News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

The Wall That Heals Gets a Warm Welcome – Full Scale Effort For Long Ride

clock September 29, 2010 11:34 by author Jeff Quibell

Jeff Quibell There are some experiences in life that can only be described as WOW! Tuesday, I had the distinct privilege and honor of joining the Patriot Guard motorcycle escort, as The Wall That Heals came into Blue Springs.

This morning began with a brisk ride from Blue Springs to Concordia with Blue Springs City Councilman Grant Bowerman. When we arrived at the Travel America Truck Stop in Concordia, the crowd of motorcyclists had already begun to assemble. By the time everyone had arrived, there were well over 200 motorcycles and their riders ready and willing to provide the escort.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s department and law enforcement agencies from all across the region, helped to manage traffic and to safely close the west bound interstate so that we could focus on honoring the 58,000+ men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War to protect our freedoms.

We were KSU (Kick Stands Up) at 12:15pm and began the process of entering Interstate 70. Approximately 100 of us lead The Wall ThatDistrict 3 Blue Springs City Councilman Grant Bowerman Heals semi truck onto the interstate. Councilman Bowerman and I were stationed only a few motorcycles ahead of the actual Wall. The remainder of the escort followed the Wall along the route. The sky was blue and the temperatures were perfect for a fall ride.

David Miller, the organizer for the Patriot Guard, emphasized to us that safety was of the utmost importance. The formation was staggered with 2 seconds between each motorcycle in line with each other and one second between motorcycles across from each other. No side by side riding.

As we departed from Concordia we began to encounter people alongside the highway waving, saluting, and displaying the American Flag. Almost every overpass had people on it, waving and showing their support. As we came over the hill approaching the Grain Valley exit we could see emergency lights on the overpass. Area Firefighters and Emergency Medical Personnel had set up on the overpass and were there to greet us.

Patriot Guard Staging AreaThe closer we got to Blue Springs, more and more people lined the road and overpasses to cheer on the procession. At Adams Dairy Parkway we turned south to 40 Highway and then west to Highway 7, where we were greeted by flag waving citizens of our community all the rest of the way to Pink Hill Park.

These gatherings of the people are an integral part of American life. There is no experience like receiving the support of your fellow citizens and honoring the traditions that make our country great.

Come join us in honoring the Veterans of the Vietnam War by visiting Pink Hill Park over the next few days. The Wall and its accompanying museum will be in Pink Hill Park from 6:55am Thursday September 30 through 6pm Sunday October 3rd. More information can be found at http://www.bluespringswallthatheals.net.


Open House Celebration for Whole Life Health Chiropractic & Wellness Group, LLC of Blue Springs

clock September 29, 2010 11:22 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs, MO September 15, 2010: Family-friendly entertainment, healthy snacks and refreshments, and over $1,000 in prizes and giveaways to celebrate the Ribbon Cutting and Open House of Whole Life Health Chiropractic & Wellness Group. Whole Life Health, a chiropractic clinic specializing in chiropractic and wellness care for the whole family, celebrates their grand opening on Wednesday, September 29th from 5 to 7 p.m. The Open House will be preceded by a Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting from 4 to 5 p.m.

Guests will be provided with gift bags containing complimentary gifts and coupons; with a raffle for door prizes at 6:30 p.m. There will be a kid’s area with face painting, free to all attending. Whole Life Health Licensed Massage Therapist Jodie Baker will offer chair massage to those in attendance for a small donation to benefit the local Power of Pink organization. Dr. Rikki will also offer a tour of the clinic and answer any questions about chiropractic and wellness. There will also be brochures available to provide additional information on whole food supplements and natural ways to improve your health.

