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Stuff to do this weekend in Blue Springs–3/23/2012-3/25/2012

clock March 23, 2012 11:16 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs Art Show – Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday March 25, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Come in and view over 100 entries at Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper Street. Admission is free.

Hot Shot Basketball Shooting Contest – Saturday, March 24, 9 a.m. at the Blue Springs Freshmen Center, 2103 NW Vesper Street. Free, two, one-minute timed shooting rounds for kids 8 to 13 years. 

Let’s Move! Saturdays – Saturday, March 24 at the Gage Center, 1101 NW Jefferson.   Join us as Gage opens its doors for swimming, 10:30 am to noon.  This event is free and open to the public.

Centennial Pool – Saturday, March 24 – Swimnastics Up! (Intermediate to Upper Level Fitness) from 10:45-11:45 a.m. or Aqua-Aerobics 11 a.m. to noon each at $4. Lap Swimming from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. for $3. The pool is located at 2401 NW Ashton Drive.

For additional information visit or call the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department at (816) 228-0137.


Blue Springs South is one of only 70 High Schools to Participate in Nationwide Video Contest

clock March 21, 2012 15:29 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs South HS was chosen last week to be one of only 70 High Schools nationwide to participate in this video contest. Audrey Bragaw of Jag TV put this video together last week and submitted it to Verizon.  The winner program gets $20,000.00.  this is based on votes from public.  I’m including the e-mail and link below from Verizon.

Voting starts March 5th and runs through April 12th.  You can vote as many times as you like.  Each week a new phone will be given out to a person who votes.  Please encourage everyone to get on board and vote as much as possible.

Please click the following link to cast your votes:

My Former Foe Has Done Well

clock March 21, 2012 15:02 by author Jeff Quibell

Jeff QuibellFour years ago Carson Ross and I both wanted to be the mayor of Blue Springs. The city was making the transition from a period of stagnation to the beginning signs of growth and prosperity. My objective in 2008 was to ensure that we continued the progress that had begun while also addressing our residents’ needs by making improvements to our city.

I campaigned door to door, visiting around 6,500 homes to talk with residents about their goals for our city. Carson was doing the same, and occasionally we would see each other, smile and wave. It was a good process, one that teaches a prospective elected official that the majority of the people in our city want to be seen and heard. They want to trust those they elect to make the best possible decisions on their behalf.

Mayor Carson RossThrough that door-to-door campaign, I learned how well-respected Carson Ross is in our community. People would say to me, “Jeff, we like you. But Carson has quite a bit more experience than you, and we think he will do well as mayor.” I found when debating issues with Carson that we were on the same side of most issues. We both wanted what we felt was best for the people of Blue Springs, and we agreed on most of the solutions. In the time since that election, I have come to know Mayor Ross very well. It has been an honor to serve with him this last year on the City Council.

People often ask me if I was disappointed at losing that election. Of course I was disappointed, but I believe the people of Blue Springs made the right decision. It allowed me the opportunity to focus on my business while providing our city with a mayor who listens to the people and champions their causes for our city.

Mayor Ross, working closely with the council, has done a good job of managing the city’s growth despite the economic downturn that has caused difficulties for so many other cities. We have tightened our belts but have still been able to accomplish projects that are important to our residents.

As is my custom at election time, I carefully considered the candidates before making an endorsement through this column. I attended the Chamber of Commerce candidate forum and listened to both candidates speak and answer several questions. It is my opinion that Mayor Ross is doing a great job for the residents of our city and deserves our support for a second term as our mayor. I encourage you to vote April 3 and to cast your vote for Mayor Carson Ross.

Additionally, the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District has a no-tax-increase bond issue for ongoing capital expenses on the ballot. I urge you to vote yes on this important question. CJC has been a good steward for the taxpayers of their district, and this bond issue will provide necessary funding for it to continue to serve us in the future.

Blue Springs Shrine Club Texas Hold’em Charity Tournament

clock March 16, 2012 15:17 by author Jeff Quibell




$20 donation to benefit the Blue Springs Shrine Club
Tournament held at Sidepockets Blue Springs
1237 SW 7 HWY Blue Springs MO 64014 816-224-5454

Stuff To Do the St Patrick’s Day Weekend 2012

clock March 15, 2012 17:28 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs City Theatre – March 15-18 at the Blue Springs High School Auditorium, 2000 NW Ashton Drive.  The Blue Springs City Theatre proudly presents “Blather, Blarney and Balderdash.”  All performance times are 7:30 p.m. except Sundays which are 2 p.m.  Tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for children 12 & under and seniors 65 and over.

‘Shortest and Smallest’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Saturday, March 17, 9 a.m. beginning at the Soda Fountain, 1112 W Main Street.  The parade route starts at the Soda Fountain/Flower Shop and crosses the street to the Keg.  Pre-parade festivities begin at 8 a.m. with coffee and donuts.

Let’s Move! Saturdays – Saturday, March 17 at the Club 7 Fitness, 1001 NW Jefferson.   Join us at Club 7 for fitness activities.  This event is free and open to the public.

Centennial Pool – Saturday, March 17 – Swimnastics Up! (Intermediate to Upper Level Fitness) from 10:45-11:45 a.m. for $4 and Lap Swimming from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. for $3. The pool is located at 2401 NW Ashton Drive.

Adams Pointe Golf Club – 1601 NE RD Mize Road. 18-hole championship course and a practice facility. Call (816) 220-3673 for daily fees and a Tee Time.

For additional information visit or call the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department at (816) 228-0137.

JAG TV #23

clock March 2, 2012 10:22 by author Jeff Quibell