Olathe News Briefs

This Edition of E-News - October 25, 2010:
• Connect with the City of Olathe on Facebook, Twitter
• Trick or Treat at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop this Saturday
• Olathe Police Department Offers Tips to Keep Kids Safe This Halloween
• Olathe Parks and Recreation Receives Grant to Build Accessible Dock at Lake Olathe

City Council Agenda
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session meeting. Regular session meetings are broadcast live on Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website. The meeting’s complete agenda will be available on Friday, October 29, on the City’s website at www.OlatheKs.org.


Connect with the City of Olathe on Facebook, Twitter
Released October 25, 2010
The City of Olathe is now on Facebook. Join the conversation and follow Olathe news and information. “Like” our page at www.facebook.com/CityofOlatheKS. You can also keep up with City of Olathe news and events by following us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/OlatheGovNews.


Trick or Treat at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop this Saturday
Released October 25, 2010
Little ones will enjoy trick or treating in costume on the historic Mahaffie grounds, 1200 Kansas City Rd., in Olathe during the site’s Trick or Treat off the Street from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday, October 30. Admission is $3 per person for all ages and includes trick or treating, games, a stagecoach ride and one photo in the photo booth.

Parking and access for the event will be at the west parking lot located in front of the historic house instead of the Heritage Center.

Local community groups will be on the grounds distributing candy. Groups interested in handing out candy at the event may call (913) 971-5111.

Fall Harvest is the theme for the last weekend in October at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm. Visitors could help make apple butter, apple cider, and pick corn, saw wood, prepare wheat for threshing, and of course ride the stagecoach. The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop is open Wednesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4:00 p.m. In honor of the fall harvest, visitors may bring two non-perishable food items to receive $1 off admission. The food will be collected and delivered to a local food pantry.

Wednesday through Friday in October visitors may tour the Mahaffie house, explore the grounds and view the Heritage Center museum exhibit. Living history activities and stagecoach rides are available weekends only. Mahaffie will begin its winter schedule November 3. Visit www.mahaffie.org or Mahaffie’s Facebook page for winter activities.


Olathe Police Department Offers Tips to Keep Kids Safe This Halloween
Released October 25, 2010
Halloween is a fun holiday for kids and parents are encouraged to “be aware” and “be informed” when it comes to Halloween safety. While trick-or-treating, children may be injured by traffic or have other accidents while walking in the dark. They also may be hurt by eating tampered food.

To promote a safe and fun-filled time, the Olathe Police Department recommends the following tips:
• Wear light colored or reflective clothing for costumes.
• Check the costume to see if it is made of a fire resistant material.
• Use face makeup, if possible, instead of a mask or make sure children can see well.
• Keep costumed children away from pets; they may not recognize the child and become frightened.
• Avoid hard plastic or wood props such as daggers or swords so as not to cause injury if a child falls.
• Parents should accompany younger children.
• Always remind children of the dangers associated with crossing and walking along streets at night.
• Use a flashlight at night or go out while there is still daylight.
• Stay within the neighborhood and only visit homes you know with the porch light on.
• Remind children to avoid open flames from pumpkins or Halloween decorations.
• Only give and accept commercially wrapped or packaged candy.
• Parents should examine all treats before letting children eat them.
• All fruit should be washed and cut into small pieces to make sure nothing hazardous has been placed inside.


Olathe Parks and Recreation Receives Grant to Build Accessible Dock at Lake Olathe
Released October 25, 2010
Lake Olathe will soon receive an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant, fully accessible dock to provide fishing access primarily for the disabled and elderly population. Lake Olathe has scenic but difficult terrain for people with disabilities. The new dock, made possible by a $39,000 Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Community Fisheries Assistance Program grant, will help overcome that barrier.

The dock will include a ten foot by 30 foot fishing platform with an extra-wide bridge extending 40 feet from shore. An ADA-compliant slotted handrail will surround the full perimeter of the dock. In addition, access from the parking area to the dock location will be ADA compliant.

