In This Issue
2015 Fallen Officer Memorial Service
Corks & Canvas, Blue Springs Historical Society's Arts & Antique Show Has Best Year Yet
2015 Dancing with the Chamber Stars Contest Winner
Celebrating 15 Years of Public Art
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A Contest for a Cause

 Saturday, June 13

Starts at Noon

Texas Roadhouse

455 NE Coronado Drive


Come out as members of Blue Springs staff face off with Grain Valley city staff for a "rib relay". This is a fun way to raise money for a charity of our choice, the Alzheimer's Association, with Texas Roadhouse donating $500 to the charity of the winning team and $300 to the charity of the runner up.

Registration Open For These Upcoming Parks & Recreation Events
Kids Triathlon
Saturday, June 20
6:15 a.m. (check in)
1300 S.E. Adams Dairy Parkway

Register your children today! This is a great event for children to have fun and learn about competitive activities. The triathlon has four brackets:

Tri for Tots: Ages 4+ who need assistance or assisted devices during the race.
Registration fee: $15
Novice: Ages 6 to 10-New to triathlons or cannot safely participate in longer distances.
Registration fee: $25
Competitive Divisions: Ages 6-10 - Can safely participate in longer distance events. Trophies will be awarded to the top three males and top three females.
Competitive Divisions:Ages 11- 14-- Can safely participate in longer distance events. Trophies will be awarded to the top three males and top three females.
Registration fee: $25

***Registration for all brackets closes on JUNE 17 or when full.

For more information, please click here .

Pooches in the Park
Saturday, May 30
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
600 N.W. Vesper St.

Come take part in this fund-raiser for the Blue Springs Dog Park. 
Registration for your dog to enter the walk is $25 and includes a commemorative T-shirt and hospitality packet. This event is rain or shine!

For more information , click here .

If you would like to contact a member of the Parks & Recreation department about registration for either event, please call(816) 228-0137. 
St. Jude Floor Signing and Ticket Sales
On May 29, I had the opportunity to participate in the Floor Signing Ceremony for the 2015 St. Jude Dream Home located here in Blue Springs.
This ceremony allows people to write personal messages to the future homeowner on floors throughout the home. Though the words are later covered up by finished flooring, the house will be infused with well wishes to the new owners.

It was my pleasure to be a part of such a positive event and I would like to thank
 Blue Springs Police Chief Wayne McCoy and Councilmembers Dale Carter and Susan Cullpepper for joining me.

Ticket Sales
Starting Monday, June 1, you can purchase raffle tickets for a chance to be the lucky homeowner these kind words are written to!

KFKF-94.1 personality and Blue Springs councilman Dale Carter will kick-off  the ticket sale during his morning show. Later, KFKF live remote will be at Cosentino's Price Chopper #109 for the official ticket sales event where I will reserve the "first" ticket! If you join me in purchasing a ticket by June 7 you will be eligible to win a $5,000 gift card for any Cosentino's food store. After June 1, you can click here to learn more about purchasing tickets.

Local band 6 Degrees West will perform in the parking lot and Cosentino's Price Chopper will be offering FREE lunch (taco bar) to everyone who stops by the remote.  

Fun With Parks & Recreation  

FREE Movie in the Park: Rescheduled

Big Hero 6

Friday, June 5

7:30 p.m.

600 N.W. Vesper St.


Bring the family and a blanket to enjoy a free movie!  

Music in the Park: Mighty Moe Joes

Sunday, May 31

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

600 N.W. Vesper St. 

Come out and enjoy live music at Rotary Park!


For more information about upcoming Parks & Recreation events, click here.

Ride for the Wall 2015

On May, 21 more than 350 motorcycles rode through Blue Springs via I-70 as a part of the annual Ride for the Wall event. The motorcyclists rode across the United States to meet in Washington, D.C. for the National Memorial Day service.


I would like to thank Lt. Don Rapp along with Officers Nick Anderson, Bill Ely and Chris Myers of the Blue Springs Police Department for their help escorting these military veterans safely through our city!

Memorial Day Honor March
We were honored to host the VFW Post 6603's Memorial Day Parade as they marched down Main Street to the Blue Springs Cemetery. 

 Let's Move! Saturdays!

  These events are free and open to the public, unless noted.

To view the entire spring/su mmer schedule,  click here.

Metro East Tennis Center
3109 Vesper
May 30, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
 Tennis activities, tennis shoes required

Gage Center
1101 N.W. Jefferson
June 6, 11 a.m. to Noon
Bump City

Independence Event Center-Community Ice
 19100 E Valley View Parkway
June 6, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Ice skating presented by Orange Army, Official Fan Club of Missouri Mavericks. Beginner instruction available, skates included.

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Hello and welcome to News Happenings Around Town, your one-stop source for City information and news updates, including those items most important to you.


On Memorial Day I was honored to be the keynote speaker at the 29th Memorial Day Observance held at the Kansas City, Missouri Vietnam Memorial Fountain. As a US Army Vietnam Combat Infantry Veteran, it was privilege to speak to a group of fellow veterans and their families at such a beautiful landmark. This event was sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapters 317 & 243 and the Veterans of Modern Warfare Chapter 1.

The passing of Memorial Day also brings us that much closer to summer and the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department has plenty of events the family can enjoy outdoors including Music in the Park, Movies in the Park, Kids Triathlon and more. 

