News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Free Business Seminars at Mizzou Center in Blue Springs

clock October 17, 2010 11:17 by author Jeff Quibell

Information & Learning at


1600 NE CORONADO DRIVE * BLUE SPRINGS, MO 64015 * (573) 884-0282


Charting the Path to Improved Performance

Every organization wants to improve its performance, but finding the right path can be expensive and time consuming. This session will introduce you to the Performance Pyramid, a model and set of tools that cuts costs, saves time and charts your path to improved performance.

Presented by: John Wedman - Professor & Director, University of Missouri

c October 15, 2010 7:30 – 9:00 am c Breakfast Provided

Business Intelligence for Free: Clients, Competitors & Suppliers

Learn to make informed decisions by using the business information offered free through your local public libraries. This session will highlight the ReferenceUSA database to find sales prospects, competitors and suppliers for your company. The MidContinent Public Library resources will be featured.

Presented by: Chris Le Beau - Assistant Teaching Professor, University of Missouri

c October 22, 2010 7:30 – 9:00 am c Breakfast Provided

What do your website users REALLY want?

Do you know if your website is producing the expected results? Learn the steps your organization can take to ensure the best website user experience. Apply website usability testing techniques and explore advanced methods for more comprehensive usability evaluation.

Presented by: Sanda Erdelez - Associate Professor, University of Missouri

c October 29, 2010 7:30 – 9:00 am c Breakfast Provided

Leading from the Sidelines: Essential Coaching Skills

The coaching process is central to performance management. By creating the appropriate climate, environment, and context to empower individuals and teams, great coaches are able to achieve extraordinary results. This professional development workshop examines the coaching process and provides many tools and techniques to help shape your employees’ behavior on the job.

Presented by: Dewey Thompson - Business Trainer and Consultant, The Missouri Training Institute

c November 5, 2010 11:30 – 1:00 pm c Lunch Provided

Cultivating Trust

High-performance organizations are built on a foundation of trust. Vital leadership skills include personal strategies to strengthen trust at work and ways to overcome common trust traps. This session builds awareness of barriers to trust and strategies to cultivate trust, helping leaders create an environment in which people take risks, identify and solve problems and work together. We’ll provide you with hands-on, proven strategies for building trust in the workplace

Presented by: Rea Lee - Business Trainer and Consultant, Missouri Training Institute

c November 12, 2010 11:30 – 1:00 pm c Lunch Provided

People Power: Winning Through HR

Are employees your greatest asset? Are your employees engaged and committed to the success of your organization? The ultimate goal of the Human Resources function is to ensure that the right people are in the right positions and the organizational systems allow for employees to contribute fully to the accomplishment of the organizations goals. In this session, we’ll discuss how to shape your organizational culture, create systems for empowering employees, and align HR and organizational strategies for a cohesive approach to managing human capital.

Presented by: Gay Albright - Director of Business Development, The Missouri Training Institute

c December 3, 2010 11:30 – 1:00 pm c Lunch Provided

Strategic Planning

An organization’s competitive advantage starts with its strategic plan. By deciding where you want to go and how you want to get there you can engage stakeholders to move towards the common mission, values, and goals of your organization. This session will explore the purpose and value of strategic planning, identify the steps in the strategic planning process, and provide you with the tools you need to effectively develop and/or leverage a strategic plan for your organization.

Presented by: Alan St. John - Director of the Missouri Training Institute

c December 10, 2010 11:30 – 1:00 pm c Lunch Provided



School of Information Science & Learning Technologies

Missouri Training Institute

Sponsored by: Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation

Registration Required:

Need Info? Contact: Andrea Smolanovich - -

(573) 884-0282

Citizens’ Police Academy hosts Shop with A Blue Springs Cop for Christmas

clock October 6, 2010 15:07 by author Jeff Quibell

clip_image004 Blue Springs Citizen’s Police Academy

Alumni Association







Dear Business Owner,

The Blue Springs Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association is requesting your support as we partner with the Blue Springs Police Department for our Shop With a Blue Springs Cop event that will occur this December 2010. We are excited to live in a city where the business owners are actively involved in helping our community be a quality place to live and we know that your gracious donation will continue tradition as we seek to provide gifts for underprivileged Blue Springs children and their families in time for the holidays.

