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Don't miss the Blue Springs Rotary Car Raffle!

clock April 18, 2009 08:00 by author Jeff Quibell

clip_image002The first time I attended the Blue Springs Rotary Car Raffle I had no idea what to expect. What I found was an exciting evening of great food, community fellowship, and an opportunity to win a new car.

The car raffle is Blue Springs Rotary’s premier fund raising event of the year. The money raised goes directly back into the community in the form of grants to Rainbow Center, Hope House, Community Services League, The School of Economics, YMCA, and many other projects and organizations. For example, the club recently donated $6,500 towards the development of the new Disc Golf Park at Young Park. Over the years the club has donated $100,000 towards the development of Rotary Park at Railroad Lake.

clip_image004If you have ever taken your children to the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Rotary Park, you will have seen the club members assisting the Easter Bunny putting out eggs and candy for the kids to find. The list goes on and on, suffice it to say that Blue Springs Rotary is an organization that is deeply rooted in Blue Springs and worthy to support.

On April 18, 2009 the Blue Springs Rotary Club will hold its 18th Annual Car Raffle. The event will be at Adams Dairy Conference Center starting at 6pm. A single ticket comes with dinner for two, a chance to win a car, and costs $120. A second chance at winning the car can be bought for an additional $30, bringing the ticket price to $150.

[It is too late now to purchase your tickets in advance.  Just show up at the door to make your purchase, there are 50 tickets left as of April 18, 2009 at 9am when this article was updated!  Please let them know Jeff Quibell sent you!] 

To buy your ticket to the Raffle contact Jeff Quibell at 816-224-2890 or print the flyer off of my web site at and deliver it along with your check for $150 made out to Blue Springs Rotary, 1200 NW South Outer Road, Blue Springs, MO, 64015.

Only 375 tickets will be sold so don’t miss this exciting event. Wanda and I will be there and we look forward to you joining us for all the fun and excitement!

Tell Your Leaders What You Think

clock March 26, 2009 02:00 by author Jeff Quibell

DSC04405 I woke up Sunday morning to a beautiful day and decided to walk the wildlife habitat trail at Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area in Blue Springs. While exploring the trail, I noticed a sign near a rocky bluff that told how in April the foliage on the bluff would attract hummingbirds. Making a mental note, I plan to revisit that trail in April in hopes of seeing some of them.

The Heritage Philharmonic concert on Saturday evening was a joy to listen to, with Matthew Johnson of the Kansas City Symphony joining us. The audience was also treated to a surprise visit by Bryan Busby, as he delivered an autographed copy of a commemorative Len Dawson print to a member of the audience. As a member of the Philharmonic board, I extend my thanks to the hundreds of people from Eastern Jackson County who attended the concert.

We are very fortunate in Blue Springs to have great parks and a growing walking/bike trail system. Eastern Jackson County is blessed to have multiple outstanding symphonic orchestras, city theaters, and the list of arts organizations goes on and on. If you haven’t patronized one of these outstanding organizations, my hope is that you will consider attending their performances as a family. I guarantee you will not be disappointed. It is important to step out of our busy lives from time to time and enjoy the amenities that our communities offer.

I was reminded this week of the importance of engaging our elected officials in communication on issues that we as citizens feel are important. One of the blessings of living in a republic is that our elected officials are moderated by the rule of law and guided by their constituents. Each of us has a personal responsibility to communicate with our elected officials and share our vision with them.

While there will always be differing views on how to achieve the public vision, one thing is certain. Our elected officials should look toward the future and not dwell on the issues of the past. As with any organization, once a decision is made, it is incumbent upon the leadership to move forward with that decision, regardless of which way they voted on the issue.

Mayor Ross encouraged the City Council last week to leave the recent divisive issues behind. I applaud him for that, and add my voice to that sentiment. Now is the time for the council to again look toward the future and plan how our city will accomplish the public vision.

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Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Newsletter

clock January 29, 2009 09:16 by author Jeff Quibell


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Chili Dog Supper Benefits Blue Springs' Dog Park, Pooches on the Parkway Next

clock January 19, 2009 12:31 by author Jeff Quibell

Saturday evening I had the opportunity to attend a Chili Dog supper to help raise funds for Blue Springs Dog Park.  For more pictures of the event go to:

Be sure to add to your calendar the date for the next Pooches on the Parkway event.  It will be held on May 17, 2009.  For more information watch

If you haven't visited the park yet, be sure to take your dog out for a walk and give them the opportunity to enjoy this unique amenity in our park system.  It is located on the eastern side of Lake Remembrance in Gregory O. Grounds Park.  Just go east from the I-70 & Adams Dairy Parkway interchange on the north outer road, past the lake and turn north on the first road.  You can't miss it!

