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Homes tour
planned at Oakmont

A local chapter of the international service sorority, Beta Sigma Phi, is sponsoring its 4th annual Christmas Homes Tour on Saturday, Dec. 1.

This year’s tour is arranged with safety and convenience in mind - all the homes are in the Lakes of Oakmont subdivision south of Platte City. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at any one of the homes on tour day.

Maps are available at Eggens True Value Hardware, Wells Bank and Platte Valley Bank. The homes will be open from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Xi Zeta Upsilon uses the money raised from the tour for local service projects. Last year’s projects included utility bill assistance through United Services, providing Easter hams for needy families and for adopting a five-member family for Christmas through Danny Jacobs’ program at KCP&L.

Barb and Jim Klusman live on Harbor Point Drive in a home that was built in 1997. The over 4,000 square foot home has an open space floor plan throughout. The Klusmans need plenty of that space for the visits of their five grandsons. Barb has a collection of almost 50 Santas. She noted that some of them were gifts from students when she taught. Barbara listens to her family when it comes to Christmas decorations; she wants it to be a reflection of them. After all, it’s about family, especially during the holidays.

Paige and Bill Scheetz live on 130th in the subdivision. The 4,000 square foot home is a traditional story and a half with a completely finished basement level. This provides plenty of space for the Scheetz and their two teenagers. Paige, like Barb, also collects Santas, but says that the number varies each year because she likes to use each of them differently every Christmas. She loves decorating for the holidays each year, striving to make her home welcoming and comfortable for their guests and families, a highlight of the holidays for Paige and Bill.

In the neighborhood, Jennifer and Eric Sherwood also live on 130th. Their home is also a story and a half and over 3,500 square feet. It is the newest of the tour homes - the Sherwoods moved in early this year. They will need the extra space when their baby comes into the world next spring, welcomed by his/her big brother. The floor plan is very open which complements the cherry wood cabinets and dark wood floors throughout. Jennifer notes that she doesn’t have any collections. As a matter of fact, her tree is decorated completely with special family remembrances.

At a time of world uncertainty, this year’s tour offers a return to the security of a neighborhood, family focus and holiday meaning. If you have questions about the tour, call 858-5789.