In December of this year Blue Springs Police Officers will accompany 10 children that attend Blue Springs schools and take them to Target to shop for Christmas gifts. The officers will help the children as they select gifts ensuring that everyone in the children’s family are thought of, as well as encourage the children to purchase something for themselves. This is generally the hardest part as the children typically try to purchase gifts for everyone except themselves. This exciting experience is just the beginning of the event.

In addition to purchasing the gifts with the officers, the children will also participate in:

· wrapping the presents with the Officers and volunteers from the community

· visit with Santa

· eating breakfast with volunteers and Officers

· visit with Kansas City area sports players

· visit with a mascot from one of the Kansas City area sports teams

We would greatly appreciate if you would be willing to sponsor this event, and partner with the Alumni Association and the Blue Springs Police Department as we support children in need in our community. We understand that you take great lengths to consider who to donate to as we approach the holiday season, especially when our economy is not at its strongest. We would welcome a donation of any amount as a blessing to the children we are trying to help and the community as a whole.

All sponsors who choose to support this event will be recognized at our Spaghetti dinner fundraiser in early November, as well as the various media outlets we use to advertise the event including the Alumni Association website, the City of Blue Springs website, the Mayor’s Newsletter, the Chamber of Commerce Newsletter, the Blue Springs Examiner, and the Blue Springs Journal. For more information please contact Officer David Brotherton at (816) 918-7955 or our website


BSCPA Alumni Association







Silent Auction Donation Form




Silent Auction - November 12, 2010

If you would like to donate an item to be auctioned:

Please contact

Tish Bennett – 816.228.0139 Day – 816.716.4242 Cell

Name: ________________________________________________________________________________


Address: ______________________________________________________________________________



City/State/Zip: _________________________________________________________________________

Phone Number: ________________________________________________________________________



Email Address: ________________________________________________________________________

Value of item: $___________________



BSCPA Alumni Association “Shop With A Blue Springs Cop”
Complete and mail to: Attn: Shop With A Blue Springs Cop, 205 SW 11th St, Blue Springs, MO 64015


General Donation Form




Please make check payable to: BSCPA Alumni Association “Shop With A Blue Springs Cop”

Name: ________________________________________________________________________________


Address: ______________________________________________________________________________



City/State/Zip: _________________________________________________________________________

Phone Number: ________________________________________________________________________



Email Address: ________________________________________________________________________

Amount Enclosed: $___________________



Checks should be made payable to: BSCPA Alumni Association “Shop With A Blue Springs Cop”
Complete and mail to: Attn: Shop With A Blue Springs Cop, 205 SW 11th St, Blue Springs, MO 64015

Cuppity Cupcakes sets up in Blue Springs

clock October 6, 2010 11:12 by author Jeff Quibell

I recently received this recommendation of a new local business in Blue Springs.  Give them a try and let me know what you think!



I want to introduce you to a local business (that is if you haven’t been already). CuppityCupcakes. They are AMAZING homemade designer cupcakes. Glance at their menu. They have a Facebook page (the link is on their webpage). Once in awhile they offer specials. If you are one of the lucky few to click SOLD first and fastest then you get the cupcakes at a discounted rate - $12.00 they will deliver them to you for FREE! if you are in Blue Springs. I was lucky enough to win one today: “We present to you and your taste buds a six pack of one of our best-selling Cuppities: Barista de Casa!” This was six pack chocolate mocha – it was unbelievably good.
Because the owner is based out of Blue Springs and does not yet have a store, I am trying to help get the word out. Give her a try, you won’t be disappointed.


Open House Celebration for Whole Life Health Chiropractic & Wellness Group, LLC of Blue Springs

clock September 29, 2010 11:22 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs, MO September 15, 2010: Family-friendly entertainment, healthy snacks and refreshments, and over $1,000 in prizes and giveaways to celebrate the Ribbon Cutting and Open House of Whole Life Health Chiropractic & Wellness Group. Whole Life Health, a chiropractic clinic specializing in chiropractic and wellness care for the whole family, celebrates their grand opening on Wednesday, September 29th from 5 to 7 p.m. The Open House will be preceded by a Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting from 4 to 5 p.m.

