News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

St. Mary’s Medical Center Hosts Healthy Heart Celebration

clock February 5, 2013 15:42 by author Jeff Quibell

For immediate release

February 5, 2013                                                                         Contact:  Cyndi Fahrlander 816-943-2565

St. Mary’s Medical Center Hosts

Healthy Heart Celebration


Kansas City, Mo. – You may already know that dark chocolate and red wine are good for your heart—that’s just one reason to celebrate Heart Month at St. Mary’s Medical Center. The No. 1 reason to celebrate heart month is learning about heart health to enjoy a longer life with those you love.

Enjoy an evening with friends at St. Mary’s Healthy Heart Celebration, Thursday, February 21, 6-8 p.m.,

in the Education Center at St. Mary’s.

There will be a heart healthy cooking demonstration, an educational presentation from St. Mary’s Stroke Navigator and a fashion show featuring the color of the month—RED—and the new spring line from

Dress Barn.

            6      p.m.         Social Time—with light hors d’oeuvres and beverages

            6:30 p.m.         Save Your Heart; Save Your Brain—Angela Hawkins, Stroke Navigator

            7      p.m.         Heart Healthy Cooking Demonstration

            7:30 p.m.         Fashion Show—featuring Dress Barn of Blue Springs

            8      p.m.         Door Prizes

The event is free, but registration is limited. Call 816-228-3335 to make your reservation.


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Chairman of Quanta Services, Inc. Contributes $20,000 to Veterans Way Memorial

clock February 5, 2013 15:40 by author Jeff Quibell



DATE:              February 5, 2013

CONTACT:      Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

                        Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


Chairman of Quanta Services, Inc. Contributes $20,000

to Veterans Way Memorial

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – Quanta Services, Inc., of Houston, Texas, has made a donation of $10,000 to the Veterans Way Memorial and John R. Colson, Executive Chairman of Quanta Services, donated an additional personal check of $10,000.   John’s parents, Gene and Clarice Colson, farmed the land that later became Pink Hill Park where the Veterans Way Memorial will be located.  

When informed of the Veterans Way Memorial, Colson said, “I’m glad to help fund a permanent memorial to honor our veterans, and to have it placed in the area where I once lived is especially humbling.  I am honored that my donation will enhance this amazing memorial.”  John has been very supportive of veterans and veterans’ organizations. 

“We are proud of the accomplishments of a Blue Springs resident who first learned his work ethic on the family farm and then used his knowledge and experience to form a world-wide enterprise.  We welcome John Colson’s generous donation to help honor veterans who served our nation,” said Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross.  “The Veterans Way Memorial will raise patriotic awareness and appreciation of all veterans who served in the armed services and will be a location where youth can better understand the historical significance and impact of wars on our nation.”

Colson and his two sisters attended Blue Springs schools.  John Colson graduated from Blue Springs High School in 1965 (class size of 100 students) and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1969.  After a tour of duty in Vietnam with the U.S. Army, John was hired by PAR Electrical Contractors, Inc. in North Kansas, working his way up from surveyor to president and owner.  In 1997, John began the process of bringing together three specialty electrical contractor companies to form Quanta Services, Inc. and became the company’s first Chief Executive Officer. 

Quanta Services is a leading provider of infrastructure services for the electric power, natural gas and pipeline, and telecommunication industries. Quanta went public on the New York Stock Exchange in February 1998 under the ticker “PWR”.  John Colson became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 2002 and Executive Chairman in 2011.  John has been instrumental in expanding the company from a $150 million domestic company to an international company with offices around the world and annual revenues of approximately $6 billion.

The Veterans Way Memorial is located in Pink Hill Park where “The Wall That Heals” was exhibited in 2010.  It will serve as a place of remembrance for those who made the ultimate sacrifice as well as honor the living veterans who served our nation with valor and courage.

The Veterans Way Memorial is being funded by private donations.  All funds are set up with the Truman Heartland Community Foundation, a 501-C-3 organization.  For more information, contact Eleanor Frasier, Veterans Way Memorial Chair at (816) 655-0490 or visit the memorial’s Web site,


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

Jag TV #17

clock February 1, 2013 17:20 by author Jeff Quibell

Annual Jackson County Lincoln Days

clock February 1, 2013 16:54 by author Jeff Quibell

Please save the date

Friday Evening March 22, 2013

Annual Jackson County Lincoln Days

Lakewood Oaks Country Club

Reception, Dinner, Speaker, Auction, Fun

Watch this website for more information to follow.

Rep. Jeanie Lauer Named to House Majority Whip Team

clock January 31, 2013 12:37 by author Jeff Quibell


From the Office of

Representative Jeanie Lauer

32nd District


January 29, 2013

CONTACT: Representative Jeanie Lauer

(573) 751-1487


Rep. Jeanie Lauer Named to House Majority Whip Team

Jeanie Lauer will serve as Deputy Whip for the 2013 Legislative Session

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rep. Lauer, Republican-Blue Springs, was named to the Majority Whip team in the Missouri House this week – a position that will give him/her a more prominent role in determining the outcome of priority legislation. Lauer was named to the team by House Majority Whip, Rep. Sandy Crawford, R-Buffalo.

