Sunny skies ahead for St. Pat’s Day

Is it spring or is it winter? These bulbs in Kansas City, Kan., seem a bit confused about the season — and have decided to come up in winter. Spring officially begins Thursday, March 20. The high could be 57 degrees Monday, March 17.

Sunny skies are forecast today for St. Patrick’s Day.

The high will be 57 with clear skies, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures were 24 degrees at 8 a.m.

A south wind of 7 to 16 mph will gust as high as 24 mph today.

With warmer temperatures and windier weather, there will be an elevated fire danger this afternoon, according to the weather service.

Light rain is possible Tuesday night. To the north of the Kansas City area, snow is possible Tuesday.

Providence YMCA-Ball Family Center receives grant for cancer survivor program

More cancer survivors will have access to a wellness program at the Providence YMCA-Ball Family Center, 8601 Parallel Parkway, thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Dr. Prem Reddy Foundation.

The grant will fund four 12-week sessions of the Y’s cancer survivor wellness program available to any adults who have received a cancer diagnosis.

The small-group program is provided free to participants. It supports the increasing number of cancer survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to their normal life or their “new normal.”

“Promoting health in body, mind and spirit through exercise and education is at the core of the Y’s mission,” said Bill Blunck, executive director of the Providence YMCA-Ball Family Center. “We are grateful to the Dr. Prem Reddy Foundation for helping us further that mission and most importantly for helping us provide a program that allows cancer survivors to thrive.”

Program participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to safely achieve their goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem.

By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, the program helps people move beyond cancer. Medical studies have shown that moderate levels of appropriate physical activity can reduce fatigue, boost self-esteem and improve muscle strength and physical endurance in individuals following cancer treatment.

Dr. Reddy, who came who came from an impoverished background to become a cardiologist in California, is the founder and chairman of Prime Healthcare Services. Prime specializes in buying financially distressed hospitals and turning them around. Prime Healthcare now owns and runs 23 hospitals across the country, including Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., and Saint John Hospital in Leavenworth, Kan., which were purchased from the Sisters of Charity Health System in April 2013.

Dr. Reddy and his family founded the Dr. Prem Reddy Family Foundation, a nonprofit foundation that has donated millions to various charities, including those that support health education, college scholarships, public healthcare education and free community clinics.

Additionally, the Prime Healthcare Foundation was founded and entirely funded by Dr. Reddy and his family with current assets of over $700 million.  It owns six nonprofit acute care hospitals both in California and Texas, which are considered community assets.

I-70 tower lighting replacement project underway in Wyandotte County

Tower replacement

A project is underway to replace the tower light poles located along I-70 from 38th Street to 10th Street in Kanas City, Kan.

Crews will install new tower lights at the I-70 interchanges to replace the existing tower poles which are dated and worn.

Work is taking place during daylight hours, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The majority of the project work will take place beyond the shoulders on the highway right of way along I-70.

There may be occasional lane and shoulder closures between the non-peak times of 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or during the evening hours, Monday-Friday.

Drivers should expect minimal delays throughout the project duration.

Updated daily traffic information for this project can be viewed online at:

The Kansas Department of Transportation urges all motorists to use caution driving through the project work zone.

Fulsom Brothers, Cedar Vale, Kan., is the primary contractor on this $495,000 tower lighting replacement project.

The overall project is scheduled to be completed in late May 2014, weather permitting.