Guests will be provided with gift bags containing complimentary gifts and coupons; with a raffle for door prizes at 6:30 p.m. There will be a kid’s area with face painting, free to all attending. Whole Life Health Licensed Massage Therapist Jodie Baker will offer chair massage to those in attendance for a small donation to benefit the local Power of Pink organization. Dr. Rikki will also offer a tour of the clinic and answer any questions about chiropractic and wellness. There will also be brochures available to provide additional information on whole food supplements and natural ways to improve your health.

The Open House serves to introduce Dr. Rikki and Whole Life Health to the Blue Springs and Kansas City area communities while also promoting health and wellness. “Health and wellness are a vital part of a community and we are here to help people learn how to live in a healthy manner. We have all grown up with bad habits and have spent the last few years trying to break those habits so we can improve our lives. It is my goal to help as many people as possible to improve their overall health through chiropractic care as well as nutritional and lifestyle guidance.” said Dr. Rikki Hays Clawson, Owner and Chiropractor at Whole Life Health Chiropractic and Wellness Group. Dr. Rikki went on to say, “the majority of health issues that we battle today can be prevented through simple lifestyle changes centered around proper nutrition, exercise and regular chiropractic care.”

This Open House event is free to the public and all are welcome to attend. For more information, please call 816-229-4949 or log onto Align Your Life with Whole Life Health Chiropractic and Wellness Group!

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Late summer, early fall means many traditions

clock September 15, 2010 10:04 by author Jeff Quibell

JeffQuibell201002 Fall is a great time of year for family gatherings and community festivals. Over the past week, Wanda and I embarked on a motorcycle trip through the Midwest, participating in a family reunion in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and an annual gathering of family and friends in Coldwater, Mich., called a Wisconsin-style fish boil. You can see a video of the final cooking process at

Modern GPS technology gave us the ability to avoid highways and toll roads on this 1,428-mile loop, which took us to two family gatherings and gave us the opportunity to see parts of the Midwest that we might not otherwise see. With only three hours of rain on the entire trip, it was truly a beautiful and enjoyable ride.

Dining at Brevins Family Eatery in Churubusco, Ind., spending the night in Jacksonville, Ill., and purchasing gasoline in Salisbury, Mo., we enjoyed our visit through most of the rural Midwest.

This time of year, community festivals are all over the Midwest, and Blue Springs is no different. As we drove past the apple orchards of Waverly, Mo., on U.S. 24, my thoughts turned toward this weekend’s Fall Fun Festival in Blue Springs.

This year will be my 26th year attending the Fall Fun Festival, when downtown Blue Springs is transformed into a gathering place for all of our citizens and community neighbors. I can’t imagine fall without the opportunity to enjoy a Timothy Lutheran Burger, St. Peter walking taco, and Keck’s root beer. I can’t wait to drop by the music boosters’ bingo tent to help raise money for our school’s music programs.

I plan to visit the political booths and gather information about those people running for elected office this November in order to make an informed decision when I cast my ballot, and I encourage you to do the same. I look forward to walking in the parade for Congressman Sam Graves and future state representative Jeanie Lauer. I plan to enjoy the first-class entertainment that the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce always brings to the festival, including the Outlaw Junkies on Friday evening and Trampled Underfoot on Saturday evening.

Most importantly, I look forward to seeing friends, as we come together to enjoy the company of your fellow citizens and the hundreds of booths that I have not thought to mention. Please don’t hesitate to stop and say hi if we cross paths during the festivities.

Hy-Vee to present a $15,000 check to The Wall That Heals

clock September 3, 2010 12:17 by author Jeff Quibell





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


DATE:              September 3, 2010

CONTACT:      Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

                        Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


Hy-Vee to present a $15,000 check to The Wall That Heals – Blue Springs, Mo.

