News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Compelling Story of 9/11 Survivor

clock October 5, 2011 15:04 by author Jeff Quibell

Each fall, community prayer breakfasts are hosted by local mayors. This year, Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross will host our community prayer breakfast at 6:30 a.m. Nov. 10 at the Adams Pointe Conference Center.

clip_image001This year, the breakfast will welcome guest speaker Stanley Praimnath, a survivor of the attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. The following information about Mr. Praimnath is provided by the breakfast committee.

Praimnath worked as an executive for Fuji Bank on the 81st floor of the South Tower. He was one of four survivors from the South Tower above the impact point of the plane crash.

Stanley’s remarkable story has been featured on many network television specials. His appearance at this year’s breakfast event has been two years in the making and coincides with the breakfast committee’s intent to honor local police and firefighters on the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.

When the North Tower was struck by Flight 11, Praimnath started to evacuate from his 81st floor office in the South Tower but returned when the building’s security guards told everyone it was not safe to do so. He did not realize, at that point, that a plane had struck the North Tower.

Soon after re-entering his office, he saw a United Airlines jet heading directly toward him. Right before impact, he dove under his desk and exclaimed “Lord, I can’t do this! You take over!” The left wing sliced through his office and became lodged in a door 20 feet from him.
Praimnath was bruised and covered in debris, but when he heard Brian Clark and a group of people discussing whether to descend through the impact zone using the stairwell, which they had been told was impassable, or climb to the roof, he attracted Clark’s attention.

By the time Clark got Praimnath free, the group was gone. The two men decided to descend the stairwell and found that, although the walls were demolished, the concrete stairs were intact.

Please consider joining the community in welcoming Mr. Praimnath to Blue Springs. Tickets are $18 for individuals, $160 for a table of 10, and can be purchased by calling Judy Q. at 816-228-8888.

Help Blue Springs South Main Booster Club Win $50,000

clock October 1, 2011 16:30 by author Jeff Quibell

TEXTING for $50,000 for Main Booster Club

Because South is part of a Verizon Wireless nationwide advertising program (notice the ads in the end zones at home football games), our main booster club has a chance to win $50,000 by texting between today, Sept. 23, and Nov. 4!

Verizon Wireless is offering $50,000 to the high school that can get the most votes. You can vote up to 100 times between now and Nov. 4. It’s easy… all you have to do is text: BSOUTH to 66861 and we could win $50,000.

In addition, every week you’ll have the opportunity to individually win a Droid 3 by Motorola and a $100 Verizon Wireless gift card.

We need for everyone to participate… kids 13 years and older may also help us. Get your family and friends involved and let’s win the easiest $50,000 we have ever made as a booster club.

Thanks. Get the word out to everyone at South, all your friends, family, and fellow texters!

Mark Bubalo

Activities Director

Fall Fun Festival Makes Our City Better

clock September 22, 2011 12:01 by author Jeff Quibell

75ES3358 4x5 @ 72 ResFall is community festival time in Eastern Jackson County, with Santa-Cali-Gon and Fall Fun Fest topping the list of annual festivals. I look forward to attending the Blue Springs Fall Fun Festival each year, both as a consumer and as a volunteer.

Those who attend the festival find a wide range of booths and activities. Familiar ones for me include Timothy Lutheran Burgers, St. Peter’s walking tacos and Keck’s root beer. I’m guilty of being just a little too focused on food, but these delicacies only come around once a year! Other booths are more than enough to pique our interest and give each of us the opportunity to spend time with our friends and neighbors while shopping, playing and eating.

The Blue Springs festival is organized by the Chamber of Commerce. For many months, beginning in the middle of winter, committees are meeting and planning the activities for their respective part of the festival. Vendor booths are reserved, sponsors are identified, and entertainment is auditioned and decided upon. Beginning on the Thursday before the festival, the actual setup begins. Dozens of volunteers from the community work together to distribute pop and water to the booth locations, barricades are put up, and stages and tents are assembled.

While stopping to take a breath, a group of volunteers discussed why we all work so hard each year to set up this event for the community. We all agreed that it certainly is a labor of love, and an opportunity for fellowship with other chamber members and volunteers from the community. After working together on the festival for over a decade, strong friendships have evolved.

One of the vendors, seeing my councilman name badge, stopped me on Main Street and complimented me on the festival. He said he does festivals all over the Midwest and always enjoys our Blue Springs Fall Fun Festival. When I asked what made our festival special, he responded that it was the way the community comes together in support of the festival, and the volunteers that work tirelessly to ensure a smooth, well organized festival. We sometimes take it for granted, but those that see other festivals appreciate the extra effort our community gives.

