News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

City’s Parks are a Great Asset

clock May 13, 2010 10:35 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs parks offer great diversity, with a variety of recreational opportunities for all ages. Located throughout the city, tucked into quiet neighborhoods as well as larger, sports-oriented parks, they are truly one of the treasures of Blue Springs.

Frequent exercise is beneficial for our health and mental wellbeing, and walking is a great choice. The Blue Springs parks system includes many walking trails. One of the newest is located at Gregory O Grounds Park at the northeast corner of the Adams Dairy Parkway and the I-70 interchange. This new paved walking trail is ten feet wide and encircles Lake Remembrance, and is a beautiful tree-lined trail, with excellent views of the lake. As you walk along the Eastern side, you pass one of the other popular features of this park, the Blue Springs Off-Leash Dog Park.

The dog park is resulted from the efforts of a small group of citizens who attended a leadership seminar hosted by StandUp Blue Springs in 2005. This group formed an organization called RUFF (Responsible Unleased Fun for Fido, which developed a relationship with the Blue Springs Parks department and set about the task of raising private funds to share in the cost of the development of the dog park. The city of Blue Springs provided the land, the parking lot and the clearing of the woods and brush, with support from RUFF for amenities such as water fountains, park benches, upgrades to the fencing, the dog wash area and the new small dog area recently added.

With the addition of the small dog area, the park now has two separate unleashed areas, one for average to large dogs and one for dogs that weigh less then 25lbs. This allows for better safety for the smaller dogs, and both areas include water fountains and park benches. You can access the larger park from the walking trail or from the parking lot on 20th street.

For the 5th year, RUFF will hold its main fundraiser, Pooches on the Parkway, at Wilbur Young Park near Blue Springs South High School on Sunday May 16th from 11am to 4pm. Funds raised at this event will be used to improve the pond attached to the park, providing better access and water quality for the dogs that enjoy swimming and exploring. A complete schedule of events and activities is available on the RUFF website. Please bring your 4-legged companions for a walk on the parkway to raise funds to improve this special asset in our city.

Wilbur Young Park also offers one of our newest park features in Blue Springs, a disc golf course. This 18 hole disc golf course will open later this month and will host its first tournament on May 23, 2010. You can find more information about the course and the tournament at You can find information about all of the parks Blue Springs has to offer on the city website at

Colours of the Rainbow Garden Tour scheduled for June 12!

clock May 11, 2010 06:39 by author Jeff Quibell


May 11, 2010

Jill Calvert, Director of Development


Colours of the Rainbow Garden Tour scheduled for June 12!

Five area gardens will be featured on the 2nd annual Colours of the Rainbow Garden Tours & Outdoor Living Experience to benefit Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders. The gardens, some of them never open to the public before, will also have outdoor living experiences such as demonstrations, music and tablescapes.  Enjoy beauty in bloom at the homes of Digby, Guier, Kinser, Morris and Schneider. The gardens open at 10 am and will close at 4 pm.

Advanced tickets are $12 and are now available through the Rainbow Center website at Tickets on the day of the tour will be $15, and will be available at each garden location.

Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit providing day school services for students with special needs from 18 surrounding school districts, and adult habilitation programming for adults with developmental disabilities in Eastern Jackson County. All proceeds will be used to assist with programming expenses for over 120 persons served.

For more information, sponsorship and tickets purchase, advertising in the program, or volunteer opportunities, please contact Jill Calvert at Rainbow Center at 816-229-3869.

Board of Directors John Carlson, Lyndon Davis, Reggie Davis, Mark Fletcher, Colleen Foudree, Theresa Garza Ruiz, Mary Grimaldi,

Greg Grounds, Lydia Jeter, Paul Midtbo, Sarah Soden, MD, Ryan Snyder, Chair, Mike Trollinger, Barry Viesselman, Betsy Wenzel

Ambassadors Mary Adams, Robert K. Barker, Jerry Britton, Vince Burget, Shirley Charde, Leslie Cochran, Emagrace Colley, Laura Fitzmaurice, MD, Jeanine Fletcher, Mark & Kim Foudree, Joe Haney, Michael Harris, Mary Helber-Jamboretz, Danan Hughes, Jim Kennedy, Chuck Kleinhagen, Mike & Jan McGraw, Brooks Rainer, Deryl Roberts, Nancy M. Rogers, Jim Shultz, Steve Silverstein, MD, Bob Walls

Executive Director Marilu W. Herrick Director of Development Jill Calvert Director of Finance George N. Martin Program Manager Louann Garrett

