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When Erickson executives say they value the input of residents, it s not just lip service. As evidence, the company recently began electing residents to serve on the communities boards of directors.

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Feet were moving, hands were clapping, and music was pulsing as 75 residents and 25 teens danced the night away at Tallgrass Creek s recent spring fling.

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Most Americans remember where they were on November 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Tex. [caption id="attachment_11590" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Tallgrass Creek resident and former FBI agent Jim Graham reviews the many newspaper clippings his wife, Marlene, saved that outlined his career.

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When Judy Baxter makes a clean sweep, she doesn t need a broom. However, she does need furniture and other household items. [caption id="attachment_8791" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Tallgrass Creek residents Nancy McCreery, Shirley Bradley, Betsy Heimke, and Carol McCurdy are among the volunteers who coordinate the community s Treasure Chest Store.

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Betsy Heimke s grandchildren are grown and her great-grandchildren live in Texas, but she routinely enjoys fun and games with youngsters.

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Just before winter set in, the Monarch Landing Volunteer Projects Committee announced its cold-weather clothing drive. Meanwhile, Tallgrass Creek residents began their HUGS collection.

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One person can make a difference in the environment, and Tallgrass Creek proved it. When the community invited individuals to bring their own stashes of paper to be shredded, they amassed a grand total of 1.5 tons of paper.

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When a team of seasoned woodworkers has a project on the drawing board, you can be sure their first steps are to roll up their sleeves, study the blueprints, measure twice, and get on with the job. [caption id="attachment_6730" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Roger Johnson (right) has handcrafted children s toys such as this wooden rocking horse.

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Tallgrass Creek s second anniversary celebration, kicking off October 12, will resemble a large family reunion not just because it will feature a communitywide scavenger hunt and root beer floats, but because like family is how residents describe their neighbors. Here s what some early residents three pioneers have experienced at the Overland Park community.