Delays in renovating the Weston Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library are nearly at an end, and the library is now open again. The branch closed July 6 and was scheduled to reopen in late summer.

Jacob Wimmer, Capital Improvement Project Manager, said recently that the $400,000 in renovations at the Midcontinent Library Branch at Weston are near completion and the library is now open.

The library was closed for the renovations and the work was delayed as they replaced the roof and sliding glass doors at the entrance of the library. The roof is still a work in progress.

The extensive rains slowed the work progress, then Hurricane Harvey delayed shipment of materials needed from North Carolina.

The library improvements were made possible by the passage of Proposition L in November of 2016. The Proposition for the Mid-Contient Public Library system covering parts of Jackson and Clay and all of Platte Counties raised the levy by 8 cents. The Mid-Continent Public Library system has 31 branch locations spread across Platte, Clay and Jackson counties. This library district serves about 785,000 residents.

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The Kansas City area has had 7.65 inches of rain in October, most of it in the last four days. Combined with rains north of the area, rivers are approaching

The National Weather Service showed the Missouri River inched just past 20 feet at Leavenworth Tuesday morning, and into low areas along the river banks. It is expected to crest at 23.16 feet Thursday, then fall off to 20.7 on Friday. At 22.3 feet water enters Riverfront Park in Leavenworth.

In addition, 2nd Street at the waste water treatment plant in Leavenworth is closed due to high water. Persons should vacate the park to avoid the loss of life and property. On the Missouri side, levees should not be overtopped.

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Rain Dampens Applefest, But Show Goes On

Weston Library Reopens

Missouri River Crests Thursday, Platte River Expected to Flood

The reconfigured entry provides for a seating area in front of floor to ceiling windows. Lynn Collison is shown behind the updated front desk.

“Applefest on the Fly” was how Chairman Pat Egan described last weekend. Rain fell until 11 Saturday morning, dooming the parade. With lightning and heavy rains, the parade was called off at 8:00 a.m. The Model A’s and the horses had already cancelled, and other participants were ready to back out.
After 11, it was cloudy and cool, but the rain didn’t start again until almost 6. Sunday was nearly washed out, but a dry period from about 2 to 5 p.m. brought people in.
“Social media saved the day,” Mr. Egan said. The Chamber was able to reassure people, that although other events in the Kansas City area were cancelled, Applefest was not one of them. “Applefest is too important for the town to call it,” he said.

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Tessa Jimenez shared a corn dog with Paul Johnson during Applefest
Saturday. The Benedictine students came down to spend the day in
Weston. With temperatures in the 50’s, hot food and drink sold well.