News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Bryan Busby Return as Master of Ceremonies for Wreaths & Wits

clock November 1, 2011 12:29 by author Jeff Quibell

Do you like fun, food and friendly competition? All this and more are in store for you during the 5th Annual WREATHS & WITS event to benefit children and adults with

special needs who receiving programming at Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders.

Make plans now to attend this fun TRIVIA COMPETITION on Saturday, November
19th at the Hilton Garden Inn Ballroom (recent change in venue), 19677 East Jackson Drive in Independence. Guests will enjoy holiday 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!

This event helps 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 14 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.

For more information, to purchase tickets or inquire about sponsorship and donation opportunities visit, call 816-229-3869 or check out the Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders Facebook Page.

Civil War Program by Gregg Higginbotham for the Civil War’s 150 year anniversary–Nov 6 2pm to 3pm

clock October 31, 2011 11:30 by author Jeff Quibell


Contact: Mary Potter

Phone #: 816-797-4870

Date: October 27, 2011

Who:  Blue Springs Historical Society

What: Civil War Program by Gregg Higginbotham for the Civil War’s 150 year anniversary.

When:  Sunday, November 6, 2011 – 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Where: Masonic Hall, 308 S.W. Main Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015

            This is a change in location.

Gregg Higginbotham a well-known local and national speaker on the Civil War will be at the Masonic Hall, 308 S.W. Main Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015, on Sunday, November 6th.  The door will open at 1:30 pm with Gregg speaking from 2:00 – 3:00 pm.  In 2011, this will be the third event the Blue Springs Historical Society has sponsored for the Civil War Sesquicentennial.   The first was a program by Gregg Higginbotham.  The second was the 3rd Annual Blue Springs Has Talent entertainment and meal.  At the Talent Show, the performers played and sang Civil War songs.  Barbara Hughes as Mary Lobb told about the impact of the War on her life.

Higginbotham is a member of the national and state of Missouri Committees on the 150 year Anniversary of the Civil War.  He is a member of the Company of Military Historians, a member of The Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri.  He is a past president of the Missouri Civil War Re-enactor Association and is employed by the Kansas City Metropolitan Library information network.

His topic will be the Civil War or for eastern Jackson County residents in 1860, the War Between the States.  He will be available to answer questions about the Civil War after his speech.   

There is no admission charge but the Blue Springs Historical Society would like a donation toward our budget. For more information contact: Mary Potter 816-797-4870 or

Blue Springs Womens Civic Club Supports Our Community

clock October 20, 2011 17:41 by author Jeff Quibell

On September 26, 2011 The Blue Springs Womens Civic Club along with Roscoe Righter, Parks and Recreation Director, dedicated a park bench with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Lake Remembrance, Greg Grounds Park. With the generous donations of past members and the hard working on going efforts of current membership, the BSWCC continues to support the community of Blue Springs and the surrounding area. You can contact us for more information at
"To Serve is Our Privilege, To Find a Way, Our Responsibility"

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Art Gallery Opening at White Oak Plaza

clock October 20, 2011 10:26 by author Jeff Quibell



I wanted to contact you and inform you that the newly founded Blue Springs Arts Council will be hosting a gallery on November 5th from 5pm to 9pm. We are excited that the gallery will be in Blue Springs and we are excited to host 10 -15 artists. Miles Neidinger will be also be hosting a gallery that evening. Please view his art at

We are still accepting applications and wanted to inform you of the Nov 5th gallery. Please let us know if you can inform your media contacts about this event.

Kim Jones


3rd Annual Blue Springs Has Talent Dinner

clock October 20, 2011 10:22 by author Jeff Quibell

Who:  Blue Springs Historical Society

What: 3rd Annual Blue Springs Has Talent dinner and entertainment celebrating the Historical Society’s 35th birthday and the Civil War’s 150 year anniversary.

