News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Heritage Philharmonic Holiday Pops Concert–December 18 at Blue Springs High School Performing Arts Center

clock December 13, 2010 16:26 by author Jeff Quibell

Please join us for the

Heritage Philharmonic Holiday Pops Concert

Saturday, December 18, 7:30pm

Blue Springs High School Performing Arts Center

2000 NW Ashton

Blue Springs, MO

This concert will feature traditional holiday favorites, as well as the Honors Choir

from Delta Woods Middle School and an audience sing-along. 

This concert will last a little over an hour and is perfect for the whole family.


Blue Springs Historical Society "Christmas Fantasy" Dillingham-Lewis House Museum - Sunday, December 12th and 19th

clock December 6, 2010 15:11 by author Jeff Quibell

Sunday, December 12th and 19th
Blue Springs Historical Society "Christmas  Fantasy" Dillingham-Lewis House Museum
Dillingham-Lewis House Museum, 15th & Main Street
You will be dazzled by the 8 room fantasy created by local decorators while you sip hot cider and enjoy Christmas cookies.
Visit for more information, or please call (816) 797-4870.

Do You Know of Someone that Could Use Some Cheer this Year?

clock December 3, 2010 11:07 by author Jeff Quibell

imageDuring the holidays, nothing puts a little pep in one's step like hearing great holiday music and seeing talented dancers. On December 5, please join us for the 12th Annual Spirit of Caring Christmas Concert. This year the Community Services League is delighted to have Pete Grigsby as the emcee for the event. The Blue Springs High School Drum Line will start off our show with a bang and a rat-a-tat-tat.

Who or what else can you expect to see at this foot tapping concert? The Glitter Girls will add sparkle to the show with their dance numbers. Voy Spears School Choir on Fire will light up the audience with their vocal stylings. The Wee Bells will capture your heart with their bell ringing charm. The concert this year features many talented soloists, choirs and dancers. In addition, at the show, you can register to win a Christmas tree lavishly decorated by Mera Vic.

When and where will this bundle of holiday happiness transpire? Sunday, December 5, 2p.m., at the Performing Arts Center at Blue Springs High School, 2000 Ashton.

You can purchase tickets at the door for $4.00. The Community Services League(CSL) will use all of the proceeds to provide assistance to Blue Springs families in need throughout the year. For more information, please call the CSL at 816-229-0033 (T,W, TH 9-12 & 1-4).

Heritage Philharmonic & Kansas City Music Teachers Association host 24th Annual Young Artist Competition

clock November 29, 2010 10:30 by author Jeff Quibell

Kansas City Music Teachers Association – Heritage Philharmonic

24th Annual Young Artist Concerto Competition
1st Prize: $500 *and* performance with
Heritage Philharmonic on May 1st
2nd Prize: $250
Winners in both piano and instrumental categories

Competition date: February 26th, 2011
Entry Deadline: January 31st, 2011
Eligibility: Age 14 to 18 as of February 26th, 2011
For more details, check out
Or contact: Julie Watson
913-908-2386 6

Click Here to Download the Flyer


clock November 23, 2010 14:40 by author Jeff Quibell



Saturday, January 29, 2011
Blue Springs Elks Lodge
100 NE Brizendine Road, Blue Springs, MO 64014
Doors open at 5:30pm for registration and Tournament begins @ 6:00pm
$50 seat donation for pre-sale ticket
$60 seat donation at the door
Silent Auction and Raffle
Make your reservation today by calling 816-220-7660
Mastercard/Visa/Discover Accepted. Must be 21 yrs old to attend

Jaguar Pride 2010 Grand Champions at University of Missouri

clock November 23, 2010 13:13 by author Jeff Quibell



Jaguar Pride 2010

Grand Champions at
University of Missouri

Blue Springs South Jaguar Pride Marching Band just completed their most successful year. Here's your chance to re-cap their season at a low cost.

