Insight Into Blue
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month of August has come and nearly gone already! This reminds me
that so much as happened in our City in what seems, such little
time. In this issue we'll take a quick glance at some more
positive changes around our community, especially the most recent
progress in the Adams Dairy Landing project. We'll also highlight
the achievements of some active youth in our community, as well as
some important community events I know each of you is looking
Welcome New Teachers! -
Last week I had the opportunity to welcome over 180 new
Blue Springs School District teachers and employees at a
breakfast gathering. I'll say now what I told them at the
breakfast, "It makes me proud to be Mayor when I look out and
see a group of quality people involved in teaching our kids
you unable to attend the last City Council Meeting?Want to find
out what you missed? Now you and your family are able to watch
City Council and Planning Commission meetings live from
the comfort of your own home.
Tune into the city's Government Access Channel, CTV 7, which is
broadcast on Comcast Cable Channel 7. City Council meetings are
held every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month and Planning
Commission meetings are held on alternate weeks, every 2nd and
4th Monday of the month.
Meetings are also available for viewing on the city's web site
, and are archived on the site for
three months. Meetings are rebroadcast on CTV 7 regularly.
Be sure to stay informed, and keep connected with the current
news and information of Blue Springs!
- Yesterday I had the opportunity to hear our Congressman,
Sam Graves speak to members of the Blue Springs Chamber of
Commerce. Sam has been instrumental in obtaining transportation
funding for our Highway 7 projects over the past several years and
it was a pleasure to catch him once again and express my thanks
for his hard work.
- This coming Sunday I will be
presenting proclamations to several young men in our community,
Lyle Lehning, Spencer Norman, & Matthew Pace, for earning their
Eagle Scout Awards. These young men represent Boy Scout Troop 175
and their Court of Honor will take place at St. Robert Bellarmine
Catholic Church. On August 6th, another member of Troop
175, Nicholas Phillip St. Clair, will also celebrate his Eagle
Scout Court of Honor. Tomorrow Councilman Jeff Quibell will
present a proclamation to Joel Sterling Humble with Troop 205 in
honor of his Eagle Scout achievement. Congratulations to all
these young men!
Amazing Athletes to be
Tiffany Davenport -
National Finals of the 2007 U.S. Jr. Olympic Skills Competition
concluded last weekend with 72 young athletes competing for
national titles. As the official youth skills
competition of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), the
U.S. Jr. Olympic Skills competition focuses on four fundamental
sports: basketball, soccer, tennis and track & field.
want to congratulate Blue Springs' own Tiffany Davenport who
placed 1st in the girls 8-9 year-old division at the
2007 National Finals Competition. Tiffany scored 18pts in
45 seconds to capture the gold medal, an accomplishment the entire
Blue Springs community can be proud of. Congratulations Tiffany!
Ivana Hong -
Some of you may not know that Blue Springs is home to a few
Olympian athletes in training. One such athlete is 14-year old
Ivana Hong, a gymnastics bronze medalist at the
Pan American games for the U.S. Woman's team. Ivana and her family
moved to Missouri from their home and Ivana's training site in
California in 2004 in search of more structured gymnastics
training facility and program. Ivana currently trains at Great
American Gymnastic Express (GAGE) in Blue Springs, located at 1101
NW Jefferson. Ivana was the youngest member of the Pan-Am Games
gold-medal winning team, and is training rigorously for the 2008
Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Congratulations and good luck to
Ivana and all the athletes preparing for athletic excellence at
Blaze Off Changing Locations-
Over the years, the annual Barbeque Blaze Off event has been held
at Baumgardner Park, just north of Blue Springs High School. As
the event has grown over the last few years, it has also outgrown
this location. Each year space and parking has become quite a
challenge. This year the event will be held on September 7th
and 8th and will be held at the Hidden Valley Park Sports Complex.
I hope to see everyone at the event, ready for a great time of fun
and plenty of good barbeque!
The Fall Fun Fest
will be here in no time! For those of you wishing
to mark out your traditional spot to observe the Fall Fun Fest
Parade, remember that the parade route has changed this
year. The traditional Saturday morning event will no longer be
routed along the busy 7 Highway as in past years, but will turn
north onto 10th Street and finish in the St John's
Catholic Church parking lot.
Final Summer Concerts
- We're nearing the final two Music in the Park Summer
Concerts, with the next concert taking place on Sunday,
August 26th beginning at 6:30pm in Rotary
This Sunday's concert features the soulful sounds of
variety/hip-hop group Superfly presented by Community
America Credit Union. Attending a Sunday music concert in
Rotary Park is a great way to wind down the weekend with great
music, food and fun for the whole family.