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Clara Jane Cusser

Crib Note
A beautiful baby girl named Clara Jane Cusser arrived on October 21st. She weighed six pounds, nine ounces and was 20 and one half inches long. Clara has blue eyes and brown hair. Her proud parents are Anne and Andrew Cusser of Leawood. Clara’s thrilled grandparents are M.J. and Larry Walden of Leawood and Diana and Jim Cusser of Our Town.
Also featured in the February 22nd issue of The Independent 

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Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Bernabe, Jr.!

Bride’s Book
Stacy Ann Porto and Lawrence Douglas Bernabe, Jr., were married on November 9th at St. Francis Xavier Church. The bride is the daughter of Mary Porto of Leawood, and the late Dr. Anthony F. Porto, Jr. Her groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Douglas Bernabe, Sr., of Chesterfield, Missouri. The wedding weekend kicked off with a welcome barbecue in Downtown Kansas City. The evening prior, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at Grand Street Cafe.

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Congratulations Emily and Lucas!

Mr. and Mrs. Melville Wilson Perry III of Prairie Village are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Emily Rhoades Perry, to Lucas Charles Short, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Charles Short of Hamilton, Kansas. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Shawnee Mission East High School. Emily earned a bachelor of science degree in social work from Miami University, and a juris doctorate from The University of Kansas School of Law.

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Happy Birthday, Sophie!

Fun at One!
Sophie Uhlmann Blazar was born last year on Christmas Eve to Lauren and Aaron Blazar. She celebrated her first birthday recently with family, friends and cupcakes. Sophie loves cruising in her car, petting her dog Charlie, blowing kisses, and eating rice cakes and green beans. She is frightened by large stuffed animals, shoes, grass, and babysitters.

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Insider Tip

Larry F. Levenson

Photographer Larry F. Levenson advises gentlemen to button their suit jackets when being photographed. It will create a more complimentary geometry at the chest and abdomen and will be more flattering to the eye. Larry also recommends that gentlemen resist the urge to put their arms around the people next to them in a photo. Clothing has to stretch and pull to accommodate the action and rarely photographs well.

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