According to Park Services Manager Paul Krueger, the dock is planned for an area of the lake suitable for catching fish. “The City of Olathe is committed to providing quality recreational activities for all residents. Lake Olathe has long been a popular fishing destination in the area. We are thrilled to add amenities to better accommodate residents who may not otherwise get to enjoy the sport of fishing and all that our parks have to offer,” Krueger said.

Lake Olathe, constructed in the mid-1950s, is a 170-acre lake open to fishing and boating in compliance with state and local regulations and licensing requirements. Lake Olathe is stocked annually with channel catfish. Other species in the lake include crappie, bluegill, bass, and saugeye. Other lake amenities include a boat ramp, picnic shelter houses and a playground.

For more information about Lake Olathe and other Olathe Parks and Recreation activities and amenities, visit www.olatheks.org/parksrec.


This Edition of E-News - October 11, 2010:
• Olathe Police Department Receives Grant
• Library Cookouts to Benefit United Way
• Olathe City Council Adopts the Comprehensive Plan
• Mahaffie Hosts Three Special Events in October
• Farmers’ Market Closing for Season

City Council Agenda
The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, October 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a study session meeting. To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at www.OlatheKs.org.


Olathe Police Department Receives Grant
Released October 11, 2010
The Olathe Police Department has been awarded $68,750 from the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Secure Our Schools (SOS) grant program. Grant funds, requested in coordination and partnership with Olathe Public Schools USD 233 will allow Olathe Public Schools to purchase 55 new 700 MHz radios for safety and security.

All public safety agencies in the Johnson County area have or will be transitioning to the new 700 MHz radio system in the near future. The grant ensures that Olathe Public Schools has the ability to communicate with public safety agencies during any critical incident or emergency.

COPS SOS grants provide funding to state, local, or tribal governments to assist with the purchase and development of school safety resources based upon a comprehensive approach to preventing school violence and meeting the individualized needs of the schools.


Library Cookouts to Benefit United Way
Released October 11, 2010
Olathe Public Library staff will be grilling from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., October 14 at the main library, 201 E. Park and from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. October 19 at the Indian Creek Branch, 12990 S. Black Bob Road, to benefit United Way. Enjoy hot dogs, brats, nachos, chips, treats and sodas. Wear your favorite school colors or Chiefs’ red and enjoy a tailgate lunch outside each library entrance.


Olathe City Council Adopts the Comprehensive Plan
Released October 11, 2010
The Olathe City Council adopted the Comprehensive Plan at the October 5 City Council meeting. The Plan documents the community's vision for how Olathe will grow and develop today and in the future, and influences policies that have a direct bearing on the quality of life that citizens enjoy in Olathe. The adopted Plan is available online at www.planolathe.org. Contact the City of Olathe's Planning Division at 913-971-8750 with questions or comments concerning the Comprehensive Plan.


Mahaffie Hosts Three Special Events in October
Released October 11, 2010

In addition to harvest-themed weekends, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Rd., Olathe, will host three special events this October.

Trick or Treat Off the Street
Little ones will enjoy trick or treating in costume on the historic Mahaffie grounds during the site’s Trick or Treat Off the Street from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday, October 30. Admission is $3 per person for all ages; registration is not required. Local community groups will be on the grounds distributing candy, and visitors can participate in several games and activities. If your group is interested in handing out candy at the event, please call Mahaffie at (913) 971-5111.

Tiger Cub Scout Day
Spots are still available for Tiger Cut Scout Day, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, October 23. Tiger Cub Scouts can earn requirements for their Making My Family Special program as well as a special Mahaffie patch only offered during this program. Scouts will learn about 19th Century games, take a stagecoach ride, and help with chores in the morning. In the afternoon, they will learn about harvesting crops. Program registration is $10 per scout and accompanying adults are admitted free. Additional siblings are $5 each. Scouts should bring a sack lunch and water bottle and dress for the weather. To register, call (913) 971-5111 or Mahaffie. Scouts may register individually or as a den. Payment is due the day of the event.

Cemetery Tour Tickets Still Available
Historic Cemetery Tours offer a chance to learn more about the historic Olathe Cemetery from Mahaffie staff dressed in 19th Century clothing portraying historic people. Tours begin at 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, and 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 14, Friday, October 15 and Saturday, October 16. Parking is available Friday and Saturday at Northview Elementary School, 905 N. Walker. Thursday night, due to a school event, parking will not be available at the school. Please park on side streets surrounding the cemetery. Tickets are available for advance purchase at Mahaffie, 1200 Kansas City Rd., or call (913) 971-5111.

