News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Progress achieved, progress to come

clock December 24, 2009 07:34 by author Jeff Quibell

image As we approach the end of 2009, we each have the opportunity to reflect on the past year, and to look forward to 2010 and to the next decade.

What will the future bring to our community? What exciting prospects does the new year hold? The last few years have seen great improvements in our city, as the refurbishing of blighted properties has continued and new shopping and dining establishments have begun to open their doors.

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of sharing my day with some very special people, ringing bells for the Salvation Army. I also spent a few hours collecting donations for local charities and supporting our local Chicago Street Lights. The generosity of the people in our community is a true blessing.

As I visit with people throughout Blue Springs, I find that we are thankful to live in a city that has weathered the current economic storm reasonably well. We have friends and neighbors who care about our city and care about each other as well.

Our elected leaders strive to find ways to work together, to listen to each other and the needs of our citizens. Developers are seeing improvement in the city’s processes as they seek to invest here. There are still opportunities for improvement, but the city appears to be heading in the right direction on most issues.

Most importantly, we are positioned to excel as the national economy improves. I am hopeful that we will see our city truly blossom in the coming years.
I want to thank my readers for your support and encouragement over the past few years. I will be taking a break from writing for a few weeks to spend time with family. In my next article, on Jan. 13, I will begin a series of articles that will give a glimpse of the exciting things to come for our city in 2010 and beyond.

I am grateful to live in such an excellent community, and for the privilege of sharing it with so many caring people. Have a very merry Christmas and together let’s have a happy 2010!


All you can eat Pancake Breakfast – Help Support Free Dental for Kids!

clock December 14, 2009 16:53 by author Jeff Quibell
 

Chris Cakes® Fundraiser

proudly presented by

The Steamin' Bean Coffee Co.
to benefit  

StandUp Blue Springs'  

Dental for Kids program

~ Providing free dental care for children in need in the Blue Springs School District since 2003 ~

Purchase tickets in advance online at StandUpBlueSprings.org

Can't join us?   

Please consider making an online tax deductible donation

today to help local children obtain the essential dental care they need!

JOIN US FOR AN 

ALL YOU CAN EAT Pancake Breakfast

Pancakes, Sausage and Drink 

Saturday, December 19, 2009

9 am to 12 pm
The Steamin' Bean

1875 NW 7 Hwy. 
Blue Springs, MO 64014

(816) 220-BEAN

Adult ticket at the door - $6/ea.

Adult ticket in advance - $5/ea.

Child ticket - $4/each

Advance tickets online @ www.StandUpBlueSprings.org

and will be at Will Call at the event

Feel free to forward this email!


Family Connections, New Traditions

clock December 10, 2009 10:43 by author Jeff Quibell

Christmas is a time for family traditions. We each establish our own family traditions, some handed down by the generations and others we establish as our own family grows.

Each year Wanda and I, along with our daughters, unpack the lights, ornaments and decorations, and together we decorate the tree. We enjoy stretching out the light strings, finding the burned-out bulbs and figuring out how to get the lights working again. The tree is then decorated, with each of us picking out our favorite ornaments.

In August 2002 I located my birth mother. In December of that year she attended her first of many of my Heritage Philharmonic concerts, as we began to build our relationship. The following May she surprised me with a wonderful birthday gift, an old wooden wine box. We opened it together, and in the box were 44 Christmas ornaments, one for every Christmas since my birth.

My mother shared with me her family’s Christmas tradition. Each year at Christmas time they would select a fresh Christmas tree and bring it home. Their favorite place to put the tree was in the doorway between the den and the living room. The family gathered together to decorate the tree, with Mom always decorating the side facing the living room and her three children helping by decorating the den side.
Each year new ornaments were added for each child and one new ornament on her side of the tree. When the Christmas holiday had passed, the ornaments from her side of the tree were stored carefully in a wooden wine box in preparation for the next year. This tradition of decorating the tree continued for many years.

Each year, from the time she gave me up for adoption, she had purchased one ornament for her side of the tree. Each year she carefully stored those ornaments in the wine box, hoping that someday she would have the opportunity to share them with me.

As we prepared to celebrate Christmas 2003, we purchased and decorated a Christmas tree together for the first time. That year there were two Christmas trees in the Quibell home, and our family traditions were adapted to include my mother.

