News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Did you know that Blue Springs has its own Central Park?

clock June 28, 2012 15:30 by author Jeff Quibell

This undeveloped gem nestled in our downtown district will soon be the home of a historic building, thanks to the generous donations of local Blue Springs residents and the tenacious efforts of the Blue Springs Historical Society. Over the past year the Blue Springs Historical Society, in conjunction with the City of Blue Springs and the Kansas City Southern Railroad, have raised funds and gathered support to save our downtown train depot from demolition. On July 29th at 10am, the depot will begin its move down Main Street to its new home in Central Park. If you would like to participate in the celebration of the saving of our depot, join us on Main Street Friday morning and join the parade as we escort the depot to its new home.

Also located in Central Park is the city’s first Community Garden. A part of the Let’s Move initiative, the city provided the park land and infrastructure for the garden, and collaborated with StandUp! Blue Springs to manage and implement this exciting new amenity for our residents. The following pictures show the success of the garden.

It’s hard to dispute, when Blue Springs residents set their minds to accomplishing a goal, exciting things happen!

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Weekend Activities through July 4th in Blue Springs

clock June 28, 2012 13:11 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs Farmers Market – Saturday, June 30 from 7 a.m. to noon in downtown Blue Springs.  Home grown fruits, vegetables, meats and other items for sale that are locally grown or made by hand. The University of Missouri Extension Office will be giving a ‘Cooking of the Day’ class.

Let’s Move! Saturdays – Saturday, June 30 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 Northwest Park Road for “Firefly Adventure”.

Music in the Park Concert – Sunday, July 1 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. the Cover Me Bad alternative/classic rock band will perform from the gazebo at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake, 600 NW Vesper Street. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket and enjoy this free concert event.

United States Air Force Band Concert – Monday, July 2, 6:30 p.m. Please come and support the Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble at Rotary Park as Railroad Lake, 600 NW Vesper Street. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket and enjoy this free concert event.

City Fireworks Display – Wednesday, July 4 from Blue Springs High School Peve Stadium. Loose Change performing from the football field from 8 - 9:30 p.m.  Fireworks display begins at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Tailgating in BSHS, Freshman Center, and Centennial Pool-Plex parking lots

Centennial Pool – Open daily from noon to 7 p.m. through Labor Day. Features two giant water slides, a 25-yard indoor, 50-meter outdoor, and a wading pool. Daily admission is $5 for ages 4 and older (3 and under free), season memberships also available. 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.

2012-13 Draft Community Development Block Grant Annual Action Plan available for review

clock June 25, 2012 17:04 by author Jeff Quibell

The City of Blue Springs is publishing the Draft 2012-2013 Annual Action Plan for review. The Annual Action Plan describes the specific Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) activities that the city will undertake in each fiscal program year of the 5-Year Consolidated Plan.

The purpose of this Notice is to invite the public to review and comment on the Draft 2012-2013 Annual Action Plan.

The general public has a period of 30 days from Saturday, June 23, 2012 to offer comments on the proposed 2012-2013 Annual Action Plan. The City shall consider the views of citizens, public agencies and other interested parties in preparing its final submission and attach a summary of such comments as they relate to the plan. Following the 30 days, the City Council will approve the Annual Action Plan. The Annual Action Plan will then be submitted to HUD for their review and approval.

Beginning Saturday, June 23, 2012, any interested parties may examine a copy of the 2012-2013 Annual Action Plan at the Community Development Department or on the City of Blue Springs website at Written comments may be submitted to the City of Blue Springs Community Development Department, Attn: Community Development Director, 903 West Main Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015

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Help make Blue Springs history!

clock June 25, 2012 15:46 by author Jeff Quibell

On Friday, June 29, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. the 1926 Chicago & Alton Train Depot will leave it’s home and travel down Main to 11th Street, then across Walnut into Central Park.

After the Depot passes by you,

pLease join the parade to Central Park. 

Bring a flag to Wave and your Sign to thank our

community for Saving Our Depot 

We’ll Bring Balloons and refreshments!

City opens Vesper Hall as a Cooling Center

clock June 25, 2012 15:25 by author Jeff Quibell





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


DATE:              June 25, 2012

CONTACT:      Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

                        Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


City opens Vesper Hall as a Cooling Center

Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs has opened Vesper Hall as a Cooling Center in response to the heat advisory for Jackson County issued by the National Weather Service. 

Blue Springs residents can find refuge from the extreme heat at Vesper Hall during normal operating hours of Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday/Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Vesper Hall will be available as a cooling center all week due to the warm forecast.

“We are encouraging our residents to take heed to the warnings of excessive heat and make all efforts to protect themselves from the dangerous weather,” said Mayor Carson Ross.  “Please be sure to pay special attention to senior citizens, young children and those with health or breathing problems and outdoor pets.”

Heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer. On average, excessive heat causes more than 1,500 death per year in the United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  That average death tally exceeds the average caused by tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and lightning combined.

Health officials recommend avoiding the excessive heat by staying in an air-conditioned building if possible.  The Jackson County Health Department also gives these heat health recommendations:

  • Drink more water. Don't wait until you are thirsty. Avoid liquids containing alcohol or caffeine.
  • Schedule outdoor activities before noon or in the evening.
  • When temperatures reach into the 90s, a cool shower can offer more help than a fan.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • If you must work in the heat, monitor the condition of co-workers and ask them to do the same for you.
  • Rest often in shady areas or, if possible, in air-conditioned facilities.
  • Wear wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect yourself.

To see other Jackson County Cooling centers, visit or contact the United Way at 2-1-1 and receive a list of near-by cooling stations by providing your zip code.


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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


Twitter:  bluespringsgov

GAGE Center Great American Gymnastic Express Hosts Olympic Send Off Meet on Friday

clock June 21, 2012 09:07 by author Jeff Quibell

You're Invited! Dragon gymnasts, Brenna Dowell and Sarah Finnegan are counting down the days until they leave for the Olympic Trials in San Jose, CA. GAGE will host a "Send Off Meet" and we need lots of spectators to give them the "Olympic-SIZE crowd" feel! We would like all of our GAGE family, friends and fans to join us as we cheer for these two talented gymnasts. Friday, June 22 at 5:30 pm admission is free!

Copied from Facebook at!/thegagecenter/posts/405395009512130

Estate Sale this Weekend June 22-24

clock June 21, 2012 09:03 by author Jeff Quibell

Beautiful estate sale this weekend Friday June 22- Sunday June 24th.  Each day begins at 9:00.  Location is in historical district in Blue Springs.  One of kind antiques and other unique finds.  You will not want to miss this sale.  Please go to for full description and photos.  Address will be posted on Thursday after 9:00.  Please enter through garage.  Narrow street, so please be careful and do not block neighbors driveways.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you.

Bonnie, Rusty and our Great Team

Estate Sales by Bonnie & Son

A Message From Pete Grigsby

clock June 19, 2012 17:19 by author Jeff Quibell

BSSD Media Network

         BSSD Radio      BSSD Television

Pete Grigsby

A Message From

Pete Grigsby

BSSD Media Director

Hello Friends,

I want to take a moment and thank you for supporting BSSD Radio the past two years. We have seen much growth and prosperity during this time and it's all because of you and this great community.

We have also seen our BSSD TV coverage grow. Not only can you watch non-stop great local programming on Comcast 15 & ATT U-verse 99, but much can be seen on our growing web sites.

Our weekly News Brief is the only broadcast that specifically covers events in and around our community. This TV broadcast is here for YOU. If you have a news worthy event, fund raiser, or a great feel-good story about a local "hero" then let us know!  Let BSSD TV be YOUR voice in Jackson County!

I'm enclosing a link below to this week's News Update.

Please take a moment and surf our new web sites and don't forget to let your friends and family know about us.

Thank you again and please contact me anytime!


Pete Grigsby



St. Joseph and St. Mary’s Medical Centers Earn National Healthcare Awards

clock June 19, 2012 15:38 by author Jeff Quibell

For immediate release Contact: Cyndi Fahrlander 816-943-2565

St. Joseph and St. Mary’s Medical Centers
Earn National Healthcare Awards


Kansas City, Mo. St. Joseph and St. Mary’s Medical Centers have earned prestigious honors in Professional Research Consultants’ (PRC) 2011 National Excellence in Healthcare Awards. PRC presented Five-Star Patient Perception Awards to the 2 North cardiac/telemetry unit and Mammography at St. Joseph, and the 3 West medical/surgical unit and the Birthing Center at St. Mary’s.

Five-Star Patient Perception Awards are awarded to hospital service lines that scored in the top 10 percent nationally in 2011 based on the percentage of patients who rated the units as “Excellent” for Overall Quality of Care questions.

“We are honored to be recognized among the best in the nation in patient perception of care,” said Ginger Bliss, the Carondelet Health executive with organizational responsibility for the customer experience. “Every day our nurses and staff work diligently to ensure our patients have the best experience possible. This award is a reflection of their commitment and dedication to exceeding our patients’ expectations.”

Carondelet Health consists of two acute care hospitals and three long-term care facilities. With 450 beds and 900 physicians on staff combined, St. Joseph and St. Mary’s Medical Centers offer quality patient care to the Kansas City area. Both acute care facilities have earned Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing care and offer a Breast Center, Birthing Center and Carondelet Heart Institute. Consistent with our mission, Carondelet Health provides compassionate, quality health care and has a special concern for those in financial distress. Carondelet Home Care Services have been named the top in the U.S. Visit Carondelet Health on the Web at