City Awarded a Grant to Build a Disc Golf Course in Blue Springs

clock January 8, 2009 15:47 by author Jeff Quibell

Following is a letter to the Renew the Blue Co-Chair, Dave Wright, from Roscoe Righter the city's Director of Parks, Recreation, Buildings, & Grounds, announcing the grant award for the Disc Golf Course in Young Park.  My congratulations to the members of Renew the Blue, StandUp!, the Blue Springs School District, and the City of Blue Springs who worked so hard to make this happen.  This is an example where hard work and perseverance has paid off for our city! 


I wanted to notify you and the others, involved in getting the disc golf course off center, of the news I received this morning.  Please feel free to pass this along to all your committee.  I have notified David and Brandon with the School District, Dale Falck, the Rotary Club, Mayor & City Council, and of course our staff.  

Congratulations to all!  Today I received the packet of information and our notice that the Grant Application through LWCF has now been approved by both DNR and NPS.  We have the approval to proceed with construction.  I had indicated that the review and notification process normally takes through November or December.  I was beginning to get a little concerned that the economy may have caused NPS to withdraw the funding for this year, but it apparently just took them this long to process everything. 

My staff and I have been preparing for this approval.  We have worked on a plan to use GIS to layout the course.  We have the equipment and we have a GIS staff person at the City who will help lay in all the data on the map, then my staff and I will transfer that onto the ground in the park.  We will now start that process.  I will also be setting up all the required data and record keeping we must do at the City so we can be reimbursed when the project is completed.  We can begin the selection of and take bids for the actual equipment and signage systems.  I will coordinate with the School District for their students to assist with the concrete work as we get closer to that date. 

We have until the end of 2010 to complete all work and submit all paperwork, however, like all of you, I want to see this in use as soon as possible.  So we are planning to work toward a 2009 opening, hopefully in the summer months and prior to the next school year.  The Rotary Club has their funds ready for us, and the City has its funds available.  I will make sure we do a press release through the City’s PIO office. 

Thanks once again for all the work, time and effort to get us to this point.  After twenty plus years, we will finally have a disc golf course in Blue Springs!


Blue Springs Announces Development of New Regional Science and Technology Park

clock December 15, 2008 11:57 by author Jeff Quibell

News Release

For Immediate Release

For More Information Contact:


Kelly Sullivan-Deady
Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus PC

Merideth Parrish
City of Blue Springs

Blue Springs Announces Development of New Regional Science and Technology Park University of Missouri Committed as Anchor Research Tenant

15 December, 2008 - BLUE SPRINGS, Missouri - The Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation (EDC) announced today that in conjunction with the City of Blue Springs, Missouri, it will develop the Missouri Innovation Park at Blue Springs, an approximately 500 acre science and technology innovation park that will provide a clustered focus for knowledge based innovation and commercialization in Western Missouri. More...

Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting

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


December 2nd at 5:30 p.m.

See the lighting of the Mayor's Christmas Tree, visit with Santa and other special guests!

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Santa's Holiday Express Train comes to town again!

clock November 24, 2008 12:22 by author Jeff Quibell

SantaandMrsClaus Holiday Express Train

Santa will cruise into town on the Kansas City Southern Railroad Holiday Express Train on Wednesday, December 10 at approximately 4:00 pm. Board the train to visit Santa Claus and tour train cars with seasonal displays. Hot refreshments will be available and families will have the opportunity to come in from the cold and enjoy a host of activities in the nearby Howard L. Brown Public Safety Facility. All activities are FREE.

Preregister with Parks and Recreation, by phone with Visa, Discover, or Master Card, on line at, by mail or in person, at City Hall, 903 W. Main Street. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For additional information call the Parks and Recreation office at 228-0137.

Holiday Home Decorating Contest

clock November 20, 2008 11:03 by author Jeff Quibell

“Tis the Season” to decorate your home exterior for the Blue Springs Holiday Home contest. Do you or someone you know go all out decorating their home and lawn with holiday lights, wreaths, and/or figurines? If so, nominate them for the new “Spirit of the Week” Holiday Decorating Contest. Each week, one home that displays extraordinary holiday spirit will be recognized. A picture of the winner will be displayed in the Blue Springs Examiner newspaper and on the Parks & Recreation Web site. Be on the lookout for the brightest and best decorated home in Blue Springs or enter your own home. The contest starts November 28 and runs each week through December 25. Contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 228-0137 to take a picture or bring in a photo.

Preregister with Parks and Recreation, by phone with Visa, Discover, or Master Card, on line at, by mail or in person, at City Hall, 903 W. Main Street. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For additional information call the Parks and Recreation office at 228-0137.