The Open House serves to introduce Dr. Rikki and Whole Life Health to the Blue Springs and Kansas City area communities while also promoting health and wellness. “Health and wellness are a vital part of a community and we are here to help people learn how to live in a healthy manner. We have all grown up with bad habits and have spent the last few years trying to break those habits so we can improve our lives. It is my goal to help as many people as possible to improve their overall health through chiropractic care as well as nutritional and lifestyle guidance.” said Dr. Rikki Hays Clawson, Owner and Chiropractor at Whole Life Health Chiropractic and Wellness Group. Dr. Rikki went on to say, “the majority of health issues that we battle today can be prevented through simple lifestyle changes centered around proper nutrition, exercise and regular chiropractic care.”

This Open House event is free to the public and all are welcome to attend. For more information, please call 816-229-4949 or log onto www.mywholelifehealth.net. Align Your Life with Whole Life Health Chiropractic and Wellness Group!

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StandUp Blue Springs to host 7th annual Princess Party

clock September 21, 2010 17:42 by author Jeff Quibell

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. (September 7, 2010) – StandUp Blue Springs will host its seventh annual Princess Party to raise funds for its flagship program Dental for Kids, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 at Valley View High School, located at 5000 N.W. Valley View Road, Blue Springs, MO 64015.

            Young ladies ages 2-to-12 will be the royal guests of honor at the seventh annual Princess Party. A visit with the Tooth Fairy, the Sparkle Smile Academy featuring the Royal Puppets, a Princess concert, primping and crafts are a few of the 15 activities offered at the Princess Party.

             “The Tooth Fairy meets each princess and gives them their very own royal toothbrush,” said Executive Director Monica Meeks. “Last year, a young girl was so excited after she received her toothbrush because she did not have to share one anymore. That is just one example of the importance of our programs and how they directly impact the children in our community.”

            Dental for Kids provides free dental care, dental education and supplies to 2,300 children and teens in need each year who live in the Blue Springs School District, which includes Blue Springs, Lake Tapawingo, and portions of Independence, Grain Valley and Lee’s Summit. Since the launch of the program in 2003, local volunteer dentists have donated nearly $400,000 worth of free care, but funds are needed to pay for dental education, supplies, case management and other program costs.

            The cost to attend the Princess Party is $15 for children and $5 for each adult companion. Tickets can be purchased at the door or ordered in advance beginning in September through the StandUp Blue Springs website. Discounts are available for online and advance purchases. Optional activities cost an additional fee and low-cost snacks will be sold.    

            Dental for Kids is a program of the local nonprofit agency, StandUp Blue Springs, which engages adults and teens in Eastern Jackson County in health, safety and community enrichment initiatives. For more information about the Princess Party or the Dental for Kids program, visit www.StandUpBlueSprings.org or call the StandUp Blue Springs office at 816-478-4500.


Heritage Philharmonic Announces the 2010-2011 Concert Season with Free Tickets for All

clock September 19, 2010 22:17 by author Jeff Quibell

Conductor’s Letter

Dear Friends,

The 2010-2011 season marks our 66th year of performing great
concerts in Jackson County. We have exciting concerts in store
for you that I know you will not want to miss.

We are looking forward to partnering with the Metropolitan
Chorale of Kansas City for our first concert. The major work
on that program will be Mozart’s incredibly beautiful Requiem,
presented in the lovely space of the Community of Christ Temple.

In December we will hold our traditional Holiday Pops concert,
featuring the talented singers of the Delta Woods Honor Choir.
Please join us for this family-friendly concert of holiday favorites
at Blue Springs High School.

The March concert will feature a wide variety of Memorable
Marches—everything from Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance No. 1
to the Imperial March from Star Wars. We are pleased to return
to Tri-City Ministries for this upbeat performance.

The season will conclude in May with the Young Artists’
Concert. The orchestra, together with the Kansas City Music
Teachers Association, hosts a yearly competition for high
school musicians. The winners of this competition are awarded
a scholarship and are invited to appear as a soloist with the
orchestra. We have been impressed by amazing young talent in
the past, and I am certain that this year will be no different.

