News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Weekend Activities through July 4th in Blue Springs

clock June 28, 2012 13:11 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs Farmers Market – Saturday, June 30 from 7 a.m. to noon in downtown Blue Springs.  Home grown fruits, vegetables, meats and other items for sale that are locally grown or made by hand. The University of Missouri Extension Office will be giving a ‘Cooking of the Day’ class.

Let’s Move! Saturdays – Saturday, June 30 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 Northwest Park Road for “Firefly Adventure”.

Music in the Park Concert – Sunday, July 1 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. the Cover Me Bad alternative/classic rock band will perform from the gazebo at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake, 600 NW Vesper Street. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket and enjoy this free concert event.

United States Air Force Band Concert – Monday, July 2, 6:30 p.m. Please come and support the Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble at Rotary Park as Railroad Lake, 600 NW Vesper Street. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket and enjoy this free concert event.

City Fireworks Display – Wednesday, July 4 from Blue Springs High School Peve Stadium. Loose Change performing from the football field from 8 - 9:30 p.m.  Fireworks display begins at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Tailgating in BSHS, Freshman Center, and Centennial Pool-Plex parking lots

Centennial Pool – Open daily from noon to 7 p.m. through Labor Day. Features two giant water slides, a 25-yard indoor, 50-meter outdoor, and a wading pool. Daily admission is $5 for ages 4 and older (3 and under free), season memberships also available. The pool is located at 2401 NW Ashton Drive.

Adams Pointe Golf Club – 1601 NE RD Mize Road. 18-hole championship course and a practice facility. Call (816) 220-3673 for daily fees and a Tee Time.

For additional information visit www.bluespringsgov.com/parks or call the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department at (816) 228-0137.


Stuff to do this weekend – 6/15-6/17

clock June 15, 2012 15:36 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs Farmers Market – Saturday, June 16 from 7 a.m. to noon in downtown Blue Springs.  Home grown fruits, vegetables, meats and other items for sale that are locally grown or made by hand. The University of Missouri Extension Office will be giving a ‘Cooking of the Day’ class.

Kids Triathlon –The first ever Blue Springs Kids Triathlon will be on Saturday, June 16 beginning at 7:30 a.m.  The Triathlon starts with swimming at the Blue Springs Family, biking on Adams Dairy Parkway and a running through Young Park.  Registration is closed, but everyone is welcome to cheer on the kids! 

Let’s Move! Saturdays – Saturday, June 16 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Blue Springs Ballet & Performing Arts in downtown Blue Springs. Join us for a free Zumba Class.

Music in the Park Concert – Sunday, June 17 from 4-6 p.m. Little Shell & the Blues Thang takes the stage. Harper performs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. from the gazebo at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake, 600 NW Vesper Street.  Bring your lawn chairs or blanket and enjoy this free concert event.

Centennial Pool – Open daily from noon to 7 p.m. through Labor Day. Features two giant water slides, a 25-yard indoor, 50-meter outdoor, and a wading pool. Daily admission is $5 for ages 4 and older (3 and under free), season memberships also available. The pool is located at 2401 NW Ashton Drive.

Adams Pointe Golf Club – 1601 NE RD Mize Road. 18-hole championship course and a practice facility. Call (816) 220-3673 for daily fees and a Tee Time.

For additional information visit www.bluespringsgov.com/parks or call the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department at (816) 228-0137.

 

Charlie Qualkinbush Made a Difference to Blue Springs

clock April 18, 2012 09:00 by author Jeff Quibell

On April 3rd the friends, family, business associates and neighbors of Charlie Qualkinbush came together to celebrate the life of an incredibly generous man whose impact on growth and development in Blue Springs cannot be measured. As I looked around the standing room only chapel, the love for Charlie was evident through the many pictures, the colorful balloons, and the voices of so many that, like Wanda and I, had come to show our respect and honor for this man and his family.

Charlie went out of his way to give people a chance, doing banking the old-fashioned way. He listened, advised, guided and taught, then with a shake of his hand, approved the loan. He gave Wanda and me our first mortgage when it was likely we didn’t qualify by normal standards. Charlie trusted us, and as a result Blue Springs became our permanent home. Thank you Charlie, you made a difference in our lives.

