News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

The Annual Blue Springs South Jaguar Pride Marching Band Garage Sale!

clock October 12, 2010 13:32 by author Jeff Quibell

The Annual Blue Springs South Jaguar Pride Marching Band Garage Sale!

Saturday, October 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Clothing, toys, furniture, kitchen stuff, tools, home décor, books, antiques. 

American Legion, Post 499, located at 499 SW 7 Highway, Blue Springs

Blue Springs Has Talent Dinner and Entertainment – October 12

clock October 4, 2010 10:30 by author Jeff Quibell

Who:  Blue Springs Historical Society

What: 2nd Annual Blue Springs Has Talent dinner and entertainment 

When:  Tuesday, October 12, 2010 – 6:00 pm

Where:  Thomas Ultican Elementary, 1812 N.W. Vesper, Blue Springs, MO 64015           

The Blue Springs Historical Society is having their 2nd Annual Blue Springs Has Talent at their school district partner, Thomas Ultican Elementary, 1812 N.W. Vesper, Blue Springs, MO.  Dinner begins at 6:00 pm followed by the entertainment on Tuesday, October 12, 2010. 

The entertainment includes MC and Singer, Mayor Carson Ross; former Mayor and Magician Steve Steiner; Blue Springs City Councilmen; ELVIS; Guitarists, Fiddlers, Ballet Dancers; Comics; and other talent still applying.  You know our own David Cook has talent.  Now, the public has the opportunity to hear other Blue Springs entertainers on the same stage, some for the first time.

The meal and entertainment for one person is $15.00 or for two people $25.00.  Your reservation(s) check should be mailed to Blue Springs Historical Society, P.O. Box 762, Blue Springs, MO 64013 by October 6th or after this date, please contact: Mary Potter, Blue Springs Historical Society, president 816.797.4870 or

William Clarke Quantrill Reunion – October 9th

clock October 4, 2010 10:28 by author Jeff Quibell

Who:  Blue Springs Historical Society and the William Clarke Quantrill Society

What: William Clarke Quantrill Society annual reunion 

When:  Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 11:30 a.m. - Noon

Where:  Chicago & Alton Hotel, west of the Dillingham-Lewis House Museum, 101 SW 15th

Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015   

The William Clarke Quantrill Society is having their reunion where the Bushwhackers were at home before and during the Civil War – Blue Springs.  Historically the reunion is held once a year for the “Old ex-bushwhackers”.  This year, the newly painted Chicago & Alton Hotel will welcome Barbara Hughes as Caroline Quantrill, Quantrill descendants and interested people to recreate the Quantrill reunion on the front porch.  In 1888, Quantrill’s ex-bushwhackers honored Caroline Quantrill with a reception at the Hotel.  A photograph along with newspaper reporters captured this moment and it will come to life again on October 9.  A short vignette will be given by Barbara Hughes.  When this event occurred, only 23 short years had passed since the Civil War ended in 1865.  For “history buffs”, it is of interest as 2011 marks the 150th Commemoration of the Civil War. 

The Reunion will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Pink Hill Park, 2715 N.W. Park Drive, Blue Springs where the Quantrill Society members will take a Blue Springs guerrilla bus tour.  At 11:30-ish the bus will arrive at the Hotel and by noon will return to Pink Hill Park.  In the afternoon, a walking tour is planned at the Natural History of Burr Oak Woods which once encompassed much of Morgan Walker’s farm land.  This will be followed by speakers on the “Morgan Walker Affair”, a forum on the Morgan Walker family genealogy and history and it will end with a banquet awards dinner.   

All 3 Contacts will be available before or after the Hotel visit.

Contact: Harold Dellinger, Quantrill Society Reunion, president 816.241.5315

Contact: Barbara Hughes, Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri, Board member 


Contact: Mary Potter, Blue Springs Historical Society, president 816.797.4870

The Wall That Heals Gets a Warm Welcome – Full Scale Effort For Long Ride

clock September 29, 2010 11:34 by author Jeff Quibell

Jeff Quibell There are some experiences in life that can only be described as WOW! Tuesday, I had the distinct privilege and honor of joining the Patriot Guard motorcycle escort, as The Wall That Heals came into Blue Springs.

This morning began with a brisk ride from Blue Springs to Concordia with Blue Springs City Councilman Grant Bowerman. When we arrived at the Travel America Truck Stop in Concordia, the crowd of motorcyclists had already begun to assemble. By the time everyone had arrived, there were well over 200 motorcycles and their riders ready and willing to provide the escort.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s department and law enforcement agencies from all across the region, helped to manage traffic and to safely close the west bound interstate so that we could focus on honoring the 58,000+ men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War to protect our freedoms.

We were KSU (Kick Stands Up) at 12:15pm and began the process of entering Interstate 70. Approximately 100 of us lead The Wall ThatDistrict 3 Blue Springs City Councilman Grant Bowerman Heals semi truck onto the interstate. Councilman Bowerman and I were stationed only a few motorcycles ahead of the actual Wall. The remainder of the escort followed the Wall along the route. The sky was blue and the temperatures were perfect for a fall ride.