My mother is visiting again this week and will again attend the Heritage Philharmonic Holiday Pops concert. This year’s performance is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Blue Springs High School performing arts center. I hope you will come join us and share the 65th year of this community concert tradition with your family!

God bless you all and have a very merry Christmas!


Recycle your Christmas Tree at the Annual Chipping of the Green!

clock December 3, 2009 14:22 by author Jeff Quibell

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CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI

MEDIA ADVISORY

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903 W. Main Street Blue Springs, MO 64015 — P: 816.228.0137 — F: 816.228.7592 — W: www.bluespringsgov.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: December 3, 2009

CONTACT: Steve Willman, Operations Manager

Phone: 816.228.0237, Cell: 816.935.2685

Email: swillman@bluespringsgov.com

20th Annual Chipping of the Green Christmas Tree Recyling Program

Beginning December 26th, the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department will offer its annual “Chipping of the Green” Christmas Tree Recycling Program for the community. The program runs through Sunday, January 17th, and is free to individual residents that would like to dispose of their used Christmas trees in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. Commercial vendors may also participate for a nominal fee.

Residents may take their used tree, with all ornaments, tinsel and plastic wrapping removed, to Pink Hill Park, 2715 Park Road, located just west of 7 Highway, anytime daily from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm. Trees will be accepted for drop-off at the west parking lot, near the Park Maintenance Garage. Following the completion of the program, the trees will be chipped by departmental staff into fertilizer mulch for use with trees and plant beds throughout the park system.

Do make sure to remove all Christmas tree trimmings. Most trimmings – tinsel, lights, ornaments, and others are reusable. Trimmings left on the tree can contaminate mulch, pollute water, harm wildlife and cause litter problems.

Since 1990 the program has disposed of 25,482 trees.

For further information, contact the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department at (816) 228-0137.

Preregister with Parks & Recreation, by phone with Visa, Discover, or Master Card, on line at www.bluespringsgov.com, 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 & Recreation office at 228-0137.

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Holiday Home Decorating Contest

clock December 3, 2009 14:21 by author Jeff Quibell

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CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI

MEDIA ADVISORY

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903 W. Main Street Blue Springs, MO 64015 — P: 816.228.0137 — F: 816.228.7592 — W: www.bluespringsgov.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: December 3, 2009

CONTACT: Pam Buck, Superintendent of Recreation

Phone: 816.228.0238, Cell: 816.645.0287

Email: pbuck@bluespringsgov.com

Holiday Home Decorating Contest

“Tis the Season” to decorate your home exterior for the Blue Springs Holiday Home contest. Do you or someone you know living in Blue Springs, go all out decorating their home and lawn with holiday lights, wreaths, and/or figurines? If so, nominate them for the new “Spirit of the Week” Holiday Decorating Contest. Each week, one home that displays extraordinary holiday spirit will be recognized. A picture of the winner will be displayed in the Blue Springs Examiner newspaper and on the Parks & Recreation Web site. Be on the lookout for the brightest and best decorated home in Blue Springs or enter your own home. The winning homes will be chosen on December 1, 8, 15, & 22. Contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 228-0137 to register your favorite pick of the season.

Preregister with Parks & Recreation, by phone with Visa, Discover, or Master Card, on line at www.bluespringsgov.com, 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 & Recreation office at 228-0137.

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Holiday Express Train Comes to Blue Springs on December 14

clock December 3, 2009 14:19 by author Jeff Quibell

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CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI

MEDIA ADVISORY

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903 W. Main Street Blue Springs, MO 64015 — P: 816.228.0137 — F: 816.228.7592 — W: www.bluespringsgov.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: December 3, 2009

CONTACT: Pam Buck, Superintendent of Recreation

Phone: 816.228.0238, Cell: 816.645.0287

Email: pbuck@bluespringsgov.com

Holiday Express Train

Santa will cruise into town on the Kansas City Southern Railroad Holiday Express Train on Monday, December 14 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 First Baptist Church Blue Springs Student Life Center at 1405 Main Street. All activities are FREE.

Preregister with Parks & Recreation, by phone with Visa, Discover, or Master Card, on line at www.bluespringsgov.com, 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 & Recreation office at 228-0137.

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