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November 26, 2022 Issue

Congratulations, Amal & James!

Amal S. Gochenour and Dr. James K. Fields were united in matrimony on August 20th at Meridian International Center in Washington, D.C. The bride, born in Kuwait, is the daughter of Helen Gochenour of Sterling, Virginia, and Tatiana Federovskaya and David Gochenour III of Moscow, Russia. Amal is the granddaughter of the late Natiba and […]

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Truman Library Institute – Reception and Ribbon-Cutting

Truman Library Institute held a Reception and Ribbon-Cutting at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum on October 12th. The occasion was the opening of the exhibition, Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors, which will be on display through December 31st. Former President George W. Bush created the 66 […]

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A Toast To Olde Tymes – Louis Edward Holland

Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport is located on Lou Holland Drive. Dr. Wheeler, physician, lawyer, and former mayor, is well-known to residents of Our Town – but who was Lou Holland? He is the man who was largely responsible for the creation of the Municipal Airport in the 1920s.  Nothing about Louis Edward Holland’s childhood […]

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Sheffield Place – Off the Wall

October 8th was the date for Sheffield Place’s Off the Wall at The LEX at Municipal Auditorium. Peter Sunderman and Curt Thomas served as the honorary chairmen. More than 450 supporters enjoyed dinner, drinks, and local art to benefit programs for the homeless children and mothers at Sheffield Place.       Featured in the […]

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Rachel’s Reads – November 2022

The people who give you their food give you their heart.” – Cesar Chavez As the holidays approach and families gather once more, I am reminded again and again that to cook is to nourish, not just the body, but also the spirit. The sharing of food gives pleasure and renewal. Each time we gather […]

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Pathway To Hope – Night of Hope Gala

October 22nd was the date for Pathway To Hope’s eighth annual Night of Hope Gala. The event helped to support the organization’s goal of ensuring that no one has to face mental illness alone.   Featured in the November 26, 2022 issue of The Independent. 

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The Junior League of Wyandotte and Johnson Counties – 2022 Dad’s Ice Breaker

The Junior League of Wyandotte and Johnson Counties held its Dad’s Ice Breaker for the fathers of participants in the Community Ball and Cotillion. Everyone gathered on October 23rd at Dub’s Dread Golf Club to watch football, have some fun – and be fitted for those all-important tuxedos for the big night. (Final score? Chiefs […]

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Palatable Pursuits: Kitchen Must Haves

I have always been “anti-gadget” when it comes to stocking my kitchen tools. I went years without owning a crockpot. Having never been a fan of most recipes prepared in this midwestern kitchen must-have, I finally caved when my second child went through a phase of screaming and crying as an infant in the early […]

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Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri – Tough Cookies

October 27th was the date for Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri’s Tough Cookies. Joni Wickham and Sly James served as the co-chairs. The event brought individuals together in a community conversation with an hour-long presentation about developing strong, resilient, and confident girls in today’s world. Guests enjoyed listening to a teen panel […]

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