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Family brings people to Tallgrass Creek from near, far, and really far

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August 24th, 2010

The residents of Tallgrass Creek have one thing in common: They all moved from somewhere else. But there are moves and then there are moves. Take Dorothy Paton, who moved to the community in 2007. Not from a different neighborhood or state, but from another country, her beloved Scotland. It was not Paton s first Scotland-to-Kansas move. I lived in Scotland for 28 years, then the Kansas City area for about the same, back to Scotland for many years, and finally, to Tallgrass Creek in 2007, Paton says in a soft, Scottish brogue. This time, I think I m staying.

Back and forth across the big pond

Paton and her late husband, Iain, who was a veterinarian, were raised in Glasgow, Scotland. They moved to Kansas in 1957 when he accepted a job with Jensen-Salsbery Laboratories in Kansas City, Mo. It was a huge decision to leave Scotland, says Paton. Our daughter was only eight months old, and our entire family was there. The Patons had another child and raised their family in Overland Park, Kans. Still, she took both children back to her homeland each summer so they would remember their Scottish roots. Paton moved back to Scotland in the 80s, several years after her husband passed away. She lived in Scone, a village outside of Perth, for about 20 years. But the lure of family brought Paton back to Kansas andTallgrass Creek three years ago. Paton was among the first of the community s residents. I loved the grounds, with the walking paths and bridges, she says ofTallgrass Creek. Living there, she is close to her daughter Jill, who lives in Leawood, and son Keith, in Seattle. Paton s Scottish roots are evident in her son Keith, a prize-winning piper in a nationally recognized band, and grandson Andrew who attends Kansas University Law School and plays bagpipes for weddings and other events. Both learned the art at the knee of their grandfather and perform dressed in full Scottish regalia. Jill Paton is glad her mother is now only a few miles away. She can just pop over for dinner, she says.

Ohio-to-Kansas move brings change

In March, newTallgrass Creekresident Clara Franz left Cincinnati, Ohio, after 41 years to be closer to her son and daughter-in-law who live in Overland Park, Kans. It s the first time I ve lived close to one of my grandchildren, says Franz, whose granddaughter is a veterinarian in Overland Park. Franz was initially apprehensive about selling her house, downsizing, and moving. She used a company that Personal Moving Consultant Judy Baxter recommended to coordinate her move from Cincinnati toTallgrass Creek. It was so much easier than I d expected, says Franz. Everything just fell into place. Franz has also donated items to the community s Treasure Chest, which she said is a wonderful thing. (The Treasure Chest is an on-site store that sells items residents no longer need. Proceeds go to the community s scholarship fund.)

From Manhattan (Kansas, that is) to Overland Park

De McGlashon changed her address in February from Manhattan, Kans., to Overland Park andTallgrass Creek. It s only 120 miles away, but it s a whole different feel, says McGlashon, whose children live in the Kansas City and Wichita areas. McGlashon used a local mover, also recommended by Baxter, the personal moving consultant whose services are complimentary to future residents ofTallgrass Creek. They loaded all my belongings in four hours and were so careful and pleasant, McGlashon says. She brought along her 11-year-old Boston terrier, Chaz, and has found the fenced-in dog park atTallgrass Creeka great asset. It s like a big backyard, says McGlashon. It s good exercise for both of us but has a gazebo so I can rest occasionally.

Getting oriented made easy

McGlashon and Franz agree that it s difficult to fit in the varied activitiesTallgrass Creekoffers. Someone said it s like a cruise ship that never leaves port, laughs McGlashon. It helps with the transition, no matter how far you ve moved.