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SHNA will meet at 7 p.m. on Feb. 11
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Monthly Meeting on Feb. 11
Monthly neighborhood social scheduled
Know Your Neighbor 

Dates for Events in 2016
Storm spotter training
KCKPD Citizen's Academy
Utility tax rebate information
Homestead Refund information
CERT Training offered
Energy assistance program
Homegrown Reads program
February book recommendation
Days to Note
SHNA will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 in the Second Floor Auditorium at the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library Main Branch, 625 Minnesota.

Monthly meeting on Feb. 11

The Strawberry Hill Neighborhood Association will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 in the Second Floor Auditorium at the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library’s Main Branch, 625 Minnesota. Please note the change in location. The meeting will include guest presenter Rick Beherns, who will talk about the KCK Levee Trails project. General business also will be conducted.  

Monthly neighborhood social scheduled

Our February Social will be from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Dotte Agency, 611 N. 6th St. The social will include coffee and baked goods. Thanks to the neighbors who came to the Happy Hour in January at the 403 Club. We were able to talk about some neighborhood business and issues, but also meet new people and enjoy the company of neighbors. 
Know Your Neighbor
Learn a bit more about Strawberry Hill Neighborhood Treasurer Francie Sachen.
Name: France (Delich) Sachen
Occupation: Retired (after 25 years with the Social Security Administration.
Originally from: Strawberry Hill
What drew you to Strawberry Hill? 
My parents.
“I always laugh at …” Young children trying to roll their "r's" while speaking Croatian.
“I just read …” A Cup of Comfort for Mothers and Daughters
The best advice I ever got: Always be kind to people and you'll achieve your goals.
My sidekick: My son, Steve.
What is your favorite word? Thanks
What is your least favorite word? I
Most recent triumph? Big Christmas sale of the Strawberry Hill Cookbook I organized 30 years ago to raise funds for St. John's School. 

Dates for Events in 2016

The following are dates slated for events held by the Strawberry Hill Neighborhood Association during 2016. Please mark your calendars. If there are any changes, we will work to let you know well in advance. 

 
Storm spotter training and severe weather seminar
From the Unified Government of Wyandotte County’s  ENews Source Newsletter
The Wyandotte County Emergency Management invites you to attend its annual National Weather Service Storm Spotter Training seminar from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at the Kansas Community College's Technical Educations Center (TEC) located at 6565 State Ave. For those who have attended this training in the past few years please note this seminar will be held in a new location and most of the content will be new as well. This interactive seminar is free and open to people of all ages.

The meteorologists from the National Weather Service office in Pleasant Hill, MO will lead the training serminar, which is designed to enhance attendees ability to correctly recognize, identify and and relay information about severe weather. 

Experience shows the counties that most aggresively train spotters and share real time reports with the NWS receive the highest quality warnings for their area. Real time reports are critical to our warning forecasters during severe weather events. For more information contact, Matt May, Director - Wyandotte County Emergency Management at 913.573.6300.
Kansas City, KS Police holds Citizen's Academy 
From Livable Neighborhoods Newsletter
The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department is accepting applications for its Spring Citizen's Academy, which begins Tuesday, March 1 and ends Thursday, April 14. 

The Citizen's Police Academy will be held 6-10 p.m, every Tuesday and Thursday at the KCKPD Police Training Academy on the Kansas City, KS Community College campus.

The Citizen's Police Academy curriculum consists of a mixed format of classroom lecture and practical field exercises in a controlled environment. The classes are instructed by officers working in their respective fields including Crime Scene Investigations, SWAT, bomb squad, and much more.

Contact the KCKPD Training Academy at 913.596.2056 for an application or go to the Police Training Academy and speak to Officer Barajas, who serves as the coordinator and facilitator. Seating is limited and is on a first come, first serve basis.


Utility tax rebate information
From the Livable Neighborhoods Newsletter
The Unified Government offers a utility tax rebate to senior citizens during the first three months of the year. The program runs from January to March 31. For questions or more information regarding the Utility Tax Rebate Program, contact the Unified Government Clerk's Office at 913.573.5260.

