News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Blue Springs Parks & Rec Upcoming Holiday Season Special Events

clock December 14, 2011 10:57 by author Jeff Quibell

Holiday Express Train Wed. Dec 21, 4 pm – 7 pm. Main Street RR crossing at 12th downtown Blue Springs. Free. Santa Claus in a KCS six car lighted & decorated train.

Chipping of the Green, Christmas Tree Recycling Program Dec 26 – Jan 15. Drop off location is Pink Hill Park, 2715 NW Park Road. Safe & environmentally friendly way to dispose of your Christmas tree.

New Years Eve Party at Vesper Hall Sat. Dec 31, 7:30 pm.  $10 in advance. The party, hosted by BSP&R Dept staff, is geared to adults ages 50 and over but all welcome.

Chili Dog Dinner & Silent Auction Sat. Jan 21, 5:30 - 7 pm. Vesper Hall.  $6 adult, $4 age 12 & under, 3 & under free. This is a fund-raiser for the Blue Springs Dog Park


Rainbow Center Fall/Winter Newsletter

clock December 6, 2011 17:31 by author Jeff Quibell

Holiday Greetings!

This holiday season brings much appreciation for your commitment to the students and adults of Rainbow!

We would like to share with you the latest news of what has been happening and invite you to visit our website for the

Fall/Winter Newsletter at http://www.rainbow-center.org/assets/docs/RainbowCntr-Winter%202011-web.pdf.

If you feel moved to include Rainbow in your end-of-year giving,

donations are accepted via PayPal through our website, or can be mailed with a 12-31-11 postmark.

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year!

Your Rainbow Friends

www.rainbow-center.org

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St. Mary’s Medical Center Celebrates OR Renovation with an Open House

clock December 1, 2011 16:35 by author Jeff Quibell

For immediate release

                                                                                                                Contact:  Cyndi Fahrlander 816-943-2565

St. Mary’s Medical Center Celebrates

OR Renovation with an Open House

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Blue Springs, Mo. – The $3.7 million renovation and expansion of St. Mary’s Medical Center’s surgery area is nearing completion. An open house showcasing the new area is planned for Wednesday, December 14. The celebration begins with a blessing at 6:15 p.m., with the open house and tours of the area continuing until 8 p.m. The public is invited to attend the celebration.

Construction began late last year. This is the first major renovation of the surgery area since St. Mary’s opened in 1981. The project enlarges two operating rooms allowing for more efficiency in patient care and accommodating state-of-the-art technology.

The St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation raised $1 million of the total cost of the project with the support of physicians, staff and the community.

St. Mary’s Medical Center is an acute care facility of Carondelet Health (CarondeletHealth.org) which also includes St. Joseph Medical Center, three long-term care facilities and home care services. Carondelet Health is dedicated to the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Our commitment to human dignity compels us to provide compassionate, quality healthcare for body, mind and spirit, with a special concern for the poor. We are responsible stewards serving the needs of all people from conception to death. Carondelet Health is a member of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system.

Cyndi Fahrlander

Sr. Marketing and Communications Specialist

Carondelet Health

816-943-2565 (St. Joseph)

816-655-5361 (St. Mary’s)

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Pancakes and Pool @ Side Pockets in Blue Springs

clock December 1, 2011 10:58 by author Jeff Quibell

Fund Raiser For

Blue Springs High School Cheerleaders

Help Send Them to Nationals

 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

At Side Pockets in Blue Springs

7:30 AM until 10:30 AM

 

Donation $6.00 Per Person

 

Your Support Is Greatly Appreciated!


St. Mary’s Medical Center Hosts Free Health Fair at Independence Center

clock November 30, 2011 11:23 by author Jeff Quibell

For immediate release

November 28, 2011 Contact: Cyndi Fahrlander 816-943-2565

St. Mary’s Medical Center Hosts

Free Health Fair at Independence Center

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Blue Springs, Mo. – Take a break from holiday shopping and give yourself a healthy gift. St. Mary’s Medical Center is hosting a free health fair at Independence Center on Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Screenings will include:

Blood pressure

• Blood sugar

• BMI

• Ankle brachial Index

• TIA risk score

• Bone density screening

• Oxygen saturation level

• Grip and balance testing

St. Mary’s associates will be available to answer your health questions. Plus, St. Mary’s unveils its new Inside Track mall walking program during the health fair. Participants registering at the fair will receive a free pedometer and can earn additional prizes as they progress.