Rainbow Center & Rainbow Options I

900 NW Woods Chapel Road • Blue Springs, MO 64015

Rainbow Center 816.229.3869 • Fax 229.4260

Rainbow Options I 816.228-7900 • Fax 228.7901

Rainbow Options II

3420 NW Kingsridge Drive • Blue Springs, MO 64015

816.228.1373 • Fax 228.1159

Bowling for Bikes and Bullets Fundraiser

clock May 6, 2010 13:59 by author Jeff Quibell


Blue Springs Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association



May 6, 2010


Chris Lievsay


Cell: 816.674.5108



Bowling for Bikes and Bullets Fundraiser

On Sunday, May 16, 2010, the Blue Springs Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association will be hosting a fundraiser at Lunar Bowl in Blue Springs from 2-5pm. Money is being raised to donate a fully equipped patrol bicycle from Bike Stop to the Blue Springs Police Department Bike Patrol, as well as funding for additional ammunition for the Citizen’s Police Academy range days.

Tickets for the event are on sale through Alumni Association members at $20/per person for unlimited bowling during the event. In addition we are seeking sponsors in the amount of $100 for the event that will receive recognition through company advertisements placed at the bowling lanes at Lunar Bowl. Already we have received tremendous response from the community and sponsors currently include: Clearlakes Insurance Agency, LLC, 3 Suns Cruise & Tours, Zuvers Real Estate, Autumn Place Apartments, Ad Trends, Inc, Leader 1 Financial, Ox Construction, All Right Heating & Cooling, Butterfly Stitches Embroidery & Quilting, Lunar Bowl, and Kwik Kopy. Other businesses have donated items to be used for a raffle, silent auction, and door prizes that will also take place.

Since the beginning of the first Citizen’s Police Academy in the fall of 2008, the graduates of the program have been actively involved in volunteering their time and resources to support the police department in whatever way they can. As an organization we seek to develop, promote, and improve a partnership between the police department and the community, as well as provide education in law enforcement issues, crime prevention, and public safety to the general public. We have recently filed for 501(c)3 non-profit tax exempt status with the federal government, and hope that this fundraiser will be the first of many to be used as a tool to complete our intent of advocating for public safety needs.

It is our hope that all members of the community might be willing to partner with the Alumni Association as we support the police department. Feel free to check out our website at for more information, or contact us by email


Help Shriners help kids

clock May 5, 2010 09:47 by author Jeff Quibell

I would like to share a little about an organization I have been a member of since 2004, the Shriners.
Supporting hospitals around the nation that provide specialized care for children, the Shriners actively participate in service to their community. Shriners Hospitals provide children up to the age of 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate care in a family-centered environment with no financial obligation to patients or families.

You can learn more about the Shriners hospitals at

Beginning Sunday, the Blue Springs Shrine Club will be selling freshly harvested Vidalia onions to raise funds for the local club and Ararat Shrine Temple. The onions will be available daily at the parking lot entrance to Adams Dairy Landing on the east side of Adams Dairy Parkway (in front of Target) until all are sold. They are available in 10-pound bags for $10 and half bags for $5.
We appreciate your support of our local Shriners organization.

Join us for Pooches on the Parkway – May 16 2010

clock May 5, 2010 09:19 by author Jeff Quibell


Free admission - Bring your dogs – Held rain or shine!

Sunday, May 16, 11 am to 4 pm Wilbur Young Park, 1100 SE Adams Dairy Parkway

(adjacent to Blue Springs South High School)

1, 2, & 3 Mile Fun Walk starts at 1 pm (fee required)

Dog Contests—Best Licker, 11:30 am; Flyball Demo, 3pm Costume, 12:30 pm; & Stupid Pet Tricks 2:30 pm. Sheep Herding Demos

Agility Clinic, 12 pm & 2 pm Doggie Speed Trap

Good Citizen Tests Dog Products & Services

Designated Off-Leash Dog Park Dog Adoptions

KC Disc Dogs Demo, 11 am & 2:15 pm Concessions available

Fun Walk fees include a commemorative T-shirt and hospitality packet. To pre-register & receive reduced fees for the walk and for additional information contact Blue Springs Parks & Recreation at (816) 228-0137 or go to the Parks & Recreation Web Page at


clip_image004 Watch as these dogs defy gravity and make amazing in-flight Frisbee catches. Time, 11:30 am & 2:15 pm.


This is a great new relay competition for dogs that is quickly gaining popularity across the country. Made of 4 dogs per team, watch as they race relay style, to the finish line. Time, 3:00 pm.


