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Goodwill and Holiday Spirit Run Kansas City Southern’s Ninth Annual Holiday Express

clock November 29, 2009 16:08 by author Jeff Quibell

Santa Train Dec 2008 002 The Santa Train will arrive in Blue Springs on December 14, 2009 at 4pm.  Following is the Kansas City Southern Press Release.  More information about the trains arrival schedule can be found at:








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Goodwill and Holiday Spirit Run Kansas City Southern’s Ninth Annual Holiday Express

Kansas City, Mo., November 10, 2009 - In its ninth annual run, Kansas City Southern’s (NYSE: KSU) (KCS) Holiday Express train will bring Santa Claus and his elves on 23 dates to 22 communities in eight states throughout The Kansas City Southern Railway Company’s (KCSR) service territory, including Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas and Illinois.  Access to the Holiday Express train is free and open to the public. 

“Like many companies in North America, the economy has had a significant effect on our business, so we had to think carefully about whether to run the Holiday Express train this year,” said KCS chairman and chief executive officer Michael R. Haverty.  “We decided the goodwill, contributions to those in need and the holiday spirit that the Holiday Express generates in communities by bringing Santa to town is even more important this year.” 

“The Holiday Express is also a source of pride for our employees, and it’s important to us that they know this is a good place to work,” said Mr. Haverty.  “When we thought about what the Holiday Express means to communities and our employees, there was no question that the train should run again in 2009.”

In addition to bringing Santa Claus and his elves to many communities, the Holiday Express also has a charitable component.  At each scheduled stop, The KCS Charitable Fund will make a contribution of Walmart gift cards to the local Salvation Army to provide warm clothing for children in need.  Thanks to contributions from KCS’ employees, vendors and friends, The KCS Charitable Fund raised $112,825 in 2009 to purchase gift cards. 

Special thanks to the major sponsors, who helped make the charitable contribution possible, including Michael and Marlys Haverty, DST Systems, Inc., Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Morgan Keegan and Watco Companies.

Led by KCS’ Southern Belle business train, the six-car Holiday Express train includes a smiling tank car “Rudy”; a flat car carrying Santa’s sleigh, reindeer and a miniature village; a ginger bread box car; the elves’ workshop; the reindeer’s stable; and a little red caboose.  The Holiday Express was created in 2001 after volunteers dedicated over 8,000 hours to the rigorous transformation of the retired freight train.  Festive music and lights complete the package. 

The Holiday Express train was built on the tradition of the former Gateway Western (GWWR) Santa Train, which made stops in small towns from East St. Louis, Ill. to Blue Springs, Mo. (GWWR was purchased by KCS in 1997.)  In 2000, KCS employees noticed that the Santa Train was the only Christmas some kids had, and that some did not even have essential items like coats, hats and gloves. The employees were so touched that they committed to elevating the project to the experience that communities throughout KCSR's service area enjoy today. 

Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., KCS is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama.  Its primary U.S. holding is KCSR, serving the central and south central U.S.  Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal.  KCS' North American rail holdings and strategic alliances are primary components of a NAFTA Railway system, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

Editor’s Note: More information, including train schedule and pictures can be found under Holiday Express in the General Public section of

Heritage Philharmonic’s Annual Holiday Pops Spectacular Concert! – December 12

clock November 29, 2009 16:01 by author Jeff Quibell

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Don't miss this family favorite. This concert includes sing-alongs, sleigh ride, and carols! The holiday spirit begins here! Music Director James Murray III and the Philharmonic are pleased to perform with the Delta Woods Honor Choir again this year. Under the direction of Shirley Atkinson, the Honor Choir has a tradition of superior choral performance. You will enjoy the carols, choral works, and the fun holiday pops music!

Join us from 7:30pm to 9:00pm on December 12, 2009 at the Blue Springs High School Performing Arts Center for this wonderful family holiday tradition!

Tickets are $10 at the door for adults and $5 for students.