When:  Tuesday, October 25, 2011 – 6:00 pm

Where: Blue Springs High School, 2000 N.W. Ashton Road, Blue Springs, MO 64015

Some of the performers’ tunes will take you back to 1861.  Barbara Hughes, as an Eastern Jackson County settler 150 years ago, will tell about the “happenings”.  Blue Springs Councilman Grant Bowerman as MC will display his since of humor while keeping the program moving.  Other performers are former Mayor and Magician Steve Steiner and the City Councilmen’s skit, still to be disclosed, will keep you laughing.  It has not been disclosed if Scarlet or Jose or some other dancer will make an appearance.    Songs by guitarists, fiddlers, and vocalists will be reminiscent of the War Between the States.  And, can you believe a Civil War Rap song?  Of course, ELVIS will reappear and yes, when you listen to him sing, you will think the “real” Elvis really did drop by.  Other talent may still apply.  David Cook put Blue Springs on the map with his singing ability.  Now, the public has the opportunity to hear other Blue Springs entertainers on the same stage, some for the first time.

There will be a silent auction held for the benefit of Save Our Depot.  The money will be used to reach the $20,000.000 it takes to move the depot before July 29, 2012.

The Blue Springs Historical Society will celebrate their 35th birthday by honoring the charter members.  Without their vision and hard work there would be no museum in the 1906 home of Morgan and Melvin Dillingham, builders, and second owner Narra Lewis Birthday cake will be served. 

The potato bar and a variety of salads will be cooked by the Eastern Star ladies.  The meal and entertainment for one person is $18.00 and for two people $35.00.  Your reservation(s) check should be mailed to Blue Springs Historical Society, P.O. Box 762, Blue Springs, MO 64013 by October 21st.  After this date to pay at the door  reservation, please contact: Mary Potter, Blue Springs Historical Society, president @ 816.797.4870 or For more information go to our website

St Mary’s Medical Center Auxiliary Community Events & Opportunities

clock October 19, 2011 17:23 by author Jeff Quibell

St. Mary’s Medical Center Auxiliary will be hosting its annual Holiday Fair on 11/11/11 from 10 am to 4 pm.  Violet’s Kitchen will be open with all sorts of baked goodies!  Come up and enjoy some great pies, cakes etc but you need to be early as they go really fast.

We also will have a Holiday Raffle, which is a decorated Christmas Tree, valued at $1200. (Donated by Meravic)

Raffle tickets can be purchased after the 1st of November from the Gift Shop. The winner will be drawn the 18th of November just in time for the Holidays.


clock October 19, 2011 14:58 by author Jeff Quibell


Contact: Shirl Quick 220-0232

On behalf of the Blue Springs Historical Society



True Blue Gospel Bluegrass Band

The Blue Springs Historical Society is sponsoring a Fundraising Benefit Concert on November 4th at 7:00 pm at the First Baptist Church on the corner of Main Street and 15th Street to raise funds to save a part of our local history by relocating the Blue Springs Chicago & Alton Depot!

True Blue Gospel Bluegrass Band will perform some of your favorite songs with the best of the true spirit of Bluegrass music heard in our area. Their Bluegrass Band has performed at the Fall Fun Festival in Blue Springs, the Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival in Independence, and many other local fairs and festivals. Lead singer, Larry Ellis is a professional performer and outstanding fiddle player and he performs weekly in a Country Music Show in Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

The Colonial Hills Children’s Choir will also be featured during the Benefit Concert performing a railroad song complete with Engineer Hats and Train Whistles! The Blue Springs Historical Society has these whistles and hats, along with Save the Train Depot sweatshirts for sale at the Dillingham-Lewis Museum at 101 SW 15th Street in Blue Springs as part of their fundraising effort.

Admission for the Bluegrass Fundraising Benefit Concert is $10 per individual or $20 per family. Admission will be taken at the door. Benefit funds will help move the Blue Springs Chicago & Alton Depot to another location. The railroad played a significant role in the present location of Blue Springs, as the town moved up the hill from Woods Chapel Road and Walnut to it’s present location to be near the railroad tracks for better commerce.

This Benefit Concert allows you to be a part of this historical effort to save an important piece of the history of Blue Springs. For Benefit information, contact Shirl Quick at (816) 220-0232 or the Blue Springs Historical Society Website:

St. Mary’s Medical Center Hosting Free Seminar on Life after Breast Cancer

clock October 5, 2011 20:25 by author Jeff Quibell

For immediate release

October 5, 2011 Contact: Cyndi Fahrlander 816-943-2565

St. Mary’s Medical Center Hosting Free
Seminar on Life after Breast Cancer


Kansas City, Mo. – Some of the scars left after breast cancer treatment go unseen. Many women don’t realize that in addition to the many physical changes they’ll experience, breast cancer also takes a toll on relationship intimacy. Yet retaining intimacy in a relationship is an essential part of overall recovery.