St. Mary’s Medical Center is an acute care facility of Carondelet Health (CarondeletHealth.org) which also includes St. Joseph Medical Center, three long-term care facilities and home care services. Carondelet Health is dedicated to the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Our commitment to human dignity compels us to provide compassionate, quality healthcare for body, mind and spirit, with a special concern for the poor. We are responsible stewards serving the needs of all people from conception to death. Carondelet Health is a member of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system.


Truman Heartland Community Foundation in Top Philanthropic Tier Nationally

clock November 30, 2011 10:38 by author Jeff Quibell

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Nicole Stevens, 816.795.5307

Truman Heartland Community Foundation in Top Philanthropic Tier Nationally

Local Organization Meets Rigorous Standards for Quality and Accountability

HEARTLAND NEWS (November 30, 2011)Truman Heartland Community Foundation recently received notification that it has met the nation’s highest philanthropic standards for operational quality, integrity and accountability. The notice comes from the Community Foundations National Standards Board, a national accreditation organization based in Arlington, Va.

clip_image004[1]“This is similar to the Good Housekeeping Seal for community foundations,” said Diane Miller, Manager, Community Foundations National Standards Board. “It says that Truman Heartland Community Foundation has demonstrated a commitment to operational quality, integrity and accountability.”

The National Standards for U.S. Community FoundationsÔ program requires community foundations to document their policies for donor services, investments, grantmaking and administration. With over 500 community foundations already confirmed in compliance nationwide, the program is designed to provide quality assurance to donors, as well as to their legal and financial advisors.

“This is critically important to our donors,” said Phil Hanson, Truman Heartland Community Foundation president. “When people make a charitable bequest, establish a fund or set up an annuity, they are putting their trust in us. They are counting on us to manage the investment wisely, honor their charitable wishes and, in some cases, provide lifetime income to a loved one. The National Standards confirmation says our house is in order.”

Truman Heartland Community Foundation offers a range of charitable funds, allowing donors to advance a cause such as education or the environment, support an individual organization, provide flexible support for community needs or recommend individual grants. In addition to affirming the organization’s philanthropic services, the confirmation validates Truman Heartland Community Foundation’s grantmaking practices for the nonprofit community.

“Some say it’s easier to create wealth than to give money away wisely,” said Jim Pryde, Truman Heartland Community Foundation Board Chairman. “There’s some truth in that. Grantmaking is a lot like investing… we need to assess risks, weigh potential gains, diversify assets, monitor performance and operate fairly. When you see the National Standards Seal, you can be assured that we’re committed to meeting the highest standards for grantmaking as well.”

The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations program is the first of its kind for charitable foundations in the United States.

Truman Heartland Community Foundation is a public charity committed to “improving area communities by promoting private giving for the public good”. After 29 years of service, THCF continues to serve the region with assets surpassing $28 million and annual grants reaching $2.8 million last year. THCF provides a wide range of services to donors and grant seekers alike. For more information on charitable giving, visit us online at www.thcf.org or call the office at 816.836.8189.

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$25,000.00 Matching Donation from anonymous Blue Springs couple to Save Our Depot!

clock November 30, 2011 10:16 by author Jeff Quibell

PRESS RELEASE:

Contact: Mary Potter

Phone #: 816-797-4870

MPotterEducation@comcast.net

www.BlueSpringsHistory.org

Date: November 28, 2011

Who:  Blue Springs Historical Society ~ Save Our Depot

What: $25,000.00 Matching Donation from anonymous Blue Springs couple

When:  Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Blue Springs couple signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a money match of $25,000.00 to save the Blue Springs 1926 Chicago & Alton Depot.  A check will be given to the Blue Springs Historical Society, Inc. ~ Depot as soon as the $25,000.00 donation match is raised.  As president of the Blue Springs Historical Society, Mary Potter said, “I couldn’t believe all of the zeros after the $25.”  Since early August, volunteers and supporters have raised over $5,000.00 through donations, two silent auctions and one fundraiser.   Potter added, “I had no idea there were other individuals who felt as strongly as I do about saving this important piece of our Blue Springs history”.  The Depot represents why Blue Springs moved from the valley of Woods Chapel to the top of the hill when the Chicago & Alton Railroad laid the tracks and built a depot in 1879.   Mary met with the couple in mid-November to sign the document accepting the couples’ generous donation to the Depot.  Greg Grounds, former Blue Springs Mayor and Jackson County Legislator, is donating his time and professional expertise as an attorney to the organizations.   

