News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Blue Springs Events for June 24th through June 26th 2011

clock June 23, 2011 14:43 by author Jeff Quibell

Street Flick – Free activities and outdoor movie Friday, June 24, 7:15 p.m. - Kids activities, 8:45 p.m. - The Karate Kid. 12th Street & Main Street in Downtown Blue Springs. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, bleacher seating also available. Pre-movie activities include chalk art with feature artist Doug Bennett. Also face painting, bounce house, games, and kids crafts.

Music in the Park Concert Series – Sunday, June 26, at Rotary Park located at 400 NW Vesper.  This free concert series features a different band every Sunday night. This week the Elsea Smith Band (blues & rock) takes the stage at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.  Bring lawn chairs, food/drink or concessions available.

Blue Springs Centennial Pool-Plex –  Open 12:30-7 p.m. daily.  The pool, located at 2401 NW Ashton Drive, features a zero depth wading pool w/water features and two giant waterslides. Both daily admission fee and summer membership passes are available.

For additional information on these and other activities sponsored by Blue Springs Parks & Recreation visit, or call the Department Office at (816) 228-0137.

“Be a Good Neighbor” Fireworks Education Campaign Launches Today

clock June 23, 2011 10:06 by author Jeff Quibell





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


DATE: June 23, 2011

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Public Information Officer

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


“Be a Good Neighbor” Fireworks Education Campaign Launches Today –

Emphasizes Increased Law Enforcement and Fireworks Safety for Independence Holiday

Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs and the Blue Springs Police Department want to help keep families safe this Independence Holiday. To do this, the City will continue its “Be a Good Neighbor” Fireworks Education Campaign for the 2011 fireworks season.

The campaign is designed to help build resident awareness for fireworks safety and to educate community members about City rules and regulations regarding fireworks. Additionally, a primary goal for the 2011 “Be a Good Neighbor” fireworks education campaign is to emphasize the assertive police enforcement that will take place prior to and during the 4th of July holiday.

“Our goal this year is to make sure citizens are not only enjoying the liberty of discharging fireworks in Blue Springs, but are doing so in consideration for others and within the limitations of City law,” said Police Chief Wayne McCoy.

This year’s campaign once again, focuses on three major components, Be Legal, Think Safe and Play Smart, reminding citizens about the need to exercise good decision making when participating in fireworks activities.

Be Legal encourages residents to observe the days and hours fireworks are legally allowed to be discharged within Blue Springs City limits. This year, these dates and times are July 1-3, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on July 4, 2011 from 10 a.m. to Midnight. Police Officers will also exercise increased street patrol and law enforcement measures during these times to make sure residents are complying with the regulations provisioned by the City’s Fireworks Ordinance. To report fireworks violations, call (816) 228-0151 or Text-A-Tip; text BSPD plus your message, including the location of the violation to Crimes (274637).

Think Safe reminds citizens to use City-approved fireworks only. These fireworks include those sold by 18 licensed nonprofit organizations in Blue Springs only. The discharge of bottle rockets is prohibited by the City. A list of these organizations can be obtained from the Blue Springs Tax Department at City Hall or on the City’s website at

Play Smart encourages citizens and their family members to have fun, but be safe when discharging or detonating fireworks. “An adult should be present when fireworks are discharged, and people should avoid discharging fireworks in dry areas and around or near pets and animals” said Chief McCoy.

Residents are also asked to be mindful of neighbors, surrounding buildings or structures, to dispose of all debris after discharging fireworks, and to use proper first aid or burn care in case of an emergency. For life-threatening emergencies, call 9-1-1.

The “Be a Good Neighbor” fireworks education campaign launched this week, distributing more than 20,000 postcards from Mayor Carson Ross to every household in Blue Springs. The Mayor’s letter represents the official declaration of this year’s campaign in which he asks for residents’ help to “keep the Blue Springs community operating as a safe, clean and enjoyable place to live and celebrate.”

Additional fliers will be distributed to approved fireworks retailers, City libraries, neighboring businesses and patrons of City Hall. For additional information about the campaign or fireworks safety visit


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Representative Jeanie Lauer to chair Truman Heritage Habitat Gala

clock June 14, 2011 17:28 by author Jeff Quibell

Independence, MO – June 10, 2011 – State Representative Jeanie Lauer has been tapped to serve as the Honorary Chairperson for the 2011 Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity American Dream Gala. “We are delighted to have Jeanie’s enthusiasm and leadership for this event,” said Pat Turner, Habitat’s executive director. “This is our major benefit event of the year, and seeks to raise $50,000 toward the cost of building a home for one of our families.”

“I’m proud to be part of Habitat’s efforts to serve eastern Jackson County,” noted Lauer. “The impact that simple, decent, and safe housing has on a family is amazing. For most, homeownership is the most important path out of poverty, and their best opportunity to reach some financial security.”

The 2011 American Dream Gala will be held Saturday, August 20th at the Adams Pointe Conference Center in Blue Springs, MO. Slated to begin at 5:30 p.m., the evening features a silent and live auction, and a program that highlights the mission and celebrates the accomplishments of Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity. Individual tickets are $60, and sponsorship packages begin at $500.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity office at 816-461-6551 or one of the event co-chairs: Susan Walker, 816-217-2416 or Kathy Nevans, 816-589-4483.