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Annual Spirit of Caring Concert to benefit Community Services League

clock November 29, 2009 15:47 by author Jeff Quibell

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300 West Maple / Independence MO 64051

816.254.4100 (P) / 816.252.9906 (F) /




Contact: Michael A. Levine, Director of Development & Marketing

816.254.4100 Ext. 304 /

November 29, 2009


Annual Spirit of Caring Concert to benefit Community Services League

Eastern Jackson County, MO – The 11th Annual Spirit of Caring Holiday Concert, a benefit for Community Services League (CSL) of Blue Springs, will be presented at 2:00 pm on December 6th at the Blue Springs South High School (1200 Adams Dairy Parkway, Blue Springs). Tickets are $4 per person and will be available at the door.

As in the past, the concert will feature a variety of musical performances by soloists, bands, choirs and ensembles from throughout the Blue Springs community and school district.

CSL is known as a source of food and clothing for families, but sometimes a family needs more than just food. Your charitable contributions to CSL will help provide funds to aid families with utility bill assistance, school supplies for students, Christmas meals and gifts as well as other needed goods and services throughout the year. The Blue Springs community is proud to continue its support for their mission of promoting self-sufficiency and providing resources to those in need.

Mera Vic of Grain Valley will once again donate a decorated Christmas tree to be raffled the day of the concert. Clancy’s Café & Pub (800 South Outer Road, Blue Springs) will display the tree through the day of the concert. Raffle tickets may be purchased at Clancy’s Café & Pub; The Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce office; First National Bank of Missouri; Kwik Kopy Printing; or at the Blue Springs office of CSL.

For more information on the concert, to become a sponsor or to purchase raffle tickets please contact CSL at 816.229.0033 or visit

Founded in 1916 by a group of local women including Bess Wallace Truman, CSL is a non-profit organization striving to promote self-sufficiency, and offering emergency assistance, housing counseling, food, clothing and other resources to families in need. CSL is one of the only agencies of its kind, offering this level of comprehensive services, in Eastern Jackson County.

CSL operates seven (7) locations with the main office and two outreach offices in Independence, plus offices in Blue Springs, Buckner, Oak Grove, and Grain Valley.

In 2008, CSL aided more than 45,000 individuals; with escalating food and gas prices, mortgage and housing issues, and an overall increase in the cost-of-living, the number of people in need of aid in 2009 is at an all-time high.

CSL is a United Way Agency and a 501 (c) (3) organization as designated by the IRS.


Angels all Around - A Legacy of Creativity Comes to Life

clock November 29, 2009 15:41 by author Jeff Quibell

image HEARTLAND NEWS (November 24, 2009) – This holiday season, the family and friends of
Jason Stone give thanks as his legacy of creativity comes to life! An artist and poet all his life,
Jason was born in Independence, raised in Blue Springs, and died in Independence at the age of 31.

During his lifetime, Jason wrote many poems including the poem entitled “Forever”.
And before his death, he drew a sketch of a beautiful angel.

When the poem and drawing found itself in the hands of Jim Eskew a few months ago, Jim knew instantly he wanted to champion the project. So from one creative hand to the next, in a few short months, Jason’s drawing has come to life in the form of a sterling silver pendant. And this year, these elegant pendants will make their debut at Eskew’s Jewelers in Independence. Small pendants will sell for $40 and large pendants for $65.

All proceeds from the sales of Jason’s pendants will benefit the Jason Stone Creativity Scholarship managed by the Truman Heartland Community Foundation. The scholarship supports young aspiring artists and writers from Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit, Independence, and Fort Osage school districts. The family sends a very special thanks to Jim Eskew and Eskew’s Jewelers for sponsoring this project and helping create a lasting legacy for Jason.

Truman Heartland Community Foundation is a public charity committed to improving area communities by promoting private giving for the public good. After 27 years of service, THCF continues to serve the region with assets exceeding $25 million and annual grants surpassing $3 million. THCF provides a wide range of services to donors and grant seekers alike. For more information on charitable giving, visit us online at or call the office at 816.836.8189.