Finally and quite notably, we are pleased to announce a return to
free admission for our concerts! We are doing this in an effort
to make our concerts accessible to everyone.
The success of this
ambitious goal depends on assistance from loyal supporters like
you. Please help by sending in your tax deductible donation
today.

I look forward to seeing you soon,

James Murray III
Music Director & Conductor

www.HeritagePhilharmonic.org

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Opportunity to Help Congressman Sam Graves In Blue Springs Fall Fun Fest Parade

clock September 15, 2010 10:23 by author Jeff Quibell

We are asking your help by walking with our group in the Blue Springs Fall Fun Fest Parade.

The parade begins at 10:00 am and our volunteers should arrive no later than 9:15 am.  Our vehicle number is 47C and we should be lined up on Vesper St. near Thomas Ultican Elementary.  We will have supplies including t-shirts to wear and candy and lapel stickers to pass out to children.  Your contact for this parade will be Dan Davison; Dan's cell number is 816-351-1896.

If you are available to walk in this parade please let me know and I will send any follow-up information you might need.

Chad Higdon

Campaign Manager, Graves for Congress

1900 Frederick Blvd

St. Joseph, MO 64501

(816) 749-4290 office

(816) 261-6888 cell

chigdon@gravesforcongress.com


Late summer, early fall means many traditions

clock September 15, 2010 10:04 by author Jeff Quibell

JeffQuibell201002 Fall is a great time of year for family gatherings and community festivals. Over the past week, Wanda and I embarked on a motorcycle trip through the Midwest, participating in a family reunion in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and an annual gathering of family and friends in Coldwater, Mich., called a Wisconsin-style fish boil. You can see a video of the final cooking process at http://bit.ly/FishBoil2010.

Modern GPS technology gave us the ability to avoid highways and toll roads on this 1,428-mile loop, which took us to two family gatherings and gave us the opportunity to see parts of the Midwest that we might not otherwise see. With only three hours of rain on the entire trip, it was truly a beautiful and enjoyable ride.

Dining at Brevins Family Eatery in Churubusco, Ind., spending the night in Jacksonville, Ill., and purchasing gasoline in Salisbury, Mo., we enjoyed our visit through most of the rural Midwest.

This time of year, community festivals are all over the Midwest, and Blue Springs is no different. As we drove past the apple orchards of Waverly, Mo., on U.S. 24, my thoughts turned toward this weekend’s Fall Fun Festival in Blue Springs.

This year will be my 26th year attending the Fall Fun Festival, when downtown Blue Springs is transformed into a gathering place for all of our citizens and community neighbors. I can’t imagine fall without the opportunity to enjoy a Timothy Lutheran Burger, St. Peter walking taco, and Keck’s root beer. I can’t wait to drop by the music boosters’ bingo tent to help raise money for our school’s music programs.

I plan to visit the political booths and gather information about those people running for elected office this November in order to make an informed decision when I cast my ballot, and I encourage you to do the same. I look forward to walking in the parade for Congressman Sam Graves and future state representative Jeanie Lauer. I plan to enjoy the first-class entertainment that the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce always brings to the festival, including the Outlaw Junkies on Friday evening and Trampled Underfoot on Saturday evening.

Most importantly, I look forward to seeing friends, as we come together to enjoy the company of your fellow citizens and the hundreds of booths that I have not thought to mention. Please don’t hesitate to stop and say hi if we cross paths during the festivities.


Mizzou Reaching Out to Grad Students

clock September 3, 2010 12:21 by author Jeff Quibell

- PRESS RELEASE -

Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation

 
 

Blue Springs, MO- Sept 3, 2010-

For more information, contact:

Ann Judd

Blue Springs EDC

816-228-0210

ajudd@bluespringsedc.com

 

Mizzou Reaching Out to Grad Students

The following video story was aired on Kansas City's Fox4News on Thursday, September 2, 2010.