As others attending the memorial service shared similar stories of Charlie, stories about his humor and quick wit, it occurred to me how fortunate Blue Springs was to have Charlie Qualkinbush as a business and community leader and how much we will all miss him. From his early days at Blue Springs Bank to JC Hunter Real Estate that he and Judy shared, to joining him and Judy at Waffle House for breakfast, Charlie always had a kind word of encouragement for everyone he met and a smile that lit up the room.

To Judy Qualkinbush and to the children she and Charlie shared, thank you for allowing us to know Charlie and to have our lives enriched by him. We appreciate the contribution he made to our city and we join you in knowing Charlie will be truly missed.


Legal Opinion on Council Members Endorsing Candidates

clock April 5, 2012 16:03 by author Jeff Quibell

April 15, 2004

Mr. Robert C. Welch

Welch, Martin, Albano, et al.

311 West Kansas

Independence, Missouri 64050-3771

Dear Bob:

You asked me for my legal opinion regarding the allegations that several Council members and board and commission members violated the City Charter by endorsing a candidate, writing letters to the editor, or soliciting funds.  I reviewed the allegations in the documents provided which included newspaper advertisements and letters. I also reviewed the materials posted on the web site of the person initiating the allegations.

The City Charter provides in ARTICLE XII, SECTION 12.2:  POLITICAL ACTIVITY that:    

ANo City employee shall solicit or contribute any contribution for the campaign fund of any candidate for Blue Springs City Office or take part in the political campaign of any candidate for Blue Springs City Office.  All employees may exercise their rights as private citizens to express opinions and, if a registered qualified voter in Blue Springs, to vote in any City election.  Political affiliation, participation or contribution shall not be considered in making any City employment decision.  No City Officer, Board member, Council member, Commission member or employee shall use official authority or official influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election to Blue Springs City Office. No City Officer, Board member, Council member, Commission member or employee shall directly or indirectly coerce, attempt to coerce, command, advise or solicit a City employee to pay, lend, or contribute anything of value to a committee, organization, agency or person for the political or electoral purposes of any candidate for Blue Springs City Office.@

Official authority or official influence would be involved if one of these persons tried to direct or influence employees of the City how to vote or whom to support in a City election  for City offices.  It would also be involved if the representation was made that the person was stating the City=s position, not just their own, with regard to any candidate, including themselves.

These type of laws, patterned in part after the Hatch Act, were enacted for two primary reasons.  The first was to protect government employees from undue influence from politicians and the public from potential formation of political organizations made up of the governmental employees.  Another was to prevent, especially in relation to public safety issues, the appearance that the amount of public safety afforded a person might be related to their political affiliation.

In Broadrick v. Oklahoma, 93 S.Ct. 2908, 2922 (U.S. 1973) the Supreme Court of the United States determined that the Hatch Act, which provided that a Federal Government employee may not (1) use his official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election; or (2) take an active part in political management or in political campaigns, did not preclude a federal employee from expressing his opinion as an individual privately and publicly on political subjects and candidates;  displaying a political picture, sticker, badge, or button; being a member of a political party or other political organization; or making a financial contribution to a political party or organization.

One of the key questions regarding any restrictive provision involves its constitutionality.  In State ex Rel. Roland E. Trautman v. City of Farmington, Missouri, 799 S.W.2d 638 (Mo. Ct. App. E.D. ) the Court found that a provision that prohibited a member of the police department from using "his official authority, position or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election," was not unconstitutionally restrictive because it was held to only apply to persons while on duty. Conversely, in Blackwell v. City of St. Louis, 726 S.W.2d 760, 763 (Mo. App. E.D. 1987) the Court ruled that the prohibition against the use of "official authority or influence to coerce the political action of any person or body...." was not violated when a Battalion Chief of the fire service, and the union president, who was covered under the prohibition, was quoted in the newspaper after an alderman meeting as stating that there would be little support from fire-fighters for a particular alderman.  He was attending the meeting as the union president, not a Battalion Chief.

When Gary Markenson, Executive Director of the Missouri Municipal League, was asked to comment on the alleged violations of the Charter that you have been asked to prosecute, he said that the allegations seemed like a stretch to him.  He further stated: "You don't lose your constitutional rights to freedom of expression just because you're on the Park Commission." (One of the persons sought to be charged is a member of the Park Board.)

