by John Unrein
Freshman Emma Thiessen was a standout for the Lady Eagles soccer team in their 6-2 win over the St. Michael the Archangel Guardians on March 29th. Thiessen managed to put not one, two, three, but four goals in net for Grain Valley. The first and final strikes by Thiessen that lit up the score board display her confidence and skill set.
Thiessen would split two defenders at the top of the goalie box, leaving her off balance and sliding on her backside before successfully finishing the shot with her right foot on goal nine minutes into the first half. Equally as impressive was the left footed turn strike that flew past the Guardian goalie thirty-one minutes into the second half by Thiessen. Thiessen joined Raena Childers in producing a hat trick for the second consecutive game in a row for the Lady Eagles.
“Getting open and receiving good passes from my teammates helped our success during this game. Us finding each other led to the ball getting to the back of the net,” Thiessen said.
“I have played soccer since I was three years old. That allows me to know situations, like when the goalie will come out (from net), and what type of shot to try.”
Grain Valley’s offensive outpouring was joined by Childers and Rian Handy, who each scored a goal eight and thirty-three minutes into the second half, respectively. The Lady Eagles continue to control and push the ball into their opponents’ zone through awareness in spacing and accurate passing. Those elements combined with aggressively getting to loose soccer balls and turning to get possession have fueled Grain Valley’s 4-0 undefeated start to the season.
Defense was equally at the forefront of the Lady Eagles win. Grain Valley doubled their opponents’ shots on goal by an 18-9 margin. Defender Sophie Broockerd and goalie Camihle Williams were decisive and physical in shielding their net. Broockerd’s capacity to read the pitch in front of her and cut off passes stymied several charges by the Guardians. Williams demonstrated proficiency in halting scoring attempts through knocking down and covering up shots.
“Playing soccer since a young age and with my club team at a high level has boosted my confidence. My trigger in going for the ball is reading bad touches that lead to it popping too far out in front of my opponent. That is my sign to step up and gives me the time I need to get to the ball and control possession,” Broockerd said.
Williams added, “I am to the point that I trust my judgment when I make a save and don’t even think about it. Afterwards, my thoughts turn to moving on to the next one because the game is not over. You have to have a short memory as a goalie if you give up a score.”
“Soccer is hard. I am glad that I have a good defense in front of me. Our defensive line with Sophie (Broockerd) and Kelsey (Duett) are not shy about getting their body on people and getting after the ball. That is good.”
Grain Valley has had equity of voice between players and coaches this season on the field during games. It is noticeable. The avoidance of praise or critique being too one-sided has led to the Lady Eagles adjusting quickly to what is needed on the field. A trend that Lady Eagles head soccer coach Tyler Nichol is enjoying at the outset of the season.
“You can see the growing confidence in our young players. That has been the best part to the start of this campaign. That combined with our two senior backs on defense (Broockerd and Duett). Both throw their bodies on the line all over the field. They are like keepers without hands with the way they interfere with things,” Nichol said.
“It is gratifying to see Thiessen have the confidence to attempt the shots she did tonight. It means a lot to me in that I got to coach her club team growing up when she was younger, along with some of our other freshmen who are now as tall as me,” Nichol remarked with a smile.
Freshman Emma Thiessen attempts a corner kick for the Lady Eagles.
Photo credit: Valley News staff
Freshman Annabelle Totta sprints past the defense.
Photo credit: Valley News staff
by John Unrein
The Grain Valley Lady Eagles soccer team has had an impressive first week of the season. Pleasant Hill, Kearney, and Staley all fell to the Lady Eagles during the Platte County Girls Soccer Tournament. Grain Valley outscored their opponents by a total of 12-3 during the week of March 22nd, winning the championship matchup against Staley by a score of 5-2 on March 26th.
The Lady Eagles would put together a winning formula of turning on balls to gain offensive momentum, accurate passing, beating their opponent to most loose balls, and accurate shooting to secure the victory against Staley in the final game. An impressive feat considering the youth of Grain Valley’s roster. A fact not lost on Lady Eagles head soccer coach Tyler Nichol.
“This has been a great start to the season for us. A little unexpected with the mix of veteran players along with starting five freshmen, but it has been huge for our confidence going forward,” Nichol said.
