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Honoring a Leader and Her Legacy
Blue Springs Welcomes Target to Adams Dairy Landing
Blue Springs Mayor Elected to Missouri Municipal Organization
Mayor's Prayer Breakfast to Honor Women Veterans
Electronics Recycling Nets Another Success
Historical Society Sponsors "Blue Springs Has Talent" Event
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FEATURE:
 
Honoring a Leader and Her Legacy
Ivory Lambert Celebrates 110th Birthday!
Last month, I had the distinct privilege of honoring a woman who has held a lasting legacy not only in the lives of her family and friends, but also in the community in which she lives.
 
 
On September 16, 2009, my aunt Ms. Ivory Ross-Lambert celebrated her 110th birthday, earning the designation of the oldest living citizen in the state of Arkansas. Born on September 16, 1899, Ivory Lambert predates modern-day inventions such as the airplane and the microwave, and has lived through many meaningful historic occasions including the desegregation of schools and public facilities.
 
 
Ms. Lambert has surpassed six generations and has 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 30 great-great grandchildren, 7 great-great-great grandchildren and too many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends to name!
 
 
 
Ivory Lambert Receives Prestigious Medal of Valor
 
On September 26, 2009, I traveled to Aunt Ivory's hometown of Bearden, Arkansas to present her with a prestigious award, the Mayor's Medal of Valor. Traditionally, this medal has been presented to local men and women of our U.S. Armed forces for their bravery and commitment to service during times of war.
 
 
Throughout her 110 year of life, Ms. Lambert has seen many challenges, changes and historic moments. Even today, she remains a vibrant leader in her church and her community, and is most often described as a women of courage, strength, firmness and moxie. And for that reason, I found her equally deserving of this important award.
 
 
In honor of her 110th birthday, Ms. Lambert also received commendations and letters of recognition from various government and community leaders including Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe, Miss Arkansas 2008 Eudora Mosby, Mayor Mark Stodola of Little Rock Arkansas and Ouachita County Judge, Mike Hesterly.
 
 
 
 
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Upcoming Events in Blue Springs: 
 
Halloween Happenings in Blue Springs!
 
October 24, 2009
"Boo-Springs" Harvest Fest
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Main Street, between 10th and 12th Streets
Downtown, Blue Springs
 

October 31, 2009
Trick-or-Treat Street
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper Drive, Blue Springs
  
City of Blue SpringsNews Happenings
Around Town

A monthly message from your  Blue Springs Mayor and City Council
Greetings! 
 Mayor Carson Ross
Hello and welcome to another informative edition of News Happenings Around Town, your one-stop source for City information and news updates, including those items most important to you.
 
It's hard to believe that summer has now come and gone, and we will soon be preparing for winter coats, thanksgiving festivities and even Christmas decorations. This year has been an eventful one for the City of Blue Springs, full of momentum, growth and change.
 
This year we welcomed several new businesses in virtually every corridor of the City. New restaurant additions at the Mall at Fall Creek, the start of retail redevelopment along Wood's Chapel Road, new and remodeled retailers along Highway 7 and the City's first retail store at Adams Dairy Landing are all signs that progress is in motion here in our community.
 
In addition to retail and economic development, the City is actively working to improve the various programs and services it offers to its residents. Our Citizens Police Academy recently started its fourth class, with a fifth class to begin in January. Through this program, we are helping residents to learn more about our Blue Springs Police Department, and how they too can get involved in public safety.
 
Together with the guidance of our City Council, our Public Works staff is working diligently with project engineering firm TranSystems to develop a road improvement plan for the Woods Chapel Road corridor, a project approved by Blue Springs voters in 2008.

Maintaining a quality of life for our residents is also very important. Over the last few months, our Parks and Recreation Department has created several bike routes along Duncan Road, Moreland School Road and parts of Highway 7. The Department has also completed numerous improvements at Gregory O. Grounds Park including new walking trails, bike routes and a new fishing dock at Lake Remembrance.
 
Blue Springs is a community that is working hard for you, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. To learn more about how we're working to meet your needs, visit www.bluespringsgov.com.
 
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 Welcomes Target to Adams Dairy Landing
 
Target Now Open at Adams Dairy Landing! (Photo by Jeff Martin, Examiner)Last week, dozens of community members including city officials, city staff and more than 150 Target employees, family and friends gathered for the grand opening and ribbon cutting event for the new Target store at Adams Dairy Landing. Serving as Mayor Pro Temp, District 3 Councilman Sheila Solon attended the event on my behalf, providing the opening welcome to those in attendance. Following her remarks, Councilman Solon, together with District 3 Councilman Ron Fowler, District 1 Councilman Jeanie Lauer, Store Owner Dan Fogt and several Target associates, cut the ribbon signifying the official opening of Target's doors. Target is now open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. We are very excited to see the first of several new anchor tenants to open at the Adams Dairy Retail complex and look forward to welcoming the news businesses slated to open in the future.
 