2010 Jaguar Pride Fusion on DVD includes:

-Entire grand championship performance at MU
Champion of Champions Festival

-Pictures and video re-capping the entire season (rehearsals, fundraisers, football games, etc.) 

All for only $10 with proceeds benefiting the
Jaguar Pride!

Special offer! Receive the 2010 show Fusion AND the 2009 show Gladiator for only $5 more. 

That's only $15 for both DVDs!

Click here for your order form.

Mail it along with your check or money order payable to

BS South Bands to:

Blue Springs South High School

Attn: Doug Padget, Band Dep.

1200 SE Adams Dairy Pkwy

Blue Springs, MO 64014


For fundraiser success, look no further than St. Mary’s

clock November 5, 2010 16:45 by author Jeff Quibell

This post was submitted by Bill Essmann and refers to an Examiner Article by Jeff Martin:


In case you did not get to see this article in the Examiner (, I am proud that the St. Mary’s Med. Ctr. Foundation has surpassed $915,000 in its one million dollar campaign to renovate the surgical center.

St. Mary’s is a non-profit hospital which provides care to all citizens of our community, regardless of their socio-economic condition or ability to pay.  It warms my heart to know that our home-town hospital cares for patient’s body, mind and spirit in the tradition exemplified and demonstrated by Christ our Savior.

There are two departments at St. Mary’s that are the “cash cows” or economic drivers that generate the revenue to provide the means which supports the good works and mission of our Christian institution.  It is critical to the financial stability of the institution that Emergency Services and the Surgical Center are successful.  You may know that the Emergency Services department was renovated in the last decade, but the Surgical Center remains essentially the same as it was built in 1981.  Two of the three surgical suites are too small for modern equipment and they do not meet the minimum size standards set by the AMA.  Think of all of the medical advances that have taken place over the past 30 years and of all the new technology that has improved medical and surgical care over that time! 

I am a proponent of St. Mary’s because I think having a top-notch medical facility in our city is important for the vibrant image and future of our community.  The renovated surgery center will help St. Mary’s Med Center to attract and retain the finest surgical specialists, increase patient comfort and privacy, and provide the community with a higher degree and availability of surgical services.  I’m all for that!

WREATHS & WITS 2010 – Rainbow Center’s Benefit for Children and Adults with Special Needs

clock October 22, 2010 15:02 by author Jeff Quibell

October 8, 2010


Jill Calvert
Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders
900 NW Woods Chapel Road
Blue Springs, MO 64015
Phone: 816-229-3869
Fax: 816-229-4260


Do you like fun, food and friendly competition? All this and more are in store for you during Rainbow Center’s fourth annual WREATHS & WITS event to benefit children and adults with special needs.

Make plans now to attend this fun TRIVIA COMPETITION on Saturday, November
20th at the Ararat Shrine Temple, 5100 Ararat Drive, Kansas City, Mo. Guests will enjoy music, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a silent auction of WREATHS and gift
baskets when the doors open at 5:30 p.m. The WITS trivia competition begins at
6:30 p.m. featuring Bryan Busby, KMBC Chief Meteorologist, as the guest MC! Your
table of eight will compete as a trivia team. Each person on the first place team will
get “bragging rights” and a holiday bag stuffed with goodies!! Individual tickets are
only $30 for this evening of fun!

Join us as we seek to make a significant educational difference for children and adults with disabilities. Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders provides specialized day school programming for children from 19 metropolitan school districts, and day habilitation for adults from Eastern Jackson County. Rainbow Center is a non-profit, nationally accredited, private agency for persons with disabilities. Contact Rainbow Center at 816-229-3869 or for more information, to purchase tickets or inquire about sponsorship and donation opportunities. To download a brochure or purchase tickets online, click the Events link at We hope to see you there!


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

Domestic Violence initiative receives a $400,000 grant

clock October 21, 2010 15:50 by author Jeff Quibell





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


DATE: October 21, 2010

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


Domestic Violence initiative receives a $400,000 grant

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – A $400,000 federal grant, which comes during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, was recently was awarded to the City of Blue Springs and Hope House to help develop and strengthen effective responses to violence against women.

