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Inaugural Opal Wapoo Gravel Grinder a Huge Success

The Opal Wapoo Gravel Grinder combined the best of both worlds – a challenging, scenic gravel route that started and ended in a town full of hospitality, Excelsior Springs. The race started and ends during the Waterfest, an annual festival celebrating Excelsior Springs’ mineral water heritage.  Riders were led out of town by a 1953 Johnny Popper (John Deere) tractor, and within a few miles they left pavement and hit the gravel roads and journey through the Missouri countryside.  Riders traveled down hilly, curvy, flat, tree-lined roads, past streams, possibly through streams in a low-water crossing, in an area where the terrain was ever-changing.  The ride continued through the Crooked Creek Conservation area and just as they got used to the rolling hills, the course took riders through the river bottoms past corn fields, down gravel that looked like it touched the horizon.  As they rode back into town, the party was waiting at the finish in the middle of the Waterfest, an annual festival in Excelsior Springs.

The riders were told to be prepared to be challenged – the hills were not for the faint of heart!  There was 5,000+ feet of climb on the 100-mile Wapoo race and around 4,000+ feet of climb on the 52-mile Opal race. These gravel routes mixed in long, gradual hills with short, steep hills.  But what goes up must come down, with an almost equal amount of descent!

The top Male Overall 100-Mile Wapoo finishers who grabbed a podium  blazed the course and even better – set the bar high for future course records. Rob Hall of Smithville, MO placed 1st Overall in 5:03:55. Scott Williamson of Lawrence, Kansas placed 2nd in 5:06:33 and Lawrence Simonson of Columbia, Missouri placed 3rd in 5:06:34.

Congrats to the top overall Female finishers in the Wapoo 100-Mile race! Podium spots went to 1st Place Mikayla Smith of Lenexa, Kansas in 6:48:31. 2nd Place went to Krissee Pitts of Kansas City, Missouri in 6:55:59. 3rd Place went to Nan Lueckert of Smithville, Missouri in 6:58:39.

 

For more race results visit facebook.com/opalwapoo.

June 23, 2018: The Inaugural Opal Wapoo Gravel Grinder

Gravel grinding enthusiasts take note: The Opal Wapoo Gravel Grinder combines the best of both worlds – a challenging, scenic gravel route that starts and ends in a town full of hospitality (and free beer at the finish!), Excelsior Springs. The race starts and ends during the Waterfest, an annual festival celebrating Excelsior Springs’ mineral water heritage.  You will be led out of town by a 1953 Johnny Popper (John Deere) tractor, and within a few miles you will leave pavement and hit the gravel roads and journey through the Missouri countryside.  You will travel down hilly, curvy, flat, tree-lined roads, past streams, possibly through streams in a low-water crossing, in an area where the terrain is ever-changing. Cars are few and far between, and folks will wave at your from their fields as you ride by.  You will ride through the Crooked Creek Conservation area.  Just as you get used to the rolling hills, the course will take you through the river bottoms as you ride past corn fields, down gravel that looks like it touches the horizon.  As you ride back into town, the party will be waiting for you at the finish in the middle of the Waterfest, an annual festival in Excelsior Springs.  The finish line will receive you with a free beer and a bite to eat provided by local businesses.  This of course will only wet your appetite for all the live music, great food and hospitality that Excelsior Springs and its annual Waterfest have to offer.

Be prepared to be challenged – these hills aren’t for the faint of heart!  There is 5,000+ feet of climb on the 100-mile Wapoo race and around 4,000+ feet of climb on the 52-mile Opal race. These gravel routes mix in long, gradual hills with short, steep hills.  But what goes up must come down, with an almost equal amount of descent!  Discover the hidden gems in the gravel roads of Ray County, which twist and curve their ways through classic midwest countryside.

For more details, visit https://www.opalwapoo.com/

Iconic Mayor of Kearney Bill Dane dead at 68

Prime Business Group, KPGZ-102.7FM and the city of Kearney are experiencing a great loss as Mayor Bill Dane, 68, passed away during the morning hours of Monday, April 9, following longstanding heath issues that had him admitted last week to St. Luke’s Hospital on the Plaza.