Ours is a growing family of friends and colleagues that pull together, working side by side to make our community a better place to live, play, and work. Get involved with your local chamber, and you can become a part of this growing family of volunteers. Join us, and have fun while making your community a better place!

8th Annual Princess Party to benefit Dental for Kids

clock September 22, 2011 11:58 by author Jeff Quibell


If you have already purchased your tickets by mail or online,
thank you!  Your tickets will be at Will Call the day of the event. 


8th Annual Princess Party

to benefit Dental for Kids

A magical afternoon for princesses ages 2 to 12 & their adult royal companions

Saturday, October 1, 2011
Noon-4 p.m.
Valley View High School ~ 5000 NW Valley View Road
Blue Springs, MO 64015

Same advance prices since 2008!

$15 for each Princess

in advance; $18 at the door
$3 for each Royal Adult Companion in advance; $5 at the door
Advance order ticket discounts available!
Register by mail or online at

(order online or print and mail the order form available at this link)

Royal activities, including:
Visit with the Tooth Fairy
Princess Concert ~ Royal Dance Party
Photos with performers and other photo opportunities
Princess Certificate ~ Enchanted Garden ~ Wishing Well
new interactive Sparkle Smile Academy
Princess Primping to 'Get Your Sparkle On' ~ Princess Nail Salon
Cookie Decorating ~ Princess Bingo
Create a Crown ~ Royal Bead Room

Letter from The Tooth Fairy

$3 advance orders only - must be postmarked by Friday, September 23

Additional Activities Include:
Princess Photo ($6)
Royal Café (items $1 - $4 each; CASH only)
Princess Party T-shirt ($8 each in advance; $10 day of)
(new design for Toddler and Child's Small)
Mall of Enchantment (items $1 - $10 each)
Royal Raffle ($3 for one; $5 for 2 chances)

All advance ticket orders will be at "Will Call" at the event.
StandUp Blue Springs uses PayPal to securely process online order transactions. PayPal charges a "shipping and handling fee" that covers ticket processing; adult ticket discounts are offered to offset this required PayPal fee.

Credit cards and cash only accepted at the event.

If you have already ordered your tickets, thank you!  Please consider forwarding this email to others who may enjoy the event!  

Princesses and Royal Adult Companions are
highly encouraged to dress in royal attire!

Bring your camera - lots of photo opportunities!


StandUp Blue Springs' Dental for Kids Program Thanks You

StandUp Blue Springs provides free dental care, dental education and dental supplies to 2,100 children EACH year in Blue Springs, Lake Tapawingo, and portions of Independence, Grain Valley and Lee's Summit.

Sparkle Smile Academy is available to visit your child's pre-school, day care or classroom K - 2 in Eastern Jackson County.  Please call us today for details - 816-478-4500

By attending the Princess Party, you will ensure that more children will receive the important dental care they need.


Blue Springs South High School Jaguar Pride Marching Band Garage Sale–September 10th

clock August 25, 2011 12:20 by author Jeff Quibell

The BSSHS Jaguar Pride Marching Band Garage Sale will be on September 10th from 800AM to 400PM at the Community of Christ Church on South 7 Hwy.  We will also have a car wash and maybe even some baked goods!  All proceeds go to the BSSHS Jaguar Pride Marching Band to purchase a new trailer for band equipment and for our trip to Disney World in April.

Support the Blue Springs Music Boosters

clock August 21, 2011 09:46 by author Jeff Quibell

75ES3358 4x5 @ 72 ResAs a parent with two daughters who attended Blue Springs and benefitted from the excellent music programs provided by our school district.  It is always a pleasure to support the Blue Springs Music Boosters.  Each year at the Fall Fun Fest the music boosters have a Bingo Tent at the corner of 10th & Main Street in Downtown Blue Springs.

Come join me and Wanda and play some bingo to the benefit our our school district’s music programs.  Bingo will be available on the following dates and times:

Friday (9/16) from 6pm to Midnight
Saturday (9/17) from Noon to Midnight
Sunday (9/18) from Noon to 6pm

Proceeds from the Bingo Tent go to support the High School Music Programs district wide!


If you drop by on Friday evening you might get a chance to see me calling bingo this year.  I look forward to seeing you there! will now be on 1030AM Radio KCWJ

clock August 16, 2011 15:41 by author Jeff Quibell

The following info. contains some exciting news. will now be on 1030AM Radio KCWJ Mon-thur 4pm to 5pm..this will get our HS broadcasting students more coverage!  Thanks for helping us advertise the word.

BSSD Radio

TODAY ONLY- Celebrating Our

1030 AM Simulcast Debut

Join us for giveaways and an interview with Dr. Kinder, BSSD Superintendent!


