Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Mayor Joel Marquardt (R) and Greg Smith led the community walk Saturday.
Mayor Joel Marquardt (R) and Greg Smith led the community walk Saturday.

Roeland Park opens trail with community walk. Roeland Park Mayor Joel Marquardt and parks committee chair Greg Smith led a community walk around the new trail in R Park Saturday morning with dozens of city residents following along. Funds for the trail that winds through R Park had been raised by a citizen committee.  During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Marquardt said the citizens had been able to accomplish more than he ever imagined possible from a private group. Smith said more improvements are coming for the park.

Mission Hills woman’s book makes NPR Best of 2014 lists. Mission Hills resident Barbara Stuber’s second book, Girl in Reverse, has been selected for five of NPR’s Best Books of 2014 lists. The book, which tells the story of an Asian girl adopted by a white couple in 1950s Kansas City, was recognized in the following categories: For History Lovers; Historical Fiction; Realistic Fiction; The Dark Side; Young Adult. [NPR’s Best Books of 2014 — Girl in Reverse]

SM North magazine recognized. The SM North literary and art magazine received the highest rating possible from the National Scholastic Press Association. The 2013-2014 Indian Lore Magazine “Electric Sparks” received the All-American Award. Only about five percent of all entries receive the rating.

Victim in fatal accident identified. The Kansas Highway Patrol has identified the victim of a fatal accident in Merriam Friday morning as Dalainya Dauster of Kansas City. The accident occurred on I-35 at Johnson Drive. [Victim of Johnson County fatality identified – Kansas City Star]