To enter the Fun Walk, Good Citizen Test, Agility Clinics or Dog­gie Speed Trap:

• Mail to: Blue Springs Parks & Recreation 903 West Main Street Blue Springs, MO 64015

• Register On-line at:

• In person at: Parks & Recreation City Hall, 903 West Main Street Hours are Monday—Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

• By phone with Visa, Discover, or MasterCard 816-228-0137

• On the day of the event: Wilbur Young Park, 1100 SE Adams Dairy Parkway

FUN WALK Bring your pooch along and choose between a one-mile, two-mile, or three-mile stroll down Adams Dairy Parkway. This walk will benefit pond improvements for 2010 at the Blue Springs off leash dog park. Entrants will receive a T-shirt and a “goodie bag.” (Those registering the day of the event are not guaranteed a shirt.)

The Fun Walk will start and end at the entrance to Wilbur Young Park. There will be water/rest stations along the way. The cost for the Dog Walk is $20 due by May 10, or $25 day of the event.

CANINE GOOD CITIZEN TEST If your dog has some basic training and good manners, he or she may be eligible for an award from the American Kennel Club. The C.G.C. Program is designed to reward dogs that have good manners. The program stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic manners for dogs. Dogs that pass receive a certificate (suitable for framing) from the AKC. Your dog must pass all 10 exercises ( to become a Canine Good Citizen. Rabies certificate is required. The cost is $4 in advance and $6 day of event.

AGILITY CLINICS No Experience Necessary! Here’s your chance to introduce your dog to all the fun they can have in this fast-paced sport. This 45­minute “hands- on” clinic will introduce you to the obstacles, rules, safety practices, and training techniques; everything you need for you and your dog to start in Agility! The cost is $8 in advance and $12 day of event.

Agility Clinic #1……………….12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Agility Clinic #2 ………….…… 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

DOGGIE SPEED TRAP This new fun event gives you the opportunity to see just how fast your dog can run. One dog handler will take the dog down a 30—40 foot enclosed run. Another handler calls the dog and as he runs, a speed gun is used to ‘clock’ his running speed. A “Speeding Ticket” will then be issued. This event will be on go­ing from 11:00 am—4:00 pm. Cost is $2.00

Entry Form Follows:


Masters of Magic at Brittany Hill on Saturday, May 8th

clock May 2, 2010 19:42 by author Jeff Quibell


The Heart of America International Brotherhood of Magicians has given the Blue Springs Historical Society and Brittany Hill Middle School an opportunity to host their Masters of Magic Tour on Saturday, March 8th.  What a fun way to help the Blue Springs Historical Society, Brittany Hill Middle School, and the Heart of America International Brotherhood of Magicians raise money!

The matinee is at 2:00 pm, and an evening show at 7:00 pm.  Both shows will be held at Brittany Hill Middle School, 2701 NW 1st Street, Blue Springs.  Special Pre-sale tickets are a Combo of 1 Adult and 2 Students for $13.  Event price: Adult $10 and Student $5.  There will be drawings for special give-aways and every child 14 years of age or under will receive a free “Secrets of Magic” book! 

Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance online through Pay Pal by going to:

One More Thing:

This is going to be one of the best magic shows you will ever see as five of the best magicians from around the country will perform together on the same stage!  Although this will be a great opportunity to bring your child or grandchild to something they will talk about for years to come, the performers will delight and entertain all ages!

PROGRAM UPDATE -------- This week National Magician, Lance Rich will be making a special guest appearance at both of the shows!  (Read more about Lance below.)


WITNESS THE FAMOUS HOUDINI UPSIDE DOWN STRAIT-JACKET CHALLENGE LIVE IN PERSON!  Nationally-known magician and escape artist Lance Rich will attempt the escape that made Harry Houdini a household name during the early part of the last century.  Bound in a regulation canvas and leather strait jacket, Lance will be hung upside down and hoisted high in the air before his escape attempt begins. Come see if Lance can duplicate the escape that put Harry Houdini on the front page of more newspapers than anything else he ever did in his entire career!
Lance Rich brief bio:

Lance has been performing since he was five! Now, at age 26 he continues to entertain. He performs more than 200 shows a year amusement parks as a magician and escape artist.  He is also a singer and dancer with performing credits at the Pine Knob Outdoor Theatre in Kentucky, Carnival Cruise Ship, and other venues around the country. He is currently working with the Symphonic Pops Consortium as a magic consultant for Mysterioso - a magic show at symphony orchestras which is currently touring the country.

