News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Heritage Philharmonic & Kansas City Music Teachers Association host 24th Annual Young Artist Competition

clock November 29, 2010 10:30 by author Jeff Quibell

Kansas City Music Teachers Association – Heritage Philharmonic

24th Annual Young Artist Concerto Competition
1st Prize: $500 *and* performance with
Heritage Philharmonic on May 1st
2nd Prize: $250
Winners in both piano and instrumental categories

Competition date: February 26th, 2011
Entry Deadline: January 31st, 2011
Eligibility: Age 14 to 18 as of February 26th, 2011
For more details, check out
Or contact: Julie Watson
913-908-2386 6

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Dave Wright Addresses the MSBA/MASA Annual Conference

clock November 23, 2010 14:46 by author Jeff Quibell

Friends/Peers/Education Advocates…

Several of you had asked if I could provide you with the link to a presentation/speech I recently shared with other Missouri school board members and administrators at the MSBA/MASA Annual Conference on October 23, 2010 at Tan-Tar-A in my capacity as MSBA President.  Although it is also viewable on U-Tube in 3 separate links, the single link below set up through the Blue Springs site is easier to navigate to and also includes portions of the closing not included on U-Tube.

Others of you I know (and have worked with in various capacities) and I felt that you might also enjoy a pro-public-education commentary as well as some good pics of Blue Spring’s students, staff, and supporters.


It's a 369 mb file so it may take a while.


Dave Wright

President, Missouri School Boards Association

Past President, Blues Springs R-4 Board of Education



clock November 23, 2010 14:40 by author Jeff Quibell



Saturday, January 29, 2011
Blue Springs Elks Lodge
100 NE Brizendine Road, Blue Springs, MO 64014
Doors open at 5:30pm for registration and Tournament begins @ 6:00pm
$50 seat donation for pre-sale ticket
$60 seat donation at the door
Silent Auction and Raffle
Make your reservation today by calling 816-220-7660
Mastercard/Visa/Discover Accepted. Must be 21 yrs old to attend

Positively Blue Springs to Air on Comcast Channel 15 and U-Verse Channel 99

clock November 23, 2010 13:39 by author Jeff Quibell

Hello everyone,

Here is the second edition of Positively Blue Springs. Starting at the first of the year this will be a weekly program that will air no fewer than 50x per week on Comcast Channel 15 and ATT U-Verse 99. This program will be up and running starting tomorrow on these channels. Click below and please do not hesitate to contact me if I may be of assistance.

Our guests on this show are:

Melissa Goff, Band Director at Blue Springs South High School

Tim Crone, Former Football Coach and AD at Blue Springs High School.

Our local business guests are:

Bob Florence MCC-Blue River

Dave Osborne Charlies’ Auto Collision

All of the feedback on our first show has been fantastic. I hope that you will enjoy this edition and will consider becoming a sponsor of the program. I can assure you that it will separate and promote your business or organization to Blue Springs and Eastern Jackson County like no other program currently available.

This program will be a weekly program that will air on Comcast Channel 15 and ATT U-Verse 99. It will air over fifty times per week. This program will introduce our sponsors to the Blue Springs community, make them familiar with our viewers, and encourage our viewers to do business with our sponsors that make this program possible.


Tony Wrisinger

Sideliner Sports


Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Newsletter–December 2010

clock November 23, 2010 13:36 by author Jeff Quibell

Add a

Little Spring to Your Life

Best Wishes

During the Holiday Season more than ever, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our progress possible.  And in this spirit we say, simply but sincerely, Thank You and Best Wishes for the Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.

Newsletter - Vol 4, Issue 11

December, 2010



The holiday season is upon us.  As you try to find new ways to entertain yourselves and your families, we feel we have a variety of opportunities to help you have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.  We thank you for your interest, time and participation in our programs and activities.


Roscoe Righter, DirectorDoes Playing Really

       Have Any Value?

Everyone, especially children, knows that playing is fun, right?  But isn't it just a waste of time?  The answer, which is not a surprise to those in Parks & Recreation, is absolutely not!

Does a child develop differently if they have never experienced the motion or feeling of swinging or riding a teeter totter or a whirl, than a child who has been exposed to those physical feelings?  The answer is most definitely yes.  These three movements only deal with the human body's ability to experience and understand the feeling of those movements.  The perception of going up and down or around and around cannot be learned without having experienced the actual motion. 

What about the feeling, physical and emotional, that a person has when, let's say, they hit a home run for their team?  What if that home run wins the game for the team?  What about breaking your own record in a specific sport?  What is the personal value to either of those two events? 