“This group is very coachable. An example would be Meghan Knust in particular, as a holding midfielder, that is the starting point for our attack. She has been so confident on the ball, receiving it, turning, even under pressure to sneak through a defense and find our attacking players.”
Nichol concluded, “The smiles on the faces of this team says a lot. Watching freshmen score goals, exhale, and get the nerves out to be able to say they can play at this level leaves us ready to attack the rest of the season.”
Grain Valley narrowly held the advantage in shots on goal against Staley by a 15-14 margin. Center midfielder Raena Childers was impressive for the Lady Eagles in compiling a hat trick during the first half. Equally as impressive to the precision of the senior’s shots on net was the speed displayed in getting open and past Staley defenders. Childers put on full display the reason why she is verbally committed to play soccer at the University of Kansas next season.
Childers was not selfish offensively either, an example being her smooth assist to freshman Emma Thiessen along the left wing that resulted in Thiessen’s shot finding the back of the net with 28:02 left to go in the second half. This would be Thiessen’s reward for sprinting pass the Staley defense while remaining onside before displaying nifty footwork to set up the kick on goal.
Rounding out the Lady Eagles scoring would be freshman Kylee Bragaw. The opening goal of the game would come off Bragaw’s foot with 27:27 remaining in the first half. An accomplishment that would lead to a plethora of hugs from teammates at midfield prior to the resuming of play. Grain Valley seized that momentum and did not let up for the duration of the contest.
“My teammates did a good job tonight opening space for me. I really respect them for that, especially with them being freshmen,” Childers said.
Thiessen added, “I got really good passes and through balls from our center mids. My job is to make sure that I am not offsides to then create chances for our forwards. It was nice to get the pass for the tap in late in the game.”
Bragaw finished, “We passed well tonight due to us getting wide. Raena (Childers) dribbled to get open and laid it off to me for the goal.”
Childers and Thiessen were rewarded for their strong effort by Nichol in getting summoned to the bench with 4:08 remaining in the second half. Nichol would proudly receive the box of Soccer Tournament Champion t-shirts after the game. The Lady Eagles proudly donned them and posed for celebratory pictures before heading towards the bus.
The Grain Valley Lady Eagles soccer team (3-0) will next face St. Michael the Archangel at home on March 29th.
Grain Valley Lady Eagles soccer team wins the Platte County Soccer Tournament.
Photo credit: Valley News staff
Freshman Emma Thiessen passes the ball to an open teammate.
Photo credit: Valley News staff
Senior Raena Childers dribbles the ball successfully through the Staley defense.
Photo credit: Valley News staff
At its March 22nd virtual meeting, the Board of Aldermen considered a full slate of agenda items, with a resolution authorizing Food Truck Friday events to be held on City property monopolizing a good portion of the meeting.
The Board reviewed and adopted the 2022-2026 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), outlining a schedule of large-scale improvements and major purchases, which includes several projects slated for 2022. Projects on the schedule for 2022 include a $400,000 project to upgrade playground equipment at Armstrong Park, and $10,000 to resurface the loop trail at the park. $526,830 is slated in 2022 for pavement maintenance, and a $317,000 water extension on Buckner Tarsney is also planned.
Prior to the approval of the CIP, Mayor Johnston raised several concerns regarding a resolution to allow Food Truck Friday events on City property from April – September 2021. The event, held on Friday evenings last year at the lot next to the post office and later on the lot behind the Community Center, is sponsored by the Grain Valley Fair and the Grain Valley Partnership.
Johnston stated that allowing the event on City property is in conflict with City code which prohibits concessions or merchandise sales on City park facilities, and park property. City Administrator Ken Murphy reminded Johnston the Code allows for exceptions to be made by the Board, citing a motion approved earlier in the meeting allowing the Purple Peace Foundation to utilize park property for a charity car show. The City Attorney concurred, stating that there did not appear to be an issue.
Johnston mentioned Valley Speedway had been offered as an alternative to utilizing City property. Tasha Lindsey, Executive Director of the Grain Valley Partnership, attended the meeting by phone and stated the Partnership and Fair committee appreciated the offer, but outlined several reasons why the venue would not be ideal.
