Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Foreign exchanges students and Prairie Village natives celebrated at a reception last week. Pictured are: (back row, from left) Kyle Baker (Student member, PV Council), Frederick Meis (Belgium), Don Agani (Kosovo), Fredi Felber (Germany), Gabe Altenbernd (Student member PV Council), Council member Jori Nelson, (front row, from left) Sandro Abramishvili (Republic of Georgia), Bailey Riecker (Student member PV Council), Debbie Butas (Student member PV Council), Philina Sorge (Germany)
Foreign exchanges students and Prairie Village natives celebrated at a reception last week. Pictured are: (back row, from left) Kyle Baker (Student member, PV Council), Frederick Meis (Belgium), Don Agani (Kosovo), Fredi Felber (Germany), Gabe Altenbernd (Student member PV Council), Council member Jori Nelson, (front row, from left) Sandro Abramishvili (Republic of Georgia), Bailey Riecker (Student member PV Council), Debbie Butas (Student member PV Council), Philina Sorge (Germany)

PV recognizes foreign exchange students and host families. Prairie Village recognized its current class of foreign exchange students last week. Each year, the Prairie Village Sister City Committee hosts a reception for students from foreign countries currently living and studying in Prairie Village. The current crop of students includes youth from Germany, Belgium, Kosovo and Georgia.

Sale of Village Shops, Fairway Shops and Corinth Square to First Washington closes. The sale of the Village Shops, Fairway Shops and Corinth Square by Landmark Retail Properties to Maryland-based First Washington Realty closed late last week. A representative in the Johnson County Appraiser’s office said Monday that the sales price had not been recorded with their office at this point.


Rep. Rooker featured in KCUR interview. KCUR reporter Sam Zeff interviewed Fairway-based Kansas Rep. Melissa Rooker for the first installment of the station’s new “Statehouse Blend” series, featuring Kansas City area legislators. Rooker discusses her experiences working on school funding issues in the capitol and her moved back to Kansas after years working in the film industry in Los Angeles. [Statehouse Blend: Meet Melissa Rooker From Fairway, Kansas — KCUR]

Mission-based Walz Tetrick unveils “Forever Royal” campaign. Walz Tetrick, the Mission-based ad agency whose creative billboards attracted national attention the past two seasons, this week unveiled its follow up campaign for the 2014 American League Champions. The “Forever Royal” campaign features a mix of radio, television, display ads and more sweet billboards. [Walz Tetrick capitalizes on fan loyalty with ‘Forever Royal’ campaign — Kansas City Business Journal]

Shawnee Mission School Board calls special meeting.  The Shawnee Mission School Board is holding a special meeting Monday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 a.m. in the board room at the administration building. The agenda has not been released yet.

“La Cage Aux Folles” wins Best Show Barney. The Barn Players Community Theatre in Mission held its annual Barney Awards for the best performances of its past season. The Barn Players had 278 people who worked on 11 productions in 2014. The awards were presented by Vida Bikales, president of the theatre group. Barney Awards for the 2014 season included: Best Show “La Cage Aux Folles” – Best Director Darren Sextro for “August: Osage County” – Best Actor Dudley Hogue in “La Cage Aux Folles” – Best Actress Anita Meehan in “August: Osage County” – Best Supporting Actor Jake Leet in “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” – Best Supporting Actress Courtney Desko in “August: Osage County” – Favorite Cameo Performance Peggy Mall in “Folles” – Best Musical Director Martha Risser for “La Cage Aux Folles” – Best Ensemble Cast “Hair” and Best Technical Achievement Bill Wright (set) “Noises Off”. The volunteer of the year was Alecia Stultz, The theatre group was founded in 1955 by Earl Altaire. The 60th anniversary season opens Feb. 27.