News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Public invited to attend the Veterans Way Memorial Dedication on April 2

clock March 31, 2013 13:28 by author Jeff Quibell

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – The Veterans Way Memorial Committee invites the community to attend the memorial dedication on Tuesday, April 2 at 3 p.m. at Pink Hill Park, 2715 Park Hill Road.  This historic ceremony will feature a unique program that honors every major war and the veterans that defended our nation. 

“It was an honor to serve our country, and it is a great privilege to have worked on this project,” said Mayor Carson Ross.  “I invite everyone to join us as we dedicate this remarkable memorial and I want to thank the donors, partners and community members for their efforts to bring this memorial to our community.”

The Veterans Way Memorial is dedicated to the sacrifice, courage and valor of all veterans who served our nation. The memorial identifies the site where “The Wall That Heals” was exhibited in Blue Springs in 2010. It serves as a place for personal contemplation or reflection for veterans and veterans’ families and friends, and provides a site for educating youth about the historical significance of wars fought in defense of our nation.

“One of the early concepts of the memorial was to serve as an educational site about the historical significance of wars fought in defense of our nation,” said Eleanor Frasier, Veterans Way Memorial Chair.  “This dedication program aims to not only honor our veterans, but serve as a reminder of the great sacrifices we as a nation have made to protect and preserve the freedoms that we enjoy each and every day.”

The dedication program participants include Col. Don Ballard (ret.), Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient, Lake City Army Ammunition Plant LTC Lawrence Cannon, Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps from both Blue Springs High School and Blue Springs South High School and several veteran groups.  Malena Marcase from Blue Springs High School and the Circuit Riders will provide musical renditions that observe the music of each war era.

The Veterans Way Memorial Committee would like to thank the Blue Springs Public Art Commission, Fike Corporation, Quanta Services, John R. Colson, ATK Alliant Techsystems, Blue Springs Elks Lodge 2509, Tandem Paving Company, the City of Blue Springs, the Blue Springs School District and the many other donors and supporters of this memorial.

The Veterans Way Memorial was funded by private donations.  For more information, contact Eleanor Frasier, Veterans Way Memorial Chair at (816) 655-0490 or visit the memorial’s Web site, www.bluespringswallthatheals.net.

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Chairman of Quanta Services, Inc. Contributes $20,000 to Veterans Way Memorial

clock February 5, 2013 15:40 by author Jeff Quibell

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:              February 5, 2013

CONTACT:      Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

                        Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

                        Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Chairman of Quanta Services, Inc. Contributes $20,000

to Veterans Way Memorial

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – Quanta Services, Inc., of Houston, Texas, has made a donation of $10,000 to the Veterans Way Memorial and John R. Colson, Executive Chairman of Quanta Services, donated an additional personal check of $10,000.   John’s parents, Gene and Clarice Colson, farmed the land that later became Pink Hill Park where the Veterans Way Memorial will be located.  

When informed of the Veterans Way Memorial, Colson said, “I’m glad to help fund a permanent memorial to honor our veterans, and to have it placed in the area where I once lived is especially humbling.  I am honored that my donation will enhance this amazing memorial.”  John has been very supportive of veterans and veterans’ organizations. 

“We are proud of the accomplishments of a Blue Springs resident who first learned his work ethic on the family farm and then used his knowledge and experience to form a world-wide enterprise.  We welcome John Colson’s generous donation to help honor veterans who served our nation,” said Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross.  “The Veterans Way Memorial will raise patriotic awareness and appreciation of all veterans who served in the armed services and will be a location where youth can better understand the historical significance and impact of wars on our nation.”

Colson and his two sisters attended Blue Springs schools.  John Colson graduated from Blue Springs High School in 1965 (class size of 100 students) and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1969.  After a tour of duty in Vietnam with the U.S. Army, John was hired by PAR Electrical Contractors, Inc. in North Kansas, working his way up from surveyor to president and owner.  In 1997, John began the process of bringing together three specialty electrical contractor companies to form Quanta Services, Inc. and became the company’s first Chief Executive Officer. 

Quanta Services is a leading provider of infrastructure services for the electric power, natural gas and pipeline, and telecommunication industries. Quanta went public on the New York Stock Exchange in February 1998 under the ticker “PWR”.  John Colson became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 2002 and Executive Chairman in 2011.  John has been instrumental in expanding the company from a $150 million domestic company to an international company with offices around the world and annual revenues of approximately $6 billion.

