News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast - Save the Date!

clock January 23, 2009 23:39 by author Jeff Quibell


Please save the morning of Saturday, March 14, 2009 on your calendar for a special community event.  Plan to join me and Wanda at the Steamin' Bean on North Mo-7 for an "All You Can Eat" Pancake Breakfast.  Check back frequently as most details will follow in the coming weeks.  I look forward to seeing you there!


Its Not Too Late to Apply - Minor Home Repair Program Deadline January 30

clock January 22, 2009 20:08 by author Jeff Quibell

Minor Home Repair Program (MHRP)

About the MHRP

Minor Home Repair Program

The one-year pilot Minor Home Repair Program was developed in response to the City Council's implementation of Blue Springs' first Property Maintenance Code.
The MHRP was designed with the desire to offer a program to primarily assist homeowners who do not have the financial means to respond to code violations that may exist at their single-family, residential property.

Applying for MHRP Funds

Apply for the MHRP today!

The Minor Home Repair Program (MHRP) will begin accepting applications on November 3, 2008. The City is accepting applications until Friday, January 30, 2009.
Program Focus
The emphasis of this program is on neighborhood conservation, and only minor exterior home repairs will be eligible. The program will encourage a high level of maintenance among property owners in a neighborhood by providing a grant to help cure the most visible home defects which may adversely affect the value of the home as well as surrounding properties.
MHRP Eligibility Requirements and Income Restrictions
MHRP Project Prioritization Guidelines
Downloadable MHRP Application (Fillable PDF)
Downloadable MHRP Checklist
For additional information or to apply for the 2008-2009 MHRP pilot program, contact Mike Peterman, Principal Planner by email or call (816) 228-0142.

Community Poised for Growth

clock December 26, 2008 00:45 by author Jeff Quibell

columnist_Jeff_QuibellChristmas is here, and the end of the year follows shortly. This has arguably been both a difficult year and one of the best in recent memory. As our country moves through difficult economic times, we have many things to be grateful for in Blue Springs. This is a truly a time to count our blessings.

I am thankful for seeing both of my daughters, Crystal and Ashley, grown and on their own as adults and hopeful for what I know will be a bright future for them.

I am thankful that my extended families, both adoptive and birth, are doing well and in my life. Yes, some are struggling with the current economic situation, but we still have each other to lean on and that is worth more than we can account for.

I am thankful to live in a great community where we are learning to work together, through our differences, for the betterment of all who live and work here. The visible progress is undeniable and with the latest announcements, our city has in place the building blocks to turn our economy around in the coming year.

I am thankful for having had the honor of serving our community and for participating in encouraging our community forward toward those goals that make a positive difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors.

I feel blessed that I have gotten to know so many new friends in the nearly 25 years I have called Blue Springs my home. It is amazing what we can accomplish when we vision together and work toward a common goal.

Each day we get up and make a choice, whether to face the day with a positive attitude about the future. I for one choose to see the positive things that are happening around me. Yet, even when there are things in our community we might improve, we need to approach them with an attitude that improvement is not only possible, but inevitable.

I would encourage each of you to consider those things you are thankful for and to plan how you will make a positive difference in our community in the coming year. Get involved and volunteer in at least one new opportunity that benefits your neighbors and your community.

Thank you for your feedback and encouragement for the articles I write and for keeping up with what is happening in Blue Springs through my web site at You may contact me at May you and your family have a very Merry Christmas/Holiday season and may your new year be prosperous and joyful!

Blue Springs Golden Regiment to Perform for Barack Obama

clock December 10, 2008 17:39 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs Golden Regiment

I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to the Blue Springs School District and the Golden Regiment Marching Band. They have been honored with the opportunity to represent our city and state, marching in Barack Obama’s inauguration parade in Washington, D.C., just two weeks after they return from marching in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. This is an exciting time in Blue Springs with so much national attention on our community!

Why spend tax dollars needlessly?

clock December 4, 2008 03:00 by author Jeff Quibell

Maybe it’s just me, but I’m a little confused. At the City Council meeting Monday evening, the council again discussed changing the status of the city attorney from a contract position to that of a full-time employee.

Councilman Sheila Solon said her primary goal was to save taxpayer dollars. While I agree with her goal, I’m confused by her logic and reasoning.

Just last year, the council explored the costs and benefits of making this change. That review included an examination of our current costs and a comparison with neighboring cities. It was determined that this change would increase the cost to the taxpayers by anywhere from $16,000 to $49,000 annually. This study is available for your review at More...