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs, Blue Springs Public Art Commission, Blue Springs School District and area businesses and veterans’ organizations have formed a partnership to bring the traveling exhibition of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to Pink Hill Park Thursday, Sept. 30 to Sunday, Oct. 3.

Hy-Vee, an employee-owned supermarket chain, has agreed to be a lead partner for the event. Steve Molosak, the Blue Springs store director, will present a $15,000 check on behalf of the entire Kansas City area Hy-Vee store group to Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross on Tuesday, September 7, in a special ceremony at 10 a.m. The check presentation will be in front of Blue Springs City Hall, 903 W. Main Street.

“We are honored to be a lead partner in this event for our Blue Springs community and for all Kansas City area Vietnam Veterans,” said Nancy Pagel, Kansas City Hy-Vee Marketing Director, a company known for extending into the neighborhoods and communities they serve. “Hy-Vee stores have a long history of honoring Veterans and this is just one more way we can give thanks for their service to our country.”

“We are grateful to Hy-Vee for being one of the lead partners of The Wall That Heals event. Hy-Vee has been an excellent corporate partner in many Blue Springs community events.  Thank you again to Hy-Vee for helping us say, ‘Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans, Welcome Home’,” said Mayor Carson Ross.

“The Vietnam memorial has inspired and healed many people. But not everyone can get to Washington, D.C. to see it. So, we’ve worked for many years to bring it here,” says Eleanor Frasier, chairman of the Public Art Commission. “We invite all Vietnam War veterans to come see The Wall That Heals in Blue Springs, and all parents and children to participate in the events to learn about this important time in America’s history.”

The funding for the Blue Springs “The Wall That Heals” is all by donations. All funds are set up with the Truman Heartland Community Foundation, a 501-C-3 organization.

For more information, contact Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager at (816) 655-0497, visit the Web site, or Wall That Heals Blue Springs on Facebook.


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


First Friday at Prospero’s Parkside

clock August 31, 2010 12:48 by author Jeff Quibell


208 B. North 7 Highway

(next door to Zarda Barbeque)

Blue Springs, Missouri 64014 816.224.9082

First Friday at Prospero’s Parkside

September 3rd

6:00 – 8:30 P.M.



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Music by the Street Corner Choir

Poetry by Eve Brackenbury

Photography by

Jon Bidwell

Art Works by

Leah Stella Stephens

Click More below for a full press release


Which way will city go on trash?

clock August 27, 2010 17:03 by author Jeff Quibell

JeffQuibell201002 It seems some in our community, both residents and elected officials, are passionate about trash. It is interesting how certain issues generate such passion. The topic of discussion at the most recent City Council meeting is trash hauling in Blue Springs. Should it be managed by the city or left to the individual?

Trash disposal issues have come up before. In 2008, the city reviewed a trash transfer station in an industrial area on the north side of town. Passionate citizen discussion followed, and ultimately the project went away.

The city surveys the citizens, usually about once per year, to help the council set policy direction on a variety of issues. In the last survey the question was asked “How supportive would you be of having your city coordinate your residential trash and recycling services?” Seventy-three percent of respondents were supportive while only 10 percent were not supportive. When a survey shows that level of support, it is important for our council to further examine the issue and consider how best to respond.

Appropriately, the city’s Solid Waste Management Commission began studying the issue and made a preliminary presentation to the council last week. Councilman Fowler, who serves as council liaison on the commission, seemed out of sync with the report of the commission and, in a public e-mail to the rest of the council, seemed unsupportive of the commission’s work. In fact, Mayor Ross even reminded Fowler of his role on the commission. Fowler expressed concern that trash haulers would be put out of business if the commission’s initial recommendations were adopted.

