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Recycling Center closed Oct. 2-3
The Recycling Center at Pink Hill Park will be closed to the public October 2-3 due to The Wall That Heals event in Pink Hill Park.
The recycling center is located in Pink Hill Park at 1201 NW Park Rd, Blue Springs, Mo.

The recycling center will be open Wednesday, September 29 prior to The Wall That Heals event and re-open after the event on Wednesday, October 6.
The Recycling Center at Pink Hill Park is open to the public Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information about recycling in Blue Springs, click here.
Princess Party
Princess Party
The Princess Party is a StandUp Blue Springs event benefiting the Dental for Kids program.

Saturday, October 2
Noon-4 p.m.
Valley View High School
5000 NW Valley View Road
Blue Springs, MO 64015

Ticket Price:
$15 for each Princess
$5 for each Royal Adult Companion

Princesses and Royal Adult Companions are
highly encouraged to dress in royal attire!
For more information, call (816) 478-4500 or click here.
Investor Meeting
I attended the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation's Investor Meeting on Tuesday, September 28.
Derek Okubo, Senior Vice President of the National Civi League was the keynote speaker.
For more information on the EDC, click here.
Electronics Recycling Event
electronics recycling event
Saturday, October 9
8 a.m. to Noon
Pink Hill Park
2715 Park Road
Blue Springs, Missouri
There is no residency requirement and no limit on number of vehicles accepted.
Fees apply for proper recycling of certain electronics.
For more information, click here.
Woods Chapel Neighborhood Party
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Police Chief Wayne McCoy, Councilman Chris Lievsay, Sergeant Allen Kintz, the First Lady Eloise and I attended the Woods Chapel Neighborhood party on September 11.
James Barry & I won the Bean Bag Tossing Championship.
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Around Town

A bi-weekly message from your Blue Springs Mayor and City Council
Mayor Carson Ross
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.

It's an exciting time in Blue Springs this weekend! We officially welcomed The Wall That Heals to Blue Springs yesterday. This event is near and dear to my heart, I served in Vietnam as a US Army Combat Infantryman from 1967-68.
On Wednesday, September 8, we passed a resolution declaring September 26 - October 3, "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans, Welcome Home" Flag Week. I hope all Blue Springs residents and businesses will fly a flag to honor The Wall That Heals, Veterans and to "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans, Welcome Home."
There are many other activities this weekend here in Blue Springs. The Blue Springs School District is holding their 31st annual Blue Springs High School Invitational Marching Band Festival on October 2. For more information on this event, click here.
StandUp Blue Springs is hosting their Annual Princess Party on October 2. This event is fundraiser for the StandUp Blue Springs' Dental for Kids program. For more information on this event, click here.
I hope to see you at one of the many events this weekend.

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.
The Wall That Heals
The Wall That Heals has arrived in Blue Springs. On Tuesday, September 28 over 300 Patriot Guard Riders escorted The Wall from Concordia, Mo. to Pink Hill Park in Blue Springs.
Spectators along the escort route waved American flags as The Wall traveled by. As The Wall turned into Park Road, over 500 James Lewis Elementary students greeted the motorcade waving flags as they drove under two Central Jackson County Fire Protection District ladders trucks suspending a large American Flag.
The Wall That Heals
The Wall That Heals will be open to the public on Thursday, September 30 following an Awakening Ceremony beginning at 6:55 a.m. in Pink Hill Park. The public is welcome to attend this ceremony.
The Wall That Heals will be open 24 hours a day from September 30-October 3. The educational exhibits will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Veteran services will be available 24 hours a day throughout the event.
I would encourage you to participate in the "Put a Face With a Name" campaign by bringing photos with you to The Wall That Heals. This campaign was developed to collect photos for each of the 58,261 men and women who gave their lives in service to our country during the Vietnam War.
I hope to see you at the many events we have scheduled during The Wall's stay here in Blue Springs. For a schedule of events, event map or a satellite parking map and shuttle schedule, click here.
Residents are asked to carpool and to use the parking lots located south of the I-70 interchange.
For more information about The Wall That Heals - Blue Springs, click here.
Missouri Municipal League President
Missouri Municipal League photo
I was elected president of the Missouri Municipal League (MML) at the 76th Annual Conference held September 12-15 in St. Charles, Missouri.

First elected to the MML board of directors in 1986, I served one, two-year term. I had to resign from the board when I was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 1988 where I served for 14 years until term limited in 2002.

Once again elected to the MML board in 2008, I became vice president in 2009. I served as chairman of the League's budget committee in 2009, and has been actively involved in many of the League's regional meetings, conferences, and legislative efforts.

The Missouri Municipal League is a nonpartisan, voluntary association serving 660 municipalities. In addition to serving as a strong voice for Missouri's municipalities, MML provides training, information sharing, legislative assistance, advocacy and administrative support for local officials across the state.

For more information on the Missouri Municipal League click here.
2010 Fall Fun Festival

It was great seeing everyone who came to the 41st Annual Fall Fun Festival on September 17,18 & 19, 2010 in Downtown Blue Springs.
I was joined by the First Lady Eloise, Councilwoman Jeanie Lauer, Councilman Chris Lievsay and Councilman Grant Bowerman. Thank you again to Blue Springs Ford for lending the us the Mustangs for the parade.
I want to thank everyone involved in helping it a huge success! Special thanks goes to the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring this event and I look forward to seeing you next year!
For more information on the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, click here.
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.