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August 24, 2007


 Insight Into Blue Springs

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streetThe 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 forward to.

Development News
RED Project Still Progressing - 

If you haven't driven down the back way of R.D. Mize Road to the Adams Dairy Golf Course lately, you might find it very interesting. Throughout the week, demolition crews have been tearing down the houses and hauling away debris to make way for the new 600,000 square foot shopping mall.  The City Council will be voting on the annexation of the final piece of property at our first council meeting in September.  Keep watching!  It won't be too long before workers start breaking ground!


Red Demolition

  Red Demolition
  Barbeque Blaze Off   Barbeque Blaze Off


Education Excitement
 Teacher's At Work
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 each day!"
In This Issue
Development News
Education Excitement
Regional News
Community Spotlight
Community Events
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Regional News
Congressman Sam Graves with EDC DirectorsCongressman Sam Graves  -  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.
Community Spotlight
 Eagle ScoutsEagle Scouts  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 Commended -

Tiffany Davenport  -

The 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 skillsTiffany Davenport 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.


I 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 Ivana Hong2007 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 GAGE!

Community Events
Barbeque Blaze OffBBQ 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. 

Fall Fun Festival

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 SuperflyPark. 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.


Your Servant,
Steve Steiner, Blue Springs Mayor
City of Blue Springs
                                                                                              ssteiner@bluespringsgov.com 816.228.0110
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