Friday Conversation: This is Hilary Graves

If decisions are made by those who show up, this Lee’s Summit resident is ready to make as many decisions as she can. She is a volunteer member of the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s CFMP and Equity teams; the R-7 Board of Education’s Citizen Advisory Committee and the Lee’s Summit leader for Moms Demand Action. This is Hilary Graves.

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Monday morning NewsLink

In this week’s Friday Conversation, Nick sits down with local videographer Chad Godfrey to talk about storytelling and some of the intriguing prospects he gets to create — Including restoration of a 40-plus year-old interview with former President Harry Truman, the 100th anniversary of Drumm Farm and an interview with a 100-year-old WWII veteran.

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Friday Conversation: This is Chad Godfrey

In this week’s Friday Conversation, Nick sits down with local videographer Chad Godfrey to talk about storytelling and some of the intriguing prospects he gets to create — Including restoration of a 40-plus year-old interview with former President Harry Truman, the 100th anniversary of Drumm Farm and an interview with a 100-year-old WWII veteran.

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Three ways to make your voice heard

Every episode begins with “a weekly podcast about what you can do to make a difference.” This week, Jason and Nick are talking about three separate opportunities for residents and business owners to offer their input on local issues, housing development and the City’s future planning processes. Oh, and Nick admits to being really bad at self-promotion.

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Your Monday morning NewsLink

Your Monday morning NewsLink: LS Parks 7 Recreation launches RevUp program, opens youth girls volleyball registration; Downtown LS receives state-wide honor; Dr. David Sharp named new principal at Pleasant Lea Middle School; Six female students earn recognition from the National Center for Women and Information Technology; and two top members of the City’s leadership team have announced their retirement plans.

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Friday conversation: Betsy Cochran's mission to civilize

This week, Jason and Nick take a brief moment to thank and recognize former City Council member Diane Seif, who passed away last week, before breaking down a pair of issues currently facing our community. First, a public spat between the mayor and a District 1 Council member surrounding discussion on the now-denied Allera housing development; and second, a law suit filed last week against the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District.

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Thank you & good on ya. Stop that! And what does this really mean?

This week, Jason and Nick take a brief moment to thank and recognize former City Council member Diane Seif, who passed away last week, before breaking down a pair of issues currently facing our community. First, a public spat between the mayor and a District 1 Council member surrounding discussion on the now-denied Allera housing development; and second, a law suit filed last week against the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District.

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Monday NewsLink: Scholarships; the Stanley Cup comes to LS; LSR7 performance review; awards & more

Your Monday morning NewsLink: Greater Lee’s Summit Healthcare Foundation offers scholarships; the Stanley Cup is coming to town; the LSR7 performance review is released; LSEDC garners an ward; and Summit Theatre Group is gearing up for its first performance of 2019.

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Friday conversation: Local entrepreneur creating support network for women going through divorce

Local entrepreneur Keri Lauderdale Olson stops by the studio to talk about Recovering Cinderella, a new business focused on providing a support hub for women going through divorce. For Olson, who has been through two divorces, the business mission is a personal one and her goal is to provide other women the support she received, but to also provide resources she didn’t find readily available while dealing with her own trauma.

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Don't let your words get mired in the polar vortex

Jason and Nick take a look at the proposed Allera housing development, where it currently stands and how members of the City Council addressed the issues at the previous Council meeting.

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Monday NewsLink: Benefits, events and R-7 Board candidates highlight the news

Your Monday morning NewsLink: Benefit trivia nights for Pro Deo Youth Center and Lee’s Summit Historical Society are coming up; Velocity LS is talking about setting goals; McAlister’s is helping Summit Theatre Group and the R-7 Board of Education ballot is set for April 2.

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Housing, economics, race — How can we better at addressing these issues?

Whether we’re talking about development or our public school district, housing, economics and race are issues our community is currently addressing. But are we doing it in a helpful and effective way? These are difficult issues, but necessary. And as the City begins it’s strategic planning process, which is essentially a conversation about what we want our future community to be, Jason and Nick take pause to ponder how we can all do a better job of facilitating, and participating in, these conversations. By no means does today’s episode provide the answer, but hopefully it will lead to more and better discussions.

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Monday morning NewsLink

Your Monday morning NewsLink: LS Educational Foundation plans its annual Taste of Lee’s Summit event; two upcoming events will support LS Social Services; and what’s a Parks & Recreation Rodeo?

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Friday conversation: City Manager Steve Arbo talks about strategic planning and public involvement

This week, we’re talking about planning. Nick and Jason discuss the City’s entry into a talks with the a private land owner about master planning 4,000 acres of undeveloped land; the City’s strategic planning process; and the recently passed amendments to the City’s comprehensive plan for development.

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It's a planning party, who could ask for more...

This week, we’re talking about planning. Nick and Jason discuss the City’s entry into a talks with the a private land owner about master planning 4,000 acres of undeveloped land; the City’s strategic planning process; and the recently passed amendments to the City’s comprehensive plan for development.

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Monday NewsLink: MLK celebration; a local beer festival; scholarship opportunities and more

The annual MLK celebration is set, as is a popular local beer festival; and scholarship opportunities abound for local seniors… All this and more in your 3-minute Monday morning NewsLink.

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Friday conversation with Rachel Segobia — she's on a life-changing mission and she wants you to join her

This month, we’re spending some time talking about community involvement. This week, Nick sits down with Rachel Segobia, executive director at Lee’s Summit CARES, to talk about the work her coalition does in the community and how others can join their culture-shifting cause and create a better world for the youth in our community.

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There's a public hearing this week, and yes, you should show up and make your voice heard

Nick forces Jason to switch roles and be more of a guest than a co-host. On the docket for the City’s Planning Commission (in which Jason presides as the chair) this week is a public hearing on proposed amendments to the City’s comprehensive plan. The timing of this particular amendment and hearing has been sparked by what has been contentious public push-back on a proposed multifamily development near U.S. 50 Highway and Blackwell Road. On this week’s episode, the duo talks about the process as well as why, and how, residents and stakeholders can make their voices heard.

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