St. Mary’s Medical Center will host a free seminar, Are We Talking Enough? Survivorship and Sexuality, featuring Barbara Rabinowitz, PhD, MSW, RN, on Thursday, October 27, 7-9 a.m., in the Education Center on St. Mary’s campus. A continental breakfast will be served.

Dr. Rabinowitz founded the National Consortium of Breast Centers and is the first woman and first
non-physician President of the American Society of Breast Disease. She served as co-chair of the Psychosocial/Nursing Advisory Group to the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research and was later appointed by Governor Whitman as the first commissioner to the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research from a psychosocial discipline.

This event is free, but seating is limited; please call 816-228-3335 to reserve a seat.

St. Mary’s Medical Center is an acute care facility of Carondelet Health ( which also includes St. Joseph Medical Center, three long-term care facilities and home care services. Carondelet Health is dedicated to the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Our commitment to human dignity compels us to provide compassionate, quality healthcare for body, mind and spirit, with a special concern for the poor. We are responsible stewards serving the needs of all people from conception to death. Carondelet Health is a member of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system.

Missouri Innovation Park Receives Short-Term Planning Grant

clock October 5, 2011 17:47 by author Jeff Quibell

For Immediate Release
Blue Springs EDC

Missouri Innovation Park Receives Short-Term Planning Grant
BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI - Missouri Innovation Park, Inc. (MIP Inc.) based in Blue Springs, Missouri announces the award of an Economic Development Administration (EDA) Planning Grant of $95,000 that will be matched.  Its purpose is to assist in the strategic assessment, planning and growth of the Missouri Innovation Park (MIP).  MIP Inc has worked the past three years to advance the engagement of regional assets and stakeholders to focus on key industry cluster that Blue Springs and MIP may serve, including the KC Animal Health Corridor.

MIP Inc. has worked closely with Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation (EDC), the City of Blue Springs, and the University of Missouri to identify, purchase and master plan the Missouri Innovation Park, located in Blue Springs, Missouri, on the south side of at I-70 and Adams Dairy Parkway. 

Bill Wrisinger, Chairman, MIP, Inc. stated, "I am thrilled to see financial support from the EDA awarded and matched to (in-kind) investment provided by the University of Missouri, Mid-America Regional Council, and a cash match from our EDC."  This new grant investment will build upon the economic strategy of Innovation for all Blue Springs are also strengthen the Adams Dairy Parkway Corridor represented by over one million square feet of retail, restaurant and commercial real estate at I-70 from Adams Dairy Parkway.  The area is already home to Mizzou Center and the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel and adjoining Adams Pointe Conference Center, and nearby Adams Pointe Golf Course.

Brien Starner, President of the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation stated, "The EDA grant will help Blue Springs, the region, and our development team further define needed key resources for the Park, including a business incubator and or accelerator, and how they integrate into the planning asset mix of the Missouri Innovation Park's growth strategy with Eastern Jackson County long-term.  Our goal is to integrate the Park's growth strategy with science, technology and entrepreneurial based growth initiatives that build off our region's industry cluster and research strengths which in  turn create economic leverage and advantage for our workforce, companies and institutions."

Mayor Carson Ross stated, "Despite set-backs created by our economy over the past three years, Blue Springs and numerous stakeholders working with us remain committed to moving MIP from an economic dream to reality that support's high quality regional growth.  Our citizens, children and workforce need 21st century innovation-based jobs now that can provide high quality wages and benefits.  Through the work we will complete with this EDA grant we can move the Missouri Innovation Park closer to our vision."

Starner added, "Game changing investments in our region are needed now more than ever, and the Missouri Innovation Park is such an investment.  The EDA grant is one more value-added step in our vision to create long-term economic value based around innovation, skilled manufacturing, and an education workforce centered economy."

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