For Immediate Release Contact:
Nicole Stevens
Soft and transparent with wings
You will fly again and
Your potential is unknown
Stars are yours to grasp
Moons. Planets. Suns
Your life will be endless
Boundary has lost its meaning
And the universe is yours
The wind will always blow
And the stars will always shine
Your soul will never die
1974 ~Jason Stone ~ 2005

City procedures usually work well

clock November 25, 2009 08:43 by author Jeff Quibell

Mayor Ross admonishing the District 3 Councilmen to follow proper protocol Mayor Ross, along with the majority of our city councilmen, are working together to effectively handle the large and small issues of city government in Blue Springs.

Our council is most efficient when all of our elected leaders are respectful to each other and are willing to listen to each point of view on every issue. It is through careful consideration and thoughtful evaluation of all available information that great decisions take place on behalf of our citizens.

Our city’s charter defines three geographic districts from which our city councilmen are elected. Two councilmen are elected to serve the residents of each district. Councilmen are expected to respond to issues within their own district and to seek the advice of our professional staff. As a matter of protocol and courtesy, information is typically forwarded to the appropriate district councilmen if they are contacted on issues outside of their own district.

The primary issue at the Nov. 16 council meeting resulted from a citizen complaint regarding a potential code violation. A permanent outbuilding, in place for several years and constructed from what appeared to be a former portable container, was the basis for the complaint.

While the issue itself was relatively minor and easily addressed, the larger discussion was how the complaint was brought to the attention of the city and how it was handled by the District 3 councilmen, Ron Fowler and Sheila Solon, who represent the southern part of the city. The property in question is in the far north end of the city, an area represented by our District 1 councilmen, Jeanie Lauer and Lyle Shaver.

E-mails copied to the city clerk and comments made in the council meeting suggest that our District 3 councilmen directed staff to take action regarding this issue, without involving the District 1 councilmen. When Mayor Ross requested an explanation from Fowler and Solon as to why the issue was not directed to the appropriate councilmen, their answer was ambiguous at best. What is very clear to me from their comments is that our District 3 councilmen believe that it is their job to personally address issues not only in their district but throughout the entire city. This line of thinking is disrespectful to the voters who chose their elected representatives.

Kent Edmondson Our District 1 and District 2 councilmen addressed this issue in a professional and respectful way. Councilman Kent Edmondson was again a calm voice of reason in the meeting, despite Councilman Fowler’s repeated interruptions. Our city attorney,  Bob McDonald & Lyle ShaverBob McDonald, showed patience and restraint as he explained the legal basis for his response.  The meeting is available for viewing on the City Website at

People who are willing to serve, to give of their time and work positively for the common good are sometimes difficult to find. In Blue Springs, our councilmen are compensated for their service, both with salary and benefits. It is our responsibility as residents to ensure that we are getting what we are paying for in our representatives. Candidate filing for the April election of a councilman for each of the three districts begins Dec. 15 and ends Jan. 19.

Business Week Names Blue Springs Best Place to Raise Your Kids in Missouri!

clock November 18, 2009 23:43 by author Jeff Quibell

This week Business Week magazine named Blue Springs the “Best Place to Raise Your Kids” in Missouri.  This is an accomplishment to be proud of.  To read the articles about this honor go to:

Coming soon to Blue Springs, Legend of Asia Restaurant

clock November 18, 2009 18:25 by author Jeff Quibell

It's not just a rumor. Blue Springs will soon enjoy an international treat.

Legend of Asia, a huge new local restaurant is a creative Japanese and Chinese fusion. It is the creation of local Chef-Restaurateur George Xiao, three times winner of the coveted "Top 100 Chinese Restaurants in the USA" awarded in the category of "Top 100 Nutrition Friendly Menus". This award goes to the most exceptional restaurants, which have demonstrated the highest standards of cleanliness, cuisine, décor and service from more than 45,000 restaurant entries in the USA.