The Veterans Way Memorial is located in Pink Hill Park where “The Wall That Heals” was exhibited in 2010.  It will serve as a place of remembrance for those who made the ultimate sacrifice as well as honor the living veterans who served our nation with valor and courage.

The Veterans Way Memorial is being funded by private donations.  All funds are set up with the Truman Heartland Community Foundation, a 501-C-3 organization.  For more information, contact Eleanor Frasier, Veterans Way Memorial Chair at (816) 655-0490 or visit the memorial’s Web site, www.bluespringswallthatheals.net.

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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

Email:    knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

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ATK Small Caliber Systems to present a $10,000 check for the Veterans Way Memorial

clock August 20, 2012 10:43 by author Jeff Quibell

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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: August 20, 2012

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

ATK Small Caliber Systems to present a $10,000 check

for the Veterans Way Memorial

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – ATK, which operates the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant adjacent to Blue Springs, has volunteered to be a lead partner for the Veterans Way Memorial. Kent Holiday, the vice president and general manager of ATK Small Caliber Systems, will present a $10,000 check to Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross on Friday, August 24, at 8 a.m. in a special ceremony in front of Blue Springs City Hall, 903 W. Main Street.

“We are honored to be a lead partner in this unique memorial dedicated to veterans of all wars fought in defense of our nation,” said Holiday. “ATK is proud to be the operator of the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant and a community steward for the City of Blue Springs. Every employee at Lake City is proud to support and honor all the men and women who served in our armed forces.”

“We are grateful to ATK for being one of the lead partners of The Veterans Way Memorial. Blue Springs is fortunate to have excellent business partners to help bring this memorial to our community,” said Mayor Carson Ross.

The Veterans Way Memorial is dedicated to the sacrifice, courage and valor of all veterans who served our nation. The memorial identifies the site where “The Wall That Heals” was exhibited in Blue Springs in 2010. It serves as a place for personal contemplation or reflection for veterans and veterans’ families and friends, and provides a site for educating youth about the historical significance of wars fought in defense of our nation.

The Veterans Way Memorial is being funded by private donations. All funds are set up with the Truman Heartland Community Foundation, a 501-C-3 organization.

For more information, contact Eleanor Frasier, Veterans Way Memorial Chair at (816) 655-0490 or visit the memorial’s Web site, www.bluespringswallthatheals.net.

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Fike Corporation to present a $10,000 check for the Veterans Way Memorial

clock July 31, 2012 10:36 by author Jeff Quibell

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: July 31, 2012

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Fike Corporation to present a $10,000 check

for the Veterans Way Memorial

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – Fike Corporation located in Blue Springs, has agreed to be a lead partner for the Veterans Way Memorial. Chuck Kopoulos, President and CEO of Fike Corporation, will present a $10,000 check to Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross on August 3 at 9 a.m., in a special ceremony in front of Blue Springs City Hall, 903 W. Main Street.

“We are honored to be a lead partner for this historic memorial dedicated to veterans of all wars fought in defense of our nation,” said Chuck Kopoulos, President and CEO of Fike Corporation. “Fike Corporation is proud to be known as an active business partner and a supporter of our veterans in the Blue Springs community.”

“We are grateful to Fike Corporation for being one of the lead partners of The Veterans Way Memorial. Corporations like Fike help make Blue Springs the outstanding community that it is,” said Mayor Carson Ross.

The Veterans Way Memorial is dedicated to the sacrifice, courage and valor of all veterans who served our nation. The memorial identifies the site where “The Wall That Heals” was exhibited in Blue Springs in 2010. It serves as a place for personal contemplation or reflection for veterans and veterans’ families and friends, and provides a site for educating youth about the historical significance of wars fought in defense of our nation.

The Veterans Way Memorial is being funded by private donations. All funds are set up with the Truman Heartland Community Foundation, a 501-C-3 organization.

For more information, contact Eleanor Frasier, Veterans Way Memorial Chair at (816) 655-0490 or visit the memorial’s Web site, www.bluespringswallthatheals.net.

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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.


The Wall That Heals – Blue Springs event a success

clock October 6, 2010 15:16 by author Jeff Quibell

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CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI

PRESS RELEASE

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903 W. Main Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015 — P: 816.228.0110 — F: 816.228.7592 — www.bluespringsgov.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: October 6, 2010

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

The Wall That Heals – Blue Springs event a success

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – The Wall That Heals – Blue Springs event held in Pink Hill Park from September 30 – October 3 was a success. During the four exhibit days, over 50,000 people gathered in Pink Hill Park to remember loved ones, share their experiences with others and learn more about the Vietnam War era.