Johnston also questioned the cost of insurance for the event, stating he had contacted the Partnership’s insurance agent and was told the cost to insure the food truck events exceeded $8,000.
Lindsey disputed the amount quoted by the mayor, indicating the cost to insure the event was just over $1,000, and expenses such as insurance are covered by sponsorships.
The resolution allowing Food Truck Fridays to be held in the lot behind the Community Center passed 6-0.
Reached for clarification on the insurance premium amount for the food truck event, Grain Valley Partnership Executive Director Tasha Lindsey confirmed the amount she stated in the meeting was correct.
“The insurance amount was misquoted by the Mayor for the Food Truck event. The correct price was the price that I mentioned at the meeting, $1026.00 for the season. We will be presenting that amount at the next Board of Aldermen meeting. Since the amount was released in a public forum, we wanted it to be retracted in the same public forum,” Lindsey said.
“The Grain Valley Partnership and the Grain Valley Fair are very excited about Food Truck Fridays this year. The support we have received over social media has been tremendous. The trucks all see that, and that is what makes Grain Valley one of their favorite places to visit. Right now, we have over 40 different trucks scheduled to come out over the season, with several trucks that were favorites from last year plus several new trucks that have never been out to Grain Valley before. It looks like we will also have some special non-Friday nights as well this year where some trucks will come out because we have some businesses in town who want to have trucks come out to their parking lots,” Grain Valley Fair committee member Mike Todd said.
“Our first Food Truck Friday is April 9th and then they will go every Friday up until Fair weekend, which is September 10th and 11th. The times will be 4:30pm – 7:30pm each Friday until June, and then we will extend it a half hour and go till 8:00pm. We are planning on trying to bring in some live bands once summer gets here.”
The board also approved a resolution renewing an agreement with Ray County to provide secure detention services for adults arrested on municipal charges, and a resolution authorizing the City Administrator to enter into an agreement with Jackson County for distribution of $75,000 in COMBAT funds. Funding will be used to assist the City in defraying costs of its Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program.
In other business, the Board approved the appointment of James Hofstetter to the Planning and Zoning Commission for a four-year term.
The Board plans a workshop in late March to continue discussions regarding facility needs, and its next regularly scheduled board meeting will be held Monday, April 12th at 7:00pm.
by John Unrein
One week into the baseball season and the Grain Valley Eagles find themselves with a 4-1 record. Timely hitting by Cole Keller, strong pitching from Alex Snyder and Joel Palecek, and a key sacrifice bunt by Cole Arndorfer propelled the Eagles to a 5-2 victory over the Park Hill Trojans on March 24th.
Overcast skies and a chilly 48 degree temperature did not halt Grain Valley from staying hot out of the gate during their 2021 season. The Eagles win was the second time they had defeated the Trojans in Pool B play of the Kansas City Metro High School Leadoff Tournament within the span of four days.
Alex Snyder used fastball command and a breaking ball that nipped the outside edge of the plate to hold down the Trojan offense through the first three innings. The sophomore gave up two earned runs and rang up three strikeouts prior to exiting in the top of the fourth inning after taking a sharply hit ball off the shin. Snyder tried to continue on the mound with a few warmup pitches to no avail as Eagles head baseball coach Brian Driskell believed it best for Snyder’s day to be done.
Joel Palecek would come on in relief of Snyder during the top of the fourth inning. Palecek was summoned cold off the bench and needed the warmup pitches to find his correct stride length with the front foot in his delivery. Once the appropriate distance was found with his lead left foot by the sophomore, he was able to keep his fastball down in the zone and hitters off balance with his secondary offerings.
Palecek would go on to pitch two and two-third scoreless innings in relief, racking up two strikeouts before yielding to Keller in the bottom of the seventh for the save. Keller’s day would be highlighted by stellar play in all three phases of the game. The senior would make a great running grab in left field during the second inning to compliment his save in the final frame.
Keller’s biggest contribution of the day would come at the plate though. A three for three afternoon that included a grand slam and four runs batted in left everyone with a smile in the Grain Valley dugout. Both Palecek and Keller explained why this win was important to them.
“I felt confident on the mound. My first few warmup pitches were a little wild and that had me nervous. I was determined though to do my job. My fastball command was there due to the finish in my delivery. This start to the season by our team feels great,” Palecek said.
