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Fountains In Our Town – Firefighters Fountain and Memorial

Generations of Kansas Citians would agree that a firefighter’s memorial was an excellent idea. It took a considerable amount of time to create one, but the finished product was well worth the wait. Discussions for a firefighter’s memorial began in earnest in 1968. The city government was receptive to the idea. Mayor Ilus Davis agreed […]

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Fountains In Our Town –  Henry Wollman Bloch Fountain

Henry Wollman Bloch was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in July 1922. He was the son of Hortense Bienenstok Bloch and Leon Bloch. Henry and his brothers, Leon and Richard, were great-grandsons of Betty Kohn Wollman and Jonas Wollman, who was a prominent merchant in Leavenworth, Kansas, during the latter half of the 19th century. […]

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Summer Scrapbook 2020

The residents of Our Town love the summer months, and The Independent delights in sharing their special moments. We are excited to feature many happy celebrations that were held with healthy protocols in place, including masks, social distancing, and temperature taking. Cheers to some Kansas City fun!   Additional photos featured in the September 5, […]

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2020 Kemper Gala – “Ions & Elements: Through the Microscope”

October 10th is the date for the 2020 Kemper Gala, “Ions & Elements: Through the Microscope.” During this year’s event, the exhibition on display at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art will be Elias Sime: Tightrope. Elias takes salvaged electronic components and creates artworks that highlight the effects of technological progress on the global environment. […]

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Fountains In Our Town –  The Meyer Circle Sea Horse Fountain

The Meyer Circle Sea Horse Fountain has graced Kansas City with its presence for nearly a century. Prior to that time, the original statuary, which was made of Carrera marble and dated from the 17th century, was on display in Venice, Italy. J.C. Nichols, the real estate developer, decided that it should be a gift […]

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To Have And To Host – Picnic at the Park

Keep calm and marry on! If the guest of honor leans more towards a bridechilla than a bridezilla, then a Picnic At The Park with a yoga flow session is a breath of fresh air for all. Celebrate the bride-to-be with a little Zen and a lot of love.   The beauty of this type […]

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To Have And To Host – The Happiest Of Hours

Newly-engaged couples are some of the happiest humans out there. When you’re living the in-love life, every hour is happy! One of my favorite parties to host is a Happiest Of Hours couple’s shower. I have always been a fan of attending and throwing a party that celebrates the marriage of a couple and includes […]

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To Have And To Host – Bubbly Bridal Brunch

Bubbles and brunch go together like eggs and bacon, the perfect pairing for the perfect celebration. Gathering the bride’s favorite gals or wedding party for an intimate brunch filled with laughter and love is truly what wedding celebrations are made for. A morning that fills the blushing bride’s cup (or champagne flute!) to the top […]

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A Few Of My Favorite Things By Heather N. Paxton 

In fourth grade, one of our assignments was to write a poem about a month. I chose June. The exact version is lost, but here’s what I remember:  In June, girls become wives And start all new lives But I shall stay the same And not change my name.  (Yes, I was a curmudgeon even […]

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