County Sales Tax Structure Advisory Committee Expands its Mandate at First Meeting

Trinity Holland of the Platte County Park Rangers 4-H club, Kansas City, Mo., competed alongside 86 other youth from 39 counties at the State 4-H Public Speaking Contest on September 28.
Trinity won second place in the Junior Division, Section 2, with her speech on Leatherback Sea Turtles. Speakers ages 8-18 competed in one of six categories: prepared speaking, technology-assisted speaking, business pitch, extemporaneous speaking, dramatic interpretation and humorous interpretation.

When the Platte County Commission appointed members to a new Tax Structure Advisory Committee, it was: “To make a tax structure recommendation concerning dedicated funding for long term predictable financial stability that prioritizes law enforcement operations and supports parks and stormwater operations and maintenance.”
But at their first meeting Monday night, the committee members signaled they were ready to go beyond a meet and greet time. They had been sent budget summaries for the Sheriff’s Department, the Courts and Prosecutor Office, Parks and Stormwater in advance, but they asked for far more.

No Rain, Irish Gain

“It didn’t rain,” was Michael Coakley’s summary of how Irish Fest was going Sunday afternoon. He looked heavenward in thanks as crowds returned for the last day of the music festival.
In the recent past, rains have kept attendance down, but not this year.
Friday’s events were all inside this year, but Saturday and Sunday were a rolicking good time inside and out for festival goers.

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Mid-Continent Public Library Events

A farm believed to be the oldest continuously operated African American Farm in the United States was recently honored by the Platte County Extension Council
The Pearl Family was announced as Platte County’s 2019 Century Farm at the Council’s annual dinner September 24 at Red Barn Farm.

Trinity Holland

Pearl Farm Honored as a Century Farm

Wins 2nd in Jr. Div. State 4-H Public Speaking Contest


Platte City Branch Events
Adult Programs
Beaded Christmas Tree
Platte City Branch
Thursdays, November 14 & 21, at 6:30 p.m.
Make a beautiful and unique Christmas tree using beads, safety pins, and wire in this two-session class. Each session lasts 90 minutes. There is a one-time, hands-on materials fee of $15.00. Registration is required.
Beyond Cable TV
Platte City Branch
Tuesday, November 5 at 2:00 p.m.
Are you interested in saving money by getting rid of cable? Learn the different devices and services you can use with your internet connection to start cutting the cord today. Registration is required.
Book Group
Platte City Branch
Friday, November 1 at 10:00 a.m.
Read any good books lately? Our MCPL book group members have, and they are saving a seat for you! Come meet like-minded people, enjoy lively discussion, learn which books inspire others, and talk about your favorite books! Call or visit a branch to find out what they are reading next. Unless otherwise noted, the book groups are geared towards adults. Registration is required.
Border Crossings: An Artist’s Perspective
Platte City Branch
Thursday, November 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Monday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m.
Kansas City artist Israel Garcia Garcia discusses his time along with U.S.-Mexico Border gathering found objects for his Border Crossings art installation, his inspiration for creating the exhibit, and its link to Kansas City’s historic Hispanic neighborhoods. Registration is required.
Cloud Storage
Platte City Branch
Wednesday, November 20 at 6:00 p.m.
Cloud storage allows you to save your files online, so you can access them from anywhere at any time. Learn how to store your documents, music, and photos on a cloud storage system. Registration is required.
How Unhappy Employees Affect Your Sales
Platte Valley Bank- Platte City Branch Wednesday, November 13 at 11:30 a.m.
Discover what you can do to achieve sales success while trusting your employees with your business. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for networking, and the program begins at noon. Lunch will be provided. This program is sponsored by Square One Small Business Services and Platte Valley Bank. This program is funded by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Location: Platte Valley Bank- Platte City Branch, 2400 NW Prairie View Road. Platte City, MO 64079. Registration is required.
Family Programs
Hands-On Creative Reuse
Platte City Branch
Saturday, November 9 at 11:00 a.m.
Join ScrapsKC for a creative lesson in reusing and upcycling. Turn old Crayola markers into watercolor paints, a jump rope, and other STEAM projects! Create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece using repurposed materials. (All ages) Registration is required.
Storytime for Preschoolers
Platte City Branch
Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
Visit the Library for an exciting and unique storytime journey. We will explore the first steps toward reading readiness for you and your preschooler. Designed for preschoolers between 3 and 5 years old and their caregivers. (Ages 3 and up) Registration is required.
Storytime for Toddlers
Platte City Branch
Thursdays, November 7, 14, & 21 at 9:30 a.m.
Enjoy this storytime for toddlers as we share the world of books with your child. Parents and caregivers will enjoy a fun and interactive environment with your toddlers that will engage and encourage those next steps into early literacy. Designed for toddlers between 18 and 36 months old and one-on-one caregivers. Program may require parental participation. (Ages 2 and up) Registration is required.
Weston Branch Events
Adult Programs
Beyond Cable TV
Weston Branch
Thursday, November 21 at 2:00 p.m.
Are you interested in saving money by getting rid of cable? Learn the different devices and services you can use with your internet connection to start cutting the cord today. Registration is required.
The Eagles Have Landed
Weston Branch
Saturday, November 16 at 11:00 a.m.
December and January are ideal months to view bald eagles. Join outdoor writer and sportsman Brent Frazee to learn about these amazing birds and where you can see them in the area. Registration is required.
Family Programs
Storytime for Families
Weston Branch
Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.
Come share the early literacy experience with the whole family. Hear stories, sing songs, join in movement activities, and more. Bring the whole family, and make some great family memories at the Library! Designed for families of all ages. (All ages) Registration is required.

At the beginning of the Sunday shows, Archie and Maggie Phillips engaged in sword play, Jeremy held Molly, and Alice Phillips kicked up her heels to the music of Eddie Delahunt (right). This was the first Irish Fest for the Phillips family, from Fort Leavenworth.

Weston • Platte County • Missouri

Irish Fest Fun!