Dane, who has consecutively been mayor of Kearney since 2001, had long been one of the outspoken and lively champions for the city, propelling Kearney from a bedroom community of Kansas City to an attractive and welcoming city in its own right.

Mayor Dane was a weekly guest on the KPGZ 102.7FM, “Live with the Mayor” show which aired every Wednesday at noon.  The show was a hit among Kearney residents and was consistently the #1 rated show at the station.  Mayor Dane was known for bringing in unique guests who had great historical, and often humerous, insights to Kearney dating back as far as the late 1930’s.  KPGZ broadcasts from its studio in Kearney which sits on one of the highest elevations in Kearney, however, Mayor Dane’s constant reference to the station “broadcasting from high atop the Alps overlooking the great city of Kearney”, became very well known and popular among listeners.

Mayor Dane was always known for his wit and sense of humor.  His most recent splash was at the State of the Cities event this year where in his talk of development and growth in Kearney, he stated, ““We had 125 building permits last year and 44 permits already this year,” he said. “So Smithville beat us but Smithville counts their outhouses, too.”

One of his most recent accomplishments was passage of what will become one of the most defining developments in the city’s history, the passage of the funding via sales taxes for the construction of a second Interstate 35 interchange. Dane was instrumental in the conceptualization, seeking Missouri Department of Transportation funding assistance and voter education on the issue, which passed overwhelmingly on Tuesday, April 3.

Funeral arrangements have not been finalized.  For further updates follow Prime Business Group and 102.7FM KPGZ on Facebook and Twitter.

Sarah Dickerson Photo Announces Limited Mini Sessions

SARAH DICKERSON PHOTO ANNOUNCES MINI SESSIONS!

Three dates are available:

April 29th: English Landing Park, Parkville MO
May 20th: Crossroads (AM) and Liberty Memorial (PM), KCMO
June 10th: Shawnee Mission Park, Shawnee KS

Please email Sarah Dickerson at sdickersonphoto@gmail.com if you have any questions. Sarah is trying to keep as much of her shooting on the mini session dates as possible, but if these dates do NOT work for you and you still wish to book, please contact her for alternate possibilities. If you wish to use a coupon code from a prepurchased session, you may do so! A note: these are still LAST YEAR’S regular rates posted on the site, so snag ’em while you can!

Mini session

40 minutes @ $250.00

30-40 minute portrait session. Client selects 25 favorite images from online gallery for delivery in high resolution, digital format with print release.
Full session
2 hours @ $425.00
90 to 120 minute session, on location (at location of client’s choice within Kansas City metro area). Approximately 80-90 high-resolution, fully edited images delivered on USB with print release.

BOOK YOUR SESSION HERE: https://sarahdickersonphoto.as.me/schedule.php
(or by clicking “book appointment” in the bar at the left)

Full information about the spring sessions available here: http://www.sarahdickersonblog.com/…/spring-mini-session-da…/

SPRING MINI SESSION DATES ARE HERE!

102.7 FM Featured in I-35 North Magazine

102.7FM – KPGZ Welcomes the Great American Sports Show

102.7 FM continues to expand its programming schedule and has recently added the Great American Sports Show to the lineup.

Based out of Kansas City, Missouri, The Great American Sports Network was founded in 2014 by local sports personalities Clint Switzer and Noah Gronniger. The duo began doing their own sports and entertainment related podcasts in the fall of 2012, but soon found themselves on the radio airwaves doing their own 1-hour sports show on KPGZ, 102.7 FM.  Always forward thinking, Clint and Noah decided to launch their very own sports network that would provide high-quality programming, articles, interviews and inside information, free of cost, to fans worldwide. At the Great American Sports Network, they always look forward to bringing first-class guests in the world of sports and entertainment, as well as introducing their audience to a vast array of top-quality contributors. Clint and Noah want to personally welcome everyone to one of the most engaging and interactive online sports experience available today.

