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First Call Alcohol/Drug Prevention & Recovery – Message in a Bottle

September 17th was the date for First Call Alcohol/Drug Prevention & Recovery’s third annual Message in a Bottle: A Celebration of Healing at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial. Lena Price and Tom Cohen were the chairmen of the event which featured keynote speakers and best-selling authors David Sheff and Nic Sheff. 

Also featured in the November 16th issue of The Independent
Photo Credit: Jenny Wheat Photography

9949 Hugh O'Donnell, Mary Frances Cunningham, Dana Posten
Hugh O’Donnell, Mary Frances Cunningham and Dana Posten
9959 Tom Cohen, Julie Smart, Robbie Smart
Tom Cohen, chairman; with Julie Townsend Smart and Robbie Smart (out of camera range) Lena Price, chairman
9933 Darrell Dryer, Cheri Dryer, Haylee Kelley, Brady Kelley
Darrell and Cheri Dryer with Haylee and Brad Kelley
9936 John Butler, Ruth Brackney, Patrick Concannon, Tracey Concannon
John Butler, Ruth Brackney and Patrick and Tracey Concannon 
9937 Flossie Pack, Andrea Pack, Leah Pack
Flossie Pack, Andrea Pack and Leah Pack
9940 Tom & Lauren Mitchelson
Tom and Lauren Mitchelson



Fountains In Our Town – The Children’s Fountain

Anita B. Gorman, a resident of the Northland, became the first woman to be a member of the Kansas City, Missouri Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners in 1979. She…

Empowering Women By Anne Potter Russ

Finding employment and keeping employment are challenging enough tasks. When women in our community add in the stress of starting a new business or trying to navigate the repercussions of…

Fountains In Our Town – William Volker Memorial Fountain

William Volker was born in 1859 in Germany. He came with his family to the United States in 1871, and he settled in Kansas City in 1882. A newspaper advertisement…

Art Scene – Onnissia

Twenty-seven-year-old Onnissia (pronounced oh nee see yuh), born in South Central Los Angeles, became interested in art when she was seven years old. “I was told by everyone that I…