Volunteers make a strong community

clock April 28, 2010 07:23 by author Jeff Quibell

JeffQuibell201002 In November, Business Week magazine announced its list of the “Best Places to Raise Your Kids,” naming Blue Springs the number one city in Missouri to raise a family, with Lee’s Summit and Joplin listed as runners-up. This unsolicited honor speaks volumes about the great community in which we live.

What is it that made our community rise to the top of that list? Criteria included school performance, number of schools, household expenditures, crime rates, air quality, job growth, family income, museums, parks, theaters and diversity, with the greatest weight given to affordability, safety, and school test scores.

However, there is much more to this story than just the statistics. Our citizens, not only in Blue Springs but also throughout all of Eastern Jackson County, are actively involved in their community. Volunteers are the heart and soul of community service, and many local non-profit organizations rely on their commitment and generosity. People serve their communities as elected officials and on the many boards and commissions that are integral to local government. Parents and other volunteers support sports activities available to our youth. Community service organizations such as the Community Services League, Rainbow Center, Hillcrest Ministries and StandUp Blue Springs provide services to those in need within our communities.

Foundations such as Truman Heartland Community Foundation and Eastland Community Foundation provide opportunities for philanthropists to concentrate their resources and provide funding to the many non-profit organizations throughout the area.

The Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce’s annual leadership class, in conjunction with Home Depot, Haldex, Randy and Jan Castle, MarKirk Construction, the Blue Springs School District, Hy-Vee, Betty’s Restaurant, Costco, Adams Dairy Bank, Sonic, Lamar’s, MAC Corporation and Architectural Ornaments, joined forces this past Saturday morning to renovate the patios at St. Mary’s Manor. Individuals and businesses working collaboratively make our community a special place to live.

Each year the Heritage Philharmonic holds a competition for local young musicians. The winners will perform with the philharmonic this at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Blue Springs High School performing arts center. The members are volunteer musicians from our community, and the orchestra provides opportunities for these musicians to hone their skills and share their talents with the community at large. Led by a volunteer board of directors, the orchestra provides the community a cost effective opportunity to enjoy a diverse variety of fantastic music.

These organizations, and others like them, are the lifeblood of our towns. By investing our time in these organizations, and making a commitment to the success of our communities, we continually set the bar a little higher, and we strive to reach it. By participating in the process, by giving of your skills and passions, you will reap benefits tenfold.

What does Leadership Mean in Blue Springs?

clock April 24, 2010 15:34 by author Jeff Quibell

Press Release by the Blue Springs Chamber (Updated as provided by Lara Vermillion)

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Lara Vermillion, Blue Springs Chamber 229-8558

What does Leadership Mean in Blue Springs?

Chamber Leadership Volunteers 002 Leadership means something in Blue Springs.  The Leadership Blue Springs class of 2009-2010 has taken the word seriously and is putting leadership skills to work

As a part of their class this year, the group has decided to renovate some patios at St. Mary’s Manor.  St. Mary’s Manor is an assisted living facility in Blue Springs.  During one of the class sessions on Health Care group members toured the facility.  They were touched by the residents of the facility and wanted to make things a little brighter for them.

The group began forming a plan.  Group members met with staff members from St. Mary’s Manor and learned that residents enjoy outside planting and gardening, but are sometimes unable to plant because they cannot get their wheelchairs close enough to planters.  They also learned that there are never enough places for residents to sit with family members and enjoy the patio areas. 

With those challenge in mind, the Leadership class started immediately working in the community to secure donations for the facility.  Home Depot offered to help with the project and has been instrumental in selecting and obtaining furniture for the two patios and wood to make the planters.  Not only were they willing to help with materials, but they wanted to beChamber Leadership Volunteers 003 an active part of the project as well. 

Christel Flores, Operations Manager at the Blue Springs Home Depot said, “Community service is one of the core values of Home Depot.  We have Team Depot, which is a group of our employees that are all about giving back.  We have not had a lot of opportunity to be involved with a project in Blue Springs.  We are excited to be doing this”. Haldex and other sponsors including Randy & Jan Castle, MarKirk Construction, Blue Springs School District, Hy-Vee, Betty’s Restaurant, Costco, Adams Dairy Bank, Sonic, Lamar’s, MAC Corporation and Architectural Ornaments have donated money or items to help with the project. 