Keller added, “My approach at the plate is to stay calm and loose. I try to attack the right side with my swing and adjust upon seeing the pitch. That works at any level of baseball.”
“I wanted the ball on the bump (the mound) the whole game, but I knew we needed to let my teammates throw successfully, and they did. I was happy to get called upon in the seventh, especially against those guys (Park Hill) and the successful reputation they have. It was great to compete and close out the game.”
Keller’s swing was swift and level all three times he made contact at the plate. His shot that cleared the bases in the third inning was a no doubter over the centerfield fence at the Creekside Baseball Complex in Parkville. A feat that is even more eventful when you consider that Keller has not played high school baseball for almost twenty two months, with his last stint being on the diamond during the 2019 baseball season.
The icing on the cake for the Eagles was laid down (pun intended) by pinch hitter Cole Arndorfer in the bottom of the sixth inning. The senior would apply a sacrifice bunt that hugged the first base line in staying fair and brought Keller home from third base. The proper execution by Arndorfer extended Grain Valley’s lead by three runs to what would end up being the final score of 5-2. Driskell’s faith in Arndorfer was rewarded and led to a boisterous Eagles dugout.
It is not hard to notice how much Driskell is enjoying baseball again. The Eagles skipper has chosen Twitter as a way to remember those who did not get to have a 2020 high school baseball season. The sentiment expressed is how difficult it was to not watch last year’s seniors get to compete and how much Driskell misses that group of individuals. Something that leaves Driskell soaking up each win this season that much more.
“I am not sure that I have seen a kid put a team on his back in baseball the way that (Cole) Keller does. It is so rare in baseball as you can only affect the game every ninth time you are at the plate offensively. He is a big difference maker. Keller being a three sport athlete is immense as he is in pressure situations all the time and they do not rattle him. It is apparent in his leadership and the way he rises to the challenge,” Driskell said.
“Arndorfer’s sacrifice bunt was a selfless act done by a selfless player. That starts with his parents and is a testament to the type of kids that are on this team. We talked about the possibility of that situation before the inning started and he (Arndorfer) assured me by saying ‘absolutely coach, whatever you need, I will get it done’ and he delivered. Equally as impressive was how well Arndorfer handled Keller then behind the plate in the seventh inning.”
Driskell continued, “Palecek did a nice job coming in with the circumstance he faced in a tight game. He has fought being nervous in practice and his first varsity outing. Today, he pitched confidently against a good team in Park Hill and held down a two run lead. His facial expression never changes, and you can never tell whether he is calm or upset. His teammates were equally as impressed.”
Grain Valley will next travel north to face the Liberty Blue Jays on March 27th.
by John Unrein
It is hard to imagine a better way to return from spring break than hitting the links. Overcast skies and 65 degrees greeted the 18 high school teams participating in the Independence Invitational on March 22nd at Drumm Farm Golf Course. The Grain Valley Eagles boys golf team under the leadership of head coach Andy Herbert looked to build on their early season success. Herbert’s squad had already won the Oak Grove Invitational on March 19th at Adams Point Golf Course, with Sophomore Owen Herbert (77 for the round) as the individual champion and Freshman Charlie Aldred (83 for the round) as the runner-up.
Both golf courses the Eagles competed on recently have beautiful views and unique layouts. The major difference between the two is that the Drumm Farm Course is more open with less wooded areas. This affords daring golfers to be more aggressive in their club and shot selection. The potential reward is an opportunity to putt for a birdie or par due to the golf ball not being trapped in leaves or between trees along the fairway. That approach was capitalized on by both Herbert and Aldred during the Independence Invitational.
“Last week the forecast said it was going to rain today and we were not sure if we would get to play. We got to miss school and enjoy this weather,” Owen Herbert said.
“This course at Drumm Farm is more attackable due to its openness in places and can lead to lower scores in my opinion. I love the greens at Adams Pointe. Both courses offer a fair test to golfers.”
Aldred added, “This course (at Drumm Farm) fits my game better. I like to hit the ball long and that means it will not always go straight. You must take advantage of the par fives and go for birdies. You may not always be on the fairways, but you will have a hittable second shot.”