The Blue Springs Freshman Center Greenhouse is now open for the sale of the poinsettias

clock December 3, 2008 14:25 by author Jeff Quibell

The Blue Springs Freshman Center Greenhouse is now open for the sale of the poinsettias that the students have been raising since August.  We have red, white, pink and pink/white marble available.  Plants are $5 each and come wrapped in foil with a red bow.  Students will have the greenhouse open until 6:00 p.m. tonight.  We will also be open next week until 6:00 p.m.  If there is no one in the greenhouse come to room E8.  I am not taking orders for any less than 10 plants.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Erica Thieman
Agriculture Instructor and FFA Advisor
Blue Springs School District
email: or
phone: 816.686.7599

"In the book of life, the answers aren't in the back." ~Charlie Brown

Heritage Philharmonic Holiday Pops Concert in Blue Springs

clock December 2, 2008 17:36 by author Jeff Quibell

You are invited to the

Heritage Philharmonic's

Holiday Pops Concert

Saturday, December 13, 7:30pm

Blue Springs High School

$10 for adults, $5.00 for students

Tickets are available at the door or in advance by emailing

This hour-long, family friendly concert will feature all of your

traditional holiday favorites as well as

a children's choir and an audience sing-along.

Give your time, help your community

clock November 27, 2008 01:01 by author Jeff Quibell

SantaTrain01 Civic organizations add significantly to the quality of life in a city. They provide fellowship opportunities beyond our own immediate families and provide a portion of the safety net to assist our neighbors in need.

Last week, I had the privilege of attending the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Warrensburg Kiwanis Club, of which my father is a charter member. He and three other charter members were honored for 50 years of perfect attendance. As a member of several local civic organizations, including Rotary, Kiwanis, Masons, and Ararat Shrine, I cannot imagine accomplishing perfect attendance for a single year let alone 50, as my friends in both Blue Springs Kiwanis and Rotary will attest! I am proud of my father and his friends for their accomplishment and service to their community for so many years. Warrensburg is a better place because of their involvement and commitment.

Sometimes, as we go about our busy lives, we lose sight of those in need in our community. As we gather in our homes with friends and families this week and give thanks for our many blessings, we must also remember those among us less fortunate. I encourage each of you to get involved with a civic organization, church or local non-profit agency. The camaraderie that emerges as we get involved in community activities allows us to extend beyond our own personal lives, meet new people and make new friendships while we provide service to our neighbors.

There are many opportunities in Blue Springs to get involved. As you drive through the Chicago Street Lights display this season, think about the volunteers at the end, giving out candy canes at the donation barrels. When the Holiday Express Santa Train rolls into town, local volunteers from the Chamber of Commerce, Parks and Recreation and our downtown merchants provide hot chocolate, popcorn and crafts for the kids. The Spirit of Caring concert will provide funds to Community Services League to help families right here in Blue Springs. There are so many opportunities for you to get involved and make a difference in our community. It takes the efforts of all of our citizens working together to positively impact the lives of our neighbors.

I challenge each of you to find at least one organization and volunteer a few hours of your time. So many good things are happening in our city, in spite of the current economic climate. If each of us will reach out and seek opportunities to get more involved, we will enrich each other’s lives and see our community continue to be one of the best in our nation.

I appreciate all the positive feedback I receive for this column and my ongoing newsletter and Web site,  You can contact me at

Panera Bread to open a location in Blue Springs

clock November 26, 2008 14:49 by author Jeff Quibell

Coronado Partners, LLC, a Blue Springs, MO based development company is pleased to announce that Original Bread, Inc has executed a lease for the Shoppes at Coronado Place at 605 NE Coronado Drive.  The Blue Springs location will be their 22nd  Panera Bread bakery/café in the Kansas City metro area.  According to Coronado Partners, LLC owners Sean Tebbe and Bill Wrisinger, Panera Bread is the final tenant to locate in the 14,534 square foot Shoppes at Coronado Place joining Adams Dairy Bank, AT & T Wireless, Vintage Stock, and Sports Clips.  Panera Bread also joins Texas Roadhouse, Panda Express, Taco Bell, Sonic and National Tire and Battery within the Coronado Place development. Coronado Partners is pleased with the quality of new businesses that chose to locate in the Blue Springs community. Coronado Place is located just off the I-70 interchange and Adams Dairy Parkway in front of the Wal-Mart Supercenter and Home Depot. 

The 3,769 square foot bakery/café is planned to open in April 2009.  

For more information on this Panera Bread location please contact Michelle Cole at 913-239-9838

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