News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Upcoming GU Institute “Lunch and Learn” Workshop

clock September 25, 2012 11:51 by author Jeff Quibell

Virtual Workforce Issues and Solutions

“Lunch and Learn” Workshop

Sept. 27 | 11:30 – 1:30 | Graceland University | $35 (includes lunch)

Learn how the ‘new world of work’ functions and how to be more productive and connected.  The Virtual Workforce is now and it matters because your business work includes:  Multiple office locations, Flextime working from home and Global companies with the home office overseas. Facilitated by Doreen Best.

Register now to learn how to work together across geographic boundaries with shared responsibility for business outcomes.

Nona Cady, Program Coordinator
Institute for Professional Development, 1401 West Truman Rd., Independence, MO  64050
800.833.0524 ext 4708


Blue Springs Announces Memorial Services for Dr. Oliver De Grate III

clock September 21, 2012 11:55 by author Jeff Quibell


DATE:              September 17, 2012

CONTACT:      Todd Pelham, Deputy City Administrator

                        Phone: 816.228-0110, Cell: 816.935-7732


Blue Springs Announces Memorial Services for Dr. Oliver De Grate III

Blue Springs, Mo. It is with extreme sadness, that the City of Blue Springs, Missouri announces the passing of Public Works Director, Dr. Oliver De Grate III.  Dr. De Grate, a native of Manhattan, Kansas passed away on Friday, September 14th from a recent illness, and will be missed by family members, fellow employees, citizens, and the entire professional engineering community.  Dr. De Grate was a key member of the city’s management team, and a licensed Professional Engineer with nearly 40 years of experience in city government.  Dr. De Grate began his career with the City of Blue Springs in 1993, and provided leadership and oversight for many of the city’s major infrastructure projects including Adams Dairy Parkway, Sni-Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant, Chapman Farms Neighborhood Improvement District, and most recently transportation improvements to Woods Chapel Road, among numerous other projects.

Our sincere condolences go out to Dr. De Grate’s wife, Deborah Ann and his eight loving children. Dr. De Grate will be sorely missed, but his commitment to improving the quality of life in Blue Springs will be celebrated for years to come due to the legacy he leaves behind.

A memorial service, hosted by the family, will be held to honor the memory and service of Dr. De Grate on Friday, September 21st at 6:00 p.m. at the Adams Pointe Conference Center, 1400 NE Coronado Drive, Blue Springs, Missouri 64014.  In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Watchtower-Relief, 25 Columbia Heights, Brooklyn, New York 11201.


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Blue Springs Fall activities and classes are open and ready for your call, register now!

clock September 21, 2012 10:49 by author Jeff Quibell

Fall activities and classes are open and ready for your call, register now! Check them out in the Fall Activity Guide and call us at 228-0137.  
Or register online with your MasterCard, Visa or Discover card.

Stuff to do this weekend–9/21-9/23

clock September 21, 2012 10:21 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs Farmers Market – Saturday, Sept 22, 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.

Paper Shredding Event –  Saturday, Sept 22, 9 a.m. - noon.  City Hall parking lot area, 903 W. Main Street

Let’s Move! Saturdays – Saturday, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Gage Gymnastics Center 1101 NW Jefferson and 2 – 4 p.m. at Lunar Bowl, 2001 NW Highway 7.

Centennial Pool – Open Saturday, Sept 22 for lap swimming 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. 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 2012 #4

clock September 21, 2012 10:16 by author Jeff Quibell

Boy Scouts Host Spaghetti Dinner on Sept 22

clock September 19, 2012 11:44 by author Jeff Quibell

The boys scouts of troop 332 are hosting a spaghetti dinner at the First United Methodist Church on Sunday September 22 from 4 to 8pm. Cost is $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for kids. Drinks are provided. Everyone is welcome.the money earned from this charity dinner will be used to send scouts to camp that would not normally be able to go due to monitory issues. Address is 301 SW Woods Chapel Road, Blue Springs, MO

Jag TV 2012 #3

clock September 14, 2012 10:37 by author Jeff Quibell

The reporting turned out much stronger than I anticipated.  These new kids are coming out strong in this episode.  Solid show for only #3. This really excites me for the rest of the season, to finally see how far they can be pushed! J  15 minutes run time..... GREAT show overall...pacing is slowdowns in this one.

Have a great “fallish” weekend


Come Meet Jacob Turk at a Special Meet & Greet

clock September 11, 2012 14:34 by author Jeff Quibell

I will be hosting a Meet and Greet / Fundraiser at Oakwood Country Club (9800 GRANDVIEW ROAD | KANSAS CITY, MO  64137) on Thursday (September 13th) from 5:30 to 6:30 PM for Jacob Turk . Don’t miss opportunity to meet Jacob and join the team as we rally towards victory over Emanuel Cleaver in November.

Please let me know if you plan to attend so we can give the club an idea on head count.

Best regards,

Roger K. Smith
Managing Partner
Murphey Hardage, LLC
Recruiting Legal Excellence
P.O. Box 415000
Kansas City, MO 64141

Pooches in the Pool–Sept 15

clock September 10, 2012 17:42 by author Jeff Quibell

2012 Blue Springs Pooches in the Pool
(Fundraiser for the Blue Springs Dog Park)

Saturday, September 15
12 noon – 3 pm

At ‘The Blue’ Blue Springs Centennial Pool-Plex, 2401 NW Ashton Drive

New this year – MOKAN DockDogs Demo!

$6 Dog Swim

Pam Buck
Recreation Superintendent
City of Blue Springs Parks & Recreation
office 816-228-0238
cell 816-645-0287