The event registered over 2,000 Vietnam Veterans for their choice of a commemorative medal, lapel pin or patch to thank them for their service to our country. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs registered over 160 new veterans for benefits and the “Put a Face With a Name” campaign collected 123 photos during the event. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund collected $10,651.73 at The Wall That Heals – Blue Springs event, the highest amount collected in a host city to date.

“Blue Springs was honored to host The Wall That Heals; we set a new standard by giving each Vietnam Veteran a Commemorative Medal. Thank you to the many sponsors and hundreds of volunteers who helped make this event possible,” said Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross. “This event is near and dear to my heart, I served in Vietnam as a US Army Combat Infantryman from 1967-68. I was extremely pleased to have a member of my unit in Vietnam travel from Columbus, Georgia to support me on Saturday.”

The City of Blue Springs, Blue Springs Public Art Commission, Blue Springs School District and area businesses and veterans’ organizations formed a partnership to bring the traveling exhibition of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to Blue Springs.

“Many of our veterans found healing, signed up for benefits, connected with family and friends and gained pride in themselves and their country,” says Eleanor Frasier, chairman of the Public Art Commission. “It was wonderful to see our community come together and give Vietnam Veterans the homecoming they deserve.”

The Wall That Heals is the traveling half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The exhibition is organized by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, the organization charged with preserving The Wall in Washington, D.C., and its vast legacy. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., has the names of the more than 58,000 soldiers who were killed or missing in the war.

National sponsors of the tour include Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Trust, Federal Express, Geico, New Century Transportation, Harley-Davidson Foundation and Target Corporation. Local sponsors included ATK, Hy-Vee, KFKF-FM and The Examiner.

For more information on The Wall That Heals, contact Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager at (816) 655-0497, visit the Web site, www.bluespringswallthatheals.net or Wall That Heals Blue Springs on Facebook.

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The Wall That Heals Gets a Warm Welcome – Full Scale Effort For Long Ride

clock September 29, 2010 11:34 by author Jeff Quibell

Jeff Quibell There are some experiences in life that can only be described as WOW! Tuesday, I had the distinct privilege and honor of joining the Patriot Guard motorcycle escort, as The Wall That Heals came into Blue Springs.

This morning began with a brisk ride from Blue Springs to Concordia with Blue Springs City Councilman Grant Bowerman. When we arrived at the Travel America Truck Stop in Concordia, the crowd of motorcyclists had already begun to assemble. By the time everyone had arrived, there were well over 200 motorcycles and their riders ready and willing to provide the escort.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s department and law enforcement agencies from all across the region, helped to manage traffic and to safely close the west bound interstate so that we could focus on honoring the 58,000+ men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War to protect our freedoms.

We were KSU (Kick Stands Up) at 12:15pm and began the process of entering Interstate 70. Approximately 100 of us lead The Wall ThatDistrict 3 Blue Springs City Councilman Grant Bowerman Heals semi truck onto the interstate. Councilman Bowerman and I were stationed only a few motorcycles ahead of the actual Wall. The remainder of the escort followed the Wall along the route. The sky was blue and the temperatures were perfect for a fall ride.

David Miller, the organizer for the Patriot Guard, emphasized to us that safety was of the utmost importance. The formation was staggered with 2 seconds between each motorcycle in line with each other and one second between motorcycles across from each other. No side by side riding.

As we departed from Concordia we began to encounter people alongside the highway waving, saluting, and displaying the American Flag. Almost every overpass had people on it, waving and showing their support. As we came over the hill approaching the Grain Valley exit we could see emergency lights on the overpass. Area Firefighters and Emergency Medical Personnel had set up on the overpass and were there to greet us.

Patriot Guard Staging AreaThe closer we got to Blue Springs, more and more people lined the road and overpasses to cheer on the procession. At Adams Dairy Parkway we turned south to 40 Highway and then west to Highway 7, where we were greeted by flag waving citizens of our community all the rest of the way to Pink Hill Park.

These gatherings of the people are an integral part of American life. There is no experience like receiving the support of your fellow citizens and honoring the traditions that make our country great.

Come join us in honoring the Veterans of the Vietnam War by visiting Pink Hill Park over the next few days. The Wall and its accompanying museum will be in Pink Hill Park from 6:55am Thursday September 30 through 6pm Sunday October 3rd. More information can be found at http://www.bluespringswallthatheals.net.