Homestead Refund Information
From the Livable Neighborhoods Newsletter
The Homestead Refund is rebate program for the property tax paid by homeowners. The refund is based on a portion of the property tax paid on Kansas resident's home. The maximum refund is $700. Should you have questions regarding Homestead Refund or the Homestead Refund Advancement Program, you may visit the website at www.ksrevenue.org or by calling 785.368.8222.
 
CERT training to begin
From the Unified Government of Wyandotte County’s ENews Source Newsletter
Wyandotte County Emergency Management will hold Community Emergency Response Team training. The training will be held 6-9 p.m. on consecutive Thursdays from Feb. 25 through April 14 in the Emergency Operations Center located in the basement of City Hall, 701 N. 7th St.

There is no charge, but seating is limited to 25 spaces. Parking is free in the pay lot behind City Hall. 

To sign up for the Spring 2016 class, contact Mike Baughman with Wyandotte County Emergency Management at 913.573.6300 or mbaughman@wycokck.org.


Energy assistance program
From the Livable Neighborhoods Newsletter
The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is a federally funded program that helps eligible households pay a portion of their home energy costs by providing a one-time per year benefit. The application period normally runs from mid-January to March 31. Payments will be made directly to the fuel vendor. For more information or to request an application, call 1.800.432.0043.

KCKPL to hold Homegrown Reads Event
From the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library
The Kansas City, Kansas Public Library will hold its second Homegrown Reads Local Author Fari from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27 at the West Wyandotte Branch, 1737 N. 82nd St. The event features more than 25 writers from the Kansas City area. Authors will sell books and read from their works in the gallery throughout the day.

 
February Book Recommendation
The Kansas City, Kansas Public Library agreed to provide a book recommendation for the newsletter. This month's selection is Don Wolf's Croatian Love Story. The Library has copies available to check out and review in house as part of the Library's reference collection. The following is a description about the book from its back cover.

"Long before Don Wolf was born, the outline for a Croatian Love Story was formed in the 1900's. An ethnic neighborhood was the site where determined women and men struggled to build, to educate and to become citizens. These Croatian immigrants formed the strong shoulders supporting cherished traditions as they learned to live in and to love their new country. Don's photographs depict Croatian life both in the United States and in Croatia. His writing preserves generations of memories. This book is a tribute to those who came before and a blessing to those who are yet to come."
Days to Note
February-March 2016
Thursday, Feb. 4 – 7 p.m., Unified Government’s Board of Commission Meeting, City Hall.
 
Thursday, Feb. 11 – 7 p.m., Strawberry Hill Neighborhood Association February meeting. Located in the Second Floor Auditorium at the KCKPL Main Library, 625 Minnesota Ave.
 
Monday, Feb. 15 – Presidents Day. Offices closed at many public institutions including the Unified Government and the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library.
 
Saturday, Feb. 20 – 2:30 p.m., Main Library. Poetry of Black History. Performance by Kansas City area poet Sheri “Purpose” Hall.
 
Monday, Feb. 22 – 5 p.m. - Unified Government of Wyandotte County Public Works/Safety meeting.
 
Monday, Feb. 22 – 6 p.m. - Unified Government of Wyandotte County Administration/Human Services meeting.
 
Tuesday, Feb. 23 – Mayor’s State of the Government Address at 11:30 a.m. at the Jack Reardon Convention Center, 5th & Minnesota. Tickets are $24 and can be purchased online at:  http://sotg2016.brownpapertickets.com/
 
Saturday, March 5 – Strawberry Hill Museum reopens.
 
Saturday, March 19 – Strawberry Hill Museum’s Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. Cost is $6 for adults and $5 for children younger than age 10.
 
COMING UP IN APRIL!
Saturday, April 23 – Strawberry Hill Museum’s First Ever 5K Run/Walk. Registration will be at 7 a.m. and with an 8 a.m. start time. The event begins at the Strawberry Hill Museum Courtyard. Registration will cost $35 and include a t-shirt. Watch the Museum’s site –  www.strawberryhillmuseum.org – to register and pay online.
 
 
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