Obviously, you have been requested to file criminal charges, requiring proof beyond a reasonable doubt.  I do not believe that a mere title gives an individual Aofficial authority@ or Aofficial influence@ which exists outside the institution which confers the authority or influence.  Within the confines of the group made up of the employees and appointees of the City of Blue Springs a Councilperson or commissioner may have official authority or official influence.  Outside that group there is neither official authority nor official influence.  He or she is Aoff-duty.@  If you were too interpret the provision in its extreme, every one of the candidates for elective office who made it known that they were already holding an elective office violated the provision.  Is putting up a sign that says Are-elect ______ for Councilman@ a violation?  A criminal act?  Is stating, in a campaign speech, that you are, or have been, serving as a Councilman, and then asking for someone=s vote, a violation?  Both would be violations under the ridiculous interpretation that the Citizens for Fair and Open Government (hereinafter CFOG) wants the City to adopt.

As City Attorney for the City of Blue Springs, Missouri, this letter is to advise you that it is the City=s legal position that there were no violations of the City Charter.  For that reason, I would expect that you will advise against prosecution.


Swan Lake Memorial Park

clock February 22, 2012 19:22 by author Jeff Quibell

Swan Lake Memorial Park is owned by Col (ret.) Don “Doc” Ballard. He is Missouri’s only living Medal of Honor Recipient.

The beautiful grounds of Swan Lake Memorial Park has much to offer. There are a variety of Gardens (with historical memorializations), including members of the Quantrill and Chisholm families, and Military Heroes from all branches of the Armed Forces. We also feature family and community mausoleums.

Swan Lake is the Host Site for the NATIONAL COMBAT MEDICAL MEMORIAL. The Memorial is in the fund raising stage. The Memorial will include a Youth Education Center; which will provide programs geared to enhance leadership skills, promote positive character development, and patriotism.

The Forgotten Veteran Program is designed for our less fortunate Veterans, some Veterans may qualify for funds that will take care of their funeral and cemetery needs. Our Veterans deserve a dignified funeral, as they depart to their “Final Duty Station”, Guarding the Gates of Heaven.

The goal of Swan Lake memorial park is to become a “Living Memorial Cemetery”, where activities can include- family workshops, youth activities, church social events, educational activities, and more. 20 acres of land at Swan Lake has been donated to the Boy Scouts of America, with the aspirations of an encampment area, outdoor amphitheater, and more. The 1st campout was held in July 2010. What a way to embark on Swan Lakes “Living Cemetery”

Swan Lake has a Hometown Hero’s Garden. This garden has been created for Police, Firefighters, EMT’s, Doctors, and other life care professionals. Special Discounted Hometown Hero’s packages are now available.

Swan Lake is now offering Special Group packages for your Business, Civic Organization, Church, etc. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, Swan Lake can host a FREE educational seminar (EDUCATION ONLY! NO SALES!) at your location, to make you an informed consumer about the funeral industry. Please contact Virginia Garvey, Swan Lake Administrative Director, at 816-463-4030, to set up an Educational Seminar.

Swan Lake can also set up an individual plan to accommodate the most modest to the most extravagant funeral. Remember, ITS YOUR MONEY and ITS YOUR CHOICE!


A Piece of KC Will Make It to the Super Bowl

clock February 1, 2012 11:18 by author Jeff Quibell

For the first time ever, the Kauffman Foundation will run a PSA during the Super Bowl on Feb. 5. The announcement will lead viewers to a website featuring entrepreneurship resources. The ad will feature many of Kauffman’s key messages about entrepreneurs’ contributions to the economy, to job creation, and to fostering innovation.
Here’s a preview of the spot, which will be posted on YouTube next week.


Merry Christmas to my many friends & neighbors

clock December 24, 2011 11:21 by author Jeff Quibell

Jeff Tree by Mike Ransdell of KC StarOur lives are a collection of experiences; joys and sorrows seldom shared publicly with those around us. Many of my friends know that I was adopted shortly after my birth. My parents, Don & Trudy Quibell of Warrensburg, gave me an excellent childhood and a wonderful life. They helped me to achieve the path in life described in the once secret adoption records that documented my birth mother’s goals and aspirations for me.

