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The Liberty Parks and Recreation Department has been working to bring the community together for the Team Up to Clean Up Liberty Parks. On Feb. 17, a handful of community members and city staff united to clean up Ruth Moore Park, 401 Grover St.

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LIBERTY — On Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 and 15, visitors to Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary, 407 N. LaFrenz Road, can help count birds for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. On Friday, the event goes from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday's time is 9 a.m. to noon.

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It’s a sad time, … duck season has ended. I can switch to something else quickly if the weather stays nice enough to make the walleye begin to move earlier. The past week was one of great enjoyment to me as my old Labrador and I walked miles of river, jump shooting mallards and gadwalls from…

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SMITHVILLE — Smithville firefighters rushed to Smithville Lake at about 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, after coyote hunters called about drowning deer that fell through the ice.

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LIBERTY — The City of Liberty’s Preservation and Development Commission is accepting applications for the 2020 Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program. This matching program allows residents to identify priorities for their neighborhood and undertake the enhancement project together.

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I am amazed at the great increase in the number of “large-species” birds. Back in the fall there were thousands of huge white pelicans in the Ozarks. Most likely there are ten times as many pelicans today as there were a hundred years ago. I could write a whole column about pelicans, a fasci…

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Once a newspaper editor asked me if I ever tweeted! I told her, “Shucks ma’am, I can’t even hardly whistle.” She laughed at me, and I didn’t know why.

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LIBERTY — About 15 residents whose houses are near or border Bennett Park are opposed to a proposed 1.5-acre dog park addition in the park, located at 1100 N. Clayview Drive.

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I don’t know how many times I have sat down in these woods on my neighbor’s farm. Most of those times I have been here hunting deer or wild turkey. A time or two I have carried only my camera.

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In a season full of traditions, cities in the Northland are maintaining a tradition of their own by once again offering free Christmas tree recycling.

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SMITHVILLE — In its silver year, Eagle Days land for the 25th time from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, and from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, at Paradise Pointe Golf Complex, 18212 Golf Course Road.

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KANSAS CITY NORTH — Katie Cordray loves the outdoors. Looking at her Facebook page, there are pictures of her climbing rocks and enjoying the great outdoors.

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CLAY COUNTY — Nearly 150 people filled a maintenance facility with excitement at Smithville Lake around 4 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23. They were all there to get out into the wild and seek a big buck.

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Missouri State Parks offers gift cards so loved ones, friends and families can gift the love of the outdoors to others this holiday season. Cards can be used to pay for camping reservations and state park merchandise.

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SMITHVILLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will celebrate its 30th year hosting a special deer hunt for disabled hunters Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23 and 24, at Smithville Lake.

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In time for the opening of firearms fall deer season this weekend, Missouri Department of Conservation is offering free, voluntary chronic wasting disease sampling and testing of deer harvested anywhere in Missouri throughout the season at MDC regional offices during regular business hours a…

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The Northland has seen its first snow and the forecast calls for future combinations of snow, rain and colder temperatures in coming days and weeks.

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LIBERTY — During Fall Clean-up Week, Monday to Friday, Oct. 21 to 25, Liberty residents can get rid of excess trash, furniture, minor maintenance materials and carpet.