David Miller, the organizer for the Patriot Guard, emphasized to us that safety was of the utmost importance. The formation was staggered with 2 seconds between each motorcycle in line with each other and one second between motorcycles across from each other. No side by side riding.

As we departed from Concordia we began to encounter people alongside the highway waving, saluting, and displaying the American Flag. Almost every overpass had people on it, waving and showing their support. As we came over the hill approaching the Grain Valley exit we could see emergency lights on the overpass. Area Firefighters and Emergency Medical Personnel had set up on the overpass and were there to greet us.

Patriot Guard Staging AreaThe closer we got to Blue Springs, more and more people lined the road and overpasses to cheer on the procession. At Adams Dairy Parkway we turned south to 40 Highway and then west to Highway 7, where we were greeted by flag waving citizens of our community all the rest of the way to Pink Hill Park.

These gatherings of the people are an integral part of American life. There is no experience like receiving the support of your fellow citizens and honoring the traditions that make our country great.

Come join us in honoring the Veterans of the Vietnam War by visiting Pink Hill Park over the next few days. The Wall and its accompanying museum will be in Pink Hill Park from 6:55am Thursday September 30 through 6pm Sunday October 3rd. More information can be found at

StandUp Blue Springs to host 7th annual Princess Party

clock September 21, 2010 17:42 by author Jeff Quibell

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. (September 7, 2010) – StandUp Blue Springs will host its seventh annual Princess Party to raise funds for its flagship program Dental for Kids, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 at Valley View High School, located at 5000 N.W. Valley View Road, Blue Springs, MO 64015.

            Young ladies ages 2-to-12 will be the royal guests of honor at the seventh annual Princess Party. A visit with the Tooth Fairy, the Sparkle Smile Academy featuring the Royal Puppets, a Princess concert, primping and crafts are a few of the 15 activities offered at the Princess Party.

             “The Tooth Fairy meets each princess and gives them their very own royal toothbrush,” said Executive Director Monica Meeks. “Last year, a young girl was so excited after she received her toothbrush because she did not have to share one anymore. That is just one example of the importance of our programs and how they directly impact the children in our community.”

            Dental for Kids provides free dental care, dental education and supplies to 2,300 children and teens in need each year who live in the Blue Springs School District, which includes Blue Springs, Lake Tapawingo, and portions of Independence, Grain Valley and Lee’s Summit. Since the launch of the program in 2003, local volunteer dentists have donated nearly $400,000 worth of free care, but funds are needed to pay for dental education, supplies, case management and other program costs.

            The cost to attend the Princess Party is $15 for children and $5 for each adult companion. Tickets can be purchased at the door or ordered in advance beginning in September through the StandUp Blue Springs website. Discounts are available for online and advance purchases. Optional activities cost an additional fee and low-cost snacks will be sold.    

            Dental for Kids is a program of the local nonprofit agency, StandUp Blue Springs, which engages adults and teens in Eastern Jackson County in health, safety and community enrichment initiatives. For more information about the Princess Party or the Dental for Kids program, visit or call the StandUp Blue Springs office at 816-478-4500.

Heritage Philharmonic Announces the 2010-2011 Concert Season with Free Tickets for All

clock September 19, 2010 22:17 by author Jeff Quibell

Conductor’s Letter

Dear Friends,

The 2010-2011 season marks our 66th year of performing great
concerts in Jackson County. We have exciting concerts in store
for you that I know you will not want to miss.

We are looking forward to partnering with the Metropolitan
Chorale of Kansas City for our first concert. The major work
on that program will be Mozart’s incredibly beautiful Requiem,
presented in the lovely space of the Community of Christ Temple.

In December we will hold our traditional Holiday Pops concert,
featuring the talented singers of the Delta Woods Honor Choir.
Please join us for this family-friendly concert of holiday favorites
at Blue Springs High School.

The March concert will feature a wide variety of Memorable
Marches—everything from Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance No. 1
to the Imperial March from Star Wars. We are pleased to return
to Tri-City Ministries for this upbeat performance.

The season will conclude in May with the Young Artists’
Concert. The orchestra, together with the Kansas City Music
Teachers Association, hosts a yearly competition for high
school musicians. The winners of this competition are awarded
a scholarship and are invited to appear as a soloist with the
orchestra. We have been impressed by amazing young talent in
the past, and I am certain that this year will be no different.

Finally and quite notably, we are pleased to announce a return to
free admission for our concerts! We are doing this in an effort
to make our concerts accessible to everyone.
The success of this
ambitious goal depends on assistance from loyal supporters like
you. Please help by sending in your tax deductible donation

I look forward to seeing you soon,

James Murray III
Music Director & Conductor





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


Blue Springs Teams and Texas Roadhouse Needs Your Help!

clock August 31, 2010 13:04 by author Jeff Quibell

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