A special thank you goes to our City staff including members of our Finance Department, Community Development and Codes Department, Planning staff, Public Works staff and members of the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation for working so diligently to see this project through to fruition.
 
Blue Springs Mayor Elected to Missouri Municipal Organization
 
Missouri Municipal LeagueThis past week, I had the privilege of being elected by a prominent group of peers, consisting of fellow mayors, city administrators and municipal elected officials to serve as Vice President of the Missouri Municipal League (MML) for 2009-2010. In 2008, I was elected to the MML Board of Directors and have previously served for the organization during my time as a Blue Springs Board of Alderman.
 
The Missouri Municipal League is a statewide, non profit association whose goal is to facilitate the cooperation of Missouri cities, towns and villages, and to enhance the quality of life and government practices and administration within these areas.  As Vice President, I will work alongside MML President Mayor Gerry Welch of Webster Groves, MO in order to help unify the voices of the many municipalities MML represents and to explore a variety of issues that are important to our communities. 
 
Mayor's Prayer Breakfast to Honor Women Veterans
 Mayor's Annual Prayer Breakfast November 2 
On November 6, 2009, the Blue Springs Christian Business Men's Committee will sponsor its Annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast at Adams Pointe Conference Center. The event will begin with a breakfast buffet at 6:15 a.m. and program at 7:00 a.m, and will feature guest speaker, Mr. Paul Coffman, former member of the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers.  In keeping with the tradition of honoring our fellow service men and women, this year, I will honor all women who have served in the U.S. armed forces, presenting them with a commemorative Mayor's Medal of Valor.
 
The price of admission is $15.00 per person or $150 per table.  If you are interested in attending the 2009 Annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast or know of a woman veteran who has served our country and should be recognized at this year's event, please contact Judy Qualkinbush at (816) 228-8888.
 
Electronics Recycling Event
Nets Another Success
 
Blue Springs Electronics Recycling Event October 3On October 3, the City completed another successfully Electronic Recycling event. Over two semi-loads of electronics were recycled from approximately 300 cars. Special thanks go to the approximately 20 high school volunteers as well as volunteers Alice Fuerst and Chad Tipton, from the Solid Waste Commission and the members and spouses of our own Community Development department. The success of this event, once again underscores how highly regarded and important recycling is to our community's residents. Thank you to everyone who participated or helped to make the 2009 Electronics Recycling event a huge success.
 
For anyone who missed the event, we encouraged them to call any of the following other electronics recycling providers for details, options and costs:
 
  • Surplus Exchange: 518 Santa Fe Street Kansas City, MO - (816) 472-0444 (hosted the October 3 Blue Springs event)
  • Office Depot: 450 NW State Route 7, Blue Springs, MO - (816) 220-8151
  • Best Buy: 19110 E 39th Street, Independence, MO - (816) 795-9162

And as always, the following recycling information sources are available for recycling information:

Blue Springs Recycling Hotline: (816) 228-0228
 
Local and Regional Recycling Information at www.recyclespot.org or (816) 474-TEAM.
 
Historical Society Sponsors "Blue Springs Has Talent" Event
  
 
Historical Society Talent Showcase, October 21You won't want to miss the first ever, semi-annual dinner meeting and entertainment showcase, "Blue Springs Has Talent" sponsored by the Blue Springs History Society. The event, which is open to the public, will take place on Wednesday October 21 at 6:00 p.m. in the new gymnasium at Thomas Ultican Elementary in Blue Springs. Cost of admission is $12.00 per person which includes dinner and beverages.
 
Featured in the evening's talent showcase will be yours truly, Mayor Carson Ross, the Blue Springs Circuit Riders, a comedy act by State Representative Bryan Pratt and City of Blue Springs Judge Don Lograsso, a magic performance by former Mayor Steve Steiner, a comical skit by District 1 Councilman Jeanie Lauer and friends, and many more! Come and see if the judges will "ding", "dong" or "gong" their favorite contestant. All proceeds from the event help benefit the Blue Springs Historical Society. For questions or more information, contact Mary Potter at the Blue Springs Historical Society, (816) 224-8979.
 
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
 
Sincerely,
 

Carson Ross, Mayor 
City of Blue Springs
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Mission 
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.
 
News & Events Around the Community: 
 Target Store Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Event
 
 
 Target is now open at Adams Dairy Landing!
 Mayor Pro Tem and District 3 Councilman Sheila Solon gives the opening remarks at the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Event for Target.
 
 
 
      Target is now open at Adams Dairy Landing!   
District 3 Councilman Ron Fowler stands among a crowd of Blue Springs residents and patrons, eagerly anticipating the opening of Target's doors. 
      
  
 
Target is now open at Adams Dairy Landing! 
    Blue Springs business owner and resident Judy Qualkinbush is one of the first to enter the Target store at Adams Dairy Landing.

 
 
 Target is now open at Adams Dairy Landing!
 Blue Springs City Staff and Economic Development Staff celebrate the grand opening of the new Target at Adams Dairy Landing.
 
 
 
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