Some areas of our city have already consolidated control of trash hauling. For example, the Sherwood Village homeowners association made the decision several years ago to manage the contracting of trash pickup, periodically bidding the contract to local trash companies.
No one knows the commission’s final recommendation, but it is important for everyone to keep an open mind, allowing the commission to complete its study, with public input. By law, our council members should not predetermine their response to this issue. It will be interesting to watch our mayor and council, both new members and those more experienced, as they examine the issue, seek residents’ input and reach a consensus. If you have an opinion on this or any issue affecting our community, please contact your City Council representatives. You can find their contact information at

In office, it’s actions that matter

clock July 28, 2010 09:33 by author Jeff Quibell

JeffQuibell201002 Once again, it’s election time, as you can tell by the proliferation of political signs, letters to the editor, and junk mailings filling up our mail boxes. There are politicians who say they represent our interests, politicians who say they aren’t politicians, and opinion column writers, current and former politicians. How do we weed out the facts from the spin and make good decisions in selecting our next leaders? It’s difficult if not impossible to effectively verify the statements made by politicians in a timely manner. We often believe what we read or hear, especially if we know or trust the source.

As I read the letters to the editor and added my own comments to several, it occurred to me that those letters have been written with the best of intentions, usually to help friends with their efforts to win an election. Letters of support to express our own individual opinion of the person, not necessarily that the person we are supporting will in the end vote the way we think they should. Our elected officials surprise us at times with their comments, and their votes not always in sync.

So how do we as voters figure out whom to cast our vote for? Whom do we believe? The answer is simple and hard at the same time. We should make every effort to learn more about the people we are supporting, and we should dig more deeply than just our personal relationship with that person. Friendship is one thing; voting is another.

I really wasn’t surprised when I read Ron Fowler’s letter to the editor supporting Sheila Solon, as they are longtime political friends with similar positions on local issues. Ron wrote about how Sheila voted against multi-family housing complexes. What he didn’t mention is that she votes for them as well. Right or wrong, she is inconsistent on this issue. Once in February 2003 she voted to put multi-family zoning on Adams Dairy Parkway and twice that I recall in 2007 while I was on the council serving with her.

Ron also talks about Sheila voting against sales taxes. Those votes were actually against the new retail development on Adams Dairy Parkway. The next time you sit down for dinner at Olive Garden or shop at Target or Gordman’s, consider that she fought hard to stop Adams Dairy Landing from coming to town. Just before she left city office, she worked very hard to scale back Missouri Innovation Park from its original 500 acres to just 100 acres. Her actions would have restricted job growth in Blue Springs at a time when we need more high-quality jobs. Again, she is inconsistent after making “real jobs” a focal point of her council campaign.

Former Councilman Solon, as pointed out by Mayor Ross in a recent article, was very ineffective as an elected official while on the City Council. I expect it would be no different in Jefferson City. Fortunately, the voters have a choice on Aug. 3. I would recommended giving strong consideration to Mike Parker. I’ve spent some time getting to know him and believe that he will best represent the interests of his constituents and will be an effective leader.

Local Chiropractic office adds new services

clock July 28, 2010 09:06 by author Jeff Quibell

Contact: Dr. Aston Goldsworthy, D.C.

Blue Springs Chiropractic Health Center

1127 West Main St.

Blue Springs, MO 64015

Phone 816.229.1941

Fax 816.229.7085

Blue Springs Chiropractic Health Center

Press Release

A local Chiropractic office makes the adjustment in adding a wide variety of new medical services.

Blue Springs, MO, June 28, 2010: Blue Springs Chiropractic Health Center announces the launch of several new medical-related service offerings. At their state-of-the-art facility on Main St. in downtown Blue Springs, the father-son chiropractors excel at being able to understand and treat a wide variety of patient needs.

Serving residents of Eastern Jackson County for over 35 years, Blue Springs Chiropractic Health Center has always been a leader in the healthcare industry. Dr. Patrick Goldsworthy and Dr. Aston Goldsworthy have helped thousands of patients experience relief from back pain using their innovative techniques. Now patients can see the doctors at Blue Springs Chiropractic Health Center for the following, in addition to pain relief:

· Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals

· Drug Testing (employer required or personal)

· Affordable Paternity Testing (court Admissible)

· Micro nutrient testing

· Blood-work for a wide range of purposes (physician requested or personal)

· Hormone, thyroid or adrenal panels

· Lifestyle, nutrition, and exercise counseling

To learn more about the Doctors, staff or any of the service offerings at Blue Springs Chiropractic Health Center, please visit or call 816.229.1941.