Only on

Don't miss this afternoon's interview with Dr. Kinder. We'll be talking about the upcoming school year, recent renovations, and much more!

On Air

E-mail our studio throughout the day for requests and comments!

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We're live from our new studio right now!

Listen Live 24/7!

Listen to

all day for:

-FREE food giveaways all day to restaurants like Culvers, Sonic, and Wingstop!   

-Listen beginning at 4 pm for an interview with the one and only- Dr. Kinder, Superintendent of Blue Springs Schools.       

-The 1030 AM simulcast begins with a kickoff party just before 4 PM CT!  

-DJs are taking your commercial free music requests! Let us know what you want to hear at    

-The infamous "News You Don't Care About" segment is back with DJs Nick & Kapin' K! Don't miss the new segment "Random Cooking Tips You Shouldn't Follow."

It's all happening today only on!

Listen Live 24/7!


Community Partnerships at their Best

clock August 16, 2011 15:35 by author Jeff Quibell



Contact: Nicole Stevens, 816.836.8189

Community Partnerships at their Best

THCF Opens New Office Serving Eastern Jackson County

HEARTLAND NEWS (August 16, 2011) – Truman Heartland Community Foundation is pleased to announce that we have moved into our new location in the Blue Ridge Bank Financial Center at 4200 Little Blue Parkway, Suite 340 Independence, MO 64057. Having partnered with Blue Ridge Bank and Trust, the new 2,264 square feet office space is home to all five members of the Community Foundation staff team…with room to grow.

President and CEO, Phil Hanson, shared, “We are thrilled with our new space and location. And we would not be in this great new office without the tremendous support of Blue Ridge Bank and their in-kind support providing us with space well below market rates. The new location has great highway access making it much more convenient for us to get to anywhere in the Eastern Jackson County community and for our volunteers, fund holders, Non-Profit partners and supporters to come to see us. We have a small but mighty staff of five, and this is the first time we have had all of us at the same location which will certainly help our operations run more efficiently. We want to thank Blue Ridge Bank for being our partner to help us better serve our Eastern Jackson County community.”

Blue Ridge Bank and Trust President, Bill Esry, added, “The commitment that the Truman Heartland Community Foundation has to their communities is the same commitment that Blue Ridge Bank has as a community bank in our area. We are very pleased to be able to partner with the Community Foundation to help strengthen our region.”

On Friday, August 12, 2011, the Community Foundation provided tours of its new space following a private reception honoring Rick Henks, 2011 recipient of the Paul M. Thomson Professional Advisor of the Year Award. A regional Chamber Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony will be held on Monday, September 12th at 4pm. Call the office today or stop by for a personal tour of the Community Foundation’s new space…which is best positioned to serve the charitable giving needs of Eastern Jackson County for years to come!

Truman Heartland Community Foundation is a public charity committed to “improving area communities by promoting private giving for the public good”. After 29 years of service, THCF continues to serve the region with assets surpassing $28 million and annual grants reaching $2.8 million last year. THCF provides a wide range of services to donors and grant seekers alike. For more information on charitable giving, visit us online at or call the office at 816.836.8189.


Blue Springs Pooches in the Pool

clock August 15, 2011 12:04 by author Jeff Quibell

imageWe’re opening the Centennial Pool-Plex for dogs!

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When: Saturday,
September 17, 2011
Noon - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Centennial Pool-Plex
2401 NW Ashton Dr.
Cost: $6.00 per dog

This popular dog swim is a benefit for the Blue Springs off-leash dog park. Before
draining the outdoor public pool for the season, this event will allow an opportunity for unleashed dogs (four-legged swimmers only) to play and swim freely in the fenced
outdoor pool area.

All dogs must have current vaccinations and have a collar on at all times. Outside
the fenced area of the pool, leashes are required on all dogs. To register in advance or for additional information, contact the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department at (816)  228-0137. Walk-in registration will be accepted up to a maximum capacity of 100 dogs.

To Register Call 228-0137, visit, or stop by City Hall, 903 W Main Street,

Blue Springs South FFA Selling Sweet Corn–Support Your Schools & Local Farmers Market

clock July 20, 2011 11:59 by author Jeff Quibell

The Blue Springs South Future Farmers of America will have a stand at the Kansas City VA Medical Facility Farmers Market on Thursday morning, 7/21/11, as well as at the Blue Springs Farmers Market on Saturday morning, 7/23/11. We'll be selling peaches and cream sweet corn.  Cost is $5 a dozen and proceeds go to support the activities and projects of the South FFA Chapter.