News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Canoe Club located on the southern edge of Blue Springs

clock November 30, 2008 14:51 by author Jeff Quibell

Wanda and I recently dined at the Canoe Club in Lake Lotawana.  The restaurant is located on the southwest corner of Shrout Road and Colbern Road.  Though not located within the city limits of Blue Springs, it sits on the southern border and its owners have roots in Blue Springs. 

The nostalgic atmosphere is unique (1940's lake) and the food was excellent.  In addition to its rustic decor fans will recognize dining booths and bar chairs that once graced Stephenson's Apple Orchard restaurant.

More information about the restaurant is available on their MySpace page

Watch the State Championship Football Game between Blue Springs South & Hazelwood Central

clock November 27, 2008 19:41 by author Jeff Quibell

In an earlier post there is a link where you can listen to Saturday's game.  After publishing this information a subscriber brought the following information to my attention which I will post here for your convenience. More...

Give your time, help your community

clock November 27, 2008 01:01 by author Jeff Quibell

SantaTrain01 Civic organizations add significantly to the quality of life in a city. They provide fellowship opportunities beyond our own immediate families and provide a portion of the safety net to assist our neighbors in need.

Last week, I had the privilege of attending the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Warrensburg Kiwanis Club, of which my father is a charter member. He and three other charter members were honored for 50 years of perfect attendance. As a member of several local civic organizations, including Rotary, Kiwanis, Masons, and Ararat Shrine, I cannot imagine accomplishing perfect attendance for a single year let alone 50, as my friends in both Blue Springs Kiwanis and Rotary will attest! I am proud of my father and his friends for their accomplishment and service to their community for so many years. Warrensburg is a better place because of their involvement and commitment.

Sometimes, as we go about our busy lives, we lose sight of those in need in our community. As we gather in our homes with friends and families this week and give thanks for our many blessings, we must also remember those among us less fortunate. I encourage each of you to get involved with a civic organization, church or local non-profit agency. The camaraderie that emerges as we get involved in community activities allows us to extend beyond our own personal lives, meet new people and make new friendships while we provide service to our neighbors.

There are many opportunities in Blue Springs to get involved. As you drive through the Chicago Street Lights display this season, think about the volunteers at the end, giving out candy canes at the donation barrels. When the Holiday Express Santa Train rolls into town, local volunteers from the Chamber of Commerce, Parks and Recreation and our downtown merchants provide hot chocolate, popcorn and crafts for the kids. The Spirit of Caring concert will provide funds to Community Services League to help families right here in Blue Springs. There are so many opportunities for you to get involved and make a difference in our community. It takes the efforts of all of our citizens working together to positively impact the lives of our neighbors.

I challenge each of you to find at least one organization and volunteer a few hours of your time. So many good things are happening in our city, in spite of the current economic climate. If each of us will reach out and seek opportunities to get more involved, we will enrich each other’s lives and see our community continue to be one of the best in our nation.

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Panera Bread to open a location in Blue Springs

clock November 26, 2008 14:49 by author Jeff Quibell

Coronado Partners, LLC, a Blue Springs, MO based development company is pleased to announce that Original Bread, Inc has executed a lease for the Shoppes at Coronado Place at 605 NE Coronado Drive.  The Blue Springs location will be their 22nd  Panera Bread bakery/café in the Kansas City metro area.  According to Coronado Partners, LLC owners Sean Tebbe and Bill Wrisinger, Panera Bread is the final tenant to locate in the 14,534 square foot Shoppes at Coronado Place joining Adams Dairy Bank, AT & T Wireless, Vintage Stock, and Sports Clips.  Panera Bread also joins Texas Roadhouse, Panda Express, Taco Bell, Sonic and National Tire and Battery within the Coronado Place development. Coronado Partners is pleased with the quality of new businesses that chose to locate in the Blue Springs community. Coronado Place is located just off the I-70 interchange and Adams Dairy Parkway in front of the Wal-Mart Supercenter and Home Depot. 

The 3,769 square foot bakery/café is planned to open in April 2009.  

For more information on this Panera Bread location please contact Michelle Cole at 913-239-9838

Or visit

10th Annual Spirit of Caring Concert

clock November 24, 2008 17:19 by author Jeff Quibell

Sunday, December 7th at 2:00 p.m.

Blue Springs High School Performing Arts Center 

spirit of caring

Proceeds Benefit Blue Springs

Community Services League

Tickets are $4.00

Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting

clock November 24, 2008 17:17 by author Jeff Quibell


December 2nd at 5:30 p.m.

See the lighting of the Mayor's Christmas Tree, visit with Santa and other special guests!

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Blue Springs Historical Society presents 6th Annual Christmas Homes Tour

clock November 24, 2008 17:15 by author Jeff Quibell

I want to let you know about a fantastic Homes (6 + Museum) Tour.  Many Brittany Hill, BSHS, BSSHS students, and Classy Clover 4-H Club members will greet you at the door while Blue Springs Historical Society members and other Society friends (more than 130) will guide you through the homes.  What a way to get that Christmas Spirit and unique decorating ideas while helping the Blue Springs Historical Society pay their monthly bills all for $8.00 for the 2 days.

Mary Potter, president More...

Listen to the State Championship Football Game between Blue Springs South & Hazelwood Central

clock November 24, 2008 17:02 by author Jeff Quibell

There will not be a television broadcast of the state championship football game between Blue Springs South and Hazelwood Central on Saturday. The game can be heard live on 1030 AM KCWJ with the Adams Dairy Bank Pre Game Show starting at 5:30 and the kickoff at 6:30. The game will also be streamed live on the Vision Sports website at

Our broadcast crew consists of Play by Play broadcaster Dale Carter, Color Analyst Coach Buddy Young and Sideline Reporter Tony Wrisinger.

Vision Sports has been recognized as the state’s best play by play broadcast by the Missouri Broadcasters Association in eight of its twelve years broadcasting the Cats and Jags.

Santa's Holiday Express Train comes to town again!

clock November 24, 2008 12:22 by author Jeff Quibell

SantaandMrsClaus Holiday Express Train

Santa will cruise into town on the Kansas City Southern Railroad Holiday Express Train on Wednesday, December 10 at approximately 4:00 pm. Board the train to visit Santa Claus and tour train cars with seasonal displays. Hot refreshments will be available and families will have the opportunity to come in from the cold and enjoy a host of activities in the nearby Howard L. Brown Public Safety Facility. All activities are FREE.

Preregister with Parks and Recreation, by phone with Visa, Discover, or Master Card, on line at, by mail or in person, at City Hall, 903 W. Main Street. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For additional information call the Parks and Recreation office at 228-0137.