Grain Valley would go on to finish 7th place with a team score of 352 across 18 holes at the Independence Invitational. The Eagles would accumulate three golfers with a score of 90 or less. Owen Herbert would tie for 8th place with a score of 78, Aldred would tie for 11th place with a score of 79, and Connor Nadeau would round out the trio with a score of 87.
The wet conditions over the past weeks have led to a Grain Valley squad that has not been able to practice as much as they would like. A growth mindset in golf for the Eagles means that improved scores over time is how both Herbert and Aldred indicated they will measure success as the season progresses. Putting is another facet of the game that each feel is overlooked and can shave points off a score if given the necessary attention.
The commitment needed to be successful at the high school level in golf is something not lost on Herbert as he leads his team conducting multiple roles.
“There is a lot that goes into to being a successful golfer. You cannot escape the offseason commitment. Hot summer days and cold winter afternoons are what is needed to maintain consistency and push for growth,” Andy Herbert said.
“Most people can’t buy a ticket and come watch these events, so you don’t get to appreciate how good some of these kids are.”
“Building relationships with the kids is priority one. That lets you know what each one needs as this is a sport that tests mental toughness. On the basketball court, you are worried about what the team needs to stay together. You have to know the kid as an individual to see what they may need prescribed to help their golf game.”
Andy Herbert concluded, “We have established where we are at the outset of the season. We were 353 (at Oak Grove) and today we were 352 (at Independence Invitational). Now we will start to attack the full swing or short game for each golfer as needed to find growth. That will allow us to remain consistent and push ahead to where we want to be come April.”
The Jackson County Legislature passed an ordinance March 22nd to help families throughout Jackson County who were evicted from their homes as of February 3, 2021 as adjudicated in cases by the 16th Circuit Court.
These households were unable to pay current and past due rent and utility bills as part of the ongoing crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The amount of $387,946.84 will immediately assist 152 people, with portions to help 87 people with Court costs and help 65 families to keep possession of their homes. These families may also qualify to get further assistance as there will be additional funds made available from the State of Missouri for rental assistance.
These funds are part of the $11.5 million grant issued to Jackson County as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which established a $25 billion Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program for state, county and municipal governments.
In a press release, the County Legislature stated it “feels a duty to be responsive to the needs of all citizens of Jackson County and will continue to do so. During these times when there continues to be incredible amounts of suffering by families, friends, neighbors, schools and businesses, by no fault of their own, their is light at the end of the tunnel. That light comes in the form of the COVID-19 numbers coming down along with the number of hospitalizations and deaths associated with this pandemic.”
We also have at least 136 million additional federal dollars to help get our lives, schools and economy heading in the right direction that has just come into Jackson County with this last aid package.”
The County legislature approved an ordinance on March 22nd, authorizing
the use of $11,550,205 in grant monies the County received from the federal government to launch an Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). The program would provide financial assistance and housing stability services to Eastern Jackson County families struggling financially. Households facing imminent eviction would receive priority assistance.
The Community Services League and United Way of Greater Kansas City have formed a collaborative partnership to implement and administer the County’s program.
“Many families are in dire need of help and this is our opportunity to provide a lifeline to them during these challenging times,” Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. said.
“I am grateful for our local partners who share our commitment of housing stability and will assist us in getting these critical dollars to those in need as quickly as possible.”
Eligible households include renters who demonstrate a risk of experiencing housing instability, have seen their income reduced by the COVID-19 pandemic, and earn a household income at or below 80% of the county median income. Once approved, eligible individuals may receive up to 12 months of assistance. Rental and utility assistance payments are made directly to the landlord or utility provider on behalf of the tenant.
More information about the program including eligibility requirements, an application checklist and to sign-up to be notified when the application portal is open, can be found at www.jacksoncountyerap.org. Detailed program information is also readily available for Spanish-speaking families at www.jacksoncountyerap.org/espanol.
The $11.5 million grant is part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which established a $25 billion Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program for state, county and municipal governments. The amount of funding received is based on the County’s population, excluding the City of Kansas City, MO.
Did you know Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Brookfield is home to more than 100 bald eagles and one of the largest concentrations of Canada geese in North America. Bald Eagles have more than 150 active nests in Missouri.