The couple, with an enthusiasm for trains and depots, wishes to remain anonymous.  When the Blue Springs couple saw the dedication of individuals to save the depot, they decided a money match would encourage the community’s individuals, businesses and civic organizations to donate larger sums of money to save the Depot. 

The Blue Springs Historical Society ~ Depot has agreed upon an amount with Patton, Inc. to move the Depot from its current location on downtown Main Street to a nearby downtown park.  The payment to the mover, Doyle Patton, is $16,000.00.  To replace the concrete slab foundation will cost approximately $4,000.00.  This projected cost includes the foundation forms, rebar, concrete, gravel and grading. Contractor Steve Greer has volunteered to oversee this part of the project.  He is donating his talent and time.  The Blue Springs Historical Society ~ Depot is asking for construction companies to donate materials or to donate the materials at a discounted cost.  Since the Historical Society is a 501c3 non-profit, donations are tax deductible.  

The Save Our Depot group has spoken with the Blue Springs School District about construction students helping with the concrete slab.  This would be overseen by professional concrete layers. 

After the Depot is moved to its new site, Kansas City Southern Railway will donate $5,000.00 toward the restoration.  Their generous donation along with donors to meet the moving cost of $20,000.00 will meet the anonymous donors $25,000.00.  Then the restoration on the outside of the Depot begins with $30,000.00.  The Blue Springs Historical Society ~ Save Our Depot has had Keith Albarelli, a master electrician, volunteer to do the all electric wiring and Zucca Roofers was volunteered to replace the composition roof.  The group needs a skilled plumber, an insulation company, and outside painting company to volunteer their skills and materials at a reduced cost to finish the outside of the Depot.  After these are finished, the stucco will complete the outside. Potter said, the Save Our Depot will begin the inside restoration.  She said the inside of the Depot is described as being in above average condition. 

Matching Donation should be mailed to Blue Springs Historical Society ~ Depot, P.O. Box 762, Blue Springs, MO 64013.

Potter said the Historical Society ~ Save Our Depot is asking supporters to attend the Blue Springs City Council presentation on Monday, December 5th at 6:30 p.m. at the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building, 1103 S.W. Smith Street, Blue Springs 64015.  This will be the meeting as to whether the Depot gets approval to move the Depot to Central Park.  This park is located in downtown east of the railroad tracks and south of Walnut Street.  Currently the park is undeveloped except for the community garden that began in fall 2011.  Potter would like for supporters to either wear red or white or a Chicago & Alton Blue Springs, MO sweatshirt.


Blue Springs Downtown Alive!

clock November 30, 2011 10:07 by author Jeff Quibell

As you do your holiday shopping and beyond, be certain to patronize our downtown businesses in Blue Springs!


Blue Springs City Theatre Presents Scrooge: the Musical, opens December 1st!

clock November 27, 2011 14:04 by author Jeff Quibell

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Scrooge: the Musical opens December 1st!


Hello My Friends!

2011 is Blue Springs City Theatre's 25th Season and the final installment in our 2011 Season is Scrooge: the Musical! This wonderful family-friendly Christmas musical, based on Charles Dickens' classic tale, will be the perfect holiday event to share with your family and friends.  I have the honor of playing the part of the old miser himself and would love to see you at one of the performances!  

In celebration of our 25th Anniversary, all BSCT alumni receive one free concession item at a performance of Scrooge.  Simply bring in something from the show you were in or worked on - a program, a t-shirt, or show us your name in The Company on your smartphone - to get your free item.  We would love to see many familiar faces at BSCT this holiday season!  Think of your favorite BSCT memory to share in a special 25th Anniversary Scrapbook when you attend!

Scrooge run December 1-4 & 8-11. Thursday, Friday & Saturday shows are at 7:30pm and Sunday matinees are at 2:00pm. You can purchase tickets online now.  Don't miss this heartwarming holiday tradition!

Happy Holidays!

Greg Lane, "Scrooge"