Affordable Care Act open enrollment ends Saturday

Open enrollment for Affordable Care Act (ACA) Healthcare 2019 ends Saturday, Dec. 15.

The Community Health Council (CHC) of Wyandotte County is available, free of charge, to help individuals and families living in Wyandotte County who are seeking health insurance and need help to navigate the 2019 Marketplace.

“We help educate people and find a plan that best fits their needs,” said Molly Moffett, Kansas Assisters Network and Project Director Community Health Council of Wyandotte County. “It’s especially important now with new plans coming out that don’t meet ACA guidelines.”
There are five things CHC wants individuals and families to remember:

  1. The ACA still exists
  2. New non-ACA plans may not cover pre-existing conditions or other basic healthcare service
  3. You can still get help paying for insurance
  4. Free local help is available
  5. Open enrollment ends Dec. 15, 2018

Last year, ACA policies were purchased by 5,735 Wyandotte County residents. Approximately 600 people were assisted by CHC during open enrollment.

To schedule an appointment, call 913-735-9008 or book an appointment online at Assistance is available in English or Spanish weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and evenings and Saturdays on demand.

Deadline for Rotary scholarship applications is Dec. 25

The deadline for Village West Rotary scholarship applications will be Dec. 25.

The Village West Rotary Club is offering four $1,000 scholarships for current full-time college or tech school students who have graduated from a Wyandotte County high school.

The scholarships are intended to help college and technical students who need funds to stay in school to continue and finish their education.

The applications and accompanying documents must be emailed to the Scholarship Committee by Dec. 25.

Decisions on the four awardees will be made by Jan. 9, 2019, and paid directly to the school. For an application or more information, email

The Village West Rotary is part of the international Rotary organization. Individual clubs and members work on projects on the local, regional and international level to help people with basic needs and to further their opportunities. The Village West Rotary Club offers the above-mentioned scholarships, has helped with funding for organizations like PACES and CLJ Foundation, provides food from a Community Garden to CrossLines, helps provide water filtration systems for Central American countries and donates money for emergency needs throughout the country.

The Village West Rotary meets on the first and third Thursdays at Famous Dave’s BBQ at Village West at 7:15 a.m. For specific meeting dates, times and programs go to

  • Information from Cindy Cash

New walking trail at Grinter Place is the result of many volunteers’ efforts and grants

Commissioner Melissa Bynum, center, cut the ribbon for the new Grinter Place walking trail. From left to right were Jerry Grey , president of Grinter Place Friends; Alec Tillery, Grinter Place Friends Board member; Melissa Bynum, UG commissioner; and Tom Burroughs, UG commissioner. (Photo from Grinter Place Friends)
An aerial view of the Grinter Place walking trail. (Photo illustration from Grinter Place Friends)

Since 2016, the Grinter Place Friends Inc. had a vision to install an asphalt walking trail on the grounds of the state museum at K-32 and South 78th Street in Kansas City, Kansas.

The initial Walking Trail Committee consisted of Jerry Grey, Don Jolley, Adam Tillery and Alec Tillery. Support was also provided by Bill Nicks, the site director of the Historic Grinter Place house.

Once the project gained ground, the entire Grinter Place Friends Board contributed ideas towards the trail project.

The entire cost of the walking trail project totaled over $40,000. To help raise these funds, applications for grants were completed. The primary grantwriters in this process were Alec Tillery, Adam Tillery and Leona Sigwing.

Grants and donations towards the walking trail project came in from the J.B. Reynolds Foundation (applied for by Don Jolley), Praxair, Inc. (applied for by Angelia Slaughter), the Council of Clubs of Kansas City, Kansas (applied for by Louise Crable) and the majority of funding came from the “Unified Government – Hollywood Casino Grant Fund” (applied for by Alec Tillery, Adam Tillery and Leona Sigwing).

Before laying the asphalt trail, there was a significant amount of overgrowth to be dealt with. The Safety Tree Service removed the abundance of overgrowth and converted it into a wide open pasture. The asphalt trail work was completed by Dave’s Plus Construction in Basehor, Kansas.

The finished asphalt trail includes recycled materials. It is approximately 1,500 feet in total length. The path is not completely flat. There are slopes to help increase the level of exercise. Since it is asphalt, it is much safer for those users that may have mobility challenges.

The trail has the option for laps. One lap around the trail can be completed in less than 10 minutes by the average walker. The average walker can also achieve 600 steps in this one lap if counting footsteps (or using a Garmin or Fitbit tracker). In one lap, the average walker can burn about 30 calories. If an average walker spends 30 minutes walking the trail, he or she could achieve 5 laps, 7,500 feet traveled, 3000 steps, and 150 calories burned in this short time.

Future enhancements soon to come will be a picnic area and signage along the trail. This signage will be dual purpose – distance marking and educational.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the trail was held Saturday, Nov. 10. While the Grinter Place Museum is closed for the winter, the walking trail will remain open for public use.

The purpose of this trail is for exercise and learning about nature and history. The trail area provides an ideal platform for local Scout troops. One scout, Ethan Wolf, achieved his Eagle Scout status by building two wooden benches that are now featured as “rest stops” along the trail.

Also, the Grinter Place Friends have partnered with a local Google Earth Trainer named Scott Lemmon. Lemmon is using top-of-the-line photography equipment to implement Digital Mapping tools through Google Earth. Examples of a few of these Digital Mapping tools include 360 Degree imagery, Virtual Reality and links to published history regarding the Historic Grinter Place site built in 1857. This way, an interested party can view imagery of the trail area through their online connection. The new website of will host much of these Digital Mapping tools.

The signage and Digital Mapping tools should be ready in spring 2019. Adam Tillery and Alec Tillery of the Grinter Place Friends have designed promotional pieces for this project.

  • Information from Alec Tillery, Grinter Place Friends
The new Grinter Place walking trail is on the property of Grinter Place, a state museum at K-32 and South 78th Street in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo from Grinter Place Friends)