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City Wins Citation of Merit
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'Shortest and Smallest' St. Patrick's Day Parade
March 17, 9 a.m.
The Soda Fountain
1112 W Main Street

The parade route starts at the Soda Fountain/Flower Shop and crosses the street to the Keg.  Pre-parade festivities begin at 8 a.m. with coffee and donuts.

Hot Shot Contest
  Saturday, March 24
9 a.m. start time, registration begins 
at 8:30 a.m.
Blue Springs Freshmen Center
2103 NW Vesper Street
Blue Springs, MO 64015 

Come out and challenge your shooting skills with others. This event is free and open to the public.

March with the Mayor
March 30 at noon
903 W Main Street

I invite you to join me for a 30-minute walk starting at City Hall.

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Around Town

A bi-weekly message from your Blue Springs Mayor and City Council
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.
Spring has definitely sprung here in Blue Springs.  The trees are blooming and spring break is just around the corner. Speaking of schools, I invite you to help Blue Springs South High School win $20,000 from Verizon!  They are one of only 70 high schools nationwide competing for this prize.  To vote for their video, click here!
I would like to congratulate Travis Grahm for being awarded the designation of the National Association of Home Builders Senior Life Director.  Travis has served as a Planning Commissioner in Blue Springs since 2010.  I would also like to recognize Blue Springs-based home builder Tom Woods for his recent election as the 2012 third vice chairman of the National Association of Home Builders.  Congratulations to both of you!
As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about what's good and going on in the City of Blue Springs.
Blue Springs Community Garden


Are you looking for garden space?  The Community Garden is new to Blue Springs this year and located in Central Park, at the corner of Walnut and 10th Streets. A Community Garden is a large garden space divided up into smaller sections that residents can rent for the season.  This is a great way to grow your own vegetables and herbs, and get some exercise with your friends and neighbors.  These gardens are a great way for people who do not want to maintain a garden on their own property or live in a home/apartment that does not permit garden space.


If you are interested, you can take advantage of the new Blue Springs Community Garden that will be available for planting this spring.  For just $50 a season, you can 'reap what you sow' from March 17 until October 31.  Plots may be shared by more than one person/family. 


The Kansas City Master Gardeners will be conducting periodic classes for anyone interested in learning more about the gardening process. A limited number of 10' x 10' spots are still available on a first come, first served basis.  


To claim your spot, call the Parks & Recreation Department at (816) 228-0137 at your earliest convenience so you don't lose out of this fun, educational, and family oriented activity.

Community Events Around Town



On March 1, I had the pleasure of reading "Oh, the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss to the entire Daniel Young Elementary School.  This event was organized by Daniel Young's Principal Ryan Crum to honor the National Education Association's Read Across America campaign.  I had a great time reading to the students and talking about how important reading has been in my life. 




On Tuesday, March 13, I welcomed a group of stakeholders to a day-long program focusing on growing economic development here in Blue Springs.  The program was hosted by the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation and facilitated by Sharon Gulick from the University of Missouri Extension Office. This program is designed to engage our civic, economic and elected leadership to work together to improve and position Blue Springs for progress, recognition and opportunities in coming years.  





On March 13, I presented a group of Daisy, Brownie and Girl Scouts with a Proclamation proclaiming the week of March 12-18 "Girl Scout Week" to honor the 100 year anniversary of Girl Scouts of America.  The Girl Scouts is the largest, longest-running and most effective leadership program for girls in the nation.

City Wins Citation of Merit



The City of Blue Springs and Boy Scout Troops 58, 332 and 546 were recently awarded a Citation of Merit by the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Community Forestry Council.  The award was presented at the annual Missouri Community Forestry Council Conference March 7 in Blue Springs.


The City and Boy Scout Troops were recognized for the Arbor Walk located in Rotary Park at Railroad Lake. The Arbor Walk contains 40 trees that have been marked with signs that identify their species, form, foliage, fruit and culture.  


Congratulations to Parks & Recreation and Boy Scout Troops 58, 332 and 546 for this award!  To learn more about the Arbor Walk, click here.

March with the Mayor!


Mark your calendars!  Join me in celebrating the one year anniversary of Blue Springs becoming a Let's Move! city by joining me for a 30-minute walk on Friday, March 30 beginning at Blue Springs City Hall, 903 W. Main Street.

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 for our City and hope you join us for the next issue of News Happenings
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Carson Ross, Mayor
City of Blue Springs
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.