BLUE SPRINGS, MO - More students are looking to stay closer to home to further their education, and as a result the University of Missouri is bringing a unique program to the metro area as specialized graduate classes are now underway at the new Mizzou Center in Blue Springs.
FOX 4's John Pepitone is Working for You with the report.

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For more information about The Mizzou Center and/or the Missouri Innovation Park, checkout our website at www.bluespringsedc.com/innovation.aspx.

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Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation

1600 NE Coronado Drive

Blue Springs, MO  64014

www.ThinkBlueSprings.com

   
 

Blue Springs EDC | 1600 NE Coronado Drive | Blue Springs | MO | 64014


Hy-Vee to present a $15,000 check to The Wall That Heals

clock September 3, 2010 12:17 by author Jeff Quibell

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CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI

MEDIA ALERT

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903 W. Main Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015  —  P: 816.228.0110  —  F: 816.228.7592  — www.bluespringsgov.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:              September 3, 2010

CONTACT:      Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

                        Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

                        Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Hy-Vee to present a $15,000 check to The Wall That Heals – Blue Springs, Mo.

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs, Blue Springs Public Art Commission, Blue Springs School District and area businesses and veterans’ organizations have formed a partnership to bring the traveling exhibition of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to Pink Hill Park Thursday, Sept. 30 to Sunday, Oct. 3.

Hy-Vee, an employee-owned supermarket chain, has agreed to be a lead partner for the event. Steve Molosak, the Blue Springs store director, will present a $15,000 check on behalf of the entire Kansas City area Hy-Vee store group to Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross on Tuesday, September 7, in a special ceremony at 10 a.m. The check presentation will be in front of Blue Springs City Hall, 903 W. Main Street.

“We are honored to be a lead partner in this event for our Blue Springs community and for all Kansas City area Vietnam Veterans,” said Nancy Pagel, Kansas City Hy-Vee Marketing Director, a company known for extending into the neighborhoods and communities they serve. “Hy-Vee stores have a long history of honoring Veterans and this is just one more way we can give thanks for their service to our country.”

“We are grateful to Hy-Vee for being one of the lead partners of The Wall That Heals event. Hy-Vee has been an excellent corporate partner in many Blue Springs community events.  Thank you again to Hy-Vee for helping us say, ‘Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans, Welcome Home’,” said Mayor Carson Ross.

“The Vietnam memorial has inspired and healed many people. But not everyone can get to Washington, D.C. to see it. So, we’ve worked for many years to bring it here,” says Eleanor Frasier, chairman of the Public Art Commission. “We invite all Vietnam War veterans to come see The Wall That Heals in Blue Springs, and all parents and children to participate in the events to learn about this important time in America’s history.”

The funding for the Blue Springs “The Wall That Heals” is all by donations. All funds are set up with the Truman Heartland Community Foundation, a 501-C-3 organization.

For more information, contact Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager at (816) 655-0497, visit the Web site, www.bluespringswallthatheals.net or Wall That Heals Blue Springs on Facebook.

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Kim Nakahodo

Communications Manager

City of Blue Springs, Mo.

903 W. Main Street

Blue Springs, MO  64015

Phone:     (816) 655-0497

               (816) 651-6449

Fax:         (816) 228-7592

Email:      knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

www.bluespringsgov.com


Beware of Roofing Scam. Call Your Local Police Department If You Have Information on the Perpetrators

clock September 1, 2010 16:57 by author Jeff Quibell
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CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI

POLICE DEPARTMENT

MEDIA ADVISORY

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1100 SW Smith Street Blue Springs, MO 64015 Phone: 816.228.0150 Fax: 816.228.0147

Website: http://www.bluespringsgov.com

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:

August 31, 2010,

CONTACT:

PIO/Detective Troy Pharr

 

Public Information Officer (Police Dept.)