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Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit Christian housing ministry seeking to eliminate poverty housing and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. The affiliate serves Eastern Jackson County, Missouri, USA.

In response to God's love, Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity will expand its housing ministry by building forty homes in the next five years, strengthening community through partnerships that mobilize land, financial, and human resources.

KCP&L provides Flood Information of Interest to our Citizens

clock June 12, 2011 21:40 by author Jeff Quibell

I'm sure you are well informed about the potential flooding along the Missouri River in the near future. KCP&L is preparing to protect our facilities and to support our communities and customers that may be impacted.  The safety and well-being of the community and our employees is our top priority.  Because electrical current travels through water, flooding can create specific electrical safety concerns.

KCP&L’s intent is to take every reasonable step to avoid interrupting service to customers in and around flood areas. However, safety of our customers and employees is critical. KCP&L will make every effort to notify customers in affected areas when rising water indicates that a hazard may occur or when local or state officials mandate that service disconnections are necessary.

Listed below are some preparedness activities and important safety information for the public. Please feel free to use them in any newsletters or communications you do. 

KCP&L’s monitoring and preparedness efforts are comprehensive. They include:

  • Coordinating with emergency management agencies.
  • Protecting facilities near the river by building water-tight, concrete-block walls and sandbagging.
  • Staging replacement equipment such as back-up transformers near potential flood-zone areas so it is available if needed.
  • Helicopter patrols of transmission line infrastructure near the river to ensure floating debris remains clear of power poles.
  • Double-checking routine maintenance and tuning of equipment throughout our service area.

Customers in flooded areas should exercise caution.

  • Stay away from power lines and pad-mounted transformers in flooded areas.
  • Do not walk in standing water or venture into areas of debris, since energized and dangerous power lines may not be visible.
  • Do not ride watercraft near power poles and power lines, as they too can be energized and deadly.

More detailed information is available on our flood information section of

I will keep you informed of any noteworthy events.  Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions. 

Carol Baker

Community Business Manager


PO Box 418679

Kansas City, MO 64141-9679

816-556-2809 - office 

816-810-7370 - cell

Barbara Hughes will be portraying Mary Lobb this Sunday, June 12th at the Dillingham-Lewis Museum

clock June 12, 2011 10:35 by author Jeff Quibell

Hi, Friends,

Barbara Hughes will be portraying Mary Lobb this Sunday, June 12th at the Dillingham-Lewis Museum, 15th and Main Street, downtown Blue Springs.  The museum is open from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.  Barbara’s program, ‘Mary and Aquilla Lobb – western Missouri Border and Civil Wars and Lobb Cemetery will be from 2:00 – 3:00 pm.  Barbara Hughes known for her women portrayals and knowledge of the Civil War, will give a vignette as Mary Lobb and then a power point presentation.  She will be available for questions.  Any Questions Contact: Mary Potter 816-797-4870 or or Barbara Hughes 816-229-0978.

Hope to see you Sunday

Thank you,

Mary Potter

Music in the Park Concert Series–Southbound takes the state at 6:30pm on Sunday June 12

clock June 12, 2011 10:34 by author Jeff Quibell

Music in the Park Concert Series – Sunday, June 12, at Rotary Park located at 400 NW Vesper.  This free concert series features a different band every Sunday night. This week, Southbound (variety) takes the stage at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.  Bring lawn chairs, concessions available.

Rep. Lauer honored with the Freshman Legislator of the Year Award

clock June 12, 2011 10:19 by author Jeff Quibell




CONTACT: Office of Rep. Jeanie Lauer

54th District


PR 5-27-2011 pictureRep. Lauer honored with the Freshman Legislator of the Year Award

Jefferson City -- To honor and recognize the efforts of Rep. Jeanie Lauer, R- 54 (Blue Springs), for her work this year on the Committee on Local Government, Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives Steven Tilley, R-Farmington, awarded her the Freshman Legislator of the Year Award for Outstanding Work in Local Government Issues. “I firmly believe actions speak louder than words and as an elected official, those actions are crucial to the well-being of our constituents. I commend Rep. Jeanie Lauer on her actions showing leadership for the people of her district,” said Speaker Tilley.

Special Events Manager/Development Assistant Job Opening

clock June 12, 2011 10:14 by author Jeff Quibell

Good morning …

I wanted to send out a brief email to my contacts let you know about an exciting position our not-for-profit agency has open right now:

- Special Events Manager/Development Assistant

We are looking for a dynamic individual with large-scale, non-profit, special event experience to lead our annual efforts including a food and drink festival in the spring (650+ guests), men’s club and women’s club events throughout the year, volunteer appreciation parties, a fall gala (400+ guests) and a holiday concert sponsored by the Mayor of Independence as well as numerous smaller fundraising activities throughout the year. The selected individual will have demonstrated success in acquiring corporate and individual sponsorships as well as a passion for recruiting and motivating volunteers. Excellent project management skills a plus!

Please see the full position description at

Please let me know if you or anyone you might know is interested … thank you for your assistance,


Michael A. Levine
Executive Director

Community Services League
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