Because of its big rivers, many lakes and wetland areas, Missouri is especially attractive to these large, magnificent birds. More than 2,000 bald eagles are reported in Missouri regularly during winter, making our state one of the leaders in the lower 48 states.
by Marcia Napier, Grain Valley Historical Society
I don’t know when Harris Street got its name, but I do know that according to the 1930 U S Census it was South Main Street.
At some time after 1930 it became Harris Street, named for the family living on the tiny street. It was then, and remains today only two blocks long; one block on the east side and one block on the west side of Main Street, two blocks south of the railroad tracks.
Charles Warren Harris was born in Perry Township, Ohio in 1868. He and his older sister, Annie, moved with their parent, Elisa and Sarah Harris, to Iowa around 1870. According to the United States Census of 1900, Charles and his first wife were living in a boarding house in Columbus, Ohio. However, on November 4, 1903, Charles married his second wife, Louiza “Lulu” in Jackson County, Missouri. Lula was the daughter of George and Melinda Stillwell.
According to the 1920 US Census, they were living on Capelle Street in Grain Valley. By the 1930 US Census the Harris family included six children and they had moved to South Main Street. All six children grew up here, attended school here and married a local resident.
All six children continued to live in Grain Valley where they raised their own families and sent them to school here. Mabel (1904), the eldest married Ronnie Peal. Ina Jane (1907) was next and she married Bill Mitchell, a Scotsman working at Sni-A-Bar. Clara Belle (1908) married Bill Shippy and Veneda (1910) married Hamp Smith. The boys were Carl (1913) and George (1917). Carl’s wife Velma (Robinson) and George’s wife Gladys (Smith) were local girls.
Their Grain Valley relatives include family names many of you will recognize; Peal, Davis, Coleman, Affolter, Danner, Mitchell, and Todd, to name a few. And that great, great, great grandson I mentioned last week, Miles Bell. He and sisters Payton and Laney are descendants of Mabel Harris Peal, Evelyn Peal Affolter, Dennis Affolter, and Jennifer Affolter Bell!
Former Mayor Mike Todd is also a great-grandson. Charles and Lula Harris had 6 children, 11 grandchildren, and more than 20 great-grandchildren.
So while Harris Street may be quite short, the list of Harris Family members is quite long. More than 100 years later, their impact on Grain Valley is still going strong.
With Spring quickly approaching, Community Services League (CSL) and Thrift World are inviting you to start fresh by de-cluttering your home and donating non-perishable food, household items and gently used clothing during a spring cleaning drive on Saturday, April 10th from 9:00am—1:00pm at Community of Christ Auditorium, 111 West Pacific Avenue, Independence.
No matter the items you find within your home, chances are they can be beneficial to our neighbors in the community.
For your convenience and to minimize contact, this will be a drive-thru collection located at 1111 West Pacific Avenue, Independence, MO 64050.
- Gently used or new clothing
- Small Appliances
- Household items
Do you have larger items such as furniture you are interested in parting ways with? Contact CSL at 816-254-4100 or email@example.com to learn more about our pick-up service.
Beginning April 24th, callers in Missouri area codes must dial all ten digits of a phone number to make local calls.
On July 16, 2020, the FCC adopted an order approving the designation of 988 as the 3-digit abbreviated dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, requiring all telecommunications carriers, interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers, and one-way VoIP providers (covered providers) to make any network changes necessary to ensure that users can dial 988 to reach the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) starting July 16, 2022.
What is the impact of making the 988 a 3-digit dialing code?
In the area codes where the 988 is an assigned, working prefix, local calls will have to be dialed using all 10-digits of the phone number. To complete all local calls, you will need to dial area code + telephone number. This applies to all calls within your area code that are currently dialed with 7-digits.
What states/area codes are impacted by this Order?
There are 37 states and 83 area codes that are impacted by this Order where the 988 prefix is a working prefix and has 7-digit local dialing. This includes the entire Missouri 314, 417, 660, and 816 area codes.
Will everyone in the 314, 417, 660, and 816 area codes have to dial 10-digits for a local call or just the people with 988 numbers?
Yes. Every customer in the entire 314, 417, 660, and 816 area codes will change to mandatory 10-digit dialing for local calls. Dialing 7-digits for local calls will be prohibited for all customers in the entire area code.