Clint Switzer has been involved in sports media for the last four years.  He started out as co-host for “The Sports Horn” which aired via internet from his home town of Clinton, MO. After moving to Kansas City in 2012, he helped form “The Outsiders Sports Show” with Noah Gronniger with heavy emphasis on local and national sports coverage. Some of his finest accolades include: covering Chiefs training camp, interviewing Jeff Pilson from Foreigner backstage at a concert and frequently rapping with former ESPN analyst Sean Salisbury on his podcast. Clint is the co-host of six shows on The Great American Sports Network and is also a senior writer. He specializes in covering SEC Football and the NFL.

Noah Gronniger became a Kansas City Chiefs fan in 1992 and in 1998, he became a Gonzaga basketball fan. He has been an avid fan of both teams and sports ever since. He teamed up with longtime friend Clint Switzer to start their own sports podcast in 2012. He had the idea of asking guests from the sports world to join them to add credibility. He thoroughly enjoys being able to talk to people in the sports and entertainment world that he’s looked up to.  His favorite moment happened when he covered the Kansas City Chiefs training camp in 2013 as part of the media and asked questions during the presser to Head Coach Andy Reid, Quarterback Alex Smith, and Wide Receiver Dexter McCluster. Noah is a senior writer for the Great American Sports network and is a co-host of its six shows.

The Great American Sports show airs every Saturday at 10am on 102.7FM and on www.1027fm.rocks.

Bill Teel Selected to Receive Hospitality Leadership Award.

The recipients of the Hotel and Lodging Association of Kansas City’s 2018 hospitality awards were announced at the December general membership meeting held at the Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa.  These awards recognize an individual’s exemplary leadership, service to the association and community, and their contribution to travel and tourism industry profession.

Bill Teel, Prime Business Group’s Vice President of Accounting and Finance and Executive Director of the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association was selected to receive the prestigious Hospitality Leadership Award.

Teel is originally from Columbus, Kansas.  He earned both a Bachelor’s Degree and an MBA in accounting from Pittsburg State University.  He served as an officer in the US Navy, including two deployments to Vietnam.  After some years of public accounting, Teel joined the hospitality industry, first as CFO (and later CEO & President) of Signature Foods Inc. (franchisor of T.J. Cinnamons); COO of KC Masterpiece Restaurant Group; and co-owner of the Golden Ox Restaurant.  Teel serves as the Vice President of Accounting and Finance for Prime Business Group, is on the Board of Directors of the Navy League of Greater Kansas City, is on the Board of Directors of 102.7 FM in Kearney, and is an ambassador for the Mid-America Inter-Collegiate Athletic Association.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Recognition Dinner on Saturday, February 17th at the Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa.

102.7 FM KPGZ Appoints New General Manager

KPGZ 102.7FM and its board of directors are pleased to announce the appointment of Brian Watts as General Manager. Watts took over station management upon the resignation and departure of Ron Warner on November 20, 2017.  Warner elected to leave the station to pursue other interests.

Watts has been working as a producer, operations coordinator and board member at 102.7FM since July of 2017. He and his family have been Kearney residents since 2001.

“I’m honored to help 102.7FM grow with the city of Kearney”, Watts said.  “This position  gives my family and me a great opportunity to become more connected with local businesses and civic leaders. We are thrilled to provide Kearney residents with a voice to the community as well as a source for local news, sports and entertainment.”

Watts began his radio career in his hometown of Humboldt, Iowa while still in high school. He worked for 91.1 KTPR, a public radio station formerly based in Fort Dodge.  He also produced his own live radio show called Tin Pan Alley which featured tunes from American musical theater productions.

KPGZ 102.7FM broadcasts from the KC Coyote Studios located in Kearney, Missouri.  For more information on the station, please visit www.1027FM.rocks.

Massachusetts General Hospital Frontotemporal Disorders Unit marks 10th Anniversary

The Massachusetts General Hospital Frontotemporal Disorders (FTD) Unit launched the celebration of its 10th Anniversary Campaign with a gala event held at the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Oct. 20, 2017. The evening, named “A Night With the Arts for FTD,” featured a patient and caregiver-centered art show, live ballet performance, auctions and presentations from FTD Unit staff.