What about the opposite?  What if you lose a tennis match or a round of golf to someone?  Have you learned anything, gained anything valuable from the experience?  I say yes.

For more information..........


Rented Christmas: The Musical

John Dale, a middle-aged bachelor and prominent businessman, has a challenging job for Anne Weston, proprietor of the local rent shop. He wants to rent a Christmas, not just with a tree and Christmas carols, but complete with a wife, a family and all of the happiness for which he has been secretly longing. Anne believes she has creatively solved the problem of a Christmas family by calling the actors guild, but when the young actors come down with the measles, her last hope is to turn to the local orphanage. A "rented" Christmas soon turns into a new life for all concerned, which makes this a very warm and special holiday treat. Beautiful medleys of popular Christmas carols along with delightful original music are the perfect accompaniment to convey the sentiment of the season.

Performance Dates: December 3-5 and 9-12, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays, 7:30 pm and Sundays, 2:00 pm

Location: Blue Springs High School Auditorium, 2000 NW Ashton Drive.

A production by the Blue Springs City Theatre
Directed by John Horner
Tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for children under 13 years. For ticket information:

Phone: (816) 228-5806


Crown Center

Holiday Lights

Bus Tour

Reserve your seats early as this popular tour fills up fast.  On Friday, December 10th, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM, we will tour the enchanting holiday lights of the Kansas City area in style.  Bring your family and travel by comfortable deluxe motor coach as we tour to Longview Farm, the Country Club Plaza, Crown Center and Blue Springs' very own Chicago Street display.  Caroling, games and refreshments keep everyone entertained.  The bus departs from Blue Springs City Hall, 903 W. Main Street.  Preregister by December 3rd at the Parks & Recreation Office.  The $20.00 fee includes beverages and snacks.


Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa

On Saturday, December 4th, enjoy a festive holiday breakfast at Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper Street, starting at 9:00 AM.  The home cooked meals will be prepared by the Vesper Hall Kitchen Staff.  After breakfast, youngsters can each take a turn at visiting with Santa.  Create a simple craft and receive a goodie bag to take home.  Be sure and bring a camera!  Parents, please bring a wrapped $2-$5 gift for your child from Santa.  The deadline to register is December 2nd.  Children must have an adult chaperone.  The cost is $8.00 per person. Age one year and younger, no charge.


Mayaor's Christmas Tree Lighting

Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting

Join us on Tuesday, December 7th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM when the Mayor throws the switch and lights this very special Christmas Tree just outside City Hall, 903 W. Main Street.  There will be entertainment by local schools and community groups.  Free refreshments will be served.  Santa Claus and other special guests will join the festivities.  The activities will be outside so dress appropriately depending on the weather.


Holiday Displays are Homegrown Creativity

If you have seen the holiday displays on some of our busier roadways in Blue Springs, you know that they are very colorful and entertaining.  The Parks Maintenance and Buildings Division Staff have created many fun displays that add light, motion and spirit to the holidays.  The Peppermint Harvest, the Ice Skaters, and Santa's Train are just some examples of the themed displays, which are placed in strategic locations around the city.  Watch out for our new bows on Main St. When the new light poles were added, so did the opportunity to add garland bows that run from Highway 7 to 15th Street.

Constructing a holiday display begins as a paper draft, similar to a page from a coloring book.  Lots of thought about visual effect, angle, and originality go into each design.  The design is then projected and transferred to a large paper template.  The template becomes the pattern for the metal structure that the lights and garland are attached to.  Some displays are intended for night use only, but we add garland to give the displays depth and visibility for daytime enjoyment.  Lights are added and in some displays, motion controls are used to bring them to life like our golfer on Adams Dairy Parkway at R.D. Mize.

Each year, before any display is placed for view, it is completely checked out.  This process can be as simple as replacing lights or completely rebuilding, depending on its condition.  We also move many of the displays around so the same thing is not always in the same place.  Shortly after Thanksgiving, check out the displays in the following locations:  I-70 and 7 Highway, I-70 and Adams Dairy Parkway,  I-70 and Woods Chapel Road, 40 Highway and 22nd Street and Adams Dairy Parkway and R.D. Mize.

We hope that you enjoy the holiday displays.  The Parks & Recreation staff are looking forward to constructing additional fun and creative displays.


Bits and Pieces

-Free Holiday Christmas Luncheon for Seniors

-Free Holiday Christmas Brunch for Seniors

-Candy Creations for Kids:  Candy Santa

-Letters from Santa's Elves

-American Heartland Theatre: Plaid Tidings

-Chipping of the Green, Christmas Tree Recycling Program

-Online Program Registration

-Theme Park Tickets are Available

-Recycling Center at Pink Hill Park

-Facility Rental Opportunities

More Information.....