Other than the Home Depot team, a group of local Webelos from Pack 604 took an interest in the project.   The scouts are working on their Citizenship badge which is a part of the Arrow of Light requirement.  They have been learning about how to be a good citizen and must participate in a service project.  “This seemed like a great way to teach scouts how to be involved in their community”, said Chad Vermillion, Den Leader.  “We are hoping that by teaching them now how to be a good community member, it will carry through for the rest of their lives.”

On April 17th, starting at 8:30 a.m.  the first phase of this project will take place in two different locations.  A group who is building and assembling planters for the residents of St. Mary's Manor will meet at Home Depot.  Another group will also meet at St. Mary's Manor to move bricks and dirt from an existing planter and recreate a garden area with the materials.

Chamber Leadership Volunteers 005 On April 24th the entire group will meet at St. Mary’s Manor.  On that day, group members willChamber Leadership Volunteers 007 power wash all patios, move in the planters and new furniture and spend some time planting to beautify the area.  A formal presentation of the patios to the residents will take place around 2 p.m.

The Leadership Blue Springs Class is a program of the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce.  In 1991 the Blue Springs Chamber established the Leadership Blue Springs program.  The idea of the program is to develop a community leadership pool that will develop skills and knowledge of our community through a series of workshops focusing on business, government, quality of life, volunteer service and local history. 

Class members are Tim Stephenson (Community America Credit Union)  Tom Alderman (Blue Springs High School)   Karen Findora (City of Blue Springs) Cheyanne Reed (Adams Dairy Bank)  Suzanne Dell-St. Clair (St. Mary’s Medical Center)  Charles Weber(Blue Springs R-IV School District)   Sheryl Morgan (City of Blue Springs)   Mark Briscoe (Central Jackson County Fire Protection District)  Ralph Habben (Community Volunteer) Gregg Lehenbauer (Haldex Brake Products)   Lori Turner (City of Blue Springs) Dan Hood (City of Blue Springs)  Steve Decker (Blue Springs Police Department)  Lara Vermillion (Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce)  Amanda Meyers (Blue Springs South High School)  Anna Cole (Blue Springs High School).  They are scheduled to graduate at the June 17th Chamber luncheon.  Call 229-8558 for more details about the project or the Leadership Class.

Chamber Leadership Volunteers 008 Lara Vermillion, IOM


Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce

816.229.8558 Office        

816.204.5048 Cell

1000 W Main Street

Blue Springs, MO 64015

The mission of the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce is to develop, promote and facilitate a strong economic environment in which the business community can grow and prosper.

St. Mary's Medical Center Sonic Week – Certificate for Charitable Giving

clock March 28, 2010 15:01 by author Jeff Quibell

St. Mary's logo

sonic logo

Give to St. Mary's Medical Center by eating at Sonic between

April 5th and 12th

Sonic burgerSt. Mary's Medical Center Sonic Week

DATE: April 5th through 12th

LOCATIONS: Sonic locations in Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, Buckner, Lexington, Higginsville, Jackson Drive (Little Blue Parkway), Chapel Ridge ( 291 & Woods Chapel), 24 Highway (just east of 291), Lee's Summit (150 Highway & 291 Highway), 35th & Noland Road, 40 Highway and Noland Road

MORE: Take the coupon below to any of the participating Sonics and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to St. Mary's Medical Center Foundation for the "Calling to Care" campaign to expand and renovate the operating rooms at St. Mary's.

Bring this coupon when you visit Sonic to ensure a portion of your purchase goes to St. Mary's Medical Center Foundation. Print out the coupon as often as you want and take it in. Dine more, donate more.

Sonic coupon

St. Mary's Medical Center

201 NW R.D. Mize Road

Blue Springs, Missouri 64014

Blue Springs Historical Society Supports Jackson County 4-H

clock March 8, 2010 12:26 by author Jeff Quibell

clip_image001 The Blue Springs Historical Society

a non-profit (501c 3) organization formed in 1976

clip_image002 Supports Jackson County 4-H   clip_image002[1]

YOU are invited to help the Historical Society accomplish our mission to

Preserve, Promote, and Educate citizens about the history of Blue Springs

By Participating in Our

Informational Historic Exhibits, Speaker Programs, a 1906 Educational Heritage Garden, Youth community service projects, Eagle Scout projects, Archives, other Activities, and membership

The 1906 Dillingham-Lewis House Museum is open to the public on                                             Sundays from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. April through December or by appointment.

1906 Dillingham-Lewis House Museum, 101 SW 15th Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015

P.O. Box 762, Blue Springs, Missouri 64013        

clip_image002[2] Mary Potter, President       Contact info: 816-797-4870   clip_image002[3]