I had the opportunity to be a part of a number of important events since my last newsletter such as our Fallen Officer Memorial Service, Dancing with the Chamber Stars, Dancing with the Chamber Stars and Celebrating 15 years of Public Art. 


As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs.

2015 Fallen Officer Memorial Service
First Row: Chief Wayne McCoy welcomes the crowd; Mayor Ross gives opening remarks; Sgt. Allen Kintz introduces the speaker; Chaplain Glen Nash gives the  keynote address. Second Row: Blue Springs Police Honor Guard. Third Row: Blue Springs Police Department

On Friday, May 15 the Blue Springs Police Department hosted their 14th annual Fallen Officer Memorial Service.  This year's theme was "Heroes Live Forever" and was dedicated to Detective Troy Pharr.


I was honored to speak at this event and commend our dedicated officers who serve our community daily as well as paying respects to those officers who paid the ultimate price protecting us.  In 2014, the lives of 127 families were changed forever by the death of an officer. We remember them and their families.   

To see more photos from this year's event, click here .
Corks & Canvas, Blue Springs Historical Society's Arts & Antique Show Has Best Year Yet!

A little rain couldn't keep community members away from the annual Downtown Alive! Corks & Canvas Art & Wine Walk or the Blue Springs Historical Society's Arts & Antique show.


On Saturday, May 16, hundreds of community members could be found strolling through downtown Blue Springs tasting wine from over ten wineries, snacking on treats and viewing art from more than 20 vendors that included wood carvings, paintings, hand drawn images, and more.    


Congratulations to Downtown Alive's Corks & Canvas, Blue Springs Historical Society's Arts & Antique on a great event!  I can imagine that next year will be even better. If you missed the event, but would like to see more photosclick here. 

2015 Dancing with the Chamber Stars  
Top to Bottom:  Dancing with the Chamber Stars judges:  Dr. Alan Foster, Representative Jeanie Lauer and Mayor Carson Ross; City Engineer Ben McCabe and Dr. Jessica Kellerman; District 2 Councilman Kent Edmondson and Pam Buck from Parks & Recreation; Peoples Choice Award Winners Jennifer Dachenhausen and Cody Smith from the Blue Springs Police Department; Most Dazzling Smile Award Winners Rebeca Swank and Josh Oyler; Overall and Judges' Choice Winners Tina Short and Chad Smith; 2015 Dancing with the Chamber Stars Cast; Event Emcees Pete Grisby and Matt Marble; Blue Springs High School Jazz Band under the direction of Dr. Tim Allshouse.

On May 21, I joined Dr. Alan Foster and Representative Jeanie Lauer to judge the Blue Springs Chamber's  Dancing With the Chamber Stars event at Adams Pointe Conference Center.    

This year's competition raised more than $12,000 to go toward the Chamber Scholarship Fund and the Business Innovation Award.  Congratulations to the following winners:

Most Dazzling Smile: Rebeca Swank and Josh Oyler, Hip Hop

People's Choice: Jennifer Dachenhausen and Cody Smith, Swing Dance

Judges Choice/Overall Winner: Tina Short and Chad Smith, Tap

I would like to say kudos to each dancer for their dedication including hours of practicing, diligent fundraising and an enjoyable performance. I would also like to thank our two entertaining hosts: Pete Grigsby  and Matt Marble as well as the talented Blue Springs High School Jazz Band.

Celebrating 15 Years of Public Art
From Top to Bottom:  Public Art Commission Chair Eleanor Frasier makes welcoming comments; Mayor Ross with Mike and Jane Semrau; Mayor Ross with Carol Reed; Mayor Ross with Judy Ecton; Public Art Commissioner Carolyn Gordanier; Judy Ecton, Blue Springs Art League President; "Fire, Earth and Water" artist Janet Kuemmerlein; Blue Springs Art League with artist Janet Kuemmerlein in front of "Fire, Earth and Water."
On Thursday, May 21, I joined the members of the Blue Springs Public Art Commission as they celebrated 15 years of public art in our community.
During the reception, community members were recognized for their ongoing support of the Art Commission, in various capacities. Award recipients include:
Bill Essmann, Public Art Partner of the Year
Mike and Jane Semrau, Public Art Business Partner of the Year
Judy Ecton, Public Art Organization Partner of the Year
Carol Reed Public Art Administrative Support Partner of the Year
At the same event, the newest piece of permanent public art "Fire, Earth and Water" was dedicated with a few words from the artist, Janet Kummerlein. The piece was previously part of the 2014 "Voices" exhibit.  A special thanks to the Blue Springs Art League for purchasing "Fire, Earth and Water" for the entire Blue Springs community to enjoy.
I look forward to the what new pieces the Public Art commission with bring to the Blue Springs community.
I hope you have found this issue of News Happenings Around Town to be both informative and timely for your City information needs. Is there anything we missed? Do you have questions about any of the articles from this issue? Share your thoughts with me and the City Council by calling City Hall at (816) 228-0110. Know that we truly value your time and support of our City and hope you join us for the next issue of News Happenings
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The City of Blue Springs is a unique community where families, visitors and businesses share a special quality of life and an abundant spirit of community closeness and cooperation. 


Our number one goal is to ensure that our residents, visitors and patrons receive quality customer service and attention with every program and service the City provides. Just as you stand by a community that strives to meet your family's needs, we promise to do our best to meet these needs and anticipate what's best for you and our community, to the best of our ability.