Fall harvest is the theme in October at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm. Visitors can help make apple butter and apple cider, pick corn, saw wood, prepare wheat for threshing, and ride the stagecoach. The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop is open Wednesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Harvest-themed living history activities will be offered weekends in October. Wednesday through Friday visitors may tour the Mahaffie house, explore the grounds and view the Heritage Center museum exhibit.

In honor of the fall harvest, visitors may bring in two non-perishable food items to receive $1 off admission. The food will be collected and delivered to a local food pantry at the end of the month.


Farmers’ Market Closing for Season
Released October 11, 2010
The Olathe Farmers’ Market will close for the season after normal hours of operation on Saturday, October 16. The Saturday market is open from 8:00 a.m. until sold out. The Farmers’ Market is located at 200 W. Santa Fe Street in downtown Olathe. For more information, visit http://www.olatheks.org/ParksRec/Quicklinks/Farmers. Don’t miss your last chance to buy fresh and local at the Olathe Farmers’ Market!


This Edition of E-News - October 4, 2010:
• Comprehensive Plan Update Highlights Council Agenda
• Plenty Happening in Olathe this October:
        o Olathe Cultural Festival October 23
        o Harvest at Mahaffie
        o Tiger Cub Scout Day
        o Cemetery Tours
        o Friends Of The Olathe Public Library Fall Festival Book Sale
        o Olathe Public Library Foundation Benefit October 16
• Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

City Council Agenda
The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, October 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session. Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGTN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website). To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at www.OlatheKs.org.


Comprehensive Plan Highlights Council Agenda
Released October 4, 2010
The Olathe City Council heard public comment for the proposed update to the Olathe Comprehensive Plan, known as PlanOlathe at the September 21, 2010 City Council meeting. The item will be considered for adoption at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

The Comprehensive Plan documents the community's vision for how Olathe will grow and develop today and in the future, and influences policies that have a direct bearing on the quality of life that citizens enjoy in Olathe.

Over the past eighteen months, citizens have offered their ideas and input for the City's Comprehensive Plan at public events and festivals, visioning sessions and workshops, meetings with civic and social organizations, neighborhood groups, community groups, homeowner associations, school PTO's, and numerous other venues.

Following a public hearing on June 28, 2010, the Olathe Planning Commission voted to adopt the draft Comprehensive Plan. Approval by the City Council is the final step necessary for the proposed Plan to become effective.

The latest draft Olathe Comprehensive Plan is available online at www.planolathe.com. For more information about the Comprehensive Plan or the update process, to provide comment, or request a copy of the draft plan, contact Plan Olathe at 913-971-8750.


 

Travel the World in Olathe October 23
Released October 4, 2010
Travel the world without leaving Olathe! The Olathe Human Relations Commission and The Great Mall of the Great Plains have partnered with various sponsors and community organizations for the first ever Olathe Cultural Festival, scheduled for October 23, 2010. The event features cultural booths, food, entertainment, and a huge children’s area with passports that are stamped at each cultural booth. Children will receive prizes for their fully stamped passport.

The free, family-friendly event is scheduled from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p..m. at the Great Mall of the Great Plains, 20700 W. 151st Street in Olathe.

To volunteer or for more information on Service or Cultural Booths please contact Victor Glover at (913) 971-6493.


Join the Fall Harvest at Mahaffie in October
Released October 4, 2010
Fall harvest is the theme in October at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Road in Olathe. Visitors can help make apple butter, apple cider, pick corn, saw wood, prepare wheat for threshing, and (of course) ride the stagecoach. The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop is open Wednesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4:00 p.m. Harvest-themed living history activities will be offered weekends in October. Tuesday through Friday visitors may tour the Mahaffie house, explore the grounds and view the Heritage Center museum exhibit.

In honor of the fall harvest, visitors may bring in two non-perishable food items to receive $1 off admission. The food will be collected and delivered to a local food pantry at the end of the month.


