Friday conversation: The Local Foundery

Host Nick Parker sits down with Dave Eames & Ben Wine, local craftsmen and owners of Fossil Forge Design, who are opening a new retail store this weekend in Downtown Lee's Summit. Local Foundery will showcase not only their own creations, but work from other makers and creatives.

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Friday conversation: Celebrating cancer-free and asking 'what's next?'

In a surreal moment, Nick interviews his own wife, Stephanie Parker, to talk about celebrating her 5-year cancer free anniversary and the special event she’s planned to raise awareness and increase early detection. The Live Next cancer awareness event, is set for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 20 at Bridge Space in downtown Lee’s Summit.

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Friday conversation: Shuck family remembers their father & community icon, Ferrell Shuck

Nick sits down with Julie Doane and Beverly Shuck to remember their father, former publisher of the Lee’s Summit Journal and community icon, Ferrell Shuck. Shuck passed away in December 2018 and his family will serve as grand marshal of the Downtown Emerald Isle Parade in his honor.

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Friday conversation: This is Matt Niewald

He’s a community activist and a fourth-generation dentist who is a strong believer in creating healthy habits at an early age. This is Dr. Matt Niewald.

In a new twist on Lee’s Summit Town Hall’s Friday conversations, we’re seeking out as many of Lee’s Summit’s community activists, business leaders and more. In a new segment, we’re calling “I am Lee’s Summit,” we’re looking for the people who make up the vibrant fabric of the community.

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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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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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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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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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This is Craig & Scott Belser

They are life-long Lee’s Summit residents. Their family has been here since the days of Strother. And when you think of burgeoning beer titans, these two brothers may not match the image in your head. And the beer they’re crafting doesn’t follow the same recipes as your favorite brewers, or even those you use in your garage. These are the men behind the gluten free beer brand Bard’s Beer, which will be relaunched across the country in 2019. This is Craig and Scott Belser.

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Grow the circle, grow the giving

Sometimes there are no better community conversations to have than ones focused on people doing good works. This week, Jason and Nick sit down with Eastland Giving Circle board member Christine Foresee and founding member, Jane Stepp. Eastland Giving Circle utilizes annual donations from its membership to award a grant to one organization each year. Foresee and Stepp talk about what drew them into this organization and how it chooses its annual grant recipients. 

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