 

Phone: 816-228-0212, Cell 816-935-2678

 

Email: tpharr@bluespringsgov.com

tpharr@bluespringsgov.org

Blue Springs case number:

2010-07756 & 2010-07762

Subject:

Stealing over $500.00 by Deceit.

Who:

Two Blue Springs home owners.

What:

Payment made for new roof however work never done.

When:

Home owners approached and paid for new roofs on 07/13/2010 and 07/14/2010.

Where:

1300 block of SW Skyline Drive, Blue Springs, Mo.

280 block of NW Westbrooke Circle, Blue Springs, Mo.

Blue Springs Missouri Police Department News

Two Blue Springs home owners have become the victims of an unscrupulous business by pre-paying for new roofs, but then the work was never done. On July the 13th and the 14th the victims were contacted by a person alleging that he represented American Shingle. The representative told each of the victims that they needed new roofs and he offered the services of American Shingle. The sales person told each victim that they needed to pre-pay the entire amount of the job up front before the work could be started. The total loss between both victims is over $9,700.00. Both checks were cashed and they have not seen anyone from American Shingle since.

Both cases are being investigated by the Blue Springs Police Department’s Investigations unit. If you have any information that would assist with these investigations, please call the Police Department at 816-228-0150.

Blue Springs Police Chief Wayne McCoy notes that you should be cautious about pre-paying for services in advance. While some legitimate businesses do require a down payment on large jobs, too often it can mean that there is a potential for loss with the work never getting done. Please check sources to verify that a business is legitimate; going on-line to search often yields surprising results.

If you have become a victim of a similar theft please notify your local Police Department along with the local office of the Missouri Attorney General.


First Task: Gather, Assess the Facts

clock September 1, 2010 11:53 by author Jeff Quibell

JeffQuibell201002 Differing opinions, and the discussions that come as a result, contribute to our society and provide a necessary vehicle to reaching a good decision. As I read Michael Freeman’s Op-Ed column in Saturday’s Examiner, I realized that it presents an excellent opportunity to discuss the difference between personal opinion and representative leadership, along with the attributes that we should seek in our elected officials. I encourage you to read his article, “Quibell column distorts trash debate”. http://bit.ly/mf201008  ( My original column can also be read at http://bit.ly/jq100825)

Over the years, I have occasionally been critical of our elected officials in my articles, primarily for two reasons. The first is when I view behavior that appears disrespectful to the people coming before the council in order to do business with our city. The second is for pre-determination of their positions on the important issues that they decide for our citizens. The first is an issue of common courtesy. The second is a matter of state law.

Mr. Freeman presumes that I have made up my mind on the issue of trash hauling and even goes so far as to suggest what my opinion might be. He, like some I have criticized in the past, appears to have made up his mind before he has all the facts. Personally, I value our freedoms and prefer to have the right to choose my own trash hauler. I have used several over the years and like the locally based company that I currently use.

Our elected officials, if they are following the law, do not have the freedom to predetermine their decisions. They are obligated to consider all of the facts presented to them and make their decision based on the facts, representing the best interest of our citizens. Our finest elected officials sometimes find themselves voting opposite of their own personal opinion when the facts support a different conclusion. Regardless of the decision they make, it is impossible to please everyone. At times, they even disappoint themselves.

I am flattered that Mr. Freeman considers me as an Uncle, although I can confirm that we are not related. As for Councilman Fowler, while we do not always agree, he is a passionate elected official who has served our city for many, many years, and certainly not someone I would characterize as evil. City Councils exist to work out the differences between competing interests and to make the best possible decisions for their citizens. It is sometimes thankless work and often opens the official up to public criticism.

My encouragement to our City Council is to obtain and review all the facts, and then and only then, make the best decision for all involved. This decision will affect all of our citizens, the businesses who serve them, and the employees of those businesses who live in and around our community. Like many, it is a complex issue when viewed outside the bubble of personal opinion. I am confident that this Mayor and Council will keep those things in mind and do their job with integrity and in the best interest of all.