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BLUE SPRINGS HISTORICAL SOCIETY GARDEN TOUR

clock June 12, 2009 13:59 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs Historical Society will host a Garden Tour on Saturday, June 20th, 10 am to 5 pm. Five gardens from whimsical to Victorian will be on display.

Ticket are being sold at Ben’s Garden Center and Petals & Potpourri on 40 Highway, Soda Fountain & Floral Shop on Main, & at the Dillingham-Lewis House Museum, 101 SW 15th St.

Advance tickets are $6.00. Send a check and self addressed envelope to P.O. Box 762, Blue Springs, MO 64013-0762. Tickets on tour day will be $8.00. For more info call 816-419-8304.


Take time to set the record straight

clock April 22, 2009 19:21 by author Jeff Quibell

DSC04411 Over the predictable objections of Councilmen Ron Fowler and Sheila Solon, who represent the residents of southern Blue Springs in District 3, the City Council voted 4-2 to continue to advance the Adams Dairy Landing project.

RED Development asked the council to consider allowing the issuance of bonds to pay for the street improvements earlier than originally anticipated and to allow the bond underwriters to consider the city’s credit rating when selling the bonds. It should be noted that this isn’t without risk, but city staff worked very conscientiously to mitigate that risk and put multiple layers of protection into the plan should sales tax revenue decline further.

While I doubt anyone was surprised by the comments of the various councilmen, given the history of this project, I was baffled by Councilman Solon’s comments as she read from a script. As I watched the meeting on the city Web site – http://tinyurl.com/bscouncil – I observed Councilman Solon tracing each word in her statement with her finger as she stated her opposition to the proposal. You might ask, what is wrong with that? It shows that she is prepared when she comes to the meeting.

Councilman Solon has long been praised by some of her constituents for coming to meetings well prepared. However, Dan Lowe, president of RED Development, was so surprised by her misstatements that he reapproached the podium and said to her, “In my opinion your comments may be a bit half-baked and certainly aren’t on target.” He went on to outline point by point the inaccuracies she was using to justify her vote. Based on the information provided in the meeting, Mr. Lowe was right on target with his comments.

The concern in this situation, as I see it, is that by pre-determining her position and writing her statement before hearing the full presentation, Councilman Solon’s statement no longer reflected the facts, making her position on the issue look arbitrary. This is the kind of behavior that results in lawsuits and wastes taxpayer money, as recently occurred on the Parkway West project. This is not a new behavior with Councilman Solon, as misstatements and a failure to follow the city attorney’s advice almost resulted in her removal from the Planning Commission several years ago.

In the end, the calm voice of reason was Councilman Kent Edmondson. He did an excellent job of describing the risks and benefits that the council was considering, and showed that he carefully, and without prior prejudice, weighed risk versus reward. His thorough evaluation indicated that the benefits far outweighed the risks in considering this resolution. In the end the council made the right decision to keep the project moving forward.


Blue Springs Historical Society Upcoming Events

clock February 15, 2009 10:50 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs Historical Society

a non-profit (501c 3) organization formed in 1976

The Society’s mission is to preserve, promote, and educate citizens about the history of Blue Springs.  This is accomplished through informational historic exhibits, programs, activities, a 1906 Educational Heritage Garden, and by providing people with archival information.

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The Dillingham-Lewis House Museum Grounds

  A Focus on instilling a sense of history, through activities for youth and adults.

  • Sunday’s March 15 – May 24 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. open to the public. See the exhibit Blue Springs a Railroad town
  • Saturday, May 2 from 10:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m. Heritage Day celebrates Historic Preservation Month, a family fun day  with “ole time” children’s games, fishing pond, balloons, ice cream and lemonade – Volunteers, Groups and Donations are welcome.
  • Saturday, May 16 at 10:00 a.m. help plant and learn about gardening.   A 1906 Educational Heritage Garden is a joint effort of local gardeners, FFA students, 4-H members and Master Gardeners of Kansas City.  The Midwest 1906 garden is typical to the house-museum built the same year.  The Blue Springs School District Ag-Science students will grow our heirloom annual seeds in their greenhouse.  The planting and maintaining will be done by youth and adults guided by Master Gardeners.  After 4 years, the Garden will boast:  sun and shade flowers, herbs, vegetables and fruits.  

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Join us to help preserve history, help you with community service projects,

Educating the community 

Dillingham-Lewis House Museum, 101 SW 15th Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015

P.O. Box 762, Blue Springs, Missouri 64013                  www.BlueSpringsHistory.org

Mary Potter, President       Contact Info: MPotterEducation@comcast.net 816-797-4870


Blue Springs Historical Society presents 6th Annual Christmas Homes Tour

clock November 24, 2008 17:15 by author Jeff Quibell

I want to let you know about a fantastic Homes (6 + Museum) Tour.  Many Brittany Hill, BSHS, BSSHS students, and Classy Clover 4-H Club members will greet you at the door while Blue Springs Historical Society members and other Society friends (more than 130) will guide you through the homes.  What a way to get that Christmas Spirit and unique decorating ideas while helping the Blue Springs Historical Society pay their monthly bills all for $8.00 for the 2 days.

Mary Potter, president More...