“The grant program encourages communities to treat domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking as serious crimes by strengthening the criminal justice response to these crimes and promoting a coordinated community response,” said Susan B. Carbon, Director of the Office on Violence Against Women. “Victim safety and offender accountability are the center piece of projects funded under the program.”

The two-year grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, to the City of Blue Springs and Hope House and the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office to fund the Domestic Violence Collaborative Initiative.  The grant provides funding to the City for one full-time domestic violence detective, domestic violence training, departmental costs, a portion of the Municipal Court Prosecutor and Jackson County’s Prosecutor’s Office for domestic violence prosecution. Hope House receives grant funding for a full-time domestic violence advocate, programming and personnel staff.

"The grant award recognizes the work of the Domestic Violence Collaborative Initiative on a national level," Blue Springs Police Chief Wayne McCoy said. "The department will be able to commit the necessary resources to more effectively deal with domestic violence incidents in our community."

“Funding from the Office on Violence Against Women Fiscal Year 2010 Community-Defined Solutions to Violence Against Women Program will be used to facilitate a coordinated response in Blue Springs, Missouri,” said Mary Anne Metheny, chief executive officer of Hope House. “Together, partners ensure a holistic response to victim safety and domestic violence offender accountability."

Domestic violence affects more than 32 million Americans. The federal government reports that approximately 1,300 people are killed by their abusers each year. Nationally, an estimated 70 percent of domestic violence victims do not show up to court when their abusers go to trial, forcing prosecutors to drop the charges.

For more information about the grant, call Dave Williams at (816) 228-0145.


Service to Others Matters Most

clock October 20, 2010 16:33 by author Jeff Quibell

JeffOnSeqway Growing up, I knew that my father and two uncles were Masons. My father was also a Shriner and was very active in the local Corinthian Lodge 265 and Hound Dawg Shrine Club. He never talked much about it with me, but I could see from observation that the members were very active and respected members of the community. As a young adult, I spoke with my father regarding his membership and asked that he tell me more about Masonry. Soon afterward, I began the process of learning and ultimately becoming a Master Mason. Six years ago I petitioned Ararat Shrine and was accepted into that brotherhood as well.

Many will recognize the names of Masons from history: George Washington, Teddy Roosevelt, Beethoven, Henry Ford, John Glenn, Mark Twain, Gerald Ford, H. Roe Bartle, and Harry Truman, just to name a few. Masons come from all walks of life.

This past weekend, I had the privilege to participate in welcoming 28 new Shriners at the Ararat Shrine Fall Ceremonial. Many may think of the Shriner’s presence in community parades throughout the summer, but there is so much more to being a Shriner than the parades. Camaraderie, deep friendships and good fellowship are also part of being a Shriner. Following is information published by the Missouri Grand Lodge in a brochure titled “Be A Mason, Making A Difference”

“Membership in the brotherhood of Masons means many things. It means being part of an unbroken tradition that stretches back over 500 years to a time when guilds of freemasons traveled throughout Europe laying the stones of the great Gothic cathedrals.

It means sharing the values of our nation’s founding fathers; men who believe in the brotherhood of man are firmly rooted in the Constitution of the United States.

It means becoming a better person while helping to improve the quality of life for others. It means forming deep and lasting friendships that transcend the boundaries of race, religion and culture, as well as those of geography.

But most of all, being a Mason means the kind of deep satisfaction that comes only from selfless giving; from doing for others without asking, or expecting, anything in return.”

Being a Mason is a prerequisite to becoming a Shriner. Shriners support what we believe is the world’s greatest philanthropy, Shriners Hospitals For Children, that provide burn and specialty pediatric care to children under the age of 18. All children are welcome regardless of their parent’s financial status and the care is always provided.

The Masons are always looking for new members who wish to improve themselves. If you are interested, seek out a Mason or Shriner that you know and ask to learn more. Join us! Information is also available at