Letter from the Editor

The holiday season is upon us, and the spirit of giving is in full swing. This time of year can carry so many wonderful memories and is often a time to celebrate long-time family traditions and make new ones. For some, however, this time of year can be hard to get through for a variety of reasons. There are so…

December 2017 Around Town

On July 31, two Blue Springs South students, Grant Wall and Ryan Dykhouse, played 54 holes to raise money for The Stephanie Vest Foundation. This event was created by Grant, a junior on the Blue Springs South golf team, as a way to create community awareness for his favorite charity. In one day, more than $3,790 was raised for this…

Fashion for the Holidays

 Style Edit - All that Glitters  Shine bright this holiday season in gold, silver or just about anything that glitters. Metallics are all the rage at the moment, so electrify your look with these flashy statement pieces. 


Dick and Kay Biery have long enjoyed life in Kansas City—the arts, the culture and the architecture. Now that they are retired and ready for new adventures, keeping up their large home near the Plaza has become increasingly time-consuming.

Four Ways to Manage Holiday Expenses

From gifts to food to seasonal events, holiday spending can add up quickly. It can be hard to stay on top of a budget in the flurry of holiday celebrations. But it is possible to celebrate and give generously without going into debt. Here are four ways to plan for this year's holiday season and avoid those last-minute impulse purchases…

Little Warrior Princesses

It’s still difficult for Robin Wahrenbrock to talk about her twins' birthday without tearing up. The Lee’s Summit resident remembers doc tors coming into her dark hospital room when they thought the babies might arrive at 22 weeks and talking to her about statistics, trying to be comforting, but not offering much hope. When the babies did arrive via emergency…

Bringing Santa to Seniors

The holiday season is the time of year when families draw closer, warmth is shared and smiles blossom into memories and love. For many seniors, this time of year shines brighter due to the giving spirit of Home Instead Senior Care. Alana L. Titus, licensed clinical social worker, licensed master social worker, is director of operations, and in 2003, the…

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar & Honey

1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, halved, 
stems and ragged outer leaves removed*
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
Chopped pecans—optional

Victorian Gardens 

Winter blues do not have to get you down. Brighten up with crisp greens, soft cotton whites and cool blues. Keep it simple. To decorate your centerpiece, use the scents and smells of the season. A nix of woodsy evergreens, refreshing eucalyptus and boxwood can be picked up at Christmas tree farms or anywhere local that sells fresh trees. We…

Fun and Functional Decorating Brightens Lake Home

On a quiet autumn day, Joan Walker’s family home is beautifully reflected in the serene waters of Lakewood in Lee’s Summit. But on any given summer afternoon, the lake is alive with family and friends enjoying their backyard liquid playground. It is that fun and lively spirit that Joan wants to be reflected inside her home.