This week, details of my life story were revealed in a very public way, and the response I have received is both amazing and humbling. In 2002, after forty-four years of secrecy, I found Ann Padmos, the incredibly courageous woman who is my birth mother. Our reunion has been marvelous and uplifting, and it has been my honor and privilege to share our story publicly. Following are links that will take you to both the KMBC video and the Kansas City Star articles that tell the story of my Christmas Ornaments.

http://bit.ly/QuibellOrnaments

http://bit.ly/AnnChristmas

May God bless you and your families this Christmas season as we all gather together and add to the stories that make up each of our lives!


Adopted Man Gets Box Of Christmas Joy From Birth Mother

clock December 21, 2011 17:21 by author Jeff Quibell

See my Christmas Ornament Story on KMBC Channel 9’s website at http://www.kmbc.com/r/30036735/detail.html

Now followed by an article in the Kansas City Star:

http://www.kansascity.com/2011/12/22/3336172/ornaments-tell-a-no-longer-secret.html


Long List of Thanks

clock November 23, 2011 17:52 by author Jeff Quibell

Jeff After 20111121Each year, as we take time to enjoy our national day of Thanksgiving, we stop to consider all the many blessings in our lives. As I reflect on the people in my life, and the community Wanda and I have made our home, the list of blessings is extensive and varied.

On Monday, the city of Blue Springs and the University of Missouri took the next step toward the realization of the Missouri Innovation Park. This is a development that each of us in Blue Springs can be thankful for as it will bring new, quality jobs to our community. I am also thankful for The Examiner’s excellent article on Tuesday. The accurate description of the MIP letter of agreement and the impact on our community was well written and detailed.

Many of our residents are thankful that the long-vacant Kmart building is gone and replaced with a larger Hy-Vee Grocery. The 140 new employees are thankful for the opportunity for employment. While there is still plenty of work to be done, a lot of progress has occurred at the intersection of U.S. 40 and Missouri 7.

I am thrilled with the new QuikTrip on North Missouri 7. Not only did it replace the vacant former gas station on that corner, I can now shop at PriceChopper and use my gasoline rewards on my way to work at the CPros building, next to the Paul Consiglio Center. I am thankful that CPros has this permanent home in which to serve our community’s computer and software needs.

A many of you know this is the first Thanksgiving since the death of my father. I am so thankful for the many years of love, wisdom and humor he shared with me and thankful my mother is here with us and continues to share in my life. Of course, I’m thankful for my wonderful daughters, Ashley and Crystal, and for my amazing wife, Wanda. I am thankful for my brother and sister who shared my childhood and for the five sisters and three brothers in my biological family whom I have had the privilege to meet and love over the last nine years.

The opportunity to meet my biological parents nine years ago, especially my biological mother, ranks very high on my thankful list. When I think of the sacrifices she made to ensure that I had the opportunities she was unable to provide, “thank you” seems so inadequate. This fall, she is undergoing treatment for uterine cancer. I promised her that if she lost her hair during her treatments I would lose mine so she wouldn’t have to go through baldness alone.

This past weekend, the chemotherapy caused her hair to fall out, so first thing Monday morning Mike Courtney of Courtney Bros Barber & Shaving Parlor in Blue Springs graciously shaved the hair from my head. I am thankful for Mike, his business and friendship. I am also thankful for my wool hat!

I hope you each have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving holiday!


Tune in to KCPT for the next episode of Imagine KC, Thursday, Nov. 17

clock November 16, 2011 09:51 by author Jeff Quibell

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Imagine... a region that is more

Imagine KC

EPISODE 8:
BUILDING A MORE EFFICIENT ECONOMY THROUGH SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Tune in to KCPT on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m.

The Imagine KC television series focuses on how local communities are working to create a more sustainable and vibrant future for the Kansas City region.

The November 17 episode of Imagine KC features members of the region’s Creating Sustainable Places Coordinating Committee in a roundtable discussion of sustainable development practices that support creation of a healthier, more efficient local economy. The conversation offers concrete examples of how vibrant centers, connected corridors and natural resources conservation provide greater access to jobs, spark community reinvestment, and attract innovation. The results will benefit the region’s economy and its future.

If you can’t watch at 7:30 p.m. on November 17, a complete rebroadcast schedule will be posted at www.imaginekc.org, where you can also watch videos of all the previous episodes.

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