As part of the Majority Whip team, Lauer will be responsible for assisting Rep. Crawford in rounding up votes on critical issues and communicating policy positions to other members of the majority. As one of four Deputy Whips, Lauer will be responsible for coordinating the activities of 6 floor whips who will assist in informing caucus members on key issues and votes.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to play a much greater role in the legislative process,” said Lauer. “This position offers me a great opportunity to better represent the interests of the 32nd district. I look forward to working to help ensure the passage of legislation that will be of great benefit to the people in our area, as well as the entire state of Missouri.”

Lauer added that her new post allows her to become more involved in a wider variety of legislative matters.


Chili Dogs, Let’s Move, Etc. Things to do in Blue Springs this weekend!

clock January 31, 2013 10:06 by author Jeff Quibell

Chili Dog Dinner & Auction (Fundraiser for Blue Springs Dog Park) – Saturday, Feb 2 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper Street. Lots of food, DJ music, raffles, dog tag game & over 40 silent auction items.

Let’s Move! Saturdays Saturday, Feb 2 from 11 to noon. Dance Party at Dynamic Dance, 1901 SW 40 Highway.

Centennial Pool-Plex - Lap Swim – Saturday, Feb 2 from 11 a.m. – 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.

Pam Buck

Recreation Superintendent

City of Blue Springs Parks & Recreation

office 816-228-0238

cell 816-645-0287

Invest 2 Fight Hunger Pilot Program

clock January 22, 2013 17:09 by author Jeff Quibell

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Contact: DeLoss Jahnke, 317-802-4218

“Invest 2 Fight Hunger Pilot Program”

INDIANAPOLIS – The National FFA Organization has selected the Blue Springs and Blue Springs South FFA chapters to participate in the Invest 2 Fight Hunger (I2FH) Pilot Program. Only 30 chapters were extended this opportunity across the nation. Blue Springs and Blue Springs South FFA will be hosting at least four educational workshops regarding hunger and its related issues.

The National FFA Organization is committed to helping combat hunger by providing its chapters and members with resources and opportunities to engage in this important cause. The Invest 2 Fight Hunger (I2FH) Pilot Program will provide opportunities for students to put their FFA leadership skills into action by educating their community. In addition, the chapter will partner with its local ADM grain elevator and Feeding America Food Bank to help provide relief for needy area citizens.

The Invest 2 Fight Hunger Pilot Program is sponsored by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

About the Howard G. Buffett Foundation

Established in 1999, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation’s primary mission is to combat hunger and improve the standard of living for vulnerable populations throughout the world. The Foundation invests in a full spectrum of initiatives to address global hunger and food insecurity including: direct humanitarian aid for populations in crisis; agricultural development for smallholder farmers, particularly women; livelihood improvement for smallholders through commercial market access; academic and field research to increase farmer productivity in resource-constrained contexts; and advocacy campaigns to sustain and scale best practices. Learn more at

About The National FFA Organization

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.



Home in Need of Some Minor Repairs? 2013 Minor Home Repair Program Still Accepting Applications

clock January 22, 2013 17:02 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs, Mo. – Residents looking to make minor repairs to the exterior of their homes may be eligible to do so through the Blue Springs Minor Home Repair Program. The Minor Home Repair Program (MHRP) will accept applications through Friday, February 1, 2013. The MHRP was developed in response to the City Council's implementation of Blue Springs’ Property Maintenance Code.

The MHRP is designed to offer a program that primarily assists homeowners who do not have the financial means to respond to code violations that may exist at their single-family, residential property. The funding for the program is from the City’s Community Development Block Grant received from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“The Minor Home Repair Program brings value and opportunity to residents and their neighborhoods alike,” said Community Development Director Scott Allen. “Through this program, our goal is to provide some much-needed repairs for those who otherwise may not have the ability to make such improvements.”

The emphasis of the MHRP is on neighborhood conservation, and only minor exterior home repairs are eligible. In 2012, eight participants received grants that totaled over $39,000 to make repairs to their homes. The MHRP encourages a high level of maintenance among property owners in a neighborhood and helps to cure the most visible home defects which may adversely affect the value of the home as well as surrounding properties.

For more information or to apply for the Minor Home Repair Program, contact Lauren Gowdy, Associate Planner at (816) 220-4504 or visit


Residents invited to Downtown Historic Survey Kick-off meeting

clock January 22, 2013 15:19 by author Jeff Quibell





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


DATE: January 17, 2013

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


Residents invited to Downtown Historic Survey Kick-off meeting

Blue Springs, Mo. – Residents are invited to participate in a kick-off meeting for the Downtown Historic Survey on Wednesday, January 23 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building, 1100 SW Smith Street, Blue Springs, Mo.

The Historic Preservation Commission will oversee this survey effort with the assistance of a professional consultant, Rosin Preservation, LLC. Over the next month, the project team will be conducting in-depth archival research and fieldwork to document historic properties including taking photographs of the building’s exterior and documenting physical condition and alterations. The survey area will concentrate on structures from Highway 7 to 19th Street and Main to Walnut Streets.

The survey and inventory work plays a critical role in historic preservation. This research will provide the city with a record of its historical development, as well as help identify potential historic resources and/or historic districts within the survey area.

The City received a service-based grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, State Historic Preservation Office to update its existing inventory and survey for the first time since 1986.

If you have any questions, concerns or if you would like to share any information such as historic photographs or maps, please contact Michael Peterman, principal planner at (816) 228-0142.


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