Boo-Springs Harvest Fest

Photos of the

Halloween Fun Photos.....


Health and Fitness Tip

Snack Wisely:  You have heard that snacking can aid in weight loss, give you an energy boost, and tide you over in between meals, but that doesn't mean grazing in the potato chips all day.  Compose your midmorning and midafternoon snacks of small portions of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.  Time your snacks two or three hours after your last meal to keep you from being ravenous when your next mealtime arrives.


Quote to Live By

"The end of labor is to gain leisure."

                                    -Aristotle (384-322 BC)        


Mission Statement

"It is the mission of the

Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department

to serve the public's well-being by providing

quality leisure opportunities through the research, establishment, implementation and maintenance

of a comprehensive parks, recreation,

buildings and grounds system."



In This Issue

- Does Play Really Have Any Value?

- Rented Christmas: The Musical

- Holiday Lights Bus Tour

- Breakfast With Santa

- Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting

- Holiday Displays are Homegrown Creativity

- Bits and Pieces

- Photos of the Month

- Health & Fitness Tip

- Quote to Live By

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Blue Springs Citizen Survey Shows Significant Improvements

clock November 23, 2010 13:30 by author Jeff Quibell

75ES3358 4x5 @ 72 ResThe City of Blue Springs conducts a citizen satisfaction survey, usually once a year, as a tool for the Mayor, city council, and city staff to evaluate how the citizens view a variety of city services, programs, plans and progress. The survey covers issues such as police visibility, road and sidewalk maintenance, parks and recreation, and leadership within our city government.

For the past 5 years, I have taken an in-depth look at our citizen surveys. Citizen responses began to improve in some areas in 2007, and the 2009 and 2010 surveys show that our citizens are generally pleased with the significant progress our city has made in targeting those issues that are important to us.

The benchmarking section of the survey compares our opinions of our city to the opinions other metropolitan citizens have of their own city. There have been substantial improvements in how we view our police services, customer service at city hall, and our city’s effectiveness in communication with the public. Significant opportunity for improvement still exists on street maintenance and enforcement of building and property maintenance, although the new property maintenance codes have contributed to improvements in this area.

Many sections improved by 10% or more in this year’s survey. New bike lanes and trails, information about city programs and services and local issues, management of traffic flow and congestion, maintenance of streets, and management of our city’s growth all received high marks. Even more exciting was that NONE of the areas surveyed declined by 10% or more.

My favorite section of the survey is the GIS section. This section shows the distribution of opinions across the city and provides a window into specific areas of the city that may require more attention in specific instances.

An example would be the issue of “Satisfaction of Maintenance of City Streets and Sidewalks”. The vast majority of our residents are neutral on this topic meaning there is still much room for improvement. Yet one subdivision on AA Hwy stands out in the report as being dissatisfied. This should be a red flag for our city staff to evaluate, as there may be something in the area that requires attention.

Overall, this year’s survey shows significant improvements in almost all areas. Regardless, there remains much to do to keep our city the best place to live, work and play in this great state. Our city council is doing a good job of listening to our citizens and responding with solutions. I am looking forward to the opportunity to serve the citizens of District 1 once again, should they honor me with a majority vote in April.  More information is available at


To view the current citizen survey go to

Jaguar Pride 2010 Grand Champions at University of Missouri

clock November 23, 2010 13:13 by author Jeff Quibell



Jaguar Pride 2010

Grand Champions at
University of Missouri

Blue Springs South Jaguar Pride Marching Band just completed their most successful year. Here's your chance to re-cap their season at a low cost.

2010 Jaguar Pride Fusion on DVD includes:

-Entire grand championship performance at MU
Champion of Champions Festival

-Pictures and video re-capping the entire season (rehearsals, fundraisers, football games, etc.) 

All for only $10 with proceeds benefiting the
Jaguar Pride!

Special offer! Receive the 2010 show Fusion AND the 2009 show Gladiator for only $5 more. 

That's only $15 for both DVDs!

Click here for your order form.

Mail it along with your check or money order payable to

BS South Bands to:

Blue Springs South High School

Attn: Doug Padget, Band Dep.

