News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Waste Disposal Task Force Continues Meetings and Encourages You To Attend

clock July 20, 2011 12:02 by author Jeff Quibell


The Waste Disposal Task Force is still in the process of monthly meetings and the next scheduled meeting is August 4, 2011.  This meeting is located on the City’s Events Calendar and can be seen at  These meetings are open to the public and we encourage any resident to attend! 

The Waste Disposal Task Force information has been posted to the City’s Home Page since November of last year.  To see who serves as members of the Task Force, I encourage you to visit their Web page:

You can also see all the Waste Disposal Task Force Minutes on via their page or by clicking here

To contact all the Waste Disposal Task Force members via email, send a note to

If you have any more questions, please let me know!

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 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.

Help us identify projects around healthy eating and active living!

clock July 7, 2011 08:30 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs WellLinkSaturday, July 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Freshman Center,
2103 NW Vesper, Blue Springs, MO 64015.

Let’s Move! Blue Springs is a citizen-led initiative.  So far, Summit participants have generated nearly 200 ideas to promote nutrition and physical fitness in Blue Springs.  YOU are critical to this initiative.  We want as much participation July 9 as possible.Let's Move  Feel free to forward this email to encourage others of all ages to participate.  This is the opportunity to have your voice heard concerning Blue Springs health and wellness! 

This event is free and open to the public.  To register, respond to this email with your name and contact information, or simply take a moment now and visit


Blue Springs Encourages Citizens to Help Create a Healthier Community

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – Working toward the goal of making Blue Springs a healthier community, StandUp Blue Springs invites citizens to the second Let’s Move! Citizen Summit on Saturday, July 9, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Freshman Center, 2103 NW Vesper Street, Blue Springs, MO.  The Summit is open to the public to help set the community agenda to promote healthier lifestyles through physical activity, healthy eating, and new programs or amenities.

Those in attendance will prioritize more than 150 ideas generated in the first Citizen Summit on June 18.  It is anticipated at least 10 ideas will be carried forward for planning and implementation.  As ideas are implemented, additional ideas from the list and new ideas will be addressed by the citizen workgroups.

“I often speak about civic engagement and this Let’s Move! Citizen Summit is your chance to get involved and make a difference for the next generation,” said Mayor Carson Ross.  “This is a community-wide effort and we need your help choosing projects to help us solve the problem of childhood obesity in Blue Springs.”

StandUp Blue Springs is facilitating these Summits, in conjunction with the City of Blue Springs and more than 10 other local community partners.  Blue Springs builds upon the national Let’s Move! initiative with a local focus on building generations of healthy citizens.

“The energy we have experienced throughout the Summit process has been absolutely amazing.  We know these planning and implementation teams will stop at nothing to help make Blue Springs the healthiest possible community,” said Dave Wright, Board President of StandUp Blue Springs.

Blue Springs was officially designated as a Let’s Move! Community in March 2011 and has taken an innovative approach to engage all citizens through its “summit process.”  The nationwide Let’s Move! initiative was created by First Lady Michelle Obama and the Department of Health and Human Services as part of a national effort to raise a healthier generation of children.  This initiative is a comprehensive approach to engage the many sectors that reach children, including parents, families, schools, community leaders, municipalities and businesses.  The Let’s Move! goals are based on four pillars:  1)  make healthy family choices, 2) create healthy schools, 3) provide access to healthy, affordable food; and 4) promote physical activity.

The summit is free and open to the public and we encourage all interested to attend and help us shape our plan.  Interested citizens are encouraged to attend and do not need to register in advance.  For information or if you want to register in advance, call StandUp Blue Springs at (816) 478-4500 or visit  To access the new community calendar to view free and low-cost activities that supports the Let’s Move! Blue Springs initiative, visit

Save the Date- Eighth Annual Princess Party–October 1, 2011

clock July 7, 2011 08:26 by author Jeff Quibell

imageIt’s tiara time in Blue Springs! Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 will be the 8th annual Princess Party, a fundraiser for the Dental for Kids program. It’s from noon to 4 p.m. at Valley View High School in Blue Springs. The Princess Party is an event for little girls and their mothers (or other adult companions) featuring fun, wholesome Princess-themed activities including a visit with the Tooth Fairy! Just picture more than 1,000 adults and little girls ages of 2 and 12 dressed as Princesses, waving magic wands and wearing sparkling tiaras! It is an absolutely wonderful event!!