Care Beyond the Clinic

Frontotemporal degeneration is a progressive neurological disorder. Individuals with FTD may experience difficulties communicating and making decisions. They may also behave in socially inappropriate ways. In the end, FTD causes dementia and can make it impossible for the person to function independently, including being unable to speak, walk or swallow. Currently, there is no treatment to slow or stop the progression.

The Mass General FTD Unit is a clinical-research program committed to providing the highest level of care to our patients and families. In the past decade, its interdisciplinary team of clinicians has cared for more than 500 patients with frontotemporal degeneration and related disorders including behavioral variant FTD, primary progressive aphasia, atypical Alzheimer’s and ALS. Patient and caregiver-centered programming is not limited to the confines of the clinic space with community-based support groups, educational days and advocacy events as a keystone of the unit’s services.

The FTD Unit was cofounded in 2007 by speech language pathologist Daisy Hochberg and Brad Dickerson, MD, its director.

Seed Funding Through Philanthropy

“Our community events raise awareness, funds and hope that the cure of tomorrow is not so far from the care of today,” said Katie Brandt, director of Caregiver Support Services and emcee for the event.

The FTD Unit was cofounded in 2007 by speech language pathologist Daisy Hochberg and Brad Dickerson, MD, its director.   Dr. Dickerson noted the power of philanthropic dollars to provide seed funding for innovative research and programming that can establish early data and leverage larger grants and federal support for projects within the unit.

“As we celebrate our 10th year anniversary,” Dr. Dickerson said, “I look back and recognize that we are in the strongest position we have ever been in our fight against FTD and related conditions, and it is thanks to the resilience and support of our patient and family community.”

 

-Article courtesy Mass General Giving in Community Fundraising, Medical Research

Welcome to one of the Kansas City area’s first Gravel Grinder Race!!

Excelsior Springs was founded on the healing abilities of its spring water. Opal was a young woman rumored to be the first person healed by the waters, while the Wapoo Tribe was rumored to be the first to discover the healing waters. Once a bustling resort town, Excelsior Springs is now a weekend destination known for its hospitality, wineries, restaurants and local shops.

The First Annual Opal Wapoo Gravel Grinder will take place on June 23, 2018 and will start and end in downtown Excelsior Springs during the annual Waterfest. The winding gravel roads of Ray County are hidden gems for gravel enthusiasts. The course takes you through the challenging hills as well as the river bottoms, and ends to the cheers of folks attending the Waterfest.

We welcome you to join us in kicking off one of the Kansas City area’s first gravel grinder race.

The Opal Wapoo Gravel Grinder combines the best of both worlds – a challenging, scenic gravel route that starts and ends in a town full of hospitality (and free beer at the finish!), Excelsior Springs. The race starts and ends during the Waterfest, an annual festival celebrating Excelsior Springs’ mineral water heritage.  You will be led out of town by a 1953 Johnny Popper (John Deere) tractor, and within a few miles you will leave pavement and hit the gravel roads and journey through the Missouri countryside.  You will travel down hilly, curvy, flat, tree-lined roads, past streams, possibly through streams in a low-water crossing, in an area where the terrain is ever-changing. Cars are few and far between, and folks will wave at your from their fields as you ride by.  You will ride through the Crooked Creek Conservation area.  Just as you get used to the rolling hills, the course will take you through the river bottoms as you ride past corn fields, down gravel that looks like it touches the horizon.  As you ride back into town, the party will be waiting for you at the finish in the middle of the Waterfest, an annual festival in Excelsior Springs.  The finish line will receive you with a free beer and a bite to eat provided by local businesses.  This of course will only wet your appetite for all the live music, great food and hospitality that Excelsior Springs and its annual Waterfest have to offer.

Be prepared to be challenged – these hills aren’t for the faint of heart!  There is around 4,000 feet of climb on the 100-mile Wapoo race and around 2,800 feet of climb on the 52-mile Opal race. These gravel routes mix in long, gradual hills with short, steep hills.  But what goes up must come down, with an almost equal amount of descent!  Discover the hidden gems in the gravel roads of Ray County, which twist and curve their ways through classic Midwest countryside.

For more details, visit https://www.opalwapoo.com/

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