Many times I have referred Leavenworth Road Association as “a small town community atmosphere in a big city environment,” with a smile on my face and pride in my heart.
This past week renewed that description. Our annual Ed and Ione Trapp Annual Kid’s Free Fishing Derby is June 8 at Wyandotte County Lake. Let me tell you about Ed and Ione, they believed in kids and fishing, so they put the two together, contacted Wyandotte County Lake and in 1985 this ongoing event became reality.
Ed was a Kansas City, Kan., firefighter, so many of the firefighters became involved and still participate along with our Kansas City, Kan., police.
A normal attendance for this fishing event is 250 Wyandotte County youth from ages 3 to 15 years of age. There are goody bags, free worms and trophies to the registered fishing folks, the youth are asked to bring their own poles, and the younger fishing fans are to be accompanied by an adult.
Now to the reason for the statement at the beginning, referring to our LRA atmosphere and environment.
We may not have the big businesses, auto dealerships, shopping strip malls, grocery stores with bakeries and a deli, and the like, but we have the community-minded residents and businesses that step forward routinely.
This week we had a business owner, one that we were not aware of, call the office out of the blue, offering to help sponsor our upcoming derby. He asked, “What can I do, what can I donate, what do you need?” I mentioned a couple of things that pertained to his business, he answered with OK and how many? I told him we normally had up to 250 youth attend, his reply was, no problem.
This business was well hidden on Leavenworth Road, but not anymore. I invited him to our derby meeting so the committee could meet him, and he attended with offering great support.
This LRA's asset business owner is Greg Trial, owner of Bait Shop in a Box, 73rd and Leavenworth Road, site of the Big Bobber. We have made many connections through this one phone call to our office. Greg will be a big part of our 2013 fishing derby and we hope for many years to come.
Our business owners may have the smaller business front, but I can guarantee they have the big hearts and minds for the community.
Our grocery store, Happy Foods, may not have a bakery or a deli, but O.J. and the employees again are here for us and contribute a lot to our “small town atmosphere.”
We are also adding a new Subway to our “small town.” It will be at the location of the former laundromat at the shopping center, 60th and Leavenworth Road. Plus soon I will be announcing a couple other major new businesses coming our way, and still have a couple that I haven’t made contact with yet, to be able to share their information.
I do need to add that this year the fishing derby will have a couple of new attractions, such as a remote control boat with fish and depth finder, courtesy of member Rick Johnson. Travel down memory lane for the older long time fishing fans, Greg Trial will have his display of antique fishing tackle boxes and gear. See you there.
Our LRA meetings are every second Tuesday of the month, with a pot luck dinner-social hour at 6 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. For more information, call the office, 913-788-3988.
Lou Braswell is the executive director of the Leavenworth Road Association.