Mental Health First Aid Day planned

Kansas City’s first Mental Health First Aid Day is planned for Thursday, July 10.

Six sites throughout metropolitan Kansas City, including one in Kansas City, Kan., are participating in the event. It is sponsored by the Metropolitan Council of Community Mental Health Centers.

The goal of the event is to teach mental health first aid and youth mental health first aid courses at no cost to more than 250 people. It would be the largest number of people to train at one time in the metropolitan area.

In Kansas City, Kan., a class will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 10 at the Kansas City, Kan., Public School Central Office, 2010 N. 59th St., Kansas City, Kan.

Participants will learn what to do if an adult or child is experiencing a mental health crisis. The course teaches about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, gives confidence to reach out to people in need, and skills to respond to a mental health crisis.

Participants will receive a manual and certificate upon successful completion of the course, and information about accessing local services. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Those who are interested in attending the course may contact Beth Yoder Stein at or Mark Wiebe at

BPU to meet today

The Board of Public Utilities will meet June 4 at its offices, 540 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan.

The work session will begin at 4:30 p.m. June 4, followed by the regular session at 6 p.m.

On the agenda for the work session: general manager update-board update; Kansas Department of Health and Environment loan; and new market update.

On the agenda for the regular meeting: a visitors’ time; lineman certificate presentation; water processing asset management; April financial report; board comments; and general manager comments.

Weather clears today; more storms possible later in week

National Weather Service graphic

Wednesday’s weather will be clearing, mostly sunny with a high near 87, after overnight storms.

Winds on Wednesday may gust as high as 18 mph, the National Weather Service said.

Isolated storms are possible this afternoon to the south of I-70. Any storm that develops could become strong with gusty winds and hail, but most areas will remain dry, the weather service said.

Thunderstorms return to the forecast for the region from Thursday through Sunday, but not all of them will necessarily be in Wyandotte County.

Numerous thunderstorms are expected Thursday mainly from near I-70 southward.

Any severe thunderstorms are expected to stay south of a Paola to Clinton line where large hail and gusty winds are possible.

Additional thunderstorms are possible Friday and Friday night and could again be strong and produce heavy rain across much of the area.

These numerous rounds of thunderstorms could bring additional flooding to the region through the end of the week.