1200 SE Adams Dairy Pkwy

Blue Springs, MO 64014


Annual Citizen Survey Reflects Improvements in Citizen Satisfaction

clock November 16, 2010 11:17 by author Jeff Quibell





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


DATE: November 16, 2010

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


Blue Springs Residents Give High Marks for City Services

Annual Citizen Survey Reflects Improvements in Citizen Satisfaction

Blue Springs, Mo. – Results of Blue Springs’ annual DirectionFinder Citizen Satisfaction Survey are in, and findings reflect significant improvements in citizen satisfaction with City programs and services. According to the most recent survey, which was conducted during the Fall of 2010, Blue Springs residents are pleased with the City overall, particularly in the areas of public safety, parks facilities and the leadership and quality of customer service of the city staff and elected officials.

The DirectionFinder Survey, which is administered by ETC Institute, is designed to assess citizen satisfaction with the delivery of major city services and to help determine priorities for the community as part of the City’s ongoing planning process.

Findings from the survey indicate that a majority of residents (79%) are pleased with the quality of the police services and protection of the Blue Springs Police Department, 73% are satisfied with the quality of the City’s water and sewer utilities, 81% are pleased with the quality of City parks facilities and 81% are satisfied with the City’s primary communication source with residents, the Blue Springs Magazine.

Citizens are also satisfied with the overall customer service the City provides its residents through various programs and services. According to the survey, 82% of residents who had utilized City Services in 2009 and 2010, rated City employees as courteous and polite and indicated employees were easy to contact.

During his presentation of the survey results to the City Council on November 15, Chris Tatham of ETC Institute said, “the City should be very proud of this year’s results, many communities across the nation have experienced significant declines in citizen satisfaction due to the current economic environment, Blue Springs has continued to improve on last year’s results, with several areas improving by at least 10%.”

Tatham also noted that of the 87 areas that were assessed in 2009, the City of Blue Springs improved or stayed the same in 73 of those areas. Some of the more significant increases included:

· Flow of traffic and congestion management (+12%)

· Availability of info about City programs/services (+15%)

· City managing its growth (+10%)

· Availability of bicycle lanes (+17%)

· Availability of walking and biking trails (+17%)

· Maintenance of neighborhood streets (+12%)

· City efforts to keep you informed on local issues (+12%)

“This type of significant improvement in major service areas where communities around the country are generally seeing decline, is commendable” said Tatham. “The City of Blue Springs can be proud of its accomplishments in 2010, and should continue exercising the planning and implementation necessary to maintain quality services for its residents.”

Other major findings show significant increases in citizen satisfaction with the quality of Blue Springs’ leadership, which increased by 20% since 2007. Mayor Carson Ross said he attributes such high marks to a vision that he believes is shared by City Council, staff and many community stakeholders.

“In April 2008, I was elected by the citizens of Blue Springs to create a cohesive vision and direction for our community. Together with staff and the City Council, we established a number of new programs, citizen engagement efforts and new spending priorities to meet citizens’ needs for a quality community. We continue to implement and plan for many of the ideas and priorities set forth in our citizen visioning process and Council strategic planning. We can attribute the success of the 2010 survey to the efforts of our city leaders to listen, plan and act accordingly.”

City Administrator Eric Johnson, while pleased with the results from this year’s survey, said he is focused on the importance of using the annual assessment document for future planning efforts.

“We are pleased to know that residents have become increasingly satisfied with city services,” said Johnson. “Perhaps more important, however, is how we will use the survey as a planning tool to help guide important program and service decisions in the future. Our purpose for conducting the survey is to gauge not only how well we’re doing, but to determine what areas need additional attention in the upcoming year. Our goal is to always understand the expectations and priorities of our residents and customers and use feedback to continuously help us improve everything we do.”

While results reflected significant improvements in several areas, the survey also provided indication where additional focus is warranted. According to the survey, the three major areas that residents thought should receive the most emphasis from the City over the next two years include (1) maintenance of City streets and sidewalks, (2) the flow of traffic and congestion in Blue Springs, and (3) the effectiveness of community planning.

“Each year the City attempts to address these areas of citizen concerns through its annual Operating Budget, Capital Improvements Program (CIP), and best practice implementation,” said Johnson.

“As an example, the City Council has continued to use the DirectionFinder Survey results to develop an aggressive Street Maintenance Program that allocates $2.5 million a year to rehabilitate streets throughout the City. In the future we will continue to utilize the DirectionFinder survey as a mechanism to help align citizens’ service priorities with the policy goals of our City Council,” Johnson added.

Although the City has been conducting regular citizen surveys since 1989, this was the seventh time Blue Springs conducted a DirectionFinder Survey. The first DirectionFinder was administered in 2000. The full report of the 2010 citizen survey results is located on the City’s website at