaiah Farr, Jacob Nine, Ben Hume, Josiah Ketterman and Sarah Davis.

Rotary Clubs Collect Shoes 
For Orphans

Lee’s Summit’s three Rotary Clubs’ members have been collecting thousands of new shoes for the annual District 6040 “Shoes Roundup.”

This year the shoes are all going to orphanages in the Central American country of Guatemala. Rotary International District 6040 (all of Northern Missouri and Metro Denver) is working with Dallas-based Buckner Ministries to transport and distribute the shoes. Rotarians will have collected about 300,000 pairs of new shoes, shoe laces and socks for orphans around the world and in the USA during 14 years of participating in the program.

Rotary is known not only for its good works around Lee’s Summit, but also for the good will and human understanding generated by its international service projects like the Shoes for Orphans project. For more information, contact Dan Hall at

Craft Beer and Home 
Brewing Expands

To meet with growing demand, Grains & Taps will move to a bigger location in downtown Lee’s Summit this summer. The 3-year-old business plans to continue their unique concept of housing both a bar and a home-brew-supply retail store in one space at its new location of 10 SW 3rd St., formerly home of Mariam’s Memories.

“Variety has become one of the main desires of craft beer consumers. Our new space will allow us to showcase 24 rotating craft beer taps from local craft breweries as well as breweries worldwide, a big step up from the 11 we have at our current location,” says Brian Bixby, owner.

They’ll expand their offering of beer sold for home enjoyment by offering a large selection of bottles and cans for “mix your own” six packs of craft beer and single bottle take-home sales. Plans include an appetizer menu to compliment the many craft beers available at the bar.

Two-Woman Art Show: 
A Layered Conversation

Two of our own talented local women have combined to share the artistic result of their individual exploration of new ways to express themselves through their art. Jenny Meyer-McCall and Suze Ford are empowered by their inner dialogues and self discovery. They have pushed past the boundaries of their previous identities, freeing them, their voices, and their art. Embracing the evolution that occurs when an artist creates for the purpose of searching for what is possible with out anything to lose.

Their work is showing through August at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, 212 Baltimore Avenue. KCMO 64108. 816.474.1919

A Little Bit of Europe at Summit Christian Academy

Summit Christian Academy (SCA) fifth grade students recently brought Europe to Lee’s Summit as they hosted the annual European Fair. The event provides a fun and interactive way for SCA elementary students to explore and get a taste of Europe.

From Norway to Italy, fellow students and visitors had the opportunity to travel through Europe as the fifth grade students shared cultural dishes and information about their country’s history, tourist attractions, interesting facts and culture.

Established in 1989, SCA is celebrating 26 years of providing excellent academics in a Christian environment to the Kansas City metro area. SCA is an independent, nondenominational Christian school serving 800 preschool through high school students.