Tiger Cub Scout Day
Released October 4, 2010
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm will host Tiger Cub Scout Day 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, October 23. Tiger Cub Scouts can earn requirements for their Making My Family Special program as well as a special Mahaffie patch only offered during this program. Scouts will learn about 19th Century games, take a stagecoach ride, and help with chores in the morning. In the afternoon they will learn about harvesting crops. Program registration is $10 per scout, accompanying adults are admitted free, and additional siblings are $5 each. Scouts should bring a sack lunch and water bottle and dress for the weather. To register call (913) 971-5111 or email Mahaffie. Scouts may register individually or as a den. Payment is due the day of the event.


Cemetery Tour Tickets Going Fast
Released October 4, 2010
Tickets are still available for the popular fall historic cemetery tours, but are selling quickly. The Historic Cemetery Tours offer a chance to learn more about the historic Olathe Cemetery from Mahaffie staff dressed in 19th Century clothing portraying historic people. Tours begin at 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, and 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 14, Friday, October 15, and Saturday, October 16. The tours meet at Northview Elementary School, 905 N. Walker. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Mahaffie, 1200 Kansas City Road or by calling (913) 971-5111.


Friends Of The Olathe Public Library Fall Festival Book Sale
Released October 4, 2010
Attend the Fall Festival Book Sale October 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Indian Creek Branch Library, 12990 S. Black Bob Road in Olathe. Choose from a variety of genres, all sorted by category. The doors to the sale will close from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. to prepare for the “Five-Bucks-A-Bag” Sale. Beginning at 1:00 p.m., purchase a plastic bag at the door for $5 and fill with materials. Buy two bags, get one free. Checks or cash are accepted. Sale will close early if sold out or material selection is low. Due to space limitations, strollers are not allowed in the sale. For more information, call Olathe Public Library Community Relations Coordinator Rita Patterson at 913-971-6879.

Major Award Winning Kansas Author To Be Olathe Public Library Foundation’s Speaker
The guest speaker for this year’s Olathe Public Library Foundation annual “A Taste of Literacy” is internationally-acclaimed mystery writer Nancy Pickard. The event marks the 10-year anniversary of the foundation and is scheduled for October 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Olathe Holiday Inn. A dinner of filet mignon with basil shrimp will be served. A cash bar will be available. Attire is business casual. For ticket information, contact library director Emily Baker, 913-971-6880, by October 11.

Pickard received the 2010 Don Coldsmith Literary Award on October 9, 2010. The Award pays tribute to a distinguished Kansas author whose lifetime contributions have utilized the written word to enhance the proud literary legacy of the Sunflower State. The annual award is sponsored by Ad Astra Publishing. Pickard was chosen as this year's recipient of the Award for her 30-year writing career in which she has pushed the presumed limits of the popular genre of crime fiction (the "mystery/thriller") to previously unimagined heights while at the same time receiving critical worldwide acclaim.

Pickard, a resident of Merriam, KS, was born in Kansas City, MO, and received a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia. She began writing fiction at age 35. Pickard's 2006 novel, The Virgin of Small Plains, was set in the Flint Hills of Kansas. It was named a 2007 Kansas Notable Book and was honored as the Kansas Reads Book of the Year in 2009. The Scent of Rain and Lightning, her most recent book, was released in bookstores this spring. Its setting was inspired by the Monument Rocks in West Central Kansas. The book has already received critical acclaim from reviewers worldwide, was named a Notable Book by the National Association of Independent Booksellers, and is a Barnes & Noble "Recommended" Main Selection.

Her books will be available for purchase at “A Taste of Literacy” and she will hold an autograph session at the conclusion of the evening.


Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives
Released October 4, 2010
In an effort to make our communities safer, the Olathe Fire Department is teaming up with the Fire Education Association of Kansas to celebrate National Fire Prevention Week (October 3-9) by sharing valuable safety information.

The best kind of smoke alarm is a working smoke alarm. A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm will provide early warning in the event of a fire, giving families a chance for escape. Learn more about the importance of smoke alarms at http://www.olatheks.org/Fire/Education/HomeSafety/SmokeAlarms.