Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


Dow Tate, left, and National High School Journalist of the Year Julia Poe with her award in Denver. (Photo courtesy Julia Poe).
Dow Tate, left, and National High School Journalist of the Year Julia Poe with her award in Denver in 2015. Tate has mentored a number of journalists who have gone on to distinguish themselves as professionals. (Photo courtesy Julia Poe).

SM East journalism teacher gets another shout out. We already knew SM East journalism teacher Dow Tate is the real deal based on his long list of accomplishments, but 2011 grad Andrew Goble says he owes his career to Tate. Goble is a GQ photographer mentioned in a sidebar about GQ ‘Style Guy’ Mark Anthony Green. In the piece, Goble says he learned more at SM East under Tate than he did at Yale. [From KC to GQ: Mark Anthony Green is ‘Style Guy’ to the world – The Kansas City Star] See “Another GQ-KC Connection” at the bottom of the article.

Sen. Pettey at water park before fatal accident. Kansas State Senator Pat Pettey represents part of northeast Johnson County and her district extends into Wyandotte County to cover the Schlitterbahn water park. Sen. Pettey was attending the elected officials day at the park Sunday but left before the accident that claimed the life of the son of Rep. Scott Scwhab. Sen. Pettey was quoted extensively in The Kansas City Star coverage of the accident. [Son of Kansas lawmaker dies on VerrÜckt slide at Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, Kan. – The Kansas City Star]

Fairway’s Bill Guilfoil, 93, makes another Olympic run. In 2012 we reported on Bill Guilfoil’s attempt to make it as an Olympian in table tennis at the age of 89. Turns out Guilfoil didn’t stop there. He made another run at qualifying for Rio at the age of 93. Guilfoil started playing table tennis – and tennis – at age 13. [93-year-old Fairway table tennis player continues to inspire after 2016 Olympic Trials run – KSHB 41 News]

Mission pool in last week of regular hours. The Mission Family Aquatic Center will maintain its regular schedule through Sunday and then adjust to a modified schedule when school starts on Aug. 15. The 2016 season will end with the Pool Party for Pooches on Sept. 6.

Farmers markets participating in Double Up Food Bucks. It is National Farmers Market Week from now until Aug. 13 and several area farmers markets, including Mission and downtown Overland Park, are participating in a nutrition program this year that doubles benefits for SNAP recipients who purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmers markets.

Prairie Village woman fights denial of insurance claim. Jill Monteleone of Prairie Village was diagnosed with breast cancer in February. Doctors recommended a more conservative treatment than the double mastectomy that she was expecting, but her insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City refused to cover the cost. After an inquiry from Fox 4 News, Blue KC said the denial was an administrative error. [Breast cancer patient fights insurance denial of coverage for radiation treatment – Fox 4 News]

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