Kansas City doesn’t make the cut for Republican convention

Kansas City won’t be a finalist to serve as host of the 2016 Republican National Convention, according to an announcement today.

Cleveland and Dallas were selected as finalists. Denver and Kansas City did not advance to the finalist stage, according to the announcement today from the RNC’s Site Selection Committee.

A spokesman said the committee’s decision was based on a thorough review of bids, presentations and visits to each of the cities.

This statement was issued by RNC site committee chairwoman Enid Mickelsen:

“After extensive review the site selection committee has chosen Cleveland and Dallas as finalists for the 2016 convention. Cleveland and Dallas demonstrated their ability to host a phenomenal convention in 2016, and the RNC is excited about the prospect of hosting our convention in either of these great cities. After visiting both cities, I can say to my fellow Republicans that we should be excited for the 2016 convention. These world class cities know how to roll out the welcome mat, and more importantly they have the ability to provide our next presidential nominee a launching pad that will put a Republican in the White House in 2016.

“The committee extends our sincere thanks and gratitude to Denver and Kansas City for their hard work and dedication to this effort. Both teams should be proud of their work. They were great ambassadors for their cities, and we felt fortunate to visit and get to know them. This was a tough decision for our committee because all four of these cities made excellent bids.

“As we move closer to choosing a host for our convention, I’m more confident than ever that we’ll have an outstanding partner to showcase our Party and our Republican nominee in 2016.”

Wyandotte’s social services help out at bike race

Helping at the City of Fountains bike race last weekend at Union Station in Kansas City Mo., were Patrick Sumner, Sherrie Watkins-Alvey, Stephen Alvey and Josie Alvey. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

There was a major bike race that was held in front of Union Station in Kansas City, Mo.
The race is called City of Fountains. Well over 200 bike enthusiasts participated in this event. Bike enthusiasts came from all parts of the greater Kansas City area.
One of the groups that participated in the race was Wyandotte social services based in Kansas City, Kan. What they did was they gave drinks and snacks to the participants who rode in this gala event. Because of the center’s generosity this truly made this event a grand success especially for those who participated.

Several Kansas City, Kan., persons participated in the City of Fountains bike race last weekend at Union Station, Kansas City, Mo. (Photo by William Crum)

Several Kansas City, Kan., persons participated in the City of Fountains bike race last weekend at Union Station, Kansas City, Mo. (Photo by William Crum)

Memorial Day weekend events planned

Several Memorial Day weekend activities are planned in Kansas City, Kan., and the surrounding area.

Some of the events:

Memorial Day Masses planned
Catholic Cemeteries of Northeast Kansas will hold Memorial Day Masses on Monday, May 26, at the following locations and times: Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 38th and State Avenue, Kansas City, Kan., 9 a.m.; celebrated by the Rev. Michael Hermes; liturgical music by Ed Grisnik. Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 126th and Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan., 10 a.m.; celebrated by the Rev. John Riley. For more information and other locations, call 913-371-4040 (Kansas City area); email information@cathcemks.org ; or visit www.cathcemks.org.

Memorial Day celebration planned
Chapel Hill-Butler Funeral Home – Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, 701 N. 94th St., Kansas City, Kan., will have a Memorial Day celebration from 11:30 a.m. to noon May 26. Volunteers from the American Legion Post No. 188 and Chapel Hill staff will participate in the annual Memorial Day Service of Remembrance. Men and women veterans from the U.S. military services will be honored. The event includes a rifle volley, the playing of taps, and placing flags on the graves of known veterans.

Free Memorial Day concert planned in Leavenworth
At 7 p.m. Friday, May 23, the American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City will return to perform a free Memorial Day Concert at the Leavenworth High School Performing Arts Center, 2012 10th Ave., Leavenworth, Kan. The American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City is a 65-member concert band that will present uplifting patriotic music. There will be ample parking with handicapped accessibility. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7 p.m. This is a free concert. On Saturday, May 24, Scouts and volunteers will place flags at more than 50,000 graves at both the Leavenworth National and Fort Leavenworth National cemeteries.

Memorial Day Ceremony to be May 26 at Leavenworth National Cemetery
The Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Road, Leavenworth, Kan., will hold its 128th Memorial Day Ceremony at 9 a.m. May 26. Guest speaker for the observance will be Brig. Gen. Joseph M. Martin, deputy commanding general, Combined Arms Center – Training, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Roads entering and exiting will be one way during the observance.

Memorial Day ceremony planned May 26 at Liberty Memorial
A Memorial Day Ceremony is planned from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, May 26, at the Memorial Courtyard at the National World War I Museum, Liberty Memorial, Kansas City, Mo. For more information on the weekend’s events, visit www.theworldwar.org.

Yoder to attend Memorial Day observance
U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-3rd Dist., will attend the 232nd Memorial Day observance hosted by Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 317. The ceremony is at 11:45 a.m. May 26 at the Vietnam Memorial Fountain, Broadway and 43rd Street, Kansas City, Mo.

T-Bones observe Memorial Day weekend with fireworks
The T-Bones are planning Memorial Day fireworks after the game against Fargo-Moorhead on Sunday, May 25, at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, Village West, Kansas City, Kan.