2011 Blue Springs Farmer’s Market 1st Annual Farm to Table Dinner–August 27, 2011

clock July 7, 2011 08:22 by author Jeff Quibell

Please Save the Date:  Saturday, August 27th , 2011 Blue Springs Farmer’s Market 1st Annual Farm to Table Dinner.  Watch for details! 

Bernita Cauthon-Volunteer Coordinator
StandUp Blue Springs
P.O. Box 614
Blue Springs, MO  64013
816-478-4502 fax

Blue Springs Farmers Market Newsletter

clock June 12, 2011 09:55 by author Jeff Quibell

imageClick on the link below to view the Blue Springs Farmers Market Newsletter.


Donation and Volunteer Information for Storm Victims in Joplin, Mo.

clock May 25, 2011 10:08 by author Jeff Quibell





CJCFPD Training Facility, 4175 US 40 HWY, Blue Springs, MO — P: 816.229.9118


DATE: May 24, 2011

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Public Information Officer

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


Donation and Volunteer Information for Storm Victims in Joplin, Mo.

CENTRAL JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. –To help better manage the outpouring of support for Joplin, Missouri tornado survivors, disaster recovery experts have established some simple ways to help, whether volunteering or donating resources.
The Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offer those who are impacted or just wanting to help the following advice:
Volunteer or Donate
The easiest way to help is to call 2-1-1 in most areas in Missouri to volunteer time or make a donation. Unsolicited responders compete with disaster victims and emergency personnel for food, water, valuable cell phone bandwidth and lodging.

Cash is the best because it offers voluntary agencies the most flexibility in obtaining the most-needed resources. You can donate to the United Way by calling 2-1-1 or donate to the Red Cross by visiting any area Price Chopper, texting REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Confirm what emergency responders need from voluntary organizations before collecting donations. Unsolicited donated goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable foodstuffs require helping agencies to redirect valuable resources away from providing services to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.
If you have a quantity of a given item or class of item to donate, and you need help in determining which organizations to give to, you can make your offer through and click on Missouri.

Locating a Loved One

Residents affected by the tornado wanting to notify friends and family that they are safe are asked to go online to This Web site can also be used to check on a loved one in the Joplin area. This site is easy and free and only basic information is needed. If you are not able to go online, call 417-659-5464 to register or find someone who has registered.
The CJCEMA is an emergency management agency consisting of the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, the City of Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Lake Tapawingo and surrounding unincorporated areas. The EOC is located at the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District’s Training Facility and brings together representatives from Police, Fire, Public Works and Emergency Management agencies.


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Blue Springs residents are invited to join the Let’s Move! Blue Springs initiative

clock May 16, 2011 14:43 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs residents are invited to join the Let’s Move! Blue Springs initiative, facilitated by StandUp Blue Springs in coordination with the City of Blue Springs and more than 10 community partners.  Help us identify projects in Blue Springs around healthy eating and active living.

Let’s Move! Blue Springs Public Summits
Saturdays, June 18 and July 9, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Freshman Center Commons, 2103 NW Vesper, Blue Springs, MO 64105.

These events are open to the public.  Feel free to invite a friend.  Registration is required.
Call the StandUp office at (816) 478-4500 with your name and email, visit,
or email

Blue Springs Farmer’s Market opens on May 7th

clock April 10, 2011 11:12 by author Jeff Quibell

I promised Christine Williams, the manager of the Blue Springs Farmer’s Market, that I would help get the word out that the market’s opening day will be Saturday, May 7th!  Times are 7am-1pm.  11th & Main Street in Downtown Blue Springs!

Eat healthy!  Eat Fresh & Organic!  Fresh Fruits and vegetables, homemade pastas, pies, jams & jellies, Flowers & plants, hobbies and décor.  Some of the best homemade bread I have ever tasted!

Start your weekend off right!  Stop, shop and socialize with neighbors.  Visit downtown Blue Springs!  This should be the year that the Farmers Market really takes off!

For your good health,

Bill Essmann