Think all Chinese Buffets are the same? Legend of Asia will offer a spacious 9,240 square foot restaurant that will comfortably seat 338 people. The Buffet will offer over 80 Chinese Dishes and over 25 varieties of authentic Japanese Sushi, skillfully prepared and artfully presented. Plus, there will be many kinds of salads, fruits and desserts to choose from. Only the freshest ingredients are used in everything. No MSG is used and cold pressed olive oil is used in their stir fried dishes. You will love their Egg Rolls, Crab Rangoon, General Tso's Chicken, Chicken Teriyaki Stick and many more items offered in the buffet. Plus, Special Buffet Chinese dishes are offered that are cooked in front of you, such as Pan Fried Dumplings, Fried Rice, LO Mein and Egg Foo Young along with many kinds of Barbecue. If you are looking for even more variety, Legend of Asia definitely offers it with over 150 items on the Chinese Menu and over 60 items on the Japanese Sushi Menu. Whether youre throwing a party or just looking for a great place to eat, be sure to check this restaurant out!

Just drive out south on 7 highway and you will see construction well underway at the new Southridge Shopping Center. Mr. Xiao expects to open in Mid-December 2009.

Keep the city’s momentum going

clock November 18, 2009 18:08 by author Jeff Quibell

Jeff2007 The city is working diligently on the road improvements planned for Woods Chapel Road, and the work is progressing even though it is not yet visible.

Recently the city held a public meeting to provide information and answer questions regarding the current progress and details of the project proposed. Once planning and right-of-way acquisition is complete, utility relocation is scheduled to begin next fall and actual roadway construction is estimated to begin the summer of 2011. Completion of the project is anticipated in 2013. As the westernmost north-south corridor in Blue Springs, Woods Chapel Road improvements are long overdue and will be a welcome enhancement to this area of our community.  This information is available at

Wanda and I had the privilege of volunteering at five of the Ararat Shrine Circus shows this past weekend, and we, along with thousands of others, had the pleasure of attending the first two Missouri Mavericks hockey games at the new Independence Events Center. After tailgating with Happy Hour and the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, we cheered the Mavericks on to their second home victory Saturday evening. What a beautiful facility!

Driving through Coronado Place and Adams Dairy Landing recently, the signs of new shopping and dining opportunities are impossible to miss. The Gap Generations store and Sally Beauty Supply will be open very soon. Chipotle, Mattress Firm and Game Stop are coming along nicely. Furniture Gallery has opened across from Wal-Mart, and the Olive Garden restaurant is beginning to take shape across from Home Depot, joining Texas Roadhouse as another full-service dining option.

Sales tax revenue from all of these projects is already having a positive impact on our city’s revenue. That will continue to improve as more people become aware of the new shopping and dining opportunities in Blue Springs. As these developments continue to attract new retail and restaurant tenants, our local buying choices expand. The success of these new businesses is critical to our community’s economic health, so remember to buy Blue Springs!

Along with all of these new retail opportunities, Missouri Innovation Park continues to be a bright star on the horizon. While this is a complicated project with many technical facets, the positive impact that thousands of new, high-paying, quality jobs will have on the future growth of our community and the region cannot be overestimated.

Progress on these developments will bring new opportunities, for many areas in our community, to consider in the coming months. Now is the time for our city leaders to have a vision beyond the individual projects and continue to have the flexibility to adjust as the market responds to our successes!

Participate in the Second Woods Chapel Road Improvements Open House

clock November 18, 2009 18:03 by author Jeff Quibell

903 W. Main Street Blue Springs, MO 64015 P: 816.228.0110 F: 816.228.7592 W:

DATE: November 17, 2009
CONTACT: Merideth Parrish, Public Information Officer
Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.935.4176

Open House Public Meeting Scheduled for
Woods Chapel Road Improvements, November 19, 2009

Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and District 2 City
Councilmen Sissy Reed and Kent Edmondson will host a second open house-style public meeting on Thursday,
November 19, to share plans for Woods Chapel Road Improvements from I-70 to south of Briarwood Drive. The project
team, TranSystems of Kansas City, Mo., will be on hand to answer questions from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Valley View High
School, 5000 NW Valley View Road, Blue Springs, MO 64015.

The City of Blue Springs encourages anyone who uses this route to stop by, review preliminary plans, share project
issues and concerns, and provide written comments at the public meeting. No formal presentations will be made.

For questions or additional information, visit or contact the Blue Springs
Engineering Department at (816) 228-0121.